Radio New Zealand - Monday, 30th November 2009

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

Afternoons

The best song ever written
Our guest today Lindsay Vette has chosen "As the Crow Flies" by Rory Gallagher. [more]

Eight months to Mars - John Campbell
On board today is a man with one of the most familiar faces in the nation. [more]

Kiwi Rocket
There are still hopes that New Zealand's first space rocket launch will happen this afternoon. [more]

Feature Album - Kraftwork
They're often credited with shaping the sound of today's pop and dance music. [more]

He Rourou for 30 November 2009
Careers advisors need to work with Maori families, and not just the individual, to ensure a successful outcome. In He Rourou today Ana Tapiata talks with Israel Hawkins about the impact families, especially mothers, can have when they are left out of the picture [more]

Feature Author - Selwyn Parker
His latest book"The Great Crash : How the Stock Market Crash of 1929 plunged the World into Depression". [more]

This way up feature - PVR's
Simon Morton from This Way Up on Personal Video Recorders. [more]

Science story - Biofilms
Biofilms form a very important part of the food-web and may also provide a means to test Darwin's theory of natural selection. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With today's guests Barry Corbett and Jane Clifton. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With today's guests Barry Corbett and Jane Clifton. [more]

Business News

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

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

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

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

Evening Business News for 30 November 2009
News from the business sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Government told to cut taxes and spending
Don Brash's radical new vision for 2025 also looks like a blast from the past. [more]

Political analysis of the 2025 report
Joining us is Radio New Zealand's political editor Brent Edwards. [more]

92 hospital deaths linked to serious errors
Hospitals say the number of patients caught up in serious preventable mistakes will continue to rise as they increase their efforts to find out about errors and make the system safer. [more]

Shock changes at Legal Services Agency
Four members of the Legal Services Agency have resigned, following a scathing review of the legal aid system. [more]

It's lift off for the rocket Atea 1
The first rocket to be launched into space from New Zealand soil has successfully blasted off from Great Mercury Island, near the Coromandel Peninsula. [more]

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

Four police officers shot dead in US
Police investigating what they're describing as the execution-style ambush of four officers in the US state of Washington have named a person of interest. [more]

Man charged in HIV infection case dies in prison
A man accused of deliberately infecting people with the HIV virus has been found dead in his cell at Mt Eden Prison. [more]

Rumours swirl around Tiger's car accident
Tiger Woods has hit back at the rumours surrounding a car accident in the driveway of his Florida home. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Landowners seek annual access fee
Farmers want to be paid an annual fee for any future power lines built across their land. [more]

Transpower's Patrick Strange
Listening to that is Transpower's chief executive Patrick Strange. [more]

NZ Bus axes free Christmas day travel
A union representing bus drivers says it should have been consulted over the removal of free travel for passengers in Auckland and Wellington on Christmas day. [more]

English labels 2025 Taskforce report too radical
The 2025 Taskforce has recommended the Government slash spending and tax rates as part of a policy package to close the income gap with Australia. [more]

Reaction to 2025 report
Cherie McQuilkin has been gauging reaction to the report. [more]

Malcolm Turnbull still fighting for political life
In Australia the Federal opposition leadership battle is a step closer to being resolved as Malcolm Turnbull continues to fight for his political life. [more]

British soldier poses as prisoner in Auschwitz
When confronted with the horrors of the Holocaust most people's reaction would surely be to run the other way. [more]

Top business immigrants get residency fast tracked
Entrepreneurial immigrants who create three full-time jobs and invest half a million dollars into their businesses can now get New Zealand residency faster. [more]

Life on the Red Planet: meteorite reveals new clues
A study by NASA scientists says there's compelling new evidence that ancient microbial life could have existed on Mars. [more]

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

Christchurch adult and community education
The Christchurch City Council has joined criticism of the government over its cuts to adult and community education. [more]

Iran defies international pressure over nuclear programme
Iran's defying international pressure to halt its nuclear programme by announcing it will build 10 more uranium enrichment plants. [more]

Opening salvos fired in European battle over faith
The opening salvos have been taking place in what promises to be a major European battle over faith. [more]

Conservatorium opponents say High Court action no stunt
Opponents of the proposed conservatorium of music in Christchurch say their high court challenge is no stunt. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Farmers want annual payments for power lines
Farmers want to be paid an annual fee for any future power lines built across their land. [more]

Bush administration blamed for Osama bin Laden being free
A report says the US military's failure to kill or capture Osama bin Laden eight years ago has forever altered the course of the conflict in Afghanistan. [more]

Midday Report

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

Midday Sports News for 30 November 2009
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Monday 30 November 2009
Blueprint on how NZ can match Australian economy out today, Prime Minister discusses Commonwealth leaders' meeting, First NZ space rocket launch delayed, Harawira to meet Maori Party caucus Tuesday, Western Australian prisons eye up New Zealand guards, Police appeal for witnesses to Russia's bomb blast, Tiger Woods delays police questions over crash. [more]

First rocket set to lift off from New Zealand soil
The first rocket to be launched from New Zealand soil is being readied for launch. [more]

Pasefika North Shore Festival showcases city's diversity
The Pasefika North Shore Festival this weekend showcased the culture and sport of the city's small but growing Pacific population, dispelling the stereotype the city is home to only Pakeha. [more]

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

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

Labour says NZ dragged to Commonwealth agreement
Labour has accused the government of being dragged to the table to agree on a Commonwealth-wide stance on climate change. [more]

Washington reaction to Iran's uranium enrichment plans
Iran will build 10 new uranium enrichment plants, in defiance of the United Nations and other Western nations who say the country is developing nuclear weapons. [more]

Blueprint on how NZ can match Australian economy out today
The first blueprint on how New Zealand can catch up with Australia by 2025 will be released later today. [more]

Prime Minister discusses Commonwealth leaders' meeting
The Prime Minister was speaking from Trinidad and Tobago where he's been attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting or CHOGM [more]

First NZ space rocket launch delayed
The first rocket to be launched from New Zealand soil has problems. [more]

Harawira to meet Maori Party caucus Tuesday
The Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira returns to Wellington this week to face his fellow Maori Party MPs - in a move to resolve concerns over his recent controversial behaviour. [more]

Western Australian prisons eye up New Zealand guards
The Corrections Association says moves by Western Australian jails to poach New Zealand prison guards will gut this country's jails of experienced staff. [more]

Police appeal for witnesses to Russia's bomb blast
Russian police are appealing for witnesses following the bombing of a luxury high speed train between Moscow and St Petersburg. [more]

Tiger Woods delays police questions over crash
Tiger Woods is still not commenting on his early morning car crash that is fuelling plenty of tantalizing questions and precious few answers. [more]

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

Appointment to inquiry into Scott Watson case criticised
Questions are being asked about the appointment of a leading barrister to a Justice Ministry investigation into the case of the convicted murderer Scott Watson. [more]

Air NZ hopes Erebus commemorations provide turning point
Air New Zealand hopes this weekend's commemorations of the Erebus disaster will be a turning point. [more]

Switzerland votes on Muslim minaret ban
Switzerland voted this morning to ban the building of minarets in their country. [more]

All Blacks maintain unblemished European try-conceding record
The All Blacks outclassed France 39 to 12 in Marseille over the weekend to wrap up their test programme for the year. [more]

Labour reaction to 2025 taskforce report
The first report by the government appointed group on how to close the income gap with Australia. [more]

Sir Roger Douglas's view on 2025 taskforce report
Joining us is the Act Party's finance spokesperson, Sir Roger Douglas. [more]

Rocket launch delayed for 3 hours
The first rocket to be launched from New Zealand soil has been delayed in its effort to take to the skies. [more]

Commonwealth declaration for action on climate change
The Commonwealth's 53 countries meeting in Trinidad and Tobago have thrown their weight behind a climate change declaration, ahead of next month's United Nations summit in Copenhagen. [more]

Police call for witnessess to Wanganui drowning
The police in Wanganui are calling for witnesses to a river crash the claimed the life of a thirteen-year old boy. [more]

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

Four police killed in the U.S.
Four police officers have been shot dead in a coffee shop in Lakewood, near Seattle. [more]

Repatriated remains being returned to rightful owners
Repatriated human remains are set to be returned to their rightful owners after a powhiri welcoming them back to New Zealand at Te Papa this evening. [more]

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

Foxton couple seeking legal advice over seawall stoush
A Foxton couple are seeking legal advice after having a photo of themselves publicly burnt by their local community board chairperson. [more]

Phil Kafcaloudes with news from Australia
We cross to Melbourne to join Phil Kafcaloudes. [more]

Nights

Nuclear Go- Ahead
What is the significance and impact of building ten new nuclear power stations throughout England and Wales? [more]

The Final Whistle
Penny Miles - Sports Journalist, Dominion Post analysis of the state of play from recent recreational activities... [more]

Conundrum
Clue 1 [more]

Mexico Report
Tara Fitzgerald - Freelance Correspondent, news and cultural insights from the United Mexican States in southern North America [more]

Conundrum
Clue 2 [more]

Nine To Noon

Stem cell tourism
Warnings about the dangers of stem cell tourism - with increasing reports of links to diseases like cancer and meningitis. With Ashley Thomson, Bronwen Connor and Rein Terpstra. [more]

Fast track residency for wealthy entrepreneurial migrants
With Mike Bell runs the Skilled Migrant Information and Resources Centre in Christchurch and Kim Saull, an Immigration consultant and former vice chair of the NZ Association for Migration and Investment. [more]

Europe correspondent - Seamus Kearney
Controversial referendum in Switzerland. [more]

Feature guest - Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander spent 9 years playing the self-absorbed, neurotic, hapless schlep, George Constanza, in the award winning comedy Seinfeld. [more]

Book Review - Promised Land
Written by Grahame Sydney, reviewed by Sonja de Freiz and Published by Penguin NZ. [more]

Politics
With Andrew Campbell and Matthew Hooten. [more]

Food and wine
With wine commentator, John Hawkesby and guest chef, Paul Jobin. [more]

Rural News

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

Midday Rural News for 30 November 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Kemp English
UK-born NZ-based keyboard specialists talks about his latest cd of Schubert works called 'Schwammerl'. [more]

Rodger Fox and Students
New Zealand School of Music Big Band Director and band members talk about latest cd release. [more]

News stories:

Italy win first World Cup title after 3-way tussle
Italy are celebrating their first victory at the World Cup of Golf, after brothers Francesco and Edoardo Molinari won a dramatic three-way final round tussle with Sweden and Ireland last ... [more]

Davydenko wins ATP World Finals
The Russian tennis player Nikolay Davydenko has won the ATP World Tour Finals title with a straight sets victory over Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro in the final in London. ... [more]

Ordering off contributes to heavy loss for Phoenix
The Wellington Phoenix say a rough call by the referee was a major factor in their 4-1 loss last night to the Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium. Referee Alan Milliner ... [more]

Australian claims another world surfing title
The Australian Stephanie Gilmore's stunning dominance of women's surfing has continued with a third straight world title in Hawaii. 21-year-old Gilmore finished third in the final of the Gidget Pro event ... [more]

O'Brien appears confident of playing in Wellington
The New Zealand pace bowler Iain O'Brien will have his finger looked at today but seems confident of playing in the second test against Pakistan in Wellington later this week. O'Brien ... [more]

England take lead in S.A one dayers
The England cricketers have gone 2-1 up in their 5-match one day series against South Africa with a crushing win in the fourth game in Port Elizabeth. England's left arm ... [more]

Monkey King in smashing Miracle Mile win
The New Zealand pacer Monkey King confirmed himself as the best horse in Australasian harness racing when he smashed the Australian record to win the Miracle mile yesterday in ... [more]

French Polynesia's new president presents Cabinet line-up
French Polynesia's new president, Gaston Tong Sang, has presented his government - the territory's fifth since last year's early general election. Mr Tong Sang has also assumed the finance portfolio... [more]

New Caledonia statisticians to try refining inaccurate census data for French approval
New Caledonia's bureau of statistics is going to try to refine the data from the recent census before the French government approves it. The territory's government has asked France not... [more]

NZ scientist monitoring volcano in Vanuatu says eruptions not life threatening
A New Zealand scientist monitoring a volcano that's forced the relocation of more than 350 people in Vanuatu says its eruptions are not life-threatening. The Vanuatu government asked for assistance... [more]

American Samoa contractors object to recovery building contract
American Samoa contractors are crying foul over the awarding of a construction project funded with money from the American Recovery and reinvestment Act to the Department of Public Works. The... [more]

Miss Fiji named Miss South Pacific
For the first time in the history of the Miss South Pacific Pageant, Miss Fiji has been named the 2009/2010 Miss South Pacific. Miss Fiji, Merewalesi Nailatikau, also also scooped... [more]

Union accused of scaremongering over prison move
The Government is accusing a prison officers' union of scaremongering over moves to allow the private sector to run prisons. [more]

Chelsea thump Arsenal
Chelsea have regained their dominant place in the English Premier football League title race with a 3-nil win at Arsenal which restored their five-point lead over Manchester United. Arsenal had ... [more]

Florida police to release tape of Woods 911 call
US tv networks are reporting that Florida police will be releasing a tape of Tiger Woods' emergency call following his mysterious one-vehicle accident in Orlando on Saturday. Woods was leaving ... [more]

MAF approves East Coast erosion control projects
MAF has approved 19 new applications worth nearly $3.5 million from East Coast farmers who want to plant trees to control erosion. [more]

The Warehouse to invest in six new product areas
The Warehouse says it is investing in six new product areas which it believes will be crucial to delivering growth in the next few years. [more]

TrustPower hopes to raise $125m in bonds issue
TrustPower hopes to raise $125 million through a senior bonds issue. [more]

Association vows to get rid of ineffective directors
The Shareholders' Association is vowing to get rid of ineffective directors it believes are holding office at the expense of investors. [more]

American Samoa Rugby Union hoping for IRB support to develop
The American Samoa Rugby Union hopes to secure help from the International Rugby Board in order to develop the sport in the territory as well as becoming a full member... [more]

American Samoa based Inter Island Airways resumes flights
American Samoa based Inter Island Airways has resumed inter Samoa as well as domestic flights. Inter Island Air suspended flights a week ago as its fleet underwent required maintenance upgrade... [more]

Pilot of a small plane survives crash at air show in New Caledonia
The pilot of a small plane has survived a crash during an air show in New Caledonia. The pilot, who has been named as Christine Darbel, suffered a broken thigh... [more]

Police in Samoa investigate alleged prostitution
Police in Samoa are investigating allegations that some young women are involved in organised prostitution. The commissioner of police, Lilomaiava Fou Taioalo, said the women in their late teens are... [more]

New decree recognises internet crimes in Fiji
Victims of Internet crimes committed in Fiji now have access to legal resources with the institution of a new Decree introducing new charges. Opening the 11th Attorney General's conference ,... [more]

Questions in American Samoa over allocation of recovery money building contract
American Samoa contractors are crying foul over the awarding of a construction project funded with money from the American Recovery and reinvestment Act to the Department of Public Works. The... [more]

PNG's PM criticises US climate change policy as irresponsible
Papua New Guinea has criticised the United States's climate change policy as "irresponsible" and "unacceptable" at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting . PNG's Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, launched... [more]

SPC looks to prevent other sexually transmitted infections in order to contain HIV
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community, or SPC, says the region is now focussing on preventing other sexually transmitted infections as part of its campaign to contain HIV. Key partners... [more]

Second stage complete of power restoration project in American Samoa
Part of a three-tiered power restoration plan for American Samoa following the Sept. 29 tsunami has been implemented The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Samoa Power Authority "threw... [more]

New Jersey Nets NBA coach fired
The New Jersey Nets basketball team have fired coach Lawrence Frank after losing their first 16 games of the NBA season. The Nets' losing streak marks one of the worst starts ... [more]

Tiger Woods accepts responsibility for car accident
World number one golfer Tiger Woods has taken full responsibility for the car accident that took place outside his Florida mansion over the weekend, but will not disclose any information surrounding ... [more]

Barcelona beat Real Madrid
Zlatan Ibrahimovic came off the bench to volley 10-man Barcelona to a 1-nil home victory over Real Madrid which put them back on top of La Liga in Spanish football. ... [more]

All Blacks will take no further action for eye-gouging incident
The All Blacks won't be taking any further action following an alleged eye-gouging incident during yesterday's 39-12 victory over France in Marseille. The match erupted with about 10 minutes to ... [more]

Lines companies told to limit price rises
New Zealand's 24 electric lines companies have been told they will be allowed to raise prices by no more than the cost of inflation next year. [more]

Marshalls fiber optic cable project to start in two weeks
The laying of a new undersea fiber optic cable from the Marshall Islands to Guam is due to get underway in just over two weeks. It is envisaged the cable... [more]

Jodar jailing delays USTKE Congress in New Caledonia
New Caledonia's USTKE union has put off its congress scheduled for December because its leader, Gerard Jodar, is serving a nine-month jail term. Its vice president, Marie-Pierre Goyetche, has told... [more]

Vanuatu parliament awaits court decision on PM's status as MP
Vanuatu's MPs are not expected to elect a new Prime Minister until next Monday after the incumbent was stripped of his parliamentary seat due to a basic paperwork error. Edward... [more]

Fritch calls for smaller government in French Polynesia
French Polynesia's new vice-president, Edouard Fritch, has spoken out for a smaller government and for the assembly to be reduced in size. Speaking on local television, Mr Fritch says France... [more]

Tonga Ashika probe findings now due in March
The Tongan Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the Princess Ashika ferry has declined to make any preliminary findings in a interim report filed five weeks into its investigations... [more]

Commonwealth leaders urge Fiji to restore democracy without delay
Commonwealth leaders have urged Fiji's military regime to restore civil democracy without delay and to ensure the protection of human rights. Commonwealth leaders also called on Fiji's interim government to... [more]

Whitewear maker reliant on Australian market
Fisher and Paykel Appliances will be heavily reliant on the Australian market over the coming year as the whiteware maker expects the lucrative US market to remain weak until 2011. [more]

Two police in New Caledonia charged over use of force
Two members of the French national police in New Caledonia have been charged with using excessive force against two people. Four policemen had been detained and two of them were... [more]

Vanuatu parliament awaits Supreme Court decision on PM's status as MP
Vanuatu's MPs are not expected to elect a new Prime Minister until next Monday after the incumbent was stripped of his parliamentary seat due to a basic paperwork error. Edward... [more]

More jobs available for post-tsunami American Samoa
More than 200 additional people will be taken on as temporary workers in American Samoa this week, under the U.S. Government's National Emergency Grant programme, which aims to provide work... [more]

Court appeal by Vanuatu PM over speaker's ruling expected to go against him
A Vanuatu coalition government MP says there is little hope that the Prime Minister's appeal against a ruling by parliament's speaker to strip him of his seat as an MP... [more]

Evidence volume slows Tonga's Ashika probe
The Tongan Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the Princess Ashika ferry has a huge amount of evidence still to consider and this is why it's decided against making... [more]

Key 'not ruling out' attending Copenhagen summit
New Zealand's Prime Minister is not ruling out attending next week's UN climate change conference in Copenhagen, should a binding agreement look likely to be struck. [more]

Erebus trip healing, says pilot's daughter
The daughter of Captain Jim Collins, who piloted the fatal Air New Zealand flight to Mt Erebus, says the memorial weekend in Antarctica has helped her to heal. [more]

Bounty logbook sells at auction for US$66,000
Bidders for a naval logbook detailing the first contact on Pitcairn Island with a surviving mutineer from HMS Bounty has been sold for 40 times its estimated value. The logbook... [more]

Marshalls fibre optic cable project to start in two weeks
The laying of a new undersea fibre optic cable from the Marshall Islands to Guam is due to get underway in just over two weeks. It is envisaged the cable... [more]

Fiji sports body to take legal action over Commonwealth Games ban
Fiji's Commonwealth Games Associaton is heading to court over its exclusion from the Commonwealth Games. At the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting, leaders confirmed that Fiji, because it has been... [more]

NZ Red Cross tsunami appeal winds down
The New Zealand Red Cross says its appeal for the victims of last September's earthquake and tsunami in Samoa has collected more than two million US dollars. The appeal will... [more]

Maori land rights group evicted from Far North forest
Police have evicted a Maori group claiming customary land rights from a forest in the Far North. [more]

Gaua evacuation in Vanuatu to be over by mid-week
The evacuation of hundreds of people living in the ash plume of an erupting volcano in Vanuatu is expected to be complete by the middle of this week. More than... [more]

Hundreds affected by hospital mistakes
A new report says 308 patients were harmed or could have been harmed by mistakes made in public hospitals in the past year. Nearly one third of them subsequently died. [more]

Man accused of HIV infections found dead in cell
A man accused of deliberately infecting people with HIV has been found dead in his prison cell. [more]

O'Brien injury decision unlikely overnight
The New Zealand cricketers are unlikely to know until tomorrow whether the pace bowler Iain O'Brien will be fit for the second test in Wellingtion. O'Brien dislocated a finger during ... [more]

Black Caps focus on batting for next test
The New Zealand cricketers are looking to improve their batting as they head into the second test match against Pakistan in Wellington on Thursday. The Black Caps put on 429 ... [more]

Daly says golf needs Tiger to be OK
The colourful American golfer John Daly fears the game will suffer if Tiger Woods sustains any long-term damage from the mystery car crash outside his Florida home. Daly's in Sydney ... [more]

Black Jacks win pairs in Hong Kong
New Zealand's Andrew Kelly and Richard Collett have won the Hong Kong Pairs Classic bowls championship beating last year's singles world champion Safuan Said and another Malaysian Fazuir Izwan 22-16. ... [more]

Unbeaten Colts fight back to defeat Texans
The Indianapolis Colts came back from a 17-0 deficit to defeat the Houston Texans 35-27 and remain one of the two unbeaten teams after 11 games in American football's NFL. ... [more]

Halberg Trust says demand still strong for awards dinner
The Halberg Trust says outstanding performances from New Zealand sportsmen and women and teams at home and abroad have fuelled strong demand for tickets to the annual Awards dinner in ... [more]

Windies woes continue with Taylor out for Test series
The West Indies' cricketers' dreadful tour of Australia has copped another blow with pace spearhead Jerome Taylor ruled out of the rest of the three-Test series. A Windies spokesman says ... [more]

Black Sticks lose opening warmup match in Argentina
The New Zealand men's hockey team has lost to Argentina in the first of two warmup matches for the Champions Challenge tournament. The Black Sticks had been in Buenos Aires ... [more]

Specsavers to double number of NZ stores
Global optometrist chain Specsavers says it will double the number of its New Zealand stores to 60 in the next year. [more]

Waikato miners accept Solid Energy offer
Striking coal miners in Waikato are to return to work. [more]

Church ordered to pay up for blocking cellphones
An Auckland church that tried to stop cellphones from disrupting its prayers has been ordered to pay $1250. [more]

Elderly tramper found safe and well
An elderly tramper who became lost in northern Hawke's Bay was found safe and well. [more]

Vanuatu watchdog angry at abuse of standing orders in Prime Minister's ousting
Transparency Vanuatu has voiced concern at the cost to the taxpayer from a ruling by the speaker to strip the Prime Minister Edward Natapei of his seat in parliament. Mr... [more]

Academic questions New Zealand Government commitment to climate change fund
A New Zealand academic is questioning his government's commitment to helping Pacific countries adapt to climate change. Commonwealth leaders have announced a 10 billion US dollar fund to help developing... [more]

Tonga democrats want immediate acceptance of report on reform
A demcracy MP in Tonga says the Government should immediately endorse a report on democratic reforms to ensure there is not more violence in the country. Akilisi Pohiva and his... [more]

Short film competition to promote NZ
A short film competition launched in Wellington on Monday is designed to attract tourists to New Zealand. [more]

Foxton board chair unrepentant over photo burning
The chairman of the Foxton Community Board says he will not apologise to a couple whose image he publicly burned 'until hell freezes over'. [more]

Poll shows Labour leader's support dropping to 5%
Labour leader Phil Goff's popularity remains poor in the latest political poll released on Sunday. The TVNZ poll shows his popularity plummeting to 5%. [more]

Hui ends without decision on Harawira's future
A Maori Party hui in Whangarei has ended without resolving the political future of Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira. [more]

Hanover investors urged to accept Allied Farmers offer
Investors in Hanover Finance are being urged to accept an estimated $400 million offer from the rural company Allied Farmers. [more]

Court staff continue industrial action
Court staff are taking rolling strike action on Monday, aiming for maximum disruption and leaving some courts without front-line workers. [more]

Farmers want fee for power pylons
New Zealand's farmers want to be paid an annual fee for any further power lines built across their land. [more]

Christchurch music school opponents defend legal challenge
The opponents of the proposed conservatorium of music in Christchurch say a legal challenge to the project is not a stunt. [more]

Fresh look at Watson double murder case
A former police detective who worked on the Scott Watson double murder case says public tips offered to investigators need to be revisited. [more]

NZ Bus cans free Christmas bus rides
Christmas Day commuters in Auckland and Wellington will not be getting free bus travel in their stockings this year. [more]

New immigration law fast-tracks residency for wealthy
Wealthy immigrants will be granted residency to New Zealand almost immediately under new business migration laws. Immigration commentators say the English language requirement is too low. [more]

Govt should slash spending and taxes - taskforce
The 2025 Taskforce has recommended the Government slash spending and tax rates as part of a policy package to raise living standards to match those in Australia. They include privatising state assets, a flat tax of 20% and cutting the minimum wage. [more]