Radio New Zealand - Monday, 12th December 2011

This page lists items from RNZ that are available online. RNZ didn't start regularly putting both its audio and news content online until 2008. From 2002-2007 written news items (particularly from RNZ International) were placed online. You can access items prior to 2002 on the historic page.

This page features: Afternoons, Business News, CEISMIC, Checkpoint, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Floating Bride, Upbeat

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Little Fluffy Clouds
Yvette Parsons has chosen 'Little Fluffy Clouds' by The Orb. [more]

Eight Months to Mars - Bob Gaudio
At the age of seven he played a piano concert at Carnegie Hall. At 15 he was touring the States with his own band. By the time he was 20, he was a member of one of the biggest music groups of the sixties. Now, almost two generations on, his music is still played nightly in a number venues around the world, in a stage musical based on his life. [more]

Larnach's gun cupboard
A gun cupboard, more than 110 years old and thought to have belonged to William Larnach, has been found on a Central Otago farm. [more]

Auckland Town Hall - 100 years old
One hundred years ago this week the historic landmark was opened by the Governor General Baron Islington and became Auckland's first permanent seat of administration and entertainment. [more]

Report into the loss of the SS Titanic
First Officer William Murdoch held his course too long once the iceberg had been spotted, according to the authors of a new book called Report into the loss of the SS Titanic: A Centennial Reappraisal. [more]

Our Changing World - 'Glow in the Dark' Bacteria
'Glow in the dark' bacteria are a novel rapid screening technique for finding new drugs to combat superbugs. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 12 December 2011
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Alison Mau and Penny Ashton (Part 1)
Topics - the Greens say a high-level committee will do nothing for the thousands of people living in poverty in New Zealand and a New Zealander who has been accused of multi-million dollar fraud in Australia has been arrested. [more]

The Panel with Alison Mau and Penny Ashton (Part 2)
Topic - more than half of all New Zealanders want the price of cheap alcohol increased and liquor trading hours tightened, according to a previously unpublished survey. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 12 December 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 12 December 2011
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 12 December 2011
New Zealand Oil and Gas will drill for oil in Indonesia, the UK is criticised for blocking EU treaty changes and the sharemarket rises. [more]

Evening Business for 12 December 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 12 December 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

CEISMIC

Smaller buildings to be quake commission focus this week
The smaller buildings that collapsed in the Christchurch earthquake, killing those in them as well as passers by, will be the focus of the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission when hearings resume today [more]

Feature Guest - Mark Quigley
Canadian-born Mark Quigley is a senior lecturer in Active Tectonics and Geomorphology at the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Canterbury. He's become an unwitting star as the go-to scientific voice throughout the Canterbury earthquakes, using plain language to help people understand what's behind the earthquake sequence. He's also had his own personal quake story - his Avonside home was badly damaged and is in the red zone. [more]

Quake hearing told building in use despite yellow placard
A property manager has been questioned at the Royal Commission investigating the Canterbury earthquakes about why he didn't tell tenants the building they worked in was unsafe. [more]

Survey shows most sectors in Chch have laid off staff
The most comprehensive survey carried out so far of Canterbury businesses following the earthquakes, has found the majority of sectors have had to lay off workers. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Monday 12 December 2011
Promotions for Steven Joyce, Paula Bennett and Hekia Parata in the new Cabinet line-up. A thrilling last gasp win for the Black Caps in Australia and 150 lab worker jobs are on the line in Christchurch. [more]

PM announces new Cabinet lineup
The new Cabinet has three new faces and some major portfolios are swapped, including education, police, corrections and ACC. [more]

John Key says his cabinet line up is fresh and new
John Key says the Cabinet line up is a fresh new look - but 17 of the top 20 Ministers are old faces and on the nine person front bench only three are new. [more]

Medlab South loses community medical testing contract
The firm that has lost the contract for community medical testing in Canterbury says it's devastated and will now have to lay off about 150 workers. [more]

Principals want review of school intervention measures
Secondary principals say the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on emergency managers for failing schools each year might be a waste of money. [more]

Three teenagers sentenced for killing Kaine Lewis during
A judge in the High Court in Rotorua has described the Bay of Plenty community of Murupara as a sad and, on occasions, dangerous place. [more]

Black Caps win second test for only 3rd win on Australian soil
New Zealand has had a rare cricket victory against Australia, winning the second test in last hour bowling the home team out with just seven runs to spare. [more]

Sports News for 12 December 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

More on the labs test contract in Christchurch
More now on the Lab jobs in Canterbury with the DHB deciding to have just one partner for its hospital testing instead of two. [more]

Education sector wary of new Education Minister
The education sector is giving the new Minister of Education - Hekia Parata a cautious welcome. [more]

New Zealand man detained in Brisbane
The New Zealander accused of embezzling more than 20 million dollars from the Queensland health service is in hospital after being arrested by police this morning. [more]

Kiwisaver enrolments bounce back
There's been a turnaround in the numbers joining Kiwisaver after months of declines in the wake of cuts to tax incentives in the May Budget. [more]

The search for the body of Hayden Miles
One person stands accused of murder and two others have appeared in court today over the disappearance of the Christchurch teenager, Hayden Miles. [more]

Green Party says committee will do nothing to solve poverty
Opposition parties say a high-level committee will do nothing for the thousands of people living in poverty. [more]

Police say they'll catch journalist's attacker
The police say they're confident they'll catch whoever attacked Radio New Zealand journalist, Phillip Cottrell. [more]

Satellite glitches annoy judge at Pitcairn hearing
A judge fed up with continuous technical glitches at a Pitcairn Island court hearing in Auckland today, has adjourned proceedings until satellite connections can be sorted out. [more]

North Korea warns against Christmas lights
A stoush over Christmas lights is brewing between North and South Korea with the North warning it will retaliate against any lights put up near the border - calling it psychological warfare. [more]

Sports News for 12 December 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Court told threats made against officer's life before his death
A court has been told a prison officer had been threatened by the inmate who later killed him. [more]

Norton Taoho, who is 19 was sentenced today
A teenager has been sentenced to life in prison and will serve a minimum of ten years behind bars, for the murder of another teenager in the Bay of Plenty community of Murupara. [more]

Liquor information not suppressed - survey agency
The agency behind a survey about alcohol controls says the associate health minister did not suppress it. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 12 December 2011
John Key names three new faces to the front bench of his incoming Cabinet and the Greens call a poverty committee a do-nothing approach. [more]

Midday Sports News for 12 December 2011
The Black Caps need early wickets to avoid a test series defeat to Australia. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Monday 12 December 2011
Maori Party backs National-led Government - but not asset sales; National secures a majority; Radio New Zealand's political editor analyses deal; Radio New Zealand bulletin editor dies after serious assault; Inquiry head gives update on homicide investigation; Worker faulted for leaving seriously disabled man in van; Maori Party to support National on confidence and supply; Smaller buildings to be quake commission focus this week. [more]

Piracy forces boats out of the water in Volvo Ocean Race
The threat of piracy looms over the start of the second leg of the round the world yacht race. [more]

Pacific News for 12 December 2011
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Maori Party looking at leadership sucession plan
The Maori Party has signed up to a fresh deal with National - but has reserved the right to vote against it on partial asset sales and other policies. [more]

Urban sprawl likely to top home affordability report
Urban sprawl is expected to be high on the agenda when a new report on home affordability comes out later this week. [more]

Maori Party backs National-led Government - but not asset sales
The Prime Minister, John Key, will announce his new cabinet line-up this morning, less than 24-hours after stitching up a deal with the Maori Party. [more]

National secures a majority
We asked John Key exactly how he thought a one-seat majority would affect his government's approach to passing policy. [more]

Radio New Zealand's political editor analyses deal
Our political editor, Brent Edwards. [more]

Radio New Zealand bulletin editor dies after serious assault
A Radio New Zealand journalist, Philip Cottrell, has died after being seriously assaulted on the weekend. [more]

Inquiry head gives update on homicide investigation
Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Miller of the Wellington Police. [more]

Worker faulted for leaving seriously disabled man in van
An unnamed community service worker has breached patient rights by leaving a severely disabled man strapped in wheechair in a van alone for 45 minutes. [more]

Maori Party to support National on confidence and supply
The Maori Party has reserved the right to decide issues on a case-by-case basis as it signs up to support the new National-led government. [more]

Sports News for 12 December 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Maori tertiary institute's funding cut as students fail
One of the country's three wananga has had its funding cut for the second year in a row for failing to get enough students to finish their courses. [more]

Rift in UK coalition government
There are signs of a serious split between the two parties in Britain's coalition government following the outcome of Friday's European Union summit. [more]

Second test swinging back in Australia's favour
Australia is on top in the second cricket test against New Zealand in Hobart with two days still left to play. [more]

National-Maori deal has new push to alleviate poverty
The National and Maori Parties have put child poverty front and centre in their new deal. [more]

Radio New Zealand chief executive on journalist's death
Radio New Zealand journalist Philip Cottrell died this weekend after he was assaulted on his way home from work. [more]

Labour supporters say leadership race too close to pick winner
Labour Party supporters say the race for leadership is a close one, and tomorrow's vote could still go either way. [more]

Plans for review of MMP announced later today
Plans for a review of the MMP voting system will be announced later today. [more]

Sports News for 12 December 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Traffic to start flowing over new Kopu bridge in next few days
Traffic is expected to begin flowing over the new Kopu Bridge near Thames in the next few days after it was officially opened on the weekend. [more]

Critics say Durban deal too little too late
Groups fighting climate change say a deal reached at the United Nation's climate conference in South Africa could be too little too late. [more]

Hunt continues for NZ man suspected of stealing millions
Across the Tasman, and the hunt continues for a New Zealand man believed to have embezzled more than 20 million dollars from the Queensland Health system. [more]

Talks fail to avert High Court battle
The battle for control over a Cook Islands community group is heading back to the High Court at Auckland after the failure of talks to resolve the dispute. [more]

Donna Demaio with news from Australia
A possible cabinet reshuffle, same sex marriage, animal cruelty and George Clooney. [more]

Nights

Following On: Egyptian Revolutions
Egyptian writer and social critic Ghada Abdel Aal about the latest events, leading up to what has been the first free ballot for over 80 years. [more]

Thinkers: Religion
Exploring religions practised in New Zealand with Prof. Paul Morris from Victoria University. The impact of multi-culturalism. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 1. [more]

Sport: History
Turning back the clock on tests, triumphs and turnarounds with sports writer Joseph Romanos. The Monster Tours. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 2. [more]

Nine To Noon

Claims that a public survey backing alcohol reforms was buried
Claims have been made that a public survey backing more extensive alcohol reform was intentionally buried by the government. [more]

Law Commission review of new media regulation
Professor John Burrows, Law Commissioner, and the co-author of the just released Law Commission review of new media regulation. [more]

Middle East Correspondent- Iris Makler
Egypt's parliamentary elections, Syria's president rebuffs UN claims of bloody repression, and a former Israel president starts a prison term for rape. [more]

Book Review - Tweeting the Universe
Written by Marcus Chown and Govert Schilling, published by Faber, reviewed by Lance Wiggs. [more]

Politics with Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams
The final election results, deals with minor parties and the Labour leadership roadshow. [more]

Food and Wine with Niki Bezzant and John Hawkesby
Guest chef Niki Bezzant has recipes for Gazpacho salmon salad with roasted tomato dressing and Duck, mandarin and radish salad. Wine commentator John Hawkesby provides wine recommendations to accommodate. [more]

Urbanist Tommy Honey
The 'maker' movement that could change how science is taught and boost innovation. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 12 December 2011
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 12 December 2011
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 12 December 2011
The Crown body which funds tertiary institutions is being told it's at risk of infringing Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The head of a Rotorua Maori cultural centre says its newly appointed chief executive will help put a stop to a drop in visitor numbers. The head of a project team in Hawke's Bay responsible for improving the oral health of children, particularly Maori and Pacific islanders, says it's been challenging but very satisfying. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 12 December 2011
The Crown body which funds tertiary institutions is being told it's at risk of infringing Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The head of a Rotorua Maori cultural centre says its newly appointed chief executive will help put a stop to a drop in visitor numbers. A project designed to improve the oral health of children particularly Maori and Pacific Islanders, has won the Supreme Award, at the inaugural Hawke's Bay Health Awards. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 12 December 2011
Sir Henare Ngata born north of Ruatoria in 1917, was the youngest son of New Zealand's first double university degree holder and Maori leader Sir Apirana Ngata; The Green Party's co-leader, Metiria Turei, says the Maori Party's deal with National to tackle poverty, won't bring great benefits for whanau Maori; The founder of Te Wananga O Raukawa wants the Crown to acknowledge kaupapa values, when measuring educational performance; Te Runanga o Ngati Kahungunu's Chairman says charter schools are likely to open the door to finding an educational model that works for Maori children. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 12 December 2011
Ngati Porou iwi's Chief Executive, Monty Soutar, says the death of one of the tribe's elder statesman is a big loss; Te Runanga o Ngati Kahungunu's Chairman says charter schools could open the door to finding an educational model that works for Maori children; The Green Party's co-leader, Metiria Turei, says the Maori Party's deal with National to tackle poverty, won't provide great benefits for whanau Maori; The founder of Te Wananga O Raukawa wants the Crown to acknowledge kaupapa values, when measuring performance. [more]

The Floating Bride

Ross Harris - The Floating Bride, The Crimson Village
A setting of eleven poems by NZ writer Vincent O'Sullivan, inspired by the equally colourful paintings of Marc Chagall. Performers: Soprano, Jenny Wollerman; Piano, Emma Sayers. [more]

Upbeat

Anna Leese
London-based NZ Soprano performing Handel's Messiah with City of Dunedin Choir and Southern Sinfonia tomorrow. [more]

Graeme Downes
Dunedin-based composer and musician and co-editor of new book 'Dunedin Soundings: Place and Performance'. [more]

Peter Walls
Outgoing CEO of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra presenting 'Close Encounters' - of the symphonic Kind. [more]

News stories:

Race for Labour leadership tight ahead of vote
One of the candidates for the Labour Party leadership, David Cunliffe, says the race will go down to the wire. [more]

Ngati Porou statesman Sir Henare Ngata dies aged 93
The Maori Party's co-leaders have paid tribute to Sir Henare Ngata, an elder statesman of Ngati Porou, who died on Sunday at the age of 93. [more]

Stephen Donald's Bath beaten by pool rivals
Reigning champions Leinster have beaten former All Black Stephen Donald's Bath in their Heineken Cup rugby clash in Dublin dropping the world cup winner's side to third in pool 3,... [more]

Black Sticks look forward to Olympics
The Black Sticks coach Shane McLeod says the New Zealand men 's hockey team's best finish at a Champions Trophy tournament since 1978 leaves them in a good position going... [more]

Qatar and Japanese champs into Club World Cup semi-finals
Asia's finest flexed their muscles at the football Club World Cup with continental champions Al Sadd of Qatar and Japanese title holders Kashiwa Reysol battling into the semi-finals. Al Sadd... [more]

Australia poised for victory in Hobart
Rain wiped out the final session on day three of the second Australia-New Zealand cricket test in Hobart yesterday, but the home side is poised for victory with two days... [more]

India win last one dayer against Windies
India have sealed their 5-match one day series against the West Indies with a 34-run victory in the final match in Chennai, taking the series 4-1. India made 267 for... [more]

Donald makes history in Dubai
The world golf number one Luke Donald has made history as the first player to top both the US and European money lists in the same year. With his only... [more]

Black Caps pinning hopes on first session madness
Replays of Phil Hughes' lucky let-off proved hard to watch for New Zealand but they will turn to more enjoyable footage to keep hopes of a rare Test cricket upset... [more]

Camper in second place as leg two of Volvo Ocean Race begins
The Abu Dhabi team led the Volvo Ocean Race fleet out of Cape Town and into an overnight upwind battering as Leg 2 to Abu Dhabi began in earnest. At... [more]

Hill finishes strongly in Australia
The Athens dressage Olympian Louisa Hill has finished her latest Australian campaign on a high after the New Zealander claimed another podium finish at the Saddleworld Dressage Festival in Werribee. [more]

Sunderland give new manager a winning start
Sunderland came from behind to beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 in the English Premier League giving manager Martin O'Neill a win in his first match in charge. The rousing reception for... [more]

Breakers stay top after beating Adelaide
The New Zealand Breakers remain clearly on top of the Australian National Basketball league after an 86-73 win last night in Adelaide. Strong defence helped Adelaide to a 45-44 lead... [more]

Hopes new Te Puia CEO will address drop in visitors
The head of a Rotorua Maori cultural centre says its newly appointed chief executive will help put a stop to a drop in visitor numbers. [more]

Award for oral health project targetting children
A project designed to improve the oral health of children, particularly Maori and Pacific Islanders, has won the Supreme Award at the inaugural Hawke's Bay Health Awards. [more]

Weather affects grape vine flowering in Marlborough
The wet spring weather which boosted grass growth on pastoral farms has taken a toll on vineyards in the country's largest wine-producing region. [more]

Supplementary cattle feed's effect on methane researched
The New Zealand Pastoral Greenhouse Gas Research Consortium is investigating the affect of supplementary cattle feed on the animals' methane emissions. [more]

Meat workers hope facilitation will help end dispute
The Meat Workers Union is hoping facilitation will work where mediation has failed, in finding a way to end the two month long dispute at the Marton lamb processing plant. [more]

Bumper year shaping up for arable farmers
Canterbury cropping farmers are expecting a bumper year after plenty of spring rainfall. [more]

Trade Me lists on stock exchanges this week
Trade Me will list on the New Zealand and Australian stock exchanges on Tuesday, in what will be considered a welcome if fleeting distraction from the focus on the turmoil engulfing Europe. [more]

Markets back new plan to solve eurozone debt crisis
Financial markets have backed Europe's latest broad plan to address its debt crisis by making changes to its rule book and imposing greater control and penalties on the public finances of its nations. [more]

Sporting events need more than one major sponsor - report
A new study on the future of the global sports market warns that organisers of sporting events in New Zealand will have to change the way they seek sponsorship and lure spectators if they want to survive. [more]

Freeport Papua workers to extend strike
Workers at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold's Grasberg mine in Indonesia's Papua region will extend their strike until January. About 8,000 workers at Grasberg, which holds the world's largest recoverable reserves... [more]

Ruling on legitimacy of PNG govt expected today
The Papua New Guinea Supreme Court will decide on Monday whether Prime Minister Peter O'Neill legally took over from Sir Michael Somare in August. This comes after a last ditch... [more]

Passengers may miss out on Inter-Samoa flights
Last minute passengers wanting a seat on flights from Pago Pago to Samoa will have to wait and see, because inter Samoa flights have been fully booked since last month. [more]

Cooks government hopes Northen Group will soon be serviced by Samoa
The Cook Islands government is ironing out some details of an agreement with the Samoan Shipping Corporation for a cargo vessel to service the northern group directly from Apia. The... [more]

PNG plans for public smoking ban
Papua New Guinea is preparing to ban smoking in public in an effort to stop early deaths from lifestyle diseases. The Acting Health Secretary, Dr Piason Dakulala, says the Ministry... [more]

Disabled man left strapped alone in van
A community service worker has breached patient rights by leaving a severely disabled man strapped in a van alone for 45 minutes. [more]

Wananga's budget cut after poor performance
The Tertiary Education Commission has cut $1.9 million of funding from one of the three wananga due to the institution's poor performance. [more]

Deadline for climate deal criticised as too distant
Groups fighting climate change say a deal reached at the United Nations climate conference in South Africa could be too little too late. [more]

Asset sales can go ahead without Maori Party - Key
The Prime Minister says being unable to rely on the Maori Party's support for planned partial asset sales should not affect the National Party's ability to implement the policy. [more]

Fiji regime rescinds invitation to union delegation
The Fiji Government has announced that any delegation from the Australian or New Zealand Council of Trade Unions are no longer welcome to visit Fiji. The two unions were due... [more]

Port Authority in Tonga aims to salvage sunken boats
The Port Authority in Tonga is preparing to salvage boats which have sunken at Nuku'alofa waterfront after being abandoned by their owners. The Authority says up to 20 boats have... [more]

Bat hunting ban to stay in American Samoa
Officials in American Samoa say the ban on hunting bats will not be lifted, despite the appearance they are plentiful. The director of the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources... [more]

Tokelau gets first eye care technicians
The first two eye care technicians from Tokelau have graduated and started working in the field to diagnose and treat eye conditions. Both studied in Fiji at the Fred Hollows... [more]

Weeds could be key for Nauru soil restoration
A researcher at New Zealand's Victoria University says weed-type plants could help restore soil to Nauru. Alex Feary's recently completed Masters thesis examines the potential of cover crops for creating... [more]

Work begins to pull down Crowne Plaza hotel
The demolition of another top Christchurch hotel has begun. [more]

Talks fail to avert legal fight over control of community group
The battle for control of a Cook Islands community group is heading back to the High Court in Auckland after failed talks. [more]

New media regulator could cover digital publishers
The Law Commission has suggested online news services and bloggers should be regulated by a new authority, which would also cover traditional print and broadcast media. [more]

Weather delays recovery work at Pike River mine
Bad weather is interrupting plans to put a seal deep into the main tunnel to the Pike River coal mine. [more]

Sport: Fiji win Nations Cup
Fiji capped an unbeaten week by claiming the Nations Cup netball title, after beating hosts Singapore 51-42 in Sunday's final. The world number seven won all five round robin matches... [more]

Trade union leaders to go ahead with Fiji visit despite deportation warnings
Australian and New Zealand trade union leaders are going ahead with their trip to Fiji this week despite a warning from Fiji's interim regime they will be refused entry. Representatives... [more]

Sport: Fiji still atop sevens standings despite record loss
Fiji will get an early shot at revenge at February's Wellington Sevens. The world series co-leaders were thrashed 48-0 by Wales in the Plate final in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. [more]

Teenage pregnancies growing problem in Vanuatu
Unwanted pregnancies among teenagers in Vanuatu was one of the population-related issues to dominate discussions at a parliamentary retreat in Port Vila last week. The Vanuatu Family Health Association's Julius... [more]

Some expats taking advantage of Vanuatu women
A women's group in Vanuatu says it is seeing a growing number of women who are experiencing problems as a result of relationships with expatriate men. The head of the... [more]

Maritime Administration in Tonga confident oil leak contained
The Maritime Administration of the Transport Ministry in Tonga is confident oil leakages from several sunken vessels in Nuku'alofa have been contained. Up to 20 boats have been abandoned for... [more]

PNG circumcision research uncovers horror penile modification trend
Research in Papua New Guinea on circumcision as a means of prevention of HIV transmission has brought to light the number of men undergoing unsafe penile modification, often with disastrous... [more]

Sport: Hekari grab crucial win
Hekari United are still alive in the O-League football Championship after beating Koloale 3-1 in Port Moresby on Saturday. The win takes Hekari to four points from their three Group... [more]

Strong focus on poverty in Maori Party deal
The Maori Party says it will expect members of the Ministerial Committee on Poverty to hold their Government agencies to account. [more]

Farmers rush to take advantage of grass surplus
Farmers across the country are trying to make the most of the grass surplus before it loses its quality. [more]

New sheep breed introduced to New Zealand
The man behind the introduction of a sheep breed new to New Zealand expects it to make its mark on the meat industry as the demand grows for sheep that yield more meat. [more]

Carter keeps roles in rural sector
The Agriculture Minister for the past three years, David Carter, has kept the porfolio, along with Biosecurity and Forestry, in the Government's new Cabinet line-up. [more]

Changes to business portfolios in new Cabinet
The Cabinet line-up of the new National Party led Government includes some changes in business related portfolios. [more]

Deputy leader says euro opt-out could leave Britain in cold
Britain's deputy prime minister Nick Clegg says David Cameron's veto of European Union treaty changes are bad for Britain and could leave it marginalised. [more]

Christchurch firms stay positive about future
The latest survey has found firms in Christchurch are upbeat about the region's future, despite ongoing struggles dealing with the devastation wrought by major earthquakes in the past year. [more]

Slower growth expected in latest survey of economists
Financial and economic forecasters have pared back their predictions for economic growth because of the darkening global outlook and delays to the rebuilding of Christchurch. [more]

GST threshold on online imports under review in Australia
Australia's Federal Government has launched a retail taskforce to investigate the viability of lowering the GST threshold on online imports. [more]

Study alleges Fiji sex workers forced to strip, roll in mud
Fiji soldiers are forcing sex workers in the town of Lautoka to strip, roll in mud and endure other forms of humiliation. A new report released today, Sex Workers and... [more]

Miss Fiji wins Miss South Pacific title
Miss Fiji, Alisi Rabukawaqa, was crowned the new Miss South Pacific on Saturday night in Apia. The 24-year-old is a volunteer at the World Wildlife Fund and has a degree... [more]

Pitcairn Island hearing gets underway in Auckland
A hearing is underway in Auckland to determine whether the mayor of the Pitcairn Islands, who's accused of possessing indecent images of children, can be dealt with in a New... [more]

Samoa plans wood fired power plants
The Samoa government is considering using wood to generate electricity. It says wood can be a cheaper source of fuel than oil. The government is targetting the use of invasive... [more]

Dengue threat dissipating in the Marshall Islands
A dengue fever outbreak in the Marshall Islands is tapering off after seven weeks. The Ministry of Health reported only 13 new cases last week - the least since the... [more]

Fiji sex workers forced by military regime to strip, roll in mud
Soldiers in Fiji are forcing sex workers in the town of Lautoka to strip, roll in mud and endure other forms of humiliation. A new report released today, Sex Workers... [more]

PNG police prepare for reaction to key Supreme Court ruling
Papua New Guinea police have again increased their presence in Port Moresby ahead of today's expected Supreme Court ruling on the legitimacy of the government. The five-man bench is considering... [more]

Party vote threshold to be considered in MMP review
The 5% threshold that parties have to cross to make it into Parliament will be looked at as part of the review of MMP. [more]

Queenstown kidnap accused make court appearance
Five people have appeared in Queenstown District Court charged with various offences relating to a kidnapping in the resort two weeks ago. [more]

Quake inquiry told urgent changes needed to building rules
The Royal Commission into the Canterbury earthquakes has been told urgent changes need to be made to the building rules to ensure there is not a repeat of the deaths in Christchurch. [more]

Pacific media body to start training programme with British help
A web-based training programme for Pacific media has been commissioned by the Pasifika Media Association, PasiMA. The move follows a meeting in Auckland where the one-year-old organization charted the course... [more]

Australia's ruling party puts more focus on Papua
New resolutions on Papua by the Australian Labor Party have been described as a shift in discourse in Canberra on issues around Indonesia's eastern region. Resolutions adopted at the ALP... [more]

Parole now available for some foreign workers in CNMI
Foreign workers in the Northern Marianas, who are covered by a bill seeking CNMI-only status for four specific groups of people can now start applying for parole. If granted this... [more]

Two i-Kiribati men make discovery after 33 days lost at sea
Two i-Kiribati men have a good yarn to tell after being lost at sea for 33 days, and also discovering the fate of a relative who got lost on the... [more]

Research finds Fiji sex worker crackdown increasing HIV risks
A new report by Australian researchers has found that a crackdown on Fiji sex workers following the introduction of the Crimes Decree is increasing their risk of getting HIV. Sex... [more]

Deaf Foundation hopes election of deaf MP forces change
A group representing the deaf community hopes changes will be made at Parliament following the election of New Zealand's first deaf MP. [more]

EQC cuts staff, as assessments ahead of schedule
The Earthquake Commission says it is making such good progress on building assessments it will reduce the number of people employed as field staff earlier than expected. [more]

Occupy Wellington to move out of Civic Square
The Occupy Wellington protesters will move on from the Civic Square but say the movement is continuing. [more]

Pitcairn hearing adjourned because of technical glitches
A judge fed up with continuous technical glitches at a court hearing in Auckland involving the mayor of Pitcairn Island has adjourned the matter until satellite connections can be sorted out. [more]

Quakes caused layoffs in most Christchurch business sectors
A Department of Labour survey of Canterbury businesses shows the majority of sectors have had to lay off workers as a result of the earthquakes. [more]

Quake risk closes Akaroa's cottage hospital
Canterbury District Health Board says Akaroa Hospital has been closed because it is an earthquake risk. [more]

Jump in numbers joining KiwiSaver
KiwiSaver enrolments posted their biggest monthly increase in nine months in November. [more]

Man denies intention to sexually attack teenager
A man accused of attempting to sexually violate a teenager says he only intended to burgle the property she lived at. [more]

Murder charge over missing Christchurch teenager
A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of Christchurch teenager Hayden Miles, who was last seen nearly four months ago. [more]

Biscuits confiscated before fatal attack on prison officer
A court has been told a prison officer retrieved a stolen packet of biscuits from an inmate's cell a day before he was killed. [more]

Black Caps victorious against Aussies, after 18 years
New Zealand has had a rare cricket victory against Australia. [more]

Life sentence for Murupara teenager's murder
A teenager has been sentenced to life in prison and will serve a minimum of 10 years behind bars for the murder of another teenager in Murupara more than two years ago. [more]

Key brings new faces to front bench
The new Government will have three new faces on its front bench after a Cabinet reshuffle announced by Prime Minister John Key. [more]

NZ company to begin oil drilling in Indonesia
New Zealand Oil & Gas will start drilling for oil in Indonesia next year, after acquiring exploration rights. [more]

IRD wins landmark tax case
Inland Revenue has won a landmark tax avoidance case that will influence 16 similar cases disputing $226 million in tax. [more]

NZers cut back on domestic travel during RWC
The Rugby World Cup attracted international travellers, but kept New Zealanders at home, resulting in a decline in visitors staying in commercial accommodation in October. [more]

Jade sells Empower HR
Software company Jade Software has sold its trans-Tasman human resource and payroll business, Empower HR. [more]

Tuna boss notes big improvements at American Samoa cannery
The chair of Dongwon Industries, which owns American Samoa's Starkist cannery, says an exchange programme with its South Korean plant has paid dividends. Jae-chul Kim, in the territory for a... [more]

Victoria University wants to see more Pasifika graduate students
An assistant vice chancellor at New Zealand's Victoria University says higher education will open more doors for Pasifika people. While the numbers of Pasifika people in New Zealand studying at... [more]

Would Donald swap what he's done for a major title
The English golfer Luke Donald is on top of the world in more ways than one after becoming the first player to win the money-list crowns in Europe and the... [more]

Shotput record attempt postponed
The teenager shotput prodigy Jacko Gill's attempt at the under 20 world record in Auckland tonight has been postponed because of bad weather,. Gill was to return to the Millennium... [more]

Kevin Schuler to coach Bay Of Plenty again
The Bay of Plenty Rugby Union as appointed Kevin Schuler as Head Coach for the next three years. Schuler coached the Steamers in 2007 and 2008 before going to Japan,... [more]

Arry unhappy with ref
The Tottenham football manager Harry Redknapp was furious with the referee after he made a number of questionable decisions in their 2-1 English Premiership defeat at Stoke. Spurs felt the... [more]

Black Caps square series with dramatic win in Hobart
Ross Taylor's become the first New Zealand cricket captain to lead the Black Caps to a test win in Australia since 1985 when Jeremy's Coney's side won the series there. [more]

hand injury for Kimi Raikkonen
The former world motor racing champion Kimi Raikkonen has injured his hand in a crash in a snowmobile race but his Lotus team say the Finn is not seriously hurt. [more]

Bench helps Breakers again
The New Zealand Breakers bench again sparked the side to a come-from behind 86-73 victory over the 36ers in Adelaide last night. The top-of-the-table Breakers started slowly again and trailled... [more]

Cook Islands warned that departure tax hurting the tourism industry
New Zealand tourism agents have told the Cook Islands' that its high departure tax is affecting the country's tourism industry and should be absorbed into airfares. Speaking at the Kia... [more]

Vanuatu Minister hopes to relaunch inquiry into lack of action on Coroner's Report
The Vanuatu Justice Minister says he hopes a stalled commission of inquiry into why the recommendations of a Coroner's Report haven't been implemented will restart soon. Nearly two years ago... [more]

Samoa woman lawyer fined by village council for adultery
A prominent woman lawyer has been fined by the council of chiefs of Leulumoega village in Samoa after allegations of adultery against her were proven. Talamua online says the lawyer... [more]

Principals want use of emergency managers reviewed
Secondary principals say the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on emergency managers for failing schools each year might be a waste of money. [more]

Opposition parties doubt poverty committee will work
Opposition parties say a high-level committee will do nothing to alleviate poverty in New Zealand. [more]

Blogger supports idea of regulator
A blogger and media commentator says there is merit in a proposal to regulate blogs and online news services. [more]

Dunne accused of keeping alcohol survey quiet
Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne is being accused of deliberately suppressing a survey that shows support for raising the price of cheap alcohol and reducing liquor trading hours. [more]

Auckland Council gets overseas loan facility
Auckland Council has become the first local body to secure the ability to borrow money overseas. [more]

Sir Henare Ngata a big loss - Monty Soutar
Ngati Porou iwi chief executive Monty Soutar says the death of one of the tribe's elder statesmen is a big loss. [more]

Maori won't benefit from poverty committee - Greens
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says the Maori Party's deal with National to tackle poverty will not bring great benefits for whanau Maori. [more]

Charter school could be 'best model' to teach Maori kids
Te Runanga o Ngati Kahungunu's chairman says charter schools are likely to open the door to finding an educational model that works for Maori children. [more]

Wananga founder urges Crown to check kaupapa values
The founder of Te Wananga O Raukawa wants the Crown to acknowledge kaupapa values, when measuring performance. [more]

Property manager asked why report didn't go to tenant
A property manager has been questioned at the Royal Commission on the Canterbury earthquakes as to why he did not tell the tenant he had a report saying a building was unsafe to use. [more]

Hundreds of phones out in Henderson
Telecom is working to fix a fault that has cut phone services in the Auckland suburb of Henderson. [more]

'Winners and losers' Cabinet
Prime Minister John Key says there will always be some MPs who lose out when the Cabinet is reshuffled. [more]

Extra funding for rheumatic fever lauded
A Far North Maori GP is applauding the Government's move to double the funding available to combat rheumatic fever. [more]

Crown risks infringing Treaty - wananga
The Crown body which funds tertiary institutions is being told it is at risk of infringing Te Tiriti o Waitangi. [more]

PNG Supreme Court rules O'Neill election illegal, orders Somare reinstatement
Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court has ruled that the election of Peter O'Neill as Prime Minister in August was unconstitutional, paving the way for the reinstatement of former Prime Minister... [more]