Radio New Zealand - Monday, 7th September 2009

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Eight months to Mars - Andrew Foster
Today one of our top theatre directors, and the driving force behind a"New Wave"of local theatre. [more]

Physical Education
Childhood games like Bullrush and Leap Frog are making a welcome comeback to school playgrounds. [more]

Home Killings
Our homes aren't necessarily our havens, with new figures showing Kiwi houses can be deadly places. [more]

He Rourou
In NZ only 2% of the occupational therapists workforce is Maori, but Maori make up 24% of their patients. [more]

Author slot - Mike Hyde
The new book: Twisting Throttle America: A Kiwi's Hilarious Trip Around America on the Smell of an Oily Rag. [more]

This way up feature - Netbook Shopping
Simon Morton goes shopping for a netbook. [more]

Science story- Solar Cells
A team of scientists from around the country have a dream. They want to create high efficiency, printable solar cells that could be incorporated into the roof of each house in New Zealand. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With today's guests Sue Wells and Jane Clifton. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With today's guests Sue Wells and Jane Clifton. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 7 September 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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

Midday Business News for 7 September 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 7 September 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 7 September 2009
News from the business sector. [more]


Mother charged after son critically injured
The sister of a three year old boy who was critically injured says her mother beat him with part of a vacuum cleaner because he wet the bed. [more]

Human trafficking"happening in New Zealand"
A prostitutes' organisation says New Zealanders need to take their heads out of the sand and realise that human trafficking is a reality in this country. [more]

Department of Labour's compliance manager
Steven Watson, the compliance manager for the Department of Labour. [more]

Ministers to get flat rate for accommodation
Ministers will now have to take care of their own accommodation arrangements in the Capital and will receive a flat rate to cover costs. [more]

Kim Clijsters beats Venus Williams at US Open
Belgian Kim Clijsters wiped the tears off her face as the crowd roared its approval at her win over Venus Williams. [more]

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

Treasury says unemployment won't go as high as predicted
The Treasury says there are signs of an economic recovery and it is now tipping the unemployment rate won't go as high as it earlier predicted. [more]

Second body set to be removed from Chch house
A police forensics team is close to removing a second body from beneath a house in suburban Christchurch. [more]

Taxi drivers say new council plan unfair
Auckland taxi drivers say punishing drivers who double park is not the way to solve traffic chaos in the central city. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Council keen to crack down on mystery plant
A mystery plant that's been found in a Whangarei forest is said to have all the hallmarks of a successful and dangerous invader [more]

Questions over sea worthiness of stricken Philippine ferry
There's speculation in the Philippines that the The"SuperFerry 9"which sank in calm seas over the weekend may have had a large hole in its hull. [more]

Micheal Moore to unveil 'Capitalism: A Love Story'
One of the most anticipated films of the Venice Film Festival is about to get its world premiere. [more]

ABs open test week with public practice session
The All Blacks have opened test week in Hamilton by holding a public training session and mixing with thousands of young fans. [more]

Lawyer says human trafficking does happen in NZ
A criminal lawyer says 2 Ukrainian women brought to New Zealand and forced to work in Auckland brothels are victims of human trafficking. [more]

British PM changes course on Libya
In a significant change of policy, the British government has announced it will help victims of IRA violence seek compensation from Libya, which supplied the Irish republican group with arms and explosives. [more]

Brown and Merkel call for urgent UN conference
Britain and Germany have called for an urgent UN conference before the year is out, to encourage Afghanistan to take control of its own future. [more]

US housing crisis: one year on
A year ago today two of America's biggest mortgage companies were rescued from the brink of collapse. [more]

Polls shows fewer people worried about financial crisis
The number of people worried about the global financial crisis has hit its lowest point for almost a year. [more]

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

UK correspondent
For the latest news from the UK, we're joined by our correspondent in London, Barney Burnham. [more]

Tired Doctors
Two doctors working in the state hospital system in Queensland say they've made deadly mistakes because of overwork. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Barack Obama's environmental adviser cries foul
US President Barak Obama's environmental advisor, Van Jones, has resigned after what he called a vicious smear campaign against him [more]

Kennedy's memoir leaked to press
Just days after Ted Kennedy's funeral the late senator's memoir has leaked out ahead of publication. [more]

Mexican cartels recruit American teenagers
A young American who worked as a paid assassin for the Mexican mafia says he believes it will be impossible to stop the multi-billion dollar drug cartels [more]

Auckland cycle group develops 'urban rides'
The wheels have been put in motion for a number of 'urban rides' to be considered as part of the New Zealand national cycleway. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 7 September 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 7 September 2009
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for Monday 7 September 2009
The long wait continues for Teesha Lowry's family as police continue a meticulous investigation at a christchurch house. Quotable value pooh poohs the idea of a resurgence in the housing market. Major disruptions to Auckland bus services loom. Fonterra scotches talk of any sharemarket listing. [more]

Government seeks public input for Defence Force review
The first in a series of meetings seeking public input for a review of the Defence Force were held in Auckland at the weekend. [more]

Pak n Save apologises for body searching 79 year old woman
The supermarket Pak'N'Save has apologised for breaching procedure by body-searching a 79-year-old woman suspected of shoplifting. [more]

Pacific news for Monday 7 September 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Quoatable Value says housing boom not on the horizon
New figures from the country's largest property information company show a spike in house prices has pulled the market out of the doldrums. [more]

Trade minister hopeful for renewed Doha trade talks
The Trade Minister says only time will tell whether a commitment to resume the Doha free trade negotiations will bear fruit. [more]

Families may endure wait to confirm Christchurch body
It will be tomorrow before the family of missing woman Tisha Lowry learns whether hers is the second body buried beneath the floorboards of a Christchurch house. [more]

QV says housing boom not on the horizon - Part 2
Quotable Value is pouring cold water on the idea New Zealand's seeing the beginning of another housing boom, despite a spike in property values. [more]

Major disruptions to Auckland buses looming this week
Major disruptions to Auckland bus services are looming with the company and drivers locked in a pay dispute. [more]

Fiji pressure should be mix of incentives, sanctions
The leader of Fiji's United People's Party says the interim prime minister will only hold elections when he is ready, no matter how much international pressure is applied. [more]

Dairy farmers await Fonterra revamp details but listing no go
Dairy farmers have to wait until next week to learn how country's largest company the dairy co-operative Fonterra proposes to revamp its finances. [more]

Commercial scallop harvest underway
New Zealand's main commercial scallop harvest gets underway today in the top of the South Island, with expectations of another disappointing season. [more]

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

Samoa braces for driving switch
From tomorrow, Samoa's cars will change from driving on the right hand side of the road to the left. [more]

Silver Ferns have upper hand in tussle with Aussies
The Silver Ferns have the upper hand over the Aussies having notched up a win in the first of a five game netball series over the weekend. [more]

Amphibious van pilots its way through Cook Strait
Two motor junkies have propelled themselves into New Zealand folklore, with the help of a floating Toyota Town Ace. [more]

Christchurch Mayor insists 'Garden City' safe
As we've heard this morning, the family of missing Christchurch woman Tisha Lowry might have to wait until tomorrow to learn whether hers is the body still buried beneath the floorboards of a Wainoni property. [more]

Auckland commuters face major bus disruption
Mass disruption to Auckland bus services appears inevitable, as an industrial dispute intensifies. [more]

House prices show modest rise but boom times still distant
House prices have risen for four consecutive months but don't expect a return to boom times. [more]

Aucklanders promised better lab tests within weeks
It's been a month since the medical company Labtests took over the 70-million dollar annual contract for community lab testing across Auckland. [more]

Drink driving policeman raises ire of ALAC
A senior police officer who is an instructor at the Police College in Porirua has pleaded guilty to drunk driving. [more]

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

The latest from the US Open
Both men's and women's defending champions have come closer to retaining their titles at the US Open. [more]

Students lack understanding of basic financial concepts
A survey's revealed many high school students are lacking understanding of even the most basic financial concepts. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Local leaders sacked in troubled Chinese region
In an unusual move there has been a very public sacking of a communist party leader and police chief in the troubled Chinese region of Xinjiang. [more]

Swine flu takes its toll on French passion
There are few things more quintessentially French than a quick kiss on the cheek as a greeting. [more]

Australian correspondent
from Melbourne, our corresponent Phil Kafcaloudes. [more]


Preserving Language
Professsor Tucker Childs on preserving endangered languages on the African continent. [more]

The Final Whistle
US sports analysis with Helene Elliott from the LA Times. [more]

Conundrum Clue
Conundrum Clue number 1. [more]

South Africa Report
Christi van der Westhuizen from Cape Town talks about Brandon Huntley, Caster Semenya and District 9. [more]

Conundrum Clue
Conundrum clue number 2. [more]

Nine To Noon

Senior police officer caught driving home drunk from police bar
Commenting on the issue is Wayne Annan, General Manager of Human Resources at the Police National Headquarters and Roger Brooking, clinical manager of ADAC - Alcohol and Drug Assessment and Counselling. [more]

Grandparents raising children
Jill Worrall is a social work policy and practice consultant and Trustee of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust. [more]

Teenage-proof rooms
Gilly Corkery is a Scottish interior designer who has created a prototype for a teenage-proof room. [more]

Europe correspondent - Seamus Kearney
Seamus Kearney, talks EU referendum in Ireland and elections in Greece. [more]

Feature guest - Martin Lindstrom
Brand futurist Martin Lindstrom has delved into the science behind why we buy - he tells us why some brands compel us to crave and how to protect ourselves from subliminal advertising. [more]

Book review - 'Car Fever'
Don Rood reviews 'Car Fever' by James May. Published by Hodder and Stoughton. [more]

Comments from both sides of the poltical fence, with Andrew Campbell and Matthew Hooton. [more]

Food and Wine
Todays guest chef is Lauraine Jacobs with wine choices from John Hawkesby. The dish is Snapper in Papillote with fennel, walnuts and parsley with an orange and mint salad. [more]

A Modest Proposal or Two with David Slack
David Slack takes a look at the weird and wonderful [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 7 September 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 7 September 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Nicholas Isherwood
US-based bass singer in the country to perform with Stroma new music ensemble. [more]

Michael Stewart
Tudor Consort music director talks about upcoming concert featuring six Bach Motets. [more]

Writers and Readers Festivals

Nicky Pellegrino and Sarah-Kate Lynch
"When you've been fired and made redundant, you tend to lose faith in the people who employ you. And you think that you might like to employ yourself for a while, because you can guarantee that you won't fire, or make yourself redundant. And you can guarantee to give yourself more holidays, and have whatever chair you like." This breezy, informative session features two popular New Zealand writers talking about the business of writing with humour, irony and self-deprecation. The audience reaction is vocal and delighted, as the conversation takes flight. Jim Mora acts as the ringmaster for a very lively hour. [more]

Sam Mahon and Greg McGee
"Although this is not the truth, it's actual." Beginning with readings from the self-described "odd men out" of New Zealand literature, this session traces Greg McGee's writing of a tv miniseries on Erebus story, and Sam Mahon's new manuscript about a funeral. Their conversation entertainingly surveys the literary, political, and arts scene in New Zealand, The author David Geary is in the chair. [more]

International authors on the next 100 Years
"I'm wondering if… we will have a more balanced hedonism, a more balanced understanding of pleasure, of the art of living. I would hope that… economists might begin to envisage more sustainable, but less dynamically growing economies that privilege values other than economic strength, because we know these are the things we like living for - the pleasures of life, love and art, and creativity. " Sean Plunket chairs an industrial-strength panel of leading international authors considering different visions of the future: Hendrick Hertzberg, Mohammed Kanif, Richard Holloway, Marcus Chown, James Surowiecki, and George Friedman. The stimulating discussion ranges widely, from economics, science, technology and theology to international culture. [more]

News stories:

Disruption looming for Auckland buses
Major disruptions to Auckland bus services are looming from Wednesday unless bus companies and drivers can resolve a pay dispute. [more]

Silver Ferns win first trans-Tasman netball game
The New Zealand netball team have drawn first blood in their trans-Tasman series, beating Australia 53-50 in the first test in Sydney. [more]

Rapid increase in American Samoa's population
The total general population of American Samoa more than doubled between the years 1980 and 2008 with the immigration population alone growing at a significantly faster rate. Statistics released by... [more]

Strengthening of Indonesia's environmental law enforcement could put spotlight on mines in Papua
The operators of major resource extraction projects in the Indonesian province of Papua could face tough criminal penalties if they are found to have caused excess levels of environmental pollution. [more]

Calls to stop coronation ceremony in Tahiti this week
Several associations in French Polynesia have called on the government and the French state to stop this week's planned installation of a new King in Tahiti. One of the claimants... [more]

Police in Fiji cancel permit for Law Society's AGM
Police in Fiji have confirmed the Law Society's annual general meeting has been cancelled. But no reason has been given by police for the decision. The President of the Fiji... [more]

American Samoa's Congressman backs Samoa's invitation to Fiji leader
American Samoa's Congressman, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, has welcomed a decision by Samoa's Prime Minister to invite Fiji's Commodore Frank Bainimarama to visit Samoa Faleomavaega, who chairs the U.S. House Subcommittee... [more]

Emergency services in Samoa demonstrate "how to" ahead of road switch tonight
The authorities in Samoa are giving demonstrations over how vehicles need to undertake switching sides of the road tonight Samoa is switching from driving on the right hand side of... [more]

3 more swine flu deaths in French Polynesia
Three more people have died of swine flu in French Polynesia, doubling the number of fatalities in the territory. The health ministry says the latest victims were two elderly people... [more]

Kiwi soldiers in trouble for emailing bomb photos
The Defence Force says three New Zealand soldiers in Afghanistan who emailed photographs of themselves posing with a bomb and machine-guns could be sent home. [more]

7.9 6:30 sports heads
Five-time world champion Sebastien Loeb has been stripped of victory and relegated to second place in the Rally of Australia because of a technical infringement with his Citroen car. Defending ... [more]

Badoer blames media for his F1 axing
Italian Luca Badoer has blamed the media for Ferrari's decision to replace him with compatriot Giancarlo Fisichella for the last five races of the Formula One season. The reserve driver, ... [more]

Deans keeping young team's feet on the ground
The Australian rugby coach Robbie Deans has warned his young players not to get carried away with their unexpected Tri-Nations win over South Africa. Deans was full of praise for ... [more]

Loeb robbed of Rally Australia crown
Five-time world champion Sebastien Loeb has been stripped of victory and relegated to second place in the Rally of Australia because of a technical infringement with his Citroen car. The ... [more]

Serena Williams eases into US Open quarter-finals
Defending champion Serena Williams has cruised into the quarter-finals of the US Open with a 6-2 6-love win over Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia. The second seed will play either Vera ... [more]

Monday's newspaper headlines
Senior Wellington police officer pleads guilty to drink driving; Dunedin and Queenstown consider joint bid for World Masters Games in 2017; Tree law change may help 'sneaky choppers'. [more]

Alcohol sale ban ahead of road switch in Samoa
The temporary ban on the sale of alcohol goes into affect in Samoa from tonight to help ensure a safe change in which side of the road the nation drives... [more]

Lack of boat visits mean supply shortage in American Samoa's Manu'a islands
The Manu'a islands in American Samoa are nearly out of petrol and essentials such as rice and sugar are in short supply. This is because there has not been a... [more]

Relocation programme for Carteret Islanders to Bougainville's main island almost at standstill
The relocation project to move Carteret Islanders to Bougainville is said to be almost at a standstill due to a lack in funds. For years the people of the Carteret... [more]

Journals of the Polynesian Society digitised
The Journal of the Polynesian Society in New Zealand says it's digitised its historic Polynesian journals to allay fears that the information would be lost to public use. About 100... [more]

Plans to promote American Samoa's uniqueness to travellers
The first Executive Director of the American Samoa Visitors Bureau says getting the word out about what the territory has to offer for travellers is one of his immediate goals. [more]

Fonterra backs down on offering shares to public
Fonterra has backed away from plans to list the company on the stock exchange in an attempt to broaden its capital base. [more]

Growers object to government cost-sharing plan
Horticultural growers say having to carry the cost of biosecurity is likely to drive some out of the industry. [more]

PNG ponders state of emergency in Morobe
A state of emergency is expected to be declared in Papua New Guinea this afternoon as a deadly outbreak of cholera spreads to the city of Lae in Morobe province. [more]

Firefighters in New Caledonia issue strike warning
Firefighters in New Caledonia's capital have threatened to strike from Thursday over a range of grievances. Radio New Caledonia reports that it is the third such warning by the main... [more]

Marshalls customary court seeks judges
Resolution of land and traditional title disputes in the Marshall Islands have ground to a halt as a key customary court has been without judges since early this year. Following... [more]

Li Na through to US Tennis Open quarter finals
China's Li Na has reached the quarter-finals of the US Open with a 6-2 6-3 win over Francesca Schiavone of Italy. Na will play the winner of the match between third ... [more]

French environment minister postpones trip to the Pacific
The French environment minister, Jean-Louis Borloo, has postponed a Pacific trip shortly after it was officially announced. Officials say his agenda has become too busy with discussions about a carbon... [more]

$77,000 in penalties for starving livestock
A North Canterbury farmer has been ordered to pay more than $77,000 in fines and costs after being prosecuted for allowing his livestock to starve. [more]

Wool exporters rethink position on levy
Wool exporters are proclaiming a new era for the embattled wool industry, now that it's to be rid of a levy-collecting body. [more]

Fonterra to outline plans for new capital structure
Dairy co-operative Fonterra is expected to outline its plans next week for overhauling its finances, after it ruled out listing the company on the sharemarket. [more]

Lamb to be tracked through supply chain
Dunedin based meat co-operative Silver Fern Farms has launched a pilot programme to track lamb through the supply chain, starting at the farm. [more]

Vanuatu opts for free primary school education from 2010
The Vanuatu Government has officially launched its policy to offer free primary education. The minister of Education, Charlot Salwai, says starting from next year education will be free for children... [more]

Number of reported HIV/Aids cases rise rapidly in Bougainville
The number of reported HIV/Aids cases has increased rapidly in the autonomous region Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, with fears many more are infected. The Leitana Nehan Women's Development Agency... [more]

Doubts surround planned Tahiti coronation
There is growing resistance in French Polynesia to plans by one of the claimants of the Tahitian royal title, Joinville Pomare, to be made king this week. Several traditional associations... [more]

Teen survey reveals lack of financial knowledge
Many high school students are leaving school without an understanding of very basic financial terms and concepts, a survey has revealed. [more]

Kiwibank surprised by ASB mortgage rate cut
Kiwibank, which has had the lowest variable home loan rate for more than seven years, admits it was taken by surprise by ASB's mortgage rate cut on Friday. [more]

House prices rise as more buyers enter market
Property values are edging closer to where they were last year, latest Quotable Value figures show. The property valuer says prices were pushed up by more buyers than usual chasing fewer houses. [more]

State of emergency in PNG's Morobe likely after spread of cholera into Lae
A state of emergency is expected to be declared in Papua New Guinea this afternoon as a deadly outbreak of cholera spreads to the city of Lae in Morobe province. [more]

Readying road switch, Samoa tackles obstructions
Samoa's Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure says the few people within some rural villages who are vandalising signs and painted arrows on the road won't deter the switch to... [more]

Murder charge laid after West Coast incident
A man has been charged with murder following an incident in a remote West Coast town. [more]

Reserve Bank expected to hold interest rate steady
Most economists are betting the Reserve Bank will hold its benchmark rate this week, and that its next move will be to raise rates - though not until the middle of next year at the earliest. [more]

Wholesale trade down for fourth quarter
Seasonally adjusted wholesale trade sales fell 0.9% in the three months to June, is the first time since 1995 that total sales have fallen for four consecutive quarters [more]

Amount of packaging grows despite recession
The amount of packaging used last year rose strongly despite a general slow down in the New Zealand economy. [more]

Boy hit with metal tube for wetting bed, court told
The sister of a three-year-old boy who was critically injured says her mother beat him with part of a vacuum cleaner because he wet the bed. [more]

Telecom tunnel advert ruled highly dangerous
Part of a Telecom advertisement featuring British Top Gear star Richard Hammond has been criticised by the Advertising Standards Authority. [more]

Ngapuhi claim hearing delayed until 2010
The Waitangi Tribunal has delayed hearings for Ngapuhi's historic claims until at least March next year. [more]

Government starts work on MMP referendum
A referendum on MMP is likely to be held at the 2011 general election, Prime Minister John Key says. [more]

TB outbreak in Taranaki herds investigated
The Animal Health Board says it may be difficult to track down the source of a recent outbreak of of bovine tuberculosis in four Taranaki dairy herds. [more]

Mystery plant found growing wild in Northland
Biosecurity officers have asked a botanist in America to help identify a mystery plant found growing wild in Whangarei. [more]

Mike Brewer and Glen Ella called in to help out Fiji rugby
in sport....Former New Zealand All Blacks captain - Mike Brewer has been appointed to the coaching panel for the Fiji national rugby team. Brewer will team up with former Australian... [more]

World Bank and Solomon Islands sign formal agreement
The Solomon Islands Government and the World Bank have signed an establishment agreement to formalise the setting up of a World Bank office in the country. The World Bank opened... [more]

Pacific facing growing threat from people traffickers
An advisor to New Zealand's Department of Labour says cases of people smuggling and human trafficking in the Pacific could increase as other regions clamp down on the practice. Api... [more]

Poll indicates increasing confidence in economy
Concern over the global financial crisis has fallen, according to the latest UMR survey. [more]

Chinese woman charged over alleged social security card fraud in Northern Marianas
The United States agency the Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Chinese woman in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas for alleged involvement in a scam to buy U.S. [more]

Tokelau leaders presented with their new flag in Wellington
The Tokelau flag has been officially presented by the New Zealand Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand, to the Ulu o Tokelau , Aliki Faipule Foua Toloa, at a ceremony held at... [more]

Fiji Methodists comply with regime demands in hope new meeting can be held
The Methodist Church of Fiji has applied for a police permit to hold a three-day meeting, assuring the Police Commissioner, Esala Teleni, that many of the senior figures in the... [more]

PNG top health official says epidemics show need to address infrastructure
Papua New Guinea's Secretary for Health, Dr Clement Malau, says the outbreaks of cholera and shigella infection in Morobe province, are symptoms of the poor health infrastructure in the country. [more]

Auckland to get tough on unruly taxi drivers
Auckland City Council is considering a demerit system to clean up taxi drivers who cause traffic chaos in central city streets. Those who double-park or over-stack the city's cab ranks banned. [more]

Grandmother receives apology over shoplifting claim
Supermarket chain Pak'n Save has apologised for breaching procedures by body searching a 79-year-old woman suspected of shoplifting rather than calling police. [more]

Police seek witnesses to Palmerston North death
Palmerston North police are searching for the occupants of two vehicles who may have witnessed a fatal shooting. The body of Jamie Martin Faulkner was found in the grounds of a block of flats on Friday. [more]

'Notorious' paua thieves caught
Fisheries officers have caught what they describe as two notorious paua thieves operating in the Wellington area. [more]

New heart drug deal will save $65m - Pharmac
The Government's drug-buying agency Pharmac has signed a deal for the heart drug metoprolol which it says will save the country $65 million over five years. [more]

Low scallop harvest expected again this season
New Zealand's main commercial scallop harvest gets under way at the top of the South Island on Monday, with expectations of another disappointing season. [more]

$20m fund to encourage innovation in Maori health
The Government is to make $20 million available for Maori health groups with "innovative" ideas over the next four years. [more]

Asia-Pacific markets higher at close
Markets in Asia and the Pacific were higher at the close of trade on Monday. [more]

Northern Gateway Toll Road wins top award
The Northern Gateway Toll Road, north of Auckland, has been awarded top honours at this year's Roading Excellence Awards. [more]

Brothel workers victims of human trafficking - lawyer
Two Ukrainian women forced to work in Auckland brothels are victims of human trafficking, a criminal lawyer says. [more]