Radio New Zealand - Monday, 22nd June 2009

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Eight months to Mars - Ngila Dickson
She has been recognised for her art with a New Zealand Order of Merit, achievement enough you would think, but then add to an Oscar, a BAFTA and a Costume Designers Guild award, and you know we are talking with somebody at the very top of her profession. [more]

Top 40 shake up
The traditional Top 40 is facing a shakeup as the recording industry starts to sit up and acknowledge the increasing influence of music streaming. [more]

Student Flats
The days of Scarfies freezing through the Dunedin winter could be on the way out, with the introduction of a"five star rating"system for student flats. [more]

He Rourou for 22 June 2009
In He Rourou today Ana Tapiata talks with Tonga Karena about the 14,000 pages which he believes will increase understanding of the Maori world view to law. [more]

Author Slot - Robin Koval
Her book is called"The Power of Small". [more]

This way up Feature - free food
This Way Up is on the hunt for free food- foraging for chickweed that tastes great in pesto in just a second. [more]

Science Story
Australia's in the running to host the world's biggest radio telescope, with help from New Zealand. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With today's guests Irene Gardiner and Peter Elliott. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With today's guests Irene Gardiner and Peter Elliott. [more]

Business News

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

Midday Business News for 22 June 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 22 June 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


Police reveal fresh details of post-match assault
The police in Wellington have hit out at rugby officials for failing to report an assault on a visiting French player. [more]

Economists say increase in net migration is good news
Thank goodness for the Australians - new figures show that for the first time more than a million have visited in a year, despite the global recession that's hitting tourism hard. [more]

Tourism industry celebrates Aussie visitor numbers
More than a million Australians visited over the last 12 months - a record figure and against falling visitor numbers from almost everywhere else. [more]

Rankin absent at Vote No campaign launch
The Prime Minister John Key says it would be unacceptable for Familes Commissioner Christine Rankin to become involved in a campaign to overturn the child discipline law. [more]

Rugby Union chief Steve Tew on rugby assault
France's star centre was set upon near the team hotel in the early hours of yesterday morning, suffering a suspected fractured eye socket and requiring stitches to his cheek. [more]

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

Bumpy ride on Qantas A330-300 Airbus flight
Seven people have been injured in severe turbulence on a flight from Hong Kong to Perth, in the latest incident involving an A330-300 Airbus. [more]

Wellington homeless services stretched
Growing numbers of Wellingtonians are heading to the soup kitchen, and the Night Shelter is struggling to cope with its highest number of guests in 40 years. [more]

Furniture company fined over misleading customers
A furniture company has been fined for deliberately breaching the Fair Trading Act by misrepresenting the sale price of goods. [more]

New revelations in Australia's OzCar scandal
There are reports that an email at the centre of a political scandal in Australia has been found - and is a fake. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

The IWC meeting opens today
The annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission opens today with year long negotiations over a possible compromise between anti-whaling countries and Japan at a critical stage. [more]

Is cash going out of fashion?
New Zealand is moving closer to becoming a cashless society - according to a new report from the Retirement Commission. [more]

Five star rating proposed for Dunedin student flats
The days of grotty student accommodation in Dunedin could be numbered, thanks to a new ratings system being considered by the City Council and Otago University and Polytech. [more]

Iran accuses Western nations of interference
Both Britain and the United States are denying Iran's accusations that foreign powers have been meddling in the mass protests against last weeks election results. [more]

Our Iranian correspondent live from Tehran
Iranian state radio is reporting the arrests of at least 457 people, and the deaths of at least 10 people as the violent clashes continue. [more]

Migration levels bouncing back
More New Zealanders are coming home from overseas or not going away in the first place. [more]

Skilled migrants already vulnerable
Mike Bell is the co-founder of Christchurch's Skilled Migrant Information and Resource Centre - which provides free advice to foreigners working in New Zealand. [more]

AFFCO and ACC reach out-of-court settlement
A long running battle between AFFCO and the Accident Compensation Corporation has been settled - but its sparked debate over the implications for other companies. [more]

Mafia member arrested in Venezuela
He's high on the list of Italy's most wanted criminals and he's been on the run for eight years - but his luck has finally run out. [more]

Evening Business News for 22 June 2009
News from the business sector. [more]

It's raining fish and tadpoles in Japan
Meteorologists in Japan are puzzled by a recent series of downpours. [more]

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

Sth America correspondent on illegal cattle farms and gold
To South America where Brazilian authorities are investigating illegal cattle farms linked to massive deforestation and UK supermarkets. [more]

British contract workers executed in Iraq
The British Foreign Office in London says the remains of two men handed to British diplomats in Iraq on Friday are those of two bodyguards who were among five British hostages held since 2007. [more]

UK parliament prepares to elect new speaker
In Britain MPs are preparing to vote for the new Speaker of the House of Commons. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Influenza hits Canterbury
Health authorities in Canterbury say influenza is widespread in the region. [more]

Zimbabwe's Prime Minister in London for financial help.
Zimbabwe's prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai is in London today where he'll ask the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown for financial help for his country. [more]

Fiji slashes some pension payments
Fiji's military Government has slashed pension payments to the country's National Provident Fund. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 22 June 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 22 June 2009
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Boat yard fire to cost a million dollars in damages
A fire at a west Auckland boat yard yesterday morning may have caused more than a million dollars in damages. [more]

Prison officers union backs shipping container cell plan
The union for prison officers is supporting moves to house prison inmates in shipping containers, saying its much better than having them share cells. [more]

Pacific news for 22 June 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

French player attacked in Wellington
A member of the French Rugby team has been attacked on the streets of Wellington only hours after his team lost to the All Blacks. [more]

All Blacks lose trophy but salvage game against French
The All Blacks managed to squeak home and beat the French in Wellington on Saturday night and level their series. [more]

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

French rugby player returns home after Wellington assault
A Member of the French rugby team was the victim of a vicious assault in Wellington early on Sunday morning. [more]

New Zealand union responds to attack on French player
Listening to that report is the New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive, Steve Tew. [more]

Jetstar accused of poor service as rugby fans refused flights
There was more bad publicity for Jetstar at the weekend after a number of rugby fans missed their flight to Wellington for the All Blacks match against France. [more]

Act MP reprimanded for lewd comment
Act party leader Rodney Hide has reprimanded MP David Garrett for what's been described as an 'off colour' remark to a female staff member. [more]

Health officials to manage, rather than contain, swine flu
The Ministry of Health will today start to manage swine flu in Auckland, as officials say trying to contain the virus is pointless. [more]

HIV case highlights questions for medical ethics
At least 30 people have contacted a support group after the identity of a man charged with intentionally infecting others with HIV was revealed. [more]

Plan to house inmates in containers labelled stunt
Labour's Corrections spokesman is labeling government plans to accommodate prisoners in shipping containers a political stunt. [more]

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

Firearms licence changes deemed 'pointless' by owners
Changes to the way some firearms are licenced are being branded pointless by those who own the affected weaponry. [more]

Iranian police kill at least ten protestors
According to the state media at least ten people have been killed and a hundred people injured in a crackdown on what the state is calling"terrorists". [more]

White Ferns lose to England in Twenty20 world cup
The New Zealand women's cricket team has failed in its bid to win the Twenty20 world cup title at Lords in London. [more]

ACT leader reprimands MP for 'off colour' remark
The ACT MP David Garrett has been given a stern talking-to by his leader, after making an 'off colour' remark to a female staffer. [more]

Authorities shift strategy as swine flu spreads
In Wellington, a 30-year-old woman with underlying health conditions remains in a critical condition in hospital after catching the swine flu virus. [more]

French rugby team member attacked
Rugby World Cup organisers say there will be tighter security for players during the 2011 tournament in New Zealand. [more]

Corrections union backs shipping container cell plan
Amid outrage from other groups, a union for prison officers is throwing its support behind using shipping containters to house prison inmates. [more]

AIDS agencies expecting renewed influx of calls
HIV support agencies say they are expecting a further influx of calls today from people concerned they might have contracted the virus. [more]

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

New moves on pricing could unlock stalled development
The energy sector says new rules giving them more flexibility in setting prices will encourage more development. [more]

Concern for elderly grows as Kaikohe petrol crisis looms
There are growing concerns for elderly people in the Kaikohe district as a petrol crisis looms. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

The Stig is revealed on UK's Top Gear
One of television's best kept secret's has finally been revealed, or has it? [more]

With Australian correspondent Phil Kafcaloudes. [more]


Dr John Tebbutt
Balibo Five [more]

Joseph Romanos. [more]

Clue 1. [more]

Emma Moore
China and Japan correspondent. [more]

Clue 2. [more]

Nine To Noon

Refuges seeing surge in numbers of women seeking help
With Heather Henare, Annette Gillespie and Lois Herbert. [more]

How businesses can survive the recession
Lance Wiggs is a management consultant and is a Trademe sales advisor. [more]

Middle East correspondent - Irris Makler
Ongoing protests in Iran. [more]

Feature guest - Lester Waugh
An award winning aeronautical engineer working for NASA, originally from Gisbourne. [more]

Book Review - Further Convictions Pending: Poems
Written by Vincent O'Sullivan, reviewed by Harry Ricketts and published by Victoria University Press. [more]

With Matthew Hooton and Laila Harre. [more]

Food and wine
Guest chef Kate Fraser cooks a tagine of spicy root vegetables and Pear and almond pudding. John Hawkesby chooses wines to suit. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 22 June 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 22 June 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Bridget Douglas and Dierdre Irons
Principal flutist from NZSO and top NZ pianist touring the country with Zephyr Ensemble. [more]

Eugene Lavery
US based NZ organist and recent Masters Graduate of Julliard Music in New York. [more]

Mere Boynton
Te Papa Museum Events Manager talks about Matariki celebrations talking place over the next month. [more]

News stories:

Referee Laurence gets a blast from Lions
New Zealand rugby referee Bryce Laurence has been blasted by the British and Irish Lions management for his interpretation of the scrum rules during the team's 26-21 loss to the ... [more]

Pakistan win twenty20 Cup
Pakistan are the men's Twenty20 World Cup Cricket champions after an emphatic win in the final against Sri Lanka. Batting first at Lord's Sri Lanka, who were unbeaten on their ... [more]

Good day for NZ rowers in Munich
It's been a good final day for New Zealand rowers at the Munich World Cup regatta with wins in four finals after light weight single sculler Duncan Grant's gold on ... [more]

Aaron Cruden has been named IRB Player of thr Year
The New Zealand Under 20 captain Aaron Cruden has been named the International Rugby Board Player of the Year after guiding his team to a second successive IRB Junior World ... [more]

US Open further delayed by rain
The US Open golf championship has been further set back by another major rain delay, and the event seems set to go into a 5th day. The start of play ... [more]

St Helens add Bulls scalp
Former Warriors winger Francis Meli scored two tries as leaders St Helens set a new Super League record for consecutive away wins with a 44-18 victory at Bradford Bulls. Meli ... [more]

Junior Blacks fourth in Simngapore
New Zealand has finished fourth at the junior men's hockey world championship in Singapore after Australia won the bronze medal match 4-1. Australia led 3-0 at half-time and despite playing ... [more]

Miller selected for the World Championships
New Zealand 100 metre hurdles record holder Andrea Miller of Otago has been selected for the World Championships in Berlin in August. The 27 year old broke her own national ... [more]

Teen charged with sex attack on elderly woman
A 17-year-old Eltham man accused of sexually violating an elderly woman will appear in Hawera District Court on Monday. [more]

HIV support group expects more worried callers
HIV support agencies are expecting more calls on Monday from people concerned they may have contracted the virus from Auckland man Glenn Mills, who lost his fight on Friday to continue name suppression. [more]

Ice warning for South Island motorists
South Island motorists are being urged to take extreme care on Monday morning because of severe ice. [more]

Guam's first locally produced Chamorro dictionary launched
Guam's first locally produced Chamorro dictionary is being launched Monday. The dictionary presents Chamorro words with English definitions, grammatical notes and sentence examples in both Chamorro and English. It is... [more]

US Coast Guard has lifts ban on government vessel
The US Coast Guard has lifted its ban on the government vessel, the MV Sili. Two weeks ago the US Coast Guard stopped the Sili from making any trips because... [more]

SPC urges member nations to work against land degradation
Countries and territories under the Secretariat of the Pacific Community are being urged to step up measures to manage their scarce natural resources and prevent escalating land degradation and desertification. [more]

Hawaii state employees told not to work three Fridays every month
From the beginning of next month, Hawaii state employees will not work on three Friday's every month. The moves is an attempt by the administration to save the state US$688... [more]

NZ parliamentary committee consults Pacific community
Consultations will begin in Auckland today for Pacific people to give their views on New Zealand's relationship with the Pacific. Parliament's Foreign Affairs and Trade select committee will also hold... [more]

Gun changes pointless, says dealer
Changes to the way some guns have to be licensed are pointless and based on a fear of having powerful rifles available in the community. says a gun dealer. [more]

French Polynesian nuclear weapons- test veterans sceptical about the French compensation law
The French Polynesian nuclear weapons test veterans organisation is sceptical about the French compensation law that is to pass this week. Last week, amendments were added to the proposed law,... [more]

Number of HIV positive Marshall Islanders rises to five
The number of Marshall Islanders with HIV increased with four new cases diagnosed during the past year, according to a Ministry of Health official. This brings to five the number... [more]

Fiji has two confirmed cases of swine flu
Fiji now has two confirmed cases of swine flu. Fiji Live reports that health spokesman, Iliesa Tora, says both patients are from Nadi, Both men, one a 36-year-old and the... [more]

Fiji's Attorney General says regional trade negotiations meaningless without Fiji
Fiji's Attorney General says any trade negotiations between Pacific Forum Island countries and Australia and New Zealand would be meaningless without Fiji. He made the comments in a statement expressing... [more]

ACT MP reprimanded over lewd remark
ACT leader Rodney Hide says he has reprimanded MP David Garrett, for making a lewd remark to a female staff member. [more]

Scott Dixon fifth in Iowa
New Zealand's Indycar champion Scott Dixon has slipped to third after finishing fifth in the Iowa Corn Indy 250. Dixon started from third on the grid but his chances of ... [more]

Vettel cuts Button's lead with British win
Germany's Sebastian Vettel led from start to finish to win the British Grand Prix in a Red Bull one-two while the Formula One leader Jenson Button laboured to sixth. The ... [more]

Egypt players' theft may have been party gone sour
Egyptian footballers involved in the Confederations Cup who claimed money was stolen from their hotel in South Africa are said to have invited women to their room . Athough police ... [more]

Superb Brazil send Italy out of Cup
Brazil has knocked the World Cup holders Italy out of football's Confederations Cup in South Africa with three quick goals just before halftime while United States qualified after a shock ... [more]

Lions call up England prop Payne
Tim Payne hs become the second prop to be called up by the British and Irish Lions in four days after concerns about the back injury of his England team ... [more]

Apple boss received liver transplant - report
Apple chief executive Steve Jobs underwent a liver transplant operation about two months ago and is expected to return to work by the end of June, The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. [more]

Local papers
The New Zealand Herald leads with the story that early-childhood care centres will have to sack some of their most experienced teachers because they have not completed a... [more]

Vector to gain from commission rule changes - analysts
Vector is likely to benefit from the Commerce Commission's revised guidelines for estimating the cost of capital in the regulation of firms that own electricity and gas networks, say analysts. [more]

Barnes leads US Open field into round three
Two players who had to pre-qualify for the US Open golf championship are in the final pairing going into the last round of the rain-plagued tournament in New York. Ricky ... [more]

Study into rising rural suicide rate in Australia
The emotional wellbeing of rural men in the wake of an escalating suicide rate and the erosion of traditional support networks are the subject of a Australian study now under way. [more]

Dollar may hit 70 US cents - analyst
The New Zealand dollar could soon reach 70 US cents, a currency analyst is warning. [more]

PNG union doubts Australian training programme will go ahead
The Trade Union Congress in Papua New Guinea says it doubts a technical training programme agreed with the Australian government will go ahead. Papua New Guinea's government says the scheme... [more]

Figures likely to point to continuing contraction
Weak consumer spending and business investment are expected to result in a fifth successive quarter of economic contraction when Gross Domestic Product figures are released on Friday. [more]

Billionaire may spend life behind bars
Texan billionaire Allen Stanford could spend the rest of his life in prison after being charged with swindling investors of $US7 billion. [more]

Kiwifruit growers give extra money to hail damage fund
Kiwifruit growers have agreed to contribute voluntary payments to boost compensation to Bay of Plenty growers who suffered serious losses in last month's hail storms. [more]

Farmers offered free seminars on debt management
Farmers are being offered free seminars on managing debt as the dairy sector grapples with falling incomes and rising costs. [more]

Research finds blackcurrants helps exercise recovery
A preliminary study by the Plant and Food Research Institute suggests that natural chemicals found in blackcurrants may help people to recover from exercise and sports. [more]

More suspected norovirus cases at hospital
A further 12 suspected cases of the stomach bug norovirus have been diagnosed at Palmerston North Hospital since Saturday. [more]

Jobless show up in detox programme
The waiting list at an Auckland detox programme is getting longer as some people who have lost their jobs turn to drink and drugs. [more]

Historic summit between former enemies in Solomons
An historic summit between former enemies has wound up in Solomon Islands. 23 chiefs from the province of Malaita travelled to Marau Sound to meet 14 chiefs from Guadalcanal. Militant... [more]

Deal between Solomon Telekom and the government close
The negotiations between Solomon Telekom and national government is close to being signed by the two parties. The negotiations which began last year are to finally cancel the 50 year... [more]

Cook Islands tourism said to be threatened by pollution
The Chairman of Takitumu Lagoon Committee in Rarotonga in the Cook Islands says the country's tourism industry could be jeopardised if progress is not urgently made in reducing pollution in... [more]

Governor of the Reserve Bank in Fiji calls for wage constraint
The Governor of the Reserve Bank in Fiji is calling on local trade unions to show restraint in wage negotiations in the next 2 years. In the bank's bi-annual Monetary... [more]

Measures to prevent land degradation maybe too late for Solomons
An environmentalist from the Environmental Concerns Action Network of Solomon Islands says although countries and territories in the pacific region are being urged to step up measures to combat land... [more]

PNG Minister calls for New Zealand to offer more technical training
The Papua New Guinea government is calling on New Zealand to offer Pacific Island students more technical training. The call follows the announcement of a training scheme agreed between the... [more]

Boatyard fire bill may top $1 million
The cost of a fire at a West Auckland boatyard on Sunday morning may exceed $1 million. [more]

Police find four-year-old's parents
Police in South Auckland say they have found the parents of a young girl who spent the night in the care of Child, Youth and Family. [more]

EU proposes overhaul of financial regulations
European Union ministers have agreed in principle to a sweeping overhaul of member countries' financial regulatory system. [more]

System to reduce animal research deaths considered
A bank for storing animal tissue is being considered as a way to reduce the number of animals killed for research, following similar moves in Australia and Britain. [more]

Prison officers' union likes containers idea
The prison officers' union supports a Corrections Department plan to house inmates in shipping containers. [more]

West Papuans push their cause at Stonehenge event
A West Papuan dance troupe has used its performance at Stonehenge in Britain to highlight their people's struggle for human rights in Indonesia's Papua region. Record crowds of 36,500 people... [more]

Guam launches Chamorro dictionary
The acting president of Guam's Department of Chamorro Affairs says an indigenous dictionary being unveiled today is the result of years of hard work and dedication. Chamorro is the language... [more]

Australian government says PNG training scheme needs final agreement
The Australian government says a technical training scheme for Papua New Guineans has yet to be finally agreed. Papua New Guinea's government says the scheme will help address the country's... [more]

Solomons capital to shortly reopen upgraded Vura clinic
The re-opening of a health clinic in Honiara later this month will represent a milestone in efforts to repair the ailing health system of the Solomon Islands capital. The clerk... [more]

French Polynesian court denies bail to Haddad
The chief executive of a French advertising company, Hubert Haddad, has been refused bail as he continues to be held in jail in French Polynesia for alleged corruption surrounding the... [more]

American Samoa seeks help to deal with waste oil
The American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency is asking for ideas from its US counterpart on what to do with waste oil collected from vehicle oil changes for individuals and businesses... [more]

Consumer group urges Jetstar to lift game
Consumer New Zealand has urged Qantas subsidiary Jetstar to improve check-in procedures after a flood of complaints about the airline's service. [more]

Missing gas cylinder alarms health officials
Northland health officials are worried that a cylinder containing potentially fatal gas has gone missing from Whangarei Hospital. They fear the toxic gas might be mistaken for laughing gas. [more]

Maintenance costs scupper weekend trolley bus services
Trolley bus services will not operate at the weekend in Wellington until 2011 at the earliest, due to the cost of maintaining the power lines. Until then diesel-fuelled buses will remain in use. [more]

Council steps in to keep school environment programme
Waitakere City Council is giving an extra $90,000 to help keep an environmental education programme in West Auckland afloat. [more]

Police net more than 200 in drink-drive blitz
More than 200 drivers are facing drink-driving charges after a police blitz in South Auckland over the weekend. [more]

Govt delays ETS reporting date for forest owners
The Government is to delay the dates when forest owners have to report 2008 deforestation under the emissions trading legislation. [more]

Furniture store admits breaching Fair Trading Act
A furniture store has pleaded guilty to 28 charges of breaching the Fair Trading Act by providing misleading information to customers. [more]

Rebuilt school in tsunami hit Solomons province wins architectural recognition
A school that's a prototype for more than 80 others being rebuilt in the tsunami-hit provinces of Solomon Islands has proved it can foot it with the big boys of... [more]

Study to document DNA of bird species across the Pacific
Five staff members from the American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources will travel to Wallis and Futuna next month to carry out the last phase of a first... [more]

Noted Pacific academic Crocombe dies
The renowned Cook Islands scholar, Professor Ron Crocombe, has died in Auckland at the age of 79. Born in New Zealand, Professor Crocombe has lived and worked in the Pacific... [more]

Sea Eagles have control of own flight path
The reigning premiers Manly are into the NRL top eight for the first time this year with a 20-14 win over Canberra at Brookvale Oval, They're ahead of Penrith by ... [more]

White Ferns well beaten at Lord's
New Zealand's been well beaten in the women's Twenty20 cricket final at Lords where England won by six wickets. The White Ferns lost in the first 10 overs when they ... [more]

NZ under-20 rugby success tinged with sadness following death of player's father
The success of the New Zealand under-20 rugby side at the world champs in Tokyo has been tinged with sadness, with the father of winger Zac Guildford collapsing and dying ... [more]

Barnes and Glover in U.S. Open lead as tournament heads into fifth day
The American golfers Ricky Barnes and Lucas Glover hold a share of the lead after one hole of the U.S. Open final round in New York, with the weather-delayed tournament ... [more]

NZ triathletes wilt in Washington
Andrea Hewitt was the best of the New Zealanders finishing sixth at the latest round of the ITU World Champs Triathlon Series in Washington while Bevan Docherty and Clark Ellice ... [more]

Staff and patients happy with refurbished Honiara health clinic
A nurse at a clinic that's to re-open in the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara, says it had been in such a state of disrepair it was not good for the... [more]

Temaru seeks transfer of powers from France
French Polynesia's president, Oscar Temaru, says he would like France to give the territory the same competence which is being enjoyed by the Cook Islands, which has been in free... [more]

Unit to investigate corruption within Fiji government department
Fiji's Ministry of Public Works has set up a six-member unit to investigate corruption related cases within the Ministry. Fiji Village reports a Ministry Spokesperson Sainiana Waqainabete as saying the... [more]

PNG hopeful new scheme for technical training in Australia will start next year
Papua New Guinea's government says it hopes to start sending students to Australia for technical training by the middle of next year. The governments of both countries agreed on the... [more]

Appeal against $900m power scheme begins
An Environment Court appeal is under way in Oamaru regarding resource consents granted to Meridian Energy for a $900 million power scheme. [more]

Rape accused tried to leave NZ, court told
A man accused of a sex attack on a woman tried to leave New Zealand some months later using an emergency American passport, a jury has been told. [more]

New Zealand MP called on to apologise for offending Tongan Community
New Zealand ACT Party MP, David Garrett, who has apologised for making lewd comments to a parliamentary staffer, is being called on now to apologise to the Tongan community. An... [more]

Progress on region's plans to bulk buy petroleum
The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat is calling for tenders to establish a project implementation unit as the region moves ahead with plans to bulk buy fuel. The scheme intends pooling... [more]

Legal argument delays former tutor's murder trial
Legal discussions have delayed the start of the trial of a former University of Otago economics tutor charged with murdering his ex-girlfriend. [more]

Air NZ plane inspected after crack discovered
Engineers are inspecting an Air New Zealand plane after a crack was discovered in one of the cockpit windscreens during a domestic flight. [more]

Guilford's father dies at under-20s final
The New Zealand under-20 rugby team's success at the world champs has been tinged with sadness, following the death of winger Zac Guilford's father at the final. [more]

Visitors from Australia top 1 million
An increase in visitor numbers from Australia has helped to partly offset the overall downturn being experienced by New Zealand's tourism sector. [more]

Extra spice in netball clash
for monday A little extra spice is set to be added to the do-or-die trans-Tasman netball clash between Queensland and Southern Steel, with Megan Dehn expected to line up ... [more]

Woman killed after crashing into ditch
A woman has died following a car crash in Waikato. [more]

Researcher critical of domestic violence material
Campaigns and resources aimed at empowering women to leave violent home environments could be having the opposite effect, according to a researcher. [more]

Record numbers using homeless services in capital
Services for homeless people in Wellington are struggling to cope as record numbers of people visit its night shelter and soup kitchen. [more]

New Zealand 'closer' to cashless society
New Zealand is moving closer to becoming a cashless society, a report by the Retirement Commission suggests. [more]

Preliminary sales agreements for almost all output of huge planned gas project in PNG
The operator of the planned huge liquid natural gas project in Papua New Guinea, ExxonMobil, says agreement's been reached on the commercial terms for the sale of gas with three... [more]

Auckland workforce of 1 million forecast by 2031
The workforce of the Auckland region will grow by 40% to reach 1 million by 2031, according to Statistics New Zealand. [more]

PNG union doubts Australian based training programme will go ahead
The Trade Union Congress in Papua New Guinea says it doubts a technical training programme agreed with the Australian government will go ahead. Papua New Guinea's government says the scheme... [more]

Solomons Government reports higher school attendance in wake of fee free policy
The Solomon Islands fee free schools policy has received a second financial boost from the New Zealand Government. New Zealand has announced a second payment of just over one million... [more]

Disappointment when US Government drops plans for critical look at Indonesia Papua policy
An NGO, the West Papua Advocacy Team, says it's sad that the US House of Representatives has scrapped provisions, highlighting the conditions of Indonesia's Papua, from a Foreign Relations bill. [more]

High level of STIs spark call for more sex education in Marshalls
There are calls for more sex education and HIV awareness in the Marshall Islands. A recently released Ministry of Health report says the nation is at greater risk of contracting... [more]

High level of STIs spark call for more sex education
There are calls for more sex education and HIV awareness in the Marshall Islands. A recently released Ministry of Health report says the nation is at greater risk of contracting... [more]

200 applications to practise law in Fiji waiting to be processed
The President of the Fiji Law Society, Dorsami Naidu, says the majority of Fiji's lawyers have had no choice but to apply for controversial new practising certificates. The deadline for... [more]

Papua New Guinea and Fiji coping with first confirmed swine flu cases
Fiji's Ministry of Health says there's no need to panic after the confirmation swine flu is in the country. Tests done in Suva showed positive results for swine influenza for... [more]

ACC, meat company settle long-running battle
The Accident Compensation Corporation has settled a long-running million-dollar battle with the AFFCO meat company. [more]

Staggered transfer of community lab testing
There will be a staggered transfer of community laboratory testing in the Auckland region. [more]

Visitors from Australia top 1 million
An increase in visitor numbers from Australia has helped to partly offset the overall downturn being experienced by New Zealand's tourism sector. [more]

Officer injured after car clips vehicle
A female officer has been injured after a police car in South Auckland collided with another car after driving through a red traffic light. [more]

Confirmed swine flu cases reach 300
The confirmed number of cases of swine flu in New Zealand has exceeded 300. Most of the new cases are in Auckland, Wellington and the Bay of Plenty. [more]

Unacceptable if Rankin takes part in campaign - PM
Prime Minister John Key says it would be unacceptable for Families Commissioner Christine Rankin to take part in a campaign which aims to overturn the child discipline law. [more]

French player's attack may have been filmed on phone
New Zealand police investigating an assault on a French rugby player say one of the attackers may have recorded the incident on their mobile phone. [more]

Asia Pacific markets higher
Markets in Asia and the Pacific were higher at the close of trade on Monday. [more]

TVNZ confirms Dallow-Mau split
Television New Zealand has announced that newsreader Simon Dallow and presenter Alison Mau have separated. [more]