Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 30th August 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, The Sampler, Upbeat, You Me... Now!

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - I've Got You Under My Skin
Helen Vail from Auckland has chosen 'I've Got You Under My Skin' performed by Frank Sinatra. [more]

TV Review with Sarah McMullan
'Unzipped' (on TV1), Underbelly: Land of the Long Green Cloud (on TV3) and 'Bliss' (on TV1). [more]

Book Review with Graham Beatie
"Rip Tide" by Stella Rimington, published by Bloomsury and "Wellington From Above" by Graham Stewart published by Grantham House Publishing. [more]

Music Review with Nick Atkinson
'Katie My Darling' off the album Free Rein by The Unfaithful Ways and 'Goshen' off the album The Rip Tide by Beirut. [more]

Web Review with Ele Ludemann
Should you trust your memory and Louis Menand's debate on the value of college in the USA. [more]

Shot put champion Valerie Adams
Valerie Adams has won with a huge final round throw of 21.24 metres at the World Championships in Athletics in South Korea, equalling the world championship record and smashing her personal best and New Zealand record. [more]

Honour for our greatest space pioneer Dr William Pickering
A slice of New Zealand will be gracing the walls of the Jet Propulson Laboratory in California tomorrow in honour of our greatest space pioneer Dr William Pickering. A photo of the Kepler mountain named after Dr Pickering is being presented at a special ceremony. [more]

Tune Your Engine - High Intensity Training
High Intensity Training, H-I-T, has been around since the '70s. Now a body of research suggests it's not just a passing fad, but a viable alternative for people who want to stay fit but just haven't got the time or patience to exercise every day. [more]

Asian Report for 30 August 2011 - Viva Eclectika
Lynda Chanwai-Earle finds out what happens when you combine Asian and Middle Eastern dance forms with Polynesian at an Auckland based bi-annual event called Viva Eclectika. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 30 August 2011
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with David Slack and Jonathan Krebs (Part 1)
Topics - Were the Panelists aware that New Zealand aspires to be a net exporter of oil by 2030? Labour's caucus is meeting today for the first time in a fortnight. [more]

The Panel with David Slack and Jonathan Krebs (Part 2)
Topics - The founder of Fashion Week says someone or something needs to step in to help keep the event running. A Ministry of Defence report shows soldiers are struggling with rifles that can't accurately hit a target beyond the length of two rugby fields. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 30 August 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 30 August 2011
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 30 August 2011
Mighty River Power generates more profit. Two of Greece's biggest banks plan to merge and the sharemarket rises. [more]

Evening Business for 30 August 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 30 August 2011
News from the business sector. [more]

CEISMIC

Inquest into earthquake deaths continues
The Coroner will today hear more evidence about the more than 60 language students who perished in the Canterbury Television building when it collapsed in February's earthquake. [more]

Inquest into 144 Christchurch quake deaths continues
The inquest into many of the deaths in the Christchurch earthquake will today hear evidence about the more than 60 language students who perished in the Canterbury Television building. [more]

The rising cost of the Christchurch earthquake
Political Editor Brent Edwards reports live from parliament on the implications of the rising costs of the Christchurch earthquake for the EQC and the Government's finances. [more]

Earthquake Recovery Minister - Gerry Brownlee
The Earthquake Commission has increased its liability for the Canterbury earthquakes by 4 billion dollars to 7.1 billion dollars. [more]

Business with Rod Oram
The impact of the Canterbury Earthquake on insurance and the EQC's finances. [more]

EQC fund to be wiped out by Canterbury earthquake claims.
The Canterbury earthquakes will wipe out all the funds held in reserve to cover claims to the Earthquake Commission. [more]

EQC blowout pushes deficit to new record high
The Earthquake Commission has more than doubled its estimate of costs from the Canterbury earthquakes, to 7-point-1 billion dollars. [more]

Group says home owners will be alarmed by blowout
A Christchurch support group says home owners will be alarmed at the blowout in earthquake repair costs. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Tuesday 30 August 2011
A massive blowout in the cost of the Canterbury quakes. Searching for oil and gas to help power the economy and the powerful National Health Board has quashed a controversial plan to partly privatise Queenstown's Lakes District Hospital. [more]

EQC says it can cope
The massive new 7.1 billion dollar earthquake bill wipes out the Earthquake Comission's six billion dollar nest egg called the Natural Disaster Fund. [more]

Questions raised over renewable energy target
An energy researcher is warning that the Government's target to rely more on renewable energy is likely to push up electricity prices. [more]

Girlfriend of man who died from meningitis angry about his care
The girlfriend of a Northland teenager who died of meniningitis says he was sent home from hospital because the doctor was finishing his shift. [more]

Health Board rejects DHB plan for Queenstown
The powerful National Health Board has quashed a controversial plan to partly privatise Queenstown's Lakes District Hospital. [more]

Sports News for 30 August 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Goff dismisses leadership speculation - again
Phil Goff says its about time the media stopped claiming his leadership is under threat, and instead focused on the real issues. [more]

Delays leave soldiers with ineffective weapons
Soldiers in Afghanistan have got rifles that can't hit targets more than 200 metres away and the Defence Force doesn't have the expertise to buy better ones. [more]

Wairoa rugby chief calls for police protection after shooting
A Wairoa rugby chief wants police protection at the grounds this Saturday after last weekend's violence when a Mongrel Mob member fired a shotgun four or five times. [more]

But Wairoa police won't guarantee it
The police won't say whether they will be at the rugby grounds next Saturday. [more]

Inquest into the deaths of more than 60 students
The inquest into the deaths of more than 60 students who died in February's earthquake has heard harrowing details about how many of them died. [more]

IRB says kiwi's lacking cup spirit
The Head of the International Rugby Board says New Zealanders don't seem to realise the importance of the World Cup for the country. [more]

Legal challenge to Australia's anti-people smuggling laws
A legal challenge that threatens to unravel the laws that Australia uses to combat people smugglers has been mounted in a Melbourne court. [more]

Sports News for 30 August 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Greens denounce energy strategy
The Green Party has denounced plans by the National-led Government to encourage greater oil and gas exploration off the coast [more]

Renewable energy aim rings hollow for wind turbine maker
The Government's renewable energy aim rings hollow for Geoff Henderson. [more]

Looming shortage of truck drivers
The trucking industry says action is needed to address a looming shortage of drivers. [more]

New toxin to kill one of the worst predators of kiwi
A new toxin to kill one of the Kiwi's worst predators was launched in Christchurch today. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 30 August 2011
The skyrocketing cost of the Canterbury quakes and a new energy strategy to expand oil and gas drilling. [more]

Midday Sports News for 30 August 2011
An American athletics expert says Valerie Adams is already one of the greats of the sport and that she can continue to be for another 10 years. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Tuesday 30 August 2011
Libyan rebels advancing on Gaddafi's last stronghold Sirte; New plan on how to develop energy resources out today; Crushing win for Valerie Adams at world athletics champs; Serepisos moves to sell property empire; Flooding still a problem a day on from Tropical Storm Irene; Inquest into earthquake deaths continues; Inquiry to determine if Pike mine could have been entered. [more]

Pike River survivor hopes Royal Commission finds the truth
The Royal Commission into the Pike River coal mine disaster resumes next week. [more]

Pacific News for 30 August 2011
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Child welfare, poverty important election issues
Child welfare and poverty are shaping up to be important issues heading into November's general election. [more]

Libyan rebels advancing on Gaddafi's last stronghold Sirte
In Libya, rebel forces are closing in on Muammar Gaddafi's stronghold - and hometown - of Sirte. [more]

New plan on how to develop energy resources out today
The Government will set out its plans to develop New Zealand's energy resources over the coming decades. [more]

Crushing win for Valerie Adams at world athletics champs
New Zealand's shotput champion Valerie Adams has powered to victory at the world athletics championships in South Korea - her third straight win in the event. [more]

Serepisos moves to sell property empire
He came to national attention with a television show about hiring an apprentice, but now Wellington's Terry Serepisos is being forced to sell his property empire. [more]

Flooding still a problem a day on from Tropical Storm Irene
One day after fierce winds and torrential rain swept through the east coast of the United States, the country's counting the cost of Hurricane Irene. [more]

Inquiry to determine if Pike mine could have been entered
The Royal Commission into the Pike River Mine disaster resumes next week. [more]

Sports News for 30 August 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Sealord may take legal action against Greenpeace
The fishing company Sealord says it's considering legal action against Greenpeace over a campaign questioning how the company catches tuna. [more]

Potato industry in desperate need of funding
Potatoes New Zealand is worried the local industry could collapse if more funding into pest research is not found quickly. [more]

Bluff oyster season extended for Rugby World Cup
Bluff oysters will stay on the menu for a few more weeks, with a special extension to the season for the Rugby World Cup. [more]

England looking for fourth RWC finals appearance
The Rugby World Cup begins next week with twenty teams competing for the title of world champions. [more]

Expert praises Adams shot performance
Returning now to one of our top stories, with the New Zealand athlete Valerie Adams crushing her rivals to win a third straight shot put gold medal at the world athletics championships in Korea. [more]

Sports News for 30 August 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

US Open underway after tropical storm sweeps through
The US Tennis Open is underway in New York. [more]

Canada relies on former All Black for advice
The Rugby World Cup begins next week with twenty teams competing for the title of world champions. [more]

Government to set out plans to develop energy resources
The Government has set out its plans to develop New Zealand's energy resources. [more]

Schools want government help with rising internet costs
School leaders say their internet costs are rising fast and the Government's roll out of ultra-fast broadband will make the problem even worse. [more]

Writing's on the wall for taggers
The Hutt City council has submitted a local bill that would give it the legal power to remove graffitti from private property. [more]

Stars are slowly fading as universe runs out of gas
The lights are slowly turning off in space, as the universe starts to lose the gas it needs to form more stars. [more]

Nights

Our Own Odysseys: Wrecked on Raoul
Nigel Heard with adventures and misadventures of sailing, storms, getting shipwrecked and finally rescued from Raoul Island in the Kermadecs during the mid seventies. [more]

The World at Night - Austria
Journalist and musicologist Matthias Wurz reports from the landlocked European nation of Austria. Scandal erupts around Telekom Austria. [more]

Conundrum Clue three
Conundrum clue three [more]

Conundrum clue four
Conundrum clue four [more]

Nine To Noon

The Government's recently released enery strategy
Acting Minister of Energy and Resources, Hekia Parata, and Green Party Energy Spokesperson, Kennedy Graham, join Kathryn Ryan to discuss the Government's new energy strategy. [more]

Crowd funded book publishing
John Mitchinson, co-founder of Unbound, a UK initiative to 'crowd-fund' books. Unbound was the brainchild of three British writers who launched the firm in May and announced its first success last month - Terry Jones, of Monty Python fame, has secured the funds to finish a book of quirky stories. [more]

US Correspondent - Luiza Savage
Hurricane Irene and the US presidential campaign. [more]

Feature Guest - Neville Cohen
Neville Cohen is one of the people behind those mind boggling questions on shows like University Challenge. He is a Mastermind record holder in the UK, and also appeared on the Krypton factor before going behind the scenes in the world of quizzes. [more]

Book Review - Fred the Needle: The Untold Story of Sir Fred Allen
Written by Allen sayers and Les Watkins, published by Hodder Moa, reviewed by Anton Oliver. [more]

American Oganist - Cameron Carpenter
Cameron Carpenter is in New Zealand to perform with the NZSO National Youth Orchestra in Wellington on Friday 2 September and Auckland on Saturday 3 September. He'll play American composer Samuel Barber's 1960 piece for organ and orchestra, Toccata Festiva on the Town Hall organs in both centres. [more]

Media with Gavin Ellis
The closure of NZPA this week and Radio NZ's latest audience ratings. [more]

Ian McGibbon - Gallipoli survey
A major survey of the battlefields at Gallipoli is helping to shape our understanding of the Anzac area of Gallipoli. The historical and archaeological survey of the Anzac battlefields was conducted by three nations, New Zealand, Australia and Turkey. Ian McGibbon was heading off to participate. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 30 August 2011
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 30 August 2011
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 30 August 2011
The bioenergy industry is talking to Maori landowners on the East Coast in the Ngati Porou rohe about planting trees for the next potential generation of biofuel; The people of a central North Island marae that's sinking, still haven't decided whether to move; The Kohanga Reo Trust Board hopes mediation can help resolve problems it has with an early childhood report. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 30 August 2011
The people of a central North Island marae that's sinking, say they expect to decide soon if they should move; The bioenergy industry is talking to Maori landowners on the East Coast in the Ngati Porou rohe about planting trees for the next potential generation of biofuel; The Ministry of Fisheries is creating four mataitai, or reserves, along the West Coast; A Whangarei author says she had to delve into Maori and Pakeha mindsets to write a prize-winning book on an early New Zealand massacre. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 30 August 2011
An American boutique brewery has dropped 'Maori King' from its collection of beers, following criticism, discussion and debate about the name of the drink; All school teachers are being given guidance on how to better understand the identity, language and culture of Maori students; The Government plans to give iwi and communities more of a say about oil and gas drilling and exploration; The chair of Te Putea Whakatupu Trust, Richard Jeffries, says there needs to be more focus on business and economic development among Maori, rather than relying on welfare. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 30 August 2011
The Ministry of Education has developed guidance for all school teachers to better understand the identity, language and culture of Maori students; A specialist beer-maker in the United States has axed a drink it calls Maori King; The Government plans to give iwi and communities more of a say about oil and gas drilling and exploration; A produce grower in Northland says more customers are paying their bills on time since his company won the new indigenous food label, Hua Parakore. [more]

The Sampler

The Sampler for 30 August 2011
Nick Bollinger reviews new releases by Ry Cooder and Beirut, and speaks to Aly Cook about her debut album "Brand New Day" [more]

Upbeat

Brian Flintoff
Nelson-based bone carver and Taonga Puoro maker on the release of his latest book "Kura Koiwi - Bone Treasures". [more]

Michael Houstoun Review
Tony Ryan reviews Michael Houstoun's recent Christchurch Arts Festival recital of Schubert works. [more]

Craig Denham and Mark Mazengarb
Members of Auckland-based "Beyondsemble" - touring the country on behalf of Arts on Tour NZ. [more]

You Me... Now!

Episode 30: Not What You Think
Johno's surprise return finds Alice in a surprising situation. [more]

News stories:

Valerie Adams wins another World title
Valerie Adams has won her third World Championship Shot Put title with a huge final round throw of 21.24 metres, equaling the World Championship record and smashing her personal best... [more]

Manly consider appeal against 50-thousand dollar fine
Manly are considering an appeal against their $50,000 fine following last Friday night's massive brawl with Melbourne Storm players in Sydney. The Sea Eagles will take legal advice before deciding... [more]

Benji leads Tigers to another win
The Kiwis captain Benji Marshall has produced another masterful performance to guide Wests Tigers into the National Rugby League top four for the first time this year with a 39-10... [more]

US Open starts in New York
The US tennis Open is underway as scheduled after Hurricane Irene swept through New York yesterday without causing too much damage. Mardy Fish, Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams and Roger Federer... [more]

Three more New Zealand crews qualify at World Champs
Three more New Zealand crews have progressed at the World Rowing Championships in Slovenia. Adaptive rower Danny McBride won his single sculls heat to qualify for the semi-finals.... the women's... [more]

Happy Feet sets sail for Southern Ocean
A wayward emperor penguin who swam to New Zealand is being taken back to his natural habitat in the Southern Ocean. [more]

Bioenergy industry talks with East Cape landowners
The bioenergy industry is talking to Maori landowners on the East Cape about planting trees for the next potential generation of biofuel. [more]

Kohanga draws up agenda for mediation
The Kohanga Reo Trust Board hopes mediation can help resolve problems it has with an early childhood report. [more]

New location for sinking marae still to be decided
The people of Ohaaki marae in the central North Island have still not decided whether to relocate despite the fact that the marae is sinking. [more]

Book on Boyd massacre wins literary prize
Whangarei writer Diana Menefy has won New Zealand's oldest literary prize, the Esther Glen medal for her children's book The Shadow of the Boyd. [more]

West Coast commercial fishing reserves created
The Ministry of Fisheries is creating four mataitai (reserves) along the South Island's West Coast. [more]

Goodman Fielder mulls big changes as profits drop
Goodman Fielder's New Zealand operations could undergo a major shake-up to counter what the firm's new chief executive describes as an unacceptable earnings performance. [more]

Hopes still high missing PNG scientists will be found alive
The Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research says it's hopeful that five missing scientists will be found alive. The three men and two women, along with their 3 person... [more]

ADB calls for political and economic commitment to fight HIV/AIDS
The Asian Development Bank has called for sustained commitment, leadership and partnerships to prevent the further spread of HIV/AIDS. An ADB official, Ursula Schaefer-Preuss, told the 10th International Congress on... [more]

Economic slowdown in American Samoa forecast to get worse
American Samoa's Department of Commerce says the economic slowdown facing the Territory is forecast to get worse with the resumption of annual wage hikes in 2012 and continuing to 2018. [more]

Hurdling champion stripped of gold
There was more drama on the track at the world athletics championships last night in Daegu when the world record holder and Olympic champion Dayron Robles was stripped of his... [more]

Emotions flow for Adams
The New Zealand shot puter Valerie Adams was full of emotion after wrapping up a third World Championship title with a record equalling throw in South Korea last night. Adams... [more]

Arsenal to compensate travelling fans
The London football club Arsenal is offering to compensate fans who travelled to yesterday's 8-2 thrashing by Manchester United with a free ticket to a future away match. The Gunners... [more]

Springboks coach still rates All Blacks favourites
The South Africa rugby coach Peter de Villiers says hosts New Zealand remain Rugby World Cup favourites despite suffering two consecutive Tri-Nations defeats. The All Blacks surrendered the Tri-nations title... [more]

England board their World Cup plane
The England rugby squad board their World Cup flight today, but they'll be leaving behind one of their forwards. Lock Simon Shaw, who'll turn 38 during the tournament, has a... [more]

Blow to Rabbitohs finals hopes
South Sydney's National Rugby League finals hopes have been dealt a massive blow with the season over for their star back Greg Inglis. Scans have confirmed Inglis suffered an ankle... [more]

Serepisos to sell property as he battles bankruptcy
The chief executive of the Wellington branch of the country's largest real estate group says a managed sell-off of developer Terry Serepisos's assets would be good for the property market. [more]

Three quakes in Bay of Plenty
Three shallow quakes have been recorded in Bay of Plenty on Tuesday. [more]

Govt 'committed to improving child welfare'
Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says the Government is committed to improving child welfare. [more]

Gibbs resigns from board of Tower
Tony Gibbs has resigned as chair of the board of insurer and fund manager Tower. [more]

Allied Farmers reports big loss for second year
Allied Farmers has reported another multi-million dollar loss and has once again written down the value of Hanover's assets. [more]

More Wellington region dairy farms meet effluent rules
The Wellington regional council says 92% of dairy farms were fully compliant with resource consents and regulations regarding effluent management in the last dairying season. [more]

Potato industry seeks help to survive crop disease
The potato industry says the fallout from a devastating crop disease means it won't be long before some growers quit the industry. [more]

Yealands to merge with wine investment firm
The owner of Yealands Estate winery in Marlborough expects the merger with Wellington-based wine investment company Ager Sectus to provide employment opportunities. [more]

Govt expands campaign to recover student debt
A further 50,000 people who live overseas and owe money on their student loans are going to be targeted by the Government. [more]

P use by pregnant women studied
Researchers have found an increasing number of pregnant women are using the drug methamphetamine, or P, leading to mental illness and poor mother-child relationships. [more]

Sealord takes legal advice over Greenpeace claims
Fishing company Sealord says it is taking legal advice over Greenpeace's latest campaign which claims the seafood giant is fishing unsustainably. [more]

Boss's contract extended before assault complaint emerged
A public sector boss under investigation for allegedly assaulting an employee had her contract extended for a year, just two months before the complaint against her became public. [more]

Schools want Govt help with rising internet costs
School leaders say the Government needs to help them out so they can deal with rising internet costs and the advent of ultra-fast broadband. [more]

New art gallery to open at USP in Fiji
A new art gallery will be officially opened today at the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. "Called the... [more]

Sport: Valerie Adams wins another World title
Valerie Adams has won her third World Championship Shot Put title with a huge final round throw equaling the World Championship record and smashing her personal best and New Zealand... [more]

Sport: Samoa rugby believes its set piece has improved markedly
The assistant coach of the Samoa rugby team says their set piece work should impress fans at next month's World Cup. At the weekend Samoa completed its on field preparation... [more]

Sport: Fiji and PNG cricketers start with a win in Noumea
Fiji's cricketers belted their way to a commanding 133 run win over New Caledonia on Monday to get their Pacific Games campaign off to a flying start. Sakaraia Lomani led... [more]

Sport: Foul trouble hampers Guam comeback
A final quarter meltdown has seen Guam upset 62-57 by hosts New Caledonia in the first round of men's basketball in Noumea. After trailing at half time the US territory... [more]

Pike inquiry to focus on search and rescue efforts
The next phase of the Royal Commission into the Pike River Coal mine disaster will determine whether there was a window of opportunity for a rescue team to enter the mine. [more]

US diplomats describe Fiji roadmap as a plan leading nowhere
US diplomats have described the Fiji interim government's roadmap to democracy as a plan that leads nowhere. A cable from the United States Embassy in Suva leaked to the whistleblower... [more]

FSM citizens costing Hawaii over a million dollars in jail and court costs
The state of Hawaii spent over one million US dollars on jail and court costs in 2010 for islanders from the Freely Associated States. The Public Safety department and Judiciary... [more]

France to help improve conditions in New Caledonia shanty towns
The French government has promised to give New Caledonia's southern province 10 million US dollars towards improving living conditions in Noumea's shanty towns. The overseas territories minister, Marie-Luce Penchard, has... [more]

Public servants in Niue are reminded of roles and responsibilities
The Government of Niue, with the help of a constitutional advisor from New Zealand, has held a series of workshops to ensure senior level employees are meeting their job requirements. [more]

Tahiti marks day against nuclear testing
Test veterans in French Polynesia are marking the International Day against Nuclear Tests by expresssing concern at the slow pace of getting compensation from France. Two years ago, France recognised... [more]

Sport: Ten time world champ wins out in Tahiti
Ten-time surfing world champion Kelly Slater has defeated Australian Owen Wright in the final of the ASP World surf tour event in Tahiti It's the third time in his career... [more]

New push for use of Pacific languages in NZ
The New Zealand Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs is gauging community views on its draft Pacific Languages Framework. It aims to promote and protect the use of such heritage languages... [more]

Nauru speaker scolds MPs for absenteeism
The Nauru speaker, Ludwig Scotty, has admonished MPs for failing to turn up to parliament. He says at a sitting earlier this month there were just enough MPs to reach... [more]

Tonga names New Zealand lawyer as Lord Chancellor
A New Zealand lawyer Harry Waalkens Q.C, who's also a King's Counsellor in Tonga, has been made the interim Lord Chancellor of Tonga. In a brief statement, the government says... [more]

Special sitting of PNG parliament unlikely to result in passing of legislation
Papua New Guinea's government has announced a special sitting of parliament next Tuesday to try and pass key legislation ahead of the general election next year. Critical bills include the... [more]

Vanuatu parliament to debate motion to oust speaker
The Vanuatu Parliament is this afternoon due to debate a motion calling for the removal of the Speaker, Maxime Carlot Korman. Mr Carlot Korman has avoided having the motion voted... [more]

Expert says Adams could go close to world record
An American athletics expert says Valerie Adams is already one of the greats of the sport and that she can continue to be for another 10 years. Adams claimed her... [more]

Sonny Bill Williams linked to Sydney Roosters NRL move
The All Blacks midfielder Sonny Bill Willams is seriously considering a return to the National Rugby League, possibly as soon as next year, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Williams... [more]

Manning hopeful of keeping playing streak going
The four-time MVP Peyton Manning, has been cleared by doctors to start practicing with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts again. Manning's recovering from neck surgery he underwent in May but is... [more]

Evan Gray dropped from elite umpiring panel
The former international player Evan Gray has been dropped from New Zealand's Cricket's elite umpiring panel. Gray played ten tests for the Black Caps between 1983 and 1988 and drops... [more]

Woods heeds Couples call to play more
Tiger Woods has heeded US captain Fred Couples' call and added another US PGA Tour event to his schedule ahead of the Presidents Cup golf competition in Melbourne in November. [more]

Sharapova comes back to win
The Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova survived a US Open first round scare clawing her way back from a set and a break down to defeat gutsy British teenager Heather... [more]

Athletics stars flirt with curse at world champs
The world's leading athletes will be keen to avoid any pre-publicity for the remainder of the world track and field championship in Daegu, South Korea. On the first three days... [more]

Genesis seeks consent for huge wind farm
Genesis Energy has applied for resource consent for what could be Australasia's biggest wind farm of up to 286 turbines. [more]

PGG Wrightson posts $30m loss
Rural services firm PGG Wrightson has reported a loss of $30.7 million in the year to the end of June. [more]

Turner and Growers' boosts half-year profit
Fresh produce marketer Turners Growers has boosted its half year profit thanks to the domestic and Australian markets. [more]

Mighty River Power generates more profit
An increase in generation has helped the publicly-owned power firm, Mighty River Power boost its full year profit by half. [more]

Government approves Telecom asset split plan
The structural separation of Telecom into stand-alone retail and network companies is a step closer, with the Government approving Telecom's plan to split up its assets. [more]

Two of Greece's biggest banks to merge
Two of Greece's biggest banks will merge, in a move analysts say will trigger more deals to shore up banks battered by the debt crisis and recession. [more]

Tahiti claims Pacific church support in decolonisation bid
The French Polynesian government says the leaders of the Pacific Conference of Churches unanimously endorse French Polynesia's bid for the territory to be reinscribed on the UN decolonisation list. In... [more]

PNG Government unable to say why envoys' new jobs revoked
The Foreign Affairs Ministry in Papua New Guinea can't say why two diplomats have had their new appointments revoked. Lucy Bogari was recently named as PNG's high commissioner to Australia... [more]

Valerie Adams takes world championship title
New Zealand shot put champion Valerie Adams is "over the moon" with her victory at the world athletics championships in South Korea - her third straight win in the event. [more]

145,000 elective operations in last financial year
The Government says a record number of people are now getting elective surgery done in the public health service. [more]

Student leader says Narsey's departure a big loss for USP
A student leader at the University of the South Pacific says critical thinkers like economics expert Dr Wadan Narsey are vital for universities around the Pacific. The former university professor... [more]

Unpaid Vanuatu teachers miss out in supplementary budget
The Vanuatu government appears to have put off plans to raise money for the wages owed to more than 100 teachers since the beginning of the year. The teachers had... [more]

Dissident queries MSG's support for Fiji regime
A former Fiji army colonel says the heads of Melanesian Spearhead Group countries need to be asked why they are continuing to support the military regime. The MSG countries are... [more]

Tuvalu might ban importing junk food to cut levels of lifestyle disease
Tuvalu's government is considering a ban on importing junk food as it tries to reduce the level of non communicable disease in the country. Tuvalu last week released its second... [more]

New toxin for pest control launched
The first toxin to be registered for animal pest control for 30 years has been launched at the opening of a new research centre in Christchurch. [more]

Planned PNG resource law change likely to need further discussion
Papuan New Guinea's new government has moved to quell concern about proposed changes to rules governing ownership of resources in the country. Earlier this month, the new mining minister Byron... [more]

Fire destroys Fiji police bures
Fiji police haven't been able to determine whether the recent destruction of two police buildings by fire was the work of arsonists. A spokesperson says investigations are underway into the... [more]

Questions raised over cost of Cooks delegation to Forum
There's anger in the Cook Islands over unconfirmed reports the cash-strapped government's planning to send its biggest ever delegation to next week's Pacific Islands Forum summit in New Zealand. The... [more]

Two Vanuatu inmates escape in broad daylight
In Vanuatu Correctional Service Authorities have confirmed that two more high risk inmates have escaped in broad daylight. They join a man who's been on the run since early this... [more]

Meningitis victim sent home twice by doctors
A Whangarei man who died from meningitis was twice sent home by doctors, despite both being aware he may have the fatal disease. [more]

Couple accused of regularly abusing girl to stand trial
The parents of girl accused of systematically abusing a nine-year-old girl are to stand trial. [more]

Australia rejects NZ apple shipment
Australian authorities have rejected at least one consignment of apples from New Zealand since the lifting of a 90-year ban earlier in August. [more]

Building consents rise sharply in July
Building consents rose a seasonally adjusted 13% in July compared to the month before. [more]

Harvey Norman boosts profits, although New Zealand sales fall
Australasian furniture and electrical retailer Harvey Norman has announced a 9% increase in its full-year profit. [more]

Funding woes for Bougainville troupe's tourism promotion
Attempts to send a 70 strong troupe of traditional musicians and cultural performers from the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville around the world could founder for lack of... [more]

Solomons' public servants want to negotiate pay issue directly with government
The Solomon Islands public sector unions coordinating committee has decided it doesn't want the Trade Disputes Panel to sort out its claim for a cost of living adjustment, or COLA. [more]

Rarotonga recovers from high seas not seen in 15 years
Some coastal areas and businesses on the Cook Islands main island, Rarotonga, have been inundated by rough seas in the past week. Businesses from Vaimaanga to Muri on the resort... [more]

New resource for teachers to engage with Maori students
The Ministry of Education has developed a new resource to help teachers better understand the identity, language and culture of their Maori students, whanau and wider Maori community. [more]

US brewery drops reference to Maori King
An American boutique brewery has dropped the title Maori King for one of the beers following criticism of the name. [more]

Energy Strategy to give iwi greater say over oil drilling
The Government plans to give iwi and communities more of a say about oil and gas drilling and exploration. [more]

Govt shouldn't have problem borrowing more - economist
A financial markets economist does not anticipate the Government having any problems borrowing more to cover higher earthquake costs if it needs to. [more]

Sport: PNG and Fiji qualify for cricket final
Papua New Guinea have qualified for Friday's cricket final at the Pacific Games with a day to spare. The Barramundi's thrashed New Caledonia by 150 runs with Inoa Bauau grabbing... [more]

Inquest hears evidence on language school deaths
An inquest has been told harrowing details of how 64 international language students died in the Christchurch earthquake. [more]

Trucking industry facing shortage of drivers
The trucking industry is calling for action to address a looming shortage of drivers. [more]

Trust chair agrees economic development is key
The chair of Te Putea Whakatupu Trust, Richard Jeffries, has called for a greater focus on business and economic development among Maori, rather than relying on welfare. [more]

Whangaroa growers receive indigenous organics accreditation
A Northland produce grower has received certification under the new indigenous organic food label, Hua Parakore. [more]

Delays leave soldiers with ineffective weapons
Delays to Defence Force weapon upgrades has meant some soldiers have been left with rifles that cannot accurately sight targets and are ineffective at distances greater than 200 metres. [more]

Doctors welcome Queenstown hospital recommendations
Doctors are hailing a report that recommends ignoring the Southern District Health Board's plan to merge the Lakes District Hospital with a private provider. [more]

Goff dismisses leadership speculation
Phil Goff says he will lead the Labour Party into the election and anyone suggesting otherwise is flogging a dead horse. [more]

Expert says doctors can do more to prevent drug addiction
A visiting drug policy expert says doctors can do more to prevent people from becoming addicted to drugs. [more]