Radio New Zealand - Friday, 2nd July 2010

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This page features: Afternoons, Best Of The Week, Business News, Checkpoint, Country Life, Focus on Politics, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Saturday Morning, The Week In Review, Upbeat

Afternoons

The best song ever written
Chris Brown of Lyttelton choosese 'Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground' by Beth Rowley and Duke Special. [more]

Ashburton Station
The Ashburton District council has turned down the latest proposal to save the historic Ashburton Railway Station from demolition. But it's not the end of the line yet for the 91-year-old Landmark. Today members of the Heritage Trust are launching a public campaign to raise money to buy the wooden building that has seen soldiers home from war and children from boarding school. [more]

King Kong Returns
King Kong has returned to the famous Universal Studios theme park in Los Angeles thanks to Peter Jackson. A fire at Universal Studios in 2008 destroyed the old King Kong ride, and a new 3D makeover has just opened with much Hollywood fanfare. The new ride, developed by Jackson, includes the world's largest Surround Digital projection system and two 200-foot-long movie screens. Their combined size covers an area equivalent to 16 conventional movie screens. [more]

He Rourou for 2 July 2010
Producer-presenter Ana Tapiata has put together a medley of the performances from the recent Matariki festival for senior Maori performing artists. Known as Kaumatua Kapa Haka, the performances at Te Papa last month were about flair, fun and family. [more]

Feature album
Our feature album is Franz Ferdinand, the debut record by the Scottish rock band of the same name, from 2004. [more]

Fresh fast food
With guest chef Bevan Smith. [more]

Wine
With wine writer and lover Karl du Fresne. [more]

Movies
Noelle McCarthy reviews The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. [more]

Southern Story for 1 July 2010 - The Bridge That Made a Town (Part 2)
2010 is a year worth celebrating for the Clutha district, as it marks the 75th anniversary of the building of The Clutha Bridge. [more]

World Cup Fever
Keith Lynch from The Press in Christchurch looks at tournament games from the past week. [more]

Weekend weather
With MetService weather ambassador Bob McDavitt. [more]

NZ Society - Full Name Please
"The name of a man is a numbing blow from which he never recovers". So said Marshall McLuhan. This is the fourth and final episode of Amelia Nurse's series on names, Full Name Please. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
With Simon Pound and Josie McNaught. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
With Simon Pound and Josie McNaught. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 2 July 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 2 July. This week.....looking at the relationship between foreign policy and giving aid, boxer Sugar Ray Leonard helping Kiwi"at-risk"youth, capitilising on the All Whites unbeaten success at the Football World Cup, the creator of the Rocky Horror Picture Show tells of his love of New Zealand and Cutting the Curd - cheesemaking at home. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 2 July 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 2 July 2010
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 2 July 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening business for 2 July 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening business for 2 July 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Choice for Friday 2 July 2010
Man jailed over carpark death; Kiwibank head calls on Govt to make saving compulsory; Aussie PM dumps"super profits"tax; All Whites Coach returns home; principals react to Tolley speech; and business leaders find mayoral candidates don't meet wish list. [more]

Man jailed over carpark death
The man who killed a woman in front of her eight year old son will spend at least 12 years in jail but her family say that will do nothing to ease their pain. [more]

Kiwibank head calls on Govt to make saving compulsory
Kiwibank's chief executive Sam Knowles says its time to make the Kiwisaver scheme compulsory to help lead New Zealand out of debt. [more]

Aussie PM dumps"super profits"tax
Australia's new Prime Minister has cleared a major hurdle to an early election by ending a two month fight with the mining industry over a tax on super profits. [more]

All Whites Coach returns home
The All Whites head coach says despite any calls he may or may not have received after his team's success at the Football World Cup he is planning to stick with the Wellington Phoenix for now. [more]

Principals react to Tolley speech
The Education Minister told primary principals today they should stop talking to the media about the controversial national standards in reading, writing and maths. [more]

Business leaders find mayoral candidates don't meet wish list
Some Auckland business leaders say they are unimpressed with the current candidates for the Supercity mayor and are hoping another person will throw their hat into the ring. [more]

Evening sports news for 2 July 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Alleged Russian spy said to have confessed
Prosecutors in the United States say that one of the suspects in an alleged spy ring has confessed to federal agents that he worked for Russia's intelligence service. [more]

Govt and principals to meet about national standards
The government and principals have agreed to meet to try and thrash out problems with the controversial national standards in reading, writing and maths. [more]

Magic team head to Sydney for last chance game
This weekend is the last chance for New Zealand to make the finals in the netball ANZ championship, the premier competition that so far it's always lost to Australia. [more]

Waatea news for 2 July 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Death toll from bombing in Lahore passes 40
Twin suicide bomb blasts have killed at least 41 people and injured more than 170 in the Pakistani city of Lahore. [more]

Hundertwasser foundation approves Kawakawa project
After a rocky start to their relationship the Hundertwasser Foundation in Vienna and the Far North District Council are now united on how to commemorate the artist who built the much admired toilets in Kawakawa. [more]

Ghana carries Africa's football hopes heading into semi-finals
The hopes of the whole of Africa now ride on Ghana's shoulders leading into this weekend's quarter finals of the Football World Cup. [more]

Plans for vertical seats for plane passengers
The budget European carrier, Ryanair, says it has plans to allow passengers to fly standing up. [more]

Public likely to think miners won marketing battle
Australia's new Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has ended a damaging dispute with global miners by dumping the super profits tax. [more]

Israel willing to release a thousand Palestinian prisoners
The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, says he's willing to release a thousand Palestinian prisoners to secure freedom for an Israeli soldier. [more]

Britain's Times newspaper online starts to charge readers
From today anyone wanting to read Britain's Times newspaper online will have to pay to do so. [more]

Womens group in danger of losing charity status
The country's umbrella organisation for 46 women's groups fears it is going to be struck off the charities register. [more]

Scientists study effect of oil spill on sharks
Researchers studying the migratory habits of sharks in the Gulf of Mexico are now using satellite tags on the fish to monitor whether or not they are travelling through the oil spill area, and what the eventual effects are. [more]

Saatchi plans to give gallery and artworks to British nation
The British art collector Charles Saatchi is donating a large part of his collection - worth more than $37 million US - to the nation. [more]

Julian Dean sole NZ rider in Tour de France
Cycling's 97th Tour de France starts on Sunday with New Zealand rider Julian Dean among the 180 strong field. [more]

Asia faces water crisis
Asia faces a growing water crisis, and could be forty percent short of the water it needs by 2030. [more]

Evening sports for 2 July 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Waatea news for 2 July 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Wimbledon
At Wimbledon Tomas Berdych, the man who saw off champion Roger Federer earlier this week, is now hoping to eliminate Novak Djokovic in the men's semi finals. [more]

Country Life

Intro and Regional Wrap
Things are still pretty wet around much of the country but the sun is finally showing through. [more]

Latitude 59
Frank Sokoloski is a farmer from Fort Vermillion in Alberta, Canada where the winters are long and cold and the cattle are resilient. [more]

The Bountiful Benefields
Gerald and Catherine Benefield's orchard is on land that's been in the family for one hundred years. The beurre clairgeau pear they grow can be traced back to the early 1800's and the Benefield name to the Doomesday Book of 1085. It means 'dweller by the bean field' so horticulture must be in the blood. [more]

Nitrogen management
NIWA atmospheric scientist Dr Andrew McMillan is testing the effectiveness of nitrous oxide inhibitor dicyandiamide (DCD), on Craige MacKenzie's dairy farm in Methven. If it works on farms, there will be less nitrate leaching, increased pasture utilisation, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus on politics for 2 July 2010
Households face higher prices from this week as the Emissions Trading Scheme pushes up the cost of power and petrol and ACC charges rise. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 2 July 2010
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 2 July 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 2 July 2010
MPs are given a choice perks or a base payrise. Can the outgoing Police Commissioner heal the rift with Tuhoi and prominent film makers back Sir Peter Jasckson's call for a cultural change at the Film Commission. [more]

Overseas players allowed to play in super rugby franchises
Foreign stars are going to be allowed into the country's top rugby squads - but with tough criteria intended to stop that damaging the development of New Zealand talent. [more]

Pacific News for 2 July 2010
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 2 July 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Tuhoe-Police rift unlikely to be resolved before Broad leaves
Tuhoe says it's unlikely the rift between it and the police will be resolved before the police commisioner steps down. [more]

Reaction to speaker's ruling about protests at Parliament
The ACT Party leader Rodney Hide says it's sad that Parliament's Speaker Lockwood Smith, has to spell out how MPs should behave during visits by foreign dignitaries. [more]

Greens challenge politicians to adopt perk review findings
MPs will be in line for an up to 10 percent rise in their base pay if they agree to give up international travel perks. [more]

Political editor comments on expenses report
Joining us is our political editor Brent Edwards. [more]

Tuhoe-police rift unlikely to be healed before Broad quits
Tuhoe says it's unlikely the rift between the iwi and the police will be resolved before the police commisioner steps down. [more]

Film makers say lack of money real constraint on Commission
Some film-makers say despite the Film Commission's best intentions to nurture new talent, the industry is being starved by lack of money. [more]

Prominent film producer backs Film Commission report
One of New Zealand's most prominent TV and film producers , John Barnett, is throwing his weight behind Sir Peter Jackson and the criticism he's levelled at The Film Commission. [more]

Brazil, Argentina favourites to win Football World Cup
Half of the World Cup quarterfinalists playing this weekend are South American teams. [more]

Petraeus signals changes in Afghanistan strategy
The new US Commander of NATO forces has signalled changes to the strategy in Afghanistan, including the possibility of more airstrikes. [more]

Morning Sports News for 2 July 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Justice Minister asked to re-open Crewe murders case
The Justice Minister Simon Power is considering a request to take a fresh look at one of New Zealand's most famous un-solved murder cases. [more]

All Blacks will get $100,000 bonus for World Cup win
All Blacks are to get a $100 000 bonus each if they win the 2011 Rugby World Cup. [more]

Ruapehu-Whanganui section of national cycleway opens
The next stage of the national cycleway will be opened today by the Prime Minster. [more]

Ex MP says expenses review needed to restore confidence
The review of MP's expenses says the regime 'lacks transparency and accountability' and travel perks and the mix of politicians' private and public benefits. [more]

Tuhoe says Broad must fully apologise for 2007 police raids
Tuhoe says the Police Commissioner Howard Broad must fully and unreservedly apologise for the 2007 police raids. [more]

Police sex abuse victim says she's lost faith in police again
A police sex abuse complainant says she has lost faith that police culture is changing after the launch of a criminal investigation into allegations about a former officer. [more]

Mortgage holders told to expect rising interest rates
Mortgage holders have been told for the past year interest rates will rise. [more]

Mall hit-and-run perpetrator to be sentenced today
Christopher Shadrock is due to be sentenced today for the running down and killing of Joanne Wang outside a mall in South Auckland June 2008. [more]

Bollywood movie aims to showcase Queenstown
Move over Lord of the Rings says the Indian Director of a hotly tipped Bollywood movie out today. [more]

Morning Sports News for 2 July 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Northlanders have their say on local government reform
The former National party leader Don Brash has been told he's too much of a right-wing extremist to be a good local government commissioner. [more]

Lack of beds for dementia patients set to get far worse
Rest home providers says a chronic shortage of beds for people with dementia is set to get far worse unless more money is put into the system. [more]

Waatea News for 2 July 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

New Zealand first country to eradicate Aussie mozzie
New Zealand has become the first country in the world to wipe out the Southern Saltmarsh Mosquito. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
We cross to Canberra to join our correspondent, Kerry-Anne Walsh. [more]

Nights

Vanuatu
Professor Matthew Clarke, director, International and Community Development Program, Deakin University. [more]

Conundrum
Conundrum answer. [more]

Nine To Noon

National Standards - Schools are refusing to implement them?
Minister of Education, Anne Tolley and President of the NZEI, Frances Nelson discuss this topic. [more]

Vampires - why are we fascinated with them
How has the representaion of vampires in popular culture changed over the years? [more]

Pet dogs fail basic intelligence tests
How dogs have become so reliant on humans they fail intelligence tests their wild counterparts can pass easily. [more]

Pacific correspondent
Joining the program is Mike Field. [more]

Feature Guest - Jim Richardson
Jim Richardson is a photographer for National Geographic Magazine and a contributing editor of its sister publication, Traveler Magazine. [more]

Children's Book Review with John McIntyre
Todays books are 'Grill Pan Eddy' by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Tony Ross and published by Andersen Press. We also have 'Anton Can Do Magic' by Ole Konnecke and published by Gecko Press. [more]

New Music with Sean McKenna
Featuring the songs 'Tuesday Evening' off the album Fragile Thing EP by the artist Tono and the Finance Company, 'Take A Minute' off the album Troubadour by the artist K'naan and 'Born To Run' off the album London Calling:Live in Hyde Park by the artists Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. [more]

Sports commentator Joseph Romanos
The football World Cup and how the defeats of tennis champions, Roger Federer and Venus Williams at Wimbledon mark the end of an era. [more]

Week That Was with Radar and Pinky Agnew
We finsh the week with a touch of humour. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 2 July 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 2 July 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Saturday Morning

Daniel Ellsberg: most dangerous man
Former marine and military analyst is the subject of new documentary, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, screening at the New Zealand International Film Festival. [more]

The Week In Review

The Week in Review - week ending 2 July 2010
A review of the week's news including: Tobacco to be banned in prisons from next year, report on crash of Air New Zealand plane off French coast blames"human error", Emissions Trading Scheme extends to power and fuel, overwhelming farmer support in"most significant day ever"for Fonterra, first school reports including assessments against national standards going home to parents, MPs in line for up to 10 percent pay rise, police commissioner announces retirement and opens investigation into former officer and Moriah College collects buttons to mark death of every child in Holocaust. [more]

Upbeat

Hot Club Sandwich
Andrew London, Terry Crayford and James Tait-Jamieson talk about history, present and future of the band. [more]

Martin Riseley
Violinist and NZSM Head of Strings performing concert with pianist Diedre Irons this Sunday at Ilott Theatre, Wellington. [more]

News stories:

Super Fund boost for property investment fund
Property investor and developer Willis Bond and Co has received the backing of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, which will inject $30 million into the firm's private-equity real-estate fund. [more]

More insolvencies predicted in wine industry
A wine industry analyst says more consolidation in the industry is inevitable as profits slip, pressure from banks mounts and more wineries become insolvent. [more]

Commodity prices seen as holding up well
An economist says commodity prices may slip a little in coming months but should stabilise at relatively elevated levels. [more]

Falling dollar lifts some wool sale prices
Currency fluctuations produced mixed results at this week's wool sales. [more]

Seeds through to womens final at Wimbledon
The two seeded players left in the last four of the womens draw at Wimbledon, Serena Williams and Vera Zvonereva will meet in the final. The top seed and defending champion ... [more]

Saints win NBL title
Wellington Saints have won the National Basketball League title after an 82-79 win over Waikato in the third and deciding match of the finals series in the capital. Waikato, the 2-time ... [more]

First up wins for New Zealand rowers at Henley
Five New Zealand crews have scored wins on the opening day of the Royal Henley Rowing Regatta on the Thames near London. In the head-to-head competition Mahe Drysdale and Duncan Grant ... [more]

New Zealand women win second Twenty20 cricket match
The New Zealand women's cricketers have levelled the Twenty20 series with England after winning the second game in Southampton by 4 runs. New Zealand made 147 for 8 in their 20 ... [more]

NZ womens hockey team draw with China
The New Zealand women's hockey team has drawn 4-all with world number 3 China in their second match at the 4-Nation tournament in the Netherlands. The Black Sticks scored early through ... [more]

World Cup attendances most encouraging
Overall attendance figures at the World Cup football finals could be the highest since the tournament was held in the United States 16 years ago. With eight of the 64 matches ... [more]

Danny Lee T5th on day one in Paris
The teenage New Zealand golfer Danny Lee is tied for fifth after an opening round of 67 at the French Open in Paris. Lee, who turns 20 this month, had four ... [more]

Hayne says he won't be walking out on Parramatta
The Parramatta player Jarryd Hayne says he won't be walking out on the National Rugby League club despite admitting to being hurt by negative comments about his form by coach Daniel ... [more]

Fiji budget unveiled today
Fiji's interim Prime Minister and Minister for Finance will unveil the revised 2010 budget this morning. FBC News reports the re-direction of funds to priority areas and new measures to... [more]

Compassion thought to be basis for parole for Samoa's convicted Cabinet Minister
The parole in Samoa of a former Cabinet Minister convicted of murder more than decade ago is thought to have been granted on compassionate grounds. Leafa Vitale was found guilty... [more]

FSC confident mills efficient despite job losses
Fiji's Sugar Corporation is assuring canegrowers that massive job cuts will not result in more problems with mills. Just weeks into the crushing season, the corporation has announced it will... [more]

Cook Islands group forms to encourage women to go into politics
A Cook Islands business woman who's campaigned for political reform is part of a new group encouraging women to enter politics. Teina McKenzie says they want to see more balanced... [more]

Starkist confirms layoffs for August
The StarKist Company has confirmed that the first round of lay-offs at its cannery factory in American Samoa begins in August. U.S. based company's spokesperson Mary Sestric says about 151... [more]

Area may be set aside for protest action by MPs
The Speaker has told MPs that he may ask parliamentary security to set aside an area for MPs to stage protests. [more]

Complainant 'loses faith' that police culture changing
A police sex abuse complainant says she has lost faith that the police culture is changing after the launch of a criminal investigation involving the former officer in charge of her case. [more]

Potential $9m savings in Whangarei region reform
Local government reform in the Whangarei region could save millions of dollars a year, a report commissioned by the district council says. [more]

Primary health changes proposed for Hawke's Bay
Hawke's Bay District Health Board is proposing a new model of primary health care for the region it says will be more patient focused and less bureaucratic. [more]

Messi hit with a cold
Argentina have been hit by concern over the fitness of star forward Lionel Messi as the diminutive Barcelona playmaker did not take part in training today. Argentina tackle in-form Germany ... [more]

ICC wants Review System used at 2011 World Cup
The International Cricket Council has agreed in principle to use the umpire Decision Review System at next year's World Cup. The ICC must first strike a deal with broadcasters ESPN ... [more]

Roy Hodgson to manage Liverpool
Roy Hodgson has been named Liverpool's new manager after signing a three-year contract with the English football club. The 62-year-old joins from Fulham, where he took charge in December 2007 and ... [more]

Marac to buy motor vehicle loan book
Marac Finance is buying GMAC's automotive finance firm's motor vehicle loan book for $70 million. [more]

Restaurant Brands shares hit 12-year high
Shares in Restaurant Brands have risen to their highest level in more than 12 years after the company raised its profit forecast for this financial year by up to 30%. [more]

Marshalls ship registry gets high US, European recognition
The Marshall Islands ship registry that flagged an oil rig that caused the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been named by the United States Coast Guard... [more]

Protestors over controversial PNG environmental law liable to be prosecuted
The Governor of Papua New Guinea's Madang province says organisers of a protest against the controversial environmental law amendment are liable to be prosecuted for being in contempt of court. [more]

Another arrest in PNG bank case involving controversial businessman Peter Yama
Papua New Guinea police have arrested an Australian-born former banker, Garth McIlwain, in an ongoing dispute between Bank South Pacific and controversial businessman Peter Yama. Mr McIlwain, who is the... [more]

Fiji growers told job cuts won't hit mills
Fiji's Sugar Corporation is assuring canegrowers that massive job cuts will not result in more problems with mills. Just weeks into the crushing season, the corporation has announced it will... [more]

Hopes Nauru deadlock can be solved today
There are hopes that Nauru will today resolve a political impasse that has dragged on for several months, by electing a President. On Wednesday, a initial breakthrough was made with... [more]

PINA's Fiji stance unchanged despite rift
The Pacific Islands News Association, or PINA, has no intention of changing its approach to the interim Fiji government, despite criticism from members who've broken away from the organisation. The... [more]

Early childhood policies need grassroots participation
A Fiji early childhood lecturer attending a policy seminar in Papua New Guinea's capital says for national policies to be effective they must involve community consultation. The three-day, UN sponsored... [more]

Payless payday averted in the CNMI
There won't be another payless payday after all in the CNMI as the Fitial administration was able to secure 3 million US dollars yesterday to pay the salaries of over... [more]

Jackson to stay on one more year with Lakers
Phil Jackson will return as Los Angeles Lakers coach next season, putting off retirement for at least one more year to pursue a 12th NBA basketball title. 64-year-old Jackson had ... [more]

Klose wants Ronaldo's all-time world cup goal record
On the eve of his 100th cap, Germany striker Miroslav Klose admits he is eyeing Ronaldo's all-time record for the most amount of goals at the World Cup finals. Klose ... [more]

Henin to miss US Open
Justine Henin will miss the US tennis Open after suffering elbow ligament damage in her fourth-round defeat by fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters at Wimbledon. The 28-year-old fell in the first set ... [more]

Armstrong says stage 3 will be carnage
Seven-time champion Lance Armstrong has warned of impending "carnage" during the cobblestone-riddled stage three of the Tour de France. Next Tuesday's 213km stage from Wanze in Belgium to Arenberg in northern ... [more]

'Long way to go' before Tuhoe rift with police healed
Tuhoe say it's unlikely the rift between the iwi and police will be resolved before Police Commissioner Howard Broad steps down. [more]

Thomas's ex-wife requests Crewe case reopened
The former wife of Arthur Allan Thomas has written to Justice Minister Simon Power asking him to reopen the case of the 1970 Crewe murders. [more]

Greens call for wider review of allowances
The Green Party says proposals for major changes to MPs allowances are a good first step but a full independent review is needed. [more]

Exiled Fiji group views media decree as tool to close Fiji Times
An Australian-based Fiji democracy group says Fiji's new media decree is a thinly veiled attempt to get rid of the Fiji Times. A condition in the decree limits foreign ownership... [more]

Marshalls parliament set to change with corporate plan
The speaker of the Marshall Islands parliament, Alvin Jacklick, has called for a radical course change for the country as he approved the parliament's first corporate plan. Mr Jacklick and... [more]

Lack of funds prevents PNG sea rescue efforts
Disaster services in the Papua New Guinea province of Morobe have no money to be able to search for five young men missing for the past week at sea. The... [more]

Tahiti Tourism boss quits
The head of Tahiti Tourism, Francois Voirin, has resigned. This was announced at the organisation's meeting at the presidency in Papeete. Mr Voirin cited personal reasons for the move. The... [more]

American Samoa governor advocates local powers
Controversy surrounds a decision by the American Samoa Constitutional Convention to try and put the terrritory's economy and welfare above federal law. The amendment was proposed by the Governor, Togiola... [more]

Newly-approved soil fumigant more toxic, says organic group
The organic food industry says a new treatment to be used in growing strawberries should have been rejected as too dangerous. [more]

Man killed in freak crash was prominent prison chaplain
The man killed when a car ploughed into his house on Auckland's North Shore was a founding father of prison chaplaincy in New Zealand. [more]

Pilot escapes crash with minor injury
A pilot has escaped serious injury after the light aircraft he was flying crashed while trying to land at Whangarei airport. [more]

World markets fall on manufacturing data
Disappointing manufacturing reports from China and Europe has raised concerns about the strength of the global recovery. [more]

Warm weather hits Postie Plus sales
Sales at clothing chain Postie Plus fell in May and June, which the retailer said was partly due to unusually warm May weather. [more]

User-pays training for shearers, wool handlers
The wool industry has agreed on a user-pays system to train its shearers and wool-handlers. [more]

Solicitor-General appeals against Vercoe sentence
The Solicitor-General has lodged an appeal against the sentence imposed on the 21-year-old Opotiki man who killed Bay of Plenty regional councillor and Rotoiti school principal Hawea Vercoe. [more]

Amnesty welcomes new UN women's initiative
Amnesty International says a new United Nations initiative will help address violence against women in the Pacific. The UN General Assembly will today formally adopt a resolution to establish UN... [more]

French Socialists re-commit to Noumea Accord
The French Socialists have taken note of last week's Paris talks of the signatories of the 1998 Noumea Accord on New Caledonia's autonomy. In a statement, the party says it... [more]

French Polynesia couple win reprieve in 2002 corruption case
A French Polynesian opposition assembly member, Lana Tetuanui, and her husband, Cyril Tetuanui, have won a reprieve in their corruption case in Paris. She faced the prospect of ineligibility after... [more]

PM's science adviser wants drinking age raised
The Prime Minister's chief science adviser has added his voice to calls for the drinking age to be raised. [more]

Top Cooks officials embroiled in misconduct claims
Allegations of misconduct have been made against two of the most senior officials in the Cook Islands government, the Director of Audit and the Public Service Commissioner. The allegations have... [more]

Three board appointments announced
The Finance Minister has announced appointments to the boards of the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation, the Crown Forestry Rental Trust and the National Provident Fund. [more]

PNG census delay may unsettle 2012 elections
There is concern in Papua New Guinea that delaying the census by a year will affect preparations for the 2012 general elections. The census, due to begin in two weeks,... [more]

Allegation about off-duty constable being investigated
Auckland police are looking into an allegation that an off-duty constable used his authority to get under-aged people into a bar. [more]

Revised Fiji budget curbs deficit
The Fiji interim government has presented a budget aimed at curbing imports and at cutting the costs of the public service. The interim finance minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says the... [more]

Threats prompt Solomons women to stay clear of politics
The interim president of the Twelve Pillars to Peace and Prosperity Party in Solomon Islands is calling on people to stop threatening women who plan to contest next month's elections. [more]

Torres Islanders win title rights
Torres Strait Islanders have won a nine-year court battle to secure native title rights over a vast tract of ocean to Australia's north. The Federal Court Justice Paul Finn ruled... [more]

Strong police presence in Wairoa after gang shooting
Armed Offenders Squad officers from Napier are being sent to Wairoa in northern Hawke's Bay as police seek to keep a lid on rival gang tensions after a shooting in the town. [more]

Committee chair denies Labour MPs punished
The chair of Parliament's Law and Order Select Committee is denying that Labour MPs have been punished for walking out of a meeting by having their minority reports excluded from two committee reports. [more]

ADB says Fiji challenged to keep within budget
The Asian Development Bank's Regional Director in Suva says Fiji's budget announcements indicate the interim regime continues to be challenged to keep its deficit within projected limits. The ADB's Keith... [more]

Fiji leader says media decree response positive
Fiji's interim Prime Minister says media outlets and the business community have responded positively to the media decree. There's been criticism that the decree's requirement that foreign ownership of media... [more]

Solomons gears up for 2012 Pacific Arts Festival
Preparations for the staging of the 2012 Festival of Pacific Arts in Solomon Islands are under way, with the Deputy Prime Minister, Fred Fono, officially launching the event in Honiara. [more]

Gunfight at PNG airport injures two
A tribal dispute has erupted into a gun battle at Papua New Guinea's main domestic airport, with reports of two innocent bystanders wounded. AAP reports a disgruntled village chief, with... [more]

Aviation industry seen as dragging its wings
The country's aviation industry is expected to earn $15 billion a year by 2015 but a new report says that's not good enough. [more]

Sweeping changes to MPs' allowances proposed
A review of parliamentary spending has recommended sweeping changes to MPs' allowances to remove the perception that they are making personal gains at public expense. [more]

PM predicts more cycleway jobs
The Prime Minister says more jobs will come out of the national cycleway opening in the Ruapehu-Whanganui region than the 30 created so far. [more]

Marlborough's biggest mussel farm gets approval
The Ministry of Fisheries has given the go-ahead for Marlborough's biggest mussel farm, despite opposition from conservationists. [more]

Transpower lays its cards on the cable
The national grid operator Transpower is appealing to boaties to keep well away from the Cook Strait cable. [more]

NZ Football aims for All Whites home game in October
The All Whites could be playing in front of a home crowd as early as October as New Zealand Football begins the process of bringing international opposition to New Zealand. New ... [more]

NZ archery team named to compete at Commonwealth Games
A New Zealand archery team will compete at the Commonwealth Games in India in October for the first time in 28 years. Archery's featured at the Commonwealth Games only once before ... [more]

Mitchell's replacement announced at Force
The Wallabies assistant coach Richard Graham is to succeed former All Blacks coach John Mitchell as head coach of the Western Force after the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Mitchell who has ... [more]

Ponting admits his job's at stake in Ashes series
Australia's captain Ricky Ponting admits a third Ashes defeat could cost him his job and says he faces the biggest eight months of his cricket career. Ponting's also not ruled out ... [more]

Landis claims to spur Armstrong's Tour
Lance Armstrong says recent allegations that he doped during his career from former teammate Floyd Landis will only strengthen his push to win the Tour de France for record eighth time. ... [more]

More delays with Vanuatu inquiry following damning Coroner's report on police
The Vanuatu Government is continuing to delay action on a Coroner's Report that was highly critical of the police and its paramilitary wing. The report was written by a New... [more]

Joanne Wang's killer lived in a 'culture of idleness'
A judge says the man who killed Auckland woman Joanne Wang in a hit-and-run bag-snatching two years ago lived in a depressing culture of idleness that was a breeding ground for crime. [more]

All Black coaches set to be involved in Super 15 in 2011
The All Blacks coaches could help out with Super 15 sides next season, says head coach Graham Henry. The move is being considered as the expanded Super 15 will restrict the ... [more]

Suspicious fire at Kawerau hotel
Police in the Eastern Bay of Plenty have begun a criminal investigation into a suspicious fire at a Kawerau hotel. [more]

Deal allows foreign players in NZ super rugby teams
The New Zealand Rugby Players Association says a new agreement allowing overseas players in the country's super rugby squads won't disadvantage local players. [more]

Lindauer portraits of Maori go online
The Auckland City Art Gallery has created an online collection of 68 portraits of Maori done in the late 19th and early 20th century by the Austrian-born artist Gottfried Lindauer. [more]

Market closes out week just 4 points up
The benchmark NZX50 closed the week out at 2938, rising just 4 points on Friday on turnover of $32 million. [more]

National Council of Women may lose charity status
The umbrella organisation for women's groups is the latest in a string of high-profile organisations facing the loss of charitable status. [more]

Go-ahead for Hundertwasser park in Kawakawa
The Hundertwasser Foundation in Vienna has approved plans to create a park in the Northland town of Kawakawa and name it after the late artist. [more]

Relatives baffled by death of man in city street
Relatives of a man killed in Hamilton say they are in shock and cannot understand why it has happened. [more]

Tight defence from Herbert on overseas offers
All Whites head coach Ricki Herbert wasn't giving away much about his future plans when he arrived in Auckland on Friday after a holiday in Hong Kong. [more]

Three safely rescued after jetboat flips
Police in Canterbury say three people had to be rescued after a jetboat flipped over in the Waimakariri river on Friday. [more]

Name suppression lapses in murder case
Name suppression has lapsed for two men charged with murdering a man in Wellington in May. [more]

Film Commission hampered by low funding - Ward
Film-maker Vincent Ward says the Film Commission's focus has been too broad and it is handicapped by poor funding. [more]

Kiwibank head calls for compulsory savings
The head of Kiwibank says the Government should introduce compulsory savings to address the nation's massive deficit. [more]

SAS will be on the job at Rugby World Cup
The SAS will be part of counter-terrorism operations during the Rugby World Cup next year, the head of the Defence Forces has confirmed. [more]

Tolley speech only riles principals even more
Education Minister Anne Tolley has been unable to silence increasingly vocal opposition from principals to the national standards in reading, writing and maths. Hardly had she spoken to them at a conference on Friday than another group joined a training b [more]