Radio New Zealand - Monday, 11th May 2009

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Eight months to Mars - Emily Barclay
A young actress who, was plucked from obscurity and a job at an Auckland video store. [more]

Phar Lap
The legendary racehorse is on the home stretch to becoming immortalised in his birthplace. [more]

He Rourou for 11 May 2009
In He Rourou today, Ana Tapiata talks to local kuia Henrietta Maxwell about the work of the Hutt Valley district health board. [more]

Author Slot - Melissa Norfolk
Her book is"Starting an Online Business for Dummies". [more]

This Way Up feature -"Wasps in the Hive"
More for the Backyard Bee Team. [more]

Environmental story - The sex lives of plants
Alison Ballance caught up with Canadian Spencer Barrett last month when he was at the University of Otago. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With today's guests Jeremy Ellwood and Sapna Samant. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With today's guests Jeremy Ellwood and Sapna Samant. [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 11 May 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 11 May 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 11 May 2009
News from the business sector. [more]


Body of Napier gunman removed from house
The body of the Napier gunman Jan Molenaar has been removed from his house in the last few hours. [more]

Prime Minister asked about police carrying guns
Prime Minister John Key has expressed his reluctance about seeing the New Zealand police force armed. [more]

Wild weather strikes the North Island
Around two thousand people had to be evacuated from a Tauranga shopping centre today. [more]

Mini-tornado hits houses in Warkworth
Sam Malcomson was at his Westpark Glen home when the wind struck just after one o'clock this afternoon. [more]

Sports news
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Robin Bain's pupils wrote disturbing stories for newsletter
Colleagues of Robin Bain have told the High Court in Christchurch that he had gone downhill in the months before he died. [more]

Dollar breaks 61 cents mark against the Greenback
The Kiwi hit a six-month high today on renewed optimism that the worst of the global financial crisis has passed. [more]

Bailey Junior Kurariki is granted bail
One of the country's youngest convicted killers has pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Fire crews battle blaze on Taupo lakefront
Fire crews are using thermal imaging gear as they continue to battle a hotel blaze on the Taupo lakefront tonight. [more]

2008 NCEA results now available on web
The 2008 nationwide NCEA results are now available on the Qualifications Authority's website. [more]

Third mobile phone network launching in August
A David and Goliath mobile phone battle is looming, with a third player saying it will launch its service in August. [more]

Anger over plans for radioactive dump in outback
A row has erupted in the Australian outback over plans to site a radioactive waste dump on Aboriginal land. [more]

MetService on wild weather in the upper North Island
Around two thousand people had to be evacuated from a Tauranga shopping centre today. [more]

Defence witnesses begin giving evidence at Bain trial
The deteriorating state of Robin Bain's work has been outlined to the jury in David Bain's retrial. [more]

Northland Rugby Union writing head injury policy
The Northland Rugby Union is meeting tonight to discuss new measures to protect young players who've suffered head injuries. [more]

Student magazine article on mental illness critcised
The Mental Health Foundation says an article on mental illness in a student magazine is both offensive and ridiculous. [more]

Immigration cuts 'would be a huge mistake'
A visiting economist is warning that restricting immigration during the recession would be a huge mistake for New Zealand. [more]

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

Hearing into Victoria's bushfires begins
The first formal hearing of the Royal Commission into Victoria's deadly bushfires has begun. [more]

US promises to redouble efforts to limit civilian casualties
The United States says it won't hamper its forces in Afghanistan by banning air strikes. [more]

Thousands flee Swat Valley in Pakistan
The head of the U.S. Central Command says Pakistan's very existance is under threat from Taliban militants. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Australians prepare themselves for a tough budget
The Australian Treasurer puts the final touches on the budget which he'll deliver tomorrow night. [more]

South America correspondent on Brazil floods
Our correspondent Daniel Schweimler has the latest on the floods in Brazil. [more]

Anti-independence camp dominates New Caledonia's politics
New Caledonia's pro-independence parties have made gains in Sunday's election of three provincial assemblies. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 11 May 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 11 May 2009
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 11 May 2009
Selected stories from Morning Report on 11 May 2009. [more]

Police describe the scene at 41 Chaucer Road.
The body of Napier gunman Jan Molenaar will be removed from his home later today. [more]

Mt Albert underdogs launch by-election campaigns
Two parties at opposite ends of the political spectrum launched their campaigns for the Mt Albert by-election at the weekend. [more]

Record numbers using Auckland public transport
The Auckland Regional Transport Authority says a new report proves their continued investment in public tranport has paid off. [more]

Pacific news for 11 May 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Hospital Hill residents return home after siege
The body of the Napier gunman Jan Molenaar is expected to be removed from his house later today. [more]

Review of power disconnection guidelines criticised
The family of a woman who died after the power to her home was disconnected fears a change in the rules put in to protect people with medical conditions could endanger lives. [more]

Molenaar's friends culpable says mayor
The mayor of Napier says friends of dead gunman Jan Molenaar who knew he had weapons are culpable. [more]

Decline in house prices slowing
The latest housing statistics show the decline in property values has slowed for the first time in more than a year and a half. [more]

Sri Lanka civilian deaths rise - military denies shelling
At least 378 civilians are believed to have died in northern Sri Lanka from fierce shelling in the past 24 hours. [more]

Nai Xin Xue applies for legal aid
The man accused of murdering his wife before abandoning his daughter wants legal aid to investigate jurors in his trial. [more]

Abortion law being argued in the Court of Appeal
The future of the country's abortion laws comes before the Court of Appeal in a case due to get under way tomorrow. [more]

Results provide more means of comparing schools
New information on the NCEA being released today will allow parents to make many more comparisons between schools. [more]

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

Sir Ed's House could end up on private land
Sir Edmund Hillary's house could be moved to Kaipara to save it from demolition. [more]

Fresh hope for jailed journalist Roxana Saberi
The court appeal for jailed journalist, Roxana Saberi, has closed with hints her case could be reconsidered. [more]

Ned Kelly's family wants proper burial of his remains
There are new calls for Ned Kelly's remains to be returned to his family for a proper burial. [more]

Jan Molenaar's neighbours describe him as a big, powerful man.
Neighbours of the dead Napier gunman say police could not have been expected to know he would go on a shooting rampage. [more]

Cousin pays tribute to slain constable
The body of Senior Constable Len Snee who was shot dead on Thursday by Jan Molenaar is now back home with his family in Napier. [more]

Electricity Commission looks to tighten disconnection rules
The guidelines are supposed to protect vulnerable customers particularly if a medical condition makes them reliant on power. [more]

China cracks down ahead of earthquake anniversary
The Chinese Government is cracking down on groups that might protest during tomorrow's anniversary of the Sichuan earthquake. [more]

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

Government to improve respite services for kin carers
The government is pledging to help extended family members who are raising children get a break from child-rearing. [more]

School takes novel approach to improving emotional intelligence
Hamilton Girls' High School employed resilience educator, Maggie Dent to run day long courses for each year group at the school. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Lyttelton residents say upgrade will rob town of character
Christchurch City Council is spending $1.2 million to improve two roads. [more]

Phil Kafcaloudes on odd Rudd rumours and a Orangutan. [more]


Whose Culture?
James Cuno from The Art Institute of Chicago explores themes of cultural heritage and in particular 'who' owns antiquities. [more]

The Final Whistle
Penny Miles, sports journalist with the Dominion Post discusses the trialthalon and netball. [more]

Clue 1. [more]

South Africa Report
Christi van der Westhuizen is an award-winning political journalist, and author. She speaks to us from Capetown. [more]

Clue 2. [more]

Nine To Noon

Peter Molenaar
Peter Molenaar is the brother of Jan Molenaar. [more]

Greg O'Connor
President of the New Zealand Police Association on the Napier shooting and the latest statistics on frontline policing. [more]

Gabrielle Maxwell and Paula Bennett
Amendments to lower the age of criminal responsibility to twelve for serious crimes are at the select committee phase. [more]

Napier shooting police conference
Eric Frykberg calling from a Police media conference in Napier. [more]

Professor Andy Philpott
Andy Philpott co-developed a mathematical model to help eliminate inefficiencies in manufacturing. [more]

Feature guest - Vivian Lynn
Artist Vivian Lynn who has battled serious illness and helped establish the Women's Art Archive. [more]

Book review - Not Becoming My Mother
Sonja de Freiz reviews 'Not Becoming My Mother' by Ruth Reichl. Published by Allen and Unwin. [more]

With Matthew Hooton and Laila Harre. [more]

Guest Chef Peter Thornley
Long keeper onion and olive tart with goats cheese, and Roasted Sea Bass with moscovado liqourice olive crumble. [more]

Tommy Honey
Tommy Honey in defence of plastic bags. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 11 May 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 11 May 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Steven Osborne
Scottish concert pianist touring the country with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. [more]

The Italian Girl In Algiers Review
Gary Harris reviews last Saturday night's season opening performance of NZ Opera's production of Rossini's comic opera. [more]

News stories:

Man seriously injured after jumping from ferry
A man had to be rescued by the coastguard on Sunday after he jumped from Auckland's Devonport Ferry into the sea. [more]

Some cheat power bill rules, says Trustpower
Electricity retailer Trustpower says some people are cheating a billing system designed to protect vulnerable consumers. The Electricity Commission is reviewing its guidelines on disconnections. [more]

Napier gunman's house a 'stronghold'
Police in Napier describe the home of gunman Jan Molenaar, at the centre of a 50-hour armed siege, as a stronghold containing many military style weapons and improvised explosives. [more]

Banks criticised for changing business loan terms
Institutional investors are concerned that banks are changing the terms of loans for businesses and spooking them into raising cash to pay down debt. [more]

Church minister in Samoa goes to jail for sexual offence
A 62 year old former church minister of the Congregational Christian Church in Samoa, Lealofi Oto, has been jailed for 12 months after being found guilty of indecent assault. The... [more]

PNG workers said to back compulsory health insurance
A Papua New Guinea trade union leader says workers are strongly in favour of the compulsory health insurance he is advocating. John Paska, the general secretary of the PNG Trade... [more]

Retiring workers in Fiji urged not to withdraw lump sums from pension fund
The President of the Fiji Retailers Association is encouraging retiring public servants not to withdraw all their savings from the Fiji National Provident Fund. About 2,000 workers were made forced... [more]

Explanation demanded for release of security group convicted of manslaughter
The Citizens' Constitutional Forum in Fiji has called on the interim government to publicly explain why eight soldiers and a policeman convicted of manslaughter have been released early. The men... [more]

Two journalists detained in Fiji
Two journalists from a Fiji on-line newsite are being held after being taken to Suva's Central Police Station. Dionisia Turagabeci and Shelvin Chand both work for Fiji LIve. Mr Chand... [more]

Button celebrates fourth win in five races
The Formula One driver's championship leader Jenson Button has won the a Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona after starting from pole to go 14 points clear of his Brawn GP ... [more]

United back on top in premiership
Manchester United has beaten Manchester City 2-0 to return to the top of the English Premier League football championship and closer to a record-equalling 18th title. Cristiano Ronaldo's deflected free kick ... [more]

French tennis star denies cocaine use
French tennis star Richard Gasquet has admitted he has tested positive for cocaine but says he is inncoent. Gasquet, the world number 23, tested positive for the drug at a ... [more]

New Zealand looks to three teams in Super 14 semis
Three New Zealand teams can make the semi finals of the Super 14 rugby competition if they win their games this weekend. Wins for the Chiefs and Hurricanes will ensure ... [more]

Vancsik wins Italian Open
Argentina's Daniel Vancsik has shot a final round six under 65 to win the Italian Open by six strokes, from American John Daly. It was two time major winner Daly's ... [more]

Tennis star test positive for cocaine
French tennis star Richard Gasquet faces a two year ban from the sport after being tested positive for using cocaine. The French tennis Federation says it aware Gasquet, the world's number ... [more]

Video refs under-fire as Manly get season back on tracK
Video referees have come under heavy fire from players and coaches after controversial National Rugby League wins for Manly and Newcastle. Manly took a small step towards getting their premiership ... [more]

England add Bell and Sidebottom to squad
England's cricket selectors have added batsman Ian Bell and left-arm pace bowler Ryan Sidebottom to their squad as they named a 13-man party for the second Test against the West ... [more]

Thunderbirds sink sorry Swifts
The Adelaide Thunderbirds have stormed to their first-ever win over the New South Wales Swifts in Sydney with a comprehensive 51-40 victory in the trans-Tasman Netball championship. The Thunderbirds' victory ... [more]

Chelsea have big win over Arsenal
Chelsea have bounced back from their Champions League semi final loss to beat Arsenal 4-1 in the English Premier League football championship. Manager Guus Hiddink says he is proud of ... [more]

Green Party launches Mt Albert by-election campaign
The Green Party says the Mt Albert by-election will be a vote on the super-city plan for Auckland and the privatisation of local assets. [more]

Telecom warns customers not to expect price war
Telecom says its customers should not expect it to enter a price war with its rival Vodafone when it launches its new mobile phone network at the end of the month. [more]

Irish investor to buy more Southland dairy farms
An Irish investor has received approval from the Overseas Investment Commission to expand its already sizeable dairy farm holdings in Southland. [more]

Barichello threatens to quit if there is favouritism
Rubens Barrichello has threatened to quit Formula One motor racing if he believes the Brawn team is favouring his teammate Jenson Button. Barrichello's comments, made on television, follows Brawn changing ... [more]

F1 investigating possible racial abuse
Formula One's governing body says it is investigating reports of a blacked-up spectator at the Spanish Grand Prix circuit where world champion Lewis Hamilton suffered racial abuse last season. The ... [more]

Court in Samoa refuses to strike out motion against MP compensation claim
The Supreme Court in Samoa has dismissed the Attorney General, Aumua Ming Leung Wai's motion to strike out the entire legal action by the SDUP leader against the former and... [more]

Swimming group to reoccupy Edgeware pool site
A Christchurch swimming club says it is taking back a historic pool site the city council is planning to sell.A Christchurch swimming club says it is taking back a historic pool site the city council is planning to sell. [more]

Djokovic wins in Serbia
Home favourite Novak Djokovic clinched his second tour title of the year after a 6-3 7-6 win over Lukasz Kubot in the final of the Serbia Open in Belgrade. The world ... [more]

Cardiff secure place in next year's Heineken Cup
The Cardiff Blues have claimed an automatic place in rugby's Heineken Cup next year after beating last year's winners Munster 20-10. The Blues' victory leaves the Scarlets and Newport Gwent Dragons ... [more]

Monday's newspaper headlines
The main newspapers continue to be dominated by the Napier siege. [more]

American Samoa residents urged not to forget battle against dengue fever
While swine flu has become the focus of public health, the main hospital in American Samoa, along with the health department, has issued a reminder to residents that "dengue fever"... [more]

Tonga launches Nuku'alofa reconstruction work
The reconstruction of Tonga's capital, Nuku'alofa, is finally getting underway after much delay since the groundbreaking ceremony in November last year. The Director of the Urban Planning Department Tukua Tonga... [more]

After long delays, Fiji judicial appointments now held up by lack of cabinet advice
Fiji's President Ratu Josefa Iloilo is awaiting the advice of Cabinet to appoint judges to the High Court according to the secretary to the President, Rupeni Nacewa. The Attorney-General, Aiyaz... [more]

Pro-independence parties make gains in New Caledonian elections
New Caledonia's pro-independence parties have made gains in yesterday's election of three provincial assemblies, but the dominant grouping in the next five years will still be the anti-independence camp. 54... [more]

Wilkinson out of The Players
The Palmerston North golfer Tim Wilkinson has missed the cut at the mega-rich Players Championship in Florida. Wilkinson shot a second consecutive round of 77 to miss the even par ... [more]

Stenson wins the Players championship
Swede Henrik Stenson compiled a brilliant final round to clinch a commanding four-stroke victory at the worlds richest tournament, the $NZ15 million Players golf championship in Florida - the event ... [more]

Breakers await NBL decision
The future of the Breakers participation in this season's Australian national basketball decision is likely to be known today. Financial problems have seen proposed teams from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane pull ... [more]

Russia win ice hockey world champs
Russia has won the world ice hockey champs beating Canada 2-1 in Berne, their second successive final win over the same opponents. Russia won 5-4 in overtime last year. ... [more]

Chelsea manager says Drogba shouldn't be punished for outburst
The Chelsea striker Didier Drogba shouldn't be punished for his behaviour at the end of the Champions League semi-final football match against Barcelona, says Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink. Drogba went ... [more]

Rockets stun Lakers
The Houston Rockets stunned the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers, winning 99-87 without big man Yao Ming, to level their NBA Western Conference basketball semi-final series at two games all. Guard Aaron ... [more]

Mixed day for Coppins in Portugal
The New Zealand Motocross rider Josh Coppins has had a mixed day in the fifth round of the MX1 World Championship in Portugal. The Yamaha rider qualified in second spot for ... [more]

US$787 million proposed for military construction projects on Guam
President Obama's 2010 budget submission includes US$787 million in military construction projects on Guam. Guam Delegate to the US Congress Madeleine Bordallo said that the funding targets key initial infrastructure... [more]

Urban drift said to be increasing poverty in PNG
Papua New Guinea's Community Development Minister Dame Carol Kidu says the country has an issue with increasing poverty sparked by migration to the towns and cities. Her comments come after... [more]

US Congress asked for funds to help those to be hit by cannery shutdown
American Samoa's congressional member Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin has written to the chairmen of the U.S. Congressional money committee asking for a US$20 million supplement to help after a local cannery... [more]

Two Fiji journalists detained
Two journalists from a Fiji on-line newsite are being held after being taken to Suva's Central Police Station. Dionisia Tabureguci and Shelvin Chand, who work for Fijilive, were taken into... [more]

Abortion reform group calls on MPs for support
The Abortion Law Reform Association is calling on MPs to support the rights of women in a court battle it says is aimed at ending access to safe abortions. [more]

Lyttelton upgrade criticised, council defends move
Christchurch City Council is defending an upgrade of the Lyttelton township against claims it will harm the port town's unique character. [more]

Fiji journalists freed after two nights in jail
Two journalists from a Fiji on-line newsite, who had been held by police for two nights, have just been released. Dionisia Tabureguci and Shelvin Chand, who both work for Fiji... [more]

Postie Plus sales increase 7%
Clothing retailer Postie Plus has announced a increase in sales for the three months to the end of April. [more]

Beef and lamb prices strengthen
Prices for beef and lamb export are continuing to strengthen despite difficult economic conditions, figures from Meat and Wool New Zealand show. [more]

Samoa's Prime Minister defends hiring expatriates for SamoaTel
Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele, has defended the hiring of four expatriate employees at SamoaTel. The Chairman of the opposition Tautua Samoa Party Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi had earlier said he... [more]

West Papua Coalition wary of Indonesia's closer links to Vanuatu
The West Papua National Coalition for Liberation says a visit by Indonesia's Ambassador is unlikely to sway Vanuatu's support for West Papuan self-determination. Primo Alui Joelianto has been in Vanuatu... [more]

Violence at Papua New Guinea nickel mine - three Chinese workers hurt by mob
Simmering tensions remain at the Ramu-nickel mine in Papua New Guinea after three Chinese workers were hospitalised after being critically injured in a violent rampage. Construction of the Chinese government-run... [more]

Bainimarama scotches Forum plans for more dialogue
The interim Prime Minister of Fiji, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says there is no point in the Pacific Islands Forum trying to re-start dialogue with his regime. The Forum has said... [more]

Two Fiji journalists released from custody
Two journalists from a Fiji on-line newsite have been released from police custody. Dionisia Tabureguci and Shelvin Chand, who work for Fijilive, were taken into custody on Saturday under new... [more]

Support for Pacific Centre project questioned
Manukau City councillor Daniel Newman is questioning the process for gathering some of the submissions in favour of a whitewater rafting course and cultural centre. [more]

Christchurch river contamination risk warning
Environmental groups and medical officials in Canterbury say increasing the amount of sewage-contaminated overflows that are allowed into Christchurch rivers is a potential health risk. [more]

New Northland rugby rules on player injury
The Northland Rugby Union is drafting a new policy to protect players who have suffered head injuries, after an 18-year-old was seriously injured during a match. [more]

Reports Fiji regime leaders barred from Japan Pacific meeting
A Japanese Government source says Tokyo has decided not to invite the Fiji interim Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, or other senior members of the regime to its summit with Pacific... [more]

New Solomons Auditor General sworn in
Solomon Islands has appointed a new Auditor General. Edward Ronia, who formerly worked at a senior level in the Central Bank of Solomon Islands, replaces the late Augustine Fatai, who... [more]

PNG's famed Kokoda Track now re-opened after dispute settled
Papua New Guinea landowners have reopened the Kokoda Track after emergency talks settled their grievances. Last Wednesday landowners near Kovelo Village began demanding around 70 US dollars each from trekking... [more]

Chiefs of Fiji's Ba province give backing to President Ratu Josefa Iloilo
Chiefs of Fiji's largest province have expressed support for President Ratu Josefa Iloilo. A delegation of about 70 from 21 districts of Ba, made a traditional visit to Ratu Josefa... [more]

Work finally underway for Tonga capital rebuilding
Tonga's chairman of the technical reconstruction committee is optimistic the rebuilding of Nuku'alofa is on track for completion in November 2011. The sixty million US dollar reconstruction of the capital,... [more]

Madang Governor says cultural differences a key factor in tensions at PNG nickel mine
The Governor of Papua New Guinea's Madang province says cultural differences between local workers and Chinese at the Ramu nickel mine continue to present a major issue for the massive... [more]

Kurariki granted bail after guilty plea
One of New Zealand's youngest convicted killers has had an assault charge against him downgraded and has pleaded guilty to the charge. [more]

Xue defence team seeks legal aid for jury profiling
The defence team for murder-accused Nai Yin Xue says an application for legal aid to pay for juror profiling is justified. [more]

House price decline slows
The latest Quotable Value statistics show house prices are continuing to fall, but the decline is slowing. In the year to April, prices dropped 9.2%. [more]

Cause of Dunedin teen's sudden death unknown
Police investigating the sudden death of a Dunedin teenager say there are still too many unanswered questions to determine the cause of death. [more]

France welcomes smooth New Caledonia elections
The French government has welcomed the smooth running of New Caledonia's provincial elections which has seen the territory vote mainly for parties opposed to independence. The interior minister, who is... [more]

Flooded Bay of Plenty mall evacuated
About 2000 people were evacuated from a Mt Maunganui shopping centre on Monday after a severe hail storm caused parts of the roof to collapse. [more]

Blues cancel training to help battered and bruised players recover
The Blues have cancelled tomorrow's training as coach Pat Lam tries to nurse his battered and bruised side through their final week of the Super 14 rugby competition. With over ... [more]

South Africa's threat to leave Super 14 a bluff says O'Neill
South Africa's threat to pull out of the Super 14 remains a bluff, according to Australian Rugby Union chief executive John O'Neill. There's disagreement between New Zealand, Australia and South ... [more]

Swede keeps cool to win richest golf tournament
Sweden's Henrik Stenson kept his cool in 32 degree heat to win golf's unofficial fifth major, the Players Championship in Florida, as a frustrated Tiger Woods crashed out of contention. ... [more]

Motorsport investigated 'blacked up' spectator
Formula One's governing body is investigation reports of a black painted spectator at the Spanish Grand Prix circuit where world champion Lewis Hamilton was racially abused last season. ... [more]

Australian National Basketball League in limbo
The future of this year's Australian National Basketball league is in limbo, with the Melbourne Tigers the latest club to announce they're withdrawing from the upcoming NBL season. The Tigers ... [more]

Another world swim record falls but will it stand?
The latest world record in the controversial hi tech swimsuits could be erased from the history books if the sport's governing body rules the illegal. Japan's Ryosuke Irie took more ... [more]

NZ dollar hits six-month high
The New Zealand dollar hit a six-month high on Monday on renewed optimism that the worst of the global financial crisis has passed. [more]

Elderly man's body recovered from Waikato River
Police have recovered the body of an elderly man from the Waikato River. [more]

Huge Fiji resort built with money from the Provident Fund opens
After much controversy and uncertainty, the multimillion dollar Natadola Bay Resort and golf course was officially opened at the weekend in the presence of hundreds of invited guests. Fiji Village... [more]

Leading NGO in Papua New Guinea says people are dying of hunger
The National Council of Women in Papua New Guinea says people of all ages are dying from starvation, despite the government's comments that nobody is lacking food or water. During... [more]

Third mobile company reveals brand, launch date
New Zealand's third mobile network will launch in August under the brand 2degrees. [more]

Chinese mine official says PNG mine violence not due to cultural differences
Mobile police units have been deployed to the Ramu nickel mine in Papua New Guinea's Madang province following a violent rampage late last week. The rampage by a small group... [more]

Fears in Fiji that regime about to take responsibilities from Law Society
There are fears in Fiji that the interim government could be about to take over the licensing of lawyers from the Fiji Law Society. Last week the Law Society's president,... [more]

Pacific news body wants strong stance against Fiji regime's extended media crackdown
The Pacific Islands News Association condemns the latest crackdown on Fiji media. Last week, the interim government extended its emergency regulations for another month, forcing the media to publish only... [more]

More students getting qualifications
More New Zealand secondary students are getting qualifications. [more]

Student article on mental illness 'offensive'
The Mental Health Foundation says an article on mental illness published by a student magazine is offensive and ridiculous. [more]

Defence witnesses say Robin Bain was depressed
Robin Bain was on a downward spiral and prone to mood swings in the months before his death, a jury at the High Court in Christchurch has been told. [more]

Fire damages lavish Taupo lakefront hotel
A lavish Taupo lakefront hotel has been badly damaged after a large fire ripped through the complex on Monday. [more]

Youth crime bill 'breaches human rights'
There are claims that proposed legislation allowing more 12 and 13-year olds to be dealt with by the Youth Court breaches international human rights guidelines. [more]

NZ, Australian markets lower
The New Zealand and Australian markets were lower at the close of trade on Monday. [more]

NZ grass-fed beef goes down well in Korea
New Zealand grass-fed beef was a major draw card at a New Zealand cultural festival held recently in South Korea. [more]

Arsenal discovered in Napier siege house
Police on Monday removed the body of gunman Jan Molenaar from his Napier home where at least 18 guns have been found at the booby-trapped property. [more]