Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 8th October 2009

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The best song ever written
Sarah Nation of Hastings chooses Gershwin's 'Summertime', performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Louie Armstrong. [more]

Your Place
Another slice of rural life as we talk to three interesting characters from one of our smaller towns, Cust. To get there, we head to Canterbury and along Route 72 from Rangiora towards the mountains. Originally this area was referred to as Moeraki Downs; then, as settlement began in 1853, a village known as Middleton-On-The-Cust popped up. Today, we know it simply as Cust. [more]

The Moa Man
What did we do to the moa? Just how much did humans contribute to the big bird's demise? Those are the questions researchers hope to answer with a new study. Otago University anthropologist Chris Jacomb received $777,000 to investigate the impact human settlement had on moa populations more than 800 years ago. [more]

Ukelele world record
The sound of more than 800 ukeleles playing in unison will be music to the ears of the organisers of an attempt to set a new world record - the world's largest ukelele ensemble. [more]

Feature album
Today's album is a recent release by British indie rock band, Wild Beasts - it's called 'Two Dancers', and is being hailed as one of the albums of the year. [more]

Arts Report
Lynn Freeman asks what drives people to collect stuff - from hankies and garden tools to encyclopaedias, Fords and much more. Plus, a show of robots in Wellington. [more]

Christchurch Story with Katy Gosset
Christchurch has been playing host to the region's motorhome enthusiasts. An Annual Expo showcased the latest in mobile home products whilst also providing a chance for fellow nomads to share a few yarns. Katy Gosset found the motorised accomodation ranged from the low key to the luxurious. [more]

The New Zealand Innocence Project, a joint venture between Victoria University and the University of Otago, investigates possible miscarriages of justice. Matthew Gerrie leads the project, and is interested in how well witnesses remember the details of a crime scene. Ruth Beran meets with him to find out how well she can pick out a criminal from a line-up, and in the process gets an eye test with a difference. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
With Richard Griffin and Amanda Millar. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
With Richard Griffin and Amanda Millar. [more]

Business News

Morning business for 8 October 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets update for 8 October 2009
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 8 October 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening business for 8 October 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening business for 8 october 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


Quake triggers panic
There's been panic in the Pacific after two large earthquakes dubbed a 'double event' struck in quick sucession off Vanuatu. [more]

Tsunami Warning Centre cancels regional warnings
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii has now cancelled its regional watches and warnings. [more]

Missing toddler's parents speak of their ordeal
The parents of missing two-year-old, Aisling Symes, say the past few days have been the most harrowing of their lives. [more]

No more across-the-counter pseudoephedrine
New Zealanders wanting cold and flu tablets containing pseudoephedrine will no longer be able to buy them over the counter. [more]

Auckland bus dispute continues
The Employment Relations Authority has agreed to mediate in the Auckland Bus dispute, but there is still no end in sight for commuters facing disruption. [more]

Berlusconi loses immunity from prosecution
Italy's highest court has overturned a law granting the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi immunity from prosecution. [more]

Sports news for 8 October 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Typhoon slams Japan
A powerful typhoon has left at least one person dead in Japan and prompted fears of landslides. [more]

Westpac is found guilty of tax avoidance
The Westpac bank has been found guilty of almost a billion dollars of tax avoidance. [more]

Unwanted donations frustrate tsunami relief effort
While aid agencies say they're overwhelmed by the response to last week's Tsunami, people's generosity may actually be hindering relief efforts. [more]

Waatea news for 8 October 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Police call for witnesses to Wellington knife attack
A 23-year-old man is recovering in hospital after being held down and stabbed repeatedly with a pocket knife in central Wellington. [more]

Breakthrough for heart transplants
Scientists in Australia say they have found a way to double the time a donor heart can exist outside a patient. [more]

Quakes rattle the Pacific
Several strong earthquakes that struck between Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands this morning have caused widespread panic accross the Pacific, triggering tsunami warnings. [more]

Tsunami warning cancelled
The Civil Defence Ministry here has cancelled its tsunami advisory for New Zealand. [more]

Key still considering outright ban on pseudoephedrine
The Pharmaceutical Society says making cold and flu tablets prescription-only is"draconian". [more]

Berlusconi comes out fighting despite losing immunity
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has come out fighting after the country's highest court overturned a law granting him immunity from prosecution. [more]

Sports news for 8 October 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Reaction to Pacific quake
Now back to the earthquakes off Vanuatu that triggered a tsunami warning for much of the western Pacific. [more]

Israeli officers could face war crimes tribunal
The Palestinian Authority is facing increasing criticism over its decision to ask the United Nations to defer a debate on last year's conflict in Gaza. [more]

New platform aimed at stopping rock being destroyed
It's hoped a new $25 million viewing platform will dramatically reduce the number of people who climb Australia's famous Uluru, or Ayres Rock. [more]

New dog policy for central Wellington
Man's best friend will be given the run of Wellington's central city under a new dog policy accepted by the City Council today. [more]

Waatea news for 8 October 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Targeted aid mission in American Samoa
The Red Cross is carrying out targeted aid missions to reach those who have not received any aid on tsunami devastated American Samoa. [more]

New device to detect breast cancer risk
A pocket-sized device might allow doctors to check a woman's breast cancer risk in minutes. [more]

Melbourne Cup winner on last legs
The owner of the Melbourne Cup winner Subzero says the horse is on its deathbed after Australian quarantine officials put a stop to the horse's imported arthritic medicine. [more]

Egypt wants ancient relics back
Egypt is suspending all co-operation with France's Louvre museum until it returns four stolen pharaonic tombstones. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 8 October 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 8 October 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 8 October 2009
Still no sign of the missing two year old. Commuter Chaos expected in Auckland today as bus drivers are locked out. President Obama meets with top advisers to decide whether to change the US strategy in Afghanistan. [more]

Pacific news for 8 October 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news for 8 October 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Thousands hit by bus dispute
The Auckland Regional Council says it will pursue punitive financial sanctions against NZ Bus for pulling services today. [more]

High dollar impacts on key industries
Exporters have been urged to seek new markets in the face of a resurgent New Zealand dollar against the pound and the greenback. [more]

Abduction fears grow, further ground search unlikely
It's unlikely there'll be any further ground search for missing Auckland toddler Aisling Symes. [more]

Police commander live
The Waitakere Police Area Commander, Inspector Gary Davey joins us. [more]

Commuter chaos as buses cut in Auckland
More than 50,000 Auckland commuters are affected by this morning's pay dispute and lock out by the company NZ Bus. [more]

Bus company defends lockout
The Auckland Regional Council says it will pursue punitive financial sanctions against NZ Bus for pulling services today. [more]

Bus drivers' union responds
Gary Froggatt from the Tramways Union joins us. [more]

Medics from Waikato come to end of Samoa stint
A group of nine doctors and nurses from Waikato Hospital are coming to the end of their stint in Samoa where they've been patching up victims from last week's tsunami. [more]

NZ dollar stays high
The New Zealand dollar is continuing to hold its near record breaking high against the British Pound. [more]

Obama to meet 'war council' to thrash out Afghanistan strategy
US President Barack Obama is due to meet with his top national security advisers today, as speculation mounts over the future US strategy in Afghanistan. [more]

Morning sports news for 8 October 2009
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Saturn's biggest ring uncovered
It extends about thirteen-million kilometres from Saturn, about fifty times further out into space than the planet's more familiar rings. [more]

Somali pirates mistakenly attack French naval ship
The French navy has captured a group of Somali pirates after they attacked a French naval vessel, the Somme, apparently by mistake. [more]

Future of Taupo's best brown trout river hangs in the balance
For the past ten years Fish and Game has been concerned about the decline in water quality in the Taharua river, which flows into the Mohaka river south east of Taupo. [more]

Embattled NRL looks to John Howard for help
The former Australian prime minister John Howard could be set for a new job, as the saviour of the National Rugby League. [more]

Our reporter live from West Auckland
Police investigating the disappearance of Auckland two year old Aisling Simes are unlikely to resume their ground or dive search for the little girl. [more]

Commuter chaos in Auckland
Auckland's bus services are at a standstill this morning, disrupting travel for thousands of commuters. [more]

Transport authority scrambles to get commuters to work
Public transport in Auckland is the responsibility of the Auckland Regional Transport Authority, which subsidises bus services. [more]

Three levels of US govt approves the sale
New Zealand's mothballed fleet of Skyhawks is about to be inspected in the final hurdle before they're sold. [more]

Survey slates news media for accuracy, balance and mistakes
A new survey suggests public confidence in the media, usually about level with used car salesmen and politicians, is falling even further. [more]

Sports news for 8 October 2009
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Manawatu rugby fans determined to stay in competition
The Manawatu Turbos may be out of contention for the finals in the Air New Zealand Cup but the team's fans are determined to make sure they aren't one of the unlucky four booted out of the championship permanently. [more]

Meridian site for windfarm near protected Wairarapa landscape
Meridian Energy is looking at building a windfarm near a protected hill range in Wairarapa known as Kupe's canoes or Nga Waka a Kupe. [more]

Waatea news for 8 October 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

A lolly a day may make you violent at play
Children who gorge themselves on lollies and chocolate every day are more likely to be violent adults, new research in the UK has found. [more]

Tour of Southland to play host to Floyd Landis
Cycling's Tour of Southland is to play host to disgraced Tour of France winner, Floyd Landis. [more]

Nelson landmark mural under repair
Artist Chris Finlayson is back at a Nelson waterfront building to restore a massive wall mural he painted a quarter of a century ago. [more]


Deborah Grayson
Climate change campaigner. [more]

Professor Jean Fleming
Bones [more]

Clue 7 [more]

Clue 8 [more]

Nine To Noon

Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegao
His first major interview with New Zealand after the tsunami which devastated his country. [more]

Prozac research
Prozac is being used to increase the brains flexibilty and ability to learn new things. [more]

Titanic awards website
A website celebrating the world's worst travel disasters. [more]

UK news
With our correspondent Jon Denis. [more]

Women Leadership
UK-based Dr Susan Vinnicombe, international governance and women's leadership expert. [more]

Book Review - Small Wars by Sadie Jones
Carole Beu reviews this book which is published by Chatto and Windus. [more]

New Technology with Nat Torkington
Amazon releases Kindle for New Zealand! Not!; London Stock Exchange becomes a Software Company. [more]

Psychologist and parenting expert Nigel Latta
Lateral thinking for little people - some techniques and tricks to help kids think differently about the world. [more]

Tsunami warning
A NZ warning has just been issued. [more]

Television review with Simon Wilson
The cliffhanger final of Outrageous Fortune, and Birdland, the improbable pairing of Jeremy Wells and NZ native birds. [more]

Our Changing World

Giant Skink Reserve
A new dryland reserve at Aldinga, near Alexandra, will soon be home to endangered giant skinks [more]

Climate Change, Heat Waves and Health
University of Auckland's Glenn McGregor talks about the impacts that climate change may have on heat waves and health [more]

Tracking Animals with GPS and Mobile Phones
Otago University scientists are developing new generation animal tracking systems that use GPS and mobile phone networks [more]

Eye Movements of Eye Witnesses
Matthew Gerrie is tracking the eye movements of eye witnesses to improve the criminal identification process [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 8 October 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 8 October 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]


Euan Murdoch
Chamber Music New Zealand Chief Executive announced the 2010 season programme. [more]

Dave Panichi
Sydney-based trombonist and Jazz educator in the country to work with NZ Youth Jazz Orchestra. [more]

News stories:

Power restored to most homes after snowstorm
Twenty-two properties in Hawke's Bay were still without power on Wednesday night following a freak snowstorm. [more]

New dairy plant proposed for South Waikato
Dairy farmers and South Waikato township have been told a large new dairy processing facility may be built at Arapuni. [more]

Forum to look at sheep industry problems
International sheepmeat representatives are meeting at a forum in Brussels to identify the reasons for the decline in sheep production and tackle the threat of rising costs. [more]

Genesis Energy to stop gas, coal exploration
Genesis Energy has announced it will stop gas and coal exploration, with the exception of its Kupe gas field, off the coast of Taranaki. [more]

Credit defaults fall among younger consumers
Fewer young consumers are defaulting on credit payments, as the recession has made them more cautious about taking on debt. However defaults by baby boomers rose by a fifth. [more]

More New Zealand medics head to Samoa
Medical staff with specialised emergency expertise left New Zealand for Samoa last night, and six more workers will soon follow. The staff are some of 500 from around the country... [more]

CNMI governor to complain over arrest of driver
The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Governor, Benigno Fitial, is to lodge a formal complaint against the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for not informing him of an ongoing investigation into... [more]

Fight in Samoa to prevent water-borne diseases
Medical professionals in Samoa say their priority now is to prevent the spread of disease. The confirmed death toll from the tsunami now stands at 184. 142 people have died... [more]

Samoa government declares public holiday
The Samoa government has declared a half day public holiday today for mourning and to pay respect for all the victims of the tsunami last Wednesday which killed 143 people... [more]

Power supply in America Samoa to be boosted
Power generation is set to be boosted in American Samoa, badly hit by last week's tsunami . A US military official has told Radio New Zealand plans to bring in... [more]

Yeung completes Birmingham takeover
The Hong Kong businessman Carson Yeung has completed his takeover of Birmingham City, which has become the 10th foreign-owned team in English football's Premier League. Yeung's Grandtop Holdings has acquired ... [more]

Mills jumps to top of one day cricket bowler rankings
The New Zealand pace bowler Kyle Mills has jumped to number one on the world one day cricket bowler rankings after strong performances at the Champions Trophy in South Africa. ... [more]

NZ golfer in line for place on the LPGA in the US
The New Zealand golfer Cathryn Bristow has won through to the final stage of qualifying for the LPGA Tour in the United States. Bristow, who graduated from the University of ... [more]

Interprovincial golf shaping up as northern affair
It looks like the women's interprovincial golf tournament will come down to a battle between the northern teams after the second day in Auckland. Defending champions Waikato and North Harbour ... [more]

Groupings announced for 2011 one-day World Cup
The draw for cricket's one day world cup in 2011 has been announced with New Zealand in a pool along with defending champions Australia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Canada and ... [more]

Injury woes not a problem: Aitken
The New Zealand netballers have a few injury niggles before Saturday's World Netball Series starts in Manchester. Coach Ruth Aitken says they shouldn't stop anyone playing though. Captain Casey Williams has ... [more]

Injury blow for Breakers
The New Zealand Breakers will go into tonight's Australian National basketball league home match without the league's most valuable player after Kirk Penney had to head for the physio instead ... [more]

French anti-doping chief slams UCI, Astana
The French anti-doping agency, the AFLD, say they're surprised at the lack of positive doping tests at this year's Tour de France and won't now collaborate with world cycling's ruling ... [more]

FIA gives green light to Abu Dhabi F1 circuit
The Abu Dhabi circuit which hosts Formula One's first day-to-night race next month has passed its final inspection by the sport's governing body. Two successful night races have been held ... [more]

Waqa stood down after being charged by police
The horror year for the Sydney Roosters continues... the National Rugby League wooden spooners have stood down their 21-year-old front-rower Stanley Waqa after he was charged over a knife-wielding incident ... [more]

Dope-testing and talks with WADA to continue
The argument between the International Cricket Council and the World Anti-Doping Agency over the controversial "whereabouts" clause is still not settled - but the ICC says drug-testing of players will ... [more]

Djokovic cruises in China but Sharapova falters
The former Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova has become the latest upset victim at the China open in Beijing, surrendering her serve four times in a 6-2 6-4 loss to China's ... [more]

Piquet eyes move to NASCAR after F1 race-fix saga
The Brazilian racing driver Nelson Piquet is eyeing a move to NASCAR's pickup truck series after his stint in Formula One was tainted by a race-fixing controversy with Renault. Piquet ... [more]

Player fined for clash after drunken ape act
An Australian court has fined a rugby league player after he punched a fellow spectator while drunk at a rugby grand final in Brisbane, after the man impersonated him dancing ... [more]

Gilchrist, Warne, McGrath, Hayden to take on Australia
Adam Gilchrist will join fellow great Shane Warne in an All-Star side to play against an Australian cricket team at the Gabba in Brisbane next month. Gilchrist still plays for ... [more]

Fuel looms as Bathurst's big wildcard
Five-time champion Mark Skaife says environmentally friendly fuel being used at the Bathurst 1000 for the first time will give Australia's most famous motor race its biggest shake-up in years. ... [more]

Wallabies jerseys at stake in final hitout
Wallabies coach Robbie Deans will tell his squad to play for their positions on the grand slam tour when all spots are in contention during an internal "trial" match. Senior ... [more]

Front row troubles with Australian Test team
A front-row crisis in Australian rugby league has forced coach Tim Sheens to name three rookies and a veteran who hasn't played in four months for the Kangaroos' Four Nations ... [more]

Media inaccurate, one-sided - survey
A new survey is slating the performance of the news media in the areas of accuracy, balance, and a willingness to admit to mistakes. [more]

Tourist rescued by helicopter
A Swiss tourist lost in Tongariro National Park has been winched to safety by Wellington's rescue helicopter. [more]

Japan buys NZ kiwifruit sorting equipment
A New Zealand company that develops Kiwifruit sorting machinery is expanding into the Japanese market. [more]

Sale of Skyhawks gains US approval
The sale of mothballed New Zealand Air Force planes to a US company has gained final approval in Washington, says Minister of Defence Wayne Mapp. [more]

Windfarm near protected Wairarapa site considered
Meridian Energy is looking at building a windfarm near a protected hill range in Wairarapa known as Nga Waka a Kupe (Kupe's canoes). [more]

Black Sticks beat South Africa again to take warm-up series
The New Zealand women's hockey team have won their Champions Challenge warm-up series against the hosts South Africa. The Black Sticks won their final warm up match 3-1 overnight in ... [more]

Gill's good form continues in Europe
The New Zealand professional golfer James Gill fired a three-under 69 overnight in the PGA EuroPro Tour's final event of the season at Fairmont St Andrews in Scotland. He's in ... [more]

Nelsen fit to play as All Whites focus on big prize
The All Whites medical staff have cleared captain Ryan Nelsen to play in the New Zealand footballers' World Cup qualifier in Bahrain. The Blackburn Rovers captain took a full part ... [more]

Hardwood plantation planting begins
A two hectare block of specially selected eucalypt trees is being planted in Marlborough to provide an eventual alternative to imported hardwoods and treated pine. [more]

Details of Northland contaminated sites released
Northland Regional Council has released a list of 32 sites in the region that are contaminated with chemical waste. [more]

Marsden funding awarded
This year's recipients of the Marsden Fund will share a record $66 million in grants to carry out their research. [more]

Thursday's newspaper headlines
Search for missing Auckland toddler Aisling Symes; clampdown imminent on the sale of medicine containing pseudoephedrine; Christchurch City Council resolves about half its 200 leaky home claims at a cost of $1.2 million. [more]

Tsunami warning issued after huge quake strikes near Vanuatu
A tsunami warning has been issued after a huge subsea quake struck near Vanuatu and eastern Solomon Islands. The 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck near Vanuatu, about 294 kilometres from Santo island... [more]

Ships warned about explosives containers off PNG
International shipping companies have been warned to watch out for explosive-filled containers floating off the north-western coast of Papua New Guinea. Ships using waters off Huon Gulf district in Morobe... [more]

Seismologist says insufficient monitoring of Vanuatu volcano endangering lives
A seismologist in Vanuatu says insufficient monitoring of the Gaua volcano is endangering the lives of the 600 people who live nearby. The usually quiet volcano located in the centre... [more]

Bumble Bee joins American Samoa tsunami relief drive
Bumble Bee Foods has announced a contribution of 100,000 US dollars for the American Samoa Tsunami Appeal. The San Diego-based tuna and seafood products manufacturer is providing a cash donation... [more]

Donor heart life extended
Scientists in Australia say they've come up with a new way to almost double the life of donor hearts being transported for surgery. [more]

28-day ordeal at sea for PNG family
A one year-old toddler is among a family of six from New Ireland province in Papua New Guinea who survived 28 days adrift at sea after their boat bound for... [more]

French Polynesia's Tahoeraa assembly offices searched
Investigators in French Polynesia have searched the offices of the Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party at the assembly as part of the OPT corruption probe. The search lasted several hours and according... [more]

Hopes fading of Henin return being in Auckland
Hopes that former world tennis number one Justine Henin could make her return from retirement in Auckland appear to be fading. Her coach says Henin is leaning towards competing in ... [more]

Rugby and golf face one last test to get into Olympics
Rugby sevens and golf face one last test tomorrow night if they're to be included in the Olympics from 2016. The International Olympic Committee's executive board voted to include both ... [more]

Hawaiian adds Pago Pago flights
Hawaiian Airlines is adding more flights between Hawaii and American Samoa to help island residents after the recent earthquake and tsunami. The additional flights, between Honolulu and Pago Pago, are... [more]

Ashes schedule released
England will be begin their defence of the Ashes in Brisbane in November next year in the first test of a five-match series. The series gets underway at the ... [more]

Storm assistant coach lands top job at Wigan
The Melbourne Storm assistant coach Michael Maguire says he is thrilled with his appointment to the top post at English Super League club Wigan. The 35-year-old replaces former Great Britain boss ... [more]

Trulli committed to F1 despite NASCAR test
The Italian racing driver Jarno Trulli says he is fully committed to Formula One despite lining up a two-day NASCAR test in Florida next month. The Toyota driver is unlikely ... [more]

Renault confirm Kubica as Alonso's replacement
The Renault Formula One team has confirmed Robert Kubica will replace Spain's double Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso next season. Renault's given no details about the length of the ... [more]

ICC extend probe of day-night Tests
The introduction of day-night Tests has edged closer with an International Cricket Council ICC) board meeting calling for further research. In the changing landscape of the game, triggered by the ... [more]

Hussey defends Pakistan over corruption claims
The Australian batsman Mike Hussey has defended Pakistan after a Pakistani parliamentarian accused the national side of deliberately losing matches to Australia and New Zealand at cricket's Champions Trophy in ... [more]

Backing for action over Taharua River
One of New Zealand's top fly fishing guides is backing a Hawke's Bay Regional Council decision to take action over pollution of the best brown trout fishing river in the North Island. [more]

Obama nominates next ambassador to NZ
President Barack Obama has nominated lawyer David Heubner to become the next United States ambassador to New Zealand. [more]

Aid effort in Samoas extended to pets
Aid has also reached pets in Samoa and American Samoa. The tsunami that hit the two Samoas and Tonga last week killed 184 people. Many farm animals have also been... [more]

Phone lines restored to Tonga's disaster area
The Tonga telecom company, Tonga Communications Corporation, reports that land-line telephone communication into and out of the tsunami battered northern island of Niuatoputapu, have been fully restored. But to prevent... [more]

Tsunami warning cancelled
A tsunami warning has been cancelled after a spate of Pacific quakes. Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre dropped the warning two hours after it issued an alert for much of the... [more]

CNMI makes new bid to maintain access for Chinese and Russian tourists
The Saipan Chamber of Commerce has asked several members of the US Congress to delay the start of federal immigration control in the Northern Marianas until December 2010. The law... [more]

More medical staff travel to Samoa
Medical staff with specialised emergency expertise left New Zealand for Samoa on Wednesday, some of the 500 from around the country who have volunteered to help in the wake of the tsunami in the South Pacific. [more]

Hearing begins into fatal stabbing of businessman
A depositions hearing for a man accused of fatally stabbing a businessman who went to the aid of a stranger has begun at the Auckland District Court. [more]

Tonga tsunami reconstruction on track
Tonga's National Disaster Office says many public facilities are now operational on the northern island of Niuatoputapu, after last week's tsunami destroyed buildings and claimed nine lives. The Office's Expert... [more]

Faleomavaega asks for US airlift of goods to Samoa and Tonga
The American Samoan member of the US Congress, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, has urged the US State Department to authorise a Defense Department airlift of supplies collected by the Samoan community... [more]

Marshall Islands MP calls for plastics ban
A member of parliament in the Marshall Islands is proposing a ban on the import of plastic bags, bottles, and styrofoam products. Senator Gerald Zackios, a former foreign minister, has... [more]

Tsunami warning cancelled - no reports of damage
A tsunami warning has been cancelled after a spate of Pacific quakes. Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre dropped the warning two hours after it issued an alert for much of the... [more]

Dogs to be allowed in central Wellington
People will soon be allowed to bring their dogs into central Wellington 24 hours a day. [more]

Broadcaster Colin Lehmann dies at 70
Long-serving broadcaster Colin Lehmann has died at the age of 70. [more]

Man in custody after three-hour North Island chase
Two police cars have been rammed during a pursuit in Waikato that lasted three hours. Locals joined the pursuit that started in Paeroa early on Thursday. [more]

Man found seriously injured on Wellington street
A man has been seriously injured in an assault in central Wellington. [more]

Reported sightings of toddler not confirmed - police
Police have had a number of reported sightings of missing west Auckland toddler Aisling Symes, but say none have been confirmed. [more]

Ladyhawke scoops top music awards
Ladyhawke has swept the top prizes at the New Zealand Music Awards held in Auckland on Thursday night. [more]

NZ market higher at close of trading
The New Zealand sharemarket rose 28 points, or 0.9%, to close at 3168 on Thursday on turnover of $109 million. [more]

NZ dollar continues climb
The New Zealand dollar is continuing to rise against a range of currencies following more good economic news in Australia, which pushed the Kiwi over US74 cents on Thursday. [more]