Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 10th December 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, Radio New Zealand YouTube, Rural News, Upbeat

Afternoons

The best song ever written
John Worthington of Hamilton chooses 'Gimme Shelter' by The Rolling Stones. [more]

Your Place
Drive about 80 minutes north of Wellington to a sandy stretch of coast line between the Manawatu and Ohau river mouths, and you'll arrive at today's destination - Waitarere Beach. [more]

Oz iceberg
It's a land known best for sunshine and baking heat, but Australia could be on track for an icy collision, scientists are warning. [more]

Smart meters
Smart electricity meters can track how much electricity a consumer uses and optomise when it is used. Smart meters - and the extension of the concept, smart networks - are being touted as one of the ways in which we can make New Zealand's energy supplies go further in the future. [more]

He Rourou for 10 December 2009
Dignitaries representing the United Kingdom, including the British High Commissioner George Raukawa Fergusson, were welcomed to Te Papa, as part of the recent repatriation ceremony for 33 Maori ancestral remains. Ana Tapiata talks with Mark Kopua, who spoke on behalf of the international representatives. [more]

Feature album
'Merriweather Post Pavilion' by Animal Collective. [more]

Arts report
Lynn Freeman takes a look at the much-maligned and misunderstood art of Morris dancing. [more]

Christchurch story with Katy Gosset
One Christchurch woman has gained both a business and a sense of personal fulfilment by allowing others to share their bereavements. Sue Skeet operates an online memorial site that more and more people are visiting to remember lost friends and families. Katy Gosset meets up with Sue and finds that her work also offers lessons for the living. [more]

Science story with Ruth Beran
New Zealand is the world leader in sheep meat exports, and scientist Hugh Blair from Massey University is examining an unusual idea to help increase the country's sheep production long-term. Ruth Beran spoke with him in Palmerston North. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
With Michelle Boag and Chris Trotter. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
With Michelle Boag and Chris Trotter. [more]

Business News

Morning business for 10 December 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets update for 10 December 2009
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 10 December 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening business for 10 December 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening business for 10 December 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

Govt scales back proposed ACC levy hikes
Whopping hikes to ACC levies have been scaled back by the government but workers and road users will still be hit in the pocket. [more]

Bikers say ACC levies 'still too high'
We spoke to the president of the Auckland branch of the Biker's Rights Association, Les Mason. [more]

Dr Bollard signals earlier than expected rates rise
The Reserve Bank governor Alan Bollard caught the markets off guard today by signalling he may hike the historically low Official Cash Rate sooner than expected. [more]

5 cases of Legionnaires' Disease in Canterbury since September
One person is dead and four others fallen ill after an outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease in Canterbury. [more]

TVNZ classics could come out of the vault
A new law is expected to make some of New Zealand's best-loved classic TV shows available to the public. [more]

Sports news for 10 December 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Inquest into death of Dean Carroll continues
An expert medical witness has told an inquest in Christchurch that overcrowding at the city's hospital was a major reason why a patient was misdiagnosed and sent home, where he died shortly afterwards. [more]

Doubts cast about the usefulness of Tamiflu
A study into the drug Tamiflu has raised questions about its effectiveness and led to accusations that the drug company Roche withheld vital information from researchers. [more]

Grey Power will fight to keep SuperGold card ferry trips
Grey Power says it will fight tooth and nail to keep free ferry trips to Waiheke Island for all SuperGold Card holders. [more]

Hanover gets a grilling in Auckland
About five hundred angry investors have been grilling Hanover directors in Auckland, at a meeting to discuss a takeover deal. [more]

Pakistan's President accused of multi-billion dollar corruption
Pakistan's anti-corruption watchdog is accusing the nation's leader of collecting almost two billion dollars worth of bribes when his assassinated wife, Benazir Bhutto, was Pakistan's Prime Minister. [more]

Waatea news for 10 December 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Australia denies North Korean artists visas
The Australian government is being accused of censorship after six North Korean artists were denied visas to attend a contemporary Asia Pacific art show in Brisbane to discuss their work. [more]

ACC hikes less than initially proposed
The Government has bowed to protests from angry bikies around the country and slashed the proposed massive hike in ACC levies. [more]

Tuvalu calls for stronger climate change measures
The tiny Pacific Island of Tuvalu has provoked a split in the ranks of developing countries at the United Nations conference in Copenhagen, with its proposal for stronger measures to fight climate change. [more]

Dollar skyrockets after OCR decision
The New Zealand dollar has skyrocketed after the Reserve Bank brought forward its timetable for hikes in the Official Cash Rate. [more]

Plans to put buses through Manners Mall one step closer
Controversial plans to open up Wellington's pedestrian-only Manners Mall to buses are just one step away from being approved. [more]

Senior staff oppose DHB merger
Senior staff at Southland Hospital have written an open letter opposing the merger of the Otago and Southland District Health Boards. [more]

NZQA accused of underming Te Reo Maori
NZQA is being accused of undermining Te Reo Maori by delivering a language exam in English as well as Maori. [more]

Sports news for 10 December 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Road Saftey Progress Report
The number of young people dying on New Zealand roads is nearly double that of Australia, according to the latest statstics from the Ministry of Transport. [more]

Council dumps $28m Nelson performing arts centre
Plans for a $28 million performing arts venue for Nelson have been dropped by the Nelson City Council because of a groundswell of public opposition. [more]

Ban lifted in Australia on transplantation of human organs
An Australian health body has lifted the ban on the transplantation of animal organs into humans. [more]

Waatea news for 10 December 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Skaters psyched at plans to expand Chch park
The Christchurch City Council has voted to allow the city's largest skate park to be extended, with councillors saying fears over graffiti and vandalism can be addressed. [more]

Bank bonuses in UK face 50 per cent tax
British Chancellor Alistair Darling has unveiled a tax on bankers' bonuses as part of his government's pre-budget report. [more]

Denmark offsets carbon foot print of climate summit
With thousands of government officials, climate change scientists and campaigners in Copenhagen, some are pointing to the carbon emissions produced by the climate change talks themselves. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 10 December 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 10 December 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 10 December 2009
Analysts pick holes in government's electricity plan, Former Electricity Commissioner questions reforms, Unclear what impact leaked document will have on Copenhagen, Police constable faces further charges, Manukau lawyers say clients shun them after Bazley report. [more]

Cleared constable may have to return to court
The Auckland police constable cleared of manslaughter by a jury in a majority verdict yesterday may have to return to court on two other charges related to the case. [more]

Indonesia promises to ban people smuggling
Indonesia is promising to pass a law banning people smuggling after being caught up in the multiple wrangles over boat people from Sri Lanka trying to get to Australia. [more]

Pacific news for 10 December 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news for 10 December 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Consumer NZ says power sector overhaul should cap prices
The consumer rights group Consumer New Zealand has welcomed the Government's proposed overhaul of the electricity industry. [more]

Youth in Copenhagen
Among the thousands of politicians, scientists and journalists in Copenhagen, there are 12 young New Zealanders trying to make sense of what's happening in the climage change conference. [more]

Analysts pick holes in government's electricity plan
Reforms designed to boost competition in New Zealand's electricity industry will be tabled in Parliament today. [more]

Former Electricity Commissioner questions reforms
A former Electricity Commissioner is questioning whether the industry overhaul announced by the Government will hold down power prices and improve security of supply. [more]

Unclear what impact leaked document will have on Copenhagen
The Government says New Zealand was involved in putting together the draft document that's shaken the global climate change summit in Copenhagen. [more]

Banks raise rates ahead of OCR decision
Several banks have raised short term interest rates ahead of the Reserve Bank's Official Cash Rate decision later this morning. [more]

Police constable faces further charges
The Auckland police constable cleared of manslaughter by a jury in a majority verdict yesterday faces a return to court on two other charges related to the case. [more]

MP says issue will not die with bill's defeat
The MP whose Bill on Easter trading was narrowly defeated last night, says politicians will keep bringing this issue back to the House until it's resolved. [more]

Sports news for 10 December 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Manukau lawyers say clients shun them after Bazley report
The fallout from a critical report into the legal aid system is continuing, with the chief executive of the Legal Services Agency losing his job and lawyers in Manukau saying clients have begun to shun them. [more]

Repeat sex offender flees to the Philippines
Officials have been given just days to work on a law change to close a passport loophole allowing convicted criminals who are under supervision orders to leave the country. [more]

Countries meet over rules for cruise ship visits to Antarctica
As we reported yesterday delegates from Antarctic Treaty countries including New Zealand are meeting in Wellington this week to come up with tougher rules to control cruise ship visits to the ice. [more]

Gerry Brownlee on Energy Reforms
Gerry Brownlee has announced another shake-up of the electricity sector, promoting more competition by allowing lines companies to get into electricity retailing. [more]

Government to release Budget strategy
In just under an hour the Reserve Bank will announce its latest review of interest rates and it's expected to keep rate increases on hold. The announcement comes just as the Government puts the final touches on its economic and spending forecasts, due for release on Tuesday. [more]

Police defend new fire arms training policy
Parliament's law and order select committee has heard a testy exchange on police fire arms training, and whether reducing the numbers of fully trained officers will compromise safety. [more]

Labour fears Government bill is paving way for privatisation
The Labour Party is accusing the Government of paving the way for privatisation of Auckland's port company under the final legislation being introduced to set up the supercity. [more]

Sports news for 10 December 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Government drops public service programming from TVNZ
Television New Zealand will no longer have to provide public service programming under changes to the TVNZ charter introduced to Parliament by the Government yesterday. [more]

Nelson set to reclaim sunshine title
With just three weeks left in the year, Nelson and Tauranga are jostling to claim the title of New Zealand's sunniest centre. [more]

Waatea news for 10 December 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

British bank bonuses
The British government's found a new way prevent banks giving staff massive Christmas bonuses. [more]

Old favourites still popular with kids
It's been a slow start for many retailers, but toys are now flying off the shelves as parents head out into the shopping malls looking for presents for their children. [more]

Nights

The other evolutionist
The development of species through natural selection isn't the only evolutionary path, history can evolve as well. This is the aim of Dr John van Whye who is outing the self-effacing scientist and co-father of the theory of evolution, Alfred Russel Wallace. Dr Whye intends to change the way we look at Charles Darwin's legacy and credit some of its work to the other evolutionist. [more]

Antarctic oceania
NIWA oceanographer Craig Stevens, fresh from the the southern ice flows, joins Bryan to talk about the Antarctic semantics of sea-ice versus ice-shelves as well as important notions of climate change indicative in the southern ocean. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 7. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Changes to the electricity sector
Sue Chetwin, chief executive of Consumers' Institute. [more]

Crunch day for provinical rugby
Matthew Newman, chairman, Counties Manukau Rugby Union. [more]

A cute obsession
Jim Windolf is a Vanity Fair contributing editor and author of the essay 'Addicted to Cute' which argues that America is drowning in a tsunami of cute. [more]

UK correspondent - Michael White
British politics is still imploding. [more]

Feature guest - Liam McIllvaney
Otago University's first ever professor of Scottish Studies. Writer Liam McIlvanney emigrated from Scotland to Dunedin to take up the jobÂ-he gives us his impressions of the Edinburgh of the South, and tells us why there's a link between JK Baxter and Robbie Burns. [more]

Book review - The Lady in the Tower
Emma Hart reviews 'The Lady in the Tower' by Alison Weir. Published by Jonathan Cape. [more]

New Technology with Colin Jackson
Pompeii on Google Maps, Kiwiright and why you should never use social media for marketing. [more]

Chris Amon
Chris Amon, motor racing great and the only survivor of a trio of NZ motor racing rockstars. [more]

Film review with Graeme Tuckett
Graeme reviews 'Where The Wild Things Are' and 'Under The Mountain'. [more]

Our Changing World

Climate Change Science
Andy Reisinger talks about the latest climate change science, which shows sea levels are rising faster than predicted. [more]

Sheep Foetal Programming
Hugh Blair is trying to determine if nutrition of pregnant ewes has a significant impact on lambs later in life [more]

Diseases in Yellow-eyed Penguins and Godwits
Wildlife Health Centre vets are looking at diseases in yellow-eyed penguins and in shorebirds such as godwits. [more]

How Crab Larvae Use The Sounds of the Sea
Research from the Leigh Marine Lab shows that crab larvae like noisy neighbourhoods. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question time for 10 December 2009
Questions to ministers 1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his comment "this Government is not prepared to turn its back on our most vulnerable citizens"? 2. PESETA SAM LOTU-IIGA to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What were the main findings of the Ministerial Review into the electricity market? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his recent statements? 4. TE URUROA FLAVELL to the Minister of Education: Kei te tautoko a ia i tā Ngā Kura-ā-Iwi o Aotearoa kōrero e pā ana ki ngā mānukanuka mō ngā whakamātautau Reo Māori "E hē ana te pūnaha takirua e hoatu nei i te mana ōrite ki te ākonga whai reo Māori, ahakoa ko tōna reo taketake, ko tōna reo tuarua rānei tana reo Māori"; arā ka aha ia ki te whakatika i tēnei "hē kino"? * Translation: Does she agree with Ngā Kura ā Iwi o Aotearoa's concerns about te reo Māori exams that "A double standard prevails, one for te reo Māori pathway pupils for whom English is their first language and another for te reo rangatira pathway pupils for whom Māori is their first language" and what actions will she take to correct what they suggest is a "horrendous wrong"? 5. MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister for ACC: How much has it been necessary to increase ACC levies and how do these compare to those recommended by the ACC Board? 6. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Attorney-General: Will the threshold tests for the establishment of customary interest in the foreshore or seabed be altered from those which currently apply under the current Foreshore and Seabed Act; if so, will those new thresholds be defined in statute or left to the Courts? 7. Dr CAM CALDER to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What progress has been made on the Government's summer school holiday programmes? 8. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Prime Minister: Which specific countries was he referring to in the House yesterday when he said in response to my question, "countries that will find it easier than us" should do better than 40 percent in order to offset New Zealand's "failure to act" on climate change? 9. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: When she named Professor John Hattie yesterday as an academic who supported both national standards and the Government's implementation methods did she take into account the views he expressed to her with other academics in their letter of 25 November 2009? 10. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Education: When will parents receive plain English reports against the National Standards and why? 11. Hon LIANNE DALZIEL to the Minister of Justice: Does he have any evidence to support the hearsay reported by Dame Margaret Bazley in her final report on the Legal Aid Review that "up to 80 percent of the lawyers practising in the Manukau District Court could be gaming the system"; if not, will he apologise for any damage to their reputations this has caused? 12. MELISSA LEE to the Minister of Corrections: What advice has she received recently about the work that is under way to expand employment opportunities and training for prisoners? [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

The Dalai Lama - Radio New Zealand interview part 1
The Dalai Lama was in Auckland, New Zealand in December 2009 to talk on the topic of "A Peaceful Mind". Radio New Zealand National's Jason Moon went along for a one on one meeting with His Holiness. This is Part 1 of 4. [more]

The Dalai Lama - Radio New Zealand interview part 2
The Dalai Lama was in Auckland, New Zealand in December 2009 to talk on the topic of "A Peaceful Mind". Radio New Zealand National's Jason Moon went along for a one on one meeting with His Holiness. This is Part 2 of 4. [more]

The Dalai Lama - Radio New Zealand interview part 4
The Dalai Lama was in Auckland, New Zealand in December 2009 to talk on the topic of "A Peaceful Mind". Radio New Zealand National's Jason Moon went along for a one on one meeting with His Holiness. This is Part 4 of 4. [more]

The Dalai Lama - Radio New Zealand interview part 3
The Dalai Lama was in Auckland, New Zealand in December 2009 to talk on the topic of "A Peaceful Mind". Radio New Zealand National's Jason Moon went along for a one on one meeting with His Holiness. This is Part 3 of 4. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 10 December 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 10 December 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Upbeat

Natalia Lomeiko
Russian born NZ violinist performing with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra this weekend. [more]

Sonya Robbins and Layla Childs
New York-based movement artists 'robbinschilds' currently in residence at Christchurch's 'Physics Room'. [more]

News stories:

Review of Official Information Act
The Law Commission is reviewing the Official Information Act, the law under which information is made more freely available. The first stage is an online survey, to gauge how well it works. [more]

Labour fears Govt bill paves way for privatisation
The Labour Party claims the planned repeal of a law protecting public assets in Auckland from being sold, paves the way for privatisation. [more]

Dead man's cousin still holds police in high regard
The cousin of a man who ran into the path of a truck while being chased by an off-duty police officer says the family still holds the police in high regard. [more]

$350 million bond issue by Auckland City Council
Auckland City Council is planning another retail bond issue to raise $350 million next year. It is also considering other funding options such as wholesale bonds and borrowing directly from banks. [more]

Boycotts urged over Maori seats in Auckland
Green MP Keith Locke says a long term strategy will be needed to get dedicated Maori seats on the Auckland super-city council. He said a good start would be a boycott of "dial-a-Maori" ceremonial functions and a proposed Maori statutory board. [more]

Otago desperately short of rain
Latest rainfall figures for Otago show most of the region is still desperately short of rain. [more]

US cranberry company to help NZ industry
The cranberry industry on the West Coast of the South Island is to get advice from the biggest cranberry co-operative in the United States, Ocean Spray. [more]

Aucklabnd City upset hosts at FIFA Club World Cup
Auckland City has upset the hosts Al Ahli 2-0 in Abu Dhabi to score the first win by a New Zealand football side at the FIFA Club World Cup. The ... [more]

Revitalised Windies revel in new-found confidence
The West Indies crickters have arrived in Perth flushed with confidence following their moral victory in the second test in Adelaide, leaving the Australians with plenty of thinking to do. ... [more]

Blues pin hopes on Bellamy to end drought
New South Wales have stuck with the Melbourne Storm rugby league coach Craig Bellamy as the man they believe can plot an end to Queensland's historic run of State of ... [more]

Sangakkara blitz too much for sloppy India
Skipper Kumar Sangakkara lashed 78 off just 37 balls to inspire the Sri Lankan cricketers to a 29-run win over India in the first Twenty20 international in Nagpur. Sangakkara hit ... [more]

Woods can take heart from Beckham
A leading British golf agent says Tiger Woods can repair the damage done to his public image by allegations of multiple affairs,. if he follows the example of footballer David Beckham. ... [more]

Two new caps in Black Sticks women
There are two new caps in the New Zealand women's hockey side to play Australia in Perth in February, the North Harbour defender Natasha Fitzsimons and the Midlands's striker ... [more]

Online job ads rise
Online job service SEEK says the number of new advertisments has increased for the fifth consecutive month. Job ads climbed have grown by 16% since July. [more]

New marketing and sales system to be installed
Merchant services company SmartPay is to supply 106 Paper Plus stores and 38 Take Note stores with a new marketing and sales system. [more]

Navman aims to triple client vehicles being tracked
Technology company Navman Wireless is aiming to nearly triple the number of vehicles with its tracking equipment globally. [more]

Tobacco inquiry submissions being co-ordinated
Anti-smoking organisations meet in Auckland on Thursday to consider responses to an inquiry into the tobacco industry by the Maori Affairs Select Committee. [more]

Exclusion of Treaty references seen as "negative"
The head of Canterbury University's school of Maori and Indigenous Studies says the exclusion of references to the Treaty of Waitangi in education policy is starting to have a negative impact. [more]

$115,000 fine imposed for pipeline safety breaches
A fine of $115,000 for safety breaches has been imposed on McConnell Dowell Construction by the Christchurch District Court. The company was building a new wastewater pipeline. [more]

Auckland City into club World Cup quarter-finals
Auckland City are into the quarter-finals at the FIFA club World Cup after upsetting the hosts Al Ahli 2-0 in opening match in Abu Dhabi. It's the first win by ... [more]

AOL and Time Warner now split
AOL and Time Warner have formally split after almost 10 years as one company. Its market value is now 10% of its former peak value. [more]

US wholesale inventories up
Wholesale inventories in the United States unexpectedly rose in October for the first time in more than a year. [more]

Legal action over share float process
A delayed share float by DNZ Property Fund has hit further strife. Financial adviser MMG is not happy with how talks are progressing and is now pursuing legal action. [more]

IPO closing date extended
Natural sweetener producer BioVittoria is pushing back the closing date for its initial public offering a second time, after financial advisers asked for more time to sell the investment. The closing date is now 29 December. [more]

NZ dollar expected to keep falling
Currency experts believe the New Zealand dollar will continue to fall, as market corrections continue well into the New Year. [more]

New approach to safety sought by construction industry
Construction groups are meeting on Thursday to develop a new approach to improving their industry's safety record. [more]

Govt wants closer relationship with Pacific churches
Delegates at a Pacific Island economic development conference in Manukau City have been told the Government wants to forge closer relationships with the population's many churches. [more]

US stocks flat
Stocks are flat on Wall Street where investors are concerned about companies and nations being able to meet their debt commitments. [more]

Tuvalu's proposal leads to a suspension of negotiations in Copenhagen
On the third day of the United Nations climate change conference in Denmark, a call by Tuvalu to move its proposal to a contact group has led to a suspension... [more]

Changes to be made to TVNZ charter
Television New Zealand will no longer have to provide public service programming under changes to the TVNZ charter introduced to Parliament by the Government on Wednesday. [more]

Lawyers being shunned over legal aid abuses
A member of the Manukau criminal bar says lawyers are being shunned because of accusations of them abusing the legal aid system. [more]

Nelson set to reclaim sunshine title
After a gap of two years, Nelson is now close to regaining the title of New Zealand's sunniest centre. Official NIWA sunshine figures for 2009 will be known in early January. [more]

VW to buy 20% stake in Suzuki
Volkswagen is to buy a 20% stake in Suzuki for $US2.5 billion as part of an effort to become the world's biggest car maker. [more]

Reserve Bank holds OCR
The Reserve Bank has held the Official Cash Rate at 2.5%. [more]

Death no longer being treated as a homicide
A body found at a lookout in Dunedin's Port Chalmers on Wednesday is not now the subject of a homicide investigation. [more]

New centre for child abuse, sexual assault victims
A new centre will open next year in Manukau for child and adult victims of violence and sexual assaults. It will be the first of its kind in New Zealand. [more]

Toxic sludge spilt on road
Toxic sludge removed from the Waiwhetu stream has been spilt on a road in Lower Hutt. [more]

Manufacturing activity further expands
Manufacturing activity has expanded for the third month in a row. [more]

Solomon Islands govt says telecommunications in country should improve
The Government in Solomon Islands says the opening up of the country's telecommunications market to competition should significantly improve services On Tuesday, Solomon Telekom Limited received a new license in... [more]

Torres Strait Islanders concerned Australia gives support to Pacific nations
Many Torres Strait Islanders are believed to be concerned that Australia is giving climate change support to Pacific nations, before looking after them. The islands are located between Australia and... [more]

Eight women in Samoa charged with receiving money from prostitution
Eight women appeared in court in Samoa yesterday charged with prostitution. Prostitution is illegal in the country. The defendants did not enter a plea to charges relating to prostitution because... [more]

Powerful earthquake off New Caledonia
A powerful earthquake of 6.4 magnitude struck deep under the South Pacific but no tsunami warning was issued. The US Geological Survey says the quake was at a depth of... [more]

South Korea hopes to renew fishing accord with French Polynesia
South Korea has approached French Polynesia in a bid to renew a bilateral fishing accord. The arrangement had been set up in 1980 but was abandoned in 2000. The fresh... [more]

Aid for Samoa's tsunami recovery boosts local economy
Aid for Samoa's tsunami recovery has boosted the local economy in October. The Central Bank reports that visitor numbers recorded a record 13 per cent increase to 11,024 visitors with... [more]

American Samoa's Chamber of Commerce would like to see mixed membership
American Samoa's Chamber of Commerce president David Robinson says he'd like to see a more mixed membership to the Chamber's board of directors as they meet this week for elections... [more]

Farmers like electricity reforms
Compensation measures in the Government's electricity reforms appeal to farmers. [more]

Airport company finds fault with Auckland bill
Auckland International Airport Ltd says the Takeovers Code is being disregarded in the Government's desire to set up the Auckland super-city council. [more]

Tour turf war brewing
A turf war is brewing in Australian cycling between two of its most important events - the Tour Down Under and the Herald Sun Tour. Cycling Australia is conducting sensitive ... [more]

Third Test squad compromised by injury
Australia's plans for the final Test against the West Indies in Perth have been compromised by injury, after they were unable to consider swing bowler Ben Hilfenhaus while also remaining unsure ... [more]

Blaze beat 36ers
The Gold Coast Blaze have moved to third in the Australian National Basketball League after an 80-72 home win over Adelaide. The win leaves the Blaze with nine wins and ... [more]

Taylor jumps eight places in ICC rankings
The New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has vaulted eight places in the latest International Cricket Council rankings to achieve a career-best ninth after scoring 30 and 97 in the second test ... [more]

Owen lets goals do the talking
The Manchester United striker Michael Owen says he's happy to let his goals do the talking as he waits to find out whether his Champions League hat-trick yesterday in Germany caught ... [more]

Smail adds weight to Kiwi challenge at Coolum
The presence of New Zealand's top ranked golfer David Smail adds another dimension to the Kiwi challenge at the Australian PGA championship on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Smail didn't play the Australian ... [more]

Pakistan officials deny bowlers bustup
On the eve of the deciding New Zealand-Pakistan cricket test in Napier, Pakistan team officials are denying allegations of a dressing room bustup between two of their pace bowlers after their ... [more]

Air New Zealand Cup decision
It's D-Day day for provincial rugby with the NZRU's board meeting in Wellington to vote today on the Air New Zealand Cup's future format. Their decision's due to be made public ... [more]

Greenhalgh bears no ill will towards
James Greenhalgh says he bears no ill will towards Tennis New Zealand despite being sacked as Davis Cup tennis coach after four years in the role. Marcel Vos has been appointed ... [more]

Inter and Stuttgart through to Champions League knock-out
Inter Milan has beaten Rubin Kazan of Russia 2-nil to scrape through to the next round of Europe's Champions football league. The Italian side needed to win this morning's match to ... [more]

Breakers braced for more fireworks from Wildcats
The New Zealand Breakers host the Australian National Basketball league leaders Perth tonight in what's promising to be another physical encounter. After losing by 20 points in Perth a month ago, ... [more]

Deal reached over stadium
Warring councils have reached agreement over a new sports stadium at Whangarei - after an ultimatum. [more]

Goodman to sell division to Cargill
Goodman Fielder is to sell its edible fats and oils operations to global food and agricultural products group Cargill for $A240 million. The deal includes a 10-year supply agreement. [more]

French Polynesia's Tahoeraa meets as its leader is in jail
French Polynesia's ruling Tahoeraa Huiraatira party has held its great council meeting in the absence of its leader, Gaston Flosse, who is in jail as part of a corruption investigation. [more]

NZ programme aims at helping with remittances
The New Zealand Pacific Remittances project has produced a calendar with a different financial tip for Pacific consumers each month. The Project Manager, Kim Hailwood, says it is the first... [more]

Tonga may send more medical students to Cuba
Tonga may be offered up to ten medical school scholarships by Cuba next year, after three students were sent earlier this year. This was one of the outcomes of a... [more]

Cook Islands deep sea mining bill opens way for mineral extraction
The Cook Islands has passed a bill that will allow valuable minerals to be extracted from its seabed. A spokesperson for Deputy Prime Minister's office says polymetallic nodules on the... [more]

Opponents slate Waitaki dairy plan
Opponents of a plan for intensive dairy farming in the upper Waitaki region have told a consent hearing the irrigation would irreparably destroy the landscape. [more]

FFA makes gains in registration of fishing vessels
The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency appears to have tightened controls on illegal fishing at the annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. At the Tuna Commission... [more]

Pacific media specialist calls for solidarity in Fiji media to resist regime
There's been a call for more solidarity among Fiji's media outlets to defy censorship imposed by the interim government. Dr Mark Hayes, a specialist in Pacific media and Journalism at... [more]

ADB hopes grant will help Tonga recover from financial crisis and boost economy
The Asian Development Bank says it hopes a 10 million US dollar grant to Tonga will help the government recover from the effects of the global financial crisis and boost... [more]

Terms of trade fall further
The measure of what New Zealand can buy with what it produces fell by 1.3% in the September quarter. The terms of trade index is now at its lowest level since the December 2005 quarter. [more]

Kiribati joins Tuvalu's call for binding climate deal
Kiribati says it's backing Tuvalu's push for a legally binding agreement at the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen. Tuvalu's proposal for stronger measures to fight climate change brought... [more]

Vanuatu parliament to vote on no confidence motion
The Speaker of the Vanuatu parliament has reconfirmed that the motion of no confidence against the prime minister, Edward Natapei, is in order to be debated this afternoon. The motion... [more]

Get your carbon credits off the sheep's back - literally
Federated Farmers is keeping what it calls a watching brief on an Australian attempt to measure and claim the carbon credits for the wool carried on every sheep's back. [more]

New Zealand gold medallist to join IOC
The 1976 Olympic gold medalist Barry Maister is set to become New Zealand's eleventh International Olympic Committee Member after being nominated by IOC President Jacques Rogge. Maister represented New Zealand ... [more]

Test won't be drawn as both team's batting has been useless says groundsman
Despite the McLean Park pitch in Napier traditionally being a batsman's paradise groundsman Phil Stoyanoff's predicting there'll be a result, which will decide the deadlocked cricket series between New Zealand ... [more]

QPR manager suspended for headbutting
The manager of the second-tier English club Queens Park Rangers' Jim Magilton has been suspended following reports that he headbutted one of his players. Media reports say Magilton headbutted Hungarian ... [more]

Oxfam calls for more help to fight the spread of cholera in isolated Papua New Guinea province
An international aid organisation says more resources are needed to try and limit the spread of cholera in Papua New Guinea's East Sepik. Several hundred people in the province are... [more]

Vanuatu's Natapei survives 6th no confidence motion since last year's election
Vanuatu's prime minister, Edward Natapei, has again defeated a no confidence motion - the sixth since last year's election. Mr Natapei had the support of 36 MPs while the opposition... [more]

Beach reopens after bacteria scare
Wellington's Island Bay beach has reopened, a day after scientists detected sewage in a high bacterial count in the water. [more]

Swept down river when floodgates opened
Two women were swept down the Waikato river on Thursday afternoon after floodgates on the Aratiatia dam were opened up. [more]

Toy spending down this season
Average spending on toys is reported to be down this year, but parents are still buying plenty for Christmas. Lego in particular is outselling most items. [more]

Fiji's Shamima Ali wins Amnesty Human Rights Defender award
Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand has named Fiji activist, Shamima Ali, as its first ever Human Rights Defender. Ms Ali is executive director of the Fiji Women's Crisis Centre in... [more]

Cook Islands environmental lobbyist says deep sea mining bill fast-tracked
A Cook Islands environmental lobbyist is accusing politicians on both sides of the house of fast-tracking a bill that paves the way for mining of the seabed around the country. [more]

Police and scrutineers tussle over by-election counting in PNG's Kandep by-election
Police and counting scrutineers for the Kandep by-election in Papua New Guinea have reportedly confronted each other at the Goroka police station over the selection of boxes to be counted. [more]

Solomons expects new mobile provider within weeks
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Dr Derek Sikua, has surprised parliament by announcing that a competitor to Solomon Telekom may start operations by the end of the month. Our correspondent... [more]

Tougher GE controls wanted up north
Auckland and Northland people want tougher controls on any genetically modified plants or animals in their region, according to a new poll. [more]

New Caledonia joins Copenhagen talks
New Caledonia's government says it wants to join the Copenhagen climate talks as rising temperatures imperil neighbouring island countries. It will send its President, Philippe Gomes, and one of its... [more]

Kiribati elaborates on plans for merit based relocation in wake of climate change
Kiribati has told the United Nations climate change conference its making plans to relocate its people because rising sea levels will make it uninhabitable within this century. As Tuvalu's proposal... [more]

A chance to see those favourite Kiwi shows again
A proposed law is expected to make some of New Zealand's best-loved classic television shows available to the public. [more]

Road toll for young NZers far worse than Australia's
The number of young New Zealanders who die in road crashes is more than half as high again as the equivalent figure for Australia. That figure is in a report released by the Transport Minister on Thursday. [more]

'Overcrowding' contributed to hospital death
A specialist at Christchurch Hospital's emergency department says overcrowding contributed to the death of a man in 2007. [more]

Performing arts centre scuttled in Nelson
Plans for a $28 million performing arts venue for Nelson have been dropped by Nelson City Council. Submitters said it was the wrong concept on the wrong site. The vote was 10-3 against. [more]

Most popular skate park to be extended
The Christchurch City Council has voted to approve an extension to the city's largest and most popular skate park. [more]

Maori programmes 'should be safe' post-charter
Maori programmes on Television New Zealand should be safe despite the demise of the public service charter, according to a former senior Maori manager with the state broadcaster. [more]