Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 20th August 2009

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The best song ever written
Roger Scott from Dargaville chooses Alone Again Naturally by Gilbert O'Sullivan. [more]

Your Place - Mapua
Today we visit to one of our fastest growing coastal villages at the top of the South Island, half way along route 60 between Nelson and Motueka. [more]

Language Week
In a world where more than 6,000 langauges are spoken in 200 countries, it's no surprise three quarters of the human population is bilingual. [more]

The Ring
Aleki Taumoepeau refused to believe he'd seen the last of his wedding ring when it slipped off his finger while he was checking for weeds in Wellington Harbour. [more]

He Rourou for 20 August 2009
In He Rourou we hear excerpts from this year's Takirua Production's Maori language play Te Kumara Reka. [more]

Feature Album
In It for the Money - Supergrass. [more]

The Arts Report with Lynn Freeman
On the arts this week we find out what's ahead at the New Zealand film Commission with the new CEO; and Lucy Orbell goes on a guided tour of Rotterdam's hot arts spots. [more]

Christchurch story with Katy Gosset
Our Christchurch correspondent, Katy Gosset, reports on the city's One Day Short Story Competition. [more]

Environment Story with Alison Balance
In the middle of winter a team of 6 geologists headed into the Southern Alps near Mt Cook to drill for ice. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
With Richard Griffin and Chris Trotter. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
With Richard Griffin and Chris Trotter. [more]

Business News

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

Midday Business News for 20 August 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]


Bag checks to be relaxed as part of trans-Tasman deal
Express arrival lanes and fewer bag checks are part of the new deal with Australia to make trans-Tasman travel easier. [more]

Growers condemn biosecurity changes
Fruit and vegetable growers have been quick to condemn the biosecurity changes claiming they create an unacceptable risk to their give billion dollar industry. [more]

Police investigate toddler's death
The police investigating the death of a three year old Palmerston North girl say they don't know yet whether they're dealing with an accident or something more deliberate. [more]

Afghanistan's much anticipated election is underway
Voting is under way in the presidential election in Afghanistan. [more]

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

Parliament to hold inquiry into failed finance companies
The head of a parliamentary inquiry into finance company failures says she'd like the people in charge of mismanaged companies banned from ever again being able to take money off innocent investors. [more]

ACC speaks out about changes to counseling system
ACC's Director of Clinical Services, Kevin Morris, talks about the proposed changes to services for victims of sexual abuse. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Govt reports dramatic increase in elective surgery
The Government says there's been a dramatic increase in the amount of non-urgent surgery being done in public hospitals under its watch. [more]

Hide says Key considering Maori seats for Auckland
The Local Government minister Rodney Hide has indicated the Prime Minister is softening his stance on Maori seats on the new Auckland council. [more]

Canada makes the Arctic a priority
The Canadian prime minister, Steven Harper, is in the Arctic - reinforcing his country's claim to sovereignty over the riches of the icy region. [more]

Primary industries worry more pests will cross our borders
The streamlining of travel between New Zealand and Australia has farmers and growers worried for their livelihoods. [more]

Former Speaker denies perk freeze
Parliament's former Speaker has denied there ever was a freeze on travel perks for MPs leaving Parliament. [more]

Afghans vote in landmark elections
Polls have opened in Afghanistan's presidential and provincial elections. [more]

Councillors critical of Wellington airport plan
A 450 million dollar makeover plan for Wellington Airport has come under fire from some of the city's councillors. [more]

Research says single sex schools are good for boys
A study of almost one thousand people has shown that single-sex high schools may actually suit boys more than co-ed schools. [more]

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

Warning top dressing industry under pressure
There's a warning that top dressing pilots are cutting safety corners because hard pressed farmers don't pay enough for their work. [more]

Rugby great calls for union to explain suspension lengths
Former All Black Michael Jones is calling on the Auckland Rugby Union to explain the disparity in penalties dished out to high school students involved in an on-field rugby brawl. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Runner forced to undergo tests to prove she's female
Athletics officials are making a teenage runner prove she's a woman, in order to keep the medal she won at the International Athletics Championships. [more]

Iraq's administration only has tenuous grip on security
The bombings in Iraq overnight have revealed just how fragile the administration's hold on security there really is. [more]

Fears of another cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe
A year ago, a cholera epidemic swept through Zimbabwe, claiming nearly 4,500 lives. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 20 August 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 20 August 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for 20 August 2009
Morning Report's Top Stories is hosted today by Geoff Robinson and Todd Niall. Dozens killed in Baghdad attacks, 9 college students suspended over brawl, School principal says its time to get back to the rugby, Hide denies using coercion over Maori seats, Maori Party speaks out over supercity seats, PM says shared currency with Australia unlikely, Matariki holiday bid fails. [more]

Education Minister criticised over school reviews
Another school community says it has been left feeling let down by Education Minister Anne Tolley. [more]

Taiwan's typhoon deathtoll hits 500
A group of ministers in Taiwan's government have offered to resign following criticism they were too slow to respond to last week's typhoon that killed more than 500 people. [more]

Pacific news for 20 August 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Schoolboy rugby players suspended after brawl
Nine schoolboy rugby players have been suspended after a brawl between the first 15s of two of Auckland's biggest schools. [more]

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

Dozens killed in Baghdad attacks
At least one hundred people have been killed and more than 500 wounded in five bomb blasts in central Baghdad. [more]

9 college students suspended over brawl
The Auckland Rugby Union disciplinary committee has suspended nine students involved in the brawl between Kelston Boys High and Auckland Grammar. [more]

School principal says its time to get back to the rugby
The fallout from the brawl means Auckland Grammar will have to dramatically alter its team to play in the Auckland schools final at Eden Park this weekend. [more]

Hide denies using coercion over Maori seats
Rodney Hide has been forced to deny he's threatening to split the Government over the issue of Maori seats on the Auckland SuperCity. [more]

Maori Party speaks out over supercity seats
National's other coalition partner the Maori Party is pushing for reserved Maori seats on the supercity. Its co leader Tariana Turia joins us now. [more]

Key says MP gave him 'personal assurance' over allegations
The Prime Minister John Key says he has had a personal assurance from his MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi that there is nothing to the allegations against him around an immigration case. [more]

Security forces on high alert in Afghanistan on eve of election
Security forces are on high alert in Afghanistan in the face of Taliban threat to disrupt the national presidential election. [more]

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

PM says shared currency with Australia unlikely
The Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand is unlikely to ever adopt the Australian dollar as it would lose control of monetary policy. [more]

Expert tells court boarding company had safety deficiences
A white water expert has told a court considering the drowning of English tourist Emily Jordan in the Kawarau River last April that there were major deficiencies in the way a river boarding company dealt with safety. [more]

Push to change adoption laws praised by same sex couples
Same sex couples are welcoming a Judge's push to overhaul adoption laws and officially recognise them as parents. [more]

Mayors respond to Hide's threat to resign
Local Government Minister Rodney Hide says he will resign the job if the Government decides to have Maori seats on Auckland's new super-city. [more]

College sport head cites lesson from brawl
The principal of Kelston Boys High School says he is struggling to accept the long bans imposed on his rugby players for their part in last weekend's brawl. [more]

Schools to bar some children if measles spread
The Ministry of Health is warning that children not immunised or who have not had measles will be barred from schools that have an outbreak. [more]

Usain Bolt into final of 200 metre race in Berlin
Not content with his one hundred metres world record, Jamaica's Usain Bolt has set his sights on the two hundred metre event in Berlin, qualifying fastest for the final. [more]

Afghan New Zealanders hope for trouble free election
The polls open in a few hours in Afghanistan's presidential elections, a cliffhanger of a vote which Taliban militants have vowed to disrupt. [more]

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

Fierce debate over Auckland local body assets
A bill aimed at preventing the sale of local body assets in Auckland resulted in furious exchanges in Parliament last night. [more]

Feasibility study backs Tarras water scheme
Backers of an irrigation scheme to take water out of the Clutha River say it's closer to reality now a feasibility study has backed it. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Matariki holiday bid fails
A Bill in the name of the Maori Party MP, Rahui Katene, seeking to make the Maori New Year, Matariki, into a new holiday was narrowly defeated in Parliament last night. [more]

Scrutiny over Trade Me's wine sales venture
Internet auctioneers Trade Me is now allowing on-line wine sales but says it is confident the drink won't get into the hands of minors. [more]

Ashes preview
Crickets oldest rivals, England and Australia, are about to head into the final Ashes test later today at the Oval Ground in London. [more]


Ancient tree hunt
The search is on to catalogue all the ancient trees of the United Kingdom, and why it is vital to effectively manage the habitats provided by these multi-centurions. [more]

Primarily numbers
From finite to infinity, it adds up to a lot more than cuisenaire rods. Fibonacci numbers. [more]

Clue 7. [more]

Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Same-sex couple adoption
Judge Von Dadelszen says the current law surrounding adoption by same-sex couples is out-dated and discriminatory. [more]

Angela Barlow
Wife of convicted double murderer John Barlow, whose Privy Council bid recently turned down. [more]

UK correspondent - Michael White
Michael White discusses the 1988 PanAm Lockerbie disaster, and John Cleese's divorce. [more]

Feature guest - Miranda Harcourt
Miranda is a Wellington-based actor and child-acting coach. [more]

Book review - The Prophet and the Policeman
Paul Diamond reviews 'The Prophet and the Policeman: The Story of Rua Kenana and John Cullen' by Mark Derby. Published by Craig Potton Publishing. [more]

Feature guest - Colin Jackson
Discusses software patents and why aircraft aren't getting any faster. [more]

Hunting Adventures - True tales of a Kiwi Hunter
Greig Caigou has over 35 years hunting experience, is a teacher of outdoor education, and is currently a consultant to Outward Bound. [more]

Television review with Simon Wilson
Simon discusses TV1's Sunday night shows - Marcus Lush's new series South; and the Dean Parker drama Life's A Riot. [more]

Our Changing World

Distributed Generation
Geoff Smith is part of a distributed generation trial, with a wind turbine on his farm. Eion McPherson explains how it works. [more]

Southern Alps Ice Cores Drilling
GNS Science's Julian Thomson reports in from an ice core drilling expedition in the Southern Alps. [more]

Crustacea and Marine Invertebrate Collection
NIWA's Anne-Nina Loetz and Kareen Schnabel talk about their favourite crustacea in the Marine Invertebrate Collection [more]

Radio and How It Works
Radio New Zealand's Matthew Finn talks about some different ways of listening to radio and how they work [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question time for 20 August 2009
Questions to ministers 1. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on improvements to elective surgery? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with the reported comments attributed to Hon Tau Henare on the issue of Māori representation in Auckland that "I believe the issue is too far-reaching and too important for a party presently sitting at 1 percent in the polls to decide alone"? 3. Hon RODNEY HIDE to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Why did he reject Treasury advice that an appropriate 2020 target for New Zealand's emissions would be 15 percent above 1990 levels rather than the 10 percent to 20 percent below 1990 levels that he announced last week? 4. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Local Government: Will he resign as a Minister if Māori seats are included on the Auckland Council? 5. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Has he received any advice on whether a law curtailing women's rights in Afghanistan has been "brought into line with the expectations of the international community" as he was promised by Hamid Karzai; if so, what was that advice? 6. Hon SHANE JONES to the Minister of Māori Affairs: Does he stand by his statement "It's definitely a sort of inherent sort of institutionalised racism, in that you've accepted one way of doing things, and not respected another cultural norm. They have no right to do that and we will oppose that. I'll oppose that as a Minister of New Zealand's government" and does he think that opposition to the Māori seats on the Auckland City Council is an example of "institutionalised racism"? 7. MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister for ACC: What has been the cost to ACC levy payers of the Endorsed Provider Network contract for physiotherapists providing for free consultations since 2004 and what advice has he received on the rehabilitation benefits of this expenditure? 8. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister of Immigration: Why did he advise the House yesterday that a planned interview between the Department of Labour and the New Zealand Herald was not called off following the intervention of his political advisor? 9. SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister of Customs: What steps is the Government taking to streamline border processes for passengers? 10. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he still stand by his policy to deliver better, sooner, and more convenient health care? 11. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Civil Defence: What steps is the Government taking to help people be better prepared for disasters? 12. CLARE CURRAN to the Prime Minister: Has he, his office or the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet contacted Telecom New Zealand Ltd to seek any information on its proposed maintenance contracting arrangement with Australian-based company Visionstream; if so, what was the substance of any such discussions? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 20 August 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 20 August 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]


Eugene Abulescu
US based pianist and conductor performing as concertmaster for Manukau SO's upcoming Beethoven Piano Concerto No 1. [more]

Betty Jo Simon
US accordianist in the country as part of the 2009 Coupe Mondiale World Accordion Championships and Festival. [more]

News stories:

Eight-year-old girl dies of swine flu in New Caledonia
The health authorities in New Caledonia say an eight-year-old girl has died of swine flu. They say she was admitted to hospital in Noumea on Saturday and died on Monday... [more]

Schoolboy's body found in Hawke's Bay river
Police have found the body of a schoolboy who went missing Tuesday night in the Wairoa River in Hawke's Bay. [more]

Wine sales to minors unlikely
Auction website Trade Me says it is unlikely minors will be able to buy wine through its site. [more]

No deal on emissions scheme without proper analysis - Labour
The Labour Party says it will not be able to strike a deal with the Government on changes to the emissions trading scheme unless proper financial and policy analysis is undertaken. [more]

Draw best result for Black Caps in first test
A draw is the best hope for the New Zealand cricketers after Sri Lanka amassed a first innings total of 452 on day two of the opening test in Galle ... [more]

Bond return highlight for New Zealand A
A stunning return to international cricket from fast bowler Shane Bond has been the highlight for New Zealand A during a gruelling day in the field on day one of ... [more]

Monique Williams into second round in Berlin
The New Zealand sprinter Monique Williams qualified for the second round of the 200 metres at the world track and field championships in Berlin with a new national record of ... [more]

Bolt sets standard for 200 final in Berlin
Usain Bolt has been the main attraction again at the world athletics championships in Berlin. The Jamaican sprinting sensation was the fastest qualifier for the 200 metres final, winning his ... [more]

Melbourne Super 15 bidders to come face-to-face
Melbourne's three Super rugby hopefuls will sit down in the same room for the first time today to try to sort out a unified bid after SANZAR confirmed the race ... [more]

Gold Coast considering appeal on behalf of biter
Gold Coast will consider appealing a four-match suspension handed to fullback William Zillman after he was found guilty of biting South Sydney's Jamie Simpson at the NRL judiciary last ... [more]

All Blacks find synergy in Bloods' no dickheads culture
The All Blacks are so impressed with the Sydney Swans' "no dickheads" policy, they are talking with the AFL club to find out how it could be used in New ... [more]

Trott to bat behind Collingwood in final Ashes test
England debutant Jonathan Trott will bat at number five behind Paul Collingwood in the final Ashes test against Australia starting tonight in London. Trott, 28, who learned the game in ... [more]

Australia target fallible England middle order
Australia will target England's vulnerable middle order in an effort to force the victory which will give them a 2-1 Ashes series victory in the fifth test starting at the ... [more]

No evidence of illegal activity, says ICC
The International Cricket Council has confirmed that an Australia player was approached by a bookmaker during the Ashes tour of England. But the ICC says there is no evidence of ... [more]

Semenya undergoing gender verification test
South Africa's 800 metres world championship finalist Caster Semenya is undergoing a gender verification test after her improved form this year raised an alarm with athletics officials. Semenya, is eligible ... [more]

Doping-tainted Jamaicans out of world relays
Five Jamaican track and field athletes expected to run in the 4x100 and 4x400 metres relays at the world championships this weekend have been dropped from the team. Sprinters Yohan ... [more]

Four rival F1 teams helped Renault avoid ban
Formula One's governing body has revealed that four rival teams helped Renault overturn a one-race ban that would have forced Fernando Alonso to miss this weekend's European Grand Prix. ... [more]

Che Bunce to coach Waikato
Waikato FC has named the former All Whites defender Che Bunce as its new head coach for the New Zealand Football Championship season. The 33 year old former Coventry City, ... [more]

NZ under 21 netball side through to final of world champs
The New Zealand under-21 netball side is through to the final of the world youth champs in the Cook Islands, having beaten Jamaica 57-44 in the semi final. New Zealand ... [more]

Hamilton murder accused reappears in court
A Hamilton man accused of murder has again been remanded in custody after reappearing in Hamilton District Court. [more]

NZ worse off, says scorecard economist
An economist behind a scorecard measuring economic performance says the results show the country is worse off this year than last. [more]

Tolley cops flak from school communities
Education Minister Anne Tolley is facing criticism from two school communities over potential closures. [more]

Man critically injured in domestic dispute
Police say a man has been critically injured in a domestic dispute near Raglan in Waikato. [more]

Man U beaten
Burnley celebrated their first home match in the top division of English football for 33 years with a shock 1-nil victory over Premier League champions Manchester United at Turf Moor. ... [more]

South African wins world title despite doubts over her gender
South African teenager Caster Semenya, whose rapid improvement has prompted officials to order a gender verification test, won the women's 800 metres title with a crushing performance at the World ... [more]

Bolt has tough competition for 200m final
The Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt cruised into the 200m final at the Athletics World Champs in Berlin, but American competitor Wallace Spearmon says the Jamaican may have some tough ... [more]

Ponting confident of an Ashes series win
Australia Cricket captain Ricky Ponting says his team is perfectly poised to retain the Ashes as they prepare for their final match against England which starts at The Oval tonight. The ... [more]

Safina beaten in Toronto
France's Aravane Rezai rallied to oust Russian world number one Dinara Safina in 3 sets to reach the third round of the WTA Toronto hardcourt tournament. The upset sends Rezai ... [more]

Newdick starts well in decathlon
The New Zealand decathlete Brent Newdick is in 19th place after the first day of the decathlon at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin. Newdick recorded personal bests in the ... [more]

Wellington players will pay the price
The Wellington rugby coach Jamie Joseph is threatening a number changes to his side following their Air New Zealand Cup loss to Bay of Plenty last week. Joseph will name ... [more]

Mystics sign another Magis Star
The Northern Mystics have secured a second Silver Fern from the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic for next season's trans-Tasman netball championship. A week after goal attack Maria Tutaia returned ... [more]

Gold Coast unhappy with bite ruling
The Gold Coast Titans say they are bitterly disappointed William Zillman was found guilty of his biting charge by the NRL judiciary. Zillman pleaded not guilty to biting South Sydney's Jamie ... [more]

Kamel wins 1500 at world athletics championships
Yusuf Saad Kamel of Bahrain upset the favourites in the men's 1,500 metres with a last-gasp dash to win the world championship gold medal in Berlin. Kenyan-born Kamel was in ... [more]

Black Caps coach praises fightback
A draw is the best hope for the New Zealand cricketers after Sri Lanka amassed a first innings total of 452 on day two of the opening test in Galle ... [more]

Bolt stamps his authority in 200 opening round
Jamaica's triple Olympic champion and world record holder Usain Bolt stamped his authority on the 200 metres as top qualifier for the final at the world athletics championships in ... [more]

Joseph will use Tialata this week
The All Black prop Neemia Tialata is likely to be named in the Wellington team today for Saturday's Ranfurly Shield defence against Auckland. Tialata had his first training run with ... [more]

IAAF to investigate gender of South African runner
South Africa's 800 metres world championship finalist Caster Semenya is undergoing a gender verification test after her improved form this year raised an alarm with athletics officials. Semenya, is eligible ... [more]

ICC confident of no corruption in Ashes series
Cricket chiefs are confident the Ashes series hasn't been affected by corruption despite a series betting allegaton ahead of tonight's 5th and deciding test. The International Cricket Council has confirmed its ... [more]

Man due in court over 89km police chase
A man will appear in Taupo District Court later on Thursday morning after a police pursuit lasting 89 kilometres. [more]

Samoan athlete competes in glamour event in Berlin
A Samoan shot putter has taken a wild card entry into the womens 100 metre sprint at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, despite having failed to qualify for her... [more]

PNG's Minister for Public Enterprises says power supply in Lae to improve
Papua New Guinea's Minister for Public Enterprises says Lae's power supplies will be back to a stable and reliable form by early next year. Arthur Somare says emergency measures are... [more]

Another charged over South Auckland killing
Police investigating the killing of a South Auckland woman have charged a man with attempting to pervert the course of justice. [more]

Mayor confident Tarras scheme a reality soon
Central Otago Mayor Malcolm MacPherson is confident a Tarras Water Scheme will become reality soon after the release a year-long study into its feasibility. [more]

GAO to hold public hearing in American Samoa on wage hikes
The investigative arm of the United States Congress is holding a public hearing next week on the impact of past and future minimum wage hikes on residents of American Samoa. [more]

ADB warns Solomon Islands economy will not grow
The Asian Development Bank has warned the Solomon Islands economy will not grow this year. Th ADB gave the warning in its latest report that predicted shrinking South Pacific Island... [more]

Leading tuna processing company in American Samoa
Two officials of a leading tuna processing company, Tri Marine International, have visited the Samoa Packing plant and held talks with cannery and government officials. Tri Marine is a tuna... [more]

More extreme spring, summer predicted
New Zealanders should expect more extreme conditions this spring and summer as a result of an El Nino weather pattern, says the World Meteorological Organisation. [more]

September 1st confirmed as date for Vanuatu Presidential Election
Vanuatu's Electoral Commission has confirmed September the 1st as the date for the election of the country's President. This comes after Kalkot Mataskelekele's term as President ended last weekend. The... [more]

Flynn and Ellis back for Canterbury
All Blacks Corey Flynn and Andy Ellis are set to make their comebacks for Canterbury in the Air New Zealand Cup match against Tasman in Christchurch on Saturday afternoon. Flynn ... [more]

John McEnroe picks Andy to win US Open
Seven-times grand slam tennis champion John McEnroe is predicting an Andy will win the men's title at this year's U.S. Open, naming either Briton Andy Murray or American Andy Roddick ... [more]

Opposition queries French Polynesia deal to settle strike
The opposition in French Polynesia has questioned the deal signed last night to end a strike by the main unions over the high cost of living. The stoppage had little... [more]

ACC axe hangs over child sex abuse service
Health professionals say a possible move by ACC to scrap a service for sexually abused children would be a huge mistake. [more]

Beachcomber hotel chain joins French Polynesia cruise ship sector
The ailing French Polynesian cruise ship tourism sector has received a boost with the Pacific Beachcomber hotel group buying the archipelago's biggest ship, the Paul Gauguin. The hotel chain, which... [more]

Mixed days for Team NZ in Portugal Medcup Regatta
The first day of the Portimao MedCup regatta in Portugal has been a mixed one for Team New Zealand. After NZL380 finished second and third n the opening races it ... [more]

Monique Willaims says ity'll be tough to make the final
The New Zealand sprinter Monique Williams says it'll be tough to make the 200 metres finals at the World Athletic Championships in Berlin. Williams shaved two hundredths of a second ... [more]

Federer, Murray cruise through at Cincinnati
The world tennis number one Roger Federer and title-holder Andy Murray have both made confident starts to the Cincinnati Masters on Wednesday with straight-sets wins in the second round. Federer ... [more]

Fiji interim government joined by former military officer
Another former Fiji military officer has been made a minister in the interim regime. A former Deputy Commander, Colonel Samuela Saumatua, has been sworn in as the interim local government... [more]

Financier Soros urges more generosity
Global financier and philanthropist George Soros is calling on the world's wealthy to give money to the needy as they face further hardships in the economic crisis. [more]

Police investigate fire at P lab
Police are investigating a suspicious fire in a methamphetamine lab in the South Auckland suburb of Takanini. [more]

Solomons inquiry team due soon
The Solomon Islands Commission of Inquiry on land transactions and acquisition on Guadalcanal ahead of the ethnic tension era is expected to start soon. The Solomon Times Online reports that... [more]

Needing repairs, American Samoa vessel Sili gets permit for Manu'a sailings
The US Coast Guard has granted a so-called excursion permit to American Samoa's vessel, the MV Sili, to carry out two voyages this week to the Manu'a islands. This decision... [more]

American Samoa gets US stimulus funds for water quality improvement
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded 200,000 US dollars to American Samoa under stimulus money to improve water quality and create jobs in the territory. The money will be... [more]

Oamaru mill workers get boost in hours
Mill workers at Summit Wool Spinners in Oamaru have had their hours extended because of an increase in orders. [more]

Man in custody following armed incident
A man has been taken into custody after police received reports of an armed person at a property in Auckland. [more]

River company failed to meet safety standards - guide
The river boarding company at the centre of a court case involving the death of an English tourist failed to meet safety standards, an experienced rafting guide says. [more]

PNG campaign for three women seats now continues
A campaign to have three women nominated to the current Papua New Guinea Parliament will continue, despite MPs giving their backing for 22 reserved seats for women to be established... [more]

Vanuatu opposition leader says he'd support female Head of State
The leader of Vanuatu's opposition, Sato Kilman, says it would be open to supporting the nomination of a woman candidate for the country's president. An electoral College made up of... [more]

New Caledonia census period extended
The census period in New Caledonia has been extended by a week. Radio New Caledonia says the census was to be completed this week but for a variety of reasons... [more]

Britain contributes to Tonga's Princess Ashika Fund
The British government has contributed 8,000 US dollars to Tonga's relief fund for families who lost relatives in the Princess Ashika ferry disaster. The Matangi Tonga website says visiting British... [more]

Police investigate death of three-year-old girl
A post-mortem is being carried out to determine how a three-year-old Palmerston North girl was critically injured and later died. [more]

Government wants strategic plan for Kapiti highway
Transport Minister Steven Joyce has asked officials to develop a strategic roading plan for the Kapiti Coast, north of Wellington. [more]

No freeze on travel perks for departing MPs - Wilson
Former Speaker of the House Margaret Wilson has denied there ever was a freeze on travel perks for MPs leaving Parliament. [more]

Company admits it failed to ensure safety of workers
A construction company building a sewage outfall pipe near Lyttelton in Canterbury has pleaded guilty to charges laid by Maritime New Zealand after a barge broke loose from a tugboat during a storm last year. [more]

Vanuatu Women's Centre cautious over MPs' support for female President
The co-ordinator of Vanuatu's Women's Centre, Merilyn Tahi, has sounded a note of caution about MPs publicly backing a possible female Head of State. This comes as the Electoral College... [more]

Solomons cabinet to discuss public sector strike threat
The Solomon Islands cabinet is to meet tomorrow to discuss ways of averting a public sector strike next week. The Solomon Islands Public Employees Union has submitted a list of... [more]

American Samoa's MYD shipyard gets MV Sili repair contract
American Samoa's MYD shipyard is to repair the interisland vessel, MV Sili, after all. The territory's port director, Matagi Ray McMoore, says the vessel will go on the MYD slipway... [more]

Actor 'The Rock' fronts diabetes campaign
An American actor with Samoan ancestry, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, has become the new ambassador for a Diabetes Aware campaign, which also targets American Samoa to fight the disease. Mr... [more]

Panel to manage Fiji rugby team after Tabua sacking
The Fiji Rugby Union is planning to appoint a three-man panel to manage the national squad for the rest of this year, after sacking the coach Ilivasa Tabua earlier this... [more]

Conflicting claims about plight of Papuan political prisoner
The Organisation for Solidarity with Human Rights Victims in Papua claims a political prisoner is in intensive care after prison authorities in Indonesia ignored his requests for treatment for a... [more]

Discarded test prop fails to make Wellington starting lineup
The discarded All Blacks prop Neemia Tialata has failed to make the Wellington starting lineup for Saturday's Ranfurly Shield defence against Auckland. Tialata was left out of the All Black ... [more]

Inglis returns to training with Melbourne but won't be allowed to play
Melbourne rugby league star Greg Inglis has returned to training with his NRL club, but remains barred from playing. Inglis was suspended by the club last week after being ... [more]

Titans to appeal biting suspension
Gold Coast rugby league officials have decided to appeal the four-match NRL suspension handed down to fullback William Zillman after he was found guilty of biting South Sydney winger ... [more]

New bank search in French Polynesia's OPT probe
Investigators in French Polynesia have again searched the premises of the Socredo Bank in Papeete as part of an investigation into alleged corruption and abuse of public funds in the... [more]

Tonga PM thanks navies and police for Princess Ashika rescue effort
Tonga's prime minister, Dr Feleti Sevele, has thanked the navies of New Zealand, Australia and Tonga for the search effort to locate the Princess Ashika ferry which sank two weeks... [more]

Solomons Telekom to get US$14m for licence loss
The Solomon Islands Government is to pay Solomons' Telekom Ltd 14 million US dollars in compensation for prematurely terminating its 15 year exclusive licence. It is to be paid in... [more]

Call for Government to step in over Telecom dispute
The Council of Trade Unions is calling on the Government to help resolve a dispute over workers it believes are being unfairly treated by Telecom changes to infrastructure. [more]

Hide vows to resign over super-city Maori seats
Rodney Hide says the Prime Minister was aware in June of his intention to quit as Local Government Minister if Maori seats are included on Auckland's super-council. [more]

Another dog death at Auckland beach
Another dog has died after visiting an Auckland eastern beach. [more]

Record increase in elective surgery, says minister
The Government says there has been a record increase since it took office in the amount of elective, or non-urgent, surgery being performed in hospitals. [more]

Single-sex schooling good for boys, study shows
New research supports previous theories that single-sex schooling is beneficial for boys. [more]

Council generally supports $450m airport makeover
Wellington City Council has generally supported a $450 million makeover plan for the capital's airport. [more]

NZ market lower at close of trade
The New Zealand share market fell 28 points to close at 3053 on Thursday. Turnover was $67 million. [more]

Jones wants explanation over brawl suspensions
Former All Black Michael Jones wants an explanation as to why members of one school team involved in a rugby brawl have been given longer suspensions than the other. [more]

Growers concerned at new biosecurity measures
New Zealand growers fear a $5 billion industry will be put at risk by new biosecurity measures aimed at streamlining trans-Tasman travel. [more]

Port of Tauranga weathers fiscal storm
Port of Tauranga chief executive Mark Cairns is optimistic the company is in good shape to weather the remainder of the economic downturn. [more]

Youth programme renamed in honour of Hillary
Governor-General Anand Satyanand has announced a popular youth programme will be renamed in honour of adventurer Sir Edmund Hillary. [more]

Eight injured in Lindis Pass crash
Eight people have been injured in a serious crash in the Lindis Pass in Otago. [more]