Radio New Zealand - Friday, 7th October 2011

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This page features: Afternoons, Best Of The Week, Business News, Checkpoint, Country Life, Extra Time, Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Week In Review, Upbeat

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Shine On
Steve Harris from Greymouth has chosen 'Shine On' by Peter Frampton. [more]

Rugby World Cup Forum
Telegraph and Fairfax rugby writer, Mark Reason back with former All Black, Chris Laidlaw. [more]

Fresh Fast Food with Jacob Brown
Pork and Fennel Sausage Rolls, along with Anchovy and Onion Tart. [more]

Wine with Yvonne Lorkin
Heavy metal wines includes "Highway to Hell" Cabernet Sauvignon, "Back in Black" Shiraz, "Hells Bells" Sauvignon Blanc and "You Shook Me All Night Long" Moscato. [more]

Film Review with Sarah McMullan
The Footloose remake, and the Samoan feature film, The Orator, plus some kids films on for the holidays. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 7 October 2011
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Rosemary McLeod and Matt Nippert (Part 1)
Topics - A container ship stuck on a reef off Tauranga's coast is very likely to break up and the fuel on board should be taken off now, according to an expert maritime consultant (John Riding). Over the past three years the median household income rose just 1.4 per cent, while consumer prices over the same period rose 9 per cent. [more]

The Panel with Rosemary McLeod and Matt Nippert (Part 2)
Topics - The world is facing the worst financial crisis since at least the 1930s "if not ever", says the Governor of the Bank of England. The blue and white legions will descend on Eden park to see the Pumas Play the All Blacks in the quarter final. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 7 October 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 7 October. This week .... being blinded after a domestic violence incident hasn't held back one of our top paralympians, is rugby the Kiwi religion, hear the truth finally about the greek Queen of Egypt Cleopatra, Muslim women getting active in sports and our society, turning pine trees into bio-fuel, behind the breeding of creepy crawlies for the screen and a clown doctor using humour to connect with dementia patients. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 7 October 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Midday Business News for 7 October 2011
Sommerset sets its listing price. The Bank of England injects 75 billion pounds into the economy and the sharemarket rises. [more]

Evening Business for 7 October 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 7 October 2011
Windflow Technology will hold a special meeting later this month to decide the future of the wind turbine maker, which is fast running out of cash. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Friday 7 October 2011
An oil tank ruptures on board Rena spilling 100 tonnes of fuel. Banned drug cheats could end up competing at the London Olympics and doubts over Richie McCaw's fitness ahead of the quarter final weekend. [more]

Oil tank ruptures on board Rena spilling 100 tonnes of fuel
A fuel tank on the container ship stuck off Tauranga has ruptured, spilling more oil into the sea and deepening the environmental crisis in the Bay of Plenty. [more]

Banned drug cheats could end up competing at Olympics
Hundreds of previously banned drug cheats could end up competing at the London Olympics after a ruling from the international Court of Arbitration for Sport. [more]

All Black captain battles foot problems
That's the question today after All Black coaching staff have admited they're not sure whether captain Richie McCaw will make it through the rest of the World Cup. [more]

20 thousand expected to start Nelson arts festival
Up to 20 thousand people are expected in the streets of Nelson tonight for a masked parade and the opening of the city's 14th arts festival. [more]

Official reprimand for the Treasury
The Treasury has been hit with an official reprimand for accepting hundreds of freebies, mostly from banks. [more]

Sports News for 7 October 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Marine science leader on how oil off ship might spread
More oil is spilling into into the ocean after a fuel tank on the container ship stuck off Tauranga ruptured. [more]

More on the Rena
These people on Mount Maunganui beach are getting increasingly frustrated with the delay in getting the oil off the boat. [more]

Urgent changes ahead for RMA to plug natural hazards loophole
The Government is being forced to make urgent changes to plug a major planning loophole, after finding a fifth of the homes wrecked by February's earthquake were built in places known to be highly susceptible to liquefaction. [more]

Former chair of Bridgecorp Bruce Davidson has escaped jail.
Davidson was sentenced in the high court at Auckland today on 10 charges related to misleading statements to investors. [more]

Rugby World Cup visitors expected to flood in to Wellington
Rugby fans are flooding into the capital for the World Cup quarterfinals this weekend. [more]

New secure mental health unit opens in Whangarei
There've been celebrations in Northland today to mark the opening of a new secure mental health unit in Whangarei. [more]

What the Australian nobel winner thinks of his prize
The Australian astrophysicist, who has won the coveted Nobel prize, admits he only got into astronmy while trying to decide what else to study at university. [more]

More on Olympic drug ruling
The way has been cleared for hundreds of previously banned drugs cheats to compete at next year's Olympics in London, by a ruling from the International Court of Arbitration. [more]

Sports News for 7 October 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Focus on Politics for 7 October 2011
Last week two ratings agencies downgraded New Zealand's credit rating to double A, citing concerns about the size of the country's debt. [more]

Maori Arts Festival showcases the best of the best
Traditional Maori art and designs are being showcased in a new exhibition in Porirua north of Wellington this weekend, here's Jonathan Mitchell. [more]

Country Life

Gidday and Regional Wrap
In the North Island docking is underway and pasture growth rates are generally quite good, while in the South Island winter crops are being turned over and fruit trees are blossoming. [more]

Highland Heaven
Karl and Christine Kohle have turned 20 hectares of gorse and scrub land into a thriving bio-dynamic farmlet and Highland Cattle stud in Loburn, North Canterbury. [more]

Islands of Intrigue Episode 4
The Country Life team continue their epic movie trailer adventure. [more]

Murky Waters
How clean are fresh water streams in New Zealand? There are plenty of figures painting a pretty gloomy picture of our nation's waterways and fingers are being pointed at dairy farmers. Freshwater ecologist Dr Mike Joy says drastic action is needed, Dairy NZ says it has seen a huge shift in its farmers' attitudes to water quality. [more]

Extra Time

Extra time for 7 October 2011
In the programme this week...We catch up with the All Blacks' Graham Henry and Mils Muliaina as the veteran fullback prepares to mark his 100th test in the black jersey in this weekend's rugby world cup quarter-finals, we pick the brain of England prop Dan Cole as he gears up for England's quarterfinal against old foes France, we chew the fat with the New Zealand Breakers basketball coach Andre Lemanis as they get set to tip off their ANBL title defence, we chat to the New Zealand men's hockey stalwart Dean Cousins as the Black Sticks do battle with Australia in the Oceania Cup and we talk to the Wellington Phoenix captain Andrew Durante ahead of their opening match of the new A-league season. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Whitebait Festival on the West Coast
All things whitebait will be celebrated all along the Coast during the Whitebait Festival. There's a photography competition, a whitebait menu challenge and exhibits acknowledging the hallowed place whitebait has in the hearts of West Coasters. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 7 October 2011
An oil leak near Tauranga Harbour's dubbed an environmental disaster and the Education Ministry backs its recruitment systems despite strong criticism. [more]

Midday Sports News for 7 October 2011
Fullback Mils Muliaina will play his 100th test for the All Blacks on Sunday after being named to start in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Argentina in Auckland. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 7 October 2011
Oil spill response teams prepare for worst from Rena; Three out of the four RWC quarter finals will be hard fought; Trustees confirm former kura principal was suspended; Opposition claims of blowout in borrowing costs fail to materialise; Obama calls for higher taxes to fund jobs bill; Otara parents threaten vigilante action for sex offender; Auckland commuter rail purchase caps 20-year rebuild; Parliamentarians squirming over pay rise. [more]

Anti-Wall Street protests spread to other cities in the US
Anti-Wall Street protests are spreading in the United States, with rallies taking place in several major cities. [more]

Pacific News for 7 October 2011
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Fears for kaimoana, wildlife near Tauranga oil spill
An oil slick is now stretching five kilometres from the container ship, the Rena, that's aground on the Astrolabe reef near Tauranga. [more]

Crusaders coach backs Colin Slade to perform
The Rugby World Cup enters the knock-out phase this weekend, with quarter-finals being played in Auckland and Wellington. [more]

Oil spill response teams prepare for worst from Rena
Oil spill response teams and wildlife workers will today be on Bay of Plenty's beaches preparing for the worst. [more]

Three out of the four RWC quarter finals will be hard fought
It's quarterfinals weekend at the Rugby World Cup. [more]

Trustees confirm former kura principal was suspended
Three trustees of a Northland kura have confirmed that a former principal, now hired as an expert adviser to schools, was stood down for alleged professional misconduct and is facing disciplinary action. [more]

Opposition claims of blowout in borrowing fail to materialise
The big surge in the government's borrowing costs predicted by opposition parties after last week's credit ratings downgrade has so far failed to materialise. [more]

Obama calls for higher taxes to fund jobs bill
President Obama has hit out at the behaviour of big banks - and has warned of the potential impact of the Eurozone crisis on the United States. [more]

Otara parents threaten vigilante action for sex offender
Angry South Auckland residents have told the Department of Corrections that they will seek out a convicted child sex offender who has been released into their community. [more]

Auckland commuter rail purchase caps 20-year rebuild
Auckland's new fleet of electric commuter trains will be in service within two years after the contract was awarded to the Spanish company CAF yesterday. [more]

Sports News for 7 October 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Parliamentarians squirming over pay rise
MPs are squirming about a likely pay rise just a week or two before the election when the median hourly pay rate has gone up just one-point-nine percent in the past year. [more]

Sarah Palin decides not to run for President
The former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, has announced she won't run for president, ending months of speculation. [more]

Netball greats celebrate milestone as Ferns beat England
Two netball greats celebrated two very special milestones at last night's test in Invercargill between New Zealand and England. [more]

Salvage begins on grounded ship
Authorities are now preparing for the worst as oil continues to leak from the huge container vessel that's stuck on a reef off the coast of Tauranga. [more]

Authorities prepare for worst as oil continues to leak
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council is also involved in the response to the oil threat. [more]

South Africa v Australia in crunch match
It's quarter-final weekend at the Rugby World Cup and for southern hemisphere fans the big question is which World Cup winning team will take an early shower, Australia or South Africa? [more]

IRB tournament head praises New Zealand organisers
The International Rugby Board is cracking down on players' religious tributes during Rugby World Cup matches. [more]

Markets Update for 7 October 2011
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Sports News for 7 October 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Parliament rises for election
Parliament has now wrapped up business ahead of the election. [more]

One thousand new sections to be developed in Kaiapoi
More than one-thousand sections are about to be made available in the Canterbury town of Kaiapoi, with the aim of freeing up property for about 900 locals whose homes are in the red zone. [more]

Economist says not all areas done well out of RWC
An economist says regions that hosted rugby world cup pool matches should have done very well out of it, but that may not have been reflected in other areas. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
Australian MP's pay packets; Labor Party leadership; Cricketer engagement. [more]

Nights

Plants For Productivity
University of Exeter psychology researcher Dr Craig Knight about how adding plants and art as opposed to keeping minimalist offices could encourage greater productivity with workers. [more]

Conundrum
Answer. [more]

Nine To Noon

Grounded cargo ship off Tauranga coast leaking oil
Fears are mounting that a vessel stranded in the Bay of Plenty, which is leaking oil into the sea, could cause a large scale environmental disaster. [more]

Pacific Correspondent - Mike Field
Why has the Pacific been caught out again with the current drought? Can it be prevented in the future? [more]

The legacy of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs
Turning now to the man responsible for some of the most iconic products of the digital age and the implications of his death. [more]

Update on grounded cargo ship in Tauranga
The cargo ship grounded on a reef off the Tauranga coast since Wednesday now has a 5km oil slick leaking from it. [more]

Feature Guest - Tony Bilson
Australian chef - who has been at the forefront of the culinary scene across the Tasman for four decades. [more]

Book Review - Children's Books
'Fantail's Quilt' by Gay Hay, illustrated by Margaret Tolland, published by Page Break; and 'The Fly Papers' by Johanna Knox, published by Hinterlands Press. Both books reviewed by John McIntyre. [more]

New Music with Chris Bourke
Chris Bourke looks at new takes on old legends, the Texan Bruce Springsteen, and how black America responded to the Beatles and Bob Dylan. [more]

Sports with Richard Boock
RWC Quarter Finals and the OLYMPICS: Court of Arbitration for Sport rules the IOC's controversial drug ban rule illegal. [more]

Week That Was
With James Elliot and Gemma Gracewood. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 7 October 2011
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 7 October 2011
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 7 October 2011
The Whanganui District Mayor, says she's received praise from locals about the city's new welcoming signs, which have prompted some criticism within Council; A one hundred and 18 hectare block of cropping land, will be officially handed over to a Gisborne iwi today, as part of its Treaty settlement with the Crown; The Mana Party has confirmed its candidate to stand in the Maori seat of Te Tai Hauauru in November's general election; Te Arawa Lake Trust says a rugby field sized floating wetland planned for Lake Rotorua, is a win win project for local Maori and the rest of the community. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 7 October 2011
The whanau of a Waikato master carver, Richard Tiki Green, says he'll be remembered through his carvings, including whakairo at Huntly's Waahi Pa, which is the home marae of the Kingitanga movement; The Whanganui District Mayor says recently erected welcoming signs which some councillors have criticised, reflect New Zealand's history; Waikato Regional Council has issued consents for a milk factory at Arapuni in South Waikato, following an agreement with a local iwi Ngati Koroki Kahukura; Te Arawa Lake Trust Chairman Toby Curtis, says a floating wetland planned for Lake Rotorua, fits in well with the iwi's kaitiakitanga or conservation responsbilities. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 7 October 2011
A man on the nearest land to the cargo ship leaking oil is questioning why authorities haven't siphoned fuel from the stranded ship; Ngati Hine in Northland has failed in an attempt to have its Waitangi Tribunal claims removed from a comprehensive proposal, for which the Ngapuhi Runanga led board of Te Ropu o Tuhoronuku has majority support; The inquiry into the use of foreign fishing vessels in New Zealand waters is expecting a good response from iwi; The event director for Auckland's largest Maori culture festival says he credits local hapu Ngati Whatua o Orakei for the success of Atamira - which become more and more popular. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 7 October 2011
A Motiti Islander is asking why officials aren't siphoning leaking fuel from the stranded cargo ship in the Bay of Plenty; The inquiry into the use of foreign fishing vessels in New Zealand waters is expecting a good response from iwi; Ngati Hine in Northland has failed in a legal attempt have its Waitangi Tribunal claims removed from a comprehensive proposal, for which the Ngapuhi Runanga led board of Te Ropu o Tuhoronuku has majority support; The event director for Auckland's largest Maori culture festival is crediting local hapu, Ngati Whatua o Orakei, for the success of Atamira - which has become more and more popular. [more]

The Week In Review

The Week in Review - week ending 7 October 2011
A review of the week's news including a potential environmental disaster looming in Bay of Plenty, John Key shrugs off country's credit downgrade as National retains substantial lead in polls, Treasury rejects Auditor General's accusations it did not do enough to manage the deposit guarantee scheme, criminologist says plunging crime stats are not down to "get tough" measures on criminals, biggest reforms in criminal justice procedure in 50 years become law, more drownings so far this year than in past 14 years, Foreign Minister says "ominious" tone surrounds strengthened security for this year's Japanese whaling mission and All Blacks' rivals say a Rugby World Cup tournament without them would be empty. [more]

Upbeat

Lewis Holden
Chief Executive of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, leading a review of orchestral funding in New Zealand. [more]

Dean Sky-Lucas
Reviews last night's Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra concert of Beethoven's Symphony No 8 and Orff's Carmina Burana. [more]

News stories:

New Whanganui signs create controversy
Whanganui District Mayor Annette Main says some councillors have complained about the design of new welcoming signs to the city, but she's received much praise from locals. [more]

Parliament holds final session ahead of election
Parliament held its final session on Thursday ahead of the general election and passed two bills under urgency. [more]

Iwi takes back farm in Crown settlement
A 118-hectare farm is being officially returned to a Gisborne iwi on Friday as part of its settlement with the Crown. [more]

Te Arawa Lakes Trust says wetland a win-win project
Te Arawa Lakes Trust says a rugby field sized floating wetland planned for Lake Rotorua is a win-win project for local Maori and the rest of the community. [more]

Mana Party announces candidate for Western Maori seat
The Mana Party has confirmed Frederick Timutimu as its candidate to stand in the Maori seat of Te Tai Hauauru in November's general election. [more]

Rooney's father arrested over suspected betting scam
The father and uncle of Manchester United and England football striker Wayne Rooney are among nine men arrested as part of an inquiry into an alleged betting scam. Merseyside police... [more]

All Blacks set to name team for Argentina quarter-final
The All Blacks name their side this morning for Sunday's World Cup quarter-final against Argentina at Eden Park, with most of the interest focused on the backline. The forward pack... [more]

Breakers coach expects big things from Abercrombie
The New Zealand Breakers coach Andrej Lemanis expects big things from swingman Tom Abercrombie in the Australian National Basketball League, which the defending champions start tonight, playing the Blaze on... [more]

Britain to stick to doping ban law despite CAS ruling
Britain will retain a by-law preventing its athletes found guilty of wilful doping from competing in any Olympics, despite a Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling that cleared the way... [more]

Ferns wrap up series with England
The Silver Ferns have wrapped up the two-Test netball series with England with a 53-32 win in Invercargill. It was New Zealand shooter Irene van Dyk's 200th international, and coach... [more]

Smit says pool matches have been invaluable for underdone Boks
The Springbok captain John Smit says the Rugby World Cup pool matches have been invaluable in their bid to retain the Webb Ellis trophy but the results are now irrelevant. [more]

Union set to back Jason Culina
The players union is set to fight any case on behalf of Socceroo Jason Culina, who was part of a double axing by his Australan club on Tuesday. Culina is... [more]

Ireland not looking beyond weekend
The Ireland rugby captain Brian O'Driscoll was taken by surprise when some members of the media suggested they'll be playing in the Rugby World Cup final. Ireland has been one... [more]

Ashes hero dies aged 52
England cricket's Ashes hero of the 1980s, Graham Dilley, has died aged 52 after a short illness. Dilley played 41 Tests for his country, and while he was regarded as... [more]

McCaw will play
All Black assistant coach Steve Hansen says captain Richie McCaw's niggling foot injury won't stop him playing in Sunday night's rugby World Cup quarter-final and he'll be available for as... [more]

Alexander says Boks lose nothing without Botha
The Australian prop Ben Alexander says the loss of lock Bakkies Botha won't hurt the Springbok side in their World Cup clash in Wellington on Sunday. 24 hours after declaring... [more]

Most experienced Boks yet
South Africa's named their most experienced lineup yet to tackle the Wallabies in Sunday's World Cup quarter-final in Wellington, boasting a record 836 Test caps. Lock Bakkies Botha is flying... [more]

UEFA sees no impact from court's television ruling
European football's governing body UEFA says that a court ruling changing the way fans can watch sport will have no significant impact on it, although it's not happy with the... [more]

Mourinho gets two-match ban for eye poke
Real Madrid football coach Jose Mourinho has been given a two-match ban for poking Barcelona's assistant coach in the eye during August's Spanish Super Cup. Tito Vilanova, Pep Guardiolas assistant,... [more]

Wilkinson and Flood included in England side for quarterfinal
Jonny Wilkinson and Toby Flood have both been included in the England backline for Saturday's rugby World Cup quarter-final against France. Wilkinson will start at first five and his rival... [more]

Woods staying at Birmingham for another three months
The English Championship football side Birmingham City have agreed a deal to keep West Brom striker Chris Wood on loan until January. The 19-year-old New Zealand international has enjoyed a... [more]

Full fitness gives Tiger reason to smile at CordeValle
Tiger Woods has targeted victory this week in his first PGA Tour event in nearly two months at the Frys.com Open in California. Though Woods has struggled for form for... [more]

Court overturns Olympic doping rule
The highest court in sports has overturned a disputed IOC doping rule, clearing the way for reigning Olympic 400 metre champion LaShawn Merritt to defend his title at next year's... [more]

England World Cup bid never had chance - sports minister
England would never have launched a bid to stage the football World Cup in 2018 if world governing body FIFA had said at the outset that it wanted to take... [more]

Sonny Bill hopes World Cup knockouts won't kill off flair
The All Blacks utility Sonny Bill Williams hopes New Zealand's attacking attacking style isn't curtailed even though the stakes have been raised with the Rugby World Cup reaching the knockout... [more]

Manly player to contest charge after grand final citing
The Manly front-rower George Rose will interrupt his Premiership celebrations to go before the National Rugby League judiciary and dispute the grading of his striking charge from the grand final. [more]

Different mindset against France, says Flood
England's Toby Flood says his side was subconsciously hampered against Scotland because they knew they could lose and still qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals and will face France with... [more]

Vettel set for another title this weekend
Sebastian Vettel is almost certain to be crowned Formula One's youngest double world champion in Japan this weekend, even if he suffers his worst result of the year on Sunday... [more]

Govt steps in over land development near airport
The Government has used its special powers to overrule a restriction on land development near Christchurch Airport. [more]

Staff appeal over Christchurch school funding
About 60 school principals, teachers, support staff and union delegates have met in Christchurch to petition the Government not to cut their school budgets. [more]

Weldon wants more small firm listings on NZX
New Zealand stock exchange chief executive Mark Weldon says he hopes to encourage small firm listings by rejigging the lower cost alternative market before he steps down early next year. [more]

Bank of India opens first NZ branch
The country's newest bank has opened its first branch, in Auckland, initially targeting expatriate Indians and exporters keen to expand their markets. [more]

Cooks drugs bust accused on trial today
Eleven people charged in the Cook Islands largest ever drug bust are to appear in the High Court in Rarotonga today. They were charged after a combined Cook Islands/New Zealand... [more]

Papua union extends strike for another month
Union workers at Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold mine in Indonesia's Papua region have extended their strike for a second month, the longest strike in the country's mining industry. Reuters... [more]

American Samoa rape-accused arrested in Honolulu
A 26-year-old fugitive from American Samoa wanted on rape and sexual abuse charges was arrested last night in Honolulu. An arrest warrant in American Samoa was issued in August last... [more]

Guildford out of quarter final
All Black winger Zac Guildford will not be playing in the Rugby World Cup quarter final against Argentina on Sunday due to a hamstring injury. [more]

MPs in line for potentially big pay rise
MPs face an embarrassing pay rise just a week or two before November's general election and are already saying they do not need it. [more]

Holcim puts $400m Weston cement plant on hold
International cement company Holcim has put plans for a new national factory near the South Island town of Oamaru on hold. [more]

New Caledonia's Martin probed over phone company tax breaks
New Caledonia's President, Harold Martin, has been placed under formal investigation as part of a probe into tax breaks for 3G telephone operators. Mr Martin has been granted conditional release... [more]

NZ men end losing streak to Australia
The New Zealand men's hockey team has ended a 13-year losing streak against Australia with a convincing 3-0 win over the Kookaburras in the opening game of the Oceania Cup... [more]

Boxing opens bribery investigation
The International Amateur Boxing Association has launched an investigation into allegations that multi-million dollar have been paid to ensure boxers from Azerbaijan won gold medals at next year's London Olympics. [more]

Botha flying home
Injured South African rugby star Bakkies Botha is heading home so as not to be a distraction for the Springboks ahead of Sunday's World Cup quarter-final against Australia in the... [more]

Aitken touched by home send-off
The Silver Ferns coach Ruth Aitken got a standing ovation after her charges wrapped up the two-Test netball series with England with a 53-32 win in Invercargill. It's Aitken's final... [more]

CONCACAF's Blazer to stand down at end of this year
CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer will stand down from his post at the end of this year. Blazer, who was a whistle-blower in the recent FIFA corruption scandal in the... [more]

PNG police considers mobile sqaud in Kainantu
Papua New Guinea police are considering stationing a mobile squad permanently in Kainantu in Eastern Highlands province after a riot at a squatter settlement last Friday resulted in 15 deaths. [more]

More water production needed on Tuvalu
The New Zealand High Commissioner to Tuvalu says the production of more water is necessary despite the arrival of two desalination units from New Zealand. New Zealand has responded to... [more]

Growing anger in Vanuatu over government failure to pay out school grants
Primary schools around Vanuatu say they're fed up with the delay in the transfer of donor funds and a government grant to cover the costs of free education. The government... [more]

All Black team named Mils to play 100th
Fullback Mils Muliaina will play his 100th Test for the All Blacks on Sunday after being named to start in the World Cup quarter-final against Argentina at Eden Park. Muliaina... [more]

Temaru calls for uprising if France refuses loan to pay public service
The French Polynesian president, Oscar Temaru, has called for an uprising, should there be no money to pay the public service. Mr Temaru has made the call in a bid... [more]

US Coast Guard ships water to Tokelau
A United States Coast Guard vessel with more than 100-thousand litres of fresh water has left American Samoa today bound for drought stricken Tokelau. A Coast Guard lieutenant, Steven Caskey,... [more]

Government borrowing costs edge up only slightly
The big surge in the Government's borrowing costs predicted following last week's credit rating downgrade has not materialised. [more]

Coroner recommends snow tyre ban
A coroner has recommended banning snow tyres on cars following a fatal crash near Taumarunui last year. [more]

Parents threaten action over sex offender
Some residents in the Auckland suburb of Otara have told the Department of Corrections they will try to track down a convicted child sex offender who has been released into their community. [more]

Milestone for netball greats as Ferns beat England
Two netball greats celebrated two very special milestones at Thursday night's test in Invercargill between New Zealand and England. [more]

Spanish firm wins contract for Auckland trains
A Spanish firm has won New Zealand's biggest-ever order of commuter trains for delivery to Auckland in two years' time. [more]

Increased demand for NZ wood as Japan rebuilds
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry says demand for New Zealand wood has increased in Japan as it reconstructs buildings destroyed by the March earthquake and tsunami. [more]

AgResearch works more closely with pastoral sector
The country's biggest crown research institute, AgResearch, has emerged from major restructuring over the past year financially stronger, and with a new focus on working more closely with the pastoral farming sector. [more]

Final farewell for Waikato master carver
The whanau of Waikato master carver Richard Tiki Green says he'll be remembered through his carvings, including whakairo at Huntly's Waahi Pa, which is the home marae of the Kingitanga movement. [more]

Milk factory consents issued after iwi consultation
Waikato Regional Council has issued consents for a milk factory at Arapuni in South Waikato following an agreement with local iwi Ngati Koroki Kahukura. [more]

Teenage pedestrian killed near Westport
A 17-year-old pedestrian has died after being hit by a car near Westport. [more]

PNG company exports waste for recycling
A company known for its paints is the first industrial company in PNG to export its waste for recycling. AkzoNobel Linmited is a major producer of specialty chemicals but is... [more]

Plans for billion dollar CNMI casino scrapped
The Korean company Neo Gold Wings Paradise has scrapped plans to build a six star casino hotel resort on Tinian in the Northern Marianas. Neo Gold Wings Paradise had planned... [more]

Labour says minister's statement misleading
Labour's Education spokesperson Sue Moroney says the Education Minister has misled Parliament and the public over the background of a woman appointed as a specialist advisor to schools. [more]

American Samoa calls for delay in minimum wage hike
The American Samoan governor Togiola Tulafono has requested the federal government delay raising the federally mandated minimum wage for three years. This, he says, is to give time for a... [more]

Summerset IPO price set
Investors are being asked to pay $1.40 per share for a stake in the country's third biggest retirement village operator, Summerset Group. [more]

Solomon Islands police confident they have found culprits who threatened MP
The Solomon Islands Police say they are confident they have found those who allegedly threatened the Member of Parliament Mathew Wale, following comments he made about another MP. Supporters of... [more]

Christchurch buildings added to demolition list
Dozens of buildings have been added to the list of earthquake demolitions in Christchurch. [more]

Landcorp delivers record dividend to Crown
The Government's coffers will be more than $27 million better off as a result of state owned farming enterprise Landcorp quadrupling its earnings. [more]

Wool Co lowers entry level for wool unity plan
A bid to unite parts of the wool industry into a farmer-controlled operation will need to find double the number of farmers and other investors it had planned for as a result of its decision to lower the minimum stake for investors. [more]

Wool prices pushed up by weaker dollar, higher demand
The exchange rate has given wool prices a further boost at this week's North Island sale. [more]

Solomons in line for US$37m in PNG aid
Solomon Islands is to receive about 37 million US dollars in aid from Papua New Guinea over the next five years. A government statement says much of this money will... [more]

New Zealand and Australian air forces to combine to get desalination unit to Tuvalu
The New Zealand Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, says a New Zealand and Australian airlift operation is starting from today to assist drought-stricken Tuvalu. A series of New Zealand Hercules' flights... [more]

Desalination unit for Tokelau due in NZ this weekend
The first of a number of desalination plants destined for Tokelau are due in New Zealand this weekend. Tokelau is in the grip of a drought, though water is being... [more]

ADB to assist Palau with water services
Palau and the Asian Development Bank have signed a loan worth 16 million US dollars to help Palau improve the sustainability and cost effectiveness of its water and sanitation services. [more]

Fiji reports serious poverty in Ba province
There are reports from Fiji that the overwhelming majority of people in the country's most populous province, Ba, are living in poverty. The Fiji Times reports that more than 50... [more]

CAA bid for pilots' criminal records fails
The Civil Aviation Authority has lost its bid to be allowed to randomly sample criminal records of pilots. [more]

Independent regulator for legal profession ruled out
The Government has ruled out appointing an independent body to regulate the legal profession. [more]

IRB defends disciplinary moves
The International Rugby Board has rejected criticism that it has been too heavy handed in its disciplinary approach. [more]

Free whooping cough vaccine available for adults
A free whooping cough vaccine will be available to some adults on the West Coast following an outbreak of the illness in the area. [more]

Pair facing charges after brawl leaves man in coma
Two men are facing charges after a brawl in Auckland's Viaduct that has left another man in a coma on Friday. [more]

Taxi company's licence revoked ahead of big weekend
A Wellington taxi company has had its licence revoked at a time when the capital is hosting thousands of Rugby World Cup fans. [more]

Labour pledges to keep student fees under control
Keeping students fees under control is one of the key aspects of the Labour Party's tertiary education policy released on Friday. [more]

Fiji Rugby hopes road map for future will come from World Cup review
The acting Chief Executive of Fiji Rugby says he hopes next week's review of the national side's World Cup performance will provide a strong plan for the next cup. At... [more]

Little respect for Freeport workers in Papua, says commentator
An Indonesian mining commentator says Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold is showing little respect for the rights of workers at its Grasberg mine in Papua region. About 12,000 of Freeport's... [more]

Pacific drought unlikely to ease soon
The latest Pacific climate update says much of the Pacific can expect below normal rainfall over the next three months. The update is from a group of organisations including New... [more]

TV aerial installer awarded $20,000 after fall
A television satellite installer has been awarded $20,000 compensation after he suffered serious injuries when he fell from a roof. [more]

Argentina stick with side which beat Scotland
The Argentina coach Santiago Phelan has reverted largely to the side that dramatically beat Scotland in the pool phase for the Puma's quarter-final against the All Blacks in Auckland on... [more]

Ioane returns to Wallabies lineup
Australia's named Digby Ioane in the Wallabies' starting side for their rugby World Cup quarter-final against South Africa at Wellington, with the winger having recovered from a thumb injury. Ioane... [more]

Metlifecare to conduct strategic review
Listed retirement village operator Metlifecare says it will review its capital and ownership structure. [more]

Sharmarket continues rise in Friday's trading
The benchmark NZX50 index ended Friday's trading up 37 points, or 1.1 percent, at 3383. [more]

Job losses at carpet maker Cavalier - union
Carpet maker Cavalier has made 22 workers redundant in its Wiri, Napier and Whanganui mills, according to the union representing textile workers. [more]

Ngati Hine loses Maori Land Court fight
Ngati Hine in Northland has failed in a legal attempt to have its Waitangi Tribunal claims removed from a comprehensive proposal, for which the Ngapuhi Runanga-led board of Te Ropu o Tuhoronuku has majority support. [more]

Fishing inquiry expects strong iwi interest
The inquiry into the use of foreign fishing vessels in New Zealand waters is expecting a good response from iwi to its call for submissions on the issue. [more]

Event director credits hapu with success of festival
The event director for Auckland's largest Maori culture festival - Atamira - says he credits local hapu Ngati Whatua o Orakei for the success of the event, which has become increasingly popular. [more]

Freeport proceeds with business-as-usual approach despite ongoing strike in Papua
An Indonesian mining commentator says Freeport McMoran is trying to mobilise workers from outside Papua to work at its Grasberg mine where many staff are striking. Union workers, or about... [more]

Claims about poor water quality in Rarotonga in Cook Islands dismissed
An informal report circulating in the Cook Islands claims that tap water on Rarotonga is filthy and potentially dangerous to health. The Cook Islands Ministry of Health is now trying... [more]

UNICEF raises concerns at plight of families caught in drought in Tuvalu
The United Nations Children's Fund says it's deeply concerned at the plight of those affected by the severe water shortage in Tuvalu. UNICEF's Pacific Representative, Dr Isiye Ndombi, says they... [more]

Motiti Islander queries speed of salvage operation
A Motiti Islander is asking why officials have not been siphoning leaking fuel from the stranded cargo ship in the Bay of Plenty. [more]

Pumas playing for pride
Argentina are first and foremost looking for a performance they can be proud of when they meet New Zealand in the rugby World Cup quarterfinals this weekend, captain Felipe Contepomi says. [more]

Countries join forces to help parched Tuvalu
The New Zealand Government says a joint airlift operation has begun to assist the drought-stricken Pacific nation of Tuvalu. [more]

Injury cloud continues to hang over McCaw
All Blacks coaching staff admit they are not sure if captain Richie McCaw can cope with three more rugby World Cup matches because of a foot injury. [more]

Speaker back-tracks on NZ Herald ban
Parliament's Speaker has back-tracked on a total ban his office imposed on journalists from the New Zealand Herald. [more]

Urgent RMA changes after homes built on unsafe land
The Government is to make urgent changes to the way building consents are granted after it found 20% of homes badly damaged in the February earthquake were built in areas known to be highly prone to liquefaction. [more]

Lights turned on late in capital
Street lights in parts of Wellington, Porirua and Pukerua Bay were late turning on on Friday night. [more]

Snow possible on South Island alpine roads
MetService is warning of the possibility of snow on some South Island alpine roads on Saturday. [more]

Tank ruptures on grounded ship off Tauranga
A tank containing 100 tonnes of oil on a stricken container ship off Tauranga has ruptured, spilling more fuel into the ocean and prompting warnings of a major environmental disaster. [more]

Foreign charter vessel inquiry submissions close
Submissions to a government inquiry into foreign charter vessels fishing in New Zealand waters closed on Friday. [more]

Former Bridgecorp boss gets home detention
The former chairperson of failed finance company Bridgecorp has been sentenced to home detention after admitting that he misled investors. [more]

Ioane returns to Wallabies' line-up
Australia has named Digby Ioane in the Wallabies' starting side for their rugby World Cup quarterfinal against South Africa at Wellington on Sunday, with the winger having recovered from a thumb injury. [more]