Radio New Zealand - Monday, 10th August 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

Eight months to Mars - Roger Marbeck
A few years ago our guest today sold the family retail business, and went into entertainment. He acquired a record company, and has since become the largest distributor of New Zealand music, releasing more local material in the last year than all the other multi-national companies combined. [more]

Rap School
Rap classes are making school cool at Auckland's Tangaroa College. [more]

He Rourou for 10 August 2009
Maori language commissioner Ruakere Hond says the awarding of the Linguapax award by UNESCO to Ngati Porou kuia Katarina Mataira signals the role Maori play in the revitalisation movement around the world. In He Rourou today Ana Tapiata catches up with Ruakere Hond at the Beehive. [more]

This Way Up feature - Two Degrees
Simon Morton with a This Way Up look at New Zealand's new cellphone player, 2 Degrees. [more]

Author slot - Kieran Trass
He is the author of Grow Rich with the Property Cycle and An Insiders Guide to real estate Hot Spots. [more]

Science story - biodiversity
Ten years ago a large group of scientists began reviewing and creating an inventory of all of New Zealand's life throughout time. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With today's guests Gordon McLauchlan and Jeremy Elwood. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With today's guests Gordon McLauchlan and Jeremy Elwood. [more]

Business News

Morning business
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Midday Business News for 10 August 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 10 August 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 10 August 2009
News from the business sector. [more]

Checkpoint

UK torture collusion claims, and the 'Bloodgate' scandal
For the latest news from the UK, we're joined now by our correspondent in London, Barney Burnham. [more]

SAS heading back to Afghanistan.
New Zealand's elite SAS troops are heading back to Afghanistan to help in the fight against the Taleban. [more]

New target for greenhouse gas emissions
The government wants to reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions by between 10 and 20 percent below 1990 levels, by 2020. [more]

Families want answers over Tonga ferry tragedy
There are new claims that the sunken Tongan ferry was dangerously rusty and shouldn't have been at sea and the previous owner says training for the new crew taking over the vessel was cut short. [more]

US air crash investigation will take at least one year
American investigators say it could take a year to determine the cause of an air crash in which nine people died - including a New Zealand helicopter pilot. [more]

Typhoon batters Taiwan killing three people
Taiwan is experiencing its worst flooding in 50 years after being pounded by typhoon Morakot which has left 12 people dead. [more]

Couple wakes to find naked man in their hotel bed
A couple staying in a Queenstown hotel won't forget their holiday weekend for a while after waking on Saturday morning to find a naked man sharing their bed. [more]

Property owners advised of possible toxic sites
The Hawke's Bay Regional Council is confident the majority of almost 2000 potentially hazardous sites in the region, are of low risk to people and the environment. [more]

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

Family struggle to come to terms with tragic death
A woman charged with assaulting her two-year-old daughter, has made an emotional appearance in court. [more]

Hundreds of customers affected by strike
Telecom's network arm Chorus says hundreds of customers will experience delays in having broadband installed and faults repaired, as service workers go on a nationwide strike. [more]

Scott Dixon scores 20th victory
New Zealander Scott Dixon is now the most successful driver in Indycar series history after winning in Ohio this morning. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

China accuses Rio Tinto of spying for 6 years
The country's security watchdog says the mining giant has been spying on Chinese steel companies for six years, and extorting billions of dollars from them in the process. [more]

House values on the rise
The latest figures show property values have increased for the third month in a row. [more]

Wellington waterfront plan change riles opponents
The public has vented its rage at a hearing in Wellington over plans to bring in sweeping changes to building rules on the capital's waterfront. [more]

US President arrives in Mexico for talks
President Barack Obama has arrived in Mexico to attend his first summit of North American leaders which begins in Guadalajara on in a few hours. [more]

SAS to return to Afghanistan
The Government is sending New Zealand's elite Special Air Service troops back to Afghanistan to help in the fight against the Taleban. [more]

US may send more troops to Afghanistan
The United States is expected to announce even more troops will be sent to Afghanistan. [more]

Minister defends greenhouse gas reduction target
The government wants to reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions by between 10 and 20 percent below 1990 levels, by 2020. [more]

Tongan PM makes televised address
The Tongan Prime Minister has just given a televised address to the nation about the government's response to the Ferry disaster. [more]

Property owners advised of possible toxic sites
The Hawke's Bay Regional Council is confident the majority of almost 2000 potentially hazardous sites in the region, are of low risk to people and the environment. [more]

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

Pollution fears raised at mill consent application hearing
The country's largest paper mill is applying to extend permits to discharge effluent into the Tarawera River for 35 more years. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Scores buried alive in India
Police in Northern India say at least 43 people have been killed after a landslide triggered by heavy rain buried parts of 3 remote villages in the Himalayan foothills [more]

Calls for investigation over treatment of detainees in Iran
One of the defeated candidates in Iran's presidential election is demanding an investigation into the treatment of detainees who were arrested during demonstrations against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election to the post. [more]

Venezuela unhappy with US troops in Colombia
The Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has accused Colombian troops of carrying out a military incursion into Venezuela. [more]

The thoughts of Fidel Castro published
China gave the world Chairman Mao's 'Little Red Book' - Now the Cuban authorities have published a collection of the 'Thoughts of Fidel Castro'. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 10 August 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 10 August 2009
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 10 August 2009
Relatives of missing in Tongan ferry disaster wait at dock, New Zealand's Tongans gather to support ferry victims, New York air crash claims New Zealand pilot's life, Nearly a million evacuated as typhoon bears down on China, Minister's review of electricity sector goes to Cabinet today, Bid to keep John Key's primary school open goes to minister. [more]

Surge in complaints to Insurance Ombudsman
Tough financial times have seen complaints to the Insurance and Savings Ombudsman soar. [more]

Pacific news for 10 August 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Survivor of Tonga ferry sinking tells of no time to react
A top level investigation is being launched into the Tonga ferry disaster even as the potential death toll rises towards 100. [more]

Noordin Mohammad Top may not be dead
Doubt has been cast over whether the mastermind of multiple suicide bombings in Indonesia has been shot by police. [more]

NZer lines up for 1000km Mongolian horse race
A former Tekapo man is about to begin the only charity race in the world that can trace its origins to Genghis Khan. [more]

93 still missing from Tonga ferry sinking
93 people are still missing and still only two bodies have been found following the sinking of the Tongan ferry, The Princess Ashika. [more]

Dive team in desperate search in Tonga
So the grim reality is that 93 people remain missing, with New Zealand navy divers back out searching today. [more]

New York air crash claims New Zealand pilot's life
A New Zealand helicopter pilot has been confirmed as one of the nine victims of a mid-air collision over New York. [more]

32-year-old charged with assault of dead Kaitaia toddler
A 32-year old woman will appear in Auckland District Court today charged with the assault of a two-year-old Kaitaia child who died in Auckland's Starship hospital yesterday. [more]

Nearly a million evacuated as typhoon bears down on China
Nearly one million people have been evacuated as a typhoon bears down on the south-east coast of China. [more]

Minister's review of electricity sector goes to Cabinet today
Cabinet will today consider reform of the electricity sector, including a proposal that power companies give a rebate to consumers who use less during power saving campaigns. [more]

Labour says pollution reduction efforts should mirror EU's
Labour's energy and climate change spokesperson Charles Chauvel. [more]

Environment Ministry spends nearly $1 million on makeover
Papers given to Radio New Zealand under the Official Information Act show $920,000 has been spent on restructuring, including $200,000 to make offices"open plan". [more]

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

Union warns of disruption looming to phone services
The union representing hundreds of striking telephone engineers says there may be major disruption to the repair of many phone services across the country from today. [more]

New firm finally begins taking over Auckland lab testing
After a long and bitter legal row, a new firm today begins taking over all community medical testing in Auckland. [more]

Relatives of missing in Tongan ferry disaster wait at dock
The head of the New Zealand Navy dive team trying to locate the wreckage of the sunken ferry Princess Ashika off the coast of Tonga has warned that the search will be long and challenging. [more]

New Zealand's Tongans gather to support ferry victims
Hundreds of New Zealand-based Tongans gathered in Auckland yesterday to pray and show their support for those affected by the Tongan ferry disaster. [more]

David Bain heads overseas but plans to seek financial redress
David Bain has left New Zealand and will spend the rest of the year in Europe. [more]

Bid to keep John Key's primary school open goes to minister
A Christchurch primary school's plea to remain open goes to the government today. [more]

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

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

Ashes series level after England implode
Australia has embarrassed England in the third cricket test at Headingley and now has the upper hand in the battle for the Ashes. [more]

Don't get left in the lurch when you say"I do"
The Department of Internal Affairs say there is a growing number of non-registered celebrants officiating at weddings and civil unions, but getting registered celebrants to sign off the paperwork. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Tolling needed to bring forward Tauranga motorway project
The public will have to agree to tolls which could last for 35 years if work on a crucial stretch of motorway near Tauranga is to start. [more]

Manson prosecutor opposes parole bid
As Americans mark the 40th anniversary of the Charles Manson cult murders in Los Angeles that claimed the lives of actress Sharon Tate and six others, three of his followers are angling to be freed from jail. [more]

Phil Kafcaloudes with news from Australia
Phil Kafcaloudes reports on the new Australian Sex Party, Madeleine McCann, and Melbourne's Film Fest strife with it's Chinese sister city. [more]

Nights

Ludicrous ideas
Steven Johnson is an ideas man and a unique designer. [more]

The final whistle
Charlie King talks about recent events in Australian sport. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number 1. [more]

Indonesia report
News and cultural insights from The Republic of Indonesia. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number 2. [more]

Nine To Noon

Tonga ferry sinking
John Hogan is the Director of the Regional Maritime Programme of the Secretariat of the Pacific community, which oversees shipping in the region. Paul Karalus is Tonga's Minister of Transport. [more]

Alcohol fuels increased problems at hospital
Paul Quigley, from Capital Coast District Health Board. [more]

The Secret Suffragette
David Griffiths is the composer of opera 'The Secret Suffragette' about his great grandmother, Mary Muller, who campaigned for married women's property rights in NZ in the late 1800s. [more]

Middle East correspondent - Irris Mackler
An important political conference is being held in Palestine. [more]

Feature guest - Ove Hoegh-Guldberg
Ove Hoegh-Guldberg was the first scientist to verify the link between global warming and coral bleaching. His work now focuses on the Coral Triangle. The mass of coral reefs north of Australia supports millions of people but with coral reefs under rapid climate change and ocean acidification, over fishing and pollution - those people will become refugees over the next 100 years - mirgating to Australia and NZ. [more]

Book review - The Murder of King Tut
Harry Broad reviews 'The Murder of King Tut' by James Patterson. [more]

Politics
With Andrew Campbell and Matthew Hooton. [more]

Food and wine
Guest chef Josh Emett, Chef de Cuisine for Gordon Ramsay at The London Hotel in New York and Los Angeles and wine commentator Stephen Morris. Butternut Squash veloute with curry roasted scallops and Apple Tarte Tatin. [more]

Urbanist Tommy Honey
Zoo design through the ages. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 10 August 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 10 August 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Helen Medlyn
Singer in the Wellington Orchestra's Last Night of the Proms concert, as well as upcoming seasons of"Hell, Man"and Oliver! [more]

Rosemary Martin
Former ballerina talks about her research into professional dancers' attitudes to pain and concealing it. [more]

News stories:

Relatives call for Tonga's government to be accountable for ferry disaster
Friends and relatives of those missing in Tonga's ferry disaster are calling for the government to be accountable. The Princess Ashika, with what is now thought to have been 149... [more]

Commonwealth Secretary General says political dialogue in Fiji essential
The Commonwealth Secretary General says Fiji's interim regime will have to restart political dialogue with a view to elections to avoid suspension. The interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has... [more]

Another mother in Samoa dies from swine flu
The Ministry of Health in Samoa has confirmed the death of another mother fom swine flu. She died a day after a pregnant woman, who was diagnosed with H1N1, died... [more]

Decree in Fiji aimed at tackling domestic violence
Fiji's Women's Affairs Minister has welcomed the Domestic Violence Decree and the changes made to the related laws saying they were long overdue. Dr Jiko Luveni told Fiji Village that... [more]

Four sport scholarships offered to Pacific from Dubai
Sporting talent from around the Pacific are being offered world class scholarships in Dubai, preparing them for the professional sports world. The first US$70,000 per year Elite Sporting Academy Pasefika... [more]

Rookie McIlroy scores debut win in Hungary
The Wellington triathlete Kate McIlroy has won an ITU World Cup event in Hungary. The victory has underlined a stunning debut season for the former world mountain running champion, who ... [more]

Australia level Ashes series with crushing win
The Ashes cricket series will be decided in the final match at the Oval in London after Australia's crushing fourth test win at Headingley to level the series at 1-all. ... [more]

Tour opener ends in a draw for NZ cricketers
The New Zealand cricketers have drawn their Sri Lankan tour opener against a Development side in Colombo. The Black Caps were unable to pick up the last 4 local wickets ... [more]

Bangladesh thump Zimbabwe
The Bangladeshi cricketers have beaten Zimbabwe by eight wickets in the first of five one day internationals at the Queen's Sports Club in Bulawayo. Zimbabwe, put in to bat after ... [more]

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka
The Pakistani cricketers clinched a second consolation victory in the fifth and final one-day international against Sri Lanka in Colombo but the hosts still won the series 3-2. Pakistan, who ... [more]

Chelsea win Community Shield
Chelsea have grabbed the first trophy of the English football season when they beat Manchester United on penalties to win the curtain-raising Community Shield after a lively Wembley encounter had ... [more]

Phoenix beaten by Newcastle
The Wellington Phoenix have been beaten 3-2 at Newcastle in their opening match of the new A-League football season. They paid the price for a slow start, 2 goals down ... [more]

Lee winds up with par round in Ohio
The New Zealand teenager Danny Lee has done well to shoot an even par round of 70 on the final day of the 13-million dollar Bridgestone invitational golf tournament in ... [more]

Australian join defending champs New Zealand
The Australian womens rugby team will join defending champions New Zealand as Oceania's representative at the World Cup in England next year. The Wallaroos trounced the Samoan womens side Manusina ... [more]

England pull out of worlds over security
England have pulled out of the badminton world championships in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad due to security concerns for their team. Badminton England chief executive Adrian Christy says ... [more]

Better day for bowls team
The New Zealand lawn bowls team picked up the pace on day two of the Asia Pacific games in Kuala Lumpur with 7 wins from 10 matches. Defending champion Ali ... [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Monday's papers: NZ pilot was flying helicopter in fatal collision with plane over Hudson River in New York; cyber criminals feared in Dunedin; Rimutaka Prison officer accused of affair with violent criminal. [more]

Dixon wins in Ohio
The New Zealand motor racing driver Scott Dixon has reclaimed the championship lead in the Indycar Series after winning in Ohio. Dixon started third on the grid, but grabbed the ... [more]

3 medals for NZ swimmers
New Zealand swimmers have won three medals and set four new national records on the second day of the Australian short course championships in Hobart. The medals were all of different ... [more]

Nani likely to miss EPL season opener
Manchester United's Portuguese midfielder Nani could miss the start of the Premier League season after dislocating his shoulder during this morning's Community Shield against Chelsea at Wembley. Nani, who scored ... [more]

Burger back in Boks squad
Suspended Springbok loose forward Schalk Burger has been included in a 27-man squad for the away leg of the Tri-Nations rugby tournament. Flanker Burger is serving an eight-week ban for ... [more]

Tiger wins again
The world golf number one Tiger Woods has won a record seventh WGC-Bridgestone Invitational title in Ohio, overhauling Padraig Harrington with a sizzling burst of scoring before benefiting from a ... [more]

Clijsters returns to tennis this week
The former world number one Kim Clijsters will return to competitive tennis after two years away when she plays Marion Bartoli in Cincinnati this week. The 26-year-old Belgian, who retired in ... [more]

Nadal not expecting too much in Montreal
The Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal doesn't expect a swift return to winning ways as he defends his Montreal Masters title in Canada this week. The 23 is back in ... [more]

Del Potro beats Roddick
Defending champion Juan Martin Del Potro spoiled Andy Roddick's return to the ATP men's tennis tour after a month-long hiatus by defeating the world number five in 3 sets to ... [more]

Ponting can't wait for Ashes decider
The Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting says he can't wait for the Ashes series decider at the Oval in London, as one of the most memorable moments of his ... [more]

200 cases of dengue fever in American Samoa in first half of the year
More than 200 cases for dengue fever have been reported in the first half of the years in American Samoa But LBJ hospital's chief medical officer, Taulapapa Dr. Aloiamoa Anesi,... [more]

Tickets for Hamilton rugby test go on sale today
Ticket sales for next month's tri-nations rugby match between the All Blacks and Springboks in Hamilton go on sale today. Approximately 10 thousand tickets will go on public sale priced ... [more]

Fiji's former Chief Justice sworn in as Supreme Court Judge in Vanuatu
The former Chief Justice of Fiji, Daniel Fatiaki has been sworn in as a Supreme Court Judge in Vanuatu. A month after the 2006 Fiji coup, the interim regime suspended... [more]

Cook Islands' Finance Minister deflects budget criticism
The Cook Islands' Minister of Finance is deflecting criticism of this year's budget, saying it will keep people in jobs. The budget, which was passed last week, includes 82 and... [more]

Former lieutenant governor in CNMI wants continued release while corruption appeal pending
In the Northern Marianas, the lawyer for the former lieutenant governor, Timothy Villagomez, has filed a new motion to allow the former leader his freedom while his appeal is pending. [more]

Vanuatu PM says simply no time to discuss Papua at Forum
Vanuatu Prime Minister, Edward Natapei says there simply wasn't time to raise the issue of West Papua at the Pacific Islands forum meeting. Edward Natapei says NGOs, like Amnesty International... [more]

Tokelau's Ulu says climate change issue for all not just large countries
The Ulu of Tokelau says dealing with the issue of climate change is a problem for everyone in the Pacific, not just the large countries. The small island states had... [more]

NZ report on replacing Tokelau vessel said to be due shortly
The New Zealand Government says it's keen to see progress on replacing an aging ferry in Tokelau and a report is due shortly. The sinking of the Princess Ashika in... [more]

Investigation into Tongan ferry disaster being formulated
Terms of reference are being drafted for a top-level investigation in Tonga into last Wednesday's ferry sinking, that's left 93-people missing. The Princess Ashika, with 149-people on board, sank north... [more]

Bad weather halts search for Tongan ferry
New Zealand navy divers working in Tonga have called off their efforts to find the sunken Princess Ashika until at least tomorrow. The divers are now on their way back... [more]

New Zealand based Tongans express grief over ferry disaster at service in Auckland
Hundreds of New Zealand based Tongans have expressed their grief at a service in Auckland. Rowan Quinn was at the service at the Tongan Methodist Church in Mangere "About 500,... [more]

A- rating for airport bond issue
Standard & Poors has given an A minus rating to a $25 million bond issue by Auckland International Airport Ltd. [more]

Solomons teachers strike averted
The threat of a teachers strike in Solomon Islands has been lifted after talks between the government and the teachers' union last week. Planned examinations will go ahead for standard... [more]

CNMI's Villagomez to face civil suit
The U.S. government is to file a separate civil case to seek the forfeiture of the boat of the former Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Timothy... [more]

Nauru President welcomes end of Forum assistance scheme
The President of Nauru, Marcus Stephen, says the decision by the Pacific Islands Forum leaders to end an assistance programme for his country is a very positive step. At last... [more]

Vanuatu's Prime Minister willing to bring together all sides in Fiji for talks
Vanuatu's Prime Minister says he is willing to bring together Fiji's regime, and civil society, chiefs and churches for dialogue. Vanuatu is the current chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group,... [more]

Bodies from Tonga ferry disaster may never be recovered
Tonga's police chief has warned that the bodies of almost 100 people presumed dead after the Princess Ashika sank in Tonga may never be found. At least 93 people remain... [more]

Papua crash prompts plea to Indonesian government
The head of Merpati Nusantara Airlines has issued a plea to the Indonesian government to help prevent such accidents such the most recent crash in the mountains of Papua. According... [more]

PNG Opposition launches stinging campaign over a Government it says is out of touch
A commentator in Papua New Guinea says a new advertising campaign by the Opposition shows the level of frustration MPs have with the Government's stalling tactics. The Opposition, claiming the... [more]

Fiji regime leader says Cabinet is to choose next President, not chiefs
Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says at its next meeting the cabinet will choose who will be the next president, adding the new office holder can be of... [more]

Pork Industry Board welcomes MAF review
The Pork Industry Board is relieved there will be an independent review of a Ministry of Agriculture decision on pig meat imports. [more]

Deer velvet healing trials to begin
The final trials of a deer velvet product developed by AgResearch to aid the healing of chronic wounds are about to begin. Preliminary results are expected in about six months. [more]

Water storage facilities considered for central Hawke's Bay
Hawke's Bay Regional Council will decide in the next few months whether to carry out a detailed feasibility study on building water storage facilities in central Hawke's Bay. [more]

Alliance unfazed by projected tight lamb supplies
The Alliance Group is unfazed about the prospects of another season of tight lamb supplies. Lamb exports are already down 19% to date this season. [more]

Waikato laird claims legal right to title
A multiple land ownership scheme has enabled Waikato's resident laird to claim a legal right to the title in Scotland. Graeme Cairns, who founded the McGillicuddy Serious Party, claims he can now call himself Laird of Glencairn. [more]

Wakefield looks to longer term DHB contracts
Wakefield Health says a Government announcement should help it secure long-term contracts with district health boards. [more]

NZ market seen as being in bull run
The head of the New Zealand stock exchange says the market is in the midst of a bull run as investors return to buy high-yielding stocks. [more]

Fletcher Building results awaited
Fletcher Building is due to issue its annual results on Wednesday. The company has already signalled that underlying profit could fall by 40% due to the downturn in building. [more]

Slight rise in property prices
Property values have increased for the third consecutive month. Quotable Value says nationwide values rose by 0.7% during the past month and are now just 5% down on a year ago. The volume of sales is also up. [more]

RBS shares down after more losses reported
Shares in Royal Bank of Scotland fell by 11.8% after the bank reported a loss of £1 billion and said it expects poor earnings for the next couple of years. [more]

Network of food testing centres proposed
The Government wants to build a network of food-testing facilities across New Zealand. [more]

TV advertising revenue down
Television advertising revenue fell 13% to $257.1 million in the first six months of the year, compared with the same period a year earlier. [more]

Waikato River consultations
Iwi and hapu along the Waikato River are being consulted on what a clean river means to them. [more]

Pa now included in draft district plan
Otaraua Hapu in Waitara has won a long battle for recognition of a significant North Taranaki waahi tapu, Tikorangi Pa. [more]

Missionary papers now held by archive
The Wairarapa Archive has acquired some of New Zealand's earliest literary Maori treasures. [more]

Tolls needed to fast-track motorway project
Motorway building work east of Tauranga could begin next year if the public agrees to tolls. [more]

Witnesses sought after fatal hit and run
Police in Christchurch are seeking witnesses to a hit and run in which a cyclist was killed last week. [more]

Tararua schools to be spared if community insists
Education Minister Anne Tolley says eight rural schools in the Tararua district won't be closed if the community wants them to stay open. [more]

Death knell predicted for Maui's dolphin
A Kawhia hapu says a refusal by the Government to toughen protections for marine animals will be the death knell for Maui's dolphin. [more]

Surge in complaints to Insurance Ombudsman
The number of complaints to the Insurance and Savings Ombudsman has risen by 20%. [more]

Maori parents not to blame for lower vaccinations
The head of the Maori Medical Practitioners Association says Maori parents cannot be blamed for their tamariki not getting vaccinations. [more]

Labour MPs cautioned over travel expenses
Labour MPs have been warned to be careful with their travel expenses after Chris Carter spent $57,000 on air travel in the first half of this year. [more]

Electronic spending up
A modest increase in electronic spending in July has ended six months of flat sales. Paymark says spending was up 1.1%. [more]

Rimutaka Prison officer suspended
The suspension of another guard from Rimutaka Prison has brought the number of officers suspended from the Upper Hutt facility to six. [more]

Dead penguin raises fears toxin is spreading
The discovery of dead penguins on a Northland beach has raised fears that whatever is killing fish and birds on Auckland beaches has spread. [more]

Carter back in All Blacks
It was only a matter of time - Dan Carter is back in the All Blacks for the rest of the tri nations competition. Carter has played a ... [more]

Carter not rushed back simply because of All Blacks losses
The All Blacks coach Graham Henry says he hasn't rushed Dan Carter back into the All Blacks simply because of the side's two straight losses to South Africa. Carter is ... [more]

Mortlock could be out of rest of Tri Nations
The Wallabies captain Stirling Mortlock may be sidelined for the rest of the Tri-Nations after sustaining a serious knee injury during the Australia's 29-17 loss to South Africa at the ... [more]

Skaife and Murphy to team up for Bathurst
Mark Skaife and New Zealand's Greg Murphy are to form one of the best credentialled Bathurst partnerships with five-time champion Mark Skaife announcing he's coming out of retirement for October's ... [more]

Dragons face setback in bid for NRL minor premiership
St George Illawarra's quest for the National Rugby League minor premiership's taken a a blow with three players hit with dangerous throw charges by the match review committee. Prop Justin ... [more]

McCullum takes five wicket haul in for New Zealand A in India
A five-wicket haul from offspinner Nathan McCullum was the highlight of the first day of New Zealand A's opening tour game in India. In a two-day warm-up match against a ... [more]

Players must temper their emotions says Ponting
The Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting says he must temper his players' excitement levels following their crushing Ashes fourth test win at Headingly in Leeds. The holders levelled the series ... [more]

Paper mill bids to extend discharge permits
The country's largest paper mill is applying to extend permits to discharge effluent into the Tarawera River for 35 more years. [more]

SAS troops bound for Afghanistan
New Zealand's elite Special Air Service troops are to return to Afghanistan to help in the fight against the Taleban. [more]

Supreme Court dismisses Sila appeal application
The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal application by a Christchurch man convicted of murdering two teenagers when he drove into a crowd of partygoers. [more]

More claims emerge in Tonga questioning Princess Ashika seaworthiness
It is being claimed that the vessel, the Princess Ashika, which sank off Tonga with the loss of more than 90 lives, was dangerously rusty and had to have water... [more]

Tonga Minister defends King's departure after tragedy
Tonga's Education Minister is defending King George Tupou the 5th's decision to leave the country shortly after last week's ferry tragedy. The Princess Ashika, with 149 people on board, sank... [more]

Australia PM claims a consensus in Pacific over trade deal negotiations
Australia's Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, says there is a consensus among Pacific countries to start negotiations on a Pacific-wide trade agreement as soon as possible. The formal launch of negotiations... [more]

NZ and Australia against Pacific passport idea, says French Polynesia President
French Polynesia's President says New Zealand and Australia are against plans to introduce a Pacific Passport. Oscar Temaru has lobbied the Pacific Forum, of which his country is an associate... [more]

Australian Labor Party calls for action on Papua from Canberra
The Australian Labor Party's National Conference has adopted a motion recognising that West Papuans in Indonesia are experiencing serious human rights abuses. The Conference has urged Australia's Government to raise... [more]

Fatiaki move to Vanuatu a big loss for Fiji, says Law Society
The Fiji Law Society says the new appointment of Fiji's former Chief Justice as the Supreme Court Judge in Vanuatu is a big loss to Fiji. Last week Daniel Fatiaki... [more]

Commonwealth Sec-Gen visits Honiara
The secretary-general of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Kamalesh Sharma, has arrived in the Solomon Islands for a three-day visit. Mr Sharma is to discuss key issues for the Commonwealth Heads of... [more]

Quake strikes off Vanuatu's Santo
A 6.6 magnitude earthquake has struck off Santo in Vanuatu, mid-afternoon Monday local time, according to the United States Geological Survey. No tsunami warning was issued after the quake, which... [more]

Hamilton rugby Test tickets go on sale
Ticket sales for next month's Tri-Nations rugby Test between the All Blacks and Springboks in Hamilton went on sale on Monday. [more]

School appeals to stay open
A Christchurch primary school is lodging an appeal with the Government to remain open. Aorangi Primary is Prime Minister John Key's former school. [more]

State Highway 36 remains closed
State Highway 36 near Tauranga remained closed on Monday after a rockfall on Thursday crushed a vehicle and left two women injured. [more]

Norovirus outbreak at Tokoroa Hospital
Visitors are being warned to stay away from Tokoroa Hospital after an outbreak of the norovirus stomach bug. [more]

Labour MPs take to the road
Labour MPs are making a three-day road trip from Wellington to Taranaki. Party leader Phil Goff wants them to talk to New Zealanders from all walks of life. [more]

Mistrust of power companies over rebates
Grey Power says more regulation of power companies is needed to drive down costs. [more]

New provider starts medical testing in Auckland
Labtests Ltd has taken over medical testing in the Counties-Manukau District Health Board area. Other stages of the $560 million Auckland contract will be taken over during the coming month. [more]

Deer industry accepts national ID scheme
The Deer Farmers Association is no longer opposing the introduction of a national livestock identification and traceability system, but wants a starting date after 2011. [more]

NZ market up, Australia flat
New Zealand's share market had a bright start to the week, with the benchmark NZX 50 index closing up 11 points, or 0.4%, to 3080, on turnover of $57 million. [more]

Protestors to meet Maori MPs over roadblock
A protest group that is blocking a Bay of Plenty road between Murupara and Whakatane is expected to meet with MPs on Tuesday. [more]

Ministry restructuring costs $1 million
A restructuring of the Environment Ministry has cost almost $1 million. Environment Minister Nick Smith says that's a relatively small price to change the ministry into a "first-class" agency. [more]

Minister and business to meet over workplace deaths
The Minister for Labour will meet business leaders on Wednesday to discuss setting up a joint forum to reduce injuries in the workplace. [more]

Carter back in All Blacks
Dan Carter is back in the All Blacks for the rest of the Tri-Nations rugby series. He will join the team for a one-day training session in Auckland on Wednesday. [more]

Telco line engineers on strike
Hundreds of customers will experience delays in having broadband installed and faults repaired as Telecom service workers go on a nationwide strike. [more]

Prince Edward to visit
Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, is to visit New Zealand in November. [more]

Woman in court after child dies
A woman has appeared in court charged with the assault of a Kaitaia girl, who died in Starship Hospital on Saturday. Further charges are likely. [more]

Greenhouse gas targets set at 10% - 20% below 1990 levels
The Government has announced a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 10% to 20% below 1990 levels, by 2020. [more]