Radio New Zealand - Friday, 21st August 2009

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This page features: Afternoons, Best Of The Week, Business News, Checkpoint, Country Life, Focus on Politics, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, The Week In Review, Upbeat

Afternoons

Asian report - Eco House
Jason Moon presents the first of four stories that profile how different people strive to live in a harmony, within their environments. [more]

The best song ever written - Fantasia
Keith Hooper of Whitianga chooses 'Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis' by Ralph Vaughan Williams. [more]

Car protest
'Car enthusiasts' are being urged to line the streets of Te Rapa bumper-to-bumper, to create a four kilometre line of vehicles, as a peaceful 'park up' protest. [more]

He Rourou for 21 August 2009
In He Rourou we hear about the role of women in today's world as portrayed in the Maori language play Te Kumara Reka. [more]

Weekend weather
Bob McDavitt is here with the weekend weather. [more]

Fresh fast food - Julie Buiso
Tunisian Eggs with Red Peppers. Spanish Tortilla with Olives and amp; Tomatoes. [more]

Sports story
The All Blacks face their next Australian challenge, but this time, maybe the heat's on Robbie Deans and not Graeme Henry. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With Richard Langston and Simon Pound. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 21 August 2009
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 21 August 2009. A look at the laws governing the sale and supply of alcohol, is the media sexualising children, crossing the Tasman in a kayak and the exotic food of Iceland. [more]

Business News

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

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

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

Checkpoint

Homicide investigation launched into death of 3-year-old girl
The police have launched a homicide investigation into the death of a three-year-old Palmerston North girl. [more]

Bluechip founder pleads guilty to three charges
Controversial Bluechip founder Mark Bryers has pleaded guilty in the Auckland District Court to three charges relating to failed investments. [more]

Telecom's profits dive by 44 percent
Hard times have hit New Zealnd's largest listed company, Telecom, in the balance sheet. [more]

Historic trans-Tasman cabinet meeting gets underway
The first-ever joint cabinet meeting between senior New Zealand Government ministers and their Australian counterparts is getting underway in Sydney. [more]

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

Snow athletes gather for Winter Games
Otago is playing host to what's being touted as one of the biggest snow sport events in the world - with over 800 athletes taking part. [more]

More Australians choosing to holiday in New Zealand
Statistics New Zealand have released new figures showing the number of visitors from across the Tasman jumped 20% in July compared with the same month a year ago. [more]

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

Lockerbie bomber greeted by cheers on return to Libya
The Libyan man convicted of the airliner boming over Lockerbie more than twenty years ago has returned home to Tripoli. [more]

New Zealand bid looks to the stars
Economic Development Minister Gerry Brownlee and Australian Minister Kim Carr have signed up to jointly host a $3.1 billion international science project, with the potential to revolutionise people's understanding of the universe. [more]

High Court upholds decision to evict Maori sovereignty group
A group occupying a building in the Northland town of Kaikohe and claiming Maori customary rights has lost an appeal to secure ownership - but intends to keep fighting. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Peace Foundation at war
A prominent New Zealand peace organistion is having its own civil war, with several board members walking out over questions about how taxpayer funding is spent. [more]

Telecom's profit down 44 percent
The country's largest listed company, Telecom, is putting a brave face on a 44% fall in its profits for the year to June. [more]

Aussies give thumbs up to destination New Zealand
More Australians are choosing to holiday in New Zealand then ever before. [more]

Fletcher Building fined after workplace death
Fletcher Building has been fined $170,000 over the death of a Nelson worker who was buried in sand inside the bin he was cleaning. [more]

Protestors announce day of action in New Caledonia
Protestors in New Caledonia have said tomorrow will be a day of action aimed at winning the release of a jailed union leader. [more]

Mayor and public still refuse to keep dogs off beaches
The death of a fifth dog has led to renewed calls for people to stay off Auckland's Eastern Beaches, but one mayor is sticking to his guns telling locals to ignore the public health warnings. [more]

Rescued tourists had no equipment for alpine tramp
The police say two tourists who had to be rescued from the Nelson Lakes National Park yesterday were totally unprepared for the freezing alpine conditions. [more]

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

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Aussie Lotto winner waits 7 months to claim prize
An Australian man who won a $2 million Lotto prize waited for seven months before claiming his winnings, while he mentally prepared himself. [more]

Country Life

Intro and guest
The state of the lamb industry with the Meat and Wool Service's Rob Davison. [more]

Regional wrap
The grass is finally starting to grow in the North Island and in the south, the week ended on a sunny note. [more]

Kingsmeade Artisan Cheese
Despite the recession, Wairarapa farmers Janet and Miles King have taken the plunge to greatly increase the size of their ewe milk cheese making plant on their farm. [more]

Cool olive oil
Stephen and Anna Clark make olive oil in Central Otago.. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus on politics for 21 August 2009
Polling has now closed in the Afghan election amid widespread claims of vote-rigging and corruption. [more]

Midday Report

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

Midday Business News for 21 August 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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

Morning Report

Top Stories for 21 August 2009
Rodney Hide ramps up his threats to resign, the Maori Party comments on the supercity, NZers to get through Australian customs more quickly, discussions of potential ANZAC army contingent, asylum seeker gains refugee status via media manipulation, the US reaction to the Lockerbie bomber's mercy release from prison, and Usain Bolt crushes the field at World Athletics Champs. [more]

New ANZAC force to be examined
Easier trans-tasman travel, freer business investment and even a joint Anzac military contingent eventually. It's a three pronged shift towards closer New Zealand-Australia relations announced in Canberra yesterday by Kevin Rudd and John Key on Mr Key's first state visit across the Tasman. [more]

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

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Hide says he will quit ministerial positions over Maori seats
The ACT Party leader Rodney Hide is ramping up his stand against Maori seats on Auckland's supercity council - now saying he will step down from all his portfiolios if they go ahead. [more]

Rodney Hide ramps up threat over Maori supercity seats
The ACT leader has ramped up his threat to resign over Maori seats on the Auckland Supercity Council, saying he'll quit all his portfolios, not just the Local Government portfolio if National approves the seats. [more]

Maori Party comments on super city talks
Rodney Hide says the Maori Party turned down an offer to discuss other ways to improve Maori input into Auckland governance. [more]

NZ travellers set to clear Australian customs in 8 mins
John Key and Kevin Rudd yesterday in Canberra announced a triple header of moves that will mean easier trans-tasman travel, freer flow of business investment and the eventual creation of a joint military force. [more]

New Zealand and Australia investigate joint ANZAC force
Mr Key and Mr Rudd have asked their defence chiefs to investigate setting up a joint Anzac defence contingent. [more]

Asylum seeker gains refugee status via media manipulation
Claims made by an Iranian asylum-seeker were fraudulent and without foundation, according to new papers released by the Refugee Status Appeals Authority. [more]

Vote count starts in Afghan poll
Afghanistan's president Hamid Karzai has praised Afghans for defying insurgent threats to vote in the presidential election. [more]

Lockerbie bomber released on compassionate grounds
The Lockerbie bomber has left Scotland on board a plane bound for Libya after being freed from prison on compassionate grounds. [more]

US reacts angrily to bomber's release
Many of the Lockerbie victims were American and President Obama is calling the decision to release al-Megrahi a mistake. [more]

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

''No'' smacking campaigners look set for poll victory
The result of the referendum vote on smacking is scheduled to be announced later this evening. [more]

Finance company inquiry dismissed as 'whitewash'
A parliamentary inquiry into the country's failed finance companies is being dismissed as a whitewash before it has even begun. [more]

Bledisloe Cup preview
Tomorrow's Bledisloe Cup Match in Sydney is shaping up as a must win for both sides. [more]

Hide's Epsom constituents back MP's ultimatum
Mr Hide says he tried to reach a compromise to improve Maori input into Auckland governance, but without reserved seats, but says that was rejected by the Maori Party. [more]

Key, Rudd agree on ANZAC army
John Key and Kevin Rudd have agreed to make trans-Tasman travel and investment easier and have ordered Defence chiefs to look at setting up a joint Anzac army contingent. [more]

Australasian easing of investment rules criticised
Rules are being changed to make Trans-Tasman investment easier. [more]

Usain Bolt crushes field in world 200 metres final
From the world track and field championships in Berlin comes news of another crushing victory by Usain Bolt, this time in the mens 200 metres final. [more]

Lockerbie bomber arrives home to die in Libya
With most of the passengers on the ill-fated Pan Am flight being American, the US president Barack Obama has described the decision to release him as a mistake. [more]

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

NZDF says locals turning out to vote in droves in Afghanistan
New Zealand troops stationed in Afghanistan say locals are turning out to vote in the country's elections in droves, despite fears about security. [more]

Rugby brawl prompts questions of single sex schools
Following last weekend's rugby brawl, principals from other boys' schools say the incident was unfortunate but it can't be blamed on an overly aggressive all male environment. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Dunedin's student flats
Health researchers say living in such conditions can damage young people's health. [more]

Nights

Original 1215 document
The four existing copies of the Magna Carta, one of which resides in the Salisbury Cathedral, have received 'Memory of the World' status from UNESCO. [more]

Conundrum
Answer. [more]

Nine To Noon

Cost of the health service unsustainable
Head of management consultants Temple Capital Investment Specialists discusses the state of the system. [more]

Presidential elections in Afghanistan
Martine van Bijlert, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network. [more]

Pacific correspondent - Mike Field
With the latest on the ferry disaster. [more]

Feature guest - Dahr Jamail
Dahr Jamail is a journalist and blogger who has worked in Iraq. [more]

Book review - Let the Great World Spin
by Colin McCann. Published by Bloomsbury. Reviewed by Laura Koetsch. [more]

New Music
With our reviewer Sean McKenna. Artists profiled are Nicole Reynolds, CW Stoneking and Lee Fields. [more]

Sport
Richard Boock has the weekly sports round-up, including the fall out from the high school rugby brawl, and a look ahead to the All Blacks - Wallabies match. [more]

The week that was
A light-hearted look at the week's news with Te Radar and Gemma Gracewood. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With Richard Langston and Simon Pound. [more]

Rural News

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

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

The Week In Review

The Week in Review - week ending 21 August 2009
A review of the week's news including closer links with Australia, road safety plans, schoolboy rugby brawl, Rob Hamill faces Khmer Rouge chief, Telecom profits down, record cannabis haul, measles increase, adoption law push, greenpeace emissions campaign, student flat health risk, whitebait season underway, Valerie Vili [more]

Upbeat

Douglas Mews
Wellington City Organist talks about upcoming performances. [more]

Anthony Young
NZ composer having work performed by Auckland's 'The Committee' ensemble this weekend. [more]

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra review
James Gardner reviews last night's performance of Mahler's Symphony No 6. [more]

News stories:

Wind farm poses threat to native birds, says sanctuary
The wildlife sanctuary Zealandia, in the Wellington suburb of Karori, says a proposed wind farm could put endangered native birds at risk. [more]

Black Caps avoid follow on in Galle
The New Zealand cricketers managed to avoid the follow on mark on day three of the first test against Sri Lanka in Galle, but they still have a long ... [more]

Advantage Australia after 1st day of 5th Ashes test
The England cricketers failed to build on a promising position in the deciding Ashes Test against Australia, compiling 307 for 8 on the first day at The Oval. After deciding to ... [more]

Manawatu beat Otago in ANZ Cup
Manawatu have continued their good form in the Air New Zealand Cup, beating Otago 19-12 in front of a good crowd in Palmerston North. Manawatu defended well for the last half ... [more]

SA athletics officials say Semenya humiliated
Athletics South Africa's president has lashed out at the sports top officials for the gender controversy surrounding the teenage world 800 metres world champion Caster Semenya. The 18 year old ... [more]

Semenya doesn't give a damn about gender allegations
New world 800m champion Caster Semenya has shrugged off the gender controversy shrouding her victory at the World Athletic Championships in Berlin. Semenya has been dogged by suspicion about her gender ... [more]

Indian Comm Games preperations behind schedule
India's preparations for next year's Commonwealth Games have fallen a long way behind schedule and threaten to mar the showcase event, according to a Government report published in a local newspaper. ... [more]

Brown breaks 70 at Dutch Open
The Welington golfer Mark Brown has broken 70 for the first time since April. Brown has posted a 2-under par 68 on the first day of the Dutch Open to ... [more]

NZ A cricketers well beaten
A disastrous batting collapse has seen New Zealand A cricketers suffer a 202 run loss at the Buchi Babu All India Invitation tournament in Chennai. Chasing a target of 359 ... [more]

Winter Games open today
Forty nations with 800 athletes will take part in 15 sports in the Winter Games based around Queenstown over the next 10 days. It is one of the biggest winter ... [more]

Profit-pumped KiwiBank looks to keep expanding
KiwiBank says it remains focused on expanding its market share, after a lift in annual profit. [more]

Stronger demand at wool sale
There have been significant price gains for finer mid micron wools at this week's South Island wool sale, reflecting stronger demand, especially from Western European markets. [more]

Bolt does the double again in world record time
The Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt has repeated his Olympic sprint double at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, blitzing to a staggering new world record of 19.19 seconds in ... [more]

Drysdale not looking for redemption
The New Zealand rower Mahe Drysdale says the drama of last year's Beijing Olympics is not weighing on his mind as her prepares to lineup in the World Championships in ... [more]

Rokocoko searches for his desire
The All Black winger Joe Rokocoko says he's done some personal soul searching in the last fortnight about his future with the All Blacks. Rokocoko will start in tomorrow night's ... [more]

Tall Blacks ready for Australia on Sunday
The New Zealand basketball team fly to Sydney today in preparation for their first of two tests against Australia on Sunday. The Tall Blacks have a relatively young and inexperienced ... [more]

Aitken banking on different environment to reignite Van Dyke and Tutaia
Silver Ferns netball coach Ruth Aitken is banking on a different environment to re-ignite the attacking combination of Irene van Dyk and Maria Tutaia come the side's first international of ... [more]

Williams breaks national record
The New Zealand sprinter Monique Williams has broken the national 200 metre record for the second time in 2 days but she has failed to make the final at the ... [more]

Fiji finishes ninth at youth netball tournament
Fiji is the highest finisher so far at the World Youth Netball Championships being held in Rarotonga. In the playoff for 9th and 10th, Fiji defeated Trinidad and Tobago 52-46. [more]

Section of highway in Palau collapses after heavy rain
A 60 metre section of highway built three years ago in Palau has collapsed after heavy rains. The Marianas Business Journal says "Compact Road" on Babeldaob collapsed during several days... [more]

MPs to look into finance company failures
Parliament is to hold an inquiry into the failure of some finance companies. [more]

Lobby group in Samoa calls another protest march against road change
A lobby group in Samoa has announced preparations for another protest march at the end of the month against the government's controversial road transport reform legislation. The group, People Against... [more]

Bill passing allows Cook Islands courts to sit offshore
The Cook Islands parliament has passed a bill allowing the High Court and the Court of Appeal to sit offshore. The Constitution Amendment, No 28, Bill, passed a week ago,... [more]

Newdick finishes with decathlon PB
The New Zealand athlete Brent Newdick has finished 23rd in the decathlon at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin. The 24 year old finished with a personal best total of ... [more]

YouTube co-founder gets involved in F1
YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley is putting some of his fortune into Formula One as primary investor in the new U.S. F1 team due to enter the sport next season. The ... [more]

Clijsters gets wildcard for US Open
Former world women's tennis number one Kim Clijsters has been granted a wild-card entry for the upcoming U.S. Open. The 26-year-old 2005 U.S. Open winner reached the quarter-finals of the ... [more]

RFU says they have work to do to clean up the game there
RFU bosses say English rugby must rebuild its tarnished reputation after a series of high-profile disciplinary cases. Former England forward Dean Richards was banned for three years this week for ... [more]

Hawaii's Statehood Commission believes its plans for 50th anniversary has support
Hawaii's Statehood Commission believes most people in the state support the way it plans to mark the 50th anniversary of statehood tomorrow. The commission has held a series of events... [more]

Solomon Islands PM directs AG to look into MPs entitlement regulations
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Dr Derek Sikua, has directed the Attorney General to determine the validity of the 2009 Parliamentary Entitlement Regulations. It comes after a public outcry over... [more]

ACC considers further job cuts
The Accident Compensation Corporation has announced it is considering a cut to the five teams that process weekly compensation requests. [more]

Samoa to compete at Hockey's Oceania Cup
Samoa is to compete for the first time at next week's Oceania hockey cup, being held in Invercargill. While the women last competed about 25 years ago, and are ranked... [more]

Financial row at Samoa's diabetes association goes to government level
Allegations over the misuse of funds and assets at Samoa's Diabetes Association will be raised at a meeting scheduled for today. Prime minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi is to meet with... [more]

Friday's newspaper headlines
All Black greats question fairness of bans of for Kelston Boys High players; new Auckland beach poisoning fear; Wellingtonians could have residents' parking entitlements scrapped; Anzac contingent proposed. [more]

Trans-Tasman travel to be easier and faster
New Zealand and Australia have confirmed new rules aimed at making trans-Tasman travel for most passengers faster and easier. [more]

Hawaiian sovereignty campaigner says low key commemorations highlight injustices
A Hawaiian sovereignty campaigner says the muted commemorations marking the state's 50th anniversary are an acknowledgment of the injustices that led up statehood. The Hawaii Statehood Commission says its chosen... [more]

Continental Micronesia airlines makes 25 Guam employees redundant
The airline Continental Micronesia has made 25 Guam employees redundant. The move came earlier this month and the company is declining to confirm or furnish details, and Guam-based officials referred... [more]

American Samoa receives funding for coastal programmes
The Department of Commerce in American Samoa is to receive 964,000 US dollars for the continued implementation and improvement of the American Samoa Coastal Zone Management Programme. The funds come... [more]

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

Chemical residues in food continue to decline
Chemical residues and contaminants in food products are continuing to decline, a Food Safety Authority survey has found. [more]

Woman dragged from burning flat in Lyttelton
A woman has been critically injured in a fire at a flat in Lyttelton, near Christchurch. [more]

Man found dead in Rotorua hot pool
The death of a man whose fully-clothed body was found in a Rotorua hot pool is not suspicious, police say. [more]

Stade Francais boss defends Basteraud
The President of the Stade Francais rugby club has jumped to the defence of player Mattieu Basteraud who is facing a 2-year ban from the French national side following the ... [more]

Shaun White confirmed for Winter Games
Olympic halfpipe snowboarding champion Shaun White of the United States has confirmed his entry for next week's Winter Games in Queenstown. White, who is also a multiple X Games champion, ... [more]

2 new caps in Silver Ferns team
There are 2 new caps in the Silver Ferns lineup to take on a World 7 in a series of matches starting in Wellington on Monday. Shooter Anna Thompson and ... [more]

Team NZ takes lead in Portugal Trophy
Team New Zealand has finished third and a first in today's racing at the Portugal Trophy which has taken them to the top of the standings. The New Zealanders lead ... [more]

Hawaii cuts free health services to freely associated Pacific states
The State of Hawaii has announced it is cutting back on free health services provided to citizens of the freely associated states of Marshall Islands, Palau and the Federates States... [more]

Ferry service mooted between CNMI and Guam
There are suggestions a ferry service should be established between the Northern Marianas and Guam. The idea, put forward by Rota Senator Paul Manglona, comes as Guam prepares for an... [more]

Union regrets as New Caledonia tension persists
A spokesman for the New Caledonian movement to free the jailed USTKE unionists says he deplores the mistakes made during the three months of tensions before an agreement was reached... [more]

Health board loses sick leave case
The Employment Relations Authority has ruled that a woman whose sick leave was capped by Bay of Plenty District Health Board after a long period of illness does have a personal grievance against her former employer. [more]

Rate of self-harm hospitalisations fall
Men aged 35 to 39 and women aged 15 to 19 have the highest rate of hospitalisations for intentional self-harm, Ministry of Health figures show. [more]

Fiji regime silence aids speculation about fresh Bainimarama presidency
A Fiji academic says there's speculation about whether the interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama will soon become President. An announcement on the presidency is expected after the next week's cabinet... [more]

Solomons cabinet to defuse entitlement row as strike looms
The Solomon Islands cabinet is to meet today to discuss ways of averting a public sector strike next week. The Solomon Islands Public Employees Union has submitted a list of... [more]

Fire forces transport agency staff from office
About 300 staff at the New Zealand Transport Agency's head office in central Wellington have had to move out because of an early morning fire at a cafe below. [more]

Grape crop 'must be cut further'
The New Zealand Winegrowers chairman says the industry must learn from the mistakes of last year, when for the first time wine production exceeded demand. [more]

Clark ranked 60th most powerful woman
Former Prime Minister Helen Clark has made the annual Forbes list of the world's 100 most powerful women. [more]

Subdued celebration to mark Hawaii statehood
The organiser of historical walking tours to mark Hawaii's 50th anniversary of statehood says the occasion is being viewed as a commemoration rather than a celebration. It's 50 years tomorrow... [more]

New Caledonia rally to mark peaceful bid to free jailed unionists
A spokesman for New Caledonia's movement supporting the jailed USTKE unionists says this Saturday's demonstration will be a way to show they always favoured peaceful processes. Christian Tein says the... [more]

PNG group queries forestry process change
Papua New Guinea's Eco-Forestry Forum has raised questions over who will control the downstream processing for which all new allocations of PNG natural forest permits will be issued from next... [more]

Nailatikau tipped as popular choice for Fiji presidency
There's speculation that Fiji's interim Prime Minister may soon take over the presidency, but an academic says the acting president Ratu Epeli Nailatikau would be a popular choice. An announcement... [more]

Airline searched as French Polynesia's OPT probe accelerates
Investigators in French Polynesia have accelerated searches as part of an investigation into alleged corruption and abuse of public funds in the running of the state-owned OPT telecommunications company. Tahitipresse... [more]

Man charged over Ruatoria shooting
A man has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm following a shooting in Ruatoria, on the East Coast. [more]

All Black coach calls for rules overhaul
The All Blacks coach Graham Henry says rugby's rules need another overhaul to improve the game as a spectacle. Henry says says rugby's "disappointing" with the trend toward relentless kicking ... [more]

Serena Williams aavenges sister's loss
The women's tennis world number two Serena Williams is into the quarter-finals at the Toronto Cup WTA tournament in Canada after a straight sets win over Alona Bondarenko whose sister ... [more]

Burress pleads guilty to gun charge, faces 2 yearRS
The former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress has pleaded guilty to a gun possession charge and agreed to a two-year prison sentence in what the Super Bowl hero's ... [more]

Any defence changes must serve NZ interests - PM
Prime Minister John Key says the Government will not agree to any changes to its defence policy which do not serve New Zealand's interests. [more]

Govt to make decision on Maori super-city seats soon
Prime Minister John Key says the Cabinet will decide within about two weeks whether there will be Maori seats on Auckland's super-city council. [more]

Tongan royal calls for unity in face of ferry tragedy
Tonga's Crown Prince, Tupouto'a Lavaka, has called on Tongans to put aside differences and work together as the country confronts what he calls its greatest crisis since the influenza epidemic... [more]

Tonga extends emergency regulations
Tonga's Privy Council has approved a cabinet decision to extend emergency regulations in the capital for another month. The regulations, which were first put in place in Nuku'alofa after riots... [more]

Samoa drive switch campaign sabotaged
In Samoa, villagers, angry at the Government's decision that the country will soon start driving on the other side of the road, have begun altering or removing road signs directing... [more]

Road closure disrupts holidaymakers' plans
Dozens of holidaymakers in central Otago have had to spend an unexpected extra night in the area after a crash closed the Lindis Pass. Eight people were injured in the collision, one critically. [more]

One-day alcohol ban in New Caledonia as demo looms
The French authorities have banned the sale of alcohol in the New Caledonian capital, Noumea, tomorrow. The restriction will be in force from five in the morning until nine at... [more]

American Samoan senator takes up CNMI job
American Samoa's senator Utu Abe Malae has accepted an executive post with the utility provider in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Utu says he was approached recently by... [more]

CNMI drugs bust nets three Chinese
US federal and local police have this week have arrested three suspected suppliers in the biggest haul of methamphetamine in the Northern Marianas. The trio allegedly had an estimated half... [more]

Fears for PNG highway collapse
There are fears in Papua New Guinea that a section of the Trans-Highlands Highway connecting Port Moresby and the Gulf Province will collapse because part of the culvert has fallen... [more]

Vanuatu's outgoing President to be nominated for role again
The secretary to Vanuatu's outgoing President Kalkot Mataskelekele says he will be nominated for a second term in response to popular demand. Mr Mataskelekele's five-year term as President ended last... [more]

Gua meeting discusses reef management
Coral reef managers and scientists from across Micronesia have been meeting in Guam this week to learn about building resilience into reef management and the tools available to address the... [more]

13 more HIV cases registered in Fiji
Authorities in Fiji say 13 new cases of HIV/AIDS have taken the country's confirmed total of victims to 303. The Fiji Times reports family health national advisor Dr Josaia Samuela... [more]

Niue remembers local Tongan ferry accident victim
About half the population of Niue has attended a memorial service for a young policewoman who perished in the Tongan ferry accident two weeks ago. Sisiliah Puleheloto was serving with... [more]

NZ loses Under 21 netball final
The New Zealand Under 21 netballers have lost the world youth championship final to Australlia in Rarotonga . The defending champions conceded early turnovers and Australia raced to a 21-5 ... [more]

NZ division drags down Westpac profits
Australian bank Westpac says its New Zealand division is proving a drag on profits. [more]

NZX loses ground on Friday
The New Zealand share market ended the trading week down on Friday. [more]

Bill promotes voluntary student group membership
ACT MP Sir Roger Douglas has had a bill drawn from the members' ballot which would end the compulsory membership of student associations. [more]

Mahe Drysdale says he's in great shape
The three -time defending world single sculls champion Mahe Drysdale feels he's in possibly the best shape of his career heading into the World rowing championships in Poland. Following his ... [more]

Kiwifruit growers agree safety when spraying crops a must
The kiwifruit industry is acknowledging the need for tougher penalties for growers and contractors who fail to adhere to safety guidelines when spraying crops. [more]

NZ, Australia join forces to host space telescope
The New Zealand and Australian governments are joining forces to bid for a $3.1 billion international science project, with the potential to revolutionise people's understanding of the universe. [more]

Wellington police hunt for gang member
Police are seeking the public's help to locate a gang member who has breached his bail conditions. [more]

Two more swine flu fatalities in New Caledonia
Two more people in New Caledonia have died of swine flu after the first fatality was reported this week. The health authorities say the latest victims are a 58-year-old woman... [more]

Big jump in Australian tourist numbers
The number of visitors from Australia rose 20% in July compared with the same month a year ago, helping offset a lower number of people from Europe and Asia choosing to visit the country. [more]