Radio New Zealand - Friday, 30th October 2009

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The best song ever written
Pania Grey at Raetihi School has chosen 'Hotel California' by The Eagles. [more]

A major electricity outage in the Auckland and Northland region this morning is understood to have been caused by a forklift hitting a main power line. [more]

Mamma mia
Disappointed concert-goers have complained to Wellington's TSB Arena after they paid $125 for tickets to Mamma Mia! The Musical, and then couldn't see the show from their seats. [more]

He Rourou for 30 October 2009
It's been 40 years since the Maori King, Tuheitia, was a student at St Stephens Maori Boys School. Yet interschool rivalry was still tangible when he recently presented awards to old boys from his rival school of Te Aute College. Gentle ribbing was ever present in the formal address by Barna Heremia, who spoke on behalf of the Maori King. [more]

Weekend weather
The weekend forecast, with Bob McDavitt. [more]

Fresh fast food
Guest chef Julie Biuso with recipes for asparagus, mint and prosciutto wraps, and asparagus risotto. [more]

Sports story
Latest sports news with Stephen Hewson. [more]

NZ Society - Humour Episode 1
A new series on humour with Amelia Nurse. She'll be talking to evolutionary theorist Alastair Clarke about the funny side of evolution. His book 'Humour's Contribution to Human Ingenuity' is out on November 9. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
With Richard Griffen and Jock Anderson. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
With Richard Griffen and Jock Anderson. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 30 October 2009
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 30 October. This week...Christopher, Lord Patten on Hong Kong and China in the last 12 years, an Auckland amateur astronomer discovers a new asteroid, the history of our biggest department store, and Phillippa Boyens, one third of the creative powerhouse behind Lord of the Rings, King Kong and soon to be released movie - The Lovely Bones. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 30 October 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 30 October 2009
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 30 October 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening business for 30 October 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


Mayhem after forklift driver takes out power lines
A South Auckland fork lift driver is lucky to be alive today after hitting high voltage lines that took out power to more than a quarter of a million households and businesses north of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. [more]

Driver was working at export container depot, Mangere
Transpower says a forklift carrying a container hit the Otahuhu to Henderson line while the only alternative line was out for maintenance. [more]

Transpower gives more details on power outage
Comments from CEO of Transpower, Dr Patrick Strange. [more]

Hide defends girlfriend's travel tab
The Act party leader and local government minister Rodney Hide is defending the $25,000 tab taxpayers will pick up for his girlfriend who travelled with him on an overseas trip. [more]

Controversial Canterbury irrigation scheme approved
The green light's been given to build a controversial $135 million irrigation scheme to feed Canterbury's arid land. [more]

Mallard 'shakey' after run-in with motorist
The Labour MP Trevor Mallard says he's still shakey after having a run in with the occupants of a car while cycling earlier this week. [more]

Sports news for 30 October 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Australian police arrest man for NZ cold murder case
A 39-year-old man has been charged with murder following an attack on a Christchurch taxi driver that took place in Sydney 15 years ago. [more]

Taskforce gives thumbs up to bill
A taskforce has backed a bill that could see taxpayers being forced to pay millions in compensation to business. [more]

Row over resthome blood testing
Aged residential care providers are labelling as nonsense a move that could see resthome residents having to leave the facility to have blood tests done in the community. [more]

Waatea news for 30 October 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Key witness in Pike murder case denies lying
A key witness at the trial of a man accused of killing a young Palmerston North drug dealer has denied fabricating evidence. [more]

Massive slip blocks access to remote community
About 12 people are stranded without power in a remote part of Taranaki after a huge slip blocked the only road in and out of the area. [more]

Rugby fans prepare for 'extravaganza'
Rugby fans are in for a treat this weekend as the countdown begins for a two-day feast of sporting action, with both national and provincial pride on the line. [more]

Power outage
Communities hit by a major outage in the upper North Island which left more than a quarter of a million customers without electricity say it shows just how vulnerable the national grid is. [more]

Northland's biggest electricity consumer brought to halt
Northland's biggest electricty consumer, the Marsden Point oil refinery, was brought to a standstill this morning by the power outage. [more]

Residents may have to leave resthomes for blood tests
Aged residential care providers are labelling as nonsense a move that could see resthome residents having to leave the facility to have blood tests done in the community. [more]

Drug driving measures heavily criticised
More than one anti-drugs group is casting serious doubt at how effective new measures to combat drug driving will be. [more]

Evening business for 30 October 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Hope for the American economy
In the United States the recession has ended - on paper at least. [more]

ID made in 'body-in-the-barrel-case'
Police from Melbourne's homicide squad have confirmed the identity of a 71-year-old woman whose remains were found in a barrel earlier this week. [more]

Sports news for 30 October 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Waatea news for 30 October 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

UN nuclear deal with Iran in question
The media in Iran is accusing the government of demanding changes to a United Nations drafted nuclear fuel deal. [more]

Commonwealth Games baton starts journey to India
It may be a year away but the launch for the 19th Commonwealth Games has kicked off in London with the baton relay. [more]

Country Life

Regional Wrap
Sunshine is needed around the entire country. October was generally cold and wet and dreary. [more]

Agri News
A South Island honey firm is New Zealand's fastest growing company, ice-cream that may help cancer sufferers, and there's a shortage of young people coming into the fishing industry. [more]

t's docking time on Lyn and Alex Neeson's remote property. They bought the farm 22 years ago because it was one of the cheapest on the market. [more]

The Station Master
Earnscleugh is a vast sheep farming station in Central Otago that's been plagued by drought and rabbit infestation for may years, but this hasn't stopped hard working farmers Alistair and Judith Campbell from turning the once abandoned property into a profitable farming operation. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus On Politics for 30 October 2009
Protest and civil liberty groups fear the Search and Surveillance Bill will extend the powers of police and other agencies to monitor and search people and their homes. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 30 October 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 30 October 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for 30 October 2009
There are signs the US has climbed out of recession. Plans to give authorities greater search and surveillance powers are put on hold. The government refuses to consider raising the retirement age and the ban on cellphone use while driving is about to take effect. [more]

Parliamentary Service threatens to lock out security guards
Parliamentary Services says it will lock out Parliament's security guards if they walk off the job again. [more]

Pakistan pushes 30 000 troops into Taliban stronghold
Pakistan is pushing 30 000 troops with warplanes and helicopters into South Waziristan with the aim of eliminating the Taliban threat to the nation. [more]

Pacific news for 30 October 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Search and surveillance Laws delayed in face of public concern
Controversial reforms to search and surveillance laws are being held up after a steady stream of criticism and concern about the extent of the changes. [more]

Calls for major change to superannuation
The Retirement Commissioner is backing calls for major changes to superannuation, as Treasury predicts it will become unaffordable. [more]

US growth hits 3.5% - is the recession over?
There are indications the US is coming out of recession. [more]

Treasury calls for change to superannuation
The Government has immediately rejected any change to the age of eligibility for superannuation despite Treasury forecasting a massive debt blowout. [more]

Concern and confusion dog Search and Surveillance Bill
Controversial reforms to search and surveillance laws are being held up after a steady stream of criticism and concern about the extent of the changes. [more]

Law Commission responds
A Law Commission report formed the basis of the search and surveillance legislation. [more]

Cell phone ban coming in on Sunday
A raft of new and changed road rules will take effect this weekend. [more]

Drug drive laws don't go far enough say campaigners
From Sunday police will be able to demand motorists take an impairment test if it's suspected they are driving under the influence of drugs. [more]

Concerns new police unit won't target source of drugs problem
There is concern a new police unit dedicated to seizing the profits of criminal gangs won't be able to make a dent where it's needed most, on the methamphetamine trade. [more]

Morning sports news for 30 October 2009
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Civil Defence response review
A review of the Civil Defence Ministry's response to the Samoa tsunami released today says its systems for informing the public"unravelled"during the alert. [more]

Best chip shop named
We have a winner - Oceanz takeaways near Orewa has been named the country's top chip shop. [more]

Dollar falls after Reserve Bank comments
The US economy is growing again, with new figures showing the world's biggest economy is finally pulling out of its worst recession in 70 years. [more]

Superannuation experts say current payments to cost billions
The Government is rejecting out of hand any change to the age of eligibility for superannuation despite Treasury painting a grim picture for the country's future. [more]

Minister stands by new drug drive laws
New laws come into force on Sunday that will give police greater powers to deal with drivers under the influence of illegal drugs. [more]

North Auckand power blackout
A transpower outage is effecting the North Shore and Rodney district. [more]

Will Bledisloe test win over Asian market
The All Blacks and Wallabies have their final Bledisloe Cup showdown of the season tomorrow - at the unusual setting of Tokyo's national stadium. [more]

Morning sports news for 30 October 2009
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Rotorua farmers' disbelief over worst dairy effluent audit
Farmers are in disbelief they've produced the worst dairy effluent audit in 6 seasons in the Lake Rotorua catchment. [more]

Supercity rushed and compromised - experts
Sunday marks one year till the Auckland supercity, one of the biggest public sector reforms in the country's history, must be up and running. [more]

North Auckland power blackout update
A major power outage is affecting North Shore, West Auckland and Rodney this morning. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Feet washing up on Vancouver beach
Another human foot has washed up on a beach in surburban Vancouver, Canada. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
We cross to Canberra to join our correspondent, Kerry-Anne Walsh. [more]


Local mischief makers
Bronwyn Sell, Writer: 'Law Breakers and Mischief Makers'. Interesting how there seems to be quite a long list of NZ troublemakers... [more]

Conundrum answer
This weeks answer. [more]

Nine To Noon

Civil Defence tsunami response reveiw
The government releases a review into New Zealand's civil defence response to last month's Samoa earthquake and tsunami. The Civil Defence Minister, John Carter ordered the review because he says New Zealand's response to the tsunami was"not good enough". [more]

Dame Fiona Kidman honored
Dame Fiona has been bestowed two significant honours by France; Chevalier des L'Order Des Artes des Lettres - (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) as well as the country's highest honour, the French Legion of Honour. [more]

Victor Newman from the Young and the Restless
The Young and the Restless finishes up on NZ screens on Friday 6 November 2009, after 34 years. [more]

Pacific correspondent
We are joined by our correspondent Mike Field. [more]

Feature guest Barry Humphries
The Australian comedian and satirist and author of Handling Edna, an unauthorized, scandalous biography written by the man who really does know her best. Handling Edna is published by Hachette. [more]

Book Review with Phil Smith
Today its"And Another Thing"by Eoin Colfer, published by Miichael Joseph. [more]

New Music with Sean McKenna
Featured artists today are Tim Buckly, Boards of Canada and Gin. [more]

Sports commentator Richard Boock
The All Blacks in Tokyo; Andre Agassi's drug confession; and is Daniel Vettori the most powerful man New Zealand cricket's ever seen? [more]

The Week That Was
With commedians Radar and Pinky Agnew. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 30 October 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 30 October 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Sunday Morning

Mediawatch Extra 29 October 2009
The online-only companion to Radio New Zealand's Mediawatch programme, taking in comments from listeners and updating recent stories from the show. This month: Samoa's tsunami; covering climate change and copied comment; the 'Mad Men' mocking us with their ads; and those silly schoolboys - fascist or just foolish? [more]

The Week In Review

The Week in Review - week ending 30 October 2009
A review of the week's news including protest warnings against new DNA testing powers, new fraud squad to target 'P', kiwis' debt levels at 7 year high, sex attacks in Auckland, Bill English cleared of wrong-doing over allowances, beach smoking ban, new cellphone law comes into force, from sewage to biofuel and a tickertape welcome for rugby heroes [more]


Mark Paine
Top Australian French horn player in the country for one show only in Auckland this weekend. [more]

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Review
Peter Hoar reviews last night's APO concert under Raphael Wallfisch. [more]

Leif Segerstan
Finnish composer and conductor in the country for premiere of his 191st Symphony with the NZSO. [more]

News stories:

Former All Black gets two-month suspended prison term
The former All Blacks halfback Byron Kelleher has been given a two-month suspended prison sentence and fined $7,000 for his part in a drink-fuelled scuffle following a car accident in ... [more]

Henrik Larsson retires from football
The Swedish football striker Henrik Larsson fought back the tears as he said farewell to football and admitted his decision to retire had left an "emptiness". Larsson took to the pitch ... [more]

TVNZ screens second political promo
Television New Zealand has begun screening a second promo for its month of programmes on the economy, featuring politicians other than Bill English. [more]

Fresh court fight to stay in state housing
Three Lower Hutt women are going to court for a fourth time seeking to stop eviction notices served on them by Housing New Zealand in March. Permission is being sought to take their case to the Court of Appeal. [more]

Rise in household borrowing in September
Reserve Bank figures show total household borrowing rose by 0.2% to $178.1 billion in September as strong demand for housing-related finance offset a continued fall in consumer-related financing. [more]

Weaker dollar helps wool sale
A weaker New Zealand dollar benefitted most wool prices at Thursday's South Island sale. Almost 90% of the 10,500 bales on offer were sold. [more]

Job cuts to be made at Meat and Wool head office
Meat & Wool NZ is to shed about a third of the positions in its head office in Wellington as a result of restructuring forced on it by the end of the wool levy. [more]

Questions remain about appointment process of Fiji president
A leading academic on Fiji says he wonders whether the appointment of the country's new president went through Cabinet at all. Fiji's former military commander and parliamentary speaker, Ratu Epeli... [more]

Markets up on US GDP data
Wall Street was much happier on Thursday after the latest GDP figures for the United States. European markets were also up. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Friday's headlines: Cow dung bust made of Environment Minister; $52,000 overseas travel bill for Local Government Minister; Wanganui Mayor suggests incentive payments for sterilisation of beneficiaries, drug addicts and criminals. [more]

Amcup venue unclear as Swiss consider both hemispheres
The venue for February's America's Cup sailing regatta remains unclear with Switzerland's Alinghi team saying they are talking with possible hosts in both hemispheres. The Swiss defenders of the trophy ... [more]

Delay in choosing Fiji President hints at dissent within regime
A leading academic on Fiji says a three-month delay in appointing the country's president could suggest a split within the interim regime. Fiji's former military commander and parliamentary speaker, Ratu... [more]

Lobby group doubts drug driving measures will work
An anti-drugs group says a new drug driving law coming into force this weekend will achieve very little. The Campaign Against Drugs On Roads says random testing is needed for drug driving legislation to have any credibility. [more]

Fiji interim regime says US report on religion is wrong
Fiji's interim government has condemned a US State Department Report which says religious freedom in Fiji has suffered in the past year. The International Religious Freedom Report says the nationwide... [more]

Japan approves solar power plan for four Pacific nations
Japan has approved a 20 million US dollar solar power plan for four Pacific nations as part of a climate change mitigation program. The Japan Embassy in Majuro says the... [more]

Critical review of Civil Defence issued
The Ministry of Civil Defence has been heavily criticised its response to a tsunami warning after a recent earthquake in Samoa, saying its systems for informing the public "unravelled" during the alert. [more]

Wellington iwi to help set natural resource strategies
Wellington Regional Council has appointed representatives of seven iwi to a new committee to set natural resource strategies for the next five years. [more]

Forex outlet robbed in Hamilton
A foreign exchange store in central Hamilton was robbed on Thursday. [more]

Cowan not worried about clean sweep but rather a good start
Completing a clean sweep over the Wallabies for the year isn't a motivating factor for the All Blacks going into Saturday's Bledisloe Cup Test in Tokyo according to halfback Jimmy ... [more]

Ecclestone says Abu Dhabi circuit best ever
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has hailed Abu Dhabi's floodlit new circuit as the best he's ever seen. The Yas Marina circuit, built at an estimated cost of 1.4 billion ... [more]

Wigan to sack Marlon King
The chairman of the English premiership football club Wigan Dave Whelan says Marlon King will never play for the club again after he was jailed for 18 months. The striker was ... [more]

2007 Melbourne Cup winner in doubt for next Tuesday
The 2007 Melbourne Cup winner Efficient is in some doubt for another bid in the famous race next Tuesday. VRC officials say the gelding will need to pass another fitness ... [more]

Breakers come from behind again to beat Adelaide
The home crowd again helped the New Zealand Breakers come from behind to another Australian National Basketball League victory, this time in over-time as they beat the Adelaide 36ers 99-91. CJ ... [more]

NZ dollar heading upwards again
The New Zealand dollar is creeping back up following indications the United States economy is coming out of recession. [more]

Vanuatu's department of immigration deports Nigerian man to Fiji
Vanuatu's Department of immigration has deported a Nigerian national to Fiji. Arosanyin Olatunde Charles arrived in Vanuatu on the 17th of October without a return ticket to his country. Vanuatu... [more]

Vegetable farmers in PNG to benefit from mobile service
Vegetable farmers in Papua New Guinea will now benefit from a mobile market information service, thanks to Fresh Produce Development Agency or FPDA, Digicel and AusAID. Information can be accessed... [more]

Governor of Hawaii looks to China for business opportunities
The Governor of Hawaii, Linda Lingle, will leave tomorrow for a two-week excursion to China, where she intends to sell Hawaii as a tourism destination and to bolster opportunities for... [more]

American Samoa Federal employees benefit from new bill
The United States President Barak Obama has signed a bill which will entitle federal employees in American Samoa to Cost of Living Adjustments or COLA pay. The provision was included... [more]

World rowing championship tickets on sale
The countdown to the 2010 Rowing World Championships on Lake Karapiro began on Friday with tickets going on sale to the public. [more]

Operating earnings up at NZX
Operating earnings at NZX rose 8% to $14.7 million in the nine months to the end of September, compared to the same period a year ago. Revenue rose to $31.1 million. [more]

Easter Islanders wait for Chile parliament to restrict immigration
The indigenous Polynesian people of Easter Island are waiting for Chile's government to respond to a vote by the island's residents for tighter control on immigration due to fears of... [more]

French Polynesian notary detained amid flurry of corruption probes
Investigators in French Polynesia have detained a public notary for questioning after searching his office in connection with a probe into a property purchase by the veteran politician, Gaston Flosse. [more]

Samoa chief justice steps aside over former parole board role
Samoa's Chief Justice, Patu Tiava'asu'e Falefatu Sapolu, has stepped down from presiding over the case of a former inmate because he was the chair of the Parole Board that released... [more]

Fiji military confirms acting against cane farmers
The Fiji military has confirmed that its soldiers took some farmers and cane cutters in the Western Division into a military camp for questioning. There have been allegations that the... [more]

Most of Far North still without power
Most of the Far North is still without power after a major transmission failure in Auckland on Friday morning. Federated Farmers says the sooner there is an alternative supply, the better. [more]

Three new directors for South Canterbury Finance
South Canterbury Finance has appointed three new directors as part of its overall plans to restore its health. [more]

Building growth continues
Building activity has continued its steady growth since the start of the year. [more]

Joseph suprised he's least liked by players
The Wellington rugby coach Jamie Joseph admits to being somewhat suprised that he was considered the man New Zealand players would least like to be coached by. The SkySport The ... [more]

Queen's baton relay starts in London
Indian President Pratibha Patil and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II have launched the baton relay for the 2010 Commonwealth Games to be held in Delhi. The Queen handed over the baton to ... [more]

Nadal and Federer shocked by Agassi's drugs taking
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer both say they're shocked by the news that tennis authorities covered up Andre Agassi's use of banned drugs. Multiple Grand Slam winner Agassi said he lied ... [more]

Serena Williams into WTA Championship semi-finals
World tennis number one Serena Williams has marched into the semi-finals of the WTA Championships in Doha with a comfortable win over Elena Dementieva while sister Venus kept her title ... [more]

World Championship rowing tickets go on sale
The countdown to the 2010 Rowing World Championships on Lake Karapiro has begun with tickets going on sale to the public. Cambridge celebrated exactly one year out from the first ... [more]

New Caledonia moots deer exports
The New Caledonian government is considering plans that would allow for the export of deer shot in the wild as part of efforts to curb the deer population. Noumea's daily... [more]

Sarkozy to give French overseas sites heightened recognition
Reports from Paris say the French President Nicolas Sarkozy is next week expected to present measures to mark the significance of each of France's overseas territories. The reports say this... [more]

One year until Auckland super-city
Sunday marks one year until the Auckland super-city is formed on 1 November, 2010. Eight councils are to be merged into one. [more]

Protesting women in Tonga committed to indefinite fast
Hundreds of women in Tonga who've been protest fasting for almost three weeks are still awaiting a response to their petition for a new Prime Minister. Betty Blake, the president... [more]

Salvation Army brokers end to 26-year PNG tribal feud
Warring tribes in a remote part of Papua New Guinea have agreed to end 26 years of fighting in a deal brokered by the Salvation Army. It is the culmination... [more]

Clinical trials on ice cream to combat chemo side effects
Clinical trials are to be held on an ice cream developed by Fonterra and the University of Auckland which has shown promise in combating some of the side effects of chemotherapy. Some 200 patients at oncology centres around NZ will take part. [more]

FEMA approves US$7m in assistance in American Samoa
The US Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved nearly seven million US dollars in individual assistance in American Samoa following last month's tsunami. Several shops are reporting increased sales since... [more]

Prolonged power outage in PNG's second city
Papua New Guinea's second city, Lae, has spent of this week without electricity after a fire at the PNG Power substation at Taraka. The power failures began on Monday night,... [more]

Solomons to launch new policy to curb violence against women
A new policy to combat violence against women in Solomon Islands should be delivered to Cabinet in the next couple of weeks, ready to be launched at the end of... [more]

CNMI bill calls for top pay cuts
In the Northern Marianas, a Senate-amended budget bill is seeking a voluntary 20 percent cut in the salaries of the governor, lieutenant governor, justices, judges and lawmakers. Under the bill,... [more]

NZ sharemarket rebounds
The New Zealand sharemarket has rebounded after strong gains on Wall St. The Australian 200 index is also up. [more]

Kaitoko Whanau programme launched for families
New Maori family advocates are being urged to learn from the tu tangata era of Maori community development. [more]

Hawke's Bay expressway extension begins
Work has started on a $12 million roading project in Hawke's Bay, an expressway extension between Hastings city - Flaxmere. [more]

$500,000 ephedrine arrest
Police in Wellington have arrested a woman, who they say imported enough ephedrine to make $500,000 worth of the illegal drug methamphetamine, also known as 'P'. Approximately 2kg was seized. [more]

English plays down fears about DNA sampling
Acting Prime Minister Bill English is playing down the fears of Maori Party MP Rahui Katene that new DNA sampling laws will bring young Maori into conflict with the police. [more]

'Misunderstanding' over surveillance, search laws reforms
The Law Commission says there has been a lot of misunderstanding over how much power authorities will have under the government's Search and Surveillance Bill. [more]

Parliament lock-out threat unacceptable - PSA
The Public Service Association says a threat to lock out Parliamentary security officers is unacceptable bullying. [more]

AA has concerns over hands-free cellphones
The Automobile Association is worried a shift to using hands-free cellphone devices while driving, due to a ban on hand-held phones, will give motorists a false sense of security. [more]

Best chip shop named
Oceanz takeaways at Silverdale, near Orewa, has been named the top chip shop in New Zealand. [more]

White collar criminals as well as gangs to be targetted
A new police unit dedicated to seizing criminal profits will target white collar criminals as well as lower-end gangs. [more]

Civil Defence weaknesses will be fixed - Minister
Civil Defence Minister John Carter says weaknesses highlighted in a review of the Civil Defence Ministry's response to the Samoa tsunami will be fixed. [more]

China's vice-premier making 3-day visit
China's Vice Premier Li Keqiang arrives in New Zealand on Sunday for a three-day visit. [more]

Taranaki locality cut off by slip
Taranaki Regional Council says a massive slip that's cut power to about half a dozen homes near Hawera is the biggest in the region for years. [more]

Changes in medical positions at Auckland DHB
The Auckland District Health Board is disestablishing 20 positions in order to create new roles in areas with the greatest need. It says there is much demand for the new roles. [more]

Govt urged to talk about super age
The Government is being told it must be willing to discuss the age at which people are eligible for New Zealand Superannuation. [more]

Avocado industry declared free from costly disease
The avocado industry has been declared free from a disease that could have meant heavy costs for growers, after years of confusion over whether it was present in orchards in the first place. [more]

Disbelief over dairy effluent discharge results
Farmers in the Lake Rotorua catchment say they can't believe results showing the worst dairy effluent discharge audit in six seasons. Federated Farmers wants an urgent meeting with the regional council. [more]

Passing of baton for animal welfare leaders
This weekend marks the passing of the baton for two animal welfare leaders. [more]

Tivo to launch next week
Tivo digital television will be launched next week. It will be sold exclusively through Telecom. [more]

Airport company looking for more revenue
Auckland International Airport Ltd wants to squeeze more value out of its retail, property and car park operations. [more]

New business numbers down
The recession has hit the number of new businesses being created. [more]

Macquarie expands war chest
Macquarie Group's war chest of surplus capital has expanded by almost half to $A4.5 billion. The Australian investment bank is buying cheap assets offshore. [more]

Motorist lays complaint against Mallard
Police in Wellington are investigating a complaint from a motorist against Labour MP Trevor Mallard, after an incident involving a group of cyclists on Wednesday morning. [more]

NZ sharemarket rebounds
The New Zealand sharemarket has rebounded on the back of strong gains on Wall St. The benchmark NZX 50 index rose 20 points, or 0.6%, to 32.15 on turnover of $154 million. [more]

Fatal Wellington fire accidental
The police say a fire at a residential care home in Wellington where a body was found on Friday morning was accidental. [more]

Whitebaiter rescued in Tasman district
A 70 year old whitebaiter in the South Island has been flown to hospital with a dislocated hip after dragging himself for several hours to get help. [more]

Scaled down Canterbury irrigation scheme approved
Resource consent to build a controversial irrigation scheme in Canterbury has been granted. [more]

Hide defends travel bill
Act Party leader Rodney Hide has defended taking his girlfriend on a taxpayer-funded overseas trip, saying while he doesn't agree with the generous travel privileges afforded to MPs and their partners, he's no martyr. [more]

Outage proves need for second line - Minister, Transpower
A forklift driver has been stood down after more than quarter of a million customers in Auckland and Northland lost power. Both the Energy Minister and Transpower's chair say it shows the need for a second high voltage line in the region. [more]

Write-down for appliance maker
Fisher & Paykel Appliances expects to write-down the value of its US assets by $NZ70 - $NZ75 million. Their original value was $NZ119.5 million. [more]

Witness denies making up evidence in Pike killing
A key witness at the trial of a man accused of killing a young Palmerston North drug dealer has denied fabricating evidence. [more]

Row brewing over blood tests at rest homes
A row appears to be brewing between district health boards in Auckland and rest home operators over who should qualify to have blood tests taken on-site at rest homes. [more]

Contract awarded for Cook Strait power link
The upgrade of the Cook Strait power cable has taken another step forward with the awarding of the main construction contract. [more]

Taskforce backs regulatory bill
A taskforce has backed a bill that could see taxpayers being forced to pay millions of dollars in compensation to business. [more]

Arrest after Northland AOS callout
Northland police have arrested a man wanted in relation to a violent attack on his partner, in the small settlement of Taheke, near Kaikohe. [more]

Briscoe pleased with third quarter
Briscoe Group says it has been pleasantly surprised by its performance in the third quarter. [more]

NZX earnings up
NZX says operating earnings rose 8% to $14.7 million in the nine months to the end of September, compared with the same period a year ago. [more]

Sky City shares up after strong quarter
Shares in Sky City Entertainment Group are up 3%, after posting a strong performance for the September quarter. [more]

No decison on gay priests at Maori Anglican hui
Maori Anglicans gathered in Auckland for their biannual runanganui were not able to reach a decision on whether being gay should be a barrier to ordination. [more]

Canterbury to defend Cup
The Canterbury rugby team will get to defend its Air New Zealand Cup title after beating Hawke's Bay 20-3 in the first semi-final in Christchurch. [more]

Kaitoko Whanau programme aims to break dependency
The Maori Affairs Minister says a new advocacy service is aiming to break the dependency many Maori families have on government agencies. [more]

Agreement reached in Auckland bus dispute
NZ Bus and the Auckland Combined Unions say they have reached an agreement at mediation for a Collective Employment Agreement. This follows a week of disruption for tens of thousands of Auckland commuters. [more]

Foreshore and Seabed repeal bill to go to Cabinet
The Maori Affairs Minister will take a bill repealing the Foreshore and Seabed Act to Cabinet on Monday. [more]