Radio New Zealand - Friday, 12th November 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 - Gone To Shiloh
Mike Aronsten from Nelson has chosen Gone To Shiloh - from The Union by Elton John and Leon Russell. [more]

Top Nurse
Anyone who has ever visited a Hospital Emergency room with a sick child or an injured friend knows what a difference a calm, competent nurse can make in what is often one of the most traumatic experiences anyone can have. In the Hawkes Bay Regional Hospital emergency department, nurse practitioner Sharon Payne is often that person who makes the difference for a frightened child, and their even more upset parents. She's just been named the 2010 Emergency Nurse of the Year by the Australasia College of Emergency Nurses in Sydney. [more]

Marathon Man
Michael Stewart is addicted to running. More precisely, he's addicted to marathons. The passion started 40 years ago when he lied about his age to compete in what is now the City of Wellington Marathon. That was back in 1970. Now at age 58, he has hit the pavement in 480 marathons. Michael has just arrived in Invercargill to compete in his 481st race, the Southland Marathon on Sunday. He's aiming to run in 500 marathons by the time he turns 60. [more]

Food with Jonny Schwass
Today's recipe, Fennel, Radish and Tangelo Salad. [more]

Wine with Michael Cooper
Today's wine list, Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Pencarrow Martinborough Pinot Noir 2009 and Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay 2009. [more]

Movies with Noelle McCarthy
Noelle reviews The Social Network. [more]

NZ Society - Flavour (part 2)
The second in Amelia Nurse's series on flavour. She met up with flavour chemist Justin Bendall and Chef Ryan Tattersal at Ryan's restaurant Cobar - Justin starts out telling us about pungency: [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 12 November 2010
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on today's Panel. [more]

The Panel with Jane Clifton and Deborah Hill Cone (part 1)
The minister of Womens' Affairs, Pansy Wong, has resigned from Cabinet over questions about her use of her parliamentary travel perk and A pro-cannabis group is promoting the prospect of an amnesty on pot smoking as a alternative to what some see as inevitable, alcohol-fuelled crowd violence at the Rugby World Cup next year. [more]

The Panel with Jane Clifton and Deborah Hill Cone (part 2)
A family row over Sir Edmund Hillary's collection of Rolex watches may be resolved by the Government and courts. Transport investigators say the actions of two air traffic controllers caused the near-collision of a skydive aircraft and a passenger plane carrying 34 people, south of Auckland last year. Poor old Len Brown didn't spend much time sitting down during his first"Mayor on the chair session"in Aotea Square. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 12 November 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 12 November. This week.....our Symphony Orchestra wowing crowds in Europe, sexist reporting in the media, the life of sports writer TP McLean revealed, a residential carer working sleeping on the job, what GPs really think of their patients, the pre-schoolers running wild in Fiordland and Fair Go's Kevin Milne signs off. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 12 November 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 12 November 2010
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 12 November 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 12 November 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 12 November 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Friday 12 November 2010
Pansy Wong resigns from Cabinet, Arch rivals join forces to vie for rural broadband contract, High school students hailed as heroes after crash and Man gets jail time for attacking seal. [more]

Pansy Wong resigns from Cabinet
Just days after accusing Labour of playing in the sewer over their attacks on Pansy Wong the Prime Minister John Key has accepted her resignation from the Cabinet. [more]

Arch rivals join forces to vie for rural broadband contract
Arch rivals Telecom and Vodafone have joined forces to try and win a lucrative Government contract to provide fast broadband to isolated parts of the country. [more]

Industry analyst on joint bid for rural broadband
Rosemary Spragg is an industry analyst - she agrees the Telecom Vodafone bid is a compelling one but the government will have to scrutinise it closely. [more]

High school students hailed as heroes after crash
Three young high school students are being hailed for their bravery and quick thinking following a fatal crash between a school bus and a car yesterday afternoon. [more]

Man gets jail time for attacking seal
A 20-year-old man has become the first person sent to jail for a barbaric attack on a leopard seal on a Southland beach. [more]

Update on kiwifruit disease
The Agriculture Minister, David Carter, says it is highly unlikely that the potentially devastating kiwifruit disease, PSA, can be eradicated. [more]

Sports News for 12 November 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Labour claims Wong's resignation as vindication
The Labour Party says Pansy Wong's resignation from Cabinet amid questions over her use of travel perks shows what it calls the Government's cynical attempt at a cover up, has failed. [more]

Currency policies come under the spotlight at G20 summit
Currency wars and trade imbalances have dominated talks between the leaders of the G20 group during the final day of a two-day summit in the South Korean capital, Seoul. [more]

Canterbury NCEA students put quake behind them
Thousands of High School students across the country will be spending the weekend doing last minute revision for NCEA exams, which begin next week. [more]

Waatea News for 12 November 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Labour says Australian company is likely to get RWC contract
The Labour Party says an eight-million-dollar contract for the Rugby World Cup's opening and closing ceremonies is about to be awarded to Australia. [more]

Waitara shellfish contaminated with human norovirus
People are being warned not to eat shellfish from Waitara after mussels were found to be contaminated with the gastroenteritis bug norovirus. [more]

Field Horsetail infestation threatens farms
A survivor of the dinosaur days is making life difficult for farmers in Rangitikei. The plant called Field Horsetail was first introduced to New Zealand in the 1920s by a botanist who thought it was interesting. [more]

Rumours of Aung San Suu Kyi's release
Signs are emerging from Myanmar that the high profile political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi could be released tomorrow. [more]

Paedophilia book not classified as objectionable in NZ
A book which appears to promote paedophilia has not been classed as objectionable in New Zealand, but the censor's office says it could still be illegal. [more]

Humanity on a suicidal path
The Canadian scientist and broadcaster, David Suzuki, has warned a conference at Parliament that without radical change humanity is heading down a path of self destruction. [more]

Sports News for 12 November 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Waatea News for 12 November 2010
News from the Waatea team [more]

Country Life

Intro and Guest
Doug Avery and his family are the South Island Farmers of the Year. [more]

Regional Wrap
Kiwifruit growers in Bay of Plenty, and elsewhere, are on tender hooks, while farms in the top of the South Island are desperate for rain. [more]

Gisborne A and P Show
One of the oldest shows in the country where crochet tea cosies and baking still get a look in, and show goers keenly ballot for a car park around the main equestrian arena so they can then proceed to host friends as they pass by. Beer, brandy and bacon and egg pies rule supreme. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for Friday 12 November 2010
In the programme this week the All Blacks are looking to make it two from two in their Grand Slam tour when they play Scotland ...we'll hear from both camps and also from a rookie Super 15 coach. The New Zealand Breakers have a tough weekend on the road, playing the 36ers in Adelaide before heading for Perth and I'll talk to their point guard CJ Bruton. And we'll also hear from popular New Zealand V8 Supercar driver Greg Murphy who's looking for a new drive in Australia. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus on Politics for 12 November 2010
Government accounts out this week reveal that tax income slumped one-point-one billion dollars below forecast in the first three months of the financial year. That helped put a big hole in the public finances, blowing the deficit for the period out to three-point-seven billion dollars. At the same time exporters continue to struggle with the high value of the New Zealand dollar, and the Labour Party says the National-led Government has no plan for the economy. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 12 November 2010
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 12 November 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 12 November 2010
Push to keep kiwifruit markets open despite PSA outbreak, Navy investigates fuel supply contamination, Despite sales slump, housing still out of reach for many, Vote for purchasing age still months away after liquor bill debated, Man charged with murder of NZ photojournalist, State of global economy set to dominate the G20. [more]

Act Party divided over liquor bill
Three Act Party MPs have voted againist the government's new liquor legislation. [more]

London's Westminster council joins austerity measures
London's Westminster council is joining in with the country's latest round of austerity measures in considering cutting the number of litter bins it provides by half. [more]

Pacific News for 12 November 2010
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 12 November 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Zespri expects PSA test results back today
The kiwifruit marketer Zespri, expects further test results back today from orchards suspected of having the vine-killing disease PSA. [more]

US trade specialist warns NZ to be sceptical of TPP
A US consumer rights watch-dog is warning New Zealand stands to lose more from a free trade deal with the world's largest economy, than it stands to gain. [more]

Push to keep kiwifruit markets open despite PSA outbreak
The kiwifruit marketer Zespri says it is working around the clock to keep overseas markets open to its exports. [more]

Navy investigates fuel supply contamination
The Navy has launched an investigation into contamination of its fuel supply, after its new patrol boat suffered a crippling failure just hours into its first international deployment. [more]

Despite sales slump, housing still out of reach for many
Economists and housing experts say despite a slump in house sales and falling prices, property ownership remains out of reach for many New Zealanders. [more]

Vote for purchasing age still months away
The public will have to wait until next year to find out if there will be a change in the purchasing age for alcohol, after the new liquor law bill had its first vote in Parliament. [more]

Man charged with murder of NZ photojournalist
A man has been charged with the murder of a New Zealand photojournalist in Kenya. [more]

State of global economy set to dominate the G20
The state of the global economy has dominated the two-day summit of the world's wealthiest economies in South Korea. [more]

Sports News for 12 November 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Register of Interests of Judges Bill drawn from ballot
The country's judges could be forced to disclose their financial interests under a new members bill that's been drawn from the ballot. [more]

Firms should be more transparent about women on boards
The New Zealand stock exchange is being urged to follow Australia's lead, and require listed companies to explain how much progress they're making in addressing the gender imbalance in boardrooms. [more]

Another twist in the story of the Russian spy ring
There's a fresh twist in the story of the Russian spy ring discovered working in the United States. [more]

Scotland promises attacking rugby against AB's
To this Saturday's test between the All Blacks and Scotland and the Scottish coach is promising an attacking style of rugby to try and end the men in black's unbeaten record over his side. [more]

Kiwifruit leaders no closer to figuring out PSA
Kiwifruit industry leaders are no closer to figuring out how to deal with a potentially devastating new vine disease which has been found in three orchards this week. [more]

Defence Minister defends Navy training after ship failure
The Defence Minister is open to the country's top soldiers continuing to work with the business sector. [more]

CAA auditing air traffic control after mid-air near collission
The Civil Aviation Authority is auditing air traffic control in the wake of a near collision between a sky-diving plane and an Air New Zealand flight south of Auckland last year. [more]

No new APEC trade barriers until 2014
Trade and foreign ministers of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation nations are pushing for a ban on new trade barriers for at least three years, following high-level meetings in Japan. [more]

Europe orders new checks for A380s
The European Aviation Safety Agency has ordered a gruelling inspection regime for A380 superjumbos using Rolls-Royce engines after the dramatic explosion of an engine on a Qantas flight last week. [more]

Sports News for 12 November 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Kiwis face off against Australia in Four Nations final
The captain of the New Zealand rugby league team is hoping the Australian crowd won't play tit-for-tat when they take the field in Brisbane for the Four Nations final on Saturday. [more]

Nelson bars rebuff police call for pre-Christmas lockdown
Nelson nightclubs and bars have rejected a police call for a lockdown of bars to help reduce alcohol-fuelled violence in the city in the lead up to Christmas. [more]

Waatea News for 12 November 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Delay of facility could be end of the line for Gisborne
The delay in the building of a multi-million dollar timber processing plant in Gisborne is another nail in the coffin for the local rail line which has for years been threatened with closure. [more]

Cantabarians flock to Canterbury Show
It's Canterbury Anniversary Day today, the busiest day for the annual Canterbury A and P show. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
Let's have a chat to our Canberra correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh. [more]

Nights

NZSO Biggest Tour Ever
New Zealand's biggest band, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, is currently on tour in Europe, having just travelled through China. [more]

Conundrum answer
Conundrum answer. [more]

Nine To Noon

Confusion over PPTA strike action
The PPTA planned to strike yesterday as part of its on-going campaign - the strike was called off late on Wednesday, after students had gone home for the day. As a result, thousands of Year 10 students stayed home yesterday when they should have been at school. With Denis Pyatt - Chairman Canterbury-Westland Secondary Principals' Assn and Principal Papanui High School and Kate Gainsford - PPTA president. [more]

Eroding public confidence and trust in charities
With Trevor Garrett - Charities Commission chief executive. [more]

Pacific correspondent - Mike Field
Tonga caught between China and The U.S. [more]

Rural Delivery
Poems and images from New Zealand farms photography by Stephen Robinson, Graeme Williams is one of the poets featured - he's a farmer and paddock poet. With Graeme Williams and Stephen Robinson. [more]

Book review with John McIntyre
The moon and Farmer McPhee by Margaret Mahy illustrated by David Elliot. Published by Random House. The Legend of The Golden Snail by Graham Base Published by Penguin/Viking. H.O.U.S.E. * Habitual Objects Unique Spatial Extraordinary by Aleksandra Machowiak and Daniel Mizilenski Published by Gecko Press. [more]

Confusion over PPTA strike action
Secretary for Education, Karen Sewall, comments on the confusion over strike action this week. [more]

New Music with Sean McKenna
Ray Davies releases an album of Kinks covers by other artists. Sam Amidon's new album. [more]

Sport with Joseph Romanos
A Pakistani cricketer has sought asylum in The UK and Mialamu's suspension. [more]

The Week That Was
With Radar and Michele A'Court. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 12 November 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 12 November 2010
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Saturday Morning

Robin Maconie: musicologia
New Zealand composer, pianist and writer, and world expert on the composer Stockhausen, and the science and acoustics of music. [more]

The Week In Review

The Week in Review - week ending 12 November 2010
A review of the week's news including: fears over detection of new kiwifruit disease, investigation into Navy ship being forced to turn back just hours into first deployment, an Auckland real estate agent found guilty of multi million dollar fraud, neurosurgery in South Island to be based at both Christchurch and Dunedin, research suggests the number of children affected by melamine tainted formula in China may be greater than first thought, a report into New Plymouth birth defects says it was down to chance, house prices hit a new record level, investigations into a stoat sighting on Kapiti island, the snowline on glaciers in South Island increases, and the 2 year old speech made in Parliament. [more]

Upbeat

Vincent Ward
NZ film maker talks about the release of his autobiography 'The Past Awaits' and mini film festival taking place in Greytown this weekend. [more]

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Review
Peter Hoar reviews last night's APO concert featuring Haydn's Trumpet Concerto. [more]

News stories:

McCaw and Mils to equal Fitzy's record
Richie McCaw amd Mils Muliaina will equal the All Blacks record for most international caps when they face Scotland on Sunday morning after being named in the starting line-up. Skipper... [more]

Gatland chooses young giant for debut against Boks
Wales' rugby coach Warren Gatland has chosen a teenage powerhouse to make his debut against the Springboks this weekend in Cardiff. In one of four changes to the side beaten... [more]

Ryder will only bat in second test
Jesse Ryder is likely to play only as a batsman in the second cricket Test against India in Hyderabad today. Ryder is still recovering from a calf injury that prevented... [more]

Internal dispute has Aussie Grand Prix under threat
An internal dispute is threatening the future of the Australian formula one grand prix. The problem concerns a dispute over fees, with the Grand Prix chairman Ron Walker claiming race... [more]

Good opening day for Kiwis at Aussie Masters
Seven of the eleven New Zealand golfers playing the Australian Masters matched or bettered par in yesterday's opening round at the Victoria club in Melbourne. The Wellington left-hander Gareth Paddison... [more]

Sides to press for victories in Plunket Shield
Canterbury will press for victory heading into the 4th and final day of their opening round Plunket Shield cricket match against Auckland in Christchurch. The hosts are 131 for 3,... [more]

Pools named for 2011 IRB Junior world championship
The International Rugby Board has announced the dates, pools and venues for next year's Junior World Championship in Italy. Reigning champions New Zealand top Pool A where they are joined... [more]

ATP finals lineup confirmed
Andy Roddick, Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer have secured the final three places for the season-ending ATP finals in London after Spaniard Fernando Verdasco exited the Paris Masters. Verdasco had... [more]

Wilkins leaves Chelsea
The Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins has left the English football champions with immediate effect. No reason has been given for the sudden departure of Carlo Ancelotti's trusted right-hand man,... [more]

Former national coaching director dies
John Howell, a former New Zealand Cricket national coaching director, has died in Tauranga after a short illness, aged 67. [more]

DNZ reports $112m loss
DNZ Property Fund has reported a loss of $112.8 million in the six months to September. [more]

Signs of manufacturing demand rise
There are faint signs the manufacturing sector may start to expand again, following a third month of declining activity. [more]

Hellaby earnings advance
Investment firm Hellaby Holdings says its September quarter earnings and profits are ahead of the same period a year ago. [more]

Team Talk shortlisted for Wellington ultra-fast broadband
Mobile radio and broadband company Team Talk has told its shareholders it has been shortlisted to provided ultra-fast broadband in the capital. [more]

Man charged with New Zealander's murder in Kenya
A man has been charged with the murder of a New Zealand photojournalist in Kenya two years ago. [more]

PNG acting police commissioners assures force is stable
Papua New Guinea's acting police commissioner, Anthony Wagambie, says the force is stable and united despite the government's sacking of commissioner, Gari Baki. Mr Wagambie stepped in after Mr Baki... [more]

Tonga campaigner standing to keep reform on track
A long time advocate for democratic change in Tonga, Lopeti Senituli, says the desire to keep the ongoing reform process on track was the main prompt for him to contest... [more]

American Samoa election compaint alleges fraud
An unsuccessful candidate, Lopa Seti alleges in his election complaint filed with the Appeal court in American Samoa that the incumbent House representative for the District of Tuala-tai, Bill Satele... [more]

Kiribati climate conference labelled a success
New Zealand's representative at the climate change talks in Kiribati has described the three-day conference as a success with it adopting the so-called Ambo Declaration. New Zealand, Australia, Japan and... [more]

MPs to debate interests register for judges
MPs are set to debate whether a pecuniary interests register should be set up for judges [more]

Timber plant delay threatens Gisborne-Napier rail line
Delay in building a timber processing plant in Gisborne could spell the end of the local rail line, which KiwiRail says it is already struggling to run. [more]

Friday's newspaper headlines
Faulty gas installations 'could kill'; Driver dead after car and bus collide near Kumeu; scam victim left with $600,000 debt; primary school children leapfrog into record books. [more]

Body found on Christchurch beach
A body has been found washed up on Southshore beach in New Brighton. [more]

Sewage no longer spilling into Christchurch rivers
Sewage is no longer being discharged into Christchurch rivers, following extensive repairs to the quake-damaged sewer network, damaged in September's earthquake. [more]

Landholders illegally burning in DoC controlled areas
The Fire Service in Hurunui District says some landholders have been illegally burning in Department of Conservation controlled areas in Canterbury. [more]

Nelson bars reject lockdown trial
Nelson nightclubs and bars have rejected a police call for a pre-Christmas lockdown trial aimed at cracking down on alcohol-fuelled violence. [more]

Fiji Commerce Commission gives consumers choice
The Commerce Commission in Fiji has adjusted the price reductions it had previously announced on some basic household items from an average of 13 percent to 9 percent. That comes... [more]

Cook Islands political reform lobbyists say MPS should be educating constituents
The head of a political reform lobby group in the Cook Islands says politicians should be doing more to help people understand the issues behind next week's national referendum. Voters... [more]

Problem-plagued Navy ship safe, says captain
The captain of one of the navy vessel which had to return from its first international mission due to fuel contamination is confident it is safe to return to sea. [more]

House prices still high relative to NZ incomes
Economists and housing experts say a slump in house sales and falling prices don't yet go far enough to make housing affordable for many New Zealanders. [more]

Minister doesn't expect ban on SAS involvement
Defence Minister Wayne Mapp expects the country's top soldiers will continue to work with the business sector. [more]

Call to force details on women in boardrooms
The New Zealand stock exchange is being urged to make listed companies explain how much progress they are making in redressing gender imbalance in boardrooms. [more]

Wool prices hold at auction
Cross-bred wool prices have held at this week's North Island wool sale, after losing ground to a soaring New Zealand dollar last week. [more]

Loeb starts well in Rally Wales
World champion Sebastien Loeb has won the opening superspecial stage of rally Wales in Cardiff Bay. The Frenchman, who has already picked up his seventh consecutive world championship crown going... [more]

Breakers okay with Penney
CJ Bruton will play his 400th game in the Australian National Basketball League tonight when the New Zealand Breakers play the 36ers in Adelaide. The veteran point guard's in his... [more]

Beckenbauer to step down from Fifa
The German legend Franz Beckenbauer will not seek a new term on the world football's governing body FIFA Executive Committee next year and will step down in March 2011 for... [more]

Moody denies provoking Mealamu
England's rugby captain Lewis Moody has denied provoking Keven Mealamu before the head-butt which led to the All Blacks' hooker being banned for four weeks. Moody says he's mystified by... [more]

Former national coaching director dies
John Howell, a former New Zealand Cricket national coaching director, has died in Tauranga after a short illness, aged 67. As a medium pace bowler Howell played for Central Districts... [more]

No team orders say Red Bull
Red Bull say they will not impose team orders on their drivers in an attempt to win the world championship. Sebastian Vettel may be able to help team-mate Mark Webber... [more]

Vulivuli to make test debut for Fiji
Fiji have named their team to take on France in their opening European Tour match in Nantes on Sunday morning. Llanelli Scarlets prop Deacon Manu will captain the side, with... [more]

Lavea to debut as Manu Samoa call back big guns
Former New Zealand rugby league international Tasesa Lavea will make his Manu Samoa debut after being named to start at first five in Sunday morning's clash with Ireland in Dublin. [more]

Former Manu Samoa coach sues Rugby Union
Former Manu Samoa coach Lepale Niko is suing the Samoa Rugby Union for more than $US30,000 for breach of contract and personal damages. The suit follows unsuccessful mediation talks between... [more]

Lautoka coach backs his team to maintain winning run
Lautoka football coach Gurjit Singh is eyeing the top spot in Group A ahead of tomorrow's O-League football clash with Amicale FC in Fiji. Both sides caused upsets in the... [more]

Vanuatu cricketers miss out on promotion
Vanuatu have failed in their bid to be promoted from World Cricket League Division 8 after losing their tournament semi-final to Germany in Kuwait overnight. Germany were bowled out for... [more]

Fiji, Tonga draw tough pool for Junior Champs
Fiji and Tonga wont have it easy at next year's Junior World Rugby Championship in Italy. The International Rugby Board has announced the pools for next years tournament and both... [more]

Warnings over unlicensed immigration advisors in Samoa
There's a warning in Samoa that only operators licensed by New Zealand Immigration are able to give advice on New Zealand immigration matters. Our correspondent reports that while law against... [more]

Indonesian soldiers sentenced over Papua torture
An Indonesian military court has sentenced four soldiers to up to seven months in jail for torturing indigenous Papuans in the restive Papua province. The trial came after Hong Kong-based... [more]

Ministry, union blame each other over strike chaos
The Ministry of Education and the secondary teachers union are blaming each other for the chaos created by the late cancellation of Thursday's teachers' strike. [more]

Students praised for helping crash victims
Three year 10 boys are being hailed as heroes following a fatal collision between a school bus and a car north of Auckland on Thursday. [more]

Radiographers' union sees progress in talks
The union representing radiographers believe it is moving closer to a resolution of the bitter pay dispute with District Health Boards. [more]

Canterbury students play catch-up for NCEA exams
Thousands of high school students will spend the weekend cramming for their NCEA exams next week, but some Canterbury students may be finding the task more daunting. [more]

Teens charged over school fire
Two teenagers have been charged over an arson attack at a school in the Auckland suburb of Glen Eden. [more]

Minister defends Government's Hobbit action
Broadcasting Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government will take action where appropriate to protect the screen industry and the jobs and livelihoods that depend on it. [more]

PM, Trade Minister differ over Japan trade
Differences have emerged between Prime Minister John Key and Trade Minister Tim Groser over Japan's entry into the Transpacific Partnership free trade agreement (TPP). [more]

Public cycles removed as advertising dries up
Aucklanders will no longer be able to use public bikes as a transport alternative after the company that maintains them failed to attract enough advertising to keep them on the roads. [more]

Fiji Times deputy editor Foster quits
The deputy editor of the Fiji Times, Sophie Foster, has resigned from the newspaper and will move to Australia. Her decision has been reported by FBC News. She had been... [more]

Tax changes hit Kiwi Income Property Trust profits
Kiwi Income Property Trust faces a $144 million tax charge after the Government announced depreciation changes. [more]

The Warehouse Group sales slip
First quarter sales for The Warehouse Group have slipped, and the retailer says consumer spending is showing little sign of picking up. [more]

Goodman Fielder drops sale plan
Listed food company Goodman Fielder has shelved plans to sell its edible oil and fats business to Australian rival Cargill. [more]

Kiwifruit disease raises vine management issue
The appearance of the kiwifruit vine disease PSA has raised the issue of vine management. [more]

Growers urged to start installing water meters
The national irrigation body says farmers and growers should get on with installing water meters now - even though the first deadline to have them up and running is 2012. [more]

Tahiti's Temarii confident FIFA will clear him in corruption probe
French Polynesia's suspended FIFA executive committee member Reynald Temarii says he has no doubt he will be cleared of corruption charges and allowed to vote for the 2018 and 2022... [more]

Kiwifruit exports uninterrupted despite vine disease
A Zespri executive says international markets have voiced no concerns about New Zealand's kiwifruit supply, despite the outbreak of the vine-killing disease, PSA. [more]

French Polynesia mayors shun annual Paris meeting
Most of French Polynesia's mayors have decided to boycott this year's annual French mayors' meeting in France. According to the La Depeche newspaper, members of the organisation for the promotion... [more]

Kiribati president pins hope on Cancun climate talks
The President of Kiribati says he hopes next month's United Nations conference in Mexico will recognise the urgent need to deal with the impact of climate change on vulnerable nations. [more]

Australia warned over vulnerability to disease outbreaks in PNG
Australian authorities have been warned to take note of the threat posed by disease outbreaks in neighbouring Papua New Guinea. The warning from Professor Ian Wronski from James Cook University's... [more]

Weak command structure in Papua leaves Kopassus to its own agenda, says academic
A US-based Papuan journalist and academic, Octo Mote, says the Indonesian Army's Special Forces unit, Kopassus, operates only under its own agenda in Papua. His comment comes as reports of... [more]

Solomons set MSG meeting date for December
The Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Danny Philip, says it will host a special Melanesian Spearhead Group meeting in December. According to the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, Mr Philip says... [more]

Solar power system on island will save thousands
Auckland's Motutapu Island will on Friday flick the switch on the country's largest off-grid solar power system. [more]

Cook Islands facing 'enormous economic problems' as election approaches
A Cook Islands election candidate says people believe the government's wasted huge amounts of money while failing to address important issues such as the cost of food and housing and... [more]

Tonga candidate calls for focus on agriculture niche
An Auckland lawyer campaigning for this month's elections in Tonga says the country can turn its beleaguered economy around by focussing on areas such as niche agriculture. Tonga is struggling... [more]

Bainimarama explains Leweni shift back to Fiji military
Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has told the Fiji Sun newspaper that Lieutenant-Colonel Neumi Leweni has returned to the military because two top commanders are on leave. Brigadier-General... [more]

PNG priest says dysentery deaths preventable
A Catholic priest in Papua New Guinea says the deaths of at least nine prison inmates could have been prevented if the authorities had moved sooner to control a dysentery... [more]

Jail for gang associates posing as rival mob members
Three associates of the Black Power gang in Wairoa have each been jailed for three years and four months for the armed robbery of a dairy while posing as members of the Mongrel Mob. [more]

Man jailed for videotaped attack on seal
A man has been jailed for four months for attacking a Leopard Seal with rocks while it lay on a Southland beach. [more]

Mayor vows to prevent repeat of Eden Park crowd trouble
The mayor of Auckland is setting up a taskforce to try to avoid a repeat of last Saturday's rugby league test crowd trouble at the 2011 Rugby World Cup. [more]

Vanuatu police arrest fugitive consul to Singapore
Police have arrested Vanuatu's fugitive honorary consul to Singapore upon his arrival at Bauerfield airport. Alex Chung, who was wanted by the police for illegal possession of a diplomatic passport,... [more]

Federer continues hot streak
Roger Federer has continued his hot streak, claiming a place in the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters, where the final lineup for the season-ending championships has been settled. The Swiss... [more]

Uruguay play Romania for last place at Rugby World Cup
Uruguay play Romania this weekend to decide which nation will fill the final place at the rugby world cup in New Zealand next year. The match will be played over... [more]

Warning over shellfish after tests reveal contamination
Taranaki's Medical Officer of Health says it is too risky to eat shellfish from Waitara, after scientists found mussels contaminated with the stomach bug norovirus. [more]

Telecom shares unchanged after rural broadband announcement
The New Zealand sharemarket fell 21 points to close at 3311 on Friday on turnover of $18 million. [more]

CNMI still in limbo after federalisation of immigration
The governor of the Northern Marianas, Benigno Fitial, says almost a year since the US federal government took control of immigration, the islands remain in limbo mainly because of the... [more]

Ministry wants Lady Hillary to return Sir Edmund's Rolex
The Ministry for Culture and Heritage has written to Sir Edmund Hillary's widow seeking the return of a watch given to the mountaineer the year he conquered Mt Everest. [more]

Bank demands repayment of $19 million loan
HSBC is demanding repayment of a $19 million loan to a subsidiary of Allied Farmers. [more]

Delegats improves offer to struggling grape grower
The winemaker, Delegats Group, has upped its offer for the loss-making grape grower, Oyster Bay Marlborough Vineyards. [more]