Radio New Zealand - Monday, 6th December 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

The Best Song Ever Written - Tomorrow Night
Linda Sanders of Golden Bay chooses Tomorrow Night by The Front Lawn. [more]

Eight Months To Mars - Kip Chapman and Brad Knewstubb
We join the creators of 'Apollo 13 - Mission Control' Kip Chapman and Brad Knewsubb for the 8 month trip to Mars. [more]

The Abominable Snowman
For hundreds of years stories have been told about the Yeti, an Abominable Snowman that wanders the Himalayas. Now a New Zealand adventurer is on a quest to recover some controversial Yeti artifacts which were stolen from a monastery in a remote village in Nepal. Mike Allsop, who climbed Everest 3 years ago, visited the monastery and heard the sad tale of the stolen skull and hand. Mike has worked with Weta Workshop to give the monastery replicas of the bones, and will hand them over next year. [more]

Ladybirds
Legend has it that one of the most loved creatures from the insect world, the red and black ladybird, can bring you good luck. But luck is not shinning on the ladybirds in the Manawatu - they are dying by the thousands after an unusally dry November. One homeowner in the Cloverlea area said she returned home one day to find hundreds of dead ladybirds on her windowsill and carpet. Professor of ecology at Lincoln University Steve Wratten explains it for us. [more]

He Rourou for 6 December 2010
Bay of Plenty elder Rereamanu Wihapi says he has increasingly come to appreciate the value of inter-iwi information exchange. Ana Tapiata talks with Rereamanu about how other tribes have taught him his own history. [more]

Feature Album - Need You Now
Our feature Album is 2010's Need You Now by American country music superstars, Lady Antebellum, just nominated for Album of the Year at the next Grammy Awards. [more]

Feature Author - David Baldacci
Whether it's secret service agents, CIA sharpshooters or presidents who sometimes commit crimes, American author David Baldacci's prose strolls stylishly through it all. David Baldacci is a global phenomenon of a writer too; his books have been translated into more than 45 languages with more than 90 million copies in print. Now the man behind the fictional but famous Camel Club has published his latest novel, Hell's Corner, to much acclaim in the US. [more]

Our Changing World - Wellington Zoo's Animal Hospital
The Nest - Te Kohanga is Wellington Zoo's animal hospital and centre for native wildlife. The $6 million purpose-built facility is approaching its first anniversary and Amelia Nurse paid them a visit to see how things are going. [more]

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

The Panel with Stephen Franks and Dita de Boni (part 1)
Pike River's CEO is still under scrutiny; former Papakura Council chief executive Theresa Stratton starts work in Len Brown's office weeks after receiving a $200K redundancy payment. [more]

The Panel with Stephen Franks and Dita de Boni (part 2)
Peter Jackson's luxury jet to return to Wellington; aftermath of the Wikileaks exposed cables; anti-globalisation protests in Auckland; illegal fishing deals. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 6 December 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 6 December 2010
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 6 December 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 6 December 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 6 December 2010
The eftpos and merchant services company SmartPay has confirmed it will float on the Australian Stock Exchange by the middle of next year. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Choice for Monday 6 December 2010
Treasury gloomy; workers offered some hope and money for Xmas; Kaikoura seal slaughter horrifies locals; Carter saga back to overshadow Goff speech; fire in the central North Island on DOC land; and laws governing SIS search and surveillance powers to be updated. [more]

Treasury gloomy
The Treasury is gloomy about the country's economic prospects as households continue to rein in spending and the rise in the goods and services tax pushes up prices. [more]

Workers offered some hope and money for Xmas
Up to a hundred and sixty workers at the Te Aroha meat plant destroyed by fire on Friday night have found out they may lose their jobs. [more]

Kaikoura seal slaughter horrifies locals
A tourism operator in Kaikoura is horrified by the slaughter of twenty-three fur seals which were clubbed to death at the Ohau Point seal colony, and says it could lead to public access being restricted. [more]

Carter saga back to overshadow Goff speech
The spectre of Chris Carter has returned to haunt Phil Goff, with the leaking of a letter from his electorate committee timed to spoil the Labour leader's final speech of the year. [more]

Fire in the central North Island on DOC land
Up to thirty-five firefighters are battling a blaze on Department of Conservation land in the central North Island which closed the main trunk line briefly. [more]

Laws governing SIS search and surveillance powers to be updated
The laws governing the Security Intelligence Service's powers of search and surveillance are to be overhauled, in time for next year's Rugby World Cup. [more]

Sports News for 6 December 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Labour launches its economic vision
The Labour Party says it will take a more hands-on-approach to managing the economy than National, but it will not go into the next election promising to tax and spend. [more]

Little info made public at TransPacific Partnership talks
Accusations flew outside, but inside there was little being made public about New Zealand's negotiating position at the opening day of the TransPacific Partnership, or TPP, free trade talks in Auckland today. [more]

More rain forecast for flood-hit NSW
Authorities in Australia say they're confident that levees in regional New South Wales will hold, but evacuation orders are expected to stay in place for the next few days. [more]

Waatea News for 6 December 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Protesters demand annulment of Haiti's elections
More than 1500 protesters have marched in Haiti's capital, clashing with riot police as they continue to demand the annulment of the country's elections. [more]

Jobs on the line after meat plant fire
Up to a hundred and sixty workers at the Te Aroha meat plant destroyed by fire on Friday night have found out they may lose their jobs. [more]

Disgust at senseless seal killings
Kaikoura locals say they are disgusted by the senseless bludgeoning of 23 protected New Zealand fur seals at a breeding colony just north of the town. [more]

Hekia Parata to replace Pansy Wong as Minister in Cabinet
The National Party list MP Hekia Parata is to take a seat at the Cabinet table, filling the space left by Pansy Wong who resigned after admitting her travel subsidy had been misused by her husband. [more]

Lizards could help treat high blood pressure, say researchers
An international study's revealed lizard venom could provide new and novel drugs to treat heart disease and high blood pressure. [more]

Sports News for 6 December 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Ministers gather in Cancun for climate change talks
MInisters from nearly 200 countries are gathering in the Mexican resort of Cancun in an attempt to hammer out an agreement on how to keep global warming in check. [more]

Parents upset over motorway shaft planned for Waterview
Some Auckland parents whose children attend a kindergarten and school next to a proposed motorway ventilation shaft say they'll move schools to get away from the noise, disruption and pollution. [more]

Children's commissioner says neglect often overlooked
The Children's Commissioner says child neglect is a huge problem which teachers, police and social workers often overlook because they find it hard to decide if it has got too bad. [more]

Jazz great Dave Brubeck celebrates 90th birthday
One of the best-known names in jazz - the American composer and pianist Dave Brubeck - turns 90 today. [more]

Waatea News for 6 December 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Samoan PM holds talks in Hawkes Bay re benefits of RSE scheme
The Prime Minister of Samoa has been meeting with Hawkes Bay orchardists and wine growers on how to improve the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 6 December 2010
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 6 December 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Monday 6 December 2010
Two deaths in separate police pursuits in Auckland. The Minister of Police responds. Full-strength beer dumped from international cricket. Flood waters rise in New South Wales. Spotlight hunters alarm residents in Lake Brunner area. Tramways Union not ruling out boycott of Wellington busway. [more]

Pacific News for 6 December 2010
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

NZ resists tough stance from the US on intellectual property
A leaked paper shows New Zealand is resisting a tough stance from the United States on intellectual property in the TransPacific Partnership, or TPP, trade talks. [more]

Waatea News for 6 December 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Friend of pursuit victim speaks about police pursuit policy
Two people have died after two separate police pursuits in Auckland at the weekend. [more]

Two deaths in separate police pursuits in Auckland
Two people have died after two separate police pursuits in Auckland at the weekend, bringing the number of pursuit-related deaths to a record 19 this year. [more]

The Minister of Police responds
A few minutes ago, we spoke to the Minister of Police, Judith Collins, and asked her if she was confident in the way police were carrying out the policy. [more]

Fate of Te Aroha meatworkers to be decided this morning
A fire on Friday night ripped through Te Aroha's major employer - the Silver Fern Farms freezing works. [more]

The CEO of Silver Fern Farms talks about Te Aroha fire
Earlier we spoke to the chief executive of Silver Fern Farms, Keith Cooper, who says the task ahead for the company is immense. [more]

Full-strength beer dumped from international cricket
New Zealand Cricket has stopped stadiums from selling full-strength beer in a bid to prevent ugly scenes at international matches. [more]

Flood waters rise in New South Wales
Across the Tasman, and thousands of people have been evacuated, as parts of central New South Wales succumb to days of heavy rain and flooding. [more]

Spotlight hunters alarm residents in Lake Brunner area
Residents in the Lake Brunner area near Greymouth say irresponsible hunters could hurt or even kill someone if they keep going after game at night in built up areas. [more]

Tramways Union not ruling out boycott of Wellington busway
The Wellington branch of the Tramways Union is not ruling out a boycott of Wellington's new multi-million dollar busway after three buses knocked over pedestrians in its first week in operation. [more]

Times will be tough for Te Aroha meatworkers: Union
The fate of 350 Waikato meatworkers will be decided later this morning. [more]

Sports News for 6 December 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Pike River miners had safety concerns for at least a year
As a series of investigations into the Pike River disaster get underway, a former worker at the mine says he and some of his colleagues have had concerns about safety at the site. [more]

Pike River Chair responds to safety concerns
The chair of the Pike River Coal, John Dow, has heard the comment's from the former Pike River employee Brent Forrester, and was listening to that interview. [more]

New Zealand suffer one day series loss in India
The New Zealand cricketers crumbled to their ninth-straight loss in a one day international in India on Saturday night, after another poor performance from their batsmen. [more]

Police Association back police pursuit policy
The Police Association is calling for harsher penalties for drivers who flee police - including car confiscations and additional charges. [more]

Workers will be briefed on the future of their employment
Workers at the fire damaged meatworks plant in Te Aroha will this morning be briefed on the future of their jobs. [more]

New Zealand digs in against US in trade talks
A leaked paper shows New Zealand trade negotiators are resisting a tough stance from the United States on copyright enforcement and other intellectual property issues. [more]

Govt witholds info on departmental savings
The Government is refusing to release information about how individual departments and agencies are coping with continuing restrictions on their funding. [more]

British MP's Russian research assistant accused of spying
A young Russian woman working for an MP in the British government faces deportation after being detained by security services on suspicion of being a spy. [more]

Assurance there will be no repeat of Girl Guide biscuit fiasco
The Girl Guides organisation is giving an assurance there will be no repeat of the biscuit fiasco which struck the famous cookies earlier this year. [more]

Sports News for 6 December 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Drink spiking incident in Napier
It may be several days before the police in Napier will find out whether the drinks of at least four people in a central city bar were spiked on Saturday night. [more]

Expert says police shouldn't have lead rescue at Pike River
Returning now to the Pike River disaster, and as a series of inquiries begin, reports of disquiet over safety practices at the mine are surfacing. [more]

Waatea News for 6 December 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Assange's lawyer says arrest warrant a 'political stunt'
The lawyer for the fugitive founder of Wikileaks says he has information of 'thermo-nuclear' proportions, that will be made public if anything happens to Julian Assange or his website. [more]

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

Nights

Like Father, Like Son
The repeat of his father's feat of rowing across The Tasman Sea in a boat called 'Tasman Trespasser II'. [more]

Thinkers: Politically Left
How and why the world's diverse political institutions came to be... austerity in response to recession. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 1 [more]

Japan Report
News and cultural trends from Japan, pop. 127,470,000 (2010 estimate)... the jury system and the re-introduction of the death penalty, plus Japanese TV show about 'Kiwi husbands'. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 2 [more]

Nine To Noon

Drought looms as summer comes early
With Matthew Long - Federated Farmers Northland provincial president. Georgina Griffiths - NIWA climate scientist. Doug Steel - BNZ economist who focuses on agriculture. [more]

The nature of modern fame
Tom Payne - Author of Fame: What the Classics Tell Us About Our Cult of Celebrity, which explores how our modern celebrity obsession is actually quite old, drawing provocative parallels between the ancient Greeks and Romans and tabloid staples such as Britney Spears and Lady Gaga. [more]

Europe correspondent - Carsten von Nahmen
The 2018 world cup in being held in Russia. [more]

Feature Guest - Nathan Rabin
US author and film critic, who writes for the satrical news organisation The Onion. He devoted a year of his life watching the worst Hollywood films ever made - and takes great pleasure in re-evaluating failed movies. [more]

Book Review - Warm Bodies
Written by Isaac Marion, reviewed by Dan Slevin and published by Vintage UK. [more]

Politics with Matthew Hooton and Andrew Campbell
Winston Peters is back in the news. [more]

Food and Wine with Sean Armstrong and Keith Stewart
Guest chef Sean Armstrong has recipes for Super Sausage, and Parmesan Crusted Snapper with Pomegranate Herb Salad. Keith Stewart has the wine recommendations. [more]

Urbanist Tommy Honey
Tommy has a ten-point plan to transform Hamilton and the North Island. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 6 December 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 6 December 2010
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Upbeat

Jeremy Elwood
Canadian born New Zealand stand up comedian touring with Aotearoha Comedy Festival. [more]

Ruth Armishaw
Wellington based Soprano giving 'Songbirds and Divas' concert - 8 December St Andrew on The Terrace. [more]

Donald Armstrong
NZSO Concertmaster and Gisborne International Music Competition judge talks about Saturday's final. [more]

News stories:

Two die in separate police pursuit crashes
Two people have died following two separate police pursuits in less than 24 hours in Auckland. [more]

Man charged, six injured after family fight
Six people were taken to hospital after what police describe as a bloodied domestic fight at a house in West Auckland. A 45-year-old man has been charged with assault. [more]

Fonterra plans new milk powder plant in central Canterbury
Fonterra hopes to begin construction of its proposed new milk powder plant in central Canterbury in a few months. [more]

Wool Equities backs export initiatives to Russia
Farmer-owned investment company Wool Equities is backing efforts to revitalise the wool trade to Russia. [more]

Fire Service locates where meatworks fire started
The Fire Service in Waikato believes it has found the starting point of the fire that severely damaged a meatworks in Te Aroha, putting hundreds of jobs in jeopardy. [more]

PNG women "betrayed" by decision not to consider reserved seats bill
A spokesperson for the United Nations Development Programme in Papua New Guinea says women feel betrayed by the government over a bill to create 22 seats reserved for them. PNG... [more]

Mayor of Pitcairn charged with possessing child pornography
The mayor of the remote British territory of Pitcairn has been charged with possessing child pornography. Michael Warren, who is 46, was arrested by the New Zealand police officer seconded... [more]

New Cook Islands government says economy is its priority
The new Cook Islands government says the economy is its priority and it will hold a national economic summit within the next three months. The Prime Minister Henry Puna says... [more]

Three Russian satellites crash into Pacific near Hawaii
Three Russian satellites crashed into the Pacific Ocean yesterday after a failed launch. Russian news agencies reported that the satellites went off course and crashed near Hawaii after blasting off... [more]

More police sent to Rapa Nui from Chile after clashes over disputed land
The Chilean government has sent police reinforcements from the mainland to Easter Island following clashes over land disputes with indigenous Rapa Nui. Dozens of people, including policemen, have been injured. [more]

West Brom beat Newcastle, improve to 7th
West Bromwich Albion have beaten Newcastle United 3-1 to jump from 13th place to seventh in the English football Premier League. Both promoted teams began the day on 19 points... [more]

Local hope wins Australian Open
The Australian golfer Geoff Ogilvy recorded the lowest four-round total in 22-years to capture the Australian Open title in Sydney on Sunday. The 33-year-old carded a final round 69 on... [more]

Wildcats and Breakers continue ANBL march
The Australian National Basketball League's Perth Wildcats and New Zealand Breakers both recorded impressive wins in their round eight games on Sunday to continue their march up the ANBL ladder. [more]

Interest rates predicted to stay on hold
The Reserve Bank makes its next interest rate decision on Thursday but most economists believe interest rates will be kept on hold until at least March. [more]

Oil price highest in two years
The price of oil, in both the UK and Europe, has hit its highest level since the financial crisis. [more]

Company owners hold off selling
The patchy economic recovery and major events like the Canterbury earthquake and collapse of South Canterbury Finance have prompted business owners to think twice about putting their companies on the market. [more]

Australian economy cooling
After cruising through the global financial crisis, some of the heat is going out of the Australian economy. [more]

Retailers continue to discount before Christmas
A retail analyst says a flurry of pre-Christmas sales may leave retailers with a promotional hangover this year. [more]

Tolaga Bay to celebrate Transit of Venus
Tolaga Bay is planning to be the centre of the universe in June 2012, when the transit of Venus will be seen in New Zealand for the first time in 130 years. [more]

Phoenix win in Christchurch
The Wellington Phoenix have come back to beat Adelaide United 2-1 in Christchurch, moving into the A-League football playoff places. A last-minute header from defender Ben Sigmund sealed all the... [more]

Serbia claim Davis Cup for first time
The world tennis number three Novak Djokovic and the unheralded Viktor Troicki swept Serbia to an historic first Davis Cup title this morning in Belgrade, overturning an overnight deficit to... [more]

Sunderland, West Brom stay in touch with leaders
Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion stayed in touch with the English Premier League football leaders with solid home wins over West Ham and Newcastle. Sunderland beat West Ham 1-0 to... [more]

Van Gisbergen third in Sydney
It was a case of so close yet so far for young New Zealand driver Shane van Gisbergen as he lost what looked like certain victory in the final race... [more]

Monday's newspaper headlines
Husband of cyclist killed on road speaks at safety rally; meat plant fire believed to have been started by sparks from a contractors saw; Kiwi children tell United Nations that gangs, family violence and bullying are NZ's biggest problems. [more]

Government books in worse shape than expected
Four months into the financial year, the Government's books are in worse shape than forecast in the May Budget. [more]

Full strength beer ban at all cricket internationals
New Zealand Cricket says full-strength beer will not be sold at any venue during international matches this summer. [more]

Police look into possible filming of sexual assault
Police are investigating allegations that a sexual assault was filmed by high school students in the Coromandel Peninsula. [more]

Girl Guides vow no repeat of biscuit fiasco
The Girl Guides organisation has vowed to make next year's biscuits the best yet, following complaints about this year's batch. [more]

Drivers 'consider boycott' of Wellington bus route
The Wellington branch of the Tramways Union says it can't rule out a driver boycott of the city's new multi-million dollar bus route. [more]

Few remaining workers at closed cannery in American Samoa employed by new owners
The owners of a new tuna cannery plant in American Samoa have hired the last of the employees still working for Chicken of the Sea Samoa Packing. The workers were... [more]

Former church minister in Samoa jail for false pretence over visa
A former church minister in Samoa has been sentenced to one year in jail after he admitted two counts of false pretences. According to the police summary of facts, the... [more]

Educational benefit at home for RSE worker's families
New research on the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme has found it benefits not only the host country, but also the sending country. The New Zealand scheme, which began... [more]

Previous work record said to behind appointment of Finance Minister in Cook Islands
A first-time MP in the Cook Islands says he may have been elevated to cabinet because of his long history of work for the new Prime Minister and the Cook... [more]

PNG reserved seats delay galvanises grassroots communities
A spokesperson for the United Nations Development Programme in Papua New Guinea says grassroots communities are determined to get women into parliament. The comment follows parliament's recent decision not to... [more]

Japan to provide funding to help deal with waste in Marshall Islands
The Japan International Cooperation Agency is stepping up cooperation with the Marshall Islands to tackle waste problems. JICA and Marshall Islands officials signed an agreement recently in Majuro for a... [more]

Amicale go top of their group ahead of summer break
Amicale FC have a couple of months to plan the next phase of their O-League football campaign after ending 2010 with a 2-0 win over Koloale FC. That puts the... [more]

Spark from cutting blade caused meatworks blaze
The Fire Service says a spark from a contractors' cutting blade caused the fire that destroyed part of the Te Aroha meat plant on Friday night. [more]

State sector funding curb details refused
The Government is refusing to release information about how individual departments and agencies are coping with continuing restrictions on their funding. [more]

Scientists analysing suspected drink spiking substance
Police investigating a suspected multiple drink-spiking in Napier have sent a sample of a substance that may have been used to ESR scientists in Wellington to analyse. [more]

Samoa satisfied with 7s performance despite letting final slip away
Samoa feel they can go into the next round of the world sevens series confident of success after beginning their title defence with a second placing in Dubai on the... [more]

Reigning hockey champs start strong at Oceania Pacific Cup
There were no surprises after the opening round of matches at the Oceania Pacific Cup hockey tournament in Fiji. Defending mens champions, the New Zealand Barbarians, thrashed Samoa 15-0, while... [more]

Samoa PM visits NZs employers to review seasonal work scheme
The Prime Minister of Samoa says he would like to see more people fromhis country employed in jobs under the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme. The scheme allows New Zealand employers... [more]

Call for United Nations to get involved in liaising with Pacific neighbours
A New Zealand businessman with extensive interests in Fiji is calling for the United Nations to be brought in to help resolve the strained relations between the interim regime and... [more]

NZ resists tough copyright stance
A leaked paper indicates New Zealand negotiators are resisting a tough stance by the United States on copyright infringement and other intellectual property demands. [more]

Petrol price hit for as holiday season approaches
Christmas holidaymakers face an expensive festive season this year, with petrol prices reaching levels not seen since 2008. [more]

Southland stadium collapse probe completed
A report into the collapse of the Stadium Southland roof following a snow storm in September is complete but the findings will not be released until a lawyer has checked the report. [more]

Minister defends police over pursuits
Police Minister Judith Collins says she's confident the police are doing all they can to ensure public safety, despite the deaths of 19 people this year following police chases. [more]

Man arrested after officer, dog injured by stake
A 36-year-old man was to appear in the Blenheim District Court on Monday accused of attacking a police officer and his dog, as well as cars, with a wooden stake. [more]

SmartPay to list on Australian Stock Exchange
The eftpos and merchant services company SmartPay has confirmed it will float on the Australian Stock Exchange by the middle of next year. [more]

Jasons Travel Media has slight profit fall
Jasons Travel Media made $1.2 million in the six months to the end of September, 1% less than in the same period last year. [more]

Cadbury makes tax move to Switzerland
Cadbury's new owner Kraft Foods plans to move part of its business to Switzerland in a move which could cut its UK tax bill. [more]

Spotlight hunters alarm residents in Lake Brunner area
People in the Lake Brunner area near Greymouth say police need to stop hunters who are going after game at night in built up areas. [more]

Tonga police still tight-lipped over suspect after drugs raid
Tonga's police commander says the man arrested and taken into police custody last week on firearms-related charges is due to appear in the Nukualofa Magistrate's Court again on Thursday. Police... [more]

Discount pharmacy accuses competitors of price gouging
The owner of a pharmacy in Christchurch offering big price discounts says competitors' price gouging has meant some people can't afford the medicines they need. [more]

Teenager's body in found in creek
The body of a teenager has been found in a creek north of Wellington. [more]

Uneasy calm on Easter Island after clashes over land
A tourism operator on Rapa Nui says people there are holding their breath waiting to see what happens next after a land eviction on Easter Island turned violent on Friday. [more]

Four years after Fiji coup, march for rights mooted
A Fiji democracy campaigner in Australia says it is time for people in Fiji to be brave enough to stand up for their rights. A march is being planned for... [more]

PNG warning about corporal punishment plan
Papua New Guinea's acting secretary for education, Dr. Joseph Pagelio, has issued warnings about plans to use corporal punishment on students in Madang. The Madang Urban Youth Council intends using... [more]

Tautua Samoa party accepts leadership challenge before 2011 election
The Tautua Samoa party has taken the challenge from the ruling HRPP party leader and Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, to choose their leader before March 2011 general election. Tuila'epa... [more]

Investigation will find cause of blast, says company
Pike River Coal chairman John Dow says safety is a cornerstone of everything the company does, and while people have raised some concerns, they also recognise that a Royal Commission will find out what caused the blasts. [more]

Work begins to extinguish fire in mine's vent shaft
An operation has begun to extinguish a fire coming from the vent shaft of the Pike River Mine and cool the concrete pad that surrounds it. [more]

Pike River job a tough one - mining expert
The Australian mining expert involved in the recovery work at the Pike River coal mine, says the West Coast mine is the most challenging he has encountered. [more]

Tonga Media Council offers support after radio station shut down
The Tonga Media Council has called on the Ministry of Information to ensure radio station FM 88.1 can get back on air. The radio station was ordered to stop broadcasting... [more]

Labour's Te Atatu branch attacks party leadership
A leaked letter from the Te Atatu branch of the Labour Party has attacked the party leadership's handling of the expulsion of MP Chris Carter as petty vengeance. [more]

Warning in PNG about plans for corporal punishment of errant students
Papua New Guinea's acting secretary for education, Dr. Joseph Pagelio, has issued warnings about plans to use corporal punishment on students in Madang. The Madang Urban Youth Council intends using... [more]

Tributes flow after death of New Caledonia's Lafleur
French politicians have paid tribute to New Caledonia's veteran leader, Jacques Lafleur, who died aged 78 in Australia at the weekend. The French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, says Mr Lafleur embodied... [more]

Papua police say latest shooting targets were special forces soldiers
There has been another killing in the Indonesian region of Papua with a diner shot dead in a cafe on Saturday night. It comes after a series of four attacks... [more]

Wine destroyed in Tonga for import rule breach
More than 13,000 bottles of wine were crushed at a quarry in Tonga last week with a customs official saying the importer had been trying to circumvent licensing controls. The... [more]

Death threats against Samoa PM and chief justice
Police in Samoa are reportedly investigating threats to shoot the prime minister and chief justice. The Samoa Observer newspaper says the threats against Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and the Chief Justice... [more]

New Vanuatu PM seeks MSG talks on Fiji
Vanuatu's new prime minister, Sato Kilman, says he'll consult with the Melanesian Spearhead Group to resolve the differences between Vanuatu and Fiji. Mr Kilman became prime minister last week after... [more]

Rapa Nui activist in coma after clashes with Chile police
An activist fighting for the rights of Rapa Nui's indigenous people says one man has been in a coma, another has been jailed on Easter Island without treatment for his... [more]

Harawira says marine bill a sham
Maori Party MP Hone Harawira says the legislation replacing the Foreshore and Seabed Act is a sham and he will continue to fight against it. [more]

Red Cross quake hardship grants end
The Red Cross is no longer accepting applications for hardship grants from people affected by the Canterbury earthquake. It has distributed just over $1.5 million to date. [more]

Christchurch remembers lost miners
Hundreds gathered in Christchurch on Monday to remember the 29 miners killed in the Pike River disaster. [more]

Lobbying against wool co-operative bid intensifies
Promoters of the proposed Wool Partners Co-operative say they remain confident of getting the farmer support they need to go ahead with the venture. [more]

NZX rises
The benchmark NZX50 index rose 10 points to close at 3293 on turnover of $58 million on Monday. [more]

Body recovered from car in Waikato River
A body thought to be that of a Ngaruawahia man missing since September was removed on Monday afternoon from a car found in the Waikato River. [more]

CNMI leadership squabble over top police official
The sacking of a leading public official in the Northern Marianas has caused a rift between the governor, Benigno Fitial, and his lieutenant governor, Eloy Inos. The deputy commissioner of... [more]

Chaudhry gets court approval to leave Fiji for medical treatment
Fiji's High Court has allowed the Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry to travel abroad for medical treatment, however he is not to access any funds from his bank account in... [more]

Another Asian fish processor eyeing American Samoa operation
An Asian tuna processor, with a plant in the Marshall Islands, has shown interest in operating in American Samoa. The American Samoa governor, Togiola Tulafono, says while in the Marshalls... [more]

Vanuatu could face another no confidence this month
Vanuatu's ousted Prime Minister Edward Natapei reportedly has plans to table a motion for a vote of no confidence against the new Prime Minister Sato Kilman. The move comes after... [more]

New Caledonian leadership cancels New Zealand visit after Lafleur death
The death of New Caledonia's veteran politician, Jacques Lafleur, has prompted New Caledonian leaders to call off this week's planned official visit to New Zealand. The president, Philippe Gomes, and... [more]

New Caledonian leadership cancel New Zealand visit after Lafleur death
The death of New Caledonia's veteran politician, Jacques Lafleur, has prompted New Caledonian leaders to call off this week's planned official visit to New Zealand. The president, Philippe Gomes, and... [more]

Chile official wants immediate end to all protest action on Easter Island
The Chilean provincial official responsible for Rapa Nui or Easter Island says he wants all protestors evicted from disputed properties by the end of the year. This follows the latest... [more]

Fiji military says criticism of increased spending wrong
The Fiji military claims just a small part of its increased budget allocation is for military purposes. There has been criticism that four years on from the coup, the Fiji... [more]

Fires briefly close rail line near National Park
A blaze in the central North Island forced the closure of the Main Trunk rail line on Monday, with Overlander passengers continuing their journey by bus. [more]

Law on SIS search, surveillance powers to be updated
The law governing the Security Intelligence Service's powers of search and surveillance is to be updated to keep the agency up-to-date with modern technology. [more]

Teenager found in Wainuiomata creek drowned
Police say a post mortem on a teenager whose body was found in a creek north of Wellington on Sunday night shows he drowned. [more]

Scientists pleased with farmland quake repairs
Scientists are pleased with the results of repairs to earthquake-damaged farmland in Canterbury. [more]

Fairfax chief executive resigns
Australasian media company Fairfax says its chief executive Brian McCarthy has resigned. [more]

Car registations flat
New Zealand new car registrations were flat in November, compared with the previous month. [more]

Whittaker acting head of Institute of Directors
The Institute of Directors has appointed William Whittaker as its acting chief executive. [more]

NZ Football CEO resigns
New Zealand Football chief executive Michael Glading has resigned after two and a half years in the role. [more]

Goff says Labour will be more hands-on
The Labour Party says it will take a more hands-on-approach to managing the economy than National, but it will not go into the next election promising to tax and spend. [more]

Labour wants Australian stance on blood alcohol
The Labour Party says the Government is clinging to a do-nothing policy on the blood alcohol limit and should follow Australia's stance. [more]

Self managing youth project gets funding
Tauranga has been awarded more than $100,000 to set up a youth centre to be developed and managed by the youths themselves. [more]

Motorway tower plan 'futile'
Residents opposed to the Waterview motorway project in Auckland say a proposal to beautify a planned ventilation shaft next to a kindergarten and school is futile. [more]

CER Group to change name
CER Group will change its name to Claridge Capital Ltd from 20 December. [more]

Farmers advised to keep herds in face of drought
Dairy farmers in drought-threatened Central Plateau and Bay of Plenty are being advised to keep milking their herds in anticipation of rain. [more]

Meat works staff to be paid until Christmas
The company that owns the fire-damaged Te Aroha meat processing plant says it will pay workers up until Christmas, and will offer more than half the staff jobs at its Hastings plant. [more]

Maori King dismisses Tainui Parliament chair
The Maori King, Tuheitia, has dismissed the chairperson of the Waikato-Tainui Parliament, Te Kauhanganui, to end a dispute between her and the iwi executive board, Te Ara Taura. [more]

TPP threatens Maori rights - professor
An Auckland University law professor is warning the Trans-Pacific Partnership being negotiated this week in Auckland is a threat to Maori rights under the Treaty of Waitangi. [more]

Rangitane settlement 'sign' of tough times
The negotiator for a Marlborough iwi says the size of its settlement with the Crown acknowledges the tough economic times. [more]

Minister rejects calls to break off Ngati Kahu talks
Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson is rejecting calls that he break off talks with Ngati Kahu because of its negotiator's support for the occupation of land at Taipa, in the Far North. [more]

Finlayson won't stand aside from coastal reform
Attorney General Chris Finlayson is rejecting a call by former ACT MP Muriel Newman that he step aside from the Foreshore and Seabed Act reform because he described her Coastal Coalition lobby group as "clowns". [more]

EQC extends quake deadline - briefly
The Earthquake Commission extended its deadline for claims from Canterbury to midnight Monday. [more]

Seasonal worker scheme boosts Pacific nations - research
Research into a scheme that allows Pacific Islanders to work in horticulture and viticulture in New Zealand says it has significant benefits for living standards in some Pacific countries. [more]