Radio New Zealand - Monday, 16th 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 - Bob Kerridge
Author, broadcaster and columnist and a self confessed animal nut. [more]

Apple Pickers
Hawkes Bay's fruit growers face a major shortage of workers to help harvest the region's bumper apple crops [more]

Tunnelling Reunion
A little known slice of New Zealand wartime history is being rediscovered in Waihi. [more]

He Rourou for 16 March 2009
Ana Tapiata talks to Mereana Selby, the Chief Executive of Te Wananga o Raukawa, the Maori university based in Otaki. [more]

Author Slot - Sullivan McLeod
Author of"Tunnel Vision: The true story of my probably insane quest to become a professional surfer". [more]

This Way Up Feature - Virtual Gold Mining
The industry's worth 2 billion dollars a year and there are nearly half a million workers based mainly in China. [more]

Science Story - Language Evolution
New research into language evolution suggests most Pacific populations originated in Taiwan. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With today's guests Jane Clifton and Rosemary McLeod. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With today's guests Jane Clifton and Rosemary McLeod. [more]

Business News

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

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

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

Checkpoint

Fuel Tax
The government is scrapping the regional fuel tax, and is replacing it with a smaller tax increase for all motorists to pay. [more]

TVNZ Job Cuts
TVNZ has announced plans to slash up to 90 jobs as part of a $25,000,000 cost-cutting drive. [more]

Auckland Depositions Hearing
A secret police witness has been giving evidence about the night an officer was killed in a covert operation. [more]

Fuel Tax (Part 2)
Back to our lead story about the Government's announcement about transport funding. [more]

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

Joseph Fritzl on Trial
An Austrian man is due to appear in court for the first day of his trial, on charges for crimes which shocked the country. [more]

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

David Bain Trial
The 36 year old is being retried for the murders in Dunedin in 1994. [more]

Manakau Bank Robbery
A man depositing thousands of dollars of cash at a National Bank branch in Manukau City was approached by another man. [more]

AIG Company Bonuses
It's a public relations nightmare for the firm, but also for the Obama Administration. [more]

SIS MP Watch
The Prime Minister has recommended the Security Intelligence Service stop monitoring the activities of sitting MPs. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Australian Immigration
The Australian government is slashing the number of skilled migrants being allowed into the country. [more]

Facebook Court Decision
The High Court has given permission for court papers to be served via the social networking website Facebook. [more]

Fuel Tax (Part 3)
The Auckland Regional Council says it has real concerns about how some transport projects will be funded now. [more]

BNZ Fights IRD
At stake is the amount of tax it owes on more than $500,000,000 worth of transactions. [more]

Pakistan Politics
Prime minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, has announced the reinstatement of the former chief justice, Iftikhar Chaudhry. [more]

Fur Import Ban
A coalition of animal protection groups has called on the Government to ban the importation of cat and dog fur. [more]

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

Wellington Rape Trial
56-year-old Abdirazak Mussa faced two charges of rape, and one of abduction. [more]

Heart Valve Disease
A study looking at cases of heart valve infections has revealed that many patients get the disease while they're in hospital. [more]

Internet Sexual Soliciting
A research project into the online sexual soliciting of teenagers says there is a huge lack of understanding amongst parents. [more]

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

David Bain Trial (Part 2)
A third emergency worker has told the High Court that he did not think David Bain had suffered a fit or seizure. [more]

Wellington Education Summit
The importance of intervening early in the life of children with behavioural difficulties has been stressed at the summit. [more]

Poor Productivity
New Zealand's abysmal productivity record is showing signs of turning around - but experts say more needs to be done. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Joseph Fritzl on Trial (Part 2)
Lawyers for Josef Fritzl say he will plead guilty to incest and rape. [more]

Christchurch Social Housing
The Christchurch City Council is looking for new ways to fund it's social housing portfolio. [more]

Beacon False Alarms
Two false call-outs from discarded emergency beacons sparked full-scale helicopter searches over the weekend. [more]

Midday Report

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

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

Morning Report

Top Stories for 16 March 2009
Robbery car recovered, violence in schools, ACT Party conference, protests in Pakistan, murder charge. [more]

Toroa - The Wandering Albatross
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Robbery car tested
The police in south Auckland will today carry out forensic tests on a stolen car that was used as a getaway vehicle. [more]

Student accommodation shortage
Several universities say the accommodation they provide is coming under pressure as numbers increase. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

School violence report
A report into student safety accuses New Zealanders of having a high tolerance for violence. [more]

Energy prices may rise
The Minister of State Owned Enterprises is refusing to rule out big hikes in power prices from State Owned Enterprises. [more]

Energy prices may rise (part 2)
Power prices may be about to rise, power providers under pressure from the government to deliver greater dividends. [more]

Robbery car tested (part 2)
Auckland police are hoping the discovery of the car used in a bank robbery will lead them to the offenders. [more]

Violence in schools
The Human Rights Commisisoner Rosslyn Noonan says the schools aren't taking enough account of the impact of bullying. [more]

ACT party conference
The ACT Party has emerged from its annual conference vowing not to be swallowed up by National. [more]

Protests in Pakistan
Pakistani police have used tear gas to quell protests in the country's second largest city, Lahore. [more]

Man charged with murder
A man is charged with murder, after the death of a woman on the forecourt of a suburban service station over the weekend. [more]

Superannuation fears
Greypower says reduced average incomes could affect superannuation payments. [more]

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

Superbug infections
It's antibiotic resistant, and figures show the number of cases have increased from 12 cases to 420 a year in just four years. [more]

Queensland oil spill
The Pacific Adventurer leaked the oil during cyclone Hamish last week, leading to a massive clean up operation. [more]

Wild Food festival
Almost 15 thousand revellers celebrated the 20th anniversary of Hokitika's famous Wild Food festival on Saturday. [more]

Warriors win
The Warriors dominated from the outset in front of a crowd of nearly seventeen and a half thousand people. [more]

Violence in schools (part 2)
Increasingly violent and disruptive student behaviour is about to be tackled at an education summit. [more]

PM at Pasifika
Two years ago at Pasifika, John Key acknowledged National had neglected Pacific Island voters and said that had to change. [more]

Reactions to 9 day week
An Otago University lecturer is warning the 9-day fortnight scheme could have serious effects on workers self esteem. [more]

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

Risks to forests
The world's first international conference on forest biosecurity starts today in Rotorua. [more]

Labour goes to West Coast
More than 35 Labour MPs will travel to Westport today where they will meet residents before a caucus meeting. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Ancient murder mystery
It's a mystery that has puzzled archeologists for over two thousand years, the murder of Cleopatra's sister. [more]

Australia
We cross to Melbourne now to join Phil Kafcaloudes and hear about Pauline Hanson in a naked photos scandal. [more]

Nights

Martin Fisher
Martin Fisher heads a group building sustainable growth and creating employment in Africa with Kickstart. [more]

The Final Whistle
Sports journalist Joseph Romanos looks at cricket and the state of NZ athletics. [more]

Conundrum Clue 1
Clue one for this week. [more]

Canada Report
Ross Bragg gives us some cultural insight into Canada. [more]

Conundrum Clue 2
Clue 2. [more]

Nine To Noon

Bullying in schools
David Rutherford a Lower Hutt lawyer and spokesperson for the parents of children bullied at Hutt Valley High School. [more]

Sexual predators online
A new police unit is being formed to boost the fight against online sexual predators targeting New Zealand children. [more]

Africa correspondent - Michael Hamlyn
A new leader for South Africa. [more]

Feature guest - Professor Matthew During
New Zealand scientist at the absolute forefront of research into gene treatment for obesity. [more]

Book Review - The Great Lover
Written by Jill Dawson, reviewed by Harry Ricketts and published by Sceptre. [more]

Politics
With Matthew Hooton and Laila Harre. [more]

Tommy Honey
Sophist and provocateur asks Do we need a Government Architect and what would they do? [more]

Food and wine
With guest chef Peter Thornley and wine expert John Hawkesby. [more]

Private Prisons 2
The NZ government is considering bringing in private prison managers to run our maximum security prisons. [more]

Private Prisons
A look at how private prisons are run in Australia, staff training and officer to prisoner ratios. [more]

Rural News

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

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

Upbeat

John Paul Muir
Winner of the National Concerto Competition held in Christchurch last Saturday night. [more]

Tama Waipara
Auckland-based singer and songwriter who has just released a new album under his alter ego 'Sir Plus'. [more]

NZSO Review
Jim Gardner reviews last Saturday night's NZSO performance of Marler's 3rd Symphony. [more]

News stories:

England score startling win over England in Six Nations
England have scored a startling 34-10 Six Nations rugby win over France at Twickenham running in five tries in the process. The former Hurricanes player Riki Flutey crossed France's ... [more]

Chelsea beat Man City
Chelsea have kept in touch with title rivals Manchester United and Liverpool with a comfortable 1-nil win over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. Michael Essien struck the only goal via his ... [more]

Manawatu upset Auckland in NZFC
Manawatu will take a two-goal cushion to Auckland next Sunday after a thrilling 3-1 win over Auckland City in the first leg of their New Zealand Football Championship semi-final in ... [more]

Prugh wins NZ Open
The American golfer Alex Prugh proved unstoppable in the final round of the New Zealand Open at The Hills course near Queenstown, firing two eagles and five birdies for the ... [more]

Surrey sign Elliott
The English County cricket club Surrey have signed the New Zealand all-rounder Grant Elliott as their overseas player for the opening weeks of the new county season. The 30-year-old, who was ... [more]

Manly out of step over complaints over dual refs
The National rugby league referees boss says Manly's out of step with other clubs in criticising the league's new two-referee system. The reigning NRL champ criticised the new system claiming ... [more]

Loeb wins Rally Cyprus
Frenchman Sebastien Loeb has taken his 50th victory in the World Rally Championship, after claiming a comfortable win in Cyprus. Loeb, in a Citroen, won by 27 seconds over Mikko ... [more]

New rules over high tech swim suits
Manufacturer Speedo is confident its controversial LZR Racer will be approved for this year's Rome world titles despite swimming's governing body adopting new rules to limit high-tech suits. The LZR ... [more]

Souths give Roosters a hiding
South Sydney handed old foes the Roosters an embarrassing 52-12 hiding in their traditional opening round National Rugby League match at the Sydney Football Stadium yesterday. The rampant Rabbitohs ran in ... [more]

Federer says fatherhood won't change his mindset
Expectant father Roger Federer believes impending parenthood will not affect his chances of breaking Pete Sampras's record of 14 grand slam titles. The Swiss world number two revealed last wek ... [more]

Auckland top in State Championship
Auckland have gone two points clear at the top of the State Championship first class cricket competition after beating Otago by an innings and 84 runs in Queenstown. Wellington are 201 ... [more]

American Samoa contingent to attend culture festival in South Korea
American Samoa will be sending a delegation of about 30 to represent the territory and the Samoan culture at the Danoje Festival, an annual event that will be held in... [more]

Calls for continuing Pacific involvment in record keeping website
New Zealand Archive's Mark Crookston says it's essential Pacific countries are involved with the development of the record keeping toolkit website. Nine participants from the Pacific were in Wellington recently... [more]

Marshalls film destined for film festival circuit
The writer, director and producer of a movie set and filmed in the Marshall Islands is going to enter the movie in a number of international film festivals. √Ďa Noniep..."I... [more]

US fishing subsidies to American Samoa and others contributing to overfishing
Researchers have found that 56 per cent of fishing industry direct subsidies in the United States, including those which goes to Pacific territories, could be considered harmful to fisheries. The... [more]

Investigations into Fiji bus fire on going
Fiji's Land Transport Authority is still investigating the seventh bus fire to take place in the last two years. About 60 passengers were evacuated from a bus coming from a... [more]

Question over credibility of energy project in Hawaii
The California based Electric Power Research Institute says the firm looking to take on a massive energy project in Hawaii lacks the credibility to do it. Grays Harbor Ocean Energy... [more]

Fiji Electricity Authority says new dam won't guarantee cheaper power
The Fiji Electricity Authority says a new hydro dam will not necessarily mean consumers will pay less for power. The interim minister for Public Utilities says once the Nadarivatu dam... [more]

China approves US$25 million loan for the Cook Islands
China has approved a 25 million US dollar loan for the Cook Islands government. The Deputy Prime Minister, Sir Terepai Maoate, was in New Zealand last week with the Minister... [more]

Indonesian soldier has been shot dead in an attack in Papua province
An Indonesian soldier has been shot dead in an attack in Papua province. Police and army officials said this incident was still being investigated but the local police chief said... [more]

Senior PNG figure could chair Fiji's Presidential Dialogue Forum
It is being reported in Fiji that a former Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Sir Rabbie Namaliu, may chair the upcoming President's Political Dialogue Forum. The Fiji Live newsite reports... [more]

An estimated 30,000 attend Womad festival
Rock music and politics were to the fore at Womad 2009 in New Plymouth at the weekend with organisers estimating more than 30,000 people attended. [more]

Chelsea stay in touch with leaders
Chelsea's rapid improvement under coach Guus Hiddink has continued with a 1-nil home win over Manchester City which moved them back into second place in the English Premier football League. ... [more]

Celtic win League Cup
Celtic have picked up their first silverware of the Scottish Football season, beating arch-rivals Rangers 2-nil in the League Cup final at Hampden Park. Celtic scored both goals in extra ... [more]

NZ Open win a major stepping stone for Prough
The winner of yesterday's New Zealand Open golf championship says he's more than achieved his aim in New Zealand, taking a major step towards the game's biggest stage, the PGA ... [more]

Monday's newspaper headlines
Government considers buying new electric commuter trains for Auckland and Wellington; New Zealand's new sporting prodigy hailed; Wellington councillors vote on whether to reject pay rise. [more]

American Samoa's new Police Commissioner confirmed
The former territorial senator, Tuaolo Fruean, has been officially confirmed as American Samoa's Police Commissioner. Senators voted 14-2 to endorse the nomination of Tuaolo, who served in the Senate in... [more]

Grants in Samoa for music players to help get fit campaigns
In a push to get people to exercise daily, the Ministry of Health and Ministry Woman in Samoa have issued small grant to 50 villages. The money is to be... [more]

Samoan man arrested in Honolulu for operating a prostitution ring
A Samoan man has been arrested in Honolulu for operating a prostitution ring. Authorities arrested Joseph Faauga Vaimili, who is 27, as part of an investigation into human trafficking at... [more]

Village council in Samoa turns down plea for forgiveness in a traditional ceremony
The village council or Ali'i and Faipule of Vaimoso village in Samoa has refused to accept a formal traditional Ifoga, seeking forgiveness by the family of a former government minister,... [more]

Vettori says he doesn't want a return to greentops for the test series
It's an upbeat New Zealand cricket side that will now switch their focus to the three test series against India starting in Hamilton on Wednesday. Having won the final one ... [more]

Indian cricketers still having to adjust despite better pitches
While the wickets may be much more to their liking the Indian cricketers say there's still plenty of adjustment to make to conditions here. On their last tour in 2003 India ... [more]

White Ferns weary of India
The White Ferns push towards glory at the Cricket World Cup in Australia could hinge on tomorrow's match against giant killers India. New Zealand are currently one spot behind the second ... [more]

Windies win Twenty20 match
The West Indies cruised to a six wicket victory over England in a one-off Twenty20 international in Trinidad. The hosts' excellent bowling and fielding restricted England to a modest 121 ... [more]

Price expects a tough game from Manly
The Warriors rugby league captain Steve Price says his side has already put their opening round win behind them, as they prepare to face the defending premiers Manly on Sunday. The ... [more]

Bulls sit atop Super 14 rugby ladder despite a bye
The South African side the Bulls didn't need to play to remain top of the Super 14 rugby standings after a series of upsets stalled the leading contenders. The Bulls, who ... [more]

Gerrard doesn't want to play on Hillsborough anniversary
The Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has appealed to European football bosses to make sure the club does not play on the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. The English club ... [more]

Iraqi footballer killed by stray bullet
An Iraqi footballer has been killed by a stray bullet, when one of his team's supporters fired off several rounds to celebrate their win. The game had just ended in a ... [more]

NZ Open another step forward for Tauranga's Josh Geary
The up and coming Tauranga golfer Josh Geary has taken another big step in his professional career by finishing in a tie for fourth yesterday at the New Zealand Open championship ... [more]

Nuplex to raise capital by share placement, rights issue
Resins maker Nuplex Industries is planning to raise $110 million of new capital to reduce its debt, while its bankers have agreed to amend its banking covenants. [more]

Southland's dairy effluent ponds may be substandard
Farmers in Southland are being warned that their dairy effluent storage ponds may not meet the regional council's standards, and may need to be rebuilt. [more]

Farmers relieved at likely dumping of regional fuel tax
The expected move to dump the proposed regional fuel tax is a relief to Federated Farmers, which had lobbied vigorously against the tax. [more]

Large profit rise for PGG Wrightson Finance
PGG Wrightson Finance has seen its half-year profit rise by 80%, as it lent more to farmers and some of its rivals became more cautious. [more]

Power companies urge investment in grid
Mighty River Power chief executive Doug Heffernan says the impact of transmission constraints is not affecting its business, but he warns that Transpower needs to keep investing in the grid. [more]

Manufacturing sales fall again
The volume of sales of manufactured goods fell for the fourth consecutive quarter in the three months to December 2008. [more]

Casino operator's revenue rises in past two months
Sky City Entertainment says its revenue in the first two months of 2009 is tracking ahead of last year. [more]

West Coast plane crash pilot named
The pilot of a microlight aircraft who died when the plane crashed in a paddock in Buller has been named. [more]

Eel fishers object to size of levy for lake use
Commercial eel fishers say a levy introduced by Ngai Tahu for fishing at Lake Ellesmere near Christchurch could cost users up to $45,000 each, and they would like to see the levy reduced. [more]

Staff placed on leave during Beckham match review
Two senior Auckland Regional Council staff members have been put on leave until a review of spending on last year's loss-making David Beckham football match has been completed. [more]

Identity of man hit by train still not known
Fingerprints are being taken of a man who was killed when he was hit by a train in South Auckland, as police try to identify him. [more]

ACT's Rodney Hide to seek Internet copyright repeal
The ACT Party leader is to take a proposal to ministers seeking the repeal of a law change that enforces copyright on the Internet. [more]

Pricing is up to state-owned enterprises - minister
State-Owned Enterprises Minister Simon Power says he cannot step in to prevent power generators lifting prices to boost profits. [more]

Conference to look at causes of crime
The Government will hold a conference on the causes of crime next month. [more]

First survey on dental health since 1988
The first oral health survey in more than 20 years is about to get underway. Some 3,000 people across the country will be interviewed and examined. [more]

Financial help a 'reprieve' for Maori legal services
Maori legal services are celebrating a financial lifeline for community law centres. The Government is topping up a $7 million shortfall in the operating budgets of the country's 27 centres. [more]

Iwi may get involved in high-speed broadband rollout
A group representing Maori in film and television is looking to iwi to extend high-speed broadband beyond the main centres. [more]

Superbug takes hold in community
A sharp rise has been recorded in the number of people suffering from the USA300 strain of an antibiotic-resistant superbug. [more]

Greypower fears effect of nine-day fortnight
The lobby group Greypower fears a nine-day working fortnight may have a negative effect on superannuation payments. [more]

Rise in local government revenue
Local authority revenues increased 7.4% in the final six months of last year. [more]

Accommodation under pressure as student enrolments rise
Several universities say an increase in enrolments is putting pressure on student accommodation services. [more]

South Island drink-drive blitz checks 20,000 drivers
A police blitz on drink drivers in the South Island has netted six repeat offenders and one motorist clocked driving at 160 km/h. The police breath-tested 20,000 drivers from Picton to Bluff. [more]

Police praise workers who tackled murder-accused
Police have commended two McDonald's workers who tackled a man who was later charged with murdering a woman. [more]

Children's Commissioner rebuked over bullying report
Education Minister Anne Tolley has rebuked the Children's Commissioner for releasing a report on bullying ahead of an education summit. [more]

Mickelson battles to 36th PGA title
Phil Mickelson has overcame illness and dehydration to edge fellow American Nick Watney by one stroke at the latest World Golf Championship event in Florida. Mickelson yesterday was forced to visit ... [more]

Inzaghi reaches 300 goal mark
The footballer Filippo Inzaghi notched up 300 career goals as the veteran striker bagged a brace in AC Milan's 5-1 win over Siena that boosted their quest to secure third place ... [more]

Al Ahli open African Champions League defence
Egypt's Al Ahli has made a comfortable start to the defence of their African Champions League crown by beating Young Africans of Tanzania 3-0 in the first leg of their second-round ... [more]

Reliance on radiata pine poses risks - forestry expert
The forest industry's heavy dependence on a single tree species leaves it more vulnerable to attack by invading pests and diseases, a visiting specialist says. [more]

Rates rise of about 4% likely for Wellington
Wellingtonians are likely to face an increase in their rates bill of about 4%. [more]

Hohaia and Matulino likely to miss Manly game
The Warriors duo of Lance Hohaia and second rower Ben Matulino aren't likely to be available for the second-round National Rugby League clash against defending premiers the Manly Sea Eagles. 20-year-old ... [more]

Guilty verdict in taxi driver rape trial
A Wellington court has found a Wellington taxi driver guilty of two charges of raping a passenger. However, it found 56-year-old Abdirazak Mussa not guilty of abducting the woman. [more]

Franks cleared of dangerous tackle
The Crusaders player Owen Franks has been cleared of a dangerous tackle charge stemming from the weekend's Super 14 clash against the Western Force in Christchruch. Franks was cited for an ... [more]

Edwards bows out of international play for the forseeable future
New Zealand's hopes of winning bowls medals at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi next year have been dealt a blow, with the announcement the country's leading woman player, Jo Edwards, ... [more]

ND beat Canterbury
Northern Districts have comfortably chased down 173 to beat the Canterbury in Christchurch by six wickets in the latest round of domestic four day cricket. In other action today, Central and ... [more]

Nadal and Djokovic into third round at Indian Wells
The world tennis number one Rafael Nadal has cruised into the third round of the ATP event in Indian Wells, with a crushing 6-2 6-1 victory over German Michael Berrer. The ... [more]

Bryant and Ariza star in Lakers win
Kobe Bryant scored 28 points as the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team rallied after squandering a third quarter lead to beat the Dallas Mavericks 107-100. Trevor Ariza also contributed a career-high ... [more]

Animal protectors seek ban on fur imports
A coalition of animal protection groups has called on the Government to ban the importation of cat and dog fur into New Zealand. [more]

Cash stolen from tourist bus
A group of Chinese tourists has had tens of thousands of dollars of cash and property stolen from a bus in Hamilton. [more]

Hohaia and Matulino out injured
The Warriors rugby league side has confirmed utility Lance Hohaia and second rower Ben Matulino will miss this weekend's game against Manly due to injury. Hohaia is expected to be out ... [more]

Solomons Health Minister punched outside parliament
The Solomon Islands health minister has been punched in the face as he walked out of the parliament building in the capital Honiara. The Solomon Star newspaper reports that Johnson... [more]

Fiji political leaders determined to achieve reforms
Fiji's political leaders are cautiously optimistic about progress towards general elections following a meeting with the interim government. It has been agreed to include electoral reform and the elections on... [more]

Fiji NGO condemns attack on pro-democracy politician
Fiji's Movement for Democracy NGO has strongly condemned a reported attack on the home of the pro-democracy politician, Attar Singh. Mr Singh says he had rocks thrown at his house... [more]

Vanuatu does have a choice over WTO accession, says policy analyst
A Vanuatu policy analyst John Salong has dismissed the government claim that the country has no choice but to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Vanuatu's government recently re-entered negotiations... [more]

PNG MP calls for end to import of lamb flaps
An MP in Papua New Guinea has called for an end to the importation of lamb flaps, claiming the popular cheap meat is killing the nation. Jamie Maxtone-Graham wants the... [more]

Fiji military expected to probe 16-year-old's possession of gun
The police in Fiji say an investigation into a 16-year-old's possession of a hand pistol, silencer and bullets is now in the hands of the Military. A police spokesperson, Ema... [more]

CNMI Governor to quit politics if he loses November election
The Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Governor Benigno R. Fitial says he will retire from politics if he loses the election in November. Pacnews reports the 63-year-old governor has no plans... [more]

No-confidence motion speculation only rumours, says Solomons Speaker
The Solomon Islands speaker of parliament says that no motion against the government has been tabled in the current parliamentary session. There has been speculation in local media that disgruntled... [more]

Samoans urged to buy locally made goods
The Association of Manufacturers and Exporters in Samoa is urging locals to support the campaign, "Buy Samoan made". This comes as the country's economy suffered its worst blow in sales... [more]

Pacfic Forum Sec Gen says MOU with ADB reinforces Pacific development
The Pacific Islands Forum Secretary-General says a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Asian Development Bank will reinforce ongoing cooperation in strengthening Pacific Island nations. The MOU was signed during... [more]

Govt misleading public over WTO accession, says Vanuatu policy analyst
A Vanuatu policy analyst John Salong claims the government is misleading the country about the need to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Vanuatu recently re-entered negotiations for its accession... [more]

Specialist medical students in Fiji falling short
A new study found only about one third of specialist medial students in Fiji complete their full training. The study was published in the New Zealand Medical Journal. After finishing... [more]

Guam police officers charged over alleged beating of suspect
Nine Guam police officers, a civilian police employee, a police reserve volunteer and an employee of the Department of Youth Affairs have been charged on various charges of assault, theft... [more]

Scientific explorations set for ocean floor of Marianas Trench Marine Monument
Scientific explorations are to be conducted to study the 21 active hydrothermal submarine volcanoes spread around the ocean floor of the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument. The monument covers the... [more]

Pacific Island members of ADB warned of cash contributions
Pacific Island members of the Asian Development Bank are being warned they may soon face a hefty cash contribution as part of the ADB's plans for a general capital increase... [more]

New Zealand sharemarket lifts
The New Zealand share market rose on Monday, with the NZX Top 50 index up 21 points to 2544, on turnover of $66 million. [more]

BNZ begins court battle against tax demand
The Inland Revenue Department has begun a battle to prove the Bank of New Zealand owes more than half a billion dollars in unpaid tax. [more]

Work permit criteria being tightened, says lawyer
There are signs that tougher economic times have reduced the number of work permits issued to immigrants. [more]

Internet predators target 25% of children - survey
A survey by the Internet safety organisation Netsafe has found that about 25% of secondary school students have been aggressively sexually solicited online. [more]

International biosecurity conference in Rotorua
An international biosecurity conference started in Rotorua on Monday. [more]

Commerce Commission chair to step down
The chairwoman of the Commerce Commission will stand down from the role later this month, at the end of her term. [more]

Explosives team examines Hokitika house
The police said on Monday that a specialist explosives squad was securing a Hokitika property after the discovery of chemicals commonly used to make explosives. [more]

South Auckland hit by second bank robbery
The police in south Auckland are investigating a second aggravated bank robbery. [more]

Social networking site serves legal purpose
The High Court has given permission for court papers to be served via a social networking website. [more]

Maori over-represented in AIDS statistics
An Otago University study has found Maori women and children are more at risk of contracting AIDS than any other ethnic group. [more]

New stadium zoned into Dunedin district plan
Dunedin City Council has confirmed changes to the district plan to accommodate the city's new stadium. [more]

Productivity up - but not enough
New Zealand's productivity record is showing signs of turning around, but experts say more needs to be done to bridge the gap with other countries. [more]