Radio New Zealand - Friday, 28th October 2011

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This page features: Afternoons, Best Of The Week, Business News, Checkpoint, Country Life, Election 2011 Audio, Extra Time, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Week In Review, This Way Up, Upbeat

Afternoons

Real life ghost busters
Jo Davy and James Gilberd are real life Ghost Busters, they bust myths about ghosts. [more]

Best Song Ever Written - Mr Tambourine Man
Radha Sahar from Wellington chooses this Bob Dylan song by The Byrds. [more]

The Vault - Wintering in Antarctica 1957
A team of 23 including leader Edmund Hillary spent long winter months waiting for the sun to come up in Antarctica. The life changing experience was remembered in 1977 and again this year at a Scott Centenary dinner. [more]

Feature Album - For Everyman
Jackson Browne album from 1973. [more]

Fresh Fast Food with Allyson Gofton
Something really different from celebrity chef, Allyson Gofton today - an anti-oxidant packed salad, Cracked wheat and nut tabbouleh with pomegranate syrup dressing. [more]

Wine with Belinda Jackson
Blenheim wine consultant, Belinda Jackson talks about the use of oak with wine, and also has her weekend wine selections. Wither Hills Chardonnay $13-$15 on special Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Syrah $25 Villa Maria Barrique Fermented Gisborne Chardonnay $35-$40 [more]

Film Review with Sarah McMullan
Sarah McMullan reviews 'One Day' - the film based on the David Nicholls best-seller, as well as the science fiction thriller, 'In Time', starring Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake - and to get you into the Halloween frame of mind - Sarah also reviews the remake of 'Fright Night'. [more]

Kingston Flyer back on track
The Kingston Flyer historic steam train will once again ride the rails between Kingston on southernmost end of Lake Wakatipu and Fairlight, 14 kilometers down the track. For almost three years, the vintage train sat idle after its owners went into recievership. Marlborough vineyard owner David Bryce bought the Kingston flyer in August and has spent the last few months dusting the cobwebs off the carriages and redecorating the Flyer Cafe for thes re-launch. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 28 October 2011
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Michelle Boag and Brian Edwards (Part 1)
It's been a strange transition for many New Zealanders this week, from the six-week festival of the oval ball to the cut and thrust of a very short election campaign. The Labour Party chose to use the release of one of its most important policies to launch its election campaign. The National Party's plan, just announced, to extend the duration of the current "training wage" to six months? [more]

The Panel with Michelle Boag and Brian Edwards (Part 2)
There's a long, hot, dry summer on the way thanks to a returning La Nina weather pattern. The UN Security Council has voted unanimously to lift the no-fly zone over Libya on October 31 and end its authorisation of military action to protect civilians. West Auckland and rural ratepayers are better off under a new Super City rating system, which will see residents of the North Shore, Howick and the old Auckland City facing big increases. Hundreds of pupils at St Pat's town in Kilbirnine will be spending their lunch breaks in compulsory study sessions until next Tuesday, after they attended the All Blacks' Rugby World Cup victory parade in Wellington. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 28 October 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 28 October. This week .... WE WON the Rugby World Cup but what's the rest of the world saying about New Zealand, we hear from the designer of the Maori taonga for RWC's Man of the Match awards and commentating rugby in te reo Maori, the kiwi infiltrating the suburbs in the Bay of Plenty, Albertlanders in search of a port in Northland, is This Way Up's Simon Morton going to get a hearing aid and lifting our horizon's with Sir Paul Callaghan. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 28 October 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 28 October 2011
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 28 October 2011
The dollar surges after Euro zone leaders reach a debt crisis deal. [more]

Evening Business for 28 October 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 28 October 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Friday 28 October 2011
Former Hamilton mayor resigns from top job. 6400 home owners get go ahead to rebuild or repair. Further demolition of Christchurch cathedral. Mysterious loss of ship's power being looked into. MMP opponents lining up behind alternative. [more]

Former Hamilton mayor resigns from top job
The head of Auckland's events agency has resigned suddenly, after an audit report criticised his previous role in Hamilton relating to the loss-making V8 Supercar event. [more]

6400 home owners get go ahead to rebuild or repair
The orange zoned homes are scattered through a large area of Brooklands, and small areas of South Brighton, Southshore, Wainoni, Parklands and Avonside. [more]

Further demolition of Christchurch cathedral
More of the Christchurch Cathedral is to be pulled down but church officials are still hopeful not all of it will have to be bulldozed. [more]

Mysterious loss of ship's power being looked into
Divers and a surveyor are due to inspect a container ship to solve the mystery of why it ran aground in Tauranga Harbour this morning. [more]

MMP opponents lining up behind alternative
The battlelines between the pro and anti-MMP campaigns are becoming increasingly clear, with Vote for Change is about to endorse Supplementary Member. [more]

Sports News for 28 October 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Kiwifruit-killing disease spreading in Northland
The kiwifruit vine killing disease PSA-v appears to be on the march, with a discovery in Northland, hundreds of kilometres from ground zero at Te Puke. [more]

Kiwirail moves to write down its assets by $6 billion
Kiwirail is moving to write down the value of its assets by six billion dollars, or nearly half, and split itself into two. [more]

Rena salvors build dam at submerged fuel tank
Salvage crews working on the stricken container ship Rena have pumped nearly 900 tonnes of oil off, leaving an estimated 600 tonnes still on board. [more]

Parole denied to Nia's mother
The mother of the murdered Rotorua toddler, Nia Glassie, has failed in her first bid for parole. [more]

Woman weeps as she's jailed for million-dollar fraud
A woman wept quietly in the dock of the Wellington District Court today as she was jailed for more than four years for the stealing over a million dollars. [more]

Inquest email author could face imprisonment
The person responsible for a potentially fraudulent email which was presented in evidence at an inquest, could go to jail for up to seven years. [more]

Call for Fiji to be allowed back into Pacific Forum
The caretaker president of Kiribati, Anote Tong, says he stands by his belief that Fiji should be re-admitted to the Pacific Islands Forum. [more]

World premiere of The Hobbit hits Wellington
Wellington is to host the world premiere of the first Hobbit film, in November next year. [more]

Machines being tested to help clean BOP beaches
New machines from Australia are being tried out at Mount Maunganui to help clean up the oil spilt on beaches by the stricken ship Rena. [more]

Seven tokoeka kiwis start life in their new, predator-free home
Seven critically endangered Haast tokoeka kiwi have started a new life on predator-free Pomona Island in Lake Manapouri. [more]

Sports News for 28 October 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Focus on Politics for 28 October 2011
This week the Government opened its books, showing it was still on target to get the public finances back into surplus by 2014-15, but that ambition is dependent on what many consider are optimistic economic forecasts. [more]

National says employment relations policy not a sweetener
The National Party says its employment relations policy is not an election sweetener for business. [more]

Country Life

Udderly Robotic
Cosmo Kentish-Barnes visits New Zealand's first commercial robotic dairy farm near Ashburton where cows milk themselves when they want to. [more]

Gidday and Regional Wrap
With gas supplies cut and dairy factories closed, many dairy farmers had to tip several milkings out, but otherwise the spring is looking really good in the North Island, while in the South Island early lambs are going to the meat processing plant. [more]

Avocado Picking
Avocados for the domestic and overseas markets are coming off trees thick and fast. It will be the biggest crop ever picked in New Zealand and Country Life joins those on the hydra ladders picking the fruit, following it through to the packhouse. [more]

Islands of Intrigue - Episode 7
The Country Life team continue their epic movie trailer adventure. [more]

Election 2011 Audio

National Party announces employment relations policy
National leader John Key outlines the policy to business leaders in Auckland. [more]

Labour leader talks about superannuation policy
Phil Goff talks to reporters about the need to raise the age people can get a pension. [more]

National leader discusses superannuation
John Key talks to reporters about Labour's plan to raise the retirement age and National's view. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 28 October 2011
Extra Time for 28 October 2011. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 28 October 2011
A container ship has hit rocks at the Tauranga harbour entrance and a decision is made on the future of the Christchurch Cathedral. [more]

Midday Sports News for 28 October 2011
Mind games in full swing ahead of Kiwi's four nations rugby league clash with Kangaroos. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 28 October 2011
Superannuation takes centre stage in the election campaign as Labour promises to raise the age of entitlement. The latest on repairs to the Maui gas pipeline ..some business are getting their supplies back and residents in Auckland's wealthiest surburbs are critical of the Auckland Council's planned rates rise. [more]

Supermarkets across country face bread, dairy shortages
Supermarkets are warning of nationwide delays and shortages due to the Maui gas pipeline leak. [more]

Residents flee rising flood waters in Thailand
Thousands of people are leaving Bangkok after the Thai government warned large parts of the city could soon be flooded. [more]

Pacific News for 28 October 2011
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Labour pledges to lift age of eligibility for national super
The Labour Party has pledged to gradually raise the age of eligibility for superannuation to reduce pension costs for the Government. [more]

Commonwealth leaders meet in Perth for biannual meeting
The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting or CHOGM gets underway in Perth today. [more]

Electors react to Labour's superannuation entitlement plans
The Labour Party is promising to raise the age of entitlement for superannuation to 67 by 2033, if it's elected. [more]

Labour leader discusses proposed lift to pension age
National says the bottomline is you have to work two years longer under Labour. [more]

New Zealand First leader discusses superannuation
The New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has come out strongly against the Labour policy. Mr Peters has long supported a compulsory retirement scheme but says there is no need to raise the age of entitlement. [more]

Vector says repairs to Maui Pipeline are going well
Businesses affected by the gas leak on the Maui Pipeline are slowly being allowed to start using gas again. [more]

Rate payers disgruntled in Auckland's wealthy suburbs
Residents in Auckland's wealthiest surburbs are critical of the Auckland Council's planned rates rise. [more]

Radio New Zealand's political editor discusses super policy
Returning now to our lead story and Labour's superannuation and savings policy - our political editor Brent Edwards joins us. [more]

Euro markets bounce back after debt deal
Stock markets have risen worldwide relieved after European leaders agreed a deal to solve the Eurozone's debt crisis. [more]

Sports News for 28 October 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Ryall says afterhours healthcare will be paid for by savings
National is promising parents won't have to pay for after-hours healthcare for children aged under six, if it is re-elected. [more]

Green kiwifruit vine spotting scares growers
Kiwifruit growers are worried by an alarming increase of the vine killing PSA disease in green varieties. [more]

Supplementary Member another option for voting system
The Supplementary Member electoral system is shaping up as one of the main contenders to replace the current voting system, if voters opt to ditch MMP. [more]

Supplementary Member another option for voting system
The Supplementary Member electoral system is shaping up as one of the main contenders to replace the current voting system, if voters opt to ditch MMP. [more]

French return home from World Cup empty handed
The French rugby team has received a heroes' welcome home despite returning without the Webb Ellis Cup. [more]

Political taboo of super age broken by Labour
The Labour Party is promising to raise the age of entitlement for superannuation to 67 by 2033, if it's elected. [more]

Labour wants to lift age New Zealanders can get pension
Labour's proposal to lift the pension entitlement age to 67 by 2033 would affect more than two-million working-age people. [more]

Gas leak forces businesses to review their contingency plans
Businesses in the upper North Island are rethinking the security of their gas supply following this week's leak from the Maui pipeline. [more]

Rugby Union plans to open office in Paris
Having conquered the French at Eden Park, the Rugby World Cup winning All Blacks now have their eyes on expanding into French territory. [more]

Research finds criminal system fails families of victims
A landmark study of the families of homicide victims has found the criminal justice system fails to meet the needs of these people. [more]

Sports News for 28 October 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Former Mayor rejects audit report about V8 event
The former mayor and chief executive of the Hamilton City Council, Michael Redman, says he's been made the scapegoat, in an audit report that's highly critical how much it cost Hamilton ratepayers to bring the V8 motor race to the city. [more]

Palmerston North, Manawatu councils in court over river
The Palmerston North City Council and the Manawatu Regional Council are heading to court in a dispute over who is polluting the Manawatu River. [more]

High Court quashes BSA F-word decision
The High Court has quashed a decision by the Broadcasting Standards Authority that Television New Zealand breached standards by airing the F word in a documentary about the Aramoana massacre. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
Let's have a chat to our Canberra correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh. [more]

Nights

Boogie Woogie Blues - Jan Preston
The joys and dramas of being Jan Preston, New Zealand's most famous ex-pat boogie-Woogie musician. [more]

Conundrum Winner
Conundrum Winner [more]

Nine To Noon

Raising the pension age
Kerry McDonald Former head of the Government's Savings Working Group, former chairman of the BNZ and managing director of Comalco New Zealand; Michael Littlewood Co-Director, Auckland University's Retirement Policy and Research Centre and Professor Chris Cunningham Director, Research Centre for Maori Health & Development, Massey University Wellington. [more]

World's population reaches seven billion on Monday
A new report from the United Nations Population Fund looks at the new challenges we face as the numbers continue to rise. Dirk Jena is the director of the UNFPA's Pacific Sub-Regional Office, based in Fiji. [more]

Asia Correspondent - Phil O'Sullivan
The floods in Bangkok; and a two year old girl hit by a van in China was ignored by passersby. [more]

Book Review - The Impossible Dead
Gail Pittaway reviews 'The Impossible Dead' written by Ian Rankin, published by Orion. [more]

New Music with Sean McKenna
New music from Tom Waits, Coldplay and The Unfaithful Ways. [more]

Christchurch Cathedral to undergo demolition
Christchurch Cathedral is to undergo further demolition. But Anglican Church elders are not saying it will be fully demolished or where a new cathedral will be located. [more]

Sport with Joseph Romanos
A post-mortem on the Rugby World Cup. [more]

Week That Was
With Radar and Moata Tamaira. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 28 October 2011
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 28 October 2011
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 28 October 2011
The Chairman of Ngati Porou, Apirana Mahuika, says despite a successful East Coast clean-up of oil and debris from the container ship Rena, a rahui or ban may be imposed on the taking of kaimoana; The Tainui Chairman Tukoroirangi Morgan says his iwi is rapturous with the Waikato Regional Council's decision to allow for two Maori seats on the authority; The Problem Gambling Foundation is backing a call by Mana leader Hone Harawira for the community's right to outlaw pokies; [more]

Manu Korihi News for 28 October 2011
The Tainui Chairman Tukoroirangi Morgan says his iwi is rapturous with the Waikato Regional Council's decision to allow for two Maori seats on the authority; The Chairman of Ngati Porou says it's a huge relief for East Coast residents, that the clean-up of oil and debris along their coastline from the stranded container ship Rena, is finally over; The Problem Gambling Foundation says it supports the Mana party's stand on pokies - and the damage they do in poor communities. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 28 October 2011
Iwi leaders from Coromandel to Te Araroa near East Cape have met in Tauranga today, to discuss how to restore waterways polluted by oil from the container ship Rena; Meanwhile Ngati Porou say environmental damage caused by the Rena, has magnified the East Coast iwi's concern over oil exploration in the Raukumara basin off East Cape; Iwi and Conservation workers are excited by the potential of a new type of possum trap, being trialled in Tai Tokerau and Urewera forests. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 28 October 2011
Ngati Porou say environmental damage caused by the Rena has increased the East Coast iwi's concern over oil exploration in the Raukumara basin off East Cape; Meanwhile, the Government is reminding people to make submissions on a bill which develops better policy for oil and gas drilling offshore; Iwi and Conservation workers are excited by the potential of a new type of possum trap, being trialled in Northland and the Urewera forests. [more]

The Week In Review

The Week in Review - week ending 28 October 2011
A review of the week's news including: the All Blacks become heroes to four million, the Government opens its books with good and bad news, a gas pipeline rupture costs the economy $175m a day, salvors aboard the Rena pump oil day and night, National says if it gets re-elected, under-sixes will get free after-hours GP visits, Labour says if it is elected, it will raise the age of national super to 67....but gradually, and a large white swan terrorises riverside strollers in Nelson. [more]

This Way Up

Trout tales
New Zealand's got a reputation as one of the world's best trout fishing destinations. We visit a spawning tributary stream, the Waipa, that feeds into the Tongariro River with ranger Mike Nicholson. [more]

Upbeat

Sir Donald McIntyre
Munich based NZ bass baritone plays tribute to friend and colleague Christopher Doig. [more]

Aidan Lang and Therese Arseneau
NZ Opera General Executive and Chair of Arts Management Limited in Christchurch discuss the future of Southern Opera. [more]

Eric Boeren
Dutch jazz cornet player touring the country with local ensemble Melancholy Babes. [more]

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Review
Dianne James reviews last night's APO all-Mozart concert featuring pianist Michael Houstoun. [more]

News stories:

NZ rugby opens first overseas office - in France
The New Zealand Rugby Union is opening its first overseas office - in Paris. [more]

City council disputes wastewater abatement notice
A water-quality dispute between local authorities in Manawatu is likely to go all the way to the Environment Court. [more]

New Zealand market up in Thursday trading
The NZX50 index ended Thursday up 6 points or 0.2% at 3303. [more]

Summerset reaches IPO target
Retirement village operator Summerset says its initial public offering has closed fully subscribed, raising nearly $124 million. [more]

Chelsea fail in first attempt to buy back home ground
The Chelsea football club's attempt to buy back the freehold of Stamford Bridge as the first step of an eventual move to a new 60,000-seat stadium has ended in failure. [more]

Hamilton confirms split with singer girlfriend
McLaren's former Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has confirmed that he and singer girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger have split due to hectic and vastly different work schedules, but he says they... [more]

Simocelli farewelled at emotional funeral
Thousands of people lined the streets of the little town of Coriano in Italy's Rimini region to pay tribute to MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli after his death in the Malaysian... [more]

QPR deny reports of players giving evidence
Queens Park Rangers officials have denied reports that three players had given evidence against John Terry in the English Football Association's investigation into allegations of racist abuse involving the Chelsea... [more]

Support for stance against pokies
The Problem Gambling Foundation is backing a call by Mana leader Hone Harawira for the community's right to outlaw gaming machines (pokies). [more]

Waikato iwi welcomes Maori seats on regional council
Tainui chairman Tukoroirangi Morgan says his iwi is "rapturous" at a decision by Waikato Regional Council to allow for two Maori seats on the council in 2013. [more]

Cost of oil spill nearing $10 million - Joyce
Transport Minister Steven Joyce says the cost of the Rena oil spill is approaching the $10 million mark. [more]

Henry interested in England role
Outgoing New Zealand rugby coach Graham Henry says he's interested in a role with English rugby. [more]

River quality appeal seen as doomed
Massey University ecologist Mike Joy says Palmerston North City Council faces a near impossible task in trying to convince an Environment Court it is not polluting the Manawatu River. [more]

Retailer trims losses
Kirkcaldie & Stains in Wellington has trimmed its losses to $56,000 for the year to the end of August. Revenue fell 3% to $41 million. [more]

Airline now seeking payment from American Samoa govt
Inter Island Airways says it will ask the American Samoa Government to pay up on outstanding and substantial debts. The carrier's move is in response to the government's suit to... [more]

NZ defence force repair WW2 memorial in Solomon Islands
The New Zealand defence force vessel HMNZS Resolution will travel today to a remote island in the Solomon group to repair and rededicate a World War Two memorial. The memorial... [more]

Jakarta group calls for nationalisation of US Freeport mine in Papua
A group has called on Indonesians to occupy the Freeport office in Jakarta and demand the deportation of foreign workers from the country. The group, Freeport Nationalisation Movement, has told... [more]

Ryall says health surplus to pay for after-hours care for under-6s
National's health spokesperson Tony Ryall says a health budget surplus will pay for after-hours health care for children aged under six if the party is re-elected in November. [more]

Growth slowing in South Korea
Economic growth in South Korea has slowed for a second successive quarter. [more]

Fiji economist describes FNPF loan to Air Pacific as incredibly risky
Fiji economist Wadan Narsey has described a loan by the Fiji National Provident Fund to Air Pacific as incredibly risky. The Fund is lending 113 million US dollars for initial... [more]

Markets welcome eurozone debt deal
Stockmarkets reacted positively on Thursday after European leaders agreed on a deal to tackle the euro zone sovereign debt crisis. [more]

BSA ruling quashed
The High Court has quashed a decision that TVNZ breached broadcasting standards by airing the f-word in a programme about the 1990 massacre in Aramoana. [more]

Criminal system failed - Victim Support study
A study into how the families of homicide victims cope has found the criminal justice system fails to meet their needs. [more]

Euthanasia trial adjourned
A euthanasia trial in Dunedin has adjourned until at least Monday. [more]

43 Tahiti phantom jobs convicts appeal
Most of those convicted in French Polynesia for their role in a network of phantom jobs have decided to appeal. At the beginning of the month, 56 people were sentenced... [more]

Campaign to retain MMP launched
A group lobbying to keep the MMP voting system launched its campaign in Auckland on Friday. [more]

Increasing KiwiSaver employer contributions 'counter-productive'
Business New Zealand says Labour Party plans to make KiwiSaver compulsory and increase employer contributions to 7% will be counter-productive in the long run. [more]

Orange zone details expected
More details about the future of residential properties in the orange zone of Christchurch are expected on Friday afternoon. [more]

Suspension notices issued
Employees at a company which supports elderly people with mental disabilities in Otago and Southland have been issued with suspension notices in a dispute about pay. [more]

Fruitgrower rep reassures beekeepers about spray use
A Hawke's Bay fruitgrowers' representative has assured beekeepers that growers won't be spraying their trees until hives providing pollination services have been removed. [more]

Vanuatu becomes WTO Member
The General Council of the World Trade Organisation has approved Vanuatu's WTO membership bid. Vanuatu must ratify the deal by December the 31st, before becoming the WTO's 154th member thirty... [more]

Sport: Senior jobs to go at Fiji Rugby
The Fiji Rugby Union is to dump a number of its senior management as the fallout from the country's World Cup campaign continues. The FRU Board endorsed last night a... [more]

Sport: Fiji sevens team backing youth
Fiji's sevens coach Joe Savou is backing his young players to perform in this weekend's Oceania Sevens tournament in Apia. Fiji open their campaign against Tonga on Saturday morning, and... [more]

Sony takes full control of Ericsson
Sony has bought full control of mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson from Swedish telecoms equipment maker Ericsson. The transaction also includes a patent deal. [more]

Many workers physically exhausted at 65 - CTU
The Council of Trade Unions says workers will find the Labour Party's policy of lifting the retirement age to 67 a bit tough, as many are physically exhausted at 65. [more]

Labour's super policy 'will disadvantage Maori'
A Maori health expert believes the Labour Party's policy on raising the superannuation age will disadvantage Maori. [more]

Opo statue back in one piece
A statue of Opo the dolphin is back in one piece again in Hokianga after an attack by vandals. The damage was discovered early on Thursday morning. [more]

Henry talks about the future
The World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry is talking about the future, despite not yet having cut his ties with the All Blacks. In an interview with Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper,... [more]

Inglis left out of Four Nations opener
The Australian rugby league coach Tim Sheens has resisted the urge to select Greg Inglis for Saturday morning's Four Nations opener against the Kiwis in Warrington. The Queensland and South... [more]

Top jockey appealing to ride in Melbourne Cup
There's an anxious day ahead for one of Australia's leading jockeys who's desperate for a successful appeal which will allow him to ride in Tuesday's Melbourne Cup. Craig Williams was... [more]

Breakers looking to cut down on turnovers
The Breakers foward Mika Vukona says if they're beat the Sydney Kings tonight in their fifth Australian National Basktball League match of the season, they'll have to halve the number... [more]

Murray joins top class draw for Swiss Indoor event
The tennis world number three Andy Murray will take a wildcard entry into next week's ATP Swiss Indoor Champs where he joins world number one Novak Djokovic and home hero... [more]

All Blacks to have office in Paris
Amid debate as to whether or not All Blacks captain Richie McCaw was eye gouged by a French player during Sunday's World Cup final, the New Zealand Rugby Union's announced... [more]

Vettori still among leading ODI bowlers
The former Black Caps captain Dan Vettori retired from one day cricket six months ago, yet he's still ranked among the leading limited overs bowlers by the International Cricket Council. [more]

Man City could streak clear this weekend
The Manchester City football team can open up an eight-point gap at the top of the English Premier League when they return home to what will be a heroes' welcome... [more]

Call to bar corrupt officials from 2014 World Cup
A British investigative journalist who has accused FIFA of massive corruption has told Brazil's Senate that the country should freeze corrupt officials from football's governing body out of preparations for... [more]

Webber and Button to honour Wheldon
The Formula One drivers Jenson Button and Mark Webber will pay a special tribute to late British racer and friend Dan Wheldon at this weekend's inaugural Indian Grand Prix after... [more]

Schumacher confident of safety in F1
The Formula One great Michael Schumacher says the two deaths which have stunned motorsports were "fate", as he backed safety standards at the new Indian Grand Prix. The seven-time world... [more]

Olympic champion caught with cocaine
Bulgaria's Olympic weightlifting champion Galabin Boevski was arrested at Sao Paulo's international airport after trying to board a plane bound for Spain with nine kilogrammes of cocaine. Boevski, who won... [more]

German resin maker bought by Nuplex
Nuplex Industries has bought a German resin maker for 75 million euro to help boost sluggish earnings. It is now one of the top four resin manufacturers in the region. [more]

Wool prices mixed
This week's wool sale produced a mixed range of prices. It was the first in a fortnight. But demand was strong enough to clear 96% of the offering. [more]

Airlines PNG Dash-8 fleet returns to the skies
Airlines Papua New Guinea will start flying its fleet of Dash-8 aircraft again, after they were grounded following a crash in Madang which killed 28 people two weeks ago. The... [more]

Freeport forced to pay attention to labour and rights issues around Papua mine
A cultural anthropologist focussing on West Papua says the US-based miner Freeport McMoran is facing unprecedented concern among Indonesians about its Papua operations. About a third of the 23,000 workers... [more]

Fiji cargo ship adds to drought relief support for Tuvalu
The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs says a Fiji cargo ship, holding 450,000 litres of fresh water, is scheduled to sail to drought stricken Tuvalu today. The ship is... [more]

Prospect of trade deal with Chinese Taipei welcomed
New Zealand's primary export industries have welcomed a potential easing of trade barriers with Chinese Taipei, which includes Taiwan. [more]

Research fellowship in Spain awarded to NZ scientist
A young New Zealand scientist has won an international award which will take her to Spain to continue her shellfish research. [more]

Maungaturoto plant now operating again
Fonterra says its Maungaturoto milk processing plant in Northland is now operating again and it hopes to collect all milk from that region on Friday. [more]

More small housing units needed in Dunedin
A new 40 year plan for Dunedin says the city will need 7600 smaller housing units as its population ages. [more]

Niue/New Zealand Mint launch Sponge Bob silver
SpongeBob SquarePants is soon to become legal tender, with today's launch of the latest line of Niue-licensed silver coins from New Zealand Mint. The vice president for USA Operations at... [more]

PNG Forest Authority says logging company compliant
The head of the Papua New Guinea Forest Authority says the foreign-owned logging company, which has upset some environmental campaigners, has passed all the country's legal hurdles. Earlier this week,... [more]

Cordon down after mall incident
Police in Wellington have removed a cordon from a suburban shopping mall in Karori saying an object discovered in a car park there was not an explosive. [more]

Fiji regime extends emergency rules imposed in 2009
The Fiji regime has extended the Public Emergency Regulations until December the 2nd. The extension was made official by the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. The regime imposed the emergency rules... [more]

Paris voids Tong Sang's tweaking of Tahiti budget
France's highest court has advised that the French Polynesian 2011 budget published in the official journal in February was void. The then president, Gaston Tong Sang, published his version of... [more]

Samoa Water Authority says rain a relief but vigilance still needed
The Samoa Water Authority says intermittent recent rain across the country has helped ease water concerns but conservation is still important Urban manager Ekiumeni Fauolo says prior to the rain... [more]

Number of abortions lowest for nine years
The number of abortions performed in New Zealand last year was the lowest since 2001. [more]

La Nina to return
The La Nina weather pattern that brought about the Queensland floods last December and January will return again this summer. [more]

Vanuatu province worried about sea cucumber licence granted to Chinese business
There is concern in Vanuatu's Torba province over a government minister's decision to grant a license to a Chinese business to harvest sea cucumbers on the island of Gaua. The... [more]

Warning of another possible massive Fiji pension fund loss
A Fiji economist says Fiji pensioners could face up to 400 million US dollars in losses after another risky investment by the Fiji National Provident Fund. The pension fund is... [more]

US Congressman asks for humane treatment of Papuan separatist leaders
The US Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin has asked Indonesia to ensure the safety of Papuan detainees arrested at last week's Third Papuan People's Congress. Among those detained and facing charges... [more]

Dengue fever sparks emergency declaration in Marshall Islands
The Marshall Islands government has declared a state of emergency in an attempt to combat the spiralling number of dengue fever cases in Majuro. Within two days, the confirmed cases... [more]

New Zealand company in Fiji labour dispute
New Zealand company Turners and Growers is at the center of a pay dispute after casual labourers from its Fiji factory claimed they had not received adequate pay. Turners and... [more]

Rain eases Cook Islands water woes
The Cook Islands Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning says the most drought affected islands are now in much better shape after recent rain. The Ministry's Othaniel Tangianau says Penrhyn and... [more]

World tennis number one gives doubters fresh ammunition
Caroline Wozniacki has given her doubters fresh ammunition by crashing out of the WTA tennis champioships in Istanbul, less than 24 hours after being crowned end-of-year world No.1. The 21-year-old... [more]

Raising retirement age essential, says Labour leader
Labour Party leader Phil Goff says raising the age of entitlement for superannuation to 67 is essential because the number of people in retirement in the next 40 years will more than double. [more]

Bread shortages foreseen
Shortages of items such as bread and dairy products are foreseen at supermarkets, due to the closure of the Maui gas pipeline. Some are already limiting the number of loaves that customers can buy. [more]

St Louis force decider in baseball's World Series
The St. Louis Cardinals have come back from the brink of defeat to beat the Texas Rangers 10-9 in a game six to send baseball's World Series to a decisive... [more]

Labour rejects National's costings
The Labour Party has rejected National Party claims that its policies would cost taxpayers an extra $3 billion in 2015-16. [more]

Anti-MMP group supports Supplementary Member voting system
The debate over the referendum on the electoral system is heating up, with the anti-MMP lobby group Vote for Change set to endorse the Supplementary Member system. [more]

Christchurch Cathedral to undergo demolition
Christchurch Cathedral is to undergo partial demolition, but Anglican Church officials are hopeful that parts of it can be saved in some form. [more]

Theft forces Catholic credit union into liquidation
A Catholic credit union faces liquidation because of a former employee's theft of more than $1 million from its accounts. [more]

Nia Glassie's mother fails in bid for parole
The mother of the murdered Rotorua toddler Nia Glassie has failed in her first attempt to obtain release from prison. [more]

New Northland Regional Council CEO appointed
The Northland Regional Council has appointed a new chief executive - Malcolm Nicholson, who's currently the chief executive of Far North Holdings. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Friday's headlines: Eden Park literally shook when the All Blacks won the Rugby World Cup final; Ballantynes store in Christchurch ready to reopen on Saturday; profanities published by Invercargill City Council. [more]

Unions say employment relations policy won't benefit workers
The Council for Trade Unions says hard-working New Zealanders will be worse off under National's employment relations policy announced on Friday. [more]

Another ship grounds near Tauranga: no oil spilled
A container ship that ran aground near Mt Maunganui on Friday morning has been towed into Tauranga Harbour. No oil has spilled. [more]

Consumer warning about dangerous electrical device
Consumer New Zealand is warning that an electrical device called Go4Green Energy Smart is potentially dangerous. [more]

New standards for foundations decreed
New standards for foundations have been introduced for areas of Christchurch most prone to liquefaction in an earthquake. [more]

Navy joins another anti-piracy taskforce
The Royal New Zealand Navy will take part in an anti-piracy combined taskforce for the second time this year. [more]

Psa found to survive in beehive for six days
Scientists at Plant & Food Research have found that the Psa kiwifruit bacteria can survive for six days in a beehive. [more]

PSA symptoms reported on green kiwifruit vines
Kiwifruit growers in the Te Puke area are reporting symptoms of the Psa vine disease on green kiwifruit vines. [more]

Wellington will host world premiere of Hobbit film
Wellington will host the world premiere of the first Hobbit film in November next year. [more]

6000 orange-zone homes reclassified as green
More than 6000 residential homes in Christchurch originally zoned orange have been reclasssified as green-zone, meaning owners can go ahead with rebuilding or repairing them. [more]

Whoever sent mystery email could be imprisoned
Whoever sent a potentially fraudulent email put forward as evidence at an inquest in Wellington could wind up in jail. [more]

Food and beverage analysis launched
The Government has launched a comprehensive analysis of the food and beverage industry in New Zealand. [more]

Orakei suburbs not happy at rise in rates
Auckland residents in suburbs such as St Heliers, Remuera and Glendowie say they are footing the bill for expensive projects they won't benefit from, and a rates rise is unfair. [more]

Four Muriwhenua tribes ready to initial settlement
Four of the five Muriwhenua tribes of the Far North are close to initialling their deed of settlement for Treaty claims. [more]

Commission appoints cultural development adviser
The Families Commission has appointed its first full-time kaihono or senior adviser for cultural development. [more]

Fulbright award for Ngati Awa scholar
Ngati Awa scholar Natalie Ramarihia Coates is to continue her studies at Harvard University in the US thanks to a Fulbright Award. [more]

KiwiRail to slash asset value
KiwiRail has announced a proposal to write down the value of its assets by nearly half. [more]

Vector crew working round the clock on pipeline
Vector says welding work has started on the broken Maui pipeline. Thousands of companies have been without gas since a break was found in the pipe earlier this week. [more]

Work on oyster aquaculture wins top award
A New Zealand scientist is one of only 15 women around the world to win an international award, which has been given to her for her work on oyster aquaculture. [more]

Iwi leaders meet to discuss oil leak
Iwi leaders from Coromandel to Te Araroa near East Cape met in Tauranga on Friday to discuss how to restore waterways polluted by oil from the container ship Rena. [more]

Prospect of rahui raised
Despite a successful clean up on the East Coast of oil and debris from the Rena, Ngati Porou chairman Apirana Mahuika says there is a chance of a rahui (ban) being imposed on the harvesting of kaimoana (seafood). [more]

DoC excited by new possum traps
Iwi and conservation workers are excited by the potential of a new type of possum trap being trialled in Tai Tokerau and Urewera forests. [more]

US economy up
The US economy grew at an annualised rate of 2.5% in the third quarter of this year, according to figures from the Commerce Department. [more]

Higher earnings still expected by port company
Despite the effects of the PSA kiwifruit disease and the disruption and damage caused by the Rena stranding, the Port of Tauranga expects its earnings to rise this financial year. [more]

Soaring prices consolation for goldminer
Soaring gold prices offset lower production, higher costs and adverse exchange rates in the third quarter for OceanaGold. [more]

NZ posts another monthly trade deficit
New Zealand has posted its second consecutive monthly trade deficit, as demand for imports picked up. [more]

Indigenous research centre opens at Waikato
A new centre for indigenous research has opened at Waikato University. [more]

Maori-controlled dairy company helping competitors
New Zealand's first Maori-controlled dairy company, Miraka Limited, is helping out other processors forced to stop production by the leak in the Maui gas pipeline. [more]

Two adult whales refloated; calf dies
Two adult Gray's beaked whales that beached with a stranded calf near Tauranga have been refloated. [more]

HP to keep personal computer division
Hewlett Packard has reviewed a plan to sell its personal computer division and now intends to keep it. [more]