Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 29th July 2010

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Best Song Ever Written - Its Getting Better
Barb Cuthbert from Auckland has chosen "Its Getting Better" by Mama Cass. [more]

Your Place - Milford Sound
We are in the tiny settlement of Milford today, 120 kilometres from the nearest town and at the very end of state highway 94. That highway winds its way across the mountains, through the Homer tunnel and down Cleddau river valley. [more]

Ansel Adams negatives?
In the Spring of 2000, Rick Norsigian was milling around a garage sale in Fresno, in central California when something caught his eye. He spotted a box of photograh negatives. he negotiated a price of about 70 New Zealand dollars. A team of experts has just confirmed that the photographers were taken by world famous photographer, america's most beloved photographer, Ansel Adams and may be worth millions. [more]

Vinyl Fair
Long lost treasures of the vinyl variety will be up for grabs at the first New Plymouth Record Fair next month. [more]

Arts Story
Lynn Freeman brings together a panel of opinionated people to discuss Creative New Zealand's shake up to the way it allocates the bulk of its funding. [more]

Christchurch Story for 29 July 2010 - Train of Thought
In 2008, the self-help and motivational market was estimated at a worth of US $11 billion dollars.But beyond the books and seminars presented by motivational speakers across the globe, there are other options available for those who want to be in charge of their life's direction. Lynn Timpany a practitioner of neuro linguistic programming talks with Sonia Yee. [more]

Feature - Creating a seed bank of grasses and clovers
Alison Ballance meets New Zealand's very own 'plant hunters', who are finding new species of grass and clover, and storing them in perpetuity. [more]

Panel Pre-Show with Nick Atkinson on the Silver Scroll songs
The 2010 APRA Silver Scroll Award finalists are: 1, A New Dialogue by Julia Deans (performed by Julia Deans)2, Young Blood by Aaron Short, Alisa Xayalith and Thom Powers (performed by The Naked and Famous)3, Autumn by Matthew Hope, Jonathan Pearce, Reuben Stephens and Alexander Freer (performed by Artisan Guns) 4, Running Through the Fire (Storm) by Anika Moa (performed by Anika Moa)5, Say Goodbye by Ruban Nielson and Kody Nielson (performed by The Mint Chicks). [more]

The Panel with Tino Pereira and Julia Hartley-Moore (part 1)
Topics include respect for the police and bus lane infringements. [more]

The Panel with Tino Pereira and Julia Hartley-Moore (part 2)
Topics include the widening wage gap with Australia and a Pokie Creche. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 29 July 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 29 July 2010
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 29 July 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 29 July 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 29 July 2010
The outgoing chairman and founder of the New Zealand Shareholders' Association, Bruce Sheppard, says the organisation has been instrumental in giving small investors a voice in listed companies. [more]


Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 29 July 2010
The MP Chris Carter is dumped after a bungled letter leak. The Reserve Bank is downbeat about the economy and the Pork Industry comes under fire again. [more]

Chris Carter suspended over leaked letter
The MP, Chris Carter, has been suspended from Labour's caucus after admitting he was behind an anonymous letter aimed at de-stabilising Phil Goff's leadership. [more]

Our Political Editor discusses Chris Carter's suspension
Joining us to discuss this further is our Political Editor Brent Edwards. [more]

Businesses say cash rate hike will hurt
Businesses and property owners are nervous about the impact of today's official cash rate hike. [more]

Vet auditing pig farms defends outcomes be kept secret
The Pork Industry is under fire again and could come under scrutiny from the Ombudsman's office if results of a pig farm audit are not made available to the public. [more]

Economist on OCR announcement
Joining us to discuss this further is Westpac Bank Economist Michael Gordon. [more]

Evening Sports News for 29 July 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Mike Williams speculates on Chris Carter's future
More now on the MP Chris Carter, who has been suspended from Labour's caucus after admitting he was behind an anonymous letter aimed at de-stabilising Phil Goff's leadership. [more]

Tourism operator sentenced to maximum community work sentence
An adventure tourism operator has been given the maximum community work sentence available under the law, after being found guilty of the manslaughter of a Massey University student during a bridge-swing activity. [more]

Trade Minister refuses to sell shares
The Trade Minister has vowed to take all necessary steps to avoid a conflict of interest as a result of thousands of shares he holds in a company helping to develop dairy farms in Uruguay. [more]

Waatea News for 29 July 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Audit report suggests IRD need to focus on child support debt
An Auditor General report has found that while Inland Revenue is doing an adequate job collecting child support payments, it should be doing more to prevent debt piling up in the first place. [more]

Chris Carter fronts up to the media
Dumped MP Chris Carter has just arrived at Auckland Airport where he's been greated by a media pack. [more]

Kidnapping docu-drama airs without Durie family blessing
The whanau of baby Kahu Durie, who was kidnapped in 2002, says a television docu-drama on the high-profile case was made without its blessing. [more]

Labour Party considers Carters membership
The MP, Chris Carter, has been suspended from Labour's caucus after admitting he was behind an anonymous letter aimed at de-stabilising Phil Goff's leadership. [more]

Reserve Bank statement takes pressure off mortgage rates
The Reserve Bank has indicated the Official Cash Rate will rise more slowly and peak at a lower level than was previously expected. [more]

Gisborne Herald upset with police withholding information
The editor of the Gisborne Herald Jeremy Muir isn't happy with police changing the way it provides information to the media. [more]

Fines for biosecurity breaches
In the first case of its kind, two companies which conspired to breach biosecurity laws and import an illegal parasite have been fined tens of thousand of dollars. [more]

Evening Sports News for 29 July 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

UK plans to scrap default retirement age
To the UK now where the government is planning to scrap the default retirement age from October next year. [more]

Chris Carter comments on his suspension
The MP, Chris Carter, has been suspended from Labour's caucus after admitting he was behind an anonymous letter aimed at de-stabilising Phil Goff's leadership. [more]

Waatea News for 29 July 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Toilet Map tells you what you need to know, when you gotta go
Next time you're caught short in a strange part of town, relief could be as close to hand as your mobile phone. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 29 July 2010
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 29 July 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 29 July 2010
Economists say rise in cash rate could hurt businesses, South Auckland baby dies after alleged assault, 152 die in Pakistan's worst air disaster, Trade Minister accused of hiding shares in dairy company, Opposition says 2025 goal to catch Australia unrealistic, Unions plot tactics to undermine 90-day rule change, and a Mining company says mineral survey a 'waste of money.' [more]

Company bidding to run Mount Eden prison in trouble
One of the companies bidding to run Mount Eden prison is in trouble in Australia for its treatment of an aboriginal elder who died in custody. [more]

Pacific News for 29 July 2010
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 29 July 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Labour says OCR rise is inevitable, but damaging
The Labour Party is blaming the government for an expected increase in the official cash rate, that they say will hurt struggling New Zealand families. [more]

No need for liquor licence fast track - ALAC
The Hospitality Association is asking parliament to make special liquor licences easier to obtain, during next year's World Cup. [more]

Economists say rise in cash rate could hurt businesses
The Reserve Bank is widely tipped to lift the official cash rate today for the second consecutive month. [more]

South Auckland baby dies after alleged assault
A South Auckland baby, who was admitted to Starship Hospital on Friday with severe head injuries has died. [more]

152 die in Pakistan's worst air disaster.
Pakistan has declared a day of national mourning after a plane carrying 152 passengers crashed into the hills above Islamabad. [more]

Trade Minister accused of hiding shares in dairy company
The Prime Minister is defending hisTrade Minister, Tim Groser over allegations of hiding pecuniary interests. [more]

Opposition says 2025 goal to catch Australia unrealistic
Opposition parties are calling on the Government to abandon its goal of catching up with Australia by 2025, saying it's not going to happen. [more]

Unions plot tactics to undermine 90-day rule change
Unions rallying against new employment laws say they have declared war on the government. [more]

Mining company says mineral survey 'waste of money'
A West Coast mining company believes the multi-million dollar survey of the region's mineral wealth could be a waste of money. [more]

Sports News for 29 July 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

NZ accused of obstructing UN human right to water
The UN has passed a contentious vote to declare water and sanitation a human right. [more]

Ministry of Health accused of abandoning elderly prisoner
The lawyer for a elderly man charged with a three strikes offence is accusing the Ministry of Health of washing its hands of him. [more]

Kohanga Reo plays huge role in revitalising Te Reo
Kohanga Reo or the language nest movement, continues to play a major role in the revitalisation of the Maori language. [more]

Kohanga Reo plays huge role in revitalising Te Reo (Māori Version)
Our reporter Clint Owens gives Te Reo a go by introducing our story on how the Kohanga Reo movement is helping in the survival of the Maori language. [more]

Government told to stop talking, start acting on wage gap
The government's being accused of massaging statistics to make it look like it's closed the wage gap with Australia. [more]

Wide swathe of industry call for RBNZ to delay OCR rise
Businesses, farmers and unions are calling on the governor of the Reserve Bank to delay any increase in the Official Cash Rate, to ward off a return to recession. [more]

Fishing fraud unravelled with guilty pleas to 'fish trucking'
The Ministry of Fisheries says it has unraveled a web of deceit, after two fishing companies admitted nearly two and a half million dollars worth of fraud. [more]

Thalidomide victims win annual payment
The mother of a thalidomide victim has welcomed a compensation agreement for survivors both here and in Australia. [more]

Industry calls for new courses at secondary schools
The Industry Training Federation is calling for a raft of new job-based courses to be taught at secondary schools. [more]

Sports News for 29 July 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Research finds Kiwi artists sing with American accent
Well we are loyal, but as it turns out, not so loyal to our accents. [more]

Opening of mall key part of Tainui success
The first stage of what's destined to become the country's largest shopping complex has been officially opened. [more]

Waatea News for 29 July 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Employment contract settled for super-city council staff
Thousands of staff who will work in the Auckland super-city council are coming to terms with their new employment conditions. [more]

Australia's Gillard on offensive after possible cabinet leaks
The Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has been forced to defend her actions after an apparent leak from within her own camp. [more]

Veteran broadcaster Brian Hudson dies
One of Morning Report's early producers, veteran broadcaster Brian Hudson, has passed away at the age of 73. [more]


Plato's Musical Message
Dr Jay Kennedy teaches philosophy and science at Manchester University in the UK. He reckons he's cracked a musical code in the writings of the classical Greek philosopher, Plato. [more]

Our astronomer Alan Gilmore, talking gas giants - the big guys in the solar system - Jupiter and Saturn. [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 7 [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 8 and other audio clues [more]

Nine To Noon

Nationwide pig farm audit results not released
Hans Kriek, director SAFE (Save Animals From Exploitation); Robyn Kippenberger, chief executive of the SPCA; and John Hellstrom, chair of National Animal Welfare Advisory committee discuss progress towards a code governing pig farming. [more]

Young single foster father of troubled teens
Glen lives in New Plymouth and provides home for CYFS referrals and other teens in need. He discusses how he became involved and some of his experiences so far. [more]

UK correspondent - Michael White
The fallout over the recent Wikileaks Afghanistan leak, introducing the election of Police Commissioners, government funding of homeopathic medicine, and controversy over broadband internet speeds. [more]

Feature Guest - Jostein Gaarder
Norwegian philospher and author, Jostein Gaarder whose books for younger readers examine the history of philosophy and religion. His novel Sophie's World (1991) was an international best seller. It has been translated into fifty-three languages; there are over thirty million copies in print, with three million copies sold in Germany alone. He often writes from the perspective of children, exploring their sense of wonder about the world. [more]

Book Review - 'Blind Fury'
Graham Beattie reviews 'Blind Fury' by Lynda La Plante. Published by Simon and Schuster. [more]

New Technology with Nigel Horrocks
The Newsday paywall experiment, the problem with internet addresses running out and the Telstra survey results. [more]

Parenting with Nigel Latta
Psychologist and parenting expert Nigel looks at how to help children deal with psychological bullying from peers. [more]

Film Review with Dan Slevin
Dan Slevin reviews Inception and The Girl Who Played with Fire. [more]

Our Changing World

Marine Decomposition and Bacteria
Gemma Dickson is submerging pig heads in cages in Otago Harbour to see which bacteria colonise them over time [more]

Bacteria and Bite Marks
Darnell Kennedy is analysing bacteria on people's teeth to see if they match the bacteria taken from bite marks on the skin [more]

Science Learning Hub
The Science Learning Hub is an online resource for schools, and is linked to Our Changing World's audio archive [more]

Otago Museum Basement Tour
Natural sciences curator Cody Fraser leads a tour of the Otago Museum collections housed in the basement [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 29 July 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. CHRIS AUCHINVOLE to the Minister of Finance: What measures has the Government taken to achieve faster economic growth and to help hard-working New Zealanders get ahead? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "this Government is not prepared to turn its back on our most vulnerable citizens when they most need our help"? 3. SIMON BRIDGES to the Minister of Transport: What progress has been made on the Tauranga Eastern Link Road of National Significance? 4. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: How much does Treasury forecast inflation will rise to in the year to March 2011, and what policy changes will contribute to this rise? 5. JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister for Building and Construction: What progress has been made on cutting red tape in the building sector? 6. Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Health: Is he comfortable with the numerous announcements of health cuts in the last 20 months? 7. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Agriculture: Is he taking any action in response to reports that the Pork Industry Board sought to avoid the public embarrassment of reporting conditions in New Zealand piggeries by deliberately evading the Official Information Act; if not, why not? 8. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Labour: Does she agree with all the Prime Minister's statements on employment relations? 9. PAUL QUINN to the Minister of Corrections: What progress has been made to recruit sufficient Probation Officers to meet the growth in the number of offenders serving their sentences in the community? 10. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree with the Sydney Morning Herald headline "NZ wage gap with Australia widens"? 11. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister of Youth Affairs: What reports has she received on the success of Youth Parliament 2010? 12. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister of Trade: What steps, if any, is he taking to manage his interests in the 40,000 shares he owns through a trust in New Zealand Farming Systems Uruguay Ltd to dispel any perception of a conflict of interest as Minister of Trade? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 29 July 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 29 July 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Siobhan Harvey
Co-ordinator of National Poetry Day previews tomorrow's event. [more]

Martin Riseley
NZSM Head of Strings performing NZ Premiere of The Red Violin film score by John Corigliano tomorrow evening. [more]

Julia Milsom
NZ choreographer and 1 of 8 collaborators for 'NEST' presented by Vitamin-S. Thursday 5 August. [more]

News stories:

Veteran broadcaster Brian Hudson dies
Veteran broadcaster and Radio New Zealand International's sub-editor and newsreader Brian Hudson has passed away. Brian's broadcasting career spanned nearly half a century. Moera Tuilaepa-Taylor reports. "Brian was a founding... [more]

Union declares state of war against Govt
The Unite Union is promising direct action against National's proposed new labour laws. It says unions are now at war with the Government. [more]

Faster liquor licences wanted during World Cup
The Hospitality Association has asked Parliament to make the process for getting a special liquor licence for the 2011 Rugby World Cup even faster than currently proposed. [more]

Minister accused of conflict of interest
The Labour Party says Trade Minister Tim Groser has left himself open to accusations of a conflict of interest by not declaring his shareholding in a farming company. [more]

Higher tax bill for hotel group
Millennium & Copthorne Hotels says the Government's tax changes will lift its deferred tax liability by about $26 million in the June financial year, which will result in a loss. [more]

Scott Technology to buy key supplier
Scott Technology is to buy a key supplier for about $1.5 million to benefit its growing mining and minerals laboratory business. Scott says the acquisition will lift earnings. [more]

FSA investigating endosulfan levels in fruit and vegetables
The Food Safety Authority is investigating the possible illegal use of endosulfan, a banned insecticide, which has shown up in the latest survey of chemical residues in fruit and vegetables. [more]

Iwi united by Waikato River agreement
The Ngati Raukawa Settlement Trust says the agreement to co-manage the Waikato River has united iwi from up and down the river. [more]

Iwi riled by lack of consultation
East Coast iwi Ngati Porou is riled at a continued lack of Government consultation over a mining application for the East Cape area from Whanarua Bay to Waiomatatini. [more]

Pipfruit chemical project hailed
Apple and pear growers say a three year project to reduce chemical residues in their fruit has been an outstanding success. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Thursday's headlines: New iPhone toilet-map application announced; beaten baby dies in Starship hospital; Maniototo community rallies to keep Paerau school open - it has two pupils. [more]

Olam confident of backing for NZFS bid
Olam International, the company making a $110 million takeover bid for New Zealand Farming Systems Uruguay, is confident that major shareholders will back the deal. [more]

Aussie first five's two match ban stands
The two match ban on the Wallabies first five Quade Cooper will stand after a SANZAR judicial panel dismissed his appeal last night in Melbourne. The suspension follows a dangerous tackle ... [more]

India fight back
Sachin Tendulkar has scored his 48th Test century and shared an unbroken 141-run partnership for the fifth wicket with debutant Suresh Raina to lead India's fightback in the second cricket ... [more]

Black caps win again
The New Zealand cricketers have beaten the India side Maharashtra by 86 runs in their second match in Darwin. New Zealand scored 319 in their 50 overs with Martin Guptil making ... [more]

Cricket Australia to decide on Howard tomorrow
Cricket Australia will decide tomorrow whether or not to keep former prime minister John Howard as its nominee for the role of vice-president on the International Cricket Council. Mr Howard was ... [more]

NZ complement back to three for Irish Open
The Wellington golfer Mark Brown will be trying to follow up his tie for 4th at last week's Scandinavian Masters when he leads the New Zealand challenge at the Irish Open ... [more]

Top 3 sprinters to meet in Stockholm
Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt and top sprint rivals Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell will meet for the first time this year in a 100 metres showdown at the Stockholm ... [more]

Setback for Australia's football world cup bid
Australia's World Cup bid has suffered an untimely setback with Asian Football Confederation president Mohamed Bin Hammam effectively promising his vote to Qatar to host the 2022 tournament. Bin Hammam's ... [more]

Massa undaunted by return to Hungary
The Ferrari driver Felipe Massa insists he has no fears about his return this weekend to the scene of the crashed which nearly killed him last year. Massa's car ... [more]

Campbell signs with Newcastle
Defender Sol Campbell has signed for English Premier League football club Newcastle on a one-year deal. 35-year-old Campbell joins the newly promoted club after less than a year with Arsenal, ... [more]

Contador to leave Astana
Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has decided not to renew his contract with Astana and will leave the Kazakh-funded team at the end of the season. Reports have suggested ... [more]

Mining survey expected to be waste of money
A West Coast mining company owner fears an aerial survey of the region's mineral wealth could be a waste of money. [more]

Community board against new liquor outlet in Wainui
The Wainuiomata Community Board says it will petition the Government for a moratorium on new liquor outlets, after another was given approval to open there. The suburb of Hutt City has about 17 liquor outlets. [more]

Fishery quota fraud admitted
The Ministry of Fisheries says it has unravelled a web of deceit after two companies admitted 54 charges of quota fraud over catches worth almost $2.5 million. [more]

Stock markets slip
World stocks have slipped, threatening to halt a fifth consecutive day of gains, as weak orders for US durable goods in June cooled the economic outlook. [more]

No wage catch-up with Australia seen by ACT
Sir Roger Douglas of ACT says New Zealand will not close the income gap with Australia by 2025. [more]

Much loss of land blamed on legislation
Tuhoe Maori Trust Board former chairman Tama Nikora says the Public Works Act was not the only way Maori lost their land over the past half century. He says there has been a lot of other legislation too. [more]

Waiheke building decision welcomed
Waiheke Island Maori are thrilled at a decision by the Environment Court that prevents building of two houses by the Spencer family on a site that local iwi call sacred and ecologically significant. [more]

Shortlisted candidates to be interviewed for Fiji netball jobs
The Fiji Netball Association will interview it's shortlisted candidates for the vacant national coach and managers positions over the next few days. The Association's Interim President, Wainikiti Bogidrau, says they've... [more]

Bowel disease support group launched
A new group is being launched to press for greater attention to the needs of about 15,000 people with chronic and incurable inflammatory bowel diseases. New Zealand has one of the highest rates in the world. [more]

Death of saltwater croc in Napier
One of the major attractions at the National Aquarium in Napier, a salt water crocodile, has died. [more]

Wellington Council of Fiji Communities says Fiji ethnic policy robs indigenous of rights
Wellington's Council of Fiji Communities says the direction of the interim government's ethnic policy robs indigenous Fijians of their rights. Fiji's interim Government declared in May that all people from... [more]

Top seeds found as semis begin at Junior Tennis Championships in Fiji
The cream rose to the top on day three of the Pacific Oceania Junior Tennis Championships in Lautoka, Fiji with top seedings determined ahead of today's semi finals. New Caledonian... [more]

NZ women stay unbeaten in New Caledonia
The New Zealand women's volleyballers have completed pool play at the Oceania Championships in Noumea with a comfortable four set win over New Caledonia. After easily winning the opening two... [more]

PNG's Barramundis sweep cricket series
Papua New Guinea have completed an impressive week's cricket with a crushing 149 win in their final limited overs match against an Australian Indigenous XI in Port Moresby on Tuesday. [more]

More ministerial expenses released
Ministerial expenses and credit card accounts have been released for the second three months of the year. [more]

Police in Samoa release port mortem of dead passenger
The post mortem result for a female passenger found dead on arrival from American Samoa to Samoa last week showed she died from heart failure. The woman, a Phillipino was... [more]

Tongan commander confident soldiers going to a safe area in Afghanistan
The commander of the first of four contingents of Tongan soldiers being deployed to Afghanistan later this year, is confident they are going to a relatively safe part of the... [more]

Celebrations underway for Vanuatu Independence 30th anniversary
Celebrations to mark the 30th anniversary of Vanuatu's independence have begun in the capital Port Vila. Festivities and official ceremonies will run until this Friday, July 30th, the day on... [more]

Woman's bravery praised by police
Police in Whangarei are praising the bravery of a woman who saved another woman from a violent attacker. Her son's car was wrecked in the process. [more]

Shareholders Assn marks 10th anniversary
New Zealand Shareholders Association founder Bruce Sheppard says the organisation has been instrumental in giving small investors a voice in listed companies. [more]

Black Sticks coach calls for more consistency
The Zealand women's hockey coach says the key focus as they prepare for the World Cup in Argentina is to tighten their game and build consistency. Mark Hager says the Black ... [more]

15 named for USA basketball team
Scoring champion Kevin Durant and veterans Chauncey Billups and Rajon Rondo are among 15 NBA basketball stars named as finalists for the US world championships team. The Americans who compete ... [more]

Lamaitre wins 100 gold in Barcelona
Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre blazed to 100 metres gold at the European athletics championships in Barcelona in 10.11 seconds as the next four athletes clocked the same time in a photo ... [more]

Monaco signs 10-year F1 extension
Formula one's glamour event, the Monaco Grand Prix, has signed a 10-year contract extension only weeks after Formula One's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone suggested the sport could live without ... [more]

Head of US union pulls out of official visit to NZ
The head of the largest union group in the United States has pulled out of an official trip to New Zealand because of proposed changes to labour laws here. [more]

Tolls confirmed for new expressway
The Government has agreed to tolls to be charged to fast-track the construction of the Tauranga eastern link expressway. [more]

$30 million return for NZOG from Kupe and Tui operations
New Zealand Oil & Gas made more than $30 million from its two off-shore Taranaki fields, Kupe and Tui, in the three months to June. [more]

Banking breach expected by retailer
Red Group Retail says it's likely to breach two of its three banking commitments in late August, because of the tough trading environment. [more]

More sheep stealing in Gisborne region
Farmers in the Gisborne region are being plagued by sheep stealing. Almost 100 have been stolen in the past six to eight weeks. [more]

Gang fugitive considered dangerous by police
Police conducted armed raids on two houses in Auckland on Thursday in an unsuccessful search for a gang member who's becoming increasingly violent. [more]

Draft code for financial advisers due soon
Commissioner for Financial Advisers David Mayhew says a draft code that sets how financial advisers should behave, will be sent to Commerce Minister Simon Power by the end of the week. [more]

Penney believes NPC split will help game
The National Provincial Rugby Championship gets underway tonight with more than just the title up for grabs at the end of the season. This is the last year of 14 teams ... [more]

Farmers object to foreign companies harvesting NZ carbon credits
Federated Farmers has raised concerns about the impact that large international forestry companies harvesting carbon credits will have on New Zealand farming. [more]

Beaten baby dies
A South Auckland baby that was admitted to Starship hospital on Friday with severe head injuries, has died. [more]

Law change will allow water to be privatised - lobby group
MPs have been told by a lobby group that proposed changes to local government law allow for water to be privatised. [more]

New trade qualifications wanted at schools
The Industry Training Federation wants secondary schools to introduce a new style of trade training course for students. [more]

Fiji welfare official says no assistance for retirees who've spent superannuation
Fiji's social welfare secretary says retirees are not entitled to assistance if they use up their money from the national provident fund. Govind Sami told the Fiji Sun retirees are... [more]

Solomon Islanders get a public holiday on election day next week
The Solomon Islands Ministry of Home Affairs has declared election day, Wednesday 4 August, a national public holiday. The Chief Electoral Officer, Polycarp Haununu, says the Commission is now satisfied... [more]

Surge in Marshall Islands leprosy cases sparks call for training
A surge in leprosy cases in the Marshall Islands has sparked a call for more training of outer island medical staff in the detection and monitoring of the disease. The... [more]

More tension revealed in PNG Cabinet with reshuffle changes
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister has reinstalled Sam Abal as Trade and Immigration Minister after a cabinet reshuffle announced by acting Prime Minister Don Polye. Mr Polye made eight ministerial... [more]

Trade surplus for June
New Zealand recorded its first trade surplus in eight years in June as exports rose by 17% and imports declined by 2%. [more]

Damage to cone sites irreversible, says iwi
The iwi group Ngati Whatua O Orakei is horrified that council contractors have irreversibly damaged archeological sites on several volcanic cones in Auckland. [more]

Families Commission head announced
Sociologist Carl Davidson has been appointed chief commissioner for the Families Commission. [more]

Party president asked to sit in gallery in Cook Islands Parliament to ensure unity
The president of the ruling Democratic Party in the Cook Islands has been asked to attend Parliament's sitting tomorrow, to help avoid any party divisions. The Government's Budget is expected... [more]

Guam senator much to be sorted out ahead of military buildup
A Guam senator says he is absolutely certain the miltary build-up will not be completed by 2014. The shifting of 8,000 troops to Guam from Japan is set to occur... [more]

Tonga to launch recruitment drive for soldiers
Tonga is to recruit more soldiers over the next couple of months after agreeing to a British request to send troops to Afghanistan. 270 Tonga marines, in four rotations, are... [more]

Three-hour trip looms if Taihape talks fail - union
Families of Taihape rest home and hospital patients face three-hour round trips to visit their relatives if last-minute talks to save the town's health services fail, says the union for nurses. [more]

Water proposals 'amount to privatisation'
MPs have been told proposed changes to Local Government law allow for privatisation of water and those who deny that are either misinformed or being misleading. [more]

Murray hopes sacking coach will get him grand slam title
The world tennis number four Andy Murray hopes the sacking of his coach will help him win his first grand slam and gain the world number one spot. Murray says he ... [more]

Kidnap family unhappy at TV drama
The family at the centre of a kidnapped baby drama in 2002 says it did not agree to a television recreation of the case. [more]

Swing bridge operator avoids prison sentence
An adventure tourism operator found guilty of the manslaughter of a Massey University student who died while bridge-swinging has avoided a prison sentence. [more]

Companies fined thousands for biosecurity breaches
Two companies that conspired to breach biosecurity laws and import an illegal parasite have been fined a total of $40,000. [more]

Whangarei council to make parks smoke-free
Whangarei District Council is the latest council to ban smoking in public parks. [more]

Child, Youth and Family to face scrutiny over baby case
The Office of the Chief Social Worker is to review Child, Youth and Family's involvement in the case of an Auckland baby who died after suffering serious head injuries. [more]

Samoa to get the focus at the Shanghai Expo on Sunday
Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi will lead Samoa's delegation at his country's National Day celebrations at the Shanghai Expo on 01 August. On Samoa National Day, the flag of... [more]

Death on Polynesian Airlines flight attributed to heart attack
A post mortem has determined that a woman who died on a Polynesian Airlines flight from American Samoa to Samoa last week suffered a heart attack. Natividad Garcia, a citizen... [more]

Northern Marianas makes it legal to use nuclear power
The Northern Marianas Governor, Benigno Fitial, has signed into law a bill that will allow the territory to use nuclear power. The Nuclear and Chemical Free Amendment Zone Act allows... [more]

Opposition raises concerns over planned short parliament session in Cook Islands
The Cook Islands Prime Minister Jim Marurai and his Deputy are being criticised by the Opposition for scheduling overseas travel one day into a new sitting of Parliament. Parliament is... [more]

New health clinic in Solomons capital expected to cut pressure on main hospital
It's hoped a new paediatric pikinini clinic which has opened in the Solomon Islands capital will help reduce child mortality. The Solomon Star reports the Mayor of Honiara Andrew Mua... [more]

WHO says remoteness a problem for leprosy-endemic Marshall Islands
The World Health Organisation says the remoteness of parts of the Marshall Islands make it difficult to reduce the incidence of leprosy. The Ministry of Health has announced the discovery... [more]

Uncertainty over when PNG air accident investigation will be completed
Papua New Guinea's senior air accident investigator is unsure whether he'll be able to complete his report into last August's fatal plane crash in Kokoda. Sid O'Toole has already made... [more]

Market closes up 10 points
The New Zealand sharemarket closed up on Thursday, with the benchmark NZX50 index gaining 10 points to 3033. [more]

Rate rise will hurt, say businesses
The increase in the Official Cash Rate will hurt, say business groups. [more]

Visit cancellation a blow to trade talks - Labour
The cancellation of a visit to New Zealand by the head of a big United States union because of the Government's proposed labour law changes is a blow to trade negotiations, says the Labour Party. [more]

Police yet to formally identify Wellington body
Police have yet to formally identify a body found in a Wellington council flat on Wednesday afternoon. [more]

Inland Revenue 'falling short' on child support debt
The Inland Revenue Department is not doing enough to prevent child support debt from building up, says Auditor-General Lyn Provost. [more]

Carter removed from caucus over anonymous letter
Labour Party MP Chris Carter has been removed from Labour's caucus after admitting he was behind an anonymous letter aimed at destabilising Phil Goff's leadership. [more]

Commissioner reappointed
Prime Minister John Key has reappointed former High Court judge Sir John Jeffries as New Zealand's Commissioner of Security Warrants. [more]

Three arrested in drug bust
A four-month investigation by police and Customs has resulted in three Palmerston North men being arrested on a raft of drug dealing charges. [more]

Groser rejects call to sell shares
Trade Minister Tim Groser is refusing to sell shares he holds in a farming company that the Labour Party says leaves him open to accusations of a conflict of interest. [more]

Court quashes consents for farms
The High Court has quashed the resource consents granted by Waitaki District Council for the intensive dairy farms proposed in the upper Waitaki. [more]