Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 18th October 2011

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, CEISMIC, Checkpoint, Earthshock, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Sampler, Upbeat, You Me... Now!

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Singing in My Soul
Hillary Riches from Hawkes Bay has chosen 'Singing in My Soul' by Fly My Pretties. [more]

Book Review with Dr Cushla McKinney
'The Cats Table' by Michael Ondaatje and 'The Kindness of Your Nature' by Linda Olsson. [more]

TV Review with Phil Wallington
Arthur C. Nielse is the man who gave us TV ratings has died; How well do 'People Meters' measure actual viewing?; And last night's 'This is your life'. [more]

Music Review with Nick Atkinson
'One' by Ria Hall and 'Enjoy The Show' by Fagan and The People. [more]

Web Review with Ben Gracewood
An MIT Scientist captures 90,000 hours of video of his son's first words; letters of note; and Warner Brothers has purchased the rights to a story written in comments on Reddit.com. [more]

Lost in West Arnhem Land
A Darwin woman drank her own urine and sucked on green ants to stay alive after she lost her way while out for a walk on a remote island in West Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. [more]

Eaten by cannibals?
The remote island of Nuku Hiva was virtually a South Pacific secret until yesterday when news emerged of a German yachtsman feared to have been eaten by cannibals. Alex du Prel, is the editor of Tahiti Pacifique magazine. [more]

Tune Your Engine - Happiness
Dunedin psychologist Chris Skellett on why too much of a good thing is not a good thing. He's written a book called 'When Happiness Is Not Enough', the importance of a balance in life between achievement and pleasure. [more]

Asian Report for 18 October 2011- Domestic Violence (Part 2)
Asian Report brings us the conclusion of a two part special focusing on domestic violence within our ethnic communities. Lynda Chanwai-Earle meets key spokespeople across the country to discuss these issues in search of solutions. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 18 October 2011
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Joe Bennett and Scott Yorke (Part 1)
Topics - The Prime Minister says with the Rena just holding itself together the next 24 hours will be critical. The University of Auckland Council has voted to put up domestic student fees by 4% next year. [more]

The Panel with Joe Bennett and Scott Yorke (Part 2)
Topics - How to cope with the stress of the anticipation of the RWC final. Email etiquette. All you have to do with Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair is "sit back and watch your wrinkles go away". [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 18 October 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 18 October 2011
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 18 October 2011
The Reserve Bank says the delayed Christchurch rebuild should take some pressure off inflation. BP gets a 4 billion dollar oil spill settlement and the sharemarket falls. [more]

Evening Business for 18 October 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 18 October 2011
Cautious consumers are more likely to dip into their savings to pay for Christmas expenses this year, than reach for their credit cards. [more]

CEISMIC

Family of CTV victim questions rebuilding in CBD
A woman of a relative who died in the CTV building in the February earthquake says more needs to be done to identify unknown faultlines before rebuilding work can start in Christchurch. [more]

Potential asbestos forces CERA to check paperwork
The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority is now double checking all of its paperwork following fears earthquake rubble dumped in a Christchurch land fill could have been contaminated by asbestos. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Tuesday 18 October 2011
No oil has been pumped off Rena today but more has spilled into the sea. An Air Force pilot who crashed his plane and died had a history of flying dangerously and National's plan to get more workers Kiwisaving. [more]

Latest on stricken Rena, grounded off Tauranga
The Mediterranean Shipping Company is pledging a million dollars to help clean up the oil that's poured into the Bay of Plenty off the container ship it chartered from the Greek owners. [more]

Latest on the Rena from our reporter in Tauranga
The one million dollars being put towards the clean up by the Mediterranean Shipping Company, which chartered the Rena, is being welcomed by the Prime Minister, John Key. [more]

Air Force pilot flying dangerously in lead up to fatal crash
A military Court of Inquiry into the death of an Air Force aerobatic pilot has found he had a history of flying dangerously but no one picked it up. [more]

Nats intend introducing soft form of compulsory savings.
The National Party intends introducing a soft form of compulsory savings if it is re-elected next month. [more]

Sports News for 18 October 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Oil reaches White Island
Oil from the grounded container ship has been seen on White Island and it's believed debris has washed ashore as far as East Cape. [more]

John Key speaks after meeting with Tauranga Chamber of Commerce
The Prime Minister, John Key, has been meeting with members of the city's Chamber of Commerce today and he says business owners aren't asking for financial help yet. [more]

BP accepts settlement from Anadarko
The oil giant BP has accepted an out-of-court settlement of four billion dollars with Anadarko Petroleum over the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year. [more]

Hundreds of homes and factories flooded in Bangkok
People in Bangkok are fighting a losing battle against monsoon floodwaters which are bearing down on the city. [more]

Calls to disclose quake prone buildings
Salvagers working on the grounded Rena are extremely frustrated they could not remove any oil off the vessel today. [more]

Calls to disclose quake prone buildings
The director of the building industry's research centre (BRANZ) is calling for buildings that are not earthquake safe to be stickered, saying people deserve to know what they are walking into. [more]

Government reduces scrutiny of schools' NCEA marking
The government is cutting back its scrutiny of school teachers' marking of NCEA internal assessments. [more]

Moves to prevent Euro financial meltdown underway
Renewed efforts to restore confidence in the Euro are underway. [more]

Patients ask Government to fund expensive life-saving drug
Patients with a rare degenerative disease went to Parliament today to ask the Prime Minister to fund an expensive life-saving drug. [more]

Labour pledges Industry-wide minimum pay and conditions
Labour is pledging to introduce industry-wide minimum pay and conditions if it comes to power at November's general election. [more]

Sports News for 18 October 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Aid camp in lockdown as Kenya pushes into Somalia
Kenyan tanks have pushed 80 kilometres into Somalia while planes are also bombing suspected terrorist positions in the first stage of a campaign to destroy the Islamist insurgent group al-Shabab. [more]

Police association releases its wish list
The Police Association has released its wish list for future Government policies on law and order. [more]

Asthma cases declining in Australia
A study has revealed that asthma is on the decline amongst children and young people in Australia. [more]

Earthshock

Earthshock
A reconstruction from contemporary accounts and eyewitnesses, made in February 1981 by Jack Perkins, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Hawkes Bay earthquake. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 18 October 2011
A fresh oil leak from Rena and dozens of loads of asbestos-contaminated rubble dumped at a landfill. [more]

Midday Sports News for 18 October 2011
In a tragic irony the 2005 champion Dan Wheldon did not live long enough to see the safety innovations he was testing become the standard for the Indy Car Series in 2012. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Tuesday 18 October 2011
Salvors struggle to empty Rena of oil before ship breaks; HMNZS Rotoiti maintains presence within exclusion zone; Uncertainty hangs over Tiwai Point aluminium smelter; Quake victims' families hope for answers from inquiry; New bond issue helps first home buyers in Queenstown; Union says uni hysterical about looming research assessment; France rugby fans thrilled by black and blue pairing; and Fiery crash prompts calls for Indy car safety overhaul. [more]

Work continues to pump oil off Rena
Work has continued through the night pumping oil off the stricken container ship the Rena. [more]

Salman Butt gives evidence at Pakistan cricket trial
Former Pakistani cricket captain, Salman Butt, has been giving evidence at his trial on conspiracy to cheat and accept corrupt payments. [more]

Pacific News for 18 October 2011
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Salvage team continues battle to remove oil from Rena
The stricken container ship the Rena ship is still in one piece and has not moved on the reef overnight depite being battered by swells of two to three metres and winds gusting up to 55 kilometres per hour. [more]

Salvage teams race to remove oil before Rena breaks up
The Rena is still in one piece this morning, but there is now little holding the bow to the stern. The possibility that the vessel could break apart at any time has brought even greater urgency to efforts to pump oil off the ship. [more]

HMNZS Rotoiti maintains presence within exclusion zone
The New Zealand Defence Force has three naval vessels patrolling the area where the Rena has run aground. [more]

Uncertainty hangs over Tiwai Point aluminium smelter
Uncertainty hangs over the aluminium smelter at Tiwai Point near Bluff. The international mining company Rio Tinto is planning to sell the smelter along with five Australian plants so it can concentrate on mining. [more]

Salvage company: 'make or break situation'
Matthew Watson from Svitzer Salvage updates the Rena's situation. [more]

Fiery crash prompts calls for Indy car safety overhaul
The 15-car pile up that claimed the life of the British Indy car driver Dan Wheldon has prompted calls to ban the sport, or dramatically improve its safety. [more]

France rugby fans thrilled by black and blue pairing
Rugby fans in France are holding on to hope that their team will surprise everyone and defeat the All Blacks in the World Cup final. [more]

Quake victims' families hope for answers from inquiry
The families of victims of February's quake in Christchurch hope the Royal Commission into why so many buildings collapsed will help prevent future deaths. [more]

Sports News for 18 October 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Major fishing company says Foreign Charter Vessels should go
A major fishing company and quota owner says Foreign Charter Vessels should not be operating in New Zealand waters. Public hearings on submissions into the inquiry on the use of foreign-flagged ships operating in New Zealand's exclusive economic zone are being held in Wellington. [more]

Contentious lab test charge ends in Wellington region
Health boards in Wellington are dropping a contentious fee they imposed on patients who get privately ordered lab tests. Medical specialists have complained bitterly over the effect on patients of the charge imposed by the Capital and Coast and Hutt Valley district health boards five years ago. [more]

Adventures of Tintin movie review
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn will soon be officially premiered in Belgium. A few movie reviewers have been given an early preview in London including Xan Brooks of The Guardian newspaper. [more]

Salvors struggle to empty Rena of oil before ship breaks
In Tauranga, despite dire predictions the Rena remains in one piece this morning and the weather which threatened to break up the ship is easing. The salvage company working onboard the Rena says the oil transfer hose between the ship and the bunker barge is to be reconnected shortly. [more]

Strong swells, winds forecast for seas off Tauranga
The state of the weather is proving to be crucial to the salvage efforts. [more]

Analyst says China a likely bidder for Tiwai Point smelter
A resource analyst says China is the most likely country to show an interest in the aluminium smelter at Tiwai Point near Bluff. Rio Tinto intends to sell its New Zealand and Australian aluminium assets,including the Tiwai Point smelter, a bauxite mine, and several smelters across the Tasman. [more]

New bond issue helps first home buyers in Queenstown
Affordable home ownership for first time buyers in Queenstown is set to get easier. The Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust is offering a new 5 year bond that will be used to fund a housing loan which, it's hoped, will break the home buying culture of borrowing short and investing long. [more]

Union says uni hysterical about looming research assessment
Victoria University says it stands to lose three million dollars if just one of its academics fails to make the grade in a national evaluation of research in tertiary institutions. [more]

Sports News for 18 October 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Fears grow as disease spreads to trout
A bacterial fish disease that has killed hundreds of lamprey has now been found in a trout in an Otago river. [more]

Statistics on All Blacks side for RWC victory
The All Blacks and France at Eden Park in the Rugby World Cup final - it really does seem like deja vu. The two teams faced off for the Webb Ellis Cup in the inaugural tournament in 1987. [more]

Discovery sheds new light on dog and man's shared history
The dog has long been known as man's best friend, and an archaeological dig in the Czech Republic suggests the relationship is a lot older than generally thought. [more]

Nights

Our Own Odysseys - Cruise For Woodturners
Rob Grant took a cruise along the coasts of Norway in search of Scandinavian woodturning. [more]

The World At Night - Bangladesh
Reporting from the capital Dhaka of the People's Republic of Bangladesh in South East Asia, pop. 164.4 million (2009 est), is our correspondent Mahtab Haider. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 3. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 4. [more]

Nine To Noon

Auckland referendum
Auckland's mayor Len Brown is suggesting holding a referendum on introducing tolls and congestion charges on the region's roads [more]

The aftermath of the credit crisis
Stephen Axilrod worked at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve system in Washington for more than 30 years, rising to Staff Director and Secretary of the Federal Open Market Committee, the Fed's main monetary policy arm. He is the author of 'Inside the Fed'. [more]

US Correspondent - Luiza Savage
The spreading Occupy Wall Street protests. [more]

Feature Guest - Bryan Gaensler
Astronomer Bryan Gaensler's 1994 honours thesis received a perfect score of 100. His doctoral research won him a NASA Hubble Fellowship at MIT in Boston. In 1999 he was named Young Australian of the Year. In 2002, aged 28, he became a professor at Harvard University. NSW last year named him Physical Scientist of the Year, and this year he received an Australian Laureate Fellowship. He has just published his first book 'Extreme Cosmos' - on the way the universe works. [more]

Book Review - The Sense of an Ending
Louise O'Brien reviews 'The Sense of an Ending' by Julian Barnes, published by Jonathan Cape. [more]

Business with Rod Oram
Cerebos Pacific's hostile takeover bid for Comvita, the NZ maker of manuka honey based health supplements. [more]

Peer pressure as an agent of social change
Pulitzer prize-winning writer Tina Rosenberg is the author of a new book called 'Join the Club' which describes peer pressure as a "social cure". [more]

Media with Gavin Ellis
The Broadcasting Standards Authority decision on John Key's Radio Live show and TVNZ's unashamedly commercial annual report. [more]

Frontline services dealing with needy, busier than ever
Fewer people are receiving unemployment benefits and the number of hardship grants being handed out by Work and Income has fallen by 20% in the June quarter compared to last year. Frontline services are still handing out record numbers of food parcels. So what's going on? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 18 October 2011
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 18 October 2011
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 18 October 2011
The head of the Waikato-Tainui executive says he guarantees his iwi will be ready to negotiate an outstanding treaty claim, with whichever party is in power after the general election next month; A Maori language advocate says te reo should have a greater public presence, and be seen everywhere - including on transport signs and food labels; A bacterial disease responsible for killing kanakana or lamprey eels in two Southland rivers has been found in a single trout in an isolated Otago hatchery; A Chinese company says New Zealand's clean water and food safety record are behind its decision to grow sea cucumber in Aotearoa. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 18 October 2011
A Maori language advocate says Te Reo should have a greater public presence, and be seen everywhere including on transport signs and food labels; The head of the Waikato-Tainui executive says he guarantees his iwi will be ready to negotiate an outstanding treaty claim, with whichever party is in power after the general election next month; A Chinese company says New Zealand's clean water and food safety record are behind its decision to grow sea cucumber in Aotearoa. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 18 October 2011
A Bay of Plenty hapu has decided not to move its marae, which has been sinking for the past 19 years due to underground steam extraction by a nearby power station; The Council of Christian Social Services is encouraging Maori to make income inequality a general election issue; The percentage of Maori officers in the police has remained static over the past two years - standing at 11 per cent; The Ministry of Fisheries in Gisborne says it wants to engage more with local communities, particularly Maori, on educating them about daily catch and size limits for harvesting kaimoana. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 18 October 2011
The Council of Christian Social Services is encouraging Maori to make income inequality a general election issue; A Bay of Plenty hapu whose marae is threatened by flooding from the Waikato river, has refused Contact Energy's offer to re-locate to a safe site; The Ministry of Fisheries in Gisborne says it wants to engage more with local communities, particularly Maori, on educating them about daily catch and size limits for harvesting kaimoana. [more]

The Sampler

The Sampler for 18 October 2011
Nick Bollinger reviews the Lost Notebooks of Hank Willams and speaks to Shelby Lynne about her new album Revelation Road. [more]

Upbeat

Susan King
Australian lutenist and guest of Lute Society of New Zealand's Lutefest 2011 taking place in Wellington during Labour Day Weekend. [more]

David Griffiths and Timothy Young
Clarinettist and pianist from Ensemble Liaison chamber trio touring NZ with violinist Wilma Smith on behalf of Chamber music New Zealand. [more]

You Me... Now!

Episode 51: Catch Me If You Can
The boys fly out to deliver the cash to Joel who is holding Lucille hostage. [more]

News stories:

Former MP leaves prison
Former Labour MP Phillip Field left Spring Hill Prison in Waikato on Monday on parole two years into his six-year sentence. [more]

Sharemarket makes strong start to new week
The New Zealand sharemarket has started the week positively, with the NZX 50 index closing up 17 points, or 0.5%, to 3320. [more]

Labour would review broadband rollout
The Labour Party is promising an independent review of the ultrafast broadband rollout into urban and rural areas if it becomes the Government after the general election. [more]

Big sausage order for Invercargill butchery
Staff at Bowmont Wholesale Meats in Invercargill last week worked overtime to fill an order for 60,000 sausages [more]

University to increase fees next year
The University of Auckland Council has voted to put up domestic student fees by 4% next year. [more]

Resistant kiwifruit will take time - US expert
A US plant-disease specialist supports the kiwifruit industry's strategy of producing a resistant variety of the fruit but says similar experiences in the United States show it will take some time. [more]

Effluent compliance rates up in Canterbury and Waikato
Effluent compliance on dairy farms in the country's two biggest dairying regions has risen again. [more]

Greater public presence wanted for Te Reo
A Maori language advocate says Te Reo should have a greater public presence and be seen everywhere, including on transport signs and food labels. [more]

Waikato-Tainui ready to negotiate Treaty claim
The head of the Waikato-Tainui executive says he guarantees his iwi will be ready to negotiate an outstanding Treaty claim with whichever party is in power after the general election. [more]

Te Anau fish release cancelled
A bacterial disease responsible for killing kanakana or lamprey in two Southland rivers has been found in a single trout in an isolated Otago hatchery. [more]

Clean safe water behind partnership
A Chinese company says New Zealand's clean water and food safety record are behind its decision to grow sea cucumber in Aotearoa. [more]

Bracewell feeling the love after Black Caps sweep series
The New Zealand cricket team made it two from two this morning to complete a whitewash of Zimbabwe in their two-match Twenty/20 series with young seamer Doug Bracewell claiming three... [more]

Warner blames Zionism for FIFA fallout
The former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has blamed Zionism for the circumstances that led to him and former Asian Football Confederation chief Mohammed Bin Hammam being forced out of the... [more]

India trounce England in Delhi
India's top order batsmen blazed their way to a one-sided victory over England in the second one-day cricket international in Delhi. Chasing 238 for victory, the world champions lost two... [more]

Cambo to play at New Zealand Open
New Zealand's former US Open champion golf Michael Campbell says he wants nothing more than to follow in the footsteps of Sir Bob Charles in becoming a multiple winner of... [more]

Fed drops out of tennis top three for first time in almost a decade
Swiss ace Roger Federer has dropped out of the top three places in the world tennis rankings for the first time since before he won the first of his 16... [more]

Aussie hockey coach calls for rule change
The Australian men's hockey coach Ric Charlesworth wants hockey leagues around the world to trial innovative rules which could one day be implemented at international level. Hockey will take on... [more]

ABs back to the grindstone
Normal business will resume today for the All Blacks following a day of relaxation, having made this weekends Rugby World Cup final. Spurred on by constant reminders of their World... [more]

Smeltz out to end unbeaten run of old club
The Perth Glory striker Shane Smeltz hopes to inflict more pain on the Wellington Phoenix when his former club travels west for Sunday's A-League football clash at NIB Stadium. The... [more]

Indy Car drivers demand change after tragic day in Las Vegas
Sadness over Briton Dan Wheldon's death in a horror Indy Car crash turned to frustration for drivers after fears that the Las Vegas Motor Speedway was unsuitable for a large... [more]

Packer cops one-week ban for high shot
The New Zealand rugby league prop Russell Packer has escaped with just a one-match ban for his high shot on Australian skipper Darren Lockyer in Sunday's one-off Test in Newcastle. [more]

Gold Coast event in doubt after Indy car death
A question mark remains over this weekend's Gold Coast 600 field after the tragic death yesterday of the British IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon. But the man who had been set... [more]

F1 champs lead Dan Wheldon tributes
World motor racing champions Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Michael Schumacher have been at the forefront of tributes from formula one drivers mourning the death of the British Indy car... [more]

Ward cleared to play for Nix'
The Wellington Phoenix midfielder Nick Ward has been cleared to play in the club's A-league football clash in Perth on Sunday. Ward was shown a straight red card by referee... [more]

Power out of Australian V8 race
The Australian Indy Car racer, Will Power, has been ruled out of this weekend's Gold Coast 600 V8 Supercars race after yesterday's tragic Indy Car Series finale in Las Vegas. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Tuesday's headlines: Auckland Council organising Rugby World Cup victory parade; asbestos contained in rubble from Cashel Street demolition site; attempt to damage school girl's reputation by another girl's mother. [more]

Westpac chief encourages investment
Westpac chief executive George Frazis says confidence has returned and it is now time for businesses to invest for growth. [more]

More deals tipped by Blackstone
Blackstone Group, the new owner of Burger King says it expects to make more purchases in New Zealand and Australia as it grows its presence in the Asia-Pacific region. [more]

Atlantis Health eyes US, Middle East markets
Atlantis Healthcare, an Auckland-based company that has become a world leader in medicine management, is about to expand into the United States and Middle East. [more]

Energy Mad public offering reaches target
Energy-efficient lightbulb maker Energy Mad says it has raised $5 million in its initial public offering. [more]

Coolstore fire now out
The Fire Service says a blaze at a factory in Auckland is now out. [more]

Forward base set up in Whakatane
Maritime New Zealand has set up a forward operating base in Whakatane to deal with any oil from the Rena which makes it to nearby beaches. [more]

Man charged after police officer assaulted
Police have charged a man after an officer was assaulted at a property in Claudelands in Waikato. [more]

Key happy with money spent on Cup
Prime Minister John Key believes the money spent on the Rugby World Cup has been worth it, despite the event losing an expected $39 million. [more]

Offshore markets down
Stocks on Wall St fell on Monday after Germany dampened enthusiasm that an upcoming summit would result in a breakthrough in Europe's debt crisis. European markets were also down. [more]

Australian Cabinet Minister rules out using Nauru for asylum seeker camp
A senior Australian cabinet minister has ruled out any chance his government will adopt Nauru as an option for the offshore processing of asylum seekers. The Sydney Morning Herald reports... [more]

Failure to provide basic services in rural PNG undermining resource development
The Director of Caritas Papua New Guinea says that failure by successive governments to provide basic services for the mainly rural population has put unneccessary pressure on resource developers. Raymond... [more]

Fishing company against foreign charter vessels
Talley's says foreign charter vessels should not be operating in New Zealand waters. [more]

Back to the grindstone for All Blacks
Normal business will resume on Tuesday for the All Blacks following a day of relaxation, after the Rugby World Cup semi-final. [more]

Research evaluation stakes high
Victoria University says it stands to lose $3 million if just one of its academics fails to make the grade in a national evaluation of research in tertiary institutions. [more]

Fish disease found in Otago trout hatchery
Fish & Game is concerned at the discovery of a bacterial fish disease in a trout in Otago and fears it could spread further. [more]

US mining operation in Papua suspends operations after suspected sabotage
The Indonesian unit of the US mining giant Freeport McMoRan announced yesterday that it has suspended operations in West Papua amid suspicions a pipe had been sabotaged. A blockade by... [more]

Re-settlement of people living near a large PNG gold mine has to be affordable - Governor
The Governor of Papua New Guinea's Enga Province says the full scale re-settlement of communities living near a large gold mine has to be affordable. A landowners group in Enga... [more]

Referendum mooted by mayor
Auckland Mayor Len Brown is looking at holding a referendum on whether people should be charged for using clogged roads in the region. [more]

NZ-flagged boat released by US Coast Guard
The US Coast Guard in American Samoa has released a New Zealand-flagged fishing boat that was detained for safety deficiencies in Pago Pago. [more]

ABs in good shape for final World Cup push
The All Blacks start the final phase of their World Cup programme today, building up to Sunday night's decider against France at Eden Park. They've had a day of rest... [more]

Taylor praises opening pair as Black Caps sweep series
The New Zealand openers Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill showed no ill effects of six months without cricket as they blasted the Black Caps to a 34 run victory in... [more]

Former F1 champion want's son to quit Indy Cars
The former Formula 1 world champion Jody Scheckter says Indy Car racing is the most dangerous form of motorsport in the world and that he wants his son Tomas to... [more]

Union wants end to education ping-pong
The Post Primary Teachers Association is urging political parties to stop playing ping pong with education policy. [more]

Crash victims stable in hospital
Two people who survived a light plane crash in Arrowtown on Monday are in a stable condition in Dunedin hospital. [more]

Enrolment numbers down by 280,000
More than a quarter of a million people still need to enrol for the general election and referendum on the voting system on 26 November. [more]

Sport: Charity match arranged for Fiji cricket captain
Current and former New Zealand representatives will come together for a charity match in support of Fiji women's cricket captain Losi Harford next month. The 38 year old, who has... [more]

Wheldon's death sparks call for change
The 2005 champion Dan Wheldon did not live long enough to see the safety innovations he was testing become the standard for the Indy Car Series in 2012. But the... [more]

Injured Indy Car drivers released from hospital
Two Indy Car drivers were released from a Las Vegas hospital after being treated for injuries suffered in the horrific crash that claimed the life of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner... [more]

Sport: Tongan sevens team look to 'Ikale Tahi
Tonga is using the performance of the 'Ikale Tahi at the Rugby World Cup as inspiration ahead of the Oceania Sevens tournament, which kicks off next weekend in Apia. Places... [more]

Rise in quarterly profit reported by Citigroup
Citigroup has reported a profit of $US3.8 billion in the three months to September - an increase of a 74%. [more]

$4b settlement for BP over Gulf of Mexico disaster
BP is to receive $US4 billion as part of a settlement with Anadarko Petroleum over last year's oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. [more]

Job cuts at Phillips
Philips will cut 4500 jobs after reporting a sharp fall in third-quarter profits. [more]

Company to drop legal action against Zespri
Turners Growers says it will drop legal action against Zespri due to severe pressure on the kiwifruit industry from the PSA disease. [more]

New Caledonia tax break probe widened
The chief of staff of New Caledonia's president is the latest person placed under formal investigation as part of a probe into tax breaks for 3G telephone operators. Philippe Mouton... [more]

Tiwai smelter could go to Asian interests - analyst
A resource analyst expects Asian buyers to be particularly interested in the aluminium businesses, including the Tiwai Point smelter, being offloaded by Rio Tinto. [more]

Nosh to stock Waitrose products
Specialist supermarket chain Nosh Food Market says it will stock products from the British-based supermarket chain Waitrose by the end of 2011. [more]

Welsh players want to get back into action
Wales assistant coach Shaun Edwards says he's very impressed with how his players have started preparation for the Rugby World Cup play-off with Australia for third and fourth places. [more]

Tighter conditions on water subsidies
The Ministry of Health says tighter conditions on water supply upgrade grants have ensured the most vulnerable rural communities received assistance this year. [more]

Positive aspects seen in EU farm proposals
A New Zealand agricultural trade representative sees some positive elements in proposed changes in the European Union's farm policy. [more]

Journalism award
A freelance journalist based in Rangiora, Hugh de Lacy, has won this year's top award for agricultural journalism. [more]

French Polynesia again warns local council pays at risk
French Polynesia's president, Oscar Temaru, has told mayors from Tahiti and Moorea that public servants employed by local councils may not be paid this month. This comes amid an impasse... [more]

Prison escaper in shackles in court
A prisoner who escaped from an Auckland jail has appeared in court, shackled and flanked by guards. [more]

Tongan nobles vote for law change ahead of court appearances
The Tongan opposition leader Akilisi Pohiva says two nobles should never have been allowed to vote on a bill that had a direct impact on them. Last week, parliament voted... [more]

EQC contents payments now $7.5m a week
The Earthquake Commission says new figures show it has been paying about $7.5 million per week to settle contents claims. [more]

Bankrupt businesswoman charged with corruption
Officials in Hong Kong have charged bankrupt businesswoman May Wang with corruption. [more]

Waste from Japan quake and tsunami found floating near Hawaii
The International Pacific Research Centre at the University of Hawaii estimates up to 20 million tonnes of debris was washed away in the tsunami that followed Japan's 9.0 magnitude earthquake... [more]

Washington may cut 'transformative' Pacific health programme
Health educators in Pacific Islands affiliated to the United States fear the loss of US funds to train up their own nurses. Washington's budget crisis means the Area Health Education... [more]

A childhood dream coming true for Cruden
The All Black first five Aaron Cruden says he's honoured to be representing his country in a Rugby World Cup final, something he's thought about for the majority of his... [more]

Welsh players want to get back into action
The Wales assistant coach Shaun Edwards says he's been very impressed with how his players have moved on from their World Cup semi-final defeat and started preperation for the third... [more]

Skaife steps down from motor racing to become V8 Supercar chair
Mark Skaife has stepped down from race driving to become chair of the new V8 Supercars Commission. The five-time touring car series champion says it was one of the most... [more]

Tongan government welcomes solar power for schools
The government of Tonga has welcomed the start of a three-part project that aims to introduce renewable solar power systems to all high schools in the country. The estimated 3.2... [more]

Council says no to Christchurch stallholders
Christchurch stallholders who used to trade in Cathedral Square and at the Arts Centre are being prevented from setting up outside the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. [more]

Interoil dismisses bad fuel as PNG plane crash cause
Papua New Guinea's fuel distributor InterOil has denied that its fuel may have been contaminated, leading to last Thursday's fatal aircraft crash in Madang. The contamination theory was put forward... [more]

Luhk sisters' disappearance in CNMI still investigated
The FBI says it is still investigating the mysterious disappearance of sisters Faloma and Maleina Luhk in the Northern Marianas four months ago. A special agent Tom Simon says the... [more]

Law changed to benefit Tongan noble suspects only, says opposition
The Tongan opposition leader, Akilisi Pohiva, says a law has been passed by parliament only to serve the interests of two of its noble representatives. Parliament has voted to reduce... [more]

UNICEF NZ sending desalination unit to Tuvalu
The children's charity UNICEF New Zealand is sending a solar-powered desalination unit to drought-stricken Tuvalu. The unit, capable of producing 6,000 litres of drinking water a day, will allow the... [more]

Police Association wants name suppression for officers
The Police Association wants officers who use lethal force during the course of their duties to have automatic name suppression. [more]

Diversion sought by stunt pilot TV crew
Television crew members accused of breaching aviation rules with a stunt which involved impersonating a pilot are seeking diversion. [more]

Labour pledges to drop high country tenure review
The Labour Party is promising to drop the tenure review process for high country land and embark on a programme of direct purchase of future conservation land if it wins November's election. [more]

Maungatautari Reserve dispute settled
A dispute over the governance of Maungatautari Reserve in the Waikato region has been settled a year after it began. [more]

French Polynesia prosecutor dismisses cannibalism claim as lunacy
The French prosecutor in charge of investigating last week's disappearance of a German yachtsman in French Polynesia says it is sheer lunacy to suggest he was the victim of cannibalism. [more]

Oil-covered debris found at top of East Coast
Pieces of oil-coated material from a container have been found near Te Araroa on the East Coat and it is believed to have come from the grounded ship in the Bay of Plenty. [more]

Kopaki farmer dies in digger accident
A 70-year-old farmer has died after the digger he was operating rolled on him in the King Country. [more]

National draws up short-list for Tamaki
A short-list of five people has been drawn up by the National Party as it looks for a new candidate in the safe Auckland seat of Tamaki. [more]

Compensation for businesses may not be needed - PM
The Prime Minister says a compensation package for businesses affected by a stricken ship off Tauranga may not be necessary if the problem is resolved by Christmas. [more]

Quake rebuilding delays tipped to reduce inflation pressure
Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard says delays to rebuilding in Christchurch will help to reduce pressures on inflation. [more]

Kiwis prop pleads guilty to high tackle on Lockyer
The Kiwis prop Russell Packer has pleaded guilty to a high tackle on Australian captain Darren Lockyer in Sunday's rugby league test and will serve a one-match ban. Packer caught... [more]

Wales name strongest lineup for third place playoff
Wales have named their strongest available team for Friday's rugby World Cup third-place playoff against Australia. Coach Warren Gatland's made three changes to the side which lost 9-8 to France... [more]

NBA owners and players to meet with mediator
NBA owners and players will return to negotiations later today to try and resolve a lockout which threatens to delay the US basketball season until Christmas. NBA billionaire owners, who... [more]

Scientists' advice in quake lead-up questioned
A woman who lost a relative in the Christchurch earthquake has questioned advice GNS scientists gave authorities in the lead-up to the tragedy. [more]

New Lapita cemetery discovered in Vanuatu
Archeologists are excited about finding a second Lapita cemetery in Vanuatu. The Lapita people are believed to be the region's first settlers, having arrived about 3,000 years ago. An Australian... [more]

Tongan schools welcome renewable energy project
Tongan schools have welcomed the start of a renewable energy programme that will help address their annual power shortages. The programme aims to introduce solar power systems to all high... [more]

Solomon Islands Governor General accepts ruling on Lusibaea
The office of the Solomon Island's Governor General has accepted yesterday's High Court ruling regarding North Malaita MP Jimmy Lusibaea. Mr Lusibaea lost his seat after the High Court heard... [more]

Identification of bodies from PNG air crash may take up to a month
Papua New Guinea Police believe they have recovered all the bodies following last Thursday's plane crash which killed 28 people. The Ministry of Civil Aviation says mechanical fault appears to... [more]

Fisheries officials seek greater links with Maori
The Ministry of Fisheries in Gisborne wants to increase its engagement with local communities, particularly Maori, on educating them about daily catch and size limits for harvesting kaimoana. [more]

Percentage of Maori police officers static
The proportion of Maori officers in the police has remained static over the past two years and stands at 11%. [more]

Hapu refuses offer to move marae
A Bay of Plenty , whose marae is threatened by flooding from the Waikato river, has refused Contact Energy's offer to re-locate to a safe site. [more]

Call for Maori inequality to be election issue
The Council of Christian Social Services is encouraging Maori to make income inequality a general election issue. [more]

Consumers putting credit cards away
A survey by a credit reporting agency shows consumers are putting their credit cards away pre-Christmas. [more]

Charter shipping company donates $1m for clean-up
Transport Minister Steven Joyce says he does not accept a $1 million donation from the company that chartered a grounded ship off Tauranga should be the final contribution from those involved in the disaster. [more]

Government reduces scrutiny of NCEA marking
The Government is reducing its scrutiny of school teachers' marking of NCEA internal assessments. [more]

Call to disclose quake-prone buildings
The director of the building industry's research centre is calling for buildings that are not earthquake safe to be stickered. [more]

Measures tightened after asbestos rubble scare
The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority says it is double-checking all its paperwork following the dumping of potentially asbestos-contaminated quake rubble in a Christchurch landfill. [more]

Unsuccessful bid to lobby PM over rare drug
Patients with a rare degenerative disease tried unsuccessfully to plead for special funding from the Prime Minister on Tuesday. [more]

Mixed reviews for Jackson's film Tintin
Peter Jackson's new film The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is getting mixed reviews ahead of its premiere in Belgium this weekend. [more]

Remote petrol station still running
The northern-most petrol station in New Zealand is still managing to keep running, even though its pumps are unusable after a fire. [more]

Half-hour delay before missing inmate found dead
A coroner has found it took Whanganui Prison staff more than 30 minutes to discover one of New Zealand's most notorious sex offenders was missing, let alone dead. [more]

Air Force pilot had history of flying dangerously
A Defence Force Court of Inquiry has found an Air Force aerobatic pilot killed in a crash last year had a history of flying dangerously. [more]

Flooding in South Canterbury and Otago
The Fire Service says it has been fielding dozens of calls from people in South Canterbury and Otago who have reported flooding problems. [more]

World Cup bronze final crowd boosted
The crowd for Friday's Rugby World Cup bronze final will be boosted by 716 people with tickets given to them by Auckland Council as compensation for disruption to transport services on the opening night of the rugby tournament. [more]

Wales name strong line-up for bronze final
Wales have named their strongest available team for Friday's rugby World Cup third-place playoff against Australia. [more]