Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 30th August 2012

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This page features: Afternoons, At The Movies, Business News, CEISMIC, Checkpoint, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Parliament - Question Time, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, Upbeat

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Ghost Town
Liz Taylor from Christchurch has chosen "Ghost Town" by the Specials. [more]

Your Place - Upper Moutere
Most of the initial 140 immigrants were Lutheran Protestants, but within a few short years more than a quarter of them had left the district. It was, in fact, a settlement built around a pub. A Mr. Cordt Bennseman built an inn between Richmond and Motueka, and the town grew around it. Present day Upper Moutere is not a great deal larger than it was 160 years ago [more]

HMS Orpheus maritime disaster
On February 7 1863 the HMS Orpheus, a naval ship carrying British soldiers involved in the New Zealand Land Wars in the Waikato, sunk in Whatipu, near the entrance of the Manukau Harbour. 189 people died, 70 survived. The Whatipu Orpheus commemoration committee is trying to track down any descendants from the survivors of the shipwreck to invite them to an event to remember the Orpheus crew. [more]

Auckland Islands Expedition
Dr Will Rayment from Otago University has just returned from a 25-day trip to the remote islands. A team of 12 scientists were there to gather data about about the recovering population of southern right whales, sea lions and yellow-eyed penguins. [more]

The Arts Report
An upcoming exhibition by the Fashion Museum has delved into the wardrobes and bottom drawers of some of early home sewers. Lynn Freeman speaks to one of the organisers Doris de Pont, and to one of the contributors, Rosey Thomas. [more]

Southern Story for 30 August 2012 - Sydenham Graffiti Artists
Katy Gosset reports from the Christchurch suburb of Sydenham, where bare spaces and tagged walls are giving way to some large-scale murals by local graffiti artists. One of them, Wongi Wilson, was raised in Sydenham and is eager to give back to his local community. But, as he tells Katy, the fight to get recognition for graffiti art continues. [more]

Our Changing World - Sushi Seaweed
Whether it's delicate pink filaments or large brown leathery straps, seaweeds in all their forms and colours are a feature of our rocky coastline. And no one knows more about New Zealand seaweeds than NIWA's Wendy Nelson. Wendy is a phycologist - someone who studies algae, and Alison Ballance joins her on a collecting trip to Wellington's South Coast to find out more about these marine plants. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 30 August 2012
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Irene Gardiner and Chris Trotter (Part 1)
Topics - MPs voted for gay marriage in a near-landslide last night, when a conscience vote on Labour MP Louisa Wall's bill passed before a packed public gallery at Parliament. What began as a three-horse race on the alcohol-purchase age seems likely to be reduced to a choice between keeping it at 18 and raising it to 20 when alcohol reforms come before Parliament today. [more]

The Panel with Irene Gardiner and Chris Trotter (Part 2)
Topics - "Some of my best friends are psychopaths, it turns out", that was the reaction of prolific tweeter and sometime Panelist David Slack to research showing the use of foul language in your tweets indicates you're a psychopath. Expat New Zealand TV presenter Charlotte Dawson is reported to be in hospital after waging a war against internet "trolls". US Republican vice presidential contender Paul Ryan is promising that he and his running mate Mitt Romney will lead America out of the economic doldrums. [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 30 August 2012
Simon Morris reviews the remake of sci-fi thriller Total Recall and a new - but hardly original - romantic drama Hope Springs. He also talks to Auckland film-maker Richard Green about an intriguing project - an international film called 50 Kisses, involving 50 script writers and 50 directors. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 30 August 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 30 August 2012
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 30 August 2012
Air New Zealand's shares take off despite a lower profit. Building consents rise due to more apartments and the sharemarket rises. [more]

Evening Business for 30 August 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 30 August 2012
News from the business sector. [more]

CEISMIC

Raising Resilience
American social-psychologist Tara Powell on the challenges of building confidence in children who have been traumatised by a natural disaster, such as Hurricane Katrina or the Christchurch earthquake. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 30 August 2012
MPs vote on what the drinking age should be. West Coast miners waste no time in looking for Aussie jobs and Mitt Romney's slash and burn man promises to hang tough. [more]

MPs vote on what the drinking age should be
A heated debate is going on right now in Parliament over what the legal age for buying alcohol should be. [more]

West Coast miners waste no time in looking for Aussie jobs
Spring Creek miners expecting to return to work on Monday despite the axe hanging over their jobs are now being told they won't go back underground at all until the future of the West Coast mine is finalised. [more]

Labour says Tim Groser in the firing line in MFAT investigation
Labour says the inquiry into the MFAT leak may have uncovered a fundamental breach of collective Cabinet responsibility and confidentiality by Cabinet Minister Tim Groser, who if that's proved would have to quit. [more]

Mitt Romney's slash and burn man promises to hang tough
The Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan has promised he and his leader Mitt Romney won't duck the tough problems during his prime time speech at the party's convention in Florida. [more]

A dangerous Taranaki overpass misses out on funding
A dangerous Taranaki overbridge has missed out on getting a big fix, but a congested bridge in New Plymouth does get a lot of money in the latest national road spending plan. [more]

Living wage campaign starts
A new campaign backed by churches, unions and other community organisations is urging employers to start paying their workers a living wage. [more]

Sports News for 30 August 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Five Australian soldiers killed
Five Australian soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan, with the Defence Force in Canberra short time ago confirming two men died when the US Black Hawk helicopter crashed this morning. [more]

Air NZ's profit down but it's expecting better times ahead
Air New Zealand is expecting to have its long haul flights back into profit by the middle of next year, after losing more than a million dollars a week on those routes last year. [more]

Banks not worried spending cap has been dropped.
The Government has dropped the spending cap proposal from its Public Finance Amendment Bill. [more]

MPs have just finished voting on the drinking age
Our political reporter, Liz Banas joins us. [more]

Workers told too unsafe to return to work while mine in limbo
The country's biggest coal miner Solid Energy says it is too dangerous for workers to go back underground at its Spring Creek mine on the West Coast while they stress over their jobs. [more]

Five Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan
Five Australian soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours. [more]

Support for teacher suspended for backing pro-gay protest
A teacher at a Catholic school in Whangarei says he's got a lot of backing today from people for his stand on same sex marriage which he claims got him suspended. [more]

Sports News for 30 August 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

MPs react to drinking age vote
MPs have just voted to keep the alcohol purchasing age at 18 following a conscience vote in Parliament. [more]

Memorial Service held on 100th birthday of NZ war heroin
Trevor Morley calls her one of the bravest women in the world but one who's been ignored. [more]

Auckland mayor stands by inner city rail loop
The Auckland Mayor is standing by the city rail link project despite it being left out of the Government's latest transport spending. [more]

West Coast pupils anxious over parents coal mine jobs
Greymouth High School says the axe hanging over Solid Energy's Spring Creek mine is already harming students' concentration. [more]

Human trials start for new cancer drug
Patients are being recruited for the first human trial of new anti-cancer drug that has been developed by a team of New Zealand scientists. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 30 August 2012
Bad news for Solid Energy workers hoping to get jobs in Australia and bodies are pulled from the water after another asylum seekers boat sinks off the coast of Indonesia. [more]

Midday Sports News for 30 August 2012
The three times United States Tennis Open champion, Kim Clijsters has been knocked out of the tournament by the British teenager, Laura Robson. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 30 August 2012
Gay marriage one step closer to law;Hundreds of jobs threatened by Solid Energy's cost-cutting;Grey District Mayor rues a further blow for West Coast miners;Auckland pockets 3.4 billion dollars in transport investment;Half a million without power in Louisiana as Isaac hits;Wilson's release conditions may head back to court;Dotcom to get access to frozen funds. [more]

AA backs Government's transport spending plan
The Government says it will spend 12 billion dollars on roading and public transport in the next three years, with more than a quarter of that to be spent in Auckland. [more]

Demand continues to grow at Jordan refugee camp
The United Nations says far more Syrians have fled the country to escape fighting than expected, and it's warning that a mass movement of refugees could still occur as the unrest continues. [more]

Pacific News for 30 August 2012
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Labour condemns laying off coal miners.
The Labour Party has condemned State-owned Solid Energy's decision to slash hundreds of jobs, saying it will force more people on to the dole or across the Tasman. [more]

Gay marriage one step closer to law
Despite heavy lobbying by churches and groups opposed to gay marriage, MPs have given strong backing to legislation which would legalise same-sex marriage. [more]

Hundreds of jobs threatened by Solid Energy's cost-cutting
The mining towns of Huntly and Greymouth are in shock with the news that hundreds of jobs are likely to be axed as Solid Energy desperately cuts costs. [more]

Grey District Mayor rues a further blow for West Coast miners
The mayor of the Grey District Council, Tony Kokshoorn, joins us now. [more]

Auckland pockets 3.4 billion dollars in transport investment
Auckland has pocketed the lion's share in the latest round of Government funding for roads and public transport. [more]

Half a million without power in Louisiana as Isaac hits
A slow moving Tropical Storm Isaac is continuing to pound Louisiana. [more]

Wilson's release conditions may head back to court
The release conditions for sex offender Stewart Murray Wilson's could end up back in court. [more]

Dotcom to get access to frozen funds
The Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has been granted access to some of the funds frozen after his arrest in January. [more]

Sports News for 30 August 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Government to spend $12 billion on transport projects
As you've heard this morning, the Government will be spending more than 12 billion dollars on transport projects over the next three years. [more]

Lignite plans for Southland challenged
As Solid Energy prepares to make job cuts in Huntly and at Spring Creek mine near Greymouth, the energy company is pushing on with its plans to mine lignite in Southland. [more]

Delight at progession of same sex marriage bill
After being drawn from a ballot just over a month ago, the private member's bill to legalise same sex marriage has passed its first reading in Parliament. [more]

Solid Energy miners left up in the air
It's an uneasy time for coal miners on the West Coast after Solid Energy suspended work at the Spring Creek mine about 10km north of Greymouth. [more]

Huntly locals say uncertainty surrounds mine future
As we said Solid Energy is also cutting 63 jobs at its Huntly East mine. [more]

Kiwirail misses financial targets
Kiwirail has missed its financial targets for the year, but has received a big boost in its revenue from freight. [more]

Key and Gillard in talks at Pacific Forum
The Prime Minister has just wrapped up a breakfast meeting with his Australian counterpart, at the Pacific Islands Forum in Rarotonga. [more]

Republican party to roll out Vice Presidential candidate
The Republican Party is preparing to launch its vice-presidential candidate, Paul Ryan, to America at its national convention in Florida. [more]

Second conscience vote in as many days
After yesterday's gay marriage bill was sent to a select committee, MPs will be making another conscience vote today; this time on alcohol. [more]

Sports News for 30 August 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Greens outraged road policing budget frozen for three years
The Green Party says the freezing of the road policing budget will stretch the thin blue line to breaking point. [more]

24 New Zealand athletes prepare for Paralympics
The Paralympics opening ceremony is underway in London with the wheelchair chair-bound scientist, Stephen Hawking, narrating a journey through history. [more]

Anger boils over at last Kaipara council meeting
Kaipara ratepayers are preparing for court action after their disgraced district council signed off on a financial plan they believe is illegal. [more]

Victoria Azarenka and Kim Clijsters in action at US Open
The world women's tennis number one, Victoria Azarenka, has eased into the third round of the US Open, with a 6-2, 6-2 win over the little-known Kirsten Flipkens. [more]

Nights

Science: Botany
Green-fingered and threatened plant scientist Dr Peter de Lange from DOC on why photosynthesis is really very important - plant plus carbon dioxide and water in sunlight equals sugars and oxygen. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 7. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Solid Energy Cost Cutting
Hundreds of jobs threatened by Solid Energy's cost-cutting - what is the future for the SOE? Ged O'Connell is the EPMU Assistant National Secretary responsible for Mining and Energy, and economist Dr Geoff Bertram is a Senior Associate at the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University and is also an Adjunct Professor in the university's Climate Change Research Institute. He's also a member of the International Association for Energy Economics. [more]

Campaign for a living wage in NZ
Annie Newman is the Service and Food Workers Union National Living Wage co-ordinator. [more]

UK Correspondent - Jon Dennis
UK correspondent Jon Dennis discusses the expansion to Heathrow Airport. [more]

Feature Guest - Alec Ross
Alec Ross is a Senior Advisor for Innovation to the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He previouisly worked on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team and served as Convener for Obama for America's Technology, Media & Telecommunications Policy Committee. He's in NZ for the AUT University conference, Project Revolution. [more]

Book Review - The Horror of Love
The Horror of Love is written by Lisa Hilton, published by Hachette, and reviewed by John King. [more]

New Technology with Sarah Putt
Apple's big patent win against Samsung. [more]

Parenting with Dr Clare Wall
Dr Clare Wall is a Senior Lecturer of Nutrition, at the School of Medical Sciences, University of Auckland. She discusses children and nutrition. Today, Food and Nutrition Guidelines for Healthy Children and Young People (Aged 2-18 years): A background paper. [more]

Media with Gavin Ellis
The content of the new compact format Herald, and News Corp's two-faced attitude to the now-famous Prince Harry pictures. [more]

Our Changing World

The Owl that Fell from the Sky
Brian Gill is curator of land vertebrates at Auckland Museum, and he has written a book about the collection [more]

Bio-based Timber Preservatives
Scion has been looking for environmentally-friendly bio-based timber treatments against fungi and insect attacks [more]

Improving Stroke Recovery
A new clinical algorithm will help predict likely recovery for stroke patients [more]

NZ seaweeds - more than meets the eye
There are 1000 or so species of seaweed in New Zealand, including many more species of karengo than previously recognised [more]

OCW Mystery Sound 7
Seventh mystery sound from the Our Changing World opening theme [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 30 August 2012
METIRIA TUREI to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement, "what we are choosing is hard working New Zealanders who go out there day after day to try to support their families"? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all of her answers to oral questions on Tuesday? MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making with its Better Public Services plan? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Economic Development: Does he agree with the Prime Minister that "An extension of exploration and mining activities in New Zealand would certainly create jobs"; if so, why? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Health: What reports has he had on progress with the six national health targets? JULIE ANNE GENTER to the Minister of Transport: What percentage of money announced yesterday in the National Land Transport Programme for 2012-2015 for public transport in Auckland will be paid for by the Auckland Council, if any, and what percentage will come from the National Land Transport fund itself? Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister of Health: Is he satisfied that the changeover on 1 September to new blood glucose meters will go well for New Zealand's 120,000 diabetics who use them and what measures has he taken to ensure that it will? SHANE ARDERN to the Minister of Transport: What recent analysis has he seen on transport investment? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Transport: Does he stand by all his statements on the Roads of National Significance? RICHARD PROSSER to the Minister of Defence: Can he confirm whether or not the planned replacement for HMNZS Endeavour will be built to internationally accepted military specifications? Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he regret his statement about the Hungarian Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan; if not, why not? Hon TAU HENARE to the Minister of Internal Affairs: What progress has been made in achieving better public services through all-of-Government ICT initiatives? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 30 August 2012
News from the rural and farming sector. ' [more]

Midday Rural News for 30 August 2012
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 30 August 2012
Ngapuhi will today be the first iwi to sign a memorandum of understanding with Child Youth and Family - which aims to reduce the number of Ngapuhi children in state care; An independent assessor says the Ministry of Social Development applied an "overly negative bias" when reviewing the Waipareira Trust's provision of services for at-risk families with babies; Maori seeking to join a Pacific Islands Forum group, say membership could increase business opportunities; Northland secondary students are invited to a doctors' conference this week in the hope it will encourage some of them to pursue a career in medicine. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 30 August 2012
Maori seeking to join a Pacific Islands Forum group, say membership could increase business opportunities; An independent assessor says the Ministry of Social Development applied an "overly negative bias" when reviewing the Waipareira Trust's provision of services for at-risk families with babies; Ngapuhi will today be the first iwi to sign a memorandum of understanding with Child Youth and Family - which aims to reduce the number of Ngapuhi children in state care; Northland secondary students are invited to a doctors' conference this week in the hope it will encourage some of them to pursue a career in medicine. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 30 August 2012
The lower North Island, Ngati Toa, has initialled a deed of settlement, which recognises the tribe's ancestral chief as the composer of the haka, Ka Mate Ka Mate; The Crown and Whanganui Iwi have signed an agreement that marks a step forward in the tribe being officially recognised as a guardian of the Whanganui River; Ngai Tuhoe says a plan to manage social services for it people will eventually lead to the iwi taking over most of the responsibilities currently provided by the state; Te Runanga A Iwi O Ngapuhi and Child, Youth and Family have formally agreed to work together to protect and nurture children in Northland. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 30 August 2012
The lower North Island, Ngati Toa, has initialled a deed of settlement, which recognises the tribe's ancestral chief as the composer of the haka, Ka Mate Ka Mate; The Crown and Whanganui Iwi have signed an agreement that marks a step forward in the tribe being officially recognised as a guardian of the Whanganui River; Ngai Tuhoe says a plan to manage social services for it people will eventually lead to the iwi taking over most of the responsibilities currently provided by the state; Ngapuhi and Child Youth and Family have agreed on a memoradum of understanding which aims to reduce the number of Ngapuhi children in state care. [more]

Upbeat

The Silver Garburg Duo
Israeli piano duo Sivan Silver and Gil Garburg performing two concerts with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra this weekend. [more]

Don Whelan
Music Director of Christchurch's CBS Choir presenting 'Magnificat!' this Sunday ahead of next month's tour of Asia. [more]

Kathlene Fogarty
Founding director of Auckland's FHE Galleries presenting exhibitions by photographers Marti Friedlander and Gordon H Brown. [more]

News stories:

ERO highlights schools' main shortcomings
The Education Review Office has delivered what it says is a wake-up call for teachers and boards with a report highlighting schools' three most important shortcomings. [more]

Pacific leaders are frustrated and suspicious of EU negotiations
Pacific leaders are frustrated and suspicious of European Union negotiations for an economic partnership agreement with the region. EPAs were due to come into force in 2008, but from the... [more]

NZ and Australia told to get in line over French Polynesia de-colonisation
The French Polynesian President is suggesting Australia and New Zealand should abstain rather than oppose the territory's petition to be re-inscribed on the United Nations decolonisation list. Oscar Temaru's push... [more]

Wamytan loses New Caledonia Congress presidency to Poadja
Caledonia Together Party politician Gérard Poadja has been elected president of the New Caledonia Congress. Mr Poadja gained 28 votes, the absolute majority needed in the third round of voting... [more]

Trade, security and gender issues for Pacific leaders at Forum
Pacific leaders will today discuss issues of regional trade, security, gender issues, and the potential within its ocean territories. Leaders begin the plenary session of the Pacific Islands Forum leaders... [more]

Sex offender Wilson 'apprehensive' on release
Convicted sex offender Stewart Murray Wilson stayed sealed in his unit on the grounds of Whanganui Prison since being released from jail on Wednesday and is said to be extremely apprehensive. [more]

Gay marriage bill passes first hurdle
Legislation making same-sex marriage legal in New Zealand has passed its first reading in Parliament. [more]

Canterbury beat Auckland in ITM Cup
Canterbury bounced back from their first round loss to beat Auckland 33-11 in their ITM Cup rugby match in Christchurch. Following their loss to Tasman, Canterbury came out firing with... [more]

Andrew Strauss retires from cricket
The England cricket captain Andrew Strauss has announced his retirement. Strauss, who was appointed in 2009, oversaw back-to-back Ashes wins over Australia and took the team to the top... [more]

Phoenix win again in India
The Wellington Phoenix remain unbeaten on their A-League preseason tour of India with Jeremy Brockie's rich vein of form continuing. Brockie followed up his four goals in the previous match... [more]

Azarenka in third round at US Open
World number one Victoria Azarenka has advanced to the third round of the US Open by defeating Belgian qualifier Kirsten Flipkens 6-2 6-2 in only 65 minutes at Arthur Ashe... [more]

Paralympic flame arrives in London
The Paralympic flame has been carried past some of London's most famous landmarks on its way to the opening ceremony. Thousands of people lined the streets to cheer on the... [more]

Swede wins latest stage of Vuelta
The Swedish cyclist Frederik Kessiakoff has won the 11th stage of the Tour of Spain, a 39km individual time trial. Alberto Contador, who is back after a 2-year doping... [more]

Liverpool's Lucas injured again
Liverpool midfielder Lucas will be sidelined for up to three months with a thigh injury. The 25-year-old Brazilian was substituted after five minutes of last weekend's 2-2 draw against... [more]

Australia wins under 21 netball tournament
The New Zealand under 21 netball side has been beaten 59-51 by Australia in the final of their 4-nation tournament in New South Wales. England beat Samoa 81-26 in the... [more]

Bolt says 2012 wishlist complete
Usain Bolt says he has achieved all his goals for the year and is looking forward to going home to Jamaica. Speaking from the latest round of the Diamond League... [more]

QPR bad boy off to Marseille
Controversial English midfielder Joey Barton has reportedly travelled to Marseille in the hope of completing either a loan move or a permanent transfer to the French giants from Queens Park... [more]

Schwarzer set to play 100th match for country
Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is set to become the first Australian to win 100 international caps after being named in the Socceroos squad for their World Cup qualifier against Jordan... [more]

Play-off spots still up for grabs in National Hockey League
Seven of the eight men's teams are still in contention for semifinals spots with one round to play in the National Hockey League. The Auckland men booked their play-off spot... [more]

Another win for Valerie Adams
Shot putter Valerie Adams has won the final Diamond League event in Zurich. [more]

Gay marriage one step closer to law
Labour MP Louisa Wall says she is very happy with the overwhelming support for her bill which would make same-sex marriage legal. [more]

Road policing won't suffer in funding freeze, say police
Police say the freeze on their road policing budget will not be a hinderance. [more]

Valerie Adams wins again
New Zealand's champion shot-putter Valerie Adams has won the final Diamond League event in Zurich. Adams threw a meeting record 20 point 81 metres, 1 and a half metres ahead... [more]

Stewart staying with Manly
The Manly fullback Brett Stewart has signed a four-year deal reportedly worth almost 3 million dollars to remain with the National Rugby League defending premiers. The 27-year-old's deal was... [more]

Schumacher to race in 300th grand prix
Michael Schumacher will compete in his 300th career grand prix at a Spa-Francorchamps circuit this weekend. Only one other driver, Schumacher's former Ferrari team mate Rubens Barrichello, has reached... [more]

Stephen Hawking to open Paralympics
Britain's most famous living scientist, Stephen Hawking, is to appear at the opening ceremony of London's Paralympic Games, with organisers promising a radical show challenging perceptions about disability. Hawking, who... [more]

Cycling bureaucrat tests positive for drugs
The highest body in Danish cycling has been left red-faced after a board member tested positive for banned substances following a veterans race. The Danish Cycling Federation says Soren Svenningsen... [more]

Swedish golfer to go public
The Swedish golfer Alexander Bjork is aiming to become the first in the world to sell shares in himself to fund his ambition of joining the top flight European... [more]

Seve's inspirational uncle dies
Ramon Sota, an uncle of golfing great Seve Ballesteros and a successful tournament player in the 1960s and 70s, has died at the age of 74. Sota was a... [more]

Meyer adds uncapped players to his Springbok squad
The Springbok coachHeyneke Meyer has picked uncapped Johan Goosen and Duane Vermeulen in his Rugby Championship squad for away Tests against Australia and New Zealand next month. First five... [more]

German Hockey Federation faces huge bill after party
Germany's men's Olympic hockey team is facing a bill for damages of 780 thousand dollars after the party they held on a cruise ship to celebrate their London 2012... [more]

SMH says Deans won't quit Wallabies
The Australian Rugby Union has denied that under-pressure Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has tendered his resignation. Speculation reached new heights yesterday when former Wallaby Jeremy Paul suggested Deans had signed... [more]

Indonesian legislator accuses Australia's Bob Carr of double standards
A senior Indonesian legislator has accused Australia's Foreign Minister of having double standards after he called for an inquiry into the killing of a West Papuan independence leader. Bob Carr... [more]

Iwi seek to join Pacific Islands Forum group
Maori have asked to become a member of a sub-group of the Pacific Islands Forum. [more]

Claim Government review of Waipareira Trust biased
An independent assessor says the Ministry of Social Development applied an "overly negative bias" when reviewing the Waipareira Trust's provision of services for at-risk families with babies. [more]

Students encouraged to consider medical career
Northland secondary students are invited to a doctors' conference this weekin the hope it will encourage some of them to pursue a career in medicine. [more]

Port of Tauranga reports record $73m profit
Port of Tauranga's full year profit has surged by more than a quarter to a record $73.5 million, boosted by higher cargo volumes. [more]

Sales boost loss-making motor maker
Wellington Drive Technologies has almost halved its losses due to stronger sales in the United States and Latin America. [more]

Australia and Nauru sign MOU for a regional processing centre in Nauru
Australia and Nauru have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of a regional processing centre in Nauru. The MOU was signed in Rarotonga earlier today by Australia's Parliamentary... [more]

Cook Islands PM says sustainably managing Pacific ocean is vital
The Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna, says sustainably managing the Pacific ocean is vital. Leaders are this morning meeting for the plenary session of the Pacific Island Forum leaders... [more]

KiwiRail to decide on future of poorly performing businesses
KiwiRail says it will decide by the end of the year whether to close poorly performing businesses as it aims to lift revenue in 2013. [more]

Wall-climbing robot wins award
A remote controlled climbing robot which can inspect large pieces of stainless steel equipment has won the ANZ's Flying Start Business Plan Competition. [more]

Pacific countries may get help in protecting fisheries resources - NZ's PM
New Zealand's Prime Minister has signalled there could be assistance for Pacific countries to help protect the region's multi-billion dollar fisheries resources. John Key is attending the Pacific Islands Forum... [more]

Adams has 2 more meetings before returning home
Valerie Adams has one more event in Europe and one more in Africa before she can return home to celebrate her Olympic success with the New Zealand public. Adams wrapped... [more]

New Zealand swimmer aiming for medals at Paralympics
Swimmer Sophie Pascoe, one of New Zealand's brightest prospects at the London Paralympics, begins her campaign tonight. Four years ago hardly anyone knew Pascoe's name but that changed dramatically after... [more]

Cannery in American Samoa not hiring till later 2013
Samoa Tuna Processors says its hiring for its new fish processing plant in American Samoa will not happen until the 3rd quarter of next year. Alfonso Pete Galeai told the... [more]

Sport: PNG unbeaten at U17 cricket champs
Papua New Guinea ran out easy winners against Vanuatu in their final match of the East Asia-Pacific Under 17 Cricket Championship, to finish the tournament undefeated. Having already secured the... [more]

Sport: Paralympic Games open in London
The 2012 Paralympic Games have been declared open after a glittering opening ceremony in London. Wheelchair-bound physicist Stephen Hawking begun proceedings by reading from the stage, with triple Paralympic champion... [more]

Sport: Samoan netballers finish winless in Australia
Samoa have finished winless at the four nation under 21 netball tournament in Ballarat, Australia The Pacific side were well beaten 81-26 by England last night in the play-off for... [more]

Sport: Fa'arodo to lead Solomon Islands in World cup qualifiers
Solomon Islands veteran Henry Fa'arodo will again lead his country in next month's Oceania Stage 3 World Cup qualifying matches. The 29 year old returned to Solomon Islands last week... [more]

North America sales push up Delegats profit
Delegats has posted a rise in its full year profit as it continues to make in-roads into the lucrative North American market. [more]

Solid Energy has overhaul to cut spending by $100m
Solid Energy has taken its first major step to combat plunging global coal prices, by cutting jobs, suspending mining operations and reviewing other businesses. [more]

GPG 'driving hard' to improve Coats performance
Investment concern Guinness Peat Group says the performance of its threadmaking Coats business is not acceptable, but it's on track. [more]

Waikato leptospirosis rate double national average
A six year study by Waikato District Health Board has found that the number of farm workers in the region who contracted the infectious livestock disease leptospirosis was almost double the national rate. [more]

MPI heads national strategy to contain wilding conifers
A more co-ordinated effort has begun to tackle the spread of wilding conifers that have become major plant pests in parts of the country. [more]

PNG's Golpu deposit could become one of world's biggest mines
A new estimate of the ore reserve at the Golpu deposit in Papua New Guinea's Morobe Province has mining industry figures enthusing that it could become one of the world's... [more]

Struggling American Samoa hospital wants bigger budget
The cash strapped LBJ Medical Center in American Samoa is proposing a budget of just over 39 million US dollars for the coming financial year with most of the money... [more]

Academic says Indonesian anti terrorist group's range of activities need to be curbed
An academic at Sydney University says anti terrorist groups in Indonesia's Papua region need to stick to their mandate and have their actions closely monitored. Dr Jim Elmsie, from the... [more]

Australia and Nauru formalise detention camp deal
Australia and Nauru have formally agreed to the establishment of a regional detention camp to process people seeking refugee status. "A memorandum of understanding has been signed during this week's... [more]

New Forum chair wants Pacific viewed as Large Ocean Island States
Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna has challenged leaders from 15 Pacific Islands Countries to consider a re-think of shared identity within the region. PACNEWS reports the new chair of... [more]

Pacific countries to seek more help with fisheries surveillance
Tonga's Prime Minister says Pacific countries need to have better marine security to monitor illegal fishing in their exclusive economic zones. New Zealand is to announce assistance to improve monitoring... [more]

New system to crack down on effluent breaches
Waikato Regional Council is trialling a new monitoring system in an effort to crack down on breaches of its effluent management rules by the region's 4000 dairy farmers. [more]

Koi carp infestation in Northland farm pond
Biosecurity officials in Northland are working to clear a large infestation of banned koi carp from two Kaipara farm ponds. [more]

Caged grass carp effective against aquatic weeds - study
A Ministry for Primary Industries trial has found grass carp kept in enclosures are effective in eliminating early infestations of aquatic weeds. [more]

Building consents rise in July
The number of housing consents have climbed for the second month in a row, driven by a sharp rise in apartments. [more]

Meat plant stops discharging waste water into river
After three years of work, the Silver Fern Farms meat co-operative plant at Belfast in Christchurch is no longer discharging its treated waste water into the Waimakariri River. [more]

Australia provides huge fund to help Pacific women
Australia has announced a 330 million US dollar initiative to help women in the Pacific. The money will be spent over ten years on supporting gender equality in parliaments, economic... [more]

Pacific countries formalise maritime boundaries
Seven Pacific nations have signed agreements on their maritime boundaries. The signings took place as part of this week's Pacific Island Forum leaders' meeting being held in Rarotonga. The region... [more]

Investment Fiji says good potential for trade with UAE
The chairman of Investment Fiji says there is good potential for the country to advance investment and trade with the United Arab Emirates or UAE. Fiji's interim Prime Minister Frank... [more]

New Zealand maintains support for France on French Polynesian decolonisation
The New Zealand prime minister, John Key, says his country will not change its stance on French Polynesia's push to be re-included on the United Nations on the United Nations... [more]

US overstates benefits for Pacific from fishing deal - PNA
The Parties to the Nauru Agreement say the United States is making its proposed fishing deal with Pacific Island countries appear more valuable than it actually is. The director, Dr... [more]

Dotcom granted access to funds
Internet businessman Kim Dotcom has been granted access to $6 million of his money for legal fees, rent and bills. [more]

Wanganui council criticised over treatment of Wilson
The Howard League for Penal Reform has criticised the Wanganui District Council over its treatment of serial sex offender Stewart Murray Wilson, saying its hostility makes re-offending more likely. [more]

Solid Energy exit from renewables a 'set-back'
The biofuel industry says Solid Energy's decision to dump its renewable energy business could set back the whole sector. [more]

Cancer drug trial gets go-ahead
Patients are being recruited for a trial of new anti-cancer drug that has been developed by a team of New Zealand scientists. [more]

No roading money to fix dangerous overpass
A dangerous Taranaki overpass has missed out on getting fixed while a congested bridge in New Plymouth has had money allocated for its improvement. [more]

Fiji Labour leader rejects criticism from Trade Union Congress head
The re-elected head of the Fiji Labour Party Mahendra Chaudhry has defended the party's processes from claims they are undemocratic and that the party has become his own personal property. [more]

Kiribati leader says re-admission of Fiji to Forum should happen soon
The Kiribati President, Anote Tong, says it will very soon be time for Fiji to be re-admitted to the Pacific Islands Forum. Fiji has been suspended from the regional group,... [more]

CYF cleared over inquiry into baby's death
A review of Child, Youth and Family's involvement with a woman jailed for suffocating her two-month-old baby while drunk has found there were no gaps in its policy and procedure. [more]

Inclusion of folic acid in bread to remain voluntary
Food Safety Minister Kate Wilkinson has announced the fortification of bread with folic acid will remain voluntary. [more]

Key and Gillard discuss asylum-seekers
The issue of asylum-seekers was discussed at talks between New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Australian counterpart Julia Gillard in the Cook Islands. [more]

Police seek clues to Auckland stabbing
Auckland police investigating the suspicious death of a man in Ramarama say he was stabbed. [more]

Nadal still unsure whether he'll be able to play in Davis Cup
Rafa Nadal is still unsure if he will recover from a nagging knee problem in time to play in Spain's Davis Cup tennis semi-final against the United States next month. [more]

All Whites skipper one of the best says QPR manager
The manager of English permier league football side Queens Park Rangers has hailed All Whites captain Ryan Nelsen as one of the best professionals he's ever worked alongside. The former... [more]

Coastal pathway planned for Christchurch
Planning is taking place in Christchurch for a coastal-pathway stretching from Sumner Beach to Ferrymead. [more]

Tokelau likely to build first airstrip on Nukunonu
The head of the Apia-based Tokelau government administration office says the General Fono has agreed to go ahead with plans for the atolls' first airstrip. Joe Suveinakama says following a... [more]

New Zealand leader says not for Pacific leaders to direct on abortion and STIs
New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key, says issues of sexually transmitted infections are something for Pacific leaders to discuss, but not the laws in individual countries. A cross-party group of... [more]

Fiji interim government happy with voter registration numbers
Voter registration in Fiji is entering its final days with over 460,000 official registrations recorded. The interim government had originally set a target of 600,000 for the 60-day period. After... [more]

PNG police chief directed to drop sedition charges against leading judges
The Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has written to the police commissioner, Tom Kulunga, to have sedition charges against the Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia and Justice Nicholas... [more]

PPTA defends teacher suspended for pro-gay support
The secondary teachers' union is defending a teacher suspended for supporting students in favour of same-sex marriage. [more]

Australia's leader says economic development key part of Pacific women's fund
Australia has announced a 330 million US dollar initiative to help women in the Pacific. The money will be spent over ten years on supporting gender equality in parliaments, economic... [more]

Vanuatu Cabinet Ministers due in court over Phocea events Friday week
Two Vanuatu government ministers are expected to appear in the Supreme Court next week in relation to customs and immigration charges surrounding the super yacht, Phocea. The vessel has been... [more]

Increased Family Court powers recommended
A report into how the justice system deals with children who commit offences recommends earlier intervention for at risk-children and giving greater powers to the Family Court. [more]

Auckland Airport profit rises
Auckland International Airport's full year profit has risen as more people passed through its gates. [more]

Teacher investigated over alleged affair resigns
The principal of Wainuiomata High School has confirmed that a teacher has resigned, following an investigation into allegations he had a relationship with a 17-year-old student. [more]

Ngapuhi and CYF sign agreement to help Northland children
Te Runanga A Iwi O Ngapuhi and Child, Youth and Family have formally agreed to work together to protect and nurture children in Northland. [more]

Whanganui iwi and Crown sign agreement on river deal
The Crown and Whanganui iwi have signed an agreement that marks a step forward in the tribe being officially recognised as a guardian of the Whanganui River. [more]

Plan may lead to Tuhoe controlling its own social services
Ngai Tuhoe says a plan to manage social services for its people will eventually lead to the iwi taking over most of the responsibilities currently provided by the state. [more]

Lance Armstrong still maintains he's a seven-time Tour champ
A defiant Lance Armstrong has rebutted the US Anti-Doping Agency's claims that he's a drug cheat, telling supporters at a Montreal cancer conference he won the Tour de France seven... [more]

Former Belgrave director jailed 3 years for fraud
Former Belgrave Finance director Shane Buckley has been jailed for three years on fraud charges. [more]

Auckland gets $3.4bn in transport investment
Auckland has pocketed the lion's share in the latest round of Government spending on roads and public transport, but opposition parties say it's going on the wrong projects. [more]

Inquest held into huffing-related death
An inquest into the death of a teenager who inhaled butane, the practice known as huffing, has been held in Rotorua. [more]

Search begins for paddle boarder
Police are searching for a paddle boarder missing at Takapuna Beach in Auckland. [more]

Ngati Toa chief recognised as haka composer
Lower North Island iwi Ngati Toa has initialled a deed of settlement recognising the tribe's ancestral chief as the composer of the haka Ka Mate Ka Mate. [more]

PM dismisses MFAT allegations
Prime Minister John Key says leaked Foreign Affairs documents did not come from the Beehive. [more]

Banks not worried at Govt ditching spending cap
ACT Party leader John Banks is not concerned the Government has dropped the spending cap proposal from its Public Finance Amendment Bill. [more]

Memorial held for 100th birthday of Nancy Wake
A memorial service has been held marking the 100th birthday of New Zealand-born war heroine Nancy Wake. [more]

Body found near Hutt River identified
Police have identified the body of a teenage boy found on the banks of the Hutt River near Wellington on Wednesday. [more]

Tyson 'won't beg' to come to NZ
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson says he hopes New Zealand immigration officials grant him a visa, but he is not going to beg for it. [more]

Repair work may have caused fishing vessel fire
The fishing company which owns a ship that caught fire in Lyttelton says the blaze could have been caused by contractor repair work. [more]

Police receive more information about teacher
Former pupils and colleagues of Far North teacher James Parker have been calling police with information that could lead to further charges of sexual assault. [more]

Blenheim man facing sex and drug charges
Police have arrested a Blenheim man on charges of underage sex offending and dealing A and C class drugs. [more]

Hawking stars in Paralympics opening ceremony
The Paralympics have begun in London with a spectacular opening ceremony watched by some 80,000 spectators and featuring a rare public appearance by Britain's most famous living scientist, Stephen Hawking. [more]

Campaign for living wage launched
A campaign has begun to push for the introduction of what is being called a living wage in an effort to lift the pay of those on low incomes. [more]