Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 24th September 2009

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

Afternoons

The best song ever written
Chris Mannion of Morrinsville has chosen Couldn't Love You More by John Martyn. [more]

Your Place
Today we're visiting another of our small towns - Naseby. This one is just 13km off the beaten track that is state highway 85, the road that runs through the Maniototo region of Central Otago. [more]

Sir Howard Morrison
The tributes are flowing for Sir Howard Morrison, who died this morning in Rotorua. [more]

He Rourou for 24 September 2009
National recognition of the art of Maori weaving means the art has credibility and can provide practitioners with a livelihood. Ana Tapiata talks with master weaver Whero Bailey about the benefits of having National Certificates and National Diplomas in Maori Weaving. [more]

Feature Album
Today's album is The Doors' 1969 experimental release, 'The Soft Parade'. [more]

Arts Report with Lynn Freeman
Arts and entertainment news, including a chat with people's artist Barry Thomas. [more]

Christchurch Story with Katy Gosset
This week we pay a visit to one of the country's lesser known religious groups, the Quakers, which is about to celebrate it's centenary. [more]

Environment Story with Alison Ballance
Renowned wildlife photographer Tui de Roy now calls Golden Bay home, but she was raised in the Galapagos Islands. These islands were made famous by Charles Darwin's observations and writings on the evolutionary processes he saw there. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
With Neil Miller and Tony Doe. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
With Neil Miller and Tony Doe. [more]

Business News

Morning business for 24 September 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Midday Business News for 24 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

Music great, Sir Howard Morrison, dies
He's called New Zealand's Greatest Entertainer. Today Sir Howard Morrison died at his home in Rotorua, aged 74. [more]

Surviving Howard Morrison Quartet member
Wi Wharekura is the last surviving member of the Howard Morrison Quartet. He lives in Australia and says he got the news of Sir Howard's death early this morning. [more]

Family members mourn loss of Sir Howard
Matthew Farrell was in Sir Howard's hometown of Rotorua, and joins us from outside the Ohinemutu Marae. [more]

NZ walks out of speech at UN General Assembly
New Zealand joined a staged walkout during the Iranian President Mahmoud Amadinejad's speech to the United Nations General Assembly. [more]

Kidnap victim convinced attacker will reoffend
A real estate agent who fought off a violent kidnap attempt says she has no doubt her attacker will reoffend yet again if released from jail. [more]

'Food police' cost hospice $15,000 in money for jam
A Northland hospice has lost a major source of funding because it can no longer sell home-made jam at it's charity shop. [more]

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

Avondale College stabbing
An international student from Avondale College who stabbed his Japanese teacher in the back has been sentenced to 18 months in prison and his family's been ordered to pay $10,000 in reparation. [more]

ETS bill passes first reading
A bill that makes significant changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme has passed its first reading in Parliament amid heated exchanges about it's true value and cost. [more]

Commission wants fraudsters banned from directorships
The Securities Commission's chairman wants harsher penalties given to fraudsters. [more]

Waatea news for 24 September 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Paintings thought to be worth $500,000
An auction of dozens of works from one of the country's most significant artists, Ralph Hotere, has been called off after he raised questions about who owns the the paintings. [more]

Christchurch reveals cost of Ellerslie Flower Show
The Christchurch City Council has finally bowed to an Ombudsman ruling and revealed how much it paid for the Ellerslie Flower Show, which it bought in 2007. [more]

John Travolta
The American actor John Travolta has been describing how he tried to save the life of his son, after he suffered a fatal seizure at their home in the Bahamas. [more]

Temuera Morrison remembers his uncle Howard
Actor Temuera Morrison says his uncle's death has come as a shock, as his health had improved in recent times. [more]

MPs pay tribute to Sir Howard Morrison
MPs have paid tribute to Sir Howard. [more]

A look back at Sir Howard's remarkable life
Above and beyond his acclaimed stage career, Sir Howard also won respect as a cultural ambassador and advocate for Maori health, education and development. [more]

Labtests bows to sector pressure
Auckland firm Labtests has bowed to pressure and will pay some doctors to take blood from patients. [more]

Canterbury Regional Council in turmoil
It's been a tumultuous day for the Canterbury Regional Council - Sir Kerry Burke has been removed as chairperson, and the auditor-general is investigating three councillors. [more]

Concern decision will strain Australia-China relations
The Australian government looks set to reject Chinese investment in an outback mining operation, after defence officials said the project would threaten national security. [more]

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

Law survey
Almost 2/3 of New Zealanders believe the average person cannot afford to bring a case to court. [more]

Findings may prevent electric power plants growth
New research in the United States shows energy efficiency is getting cheaper. [more]

Russia close to agreeing with US
Russia has come closer than ever to the US position that Iran should face harsh sanctions unless it makes concessions about it's nuclear programme. [more]

President Obama's address
A year ago it was President Bush delivering his view of the challenges facing the world to the UN General Assembly in New York. He warned the world about the dangers of terrorism. Stark contrast, then, to the pursuit of peace and climate change that were among the top 4 goals for President Obama in his address. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Community sentence for motor manslaughter case
The former husband of a Wairarapa woman found guilty of the manslaughter of their son following a car crash, says he is disappointed with her community-based sentence. [more]

Preventive detention for repeat violent offender
A man who viciously attacked a Wairarapa real estate agent during a robbery attempt has been jailed indefinitely, but his victims are warning he will reoffend if released. [more]

Woman awarded $11,000 over abortion slander
A court in Poland has awarded US$11,000 in damages to a woman who was likened to a child killer by a Roman Catholic magazine for wanting an abortion. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 24 September 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 24 September 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for 24 September 2009
The recession may be over but jobless figures are tipped to rise. Predictions up to a quarter of the population could have been infected with swine flu. Barack Obama signals a new era of co-operation with the UN and Sydney experiences its worst dust storm since the second world war. [more]

Number of mentally ill in prison criticised
A former prison service boss is criticising what he says is the inexcusably high number of people with mental health problems in prison. [more]

Pacific news for 24 September 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Up to a quarter of all Kiwis have had Swine Fly
Health Authorities are warning to prepare for a second wave of swine flu. [more]

Government says agreement on tobacco reforms long way off yet
Maori Party calls for a total ban on smoking are not getting much traction, but plans to increase tobacco tax and to ban displays, are still firmly on the table. [more]

Recession over but job losses to continue
New Zealand may be out of recession but job losses and belt tightening is expected to continue for some time. [more]

Health workers prepare for new wave of swine flu
Health officials believe up to a quarter of all New Zealanders have had swine flu. [more]

John Key meets Barack Obama for first time
The Prime Minister John Key has just had his first meeting with Barack Obama in New York. [more]

Obama pushes era of international cooperation
Barack Obama has used his first speech to the General Assembly earlier today to break with the Bush era of unilateralism, though he was then upstaged by the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. [more]

Dust disrupts Sydney, storm heads across Tasman
The weather system that brought a massive dust storm to Australia is expected to move on to New Zealand today. [more]

Bad weather on the way
Joining us now is the New Zealand Metservice severe weather forecaster Oliver Druce. [more]

Irene van Dyk celebrates 100 games with win
Netballer Irene van Dyk celebrated her 100th test for New Zealand last night in the best way possible - with a big win over Australia. [more]

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

Public transport patronage numbers up
Public transport continues to go from strength to strength in the three main cities. [more]

National's ETS leads down the garden path - Greens
Opposition parties say the revised Emissions Trading Scheme will cost taxpayers two billion dollars more a year than what's been touted by the Government. [more]

Border jumping beetle could pose threat for farmers
It's been lying low for over 45 years but now an Australian border jumper could pose a threat to Canterbury farmers. [more]

A further 30-thousand job losses still expected
Despite brighter news on the economic front, the Finance Minister is urging caution on signalling an immediate end to the recession. [more]

Sharemarket lift contributes to Super Fund rise in returns
Signs of recovery are showing too in the sharemarket where gains have played a large part in reversing huge losses made by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund. [more]

Some success with agricultural emission research
Speaking from New York, the Prime Minister John Key said the United States and India were prepared to join a New Zealand led project on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. [more]

Canterbury Regional Council chair faces leadership showdown
Sir Kerry Burke is bracing himself for a vote this morning that could see him lose his position as chair of the Canterbury regional council. [more]

Labour warns NZ could become a school 'dumping ground'
Calls to relax rules around foreign children being allowed into schools have been met with a warning New Zealand could become a"dumping ground". [more]

Tensions build over proposed Nelson-Tasman council merger
The move to an Auckland super city might be big news up north, but in Nelson tensions are building over a proposal to amalgamate the neighbouring Nelson city and Tasman district councils. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Auckland Art Gallery restoration well underway
It's been a year since the restoration and expansion of the Auckland Art Gallery's main building began. [more]

Nights

Raindrops Falling
Professor Emmanuel Villermaux speaks with Bryan about his research into the formation, shape and dynamism of the humble raindrop in its gravity drawn plunge towards Earth. At Aix-Marseille University, Professor Villermaux and his team have captured sensational images of a drop's evolutionary shapechanging during this journey. [more]

Hot Rocks
Geologist Hamish Campbell from GNS Science joins Bryan to talk about speculation surrounding the potential mining of DoC land and what would possibly be found there; a discussion around New Zealand's mineral estate. And what's up with the recent seismic activity? A large one in Dusky Sound yet a reprieve for Wellington apparently. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 7. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Is the recession really over?
Economist Brian Easton has studied every recession in New Zealand since the 1970's. [more]

Twenty first century land grabs
With Joachim von Braun, Director General of International Food Policy Research Institute. [more]

Famous Dunedin named flats
Sarah Gallagher is researching a book into famous Dunedin named flats. [more]

News from the UK
With our correspondent Kate Adie. [more]

Dr Sharad Paul - Doctor and philanthropist
Skin cancer specialist and owner of Baci Lounge cafe / bookstores, whose profits are donated to children's literacy initiatives. [more]

Sir Howard Morrison Tribute
Entertainer Sir Howard Morrison has died, Sir Howard, 74, who had a history of heart problems, died at his home in Rotorua. [more]

Book Review with Paul Diamond
The title is"To Heaven by Water". Its by Justin Cartwright, Published by Bloomsbury. [more]

New Technology - free software
Software Freedom Day and teaching kids to program. [more]

Psychologist and parenting expert Nigel Latta
Discusses bedtime tips for frightened children - kids imaginations, fears, monsters, nightmares and night terrors. [more]

Television with Simon Wilson
Two new American dramas, The Riches and True Blood. [more]

Our Changing World

New Zealand Wildlife Health Centre
Vet Kerri Morgan talks about treating native wildlife at Massey University's New Zealand Wildlife Health Centre [more]

Booster Broccoli
Plant and Food Research scientists have helped to develop a new type of broccoli with boosted levels of anti-cancer compounds [more]

Australian Synchrotron
Ian Gentle explains what a synchrotron is, and Marian McKenzie outlines how it was used to test broccoli for selenium [more]

Galapagos Islands Book
Wildlife photographer Tui de Roy on her new book 'Galapagos: Preserving Darwin's Legacy' [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 24 September 2009
Questions to ministers 1. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister for Infrastructure: What steps is the Government taking to ensure productive infrastructure contributes to New Zealand's economic recovery? 2. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: What were the highlights of her international travel this year as Minister? 3. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Health: Does he still stand by his policy to deliver better, sooner, and more convenient health care? 4. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for Tertiary Education: Does she stand by her statement"Despite the significant economic challenges of these times, government has invested strongly in education."; if so, does she consider that to be true of the tertiary sector? 5. Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Why did New Zealand vote in January 2009 against United Nations General Assembly resolution 63/75 which called for an international agreement against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons, and against resolution 63/47 calling for measures for reducing nuclear danger; and will he instruct the delegation to support these resolutions if they are put forward again this year? 6. JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What new initiatives has the Government developed for energy efficiency? 7. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by her statement"Early childhood education and care is a top priority for this Government."? 8. COLIN KING to the Minister of Fisheries: Has he received any recent reports of compliance operations within the Ministry of Fisheries? 9. IAIN LEES-GALLOWAY to the Associate Minister of Health: Is she committed to reducing the number of young people who take up smoking in New Zealand; if so, what measures does she believe would achieve this? 10. HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister of Justice: He aha te whakaaro mo te whakatutanga o tetahi Kooti Taiohi ki te marae o Manurewa? Translation: What is the rationale behind establishing a Youth Court to sit at Manurewa marae? 11. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister responsible for Ministerial Services: Was the legal advice from the Department of Internal Affairs that he spoke of yesterday informed by any legal advice from the Office of the Clerk of the House; if so, what was the date of the advice from the Office of the Clerk of the House? 12. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Attorney-General: Does he stand by his observation that"some people contend that the overall standard of the bar, and particularly the criminal bar, is not high enough in New Zealand and is the reason why there are so many delays? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 24 September 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 24 September 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Upbeat

Peter Walls
NZSO Chief Executive Peter Walls talks about the upcoming launch of the orchestra's 2010 Season. [more]

Jack Liebeck
Top British violinist touring the country this month with pianist Stephen De Pledge.y [more]

Sir Howard Morrison Remembered
Chris Bourke looks at the life and times of the legendary NZ performer who died today. [more]

News stories:

Clijsters welcomes back Henin to pro tennis
The U.S. Open tennis champion Kim Clijsters has hailed as "brilliant" the return of compatriot Justine Henin to professional tennis, saying it's good news for the game and even ... [more]

Renault say they want to stay in F1
Renault have told Formula One's governing body they want to stay in the sport and will make changes in their team to ensure a race-fixing controversy never happens again. They ... [more]

Nadal and Federer could meet each other in Davis Cup
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer could go head to head in the first round of next year's Davis Cup after Spain were drawn to face Switzerland in the first round ... [more]

Henin vows to return to the top of tennis
Former world women's tennis number one Justine Henin has vowed to return to the top of the game after deciding to come out of self-imposed retirement. The 7-time Grand Slam ... [more]

Teenager banned for 20 years after league brawl
A 16 year old Australian has been banned from playing rugby league for 20 years after a mass brawl in a junior final at the weekend. Two of the ... [more]

Ticket sales great for preliminary NRL final
As ticket sales for Friday night's National Rugby League preliminary final shot over the 67 thousand-mark, Bulldogs boss Todd Greenberg believes his club can notch similar figures in the regular ... [more]

Robson to coach Thailand
The former England football captain Bryan Robson has agreed to become coach of Thailand's national team in his first foray into international management. The former Manchester United midfielder will sign ... [more]

Breakers early favourites for NBL
There's positive talk about the new, pared back Australian National mens Basketball League which starts tonight with the New Zealand Breakers hosting Cairns. The Breakers have been installed the ... [more]

NZ cyclists off the pace in World Championship time trial
New Zealand's Olympic track cyclists Wesley Gough and Jesse Sergent have finished out of the major placings in the time trial at the UCI World Road Championships in Switzerland. Gough ... [more]

Pumpkin Patch posts loss
Listed company Pumpkin Patch has made a $26.7 million full-year loss after taking hit from closing stores in the US.Listed company Pumpkin Patch has made a full-year loss after taking a $40 million hit from closing stores in the US. [more]

Fed Farmers takes heart from ETS survey
A survey commissioned by Federated Farmers has indicated some support for the organisation's call to keep agriculture out of an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). [more]

NZ netballers win final test
The Silver Ferns have trumped Australia 52-36 to avoid a fourth straight loss to the world champions. Irene van Dyk scored 33 goals to win player of the match. [more]

Second wave of swine flu predicted
Health officials estimate swine flu has affected up to a quarter of New Zealanders, and many others could be vulnerable to a predicted second wave of infections. The ministry will carry out a survey to confirm the numbers. [more]

Tauranga Maori object to harbour dredging
Tauranga Maori are objecting to Port of Tauranga's plan to deepen the harbour to accommodate giant container ships, fearing the loss of traditional pipi beds. [more]

American Samoa governor's plan to buy tuna cannery criticised
American Samoa's US congressman says the territorial government's push to spend five million dollars to buy a tuna cannery is the wrong move. Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin's comment comes as the... [more]

American Samoa Congressman criticises tuna cannery plan
American Samoa's US congressman says the territorial government's push to spend five million dollars to buy a tuna cannery is the wrong move. Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin's comment comes as the... [more]

Watchdog group says health should come before cannery
The American Samoa watchdog group, Common Cause, says the government must get its priorities right and invest in people's health instead of a tuna cannery. This comes as there is... [more]

Balance sheet stronger, says Fonterra
Fonterra says it has emerged from the past year with a stronger balance sheet, despite the highly volatile world dairy market and the slump in commodity prices. [more]

Honiara's mayor says unemployed resorting to crime
The Mayor of the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara, says a growing number of unemployed people in the city are resorting to crime. Andrew Mua says there is a lack of... [more]

Ferns win back some pride with 16-point win
Last night's final netball test in Auckland was a triumph for the Silver Ferns as they trumped Australia by 16 points to avoid a fourth straight loss to the world ... [more]

Pakistan beat Windies at Champions Trophy
2 of Pakistan's young stars led the way as they opened their Champions Trophy cricket tournament with a 5 wicket victory over the West Indies at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. ... [more]

Bell to take over Renault for the rest of the year
Technical director Bob Bell will stand in as Renault Formula One team principal to the end of the season following the departure of Flavio Briatore in a race-fixing controversy. Jean-Francois ... [more]

Shorter game should be okay for Breakers
There'll be a familiar look to the New Zealand Breakers lineup for tonight's opening match in the Australian National Basketball League, with most of last year's stars back on the roster. ... [more]

Russian set to by NJ Nets
Russia's rich are now making their mark in American sport. With his fellow countrymen involved in football clubs in Europe, Russia's richest man has a deal to buy a controlling ... [more]

Tough times still ahead, public service warned
Finance Minister Bill English has again warned public servants they face tough times over the next five years. [more]

Tobacco ban not on the cards - National
The National Party says it is willing to look at ways to reduce smoking but will not go as far as some Maori Party proposals that include a ban on smoking. [more]

Public transport use rises in main centres
More people are travelling on public transport in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Five million extra journeys were taken in the past financial year. [more]

Restaurant Brands sales rise in September quarter
Fast food operator, Restaurant Brands says sales have jumped 5% in the September quarter, despite its Starbucks chain experiencing a dip in trade. [more]

Doctors accused over prostate cancer deaths
Parliament's health select committee has distanced itself from accusations some doctors are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of men from prostate cancer. [more]

Rakon price dips following share issue
Rakon shares have fallen 14% after the technology firm successfully issued $45 million of new shares to institutional shareholders. [more]

Thursday's newspaper headlines
Shooting death in Matamata; public servants face a virtual five-year pay freeze; job cuts feared at Dunedin's School of Art. [more]

Increase in reporting of swine flu cases in the Pacific
The total number of people suffering from confirmed swine flu in the Pacific has now reached almost 1700 cases. That's almost 450 cases more than the 1266 recorded cases last... [more]

American Samoa Congressman criticises plan to buy cannery
American Samoa's US congressman says the territorial government's push to spend five million dollars to buy a tuna cannery is the wrong move. Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin's comment comes as the... [more]

Food shortages on PNG islands described as disastrous
Residents living on the Trobriand Islands off the Papua New Guinea mainland are looking to the government for a solution to their current food shortages. Disaster management officials say heavy... [more]

PNG's only female parliamentarian fights for more women MPs
Papua New Guinea's only woman MP, Dame Carol Kidu, is continuing her campaign to get more women into the country's Parliament. Legislation to have three nominated women take seats in... [more]

Manchester United thru in League Cup despite the loss of a player
Holders Manchester United overcame the 29th-minute sending-off of Brazilian defender Fabio Da Silva to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-nil in the third round of the English football League Cup. United fielded ... [more]

Gill second in qualfying tournament in Germany
The New Zealand rookie professional James Gill fired a six under par 66 to be outright second after two rounds of the European PGA Tour's first qualifying stage in Germany. ... [more]

Merger petition promoters heavy-handed, says mayor
The mayor of Tasman says promoters of a petition for his council to be amalgamated with Nelson City are using heavy-handed tactics to gain signatures. [more]

Fears beetle pest could damage Canterbury pasture
A beetle that has caused devastation in its native Australia has spread to parts of the South Island. [more]

Reported swine flu increase due to better laboratory reporting
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community says an increase of almost 450 confirmed swine flu cases in the Pacific Region is a reflection of better reporting from laboratories. The total... [more]

Early closing planned for suburban Auckland bars
Proposed liquor law changes that would force hundreds of Auckland bars and restaurants to close early will put many out of business, the Hospitality Association believes. [more]

Home Rescue Trust referred to police
The Commerce Commission has referred to police allegations about a group which claimed to prevent mortgagee sales. It had previously warned the organisation risked breaching the law because its claim was wrong. [more]

Mental illness rate among inmates 'inexcusably high'
A former head of the prison service says the high number of inmates with mental health problems is an indictment of the country's health system. [more]

Cooks pay tribute to late Sir Howard Morrison
The Cook Islands Deputy Prime Minister Sir Terepai Maoate has said the passing of the New Zealand entertainer, Sir Howard Morrison, will be felt with deep sadness by the Cook... [more]

Dame Carol Kidu deplores HIV stigma in PNG
Papua New Guinea's only woman MP, Dame Carol Kidu, says there's still too much stigma in her country against people suffering from illnesses, including HIV. PNG has one of the... [more]

Partner of French Polynesia's Flosse detained in Paris
Investigators have detained for questioning the partner of the French Polynesian veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, amid a flurry of searches and detentions linked to the probe of the OPT telecommunications... [more]

Petition launched in Tonga to remove Prime Minister
The people's committee for political reform in Tonga has launched a petition calling on the Prime Minister and his deputy to step down over last month's ferry tragedy. Last month... [more]

Tonga biggest drug haul confirmation expected in 48 hours
The head of the Tonga police force says exactly what type of drugs are involved in the country's biggest seizure of suspected illicit substances is expected to be known by... [more]

US sharemarket falls
Wall Street stocks fell in late trading after the market reacted to statements by the Federal Reserve indicating a step towards withdrawal of stimulus measures. [more]

Consumer confidence highest in 4 years
Confidence among consumers is at a four-year high, according to the latest survey. [more]

Hallenstein Glasson profit cut
Clothing retailer Hallenstein Glasson's annual profit has fallen 19% compared to the previous year, despite a modest rise in sales. [more]

Indications of air travel upturn - Air NZ
Air New Zealand says it's well-placed to take advantage of an upturn in air travel, though it remains cautious that early signs of a pickup are sustainable. [more]

Viral disease in cattle eliminated
The dairy industry says it's been able to eliminate an infectious cattle disease from its herds, through the co-operation of farmers and processing companies. [more]

Dairy factory lockout due to begin
A six-week lockout of workers at a Waikato dairy factory is expected to begin on Thursday night, the day before an Employment Court hearing between the company and the Dairy Workers' Union. [more]

Order blocks sale of Molenaar assets
The Solicitor General has been succcesful in stopping all the assets of Napier gunman Jan Molenaar being sold. [more]

Horse-breeder charged with wife's killing
The husband of a woman shot and killed in Matamata on Wednesday has appeared in the Hamilton District Court charged with her murder. [more]

Bus passenger charged with threatening to kill
A passenger who sparked an armed police callout after claiming to have home-made explosives on a bus has been charged with threatening to kill. [more]

Reported swine flu increase in Pacific due to better laboratory reporting
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community says an increase of almost 450 confirmed swine flu cases in the Pacific region is a reflection of better reporting from laboratories. The total... [more]

Big rise in some insurance premiums tipped
A significant rise in premiums for some policy holders is almost certain next year, the organisation representing life insurance companies believes. [more]

Fatal shooting in PNG's Mt Hagen
One man was shot dead and another is in a critical condition after an early morning shooting yesterday in Papua New Guinea's Mt Hagen. The two men are believed to... [more]

Flaxmere man admits manslaughter of uncle
A Flaxmere man has pleaded guilty in the High Court at Napier to the manslaughter of his uncle. [more]

Australia police deny PNG deployment decided
The Australian Federal Police say a decision has yet to be made whether it will send personnel back to Papua New Guinea. Media reports in Australia and PNG say the... [more]

Rudd says Pacific is human face of climate change
Australia's prime minister, Kevin Rudd, who is also the chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, has told the United Nations General Assembly that the South Pacific is part of the... [more]

Tonga government rejects newspaper's reform view
The Tonga Government has taken issue with claims in the Kele'a newspaper that it wants the country split into small electorates in the political reforms expected in coming months. The... [more]

American Samoa's Togiola explains cannery bid
The American Samoa Governor Togiola Tulafono has told lawmakers he decided the territory should buy the assets of Samoa Packing after learning negotiations with other parties interested in the cannery... [more]

Vanuatu to assess its overseas missions
The Vanuatu government has decided to assess the performance of Vanuatu's permanent overseas missions. This comes after the foreign minister, Joe Natuman, announced that he was tightening the eligibility criteria... [more]

NZ Governor General to visit PNG and Solomon Islands
The New Zealand Governor-General, Sir Anand Satyanand, and his wife are to make a state visit to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands next week. In Papua New Guinea, they... [more]

Canterbury regional council ousts chairman
Canterbury Regional Council chairman Sir Kerry Burke has been ousted by eight votes to six at a council session on Thursday. He has been replaced by Alec Neill. [more]

Solomons PM rejects resignation calls
The Solomon Islands prime minister, Dr Derek Sikua, says he has the support of his ministers and won't step down. He made the comment during the debate of a motion... [more]

Black Caps could end South Africa's Champions Trophy hopes
The New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori insists the fate of South Africa is not a factor ahead of their Champions Trophy cricket encounter tonight. The hosts could find themselves out ... [more]

Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic meet trans Tasman netball champs first up
The draw for next year's trans Tasman netball competition has been released today with the opening round featuring New Zealand's leading side the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, up against ... [more]

Bell to lead Renault for rest of season
Renault says its technical director Bob Bell will lead the Formula One team for the rest of the season after Flavio Briatore's departure. Briatore and chief engineer Pat Symonds were ... [more]

Warriner heads New Zealand lineup at world duathlon champs
Leading New Zealand women's triathlete Sam Warriner heads a 21 strong New Zealand team to compete at the world duathlon champs in North Carolina this weekend. The team is made ... [more]

Breakers not talking about favouratism
The New Zealand Breakers are one of the preseason favourites for the Australian National Basketball League championship, but the club says there is no added pressure on the players. Guard CJ ... [more]

Morale high for Silver Ferns
The New Zealand netballers are heading home from Auckland today to prepare for next month's northern tour with their morale boosted by easily avoiding a fourth straight loss to Australia ... [more]

Oram and Butler ruled out of Champions Trophy opener
The New Zealand cricketers will go into tonight's opening ICC Champions Trophy match against South Africa without allrounder Jacob Oram and pace bowler Ian Butler. The Black Caps coach Andy ... [more]

All Black squad members back for Ccanterbury this week
Returning All Black squad members Colin Slade and Wyatt Crockett are back in the Canterbury line-up to play Northland in Saturday's Ranfurly Shield clash in Christchurch. Slade comes in at ... [more]

Hawkes beaten at world squash open
The only New Zealander in the main darw of the World women's Open Squash Championship in the Netherlands has been beaten in the first round. Jaclyn Hawkes, the 14th seed ... [more]

New Caledonian citizenship day celebrated in Noumea
A celebration has been held in central Noumea to mark citizenship day as part of New Caledonia's decolonisation process. The event was attended by President Philippe Gomes and Paul Neaoutyine,... [more]

French Polynesia adopts mini budget
The French Polynesian assembly has passed a mini budget with the backing of 42 of the assembly's 57 members. This came despite differences within the ruling coalition over last week's... [more]

Tonga navy says more authority needed to stop drug trafficking
The acting head of Tonga's navy says it needs more authority to be able to stop drug trafficking. The comment comes as police investigate the country's biggest seizure of illicit... [more]

Togiola confident about American Samoa cannery rescue plan
The American Samoa governor Togiola Tulafono has revealed more about his plan for the territory to buy a cannery, telling lawmakers he's thought it through and it can succeed. The... [more]

PNG police probes Mt Hagen shooting
Police in Papua New Guinea are investigating a shooting that left one security guard dead and another in a critical condition. The incident happened in Mt Hagen early yesterday. The... [more]

Convicted former MP Field to lose travel entitlements
Former MP Taito Philip Field is to lose his travel entitlements following his conviction on bribery and obstruction of justice charges. [more]

Tongan government justifies CEDAW rejection
The Tonga Government has dismissed criticism from a women's group after the Legislative Assembly voted not to endorse the UN's Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against... [more]

Precedent indicates Fiji ban from Commonwealth Games likely
There is still no confirmation on whether Fiji will be allowed to take part in next year's Commonwealth Games in Delhi. But the chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation,... [more]

Fed Farmers claims credit for emissions research idea
Federated Farmers is claiming the credit for initiating the Government move to pull together a global research alliance to reduce agricultural green-house gas emissions. [more]

Fake birds an owl-ing success
Plastic owls have been appearing in trees in Palmerston North's main shopping area - and seem to be helping stop sparrows and other birds roosting and leaving a mess. [more]

New Zealand sharemarket lower
The New Zealand share market fell 17 points, or 0.6%, to close at 3130 on Thursday. Turnover was $68 million. [more]

Ban on jam sales hits hospice budget
A Northland hospice has lost a big chunk of its income because it can no longer sell home-made jam at its charity shop. [more]

Judge adjourns cow cruelty case
A court case in which a farmer and his manager are facing charges of wilful cruelty of a cow and maiming the animal has been adjourned. [more]