Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 5th November 2009

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What does the way you hold your knitting needles say about you?
What does the way you hold your knitting needles say about you? Its among the topics that come up at 'In Stitches', a regular knitting group that has brought together craftswomen from around the world. Christchurch correspondent Katy Gosset drops in on the group, which on their occasion of their second birthday. [more]

The best song ever written
John Howell from Wellington chooses 'Penny Lane' by The Beatles. [more]

Your Place
The place we visit today is Waimate North, home to the oldest inland mission station in the land, and venue for the country's longest running A and amp; P Show. [more]

Driveway toll
The deaths of two toddlers, run over while playing in driveways this week, are a terrible reminder of our poor record on child accident prevention. [more]

A new study from the UK has found eating a few slices of tomatoes may be the key to controlling your weight. [more]

He Rourou for 5 November 2009
Leaders of tomorrow were definitely inspired by leaders of today - that's the opinion of Te Aute College student Petara Hakiwai at the recent celebrations to acknowledge old boys who have made outstanding contributions to their communities. Petara tells Ana Tapiata that the evening was inspiring for current students. [more]

Feature album
'La Roux', the self-titled album by British electro-pop duo La Roux. [more]

Arts report
Simon Morrison finds out about a new exhibition of books about which someone, somewhere, has said "You can't write that". Also, the story of a dance troupe who are age-ist and perfectly happy about it! [more]

Science story
Food allergies are on the rise, and currently the only treatments for sufferers are either avoidance of the offending foods, or management of the reactions after consumption. But what if the current thinking about allergies is wrong? Elizabeth Forbes from the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research is one of the scientists trying to understand what causes allergies. She explains to Ruth Beran what she is testing, and also some of the controversial theories that currently exist about allergies. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
With David Farrar and Jeremy Hansen. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
With David Farrar and Jeremy Hansen. [more]

Business News

Morning business for 5 November 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Midday Business News for 5 November 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening business for 5 November 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening business for 5 November 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


Father found guilty of baby's murder
The father of an 11-week-old baby who was starved and beaten has been found guilty of her murder. [more]

Unemployment hits nine year high
The unemployment rate has hit a nine year high at 6.5 per cent - with some economists predicting it could rise as high as 7.5 per cent. [more]

Hide apologises to PM
The ACT Party leader Rodney Hide has had to back pedal after being caught out claiming the Prime Minister has done nothing apart from launching the national cycleway. [more]

Academic expelled from Fiji
The latest person to have been expelled from Fiji, Professor Brij Lal, has returned to Australia. [more]

Hunt continues for Wellington gunman
A man who brandished a gun at a police officer in the Wellington suburb of Lower Hutt this morning is still on the run. [more]

Sports news for 5 November 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Queens Wharf group goes back to the drawing board
The competition to design a Queens Wharf upgrade has been halted after criticism over lacklustre entries. [more]

Investigation into the treatment of people in detention
The Ombudsmen's office has found a mentally ill patient was kept in restraints and seclusion almost constantly for nearly six years. [more]

Harawira unrepentant about European excursion
The Maori Party MP Hone Harawira is defiant about skipping out on a final day of meetings at the European Parliament in Brussels, to take his wife to Paris for the day. [more]

Waatea news for 5 November 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Tongan ferry 'rapidly deteroriating' before fatal voyage
The Royal Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the Tongan ferry, Princess Ashika, has heard more damning evidence about the ship's dire state of disrepair before it made its final fatal voyage. [more]

Marine farmers say reform plan best news in years
Marine farmers are hailing proposed new aquaculture law reform as the best news in years, because it should open up thousands of hectares of new farm space previously off-limits. [more]

Jury retires in Worrell case
The jury in the trial of a man accused deliberately causing a fatal head-on collision is still considering its verdict. [more]

Update on search for gunman
An update on the gunman on the run in the Wellington area - police report there have been sightings of him in the central city. [more]

17-year-old considered a"person of interest"
Northland police are investigating the discovery of a 70 year old woman's body in her home. [more]

150,000 unemployed, but fewer claiming benefits
While the unemployment rate has hit a nine year high, the number of people signing on to the dole has dropped slightly. [more]

Queens Wharf competition back to the drawing board
Two Auckland leaders in charge of turning the city's Queens Wharf into party central for the Rugby World Cup say it's time to go back to the drawing board if the city's going to be saved from another crass development. [more]

Financial advice compromising future investment
The Retirement Commissioner says the shocking state of financial advice being offered to New Zealanders could severely compromise future investment, including peoples' retirement funds. [more]

Melbourne Cup winning jockey fined
The Melbourne Cup win by jockey Corey Brown has been somewhat tarnished. He has been fined AUS$500 for using his whip in a gesture to celebrate his win as Shocking crossed the finishing line. [more]

Sports news for 5 November 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

More businesses default on loans
In a sign that the recession isn't over just yet, figures released by this country's largest credit rating agency show that the number of businesses defaulting on loans and lines of credit is increasing. [more]

Iran denies sending weapons to Hezbollah guerillas
Iran has denied an accusation by Israel that it sent hundreds of tonnes of weapons to Syria for the use of Hezbollah guerillas in southern Lebanon. [more]

Italian court condemns rendition programme
An Italian court has handed down a judgement that condemns the rendition policy of the previous US administration. [more]

Waatea news for 5 November 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Baby saved by family's determination
The determination of a dying baby's family and their friends in Melbourne has lead to the treatment of a rare metabolic disease. [more]

Wellington Council hears home truths on parking
Wellington City Council's heard some home truths about exactly how its carparking policy isn't working. [more]

Pacific's Great Whites are 'homebodies'
A study tracking the movement of white sharks in the Pacific shows the ocean's most feared predators are not the loners scientists once believed, and even hang out at a deep sea watering hole known as the"White Shark Cafe". [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 5 November 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 5 November 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 5 November 2009
The government's books slip further into the red, Financial advice industry scandalously poor, Calls to soften tough line approach on Fiji, Judge finds CIA agents guilty of Italy kidnap, Sir Keith Park statue unveiled in London. [more]

Goff observes post-tsunami reconstruction
The Labour Party leader Phil Goff is on a four day visit to Samoa and Tonga. [more]

Pacific news for 5 November 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news for 5 November 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Briscoes chief says we may be heading back into recession
One of the country's top retailers believes the economy could lapse back into recession - as tax revenue from the business sector slumps. [more]

Academic expelled from Fiji
Fijian-born Australian academic Brij Lal has been ordered out of the Pacific nation just hours after speaking to the media about the current diplomatic stoush between Fiji, New Zealand and Australia. [more]

The government's books slip further into the red
The government's books are slipping further into the red with the tax take for the three months ending September more than one billion dollars lower than expected. Cameron Bagrie; ANZ National Bank chief economist and Bill English; Minister of Finance, comment [more]

Financial advice industry scandalously poor
A consumer watchdog has issued a scathing assessment of the financial advice industry after finding evidence of widespread incompetence. [more]

Calls to soften tough line approach on Fiji
As New Zealand's High Commissioner in Fiji packs his bags, questions are being raised about the Government's hard line approach to Fiji. [more]

Judge finds CIA agents guilty of Italy kidnap
An Italian judge has sentenced 23 CIA agents to up to eight years in prison in the first ever trial targeting the America's"extraordinary rendition"program. [more]

Shake-up of UK expenses proposed
British MPs face being banned from using taxpayer money to pay their mortgages and employ their spouses or family members. [more]

Sports news for 5 November 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Mayors "whinging" about Queens Wharf
Two Auckland leaders have come under fire from a fellow mayor who says they need to stop whinging or risk making Rugby World Cup's Party Central a dud. [more]

Sir Keith Park statue unveiled in London
A statue of RAF hero Sir Keith Park has been unveiled in Trafalgar Square in London. [more]

London banker alleges disparagement for being NZer
A high-flying New Zealand banker in London is suing her Japanese employers saying they fired her for being a woman and a New Zealander. [more]

Retailers fear economy could slide back into recession
One of the country's top retailers believes the economy could lapse back into recession just as the government feels the pain of an unexpected fall in tax revenue. [more]

Transparency needed in Financial Advice sector - reviewer
Consumer New Zealand deployed mystery shoppers to gather advice on investment and pre-retirement plans. Out of 17 plans, an expert review panel failed all but three of them. [more]

Afghan policeman shoots dead five British soldiers
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the killing of five British soldiers, shot dead by an Afghan policeman they were apparently training. [more]

Statue campaign head welcomes unveiling
A statue of RAF hero and New Zealander Sir Keith Park has been unveiled in central London. The commander of RAF squadrons in the Battle of Britain in 1940 is credited with keeping Germany at bay. [more]

Public displays displace backyard fireworks
More than 150, 000 people will pour into Wellington tonight for the city council's fireworks extravaganza. It's part of a growing affection for public displays as enthusiasm for backyard fireworks appears to be waning. [more]

Sports news for 5 November 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Fresh protests in Iran
Thousands of protestors have been tear-gassed and beaten in the Iranian capital of Tehran after attempting to hijack a state-sponsored rally celebrating the 30th anniversary of the storming of the US embassy. [more]

Shadbolt at war with deputy
The deputy mayor of Invercargill says he will fight back against mayor Tim Shadbolt's outspoken attempts to sack him. [more]

Waatea news for 5 November 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

New report says electric vehicles important part of future
A new report says electric vehicles are likely to play an important role in New Zealand's future. [more]

Affectionate texting by men on the rise
A survey from the United States claims we are seeing the emergence of a new phenomenon, the"metro-textual." [more]


Seed bank
The importance of plant biodiversity and the milestone at Kew's own Millennium Seed Bank. [more]

Hot rocks
Drilling a core into the geologic cycle, limestone and karst country. [more]

Clue 7. [more]

Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Queens Wharf Development
Beverley McRae, Chief Executive of NZ Institute of Architects, Dushko Bogunovich, Associate Professor of Architecture at Unitec and and Kevin Clarke, Architect. [more]

Architecture in Iran
Sam Kebbell, architecture lecturer Victoria University and partner in the architecture firm, KebbellDaish. [more]

UK correspondent - Jon Dennis
UK MPs will have many of their expense privileges removed. [more]

Book review - Parrot and Olivier in America
Phil Smith reviews 'Parrot and Olivier in America' by Peter Carey. Published by Hamish Hamilton. [more]

New Technology with Nat Torkington
Discussion on emerging technologies. [more]

Parenting with Nigel Latta
Psychologist and parenting expert Nigel discusses 'How to Make a Spoilt Brat'. [more]

Television reviewer Simon Wilson
Simon reviews the return of Mad Men and tells us why it might just be too good for television. [more]

Our Changing World

Methane and Bio-filters
Landcare Research scientists are using biofilters to convert the potent greenhouse gas methane to carbon dioxide. [more]

Social Insects - Super Sisters and the Anarchy Gene
Evolutionary geneticist Ross Crozier is interested in genetic factors underlying the evolution of behaviour in social insects. [more]

Causes of Food Allergies
The Malaghan Institute's Elizabeth Forbes is interested in how food allergies develop. [more]

Pupu Hydro Scheme
The Pupu hydro scheme, distributed power generation, and the role of feed-in tariffs [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 5 November 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 5 November 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]


Lee Gene Peters and Tracey Monastra
Director and designer of new theatrical work 'Death and the Dreamlife of Elephants'. [more]

Carol Shortis and Anton Killin
Wellingtion based composers having works premiered in the SMP Ensemble's upcoming 'Podroze Journeys' concert. [more]

News stories:

Brownlee denies hydro dam gaffe
Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee is denying Labour Party claims he made a gaffe in remarks about a controversial hydro dam scheme on the West Coast. [more]

NZ expels Fiji's acting High Commissioner
The New Zealand Government has moved to expel Fiji's acting High Commissioner to New Zealand. [more]

Toyota joins F1 exodus
Formula One has taken another body blow with Toyota becoming the latest car maker to quit motorsport. Toyota's announcement comes only days after tyre maker Bridgestone pulled out of formula ... [more]

Greg Eastwood out for rest of Four Nations
Utility forward Greg Eastwood has been ruled out of the rest of the Kiwis' Four Nations campaign after breaking a bone in his left hand during last \weekend's record 62-12 ... [more]

Phoenix into top six
The Phoenix are into the top six of football's A-League after a 3-0 win over the Newcastle Jets at in Wellington last night.. The home side's third win of the ... [more]

Simon Mannering wasn't expecting top job
The Warriors' new captain Simon Mannering says he was called to a meeting with coach Ivan Cleary he wasn't expecting to be told he was taking over the captaincy from ... [more]

Forward looking Warriors name new captain
The Warriors coach Ivan Cleary says the club's long-serving captain Steve Price is understandably disappointed after losing the job to the younger Simon Mannering. The 23-year-old second rower - who's ... [more]

Tuqiri ready to move on with Leicester
The former Wallabies star Lote Tuqiri says he has cast aside the hurt of losing his Australian Rugby Union contract as he prepares to represent English club Leicester. The ARU ... [more]

Spanish league warns of strike over end to tax breaks
The Spanish Football Federation has threatened a strike to protest a government plan to end the so-called "Beckham law" under which foreign footballers receive tax breaks. Spain's ruling Socialist Party ... [more]

England hooker completes unlikely comeback
The England hooker Steve Thompson has completed the final stage of his remarkable rugby comeback by being named in England's starting fifteen for play Australia at Twickenham this weekend. Part ... [more]

Murray signs clothing deal
Britain's Andy Murray has signed a "long-term" sportswear deal with German firm Adidas from 2010, ending his long-standing partnership with Fred Perry. Adidas, the world's second-largest sports goods maker, has ... [more]

Cup winner set for overseas campaign
The connections of Tuesday's Melbourne Cup winner Shocking will consider taking their horse to Dubai and Royal Ascot next year. The four-year-old's owner Laurence Eales says he wants to continue ... [more]

New leader in Tour of Southland
A vital break in fierce crosswinds has seen a new leader going into today's sixth stage of road cycling's Tour of Southland. The Belgium based New Zealand rider Jack Bauer ... [more]

Black Caps well beaten first up in Abu Dhabi
The New Zealand cricketers have crashed to their second biggest loss to Pakistan in the opening match of their 3-game one day series in Abu Dhabi. Chasing 288, the Black ... [more]

Test debut for Zac Guildford
The 20-year-old Hawkes Bay winger Zac Guildford will play his first rugby test for the All Blacks against Wales in Cardiff on Sunday morning in one of six changes from ... [more]

Academic in Fiji ordered to leave
One of Australia's leading experts on Fiji has been given 24 hours to leave the Pacific nation after giving media interviews on the current political stand-off. Professor Brij Lal's expulsion... [more]

NZ's Foreign Affairs Minister defends action on Fiji
New Zealand's Minister of Foreign Affairs is defending his Government's decision to expel Fiji's acting High Commissioner to New Zealand. The decision to declare Kuliniasi Seru Savou persona non grata... [more]

Government posts $2b operating deficit
The Government's ailing finances have fallen further into the red with an operating deficit of $2 billion for the first three months of the financial year - almost double what was forecast. [more]

More miners down tools in contract dispute
About 950 coal miners throughout New Zealand are now on strike after workers at Spring Creek mine near Greymouth walked off the job on Wednesday night. [more]

Auckland bus drivers reject pay offer
Unions representing Auckland bus drivers who rejected their employer's latest pay offer say there is no immediate threat of further industrial action. [more]

Breakers unbeaten home record on line
The Breakers defend an unbeaten home record in the Australian National Basketball League this season when they host the Gold Coast Blaze tonight in their eighth game. They'll be missing ... [more]

Invercargill deputy mayor vows to fight for job
Invercargill City Council's deputy mayor is vowing to fight to keep his job after the mayor told councillors he has lost confidence in him. [more]

NZ war hero Keith Park honoured in London
A statue has been raised to New Zealand-born Sir Keith Park for his role in the Battle of Britain during World War II. [more]

Inquiry begins after 70-year-old found dead in home
Police have launched a homicide investigation after the body of an elderly woman was discovered in her Kaitaia home. [more]

US fund cancer research in Hawaii and Guam
" The United States National Cancer Institute has awarded a combined grant to the University of Hawaii's Cancer Research Center of Hawaii and the University of Guam. The Honolulu advertiser... [more]

International Wire Story
The English Premier League giants Liverpool are on the brink of elimination from football's Champions League after drawing 1-all at Lyon. But Arsenal's poised to progress to the knockout round ... [more]

Canterbury team unchanged for final
The Canterbury coaches Rob Penney and Tabai Matson have named an unchanged line-up to play Wellington in rugby's provincial champopnship final in Christchurch on Saturday night. The squad of 22 ... [more]

School of medicine in Hawaii welcomes fund for obesity related disparities
The lead investigator of a study into obesity-related disparities in Hawaii says a new grant will allow it to address the problems surrounding obesity and diabetes. The school of Medicine... [more]

Samoa Water Authority says UN to fund safe water study
Engineers will be looking into how to best provide families affected by last month's tsunami in Samoa with fresh and safe water. Many families moved further inland after the destructive... [more]

Business group deplores expulsion of Australian diplomat from Fiji
The Fiji Australia Business Council says it regrets the expulsion of the Australian High Commissioner, James Batley, by the Fiji interim government. In a statement, it says while the government... [more]

Bodies of two people killed in tsunami in American Samoa returned home
The bodies of two people killed in the September 29th tsunami are citizens of Samoa and their remains have since been returned to Apia. Samoa Red Cross Society worked with... [more]

CNMI Chamber pushes for a worker category
The Saipan Chamber of Commerce is pushing for the creation of a CNMI only Federal H2 worker category under a system managed by the U.S. Department of Labor and the... [more]

Tanoa Group unsure of damage cost to Tusitala hotel in Samoa
The Tanoa Group says it's still trying to assess the total cost of the damage to its Hotel Tusitala in Samoa. The hotel was undergoing extensive renovations and upgrades, before... [more]

NZ's oldest immigrant dies at 104
The oldest man to emigrate to New Zealand, Eric King-Turner, aged 104, has died. [more]

Court dismisses appeal over Nia Glassie killing
The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by one of two men convicted of murdering Rotorua toddler Nia Glassie in 2007. [more]

Prison officer facing drug smuggling charge
A prison officer at Spring Hill Prison in Waikato is facing a drug smuggling charge. [more]

Recession may not be over, retailer warns
One of New Zealand's top retailers predicts the economy could lapse back into recession, as new figures show a bigger than expected fall in company tax revenue. [more]

Hawaii's Maui LandandPineapple to end operations after 97 years
Hawaii's Maui Land & Pineapple Corporation is to cease pineapple operations by the end of the year. The company says it plans to lay off more than 45 percent of... [more]

Papua provincial administration to build hydro-power plant
The Papua provincial administration is planning to build a 2,000 megawatt hydro-power plant to meet electricity demand and to support infrastructure needs in the Indonesian Province. The Jakarta Post quotes... [more]

Papua provincial adminstration to build hydro-power plant
The Papua provincial administration is planning to build a 2,000 megawatt hydro-power plant to meet electricity demand and to support infrastructure needs in the Indonesian Province. The Jakarta Post quotes... [more]

Cruiseships continue to call into Samoa and American Samoa
Cruiseships continue to call into the ports of the two Samoas, despite the devastation caused by the tsunami more than a month ago. Last month, two cruiseships visited Pago Pago... [more]

Fiji deports academic Lal to Australia
A former Fiji Human Rights Commissioner, Shamima Ali, says the Australian academic of Fiji origin, Brij Lal, was threatened when he was questioned by the military. Professor Lal was deported... [more]

Different diplomatic approach is needed for Fiji says lobby group
The New Zealand-based Coalition for Democracy in Fiji says the latest row between the countries shows a different diplomatic approach is needed. New Zealand and Fiji have now expelled each... [more]

5-point-1 magnitude earthquake rattles Samoan islands
A 5-point-1 magnitude earthquake rattled the Samoan islands this morning. The US Geological Survey says the quake's epicenter was located 189 kilometres south west of Pago Pago at a depth... [more]

Losing candidates in Solomons by-election to file petition over Kemakeza eligibility
Losing candidates in the Solomon Islands' Savo/Russell by-election have teamed up to file a petition against winner Sir Allan Kemakeza. Last week's by-election saw Sir Allan reclaim the seat he... [more]

Fiji says Lal departure for Australia is not expulsion
Fiji's immigration director is denying that an Australian academic of Fiji origin, Brij Lal, has been deported. Professor Lal had been questioned by the military yesterday after giving media interviews. [more]

Ratu Epeli Nailatikau becomes new Fiji President
Fiji's former military commander and parliamentary speaker, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, has been sworn in as the new President, succeeding Ratu Josefa Iloilo who retired in July. Ratu Epeli, who is... [more]

Tonga People's Committee for Political Reform submits petition to King
A petition from the People's Committee for Political Reform in Tonga calling for the removal of the Prime Minister and his deputy is now with the King. The number two... [more]

Solomons Commission says Kemakeza candidacy was unacceptable
The chairman of the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission says Sir Allan Kemakeza should have been disqualified from contesting last week's Savo/Russell by-election. The by-election saw Sir Allan reclaim the seat... [more]

Amnesty critical of Fiji treatment of Australian academic Lal
Amnesty International has condemned the action taken by Fiji's military against a Fiji-born Australian academic, Dr Brij Lal. Amnesty says Professor Lal, who flew to Sydney today, was told he... [more]

Melanesian Progressive Party to boycott Port Vila municipal elections
Vanuatu's Melanesian Progressive Party has called for a boycott of today's Port Vila municipal elections. The MPP of the former primer minister Barak Sope says this is in protest against... [more]

Samoa accommodation business moves away from coast
A Samoan family in Lalomanu on the southern coast of Upolu says following the recent tsunami, it is rebuilding its accommodation business closer to a hillside. Given suggestions to no... [more]

China lines up for PNG liquefied gas from Exxon Mobil project
China's state-owned Sinopec Corp says it has reached a preliminary agreement with Exxon Mobil Corporation to buy 1.81 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas annually from a project under development... [more]

Legislation to lift ban on marine farming areas
Bans on marine farming areas will be lifted under proposed reforms announced on Thursday. [more]

Kemakeza candidacy set to go to Solomons High Court
The question of Sir Allan Kemakeza's eligibility to contest last week's Savo/Russell by-election looks set to be taken to the Solomon Islands High Court after it emerged he should have... [more]

Compo unlikely for Bikini Islanders, fears lawyer
The lawyer acting for Bikini Islanders says there is little hope their case will go to the US Supreme Court as they seek compensation for the 23 US nuclear weapons... [more]

Remengesau trial in Palau hears final arguments
Closing arguments from both defence and the government have been heard in the trial of Palau's former President and current Senator Tommy Remengesau. Mr Remengesau is charged with 19 counts... [more]

Expelled Australian academic speaks of verbal assault by Fiji military
An Australian academic of Fiji origin, Brij Lal, who has been forced to leave Fiji says during his interrogation by the military, there was no assault. Professor Lal says he... [more]

Tongan expat urges women to sex strike to change land ownership laws
One of the directors of the Tongan American Society is urging women in his home country to begin a sex strike to change the land ownership laws. Sione Mokofisi says... [more]

Henry says six changes not demeaning to Wales
The All Blacks coach Graham Henry insists his decision to make six changes in his starting line-up to play Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff this weekend ... [more]

Price says he had no indication he was to be dropped as captain
Steve Price says he had no inkling he was to be dropped as captain of the Warriors rugby league side when he was called to a meeting with coach Ivan ... [more]

Bathurst runner-up says he's had enough
Runner up at this year's Bathurst 1000, V8 Supercar driver Cameron McConville will retire from the sport at the end of the year because he is "over" the ups ... [more]

Unchanged lineups for Canterbury and Wellington
Both Canterbury and Wellington have named unchanged lineups for Saturday night's Air New Zealand Cup rugby final in Christchurch. The match will be centre Casey Laulala's last for Canterbury before ... [more]

French Polynesia concerned over possible French funding cuts
There is concern among French Polynesian political leaders that France may fail to disburse the full 220 million US dollars it has been paying the territory every year after ending... [more]

Bauer retains overall lead in Tour of Southland
Nelson rider Jack Bauer has increased his overall lead in the Tour of Southland, with three stages remaining. Beijing Olympian Peter Latham won the 133 kilometre sixth stage from Lumsden ... [more]

Man sought by police turns himself in
The police hunt for a gunman in Lower Hutt and Wellington on Thursday was called off when a 21-year-old man turned himself in at Lower Hutt police station shortly after 6pm. [more]

Expelled envoy to Fiji due back in NZ
New Zealand's acting Head of Mission in Fiji will leave that country on Thursday, after being expelled by the interim regime. [more]

Samoa Prime Minister says tsunami aid critic a bitter hearted person
The Samoa Government has rejected comments by MP Palusalue Faapo II that tsunami recovery work is favouring the constituency of the Prime Minister and that of Agricultural Minister Taua Kitiona... [more]

Tongans to learn tomorrow about recommended political reforms
The recommendations for political reform developed by Tonga's Constitutional and Electoral Commission will be made public tomorrow. The Commission, which was created by legislation a year ago, presented its report... [more]

Westpac faulted for 'confusing' NZ figures
A banking expert says the latest figures published by Westpac relating to its New Zealand operation are complicated and confusing, and don't necessarily tell the whole story. [more]

NZ, Australian indexes both fall
The New Zealand sharemarket declined on Thursday, with the benchmark NZX 50 index dropping 22 points, or 0.7%, to 3144. [more]

Conflicting views over roll bars on quad bikes
A quad bike manufacturers' representative says his industry is the best placed to decide whether roll bars should be fitted on to the vehicles to prevent serious injury or death. [more]

Lower EU subsidies pushing up dairy prices
Fonterra says the reduction in subsidies paid to farmers in the European Union has helped to stimulate a price recovery in the global dairy market. [more]

Six out of seven support DHB merger
The first of a series of public meetings about the proposed merger of the Otago and Southland district health boards has been held in Dunedin. Just seven people came. [more]

Scathing assessment of financial advice industry
A New Zealand consumer watchdog has issued a scathing assessment of the financial advice industry after saying it has found evidence of widespread incompetence. [more]

Only floating crane returns refurbished
New Zealand's only floating crane has returned to Wellington, after undergoing a five-month refurbishment in Lyttelton. [more]

Prison does deter crime, ACT says
The ACT party has released figures that it says prove prison works as an effective deterrent to crime. [more]

Meat and Wool NZ cuts please farmers' lobby
A farmer lobby group that's been campaigning for the reform of Meat and Wool New Zealand has welcomed the wide-ranging cut-backs announced for the organisation's research, marketing and farm extension programmes. [more]

'Not surprised' by scathing financial advice review
A former president of the professional body for financial advisers says he's not surprised by a scathing assessment of the industry. [more]

Contact Energy drilling three new gas wells
Contact Energy has started drilling three new wells at its $250m Ahuroa underground gas storage field near Stratford, aiming to speed up the collection of gas for its yet-to-be-completed peaking power plant. [more]