Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 10th November 2011

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Vincent
Lyndelle from Christchurch nominates 'Vincent' by Don McLean as the best song ever written. [more]

Your Place - Ngatea
Not exactly off the beaten track today, but unless you live in Auckland or Tauranga or the Coromandel, a track that's not beaten as much. Our destination today is a small town on the Hauraki Plains. Lying on the Piako River, and located 18 kilometres southwest of Thames and 70 kilometres southeast of Auckland, the town is known as the halfway stop for people heading north or south on State Highway 2. Welcome to Ngatea, which had a population of just 1167 residents in 2006, but it's New Zealand's fastest-growing rural community. [more]

The Nautilus - Voyager New Zealand
A 99 year old 12.5 metre long launch that started life as a simple river boat on the Avon has just become part of the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum's collection for her role in saving lives at Gallipoli. The Nautilus was commandeered by the Royal New Zealand Navy in 1915 and ferried ANZAC soldiers injured in Gallipoli to waiting hospital ships. Christchurch businessman Allan Williams bought the boat 20 years ago, and has just donated it to the Museum. [more]

The Arts Report
Why is it that some actors appear on our TV screens over and over again? Perhaps it's because those actors are more aware of their 'brand'. Peter Feeney and Miranda Harcourt share their experience in the industry and provide a few tips along the way. [more]

Southern Story for 10 November 2011 - Fencing
What do Madonna, Winston Churchill and Boris Carloff have in common? A love of fencing. It seems you're never too old to pick up the sport, as Sage Forest discovers when she attends a serious training session in Christchurch. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 10 November 2011
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with David Slack and Stephen Franks (Part 1)
Topic 1: With the European markets in turmoil, the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has warned of the risk of a ''lost decade'' for the global economy unless nations act together to counter threats to growth. Topic 2: The mayor of Dunedin, David Cull, has questioned which laws police will enforce following their decision today NOT to evict protesters camping in the city centre. [more]

The Panel with David Slack and Stephen Franks (Part 2)
Topic 3. Sex Poll: A Whitireia Polytech journalism class has conducted a poll of it's own, asking "which politician would you go to bed with?" Topic 4. The Greens: We've already discussed the Green tsunami that the Coffee Bean Poll is predicting at the coming election - but a Fairfax Media-Research International poll also predicts big gains for the Greens. The poll shows a dip in Labour's numbers to 25.9 per cent. 52.5 per cent for National, which would allow them to govern alone. And a record high 12.6 per cent for the Greens, which has been described as "STARTLING". [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 10 November 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 10 November 2011
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 10 November 2011
A German company launches a multi-million dollar offer for Turners and Growers. [more]

Evening Business News for 10 November 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 10 November 2011
The transport firm Mainfreight's half year profit has jumped 76 percent to a record 29-point-1 million dollars. [more]

CEISMIC

Quake references a no-no in this year's NCEA exams
Earthquakes disrupted schooling in Canterbury this year, but the region's teenagers can rest assured they will not be rattled by unexpected references to quakes in this year's NCEA and Scholarship exams. [more]

Green Party proposes nationwide earthquake levy
The Green Party has spelt out how it would impose an earthquake levy on higher earning taxpayers, to fund the rebuild of Christchurch, if it becomes part of the next Government. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 10 November
Criminal charges laid over the Pike River disaster;NZ banks vulnerable as eurozone crisis spreads;800 rare giant snails frozen; Beekeepers bust thieves stealing local hives;Christchurch man faces charges of $100 million fraud;Police dog killer sentenced to 14 years prison. [more]

Criminal charges laid over the Pike River disaster
Charges have been laid over the Pike River disaster, accusing three parties of health and safety failures at the coal mine. The Department of Labour laid the 25 charges at the Greymouth District this morning, just a few days shy of the first anniversary of the blasts that killed 29 men. [more]

NZ banks vulnerable are eurozone crisis spreads
The Reserve Bank is warning the banking system is vulnerable to the deepening debt crisis in Europe, even as eurozone fears switch from Greece to the much bigger and imperilled Italian economy. [more]

800 rare giant snails frozen
Eight hundred rare giant snails have been accidentally frozen to death in Hokitika. A temperature probe failed in a Department of Conservation cool room which meant the cooling unit kept getting the message the area was too hot. [more]

Beekeepers bust thieves stealing local hives
Northland beekeepers are confident they've busted the thieves who've been stealing hives in the region, in a systematic rustling operation. They've found more than a hundred hives on remote properties in the hills above Matapouri and Ngunguru northeast of Whangarei. [more]

Sports News for 10 November 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Christchurch man faces charges of $100 million fraud
A Christchurch man is facing charges of orchestrating a 103 million dollar fraud, including ripping off South Canterbury Finance for millions via a Ponzi style scheme. [more]

Police dog killer sentenced to 14 years prison
The man who shot two policemen and killed a police dog in Christchurch last year has been sentenced to 14 years in prison with a minimum non-parole period of 7 years. [more]

National wants to reduce waiting times for elective surgery
The National Party is promising to shorten waiting times for elective surgery - to a maximum of four months - if it leads the next Government. At the moment health boards perform over 90 per cent of operations within six months, but National wants that reduced over the next three years. [more]

Labour Party leader steps up opposition to asset sales
The Labour Party leader, Phil Goff, is stepping up his opposition to asset sales, saying his first act if he becomes Prime Minister would be to stop the sales process. Labour has made opposition to National's plan for partial state asset sales one of the central planks of its election campaign. [more]

Bridgecorp director pleads guilty in surprise plea
A Bridgecorp director's surprise guilty plea leaves three of the five originally accused still facing trial. Gary Urwin, a non-executive director, has admitted 10 charges of making untrue statements in documents given to investors. [more]

Family of Pike victim reacts to charges being laid in court
Charges have been laid in court over the Pike River mine disaster, just days short of the first anniversary of the fatal blasts. Three parties are accused of health and safety failures. [more]

Reserve Bank comfortable with Labour and Nats' commitment
While the National and Labour Parties continue to attack each other's spending promises, the Reserve Bank is comfortable with both parties' commitment to getting the public finances back into surplus. [more]

Cut the threshold interest rate, urges economist
One economist says the Reserve Bank may need to CUT the threshold OCR interest rate, to protect the economy, instead of just holding it steady at its record 2 point 5 percent low. [more]

Mock tsunami exercise
A mock tsunami exercise is being held around the Pacific to test co-ordination and better prepare people in the region. [more]

Pumping continues on stranded Rena
Pumping's continuing on the stranded container ship Rena with more than fifty tonnes of heavy fuel oil removed from a submerged starboard tank. The pumping rate from the starboard number five fuel tank is said to be stable at about two and a half to three tonnes an hour. [more]

Speeders clocked at almost 200km/ph
Official papers show vehicles are being clocked by cameras doing almost two hundred kilometres per hour on the open road. The police say the speeds recorded are ridiculous. But some of those travelling at double the speed limit, or even faster, argue they can speed with impunity. [more]

Sports News for 10 November 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

APEC leaders gather for this weekends summit
As APEC leaders prepare for the upcoming summit, in Honolulu, all eyes are on the United States, as the Obama administration says it is now ready to "pivot" its attention away from Europe and towards Asia. [more]

Taxi drivers' long working hours prompt concern
There are fears taxi drivers who work long shifts, up to 14 hours at a time, are being taken advantage of. [more]

Hamilton's renowned roses safe
Peace has broken out in Hamilton's War of the Roses. The city council had considered ripping out the award winning Rogers Rose Garden to help save more than 14 million dollars, but now it's decided the 4,200 roses can stay. [more]

Accused man adamant
A man accused of arranging underage sex tours to Asia is adamant he refused to promote anything illegal. The 47-year-old is facing up to 14 years in prison if he's convicted on charges of promoting and organising child sex tours. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 10 November 2011
The Reserve Bank warns the banking system is vulnerable; International officials say the Eurozone debt crisis threatens the global economy. [more]

Midday Sports News for 10 November 2011
A former Pakistani cricket captain appeals a match-fixing jail sentence. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 10 November 2011
Maori Party wants all schools to offer lessons in Te Reo Maori; Maori Party's education spokesperson discusses Te Reo; IMF head warns of 'lost decade' for world economy; Labour says National's figures are shonky; Comment from RNZ political editor; Epsom candidates meet as endorsement speculation mounts; Government officials admit changes needed to quake laws; Principals group says school quake strengthening is poor. [more]

Brash says no to compulsory Te Reo Maori in schools
The Maori Party says it would make Te Reo Maori compulsorily available in schools by 2015. But the idea is being criticised by other political parties as going too far - or not far enough. [more]

Russia rules out new Iran sanctions
The United Nation's latest assessment of Iran's nuclear programme is the most damning so far. [more]

Pacific News for 10 November 2011
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Goff fires back at Key over fiscal credibility
The Labour Party leader, Phil Goff, is again attacking John Key's credibility, saying National's figures are shonky. [more]

Maori Party wants all schools to offer lessons in Te Reo Maori
The Maori Party says it wants to make all schools offer Te Reo Maori by 2015. [more]

Maori Party's education spokesperson discusses Te Reo
The Maori Party's education spokesperson is Te Ururoa Flavell. [more]

IMF head warns of 'lost decade' for world economy
Silvio Berlusconi's pledge to step down as Italian prime minister was meant to calm the markets, but it doesn't seem to have done the trick. [more]

Labour says National's figures are shonky
The Labour Party leader, Phil Goff, has tried to turn the tables on John Key over fiscal credibility, saying National's figures are shonky. [more]

Comment from RNZ political editor
John Key was invited to come on the programme this morning, he declined. Radio New Zealand's political editor, Brent Edwards, analyses. [more]

Epsom candidates meet as endorsement speculation mounts
Candidates in the Epsom seat have sparred for the second time as speculation mounts over whether the National Party will signal its supporters to give their electorate votes to the Act party candidate. [more]

Government officials admit changes needed to quake laws
The Department of Building and Housing has admitted it failed to ensure councils complied with earthquake guidelines. [more]

Principals group says school quake strengthening is poor
A growing number of school principals around the country are worried their schools aren't being earthquake strengthened to a high enough standard. [more]

Sports News for 10 November 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Helensville candidates campaigning for party vote
It was a meet the candidate's event in the National Party leader, John Key's, Helensville electorate last night, but most of the candidates there weren't trying to win the seat. [more]

Prime Minister sends deputy to crucial Apec meeting
Leaders from the 21 economies of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation area, or Apec, hold their annual gathering this week in Honolulu. [more]

Maori Party wants all schools to offer Te Reo by 2015
The Maori Party says it wants all schools to offer lessons in Te Reo Maori by 2015. [more]

National's environment policy fatally flawed: Greens
The Green Party says the National Party's new environment policy shows a lack of courage to truly tackle problems. [more]

National defends track record on environmental issues
The National Party's environment spokesperson, Nick Smith. [more]

Call for tougher stance over synthetic drugs
The forestry industry wants the government to take a tougher stance on synthetic drugs that mimic the effects of cannabis, to reduce the risk of injury at work. [more]

Sports News for 10 November 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Hundreds of schools may have quake-prone buildings
The Secondary Principal's Association fears hundreds of schools may have buildings that could crumble in earthquakes. [more]

Kanye West dropped from a shrinking Big Day Out
Fans are venting their anger at Big Day Out organisers after they announced the headline act - the American rap star, Kanye West - has been axed from the Auckland music festival's line up. [more]

Bad day for UK military veterans
It's been a sad day for military veterans in the UK, despite Armistice Day, or Remembrance Day as it's known there, being just around the corner. [more]

Ned Kelly's remains to have third burial
He was on the run in life, now more than 130 years after his death, Ned Kelly may finally be laid to rest. [more]

Nights

Back to the Bounty
Richard Fitzwilliams is a decendent of Captain Bligh and offers a perspective on his famous ancestors actions during one of the great sea sagas, The Mutiny on the Bounty. [more]

Science : Astronomy
This year's Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to the discoverers of Dark Energy. [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 7 [more]

Nights Conundrum
All this weeks clues 1 - 8 [more]

Nine To Noon

Elective surgery & waiting times
Is the public health system turning away more and more patients who need surgery? [more]

UK Correspondent - Jon Dennis
Border control; The Eurozone crisis; One of Britains worst road traffic accidents. [more]

Wahine survivor reflects on her bond with fellow passenger
Survivor and rescuer from the Wahine disaster passed away on Sunday. [more]

Feature Guest - Steve Jackson
Why hosting an event like the Rugby World Cup is not all it's cracked up to be. Otago Sports professor Steve Jackson, who specialises in the socio-cultural analysis of sport, discusses his findings on why he thinks global sporting bodies are ripping host nations off. [more]

Book Review - Paul Diamond
Written by Mark Amery, images by Ans Westra, published by Suite Publishing, reviewed by Paul Diamond. [more]

New Technology - Donald Clark
Donald discusses hacker vigilantes, Quantum cryptography for submarines and Tractor beams. [more]

Heritage with Brigid Gallagher
Risk generally to coastal heritage sites and the new bill in parliament about preservation. [more]

Film with Dan Slevin
'Drive', starring Ryan Gosling and 'Anonymous', the film that claims Shakespeare did not write all those plays after all. [more]

Our Changing World

Auckland's New Volcanoes
Four previously unrecognised volcanic craters and a forgotten crater in South Auckland have added to Auckland's volcanic tally [more]

Baring Head Station
A fieldtrip to Baring Head, the first station in the Southern Hemisphere to monitor carbon dioxide and other gases [more]

Geothermal Microbes
Microbiologist Matthew Stott is excited by the diversity of thermophile microbes that thrive in hot geothermal waters [more]

Tell Us A Story
Ruth Beran goes to watch as science and engineering students from Victoria University compete in the Tell Us A Story challenge [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 10 November 2011
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 10 November 2011
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 10 November 2011
A Far North Maori chief is calling for other Maori leaders to be brave and also refer to themselves as being chiefs; In reaction, a lecturer in Maori culture says Maori leaders can choose to call themselves chiefs - it's their choice; The South Island iwi Ngai Tahu is strongly defending its plan to convert two North Canterbury forests into dairy farms; Maori are being urged to bid for funding set aside to increase the amount of social and affordable housing. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 10 November 2011
The South Island iwi Ngai Tahu is strongly defending its plan to convert two North Canterbury forests into dairy farms; A Far North Maori chief is calling for other Maori leaders to be brave - and also refer to themselves as being chiefs; In reaction, a lecturer on Maori culture says Maori leaders can choose to call themselves chiefs - its their choice; Maori are being urged to bid for funding set aside to increase the amount of social and affordable housing. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 10 November 2011
The Maori Party's policy to make it compulsory for schools to offer te reo by 2015 is drawing warm support from a network of Maori language immersion schools; The Rotorua District Council says while its regrets chopping down a sacred Mangeao tree - it's triggered better relations with Maori; The Otara Health Charitable Trust has set up a program to support teenaged fathers in the South Auckland community. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 10 November 2011
A national organisation representing many Kura Kaupapa, or Maori immersion schools, says a comment by the Act Party leader Don Brash about te reo Maori means nothing; The Rotorua District Council says while its regrets chopping down a sacred Mangeao tree - it's triggered better relations with Maori; The Otara Health Charitable Trust has set up a programme to support teenage fathers in south Auckland. [more]

Upbeat

Alina Ibragimova
London based Russian violin soloist for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra's Russian Fire concert tonight. [more]

Indra Hughes and Ben Hoadley
Music Director of Auckland's Musica Sacra Choir is joined by NZ dulcian player for concert of Renaissance music this weekend. [more]

You Me... Now!

Episode 61: Starting Over
Joel is recovering, Alice and Rhys are being unprofessional and Gavin gets more surprises. [more]

News stories:

Locked out meatworkers to vote on new offer
More than 100 meatworkers locked out from their jobs for three weeks after the breakdown of contract negotiations are to vote on a new offer from their employer. [more]

Slice of asset sale profits to go to irrigation - National
The National Party has earmarked more of the profits it expects to make under its partial asset sales programme - this time for irrigation. [more]

National well ahead again in Fairfax poll
The National Party is holding its ground in the latest political opinion poll but the Labour Party has fallen back. [more]

Labour follows up with 'top 15' quotes
The Labour Party has followed up its list of 10 worst statistics with a list of quotes from the National Party about the economy. [more]

ACT seeks to limit RMA powers
The ACT Party is putting a strong focus on property rights in its election policy on the Resource Management Act. [more]

Dentist group welcomes Labour's fluoridation policy
Dentists are applauding the Labour Party for promising an independent inquiry on fluoridation of drinking water. [more]

Anti-MMP group says party deals embedded in system
Anti-MMP lobby group Vote for Change says deals between parties over the Epsom and Ohariu electorates are a good reason to get rid of the mixed member proportional voting system. [more]

Investigation into boat sinking in Cook Islands waters still two weeks away
The Ministry of Transport in the Cook Islands will conduct an investigation into the sinking of a fishing vessel in the northern waters of the Cook Islands within the next... [more]

State of New Caledonian prison denounced by human rights group
The New Caledonia League of Human Rights has denounced conditions at Camp Est prison, after the deaths of two young inmates. In August, the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, promised that... [more]

Solomon Islands opposition says investigation into PM will reveal corruption
The Solomon Islands Opposition is confident that a criminal police investigation now underway against the PM Danny Philip will reveal corruption. Police say the nature of the complaint being investigated... [more]

Samoa opposition party calls on govt to re-open public morgue
The Tautua Samoa opposition party in Samoa is calling on the Government to re-open the public morgue on Savaii. Samoa's Ministry of Health's morgue at Tuasivi hospital on Savaii is... [more]

ILO viewing Fiji union leaders' detention very seriously
The head of the Pacific Islands arm of the International Labour Organisation, David Lamotte, says it's viewing the detention and prosecution of Fiji union leaders very seriously. The president of... [more]

Grassroots people of PNG's Lae traumatised by violence
It's expected to take the people of the Papua New Guinea city of Lae a long time to recover from a weekend of extreme violence. Clashes with squatters from Highlands... [more]

Large slip on Pahiatua track
A large slip on the Pahiatua track will cause more delays for some motorists on Thursday morning. [more]

Djokovic turns up in Paris for bonus
The world tennis number one Novak Djokovic has shrugged off a recent shoulder problem to pocket a 1.6 million dollar bonus just before turning up at the Paris Masters. Djokovic... [more]

Clarke century props up Aussies in Cape Town
Michael Clarke led the way with a century but South Africa dominated the weather-shortened opening day of the first test in Cape Town. The Australian captain produced a near faultless... [more]

Tendulkar steers India to victory but misses milestone
Sachin Tendulkar steered India to victory last night in their first cricket test against the West Indies in New Delhi, but he prolonged his agonising wait for his 100th international... [more]

Clock ticking on latest deadline in basketball lockout
The NBA commissioner David Stern has set a deadline of 11 o'clock this morning for the world's top basketballers to accept his latest offer, or get a worse deal on... [more]

Woods confident of arresting slide in Sydney
Tiger Woods tees off in the first round of the Australian Open this afternoon in Sydney convinced he's finally in position to begin his rise to the top of world... [more]

Coach Hasler stood down by Manly
Manly's premiership-winning league coach Des Hasler has been stood down by the club and ordered to appear before the board to explain alleged breaches of contract. Hasler, who last month... [more]

Ecclestone takes stand in bribery case
Formula One's boss Bernie Ecclestone has taken the stand in Munich as the star witness in the trial of a German former banker accused of receiving bribes from the motorsport... [more]

Don King says Frazier a true American hero
The unbeaten world welterweight boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Junior has offered to pay for the funeral of former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier. The 67 year old Frazier died who died... [more]

Camper slips further off the pace in Volvo Ocean race
Team New Zealand's boat Camper has slipped further off the lead, as the four boat fleet in the Volvo Ocean race struggle to in light conditions in the Mediteranean Sea,... [more]

Mickleson refuses to comment on Tiger Woods racial comments
The American golfer Phil Mickelson has steadfastly refused to be drawn into the Steve Williams race row on despite previously being abused by the controversial caddie. Mickelson, who was once... [more]

Tevez misses Man City training, goes home
Manchester City's striker Carlos Tevez appears to be in more trouble after missing training without permission and returning home to Argentina. Following a scheduled day off, Tevez was expected to... [more]

Ngai Tahu defends dairy farming plans
South Island iwi Ngai Tahu is strongly defending its plan to convert two North Canterbury forests into dairy farms. [more]

Call for Maori leaders to refer to themselves as chiefs
A Far North Maori chief is calling for other Maori leaders to be brave and also refer to themselves as chiefs. [more]

Maori invited to apply for social housing fund
Maori are being urged to bid for funding set aside to increase the amount of social and affordable housing. [more]

US firm buys Auckland co.'s wireless car charge technology
An Auckland company which developed wireless charging systems for electric vehicles has been sold to a US mobile technology firm. [more]

Shareholders' Association criticises directors fee increase
The Shareholders' Association says SkyCity Entertainment's performance hasn't been good enough to justify increasing its directors fees by up to a third. [more]

Property values kept climbing last month
Property values continued to rise in October and QV figures show they are now 1.2% higher than the same time a year ago. [more]

Some TradeMe members will be offered shares on priority
TradeMe shares will be offered on priority to thousands of members of the online auction site when it lists on the New Zealand and Australian stock exchanges next month. [more]

NZers forecast to tighten purse strings post World Cup
An economist says there may be a lull in spending as New Zealanders tighten their purse strings after the Rugby World Cup. [more]

Powershop named fasted growing firm in country
A subsidiary of publicly-owned Meridian Energy has been named as the country's fastest growing business. [more]

Cashed-up Christchurch investors seek Auckland property
Industrial landlord Goodman Property Trust says it's being approached by cashed-up Christchurch investors who want to buy property in Auckland. [more]

Toyota recalls cars that may have faulty engines
Toyota New Zealand is recalling almost 1000 cars due to a potentially faulty engine part. [more]

John Key's electorate rivals mostly seek party vote
Most of the rivals of National Party leader John Key in his Helensville electorate say they are not interested in contesting the seat. [more]

Green Party criticises National's environment policy
The Green Party has described the National Party's environment policy as an attack on the country's rivers and lakes. [more]

APEC ministers expected to endorse Pacific trade deal
Trade ministers from the 21 APEC economies are meeting in Honolulu to push forward a trade deal that could eventually cover the entire region. [more]

Principals worried about extent of quake-proofing problems
The Secondary Principals' Association is concerned hundreds of schools may have earthquake-prone buildings. [more]

School exams start for thousands of students
This year's NCEA and Scholarship exams have been screened to ensure the questions will not upset students who experienced the Christchurch earthquakes. [more]

Govt department agrees quake building rules need rethink
The Department of Building and Housing has acknowledged the rules related to earthquake-prone buildings may not be working. [more]

American Samoa prepares for tsunami drill exercise
For two hours today, American Samoa will be in disaster mode for a territorial wide exercise which will simulate a tsunami triggered by a massive earthquake in Tonga, The American... [more]

Forestry industry wants tougher action on synthetic drugs
The forestry industry wants the Government to take a tougher stance on drugs that are similar to cannabis in order to reduce workplace injury. [more]

Ingram unable to repeat medal winning effort
The New Zealand swimmer Melissa Ingram's been unable to repeat her medal winning effort of the opening day of the World Cup meet in Beijing. Ingram who won gold in... [more]

Djokovic pockets bonus
The world tennis number one Novak Djokovic pocketed a $2 million bonus just for turning up on court before making light of shoulder pains to beat Croatian Ivan Dodig 6-4... [more]

England's footballers get Poppy all clear
England's footballers have been cleared to wear poppies on armbands as the sport's world governing body FIFA moved to draw a line under a row which had drawn angry protests... [more]

AOC boss rates Australia lowly in next Olympic medal count
Australia could finish as low as eighth on the medal tally at next year's London Olympics based on the latest benchmark results, says Australian Olympic Committee boss John Coates says. [more]

Nathan Hines retires from test rugby
The Australian-born Scotland forward Nathan Hines has announed his retirement from international rugby after 11 years in the Test arena. Hines, who's 34, only came to Scotland for a six-month... [more]

Win and a loss for NZ Junior Hockey teams
The New Zealand Junior women's hockey team has rebounded from a first up loss to beat Germany 6-2 at a Four Nations tournament in India. The Junior Black Sticks lost... [more]

Former Pakistani captain appeals against jail term
The former Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt has filed an appeal against his 30-month jail sentence for his part in a test-match spot-fixing conspiracy last year in England. Butt and... [more]

Labour returns National's shonky figure claim
Labour Party leader Phil Goff is attacking the National Party's fiscal credibility, saying its figures are shonky. [more]

Government books slide further into red
The Government books have slid further into the red than expected, in the first three months of the financial year. [more]

Sport: Fiji coach says travel ban won't affect team
The new coach of the Fijian sevens side says the team won't be disrupted by his absence from the Gold Coast and Wellington legs of the IRB Series. Alifarete Dere... [more]

Sport: Cook Islands CISNOC board survives vote
The Board of the Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee has narrowly survived a vote of no confidence at a Special General Meeting in Rarotonga on Tuesday local time. [more]

AOS and helicopter used to arrest gang member
A Mongrel Mob member accussed of assaulting his partner has been arrested in Waikato. [more]

Pacific-wide mock tsunami exercise now underway
A mock tsunami exercise threatening thirty eight countries around the Pacific region is underway to test co-ordination and to better prepare people for tidal waves. The multi-scenario drill gives Pacific... [more]

Bill on legalising casino gambling back in CNMI House
In the Northern Marianas, a new House bill legalising casino gambling on Saipan has been prefiled. The move comes just days after Saipan voters were polled on their views on... [more]

American Samoa govt overran its 2010 budget by 13 million US dollars
The American Samoa Government faced an overrun of a little over 13 million US dollars in its budget for fiscal year 2010, which ended on September the 30th, 2010. Auditors... [more]

Watmough criticises Manly officials over handling of Hasler
The Manly backrower Anthony Watmough has criticised club officials for allowing the club's National Rugby League premiership win to be overshadowed by events off the field. Des Hasler has been... [more]

Burrows dropped as captain of NZ hockey team
The 262 test veteran Phil Burrows has been dropped as captain of the New Zealand men's hockey team ahead of next month's Champions Trophy tournament. The Black Sticks coach Shane... [more]

Black Caps warm up match against New South Wales cancelled
New Zealand Cricket has cancelled the Black Caps' first warm-up match in Australia later this month. Rather than send players to Sydney to play a New South Wales side in... [more]

General Motors shares fall on back of profit drop
Shares in General Motors have tumbled after the company reported a fall in profit due to losses in Europe and South America. [more]

Manufacturing activity at lowest level since 2009
Activity in the manufacturing sector has contracted sharply, plummeting to its lowest level in almost two-and-a-half years. [more]

Black Caps bolster ND
Northern Districts have named nine current or past BlackCaps in their squad of twelve for round two of the Plunket Shield cricket competition. Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson, BJ Watling and... [more]

Camper slips further off the lead
Team New Zealand's boat Camper continues to lose distance on the leaders during the first leg of the Volvo Ocean race from Spain to South Africa. After taking a more... [more]

Few changes likely for Phoenix
Very few changes are likely for the Phoenix as they look to arrest a 3 game losing streak when they take on leaders Brisbane in Queensland in the A-League this... [more]

World Cup dominates NZ Rugby Awards nominees
The Rugby World Cup-winning All Blacks dominate the list of nominees for this year's New Zealand Rugby Awards. The victorious All Blacks team, individual stars of the squad and winning... [more]

Maori Party pushes for all schools to teach Te Reo
The Maori Party wants to make it compulsory for all schools to offer Te Reo Maori by 2015. [more]

Acts of heroism in line for civic awards
Acts of heroism in the September and February earthquakes will be honoured in February at the annual Christchurch Civic Awards ceremony. [more]

Scanner decision up to you, DHB tells communities
The Southern District Health Board is stepping aside from a decision on exactly where a medical scanning machine for Central Otago should be located. [more]

Samoa rugby chiefs meet tonight amid queries over spending
The Samoa Rugby Union Board will meet this evening amid pressure for it to explain how the money raised for the country's World Cup campaign was spent. Manu Samoa players... [more]

Screening of Ouvea hostage crisis leads to reconciliation ceremony
The advance screening of a French feature film about the 1988 Ouvea hostage crisis has led to a reconciliation ceremony between some Kanaks and families of the French forces involved... [more]

French Polynesian politician warns of threat of major social explosion
A leading French Polynesian politician has warned the French National Assembly that there is a risk of a major social explosion in French Polynesia. Bruno Sandras, who is one of... [more]

Solomons opposition claims backing of 31 MPs ahead of no confidence vote
Solomon Islands opposition MPs say they're confident they have the numbers to remove the prime minister Danny Philip through a motion for a vote no confidence tomorrow. The opposition leader... [more]

Fiji police won't say if second union leader will be charged
Fiji police say they are still questioning the Fiji Trades Union Congress General Secretary Felix Anthony. Fiji Village reports the assistant police commissioner Henry Brown as saying he cannot confirm... [more]

Power returning to Kapiti Coast
Power is returning to part of the Kapiti Coast after it was cut about 1.40pm on Thursday. [more]

Opposition wants public morgue reopened on Samoa's largest island
The opposition party in Samoa says low-income people on the island of Savaii are finding it hard to meet the costs of laying loved ones to rest, since the island's... [more]

French Polynesian assembly president in court over row with women MPs
French Polynesia's assembly president, Jacqui Drollet, has appeared in court after two opposition women politicians alleged that he had maligned them publicly. Last May, Tarita Sinjoux and Madeleine Bremond lodged... [more]

French Polyneian assembly president in court over row with women MPs
French Polynesia's assembly president, Jacqui Drollet, has appeared in court after two opposition women politicians alleged that he had maligned them publicly. Last May, Tarita Sinjoux and Madeleine Bremond lodged... [more]

New Zealand rugby players in Tonga to help combat domestic violence
Eight New Zealand rugby players are spending the week in Tonga, spreading an anti domestic violence message. The visit is part of the New Zealand government-funded Pacific Prevention of Domestic... [more]

Indonesia's president wants immediate resolution of Freeport strike
The Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is calling for an immediate resolution of a nearly two-month strike by workers at a giant US-owned gold and copper mine in Papua province. [more]

Man who shot police officers and dog gets 14 years
A man who shot two police officers and killed a police dog has been sentenced to 14 years in prison with a minimum non-parole period of seven years. [more]

Tongan union leader says more people in Fiji must take stand over worker rights
The head of the Tonga Public Service Association says unions around the Pacific can try and put pressure on the interim Fiji government over its abuse of workers' rights but... [more]

Five of 11 escaped prisoners in PNG's Oro province recaptured
Papua New Guinea police say six prisoners who escaped from police custody in Popondetta in Oro Province early last week are stilll at large but five have been recaptured. Acting... [more]

Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Solomon Islands says it knows cause of ethnic tension
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Solomon Islands is confident it has sufficient information to conclude what caused the country's ethnic tensions a decade ago. The Commission has completed 11... [more]

Fire in Palau power plant leads to rationing
Palau is rationing power supply following a fire that destroyed generators at a key power plant last Saturday. The government has declared a state of emergency as Palau is relying... [more]

Submissions sought on proposed Dart Milford Tunnel
The Department of Conservation is calling for public submissions on a proposed tunnel linking Queenstown with Milford Sound. [more]

Number of TB-infected herds at all-time low
The Animal Health Board says the number of TB-infected cattle and deer herds is at an all-time low. [more]

Nearly 600 confirmed with dengue in Marshall Islands
With hundreds of confirmed dengue fever cases in the Marshall Islands, the capital city of Majuro has launched an aggressive campaign to eradicate mosquitoes. It's being helped by experts from... [more]

54 tonnes of oil removed from submerged tank
Maritime New Zealand says that by 2.45pm on Thursday 54 tonnes of heavy fuel oil had been pumped from a submerged tank on board the container ship Rena. [more]

Judge questions using irrigators to spread effluent
A district court judge has questioned the reliability of irrigation machines for spreading dairy shed effluent onto farm pastures. [more]

One of Christchurch's largest hotels coming down
One of the largest hotels in Christchurch, the Copthorne on Durham St, will be demolished by the end of Friday. [more]

Rose garden spared the axe
Hamilton's Rogers rose garden has been spared the axe. [more]

Main rivers declared safe for recreation
Christchurch's two main rivers, the Avon and Heathcote, have been declared safe for recreational use after repairs to earthquake-damaged sewer pipes. [more]

Friday verdict in Thai sex tour trial
The judge in the case of a man accused of arranging underage sex tours to Asia says he will give his verdict on Friday. [more]

Hold off on spectrum divvy-up, Government urged
Internet New Zealand wants the Government to delay a divvy-up of the old analogue television spectrum so it can see what other countries are doing with their frequencies first. [more]

Beekeepers bust hive thieves
Beekeepers in Northland believe they have identified the thieves who have been stealing hives and relocating them. [more]

Speeders clocked at almost 200km/h
Maximum speeds recorded by cameras of nearly 200km/h are still well below the speeds being reached on New Zealand roads, some commentators say. [more]

Otago upset Canterbury
Otago's beaten Canterbury by six wickets late on the the final day of their rain-delayed Plunket Shield cricket match at Rangiora. In reply to Canterbury's first innings of 420 for... [more]

Legendary US football coach sacked
Pennsylvania State trustees have sacked American football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier amid criticism of the way university officials handled allegations of child sex abuse against a... [more]

New captain for Black Sticks men
The 262 test veteran Phil Burrows has been dropped as captain of the New Zealand men's hockey team ahead of next month's Champions Trophy tournament. The Black Sticks coach Shane... [more]

NBA deadline passes but talks continue
National Basketball Association owners and players have continued their last-ditch talks in New York as commissioner David Stern's deadline passed. Stern had set the deadline of 11am on Thursday for... [more]

Huge gallery overwhelms Open officials
Security officials and marshals struggled to control the huge gallery that followed golf's former world number one Tiger Woods early in the opening round at the Australian Open in Sydney. [more]

Bridgecorp director's guilty plea seen as vindication
The Crown prosecutor in the trial of four Bridgecorp directors says a surprise guilty plea by one of them vindicates the decision to prosecute. [more]

Fined $140,000 for misleading phone-card ads
A communications company has been fined $140,000 for misleading the public through advertisements about prepaid phone cards. [more]

Mainfreight profit helped by strong sales
Strong sales have boosted transport firm Mainfreight's half year profit to a record $29.1 million. [more]

Reserve Bank comfortable with National, Labour fiscal policy
While National and Labour attack each other's spending promises, the Reserve Bank is comfortable with both parties' commitment to getting the public finances back into surplus. [more]

Stopping asset sale process would be priority for Goff
Labour Party leader Phil Goff has stepped up his opposition to asset sales, saying his first act if he became Prime Minister would be to stop the sales process. [more]

National maintains lead in latest poll
The latest One News-Colmar Brunton Poll has the National Party maintaining its wide lead over the Labour Party. [more]

National Party veteran says Epsom ACT endorsement certain
A long-serving National Party official says there is no doubt the party's leader will publicly back the ACT Party's candidate in Epsom. [more]

Less waiting time for surgery, National pledges
The National Party is promising to shorten waiting times for elective surgery to a maximum of four months, if it leads the next Government [more]

Labour would provide laptops for low decile students
The Labour Party says it will provide schools in poorer areas with laptops and tablet computers if it forms the next Government. [more]

Hundreds of rare snails frozen to death by mistake
The Department of Conservation is looking at installing an alarm system in a cool room where 800 rare giant snails were accidentally frozen to death. [more]

Programme set up for South Auckland teenage fathers
The Otara Health Charitable Trust has set up a programme to support teenage fathers in the South Auckland community. [more]

Steel and Tube predicts lower profit
Shares in Steel & Tube Holdings plunged almost 8%, after the steel products manufacturer warned its first half profits will be lower this year. [more]

DataSouth Group director faces fraud charges
The Serious Fraud Office has laid charges against a former Datasouth Group director, alleging he orchestrated a $103 million fraud. [more]

Tougher bank measures put off amid global turmoil
The Reserve Bank says it will delay tougher measures to strengthen the financial position of the country's banks, because of the turmoil caused by Europe's debt crisis. [more]

Greens propose quake rebuild levy
The Green Party would set up a fund to pay for the rebuilding of Christchurch, generated from an earthquake levy on people with higher incomes. [more]

More concern raised in Vanuatu at live cattle exports
The Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry said the country's cattle farmers weren't consulted by the government over the agreement to export livestock to Solomon Islands. The chamber's Alick Berry... [more]

Extra burden as morgue closes in Samoa
Locals on Samoa's largest island have been facing an extra burden when they bury loved ones, since the closure of the only public morgue on Savaii. The opposition party, Tautua... [more]

APEC leaders called on to improve readiness for tsunami
The director of the International Tsunami Information Centre is calling for APEC leaders to plan ahead for deadly tidal waves in the Asia-Pacific region. Dr Laura Kong says 38 countries... [more]

Fiji Union leader faces seventh night in police custody
A prominent trade union leader in Fiji, Felix Anthony, is still in police custody after six days but no charges have been laid yet. His colleague from the Fiji Trades... [more]

Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Solomon Islands says public hungry for justice after conflict
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Solomon Islands says members of the public have expressed their desire to resolve the ethnic tension of the last decade and to see justice... [more]

Solomons' government sheds more ministers ahead of confidence vote
The Solomon Islands Finance Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo, is reported to have left the government. This comes ahead of tomorrow's parliamentary vote of no-confidence against Prime Minister Danny Philip whose... [more]

Nauru President resigns over corruption allegations
The President of Nauru, Marcus Stephen, has resigned amid allegations of corruption. The PACNEWS agency says the speaker of the Nauru parliament read Mr Stephen's resignation to parliament today. Mr... [more]

25 charges laid against three Pike mine parties
The Department of Labour has laid 25 charges against three parties in connection with the Pike River mine disaster, alleging health and safety failures at the West Coast mine. [more]

First payment for Pike River contractors
Contractors owed money by the Pike River Coal Company have received an initial payment. [more]