Radio New Zealand - Monday, 8th August 2011

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Africa
Terry Williams from Tauranga has chosen 'Africa' by Toto. [more]

Eight Months to Mars - Professor Robert Winston
Lord Robert Winston is past president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, chairman of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Trust and holds honorary doctorates from sixteen universities. [more]

Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium
Dunedin ratepayers are facing the prospect of even higher rates to pay for the $200 million stadium. Rates next year could go up by nearly 12 per cent because of a looming budget shortfall. Jim talks to former Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin and project critic Dunedin City Councillor Lee Van der Vis. [more]

Sir John Graham - Sportsman, Master, Mentor
He's a former All Black captain, former president of the New Zealand Rugby Football Union, manager of the New Zealand Cricket team, headmaster of Auckland Grammar School and chancellor of the University of Auckland. The new book, 'Sir John Graham - Sportsman, Master, Mentor' outlines his achievements and the price he and his family sometimes paid for being outspoken. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 8 August 2011
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with David Slack and Garry Moore (Part 1)
Topics - after modest sharemarket falls earlier in the afternoon, Australia and Japan have now fallen more than 2 percent. The country's largest security provider, First Security, has found it neccessary to apologise for saying, in a recruitment email, that staff aren't allowed to wear turbans. [more]

The Panel with David Slack and Garry Moore (Part 2)
Topics - Rugby World Cup organisers say Eden Park Stadium passed its final test in the lead up to the tournament but the rail service still isn't good enough. Some new research says working in an office is bad for your brain and can make you less productive. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 8 August 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 8 August 2011
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 8 August 2011
Property For Industry's half year profit slips. The European Central Bank says it is ready to buy eurozone bonds and the sharemarket drops more than three percent. [more]

Evening Business for 8 August 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 8 August 2011
House values across the country have flattened in July, driven mainly by improvements in Auckland and Canterbury. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Monday 8 August 2011
Stockmarkets plunge and the dollar falls. An airline engineer is killed in a freak accident and a retailer fights to slash the All Blacks jersey price. [more]

Markets plunge and the dollar falls
Stockmarkets have plunged and the New Zealand dollar is down tonight amid widespread fears about slowing global growth. [more]

The latest from Europe
Finance chiefs from the world's industrial powers are pledging to take whatever actions are needed to steady markets. [more]

Man killed during routine mainenance work on a jet engine
A man has been killed during what is described as routine mainenance work on a jet engine at the Safe Air base in Blenheim. [more]

Retailer fights to slash All Blacks jersey price
A meeting is underway between the country's biggest seller of the new All Blacks rugby jersey and Adidas, to sort out what many are calling a pricing fiasco. [more]

Sports News for 8 August 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Ratings agency says NZ vulnerable to global turmoil
The credit ratings agency Standard & Poors is warning the current turmoil on world markets could hit New Zealand's export markets. [more]

Protesters say they shouldn't have to pay for damage spy base
The Crown's been accused of trying to save face by seeking to get money out of three men who damaged the Waihopai spy base. [more]

Exide sueing Govt over toxic battery shipments
The American-owned Exide battery recycling plant in Lower Hutt is suing the Commerce Minister for allowing toxic lead batteries to be shipped overseas. [more]

Man facing manslaughter charges angered by playstation
The Crown in a High Court trial in Napier says a 22-year-old Hastings man became angry and frustrated while playing a game on a Playstation, and fatally assaulted a 5 month-old baby boy [more]

Australian court considers plan for asylum seekers
In Australia - the High Court is about to rule on whether the Government can go ahead with its controversial plan to send asylum seekers to Malaysia. [more]

Australia
The sharemarkets and currencies on both sides of the Tasman have fallen as investors across the Asia-Pacific region took flight over fears about the slowing world economy. [more]

The N Z dollar was trading recently at 82.8 US cents
The New Zealand dollar was trading a short time ago at 82 point 8 US cents, having gone above 84 cents earlier in the day. [more]

Christchurch motorway route upsets locals
Road builders are being castigated over the route they've chosen for the next stage of Christchurch's southern motorway. [more]

Campaign to save red zone from becoming "grey zone"
A campaign has been launched to turn more than 5,000 properties in Christchurch's red-zone into a permanant memorial reserve. [more]

Tributes paid to most decorated woman from WW2
Wellington-born Nancy Wake, who became a hero of the resistance movement in the Second World War, has died in Britain at the age of 98. [more]

Sports News for 8 August 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

News from Latin America
To Latin America, where Chile is marking the anniversary of the mine collapse that trapped 33 men underground for 69 days. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 8 August 2011
New Zealand's share prices fall amid global economic fears and petrol prices drop by three cents a litre. [more]

Midday Sports News for 8 August 2011
New Zealand's Scott Dixon has claimed his first victory of the IndyCar racing season after winning the latest round in Ohio. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Monday 8 August 2011
Talks held on two fronts to tackle debt crisis, Analyst predicts knee jerk reaction on markets but no cataclysm, New Zealand markets first to react to US credit downgrade, Waikato-Tainui sacks high profile chairman Tuku Morgan, Harawira buoyed by Mana Party's first meeting, Rugby fans must be prepared if they want to avoid delays, Dozens injured in Tottenham riot. [more]

Labour says NZ well placed to weather financial storm
The group of the world's 20 major economies are holding an emergency conference call as the turmoil in the world markets continues to trouble investors. [more]

Researchers say intensive fishing killing off sea lions
Marine researchers says commercial fishing could be killing off New Zealand's largest population of native sea lions living on the Auckland Islands. [more]

Pacific News for 8 August 2011
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

PM says Standard & Poor's downgrade serious move
Standard & Poor's managing director John Chambers says there is a one in three chance of a further downgrading of The United States' Credit rating in the next six months to two years. [more]

Mana Party to stand high-profile candidates in Maori seats
The Mana Party will put forward high-profile candidates to stand in the seven Maori seats, and some general electorates. [more]

Talks held on two fronts to tackle debt crisis
Finance ministers from around the world are holding emergency talks to try to defuse the twin threats from the Eurozone debt crisis and the US debt downgrade. [more]

Analyst predicts knee jerk reaction on markets but no cataclysm
So how would world markets react to a further downgrade for the US? [more]

New Zealand markets first to react to US credit downgrade
As far as this country is concerned, the Prime Minister believes New Zealand is better placed than many other nations to weather any economic fallout. [more]

Waikato-Tainui sacks high profile chairman Tuku Morgan
The Waikato-Tainui tribal parliament, Te Kauhanganui, has sacked the high-profile chairman of its executive committee, Tukoroirangi Morgan, after finding he'd brought it into disrespect. [more]

Harawira buoyed by Mana Party's first meeting
Hone Harawira's Mana Party has confirmed it will contest all seven Maori seats in this year's general elections and is promising to stand high-profile candidates in some general seats. [more]

Rugby fans must be prepared if they want to avoid delays
Eden Park organisers say rugby fans have to take some of the responsibility for delays and hold-ups at the weekend's Bledislow Cup game. [more]

Dozens injured in Tottenham riot
To Britain, where homes have been looted, police officers attacked and cars set on fire in widespread rioting in Tottenham. [more]

Sports News for 8 August 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Syrian troops continue to attack protesters
Opposition activists say government forces have attacked two towns, killing more than seventy-five people. [more]

Auckland's council-owned agencies forced to be more open
Major council-owned agencies in Auckland are being forced to be more open with public information. [more]

Submissions close today on major early childhood report
The blueprint, a report by the Early Childhood Education Taskforce, has told the government to take a tougher line on poor quality providers and pay higher subsidies for children from poor families. [more]

Debt talks get underway
Top financial officials from around the world are holding crunch talks to discuss the impact of the Eurozone debt crisis and the unprecedented lowering of the US credit rating by Standard & Poors - after a week that saw two and a half trillion dollars wiped off global stock markets. [more]

New Zealand sharemarket first to feel brunt of market fear
At home, New Zealand's sharemarket will be the first out of the starting gate this morning, as world financial markets grapple with the ongoing implications of the global debt crisis. [more]

Volatile financial markets worry exporters
Beef and lamb exporters are among those keeping a close eye on the volatile dollar. [more]

Drilling opponents say fracking risks water contamination
A Canadian oil prospector says its aggressive, high-impact advanced drilling techniques, has tripled the flow of oil from its Taranaki wells. [more]

Political commentators analyse Mana Party's prospects
The Mana Party says former Labour Party organisers are likely to be among those standing as its candidates in the November election. [more]

Sports News for 8 August 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Thousands of fine defaulters' vehicles seized and sold
Thousands of people are having their vehicles seized and sold by the Government. [more]

Government seeks costs in court over Waihopai spy base
The government will today begin arguing why it should get one-point-two million dollars in damages from three men who attacked the Waihopai spy base near Blenheim. [more]

Police pleased with Rugby World Cup 'rehearsal'
The commander of police operations for the Rugby World Cup says his staff are well prepared for the tournament, after a trial run in Auckland on Saturday night. [more]

Chch beaches set to reopen by spring after pipelines fixed
The beaches of Christchurch are expected to re-open by spring, now nearly 12 kilometres of wrecked sewerage pipelines have been repaired. [more]

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

Nights

Good Without God
Yale professor of philosophical theology, John E Hare, about morality and the part it plays in our lives, especially with western culture moving away from traditional Christian values. [more]

New Zealand History
1910 - 1919 the reign of 'Farmer Bill' Massey. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 1. [more]

Sport - Australia
Our man keeping score across the ditch is ABC sports journalist Paul Kennedy. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 2. [more]

Nine To Noon

What will be impact of the debt crisis on the global economy?
With Justin Urquhart Stewart - the Director of Seven Investment Management based in the UK which works with financial advisers and planners. Simon Botherway - General manager of investment for ANZ Wealth. He's the former chair of the establishment board of the Financial Markets Authority, and former member of the Securities Commission. Bernard Hickey - Managing editor of www.interest.co.nz [more]

Do our cities work for children?
With Professor Claire Freeman - head of Planning Programme at the Department of Geography, University of Otago. [more]

Europe Correspondent - Peter Craven
The European financial crisis. [more]

Feature Guest - Olga Garkavenko
Olga is a Ukrainian-born research scientist, who left the Ukraine after witnessing firefighters who had battled the Chernobyl nuclear disaster coming into the cancer centre, where she was employed. Olga is now head of research and development at Living Cell Technologies, she also runs her own designer skincare business, NZ Cosmeceuticals. [more]

Book Review - Spirit of Progress
Written by Steven Carroll, reviewed by Harry Broad and published by HarperCollins. [more]

Politics with Matthew Hooton and Sue Bradford
How the dept crisis is affecting the New Zealand economy. The leaders' debate. [more]

Food and Wine with Paul Mercurio and John Hawkesby
Television presenter, actor, 'Dancing with the Stars' judge and beer enthusiast has released a new cookbook. John Hawkesby matches these beer dishes with an Ice wine. [more]

Urbanist - Tommy Honey
God is in the details - Quantifying art. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 8 August 2011
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 8 August 2011
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 8 August 2011
The chair of Waikato-Tainui's parliament is standing by a vote which ousted Tukoroirangi Morgan; The Mana Party wants a Treaty of Waitangi Commission to be set up that would be independent of the Crown; A Maori health centre in the Waikato is undertaking a research project with institutions in Australia and Canada to find out why so many indigenous children have severe dental problems. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 8 August 2011
The chair of Waikato-Tainui's parliament is standing by a vote which ousted Tukoroirangi Morgan; The Mana Party has spent the weekend spelling out some of its policies, at its first Annual General Meeting; A Maori health centre in the Waikato is undertaking a research project with institutions in Australia and Canada to find out why so many indigenous children have severe dental problems. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 8 August 2011
The executive board of Waikato-Tainui has reaffirmed Tukoroirangi Morgan as Chair, despite a vote which his critics said ousted him from the iwi's board and parliament; Iwi will be given more flexibility in negotiating aquaculture claims under proposed law changes; The Maori Party says the Mana movement's policy to set up a Treaty of Waitangi Commission is nothing new; The Labour Party says its voters aren't turning to Hone Harawira's Mana Party. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 8 August 2011
The executive board of Waikato-Tainui has reaffirmed Tukoroirangi Morgan as Chair, despite a vote which his critics said ousted him from the iwi's board and parliament; Iwi are being told they will be able to play a bigger role in the negotiating of aquaculture claims, under proposed law changes; The Maori Party says the Mana movement's policy to set up a Treaty of Waitangi Commission is nothing new; The Dunedin city council met today on Otakou marae for only the second time in its history. [more]

Upbeat

Professor Jack Richards
NZ philanthropist, author and Victoria University 2011 Ian Gordon Fellow. [more]

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Review
Peter Mechen reviews last Friday's NZSO concert featuring conductor Vasily Petrenko and pianist Michael Houstoun. [more]

Robbie Ellis
Radio NZ Concert Producer reports from Glimmerglass Festival in upstate New York. [more]

Luke Di Somma
Christchurch Youth Orchestra conductor and music director of newly formed Christchurch Pops Choir previews upcoming events. [more]

News stories:

First Dreamliner jet rolled out
Boeing has rolled out the first of its 787 Dreamliner jets at its factory near the city of Seattle. The pane is to be delivered to All Nippon Airways in about a month. [more]

MAF confirms Nelson pipfruit growers facing tough times
MAF's latest farm monitoring analyses for kiwifruit, wine and pipfruit shows the New Zealand dollar's high value is having a significant negative impact on those export-focused sectors. [more]

Grain and seed prices expected to improve
An arable farming representative hopes that a significant lift in cereal and seed incomes projected for the next year will slow the loss of cropping land to dairying. [more]

A few days rest for All Blacks
A few days to rest for the All Blacks, while some players could get a longer break than others with the World Cup now just a month away. Coach Graham... [more]

ITM Cup contenders taking shape
Round seven of domestic rugby's ITM Cup wrapped up yesterday with Auckland beating North Harbour 29-13 in the battle of the bridge in Albany, keeping the blue in whites in... [more]

Henry sends warning to All Blacks rivals
The All Blacks coach Graham Henry has highlighted the huge World Cup task facing the wounded Wallabies by warning that New Zealand remain "miles off" their best. Australia were made... [more]

Disappointing day for NZ men's triathletes
It was a disappointing day for the New Zealand men at the triathlon world championships in London, with none able to finish in the top ten to book a spot... [more]

United beat City to win Community Shield
Manchester United underlined their determination to hold off Premier League title rivals Manchester City as Nani's last-gasp winner clinched a 3-2 victory in English football's Community Shield. Sir Alex Ferguson's... [more]

Kiwi equestrian sweep in Britain
The New Zealand equestrian Andrew Nicholson has taken the top two places at the British Open at Gatcombe Park. Nicholson won on Nereo and for good measure finished in second... [more]

Central women and Capital men lead Hockey league
The Central women and Capital men are on top of the National Hockey League after 4 rounds. Central women beat Northland 3-1 to stay 1 point ahead of Auckland who... [more]

Motherwell still on top in SPL
Motherwell have returned to the top of the Scottish Premier football League with a 1-nil victory over Hearts. Celtic kept their perfect start to the season with a 1-nil away... [more]

Zimbabwe on top in Harare
The Bangladeshi cricketers are 112 for 3 in their second innings, needing another 263 runs to beat Zimbabwe on the final day of their one-off test in Harare. A century... [more]

Russian rugby team out for United States blood
Russia believe they can win their opening match on their rugby World Cup debut with coach Nikolai Nerush saying their inclusion is a big boost for a set-up which receives... [more]

Zaheer to miss rest of tour of England
Seamer Zaheer Khan needs surgery for ankle and hamstring problems and has been ruled out of the remainder of India's cricket tour of England. Left-arm paceman Rudra Pratap Singh will... [more]

Tall Blacks beat China
The New Zealand men's basketball team has beaten hosts China 89-69 at the Stankovic Cup in Beijing. It was a good result for the Tall Blacks who suffered a narrow... [more]

British triathletes in hot form as New Zealanders struggle
Alistair Brownlee delivered another devastating run for a crushing victory in the London leg of triathlon's world series to stoke up expectation he can repeat the feat when next year's... [more]

Junior All Whites out of World Cup
The Junior All Whites have been eliminated from the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia with results on the final day of pool play sending confirming their exit. Sitting on... [more]

Indigenous children's dental health to be studied
A Maori health centre in Waikato is undertaking a research project with institutions in Australia and Canada to find out why so many indigenous children have severe dental problems. [more]

Analysts upbeat about forthcoming earnings season
Analysts are upbeat about the forthcoming earnings season, saying firms are in a strong financial position and many have been enjoying sales growth. [more]

Japan's Asahi to buy NZ's Independent Liquor
Shortly after making a takeover bid for the juice-maker Charlies, the Japanese beverage giant Asahi is again on the acquisition trail in New Zealand. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Monday's headlines: New stadium in Dunedin has big tick from rugby fans; Rebel Sport threatens to return its entire stock of All Black jerseys to Adidas; nothing off-limits, in quest for savings at Dunedin City Council. [more]

Online GST wanted
Pressure is growing on the Australian government to provide support for domestic retailers in the face of a boom in online shopping by imposing GST on overseas-based retailers. [more]

Caution rules at RBA
The Reserve Bank of Australia is being very cautious amid high quarterly inflation numbers at a time when the downside risks to the domestic and global economies are increasing. [more]

Scale of internet economy
A new report by Deloitte Access finds Australia's internet economy last year was worth about $A50 billion - only slightly less than the retail sector and on a par with the iron ore export industry. [more]

US territories to apply for Forum observer status
American Samoa has received approval from the US State Department to seek observer status in the Pacific Islands Forum. Governor Togiola Tulafono says the US Secretary of state Hillary Clinton... [more]

French authorities step in over violence on New Caledonia's Mare Island
The French authorities are trying to defuse tensions on the New Caledonian island of Mare after Saturday's firefight which left four people dead. The clashes involved hundreds of locals as... [more]

Potential women politicians in Kiribati take part in first mock parliament
Thirty women from across Kiritbati are this week taking part in a two-day mock parliament for women -the first of its kind in the Pacific region. The initiative follows three-days... [more]

PGG Wrightson appoints wool division head
Rural services company PGG Wrightson has appointed Cedric Bayly to head its new wool division. [more]

Briscoe Group plans to keep discounting
Homewares and sporting goods retailer Briscoe Group says it's not considering easing back on its discounting, despite issuing a profit upgrade amid stronger sales. [more]

US unemployment rate down slightly
The unemployment rate in the United States fell to 9.1% in July from 9.2% as the economy created 117,000 jobs. [more]

Interest rate rise in September increasingly uncertain
An interest rate rise by the Reserve Bank in September is looking increasingly uncertain following the turmoil on global markets. [more]

Fans told to be early at Eden Park
The Eden Park Trust says rugby fans will need to be better organised if they want to get into Rugby World Cup games on time. [more]

Council agencies to be more open
Major council-controlled organisations in Auckland are being forced to be more open with public information. [more]

Closure date for submissions on early childhood report
Submissions close on Monday on a blueprint for an overhaul of early childhood education. [more]

Former Labour organisers among Mana hopefuls - Harawira
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira says some former Labour Party organisers are among those likely to stand as candidates for his Party in the upcoming general election. [more]

Sea lion breeding numbers down
Marine researcher Bruce Robertson says commercial fishing could be killing New Zealand's largest group of native sea lions. Breeding numbers at the Auckland Islands are down by 40% since 1988. [more]

Ban wanted on extraction method
Opponents of oil and gas drilling want fracking, a technique that breaks rocks open to boost petroleum flow, banned in order to protect underground water. [more]

Vehicle seizures questioned by writer
Motoring writer Clive Matthew-Wilson of the Dog & Lemon guide questions whether it is worth the Government's time to seize and sell cars to recoup fines. [more]

Robbery suspect saved from drowning
A robbery suspect was saved from drowning in a river by police on the North Shore of Auckland on Sunday night. An officer heard him gurgling and pulled him to shore. [more]

Japan to intervene in currency market again
Japan has warned it will intervene again in the currency market to try to curb the surging yen. [more]

Brussow added to Springboks squad
Flanker Heinrich Brussow has been added to the South African rugby squad for the upcoming Tri-Nations matches against Australia and New Zealand. The Cheetahs open-side loose forward, who has barely... [more]

Lee second in Nebraska
The New Zealand golfer Danny Lee has finished tied for second at the latest Nationwide event in Nebraska. Lee started the day in the same position and despite shooting a... [more]

Murdoch now second in Weymouth
The New Zealand Laser sailor Andrew Murdoch has relinquished the lead, but is still well placed midway through the Weymouth regatta in Britain, which is doubling as a London Olympic... [more]

Team NZ emerge leaders after first AmCup catamaran regatta
Team New Zealand has got it's America's Cup catamaran campaign off to a good start, winning the first regatta in the build-up series in Portugal. The New Zealanders took a... [more]

AB injury list getting better
Despite the fracture eye socket which has kept winger Sitiveni Sivivatu out of at least one of the away Tri nations rugby tests the All Blacks' injury list could be... [more]

NZ triathletes fail to impress in London
The New Zealand coach Greg Fraine concedes not having any athletes place in the top ten of the London triathlon is a major disappointment just 12 months out from the... [more]

Erakovic only in doubles this week
The New Zealand tennis play Marina Erakovic will have just the doubles to compete in this week in Toronto after failing to qualify for the main draw singles at the... [more]

Dixon scores first win of 2011
New Zealand's Scott Dixon has claimed his first victory of the IndyCar racing season after winning the latest round in Ohio. The Target Chip-Ganassi driver started from pole and was... [more]

Time running out for New Zealand triathletes
Time is running out for the New Zealand men to qualify for next year's Olympics after the seven strong contingent failed to finish in the top ten at the London... [more]

Weepu can't play a full game yet
The All Blacks' halfback Piri Weepu admits he's probably not yet ready to command the starting position in the side. Weepu, who is only a few months back from a... [more]

Fiji's credit rating upgraded
The credit rating agency Standard & Poor's has upgraded Fiji's long-term sovereign credit rating to B from B-. The announcement effectively means the credit rating agency's outlook on Fiji's foreign... [more]

Chair of Vanuatu's provident fund warns against political interference
The chairman of the Board of Directors of Vanuatu's National Provident Fund has warned politicians to keep out of the management of the Fund now that members' savings are going... [more]

Solomons PM intervenes in beche de mer dispute
The Solomon Islands prime minister, Danny Philip, has stepped into a dispute involving leaders of Ontong Java over beche de mer, sea cucumbers. There is a blanket ban on the... [more]

Journalists tackle reporting on lifestyle diseases
Journalists at a regional forum in Tonga say warning the public about deadly lifestyle diseases is hard when so many people enjoy smoking and drinking alcohol. Fifteen reporters from ten... [more]

Pilot programme regarding cyber crime targets Niue students
The launch in Niue of a pilot progamme to raise awareness about cyber crime has targeted the island's school students. Australian Federal Police were involved in the introduction of Cyber... [more]

Hopes Micronesia can benefit from own resources and ocean
The Governor of Guam says Micronesian states should benefit more from the wealth of resources within their combined waters. Eddie Calvo is hoping the region's political leaders can unite and... [more]

Tuilaepa asks chiefs to speak out on fires hitting Savai'i
Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says he is angry that fires are still occurring on Savai'i Island. On his weekly programme on national radio station 2AP, Tuilaepa said there... [more]

More Samoa students charged over brawl in Apia
Several college students in Samoa have been arrested and charged following a brawl in the capital Apia. Witnesses say rocks, coconut shells and a metal cutter was used in the... [more]

United win Community Shield
Manchester United fought back from two goals down and struck deep into stoppage time to beat Manchester City 3-2 in the traditional English football season opener, the Community Shield at... [more]

Robbie Robinson off to Chiefs
The Southland back Robbie Robinson has signed to play for the Chiefs in next year's Super Rugby competition. Robinson who has played both at first five and fullback for the... [more]

Retail petrol prices lowered
BP, Shell, Mobil and Caltex all cut their retail petrol prices by 3 cents per litre on Monday morning. [more]

Equestrian sweep by NZ at British Open
New Zealand equestrian Andrew Nicholson has won the top two places at the British Open at Gatcombe Park. Jonathan Paget and Mark Todd were third and fourth. [more]

Beaches on target to reopen by spring
Beaches in Christchurch are on target to reopen by spring, with nearly all of the 12km of wrecked sewers in the city now repaired. [more]

Memorial reserve wanted in red zone
A campaign has been launched to have the residential red zone in Christchurch turned into a memorial reserve. [more]

Half year profit down for property investor
Underlying half year profit has slipped at Property For Industry, but it says there are signs the property market is improving. Its portfolio is valued at almost $351 million. [more]

Property values steady in July
Property valuer QV says property values steadied in July. [more]

WEL now in stronger position
Wool Equities Ltd says the final distribution of former Wool Board money to sheep farmers puts it in a stronger position to negotiate deals that would give farmers more control in the wool industry. [more]

New pest management plan approved
Bay of Plenty Regional Council has approved a new five pest management strategy. [more]

Air Vanuatu expert warns of political interference
Air Vanuatu's expert safety advisor has spoken out against political interference in the company, saying it is ruining the airline. The Minister of Public Utilities, Harry Iauko, has set up... [more]

Micronesia benefits from PNA provisions
The Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia are reaping the benefits of being members of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement. The two each received 1 million US... [more]

Marshall Islands conservationist welcomes proposed shark sanctuary
The Executive Director of the Marshall Islands Conservation Society is praising a proposal to create the world's largest shark sanctuary in the Western Pacific Ocean. Last month's summit of Micronesian... [more]

Cook Islands to get Chinese solar panels
Cook Islanders may soon be receiving electricity through Chinese solar panels funded by the New Zealand aid programme. The Cook Islands prime minister, Henry Puna, raised this possibility with China's... [more]

European Central Bank ready to buy bonds
The European Central Bank is to buy government bonds to fight the euro zone debt crisis. [more]

Airline fined $12,000 for breaching curfew
Qantas subsidiary Jet Connect has been fined $12,000 for breaching a curfew at Wellington International Airport. [more]

Murdoch's daughter not joining News Corp board
Elisabeth Murdoch, the daughter of Rupert Murdoch, will not join the board of News Corporation as had been expected. [more]

Pacific Forum officially turns 40
The Pacific Islands Forum has just marked its 40th anniversary. The body had its first meeting in Wellington from the 5th to the 7th of August in 1971. The secretary... [more]

American Samoa congressman pushes for seabed mining exploration in US
American Samoa U.S. congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin is introducing a bill to improve seabed mineral exploration and recovery in shallow and deep seabed areas of the U.S. including the territories... [more]

Cooks' leader calls on parents to stop children stealing from tourists
The Cook Islands prime minister Henry Puna is calling on parents to help stamp out thefts experienced by visitors to the country. He blames children for the thefts and says... [more]

Bougainville China deal to eliminate middle men in international trade
The autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville is establishing a joint venture with a Chinese company to eliminate middle men who it says pay low prices and make huge... [more]

Samoa court rejects latest motion over disputed Malietoa appointment
Samoa's Lands and titles appeal court has rejected motions for a review of the Malietoa paramount title decision delivered nearly 3 years ago, which declared void the bestowal of the... [more]

International trade union body plans escalated campaign against Fiji
The world's main international trade organisation says it will escalate its campaign against the Fiji regime following last week's new decree and arrests of union officials. The International Trade Union... [more]

New PNG government facing contentious political reform bills
Papua New Guinea's new government is under pressure to have pressing legislation debated on the floor of parliament in time for next year's general election. Parliament is due to resume... [more]

New Caledonia airport blockade in Mare lifted
The French high commission in New Caledonia says the blockade of the airport in Mare has been lifted - two days after clashes left four people dead. It says efforts... [more]

Missing man's vehicle focus of police inquiry
Police investigating the disappearance of a Whanganui man are focusing their attention on a Nissan Terrano vehicle. [more]

Warning US credit could be downgraded again
Standard Poor's says the credit rating of the United States could be downgraded again. [more]

Man accused of bludgeoning seals granted bail
A man charged with bludgeoning 25 seals to death in Kaikoura has been granted bail. [more]

Williams says latest win better than 13 majors
While the Australian golfer Adam Scott celebrated the biggest victory of his career at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio, his caddie New Zealander Steve Williams took a few verbal jabs... [more]

New Zealand equestrian riders enjoy success at Gatcombe
New Zealand eventing riders have dominated the British Open Championship at Gatcombe Park in England. Andrew Nicholson, won the feature class aboard Nereo and also finished second riding Avebury, with... [more]

Deans still can't Wallabies Eden Park effort
Even with 26 hours to kill on the long haul to South Africa, Wallabies coach Robbie Deans wasn't able to bring himself to watch a replay of his side's 30-14... [more]

7400 people cut from unemployment benefit
Some 7400 people have had their unemployment benefits cut off following changes the Government made last year. [more]

Betel nut being imported into CNMI due to low production
An agricultural specialist in the Northern Mariana Islands says a significant amount of betel nut is being imported from neighbouring islands due to low production. Isidoro Cabrera says the production... [more]

Cook Islanders receive free chiropractic care
About a thousand people in the Cook Islands have received free chiropractic care from a team of students led by a New Zealand chiropractor. Bo Wong has for the fourth... [more]

Solmon Islands first Truth Commission exhumation begins
The first exhumation as part of the Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation process has begun in central Guadalcanal. The Solomon Star reports the exhumation is being carried out in Koleasi... [more]

Amnesty International raises concerns for Papuan activist
Amnesty International's Indonesia chapter has expressed concern for the safety of Papua-based rights activist Yones Douw. Mr Douw has received medical treatment after he was beaten by Indonesian military officers... [more]

PM indicates National will support milk pricing inquiry
The National Party is all but certain to support a Commerce Select Committee inquiry into the price of milk. [more]

Indonesian official advises tough response to Papua self determination calls
The chairman of the Papua and Aceh special autonomy supervisory team in Indonesia has urged the government to send more military forces to Papua region if calls for self-determination grow. [more]

Vanuatu journalists fear ongoing threats from political leaders
Journalists at Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation are raising concerns about ongoing political intimidation in the wake of threats of legal action by the minister of ni-Vanuatu business. Pastor Don... [more]

Kiribati women get boost in political confidence
The President of the Kiribati National Council of Women says a training workshop and mock parliament sessions have boosted women's confidence in entering into politics. Thirty women from across Kiritbati... [more]

PNG police assure people coup can't happen
The Papua New Guinea police commissioner, Anthony Wagambie, has gone public to assure the people that a military coup cannot and will not happen. He's warned anyone contemplating a coup... [more]

Global situation a factor in asset sales decision - PM
Prime Minister John Key says the Government will assess the global financial situation before making decisions about the partial sales of state assets. [more]

Warning measles outbreak could spread nationwide
A regional public health official in Auckland says an outbreak of measles there could spread throughout New Zealand. [more]

Inquiry begins into death of Safe Air engineer
An investigation has begun into the death of an engineer at an air base in Blenheim. [more]

Crown seeks $1.2m damages from spy base protesters
Lawyers for three men who damaged the Waihopai spy base say their clients should not have to pay for the damage, given their acquittal in the criminal justice system. [more]

ASB cuts interest rates
The ASB is cutting some interest rates after increasing them last week. [more]

Baby hit so hard liver burst, court told
The Crown says a Hastings man became angry and frustrated while playing a game on a Playstation and fatally assaulted a five-month-old boy. [more]

Texan oil prospector delays NZ drilling
An American deep-sea oil prospector has delayed plans to drill in New Zealand waters 10 times deeper than has ever been attempted. [more]

More flexibility for iwi to negotiate aquaculture claims
Maori will be given more flexibility in negotiating aquaculture claims under proposed law changes. [more]

Te Kauhanganui chair stands by vote to dump Morgan
The chair of Waikato-Tainui's parliament Te Kauhanganui is standing by a vote which ousted Tukoroirangi Morgan. [more]

Waikato-Tainui executive reaffirms Morgan as chair
The executive board of Waikato-Tainui has reaffirmed Tukoroirangi Morgan as its chair despite a vote which his critics said ousted him from the iwi's board and parliament. [more]

Maori Party not surprised Mana eyeing all seats
The Maori Party says it is not surprised the Mana Party wants to stand for all seven Maori government seats. [more]

Dunedin council returns to Otakou marae
The Dunedin City Council has met on Otakou marae for only the second time in its history. [more]

Mana Party wants independent Waitangi Commission
The Mana Party wants a Treaty of Waitangi Commission to be set up that would be independent of the Crown. [more]

Adidas defends price of All Blacks jersey
Adidas is continuing to defend the price of its All Blacks Rugby World Cup jersey in the face of mounting criticism from retailers and fans. [more]

Christchurch southern motorway route announced
The Transport Agency has announced the route for the next phase of the Christchurch southern motorway, which it says is vital for the city's economic recovery. [more]

Radio One not for sale
The Students Association at Otago University has decided not to sell its radio station, Radio One. [more]

Exide battery plant to sue minister
The Exide battery recycling plant in Lower Hutt is to sue Commerce Minister Simon Power for allowing shipments of used lead batteries overseas. [more]

Former mayor says stadium worth every penny
A former mayor of Dunedin has defended the city's new stadium, saying it is worth its big pricetag. [more]