Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 21st July 2009

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Upbeat

Afternoons

Asian Report for 21 July 2009
We meet the Lowe family whose ancestry is from Cuba and had the first Chinese Restaurant in Invercargill. [more]

The best song ever written - Star Treking
Ash Garlick has chosen this song by The Firm. [more]

Reeling in the Years - 1964
Ray Columbus helps re-call the top music in New Zealand of 1964. [more]

Auckland Carpool Day
A voluntary project that's hoping to make a difference to traffic congestion, save time, money, fuel. [more]

He Rourou for Tuesday 21 July 2009
Ana Tapiata talks to Mere Boynton, the events coordinator for Te Papa. [more]

Tune your engine - Global aging
World's elderly to overtake number of infants, Judith Davey of Victoria University comments. [more]

Environment story - Takahe
With fewer than 200 birds in the population, things haven't been looking too good for takahe for quite some time. [more]

The Panel - part 1
Graeme Bell and Linda Clark are tonights guests. [more]

The Panel - part 2
With Graeme Bell and Linda Clark. [more]

Business News

Morning business for 21 July 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets update for 21 July 2009
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 21 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

Jury deliberates in Weatherston murder trial
The judge in the trial of Clayton Weatherston has told the jury that the defence claim he was provoked is pivotal. [more]

Bus driver suspended after pedestrian hit
The driver of a bus that struck and critically injured a teenager in Auckland has been suspended. [more]

Bill English's message to the public service
The government has issued a fresh challenge to the public service - cut costs or face government intervention. [more]

Labour accused of backtracking on dole policy
The Government is accusing the Labour Party of backtracking on its policy to make the unemployment benefit available to more people. [more]

Labour denies opposition bank inquiry is a political stunt
Labour leader Phil Goff says an opposition inquiry into bank interest rates is not a political stunt. [more]

Contentious piece of wood withdrawn from auction
One of the country's leading auctioneers has withdrawn the sale of a contentious piece of wood believed to be a remnant of the flagpole cut down by the Maori activist Hone Heke. [more]

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

Energy emission levels increase
In the first year that New Zealand's energy emissions levels counted towards the Kyoto Protocol they rose four per cent. [more]

Opposition question Brash taskforce appointment
Oppostion are unhappy at appointment of Don Brash as the head of a govt taskforce on closing the pay gap with Australia. [more]

Smog chokes Arrowtown
Idyllic Arrowtown is being likened to a mining village from Northern England as thick smog chokes the air. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Aussie gangland matriarch charged with murder
Melbourne's gangland widow, Judy Moran, has appeared in court today charged with the murder of her brother-in-law, Des 'Tuppence' Moran. [more]

Giant lamington takes the cake
It's official, Lamingtons are from Queensland, pavlovas from New Zealand, or, so says the mayor of Ipswich, the, as yet un-official home of the world's largest lamington. [more]

Senior Methodist Church members held by police in Fiji
The Methodist church in Fiji says seven of its senior members are still being held by police for questioning. [more]

Immigration boost to the economy waning
There are signs the anticipated boost to the economy, from more people coming into the country than leaving, may be on the wane. [more]

Sceptical repsonse from banks to shadow inquiry
Banks are reacting sceptically to plans by opposition parties to hold a special inquiry into interest rates charged to the public. [more]

New taskforce announced aimed at improving productivity
The widely tipped appointment of former National party leader Don Brash to lead a taskforce on productivity, has raised fears of a right wing agenda. [more]

Obama meets Apollo Eleven astronauts
The American President Barack Obama has marked the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing by praising the astronauts of the Apollo Eleven mission for inspiring a generation of scientists and engineers. [more]

Business groups say more PPPs will help public sector
Business groups are backing the Treasury's calls for a rethink of how the public sector works, and say the country would benefit from more public private partnerships. [more]

Woman thrown against electric fence
A Wellington jury has heard that a woman charged over the death of her son in a car crash was thrown on an electric fence after the incident, with electricity from the fence sending spasms through her body. [more]

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

Japan's PM announces election
Japan's embattled Prime Minister Taro Aso has dissolved parliament's lower house, with a general election to be held late next month. [more]

EMA rules out compulsary public holiday swaps
The Employers' and Manufacturers' Association says a Government proposal to give workers the choice of swapping existing public holidays won't work as law. [more]

US and EU turn up the heat on Honduras
The United States and the European Union have stepped up pressure on the interim government in Honduras following the failure of talks to resolve the country's political crisis. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

USA announces troop increase
The American Defence Secretary Robert Gates has announced a temporary increase in the size of the U.S. Army. [more]

Calls for a referendum in Iran
Iran's former president Mohammad Khatami has called for a national referendum to resolve the row over last month's Presidential election which saw Mahmoud Ahmadeinjad re-elected. [more]

US and India agree on defence pact
India and the United States have agreed on a defence pact that boosts American arms sales to India. [more]

'Lucky country' remembers historic moon landing
When Neil Armstrong took mankind's first steps on the moon almost forty years ago, Australians were responsible for capturing them. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 21 July 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 21 July 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories of the day for 21 July 2009
The head of the Treasury John Whitehead is advocating a total and urgent rethink of the way the public sector works. [more]

11-thousand people evacuated from fires in Canada
Over eleven thousand people have been evacuated from their homes in Canada as three large bush fires rage out of control. [more]

Pacific news for 21 July 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news for 21 July 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

PSA says 'greater freedom not privatisation'
That's stern warning from the head of Treasury, John Whitehead who is urging a radical overhaul of the public sector that could include contracting out services and almost certainly more job cuts. [more]

Auckland museum avoids PR disaster over Hillary belongings
Auckland Museum has narrowly avoided a public relations disaster over Sir Edmund Hillary's will but only after intervention by the Prime Minister. [more]

Treasury head urges total rethink of public sector
The head of the Treasury John Whitehead is advocating a total and urgent rethink of the way the public sector works. [more]

Concern Hillary tiff has damaged Auckland museum
The Prime Minister has intervened to avert a messy court battle over the estate of the late Sir Edmund Hillary. [more]

Auckland museum avoids PR disaster over Hillary belongings
We asked to speak to the Auckland Museum director, Vanda Vitali but were told she wouldn't be answering questions on this story. [more]

Mumbai attacker pleads guilty in Indian court
The only surviving gunman in last year's deadly attacks in Mumbai has pleaded guilty in an Indian court. [more]

The US celebrates 40 years since Apollo 11
The United States has began celebrating forty years since man stepped on the Moon. [more]

MAF report shows dairy farmers suffering
More than half of dairy farmers are reporting cash losses and the latest forecast is for their debt levels to continue to escalate. [more]

Holidays Act review floats idea of transferring public holidays
Workers could be given the choice of swapping existing public holidays for celebrations or holidays of other religions. [more]

Sports news for 21 July 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Jury to consider verdict in Weatherston murder trial
The jury in the murder trial of Clayton Weatherston is expected to retire to consider its verdict later today. [more]

Employer asks govt to keep support for disabled employees
A Marlborough factory owner who only employs people with disabilities is appealing to the government not to make further funding cuts which could jeopardise employment. [more]

England breaks Ashes drought at Lords
England has broken a 75 year drought by winning an Ashes test at Lords for the first time since 1934. [more]

Brash to head income gap-closing taskforce
Don Brash is expected to be named this week to head up a taskforce aimed at helping close the income gap between New Zealand and Australia. [more]

Opposition calls for the widening of eligibility for benefits
Labour says the Government is refusing unemployment benefits to people who have paid taxes all their lives. [more]

Peter Hillary welcomes agreement with Auckland Museum
The Auckland Museum has narrowly avoided a public relations disaster over Sir Edmund Hillary's will but only after an intervention by the Prime Minister. [more]

Fatal crash in Auckland - road toll 55
Police say it appears the rising use of cellphones by drivers is partly to blame. [more]

Meridian's"carbon neutral electricity"claims given the OK
There's a call for the Commerce Commission to keep a closer eye on the claims being made by power companies after Meridian received a ticking off over its"carbon neutral"claims. [more]

Sports news for 21 July 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Tauranga council plans to transform waterfront
In Tauranga it's parked cars not people that have the best view of the downtown waterfront, and the council says that's got to change. [more]

Agriculture Minister denies dragging his heels over pig welfare
The Minister of Agriculture, David Carter, is rejecting claims he's pandering to the pork industry over its use of sow crates. [more]

Waatea news for 21 July 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Video games used to interest children in learning
American education officials are trying video games as a way of stimulating learning. [more]

Churchill's Bunker not bomb-proof
Winston Churchill's secret bunker in central London was not safe from Nazi bombs, new correspondence has revealed. [more]

Nights

Philosophy
Ann Kerwin, philosopher in residence, Auckland University of Technology This week - Nietzsche. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 3 [more]

Conundrum
Clue 4 [more]

Nine To Noon

Iain Rennie, State Services Commissioner
The Treasury head signals major shakeup of public sector, including cost cutting and more privatization. [more]

Matrimonial property
A look at a series of landmark court judgments, which could change the way matrimonial property is divided in the event of a divorce. [more]

USA
With correspondent Jack Hitt. [more]

Neil Mason - Dish Operator at Parkes Observatory
The Dish operator at Parkes Observatory in NSW and pointed the telescope at the moon to pick up signals of the 69 moon landing. [more]

Feature guest - Julie Metz
Julie Metz speaks of the sudden death of her husband and then learning six months later that he'd had a string of affairs. [more]

Book Review - The River Wife
By Heather Rose, published by Allen and Unwin and reviewed by Rae McGregor. [more]

Business
With business and economic commentator Rod Oram. [more]

Iconic fashion label Zambesi turns 30
Zambesi creator, Elisabeth Findlay on fashion and surviving the recession. [more]

Latest media issues
with media commentator Denis Welch. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 21 July 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 21 July 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Upbeat

Slava Grigoryan
Australian-based classical guitarist performing with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra this week. [more]

Thomas Grube
German film maker viviting on behalf of the NZ International Film Festival to present 'Trip to Asia - The Quest for Harmony'. [more]

News stories:

Harrison banned for 8 months for using drugs
The former Bath and Australia rugby lock Justin Harrison has been suspended for eight months after admitting three charges, including taking illegal drugs. The 35-year-old, who abruptly retired at the ... [more]

Jean de Villiers to join Munster
The Munster rugby club has announced the signing of South African centre Jean de Villiers. The 28-year-old will join the Irish province at the conclusion of South Africa's involvement in the ... [more]

Toro Rosso name new driver
Toro Rosso have announced that Jaime Alguersuari will drive for the Formula One team, taking the place of the sacked Sebastien Bourdais. The 19-year-old Spaniard will become the youngest driver to ... [more]

World open water swim champs delayed
New Zealand's campaign in the FINA world swimming championships has been delayed after an unseasonal storm caused damage to the course for the open water swim. Seventeen-year-old Alannah Jury has ... [more]

NZ women start water polo world champs with a win
The New Zealand women's water polo team has beaten South Africa 12-5 in their opening match at the World Championships in Rome. New Zealand top their pool after Australia and ... [more]

NZ emerging cricket team beaten first up
The New Zealand Emerging cricket side has lost its opening Twenty20 match in the Emerging Players 2009 tournament in Brisbane, going down to South Africa in a closely fought second-last ... [more]

Nadal cautiously optimistic
The world tennis number two Rafael Nadal is cautiously optimistic after coming through his first light training session since being sidelined with tendinitis in his knees. Following a 75-minute session ... [more]

Pakistan recover in Colombo
Khurram Manzoor and Mohammad Yousuf narrowly missed scoring centuries as they led Pakistan's recovery on the opening day of the final cricket Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo. Pakistan, sent ... [more]

Pharmacist given home detention for DHB swindle
A pharmacist has been fined $25,000 and sentenced to nine months home detention for swindling more than $140,000 from the Wairarapa District Health Board. [more]

Amid stand-off with Methodists, Fiji police take in top cleric
A senior figure in the Methodist Church in Fiji has been taken in for questioning as tension grows between the church and the interim regime. The interim Prime Minister has... [more]

Fiji's tourism industry there's an increase in tourist arrivals
Fiji's tourism industry says there's been an increase in tourist arrivals, but says the growth has not reached levels enjoyed in previous peak seasons. The Fiji Times reports Fiji Islands... [more]

Fiji's Bainimarama defends media crackdown at AIBD conference
Fiji's interim prime minister has defended his regime's crackdown on the local media at a conference of Asia-Pacific broadcasters in his country. Commodore Frank Bainimarama told the opening of the... [more]

PNG police officer sentenced to 17 years in jail for rape
A police officer in Papua New Guinea has been sentenced to 17 years in jail for raping a 19-year-old girl at gunpoint in 2005 during a police raid on the... [more]

PNG police officer sentenced to 17 years in jail for rape
A police officer in Papua New Guinea has been sentenced to 17 years in jail for raping a 19-year-old girl at gunpoint in 2005 during a police raid on the... [more]

Two out of three women in Solomon Islands have suffered abuse
New research has found two thirds of Solomon Islands women have suffered some form of abuse. The research, unveiled at a workshop in Honiara this week, is yet to be... [more]

New Zealand assures Tuvalu and Kiribati over Fiji link fears
The New Zealand foreign minister, Murray McCully, says he has assured Kiribati and Tuvalu short term help with transportation, should the Fiji situation pose a threat. Both Tuvalu and Kiribati... [more]

Opposition in Solomon Islands calls on govt to withdraw two bills
The Opposition Leader in Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavare, is calling on the Government to withdraw the proposed Political Party Integrity Bill and its supporting Constitutional Amendment Bill. Mr Sogavare has... [more]

American Samoa holds talks with Fiji's Air Pacific
American Samoa has held discussions with Fiji based Air Pacific to provide service between Pago Pago and Honolulu. However, the territory's governor Togiola Tulafono says the recent discussions provided no... [more]

CNMI workers group calls for non-resident guest workers meeting
The United Workers Movement in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is calling on a meeting with non-resident guest workers who have unpaid claims. The Marianas Variety reports the... [more]

Some construction companies in Fiji lay off staff
Some construction companies in Fiji have had to temporarily lay off staff with cement shortages still affecting the industry. FijiLive reports at least for one company, Raghwan Construction, about six... [more]

Second fire at Titahi Bay house where bodies found
A second fire in 24 hours has damaged a Titahi Bay house in which two women were found dead last month. [more]

Papua police make arrests after Freeport shootings
Indonesian police have arrested three yet-to-be-identified men believed to belong to an armed gang responsible for security disturbances in the Freeport mine's concession area in Papua province. The gang is... [more]

New Caledonia's Leroux quits party presidency
The president of New Caledonia's Future Together Party, Didier Leroux, has quit his position, saying he is taking responsibility for the poor results in the provincial elections in May. The... [more]

Hawaii conference considers marlin fishing ban
Fishermen and the public in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are being offered the chance to have their say on the idea of banning the commercial fishing of... [more]

Solomons campaign against violence gains momentum
Solomon Islands Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Women is confident there is enough political will to combat gender-based violence. New research has found that two thirds of Solomon Islands... [more]

Fiji interim PM restates constitution will be in place for 2014 polls
Fiji's interim Prime Minister says the country will have a modern day constitution before elections in 2014, but the government's focus for the next three years will be on building... [more]

Solomons Western province elects new premier
A new Premier has been elected in Western Province in Solomon Islands. George Solingi Lilo was elected premier yesterday after polling 15 votes, five more than the runner-up David Kera... [more]

Solomons campaign against violence gains momentum
Solomon Islands Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Women is confident there is enough political will to combat gender-based violence. New research has found that two thirds of Solomon Islands... [more]

New Caledonia to open another care centre as flu spreads
The health authorities in New Caledonia will this week open a second special flu treatment centre to cope with the increase in the number of people suffering from the flu. [more]

Hopes for new Tokelau shipping service
There are hopes the issue of a new boat service for Tokelau may be making some headway after a special plea to the New Zealand Prime Minister. John Key discussed... [more]

Solomons government wants public consultation on legislation
The government in Solomon Islands has resolved that it wants public consultation on key legislation before it's put through the parliamentary process. This comes as two bills, the Political Parties... [more]

Riots reported in PNG's Popondetta
Reports from Papua New Guinea say hundreds of people went on a rampage in Popondetta last Friday and looted Asian-owned shops in the town. The Post Courier reports that rioters... [more]

Youth worker commended for saving girl from savage dog
A Nelson man has been commended for bravery after helping to save the life of a child who was being mauled by a dog. [more]

Fiji police detain four Methodist Church leaders
Police in Fiji have detained four senior figures of the Methodist church for questioning. The action is the latest step in ongoing tensions between the Methodists and the interim regime... [more]

Two options favoured for Maori flag
The Maori Party says the choice of a national Maori flag have come down to two options. [more]

Meridian found not to have breached Fair Trading Act
The Commerce Commission says state-owned electricity company Meridian Energy did not breach the Fair Trading Act by advertising its electricity as carbon neutral. [more]

Warning recession will claim more restaurants, bars
The hospitality industry is being warned the recession is going to claim more restaurant and bars. [more]

Cellphone use to blame for many fatal crashes - police
A fatal crash in Auckland early on Tuesday has brought the region's road toll to 55 - the same number as for the whole of last year. [more]

Workers could take public holidays on religious dates
Giving employees the choice of swapping existing public holidays for celebrations or holidays of other religions is among a range of proposals up for public discussion. [more]

Leroux quits New Caledonia's Future Together leadership
The president of New Caledonia's Future Together Party, Didier Leroux, has quit his position, saying he is taking responsibility for the poor results in the provincial elections in May. The... [more]

Hillary dispute damaged reputation, museum admits
The Auckland War Memorial Museum has conceded that the dispute with Sir Edmund Hillary's family has damaged its reputation. Its board says it is to blame for the long-running impasse, not the museum's director. [more]

Marlborough farmer's shooting tragic accident, say police
The fatal shooting of a Marlborough farmer was a tragic accident, according to police. [more]

Watson makes record leap up world rankings
Tom Watson, who went so close to becoming golf's oldest major champion, has made a record leap up the world rankings. The 59-year-old American, who was beaten to a sixth ... [more]

Eels' hopes still alive after upset win over Storm
Parramatta's National Rugby League playoff hopes are still alive after their upset win in the Monday night game, beating the Melbourne Storm in Sydney. The Eels held out the fast ... [more]

Boks call up another centre for Tri-Nations
The Springboks have added centre Wynand Olivier to their squad for this weekend's Tri-Nations rugby Test against the All Blacks in Bloemfontein. Adrian Jacobs is doubtful for the match because ... [more]

Black Sox notch up another win
The New Zealand men's softball team remains well on track for a fourth consecutive world championship title after another convincing victory, beating the Philippines 8-1 in Saskatoon, Canada. The powerful ... [more]

More prize money for Champions Trophy
The prize money for the Champions Trophy cricket tournament has increased nearly four times, with $6 million on offer for the tournament to be played in South Africa in September. ... [more]

Armstrong prepared to support teammate Contador
Lance Armstrong has declared he'll be supporting his team-mate Alberto Contador for the rest of the Tour de France, giving up on his dream to win an eighth title. The ... [more]

Smith says it's going to be a tight competition
The All Blacks have had an easy day in Pretoria as they continue to get over their physical clash with the Wallabies. There was a light training session today for ... [more]

Bath sign Nicky Little
The English rugby club Bath have signed Fijian first five eighth Nicky Little on a one-year contract. 32-year-old Little has previously played in the English Premiership with Sale and Saracens ... [more]

Harlequins fined for faking injury
English Premiership rugby club Harlequins have been fined over half a million dollars by the European Cup organisers for faking an injury in their European Cup quarter-final with eventual champions ... [more]

Bangladesh win first overseas Test series
The Bangladeshi cricketers have claimed their first overseas Test series win after beating the West Indies by four wickets in the second Test in Grenada. Shakib Al Hasan's fine all-round ... [more]

Shamrock Rovers on top of world's priciest player
The world's most expensive player Cristiano Ronaldo has been kept at bay by semi-professional defenders on his debut for Real Madrid as they eked out a 1-0 win over Shamrock ... [more]

England break Lord's hoodoo to go one up in Ashes series
The England cricketers have broken a 75-year Lord's drought against Australia and gone one up in the Ashes series after wrapping up the second test by 115 runs. Needing to ... [more]

BikeNZ team relaxed for BMX world champs
New Zealand's top BMX riders won't have the chance to try out the world champs Adelaide circuit until just the day before competition starts. Organisers have been working overtime to ... [more]

Wilson and Wilkins depart the Sting
The former Silver Ferns Adine Wilson and Donna Wilkins won't be part of the Southern Sting netball line-up next year. Wilson is pregnant with her second child which is due ... [more]

Black Sox remain unbeaten
The New Zealand men's softballers remain unbeaten at the world championships at Saskatoon in Canada after beating Botswana 10-0. The Black Sox led the African side 4-0 after the first ... [more]

Labour clarifies policy on unemployment benefit
The Labour Party now says there will be limits in its policy on who should receive a benefit if made redundant during the recession. [more]

Boy killed in crash didn't have seatbelt on, court told
There was no sign that a boy who died following a Wairarapa car crash had been wearing a seatbelt, a Wellington jury has been told. [more]

Labour MP David Shearer sworn in at Parliament
Labour's newest MP David Shearer has been sworn in at Parliament. [more]

East Coast highway to reopen to all vehicles
One lane of State Highway 35 between Tolaga Bay and Tokomaru Bay on the East Coast will be re-opened to all vehicles on Wednesday. [more]

Superstition hands New Zealand second place in MedCup warm up race
Team New Zealand has finished second in the official practice race before the third round of the MedCup circuit in Sardinia thanks to superstitious crews on two leading yachts. NZL380 ... [more]

Australia need to overcome Flintoff to hold on to Ashes says Clarke
Australia need to overcome Andrew Flintoff if they're to retain the Ashes, with vice captain Michael Clarke declaring Flintoff as good as any bowler he's faced. England went one nil ... [more]

Energy sector increasing emissions, ministry says
New Zealand's energy emissions have gone up in the first year they count towards the Kyoto protocol commitment to reduce them. [more]

Wood linked to Heke flagpole cut from auction
A contentious piece of wood believed to be a remnant of the flagpole cut down by Maori activist Hone Heke has been withdrawn from sale. [more]

Small Pacific nations take a lead in greenhouse gas mitigation
Pacific nations are taking the lead in cutting greenhouse gases, with the goal of eventually shifting to 100 percent renewable energy. Tuvalu and Niue are hoping to end their dependence... [more]

Former Solomons AG delays stay application in Brisbane court
The former Solomon Islands attorney-general Julian Moti has delayed his own application to have child sex charges against him dismissed. During a brief mention of the matter in the Supreme... [more]

Forum leaders shouldn't waste more time on Fiji, says Samoa PM
Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi has told New Zealand's Foreign Minister that Pacific Islands Forum leaders shouldn't waste any more time on the Fiji issue. Murray McCully has been... [more]

Seven senior Fiji Methodist Church leaders questioned by police
The Methodist Church in Fiji says seven senior members are still being held by police for questioning. The General Secretary of the church, the Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu, was taken in... [more]

Brash to lead bid to close pay gap with Australia
Don Brash, a former leader of the National Party, has been named as the chair of a group tasked with closing the income gap with Australia. [more]

Arrowtown air quality deemed worst in NZ
Authorities are becoming increasingly concerned about the air quality in Arrowtown, which has been shown to be the worst of any New Zealand town. [more]

NZ market gains 2% by close of trade
The New Zealand share market was almost 2% higher at the close of trade on Tuesday. The Japan bourse was also sharply higher, while the Australian market was flat. [more]