Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 9th September 2010

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, CEISMIC, Checkpoint, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Rural News, Upbeat

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Oh Yeah
Paula Pepperell from Riverhead has chosen 'Oh Yeah' by Yello. [more]

Your Place - Owhango
Ringed round by dense bush, and close to trout-filled rivers, it's a drawcard for hunters, fishers and outdoorsmen (and women) of all sorts. For trampers, it is the ideal starting point to explore the the Whanganui and Tongariro national parks. Mountain bikers know it as the village you end up in as you follow the 42 Traverse Trail, one of the most famous biking tracks in the country, and for kayakers, its the launch point on their way to Kakahi, or even further down the Whanganui river. [more]

Klingon Opera
The Opera U the world's first opera in Klingon, will have its world premiere in The Hauge tonight. We talk to a Klingon language expert about the popularity of this language. [more]

Rugby World Cup
The Rugby World cup begins 365 days from today. Richard Donald and his mates will be adopting the Russian team. It's the Russian's first ever Rugby World Cup. [more]

He Rourou for 9 September 2010
Last year the Waikato tribe of Tainui lost one of its elders trained in the ways of old, the highly respected kaumatua Dr Tui Adams. [more]

Arts Report for Thursday 9 Sep 2010
There's just one certainty at the upcoming Qantas Film Awards - sound designer Tim Prebble, who features in all three sound nominations for his work on Boy, Under the Mountain and Home by Christmas. Tim's job is building up all the sounds around the dialogue and music tracks. Sonia Yee met the Man with the Golden Ears - Tim Prebble, on location. [more]

Southern Story for 9 September 2010 - Cosy Nook
The historic fishing village of Mullet Bay boasts a permanent population of two.It's known to travellers as Cosy Nook. A beautiful spot known for its geology, wild coast and quaint cribs. Sage Forest stops in for a history lesson with Stewart Reece, whose family has lived there for four generations and finds the weather less than kind. [more]

Our Changing World for 9 September 2010 -Ocean Acidification
Ocean acidification has been called many things - The Other Carbon Dioxide Problem, and even Global Warming's Evil Twin. It's the result of oceans absorbing excess carbon dioxide from the air, and it's happening very quickly at the moment. Alison Ballance talks with marine biologists to find out what more acidic seawater might mean for marine creatures that use calcium carbonate to make shells. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 9 September 2010
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on today's Panel. [more]

The Panel with Gordon McLauchlan and Penny Ashton (Part 2)
Topics - Muslim community leaders are demanding an apology from the Building Minister, Maurice Williamson over a muslim joke. New Zealand and Australia have ended up first-equal in a first-of-its kind survey that ranks 153 nations on the willingness of their citizens to donate time and money to charity. Whangarei police are investigating claims that officers filmed two youths being made to dance by homeowners whose fence they had allegedly vandalised with graffiti. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 9 September 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 9 September 2010
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 9 September 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 9 September 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 9 September 2010
Power companies are the winners in the government's ultra fast broadband plans, at the expense of Telecom. [more]

CEISMIC

Minister says recovery process from quake moving quickly
The Minister for Earthquake Recovery, Gerry Brownlee, says the recovery process from Canterbury's earthquake is moving quickly, despite strong aftershocks yesterday setting back repair work. [more]

First signs Canterbury returning to normal after quake
There are the first signs of the Canterbury region returning to normal, six days after the massive earthquake devastated much of Christchurch and its surroundings. [more]

Earthquake cost estimate jumps to $4 billion
Treasury has revised its sums on what it thinks will be the full cost of the Canterbury earthquake - which is now estimated at four billion dollars. [more]

NZ insurance premiums to rise following earthquake
The Canterbury earthquake is tipped to increase insurance premiums across the country. [more]

New Zealand Red Cross launches earthquake appeal
There is now a single appeal fund being managed by the New Zealand Red Cross to help those affected by Canterbury's earthquake. [more]

Lost, scared pets another concern after earthquake
Amidst the damage and disruption of the Canterbury earthquake, spare a thought for the animals. [more]

Question Time for 9 September 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: How many working-age people are currently receiving a main benefit and how does this compare to July 2010? 2. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the cost of damage from the Canterbury earthquake? 3. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Will he agree to a full public and independent Commission of Inquiry into the collapse of South Canterbury Finance? 4. METIRIA TUREI to the Attorney-General: Does he stand by his statement that the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill "treats all New Zealanders including Māori without discrimination"? 5. Hon DARREN HUGHES to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by his statement that "the Government is totally committed to the SuperGold Card"? 6. TIM MACINDOE to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What is the Government doing to support the Canterbury community through the earthquake recovery? 7. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: Does she stand by all of her statements in answer to oral question No. 8 yesterday? 8. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on the Canterbury District Health Board's actions following the Canterbury earthquake? 9. Hon DAVID PARKER to the Attorney-General: Given his answer yesterday that he agreed with the Prime Minister's statement earlier this year, "in the end if we can't reach an agreement then the status quo will remain", what acknowledgement, if any, has he received from the Māori Party that the new legal framework for settling foreshore and seabed claims will be "durable"? 10. Dr JACKIE BLUE to the Minister of Transport: What updates has he received on transport in and around Canterbury following the earthquake and numerous aftershocks? 11. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Is she currently considering any changes to employment law that were not included in the changes announced at the National Party Conference; if so, what are they? 12. KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister of Housing: How is the Department of Building and Housing working to keep landlords and tenants informed of their rights and responsibilities following the Christchurch earthquake? [more]

The Panel with Gordon McLauchlan and Penny Ashton (part 1)
Topics - Insurance premiums are expected to rise across the board, as insurance companies look to recoup some of the massive losses from the Canterbury earthquake. and what lasting effects might children suffer from the earthquake? [more]

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 9 September 2010
Almost a hundred homes north of Christchurch are declared unsafe to live in, 86 people who worked at Kaiapoi's New World supermarket are now jobless after Saturday's earthquake destroyed the store and a top defence official quits following allegations he lied on his CV. [more]

First schools reopen after earthquake
Four schools in quake hit Canterbury reopened today - the first since Saturday's shake closed about 165 schools in the area. [more]

Checkpoint

100 homes north of Christchurch declared unsafe
Almost a hundred homes north of Christchurch have now been declared unsafe to live in following Saturday's massive quake - but the numbers for the city are still unclear. [more]

Job casualties from Saturday's quake
The 86 people who worked at Kaiapoi's New World supermarket are now jobless after Saturday's earthquake destroyed the store. [more]

Christchurch Mayer - Bob Parker
The Mayor Bob Parker says they should have an idea of the number of homes damaged or are unsafe to live in by tomorrow or Saturday. [more]

Top offical quits amid allegations about false claims on CV
One of New Zealand's top defence officials has quit following allegations he lied about his qualifications and experience. [more]

Cyclist out of Commonwealth Games after importing drugs
Spint cyclist Adam Stewart is out of the Commonwealth Games after being banned from competition for two years for importing performance enhancing drugs. [more]

Evening Sports News for 9 September 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Report out on counselling for sex abuse victims
ACC is being told to change its controversial rules on how sexual abuse victims can get access to counselling. [more]

English rejects calls for inquiry into South Canterbury Finance
The Finance Minister has rejected calls to hold a commission of inquiry into the collapse of South Canterbury Finance. [more]

Waatea News for 9 September 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Aftershocks drive Cantabrians away
The constant aftershocks are proving too much for some Cantabrians who are choosing to leave the shaking province in search of a good night's sleep. [more]

Residents hire their own portaloos after the quake
Residents in one Christchurch street are upset the city council's told them to hire their own portoloos. [more]

Man could lose his legs after hit and run
Eyewitnesses are expressing their disbelief, after a road rage incident spiralled into a hit-and-run in central Auckland yesterday. [more]

Wellington and East Coast remain quake danger zones
The Canterbury quake occured away from the plate boundary, on an unknown fault and in an area not known for tremors. [more]

Fears removal of TVNZ charter will further isolate minorities
MPs have been told that children and deaf people will lose out if TVNZ's charter is axed. [more]

Prostitutes say proposed ban is heavy handed
The Prostitutes Collective says a second attempt by the Manukau City Council to get rid of sex workers on the street is horrendous and heavy-handed. [more]

RWC officials celebrate milestone - Canterbury still key player
The NZ Rugby Football Union says Canterbury rugby fans will have a special opportunity to purchase tickets to next year's Rugby World Cup. [more]

Evening Sports News for 9 September 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Peak season for toxic hazard on Auckland beaches.
A scientist says the end of the breeding season for toxic sea slugs means they are now appearing more frequently on Auckland's beaches. [more]

Waatea News for 9 September 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Sneak peak inside Tonks Grove heritage properties in Wellington
A cluster of Wellington heritage properties, relocated to make way for the inner city bypass have found a new resting place after decades of protest and court cases challenging the move. [more]

Christchurch people talk about the quake
Erina O'Donohue has been speaking to people on the streets of Christchurch about how they're coping in the aftermath of the quake. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 9 September 2010
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 9 September 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 9 September 2010
Despite the aftershocks, most of Christchurch gets safe drinking water back, but the emotional toll is now coming home to roost and in other news, the Childrens' Commissioner says we're not looking after children in care well enough. [more]

Prisoners being moved out of the region
In the latest developments concerns have been raised about damage to some prisons in the city. [more]

Tourism operators anxious over Christchurch's reputation
Arts and entertainment organisers have been working flat out trying to rejig a series of big events in Christchurch over the coming weeks. [more]

Pacific News for 9 September 2010
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 9 September 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Children's Commissioner criticises CYFS care of children
The Children's Commissioner is heavily criticising the care of children in foster care and Child Youth and Family homes. [more]

Cantabrians shaken by after shocks
It's been a relatively quiet night in Canterbury with six aftershocks between 9:30pm and daybreak. [more]

Kaiapoi said to be worst hit by earthquake
The Waimakariri District Mayor says the council will do all it can to encourage those spooked by Saturday's earthquake not to move out of the area. [more]

BP attempts to shift blame over Gulf of Mexico oil spill
In a newly released report, the oil giant BP has attempted to shift much of the blame for the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill onto its contractors. [more]

One year until Rugby World Cup kicks off
The Rugby World Cup will begin in exactly 365 days from today. [more]

Children's Commissioner says CFYS care not good enough
Children in foster care being given access to drugs and pornography while visiting their birth parents are among problems highlighted in a report by the Children's Commissioner. [more]

Morning Sports News for 9 September 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Repairs may come before consents in Canterbury
The government's considering whether building laws need to be changed to speed up repairs in quake-stricken Canterbury. [more]

Canterbury builder says standards will not suffer
Joining us in our Christchurch studio is Canterbury Registered Master Builders Association president, Richard Field. [more]

Maori Party attempt to remove GST on healthy foods fails
An attempt by the Maori Party to remove GST from healthy foods has been defeated in Parliament. [more]

Residents, emergency workers relieved at quieter night
It's been a relatively quiet night in Canterbury - much to the relief of residents and emergency workers. [more]

Aftershocks will rumble on for weeks says GNS
GNS science is describing the pattern of after shocks as 'text book' - and warns another massive shake is more than likely. [more]

Hillary Clinton condemns Koran burning
The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has joined the chorus of people condemning the burning of Korans by a small Florida church on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. [more]

Foster carers demand better support after report
The care of children in the foster system is coming under heavily criticism from the Children's Commissioner. [more]

Morning Sports News for 9 September 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Just one year to go until start of Rugby World Cup
The Rugby World Cup will kick off a year from today and some are now wondering whether quake-hit Christchurch will be ready to play its part. [more]

Waatea News for 9 September 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Treasury paper questiones compulsory Kiwisaver
A new Treasury paper is questioning the merits of making Kiwisaver compulsory as a way of boosting national savings. [more]

New Zealand tops international giving poll
New Zealand has topped an international survey of nationalities most likely to give time or money to charity. [more]

Researchers find out how men should dance
Have you ever thought your moves on the dancefloor were pitiful? [more]

Nights

Operation Vietnam
Michael and Annabel Shackleton share memories of setting up a surgical unit in Vietnam during the war while accompanied by their young family. [more]

Science: Astronomy
The Solar System's giant planets: Uranus and Neptune. [more]

Conundrum
Conundrum clue number seven. [more]

Conundrum
Conundrum clue number eight. [more]

Nine To Noon

Leading climate change expert - Lord Nicholas Stern
One of the world's leading climate change experts - and the author of the landmark 2006 Stern Review, which articulated the economic case for action on climate change. Nicholas Stern argues that a price on carbon and political will are vital to creating an environment where green innovation can thrive. [more]

Christchurch quake - rebuilding of heritage buildings
Eminent New Zealand architects, Sir Miles Warren and Maurice Mahoney, both now retired, had a partnership spanning 50 years. They are regarded as leaders of New Zealand modernism and designed many of Christchurch's landmark buildings, including the Town Hall, the Public Library and the Crowne Plaza Hotel, formerly the Park Royal. [more]

Michael Robotham - Author of psychological thrillers
Australian author Michael Robotham, author of psychological thrillers and has ghost-written some high profile autobiographies. [more]

Book Review with Don Rood
The book is 'The Tiger' by John Vaillant, published by Hachette NZ. [more]

Helping children deal with fears after the earthquake
Roger Phillipson and Louise Barry lead traumatic incident teams for the Ministry of Education with advice on how to help children settle down following the earthquake. [more]

New Technology correspondent Nigel Horrocks
A United States school experiment putting electronic tags on kids to record what they're doing and the use of new technology following the earthquakes. [more]

Film reviewer Dan Slevin
The films are 'The Expendables' and 'Exit Through the Gift Shop'. [more]

Our Changing World

Developing a Cryocooler
IRL is developing an extremely cold 'fridge', a cryocooler, to chill high temperature superconductors [more]

Soil Carbon
Measurements of carbon moving in and out of soils is helping build a 'carbon balance' for different kinds of pastoral farming [more]

Using Kina for Joint Implants
Calcium carbonate from marine creatures could help make better joint implants. [more]

New Findings on Meningococci Bacteria
New findings suggest the bacteria that cause meningococcal disease are resilient and can even survive outside a host [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 9 September 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 9 September 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Chris Cree Brown
2010 Sounz Contemporary Award Winner. [more]

Ning Feng
Chinese violinist performing Elgar's Violin Concerto with the Wellington Orchestra this weekend. [more]

News stories:

PNG and Vanuatu win big in U17 cricket
Papua New Guinea thrashed Indonesia by 125 runs in Port Vila on Tuesday to send an early signal to it's rivals at the East Asia Pacific Under 17 cricket tournament. [more]

Construction firms set to help rebuild Canterbury
Construction companies are poised to send workers from around the country to Canterbury to help rebuild parts of the region devastated by the earthquake. [more]

A couple of changes for the All Blacks?
The All Blacks are likely to make changes for Saturday night's Bledisloe Cup clash with the Wallabies in Sydney, but respect for the opposition is likely to limit the number... [more]

Rice apologises for gay comment
A tearful Australian swim star Stephanie Rice has made an emotional public apology over her homophobic slur on Twitter, saying she has learned a huge lesson. Rice twice broke down... [more]

Gold Coast know its going to be tough against the Warriors
The rugby league legend Brad Fitler didn't have many encouraging words for the Gold Coast Titans when he was invited into their training session this week by old friend and... [more]

FIA confirms record 20-race season
Formula One's ruling body has confirmed a record 20-race season next year with the addition of the Indian Grand Prix. The new event has been pencilled in for late October... [more]

Serbia ko defending champs in first world quarter-final
Serbia have upset the defending champions Spain 92-89 to become the first qualifiers for the semi-finals at the world mens basketball championship in Turkey. In a classic quarter-final, Spain came... [more]

Higgins cleared of match-fixing
The three times world snooker champion John Higgins has been cleared of accepting a bribe to fix snooker matches, but he's been suspended for six months and fined 160-thousand dollars. [more]

Ferrari escape further punishment over team orders
Ferrari have escaped further punishment over their team orders controversy at July's German Grand Prix. Formula one's governing body has upheld a 130-thousand fine for Ferrari, but the world motorsport... [more]

Red Cross co-ordinating single appeal fund
The Red Cross is co-ordinating the single appeal fund to help those affected by the Canterbury earthquake. [more]

Online map shows what's open, closed in quake zone
An online map has been created to show what's open and closed and what emergency facilities are available to residents affected by the earthquake. [more]

Organisers reschedule some events
Organisers are working to reschedule some high-profile events planned in Christchurch in coming weeks. [more]

Foreign ownership of listed firms still falling
Foreign ownership of the country's listed firms is continuing to ebb - from 38% to 36% in the latest survey. [more]

Brownlee's house knocked off foundations
The Minister Responsible for Earthquake Recovery has been personally affected by the Canterbury earthquake. [more]

SCF always met obligations - English
Finance Minister Bill English says South Canterbury Finance always met its obligations under the Retail Deposit Guarantee Scheme, despite clear signs the lender was in distress. [more]

Hartley to race in GP2
The New Zealand motor racing driver Brendon Hartley has signed to race the last 2 rounds of the GP2 series. Hartley will race for Coloni Motorsport in this weekend's Italian... [more]

All Blacks team named to play Australia
There are 5 changes to the All Blacks starting lineup from the side that beat South Africa in Johannesburg for Saturday night's Bledisloe Cup clash with Australia in Sydney. Aaron... [more]

Zvonareva into US Open semi-finals
Vera Zvonareva of Russia has reached the semi-finals of the US Open tennis tournament in New York with a 6-3 7-5 win over Kaia Kanepi of Estonia. The 7th seed... [more]

New Zealand athletes told to bring heavy duty insect repellant
New Zealand athletes are being told to take strong insect repellant to counter the potentially life-threatening dengue fever outbreak as a desperate Delhi government summons the army to combat massive... [more]

PCB chairman returns home to jeers
The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt was jeered at Lahore Airport on his return home from London for the first time since the spot-fixing scandal engulfed the Pakistan team. [more]

Prison buildings didn't escape damage
Corrections Minister Judith Collins says some parts of Christchurch prison buildings have not withstood the earthquake. [more]

Lyttelton tunnel reopens
The Lyttelton road tunnel reopened on Wednesday after checks of cracks in the wake of another aftershock. [more]

Quake-damaged pasture looks 'boiled up'
A Canterbury dairy farmer says the biggest challenge he faces after Saturday's earthquake is how to repair his damaged land. [more]

Where there was fire, there's now less smoke
A survey of smoke emissions from woodburners in Hawke's Bay shows a positive change in behaviour by householders. [more]

Spice company doing nicely
A pre-packaged spice and recipe kit company, Spice 'n Easy, founded in Birkenhead little more than a decade ago, is now selling 30,000 kits per month through major supermarkets. [more]

Natural Dairy shelves wider investment plans
The Hong-Kong-based company seeking to acquire the Crafar family farms says it's sticking with those proposals but shelving wider-ranging plans for New Zealand investment. [more]

'Fellowship' meeting for quake-hit farm families
Federated Farmers hopes a meeting on Thursday afternoon will generate some fellowship among earthquake victims. [more]

Houllier named as new Villa manager
The former Liverpool and France football coach Gerard Houllier will return to the English Premier League after being name as Aston Villa manager. The 63-year-old Frenchman succeeded Martin O'Neill who... [more]

Turkey to meet Serbia in one semi-final at basketball champs
Hosts Turkey have secured a semi-final meeting with Serbia after a 95-68 romp over Slovenia in the quarter-finals of the world men's basketball championships. Turkey were deserved of their 27-14... [more]

Skeleton of champion being sent to Melbourne
Phar Lap's skeleton is being packed up as Te Papa prepares to send it to an exhibition at Melbourne Museum. It will be returned next year. Phar Lap won the Melbourne Cup 80 years ago. [more]

Schools remain closed
Civil Defence says all schools in Christchurch city, Selwyn and Waimakariki districts remain closed on Wednesday. [more]

NZ, Australia top 'World Giving Index'
New Zealand has come equal top of an international survey of nationalities most likely to give time or money to charity. [more]

Joyce to visit Fox Glacier
Transport Minister Steven Joyce is to visit the Fox Glacier community to show solidarity with them after Saturday's fatal air crash. [more]

NZ residency obtained by 'Rocky Horror' creator
Rocky Horror Show creator Richard O'Brien has obtained residency in New Zealand. [more]

Sharp shock in Canterbury
A sharp shallow aftershock has occurred in Canterbury. It was magnitude 5.1, at a depth of 6km, 10km north-west of Diamond Harbour. [more]

Keep prices fair, Key to tell builders
Builders in Canterbury will be asked to keep prices fair and reasonable during reconstruction efforts, and not rip people off, Prime Minister John Key told Parliament on Wednesday. [more]

Samoa announces rugby league train-on squad
Samoa has named a 30-man training squad ahead of next months rugby league test matches against New Zealand and Tonga. The squad includes nine players from the UK Super League... [more]

Temporary closure of SH2 at Maramarua
Part of State Highway 2 at Maramarua in the Waikato will be closing shortly, to allow crash investigators to survey the scene of a crash that claimed the lives of three teenagers. [more]

Low sales keep property market deadlocked, says QV
The property valuer QV says the real-estate market remains in a deadlock, with sellers waiting to see if it improves before putting their homes up for sale, and buyers showing little sign of urgency. [more]

New Zealand share market slips
The New Zealand sharemarket slipped on Wednesday, with the benchmark NZX50 index fallling 12 points to close at 3161 on turnover of $76 million. [more]

Samoa Rugby Union says limited finances mean sacrifices must be made
The Samoa Rugby Union says sparse financial resources means it has to balance what it can and can't do to fund the game in Samoa. The union is responding to... [more]

Samoa Rugby Union rejects suggestion of complacency
The Samoa Rugby Union has responded to criticisms of it's high performance unit in a leaked International Rugby Board review. The review noted two of the most senior positions in... [more]

American Samoa's Tulafono calls for unity
The American Samoa Governor is calling for unity through collaboration and communication for the territory to succeed during difficult economic times. Togiola Tulafono made the call in a four page... [more]

Solomon Islands' judge throws evidence out of court due to police failures
A Solomon Islands' judge has thrown out evidence in a murder trial because investigating Australian Federal Police forgot basic procedures. High Court judge David Cameron found there were deficiencies of... [more]

Shock at closure of only petrol station in PNG's Popendetta
A retail business owner in Popendetta in PNG's Oro province says its a huge blow that the only petrol station in the province has closed. The petrol station owner, Dale... [more]

France moots Tahiti's decolonisation if instability persists
A French government report says an independence referendum should be considered in French Polynesia if current efforts to end political instability fail. The suggestion is in contrast to the French... [more]

Kaiapoi's main street reopened as cleanup continues
A massive cleanup effort continues in Kaiapoi - one of the places worst hit by the Canterbury earthquake. But progress is being made: the road through the town centre has been reopened. [more]

Insurance premiums certain to rise
The Insurance Council says premiums will rise as a result of the huge cost of the Christchurch earthquake. [more]

Tertiary league tables 'don't tell full story'
Tertiary institutions say new league tables of their performance on measures such as course completion do not tell the full story. [more]

New subjects chosen for scholarship exams
Samoan and dance will be in school scholarship exams next year, but three other subjects have been turned down. [more]

Aftershock sets back recovery work
Repairs to the Christchurch water supply have been set back by Wednesday morning's aftershock, which also knocked out power briefly to thousands of homes. [more]

Treasury revises bill to $4 billion
The Treasury has put the cost of the Canterbury earthquake at $4 billion. [more]

Now Gillard has to decide who gets what job
The Liberal and Labor parties are gathering in Canberra on Thursday for the first time since the Australian election on 21 August, with senior figures angling for jobs on the frontbenches. [more]

Uale Mai walks out of sevens camp for Japanese contract
Samoa's Commonwealth Games rugby sevens hopes have been dealth a blow. Champion playmaker Uale Mai has this week quit the team's training camp to take up an overseas contract in... [more]

Tonga wanting credibility in world cup opener as one year countdown begins
Today marks 365 days until the opening match of the 2011 Rugby World Cup between New Zealand and Tonga at Eden Park. The Ikale Tahi have struggled in recent years... [more]

Law change to allow speedy repairs under consideration
The Government is looking at whether urgent law changes are needed to help speed up repair and rebuilding of Canterbury homes. [more]

Wins for Indonesia and PNG on day two of U17 Cricket Trophy
Indonesia have exposed the gulf in class between the top sides after a comprehensive win over Fiji in Round 2 of the East Asia Pacific Under 17 Cricket Trophy in... [more]

Tonga expands contacts with community policing
Tonga police say they hope their recently opened community policing station in Vaini will make them more approachable to the community. The new station is the first to be built... [more]

Moves to protect ozone in Vanuatu
Refrigeration and air conditioning companies in Vanuatu will need to comply with more stringent regulations to protect the environment likely to be in place by the end of this year. [more]

Crown Fibre favours regional broadband rollout
The body handling the planned rollout of ultra-fast broadband has adopted a regional approach, rather than the national one favoured by Telecom. [more]

Company registration rules to be tightened
The Government will tighten the rules for registering companies and directors, and give the Registrar of Companies greater powers. [more]

Some business premises closed again
Some businesses in Canterbury shut their doors again on Wednesday, after the magnitude 5.1 aftershock. [more]

NZ cyclists banned for doping violation
The New Zealand Commonwealth games cyclist Adam Stewart has been banned for 2 years for anti-doping violations. The Canterbury track rider has been suspended by the Sports Tribunal for possession... [more]

SBW to start for Canterbury
Sonny Bill Williams will make his first start for Canterbury after being named at second five for their provincial rugby clash with Northland in Whangarei on Saturday. Williams comes in... [more]

Djokovic into semi-finals
The Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic has reached the U.S. Open semi-finals for a fourth consecutive year with a convincing straight sets victory over Gael Monfils of France. Monfils, cheered... [more]

Whitianga gets its own rescue helicopter
A dedicated rescue helicopter is to be based at Whitianga for the peak Coromandel holiday season. [more]

Warehouse profit predicted to stay flat
An analyst expects the Warehouse's annual profit to remain flat this year, as shoppers watch their spending and competition intensifies from specialty stores like JB Hi-Fi. [more]

Retail spending up, but caution prevails
Retail spending has risen, but consumers remain cautious about opening their wallets. [more]

Unstable buildings prompt call to avoid Riccarton Rd
Police are asking people to avoid Riccarton Rd in Christchurch because of concerns about the stability of two commercial buildings. [more]

Council's new bid to outlaw street prostitution
The Manukau City Council is making another attempt to rid South Auckland of street prostitution. [more]

Thursday's morning paper headlines
For the third day running, coverage of the Canterbury earthquake dominates the front pages of the four main daily papers. [more]

Not guilty pleas in Tonga as Ashika case adjourned
The five accused in last year's sinking of the Princess Ashika in Tonga have pleaded not guilty to all charges. The Matangi Tonga website reports that the Shipping Corporation of... [more]

New beach warning after more toxic slugs found
Auckland City Council is warning residents to supervise their children and dogs across eastern beaches from Okahu Bay to Kohimarama. More toxic sea slugs have been found. [more]

Home health service undaunted by office damage
Rural Women New Zealand's Access Home Health service, one of the two biggest providers in the country, has kept going, despite its office in central Christchurch being seriously damaged in the earthquake. [more]

Manufacturing sales fall to 10-year low
The volume of manufacturing sales has fallen to a 10-year low. [more]

Tahiti's Tahoeraa wary and surprised at decolonisation idea
French Polynesia's Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party has expressed surprise at a French government report suggesting a possible independence referendum within 20 years, should current efforts to end political instability fail. The... [more]

Freak storm leaves hundreds homeless in PNG's Morobe province
Nearly 500 people are reportedly homeless in the Huon Gulf district of Papua New Guinea's Morobe province after a freak thunderstorm flattened their homes. The newspaper, The National, reports that... [more]

Fiji police now know location of Fiji bank note heist
The Fiji police say they now know the country in which half a million US dollars worth of new 20 Fiji dollar notes was stolen. Police have told FBC news... [more]

Cooks environmentalists warn about seabed mining
A Cook Islands environmental organisation has issued a warning against deep sea mining in the country's exclusive economic zone which is an internationally recognised whale sanctuary. The Cook Islands passed... [more]

Indonesia accused of anti-NGO campaign in strife-torn Papua
Indonesia's government has been accused of running a campaign to limit global awareness of Papua following its decision to ban another leading international NGO from working there. Jakarta has refused... [more]

New foreshore bill worse for Maori - Jones
Labour MP Shane Jones says the new Marine and Coastal Area Bill is worse for Maori than Labour's Foreshore and Seabed Act. [more]

New Zealand cycling boss shocked by rider's doping ban
The CEO of New Zealand Cycling's governing body says sprinter Adam Stewart's two year ban from the sport for anti-doping violations has dealt a major blow to the New Zealand... [more]

Bay of Plenty eco-projects awarded funds
Nearly 40 community schemes aimed at improving the environment are to receive funding from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council. [more]

Information sought after fatal hit and run
Police in the Far North are asking for information regarding a fatal hit and run. A man was found beside SH12 at about 8.45pm on Tuesday near the rural settlement of Whirinaki. [more]

Building activity picks up during quarter
Building activity picked up in the three months to June, though it's still 9% below what it was three years ago. [more]

Missile programme raises concern in Hawaii
A Kauai resident in Hawaii says people are divided over the issue to expand a military missile programme to develop ballistic missile testing from the island. Juan Wilson says some... [more]

Run-off proposed to end Cooks constituency rivalry
The central executive of the Democratic Party in the Cook Islands says a standoff between two prospective candidates in the Rarotonga constituency of Ngatangiia should be settled with a run-off. [more]

Two mental health facilities planned for American Samoa
American Samoa may be about to get two facilities for people with mental health issues after years of concern that the territory had no such facility. The Department of Public... [more]

Job losses hit Kaiapoi: supermarket axes 80
The first of what are expected to be many job losses as a result of the Canterbury earthquake have just been announced. More than 80 jobs are to go at a severely damaged Kaiapoi supermarket. [more]

Triple-fatality driver was stopped earlier for speeding
Police in Waikato have revealed that the driver of a car involved in a triple fatality on State Highway 2 on Tuesday night had earlier been stopped for speeding. [more]

One year exactly to Rugby World Cup kickoff
The Rugby World Cup begins exactly one year from Thursday, and the event organiser says things are on track. [more]

Treasury sceptical about compulsory KiwiSaver
A Treasury paper has questioned the merits of making KiwiSaver compulsory as a way of boosting national savings. [more]

Games cyclist banned for drug violations
Commonwealth Games cyclist Adam Stewart has been banned for two years for anti-doping violations. [more]

Commissioner criticises treatment of children in care
Children's Commissioner John Angus has criticised the treatment of children in foster care and Child, Youth and Family homes. [more]

Kylie Smith's killer barred from seeking parole
The killer of Owaka schoolgirl Kylie Smith has been legally barred from seeking parole for three years. [more]

Naked and Famous win songwriting award
Auckland band Naked and Famous has won New Zealand's top songwriting award, the Apra Silver Scroll, for its No 1 hit song "Young Blood". [more]

Tight security after fatal brawl in PNG's Lae
The University of Technology in the Papua New Guinea city of Lae has increased security following violent clashes between two rival ethnic groups which left a student dead. A fight... [more]

Swine flu claims 18th victim
The Ministry of Health says the death of a Hutt Valley man has brought to 18 the number of deaths from swine flu this year. [more]

Bexley should never have been built on - Sir Miles
A leading architect says it is scandalous that homes were built in Bexley, which has been hit particularly hard by the earthquake. [more]

$7.5m fund to help social service providers
The Government has set up a $7.5 million fund to help social service providers in Canterbury cope with the earthquake aftermath. [more]

Hoax email gives false earthquake advice
An email that gives false advice on what to do in an earthquake has been circulating since Saturday's quake. [more]

English predicts hit to economy, then a rebound
The Finance Minister is predicting that the economy will take a hit over the next two or three months because of the Christchurch earthquake, but that there will then be a rebound. [more]

Builders keen to fast-track consent process
Registered Master Builders want to fast-track plans to do away with certain building consents in order to speed up earthquake reconstruction work. [more]

Jobs surge in Australia
A surge in full-time jobs has cut Australia's unemployment rate from 5.3 to 5.1% [more]

Fiji interim Prime Minister to make call on drought
Fiji's interim Prime Minister is to decide whether to declare an official drought, following today's meeting at which it was agreed the condition affects the whole country. The manager of... [more]

Hospital postpones elective surgery
Private Christchurch hospital St George's Hospital has postponed elective surgery until next week after Wednesday morning's big aftershock. [more]

No mail on Saturday to give staff a break
Mail deliveries in some areas of Canterbury will be cancelled on Saturday to give staff affected by the earthquake a break, says New Zealand Post. [more]

Email exchange throws fresh light on PEDA case
An email exchange between Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs officials appears to contradict the Government's version of events about a contentious Budget allocation. [more]

ACT gets no support for child discipline bill
An attempt by the ACT Party to overturn the 2007 Child Discipline Bill has been overwhelmingly defeated by Parliament. [more]

House rejects bid to remove GST from healthy food
The Maori Party's attempt to have GST removed from healthy foods was defeated in Parliament on Wednesday night. [more]

Foreshore bill's test too high, says iwi leader
The Marine and Coastal Area Bill sets too high a test for Maori to win back their customary rights to foreshore and seabed, says a Far North iwi leader. [more]

Only minor aftershocks overnight in Canterbury
The tired and twitchy people of mid-Canterbury may have got their first decent sleep since last Thursday, with several minor aftershocks - the biggest 4.5 - but no major ones overnight. [more]

Labour wants commission of inquiry on SCF
The Labour Party is calling for a commission of inquiry into the Government's handling of the collapse of South Canterbury Finance. [more]

Blackcaps captain says game must be cleaned up
The New Zealand cricket captain Daniel Vettori says any players found guilty of match-fixing must be banned for life if cricket is to clean up its image and be taken... [more]

Vettori says life bans a must if players found guilty of match-fixing
The New Zealand Cricket captain Daniel Vettori says, if found guilty, the Pakistan players under investigation for match-fixing must be banned from the game for life. Several Pakistan players are... [more]

Federer surges into US Open quarterfinals
The world number two Roger Federer has eased into the US Tennis Open semi-finals after brushing aside fellow Swiss Robin Soderling 6-4 6-4 7-5. Federer looked to be cruising taking... [more]

New Zealand Cycling says banned rider confused, naive
The chief executive of New Zealand cycling has described the decision of banned sprinter Adam Stewart to import the prohibited blood booster EPO as confused and naive. The Canterbury rider... [more]

Mapp seeks report after defence official resigns
Defence Minister Wayne Mapp is waiting on a full report into allegations that a top-level defence official lied about his qualifications and experience in his curriculum vitae. [more]

New Zealand market down nine points
The New Zealand share market slipped on Thursday, with the benchmark NZX50 index falling 9 points to close at 3151 on turnover of $75 million. [more]

PNG Deputy CJ calls for action on cult activities in schools
Papua New Guinea's Deputy Chief Justice Gibbs Salika has called on the Education Department and authorities to address cult activities in schools. These cult practices involve initiation ceremonies where a... [more]

Uranium mining in Papua could harm locals
There are concerns that uranium exploration in the Timika region of Indonesia's Papua is ignoring indigenous people and could harm their long-term welfare. The Papuan Customary Council says there is... [more]

American Samoans to vote for constitution amendments in one ballot
American Samoans will have just one ballot to vote on more than one hundred amendments to their Revised Constitution. The Election Office decided one ballot was the simplest way to... [more]

Financially struggling Northern Marianas expecting 24 million US dollar deficit
The Northern Marianas' Government is expecting an operating deficit of 24 million US dollars in the current financial year, which finishes at the end of this month. Lieutenant Governor, Eloy... [more]

Vanuatu opposition calls for PM's resignation over letterhead dispute
The Vanuatu Opposition Leader, Maxime Carlot Korman, has called on the Prime Minister, Edward Natapei, and the Finance Minister, Sela Molisa, to resign, saying they've abused their power by misusing... [more]

More missile tests planned on Kauai
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has plans to conduct more missile testing from Hawaii in an effort to develop a defense system. The $278 million US dollar ballistic missile programme... [more]

Decision to ban Cordaid from Papua taken exclusively by Jakarta
The West Papua Advocacy Team says ordinary Papuans stand to lose considerable benefits after another leading NGO was banned from working in Indonesia's easternmost region. Jakarta has refused to renew... [more]

Last closed state highway to reopen on Friday
The last Canterbury highway still closed after Saturday's earthquake is on track to reopen on Friday night, says the New Zealand Transport Agency. [more]

Demand for rentals has skyrocketed
Christchurch property agents say demand for rental homes and office space has skyrocketed since Saturday's earthquake. [more]

Air New Zealand helps out with free, discounted flights
Air New Zealand is giving free flights to those most affected by the Canterbury earthquake. [more]

Health boards suspend lab workers
Northland Health has begun suspending laboratory workers and docking their wages after nine weeks of industrial action. [more]

Four schools reopen
Four Canterbury schools reopened on Thursday, but the rest of the 165 schools in the district will not open until Monday, says the Education Ministry. [more]

Claims to commission tops 36,000
The Earthquake Commission has so far received more than 36,000 claims from people affected by the Canterbury earthquake. [more]

Labour minister clarifies prospects of law change
Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson has had to clarify comments made on her behalf on Thursday about the prospect of further changes to labour laws. [more]

Flood-hit farmers told to brace for more rain
Farmers in the lower North Island who are still recovering from flooding earlier this week are being told to brace themselves for more heavy rain. [more]

Injured woman in coma: information sought
Police in Waikato are appealing for information after a woman suffered life-threatening injuries in Te Awamutu at the weekend. [more]

Building inspectors tackle hard-hit eastern suburbs
A team of 60 building inspectors has fanned out across Christchurch's devastated eastern suburbs to inspect homes in the area. [more]

Hawke's Bay hit by second quake
A second earthquake has struck Hawke's Bay. [more]