Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 19th 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, Parliament - Question Time, Rural News

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written
Michael Cosgrove in Bangkok chooses"Round the Coleridge Run". [more]

Your Place - Lake Ferry
Time now for Your Place, the weekly visit to a smaller NZ comunity. This week at the bottom of the North Island. It's little more than 30 kilometres from downtown Wellington, yet a full two hour drive away. [more]

Sea Wall
The Hastings District Council has launched court proceedings against Haumoana residents Mark Lawrence and Tracy Oliver, who built a seawall to protect their home from erosion. [more]

Segways
Taupo police have rolled out a crime fighting first - two Segway scooters that are to be put on the beat in time for summer. [more]

He Rourou for 19 November 2009
Ana Tapiata talks to Rawiri Faulkner and Taku Parae about the new bi-cultural committee set up by the Greater Wellington regional council. [more]

Feature Album - Them Crooked Vultures
The rock collective - features Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones. [more]

The Arts Report with Lynn Freeman
Today, British TV producer Gareth Wiley and from Auckland, Silo Theatre's Artistic associate Oliver Driver talking about reintroducing the ensemble model. [more]

Christchurch Story with Katy Gosset
We're in Christchurch to catch up with some of the city's newest residents. Of the thousands of migrants who make their homes in New Zealand every year, about 15 hundred do so in the garden city. [more]

Environment Story with Alison Ballance
In today's environment story, Alison Ballance talks with author Neville Peat on writing about nature and the land. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
With Brian Mackie and Duncan Webb. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
With Brian Mackie and Duncan Webb. [more]

Business News

Morning business for 19 November 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets update for 19 November 2009
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 19 November 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening business for 19 November 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening business for 19 November 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

Flight Sergeant killed at Waiouru Military Camp
One of the Defence Force's most experienced explosives experts has been killed in a freak accident today at Waiouru Military Camp. [more]

Teenager gets 9 years for beating war veteran
A District Court judge has told a teenager who attacked an elderly returned serviceman that it was a gratuitously violent and cowardly crime. [more]

Labour ends monetary policy consensus
The Labour Party leader, Phil Goff has announced an end to the 20 year consensus between Labour and National over the best way to control inflation and says he would make significant changes to the way the Reserve Bank operates. [more]

ACC bill risks reintroducing right to sue
MP's have heard that some proposed changes to accident compensation cover may result in the reintroduction of the right to sue. [more]

Trishna and Krishna make 'good progress'
Surgeons in Melbourne say Trishna, one of the Bangladeshi conjoined twins separated this week, woke this morning and enjoyed a cuddle from her Australian legal guardian Moira Kelly. [more]

Sports news for 19 November 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Defence lawyer on RSA bashing
A District Court judge has told a teenager who attacked an elderly returned serviceman that it was a gratuitously violent and cowardly crime. [more]

Police uncover market for forged academic qualifications
Two Chinese men and one woman have been charged with forgery following a police investigation in Auckland into forged university degrees, diplomas and academic records. [more]

Waatea news for 19 November 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

NZ and Australian police declare war on hooligans
Police in New Zealand and Australia are joining forces to crackdown on alcohol-fuelled crime. [more]

Obama condemns Israel's building programme
US President Barack Obama has sent a strong message to the Israeli government, warning that it's resettlement policy is jeopardising prospects for peace with the Palestinians. [more]

Call for a new agency to deal with domestic violence
The principal Family Court Judge is calling for a"radical re-think"in the way domestic violence cases and handled and would like to see a whole new agency established. [more]

Labour ends consensus over Reserve Bank policy targets
The Labour Party leader, Phil Goff is calling an end to the 20 year consensus between Labour and National over the best way to control inflation and says he would make significant changes to the way the Reserve Bank operates. [more]

Homicide inquiry underway after late night drinking session
The police in Hamilton are piecing together the events that led up to the killing of a man at a party in the city in the early hours of this morning. [more]

Nelson City Council rebuffed on $28m arts centre
The Tasman District Council has signalled it will reject financial support for a 28 million dollar performing arts centre to be built in neighbouring Nelson. [more]

ACC 'cost shifting' will create a burden on MOH says lawyer
The ACC Futures Coalition is warning that some proposed changes to accident compensation cover may result in the reintroduction of the right to sue. [more]

Doctors say climate change will bring new health threats
More than one hundred medics are calling on the government to protect the country against new health threats caused by climate change, using the Emissions Trading Scheme. [more]

Australian firefighters urge action on climate change bill
Australia's firefighters are urging politicians to pass an emissions trading scheme without delay [more]

Sports news for 19 November 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Minister faces battle with heavyweights over national standards
Following a forum hosted by the teachers union the NZEI in Wellington today, education sector leaders are calling on the government to delay the implementation of their national standards policy. [more]

Clinton pushes Afghan President to clean up corruption
In Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai is about to be sworn in for a second term. [more]

Waatea news for 19 November 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Botched sterilisation puts hundreds in Queensland at risk
Hundreds of patients treated at a Queensland hospital are being tested for blood borne diseases, as authorities launch an urgent review into sterilisation procedures. [more]

Velvet Revolution divides sporting power house
Revolution didn't just split Czechoslovakia, it divided a sporting power house. [more]

Jam maker back on the boil
A Far North woman banned from making jam for charity has been given the all-clear to get back on the job. [more]

Midday Report

Midday Sports News for 19 November 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 19 November 2009
Presented by Geoff Robinson and Philippa Tolley. Labour leader reacts to racist claims over Nats-Maori deal, Witi Ihimaera is to buy back his own book, Age Concern says abuse of elderly"hidden iceberg", Government promises to unlock gas and petroleum resources, 16-year-old student faces three NCEA exams in one day. [more]

Environmentalists concerned about petrol search plans
The Energy and Resources Minister has announced that New Zealand is open for business on petroleum exploration. [more]

Obama describes disputed Jewish settlement as dangerous
In some of his strongest language yet on Israel Barack Obama has described the decision to proceed with a Jewish settlement on disputed territory as dangerous, likely to embitter Palestinians. [more]

Pacific news for 19 November 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news for 19 November 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Key and Goff clash over race claims
The Prime Minister and the Labour leader have clashed in Parliament over allegations Phil Goff was exploiting the issue of Maori forestry rights for political advantage. [more]

Farmers negotiate 'sunset clause' over power lines
Farmers may get annual rental payments for transmission lines which run through their properties. [more]

Labour leader reacts to racist claims over Nats-Maori deal
Labour's claim that the Government is favouring Maori foresters to win support for its Emissions Trading Scheme is sparking angry political exchanges and claims of racism. [more]

Witi Ihimaera is to buy back his own book
Just a day after being named a laureate by the Arts Foundation and pocketing 50 thousand dollars prize money for the honour, author Witi Ihimaera is to buy back all remaining copies of his latest novel The Trowenna Sea after revelations that some parts of the book were plagiarised. [more]

Government promises to unlock gas and petroleum resources
The first launch of a space rocket from New Zealand soil is scheduled to happen in the next three weeks.The Energy and Resources Minister has promised to unlock New Zealand's gas and petroleum resources and says it could generate four hundred billion dollars in Crown revenue over the next 40 years. [more]

First space rocket launch from NZ soil within weeks
The first launch of a space rocket from New Zealand soil is scheduled to happen in the next three weeks. [more]

Economists say Fonterra's capital structure may not be enough
Economists say the increased scope farmers have given Fonterra to raise extra capital may not be enough to allow for the growth the company needs. [more]

Tepid response from Hanover shareholders to takeover offer
There's been a less than enthusiastic response so far from some Hanover Finance company shareholders to a proposed takeover by Allied Farmers. [more]

Consumer NZ: ban commissions for financial advisers
Consumer New Zealand says proposed new ethical standards for financial advisers don't go far enough and wants commission payments to advisers banned. [more]

Coroner rules 2006 baby death the result of shaking
The Christchurch coroner has found that a 7 month old baby died because she was shaken, despite no charges being laid at the time of the baby's death. [more]

Age Concern says abuse of elderly"hidden iceberg"
The lobby group Age Concern is calling for broader audits of rest homes to cut down on mistreatment of residents. [more]

Fonterra's ex-CEO says cooperative needs more capital
Fonterra has won approval for its 900 million dollar restructuring plan but some are still wondering if the company is being bold enough. [more]

CK Stead criticises University of Auckland over plagiarism
Author Witi Ihimaera is to buy up all of the remaining copies of his book the Trowenna Sea, after revelations some parts of the book were plagiarised. [more]

NZ accused of helping to undermine climate talks
The Government is being accused of signing up to a proposal which could undermine the upcoming climate change talks in Copenhagen. [more]

16-year-old student faces three NCEA exams in one day
The NCEA exam season is well under way and it is demanding more of some students than others. [more]

Sports news for 19 November 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Waitaki District Council may outlaw booze cruises
The Waitaki District Council may be the first in the country to outlaw so-called booze cruises, in which groups of people ride around in cars drinking alcohol. [more]

Waatea news for 19 November 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Decision on fluoride in Waipukurau water supply today
The Central Hawkes Bay District Council will today vote on whether it should continue fluoridating Waipukurau's water supply. [more]

Manners could make a comeback at rugby matches
An Auckland businessman is launching a crusade to see New Zealanders brush up on their manners in preparation for hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2011. [more]

Midday news for 19 November 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Nights

Tom Bennion - Stop flying
Lawyer with an environmental conscience, Tom is an active proponent of reducing carbon emissions via choosing not to fly. Some would say he's advocating putting the tyranny back in distance but Tom may argue he's incentivising an expeditious transition to a carbon neutral long-haul travel alternative. [more]

Science with Jean Fleming
She's an endocrinologist and professor at Otago University. Jean talks with Bryan about bone density, porosity and purpose among other aspects of biological science. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number 7. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number 8 and summary. [more]

Nine To Noon

Proposed changes to the Family Court
Judge Peter Boshier, Principal Family Court Judge. [more]

Girls can't do everything
Jill Berry, president of the Girls Schools Association of Britain. [more]

Elizabeth Knox
Elizabeth Knox is distressed over film adaptation of her book The Vintner's Luck. [more]

UK correspondent - Kate Adie
A general election looms ever larger in Britain. [more]

Feature guest - Colin McColl
Colin McColl has worked for more than three decades in the industry, first at Wellington's Downstage and now as the artistic director of the Auckland Theatre Company. [more]

Book review - Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History
Paul Diamond reviews 'Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History' by Adam Nicolson. Published by HarperCollins. [more]

New Technology with Nat Torkington
Artificial intelligence, cyber war, and why it's cool to be a geek. [more]

Psychologist and parenting expert Nigel Latta
Psychologist and parenting expert Nigel Latta discusses how to teach children about potential dangers. [more]

Television review with Simon Wilson
'True Blood' and last night's 'Inside NZ' documentary about donating your body to science. [more]

Our Changing World

Experimental Drug Facility
GlycoSyn's Paul Benjes gives Ruth Beran a tour of their experimental drug making facility [more]

Neville Peat
Nature writer Neville Peat talks about his books on subjects as varied as sealions, South Island kokako and the Tasman Sea [more]

Fluids, Tectonic Plates and Earthquakes
GNS Science's Martin Reyners is using tomography to look at the impact of fluid between tectonic plates [more]

Rocky Reef Noise
The Leigh Marine Lab's Craig Radford has been recording the sounds made by urchins and snapping shrimps living on rocky reefs [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 19 November 2009
Questions to ministers 1. RĀHUI KĀTENE to the Associate Minister Health: What value of productivity is lost to the economy as a result of the misuse of alcohol and what strategies does the Government have to address this issue? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: Does she believe that the Government's package to address unemployment has done enough to give youth a firm footing in the labour market? 3. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy in National's first year in Government? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Minister's views on economic policy? 5. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What work is currently underway to address New Zealand's high rates of child abuse and neglect? 6. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Is he confident the health sector can deliver on his expectations? 7. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister for Communications and Information Technology: How many private partners have indicated their interest in participating in the Government's $1.5 billion ultra-fast broadband investment initiative? 8. CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: Does she agree with Consumer New Zealand chief executive Sue Chetwin that all consumers can do about rising food prices is "shop around"? 9. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: Is it Government policy that no Minister will officially meet with the Dalai Lama when he visits next month; if so, why? 10. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What progress has there been for the Job Ops and Community Max programmes? 11. JOHN BOSCAWEN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: On what date will he be releasing the proposed deal from the Iwi Leadership Group and on what date does he expect to have concluded a deal? 12. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister of Immigration: Why has immigration policy been changed so that the child of a person legally in New Zealand on a work permit under the essential skills policy will not be able to freely attend school if his or her parent or parents earn under $33,675? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 19 November 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 19 November 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

News stories:

Electricity prices fall in October, says Contact
Electricity generator and retailer Contact Energy says generation and prices fell in October. [more]

Treasury eases retail deposit scheme rules
The Treasury is making a number of changes to its retail deposit guarantee scheme. [more]

Energy efficiency the way to go - NZ expert
An expert says energy efficiency is top of mind among the leading developed and emerging nations. [more]

Welsh keen to attract NZ tech business
Kiwi technology firms looking to expand into the UK are being offered free office space and expert advice through an initiative backed by the Welsh Assembly. [more]

Bovine TB rears head again in Northland
Bovine tuberculosis has been detected in cattle in Northland, a region that's supposed to be free of the disease, for the second time in four months. [more]

First rocket launch from NZ soil nears
The first rocket launch into space from New Zealand soil is scheduled to happen in the next three weeks. [more]

Financial adviser commission 'should be banned'
Proposed standards for financial advisers don't go far enough, according to Consumer New Zealand, which wants a ban on commissions. [more]

NZers urged to be good sports
An Auckland businessman is launching a crusade to see New Zealanders brush up on their manners in preparation for hosting the 2011 Rugby World Cup. [more]

Pakistan to resume on 14 for 1
The Auckland wicketkeeper Reece Young says he was impressed by the Pakistani attack that's preparing for next week's first test. Young top scored for the New Zealand Invitation side with ... [more]

Olympic champion Ramzi stripped of 1500 gold
Bahrain's Olympic 1,500 metres champion Rashid Ramzi has been officially stripped of his gold medal for doping at last year's Beijing Games. The International Olympic Committee has ordered Bahrain's Olympic ... [more]

Breakers lose in Cairns
The New Zealand Breakers have suffered another away loss in the Australian National Basketball League, beaten 77-64 in Cairns last night. Point guard CJ Bruton was the only player to ... [more]

Canterbury, Northern Districts and Wellington well-placed
Day three of cricket's Plunket Shield will start with Canterbury, Northern Districts and Wellington well placed. Otago will resume their first inninggs on 195 for seven in Rangiora still trailing ... [more]

Umpire referral system gets green light for NZ series against Pakistan
Cricket's controversial Umpire Decision Review System, will be used for the upcoming test series between New Zealand and Pakistan. It means the series will be the first on international cricket ... [more]

Gambling watchdog satisfied with NRL
Victoria's gambling regulator says there is no evidence to support allegations that the round 26 NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and North Queensland Cowboys was fixed. The Victorian Commission ... [more]

Springboks fired up for Italy after Saracens defeat
There were South African celebrations at Wembley but they weren't coming from the touring Springboks after the world champions' second string were beaten by English club side Saracens. The Premiership ... [more]

London 2012 signs BMW as automotive partner
The German carmaker BMW has become the latest Tier One partner for the London Olympics, joining an impressive list of big companies already signed up by the 2012 organising committee. ... [more]

Federer drawn against Del Potro and Murray
The world tennis number one Roger Federer will face his U.S. Open conqueror Juan Martin del Potro in the round-robin stage of the ATP Tour finals after getting the rough ... [more]

Umpire Decision Review System confirmed
New Zealand Cricket has confirmed that the Umpire Decision Review System will be used in the Test series against Pakistan. Agreement was reached yesterday with the Dunedin-based company Animation Research ... [more]

Wickmayer and Malisse appeal against doping bans
Belgian tennis players Yanina Wickmayer and Xavier Malisse have appealed against their one-year bans to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after both fell foul of anti-doping regulations. Wickmayer was ... [more]

Windies hit by Gayle's forced departure
The West Indies cricketers' tour of Australia has got off to a disastrous start with captain Chris Gayle flying home to be at his mother's bedside and his batsmen immediately ... [more]

MCC denies planning to rebrand Lord's
The owners of Lord's have denied they're considering selling the naming rights to the famous cricket ground. The Marylebone Cricket Club's chief executive (MCC), Keith Bradshaw, says there's "no way" ... [more]

Another double ton for Jayawardene
The Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene became only the seventh batsman in test cricket to score six or more double centuries as his team took charge of the first ... [more]

Three changes to England starting 15
There are three changes to the England rugbyteam to face the All Blacks at Twickenham on Sunday morning. Manager Martin Johnson gives big Biarritz centre Ayoola Erinle his first test start, ... [more]

NZ's Joelle King nominated for squash award
New Zealand's Joelle King is one of four nominees for the most improved player of the year award on the women's professional squash circuit. The awards will be presented at ... [more]

Annual rental mooted for power-line affected farms
Federated Farmers says annual rent payments for rural land affected by transmission line projects could result from an agreement with the national grid operator Transpower. [more]

NZ oil and gas fields 'open for business' - Energy Minister
New Zealand is declaring itself "open for business" regarding petroleum exploration. Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee says potential oil and gas reserves could be worth $30 billion a year by 2025. [more]

Some Hanover investors surprised at Allied deal
Allied Farmers' plan to buy the loan books of troubled Hanover Finance and its subsidiary United Finance has caught some Hanover investors by surprise. [more]

Samoa MP appears in court for charge of threatening to kill
An MP of the ruling HRPP party in Samoa, who is facing one count of threatening to kill, appeared in court yesterday. Solamalemalo Keneti Sio is alleged to have been... [more]

Proposed strike in Solomon Islands stopped
The proposed strike action announcement by the Solomon Islands Public Employees Union has ground to a halt following a high court ruling. The Solomon Islands High Court yesterday ruled all... [more]

BioVittoria delays stockmarket float
Natural sweetener maker BioVittoria is delaying its float on the sharemarket. [more]

Marshall Islands immunisation head says help is needed
The Marshall Islands immunisation head says they need help to address a low vaccination rate on the nation's outer islands. New data found 78 out of 1000 children on the... [more]

Bus driver in Samoa involved in crash where eight people died released from custody
The driver of a bus in Samoa facing eight counts of negligent and dangerous driving which caused the death of eight people in a crash has been released from custody. [more]

Marshall Islands acting chief planner says child mortality rates call for action
The Marshall Island's acting chief planner says the country needs to adopt a more aggressive public health campaign to improve child mortality rates in parts of the nation. New data... [more]

Raikkonen to quit F1 for rallying
The 2007 Fomula One world champion Kimi Raikkonen will focus on rallying next year after failing to reach a deal with McLaren. Raikkonen's manager David Robertson says McLaren couldn't afford ... [more]

NZ and USA Cricket to work together
New Zealand Cricket and the USA Cricket Association have announced the commencement of formal discussions with the intention of establishing a strategic partnership agreement between the two national cricket boards ... [more]

Alker starts second Q-school qualifier
The Hamilton golfer Steven Alker has posted a one-under par 70 in the opening round of the 4-round second stage qualifying tournament for next year's PGA tour. Alker was among ... [more]

Football fan ordered to play a quarter of a million dollars
A Danish football supporter has been ordered to pay almost a quarter of a million dollars in compensation for causing the abandonment of a European qualifier against Sweden in 2007. The ... [more]

Test on Semenya yet to be completed
Gender tests on the South African athlete Caster Semenya are yet to be completed. The 18-year-old had been expected to find out this week if she was eligible to compete as ... [more]

Nick Willis hopes Ramzi decision will be a deterrent
The New Zealand runner Nick Willis says while it's taken a long time for Bahrain's Rashid Ramzi to stripped of his Beijing Olympic 1500 metres gold medal it's good the ... [more]

Rod Drury appointed to NZX board
The founder and chief executive of online accountancy software firm Xero, Rod Drury, has become a director of the stock exchange. [more]

Wind turbine company receives payment
Windflow Technology has received a $1.8 million payment from New Zealand Windfarms and says High Court proceedings between both sides has ceased. [more]

American Samoa Chamber of Commerce urges members to report price gouging
The American Samoa Chamber of Commerce has urged its members and the business community to report to investigators any instances of price gouging. The call came from the Chamber's president,... [more]

Team working on tourism plan in American Samoa get local input
RCA Consultants, the team writing the long term tourism master plan for American Samoa has started to get input from groups on their views of how tourism should be developed. [more]

Record development budget in PNG
The Papua New Guinea Government has compiled a record 1 billion US development budget to pursue its ambitious development priorities next year. The National newspaper reports the Finance and Treasury... [more]

Nick Willis backs whereabouts rule
The New Zealand track star Nick Willis says the confirmation that Bahrain's Rashid Ramzi to be stripped of his Olympic 1500 metres gold medal for a doping offence is a ... [more]

Ownership change will not result in changes says BP Southwest Pacific
A change in ownership of BP Southwest Pacific will not result in any changes in the American Samoa operation. Two weeks ago BP signed a purchase agreement to sell its... [more]

Pakistan looking good on day 2 of warm-up cricket match
The Pakistan cricket team look to have the upper hand on day two of their three-day warm-up game against a New Zealand Invitational Eleven.in Queenstown. Pakistan started the day on 14 ... [more]

Defence Force 'can save up to $100m a year'
Defence Force Chief Jerry Mateparae has told MPs the force can make savings of between $50 million and $100 million a year. [more]

Fisher and Paykel Healthcare profit up
Fisher and Paykel Healthcare has posted a record half year profit of $37 million as strong growth in its sleep apnea products offset a higher New Zealand dollar. [more]

DNZ Property Fund to list next month
Commercial landlord DNZ Property Fund plans to list on the sharemarket next month. [more]

UK legislation to crack down on bank bonuses
The British government has outlined two new bills to overhaul financial regulation and halve the nation's debt levels. [more]

Standard and Poor's objects to Australian regulations
The credit rating agency Standard and Poor's has criticised Australia's Securities and Investment Commission's new licensing rules. It has withdrawn its application for a retail financial services license. [more]

Air France-KLM plans more job cuts
Europe's biggest airline is planning to cut 1700 jobs next year. Air France-KLM made made a $US220 million loss in the September quarter. [more]

OPT probe is tool for Flosse demise, says freed suspect
The former head of French Polynesia's OPT telecommunications company, Geffry Salmon, says his detention in a corruption probe was part of a plan to bring about the demise of Gaston... [more]

New women's crisis centre opens in Tonga
The co-ordinator of a new crisis centre in Tonga for women and children affected by domestic violence says a key part of the organisation's mandate is to lobby for political... [more]

Campaign to keep NZ beef on Taiwan's menu
Meat marketers are launching a campaign in Taiwan to remind consumers of the merits of eating New Zealand meat, to help fend off the threat of increased US imports. [more]

Samoa campaign targets lifestyle diseases
People in Samoa are being encouraged to get physically active in an effort to reduce the incidence of non-communicable diseases. The General Manager of Samoa's National Health Services, Dr Stanley... [more]

90 mines neutralised in New Caledonian clean-up
An international military operation to remove hundreds of large mines left in New Caledonia's lagoon since the Second World War has so far located more than 90 mines. Noumea's daily... [more]

Saatearoto wins mayor's race in Vanuatu capital
Willie Saatearoto is the new mayor of Vanuatu's capital, Port Vila. Mr Saatearoto, who's a member of the Alliance which earlier this week moved from the opposition to government, was... [more]

Marshall Islands faces risk of financial crisis once US grant funding ends
The Marshall Islands has been advised that it is facing the risk of a major financial crisis when United States grant funding ends in 14 years. The President Jurelang Zedkaia... [more]

New umpire system on track for Pakistan series
The new referral system for cricket umpiring decisions will be used in the test series between New Zealand and Pakistan, which starts next week. [more]

Tweeting All Blacks let off by coach
All Blacks Neemia Tialata and Corey Jane will not face punishment for revealing on a social networking site that they had been rested for Sunday morning's All Blacks test against England at Twickenham. [more]

Author cries over Vintner's Luck film adaptation
Author Elizabeth Knox says she was so upset by the film adaptation of her book The Vintner's Luck that she cried for three days. [more]

Nauru open for discussion with Australia on re-opening asylum seeker facilities
Nauru's President says his country is open to discussion with Australia over any possible re-opening of the island's asylum seeker detention facilities. Marcus Stephen's comment comes boat people keep entering... [more]

Iwi honoured for achieving unity in CNI settlement
The eight Central North Island iwi have been acknowledged for their strategic planning in the wake of their giant forestry settlement. [more]

Tuhoe healer, musician remembered
Tuhoe kaumatua Tawhao Tioke is being remembered as man of religion, a healer, a gifted musician and a man steeped in his tribe's language and culture. [more]

Publisher offers to buy back Ihimaera's novel
Witi Ihimaera's publisher is offering to buy back copies of the writer's latest novel, which has been the subject of a plagiarism controversy. [more]

Strategy on Fonterra profit needed - Fed Farmers
The next challenge for Fonterra will be developing a very clear strategy for how it will use money held back from its profits to grow the business, says Federated Farmers chairman Lachlan McKenzie. [more]

Police consider evidence on baby's death
Evidence given at an inquest into the death of a seven-month-old baby will now be considered by the police. [more]

Quake felt throughout North Island
An earthquake measuring magnitude 5.1 struck near Palmerston North about 7am on Thursday. A second, smaller quake hit in the same place an hour later. [more]

Miners to return to work
Striking miners at Solid Energy's four main mines have voted to return to work at 6am on Saturday. [more]

50 arrests in Wellington drugs operation
More than 50 people have been arrested following a major drugs operation in the Wellington area, and $200,000 in bank accounts has been frozen. [more]

Man charged over Blenheim nightclub death
Police have made an arrest over the death of a man injured outside a Blenheim nightclub in August. [more]

Fluoridation of Waipukurau water supply to continue
Waipukurau's water supply will continue to be fluoridated despite a local survey showing a majority wanted it stopped. [more]

South Island council may outlaw 'booze cruises'
Waitaki District Council could be the first in the country to outlaw so-called booze cruises, in which groups of people ride around in cars drinking alcohol. [more]

Far North jam maker back on the boil
A Far North woman banned from making jam for charity has been given the all-clear to get back on the job. [more]

Thursday's newspaper headlines
Government moves to encourage more foreign oil explorers to invest in New Zealand; hospital bosses brace for big cuts in Government spending; Author Elizabeth Knox cried "for several days" after seeing the movie adaptation of 'The Vintner's Luck'. [more]

Alternative plan 'may undermine climate talks'
The Government is being accused of supporting a 'plan B' which will undermine upcoming talks on climate change. [more]

PM accused of ignoring legal opinion to do ETS deal
Labour is accusing the Prime Minister of ignoring a legal opinion on the impact of the Emissions Trading Scheme in order to do a deal that cannot be justified. [more]

Death threats in American Samoa prompt prosecutor to leave territory
American Samoa's Assistant Attorney General, Lisa Teesch MacGuire, has quit her job because of death threats made after a successful prosecution in a rape trial. Ms MacGuire, who has been... [more]

PNG cannibalism study raises hopes for medical advance
Researchers say villagers in the Papua New Guinea highlands who survived after consuming human brains have gained a genetic mutation that protects them against the brain disease called Kuru. Dr... [more]

Skull found in Northland dunes
Northland police say they are investigating the discovery of a human skull in sand dunes near Dargaville. [more]

Youth charged with murder of Kaitaia grandmother
A teenager arrested after the killing of a Kaitaia grandmother has now been charged with her murder. [more]

ACC bill 'risks reintroducing right to sue'
MPs have heard that some proposed changes to accident compensation cover may result in the reintroduction of the right to sue. [more]

NZ sharemarket gains
The New Zealand sharemarket has edged up, with the benchmark NZX 50 index up 13 points to 31.41 on low turnover of $43 million at closing on Thursday. [more]

Tau Henare admits speeding on motorway
National MP Tau Henare has admitted to MPs and submitters during a parliamentary select committee that he's "broken the law heaps of times". [more]

Button teams up with Hamilton at McLaren
McLaren's has confirmed that Jenson Button will partner Lewis Hamilton at McLaren next season in an all-British line-up of Formula One champions. The multi-year deal completes an astonishing year for ... [more]

Northern Districts wicketkeeper sets world record for first class catches
The Northern Districts wicketkeeper Peter McGlashan has set a world record in taking 12 catches, in a first class cricket match. McGlashan set the record in ND's nine wicket win ... [more]

Thierry Henry's hand ball gets France to football world cup
All 32 teams to compete at next year's football world cup in South Africa have been decided, but controversy surrounds France's involvement after the 1998 champions beat Ireland in Paris. ... [more]

Dunedin man sentenced for kickbacks to fraudster
A Dunedin businessman has been sentenced to home detention, after making corrupt payments of more than $750,000 to a fraudster who was a former health board IT manager. [more]

Family Court judge wants major changes
The principal Family Court Judge is calling for a radical re-think in the prevention of and intervention in domestic violence. [more]

Interim manager of deserted Tonga women's centre calls for community to rally
The interim manager of a Tongan centre for women and children deserted by most of its staff two weeks ago says it's time people faced the issue of domestic violence... [more]

Police say food on stove probably caused fatal fire
Manawatu police say a fire that claimed the lives of a preschooler and a woman in Foxton early on Wednesday morning is not suspicious. [more]

Two inmates escape in New Caledonia
Two inmates have escaped from New Caledonia's prison, bringing to 16 the number of prisoners to break out of the territory's jail this year. The two convicted robbers managed to... [more]

American Samoa anti-voyeurism bill vetoed
Governor Togiola Tulafono has vetoed a bill that would have made voyeurism a crime in American Samoa. The bill had been approved in the second regular session of the Fono... [more]

Miracle rescue after plane crash lands in sea off Norfolk Island
A Norfolk Island fishing boat operator says it was a miracle he managed to rescue six people after their plane made an emergency landing in the sea off the island's... [more]

New bid launched to free Flosse from Tahiti jail
The lawyer acting for French Polynesia's veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, has filed a new request for his client to be freed from Tahiti's Nuutania jail. He was imprisoned last week,... [more]

Homicide investigation into Hamilton death
Hamilton police are investigating the killing of a man who was beaten up during a drinking session at a garage in the suburb of Chartwell. [more]

Marshalls ponders spending cuts
The Marshall Islands government is considering how to reduce its spending. This comes as the Government tries to find another nine million US dollars a year to put into the... [more]

Tramper's remains in Dart River identified
Human remains found in an Otago river have been identified as those of a tramper who went missing 11 months ago. [more]

Mohaka death caused by fall from bridge
Napier police say the man found dead underneath a bridge on State Highway 5 between Napier and Taupo died after falling from the bridge. [more]

UNDP champions mobile money system for low income households in PNG
There are plans in Papua New Guinea to develop a mobile money system to help low income households. A new report outlines how a such a banking system might develop,... [more]

PNG government willing to re-open refugee detention centre to help Australia out
Papua New Guinea officials say they would be prepared to reopen the Manus Island detention centre to help solve the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's asylum seeker problem. Australia used... [more]

Crown begins rebuttal in Pike murder case
The Crown has begun calling rebuttal evidence in a bid to refute an alibi provided for a man accused of killing a young Palmerston North drug dealer. [more]

Exploding artillery shell kills sergeant at Waiouru
The death of an air force flight sergeant when an old artillery shell exploded at Waiouru military camp in the central North Island is being described as a freak accident. [more]

Auckland's Tepid Baths to close for repairs
An Auckland landmark is to close for several years for a multi-million dollar emergency makeover. [more]

Scholarship set in up in Sir Howard Morrison's name
A scholarship in the name of the late entertainer Sir Howard Morrison has been set up to build future generations of Maori business leaders. [more]

Ngati Apa settlement bill 'emotionial' for Turia
Maori party co-leader Tariana Turia says the reading of the Ngati Apa (North Island) Claims Settlement Bill has been an emotional event for her. [more]

Survey indicates economic activity up in most regions
The National Bank's latest Regional Trends survey indicates a bounce in consumer and business confidence has underpinned economic activity. [more]

Marineland manager resigns over seal saga
The manager of Napier's Marineland has resigned following an investigation into the marine zoo breaching its permit under the Marine Mammals Protection Act. [more]

Tasman not keen on funding Nelson arts centre
Tasman District Council has signalled it will reject the idea of financial support for a $28 million performing arts centre to be built in neighbouring Nelson. [more]

Joint NZ, Australian blitz on fallout from drink binges
New Zealand and Australian police are to launch a joint blitz on drunken violence and anti-social behaviour. [more]