Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 22nd September 2009

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Reeling in the years 1968
Glen Campbell, our special guest with us focusing around the year 1968. [more]

Orchid Protest
A Tauranga orchid grower has made headlines by dumping a truckload of ruined flowers outside the offices of a company responsible for an insecticide he claims has devastated his business. [more]

The Beret project
Berets are on the way back in, that's if they ever went out, according to beret afficiando and blogger Daan Kolthoff of Wellington. [more]

He Rourou for 22 September 2009
Before she died, Master weaver Digger Te Kanawa made a special feather cloak for each of her children. The cloaks, which are normally stored at a museum, adorned the stage at the recent annual Creative NZ Maori arts awards. In He Rourou today Ana Tapiata talks with another Master weaver Whero Bailey about the touching gesture by her close friend who only passed away a few months ago [more]

Asian report for 22 September 2009
We're right in the middle of the Auckland Heritage Festival and this year they are highlighting Chinese Heritage. [more]

Science story - booster Broccoli
Booster Broccoli, the first in a new range of so-called"super"vegetables, was launched in Australia last month. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With today's guests Bomber Bradbury and Graham Bell. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With today's guests Bomber Bradbury and Graham Bell. [more]

Business News

Morning business for 22 September 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets update for 22 September 2009
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 22 September 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 22 September 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 22 September 2009
News from the business sector. [more]


Stephen McDonald jailed for 13 years
The man who sparked a police chase through Auckland in which an innocent teenager was shot dead has just been sentenced to 13 years in prison with a minium non-parole period of eight years. [more]

Naitoko family spokesperson reacts to McDonald sentencing
Peter Sykes is a spokesperson for the Naitoko family - he joins us now. [more]

Farmers welcome milk payout announcement
The country's due for a 750 million dollar economic boost with the biggest exporter Fonterra today announcing a hefty 55 cent increase in the forecast milk payout for famers. [more]

Nick Smith called a liar during ETS spat
A senior Labour MP has called the Climate Change Minister Nick Smith a liar as MPs argued over the cost of the Government's emissions trading scheme. [more]

David Bain's uncle breaks his silence
The uncle of David Bain has broken his silence in the wake of his nephew's acquittal, saying he and his family are unhappy with the judical process that saw David Bain walk free. [more]

MP spotted reading while driving
The National MP Paul Hutchison has apologised after being caught out for reading behind the wheel while driving on Auckland's motorway. [more]

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

Survey backs claims economic recovery has begun
A survey of ten large institutions suggests a year and a half of economic decline is over. [more]

Deficit improvement expected to be short-lived
Lower payments to foreign investors have led to a significant improvement in the country's financial position with the rest of the world. [more]

Explosion at Haywards substation
An explosion and fire at a key part of the national power grid has been blamed on an electrical fault. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Farmer in court over ill-treatment of cow
A Taihape District Court has heard that a cow which was impaled on the front fork of a tractor, and which a farmer believed to be dead, was in fact alive and conscious. [more]

Nick Smith called a liar during ETS spat
A senior Labour MP has called the Climate Change Minister Nick Smith a liar as MPs argued over the cost of the Government's emissions trading scheme. [more]

Arson suspected as Queensland heats up
Fire crews have been fighting bushfires across Southern Queensland as the region bakes. [more]

Economists say dairy boost comes as welcome relief
Fonterra's payout boost could mean as much as an extra seventy thousand dollars a year for the average dairy farmer, but according to one industry expert, it won't be enough for those with heavy debt to get back into black. [more]

Enquiry into death of man while in British military custody
A public enquiry is underway into the death of an Iraqi man who was tortured while he was held in British military custody. [more]

Food Act to be overhauled
A national restaurant grading system and tougher penalties are part of an overhaul of the Food Act expected to be in place by the beginning of 2011. [more]

Microbes used to clean up Antarctica oil spills
Scientists from the Australian Antarctic Division say they've come up with a method of using microbes to remove oil spills. [more]

Vikings not as fearsome as thought
The Vikings were fearsome warriors who wore helmets with horns, and roamed the seas off the coast of Britain in medieval times. [more]

Pokie Trust Fraud hearing underway
A former MP is one of four people accused of being involved in a complex pokie trust fraud. [more]

Fiji: GCC meeting house built when there is no GCC
It's taken four years and millions of dollars to build - but a special meeting house for Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs will be opened this week. [more]

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

Inquest probes suspected dog attack near Alice Springs
A coroner in Alice Springs has told an inquest"it's unacceptable that in the 21st century, packs of dogs roam the streets, biting, mauling and eating parts of citizens". [more]

UN rallys political support for climate change conference
With just three months to go before the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, the UN Secretary General, is using the UN's annual General Assembly to push leaders to"seal the deal." [more]

Japan's new leader to make debut on world stage
Japan's new Prime Minister makes his debut on the international stage later today with his bold plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions. [more]

Freedom camper confusion prompts calls for change
Calls are being made for a much more consistent approach to the rules around so-called freedom camping. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Renault escapes with suspended ban
The French Formula One team, Renault, has escaped an immediate ban from motor racing despite admitting to what's been labelled the worst single piece of cheating in the sport's history. [more]

Hope for paraplegics
Scientists in Switzerland have been able to make paralysed rats run again. [more]

U.N. to relocate 27,000 refugees in Chad
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Chad has confirmed that efforts are underway to relocate 27,000 refugees from a camp located dangerously close to the Sudanese border. [more]

Economic downturn benefits climate change
New evidence suggests the global economic downturn has led to the biggest fall in carbon emissions in more than 3 decades. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 22 September 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 22 September 2009
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for 22 September 2009
NZ prisoner numbers highest ever, Minister of Corrections comments on the prisoner numbers, ETS changes ruin forestry plantings until 2020, grieving father hopes changes prevent further deaths, US Afghanistan mission will"fail"without more troops, and Telecom admits major delays for repairs in Northland. [more]

UN chief under fire over climate change
As world leaders gather this week in New York for the United Nations General Assembly and the largest ever gathering on Climate Change, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon is facing a gathering storm. [more]

NZ forestry planning for ETS
The forestry sector is working out the best ways to cash in on the Emissions Trading Scheme, which is being introduced to Parliament on Thursday. [more]

Pacific news for 22 September 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Record number of prisoners a"national disgrace"
A criminologist is calling the record number of prisoners behind bars a"national disgrace". The corrections Minister, Judith Collins, says there are now 8,509 people in jail - more than at any other time in this country's history. [more]

Opposition criticises SAS troops in Afghanistan
The Prime Minister is defending the decision to send SAS troops back to Afghanistan, despite growing concerns about the legitimacy of that country's Government. [more]

NZ prisoner numbers highest ever
The Corrections Minister, Judith Collins, says there are now more prisoners behind bars than at any other time in this country's history and more prison beds are needed to keep New Zealanders safe. [more]

Minister of Corrections responds
We wanted to speak to someone from Corrections about the problems they are facing with overcrowding and what they are doing about it. [more]

ETS changes ruin forestry plantings until 2020
New analysis suggest the Government's changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme may have killed off new forest plantings for carbon credits by up to a decade. [more]

Grieving father hopes changes prevent further deaths
The man whose daughter's death prompted a review of the adventure tourism sector says urgent changes are needed to prevent more fatalities this summer. [more]

US Afghanistan mission will"fail"without more troops
Just one week after New Zealand sent 71 elite SAS troops to Afghanistan, a confidential report by the United States' top military commander warns the mission will"fail"unless troop numbers are increased. [more]

Telecom admits major delays for repairs in Northland
Telecom's fixed line network company, Chorus, is finally admitting ongoing industrial action is causing major delays for some of its customers. [more]

Supermarket rebranding to create up to 3000 new jobs
Progressive, the country's second largest supermarket company, is predicting thousands of new jobs will be created from a rebranding exercise which will see the end of its Woolworths and Foodstuffs names. [more]

Sports news for 22 September 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Christchurch residents vow to fight new probation centre
Residents in the Christchurch suburb of Opawa are pledging to stop a new probation and psychological services centre being built in their area. [more]

Scepticism over UN climate change meeting
Prime Minister John Key is due to meet United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in New York this morning, as more than 100 world leaders attempt to negotiate an agreement to reduce greenhouse emissions. [more]

Wellington carpooling scheme off to good start
The country's first region-wide carpooling scheme is proving a hit in the Wellington area. [more]

Adventure tourism under the spotlight
There are concerns New Zealand's brand as an world-leading adventure destination may be under threat after a series of tourist deaths. [more]

Bans imposed for Formula One race-fixing crash
Punishments have been handed out in what's been called the worst and most extraordinary conspiracy ever to embroil Formula One racing. [more]

Immigration figures provide boost for business
The construction and retail sectors are experiencing increased demand due to a three-fold increase in immigration. [more]

Progressive consolidates its supermarket chains
The country's second largest supermarket company, Progressive Enterprises, is dumping it's Woolworths and Foodtown brands and instead is spending one billion dollars to rebrand all the stores as Countdown. [more]

Stevedore positions likely to go in Port Otago restructure
Workers at Port Otago face an anxious wait after being told up to 35 positions at the harbour are being canned. [more]

Sports news for 22 September 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Whangarei pushing for harbour weir and drawbridge
The days of mud and mangroves may be numbered in Whangarei. [more]

Former President of French Polynesia in corruption probe
The former President of French Polynesia looks set to be charged as part of a corruption investigation. [more]

Waatea news for 22 September 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Deaf Foundation warning
The Foundation for the Deaf is urging parents to keep a closer ear on the toys they buy, saying they could be damaging their children's hearing. [more]

British Attorney General grilled over new expenses claims
The MPs expenses scandal which shook Westminster has struck again, this time involving a key member of Gordon Brown's Cabinet. [more]


Flatback Turtles
Dr. Kellie Pendoley is a marine biology consultant. Dr. Penoley works with the flatback turtles of Barrow Island and the environmental threats to this Australian specie. [more]

Dollars and Sense
Dr. Neville Bennett is an economic historian from the University of Canterbury. We took a look back to the financial lessons of 1890 in New Zealand. [more]

Clue number 3. [more]

Clue number 4. [more]

Nine To Noon

Michael Bain
The younger brother of Robin Bain, and uncle of David, wants to clear Robin's name. [more]

Whanau Ora policy
Tariana Turia, Maori Party co-leader and spokesperson, on Whanau Ora policy. [more]

Kiwi men lack style
Douglas Lloyd Jenkins, Director of Hawke's Bay Museum and Art Gallery and co-author of a yet to be published book on NZ fashion. [more]

US correspondent - Luiza Savage
Latest news and views from the United States. [more]

Feature guest - Robyn Judkins
Legend of the multisport events industry both here and internationally, Robyn Judkins is best known as the founder of the gruelling trans-alpine event, the Coast to Coast. [more]

Book review - New York
by Edward Rutherford. Reviewed by Rae McGregor, published by Century. [more]

Business and economics commentator Rod Oram discusses changes to Fonterra's capital structure, and the government's broadband investment policy. [more]

Deep sea diving for shipwrecks
Aucklander Pete Mesley is an expert deep-sea diver who's recently been working for National Geographic. [more]

Denis Welch discusses the latest media issues and the art of headline writing. [more]

Moon - Duncan Jones
Formerly known as Zowie Bowie, Duncan Jones is the son of glam rocker David Bowie. He's stepping out of his father's shadow and earning his own acclaim as a film maker. His low budget science fiction feature film debut Moon, features a robot voiced by Kevin Spacey. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question time for 22 September 2009
1. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on New Zealand's external financial position? 2. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: When he said last week in the House that the Government was interested in "making sure that our scheme is affordable", what is the estimated cost to the New Zealand taxpayer over the life of the scheme of the changes he announced to the Emissions Trading Scheme? 3. RAHUI KATENE to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What advice has he received about the actions of Waitakere City Council who have decided to stop granting consents for more gambling venues and gaming machines, and is their new "sinking lid" policy likely to have implications for local government policy at a national level? 4. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Finance: What criteria, if any, did he establish for Ministers when they were reprioritising expenditure in their portfolios? 5. ALLAN PEACHEY to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on consultation with parents about National Standards? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that "we do not believe that any Government programme will be able to prevent a significant rise in unemployment"? 7. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister of Transport: Will he reconsider his decision to stop work on a vehicle fuel economy standard for New Zealand, in light of the recent US Government announcement that all new vehicles will have to meet 156 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre by 2016? 8. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Have officials advised him that the changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme transfer the costs away from polluters to taxpayers? 9. SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Agriculture: What steps has the Government recently taken to further primary sector innovation? 10. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Transport: Does he believe that communities must be involved in road safety education and activities to help prevent injuries and accidents, particularly for children? 11. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Labour: Why is the Government undertaking a review of safety in the adventure tourism sector? 12. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister responsible for Ministerial Services: Further to his answer to the House on 10 September, who decided the criteria that must be met before it is permissible to lease a home from a family trust for use as a ministerial residence and when was that decision made? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 22 September 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 22 September 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Gao Ping and Reiko Suzuki
Chinese born pianist and composer and Japanese violinist playing a concert in Christchurch this week. [more]

John Kliem
Upbeat jazz contributor looks at the work of Medeski, Martin and Wood. [more]

Martin Lodge and Jeremy Mayall
Hamilton based composers talk about upcoming Okta ensemble concert featuring the Sonic Warp group. [more]

News stories:

French Polynesia investigators arrest a Tahoeraa Huiraatira technician
Investigators in French Polynesia have arrested a technician employed by the Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party for allegedly destroying evidence relevant to a corruption probe. He was initially detained at the end... [more]

Renault handed suspended ban over "crashgate"
The Renault Formula One team has been given a suspended ban for ordering Nelson Piquet junior to crash during last year's Singapore Grand Prix. The International Automobile Federation have ... [more]

Champions Trophy starts tonight
Cricket's second biggest 50-over event, the biennial Champions Trophy, begins in South Africa tonight, as the sport's top eight teams vie for glory. The tournament was to have been held ... [more]

Football stars honour Sir Bobby Robson
Some of the biggest names in football have paid their respects to the former England manager Sir Bobby Robson at a memorial service in Durham cathedral. Among those who paid ... [more]

Former Aussie coach torches Deans assistants
Australia's former World Cup-winning rugby coach Bob Dwyer is blaming Robbie Deans assistants Jim Willliams and Richard Graham for Australia's poor record in the Tri-Nations. After the Wallabies' 6th ... [more]

South Korea added to F1 calendar
South Korea will make its Formula One motor racing debut next year while Canada will return to the calendar subject to contract negotiations. The season, expanded to a record-equalling ... [more]

Ablett wins Brownlow medal
The Geelong Aussie rules star Gary Ablett was last night presented with the sport's highest individual honour, the Brownlow Medal. The 25-year-old midfield star was a popular recipient of ... [more]

Steyn arrives in France
The Springbok superboot Francois Steyn has arrived in France to start his stint with Parisian rugby club Racing-Metro. The 22-year-old will start training this week and could be included in the ... [more]

French halfback hails Wilkinson's form
The French rugby halfback Frederic Michalak has hailed Jonny Wilkinson's performance for Toulon after the England first five scored all his side's points in an 18-13 victory over Toulouse ... [more]

Nadal out of Thailand tournament
The world tennis number two Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week's Thailand Open as he continues to recover from an abdominal injury. The 23-year-old Spaniard suffered a heavy defeat ... [more]

NZ hockey umpire at World Cup
New Zealand will have a male umpire at the elite level of Hockey for the first time since 2004, next year following Simon Taylor's appointment to the 2010 Men's World ... [more]

Brown added to Kiwis squad
Rookie Warriors second rower Lewis Brown has been added to the Kiwis' train-on squad preparing for next month's one-off Test against Tonga and the inaugural Four Nations tournament in England ... [more]

Fiji midwife says early retirement age has impacted maternal health
A Fiji midwife says her country's early retirement age is having an impact on maternal health. The interim government in Fiji lowered the retirement age for civil servants to 55... [more]

Up to 35 Port of Otago jobs to go
Up to 35 jobs will go in a restructuring of the workforce at Port Otago. Most of the positions affected are frontline stevedoring roles. [more]

Warning on health risk of noisy toys
The Foundation for the Deaf says toys that are too noisy could be damaging the health of children, and parents should consider that before buying them. [more]

Motiti Island to get flying doctor service
Motiti Island in the Bay of Plenty is getting its own flying doctor service. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Tuesday's papers: John Key goes to New York for high-level talks; a former MP faces criminal charges over an alleged pokie scam; future insecure for unsafe adventure tourism operators. [more]

NZ Pacific MP critical of Tonga's move not to ratify UN Convention
The Tongan government's decision not to ratify a treaty to improve the rights of women has come in for criticism at a parliamentary hearing on maternal health in the Pacific. [more]

Answers wanted in American Samoa over Tulafono blocking a business license
In Pago Pago, American Samoan Representative Galumalemana Bill Satele has asked for a hearing into why the governor is withholding a business license for MYD Samoa Inc, which operates the... [more]

Trade Disputes panel in Solomon Islands meets with Public Employees Union
Salary increases for some public servants will be discussed before the Trade Disputes Panel in Solomon Islands today. The National Teachers Association has signed a deal with government agreeing to... [more]

Solomons public employment dispute remains unresolved
The Solomon Islands Public Employees Union says its members will be in limbo for another two weeks as the Trades Dispute Panel has made no decision on living cost adjustments. [more]

Fiji chiefly meeting house gets name change
The multi-million dollar meeting house built as a home for Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs is now likely to be officially called just Meeting House, Vale ni Bose. The new... [more]

NZAID to look into PNG health aid request
The New Zealand government aid agency, NZAID, says it will look at a request for funding to boost training for reproductive health workers in Papua New Guinea, but says it's... [more]

60 works by Hotere to go under auction hammer
A collection of 60 Ralph Hotere works is to be offered for sale by auction. [more]

Woman rescued from house fire dies
An elderly Canterbury woman rescued from a Rangiora house fire on Sunday has died in Christchurch Hospital. [more]

South Pacific Express suspends flights
The Samoan airline, South Pacific Express, or SPEX, has suspended flight operations. In a media release, the Chief Executive Officer Captain John McNeely says flight operations have been placed on... [more]

Cooks about to open Pacific Mini Games
The Cook Islands has done away with the traditional flame and is using an o'e vaka or paddle as its symbol for the launch the Pacific Mini Games on the... [more]

SPC confirms its dealings with Fiji despite suspensions from other bodies
The Director General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Dr Jimmie Rodgers, says all the countries it deals with, including Fiji, will be treated equally. Mr Rodgers was speaking... [more]

Telecom's problems 'hurting Northland business'
Northland's Chamber of Commerce says Telecom's industrial problems are hurting business in the region. [more]

Gang insignia charge withdrawn
One of the first people to be arrested under Wanganui's gang patch bylaw has had his charge withdrawn in court. [more]

Afghanistan could be another Vietnam, warns Goff
The Labour Party leader Phil Goff has warned that the war in Afghanistan could be turning into another Vietnam. [more]

Fears for forest planting under new-look ETS
New analysis suggests the Government's changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) could put forest plantings back by up to a decade. [more]

Fire out after explosion at substation
Fire fighters have managed to put out a blaze at Wellington's main power substation on Tuesday. No was injured in the incident. [more]

French Polynesia cable project investigated
Reports from French Polynesia say one of the judges probing the so-called OPT affair is now in Paris to look into the granting of a contract to lay an underwater... [more]

France helps restore Vanuatu seismic station
The French government has signed a deal with a New Caledonian institute to build a new seismic station in the Vanuatu capital, Port Vila, to replace the one burnt down... [more]

American Samoa lawmakers to be briefed about cannery purchase plan
American Samoa's governor, Togiola Tulafono, has reportedly submitted to the Fono for approval an appropriation bill of about 4.5 million US dollars to fund the government's offer to purchase COS... [more]

Hawke's Bay farmers facing fourth year of drought
Predictions of another El Nino weather pattern have got Hawke's Bay farmers preparing for a fourth consecutive year of drought. [more]

Ratings agency warning to South Canterbury Finance
Credit rating agency Standard and Poor's has placed South Canterbury Finance on notice, saying its BB+ rating may be downgraded if the company's lack of liquidity is not addressed soon. [more]

Supermarket giant counting down to brand merger
New Zealand's second largest supermarket company says a rebranding exercise will create up to 3,000 permanent jobs and deliver lower prices to customers. [more]

Property developer wins case against Crown
The Court of Appeal has found that a Wellington property developer was within his rights not to settle on the purchase of the former Napier hospital site from the Crown Health Financing Agency. [more]

Carpooling scheme exceeds expectations
New Zealand's first region-wide carpooling scheme has exceeded expectations. About 800 people have signed on to the Wellington Regional Council's scheme since it was launched four months ago. [more]

Whangarei might get weir as well as second bridge
The Whangarei District Council is to investigate the cost of an upper harbour weir and lock, to go with the bridge being planned. [more]

Penguins died of starvation, not rat poison
The Department of Conservation says starvation not rat poison is to blame for penguin deaths in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf. [more]

Secretary acknowledges Treasury has to raise its game
Treasury Secretary John Whitehead says the department has to raise its game after a second blunder over lost documents this month. [more]

President of Hungary to visit
The President of Hungary will visit New Zealand later this week. [more]

Food safety review announced
The Government has announced a review of food safety and says a new law will be in place either late next year or by early 2011. [more]

Only one answer to prison bed shortage, says Collins
The Government says it will not be releasing prisoners from jail early as a way of easing a prison bed shortage, as has been done in the American state of Illinois. Double-bunking is the only option, it says. [more]

Dan Brown thriller already discounted
Less than a week after its release, a new thriller by author Dan Brown is already being sold at a discount from its recommended retail price. [more]

Damage to orchid industry 'far worse' than feared
The New Zealand Export Growers Orchid Association says the damage done to the industry by a new insecticide is much worse than anyone realised. [more]

Hearing begins for former MP accused of fraud
A hearing is under way in Auckland for a former MP and three others accused of being involved in a complex gaming trust fraud. [more]

Plans for giant sculpture near airport scrapped
Plans for a $3 million giant fish hook to mark the northern entrance to Wellington have been abandoned out of fear it would be a hazard to aircraft. [more]

Vanuatu landowners force Santo college to close
Landowners forced the Vanuatu Agriculture College on Santo to close its doors late last week. The college, built by the Chinese Government, began operating last year. The landowners accuse the... [more]

Two more detentions in French Polynesia's OPT probe
Investigators in French Polynesia have detained two more people for questioning in connection with the probe into the affairs of the OPT telecommunications company. According to local television, the two... [more]

Arms probe ends Samoa police commissioner's career
Samoa's previous Police Commissioner did not reapply for his job because of the inquiry into arms smuggling from American Samoa earlier in the year. Papalii Lorenese Neru completes his term... [more]

Solomons PM lists impediments to progress
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Dr Derek Sikua, says disputes, violence and corruption are the reason little progress has been made in 31 years of independence. He says another hindrance... [more]

Fiji's GCC gone but gets new building
There is no further indication as to the future of Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs, although a specially built meeting house is due to be officially opened this week. The... [more]

Another firm in gun over English tourist's death
A King Country adventure tourism company is in the Te Kuiti District Court facing two charges following the death of an English backpacker near Waitomo Caves last year. [more]

Man who caused officer's death appeals sentence
A man who admitted causing the death of a Porirua police officer has sought a reduced sentence in the Court of Appeal. [more]

Free whooping cough jabs for health workers
Front-line health workers who deal with babies will be offered free whooping cough vaccinations in an effort to stop the disease spreading. [more]

No lack of incentive for Silver Ferns despite series already being lost
There's no lack of incentive for the New Zealand netballers in tomorrow night's fifth test, despite having lost the series to Australia. The test marks Irene Van Dyk's 100th for ... [more]

Briatore now in trouble with English football officialdom
The disgraced former boss of the Renault Formula One team, Flavio Briatore, now faces questions over his role as co-owner of England's Queens Park Rangers Football Club. The Football ... [more]

South Korea to host first Formula One grand prix
South Korea is to stage its first Formula One race next year. The sport's governing body the FIA has announed the 19-race season will open in Bahrain on March ... [more]

All Blacks back for Wellington
The Wellington rugby team will have the services of 3 All Blacks for Thursday night's Air New Zealand Cup match against Southland in Wellington. Number eight Rodney So'oialo, winger Hosea ... [more]

Piquet's F1 career could be over
A former Formula One driver says he believes Nelson Piquet junior's driving career is effectively over. It's been found that Renault did order their then driver to deliberately crash during ... [more]

Henin may return to tennis
The Seven-time grand slam winner Justine Henin is due to announce her return to competitive tennis tonight according to reports in her native Belguim. Henin retired from tennis in 2008, ... [more]

ARU forced to cancel pre-tour trial match
The Australian Rugby Union has been forced to abandon a planned Possibles-Probables match as the final selection trial for the Wallabies end-of-season grand slam tour to the UK, over pay ... [more]

Transport still a problem for South Africa 2010
The FIFA president Sepp Blatter says transport remains the biggest problem ahead of next year's football World Cup finals in South Africa. Blatter was speaking at the launch of World ... [more]

Economy picking up, but 30,000 jobs yet to be lost
Finance Minister Bill English says he believes the New Zealand economy is pulling out of the recession but thinks it will be some time before recovery is reflected in a drop in unemployment. [more]

Renault apologises again
Renault have again sent out an apology to Formula One fans following the crashgate saga, which has seen the French manufacturer receive a suspended 2-year ban after being found guilty ... [more]

Henry concerned about young players moving back and forth
The All Blacks coach Graham Henry says he's not particularly happy with young players moving out of their franchise regions to play Super 14 rugby. The Hawke's Bay wing Zac ... [more]

Stand up for your father, uncle urges David Bain
David Bain's uncle says he should be standing up against suggestions that his father murdered his family. Michael Bain says he is speaking out for the first time since the verdict in June in order to clear his brother's name. [more]

Divers search river for missing man
The Police National Dive Squad has joined the search for a West Coast man missing near the Grey River since the weekend. [more]

Local opposition to building of probation centre
Residents in the Christchurch suburb of Opawa are vowing to stop a new probation and psychological services centre from being built in their area. [more]

American Samoa cannery bid shocks senator
A senator in American Samoa says he's shocked at the governor's offer to buy a local cannery that's about to close down. The governor says he has made an offer... [more]

Surge in immigration expected to create more jobs
The retail and construction industries are forecasting more jobs as a result of a surge in immigration. [more]

No extra facilities despite double-bunking, court told
The Employment Court has heard that in at least one prison where double-bunking is planned there is no intention to put in more dining facilities or bathrooms. [more]

Govt has numbers to pass car crushing legislation
The National Government has the numbers it needs to pass legislation allowing the confiscation and crushing of cars. [more]

Minister called a liar over emissions trading scheme
Climate Change Minister Nick Smith was called a liar in Parliament on Tuesday as MPs argued over the cost of the Government's Emissions Trading Scheme. [more]

NZ market down at close
The New Zealand share market fell 13 points, or 0.4%, to close at 3142 on Tuesday. Turnover was $64 million. [more]

Man at centre of motorway shooting jailed 13 years
A man who led police on an hour-long pursuit during a drug-fuelled rampage has been jailed for 13 years for his actions that led to the shooting of an innocent teenager. [more]