Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 16th July 2009

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The best song ever written
Andrew Nichols from Christchurch has chosen Ringo Starr's"It Don't Come Easy"from the 1971 concert for Bangladesh. [more]

Your place - Pleasent Point
This small, friendly township really tries to live up to its name. Located in the middle of the South Canterbury region, it's a gateway to the Southern Lakes, set on the edge of a great plain and with vistas of the Southern Alps. [more]

The Richardson Truck Museum is the biggest collection of vintage and collectable trucks, currently in private hands. It took years to assemble and is widely regarded as one of the best collections of its kind anywhere in the world. [more]

Friends of Motueka Hospital Trust
Motueka, the site of the only hospital facility in New Zealand created and owned by the local community. [more]

He Rourou for 16 July 2009
In He Rourou today Ana Tapiata talks with Puti Mackey, one of original protagonists of the concept of kapa haka kaumatua, Maori performing arts groups for people over the age of 50. [more]

Feature Album for 16 July 2009
Lambchop are from Nashville, this was the group's fifth album, and we do mean group, there are 13 full-time members. [more]

Arts report with Lynn Freeman
We join Lynn Freeman coming from Christchurch this week - and shortly she talks with the writer and director of Pacific Underground's latest play. [more]

Katty Gosset's Christchurch story
To Christchurch now and this week we look at an organisation that's helping many of the city's illegal drivers to gain their licences. [more]

Environment story for 16 July 2009
We're in Fiordland on the trail of a kiwi, or more specifically on the trail of a northern Fiordland tokoeka. Not much is known about this bird and that is something Jane Tansell from the Department of Conservation has been working to change. [more]

The panel - round 1
With your guests John Barnett and Chris Trotter. [more]

The panel - round 2
With your guests John Barnett and Chris Trotter. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 16 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 16 July 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening business for 16 July 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening business for 16 July 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


Court orders BNZ to pay 100's of millions in back taxes
The BNZ has been found guilty of avoiding paying hundreds of millions of dollars in back taxes. [more]

Controversial comments made by the country's top judge
The Justice Minister has dismissed suggestions by the country's top judge to deal with overcrowding in prisons, saying they do not represent government policy. [more]

NZ hit by biggest quake in 80 years
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that shook Fiordland last night was the biggest in the world so far this year, but incredibly caused little damage. [more]

Civil defence assesses Fiordland from the air
Southland civil defence spokesperson, Dallas Bradley, was part of an aerial reconnaissance team that spent several hours checking out parts of Fiordland earlier today. [more]

Rate of increase in price of food slowing
An era of soaring food prices appears to be coming to an end. [more]

World's oldest mother dies, who will raise her twins?
A Spanish woman who became the world's oldest mother at the age of 66 has died less than three years after giving birth to twins. [more]

Sports news for 16 July 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Trans-Tasman agreement over super savings
The Finance Minster and his Australian counterpart have signed the agreement allowing superannuation savings to be moved between the two countries. [more]

Murder accused said to suffer from personality disorder
Two psychiatrists have told the court in Christchurch that accused, Clayton Weatherston, suffers from a narcissistic and grandiose tendancies. [more]

Manukau puts its case to super city select committee
Manukau City's mayor Len Brown doesn't want to share the assets he says his council has fought so hard to keep, with the rest of Auckland. [more]

Waatea news for 16 July 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

GNS scientist analyses Fiordland quake
A team of scientists has headed to Fiordland to learn as much as they can about last night's 7.8 magnitude earthquake. [more]

BNZ owes IRD $654 million
The Bank of New Zealand has been found guilty of avoiding paying hundreds of millions of dollars in back taxes. [more]

Government says no to prison amnesty
The Government is ruling out giving some prisoners amnesty as a way of relieving prison overcrowding. [more]

New way of detecting tsunamis?
Scientists in the United States say they've developed a new way of detecting tsunamis in the open ocean. [more]

Aftershocks continue following Southland quake
The earth is continuing to move in Southland, with four sizeable aftershocks recorded since a 7.8 magnitude quake hit last night. [more]

Endangered penguins under sniper guard in Sydney
Snipers have been enlisted to guard a vulnerable colony of penguins in Sydney's North East after a ninth one was found mauled to death at a Manly beach. [more]

Decision reserved in George Gwaze appeal hearing
The Court of Appeal has been hearing a case believed to be the first of its kind. The case of a Christchurch man acquitted of sexually violating and murdering his niece. [more]

Sports news for 16 July 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Military robots move a step closer
In Australia, the government has launched a multi-million dollar competition, which may bring the futuristic vision of a fully-automated war one step closer. [more]

Date for closure of Guantanamo Bay pushed back?
One of president Obama's first acts in the Whitehouse was to sign an executive order calling for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility within a year. [more]

British PM challenged in helicopter row
In Britain, MPs will hold a special debate later on the British military mission in Afghanistan, after the government has come under renewed criticism following a sudden surge in military casualties. [more]

Waatea news for 16 July 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Chinese consul tries to pull plug on Uighur documentary
China has been trying to stop a film about the leader in exile of the Uighur people premiering at the Melbourne international film festival. [more]

Chechen women face threats of kidnap and disappearance
The killing in Chechnya of the Russian human rights activist, Natalya Estemirova, has once again highlighted the threat to individuals there. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 16 July 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 16 July 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for 16 July 2009
Big quake shakes South Island, Invercargill civil defence swings into action, GNS science says quakes are usual in the area, Business groups criticise Key's economic plan ,Winston Peters to make a comeback, 168 dead in Iran plane crash , Museum world pays tribute to Seddon Bennington. [more]

Quake jangles nerves in south
A major earthquake last night has rattled homes and the nerves of those living in Southland. [more]

Coroner considers cause of trampers' death
The coroner is to investigate the death of Te Papa Chief Executive Seddon Bennington and his tramping companion. [more]

New cardiac group to improve health services
The Government is attempting to resuscitate the country's ailing cardiac services, and has appointed a group of experts for the task. [more]

Pacific news for 16 July 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Te Anau resident describes massive quake
The lower South Island has been shaken by a major earthquake. [more]

Winston Peters says sorry
Comeback kid, Winston Peters has given his clearest signal yet he wants to return to Parliament in 2011. [more]

Big quake shakes South Island
The South Island has experienced one of its biggest earthquakes in living memory. [more]

Invercargill civil defence swings into action
The Invercargill Civil Defence Emergency Centre was activated last night. [more]

GNS science says quakes are usual in the area
Joining us is GNS Science duty seismologist, Bill Fry. [more]

Business groups criticise Key's economic plan
Business groups are criticising the Prime Minister John Key's economic plan for New Zealand as too little, too late. [more]

Winston Peters to make a comeback
Winston Peters has told the New Zealand First party faithful to start fundraising because they're needed back in Parliament to sort out the country's problems. [more]

168 dead in Iran plane crash
All 168 passengers and crew have died in a Caspian Airlines plane crash in the north of Iran. [more]

Museum world pays tribute to Seddon Bennington
New Zealand's museum and arts community says Te Papa's chief executive, Seddon Bennington, made an exceptional contribution to a career he was devoted to. [more]

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

Economists question value of trans-tasman superannuation deal
Finance Minister Bill English and Australian Treasurer Wayne Swann are expected to agree to a portability of retirement savings between the two countries, in a meeting today. [more]

Gwaze verdict is appealed by the Crown
In a case believed to be the first of its kind, the case of a man acquitted of sexually violating and murdering his niece will go before the Court of Appeal today. [more]

Strike plan threatens country's phone, internet lines
Telecommunications workers on the country's crucial copper link phone and internet network are threatening major industrial action. [more]

Israeli soldiers speak out about abuses in Gaza
A group of Israeli soldiers who took part in the January offensive against Hamas fighters in Gaza have spoken out about widespread abuses. [more]

Road damage after quake
Authorities in Southland are still trying to work out the true extent of damage caused by a powerful earthquake last night in Fiordland. [more]

Manapouri resident describes quake
One of those who felt the full brunt of last night's quake was Ruth Dalley who runs the 45 Degrees South and Below Bookshop in Manapouri. [more]

$50 million bid to revive ailing cardiac services
Heart surgery in New Zealand is set to go under the knife with a 50 million dollar reform. [more]

Health Minister discusses cardiac changes
The Minister of Health, Tony Ryall joins us. [more]

John Key's economic plan slated by business lobby
Business groups say John Key needs to spell out more specifics if he wants to convince them on his new economic plan. [more]

Top business lobby criticise emission targets
In a hard hitting letter to the Government some of New Zealand's top business lobby groups have expressed their concern over proposed targets for emission reductions. [more]

Pacific sees tourism as way out of recession
Although Pacific Islands are reeling from the recession, their leaders hope tourism can help the region weather the tough times. [more]

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

Al-Qaeda threatens China
Al-Qaeda is threatening to revenge the deaths of 46 muslim Uighurs who were killed in riots in the far western part of China last week. [more]

Dunedin council in the gun for lack of snow preparedness
Dunedin and snowy weather - every year we hear of at least some snow in Dunedin and see pictures of snowed in roads. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Rotorua and Tauranga plot waterfront projects
The neighbouring Bay of Plenty cities of Rotorua and Tauranga are each planning multi-million dollar waterfront developments. [more]


Why Kids Kill
Peter Langman is the author of 'Why Kids Kill, Inside the Mind of School Shooters'. [more]

Body Parts - Human Biology
Viral and bacterial infections with Endocrinologist Prof Jean Fleming of Otago University. [more]

Conundrum Clue 6
Clue number 6. [more]

Conundrum Clues
Conundrum clues. [more]

Nine To Noon

Deaths in the Tararuas
Rod Feasey, Levin Land Search and Rescue search co-ordinator. [more]

Venture Capital and Its development in New Zealand
Josh Lerner, Professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School. [more]

Paul Brown
New Hampshire man on a worldwide search for a suitable slogan for his town - Raymond. [more]

UK correspondent - Matthew Parris
Phone bugging, Afghanistan, Unemployment and the economic situation. [more]

Feature guest - Kiran Bedi
Indian social activist who became the first woman to join the Indian Police Service - also subject of award winning documentary"Yes Madam, Sir"screening at the NZ Film Festival. [more]

Book Review - Mirabile Dictu
Written by Michele Leggott, reviewed by Mary McCallum and published by Auckland University Press/Macmillan. [more]

Technology - Nat Torkington
Talks to us from the Google campus in the U.S. [more]

Parenting - Nigel Latta
Dealing with teenagers. [more]

Television - Simon Wilson
The politically incorrect parenting show and Skins. [more]

Our Changing World

High Temperature Superconductors
Bob Buckley from Industrial Research Limited explains what high temperature superconductors are, and some of their uses [more]

Fiordland Kiwi
The Department of Conservation's Jane Tansell takes Alison Ballance to find a northern Fiordland tokoeka [more]

Great White Sharks
NIWA's Malcolm Francis and DoC's Clinton Duffy talk about the results of satellite tagging New Zealand's great white sharks [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 16 July 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 16 July 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]


Jonathan Mane Wheoki
Collegue of recently deceased Te Papa Chief Executive Dr Seddon Bennigton reflects on his legacy. [more]

Ben Makisi
NZ tenor performing Britten's 'Les Illuminations' with the Wellington Orchestra as part of their 'On The Town' concert. [more]

James Gardner
Auckland Chamber Orchestra Guest Conductor talks about the ensemble's upcoming 'Wax Lyrical' concert of NZ contemporary music. [more]

Kevin Moseley
New Zealand National Youth Brass Band Conductor talks about the ensembe's 50th Anniversary tour and upcoming Japanese visit. [more]

News stories:

Intel surprises with underlying profit
The American chipmaker Intel has reported a better-than-expected underlying profit of $US1 billion in the June quarter. [more]

Call to extend low-skilled migration
A team of Victoria University academics is calling for greater numbers of low-skilled immigrants to be allowed into New Zealand. [more]

King Salmon to pay more than $250,000 over deaths
A marine farming company will pay fines and reparation totalling $266,000 over a collision in the Marlborough Sounds which killed two of its employees. [more]

Govt says prison beds will run out within months
Corrections Minister Judith Collins says the practice of double bunking is essential now the Government is facing an urgent shortage of prison beds. [more]

Fewer inquiries about redundancies
The Northern Employers & Manufacturers Association says a big drop in inquiries about redundancies may be a sign the worst of the recession is over. [more]

Cedenco looking to cut jobs
Up to 125 food processing jobs could go in Gisborne, as Cedenco looks to restructure due to the high dollar, increasing business costs and the recession. [more]

Waka progress inspected
Ngati Kahungunu representatives have inspected progress on a new double-hulled waka for the Hawkes Bay iwi's in Auckland. [more]

DHL increases market share
DHL says its business is growing, despite declining volumes across the sector in New Zealand. The logistics company has increased its market share by 20% in the past two years. [more]

European stocks higher at close
European shares closed higher on Wednesday, boosted by Goldman Sachs and Intel. Banking stocks were the biggest gainers. [more]

Preschool cases of measles reported
Children exposed to measles at two preschools in Christchurch are being contacted as Canterbury health authorities continue efforts to contain an outbreak of the disease. [more]

Grand plans for Rotorua lakefront
Rotorua is about to be asked what it thinks of plans for a redevelopment of the lake waterfront: $12 million is needed for the first stage. [more]

Spiteful origin match won by New South Wales
The New South Wales froward Trent Waterhouse became the first Blues player dismissed in a State of Origin match as NSW avoided a series whitewash with a spiteful 28-16 win ... [more]

Price under observation after being knocked out
Queensland medical staff have been keeping a close watch on forward Steve Price after he was knocked out in a fiery end to last night's third State of Origin game ... [more]

Mixed weather for opening two days at Turnberry
The weather forecast is encouraging for all four days of the Open golf championship, starting tonight at Turnberry on Scotland's west coast. They're predicting sunshine and showers for the first ... [more]

Wallabies aware of Eden park hoodoo
The Wallabies have arrived in Auckland only too aware of the hoodoo that has haunted Australian teams in the city. They have just four wins in 22 attempts, none in ... [more]

Cavendish wins again
Same result as yesterday in the Tour de France with Britain's Mark Cavendish winning the 11th stage in a mass sprint finish of the 192km ride to St Fargeau. All ... [more]

Hurdling champ back in spikes
China's world champion hurdler Liu Xiang has just started training in spikes again after an Achilles injury destroyed his Beijing Olympic dream 12 months. The 2004 Athens Olympic champion ... [more]

French tennis player completes cocaine suspension
The French tennis player Richard Gasquet has been cleared to return to tournament play after testing positive for cocaine. 23-year-old Gasquet, who was ranked 7th in the world last year, ... [more]

Italian Super Cup match in Beijing set for sellout
The Italian Super Cup between Inter Milan and Lazio is set to attract a full house of 80,000 to the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing next month after a flurry ... [more]

Wrestling test event moved from New Delhi
Indian organisers have been forced to move the Commonwealth wrestling championships out of Delhi in December due to the delay in the venue being built for the 2010 Commonwealth Games ... [more]

Brett Lee still not fit for second Ashes test
The Australia pace bowler Brett Lee has been ruled out of the second Ashes cricket test against England starting tonight at Lord's after failing to recover from the rib ... [more]

Parkinson wins at Jeffreys Bay
Australia's Joel Parkinson has further enhanced his chances of a first surfing world title after taking out the Billabong Pro at South Africa's Jeffreys Bay. Parkinson beat American Damien Hobgood ... [more]

Mosley backs Todt as successor
Max Mosley is backing the former Ferrari boss Jean Todt as his replacement after ending speculation that he would seek a fifth term as International Automobile Federation president. In ... [more]

West Indies cricket dispute hits new low
West Indies cricket, which has been torn apart by a bitter strike staged by its first-choice Test team, has sunk to a new, tawdry low. The West Indies Players Association, ... [more]

Flintoff retiring from test cricket after Ashes series
On the eve of the second Ashes cricket test, the inspirational England cricket all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has dropped a bombsehll by announcing his retirement from test cricket at the end ... [more]

Stoner to race in Germany despite illness
The Australian MotoGP rider Casey Stoner is suffering from mild anemia and gastritis but will race in Germany this weekend, according to the 2007 champion's Ducati team. Stoner, ... [more]

McGrath says there's greater pressure on Ponting in Ashes this time around
There's greater pressure on Ricky Ponting to lead from the front in this Ashes series, given the inexperienced lineup he has to call on, says former Australian test bowler Glenn ... [more]

New flag seen as needed for all NZ - not just Maori
Labour MP Shane Jones says the whole country needs a new flag, not just Maori. [more]

Another call for change in meat industry
An international expert on food marketing says the New Zealand meat industry must consider its options, in the face of a growing ability by other countries to produce meat at a lower price. [more]

Kiwifruit exports sales on par with last year
Zespri says it's had a great start to the export kiwifruit marketing season. [more]

Less work for Maori shearers
One of the country's largest Maori shearing contractors fears low sheep numbers could cripple its workforce. Paewai Mullins has work for only about a dozen shearers - well down on previous years. [more]

Earthquake tops morning papers
The South Island earthquake tops the morning papers on Thursday: a long rolling motion was felt by residents in Christchurch as people ran from restaurants in Queenstown; 'Death in the Snow' for pair in the Tararuas. [more]

China's foreign reserves top $US2 trillion
China's foreign exchange reserves, the world's largest, now total $US213 trillion. The bulk of is in dollars - mainly US government debt. [more]

Dairy industry takes step into rural recycling scheme
The dairy sector has taken its first step into the rural recycling arena. The De Laval company has joined a programme, known as Agrecovery. [more]

European car sales seen as recovering
Sales of new cars across Europe rose for the first time in 14 months in June, buoyed by a number of schemes in which drivers are paid to trade in old cars. [more]

Key defends economic record
Prime Minister John Key has defended the Government's record in supporting the economy and boosting employment during the recession. [more]

National cardiac clinical network announced
The Government has unveiled a plan to improve cardiac services with the formation of a national cardiac clinical network. It will have a budget of $50 million over the next four years to improve heart surgery services. [more]

Peters maintains his silence
New Zealand First Party leader Winston Peters is maintaining his silence, despite issuing his clearest signal yet he is planning a political comeback at the next general election in 2011. [more]

Doubt expressed over flows of superannuation funds
Economist Gareth Morgan questions suggestions that billions of superannuation dollars could flood into the New Zealand economy as a result of a deal with Canberra. [more]

Coastal commission promoted for foreshore and seabed
The Environmental Defence Society believes a coastal commission could be the ideal way to balance Maori and non-Maori interests in the foreshore and seabed. [more]

Focus on innovation wanted
The Northern Employers & Manufacturers Association says the Government needs to focus on research and development to boost the economy. It also says innovation is critical to increasing New Zealand's productivity. [more]

Holiday brush up on new technology
Maori cultural and language educators are using the school holiday break to brush up on the latest theories and technologies in their field. [more]

Intel results fuel broad rally on Wall St
Stocks in the United States made strong gains on Wednesday, after results from Intel Corp lifted hopes for a rebound in technology spending. [more]

Price of oil rises after fall in US inventory
Oil prices settled more than 3% higher on Wednesday after crude stocks fell in the United States. The US dollar also fell to a one-month low. [more]

Microsoft stores to open near Apple outlets
Microsoft Corp is to open retail stores close to those of Apple Inc this fall. [more]

Russian government lobbying for Magna
The Russian government is lobbying hard for the Canadian car parts group Magna to gain control of the European arm of General Motors. [more]

Two robberies by man with knife
A robber with a large knife struck twice in Nelson suburb on Thursday night. [more]

American Samoa's Faleomavaega hopes proposal will save tuna industry
American Samoa's Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin has presented a proposal that he has been working on with Star Kist Samoa to save the territory's tuna industry. He said that the... [more]

Solomons PM tables bill proposing MP number increase
The Solomon Islands could see a rise in the number of seats in the national parliament from the current fifty to seventy next year. Prime Minister Derek Sikua has tabled... [more]

Solomon Islands PM has concerns over land dealings
The Solomon Islands prime minister has told Parliament the Government is concerned about alleged dubious land dealings by officers in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Survey. Dr Derek Sikua... [more]

Police in Papua begin an operation to find perpetrators of attacks on mine
Police in Indonesia's Papua region are preparing a special operation to capture the perpetrators of a series of armed attacks on US gold and copper mining giant PT Freeport Indonesia... [more]

6-point-1 quake strikes off PNG coast
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea. The U.S. Geological Survey says this morning's quake, centered 105 kilometres south of Kavieng at the northern tip... [more]

Fiji Methodists reluctant to bow to regime's conference ban
Fiji's interim regime has restated it will not allow the Methodist Church to hold any more conferences until it removes two senior church ministers accused of political instigation. The Fiji... [more]

Pacific countries will get football World Cup from South Africa free on television
Football fans in the Pacific region will have uninterrupted television coverage of next years world cup in South Africa. This follows a deal between the Oceania Football Confederation and Fiji's... [more]

MOU signed between Oceania football Federation and Pacific Games Council
The Oceania football federation has signed a Memorandum of understanding with the Pacific Games Council in preparation for the Pacific Games in 2011. The OFC general secretary, Tai Nicholas, says... [more]

Warriors to assess Price over the next few days
The New Zealand Warriors will assess captain Steve Price over the next few days before deciding if he'll be able to play in Sunday's National Rugby League match against the ... [more]

Donald goes into test with plenty of confidence
The All Black first-five Stephen Donald says after three or four days of good training and goal-kicking he's confident he's ready for the Tri nations test against Australia in Auckland. ... [more]

Thirteen college students in Samoa test positive for swine flu
In Samoa, thirteen students from Vaipouli College on Savaii Island tested positive for the H1N1 virus or swine flu last week. The results mean the number of confirmed swine flu... [more]

Lakers withdraw off to Odom
The NBA basketball champion Los Angeles Lakers have withdrawn an offer to free agent Lamar Odom after the 10th-year forward did not respond to the proposal. A Los Angeles newspaper ... [more]

Carter could be back in action next month
The injured All Blacks first five Dan Carter could make his return from a ruptured Achilles tendon as early as next month. The 27-year-old has not played since he suffered ... [more]

Woods almost unbackable to win his 4th Open
Tiger Woods doesn't currently hold a major golf title, but one the eve of the British Open, he's never been a shorter priced favourite. With the world number two Phil ... [more]

Norman feels his record won't be broken
The former British Open golf champion Greg Norman is convinced his epic round of 63 at Turnberry during his 1986 triumph will not be matched in this year's event. The ... [more]

Safin says he's had enough of tennis
The former world men's tennis number one Marat Safin has tumbled out of the Swedish Open losing in straight sets to Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in the first round, saying he's ... [more]

No sailing today at world youth champs
A lack of wind has caused further disruptions to the racing schedule at the Youth Sailing World Championships in Brazil. There is no change to standings after 4 races with ... [more]

McIlroy admits training has been tough
The Wellington triathlete Kate McIlroy admits she's suprised everyone including herself in her sudden rise in the sport. After competing in 2 world cup races and failing to finishing one ... [more]

Marshall Islands nuclear test victims health support programme is out of money
Dwindling funds of the Marshall Islands Nuclear Claims Tribunal has spelled the end of compensation for nuclear test victims. The tribunal, which has been paying claims since 1991, has now... [more]

Pressure on NZ Samoans for new cars back home
Representatives of the Samoan community say pressure from families in the islands for new cars will drive people to loan sharks. [more]

Man due in court after stabbing outside hotel
A man is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, following a stabbing outside a hotel in Marton. [more]

ARC divided over Queens Wharf plans
Auckland Regional Council is divided over its vision for Queens Wharf; chairman Mike Lee wants a cruise terminal building but others are beginning to favour restoring heritage cargo sheds there. [more]

Whanau await return of slain tourist's body
The whanau of a New Zealand tourist killed in Jamaica last week say the official process to repatriate his body is progressing as fast as possible. [more]

Airline owner posts loss
AMR Corp, the owner of American Airlines, posted a second quarter loss of $US390 million as capacity cuts and new revenue streams offset weak travel demand. [more]

Bendigo staff asked to take unpaid leave
The Bendigo Bank in Australia has asked employees to take 10 days of unpaid leave over the next year. Bendigo has more than 400 branches nationwide, the majority in Victoria and Queensland. [more]

More details of plan by biotech company to raise $1 million
Genesis Research & Development has given more details on a plan to raise $1 million in cash from shareholders. [more]

$1.8 million writedown by Seeka
Seeka Kiwifruit Industries will take a $1.8 million hit after writing off the value of its investment in Vital Foods. [more]

Contraction in manufacturing shows signs of slowing
Manufacturing activity shrank at a slower pace in June and is now at its highest overall level in nine months. [more]

Indonesian police prepare special operation to capture Freeport killers
Indonesian national police are preparing a special operation to capture the perpetrators of a series of armed attacks on employees of multi-national mining giant Freeport in Papua. This comes after... [more]

PNG PM makes contradictory statements over Fiji's Forum suspension
The Papua New Guinea prime minister, Sir Michael Somare, has been making contradictory statements about Fiji's relationship with the Pacific Islands Forum which suspended Fiji in May. After last week's... [more]

Fiji interim government says marriage law change will be supported
Fiji's interim attorney general says there will be support for the government's decision to raise the legal marriage age because of public concern that young women were being used as... [more]

New carpet brand announced
Wool Partners has announced its latest attempt to improve returns to wool growers: the Leneve brand will allow customers to trace a carpet from the sheep's back, to the retail store. [more]

Judges praise dairy effluent storage system
The judges of the Southland Enviro Awards say a locally developed innovative dairy effluent storage system is the way of the future. The system featured in two environmental awards. [more]

Indonesia's military to join investigation of Freeport killing in Papua
An Indonesian sociologist has suggested that the Indonesian military staged a series of ambush killings last weekend near the Freeport McMoRan gold and copper mine in Papua. This comes after... [more]

Rally on NZ and Australian share markets
The New Zealand and Australian share markets have opened higher after big gains on Wall Street. [more]

State lawyers in Samoa withdraw murder charge against former police officer
Samoa's Chief Justice, Patu Falefatu Sapolu, has accepted an application by state lawyers to withdraw one count of murder against a former police officer, Tiumalumanaia Filipo Langkilde, after his first... [more]

Fiji's women's minister applauds lift of marriage age
Fiji's Minister for Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation is applauding a change to the legal marriage age. The interim government has amended the marriage act by a decree which... [more]

Cruise ship with five swine flu patients in Tahiti
Five passengers on board the cruise ship Pacific Dawn are in isolation because of swine flu as the vessel is on a stop-over in the French Polynesian capital, Papeete. The... [more]

Cruise ship with 5 swine flu patients in Tahiti
Five passengers on board the cruise ship Pacific Dawn are in isolation because of swine flu as the vessel is on a stop-over in the French Polynesian capital, Papeete. The... [more]

Indonesian group says 2002 Timika killings unresolved
Indonesia's Human Rights Watch group suspects soldiers involved in the 2002 Freeport killings are still in Timika where there were deadly attacks on employees of the Freeport-run mine at the... [more]

Fiji union hopes public service redundancies will be voluntary
The Public Service Association in Fiji says it's important that redundancy packages reportedly on the table for civil servants are voluntary. The Public Service Commission told FijiLive that it plans... [more]

American Samoa Chamber of Commerce backs Faleomavaega's cannery plans
American Samoa's Chamber of Commerce is throwing its support behind Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin's proposal to save the territory's tuna industry. The Congressman is consulting on a proposal aiming to... [more]

Old letters show French priests' different attitude to Maori
A different view of early contacts with Maori is emerging from the archives of the Vatican - showing French Catholic priests had a markedly different approach to Maori than their English Anglican counterparts. [more]

Former minister Bill Young dies, aged 95
Former National Party cabinet minister Bill Young has died at 95. [more]

Fiji National Council of Women sees end to exploitation through law change
Fiji's National Council of Women says a change to the legal marriage age will help end the exploitation of young women. The interim government has amended the marriage act by... [more]

Guam group decries loss of indigenous fishing rights
A native rights group in Guam says it can no longer ignore that the Chamorro people's indigenous fishing rights are being trampled on. The Taotaomona Native Rights Group is calling... [more]

US to be asked to subsidise American Samoa's cannery
Businesses involved with American Samoa's tuna industry are being urged to work together to support Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin's proposal to save the industry. The Congressman is consulting on a... [more]

Former England players and coaches hail Flintoff as one of the greatest
Former England players and coaches Thursday hailed Andrew Flintoff as one of the greatest players of his generation, a day after he announced his retirement from test cricket. ... [more]

Former All Black prop back for Otago
The former All Blacks prop Kees Meeuws will play of Otago in this year's national provincial championship. Meeuws, 34, is back in Dunedin pursuing a building career and has been ... [more]

Price ruled out of NRL this weekend after being knocked out
The Warriors captain Steve Price has been ruled out of Sunday's national rugby league match against the Sydney Roosters in Sydney, after being knocked out in the final State of ... [more]

Cavendish looks for another stage win
British rider Mark Cavendish will have a last chance before the gruelling mountain stages to snatch a fifth stage win on the Tour de France when the 12th ... [more]

Price says he can't remember fight that left him unconscious
The Warriors skipper Steve Price says he can't remember the fight that left him unconscious during last night's State of Origin rugby league match. The veteran Queensland prop was punched ... [more]

Four newcomers in Tall Blacks side for Europe
Four debutants have been named in the New Zealand men's basketball team for the side's European tour. Junior Tall Blacks centre Rob Loe, Hawkes Bay point guard Bay Hawks Jarrod ... [more]

Gasquet allowed back on court after testing positive to cocaine
The French tennis player Richard Gasquet, who tested positive for cocaine at the Miami Masters in March, has been cleared to resume his career despite being handed a ... [more]

Cavendish denies racist claims
The British sprint specialist Mark Cavendish has hit back at claims that he racially insulted French riders at the Tour de France. However, the 24-year-old from the Isle of Man, ... [more]

Bitter sweet feelings for Bangladesh heading into second test
Bangladesh will carry bitter-sweet feelings into the second and final Test against the West Indies in Grenada. Bangladesh need only to draw the match to fulfill a long-held dream of ... [more]

Chelsea's Drogba has ban reduced
European football has reduced Didier Drogba's Champions League ban from four games to three for his foul-mouthed rant at the referee after Chelsea's semifinal elimination in May. UEFA's appeals body ... [more]

Split emerges in Vanuatu Media Association ahead of hosting PINA
A split has emerged in the Media Association of Vanuatu, or MAV, less than two weeks before it hosts the biennial convention of the Pacific Islands News Association. 35 members... [more]

Australian defence minister visits Solomons
The Australian defence minister, John Faulkner, has made a brief visit to Solomon Islands. Mr Faulkner met the prime minister, Derek Sikua, and visited Australian troops who have been part... [more]

NGO says Solomons parliament increase is unaffordable
Transparency Solomon Islands says the country cannot afford to increase the number of seats in the national parliament. There are currently 50 seats but a new bill would allow for... [more]

FSM president wants joint Micronesian approach to US
The president of the Federated States of Micronesia, Emanuel Mori, has called for a joint Micronesian approach to engage with Washington. Mr Mori made the call in the Marshall Islands... [more]

Three arrested after Hamilton home invasion
Armed police have arrested three people in raids in Hamilton, after a holdup at a house early on Thursday. [more]

Murder accused's personality 'dominated by gross narcissism'
A second psychiatrist has told the High Court in Christchurch that murder-accused Clayton Weatherston has a personality disorder dominated by gross narcissism. [more]

Soaring food prices finally on the way down again
An age of soaring food prices appears to be coming to an end, even though the latest figures show them still rising far faster than prices as a whole. [more]

NZ dollar dips on back of credit rating drop
The dollar fell more than a cent against the US dollar on Thursday afternoon, after Fitch Ratings cut New Zealand's rating outlook from stable to negative. [more]

Quake nudges Ruapehu crater level up
Vulcanologists say that Mt Ruapehu's crater lake has risen 15cm as a direct result of a small earthquake on Monday evening. [more]

Court of Appeal reserves Gwaze case decision
The Court of Appeal has reserved its decision over whether certain evidence should have been used in defence of a Christchurch man accused of sexual violation and murder. [more]

Told to pay $650m in unpaid tax, BNZ may appeal
The Bank of New Zealand says it will probably appeal a High Court judgment ordering it to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in tax, because it believes it didn't do anything wrong. [more]

Your Australian super: yes, you can bring it back here
More than $16 billion of retirement money saved in Australia by New Zealanders will be able to be transferred back here. [more]

Two armed incidents overnight in Hamilton
Police in Hamilton are investigating two separate robberies overnight, one involving a rifle and the other a gang with knives. [more]

Southlanders can't believe quake has left them unscathed
Southlanders can't believe it. They've just experienced New Zealand's biggest earthquake since the Napier quake of 1931, yet hardly any damage was done. And there's not one report of injury. [more]