Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 16th September 2009

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Parliament - Question Time, Rural News, The Stars are Comforting, Upbeat

Afternoons

Jims essay - lists
We love lists. We compile them all the time. [more]

Link three
What do the three songs have in common. [more]

Heart pump
A breakthrough by scientists at the University of Auckland has the potential to save the lives of thousands of heart patients around the world. [more]

Top ten stolen cars
The 2009 AA Insurance list of the Top Ten Stolen cars shows thieves are a simple lot. [more]

He Rourou for 16 Septemnber 2009
In He Rourou today Ana Tapiata talks to Mere Broughton on the night she was recognised for her lifetime contribution to the development and retention of Maori arts and culture. [more]

Virtual World
With Helen Baxter from Mohawk media on Virtual World today. [more]

Auckand story - synthetic DNA
A thousand householders in South Auckland are the country's first recipients of the latest crime fighting tool; synthetic DNA. [more]

Environment story - Karori Sanctuary volunteers
This week is Conservation Week, and the theme this year is 'Get Involved - Kia Mahia te Mahi'. It's all about celebrating the efforts that thousands of volunteers and community groups put in to help conservation work in New Zealand. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With today's guests Jeremy Elwood and Claudette Hauiti. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With today's guests Jeremy Elwood and Claudette Hauiti. [more]

Business News

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

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

Midday Business News for 16 September 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 16 September 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 16 September 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

Greenpeace activists negotiate with police
Three Greenpeace activists who boarded a ship off the Tauranga port have now been arrested and removed - 12 of their group are still on board negotiating with police. [more]

Police arrest Greenpeace protestors in Tauranga
They are protesting against the use of palm kernel animal feed on Fonterra dairy farms. [more]

Christchurch homicide police work with Kenyan consulate
The police in Christchurch are working with the Kenyan consulate in Australia as they try to track down a man wanted in connection with the death of a man and the violent attack on a woman in the city. [more]

PM refuses to say English acted morally
The Prime Minister is refusing to say his deputy Bill English acted morally by claiming a ministerial housing allowance for a home owned by the English family trust. [more]

Re-jigged All Blacks side named
The All Black coaches have made significant changes to their side following a third straight loss to the Springboks for Saturday's final tri-nations match against Australia in Wellington. [more]

Govt reveals ultra-fast broadband plan
The Government is pushing ahead with its original plan to get ultra-fast broadband to three quarters of New Zealanders within the next decade. [more]

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

Greenpeace activists try to block ship from unloading
Greenpeace activists are trying to block a shipment of palm kernal animal feed from being unloaded at the Port of Tauranga. [more]

Topp Twins' documentary gets glowing reviews
"A docu that has you falling in love with two of the crazier people you've never met." [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

DoC reveals revolutionary stoat trap
It's been described as a revolutionary new trap for stoats which could lead to the pest's total eradication. [more]

Police investigate report of stolen coins on Trade Me
The widow of Kelly Tarlton says if coins stolen from Kelly Tarlton's Tui Shipwreck Museum almost ten years ago are recovered she would put them in display again. [more]

Polytech strike disrupts classes for thousands
Thousands of tertiary students had their classes disrupted today by 24-hour strike action by tutors. [more]

Govt under attack over costings on ETS
The Government is being pressured by Labour over how much its revised plan for the Emissions Trading Scheme will cost taxpayers. [more]

Nissan Silvia most popular car with thieves
Nissan Silvia owners would be wise to beef up their car security with the model topping AA Insurance's list of the ten most frequently stolen cars. [more]

Super city legislation yet to be passed
The Labour Party says the decision not to include separate Maori seats on Auckland's supercity will cost the Government dearly at the next election. [more]

US couple may be linked to other missing girls
A California couple accused of abducting an 11 year-old and holding her for 18 years are now also being investigated over the disappearance of two more young girls. [more]

Worst still to come for households despite lift in economy
A summit on children and the recession has been told the worst is yet to come - despite an apparent lift in economic activity. [more]

More U.S. troops needed in Afghanistan
America's top military officer has told a Senate Armed Services Committee that more U.S. troops are needed to win the war in Afghanistan. [more]

Public spending in UK to be cut
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has acknowledged he will soon need to cut public spending to balance the books. [more]

Money offered for study into puppy docking
Fifty thousand dollars is being offered by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry into research about whether tail docking is cruel to puppies. [more]

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

Dairy factory workers go on strike
About a third of the 100 strong workforce at a cheese factory near Matamata have gone on strike, following a break down in negotiations over a collective contract. [more]

Union comments on cheese factory strike
The National Secretary of the Dairy Workers Union, James Ritchie, he is in Waharoa and joins us now. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

War crimes committed during the Gaza conflict .
The head of the United Nations Ban ki-Moon has condemmed attacks committed during Israel's Gaza offensive late last year. [more]

Housing New Zealand has returned to court
Housing New Zealand has returned to court to try and resolve a deadlock with stubborn tenants from a Mongrel Mob enclave in Lower Hutt. [more]

Parliamentary immunity for Gaston Flosse confirmed
The French Senate's confirmed the parliamentary immunity of French Polynesia's Gaston Flosse, rejecting the latest approach by judges and the French justice ministry. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 16 September 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 16 September 2009
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 16 September 2009
Kenyan police help sought in Christchurch murder inquiry, Labour says Police Minister is more worried by image than law, Cost and pollution blowout predicted under emissions scheme- finance expert, Franklin locals fear district will be swallowed by super city, Recession claims more than 500 car dealers, Last-ditch effort for Maori seats fails in Parliament. [more]

Labour says boyracer bill needs to be toughened up
Labour says the proposed changes to laws targeting boyracers don't go far enough. [more]

Pacific news for 16 September 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Welfare advocates urge rise in benefit levels
The final shape of the Emissions Trading Scheme remains uncertain with National leaving the door open to Labour and the Maori Party pushing for more concessions. [more]

Opposition parties criticise Government's restart package
Talks are under way about possible improvements to the nine-day fortnight jobs initiative. [more]

Kenyan police help sought in Christchurch murder inquiry
The police in Christchurch are seeking help from Kenya as they investigate the killing of a man in the city. [more]

Labour says Police Minister is more worried by image than law
Labour is accusing the Police Minister of being more concerned about her"Crusher Collins image"than making law that will effectively target boy racers. [more]

Final shape of ETS still up in the air
Just a day after announcing a deal with the Maori Party to forge a new Emissions Trading Scheme, National is saying it's still open to doing a deal with Labour. [more]

Recession claims more than 500 car dealers
The recession has taken a heavy toll on the car market with more than 500 registered motor traders going bust so far. [more]

UN says both sides to blame in Gaza conflict
A new report from the United Nations suggests that both Israeli and Palestinian forces committed war crimes in the recent conflict in the Gaza Strip. [more]

Last-ditch effort for Maori seats fails in Parliament
The Government has come under attack from one of its own support parties, during a spirited debate on the Auckland supercity legislation. [more]

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

NZ Bus says union has upped their claim
Auckland's combined bus unions are accusing NZ Bus of using the media to undermine their bargaining position. [more]

Floating interest rates keep dropping
Short term and floating interest rates are reaching new lows, as banks bet on the official cash rate remaining at historically low levels for the next year at least. [more]

Large fire on Auckland's North Shore
More than 60 firefighters from around Auckland spent last night battling a large blaze at a two-storey factory on the North Shore. [more]

Ports of Auckland casualty of few car imports
The drop-off in car imports has seen the Ports of Auckland's profit down by nearly 75% to five and half million dollars. [more]

Blowout predicted under emissions scheme- finance expert
As political opponents wrangle over the final shape of the Emissions Trading Scheme, arguments are going on about just how much it will cost. [more]

Franklin locals fear district will be swallowed by super city
The Auckland supercity bill is on the brink of being passed in Parliament, to the dismay of many Franklin residents. [more]

National MP under pressure to cross floor on supercity
Franklin's local MP is National's Paul Hutchison. He opposes the split and is coming under pressure to cross the floor and vote against the Government's Auckland supercity legislation. [more]

Al-Qaeda cell leader reported dead
United States special operations forces have struck in Somalia, reportedly killing one of Africa's most wanted Islamic militants. [more]

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

Invercargill furious at cuts to Southland's highway budget
The Invercargill City Council is furious at cuts to Southland's state highway budget of up to $48 million. [more]

The referendum to end all referendums?
One of the backers of this year's smacking referendum has filed another referendum proposal with Parliament. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Scientists develop wireless heart pump
Scientists at Auckland University have developed a wireless heart pump that could eventually provide an alternative to heart transplants. [more]

Increase in visitors to army museum since medals returned
There's been a dramatic increase in visitor numbers to the National Army Museum in Waiouru, since 96 stolen military medals were put back on display. [more]

Nights

Safari Guide
Peter Allison, safari guide and author talks about his experiences in the African wilderness mixing tourists with large wild critters. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 5. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 6. [more]

Nine To Noon

Hospital care
A Tauranga family is taking legal action against Bay of Plenty Hospital for failing to provide adequate care for their son, who died of an asthma attack. [more]

Sweet Louise expands to Wellington
Sweet Louise is a service for women with breast cancer. [more]

Australia correspondent - Paul Barclay
A community is unhappy about the presence of a sex offender, and the Liberal party is accused of sexism. [more]

Feature guest - Nicholas Mostyn
Nicholas Mostyn is one Britain's top barristers and divorce lawyers, who represented Sir Paul McCartney in his embittered and very public divorce from Heather Mills-McCartney. He has been involved in a number of precedent-setting cases, including the groundbreaking White vs White in 2000, which opened the floodgates to the huge settlements now being awarded in the British courts. [more]

Book review - Zone of the Marvellous
Quentin Johnson reviews 'Zone of the Marvellous: In Search of the Antipodes' by Martin Edmond. Published by Auckland University Press. [more]

Marty Duda's Artist of the Week - B.B. King
B.B. King's birthday is coming up. [more]

Law - Mai Chen
Mai Chen discusses Education Amendment Bill and how it is affecting Polytechnics. [more]

Film review with Graeme Tuckett
'Moon' by David Bowie's son Duncan Jones, and 'The September Issue' - the story of legendary Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and her larger-than-life team of editors creating the highly anticipated September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine which weighed nearly five pounds, and was the single largest issue of a magazine ever published. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question time fo 16 September 2009
Questions to Ministers 1. METIRIA TUREI to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What does he hope to achieve by his stocktake of minerals in New Zealand's highest value conservation areas, as announced in his August 26 speech? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: When he said in the House yesterday that the Government was interested in "making sure that our scheme is affordable", what specific cost estimates, if any, has he received from officials on the extra costs to the New Zealand taxpayer of the changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme over the full phase-in period? 3. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What measures is the Government taking to support jobs as New Zealand comes out of recession? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports, if any, has she received on the adequacy of current benefit levels? 5. MELISSA LEE to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: What progress has the Government made on its urban broadband initiative? 6. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Does he still stand by his policy to deliver better, sooner, and more convenient health care? 7. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Education: What recent announcements has the Government made to prepare schools for ultra-fast broadband? 8. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What advice, if any, has she received about whose responsibility it is to pay redundancy to night class staff in the event of night class programmes being wound down? 9. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Has she made any announcements about contracting with the social sector? 10. MOANA MACKEY to the Minister of Housing: Will he guarantee that no region will see a reduction in its state housing stock as a result of his decision to put 40,000 state houses up for sale? 11. JO GOODHEW to the Minister of Energy and Resources: How many houses were retrofitted in August though the Government's Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart home insulation programme? 12. 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? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 16 September 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 16 September 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

The Stars are Comforting

The letters of Beatrice Hill Tinsley: 1967-1968
Cosmology in New York, motherhood, orchestra and mother's death. [more]

Upbeat

Shirley Kout
International adjudicator at this year's 'National Young Singers in Harmony Competition' in Auckland. [more]

Keith Chapin
Our contributor looks at the form of the fugue in 19th Century compositional development. [more]

Kit Powell
Swiss based New Zealand Composer who's been in New Zealand for this year's NZSO-SOUNZ Readings. [more]

News stories:

PNG Health officials say thousands continue to suffer from illnesses
Health authorities in Papua New Guinea's Morobe Province say diseases, which have claimed more than 100 lives are now less aggressive, but thousands continue to suffer. The province has been... [more]

Leading member of ECPAT Samoa faces unlawful sexual charges
A leading member of the Samoan chapter of the international organisation ECPAT has been charged with an unlawful sexual relationship with his step daughter. ECPAT is an international organization that... [more]

Clijsters ranked in world's top 20 after US Open win
Belgium's Kim Clijsters has gone from zero to 19th in the world tennis rankings after her spectacular comeback victory in the US Open final. The 26 year old Clijsters is ... [more]

Pakistan to play New Zealand in UAE
New Zealand will play Pakistan in four one-day cricket internationals in Abu Dhabi and two Twenty20 matches in Dubai next month. The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt says a ... [more]

Brawn vague over Barrichello future
Rubens Barrichello's Formula One future remains uncertain despite the Brazilian winning two of the last three races and challenging Brawn team mate Jenson Button for the world title. After Barrichello's ... [more]

Flutey out of England's November Tests
England's centre Riki Flutey has been ruled out of England's November Tests against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand after being told he needs three months to recover from a shoulder ... [more]

Belgian media laud Clijsters' US Open victory
Belgium has hailed Kim Clijsters's comeback US Open victory and praised the player for ending the nation's barren sporting run. Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy congratulated Clijsters for her "spectacular ... [more]

Serena Williams apologises for outburst
Serena Williams has apologised for the abusive and threatening tirade she launched at a line judge during her semi-final loss to the new champion Kim Clijsters at the US Tennis ... [more]

Arsenal "diver" wins appeal
The Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva has won his appeal against a two-match ban imposed by UEFA for diving in a Champions League qualifying game against Celtic. The Brazilian-born Croatian ... [more]

Sheryl Scanlan recalled
The experienced defender Sheryl Scanlan has been recalled to the Silver Ferns side for the fourth netball Test in Invercargll on Sunday. But mid-courter Maree Bowden has been dropped after ... [more]

Second for Team New Zealand
Team New Zealand has claimed second place in the practice race for the last Audi MedCup regatta of the season at Cartagena in Spain. Skipper Dean Barker and his crew ... [more]

Canadian Grand Prix posed to return in 2010
The Canadian Grand Prix is poised to return to the Formula One calendar next year after the resolution of a row over fees between the Canadian promoters and F1 rights ... [more]

Big open water win for Kane Radford
New Zealand's Kane Radford has won one of the world's most competitive and prestigious open water swimming events. The Rotorua teenager won the Tiburon Mile, an annual race from Angel ... [more]

Formula One offer Renault man immunity over crashgate
Formula One's governing body has offered Renault's second-in-command immunity from punishment in exchange for full disclosure about "crashgate." Pat Symonds, the director of engineering at Renault, has been told that ... [more]

Warriors not interested in signing Manly playmaker
The Warriors are distancing themselves from speculation the National Rugby League club will make a move for Manly's young New Zealand playmaker Kieran Foran. The Auckland-born Foran made an impressive ... [more]

Bolt says he won't try the long jump for some time yet
Triple Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt says while he may try out the long jump it won't be in the near future. Bolt says he wants to try the ... [more]

India minister "satisfied, nervous" over games progress
New Delhi's chief minister Sheila Dikshit says India is somewhat nervous over the build-up for next year's Commonwealth Games. Serious concerns have been raised over the games next October after ... [more]

Federer says losing US Open final not so bad after all
Losing his US Open tennis title and 41-match winning streak is a huge blow, but Roger Federer says he won't be brooding over it. The world number one was finally ... [more]

Deans sticks with winning line-up
Hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau and winger Lachie Turner have been passed fit and named to play for Australia against the All Blacks in Saturday night's final Tri-Nations Test in Wellington. The ... [more]

Del Potro upsets Federer in US Open
Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro has beaten beat five-times defending champion Roger Federer in the final of the US tennis Open, a match lasting more than four hours. Del Potro ... [more]

SANAZR says due diligence still ahead on Four Nations
Rugby's Tri-Nations could become the Four-Nations after Argentina 's conditional invitation to join South Africa New Zealand and Australia from 2012. Rugby officials in Argentina are enthusiastic but the Tri-Nations' ... [more]

Clijsters prefers home comforts to tilt at top ranking
Despite needing just a month to hurtle from nowhere to 19th in the world rankings, new US Open tennis champion Kim Clijsters has no intention of racking up the air ... [more]

Malaysian money brings Lotus back to F1
A glorious name from Formula One's past will return next year with Lotus set to make a comeback as a Malaysian-owned team. Lotus will replace BMW-Sauber as the 13th entry ... [more]

Manchester City's Adebayor charged over stamping
The Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been charged by the English Football Association over a stamping incident on former team-mate Robin van Persie in Sunday's 4-2 Premier League win ... [more]

Quota for 'home-grown' Premier League players
England's top flight football clubs will have their squads limited to 25 next season with eight players having to be 'home-grown'. The Premier League says its 20 clubs have agreed ... [more]

Federer not so disappointed after shock loss
Roger Federer took it on the chin after his golden run at the US Tennis Open was ended yesterday by the 20 year old Argentine Juan Martin del Potro. The ... [more]

Indian sports boss concerned about Commonwealth Games
India's top sports official has called for a revamp of the New Delhi Commonwealth Games organising committee after widespread concerns over preparations for the event. Randhir Singh, secretary general of ... [more]

Pelous on IRB committee
The former France and Toulouse captain Fabien Pelous has been appointed to the rugby committee of the sport's world governing body, the International Rugby Board. The rugby committee advises the ... [more]

Flintoff rejects England contract
Andrew Flintoff has effectively gone freelance after the all rounder rejected the offer of an England cricket contract. The 31-year-old, who retired from Test cricket after England's Ashes triumph last ... [more]

Inu included in Eels NRL semi final lineup
Parramatta have named Kiwis international Krisnan Inu in their side to play the Gold Coast in Friday's National Rugby League semi-final in Sydney. Inu missed the Eels' 25-12 win over ... [more]

Del Potro makes number five and ATP Tour finals
Argentina's new US Open tennis champion Juan Martin del Potro has moved up a place on the world rankings to number five and is now the fifth singles player to ... [more]

Dairy exports boost manufacturing sales
A lift in exports of dairy products helped bolster the volume of manufacturing sales, though prices fell. [more]

UEFA unrepentent despite diving ban not sticking
The governing body of European football has defended its decision to ban Arsenal's Croatian striker Eduardo da Silva for diving to win a penalty. His appeal against a two-match ban ... [more]

Good, bad and the ugly in Champions League openers
The opening group matches of the European Champions League have dished up footballing fare ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. Two trademark set-piece goals from Portugese star Cristiano Ronaldo ... [more]

Fire at North Shore appliance business
More than 60 firefighters from around Auckland have been battling a large blaze at a two-storey appliance company building on the North Shore. [more]

Govt faces attack over Maori super-council seats
The Government has come under attack from one of its own support parties during spirited debate in Parliament on the Auckland super-city legislation. [more]

Land Ministry has hurt Solomon Islands economy says Commissioner
Solomon Islands new Lands Commissioner says corruption in the Lands Ministry has hurt the country's economy. Ruth Liloqula recently became the country's first female Lands Commissioner in addition to her... [more]

American Samoa's Samoa Packing donates money to local village district
Less than three weeks before it's closure, COS Samoa Packing cannery has made a 5,000 US dollar donation to a district in American Samoa were the plant is located. Samoa... [more]

Root crop council to be established in Fiji
A root crop Council will soon be established in Fiji to protect the interests of crop producers and exporters. The AgroMarketing Authority's chief executive, Ilaisa Cavu, told the Fiji Times... [more]

CNMI's August visitor arrival numbers increased
August visitor arrivals to the Northern Mariana Islands posted a 9-percent increase compared to August 2008. The positive turn is credited in part to high travel demand during the summer... [more]

American company offers a vessel for American Samoa's ferry service
A company based in Florida in the United States is offering to provide a 12 million dollar vessel for an inter island ferry service in American Samoa. Samoa News has... [more]

French Senate upholds Flosseā€™s immunity in Tahiti corruption probe
The French Senate has refused to act on a request by the judiciary to lift the parliamentary immunity of French Polynesia's Gaston Flosse, who is suspected to have played a... [more]

Number of of drug resistant TB cases in Papua New Guinea is rising
The number of drug resistant tuberculosis cases in Papua New Guinea is rising. Four drugs are given to treat the microbacterium but these drugs are becoming less effective as multi-drug... [more]

Land deals in Solomon Islands could see charges laid says Commissioner
The new Lands Commissioner in Solomon Islands says an investigation into corruption in the ministry responsible for administering crown land could result in criminal charges being laid. The Permanent Secretary... [more]

Vanuatu publisher apologises over education policy claim
The publisher of Vanuatu's Daily Post news paper, Marc Neil Jones, has apologised to the education minister, Charlot Salwai, for a misleading article about the new government policy on free... [more]

Ponting piles on England agony as Australia go 5-0 up
Skipper Ricky Ponting has piled on the misery for England's cricketers with a masterful century in Nottingham to help Australia claim a comfortable four-wicket win and a 5-0 lead in ... [more]

Ports of Auckland owner confident of future
The parent company of Ports of Auckland is confident of its future, despite its slide in proft and heavy indebtedness. [more]

French Polynesia's Tahoeraa welcomes Flosse immunity decision
French Polynesia's opposition Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party has welcomed a French senate decision not to lift the parliamentary immunity of Gaston Flosse who is also the party's founder and its veteran... [more]

Some All Blacks performances not up to scratch
The All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith says they've put the players on notice that places in the team are up for grabs. Smith says they haven't been happy with ... [more]

Front row battle key at Cake Tin
Fresh from conquering the Springboks pack, Wallabies prop Benn Robinson says Australia face a far more difficult task at scrum time against the All Blacks in the final Tri-Nations Test in ... [more]

Wallabies arrive with settled side
The Wallabies are clearly the more settled side heading into this weekend's final Tri-Nations match against the All Blacks in Wellington. Following their emphatic win over the Springboks, the Wallabies ... [more]

Heineken Open still hopeful of Del Potro signature
Although Juan Martin del Potro's win at the US tennis Open may raise his asking price, the organisers of Auckland's Heineken Open still hope to secure the big Argentine's signature ... [more]

Whitelock and Crotty out for Canterbury's Shield defence
There are four changes to the Canterbury rugby team to face Taranaki in Friday night's Ranfurly Shield defence in Christchurch. Captain and openside flanker George Whitelock and second-five Ryan Crotty ... [more]

Jailed New Caledonian unionists to take appeal to Paris
New Caledonia's jailed USTKE unionists have decided to take their case to the highest court in France after the Court of Appeal in Noumea had upheld their jailing. Radio New... [more]

Brisbane court sets aside Moti subpoena bids
A Brisbane judge has ordered subpoenas against two Australian Government agencies issued by the former Solomon Islands Attorney-General, Julian Moti, to be set aside. Through his lawyers, Mr Moti issued... [more]

Vanuatu fishing vessel hits Port Vila reef
A long line fishing boat belonging to the newly established Vanuatu Tuna Fishing Company is stuck on a reef in Port Vila harbour. The vessel hit the reef this morning... [more]

Solomons official cites strong tax system to help sovereignty
The Solomon Islands acting Inland Revenue Commissioner says establishing a strong tax system is crucial to establishing the sovereignty of the nation. Andrew Minto says hundreds of businesses have been... [more]

Flaxmere man found dead in home named
Police in Hastings have identified a 60-year-old man found dead in his home earlier this week. [more]

Hawaii scientists off for fresh reef exploration
Marine scientists in Hawaii are this week to make another expedition to explore the coral reefs around the mostly uninhabited northwestern islands of the archipelago. On a just completed trip... [more]

Vanuatu fishing vessel pulled off reef
The Vanuatu Tuna Fishing company has managed to pull its fishing boat off the reef near Port Vila. The vessel hit the reef this morning when it wanted to leave... [more]

Claims of secret night repairs to fated Tongan ferry
Allegations have surfaced that the fated Tongan ferry Princess Ashika was repaired at night to stop people from querying its seaworthiness. The claims, reported in Tonga's Kele'a newspaper, stem from... [more]

Body of FSM soldier killed in Afghanistan due in Pohnpei
The body of a US soldier from the Federated States of Micronesia is expected to be returned to Pohnpei on Friday. Army Sergeant Youvert Loney died in Afghanistan where he... [more]

Oxfam urges NZ to make genuine commitment to climate change adaptation
The NGO Oxfam says the New Zealand Government has to be put real funding on the table to help poor countries adapt to climate change. A new Oxfam report is... [more]

BMW sell F1 team to Swiss-based Qadbak
BMW has sold its Formula One motor racing team to Qadbak Investments, a Swiss-based foundation representing unnamed Middle Eastern interests, and expects it to compete next season despite losing a ... [more]

Seven changes to All Blacks
There are seven changes to the All Blacks side to play Australia this weekend. Five of them are personnel and two positional from the side that lost to South Africa ... [more]

French Polynesian nuke test veterans stunned by French U-turn
The Moruroa e Tatou nuclear test veterans association in French Polynesia has expressed surprise that a fresh compensation ruling is being appealed by the French state. This follows an undertaking... [more]

Fiji squatters repair their own road after damage made it unpassable
A key road into a squatter settlement in Suva in Fiji has just been paid for and fixed entirely by the people living along it. Patterson Drive, an old disused... [more]

New rules likely to determine new matais in American Samoa
The American Samoa Senate has approved and sent to the House of Representative a bill that would make changes to the legal process for determining successors to matai titles. The... [more]

Fiji interim Government names official to scrutinise the legal profession
The Fiji interim regime has named a former High Court Judge, John Connors, as its first Independent Legal Services Commissioner. His role will be to investigate complaints against lawyers -... [more]

Tahiti judges summon Flosse after Senate upholds his immunity
Investigative judges in Tahiti have summoned French Polynesia's veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, only hours after the French Senate refused to lift his parliamentary immunity. They have asked to speak to... [more]

Tonga Port Authority head unhappy damning ferry letter has gone public
The general manager of the Tonga Port Authority says a letter he wrote describing the sunken ferry Princess Ashika as unseaworthy was never meant for the public. Commander Lupeti Vi's... [more]

Warning for council boss charged with drink-driving
Invercargill City Council has issued its chief executive with his first and final written warning following a drink-driving charge. [more]

Police divers recover council worker's body
Police have recovered the body of a Waikato Regional Council worker who drowned at Port Waikato. [more]