Radio New Zealand - Friday, 2nd September 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, Te Manu Korihi, Upbeat

Afternoons

The Best Song Ever Written - The Impossible Dream
RNZ overnight presenter Vicki McKay chooses the original Broadway recording of The Impossible Dream by Richard Kiley. [more]

The Bones of Ned Kelly
One hundred and thirty years after being hanged for murder, the battle over Ned Kelly's bones has only just begun. Scientists have confirmed a headless skeleton found buried at Melbourne's Pentridge Prison are his remains. Anthony Griffiths is mayor of Wangaratta in Victoria and the great grandson of Ned Kelly's sister Grace, and he believes public exhibition of the bones would be a disgrace. [more]

NZ Society - Muslim Communities (Part 4) - Spokespeople
In the final of this four part series Lynda Chanwai-Earle meets Muslims across the country speaking about local and international issues affecting them. She also meets critics within the community willing to speak out about some problematic issues surrounding the faith. [more]

Feature Album - So Much For The City
Irish indie-pop band The Thrills' 2003 debut album 'So Much For The City'. [more]

Fresh Fast Food with Chris Fortune
Blenheim chef Chris Fortune gives his recipes for Gnocchi and Preserved Lemon and Tomato Salsa. [more]

Wine with Belinda Jackson
Belinda rates Torea Pinot Noir, Astrolabe Voyasge Chardonnay, and Cloudy Bay Te Koko 2007. [more]

Film Review with Sarah McMullan
The new action thriller Hanna, plus Final Destination 5. [more]

Great Race Ball
For the last two years, The Great Race Ball has not been on the regetta calendar, but the Masquerade Ball is back. Rob Hamill, who won silver in the World Rowing Championships in 1994, is one of the event organisers. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 2 September 2011
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Mark Inglis and Cas Carter (Part 1)
Many Cantabrians were shaken awake this morning by another large aftershock; IRD says it has clarified it's stance following the landmark Supreme Court decision in the Penny and Hooper tax avoidance case. [more]

The Panel with Mark Inglis and Cas Carter (Part 2)
The IAAF changes it's mind on a ruling regarding a double-amputee's prosthetic legs; a report on Maori and Pacific Island child poverty; and abusive behaviour at sports matches. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 2 September 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 2 September. This week .... using dramatic headlines to sell a story, getting shipwrecked on Raoul Island, Paekakariki residents recall the "Friendly Invasion" of US marines in 1942, the power of the unconscious brain, the different chemical reactions when cooking a piece of meat and the end results for our palates and we look at the corrosive effect of humiliation - is it the cause of much of humanity's troubles? [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 2 September 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Midday Business News for 2 September 2011
In business news, Fonterra holds its forecast payout despite global turmoil. [more]

Evening Business for 2 September 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 2 September 2011
Fonterra has stuck with its early forecast dairy payout to its farmers for this season, despite the turmoil on global markets and the high New Zealand dollar. [more]

CEISMIC

Some families choose to keep quake inquests open
Several families of Christchurch earthquake victims have chosen to keep their inquests open, despite the main hearing finishing up today. [more]

The Week in Review - week ending 2 September 2011
A review of the week's news including: Accusations in a new book that the defence force misled Ministers about what it's been doing in Afganistan, the EQC more than doubles it's estimate of how much it will pay out on Christchurch earthquakes claims, more than 800 military medals worth a quarter of a million dollars revealed stolen from the Waiouru National Army Museum, strong support for a proposed coal mine on the West Coast's Denniston plateau, will the Rugby World Cup deliver a hoped for economic boost as forcast, New Zealand shotput champion Valerie Adams wins her third straight World championship and the Penquin 'Happy Feet' heads south. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Friday 2 September 2011
Two Nathan Finance directors go to jail; Nathans investor welcomes prison sentences for directors; FMA happy with the sentences; Former Defence head hits back at Hager claims; Italy's rugby team arrives in Nelson; and Health board bows to demands but financial questions remain. [more]

Two Nathan Finance directors go to jail
Two of the directors of the failed Nathans Finance company are behind bars tonight for misleading investors. [more]

Nathans investor welcomes prison sentences for directors
John Bellingham lost $14,000 when Nathans Finance failed, and welcomes the sentence. [more]

FMA happy with the sentences
Sean Hughes is the head of the Financial Markets Authority which took the prosecution. [more]

Former Defence head hits back at Hager claims
The Labour Party has joined the Government in rejecting calls for a parliamentary inquiry into the Defence Force's actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. [more]

Italy's rugby team arrives in Nelson
Italian fans have turned up in force at Nelson airport to welcome Italy's Rugby World Cup team. [more]

Sports News for 2 September 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Health board bows to demands but financial questions remain
The Southern District Health Board has been put on notice to sort out problems at Queenstown's Lakes District hospital. [more]

UN report on flotilla raid leaked to New York Times
A United Nations review of the 2010 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla has found that while Israel's blockade of Gaza is legal, the commandos who carried out the raid used excessive and unreasonable force. [more]

Bridgecorp trial delayed
A delay in the high profile Bridgecorp trial is giving the former chief executive Rod Pretricevic more time to try and get tax-payer funded legal representation. [more]

Report details child deaths on driveways
Fathers are nearly three times more likely than mothers to run over, and kill, their children. [more]

Wine writers counter "payola" claims
Leading New Zealand wine writers have formed an association to counter any suggestion they are being paid to write favourable reviews of wines. [more]

Allan Hubbard in serious crash
The Timaru businessman Allan Hubbard and his wife Jean are believed to be on their way to hospital after a serious crash this afternoon. [more]

Last chance fro DHB in Queenstown
The Southern District Health Board has been put on notice to sort out problems at Queenstown's Lakes District hospital. [more]

Coastguard says education not regulation will save lives
The Coastguard says there's no evidence to prove tougher rules will reduce recreational boating accidents and deaths. [more]

Sports News for 2 September 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Focus on Politics for 2 September 2011
Just months after his takeover of the Act Party, Don Brash admits he still wonders whether he would have been better off setting up a new party. [more]

New rules for motorcyclists announced
The rules governing novice motorcyclists are being changed in an attempt to rein in the number of riders killed or injured in crashes. [more]

Country Life

Gidday and The Rugby Link
Doug Edmeades and Sasha Penny talk about four Waikato based tours -dairy, equine, sheep and beef, and horticulture - aimed to fit in just before the Rugby World Cup semi finals.The days are hosted by Sir Brian Lahore, Sir Colin Meads and Sir Patrick Hogan, along with Ian Kirkpatrick [more]

Wagner, Mozart, Shakespeare and Donkeys
Andrea Thomson's the President of the Donkey and Mule Society and is a trustee of the Donkey and Mule Protection Trust. [more]

Regional Wrap
Gentle rain has fallen in the North Island and some snow in the South. [more]

Farming for the Future
Cosmo Kentish-Barnes visits Southland farmers Grant and Bernadette Weller, winners of the inaugural National Ballance Farm Environment Awards, to find out what gives them an edge when it comes to sustainable farming. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 2 September 2011
We speak to two All Blacks one week out from the Rugby World Cup and pick their brains ahead of the opening match against Tonga; we talk to New Zealand's Olympic, Commonwealth and World Champion shotputter, Valerie Adams, after winning her third world title; and we catch up with the outgoing New Zealand women's football coach, John Herdman, as he steps down from his successful reign. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 2 September 2011
In today's news, the scheduled trial of five Bridgecorp directors next week could be delayed, and sentencing is underway for three directors of the failed company Nathans Finance at the High Court in Auckland. [more]

Midday Sports News for 2 September 2011
In sports news, a leading mens seed bows out of the US Tennis Open. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 2 September 2011
Nicky Hagar's new book - claim and counterclaim about New Zealand defence force's actions in the Persian Gulf; another quake for Christchurch; Libya's future in Paris talks and; waterskiing death impetus to boating law reforms? [more]

World leaders discuss future of Libya at Paris Conference
Sixty heads of state and leading envoys are working to free up billions in frozen Libyan assets for the new leadership. [more]

Creative New Zealand criticised for arts funding process
Wellington theatre company, Circa, pans national arts development agency, saying funding allocation process not entirely honest. [more]

Pacific News for 2 September 2011
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Former military top brass rubbish Nicky Hager's allegations
Former top brass from the Defence force are rubbishing allegations made by the author Nicky Hager about New Zealand troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. [more]

Another aftershock shakes Canterbury
Many Canterbury residents rudely awoken by a 4.9 magnitude quake around half past three this morning. [more]

Former defence chief says Hager book is 'rubbish'
The Governor General, Lieutenant-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae fields questions on Nicky Hagar's claims, the PM does the same and the Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force from early 2002 to 2006, Air Marshal Sir Bruce Ferguson, joins the programme to give his account of this period in New Zealand's military history. [more]

Nicky Hager defends claims in new book
The author of Other People's Wars, Nicky Hager, joins the programme to defend the credibility of his book and the former Chief of Defence Force from early 2002 to 2006, Sir Bruce Ferguson, responds. [more]

Aftershock of 4.9 magnitude shakes Canterbury
The early morning quake was centred 10-kilometres east of Lyttelton. Reporter Rachel Graham joins us from Christchurch. [more]

International leaders meet in Paris to discuss Libya's future
In the biggest international meeting on the issue so far, representatives from more than 60 countries have met in Paris to discuss Libya's future. The summit follows an announcement from the European Union that it's lifting sanctions against 28 Libyan companies. [more]

Waterskiing death prompts call for serious reform
The nine-year-old girl's death on Lake Taupo has led a coroner to demand serious and sweeping reform of boating laws. [more]

Sports News for 2 September 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Independent Zespri agent arrested in China
The country's kiwifruit marketer is involved in an investigation by Chinese customs authorities over alleged attempts to evade customs duties. [more]

Act says Labour fixing employment problem it created
Labour's unveils employment package for young people but is accused by Act of offering an expensive band-aid to the problem it created when it scrapped the youth minimum wage. [more]

Southern DHB swallows pride on Dunedin hospital
The Southern District Health Board has agreed to address all the findings of a critical national report into Dunedin Hospital. [more]

Japan's Brave Blossoms field strongest ever rugby team
And the side's been set some tough goals by their coach, former All Black, John Kirwan. [more]

Radio NZ reporter discusses his visit to Bamiyan base in 2006
Our reporter Steve Wilde visited the New Zealand's Bamiyan base in Afghanistan back in 2006 and recalls his impressions. [more]

Hager allegations spark calls for parliamentary inquiry
Green Party MP Keith Locke believes the claims in Hagar's book warrant further action and the Labour Party leader Phil Goff, who was the Minister of Defence for some of the period detailed in the book, joins the programme. [more]

Report into child poverty says closing gaps doesn't work
A report into Maori and Pacific Island child poverty says the widely accepted method of fixing social problems by trying to close the gaps should be axed. [more]

Child group wants change to way Maori, Pasifika kids measured
The Every Child Counts coalition spokesperson, Archdeacon Dr Hone Kaa, says the Government needs to act urgently or there'll be severe consequences. [more]

Tough times may limit hoped-for economic boost from World Cup
New estimates indicate the financial benefits anticipated from the RWC could be severely mitigated by the high New Zealand dollar and the tough global financial climate. [more]

Markets Update for 2 September 2011
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Sports News for 2 September 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Ngapuhi activist urges iwi to bypass Waitangi Tribunal
Veteran Ngapuhi activist and matriarch Titewhai Harawira is urging the iwi to forget the Waitangi Tribunal and deal directly with the government over its Treaty claims. [more]

Italy targetting first quarter-final Rugby World Cup spot
The Italy rugby team are hoping to secure their first-ever quarter-final place at this year's world cup. [more]

New Governor-General looks forward to challenges
Geoff Robinson speaks to the Queen's new representative in New Zealand about the challenges ahead as well as his goals and aspirations for the 5-year post. [more]

New Governor-General speaks with Geoff Robinson
In a longer interview, Geoff Robinson spoke to the new Governor-General, His Excellency Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae, about his new job at Government House and the challenges ahead in his five-year term. Sir Jerry told Radio New Zealand that he had to weigh up the impact on his family when he was offered the position. [more]

Big changes ahead for Kaikoura coastline
A plan's been launched for what would be New Zealand's largest marine reserve on the Kaikoura coastline. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
Geoff talks to Kerry-Anne Walsh in Canberra for the latest Australian news, views, rumour and innuendo. [more]

Nights

Erich Hicks - Buffalo Soldier
The history of America's Buffalo Soldiers and their contribution to making the Western Frontier safe, fictionalised by Erich Hicks in Rescue at Pine Ridge. [more]

Conundrum
And the answer is... [more]

Nine To Noon

Other People's Wars - Nicky Hagar's new book
Nicky Hagar's new book has brought indignant responses from many former and current senior military officials and politicians. Investigative reporter Jon Stephenson, who's worked extensively in Afghanistan, and co-director of Waikato University's Department of International Relations and Security Studies Dr Ron Smith join the programme. [more]

Women's Sport - How far have we come?
So what's changed in recent history to help even-up the gender gap in terms of funding, media coverage and recognition of top athletes? Nine to Noon is joined by former world women's squash champion Dame Susan Devoy; Associate Professor Toni Bruce from the University of Auckland's Sport and Leisure Studies Department; and Senior Lecturer Dr Holly Thorpe from the University of Waikato. [more]

Pacific Correspondent - Mike Field
Mike Field talks to Kathryn Ryan about the anticipated agenda for next week's Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Auckland. [more]

Feature Guest - Sister Marie Roche
Sister Marie Roche has been Rimutaka prison's Catholic chaplain, working with medium to high security inmates for the last 15 years. This year she was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the community. [more]

Book Review - The Below Country
Louise O'Brien reviews The Below Country by Nicholas Edlin and published by Penguin. [more]

New Music - Sam Wicks
Sam Wicks has new music from Beirut, My Morning Jacket and Kimbra. [more]

Sport with Joseph Romanos
Valerie Adams at Daegu; rowing medals from the World Champs and; why is veryone picking on SBW? [more]

The Week That Was
An irreverent wrap up of the last 7-days with Elisabeth Easter and Te Radar. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 2 September 2011
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 2 September 2011
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 2 September 2011
The prominent Ngapuhi kuia, Titewhai Harawira, is urging the iwi to forget about the Waitangi Tribunal and negotiate a treaty settlement directly with the Crown; Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa says a proposal to build a huge wind farm could be an unwelcome homecoming for many descendants and; A new Wildlife conservation centre is using Maori knowledge to create a new pest control made from a native plant to cull possums. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 2 September 2011
The veteran Ngapuhi activist, Titewhai Harawira, says the iwi should bypass the Waitangi Tribunal and negotiate a treaty settlement directly with the crown; Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa says a proposal to build a huge wind farm could be an unwelcome homecoming for many descendants; A new Wildlife conservation centre is using Maori knowledge to create a new pest control made from a native plant to cull possums. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 2 September 2011
The head of the Waikato-Tainui's executive, Tukoroirangi Morgan, says the Chair of the tribal parliament, Te Kauhanganui, is diverting attention away from a significant aim - to advance the iwi; The new Governor-General says being Maori won't define how he does the job; New research shows Maori children are more likely than any other ethnic group to be run over and killed on driveways; More than two and a half thousand Tainui people will be converging on Te Papa Tongarewa at dawn on Saturday to open their tribal exhibition: Tai Timu Tai Pari. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 2 September 2011
The heads of Waikato-Tainui's tribal parliament and its executive entered a new phase disagreements today; The new Governor-General says being Maori won't define how he does the job; More Government money is flowing into Maori arts. [more]

Upbeat

Stephen Wainwright
Creative New Zealand Chief Executive talks about arts sector funding decisions that were announced yesterday. [more]

Pene Pate
Auckland based tenor and winner of 2011 Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald's Operatic Aria last weekend. [more]

New Zealand String Quartet Review
Tony Ryan reviews last night's Christchurch performance by Czech pianist Peter Nagy and the NZSQ. [more]

News stories:

Pensioner lay dead in council flat for over a year
Wellington City Council is investigating whether an annual check was carried out on one of its flats where an elderly man lay dead for up to 14 months. [more]

Police closing in on escaped inmate
Police are closing in on an escaped prisoner after finding a car he is believed to have stolen and evidence he has taken a second vehicle. [more]

NZ and Australian markets up
The New Zealand and Australian sharemarkets were both up when they closed on Thursday. [more]

Commodity prices fall for third month in a row
Commodity prices have fallen for the third month in a row. [more]

Book claims Defence misled Govt over war activities
A new book on New Zealand's involvement in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars claims the Defence Force deliberately misled government ministers about some activities. [more]

Auckland to get all-electric train fleet
A deal to buy new trains for Auckland has been expanded and the fleet will become entirely electric. The first will enter service in two years. [more]

Iwi says council attempting a land-grab
A north Taranaki iwi says efforts by New Plymouth District Council to take coastal land under the Public Works Act are a modern-day confiscation attempt. [more]

Wind turbine maker seeks to raise funds
Windflow Technology is seeking to raise an unspecified amount of money from shareholders to help keep the business going. [more]

Increasing caution about savings
Research for MasterCard shows that New Zealanders are increasingly cautious about their savings. [more]

New Zealand Superannuation Fund contracts
The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has contracted, losing 1% in August, due to plunging equity markets last month. [more]

$100,000 fine for misleading customers
A company that misled consumers about what it would really cost them when they used their prepaid phone cards has been fined $100,000 for breaches of the Fair Trading Act. [more]

$11.4 million raised by biotech company
Biotech firm Pacific Edge has raised $11.4 million through a placement of shares to institutional and habitual investors. [more]

Modest profit reported by water company
Just Water International has made a modest profit of $818,000 in the year to June. Sales fell 8% to $32 million, but gross earnings rose. [more]

New rural health partnership announced
More than 300 student doctors and nurses will receive some of their training at Gisborne and Whakatane hospitals as the result of a new rural health partnership between the Government and Otago and Auckland Universities. [more]

Agency widens reassessment of organophosphates
The Environmental Protection Agency has changed tack about reassessing chemicals used in the agricultural and horticultural industries. [more]

Farmers warned not to cut lamb tails too short
Beef + Lamb New Zealand says farmers need to be careful this spring about the way they go about docking lamb tails. [more]

Wool demand picks up after brief lull
Demand for wool picked up again after a brief lull, stimulating a lift in most wool prices at this week's South Island sale. Some 86% of the 7800 bales on offer were sold. [more]

Aftersocks Day marks anniversary of first Canterbury quake
A year after the first Canterbury earthquake on 4 September, Rural Women New Zealand has declared Friday an Aftersocks Day. [more]

Brazil unexpectedly cuts interest rate
The Central Bank of Brazil has unexpectedly cut its key interest rate to 12% from 12.5%, citing a ''substantial deterioration'' in the global outlook. [more]

Shock withdrawal rocks US Open
The veteran American tennis star Venus Williams says she's quit the U.S. Open because she's suffering from a chronic illness that could threaten her future in the sport. The two-time... [more]

Britain wins first gold, US win three more in Daegu
Welshman Dai Greene gave next year's Olympic hosts their first gold medal at the world athletics championships, powering home to win the 400 metres hurdles title in a thrilling finish. [more]

Glenn Stewart gets 3 match ban
The Manly second rower Glenn Stewart will rely on teammates to keep his season alive by qualifying for the National Rugby League grand final after he was suspended for three... [more]

Silver medal for young NZ mountainbiker
The young New Zealand mountain biker Anton Cooper has won the silver medal at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Switzerland. The North Canterbury rider, in his first year... [more]

Italian football League offers hope to Serie A being played this weekend
The Italian football League has made a peace offering to players which it hopes will prompt them to call off a strike that prevented Serie A from starting last weekend. [more]

Aussie on top in Galle
The Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon took 5 wickets on debut at the tourists took control of the first cricket test against Sri Lanka in Galle. On a remarkable second day... [more]

Womens football coach stands down
New Zealand Football has confirmed that John Herdman is stepping down as Football Ferns head coach after five years in the role to take up the head coaching role of... [more]

Big rise in EPL spending
English Premier League clubs nearly 500-million pounds in the summer transfer window, a 33 percent increase on last year. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, and the two Manchester clubs accounted for about... [more]

ACT critical of fix for Labour mess
ACT says Labour is just trying to mop up a problem it created when it scrapped the youth minimum wage, and it's just an expensive bandaid. [more]

PNG's Sir Michael Somare expected back in Port Moresby on Sunday
Papua New Guinea's Sir Michael Somare is set to return to Port Moresby this weekend after nearly five months of medical care in Singapore. This week Sir Michael issued a... [more]

Samoan man sentenced to maximum penalty for killing wife
A Samoan man has been jailed for life for murder for killing his former wife and the mother of his child. An assessor trial in Samoa has reached a unanimous... [more]

American Samoa House to look at census count
The American Samoa House of Representatives has scheduled a hearing to discuss the 2010 population count for American Samoa. Questions have been raised about the accuracy of the census. The... [more]

CNMI House passes $102M budget
The House of Representatives in the Northern Mariana Islands has passed a contentious budget bill for Fiscal Year 2012. The 102 million US dollar budget bill was passed last night... [more]

Fiji tightens registration of nurses
Fiji's interim Health Minister says his people no longer want to be treated like guinea pigs and foreign nurses will need to gain registration from a new council if they... [more]

Rules for novice motorcyclists to change
The Government is changing the rules for novice motorcyclists in an attempt to reduce deaths and injuries. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Friday's headlines: Rugby World Cup opening ceremony described as spine-tingling; Pumas welcomed to Dunedin; alarm over missing fishermen raised when dog returmed home alone. [more]

Surprise leader at European Masters, Campbell in top 10
The English golfer Nick Dougherty has emerged from the doldrums to be the surprise leader after the first round of the European Masters in Switzerland. Dougherty at least temporarily ended... [more]

serena cruisesinto third round
Three-time champion Serena Williams wasted little time in crushing Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands 6-love, 6-1 to breeze through her second straight match and move into the U.S. tennis Open... [more]

Zimbabwe on top in Bulawayo
Zimbabwe have dominated the opening day of the one-off cricket test against pakistan in Bulawayo. Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl, but the homeside managed to get through... [more]

Federer into third round of US Open
Five-time champion Roger Federer needed only 77 minutes to steamroll Israel's Dudi Sela 6-3 6-2 6-2 and advance to the third round of the U.S. Open tennis championship in New... [more]

Romanians fly in without winger
The Romania rugby team flew into Christchurch yesterday a player short for the World Cup. Winger Catalin Fercu was a late withdrawal from the team because he wasn't prepared to... [more]

Nicholson second after first day at Burghley
The New Zealand equestrian Andrew Nicholson has continued his good form this season, placing second after the first day of dressage at the Burghley Horse Trials in England. Nicholson on... [more]

US stocks see-saw downwards
A four-day rally on Wall Street ground to a halt as investors turned cautious on Thursday. A labour market report due on Friday is expected to underscore fears the US economy is headed for another recession. [more]

US manufacturing slowing
Manufacturing output in the United States slowed to its lowest rate of growth in two years in August. [more]

Search for fishermen continues
A search is continuing for two men missing on a fishing trip on Lake Arapuni in South Waikato. They have not been seen since Sunday. [more]

CNMI House passes $102M budget
The House of Representatives in the Northern Mariana Islands has passed a contentious budget bill for Fiscal Year 2012. The 102 million US dollar budget bill was passed last night... [more]

Solomon Islands public sector unions strike deal with government
An industrial dispute between public sector unions and the government in Solomon Islands over the cost of living adjustment is on the verge of being formally resolved. The general secretary... [more]

Kayaker unlikely to be found alive
Police in Wanaka do not expect to find a German kayaker missing on Lake Hawea alive. He has not been seen since Monday afternoon. [more]

Sport: Nations urged to take bigger part in Pacific Games
The head of the Pacific Games Council says he wants to see countries competing in the full range of sports on offer in future events. 22 nations and territories are... [more]

Sport: Eleven countries have won medals at the Pacific Games
Host New Caledonia continues to collect medals at a healthy rate at the Pacific Games while 11 countries have stepped onto the medal dias. New Caledonia has 32 gold medals,... [more]

UNHCR won't join Australia's asylum seeker processing abroad
The United Nations refugee agency says it will not be involved if Australia restarts its policy of processing asylum seekers abroad. Hundreds of asylum seekers originally bound for Malaysia are... [more]

PNG police chief furious over alleged assault on detainee
The Papua New Guinea police commissioner, Anthony Wagambie, says he's furious an alleged sexual assault of a female detainee by a policeman, occurred at the Boroko Police Station in Port... [more]

Fiji's regime leader urges Pacific to cooperate
Fiji's interim Prime Minister has advised Pacific countries to stick together to deal with challenges facing the region. The Engaging the Pacific meeting was organised last year, in place of... [more]

Another quake in Canterbury
A magnitude 4.9 earthquake was felt in Canterbury on Friday morning. It was centred 10km east of Lyttelton, at a depth of 6km. There are no reports of damage or power cuts. [more]

Broadband competition still limited - commission
The Commerce Commission says there is limited competition in the wholesale broadband market and Telecom will continue to face regulation. [more]

PNG's Sir Michael Somare about to return to politics but family still hoping he'll retire
While Papua New Guinea's former prime minister, Sir Michael Somare, is due to return to parliament next week, his family continues to hope he'll retire. Sir Michael has been receiving... [more]

Woes at Marshalls pension fund continue
The Marshall Islands retirement agency is again having to withdraw money from its international investments to meet retiree benefit payments. The Marshall Islands Social Security Administration says unless there's a... [more]

Vanuatu bank sees need to help Efate farmers
Vanuatu's Agriculture Development Bank chief executive, Tukana Bovoro, says there's a need for loan assistance to farmers in the Teouma of south Efate, a region known as the food bowl... [more]

Solomon Islands mining company offers water project after blockade
The Gold Ridge Mining company in Solomon Islands is offering to invest in a water project for the residents of Turarana to ease concerns over community health. Earlier this week,... [more]

Solomons minister says Fiji gave answers to key questions
The Solomon Islands foreign minister says Pacific leaders have been asking questions of Fiji's interim government during this week's meeting in Nadi. Fiji is hosting leaders as part of its... [more]

Zespri agent arrested in China
Zespri is involved in an investigation by Customs in China. An agent there is accused of failing to pay import costs on kiwifruit and was arrested in June. [more]

CNMI business fined for pregnancy discrimination
A business in the Northern Marianas is to pay 80,000 US dollars and provide other relief to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had brought... [more]

NZ unions protest against Fiji interim government
The organiser of a protest against Fiji's interim government is urging New Zealanders to pressure the regime by refusing to holiday in Fiji. About 60 people assembled outside the Fiji... [more]

Manawatu Gorge staying closed
More slips on Thursday night mean State Highway 3 through the Manawatu Gorge is likely to stay closed until next week. The latest closure is the longest since 2004. [more]

Fonterra forecast unchanged
Fonterra is holding its payout forecast for this season at its opening level, despite volatility in world dairy markets and foreign exchange rates. [more]

Labour and Govt reject inquiry into Hager claims
Labour has joined the Government in rejecting calls for a Parliamentary inquiry into Defence Force actions in Afghanistan and Iraq. [more]

Fiji Museum displays children's climate change photos
An exhibition of children's photographs and stories giving their perspective on climate change is being held at the Fiji Museum. An I-Kiribati youth leader with the Climate Change Action Network,... [more]

Tahiti mayor fined for opposing sex change marriage
A mayor in French Polynesia has been convicted for abuse of power after he refused to marry a couple because the woman had had a sex change. The court of... [more]

Hoping for nod, Nauru watching Australia asylum seeker debate
Nauru says it's watching closely developments in Australia following the High Court's decision to scuttle the asylum seeker swap deal with Malaysia. The future of Australia's plan to process applicants... [more]

American Samoa's Togiola to join US team in approaching Forum
American Samoa's governor Togiola Tulafono, who's been a spectator at the first week of the Pacific Games in New Caledonia, travels to Auckland this weekend for next week's Pacific Islands... [more]

PNG retraining to cope with LNG disruptions
A livelihood advisor with Esso Highlands Ltd in Papua New Guinea says the company is retraining local people whose traditional means of getting food have been disrupted by the LNG... [more]

Temperatures below average in August
Temperatures throughout most of New Zealand were well below average in August, reflecting the storm that brought widespread snow. [more]

Red wine from Hawke's Bay liked in China
Hawke's Bay Winegrowers says there's increasing interest from both Hong Kong and mainland China in buying red wine from Hawke's Bay. [more]

Regional meeting endorses Fiji regime's election plan
The Fiji interim government's alternative to the Pacific Islands Forum summit has issued a communique saying the nations which attended see Fiji's Strategic Framework for Change as a credible homegrown... [more]

Fiji people will rise up says expatriate democracy campaigner
A New Zealand-based campaigner for democracy in Fiji says the people of his country are poised to stand up to the interim government. The interim president of the Fiji Democracy... [more]

Fiji people too scared to protest says expat
A member of the Fiji community living in New Zealand says a low turnout at a protest oustide the High Commission in Wellington on Friday reflects people's fear of persecution. [more]

1,400 overstayers in American Samoa, says immigration head
American Samoa's chief immigration officer, Ufuti Ieremia, says there are over 1,400 overstayers in the territory and he's passed this information on to the LBJ Medical Center. Ufuti made the... [more]

NGOs urge Australia to respect Pacific trade advisor issue
There's a call for the Australian government not to use next week's Pacific Islands Forum leaders' summit to undermine the sovereignty of the Island countries. The call from NGOs in... [more]

Tonga to receive NZ funding for airport upgrade
The government in Tonga will receive 2.6 million US dollars from New Zealand to upgrade Kaufana Airport in Eua. A grant agreement was signed between Tonga's Deputy Prime Minister and... [more]

Quake inquest families keep cases open
The inquest into the deaths of victims of the February earthquake in Christchurch has concluded, but some families are choosing to keep their cases open for further investigation. [more]

Swimming NZ chair resigns
The chair of Swimming New Zealand, Murray Coulter, has resigned in the wake of an independent report which describes the sport's high performance programme as dysfunctional an lacking leadership. It... [more]

US Tennis Open over for Erakovic
The New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic and her doubles partner Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand have been eliminated in the opening round at the US Open beaten 4-6, 6-3, 4-6. [more]

germany 2 from 2 at European basketball champs
Germany made it two wins out of two at the European basketball championship in Lithuainia with a 76-62 Group B victory over Italy thanks to an impressive performance by American-born... [more]

Monfils out of US open
The French tennis player Gael Monfils has become the highest mens seed to fall so far at the US Open in New York. 7th seeded Monfils was beaten in the... [more]

Military deny Hager book claims
A former Chief of Defence Force says he intervened to stop any confusion over New Zealand Navy ships becoming entangled in the 2003 Iraq invasion force. [more]

Bonds issue raises $150m for Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand has raised $150 million from institutional and professional investors after issuing unsecured, ubsorbinated bonds. [more]

Tourism Holdings consolidates manufacturing, sales arms
The tourism operator, Tourism Holdings, has brought all its Australasian manufacturing and sales arms into one unit, to reduce costs and make the business more efficient. [more]

Warning over quake demolition delays
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says tolerance for delays in demolishing badly-damaged commercial buildings in Christchurch is wearing thin. [more]

NZ market follows downward trend
In the wake of overnight falls on Wall Street, the benchmark NZX50 index has ended the week down 29 points, or 0.9% at 3,303 on turnover of nearly $97 million. [more]

Waikato people open Tainui expo at Te Papa
More than 2,500 Tainui people are to attend the opening of their tribal exhibition Tai Timu Tai Pari at the national museum Te Papa Tongarewa. [more]

Maori heritage foundation for Governor-General's job
The new Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae, says being Maori will not define how he does the job. [more]

Iwi advancement what matters - Tainui exec says
The head of the Waikato Tainui executive, Tukoroirangi Morgan, says the Chair of Te Kauhanganui (the tribal parliament) is diverting attention away from a significant aim - to advance the iwi. [more]

Maori tamariki more likely to be driveway victims
New research shows Maori children are more likely than any other ethnic group to be run over and killed on driveways. [more]

More Government money to Maori /Pacific arts
Creative New Zealand has boosted its funding to the Maori and Pacific sectors by 20%. [more]

$2m oyster recycling project
The Government has announced funding of $2 million to clean up derelict oyster farms in the Bay of Islands and recycle the waste. The farms were abandoned because of pollution. [more]

Wine writers pledge not to take payment for reviews
Leading New Zealand wine writers have formed an association to counter claims that some critics are being paid by producers to write favourable reviews. [more]

Hubbards in serious car crash
Timaru businessman Allan Hubbard and his wife Jean have been seriously injured in a car crash in North Otago. [more]

Former directors of Nathans Finance jailed
Two former directors of failed company Nathans Finance have been jailed after being found guilty of breaching the Securities Act. [more]

FMA welcomes Nathans Finance sentences
The head of the Financial Markets Authority says sentences imposed on former directors of the failed Nathans Finance company send strong messages about behaviour and punishment. [more]

Government could face further costs in EQC ruling
The Government could face further earthquake costs following a declatory court judgement which found the Earthquake Commission is liable to cover multiple disaster claims on one property. [more]

Escaped prisoner found in Gisborne
Police have found an escaped prisoner who had been on the run for more than a week. [more]