Radio New Zealand - Monday, 13th July 2009

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Eight months to Mars - Jim Bolger
Since retiring from politics he's been appointed Chairman of New Zealand Post and its subsidiary Kiwibank. [more]

Bach Backlash
The bach has long been part of the fabric of society in New Zealand, will the humble bach survive? [more]

He Rourou for 13 July 2009
We continue the series of interviews with Te Urikore Waenga from the kaumatua health group Te Manawanui. [more]

Author Slot - Nigel Latta
His latest book is titled"Mothers raising boys". [more]

This Way Up feature - Diamonds
Simon Morton from This Way Up reports on how tougher economic times are hitting diamond sales. [more]

Science Story - great white sharks
Two scientists from a collaborative shark research programme between the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, NIWA, and the Department of Conservation, talk to Alison Ballance about the results of a five-year satellite tagging programme. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With today's guests Bomber Bradbury and Rosemary McLeod. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With today's guests Bomber Bradbury and Rosemary McLeod. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 13 July 2009
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 13 July 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 13 July 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 13 July 2009
News from the business sector. [more]


Murder accused describes ex-girlfriend's death
A former university tutor accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend has described to a court the last moments of her life. [more]

Numbers in dole queue exceed 50,000
There's been, what the Minister of Social Development is describing, as a dramatic increase in the number of people going on the dole. [more]

Being made unemployed, a 'lifeshock'
So how hard is it for people trying to find a new job and living without a regular salary? [more]

Clothing sales help boost overall retail figures
An unexpected rush to buy warm winter woollies has delivered the largest increase in sales since November 2007. [more]

Victoria Park Project pushed forward by a year
Auckland's $430,000,000 Victoria Park tunnel and roading project is being fast tracked - again. [more]

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

ING investors accept company's offer
An overwhelming majority of investors with money in ING's frozen funds have accepted an offer that will see them waive their rights to any future legal action against the company. [more]

Bay of Plenty town fear family feud will prove fatal
Members of the remote Bay of Plenty community of Kaingaroa say they fear someone will be killed if a long running family feud is not sorted out. [more]

Local elder not surprised by violence in Kaingaroa
Peter Biddle is a local elder who's lived in Kaingaroa since 1960. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Taito Phillip Field case continues
The former Labour MP Taito Phillip Field denies giving any workers a blank cheque to work on his properties in Samoa. [more]

Cheney could face prosecution for secret CIA programme
Top ranking Democrat politicians in the US are in uproar over revelations that former Vice President Dick Cheney ordered the CIA to keep Congress in the dark about a counter-terrorism programme. [more]

UK poll shows support for Afghan war
The number of people in Britain who support the country's war in Afghanistan has jumped sharply to nearly a half. [more]

Dole queue tops 50,000
The Minister of Social Development says redundancies by small and medium term businesses are partly responsible for the latest increase in the size of the dole queue. [more]

Analysis of unemployment figures
Westpac economist Dominic Stephens has been analysing the numbers. [more]

Calls for urgent government action on obesity
Health advocates are blasting the government for failing to tackle obesity on the heels of a new OECD report showing New Zealand is the third fattest nation in the developed world, behind only the United States and Mexico. [more]

What retailers are saying about the latest figures
An unexpected rush to buy warm winter woollies has delivered the largest monthly increase in clothing sales since May 1995. [more]

Claims super-city could come at super-sized cost
Auckland's super-city mayoral race could come with a super-sized price tag. [more]

Australian's assasination trial underway in East Timor
The trial of Australian woman, Angelita Pires, for the attempted murder of President Jose Ramos-Horta has begun in East Timor. [more]

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

TV reports claim North Korean leader has cancer
Reports from South Korea say the reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong il has pancreatic cancer. [more]

UK correspondent talks Afghanistan, flu and The Ashes
For the latest news in the UK we're joined now by our correspondent in London, Barney Burnham. [more]

Manhunt begins after Freeport employees killed in Indonesia
Indonesian police in Papua have begun searching for gunmen they say killed two employees of the US mining giant Freeport in separate attacks at the weekend. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Iranian protestors remain behind bars
A month on from Iran's disputed presidential election - dozens of dissidents remain behind bars in the capital Tehran. [more]

Climate change lashes Bangladesh
There are predictions that rising sea-levels combined with heavier rainstorms will cause more devastating flooding in Bangladesh. [more]

Gore gives Australia thumbs up on emission trading
The former US Vice President and climate change guru Al Gore has heaped praise on Australia for pushing ahead with emissions trading legislation before global talks in Denmark later this year. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 13 July 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 13 July 2009
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 13 July 2009
Today's Morning Report was hosted by Geoff Robinson and Jane Patterson. 100 homes still without power in far north, Swine flu warning issued for Pacific Island community, Pressure for UK troops to be pulled from Afghanistan, Recession worsens stress for leaky homes owners, Peter Dunne joins call for ING to drop waiver, Auckland Zoo bars Cadbury products, Rare collection of Volkswagens snapped up at auction. [more]

Allegations Bush's Vice President kept CIA quiet
In the US, it's being alleged former Vice President Dick Cheney ordered the CIA to withold information from Congress for 8 years. [more]

British business group says recession passed worst in UK
While New Zealand retailers are warning the worst of the recession is still to come, overseas the British Chambers of Commerce is claiming the worst of the recession is over in the UK. [more]

Pacific news for 13 July 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

600 paramilitary personnel sent to hunt down rebels
Maoist rebels have killed at least 30 policemen in an eastern state of India. [more]

Northland recovering after weekend of wild weather
190 homes are still without power in Northland after a weekend of wild and windy weather. [more]

Police defend actions of missing pig hunter
Police are defending the actions of the pig hunter and his two children who were lost in bush for nearly three days during the storm that struck Northland. [more]

Police to continue inquiry into three deaths in Hawke's Bay
The police in Hastings will today continue their investigation into the deaths of a mother and her two young daughters in the coastal settlement of Haumoana. [more]

Key responds to PNG, Solomons, Vanuatu backing of Fiji
Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu have broken a Pacific wide consensus and have given their support to Fiji's military regime. [more]

Swine flu warning issued for Pacific Island community
The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs has taken the rare step of issuing a health warning to Pacific people, as the swine flu pandemic continues. [more]

100 homes still without power in far north
Because of the power outages in the north of the North island 100 homes are still without power after a weekend of wild and windy weather. [more]

Desert road closed
Dave Bates is Transit's National Operations Manager. [more]

Recession worsens stress for leaky homes owners
The plight of leaky home owners is worsening as a result of the recession, and their advocates say the pressure is leading to serious mental health problems. [more]

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

Peter Dunne joins call for ING to drop waiver
The Revenue Minister, Peter Dunne has joined a growing number of people calling for fund manager ING to drop a waiver clause from its settlement of a half a billion dollar frozen fund. [more]

Pressure for UK troops to be pulled from Afghanistan
Following the bloodiest day for British forces in Afghanistan, Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown is being forced to defend involvement in the country. [more]

Power cuts
100 homes are still without power in Northland after storm force winds buffeted the top part of the country all weekend. [more]

Southeast low brings hazardous conditions
The heavy winds may have receded but snow is continuing to cause problems in the Central North Island where the Desert Road is closed. [more]

Pilots want Air Nelson to prove airforce not filling staff jobs
The Airline Pilots Association is calling for Air Nelson to prove it can operate without Airforce staff. [more]

Easter Island compound may slow ageing process
Scientists are hailing a compound that may fight the ageing process. [more]

New Zealand's cricket team cleared to tour Sri Lanka
New Zealand's cricket team has been given the all-clear to tour Sri Lanka in August, after a rigorous security check of the war-troubled nation. [more]

Magics overpowered by Vixens
The Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic's have been overpowered by the Melbourne Vixens in the first semi-final of the ANZ Netball Championship. [more]

Auckland Zoo bars Cadbury products
Auckland Zoo has banned all Cadbury products from its shelves after the confectionary manufacturer began using palm oil in their chocolate. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

If it weren't for my gumboots, where would I be?
Many New Zealanders teaching English in Korea have participated in the annual"Mudfest"in Boryeong a beach town on the west coast of South Korea. [more]

Rare collection of Volkswagens snapped up at auction
Sleek Porsches, chunky Beetles and classic Kombi vans have shown they can more than hold their worth at a rare auction in Auckland. [more]

Phil Kafcaloudes with news from Australia
The latest update from Australia with Phil Kafcaloudes. [more]


Julie Czerdena interview
What is it about science ehat puts people off reading about it - can science be readable [more]

The Final Whistle (Sport NZ)
Joseph and Bryan analyse the state of play from recent recreational activities, Tour de France and the return of Lance Armstrong [more]

Conundrum Clue One
Conundrum Clue One [more]

South Africa Report
Our South African correspondent discusses news and cultural insights from the Republic of South Africa. [more]

Conundrum Clue Two
Conundrum Clue Two. [more]

Nine To Noon

Therapeutic courts
Judge John Walker, helped set up first therapeutic court in Christchurch; Dr Michael King, a former magistrate in Western Australia, and now with a senior law lecturer at Monash University - Dr King is an expert on therapeutic courts and has just published a book Non Adverserial Justice. [more]

Otago University student conduct
Professor David Skegg, Vice Chancellor of Otago University; and Edwin Darlow, President of Otago University Students Association (represents roughly 20 thousand students). [more]

Wartime slogan proving a hit in the current recession
Mark Coop is selling posters, tshirts, bags etc with an image from a WW2 poster, which says Keep Calm and Carry On. [more]

Europe correspondent - Seamus Kearney
News from Europe including Bosnian war memorials. [more]

Feature guest - Russ Garcia
He's worked with some of the biggest names in the music business from Ella Fitzgerald to Louis Armstrong. Jazz composer and arranger Russ Garcia is still in high demand at the age of 93. [more]

Book review - The Book of Rapture
'The Book of Rapture' by Nikki Gemmell. Published by HarperCollins. Reviewed by David Hill. [more]

With Matthew Hooton and Laila Harre. [more]

Food and wine
Guest chef John Cornish, internationally renowned chef and butcher and guest wine commentator Jo Burzynska, NZ Herald Viva section wine editor and author. [more]

Tommy Honey
Honey on cars. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 13 July 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 13 July 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Christopher Herrick
British organist in the country for cd release and nationwide tour. [more]

Murray Hickman
Strike percussion ensemble founder talks about cd release and upcoming performances at Downstage Theatre with Adam Page. [more]

News stories:

Tokelau renews plea for new boat
The tiny Pacific territory of Tokelau has renewed its plea for a new boat, saying it represents a lifeline to the three atolls, whose residents are New Zealand citizens. The... [more]

5 gold medals for NZ rowers
The New Zealand rowing squad has won 5 gold medals in the latest world cup regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland. New Zealand has again confirmed itself as the world's top nation ... [more]

Webber breaks through at German grand prix
Mark Webber has broken through for his maiden formula one victory and Australia's first since 1981, leading home his Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel in this morning's German Grand ... [more]

England escape with a drawn from first Ashes test
The England cricketers have escaped with a dramatic draw from the first Ashes test against Australia in Cardiff. Trailing on the first innings by 239 runs, England lost their 9th ... [more]

Magic lament slow start against Vixens
The Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic netball coach says if her side is to have any chance of winning the ANZ championship they must stop giving their opponents such big ... [more]

USA wins basketball world title
The United States has won the Fiba world junior men's basketball title after beating Greece 88-80 in the final in Auckland. Croatia beat Australia 87-81 in the play-off for bronze. ... [more]

Canada qualify for 2011 Rugby World Cup
Canada have become the first nation to get through the qualifying process and confirm their place at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, after beating the United States 41-18 in the ... [more]

Killen scores twice for Celtic
All White's striker Chris Killen scored twice in 3 minutes as his football club, Glasgow Celtic beat the Brisbane Roar in a football friendly at Suncorp Stadium. Brisbane's premier football ... [more]

Back to back victories for German star in Europe
The German golfer Martin Kaymer couldn't be in better form going into this week's British Open after a second straight win on the European tour. Last week's French Open ... [more]

Hewitt third in Austria
The New Zealand triathlete Andrea Hewitt has continued her fantastic run of results in the ITU World Championship Series with a bronze medal in the latest race in Kitzbuhel, Austria. ... [more]

Warriors go down to Dogs at Mt Smart
Whiz kid Ben Barba scored the winning try a minute from time to keep the Bulldogs near the top of the National Rugby league ladder with a 18-14 win ... [more]

Mundine challenged to re-match with Geale
Anthony Mundine has been challenged by Tasmania's government to give Daniel Geale a rematch following the International Boxing Organisation's review of their May fight. The IBO has ordered the pair ... [more]

New Zealand's Foreign Minister on trip around the Pacific
New Zealand's Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, has begun a week long trip to the Pacific including visits to the island nations of Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Samoa. Mr McCully, who... [more]

Fiji's right to be involved in regional trade agreements backed by MSG
Fiji's right to be involved in regional trade and economic co-operation agreements, such as PICTA, PACER-plus, has been backed by the Melanesian Spearhead Group . The leaders at their meeting... [more]

Critic says muzzling Fiji's lawyers is part of institutional intimidation
A critic of Fiji's military regime says the legal fraternity has been muzzled in the latest step in the emerging pattern of intimidation of the country's institutions. The interim regime... [more]

One dead, five hospitalised after head on smash
A man is dead after a head-on collision north of Wellington. Grays Road in Paremata was closed on Sunday night. [more]

French Polynesia's veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, ready to be jailed over OPT affair
The French Polynesian veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, says he is ready to be jailed in Tahiti if the five people imprisoned now in connection with the OPT affair are freed. [more]

Court in Samoa to hear motion to lift name suppression of former government minister
The Supreme Court in Samoa will this week hear a motion seeking to lift a name suppression order against a former government minister and high ranking village orator who is... [more]

Swine flu warning issued for NZ's Pacific Island community
New Zealand's Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs has taken the rare move of urging Pacific people to take steps to curb swine flu, amid statistics it's labelled worrying. It says... [more]

Pre-paid phone card specifically to call Tonga launched in New Zealand
A new pre-paid phone card specifically to call Tonga has been launched in New Zealand. Malo e Lelei landline phonecards have been introduced in Wellington and Auckland. Paula Mosa'ati of... [more]

'Alternative super-city hearing' planned
West Auckland group Grassroots Action Group says it will run its own hearing on Auckland governance for those it says feel intimidated by the parliamentary process. [more]

Rising share returns expected, but when?
Investment banking firm Forsyth Barr says a share market rally is underway and favourable equity returns are likely over the next three to six months. [more]

England cricketers hold on for a draw
The England tailenders James Anderson and Monty Panesar denied Australia victory in the first Ashes cricket test with an unbeaten last-wicket stand on the last day in Cardiff. Victory seemed ... [more]

Dixon loses championship lead
The Auckland motor racing driver Scott Dixon has finished 4th in the latest round of the Indycar series in Toronto and in doing so has lost his championship lead. Dixon's ... [more]

Sri Lankan cricketers on top against Pakistan
The Sri Lankan cricketers are on top after the first day of the second test against Pakistan in Colombo. The tourists decided to bat first and were bowled out for ... [more]

Israel stun Russia, Croatia upset US in Davis Cup quarters
Israel have pulled off a stunning Davis Cup tennis upset, beating Russia 4-1 to reach the semi-finals for the first time. In the semi-finals, the defending champions Spain will host ... [more]

Sky City reduces debt
Sky City Entertainment Group has used some of the $228 million raised from investors several months ago to pay down debt. [more]

Condition of bashed Christchurch teenager improves
The condition of an 18-year-old found beaten in a central Christchurch street on Friday improved on Sunday, although he remained in intensive care. [more]

Father and two children found safe and well
Police say three people found after spending two nights in a remote Far North forest during atrocious weather are lucky to be alive. The storm claimed a life on Sunday, when a teenager in Northland was trapped under a tree that fell onto her caravan. [more]

More Maori language content on websites urged
Many Government websites have little or no Maori content despite Te Reo being an official language, the Race Relations Commissioner says. [more]

Govt still committed to adult community education - minister
Minister of Education Anne Tolley says the Government is still committed to adult community education, despite announcing in May it will cut 80% of funding for the sector. [more]

Pilots want proof Air Force pilots not replacing civilian staff
The Airline Pilots Association is calling on Air Nelson to prove it is not doing pilots out of a job by using Air Force staff. [more]

Young Farmer award goes to Canterbury man
South Canterbury farmer Tim O'Sullivan has won the 2009 Young Farmer of the Year title. [more]

Reports of another death at Papua mine after Australian man shot dead
There are reports another person has been killed and five others injured near the Papuan mine where an Australian man was shot dead. Drew Grant, an engineer at Grasberg's Freeport... [more]

Marshalls College gets top marks from U.S. accreditation agency
The College of the Marshall Islands has officially overturned its bad performance record by getting approval from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Majuro-based college was on the... [more]

Fiji's former vice-president optimistic lawyers can be effective under new rules
Fiji's former Vice-President, lawyer Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, says his colleagues can be effective practising under controversial new rules. Fiji's interim government has taken over the role of registering lawyers and... [more]

Sharp rise in those living in squatter settlements in Fiji
The sharp growth in the number of people living in squatter settlements in Fiji has been labelled alarming. Fiji's Social Welfare Minister ,Dr Jiko Luveni, estimated that close to 15%... [more]

French TV boss implicated in defamation claim by French Polynesia's Flosse
The head of France Television, Patrick de Carolis, is to appear in court in Paris for the alleged defamation of the veteran French Polynesian politician, Gaston Flosse, in a documentary... [more]

NZ PM says Forum mandate not weakened by MSG decision
The New Zealand Prime Minister says a decision by three Melanesian countries to support the decision by Fiji's interim leader to delay elections until 2014, doesn't weaken the mandate of... [more]

Farmers praise dairy company's loan decision
Federated Farmers says a decision by Fonterra to offer loans to dairy farmers vindicates the co-operative model, as it is essentially farmers helping farmers. [more]

Bangladesh on top at St Vincent
Tamim Iqbal scored his maiden test century to help Bangladesh build a 252-run lead over the West Indies with the tourists eyeing just their second win in test cricket. Bangladesh, ... [more]

Korean wins US womens golf Open
Ji Eun-hee of South Korea rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt on the last hole to win the U.S. Women's golf Open in Pennsylvania for her maiden championship title. The ... [more]

Phelps all set for the World Champs
The longest layoff of Michael Phelps's career doesn't appear to have dimmed the American swimming superstar's status as a gold-plated favorite heading into the world championships later this month. Phelps ... [more]

Mowbary has confidence in Killen
The Celtic football manager Tony Mowbray will give Chris Killen every chance to press for a regular place after the striker scored twice against the Brisbane Roar in a friendly ... [more]

London's Olympic stadium will be used for athletics post games
London's Olympic stadium will not be used in England's bid for the 2018 Fifa World Cup. The 80,000 seater stadium, costing more than 1.3 billion dollars, will be down-sized to ... [more]

Manu Samoa moves closer to a place in the World cup 2011
The Manu Samoa rugby team has demolished the Oceania rugby champ, the Pukpuk team from Papua New Guinea 115-7 in their IRB World Cup qualifier tournament yesterday at the Apia ... [more]

Earthquake shakes Bay of Plenty
An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Ritcher scale shook the Bay of Plenty region on Monday morning. [more]

CNMI Senators oppose bill to impose fee on plastic bags
The Senate in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas has rejected the passage of a House of Representatives bill that would impose a fee on plastic checkout bags. All six... [more]

Inflation expected to have slowed further
Economists are expecting figures out on Thursday will show inflation has slowed further as the economic downturn reduces pressure on prices. [more]

Monday's newspaper headlines
Sharper-than-expected rise in unemployment; plea from Otago University Vice-chancellor for students to behave themselves; international study ranks NZ third fattest nation. [more]

Air NZ installs fuel saving technology on planes
Air New Zealand expects the introduction of fuel-saving technology on some of its international fleet will help keep costs down as it struggles with the global downturn in air travel. [more]

Fiji military says no truth in claim of change in responsibilities for Bainaimarama
A Fiji military spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni, has denied reports that there's been a change in the military leadership. There have been claims that Colonel Pita Driti and Colonel... [more]

Sacking of NZ-based CPS staffer angers French Polynesian group
A French Polynesian support group is angered that the CPS social welfare agency has sacked its New Zealand-based liaison person. The group, A Tautura Ia Na, which helps sick people... [more]

Microfinance deemed relevant in assisting poor to enter market economy
Some business consultants say microfinance is becoming more relevant in assisting the poorest people in the Pacific to gain a foothold in the market economy. This comes as the International... [more]

Fiji Methodists concerned about new church linked to police
The established Methodist Church in Fiji is worried by the messages being preached by the so-called New Methodist Church. The new Christian movement was established by Atu Vulaono, who is... [more]

Second fatal shooting near Papua's main mine
Police in Papua say a security guard employed at the huge Grasberg copper mine in Indonesia's eastern-most province was shot dead and several police officers wounded in two separate shootings... [more]

NZ cricket team cleared to tour Sri Lanka
New Zealand's cricket team has been given the all-clear to tour Sri Lanka in August, after a rigorous security check by cricket officials who visited the war-troubled nation. [more]

Auckland Zoo drops Cadbury chocolate
Auckland Zoo has dropped Cadbury products from its shelves because the confectionery manufacturer has begun using palm oil in its chocolate. [more]

Fiji leader wants dialogue, but on his terms
Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says he is ready to engage with the international community as long as they understand Fiji's plans like the Melanesian Spearhead Group leaders. [more]

Consultants say recession boosts microfinance demand in Pacific
Some business consultants say the global financial crisis has prompted growth in demand for microfinance services in the Pacific region. This comes as the International Finance Corporation is to present... [more]

NZ raw-milk cheese production should be allowed - minister
Food Safety Minister Kate Wilkinson says it is time the New Zealand market was opened for local producers to make cheeses from unpasteurised milk. [more]

Ravensdown cuts fertiliser price again
One of the two big fertiliser co-operatives, Ravensdown, has reduced the price of nitrogen fertiliser for the fourth time this year. [more]

Commercial property company expects $240m loss
AMP New Zealand Office Trust says the value of its portfolio is expected to plummet 15%, or almost $240 million, for the year to June. [more]

Baggage handling firm wins Bahamas airport contract
Baggage-handling specialist Glidepath is on track for record North American growth, after winning a $US21 million Bahamas airport project. [more]

NZ businesses hold up well in recession - survey
Most firms are holding their own in the economic downturn, a survey of 1,400 businesses indicates. Almost two-thirds of the companies reported their profitability stayed the same or improved over the past year. [more]

Call for liquor store licence revoke after sting
Authorities want a South Auckland liquor store that was caught in a sting selling alcohol to underage customers closed down. [more]

Foreign Minister begins week-long Pacific trip
Foreign Minister Murray McCully has begun a week-long trip to the Pacific, including visits to the island nations of Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Samoa. [more]

Consensus against Fiji intact, says Key
Prime Minister John Key believes a Pacific-wide consensus against Fiji's military regime has not been broken, despite three Melanesian countries supporting the interim government of Commodore Frank Bainimarama. [more]

Recession 'worsens stress' for leaky home owners
A group representing owners of leaky homes says the recession is adding to their misery and leading to increased instances of serious depression. [more]

Field denies employing Thai tiler
Former Labour MP Taito Phillip Field has told a court he cannot be held responsible for the conclusions a Thai tiler and builder drew after a meeting in his electorate office to discuss their immigration cases. [more]

Magazine apologises for literary faux pas
NEXT magazine has apologised for mistakenly naming a major winner in this year's Montana Book Awards. [more]

Tour leader unchanged after stage 9 on Le Tour
Italian Rinaldo Nocentini still holds the tour leader's yellow jersey on the Tour de France, with main peloton containing all the race favourites finishing 34 secongs behind the ninth stage ... [more]

First five options get a boost for All Blacks
First five options Stephen Donald and Luke McAlister look to set to be available for the All Blacks opening tri-nations test against Australia in Auckland, afterall. Coach Graham Henry was ... [more]

Ashes series set to turn nasty at Lord's
Australia's fight for the Ashes is set to turn nasty at Lord's this week following a bitter final day in Cardiff. Relations between the sides have soured significantly in ... [more]

Armstrong admits tension between himself and Contador
Lance Armstrong's finally admitted that tension exists in his Astana team as both he and Spanish teammate Alberto Contador bid to win the Tour de France. Armstrong finished ... [more]

Price in doubt for State of Origin finale
The Warriors captain and prop Steve Price is a doubtful starter for Wednesday night's third State of Origin rugby league match having come down with a virus. Although Queensland team ... [more]

Windies cricket strike shows little sign of ending
The strike by top West Indies cricketers shows little sign of ending with both side's blaming each other for the conflict and the Caribbean team at risk of ... [more]

Former world boxing champ's wife charged with his murder
The Brazilian wife of former Canadian world boxing champion Arturo Gatti has been charged with his murder. 37 year old Gatti, was found dead at the weekend in ... [more]

French Polynesian group angered over sacking of NZ welfare liaison
A French Polynesian support group is angered that the CPS social welfare agency has sacked its New Zealand-based liaision person. The group, A Tautura Ia Na, which helps sick people... [more]

PNG opposition leader questions PM's commitment to democracy
PNG's Opposition Leader Sir Mekere Morauta has questioned the commitment of Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare to supporting parliamentary democracy. This follows the special Melanesian Spearhead Group leaders' meeting on... [more]

MSG pushes for other Fijians to be consulted in Bainimarama roadmap
The chairman of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, Vanuatu's Prime Minister Edward Natapei, says the MSG doesn't necessarily support the roadmap of Fiji's interim regime but that it is pushing for... [more]

Call for thorough investigation into latest Freeport killings in Papua
Indonesian police have begun a manhunt in the Timika area of Papua province after two employees of the US mining giant Freeport were killed in separate attacks at the weekend. [more]

NZ sharemarket lifts slightly
New Zealand's Top 50 share index rose 1.4 points, or 0.05%, on Monday to close at 2736 on turnover of $49 million. [more]

Cause of Haumoana deaths not yet known
The police in Hastings expect to have a clearer idea on Tuesday about what caused the deaths of a mother and her two young daughters in the coastal settlement of Haumoana. [more]

Call to tackle obesity as a priority
Health groups say an international report showing New Zealand has the third-highest obesity rates of 30 countries means the Government must make the problem more of a priority. [more]