Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 12th November 2009

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

Afternoons

The best song ever written
Hamish Rennie of Christchurch chooses 'Aqualung' by Jethro Tull. [more]

Your place
We visit Tapanui, a West Otago township tucked neatly between the Blue Mountains and the Pomahaka River. It's on the border with Southland, just 30 kilometres up state highway 90 from Gore. [more]

Kiwis out
An Aussie politician is calling for an end to the open door migration policy for Kiwis, claiming it's making it impossible for Australia to control its numbers and maintain quality of life. [more]

Southern Cross
The board of health insurer Southern Cross is being accused of bias after endorsing three of the four candidates standing for election, on ballot papers. [more]

Feature album
Our feature album is hot off the press - 72-year-old Shirley Bassey's long awaited new studio album 'The Performance'. It's Dame Shirley's first full-scale studio album of new material in two decades, with most of the tracks written by people half her age. [more]

Arts report
Lynn Freeman chats with the talented offspring of some of our most celebrated creative minds. We end up at the theatre, and also hear about the power and influence of words on our young. [more]

Christchurch story with Katy Gosset
Christchurch is in the midst of Cup Week, and we meet a man who's been a regular fixture at the key races for the last 80 years. Norm Bennison is 100 years old but still seldom misses the New Zealand Galloping Cup which takes place at Riccarton Park Raceway on Saturday. [more]

Science story
When a wafer of silicon is slowly heated under high vacuum conditions, the structure of the silicon changes and tiny nanowhiskers are formed. The tips of these nanowhiskers are sharp, and can be made to emit electrons - potentially very useful for devices like computer displays and widescreen televisions. Scientists at GNS Science are creating these nanowhiskers, and Ruth Beran meets with Andreas Markwitz, Damian Carder, Vivian Fang, and John Kennedy to find out more. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
With Penny Ashton and Bomber Bradbury. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
With Penny Ashton and Bomber Bradbury. [more]

Business News

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

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

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

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

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

Checkpoint

Gastroenterologist calls for action on Coeliac Disease
Too many people are going on expensive gluten-free diets without first finding out whether they really have gluten intolerance or Coeliac Disease. [more]

Harawira's future
The Maori Party is considering cutting adrift its controversial MP Hone Harawira, and forcing him to become an independent MP. [more]

Harawira hui: political analysis
Our political reporter Julian Robins reports on Hone Harawira's hui, which was held in his Te Tai Tokerau electorate to discuss his political future. [more]

Graeme Burton guilty of attempted murder
Convicted killer Graeme Burton has been found guilty of attempting to murder a fellow inmate at Auckland Prison in December last year. [more]

Burton's lawyer reacts to verdict
We talk to Graeme Burton's lawyer, Peter Tomlinson. [more]

Two dead in gyrocopter crash
Two men have died in a light aircraft crash in South Taranaki this afternoon. The police say the gyrocopter crashed into a paddock in Normanby. [more]

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

CCC vote to spend 24 million on controversial project
After an hour of heated arguments, the Christchurch City Council today voted to spend $24 million on a controversial project that could see Canterbury University music students return to the varsity's original home. [more]

End of the road for special trans-Tasman relationship?
An Australian Labor backbencher is calling for a cap on Kiwi migration to Australia, bringing an end to the open door policy between the two countries. [more]

NZ mobile phone costs drop
Greater competition in the mobile phone market has taken this country from being one of the most expensive in the OECD to now lower than most other developed countries. [more]

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

International fishery negotiations underway in Auckland
27 countries are locked in an intense round of negotiations to try and stop fish species such as Orange Roughie and Jack Mackeral from being wiped out. [more]

Kidnapped Irish priest released in Philippines
An elderly Irish priest kidnapped in the remote southern islands of the Philippines has been freed. [more]

Hone Harawira rubbishes suggestions to oust him
MP Hone Harawira is rubbishing suggestions raised at a Maori Party hui that he be set adrift to sit in parliament as an independent. [more]

Price rises behind small increase in retails sales values
Spending on supermarket goods and appliances was up slightly in the September quarter, mostly due to a rise in prices. [more]

Whale Watch Kaikoura scoops international award
Whale Watch Kaikoura has taken on some of the big fish in the tourism pond - and won the top award at the Responsible Tourism Awards in London. [more]

Fossil discovery in S. Africa answers evolution questions
An Australian paleontologist has just unearthed the fossilised remains of a new dinosaur, which has prompted a rethink about dinosaur evolution. [more]

Scientists to begin revolutionary breast cancer surgery
Scientists in Melbourne will soon start a new type of surgery to help breast cancer survivors regrow their breasts after having a mastectomy. [more]

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

Opposition attacks government offer to asylum seekers
The Australian opposition leader, Malcolm Turnbull, has launched a stinging attack on the government today over its offer to the Sri Lankans on board the Oceanic Viking. [more]

Frosty relations escalate in South East Asia
Cambodia has rejected a request from Thailand to extradite the former fugitive Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who arrived in Cambodia earlier this week to work as an economic advisor to the government. [more]

Red Cross - camps for the displaced create dependence
The International Committee of the Red Cross is calling for a change in the way aid organisations help people displaced by war in their own countries. In a report just published, the ICRC says camps for internally displaced people - or IDPs - make residents too dependent on aid. [more]

Bahrain football club touches down in Wellington
The All Whites are playing Bahrain for a place in next year's Football World Cup in Wellington on Saturday, with both sides looking to make history. [more]

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

Maori Party - is Harawira out?
Returning to our top story - the Maori Party is considering forcing Hone Harawira to become an independent MP. [more]

Treasure hunting 'a growing trend'
The British conservation group English Heritage is on alert after a growing trend in"nighthawking", following the discovery of a huge haul of Anglo-Saxon gold buried in a field in Staffordshire. [more]

Midday Report

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

Midday Sports News for 12 November 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 12 November 2009
* Redundancies in the state sector hit a nine year high. * The Reserve Bank predicts more finance companies will collapse. * A review of the anti-smacking law says parents are NOT being prosecuted for minor slaps. * Tariana Turia says it's not up to her to deal with Hone Harawira. [more]

Harawira to meet with electorate after rough week
The Maori Party co-leaders will not be attending the hui being held in Northland later today over MP Hone Harawira's unauthorised Paris trip and abusive email. [more]

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

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

Hone heading for hui, but not Sharples or Turia
The Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira will front up to the Maori Party at a hui in Kaitaia this afternoon, but his party's parliamentary co leaders will not be there. [more]

Hutt Valley man shot by armed intruders
The police are searching for at least two balaclava clad men who kicked in the door of a Lower Hutt house, and shot one of the occupants in the leg. [more]

Vice-chancellors propose return of student loan interest
University vice-chancellors say they have made a proposal to the Minister of Education to either bring back interest on student loans or let them increase fees by ten percent. [more]

Smacking advocate to push on with plans for law change
A review of the so-called anti-smacking law has found it has NOT led to parents being prosecuted for minor slaps. [more]

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

Greens want to dilute power of big four banks
The Government has been told Kiwibank needs more support to help it break the stranglehold of the major Australian owned banks. [more]

Concern over which finance companies at risk
A Reserve Bank report which says more finance companies will fail, has fuelled speculation over just which firms might be next to collapse. [more]

Record entries for Royal NZ Show at Christchurch
Gumboots have replaced bling as Christchurch's party week moves from the trots to tractors. [more]

University heads want interest back on student loans
University vice-chancellors say they've made a proposal to the Government to either bring back interest on student loans or increase fees by ten percent. [more]

US free trade agreement not done deal
The Trade Minister Tim Groser says comments at APEC show the Obama administration is supportive of an eight country free trade deal which would include New Zealand. [more]

Wellington waterfront cleared for development
The Wellington City Council has voted to allow buildings up to six storeys high to be built on an empty section of the waterfront, without the need for public consultation. [more]

Christchurch council to rule on music conservatorium funding
The Christchurch City Council is due later today to make its final decision about whether to fund a 24 million dollar music conservatorium. [more]

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

Bahrain buzzing ahead of World Cup qualifying
The All Whites are counting down to Saturday's big football match against Bahrain where a win will put New Zealand into the World Cup for only the second time. [more]

Zimbabwe government in balance over terrorism trial
Roy Bennett, the treasurer of Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change has gone on trial on terrorism charges. [more]

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

Toxic golf balls
Zinc, cobalt and lead. The mention of such heavy metal pollutants may conjure up images of industrial effluent, acid rain or leaded petrol. [more]

Kaikoura growth causing havoc for Hutton's shearwaters
The expansion of Kaikoura is causing havoc among migrating Hutton's shearwaters. [more]

Nights

Professor Kieran Lim, forensic science researcher
Creating reagents which detect otherwise invisible fingerprints and revisualising serial numbers with assistance of the Australian Synchotron. [more]

Primarily Numbers - mathematics
Dr Dennis McCaughan, mathematician, University of Otago, talks about maths in music. [more]

Conundrum
clue number 7. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Barbara Arnott and Hans Kriek
Napier's Marineland has been accused of taking wild seals. [more]

Susanne Emond
"Blood diamonds"and the failure of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. [more]

Matthew Parris
With the UK, in a nut shell with tea and crumpets. [more]

Feature guest - Dr Susan Linn
Susan Linn is a co-founder of the US national coalition Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which has taken on Disney and McDonalds over their marketing to children. Disney recently offered refunds for its"Baby Einstein"DVDs after a campaign by CCFC forced them to drop the word"educational"from their marketing. Dr Linn is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an award winning ventriloquist. http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org [more]

Book Review - The Museum of Innocence
By Orhan Pamuk, published by Faber and Faber and reviewed by Phil Vine. [more]

New Technology
With Nicholas Dunlop, Co-founder and Secretary-General of the e-Parliament. An online network of most of the world's MPs so they can communicate and freely over cyberspace on big issues like climate change. [more]

Henare O'Keefe
Henare O'Keefe is a Hastings District Councilor, and youth worker. He and his wife Pam have raised more than 200 foster children, and are devoted to helping the youth of Hastings. [more]

Film
With Graeme Tuckett. [more]

Our Changing World

The Use of Bodies at the Otago Medical School
Anatomy professors and a doctor turned film-maker have worked together on a film about the use of human bodies to train doctors [more]

Nanowhiskers
Silicon treated in an ion implanter produces nanowhiskers which may be useful for computer and TV screens [more]

Biomineralisation in the Lab
Biomineralisation in nature produces hard things like bones - and scientists are trying to copy it in the lab [more]

Leigh Marine Laboratory
The University of Auckland's Leigh Marine Lab has been carrying out a wide range of research for more than 35 years [more]

Rural News

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

Midday Rural News for 12 November 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Upbeat

Michael Endres
Top German pianist recently appointed professor of piano at Canterbury University. [more]

Gina Dellabarca
Director of 'Show Me Shorts' film festival currently on around the country. [more]

News stories:

Ballesteros accepts St Andrews' membership
The Spanish legend Seve Ballesteros has accepted an honorary membership of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. Ballesteros has a special relationship with the Old Course after ... [more]

Ireland stick with familiar faces for Australia Test
Ireland's coach Declan Kidney has retained all but two of his grand slam-winning side for Sunday's rugby international against Australia. The injured prop Marcus Horan and dropped centre Gordon D'Arcy are ... [more]

Kiwi to referee Four Nations final
The New Zealand rugby league referee Leon Williamson has been handed the biggest appointment of his career following confirmation he will control Sunday's Four Nations final between England and Australia ... [more]

Home team grabs lead in Freyberg Masters golf
Bay of Plenty bounced back to grab a share of the lead in a tightly fought second day of the Freyberg Masters men's provincial teams competition at Rotorua. The home ... [more]

Tens of thousands expected at Royal Show
About 120,000 people are expected at the three-day Royal Show, the country's biggest agricultural and pastoral event, which opened in Christchurch on Wednesday. [more]

Fruit and veges not reason for food hikes - Hort NZ
The national horticulture body is questioning the Government's view that the dramatic increase in the price of food is due mainly to the rise in the cost of fresh fruit and vegetables. [more]

Spending down despite higher confidence
Economists say the discrepancy between increasing consumer confidence and a recent dip in actual spending shows consumers are still cautious about the economic recovery. [more]

Queenstown council wants Kingston Flyer to stay
Queenstown Lakes District Council says it will fight to keep the Kingston Flyer steam train in the area should an overseas investor try to buy it. [more]

Food prices drop in October
Food prices have fallen for the third month in a row, but are still 2% higher than what they were a year ago, and 12% higher than two years ago. [more]

Fletcher Building yet to see pickup in business
Building products and construction firm Fletcher Building says it has yet to see a significant recovery in demand, and is unlikely to experience a major recovery in trading until 2011. [more]

Reserve Bank warns more finance companies may fail
The Reserve Bank says the country's financial system has weathered the recession well and is in better heart than six months ago, but warns more finance companies will go under. [more]

Travel allowance cut will not harm rural areas - ACC
The Accident Compensation Corporation says its decision to cut travel allowances to home care workers will not disadvantage rural communities. [more]

Nuplex boss considers directorships
Nuplex managing director John Hirst says he'll be looking at taking up directorships when he steps down from the listed resins maker next June. [more]

Strong dollar could hit Alliance Group returns
Meat processor Alliance Group says the high New Zealand dollar could undermine returns this year. [more]

NZ becomes contender for world heritage site
The clear night sky over Tekapo is one step closer to being declared a world heritage reserve. New Zealand's bid is one of five accepted by UNESCO to go forward for final approval. [more]

Kathmandu equity holders to sell entire holding
The private equity owners of outdoor clothing and equipment retailer Kathmandu will sell their entire holding in the business. [more]

Tough banking rules proposed by US senator
The head of America's influential senate banking committee is proposing new rules for America's financial regulators, who have been blamed for not spotting the seeds of the country's financial collapse. [more]

Interest charge on student loans suggested
University leaders have made a proposal to the Government to either bring back interest on student loans or increase fees by 10%. The Government says it is not considering reinstating student loan interest. [more]

Samoa couple stand trial for witchcraft
A couple are standing trial in the Samoa Supreme Court on charges of witchcraft, actual bodily harm, and manslaughter after the death of a 44-year old woman in January this... [more]

28 women join rural police force in Bougainville
28 women have joined the part time rural police force in Bougainville in a drive to make the police more accessible to women in the communities. The New Zealand police... [more]

American Samoa's Weather Service warns people of cyclone season
American Samoa's Weather Service says while attention is on recovery and rebuilding from the recent disasters in the Territory, people should also remember its cyclone season in the Pacific. Meteorologist,... [more]

Solomon Islands PMs sets down terms of reference for land inquiry
The terms of reference for a commission of inquiry into land dealings and abandoned properties on Guadalcanal have been released in Solomon Islands. The Prime Minister, Dr Derek Sikua has... [more]

American Samoa court says foreign workers must return home
American Samoa's District Court has called on the government to make sure all foreign workers who entered the territory under the Guest Work Permit scheme are returned to their home... [more]

Australia to help PNG set up a sovereign fund for LNG project
Australia is to help the Papua New Guinea Government set up a sovereign fund that will channel revenue from the PNG LNG project. The Newspaper, the national, reports the sovereign... [more]

Asian Development Bank says tourism arrivals to Fiji show a firm growth
The Asian Development Bank says tourism arrivals to Fiji are showing a firm growth while all other income-earning sectors continued to perform poorly during the third quarter. The Fiji Times... [more]

American Samoa should be allowed to set its own wages says academic
A senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, Diana Furchtgott-Roth, has told a U.S. House subcommittee in the U.S. Congress that American Samoa should be allowed to set its own wages... [more]

NZRL completes first phase of league's regional reform
The New Zealand Rugby League has named the directors of the two remaining zone boards to complete the first significant phase of the game's regional reform. Confirmation of the directors ... [more]

Fleming motivates All Whites ahead of clash with Bahrain
From Black to White... former Black Caps skipper Stephen Fleming has given the All Whites a pep talk ahead of their football world qualifier against Bahrain in Wellington on Saturday ... [more]

McGlinchey could start ahead of Elliot for world cup decider
The All Whites look set to keep to the same formation which earnt them a nil-all draw on the away leg of their football world cup qualifier against Bahrain for ... [more]

Team New Zealand wins fifth race uin a row
Team New Zealand led from start to finish of its match with the Swedish yacht Artemis to win its fifth race in succession in the Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta in ... [more]

Fuifui Moimoi a Golden Boot finalist
The Kiwi prop Fuifui Moimoi is among the six finalists for this year's rugby league Golden Boot Award. He has been listed alongside Australians Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Greg ... [more]

Kiwi ref gets nod for Four Nations final
The New Zealand rugby league referee Leon Williamson has been appointed to control the Four Nations final as the embarrassing stalemate over who should referee the Australia-England clash came to ... [more]

Germany stunned by goalie's suicide
Germany is in shock and disbelief over the suicide of the national football team's goalkeeper Robert Enke. After Enke jumped in front of an express train travelling 160 kilometres an ... [more]

Yousuf named Pakistan captain for NZ tour
Mohammad Yousuf will captain Pakistan in New Zealand after Younus Khan asked for a break from international cricket for the tour. Wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal will be be vice captain for ... [more]

Crocs beat Tauipans in ANBL
The Townsville Crocodiles have beaten the Taipans 85-70 in Cairns in the Australian National Basketball League. Corey Williams scored a game-high 21 points for the Crocs while former Breaker Phill ... [more]

Safin takes final bow in Paris
The tempestuous Russian tennis star Marat Safin has officially retired. The curtain has fallen on the career of the former world number one with his second-round defeat in three sets ... [more]

Goulding facing investigation over awards behaviour
Bobbie Goulding's future as France rugby league coach is under threat with the game's governing body launching an investigation into his behaviour at this week's player of the year awards ... [more]

Final India-Australia one dayer washed out
The seventh and final natch in the India-Australia one day cricket series in Mumbai was washed out without a ball being bowled. Australia had sealed the series 4-2 last Sunday ... [more]

Beefy takes the long handle to T20
The former England captain and charismatic all-rounder Sir Ian Botham has taken an axe to Twenty20 cricket, saying administrative exploitation of the format is killing the game. The scheduling of ... [more]

Oram, Mills out for Twenty20
The New Zealand cricketers will be without all-rounder Jacob Oram and pace bowler Kyle Mills for the first Twenty20 against Pakistan in Dubai tomorrow morning. Oram is returning to New ... [more]

Shanks and Sergent ready for World Cup
World champion Alison Shanks and fellow pursuiter Jesse Sergent have announced they're ready for next week's World Cup after claiming titles on the opening night of the Oceania Track Cycling ... [more]

Wallabies bring in Pocock
Australia's coach Robbie Deans has named flanker David Pocock in place of George Smith for the match against Ireland on Sunday, the only change to the lineup that started against ... [more]

Melbourne gets Super 15 nod
Melbourne will be the 15th Super Rugby Team to join the competition when it expands in 2011. SANZAR asked the former All Black Rugby World Cup-winning captain David Kirk and ... [more]

Three new All Black caps to face Italy
The All Blacks coach Graham Henry has included three new caps in the lineup to face Italy before a crowd of more than 80,000 in Milan on Sunday morning. The ... [more]

Seve to be honoured by R and A
The Spanish golfing great Seve Ballesteros has been given honorary membership of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club at St Andrews. The 52-year-old, who overcame a brain tumour that required ... [more]

Killen enjoying the expectation of success
All Whites striker Chris Killen is embracing the weight of expectation that could see New Zealand advance to the football world cup for the first time in almost 30 years. ... [more]

NZ men's hockey team living up to expectations
The New Zealand men's hockey coach Shane McLeod believes they're well on their way to achieving their objective of winning the World Cup qualifying tournament in Invercargil. The unbeaten Black ... [more]

Hansen says new backs have come together well
The All Blacks will have a new-look backline when they play Italy in Milan on Sunday morning with three Test debutants. Centre Tamati Ellison gets his first Test, Mike Delany's ... [more]

Delany delighted to be starting in Milan
The Bay of Plenty first five Mike Delany says he was meant to be holidaying on the Gold Coast, but instead he''ll be running out with the All Blacks on ... [more]

Phelps leaves Stockholm without a win
Michael Phelps will leave the World Cup short course swimming championships in Stockholm without a win in five events after finishing second in the 200 metres medley final, The American ... [more]

Brett leads changes for Super 14 sides
The Canterbury first five-eighth Stephen Brett will play for the Blues in next years Super 14 with the northern franchise also picking up Wellington loosie Serge Lilo and first five Daniel ... [more]

Two people charged over Wanganui toddler's death
A man and woman have been charged over the death of a two-year-old boy in Wanganui last month. [more]

Bumpy landing for migrating birds
The expansion of a coastal South Island settlement is turning into a crash hazard for a species of migrating bird. Hutton's shearwaters are bumping into buildings and other hard surfaces, instead of landing in tussock. [more]

Carpet maker expects proft rise
Carpet maker Cavalier says an improving Australian economy and a focus on costs will help underpin earnings. [more]

Rakon reports half-year loss
Electronics firm Rakon has reported a half-year loss as the global downturn and high New Zealand dollar hit its earnings. [more]

Relief for landslide-affected in PNG's Bulolo pending full damage assessment
The MP for Bulolo in Papua New Guinea's Morobe province says he is waiting for a formal report from local disaster officials before sending in relief for people affected by... [more]

Fiji NZ Business Council concerned about trade ties
The Fiji New Zealand Business Council says it would like to see discussions between the New Zealand government and the Fiji interim regime in order to preserve the trade relationship. [more]

Sailor retires from all sport
The dual Australian rugby and league international Wendell Sailor has announced his retirement from all professional sport. The 35-year-old winger enjoyed a decorated 16-year career in which he represented Australia ... [more]

Nauru airline relaunches Kiribati and Fiji link
The head of Nauru's national carrier, Our Airline, says combining routes and markets is the way forward for regional airlines. An interlining agreement between Our Airline and Air Kiribati has... [more]

Chopper to be hired again to get 4 Agrihan votes for CNMI run-off poll
The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Election Commission is to again hire a helicopter for 11,000 US dollars just to get the votes of four Agrihan residents for the coming... [more]

Tonga inquiry hears authorities ignored survey ruling Ashika unseaworthy
A senior marine surveyor in Tonga has told the inquiry into the August sinking of the Princess Ashika that after surveying the vessel he deemed it unfit to sail and... [more]

Thursday's newspaper headlines
Taxpayers to pay 84% of the Kyoto bill; inquiry says banks fail to pass on as much as $2 billion in interest rate cuts; former US soldier who spent a day with a NZ girl during WWII has found her 66 years later. [more]

Reserve Bank predicts dairy casualties
The Reserve Bank is expecting to see more financial casualties in the dairy sector, where there is a high level of debt. [more]

Biofuel users levy 'sends wrong signal'
The Forest Owners Association says an intention by the Government to make companies which use wood pellets and other biofuels pay a levy on emissions above a certain level, is the last straw for many in the forest industry. [more]

Harawira may be required to pay partial refund
Parliament's Speaker has indicated that a partial refund for Maori Party MP Hone Harawira's personal trip to Paris while in Europe on Parliamentary business may be required. It's likely to be about $1000. [more]

Retail spending rises in September quarter
The value of retail spending rose in the September quarter, mainly because of price rises rather than increases in volume, Statistics New Zealand says. [more]

Hearing scheduled in American Samoa on emergency preparedness and response
A hearing in American Samoa next week will look at how prepared the territory is for another disaster. The chairperson of the House Committee on Homeland Security says the hearing,... [more]

Lawyer says Flosse detention may speed up French Polynesia's OPT probe
The lawyer acting for the French executive detained in Tahiti over the OPT affair says he hopes that the jailing of French Polynesia's veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, will accelerate the... [more]

Indonesian military indifferent to Papua concerns voiced by US Congressmen
The Indonesian military has said it will not seek to influence President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's response to an open letter from two US congressmen regarding the apua region. American Samoa's... [more]

New Caledonia faces up to global warming challenge
New Caledonia's government says it wants to join next month's climate talks in Copenhagen as rising temperatures imperil its neighbouring island countries. The territory is not a signatory of the... [more]

Construction worker dies on Britomart site
A worker has died after falling on a construction site at the Britomart complex in central Auckland. [more]

Wellington council passes waterfront rules
Wellington City has voted 11-4 in favour of new building rules for the waterfront, in a final vote on the issue on Wednesday night. [more]

Mounting calls for direct dialogue with Fiji interim government
Calls are mounting for the governments of New Zealand and Australia to speak directly to Fiji's interim leader. Nik Naidu of the Auckland-based Coalition for Democracy in Fiji says the... [more]

PNG PM orders probe into climate change office
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare said a formal investigation has been established to review all aspects of policy, financial and human resources in the Office of Climate... [more]

Shot Christchurch man stable
A man who was shot in the chest in the Christchurch suburb of Woolston is now in a serious but stable condition in hospital. [more]

Out of jail, Solomons Kemakeza wins back seat lost last year
The former Solomon Islands prime minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza, has been sworn in as MP for the Savo/Russell constituency after winning a by-election for the seat he had lost a... [more]

Former Palau president Remengesau found guilty of ethics violation
Palau's former President, and now Senator, Tommy Remengesau, has been found guilty of 12 ethics code violations. Several other counts were dismissed during the trial on charges that he failed... [more]

New Caledonia demining operation to secure Noumea access lanes
An international military operation is underway in New Caledonia to remove hundreds of large mines left in the lagoon since the Second World War. Experts from France, the US, Australia... [more]

Splits add to French Polynesia's budget woes
French Polynesia's president, Oscar Temaru, says the territory is in serious trouble as his government struggles to find a majority to pass the 2010 budget. One coalition partner, the To... [more]

Talks continue to set up fisheries organisation
It's hoped an international agreement will be reached this week to establish a South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management organisation. [more]

More support for coeliac disease sufferers urged
A meeting of gastroenterologists in Wellington has been told more needs to be done to support the approximately 40,000 New Zealanders with coeliac disease. [more]

Black Caps in good space ahead of T20 series
The New Zealand cricketers are hopeful their one-day series win over Pakistan in Abu Dhabi can inspire some more history. That was the first-ever one day away series victory over Pakistan ... [more]

Unheralded home player ousts Roger Federer
An unseeded 27-year-old Frenchman has put Roger Federer's world tennis number one ranking at risk, knocking the Swiss ace out in a surprise second-round defeat at the ATP's Paris Masters ... [more]

French Polynesia's Flosse may be held for four months
Reports from French Polynesia say the veteran politician Gaston Flosse is set to be held in preventive detention for alleged corruption for four months. Local television says this has been... [more]

Driver admits charge laid after cyclist's death
A 71-year-old woman who hit a cyclist at Te Horo, north of Wellington, has admitted a charge of driving with excess alcohol causing death. [more]

New Zealand academic denies value in direct government to government talks with Fiji
A member of New Zealand's Centre for Strategic Studies says there's no point in the New Zealand government trying to speak directly to the leader of Fiji's interim regime. The... [more]

Co-ordinated effort needed to respond to PNG's landslide-affected Bulolo, says MP
The MP for Bulolo in Papua New Guinea's Morobe province says a co-ordinated response is needed by local and provincial governments to providing relief for those people affected by last... [more]

Black Sticks beat China
The New Zealand men's hockey team remain well on track to achieving their objective of winning the World Cup qualifying tournament in Invercargill after thrashing China 6-1. The Black Sticks ... [more]

Tyson punches paparazzo
The former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has been arrested at Los Angeles International Airport, after he allegedly punched a photographer. Police said the troubled 43-year-old had been detained ... [more]

1 person dead, 7 hurt in Swanson crash
Police investigating a crash in West Auckland which left one person dead and seven other people hurt believe the van was overloaded, and say the woman who died may not have been restrained. [more]

Black Sticks beat China
The New Zealand men's hockey team remain well on track to achieve their objective of winning the World Cup qualifying tournament in Invercargill after thrashing China. [more]

Hawke's Bay golfer just one shot behind Tiger Woods
A New Zealand golfer's just a shot behind the leaders at the Australian Masters in Melbourne after the opening round. Doug Holloway of Hawke's Bay posted a five under par ... [more]

Axe in gang incident on Dunedin street
A car with two people inside has been attacked by masked men with an axe in South Dunedin, in an incident involving members of two local gangs. [more]

Better prices for mobile users - Commission
The Commerce Commission says mobile phone users now have more choice and better pricing plans, thanks to the entry of low-cost network 2degrees this year. [more]

'Undercover', says ex-officer accused over prostitute
A former police officer accused of bribing a prostitute for sex says he was working undercover and trying to get the woman to become an informant. [more]

NZX closes up
The New Zealand sharemarket has risen, with the benchmark NZX 50 index up 11 points, to 31.73 on turnover of $28 million, after a positive result on Wall Street. [more]

Interest rates under pressure - Whitehead
The Secretary of the Treasury says New Zealand faces higher interest rates because of governments borrowing around the world. [more]

Juice company fined for fair trading breach
An orange juice company has been fined more than $50,000 after pleading guilty to six charges of breaching the Fair Trading Act. [more]

High-pitched alarms aimed at young vandals
A South Auckland community has installed high-pitch frequency alarms that only young people can hear in a bid to curb vandalism. [more]

Rural broadband discussed at symposium
A symposium in Rotorua will continue the debate over plans to expand broadband internet services into rural areas. [more]

Comvita markedly increases six-month profit
Comvita has made a $1.6 million profit in the six months to September, almost seven times what it made in the same period last year. [more]

Whale Watch Kaikoura wins global award
Whale Watch Kaikoura has won one of the world's top tourism awards. [more]

Burton guilty of attempted murder
A High Court jury has found double convicted murderer Graeme Burton guilty of trying to kill a fellow inmate. [more]

Timing of free trade deal uncertain - Groser
The Obama administration in the United States supports a free trade deal including New Zealand but political divisions may yet see it shelved, says Trade Minister Tim Groser. [more]

Public servants continue getting performance pay
New figures show hundreds of public servants are still getting performance payments, even as redundancies in the sector have hit a nine-year high. [more]

Population growth highest in three years
New Zealand's population has risen by 1.2% in the year to September, the highest annual growth in three years. [more]