Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 10th September 2009

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

Afternoons

Your Place - Matiu-Somes Island
An island that's only 25 hectares in area and has a permanent human population of just three, but nonetheless has a sizeable place in New Zealand history. [more]

The best song ever written
Ian Brittan of Lower Hutt chooses Neil Young's 'After the Goldrush.' [more]

Meth babies
An international study of the effects of methamphetamine on babies shows a substantial increase in the number of New Zealand women using the drug while pregnant. [more]

World March
Endorsed by the Dalai Lama, Art Garfunkel and Barack Obama's grandmother, the first steps of the inaugural World Peace March will be taken next month in Wellington. [more]

He Rourou for 10 September 2009
Artists Merata Mita and Witi Ihimaera were two of those honoured at this year's Creative NZ Waka Toi premiere Maori arts awards. Ana Tapiata talks withTe Kaihautu Maxwell about the significance of the annual event. [more]

Feature album
Today's feature album made history. It sold millions and millions, it was the first album by a female artist to debut at #1 on the Billboard chart, and it produced four #1 singles, a record at the time. The album is Whitney Houston's 1987"Whitney". [more]

Arts Report with Lynn Freeman
Lucy Orbell learns about the reinvigoration of Margot Fonteyn, and we delve into sculptor Regan Gentry's new work. [more]

Christchurch story with Katy Gosset
Despite the millions of volumes on offer as part of the City Library Network, some 300 St Martins residents say their community facility, now 82 years old, is all they need. [more]

Environment with Alison Ballance
For nearly forty years, the daily bird calls have been a regular and much loved feature of Morning Report. This year Forest and Bird honoured the man behind those bird calls with an Old Blue Award for his services to conservation. Alison Ballance met with John Kendrick at the Karori Sanctuary in Wellington to hear about his career as a sound recordist with the New Zealand Wildlife Service, and to find out how the Radio New Zealand bird calls came about. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
With Josie McNaught and Tim Watkins. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
With Josie McNaught and Tim Watkins. [more]

Business News

Morning business for 10 September
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets update for 10 September
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 10 September 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

Reserve Bank warning
The Reserve Bank Governor is warning New Zealanders they'll jeopardise the climb out of recession if they once again embark on a debt-fuelled housing binge. [more]

DHBs in firing line over 'teething' problems at Labtests
DHBs in Auckland are coming under increasing pressure to sort out community lab testing amid growing anger from doctors who say the new service is still not good enough. [more]

Mother found guilty of seriously injuring 3 year old
A mother-of-six has been found guilty of seriously injuring one of her sons, and failing to get medical help immediately after he fell unconscious. [more]

Federer through to semifinals
World tennis #1 Roger Federer has beaten 12th seed Robin Soderling 6-love, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open. [more]

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

Woman charged with murder of her premature baby
An 18-year old woman has been charged with the murder of her premature baby. She appeared in Waitakere District Court this afternoon. [more]

Appeal for info on arson at PMs electorate office
The Prime Minister John Key says this morning's arson attack on his electorate office could have been disastrous, and will lead to a security review. [more]

Labour takes on housing controversy in the House
The Labour Party has tackled the government in Parliament over the controversy around the Deputy Prime Minister Bill English, and his ministerial housing allowance. [more]

Obama delivers rousing health speech
The United States President Barack Obama has demanded action now from Congress to fix his country's healthcare system. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Defence lawyer speaks about mother's guilty verdicts
A mother-of-six has been found guilty of seriously injuring one of her sons, and failing to get medical help immediately after he fell unconscious. [more]

Rural broadband roll-out gets broad welcome
The Government has announced details of its roll-out plan for fast broadband to rural areas. [more]

Reaction to Bollard's housing comments
The Reserve Bank Governor has urged New Zealanders against a debt-fuelled housing binge, saying it's not in the best interests of the economy. [more]

Calls for inquiry into finance companies
MPs have been told that if New Zealanders' infatuation with property investment is going to change, they need to have more confidence in other kinds of investment. [more]

Greenspan - 'human nature cause of economy crisis'
One year on from the height of the financial panic, the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan has revealed what he thinks went wrong. [more]

Halfway house to be first of its kind in NZ
A halfway house which will provide long term, around- the-clock support for prisoners who have been released from lengthy jail terms is being planned for Wellington. [more]

Provocation defence"homophobic hangover"
The partial defence of provocation has been called a"homophobic hangover"that should have been done away with long ago. [more]

New pictures from the Hubble
The Hubble telescope has sent back the first pictures of deep space taken by a new camera fitted earlier this year. [more]

Future of Christchurch homicide house uncertain
Some Christchurch city councillors are sceptical about the Christchurch mayor's suggestion that the council buy and demolish a Wainoni house where the bodies of two women were found buried under the floor. [more]

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

Australian clamp-down possible on doctors freebies
The Australian government is to clamp down on the way drug and medical companies push their products, by lavishing inducements on doctors. [more]

Group calls for ban on alcohol marketing
A group campaigning to curb the country's alcohol habit says it will petition the government to ban liquor advertising. [more]

Australian docks susceptible to terror threats
A report prepared for the Australian Government has found major gaps in the security systems set up to protect its ports from terror threats. [more]

New technology for cancer sufferers
New technology is promising a gentler form of Chemotherapy. Australia's national science agency is helping develop a skin patch encrusted with tiny diamond particles which release the chemicals slowly into the patient's body. [more]

UN fears global downturn means more violence against women
The global economic downturn may be leading to more violence against women. [more]

Japan facing shrinking workforce
The challenges facing Japan's new Government are formidable, and one of them is what to do about the country's chronic labour shortage. [more]

Expedition team discover new species of giant rat
A new species of giant rat, similar in size to a household cat, has been found deep in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. [more]

Mass swine flu jabs for China
Health authorities in China are taking a proactive stance on swine flu, announcing plans for mass vaccinations ahead of it's 60th anniversary celebrations for being a People's Republic. [more]

Midday Report

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

Midday Sports News for 10 September 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories of the day for 10 September
* Convicted killer Nai Yin Xue says the judge got it wrong in his murder trial - he files an appeal. * John Key's electorate office is attacked by arsonists. * The Medical Association says patients are at risk in changes to Auckland's lab test provider. [more]

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

Waatea news for 10 September
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Nai Yin Xue to appeal his conviction
Convicted muderer, Nai Yin Xue has appealed against his conviction. [more]

Members bill to make redundancy pay compulsory launched
The Labour Party's mounting a six month campaign to drum up support for a new bill which would make redundancy payments compulsory for workers. [more]

Nai Yin Xue filed for Appeal
Xue is currently serving a life sentence with a minimum non-parole period of twelve years. [more]

Influence of media on jury members concerns lawyers
Nai Yin Xue's case was one of the first under a new law that gives judges the discretion to allow jurors to go home at night during the deliberation period. [more]

Prime Minister's office hit by arsonists
The property on Kumeu's main street where Mr Key's office is located is now cordoned off as Fire Service investigators and the CIB begin their inquiries. [more]

Medical Association slams change in lab testing provider
The country's biggest medical organisation says patients' care has been compromised by the change of laboratory testing providers in Auckland. [more]

Official Cash Rate expected to remain at record low
The announcement of the Official Cash Rate review is due at 9, and is expected to remain at its record low of 2.5 per cent. [more]

West Coast Timberlands dispute settled for $4m
The Government has settled a bitter decade-old dispute with the West Coast timber industry over promises made to it by the former state owned enterprise Timberlands. [more]

Holiday makers help Fiji economy
Fiji's tourism market continues to suffer with many holidaymakers opting for destinations they see as safer or more ethically sound. [more]

Sports news for 10 September
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Critics say axeing MAF staff will wreak havoc
Critics say the decision to cut 55 front-line jobs from MAF Biosecurity could wreak havoc on New Zealand's multi billion dollar export industries. [more]

Biosecurity New Zealand responds
Biosecurity New Zealand's Theresa Morrissey. [more]

Kiwi family say crash won't stop teen sailor's record bid
Jessica Watson, an Australian with strong connections to Otago, set off from Queensland's Sunshine Coast yesterday. [more]

Xue to appeal murder conviction
The man convicted of strangling his wife and stuffing her body into a car boot will appeal against his murder conviction. [more]

Greens says new RMA will harm environment
Whether it's the building of a new shed or a new power dam, the process just got simpler. [more]

John Key's electorate office closed by suspicious fire
Police have cordoned off the scene of a suspected arson attack on the electorate office of the Prime Minister, John Key. [more]

Security measures in place Christchurch's 'House of Horror'
Security measures will be taken to protect the Christchurch house where the bodies of two women were found after locals said it should be burned down. [more]

Supermarket faces possibilty of human rights complaint
Pak n Save is in hot water again ...this time over complaints of discrimination. [more]

Sports news for 10 September
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

West Coast timber industry's plans after $4million settlement
The government says the West Coast timber industry can now get on with economic development, after it settled a ten year dispute with the industry over promises made to it by the former state owned enterprise Timberlands. [more]

Dairy expert predicts further foreign takeovers
An agricultural expert is predicting further foreign takeovers as dairy debts spirals out of control. [more]

Waatea news for 10 September
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Istanbul sees the heaviest rain in 80 years
In Turkey, heavy rains have killed at least 31 people as flood waters submerged neighbourhoods and swept away cars. [more]

Key opens Christchurch's new air traffic control tower
New Zealand's tallest air traffic control tower will be offically opened today at Christchurch Airport, giving those who work inside it a much-needed office upgrade. [more]

Biscuit eaters beware
We now have an important safety announcement before your morning coffee: Certain biscuits can be dangerous to your health. [more]

Nights

Wall St Sharks
Norb Vonnegut an American author talks about his debut novel,Top Producer [more]

Starry Starry Night ( Astronomy )
Alan Gilmore talks about our very own star, The Sun . [more]

Conundrum
Clue 7 [more]

Conundrum
Clue 8 [more]

Nine To Noon

Ulf Lindskog
The Medical Association criticizes the community pathology service in Auckland provided by Lab tests. [more]

Dr Val Hooper
Victoria University Researchers say many people with flout the ban on using mobile phones while driving. [more]

UK
With correspondent Jon Dennis. [more]

Feature guest - Jenny Bornholdt
Jenny Bornholdt won the 2009 Montana New Zealand Book Awards Poetry prize for her collection The Rocky Shore; a book that judges say has achieved something significantly new in poetic practice in this country. [more]

Book Review - Old South
By Matthew Wright, published by Penguin and reviewed by Harry Broad. [more]

New Technology
With Colin Jackson. [more]

Parenting
With psychologist and parenting expert Nigel Latta. [more]

Television
With reviewer Simon Wilson. [more]

Our Changing World

Freshwater Fish and River Pollution
Freshwater ecologist Mike Joy talks about pollution in the Manawatu River and research into native galaxiid fish [more]

Printing Solar Cells with Novel Materials
Ashton Partridge and Richard Tilley are creating printable solar cells using conducting polymers and quantum nanodots [more]

Printable Solar Cell Physics
Justin Hodgkiss is a member of the team creating printable solar cells and will be testing their physical properties [more]

John Kendrick and his Radio Bird Calls
John Kendrick, the wildlife sound recordist behind the Morning Report bird calls, talks about them and his life [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question time for 10 September 2009
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statementÂ"ItÂ's essential that we build our road to recovery on investment and exportsÂ"?; 2. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister of Justice: Is it Government policy for parents giving their children a light smack for the purpose of correction to be breaking the law; if not, what is the GovernmentÂ's policy? 3. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received about how New Zealand is emerging from the recession? 4. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he still stand by his policy to deliver better, sooner, and more convenient health care? 5. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister for the Environment: What steps is the Government taking to ensure a smooth transition in the implementation of the first phase of the resource management reforms? 6. Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Police: Does she agree with all of the recent statements made by herself, the Prime Minister and the New Zealand Police in regard to reviews currently being undertaken by the New Zealand Police; if not, which statements does she disagree with? 7. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What announcements have been made in relation to rural broadband? 8. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister responsible for Ministerial Services: What conditions must be met before it is permissible to lease a home from a family trust for use as a ministerial residence? 9. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What announcements has she made to better protect New ZealandÂ's vulnerable children? 10. CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Tourism: What is the value of New ZealandÂ's clean green brand to our tourism economy? 11. GRANT ROBERTSON to the Minister of State Services: Is he satisfied with the application of theÂ"GovernmentÂ's Expectations for Pay and Employment Conditions in the State SectorÂ"released in February this year? 12. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister for Land Information: Pehea te rahi o nga whenua kua tangohia ai i raro i te ture Public Works ara, e hia te wariu o aua whenua? Translation: How much land has been taken under the Public Works Act and what would be the value of the land? [more]

Rural News

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

Midday Rural News for 10 September 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Upbeat

Simon Over
British conductor leading the Southern Sinfonia in their upcoming 'Glory of Haydn' concert. [more]

Peter Van Drimmelen
NZSO violist and long time organiser of the annual Michael Monaghan Young Musicians Foundation concert. [more]

News stories:

Commonwealth's representative to Fiji says he had no say in who he could meet
The Commonwealth's special representative to Fiji says he's had no say in who he meets in his three-day trip to the island nation. Sir Paul Reeves says who he engages... [more]

Big rate increases for Maori farms
Maori farmers face massive cost increases as councils start rating them based on valuations done at the peak of the property boom. [more]

Regional council defends development rules
Northland Regional Council is defending its development rules, in the face of doubts that it can protect unspoiled coastline. [more]

Taxi drivers in Samoa benefit from bus drivers strike action
Taxi drivers in Samoa say business is booming after illegal bus owners decided to strike. Since the road switch, non-compliant bus owners have been told by the government to pay... [more]

Australia level netball series
Australia have levelled the trans-Tasman netball series after winning the second test 48-44 in Melbouine last night. The homeside started strongly and were up by 8 at half time and ... [more]

Central Pulse sign Altschwager and lees
The Central Pulse have confirmed the signing of a tall Australian shooter for next season of the trans-Tasman netball championship. Jane Altschwager, is a 1.93m former Australian team member and ... [more]

Smit happy with his propping
The Springbok captain John Smit says he's happy with his transformation from hooker to prop. An inexperienced Wallaby front row was able to put the Boks' scrum under pressure as ... [more]

Bangladesh extend coach's contract until 2011 World Cup
Bangladesh have extended the contract of their Australian cricket coach Jamie Siddons until the 2011 World Cup. Siddons joined Bangladesh in November 2007, replacing his compatriot Dav Whatmore. Pace bowler ... [more]

Force India missed chance, says Ecclestone
Formula One's boss Bernie Ecclestone says Force India should have chosen an Indian driver to replace Giancarlo Fisichella to help boost the build up for the nation's first grand prix ... [more]

Daly to miss Australian events
John Daly, the personable US golf star whose struggles with alcohol and weight have made him a fan favourite, has pulled out of two tournaments in Australia with a rib ... [more]

Trickett considering retirement
Australia's Olympic champion swimmer Libby Trickett is taking an immediate break from the sport to consider her future. The 24-year-old multiple world and Olympic gold medallist says she is undecided ... [more]

Bangladesh agrees to a night test next year
The Bangladesh Cricket Board has agreed to the ECB's request to appear in the first-ever day-night Test during the team's tour of England next year. However, the ICC has not yet ... [more]

Taylor's future on the line at board meeting
The embattled South Sydney coach Jason Taylor is set to learn his fate when the NRL club's board meets today in the wake of the weekend altercation with forward David ... [more]

Blair beats charge at NRL judiciary
Melbourne's NRL finals hopes have been boosted after the Stoprm's Kiwis prop Adam Blair was found not guilty of a grade one dangerous contact charge at the NRL judiciary. The ... [more]

Kirsten urges India to target top ODI ranking
India's coach Gary Kirsten has urged his players to focus on becoming the top one-day cricket side, which they can do by winning every match in the one-day tri-series in ... [more]

Hiddink considers Premier League return
Russia 's coach Guus Hiddink says he would consider a return to the Premier League after his successful caretaker spell at Chelsea last season. Hiddink remains a big fan of ... [more]

Harbhajan courts more controversy after camera punch
The Indian bowler Harbhajan Singh has spun his way into fresh controversy forr angrily punching a hand-held television camera after the cameraman brushed against him while filming. Indian television channels ... [more]

Mercedes to take 75 per cent stake in Brawn
A German moptoring magazine says Mercedes has agreed to take a 75 percent stake in the Formula One leaders Brawn GP within the next three years. Auto, Motor und Sport says ... [more]

Three New Zealanders win in British Open Squash qualifying
Three New Zealanders have had first qualiftying round wins at the British Open Squash Championships in Manchester. Kashif Shuja beat Adam Murrills 11-5, 11-4, 11-8 in 27 minutes but Campbell ... [more]

Williams and Force India back with FOTA
Williams and Force India have rejoined the Formula One Teams' Association as full members after being suspended earlier in the season. The association, which represents the teams as a united ... [more]

Maori links to Norfolk Island being explored
A Maori historian is exploring Maori links to Norfolk Island. Two northern chiefs Tukutahua and Huru, were taken there by force from the Cavelli Islands in 1793. [more]

Appliance company sells buildings in leaseback deal
Fisher & Paykel Appliances is selling its head office and manufacturing plant in Auckland to Direct Property Fund, and will lease them back. [more]

Mohair prices keep rising
The goat fibre industry is growing: strong international demand and prices for mohair continue to leave wool prices far behind. The price has gone from $10.20 to $15.60 over the past 12 months. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Thursday's papers: Trees can be pruned without permission from October; hint that tougher drink driving laws are on the way; Dunedin police constables committed for trial on assault charges. [more]

Contact Energy credit rating downgraded
Credit rating agency Fitch has downgraded Contact Energy from a BBB+ rating to BBB. Contact says the move brings Fitch into line with Standard & Poor's rating. [more]

Guam secures funds for crime prevention programmes
The Governor of Guam, Felix Camacho, has announced that the Bureau of Statistics and Plans has been awarded 4.9 million US dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of... [more]

New Papua New Guinea rat gigantic cousin of city sewer variety
A rat the size of a cat discovered in the southern highlands of Papua New Guinea earlier this year is being described as an enormous relative of the common city... [more]

Guam's Department of Health confirms H1N1-related death
The Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services has confirmed another H1N1-related death on the island -the second so far. The Public Health director, Peter Roberto, says his department... [more]

PNG Govt declares public health emergency in disease-hit Morobe
Papua New Guinea's Health Minister, Sasa Zibe, says a public health emergency in disease-hit Morobe Province will give medical teams more resources. Mr Zibe declared the emergency yesterday, as outbreaks... [more]

50-year growth strategy launched in Waikato
Councils in the Waikato region have been working with tangata whenua on how growth should be managed over the next 50 years. [more]

Inquiry wanted into rulings at Matauri Bay
Former Labour MP Dover Samuels wants an inquiry into the Maori Land Court's handling of his tribal land at Matauri Bay. [more]

Wool growers seek Govt views on their industry
A delegation of wool growers will seek some answers from the Government on Thursday about the future of the wool industry. [more]

Fiji safe despite coup says academic
Fiji's tourism market has cooled as holidaymakers opt for Pacific destinations they perceive as safe or more ethically acceptable following the military coup in 2006. Fiji's interim government figures show... [more]

CNMI based call center business considers its future
The only call center business in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands may recall its expansion plans and move to either Guam or the Philippines. The executive director of... [more]

Appearance by Apple boss boosts share price
Apple chief executive Steve Jobs is back in the public spotlight for the first time in over half a year, triggering a standing ovation and helping the company's shares gain nearly 1%. [more]

Wall Street rises
Stocks on Wall Street have risen as favorable comments from Goldman Sachs lifted the industrial sector. Shares in Europe were also up. [more]

Campaign for compulsory redundancy payments
The Labour Party is campaigning to make redundancy payments compulsory for employees who are laid off. [more]

Complaint over supermarket stance on tattoo
A former employee of Pak'nSave supermarket in Rotorua plans to file a complaint with the Human Rights Commission after she was told to cover a "cultural tattoo". [more]

Crash not my fault - Greenspan
Former US Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan says he's not responsible for the financial and economic crisis that has buffeted the world. He says the real root of the crisis lies in human nature. [more]

Samoa church pastors pleaded with villagers to settle grievance directly
Samoan church pastors, who ended a road blockade on Savaii Island say they pleaded with villagers to settle their grievance directly with the government. Many drivers were inconvenienced for several... [more]

Fiji's interim defence minister says Commonwealth envoy knew situation
Fiji's interim defence minister says the Commonwealth envoy, Sir Paul Reeves, knew before he arrived that he wouldn't be allowed to talk to opposition politicians. Ratu Epeli Ganilau says the... [more]

Search for missing surfer in CNMI continues
The surfboard of a missing Japanese surfer in the Northern Marianas has been recovered, but the search teams failed yet again to locate the victim. Acting Governor Eloy Inos has... [more]

Bus strike in Samoa leaves hundreds stranded
The bus strike action in Samoa has left hundreds of people stranded. Bus owners in Samoa are meeting later today to discuss the next stage of their action. The owners... [more]

All Whites win final World Cup playoff warmup
New Zealand's beaten Jordan 3-1 in Amman in the final warmup match for the football World Cup playoffs. The All Whites played the second half with 10 men after defender ... [more]

White ton leads Australia to six-wicket win over England
Cameron White scored his maiden century in one-day international cricket to lead Australia to a six-wicket victory and a 3-0 lead in their series against England in Southampton. . White ... [more]

Wickmayer into US Open semi-finals
There are two Belgian players into the semi-finals of the women's singles at the US tennis Open with Yanina Wickmayer beating another unseeded player Kataryna Bondarenko of the Ukraine in ... [more]

West Coast timber settlement announced
The Government has announced a $10 million settlement of a dispute with the West Coast timber industry. [more]

Reserve Bank holds interest rate
The Reserve Bank has held the Official Cash Rate at 2.5%. The decision was expected. [more]

Maori suicide rates being discussed at symposium
Maori suicide rates are on the agenda at a symposium in Wellington this week. [more]

Work on 20th cloak
An Opotiki man is making his 20th korowai, or cloak, which he will gift to the organisation that taught him te reo Maori. [more]

England qualify for World Cup
England have secured qualification for next year's Fifa World Cup in South Africa in the most emphatic style as they thrashed Croatia 5-1 at Wembley. The goalless stalemate between Belarus and ... [more]

Vietnamese Communist Party representative visits
The general secretary of the Vietnamese Communist Party was welcomed to Parliament on Thursday morning. [more]

Halfway house to be built in Wellington
A halfway house for long term prisoners is to be built in Wellington. It will be operational in the next three years for a group of seven inmates on release. [more]

Attack dog impounded
A dog which attacked a boy in Wanganui on Tuesday has been impounded. Wanganui District Council is to seek an order for the destruction of the animal. [more]

NZ terms of trade well down
Terms of trade, the measure of what New Zealand can buy with what it produces, fell by 9% in the three months to June - the largest amount in more than half a century. [more]

Mediation fails in cheese factory dispute
Mediation talks between Open Country Dairy and the Dairy Workers Union have failed to resolve a push for a collective agreement for union members at the company's Waharoa plant in Waikato. [more]

Caution still obvious in consumer spending
More figures indicate consumers remain cautious in their spending. Paymark says electronic spending rose 0.7% in August compared to July. [more]

Maori Television supports families of Tonga's ferry tragedy
Maori Television in New Zealand is supporting a fund-raising campaign for the families of those who died in the sinking of the Tongan ferry, Princess Ashika. The national indigenous television... [more]

British woman rower arrives in Kiribati from Hawaii
British rower Roz Savage was given a rousing reception in Kiribati on Saturday as she completed the second leg of her mission to become the first woman to row solo... [more]

Fiji leader tells Commowealth of 2014 election plans
Fiji's interim Prime Minister says he's explained his roadmap to hold elections in 2014 to the Commonwealth's Special Envoy Sir Paul Reeves. Sir Paul's visit to Fiji follows its suspension... [more]

Samoa bus protest fails amid door row
A planned protest in Apia by members of Samoa's bus society has not gone ahead because it's now illegal to drive buses with doors on the right hand side. This... [more]

Pomare vows to pay French Polyensia bond
The French Polynesian man planning to be installed as Tahiti's king, Joinville Pomare, says he will pay a 20,000 US dollar bond to avoid being jailed. The money is due... [more]

Kawerau paper mill closes for cost cutting talks
Norske Skog has shut operations for the day at its Tasman paper mill in Kawerau, in order to consult employees about cost reduction and restructuring plans. [more]

Quad bike rider rescued
A man is in Nelson Hospital with hip and leg injuries after being rescued from the Kenepuru Sounds on Wednesday night. He had fallen from his quad bike on the Queen Charlotte track. [more]

Developer remains optimistic about stalled Cook Islands hotel project
The man behind a multi-million dollar hotel development in the Cook Islands remains optimistic about its future, despite the fact that the landowner has terminated his lease. The project, begun... [more]

Parliament passes amendments to RMA
Parliament has passed the first phase of the Government's reform of the Resource Management Act. Voting was 108 to 13. [more]

Body to be returned to Lowry family
The body of Tisha Lowry will be returned to her family in Christchurch on Thursday to allow her tangi to begin. Her funeral will be held on Saturday. [more]

Drug driving now 'serious' safety problem
The Drug Foundation says driving while under the influence of drugs is now a serious safety problem in New Zealand. A survey of 1200 people found more than half thought it was fine to drive after taking cannabis. [more]

Guilty plea over theft of Waiouru war medals
A man has pleaded guilty to a burglary charge in relation to the theft of more than 90 war medals from the Waiouru Army Museum. [more]

Revival of Fiji dialogue forum mooted
The Commonwealth's Special Envoy to Fiji, Sir Paul Reeves, is reported to be eager to help revive the President's Political Dialogue Forum. The Reverend Akuila Yabaki, from the National Council... [more]

Car of Indonesian military fired at in Papua
A car belonging to an Indonesian military official in Papua has come under fire near the Freeport mine in Timika despite increased police security. A spokesperson for the Papua police... [more]

French senate again considers lifting Flosse's immunity
French senate leaders will meet on Tuesday to consider a fresh bid to the lift the parliamentary immunity of the French Polynesian veteran politician, Gaston Flosse. He is suspected of... [more]

Former American Samoa judge becomes agriculture director
The American Samoa governor Togiola Tulafono has appointed a former high court judge, Lefiti Atiulagi Pese, as director for the Department of Agriculture. The nomination is subject to legislative approval. [more]

Xue to appeal against murder conviction
The man who murdered his wife in Auckland before abandoning their daughter at a railway station in Melbourne has lodged an appeal against his conviction. No date is set yet for a hearing. [more]

Council advised to reveal cost of flower show
The Chief Ombudsman has recommended the Christchurch City Council reveal how much it paid to host the Ellerslie Flower Show. [more]

Australia and PNG military in joint exercise
Australia's and Papua New Guinea's current joint military exercise will next week see a mock assault on a stretch of coastline near Port Moresby. 600 Australian and 200 PNG soldiers... [more]

Duncan Kerr to quit politics
Australia's parliamentary secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Duncan Kerr, has announced that he'll quit the post at the end of next month and that he'll leave politics at the next... [more]

Guam records second swine flu death
Guam has recorded its second confirmed swine flu death. The KUAM news agency reports that Guam's Department of Public Health has been monitoring severe cases and recently sent 13 specimens... [more]

Cook Islands landowner says more developers interested in stalled hotel project
The owner of the Cook Islands land on which a partially-built hotel complex has languished for more than two decades says there is still a lot of interest in the... [more]

Inquiry sought into failed finance companies
MPs have been told that if New Zealanders' infatuation with property investment is going to change, people need to have more confidence in other kinds of investment. [more]

Three Uighurs agree to go to Palau from US detention
Three ethnic Uighur Chinese Muslims jailed for years as terrorist suspects at the US prison at Guantanamo Bay have agreed to be released to Palau. Lawyers for the three told... [more]

Trio charged with kidnap, assaulting boy
Three people have appeared in the Christchurch District Court on kidnapping and assault charges after a boy was attacked in the central city. [more]

Man who tormented and killed woman denied parole
A man who tormented a woman before killing her in Wellington in 1986 has been denied parole. [more]

Federer continues winning way but Oudin out
The winning run of unseeded 17 year old American Melanie Oudin has come to an end at the U.S. Tennis Open, beaten in straight sets by Danish teenager and ninth ... [more]

Federer doesn't have it all his own way at U.S. Open
The Five-times champion Roger Federer has weathered a strong comeback from Sweden's Robin Soderling to advance to the semi-finals of the U.S. Tennis Open. Federer looked as if ... [more]

Oudin's winning run comes to an end U.S. Open
The winning run of 17 year old Michelle Oudin (pron OOH DAN) at the U.S. Tennis Open has come to an end, beaten in straight sets by the Danish ninth ... [more]

Djokovic into US semi-finals
Fourth seed Novak Djokovic beat Spain's Fernando Verdasco 7-6 1-6 7-5 6-2 to reach his third consecutive U.S. Open tennis semi-final. Both players struggled to find their timing in cool, blustery ... [more]

Spain and England off to South Africa
Spain and England reached the 2010 football World Cup finals in South Africa with the sort of commanding home victories their fans have become accustomed to in qualifying. European champions ... [more]

More talks in Samoa over bus door row
Disgruntled bus operators in Samoa are to meet the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele, again tomorrow after today's talks failed to get their buses back in service. A large number of... [more]

Provocation defence seen as 'homophobic hangover'
MPs have heard the defence of provocation in court cases is a "homophobic hangover" that should long have been done away with. [more]

Gathering to commemorate Te Maori
A gathering is being held at Waiwhetu marae in Lower Hutt on Thursday to remember Te Maori - an exhibition that changed forever the way museums relate to indigenous artefacts. [more]

Broadband targets for rural areas announced
Communications Minister Steven Joyce has announced coverage targets for the roll-out of broadband to rural communities. [more]

Arson attack on PM's electorate office
Prime Minister John Key says he will not speculate on the reasons behind an arson attack at his electorate office in Auckland. [more]

Bollard fears housing market could get out of hand
New Zealand Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard warns an economic recovery could be derailed if the housing market gets out of hand. [more]

Rules to restrict daily paua limit
The Government has announced a new crackdown on paua poaching. [more]

Solomons gold production to expand
Solomon Islands second mining company, Pheonix International Mining Limited, looks set to begin gold production in Central Guadalcanal within the next six weeks. This was confirmed by Pheonix Managing Director,... [more]

Detention of Flosse secretary continues
The French Polynesian judicial authorities have again rejected a request to release the personal secretary of the veteran politician, Gaston Flosse. Melba Ortas was jailed in July as part of... [more]

Australia pips Silver Ferns in second Test
Australia levelled the trans-Tasman netball series by winning the second Test 48-44 in Melbourne on Wednesday night. [more]

Woman accused of murdering premature baby
An 18-year-old has been charged with the murder of her premature baby. [more]

Group seeks to have liquor advertising banned
A group campaigning to change drinking patterns in New Zealand says it will petition the Government to ban liquor advertising. [more]

Monet exhibition boost to capital's economy
The Monet and the Impressionists exhibition at Te Papa earlier this year brought $34.5 million to the Wellington economy. About 340 fulltime jobs were also created. [more]

Havoc feared after job cuts at biosecurity agency
Critics fear a decision by Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to cut 55 frontline jobs from its biosecurity division could wreak havoc on export industries. [more]

Farmer charged with draining significant wetland
A South Wairarapa farmer has been charged with damming and draining a wetland that has national significance. [more]

DHBs under pressure over lab testing
Auckland district health boards are coming under increasing pressure to sort out community lab testing amid growing anger from doctors who say the new service is still not good enough. [more]

More joining and staying in armed forces
The New Zealand Defence Force says recruitment levels are at a 10-year high, while the number of people choosing to leave the armed forces is at a 10-year low. [more]

Polytechnic staff to strike over pay
The Tertiary Education Union says more than 800 of its members at six polytechnics are preparing to go on strike next week over their pay and conditions. [more]

Agency urges toll funding of Te Puke bypass
An economic development agency in Tauranga is appealing for last-minute submissions in support of toll funding to bring forward construction of the Te Puke bypass by five to 10 years. [more]

TrustPower windfarm not going ahead
TrustPower is not going to proceed with a 48-megawatt windfarm at Myponga, near Adelaide. The South Australian Government has confirmed it won't support variations to the initial planning approval. [more]

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

High ranking for NZ in business survey
New Zealand has retained its second-place position in a global survey of the easiest countries to do business in. However, Finance Minister Bill English says New Zealand can do better. [more]

Suspicious fire at Mt Smart Supertop
A suspicious fire at one of New Zealand's premiere concert venues has been quickly dealt with by large turnout from the Fire Service. [more]

Guilty verdict for mother who seriously injured son
A mother-of-six has been found guilty of seriously injuring one of her sons and failing to get medical help immediately after he fell unconscious. [more]