Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 17th December 2009

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Top shop
A tiny, dusty Dunedin bookstore has been judged one of the 10 best in the world, which has surprised its owner, who didn't even know it was in the running. [more]

The best song ever written
For Beth Charles the best song ever is Hurt by Johnny Cash. [more]

Your place - Mangawhai Heads
Welcome to Mangawhai, and Mangawhai heads. Eighty minutes north from the city of sails along state highway one, and a pleasant 10 minute diversion off that road, down a picturesque, sealed, winding country road to the coast. [more]

Waikato worm
Hospitals in the Waikato are turning away non-urgent patients as they struggle to recover after being crippled by a computer worm. [more]

He Rourou for 17 December 2009
The traditional Maori belief system is as relevant today as it was hundreds of years ago, according to long time educator and teacher Te Hata Ohlsen. [more]

Feature album - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Our Feature Album is 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot' - the best selling album by Chicago-based rock band Wilco. [more]

Arts report with Lynn Freeman
We time travel back to the day Mt Vesuvious covered Pompeii in ash. [more]

Christchurch story with Katy Gosset
Locals may have uncovered the oldest Edmonds Cookbook in the country. [more]

Science Report for 17 December 2009
Corneal disease is a major cause of blindness, affecting millions of people worldwide. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With Brian Mackie and Mark Inglis. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With Brian Mackie and Mark Inglis. [more]

Business News

Morning business for 17 December 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets update for 17 December 2009
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 17 December 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening business for 17 December 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening business for 17 December 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


Corrupt cop jailed for two years
A former police officer is tonight behind bars after being sentenced for corrupt actions that a judge said had brought the police into disrepute. [more]

Chief District Court Judge leaps to defence of court
The Chief District Court Judge, Russell Johnson, has come to the defence of lawyers at the Manukau District Court. [more]

Auckland church billboard sparks controversy
A church billboard which has been described as shocking by some and funny by others has been vandalised just five hours after it was erected. [more]

AgResearch rejects Global Alliance IP claims
The crown institute AgResearch is rejecting claims New Zealand should be trying to make money out of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. [more]

New approach to crime unveiled, but with no extra money
The government has revealed a new approach to reducing crime, but there will be no extra money or any new programmes. [more]

Coroner says forklift driver's death was preventable
The Coroner in Wellington says the death of a 49-year-old container forklift driver at the Napier port was preventable, and he's surprised the Department of Labour didn't prosecute the port company. [more]

Sports news for 17 December 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Virus shuts down 3000 computers at Waikato DHB
A computer virus has hit the entire Waikato District Health Board's computer system forcing hospitals to ask all non-urgent patients to stay away. [more]

ODHB fraudster admits receiving kickbacks
The man who orchestrated the country's largest employee fraud has admitted accepting more than three quarters of a million dollars in kickback payments during his time as the Otago District Health Board's IT manager. [more]

Airline passengers unaware of measles exposure
Health authorities in Auckland and Christchurch are rushing to contact more than sixty passengers exposed to measels while on flights into the two cities. [more]

Chilling New Zealand link to doomed Tongan ferry
Documents obtained under the Official Information Act, have revealed that New Zealand was asked to buy the Tongan ferry, Princess Ashika, just months before it sank killing 74 people. [more]

Waatea news for 17 December 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Cossie club in religious headwear dispute
The case of an Age Concern volunteer who was kicked out of a function arranged in his honour, because he was wearing a turban has been taken to the Human Rights Commission. [more]

More women killed by partners
Anti-violence campaigners are calling for urgent action after the deaths of four women at the hands of their partners in just the last two months. [more]

20th anniversary of end of Ceaucescu regime
Celebrations have begun in the western Romanian city of Timisoara to mark the twentieth anniversary of the start of the outbreak of the revolution that overthrew the dictator Nicolae Ceaucescu. [more]

Controversial church billboard defaced
A church billboard described as shocking and distasteful by some - but considered funny by others - has been vandalised just five hours after it was put up. [more]

Former police officer appeals conviction and sentence
A former police officer who was today jailed for 2 years has lodged an appeal against his conviction and sentence. [more]

Australia and New Zealand accused of bullying in Copenhagen
Australia and New Zealand have been accused of bullying small Pacific Island states at the United Nations climate change conference. [more]

Suicide rate drops almost 30 percent since 1998
The latest report from the Ministry of Health says there were 483 deaths from suicide in 2007, or 11 deaths per 100-thousand people. [more]

Commission says US and Russia need to slash nuclear stockpiles
The United States and Russia should slash their nuclear arsenal by 90 percent over the next 15 years to help head off the risk of a nuclear catastrophe. [more]

Sports news for 17 December 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Aorangi School's demands on Education Ministry unrealistic
Lawyers for the Education Minister say Aorangi School demanded an unrealistic amount of information in its fight to stay open. [more]

Indonesian Papua separatist shot by security forces
A senior leader of the Free Papua Movement or OPM, in Indonesia, has died after being shot by security forces in Papua province. [more]

UN climate summit on a knife edge
It's been a day of frustration at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen. [more]

Waatea news for 17 December 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Pakistan declares amnesty law 'unconstitutional'
The Pakistani Supreme Court has ruled that an amnesty law which has protected senior members of government from prosecution is unconstitutional. [more]

Herschel Space Telescope pictures dazzle scientists
Scientists have expressed astonishment at the quality of the first pictures generated by the Herschel Space Telescope - saying they're among the most important from space for decades. [more]

Jewish school in London breeches race relation laws
Britain's Supreme Court has found a Jewish school guilty of race discrimination for refusing to admit pupils it did not class as ethnically Jewish. [more]

London free meal campaign highlights food waste
Five thousand people have been enjoying a free meal in London's Trafalgar Square as part of a campaign to highlight the problem of food waste. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 17 December 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 17 December 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for Thursday 17 December 2009
Chaos inside and out at UN climate talks; NZ takes lead in agricultural emissions research; information vacuum on escaped prisoner angers residents; Hanover investors uncertain over worth of Allied shares; Allied Farmers chairman, John Loughlin on Hanover deal; Green party says pork industry is getting special treatment; and new entrant failings show need for standards - Minister. [more]

Report criticises rest homes auditing
Official auditing of rest homes is poor and standards inconsistent, according to a damning report from the Audit Office. [more]

Pacific news for 17 December 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

NZ takes lead in agricultural emissions research
Twenty countries attending the Copenhagen climate summit are backing a New Zealand-led research initiative aimed at reducing the environmental impact of agriculture. [more]

Microsoft gives consumers choice of rival browser
Microsoft has ended more than ten years of antitrust disputes with the European Union by giving consumers a choice among Web browsers. [more]

Chaos inside and out at UN climate talks
Chaos erupted at the United Nations Climate talks in the Danish capital of Copenhagen overnight. [more]

NZ takes lead in agricultural emissions research
Twenty countries attending the Copenhagen summit have backed a New Zealand-led research initiative aimed at reducing the environmental impact of agriculture. [more]

Information vacuum on escaped prisoner angers residents
Local residents say it's unacceptable prison authorities failed to inform them of an escape by a convicted armed robber. [more]

Hanover investors uncertain over worth of Allied shares
The deal which will see the end of the Hanover finance company may have been sealed yesterday - but it opens up fresh uncertainties for the long-suffering investors. [more]

Allied Farmers chairman on Hanover deal
We invited Hanover's Mark Hotchin to come on the programme but he declined. We spoke to Allied Farmers chairman, John Loughlin. [more]

Green party says pork industry is getting special treatment
Moves to ban the use of dry sow crates to house pigs have got the pork industry threatening legal action against the Government. [more]

New entrant failings show need for standards - Minister
The education minister, Anne Tolley, says a report suggesting one in three new entrant teachers are failing to cover reading and writing adequately shows the urgent need for national standards. [more]

Sports news for 17 December 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Government studies recomendations for SOE partial sales
The Government is taking a close look at the ideas put up by the Capital Markets Taskforce, which recommends the partial sale of state-owned assets to give the sharemarket a boost. [more]

Humour as parliament adjourns for year
Parliament has adjourned for the year with the Government claiming credit for having managed the economy through recession. [more]

Hopes of being a dame dashed
Keith Richardson rather liked the thought of being a Knight. But any hopes of royal recognition the veteran broadcaster had, after being added to a Queen's Birthday honours list, have now been dashed. [more]

Farmers welcome NZ-led global research initiative
At the Copenhagen Summit, New Zealand has been at the forefront of the global bid to reduce damage to the atmosphere caused by farming. [more]

Health Ministry defends its oversight of rest homes
The Ministry of Health has been harshly criticised by the Audit Office for its oversight of care standards in rest homes. [more]

Rest home company says don't rely on audits to ensure quality
We spoke to Dr Dwayne Crombie, chief executive of the rest home company Bupa Care Services, formerly known as Guardian Health Care. [more]

Law to stop digital piracy put onus on copyright holders
Music companies, movie makers and other copyright holders will do most of the detection work under new proposals to deal with internet piracy. [more]

Secret Dr Seuss art unveiled
Doctor Seuss is known for his books, it's true; but did you know he illustrated them too? His art's now in Wellington on display - Demelza Leslie reports today. [more]

Sports news for 17 December 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Relief efforts continue after Fiji cyclone
Relief efforts continue in Fiji in the wake of Cyclone Mick, which swept through the main island Viti Levu on Monday. [more]

Celebrations, commiserations for Sandhills Expressway
Major roading developments announced for the Wellington region this week were trumpeted as a long-awaited breakthrough for motorists, but it seems not everyone is celebrating. [more]

Waatea news for 17 December 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Climate activists lead by example with low-carbon camp
While politicians butt heads at climate talks in Copenhagen, a group in Upper Hutt is demonstrating practical ways to prevent climate change. [more]

Public warned to steer clear of wandering leopard seal
Anyone going on or near the water around Tasman Bay is being warned to watch out for an unusual and potentially very dangerous visitor. [more]


The nature of energy - Dave McArthur
Dave McArthur is a student of human affaires specialising in the communication of the nature of energy in general and climate processes in particular. [more]

Hot rocks - geology
Dr Hamish Campbell, geologist and GNS scientist, discusses the formation of the Canterbury plains. [more]

Conundrum clue 7
Clue 7 for this week. [more]

Conundrum clue 8
Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Copenhagen climate talks
We spoke to Associate Climate Change Issues Minister, Tim Groser. [more]

Joel Waldfogel is the author of 'Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn't Buy Presents for the Holidays'. He is the Ehrenkranz Family Professor in the Department of Business and Public Policy at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. [more]

UK correspondent - Kate Adie
Latest news from the UK. [more]

Feature guests - Ryan Nelsen and Tim Brown
All Whites captain Ryan Nelsen and vice-captain Tim Brown. [more]

Book review - No Impact Man
Quentin Johnson reviews 'No Impact Man' by Colin Beavan. Published by Piatkus. [more]

New technology
With Colin Jackson. [more]

Psychologist and parenting expert Nigel Latta gives some advice on how to survive Christmas and the school holidays. [more]

Simon Wilson reviews the highs and lows on the box this year. [more]

Our Changing World

Bar-tailed Godwits
Jesse Concklin and a group of shorebird experts explain what cannons and"twinkling"have to do with catching godwits. [more]

X-ray Crystallography
Graeme Gainsford and Geoff Jameson demonstrate how x-ray crystallography is used to solve the structure of chemical compounds. [more]

Corneal Stem Cells
University of Auckland researchers are looking at the potential of adult stem cells to treat corneal disease. [more]

Sea Cucumbers
Matt Slater is investigating whether sea cucumbers could clean up the waste under mussel farms and also be exported. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 17 December 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 17 December 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]


Denis Adam
Wellington based philanthropist featured in a new book by Freya Klier 'Promised New Zealand - Fleeing Nazi Persecution'. [more]

Adam Page
Australian saxophonist performing at Downstage in Wellington this Sunday with his group The Adelaide Sax Pack. [more]

News stories:

Pork farm welfare code delayed
The release of a new welfare code for pig farming has been delayed after the Pork Industry Board threatened to take legal action. [more]

NZ launches global research alliance at Copenhagen
New Zealand has launched a Global Research Alliance on agricultural green house gases, at the Copenhagen climate conference. Foundation members include the US, Canada, India, Japan andAustralia. [more]

Grapegrowers vote to continue levy
Grapegrowers have voted overwhelmingly to keep paying a levy on the grapes they produce for wine making. A vote is required every six years on the levy, which is currently 0.75% of vineyard returns. [more]

Kapiti council mulls fight against expressway
Kapiti Coast District Council is to consider whether to fight the Sandhills expressway project from MacKays Crossing to Peka Peka. [more]

Stadium trust deed adopted
Whangarei District Council has adopted a trust deed setting out rules for the running of a new stadium for the region. [more]

Melissa Ingram breaks three National swim records
The New Zealand swimmer Melissa Ingram registered a third New Zealand record at the Queensland State Champs in Brisbane, this time in 200 metre backstroke final. Ingram posted a time of ... [more]

Auckland shock Mazembe to finish fifth in Club World Cup
Auckland City has finished fifth at the FIFA club World Cup in Abu Dhabi with an upset 3-2 win over 10 man African champions TP Mazembe. Substitute Riki van Steeden ... [more]

Wickmayer cleared to resume by ITF
The Belgian tennis player Yanina Wickmayer has been cleared by the International Tennis Federation to return to the circuit, effectively confirming the US Open semi-finalist as a wildcard entry ... [more]

Australia on top after day one of Windies series decider
Australia are in the box seat going into the second day of the third and deciding test against the West Indies in Perth. At stumps last night Australia were 339 for ... [more]

Good opening day for Proteas against England
The South African cricketers have made a solid start to their first test against England in Centurion, reaching 262 for 4 on the opening day after losing the toss. The highlight ... [more]

ICC chief expects day-night tests within two years
The International Cricket Council president David Morgan says day-night test cricket should become a reality within two years, Morgan, who will step down next July, believes the five-day format he ... [more]

Massa complains of sore neck after test
Felipe Massa complained of a sore neck after completing two days of tests in a 2007 Ferrari Formula One car at the Mugello circuit . The Brazilian has been out ... [more]

Spain ends year No.1 in football world rankings
Spain has been ranked number one in the year-end FIFA standings for the second straight year. The European champion maintain the lead they took over last month from Brazil with the ... [more]

Lotus F1 boss rises to Branson challenge
Lotus F1 principal Tony Fernandes has risen to Richard Branson's challenge for the loser of the two Formula One team owners next season to serve as a stewardess on the winner's ... [more]

Renault to stay in F1 after selling stake
Renault has pledged to stay committed to Formula One even after selling a large stake in its team to Genii Capital, a Luxemburg-based specialist in brand management and motor sports. The ... [more]

Blaze best 36ers
The Gold Coast Blaze beat the the Adelaide 36ers for a team-record fifth consecutive win in the Australian National Basketball League. The hosts have 9 wins and six losses while Adelaide ... [more]

Phoenix confirm Reddy signing
The Wellington Phoenix FC have confirmed they've signed former Brisbane Roar goalkeeper Liam Reddy till the end of the A-League season as cover for the injured Mark Paston. Reddy, 28, will ... [more]

Microsoft and EU settle case over browser choice
Microsoft has ended more than 10 years of antitrust disputes with the European Union by giving consumers a choice among Web browsers. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Thursday's headlines: Value of shares in Allied Farmers awaited after Hanover merger vote; $470,000 rescue package for Christchurch arts festival; Octagon Books in Dunedin judged one of 10 best second-hand bookshops in the world. [more]

Large parcels of Allied shares already sold
The Securities Commission says it found no evidence of market manipulation or insider trading following the sale of two large parcels of shares in Allied Farmers last week. [more]

Cullen awarded honorary doctorate
Former Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen has received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Otago University. [more]

Barca into World Club final
European football champions Barcelona beat Mexican side Atlante 3-1 in Abu Dhabi to book their place in the FIFA World Club Cup final. Guillermo Rojas shot Atlante into a fifth-minute lead ... [more]

Woods named AP athlete of the decade
The Associated Press news agency has named Tiger Woods as their athlete of the decade. Currently in the middle of a scandal after admitting to being unfaithful to his wife, the ... [more]

Vili to defend world indoor title
Valerie Vili will defend her Shot Put title at the World Indoor Championships in Qatar in March. The 2008 Olympic and 2009 and 2007 World outdoor champion won the World ... [more]

Elin Woods wants a divorce
Tiger Woods' Swedish-born wife Elin Nordegren wants a divorce because of the golfing great's extramarital flings. A report in America's People magazine, quoting an unnamed source "close to the ... [more]

Samoa bus driver admits to negligent driving causing death and injuries charges
In Samoa, the driver of a bus that crashed and killed eight passengers has admitted in court to two counts of negligent driving causing death and injuries. But two other... [more]

WHO in PNG calls on authorities to provide safe water following cholera
The World Health Organisation in Papua New Guinea is calling on authorities to do more to provide safe water to communities, or risk a cholera outbreak to become permanent. 1,350... [more]

Samoa's Associate Minister of Education denies threatening to kill charge
Samoa's Associate Minister of Education Sports and Culture has entered a not guilty plea through his defense lawyer to one count of threatening to kill. Solamalemalo Keneti Sio appeared in... [more]

Govt would retain control of state assets - Cameron
The head of a group advising the Government on ways of developing the sharemarket says the partial sale of state-owned companies would not mean the Government would lose control of the assets. [more]

Parliament now adjourned for the year
Parliament has adjourned for the year with the Government claiming credit for having managed the economy through recession. However, the last session of "Question Time" was unusually jovial. [more]

Large brawl in Hamilton
The Armed Offenders Squad was called to a brawl involving a large number of people in Hamilton early on Thursday. An air gun was discharged a number of times. [more]

ERO report shows need for national standards - Tolley
Education Minister Anne Tolley is determined to introduce national standards for primary school children next year, despite strong opposition from teacher unions. [more]

Man charged after machete incident
Police in Hamilton have charged a man after a machete attack in Victoria Street. [more]

Markets rise on speculation that Fed will hold rate
Stocks in the United States and Europe have risen on speculation the US Federal Reserve will announce it plans to hold interest rates at a record low for an extended period, to sustain the global economic recovery. [more]

4,000 people in Fiji displaced by cyclone
More evacuation centres have opened in Fiji to cope with the estimated four thousand people now displaced by Cyclone Mick. Monday's tropical storm is believed to have caused five deaths. [more]

4,000 people in Fiji displaced by cyclone
More evacuation centres have opened in Fiji to cope with the estimated four thousand people now displaced by Cyclone Mick. Monday's tropical storm is believed to have caused five deaths. [more]

Ministry's oversight of rest homes poor - Auditor-General
The Auditor-General is critical of the Ministry of Health for its oversight of care standards in rest homes. [more]

Sightings of leopard seal in Tasman Bay
The Department of Conservation says several sightings of a leopard seal around Tasman Bay are unusual for this time of year. [more]

Fiji interim regime snubs Fiji Times and Fiji TV
The Fiji interim government says it will exclude the country's two largest media organisations from any consultation on a Media Decree expected to come into force early next year. A... [more]

Chelsea restore three point lead in Premier League
Chelsea have restored their three-point lead in the English Premier football League with an unconvincing 2-1 home win against bottom club Portsmouth. Frank Lampard scored a 79th-minute penalty on his ... [more]

Newcastle forward arrested on drugs charges
The Newcastle Knights league club are stunned following the arrest of their 24 year old forward Danny Wicks who's been charged with possessing and supplying illegal drugs. Wicks was arrested as ... [more]

Draw made for Wgtn sevens series
New Zealand have been drawn with South Africa, Wales and Niue in their pool for the Wellington leg of the IRB sevens series in February. The New Zealanders lead the series ... [more]

Intel accused of squashing rivals
Intel is being sued by the US Federal Trade Commission. The world's biggest maker of computer chips is accused of using its market dominance to squash competitors. [more]

PNG's BSP is now a major bank in Pacific region
Papua New Guinea's largest financial institution Bank South Pacific is now a major bank in the region after the confirmation of settlement in its bid to buy the Colonial Group... [more]

1.35 million US dollars earmarked for CNMI needs Obama's signature
The fate of the 1-point-35 million US dollars in CNMI special projects funding requested by Delegate Gregorio Kilili Sablan now rests with President Barack Obama. This comes after a report... [more]

Major supermarkets in Fiji's Suva reopen
Major supermarkets in Suva, Fiji, reopened on Tuesday but limited transportation has affected sales. Food 4 Less Supermarket Suva branch manager, Kamal Deo, said sales were not good even though... [more]

New building for Fisher and Paykel Healthcare
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare is planning a new building on its East Tamaki site, as well as a further $NZ20 million investment in a manufacturing facility in Mexico. [more]

Fed keeps interest rates low
The US Federal Reserve is to keep interest rates on hold at between 0% - 0.25% and says they will stay low for an extended period. [more]

Fuel prices go up in Fiji
The price of motor spirit, premix outboard fuel, diesel and kerosene increases in Fiji from today. The Fiji Times online says Fiji's Prices and Incomes Board announced motor spirit, diesel... [more]

Pacific countries may benefit from new off loading catch measure
New measures to control the off loading of catch onto larger vessels in international waters could result in economic benefits for Pacific nations. After discussions in previous years, the latest... [more]

Surprise bid for AXA by NAB
National Australia Bank has made a surprise offer to buy AXA Asia Pacific's Australian and New Zealand businesses. AMP has already put in a bid for the company. [more]

Profit upgrade for plastics company
Nuplex is upgrading profit forecasts for this financial year, as the specialist plastics company restructures its business into two divisions. [more]

Big drop in profit expected by refining company
The New Zealand Refining Company is forecasting a substantial drop in its full year profit, from $124.9 million last year to $10 - $20 million this year. [more]

Office portfolio down in value - property investor
AMP New Zealand Office Trust says the value of its portfolio has fallen by 4% since June due to lower rental growth and rising available office space due to the economic downturn. [more]

Flosse fails again to win release from Tahiti jail
There has been a further unsuccessful attempt to win the release of French Polynesia's veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, who is being held in Tahiti's Nuutania jail as part of a... [more]

Company chairman steps aside
Keith Smith is standing down as chairman of New Zealand Farming Systems Uruguay. He will be replaced by independent director John Parker. [more]

Fulton Hogan in buyback of shares
Fulton Hogan investors are to buy-back Shell's stake of 31% in the company. [more]

Much of Fiji still without power after Cyclone Mick
Thousands of people in Fiji are still with out electricity - three days after cyclone Mick struck much of the country. Several cities and towns as well as villages are... [more]

Vanuaku Pati candidate wins Vanuatu by-election
A candidate of Vanuatu's ruling Vanuaku Pati, Philip Charley, has won the by-election in the constituency of Futuna, Aniwa, Erromango and Aneityum. According to unofficial results, Mr Charley won the... [more]

Allied Farmers shares tipped to sink
Market commentators predict Allied Farmers shares will suffer next week as Hanover and United Finance investors sell their new shares in the rural services company. [more]

School closure process defended
Lawyers representing the Minister of Education maintain the process followed in closing Aorangi School in Christchurch was fair. [more]

APRA says piracy proposals may not go far enough
The Australasian Performing Right Association says new proposals by the Government against internet piracy may not go far enough. [more]

Australia accused of bullying Pacific states over climate stance
Australia has been accused of bullying small Pacific Island states at the climate change conference in Copenhagen. Vulnerable Pacific countries have taken a strong stand at Copenhagen, with a push... [more]

Kwalik death a blow to efforts for peaceful dialogue over Papua, says OPM
The international spokesman for the Free Papua Movement, the OPM, says the killing of one of their senior commanders by Indonesian security forces is a blow to efforts to promote... [more]

Revised settlement signed for Waikato River
The Crown and Waikato-Tainui have signed a revised deed of settlement over the Waikato River. [more]

Tonga port boss warns of risk of another shipping tragedy
The Port Authority Manager in Nuku'alofa in Tonga says the country could face another marine disaster because a quarter of its current shipping fleet is unseaworthy. Commander Lupeti Vi has... [more]

Cyclone prompts Fiji food price hikes
A Chamber of Commerce official in Fiji says consumers will face high prices because of the damage to crops caused by Cyclone Mick. The cyclone swept through on Monday, downing... [more]

Increase in number of women killed
Campaigners against domestic violence say increasing numbers of women are being killed by their partners and urgent action is needed. [more]

Significant drop in suicide rate
The Ministry of Health says the suicide rate has fallen by more than 27% over the past nine years. [more]

Fraudster admits receiving kickbacks
A man who defrauded the Otago DHB of $17 million has admitted corruptly accepting kickbacks of more than $750,000. He will be sentenced in the High Court in Dunedin in February. [more]

OPM supporters protest after Kwalik killing
Supporters of the slain senior OPM Free Papua Movement commander Kelly Kwalik have been occupying the provincial parliament building in Timika in Indonesia's Papua region. Kelly Kwalik died in hospital... [more]

French Polynesia's Temaru hints at tax boycott
French Polynesia's opposition leader, Oscar Temaru, has called on the people to stand up by joining a weekend march in Papeete against the new French nuclear compensation law. The march... [more]

NZ asked to buy Ashika for Tonga, documents show
It's been revealed that New Zealand was asked to buy the Princess Ashika, several months before the Tongan ferry sank on August the 5th, killing 74 people. Documents obtained by... [more]

New marine farms approved
The Ministry of Fisheries has approved 10 new marine farms, increasing the area allocated to aquaculture by 3143 hectares. However, the Government says many more are needed. [more]

Coromandel wants possum trapping to replace 1080
The Thames-Coromandel District Council is lobbying the Minister of Conservation to consider wider use of hunting and trapping to control possums instead of using the poison 1080. [more]

Business confidence falls again but still positive
Business confidence has fallen for the third consecutive month but still remains positive. [more]

Measles alert for airline passengers
Auckland and Canterbury health authorities are trying to contact passengers on flights from London to Auckland and from Auckland to Christchurch on 7 December. They may have been exposed to ... [more]

Police divers looking for kayaker
The police have named a kayaker missing off Whangamata in the Coromandel Peninsula since Wednesday afternoon. He is Maurice Bede Philips, 24, of Ngaruawahia. [more]

Port of Napier at fault in forklift death - coroner
The Wellington coroner says he's surprised the Department of Labour didn't prosecute the Port of Napier following the death of a container forklift driver. [more]

France concerned over Nauru's Caucasus policy
France has added its voice to criticism of Nauru over its decision to recognise the two Georgian breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. A statement issued by Paris calls... [more]

Drysdale named Rower of the Year
New Zealand's four-time world single sculls champion Mahe Drysdale has won the World Rowing male crew of the year award. After his disappointment at last year's Beijing Olympics, Drysdale went unbeaten ... [more]

Hayne signs on with Paramatta for four more years
The Parramatta star Jarryd Hayne has finalised a new four-year deal with the National Rugby League club. The 21-year-old will sign the contract tonight with negotiations having dragged on for several ... [more]

Younus Khan's return to Pakistan side could be on track
The leading Pakistan batsman Younus Khan's return to the national cricket side could be back on track after he plays in the country's domestic competition final next week. Having ... [more]

Liverpool win eases pressure on Benitez
The mounting pressure on Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has eased somewhat with his side scoring a morale-boosting 2-1 win over Wigan in the English Premier Football League. The win's only Liverpool's ... [more]

Night tests in two years time says ICC
Australia's made for day-night Test cricket, according to International Cricket Council president David Morgan who expects it'll become a reality within the next two years. Trials with a pink ball for ... [more]

Donovan set for spell at Everton
The English football club Everton have agreed a deal in principle to sign LA Galaxy striker Landon Donovan on a two-and-a-half-month loan from January. The 27-year-old is set to join the ... [more]

Queens Park Rangers part company with manager
Queens Park Rangers have parted company with manager Jim Magilton on after suspending him last week following reports of a bust-up with Hungarian midfielder Akos Buzsaky. The second division club, who ... [more]

Breakers face must-win match
The New Zealand Breakers host Townsville tonight in a match which could a significant effect on the makeup of the top four in the Australian National Basketball league. After consecutive home ... [more]

Fiji Times rejects military regime's editorial claims
The Fiji Times rejects claims by the military regime that it is partisan and says it has always been pro-Fiji in its editorial approach. In a statement the paper says... [more]

Air New Zealand to begin Sydney-Rarotonga flight in 2010
Air New Zealand is to begin direct flights between Sydney, Australia and Rarotonga in the Cook Islands next year. The Cook Islands Tourism Minister Robert Wigmore says Cabinet has approved... [more]

EU offers grants to develop Vanuatu agriculture
The European Union has unveiled plans to help develop agriculture in Vanuatu, with grants of more than eight million US dollars. The charge d'affaires of the EU in Port Vila,... [more]

Kiribati says Copenhagen climate deal would be miracle
Kiribati says it would now take a miracle for the Copenhagen conference to produce a legally binding agreement on climate change. Kiribati is one of the small island states that's... [more]

Australia's Greens say Rudd leaning on Pacific over climate issue
Australia's Green Party is accusing its government of trying to quieten down small Pacific nations which have been pushing for a strong legally binding agreement at the climate change conference... [more]

Makeover for national rugby championship
Details have been released of the new shape of provincial rugby from 2011. [more]

Wellington bomb scare arrest made in Sydney
The police in Australia have arrested a man they say was behind a bomb scare that caused mass disruption in central Wellington last week. [more]

Top judge defends Manukau District Court
Chief District Court Judge Russell Johnson has come to the defence of the Manukau District Court. [more]

Clause favouring Opua boatyard wrong - Speaker
Parliament's Speaker says any clauses that confer a private benefit should not be included in a Government bill. [more]

Dunedin bookshop in world's top 10
An old fashioned store in Dunedin has been named one of the 10 best bookshops in the world. [more]

Decision on Aorangi School next week
The future of an embattled Christchurch primary school will become clearer on Monday. [more]

Topdressing pilot in Gisborne Hospital
The pilot of topdressing aircraft is in Gisborne Hospital following a crash on a farm airstrip near Te Araroa on the East Cape. [more]

Govt strategy will tackle causes of crime
The Cabinet has agreed to a new strategy to tackle crime by ensuring Government departments work together to address the factors that contribute to it. [more]

Jailed Christchurch policeman to appeal
Former police officer Nathan Connolly has lodged an appeal against his conviction and sentence. He was jailed for two years on Thursday. [more]

Controversial church billboard vandalised
A church billboard showing Joseph and Mary in bed has been vandalised just five hours after it was erected. Critics described it as shocking and distasteful, while others found it funny. [more]

Farming research group wins backing at Copenhagen
Twenty countries have now signed up to a New Zealand-led research network aimed at reducing the environmental impact of agriculture. The Government is providing $45 million. [more]