Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 30th July 2009

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The best song ever written
Andy Ewan from Sanson chooses My Generation by the Who. [more]

Your place - Alexandra
We are off to visit another of our small centres, today the middle of central Otago. [more]

Tech sports
FINA, the governing body of world water sports stands accused of tarnishing the image of swimming and turning the current World Championships in Rome into a farce with its about face on the use of high-tech bodysuits. [more]

Lost dog
Muffy, the fluffy white bitser is making headlines across the Tasman after being rescued from a squalid Melbourne backyard and reunited with her Brisbane owner - nine years after she went missing. [more]

He rourou for 30 July 2009
The Maori concert party Te Hokowhitu a Tu was established in 1939 to raise funds for the war effort. 70 years later descendants of the founder Tuini Ngawai took the stage at Te Papa to acknowledge the music of their ancestor. [more]

Feature album - Ennismore
Our feature album is Ennismore - By English singer/songwriter, Colin Blunstone, the lead singer of the Zombies. [more]

Arts report with Lynn Freeman
Simon Morris has a chat to film-maker Geoff Murphy, whose Film Festival movie combines free-style jazz with the works of horror maestro Edgar Allen Poe; and Amelia Nurse finds a new way to spend your lunch hour - with a bit of live theatre. [more]

Christchurch story with Katy Gosset
Our Christchurch correspondent, Katy Gosset, meets Eri Yahagi who is revealing a new side to Japanese cooking with such toothsome goodies as green tea gateau. [more]

Science story with Alison Ballance
Ken Ryan and his students are frequent visitors to Antarctica, where they drill cores into the sea ice to see what lives there. [more]

The panel (Part 1)
With Jeremy Hansen and Richard Griffin. [more]

The panel (Part 2)
With Jeremy Hansen and Richard Griffin. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 30 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 30 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]


Sweeping changes proposed on alcohol sales
A new report on the sale of alcohol in New Zealand paints a picture of heavy drinking and drunkeness and proposes sweeping changes to the way liquor is sold. [more]

South Auckland councillor says drinking age should be 20
Meanwhile a councillor who represents the South Auckland community of Randwick Park where liquor store owner Navtej Singh was killed in a robbery, says leaving the drinking age at 18 is a missed opportunity. [more]

Douglas one of biggest spenders
The ACT MP who repeatedly criticises government spending has turned out to be one of the highest spending MPs in Parliament. [more]

Jury retires in Taito Phillip Field trial
Rowdy protesters today disrupted the High Court trial of Taito Phillip Field, as the Judge was in the process of summing up. [more]

RBNZ statement pushes down dollar
Financial markets have marked down the dollar and interest rates despite the Reserve Bank's decision to leave the Official Cash Rate unchanged at 2.5 per cent earlier today. [more]

Opposition pursue Bennett for third day running
Opposition MPs have pursued the Social Development Minister Paula Bennett in the House for a third straight day, over her release of beneficiary information. [more]

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

South Africa has new national police chief
The South African president Jacob Zuma has warned striking workers who break the law that they'll be arrested even for dropping litter. [more]

Prisoners to get more drug treatment
The Government has unveiled plans to double the number of prisoners able to get drug and alcohol treatment. [more]

Business association opposes ninth liquor outlet
A battle's brewing over plans to set up a ninth liquor outlet on one of Auckland's most colourful and controversial city streets. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Latest Ministry data on swine flu
New information out today indicates pressure on health services from swine and seasonal flu is easing - but the number of people seeing their doctor for flu is at epidemic levels in two areas. [more]

Widow wins legal battle for partner's body
The widow of Christchurch man Jim Takamore says she is ecstatic to have won a legal battle to take possession of her partner's body, but says the emotional journey of the past two years is far from over. [more]

Food industry says new study won't hurt organics Industry
Retailers say new research which claims there are no significant health benefits from eating organic produce won't affect people's shopping habits. [more]

Minister of Justice says drinking culture has to change
A new report on the sale of alcohol in New Zealand paints a picture of heavy drinking and drunkeness and proposes sweeping changes to the way liquor is sold. [more]

Police welcome liquor review
Joining us now is the Assistant Police Commissioner Grant Nicholls. [more]

Harawira says high expenses mean he's hardworking
The first disclosure of expenses claimed by MPs shows that Labour leader Phil Goff ran up the most expenses outside of Cabinet. [more]

Jury retires in mother's manslaughter trial
The Jury has retired to consider its verdict in the case of a Wairarapa woman charged over the death of her son in a car crash. [more]

Markets react to Reserve Bank decision
The dollar and interest rates both fell today after the Reserve Bank's decision to hold the Official Cash Rate at 2.5 per cent. [more]

Stats show gender and ethnicity still impact quality of life
New Zealanders have become healthier and richer over the last 20 years, but the extent to which lives have improved depends on gender and ethnicity. [more]

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

Indonesian officials investigate internet message
Officials in Indonesia say they are investigating the origin of an internet message that claims responsibility for this month's suicide bomb attacks on two luxury hotels in Jakarta. [more]

Fighting continues in Nigeria
Military officials in Nigeria say they've gained the upper hand after another day of fighting with the militant Islamists blamed for fomenting violence across several northern states. [more]

Four Dutch citizens arrested in Kenya
Four men with Dutch passports have been arrested in Kenya. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Iwi accept government apology
Taranaki iwi have expressed their forgiveness of the Crown as a part of a Treaty of Waitangi settlement. [more]

Awareness of natural disaster risk"isn't leading to action"
The Ministry of Civil Defence says while there's growing awareness of the potential for natural disasters, fewer than one in four households are prepared. [more]

Older Australians: the hidden unemployed
A report released in Australia has found that older Australians are the hidden unemployed. [more]

Obama claims recession may be ending for the US
The American President Barack Obama has told an audience in North Carolina that the worst US recession in decades may be coming to an end. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 30 July 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 30 July 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 30 July 2009
MPs bracing for backlash over spending, BNZ drops honour and dishonour fees, Bennett's actions win support in some quarters, Chief Youth Court Judge says alcohol fuels teenage violence, Charges for man who engineered confrontation, Field jury to begin considering corruption charges, Yahoo and Microsoft make a deal. [more]

Reserve Bank expected to keep cash rate on hold
The Reserve Bank is expected to keep the Official Cash Rate on hold at 2.5% when it announces its latest review later this morning. [more]

Victorian bushfire threat looms large for 2010
In Australia its been revealed the Black Saturday bushfires in February were just an inkling of what lies ahead this summer. [more]

Pacific news for 30 July 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Auckland man charged at hospital bedside hearing
The Auckland man who police say engineered a confrontation in which he was shot by an officer has been charged at a hearing at his hospital bedside. [more]

Marine mammal protection Bill voted down
An effort to boost protection for marine mammals has been rejected by Parliament after it was voted down by National and Act. [more]

MPs bracing for backlash over spending
MPs are bracing themselves for a public backlash when information revealing how much they spend on travel and accommodation is released today or tomorrow. [more]

BNZ drops honour and dishonour fees
In a move which could see other banks follow, the BNZ is to scrap penalty fees on personal and business accounts. [more]

Difficult balancing act for RBNZ
The Reserve Bank is expected to keep the Official Cash Rate on hold at 2.5 % when it announces its latest review later this morning. [more]

Bennett's actions win support in some quarters
The Labour Party says Paula Bennett must come clean about how she obtained the confidential benefit details of two women. [more]

Chief Youth Court Judge says alcohol fuels teenage violence
A comprehensive review of liquor laws will be published today by the Law Commission and among the issues it will focus on is youth drinking. [more]

Charges for man who engineered confrontation
An Auckland man who police say engineered a confrontation in which he was shot by an officer has been charged at his hospital bedside. [more]

Kaikohe businessman wins battle against squatters
The Kaikohe District Court has confirmed the right of an Australian businessman to evict squatters camped out in his building claiming Maori customary rights. [more]

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

Field jury to begin considering corruption charges
The jurors in the long-running trial of Taito Phillip Field are expected to begin considering their verdicts. [more]

Yahoo and Microsoft make a deal
It's been a long time in the making but Microsoft and Yahoo have finally sealed a web deal. [more]

Alarming rate of hearing failure prompts new project
The alarming rate of hearing failure for children in Hawke's Bay starting school, has prompted the District Health Board to fully fund a special wireless sound project in low decile schools. [more]

Economists expect OCR to stay at 2.5%
The Reserve Bank's official cash rate is up for review today and few commentators expect the bank's governor Alan Bollard to change the present rate of 2.5%. [more]

Calls continue for training allowance to be reinstated
Beneficiary representatives and student leaders say the unjustified scrapping of a training allowance has been overshadowed by high-profile debates about privacy. [more]

New study says sunbeds as bad as tobacco and asbestos
Sunbeds have been reclassified a top cancer risk, ranking them alongside tobacco and asbestos. [more]

Sudanese woman sends out invites to her court case
A Sudanese woman who faces a public flogging for wearing trousers is rapidly making her case into a cause celebre. [more]

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

Court rules on return of man's body to his Christchurch family
A Christchurch widow can technically bring her husband's body back from a North Island marae, after a landmark case. [more]

Stratford looks at providing free broadband
The Taranaki town of Stratford wants to offer broadband internet to all of its citizens for free. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Husband-and-wife lumberjacks win big
A husband-and-wife duo of lumberjacks from New Zealand have won big at the 50th Lumberjack World Championships at Hayward, Wisconsin. [more]


Ranking Countries
Nic Marks is the founder of New Economics Foundation. A foundation set up to develop a new global measurement for progress, such as the HPI or Happy Planet Index, an alternative to GDP. [more]

Starry Starry Nights
From the Mt John observatory, astronomer Alan Gilmore discusses, amongst other things, the size of galaxies. [more]

Conundrum Clue 7
Clue 7. [more]

Conundrum Clue 8
Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

MPs' spending
Lockwood Smith, Parliament Speaker; Metiria Turei, co-leader of the Green Party; and Te Ururoa Flavell, Maori Party whip. [more]

Indigenous health
Matthew Town, indigenous health expert of American Indian descent runs a programme in the US working with tribal communities. He is coming to New Zealand next month to speak at a conference on Maori cancer. [more]

Study of hopes and fears of teenagers in NZ
Dr Kathrin Otrel-Cass, researcher at Waikato University's Centre for Science Technology and Education Research and Lead Researcher into study of hopes and fears of teenagers in NZ. The study is part of broader researcher involving teenagers in Austria and Germany. [more]

UK correspondent - Kate Adie
People are scamming Tamiflu off the UK government.People are scamming Tamiflu from the UK government, and controversy surrounding money for war veterans. [more]

Feature guest - David Kessler
Author of 'The End of Overeating' which seeks to explain why certain foods and the ingredients in them, compel people to overeat by altering the brain's chemistry. David Kessler is a Harvard-trained doctor, lawyer, medical school dean and former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration. [more]

Book review - Wild Nights
Phil Vine reviews 'Wild Nights' by Joyce Carol Oates. Published by HarperCollins. [more]

Technology expert Nat Torkington
Self-destructing data, online fundraising, and how we're all African. [more]

Parenting with Nigel Latta
Psychologist and parenting expert Nigel Latta talks about step-parenting. [more]

Television with Simon Wilson
Simon Wilson tells us about Aussie show Packed To The Rafters, and Moonshot. [more]

Our Changing World

Cousin Marriage
A zoologist and a political scientist discuss the genetics and history of first cousin marriage [more]

Forensic Palynology
Dallas Mildenhall explains how pollen grains and spores can be used to uncover the truth in criminal cases. [more]

Fiordland Islands Restoration
DoC is removing deer and stoats from Resolution and Secretary islands and introducing endangered species such as rock wren [more]

Sea Ice Cores
Antarctic sea ice provides a unique habitat for micro-organisms, and Ken Ryan studies them by taking ice cores. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 30 July 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 30 July 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]


Eva introduces Upbeat live from Cathedral Square in Christchurch. [more]

Caroline Nin
French caberet singer. [more]

Guy Boyce
Christchurch Arts Festival director. [more]

Tom Woods
Christchurch Symphony Orchestra music director. [more]

Raphael Bonachela
Sydney Dance Company director. [more]

Alexander Devriendt
Ontroerend Goed Theater Company director. [more]

Pierre Brault
Canadian playwrite and actor. [more]

The Oxfords and Brian Law
UK based vocal ensemble and Christchurch based conductor. [more]

News stories:

Price out of Panthers match but Tuimavave posed for 100th
The Warriors captain will miss Saturday night's round 21 NRL match against the Panthers after being ruled out with a rib cartilage complaint. Price hopes to be back for the ... [more]

Weather threatening to play big role in third Ashes Test
Bad weather is threatening to put a major dampener on Australia's prospects in this week's third Ashes Test starting tonight at Edgbaston. Australia are trying to fight their way back ... [more]

Flintoff sleeping with knee machine to stay fit
The England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is sleeping with a device strapped to his right knee to ensure he is fit for the rest of the Ashes series. Despite pain from ... [more]

Formula One shuts down for summer break
Kimi Raikkonen will be rallying in Finland and championship leader Jenson Button competing in a triathlon this weekend while their Formula One teams shut up shop for two weeks as ... [more]

Injured Pienaar replaced by Steyn
Morne Steyn will replace the injured Ruan Pienaar at first-five in the South African rugby side to play New Zealand on Sunday morning. Pienaar twisted his ankle during the Springboks' ... [more]

German star upsets Phelps at worlds
The German swimming star Paul Biedermann has done what long seemed impossible, seizing the 200m freestyle world title and world record from US superstar Michael Phelps at the world championships ... [more]

Bangladesh beat Windies to claim ODI series
Bangladesh has beaten West Indies by three wickets at Roseu in Dominica in the second of three one-day cricket internationals to secure a 2-0 lead with one match remaining A ... [more]

Athletes named to take on Commonwealth 100k run
New Zealand will be represented by Martin Lukes and Graeme Butcher at the Commonwealth 100km ultra distance running championship in Keswick England in mid-September. Lukes from Christchurch has competed with ... [more]

Hunt not expecting Broncos backlash over move to AFL
Code switcher Karmichael Hunt says he isn't expecting any backlash from Brisbane Broncos teammates after stunning the rugby league world by signing with AFL franchise Gold Coast. Hunt's signed a ... [more]

Lowndes heads back to Holden
Holden's pulled off a major coup with the return of Craig Lowndes to its V8 Supercar stable following his defection to Ford in 2001. Lowndes and team Vodafone teammate Jamie ... [more]

All Blacks promote Franks and Cowan
The 21-year-old tighthead prop Owen Franks and halfback Jimmy Cowan have been added to the New Zealand team to play South Africa in Sunday morning's Tri -Nations clash in Durban. ... [more]

Rule changes will boost Central Pulse
Two-time wooden spooners, the Central Pulse, will benefit from rule changes to the trans Tasman netball compeition allowing poor performing teams an extra non-eligible player and a further $25,000 grant ... [more]

Stratford ratepayers may get free broadband access
The Taranaki town of Stratford wants to be the first in the country to offer residents free internet broadband. [more]

Fall in air passenger numbers through Auckland
Auckland International Airport says the number of overseas visitors dropped by 5% to 215,000 in June compared with the same month last year. [more]

Power companies among slowest to pay bills
Power companies are among New Zealand's slowest payers in meeting their bills, according to debt collection and credit reporting agency Dun and Bradstreet. [more]

Trust to sell Auckland, Tauranga properties
Listed landlord National Property Trust hopes to complete the sale of two properties as it tries to lower debt and retain tenants across its portfolio. [more]

ProvencoCadmus urgently seeks cash
The share price of payment technology company ProvencoCadmus slumped by nearly half on Tuesday after it admitted it needs short-term support to tide the business over until it can secure a longer-term recapitilisation plan. [more]

Business migrant rule relaxation welcomed
The Government's move to relax entry conditions for business migrants will encourage investment in the productive economy and help close the gap with Australia, business advisory groups say. [more]

Property Finance Group loses $20m
Property Finance Group has tripled its losses, losing $19.8 million in the year to March. [more]

Kupe production schedule slips again
Energy explorer New Zealand Oil and Gas says the Kupe gas field should be at full production by early next year, about three months behind schedule. [more]

Arrest after Waikato motorbike heist
Police have arrested a man after a motorbike heist that lead to a stand-off with the armed offenders squad in Waikato. [more]

Cluster munitions bill passes first reading
A law to ban cluster munitions has passed its first reading in Parliament. [more]

Other banks likely to follow BNZ on fees cut
The country's other main banks are likely to follow Bank of New Zealand's lead and drop penalty fees on overdrawn personal and business accounts. [more]

Fiji politician says appointing new President will not be easy
The general secretary of Fiji's National Federation Party says appointing a new President presents the interim government with some difficulties. Commodore Frank Bainimarama announced on Tuesday that President Ratu Josefa... [more]

PINA elects its new leader in Vanuatu
The Pacific Islands News Association, PINA, has just elected its new leader in Vanuatu. But the situation in Fiji over censorship has been given to the new executive to deliberate... [more]

Australia warns of a risk of further violence near Freeport mine in Papua
The Australian government has warned of a risk of further violence near the Freeport-operated mine in Indonesia's Papua province. At least three people, including an Australian mine worker, have been... [more]

National's marine bill vote upsets Greens
The National Party's decision to vote against a marine mammals bill shows a lack of commitment to conservation, says the Green Party. [more]

June building consents hit 44-year low
Building consents for the 12 months to June have hit a 44-year low, says Statistics New Zealand. [more]

Shield up for grabs on Friday
Wellington and Otago will be playing for rugby's Ranfurly Shield when they meet at Westpac Stadium in the capital on Friday night in the opening round of the 2009 Air New ... [more]

Phelps back in world record form
Michael Phelps regained his golden touch with a record-setting triumph in the men's 200m butterfly at the swimming World Championships in Rome. The 14-time Olympic gold medallist was stunned in ... [more]

Hunt's million dollar AFL deal draws flak
The 22-year-old former Brisbane Broncos league star Karmichael Hunt is having to defend himself against accusations of desertion after announcing yesterday he's changing codes to join the AFL, in a ... [more]

Tasman fighting for Cup survival
The Tasman Rugby team begins its fight to stay in the top flight of New Zealand provincial rugby tonight, when it kicks off the Air New Zealand Cup with a ... [more]

Sky not falling in on rugby league says NRL boss
Karmichael Hunt's switch to Australian Rules "doesn't mean the sky is falling" on rugby league, says NRL boss David Gallop. Gallop says Hunt's decision to switch codes to league's major ... [more]

No team will look to lose matches
Trans Tasman netball officialdom doesn't believe franchises may be tempted to finish in the bottom two spots to gain extra funding that's now available to them. Poor performing teams that ... [more]

Star England all rounder passed fit for third Ashes test
The England all rounder Andrew Flintoff has been passed fit for the third Ashes cricket Test against Australia starting tonight in Birmingham. Flintoff has been undergoing treatment on a knee ... [more]

FIA says BMW's exit could have been avoided
Formula One's governing body is saying BMW's shock exit from the sport could have been avoided had some team bosses been less resistant to cost-cutting regulations. BMW have announced they'll ... [more]

South Africa nab last-ball win over NZ Emerging Players
New Zealand's Emerging Players cricket side has lost to South Africa by three wickets on the last ball of their 50-over match in Brisbane. In another nail-biting finish South Africa ... [more]

No local singles hopes left at Badminton Open
All the locals at the New Zealand Badminton Open are out of the singles after all nine of the New Zealanders in the women's event fell in the first round. ... [more]

Schumi returning to F1
After widespread speculation over the last few days, Ferrari have made the stunning announcement that Michael Schumacher will replace their injured driver Felipe Massa, if he passes a fitness test. ... [more]

Barnes joins the Waratahs
Berrick Barnes is switching states in his next Australian Super rugby contract. The former Queensland Reds back will play for the New South Wales Waratahs next year after re-signing through ... [more]

Phelps still best - without a swim suit
Michael Phelps has struck back against the swim suits that have made the current world championships in Rome a farce. Another seven world records tumbled on day four including Phelps's in ... [more]

Actor charged in hospital over armed incident
An Auckland man police say engineered a confrontation in which he was shot by an officer has been charged at his hospital bedside. [more]

Air Force to upgrade maintenance training aircraft
The Air Force is to replace its ageing maintenance training aircraft at a cost of $6 million. [more]

Hawke's Bay tackles students' hearing difficulties
Hawke's Bay District Health Board is spending more than $120,000 on a school project to overcome the hearing difficulties of five and six-year-olds. [more]

Business confidence continues rise
New Zealand business confidence has improved for the fifth month in a row. [more]

Indonesian police charge seven people over shootings in Papua
Indonesian police have charged seven people for alleged involvement in a series of deadly shootings at the Freeport gold mine in Papua. Police said the seven, who include two Freeport... [more]

Tonga appoints new Minister for Environment and Climate Change
In Tonga, Noble Ma'afu has been appointed as the Kingdom's new Minister for Environment and Climate Change. Ma'afu becomes the first Minister under the newly separated Ministry that now includes... [more]

50-over matches may go from England cricket
The English domestic cricket game may not include 50-over matches from next year after the ECB unveiled plans for a revamped county structure involving three competitions. The 16-match four-day Championship has ... [more]

Phelps boycott threatened over suit delay
The American superstar Michael Phelps will be told by his coach to boycott international swimming until FINA end the swimsuit circus that has turned the Rome world championships into a ... [more]

Schumacher return a warning for younger drivers
The man who gave former champion Michael Scumacher his first drive in Formula One believes the younger drivers better watch out with the German legend's return to Ferrari. A bit ... [more]

Mosley gloats as BMW pull out of F1
The president of motorsport's governing body the FIA, Max Mosley, says the decision by BMW to pull out of Formula One backs up his case for a budget cap. BMW ... [more]

Tall Blacks suffer third-quarter meltdown
The New Zealand men's basketball team has suffered another heavy defeat on their eight-game European tour, going down 98-76 in the first of two matches in Belgium. It was a ... [more]

Regional agencies combine forces to boost support for gender equality
Regional gender and development specialists are calling on Pacific governments and regional organisations to boost efforts to ensure that development benefits men and women equally. Participants at the second annual... [more]

Fiji's interim Prime Minister says retiring president force behind People's Charter
Fiji's interim Prime Minister says the retiring president has been a driving force behind recent reforms, including the People's Charter. Ratu Josefa Iloilo retires at the end of next month... [more]

Fiji begins preparations for President's farewell
Fiji has begun preparations for a military and traditional Fijian farewell for outgoing Fiji President Ratu Josefa Iloilo. Ratu Josefa, 88, is to take a month's leave from today before... [more]

Tautua Samoa party members to face contempt of parliament charges
There are fears from the Tautua Samoa party that the Prime Minister is making moves to amend the Electoral Act to gain more power to rule as a one party... [more]

Three more Fiji Methodist clergy questioned by police
Fiji's Methodist Church says three more clergy were questioned and released by police yesterday. Police took five people in for questioning on Tuesday following the detention of more than a... [more]

Vanuatu's economy could help other Pacific nations says author of a report
An author of a report on Vanuatu's economy says its findings could help other Pacific nations. Dr Stephen Howes is one of the authors of the study, "Fast Growth in... [more]

Pitcairn Island signs MOU to protect whales and dolphins
The Commissioner for Pitcairn Island says it's joined other Pacific nations by signing a memorandum of understanding which protects whales and dolphins in its region. Leslie Jaques says the significance... [more]

Fiji looks towards renewable energy
Fiji is looking towards renewable sources of energy in an effort to limit its reliance on imported fossil fuel. Professor of Physics at the University of South Pacific, Dr Anirudh... [more]

CNMI added to list of locations where US naval vessels can be repaired
The Northern Marianas representative in congress Gregorio Camacho Sablan has introduced legislation that adds the CNMI to the list of locations where United States naval vessels can be repaired. Mr... [more]

American Samoa Government fails to pay utility bill to ASPA
The American Samoa Government's failure to pay its utility bill is preventing the American Samoa Power Authority, ASPA from passing on the savings its making on fuel costs to customers. [more]

Telecom U-turn on switching call savings
Telecom is not promising to pass on potential reductions in mobile termination rates to users after having offered to gradually lower the cost of switching calls between networks over the next six years in order to avoid regulation. [more]

Family to weigh ruling in favour of widow
The extended family of a Christchurch man whose body they took and buried in the North Island against his widow's wishes say they have yet to discuss a court ruling requiring they return the body. [more]

More artificial turf to beat Dunedin weather
Dunedin City Council is considering using artificial turf at some of its main sports grounds after winter weather caused the cancellation of hundreds of rugby and football matches. [more]

Massa takes first steps
Ferrari's Felipe Massa is out of intensive care and has taken his first steps since he fractured his skull in a freak accident before last weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix. The ... [more]

Man City should be title favourites, says O'Neill
Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill's says Manchester City should be considered favourites to win English football's Premier League after splashing out millions of pounds in the transfer market over the ... [more]

Records still tumbling at swimming worlds
The US superstar Michael Phelps has atoned for his shock loss in the 200 freestyle with victory in the 200 butterfly in world record time on day four at the ... [more]

Search for pesticide for crop-damaging insect
An ambitious programme is about to get under ay to find a pesticide for an insect that is threatening to ruin the country's potato, tomato, capsicum and tamarillo crops. [more]

Australia likely to stick with same line-up
Australia are poised to make one of the biggest selection gambles in Ashes history by playing the mentally-suspect Mitchell Johnson in front of the most hostile cricketing crowd in England. ... [more]

Sexism alive and well - dairy survey
A survey of 400 women in the dairy industry reveals that they see sexism as the single biggest barrier to reaching senior positions. [more]

Board conducts test, culling after Tb in Taranaki
The Animal Health Board has been doing herd tests and culling dairy cows after an increase in bovine tuberculosis cases in the Taranaki region. [more]

Study highlights ways to cut carbon emissions
A study of greenhouse gas emissions generated by a kilogramme of New Zealand apples from orchard production to consumption in Britain suggests growers could save thousands of dollars a year by changing their management systems. [more]

New Zealand market dips slightly
The NZX 50 index was down six points, or 0.2%, at lunchtime on Thursday to settle at 2984 on turnover of $27 million. [more]

Air New Zealand drops review of landing fees
Air New Zealand has withdrawn an application for a judicial review of Auckland International Airport's landing fees. [more]

Fast-food outlet gets go-ahead
Fast-food giant McDonald's has been given resource consent to build a restaurant in the Auckland suburb of Balmoral despite strong community opposition. [more]

Pair in court for damaging archaeological site
Two men are to make a donation to the Historic Places Trust after admitting trampling on an archaeological site with a TV crew in Central Otago. [more]

Cooks Foreign Minister sacked for plotting against PM
The Cook Islands Prime Minister Jim Marurai has sacked the Foreign Affairs Minister Wilkie Rasmussen for conspiring to overthrow him. The Prime Minister's office says Mr Rasmussen has been displaying... [more]

PNG opposition considering legal action against PM
Papua New Guinea's opposition is considering legal action over the government's move to adjourn parliament until November. The government won the adjournment vote that was taken to avoid the tabling... [more]

Fiji ex vice president says economy trigger for resistance
A former vice president of Fiji says an economic downturn is the only thing likely to spur resistance to the interim government. The comment follows the announcement of President Ratu... [more]

Microsoft, Yahoo team up to take on Google
United States technology companies Microsoft and Yahoo have announced an internet search partnership. [more]

US says restoration of Fiji democracy will restore closer relations
A top United States official says the restoration of democracy in Fiji will restore closer relations between the two countries. The comment, from the US State Department's director for Australia,... [more]

Fonterra holds forecast at $4.55
Fonterra is holding its forecast milk payout for the current season at $4.55 a kilo of milk solids. [more]

New Caledonia's USTKE union continues protests in Noumea
New Caledonia's mainly Kanak USTKE union has continued its protests in Noumea as regional Pacific leaders arrive for tomorrow's summit hosted by the French foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner. In the... [more]

New Caledonian President says no place for Fiji in Pacific
The New Caledonian president, Philippe Gomes, says Fiji has no place among South Pacific countries until a proper election has been held. Mr Gomes says Fiji had been given a... [more]

Samoa company considers setting up fish processing plant
A food company in Samoa says its taking a chance by considering setting up a fish processing plant in order to save workers' jobs at American Samoa's cannery. The director... [more]

Air Pacific announces new Samoa to Hawaii flight
A new flight route linking Samoa and Hawaii has been announced by Air Pacific. The airline announced it will start a weekly service between Apia and Honolulu on September 11... [more]

Fiji police say $8,000 pastors conference is justified
The police in Fiji say a drop in crime shows its church crusade is working, and its expenditure of 8-thousand US dollars on a conference of pastors is justified. Almost... [more]

New Pacific swine flu webpage
A new webpage mapping swine flu in the Pacific region has been launched. The Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network's website now lists all swine flu cases in 16 nations in... [more]

Ceremony for Pacific Games village in Noumea
A ceremony has been held in New Caledonia to usher in the construction of the 2011 Pacific Games athletes village in Noumea. The junior French minister in charge of overseas... [more]

Transparency International concerned at PNG adjournment
Transparency International in Papua New Guinea says there's widespread concern over the government's move to adjourn parliament until November. The government has won the postponement vote taken to avoid the... [more]

Cancer surgeon calls for sunbeds to be banned
Auckland cancer surgeon Isaac Cranshaw wants sunbeds banned - altogether if possible, but at least to children and teenagers. [more]

Organic food IS better for you, says NZ group
A New Zealand organic food organisation disputes the claim that organic food is no better for you than conventionally produced food. [more]

Mickleson set to return after six week break
The world golf number two Phil Mickelson plans to return from a six-week break by playing in three of the next four events on the PGA Tour, including ... [more]

Rain threatens third Ashes test
Rain in Birmingham is threatening to foil Australia's hopes of hitting back in the Ashes cricket test against England at Edgbaston. Australia is one nil down in the five match ... [more]

McMillan to return to domestic cricket
The former international Craig McMillan is to return to domestic cricket, in the wake of the collapse of the rebel Indian Cricket League. McMillan will turn out for the ... [more]

Future bright, insists Tall Blacks coach
Despite a string of double digit defeats the New Zealand men's basketball coach is sure his young team will come right on their European tour. With two games to go ... [more]

Queensland rugby now looking for fourth CEO in six years
The Queensland Rugby Union chief executive Ken Freer has resigned a day after the Reds' crushing loss of playmaker Berrick Barnes. The QRU is now looking for its ... [more]

Daly says he's no longer a beer swilling trouble maker
Golfer John Daly insists he's not a beer-swilling, trouble-making guy anymore. Daly says an upcoming reality television show featuring him will provide a glimpse of his new-and-improved boring life. ... [more]

Hunt for second big switch in one week
Code jumper Karmichael Hunt is a set for his second big switch in one week with the Brisbane fullback to play at halfback in Saturday night's National Rugby ... [more]

Preliminary Black Caps squad named for Champions Trophy
A 30 strong preliminary squad has been named by New Zealand Cricket for September's Champions Trophy one day tournament in South Africa. The bulk of the squad will be part ... [more]

Ford to stay in WRC
Ford has confirmed it is to stay in the World Rally Championship for the next two years. The announcement came on the eve of Rally Finland. The team will continue ... [more]

Economic outlook still highly uncertain, says Bollard
The New Zealand economy remains weak, says Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard, and is unlikely to recover for some time. [more]

Most Kiwi households unprepared should disaster strike
Fewer than one in four households are prepared for a natural disaster - although there's growing awareness of the potential for disaster to strike. [more]

MSG leaders not deviating from Forum stand on Fiji, says Solomons PM
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister Derek Sikua has told parliament that Melanesian Spearhead Group leaders are not calling for Fiji's reinstatement in the Pacific Islands Forum. It's been widely reported... [more]

Smith says enforce laws to spur counter-attack
The All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith feels offside play is killing his team's efforts and has mooted an NRL-style two referees system. Smith's calling for tougher administration of the ... [more]

Vanuatu marks Independence Day
Celebrations have been taking place in Vanuatu to mark 29 years since the country gained independence. Schools and businesses were closed as many ni-Vanuatu took time out to celebrate the... [more]

Samoa company looks to tap into gap left by American Samoa cannery
A food company says its plan to establish its own fish processing plant in Samoa could benefit from the shutdown of American Samoa's Chicken of the Sea cannery. The managing... [more]

RNZAF chopper rescues French tourist swept out to sea
An Air Force Iroquois helicopter has rescued a French tourist who was swept out to sea in Samoa. [more]

Sir Roger, Chris Carter top MPs' travel expenses list
ACT MP Sir Roger Douglas has defended spending $44,000 on air travel in the first six months of the year. The figure has been revealed in the first-ever disclosure of MPs' travel expense claims. [more]

Tinian mayor concerned over potential US military plans for island
The mayor of Tinian in the Northern Marianas says local people are concerned about the potential for United States military installations on the island. A US airforce Commander in Guam... [more]

So long, La Nina - gidday, El Nino and warmer weather
The tail-end of winter is set to warm up as El Nino weather patterns move in from the Pacific Ocean. That's according to NIWA's National Climate Centre. [more]

Banks extending 5% more credit than a year ago
The amount of credit extended by the main banks is up by nearly 5% compared with a year ago. [more]

Uruguay dairy-farm conversion programme back on track
The New Zealand dairy farming enterprise in Uruguay is getting back on track with its expansion plans after a severe drought and the international commodity crash forced it to pull its horns in. [more]

Clamp on prison officers' freedom of speech denied
The head of the prison service denies that guards have been threatened by their employers about giving evidence to a parliamentary select committee. [more]

Crown apologises to iwi, and is forgiven in return
On behalf of the Crown the Prime Minister has apologised to Taranaki iwi for historical breaches of their rights under the Treaty of Waitangi. And in an unprecedented move the iwi have expressed their forgiveness in return. [more]

Expect 'less than a tenth' of Bridgecorp money back
The receivers of failed finance firm Bridegecorp have told investors to expect less than a tenth of their money back. That's what they said back in April too. [more]