Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 16th December 2010

This page lists items from RNZ that are available online. RNZ didn't start regularly putting both its audio and news content online until 2008. From 2002-2007 written news items (particularly from RNZ International) were placed online. You can access items prior to 2002 on the historic page.

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

Afternoons

The Best Song Ever Written - Dead Skunk
And for Kirby Macleod of Wainuiomata, it's Louden Wainwright III's Dead Skunk. [more]

Your Place - Kuratau
On the south-western shore of our largest lake lies the holiday hamlet of Kuratau. [more]

Amelia Earhart mystery solved?
Ric Gilliespie believes he has solved the mystery of the legendary aviator's demise and joins the show on the line from Delaware. [more]

He Rourou for 16 December 2010
Ana Tapiata talks to Boyd Reha about becoming a good shepherd, after being a black sheep. [more]

The Arts Report - Piano tuners
Nick Butcher chats to two of the country's most in demand piano tuners, Peter Appleton and Michael Ashby. [more]

Southern Story for 16 December 2010 - Pooch Pampering
In this gig is you'll almost certainly be dealing with some extreme personalities. It's the business of dog grooming. Sonia Yee went to Parklands, Christchurch to investigate the ins and outs of this canine business. [more]

Our Changing World - The Scientific History of Meccano
Meccano has been undergoing a bit of a renaissance lately and featured in a recent exhibition at Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington. Justin Gregory investigates. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 16 December 2010
A prequel to the main Panel show after 4pm. [more]

The Panel with Islay McLeod and Michael Deaker (part 1)
The Panellists look at: the Hotchin debacle with Hanover Finance and; Wellington's Capital and Coast DHB failures with patients dying waiting for treatement. [more]

The Panel with Islay McLeod and Michael Deaker (part 2)
Panellists and Jim discuss: cricket, sometimes it's just not; Panellists have their say; Erin Brokovich findings wrong? and; diseases rich people get. [more]

Business News

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

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

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

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

Evening Business for 16 December 2010
News from the business sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 16 December 2010
Breakthrough in the Mallory Manning murder enquiry; the Christmas Island tragedy; Air NZ and Virgin Blue look to cosy up on the Tasman; compulsory super a possibility and; Finance Minister warns of welfare reform costs. [more]

Breakthrough in Mallory Manning murder case
There's been a significant breakthrough in the hunt for the killer of Christchurch prostitute Mallory Manning - with police saying they've now identified the site where she was attacked. [more]

Bad weather hampers Christmas Island recovery operation
Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced multiple investigations into the Christmas Island asylum seeker tragedy. [more]

Julia Gillard's response to Christmas Island tragedy
The ABC's Stephen Dziedzic joins us on the line from Canberra. [more]

Green light for Air NZ and Virgin Blue to work together
Air New Zealand and Virgin Blue have now been told by Australian authorities they can join forces on flights across the Tasman as long as they increase flights out of Wellington and Dunedin. [more]

Question of compulsory Kiwisaver left open
The group looking at ways to boost national savings has left open the question of But it thinks increasing GST again might also be worthwhile considering. [more]

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

Bill English warns welfare reform would cost
The Finance Minister is warning welfare reform could make the Government's finances worse in the short-term, not better. [more]

St Heliers residents lose bid to save art deco houses
Protestors fighting the demolished of art deco houses in the Auckland suburb of St Heliers have failed in their last ditch effort to save the buildings. [more]

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

Doctors dispute new lab testing service is an improvement
Doctors are pouring cold water on a suggestion Auckland's new community lab testing service is not only now stable, but could be better than the old service. [more]

Local describes Christmas Island tragedy
Michael Foster has lived on the island for seven years - and saw the rescue efforts yesterday. [more]

Christmas Island tragedy prompts calls for inquiry
Pressure is mounting on the Australian government to soften its asylum policy after yesterday's Christmas Island boat wreck, in which at least 28 people drowned. [more]

Mental health group shocked by taser use on mentally ill
The Mental Health Foundation is shocked that tasers have been used in psychiatric units and wants answers from the Ministry of Health. [more]

80 sawmill jobs lost from Tangiwai Mill near Ohakune
40 permanent production workers and 40 temporary staff, management and contractors have lost their jobs at WPI International's Tangiwai Mill near Ohakune. [more]

Recruitment problem behind waiting times for cancer patients
Medical professionals say a shortage in cancer specialists is forcing patients to wait longer for treatment. [more]

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

NZ Rugby World Cup preparation is on track
The head of the International Rugby Board is giving New Zealand's preparation for the world cup a pass mark. [more]

More than 100 black-billed gulls are shot to death
The Department of Conservation is investigating the mass killing of some of the rarest gulls in the world. [more]

Sounds to re-open for blue cod fishing
Recreational fishermen are welcoming the re-opening of the Marlborough Sounds to blue cod fishing, but say some new rules are too tough. [more]

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

Deaf community welcomes education review
Supporters of New Zealand Sign Language are calling for major changes to the way deaf children are taught. [more]

Midday Report

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

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

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 16 December 2010
Review says Auckland lab transition was flawed and inadequate, Power prices spike after generators restrict power supply, Grey District Mayor says he'll defend miner's family fund, Twenty seven asylum seekers have died in boat smash, Shareholders Association critical of lack of action by Securities Commission. [more]

Country could be on verge of another power crisis
Wholesale or spot electricity prices have tripled in the first two weeks of December, prompting energy consultant, Bryan Leyland, to warn the country could be on the verge of another power crisis. [more]

Fears the money pledged to the Pike River mine victims is lost
The families of the Pike River mine victims fear the money put aside for them by the company could end up in the hands of the receivers. Pike River Coal promised $1.5 million to the families of the mine workers killed in the tragedy. [more]

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

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

Auckland lab test contract processes critically flawed
A new report says Auckland's change in community laboratory testing provider was critically flawed. [more]

Review says Auckland lab transition was flawed and inadequate
A new report says the handover of community laboratory testing in Auckland was critically flawed. The Chair of the Auckland DHB when the transition took place was Pat Snedden. He admits the process may not have been perfect but is defending the final outcome. [more]

Power prices spike after generators restrict power supply
Wholesale or spot electricity prices have tripled in the first two weeks of December with the spike in prices resulting in some major users cutting production. [more]

Fears Pike receivers could end up with families' funding
The West Coast community fears the money put aside for the families of the Pike River mine victims could end up in the hands of receivers. Pike River Coal had pledged $1.5 million to those who lost their loved ones and primary income earners. [more]

Twenty seven asylum seekers have died in boat smash
The death toll now stands at 27 after a boat full of asylum seekers trying to reach Australia crashed onto rocks on Christmas Island. The boat splintered and sank and many of its passengers were dashed against the rocks, others were swept out to sea. [more]

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

Shareholders Association critical of Securities Commission
The Shareholders' Association says investors in the failed finance company, Hanover, are unlikely to benefit from its former director having his assets frozen. [more]

Parliament signs off with sombre reflection - and cheap shots
The Parliamentary year has ended with the traditional bout of name calling and point scoring. MPs yesterday brought down the curtain on 2010 in the House, with a sometimes reflective but otherwise combatative final session. [more]

Police say cocaine could become as harmful as P
Drug mules from South America are targeting New Zealand, increasing concerns a market for cocaine could establish itself here. Customs says there's been a one-thousand percent increase in cocaine interceptions during the past two years. [more]

Underage drivers getting younger, says youth worker
The police say they are catching drivers as young as nine years old on New Zealand roads. [more]

Former Waitemata DHB defends decision to change labtests
The former heads of Auckland's district health boards are unapologetic, despite a new report which describes the handover of community laboratory testing in the region as critically flawed. [more]

Grey District Mayor says he'll defend miner's family fund
The founding trustee of a Pike River relief fund has moved to assure the West Coast community that money pledged to the families of the men killed four weeks ago is safe. [more]

Swedish prosecutors are to appeal bail granted Assange
Swedish prosecutors are to appeal the bail granted Julian Assange. Mr Assange, who is wanted in Sweden on charges of sexual assault, is still in custody in London, despite being granted bail in the Westminster Magistrate's Court. [more]

Immigration rules for foreign students eased
The Government is making it easier for students to extend their stay in New Zealand - just as other countries, like Australia and the UK are tightening their rules. [more]

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

New electoral finance laws set scene for 2011 election
Parliament's last act of the year was one of almost total unity - passing a new set of electoral finance laws. It wipes the slate clean on the former Labour government's controversial 2007 law and sets the battle ground for next year's election. [more]

Tasers used more on mentally ill than criminals
A new study from Auckland University says that tasers are being used more often on the mentally ill than criminals. And it found Maori and Pacific people are far more likely to be tasered than caucasians. [more]

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

Bitter fight over Nelson-Tasman council merger
The battle over a possible merger of Nelson City and its neighbour, the Tasman District, is becoming increasingly bitter and personal. [more]

Talking ATMs rolled out for the vision impaired
The vision impaired community is welcoming news that banks are beginning to introduce talking Automated Teller Machines. [more]

Nights

Origins of the Universe
Prof Geoff Taylor - Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics, helping the Large Hadron Collider investigate the origins of the universe from the other side of the world. [more]

Earth Sciences
This week our Thursday scientist is the geologist Hamish Campbell, from GNS science. Hamish tells us about The Volcanic Plateau. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number 7. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Pike River Coal recievership
John Fisk is a PricewaterhouseCoopers partner, who has been appointed to handle the receivership of Pike River Coal. [more]

Hanover Finance latest
Hanover Finance investor Tom Brosnahan, and independent stockbroker Chris Lee talk about the state of Hanover now that a former Director of the company has had his assets frozen. [more]

UK Correspondent - Michael White
Swedish people in British news, and some over forties have a fling. [more]

Feature Guest - Peter Walls
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra under NZSO Chief Executive Peter Walls has just completed the most successful international tour in its history - receiving rapturous applause and repeat encores at every performance - yet it's now facing one its biggest challenge as funding agencies tighten their purse strings. [more]

Book Review - Aphrodite's Hat
Anne Buchanan reviews 'Aphrodite's Hat' by Sally Vickers. Published by Fourth Estate. [more]

New Technology with Nigel Horrocks
What the world searched for on Google and Yahoo search engines this year, and how social media has replaced old-style political organisations as shown in the recent London student protests. [more]

Michelle Holman
Michelle Holman writes romantic comedies with a distinctly New Zealand flavour. Her latest book 'Barefoot' touches on domestic violence - something Michelle has seen first hand evidence of when she worked in hospital emergency departments. She has also managed community youth health projects in the Waikato and worked as a tissue transplant co-ordinator in Auckland. [more]

Film with Graeme Tuckett
Graeme Tuckett reviews 'Tron: Legacy', 'Megamind' and 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader'. [more]

Our Changing World

NZ Film Archives 'Saving Frames'
The NZ Film Archive's 'Saving Frames' is a four-year project to preserve thousands of old films. [more]

Measuring Air Quality
Last winter a large study in Auckland looked at the impact of motorway traffic and wood smoke on inside and outside air quality [more]

Redigitising Old Films
Park Road Post Production explains the process of restoring and redigitising a 1940 film [more]

Water Repellent Soils
A soil survey around the North Island has found that when dry, rather than soaking up water, most soils become water repellent [more]

Tour of Park Road Post Production
In this web-only special, Brian Scadden takes Amelia Nurse on a tour to see some of the old film unit equipment still in use [more]

Rural News

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

Midday Rural News for 16 December 2010
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Upbeat

Anna Leese
UK based NZ soprano performing Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Tudor Consort this weekend. [more]

Costa Botes
NZ Independent Film Maker presenting documentary 'Kathmandu Blues' at the Wellington Bluegrass Society this Friday. [more]

News stories:

Allied Irish Bank bonuses stopped by government
Executives at Allied Irish Bank will not receive backdated bonuses totalling 40 million euros after the country's finance minister intervened. [more]

Pakistani cricketers banned from Facebook, Twitter
Pakistan have banned their cricketers from the social networking sites Facebook and Twitter following a series of damaging scandals. Team manager Intikhab Alam said the decision was taken after wicketkeeper... [more]

India look to cement their place at top of cricket world rankings
The Indian cricket team will be under pressure to justify their number one ranking by winning away from home as they square off against second-placed South Africa in a three-match... [more]

Blackburn owners dismiss Maradona rumours
The Indian owners of Blackburn Rovers have ruled out appointing Argentine Diego Maradona as manager of the English Premier League football club. Maradona's name has been in the frame since... [more]

Georgia to host Junior Rugby Trophy
The International Rugby Board has confirmed that Georgia will host the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2011 tournament from May the 24th to June the 5th. It is the first... [more]

New Zealand cyclists climb new heights for World Cup
New Zealand's track cyclists are in the mountain city of Cali in Colombia for the second round of the UCI Track World Cup starting on Friday as they look to... [more]

Tevez returns to training
The Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez returned to the club's training ground on Wednesday as scheduled despite wanting to leave the club. Tevez was due to take part in a... [more]

Council agrees to $500,000 review of Wellington's waterfront
The Wellington City Council has agreed to a review of how the city's waterfront should operate. [more]

Lake Wakatipu deaths may lead to rescue changes
The deaths of two French kayakers near Queenstown last week seem likely to lead to changes in the way search and rescue operations are conducted in the region. [more]

Pressure on Wellington City Council to find savings
Wellington City councillors have been told they will have to think hard about where money can be found to pay for the council's $87 million leaky homes bill. [more]

Pakistan delay team selections over clearance issues
Pakistan's cricket selectors have delayed naming squads for their one-day series here this summer and next year's World Cup because some players have yet to be cleared by the Pakistan... [more]

Gill is a new type of shot putter
New Zealand's world junior shot put champion Jacko Gill, is part of a new breed in the sport. At just 15-years-old Gill already holds the world record in both the... [more]

Junior golfer hits hole in one on consecutive days
Playing in the Greg Norman Junior Masters at Coolangatta, Gold Coast 12 year-old Chris Park has achieved every golfer's dream twice in two days scoring a hole-in-one on the 171-metre... [more]

Pakistan bowler investigated for alleged drunken damage
The Karachi City Cricket Association has confirmed Pakistan test bowler Mohammad Sami is under investigation after being accused of brawling and damaging hotel furniture while drunk. The Association's president Siraj... [more]

Electoral finance law should have gone further - Greens
The Green Party says Parliament has missed an opportunity to clamp down on anonymous donations to political parties. [more]

Competition watchdog clears ASX's Singapore merger
Australia's competition regulator has cleared the proposed takeover of the Australian Securities Exchange by its Singaporean counterpart. [more]

Web-based currency exchange service launched
A new web-based currency exchange service is being launched to take advantage of the close links in the Pacific region. [more]

Tonga's new inter-island ferry sets sail
Tonga's new inter-island ferry, the MV 'Otuanga'ofa, set sail last night with over 100 passengers on its first voyage to the outer islands of Ha'apai and Vava'u. The CEO of... [more]

Tonga's new inter island ferry sets sail
Tonga's new inter island ferry, the MV 'Otuanga'ofa, set sail last night with over 100 passengers on its first voyage to the outer islands of Ha'apai and Vava'u. The CEO... [more]

Lie detector tests suggested for cricketers
Cricket's lawmakers could introduce lie detector tests in a bid to root out corruption from the sport. Admitting to concerns over the sport's reputation, an MCC committee also called for... [more]

Ponting accepts criticism for Australia's performances
The Australia cricket captain Ricky Ponting says his team deserve the criticism they have received in this Ashes series. A win in the third Test starting today in Perth will... [more]

Inter into world club final
European football champions Inter Milan have comfortably booked their place in the Club World Cup final in Abu Dhabi with a 3-nil win over Seongnam of South Korea. Inter will... [more]

Ponting well aware he's playing for his future
Captain Ricky Ponting is under no illusions just how important the third Ashes test against England is not only for the Australian team but for his future as skipper and... [more]

Both sides delay naming team for third Ashes test starting today
Having sent Australia crashing to the canvas in Adelaide, England will hope to land a knockout blow to their punch-drunk former tormentors when the third Ashes cricket test gets underway... [more]

Director's assets 'should have been frozen earlier'
The Shareholders' Association says the assets of the former Hanover director, Mark Hotchin, should have been frozen before now. [more]

Farmers struggle after years of drought
After years of battling major droughts and other weather-related events, some farmers are questioning why they're in the business. [more]

Dairy prices edge up at latest Fonterra auction
Dairy prices rose in Fonterra's online auction overnight on Wednesday. [more]

Georgia to host 2011 Junior World Rugby Trophy
The International Rugby Board has confirmed that Georgia will host the Junior World Rugby Trophy in May and June of next year. It's the first time that Georgia has been... [more]

American Samoa's only airline has new aircraft
American Samoa's only airline, Inter Island Air, has this week inaugurated its new Dornier 328 aircraft. Named Islands of Tonga, the plane was christened by the Reverend Faatui Laolagi who... [more]

Power companies accused of mismanaging hydro generation
Paper producer Norske Skog is accusing hydro power companies of excessively curtailing generation, and forcing up spot power prices to unacceptable levels. [more]

Marshall Islands pearl industry is back says govt minister
The Marshall Islands Minister of Resources and Development, Mattlan Zackhras, says the pearl industry in the country is back. Two local governments harvested close to 100,000 US dollars worth of... [more]

Essential medicine arrives in Vanuatu following shortage
Medicine has arrived in Vanuatu, ending a shortage of essential drugs in hospitals and health facilities. The Daily Post reports Vanuatu faced a critical drugs shortage after the Vila Central... [more]

Palau govt reimburses customers of a failed bank
The Palau government has started reimbursing unpaid depositors of the failed Pacific Savings Bank. Palau's President Johnson Toribiong told the Marianas Variety that 79 individual depositors have already received reimbursements... [more]

American Samoa keen to apply for Small Business Credit Initiatives funding
American Samoa has submitted to the US treasury a notice of intent to apply for funding under the state Small Business Credit Initiatives. Fifteen billion US dollars is available in... [more]

Hawaiian roading company buys petrol station business
Hawaii's largest roadway paving contractor has bought the owner of the 76 gas station brand in the U.S. state, paid for in shares. The move, which creates one of the... [more]

Rohfritch critical of French Polynesia budget review process
The French Polynesian minister in charge of economic reconversion, Teva Rohfritch, has decided to boycott today's budget committee meeting, saying the matter has not been about an exercise in democracy... [more]

Mine families to visit site on Christmas Day
Some families of those who were killed in the Pike River Coal mine will visit the site on Christmas Day. [more]

Fiji looking forward to title defence
Fiji Sevens coach Iliesa Tanivula is looking forward to his team defending it's Wellington title at the start of February. Fiji were knocked out in the semi-finals by eventual winners... [more]

Mine insurance payout could take 12 months
The receiver for Pike River Coal says it could take a year for the company's insurance claim to be paid out. [more]

Review criticises Auckland medical lab changeover
A review of how the change in community medical testing provider for Auckland was handled last year has found major inadequacies with many of those involved. [more]

Cancer treatment waiting times 'increasing anxiety'
The Cancer Society says waiting times for treament are increasing patients' anxiety and adding to their stress. [more]

Council's mystery windfall refunded
Masterton District Council says a mysterious half-million dollar payment it received earlier this year was accidentally deposited by the Wellington Regional Council. [more]

Consumer confidence down - surveys
Two surveys have recorded a fall in consumer confidence. [more]

Manufacturing activity expands
Activity in the manufacturing sector expanded for the first time in four months in November. [more]

Tahiti call for public debate on land ownership disputes
The Indigenous Customary Council in Tahiti says it wants to have a public debate with the French Polynesian lands minister, Tearii Alpha, over his plans to settle land disputes emanating... [more]

Wool industry unity task a challenge
The independent chair of the umbrella group set up by the Minister of Agriculture to bring some unity to the divided wool industry admits the job's proving to be a bit of a challenge, though he says some progress is being made. [more]

Animal tracing scheme critic renews call for deferral
Federated Farmers dairy chair has renewed his call for the much-debated national animal identification and tracing system to be deferred. [more]

New Tonga ferry enters service
Tonga's new purpose-built ferry has arrived in Ha'apai as it has launched its service to the outer islands. The MV 'Otuanga'ofa ferry was constructed and paid for by Japanese aid. [more]

ADB sees positive outlook for Pacific
The Asian Development Bank's latest financial report on the Pacific shows a much more positive outlook for the region. A senior country specialist for the ADB in Suva, Emma Veve,... [more]

New Zealand Government revealed to be spying on Fiji military
Cables from the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks reportedly reveal New Zealand has been using its Waihopai communications base to spy on Fiji's military. The news website Stuff reports the base was... [more]

Study underway on Hawaii native government
A spokesperson for a Hawaiian senator says a new study will be a stepping stone towards the creation of a native Hawaiian government. A spending bill, which is expected to... [more]

Money pledged to Pike River families safe, says trustee
The founding trustee of the Pike River Miners Relief Fund says money given by the coal mining company is safe, and it will not to the receivers. [more]

Rules eased for foreign students
The Government has announced immigration changes it says will attract more international students to New Zealand. [more]

Cocaine drug mules targeting NZ, says Customs
New Zealand Customs says drug mules from South America appear to be targeting this country in an attempt to establish a market for cocaine. [more]

Guilty plea on charges relating to police shooting
A man has admitted shooting two police officers and killing a police dog, but entered no plea to charges of attempted murder when he appeared in the High Court in Christchurch on Thursday. [more]

Teen driver who died had absconded from CYF care
A 13-year-old boy who died after crashing a vehicle in South Auckland had absconded from the custody of Child, Youth and Family. [more]

Private prison firm in London rail industrial dispute
A company which this week won the contract to run an Auckland jail is embroiled in an industrial dispute with some of its rail workers in London. [more]

PNG people happy that Sir Michael Somare has stepped aside
The interim chairperson of the Pacific Freedom Forum says people in Papua New Guinea are happy that Sir Michael Somare has stepped aside as prime minister. The recently-appointed deputy prime... [more]

Fiji says NZ spying has not stopped
Fiji's interim government says it is certain the New Zealand government is still spying on Fiji The news website Stuff reports that Wikileaks cables show New Zealand has been using... [more]

Fiji hints at delay with new constitution
Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has hinted at a delay in drafting a new constitution. Last year, the interim regime abolished the 1997 constitution and said work on... [more]

NZRU okay with SBW boxing
The All Black Sonny Bill Williams believes fighting in a boxing bout less than a month before the start of next year's Super rugby season will make him a better... [more]

All Whites slip further down world rankings
The All Whites have dropped further down football's world rankings, ending the year in 63rd spot. New Zealand began the year ranked 79th but climbed to 49th after their unbeaten... [more]

Cruyff slams Barca sponsorship deal
The Barcelona great Johan Cruyff has criticised the Catalan football giants for agreeing a record shirt sponsorship deal worth 54 million dollars a season with the Qatar Foundation. The deal... [more]

Paston knows what he's in for with latest injury
The Phoenix goalkeeper Mark Paston admits to being frustrated by an injury curse that has ended his A-League season for a second straight year. Paston will have surgery on a... [more]

Jets coach suspended indefinitely
A coach with the New York Jets' NFL team has been suspended indefinitely for telling his sideline players to try and interfere with the Miami Dolphins' kicking game. Sal Alosi,... [more]

Mancini and Tevez to meet as City striker seeks transfer
The Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini will meet with unsettled striker Carlos Tevez saying he hopes the Argentine will stay at the English football club despite requesting a transfer. The... [more]

Travel card to be used in Auckland
Aucklanders will soon have their own intergrated travel card to use on buses, trains and ferries around the region. [more]

Axe murderer wants slow, careful rehabilitation
Axe murderer Ronald Joseph Krynen has had his parole hearing adjourned, saying he wants his rehabilitation to continue slowly and carefully. [more]

Man seriously injured in stabbing
A man is in critical condition after being stabbed at his home in the King Country town of Taumarunui. [more]

Primary teachers and principals accept pay deal
Primary school teachers and principals have accepted the pay deal negotiated by their union in November. [more]

Regulation threat prompts competition - 2degrees
Mobile phone company 2degrees says the threat of regulation can help spur competition quickly. [more]

Marshalls seeks extension of US compact funding
The Marshall Islands is asking the United States to extend a long-term funding agreement which it says is vital to its viability. The request is made as part of the... [more]

ADB urges Tonga to watch its debt levels
The latest economic data from the Asian Development Bank shows the incoming Tongan government will need to make tough decisions to turn its struggling economy around. The ADB's Pacific Economic... [more]

Recovery operation likely to cost $10m by year end
The receiver for Pike River Coal says the operation to recover the bodies of 29 men from the mine has cost up to $5 million so far and could reach $10 million by Christmas. [more]

Councillors gain pay rises in planned reallocation
Politicians elected to Auckland's new council are to get a pay rise following the distribution of funds aimed at rewarding those with extra workloads. [more]

Auckland Council may seek lower drink-drive limit
New Zealand's biggest local body is considering a draft submission calling for a tougher limit on drivers' blood-alcohol level. [more]

IRD cuts jobs in smaller provincial centres
The Inland Revenue Department is cutting jobs in several of its smaller provincial offices, including almost half its staff in Greymouth. [more]

New Tonga ferry on first outer island voyage
The Friendly Islands Shipping Agency in Tonga hopes to have a regular schedule for the new ferry, which is now on its first voyage to the outer islands. The MV... [more]

Business focus in proposed NZ aid change queried
An academic says a New Zealand parliamentary report calling for a business emphasis in Pacific aid spending shows little understanding of the links between poverty alleviation and economic development. The... [more]

Call for educational improvements to cope with Micronesian migration
A discussion paper on Micronesian migration calls on regional leaders to use education funding more effectively. Micronesia has the highest per capita net emigration rates in the world, with more... [more]

Case against Pitcairn mayor adjourned
The lawyer representing the mayor of Pitcairn Island, who is charged with possessing child pornography, says the case has been adjourned as he plans to challenge the independence of the... [more]

Uncertainty over when PNG parliament will elect new GG
Papua New Guinea's Attorney-General, Sir Arnold Amet, says he has advised cabinet that parliament should be recalled to elect a new Governor General but that it's uncertain when that will... [more]

Acting Vanuatu PM reshuffles new government
There has been a minor cabinet reshuffle in Vanuatu. The acting prime minister, Ham Lini, sacked the minister of internal affairs, Willie Lop, and appointed Alfred Carlot as the new... [more]

ADB says Fiji economy trapped on low growth path
The Asian Development Bank says Fiji is trapped on a low growth path despite an overall economic benefit to the Pacific region from a gradual global recovery and firm finances... [more]

Fiji regime says no surprise in NZ spy revelations
Fiji's interim government says cables revealing the New Zealand government spied on the military are no surprise. The news website Stuff reports Wikileaks cables show New Zealand has been using... [more]

Demolition of art deco houses suspended
The demolition of two art deco houses in the Auckland suburb of St Heliers has been suspended following a meeting with mayor Len Brown and developers. [more]

Teen charged over Christmas in the Park attack
A 16-year-old has been charged in connection with a bottle attack at the Christmas in the Park event in Christchurch. [more]

Police make breakthrough in Mallory Manning case
Christchurch police believe they have identified the site where sex worker Mallory Manning was taken and attacked before she was killed nearly two years ago. [more]

More jobs chopped from wood industry
The National Distribution Union is calling on the Government to rescue the wood industry, saying another 80 job losses shows the sector is in crisis. [more]

English warns welfare changes will cost money
Dealing with welfare dependency is likely to cost the National-led Government more money in the short-term, Finance Minister Bill English warns. [more]

Organisers happy with Rugby World Cup ticket sales
Rugby World Cup bosses say they are pleased with tickets sales ahead of the tournament in New Zealand next year. [more]

Sounds to re-open for blue cod fishing
New restrictions will apply when the Marlborough Sounds re-opens for blue cod fishing next April, a year earlier than planned. [more]

DoC investigating slaughter of rare gulls
New Zealand's Department of Conservation is investigating the mass killing of gulls considered the rarest in the world. [more]

Taranaki farmers seek drought relief
Taranaki is the latest region to seek drought relief after months without significant rainfall. [more]

Report suggests changes for deaf education
A report for the Ministry of Education has recommended major changes to the education of deaf children. [more]

Mighty River blames drought for low power production
State-owned generator Mighty River Power has joined the chorus of utility companies blaming the weather for low power production. [more]

Hanover suing Allied Farmers over cancelled payment
Hanover Finance is taking legal action against Allied Farmers after the rural services company refused to pay about $5 million to the failed finance company. [more]

Marae trying to change perception of Flaxmere
A local marae in Flaxmere is working hard to change the negative perceptions some people have of the Hastings suburb. [more]

Government 'on track' to meet claims deadline
Prime Minister John Key says the Government is on track to meet its target of having all historic Treaty of Waitangi claim settlements completed by 2014. [more]

Report considers compulsory KiwiSaver and GST rise
An interim report from a Government-appointed group looking at ways to boost national savings has left open the question of making KiwiSaver compulsory. [more]