Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 16th September 2010

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Best Song Ever Written - Drowned
Malcolm Thompson of Tauranga has chosen 'Drowned' played by Pete Townshend. [more]

Your Place - Taipa
A community located east of Kaitaia, at the base of the Aupouri Peninsula - Taipa, just west of Cooper's Beach. It's a place with a rich history - and a present that connects with the sea and its Maori heritage. [more]

Phar Lap on display
For the first time in 80 years, legendary race horse Phar Lap's hide and skeleton are together again. This magnificent wonder horse had 36 wins from his last 41 starts. Te Papa has loaned the Melbourne Museum the Phar Lap skeleton and this morning opened a special Phar Lap exhibit opened. [more]

Hearse back from the dead
A 1937 Studebaker hearse is back from the dead thanks to a Company based in Stoke that gives new life to old vehicles. The sleek black hearse was imported new by a Hamilton undertaker in 1937 and has had several incarnations since then. [more]

He Rourou for 16 September 2010
Last month Ngati Porou couple Wiremu and Jossie Kaa were recognised for their contribution to strengthening the continuity of Maori culture through their support of the Maori arts. In He Rourou today, Wiremu Kaa talks with Wena Tait about his early days growing up on the East Coast. [more]

Arts Report for 16 September 2010
As the World of Wearable Arts Show approaches Sonia Yee discovers that it's not what you wear but how you wear it. [more]

Southern Story for 16 September 2010 - Ambergris
Ambergris is excreted by only 3-4% of Sperm whales and washes up on beaches all over the Southern Hemisphere. Mature pieces are prized for use in some perfumes. Fresh ambergris is black with the consistency of asphalt. It could be worth $1.80 per gram. Mature 'griss' is white, aged in oceans or sand for over 20 years, and fetches up to $18 per gram. [more]

Our Changing World - Orthopedic implants
Artificial joints like hip implants usually last about ten years before they begin to damage the surrounding bone, but tiny sea creatures like kina and paua may soon help to extend the lifespan of orthopedic implants. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 16 September 2010
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on today's Panel. [more]

The Panel with Rosemary McLeod and Bernard Hickey (Part 1)
Topics - A civil liberties lawyer has condemned the ACT party as 'morally bankrupt' following revelations about its law and order spokesman David Garrett and the Reserve Bank will keep the Official Cash Rate at three per cent. [more]

The Panel with Rosemary McLeod and Bernard Hickey (Part 2)
Topics - Although the latest edition of Lonely Planet's New Zealand guidebook heaps praise on New Zealand for its beauty and its people, several regions have been singled out for being overpriced, overhyped or just plain boring. Scientists say it's possible that if someone suffers from swine flu and seasonal flu at the same time, a drug-resistant pandemic flu virus could be created. All television viewers will need a satellite or a Freeview receiver when the Government switches off analogue signals in 2013. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 16 September 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 16 September 2010
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 16 September 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 16 September 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 16 September 2010
The so-called heartland bank is planning to list on the stock exchange early next year, after the boards of the three finance lenders agreed to merge. [more]


Top Stories for Thursday 16 September 2010
Hide backs Garrett despite passport fraud, Christchurch firms hopeful RBNZ will keep rates on hold, Radio New Zealand's political editor discusses Act turmoil, Earthquake muddies picture on future OCR rises, State of emergency expected to be lifted in Canterbury, Kaikoura slip due to be cleared today and Statue of Battle of Britain hero Sir Keith Park unveiled in London. [more]

Christchurch firms hopeful RBNZ will keep rates on hold
A faltering economy is likely to mean the Reserve Bank will keep the official cash rate on hold this morning. That could be some help to businesses in Christchurch, struggling first with the slow recovery and then hammered by the earthquake 12 days ago. [more]

Earthquake muddies picture on future OCR rises
The Canterbury earthquake and a stuttering national economy mean the Reserve Bank is likely to leave the Official Cash Rate unchanged this morning. [more]

State of emergency expected to be lifted in Canterbury
The state of emergency imposed in Canterbury after the magnitude seven point one earthquake 12 days ago is expected to be lifted today. [more]

Canterbury tremor re-ignites memories of 1931 quake
As people in Canterbury continue to recover from the earthquake that struck 12 days ago, it's re-ignited the memories of those who survived the deadly 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake. [more]

Question Time for 16 September 2010
Questions to Ministers 1. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Justice: Is it his view that the justice system should provide rehabilitation and give people the chance to change? 2. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: Is he satisfied with progress on the recovery from the Canterbury earthquake so far? 3. DAVID BENNETT to the Minister of Broadcasting: What recent announcements have been made regarding digital switchover? 4. SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Education: What policy initiatives has she developed for early childhood education? 5. AARON GILMORE to the Minister of Civil Defence: What is the update on the Canterbury Civil Defence states of emergency? 6. Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister of Finance: Did the Treasury evaluate the net effect on South Canterbury Finance's position of the February 2010 acquisition of Helicopters (NZ) Ltd and Scales Corporation shares, including the effect of the transaction on the recoverability or impairment of South Canterbury Finance's $75 million loan to its parent company, Southbury Group Ltd? 7. LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Will Cantabrians whose chimneys have been significantly damaged by the recent earthquake be covered by the Earthquake Commission to replace their old log burners or open fires with new efficient heaters? 8. Hon TREVOR MALLARD to the Minister of Education: What support will be available in 2011 to schools that have very poor numeracy national standards results in 2010? 9. SANDRA GOUDIE to the Minister of Corrections: What support is the Corrections Department offering to Canterbury community groups and individuals to help with earthquake recovery? 10. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does she stand by her statement to the House on 14 September 2010 that the 90-day trial provisions "do not take away rights"? 11. CHESTER BORROWS to the Minister of Housing: What is the Government doing to assist people whose homes are not habitable following the Canterbury earthquake? 12. PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Local Government: When he said in the House yesterday that the Auckland Transition Agency "ran a tender to deliver an enterprise resource planning system" was he referring to merely the $14.3 million contract for the implementation of the Enterprise Resource Planning system or was he referring to the full contract of $53.8 million to deliver the Enterprise Resource Planning system? Questions to Members 1. DARIEN FENTON to the Chairperson of the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee: How many submissions have been received on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill (No 2)? [more]

The Reserve Bank keeps OCR on hold
The Canterbury earthquake could force up the cost of building in the region by five percent but the Reserve Bank says it'll ignore that kind of inflation unless it affects the whole country. [more]

Minister of Housing asks Canterbury properties to help
People in Canterbury who own empty houses are being urged to help put a roof over the heads of homeless earthquake victims. [more]

Reserve Bank sees little price pressure from quake
The Reserve Bank says it sees little pressure on inflation from rebuilding after the Canterbury earthquake. [more]

Science: Earth Sciences
Dr Hamish Campbell of GNS Science talks about the Christchurch earthquake and it's subsequent aftershocks. [more]


Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 16 September 2010
Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 16 September 2010. [more]

David Garrett's passport fraud bizarre - Key
The ACT MP, David Garrett, has remained in hiding today, following yesterday's revelation that he stole the identity of a dead child - behaviour the Prime Minister is describing as bizarre. [more]

State Highway 1 opens after massive slip cleared
After nearly a week of round-the-clock shifts, workers have managed to clear a path through the massive land slip blocking State Highway 1, south of Kaikoura. [more]

Evening Sports News for 16 September 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Hide out of favour in electorate after Garrett revelations.
Some residents in Rodney Hide's Epsom electorate in Auckland, who have previously voted for the MP, say they won't do so again in the wake of the latest scandal. [more]

Real estate agent backs lawyers' call for Government help
Lawyers and real estate agents want the Government to back property sales disrupted by fears of earthquake damage. [more]

GNS Science on recent aftershocks in Canterbury
Scientists are describing last night's spate of aftershocks in Canterbury as the worst of the past few days. [more]

Waatea News for 16 September 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Wellington taxi turf war accelerating
Firms in competition with Wellington Combined Taxis are claiming the company is anti-competitive - and is now planning to extend its reach by setting up a national brand. [more]

John Key visits Fox Glacier plane crash site
The Prime Minister John Key has visited Fox Glacier to offer his support, after a plane crash which killed 9 people there earlier this month. [more]

Armed children intimidate Nelson shop owner
A shop owner in Nelson is worried that a gang of local children who turned up armed with a knife and a metal bar will be back. [more]

ACT's David Garrett criticised following passport revelations
David Garrett is expected to answer questions tomorrow about his admission he obtained a passport using a dead child's birth certificate. [more]

Christchurch public meeting about heritage building insurance
A public meeting about insurance for homeowners following the quake is underway in Christchurch. [more]

90 day trial extension against NZ's sense of a fair go
MPs have been told that proposed changes to employment law go against New Zealanders' sense of a fair go - as well as common law principles. [more]

Garrett suppression order details revealed
The High Court has lifted the suppression order in the case of the ACT MP David Garrett using the identity of a dead baby to get a false passport in 2005. [more]

Afghan aid agencies say security is deteriorating
Aid agencies in Afghanistan say security is deteriorating and their ability to provide humanitarian help is significantly reduced. [more]

Evening Sports News for 16 September 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Rob Oakeshott now eager to be speaker of the house
Australia's independent MP Rob Oakeshott is now keen to become speaker of the House of Representatives. [more]

Nurses debate airs the good and bad about NZ health system
Whether New Zealand's health system is or is not a world leader has been formally debated at the Nurse's annual conference in Wellington. [more]

Waatea News for 16 September 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Government unveils plans for digital switchover
Old analogue TVs will be obselete by November 2013. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 16 September 2010
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 16 September 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Act backs MP David Garrett despite offending revelations
The Act leader, Rodney Hide, says he believes his law and order spokesman should be allowed to stay in Parliament despite making what he calls,"a terrible mistake", 26 years ago. [more]

Pacific News for 16 September 2010
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 16 September 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

President of National Association for Loss and Grief says MPs actions vile
An organisation that deals with bereavement can't understand how the Act MP David Garrett could countenance stealing a dead child's identity. [more]

Norway and Russia end 40-year Arctic dispute
Russia and Norway have signed a deal to end a 40-year dispute over Arctic territory. [more]

Hide backs Garrett despite passport fraud
The Act leader, Rodney Hide, is standing behind his law and order spokesperson, David Garrett, despite the revelation that he stole the identity of a dead child. [more]

Radio New Zealand's political editor discusses Act turmoil
Our political editor Brent Edwards has been following the latest revelations about Mr Garrett. [more]

Kaikoura slip due to be cleared today
Road and rail access along slip-stricken State Highway 1, south of Kaikoura, should be restored later today. [more]

Statue of Battle of Britain hero Sir Keith Park unveiled in London
A bronze statue of Battle of Britain hero, Sir Keith Park, has been unveiled in its permanent location in central London. [more]

Sports News for 16 September 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Tea Party celebrates after primary victories
In the United States, the conservative Tea Party movement is celebrating after scoring several wins in primary contests. [more]

Foreshore and Seabed replacement passes first reading
Almost six years after it was enacted, Parliament has taken the first steps towards repealing the contentious Foreshore and Seabed Act. [more]

Massive storm heading to New Zealand
A storm is heading to New Zealand and it's expected to cover much of the country with gale force chilling winds and high seas over the next few days. [more]

Strong opposition to first-ever papal state visit to Britain
In Britain, opposition is growing to the Pope's first official visit there. [more]

Act labelled hypocrites by Labour Party
The Labour party is accusing the Act Party of extreme hypocrisy after its Law and Order spokesman, David Garrett, confessed to stealing the identity of a dead child. [more]

Ex-Act MP says Garrett info likely to come from within party
A former Act party MP, Deborah Coddington, thinks the information about David Garrett came from a leak within the party. [more]

Kaiapoi residents turn out in droves for quake meeting
A public meeting in Kaiapoi last night attracted a thousand residents. They were keen to get answers to their earthquake questions from a panel of experts. [more]

Canterbury property market said to be in a logjam after quake
The Law Society wants government intervention to end what it's calling a logjam in the Canterbury property market. [more]

Retailing feels chill as few spend up before GST hike
Retailing is feeling the chill as rising bills stifle any possibility of a spend up before the rise in GSt next month. [more]

Sports News for 16 September 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Drug-resistant pandemic flu possible - scientists
Scientists have discovered that those who suffer from swine flu and seasonal flu at the same time could be creating a drug-resistant pandemic flu virus. [more]

LPG heaters may make homes damp and people sick
Consumer advocates and public health experts say new measures to promote the safe use of LPG heaters fail to address the real issues. [more]

Waatea News for 16 September 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Tauranga mayoral candidate pledges more consultation
The leading challenger to the mayor of Tauranga, says the first thing he'll do if elected in this year's local body elections, is shift his desk to the City Council's reception area. [more]

Farmers in England may be given a licence to kill badgers
Farmers in England may soon be given a licence to kill badgers. In a contentious move, the government has proposed allowing famers to shoot badgers on their properties as part of an effort to control the spread of tuberculosis. [more]


Star Search
Bruce Allen the director of Observational Relativity and Cosmology at the Albert Einstein Institute tells us how the Einstein@Home volunteer computing project allowed three 'citizen scientists' to discover a pulsar. [more]

Conundrum clue number 7. [more]

Conundrum clue number 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Identity theft - Graham Peach
Graham Peach is the father of a baby who died and whose identity was stolen. [more]

Identity theft - Michael Bott
Michael Bott is a Wellington lawyer specialising in civil liberties and human rights. He talks about the crime of identity theft and whether or not it can be glossed over as a youthful prank. [more]

Identity theft - future of the ACT Party
Following David Garretts' admission that he stole the identity of a dead baby to get a fake passport, political commentator Matthew Hooton discusses the future of the ACT Party. [more]

Countering Islamophobia
Rehanna Ali is a member of the Islamic Women's Council for NZ. [more]

UK Correspondent - Jon Dennis
A range of responses to the Pope visiting for the first time in 28 years, and red faces at HM Revenue and Customs. [more]

Feature Guest - Lady Jane Percy
Duchess of Northumberland, Jane Percy has created one of the most ambitious public gardens in the UK, at Alnwick Castle. It's now the regions biggest tourist attraction, a garden dedicated to poisonous, deadly and narcotic plants in the grounds of the centuries-old and fully restored Alnwick Castle.She recounts the story in her book The Poison Diaries, published by Harper Collins. [more]

Book Review - Union Atlantic
Dan Slevin reviews 'Union Atlantic' by Adam Haslett, published by Atlantic. [more]

New Technology
Loud mobile phone use is driving some of us crazy, More on those RFID tags: How your shopping experience will change and now it's Apple that can't do social media well. [more]

TV Review
Simon Wilson reviews 'Let's do Rivers' on Prime and 'The Secret Lives of Dancers' on TV3. [more]

Our Changing World

Music of the Stars
Astronomer Karen Pollard and her team explain how the unique"music"of each star helps them deduce its internal structure [more]

Conservation Week Beach Clean-up
The Wellington Lions Rugby team and Ricoh staff join forces to clean up the coastline of the Taputeranga Marine Reserve [more]

Care Groups Tree Planting Celebration
Volunteer groups celebrated 10 years of Greater Wellington's Care Group programme by planting 10,000 trees [more]

Psychology of Gang Initiations
Michael Richardson is researching the psychology behind gang initiations using a modified coffee grinder and slaters [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 16 September 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 16 September 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Martin Rummel
Austrian cellist performing Dvoraks's Cello Concerto with the Manukau Symphony Orchestra this weekend. [more]

Gary Harris
Royal New Zealand Ballet Company Director previews 2011 season. [more]

News stories:

Westwood says he'll be fit for Ryder Cup
The world's number three golfer Lee Westwood, who has been sidelined by injury for six weeks, has eased fears over his fitness for next month's Ryder Cup. A badly swollen... [more]

United star has surgery for sickening ankle injury
The Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia has undergone surgery for a horrific ankle injury that could end his Premier League football season. The sickening angle his foot was in led... [more]

Nadal quick to downplay grand slam achievement
The World number one tennis player Rafael Nadal modestly downplayed his achievement in completing a career Grand Slam, describing it as merely a step forward in his career. Nadal became... [more]

Wallabies winger wins clash of the codes sprint race
The Wallabies winger Lachie Turner capped off an incredible couple of weeks by winning the Bolt 100 metre sprint of the footy codes at Sydney Olympic Park last night. Test... [more]

Wayne Smith says 8 All Blacks deserve 5 weeks off
The All Blacks assistant rugby coach, Wayne Smith, says the management team carefully considered which players to rest for the remainder of the National Provincial rugby Championship. All Blacks Liam... [more]

Van der Heijden cleared of stamping charge
The Auckland rugby lock, Andrew Van der Heijden, has been cleared of a charge of stamping on Wellington prop Neemia Tialata, during their National Provincial Championship match at Eden Park... [more]

Arthroscopic procedure will determine whether Kahui needs surgery
The injured All Blacks second five-eighth, Richard Kahui, has undergone an arthroscopy on his right shoulder today. Kahui re-injured his shoulder in Waikato's National Provincial Championship match against North Harbour... [more]

CNMI committee agree on some budget measures but other issues still outstanding
Members' of the Northern Marianas House of Representatives and Senate reached an agreement late last night on some outstanding issues surrounding the 2011 budget bill. A deadlock between the House... [more]

Slow times ahead for repairs
The Insurance Council warns residents in Kaiapoi that a labour and material shortage will slow down rebuilding in the town. [more]

Kaiapoi welfare centre staying open for now
A welfare centre set up in Kaiapoi for those unable to return to their homes in the wake of the earthquake, will remain open until Sunday. [more]

CD lose close match to Victoria at club 20/20 challenge
Aaron Finch hit an unbeaten 93 as the Victoria Bushrangers gained their first Champions League Twenty20 win, beating New Zealand's Central Stags by seven wickets. Finch held his nerve in... [more]

Inaugural leadership programme for women being held
A programme that aims to increase the number of women in leadership roles in the rural industry is underway, with 11 women taking part. [more]

Maori candidate determined
A Maori candidate for the Auckland super city council says it will be a difficult task to represent the wide variety of Maori opinion, but Waina Emery says she is up to it. [more]

Recycling plant benefits extolled
The Rewarewa D incorporation in Whangarei says a proposed waste recycling plant will create jobs as well as meet its kaitiaki responsibilies as tangata whenua. [more]

Fonterra can't influence dairy future prices - NZX
NZX says transparency and regulation will ensure Fonterra won't be able to influence dairy future prices. [more]

Price of gold at record high
The price of gold has surged to a record high, as investors seek shelter from the economic uncertainty and flee the US dollar. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Thursday's headlines: Brown slightly ahead of Banks in super city mayoralty poll; rethink of massive power scheme on lower Waitaki River; $13,000 engagement ring stolen in Dunedin. [more]

Brown slightly ahead in super city mayoralty
A new poll on the Auckland super city mayoralty election has Len Brown of Manukau with a small lead over John Banks of Auckland City. Mr Brown has 29.8% support and Mr Banks has 27.8%. [more]

Gollings to captain England sevens team at Delhi Games
Ben Gollings, the all-time highest points scorer in the rugby sevens world series, has been named to captain England at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi next month. The 30-year-old... [more]

All Blacks assistant coach concedes resting players a risk
The All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith concedes there's a risk the players being rested for the national provincial season could be rusty come the All Blacks end of year... [more]

England cricketer punished for Twitter outburst
The England cricket all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas has been suspended and fined after pleading guilty to an expletive-laden Twitter outburst attacking the national selector Geoff Miller. The injured Mascarenhas posted his... [more]

Fiji Times is resilient and will continue to excel, says Motibhai
The Fiji-based Motibhai Group says the Fiji Times will operate an independent unit and that all the newspaper's staff will be retained. This comes after Motibhai's acquisition of Fiji's oldest... [more]

Calls for Australia and NZ to fast-track backlog of trials in Solomon Islands
A former public defender in Solomon Islands says Australia and New Zealand need to do more to fast-track the backlog of trials for high profile crimes committed during the ethnic... [more]

Modest rises on Wall Street
There were modest rises on Wall Street on Wednesday, as weak economic data and profit-taking kept buyers on the sidelines after a recent run-up. [more]

Shoppers shy of spending
Rising living costs and uncertainty about the impact of an increase in GST are being blamed for a contraction in retail spending. [more]

Marine and Coastal Bill should be referred to Tribunal - Sykes
Rotorua lawyer Annette Sykes says the Marine and Coastal Area Takutai Moana Bill should be referred to the Waitangi Tribunal for a ruling on whether it breaches the Treaty of Waitangi. [more]

Nine election petitions lodged in Solomon Islands
Reports from Solomon Islands say nine election petitions have been lodged at the High Court so far. The election was held in early August and those wanting to challenge results... [more]

Drought state of emergency will not be declared in Fiji for a few more weeks
A drought state of emergency will not be declared for areas of Fiji experiencing dry spell yet as the situation is not as bad as initially thought. Fiji Village reports... [more]

Fiji Times is resilient and will continue to excel, says Motibhai
The Fiji-based Motibhai Group says the Fiji Times will operate an independent unit and that all the newspaper's staff will be retained. This comes after Motibhai's acquisition of Fiji's oldest... [more]

Fiji Times is resilient and will continue to excel, says Motibhai
The Fiji-based Motibhai Group says the Fiji Times will operate an independent unit and that all the newspaper's staff will be retained. This comes after Motibhai's acquisition of Fiji's oldest... [more]

Tuvalu gears up for parliamentary elections today
Voters in Tuvalu are at the polls today to elect a new 15-member parliament for a four-year term. 26 candidates, including all the sitting MPs, are contesting the poll. The... [more]

Waikato coach wary of Southland team 'strong all over the park'
The Waikato coach Chris Gibbes is warning his players they must play to the best of their abilities or risk being thumped by the top of the table Southland in... [more]

Motorcyclist charged with manslaughter
A motorcycle rider has been arrested and charged with manslaughter, following a fatal crash near Gisborne in mid-May. [more]

SmartPay wins contract to supply Leeming group
SmartPay has won a contract to supply the Noel Leeming Group with new EFTPOS systems. [more]

SkyCity looks to appoint Suckling
SkyCity Entertainment Group intends to appoint Christchurch director and consultant Sue Suckling as a non-executive director. [more]

Bitterly cold conditions expected
Farmers are being advised to protect their stock: bitterly cold temperatures, rain and wind are forecast by MetService over the next few days. [more]

Soil carbon levels declining
Soil carbon levels in New Zealand are declining in some areas because of erosion and some farming activities. [more]

Farmer and farm manager sentenced for pollution
A Waikato farmer has been fined $20,000 and his farm manager sentenced to three months community detention for polluting a waterway. [more]

Kahui out for the year
The All Black and Waikato midfielder Richard Kahui has had surgery on his injured right shoulder ruling him out of rugby for the remainder of the year. Kahui re-injured his... [more]

RWC kick-off times announced
Those fans attending next year's Rugby World Cup will have to stay up a bit later to see some of the matches. The organising committee has just announced the kick-off... [more]

Kangaroos star arrested in Brisbane
North Queensland's rugby league Test halfback Johnathan Thurston has been arrested in Brisbane and charged with public nuisance. Police say they were called to a corner outside the Treasury Casino... [more]

Real start well in Europe as top sides dominate
The football manager Jose Mourinho's quest for a unique European Champions League title with a third different club has started in style with nine-time winners Real Madrid beating Ajax Amsterdam... [more]

Tietjens says All Blacks stars progressing well ahead of Delhi
The New Zealand rugby sevens coach Gordon Tietjens is happy with the way the four All Blacks in his squad for next month's Commonwealth games are adapting to the rigours... [more]

Michael Vick preparing for first start since doing jail time
Controversial Philadelphia Eagles back-up quarterback Michael Vick is preparing for what could be his first start since he was jailed in 2007 for his role in a dog-fighting ring. First-choice... [more]

Wide running Mooloo men set to keep up pace
The Waikato coach Chris Gibbes says his side will continue to play an expansive style of rugby and look to use their speed out wide when they take on top... [more]

Nadal still beaming as the new US Open champion
Rafael Nadal was still beaming about winning the US Open as he spent his final day in New York before heading home. The world tennis number one was taken on... [more]

Wales set to send team to Commonwealth Games
The Wales chef de mission Chris Jenkins is set to clear the way for his team to compete at next month's Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Jenkins has met up with... [more]

Phoenix still seeking away win after nil-all draw in Melbourne
Both the Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory feel they missed an opportunity for victory as they fought out a goal-less draw in the A-League football match in Melbourne on Wednesday... [more]

Federer pulls out of Davis Cup team to rest
Roger Federer has pulled out of Switzerland's Davis Cup world group qualifier in Kazakhstan this weekend saying he needs time to recover from his exertions at the US Open. Having... [more]

Vatuvei takes out Warriors player of the year award
The Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei capped an outstanding NRL rugby league season by being named the 2010 Player of the Year. In claiming the club's supreme accolade, the 24-year-old Vatuvei... [more]

Robinson signs to Melbourne Rebels
The Melbourne Rebels rugby franchise has added another New Zealand tight-forward to their inaugural Super 15 squad by signing the ex-Junior All Blacks hooker Ged Robinson. The 27-year-old joins former... [more]

Former Fern and current Jamiaca international named in Tactix
The Canterbury Tactix netball franchise has named the former Silver Ferns shooter Donna Wilkins and the Jamaica international Kasey Evering in their 2011 trans-Tasman championship squad. The 32-year-old Wilkins played... [more]

Tony Williams dropped from Kiwis train-on squad
The New Zealand Rugby League has confirmed the Manly winger Tony Williams has been removed from the Kiwi train-on squad named last week to prepare for the upcoming Four Nations... [more]

Shuja, Knight beaten in opening round in England
The New Zealand squash player Kashif Shuja has fallen just short of a major upset in the opening round of the British Grand Prix tournament in Manchester. Shuja, who had... [more]

More heavy rain forecast for Samoa
American Samoa's National Weather Service says more wet and windy weather will affect the territory in the next 24 hours. The service says rainfall measured earlier this week was one... [more]

Massive investment in new French Polynesia eco-hotel
The Pacific Beachcomber hotel group says it plans to invest more than 60 million US dollars in a new hotel in French Polynesia. The company's president, Richard Bailey, says it... [more]

Transparency Vanuatu doubts new VMF leader means culture change
Transparency International in Vanuatu says it believes there is little hope the new commander of the Vanuatu Mobile Force can bring a change to its attitude and behaviour. Lieutenant Colonel... [more]

Amid criticism, RAMSI highlights gains
The Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands says it has made significant gains since it arrived in 2003 to help restore law and order. This comes in response to... [more]

NZ market up, Australian down
The New Zealand stock market was up on Thursday morning, despite a technical glitch. However, the Australian market was down. [more]

Forum head urges action to curb illegal fishing
The secretary-general of the Pacific Islands Forum says it is critical that action be taken to control illegal fishing. Tuiloma Neroni Slade made the comment at a Maritime Security meeting... [more]

Ship arrival ends Cooks fuel shortage
A week-long petrol shortage in the Cook Islands capital Rarotonga has been alleviated with the arrival of fuel supply vessel Southern Express. The shortage was caused by the delay in... [more]

Former Solomons public solicitor critical of case delays
A former public solicitor in Solomon Islands says legal procedures for handling ethnic tensions cases must be improved. Ken Averre, who is now a barrister in Australia, says RAMSI has... [more]

Guam short of infrastructure funding despite Japan's contribution
A Guam senator says new money allocated for the military build up by Japan is still not going to fix the problem of the island's infrastructure. There is now more... [more]

Tuvalu reports smooth voting
Voting in today's general election in Tuvalu has run smoothly, with no reported problems. 26 candidates, including all the sitting MPs, are contesting the poll, for 15 seats. A reporter... [more]

ACT leader stands by Garrett
ACT leader Rodney Hide says David Garrett still has his backing as an MP, despite a disclosure that he used a dead child's identity to fraudulently obtain a passport. [more]

Inquiry into farmer's killing focuses on Invercargill
Police investigating the killing of a Feilding farmer in July are making inquiries in Invercargill. Scott Guy was at a conference in the South Island city two weeks before his death. [more]

Hurt still lingers from theft of son's identity
A man whose dead son's identity was stolen says it still hurts that the criminal carried out crimes in his son's name. [more]

Law on surveillance devices unclear
The case of a man who was able to stalk his ex-wife using a tracking device fitted to her car is cited by the Law Commission as evidence of potential loopholes in the current law. [more]

Hong Kong Bledisloe Test confirmed
The fourth Bledisloe Cup rugby Test in Hong Kong will go ahead at the end of October. [more]

Need stressed for informed debate in health sector
Better-informed debate is needed about pressing health and other issues including how South Island neurosurgical services should be organised, a former government statistician says. [more]

PNG MP calls for government action to counter arms build-up
The leader of Papua New Guinea's National Party, Joe Mek Teine, says the arms build-up among highlands communities is alarming and will endanger major projects like the LNG. In an... [more]

Facts disputed over killing of prison officer
A hearing to settle a dispute over facts relating to the killing of an officer at Springhill Prison in Waikato has been held in the High Court in Hamilton. [more]

Former MP says deep divisions shown in ACT
Former ACT MP Deborah Coddington says damaging leaks about the past of ACT's law and order spokesperson, David Garrett, could be a distraction for the Government. She says ACT is still deeply divided. [more]

New bank merger to go ahead
Marac, the Canterbury Building Society and Southern Cross Building Society are to merge to form a $2 billion bank and list on the New Zealand Stock Exchange. [more]

American Samoa shaken by 5.5 tremor
Residents of American Samoa have been shaken by an earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale. Local radio stations reported their telephone lines were clogged with a huge volume of... [more]

Tongan PM launches Christchurch earthquake appeal
The Prime Minister of Tonga, Dr Feleti Sevele, has launched an appeal fund to raise money for the people of Christchurch following the 7.1 scale earthquake nearly two weeks ago. [more]

Vanuatu opposition leader confident about new VMF head
The Vanuatu opposition leader says the newly appointed commander of the para-military police, the Vanuatu Mobile Force, will prove to be competent. Lieutenant Colonel Aru Maralau has been appointed as... [more]

Home owners asked to help quake victims
The Government is calling on owners of unoccupied houses in Canterbury to lease them to people left homeless by an earthquake. [more]

Statue of Sir Keith Park unveiled in London
A bronze statue of Battle of Britain hero Sir Keith Park has been unveiled in its permanent location in central London. [more]

PM says Garrett's passport fraud bizarre
Prime Minister John Key says he was shocked to learn about David Garrett's passport fraud, which he describes as bizarre behaviour. [more]

Reserve Bank statement from Alan Bollard
The Reserve Bank held the Official Cash Rate at 3% on Thursday. [more]

Hendry leads rain-affected Wairakei Open
North Harbour professional golfer Michael Hendry holds the clubhouse lead after the opening round of the Wairakei Open near Taupo. A lengthy rain delay didn't trouble Hendry as he shot... [more]

Hong Kong Bledisloe Test on
The fourth Bledisloe Cup rugby Test in Hong Kong will go ahead at the end of next month. The three unions involved, the NZRU, the ARU and the HKRU, have... [more]

Artificial greens in Delhi set to test bowls players
The only member of the Commonwealth Games bowls team to bring back a medal from Melbourne four years ago says the artificial greens in Delhi will challenge players' patience and... [more]

Real Madrid salute one of their most famous fans
The newly crowned US Open tennis champion Rafael Nadal was given a standing ovation by Real Madrid fans when he strolled out on to the Bernabeu pitch before their Champions... [more]

SH1 lane re-opened after slip near Kaikoura
One lane of State Highway 1, south of Kaikoura, has reopened on Thursday afternoon after a major landslip blocked the road and rail line last week. [more]

Government unveils plans for digital TV switchover
Broadcasting Minister Jonathan Coleman says people should not rely on the Government to fund their transition to digital television. [more]

Reserve Bank holds interest rate
The Reserve Bank is holding the Official Cash Rate at 3%. The decision was expected because of the Canterbury earthquake and the lacklustre economy. [more]

First-time home buyer beats insurance deadlock
A first-time home buyer may have found a way to settle some of the 600 property deals disrupted by the issue of earthquake damage. [more]

Auckland boaties warned rough weather on way
The Auckland region emergency management office is warning of forecast high swells and rough seas. [more]

3-week deadline to inspect critically damaged homes
Christchurch residents have been promised all critically damaged houses will be inspected within three weeks. [more]

Court releases details on MP's passport fraud
Court documents made public about ACT MP David Garrett's passport fraud reveal how he went to a cemetery to secure an identity and wore a disguise for the passport photo. [more]

Warning to keep boiling water in Waimakariri District
The Waimakariri District Council is repeating warnings to boil water in some areas after the bacteria E-coli was found in a second drinking water sample. [more]

Rivals concerned Wellington taxi firm may go national
Some Wellington taxi firms are worried the capital's largest cab company is out to establish a national brand which they say will foster anti-competitive behaviour. [more]

Key visits Fox Glacier crash site
Prime Minister John Key has visited Fox Glacier to offer his support following the plane crash which killed nine people earlier in September. [more]

Man overboard north of Cape Reinga
A search has begun for a crew member after he fell overboard from a bulk carrier vessel 425km north of New Zealand. [more]