Radio New Zealand - Friday, 12th August 2011

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This page features: Afternoons, Best Of The Week, Business News, CEISMIC, Checkpoint, Country Life, Extra Time, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Saturday Morning, Te Manu Korihi, Upbeat

Afternoons

The Best Song Ever Written - People Are Strange
Craig McDonald of Auckland chooses People Are Strange by Jim Morrison and The Doors. [more]

War Secrets
New Zealander Captain David Nelson was the keeper of secrets at the infamous Changi Japanese POW camp in Singapore. For years, he kept notes on the 100,000 prisoners who passed through Changi on their way to forced labour camps and the prisoners who died in the overcrowded prison. Nelson accumulated two trunks of papers and notes weighing 710 kilos. Lost for 65 years, the UK Ministry of Defence has now announced they've found the documents. Jim spoke to Mason Nelson, Captain Nelson's son. [more]

NZ Society - NZ Muslim Communities (Part 1) - Family Life
The first of a four part series exploring the diversity of our Muslim communities. Lynda Chanwai-Earle is in Palmerston North to catch a family reunion and learn more about family life, worship and the Islamic faith. [more]

Feature Album - Headquarters
Headquarters, the third album from US pop band The Monkees. It was thrown together in 1966 for a TV Series as a musical acting quartet, but they had much more to offer than that. [more]

Fresh Fast Food with Jacob Brown
Wellington chef Jacob Brown tells us how the Wellington On A Plate food festival is going and shares two different recipes for eel. [more]

Wine with Yvonne Lorkin
Cheap and Cheerful: Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Sauvigon Blanc 2011. Mid Price Magic: Junction Runaway Riesling 2010. Treat Yourself: Palliser Estate Martinborough Chardonnay 2008. [more]

Film Reviews with Sarah McMullan
Sarah McMullan's been catching up with some new flicks, the Russian drama How I Ended This Summer and the Harrison Ford movie Cowboys and Aliens. [more]

Winter Games
Opening ceremonies begin tonight in Queenstown for an event that declares itself the largest snowsports event in the world, the 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games. Over the next 16 days more than a thousand athletes from all over the world will compete in traditional events like skiing and curling, and X-games-style snowboarding and downhill races. Jim spoke to the Winter Games chief executive Arthur Klap. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 12 August 2011
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Joanne Black and Barry Corbett (Part 1)
Plans for the new Christchurch, and the Kahui twins book. [more]

The Panel with Joanne Black and Barry Corbett (Part 2)
Do fatty foods make us happy, consumer confidence bounce back up, and online etiquette with June Dally-Watkins. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 12 August 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 12 August. This week .... violence among young girls now commonplace, not everyone's happy with Jeremy Newsboy Wells hosting a TV doco on the latest European tour by the NZSO, a long lost Hitchcock silent film is discovered in Wellington, can dehydration be good for you, we find out what an Otolaryngologist is, recycling your old vintage machinery, exploring India with very young children, fencing champ Yuan Ping on getting to the Olympics and ageing wine using an electrical field. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 12 August 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 12 August 2011
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 12 August 2011
In business news, New Zealand markets rally for a third session. [more]

Evening Business for 12 August 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 12 August 2011
The stock market has clawed back some of the losses it suffered this week, following extreme volatility on global equity markets. [more]

CEISMIC

Arts festival heralds return of culture to Christchurch
The first major arts event to be held in Christchurch since the February earthquake kicks off today. [more]

Rebuilding central Christchurch
Bob Parker, Christchurch mayor and Peter Townsend, chief executive of the Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce. The Christchurch City Council has unveiled its $2 billion vision for the rebuild of earthquake-hit central Christchurch. [more]

The Week in Review - week ending 12 August 2011
The Week In Review for week ending 12 August 2011... featuring a new rebuild plan for Christchurch's earthquake ravaged CBD, problems at the Waikato-Tainui Tribal Parliament, a pricing fiasco surrounding the Adidas All Blacks Rugby World Cup jersey, the Mana party confirms it will contest all seven Maori seats and some general seats in November's general election, the renaming of Mt Cook's South Ridge to The Hillary Ridge and the White Mouse passes away. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Friday 12 August 2011
Workers critically injured by overhead powerlines; charge against police officer reduced; bag-snatcher who killed woman has conviction quashed; big fine for Vodafone for misleading customers; National Health Board critical of Dunedin Hospital; shark attack victim remembers those who weren't so lucky; will Bert and Ernie tie the knot?; and Kiwis lose more than $750,000 to scammers. [more]

Workers critically injured by overhead powerlines
Two workers have been critically injured when the flag pole they were moving hit power lines in the Auckland suburb of Mt Eden this afternoon. [more]

Charge against police officer reduced
A police officer who made a risky turn and collided with a motorbike, killing the rider, has been fined $250. [more]

Bag-snatcher who killed woman has conviction quashed
A man jailed for killing an Auckland woman in a hit-and-run robbery in a supermarket carpark has won a retrial. [more]

Big fine for Vodafone for misleading customers
Vodafone has been fined more than $400,000 for misleading customers who were charged for a service they thought was free. [more]

National Health Board critical of Dunedin Hospital
The National Health Board has just released a highly critical report on the management of Dunedin Hospital. [more]

Shark attack victim remembers those who weren't so lucky
Barry Watkins remembers the shark attack that almost killed him 40 years ago like it was yesterday. [more]

Will Bert and Ernie tie the knot?
"Ernie, do you take Bert to be your lawfully wedded muppet?" [more]

Sports News for 12 August 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Kiwis lose more than $750,000 to scammers
New Zealanders have lost more than $750,000 to online scammers in the past 12 months and the internet security group, Netsafe, says it may only be the tip of the iceberg. [more]

Uncertainty over Cloud future
The country's biggest Rugby World Cup party zone in Auckland is almost ready but the future of the marquee structure called the Cloud is still undecided. [more]

War records written by a NZ World War Two POW resurface
The secret records kept by a New Zealand Prisoner of War during the Japanese occupation of Singapore have resurfaced in Britain. [more]

Aim to make Tasman team row a race event
Organisers of the first attempt by a team to row the Tasman from Australia to New Zealand are hoping it will eventually become a race, similar to one in the Atlantic. [more]

Vodafone fined more than $400,000
Vodafone has been fined more than $400,000 for misleading customers. [more]

China recalls 54 bullet trains after fatal crash
China's train makers are recalling 54 flagship bullet trains for safety reasons as public anger intensifies over a deadly crash. [more]

Athletes gather for Winter Games
More than a thousand athletes from 50 countries have arrived in Queenstown to compete in this year's Winter Games. [more]

Free Sunday roasts for some Christchurch residents
There's sure to be lots of roasts on tables in Christchurch this weekend after hundreds of meat-and-three-veg packs were handed out today. [more]

New suicide prevention programme is launched
For the first time a suicide prevention helpline is being set up as part of a new campaign to tackle the disproportionately high number of Maori and Pacific people who take their own lives. [more]

Sports News for 12 August 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Focus on Politics for 12 August 2011
Welfare reform, with a special focus on benefit fraud, is expected to be the key theme at the National Party's election year conference in Wellington this weekend. [more]

Country Life

Sherrington Grange
Sherrington Grange recently won the Rural Women Enterprise Award not only for the South Island, but the National award as well. It's a mother and daughter boutique cheese making operation which offers home stays and cheese making courses at Mahau Sound between Picton and Nelson. Fill your pot with milk and find out how to make ricotta cheese. [more]

Murray Heays
80-year-old Murray Heays is one Hawke's Bay's first deer farmers. Throughout the 1970s he captured wild deer on his steep, gorge carved, property west of Tutira. After gradually fencing them in and getting them calm, he began harvesting velvet, travelling to South Korea on several occasions to sell the product. He returned one time with a suitcase stuffed full of US dollars. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 12 August 2011
This week: the All Blacks take a leaf out of the Springboks world cup training manual and opt for a second string lineup, Canterbury rugby bosses contemplate another year on the road for the Crusaders, we talk to NZ Olympic team chef de mission Dave Currie as he checks out Olympic venues amid the London riots and we hear how New Zealand yachties have settled in at Weymouth. Veteran Tall Blacks guard Kirk Penney basks in the glory of some rare international silverware for the national basketball side. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 12 August 2011
In today's news, Vodafone says it's sorry for breaching the fair trading act, and cold weather ahead for much of the country this weekend. [more]

Midday Sports News for 12 August 2011
In sports news, Graeme Henry names his All Black side. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 12 August 2001
High rises out and green space in for Chch rebuild, Tough talking from British PM in riot session, Inquiry into chief executive being done by own department, Power promises crackdown on loan sharks and Radio NZ to set up charitable trust to help fund Concert. [more]

Heritage high on agenda for Chch rebuild
The city once known for being more English than England and famous for its Gothic architecture is now grappling with how to rebuild its inner city while still holding onto its special character. [more]

Pacific News for 12 August 2011
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 12 August 2011
Nearly 30-thousand voting packs have gone out to Ngapuhi people all over the country - as Aotearoa's biggest iwi takes the first step towards settling its treaty grievances; A Maori mussel farm owner in Hauraki says Maori are likely to take to finfish farming even though, he says the species will be significantly smaller than those in the wild; A designers' group says the Maori presence in a new Christchurch can move beyond artwork and carving. [more]

Super Fund auditing investments after breaking own rules
The Superannuation Fund is auditing its investments to ensure there are no futher breaches of its own rules about investing in certain controversial industries. [more]

High rises out and green space in for Chch rebuild
The Christchurch mayor Bob Parker says a new plan to rebuild the city's business district is an important step in its recovery. [more]

Tough talking from British PM in riot session
The British Prime minister has told an emergency session of parliament that they got their riot tactics wrong, as he announced tough new measures to help tackle gangs and mob violence. [more]

Inquiry into chief executive being done by own department
A government department whose chief executive is accused of assaulting a member of her staff is overseeing the investigation into the incident itself. [more]

Mixed signals on the markets, panic over French banks
World stock markets are continuing to seesaw. [more]

Power promises crackdown on loan sharks
The Consumer Affairs Minister is promising a crackdown on loan sharks, saying there is no option but to act against lenders who prey on the vulnerable. [more]

Radio NZ to set up charitable trust to help fund Concert
Radio New Zealand has confirmed it is establishing a charitable trust that it hopes will raise money to help fund the Concert station. [more]

Sports News for 12 August 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Calls for Indonesian sailor deportations to be delayed
Pressure is growing on the Government to delay deporting 39 Indonesian crew members who fled from two Korean fishing vessels. [more]

National likely to outline welfare plans at weekend conference
The National Party goes into its election year conference this weekend riding high in the polls, but the Prime Minister says it's taking nothing for granted. [more]

Tolls may allow walkers, cyclists to use Harbour Bridge
Walking and cycling across the Auckland Harbour Bridge is much closer to becoming a reality - as long as the government and council don't have to pay for it. [more]

Reaction to CBD plan for Christchurch largely positive
An ambitious plan to turn the centre of Christchurch into a people-friendly, low-rise city has won an immediate endorsement from many in the city. [more]

400 million dollar light rail proposed for Chch
One of the more ambitious aspects of the plan to rebuild Christchurch is a proposal for a 400 million dollar light rail system. [more]

Growers alarmed at fast spread of kiwifruit vine disease
Kiwifruit growers say they're alarmed at the speed at which the vine killing disease, PSA, has spread to orchards outside the initial contamination zone in the greater Te Puke region. [more]

Desperate parents call on minister to stop school crisis
Parents and teachers say Queenstown is facing a schooling crisis and they're calling on the Minister of Education to intervene. [more]

Labour says Govt should increase funding for RNZ
The chairman of the Radio New Zealand board, Richard Griffin, says establishing Concert FM as a charitable trust is not being done to fund the station. [more]

Cable car revival gains momentum
Plans to resurrect one of Dunedin's old cable car routes appear to be gaining momentum. [more]

Sports News for 12 August 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

World's fastest plane goes missing
The second test flight of what was billed as the 'world's fastest plane' has gone embarrassingly wrong for the United States military. [more]

Chch students worry quake may lower standing of results
Students in Christchurch are worried their academic results for the year may end up being seen as of lesser value than those from other parts of the country. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 12 August 2011
The voting packs have gone out - the mandating hui start next week; and Ngapuhi are about to make their most momentous decision since they signed Te Tiriti o Waitangi, according to the Ngapuhi leader Sonny Tau; A designers' group says the Maori presence in a new Christchurch can move beyond artwork and carving; A spokesman for the Minister for the Environment says the Government is working with Maori on their concerns about freshwater; A Maori mussel farm owner in Hauraki says Maori are likely to take to finfish farming even though, he says the species will be significantly smaller than those in the wild. [more]

Kingston Flyer aims to get back on track this summer
The Kingston Flyer has been bought by a Blenheim businessman who hopes to have it up and running for the summer season. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
Australian correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh. [more]

Nights

Negotiation Ninja
Waikato University law graduates Andrew Cameron and Ben Gilbert recently held their own in the International Negotiation Competition in Copenhagen. [more]

Conundrum
And the answer is....... [more]

Nine To Noon

Bob Blair - Tangiwa: A Love Story
One hundred and fifty-one people were killed in the 1953 Tangiwai train disaster when an overnight express train from Wellington to Auckland plunged into the Whangaehu River after the bridge had been taken out by a lahar from Mt Ruapehu. Among those killed was 19-year-old Nerissa Love, the fiancee of New Zealand cricketer Bob Blair, who was playing a test in South Africa at the time. [more]

Asia correspondent Phil O'Sullivan
Asia correspondent Phil O'Sullivan brings us the latest news from Asia. [more]

Feature Guest - George Armstrong
An Anglican minister who 30 years ago was a key figure in the anti-springbok tour rallies. Prior to that he began the Peace Squadron, a flotilla of boats which would take to the water in protest at French nuclear tests in the pacific, and against visits by US nuclear vessels. Has also been involved in Bastion Pt protests, anti-Vietnam war protests, the Hikoi of Hope. [more]

Children's Book Review with John Mclntye
John McIntyre reviews Donovan's Big Day by Leslea Newman, A Tale of Two Daddies by Vanita Oelschlager and King and King by Linda de Haan. [more]

Music with Chris Bourke
Chris Bourke brings in new music by John Hiatt, a Latin party, and pop waiata from the recent past. [more]

Sport with Richard Boock
Latest sports action with Richard Boock. [more]

The Week That Was with Radar and Pinky Agnew
Rounding off the week that was with Radar and Pinky Agnew. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 12 August 2011
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 12 August 2011
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Saturday Morning

Gardening with Kath Irvine: chickens
Kath Irvine runs Edible Backyard workshops from her garden in Ohau. She is talking about chickens. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 12 August 2011
A senior Ratana Church minister says he'll always remember Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan, for the changes she made to parliament; A Northland principal says some schools in her region have agreed to implement national standards because they fear they'll lose funding if they don't; An architect says waka ama could be taking tourists up and down the River Avon in a newly-built Christchurch. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 12 August 2011
A Northland principal says a number of schools in the region are accepting national standards only because they fear they'll lose funding if they don't; A Ratana Minister says the late Whetu Tirikatene Sullivan was a special woman who forced the male institution of parliament to change its ways; An architect says waka ama could be taking tourists up and down the River Avon in a newly-built Christchurch. [more]

Upbeat

Josef Spacek
Czech violinist and winner of the 2009 NZ National Concerto Competition touring country with the Meler Ensemble featuring NZers Amanda and Aleisha Verner. [more]

Rolf Gjelsten
Cellist from the New Zealand String Quartet reflects on recent European tour and previews upcoming tour with pianist Peter Nagy. [more]

News stories:

French banks at centre of market turbulence
The French market regulator has warned it will investigate and punish what it called the spreading of unfounded rumours which have been blamed by some for big swings in the value of French bank shares. [more]

Erakovic beaten in Toronto
The New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic and her partner have been beaten in the second round of doubles at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Erakovic and German Julia Goerges... [more]

13 changes to Springboks
Halfback Fourie du Preez and loose forward Heinrich Brüssow return to the Springbok starting line-up for the first time in 21 months, following the announcement of the team to meet... [more]

Fabregas and Nasri set to leave Arsenal
The Arsenal midfielders Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri are both close to finalising moves away from the English football club. Fabregas is on the verge of signing for European champions... [more]

New Australia netball coach appointed
The former Adelaide Thunderbirds assistant coach Lisa Alexander has been appointed as the new coach of the Australia netball side. She replaces Norma Plummer, who stood down from the role... [more]

Semi-finalists found in NHL
The semi-finalists have been found in the National Hockey League. In the men's competition Auckland will play Midlands and Capital will play Central.... yesterday in their final round robin match... [more]

Higginbotham finally gets chance to start for Wallabies
Number eight Scott Higginbotham has been rewarded for a series of strong performances off the bench with his first starting role for Australia in the weekend's Tri Nations Test against... [more]

Spanish players to delay start of season with strike
Spanish first and second division players will go on strike for the first two weekend's of the 2011/2012 league season. The player's union says they are unanimous and firm in... [more]

Premier League calls for more respect for referees this season
The conduct of players and managers towards referees will be under even more scrutiny when the Premier League season starts this weekend. Officials announced a directive aimed at tackling dissent... [more]

Romania ban Mutu for life
Troubled striker Adrian Mutu has been expelled from the Romanian national football team for life after spending a night drinking with a team-mate ahead of a friendly against San Marino. [more]

Samoa judge says sex crime penalties should be reviewed
Samoa's Supreme Court Justice, Vui Clarence Nelson is calling for the maximum penalty for incest to be reviewed. A 47 year old man was yesterday sentenced after pleading guilty to... [more]

Designers call for greater Maori identity in Christchurch
A group of Maori designers says there is potential for Maori identity in Christchurch to move beyond artwork and carving in the rebuilt city. [more]

Queenstown growth leading to crisis, say schools
Some parents and teachers in Queenstown say the Ministry of Education is ignoring a looming shortage of primary schools in the resort. [more]

New PNG government says considerable support for the reopening of detention centre
The Chief of Staff of Papua New Guinea's new Prime Minister says there is considerable high level support for the re-opening of the Manus Island asylum seeker detention centre. Ben... [more]

Cook Islands police target stolen goods
Cook Islands police are targeting receivers of stolen goods in attempts to curb burglary and theft. This week they raided two residential properties in Rarotonga, recovering a cache of what... [more]

Youth reproductive health a "time bomb"
A New Zealand MP says high unemployment, escalating rates of sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted teenage pregnancies in the Pacific need urgent action. The Chair of New Zealand's Parliamentarian's Group... [more]

Jade software eyes US despite turmoil
Christchurch-based software company Jade Software is pushing ahead with its plans to break into the US market despite the current market turmoil and fears of an economic slowdown there. [more]

Steel Tube predicts patchy year
Steel products manufacturer Steel Tube Holdings says it has started the new financial year slowly under a cloud of global uncertainty after reporting a sharp jump in its full year profit for the 2011 year. [more]

National taking nothing for granted in run up to election
The National Party is heading into its election year conference riding high in the polls but the Prime Minister says it is taking nothing for granted. [more]

Auckland edge Counties - just
The Counties Manukau rugby coach is fuming after the referee denied his side what would have been an historic victory over neighbours Auckland. With time almost up Counties were awarded... [more]

Tobin just misses medalling at Weymouth
New Zealand windsurfer Jon-Paul Tobin has finished just outside the medals at the London Olympic test event at Weymouth. Tobin ended up fourth, just one point off Poland who claimed... [more]

Ex-mayor heads tourism board
Former Wellington mayor Kerry Prendergast hopes to use her new tourism role to get more overseas people investing in and migrating to New Zealand. [more]

Tolled harbour bridge cycleway and footpath proposed
Auckland Council says it will support a pedestrian and cycling add-on for the Harbour Bridge only if it can be convinced the project will be fully self-funded. [more]

Ideas for central Christchurch rebuilding revealed
Christchurch has unveiled a $2 billion plan to re-create the central city as a green, people-friendly, low-rise zone inside a garden. [more]

Super Fund audits investments after glitch
The Superannuation Fund is defending its screening processes despite breaking its own rules by accidently putting money into the tobacco industry. [more]

Christchurch gets arts festival boost
The first major arts event to be held in Christchurch since the February earthquake will make use of an events village set up by the city council in Hagley Park. [more]

'Farmy Army' puts roast on the menu
The Farmy Army that has helped with post-earthquake clean-ups in Christchurch was back in the city on Friday, this time delivering Sunday roast packs to people living in the shattered eastern suburbs. [more]

Wall Street revived by bargain-hunters
Wall Street stocks shot up on Thursday as investors hungry for bargains overcame the recent wave of fear that has driven selling over the last two weeks. [more]

Hamilton airport runway extension gets nod
Hamilton International Airport has been given approval to extend its runway another 800 metres within the next 15 years. [more]

Call for quicker integration of women into Kiribati politics
A former president of Kiribati says more women are needed in parliament. Women from all over Kiribati are being encouraged to run for the imminent national elections, after taking part... [more]

American Samoa budget up 8 percent
The American Samoa Government's proposed Fiscal Year 2012 budget, totals just over US$470 million, an 8% increase over the previous year. There's a 16% increase in Enterprise Funds for the... [more]

Call for PNG government to ensure ICAC properly resourced and independent
A Papua New Guinea NGO says the new government must ensure that its planned Independent Commission Against Corruption is properly resourced. The Peter O'Neill led government outlined its plans for... [more]

Lawsuit against Marshalls Chief Justice thrown out
Lawsuits filed against Marshall Islands Chief Justice Carl Ingram have been tossed out of court by a United States judge, who called the plaintiffs annoying litigants. A Seattle-based US District... [more]

Voting packs out for Ngapuhi settlement mandate
Nearly 30,000 voting packs have been mailed out to Ngapuhi people all over the country as the largest iwi takes the first step towards settling its treaty grievances. [more]

Maori interest in finfish farming
A Maori mussel farm owner in Hauraki says Maori are likely to take to finfish farming even though, he says, the species will be significantly smaller than those in the wild. [more]

Government 'working with Maori' on fresh water
A spokesman for the Minister for the Environment says the Government is working with Maori on their concerns about fresh water. [more]

Cable car revival gaining momentum
A group promoting the reintroduction of cable cars to Dunedin says the project is gaining widespread support. [more]

Bauer wins second stage of Tour of Utah
New Zealand cyclist Jack Bauer's taken out stage two of the Tour of Utah. The 2010 New Zealand road champion, who's riding for the UK-based Endura Racing, jumped the peloton... [more]

Wales skipper Rees set to sit out World Cup
Wales captain Matthew Rees looks certain to miss the Rugby World Cup after it emerged the hooker could need surgery on his injured neck. Wales coach Warren Gatland, who has... [more]

Vito delighted to have been called up again
Victor Vito's addition to the All Blacks' two-day camp could mean there'll be no backup specialist openside flanker when the World Cup squad is named in Brisbane on Tuesday week... [more]

Department oversees inquiry into own chief executive
A government department whose chief executive is accused of assaulting a woman on her staff is overseeing an investigation into the incident itself. [more]

Fog disrupts flights at Dunedin airport
Fog has caused flight cancellations and delays at Dunedin airport. [more]

Low-rise Christchurch 'will provide more office space'
Christchurch mayor Bob Parker says he expects the draft plan to rebuild the city may provide more office space than before the earthquakes, despite a seven-storey building height limit. [more]

Kiwifruit disease spreading faster than expected
Kiwifruit growers say they are worried by how quickly the vine killing disease, PSA, has spread to orchards outside the initial contamination zone in the greater Te Puke region. [more]

Four EU nations ban short-selling on bank stocks
France, Italy, Spain and Belgium have banned short-selling on the shares of banks and other financial companies. [more]

Work on The Cloud venue close to completion
Officials have revealed how the Rugby World Cup's biggest fan zone is shaping up. [more]

Genesis to shut down Huntly unit in 2013
Genesis Energy says it still plans to shut down one of the four units of its Huntly plant by the beginning of 2013 as new, cheaper generation comes on stream. [more]

Seeka says PSA impact minimal but could worsen in 2012
The country's largest kiwifruit supply company, Seeka, says the impact of the bacterial disease PSA on its packhouse operations in the 2011 season was minimal, but the company believes it could be worse next year. [more]

Farm sales and prices fall
Farm sales have eased back again after picking up over recent months. [more]

Rebuilt northern Cook Islands school opens
The prinicipal of a new school on Penrhyn in the northern Cook Islands says his students are very excited to be in their classrooms after a cyclone damaged their old... [more]

Papua renews calls for mediated dialogue with Jakarta
The Fellowship of Baptist Churches in the Indonesian region of Papua has renewed calls for a dialogue between the indigenous people and the government in Jakarta mediated by a neutral... [more]

UNDP highlights issues limiting opportunity for youth
The United Nations Development Programme says poor advocacy, unemployment and family violence are creating a frustrating lack of opportunity for Pacific youth. The UNDP's Pacific Representative Knut Ostby says today's... [more]

Wikileaks reveal American unwillingness to acknowledge Fiji coup in 2006
Leaked cables released by Wikileaks reveal that the United States differed with Australia and New Zealand on how to address the 2006 coup in Fiji. FBC news reports the US... [more]

Vanuatu government silent over calls to discuss threats against journalists
The Vanuatu Media Association president says the government has yet to react to the Association's call to discuss threats against the country's journalists. Since Sato Kilman's government took office in... [more]

Eight players rested by All Blacks coaches
Several top players will be absent from the All Blacks team to face South Africa in their Tri-Nations, including captain Richie McCaw and Daniel Carter. [more]

Rowers to attempt trans-Tasman feat
Four rowers will attempt to become the first team to row the Tasman Sea from Australia to New Zealand and around Cape Reinga. [more]

Rifles sought in missing man investigation
Police in Whanganui are looking for two rifles missing from the property of a man last seen at his Pitangi Track home in May. [more]

Marshall Islands company refused to front parliamentary committee
The Marshall Islands National Telecommunications Authority has refused to testify before the parliament's Public Accounts Committee, which reviews the use of government funding. The NTA general manager, Tony Muller, responding... [more]

FEMA funds American Samoa power plant rebuild
The Satala power plant, in American Samoa, that was destroyed by the 2009 tsunami, is a step closer to being rebuilt. The American Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide more... [more]

Indonesian soldier jailed for torture and killing of Papuan man
The Jayapura Military Court in Indonesia's Papua has jailed First Private Hasirun to six months' jail for torturing and killing a Papuan man, Kinderman Gire in March last year. The... [more]

Fiji women's group fears impact of clamp on unions
The Fiji Women's Rights Movement says the Essential National Industries Decree will exacerbate already poor working conditions for women. The movement's executive director, Virisila Buadromo, says they're opposed to any... [more]

Samoa prime minister says tougher penalties for incest are likely
Samoa's prime minister says penalties for crimes such as incest are too low and should be lifted. His comments follows a call by supreme Court Justice, Vui Clarence Nelson, for... [more]

Hundreds attend Tirikatene-Sullivan memorial service
Hundreds of people have attended a memorial service for former Labour MP and cabinet minister Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan. [more]

Police reveal major bank robbery on small Cook Islands resort island
A tiny bank on Aitutaki in the Cook Islands has been robbed with thousands of dollars stolen. The exact amount taken hasn't been revealed but members of the Aitutaki community... [more]

Nauru charges against sugar-starved chopper pilot dropped
Dropping into Nauru for chocolate and softdrink may cost an Australian helicopter pilot his job and his licence. A spokesperson for the Nauru government told Radio Australia the 24-year-old had... [more]

Strife halts government restructure of New Caledonia airline
The government of New Caledonia has frozen restructuring plans for the national airline following the shooting deaths of four young people on one of the Loyalty islands. The killings arose... [more]

Bitterly cold weather on way
MetService is warning the country is in for another polar blast rivalling that experienced in late July. [more]

Fishing crew take legal action to stay in NZ
Thirty-two fishermen who fled a Korean vessel have managed to pull together enough money to file legal challenges against deportation from New Zealand. [more]

Eight players rested by All Blacks coaches
New Zealand's first choice team for the Rugby World Cup is becoming clearer - eight players who started last weekend against Australia, including skipper Richie McCaw, are being rested for... [more]

Ko bows out at Rhode Island
Auckland golfer Lydia Ko has been knocked out of the US Amateur golf tournament in the second round of matchplay. The 14-year-old world number one's dream of following Danny Lee... [more]

Shark attack victims remembered
A Levin man attacked by a great white shark in Dunedin 40 years ago was near the same spot on Friday to unveil a plaque for those not so lucky. [more]

RNZ trust not for core funding - board chair
The chairman of Radio New Zealand's board says a charitable trust for its Concert station will be used to support live concerts, create scholarships and archive more music - not to fund the station. [more]

Vodafone fined $400,000 for misleading customers
Vodafone has been fined $400,000 for misleading customers with one of its internet deals. [more]

Retrial for man jailed over carpark death
The Court of Appeal has granted a retrial to a man jailed over the killing of an Auckland woman in a hit-and-run following a bag snatch in a supermarket carpark. [more]

Review critical of Dunedin Hospital management
The National Health Board has issued a highly critical report on the management of Dunedin Hospital. [more]

Ratana tribute for former MP Tirikatene-Sullivan
A Ratana Church minister says Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan was a special woman who forced the male institution of Parliament to change its ways. [more]

Some Northland schools rethink national standards
A Northland principal says some schools in her region have agreed to implement national standards, as they fear they will lose funding otherwise. [more]

NZ prisoner of war covert records discovered
Covert war records written by a New Zealand prisoner of war have been discovered in Britain. [more]

China verdict on NZ taxi driver killing due soon
Judges in China are to deliver their verdict next week in the trial of a Chinese national accused of murdering a New Zealand taxi driver. [more]

Jury in baby manslaughter case reduced to 11
A jury considering evidence in a manslaughter trial at the Napier High Court has been reduced to 11 people. [more]

Athletes gear up for Winter Games
More than 1000 athletes from 50 countries have begun arriving in Queenstown for the bi-annual Winter Games. [more]

Waka rides for tourists on Avon suggested
An architect says waka ama could be taking tourists up and down the Avon River in a newly-built Christchurch. [more]

$750,000 reported lost to internet scams
New Zealanders have reported losing more than $750,000 in the past year to internet scams. [more]

'Not enough' being done to combat diabetes
A group of doctors and public health researchers say not enough is being done to prevent New Zealand's rapidly rising rates of diabetes. [more]

Demolitions anger state house tenants
People from the Lower Hutt suburb of Pomare say they'll march on Parliament unless the Government promises to rebuild about 100 state houses in their community that are being demolished. [more]

NZ stock market rallies again
The New Zealand sharemarket has risen for a third day in a row as investors piled back into global stocks. [more]