Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 2nd July 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, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Rural News, Upbeat

Afternoons

The best song ever written
Carla Martin from Christchurch chooses"I Just Can't Stop Loving You"by Michael Jackson. [more]

Your place - Waiuru
Nest to the mountains of the central plateau, in the shadow of the North Island's highest peak. [more]

Ice watch
It's coming up to the coldest part of the year, and a keen group of winter sportsmen are on weather watch in the Maniototo this week. [more]

The little owl
The hills of the Wairarapa could soon be resounding with the distinctive hoot of a new arrival, amid reports that a migrant from the Mainland has taken up residence in Masterton. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
With Stephen Franks and Richard Griffin. [more]

He Rourou for 2 July 2009
Ana Tapiata talks to Laurence Wharerau, about the work around the Maori collection at the National Film Archives unit. [more]

Feature album - Breakaway
Breakaway is the second solo album by Art Garfunkel. It was released in 1975 on Columbia Records. [more]

Arts Report with Lynn Freeman
A celebration of a 50th birthday - that of the national Youth Orchestra; and elder statesman of the Finn musical dynasty - Tim Finn - talking about his foray into the theatre. [more]

Christchurch story with Katy Gosset
A visit to a private bridge club where good manners are paramount. [more]

Science Story
Antarctica is the ultimate frozen continent - covered in vast ice sheets and thick glaciers. But two years ago scientists were stunned to discover large lakes and rivers under the ice. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
With Stephen Franks and Richard Griffin. [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 2 July 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]

Checkpoint

US launches major offensive in Afghanistan
Thousands of US Marines have stormed into an Afghan river valley by helicopter and land, launching the biggest military offensive of Barack Obama's presidency. [more]

Police seize guns and ammo on outskirts of Tauranga
Police say the potential for disaster doesn't bear thinking about, following the discovery of a substantial number of guns and ammunition on the outskirts of Tauranga. [more]

US Marines storm Afghan river valley
Back to Afghanistan now and the CNNs Tom Coghlan is live from Kabul. [more]

Emotional return for family rescued at sea
It started off as a family sailing adventure, but the Bradfield family got much more than they bargained for when they hit bad weather and had to be rescued by a French warship. [more]

State Highway 35 slip causes problems for Tokomaru Bay
It may have stopped raining on the East Coast but life is still far from normal for people in Tokomaru Bay. [more]

NZTA on slip at Busby Hill
A geo-technical engineer from the New Zealand Transport Agency has been looking at the instability of the slip on State High 35 today. [more]

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

Dog saves family after house set alight
A woman's been arrested following a house fire in Tokoroa overnight, in which the police say a family of three could have been killed - if their dog hadn't raised the alarm. [more]

June cold and wet says NIWA
New figures out today confirm what many have been thinking. June was much colder than usual for a lot of the country. [more]

Actor Karl Malden dies aged 97
The award winning American actor, Karl Malden, who appeared in dozens of films and the long running TV series"The streets of San Francisco", has died at the age of ninety-seven. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Announcement on swine flu vaccine imminent
The Government says it's close to making an announcement about acquiring a swine flu vaccine, as the number of cases continues to rise around the country. [more]

Workers more optimistic about finding a job in 12 months time
The chances of finding a job now are still looking pretty ugly but workers a lot more confident of their chances in 12 months time. [more]

DOC searching for rare whale and its calf
The Department of Conservation is trying to find a rare Southern Right Whale and its calf which have been spotted in Auckland's Waitamata Harbour. [more]

Major offensive launched by US Marines in Afghanistan
The biggest military offensive of Barack Obama's presidency has been launched, with thousands of US Marines storming into an Afghan river valley. [more]

Dramatic end to family sailing adventure
An Auckland family of eight are thanking their lucky stars - and the French Navy - after their sailing holiday to Tonga ended with a dramatic rescue at sea. [more]

Waihi residents allowed to return home
The okay has been given for Waihi residents to return home. [more]

Plane crash survivor returns home
The teenage girl who was the sole survivor of the plane crash of the Comoros Islands is flying home to France to join her father. [more]

More on waihi Village residents returning home
With us is a spokesperson for Waihi residents, John Mariu. [more]

Energy firms shelve plans for Taranaki gas import terminal
Port Taranaki residents say they're relieved plans for a local gas import terminal have been shelved because they feared it could explode and put lives at risk. [more]

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

Naughty emailer gets his job back
The Employment Relations Authority has found in favour of a worker sacked for sending dozens of smutty emails, arguing they were part of a wider work culture. [more]

Nomad gang members appear in court
Seven people have appeared in court today in relation to a series of assaults in Horowhenua, which the police say are connected to conflict within the Nomad gang. [more]

Ousted Honduran president delays return home
The newly installed government in Honduras is rejecting international calls to reinstate the deposed president, Manuel Zelaya, who says he will return home at the weekend after being ejected from the country in a coup last Sunday. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Portugal's drug law change proves positive
Eight years ago today the law was changed in Portugal so that possessing or using any illicit drug was no longer a crime. [more]

Use of paracetamol to be reviewed
Australian authorities are to review the use of the common pain-killer drug, paracetamol. [more]

Canterbury farmer finds supernova
It's a dream come true for one amateur astronomer in Canterbury. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 2 July 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 2 July 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 2 July 2009
John Key responds to French PM's rugby apology, Swine flu in Wellington hospital, Foreshore and Seabed Act, Deadline for Honduras over ousted leader, Police guard Hamilton school grounds after brawl. [more]

Canterbury students hit by service levy
Students at the University of Canterbury will be hit in the pocket by a $600 levy for services next year. [more]

Small businesses fear super city water fees
A group representing South Auckland businesses is worried it may face hefty water fees as the Auckland Super city brings a merger of water retail companies. [more]

Pacific news for 2 July 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Foreshore review calls for repeal
An inquiry into 2004's Foreshore and Seabed Act has declared that it discriminates against Maori, is wrong in principle and approach and should be repealed. [more]

Escape from the cold
New Zealanders are booking more overseas holidays to get away from the winter weather. [more]

French PM apologises to John Key over Bastareaud incident
There have been further developments in the Mathieu Bastareaud story with an apology from the French prime minister to John Key. [more]

Foreshore and Seabed Act
The Foreshore and Seabed Act looks set to be repealed, with an independent review condemning the legislation as discriminatory against Maori and wrong in principle and approach. [more]

Minister warns the leaky homes problem is likely to be big
The government is warning of worse to come in the leaky homes saga, as new cases continue to roll in, five years after problems were first identified. [more]

Swine flu in Wellington hospital
An infectious diseases expert says the number of people being hospitalised in the Wellington region with swine flu is very high and hospital services are starting to struggle. [more]

More cold wet weather to come
If you think the start of winter has been especially cold and wet expect more of it. [more]

John Key responds to French PM's rugby apology
Prime Minister Francois Fillon has sent what's being described as a"profuse"apology to John Key following French rugby player Mathieu Bastareaud's admission he lied about being assaulted in downtown Wellington. [more]

Milk power price falls further threatening payout forecast
Prices at the latest on-line milk powder auction fell overnight meaning Fonterra's opening forecast payout for the coming season could be cut further. [more]

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

Parliament votes down cannabis bill
An attempt by the Green Party to make marajuana use legal for medicinal purposes has failed. [more]

MPs accused of cave-in after bank rates inquiry canned
Government MPs have been accused of caving into banks over a planned review of interest rates. [more]

Confusion over Jackson funeral plans
Conflicting reports are coming out of Los Angeles about the funeral plans for Michael Jackson and whether there will be a memorial service at his Neverland ranch. [more]

Foreshore and Seabed Act debate reignites
The Foreshore and Seabed Act now looks certain to be scrapped, re-igniting the divisive debate over Maori customary rights and public access. [more]

Reaction to foreshore law finding
Reaction to foreshore law finding from Hugh Barr who made a submission to the review on behalf of eight outdoor recreation groups and also Auckland University of Technology treaty historian Professor Paul Moon. [more]

Transport Ministry contests Treasury's influence
Official papers from the Ministry of Transport reveal it has concerns about the government's involvement in developing rail in Auckland. [more]

Police guard Hamilton school grounds after brawl
Police will be on patrol at Hamilton's Fairfield College today after a brawl among students saw two teenage girls arrested. [more]

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

Dairy farmers put brave face on bleak outlook
The economic recession has hit those on the land hard, particularly dairy farmers. [more]

Deadline for Honduras over ousted leader
The Organisation of American States has given Honduras three days to reinstate ousted President Manuel Zelaya. [more]

Murray through but Hewitt falls at Wimbledon
It's been a big day for the top men's players at Wimbledon with British hope Andy Murray making the semi finals but Australian Leyton Hewitt's golden run coming to an end. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Twitter puts condensed classics online
Fancy making your way through War and Peace in a single sitting? [more]

Study proves worth of socks on slippery slopes
An Otago University study has proven the age old Dunedin theory that wearing socks over your shoes during the winter months can save you from untimely and embarrassing falls. [more]

Nights

Lightning storms
How does lightning predict storm intensity, particularly in regions that lack hurricane-tracking technology. [more]

Hot rocks - Geology
Drilling a core into the geologic cycle. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 7. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Foreshore and Seabed review
Dr Ranginui Walker is the former Professor and Head of Maori Studies at the University of Auckland and member of the Waitani Tribunal. [more]

New Zealand Global Women
Jenny Shipley and Mai Chen talk about why more than seventy of New Zealand's top women business leaders are joining forces to create a new organisation that will connect them across businesses, sectors and international borders. [more]

UK correspondent - Kate Adie
British politics is still in upheaval and Michael Jackson is still on the front pages. [more]

Feature guests - Sara Ziff and Ole Schell
Model Sara Ziff and Ole Schell her film-maker ex-boyfriend have made a documentary set behind the scenes of the fashion industry that exposes some of the darker sides of the industry. [more]

Dr Stewart Jessamine
Confluent Spraygel is used by surgeons to prevent scarring but is being blamed by a Wellington gynecologist for causing pain and sometimes serious complications in many of her patients. [more]

Book review - Valeria's Last Stand
Kate Blackhurst reviews 'Valeria's Last Stand' by Marc Fitten. Published by Virago. [more]

Technology with Nat Torkington
Technology expert Nat Torkington discusses emotional robots, Kiwi web awards and a new US government transparency website. [more]

Parenting commentator Nigel Latta
Today Nigel looks at tips for raising teens. [more]

Television with Simon Wilson
Simon discusses whats been on television including the tennis, 'Fringe', 'How the Other Half Lives', and the 'Stars in their Eyes' grand finale. [more]

Our Changing World

Hand Rearing Takahe Chicks
The Department of Conservation's Glen Greaves shows Alison Ballance around the Burwood Bush takahe rearing centre [more]

Looking Back on International Polar Year
Lou Sanson, Tim Naish and Craig Cary give a New Zealand perspective on International Polar Year. [more]

Lakes Under Antarctica's Ice and Rates of Ice Melt
Helen Amanda Fricker on lakes and rivers under Antarctic ice, and Marco Tedesco on polar ice melt. [more]

Super-Massive Black Holes
Fulvio Melia discusses the new idea that super-massive black holes might be building blocks of the universe. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 2 July 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 2 July 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Upbeat

Jacqui Coats and Geoff Robinson
Director and Radio Host character in Nota Bene Choir's upcoming production 'Sentimental Journey'. [more]

James Tibbles
Auckland based early music expert on the release of his latest cd 'J S Bach in the Italian Style'. [more]

News stories:

21st anniversary marked of return of Bastion Point
Ngati Whatua o Orakei celebrated the 21st anniversary of the return of Bastion Point on Wednesday. [more]

European stock markets surge
European stock exchanges surged on Wednesday in response to some positive US economic data despite unemployment figures that were worse than expected. [more]

Business mood improves in Japan
Business confidence in Japan has improved for the first time in 2.5 years, according to the Bank of Japan's quarterly Tankan survey. [more]

Recent trading down for Allied Farmers
Allied Farmers says recent trading is significantly behind expectations, blaming a reduction in farm merchandise sales to rural customers and dairy cow prices. [more]

German veteran topples fourth seed
The oldest player in the mens draw at Wimbledon has reached the semi-finals for the first time. The 31 year old German Tommy Haas, whose career had been blighted by ... [more]

Australia sacks veteran winger Lote Tuqiri
The Australian rugby union has sacked the 67 test veteran winger Lote Tuqiri. The ARU's given no reason but a terse statement says the sacking is effective immediately and ... [more]

IRB promises crackdown on eye gouging
The International Rugby Board has vowed to "eradicate" the "particularly heinous" act of eye-gouging. The IRB's announcement comes after the controversy caused by Springbok back-row Schalk Burger's eye-gouge on the ... [more]

Bok coach's gouging comments 'crass and pathetic'
The British and Irish Lions scrum coach Graham Rowntree says comments by the controversial Springboks coach Peter De Villiers appearing to condone eye-gouging are "crass and pathetic". The former Leicester, ... [more]

Brazil regain number one world ranking
The newly crowned Confederations Cup football champions Brazil have regained the world number one ranking, improving four places to relegate the European champions Spain to second place followed by the ... [more]

Junior Tall Blacks jump straight into fire
Some of the world best young basketballers are in action in Auckland today with the start of FIBA's under 19 men's world championships. The 16-team tournament starts at 10am with ... [more]

Hartley replaced at Red Bull
The New Zealand racing driver Brendon Hartley has been replaced as Red Bull reserve driver from next week's German Grand Prix. The Formula One team says the Spanish teenager Jaime ... [more]

Testing procedures catch up with Dutch cyclist
New drug testing procedures have caught up with another road cyclist. The Dutch rider Thomas Dekker has been banned from the Tour de France starting next week after a ... [more]

Basketball "Dream Team" among inductees into US Hall of Fame
The athletics legend Michael Johnson and the 1992 US Olympic men's basketball "Dream Team" are among the 2009 inductees into the US Olympic Hall of Fame. They'll be enshrined at ... [more]

French PM Fillon condemns Bastareaud's lying
The French Prime Minister Francois Fillon has written to his New Zealand counterpart John Key condemning the 'unjustifiable' lies of rugby player Mathieu Bastareaud, who claimed he had been attacked ... [more]

Kitchen and Hawkes up a place
New Zealand's Shelley Kitchen and Jaclyn Hawkes have each moved up a place in the top 20 of latest Women's World Squash rankings. Nicol David of Malaysia has completed three ... [more]

Fatal crash in Hastings causes delays
Police in Hastings advise motorists to expect delays until 7.30am at the intersection of Pakowhai Road, Farndon Road area where there has been a fatal crash. [more]

Central Plains and Synlait sign irrigation agreement
The company with plans for Canterbury's biggest irrigation project has signed a preliminary agreement with the Synlait dairy company to build a smaller scheme on the north bank of the Rakaia river. [more]

Penno named inaugural agribusiness person of the year
Synlait chief executive John Penno has been named the inaugural Federated Farmers agribusiness person of the year. The company opened an $80 million facility in Canterbury earlier this year. [more]

Morning report: local papers
Thursday's papers: iwi may be given legal title to parts of the foreshore and seabed; Wellington hospital's cancer unit radiation treatment room is not radiation proof; man gets his job back after arguing that grubby emails he sent were par for the course [more]

Roddick ends Hewitt's Wimbledon campaign
Andy Roddick has ended Lleyton Hewitt's Wimbledon campaign, winning a five-set epic quarter-final in just under four hours. The American sixth seed beat the Australian, who refused to lie down, ... [more]

Greater advocacy role urged for Maori Trust Office
The Maori Trust Office is now separate from Te Puni Kokiri and is an independent agency. A former trustee says the office should take a greater advocacy role for Maori. [more]

Celebration of settlement of land and forestry claims
Te Arawa is celebrating a comprehensive settlement of its land and forestry claims. [more]

Antenatal programme for Maori women on West Coast
West Coast women are starting an antenatal programme for Maori women. [more]

MP to keep fighting for medicinal marijuana
Green MP Metiria Turia, who wants marijuana to be allowed for medicinal purposes, says she will continue fighting to give people that option for pain relief. [more]

Govt accused of kow-towing to banks over interest rates
A banking union accuses the Government of kow-towing to Australian-owned banks, after the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee voted against an inquiry into bank interest rates. [more]

Govt accused of delay on leaky homes issue
Labour says it looks as though the Government is delaying election promises to fix the leaky homes issue because it has realised the issue is just too big. [more]

Wall St gains despite light volume
Stocks in the United States rose on Wednesday after surveys from Europe showed manufacturing was shrinking less than initially thought and growing modestly in China. However, trading volume was light. [more]

Junior All Blacks first five says Pacific Natons Cup good for Pacific teams
The Junior All Blacks first five, Ryan Crotty, says the Pacific Nations Cup has been a huge advantage for the Pacific teams. The JBs who have retained the Pacific Nations... [more]

Tautua Samoa party awaits a court ruling on disqualification of its nine MPs
The Supreme Court in Samoa will today deliver a ruling on the legal action by the Tautua Samoa Party, which is seeking a court injunction against the Speaker's ruling in... [more]

Preparations to ease intense drought strain in Solomon Islands underway
Preparations to ease the strain of an intense drought in Solomon Islands are underway. A recent meeting for national delegates from the Ministry of Health, the Meteorological division and the... [more]

President of Moruroa e Tatou says comment in French Polynesia court was a question
The president of the Moruroa e Tatou nuclear test veterans association, Roland Oldham, says his comment about last week's French Polynesian labour court ruling regarding compensation claims was only a... [more]

Moruroa e Tatou President says French Polynesia regulation is different
The president of the Moruroa e Tatou nuclear test veterans association, Roland Oldham, says his comment about last week's French Polynesian labour court ruling regarding compensation claims was only a... [more]

Petition in American Samoa to repeal federal law on wage hike circulates
A petition in American Samoa asking the United States President Barack Obama to repeal the federal law setting local minimum wages begins circulating today. The petition is also seeking to... [more]

Palau's Public Utilities Corporation implements an increase
Palau's Public Utilities Corporation has implemented a 3.9 cent increase in its power rates. For residential areas, the rate will increase from 15.3 cents to 19.2 cents per kilowatt hour. [more]

Blue Sky joins in celebrations of American Samoa's phone company
Top officials of Elandia International Inc, the owners of Blue Sky Communications, are joining the 10th anniversary celebrations of the local phone company in American Samoa next week. Blue Sky... [more]

French Polynesia's Bank SOCREDO hosts finance meeting
French Polynesia's Bank SOCREDO is hosting the 24th meeting of the Association of Development Financing Institutions in the Pacific which runs until the 4th of July. The theme for the... [more]

Board of Directors of American Samoa's Visitors Bureau selects new CEO
The Board of Directors of American Samoa's Visitors Bureau has selected a Chief Executive Officer for the Bureau but hasn't disclosed the person's identity. KHJ News understands that the selected... [more]

Residents of Likiep Atoll in Marshall Islands now have access to email
The 600 residents of tiny Likiep Atoll in the Marshall Islands now have access to email, the internet, and long distance phone service at the atoll's first internet cafe. The... [more]

PNG's Bank of South Pacific wants to expand its banking network
Papua New Guinea's largest financial institution Bank of South Pacific wants to expand its banking network in the Pacific region to rival other lenders ANZ and Westpac. BSP chief executive,... [more]

US car sales fall
Vehicle sales in the United States dropped in June, but there were signs of stabilisation as Ford saw its smallest fall in a year. [more]

Modified taro varieties in Hawaii raises concerns by farmers
Modified taro varieties in Hawaii is igniting farmers fears in Maui but researchers say they're trying to protect the crops from disease. Native Hawaiian Lyn Scott told the Honolulu Star... [more]

Organizers of Guam trade mission in Manila report strong interest
Organizers of a Guam trade mission in Manila have reported strong interest from Philippine businesses in on-island investments. Philippine companies attending include Petron, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, Dole Asia... [more]

NZ's prime minister to lead delegation to four Pacific countries
The New Zealand Prime Minister will visit four Pacific countries next week, accompanied by a large delegation of MPs, mayors and sports representatives. John Key will visit Tonga, Samoa, the... [more]

Fiji's Democracy and Freedom Movement upset over Bainimarama's lastest call
An Australian based NGO is taking issue with the call from the interim Fiji leader, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, for the international community to assist his Government as he laid out... [more]

On-line auction milk powder prices down 3%
Whole milk powder prices have fallen by 3% since last month in Fonterra's latest on-line dairy auction on Wednesday night. The fall follows a 12% decline in June. [more]

More police at college after fight amongst girls
There will be an increased police presence at Fairfield College in Hamilton on Thursday, after a fight in which a student was injured and two girls arrested and charged with assault. [more]

Concerns held over Govt involvement in Auckland rail
Official papers from the Ministry of Transport reveal it has concerns about the Government's involvement in developing rail in Auckland. [more]

Socks over shoes keep people upright on ice
A study by Otago University has proven that the practice of wearing socks over shoes actually works in icy conditions. [more]

No backdown on call to end kiwifruit monpoloy
Fresh produce exporter Turners & Growers is remaining defiant over a push for kiwifruit exporter and marketer Zespri to be stripped of its monopoly status. [more]

Alternative East Coast route being worked on
Gisborne District Council is working to provide an alternative road route to allow motorists full access to the East Coast. [more]

Virgin Atlantic to cut flights
Virgin Atlantic is to reduce winter services and may cut up to 600 jobs. Total capacity would be 7% lower than in winter 2008/09. [more]

McDonalds eyes Kaikoura for future outlet
McDonalds is considering opening a fast food restaurant outlet in Kaikoura. The company has confirmed it bought a site there in April. [more]

Employment confidence index shows pessimism reigns
The Westpac McDermott Miller employment confidence index shows employees' confidence about the year ahead has risen from record lows, but there are still more pessimists than optimists. [more]

Import photographic business sold to management
Broadway Industries has sold its photographic import and distribution business, H E Perry for up to $1.5 million. H E Perry's management are the buyers. [more]

Cuts in grape contracts to be detailed to growers
Pernod Ricard meets its growers in Gisborne on Thursday night to outline plans to cut the tonnage of grapes wanted in future. Tonnages from the region could be cut by 25%. [more]

French investigators raid Tahoeraa office in Papeete
French security officials have raided the office of French Polynesia's opposition Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party, reportedly as part of an investigation into alleged fraud. Tahitipresse reports about 30 police officers dealing... [more]

Swine flu vaccine purchase to be announced soon
The Government is to announce soon that it will buy early supplies of a vaccine against swine flu, for use by front-line health workers. [more]

French Polynesian veterans dismissive of French nuke compo bill
The president of Moruroa e Tatou nuclear test veterans association, Roland Oldham, says the compensation bill passed this week by the French National Assembly is not fair for the victims. [more]

SDL says new Fiji roadmap doesn't augur well
The general secretary of Fiji's ousted governing party, Peceli Kinivuwai, says a lull in constitutionality over the next four years does not augur well for such a young country. This... [more]

Solomons Ministry of Agriculture confident as dry weather persists
The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in Solomon Islands expects agriculture producers like rice growers won't be harshly affected by the extensive dry season. The Meteorology Service there has announced... [more]

ICC looking to rejuvenate Test cricket
There's been a radical proposal to rejuvenate Test Cricket The International Cricket Council is considering the number if playing days be reduced from five to four days to try to ... [more]

New Zealand well represented at Henley
New Zealand rowing crews will be looking to continue their good form when they take part in the Royal Henley regatta starting tonight on the Thames near London. New Zealand ... [more]

Boonen's case to be examined
The French Court of Arbitration for Sport says the former world champion cyclist Tom Boonen's appeal to take part in the Tour de France will be examined tonight. The Belgian ... [more]

Bryant stays with Lakers
Kobe Bryant, who guided the Los Angeles Lakers to the NBA championship last month, has decided not to nullify the last two years of his contract and will stay with ... [more]

Former tutor's trial adjourned after juror becomes ill
A murder trial in the High Court Christchurch has been adjourned after a male juror was taken to hospital in an ambulance. [more]

Family escapes fire after warning by dog
The Fire Service says a Northland family has a pitbull terrrier to thank after escaping a fire that destroyed a house near Kaikohe. A warning was given by the dog - otherwise the family might not have made it out alive. [more]

Guam confirms first H1N1 infection
Guam has recorded its first confirmed case of H1N1 infection. A statement issued by the island's Office of the Acting Governor, says the affected individual, a federal employee on Andersen... [more]

PNG land rezoning drives wedge between top leaders
Papua New Guinea's prime minister and deputy prime minister appear to be at odds with each other over a controversial land deal in Port Moresby. At stake is the rezoning... [more]

Cooks PM criticial of Fiji roadmap time line
The Cook Islands prime minister, Jim Marurai, says Fiji's timeframe to have a new constitution in place by 2013 is too far off. Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama,... [more]

Nauru to experience significant improvements to telecommunications
The global phone operator Digicel says Nauru will experience significant improvements in its telecommunications once it receives mobile phone devices for the first time. The government has granted Digicel a... [more]

No alternative system to counter volatile dollar - Key
Prime Minister John Key says there is little that can be done to insulate exporters against the fluctuating New Zealand dollar. [more]

Rare whale and calf spotted in Hauraki Gulf
A rare Southern Right Whale and its calf have been spotted in the Hauraki Gulf. They were seen between Rangitoto and North Head on Wednesday. [more]

Slip cleared on Rimutaka Hill Road
Police say a major slip on the Rimutaka Hill Road on State Highway 2, north of Wellington, has been cleared. [more]

More expensive water feared under super-city
The Greater East Tamaki Business Association is worried that a merger of water companies under the planned Auckland super-city will mean more expensive water. [more]

Samoa court reinstates nine MPs, cancels by-elections
Samoa's Supreme Court has quashed the ruling by the parliament's speaker who had declared nine parliamentary seats for Tautua Samoa party vacant. The speaker, Tolofuiaivalelei Falemoe Leiataua, argued that forming... [more]

Samoa Prime Minister says re-opened Fagali'i a boost for small airlines
The Prime Minister of Samoa says yesterday's re-opening of Fagali'i airport is a boost for smaller airlines flying to Savaii and to American Samoa. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says it's cost... [more]

Internet access extended to all American Samoan high school class rooms
Every American Samoan high school class room will have a internet connection once the new school year opens. The expansion has been made possible through funds from the ERATE programme... [more]

New broadband plans offered by Telecom
Telecom is offering customers new broadband plans from next week that give internet users certainty over their bill. [more]

Police taser roll-out a step closer
The introduction of the taser for use by New Zealand police has moved a step closer with the completion of a national roadshow on the use of the weapon. [more]

Major changes expected to Foreshore and Seabed Act
Attorney General Chris Finlayson says it has not been decided that the Foreshore and Seabed Act will be repealed, but people can expect major changes to be made. [more]

Canterbury University to charge students $600 levy
Students at the University of Canterbury face of levy of $600 for services next year. [more]

Tougher economic conditions facing farmers
Federated Farmers expects tougher economic conditions will force some to quit their farms this year. [more]

Several crashes on icy roads in South Island
There were several ice-related crashes in rural parts of the South Island on Thursday morning. [more]

Man falls to death on motorway
A man has fallen to his death on a motorway in Wellington. State Highway 1 was closed for 90 minutes following the incident. [more]

Environmentalists criticise PNG knighthood of Malaysian logger
Environment groups are outraged that the billionaire Malaysian owner of the Rimbunan Hijau logging company has been awarded a knighthood for work in Papua New Guinea. Tiong Hiew King received... [more]

Surge in people wanting to volunteer
Volunteer organisations are reporting up to 150% increases in people wanting to lend their skills to unpaid work. [more]

Flosse secretary detained by French police in Tahiti fraud probe
Police in French Polynesia have detained the long-time personal secretary of the veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, amid a fraud probe involving the state-owned OPT telecommunications company. Tahitipresse reports that Melba... [more]

Flights full on first day of flying at re-opened Fagali'i airport in Samoa
The owner of Samoa's Fagali'i airport says flights to American Samoa are full on its first day of business in four years. Polynesian Airlines, the national carrier, re-opened the airport... [more]

ARU says Tuqiri termination has nothing to do with police
The Australian Rugby Union boss John O'Neill says the termination of star winger Lote Tuqiri contract is not due to any police matter. Tuqiri was cut from his lucrative deal ... [more]

Australian rugby union refuses to say why they've sacked Tuqiri
Star winger Lote Tuqiri hasn't been sacked for breaking the law, but Australia rugby boss John O'Neill is refusing to say just why they've terminated his contract. The ... [more]

Russians ponder how to topple the Williams Sisters
Russians Elena Dementieva and Dinara Safina have the job of solving the puzzle that's so far proved beyond anyone else in the women's draw at Wimbledon this year - How ... [more]

Junior All Blacks maintain unbeaten run in Pacific Nations Cup
The Junior All Blacks have beaten Tonga 47-25 in their final Pacific Nations cup match in Suva, but it was nowhere near as convincing at the score might suggest. Going ... [more]

Wellington overhelm Wairarapa Bush in season opening Ranfurly Shield defence
The Wellington rugby side have overwhelmed Wairarapa-Bush 90-19, to win their first Ranfurly Shield defence of the season in Masterton. Wellington ran in 13 tries to three and led 45-7 ... [more]

Tuqiri seeks help from Sailor
Lote Tuqiri has sent close friend and former teammate Wendell Sailor a text message seeking advice following the shock termination of his lucrative Australian Rugby Union contract. Tuqiri ... [more]

Bryant set to remain in Los Angeles Lakers
Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant has opted not to terminate the final two years of his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers and is expected to sign a three-year contract extension ... [more]

Hunt out of Broncos line-up to play the Warriors
Brisbane will be without fullback Karmichael Hunt for tomorrow night's National Rugby League match against the Warriors in Brisbane. Hunt pulled up at training today still suffering from ... [more]

Residents relieved plans for gas terminal shelved
New Plymouth residents are relieved plans to build a gas import terminal have been shelved, saying they feared for their safety if explosions occurred at Port Taranaki. [more]

Solomon Islands lawyer charged over alleged swindle
A prominent lawyer in Solomon Islands, who is accused of swindling about a quarter of a million US dollars from his former clients, will now face court action. 43-year-old Charles... [more]

EU disappointed with Fiji regime's roadmap
The European Union says it's dissapointed by Fiji's new roadmap. Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, said the country would have a new constitution by 2013 to make way... [more]

Field trial hears excerpts from Ingram interview
The jury in the trial of former MP Taito Phillip Field trial at the High Court in Auckland has been played excerpts of an interview conducted by Noel Ingram, QC, in 2005. [more]

Police in Samoa investigate illegal sale of confiscated rice
The police in Samoa have arrested four men for selling confiscated rice. More than 1,000 bags of rice were buried after the health department considered them unfit for human consumption. [more]

TV3 escapes big fine for Sunday ads during World Cup
Television network TV3 has escaped fines of up to $300,000 for broadcasting ads on Sunday mornings during the last Rugby World Cup. [more]

Mururoa veterans unimpressed by French nuke compo bill
The president of the Moruroa e Tatou nuclear test veterans association in French Polynesia, Roland Oldham, says the compensation bill passed this week by the French National Assembly is not... [more]

Samoa PM says new Fiji roadmap is unacceptable
Samoa's prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele, has labelled Fiji's new roadmap as unacceptable. Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says work on a new constitution that scraps the ethnic-based system... [more]

Farm owner cleared of mistreating pigs
A piggery owner near Levin has been cleared of mistreating his animals after his farm was secretly filmed and the footage shown on a television current affairs programme. [more]

Police investigating gun incidents in capital
Police believe one man is responsible for two gun incidents in a Wellington suburb. [more]

Seven in court over Nomad gang assaults
Seven people have appeared in court on Thursday over a series of assaults in Horowhenua. [more]

Asia Pacific markets dip
Markets in Asia and the Pacific were lower at the close of trade on Thursday. [more]

Cache of firearms seized near Tauranga
Thirteen rifles, two pistols and a large amount of ammunition have been seized in raid by armed police near Tauranga. Two men who do not have firearms licences have been questioned by police. [more]

State of emergency lifted in Waihi village
A state of emergency has been lifted in Waihi village in the central North Island on Thursday night following fears of a landslide. [more]

Winter holidays overseas on the rise
New Zealanders are booking more overseas holidays to get away from the winter weather. [more]

Govt to stock up on flu vaccine for health workers
The Government is to announce soon that it will buy early supplies of a vaccine against swine flu for use by front-line health workers. [more]

Man to stand trial for South Auckland murder
A man accused of fatally stabbing a South Auckland father of four has been committed to trial. [more]

Snow closes South Island roads
The Automobile Association is warning motorists of a range of road closures due to snow on Thursday night. [more]