Radio New Zealand - Friday, 20th August 2010

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Don't Stop Believing
Sef Hala from Auckland chooses 'Don't Stop Believing' by Journey. [more]

Predicament
The red carpet is out and the stars of Predicament, a crime comedy shot in South Taranaki, will be in Hawera for the New Zealand premiere. Predicament is based on a book written by acclaimed author and, Hawera local, Ronald Hugh Morrieson. [more]

MV Stella
For more than 15 years, the MV Stella sailed New Zealand's rugged coastline bringing supplies, and mail and a much welcome distraction to families manning the lighthouses dotted around the country. The steamer was built by the government in 1973 specifically to service lighthouses. [more]

Feature Album - Dookie
Dookie, the third studio album by American punk rock band Green Day. [more]

He Rourou for 20 August 2010
Ana Tapiata talks to Ranea Takiare, a tutor of the kapa haka of the total immersion school in Mangere, Auckland. [more]

Fresh Fast Food
Julie Biuso with the recipe for Queen of Puddings [more]

Weekend Wine
Yvonne Lorkin with her wine selections. [more]

Movie Review
Noelle McCarthy reviews Salt. [more]

NZ Society - The Republic of Whangamomona (part one)
Justin Gregory takes the less travelled road to stay at an historic hotel, rediscover a lost civilisation, talk about the past, present and future of Whangamomona, and also join the locals in a drink or two as they celebrate all things Taranaki. In the opening episode twisting mountain roads and an overanxious city driver make for a memorable journey down an historic highway: [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 20 August 2010
Your feedback and a preview of the guests and topics on the Panel. [more]

The Panel with Michelle Boag and Brian Edwards (part 1)
The state of ACT, Winston Peters may stand in John Key's electorate, Australians head to the polls soon, and Clergy unhealthy. [more]

The Panel with Michelle Boag and Brian Edwards (part 2)
The BBC vs The Stig, the usefulness of cycle helmets, and the moon shrinks. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 20 August 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 19 August. This week.....James Lipton of the Actor's Studio in New York talks method acting and finding your truth, irrigating farmland and damming rivers in the South Island, the Kite Brothers passion for classic British ford cars, all you need to know about toast and the secret of the Kiwi online auction phenomenon Trade Me. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 20 August 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 20 August 2010
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 20 August 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 20 August 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 20 August 2010
Telecom says it has turned a corner, halting the slide in earnings it has experienced over the past two years. The phone company has been under pressure because of intense competition, and lower demand for phone and Internet services. It's also planning to split in two to participate in the government's ultra fast broadband plan. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Friday 20 August 2010
Missing 4-year-old's bike was found near the river, Investigators interview Oyang 70 survivors, Australian Election campaign into final few hours, Auckland man arrested for organising child sex tours, Allied Nationwide Finance placed into receivership, Last minute rush for local body election nominations. [more]

Missing 4-year-old's bike was found near the river
Police searching for four-year-old Lucas Ward in Gisborne have revealed his grandmother found his bike at the top of a pathway leading down to a river jetty. [more]

Investigators interview Oyang 70 survivors
The police and accident investigators have begun interviewing the 45 survivors of the sinking of the Oyang 70 who have arrived in Lyttelton. They were plucked from the Pacific Ocean after managing to scramble into life rafts as the deep sea fishing trawler went down. [more]

Allied Nationwide Finance placed into receivership
Allied Nationwide Finance has been placed into receivership. The finance company, which is a subsidiary of Allied Farmers missed a payment to investors, and has asked its trustee Guardian Trust for more time to remedy alleged breaches of its trust deed. [more]

Aussie election campaign enters its final hours
The election campaign in Australia is in its final hours as Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott frantically try to grab last minute votes. [more]

Sports News for 20 August 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Scott Guy's widow wants his killer to come forward
The widow of Feilding farmer Scott Guy, who was killed early last month has called on who ever killed him or knows who did to come forward. [more]

A hundred jobs to go from the Ministry of Education
A hundred jobs are to go from the Ministry of Education by the end of June next year. The public sector union, the PSA says staff at the Ministry were told of the job losses today. [more]

The Chaser's Craig Reucassel on Australia's election campaign
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is busy pushing the message that the opposition's Tony Abbott poses a risk to the country, while he's retaliated saying Labor's hit the panic button. [more]

Waatea News for 20 August 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Last minute rush for local body election nominations
Nominations closed at midday for the local body elections with a last minute rush at many electoral offices around the country. [more]

Hospitals make changes to save money and time
Simple changes being rolled out in public hospitals are saving thousands of dollars and valuable nursing time. [more]

Mass whale stranding on remote Far North Beach
Conservation workers and volunteers are racing against the clock to refloat pilot whales following a mass stranding north of Doubtless Bay. [more]

Election campaign into final few hours
Australia's election campaign has just a few more hours to run before voters go to the polls to decide which party will govern the country. The latest opinion polls show the contest is evenly split between the Labour Party and the Coalition, with the prospect there could be a hung parliament after the election. [more]

Auckland man is arrested for organising child sex tours
An Auckland property manager has been arrested for organising a child sex tour - the first time anyone in this country has been charged with such an offence. The police say following an eight month undercover operation they arrested the 46 year old man this morning for organising a two week sex tour to Thailand. [more]

Springboks won't get near All Blacks says Mains
The All Blacks are on the verge of winning the Tri Nations title with only the Springboks standing between them and victory. Such a prospect would normally send a chill down the spine of even the most ardent All Blacks supporter but not his time according to former coach Laurie Mains. [more]

Pacific providers eye PEDA money
Pacific Island agencies with fifty years combined experience in community education are going to apply for a share of the nearly five million dollars released for tender by the Government. The Money was allocated in the budget to the Pacific Economic Development Agency, or PEDA but it failed to meet the requirements for securing the money. [more]

Sports News for 20 August 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Waatea News for 20 August 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Aid agencies say response from New Zealanders poor
Aid agencies are pleading with New Zealanders to be more generous in their donations for the victims of Pakistan's floods. More than four million have been left homeless, and an estimated eight million are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance - but money to help is only trickling through. [more]

Country Life

Intro and Regional Wrap
Animals, farmers and pasture in the North Island would like to see the sun, many South Island farmers were lucky enough to spot it this week. [more]

Sheep Heaven - 10. Farming Triplets
Sheep farmers need to find a way of increasing their lambing percentages to stay in business, however introducing high fertility breeds comes with management issues. About a third of Edward Dinger's flock of 300 has been having triplets every year. It's a "make work for yourself" option he says. [more]

Gibbston Valley Wines
Christopher Keys is the chief winemaker at Gibbston Valley Wines in Central Otago and he believes 2010 is going to be a great vintage. [more]

Waipapa 9 Trust - Ahuwhenua Cup Winner
The trust farms 6500 hectares just north of Lake Taupo. This year its three dairy units took out the prestigious Ahuwhenua Cup which recognises excellence in Maori farming. Dawson Haa, Tony Rotarangi and Craig Jackson. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 20 August 2010
Former All Blacks coach Laurie Mains tells us why the All Blacks will romp home against South Africa. The Black Ferns chase a fourth straight women's rugby world cup title, kayaker Ben Fouhy talks about overcoming nerves ahead of his return to international competition, and New Zealand's Mr Hockey Ramesh Patel calls it quits. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus on Politics for 20 August 2010
Rarely in this country has the dirty laundry of a governing political party been so thoroughly aired as has happened to the ACT Party. Heather Roy was unceremoniously rolled as deputy at a caucus meeting which sparked extraordinary revelations about the dysfunctional relationship of the leadership, and the wider caucus. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 20 August 2010
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 20 August 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 20 August 2010
A sombre welcome at Lyttellton for the survivors from the sinking of the Oyang 70. Lucas Ward's desperate parents appeal for help in finding their missing 4 year old and ACT struggles to hold it together as the fall out from Heather Roy's dumping continues. [more]

Pacific News for 20 August 2010
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 20 August 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Search for four-year-old Gisborne boy to resume
The search for a four-year-old Gisborne boy enters its fourth day today. [more]

Prospects of historic result for Greens in Australian poll
In what would be an historic first, Australia's Green Party may hold the balance of power in the upper house of Parliament after tomorrow's federal election across the Tasman. [more]

Survivors of Korean trawler capsize arrive at Lyttelton
The survivors from the Korean trawler disaster have arrived in New Zealand, docking at the port of Lyttleton in the early hours of this morning. [more]

Police increasingly worried for welfare of missing 4 year old
The police in Gisborne are increasingly concerned for the well being of a four-year-old boy who has been missing since Tuesday afternoon. [more]

Act Party truce appears to be ending after just one day
The apparent truce between the Act Party leader, Rodney Hide, and his ousted deputy, Heather Roy, seems to have lasted less than a day. [more]

Down to last day in cliffhanger Australian election
The leaders of Australia's two major parties begin their last day of campaigning this morning as they woo undecided voters in what the Prime Minister is calling a cliffhanger election. [more]

Bollard warning welcomed like lead balloon
A strong warning about inflation from the Reserve Bank Governor hasn't gone down well with the energy and local government sectors. [more]

Morning Sports News for 20 August 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Safety, environment not considered in Petrobras permit
Official documents show the Government didn't need to consider safety or the environment when it awarded a large oil and gas exploration permit off East Cape. [more]

Government to open up funding for Pacific skills training
In a complete about face, the government is asking a range of organisations to bid for the 4 point 8 million dollars that was earmarked in this year's budget for a little known Pacific agency. [more]

Salmon boom lifts Nelson economy but other firms struggle
These are boom times for aquaculture company New Zealand King Salmon, which is turning away orders worth 375 thousand dollars a week. [more]

Survivors of Korean trawler capsize arriving at Lyttleton
Three survivors from the Korean trawler sinking have been taken to hospital for further treatment, after arriving in Lyttleton early this morning. [more]

Investors want end to Hubbards' statutory management
A large group of investors in Aorangi Securities Limited plans to ask the government to end the statutory management over the company owned by Allan Hubbard. [more]

Labour vows to repeal proposed changes to industrial law
The Labour Party says it will repeal most of the Government's proposed changes to labour laws because they are an attack on workers rights. [more]

Act's leader goes on offensive over Heather Roy
The Act Party leader, Rodney Hide, has gone on the offensive over the dumping of his former deputy Heather Roy, saying she was poorly advised, and ended up getting off track as a minister. [more]

Less than 24 hours until Australians head to the polls
In less than 24 hours, Australians will head to the polls to choose their next government. [more]

All Blacks take on Springboks - and their 90,000 fans
The biggest crowd at a South African rugby match since 1955 will turn out on Sunday morning New Zealand time to see the Springboks try to stop the All Blacks' seemingly relentless march to the Tri Nations title. [more]

Morning Sports News for 20 August 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Waitakere and Northland to get early childhood funding boost
The Government is being accused of robbing Peter to pay Paul, after announcing a $91,800,000 funding boost to increase participation in early childhood education in Waitakere and Northland. [more]

Waatea News for 20 August 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Controversial Roma expulsion gets underway in France
France has begun a controversial expulsion programme of ethnic Roma or gypsies. [more]

Rampaging bull injures 40 near Pamplona
At least 40 people have been injured after a bull went on a stampede at a bullfight in northern Spain. [more]

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

Nights

Get Happy!
Bluesman and leader of Auckland-based Jubilation Choir. [more]

Conundrum
The answer to this week's conundrum. [more]

Nine To Noon

Living insurance policies
John Fenton had a leg amputated and couldn't claim on his insurance. [more]

Giant ice island - Greenland
Luc Desjardin is the senior ice and iceberg forecaster at the Sea Ice Forecasting, Climatology, and Research at the Canadian Ice Service in Ottawa, Ontario. He forecast the giant ice island breaking off the Petermann Glacier in Greenland earlier this month. It's four times the size of Manhattan. [more]

Tweeting star of the Australian election campaign
Lesley Dewar is a Perth grandmother and prolific Tweeter. The BuzzElection media monitoring site has found that Lesley Dewar is ranked among the top 100 most influential Tweeters in the Australian election campaign. [more]

Asia correspondent Phil O'Sullivan
Phil talks about the Pakistan floods and the Myanmar elections. [more]

Feature guest Garry Weare - Himalayan trekker
Garry Weare has had a life long love affair with Kashmir and the Indian Himalaya. He wrote the first ever lonely planet guide to trekking in the Indian Himalaya, but somehow he hankered for something a bit longer and more remote. He's just published a new book on his recent 5 and a half month 2-and-a-half-thousand-kilometer trek through remote and rugged terrain, from the source of the Ganges river to his houseboat in Kashmir. [more]

Children's Book Review with John McIntyre
The books reviewed are 'Mirror' by Jeannie Baker, published by Walker Books and 'Me and You' by Anthony Browne published by Walker Books. [more]

New Music with Sean McKenna
Featuring the song 'Love At First Sight' off the album No Better Than This by the artist John Mellencamp, 'Yem Efe'off the album The World Ends: Afro Rock and amp; Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria by the artists Tony Grey Super 7 and 'Unbroken, Unshaven'off the album Budos III by the artists The Budos Band. [more]

Sports commentator Richard Boock
The All Black's game against South Africa this weekend. [more]

Week That Was
With Dai Henwood and Irene Pink. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 20 August 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 20 August 2010
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Saturday Morning

Steven Talley on China's Terracotta Warriors
Documentary producer and director who has produced or supervised eleven programmes in China for Dunedin-based NHNZ, most recently, Secrets of the Ghost Army. [more]

The Week In Review

The Week in Review - week ending 20 August 2010
A review of the week's news including fishing trawler sinks in Southern Ocean, crew rescue efforts praised, Pacific Blue pulls out of NZ's domestic market, ACT deputy leader dumped, search continues for Gisborne 4 year old, Auckland leads low voter sign-up for local body elections, drop in profits for two of NZ's largest companies, Reserve Bank warns of interest rate increase, vandals attack windfarm, Nelson businesses boom and struggle and study reveals startling insight into NZ video gaming culture. [more]

Upbeat

Mark Dorrell
Music director of Toi Whakaari's graduation production of show Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss. [more]

Rossen Milanov
Bulgarian conductor leading this year's NZSO National Youth Orchestra. [more]

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Review
Peter Hoar reviews the 'Echoes of War' concert featuring soprano Madeleine Pierard and cellist Andreas Brantelid. [more]

News stories:

Thoughts of music career for schoolboy
A guest appearance with a New Zealand Symphony Orchestra ensemble has a Pukemiro Primary School boy considering a career in music. [more]

Tribute paid to "straight talker"
Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Parekura Horomia has paid tribute to his uncle Koro Dewes - who he says could be relied on for straight talking. [more]

Air NZ passenger numbers up
Air New Zealand has reported a pickup in passenger numbers in July when it carried 1.15 million passengers. Long haul patronage increased by more than 5%. [more]

Intel pays cash for security technology company
The world's biggest chip maker, Intel, is to buy the security technology company, McAfee for $US7.68 billion in cash. [more]

Profit forecast issued by GF
Goodman Fielder is forecasting its profit will rise as much as 9% in the current financial year. The company also says consolidation in the global food industry is likely. [more]

Offer for AFFCO extended
Talley's Group has extended its takeover offer for AFFCO. It already owns 76% of the meat processing company. [more]

NZ-Sri Lanka match a complete washout
The New Zealand cricketers' second game against Sri Lanka at the one day tri-series was abandonned last night without a ball being bowled. The match has been rescheduled for tonight. [more]

Compulsory swimming lessons at school urged
Water Safety New Zealand wants to make swimming lessons compulsory in schools as a way to cut the number of drownings. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Friday's headlines: Wellington surgeon ordered to pay more than $100,000 in fines and costs after death of a patient; ACT is said to be on its knees; locomotive burst into flames on a viaduct in Taieri Gorge. [more]

Trust looks to Australia for more buys
ING Medical Properties Trust says Australia's ageing population and stronger economy make it a more lucrative and more attractive market for possible acquisitions. [more]

Higher volume at port of Bluff
Improving cargo volumes have helped to lift South Port's underlying profit. Revenue at Bluff rose almost 16% to $22.6 million. [more]

New contract boosts shares
Shares in SmartPay rose 10% on Thursday, after the company announced it had won the contract to upgrade EFTPOS products in Foodstuffs Auckland's stores. [more]

Meeting with residents over potential slip
Whakatane District Council is to meet the evacuated residents of a slip-prone hillside on Friday. [more]

Roy off track on Defence, says ACT leader
ACT leader Rodney Hide says he believes Heather Roy was poorly advised as Associate Defence Minister, resulting in her getting - in his words - 'off track'. [more]

Accused police shooter alleges police beating
The attorney for the man accused of the shooting death of American Samoa police detective, Lt. Liusila Brown, has asked for an investigation into claims by his client that he... [more]

New face in Solomons dolphin trade
Animal rights activists are outraged by a Solomon Islands businessman who has virtually imprisoned eight totally stressed dolphins in a tiny pool for months while he tries to sell them... [more]

Wall St well done
Stocks on Wall Street have tumbled to their lowest level in more than a month, as the latest economic data added to speculation that the economy may be heading for a more significant slowdown. [more]

Telecom profit down by 20%
Telecom's profit is down by 20% to $382 million. Revenues fell more than 6% to $5.2 billion in the year ending June. [more]

Greece on track for 2nd installment of loan
The European Commission says Greece has met the conditions to receive the second tranche of a rescue loan worth 110 billion euro. Payment of 9 billion euros is due on 13 September. [more]

Economic growth slows in Canada
Economic growth in Canada slowed in July to 0.4% amid a decline in the housing market and a drop in retail sales. [more]

Days of hangi / concert combo duo seen as numbered
An international promoter of indigenous tourism says the days of the hangi and concert combo are numbered. [more]

Key political figure switches camps in Solomon Islands leader negotiations
The leader of the Solomon Islands Party for Rural Advancement party says Gordon Darcy Lilo has not officially resigned, but has joined another political camp. The Rural Advancement Party is... [more]

Energy sector by Bollard comments not justified - Trustpower
Trustpower says comments by Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard about the energy sector are not justified. [more]

ASL investors want Hubbard back in charge
About 50 investors in Aorangi Securities Ltd want directors Allan and Margaret Hubbard back in control of the business. [more]

Samoa matai await answer on return of land sold for guns and suitcases
The leaders of Vaitele village in Samoa are awaiting an answer from the government on whether lands sold off for guns and suitcases under colonisation will be returned. The government... [more]

July visitor arrivals to CNMI continue to rise, up 16 percent
This year's visitor arrivals to the Northern Mariana Islands in July were up 16 percent, compared to the same month last year. The Marianas Visitors Authority figures show arrivals to... [more]

Samoa's biggest private sector employer hiring almost 200 more staff
Samoa's biggest private sector employer, the automotive parts manufacturer Yazaki Samoa, plans to have hired almost 200 extra staff in time for added demand at Christmas. The general manager of... [more]

Vanuatu government waives school fees for children of volcano-stricken Gaua
The Vanuatu government has granted school fees exemptions to parents on the island of Gaua in the North of Vanuatu. The decision follows the damage caused by increased mud flow,... [more]

NZ police get enthusiastic support for Papua training
New Zealand Police conducting community-policing training in Indonesia's Papua region say local police are discovering they can improve their relationship with the community. The New Zealand Police are the first... [more]

PNG group plans canoe invasion of Australia after being ignored by High Commission
A group of Papua New Guineans, who believe they didn't forfeit their Australian citizenship at independence 35 years ago, are planning to invade Australia to make Canberra take notice. The... [more]

Tonga MP suspended from Parliament in spat over funding for Palace renovations
Tongan pro-democracy MP, Akilisi Pohiva, says he will leave it to the people to decide if his two week-suspension from Parliament is just. The People's Representative has been suspended after... [more]

Fall in underlying earnings at Contact
Wet weather and intense competition has caused a drop in Contact Energy's underlying earnings to $150 million. [more]

Safety and environment ignored in Petrobras permit
Official documents show the Government did not consider safety or the environment when awarding a large oil and gas exploration permit off East Cape. [more]

Ash boom lifts salmon company
New Zealand King Salmon says it is turning away orders worth $375,000 per week due to the Icelandic volcano cloud over Europe earlier this year. [more]

Chilean government refuses to comment on Rapa Nui protest
The Chilean government is refusing to comment on an ongoing protest by the indigenous people of Rapa Nui or Easter Island. Two days ago police removed the protestors from the... [more]

FBU to buy Australian company
Fletcher Building is close to buying an Australian roading products company, Australian Construction Products. [more]

Profit plunge reported by NZ Post
New Zealand Post's profit has plunged due to fewer letters being posted, asset writedowns and a higher tax charge. Revenue fell 4% to $1.2 billion. [more]

Three more kiwi dead at sanctuary
Three more kiwi have been found dead at a wildlife sanctuary in Wairarapa, making a total of 12 birds killed by predators in the past month. [more]

Public transport trips highest since 1974 in Auckland
The number of public transport journeys in Auckland in the past year was higher than at any time since 1974. [more]

Jewellery sales down at Michael Hill
Michael Hill International says the retail environment remains patchy. The jewellery retailer made $26.5 million in the year to the end of June, down 60% on the previous year's result [more]

Swine flu toll now nine
The number of people who have died from swine flu this year is now nine. Some 454 people been hospitalised this winter; 14 of whom who are currently in intensive care. [more]

Cannabis stereo plot foiled
The Department of Corrections says it has thwarted an attempt by several prisoners to smuggle a stereo packed with cannabis into Rimutaka prison. [more]

Strike to disrupt bus services
Commuters on Mana-Newlands bus services in the Kapiti region face disruption on Friday afternoon, when members of the Wellington Tramways Union go on strike. [more]

Tew expects South African meeting to be productive
The chief executive of the New Zealand Rugby Union Steve Tew is expecting their meeting with the South African Rugby Union this weekend to be productive. Earlier this week a... [more]

3 NZ swimmers make finals at Pan Pacs
Three New Zealand swimmers have made finals on day two of the Pan-Pacific Championships in California. Hayley Palmer in the 100 freestyle, Natalle Wiegersma in the 400 medley and Emily... [more]

Comm Games organisers lose two sponsors
Delhi Commonwealth Games organisers have lost two state-owned sponsors because of "negative publicity" surrounding the event from allegations of graft and mismanagement. India, which hopes to showcase its growing global... [more]

Fonterra holds payout forecast
Fonterra is making no changes at this stage to its forecast milk payout for the season, despite a recent fall in international dairy prices. [more]

Time for compulsory Maori language at school - teacher
A veteran teacher of te reo Maori says the time is right to introduce compulsory Maori language into the school curriculum. [more]

Talks on killer toxin blamed for death of dogs
Researchers are meeting in Nelson to try to better understand the cause of a toxin in the sea-slugs that killed five dogs on Auckland beaches around the Hauraki Gulf last year. [more]

Migration numbers up in July
New Zealand's monthly migration gains have picked up from a 19-month low. Official figures show a seasonally-adjusted gain of 970 people in July. [more]

Sky TV boosts profit
Sky Network Television has boosted its full year profit to almost $103 million - up more than 16% on the previous year. [more]

Payment to investors missed
Allied Nationwide Finance says it has missed a payment to investors and wants more time to remedy breaches of its trust deed. [more]

No threat of foreign farm buy up seen by KPMG
A KPMG agribusiness consultant sees no basis for any public concern about a large-scale foreign buy-up of New Zealand farms. [more]

Second phase of child abuse inquiry starting
The Independent Police Conduct Authority is beginning the second phase of an inquiry into the police handling of child abuse cases. [more]

NZ and Australian markets down
The New Zealand and Australian stock markets are down on Friday. [more]

New names follow takeover on ING NZ
ING Property Trust and ING Medical Properties Trust have been given new names, after ANZ National Bank's $2.6 billion takeover of ING NZ last year. [more]

American Samoa tuna cannery to explain scaling back plans
In American Samoa, StarKist Samoa tuna cannery officials have agreed to give lawmakers an update on the status of the company, which plans to lay off up to 800 workers... [more]

NZ Police assistance making an impact in Indonesia's Papua
The New Zealand Police says that its community police training-the-trainers in Indonesia's Papua region is making a positive impact. New Zealand Police is the first foreign force to be invited... [more]

New Zealand printer cuts its losses in defamation suit by Tonga's leader
A New Zealand newspaper printing company has apologised to the Prime Minister of Tonga, accepting that statements about his handling of the sinking of the Princess Ashika were untrue and... [more]

Solomons' prime ministerial candidates revealed this afternoon
Solomon Islanders will know by the end of today which MPs are in the running to be their next prime minister. Two main camps have emerged, with both claiming they... [more]

Tonga police chief enquiring into spate of prison escapes
Tonga's Police Commander has launched an inquiry into how thirty three prisoners have managed to escape over the past eight months. Most of the escapees have been recaptured but Chris... [more]

Revelations in Papua New Guinea that six children burnt to death
Papua New Guinea police have revealed that six children were burnt to death in a bushfire last week when they went out picking fruit near a remote Eastern Highlands village. [more]

Remnants of giant turtle found in Vanuatu
Bones belonging to an 8-foot long-horned turtle have been discovered in Vanuatu. The remnants of these giant land turtles were unearthed in a 3,000-year-old archaeological site on Vanuatu and belong... [more]

Shut out political hopefuls arrange run off selection in Cook Islands seat
Three election hopefuls in the Cook Islands have organised a run off selection for the Democratic Party nomination in Ngatangiia after concerns over the way the sitting MP, Sir Terepai... [more]

Calls for more effort to deal with PNG's urban poor
A population and development specialist in Papua New Guinea says the failure of projects to improve the livelihood of rural communities has led to rapid population growth in urban areas,... [more]

Marshalls tries to fast track climate change funding
Authorities in the Marshall Islands are pushing a United Nations initiative to streamline funding and create an action plan to access funding to combat climate change. The country's UN Ambassador... [more]

Australia says PNG High Commission protest was peaceful
The Australian Government has dismissed claims that a group of Papua New Guineans was manhandled out of the Port Moresby High Commission on Wednesday. A spokesperson for the Department of... [more]

Canterbury officer committed for trial on assault charges
A Canterbury police officer has been committed for trial on assault charges. [more]

Suspected child sex tourism operator arrested
A man believed to be involved in the child sex tourism industry has been arrested in Auckland just before he was due to leave for Thailand. [more]

Late surge in support for Coalition
The latest opinion poll in Australia shows there's been a late surge in support for the Coalition. Both parties are on 50% after preferences. The election is on Saturday. [more]

Lack of due process sparks Cook Islands run-off contest - aspiring candidate
A Cook Islands Democratic Party member says a run-off selection is needed in the Ngatangiia electorate because of a faiilure to observe due process. Iaveta Short, Stephen Peyroux and Mann... [more]

Officials in PNG try to find out more about disease which has killed 13
In Papua New Guinea, a medical team has been sent to investigate an outbreak of an unidentified disease that has claimed 13 lives in a remote area of Western Province. [more]

Many underwhelmed by election campaign
The election campaign in Australia has only a few more hours to run before voters go to the polls. But as Radio New Zealand's political editor Brent Edwards reports, many have been left underwhelmed. [more]

Appeal Court jails foster mum who killed baby
The Court of Appeal has sent a foster mother to prison for killing a 13-month-old she was caring for. [more]

Cook Islands run-off's missed deadline says Democratic Party secretary
The Cook Islands Democratic Party's secretary in the Ngatangiia electorate says a run-off selection has missed the deadline. Iaveta Short, Stephen Peyroux and Mann Short have put their names forward... [more]

Accused baby killer guilty of murder - Crown
The Crown in the trial of a woman accused of leaving her baby alone in a deep bath to drown says she is guilty of murder, not infanticide. [more]

Police need information on Carmel Thomas
Police investigating the disappearance of an Auckland woman say the media should give them any information likely to help the inquiry. [more]

Wairoa man found in ditch dies
A man found lying in a ditch in Wairoa earlier in the week has died in Hawke's Bay hospital. [more]

Tribunal cancels Christchurch midwife's registration
A tribunal has cancelled a Christchurch midwife's registration after finding her guilty of professional misconduct. [more]

Forgiveness ceremony performed for slain American Samoa police officer
Family members of the man charged with shooting dead a police officer outside American Samoa's High Court last month have performed a traditional forgiveness ceremony today to his wife and... [more]

South Canterbury credit rating downgraded
The credit rating of South Canterbury Finance has been downgraded. [more]

Name change to new Pacific regional media association
The new Pacific regional media association formed last week in Apia has announced a name change prior to its registration in Samoa. The chairman of the new body, Samoa publisher... [more]

Last-minute rush of would-be local body politicians
Electoral offices throughout New Zealand had a last-minute rush of candidates on Friday as nominations closed for local body elections. [more]

Solomon Islands Prime Ministerial contenders named
The two contenders for Prime Minister in Solomon Islands are Danny Philip and Steve Abana. The 50 MPs elected two and half weeks ago are to meet for the first... [more]

Nurses get more time with patients under pilot programme
Introducing lean business-thinking to health is giving nurses more time with patients, according to hospital managers. [more]

Call to address needs of urban poor in Papua New Guinea
A lawyer for the Center for Environmental Law and Community Rights in Papua New Guinea is calling on authorities to address the needs of those living in urban settlements, for... [more]

Record number of visitors for July
The number of tourists visiting New Zealand last month was the highest ever for July. [more]

Maori wanted as next Governor-General
Maori Council member Maanu Paul is calling for the next Governor-General to be a Maori, when the term of Sir Anand Satyanand ends next year. It's been 20 years since Sir Paul Reeves held the post. [more]

Concern for missing Auckland man
Police have concerns for the safety of a man missing from his home in Auckland. [more]

Survivors questioned over sinking of Korean trawler
The surviving crew of a Korean deep sea trawler are being questioned by police as an investigation begins into why the ship sank. [more]

Feilding widow makes emotional plea over killing
The widow of Feilding farmer Scott Guy has issued an emotional appeal for anyone who knows anything about the killing to come forward. [more]

Tighter pecuniary interest rules on cards for MPs
Parliament's Registrar of Pecuniary Interests is recommending changes to tighten the rules requiring MPs to disclose their financial interests. [more]

100 jobs tipped to go at Ministry of Education
The Ministry of Education is to cut 100 jobs by the end of June next year, according to the Public Service Association. [more]

Allied Nationwide Finance placed in receivership
The chair of Allied Farmers has resigned after its subsidiary, Allied Nationwide Finance, was placed into receivership on Friday. [more]

Kayakers sought in search for missing boy
Police searching for a missing Gisborne boy want to speak to kayakers seen on the Waimata River about the time the four-year-old disappeared. [more]

Race on to refloat stranded whales in Far North
Efforts to refloat 15 pilot whales which survived a mass stranding in the Far North have been postponed until Saturday. [more]

Nothing in it on eve of Australian election
The contest appears evenly split between the Labor Party and the Coalition on the eve of the Australian general election. [more]