Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 17th November 2011

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This page features: Afternoons, Appointment, Business News, CEISMIC, Checkpoint, Election 2011 Audio, 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 - Someone Like You
Megan Etherington from Coromandel has chosen 'Someone Like You' performed by Adele. [more]

Your Place - Riwaka
Riwaka, a settlement of 550 residents, just five kilometres east of Motueka and the largest town in the west of Tasman Bay. Riwaka is famous for its horticulture, apples, pears, kiwifruit and hops. It was once the tobacco growing capital of New Zealand, but that industry has practically gone now. [more]

Pixie Town at the Otago Settlers Museum
The Pixie Town display at the Otago Settlers Museum is a Christmas favourite for Dunedin kids. But this Christmas, the pixies are heading off on a jaunt round the world while the museum undergoes the last part of a massive refurbishment. [more]

The Paua Barn
A Kaikoura local is now realising his dream of opening a traditional Maori restaurant. Butch McDonald learned to cook from his grandmother and has spent years putting on traditional spreads for tourists and volunteering his cooking at local tangi. [more]

The Arts Report
Playmarket, an agency and script advisory service for New Zealand playwrights, has funded four staged readings of an unproduced play by Papakura playwright Maureen Fepulea'i. [more]

Southern Story for 17 November 2011 - Risingholme Orchestra
Katy Gosset meets some seasoned musicans who have their own symphony orchestra. Members of the Risingholme Orchestra range in age from 35 to 93 with many of the principal players in their eighties. [more]

Our Changing World - Tell Us a Story
Last month more than 50 postgrad science students at Victoria University entered a storytelling challenge. With over $2,000 in prize money up for grabs, the finalists strutted their stuff at a special edition of Nerd Nite. Ruth Beran went along to check it out. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 17 November 2011
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Chris Trotter and Scott Yorke (Part 1)
Topic - Police are planning to serve search warrants on four media outlets, including Radio New Zealand, for any unpublished material that relates to the secret tapes of the conversation between Prime Minister John Key and ACT candidate John Banks at an Epsom cafe. [more]

The Panel with Chris Trotter and Scott Yorke (Part 2)
Topics - Professor Andrew Geddis joins us to you give us a Quick summary of the Single Transferable Vote system. An Auckland version of TePapa is OK with the Mayor of Wellington as long as it's just a taster for the original in Wellington. [more]

Appointment

Forgetting Ida Rubinstein Part 1
Elric Hooper and Des Wilson tell the story of the Russian impresario and performer Ida Rubinstein. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 17 November 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 17 November 2011
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 17 November 20111217
Fonterra's chairman announces he'll step down next year. Eurozone's worries turn from debt-laden Italy to France and the sharemarket falls. [more]

Evening Business for 17 November 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 17 November 2011
News from the business sector. [more]

CEISMIC

Top Stories for Thursday 17 November 2011
National says campaign on track despite focus on Key; Radio New Zealand political editor discusses campaign; Don Brash says his leadership is solid; Pike River anniversary service 'will be non-political'; Auckland protesters may receive trespass notices today; Martin Johnson quits as England rugby coach; Earthquake documentary opens in Christchurch cinemas. [more]

Earthquake documentary opens in Christchurch cinemas
The first full-length film documenting the lives of those affected by the Canterbury earthquakes had its premiere in Christchurch last night. [more]

Ballantynes celebrate reopening of Christchurch store
Two weeks after re-opening, the landmark Christchurch department store, Ballantynes has thanked staff, contractors and customers for their hard work and loyalty since the February earthquake forced it to close. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 17 November 2011
Winston Peters reveals more details about what he says is on the tea party tape. The police prepare to search news organisations for information about the recording and the country's top judge is staggered by a large surge in the prison population in the past decade. [more]

Winston Peters reveals more about what he says is on the tape
With the police poised to serve search warrants on four news organsiations, including Radio New Zealand, over the secret cafe recording, the New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has revealed details about what he says is on the tape. [more]

Police to serve search warrants on four media outlets
The Police are expected to serve search warrants on four news outlets over the next 24 hours, to get information on the recording of the cafe conversation. [more]

How is John Key handling the on-going questions?
Our parliamentary chief reporter Jane Patterson has been with Mr Key today in Whangarei where the media was again asking him about the cafe conversation. [more]

Analysis from RNZ's Political Editor
Our political editor Brent Edwards is with us now. [more]

Fear not punishment behind inmate increase - Chief Justice
The country's top judge is staggered by a large surge in the prison population in the past decade, which she says seems to have been more about fear of offenders than punishment. [more]

Sports News for 17 November 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Police say drugs found have been making people sick
The police say drugs found in an Auckland wide swoop yesterday have been linked to ecstasy pills which have been making people sick. [more]

Union President says Police don't have spare time
The National Party leader, John Key, has defended the time police are spending investigating the recording of a cafe conversation he had with the Act party candidate, John Banks. [more]

Cameraman seeks declaratory judgement
The cameraman at the centre of the tea tape controversy has filed civil proceedings in the high court in Auckland this afternoon seeking a ruling that the conversation between the political leaders was not a private conversation. [more]

Missing school girl goes unnoticed for two hours
An 11 year old Wairoa girl, who fell down a bank on a school trip and was left behind for two hours, remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital. [more]

17 year old saves 6 tourists on Hot Water Beach
A junior lifeguard's saved six tourists from New York, who were struggling in a rip off Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula. [more]

National targets immunisation for more babies
National has released its health policy, saying it has a new ambitious target to immunise New Zealand babies. [more]

Winston Peters reveals more about what he says is on the tape
More now about the tea party recording and the new revelations from the New Zealand First leader about what he says is on the tape. [more]

Analysis on the latest opinion polls
Staying with the election campaign - two new polls have just been released. [more]

Campaign becoming a farce - Goff
The Labour Party leader, Phil Goff, says the election campaign is descending into farce. [more]

Stephen Franks on the escalating Cuppagate row
We're joined now by the former Act MP, Stephen Franks, who stood for the National Party at the last election. [more]

Sports News for 17 November 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Testy exchanges at Pike River Commission hearings
There were some testy exchanges at the Royal Commission into the Pike River Mine disaster today, as questioning continued of the mine inspector who oversaw Pike River at the time of the explosion. [more]

Kelly Pick's mother wants her daughter to be left alobe
The mother of the triathlete who's accused a drunk Zac Guildford of harassing her, says she wants the online abuse of her daughter to stop, and it would help if the All Black told his fans to leave her alone. [more]

NZ could benefit from new marine neighbours - expert
Thousands of United States marines are about to set up camp in Darwin, and there's a prediction it could lead to New Zealand forging a closer friendship with America. [more]

Tony Ryall gets a grilling by senior doctors
Senior doctors have given the Health Minister, Tony Ryall, a grilling at their annual conference about the shortage of doctors. [more]

Police might need to prop up road policing budget
Money from the main police budget might need to be siphoned into road policing according to official documents. [more]

Election 2011 Audio

John Key questioned on police demand for media material
The National Party leader was asked about police demands that media organisations hand over information related to the 'tea tape' controversy. [more]

Winston Peters makes speech on the tea tape
The New Zealand First leader used a speech in Invercargill to outline what he believes was said during the recorded conversation between National's leader John Key and ACT candidate John Banks. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 17 November 2011
Radio New Zealand refuses police demands to hand over material about the cup-of-tea recording and MPs are awarded a $7,000 pay rise. [more]

Midday Sports News for 17 November 2011
The All Blacks coach Graham Henry's already being touted as a possible replacement for outgoing England manager Martin Johnson. [more]

Morning Report

Pacific News for 17 November 2011
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

National says campaign on track despite focus on Key
The National Party says its campaign is still on track, despite the intense pressure on its leader, John Key. [more]

Radio New Zealand political editor discusses campaign
Radio New Zealand's political editor, Brent Edwards. [more]

Don Brash says his leadership is solid
Part of the tea cup recordings are believed to include discussion of the Act Party's future leadership. [more]

Pike River anniversary service 'will be non-political'
Those organising a service to mark the first anniversary of the Pike River disaster are at pains to ensure that - just one week out from the general election - the day remains non-political. [more]

Auckland protesters may receive trespass notices today
The Auckland Council is likely to begin issuing trespass notices to protesters at Auckland's Aotea Square as early as today. [more]

Martin Johnson quits as England rugby coach
The England rugby coach, Martin Johnson, under pressure after a disastrous Rugby World Cup campaign, is quitting his job. [more]

Sports News for 17 November 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

First containers off the Rena
Salvors working on the stricken ship, Rena, have successfully removed the first three containers off the deck. [more]

Senior media executives reject comparison with UK scandal
The National Party says its election campaign is still right on track, despite what it calls the media's attempts to divert attention from the central issues. [more]

Political leadership specialist discusses campaign twists
Auckland University politics studies professor, Raymond Miller. [more]

Families outraged at Key's suicide comparison
Family members who've been affected by suicide say the National Party leader, John Key, has used the tragic subject in a flippant and casual nature for his own political gain. [more]

Former mines inspector hits back at critics at Pike inquiry
A former member of the Department of Labour's mines inspectorate has hit back at criticism of the work of the inspectors at the Royal Commission into the Pike River mining disaster. [more]

Obama to speak to MPs today in whirlwind Australia visit
The US president, Barack Obama, is due to address Australia's Federal Parliament this morning - as part of his first official visit to the country. [more]

Foreign judge appointment no reflection on NZ judges
An Otago law professor says the appointment of a foreign judge to assess David Bain's compensation claim isn't a reflection on the calibre of New Zealand judges. [more]

Dunedin leaders say serious job creation policies needed
Community and business leaders in Dunedin say the major political parties are not serious enough about creating jobs in the city. [more]

Sports News for 17 November 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Top science honour awarded to woman for first time
For the first time, a woman has won New Zealand's top science and technology honour. [more]

Steven Joyce says 'teapot tapes' no problem for National
The efforts of John Key and John Banks to shut down the teapot tape affair is beginning to showup in the polls. [more]

'Teapot' conversation not private: cameraman's lawyer
The cameraman who recorded John Key's conversation with John Banks has applied to the High Court for a ruling on whether what the two politicians said during their conversation in an Auckland cafe can truly be considered private. [more]

John Banks won't shed any light on teapot discussion
The Act Party's Epsom candidate, John Banks, is continuing to refuse to comment on what he might have said about his leader during the cup-of-tea meeting a week ago. [more]

Nights

Washday Remembered
Photographer Ans Westra and the re-publishing of her iconic publication Washday at the Pa, 47 years on from when it unconsciously captured New Zealand's social and cultural issues of the time. [more]

Science: Body Parts
Endocrinologist and professor of Science Communication from the University of Otago, Associate Professor Jean Fleming takes us on a journey to explain why the human body is what it is... things you really need to know about the development of a human baby, but were afraid to ask. [more]

Conundrum
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Nine To Noon

Are mothers to blame for young men dying on the roads?
Former mens prison head, author and social commentator Celia Lashlie says mollycoddling mothers are putting their sons at risk by not allowing them to discover the real world consequences of their actions. [more]

United Future leader Peter Dunne
The first of Nine to Noon's party leader interviews. [more]

UK Correspondent - Dame Ann Leslie
The European financial crisis; [more]

Feature Guest - Jason McLennan
Architect and green buildings guru Jason McLennan is known as an international thought leader in the green architecture movement. He is the author of three books: The Philosophy of Sustainable Design, The Dumb Architect's Guide to Glazing Selection, and The Ecological Engineer. The Philosophy of Sustainable Design is currently used as a textbook in over 40 universities and colleges and is distributed widely throughout Europe and North America. [more]

Book Review - The Dovekeepers
Written by Alice Hoffman, published by Simon & Schuster, reviewed by Emma Hart. [more]

New Technology with Steve McCabe
Sandboxing, security and the Apple App Store model. [more]

The Heart of Collecting
Patrick Rosenkranz, director of the documentary Finders Keepers - The Heart of Collecting. [more]

TV with Simon Wilson
The election so far, plus Mad Dogs and Underbelly: Razor. [more]

Our Changing World

Waste to Gold
The Rotorua District Council and Scion are testing new technologies to turn waste into products [more]

New Zealand's Native Trees
Botanist John Dawson introduces his new book, co-authored with Rob Lucas, about our native trees [more]

Poetry and Science
Wellington poet Janis Freegard talks about and reads from her collection Kingdom Animalia [more]

Creating Tsunamis
University of Auckland scientists are creating waves in the lab to study the impact of tsunami bores on physical structures [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 17 November 2011
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 17 November 2011
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 17 November 2011
An iwi's planning to take further legal action if the Environment Court rules in favour of the Port of Tauranga pushing ahead with plans to deepen and widen the harbour channel; A newcomer to politics, who's standing for the Maori Party and vying to win the Hauraki-Waikato electorate says his caucus aims to create jobs; Sealord's newly appointed chair says the fishing company is much more than just a commercially driven corporate; The Chairman of the East Coast iwi Ngati Porou, says it's fantastic that Victoria University has recognised the contribution which a Wellington kaumatua has made to university life. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 17 November 2011
From today, Te Manu Korihi brings you profiles of the seven Maori electorates - looking at the politicians, their personalities, and their policies, Rosemary Rangitauira reports on the Waiariki electorate; Ngai Te Rangi's planning to take further legal action if the Environment Court rules in favour of the Port of Tauranga deepening and widening the harbour channel; Sealord's new chair says the fishing company is much more than just a commercially driven corporate - saying being half owned by Maori interests means guardianship is an essential part of how it does business; The Chair of Ngati Porou, says a prestigeous honour Victoria University has given to the Wellington kaumatua, Paekiomeka Ruha, is richly deserved. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 17 November 2011
A Tauranga tribe is pleased the Environment Court has quashed a consent order to subdivide a large block of land on an Island off the coast of the city; A national conference marking 30-years since Kohanga Reo began is being held near Hamilton; The Board of Taranaki's largest corporate dairy farming business Parininihi ki Waitotara, has broken new ground; A hapu of Ngati Pikiao, Ngati Hinerangi, says it wants to set up an advisory body to work with the Rotorua District Council - so more sacred sites aren't mistakenly destroyed. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 17 November 2011
A hapu of Ngati Pikiao, Ngati Hinerangi, says it wants to set up an advisory body to work with the Rotorua District Council so other sacred sites aren't mistakenly destroyed; A Tauranga iwi is pleased the Environment Court has quashed a consent order to subdivide a large block of land on an Island off the coast of the city; The Executive Director of Operations at Te Wananga o Aotearoa, which has several North Island campuses, has been elected chair of Taranaki's largest corporate dairy farming business; A national conference marking 30-years since Kohanga Reo began is now underway near Hamilton. [more]

Upbeat

Karen Grylls and Rowan Johnston
Music Director and long-time member of Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir who begin a tour of the country this week. [more]

NZSO 'Strings Possessed' Review
Michael Joel reviews last night's NZSO Soloists concert featuring Russian violinist Ilya Kaler and NZSO principal bassist Hiroshi Ikematsu. [more]

You Me... Now!

Episode 64: I Believe In You
Rhys makes a move on Alice and cons her into going on the Eden's Way retreat. [more]

News stories:

Williams keeps feud bubbling with Woods
With Tiger Woods and Adam Scott drawn in the same group on the opening day of the President's Cup golf match at Royal Melbourne this afternoon, Woods' former caddie Steve... [more]

NZ Cricket dismisses match-fixing claims
New Zealand Cricket's rejected a claim by the sport's former chief anti-corruption investigator that all the sport's leading countries were involved in the fixing of major matches. Paul Condon, the... [more]

Hirvonen to join Loeb at Citroen
Finland's Mikko Hirvonen will join eight times world rally champion Sebastien Loeb at Citroen for the next two seasons. Hirvonen, who was Loeb's closest title rival this year, replaces Frenchman... [more]

Hiddink sacked as Turkey coach
Guus Hiddink's contract as Turkey coach has been terminated by mutual consent following the team's failure to reach the Euro 2012 finals, ending a disappointing spell in charge for the... [more]

Dunne suggests panel to cost big ticket policies
United Future leader Peter Dunne is calling for an independent panel to be established to test parties' policy costings. [more]

Tribe may take legal action over port harbour dredging
An iwi's planning to take further legal action if the Environment Court rules in favour of the Port of Tauranga pushing ahead with plans to deepen and widen the harbour channel. [more]

Victoria University honour richly deserved says iwi chair
The Chairman of East Coast iwi Ngati Porou says the honour which Victoria University has given to a Wellington kaumatua is richly deserved. [more]

Sealord chair says company is more than just a corporate
Sealord's newly appointed chair says the fishing company is much more than just a commercially driven corporate. [more]

Milk prices end run of falls in online auction
Prices have firmed in Fonterra's latest global dairy trade auction, halting months of decline. [more]

HortNZ backs Labour's biosecurity plan
The Labour Party's plan to boost frontline biosecurity staff if it becomes the Government has the backing of Horticulture New Zealand. [more]

Federated Farmers to get more information on fracking
Federated Farmers is digging deeper into fracking, after concerns raised by some Taranaki farmers about the oil and gas exploration process. [more]

Wool Services International firms up plan to raise capital
Wool exporter and processor New Zealand Wool Services International has firmed up its intention to raise the money to buy its majority shareholding out of receivership. [more]

Meatworker delegates join locked out workers in Marton
Meatworker representatives from throughout the country have joined more than 100 locked out workers on the picket line at the CMP Rangitikei sheep processing plant at Marton. [more]

PNG's PM says investigation into allegations involving CJ continues
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, says an investigation into allegations involving the chief justice will continue, but will be conducted by the appropriate government agencies. This follows the... [more]

Australia warns travellers to Solomon Islands following election of PM
Australian officials have warned travellers to the Solomon Islands of possible unrest and disruptions after the Pacific island nation elected Gordon Darcy Lilo as prime minister. The Department of Foreign... [more]

Central authorities agree on super city alliance
Central New Zealand local authorities have agreed to create an alliance they say will be similar to Auckland's super city. [more]

Teen critically injured in police pursuit
Police in Palmerston North have launched an investigation after a pursuit that has left a teenager in a critical condition. [more]

Conflicting indicators make economic growth hard to predict
An indicator of economic growth shows New Zealand is likely to have posted solid growth in the September quarter - but the previous quarter could put that in doubt. [more]

Vero wants working party on quake insurance
The head of insurance company Vero is calling for a working party to look into earthquake insurance. [more]

Allied Farmers' shares lose more than 70% of nominal value
Shares in Allied Farmers lost more than 70% of their nominal value on Wednesday after the company issued more shares, then consolidated its shareholdings. [more]

Property trust says retail picking up faster than office sector
Kiwi Income Property Trust says it's noticing a two-speed economic recovery, with the retail sector picking up faster than the office sector. [more]

International parcel volumes up by more than a quarter
A freight and logistics firm says a pickup in online shopping, helped by the high New Zealand dollar, has helped to push up international parcel volumes by more than a quarter. [more]

Strong quake in Indonesia's Papua
A strong earthquake hit Indonesia's province of Papua, causing panic among residents, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency says the... [more]

House OKs bill raising jail term for crimes against tourists in CNMI
The Northern Marianas House of Representatives has passed a bill increasing the minimum jail term for those who commit crimes against tourists or crimes committed within 1,000 feet of tourist... [more]

Hundreds of overseas visitors expected in Cook Islands for Vaka event
Hundreds of overseas visitors are expected in the Cook Islands for this year's Vaka Eiva paddling tournament - the single largest annual international sporting event on the Cook Islands' calendar. [more]

Relatives want politics kept out of Pike River memorial
The organisers of a memorial service to mark the first anniversary of the Pike River disaster are working to ensure the day remains non-political. [more]

Trespass notices now likely for Auckland protesters
Auckland Council is likely to begin issuing trespass notices as early as today after protesters rejected an order to leave the publicly owned park area of Aotea Square. [more]

First woman wins top science award
New Zealand's top science and technology honour has been won by a woman for the first time. Christine Winterbourn has been awarded the Rutherford Medal by the Royal Society. [more]

Five car crash causes delays on SH2
Police are warning of delays after a five car crash on State Highway Two near Petone. [more]

Henry talked about as possible replacement for Johnson
The All Blacks coach Graham Henry's already being suggested as a possible replacement for outgoing England manager Martin Johnson. Johnson's announced he's stepping down after three and a half years... [more]

O'Sullivan stands down as Eagles coach
Eddie O'Sullivan has stepped down as head coach of the United States rugby team. The former Ireland national coach had been in charge of the Americans for the past two... [more]

No ID yet on river body
Police in Balclutha say they have not yet identified the body of a man found in the Clutha River. [more]

ACT leader agrees tape secrecy suggests something to hide
ACT Party leader Don Brash says he accepts the release of the cafe conversation between National Party leader John Key and ACT candidate John Banks could be in the public interest. [more]

Job creation a priority for Hauraki-Waikato candidates
Candidates standing in the Hauraki-Waikato electorate say boosting the number of jobs and child welfare are their top priorities [more]

Sport: Titans deny NRL games to go to PNG
Gold Coast boss, Michael Searle, has rubbished claims that Titans home games could be transferred to Port Moresby in the future as part of "sell-off talks" with a consortium backing... [more]

Sport: Niue back with sevens big boys
Niue say despite being up against it they wont be holding back on their return to the World Sevens Series next week on the Gold Coast. Niue qualified for the... [more]

New Halberg Award for disabled athletes
New Zealand's leading disabled athletes will be recognised with a new award at the Halberg Awards. [more]

Greens pledge deep sea oil drilling moratorium
The Green Party says it would introduce a moratorium on deep-sea oil drilling and exploration if elected to Government. [more]

Halberg Awards announce Disabled Sportsperson category
New Zealand's leading disabled athletes will be recognised with a new award at the Halberg Awards. The Halberg Trust has introduced a Disabled Sportsperson of the Year category. The winner,... [more]

Clarke concerned about fitness of Ryan Harris
The Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke is sweating on the fitness of fast bowler Ryan Harris before he finalises his team for the second Test against South Africa in Johannesburg. [more]

Almagro to play Heineken Open
The world men's tennis number 10 Nicolas Almagro will play in the Heineken Open tournament in Auckland in January. He joins fellow Spaniards, current world number five and defending champion... [more]

Mallett rules himself out of England coaching job
The former Italy and South Africa rugby coach Nick Mallett has ruled himself out as a contender for the job of England head coach after Martin Johnson resigned. Mallett says... [more]

McKay, Patel and Aldridge dropped for Australia Tests
Wellington's Andy McKay and Jeetan Patel, along with Northern Districts' Graeme Aldridge, have been dropped from the New Zealand cricket team for the two-Test series against Australia. The trio were... [more]

Martin Johnson resigns as England manager
Martin Johnson has resigned after three and a half years as manager of the England rugby team. England's 2003 World Cup-winning captain had steered the team to its first Six... [more]

India close in on second Test win despite WI fightback
The Indian cricketers are closing in on a series win despite a West Indies fightback on the third day of the second Test at Kolkata. Forced to follow on, the... [more]

Wright says England show how to beat Australia
The Black Caps coach John Wright says he hasn't focused on Australia's problems in South Africa but rather taken more out of England approach in its Ashes win earlier this... [more]

Australia netball captain requires foot surgery
The Australian netball captain Natalie von Bertouch requires surgery on a foot injury which has kept her of the court since leading the team to the world title in July. [more]

Blatter says racism isn't a problem in football
The Fifa president Sepp Blatter says football does not have a problem with racism, and believes any incidents should be settled by a handshake. England's Football Association is currently investigating... [more]

Liverpool striker charged with racial abuse
The Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been charged by the English Football Association for alleged racial abuse towards Manchester United's Patrice Evra. The incident occurred in Liverpool's 1-1 draw with... [more]

Kenyan athletics boss criticises athlete of the year award
Kenya's athletics chief has criticised the awarding of the women's Athlete of the Year award to Australia's Sally Pearson, saying Vivian Cheruiyot deserved to win. New Zealand's world champion shotputter... [more]

Pivac to coach Auckland again
Wayne Pivac will again coach Auckland in the provincial rugby competition, replacing Mark Anscombe who's coached the side for the past two years. Pivac has signed a two-year contract, having... [more]

Leading Test nations allegedly all involved in match-fixing
All of cricket's leading countries were involved in the fixing of major matches, not just Pakistan, says the sport's former chief anti-corruption investigator. Paul Condon, the founding head of the... [more]

Ref has final say on England's 2000th goal
The official scorer of England's winning goal against Sweden in their friendly football international Wednesday won't be decided until the FA receives the report of Czech referee. The FA has... [more]

Presidents Cup strongest yet - Couples
The US captain Fred Couples rates the 24 players involved in the Presidents Cup golf tournament in Melbourne this year as the strongest ever in the brief history of the... [more]

Tour must look after top players - Rusedski
Former British tennis number one Greg Rusedski says the men's tour must look after the welfare of top players like Novak Djokovic - rather than expect them to turn up... [more]

FIFA warned to make sure Qatar respects workers rights
Football's world governing body FIFA will be warned by labour organisations that it faces an international campaign to move the 2022 World Cup from Qatar unless it ensures the host... [more]

Sport: Kentale flies Pacific flag in Baabaas team
Flying Fijians halfback Nemia Kentale is the sole Pacific Islander included in the Barbarians rugby team who play Australia at Twickenham next weekend. The Tailevu player was the first choice... [more]

MPs given pay rise
MPs have been awarded a $7000 per year pay rise. [more]

Hawaiian Airlines to launch service between Honolulu and NYC
Hawaiian Airlines is launching in June of next year non stop service between Honolulu and New York City's Kennedy International Airport. Airline president, Mark Dunkerley, says it's excited to be... [more]

Heilala Vanilla company in Tonga will be affected by ship service
The family owned Heilala Vanilla company would be among businesses affected should Reef Shipping stop servicing Vava'u in Tonga. Heilala Vanilla exports its crop from Tonga to the company's base... [more]

CNMI House passes yet another Saipan casino bill
The Northern Mariana Islands House of Representatives has passed on a 10-5 vote, a bill legalizing casino gambling on Saipan. The majority of those who voted "yes" on the casino... [more]

Fisheries charges laid against Korean officers
Five Korean officers including the captain of fishing vessel Oyang 75 have been charged with breaches of the Fisheries Act. [more]

Provisional pay deal reached for senior doctors
Months of tough talking between senior doctors and their employers over pay seems to be at an end with a provisional pay deal. [more]

French film about Ouvea crisis to be shown in New Caledonia
It has been confirmed that the French feature film about the 1988 Ouvea hostage crisis will be shown in New Caledonia. This comes after last month's decision by the territory's... [more]

Vanuatu churches refused permission to hold march against WTO accession
The Vanuatu Christian Council has been refused permission from the government to hold a peaceful march in Port Vila against the country's accession to the World Trade Organisation. All Christian... [more]

Running costs prompt phase-out one laptop per child in Niue
The Education Department in Niue says the One Lap Top Per Child programme has been phased out, three years after 500 computers were donated to all school children on the... [more]

Property investor back in the black
DNZ Property Fund has returned to profit after taking a $32 million hit to buy back its management contract last year. [more]

Regional council calls for more co-operation from farmers
The relationship between regional councils and farmers has been labelled fractious and outdated. [more]

Meat plant closes as picket continues
A sheep processing plant at Marton was closed on Thursday because of company concerns about the size of the picket line outside and the behaviour of some of the picketers. [more]

PNG police boss asks force to lift its game
Papua New Guinea's police commander, acting Commissioner Tom Kulunga, has urged the police force to clean up its act, saying more than half of legal claims against the state stem... [more]

Solomons police commended over riot response
A former assistant police commissioner in Solomon Islands, Mike Wheatley, has commended the force on its response to rioting in Honiara yesterday. Rioting broke out among hundreds of protestors opposed... [more]

NZ women win first up in Hong Kong
New Zealand's top two ranked women's squash players have won their opening round matches at the lucrative Hong Kong Open. 9th seed Joelle King beat a Japanese qualifier 3-1 and... [more]

Fiji biosecurity head rejects extortion claims
The head of the Fiji Biosecurity Authority says a claim that he extorted money from an American businessman is outrageous. The businessman, Ken Honig, says he was forced last week... [more]

Johnson sceptical about Usain Bolt's Olympic bid
Michael Johnson, the double track gold medallist at the 1996 Olympics, is sceptical about Usain Bolt's bid to win four gold medals at next year's London Olympics, which would equal... [more]

Barker's boys make semis in San Diego
Team New Zealand has reached the semi-finals of the Match Racing Championships at the America's Cup World Series in San Diego. Although Dean Barker and crew were only fifth of... [more]

Papua police deny reports of killings in Paniai
A spokesperson for police in the Indonesian province of Papua, Chief Commannder Wachyono, has denied claims eight civilians have been shot to death in Paniai Regency. The claims and counter... [more]

Kavieng Hospital in PNG struggles with drugs shortage
The main hospital in Papua New Guinea's New Ireland province, Kavieng General, is facing a shortage of medical and drug supplies. The Post Courier reports that there are also problems... [more]

New Nauru president highlights need for constitutional reform
Nauru's new president, Sprent Dabwido, says constitutional reform is critical for the island, and this is what inspired him to change his allegiance and join the opposition. Mr Dabwido became... [more]

Ten children die in house fire in remote part of PNG
Reports from Papua New Guinea say 10 children were burnt to death in a remote part of Chimbu a week ago. The Post Courier newspaper says the children were aged... [more]

Vodafone Fiji denies phonetapping claims but leaks emails
Vodafone Fiji says client confidentiality is a number one priority for the company and denies ever allowing private phone conversations to be tapped. A former Fiji army colonel however says... [more]

Dad and son to play for Black Sox
A father and son will play together in the national men's softball team for the first time, following the naming of the Black Sox squad for this month's tour to... [more]

Woods and former caddy Williams defuse tension at first tee
Tiger Woods and his former caddy Steve Williams moved to defuse tension early in the Presidents Cup, shaking hands at the first tee at Royal Melbourne Golf Club before their... [more]

Eddie Jones keen to coach England
Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has thrown his hat into the ring for the England job, following Martin Johnson's resignation over England's poor World Cup campaign. Jones' interest came after... [more]

Frontrunners in Volvo Ocean race cross equator
The Volvo Ocean race frontrunners PUMA and Telefonica have crossed the equator within an hour of each other with Team New Zealand's Camper warning it could still win the opening... [more]

Former Fiji army colonel adamant phone company involved in tapping
The former Fiji army colonel, Ratu Tevita Mara, says Vodafone's continued denial of any involvement in phone tapping amounts to a lie. Ratu Tevita, who fled Fiji in May while... [more]

Former Fiji military leader says phone tapping cost jobs
A former Fiji army colonel, Ratu Tevita Mara, says CEOs and people in the Fiji Government have lost their jobs as a result of phone tapping. Ratu Tevita, who fled... [more]

Fiji trade unionist backs army colonel's phone tapping claims
Leading trade unionist Daniel Urai, who has been charged with urging political violence, says phones are regularly tapped in Fiji. The former army colonel Ratu Tevita Mara, who fled Fiji... [more]

Solomons riot leaves six police injured
The Solomon Islands Police Commissioner Walter Kola has confirmed some damage to vehicles and injuries to officers during a violent protest following the election of Gordon Darcy Lilo as prime... [more]

Phil Goff challenged on Labour's ETS policy
Labour Party leader Phil Goff has defended his party's proposal to bring agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from farmed livestock into the Emissions Trading Scheme by 2013. [more]

Bail for man charged with rampage in Christchurch CYF office
A 48-year-old man charged over a rampage at a Child, Youth and Family office in Christchurch has been released on bail. [more]

Woman flown to hospital with life threatening burns
A Palmerston North woman has been flown to Auckland hospital with life threatening burns. [more]

Cameraman at centre of controversy takes own action
The lawyer for the cameraman at the centre of the 'tea party' controversy has filed civil proceedings in the high court in Auckland seeking a declaratory judgement against the National Party and John Key. [more]

Drugs find linked to sickness - police
Auckland police say drugs they found in a city-wide swoop on Wednesday have been linked to ecstasy pills that have been making people sick and violent. [more]

Police to talk to govt departments re. school trip accident
Police say they will speak to two government departments about an incident in which an injured 11-year-old girl was left behind on a school trip in Hawke's Bay. [more]

Aces draw with Firebirds
Auckland's drawn their Plunket Shield cricket match with Canterbury at Rangiora. The visiting Aces finished at 196 for four in the second round fixture - the Firebirds take first innings... [more]

Confirmation many Brooklands homes can't be repaired
The majority of homes in the Christchurch suburb of Brooklands have been told it is not economically viable to repair their land. [more]

Teenage lifeguard rescues tourists from rip
A teenage lifeguard has rescued six American tourists caught in a rip off Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula. [more]

Rest home operator boosts profit despite quakes
Increased sales have boosted Ryman Healthcare's half year profits by 14%. [more]

Pyne Gould shareholders advised not to accept takeover offer
Pyne Gould Corporation shareholders have been told there's no compelling reason to accept a takeover offer from interests associated with its founder. [more]

Inflation pressures show signs of easing
Inflation pressures are showing signs of easing. Producers input prices - which are a measure of wholesale inflation - rose for the eighth quarter in a row. [more]

Markets slightly down on Thursday
The stock market has edged down on Thursday, with the benchmark NZX50 index declining less than a point, or 0.02%, to 3280. [more]

Cook Islands branded tuna available soon
Albacore tuna caught in the Cook Islands exclusive economic zone is to be sold under a new Cook Islands Golden Tuna label. The Cook Islands marine resources minister, Teina Bishop,... [more]

American Samoa bus operators ask for end to driver seat belt law
Bus owners in American Samoa have called on the Commerce Commission to change the seat belt law to exempt bus drivers from buckling up. The law has been in place... [more]

Tauranga iwi happy US-company can't build houses on island
A Tauranga iwi is pleased the Environment Court has quashed a consent order to subdivide a large block of land on an island off the coast of the city. [more]

Taranaki dairy farming business appoints first woman chair
The executive director of operations at Te Wananga o Aotearoa, which has several North Island campuses, has been elected chair of Taranaki's largest corporate dairy farming business. [more]

Conference marks kohanga reo turning 30
A national conference marking 30 years since kohanga reo began got underway on Thursday. [more]

Hapu advisory body sought to protect sacred Rotorua sites
A hapu of Ngati Pikiao, Ngati Hinerangi, says it wants to set up an advisory body to work with the Rotorua District Council so other sacred sites aren't mistakenly destroyed. [more]

Lawyer stresses negatives if foreign workers forced from CNMI
A lawyer in the Northern Marianas says an exodus of foreign workers would doom the territory's economy. Lawyer Stephen Woodruff says without a preliminary injunction, thousands of alien workers and... [more]

Tuvalu government under attack at international women's conference
Tuvalu's National Council of Women has called on the country's government to do more to stop coastal flooding. Co-ordinator Pulafagu Toafa has told the International Council of Women's conference in... [more]

Tuvalu government under attack at international womens conference
Tuvalu's National Council of Women has called on the country's government to do more to stop coastal flooding. Co-ordinator Pulafagu Toafa has told the International Council of Women's conference in... [more]

Civil society groups and MPs may have been involved in riot, says Solomon Islands police
Solomon Islands police are disallowing any congregation of people in public in Honiara as tight security is maintained after Wednesday's rioting. Life is returning to normal in the capital after... [more]

New Solomons leader calls for public backing in first parliamentary speech
Newly elected Solomon Islands prime minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo, called for support in his first speech in the National Parliament today. Mr Lilo was chosen by MPs on Wednesday -... [more]

Police may need to prop up road policing budget
Official papers show police might have to dip into their main budget to help prop up road policing. [more]

Fear not punishment behind inmate increase - Chief Justice
The Chief Justice says a large increase in the prison population during the past decade seems to have been more about fear of offenders than punishment. [more]

Minister unhappy insulation not part of earthquake repairs
Minister for Earthquake Recovery Gerry Brownlee is demanding answers from the company in charge of carrying out earthquake repairs over why it's not installing insulation. [more]

Safety ultimately lies with employer, former inspector says
The mine inspector who had oversight of the Pike River mine at the time of the explosion that killed 29 men has told the Royal Commission safety on the site was ultimately the company's responsibility. [more]

US/Australian agreement could help NZ/US relations - expert
An expert in international relations believes a new US/Australian defence agreement could lead to a closer relationship between Wellington and Washington. [more]

Winston Peters outlines what he says is on 'tea tape'
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has given some detail of what he believes was said by National Party leader John Key and ACT candidate John Banks in their cafe conversation. [more]

National above 50% support in latest polls
The National Party remains above 50% support in two television polls released on Thursday, though it has dropped slightly in both. [more]

National announces child immunisation policy
The National Party has announced it would extend targets for child immunisation. [more]

Mother wants online abuse of daughter to stop
The mother of the triathlete who accused Zac Guildford of harassing her while the All Black was on a drinking binge in the Cook Islands is pleading for his fans to stop online abuse of her daughter. [more]

More containers removed from Rena
Eighteen containers have now been removed from the Rena, which has been grounded off the Tauranga coast since mid-October. [more]

New meningitis case in Northland
Whangarei Hospital is dealing with another case of meningococcal disease, the 13th in the region since July. [more]

Councillors vote against reining in spending
Auckland councillors have narrowly voted not to rein in spending ahead of a possible credit downgrade by a major ratings agency. [more]

Pilot fined for flying too low
A helicopter pilot has been fined for flying too low over a golf course near Christchurch. [more]

Salvage team to remove grounded trawler
A salvage team is being brought in to remove a trawler that has run aground on an East Coast beach. [more]

Media outlets face search warrants for 'tea party' material
Four news media outlets - Radio New Zealand among them - face the prospect of police search warrants for unpublished material regarding the cafe conversation between National's John Key and ACT's John Banks. [more]

Chairman to leave Fonterra board
More changes are to be made at the top of the country's biggest corporate, Fonterra. Chairman Sir Henry van der Heyden will stand down next year. [more]

Man arrested after smashing council office windows/computers
Police in Tauranga have arrested a man they say entered the district council building and smashed windows and computers with a crowbar. [more]