Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 27th August 2009

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Parliament - Question Time, Rural News, Upbeat

Afternoons

The best song ever written
Murray Loveridge of Wanganui chooses 'Its All Over Now' by The Rolling Stones. [more]

Your Place - Whangamomona
Today we follow the road they call"The Forgotten Highway"through the dense, bush-covered craggy hills of the central North Island. [more]

Ladytakers
Residents of Central Otago can now depart this world as they entered it - with a womans touch. [more]

He Rourou for 27 August 2009
It's our last interview with Ngati Kahungunu varsity student Sonny Cooper, who's currently moonlighting as an actor in the play 'Te Kumara Reka'. [more]

Feature Album
'Deserter's Songs' by Mercury Rev. [more]

The Arts Report with Lynn Freeman
Lynn Freeman talks with the man behind the Auckland Art Gallery's $113 million development project, Sydney-based architect Richard Francis-Jones; plus, a little accordion music to introduce our first arts story. [more]

Christchurch Story with Katy Gosset
Christchurch was recently the scene of a great battle between sworn enemies - the Mods and the Rockers. The scooter and motorbike groups were painted as traditional foes in 1960s Britain, sparking concern about youth gang culture. Our Christchurch correspondent, Katy Gosset, watched as local bike and scooter enthusiasts recreated the historic spat last weekend. [more]

Science with Ruth Beran
We meet one of the finalists in the 2009 MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year Awards. John Watt from Victoria University is creating"nano-crystals"of palladium in a way that minimises the amount of metal used while also increasing the performance. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
With Ali Ikram and Irene Gardiner. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
With Ali Ikram and Irene Gardiner. [more]

Business News

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

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

Midday Business News for 27 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]

Checkpoint

Conservation land assessed for mining
The government wants some of the most highly protected conservation land opened up for mining. [more]

Record amount to be spent on transport infrastructure
A record $8.7 billion will be spent on the country's transport system over the next three years. [more]

Police investigate fatal Papatoetoe stabbing
The police in South Auckland hope witness statements and a scene examination will shed more light on what happened to a man found dead in a car this morning. [more]

Schoolboys hailed as heroes
Five Auckland schoolboys are being celebrated as heroes after stopping a brutal attack on a bus driver. [more]

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

Collins attacks union boss over"jet-set lifestyle"
The Corrections Minister, Judith Collins, has launched a stinging attack against the president of a prison officers' union over his expense claims. [more]

Fears swine flu protocol delayed ambulance despatch
The St John Ambulance Service is investigating whether the handling of 111 calls over swine flu led to potentally deadly delays in ambulances being dispatched. [more]

Minister under pressure to clarify meeting cancellation
The Minister of Labour is under pressure to explain the exact reason for cancelling a meeting with the executive of the National Distribution Union earlier in the week. [more]

Inmate taken hostage at Paremoremo
An inmate at Auckland Prison has taken a fellow prisoner hostage. The Department of Corrections says the police have been called in to the maximum security facility in Paremoremo to help. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Government moves to shift more responsibility to builders
The Government wants builders rather than local bodies to take more responsibility for ensuring homes are properly built. [more]

Builders could self-certify their work
John Gray is President of the Homeowners and Buyers Association, a group which emerged out of the leaky homes scandal. He says allowing builders to certify their own work is a risk. [more]

Bosses oblivious to poor staff morale
Managers are being warned that they're ignoring poor staff morale at their peril. [more]

Govt looks at opening treasured DoC land to miners
The government wants the most highly protected conservation land opened up for mining. [more]

Air NZ says it's in strong position despite profit slump
Air New Zealand has managed to keep its books out of the red, despite what it calls an extremely challenging financial year that's seen demand slump, and costs increase. [more]

ETS support looks shaky
The Labour Party says there are smelly political deals going on behind closed doors between National and its support parties over the Emissions Trading Scheme. [more]

Trade deficit improving slowly
The deficit between what the country imports and what it exports showed signs of improvement last month. [more]

Edward Kennedy's humour lives on
Ted Kennedy, known as the"lion of the senate", has passed away but his spirit and humour lives on. [more]

Consents hearing on Mahia development ends
Opponents of plans by a former All Black for a small housing development in northern Hawke's Bay say it's divided families and caused considerable social harm. [more]

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

Multi-million dollar ski resort planned for Canterbury
The owners of Canterbury's second largest ski field are planning a European-style ski resort to attract visitors to the area. [more]

Top sixties songwriter dies
One of the world's most accomplished female songwriters, Ellie Greenwich, has died of a heart attack at the age of 68. [more]

East Timor: No justice ten years after independence vote
It's ten years since East Timor voted for independence from Indonesia, and the human rights group, Amnesty International, says there's still been no justice for the victims. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Hostage update
An update on the hostage situation at Auckland Prison. [more]

Cantebury Regional Council Chairman faces challenge
The Cantebury Regional Council has passed a vote of no confidence in its Chairperson Sir Kerry Burke. [more]

Hundreds of army personnel could transfer to Trentham
Upper Hutt City could become home for several hundred army personnel if a plan to lease a vacant Ministry of Education site goes ahead. [more]

Mystery over Russian ship deepens
The mystery of the Russian merchant ship 'The Arctic Sea' deepens. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Whitebait
They're the quintessential kiwi delicacy, up there with Bluff oysters and Marlborough sav, but whitebait are a privilege - not a right. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 27 August 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 27 August 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for 27 August 2009
Immigration dismisses claim ruling could let overstayers return; Sean Plunket talks to the head of legal services for Immigration New Zealand, Graham Buchanan; $84 million to tackle youth offending; Top pay packets 'obscene'; Major parties unite against new pro-smacking Bill; Government alters tenure review process; Fresh appeal for Maori Supercity seats. [more]

Famers have concerns at Fonterra chiefs pay
There's growing criticism of top executive salaries following revelations that Telecom boss Paul Reynolds is paid 5 million dollars a year. [more]

Pacific news for 27 August 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Youth worker says youth offending funds could be better spent
Opinion is divided over a Government scheme to keep young people out of trouble, with one South Auckland social worker describing a raft of packages announced yesterday as misdirected. [more]

Residents pleased park not contaminated
A former landfill, turned park, in New Plymouth has been given the all clear from contamination. [more]

Overstayers could be allowed to return after court ruling
The Immigration Service is dismissing claims that hundreds of overstayers kicked out of the country could be allowed to return thanks to a ruling from the Supreme Court. [more]

Immigration New Zealand responds
A spokesperson for the Minister of Immigration said the decision was still being studied and the minister would not be available to be interviewed. Sean Plunket talks to the head of legal services for Immigration New Zealand, Graham Buchanan. [more]

$84 million to tackle youth offending
The Government has announced plans to spend 84 million dollars over the next four years to curb youth offending. [more]

Top pay packets described as obscene
There's growing criticism of the salaries paid to chief executives, with the former head of the New Zealand Institute of Management describing some pay packets as obscene. [more]

Smacking supporters face another setback
Smacking supporters are likely to face another setback as a new bill allowing smacking for correctional purposes looks set to fail. [more]

Government alters tenure review process
The Government is reversing the previous administration's policy of buying up high-country land to protect it from intensive farming and development. [more]

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

Fresh appeal for Maori SuperCity seats
The minority City Vision-Labour faction on the Auckland City Council has launched its own appeal to the Government to give Maori special seats on the new super city council. [more]

Vettori joins exclusive group of cricketers
The New Zealand cricket captain Daniel Vettori has joined an elite group of players to have achieved the game's ultimate double - 3000 runs and 300 wickets in test cricket. [more]

Italy PM facing renewed assault on his private life
Italy's flamboyant Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is facing a renewed assault on his private life. [more]

Lawyer looks to sign up overstayers after court ruling
The Immigration Service is dismissing claims that overstayers kicked out of the country over the last 15 years could be allowed to return thanks to a Supreme Court ruling. [more]

Youth offending funds aim to spark ideas
84 million dollars will be spent over the next four years in a Government push to curb youth offending. [more]

Youth advocate says offender plan not deep enough
For more comment on the new initiatives to prevent youth offending, Geoff Robinson talks to author, consultant and ex-prison officer Celia Lashlie. [more]

America mourns Ted Kennedy
America is mourning a man who has been dubbed by President Obama as a"singular figure in American history." [more]

Asparagus growers leaving in droves
It's a taste of New Zealand summer, but is it under threat? Asparagus growers are leaving the industry in droves, put off by low returns and high land prices. [more]

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

New burgers a cash boost for farmers
A new serving on McDonald's fast food menu is set to boost New Zealand's meat industry by 5 million dollars. [more]

Surgery checklist preventing mistakes
Hospital specialists say the use of a simple checklist before surgery is already preventing mistakes. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Rural principals say they'll lose out under Kiwisport
Some rural principals say their schools will lose out under the new Kiwisport funding scheme. [more]

Loch Ness monster captured by Google Earth
The Loch Ness Monster does exist - that is if you believe an image found on Google Earth. [more]

Nights

DNA for sale
Dr Luigi Palombi, Director of the Genetic Sequence Right Project, discusses the issues and implications of gene patenting, in light of the public hearings which have begun with the Australian Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs. [more]

Body Parts - Human Biology
Professor Jean Fleming, Endocrinologist at the University of Otago, on the biology of the human body boiled down - immune defense system. [more]

Conundrum clue 7
Conundrum clue 7. [more]

Conundrum clue 8
Conundrum clue 8 [more]

Nine To Noon

The death of Ted Kennedy
Has the dynasty's of one of America's most fabled families come to an end with the death of Senator Edward Kennedy? [more]

Donations to charities - how much goes to those in need?
Several charities have come under fire recently for their high administration costs. How do we find out where our donations go and how much is acceptable when it comes to overheads for charities? [more]

Cadbury going fair trade
Cadbury have decided to become fair trade certifide. Is this just a ploy to win back public opinion? [more]

UK correspondent
Kate Adie reports in from the UK. [more]

Feature guest - Undercover cop
Robert Earle, not his real name, has witnessed the very worst in human behaviour. He went undercover to help track down criminals involved in child prostitution and pornography, sexual slavery, human trafficking and sex tourism. [more]

Book Review - Border Songs
Kate Blackhurst reviews 'Border Song's by Jim Lynch. Published by Bloomsbury. [more]

New Technology
Colin Jackson talks about star gazing. [more]

Parenting
Today Nigel Latta talks about separation, divorce and how it affects children. [more]

Television
Reviews 'When the levy broke' and 'Seven days'. [more]

Our Changing World

MacDiarmid Young Scientists of the Year
Ruth Beran interviews John Watt, the winner of the 2009 MacDiarmid Young Scientists of the Year awards [more]

New Vertebrate Collection Facility at Te Papa
Collection manager Andrew Stewart gives Alison Ballance a tour of the new Vertebrate Collection Facility at Te Papa Tongarewa [more]

Analysing Air Quality with a Particle Accelerator
Perry Davy, Bernard Barry and John Futter explain how a particle accelerator works, and how air pollution can be analysed [more]

Zebrafish Facility at the University of Otago
Julia Horsfield and Jenny Rhodes explain how zebrafish are helping in genetic research into diseases like human cancers [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question time for 27 August 2009
1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by the answer given on his behalf that the National-led Government has a strong relationship with its support partners? ; 2. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How many young people will benefit from the Governments youth programmes announced yesterday? 3. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he still stand by his policy to deliver better, sooner, and more convenient health care? 4. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What support is being offered to Maori training providers to remain viable, following cuts to the Training Opportunities Programmes? 5. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Transport: What investments have been announced today in New Zealands land transport network? 6. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What consultation did she undertake in preparation for the Education (Polytechnics) Amendment Bill? 7. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Police: Who decides what the operational tolerances are when deciding whether to investigate or prosecute people for smacking children? 8. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Labour: Does she stand by all answers to supplementary questions given on her behalf in the House yesterday; if not, which were not accurate? 9. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Corrections: Is she aware of any initiatives to increase capacity at existing prisons? 10. BRENDON BURNS to the Minister of Health: Can he confirm that his review of the Drinking Water Assistance Programme to see if it aligns with Government priorities and provide(s) value for money in the health sector will mean only the poorest of communities will soon be eligible for already funded money to make their water safe to drink? 11. SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations: What progress is the Government making towards its goal of settling historical Treaty claims by 2014? 12. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Agriculture: Does he share the concerns of the New Zealand Grain Council that New Zealands use of a million tonnes of palm kernel to feed dairy cows is aiding and abetting the destruction of the South East Asian jungle habitat, and the concerns of Federated Farmers that palm kernel is also threatening the viability of [New Zealand] maize production for stock feed; if so, what course of action will he take to address these concerns? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 27 August 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 27 August 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Upbeat

Patrick Nolan
Director of New Zealand Opera's upcoming production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin . [more]

Keith Chapin
New contributor Keith Chapin talks about the history of counterpoint. [more]

John O'Donnell
Australian keyboardist and musicologist who's giving a recital of Bach's Art of Fugue at Auckland University's Music Theatre tomorrow night. [more]

News stories:

Dunedin visitors want hangi - not haggis
A report commissioned by the Dunedin City Council has found visitors to Dunedin want hangi - not haggis. [more]

Summer drilling in Taranaki basin
New Zealand Oil & Gas has taken a 40% stake in the Albacore oil and gas permit in the Taranaki basin. The company plans to start drilling at four new locations this summer. [more]

Oyster Bay profit down
Oyster Bay Vineyards has reported a 45% drop in its full year profit, to $1.5 million. Sales dropped by more than $4 million. [more]

Differences set aside for marae event
The people of Ngati Hamua have set aside a longstanding iwi dispute to celebrate the opening of a new marae at Pahiatua. [more]

Toyota to suspend production line
Toyota is to suspend production for more than a year at a domestic production line in Japan. Output will be reduced by 220,000 vehicles. [more]

Violence between Millwall and West Ham fans
A man has been stabbed after hundreds of fans clashed outside West Ham United's stadium before their 3-1 League Cup win over London rivals Millwall. The Metropolitan Police say the ... [more]

NZ A closes tour with emphatic win
The New Zealand A cricketers have closed their tour of India campaign with a 146 run one day win in Chennai over a strong local side with several current or ... [more]

Federer, Safina top seeds for US Open
The five-times defending champion Roger Federer and Dinara Safina will be the top seeds at the US Tennis Open. Federer is the top seed for the fifth time in New ... [more]

Rally NZ confirms Auckland move
Rally New Zealand has confirmed the local round of the FIA World Championship, will return to Auckland next year. Organisers have sealed an agreement with the Auckland City Council to ... [more]

Football referee arrested on marijuana smoking warrant
A Peruvian football referee who was to officiate at a match in Chile was arrested upon arrival, on an outstanding warrant relating to a 1997 marijuana case. Chilean police took ... [more]

Tall Blacks humiliate Australia
The Australian men's basketball coach Brett Brown gave full credit to the Tall Blacks after the home side's record win over the Boomers in Tuesday night's second and deciding match ... [more]

Bad starts for Black Sticks at Oceania Cup
The New Zealand men's and women's hockey teams have lost to Australia in their opening matches at the Oceania Cup tournament at Invercargill. The Black Sticks men led twice with ... [more]

Ponting home to face the music
The Ashes-losing cricket captain Ricky Ponting has told Australian journalists he's determined to carry on as captain, and could even return to England for another attempt in 2013. Ponting, the ... [more]

Vettori now officially one of the greats
Sir Richard Hadlee... Kapil Dev... Sir Ian Botham... Imran Khan... Dan Vettori. The New Zealand cricket captain's become just the eighth member of the 300 club -- the first left-arm ... [more]

Maradona puts 'second-best' Pele in his place
Argentina's football coach Diego Maradona insists that Brazilian legend Pele is the second best player ever after himself. A FIFA internet poll in 2000 saw Maradona, who will lead the ... [more]

Silver Ferns beaten again
The Silver Ferns have lost again to a World Seven netball team. New captain Casey Williams says a loss is always disappointing, but she believes her side was better this time. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Thursday's papers: Defence Force considers moving 1000 more personnel to Upper Hutt; smacking controversy set to reignite; no heir apparent seen for Kennedy family. [more]

Positive outlook seen by Goodman Fielder
Australasian food group Goodman Fielder says next year is looking positive, despite commodities remaining volatile. [more]

Fiji Water hoping to break into markets in Middle East and Asia
One of Fiji's biggest exports, Fiji Water is hoping to break into non-traditional markets after the global economic downturn affected sales in the United States. The Fiji Live websites reports... [more]

Paine set for one-day debut
Young Australian wicketkeeper Tim Paine is looking forward to making his one-day international cricket debut against Scotland. The 24-year-old Tasmanian will take up his position behind the stumps in Edinburgh ... [more]

US markets up after brief surge
Stocks on Wall Street closed slightly higher on Thursday. Earlier, there was a brief surge after new data showed home sales rose by 9.6% in July, for the fourth consecutive month. [more]

Traditional carvings going on show
Twenty years of traditional carvings are going on show at a new gallery in Havelock. They tell the story of Rangitane, an upper South Island iwi. [more]

Shortage of asparagus predicted
There are predictions of an asparagus shortage as growers look to leave the industry. [more]

Three in hospital after neighbourhood fight
Three men having a barbecue at their south Auckland home are in Middlemore hospital after a fight with party-goers at a neighbouring property. [more]

Rural school sport funding queried
Some rural principals say their schools will lose out under the Government's new KiwiSport fund. However, Sports Minister Murray McCully says schools will also have access to funding through regional sports trusts. [more]

Fourth man charged over attack on Chinese tourists
A fourth man has now been charged by police in the Far North over the knifepoint robbery of three Chinese tourists last Friday. [more]

Man charged after bridge fall committed to trial
The director of a bridge-swinging company has been committed to trial for the manslaughter of a teenage girl who fell to her death. [more]

Residents remain cautious about park
People living near Marfell Park in New Plymouth say they will remain cautious about contamination at the former landfill, even though a report shows it does not pose a health risk. [more]

Tonga's squash industry faces increasing costs
A squash exporter in Tonga says he's committed to ensuring the survival of the local squash industry despite a notable drop in crop numbers on last year. The director of... [more]

Williams gutted about loss to composite world sevens side
The new Silver Ferns captain Casey Williams' tenure has got off to a disastrous start, losing the three-match series to the World Sevens. The Ferns, coming off a 48-44 loss ... [more]

De Villiers happy with dull up and under style of rugby
The outspoken South African rugby coach Peter de Villiers is claiming the Springboks are leading the way with their successful high-ball kicking game, which has been attacked for reducing the ... [more]

Carter, McCaw and Thorn in Canterbury team for Shield clash
Canterbury's called in its All Black reinforcements for the Ranfurly Shield challenge against Wellington on Saturday night. Dan Carter, Richie McCaw and Brad Thorn will start for Canterbury along with ... [more]

Arsenal outclass Celtic in Champions League qualification
As expected, English Premier League football club Arsenal were too much for Scottish Premier League side Celtic as the Londoners eased into the group stages of the Champions League with ... [more]

Spurs' good form continues, Wigan out
The English football Premiership leaders Tottenham Hotspur have notched a fourth win in as many matches with a comfortable 5-1 victory over second division Doncaster Rovers in the League Cup. ... [more]

American Samoa moves to criminalize act of stalking
Lawmakers in American Samoa are moving to criminalize the acting of stalking, with a bill introduced in the House of Representatives. The measure says stalking is when a person purposely... [more]

England rugby chief pledges cleanup after "bloodgate"
English rugby's chief executive Francis Baron has vowed to leave no stone unturned in a bid to re-establish the integrity of the game in England in the aftermath of the ... [more]

Former NZ Immigration Minister says deported Samoans could regain entry to NZ
A former New Zealand Immigration Minister, now an immigration consultant, Tuariki John Delamere, says he believes hundreds of deported Samoan overstayers could regain entry to New Zealand. In July, a... [more]

Tautua Samoa considers court action against electoral amendment
The non-registered Tautua Samoa party in Samoa is considering possible court action if an amendment in the government's electoral legislation is endorsed by Parliament. The Tautua Samoa party says its... [more]

Referendum organiser wants "personal audience" with PM
The organiser of the anti-smacking referendum wants a "personal audience" with Prime Minister John Key. [more]

Abano to sell audiology business
Abano Healthcare is selling its New Zealand audiology business to an Australian company for $158 million. [more]

Name suppression lifted on murder accused
Name suppression has been lifted for a man charged with the murder of a man in Christchurch on Tuesday evening. [more]

Skellerup sales down
Skellerup says the global recession has hit its industrial arm hard, with profit falling by a third. Revenue rose 5%, but sales fell heavily in the second half of the year. [more]

Metlifecare doubles loss
Metlifecare has more than doubled its loss to $115.7 million in its full year results. [more]

Profit down 65% at Nuplex
Nuplex has seen its profit slump 65% to $16.7 million in the year to June due to the global recession. Gross earnings for the resins and chemicals maker fell 25% to $91.5 million. [more]

15 candidates stand for Vanuatu presidency
The names of 15 candidates have been submitted to Vanuatu's electoral office for Tuesday's election of a new president. The office says the names of the 13 men and two... [more]

PNG Chamber of Mine and Petroleum opposes mining bill
Papua New Guinea's Chamber of Mine and Petroleum has warned that proposed changes to the Mining Act 1992 would cripple future resource development in the country. Proposed amendments in a... [more]

Samoa PM calls for end to road sign vandalism
Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele is appealing to the public to protect the road signs being erected as part of the public awareness campaign to ensure public safety when the... [more]

Medical students help in American Samoa's Manu'a islands
Medical students from the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii at Manoa who are currently in Manu'a, have seen more than 100 patients in several... [more]

Police inquiry after man found dead in car
Police have begun a homicide inquiry after a man was found dead in a car in Papatoetoe. A second person has been taken to Middlemore hospital. [more]

English to visit financial capitals
Finance Minister Bill English will outline the Government's plan for economic recovery to international lenders during a visit to Japan and the United States next week. [more]

Wake-up call seen for NZ meat industry
Meat & Wool New Zealand says the meat industry has been served a wake-up call to get on with the job of developing a new strategy. [more]

Improvements may save health sector $100m - Ryall
Health Minister Tony Ryall says quality and safety improvements in health could free up about $100 million per year and provide 20,000 extra operations. [more]

Defence Force may redevelop CIT campus
The Defence Force is considering redeveloping the vacant Central Institute of Technology campus at Trentham in Upper Hutt. Several hundred defence staff could be redeployed. [more]

Funding for community groups to help young
The Government is providing $4.6 million in funding to encourage community groups to find ways of helping their own at-risk children. [more]

Labour to seek mandatory Maori super-council seats
The Labour Party will try to make changes to a bill in Parliament to ensure Maori seats are mandatory on the new Auckland super-council. [more]

Divisions described over Mahia development
Opponents of a proposed housing development on Mahia Peninsula in northern Hawke's Bay, say the issue has divided the community. A decision on the application has been reserved. [more]

Study to look at Auckland underground rail tunnel
A detailed study will be conducted into the route of a possible underground rail tunnel through downtown Auckland. [more]

Guam senators deplore missing US navy secretary
The 15 senators of Guam's legislature say they are disappointed that the Secretary of the US Navy did not meet them on his recent visit to the territory. Ray Mabus... [more]

FFA surveillance nets errant vessels across region
The Forum Fisheries Agency reports that three vessels have been forced into ports during a major surveillance operation. Operation Kurukuru, involving four aircraft and eight patrol boats, covered an area... [more]

PNG gears up for Kandep by-election
The by-election for the Kandep Open electorate in Papua New Guinea's Enga Province is to begin in two weeks with polling on November 9th. The by-election comes after a former... [more]

Greenpeace urges Australian government to ban imports of illegally logged timber
The environmental group Greenpeace is calling on the Australian government to honour an election promise to ban the importation of timber and wood products logged illegally overseas, after reports the... [more]

Review of travel perks for convicted MPs
Parliament is to look at removing the travel perks of MPs convicted of criminal offences. [more]

New Zealand telethon to help raise funds after Tongan ferry tragedy
Two small New Zealand television stations Triangle and Stratos will screen a two hour telethon on Sunday night to help families of victims of the recent Tongan ferry disaster. The... [more]

Further call to free jailed New Caledonian unionist
The small French left-wing NPA party has called for the immediate release of the jailed New Caledonian union leader, Gerard Jodar, who is serving a one-year prison term for his... [more]

Cooks submits shelf claim to UN Commission
The Cook Islands government says its presentation to the United Nations to claim over 400,000 square kilometres of continental shelf has gone very well. The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign... [more]

Funding approved for prison container unit
The Cabinet has approved funding for the construction of a 60-bed container unit at Rimutaka Prison in Upper Hutt, north of Wellington. It will be in use by March 2010. [more]

Port strike threat defers French Polynesia ferry decision
The French Polynesian government has put off a decision to give a licence for the high-speed ferry King Tamatoa amid a threat of a port strike. Ship operators threatened to... [more]

Biggest Pacific maritime surveillance operation finds less illegal fishing
The Pacific's biggest annual hunt for illegal maritime activities has been hailed a success by the Forum Fisheries Agency. The FFA ran this year's Operation Kurukuru, coordinated inter-country surveillance to... [more]

Minister under pressure to clarify meeting cancellation
The Minister of Labour is being called upon to clarify why she cancelled a meeting with the National Distribution Union earlier this week. [more]

McAlister and Smith to miss rest of Tri Nations
Injured All Blacks midfielders Luke McAlister and Conrad Smith will miss the rest of the Tri Nations. McAlister fractured his right cheekbone in a heavy tackle in the weekend's Bledisloe ... [more]

Prison union boss criticised over expense claims
Corrections Minister Judith Collins has launched a stinging attack against the president of a prison officers' union over his expense claims. [more]

Government changes High Country policy
The Government is reversing the previous administration's policy of buying High Country land to protect it from intensive farming and development. [more]

Gap seen in market for Maori expertise
A new recruitment company sees a gap in the market for Maori expertise. [more]

Record amount to be spent on transport infrastructure
The New Zealand Transport Agency is to spend a record $8.7 billion on state highways, roads and public transport to ease congestion and improve safety over the next three years. [more]

Telecom breached compliance rules
Telecom has breached compliance rules by offering loyalty discounts to some wholesale customers. [more]

Top science award for emissions research
A University of Victoria student whose research could result in a cheap, effective way of removing toxic pollutants from vehicle emissions is the 2009 MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year. [more]

Imports down nearly 21%
The value of merchandise imports fell by 20.9% in July - their second largest monthly fall in 16 years. [more]

Air New Zealand profit plummets
Air New Zealand's annual profit is down by 90% due to the global economy but the airline says it is doing better than most of its rivals. After-tax profit has fallen from $218 million to $21 million. [more]

Side deals being done over emissions scheme - Labour
The Labour Party believes there are smelly political deals going on behind closed doors over support for the Emissions Trading Scheme. [more]

NZ market lower at close of trade
The New Zealand share market was down 14 points, or 0.47%, to 3076 at the close of trade on Thursday on turnover of $82 million. [more]

Select committee not addressing key issue - law firm
Law firm Chapman Tripp says a Parliamentary select committee inquiry into finance company collapses is not addressing a key area - that of the failure of enforcement. [more]

Delamere says deported Samoans could regain entry
Former Immigration Minister and immigration consultant Tuariki John Delamere says he believes hundreds of deported Samoan overstayers could regain entry to New Zealand. [more]

Government defers mandatory folic acid in bread
Introduction of mandatory fortification of bread with folic acid will be deferred until May 2012. [more]

Smacking referendum organiser wants audience with PM
The organiser of the referendum on smacking wants a "personal audience" with Prime Minister John Key. [more]

Pruning of top pay packets urged
There are calls for the pay of top executives in New Zealand to be pruned. [more]

Maori Council to keep fighting Treaty water issue
The New Zealand Maori Council is vowing to keep fighting for Maori ownership of water despite the High Court refusing leave to take the case to the Supreme Court over the issue. It is considering an appeal. [more]

Ambulance service investigates handling of flu calls
The St John Ambulance Service is investigating whether the use of a new procedure for handling emergency calls delayed ambulances at the height of swine flu. [more]

Onus on builders to take more responsibility for work
The Government wants builders rather than councils to take more responsibility for ensuring that homes are properly built. [more]