Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 29th September 2011

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, CEISMIC, Checkpoint, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Parliament - Question Time, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, Upbeat, You Me... Now!

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Take 5 by Dave Brubeck
Clare Kelso from Auckland chooses 'Take 5' by Dave Brubeck. [more]

Your Place - Waverley
Today we're in Waverley. [more]

Warriors soak up Grand Final fever
Jim Mora talks with Luke Doherty, a sports reporter for Sky News and Ryan O'Connell, an expert Rugby League commentator for The Roar, a website for sports fans. [more]

NZ Society - Sex and the Rugby World Cup (Part 2)
Justin Gregory explores gender, relationships, sex and rugby. [more]

Feature Album - The Spinners
Soul music vocal group, active since 1961, and popular with a long run of pop and R&B hits during the 1970s. [more]

The Arts Report
Established in France through Puce Muse, New Orchestra Practices (NOP) are transforming the way audiences experience, and participate in live music. [more]

Southern Story for 29 September 2011 - New Brighton Pirates
Crocodiles have been spotted in New Brighton in Christchurch recently, but don't worry, the pirates have them well under control. [more]

Our Changing World - Multi-Purpose Solar Roof
Alison Ballance meets a man who wants to create multi-purpose roofs that produce both electricity and heat water. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 29 September 2011
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Mike Williams and Tony Doe part 2
What's on the minds of todays guests,The killing of an SAS soldier near Kabul yesterday has renewed calls from politicians to pull New Zealand troops out of Afghanistan, The Ministry of Health says there has been a 33% increase in publicly-funded weight loss surgery over the past year, Labour MPs Ashraf Choudhary and George Hawkins were both scheduled to give their valedictory speeches in parliament today. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 29 September 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 29 September 2011
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 29 September 2011
The Reserve Bank governor says the dollar remains overvalued. [more]

Evening Business for 29 September 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 29 September 2011
The civil contracting firm, Fulton Hogan, says the full purchase of an Australian road services firm, and participating in the clean up of natural disasters on both sides of the Tasman, has boosted its full year profit. [more]

CEISMIC

The Panel with Mike Williams and Tony Doe part 1
The Australian Rugby Union is supporting a call by its New Zealand counterpart for changes to the World Cup cost structure, Canterbury's estimated 30 billion-dollar earthquake rebuild could receive a kick-start from the giant China Development Bank, When it comes to the battlefield of illness and infections, women are far more robust than their male counterparts. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 29 September 2011
Defence Force rejects suggestions of family dispute, Police reveal DNA sample in Mellory Manning case, Armed offenders squad return to scene of gang shooting, Man charged in aerial bomb plot on Washington, Business news, 76% vote yes in Ngapuhi mandate. [more]

Defence Force rejects suggestions of family dispute
The Defence Force has rejected suggestions the SAS soldier killed in Afghanistan yesterday might have been caught up in a dispute between families. [more]

Police reveal DNA sample in Mellory Manning case
Police hunting for the killer of Christchurch woman Mellory Manning have now revealed they could have the man's DNA. [more]

Armed offenders squad return to scene of gang shooting
The armed offenders squad in Dunedin was called back today to the scene of a gang shooting at the weekend. [more]

Man charged in aerial bomb plot on Washington
An American man has been arrested on charges of planning to fly remote controlled planes packed with explosives into the Pentagon and Capitol building in Washington. [more]

76% vote yes in Ngapuhi mandate
Ngapuhi groups opposing early settlement of their treaty claims say an iwi-wide vote on the negotiations does not give a clear mandate to anyone. [more]

More on Ngapuhi from our reporter in Northland
Northland reporter Lois Williams. [more]

Sports News for 29 September 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Fonterra front up
Fonterra fronted up to a parliamentary inquiry into the price of milk today with the message to consumers that if they want it cheaper, they must shop around. [more]

School boards consider leaving national trustees association
There were more attacks on the School Trustees Association today with trustees themselves criticising its stance on the national standards and its attitude to principals and teachers. [more]

Royal New Zealand Navy celebrates 70th anniversary
A 21 gun salute was fired by the HMNZS Te Mana as it entered Wellington Harbour to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Navy. [more]

Hundreds of churches told they'll no longer get quake insurance
Hundreds of churches have been told their insurer is no longer going to provide them with earthquake cover. [more]

UN report which says violence in Afghanistan is spiralling
A new report says the number of compex suicide attacks is up by half and civilian casualties, which are already at record levels for the first half of the year, rose a further five per cent between June and August, compared with 2010. [more]

SAS soldier killed insurgent before he was shot
The SAS soldier shot in Afghanistan yesterday, at a compound suspected of housing terrorist bomb makers, killed one of the people inside before he was hit. [more]

Lawyer 'appalled' at rushed progress of surveillance bill
A lawyer caught up in an illegal covert SIS operation 15-years ago says rushing through the Video Camera Surveillance Bill is an appalling way to make legislation. [more]

Cameras reduce red light running by 43% in Auckland trial
Red light running has almost halved at Auckland intersections where cameras have been trialled. [more]

Sports News for 29 September 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

More people worried about damage from farming - survey
The latest survey of how New Zealanders' view their environment shows increasing numbers worried about how much damage farming is doing. [more]

Age care on the agenda at Parliament
Groups representing aged care workers and nurses gathered at Parliament today to urge the Government to ensure quality care for older people. [more]

Virtual monkeys begin to recreate the works of Shakespeare
It seems a million monkeys randomly hitting keys on a million typewriters can eventually recreate the works of Shakespeare. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 29 September 2011
The Government faces increasing calls to bring the SAS troops home from Afghanistan, The police surveillance Bill could be challenged at the United Nations. [more]

Midday Sports News for 29 September 2011
Kieren Read will play in Sunday's All Blacks game. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 29 September 2011
The Defence Force names the SAS soldier killed in Afghanistan. A woman tells a select committee of being victimised by covert police surveillance and fans in uproar over decision to move Coro St. [more]

Police adamant they thought they could use hidden cameras
The Police Association is adamant the Police thought their use of hidden cameras was legal. [more]

Students vow to keep protesting against student union bill
University students are promising to continue their demonstrations against the Voluntary Student Membership bill, which last night passed through its final stages at Parliament. [more]

Pacific News for 29 September 2011
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Second SAS death prompts further debate on Afghanistan
The death of a second SAS soldier in Afghanistan has prompted two of the Government's allies to call for the withdrawal of the special forces troops. [more]

SAS solider killed near Kabul named at Leon Smith
The SAS soldier killed during a mission near Kabul yesterday has been named as Lance Corporal Leon Smith. [more]

Maori Party co-leader says SAS should not be in Afghanistan
While the Prime Minister insists the SAS will stay the course in Afghanistan, the Labour and Green parties say the special forces shouldn't have been sent in the first place. [more]

Submitter breaks down in front of parliamentary committee
The sister of one of the four people still facing charges after the Urewera raids broke down in front of a parliamentary committee last night as she described feeling victimised by covert surveillance. [more]

Australian Rugby Union losing millions because of World Cup
The Australian Rugby Union says it is losing millions of dollars because of the Rugby World Cup and is supporting calls from the Rugby Union here for the tournament sponsorship rules to be changed. [more]

Fans in uproar over decision to move Coro St
Fans of Coronation Street are in an uproar over the decision to shift the soap from its prime time slot at seven thirty to five thirty, so that Australia Masterchef can take the top spot instead. [more]

New Fonterra CEO will take "fresh look" at milk prices
Fonterra's new chief executive Theo Spierings says he will take a fresh look at public concern about high milk prices. [more]

Sports News for 29 September 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

WHO says Auckland air quality better than it first reported
The World Health Organisation is admitting that it got its numbers wrong when calculating air pollution in Auckland. [more]

French rugby players unsettled, not unhappy.
A French rugby journalist says the France rugby team is unsettled, but there are no major rifts between the senior players and the coach. [more]

DOC kowhai project a distraction from job losses
The conservation group Forest and Bird says a Government project to encourage the planting of kowhai trees is a distraction from scientist job cuts. [more]

Navy celebrates 70th anniversary
Royal New Zealand Navy vessels will begin arriving in Wellington Harbour this morning, as part of celebration to mark the service's 70th anniversary. [more]

Peace advocates argue for more openness about SAS
The death of a second SAS soldier in Afghanistan has reignited the debate about New Zealand's involvement in the conflict. [more]

Southern rugby unions struggle more during RWC years
The Australia Rugby Union is supporting calls from its New Zealand counterpart for major changes to be made to the Rugby World Cup. [more]

Act supporters cheer as student membership passes into law
Students now have the right to decide whether or not they will join a student union. [more]

Public purse pays for more weight loss operations
Publicly funded weight loss operations for those who are morbidly obese have increased by a third in the past year. [more]

Sports News for 29 September 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Sydney supports Warriors over Manly in rugby league final
Sunday's National Rugby League grand final between the Manly Sea Eagles and the New Zealand Warriors has sold out. [more]

EMA appoints new chief to replace Alasdair Thompson
The Employers and Manufacturers Association has chosen a new chief executive to replace Alasdair Thompson. [more]

Palmerston North shows support for RWC minnows
About 18,000 fans turned out in Palmerston North last night to watch the World Cup showdown between rugby minnows, Georgia and Romania. [more]

Pop star, ex IRA commander vie for Irish presidency
Nominations have closed for the election to choose the next President of Ireland with the largest field, and arguably the most colourful now officially in the running. [more]

Nights

Groundwater from space
Prof. Jay Famiglietti from the UC Center for Hydro Logic Modeling, detects groundwater levels from variations in the Earth's gravity via the twin GRACE satellites. [more]

Science - Body Parts
Endocrinologist and professor of Science Communication from the University of Otago, A.Prof Jen Fleming takes us on a journey to explain why the human body is what it is. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 7. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Reserve Bank governor Alan Bollard talks on Greek debt crisis
There is growing concern that European leaders are divided over how to handle Greece's debt crisis, and that its problems may spread and trigger a fresh global downtuwn. EU and IMF inspectors will return to Greece today to decide whether Athens has done enough to secure a new batch of aid vital to avoid bankruptcy. [more]

The Waitaki Golden Oldies Rugby Festival
Eighty-seven-year-old Arthur Pacey, the oldest player in tournament; and Colin Jackson, North Otago Rugby chief executive and organiser of the festival. [more]

UK Correspondent - Kate Adie
The Labour party's conference in Liverpool, the state of the UK economy and the death of comedy writer David Croft. [more]

Feature Guest - Gwendoline Smith
One of New Zealand's early agony aunts, clinical psychologist, and breast cancer survivor. Her new book is called Breast Support, Exisle Publishing. [more]

Book Review - Fear Not
Dan Slevin reviews 'Fear Not' by Anne Holt, published by Corvus. [more]

New Technology with Steve McCabe
Net neutrality, Facebook's website tracking and Google+. [more]

Parenting with Matthew Sanders
Professor of parenting studies at the University of Auckland and University of Queensland. He was co-investigator of a major study carried out in South Carolina which found that there were lower rates of confirmed abuse cases, child out-of-home placements, and hospitalisations and emergency room visits for child injuries in countries where parenting support was implemented. [more]

Film with Graeme Tuckett
New releases Jane Eyre, Abduction, and the Werner Herzog docoumentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams. [more]

Our Changing World

Relocating Kokako
Conservationists catch kokako to reintroduce the birds into the Waitakere Ranges [more]

Mating in Candida
Scientists explain why sex has no benefits for this fungal pathogen [more]

Evolution of Complex Life
University of Canterbury geneticist Anthony Poole argues that natural selection may not be the only driver of evolution [more]

Biofuel Potential of Waste Pine
Scion is developing biochemical ways to extract sugars from waste softwood to produce biofuels [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Questions for Oral Answer for Thursday 29 September part 1
Questions 1 through 6. [more]

Questions for Oral Answer for Thursday 29 September part 2
Questions 7 through 12. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 29 September 2011
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 29 September 2011
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 29 September 2011
A lecturer at Victoria University's School of Maori Studies, says an online survey of Maori living in Australia, shows the majority feel deprived of their voting rights; A political inquiry into the status and well-being of Maori children will examine public investment in tamariki across the health, education, social services, and justice sectors; Swapping fields of squash for cows is being offered as one example of how Maori can make more money off their own land; Organisers of a charity auction being held in Napier tonight, hope to raise at least a hundred thousand dollars for a new marae at Waiohiki, on the south west outskirts of the city. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 29 September 2011
A lecturer at Victoria University's School of Maori Studies, says an online survey of Maori living in Australia, shows the majority feel deprived of their voting rights; A political inquiry into the status and well-being of Maori children will examine public investment in tamariki across the health, education, social services, and justice sectors; Swapping fields of squash for cows is being offered as one example of how Maori can make more money off their own land; Organisers of a charity auction being held in Napier tonight, for a new marae at Waiohiki on the south west side of the city, are using the internet and twitter to attract bids. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 29 September 2011
Hapu who are objecting to early settlement of the Ngapuhi treaty claims, say the Crown would be unwise to rely on today's results of a mandate vote; The Maori Students' Association says legislation making student union membership voluntary, is a breach of the Treaty of Waitangi; The Mana Party's Co Vice President, Annette Sykes who was confirmed today as the party candidate for the Waiariki electorate, has already launched her election campaign; A representative for Te Runanga o Otakou in Dunedin, is calling on rival gangs in the city to resolve their differences, otherwise members of the public risk getting hurt. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 29 September 2011
Some Northland hapu says the Government would be unwise to rely on the results of a vote which gives the Runanga led board Tuhoronuku, 76 per cent support to enter intoTreaty negotiations with the Crown; The Maori Students' Association, says legislation making student union membership voluntary compromises tangata whenua rights; The Mana Party's Co Vice President, Annette Sykes, officially launched her election campaign today, only hours after being confirmed as the candidate for the Waiariki electorate, which covers Bay of Plenty; A representative from Te Runanga o Otakou in Dunedin, says rival gangs in the city have to take more responsbility for their actions. [more]

Upbeat

Ethan Stiefel
Director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company previews 2012 Season that was launched today. [more]

John Ritchie
Gareth Watkins interviews New Zealand composer who turns 90 today. [more]

Judy Lee and Somi Kim
Members of the Estrella Quartet. Four pianists at two pianos, performing Made In NZ this Sunday at the Raye Freedman Arts Centre in Auckland. [more]

You Me... Now!

Episode 43: Going Overboard
Joel's possessions, and Katherine, go for a swim. Kat confronts Lucille. [more]

News stories:

Locke calls for brakes on state power
Green MP Keith Locke, has used his valedictory speech to Parliament to call for less power for the police and the state. [more]

Firms more confident about hiring
Firms' hiring intentions have edged up, as small businesses in particular become more confident about their prospects. [more]

Government websites back in operation
The Ministry of Economic Development says new equipment has been ordered to ensure the mass website failures of the past four days do not happen again. [more]

More details released of police raids in Urewera
More details about the Crown's case following the police raids in the Urewera Ranges have been revealed in court documents. [more]

Pike River Coal reports progress on re-entry
Pike River Coal says it is making significant progress on it plans to re-enter the mine where the bodies of 29 men remain. [more]

IRB to review RWC commercial model
The International Rugby Board says it will be reviewing the commercial model surrounding the Rugby World Cup once the 2011 tournament is over. [more]

Australia backs call for Rugby World Cup changes
The Australian Rugby Union is supporting a call by its New Zealand counterpart for changes to the World Cup cost structure. [more]

World number one seeks unique double
Golf's world number one Luke Donald is aiming for a unique achievement over the next few weeks, winning the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic. The Chicago-based Englishman... [more]

All Blacks excited to be playing day game on Sunday
The All Black half back Andy Ellis says the side is excited about the opportunity to play during the day in their World Cup match against Canada in Wellington on... [more]

British Open champion finds it hard to scale new heights
On the eve of the Dunhill Links Golf Championship, British Open champion Darren Clarke admits he's finding it difficult to motivate himself after his remarkable win at Royal St George's... [more]

Manly's unpopularity could work in their favour
Retired former Manly chairman Ken Arthurson believes the unpopularity of the Sea Eagles club could help them land another national rugby league premiership on Sunday. No other club in the... [more]

World No.1 Wozniacki crashes out in Tokyo
Unseeded Estonian Kaia Kanepi toppled world Number one women's tennis player Caroline Wozniacki in the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament yesterday dashing the Dane's hopes of defending her title in... [more]

Man City coach says Tevez is finished
Manchester City's manager Roberto Mancini says striker Carlos Tevez is finished, while he remains in charge of the club, after refusing to take the field as a substitute during yesterday's... [more]

Pakistan Cricket Board to use Akhtar confessions' in court
Pakistan cricket authorities plan on using confessions made by retired paceman Shoaib Akhtar in his autobiography in court, to justify disciplining the former international. In the book, launched last week... [more]

Judicial hearing clears Aaron McDonald for Heartland semifinal
Thames Valley halfback Aaron McDonald will be able to play in this weekends Heartland semifinal after a New Zealand Rugby Union judicial hearing last night. McDonald received a red card... [more]

Japan RFU parts company with coach Kirwan
The Japan Rugby Union won't be renewing John Kirwan's contract after the team's failure to end a 20-year wait for a second World Cup victory. The Japanese had targeted two... [more]

Grand finals commitments forces cancellation of Kiwis' test
Player unavailability has forced the national body to call off next week's rugby league Test against the Cooks Islands in Rarotonga. The Kiwis were due to fly to the Cook... [more]

Georgia win mini-final against Romania
Georgia scored the only try and beat Romania 25-9 in their Rugby World Cup "mini-final" last night in Palmerston North. It was Georgia's second-only win in a World Cup game,... [more]

Drought strikes Tuvalu atoll
The Red Cross says the atoll of Nukulaelae, in Tuvalu, is very low on fresh drinking water and has requested government assistance. In an information bulletin, the Red Cross says... [more]

Felony charges filed against American Samoa robbery accused
The American Samoa Government has filed felony charges against a 20-year-old man accused of holding up a store clerk at gunpoint last week in Ottoville. Asotasi Maiava was charged in... [more]

Man in serious condition after Wairoa stabbing
A 22-year-old man has been seriously injured in a stabbing at a petrol station in Wairoa. [more]

Air NZ jet damaged on ground at LA airport
An Air New Zealand Boeing jet parked at Los Angeles airport has been hit by a Continental Airlines aircraft. [more]

Cruise ship base moving from Auckland to Sydney
Cruise company P&O is withdrawing its ship Pacific Pearl from its base in Auckland next year. [more]

Hutt hospital tells coroner procedures updated since death
The Wellington coroner has heard that Hutt Hospital has updated its procedures since the death of a woman there. She died after a breathing tube dislodged, leading to a cardiac arrest and respiratory failure. [more]

Retirement firm Summerset to list on NZX
Retirement village operator Summerset plans to list on the stock exchange in November. [more]

Air NZ considers taking seat on Virgin Australia board
Air New Zealand says it is considering taking a seat on the board of Virgin Australia after lifting its stake in the airline. [more]

Two babies hospitalised in south with whooping cough
Health authorities are warning whooping cough may be on the rise in southern regions, after two babies were admitted to hospital with the disease last week. [more]

China Development Bank looks to NZ
A major Chinese bank could soon be eyeing up long-term investments in New Zealand. [more]

Tatua announces highest ever milk payout
Waikato dairy co-operative Tatua has announced its highest ever financial surplus and milk payout, paying its farmer shareholders $8.10 a kilogram of milk solids for the past season. [more]

Community urged to take part in children's welfare inquiry
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei is urging people from all sections of the community to make submissions to the select committee inquiry into the status and well-being of Maori children. [more]

Coro fans petition against timeslot change
Fans of the television soap Coronation Street have started a petition to keep the show in its regular prime timeslot. [more]

Samo could still be on the wing
The Wallabies coach Robbbie Deans is yet to discount the notion that dynamic backrower Radike Samo could start on the wing for them in their final Rugby World Cup pool... [more]

Canterbury well on way to defending NPC netball title
Canterbury are the team to beat after a 48-44 win over Wellington at the completion of pool play at the national provincial netball championships in Porirua yesterday. Now seeded first,... [more]

Warriors arrive in Sydney
The New Zealand Warriors arrived in Sydney last night to prepare for Sunday's National Rugby League grand final against Manly. The players were mobbed by about 200 fans as they... [more]

Maori landowners told they could increase profits
The Maori Trustee is examining opportunities for whenua owners to make their land more profitable. [more]

More weight loss surgery funded
The Ministry of Health says there has been a 33% increase in publicly-funded weight loss surgery over the past year, with 350 morbidly obese people having operations. [more]

Voluntary Student Membership Bill now law
Parliament has passed legislation making student union membership voluntary. [more]

Man charged with arson over Coromandel fire
A 64-year old man has been charged with arson in relation to a house fire in the remote Coromandel Peninsula settlement of Kennedy Bay. [more]

Sport: Samoa name oldest line-up to face Springboks
Samoa will field the oldest line-up of any team at this year's Rugby World Cup when they face defending champions South Africa in their must-win match on Friday. Coach Titimaea... [more]

Sport: Auckland City stun Mariners
Oceania football champions Auckland City have beaten Australian A-league side Central Coast Mariners 3-1 in a pre-season match in Auckland on Wednesday. The visitors went ahead via a smart finish... [more]

Fiji interim AG adds to portfolios
Fiji's interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has been appointed the Minister for International Trade. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum is also the Minister for Justice, Anti-Corruption, Public Enterprise, Communications, Civil Aviation, Tourism, Industry... [more]

CNMI delegate supports further wage hikes
The Northern Marianas Delegate, Gregorio Kilili Sablan, says the CNMI's minimum wage should be increased by another 50 cents in 2012 as required by U.S. law, but he is open... [more]

Overcharged Fiji jaywalkers get partial fine refund
Reports from Fiji say hundreds of people will be reimbursed after being fined too much for jaywalking. Fijivillage reports that in Suva, Lautoka and Labasa, more than 300 people have... [more]

Sport: Cook Islands 'dumfounded' by Kiwis withdrawal
Cook Islands Rugby League say they're dumfounded by the Kiwis late withdrawal from next week's Test match in Rarotonga. The match was due to take place on October 6 but... [more]

NZ biotech company signs another Chinese deal
New Zealand biotechnology company Lanzatech has signed an agreement to strengthen its ties to China. [more]

Upgrade for North Island pulp mill
Pan Pac Forest Products is spending more than $70 million on upgrading its pulp mill at Whirinaki, north of Napier. [more]

Sport: Cook Islands 'dumbfounded' by Kiwis withdrawal
Cook Islands Rugby League say they're dumfounded by the Kiwis late withdrawal from next weeks Test match in Rarotonga. The match was due to take place on October 6 but... [more]

PINA Media Summit rescheduled for Fiji after PNG pull-out
The Pacific region's main media body, the Pacific Islands News Association, will host its second Pacific Media Summit in Fiji next March. Papua New Guinea was meant to host PINA's... [more]

Auckland rail faults blamed on maintenance
The Transport Accident Investigation Commission blames three rail incidents in 2008 on inadequate maintenance practices at the rail depot at Westfield in Auckland. [more]

New Zealand dollar slides
The New Zealand dollar fell against the US currency on Thursday due to fresh jitters about whether the European Union can solve its debt crisis. [more]

Aircraft crashes in eastern Bay of Plenty
The pilot of a small aircraft that crashed on farmland in eastern Bay of Plenty has escaped with moderate injuries. [more]

Navy celebrates 70th anniversary
Royal New Zealand Navy vessels are arriving in Wellington as part of celebrations to mark the service's 70th anniversary. [more]

New skills can improve young driver safety - study
A New Zealand study has found young drivers can be much safer if taught certain skills. [more]

NZ prepared for global financial turmoil - Bollard
Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard says New Zealand is reasonably well-placed to weather turmoil on international financial markets and a global economic slowdown. [more]

Lightbulb maker extends share offer deadline
The owners of energy efficient lightbulb maker Energy Mad have extended the deadline for their offer of shares by more than two weeks. [more]

Foreign investment in NZ rises
Total foreign investment in New Zealand rose in the year to March, with the biggest increase from Australia, though Chinese investment fell slightly. [more]

Food shortage in north Tonga
There are reports from Tonga that the people of the northern island of Niuafo'ou are facing a shortage of food and other goods. Radio Tonga reports the Catholic parish priest... [more]

Pharmacist sentenced for prescription fraud
A pharmacist who has admitted committing prescription fraud but claimed he was doing it to help his elderly customers has avoided a jail term. [more]

Kiwifruit growers hit by lower prices
The kiwifruit marketer, Zespri, says lower projected grower returns are due to a larger crop and weaker world demand. [more]

Shearers compete in 50th merino champs
Almost 200 shearers and wool handlers from around the world are in Alexandra in Central Otago to compete in the 50th New Zealand Merino Shearing and Woolhandling Championships. [more]

Head of French Polynesia's Welfare Fund against loan to government
The chair of the board of French Polynesia's Social Security Fund, CPS, says he won't vote in favour of a proposed loan to the cash-strapped government. Ronald Terorotua says while... [more]

Vanilla export comment surprises Cooks agriculture minister
The Cook Islands agriculture minister Nandi Glassie says he is surprised to learn that his French Polynesian counterpart, Kalani Teixeira, has ruled out importing vanilla from the Cook Islands. Mr... [more]

Cooks police confirm gun import ban for rest of 2011
The Cook Islands police commissioner Maara Tetava says a ban on the importation of firearms will remain in place until at least the end of this year. At present no... [more]

Solomons media speak out against harassment
The Media Association of Solomon Islands has spoken out about harassment of journalists and media organisations after supporters of MP Namson Tran demanded compensation from the Island Sun newspaper. The... [more]

Fiji Sun welcomes media summit as chance to exchange views
The editor of the Fiji Sun newspaper welcomes the decision by the Pacific region's main media body to host its media summit in Fiji next March. The Pacific Islands News... [more]

Consensus from Guam conference on need for improvements disabled facilities
The president of Guam's Medical Association is calling for improved health care facilities for people with disabilities. Dr Thomas Shieh says although 30,000 of the estimated 160,000-strong population live with... [more]

PNG NGO welcomes govt scrutiny of InterOil's Gulf LNG plans
The Papua New Guinea NGO, Act Now, has welcomed signs from the government that InterOil's proposed Liquified Natural Gas project in Gulf province needs to be revised. The Minister of... [more]

Lawyer 'appalled' at progress of surveillance bill
A lawyer and academic caught up in an illegal covert SIS operation 15 years ago says rushing through a surveillance bill is an appalling way to make legislation. [more]

Georgia defeat Romania in Pool B match
Georgia beat Romania 25-9 in their Rugby World Cup Pool B match in Palmerston North on Wednesday evening. [more]

Marshalls government accountability still lacking, says report
The Marshall Islands government ministries have been criticised for not fixing accountability problems for many years. The Public Accounts Committee has issued a report, saying there has been a nearly... [more]

Jakarta tells UN it's aware of Papua problems
Indonesia's foreign minister, Marty Natalegawa, says his government is fully aware of problems in its Papua region and is working to find a way to deliver greater autonomy there. He... [more]

Tokelau to follow Samoa on dateline switch
Tokelau is to accompany Samoa in its move across the dateline at the end of the year. The General Manager of Tokelau's National Public Service says the fono's decision to... [more]

PNG accuses InterOil of misleading companies
Papua New Guinea's Petroleum and Energy Minister says InterOil has been misleading major companies which are potential operators for the Gulf Province LNG Project. The government has shelved InterOil's planned... [more]

Labour's bottom line on support for surveillance bill
The Labour Party says it will not support the Government's police surveillance bill without four specific changes - including the removal of retrospective effect on current cases. [more]

Human Rights Commission joins critics of surveillance bill
The Human Rights Commission has warned Parliament the Government's police surveillance legislation could result in legal challenges at the Human Rights Committee in Geneva. [more]

Pike River Coal chief executive given notice
The chief executive Pike River Coal has been given notice by the mine's receivers and will leave the company at the end of November this year. [more]

Lives rest on police surveillance legislation, say police
Police have warned that lives will be at risk if Parliament does not pass urgent police surveillance legislation. [more]

More measles cases confirmed in Auckland
A measles outbreak in Auckland continues to grow, with the number of confirmed cases rising to 187 since the end of May. [more]

Trial cameras reduce red light-running in Auckland
A camera trial at 10 Auckland intersections has seen a marked drop in motorists driving though red lights. [more]

School Trustees Association under fire
Criticism of the School Trustees Association continued on Thursday as some trustees criticised its stance on national standards and attitude to principals and teachers. [more]

Construction begins on Ngaruawahia Bypass
Construction has started on the next stage of the Waikato Expressway, which will eventually link Cambridge and Auckland by a four-lane highway. [more]

Minister stands by comments on students
Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce is standing by his comments that this is not the best time for students to complain about fees and interest-free loans. [more]

NZ sharemarket closes flat on Thursday
The benchmark NZX50 index rose 1 point to close at 3300 on turnover of $97 million on Thursday. [more]

Woman killed in Christchurch suburb named
Police have named the woman who was killed in the Christchurch suburb of Spreydon on Tuesday. [more]

$2.5m boost for new Court Theatre
The Court Theatre has been given $2.5 million by the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust to build a new theatre in the suburb of Addington. [more]

NZ to sign anti-counterfeiting agreement
New Zealand is to sign an international anti-counterfeiting trade agreement in Japan next week. [more]

Call for rival gangs in Dunedin to resolve their differences
A representative for Te Runanga o Otakou in Dunedin, is calling on rival gangs in the city to resolve their differences, otherwise members of the public risk getting hurt. [more]

Annette Sykes to contest Waiariki for Mana Party
The Mana Party has confirmed Annette Sykes as its candidate to contest the Waiariki Maori seat in the general election. [more]

Niue premier says tougher immigration rules are what the community wanted
Niue's premier says tougher restrictions on people wanting residency status on the island are about ensuring people assimilate. Toke Talagi says the new legislation reflects the views of the people. [more]

Man charged over duck shooting death
Police have charged a man over the death of a duck shooter on a farm in Waiuku. [more]

Union charter seeks quality care for older citizens
Union officials and members gathered at Parliament on Thursday to hand over nearly 11,000 signed charters asking the Government to ensure quality care for older New Zealanders. [more]

Hundreds of churches told insurer pulling out
Hundreds of churches have been told their insurer is no longer going to provide them with earthquake cover. [more]

Labour releases aged care policy
The Labour Party says it will introduce regulations for minimum staffing levels in all residential aged care facilities if elected. [more]

Council plans to allow higher nitrogen levels in Hurunui
A Canterbury water committee member is disappointed the regional council is planning to allow nitrogen levels to increase in the Hurunui River. [more]

Tuvalu capital suffers from water shortage
International aid efforts are helping Tuvalu with a critical water shortage, with an emergency now declared in Funafuti. The International Federation of the Red Cross regional office is assisting the... [more]

PNG minister considers corporal punishment in schools
The Papua New Guinea government says it may bring back corporal punishment in schools because of what it says is a breakdown in discipline. The Post Courier newspaper reports the... [more]

Advocate of media freedom shocked media summit scheduled for Fiji
The chairperson of a Pacific region organisation, advocating freedom of speech and independent media, says she's shocked a media summit will be held in Fiji in March. The Pacific Islands... [more]

Minister says Resource Management Act reforms working
The Environment Minister says a report released on Thursday shows planning consents are being dealt with more quickly following the reform of the Resource Management Act. [more]

Capital bus and train fares to increase
Bus and train fares in the Wellington region are set to increase by about 5% in November. [more]

Weapons seized at Dunedin gang house
Police have seized a number of weapons from a Dunedin house at the centre of a gang shooting at the weekend. [more]

Defence Force defends SAS role in Afghan raid
New Zealand's Defence Force has defended the involvement of the SAS in a raid in Afghanistan which ended in the death of a member of the elite unit. [more]

Breakthrough in Mellory Manning homicide case
Police have revealed they have the full DNA profile of a man who was with murdered woman Mellory Manning about the time she died. [more]

Outgoing MP questions MMP system
Outgoing Labour Party MP George Hawkins has questioned the merit of MMP during his valedictory speech to Parliament. [more]

Govt says military support to continue in Afghanistan
The Government says New Zealand will continue to support military action in Afghanistan despite the death of a second SAS soldier in as many months. [more]