Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 1st December 2011

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - I Want to Hold Your Hand
Peter Ward from Wellington has chosen 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' by The Beatles. [more]

2012 Flaxmere Heroes calendar
They are the most unlikely contenders for a pin up calendar. They are ordinary people from the suburb of Flaxmere in the Hawkes Bay who are included for thier service, determination and achievement. Each face on the calendar represents a story of inspiration. [more]

Indiana June
Diana June isn't just taking the road less travelled on her OE. She takes the roads everyone tells her to take. Diana, otherwise known as Indiana June, lets people decide where she goes and what she does on her travels, cycling around the world. [more]

The Arts Report
The 2012 recipient of the Museum Hotel Scholarship, Alex Tarrant, is a rising star who has also been offered a major role in a NZ theatre work premiering at the 2012 International Arts Festival. Sonia Sly finds out more about the scholarship when she meets recipient Alex Tarrant, Chris Parkin, owner of the Museum Hotel, and Dawn Sanders from the Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ who was involved in the selection. [more]

Southern Story for 1 December 2011 - Air Traffic Centre
Katy Gosset reports from the Christchurch air traffic centre, which helps to control NZ's 30 million square kilometres of controlled airspace. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 1 December 2011
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Raybon Khan and John Bishop (Part 1)
Topics - While it's natural for a parent to be angry with those who had bullied their child, adults need to act like adults. That, more-or-less, is the distilled wisdom of a range of family-support experts and counsellors whose views have been canvassed by the media. It's been reported today a couple who have been married for more than 60 years face being split up due to an Immigration New Zealand decision to grant residency to the husband but not the wife. [more]

The Panel with Raybon Khan and John Bishop (Part 2)
The Institute of Economic Research says the rapid global economic deterioration is threatening New Zealand's recovery and interest rate increases won't be on the cards until mid 2013. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 1 December 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 1 December 2011
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 1 December 2011
The terms of trade slip from a 37-year high. Central banks act to ease finance strains and the sharemarket rises. [more]

Evening Business for 1 December 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 1 December 2011
The impact of Europe's debt crisis on global growth is likely to lead to further declines in New Zealand's purchasing power against the rest of the world. [more]

CEISMIC

Your Place - Rolleston
Rolleston is a town in the Selwyn District of Canterbury, just outside the Christchurch City boundary. It was close to the epicenter of the September earthquake last year, but suffered little damage because it sits on very stable rock. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 1 December 2011
Police divers work to recover the bodies of two men killed in Northland's helicopter crash. David Parker pulls out of the Labour leadership race and inspector meets coalmine company over dangerous gas spike. [more]

Northland man heard helicopter crash
Robert Brown thought he was going to die at the water's edge as the flames roared towards him and the group was showered with burning ash and debris. [more]

How Robert Brown escaped the Karikari Peninsula fire
Robert Brown was the first to call 111 after spotting the fire while driving to his bach just north of Matai Bay. [more]

Police on the fatal helicopter crash
Sarah Kennett, a spokesperson for the Northland police, joins us. [more]

Fire chief says Karikari blaze could be deliberate
The principal rural fire officer in Northland, Miles Taylor has been out on the peninsula all day, and joins us. [more]

David Parker pulls out of Labour leadership race
In a shock move, one of the MPs vying for the Labour Party leadership, David Parker has pulled out, just two days after declaring he would be in the race. [more]

Parker pulls out of Labour leadership race, backs Shearer
David Shearer joins us. [more]

Post election meetings continue at Parliament today
The support agreements between National, and ACT and United Future are starting to take form and both minor party's are confident they're working toward meaningful concessions. [more]

Inspector meets coalmine company over dangerous gas spike
The Department of Labour says it's confident it has the expertise to recognise and investigate any problems at the Huntly East Mine but will bring in outside experts if necessary. [more]

Sports News for 1 December 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Insurer pulls out of New Zealand market, blames Chch quakes
The insurance company which stopped providing cover for earthquakes in September, is now pulling out of the New Zealand market altogether. [more]

Industrial actions at Ports of Auckland disrupts buiness
The Auckland Chamber of Commerce says industrial action at Ports of Auckland is already starting to cost businesses and disrupt pre-Christmas planning. [more]

Mother of dead baby accused of lying to police and court
A mother whose ex-boyfriend is charged with murdering her baby has been accused of lying to the police and the court. [more]

Six court houses closed abruptly for quake strengthening work
Lawyers and court staff want to know why six court houses have been closed so abruptly today for earthquake strengthening work, without proper contingency plans in place. [more]

Lotto numbers come to winner in dream
An Auckland man is 6 million dollars richer after this week's winning Lotto numbers came to him in a dream. [more]

DOC manager pays tribute to ranger killed in chopper crash
Police divers are aiming to extract the bodies of two men from a downed helicopter off the Northland coast, by nightfall. [more]

Our Northland reporter Lois Williams
Our Northland reporter Lois Williams has been at the scene today - she joins us. [more]

Labour leadership contenders to come under the spotlight.
In a shock move the Labour MP, David Parker, has pulled out of the contest to replace Phil Goff as leader. [more]

Black Caps in trouble on the first day of cricket test
New Zealand is in trouble on the first day of the first cricket test of the summer, against Australia in Brisbane. [more]

Outcry at south island court closures
The Law Society says the closure of the Rangiora courthouse has sent the region's justice system back to its worst days after February's earthquake. [more]

Sports News for 1 December 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Iran expert examines the country's relationship with Britain
Tehran is warning of further retaliation against Britian after London ordered Iranian diplomats out of the country. [more]

Elderly couple could be forced to separate without visa
An elderly Indian woman might be forced to leave her husband of 60 years, because she has failed in her bid to get New Zealand residency. [more]

Cunliffe says Parker quitting does not alter leadership race
The Labour MP, David Cunliffe, says he does not believe the withdrawal of David Parker from the race for the Labour leadership will hurt his chances. [more]

Huntly people worried about mine safety
A dangerous spike in methane gas at the Huntly coal mine last month has caused unease in the town. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 1 December 2011
Police divers head for the far north to search for the wreckage of a helicopter and six court buildings are abruptly closed. [more]

Midday Sports News for 1 December 2011
The Australian cricketers maybe vulnerable but the former Black Caps coach says there's no guarantee their New Zealand counterparts will take advantage of their opponents frailty. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 1 December 2011
Missing helicopter is found as fire rages in remote Far North; Firefighters says blaze was extreme; Labour Party says Labour Department won't investigate mine incident thoroughly; Radio New Zealand reporter details latest at Huntly mine; Salvage company explains costs of getting cargo to owners; World sharemarkets surge; Collapsed PGC building engineers stand by their inspections; Six district courts close today for earthquake strengthening; Law society says ministry too hasty in closing courts; Major strikes in Britain, as public sector workers walk out. [more]

Search and rescue effort continues for helicopter
A helicopter is still missing after it disappeared last night during efforts to tackle a big scrub fire in Northland. [more]

Pacific News for 1 December 2011
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Still no sign of missing helicopter
There's still no sign of a helicopter missing overnight after it disappeared during the effort to tackle a big scrub fire in Northland. [more]

Waikato mayor says he has confidence in Labour Department
The Department of Labour is sending its only mines inspector to Huntly today after a whistle-blower sparked safety fears about the ventilation system following a methane spike earlier this month. [more]

Man whose cargo's on Rena says government should step in
A man whose cargo is stuck on the grounded Rena says the government should help people who are forced to pay to get their possessions back. [more]

Missing helicopter is found as fire rages in remote Far North
The wreckage of a missing helicopter which was helping tackle a big scrub fire in Northland, with two people on-board, has been found. [more]

Firefighters says blaze was extreme
A volunteer firefighter from Karikari was at the centre of the action throughout the night. [more]

Labour Party - mine incident won't be investigated thoroughly
The Department of Labour is sending its only mines inspector to Huntly today after a whistle-blower sparked safety fears about the ventilation system following a methane spike earlier this month. [more]

Radio New Zealand reporter details latest at Huntly mine
Radio New Zealand report from outside the Huntly East mine. [more]

Salvage company explains costs of getting cargo to owners
A Tauranga man, whose possessions are stuck on the grounded container ship Rena, says the government should give financial assistance to those who are forced to pay to get their cargo back. [more]

World sharemarkets surge
World stock markets have surged, after central banks from the world's leading developed economies announced coordinated action to shore up the global financial system, during the euro zone's escalating debt crisis. [more]

Collapsed PGC building engineers stand by their inspections
Engineers who checked the Pyne Gould building that collapsed killing 18 people in the February earthquake say they wouldn't have done anything differently. [more]

Six district courts close today for earthquake strengthening
Six district court buildings across the country have been closed at short notice for earthquake strengthening, and could remain closed for up to a year. [more]

Law society says ministry too hasty in closing courts
The Law Society's Jonathan Temm responds to court closures. [more]

Sports News for 1 December 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Major strikes in Britain, as public sector workers walk out
The streets in central London have been echoing today to the sound of protestors - shouting slogans and blowing whistles. [more]

Black Caps prepare for Test against depleted Australian side
The last time New Zealand won a cricket test in Australia was when the current coach, John Wright, was playing for the side, and before five of the 13 Black Caps were even born. [more]

Far North fire update
The wreckage of a helicopter that went missing last night while helping tackle a big scrub fire in Northland has been found after apparently crashing into the sea. [more]

Matai Bay resident raised fire alarm
Matai Bay resident Lani Mutu was the one who raised the alarm after seeing smoke near his house about quarter to seven yesterday evening. [more]

Far North council executive updates the Northland fire
An update on the fire from the chief executive of the Far North District Council. [more]

Mines inspector to visit Huntly
The government's only mines inspector will visit the Huntly East mine today after a whistle-blower sparked safety fears about the ventilation system following a methane spike earlier this month. [more]

NZIER predicts a gloomy outlook for NZ economy
The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research is warning that the government is very unlikely to get its books back to black in five years. [more]

First day of summer reminder of lazy days ahead
Dust off the BBQ, stock up on sunscreen, pop open the L&P - the first day of summer is here. [more]

Sports News for 1 December 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Our reporter is at fire scene in Northland
The large fire in Northland, which has destroyed at least three houses, is believed to have cost the lives of two people in a reconnaissance helicopter. [more]

Bay of Islands humpback whales treat tourists to a rare display
A mother humpback whale and her calf have put on a display to remember breeching in front of a boatload of sightseers in the Bay of Islands. [more]

Christchurch's first major sports event since February tees off
The country's most prestigious golf tournament tees off in Christchurch today. [more]

Nights

A Disaster On Our Shores
Australian veterinarian Brett Gartrell about the rescue and rehabilitation work in the wake of the wreck of the Rena off Mt Maunganui. [more]

Science: Toxicology (What's Your Poison?)
Dr Leo Schep from the NZ National Poisons Centre about substances taken internally or applied externally that are injurious to health or dangerous to life... ricin - a poison that can be made from the waste left over from processing castor beans. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 7 [more]

Conundrum
Clue 8 [more]

Nine To Noon

Controversial plans for a mine on Conservation land
Is the public being shut out of plans for a huge open cast mining project on Conservation land? [more]

Technology for agriculture to secure trans Pacific Partnership?
Will New Zealand end up trading off technology for agriculture to secure an ambitious trade deal linking countries in the Asia Pacific region? [more]

UK Correspondent - Matthew Parris
The Chancellor's Autumn statement and the possibility of going back into recession; Public servants strike; The Leveson Inquiry; The UK Iran embassy attack. [more]

Feature Guest - Jack C Richards
World renowned applied linguist and educator, who's also a big supporter of music and art. [more]

Book Review - Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography
Written by Walter Isaacson, published by Little Brown, reviewed by Nat Torkington. [more]

New Technology with Steve McCabe
Tracking shoppers by cellphone, shopping by cellphone, and why Netflix won't be coming to NZ any time soon. [more]

The Anger Toolbox
With violent and aggressive behaviour on the rise among young women, Skylight Trust has some advice for how to channel anger into something positive. [more]

TV with Simon Wilson
A look at election night, TV3 Inside NZ documentary 'Child Poverty', Maori TV's documentary 'Make It Real to Me'. [more]

Our Changing World

Billion-year-old Enzyme
Molecular biologists at Waikato University reconstruct an ancient enzyme that once belonged to the earliest Bacillus ancestor [more]

Forest Health
A tour of Scion's collections of fungi and insects that could threaten forest health [more]

Urban Trees
University of Auckland scientists discuss how urban trees can be used to sequester more carbon [more]

Artificial Muscle Motors and Generators
Scientists are using artificial muscles to create rotary motion, store electricity, and provide an alternative to diodes [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 1 December 2011
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 1 December 2011
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 1 December 2011
The Ministry of Fisheries in Gisborne will be closely studying a judge's reasons for dismissing charges against a police sergeant and a businessman, before deciding on any course of action; The country's first Maori language immersion school has found a new principal, 15 months after a Ministry of Education appointed manger was sent in to sort problems at the kura; Te Arawa wants to see all iwi and hapu flags flying along with the New Zealand flag in Rotorua on Waitangi Day next year; The Families Commission says discussions at a workshop in Auckland today will have a strong influence on government policies and reinforce Whanau Ora strategies to improve the well-being of vulnerable families and children. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 1 December 2011
The country's first Maori language immersion school has found a new principal, 15 months after a Ministry of Education appointed manger was sent in to sort problems at the kura; The Ministry of Fisheries in Gisborne will be closely studying a judge's reasons for dismissing charges against a police sergeant and a businessman, before deciding on any course of action; The Families Commission says discussions at a workshop in Auckland today will have a strong influence on government policies and reinforce Whanau Ora strategies to improve the well-being of vulnerable families and children; Te Arawa wants to see all iwi and hapu flags flying along with the New Zealand flag on Waitangi Day next year. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 1 December 2011
A tender price of between eight and 12 million dollars has been accepted for New Zealand's only privately owned Maori meeting house, built near Taupo over a hundred and 40 years ago; Auckland Council's Independent Maori Statutory Board is proposing the Council budgets 300 million dollars for Maori, as part of its Long Term Plan over 10 years; A Taranaki reo advisor says tribal descendants based at the top of the South Island are hungry to reconnect with their iwi through language and cultural courses offered through the Te Reo o Taranaki movement; Ngati Kahungunu iwi in Hawke's Bay has successfully completed the first pilot paua re-seeding project in the region. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 1 December 2011
Auckland Council's Independent Maori Statutory Board is proposing the Council budgets almost 300 million dollars for Maori, as part of its Long Term Plan over 10 years; Webbs Auction House in Auckland says the custodian of New Zealand's only privately owned Maori meeting house, has accepted a tender price for it of between eight and 12 million dollars; A Taranaki reo advisor says tribal descendants based at the top of the South Island are hungry to reconnect with their iwi through language and cultural courses offered through the Te Reo o Taranaki movement; Ngati Kahungunu iwi in Hawke's Bay has successfully completed the first pilot paua re-seeding project in the region. [more]

Upbeat

Cathy Martin
From Trinity College London describes how the classical music institution is opening its syllabus up to rock and pop performers. [more]

Dugal McKinnon
Dugal talks about his electroacoustic band Arcades and their album under the Rattle label - it's called Who's Most Lost? [more]

You Me... Now!

Episode 70: Retreats and Rescues
Rhys gets even creepier and Terry mounts his solo rescue mission. [more]

News stories:

Cook Islands man charged with manslaughter following death of a cyclist
Cook Islands police have charged a man with manslaughter, after he allegedly drove into a 60-year-old cyclist in Rarotonga this week, killing her. The man, believed to be a foreigner... [more]

New online tool helps Pacific Islands deal with climate change
Fifteen Pacific Island countries have a new web-based tool to help them adapt to the effects of climate change. Pacific Climate Futures has been developed by scientists who have been... [more]

American Samoa govt takes stand against tenants owing rent
The American Samoa government is putting its foot down on people who owe it rent. The Attorney General's Office has started sending notices to tenants at the airport who are... [more]

NZ recovery threatened by global deterioration - NZIER
The Institute of Economic Research says the rapid global economic deterioration is threatening New Zealand's recovery and interest rate hikes won't be on the cards until mid 2013. [more]

Prediction construction costs could start easing
An economist says construction costs could start easing due to the slowing global demand reducing pressure on raw material prices. [more]

Virus decimating young Pacific oyster crops
Sanford is trying to find ways to grow oysters away from areas affected by a virus which is decimating young crops. [more]

Congestion slowing internet usage at peak times
The surging demand for video may prompt broadband providers to work together to avoid congestion problems that slow down the speed of using the internet at peak times. [more]

Up to $30 million available to invest in mid-sized firms
Wellington-based investment holding company Rangatira says it has a war chest of up to $30 million to invest in mid-sized firms that have genuine growth opportunities. [more]

Human Rights group fears Indonesian response to Papua anniversary
A Papuan human rights worker says he fears the response by Indonesian security forces to celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of a declaration of independence by West Papuans today. Ferry... [more]

Families Commission gets guidance from struggling families
The Families Commission says discussions at a wananga or workshop on Thursday will have a strong influence on government policies and reinforce Whanau Ora strategies to improve the well-being of vulnerable families and children. [more]

New principal appointed to underperforming Maori school
The country's first Maori language immersion school has found a new principal, 15 months after a manager appointed by the Ministry of Education was to sent in to sort out problems at the kura. [more]

MAF to study judgement in customary fishing case
The Ministry of Fisheries in Gisborne will be closely studying a judge's reasons for dismissing charges against a police sergeant and a businessman, before deciding on any course of action. [more]

Call to fly all Te Arawa flags on Waitangi Day
Te Arawa wants to see all iwi and hapu flags flying along with the New Zealand one on Waitangi Day next year. [more]

Live bee exporters face tough rules from Canada
Proposed new import restrictions threaten the live bee trade to New Zealand's main market, Canada. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Thursday's headlines: Helicopter goes missing during massive scrub fire; Black hole in the economy costs Govt in lost tax; Courthouses close for earthquake strengthening. [more]

German buy up of Southland dairy farms continues
German investment in Southland dairy farming is continuing to grow. [more]

NIWA predicts a relatively settled summer
Thursday is officially the first day of summer and farmers who have been flush with grass are advised to make the most of it, as dryer and warmer weather heads their way. [more]

Research shows invasive ant populations often die out
Victoria University scientists have found that invasive ant populations often die off without human intervention. [more]

Leicester in talks with Graham Henry
The Leicester Tigers are in talks with former All Blacks coach Graham Henry about a potential consultancy role at the English club. Tigers executive director Peter Wheeler has already met... [more]

Steve Bruce leaves Sunderland
Steve Bruce has become the first English Premier League football manager to be sacked this season when Sunderland announced they had parted company with the former Manchester United player. Bruce... [more]

England will have interim coach for 6-Nations
England's RFU has announced that they will appoint an interim head coach ahead of next February's Six Nations with the aim of finding a permanent coach for the tour of... [more]

More footballers ask for help following the death of Gary Speed
The chief executive of a British recovery clinic for sports men and women suffering from personal problems says more than 10 footballers have asked him for help following the sudden... [more]

Campbell backing locals to take out NZ Open
The former US Open champion Michael Campbell is predicting a local golfer to break the run of foreign winners at the New Zealand Open starting in Christchurch today. A New... [more]

Questions over whether Black Caps can take advantage of vulnerable Australia
The Australian cricketers maybe vulnerable but there's no guarantee the New Zealand cricketers are capable to taking advantage of that says former Black Caps coach David Trist. The two test... [more]

Daly defends Australian Open walkoff
John Daly's relationship with Australian golf officials reached breaking point earlier this month when he walked off the course at the national open, but the twice major winner says there... [more]

Black Sticks errors punished
The NZ mens hockey team was given a cheap but valuable lesson by Spain in last night's second and final warmup match for the Champions Trophy tournament at the North... [more]

NBA begins to wake up
The National Basketball Association (NBA) began stirring back to life overnight with player agents and team officials formally allowed to begin discussions about free agents in anticipation of next month's... [more]

Clarke says he has options with his bowling attack
With five frontline players absent through injury, the Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke will dole out at least three baggy green caps to debutants in Brisbane today before the first... [more]

Taylor expecting big things from young Black Cap
Australia might be without their world-class all-rounder at the Gabba but New Zealand say they have one of their own who is about to take Test cricket by storm -... [more]

Campbell after just one kind of green at Clearwater
The former US Open golf champion Michael Campbell says money is the last thing on his mind as he prepares for his assault on the New Zealand Open starting in... [more]

Djokovic, Messi and Vettel head list for top honour
A spectacular year of sport has set up an exciting contest for the 2012 Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award with young stars Novak Djokovic, Lionel Messi and Sebastian... [more]

Australia likely to leave out one paceman
Australia are almost certain to omit one of their yong pace bowlers from their 12 for the first cricket test against New Zealand starting today in Brisbane. Pre-match talk has... [more]

Green mulls over retirement after loss
Danny Green was left to ponder retirement after suffering an 11th round knockout to Poland's Krzysztof Wlodarczyk as the WBC cruiserweight champion retained his title at Perth's Challenge Stadium. Wlodarczyk,... [more]

Bayonne to take action against pitch invading father
Parents often cheer their children on from the sidelines at sporting events but Biarritz number eight Imanol Harinordoquy's father took his enthusiasm a little too far when he tried to... [more]

Johnson vows to resume test career
The beleaguered Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has vowed to overcome his injury-ruined summer and return to international cricket. The left arm Queensland bowler is set to be sidelined for... [more]

Wrestler banned for 3 months for smoking 'Kronic'
The Sports Tribunal has suspended wrestler, Ricky Welsford, from participating in sport for three months after finding him guilty of smoking a cigarette containing the synthetic cannabis product Kronic. Mr... [more]

New Zealand bowlers make mixed start in Adelaide
The Dunedin bowler Shaun Scott stormed back onto the international scene with a win over Samoa's Hans Gabriel, 29-9 at the Asia Pacific Championships in Adelaide. Stepping back on to... [more]

Kirwan undaunted by England challenge
The All Black great John Kirwan, who has expressed interest in coaching England, says he's undaunted by the turmoil within the RFU, and ready for his next coaching challenge. Kirwan,... [more]

First major sports event in Christchurch since quakes
Christchurch is hosting its first major sporting event since the city was devastated in the February earthquake. [more]

French rugby club summoned after father invades pitch
Biarritz have been summoned to a hearing by the disciplinary commission of the French National Rugby League (LNR) after the father of Biarritz captain Imanol Harinordoquy ran onto the pitch... [more]

Call for minister dedicated to Maori housing
A group representing not-for-profit housing providers wants the Government to appoint an associate minister specifically for Maori housing. [more]

Stanaway dominates test session
The Tauranga racing driver, Richie Stanaway, has wrapped up a successful year in Europe by dominating the world's top Formula Three and Formula Renault drivers at an invitation-only three-day test... [more]

Bill ratifying Vanuatu WTO accession passes first reading
The bill to ratify Vanuatu's accession to the World Trade Organisation has passed its first reading in parliament. However in what's believed to be a first in Vanuatu, a cabinet... [more]

Concerns for welfare of a prominent Papuan leader in custody
There are concerns for the welfare of a prominent Papuan leader allegedly beaten by Indonesian security forces in the aftermath of a pro-independence rally last month. Forkorus Yaboisembut, a senior... [more]

American Samoa gets funding to repair roads from 2009 earthquake and tsunami
American Samoa has been given just over one million US dollars for highway repair projects following the 2009 earthquake and tsunami. The allocation for American Samoa comes from a pool... [more]

Sport: Fiji wants to cement its position at Dubai sevens
Fiji's Sevens coach, Alifereti Dere, says they want to cement their position at the top of the table with this weekend's second round of the IRB sevens series in Dubai. [more]

Sport: Fiji Sevens team to play with flair
The Fiji sevens team plan to play an open attacking style of rugby at this weekend's second round of the IRB series in Dubai. Fiji looked back to its best... [more]

Sport: Fiji coach wants to bring back running sevens rugby
The new coach of the Fiji sevens team says he's focussed on bringing back more running Fijian rugby. Alifereti Dere was recently appointed as head coach of the sevens team... [more]

Sport: Historic American Samoa win replaces bad memory
The lone member of the current American Samoa soccer team who played in the humiliating thrashing by Australia in 2001, says the team's performance last week in Samoa is how... [more]

Man U out of League Cup
English football champions Manchester United have been knocked out of the League Cup, beaten 2-1 in the quarter-finals by Championship side Crystal Palace. Palace won the match in extra time... [more]

Sport: Historic American Samoa win will inspire next generation
The only member of the current American Samoa soccer team who played in the humiliating thrashing by Australia in 2001, says the team's historic win last week helped erase that... [more]

CNMI October visitor arrivals down 4 pct
October 2011 visitor arrivals to the CNMI were down 4 per cent compared to October 2010, according to the Marianas Visitors Authority. Data released yesterday showed that visitor arrivals to... [more]

Budget constraints in American Samoa's Police dept sees no overtime pay
American Samoa's deputy police commissioner has dismissed claims by officers with the Territorial Correctional Facility, TCF, who say they have been waiting for overtime pay. The officers say Leseiau Laumoli... [more]

U.S. based media group launches an office in American Samoa
A U.S. based media group have launched an office in American Samoa to better serve the territory. Petaia Media group said in a press release that its team is meeting... [more]

Further delay for Bridgecorp trial
The Bridgecorp trial is to be delayed yet again. The trial will be adjourned until January because of the illness of one of the lawyers. [more]

Aucklanders told to get measles vaccine before holidaying
Health authorities say Aucklanders should ensure they are vaccinated against measles before they go on holiday this year. [more]

Bail denied for Queenstown kidnap accused
A Queenstown woman charged with kidnapping a 28-year-old man has been remanded in custody until 28 February. [more]

Dollar rises after central banks move on eurozone crisis
The New Zealand dollar rose almost two cents against its US counterpart overnight after the world's biggest central banks sprung into action to help shield the eurozone from the debt crisis. [more]

Salvage company makes claim on Rena goods
The salvage company working on the grounded container ship Rena says it has put a claim on some of the ship's cargo as a guarantee it will be paid for its work. [more]

Dairy farm investors mostly New Zealanders, says MyFarm
A New Zealand company that manages farms on behalf of investor syndicates says it is mostly locals who are investing in dairy farm expansion. [more]

Fonterra makes waterway fencing compulsory
Fonterra is making it compulsory for farmers supplying it with milk to fence off waterways. [more]

Spread of ungrazeable weed worries farmers
A pastoral weed which has been ranked as bad as ragwort is spreading across the country, after being reasonably dormant for 100 years. [more]

Winery joint venture to take advantage of US market
Five New Zealand wineries have banded together in an attempt to take a larger chunk of the market share in the United States, which is the largest wine market in the world. [more]

Hort NZ to keep up pressure on new govt
The national horticulture industry organisation says it will be keeping the pressure on the incoming government to tighten up biosecurity standards. [more]

Ports of Auckland industrial action set to begin
Industrial action is starting at Ports of Auckland on Thursday because of a dispute with the Maritime Union about its collective agreement. [more]

CNMI offers Tinian as divert airfield for US Air Force
The Northern Marianas governor has recommended the use of Tinian as an alternative site for an airfield to allow increased contingency operations, humanitarian assistance, and exercise capabilities for the U.S. [more]

Confusion over people trafficking and smuggling in Pacific
The author of a report on human trafficking in the Pacific says there's a lot of confusion about what it actually means. A two-day conference in Wellington this week aims... [more]

Samoa tells aid forum that climate change and development inseparable issues
Samoa has told the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan in South Korea that climate change and development are inseparable. Samoa's Minister of Finance, Faumuina Faaolatane Tiatia... [more]

US Coast Guard in American Samoa still to release New Zealand trawler
The U.S. Coast Guard in American Samoa has completed its investigation into a possible pollution violation by a New Zealand owned fishing vessel, the San Nikunau, which has been detained... [more]

Fiji regime told lack of transparency means Budget meaningless
Fiji's Labour Party says the interim government needs to have more transparency over its budget process. The regime released its 2012 budget last week, predicting growth of over 2 per... [more]

Vanuatu government attacks church council over WTO opposition
The Vanuatu government has been strongly critical of the Council of Churches role' in opposing the country joining the World Trade Organisation. Parliament is in the process of ratifying membership. [more]

Papua's OPM says blame security forces if violence erupts during anniversary
The OPM Free Papua Movement has played down rumours of imminent unrest ahead of events scheduled for the 50th anniversary of the "independence" of West Papua today. December 1st is... [more]

Pacific boxing institute to be set up in Samoa
The first boxing institute for the Pacific region is to be established in Samoa. This follows a meeting of professional boxing promoters from Fiji, Tahiti, New Caledonia, New Zealand and... [more]

Guam wants in on CNMI China tourism deal
Guam's governor Eddie Calvo is seeking endorsement from the President of the Federated States of Micronesia for Guam's efforts to be part of the China visa-waiver programme. The Pacific Daily... [more]

Symposium highlights Pacific language need
The director of Samoan studies at Victoria University says only 44 percent of Pacific Islanders living in New Zealand speak their native language. Galumalemana Alfred Hunkin made the comment during... [more]

Alarm over plan to dump turkey tails on Samoa
A commitment to the World Trade Organisation by the Samoa government to lift the ban on importing high fat turkey tails has alarmed an advocacy group. Oxfam New Zealand's John... [more]

Fiji Social Welfare Minister issues a warning to adopting families
The Ministry of Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation in Fiji is warning people looking to adopt children to go through the proper channels to avoid being extorted. The Ministry's... [more]

Bride price custom raised as possible area of concern in Pacific human trafficking study
The author of a report on the Pacific's vulnerabilities to human trafficking says the bride price custom has been raised as an area of concern. A two-day conference in Wellington... [more]

Vanuatu cabinet minister says he vote against WTO ratification
Vanuatu's minister of justice, Ralph Regenvanu, has told parliament he will vote against the ratification of the country acceding to the World Trade Organisation because his constituency is opposed to... [more]

Australian watchdog wants rethink on Fiji sanctions
A new report into Australia's relationship with the Pacific is calling for the immediate and unconditional lifting of regional sanctions against the Fiji interim government. It also suggests re-engaging with... [more]

West Coast DHB offering 'virtual' health care
Staff shortages on the West coast have promoted health authorities there to use modern technology to offer virtual visits with specialists. [more]

Department confident about mine investigation
The Department of Labour says it's confident it has the capability to investigate issues at the Huntly East Mine but will bring in outside experts if necessary. [more]

Dead baby's mother admits lying to police
The mother of a baby killed last year has admitted she lied to police. [more]

Labour leader contenders to hold meetings throughout NZ
Contenders vying to be Labour's next leader support moves to hold meetings throughout the country so they can put their case to party members. [more]

Australian rugby league legend Arthur Beetson dies
The Australian rugby league legend Arthur Beetson has died after suffering a heart attack on the Gold Coast while out cycling. Beetson, who was 66, was Queensland's first State of... [more]

Cusdin and Kennedy joint leaders after opening round of NZ Open
The Waikato golfer Jim Cusdin and Queensland's Brad Kennedy are the joint leaders after the opening round of the New Zealand Golf Open at Clearwater near Christchurch. The pair carded... [more]

Knee injury to keep Breakers veteran out for two weeks
The Breakers guard C J Bruton will miss the side's next two Australian National Basketball League matches, following medical advice to rest him and allow a kee injury time to... [more]

Blues cut ticket prices
The Blues have dropped their ticket prices by around 25 percent for next year's Super Rugby competition. To make the matches at Eden Park and North Harbour Stadium more attractive... [more]

NZ's buying power drops from 37-year high
The country's purchasing power against the rest of the world has fallen from a 37-year high, due partly to a high New Zealand dollar. [more]

Commodity prices fall for sixth successive month
Commodity prices have fallen for a sixth successive month, with the ANZ Bank's commodity price index declining 1% in November. [more]

NZ sharemarket slightly up on Thursday
The benchmark NZX50 index was up 0.2% or 7 points on Thursday, to 3277 on turnover of $76 million. [more]

Tender of $8-$12 million for Taupo meeting house accepted
A tender price of between $8 and $12 million has been accepted for New Zealand's only privately owned Maori meeting house, built near Taupo over 140 years ago. [more]

Pilot paua re-seeding project in Hawke's Bay
Ngati Kahungunu iwi in Hawke's Bay has successfully completed the first pilot paua re-seeding project in the region. [more]

Board urges council to earmark $300 million for Maori
Auckland Council's Independent Maori Statutory Board is proposing the Council budgets almost $300 million for Maori, as part of its Long Term Plan over 10 years. [more]

South Island-based Taranaki iwi keen to reconnect with home
A Taranaki reo advisor says tribal descendants based at the top of the South Island are hungry to reconnect with their iwi through language and cultural courses offered through the Te Reo o Taranaki movement. [more]

Courts closed for quake strengthening
Six district court buildings have been closed at short notice and will remain out of action for up to a year while earthquake strengthening work is carried out. [more]

Cook Islands based Pacific AIDS Foundation relocating to Fiji to save money
The Pacific Islands AIDS Foundation is closing its Rarotonga headquarters and relocating to Suva due to funding constraints. Its chief executive, Maire Bopp, says this is a direct result of... [more]

American Samoa hospital facing a financial emergency - Senator
American Samon senator, Velega Savali, says the fiscal situation at the LBJ Hospital is critical and he wants unspent proceeds from the 20 million US dollar loan from the ASG... [more]

New Zealand support for Papuans' 50th anniversary of independence declaration
Morning Star flag raising ceremonies have been held in Auckland and Wellington to mark a significant anniversary for West Papuans. December 1st is the 50th anniversary of the declaration of... [more]

Claims two shot during flag raising in Timika in Papua
Security forces opened fire today at a separatist flag-raising ceremony in Indonesia's Papua on the 50th anniversary of the region's claim to independence. Around 500 protesters in Timika watched a... [more]

Husband granted residency, but not his wife
An Indian couple married for 60 years may be forced to separate because the woman cannot meet the health criteria for a New Zealand residency visa. [more]

Weather halts play in first NZ/Australia test
Bad light and rain have forced an early end to day one of the first cricket Test against Australia at the Gabba, with New Zealand recovering from a poor start to be 176 for five. [more]

Charges laid for workplace death
The Department of Labour has laid three charges after an investigation into a workplace accident near Wellington that left one person dead and another seriously injured. [more]

PNG corruption task force has 33 prominent people on watchlist
A Papua New Guinea corruption task force has put 33 prominent citizens - including politicians - on a watch list, telling the national airline to monitor their travel. The Task... [more]

Vanuatu church leaders upset with government's bribery accusation
The chairman of Vanuatu's Christian Council, Bishop James Ligo, says the government should set up a commission of inquiry after it accused the Council of bribing opposition MPs to oppose... [more]

Logging truck fatality in Bay of Plenty
A driver is dead after his logging truck failed to take a corner and left the road in Bay of Plenty. [more]

Police believe Karikari fire suspicious
Police in Northland are treating the fire that swept through Karikari Peninsula on Wednesday as suspicious and are asking locals to report any activity in the area before it broke out. [more]

Canterbury University forecasts big deficit
Spiralling insurance costs and a decline in student enrolments has led the University of Canterbury to forecast a budget deficit of more than $17 million next year. [more]