Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 15th December 2011

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Air That I Breath
Jim Lowe of the Kapiti has chosen 'Air That I Breathe' by The Hollies. It was a major hit in 1974. [more]

Your Place - Omaha Beach
Welcome to Omaha Beach, just an hour's drive north of Auckland and 15 minutes east of the nearest town, Warkworth. Situated on the edge of Matakana Wine Country with a 4 and a half kilometer stretch of white sandy beach - it's attracting more and more visitors each year. [more]

Airtourer 115 - Cliff Tait
The one engine plane that took Waikato pilot Cliff Tait around the globe and into the history books has come in for a final landing at the Museum of Transport and Technologys' new multi million dollar Aviation Display Hall in Auckland. [more]

Team Gallagher - Martin Berka
Team Gallagher is attempting to become the first New Zealanders to row across the Tasman Sea from Sydney to Auckland. After 18 days, Nigel Cherrie, James Blake, Martin Berka and Andrew McCowan are just over halfway here. [more]

Feature Album - Making Mirrors
Our Feature Album today is 'Making Mirrors' by Gotye. The Belgian-born Australian musician has produced the biggest selling album of 2011 across the Tasman. [more]

The Arts Report - Behind the Scenes at Weta Digital (Part 1)
Sonia Sly gets a rare chance to talk with some of the 'Special FX' wizards of Weta Digital. [more]

Our Changing World - Orchids
Orchids are famous for their beautiful flowers - but botanists know them instead as great deceivers. Alison Ballance talks with biologist Anne Gaskett and Master's student Michelle Kelly from the University of Auckland. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 15 December 2011
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Chris Trotter and Sir Bruce Slane (Part 1)
Topics - the awaited announcement from Fonterra on "initiatives to help make milk more accessible to Kiwis". Then, the Trans Tasman's Roll Call - the political weekly's annual ranking of the nation's MPs. [more]

The Panel with Chris Trotter and Sir Bruce Slane (Part 2)
Topics - heavy rain warnings remain in place for the Nelson region. Will the ratepayers of Dunedin continue to support a loss-making rugby franchise, along with the heavily indebted stadium it calls home? Riff-Raff has finally become a New Zealand citizen, then finally, do you use the 'close doors' button in the lift? [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 15 December 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 15 December 2011
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 15 December 2011
Another finance company faces legal action, the euro hits a new 11-month low against the dollar and the sharemarket slips. [more]

Evening Business for 15 December 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News Update for 15 December 2011
An analyst says strong public demand for stock in five state-owned enterprises should ensure that costs of the partial floats will be kept down. Milford Asset Management's executive director, Brian Gaynor, speaks with our business editor, Patrick O'Meara. [more]

CEISMIC

Southern Story for 15 December 2011 - Linwood Village
In response to the Canterbury earthquakes, the Government has built two villages in the suburbs of Linwood and Kaiapoi to provide temporary accomodation for those who've lost their homes. Our Christchurch correspondent, Katy Gosset, visited the Linwood Village and spoke to residents as they prepared for Christmas. [more]

EQC knew wall was unsafe before it collapsed killing two
It's been revealed that the Earthquake Commission knew a wall which crushed two people in Christchurch's February earthquake was at risk of collapsing. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 15 December 2011
Ligar Bay resident flees home to escape flood waters; Heavy rain threatens homes in Nelson Tasman districts; Our reporter, Geoff Moffett, in Nelson; Mighty River Power first of SOEs to go on the block; Iconic drag queen, Carmen is remembered; Cold, callous and vicious murder the ultimate betrayal - Judge. [more]

Ligar Bay resident flees home to escape flood waters
Dozens of people have had to flee their homes in the Nelson Tasman region with record rainfall and more than 170 slips threatening houses blocking major roads and cutting off towns. In Ligar Bay, Neil Batten and his wife Liz had seconds to get out of their house - along with other terrified residents. [more]

Heavy rain threatens homes in Nelson Tasman districts
We're joined by the Tasman mayor, Richard Kempthorne. [more]

Our reporter, Geoff Moffett, in Nelson
Our reporter, Geoff Moffett, who's in Nelson city on Halifax Street where people have been evacuated because of a slip. [more]

Mighty River Power first of SOEs to go on the block
The Government's confirmation it will sell off part of Mighty River Power first has provoked fresh criticism that it's betraying New Zealand's interests. The State Owned Enterprises Minister Tony Ryall joins the programme. [more]

Iconic drag queen, Carmen is remembered
New Zealand's first and most famous drag queen, who's celebrated for empowering gay and trans-gender people to be themselves, has died. Carmen, who was born in Taumaranui as Tione or Trevor Rupe, passed away this morning in Sydney, aged 75. [more]

Sports News for 15 December 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Cold, callous and vicious murder the ultimate betrayal - Judge
A High Court judge says the cold, callous, and vicious murder of a young chinese student in Auckland was the ultimate betrayal by a trusted friend. [more]

Rain leaves Pohara "a mess"
In Golden Bay locals have described the small sea side settlement of Pohara as being in "one hell of a mess". [more]

Pots of destruction along Abel Tasman walk
The heavy rain has brought down a large rock which is blocking part of the Abel Tasman track. [more]

Leave homes or go to court, Port Hills people told
Householders in Christchurch's Port Hills who've defied orders to leave their homes are getting a final notice to go or face court action. [more]

MOH restructuring weakens cancer screening programmes
A leading women's health worker says she's appalled that Health Ministry restructuring has weakened two key cancer screening programmes. [more]

Heavy rain easing, Nelson and Tasman regions in clean up mode
A state of emergency is in force at the top of the South Island after two days of heavy rain that's triggered more than 170 slips, forced home owners to evacuate and cut off townships. [more]

Widespread destruction from flooding in Nelson
We're joined by the Civil Defence's group controller, Jim Frater. [more]

Opposition says Government's partial asset sales won't work
Opposition parties say the Government's plan to keep 51-percent ownership of the state assets it wants to partially-privatise, won't work. [more]

Compensation and penalties to be sought from Hanover Finance
The capital markets watchdog is going after Hanover Finance for compensation for investors as well as penalties. [more]

Sports News for 15 December 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Christchurch council signs off plan for rebuilt central city
Christchurch city councillors have signed off unanimously on a draft CBD rebuilding plan though a couple still have hesitations about it, including its price tag. [more]

Firefighters investigate massive Rotorua blaze
A fire that blew out the store windows at Rotorua's largest mall has hit retailers in the middle of the busiest time of the year. [more]

Household saving for first time in a decade
New Zealand householders are living within their means for the first time in more than a decade, though only just. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 15 December 2011
Flooding causes widespread destruction through Nelson and Mighty River Power is first on the block for partial privatisation. [more]

Midday Sports News for 15 December 2011
New Zealand golfers start well at the Australian masters. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 15 December 2011
State of emergency in Nelson Tasman after heavy rain; Metservice says there will be gradual easing of rain; Nelson reporter on the flood emergency; Oversight of breast cancer screening services under fire; Men charged with murder of Radio New Zealand journalist; Riff Raff creator becomes New Zealand citizen; Opposition target Dunne over asset sales; Court sits again in Christchurch court house from today; Angela Merkel says UK a key EU partner. [more]

Pacific News for 15 December 2011
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

State of emergency in place in Nelson-Tasman
A state of emergency remains in place in the Nelson Tasman region this morning but river levels are receding. [more]

Police still want help from public with death inquiry
The police are appealing to the public for more information that could help in the investigation into the death of the Radio New Zealand journalist, Phillip Cottrell. [more]

Opposition target Dunne over asset sales
Opposition parties are pressuring the United Future leader, Peter Dunne, to deny the Government a majority for its partial asset sales programme. [more]

State of emergency in Nelson Tasman after heavy rain
A state of emergency remains in place in the Nelson Tasman region as rain continues to fall. [more]

Metservice says there will be gradual easing of rain
The Metservice meteorologist, Dan Corbett, says improvement is on the way. [more]

Nelson reporter on the flood emergency
Our reporter Geoff Moffett is in Richmond. [more]

Oversight of breast cancer screening services under fire
Resignations from the Health Ministry have sparked a critical independent review of its oversight of the country's breast-screening services. [more]

Men charged with murder of Radio New Zealand journalist
The police are appealing for more information that could help in the investigation into the death of the Radio New Zealand journalist, Phillip Cottrell. [more]

Riff Raff creator becomes New Zealand citizen
It wasn't so much as a jump to the left or a jump to the right, more a very subdued appearance last night from New Zealand's newest citizen. [more]

Opposition target Dunne over asset sales
Opposition parties are presenting a united front on asset sales, by calling on Peter Dunne to pull his support for the Government's plan for partial privatisations. [more]

Court sits again in Christchurch court house from today
In the first sign of normality for Christchurch's quake-hit justice system, the Court House in the central city will reopen today. [more]

Sports News for 15 December 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Angela Merkel says UK a key EU partner
The euro has slipped to its lowest level against the US dollar since January, despite the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, mounting a strong defence of the deal struck last week to protect the currency. [more]

Maori Party leadership likely to change before next election
The Maori Party has reconfirmed its leadership, but says it's likely to change before the 2014 election. [more]

Anti-whaling countries accused of supporting violent protests
A group representing Japanese whalers says countries opposed to whaling are supporting the violent protests of the animal rights group Sea Shepherd. [more]

Police cope with once in a fifty year storm in Nelson / Tasman
A state of emergency in Nelson and Tasman is likely to remain in place for some time, as the big clean up begins. [more]

An update from our Nelson reporter on the flood emergency
Nelson reporter on the flood emergency. [more]

Liege in mourning as police continue to investigate shooting
People have been laying wreaths and observing a minute's silence, in memory of the victims of yesterday's gun and grenade attack in the Belgian city of Liege. [more]

Barack Obama marks the end of the Iraq war
The United States president, Barack Obama, has marked the end of the Iraq war by thanking the troops for their service with a speech at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. [more]

Dairy effluent non-compliance on rise in Bay of Plenty
The number of farms in Bay of Plenty that are failing to comply with the consents they have for getting rid of dairy effluent is rising, bucking the national trend. [more]

Sports News for 15 December 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Confusion reigns in Papua New Guinea
Confusion reigns in Papua New Guinea, where there are now effectively two prime ministers, two governments, two police commissioners and two governors-general. [more]

Farmy Army has one last hurrah before disbanding
The Farmy Army is about to disband - but they've got one last hurrah planned. [more]

Drag artist Carmen dies aged 75
Carmen, the drag artist who played a leading role in bringing transgender issues to public prominence in New Zealand, has died in Sydney aged 75. [more]

Team Gallagher at halfway point of Tasman crossing
The four-man crew aiming to be the first New Zealand team to row across the Tasman have reached the halfway point. [more]

Battle of the badger looms in Britain
Britain's police chief in charge of domestic extremism has warned there's a battle brewing that his force may not be able to cope with. [more]

Nights

Trains Across America
Trains magazine columnist Bob Johnston about the national passenger rail system of America and the possible impacts of proposed underfunding as the US House and Senate battle over Amtrak funding. [more]

Science: Chemistry
Lighting up the bunsen burner is senior scientist at the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Dr Nicola Gaston. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 7. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Milk in schools
Fonterra is poised to announce an iniative to bring back free milk in schools. [more]

Ross Island sea ice and climate change
Key research into the microbial community that lives within the sea ice that surrounds Ross Island - and how this relates to climate change issues. [more]

UK Correspondent - Jon Dennis
The UK is the only EU member state to refuse to sign a new intergovernmental accord designed to save the euro. [more]

Feature Guest - Richie McCaw
Richie McCaw battled an insidious foot injury and the weight of public expectation to captain the All Blacks to their first Rugby World Cup victory in almost a quarter of a century. He discusses his recovery from surgery and the future following October's nail-biting win against France. [more]

Book Review - Talking to Terrorists
Written by Peter Taylor, published by Fourth Estate, reviewed by Justin Gregory. [more]

New Technology with Steve McCabe
Cellphones on aeroplanes, Google and Twitter topics of the year, and tracking Santa Claus on the internet. [more]

Funeral director who donated his business to charity
Greg Brownless has a diverse CV, which includes school teaching, working as a Contiki tour guide in Europe, and a serving on his local city council in Tauranga. He then started his own funeral-directing business, a career which took him to Thailand after the devastating Boxing Day tsunami. More recently Greg had a stint on Christmas Island, organising the repatriation of the bodies of 30 boat people who drowned there late last year. But, after a long career as an undertaker, Greg decided to give something back. He donated his million-dollar business to charity, founding the Legacy Funerals Charitable Trust - all the profits from his two funeral homes are given back to the Tauranga community. [more]

TV with Simon Wilson
SoHo's star show Treme and a look back on the best viewing of the year. [more]

Nine to Noon in Antarctica

Nine to Noon in Antarctica - Turtle Rock
Kathryn Ryan visits sea ice scientist Andrew Martin at his field camp about 20 kilometres from Scott base, where he and a team have been taking samples of the sea ice to assess the impact of climate change at the very start of the food chain. [more]

Our Changing World

Lance Richdale Biography
The 'father of albatross science' carried out 18 years research on albatrosses and penguins in the 1930s and 1940s [more]

Peripatus and Urban Conservation
The values and challenges of urban conservation are highlighted in Dunedin when road widening impacts an unusual invertebrate [more]

Simulation Centre for Patient Safety - Part 1
In this web only special, Jane Torrie takes Ruth Beran on a tour of a new centre where mannequins are used as training tools [more]

Simulation Centre for Patient Safety - Part 2
Jane Torrie takes Ruth Beran on the second half of a tour of the new training facility for healthcare students and staff [more]

2011 science and natural history books
2011 science and natural history books [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 15 December 2011
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 15 December 2011
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 15 December 2011
The Ngapuhi leader, Sonny Tau, says his Board had no option but to suspend the Ngati Hine iwi from attending Board meetings, until further notice; But Ngati Hine's Chairman, Waihoroi Shortland, rejects any suggestion that the annual meeting he chaired earlier this year broke any rules; An iwi and Greenpeace have been awarded a judicial review of the Government's granting of a permit to explore for oil off the East Cape; The Council of Christian Social Services wants to see the new government set targets to reduce poverty, before the organisation can believe the National and Maori parties are serious about alleviating the problem. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 15 December 2011
An iwi and Greenpeace have been awarded a judicial review of the Government's granting of a permit to explore for oil off the East Cape; The Ngapuhi leader, Sonny Tau, says his board had no option but to suspend the Ngati Hine iwi from attending Board meetings, until further notice; But Ngati Hine's Chairman, Waihoroi Shortland, rejects any suggestion that the annual meeting he chaired earlier this year broke any rules; The Council of Christian Social Services wants the new government to set targets to reduce poverty, before the organisation can believe the National and Maori parties are serious about alleviating the problem. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 15 December 2011
Tribal leaders of Te Whanau a Apanui in eastern Bay of Plenty, plan to attend a judicial review next year, when the iwi challenges the Government's granting of a oil exploration permit; Excitement is growing on the Chatham Islands, as three three bedroom houses and two kaumatua flats take shape; A Professor of Indigenous Studies at AUT University, says it's logical for the Maori Party to retain Pita Sharples and Tariana Turia as co-leaders; The Maori Women's Welfare League says its National body didn't apply to be a Whanau Ora provider, because it felt the organisation didn't fit the programme's criteria. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 15 December 2011
Tribal leaders of Te Whanau-a-Apanui in eastern Bay of Plenty plan to attend a judicial review next year, when the iwi will challenge the Government's granting of a oil exploration permit; The Ngati Mutunga o Wharekauri Iwi Trust, says the building of new houses and kaumatua flats on the Chathams is progressing well; A Professor of Indigenous Studies at AUT University, says it's logical for the Maori Party to retain Pita Sharples and Tariana Turia as co-leaders; The Maori Women's Welfare League says its National body didn't apply to be a Whanau Ora provider, as it felt it didn't meet the criteria. [more]

The Floating Bride

Ross Harris - Wild Daisies
This well-known cycle is loved by performers and audiences alike. It was written in 1994 around a set of evocative poems by Wellington based poet Bub Bridger. Performers: Soprano, Jenny Wollerman; Piano, Emma Sayers [more]

Upbeat

Shelagh Magadza
New Director of the NZ International Arts Festival who will take up position in 2013. [more]

Renee Fleming
American opera star featuring in Metropolitan Opera's production of Handel's 'Rodelinda' that will be broadcast on RNZ Concert in January, and broadcast in cinemas across NZ in high definition. [more]

Steve Thomas
Director of Christchurch based 'Arts On Tour' unveils 2012 season. [more]

News stories:

State of emergency declared in Nelson-Tasman
A state of emergency has been declared in the Nelson-Tasman region as heavy rain continues to pound the top of the South Island. [more]

Heavy rain warning for parts of NZ
MetService says heavy rain pounding the top of the South Island could reach 1 in 50-year levels. [more]

Coroner recommends DHB review assessment procedures
A coroner has recommended that Wanganui District Health Board review its assessment procedures for potential suicide victims following the death of a farmer. [more]

Council rejects accusations of open season on ducks
Otago Regional Council is rejecting accusations it has made a late plan change against hunters' interests. [more]

Euro value sinking
The value of the euro fell below $US1.30 on Wednesday - its lowest level since 12 January. European stock markets were also down. [more]

PNG's GG drawn into political deadlock
The crisis created by an unprecedented political deadlock in Papua New Guinea has now engulfed the office of the Governor General. One of the two men claiming to be Prime... [more]

Fiji Health Ministry awaiting test results of suspected typhoid cases
The Ministry of Health in Fiji will reassess the duration of a Public Health Emergency declared on the village of Nanoko, next week. The Health spokesperson, Peni Namotu, says ten... [more]

Better mapping of Cooks borders could be worth trillions of dollars
It is believed better mapping of the Cook Islands' territories and borders could be worth trillions to the country's economy. The Territorial Sea and Exclusive Economic Zone Amendment Bill, enabling... [more]

Cook Islands' waters could contain tonnes of valuable minerals
" The Cook Islands' Deputy Prime Minister Tom Marsters, says a significant amount of oil and petroleum is likely to be found in the Island's exclusive economic zone. Mr Marsters... [more]

American Samoa hosp says no money for off island medical expenses
Hospital patients in American Samoa needing off island medical care, will all have to pay their own expenses because the LBJ Medical Center has no money for the service. LBJ's... [more]

Climate change expected to wipe some French Polynesian islands off map
A conference this week in Tahiti says some of French Polynesia's islands will be wiped off the map due to global warming. The effects of rising tides in the region... [more]

Samoa TV3 ordered to pay damages in defamation suit
An election candidate in Samoa, Tuala Joe Ponifasio, has won a lawsuit against a privately owned television station in Apia. Tuala Joe Ponifasio, who was running for the Tautua Samoa... [more]

Revised earnings reports filed by Olympus
Olympus has filed five years worth of corrected earnings reports to try to avoid being delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange. [more]

Govt - Petrobras oil permit deal going to court
An iwi and Greenpeace have been awarded a judicial review of the Government's granting of a permit to explore for oil off the East Cape. A hearing will be held in the High Court in Wellington next year. [more]

Ngapuhi had to suspend Ngati Hine from meetings - Tau
Ngapuhi leader Sonny Tau says his board had no option but to suspend the Ngati Hine iwi from attending board meetings, until further notice. [more]

MAF primary sector forecast lowered
The Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry says the primary sector is still on track for a record export earnings year. But it has lowered its forecast for by 3.5%. [more]

Call for National to set targets to address poverty
The Council of Christian Social Services wants the new Government to set targets to reduce poverty, before the organisation can believe the National and Maori parties are serious about alleviating the problem. [more]

Call for fungi to be released to attack invasive weed
Northland Regional Council has asked the Environmental Protection Authority for permission to import and release two species of fungi to tackle one of the world's most invasive weeds. [more]

Heavy rain causes damage in Tasman district
Farmers in the upper South Island are assessing the damage on Thursday, caused by more heavy rain overnight. [more]

Low offering at wool auction
Wool exporters are questioning some estimates of sheep numbers as they face another sale on Thursday with a lower than expected offering of wool. About 15,500 bales will be auctioned. [more]

Sharp increase in banking complaints
The Banking Ombudsman's office is dealing with a 73% rise in new disputes, mostly due to a jump in complaints about mortgage defaults. Complaint numbers are expected to remain high next year also. [more]

Trading conditions remain tough - Hellaby
Hellaby Holdings says trading conditions remain tough due to subdued discretionary spending by consumers. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Thursday's headlines: State of emergency in the Nelson region; Zealandia wildlife sanctuary asks Wellington City Council for nearly $3 million to keep its doors open; escaped prison caught in hospital toilet. [more]

Call for KiwiSaver fund managers to invest in small firms
A venture capital lobby group wants rule changes to allow KiwiSaver fund managers to invest in small firms desperately seeking money to sell their products commercially. [more]

Aleh and Powrie record first win at world sailing champs
The New Zealand women's 470 crew of Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie have overcome fickle winds to record their first win at the world sailing champs in Perth and move... [more]

Phoenix make it three straight losses for Roar
The Wellington Phoenix have risen to fourth place in the A-league after a 2-nil win over the competition leaders Brisbane Roar last night in Dunedin. Paul Ifill opened the scoring... [more]

Magnitude of win finally sinking in says Black Caps skipper
The New Zealand cricket captain Ross Taylor has arrived back home still basking in the side's success over Australia but demanding consistency from his team. The Hobart win was the... [more]

Ifill becomes leading Phoenix goal scorer
Striker Paul Ifill has become the Wellington Phoenix leading scorer in helping in his side to a two-nil win over defending champions Brisbane, in their A League match in Dunedin... [more]

RFU finds new CEO
Ian Ritchie will become the new CEO of England's Rugby Football Union after being lured away from a similar role at Wimbledon's All England Tennis Club. Ritchie, who spent six... [more]

Toro Rosso name drivers
The Toro Rosso motor racing team has named Australian Daniel Ricciardo and Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne in an all-new 2012 driver line-up after surprisingly ditching the youngsters who took them to... [more]

Dravid urges cricket revamp
The Indian cricket great Rahul Dravid has demanded administrators revamp the ad hoc approach to cricket scheduling or risk being responsible for the game's demise. Delivering the annual Sir Donald... [more]

Earyhquake rattles FIFA club World Cup in Japan
An earthquake rattled the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan yesterday, frightening players and fans from countries not used to violent seismic activity. The 4.9-magnitude earthquake shook the Toyota Stadium... [more]

Hearing on racial abuse alleged racial abuse by Manchester Utd player underway
The Football Association has begun a disciplinary hearing into claims Liverpool's Luis Suarez racially abused Manchester United's Patrice Evra. A verdict is expected by the weekend on whether Suarez used... [more]

Former F1 driver imprisoned over death of friend
The former Finnish Formula One driver and Le Mans winner Jyrki Jarvilehto, who raced as JJ Lehto, has been sentenced to two years and four months in jail for a... [more]

Hughes gives Big Bash a miss
Australian cricket's under siege opening batsman Phil Hughes has pulled out of the Big Bash league to focus on his first class career. The problem for Hughes is there are... [more]

World number one seeks winning end to great year
The golfer of the year Luke Donald believes he has enough left in the tank to end his record-breaking year with one more victory - at the Australian Masters which... [more]

Camper remains in fourth place on second leg of Volvo Ocean race
Team New Zealand's entry Camper, remains in fourth place on the second leg of the Volvo Ocean race from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi. Camper is 46 nautical miles behind... [more]

Maori Party co-leaders reappointed
The Maori Party has re-appointed Pita Sharples and Tariana Turia as its co-leaders. [more]

$22m profit reported by Pulse
Pulse Utilities has made a profit of $22 million in the half year, a turnaround compared to the loss it made the same period last year. [more]

Online job adverts up
The Department of Labour says the number of jobs advertised online rose 4.2% in November, indicating firms had been wanting to hire. [more]

Aviation biofuel agreement
Air New Zealand has signed a memorandum of understanding with Licella to explore the development and commercialisation of a process to create aviation biofuel. [more]

Wind farm on Mount Cass approved
The Environment Court has given resource consent for a wind farm on Mount Cass in North Canterbury. Up to 70 turbines will be installed for Main Power. Construction is at least two years away. [more]

Industry training funding report
A new study by BERL has warned a loss of industry training funding would be a backwards step for the economy, particularly the export sector. [more]

PNG's Somare calls on public servants to remain neutral
Papua New Guinea's re-instated leader Sir Michael Somare is calling on public servants "to remain neutral" and comply with a court order that revoked his ousting, as the political deadlock... [more]

CNMI warned to be on lookout for little fire ants
People in the Northern Marianas are being urged to be on the lookout for little fire ants and to report any possible sightings. University of Guam entomology professor, Ross Miller,... [more]

Guam's Congresswoman rejects bill which funds military expansion on Guam
Guam Congresswoman, Madeleine Bordallo, has vowed not to support the conference report on the National Defense Authorization Bill which includes funding for the military expansion on Guam. She said if... [more]

Opposition target Dunne over asset sales
Opposition parties are targetting United Future leader Peter Dunne as they campaign to stop the Government from pushing ahead with partial asset sales. [more]

Maori Party leaders may change by 2014
The Maori Party has indicated its leadership is likely to change before the 2014 election. [more]

Anti-whaling nations seen as supporting Sea Shepherd
A group representing the Japanese whaling fleet says countries opposed to whaling are supporting the violent protests of the Sea Shepherd group. [more]

Offshore markets down
Stocks on Wall St have fallen, as traders focus on a sliding euro and rising Italian bond yields. European markets were also down. [more]

Growth pledged next year by China
China has pledged to guarantee growth in 2012, despite an extremely grim global outlook for the year ahead. Monetary policy would remain prudent and the yuan will remain basically stable. [more]

Death of drag queen Carmen
Carmen, New Zealand's first and best-known drag queen, has died in Sydney. She helped open the way to greater acceptance of minorities. [more]

Farmy Army back for Christmas
The Farmy Army says Canterbury people are still in need, and it is rallying to help those most affected by the Christchurch earthquakes. It hopes to provide 1000 Christmas hampers. [more]

Main court building back in business
The main court building in Christchurch will reopen for criminal hearings on Thursday for the first time since the February earthquake. But only one of the 16 court rooms is available so far. [more]

Prince Charles to visit NZ
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will visit New Zealand next year as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. [more]

Port mediation talks resume
Talks have resumed between the Ports of Auckland and the Maritime Union following industrial action which has cost the company over $2 million so far. [more]

Consumer sentiment in Australia down
Consumer sentiment in Australia fell sharply in December despite two interest rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of Australia. [more]

Thomas Cook to close 200 branches
Thomas Cook is to close 200 branches in Britain over the next two years as part of a business turnaround plan. Twenty two closures are already in progress. [more]

Bank to cut jobs
French bank Credit Agricole, which is heavily exposed to the eurozone debt crisis, is to cut 2350 jobs worldwide. [more]

Survey ship leaves on oil and gas search
An oil exploration ship has left Dunedin to begin a four month survey of the sea floor off New Zealand's south-eastern coast. [more]

Lobby group upset at review findings
A women's health lobby group says two independent reviews have identified the same shortcomings in the national breast screening unit. [more]

Airline long haul passengers down
Air New Zealand's patronage fell in November, with long-haul routes particularly hard hit. [more]

Feedback sought on real estate rule changes
The Real Estate Agents Authority is calling for public and industry feedback on proposed changes to the Real Estate Agents' rules on professional conduct. [more]

Manufacturing index well down
Manufacturers are facing a gloomy Christmas with the monthly BNZ-Business NZ Performance of Manufacturing Index falling to its lowest level since June 2009. [more]

Arla to join global dairy trade auctions
Arla Foods, a Danish-Swedish co-operative, will begin selling skim milk powder on Fonterra's global dairy trade auctions from 3 April next year. [more]

Rise in Bay effluent breaches
The number of farmers in Bay of Plenty failing to comply with their consents for disposing of dairy effluent is rising, bucking the national trend. [more]

Another cemetery being examined by police
Police in Christchurch are searching a second cemetery in connection with the disappearance of a teenager. [more]

Farmers may have to dump milk
Dairy farmers who are cut off by road slips in the Tasman district will probably have to dump several days worth of milk. [more]

39 new medicines funded by agency
Pharmac funded 39 new medicines last financial year, which ended in June. [more]

Outbreak of Alligator weed in Waikato
Waikato Regional Council says Alligator weed has been discovered at Ruapuke beach in Raglan. It can block waterways and create problems on farms and wetlands. [more]

Solomon Islands new entrant to Australia seasonal work scheme
Australia says its pilot seasonal work scheme will be expanded to allow up to 2,500 workers from the Pacific islands into the country. A pilot scheme, to provide seasonal workers... [more]

World Bank providing millions for Tuvalu's development
Tuvalu is to receive a 62 million US dollar grant from the World Bank. World Bank Country Director for the Pacific Islands, Ferid Belhaj, says Tuvalu faces unique challenges in... [more]

Expert says original Fiji pension scheme unsustainable
An expert who has been brought in to assist Fiji with controversial pension scheme reform says change is long overdue. Changes to Fiji National Provident Fund being made by the... [more]

U.S. seeking 24 million US dollars from New Zealand fishing company
It's been revealed that the United States Justice Department is seeking more than 24 million US dollars from the New Zealand fishing company Sanford. Last week a federal grand jury... [more]

Churches, civil society seek collaborative route out of PNG political impasse
Church leaders and civil society groups in PNG have called on the two groups claiming to be government to get together and find a working solution to the impasse. This... [more]

O'Neill group in PNG impasse to appeal Supreme Court ruling
The O'Neill grouping in Papua New Guinea's political impasse says it will today file an appeal against Monday's Supreme Court ruling that Peter O'Neill's election as Prime Minister in August... [more]

FLNKS team visiting Melanesian neighbours
A delegation of the New Caledonian group representing the indigenous Kanak population, the FLNKS, is visiting the Melanesian Spearhead Group countries. Led by the president of the New Caledonia Congress,... [more]

Air Austral suspends New Caledonia service
Air Austral, which is based in the French Indian Ocean territory of La Reunion, is to suspend its two weekly flights to New Caledonia. The airline says the decision has... [more]

PNG unions alarmed at political impasse
The head of Papua New Guinea's Trade Union Congress has warned of a public service breakdown if Sir Michael Somare and Peter O'Neill cannot come to an agreement on the... [more]

Samoa police asked to drop forgery charge against former Chamber of Commerce head
Samoa police have been asked to withdraw a forgery charge against the former Chamber of Commerce president, Lemalu Sina Lima. The former Manu Samoa winger Muliagatele Brian Lima had filed... [more]

Vanuatu women told to work with men to get elected to parliament
Vanuatu women wanting to run in next year's elections have been told they need to work more closely with men to try and ensure election. The organisation United Nations Women... [more]

Vanuatu to get new teacher standards
Primary school teachers in Vanuatu are expected to continue their study under new national education standards. The Vanuatu Minimum Quality Standards for Primary Schools have been launched by the government... [more]

O'Neill orders police to take control of PNG government offices
Peter O'Neill has ordered up to 150 police to take control of government offices, declaring with the backing of his cabinet that he is in control of the Papua New... [more]

Main highways in Far North open again
Main highways closed by flooding in the Far North have re-opened. [more]

Life sentence for man who killed Chinese student
A High Court judge says the cold, callous, vicious murder of a Chinese student in Auckland was the ultimate betrayal by a trusted friend. [more]

Marshalls to probe alleged voting irregularity at one polling station
The Attorney General's office in the Marshall Islands has launched an investigation into possible irregularities at one polling station during last month's election. This follows a complaint filed by campaign... [more]

Cooks gets credit rating downgrade
The financial agency, Standard and Poor's, has downgraded the rating of the Cook Islands to junk territory. The agency cites a lack of positive information that could hold up the... [more]

No serious damage after PNG quake but key power plant affected
Wednesday's major earthquake near Papua New Guinea's second largest city Lae has affected power supplies in the region. The seven point three magnitude quake struck at a depth of around... [more]

Wall that crushed pair known to be a risk, inquiry told
An inquiry into the Canterbury Earthquakes has been told a wall that collapsed and killed two people was already known to be at risk of falling down. [more]

PNG GG powerless in political wrangling, says analyst
The decision of Papua New Guinea's founding fathers to not provide for Governor-Generals to have an arbitration role is being exposed in the current political deadlock. The Governor-General's office is... [more]

Whangarei streets open after suspected gas leak
Police have re-opened streets in Whangarei after reports of a suspected gas leak on Thursday. [more]

PNG church leaders say grand coalition way out of crisis
Papua New Guinea church leaders have called for a grand coalition to end four days of political deadlock. There are warnings of violence if the crisis, which has resulted in... [more]

Mighty River Power first state asset to be privatised
The MP whose pivotal vote will ensure that the Government can partially privatise more state assets is confident the shares will stay in New Zealand ownership. [more]

Man found guilty in sexual violation case
A High Court jury in Wellington has entered a guilty verdict against a man accused of planning to sexually attack an Upper Hutt teenager. [more]

Dunedin stadium management happy with smaller crowd
The first A-League football match played in Dunedin's new covered stadium attracted a crowd about a third the size of the crowd for the pre-season match the Wellington Phoenix played... [more]

Former Kiwi champion back in the saddle today
The former champion New Zealand jockey Lisa Cropp will return to race riding today after the latest glitch in her career. Melbourne-based Cropp's one month ban for using a banned... [more]

Haig and Gibbes to coach Geogia
The former Counties-Manukau coach Milton Haig has been appointed coach of the Georgia national rugby side. He will be assisted by Chris Gibbes who took Waikato to the national provincial... [more]

Fulham out of Europa League
The English football club Fulham has been knocked out of the Europa League after the Danish side Odense scored with the last play of the match to snatch a 2-all... [more]

Jockeys suspended from racing for up to 12 years
Four jockeys have been suspended from racing for up to twelve years following a corruption investigation by the British Horse Racing Authority. Paul Doe and Greg Fairley were found guilty... [more]

Martin says test win still seems surreal
The veteran New Zealand pace bowler Chris Martin says the test cricket win over Australia still seems surreal. Martin and several of his teamates arrived home last night following Monday's... [more]

Phoenix win over defending champions comes at a cost
The Wellington Phoenix may have enjoyed a two nil win over the defending Australian A League football champions and competition leaders Brisbane in Dunedin last night but its comes at... [more]

Watson says he can bat, but can he bowl?
The Australian allrounder Shane Watson has called on selectors to decide what role he'll play in the upcoming Test cricket series with India, and finally hinted that he could be... [more]

Care fined for drunken altercation
The England rugby halfback Danny Care has been fined an undisclosed amount by his club Harlequins after being arrested following a drunken altercation. The 24-year-old, who missed this year's World... [more]

Ifill becomes leading Phoenix goal scorer
The Wellington Phoenix striker Paul Ifill says it's pleasing to become the club's leading goal scorer, after opening the scoring in last night's two-nil win over defending A League football... [more]

Investigation begins into mall fire
The Fire Service is investigating the cause of a blaze which gutted a store in Rotorua's largest shopping mall. [more]

Vanuatu Teachers Union questions implementation of new standard
The Vanuatu Teachers Union is questioning how the government intends to implement a new standard to ensure teachers receive regular feedback from school advisors. The Vanuatu Minimum Quality Standards have... [more]

Part of Abel Tasman Coast Track closed
The Department of Conservation has closed the Abel Tasman Coast Track north of Anchorage due to damage caused by heavy rain in the Nelson-Tasman region. [more]

Tonga opens new airport facility at Eua
A major New Zealand funded aid project in Tonga has been opened by the country's deputy prime minister, Samiu Vaipulu and the New Zealand High Commissioner, Dr Jonathan Austin. New... [more]

New Zealand NGOs call for more action on gender equity in the Pacific
A group of New Zealand NGOs is calling on Pacific Island leaders to do more to address gender equity in the region. The group, Women's Rights and Advocacy in the... [more]

Hopes new standards will mean quality education for all in Vanuatu
The United Nations Children's Fund says it is hoping new national standards for primary schools in Vanuatu will ensure all children receive quality education. The Vanuatu Minimum Quality Standards have... [more]

Cooks government plans promised pension increase from next year
The Cook Islands government's plan to double the pension for those aged 70 years and older will start to be implemented over the next financial year. Finance minister Mark Brown... [more]

CNMI police stretched as arrest numbers rise
Police in the Northern Marianas are reporting a 30 percent increase in the number of arrests in recent months and say they lack the manpower to cope. The Department of... [more]

More violence in Indonesia's Papua raises church's fears
The Papua region's largest indigenous church has voiced concern at the surge of activity in the Paniai Regency by Indonesia's paramilitary police. In recent weeks, hundreds of extra officers have... [more]

Council gives ultimatum to residents
Christchurch City Council has given 27 homeowners who have defied orders to leave their homes in the city's Port Hills 20 days to leave or face court action. [more]

Iwi leaders to attend judicial review
Tribal leaders of Te Whanau-a-Apanui in eastern Bay of Plenty plan to attend a judicial review in connection with an iwi challenge to the granting of an oil exploration permit. [more]

Logical to retain leaders - academic says
Professor of Indigenous Studies at AUT University, Rawiri Taonui, says it's logical for the Maori Party to retain Pita Sharples and Tariana Turia as co-leaders. [more]

Construction underway on Chathams housing
Ngati Mutunga o Wharekauri Iwi Trust says the construction of new houses and kaumatua flats on the Chathams is progressing well. [more]

Demand should keep sale costs low - analyst
Milford Asset Management executive director Brian Gaynor says strong public demand for stock in five state-owned enterprises (SOEs) should ensure fees associated with the sale should be kept low. [more]

Plans still on track - salvors
A spokesperson for the company in charge of salvaging the stranded container ship Rena says the state of the wreck hasn't altered to the point that current plans need to change. [more]

MWWL chose not to be Whanau Ora provider
The Maori Women's Welfare League says its national body did not apply to be a Whanau Ora provider, because it felt the organisation didn't fit the programme's criteria. [more]

FMA to file against Hanover Finance
The Financial Markets Authority plans to take legal action against Hanover Finance. Civil proceedings will be filed next year against the directors. [more]

Household savings up
For the first time in 11 years, households saved more than they spent. [more]

Rain eases, but state of emergency still in place
The heavy rain that has been inundating the top of the South Island has eased but a state of emergency remains in place in the region. [more]

Draft plan for central city passed
Christchurch City Council has formally approved a draft plan for the rebuild of the central city. [more]

Convicted murderer freed for fifth time
A convicted murderer who has been recalled to prison for breaching his parole conditions five times will again be released from jail. [more]