Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 26th July 2011

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Grace
Jonny Schwass from Christchurch has chosen 'Grace' by Jeff Buckley. [more]

TV Review with Phil Wallington
Topics - My Kind of Place Australia, Wellington - The Iron Duke and the Media7 Special on Science and Technology. [more]

Book Review with Dr Cushla McKinney
Featuring "The Vanishing Act" by Mette Jakobsen and "Passion" by Lauren Kate. [more]

Music Review with Nick Atkinson
Featuring "Dignity" by the artist Immram and "Looking For Myself" by the artist David Neil. [more]

Web Review with Ben Gracewood
Topics - History has a smell and scientists, historians, and perfumers are trying to record it, and or recreate it. A Murdoch-detecting browser plug in warns when you are reading news on a website owned and or operated by News Corp. [more]

Canterbury trampers trapped by snow
A Christchurch couple survived a freezing night in the bush in a tiny hut with barely no food after being trapped by heavy snow in Canterbury's high country. [more]

Otago's tangled whale
People along the Otago coast are on the lookout for a southern right whale tangled in craypot line. [more]

Tune Your Engine - Vitamin D
According to new research in Australia, people with higher levels of vitamin D in their blood are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with lower levels. [more]

Asian Report for 26 July 2011 - Geoff Ngan
Chinese New Zealander and Head Chef of Wellington's Shed 5 Restaurant, Geoff Ngan certainly has an adventurous palate. Honey fried tarantula, embryonic chicken in the egg and whale meat, Geoff tells Lynda Chanwai-Earle about the food he's sampled around the globe and some ethical dilemmas surrounding it. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 26 July 2011
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Penny Ashton and Graham Bell (Part 1)
Topics - The Government has released its transport plan, confirming it wants to increase funding for new state highways and it is signalling a rise in fuel tax to pay for the projects. Anders Breivik has told a Norwegian judge that his bombing and shooting rampage that killed scores of people was designed to save Europe from a Muslim takeover. [more]

The Panel with Penny Ashton and Graham Bell (Part 2)
Topics - Phil Goff says Labour and the Greens haven't done a deal to oust UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne from his Wellington electorate of Ohariu. Scientists have confirmed that most overweight people who try to lose weight either by cutting calories or exercising will return to their former size. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 26 July 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 26 July 2011
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 26 July 2011
Dairy products drive a sixth successive month of trade supluses. Moody's cuts Greece credit rating and the sharemarket edges down. [more]

Evening Business for 26 July 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 26 July 2011
Analysts say further details about Telecom's proposed split has confirmed what they had already suspected, as the phone giant gears up to be part of the government's ultra fast broadband plan. [more]

CEISMIC

Cantabrians turn to gambling to combat stress
The Problem Gambling Foundation says people in Christchurch are turning to gambling to combat stress after the city's major earthquakes. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Tuesday 26 July 2011
The Kiwi hits a new high as President Obama tries to break the debt deadlock. New fuel taxes to help pay for new roads and will Auckland bus shelters be a pit stop for people with weak bladders? [more]

Obama warns of deep economic crisis
Today President Obama blamed his political opponents for the stalemate saying they're insisting on steep budget cuts which hurt ordinary Americans while the rich remain unscathed. [more]

Kiwi hits a new high
Imre Speizer is a senior market strategist at Westpac and joins us. [more]

Fuel tax increase on the cards.
A fuel tax increase of 3-and-a-half cents a litre over the next two years is on the cards, after the release of the Government's transport funding plan. [more]

Will Auckland bus shelters be a pit stop for people?
Auckland Transport has been spending more than a penny on an upgrade of Karanagahape Road's bus shelters, but instead they're in danger of being a pit stop for people with weak bladders. [more]

Sports News for 26 July 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Trade suplus probably past its peak
New Zealand's monthly trade figures rebounded in June but at least one economist believes the boost to the economy from exports may have peaked. [more]

Winter snow brings economic boon
Hundreds of Queenstown ski field workers who were relying on food parcels to survive only three weeks ago, are now working furiously after the biggest snow storm in years. [more]

Tramper rescued after five days in cold weather tells ordeal
An experienced tramper, who was stranded for three days with his wife in Canterbury's high country in freezing weather, will lose his big toe to frost bite. [more]

More on the dollar and USA debt talks
More on our top story tonight, with the Kiwi dollar hitting a new high of 87 US cents. [more]

Fuel tax hike signalled again
Motorists could be hit with a fuel tax hike of 3 and a half cents a litre over the next two years to help pay for new roads and upgrades. [more]

Climate Change negotiator says key target at risk
New Zealand's International Climate Change negotiator says one of the key targets the world agreed on to tackle global warming may not be reached. [more]

Ecan to monitor lake for pesticides
The Canterbury Regional Council will continue to test water, fish and sediment in Lake Opuha near Timaru even though initial tests have found no evidence that agricultural chemicals had been buried under the lake. [more]

Local Government welcomes extra road funding and taskforce
Local councils have been given more money to maintain and replace their roads, but in return, the Government wants proof that they're doing the work as cheaply as possible. [more]

Sports News for 26 July 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Moment silence by Labour members
Members of the Labour Party and its youth wing held a moment's silence and released balloons on Parliament's steps today to remember those who died in the Norway attacks. [more]

New Zealand criminologist on Scandinavian penal systems
In Norway, a court has detained the self confessed gunman for eight weeks while police continue to investigate. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 26 July 2011
The details of multi billion dollar plan for new state highways and Norway's police say tha mass killer probably acted alone. [more]

Midday Sports News for 26 July 2011
The All Black lock Sam Whitelock says there is a real edge to the players as they prepare for their Tri-Nations opener against the Springboks in Wellington on Saturday. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Tuesday 26 July 2011
Ice keeps conditions in South Island remain treacherous; Christchurch still struggles under blanket of snow; Dunedin fears black ice today; Transport Agency gives update on road closures; Norway gunman remanded in custody; Defence Force inquiry makes 69 recommendations; No sign of deal as US debt crisis deadline looms; Maid gives her version of encounter with IMF head. [more]

NZDF's reputation could be damaged by training shortcomings
The New Zealand Defence Force has been warned by its own court of inquiry its reputation could be significantly damaged by shortcomings identified during a fatal attack on a patrol in Afghanistan last year. [more]

Pacific News for 26 July 2011
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Drivers being urged to take care on roads in icy conditions
Weather conditions in the South Island remain treacherous this morning, with police urging essential travel only on icy roads. [more]

Metservice expects fine weather but conditions still icy
An update on the weather expected today from the Metservice. [more]

One minute silence in Norway
The death toll in the massacre and bomb attack in Norway has been revised down from 93 to 76 overnight. [more]

Ice keeps conditions in South Island remain treacherous
Weather conditions in the South Island remain treacherous this morning, with police urging essential travel only on icy roads. [more]

Christchurch still struggles under blanket of snow
Our reporter Bridget Mills joins us from Christchurch. [more]

Dunedin fears black ice today
A severe frost this morning is turning slushy roads in Otago into treacherous skating rinks, as black ice sets in. [more]

Transport Agency gives update on road closures
An update on the roads around the country from the New Zealand Transport Agency. [more]

Norway gunman remanded in custody
The man who has admitted responsibility for Norway's worst peace-time violence has been remanded in custody for two months after a brief closed court appearance today. [more]

Defence Force inquiry makes 69 recommendations
The head of the Defence Force says significant changes have been made after its own court of inquiry found, among other things, shortcomings in its medical support after New Zealand's first combat death in Afghanistan. [more]

No sign of deal as US debt crisis deadline looms
A breakthrough in the United States debt crisis appears no nearer as the countdown to a possible economic melt down continues. [more]

Maid gives her version of encounter with IMF head
The New York maid, whose sex assault accusation brought down the former chief of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn, has spoken out, giving her side of the incident. [more]

Sports News for 26 July 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Auckland faces big losses from metro rail services
Official papers show operating deficits for Auckland's rail services could total hundreds of millions of dollars in the coming years. [more]

Christchurch family doctors face considerable uncertainty
Many Christchurch family doctors have lost a sizeable number of their enrolled patients since the February quake, putting their businesses under pressure. [more]

1080 protestor accused of attacking Conservation Board chairman
The Waikato Conservation Board chairman has filed a complaint with the police, saying he was punched in the face by a 1080 protestor on Sunday. [more]

Police warn South Island drivers to travel only if essential
Weather conditions in the South Island remain treacherous this morning, with police urging essential travel only on icy roads. [more]

St John braces for accidents as ice grips South Island
The ambulance services are bracing themselves for more accidents in the icy conditions today. [more]

Bridget Mills on the streets of snowy Christchurch
For a first hand description of conditions our Christchurch reporter Bridget Mills is at a traffic intersection on the cormer of Riccarton Road and Deans Avenue. [more]

Looming housing shortage risks derailing savings improvement
A member of the Government's Savings Working Group is warning of a replay of the debt-fueled buying binge of the early to mid 2000s. [more]

Convicted killer loses bid to prosecute trial witnesses
A convicted killer has failed in his bid to prosecute for perjury several people who gave evidence at his trial. [more]

Sports News for 26 July 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

South Taranaki farms blanketed in rare fall of snow
Our Taranaki reporter, Craig Ashworth, is on the southern flanks of Mt Taranaki near Kaponga. [more]

Queenstown skiiers expect to revel in sunshine, snow
Thousands of skiers and boarders are expected on the slopes around Queenstown today for what is expected to be the best skiing day of the year. [more]

Lawyers railing against reforms
The Criminal Bar Association's outgoing president says she wants an end to unseemly mud-slinging between lawyers, about who gets what in legal aid work. [more]

Home with Britain's most unusual back yard on market
A couple in England are selling their two-bedroomed home in the North Yorkshire countryside and it's the garden that makes the property unusual. [more]

Nights

Our Own Odysseys. Like a Cheshire
Susanne Ames and her husband David sailed to NZ from the UK via the Carribean, the Panama Canal and the Galapagos Islands, upon their yacht Cheshire. [more]

The World At Night. BANGLADESH
Mahtab Haider reports from Dhaka, the capital of the People's Republic of Bangladesh in South East Asia. [more]

Conundrum Clue Three
Conundrum Clue Three [more]

Conundrum Clue Four
Conundrum Clue Four [more]

Nine To Noon

Snow exacerbates misery for quake-hit residents in Christchurch
Sue Holmes, a resident of Seabreeze Close in Bexley, has had her house red zoned. Michael Gousmett is the Chief Executive of St Vincent de Paul, Canterbuy, and Fran Cook is the General Manager of Clinical Services for Nurse Maude in Christchurch. [more]

Tertiary high school
Stuart Middleton developed Tertiary High School at Manukau Institute of Technology in 2010 and has also established the Centre for Studies in Multiple Pathways which better links schools to post-secondary education and training. [more]

US Correspondent - Luiza Savage
Legal gay marriage is introduced in the state of New York and the stalemate in talks over the US debt ceiling. [more]

Feature Guest - Professor Sir David Skegg
It is his final week in the role of Otago University Vice Chancellor. He is Professor of Preventive and Social Medicine at the university, and his primary research interest is cancer epidemiology. He has acted as a consultant to the World Health Organisation and to the New Zealand government. In 1990, he was awarded an OBE for services to medicine and, in 2009, received a knighthood. He has contributed to the study of cervical, breast and prostate cancer, as well contraceptives and reproductive health. [more]

Book Review - Pure
Written by Andrew Miller, published by Sceptre, reviewed by Kate Blackhurst. [more]

Business with Rod Oram
The latest trade figures; Fonterra's internet auction; immigration to Australia; and the Kiwi handover of the CEO role at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. [more]

Insurance rejection and mental health
Insurance expert Brian Klee is the director of Special Risk Insurance which deals with clients with special circumstances; and Judi Clements, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation. [more]

Media with Denis Welch
Fairfax's 'Israeli spy' scoop; and the last rites for NZ public television. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 26 July 2011
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 26 July 2011
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 26 July 2011
Three iwi have forged closer ties with the Fijian people, at a hui in Otaki; The Maori Affairs Minster, Pita Sharples, says the success of Kohanga Reo can't be measured when they're being labelled as early childhood centres; Maori with mental health needs in a central North Island town can now get help every day, instead of once a month. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 26 July 2011
Three North Island iwi are moving closer to a sister-tribe relationship with Fijian communities; The Maori Affairs Minister, Pita Sharples, says legislation maybe the answer for Kohanga Reo to stop being labelled as early childhood centres; A new approach to Maori mental health in a central north island town means clients can now get help every day, instead of once a month. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 26 July 2011
Questions about the economy, education and jobs have dominated the first public hui held by Auckland Council's Independent Maori Statutory Board; Three iwi forging a relationship with Fijian communities say they have desire to get involved in Fijian politics; Te Arawa's Federation of Maori Authorities has taken a major step forward in a plan to develop ancestral lands, by appointing a resident scientist; The founder of a trades-focussed education centre says Maori students are thriving under its guidance. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 26 July 2011
Auckland Council's Independent Maori Statutory Board has held its first public meeting - and people wanted to know what could be done about education and jobs; The Maori Affairs Minister, Pita Sharples, says legislation maybe the answer for Kohanga Reo to stop being labelled as early childhood centres; Anger over accusations of financial mismanagement at the Hiona Marae is likely to spill over when the Waikato-Tainui parliament meets next month; An iwi health provider says it can see lights in the eyes of Maori mental health patients, now that they're getting more help. [more]

Upbeat

Kylie Sanderson
Author of 'The Artists: 21 Practitioners in New Zealand Contemporary Art' and founding director of the Sanderson Contemporary Art Gallery in Parnell, Auckland. [more]

Robert Howell and Carmel Caroll
Music Director and Mezzo-Soprano from Handel Consort and Quire presenting Handel's 'Rinaldo' in Auckland this weekend. [more]

News stories:

Inquiry into Afghanistan death finds training fell short
A Defence Force court of inquiry into the death of a New Zealand soldier in Afghanistan has revealed shortcomings in training. But it says the death was not preventable. [more]

Housing shortage threat to savings rate
A member of the Government's Savings Working Group says an impending housing shortage threatens to derail an improvement in household savings. [more]

Maloney relishing purple pacth at Warriors
The in-form Warriors five-eighth James Maloney believes his side's stable of Kiwi internationals compares with his former NRL club Melbourne's Australian Test superstars. Maloney did his apprenticeship at the Storm,... [more]

Japan MotoGP will go ahead
Motorcycling's governing body has confirmed the Japanese Grand Prix will go ahead in October despite leading MotoGP riders refusing to go. The International Motorcycling Federation says that an independent report... [more]

Canberra shock Dragons
The Canberra Raiders scored a last minute try to upset the defending champions St George Illawarra 24-19 in last night's National Rugby League match in Canberra. The Raiders won the... [more]

Springboks locking stocks close to depletion
The once-feared Springboks engine room is in line for another overhaul on Saturday when the severely depleted world champions clash with the All Blacks in the second leg of their... [more]

Phepls scrapes into 200 metre final
The United States swimming star Michael Phelps kept his world championships on track as he fought back in a "deadly field" to reach the final of the 200 metre freestyle. [more]

England overwlehm world's no. one test side at Lord's
England have made the perfect start to their 4-match test cricket series against India, winning the opening game at Lord's by 196 runs. Pace bowler James Anderson cut through India's... [more]

Qatar want to host stage of Tour de France
Qatar, buoyed by a successful bid to host the 2022 football World Cup, is interested in staging the start of the 2016 Tour de France. A source close to the... [more]

Woods drops out of world top 20
The 14 times major winner Tiger Woods has fallen out of golf's top 20 rankings for the first time since January 1997. The former world number one has not played... [more]

Football for London Olympics named
The official match ball to be used at the London 2012 Olympic football tournament will be called 'The Albert' in a nod to the Cockney rhyming slang of the capital's... [more]

Chinese teenager puts swimming world on notice
Teenager Ye Shiwen, roared on by her home crowd, produced a devastating freestyle leg to land China's first swimming gold medal at the 2011 world championships by winning the women's... [more]

More New Zealand records fall at World Champs
The Wellington teenager Gareth Kean swam his way to a New Zealand record and a place in the 100 metre backstroke finals to highlight day two of the World Swimming... [more]

Kohanga movement files Treaty claim
The National Kohanga Reo Trust Board says the Government is crushing the movement by imposing early childhood regulations. [more]

Local support for Maori mental health clients
A new approach to Maori mental health in a central North Island town means clients can now get help every day instead of once a month. [more]

Hui brings iwi and Fijian tribes closer
Three iwi are moving towards a sister-tribe relationship with Fijian communities after a meeting in Otaki. [more]

NZ firm clinches major deal
An Auckland company has secured a deal with Danone, the world's largest dairy manufacturer for a novel food container. [more]

Hacking repercussions spread to Australia
The repercussions of the News Corporation phone hacking scandal in Birtain are now being felt in Australia, the birthplace of the Murdoch global media and entertainment empire. [more]

Tui oil total reduced
The amount of oil contained in the Tui field is now about 40 - 42 million barrels: 10% to 15% less than initially thought. [more]

Boks will be better says Smith
The All Blacks aren't paying much attention to the Springboks decisive loss to the Wallabies in the Tri-Nations opener in Sydney at the weekend. The injury depleted Springboks were beaten... [more]

All Blacks rest players also
The All Black selectors say they'll be resting a few players again this week in the Tri-Nations opener against the Springboks in Wellington. The South Africans have copped some criticism... [more]

NFL is back on
The National Football League and players have agreed to terms to end their four-month-old lockout and ensure America's most popular sport will go ahead as planned next season. The players... [more]

Controversial swimmer wins world title
The controversial Brazilian swimmer Cesar Cielo defied a storm of criticism to win gold at the world swimming championships in Shanghai. Cielo, who was cleared to swim despite failing a... [more]

Dugan says Raiders can beat anyone after upset win over Dragons
The Raiders caused the upset of the round in the National Rugby League after scoring a last minute try to beat the defending champion Dragons 24-19 in a Monday night... [more]

Tendulkar fails again at Lord's
Sachin Tendulkar failed yet again at Lord's in what is likely to be his final test at the home of world cricket as England beat India by 196 runs in... [more]

Convicted killer loses bid to prosecute trial witnesses
A convicted killer's bid to prosecute 14 people who gave evidence at his trial for perjury has come to an end in the Wellington District Court. [more]

Icy conditions perfect for Happy Feet's first dip
The emperor penguin that came ashore on the Kapiti Coast last month has taken his first dip in salt water since being rescued. [more]

No deal between Greens and Labour in Ohariu - Goff
Labour Party leader Phil Goff says the party has not done a deal with the Greens in the Wellington electorate of Ohariu, held by Peter Dunne. [more]

Christchurch GPs face tough times
Some family doctors in Christchurch have lost 10% of their patients since the February earthquake and general practice leaders say it's financially tough for many GPs. [more]

Climate change negotiators meet in NZ
More than 60 international climate change negotiators are meeting for two days in Auckland, ahead of the next major United Nations meeting in December. [more]

Weather brings extra challenge at pre-lambing shear time
The heavy snow that blanketed much of the South Island and southern half of the North Island has come at the wrong time for some farmers who have been shearing their sheep to get them ready for lambing. [more]

Progress in setting water management priorities
Water groups in Canterbury are making progress on their priorities for water management under the umbrella of the Canterbury Water Management Strategy. [more]

Open Country not convinced by Fonterra milk price study
Open Country Dairy says an independent analysis commissioned by Fonterra has not resolved the issues it has with Fonterra's milk pricing system. [more]

New forest waste processing facility welcomed
The National Distribution Union has welcomed a proposed new forest waste processing facility near Rotorua. [more]

Retail chain to cut stores in NZ, Australia
Australian and New Zealand retail chain Premier Retail Group - which owns brands including Just Jeans, Jay Jays, Portmans and Jacqui E - plans to close up to 50 loss-making stores and cut staff. [more]

Sport: American Samoa Rugby Union to rule on referee assault case today
The American Samoa Rugby Union will today decide on what penalty will be imposed for the assault of a referee during a championship match at the weekend. Ponifasio Vasa was... [more]

Fiji health officials begin outreach programme in Kadavu
In Fiji, a team of 60 medical officials from the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva leave for Kadavu today as part of their medical outreach programme. The Ministry of... [more]

International Finance Corp promotes small business lending in Vanuatu
The World Bank's commercial arm, the International Finance Corporation, from today is spreading the word about micro and small business lending in Vanuatu. The IFC wants to expand access to... [more]

Agency cuts Greece's credit rating
Credit rating agency Moody's has cut Greece's rating, warning that a planned debt swap would constitute a default. [more]

Decision on a waste disposal system for a mine in PNG due today
A court decision is due today over a bid by landowners in Papua New Guinea's Madang province to have a permanent injunction placed on a marine disposal system for tailings... [more]

Afghanistan threat changed - defence chief
The head of the Defence Force says New Zealand soldiers caught up in a fatal ambush in Afghanistan were not ready for such a complex attack because that type of training was not deemed a priority. [more]

New Zealander still not found after Norway attacks
A New Zealander missing after the bomb and gun attacks in Norway has still not been found, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says. [more]

Security van held up in West Auckland
An Armourguard van has been held up at gunpoint in West Auckland, police say. [more]

Missing Saudi teenager located
Police have found a young Saudi Arabian woman who went missing while visiting Auckland. [more]

No signs of buried pesticides in lake
Investigations have failed to find any evidence so far of agricultural chemicals buried under Lake Opuha in South Canterbury dam. [more]

Mine stabilisation due to finish in two weeks
The stabilisation process at the Pike River mine is expected to be completed in two weeks. [more]

Telecom would keep mobile network in split
Telecom will keep its mobile phone network if shareholders agree to split its business unit Chorus into a separately listed company. [more]

Dairy products drive June trade surplus
Strong dairy exports helped New Zealand to post a trade surplus in June. [more]

Police investigate report of 1080 activist assault
Waikato police are investigating an alleged serious assault on the chairman of the region's conservation board on Sunday. [more]

Gold hits new high as US debt talks deadlocked
The price of gold rose to new record highs above $US1620 an ounce as concerns grow about the delay in the US Congress agreeing a new debt ceiling. [more]

NZ sharemarket down slightly
The New Zealand sharemarket followed Wall Street's lead on Tuesday morning, with the benchmark NZX50 index down 5 points (0.1%) to 3422 on turnover of $40 million. The New Zealand... [more]

Contact Energy continues to lose customers
Contact Energy had 447,000 electricity customers at the end of June - 7500 fewer than a month earlier and 30,000 fewer than at the end of June last year. [more]

Electricity Authority reviews UTS provisions
The Electricity Authority is reviewing provisions for calling an undesirable trading situation (UTS), which allows the regulator to reset wholesale power prices. [more]

Vegetable growers told prices out of their control
Fruit and vegeable growers have been told not to apologise for high produce prices because the cost is out of their control. [more]

American Samoa calls for rethink on end to food vouchers
The American Samoa governor, Togiola Tulafono, has asked the federal government to reconsider its plan to replace 25 dollar food vouchers with cooked food delivered to homes. Togiola says he... [more]

PNG cabinet today to consider report on Sir Michael Somare's health
The Papua New Guinea government is today due to receive a report on the health status of prime minister, Sir Michael Somare. The national executive council is meeting and the... [more]

Funeral for Tonga MP tomorrow
Tonga MP, Kaveinga Fa'anunu, died on Sunday after struggling with illness since before last year's election. Mr Fa'anunu won the rural Tongatapu Number 9 seat in the country's historic elections... [more]

Discussions in Solomon Islands on compensation to end dolphin hunting
Discussion are being held in Solomon Islands for a compensation plan to end dolphin hunting by one community. Earlier this year the Earth Island Institute signed an agreement with the... [more]

Pacific to discuss measures to improve water management
The benefits of composting toilets is one topic that'll be raised at a regional meeting this week focussing on better water management in the Pacific. The meeting run by the... [more]

Unpaid census workers riot in PNG's Chimbu province
Frustrated census workers in Papua New Guinea have stormed the provincial headquarters of Chimbu demanding their allowances for work they had done during the census exercise. About 3000 workers turned... [more]

Tongan King withdraws bid to sell Auckland residence
A Tongan royal residence in Auckland will remain the state's property after the King gave in to protestors' demands and withdrew his bid to sell up. The 1-point-6 hectare Epsom... [more]

Sport: Fiji swimmers bow out in heats at world champs
Fiji's Matelita Buadromo has finished 38th in her womens 100m breaststroke heat at the world championships in Shanghai. Meanwhile Paul Elaisa was 58th in his mens 200 freestyle. [more]

Woman pleads guilty to killing neighbour
A woman who killed a neighbour not long after leaving a mental health facility in Hamilton early last year has pleaded guilty to murder. [more]

Civoniceva to return to Brisbane Broncos
The veteran Australian rugby league international Petero Civoniceva is set to return to the Brisbane Broncos after gaining a release from the final year of his NRL contract with the... [more]

Kean exceeds own expectations at world swimming champs
The Wellington swimmer Gareth Kean says he's exceeded his own expectations in reaching the final of tonight's 100m backstroke at the world swimming champs in Shanghai. Kean qualified eighth fastest... [more]

Red Bull out to improve after wake-up call
Red Bull's boss Christian Horner has conceded that his team's crushing defeat by McLaren and Ferrari in the German Grand Prix shows they need to work harder in Hungary this... [more]

Simmons the lineout general at 22
Matt Giteau isn't the only Wallabies stalwart under pressure to regain his starting position with quiet achiever Rob Simmons squeezing out veteran lock Nathan Sharpe. Coach Robbie Deans' high regard... [more]

Auckland rail funding shortfall to be resolved 'in months'
The Government says major funding shortfalls for Auckland rail services should soon be overcome. [more]

Labour Party commemorates lives lost in Norway
Members of the Labour Party and its youth wing have released balloons on the steps of Parliament to remember those who lost their lives in the bomb and shooting attacks in Norway. [more]

Police investigating Leeston death
A woman in her 30s has died at a private address in Leeston, south of Christchurch. [more]

CNMI acting governor finds funding to keep Health Center afloat
The acting governor of the Northern Marianas, Eloy Inos, has reprogrammed 1.7 million US dollars of Commonwealth Development Authority funding and redirected to address the state of emergency at the... [more]

Economic times taking toll on endangered turtles in Tonga
It's hoped a new initiative to tag endangered turtles in Tonga will pave the way for prosecutions against fishermen who harvest them. Last week two turtles were tagged for the... [more]

Provincial premier in Solomons appalled by lawless behaviour
The premier of Isabel Province in Solomon Islands is calling for personal disputes over land to be sorted out within the family, tribe or the courts. Last week a police... [more]

Tonga's King withdraws bid to sell Auckland residence
A Tongan royal residence in Auckland will remain the state's property after the King gave in to protestors' demands and withdrew his bid to sell up. The 1-point-6 hectare Epsom... [more]

Brooky qualifies for British Open
The New Zealand golfer Lynnette Brooky has qualified for the British Women's Open championship again, winning the final qualifying 18-hole competition in Scotland as she did last year. The 43-year-old... [more]

Power cut to Wellington suburbs
A power outage in central Wellington briefly affected more than six-thousand homes and businesses on Tuesday. [more]

Receivers appointed at Whangarei animal park
Receivers have been appointed to Zion Wildlife Gardens Limited, the Whangarei animal park where a keeper was fatally mauled by a tiger in 2009. [more]

Anger likely at Waikato-Tainui parliament meeting
Anger over accusations of financial mismanagement at the Hiona Marae is likely to spill over when the Waikato-Tainui parliament meets in August. [more]

Ramsay facing court action over charity dinner no-show
British television chef Gordon Ramsay is expected to appear in a New Zealand court next year after being sued by an events company for $2.2 million for failing to show at two events. [more]

New levy proposed for cropping farmers
Cropping farmers will be asked to support a new cereal silage levy when they vote in a referendum in August to renew levies for another six years. [more]

Tramping couple rescued from high country
A helicopter mission has rescued an experienced tramper stranded with his wife for three days in Canterbury's high country due to a snow storm. [more]

Receivers appointed at Whangarei animal park
Receivers have been appointed to a Whangarei animal park where a keeper was fatally mauled by a tiger in 2009. [more]

Transport plan signals fuel tax increase
A fuel tax increase of 3.5 cents a litre over the next two years is on the cards following the release of the Government's 10-year transport plan. [more]

Building industry 'at all-time low'
The building industry says the sector is at an all-time low despite obvious work needing to be done in Christchurch. [more]

Snow storm brings good times for ski fields
Hundreds of Queenstown ski field workers who were relying on food parcels to survive only three weeks ago, are now working furiously after the biggest snow storm in years. [more]

Climate change negotiator says key target at risk
New Zealand's international climate change negotiator says not enough is being done to reach one of the key targets the world agreed on to tackle global warming. [more]

American Samoa Rugby Union delays meeting to discuss ref bashing
The American Samoa Rugby Union meeting to discuss the incident in which a referee was beaten on Saturday, has been delayed for two days. A member of the executive says... [more]

Fiji interim regime denies suppressing coverage of foreigners' deaths
Fiji's interim regime is denying claims that it's suppressing information about the deaths of of two foreign men so as not to put Australian and New Zealand tourists off visiting... [more]

Use of coconut oil as substitute for diesel in Samoa criticised
A Samoan environmentalist is highly critical of the use of coconut oil as a substitute for diesel fuel because he says it threatens food security and the environment. The executive... [more]

Concern at rise in gambling in Christchurch
The Problem Gambling Foundation says it is concerned more Christchurch people are turning to gambling to combat stress from earthquakes. [more]

State Highway 35 reopens
The East Coast route, State Highway 35, has reopened. [more]

Economy, education and jobs dominate Auckland hui
Questions about the economy, education and jobs have dominated the first public hui held by Auckland Council's Independent Maori Statutory Board. [more]

Legislation could be key for Kohanga Reo - minister
Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples says legislation may be the answer for Kohanga Reo to stop being labelled as early childhood centres. [more]

Union warns new bus stops will shelter muggers
The Auckland Tramways Union says the $2 million upgrade of bus stops along the city's Karangahape Road for the Rugby World Cup will lead to more assaults. [more]

Dollar breaks through US87 cents
The New Zealand dollar continued to trade above US87 cents on Tuesday - a new post-float high for the currency. [more]

Te Arawa federation appoints resident scientist
Te Arawa's Federation of Maori Authorities (FOMA) has taken a major step forward in a plan to develop ancestral lands by appointing a resident scientist. [more]

Maori 'thriving' at trades-focused education centre
The founder of a trades-focused education centre says Maori students thrive under its guidance. [more]