Radio New Zealand - Friday, 11th November 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, Saturday Morning, Te Manu Korihi, The Week In Review, Upbeat

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - In The Mood
David Wilson from Oamaru nominates In The Mood by Glenn Miller. [more]

The Trip of a Lifetime - Lynne Douglas
Bob Douglas was just a teenager when bought his classic 1948 MG TC car for 307 dollars in 1966. Now at age 64, Bob and his wife Lynne from South Yorkshire have clocked up more miles than they can count in that car. Over the years they've done road trips across Australia, North America, and South America. Their latest road trip finished a few months ago, through Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, China, South East Asia before finally catching a boat in Singapore to bring them to New Zealand. They've travelled on dirt tracks, across rivers, over the Andes, All in a 63 year old MG. Now they'd like to make New Zealand their final pit stop. [more]

NZ Society - Street Musos (Part 1)
Amelia Nurse talks with some of Wellington's more accomplished street musicians. She found her first subject, Zane Lazos, playing on Wellington's bustling Cuba Street.   [more]

Fresh Fast Food - Alison Holst
Self-crusting Potato and Vegetable Quiche. [more]

Weekend Wine - Belinda Jackson
Sacred Hill Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Judge Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir and Villa Maria Cellar Selection Viognier. [more]

Movie Review - Sarah McMullan
Sarah reviews Beginners and The Thing. [more]

Airshow to mark Armistice
World War One fighters, bombers and reconnaissance aircraft will be commemorating the signing of the November 1918 Armistice and the end of World War One tomorrow in Masterton with a fly past the Cenotaph and an air show at the Hood Aerodrome. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 11 November 2011
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Cas Carter and Michael Deaker (Part 1)
Topic 1: National has dropped almost five points to below 50 per cent in the past week and the smaller parties are gaining support, according to the latest Herald-Dig Poll survey. Topic 2: The former safety manager at the Pike River Mine says there is no point in suppressing the names of people being charged over the mine disaster. [more]

The Panel with Cas Carter and Michael Deaker (Part 2)
Topic 3: Sexism and racism go hand-in-hand, according to new research that finds sexist and racist people are those who are likely to approve of hierarchies. Topic 4: The deputy governor of the Reserve Bank, Grant Spencer, says "Even if the European situation takes a year or two to resolve, I don't see it causing global weakness for an extended period". [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 11 November 2011
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 11 November. This week .... will politicians take poverty seriously this election campaign, does the government need to partially privatise state owned assets and the power of TV in election debates, scientists "tell us a story", volunteering at the Rena oil spill in Tauranga, how Eddie Izzard preps for a new show, the joy of chickens, fireworks fun in the 70s, celebrating Diwali, a teenage eyewitness to the 1943 Battle of Manners Street and How to Survive the Titanic. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 11 November 2011
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Markets Update for 11 November 2011
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 11 November 2011
Sky City expects its full year profit to rise, Eurozone's growth stalls And the sharemarket rises. [more]

Evening Business for 11 November 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 11 November 2011
The casino and hotel operator, Sky City Entertainment, expects to make a full year profit over 140 million dollars in 2012, at least seven per cent higher than the previous year. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Friday 11 November 2011
Three charged over Pike River mine disaster are named, 'Key Signals Support for Banks in Epsom, Latest from the APEC meeting in Honolulu and US Republican candidate makes public gaffe. [more]

Three charged over Pike River mine disaster are named
The three parties charged by the Department of Labour in connection with the Pike River coal mining tragedy have been named. [more]

Key signals support for Banks in Epsom
The leader of the National Party John Key has given public support for the ACT party's Epsom candidate, saying he'd not be unhappy if John Banks won. [more]

Key shows support for John Banks
Reaction from Radio New Zealand political editor Brent Edwards. [more]

Latest from the APEC meeting in Honolulu
Pacific Rim leaders meeting in Honolulu have told Europe to get on with its plan to quell the debt crisis that could infect the world economy. [more]

US Republican candidate makes public gaffe
That's U.S Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry losing his way in a major political debate and according to a number of commentators losing any chance of making it to the White House. [more]

Sports News for 11 November 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Wire rope could stop head on crashes on high risk roads
Head-on crashes on the country's busiest and riskiest roads could be eliminated for less than the cost of a new motorway. [more]

Teen's house fire death treated as homicide
The police in Christchurch are now treating the death of a teenage girl in a house fire yesterday as a homicide. [more]

Union welcomes charges against Pike mine boss
The three parties facing charges in court over the Pike River coal mining disaster have been named. [more]

First NZer convicted of child sex tourism likely to face jail
The first New Zealander to be convicted of setting up a child sex tour has been warned by a High Court judge that he's likely to go to prison. [more]

Arrests ordered of PNG's Deputy PM and Attorney General
Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court has ordered the arrests of the country's deputy prime minister and attorney general, after they suspended the chief justice. [more]

Queenstown ski fields had toughest winter on record
The managers of Queenstown ski fields say the past season was one of the most challenging in 50 years. [more]

Campaign Focus on Politics for 11 November 2011
After days of speculation the National Party leader, John Key, finally sat down with ACT's Epsom candidate this afternoon. [more]

National Party to crack down on driving licences
The National Party is promising to crack down on people who sit on their learner and restricted driver licences for prolonged periods. [more]

Sports News for 11 November 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Two thirds of people not enrolled to vote are aged 18 to 29
The national manager of the Electoral Enrolment Centre fears young voters are missing out on the opportunity to have their say. [more]

Man injured at A and P show when axe head flies off handle
A spectator was seriously injured this morning when an axe head flew off its handle, during a wood chopping competition at the A and P show. [more]

Country Life

Gidday and Guest
Ian Nicholas, Trees on Farms [more]

Regional Wrap
There's a planting frenzy near Gisborne and in the South Island, Canterbury has had perfect conditions for growth. [more]

The Rise of Life Cycle Management
Trends are changing overseas when it comes to environmental accountability with suppliers increasingly needing to prove sound environmental practice. Amelia Nurse talks to Sarah McLaren, director of the NZ Centre for Life Cycle Management. [more]

The Big Apple
Pyramid Valley farmers Surrey and Dallas Earl have developed a system of growing fruit in their orchard based on a study of roadside fruit trees, which are never pruned or sprayed, yet often produce tasty fruit. They also grow Russian garlic and other organic vegetables that are sold in their own little shop in Waikari. [more]

Election 2011 Audio

Labour leader discusses Epsom seat
Phil Goff says a meeting between National leader John Key and ACT candidate John Banks on Friday is an attempt to rort the electoral system. [more]

National leader meets with John Banks
In a show of support, John Key had a cup of tea with the ACT candidate for Epsom on Friday but says it is ultimately up to the voters to decide who should win the seat. [more]

Extra Time

Extra Time for 11 November 2011
The best interviews from Radio New Zealand Sport for the week ending Friday 11 November 23 July. This week- a former All Black team doctor responds to allegations in a new book that two players took steroids in the 1990s. The former new Zealand cricket captain, Dan Vettori, talks about returning to the longest form of the game and his successor Ross Taylor looks ahead to the Australia series, We talk to another new captain, Dean Couzins, who'll lead the New Zealand men's hockey team at the Champions Trophy tournament There's reaction to the announcement of a new temporary home ground for rugby in Christchurch and we hear from the youngest winner of cycling's Tour of Southland. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 11 November 2011
Vote for Change says poll indicates people want to change voting system and Armistace Day marked in Wellington. [more]

Midday Sports News for 11 November 2011
NZ Breakers look to cement their place at the top of the NBL ladder and Tim Sheens names a new-look Australia side for Four Nations clash. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 11 November 2011
With two weeks to go support for National Labour slips, RNZ reporters on campaign trail review week, Pike families want names released of those charged, Greece has new leader but fears over Eurozone remain, Ex-Turners and Growers chair rues lack of NZ buyer, Asset sales could start before end of next year, Americans suspicious of benefits from Apec's agenda. [more]

National defends decision to appoint asset sale adviser
The Australian arm of the bank Lazard is advising the Treasury about the merits of proposals presented by bankers who would be involved in the sale process. [more]

Ex-Turners and Growers chair says overseas sale a pity
The former chair of Turners and Growers says it's a shame a New Zealand buyer could not be found for the fruit-selling company. [more]

Pacific News for 11 November 2011
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Greece finally settles on new Prime Minister
Lucas Papademos heads a government of national unity made up of the three main parties. [more]

James Murdoch faces further questions in parliament
The executive chairman of News International, James Murdoch, has been back in front of British MPs for further questioning about the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. [more]

With two weeks to go, support for National, Labour slips
The Herald-Digipoll puts support for National at 49.5 per cent, down from 54.2 last week. [more]

RNZ reporters on campaign trail review week
Our Parliamentary chief reporter Jane Patterson has been with the National Party leader, John Key. Our political reporter Julian Robins joins us from Auckland Airport. He has been with the Labour Party leader, Phil Goff this week. [more]

Mine safety expert says govt has greatest culpability for Pike
The families of the men who died in in the Pike River Coal mine are demanding that those charged over the tragedy be named. [more]

Greece has new leader but fears over Eurozone remain
The former vice president of the European Central Bank, Lucas Papademos, has been charged with leading the country through financial reforms, until elections take place next year. [more]

Ex-Turners and Growers chair rues lack of NZ buyer
The former chair of Turners and Growers says it's a sorry state of affairs that a local buyer couldn't be found to stop New Zealand's biggest fresh produce exporter being sold to a German company. [more]

Asset sales could start before end of next year
If the National Party is re-elected, shares in one of the state-owned energy companies could be sold before the end of next year. [more]

Sports News for 11 November 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Americans suspicious of benefits from Apec's agenda
Trade ministers from the 21 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation economies including New Zealand meet in Honolulu today to build up momentum for a trade deal covering the region. [more]

Southland mayor fights Queenstown to Milford tunnel
The Mayor of the Southland District is calling on the public to oppose plans to build a 150-million-dollar tunnel linking Queenstown and Milford Sound. [more]

Doctors say treatment of cancer needs improving
The National Party is promising to improve cancer treatment if it's re-elected, and doctors say it's needed. [more]

Infamous election meeting grill candidates in rowdy debate
It's been billed as the country's most infamous election meeting, and last night the locals in Wellington's Aro Valley were at their heckling, hooting, water-pistol-shooting best. [more]

Symbolic meeting between Key and Banks confirmed for today
With ACT contininuing to languish in the polls, today is a crucial day for the party when John Banks has his very important cup of tea with National Party leader John Key. [more]

Tight race expected in Canterbury seat of Waimakariri
Clayton Cosgrove, says he's confident he can keep hold of the seat. [more]

Election analysts review latest week on campaign trail
Time to review the week on the campaign trail. [more]

Mine safety expert says govt has greatest culpability for Pike
The families of the men who died in in the Pike River Coal mine are demanding that those charged over the tragedy be named. [more]

Greens oppose overseas sale of Turners & Growers
New Zealand's biggest fresh produce company, Turners and Growers, is set to be sold to German interests. [more]

Sports News for 11 November 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Employers told to embrace young Pacific workers' culture
Employers who want to get the best from young Pacific staff are being advised to recognise their cultural values and involve their families in resolving work problems. [more]

Kiwisaver boss warns National over asset sales conflicts
A prominent Kiwisaver manager says the National Party must guard against allowing big foreign financial institutions undue influence over state asset sales if it is re-elected. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
Qantas pilots heading to court for the right to strike,Book says Schapelle Corby guilty, Calls for soldiers to be brough home after afghani soldier shoots 3 aussie diggers, 85yo lady catches 385kg marlin north of Cairns. [more]

Nights

Conundrum
The winner this week is..... [more]

Nine To Noon

Pike River
Nicholas Davidson QC, Lawyer for many of the families of the Pike River victims. Ged O'Connell, Assistant national secretary of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union. [more]

US Environmental Protection Agency Whistleblower
Hugh Kaufman is a senior policy analyst at the EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. He's got serious concerns about the use of highly toxic oil dispersants in the BP gulf oil spill - the same one used here in the Rena disaster. [more]

Asia Correspondent - Phil O'Sullivan
There's been severe flooding in Thailand. [more]

Feature Guest - Annie Doyle
Annie is a New Zealander who has lived and worked in Australia as an accountant for a long time. Climbing mountains is her passion. She is attempting to climb the highest peaks on Earth's seven continents, five down and two to go, one of those being Mt Everest. [more]

Book Review - The Territorials
By Peter Cooke and John Crawford, published by Random House NZ and reviewed by Don Rood. [more]

Music with Sean McKenna
Featuring Florence and the Machine and Bannerman. [more]

Sport with Joseph Romanos
The Australian cricket team nearly took the world's lowest test score record off New Zealand, the New Zealand Cricket awards, Steve Williams' comments about Tiger Woods and Jack Ralston's accusation that two All Blacks in the 1990s took steroids. [more]

The Week That Was
With Te Radar and Pinky Agnew. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 11 November 2011
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 11 November 2011
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Saturday Morning

Peter Graham: crime and punishment
Former Hong Kong barrister who returned to New Zealand to write about crime, and has just published So Brilliantly Clever: Parker, Hulme and the Murder that Shocked the World. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 11 November 2011
The Maori Students' Association says the performance of wananga should be scrutinised in a different way from mainstream universities; The National Party says it recognises that certain medical conditions are a bigger issue among Maori and Pacific than Pakeha people - and is pledging to cut waiting times for elective surgery - if it returns to power; The Rotorua District Council says it's drawing up a memoradum of understanding with Ngati Pikiao - so it doesn't repeat the same mistake and chop down a sacred Te Arawa tree; A health provider in the Far North area of Hokianga has produced a DVD how-to guide to show isolated rural communities how to set up their own supply of clean, safe drinking water. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 11 November 2011
The Maori Students' Association says the performance of wananga should be scrutinised in a different way from mainstream universities; The National Party says it recognises that certain medical conditions are a bigger issue among Maori and Pacific than Pakeha people - and is pledging to cut waiting times for elective surgery - if it returns to power; The Rotorua District Council says it's drawing up a memoradum of understanding with Ngati Pikiao - so it doesn't repeat the same mistake and chop down a sacred Te Arawa tree; A health provider in the Far North area of Hokianga has produced a DVD how-to guide to show isolated rural communities how to set up their own supply of clean, safe drinking water. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 11 November 2011
A Government department says it's leaving it to Maori to select what sort of homes they want to live in - instead of decisions being made by "officials stuck in ivory towers"; The fishing company, Sealord, says the negative publicity surrounding foreign charter vessels prompted it to employ company observers aboard some of its trawlers; People living in the Lower Hutt suburb of Pomare say their situation is a warning for all other New Zealanders living in state housing; A researcher into Maori tourism says there is more to indigenous tour guiding than most people would realise. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 11 November 2011
The fishing company, Sealord, says the negative publicity surrounding foreign charter vessels prompted it to employ company observers aboard some of it's trawlers; A Government department says it's leaving it to Maori to select what sort of homes they want to live in - instead of decisions being made by what it says are "officials stuck in ivory towers."; A researcher into Maori tourism says there is more to indigenous tour guiding than most people would realise; People living in the Lower Hutt suburb of Pomare say their situation is a warning for all other New Zealanders living in state housing. [more]

The Week In Review

The Week in Review - week ending 11 November 2011
A review of the week's news including: [more]

Upbeat

Chris Bruerton
New Zealand baritone and the newest member of the renowned British vocal sextet The King's Singers. [more]

Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra review
Peter Hoar on last night's APO concert of Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky and Shostakovich featuring violinist Alina Ibragimova. [more]

News stories:

Mixed results at North Island wool sale
The normal advantages of a weaker New Zealand dollar didn't apply at this week's wool sale, with mixed results for the North Island wool on offer. [more]

Girl's death in house fire being treated as suspicious
Police in Christchurch say they are treating the death of a teenage girl in a house fire as suspicious. [more]

New Zealand sharemarket closes 36 points down on Thursday
The NZX50 index fell 36 points, or 1%, to close at 3317 on turnover of $85 million on Thursday. [more]

Rosberg to race for Mercedes beyond 2013
Germany's Nico Rosberg has signed a new deal keeping him at Mercedes Formula One team beyond the 2013 season. Mercedes added that seven-times champion Michael Schumacher, the most successful driver... [more]

Chris Martin wins cricket's top award
Chris Martin has become the first-ever recipient of the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal, the top honour at the New Zealand Cricket Awards. The 36 year old fast bowler also lifted... [more]

23 wickets fall on day two of opening cricket test
The Australian cricketers are facing defeat in the first Test against South Africa in Cape Town after collapsing to their lowest innings total in 109 years. Day two at Newlands... [more]

Camper still well back
Team New Zealand's entry CAMPER continues to be taught a lesson for making one wrong call on the first leg of the Volvo Ocean race. After 5 days CAMPER remains... [more]

All Blacks to play England next November
The All Blacks will play England as a part of their Northern Hemisphere end-of-year tour next year. England's Rugby Football Union has announced its schedule for November 2012 and they'll... [more]

NBA dispute no closer to being resolved
The National Basketball Association (NBA) owners and players will resume labour dispute talks today after 12 hours of discussions in New York ended late last night with the sides no... [more]

Harbhajan left out of India squad
The India cricket selectors have retained their 15-man squad for the second test against West Indies in Kolkata, meaning there is no place for off-spinner Harbhajan Singh. The 31-year-old, who... [more]

Bribery accused 'fell in love' with F1
The Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has told a German court a former German banker, on trial for embezzlement and bribery in a Formula One rights deal, fell in love... [more]

IAAF changes stance on world records
The British runner Paula Radcliffe has been reinstated as the holder of the women's world marathon record at two hours 15 minutes and 25 seconds overturning a controversial decision by... [more]

Schumacher cagey on F1 future
The Formula One great Michael Schumacher has denied that he's in discussions with Mercedes to extend his contract beyond next season. Mercedes announced earlier that Schumacher's team mate Nico Rosberg... [more]

Hamilton envious of Button's 'bubble'
Lewis Hamilton opened a window on his troubled state of mind on and spoke of how he needed to create his own version of the happy 'bubble' surrounding McLaren team... [more]

Council to have formal understanding with iwi
Rotorua District Council says it's drawing up a memorandum of understanding with Ngati Pikiao - so it doesn't repeat the same mistake and chop down a sacred Te Arawa tree. [more]

National acknowledges medical conditions among Maori
The National Party says it recognises that certain medical conditions are a bigger issue among Maori and Pacific than Pakeha people and is pledging to cut waiting times for elective surgery - if it returns to power. [more]

Maori universities need to be assessed differently - students
The Maori Students Association says the performance of wananga should be scrutinised in a different way from mainstream universities. [more]

Guide shows isolated communities how to source clean water
Hauora Hokianga in the Far North has produced a DVD guide to show isolated rural communities how to set up their own supply of clean, safe drinking water. [more]

Gorge road unlikely to reopen before New Year
The Transport Agency says it will probably be early next year before the road through the Manawatu Gorge is reopened. [more]

Some dairy farmers still not keeping effluent out of waterways
Bay of Plenty Regional Council says the message to keep animal effluent out of waterways, continues to fall on deaf years among some dairy farmers. [more]

PNG government suspends Chief Justice
The Papua New Guinea government has suspended the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, a month before he was to deliver a verdict on the legitimacy of Prime Minister Peter... [more]

PNG government suspends Chief Justice
The Papua New Guinea government has suspended the chief justice of the Supreme Court, a month before he was to deliver a verdict on the legitimacy of Prime Minister Peter... [more]

Former Nauru president calls opposition corruption claims mischievous
Nauru's former president, Marcus Stephen, who resigned yesterday has called opposition claims of corruption unwarranted and mischievous. He resigned saying he wanted to allow the government to continue its work... [more]

Financial system sound but vulnerable: RBNZ
The Reserve Bank says the financial system is sound, but vulnerable to turmoil on international money markets and slowing global growth. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Friday's headlines: NZ man wanted by South American police; agreement in principle for tunnel to link Routeburn and Hollyford Roads; 60,000 visitors expected at Show Day in Canterbury. [more]

Improved trading gives Mainfreight confidence to invest
Mainfreight says the next quarter is looking promising after reporting a record half year profit boosted by a surge in sales. [more]

German company offers Turners and Growers takeover
A German fruit supplier has launched a $285 million takeover offer for Turners and Growers. [more]

Contact Energy plans public bond offer
Contact Energy plans to raise up to $250 million through a public bond offer. The bonds will mature in 2042, but can be redeemed from 2017. [more]

Christchurch gets ultrafast broadband
The first ultrafast broadband fibre is being laid in Christchurch this week. [more]

Nauru opposition remains confident it can unseat government
The Nauru opposition says it remains confident it can unseat the island's government. This comes after their planned vote of no confidence yesterday was pre-empted by the early resignation of... [more]

Fiji trade union leader Felix Anthony released from police custody
The general secretary of the Fiji Trades Union Congress, Felix Anthony, has been released from police custody. Fiji Village online reports the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Henry Brown, confirming that... [more]

Fiji trade unionist Felix Anthony released from police custody
Fiji Trade Unionist, Felix Anthony, has been released from police custody. Fiji Village online says the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Henry Brown, confirmed that Mr Anthony has been released after... [more]

Bookies give odds for another Massa, Hamilton collision
Ferrari's Felipe Massa and McLaren's Lewis Hamilton kept their Formula One feud simmering as bookmakers offered odds on them colliding again in Abu Dhabi this weekend. The two drivers have... [more]

Kiwis looking to plug defensive gaps against England
The Kiwis forward Alex Glen says if they're to beat England this weekend and reach the rugby league Four Nations final they'll have to eliminate the defensive lapses they were... [more]

Landis lands suspended jail sentence
Disgraced Tour de France winner Floyd Landis has been handed a one-year suspended jail sentence for ordering the hacking of a French anti-doping laboratory. The American cyclist, who was stripped... [more]

Mayor going to China
Auckland Mayor Len Brown has set off to China on a trip that could open new possibilities for major tunnelling projects. The tour is being paid for by the NZ Transport Agency. [more]

Strike at US mine in Freeport in Indonesia's Papua expected to end soon
The strike that has rocked copper and gold mining company Freeport McMoran in Indonesia's Papua region is expected to come to an end soon. Thousands of workers launched a strike... [more]

Solomon Islands PM faces vote of no-confidence today
The Solomon Islands government appears to be collapsing ahead of today's parliamentary vote of no-confidence against Prime Minister Danny Philip. This comes after the Finance Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo, was... [more]

China export growth slowing
China's export growth slowed further in October as the eurozone debt crisis and fears of a slowdown in the United States dented demand for its goods. [more]

ACT says it would review self-defence laws for farmers
The ACT Party says it would review the law of self-defence to increase the safety of rural residents who are often a long way from police stations. [more]

Employers advised to embrace Pacific culture
Employers wanting to get the best from young Pacific employees are being advised to recognise their cultural values and involve their families in resolving work problems. [more]

IRB election date set
The International Rugby Board has announced that the recently postponed vote to decide the positions of chairman and vice chairman will take place in Los Angeles on December 12th. The... [more]

French fans banned from travelling to watch team
Away fans will be banned from attending Ligue 1 football clashes between Olympique Marseille and Paris St Germain for security reasons, following a history of violent clashes between supporters of... [more]

Victory or failure for Kiwis on Sunday
The Kiwis forward Simon Mannering says anything other than reaching the final of the Four Nations rugby league tournament will be deemed as a failure. The Kiwis face England in... [more]

Individual charges not enough - adviser
An international mine safety adviser says laying charges against individuals for the Pike River mine disaster is not enough when the whole mine safety system needs an overhaul. [more]

Mayor against tunnel
Southland district Mayor Frana Cardno wants as many people as possible to oppose a plan to build a tunnel through Fiordland National Park. [more]

Sheens makes mulitple changes to Kangaroos line-up
Tim Sheens, as expected, has named a new-look Australia side for Monday's Four Nations rugby league clash against Wales in Wrexham. With Billy Slater, Tony Williams and Robbie Farah all... [more]

IndyCar to race in China
IndyCar will stage its first race in China next August on a temporary street circuit in Qingdao. The race will be hosted at the site of 2008 Beijing Olympic sailing... [more]

Vettori says there are plenty of bowlers to choose from
The former New Zealand cricket captain Dan Vettori believes there are a number of of bowlers coming through that will bolster the Black caps lineup in years to come. Vettori,... [more]

Herbert says an academy team would help the Phoenix
The Phoenix football coach Ricki Herbert says they and their fans will have to accept that in the short term the aquistition of a player isn't going to make a... [more]

Names of accused parties wanted
The families of the 29 men killed in the Pike River mining tragedy want the three parties charged in connection with the disaster to be named. [more]

Conflicts of interest inevitable for advisers - Treasury
The Treasury says it is inevitable that conflicts of interest will arise at the firms appointed to advise it on the sale of state assets. [more]

Partial asset sales could start next year
If the National Party is re-elected, shares in the first State-owned energy company to be offered for sale, could be sold before the end of next year. [more]

US stocks up
Stocks on Wall St have risen due to fewer unemployment claims in the United States. However, markets were down in Europe. [more]

CNMI Ports Authority cuts back on key projects due to budget issues
In the Northern Marianas, budget constraints at the national level will hinder efforts of the Commonwealth Ports Authority to implement some key upcoming projects. The executive director, Edward Deleon Guerrero,... [more]

US airline will now begin new US-Americna Samoa service in March, 2012
The company American West Jets new air service from the United States west coast to American Samoa and will now begin March 2012. The airline had initially planned to launch... [more]

New Caledonia now Air Vanuatu's second largest tourist market
New Caledonia is now Air Vanuatu's second largest tourist market after Australia. The executive officer of Air Vanuatu, Joseph Laloyer, says New Zealand had been the number two market but... [more]

Greens oppose overseas sale of Turners and Growers
The Green Party says selling the country's biggest fresh produce company, Turners and Growers, to overseas interests would be not be good for New Zealand. [more]

More wire median barriers urged by AA
Official papers show it would cost at least $550 million to upgrade the most dangerous and well-used stretches of New Zealand roads with wire rope median barriers. [more]

Woman who disposed of baby sentenced
A woman who left the body of her newborn premature baby in a creek in Ardmore, Auckland, has been sentenced to 12 months of intensive supervision. [more]

German bidder to focus on apple grower returns
A German company's $216 million bid for Turners & Growers has been described as a historic deal if it goes through. BayWa says it intends to run Turners as a standalone business. [more]

Bond rate rising for Italy
Italy raised 5 billion euros from a new issue of bonds on Thursday, but had to pay an interest rate of 6.087% to borrow the money for one year. It is their highest rate for 14 years. [more]

Kiwifruit companies to merge
Bay of Plenty kiwifruit companies Satara Co-operative and Seeka plan to merge, partly to help them better cope with the PSA vine disease. [more]

No value seen in suppressing names/charges
The former safety manager at the Pike River Mine says there is no point in suppressing the names of people being charged over the mine disaster. [more]

Solomons prime minister resigns ahead of planned no confidence vote
The Solomon Islands prime minister Danny Philip resigned this morning just before a vote of no confidence in his government was to be held. After several defections and the sacking... [more]

Solomons prime minister resigns ahead of planned no confidence vote
The Solomon Islands prime minister Danny Philip resigned this morning just before a vote of no confidence in his government was to be held. After several defections and the sacking... [more]

Solomons prime minister resigns ahead of planned no confidence vote
The Solomon Islands prime minister Danny Philip resigned this morning just before a vote of no confidence in his government was to be held. After several defections and the sacking... [more]

Reporting of profit measures to be tightened
The Financial Markets Authority is planning to tighten the use of underlying and normalised profit by firms when reporting their results. [more]

Sport: Fiji rugby star Leone Nakarawa back with military
Fiji rugby lock Leone Nakarawa has been named to play for the Army team in this afternoon's annual clash with the Police team in Suva. Nakarawa was given a visa... [more]

Samoa's health minister says use private morgues
Samoa's health minister Dr Leao Talalelei Tuitama, says the only public morgue on Savaii will reopen but says people should try and use private morgues anyway. The opposition party is... [more]

French court rules public purse retain proceeds of sold Flosse property
A French court has ruled that the proceeds from the sale of a property owned by French Polynesia's veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, be kept by the public purse in France. [more]

PNG watchdog says public concerned at government's suspension of Chief Justice
The chair of Transparency International Papua New Guinea says there is public concern over the suspension of the Chief Justice. The government suspended Sir Salamo Injia yesterday, citing a police... [more]

Resolution no closer in strike by workers at huge Papua mine
Workers at Freeport-McMoRan's huge copper and gold mine in Papua in Indonesia will continue a strike into next month after rejecting a 35 per cent pay rise. The Financial Times... [more]

Food prices fall again
Food prices fell 1.3% in October, led by a sharp drop in vegetable prices. It was the third monthly decline. [more]

Warehouse sales boosted by Cup gear
Sales of Rugby World Cup gear boosted first-quarter sales at The Warehouse. [more]

NZ man wanted on drugs charges in Argentina
Interpol has issued a red alert for a New Zealand man wanted by police in Argentina for drug-related crimes. The case is connected to the death of a Colombian cocaine courier in Auckland two months ago. [more]

Wind delays final demolition of hotel
High wind in Christchurch has delayed the demolition of one of the city's largest hotels. [more]

Green light for Telecom split
Telecom says it has received the final court orders from the High Court allowing the splitting-off of its network business, Chorus. [more]

International guest nights jump by 21% in September
International guest nights jumped by 21% in September, boosted by Rugby World Cup visitors. [more]

Heartland NZ credit rating up
Standard & Poor's has raised Heartland New Zealand's credit rating by two notches, to BBB- with a negative outlook. [more]

Railway fire slightly delays Auckland trains
Auckland Transport says there is a slight delay for people travelling by train on Friday afternoon, following a fire on the tracks. [more]

Police in Samoa investigate death of new born baby
The police in Samoa are still waiting for a post mortem report after the discovery three weeks ago of the body of a new born baby in a suitcase at... [more]

French minister dismissive of French Polynesian call for renewed dialogue
The French overseas territories minister, Marie-Luce Penchard, has given a cool response to a call for a renewed dialogue between Paris and French Polynesia. The strained relationship was raised by... [more]

Manly sack Hasler as coach
The National Rugby League premiers Manly have sacked coach Des Hasler and appointed Geoff Toovey to the role. Citing alleged contract breaches the Manly chairman Scott Penn says the club's... [more]

Adams up for another award this weekend
New Zealand's champion shot-puter Valerie Adams could add another honour to her resume this weekend when the IAAF announce their athletes of the year. The 27-year-old defended her Shot Put... [more]

Agency finds NZ banking system 'relatively low-risk'
Standard and Poor's says New Zealand's banking system remains relatively low-risk, despite its reliance on offshore funding. [more]

Volatile steel prices hit Steel Tube
Extremely volatile steel prices and the unsettled New Zealand dollar are likely to continue to challenge the steel industry. [more]

Wakefield Health says market is still subdued
The private healthcare firm Wakefield Health says the market is still subdued and it's yet to see a rebound in demand. [more]

Trading of shares in Allied Farmers halted
Trading in shares in Allied Farmers has been halted ahead of the conversion of maturing capital notes to ordinary shares. [more]

Solomons Prime Minister resigns after sensing loss of public support
The Solomon Islands prime minister Danny Philip resigned this morning because he felt they public was overwhelmingly against him. Mr Philip resigned just before a vote of no confidence in... [more]

Call in Solomon Islands for more opportunity for women to air ethnic stories
A women's advocate in Solomon Islands says more opportunities are needed for women to share their experiences of the country's ethnic tension a decade ago. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission... [more]

NZ linguist using grant to dissect Vanuatu indigenous languages
A New Zealand university lecturer is using an almost 200-thousand US dollar, three-year Marsden Fund grant to study indigenous languages in Vanuatu. Waikato University's Dr Julie Barbour says her research... [more]

Ferry cleared to carry passengers from Monday
The problem-plagued interisland ferry Aratere has been cleared to resume passenger services next week. [more]

Ecological fears on Guam after a fire ant infestation
Fire ants have been found on Guam for the first time and scientists are worried they could contribute to an ecological disaster. The ants were found last Thursday by staff... [more]

Ecological fears on Guam after a fire ani infestation
Fire ants have been found on Guam for the first time and scientists are worried they could contribute to an ecological disaster. The ants were found last Thursday by staff... [more]

Samoa's Manono Island beaches cleaned up for tourists and turtles
A waste management expert in Samoa says old tsunami rubbish recently cleared from Manono Island beaches has been positive for locals, tourists and turtles. A pollution advisor with the Pacific... [more]

Melanesian Spearhead Group to let West Papua apply for observer status
West Papua will be given the opportunity to apply for observer status within the Melanesian Spearhead Group. The Director General of the MSG secretariat in Port Vila, Peter Forau, has... [more]

Alliance profit hit by lamb losses in storms
The heavy toll on lambs from last year's severe snowstorms has hit the profit line of Southland-based meat co-operative Alliance. [more]

Contrasting response from farmers to party policies
There's been a strong contrast in farmer reaction to political party election policies aimed at the primary sector. [more]

Kiwifruit regions increase Psa watch
Kiwifruit producing regions not affected by Psa have stepped up surveillance measures in a bid to keep their patches free of the infection that has devastated orchards in Bay of Plenty. [more]

Low water footprint for country's electricity
Scientists have found New Zealand electricity has a very low water footprint, a finding they say could boost the horticultural industry. [more]

Ngai Tahu begins work on trial dairy farms
South Island iwi Ngai Tahu has begun developing the first of three trial dairy farms on forestry land in North Canterbury. [more]

Locked out meatworkers reject new company offer
Meatworkers locked out of a sheep processing plant at Marton for more than three weeks have rejected a new offer from the company and will continue picketing the site. [more]

About a third of tank's oil removed from Rena
About a third of the heavy fuel oil inside a submerged tank on the grounded container ship Rena has now been transferred to a bunker barge. [more]

Flying axe-head injures show spectator
The Labour Department is investigating an accident at the Canterbury A & P Show that left a spectator seriously injured. [more]

Bank of England holds interest rates
Interest rates in Britain have again been held at a record low of 0.5% by the Bank of England's monetary policy committee. The rate has not changed since March 2009. [more]

Snow Sports NZ appoints new CEO
Snow Sports New Zealand has appointed Martin Toomey as its new Chief Executive. Toomey is currently the acting chief executive of High Performance Sport New Zealand and was previously the... [more]

Higher casino profit tipped
Casino revenues at Sky City Entertainment were up 9% to $26.5 million in the four months to the end of October. [more]

October house prices down
The Real Estate Institute says house sales and prices fell in October, but were up on the same month in 2010. [more]

ACT future could hinge on cafe meeting
It might seem quaintly appropriate that a former foreign exchange dealer has the future of the free market party ACT in his hands. [more]

National pledge to toughen up on some licences
The National Party is promising to crack down on people who sit on their learner and restricted drivers licences for prolonged periods. [more]

TPP trade deal could be settled by mid-2012
Trade Minister Tim Groser says New Zealand is ready to conclude a TransPacific Partnership trade deal that includes the United States by the middle of next year. [more]

Sealord using observers on some fishing vessels
Fishing company Sealord says the negative publicity surrounding foreign charter vessels has prompted it to employ company observers aboard some of its trawlers. [more]

Queenstown's toughest skiing season analysed
Some Queenstown skifields say natural disasters and warm weather made this year the toughest season since commercial skiing began in the Queenstown area 50 years ago. [more]

Consumer confidence easing
Consumer confidence has eased for the third consecutive month. The result was the lowest since May. [more]

Solomons MPs to elect new prime minister on Wednesday
Nominations open tomorrow morning for prime minister in Solomon Islands after the resignation this morning of Danny Philip. Mr Philip resigned ahead of a vote of no confidence brought in... [more]

Solomons MPs to elect new prime minister on Wednesday
Nominations are open for prime minister in Solomon Islands after Friday's resignation of Danny Philip. Mr Philip resigned ahead of a vote of no confidence brought in his government by... [more]

Solomons' MPs to elect new prime minister on Wednesday
Nominations open tomorrow morning for prime minister in Solomon Islands after the resignation this morning of Danny Philip. Mr Philip resigned ahead of a vote of no confidence brought in... [more]

More to indigenous tour guiding than most realise
A Maori tourism researcher says there is more to indigenous tour guiding than most people realise. [more]

Maori to decide on type of whare they build
A government agency says it's leaving it to Maori to select what sort of homes they want to live in, instead of the decisions being made by what it describes as "officials stuck in ivory towers." [more]

Demolition barbecue warning to state house tenants
People living in the Lower Hutt suburb of Pomare say their situation is a warning for all other New Zealanders living in state housing. [more]

Maori Party serious about developing biculturalism
A national organisation that represents many Maori-language immersion schools says a Maori Party policy shows its caucus is serious about developing the country's biculturalism. [more]

Council says it regrets felling sacred Rotorua tree
The Rotorua District Council says while it regrets chopping down a sacred mangeao tree, it has triggered better relations with tangata whenua. [more]

Poll shows National support below 50%
A Herald DigiPoll published on Friday shows support for National has dropped to below 50% in the past week. [more]

Polls suggest support to retain MMP
Two polls out on Friday suggest there is support to retain the MMP voting system. [more]

Close race predicted for Waimakariri
A tight race is looming in the seat of Waimakariri, which Labour holds with a slim majority. [more]

110,000 young people not enrolled to vote
The national manager of the Electoral Enrolment Centre fears young voters are missing out on the opportunity to have their say. [more]

Labour says it would re-appoint a Rural Affairs Minister
The Labour Party says it would re-appoint a Minister for Rural Affairs to give rural communities an advocate in Cabinet if it is elected to Government. [more]

Tea for two in Epsom
National Party leader John Key has made a symbolic gesture of support for the ACT Party's John Banks during an informal meeting at a cafe in Auckland. [more]

Treasury head sticking to more optimistic forecast
Treasury head Gabriel Makhlouf is sticking by the department's most recent economic forecasts, despite the turmoil in Europe. [more]

Child-sex tour conviction a 'victory for children'
A child advocacy group says the conviction of an Aucklander who organised an underage sex tour to Thailand is a victory for children across the globe. [more]

Wire barriers 'could eliminate head-on crashes'
An emergency room doctor says head-on crashes on high-risk roads could be eliminated for less than the cost of a new motorway. [more]

'Unbelievable' bodies not recovered a year on
Nearly a year on from the Pike River disaster, a former safety manager at the mine whose son died in the disaster says it is gut-wrenching that the bodies of the 29 victims have yet to be recovered. [more]