Radio New Zealand - Monday, 12th October 2009

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Upbeat

Afternoons

Eight months to Mars - Jodie Rimmer
Traveling with us is a star of the screen, both large and small. [more]

Kiwi English
The New Zealand accent has been rated the most attractive and prestigious form of English outside of the UK, in a survey conducted by the BBC. [more]

Storylines Auction
Fancy typing on Maurice Gee's typewriter? Going horse-riding with Pony Club Secrets' Stacy Gregg? Or attending the orchestra with 'Jellybean' creator, Tessa Duder? [more]

He Rourou for 12 October 2009
Last week the Prime Minister John Key opened a new wing at Toi Whakaari the New Zealand Drama school. In He Rourou today, Ana Tapiata talks with the school's associate director and head of directing, Christian Penny, about the Prime Minister's visit and the hopeful signs from political quarters. [more]

Author slot - Dr. Michael Ungar
His latest book"Turning the Me generation into the We generation"is drawn from his years of clinical work with children, teenagers and their families. [more]

This way up feature - DIY gardening
Simon Morton continues his DIY gardening routine - this week out shopping for seedlings that hopefully will deliver the goods. [more]

Environmental story - Antarctic Toothfish
It's hard enough at the best of times to study deep sea fish. And when that fish happens to live in Antarctica, well, the job becomes even harder. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With today's guests Jon Bridges and Michelle Boag. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With today's guests Jon Bridges and Michelle Boag. [more]

Business News

Morning business for 12 October 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets update for 12 October 2009
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 12 October 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 12 October 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 12 October 2009
News from the business sector. [more]

Checkpoint

ARC delivers ultimatum to NZBus
The head of the Auckland Regional Council has delivered an ultimatum to the bus company which has locked out its drivers, get the buses back on the road or we'll find someone else to run the service. [more]

ARTA on the Auckland bus strike
The Chairman of the Auckland Regional Transport Authority is not speaking to the media but joining us now is ARTA spokesperson Sharon Hunter. [more]

NZIER predicts serious house shortage
The New Zealand Insitutute of Economic Research is warning that if low levels of house building continue, there could be a serious shortage of homes in two to three years [more]

Christchurch hospital running out of space for patients
Christchurch Hospital is running out of space for patients and the problem has got so bad it had considered allowing the emergency department to take over the chapel. [more]

Lord Ashcroft offers reward
The British Lord who helped secure the return of stolen war medals is now offering a $50,000 reward in the Aisling Symes case. [more]

Samoa marks White Sunday
Today is a special day set aside to celebrate the children in Samoa. [more]

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

PM doesn't want 30 to 50 percent hikes in ACC levies
The Prime Minister John Key says he wants to avoid hikes of 30 to 50 percent in accident compensation levies, but won't yet reveal how big the increases will be. [more]

Off duty officer hurt while breaking up fight
A Hastings police officer is in hospital with serious head injuries after being assaulted while trying to break up a fight early on Sunday morning. [more]

Central Plains outlines plans for revised irrigation scheme
A hearing to determine if a controversial irrigation scheme will get the go ahead in Canterbury has resumed today, with the company behind the project outlining its revised scheme. [more]

Gay rights activists march on the US capital
In the US, tens of thousands of people have marched through Washington, demanding greater rights for gays and lesbians. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

New Zealand accent rated most attractive outside of UK
Kiwis have topped the list of preferred English speakers outside of the UK. [more]

Scientists rethink frequency of earthquakes
The spate of deadly earthquakes in the past fortnight is prompting some seismologists to challenge the conventional wisdom that it's merely a coincidence when earthquakes occur in quick succession but far apart. [more]

West Auckland parents anxious for childrens' saftey
Schools close to the West Auckland house where toddler Aisling Symes vanished say, on the first day for the new term, many parents are anxious for their children's safety and aren't letting them walk to school. [more]

New crime hotline launched
As of 4 o'clock this afternoon you can ring a new tip, off line set up to help fight crime, but your call will be answered by an operator in the United Kingdom. [more]

UN mission chief in Afghanistan defends himself
The head of the United Nation's mission in Afghanistan has defended himself for the first time against the stinging criticism from his former deputy, about his approach to allegations of electoral fraud. [more]

Tsunami victims struggling with psychological scars
In Samoa the physical wounds suffered by the victims of the tsunami may be healing but many are staying in hospital as they try to deal with the psychological scars. [more]

Survey: low drinking age has had negative effect
It's been ten years since the drinking age was lowered to 18 and a recent poll says nearly three quarters of people think it was a bad idea. [more]

Reaction to Boyzone star's sudden death
The music industry has reacted with disbelief after the death of Stephen Gately a member of the Irish group 'Boyzone' who died suddenly at the age of 33. [more]

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

Brazilian TV presenter hands himself in to police
A Brazilian TV presenter accused of ordering killings to boost his programme's ratings has turned himself in to police after going on the run. [more]

Questions over the Pakistani army's ability to provide security
Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik says an offensive into the insurgent stronghold of South Waziristan is now inevitable after a day long siege at the army headquarters which ended when commandos stormed the building. [more]

Clinton in Belfast to help in peace process
The US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, has arrived in Northern Ireland on the latest leg of her European tour. [more]

Over 40 Afghans granted refugee status in Australia
The Australian government has decided to grant refugee status to 42 Afghan men who survived a boat explosion that killed five of their fellow asylum seekers in April. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

No TV for under 2s
No child under two should watch any television at all. That's according to new research from the Royal Melbourne Children's Hospital. [more]

Colombia to scrap secret police
Colombia is planning to scrap the controversial secret police, the DAS, and replace it with a new Central Intelligence Agency. [more]

Is it more dangerous to drink and drive or to walk home drunk?
Their pop approach to economics earned them a cult following around the world with their first book, Freakocomics. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 12 October 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 12 October 2009
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for 12 October 2009
School term starts without school buses, Air NZ seeks answers from IBM after flight chaos, family anguish as search for toddler enters second week, law change may keep lid on ACC levies, Auckland health chiefs set to announce labtest change, new NZ forces head to Afghanistan today, and UN head denies elections cover-up. [more]

Obama ends ban on gays from serving in military
President Obama has vowed to end the policy known as"don't ask, don't tell", which bans openly gay and lesbian people from serving in the military. [more]

Pacific news for 12 October 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news for 12 October 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Auckland commuters urged to be patient in peak hour
Auckland's ongoing industrial action by bus drivers is threatening to make life difficult for thousands of commuters on the first day of the new school term. [more]

No leads in missing toddler case
It is a week today since Auckland toddler Aisling Symes disappeared from a Henderson Street with police believing she may have been abducted. [more]

School terms starts but no buses for Auckland pupils
No breakthrough at the weekend so it's another morning in Auckland without regular bus services. [more]

Air NZ seeks answers from IBM after flight chaos
Air New Zealand will be demanding answers from IBM this morning after a computer crash stranded thousands of the airline's passengers on the last day of the school holidays. [more]

Anguish as search for toddler enters second week
It's now been almost a week since Auckland toddler Aisling Symes went missing last Monday evening from her grandparents home. [more]

Law change may keep lid on ACC levy increases
The ACC Minister is putting on hold a requirement for accident compensation to be fully funded by 2014 in an effort to slow an increase in levies. [more]

Auckland health set to announce labtest change
Auckland health chiefs are expected to announce today that they're giving part of the contentious community medical testing contract back to the firm that originally provided the service. [more]

New soldiers, police head to Afghanistan today
About 145 members of the armed forces and four police officers fly out of Ohakea air base today for a six month deployment in Afghanistan. [more]

UN head denies presidential elections cover-up
The head of the United Nations mission in Afghanistan has answered criticism he sought to cover-up the level of fraud during recent presidential elections. [more]

Sports news for 12 October 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Greens say councils irresponsible over contamination
At least two regional councils are refusing to release lists they hold of sites potentially contaminated with toxic waste. [more]

White Sunday celebrations take on new meaning
It's White Sunday today in Samoa, a day of the year that is specially reserved to celebrate the country's children. [more]

All Whites need to win next month's home game
The All Whites are now just one win away from making the finals of football's World Cup. The national side drew nil-all with Bahrain over the weekend, leaving coach Ricki Herbert pleased with their effort in the sweltering heat of the Middle East. [more]

Archaeologists discover second Stonehenge
Archaeologists in Britain have discovered what they believe is a second Stonehenge, just 2 kilometres away from the world-famous prehistoric monument. [more]

Thousands of Auckland students left without transport
As we've been reporting this morning, the pay dispute between Auckland bus drivers and their employer is continuing to keep buses off the streets. [more]

ARC should do more to sort bus row out
As far as resolving the dispute is concerned, the Auckland Regional Council is being told to stop sitting on the fence. [more]

Police widen search for missing toddler
It's now been almost a week since Auckland toddler Aisling Symes went missing last Monday evening from her grandparent's home. [more]

Air NZ to meet IBM after computer crash delays flights
Air New Zealand will this morning meet with IBM, looking for answers as to what caused their computer system to melt down yesterday. [more]

ACC levy proposals about to be released
Cabinet's about to discuss how much more money ACC needs from your pocket. [more]

Hearing for Canterbury irrigation scheme resumes
A resource consent hearing for Canterbury's Central Plains Water irrigation scheme is set to resume in Christchurch this morning. [more]

Sports news for 12 October 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Pay dispute keeps buses off Auckland roads
And returning to our main story, the pay dispute between Auckland bus drivers and their employer is continuing to keep buses for both school pupils and workers off the streets. [more]

Search for kayakers in limbo
The search for a group of missing kayakers off the South Otago coast remains in limbo. [more]

Aviation sector fears risk to planes from black swans
While airports wait to see if the Government will let them declare war on the protected Canada goose, another big bird is lining up to be a menace to aircraft. [more]

Waatea news for 12 October 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Prince William lets slip plans for first official visit to NZ
Prince William has let slip plans for his first official visit to New Zealand and Australia. [more]

Australian News
We talk to Donna Demaio in Melbourne for the latest Australian news. [more]

Nights

Bush tucker
JENNY CLEARY Core Project Leader, Bush Products, Desert Knowledge CRC and amp; Rural Solutions SA strengthening the Australian bush products industry for desert people, especially Aboriginal people. [more]

The final whistle
This weeks sports analysis is by Penny Miles from the Dominion Post. [more]

Conundrum clue
Clue number 1. [more]

Uganda report
Daniel Kalinaki correspondent. [more]

Missing toddlers body found
Police have found a body believed to be that of missing child Aisling Symes who went missing a week ago. [more]

Conundrum clue
clue number 2. [more]

Nine To Noon

Sexual abuse counselling funding
We discuss the matter with Ken Clearwater of the Male Sexual Abuse Survivors Trust, and Edward, a victim of sexual abuse. [more]

Urban restoration
Bruce Clarkson, chair of biological sciences at Waikato University, on urban restoration and retro-fitting our cities to encourage native species, both flora and fauna, back into built-up areas. [more]

Middle east correspondent - Irris Mackler
Irris speaks to us from Jersusalem. [more]

Feature guest - Professor Owen Lovejoy
Owen Lovejoy is the lead analyst on the team that discovered and examined 'Ardi', the oldest skeleton of a human ancestor ever found. [more]

Book review
'Ordinary Thunderstorms' by William Boyd. Published by Bloomsbury, reviewed by Jane Westaway. [more]

Politics
With Andrew Campbell and Matthew Hooton. [more]

Food and wine
Guest chef Pete Peeti with recipes for wild roast pork and steamed mullet. Wine choices from John Hawkesby. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 12 October 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 12 October 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Claire Lewis
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Education Manager talks about next years' Community Education programme. [more]

Stephen Brown
British tenor performing in DunedinÂ's Really Authentic Gilbert and Sullivan Performance Trust's 'Yoemen of the Guard'. [more]

Ryan Youens
NZ composer and conductor of the Auckland Wind Orchestra's upcoming concert 'North Winds, South Winds'. [more]

News stories:

Fall in property values slows
Quotable Value says property values are falling more slowly now than earlier this year. Property values in September were down 1.1%, after falling by 2.8% in August. [more]

Inflation forecast to increase 0.8% in third quarter
Higher food costs and a rise in government charges are forecast to push inflation in the third quarter up by 0.8%. [more]

NZ economy could slide back into recession - ANZ
ANZ Bank sees the New Zealand's economy as unbalanced, and says there is a risk of it sliding back into recession. [more]

Wananga expands northwards
Whakatane-based Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi is expanding into the north. It is to offer a bachelor of education and post graduate courses in Maori and indigenous studies in Whangarei. [more]

Redevelopment at Bowen hospital
Wakefield Health has selected Mainzeal Property & Construction to complete phase one, of a $16.5 million redevelopment of Bowen hospital in Wellington. Construction is expected to start shortly. [more]

Police in Solomon Island label dark vehicle glass dangerous
The Police Commissioner in Solomon Islands, Peter Marshall, has called for tighter controls over the use of the dark-tinted windows in vehicles. Mr Marshall said there were no safety advantages... [more]

Marshall Islands could be in line for ADB for first time in 4 years
The Marshall Islands is to receive large-scale funding from the Asian Development Bank for the first time in four years. The change is in response to the Marshall's clearing outstanding... [more]

New Caledonian court hears French state should be responsible for damage by unionists
A New Caledonian court has been told that the French state should be held responsible for the damage caused to a bus company by disgruntled unionists. Noumea's daily newspapers says... [more]

Call for French government to broaden proposed compensation for nuclear test victims
The French Polynesian nuclear test veterans want the French government to broaden the proposed compensation for test victims. A bill considering assistance for those affected by the weapons tests has... [more]

Fiji's interim Prime Minister mets three visiting MSG leaders
Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, met three visiting Prime Ministers yesterday to talk about Fiji's progress. Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare, Vanuatu's Prime Minister Edward... [more]

Children in Samoa celebrate White Sunday
Children in Samoa are today celebrating White Sunday despite the devastation of the tsunami. Many children were killed when the six metre waves battered the island 12 days ago. But... [more]

Silver Ferns win Fast-net championship
New Zealand's beaten Jamaica 32-27 in Manchester to win netball's first Fast-net tournament after defeating Australia in the semi-finals. The Silver Ferns led 6-5 after the first quarter and 11-10 ... [more]

Kimberley Smith seventh in world half marathon champs
The New Zealand runner Kimberley Smith finished an outstanding seventh in the world half marathon championship at Birmingham in England. Smith set a New Zealand national record of 1h 9m ... [more]

Dokovic picks up third title of the year in China
The second seed Novak Djokovic has picked up his third ATP tennis title of the year, beating Coatia's Marin Cilic 6-2 7-6 in the final of the China Open in ... [more]

Romania rout has raised the bar for Serbia
Serbia's captain says they've given themselves a big pair of boots to fill in the World Cup after qualifying with an impressive 5-0 hammering of Romania. Dejan Stankovic says expectations ... [more]

Sydney FC top A-League
Sydney FC top the standings in Australian football;'s A-League after a 3-0 win over the Victory in Melbourne. Sydney have 19 points, two ahead of Gold Coast United and Perth ... [more]

McGowan claims first European title
The English golfer Ross McGowan has won his first title on the European tour, with a three-shot victory at the Madrid Masters. 27 year old McGowan had gone ... [more]

Glock ruled out of Brazil
Toyota's Timo Glock will miss next weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix due to injury, with Japanese reserve driver Kamui Kobayashi replacing him. Toyota says medical checks in Germany after the Japanese ... [more]

Santana's future more uncertain after latest Safrica loss
The future tenure of South Africa's football coach Joel Santana has plunged into further uncertainty as the World Cup hosts lost again and his own players spoke of their frustration ... [more]

Good week for NZ tennis
New Zealand tennis players have completed a good week of tournaments with victories in three different events around the world. The women's number two 18-year-old Sacha Jones beat the former ... [more]

Richards, Murphy impress but Tander takes spoils at Bathurst
New Zealand drivers Jason Richards and Greg Murphy were prominent again in the Bathhurst 1000 at Mt Panorama where Garth Tander and Will Davison won for the Holden Racing Team, ... [more]

Brisbane Roar in crisis
The most indisciplined team in football's A-league, the Brisbane Roar, is in crisis with the club's board having to make a decison this week about coach Frank Farina. In a ... [more]

Young Kiwi karter finishes second in Macau
The young New Zealand karter Arie Hutton has made a big impression at this year's combined CIK-FIA World Karting Championship/Asia-Pacific Karting Championship meeting at Macau, finishing second in the Asia-Pacific ... [more]

Disappointing day for NZ triathletes
Jo Lawn was the best-placed elite New Zealand triathlete at Ironman Hawaii, finishing eighth in the women's race while the world half ironman champion Terrenzo Bozzone was best of the ... [more]

Dixon melancholy about missing out on Indy Car Championship
The New Zealand motor racing driver Scott Dixon has been pipped for the Indy Car Series Championship by his team-mate Dario Franchitti in the season finale in Miami. Franchitti took ... [more]

Paige Hareb re-qualifies for surfing Dream Tour
The New Zealand surfer Paige Hareb HAS re-qualified for the Association of Surfing Professionals Women's World Tour after finishing the year ranked fourth on the ASP World Qualifying Series. Hareb's ... [more]

America in charge at Presidents Cup
Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker kept America in control on the penultimate day of the Presidents Golf Cup, taking their record to a perfect 4-0 as the United States ... [more]

Leeds' star happy to switch codes
Lee Smith waved an emotional goodbye to Leeds Rhinos with a Super League Grand Final match-winning try against St Helens, but insists he doesn't regret his decision to leave. The ... [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Monday's papers: biggest football crowd in New Zealand history wanted in Wellington for a return match against Bahrain, to determine which team will go to the World Cup; dole numbers down; bus dispute continues in Auckland. [more]

SFO to investigate LWR
The Serious Fraud office is to investigate the affairs of the failed clothing firm Lane Walker Rudkin. The group collapsed in April owing Westpac about $120 million. [more]

Fairydown factory in Christchurch to close
Fairydown is to close a factory in Christchurch and move production from there to Australia and China. Manufacturing will cease in November. [more]

Air NZ to meet IBM after system failure
Air New Zealand management will seek answers from IBM on Monday after a failed back-up generator saw 10,000 passengers stuck waiting in queues across the country on Sunday. [more]

ACC funding deadline to be deferred
A deadline for accident compensation to be fully funded by ACC by 2014 is being deferred by five years until 2019. The Government says delaying the date will help keep levy increases down. [more]

Businesses in Gore back lignite plant
Business leaders in Gore are backing a proposal to build a $1.5 billion lignite processing plant in eastern Southland. [more]

Profit posted by Scott Technology
Scott Technology posted a profit of $265,000 in the year to August - a turnaround from a loss of $818,000 the previous year. Operating revenues rose to $31 million in the same period. [more]

MAF investigations of Crafar farms 'over-reaction'
A spokesperson for the Crafar farming family describes an investigation into animal welfare problems at their properties as a beat up. [more]

Wider wage gap seen by CTU
The Council of Trade Unions is warning a gap in the wages between Maori and non-Maori is widening. [more]

Maori art market attracks large numbers
A Maori art market at Te Rauparaha arena at Porirua over the past three days attracted large numbers of people opening their purses despite the recession. However, many of the larger works remain unsold. [more]

Final submissions due this week in irrigation hearing
Final submissions will be heard this week on an irrigation scheme proposed by the Central Plains Water Company. It would be the biggest in New Zealand. A decision is expected in the New Year. [more]

Dow higher on Friday
The New Zealand stock market opens at 3163 on Monday after the Dow closed on Friday at its highest level this year. [more]

Hawaii state officials consider new wildlife sanctuary to protect endangered seabird
Hawaii state officials are proposing to add an island in Kaneohe Bay to the list of wildlife sanctuaries due to disturbance of an endangered bird habitat. They see a need... [more]

Sea plane operation to take off soon in Palau
A sea plane operation will take off soon in Palau. ABA Sky Inc. has secured the necessary permits to start an inter-island sea plane service, the first for Palau. The... [more]

14 people arrested in Saipan in campaign against drugs and guns
Federal law enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas have arrested 14 people in Saipan in a month as part of the campaign against drugs and guns. The... [more]

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister to receive Solomon's highest award today
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, is due to receive Solomon Island's highest award, the Star of Solomon Islands at Government House today. A Government House spokesperson in... [more]

French Polynesian government minister accused of contract favouritism
A French Polynesian government minister, Armelle Merceron, has been summoned to appear before the criminal court this week over alleged favouritism in awarding more than 1 million US dollars worth... [more]

Marshall's chief taking government to court over treaty with US
A traditional chief in the Marshall Islands is taking the Government to court over a treaty that gives the United States control of a United States missile testing range after... [more]

Silver Ferns come back to win first Fast-net title
New Zealand's completed a great comeback to beat Jamaica 32-27 in the final of netball's first Fast-net tournament after finishing third in pool play, thanks to losses to England and ... [more]

United States win Presidents Cup
Tiger Woods delivered the clinching point as the United States won the eighth Presidents Cup match play golf tournament. Woods's 6 and 5 triumph over South Korean Yang Yong-Eun - ... [more]

Argentina still a chance of reaching World Cup
If Argentina are to get to the football World Cup they'll have to do it the hard way after a 2-1 home win over Peru ensured they're still have a ... [more]

Otago search for kayakers ends
The Rescue Coordination Centre has ended a search for four kayakers and an inflatable boat missing off the south Otago coast since Sunday afternoon. [more]

French Polynesian pilots join Tunisair
A number of aspiring French Polynesian pilots have been given contracts with Tunisair in what appears to be part of efforts to get jobs on Air Tahiti Nui. Tahitipresse reports... [more]

North Island guest nights down
Total guest nights in short-term commercial accomodation fell in the North Island, but climbed in the South Island in August. Statistics NZ says total guest nights were 2 million in August, on par with August 2008. [more]

GM to sell Hummer brand to Chinese company
After months of talks, General Motors is to sell its Hummer brand to Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery of China. The deal is still subject to regulatory approval. [more]

More training to be funded in Wallis and Futuna
The French government is to fund the training of another group of young people in Wallis and Futuna wanting to take advantage of the military's training programmes. The addition is... [more]

Bus dispute mediation resumes
Talks have resumed in a pay dispute involving bus drivers in Auckland, while disgruntled passengers, students and parents urge the parties to make progress. Seven hundred buses are off the road. [more]

Dairy dispute mediation to continue
Mediation between Open Country Dairy and the Dairy Workers Union is set to continue for a further two days this week. [more]

Productivity to be explored in farm soil
AgResearch scientists say the answer to improved farm production, or some of it at least, lies in the soil. [more]

Halt in dole increase
There has been a halt in the number of people going on an unemployment benefit for the first time this year. [more]

New Kamisese Mara biography launched in Fiji
A new biography on Fiji's late President and Prime Minister Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara has been released. "A close friend and Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Sir Michael Somare... [more]

Authority for issuance of Vanuatu passports to move to new agency
Vanuatu's government will create a new agency to oversee the issuance of all passports after problems with foreign holders of Vanuatu diplomatic passports overseas. Last month, the Foreign Minister Joe... [more]

Housing, power and roads priorities for latest NZ aid to Samoa
The New Zealand foreign minister, Murray McCully, says providing housing for people in Samoa affected by the tsunami will be one of the priorities for the latest aid allocation. Australia... [more]

US sends more generators to tsunami-hit American Samoa
Ten more large generators sent by the U.S. government are expected to arrive early this week in American Samoa as authorities work to restore electricity on Tutuila following the tsunami... [more]

Belgian priest gets sainthood for Hawaii leprosy work
600 pilgrims from Hawaii have attended the beatification ceremony of a Belgian priest who took care of leprosy patients in Hawaii in the 19th century. Father Damien De Veuster eventually... [more]

King Tamatoa ferry in French Polynesia in doubt
There is uncertainty over whether French Polynesia will get the King Tamatoa fast ferry which has been at the centre of a row that threatens to bring down the government. [more]

Jewellery sales up for Michael Hill
Jewellery retailer Michael Hill International has seen a rise in quarterly sales. The company made $84.6 million in the three months to September, an increase of 6% on the previous year. [more]

Inquest to be held for Kahui twins
The killings of baby twins Chris and Cru Kahui in 2006 will be the subject of an inquest by the Chief Coroner. [more]

Part of lab contract to be returned to DML
District health boards in Auckland are expected to announce on Monday that part of a $560 million laboratory contract is to be handed back to the original contractor, DML. [more]

Missing student not at classes for two months - police
Police in Auckland are still investigating the disappearance of an Indian student. Srikanth Rayadurgam, aged 23, was last seen on 1 October. [more]

Samoa says additional NZ and Australian help will rebuild homes
The Samoan Prime Minister says millions of dollars in aid from Australia and New Zealand will help rebuild homes lost in the tsunami and repair damaged infrastructure. The New Zealand... [more]

Starkist says Dongwon bought Pago Pago plant in crisis situation
The head of the Pittsburgh-based StarKist Company, which has a cannery in American Samoa, says it was losing money and in survival mode when the company was purchased last year... [more]

US hails 14 arrests as breakthrough in CNMI drugs fight
The United States attorney for the CNMI and Guam, Leonardo Rapadas, says 14 people arrested in the past month represent the backbone of the illicit drug and gun trade in... [more]

CNMI to boost conservation area for rare bird
Agencies in the Northern Marianas are working closely to address the loss of some of the conservation area intended for the endangered bird species, the Micronesian Megapode. The Department of... [more]

UNDP gender team visits Fiji
The director of the United Nations Development Programme's gender team, Winnie Byanyima, is in Fiji this week to hold consultations with UN staff and stakeholders on gender and development. Ms... [more]

Woman accused of murdering man at Massey house
A woman has appeared in Waitakere District Court charged with the murder of a man found dead at a house in West Auckland on Saturday. [more]

Turoa ski season extended
The ski season at Turoa skifield on Mount Ruapehu has been extended by a fortnight due to recent heavy snow in the central North Island. [more]

Police car crashes into tattoo parlour
A police car crashed through the front window of a tattoo parlour in West Auckland on Monday after an officer accidentally hit the accelerator. [more]

Call for Tonga to dialogue over worsening levels of domestic violence
Tonga's National Centre for Women and Children says there has to be an opening up within the country's society if worsening rates of domestic violence are to be overcome. The... [more]

Silver Ferns beaten by Australia
The New Zealand netballers have suffered their second loss at the World Series in Manchester, going down 25-22 to Australia. In the modified format games, the Silver Ferns were behind ... [more]

Murphy shattered after missing out on fifth Bathurst title
Holden stalwart Greg Murphy says he shattered after seeing this year's Bathurst 1000 slip from his grasp. Murphy and Mark Skaife, who came out of retirement for ... [more]

Couple unsure whether he'd like to return at team captain
U.S. captain Fred Couples has paid tribute to his heavyweight trio of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker after his team won the Presidents Cup for a sixth time ... [more]

Henin gets wildcard entry into Australian Open
The former world tennis number one Justine Henin's been granted a wildcard into January's Australian Open. Henin who won the title 2004, retired from the sport 15 months ago ... [more]

Woods clinches Presidents Cup for United States
The World golf number one Tiger Woods has the delivered the clinching match for the United States as they won the Presidents cup for the sixth time. Woods's 6 and ... [more]

Air NZ boss threatens to ditch IT company over outage
Air New Zealand is threatening to ditch IT provider IBM after a massive systems failure disrupted the airline's entire operations, affecting 10,000 customers on Sunday. [more]

Future housing shortage in NZ predicted
The Institute of Economic Research is warning of a future housing shortage in New Zealand unless building activity picks up. [more]

Changes will make irrigation project 'less reliable'
An irrigation expert has told a resource consent hearing that enforced changes to a controversial irrigation scheme in Canterbury will make the project much less reliable. [more]

PM keen to avoid big hikes in ACC levies
Prime Minister John Key says he wants to avoid hikes of 30% to 50% in accident compensation levies - but will not yet reveal how big the increases will be. [more]

Another day of disruption for Auckland commuters
Up to 80,000 Aucklanders face at least another day of major disruptions to public transport services as an impasse between a bus company and workers over pay continues. [more]

Bougainville elections set for next March
The second general election for the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville has been set for March next year. The Post Courier newspaper reports Bougainville's acting Electoral Commissioner Reitama... [more]

Blankets knitted in New Zealand distributed to HIV victims in Port Moresby hospital
Seventy hand-knitted blankets have been distributed to families at Port Moresby hospital in Papua New Guinea. Unicef New Zealand sent the blankets to PNG, following a campaign focussing on preventing... [more]

Off-duty officer injured trying to break up fight
An off-duty police officer is Hawke's Bay hospital after being attacked while trying to break up a fight at a party. [more]

Indonesia announces new date for repatriation of refugees from PNG
The Governor of Indonesia's Papua province says the first phase of the repatriation of refugees from Papua New Guinea is scheduled to begin by the end of this year. An... [more]

Vanuatu community praised for efforts in cutting incidence of malaria
Vanuatu's manager for malaria control says community awareness has played a big part in the successful drop of malaria cases in the country. The mosquito-borne illness is endemic to many... [more]

World Bank says it is not about to extend loans to Fiji, despite Commodore's claim
The World Bank is rejecting claims from Fiji's interim leader that it is preparing to provide it with assistance. Commodore Frank Bainimarama last week told Fiji media that the International... [more]

UNICEF helping find new classrooms in Samoa to replace those destroyed by the tsunami
Unicef is working with the Samoan Government Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture to get children affected by last month's tsunami back into schools. The tsunami destroyed five schools -... [more]

NZ market begins week higher
The New Zealand share market rose 15 points, or 0.5%, to 3178 on Monday on tunover of $45 million. [more]

Queenstown GP Pat Farry dies
A leader in rural medicine, Pat Farry, has died at the age of 65. [more]

Councils hold out on toxic sites list
Tasman District and Canterbury Regional Councils are refusing to issue lists they hold of sites potentially contaminated with toxic chemicals, despite a ruling by the Ombudsman. [more]

Increase in complaints about judges
There has been an increase in the number of complaints made against judges. [more]

Hospital under pressure due to 14% rise in patients
Canterbury District Health Board has defended its planning as rising patient numbers put Christchurch Hospital under extreme pressure. [more]

Body believed to be missing toddler found in drain
The body of a child believed to be Auckland toddler Aisling Symes has been found. [more]