Radio New Zealand - Friday, 11th September 2009

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

Afternoons

Best song ever written - Here, There and Everywhere
Gill Barrington chooses 'Here, There and Everywhere' by The Beatles. [more]

Pressures on Teenagers
A survey of more than 12,000 teenagers has highlighted the emotional pressures young people rate as their most significant. The research has been collected as part of the Travellers Programme, a scheme in place at 80 schools around the country, which sees year nine students complete an online survey about their lives. [more]

Tattoo Stu
Tattoo Stu will for once be thankful for his chronic insomnia, when he attempts to stay awake for 100 hours to set a new ten pin bowling world record. [more]

He Rourou for 11 September 2009
Ana Tapiata talks to Te Kaihautu Maxwell, at the annual Waka Toi Maori Arts awards night. [more]

Weekend weather
With Bob McDavitt. [more]

Fresh fast food with Mark Wylie
Mark Wylie, Excecutive Chef at Aucklands Sky City Complex with recipes for Cassava Chips, Deep Fried Fish Goujons, Sopaipillas, Honey and Rosemary Syrup. [more]

Sports story with Murray Williams
A round up of the today's sport stories. [more]

Asian report for 8 September 2009
Jason Moon presents the last of four stories that profile how different people aim to live in a harmony within their environments. In this edition Jason visits an organic garden called Kelmarna Farm. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With Stephen Franks and Michael Hurst. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With Stephen Franks and Michael Hurst. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 11 September 2009
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 11 September 2009. Aussie wines may be served at our Rugby Word Cup, Shakespeare's impact on everyday language and what exactly is art? [more]

Business News

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

Midday Business News for 11 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

Abused child's new caregiver charged with assault
Child Youth and Family is defending its role in placing an abused child with a caregiver who is now also charged with assaulting the youngster. [more]

Auckland bus drivers reject latest pay offer
Hopes for a breakthrough in the Auckland bus drivers' industrial dispute have been dashed and major disruption for 80,000 passengers looks inevitable. [more]

Senior police officer convicted for drink driving
A senior police officer who was caught driving after drinking heavily at the police college bar has been convicted and fined. [more]

Britain's honorary consul found dead in Jamaica
Police in Jamaica are investigating a deadly attack on a New Zealander who was Britain's honorary consul in Monetgo Bay. [more]

Rain delays play at the US Open
The US Open quarter-final battle between the world number three Rafael Nadal and the 11th-seeded Fernando Gonzalez has been delayed by rain. [more]

ARC fights back on downsize of Auckland
The Auckland Regional Council is going into battle with the Government over plans to downsize the super city. [more]

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

Goff cruises into Labour Party conference
Phil Goff has arrived at the Labour Party conference on a borrowed Triumph motorcyle, ready to admit that they made mistakes while in Government. [more]

Name suppression lifted for Christchurch murder accused
The Christchurch man accused of murdering his wife and his neighbour can now be identified, following his second appearance in court. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

PM fronts up to angry firefighters
The Prime Minister has fronted up to about 60 fire fighters protesting outside the opening of a new station in Auckland. [more]

Residents refuse to backdown over Waterview
The green light's been given to Auckland's controversial Waterview motorway connection - but opponents are vowing to fight on. [more]

First commercial supply deal signed for biofuel
A major milestone's been reached by New Zealand's fledgling bio-fuel industry, with the first large-scale commercial deal in the country. [more]

Pigeons faster than broadband in South Africa
If you're having trouble with your broadband connection you might consider carrier pigeons instead. [more]

Reserve Bank supports tougher housing tax laws
Toughening up the tax laws for property speculators won't prevent New Zealanders from putting their money in housing - that's according to some business and property groups. [more]

Jakarta warns against "Balibo Five" probe
Indonesia's President is warning that ties with Australia may be harmed by a war crimes inquiry into five journalists' deaths in East Timor, including that of New Zealander Gary Cunningham. [more]

Third option for a new highway on the Kapiti Coast
The Transport Minister has bowed to public pressure and instructed the Transport Agency to add a third option to develop State Highway 1 through the Kapiti Coast. [more]

Apology over branding Barack Obama a liar
The US President has accepted an apology from a Republican congressman who called him a liar. [more]

Maori "warrior gene" theory debunked
A controversial claim that Maori have a"warrior gene"which makes them violent has been disproved in a new review. [more]

NZ Post cuts back another Christchurch PostShop
People living in the Christchurch suburb of Linwood have vowed to fight a cut back in services and possible closure of their local PostShop. [more]

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

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Claims controversial athlete is a hermaphrodite
An Australian newspaper claims gender tests on women's 800 metres champion Caster Semenya reveal she's a hermaphrodite. [more]

Country Life

Theresa Gattung Talks Wool
The wool industry's in crisis, where to from here? [more]

Regional wrap
Rain needed in the North Island while the weather's great for lambing in the South. [more]

African students
Lincoln University agricultural students Gillian Kabwe from Zambia and Ricki Madebele from Botswana talk about their research and life back home. [more]

Organics for Commercial Gain
Gray Baldwin used to be a fertiliser company CEO. He now runs an award winning organic farm near Putaruru, and says the conversion was solely commercial - to make more money from milk. The farm also has a huge variety of trees for stock food and human consumption. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus on politics for 11 September 2009
The Labour Party is holding its annual conference in Rotorua over the weekend, just 10 months after being thrown out of office by voters. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 11 September 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 11 September 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 11 September 2009
A young boy who was abused by his mother ended up in the care of a relative who is now also before the courts on charges of assault, the Reserve Bank warns the high dollar could upset an economic recovery, the Christchurch man already charged with murdering his wife will reappear in court today where he'll be accused of also killing Tisha Lowry, teacher training is to get a further shake-up and some courses may not survive, ballots from dozens of Afghan polling stations have been annulled by a UN watchdog, and Phil Goff will address his first annual conference as Labour Party leader this weekend. [more]

General Motors selling Opel and Vauxhall
Troubled car maker General Motors has announced it's selling the Opel and Vauxhall brands to a Canadian company. [more]

Pay TV planning to switch off analogue service
Pay TV operators are using a carrot and stick approach to lure customers away from analogue to digital TV. [more]

Pacific news for 11 September 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Tighter lending could prevent boom - Brash
The former Reserve Bank governor Don Brash says restricting the lending practices of banks could prevent a new housing boom. [more]

Clean up for effluent-plagued beach
Years of being banned from the beach are almost over for visitors to one of Auckland's favourite holiday spots. [more]

Morning Business News for 11 September 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Aunt who minded beaten boy faces assault charges
It's been revealed that a young boy, severely beaten and injured by his mother, was subsequently placed under the care of a relative who is now herself before the courts on mulitple charges of assaulting a child. [more]

Bank governor says property tax laws need change
The day after the Reserve Bank warned the high dollar could upset an economic recovery, the Kiwi has hit its highest level in over a year. [more]

Criticism over support for House of Horror neighbours
The Christchurch man already charged with murdering his wife will reappear in court today where he'll be accused of also killing Tisha Lowry. [more]

Shake up of teacher training
Teacher training is to get a further shake-up and some courses may not survive. [more]

UN watchdog annuls dozens of Afghan ballots
Ballots from dozens of Afghan polling stations have been annulled by a UN watchdog. [more]

Labour Party conference to be held this weekend
Phil Goff will address his first annual conference as Labour Party leader this weekend as the party shakes off the legacy left by Helen Clark, its election loss, and poor poll results. [more]

Food more important than democracy for Fijians
This morning our Pacific issues correspondent Richard Pamatatau looks at political awareness in the South Pacific nation - this is the last of our week long series on Fiji. [more]

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

Ryall hails loss of 1400 state sector 'backroom' jobs
The Government says its delivered on its promise to reduce the size of the burgeoning public service. [more]

Hamilton gears up for its biggest test match
Rugby test fever has hit Hamilton this week, providing proof it's not a boring place. [more]

Police pursuit involves bread van and kidnapped dog
A 25-year-old man is facing a raft of charges following an unusual police pursuit through the Horowhenua in the early hours of this morning. [more]

Experts push for restrictions on mortgage lending
The Kiwi dollar has surged to a 13 month high just hours after the Reserve Bank warned a strong currency could derail the economic recovery. [more]

Mortgage borrowing may damage economy
So are people going to heed the Reserve Bank's concern about the damage mortgage borrowing could do if it gets out of hand? [more]

Tax professor says property market too good to be true
To discuss the twin threats of a reviving property market and a strong Kiwi dollar we're joined now by Derek Rankin of Rankin Treasury Advisory and Craig Elliffe, a tax law and policy professor from Auckland University. [more]

GPs win concession over concerns about Lab Tests
Family doctors say the new firm handling all medical testing in Auckland is struggling to cope and it's time to consider paying general practitioners to take blood from patients if they wish to. [more]

Afghanistan-bound Armed Forces almost finish training
About 150 members of the armed forces are near to completing an intensive fortnight's training, in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan. [more]

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

Men-women pay gap blamed on discrimination
The Labour Party is to present a petition to parliament, calling on the government do more to bridge the pay gap between New Zealand men and women. [more]

Survey rates supermarkets
Pak N Save has emerged as the cheapest supermarket in a survey done by Consumer New Zealand. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Dunedin braces for Undie 500 rally
Dunedin police are preparing for the annual Undie 500 car rally this weekend, with around 90 vehicles expected to arrive in the city tonight. [more]

News from Australia
Kerry-Anne Walsh has the latest from across the ditch. [more]

Nights

Offkey Orchestra
The Friendly Orchestra. [more]

Conundrum
The answer and the winner's chosen song. [more]

Nine To Noon

Jason Hall
Jason Hall lived next door to the house in Wainoni Rd, 'The House of Horrors' as it's now being called, where 2 bodies were found. He speaks out about the whole traumatic experience. [more]

Rural broadband
Guests Chris Kelly and Murray Pearson discuss the planned broadband upgrade for rural areas. [more]

Dan Phillips
Dan Phillips mortgaged his house to start the Phoenix Commotion Company, which builds houses intended for low income people out of recycled material and rubbish. [more]

Asia correspondent - Vaudine England
With the latest developments from the east. [more]

Feature guest - Mark Kurlansky
Mark Kurlansky is a food historian and New York Times best-selling author of a number of books about how lowly food stuffs have affected world events. [more]

Children's book review with John McIntyre
'City of Bones', 'City of Ashes', and 'City of Glass' by Cassandra Clare, published by Walker Books. 'Plague of The Undead' by Gary Cross, published by Penguin. [more]

New music with Sean McKenna
Sean reviews A.A. Bondy, Speech Debelle, and Marianne Dissard. [more]

Sport
Joseph Romanos has the latest happenings in the world of sport. [more]

The week that was
Te Radar and Jaquie Brown join us for a light-hearted look-back on the week's events. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 11 September 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 11 September 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

The Week In Review

The Week in Review - week ending 11 September 2009
A review of the week's news including housing binge warning,spy agency merger, house of horror, call from Fijians for NZ work, ministerial expenses, Balibo Five investigation, human trafficking, dairy debt spiral, NZ's most boring town, amphibious van [more]

Upbeat

Eve de Castro-Robinson
NZ composer whose works are being featured in a concert by the Auckland Chamber Orchestra this Sunday. [more]

Kylie Sanderson
Director of Auckland's Sanderson Gallery talks about exhibition 'For What it's Worth'. [more]

Lara Hall
Waikato University lecturer and concertmaster of Opus Orchestra talks about the ensemble's upcoming concert series. [more]

News stories:

Boric returns after four month lay-off
The All Blacks' locking stocks have received a boost with Anthony Boric finally set to make a return to the rugby field this weekend after a four month lay-off with ... [more]

Springboks may be jaded but Hore doubts it will play a part
The Springboks may be jaded but All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore doubts it will take any toll come Saturday's Tri Nations Test in Hamilton, especially with South Africa already having ... [more]

NZ to meet Bahrain in final World Cup qualifier
New Zealand will meet Bahrain for the right to play in next year's football World Cup in South Africa. In the fifth place Asian play-off match Bahrain and Saudia Arabia ... [more]

Taranaki and Counties score good wins
Results went somewhat against the form book in the opening games of round seven of the Air New Zealand Cup rugby competition, with Taranaki beating Wellington 29-16 in New Plymouth ... [more]

Injured Gambhir out of Sri Lanka tri-series
Some good news for the New Zealand cricketers with India's in-form opener Gautam Gambhir set to miss the one-day tri-series in Sri Lanka with a groin injury. The left-hander strained ... [more]

Henderson confirmed in Sky cycle team
The New Zealand cyclist Greg Henderson has been confirmed to ride in the new British Sky team for next season. The 31-year-old former World and Commonwealth Games track champion moves ... [more]

D-Day for Vic Super bids
The rivals for Victorian rugby's Super 15 bid are presenting their cases to the Australian Rugby Union board today. A reduced eight-man ARU board will hear 40-minute presentations in Sydney ... [more]

No room for sentimentality at Force India
Force India will give Indian driver Karun Chandhok a chance to prove he is good enough to drive in Formula One but will not hand him a race seat based on ... [more]

Lavie out of boys singles in New York
The New Zealand tennis player Sebastian Lavie has lost his third round singles match in the boys singles at the US Open juniors in New York. Lavie was beaten by ... [more]

IRB approves Asian sevens series
The possibility of rugby sevens being included in the Olympic programme has prompted the development of a new series in Asia. The International Rugby Board has approved an Asian sevens tournament, ... [more]

Rio could be back this weekend
The Manchester United football defender Rio Ferdinand could return from injury in time for Sunday's trip to Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League. The England centre-back has been sidelined ... [more]

Mooney's future uncertain
Phil Mooney's future as Reds coach is under a dark cloud following an unconfirmed report he's been axed by the Queensland Rugby Union. The former Wallabies fullback and Fox Sports ... [more]

Jockeys go on strike in Australia
Horse racing will go ahead around Australia this weekend as scheduled but jockeys have not ruled out further industrial action over the controversial whip rules. Jockeys walked off the job ... [more]

Luck takes top Warriors award
Loose forward Micheal Luck has been named the New Zealand Warriors' player of the year. At Thursday night's annual awards dinner, the 27-year-old Luck's consistency especially in defence during the ... [more]

Taylor set to be given boot by Rabbitohs
The South Sydney rugby league coach Jason Taylor has five days to save his job after being issued with a formal breach notice by the NRL club. Rabbitohs management have ... [more]

Trio qualify for main draw at British Squash Open
New Zealand celebrated a hundred percent success in the men's qualifying finals of the British Squash Open in Manchester with all three competing in the event claiming places in the ... [more]

Serious offences bill passes second reading
A bill broadening the range of crimes classified as serious violent offences has passed its second reading in Parliament. National, ACT, Labour and United Future all voted in favour of the Gangs and Organised Crime Bill. [more]

Open Country lifts monthly milk payment
Open Country Dairy has lifted the monthly payment to its 500 milk suppliers to $3.05 per kg of milk solids. [more]

Councils urged to consult hapu and iwi before using new RMA
The Maori Party is calling on hapu and iwi to make sure councils talk to tangata whenua before approving major developments, after its failure to win any changes in the revised Resource Management Act. [more]

Trade mission to Hong Kong and China
Export New Zealand chairman Sir Ken Reeves is to lead a trade mission to Hong Kong and China next month. [more]

Airline wants all on-time performance statistics published
Pacific Blue wants the New Zealand Government to force all domestic airlines to publish standardised on-time performance statistics. [more]

Wool prices rise
Wool prices rose across the board at the North Island wool sale in Napier on Thursday, compared with the last sale held there a fortnight ago. [more]

Bank of England holds interest rates
The Bank of England has held interest rates at a record low of 0.5% for the sixth consecutive month. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Friday's papers: Goff admits Labour made mistakes with its 'nanny-state' policies; Australian skier killed and three snowboarders seriously injured on Canterbury ski-fields; Otago Polytechnic obtains $287,000 grant from charitable organisations in the Uni [more]

Grain farmers under pressure
Grain growers have had to significantly increase their borrowing to stay afloat. The Reserve Bank says their debt has increased by 23% in the past year to more than $700 million. [more]

Consistent approach urged on water
Tainui leader Tukoroirangi Morgan wants all iwi singing from the same songsheet on water ownership, management and allocation. An Iwi Water forum is holding regional hui before another round of discussions with the Crown. [more]

Database administrator helps manage roll for iwi
East Coast iwi Te Runanga o Ngati Porou has signed with Maori database administrator Tuhono to help manage its beneficiary roll. [more]

$300m nvestment in rural broadband seen as not enough
A rural broadband expert says a $300 million investment to provide high-speed internet to rural areas still lags behind what the Government Is spending for the urban community. [more]

All Black loosies okay about stepping up to lock if needed
Loose forwards Jerome Kaino and Kieran Read are the locking cover if the All Black second row suffer any injuries in tomorrow night's Tri-Nations match against South Africa in Hamilton. ... [more]

Lendl hails Federer
With Roger Federer looking good to equal the American Bill Tilden's record of what would be an astonishing sixth straight US Open win, there's renewed speculation on whether the 28-year-old ... [more]

Maradona and Argentina in big trouble
Argentina's hopes of qualifying for next year's football world cup in South Africa remain in the balance along with manager Diego Maradona's job. Argentina lost their fourth game in five, ... [more]

Jockeys will race this weekend in Australia
Horse racing will go ahead around Australia this weekend as scheduled but jockeys have not ruled out further industrial action over the controversial whip rules. Jockeys walked off the job at ... [more]

Flutey could miss November tests
The England rugby centre Riki Flutey fears a shoulder problem may rule him out of England's international series in November. The New Zealander, who joined French club Brive this season from ... [more]

Hore looking to resume try-scoring
The All Blacks say the win is their main priority heading into tomorrow night's Tri-Nations clash with the Springboks in Hamilton, but they're well aware they do need a four-try ... [more]

Wastewater system approved at Kawakawa Bay
A $29 million wastewater system has been approved at Kawakawa Bay - one of Auckland's favourite holiday spots, which has been unsafe for years due to polluted water from septic tanks. The project will be completed in 2011. [more]

Drive towards digital TV
Pay TV companies are pushing customers to move from analogue to digital services, as cut-off dates loom for the analogue network. [more]

Brash predicts looser lending criteria by banks
Former Reserve Bank Governor Don Brash predicts the big banks could further relax lending criteria to property buyers. [more]

Labour takes expenses scandal to the House
The Labour Party has taken the plunge and tackled the Government in Parliament over Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and his ministerial housing allowance. [more]

Stocks rise on Wall Street
Stocks rose on Wall Street as an earnings forecast by Texas Instruments lifted shares of chipmakers on Thursday. [more]

Pak'nSave cheapest, survey shows
Pak'nSave has emerged as the cheapest supermarket in a survey done by Consumer New Zealand. Undercover shoppers were sent to supermarkets in six centres with a list of 40 items. [more]

'No excuses' for students not being engaged in learning
The developer of an innovative teacher development programme, Waikato University Professor Russell Bishop, says there are no excuses for not getting Maori students engaged in learning. [more]

Ngati Rangi join job scheme
Upper Whanganui River iwi Ngati Rangi has signed on to the Government's Community Max scheme to give its unemployed young people work experience. Eight young people are to do a range of jobs at 10 marae in the area over the next six months. [more]

Pay equity petition to be presented to Parliament
The Labour Party is to present a petition with 15,000 signatures to Parliament next week, calling on the government do more to bridge the pay gap between New Zealand men and women. [more]

Mils ready for plenty of kicking by Boks
The All Black fullback Mils Muliaina says it's quite obvious what the Springbok tactics will be in tomorrow night's Tri-Nations match in Hamilton.... play it in the All Blacks half ... [more]

Bomb scare at Britomart halts trains
There was disruption for train commuters in Auckland on Friday morning, with a bomb scare at the Britomart transport centre. [more]

Food more important than democracy in Fiji
The national director of the governing political party deposed in Fiji's 2006 coup, says the indigenous population cares more about food on the table than who runs the country. Peceli... [more]

PNG students moblised to help combat spread of diseases in Morobe
Papua New Guinea's Secretary for Health, Dr Clement Malau, says they are coping, for now, with outbreaks of disease in Morobe Province. Shigella and cholera have claimed dozens of lives... [more]

Three more dogs ill on North Shore beaches
Three more dogs have become ill after walking on beaches on the North Shore of Auckland. [more]

Upolu Bus Society secretary apologises for bus operations in Samoa
"The secretary of Upolu's Bus Society, Amituana'i Winston Tufuga, has apologised to commuters inconvenienced by many buses not operating this week, but he hopes a new proposal being put before... [more]

Court's decision in Moti appeal case reserved
A judge has reserved his decision on whether subpoenas against two Australian Government agencies issued by former Solomon Islands attorney-general Julian Moti should be set aside. Mr Moti, through his... [more]

China gifts new fish processing plant to Vanuatu
China has given the Vanuatu Government the keys to a new fish processing plant at Black Sands near Port Vila. In accepting the keys the Vanuatu Prime Minister, Edward Natapei,... [more]

Del Potro into US Open semi-finals
Sixth seed Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina roared into his second grand slam semi-final of the year with a 4 set victory victory over Croatian 16th seed Marin Cilic ... [more]

Hewitt and Gemmell in contention for triathlon worlds
There are two New Zealand triathletes in contention for the world championship title on the Gold Coast this weekend. In a new format this year, athletes have been picking up ... [more]

Some ticket prices drop for NFL
American football's NFL season gets underway today with many fans paying less for their tickets this year. The Dallas Cowboys pricey new stadium has actually resulted in an average increase ... [more]

Contract signed for $3 million biofuel deal
Two North Island companies are to sign a $3 million contract on Friday for what they say is the first large-scale commercial supply deal for bio-fuel in New Zealand. [more]

Man critically injured after fatal crash near Rotorua
A man is critically ill in the intensive care unit of Waikato Hospital, after a crash near Rotorua on Thursday night in which a child, aged two years, was killed. [more]

Warehouse annual profit down 15%
The Warehouse reports a 15% fall in profit. Sales fell 1% to $1.7 billion due to the recession and profit dropped to $76.8 million. [more]

Guest nights up
Guest nights in short-term commercial accommodation were up 3% in July this year compared to last year. [more]

Partial takeover offer by GPG for Tandou
GPG is making a partial takeover offer for the Australian agribusiness company, Tandou. [more]

New chairman at Unison
Software specialist and Hawke's Bay business leader Kevin Atkinson has been elected chairman of electricity lines company Unison Networks. [more]

Papuan given two years jail for involvement in demo
A Papuan man in Indonesia has been sentenced to two years in prison for his involvement in a demonstration in Jayapura last October. Sebby Sambom has already been in custody... [more]

Guam in talks to hire 20,000 Filipino workers
A delegation from Guam's Senate has visited the Philippines to finalise details on the hiring of 20,000 skilled Filipino workers for the construction of US military headquarters in Guam next... [more]

Summit meeting called for wool industry
Agriculture Minister David Carter is calling wool sector representatives to Wellington on 1 October to discuss the state of the divided industry and its future direction. [more]

Southern challenge identified for industry organisation
The deep south is providing Meat & Wool New Zealand with its greatest challenge when it comes to getting farmer support for its industry good programmes. Support is strongest in the eastern North Island. [more]

Pressure being felt from rising dollar
Federated Farmers says the continual rise in the value of the New Zealand dollar against the US dollar, is really putting pressure on exporters. [more]

Seasonal employment patterns studied
A study of seasonal employment patterns in the horticultural industry shows that nearly two thirds of jobs last between one and three months and over 80% less than a year. [more]

MAF job cuts won't hurt Opua
Far North District Council has been assured by MAF that job cuts in its bio-security division will not affect the status of Opua as a port of entry to New Zealand. About 500 yachts clear Customs there every year. [more]

French Polynesia racism conviction upheld
A French Polynesian appeal court has upheld a suspended jail sentence for a union leader, Cyril Legayic, for making statements aimed at inducing racial hatred. According to Tahitipresse, the court... [more]

Samoa gives bus owners three weeks to switch doors
Samoa's Prime Minister has given non compliant bus operators a three-week grace period to ensure their buses' doors are on the left hand side. This follows the switch to driving... [more]

Delay in American Samoa bid for US help for canneries
The America Samoa member of the US Congress, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, has postponed his introduction in the U.S. House of the American Samoa Protection of Industry, Resources and Employment draft... [more]

More dairy herds mooted for upper Waitaki basin
The upper Waitaki basin could have an influx of more than 22,000 dairy cows, if resource consent applications for dairy effluent discharges are granted there. [more]

Owner of Cook Islands stalled hotel development quashes curse rumours
The owner of a more than 20 year old stalled hotel development in the Cook Islands has quashed rumours of a curse over the property, saying she's simply had bad... [more]

$US60 billion gas deal signed
Chevron has signed deals worth $US60 billion to supply natural gas to Japan and South Korea from its Gorgon project in Australia. [more]

Rural lending rules seen as too tough
An ASB banker is concerned new rules on rural lending are still too tough and could double interest rate margins charged to farmers. [more]

Man arrested after pursuit of breadtruck
A Palmerston North man has been arrested following a 60km police pursuit of a stolen bread delivery truck between Foxton and Otaki. The chase lasted 65 minutes. [more]

Third option added to Kapiti SH1 consultation
Transport Minister Steven Joyce has instructed the Transport Agency to add a third option in its consultation for a realignment of State Highway 1 through the Kapiti Coast. [more]

SH36 still closed after rock fall
State Highway 36 between Tauranga and Rotorua is to remain closed for two weeks longer than originally planned to allow for further safety works following a rock fall in August. [more]

Solomon Electoral Commission to test ink amid fraud fears
The Electoral Commission in Solomon Islands plans to run tests to see if ink used as a marker can't be washed off by chemicals like alcohol. This come as claims... [more]

Commonwealth envoy ends two-day Fiji visit
The special Commonwealth envoy to Fiji, Sir Paul Reeves, says he is convinced that a national dialogue that includes all the major political players is the only way Fiji can... [more]

Relief fund for Tonga ferry victims raises half a million US dollars
The Trustees of the Ashika Relief Fund, set up by the Tongan government to raise money for the survivors and families of victims of the ferry disaster, had received nearly... [more]

Seven more arrests following New Caledonia's August unrest
French police have arrested another seven young people in New Caledonia as investigations continue into last month's riots in the Noumea area. The Nouvelles Caledoniennes newspaper reports that about a... [more]

Questions remain over Vanuatu fish processing plant
A lobby group in Vanuatu says there are many unanswered questions surrounding the new fish processing plant at Black Sands near the capital, Port Vila. This comes as China has... [more]

American Samoa voyeurism ban imminent
The American Samoan Senate has approved a bill which makes voyeurism a crime. Under the bill, a person commits the crime of voyeurism if he or she knowingly photographs, videotapes,... [more]

'Postivie' response expected to Maori health fund
Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia expects a positive response to a new Maori health innovation fund of $20 million over four years. [more]

Public service now capped - minister
State Services Minister Tony Ryall says the Government has successfully halted bureaucracy and capped the size of the public service. The number of existing positions is now 37,457. [more]

New process to simplify hearings of civil disputes
Changes are being made to the process around civil disputes to make them more straightforward. New rules will take effect on 1 November. [more]

Flosse lawyer faces Tahiti search as OPT probe deepens
Investigators in French Polynesia have searched the offices of the lawyer of the territory's veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, whose immunity as French senator will be examined next week. The search... [more]

Vanuatu to assess environmental impact of fish plant
The acting director of the Vanuatu Fisheries Department, Robert Jimmy, says a waste treatment system has been set up as part of the project of a fish processing plant near... [more]

New warnings about New Caledonia's Vale Inco plant
A New Caledonian union group, FO, has given a file about alleged problems at a major nickel plant to the territorial government and the administration of the southern province. The... [more]

Shake-up of teacher training expected
A further shake-up of teacher training institutions means some may struggle to meet new requirements. [more]

Training nears end for next deployment of troops
About 150 members of the armed forces have almost completed an intensive fortnight's training near Waiouru in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan next month. [more]

Woman found under house dearly loved, say family
The family of the woman police say was killed by her husband and buried under the floorboards of their Christchurch home say they were proud of her. [more]

Benefit numbers rise
The number of New Zealanders on the unemployment benefit rose to 59,151 in August. However, the Government says the number has slowed to about 900 per week. [more]

Weather takes a toll a U.S. Tennis Open
After 10 days of clear weather, rain and winds have swept through Flushing Meadows, throwing the U.S. Tennis Open's final weekend into disarray and stranding Rafael Nadal and Fernando Gonzalez ... [more]

Bond says New Zealand batsmen need to take lesson from Sri Lankans
The New Zealand cricketers need to take a lesson from Sri Lanka's batsmen if they're to overcome India in tonight's must win tri series match in Colombo. Lose and the ... [more]

Jordan to join basketball's Hall of Fame
Basketball icon Michael Jordan will take his place among the game's greats with his induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Jordan with his amazing aerial moves, leadership ... [more]

Mooney sacked as Reds coach with Ewen McKenzie possible replacement
The Queensland Reds rugby coach Phil Mooney has been sacked after two seasons of his three year deal with the Super 14 franchise. Mooney took over from Eddie Jones ... [more]

Youngsters in line to make Phoenix A league debuts
The young Phoenix players Marco Rojas and Chinese under-23 international Jiang Chen are in line to make their A league football debuts having been named in an extended squad for ... [more]

U.S. Olympic hopes hinge on President
Organisers of Chicago's bid to stage the 2016 Olympics are still anxiously waiting to know whether United States President Barack Obama will join them in presenting their final pitch. ... [more]

Police investigate death of baby in hospital
Police in Wellington are investigating the death of a baby who died in hospital on Tuesday. She was admitted in May with a virus. [more]

Groups against property speculation tax
The Business Round Table and the Property Investors Federation say a tax on property speculation will not help the New Zealand economy recover. [more]

Bollard admits little he can do to rein in dollar
Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard admits it appears there is little he can do to rein in the New Zealand dollar, which is now over the 70 US cent mark. [more]

Food prices down in August
Food prices fell 0.9% in August - the largest monthly fall in three-and-a-half years. [more]

Man accused of murdering women named
A Christchurch man accused of murdering his wife and neighbour can now be identified, following a second court appearance on Friday. [more]

Dunedin police prepare for Undie 500 rally
Police in Dunedin are preparing for the annual Undie 500 car rally this weekend, with about 90 vehicles expected to arrive on Friday. Riot police had to deal with disorder the day after 2007 rally. [more]

Auckland bus drivers reject latest offer
Hopes for a breakthrough in a pay dispute involving Auckland bus drivers have been dashed, and major disruption for 80,000 passengers looks inevitable. [more]

First albatross of season spotted
The first Northern Royal Albatross to return to Dunedin's Taiaroa Head for the breeding season has arrived. [more]

Senior officer fined $1800 for drink-driving
A senior officer caught driving after drinking heavily at a police bar has been convicted and fined $1800 and disqualified from driving for nine months. [more]

Arrest made over attack on PM's electorate office
A man faces arson charges after fires at the Prime Minister's electorate office and at a rugby club in Auckland. [more]

Tourists robbed at knifepoint in Te Puke
Two Australian tourists have been robbed at knifepoint by a teenager in the Bay of Plenty town of Te Puke. [more]

Waterview Connection gets the green light
Construction of the $1.4 billion Waterview Connection will begin in 2011 in Auckland. The 48km western ring route is the last link in the city's transport network and work is expected to be completed in 2015. [more]

Further loss for A2 Corp
Listed milk company A2 Corporation has posted a $3.5 million loss in the 15 months to June. The loss for the year to March 2008 was $6.3 million. [more]

NZ market ends week higher
New Zealand share market was up 10 points, or 0.3%, to 3137 at the close of trade on Friday. [more]

Labour Party must learn from mistakes, leader admits
Labour leader Phil Goff says the party must acknowledge the mistakes it made in government if it is to move forward. [more]

ARC considers legal action over shrinking super-city
The Auckland Regional Council may take legal action against the Government as it steps up its fight against plans to make the super-city smaller. [more]

Test fever hits Hamilton ahead of Tri-Nations
Rugby Test fever has hit Hamilton this week. The All Blacks meet South Africa at Waikato Stadium on Saturday night for the decisive match in the Tri-Nations series. [more]

Doctors to be given direct access to lab specialists
District health boards in Auckland say doctors will be given direct access to specialists to help allay their criticisms amid the move to a new company providing laboratory testing. [more]

55 jobs go at Social Development Ministry
The Ministry of Social Development has confirmed 55 redundancies. [more]

Key meets with protesting fire fighters
Prime Minister John Key fronted up to fire fighters protesting outside the opening of a new station in Auckland on Friday. [more]