Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 23rd December 2010

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Let It Be
Phil O'Brien from the RNZ show Matinee Idle, has chosen 'Let It Be' from the Across The Universe. [more]

Your Place - Caroline Bay
Usually at this time each week we visit one of our smaller towns, an out of the way location, far from the madding crowd and often quite removed from big city life. That's not the case, though, this week. We are heading to one of our major holiday hotspots, a mecca for domestic holiday makers whose Idea of a great summer break is to head for the beach. [more]

Feature Guest - Gregg Allman
Toe-tapping driving music, gutsy guitar solos and complex harmonies all characterize the music of rock and roll great, Gregg Allman. Founding member of the hugely successful Allman Brothers Band, the man who Rolling Stone magazine includes in its 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, is about to release a new album - Low Country Blues. [more]

He Rourou for 23 December 2010
In He Rourou Ana Tapiata talks Christmas with Rewi, Maia, Te Marie and Araraina, some of the children from the total immersion school in Wellington. [more]

Southern Story for 23 December 2010 - Lace Cottage
Earlier this year, Spoken Features producer Sonia Yee met up with Olga Hawkes - author of 'Russian at Heart.' But there's another side to Olga's personal story and it's full of glamour from 60's fashion modeling in Auckland to a business venture in the 80's on a return trip to England. [more]

Our Changing World - Water repellent soil
With drought conditions already kicking in for parts of the country, research at Plant of Food Research is highlighting a problem with New Zealand soils that farmers simply may not know about. For anyone who wants to grow plants, getting the right amount of water into the soil is extremely important. However, a recent study of North Island pastoral soils by PhD student John Carter at Plant and Food Research has found a rather unexpected problem. Ruth Beran meets his supervisor Markus Deurer who explains that rather than soaking up water, most of the soils sampled could actually repel water. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 23 December 2010
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on today's Panel. [more]

The Panel with David Farrar and Josie Pagani (Part 1)
Topics - The independent MP Chris Carter won't be spending his summer hols in Sri Lanka. He's cancelled his taxpayer-subsided trip using the MPs' travel perk after details were leaked to the media. One of the teenagers charged with the attempted murder of a Senior Constable with a machete was once a poster boy for an anti-bullying programme in Rotorua. 18 year old Japhet Simiona made headlines in 2005 for taking part in a resorative justice programme to help him deal with his bullying at Sunset Junior High School. [more]

The Panel with David Farrar and Josie Pagani (Part 2)
Topics - A transport lobby group wants cars to be excluded from Auckland's inner-city Queen Street at weekends. Christmas weather, A slow-moving front makes its way northwards over northern New Zealand today. Another front moves onto the southwest of the South Island tonight then tracks northward tomorrow. A ridge then follows. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 23 December 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 23 December 2010
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 23 December 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 23 December 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 23 December 2010
The British-based mobile phone giant, Vodafone, says the regulator cannot assume that slashing the cost of switching phone calls between networks will mean lower prices for users. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 23 December 2010
MPs get a pay rise. Some Pike River contractors will now get paid and predictions of more economic gloom. [more]

MPs get a pay rise
MPs are getting a pay rise and any hit from their international travel perks being scrapped will be cushioned by a boost to their wages. [more]

Pike River coal contractors to receive some money
New Zealand Oil and Gas and the BNZ have agreed to give money they're owed from the Pike River Coal MIne to cover the wages of the 13 contractors who died in the disaster. [more]

Contractor reacts to news of partial payment of money owed
The construction company, Chris Yeats builders, lost three employees in the mine disaster. [more]

Finance Minister says another recession a possiblity
The Finance Minister Bill English says the country could go back into recession next year yet still be on track for growth that's built on a stronger economy. [more]

Regulator wants termination rates to drop sharply
The Commerce Commission says it should be much cheaper than currently is, to switch phone calls and texts between mobile networks. [more]

Crafar receivers still confident they will sell
The receivers for 16 of the Crafar dairy farms say they are still confident of selling them - despite having rubbised suggestions that a bid by Landcorp could be revived, after a Chinese bid came unstuck. [more]

Evening Sports News for 23 December 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Minister says no review of Child Youth and Family planned
The Minister for Social Development, Paula Bennett, is not planning to review Child Youth and Family in the wake of an horrific child abuse case before the court. [more]

PEDA loses out on public funding
The company at the centre of a controversy over money promised in the Government's May budget is now not getting any public funding. [more]

Thames GPs to work in hospital Emergency Department
GPs in Thames will soon be working in the local hospital as part of a pilot project designed to ease growing workforce pressures. [more]

Waatea News for 23 December 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

New graduates' incomes drop for first time since Asian crisis
The incomes of new graduates dropped last year for the first time since 1998. [more]

Angel ring credited with saving fisherman
A fisherman swept off rocks at South Piha west of Auckland yesterday owes his life to a rescue device known as an angel ring. [more]

Analysis of MPs' pay
More now on the increase in MPs' pay, which has been released this afternoon. [more]

New rule to force higher safety compliance standards
A new rule will force aviation adventure companies to lift safety compliance standards from next year. [more]

US research into police officer deaths
As the debate continues in this country on arming the police, research in the United States shows rural officers patrolling by themselves have a greater risk of their own guns being used against them. [more]

Can science help you keep new year's resolutions?
As the year draws to a close, many of us are already thinking about what we'd like to change in 2011. [more]

Evening Sports News for 23 December 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Afghan woman still waiting for reconstructive surgery
An 18-year-old Afghan woman whose mutilated face appeared on the cover of Time Magazine is still in the United States awaiting surgery to reconstruct her nose and ears amputated by the Taliban. [more]

Waatea News for 23 December 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

What makes Christmas day special for 2000 Aucklanders
Twelve months of preparation, five hundred volunteers and about one thousand kilograms of food. [more]

Christmas Day

Test Tone
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Midday Report

Midday News for 23 December 2010
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 23 December 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 23 December 2010
Crafar farms potential buyers; Canterbury blazes; Solicitor-General wants to appeal ruling in favour of families of families of disabled adults and; documented UFO sightings quashed. [more]

Thailand lifts its state of emergency in Bangkok
Thailand is finally lifting its state of emergency in Bangkok - eight months after violent anti-government protests ripped through the capital. [more]

Pacific News for 23 December 2010
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 23 December 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Report into high electricity prices due for release today
An eagerly awaited report into high wholesale electricity prices is likely to be released today. [more]

Landcorp says still interested in Crafar farms for right price
The government has declined a Chinese bid to buy the Crafar farms prompting renewed calls for Landcorp to purchase the properties and stop them falling into foreign hands. [more]

Landcorp remains keen to buy Crafar dairy farms
Cheif rural reporter Kevein Ikin gives comment on the Crafar farms story. [more]

Waimate fire burns fiercely
With a dozen blazes breaking out across Canterbury yesterday, the worst of the fires was still burning in Waimate overnight, and has already affected up to 178 hectares of both conservation and private land. [more]

Solicitor-General wants to appeal against landmark ruling
The Solicitor-General plans to seek leave to appeal against a landmark court ruling that found in favour of families of disabled adults. [more]

Documented UFO sightings dismissed by astronomers
They say seeing is believing and that theory could lend some weight to two thousand pages about possible UFO sightings released by the New Zealand Defence Force yesterday. [more]

Kaikoura UFO sightings still a mystery
Australian journalist, Quentin Fogarty, was part of a team that went up in 1978 to document the flashing lights seen above Kaikoura. [more]

Barack Obama signs law ending gay military ban
The US President has relegated the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy to history - signing a landmark law allowing gay people to serve openly in the US military. [more]

Spending moderate in lead up to Christmas
There are just two shopping days left before Christmas but retailers say people across the country are spending modestly. [more]

Sports News for 23 December 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

CYF ordered to explain how it missed years of abuse
Child Youth and Family are asking how they missed the serious and horrific abuse of a nine year old girl, who social workers have dealt with for most of her life. [more]

Waitangi petroleum report bolsters activists' protest plans
Environmental campaigners say the Waitangi Tribunal's findings on the petroleum industry will boost plans for direct action against oil and gas prospectors. [more]

Animal lovers trawl through shops for pet Xmas presents
Ever since Jesus was born in a manger, animals have been part of the Christmas story. [more]

Genetic weapon against Varroa mite developed
Scientists have developed a genetic technique that could wipe out the Varroa mite parasite that kills honey bees. [more]

British Cabinet minister stripped of responsibilities
After just seven months, Britain's Coalition government's showing signs of major cracks, with a Cabinet Minister from the Liberal Democrats stripped of his responsibilities after a major gaffe. [more]

Goff dismisses claims Israeli spy protest motivated by trade
A claim that New Zealand deliberately over-reacted when suspected Israeli spies were arrested here six years ago has been dismissed as nonsense by the foreign minister at the time, Phil Goff. [more]

Ivory Coast on verge of civil war
France and Germany are urging their citizens in Ivory Coast to leave, as the east African nation lurches closer to civil war. [more]

Jewellers angry at warning about white gold jewellery
The Commerce Commission is warning jewellers to make sure customers know that some white gold jewellery is coated with rhodium, which may have to be replaced regularly. [more]

Sports News for 23 December 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Councillors' plan for Te Anau retreat sparks complaints
Invercargill's mayor, Tim Shadbolt, is facing a mini rebellion among his councillors over plans to spend 12-thousand dollars on a three-day council retreat at Te Anau next month. His Worship and councillor Lindsay Abbott join the programme. [more]

Freedom campers told to stay on the beaten track
A new campaign has been launched to try to control freedom camping. [more]

Waatea News for 23 December 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Beatles Abbey Road pedestrian crossing given historical status
There's always been 'something' about that pedestrian crossing on the Beatles' Abbey Road album cover. Now, the crossing has been recognised for its cultural and historical importance. [more]

Put another locust on the barbie
Forget putting another shrimp on the barbie - an enterprising Australian says locusts are the answer. [more]

Nights

Campbell Island
It's two hundred years since a whaling and sealing boat discovered one of the most southerly bits of New Zealand - Campbell Island. [more]

Body Parts
This week's thursday scientist is Jean Fleming from Otago Medical School joining us to discuss another wonder of the human body... Pleasure. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number 7. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Waitakere child abuse case
The Commisioner for Children, John Angus, and Auckland's deputy mayor, Penny Hulse, who used to run the Waitakere taskforce on family violence, join the programme to discuss the case. [more]

Professor Swee Tan - strawberry birthmarks and cancer
Professor Swee Tan is a plastic surgeon based at Hutt Hospital, where he is also the director of surgery. His research on strawberry birthmarks has exciting implications for the treatment of cancer. [more]

UK Correspondent - Kate Adie
Transport chaos in the UK, what's happened to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and more terrorist arrests. [more]

Big Year Interview - Chris Liddell
Matamata born Chris Liddell took over the financial reins of General Motors nearly a year ago after this largest US car manufacturer was bailed out from certain collapse. He's guiding the ailing giant back to good health and speaks with Nine to Noon. [more]

Children's Book Review with John McIntyre
John reviews Richard Scarry's Night Before the Night Before Christmas, Odd and The Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman and Unhooking The Moon by Gregory Hughes. [more]

New technology with Nigel Horrocks
Nigel looks back at the year's big tech break-throughs and issues. [more]

Parenting with Nigel Latta
Psychologist and parenting expert discusses tips for Christmas and the school holidays. [more]

TV reviews with Simon Wilson
Simon takes a look at the best on the box for 2010. [more]

Our Changing World

Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor
Sir Peter Gluckman speaks about his early research career and his connection to Sir Edmund Hilary [more]

Magnetism and North Pole South Pole
Gillian Turner introduces some characters from her book North Pole South Pole, which traces the quest to understand magnetism [more]

Gastric Bypass Operation Follow-up
Gastric bypass patient Arthur Andrews goes to Wakefield Hospital for a follow-up consultation eight months after the operation [more]

Our Changing World Updates for 2010
An update on some stories, including the JOIDES Resolution, bumblebees, Chatham Island birds, star music, and a science song [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 23 December 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 23 December 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Eileen von Dadelszen
New Zealand Singing School Trust Chair talks about the 25th Anniversary of the Hawkes Bay based summer school. [more]

Eva Prowse
Janina Nicoll speaks to Wellington-based songwriter about her recently released album 'I Can't Keep Secrets'. [more]

News stories:

Tuvalu MPs lobbying ahead of Friday vote for new PM
Tuvalu's caretaker Communications Minister Taukelina Finikaso says there is still hope for the MPs in the grouping of the deposed Prime Minister Maatia Toafa that it can stay in government. [more]

Flags at half mast in American Samoa after death of top official
The American Samoa Governor, Togiola Tulafono, has ordered that all flags in the territory be flown at half staff today and tomorrow in remembrance of the Director of Criminal Justice... [more]

Cricket washout in New Plymouth
The Twenty20 cricket match between Central Districts and Otago was washed out in New Plymouth last night. Central are third on the table behind Auckland and Northern Districts, while Otago... [more]

Davis Cup in Austria to be played in aircraft hanger
Austria will play France on a clay court in an aircraft hangar in the first round of tennis's 2011 Davis Cup. A 10,000 square-metre hangar at Austria's main airport -... [more]

Wellington retains sevens hosting rights
Wellington has retained the hosting rights for the IRB rugby sevens tournament for another five years. Westpac Stadium has held the tournament since 2000. NZRU CEO Steve Tew says the... [more]

Glory beat Adelaide
The Perth Glory have scored a rare victory in the A-League with a 4-2 home victory over a 10-man Adelaide. Glory marquee Robbie Fowler scored a brace to secure just... [more]

Benitez to leave Inter Milan?
Rafa Benitez's future with the Inter Milan football club remains in serious doubt, with Italian media reporting that former AC Milan coach Leonardo has already been selected as his replacement. [more]

Petrov stays with Renault
Russia's first Formula One driver, Vitaly Petrov has extended his contract with the Renault team for the next two years. The Renault Formula One team will race as Lotus Renault... [more]

England football gets new chairman
David Bernstein, the former chairman of Manchester City, was surprisingly named chairman of the English Football Association (FA). The 67-year-old Bernstein succeeded David Triesman who resigned this year. The FA... [more]

Barca coach could be at club for life
The Barcelona football coach Pep Guardiola can extend his contract for as long as he wants and the club are hoping he will emulate long-serving Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson. [more]

Caretaker manager to take care of Blackburn for rest of season
Steve Kean will remain as manager of All White captain Ryan Nelsen's Blackburn Rovers Premier League football club until the end of the season. Kean was promoted from first-team coach... [more]

French players give up bonuses after long delay
France strikers Thierry Henry and Nicolas Anelka have agreed to give up their World Cup-related bonuses after it was revealed they had yet to do so. Following their shock first-round... [more]

Dominguez pleads innocence in doping case
World steeplechase champion Marta Dominguez, who is suspected of trafficking in performance-enhancing drugs, has insisted she's innocent after being questioned in court over the allegations. The 35-year-old, who won 3,000... [more]

Mitchell caught England 'by surprise' in Perth
The outspoken England cricketer Kevin Pietersen says Australia's Mitchell Johnson caught the tourists by surprise in Perth but it won't happen again. Dropped for the second Test and recalled for... [more]

Lakers lose at home to inspired Bucks
The NBA defending champions the Los Angeles Lakers were left stunned and humiliated after being upset 98-79 on their home court by the under-strength Milwaukee Bucks. Back in familiar surroundings... [more]

Blatter defends giving World Cup to Russia and Qatar
The FIFA president Sepp Blatter has defended the decision to award the football World Cup to Russia and Qatar, saying it was "natural" to spread the tournament around the world. [more]

Power price report due for release
The Electricity Authority hopes to release a report on high wholesale electricity prices on Thursday. [more]

Australia names new ambassador to Samoa
Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kevin Rudd has announced that Dr Stephen Henningham will be the country's new High Commissioner to Samoa. Dr Henningham is expected to take up his... [more]

4.1 quake in Wairarapa
A magnitude 4.1 was felt in Wairarapa on Thursday morning. [more]

Australia warns about PNG group's citizenship campaign
The Australian immigration department has warned a group of Papua New Guineans against crossing Torres Strait as part of a campaign to be given Australian citizenship. The group, Papua Australia... [more]

Fiji regime restates GCC politics ban
Fiji's interim government says it is committed to removing politics from the Great Council of Chiefs. The permanent secretary to the Prime Minister's Office, Colonel Pio Tikoduadua, has told FBC... [more]

Data weightings for GDP figures under spotlight
Some economists are questioning whether economic growth is being underestimated because of the way activity in the communications sector is measured. [more]

Carter astronomer dismisses famous UFO sighting
An astronomer who worked at the Carter Observatory when the country's most famous UFO sighting occurred has dismissed it as a weather event. [more]

Akaka dismayed at Senate stance on Hawaiian sovereignty
U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka says misleading attacks and unprecedented obstruction have led to the demise of a measure granting Native Hawaiians self-governance rights. The Democrat from Hawaii made his comments... [more]

Aussie quick takes swipe at 'weak' England cricketers
The Australian fast bowler Peter Siddle has turned up the heat on rival paceman James Anderson, challenging the England quick to prove his toughness by carrying a side-strain injury into... [more]

Forlan injured in Athletico match
Uruguay's footballer of the World Cup finals Diego Forlan has injured ligaments in his right ankle and will be out for an unspecified amount of time. The 31-year-old striker -... [more]

Turner says there could be repeats of Bangladesh and India
The New Zealand Cricket selector and former Black Cap Glenn Turner says greater emphasis needs to be placed on the New Zealand A programme and coaching at lower levels otherwise... [more]

Schumacher unfazed by poor comeback
Michael Schumacher insists he doesn't regret returning to Formula One despite a disappointing 2010, finishing ninth for Mercedes behind fellow German Sebastian Vettel in the drivers' title race. The 41-year-old... [more]

Lakers' Jackson still opposes Xmas game
The Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson says humbug to American basketball's Christmas schedule. The 11-time NBA champion coach restated his longtime opposition to Christmas games when his Los Angeles... [more]

ICC rejects Butt's plea to delay hearing
Cricket authorities have rejected a plea by Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt to delay a hearing scheduled for next month into a spot-fixing scandal which rocked the sport. The International... [more]

Rush gets one match ban
The former Blues rugby captain Xavier Rush has been suspended for one week after being given a red card in a Heineken Cup match at the weekend. The Cardiff number... [more]

Odesnik able to return to tennis
The American tennis player Wayne Odesnik has had the remaining 12 months of his two-year doping ban suspended because of assistance he provided officials. Odesnik will be eligible for competition... [more]

Auckland coach sees bright side to wicket-keepers snubbing
The Auckland cricket coach Paul Strang says there's a silver lining for his side in the dropping of wicket-keeper Gareth Hopkins from the New Zealand squad. Hopkins was left out... [more]

Nadal wins in Madrid to make it 1-all with Roger
The world number one Rafael Nadal has beaten Roger Federer in three sets in Madrid in the second of two exhibition tennis matches to claim revenge for his first match... [more]

Canterbury fires under control
Firefighters battling a blaze in South Canterbury expect to be finished in time for Christmas but their colleagues north of Christchurch are not so lucky. [more]

New disclosure rules for three main airports
The Commerce Commission has put out the new disclosure regime for Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch airports. [more]

Taiwanese fishing vessel stuck on French Polynesia reef
Reports from French Polynesia say a Taiwanese fishing boat is stuck on a reef in the Tuamotu group, posing a possible risk to the environment. Tahitipresse says efforts are being... [more]

Attempt to reduce pressure on Thames doctors
Doctors in Thames are to work in the local hospital in a pilot project designed to ease growing workforce pressures. [more]

Fisherman survives thanks to 'angel ring'
A flotation device known as an angel ring is being credited with saving the life of a fisherman in Auckland. [more]

France names new envoy to French Polynesia
France has named Richard Didier as the next High Commissioner to French Polynesia. Mr Didier is now the prefect of the Upper Loire region. He will replace Adolphe Colrat who... [more]

Independent media in Tonga upset at ban on coverage of PM's swearing in
The new government in Tonga is under fire for failing to invite all media to cover the swearing in of the new prime minister, Noble Tu'ivakano, on Wednesday at the... [more]

Tight contest tipped for American Samoa speaker's post
There are predictions that the election of the speaker of the American Samoan House of Representatives may the fiercest one yet. The vote will be on January the 3rd and... [more]

New Zealand Government changes mind over allocation of funds to little known NGO
A little known Pacific development agency allocated nearly four million US dollars by the New Zealand government has failed to secure any money after criticism resulted in the funds going... [more]

Outlying Cook Islands to be declared tax-free
The Cook Islands' new finance minister says outlying islands will be declared a tax free zone within the next financial year. The comment follows the country's long term credit downgrade... [more]

Four consortiums want Wiri prison contract
Four consortiums are keen to design, build and run a proposed new prison at Wiri in south Auckland. Expressions of interest have closed for the public-private contract for a 960-bed men's prison. [more]

Cook Islands considering offshore jurisdiction promotion
Promotion of the Cook Islands in the offshore finance industry is one of the initiatives the government's considering to boost the economy. The global ratings agency Standard and Poor's this... [more]

PNG Ombudsman to investigate activist's claim he was attacked by Somare family
Papua New Guinea's Chief Ombudsman has confirmed receiving a complaint from activist Noel Anjo on his alleged kidnap by supporters sidelined Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare in February last year. [more]

PNG Police public relations and awareness programs help bring in unlicensed guns
The Papua New Guinea police force has credited a renewed focus on community policing for the surrendering of illegal firearms in Western Province A section of the Police Mobile Squad... [more]

Tonga police launch gun amnesty
Tonga police have announced a gun amnesty running through to the 21st of January next year. Acting police commander Taniela Faletau says they are calling on people with illegal weapons... [more]

Regulator recommends cheaper mobile calls
The cost of switching phone calls and texts between mobile networks should drop sharply from April, says the Commerce Commission. [more]

Economy shrinks in September quarter
The economy has contracted for the first time in almost two years, with GDP falling by 0.2% in the September quarter. [more]

Emissions scheme review to consider Australia's position
Australia's progress on implementing an emissions trading scheme will be a factor in whether New Zealand's scheme will be fully implemented, says Climate Change Minister Nick Smith. [more]

Pakistan lose tour warmup match to Auckland
Pakistan's cricketers have been beaten by five wickets in their Twenty20 warmup match after Auckland dismisssed them for only 90 in the 18th over at Colin Maiden Park. The Pakistani... [more]

Injured Ponting trains strongly
Australia's captain Ricky Ponting looks a certain starter for the the Boxing Day cricket Test against England in Melbourne in Melbourne despite having a fractured finger. Ponting trained well today... [more]

Pietersen says pressure's on Australia
The outspoken England batsman Kevin Pietersen put his side's third test defeat in Perth behind him, saying Australia remains vulnerable and under extreme pressure. Pietersen says the Australian players' chirpy... [more]

Two boats withdraw from Sydney to Hobart
The Sydney to Hobart fleet is down to 87 with the skippers of Papillon and Wild Rose withdrawing both yachts today. Wild Rose, initially entered as a back-up to race... [more]

Payment for mine contractors whose employees died
Pike River Coal's receiver say it will make a payment to contractors who lost workers in the mine explosion. [more]

Pay rise, travel compo for MPs
MPs have been given a pay increase of 1.4% and an extra $2,000 as partial reimbursement for their scrapped international travel discount. [more]

Widespread fraud suspected in Marshall Islands government departments
An official in the Marshall Islands attorney general's office says two criminal cases alleging fraud and theft in two government departments are just the tip of a wider investigation that... [more]

Forests or famine the choice for Papua New Guineans, says economist
An Australian academic says feeding themselves will become very difficult for the majority of Papua New Guineans if more forests aren't cleared for farmland. Ron Duncan says the comment was... [more]

Forests or famine the choice for Papua New Guineans, says economist
An Australian academic says feeding themselves will become very difficult for the majority of Papua New Guineans if more forests aren't cleared for farmland. Ron Duncan says the comment was... [more]

Cables show US diplomats blame Jakarta for troubles in Papua
Leaked embassy cables reveal that United States diplomats privately blame Jakarta for instability and chronic underdevelopment in the Papua region. The Sydney Morning Herald reports the leaked documents made available... [more]

Vanuatu watchdog hopes new government will take action over out of control police
Transparency International in Vanuatu has expressed outrage at the lack of action in the wake of a coroner's report that was scathing in its criticism of the Vanuatu paramilitary police. [more]

Napier council to fight Marineland court action
Napier City Council says it will defend its decision to close Marineland on the city's waterfront. [more]

No recommendations over microlight crash
The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has made no safety recommendations in a report on the fatal crash of a microlight aircraft near Nelson last February. [more]

Flotation device key to beach rescue
A flotation device known as an angel ring is being credited with saving the life of a fisherman in Auckland. [more]

Weather killing hundreds of seabirds
The Department of Conservation says an unusual weather pattern is killing hundreds of seabirds. [more]

Graduates' income drops
Government statistics show new graduates' incomes dropped last year for the first time since 1998. [more]

Iwi may go abroad for justice
A Far North leader says his iwi is prepared to go to the International Court of Justice over oil resources. [more]