Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 22nd December 2011

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Summertime
Phil O'Brien from Wairarapa has chosen Summertime by Brian Wilson. [more]

Your Place - Raoul Island
A tropical island paradise where there are few people but many hidden dangers. There is no township here, no post office or general store. Nor is there a petrol station, a butcher, a baker or any other form of retail outlet. The total population numbers just seven or eight, and none of them are long term residents. In fact most people stay for only a year, and then move on. [more]

A white kiwi
They're having a white Christmas at the Pukaha Mount Bruce wildlife center in the Wairarapa. A second snowy white kiwi chick has hatched at the kiwi nursery. [more]

The Arts Report - Behind the Scenes at Weta Digital (Part 2)
Weta Digital is one of the most innovative visual effects studios in the world with Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Avatar and Rise of the Planet of the Apes on its CV. [more]

Southern Story for 22 December 2011 - Neighbourhood Carols
New Brighton Silver Band have been taking carols to the suburbs for over 20 years, but it's the first time they've come to Sage Forest's neighbourhood. [more]

Our Changing World - Velvet Worms in Central Dunedin
How a Dunedin resident became an advocate for the rare velvet worm. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 22 December 2011
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Jonathan Krebs and Mark Inglis (Part 1)
Topics - Child, Youth and Family admits its handling of a case involving the abuse of a nine year old was unacceptable. New Zealand's external deficit widened markedly in the September quarter as exporters earned less and foreign-owned banks earned more. [more]

The Panel with Jonathan Krebs and Mark Inglis (Part 2)
Topics - Investment in transport is the route to economic growth according to Auckland Mayor Len Brown who has just arrived back from a fact-finding trip to China. The number of schools in financial trouble is likely to rise, according to the Principals Federation. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 22 December 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 22 December 2011
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 22 December 2011
Kathmandu issues a profit warning, due to weak consumer spending. ECB bank loans are in hot demand and the sharemarket falls. [more]

Evening Business for 22 December 2011
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 21 December 2011
Tourism organisations say they're dismayed with a court ruling that will let the European Union to levy a carbon emissions tax on airlines. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 22 December 2011
A five year old girl is attacked in a Turangi camping ground. A move towards part privatisation of public hospitals and Auckland protestors lose a last minute bid to stay in Aotea Square. [more]

Sex attack by man on girl, 5, at Turangi campground
A five year old girl has undergone four hours of surgery after a sexually motivated attack by an intruder late last night at a Turangi campground. [more]

First public private partnership for hospital building
Canterbury's biggest public hospital could end up being owned by a private company which will then lease it back to the District Health Board. [more]

Protesters in Aotea Square have to go
The protesters occupying Auckland's Aotea Square have lost a last minute bid to stay. [more]

Auckland Town Hall protest
The protestors marched from their court hearing to the Auckland Town Hall near Aotea Square. [more]

Opposition parties say report reason not to privatise.
Opposition parties say a Treasury report confirming state-owned businesses are doing well is further reason for the Government to drop the plan to partially privatise its energy companies. [more]

Sports News for 22 December 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Economy grows at fastest quarterly pace in 2 years
The economy is growing at its fastest rate in nearly two years. [more]

PM not ruling out sending SAS back to Afghanistan in future
The Prime Minister has confirmed that the SAS will come home from Afghanistan in March, but is not ruling out sending them back in the future. [more]

Occupy Auckland lose bid to remain at Aotea Square
The Occupy Auckland group has lost a last minute bid to continue its stand at Aotea Square. [more]

Mediation fails to resolve dispute at Ports of Auckland
Mediation has failed between the country's largest port and the Maritime Union, with workers due to strike again from tonight. [more]

Latest from Civil Defence on Nelson clean-up
Now to the latest in the Nelson and Tasman districts, where more than 100 houses are still off limits after last week's record rainfall. [more]

School groups say Govt funding not enough for poor schools
Teacher and principal groups are warning of a growing rich-poor gap and say government funding for poorer schools must be boosted. [more]

Attack on 5 year old girl
A five year old girl is in a serious condition after surgery following a sexually motivated attack by an intruder late last night at a Turangi campground. [more]

The latest from RNZ's reporter at the scene
Our reporter Lorna Perry is outside the Club Habitat holiday park where the attack happened. [more]

Labour warns hospitals' rebuild a move toward privatisation
The Labour Party says the rebuild of Christchurch hospitals' will be the first step towards a part privatisation of health services under National. [more]

Escalating tension over the Falkland Islands
Britain and Argentina are locked in a new row over the Falkland Islands. [more]

Boxing legend Joe Frazier remembered
As we look back over some of the stories we covered this year we remember the boxing legend Joe Frazier, who died last month. [more]

Sports News for 22 December 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Progress in Cambodia's dispute with Thailand
Thailand and Cambodia have reached a deal to withdraw their troops from a hotly contested border region near the Preah Vihear temple. [more]

An amazing quake survival story remembered
February's deadly earthquake claimed 182 lives but one man who had a narrow escape on the 22nd was Ken Hird. [more]

70 years on, WW2 veterans remember Crete
This year was the 70th anniversary of one this country's biggest and most significant battles of the Second World War. [more]

Shaving to mark the death of Osama bin Laden in May
One of the big stories this year was the death of Osama bin Laden in May and for one US school teacher it was a particularly special day. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 22 December 2011
The economy records its strongest quarterly growth in nearly two years and the government considers a public-private partnership for a Christchurch hospital rebuild. [more]

Midday Sports News for 22 December 2011
The former All Black captain Tana Umaga has been named as the new head coach of Counties Manukau Steelers Umaga replaces Milton Haig who has taken up a role with Georgia. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 22 December 2011
Child advocates worry abuse report will fail to achieve aim; Minister responds to abuse recommendations; Ministry doubles spending on measles vaccine; Businesses say Rugby World Cup didn't boost retail spending; Retailers hoping for Christmas spending spree; Nelson flood victims could face six-month wait for repairs; NZ's European bailout bill 87 million dollars so far; Auckland occupiers discuss how to resist if police arrive; Principals say number of schools in financial trouble will rise. [more]

New study says Auckland businesses found RWC a bust, not boom
Many Auckland businesses say they haven't got the financial boost they were expecting from the Rugby World Cup. [more]

Pacific News for 22 December 2011
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Child protection advocate welcomes new abuse report
A raft of changes to how government agencies handle child abuse cases have been recommended after a ministerial investigation into a gruelling Auckland case. [more]

New Parliament sits for first time, then rises for summer
The country's 50th Parliament sat for the first time yesterday, got the formalities out of the way and rose for the summer break. [more]

Child advocates worry abuse report will fail to achieve aim
Leading child protection advocates doubt a new report into child abuse will bring about change, despite the report's author insisting it will make a difference. [more]

Minister responds to abuse recommendations
The Social Welfare Minister, Paula Bennett. [more]

Ministry doubles spending on measles vaccine
Spending on the measles vaccine by the Health Ministry has almost doubled this year as officials continue battling a national measles outbreak. [more]

Businesses say Rugby World Cup didn't boost retail spending
Many Auckland businesses say they haven't got the financial boost they were expecting from the Rugby World Cup. [more]

Retailers hoping for Christmas spending spree
Figures from the electronic transactions company, Paymark, show a nearly five percent increase in spending this December compared with last year. [more]

Nelson flood victims could face six-month wait for repairs
Nelson and Tasman residents hit by last week's massive floods and slips have been told to be patient as they wait to return to their homes. [more]

NZ's European bailout bill 87 million dollars so far
New Zealand taxpayers have contributed 87 million dollars towards the financial bailout of Portugal by the International Monetary Fund. [more]

Auckland occupiers discuss how to resist if police arrive
Protestors occupying Auckland's Aotea Square have begun discussions about what they will do if the police come for them. [more]

Sports News for 22 December 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Principals say number of schools in financial trouble will rise
The Principals' Federation says the number of schools in financial trouble is likely to rise. [more]

England's football captain John Terry to face racism charges
English football has been rocked by news that the national and Chelsea captain John Terry is to be charged with the alleged racial abuse of his Queens Park rival Anton Ferdinand. [more]

Shark spotted close to shore, fishermen at Papamoa
A shark sighting has sent swimmers scurrying out of the water in Papamoa, near Tauranga. [more]

Christchurch's Christians face different Xmas worship
Thousands of people in Christchurch will be attending Christmas church services under a different roof, or even outside this year, after their usual places of worship have either been demolished or deemed too dangerous to use. [more]

Another child abuse report - will this one make a difference?
The author of a new report on child abuse is confident his recommendations will make a difference, but child protection advocates are sceptical. [more]

New study confirms Christchurch rebuild will be huge task
The group charged with ensuring Canterbury attracts enough workers to complete the rebuild says a new study shows just how big that task is going to be. [more]

Shearer comes out swinging in first speech as leader
In his first address as oppostion leader, David Shearer criticised the Government, saying its only vision was to sell assets and hope for higher dairy exports to China. [more]

Close to 200 lives lost in Syria over past two days
Hundreds of people have been killed by Syrian forces during the past two days. [more]

Sports News for 22 December 2011
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Anger from Kawerau community over school merger
Kawerau Intermediate in Bay of Plenty is vowing to continue to fight against its merger with the local college. [more]

Education Minister defends Kawerau school merger
The Education Minister, Hekia Parata. [more]

Researcher discusses censorship of brid flu research
A scientist who lead Dutch research into the bird flu virus says his team's findings shouldn't be censored. [more]

Muttonbirds may be radioactive after migration to Japan
An urgent study is under way to determine whether muttonbirds arriving in New Zealand will be dangerous to humans, after they were exposed to radioactive material near the Fukushima Nuclear Plant in Japan. [more]

New trailer for first Hobbit film is released
A trailer is out for the film 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey', which will be released in late 2012. [more]

Nights

Pet Day: Dog Behaviour
Tonight, is the dog a wolf as far as behaviour is concerned? Advice for looking after the animals we love with vet Kevin Stafford from Massey University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital. [more]

Science: World Weather
A day doesn't go by without some weather, explanations and implications with severe weather forecaster Erick Brenstrum. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 7. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Failure of government agencies in child torture and abuse case
Twenty five agencies were involved in the case of an Auckland family where two children were the victims of horrific abuse and neglect. A ministerial report on the case has recommended the Government make 13 changes, including better information sharing, placing CYF workers in schools and setting up a Child Protection Court. [more]

Radioactive muttonbirds
There is growing evidence that sea birds due to return to New Zealand soon could have high levels of radiation due to leaks from Japan's nuclear power plant Fukishima. [more]

UK Correspondent - Kate Adie
Hamleys toy store tackles a controversial subject, the Military Wives Choir and the Miners Trade Union building in Sheffield is to become a casino. [more]

Feature Guest - Richard MacManus
Richard MacManus has just sold his technology website, ReadWriteWeb, to US digital publishing firm Say Media for what is believed to be NZ$6.7 million. The website is one of the most popular and influential technology publications in the world, and is known for offering insightful analysis about each day's internet industry news. [more]

Book Review - Charles Dickens: A Life
Written by Claire Tomalin, published by Viking, reviewed by Harry Ricketts. [more]

New Technology with Donald Clark
Donald questions whether the USA has just broken the Internet and the Top 5 Top 10s. [more]

Antarctic Huts: the extensive project to restore Antarctic huts
Kathryn Ryan's visited Scott's Terra Nova Hut at Cape Evans and was shown around the hut by Al Fastier, the programme manager for the Antarctic Heritage Trust, and his colleague Lizzie Meek, the artefacts manager. [more]

Film with Dan Slevin
The Adventures of Tintin, The Iron Lady and Melancholia. [more]

Highlights and lowlights of 2011 (part 4)
Nine to Noon's contributors Kennedy Warne, Pinky Agnew and Radar take you off the beaten track in a look back at the year that was. [more]

Highlights and lowlights of 2011 (part 5)
Nine to Noon's contributors Kennedy Warne, Pinky Agnew, Tommy Honey, Radar and Courtney Johnston take you off the beaten track in a look back at the year that was. [more]

Highlights and lowlights of 2011 (part 6)
Nine to Noon's contributors Kennedy Warne, Pinky Agnew, Tommy Honey, Radar and Courtney Johnston take you off the beaten track in a look back at the year that was. [more]

Highlights and lowlights of 2011 (part 7)
Nine to Noon's contributors Kennedy Warne, Pinky Agnew, Tommy Honey, Radar and Courtney Johnston take you off the beaten track in a look back at the year that was. [more]

Nine to Noon in Antarctica

Nine to Noon in Antartica - Scott's Hut at Cape Evans
Kathryn Ryan visited Scott's Terra Nova Hut at Cape Evans and was shown around the hut by Al Fastier, the programme manager for the Antarctic Heritage Trust, and his colleague Lizzie Meek, the artefacts manager. [more]

Our Changing World

Prime Minister's Science Prize 2011
The winning team this year is NIWA and the University of Otago's Centre for Chemical and Physical Oceanography [more]

Future Scientist
Nina Huang from Auckland's Diocesan School for Girls wins the PM's Future Scientist Prize [more]

Recreating Mammoth Haemoglobin
An international team re-created woolly mammoth haemoglobin from ancient DNA, and discovered it had some remarkable properties [more]

The Origins of Human Language, Thought and Civilization
Michael Corballis explores the intricacies of the human brain and asks what makes us human [more]

Fibre Periodic Table
A nation-wide knit-along of the periodic table marks the end of the Year of Chemistry [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 22 December 2011
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 22 December 2011
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 22 December 2011
Maori immersion schools say they disagree with the Auditor General's stance that it's undesirable to give school staff advances on their pay; A tribe says it's not interested in talking about fossil fuels with the Crown's first Maori envoy for oil and mining; The government has announced that two schools in the Bay of Plenty township of Murupara will be merged into one; Meanwhile, Hekia Parata, has also announced a new college will replace two eastern Bay of Plenty Kawerau schools in 2013; A primary industries business group is keen to develop a 'brand Maori' - to market red meat, forestry and dairy and horticulture products to the world. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 22 December 2011
A tribe says it's not interested in talking about fossil fuels with the Crown's first Maori envoy for oil and mining; Maori immersion schools say they disagree with the Auditor General's stance that it's undesirable to give school staff advances on their pay; The government has announced that two schools in the Bay of Plenty township of Murupara will be merged into one; A primary industries business group is keen to develop a 'brand Maori' - to market red meat, forestry and dairy and horticulture products to the world. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 22 December 2011
A lawyer representing the Bay of Plenty family of a Christchurch man, says the whanau wants the Supreme Court to decide on the legality of their actions; Auckland's Medical Officer of Health is warning Pacific and Maori families, to make sure their children are immunised for whooping cough; The Prinicipal of Rangitahi College in Murupara is relieved the Government has finally made a decision on merging two schools in the town; The Head of Auckland's Elam School of Fine Arts is delighted a staff member has been awarded an international sculpture commission. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 22 December 2011
A lawyer representing the Bay of Plenty family of a Christchurch man, says the whanau wants the Supreme Court to decide on the legality of their actions; The Principal of Rangitahi College in Murupara is relieved the Government has finally made a decision on merging two schools in the town; The Auckland Regional Public Health Service is warning Pacific and Maori families, to make sure their children are immunised for whooping cough, following a national increase in babies getting the disease; The Head of Auckland's Elam School of Fine Arts is delighted a staff member has been awarded an international sculpture commission. [more]

Upbeat

Gretchen La Roche
Artistic Planning Manager of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra talks us through 2012 season. [more]

Ben Parry
British conductor and Director of the Junior Royal Academy of Music in London and featured guest of next month's Akaroa Festival. [more]

Reuben Friend
Curator at Wellington City Gallery talks about 'Walking With Taniwha' exhibition by artist Israel Tongaroa Birch. [more]

Opera Beer Competition
At Brewery Ommegang in upstate New York, Robbie Ellis talks to Jason Parrish and Morgan Micucci who are working with the Glimmerglass Festival to design an operatically inspired beer. [more]

News stories:

Spending on measles vaccine almost doubles
Spending by the Ministry of Health on measles vaccine has almost doubled this year. The outbreak is the worst since 1997. [more]

Govt linked to RWC opening night chaos
An evaluation of the Rugby World Cup has found the Government played a part in the opening night troubles in Auckland. [more]

Man accused of stealing $6m from bank
A man accused of stealing more than $6 million from Westpac Bank has appeared in the Manukau District Court. [more]

Flood-hit families won't be in homes for Christmas
Civil Defence says at least 100 flood-affected families in Nelson and Tasman will not be allowed back into their homes in time for Christmas. [more]

Olympus HQ raided by police
Prosecutors in Japan have raided the Tokyo headquarters of Olympus, which is under investigation for hiding $US1.5 billion in losses over the past two decades. Twenty other premises were searched as well. [more]

Dunedin courthouse partially closed for quake work
The Ministry of Justice is closing part of the Dunedin courthouse for earthquake strengthening work. [more]

NZ market up
The New Zealand sharemarket rose on Wednesday. The NZX 50 index rose 21 points, or 0.7%, to close at 3223 on turnover of $78 million. [more]

Troubled schools numbers expected to rise
The Principals Federation says the number of schools in financial trouble is a reflection of the economic climate and is likely to rise. [more]

School to fight merger
Kawerau Intermediate School is seeking a judicial review of a decision by the Government to merge it with Kawerau College. [more]

Camper in 4th place on Volvo
Team New Zealand's round the world entry Camper is banking on the fast approaching doldrums to help them overall race leader Groupama. The French team's risky decision to go south... [more]

Suarez banned for 8 matches for racial abuse
The Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been banned for eight matches and fined $80 thousand for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during a Premier League football match at... [more]

Tour de France stage winner to ride in New Zealand
The Tour de France stage winner Rubens Bertogliati of Switzerland will compete in the New Zealand Cycle Classic in the Manawatu in January. Bertogliati won the opening stage of the... [more]

Terry charged over racism claim
The Chelsea and England football captain John Terry will be prosecuted for the alleged racial abuse of Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand in a Premier League match in October. [more]

Camper still in 4th place in Volvo Ocean race
Team New Zealand's Camper is in 4th place, 107 miles behind the leader Groupama on the second leg of the Volvo Ocean race from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi. Groupama... [more]

Pakistan beat fading light to complete series sweep
Pakistan have completed a 2-nil sweep of their test cricket series against Bangladesh, beating fading light in Dhaka to win the second test by seven wickets. After a second innings... [more]

Spain top of FIFA rankings again
Spain have been acclaimed FIFA's Team of the Year for the fourth time running. The world and European football champions finished 2011 ranked number one in the world, ahead of... [more]

Top players into tennis finals
Defending champion Artem Sitak will play second seed Rubin Statham in the men's final at the New Zealand Tennis Championship in Albany. Sitak, the top seed beat in-form US college... [more]

Fox well placed at Australasian qualifying
The New Zealand amateur golfer Ryan Fox has climbed four places to be in a share of fourth after the second round of the 2011 PGA Tour of Australasia Final... [more]

Jacko Gill pulls out of final Millenium meet
The record breaking shot putter Jacko Gill has withdrawn from tomorrow's final Millennium athletics meet on the North Shore saying he's too tired. The 17 year old Takapuna athlete says... [more]

Marks says he won't make it back on court
New Zealand's only NBA basketballer Sean Marks has dismissed a suggestion he could make it back onto the court. After 11 seasons playing, Marks will this year work in the... [more]

First members of NZ Olympic team named
The first members of an expected 200-strong New Zealand team to compete at next year's London Olympics have been announced. A twelve strong sailing squad has been selected for the... [more]

Concussion rules Ward out of next Phoenix match
The Wellington Phoenix midfielder Nicky Ward will miss Friday night's A-League football match against the Newcastle Jets in Wellington with concussion. Ward suffered the injury in Sunday's 3-1 loss to... [more]

Australia name squad for Boxing Day test
Batsmen Ed Cowan and Shaun Marsh and pace bowler Ben Hilfenhaus have been drafted into a 13-strong Australian squad for the first cricket test against India starting on Boxing Day... [more]

Cultural clash over pay advance policy
Maori immersion schools disagree with the Auditor General's stance that it's undesirable to give school staff advances on their pay. A report has found 18% of schools loan money to staff. [more]

Govt announces two Bay of Plenty schools to merge into one
The Government has announced that two schools in the Bay of Plenty township of Murupara will be merged into one. The consolidation is supported by many in the community. [more]

No deals with Crown's iwi oil and mining agent - tribe
Te Whanau-a-Apanui in eastern Bay of Plenty says it's not interested in talking about fossil fuels with the Crown's first Maori envoy for oil and mining. [more]

New school to replace two Kawerau schools in 2013
Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced a new college will replace two eastern Bay of Plenty Kawerau schools in 2013. [more]

Food and forestry businesses planning 'brand Maori'
A primary industries business group is keen to develop a 'brand Maori' - to market red meat, forestry and dairy and horticulture products to the world. [more]

Tougher regulations needed on feeding waste food to pigs
NZ Pork has told the Government it needs to strengthen the regulations that control the feeding of waste food to pigs. [more]

Potential in NZ for UK food ranking marketing tool - Hort NZ
Domestic fruit and vegetable growers could benefit from a British marketing initiative that has found fresh produce makes customers happier than other foods. [more]

Input to be allowed on new dairy conversion rules
Southland farmers opposed to tough new dairy conversion rules have won a chance to negotiate the details. [more]

Credit card billings in NZ up in November
Credit card billings in New Zealand rose 0.8% in November, after a 0.4% gain in October. [more]

Hubbard companies unlikely to pay what's owed to SFC
It looks increasingly unlikely that the investment firms controlled by the late Allan Hubbard will be able to repay the millions they owed to South Canterbury Finance. [more]

More arrivals expected
More people are expected to move to New Zealand from Britain and Europe over coming months, as the economy improves and there are better job prospects. [more]

Alternative church venues for Christmas in Christchurch
Church-goers in Christchurch have to seek alternative locations to celebrate Christmas this year. [more]

NZ vulnerable due to high external debt level - economist
ANZ senior economist Mark Smith says New Zealand's high level of external debt leaves the nation in a vulnerable position, and is nearing levels which will alarm ratings agencies. [more]

Good prices for fish on international markets should continue
Sealord expects to keep fetching good prices for its fish on international markets, as commodity prices hold up. [more]

Eusebio in hospital
The Portugese football great Eusebio is in hospital after displaying early symptoms of pneumonia, according to officials at his past club Benfica. The Portuguese club says the 69-year-old has been... [more]

Frustration for team rowing across the Tasman
Frustration for the 4-man New Zealand crew attempting to row across the Tasman. Bad weather has blown Team Gallagher back over the exact same spot this morning for the third... [more]

Refugee gets A-League contract
Former Liberian refugee Teeboy Kamara has signed a three-year deal with Adelaide United a week after becoming the A-League's youngest ever player. The 15-year-old came on for the Reds against... [more]

Paterson retires from rugby
Scotland's most capped rugby player Chris Paterson has announced his retirement from the international game. During a 12-year career with Scotland, Paterson won 109 caps and scored 809 points -... [more]

24,000 extra workers needed
A study by the Department of Labour shows 24,000 extra workers will be needed to complete the rebuild of Christchurch. [more]

Offshore markets down
Stocks on Wall St have fallen due to doubts about the effectiveness of an ECB funding operation to tackle the debt crisis there. European markets were also down. [more]

Efficacy of latest child abuse report doubted
Specialists in children's welfare doubt a new report into child abuse will bring about change, despite the report's author insisting it will make a difference. [more]

Australia to tread carefully over extended seasonal job programme for tourism
Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Richard Marles, says Australia will tread carefully to ensure Pacific Island countries don't lose out in a new seasonal employment scheme for the... [more]

PNG parliament passes budget
The Papua New Guinea parliament has passed the budget following weeks of delays due to the political impasse in which two rival groups have claimed to be the legitimate government. [more]

American Samoa business welcomes wage hike delay
The Chairman of the American Samoa Chamber of Commerce, David Robinson, has welcomed news that the US Senate has passed legislation to delay increases to the American Samoa minimum wages... [more]

Extra flights for inter-Samoa routes
Polynesian Airlines and Inter Island Air are having to increase flights on the inter Samoa route to meet the demand for seats for Apia bound flights before Christmas. Polynesian has... [more]

Mortgage payment defaults highest in Queensland
Queensland has the highest rate of mortgage payment defaults in Australia. [more]

Parliament now adjourned
Parliament will sit again in early February, after adjourning on Wednesday. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Thursday's headlines: Pre-Christmas traffic tipped to be heavy; woman sentenced to prison for torture of daughter; cafes and club spending up 8.1% in cafes, bars and clubs in Waikato. [more]

Fiji grants casino license to US company
The Fiji interim government has granted the country's first casino license to a US company, One Hundred Sands Limited. The company will build the first casino in Denarau outside of... [more]

Spending on the rise
Despite a lean year for retail, spending is showing signs of picking up again. Electronic transactions are up by 4.7% for the period 1 - 20 December. [more]

Portugal bailout included $87m from NZ
New Zealand has paid $87 million towards the International Monetary Fund's financial bailout of Portugal. [more]

ECB loans rushed by banks
Eurozone banks have rushed to take out cheap three-year loans offered by the European Central Bank, borrowing 489 billion euros ($US643 billion). [more]

Police officer suspended in New Caledonia for causing drink drive accident
A senior French police officer in New Caledonia has been suspended after causing a traffic accident while being drunk. According to Noumea's daily newspaper, the accident happened in Dumbea last... [more]

Italian economy shrinking
Italy's economy shrank by 0.2% in the three months to the end of September. [more]

Unsolicited offer warning issued by FMA
The Financial Markets Authority is warning investors in Tower and Dorchester Pacific that the Stock and Share Trading Company may make an unsolicited offer for their shares. [more]

No prison for man on firearms charges
The brother of a Christchurch man jailed for shooting two police officers and killing a police dog, has escaped a prison sentence on his own firearms charges. [more]

Sport: PNG drawn with Afghanistan for T20 qualifier
Papua New Guinea have been grouped alongside Twenty 20 darlings Afghanistan for the upcoming world qualifiers in March in the United Arab Emirates. Sixteen countries from across the globe will... [more]

Marshalls election recount breaks tie in Ujae Atoll seat
A recount in a Marshall Islands parliament race has broken a tie, upending incumbent Frederick Muller. The Ujae Atoll parliament race between Caios Lucky and Mr Muller was tied at... [more]

Suarez to appeal ban
The Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will appeal against his eight-match suspension and 80 thousand dollar fine for an alleged racist remark against Manchester United's Patrice Evra. Suarez denies having racially... [more]

Altitude training great for Ingram
The New Zealand swimmer Melissa Ingram says a 3 week altitude camp in Arizona has helped her summer training programme get off on the right foot. Ingram was a part... [more]

Top riders for NZ road cycle champs
Four World Tour professionals will headline next month's National Road Cycling Championships in Christchurch. The 2010 champion Jack Bauer, of the Garmin Cervelo team, three-time world championship medallist Linda Villumsen... [more]

Refrigeration company fined $3m
The High Court at Auckland has fined a refrigeration manufacturer $3 million following a cartel investigation under the Commerce Act. [more]

EQC New Year delay reasonable - Nelson MP
Nelson MP Nick Smith says it's reasonable that Earthquake Commission staff have time off over Christmas and New Year. [more]

Mea culpa: CYF should have done better
Child, Youth & Family, the principal Government agency responsible for child protection says it should have done a better job protecting a nine year old girl abused by her mother. [more]

Auckland airport numbers up
Auckland International Airport Ltd handled 582,000 passengers in November, 5% more than in the same month a year earlier. [more]

Air NZ adds Brisbane and Sydney links to Norfolk
Air New Zealand has been selected by the Australian government to run flights between both Brisbane and Sydney to Norfolk Island. It already weekly services there from Auckland. [more]

Wool prices down again
Wool prices slipped further at the last sale before Christmas. About three quarters of the offering of 16,500 bales, was sold. [more]

Gold kiwifruit reduces cold symptoms
Plant & Food scientists have found a link between gold kiwifruit and reducing cold symptoms. The research was sponsored by Zespri. [more]

Burial dispute going back to court
A Bay of Plenty family who stole a relative's body from a Christchurch marae four years ago are seeking to appeal against a decision by the Court of Appeal that their actions were unlawful. [more]

South Auckland keen on charter schools
Education Minister Hekia Parata says some educators in south Auckland are already putting their hands up for charter schools. [more]

Death trio in court again
Three people facing charges in relation to the death of a Christchurch teenager appeared in court on Thursday morning. His remains were recovered from a grave in a cemetery last week. [more]

Meat union members accept settlement
Members of the Meatworkers Union at the CMP Rangitikei lamb processing plant at Marton, have accepted an offer from the company and will be back at work by the New Year. They had been locked out since October. [more]

River warning issued
Canterbury District Health Board is warning people to avoid the Waipara River after potentially toxic algae was found there. [more]

First casino in Fiji to help provide higher education
The company establishing Fiji's first casino is hoping proceeds will provide higher education for young people. The interim government has granted the country's first casino license to the American company... [more]

Forum sees no change in PNG links despite Somare challenge
The Pacific Islands Forum secretariat appears to give no credence to a claim by Sir Michael Somare that he is the legitimate prime minister of Papua New Guinea. PNG politics... [more]

Vanuatu minister Iauko threatens TI staff over alleged corruption
A Vanuatu cabinet minister involved in the violent assault of a newspaper publisher earlier this year has threatened staff at the local chapter of Transparency International. The Minister of Public... [more]

Australia keen on deal to process asylum seekers abroad
The Australian Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says he is prepared to work over Christmas to strike a deal on processing Australia's asylum seekers on Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus... [more]

Two breaches of rugby anti-doping rule this year
The New Zealand Rugby Union says there have been two breaches of its anti-doping rule this year - neither by All Blacks or other international players. [more]

Chan criticises new PNG age limit for PM
A senior member of the Papua New Guinea parliament has criticised the O'Neill government over an amendment restricting the age of the country's leader. The O'Neill administration passed an amendment... [more]

Fiji's first casino to limit locals from gambling
The company establishing Fiji's first casino says it will ban locals who cannot afford to gamble. The American company One Hundred Sands Limited will build a 153 million US dollar... [more]

Labour says SAS should never be sent back
The Labour Party says the SAS should not be redeployed to Afghanistan at any time in the future. [more]

Missing tabernacle doors found - not stolen
The bronzed tabernacle doors that went missing from the Catholic Cathedral in Christchurch last week have been found in a container. [more]

Funeral today of Fiji policeman found dead in military pool
The funeral of a police constable in Bukuya, who had died in a swimming pool at the Fiji military camp in Suva, is being held today. Police constable Vetaia Ratuvono... [more]

French Polynesian education minister dismayed at inspector cut
French Polynesia's education minister has denounced a French decision to disestablish two education inspector positions. Tauhiti Nena says the elimination of the two positions is brutal and occurred without any... [more]

UNCTAD official notes Vanuatu advancement
A senior official with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, or UNCTAD, says Vanuatu's likely graduation from Least Developed Country status next year is down to exceptional political... [more]

PPP option for major Christchurch hospitals
Canterbury's biggest public hospital could end up being owned by a private company that would lease it back to the district health board. [more]

Carbon market driving new plantings - MAF
The Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry says foresters seeking carbon credits through the Emissions Trading Scheme have been driving much of the increase in new tree plantings. [more]

PhotoNZ scaling up EPA production
Auckland-based biotechnology company PhotoNZ is to lift the manufacturw of its Omega 3 fatty acid product EPA to an industrial scale next year. [more]

A380s for daily Auckland-Melbourne-Dubai route
The Emirates airline says it will start flying A380 aircraft on its daily Auckland-Melbourne-Dubai route from October next year. [more]

Mutton bird test results awaited by FSA
The Food Safety Authority is waiting for the findings of a study into how muttonbirds may have been affected by radioactivity in Japan before advising people not to eat them. [more]

Minister wants health boards to consider PPP option
Health Minister Tony Ryall says all district health boards will be asked to consider public-private partnerships, or PPPs, for future hospital building projects. [more]

Fastest rate of economic growth in nearly two years
The Rugby World Cup and a rise in manufacturing production have bolstered economic growth in recent months. [more]

SOEs' improved return seen as reason not to sell
Opposition parties say a Treasury report confirming that state-owned enterprises are doing well is further reason for the Government to drop its plan to partially privatise state-owned energy companies. [more]

Cheers greet release of Cottrell murder accused
Cheers greeted the announcement in the Wellington District Court on Thursday that one of the men accused of murdering a Radio New Zealand journalist would be released on bail. [more]

Two NZ golfers earn playing full playing rights on Australasian PGA
Two New Zealand golfers, Taihape professional Hamish Robertson and leading amateur Aucklander Ryan Fox have earnt themselves full playing rights on the Australasian PGA tour next year, having finished in... [more]

City and United keep winning
Premier League leaders Manchester City and champions Manchester United have both enjoyed further wins to stay well clear at the top of the table. City ensured they will be top... [more]

Umaga takes over as head coach of Counties
The former All Black captain Tana Umaga has been named as the new head coach of Counties Manukau. Umaga replaces Milton Haig who has taken up a role with Georgia. [more]

Bronze statue of Warne unveiled at MCG
Shane Warne's presence at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is no longer just a memory. A statue of Australia's leading test wicket taker has been unveiled at the ground which he... [more]

NZRU confirms two drug breaches in 2011
The New Zealand rugby union says there were two breaches of its anti doping rule over the year but none were by All Blacks or other international players. Drug-Free Sport... [more]

NBA's MVP signs on for five more years with Chicago Bulls
The NBA's reigning MVP Derrick Rose has signed a five-year, multi-million dollar contract extension with the Chicago Bulls basketball club. The 23-year-old Rose last season led Chicago to their first... [more]

Pumas coach signs on for more
The Pumas coach Santiago Phelan, who steered Argentina to the 2011 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals, has been given a new two-year contract. The Pumas, third at the 2007 World Cup... [more]

Goalkeeper sent off for kicking pitch invader
A Dutch Cup football tie between Ajax Amsterdam and AZ Alkmaar has been abandoned after Alkmaar's goalkeeper Estaban was sent off for kicking a fan who had run on to... [more]

Mayweather to go to jail
The US boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr has been jailed for 90 days by a Las Vegas court after pleading guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend in 2010. Mayweather was also ordered... [more]

Five-year-old girl attacked in parents' caravan
A five-year-old girl is in hospital after a vicious sexually motivated attack in a caravan at a Turangi camping ground. The child, who is from Europe, has had to have four hours of surgery. [more]

Fifty homes in Nelson and Tasman may be written off
The Earthquake Commission believes 50 homes in Nelson and Tasman will have to be completely rebuilt as a result of last week's flooding. [more]

NZ airline body dismayed emissions tax upheld
The body representing airlines in New Zealand says it is dismayed by a court ruling that will allow the European Union to impose a carbon emissions tax on airlines. [more]

Kathmandu shares plunge after warning issued
Shares in Kathmandu plunged by more than a quarter on Thursday after the company warned weaker consumer spending may hurt earnings. [more]

CNMI hospital's monthly collection doubles
The monthly collections at the Commonwealth Health Centre in the Northern Mariana Islands' doubled last month. The CNMI Governor Benigno Fitial and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation's Chief Executive Officer Juan... [more]

Cook Islands sports agency confronts massive debts
The Cook Islands government says it will do what is necessary to ensure the Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee, or CISNOC, maintains its link with the International Olympic... [more]

PNG politician says PM O'Neill using tactics of dictator or despot
Supporters of Papua New Guinea's Sir Michael Somare are refusing to acknowledge that the rival Peter O'Neill group has won control of the government. After a week of political turmoil... [more]

Flash flooding in Papakura
Police in Auckland say a thunderstorm on Thursday afternoon has caused minor flash flooding problems in Papakura. [more]

Man accused of racecourse arson named
The man charged with five counts of arson after a series of fires at the Foxton racecourse has been named as Kelvin Webb. [more]

Forum takes stock of 2011 Pacific Plan progress
The Pacific Islands Forum secretariat has taken stock of progress in its Pacific Plan and says despite a number of challenges, it remains the strategy for regional integration. The Forum's... [more]

PNG appeal court gives miner go ahead for dumping waste in the ocean
A move to block the deep sea dumping of waste from the Ramu nickel mine on Papua New Guinea's north coast has been rejected in an appeals court, ending a... [more]

School principal relieved merger finally announced
The principal of Rangitahi College in Murupara is relieved the Government has finally made a decision on merging two schools in the town. [more]

Parekowhai awarded international sculpture commission
The Head of Auckland's Elam School of Fine Arts is delighted a staff member has been awarded an international sculpture commission. [more]

Warning to immunise for whooping cough
The Auckland Regional Public Health Service is warning Pacific and Maori families, to make sure their children are immunised for whooping cough, following a national increase in babies getting the disease. [more]

Takamore whanau apply to Supreme Court
A lawyer representing the Bay of Plenty family of a Christchurch man, says the whanau wants the Supreme Court to decide on the legality of their actions. [more]

No resolution in port dispute
Mediation has failed to resolve a dispute between the Ports of Auckland and the Maritime Union. More strike action is about to begin. [more]

Claim school gap in rich and poor areas growing
Teacher and principal groups say the gap between schools in rich areas and those in poor areas is growing and Government funding for poorer schools must increase. [more]

Nelson - Tasman beaches open again
Beaches in Nelson and Tasman have been declared safe for swimming again. [more]