Radio New Zealand - Monday, 9th November 2009

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Eight months to Mars - Pam Corkery
Broadcaster and former politician Pam Corkery is with us on the way to Mars today. [more]

Dinosaur Footprints
The first evidence that dinosaurs once roamed the South Island has been uncovered with the discovery of ancient footprints in Golden Bay's Whanganui Inlet. [more]

Texting Champs
It takes some pretty fancy fingerwork to text faster than Beverly Ngo, Wellington's newly crowned Queen of Texting . [more]

He Rourou for 9 November 2009
In He Rourou today, Ana Tapiata talks to Charlie Tepana, from the Raukawa Maori Trust Board. [more]

Author slot - Myfanwy Jones
The book title is"Parents lure kids off computers with old-fashioned indoor games". [more]

This way up feature -"Sewing Salad seedlings"
Simon Morton back in This Way Up's urban veggie garden. [more]

Environmental story - Leigh Marine Reserve
The Leigh Marine Reserve lies a hundred kilometres north of Auckland - New Zealand's first marine reserve, it's officially known as the Cape Rodney to Okakari Point Marine Reserve, and has been an outstanding success. [more]

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

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

Business News

Morning business for 09 November 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Market update
A quick look at the markets. [more]

Midday Business News for 9 November 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 9 November 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 9 November 2009
News from the business sector. [more]


Man pleads guilty to murdering wife and neighbour
The man at the centre of Christchurch's so-called House of Horrors, has revealed that he sexually violated two women after he strangled them to death. [more]

Dairy farmers celebrate increase in forecast payout
More than a billion dollars is expected to pour into the economy with today's unexpected rise in the payout to dairy farmers. [more]

NZ has 'fastest rising food prices'
New Zealand and Australia have the fastest rising food prices of any developed nation. [more]

Graeme Burton in court on attempted murder charge
The high profile inmate, Graeme Burton, is on trial at the High Court in Auckland accused of trying to kill a fellow inmate with a stainless steel rod. [more]

Cedenco Foods placed in receivership
Receivers of vegetable processing company Cedenco Foods are telling hundreds of growers and seasonal workers that it's business as usual while they look for a buyer. [more]

Lamp proves lucky for Auckland family
A 22-thousand dollar wad of cash has been found stuffed in an old ship's lamp that's going under the hammer in Auckland tomorrow. [more]

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

ACC: too many scans and too expensive
ACC says the cost of medical scans has blown out to 97 million dollars in the last year and it's making moves to rein in such spending. [more]

Twenty years ago the Berlin Wall came down
Today the city is preparing to mark that day, which paved the way for German reunification and ultimately the end of the Cold War. [more]

'Despicable robbery' from boy with cerebral palsy
An eight-year-old Christchurch boy with cerebral palsy has had the machine which gives him his only means of communication, stolen, while he was using it. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Police deny soft treatment of drink-driving officers
The Police say they come down heavily on any drink-driving by officers - despite a low succes rate in securing convictions in court. [more]

Mysterious satellite swirls identified as plankton
Scientists from the National Institute of Water and amp; Atmospheric Research have identified the source of spectacular satellite images that were captured by NASA over the weekend in New Zealand waters. [more]

Another rise forecast for dairy farmers' payout
Dairy farmers say Fonterra's surprise boost to milk payouts is a huge relief but shows just how volatile prices are. [more]

Supermarket duopoly to blame for high grocery prices
New Zealand and Australia have among the fastest rising food prices of any developed nations. [more]

Inquiry into Tonga ferry disaster
A New Zealand man who ran the shipping company operating a ferry that sank off Tonga in August has been stood down part-way through his evidence to an inquiry into the incident. [more]

Close watch on Southern Ocean iceberg
Scientists are closely monitoring a large iceberg seen near MacQuarie Island in the Southern Ocean. [more]

Handsfree devices just as distracting
In light of this month's law change making it illegal to use a hand-held cellphone while driving, Consumer magazine has trialled a range of hands-free devices to find out how safe they are. [more]

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

Woman claims gas heater poisoned her
A Wellington gasfitter has denied that faulty workmanship on his part left a Kapiti Coast woman with permanent brain damage as a result of gas poisoning from an incorrectly installed heater. [more]

Latest news from South America
To South America now, where torrential rain in El Salvador has triggered flooding and mudslides killing at least 124 people. [more]

US Health reform reaches milestone
The US House of Representatives has passed a major health reform bill. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Labour says government paving way for privatisation
The Government's being accused of paving the way for privatisation of community-owned assets, using Auckland's water services as test run. [more]

Male university students set up pro-rape web page
In Australia, enraged female university students are demanding changes at the University of Sydney after male students from one of its oldest, and most prestigious colleges, set up a pro-rape web page. [more]

China hosts Olympics of cyber games
If your dreams of your teenager ever becoming an Olympic star are dissipating as they sit in front of a computer playing hour after hour of games, don't despair. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 9 November 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 9 November 2009
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for 09 November 2009
Politicians in peril: Hide apologises for Hawaiian holiday; Harawira's electorate says Hone's gone too far while Race Relations Commissioner says not far enough to act. Auckland's: leaky homes and buildings negotiations; bus driver unions have a Hui. Zespri and Government in JV deal on Kiwifruit R and amp;D. [more]

North Shore Mayor: leaky homes deal not good enough
The Government is offering up to 10% of the costs for a scheme, which would include a universal guarantee of bank financing to leaky homeowners. There are other income-tested subsidies. [more]

Pacific news for 09 November 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news for 09 November 2009
News of the Tangata Whenua from the Waatea team. [more]

Hide: I've made mistakes, exercised poor judgement
After quietly repaying the cost of an Hawaiian holiday for he and his girlfriend, the ACT Party leader last night called a news conference to say sorry for his actions. [more]

Berlin gears up for wall anniversary celebrations
Today marks the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. The opening of the border separating the former East and West Germanys symbolised the end of the Cold War. [more]

Hide vows to be more careful with taxpayer dollars
The ACT Party leader and self proclaimed 'perkbuster' MP is promising there will be no more overseas holidays for himself and his girlfriend at the taxpayer's expense. [more]

Former ACT leader on Hide's apology
Richard Prebble comments on Rodney Hide's actions and consequent apology. [more]

Northland residents say Hone Harawira has gone too far
The residents of Te Tai Tokerau and Maori party leadership will hold a meeting to discuss the future of their local firebrand MP, Hone Harawira, later this week. [more]

More than 20 complaints lodged over the email
The Human Rights Commission's not taking action against Mr Harawira, saying he's entitled to freedom of expression with regard to his provocative and racially slurring email. [more]

Mayors holding out on leaky homes deal
Auckland's North Shore mayor is negotiating a deal to take leaky homes out of the courts but is threatening to walk away unless the Government offers more. [more]

Bus driver unions meet to heal rift
The four unions representing Auckland bus drivers will meet today in a last ditch effort to heal a rift, which has seen two of the unions break away and try to reach a separate agreement with the employer. [more]

New, better tasting kiwifruit under development
Kiwifruit marketer Zespri and the Government have announced a 36-million-dollar research partnership which should see new and better tasting kiwifruit on supermarket shelves. [more]

Minister maps the way forward for Kiwifruit
Doctor Wayne Mapp, Minister of Research, Science and Technology comments on the joint venture spend. [more]

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

NZRU floats idea of selling off Super 14 rugby franchises
The New Zealand Rugby Union has floated the idea of selling off Super 14 rugby franchises to private interests in a move reminiscent of the ownership structures of English premier league football clubs. [more]

Princess Ashika ferry buyer sacked by shipping company
In Tonga, the man responsible for buying the ill-fated inter-island ferry has been sacked by the government-owned Shipping Corporation of Polynesia. His dismissal comes partway through giving evidence to a Royal Commission of inquiry into the ship's sinking. [more]

Political editor analyses fallout from Hide, Harawira
Will a mea culpa from Rodney Hide be enough for his constituency, party and coalition partners? What will the Maori Party do with the Harawira issue and will it be enough for their coalition partners? [more]

Dairy farmers get higher payout
Fonterra is increasing its payout to dairy farmers by about 20 percent as the company benefits from rising commodity milk powder prices. [more]

Dover Samuels on Hone Harawira's latest stoush
Former long-time Te Tai Tokerau MP and Minister of Maori Affairs under a Labour Government, Dover Samuels comments. [more]

John Key heads to APEC this week
The Prime Minister will be among leaders from the Asia-Pacific meeting in Singapore later this week to look at economic development initiatives for the region. [more]

Icebergs could be on their way to NZ waters....again
A half-kilometre wide iceberg formed of Antarctic glacial flow has been spotted heading for New Zealand waters. [more]

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

Wales coach seething over Carter tackle
The All Blacks may have added to decades of hurt against Wales during yesterday's test match, but the opposition says it was only due to a little bit of help from the referee. [more]

National memorial service remembers tsunami victims
Those who lost their lives in the South Pacific Tsunami were remembered last night at a service held at Auckland Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. [more]

Listener comments
Some of what you've had to say about what's been on the show today. [more]

Waatea news for 09 November 2009
News from the Tangata Whenua presented by the Waatea team. [more]

Ohakune faces loss of sole long-serving GP
The Central North Island town of Ohakune is about to farewell the man who's been its sole family doctor for almost forty years. [more]

Phil Kafcaloudes with news from Australia
That lucky man from the lucky country, Phil K joins us from 'Straya. [more]


Pain free meat
How about genetically modifying farm animals to not feel pain so that people who eat meat can feel less guilty? [more]

The final whistle
Analysis of the state of play from recent recreational activities... Tour of Southland and gymnastics in eastern Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall. [more]

Clue 1. [more]

Germany report
Life on the eastern side. 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. [more]

Clue 2. [more]

Nine To Noon

Professor David Nutt
Fired 10 days ago after saying marijuana created only a 'relatively small risk' of psychotic illness and was less damaging to health than nicotine or alcohol, Professor Nutt was the Chairman of the UK's Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs . [more]

John Howard
The man at the Australian helm in the late nineties to mid noughties, he introduced his country to an economic boom, GST and a "War on Terror" while introducing a lot of asylum seekers to the island of Nauru. He makes no apologies and is John Howard, the former Australian Prime Minister. [more]

Kate Connolly in Europe
It's the 20th anniversary of the fall of the wall in Berlin, when the two Germanys began the end of their journey to again become one. Mikhail Gorbachev's Glasnost policy was bearing fruit and creating a new world order starting in Europe, the Cold War was now an old war. The Stasi were busy shredding documents and creating new identities while others were partying like it was 1999! [more]

Oran Cranfield in Freefall
Oran's the son of Jack Cranfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Now it's Oran's turn with the new book Freefall - the strange true life growing up adventures of Oran Cranfield. [more]

Book review Billy T: The life and times of Billy T James
Maraea Rakuraku looks at the new biography by Matt Elliott. Harper Collins publishes it. [more]

Political commentary
They know their left from their right, mostly their right from their wrong and certainly their rights when they're wronged; Andrew Campbell and Matthew Hooten opine about the travels and travails of Messrs Hide and Harawira. [more]

Food and wine
London based Kiwi chef Anna Hansen is in the studio to tempt us with Pork Belly atop Carrot and Miso Puree with Green Pepper Relish. Wine doyen Stephen Morris finds the perfect wine partner and then they both talk dessert, exquisite. [more]

Urbanist Tommy Honey
Waterfront architectural competitions in the Capital and Queen Cities. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 9 November 2009
Agrarian news from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Midday Rural News for 9 November 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Merran Cooke
Wellington lawyer and performer in 'Counsel In Concert' charity event, raising money for the Child Cancer Foundation. [more]

NZSO Review
James Gardner reviews last Friday night's Auckland concert featuring Norwegian soprano Solveig Kringelborn. [more]

NZ Trio
Justine Cormack, Ashley Brown and Sarah Watkins talk about future concerts and life as a freelancing ensemble. [more]

News stories:

Carter cited for high tackle
The All Black first five eighth Dan Carter has been cited for a high tackle on the Wales scrum-half Martin Roberts in their 19-12 win in Cardiff yesterday. Carter will ... [more]

Perth beat Breakers
Perth produced a sizzling three-point shooting display to consolidate top spot on the Australian National Basketball League ladder with a 94-74 home win over the New Zealand Breakers. The Wildcats ... [more]

Australia seal Indian one day series
The Australian cricketers have an unbeatable lead in their one day series in India after a comfortable win in game six in Guwahati. India chose to bat first, but on ... [more]

Phoenix should have got more than a draw with Perth
The Wellington Phoenix extended their unbeaten home run in football's A-League to 13 matches, but will feel they should have come away with more than a 1-all draw with Perth ... [more]

Celtic waste a chance to clear out in SPL
Celtic wasted a chance to move clear of Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premier football League when held to a dramatic 3-3 draw by struggling Falkirk. Celtic came ... [more]

Pedrosa finishes third with final race victory
The Spanish motor cyclist Dani Pedrosa took advantage of a Casey Stoner crash on the warm-up lap to win the Valencia Grand Prix, securing third place in the MotoGP ... [more]

Santoro to retire from tennis
The French tennis player Fabrice Santoro has pulled the curtain on a remarkable and atypical career by losing to American James Blake in the first round of the Paris Masters. ... [more]

Whincup has good weekend at Phillip Island
The Ford driver Jamie Whincup's Championship defence is back on track with the perfect weekend extending his lead in the Australian V8 Supercar Championship after the Island 300 at Phillip ... [more]

Economists believe early rise to interest rates unlikely
Economists believe it is unlikely the Reserve Bank will raise interest rates early next year, after the unemployment rate hit a nine-year high. [more]

Fiji's interim Prime Minister says business relations with NZ and Australia still good
Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has used an annual gathering of business executives to re-assert that all is well between New Zealand, Australia and his country at the... [more]

PNG Trade Union leader says influx of foreigners boosts prostitution and gun trade
Papua New Guinea's Trade Congress Union has told a parliamentary committee that prostitution and trade in guns for drug trade are booming with the influx of foreigners. President, Michael Malabag,... [more]

Public health emergency possible for PNG's Madang province
The World Health Organisation in Papua New Guinea says the authorities are considering declaring a public health emergency in Madang, following a spike in cholera cases. A public health emergency... [more]

Bad debts 'may not have peaked'
A banking expert believes bad debts may not have peaked yet in New Zealand, as the agricultural sector continues to struggle. [more]

Police in American Samoa break up high school brawl for a second time
The Police in American Samoa have been called to the Samoana High School campus over the weekend to break up a fight, the second in two days. Officers were at... [more]

Property values higher than this time last year - QV
Property values nationwide are now higher than they were this time last year, says Quotable Value. House values rose 0.2% in October compared to the month before. [more]

Samoa Victim Support Group gets government backing for anti violence campaign
The Samoa Victim Support Group says its overwhelmed the government has approved its 95 thousand US dollars financial assistance request. The core funding will be used for the organization's campaign... [more]

Proteas tested by Zimbabwe
The South African cricketers were forced to toil hard ahead of their limited overs series against England, before overcoming Zimbabwe by 45 runs in a one-day international in Benoni. Zimbabwe, ... [more]

Italy win the Fed Cup
Italy have won the Fed Cup women's teams tennis title with a 4-nil victory over the United States in the final. Flavia Pennetta charged past Melanie Oudin 7-5 6-2 in ... [more]

Federer beaten in Basel
The world men's tennis number one Roger Federer has missed out on a fourth successive Swiss Indoors title when he lost to third-ranked Novak Djokovic in the final in Basel. ... [more]

Mickelson edges out Els in Shanghai
The former world golf number one Ernie Els lost out to Phil Mickelson at the Champions tournament in Shanghai last night, but the big South African's thrilled to have ... [more]

Hopes 'digital hub' will attract foreign business
Wellington's economic development agency is hopeful a $20 million digital innovation hub proposed for the capital could help attract more foreign business to New Zealand shores. [more]

Use of toxic insecticide to be phased out
The Environmental Risk Management Authority has decided to phase out the use of another highly toxic insecticide in New Zealand. [more]

Irrigation policy 'helping understanding'
The national body representing irrigation interests hopes Canterbury's new water management strategy will take some of the heat and emotion out of deciding how the region's water should be used. [more]

Government accused of privatisation agenda
The Government is being accused of paving the way for the privatisation of community-owned assets in Auckland. The Local Government Minister denies a framework is being created to make it easier to sell water assets. [more]

Solomon Islands Electoral Commission works on new voter's roll
The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission is working on a new voters roll in preparation for next year's general election. The Electoral Commission says the new voters list is a matter... [more]

Monday's newspaper headlines
Half the police officers caught drink-driving in the past three years have beaten the charge; Rodney Hide apologises and will repay nearly $12,000 travel costs; Eric Tindall becomes longest-lived test cricketer. [more]

Long-serving Ohakune family doctor retires
Ohakune's sole family doctor for the past 38 years is retiring next month, and he's likely to be hard to replace. [more]

Wife of the American Samoa Attorney General in court on forgery charges
The wife of the American Samoa Attorney General has pleaded not guilty to three felony charges in connection with a driver's license scheme. Marie Ripley is alleged to have issued... [more]

Marshall's High School aims for US accreditation
The United States Western Association of Schools and Colleges or WASC are in the Marshall Islands this week to evaluate the Marshall Islands High School. The school, which has been... [more]

Bikinians say they won't give up bid for adequate nuclear test compensation
The Marshall Islands community of Bikini Atoll says they won't give up their bid for adequate nuclear test compensation despite signs the US Supreme Court won't hear their case. The... [more]

Group alarmed at delay to repair rail line
A transport lobby group fears the deferral of repairs to a railway line linking Stratford with the main trunk line near Taumarunui could herald future line closures. [more]

Caledonian Union confirms Pidjot as party president
The Caledonian Union has concluded its annual congress by reelecting Charles Pidjot as its president. At the party's 40th Congress in Pouebo, Mr Pidjot secured about 85 percent of the... [more]

Hallenstein Glasson boss resigns
The chief executive hired to get clothing retailer Hallenstein Glasson through the recession has resigned. The company says Roy Dillon wants to pursue other ventures. [more]

APEC talks to focus on free trade area
Prime Minister John Key will be among 21 leaders from the Asia-Pacific region meeting in Singapore this week. The meeting will try to push ahead with establishing a free trade area. [more]

Police get new boss to fight organised crime
The agency set up last year to investigate organised crime has its first director. [more]

Top leaders of SUNGO in Samoa said not to be supporting members
Samoa's prime minister has told the President and CEO of the Samoa Umbrella for Non governmental organizations, or SUNGO, they are not following the organisation's main objective of helping their... [more]

Two government ministers in Samoa involved in separate car accidents
Samoa's Minister of Education, To'omata Alapati Po'ese, has admitted at the High Dependency Unit at the national hospital as a result of a car accident on Savaii island yesterday. No... [more]

Speculation in Tonga over suspension of Polynesian shipping corporation boss
Questions are being asked in Tonga about why the head of the government-owned Shipping Corporation of Polynesia has been suspended part-way through the inquiry into the sinking of the Princess... [more]

Damage to infrastructure in American Samoa post tsunami now valued at US$81.5m
The US Federal Emergency Management Agency estimates damages to infrastructure and government facilities in American Samoa from the September 29th disaster now stand at US $81.5 million. The federal agency... [more]

Plans to develop new kiwifruit varieties
The likelihood of new varieties of kiwifruit has increased, with almost $36 million to be spent on plant breeding research in the next seven years. Zespri is interested in developing a new sweet green variety and a red kiwifruit. [more]

Hofschneider and Fitial in CNMI run-off
The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas will hold a run-off election for governor because none of the candidates secured a majority. The leading candidates after the first round are Heinz... [more]

Samoan Minister has surgery following car crash
Samoa's Minister of Education, To'omata Alapati Po'ese, has had surgery to his left leg after suffering severe injuries in a car crash on Savaii island. He was admitted to the... [more]

Samoan MP sues US State department for wrongful detention and violation of human rights
The US State department and Immigration and Customs are being sued for around five million US dollars from Samoa's Associate Minister of Tourism and Trade, Hans Joachim Keil. The multi... [more]

200 American Samoa projects expect to get US tsunami aid
The US Federal Emergency Management Agency says it expects 200 projects will be submitted in American Samoa for federal funding following the September tsunami. FEMA has provided 24 million US... [more]

Samoa's Keil takes on US government over detention in Kansas
Samoa's Associate Minister of Tourism and Trade Hans Joachim Keil has taken legal action after trying to get information for over a year as to why the United States arrested... [more]

Maori Party plans another meeting with Harawira
Leaders of the Maori Party are to meet with Hone Harawira and members of his electorate on Thursday to discuss the MP's latest controversy. [more]

Woman charged with importing BZP
A Palmerston North woman has been arrested and charged with importing the Class C controlled drug BZP. [more]

Tourism Fiji not concerned about effects of expulsions
Tourism Fiji says it does not expect last week's expulsion of Australian and New Zealand diplomats will lead to a drop-off in visitor numbers. Its chairperson Patrick Wong says the... [more]

Sarkozy wants new approach between Paris and French Polynesia
The French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, has called for a change in the relationship between France and French Polynesia while holding an interministerial meeting in Paris on overseas territories. Focusing on... [more]

Former Netball Fiji's NZ coach forced to leave country despite court case
The former Netball Fiji coach Melissa Walker says she believes she's being forced out of Fiji so Netball Fiji can avoid paying the salary owed to her. Ms Walker, who... [more]

After municipal elections, Vanuatu capital mayor seeks fresh term
The outgoing mayor of Vanuatu's capital Port Vila, Paul Avock Hungai, says he's keen to take up the post again as negotiations are underway over the make-up of the new... [more]

Contrite Hide to repay cost of girlfriend's trip
ACT Party leader Rodney Hide says he's made a 'terrific mistake' and will pay back $11,952 of taxpayers' money, used to take his girlfriend to Britain, the United States and Canada. [more]

Woman charged with importing BZP
A Palmerston North woman has been arrested and charged with importing the Class C controlled drug BZP. [more]

NZ sharemarket edges up
The New Zealand sharemarket edged up at the start of the week, with the benchmark NZX 50 index rising 5 points, or 0.2%, to 3165 during the first hours of trading on Monday. [more]

Setting clear goals would help NZ growth - Howard
Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard says if New Zealand wants to catch up with Australia's rate of economic growth, it needs to set a goal of increasing productivity and continue to increase its trading ability. [more]

Travel allowance cut for home support workers
The Accident Compensation Corporation has trimmed allowances for workers who provide home care for its beneficiaries. [more]

Victoria Park motorway project underway
A major roading project aimed at easing the congestion on one of Auckland's busiest inner city routes has begun, a year ahead of schedule. [more]

Tonga reforms call for curb of King's power
The Final Report of Tonga's Constitutional and Electoral Commission has recommended that the country's monarchy be stripped of its powers to select and be part of the executive government. The... [more]

Court hears of injuries in fatal Featherston beating
A Wellington jury has heard that a man who was fatally beaten in the Wairarapa town of Featherston suffered serious injuries including a punctured lung and fractures to his jaw and ribs. [more]

Chelsea clear out from the rest
Captain John Terry headed Chelsea five points clear at the top of the English Premier football League as his 76th-minute goal secured a 1-nil home victory over champions Manchester United. ... [more]

Cricket series decided tonight
Momentum has shifted quickly in the one day cricket series between New Zealand and Pakistan in Abu Dhabi and there are few clues what may happen in the 3rd and ... [more]

Berrick Barnes won't return for Ireland test
The Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has quashed Berrick Barnes' desperate hopes of rejoining the Wallabies' grand slam rugby tour but not ruled out changes to his backline for ... [more]

Hareb makes last 8 of Peru surf event
The Taranaki surfer Paige Hareb made the quarter-finals of the latest round of the ASP women's tour in Peru. She was beaten by Australian Stephanie Gilmour, who went on to ... [more]

Woods jets into Australia for $4million
World golf number one Tiger Woods has arrived in Melbourne ahead of his first tournament in Australia in 11 years. He's being paid The American is being paid over ... [more]

Tesoriero breaks her own world record
The New Zealand Paralympic Cycling Champion, Paula Tesoriero has broken the 500m Time Trial World Record she set at the Beijing Paralympic Games last year, and claimed the gold medal ... [more]

Jones wins in USA
The Auckland tennis player Sacha Jones has continued her great form of the last month, by winning another tournament in South Carolina, USA. Jones beat a Croatian opponent in straight ... [more]

McAlister keen to get a start this week against Italy
A number of changes are expected in the All Black side to take on Italy in Milan this week. Those in line to be rested from the side which beat ... [more]

Herbert says squad appears fit
The All Whites coach Ricki Herbert says as far as he knows his entire squad is fit and will be available for selection for next weekend's World Cup qualifier against ... [more]

NZRU open to selling of Super 14 franchises
The New Zealand Rugby Union has floated the idea of selling off Super 14 rugby franchises to private interests in a move reminiscent of the ownership structures of English premier ... [more]

Senior All Black says they lack discipline
The All Blacks man of the match in Cardiff yesterday morning, Daniel Carter has been cited for a dangerous tackle on Wales halfback Martin Roberts and he'll face a ... [more]

NZ market creeps up
The benchmark NZX 50 index closed on Monday up 5 points to 31.65 on turnover of $74 million. [more]

Burton on trial accused of stabbing fellow inmate
The Crown says high-profile inmate Graeme Burton used a sharpened stainless steel rod to try to kill a fellow prisoner at Auckland Prison at Paremoremo. [more]

CTU wants programmes to target Maori jobless
The Council of Trade Unions says the Government should create special programmes for areas of high Maori unemployment. [more]

No details to be reported in Henry inquest
A coroner has ruled that the media can not report details of an inquest into the death of Auckland teenager, Toran Henry. [more]

Defence opens in heater poisoning case
A Wellington gasfitter has denied that faulty workmanship left a Kapiti Coast woman with permanent brain damage as a result of gas poisoning from an incorrectly installed heater. [more]

Helicopter company hopes iceberg comes closer
The director of a helicopter company that made sightseeing flights to icebergs off Otago in 2006, hopes another iceberg now in the Southern Ocean moves closer to New Zealand. [more]

Quick clean-up of graffiti no deterrent - report
A report by Victoria University on tagging and graffiti attitudes suggests 24-hour clean up policies by councils may not be enough to stop offenders. [more]

Pacific fish management talks to cover more species
It's hoped that a round of negotiations currently underway in New Zealand will finally establish a regional fisheries management organisation for those species not covered by already established tuna commissions. [more]

Cholera outbreak worsens in PNG's Madang
The cholera outbreak in Papua New Guinea's Madang is still worsening with more than 300 people now being treated for the illness. Cholera is a diarrheal infection caused by ingesting... [more]

Fiji Immigration head says former national netball coach could extend stay
The Director of Immigration in Fiji says the former Netball Fiji Coach Melissa Walker will be able to extend her stay in the country providing she requests it in writing. [more]

Expulsion of diplomats from Fiji not good for economy, says economist
A leading Fiji economist says the expulsion of top diplomats from Australia and New Zealand will not be good for the country's economy. Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama... [more]

Bus driver unions seek common ground for talks
The four unions representing Auckland bus drivers have healed a rift which saw two of the unions approach the employer with a separate wage offer. [more]

Police say they treat drink driving officers seriously
The police say it's likely officers facing drink-drive charges will vigorously defend any charges because if convicted they will lose their jobs. [more]

ACC to curb spending on medical scans
ACC is moving to rein in spending on medical scans, saying the cost has risen 120% in five years. [more]

Safety probe after Whakatane fireworks go off at once
The Department of Labour says it's investigating after $10,000 worth of fireworks simultaneously caught ablaze at a planned display in Whakatane on Saturday night. [more]

NIWA says plankton bloom a carbon sink
NIWA says a plankton-bloom photographed off New Zealand by NASA is an important carbon sink. [more]

Lamp cash stasher likely to have hidden more money
The family of an elderly man who left a $22,000 wad of cash stashed inside an old ship's lamp before he died, believes it's likely he concealed cash in numerous other places. [more]

National hui to kick off foreshore, seabed series
Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples hopes a national hui on Tuesday will be the start of an iwi-driven rewrite of the Foreshore and Seabed Act. [more]

Parihaka invasion marked
People with connections to Parihaka have marked one of the most significant days in their calendar, the anniversary of the 1881 invasion of the Taranaki village by colonial forces. [more]