Radio New Zealand - Friday, 12th June 2009

This page lists items from RNZ that are available online. RNZ didn't start regularly putting both its audio and news content online until 2008. From 2002-2007 written news items (particularly from RNZ International) were placed online. You can access items prior to 2002 on the historic page.

This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Country Life, Focus on Politics, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Saturday Morning, Upbeat


The best song ever written -As Steals the Morn
John K Monro chooses"As Steals the Morn"written by George Frederick Handel. [more]

Plain English
The WriteMark New Zealand Plain English Awards is held annually to reward people, businesses and groups doing their best to stem the tide of confusing gibberish by communicating in plain English. [more]

Simon and Garfunkel
After a 25 year absence, Simon and Garfunkel are returning to New Zealand to perform two sold out concerts this weekend in Auckland. [more]

He Rourou for 12 June 2009
Ana Tapiata talks to Brenda Tahi, a Maori woman with 10 years experience sitting on various government boards of directors. [more]

Weekend weather
With Metservice weather guru Bob McDavitt. [more]

Fresh Fast Food - Jacob Brown
Jerusalem Artichoke and Leek Soup with Oyster Beignets, Fried Trout stuffed with Mushrooms, Garlic and Bacon. [more]

Sports story
The sports bag's a mixed one this weekend and the biggest item in it is the first rugby test in Dunedin tomorrow night. Murray Williams has the latest Sports stories. [more]

NZ Society - Literary Translation: Art or Echo?
The first of four in Amelia Nurse's series on Literary Translation. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With Michael Deaker and Jock Anderson. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With Michael Deaker and Jock Anderson. [more]

Business News

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

Midday Business News for 12 June 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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

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


Worth resigns from Parliament
Former Internal Affairs Minister Richard Worth has resigned from Parliament. [more]

Swine flu cases rise as global pandemic declared
Two Auckland sisters who've caught swine flu are now in strict isolation at Starship Hospital, with health officials confirming that the total number of cases has reached 35. [more]

Health Ministry says swine flu could be widespread
Deputy Director of Public Health Darren Hunt says it's most likely that before the end of winter the virus will have moved from it current containment phase to the kind of community spread seen in Australia. [more]

Thai tiler gives evidence at Field trial
A Thai immigrant has told a court Taito Phillip Field was known as"Big Dad"and he was told Mr Field could help him get a work permit if he did work on his house. [more]

Suppression order lifted on 111 phone call
The High Court in Christchurch has agreed to release a copy of a 111 call made by David Bain that wasn't played to the jury in his retrial. [more]

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

Jurors still out in exorcism manslaughter trial
Jurors are continuing their deliberations at a trial arising from the death of a woman during an exorcism attempt. [more]

Labour leader reacts to Worth resignation
The National Party MP, Richard Worth, has resigned as a member of Parliament. [more]

Man dies after being tasered by Queensland police
A mentally ill Queensland man has died after police repeatedly stunned him with a taser gun. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Mt Albert by-election campaign winds down
The hoardings are starting to come down in Mt Albert as the campaign for Helen Clark's old seat winds up. [more]

Doubts cast over 'homebake' heroin claims
Doubts have been raised over claims users of methamphetamine, or 'P', are turning to"homebake"heroin. [more]

A bolt out of the blue as plane hit by lightning
A Royal New Zealand Air Force plane with 16 people on board has been struck by lightning while flying over Canada. [more]

Close watch kept on Southern Hemisphere flu season
After declaring a swine flu pandemic, the World Health Organisation is paying careful attention to what happens in the Southern Hemisphere with the onset of winter and the regular flu season. [more]

Swine flu fears could mean extra time off school
The Ministry of Health is now suggesting that school children who travel to countries where swine flu is widespread should stay home for week on their return even if they have no symptoms. [more]

Washington issues warning to North Korea
Washington is warning it will take steps to protect its security and its allies if North Korea dosen't end its nuclear provocation. [more]

A 25 year old man is shot in Foxton
A man is in a serious condition in Hutt Hospital after what police say may be a gang-related shooting in Foxton yesterday. [more]

Premium cars go under the hammer
A swag of luxury cars are set to go under the hammer in Auckland tomorrow as hardpressed drivers continue to offload their flash motors. [more]

Violent attacks escalate in Afghanistan
The commander of United States forces in Iraq and Afghanistan says violent attacks in Afghanistan are at their highest level since the Taliban were toppled eight years ago. [more]

Investigation launched into suspected arsons
The Police in Palmerston North say they now have film footage of a wanted arsonist breaking into a cafe and setting it alight. [more]

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

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Tough new measures to curb smoking in the US
The United States Senate has backed landmark legislation giving the government far reaching powers to curb smoking. [more]

Country Life

Intro and guest
The National Fieldays theme is My Land, Our Environment. Dr Jon Tanner talks about expansion in organic production. [more]

Intro and guest
North Canterbury farmer Philippa Summerville talks about the 'Quadmate' carry container that she and her husband Peter were showcasing at this years South Island Field Days in Lincoln. [more]

Regional wrap
The North Island had plenty of rain but no grass growth to talk of and in the South the rain has eased off but conditions are pretty bleak. [more]

Shedding the light
Darfield farmer Paul Jarman sheds some light on the different stages of a sheep's life. [more]

100 Years of Herd Testing
Sleeping in a different bed nearly every night, eating weetbix for dinner and driving a horse and gig were all part of the early Herd Testers lot in New Zealand. A new book celebrates these hardy folk. [more]

Catch me if you scan
South Island producer Cosmo Kentish-Barnes captures a day in the life of experienced stock scanner Jeff Sewell, who is pregnancy testing a herd of cows on an isolated farm, that borders the Buller River between Murchison and Nelson. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus on politics for 12 June 2009
The Green Party is now firmly established as the third largest political party in Parliament and will tomorrow try to push National into third place in the Mt Albert by-election. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 12 June 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 12 June 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 11 June 2009
WHO declares swine flu epidemic, Bain trial suppressed evidence, Mt Albert By-election, PM washes hands of Worth. [more]

Auckland Hospital ward in swine flu lockdown
The World Health Organization has OVERNIGHT declared a global flu pandemic after an emergency meeting at its headquarters in Geneva. [more]

Banks won't budge on short term mortgage rates
Banks are not budging on short term mortgage rates and are even pushing up their long term home loan rates despite mounting pressure and no change in the official cash rate. [more]

Pacific news for 12 June 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Speech expert doubts Bain said"I shot the prick"
Four words are at the heart of contention about evidence that the jury that acquitted David Bain did not hear, but which is now being made public. [more]

Morning Business News for 12 June 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

WHO declares swine flu pandemic
Swine flu is now at a pandemic level worldwide. [more]

Health Minister says greater spread of swine flu inevitable
For more on what the declaration of a pandemic means for New Zealand we're joined by Minister of Health, Tony Ryall. [more]

Decision due on suppressed part of Bain call
Previously suppressed evidence that the jury in David Bain's retrial did not get to hear can now be made public following a series of court rulings. [more]

Bain plea bargain during trial
Sources have told Radio New Zealand that David Bain's legal team approached the Crown about organising a plea bargain as the retrial progressed, and not the other way around. [more]

Labour expectations in Mt Albert by-election
With just a day to go to the Mt Albert by-election the National Party says the vote is a test for the Labour leader Phil Goff. [more]

PM gives clearest signal he's washed his hands of Worth
National Party MPs are not exactly laying out the welcome mat for their colleague Richard Worth, ahead of his possible return to Parliament next week. [more]

Bollard eyes new tools to aid economy
Banks are showing no sign of budging on short term home loan rates and are even pushing up their long term rates despite mounting pressure and no change in the official cash rate. [more]

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

Police hope reward will aid search for missing woman
39 year old Christchurch roadworker Dean Stewart Cameron is today beginning a life sentence after a jury yesterday found him guilty of the rape and murder of schoolgirl Marie Davis. [more]

170 people will lose out of ACC compensation
Weekly compensation payments to one hundred and seventy people are being cut because the Accident Compensation Corporation failed to follow the law. [more]

Carisbrook's first All Blacks v France match
Dunedin is turning on the charm for French visitors ahead of Carisbrook hosting its first eve test between France and the All Blacks. [more]

Swine flu containment strategy
With 30-thousand confirmed cases of swine flu worldwide, the World Health Organisation has now declared the virus is at pandemic levels. [more]

Swine flu in australia
In Australia, there are now 1307 confirmed cases and at least four victims of the flu have been admitted to intensive care wards. [more]

Bain's lawyer responds to suppressed evidence
David Bain's trial in court is over but his trial in the public domain goes on. [more]

Why did Bain jury not hear suppressed evidence?
Joining us are Warren Brookbanks, a professor of law at Auckland University, and criminal barrister Greg King. [more]

Mt Albert debate
Joining us are the candidates from four of the major parties - David Shearer, Melissa Lee, the Act Party's John Boscawen and the Green's Russel Norman. [more]

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

Council admits mistakes in dioxin clean up
Taranaki's Regional Council admits it was wron in not talking to people living around the New Plymouth park where dioxin residue was found. [more]

Child cancer services cut in Wellington
After months of intensifying speculation, Wellington Hospital has confirmed cutbacks to its specialist child cancer services and that in many cases it will have to send children elsewhere. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Waikato police launch new initiative to combat truancy
The police in Waikato have launched a new initiative to combat truancy. [more]

We cross to Canberra now to join our correspondent, Kerry-Anne Walsh. [more]


Leslie Sebastian Charles
Billy Ocean, UK singer, currently on tour in New Zealand. [more]

This weeks answer. [more]

Nine To Noon

David Bain suppressed evidence
Steven Price is a Wellington Barrister specialising in media law. [more]

Professor Jennifer Walsh
Professor Jennifer Walsh of political science at Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles County, who has studied the three strikes law for the past 15 years, and who has been brought here by the Sensible Sentencing Trust and Families First, to tell a Parliamentary committee why the law does work. [more]

Curtis Melvin
North Korea exposed in online map. [more]

Pacific correspondent - Mike Field
New Zealand is providing aid from a new warship in the pacific. [more]

Feature guest - Edward de Bono
The father of Lateral Thinking. [more]

Book Review - The Angel's Cut
Written by Elizabeth Knox, reviewed by Louise O'Brien and published by Victoria University Press. [more]

Music with Manu Taylor
This week, Elvis Costello, Simone Kermes, Eminem. [more]

Sport - Richard Boock
Looks at whether the All Blacks will suffer from First TEST'ITIS in Dunedin tomorrow. [more]

The Week That Was
With Dai Henwood and Irene Pink. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 12 June 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 12 June 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Saturday Morning

Eleanor Catton: writing rehearsal
Author of debut novel The Rehearsal, which has been sold to publishers in the UK, the USA, and Europe, and is a finalist in the Fiction and First Book categories at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards. [more]


Josef Spacek
Kerry Stevens interviews Josef Spacek; winner of the 2009 Michael Hill International Violin Competition. Josef's performances during the competition are all available to listen to on our website. [more]

Radoslaw Szalc
Polish violinist and conductor as well as adjudicator of the 2009 Michael Hill Violin Competition talks about last night's final. [more]

Mark Williams
NZ Film Archive Exhibitions Manager talks about Australian experimental filmmakers currently touring country. [more]

Anthony Ritchie and Emma Sayers
Composer and muse of new piano concerto being premiered next week with the Manukau Symphony Orchestra. [more]

News stories:

New Zealand market closes down 31 points
The New Zealand sharemarket dipped sharply on Thursday, with the NZX 50 index closing down 31 points, or 1.1%, to 2796 on turnover of $71.1 million. [more]

Bollard 'using all powers' to get bank rates down
Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard has told MPs he is using all powers available to get banks to lower interest rates, after earlier leaving the Official Cash Rate unchanged. [more]

Motel drug bust in Auckland
Six people have been arrested and part of an Auckland motel has been closed after a methamphetamine bust on Thursday morning. [more]

Waikato police tackle school truancy
Waikato police have launched an initiative to help combat truancy in the region. Police will visit parents whose children are truants. [more]

Price rise saves Nelson recycling services
A rise in commodity prices for paper and plastics has enabled Nelson City Council to save kerbside recycling services. [more]

NZ cricketers beat Ireland
Aaron Redmond crashed 63 from 30 deliveries to help the New Zealand cricketers beat Ireland by 83 runs in the opening Super 8 twenty20 World Cup match at trent Bridge. ... [more]

Ronaldo off to Real Madrid
English football champions Manchester United have accepted a potential world record 205 million dollar bid from Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo. A statement says United have agreed to give Real Madrid ... [more]

Roddick downs Hewitt at Queens
Andy Roddick won the shootout between former champions when he squeezed past Lleyton Hewitt 7-6 7-6 to reach the quarter-finals at the Queen's Club grasscourt tournament in London. There ... [more]

Hunt could play with swine flu
After the swine flu fuss at the Brisbane Broncos league club this week, the NRL co-leaders' home game against the high flying Canterbury Bulldogs is going ahead as scheduled ... [more]

Another win for Junior mens hockey team
The New Zealand Junior Men's hockey team has beaten Singapore 3-1 in their latest match at the World Cup in Singapore. The New Zealanders led 1-nil at half time... captain Simon ... [more]

Waikato take top spot in NBL standings
Defending National Basketball League champions the Waikato Pistons have grabbed the regular season honours and top seeding for the play-offs after an emphatic 108-70 victory over Auckland at Te Awamutu. ... [more]

Ryder out, Redmond in
New Zealand Cricket has confirmed that Aaron Redmond will replace Jesse Ryder in the Blackcaps squad for the remainder of the ICC World Twenty20 tournament in England. New Zealand team ... [more]

Proteas beat England
England recorded their lowest total in a Twenty20 cricket international as South Africa bowled them out for just 111 before easing to a seven-wicket win in the World Cup second ... [more]

No pressure on Adam Thomson
The All Black openside flanker Adam Thomson says he can't wait to fill Richie McCaw's boots in tomorrow night's opening test against France in Dunedin. Thomson will make his second ... [more]

Zappia stands down as Sharks boss
The former Cronulla chief executive Tony Zappia says he'll meet with his lawyers to discuss legal options against the Seven television Network after quitting his post in the wake of ... [more]

Sharapova rolls on in Birmingham
The Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova has continued her build-up for Wimbledon by winning back-to-back matches at the Edgbaston Classic in Birmingham. The former world number one was left stranded ... [more]

FIA meets with F1 teams again
Formula One's governing body has met with teams to try and reach an 11th hour deal before publication of a 2010 entry list that could secure a stable future for ... [more]

US coaching great dies of cancer
One of the United States top swimming coaches Richard Quick has died of brain cancer aged 66. Quick served as coach on the U.S. team at six Olympics, between ... [more]

Wet weather keeps visitors away from Fieldays
Attendance figures for the National Agricultural Fieldays are down 11% on last year. The show opened in heavy rain and cold temperatures at Mystery Creek near Hamilton on Wednesday. [more]

Taranaki council admits blunder over dioxin information
Taranaki's regional council admits it made a mistake in not talking to residents near the New Plymouth playground where agrichemicals and dioxin were found. [more]

Jasons Travel Media posts loss
Jasons Travel Media has announced a $806,000 loss in the year to March, down almost 18% on last year. However, the company's revenue grew over the period. [more]

Palau caught in diplomatic battle over Guantanamo detainees
The US government has announced that four detainees held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been released and permitted to resettle in Bermuda, a day after Palau offered to host... [more]

China provides Samoa assistance for Swine Flu
The Chinese government is to provide more than 200-thousand US dollars in assistance for the Ministry of Health in Samoa to help in their border control protection measures from swine... [more]

Workshop attempts to raise awareness of Bougainville women's ownership rights
The first workshop aimed at empowering women landowners to assert their ownership rights has concluded in the autonomous region of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. The two-day event was a... [more]

China demands US return Uighur detainees, not send them to Palau
China has demanded that the United States return 17 Chinese Muslims held at Guantanamo Bay to China and not send them to Palau, which has agreed to accept the detainees. [more]

USTKE ends New Caledonia airline strike
New Caledonia's mainly Kanak USTKE union has ended its general strike after saying it signed an agreement to settle its grievance with the domestic carrier, Air Caledonie. The deal, which... [more]

Grant to help vision-impaired children
Maori blind support group Ngati Kapo o Aotearoa has won a $500,000 Health Research Council grant to help improve children's access to ophthalmology services. [more]

Agreements pave way for iwi fisheries payments
Ngapuhi and Waikato have completed coastline agreements with neighbouring iwi, clearing the way for the transfer of what remains of their fisheries settlement assets. [more]

Key 'washes hands' of Worth
Prime Minister John Key says he has "washed his hands" of National MP Richard Worth. [more]

Air Force plane hit by lightning
A Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion with 16 people on board has been struck by lightning while flying over Canada. [more]

Thousands expected to join PNG anti-corruption walk
About 4,000 people in Papua New Guinea are expected to take part in anti-corruption walks this Sunday. The Walk Against Corruption is organised by Transparency International PNG in the capital,... [more]

Solomons registers traveller boom
Solomon Islands has recorded a significant jump in visitor numbers in the first quarter of this year. The Solomon Star reports that new Pacific Blue flights from Brisbane and increased... [more]

Cook Islands Hilton to welcome first guests in 2011
The developer of a Cook Islands hotel that's been awaiting its first guest for over two decades says the resort will be completed by 2011. The project, which began as... [more]

Indonesian police charge three over Papua airstrip occupation
Police in Indonesia's Papua province have named and charged three men in relation to a month-long airstrip occupation by 150 armed people in Memberamo regency. The three suspects are Nela... [more]

Thai man tells court Field offered permit help
A Thai tiler has described being told that the only way he could stay in New Zealand would be if he took up the offer by former MP Taito Phillip Field to do work on his home. [more]

Woman pleads guilty to drug importation
A woman has admitted her involvement with an alleged operation to import methamphetamine. [more]

International ship terminal affordable, says ARC chair
The Auckland Regional Council says an international cruise ship terminal will not cost as much to build as the Auckland City Mayor says. [more]

Car sales push up retail sales figures
Retail sales jumped 0.5% in April compared to the previous month, due to a resurgence in car sales. [more]

Claims home bake heroin use on the rise
Police are investigating claims that drug users are turning to "home bake" heroin in response to the tight control of the drug trade by criminal gangs. [more]

Quarantined Australians in Samoa await flu test results
A group of 25 Melbourne schoolgirls and four teachers are in quarantine at a Samoan motel waiting for results confirming possible swine flu. The Deputy Principal from Lowther Hall Anglican... [more]

PNG quarantines seven amid swine flu fears
Papua New Guinea authorities have quarantined seven people returning from Australia amid suspicion that they may have contracted the H1N1 virus. The Pacific International Hospital in the capital Port Moresby... [more]

International backing for anti-subsidy stand - Fed Farmers
Federated Farmers says its had strong international support for its criticism of United States and European Union moves to resurrect dairy export subsidies. [more]

Rural medical group explores use of technology
Rural doctors, nurses and other health workers have been getting an insight into the potential for the use of technology to bridge the isolation gap. [more]

Wool companies disagree over carpet standard
Competing wool companies have disagreed about a breakthrough in getting a United States sustainability standard for carpets to include woollen as well as synthetic carpets. [more]

Forest owners urge banks to drop rates
Forest owners have joined farmers in complaining about high bank interest rates. [more]

Oil prices rise for third consecutive day
Oil prices extended a three-day rally to near $US73 a barrel on Thursday, the highest in almost eight months, on rising hopes the recession has bottomed out. [more]

Teens die in Whangarei crash
Two teenage girls have been killed in a car crash in Whangarei. Police say the vehicle went out of control in the Morningside area about 1.30am on Friday. [more]

Midday markets
The sharemarket is flat in trading, with the NZX 50 index unchanged at 27 96 on turnover of $47 million at 12.25pm. [more]

CNMI to sue over dialysis project cost overrun
The Lieutenant Governor of the Northern Marianas, Eloy Inos, says the government will sue the design contractors and other parties involved in the dialysis centre project after its costs ballooned... [more]

Report highlights French overseas health service problems
A French report has highlighted deficiencies in the health care provided in overseas territories and suggests reform in New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna. The Social and Economic Council says,... [more]

Fiji lawyer Leung defies regime's registration decree
The former President of the Fiji Law Society Graham Leung says he will not be applying for a certificate to practise law because he does not recognise the interim government. [more]

Samoans join Australian group in Apia quarantine amid swine flu fears
Medical supplies have arrived in Samoa as an Australian school group is quarantined in an Apia motel with suspected swine flu. The director general of health Palanitina Tuouimatagi Toelupe says... [more]

Bain lawyer denies plea bargain approaches
David Bain's lawyer Michael Reed, QC, denies making any approach to the Crown about a plea bargain for his client, and says the Crown did not offer a deal either. [more]

PNG carbon racket dupes landowners
Landowners in Papua New Guinea are being cheated by conmen offering fake carbon trading deals and promising big returns. AAP reports the carbon trading racket has duped at least 500... [more]

Solomons lawyer on run following alleged swindle
Solomon Islands police are hunting a lawyer who has been accused of swindling more than a million dollars he has kept in trust for a client. Police say the lawyer,... [more]

French Polynesia president suggests islands' to change name
Debate has been ignited in French Polynesia on whether the territory should change its name as wide-ranging talks are to begin next week to chart the archipelago's future. The brainstorming... [more]

Jane promoted to All Blacks starting line-up
Wellington's Corey Jane will start in the All Blacks first test of the year, replacing the injured Rudi Wulf on the right wing. Counties Manukau winger Lelia Masaga has been ... [more]

Jones says milestone will mean nothing unless they win
The Warriors legend Stacey Jones is playing down his 250th National Rugby League appearance for the club tonight in Auckland. Jones says the milestone will mean little if they don't ... [more]

Breakers fill roster
Tall Black stalwart Phill Jones has missed out on a contract with the New Zealand Breakers. Jones has played the last 2 years with the Auckland franchise, but he along ... [more]

Gower says he feels more nervous about rugby union test debut
Craig Gower admits to feeling more nervous about making his Test rugby debut for Italy tomorrow than when he played State of Origin rugby league for New South ... [more]

Symonds prospects of rekindling international career dealt a further blow
The prospects of Andrew Symonds rekindling his international cricket career have been dealt another blow, with the Australian player officially stripped of his contract for next season. Symonds ... [more]

Otago halfback called in to replace Mathewson
Otago's Sean Romans will join the Junior All Blacks in Samoa to replace the injured Wellington halfback Alby Mathewson. Mathewson has a shoulder injury and didn't fly out with the ... [more]

Cricket Australia withdraw contract offer to Symonds
Cricket Australia's withdrawn its contract offer to troubled allrounder Andrew Symonds and added injury-prone speedster Shaun Tait to its top 25 player list. Cricket Australia chief operations manager ... [more]

Peugeot pip Audi for Le Mans pole
Peugeot have stunned rivals Audi to snatch pole position for the weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar race in France. Stephane Sarrazin, who partners with fellow Frenchmen Sebastien Bourdais and ... [more]

Redmond says he's be avialable for IPL
The New Zealand opening batsman Aaron Redmond says he is open to offers, following his dramatic debut for the New Zealand Twenty20 team. Redmond hit 63 off 30 balls as ... [more]

Team NZ enjoys strong winds off Marseille
Team New Zealand finally got the wind it had been waiting for and produced another good day on the Marseille MedCup yachting regatta in Southern France. The New Zealanders had ... [more]

Acropolis rally starts tonight
One of the toughest motor rallies of the year gets underway tonight with the start of the Acropolis Rally of Greece. Three days of gruelling stages in searing heat over ... [more]

Iles goes low in Tennessee, Mickelson returns
The Bay of Plenty golfer Bradley Iles is tied for 6th only two shots from the lead after an opening round of 67 at the Nationwide Tour's Knoxville Open in ... [more]

Platini not happy with Real's latest offer
The European football president Michel Platini has described Real Madrid's world record bid for Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo as "excessive" at a time when the world is in the midst ... [more]

Redmond learns alot in last 6 months
The New Zealand batsman Aaron Redmond says the wet England summer probably helped prepare him for his debut in the Twenty20 World Cup. Yesterday Redmond replaced the injured Jessie Ryder ... [more]

Reduced earnings for NZ Oil and Gas in 2010
New Zealand Oil and Gas says a delay to producing the first natural gas from the Kupe field will reduce its earnings in the 2010 year. [more]

Friday's newspaper headlines
Auckland Hospital on swine flu alert; suppression lifted on Bain evidence; soldiers banned from a Christchurch bar after a 50-strong fight. [more]