Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 1st August 2012

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

This page features: Afternoons, Business News, CEISMIC, Checkpoint, Midday Report, Morning Report, New Shorts, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Podcast Classics, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Reading, Upbeat

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Have I Told You Lately
Therese Dennison from Wellington has chosen 'Have I Told You Lately' by Van Morrison. [more]

Link 3
Can you spot the connection in our music quiz? [more]

The Battle For The Ross Sea - film-maker Peter Young
The Ross Sea has been called the most pristine marine ecosystem on earth - teeming with fish, whales, seals, and penguins. So far largely unaltered, unspoiled by human activity. But film-maker Peter Young, fears the Ross Sea won't remain the world's largest untouched ocean for much longer. [more]

Immigrant makes Maori his fourth language
Iranian Saeid Baroutian arrived in New Zealand just a year ago, but he didn't waste time in making Aotearoa his home. And after arriving in Rotorua and experiencing a bit of the culture there, he joined a local course in te reo so he could learn to converse in Maori - his fourth language. [more]

Virtual World with Jules Older
Topics - edX - online education success at Harvard and MIT; Futureology - thinking about the future and how our world will be different. [more]

Auckland Story for 1 August 2012 - Tawharanui 10 years old
One of the country's first societies to create a secure sanctuary for native fauna is ten years old. Auckland's Tawharanui Open Sanctuary Society first built a $600,000 predator-proof fence… now it's planting trees. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 1 August 2012
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Len Brown and Bernard Hickey (Part 1)
Thousands of homeowners and businesses in Auckland will be getting a shock in their letterboxes this week when the first rates notices under the new region-wide property rates system arrive. 187,000 households will pay less - generally those in the west, south and rural areas. But 133,000 mostly those in north and central areas.will face a rise of more than 10%, [more]

The Panel with Len Brown and Bernard Hickey (Part 2)
Topics - When you're smiling, even if you're faking it, you're reducing stress according to a new study. A teenage boy in the UK has been arrested and issued with a harassment warning for sending a tormenting tweet to British Olympic Diver Tom Daley. Mark Todd said it all in his tweet just after finishing the show jumping event. "My horse gave it his all. He was tired from yesterday. Hopefully we've done enough for bronze and that's great." [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 1 August 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 1 August 2012
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 1 August 2012
A Fonterra director quits suddenly. Europe's jobless nudge 18 million and the sharemarket slips. [more]

Evening Business for 1 August 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Business News Update
Auckland real estate agent Barfoot and Thomspon says the number of homes selling in the city for more than a million dollars has bounced back to its 2007 peak. [more]

CEISMIC

'When a City Falls' director praises blueprint for CBD
The man who documented the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes with the film 'When A City Falls' says this week's plan for a new Christchurch CBD will forge a new path for the damaged city. [more]

Question Time for 1 August 2012
BRENDAN HORAN to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Is he satisfied with all aspects of the KiwiRail Turnaround Plan? GRANT ROBERTSON to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement in relation to Hon John Banks, “The law may be very loose as I’ve said before, and the law may well need reforming and that’s something we’ll consider in due course but I’m comfortable with what he’s done”? JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the international economic situation and its impact on New Zealand? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement regarding migration to Australia “What’s the point of standing in the airport crying about it?”; if so, are the numbers of people leaving New Zealand from the regions being replaced by people moving into the regions from elsewhere in New Zealand or overseas? Hon TARIANA TURIA to the Minister of Finance: Did the Minister of Māori Affairs discuss with him how the Crown would meet its Treaty obligation with respect to the Mixed Ownership Model? EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery: What advice, if any, has he received on the potential sale of Christchurch City Council assets to help pay for the rebuild of Christchurch? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What reports has he received on renewable electricity generation in New Zealand? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: What was discussed at the three meetings she has had with Australian company Taylor Fry, known for its actuary services to the insurance industry? Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Health: What investments are planned for improving health facilities in Wairoa? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister for State Owned Enterprises: Does he agree with the Minister of Finance that “The asset sales programme remains on track”? LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Labour: What advice has she received regarding the implementation of the new adventure activities regulations? Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister of Housing: What recent reports has he received on housing in the Aranui area of Christchurch? [more]

Brownlee got advice on ChCh selling assets
The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister has been forced to concede he's received official advice on the Christchurch City Council selling some of its assets to help pay for rebuilding the city. [more]

Jobs on the line at Canterbury University
The University of Canterbury has put one-hundred-and-fifty jobs on the line as it tries to recover from the Christchurch earthquakes. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Wednesday 1 August 2012
Asset sales to help pay for the Christchurch rebuild! $500m Pacific Fibre undersea cable abandoned and 150 jobs set to go at Canterbury University. [more]

$500m Pacific Fibre undersea cable abandoned
Three of New Zealand's top entrepreneurs have abandoned plans for a nearly half a billion dollar undersea cable to the United States. [more]

MPs urged to tread with caution
MPs have been warned more young people will end up in the cells if proposed new bail laws come into force. [more]

Sports News for 1 August 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Government rejects Labour's attempt to fix local body rules
The Government says it will fix up local body election law, at the same time rejecting a Labour Party bill which it says could do the job. [more]

Medal fraudster fined $500 for stealing veterans' funds
A judge has fined the medal fraudster from the Otaki RSA $500 for stealing $63 of war veterans' funds. [more]

More embarrassing headlines for Mitt Romney
The US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is battling doubts about whether he can handle himself on the world stage, after upsetting Londoners, Palestinians and journalists on his ill-fated overseas tour. [more]

Law Reform Commission recommends changes to media regulation
The Samoan Law Reform Commission has released a report recommending widespread changes to the regulation of media organisations. [more]

Warm spring on the cards
The country is in store for a warmer spring than usual, but a developing El Nino pattern could put a dampner on the fine weather. [more]

Pacific Fibre undersea cable is dead in the water
The Pacific Fibre undersea cable is dead in the water after entrepreneurs including Trademe founder Sam Morgan abandoned the half a billion dollar project today. [more]

Chinese teen swim claims second gold
The Chinese teenage swimmer at the centre of doping allegations has bagged another gold medal at the Olympics. [more]

Questions about who signed off the final plans
The man whose company designed the CTV building has been grilled today about the role he played in overseeing the project. [more]

Margaret Mahy's life celebrated at public service
A captivated audience of more than five-hundred people gathered to celebrate the life of Margaret Mahy this afternoon. [more]

NZ pledge to pay fees for Samoan high-school students
New Zealand is going to spend five million dollars paying school fees for thousands of Samoan high-school students. [more]

Sports News for 1 August 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Better effort needed to tackle child abuse, MPs hear
MPs have been told that government ministries trying to combat child abuse aren't working as effectively as they should be. [more]

Power goes back on after two day blackout in India
India's power supply has been restored after a two day blackout, which left half the population in the dark. [more]

Provincial unions say it's a struggle but future good
Provincial rugby unions say the future of the game is secure even though the economic pinch is starting to tell. [more]

Otaki RSA members react to former president's sentence
Some members of the Otaki RSA are describing as laughable the 500 dollar fine a judge has imposed on its former president for stealing war veterans' funds to pay to mount medals. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 1 August 2012
Michael Phelps becomes the most decorated Olympian ever. Tough questions for the man who designed Christchurch's CTV building. [more]

Midday Sports News for 1 August 2012
The New Zealand cricketers hopes of drawing the two test series with the West Indies have suffered a major setback, with spinner Dan Vettori ruled out of the second test with a thigh injury. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Wednesday 1 August 2012
Equestrian, rowing and hockey the highlights at Olympics; New Zealand Equestrian Sports hail team bronze; Financial review suggests future of New Zealand rugby at risk; Rugby Players Assoc warns against panic to financial report; New Zealanders cut back on discretionary spending-survey; Govt launches review of coroners; Crown to appeal Dotcom ruling; Labour critical of Housing NZ spending. [more]

Worried consumers take cut backs 'to the next level'
Dun and Bradstreet's latest quarterly Consumer Credit Expectations Survey has found half its respondents are worried about their current financial situation and are starting to trim the fat more vigorously. [more]

Pacific News for 1 August 2012
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

London's West End strangely quiet during Olympics
In Olympic coverage this morning, the sporting focus has been on New Zealand's first medal - a bronze for the equestrian team. [more]

Financial warnings for grass roots rubgy
The Deloitte, 'State of the Union' financial review shows annual losses range from 600,000 dollars to almost seven million dollars - in total, a loss of 16 million dollars since 2007. [more]

Equestrian, rowing and hockey the highlights at Olympics
New Zealand has won its first medal at the Olympic Games in London, with the three-day eventing team finishing third overnight. [more]

New Zealand Equestrian Sports hail team bronze
Warrick Allen is the High Performance Operations Manager for Equestrian Sports New Zealand and watched every rail as the eventers delivered this country's first medal. [more]

Financial review suggests future of New Zealand rugby at risk
A financial review of the country's 14 ITM Cup rugby unions shows the unions' collective revenues have dropped nearly 20 percent since 2007. [more]

Rugby Players Assoc warns against panic to financial report
Chief executive of the Rugby Players Association, Rob Nichol. [more]

New Zealanders cut back on discretionary spending-survey
Almost two thirds of New Zealanders are planning deeper cuts to non-essential spending according to one of the country's biggest credit reporting agencies. [more]

Govt launches review of coroners
Less than a week after a coroner's explosive report into the deaths of the Kahui twins, the Government has put the coronial system under review. [more]

Crown to appeal Dotcom ruling
Kim Dotcom's American-based lawyer, Ira Rothken says he's not surprised the crown is to appeal a high court ruling that search warrants used to seize Mr Dotcom's property were illegal. [more]

Labour critical of Housing NZ spending
The Labour Party says Housing New Zealand's spending on consultants and contractors has more than doubled. [more]

Sports News for 1 August 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Architects, residents react to Chch build plan
Reaction to Christchurch's new blueprint for the inner city has so far fallen into two camps; those who have been wowed by the presentation and the ideas and those that like it but think more should be done for the frustrated owners of damaged suburban properties. [more]

PM promising to toughen up local election laws
The Prime Minister is promising to toughen up local election campaign laws even though he accepts ACT Party leader John Banks did nothing wrong during the 2010 Auckland mayoral campaign. [more]

New Zealand land first medals at Olympics
It's been a great night for New Zealand at the London Olympics, with the equestrian team pulling in the first medal of the Games. [more]

Rowers continue on target in London
From the rowing regatta at Eton Dorney, the New Zealand crews remain right on target for success. [more]

Marriage Amendment Bill likely to pass first reading
Legislation which would pave the way for same-sex couples to get married is set to pass its first reading when it comes before Parliament. [more]

Sports News for 1 August 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

More questions over Chinese swimmer in Olympic pool
From London, the Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen has won gold again, this time in the 200 metre medley final, clocking an Olympic record time amid accusations that she's a drug cheat. [more]

Pike River contractor pleads guilty to health + safety charges
Valley Longwall International Drilling, the company which carried out exploratory drilling at the Pike River Mine has pleaded guilty to three health and safety charges. [more]

CTV building designer says he wasn't qualified enough
The principal of the company that designed the CTV building, Alan Reay, will continue giving evidence this morning at the Royal Commission hearing investigating its collapse. [more]

Bigger infringment notices are just the ticket
New Zealands parking tickets are getting bigger from today but motorists will still pay the same fines. [more]

New Shorts

Forbidden Birds Embarrassed Bees by Dan Bain
Birds Embarrassed Bees by Dan Bain A quirky take on a young romance with the awkwardness of a protective younger sister. [more]

Hine 3100 by Puawai Swindells-Wallace
The final New Shorts winner. In New Zealand in the year 3100, a scientist clones a Maori woman from the 1800s. The woman struggles to make sense of the world around her. [more]

Pedantic Schmedantic by Sunil Narshai
James is suffering from a bad case of pedantry and is forced to join Pedantics Anonymous. [more]

Drones by Dan Bain
Rebecca an entymology student, gets a job in a call-centre. It doesn't work out very well for her. Feeling resentful and powerless, and after a conversation with Sir David Attenborough (in her dreams), she sets out on a path of revenge. [more]

One Door to Heaven by Joe Ryan
Peter and Harold plan to get rich by robbing the old man who lives in the isolated rundown mansion. The old man makes a deal with them that does not work in their favour. [more]

Harden Up Miss Havisham by Christine Cessford
Harden Up Miss Havisham by Christine Cessford Sandy is writing an essay about the Dickens character. As she writes Sandy is forced to rethink her attitude to her own impending marriage. [more]

Nights

A New Canoe
Black Grace choreographer Neil Ieremia on the challenges and joys of taking New Zealand-made contemporary dance to the world with his latest work Waka. [more]

Arts: Video Games
Matt Maguire talks about the new crowd-funded, Android-based Ouya console. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 5. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 6. [more]

Nine To Noon

Quake hit ratepayers face bankrolling the post quake rebuild
Will Christchurch ratepayers be stuck with the massive bill for major civic projects planned for the new CBD, including an arts centre and large stadium? [more]

How physical activity can improve cognitive function
Pofessor Arthur Kramer is the director of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology and the Swanlund Chair and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Illinois. [more]

Australia Correspondent - Ray Moynihan
More allegations concerning sexual misconduct by members of parliament. [more]

Book Review - Ngarimu: Te Tohu Toa Victory at Point 20
Written by Kawata Teepa, published by Huia Publishers, reviewed by Paul Diamond. [more]

Music with Marty Duda
Willy DeVille is best-known as the leader of Mink DeVille, one of the many bands who emerged from the New York City punk scene in the mid-70s along with The Ramones, Patti Smith, Blondie and Television. Willy DeVille was a huge fan of the R&B groups of the 1950s such as The Drifters along with blues, Latin soul, and Creole. He went solo in the 1980s, gaining his biggest fame with the song Storybook Love that appeared on the soundtrack to The Princess Bride. He passed away three years ago, but his music continues to be reissued, especially in Europe. [more]

Law with Ryan Malone
Members bills. [more]

Science with Simon Pollard
Venoms of Doom. [more]

Podcast Classics

RACHMANINOV Concerto No 3 in D minor Op 30
Freddy Kempf (pno), The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/Alexander Lazarev. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 1 August 2012
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 1 August 2012
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 1 August 2012
The Maori Council's legal team says the Waitangi Tribunal's water rights recommendation reinforces the importance of inquiry's role in maintaining race relations in Aotearoa; Ngai Tahu says a proposed cultural centre for Christchurch is only a dream at the moment; The Maori Language Commision is appointing two new commissioners today - the 25th anniversary of the creation of Maori language week; Maori Television has stepped in to screen this weekend's Super Rugby final free-to-air - so Olympics coverage can continue uninterrupted on Prime Television; More than 250 waka ama paddlers from Aotearoa are preparing to take part in a major competition in Canada later this month. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 1 August 2012
Ngai Tahu says a proposed cultural centre for Christchurch is only a dream at the moment. The Maori Council's legal team says the Waitangi Tribunal's water rights recommendation reinforces the importance of inquiry's role in maintaining race relations in Aotearoa; The Maori Language Commision is appointing two new commissioners today - the 25th anniversary of the creation of Maori language week; More than 250 waka ama paddlers from Aotearoa are preparing to take part in a major competition in Canada later this month. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 1 August 2012
Labour's spokesperson for Maori Affairs, Parakura Horomia, says Sir Tumu te Heuheu is stepping down from key executive roles with Ngati Tuwharetoa - but will still be the tribe's paramount chief; A kuia - given a formal title by Queen Elizabeth - says efforts to improve the lives of vulnerable children are not working; A group of MPs is urging some Aucklanders to improve their relationships with the local hapu, Nagti Whatua Orakei; The South Island Iwi, Ngai Tahu, says the rejuvenation and restoration of Te Waihora is a long-term, inter-generational cause. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 1 August 2012
Labour's spokesperson for Maori Affairs, Parakura Horomia, says Sir Tumu te Heuheu is stepping down from key executive roles with Ngati Tuwharetoa - but will still be the tribe's paramount chief; A kuia - given a formal title by Queen Elizabeth - says efforts to improve the lives of vulnerable children are not working; A group of MPs is urging some Aucklanders to improve their relationships with the local hapu, Nagti Whatua Orakei; The South Island Iwi, Ngai Tahu, says the rejuvenation and restoration of Te Waihora is a long-term, inter-generational cause. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 1 August 2012
Labour's spokesperson for Maori Affairs, Parekura Horomia, says Sir Tumu te Heuheu is stepping down from key executive roles with Ngati Tuwharetoa - but will still be the tribe's paramount chief; A group of MPs is urging some Aucklanders to improve their relationships with the local hapu, Ngati Whatua o Orakei; A kuia - given a formal title by Queen Elizabeth - says efforts to improve the lives of vulnerable children are not working; The South Island Iwi, Ngai Tahu, says the rejuvenation and restoration of Te Waihora is a long-term, inter-generational cause. [more]

The Reading

Everything by Pip Adam
Hope wishes she was still going out with Alex, the brother of her good friend Molly. Read by Alison Harper. [more]

Upbeat

Bartlett Sher
US musical theatre director of Opera Australia's upcoming production of South Pacific starring Teddy Tahu Rhodes. [more]

Ken Duncum
Writer of 'West End Girls' - an adaptation of Barbara Tate's autobiographical bestseller. Premiering at Circa Theatre 4 August. [more]

Darija Andzakovic
Auckland-based classical double bassist and musicologist who has been invited to present at BASS2012 convention in Copenhagen. [more]

News stories:

Former Fiji govt Minister says Qarase guilty verdict sad day for country
Fiji's former Minister for youth and sports says the guilty verdict given to ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase is a sad day for democracy in Fiji. Qarase is on bail... [more]

PNG counting extended for three regional seats
Papua New Guinea's Electoral Commissioner Andrew Trawen has extended the deadline for vote counting in the general election for three regional seats where the process has faced significant delays. Mr... [more]

Samoa village to raise land issue with NZ PM
The village council of Satapuala in Samoa is planning to present a written petition over a land dispute to New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key, when he arrives in Samoa... [more]

Equestrian team win first medal for NZ
New Zealand is on the medals board at the London Olympics after the equestrian team won bronze in the three-day event. [more]

Sport: No luck for Pacific athletes on day five in London
Fijian weightlifter Maria Liku has achieved her aim of a top eight finish at the London Olympics. The 22 year old was eighth in the women's 63kg class, snatching 82kg... [more]

Rowers advance at Games
New Zealand rowers edged closer to medal chances at the London Olympics on Tuesday, led by five-time single sculls world champion Mahe Drysdale. [more]

Coach Foley looks west after leaving Waratahs
Michael Foley is expected to swap one embattled Super Rugby franchise for another with the Western Force tipped to name him as their new coach after he resigned... [more]

India beat Sri Lanka in 4th ODI
The Indian cricketers have beaten Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the 4th One Day International in Colombo. The homeside scored 251 for 8, which India reached in the... [more]

Chiefs working on being without Craig Clarke
The availability of the Chiefs captain Craig Clarke for this weekend's Super Rugby final hangs in the balance and coach Dave Rennie is making contingency plans. The lock injured his... [more]

New Maori Language Commissioners
The Maori Language Commission is appointing two new commissioners on Wednesday - the 25th anniversary of the creation of Maori language week. [more]

Cultural centre for Christchurch still a dream - Ngai Tahu
Ngai Tahu says a proposed cultural centre for Christchurch is only a dream at the moment. [more]

Submissions sought on use of herbicides over water
The Environmental Protection Authority is seeking public submissions on an application by the Agricultural Re-assessment Group, to allow herbicides to be used over water, to control aquatic pest plants. [more]

Majority of NZ wool exports still traded in US dollars
Beef + Lamb New Zealand's Economic Service says 72% of wool exports continue to be sold in US dollars. [more]

Maori Television steps in to screen Super Rugby final
Maori Television has stepped in to screen this weekend's Super Rugby final free-to-air - so Olympics coverage can continue uninterrupted on Prime Television. [more]

Water rights decision highlights Tribunal's standing
The Maori Council's legal team says the Waitangi Tribunal's water rights recommendation reinforces the importance of the inquiry's role in maintaining race relations in Aotearoa. [more]

Ravensdown aims for minimal disruption after fire
Ravensdown Fertiliser company hopes there will be minimal disruption for customers in Hawke's Bay, after a fire destroyed part of a fertiliser storage facility. [more]

Big mining projects now in doubt
A report by Newport Consulting in Australia has found that $200 billion worth of planned mining projects are in doubt as companies become less optimistic about the future of the resources boom. [more]

Waka Ama NZ launches Canadian offensive
Two hundred and sixty five waka ama paddlers from Aotearoa are preparing to take part in a competition in Calgary, Canada later this month. [more]

Man dead after hit by train
A man died after being hit by a commuter train in Lower Hutt at about 8pm on Tuesday. [more]

13 new plants on list of banned species
The National Pest Accord has added 13 new plants to a list of species that are illegal to propagate, distribute or sell. [more]

Wool exports highest in eight years
Figures from Beef + Lamb New Zealand's Economic Service show the value of wool exports for the past financial year was the highest since 2004. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Wednesday's headlines: Bronze medal for NZ equestrian team at Olympics, strip club in Christchurch to fight to keep its building; Australian holiday-makers really enjoying Queenstown. [more]

NZOG looks to diversify its NZ portfolio
New Zealand Oil & Gas is looking to diversify its New Zealand portfolio, including looking at onshore opportunities. [more]

Australian banks likely to continue NZ focus
A new report by Standard & Poor's ratings agency says Australian banks will keep their focus on New Zealand as their key offshore investment for the next several years. [more]

Business confidence starts to stabilise - survey
National Bank chief economist Cameron Bagrie says business confidence is starting to stabilise following a downward trend in the last few months. [more]

SFO head sees new financial crime areas ahead
The outgoing head of the Serious Fraud Office is warning of more cases of financial crime emerging in new areas as its investigations into finance company fraud wind up. [more]

Black Cavier won't race spring carnival
The chances of seeing the Australian horse Black Caviar on the racetrack again appear to have diminished after connections decided the mare would bypass the spring carnival in Melbourne. Trainer... [more]

Rampaul out of second cricket test
The West Indies fast bowler Ravi Rampaul has been ruled out of the second Test against New Zealand in Jamaica starting on Friday due to a groin injury. He's been... [more]

Ferrier to chair trade agency
Former Fonterra chief executive Andrew Ferrier is to become the chair of New Zealand Trade & Enterprise. [more]

Union leader says Australia and New Zealand jumping gun over Fiji
A Fiji union leader, Felix Anthony, says there's much disappointment in Fiji over New Zealand, Australia and Fiji's decision to restore full diplomatic links. The three countries have agreed at... [more]

Snyders misses out on final
New Zealand swimmer Glenn Snyders has missed out on making the final of the 200 breaststroke event. [more]

Minister "doesn't have enough work to do" - Labour
Labour says a review is to be held of the coroners system because the Courts Minister does not have enough work to do in his portfolio. [more]

Marriage bill sponsor delighted
The sponsor of legislation that would pave the way for same-sex marriage, Louisa Wall, says she is thrilled it looks likely to pass its first reading. [more]

Renters left behind by last property boom
By the end of the last property boom those without a foot on the property ladder were finding it much harder to afford a house than those who had already bought one. [more]

Loss by UBS reported
Swiss bank UBS lost 349 million Swiss francs ($US356 million) due to problems with the launch of Facebook shares. [more]

Growth forecast for India cut
The Reserve Bank of India has cut its growth forecast for this financial year to 6.5% from 7.5%. [more]

Public reaction on Qarase guilty verdict hard to gauge says Ganilau
Fiji's ousted prime minister Laisenia Qarase is on bail awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of corruption related charges in a Suva court. Yesterday, Justice Priyantha Fernando concurred with assessors'... [more]

Fed measures awaited
Stocks on Wall Street fell on Tuesday as investors awaited the outcome of the Federal Reserve Board's two-day meeting which is expected to announced new stimulus measures to help revive the economic recovery. [more]

49er crew going well at Weymouth
The New Zealand 49er crew of Peter Burling and Blair Tuke are in second place overall after the latest day of racing at the Olympic Sailing regatta at Weymouth. [more]

Christchurch blueprint 'bold and inspirational'
A leading architect says Christchurch's blueprint for the inner city is bold and inspirational. [more]

Fuel excise goes up
Petrol and diesel excise taxes go up by two cents per litre today, 1 August. [more]

More unemployment in Eurozone
Unemployment continues to rise in the Eurozone, with 17.8 million people now out of work. It is the highest level since the Eurozone came into being in 1999. [more]

Phelps now most decorated Olympian
US swimmer Michael Phelps became the most successful Olympian ever when the United States won the gold medal in the men's 4x200 metres freestyle relay at the London Games on Tuesday, winning the 19th medal of his career. [more]

CNMI visitor arrivals by 20 percent
Visitor arrivals to the Northern Mariana Islands have climbed 20 percent in May this year compared to the same period last year. The Marianas Visitors Authority says arrivals to the... [more]

Another victory for Black Sticks women
The New Zealand women's hockey team's dream start to their Olympic campaign has continued with a 4-1 win over South Africa. [more]

Another gold for Ye
Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen won her second Olympic gold medal on Tuesday. [more]

NZ's PM announces financial support for Samoan students
The Prime Minister, John Key, has announced New Zealand will pay 4.4 million US dollars for Samoan students who attend primary and secondary school. Mr Key is in Samoa to... [more]

Samoa airline optimistic about air service between both Samoas
The national carrier of Samoa, Samoa Air says it is optimistic about starting an inter Samoa service in addition to providing daily flights between Upolu and Savaii islands. Samoa Air's... [more]

Sport: Samoa's PM supportive of resource-sharing idea
Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has warmed to a suggestion by American Samoa congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin for joint sports training and preparations. The Congressman called for the two... [more]

Sport: Samoa 7s look future
It will be a youthful Samoan side that lines up at the Oceania Women's Sevens Championship later this week. The squad is all locally based and manager Toleafoa Mara Hunter... [more]

Sharks dismiss poor finals showing ahead of Chiefs encounter
The Sharks coach John Plumtree's dismissing the South African franchise's record of Super Rugby final failures ahead of this weekend's decider against the Chiefs in Hamilton. The Durban-based team's currently... [more]

Super rugby final a sellout
Saturday night's Super rugby final in Hamilton between the Chiefs and the South African side the Sharks is a sellout. 25100 tickets have been sold to the match with some... [more]

Woman in stable condition
A Rotorua woman who was attacked by a dog over a period of two hours remains in a stable condition in Waikato hospital. [more]

France ordered to pay New Caledonian inmates compensation
A court in New Caledonia has ordered the French state to pay compensation to 30 inmates for locking them up in conditions devoid of human dignity. The ruling follows a... [more]

Former rival takes stand in support of convicted ousted Fiji PM
A former political rival and a deposed vice president of Fiji have appeared in a Suva court this morning in support of Fiji's convicted ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase. The... [more]

Call for free contraceptives
The Government is being urged to make access to contraceptive and sexual health services free to young women. [more]

Second term for Ambassador to Washington
Former Prime Minister Mike Moore is to serve a second term as New Zealand's Ambassador to Washington. [more]

Law society says child support changes unfair
The Law Society has told MPs proposed changes to the child support system are complicated and do not provide enough certainty for single parents. [more]

Roads open again
Several roads are open again in South Canterbury after heavy rainfall flooded state highways and triggered a swift rise in river levels. [more]

Service to celebrate life of Mahy
The family of author Margaret Mahy will hold a public service to celebrate her life and work, in Christchurch on Wednesday afternoon. [more]

Bank robbery suspect under arrest
A man is under arrest in relation to armed robberies at two banks in Auckland. [more]

Increase in household debt
Household debt has increased at the fastest pace in nearly three years as consumer and housing loans picked up. [more]

Borowing limit raised by Argosy
Property landlord Argosy has increased the amount it can borrow from its banks. [more]

Confidence fades in construction sector
The construction sector is less upbeat, despite the prospect of Christchurch's rebuilding programme. [more]

BP Q2 profit down
BP has reported a sharp fall in profit for the second quarter after cutting the value of parts of its business. [more]

Football Ferns into quarterfinals
The New Zealand women's football team qualified for the Olympic quarter-finals by beating Cameroon 3-1 in their final pool match on Tuesday. [more]

Ye's swim unbelievable - US coach
A row has broken out between the United States and China over a record-breaking Olympic swim, with suggestions of performance-enhancing drugs being used. [more]

Junior Football Ferns name World Cup squad
The New Zealand football have named a 21-strong Junior women's team for the upcoming women's under-20 World Cup. Coach Aaron McFarland says the Junior Football Ferns will adopt an attacking... [more]

Half of Fiji's people suffer from anaemia
Nutritionists in Fiji say poor diets have caused up to half the population to suffer from anaemia. The Fiji Nutrition Centre has begun marking its annual National Nutrition Month with... [more]

Samoa hails New Zealand links - 50 years into Friendship Treaty
Samoa's Prime Minister has described the relationship between New Zealand and his country as excellent. The New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, is in Samoa with a delegation of 120... [more]

Coroner calls for changes to medical trials
A coroner has recommended changes in the way clinical trials are conducted, following the death of a Christchurch man. [more]

Auckland to seek retention of regional fuel tax
Auckland Council appears set to ask the Government to retain legislation permitting regional fuel taxes. [more]

More cuts tipped in discretionary spending
A survey by Dun & Bradstreet in New Zealand shows more than 65% of people are planning deeper cuts in discretionary spending. [more]

Spectacular scene on overbridge
The Fire Service describes explosions on an overbridge in Manurewa, Auckland, after a power cable failed, as quite spectacular. [more]

Body confirmed as missing woman
A body found in the Waikato River at Mercer last week has been identified as that of a Korean woman. [more]

Libor involvement confirmed by Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank has confirmed a limited number of employees were involved in the Libor rate-rigging scandal. [more]

Top US official Campbell on whirlwind tour of Pacific
The US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Kurt Campbell, today begins a week-long whirlwind Pacific tour with a stop in Tonga. This is his second... [more]

CTV designer's evidence continues
The man who designed the CTV building in Christchurch denies he had a reputation for creating buildings that were no stronger and no more expensive than they had to be. [more]

Super Rugby final tickets all sold
Saturday night's Super Rugby final in Hamilton between the Waikato Chiefs and the Sharks of South Africa is a sellout. [more]

MPs told to support families ahead of children
Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi has told MPs that vulnerable families must be supported first in order to help vulnerable children. [more]

Fiji drops Queen's Birthday holiday
The Fiji interim government has removed the Queen's Birthday from the public holidays list - 25 years after the country became a republic. Previously, Ratu Sukuna Day, National Youth Day... [more]

Provincial rugby revenues falling
A financial review of the 14 ITM Cup rugby unions shows their collective revenues have dropped nearly 20% over the last five years. [more]

China tops medal list
China still tops the medals table at the end of the fourth day of the Olympics in London. [more]

Vanuatu PM leaves amid resignation calls over Phocea probe
Vanuatu's Prime Minister, Sato Kilman, has flown to London amid calls for his resignation. Mr Kilman is reportedly the only person who can comment on investigations into the yacht, the... [more]

O'Neill expected to get offered PNG PM job
Reports from Papua New Guinea say Peter O'Neill is likely to be invited to form the next government this afternoon. A spokesman for the Governor General Sir Michael Ogio says... [more]

French Polynesia customs officials investigated for rape
Several officials of French Polynesia's customs service have been accused of raping a female colleague and assaulting another. Reports say eight men have been taken into custody over the alleged... [more]

Black Caps lose Vettori for second test
The New Zealand cricketers hopes of drawing the two test series with the West Indies have suffered a major setback, with spinner Dan Vettori ruled out of the second test... [more]

All Black centre says pick the best and let coaches worry about depth
The injured All Black centre Conrad Smith says Sonny Bill Williams should be picked even if he'll be playing only two tests in the new rugby championship before leaving for... [more]

Amnesty welcomes thaw between Fiji and NZ and Australia
Amnesty International has welcomed the thawing of relations between Fiji and Australia and New Zealand. The three countries have agreed to re-install high commissioners and relax sanctions after tit for... [more]

GP's care inadequate says Commissioner
The Health and Disability Commissioner has criticised a GP for inadequate care that left a woman with a permanent disability. [more]

Police charge man over caravan park murder
Police have charged a man with murder after finding a body at a caravan park in South Auckland. [more]

William Tongamp declared inaugural governor of PNG's Jiwaka province
The New Generation Party's William Tongamp has been declared the inaugural Governor of Jiwaka Province after winning the regional seat on preference votes in Papua New Guinea's general election. Dr... [more]

Injuries make Warriors task even tougher
With the heat turned up in the chase for top eight spots, the absence of injured players will again have a profound influence on the Warriors NRL clash with Cronulla... [more]

UMP in Caledonia incensed at French use of Kanaky
New Caledonia's anti-independence Rassemblement-UMP has been angered by the French overseas territories minister, Victorin Lurel, for adding the name Kanaky in his reference to the territory's name. The party's Gael... [more]

Tahiti assembly member welcomes harassment law
An assembly member in French Polynesia says legislation making sexual harassment a criminal offence punishable by up to three years in jail will help women to be respected for their... [more]

O'Neill invited to form PNG government
Peter O'Neill has been invited by Papua New Guinea's Governor General Sir Michael Ogio to form the next government. The leader of the People's National Congress, the party which has... [more]

O'Neill invited to form PNG government
Peter O'Neill has been invited by Papua New Guinea's Governor General Sir Michael Ogio to form the next government. The leader of the People's National Congress, the party which has... [more]

O'Neill invited to form PNG government
Peter O'Neill has been invited by Papua New Guinea's Governor General Sir Michael Ogio to form the next government. The leader of the People's National Congress, the party which has... [more]

NZ market down
The New Zealand market was down 14 points, or 0.4% on Wednesday. [more]

Justice minister backs proposed new bail laws
The Justice Minister is making no apology for proposed new bail laws, saying they are aimed at serious offenders. [more]

Canterbury University job losses confirmed
The Vice Chancellor of Canterbury University has confirmed 150 staff will lose their jobs over the next three to five years. [more]

MPs call on Auckland residents to boost links with tribe
A group of MPs is urging some Aucklanders to improve their relationships with the local hapu, Ngati Whatua o Orakei. [more]

Efforts to help vulnerable children not working - kuia
A kuia - given a formal title by Queen Elizabeth - says efforts to improve the lives of vulnerable children are not working. [more]

Work to restore Te Waihora long term cause - Ngai Tahu
The South Island iwi, Ngai Tahu, says the rejuvenation and restoration of Te Waihora (Lake Ellesmere) is a long-term, inter-generational cause. [more]

Company drops plan for second trans-Pacific cable
Three of New Zealand's top entrepreneurs have dumped a bid to build the country's second international internet link. [more]

El Nino forecast to bring cool, dry weather
Forecasters are expecting spring to be warmer than usual, but warn that an El Nino weather pattern on the way may kick in after October. [more]

Housing minister 'no regrets' over $20m extra spend
Housing Minister Phil Heatley says he has no regrets about spending an extra $20 million over the past year on consultants at Housing New Zealand. [more]

Badminton players charged with playing to lose
The Badminton World Federation has charged eight female Olympic doubles players with "not using one's best efforts to win a match." [more]

Oil company delays deep sea drilling in NZ
A Texan oil company has delayed its plan to drill in New Zealand waters until late next year. [more]

QEII demolition to start
The demolition of most of Christchurch's QEII Park Recreation and Sport is due to get underway and is expected to take about 18 weeks. [more]

Right to implode won at auction
The right to detonate the implosion of Radio Network house in Christchurch has been won at auction for $26,000. [more]

National rejects Labour's plan for local body electoral law
The Government says it has its own plan to fix up local body election rules, after it rejected a Labour Party bill on the matter on Wednesday. [more]

Code to protect marine mammals form seismic work
The Government has released a code of conduct, aimed at minimising the effect of seismic survey work on marine mammals. [more]