Radio New Zealand - Monday, 22nd November 2010

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Come Up and See Me (Make Me Smile)
Viky Garden chooses 'Come Up and See Me (Make Me Smile)' by Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel. [more]

Eight Months to Mars - Roger Hall
Roger Hall is best known as the man who has kept New Zealand laughing for the best part of four decades. His ability to do that has consequently seen more local theatres thriving and more local actors working. [more]

Rick Brown and the Silver Ghost
Rick Brown is a successful businessman with a passion for road trips. Really big road trips. He's been to Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica and Australia in his 1923 Silver Ghost Rolls-Royce. Brown and the car won the pioneer division of the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge 2007, a journey of more than 16,000km. [more]

He Rourou for 22 November 2010
Eighteen-year-old Rotorua schoolboy Tiki Daniels has been bitten by the acting bug, even though he only got his first taste this year. Ana Tapiata talks to Tiki about performing in the play 'He Matapihi ki te Ao', completing his school work whilst on tour and his future plans. [more]

Feature Album - Minute by Minute
The Feature Album is 'Minute by Minute' - the Dobbie Brothers' most successful album which includes their biggest hit. [more]

Live: Gigs That Rocked New Zealand
The history of the live gigs in New Zealand has been documented in a new book by longtime music fan Josh Easby and veteran photographer Bruce Jarvis. [more]

Our Changing World - A Mudfish Hunt
Mudfish were once the most common freshwater fishes in New Zealand, and have some amazing abilities - during hot summers early settlers were often startled to dig them up in their vegetable gardens. But a loss of more than 90% of their wetland habitat has meant that these days mudfish are rather rare. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 22 November 2010
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Linley Boniface and Jock Anderson (part 1)
Rescue workers at the Pike River Mine plan to use a bore hole that they're drilling into the mine shaft. Pope Benedict says condoms can be justified for male prostitutes seeking to stop the spread of HIV. Phill Goff says electoral fatigue following the local body elections could have been responsible for the tighter than expected Mana by-election result. [more]

The Panel with Linley Boniface and Jock Anderson (part 2)
A Canterbury University lecturer says young people are being unfairly criminalised by liquor bans. A study into one of New Zealand's worst infectious diseases shows household crowding is one of the key risk factors for acute rheumatic fever. A survey of 1558 people shows most of them are unhappy with tax changes. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 22 November 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 22 November 2010
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 22 November 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Monday 22 November 2010
Tests show underground fire possible at mine, SFO accuses two men of scamming money from former council, MPs want spending cap on election campaigns run by lobby groups, NZ's credit rating on notice for possible downgrade, and five dollar painting could be sold for thousands. [more]

Images of where trapped miners are may be avaible
The first images of where the 29 trapped Pike River miners are supposed to be, could emerge in the next few hours along with a better idea of just how toxic the underground air is. [more]

Runanga clings to hopes for survival of its miners
Police have revealed the names and details of all the miners trapped. Geoff Moffett is in the settlement of Runanga, north of Greymouth where six of the miners are from. [more]

SFO accuses two men of scamming money from former council
Two men have been charged with scamming over $800,000 from the former North Shore City Council. The Serious Fraud Office has laid more than 300 charges against Hemant Kumar Maharaj, who worked at the council, and his friend Suresh Din. [more]

Evening Business for 22 November 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Five dollar painting could soon be sold for thousands
A painting bought for as little as five dollars at a Northland junk shop is about to go under the hammer and could fetch as much as half a million dollars. [more]

Sports News for 22 November 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

New Zealand put on negative credit watch
New Zealand's credit rating has been put on notice for a possible downgrade. [more]

Waatea News for 22 November 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Former bar owner on trial for manslaughter
A former Blenhiem bar owner and bouncer is on trial in the High Court for the manslaughter of a patron he ejected from the Shapeshifters Bar in August 2009. [more]

Tests show underground fire possible at mine
Testing at the Pike River coal mine where 29 miners remain trapped, shows it is possible there is a fire underground. The rescue team say they're still optimistic but are planning for all outcomes including loss of life. [more]

MPs want spending cap on election campaigns run by lobby groups
MPs want to limit how much money lobby groups can spend on campaigns ahead of general elections and the upcoming referendum on MMP. [more]

NZ's credit rating on notice for possible downgrade
New Zealand's credit rating has been put on notice for a possible downgrade. Standard and amp; Poors has put the country on negative credit watch. [more]

Government installs single DHB chairs in Akl and Wtn
The Government has made significant changes to force district health boards to work more closely together. Health Minister, Tony Ryall has released his long-awaited list of government appointments to all 20 DHBs. [more]

Sports News for 22 November 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

IT people say collecting GST from online shopping can't work
I.T. experts are rubbishing a suggestion by retailers that it would be possible to collect GST on goods purchased online from overseas. At the moment GST isn't payable on items costing less than $400 and the Retailers Association is crying foul. [more]

Reports that North Korea has a new uranium enrichment plant
The U.S State Department is sending a team to South Korea to investigate a report that North Korea has secretly built a new uranium enrichment plant. [more]

Chile follows news of Pike River miners
News of the trapped Pike River miners has been making headlines in South America including of course Chile. [more]

Waatea News for 22 November 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

TEC says one tertiary institution is high risk
The Tertiary Education Commission says just one of the country's 31 public tertiary institutions is a high financial risk. But it won't say which one. [more]

UK correspondent on bishops attack on royal family
A British bishop has launched a scathing attack on the Royal Family calling Prince William and his fiance Kate Middleton"shallow celebrities"and describing the media coverage of their engagement as"nauseating tosh". [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 22 November 2010
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 22 November 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Monday 22 November 2010
Frustration mounts as safety concerns delay mine rescue; Pike River Coal chairman says safety company's priority; resources minister on latest on Pike River disaster; Beaconsfield miner says don't give up hope; anguish intensifies in Grey district; and National claims a victory despite Labour's win in Mana. [more]

Fourth day underground for 29 men trapped at Pike River
Rescue efforts are still to get under way at the Pike River coal mine, where 29 men remain trapped. [more]

Miner recounts how he survived Pike River mine explosion
Russell Smith is a coal cutter at the Pike River Mine, and one of two confirmed survivors from the explosion. [more]

Pacific News for 22 November 2010
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 22 November 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Missing miner Blair Sims"West Coast's top league player"
Twenty-nine men remain trapped underground in the Pike River coal mine. [more]

Fourth day without any rescue for Pike River miners
Reporter Gay Cavill is in Greymouth and joins us on the line. [more]

Labour looks to 2011 as National trumpets Mana margin
The new MP for Mana, Kris Faafoi, is barely a day into the job, but already has eyes firmly set on rebuilding Labour's majority in the seat. [more]

Frustration mounts as safety concerns delay mine rescue
With still too much methane and other poisonous gas in the mine shaft for rescuers to enter, overnight contractors have continued drilling a small bore hole into the mine from the hillside above. [more]

Pike River Coal chairman says safety company's priority
Contractors are drilling a small bore hole into one of the open areas inside the mine, which will be used to take air samples and also allow rescuers to hear if anyone is talking. [more]

Resources minister on latest on Pike River disaster
The Prime Minister John Key is flying to the West Coast this morning ahead of the latest meeting with families. Still there is the Minister of Energy and Resources, Gerry Brownlee. [more]

Locals wait for news of miners
We are joined by our reporter, Matthew Peddie, who is in Greymouth and has been talking to locals about the missing men. [more]

Beaconsfield miner says don't give up hope
Governments, including the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have promised any assistance New Zealand may require. [more]

Frustration and anguish intensifies in Grey district
The mayor of the Grey district Tony Kokshoorn says the situation is desperate and fears time may not be on the miners' side. [more]

National claims a victory despite Labour's win in Mana
The Mana by-election may have been won by Labour on Saturday, but the closer-than-expected result has the National party claiming it's the real winner. [more]

Sports News for 22 November 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

National group takes over five vulnerable health services
The Government says it will take over control of five health services which are most vulnerable to failure. [more]

Artificial pollination not yet linked to PSA spread
Federated Farmers is calling for the suspension of artificial pollination on New Zealand orchards, after samples of kiwifruit pollen tested positive for the vine-killing disease PSA. [more]

Pope changes stance on condom use
There's been a worldwide response to hints Pope Benedict the 16th has changed his stance on condom use. [more]

Mining expert urges rescue caution
An agonising wait for the families and friends of 29 men trapped underground at Pike River continues this morning, with rescue teams still prevented from entering the mine. [more]

Pike River families about to be briefed on latest
The families of the 29 men trapped in the Pike River coal mine are now being briefed on the latest events. [more]

Local MP waits for news
We're joined by the MP for West Coast-Tasman, Chris Auchinvole. [more]

Miners' union demands answers
The coal miner's union says people on the West Coast deserve a full public inquiry once the miners have been located, to determine how such a disaster could have occurred. [more]

Labour retains Mana seat, Faafoi pleased with result
The Labour Party leader, Phil Goff, says his party is satisfied with the result of the Mana by-election at the weekend. [more]

Stability and leadership sought from new Tonga government
Tonga goes to the polls this week in an historic election that will give more political power to the ordinary people of the South Pacific nation. [more]

Sports News for 22 November 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

US expert says approach to mine dangers should change
A meeting to brief the families of the trapped Pike River coal miners is underway in Greymouth, as anxiety levels rise over the length of time it's taking to stage a rescue. [more]

One million dollars needed for rescue of Taihape hospital
Supporters of Taihape's hospital need to come up with one million dollars within days as Whanganui District Health Board begins moving out elderly residents. [more]

Waatea News for 22 November 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

All Blacks win marks milestones for two players, coach
The All Blacks are now one game away from a third Grand Slam in five years, after they defeated Ireland 38-18 in Dublin yesterday morning. [more]

Top-billed presents for children revealed as Xmas nears
The countdown is on for Christmas, and those who still need to send presents overseas better get a move on. [more]

Phil Kafcaloudes with news from Australia
Time to chat to our Melbourne correspondent Phil Kafcaloudes. [more]

Nights

Tax Cuts
Would Britain's economy benefit from the public's tax take being reduced? [more]

Thinkers: Economics
How money goes around: global inequality with wealth and income. [more]

Conundrum Clue 1
Conundrum clue 1. [more]

South Africa Report
Christi Van Der Westhuizen discusses news and cultural trends from the Republic of South Africa. [more]

Conundrum clue 2
Conundrum clue 2 [more]

Nine To Noon

Pike River mine explosion
29 miners are still trapped underground. We talk to Grey District mayor Tony Kokshoorn, Labour MP Damien O'Connor, and Archdeacon Robin Kingston. [more]

Are banks pressuring farmers?
Are banks pulling the rug out from under farmers feet? Claims that widespread pressure on farmers from banks is causing some to lose their farms. [more]

Pike River mine explosion
Greymouth High School Principal Jim Luders says the incident is having an effect on the school. [more]

Feature Guest - Simon Holdaway
Simon Holdaway is Professor of Archaeology and Head of Department for Anthropology at the University of Auckland. He's led archaeological research projects all over the world, including Australia and Egypt, where his studies have shed light on the way climate change over the millennia has affected human populations, and recently he's uncovered a Maori settlement in Taranaki. [more]

Pike River mine explosion
Our reporter Geoff Moffett has been at the media briefing and gives us the latest updates. [more]

Book Review - The Good Daughters: A Novel
Written by Joyce Maynard, published by HarperCollins. Reviewed by Jane Westaway. [more]

Politics with Matthew Hooton and Andrew Campbell
Discussing the Mana by-election. [more]

Pike River mine explosion
Update including the official list of those trapped in the Pike River mine. [more]

Food and Wine with Jo Seager and John Hawkesby
Guest chef Jo Seager has recipes for Sesame Fish with Green Beans and Noodles, plus Lemon Meringue Rolled Pavlova, and John Hawkesby has the wine recommendations. [more]

Pike River mine explosion
Further updates. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 22 November 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 22 November 2010
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Upbeat

Gretchen La Roche
Director of the Gisborne International Music Competition. [more]

Morgana O'Reilly
Writer and actor of one woman show 'The Height of the Eiffel Tower' playing at Bats Theatre in Wellington. [more]

Gillian Helfgott
Wife and manager of Australian pianist David Helgott; who is currently touring New Zealand. [more]

Berlin Philharmonia Orchestra review
Tony Ryan reviews the Berlin Philharmonia Orchestra's 20 November concert in Sydney. [more]

News stories:

Aguilar retains tour card for 2011
The Chilean golfer Felipe Aguilar held on to his European Tour card for 2011 after the close of the Hong Kong Open. The 36-year-old Aguilar, arrived in Hong Kong lying... [more]

Jim Beam racing score morale boosting win
James Courtney did his best to shift the gloom over his Jim Beam Racing team by winning an incident-marred V8 Supercar race at Sandown. But with financial and ownership disputes... [more]

Brown fades on final day in Hong Kong
The Wellington golfer Mark Brown faded on the final day of the Hong Kong Open, dropping 10 places to finish in a tie for 16th. Brown's one over par 71... [more]

Murray crushes Soderling in London
Andy Murray made a perfect start to his bid to win the ATP World Tour Tennis Finals for the first time with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Sweden's Robin Soderling. [more]

Alonso yet to congratulate Vettel
New Formula One world champion Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has revealed Ferrari rival Fernando Alonso has yet to congratulate him on his success as the German greeted fans in his... [more]

Rovers give new bosses something to smile about
Blackburn Rovers gave their new Indian owners an immediate return with a 2-nil victory over Aston Villa that lifted the club five places up the English Premier League football table. [more]

Black Caps batted out of series win
A draw is the best result the New Zealand cricketers can hope for after they were batted out of a winning chance on day two of the third and deciding... [more]

Athletes of the year named
Kenyan 800 metres runner David Rudisha, who set 2010's only major world record, and world indoor high jump champion Blanka Vlasic of Croatia have been named the International Athletics Federation's... [more]

Tigers claim first win of ANBL season
A massive second half comeback from the Gold Coast Blaze wasn't enough to stop the Melbourne Tigers basketball team from registering their first ANBL win of the season, snapping a... [more]

Australia swimmer first across Auckland Harbour
Australia's Codie Grimsey has won Auckland harbour swim, dominating a strong field to complete the crossing from Bayswater to the Viaduct in 33 minutes18 seconds. The 19-year-old beat the defending... [more]

Lawsuit filed to stop firing range in ancient part of Guam
Opponents of plans for a Marine firing range in Guam's Pagat area have filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Defence in a Hawaii federal court. The suit has... [more]

Cook Islands Party questions understanding of referendum on number of MPs
The leader of the Cook Islands Party, which appears to have secured victory in the general election, is criticising a referendum on the number of seats in parliament. The Cook... [more]

PNG government held accountable by NGO over cholera deaths
A Papua New Guinea NGO says it's holding the government accountable over the cholera deaths on Daru Island in Western Province. Over 100 people are estimated to have died in... [more]

Fiji extends emergency rules after warning foreigners against interfering in local affairs
Fiji has extended its emergency regulations once more with the latest round coming into effect over the weekend. Fiji Live says the regulations were introduced 19 months ago when the... [more]

Clinton sends message of support for families
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the prayers of Americans are with trapped workers inside a New Zealand mine, and their families. [more]

Farmers plan to boycott Mackenzie Country conference
Farmers say they are going to boycott a conference to talk about the future of the Mackenzie Country. [more]

Blackcaps battling for draw in third and final test
The New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee is dismissing suggestions the Blackcaps have failed in their strategy to try and contain the Indian batsmen after the hosts took firm control... [more]

Henry happy with progress towards World Cup
Coach Graham Henry's more than happy with the All Blacks progress heading into World Cup year as they prepare for the final match on their northern tour this weekend against... [more]

Kiwifruit growers urged to have pollen tested
MAF Biosecurity is urging kiwifruit growers to have pollen tested before it is used for artificial pollination on orchards. [more]

Promoters of farmer wool co-op extend roadshow
The promoters of a new farmer wool co-operative have extended their roadshow programme by another week as they seek support from sheep farmers. [more]

Pinot takes out top wine award for second year
Pinot noir wines have claimed the champion title for two years in a row at the Air New Zealand wine awards. [more]

Blackcaps fighting to save draw in thrid and deciding test
The New Zealand cricket captain Daniel Vettori says the Nagpur pitch could still provide some demons for the hosts and the Blackcaps must take a leaf out of India's bowling... [more]

Donnelly out of rest of All Black tour
It has been confirmed that the All Black lock Tom Donnelly has suffered a medial ligament strain and his European tour is over. Donnelly suffered the knee injury in yesterday's... [more]

Team NZ still in second place
Team Nerw Zealand remains second after day 7 of the Louis Vuitton Trophy yachting regatta off Dubai. Dean Barker and the crew sailing NZL 84 played a patient game to... [more]

Man City within three points of Chelsea in EPL
Manchester City have outclassed Fulham 4-1 to put themselves back in the English Premier football league title race. City are within three points of the league leaders Chelsea and Manchester... [more]

Brown wishes he could start all over again after fading in final round
The New Zealand golfer Mark Brown fell off the pace on the final day of the Hong Kong Open, dropping 10 places to finish in a tie for 16th and... [more]

Brown secures place in Europe next year despite faltering finish in Hong Kong
The Wellington golfer Mark Brown had a disappointing final day at the Hong Kong Open, but he's virtually secured his full playing rights on next year's European Tour. The first... [more]

Hopes for stable government in Tonga
Tongans go to the polls on Thursday and for the first time ordinary people will vote for most of the MPs. [more]

Miss South Pacific pageant underway in PNG
The 2010 Miss South Pacific pageant has begun in Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. 11 young women are competing in this year's pageant from Fiji, Solomons, Tokelau, Tonga, Samoa,... [more]

Fiji's Sugar Cane Growers Council wants over US$3m for cane planting next year
Fiji's Sugar Cane Growers Council wants just under US$3.24 million allocated in next year's budget for the cane planting programme. The Council Chief Executive, Sundresh Chetty, says sugar production needs... [more]

Labour confident of rebuilding majority in Mana
The Labour Party says it is confident it can re-build its majority in the Mana electorate. [more]

PNG Opposition seeks to dislodge Speaker throught court action
One of the senior members of Papua New Guinea's Opposition says it's taken the parliamentary Speaker to court because he refuses to follow House rules. Jeffrey Nape has appeared in... [more]

French high commissioner challenges Tahiti's telecoms law
The French high commissioner in Papeete wants France's highest court to rule whether investment caps decided by the French Polynesian assembly are legal. The assembly passed a law that would... [more]

Disputed resettlement of nuclear test-affected atoll in Marshalls moving forward
A disputed resettlement of a nuclear test-affected island is moving forward with the building of 40 US-funded houses on remote Rongelap Atoll in Marshall Islands. American government scientists say the... [more]

Count of all veterans in American Samoa wanted
The Coordinator of the Disabled Veterans Outreach Programme for the Western Pacific wants to carry out a village by village count of all veterans living in American Samoa. Jackie Yuen,... [more]

Another American Samoan soldier killed in Iraq
Another American Samoan soldier has been killed in Iraq. The US Department of Defence has announced that US Army Staff Sergeant Loleni Gandy was killed while serving in Operation New... [more]

Solomon Island secures higher fees for fishing vessel licences
Access fees paid by foreign vessels for licences to fish in Solomon Island waters will be doubled from 2011. Solomon Island Broadcasting says the new fees negotiated with Japan, Taiwan... [more]

Knights can't afford Andrew Johns anymore
The CEO of the Newcastle Knights says the National Rugby League club cannot afford to keep Andrew Johns in his current coaching role next season. Johns' management doubled his fee... [more]

Scottish football refs set to strike
Football fixtures in Scotland face possible postponement next weekend after the top referees voted to strike. Scottish match officials are upset with the avalanche of flak that has come their... [more]

Off season lenghtened for top tennis players
Top tennis stars like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will be able to enjoy a seven-week break between seasons from 2012 after the ATP finally agreed to ease the work-load... [more]

Record breaking batsman dedicates knock to captain
Record-breaking batsman AB de Villiers has praised his Proteas captain Graeme Smith who magnanimously helped him break his record for the highest Test cricket score by a South African. De... [more]

Fed and Murray send message to rivals with comfortable wins
Roger Federer got straight down to business at the ATP World Tour Tennis Finals this morning with the world number two trouncing Spain's David Ferrer 6-1 6-4. The 29-year-old Swiss,... [more]

Ienfa to quit as French Polynesia health minister
The French Polynesian president, Gaston Tong Sang, has confirmed that the health minister, Jules Ienfa, is about to resign, citing personal reasons. Mr Tong Sang has told the La Depeche... [more]

Fiji's Chief state prosecutor wants to raise standards
Fiji's Chief state prosecutor, Ayesha Jinasena, is promising to raise the standards of work in the office of the Director of Public Prosecution. Ms Jinasena was appointed to the position... [more]

Disagreement over plan for Archives and National Library
A parliamentary select committee has been unable to reach unanimous agreement on a plan to bring Archives New Zealand and the National Library under the control of the Department of Internal Affairs. [more]

Church leader warns locals over mining accident
A Greymouth church minister has warned West Coast people that the Pike River Coal mine emergency may not turn out for the best. [more]

CNMI deputy police commissioner fired again
The Police Commissioner on the Northern Marianas, Santiago Tudela has again fired his deputy commissioner Ambrosio Ogumoro. The reasons given for being sacked a second time were his alleged retaliation... [more]

Manu Samoa run England close, Fiji draw with Wales
Manu Samoa flanker Manaia Salave'a says the days where they lined-up against top rugby nations expecting a crushing defeat are now in the past. Titimaea Tafua's side went down 26-13... [more]

Solomon Islands secures higher fees for fishing vessel licences
Access fees paid by foreign vessels for licenses to fish in Solomon Island waters will be doubled from 2011. Solomon Island Broadcasting says the new fees negotiated with Japan, Taiwan... [more]

MSG meeting planned in Solomons for mid-December
A three-day meeting of the Melanesian Spearhead Group to reconcile Vanuatu and the Fiji interim regime is being planned for next month in the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara. The meeting,... [more]

O Tahiti Nui Freedom canoe completes voyage to Shanghai
The outrigger canoe O Tahiti Nui Freedom has arrived in Shanghai - 114 days after leaving French Polynesia. The voyage retracing the ancient Polynesians' travels was originally planned to finish... [more]

Marshalls fishing talks likely to look at cuts
Cutting back the number of boats fishing for tuna is likely to be discussed by policy makers meeting in the Marshall Islands from tomorrow. The discussions will be between the... [more]

Cooks' Puna says talks will determine his deputy
The leader of the party which appears to have won the Cook Islands election says the battle for the deputy prime minister's position can be resolved without creating division. Preliminary... [more]

Fiji Water says business as usual despite executive's deportation
Fiji Water's Director of Operations Anna Morris says it's business as usual at the company today despite the surprise deportation back to the United States of company executive David Roth. [more]

CNMI Senate kills marijuana bill
The Senate in the Northern Marianas has rejected a controversial House bill that sought to legalise marijuana for medical and recreational use. The bill would have allowed people of at... [more]

Third candidate eyes Misa Telefoni's seat in Samoa
A third candidate has entered the race for the seat left vacant by Samoa's deputy Prime Minister, Misa Telefoni. Misa Telefoni has informed his constituency of Falelatai and Samatau he... [more]

Businessman back in health board job
Health Minister Tony Ryall has appointed Hastings businessman Kevin Atkinson as chairperson of Hawke's Bay District Health Board. [more]

Teachers' union to strike again on Tuesday
Members of the PPTA will refuse to teach year 10 secondary school students on Tuesday. [more]

Wellington's Tokelauans welcome Faafoi election
Tokelauan community leaders in Wellington are proud of New Zealand's newest member of Parliament, the country's first MP of Tokelauan descent. The Labour Party's Kris Faafoi has been elected to... [more]

PM promises inquiry
Prime Minister John Key says there will be an inquiry into the events at the Pike River Coal mine once the rescue operation has been completed. [more]

Fraud charges laid over North Shore 'corruption' case
The Serious Fraud Office has charged two men over what it calls a corruption case involving hundreds of thousands of dollars at the former North Shore City Council in Auckland. [more]

Fiji Law Society says emergency rules not needed
Fiji's Law Society says there is no need for the interim regime's Public Emergency Regulations to be extended again. The latest round of the 19-month old regulations came into force... [more]

Tertiary institution 'a high financial risk'
The Tertiary Education Commission says one of the country's 31 public tertiary institutions is a high financial risk, but it will not name it. [more]

Defence, Australian miners lend specialist equipment
The Defence Force and mining companies in Australia are lending specialised equipment for use by the search and rescue operation at the Pike River mine. [more]

Retailers' GST call for overseas purchases 'impractical'
A retailers group is calling for GST to be paid on online purchases from overseas to help protect local businesses, but an IT commentator says it would be impractical to collect the tax. [more]

Agency to take control of 'vulnerable' health services
A government agency is to take over central planning and funding for some health services it regards as vulnerable to failure because of their small size and complexity. [more]

Pope's condom comments extraordinary - Aids group
The New Zealand Aids Foundation says the Pope's easing of his stance on the use of condoms is extraordinary and significant. [more]

Bouncer on trial for manslaughter of bar patron
A Blenhiem man died from a catastrophic head injury suffered when he was thrown out of a bar in the town, a jury has been told. [more]

Election spending limit recommended
A select committee has recommended a limit of $300,000 on third-party spending on election campaigns and the forthcoming MMP referendum campaign. [more]

Tauranga taxi check finds three-quarters with faults
An operation to check the safety of taxis in Tauranga has found 18 out of 25 cabs pulled over had faults. [more]

Michael Clarke in doubt for Ashes opener
There are still concerns over Michael Clarke's fitness ahead of this week's opening Ashes test in Brisbane with the vice-captain taking little part in Australia's first training session. Clarke wasn't... [more]

Tobin third at international sailing regatta in Perth
The New Zealand boardsailor Jon-Paul Tobin has finished third at an international sailing regatta in Perth. The event is being used by New Zealand sailors as part of their build... [more]

Nadal says he's healthy
The world men's tennis number one Rafael Nadal says he's healthy heading into his opening match at the season-ending ATP finals in London tonight. The top eight tournament started today... [more]

Man City turn on the style
Manchester City turned on the style in front of Diego Maradona to humble Fulham 4-1 and reclaim fourth place in the English Premier football League. Maradona, a guest of Fulham... [more]

Fastnet Ferns retain titile in England
The New Zealand Fastnet netball team has retained the fastnet world series world title with a 28-26 win over hosts England in the final in Liverpool. Apart an opening match... [more]

Women in PNG lobby for debate on reserved seats legislation this week
A Papua New Guinea academic says if there were more women in the country's parliament it would change the nature of the body. There are hopes that PNG MPs will... [more]

Fiji's interim government aims to reassure business after latest deportation
Fiji's information ministry says it's hoping to put to rest concerns about doing business in Fiji at a forum in Fiji this weekend. The Permanent Secretary for Information, Sharon Smith-Johns,... [more]

Fiji leader in China touting for business investment
The Fiji interim government has finally given some indication of the focus of Commodore Frank Bainimarama's visit to China. The ministry of information says the interim prime minister is hailing... [more]

PNG deputy police chief says robbery suspects shot in self defence
The police in Papua New Guinea say they were justified in shooting dead two robbery suspects last week, as they were returning fire. The Acting Deputy Commissioner Fred Yakasa says... [more]

Rescuers prepare for possible loss of life
The police officer heading the rescue effort for 29 men trapped in the Pike River Coal mine has said for the first time that rescuers are preparing for the possible loss of life. [more]

Safety gear expensive but vital, says expert
A mining safety expert says some equipment being flown in from Australia to Pike River rescuers is expensive but should become available in New Zealand. [more]

NZ trading of Pike River Coal shares halted
Trading has been halted in the shares of Pike River Coal on the New Zealand stock exchange. [more]

Greenstone Energy growth plans to be guided by review
The new owner of Shell's service stations says it is well positioned to buy other fuel assets that come on the market but will hold off any such decisions until a review of its business is completed. [more]

Sharemarket finishes up 28 points
The New Zealand sharemarket finished higher on Monday, with the NZX50 index closing up 28 points, or 0.8%, to 3296 [more]

Jet boat company suspends operations
A Queenstown jet boat company has suspended its operations after five people were hospitalised on Monday afternoon when a jetboat carrying 14 people hit a rock. [more]

Pharmac expands access to brain cancer drug
People with brain tumours are to gain better access to an expensive cancer drug from December. [more]

Clean Heat project in Christchurch to end
Canterbury's regional council plans to stop funding cleaner home heating for home owners in Christchurch next year. [more]

$1m needed to rescue Taihape hospital
Any rescue bid for Taihape's hospital needs to secure $1 million within days as Whanganui District Health Board begins moving out elderly residents. [more]

Taipa landowner seeks to evict Maori group
The owner of land occupied by a Maori group in the Far North says he will take legal action this week to evict them. [more]

Police arrest suspected gunman in Timaru
Police in Timaru have arrested a man who allegedly sparked an armed offenders call-out on Sunday afternoon. [more]

Bric-a-brac painting fetches $51,000
A Canadian painting bought in Northland earlier this year for $5 at a jumble sale has sold at auction in Hamilton for $51,000. [more]

Federated Farmers calls for ministry to explain
Federated Farmers wants the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to disclose the basis for its refusal to suspend pollen imports after the outbreak of the kiwifruit vine disease PSA. [more]

Nightly vigil at church for trapped workers
An Anglican minister on the West Coast says hope still remains in the hearts of the family of the 29 trapped workers at a mine, despite time passing with no results. [more]

NZ retain title at netball champs
The New Zealand FastNet team has retained their world series netball title with a 28-26 win over England in the final in Liverpool. [more]