Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 5th September 2012

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - More Than a Feeling
Laurence Belcher from Glenorchy has chosen 'More than a Feeling' by the band Boston. [more]

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

Diary of Ergon Schoenberger
He was a 24-year-old well educated German Jew, looking for a country where he could be safe from the Nazis. Egon's daugther, Michele Schoenberger Orgad donated her father's diary and letters to the Auckland Museum 12 years ago. [more]

Missing Guns
One-hundred-and-eight-nine years ago this week, the Brampton ran around on a shoal that now bears its name, just north of Paihia in the Bay of Islands. The cannons, which were salvaged and placed atop Paihia's Maiki Hill, are missing. [more]

Virtual World with Hamish MacEwan
Topics - Smart Phones, Phablets, Tablets - iOS (Apple) and Android Adoption Explodes Internationally; using a combination of phones, tablets, computer and TVs to consume digital content; and copyright infringement and Megaupload. [more]

Auckland Story for 5 September 2012 - Mosquito Flies Again
One of the fastest planes of World War II will fly again this month in Auckland. She's a legendary wooden-framed Mosquito and she's taken eight years to restore. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 5 September 2012
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Gordon McLauchlan and Chris Wikaira (Part 1)
Topics - The New Zealand Law Society says new powers for immigration officers to arrest and detain overstayers for deportation are a recipe for disaster and should be put on hold. A school has abandoned its plans for pupils to deliver flyers for a new bar and restaurant during school hours, following complaints from parents. [more]

The Panel with Gordon McLauchlan and Chris Wikaira (Part 2)
Topics - Growing numbers of people are losing patience with voice-mail and would rather send a text message than leave or listen to their messages. New Zealand Fashion Week designers are reported to be adapting their shows to make the event work to their advantage in these straightened financial times. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 5 September 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Midday Business News for 5 September 2012
International dairy prices rise for the third time in a row. Raids are carried out across 10 cities in India as part of an investigation into coal mining corruption and the stockmarket edges down. [more]

Evening Business for 5 September 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 5 September 2012
News from the business sector. [more]

CEISMIC

Manu Korihi News for 5 September 2012
The Maori King has called a national hui for iwi and hapu to discuss water rights after the government refused to call one; A member of the Iwi Chairs Forum says it might be time for the Maori Council to step aside from the water rights debate; The Whanganui River Maori Trust Board says it's satisfied with how its Treaty of Waitangi negotiations with the Crown are progressing, saying the Government's taking into account the iwi's unique circumstances; A Maori broadcaster who was living in Christchurch during many of the earthquakes says she tried hard to put whanau at ease while she was on-air, but admits it was tough remaining calm during the many aftershocks. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 5 September 2012
The Maori King has called a national hui for iwi and hapu to discuss water rights after the government refused to call one; A member of the Iwi Chairs Forum says it might be time for the Maori Council to step aside from the water rights debate; The Whanganui River Maori Trust Board says it's satisfied with how its Treaty of Waitangi negotiations with the Crown are progressing, saying the Government's taking into account the iwi's unique circumstances; A Maori broadcaster who was living in Christchurch during many of the earthquakes says she tried hard to put whanau at ease while she was on-air, but admits it was tough remaining calm during the many aftershocks. [more]

CTV designer blamed for collapse
The Royal Commission into the Canterbury Earthquakes has heard the CTV building collapsed because of the incompetence of the man in charge of designing it. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Wednesday 5 September 2012
One of Southland's biggest employers axes 100 jobs. The alarmingly sudden death of a 12 year old girl from suspected meningococcal disease and the Rena's captain and navigational officer are about to be deported. [more]

Job cuts at Tiwai Point smelter
Scores of jobs are being axed at the Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter, which is one of Southland's biggest employers. [more]

Friends on antibiotics following suspected meningococcal death
Six Wellington children are taking antibiotics after the frightening death of a 12 year girl from suspected meningococcal disease. [more]

Michelle Obama tells voters change is hard
I loved Barack just the way he was - those were the words from Michelle Obama when she took to the stage at the opening of the democratic convention in North Carolina today. [more]

Rena's captain and navigational officer are deported
The captain of the sunken container ship, the Rena, is being deported tomorrow morning with his lawyer saying both he and the navigational officer have jobs to go home to. [more]

Sports News for 5 September 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Key says no Crown representation at water hui
The Prime Minister' decision to ban his MPs from attending a national hui on water rights is being slammed by the Green Party, as another blunder. [more]

Judges watchdog overloaded - criminal lawyers
The number of complaints made about judges has leapt higher, but criminal defence lawyers warn the judiciary's watchdog is too overloaded to investigate them all. [more]

Three men on trial over Wellington crime spree
Three men accused of taking part in a crime spree where cars were stolen, shops were ram raided and an attempt was made to burn down the Karori Police Station, have gone on trial in Wellington. [more]

New lending policies for Maori whanau
A Maori housing advocacy group says banks need new lending policies to make it easier for whanau to buy their own homes. [more]

Paralympians say coverage is worst ever
Paralympians in New Zealand are furious at the coverage being given to their fellow athletes at the Games in London, and say it's the worst it has ever been. [more]

100 jobs axed at Tiwai Smelter
Scores of jobs are being axed at the Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter, one of Southland's largest employers. [more]

Jobs threatened at the country's largest mussel factory
The country's largest mussel processing factory in Tauranga has been placed into receivership threatening 20 permanent and 200 seasonal jobs. [more]

Meningitis Foundation on sudden death of 12 year old girl
More now on the frightening death of a 12 year old Wellington schoolgirl, who died of suspected meningococcal disease on Monday. [more]

Otago Uni to lift international cap to 15%
Otago University is planning to raise its cap on international students after pressure from the Tertiary Education Minister, Steven Joyce. [more]

Sports News for 5 September 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Orchardist on vine-killing disease found in Coromandel
It has been confirmed that the kiwifruit vine killing disease, PSA, has spread to the Coromandel. [more]

Councils watching environment court ruling
The first council plan anywhere in the country to set tough limits to tackle water pollution has won the backing of Environment Court, to the dismay of many farmers. [more]

Anti-venom stocks for world's deadliest spider run low
To Australia now, where the search is on for the world's deadliest spider. [more]

Auckland Council opposing local government act changes
The Auckland Council is opposing proposed reforms to the local government act, which it says will fundamentally change its structure - just two years after amalgamating into the so-called super city. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 5 September 2012
A hundred jobs are cut at the Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter in Southland and the captain of the Rena is likely to be released from prison today. [more]

Midday Sports News for 5 September 2012
The rain's having a big say at the US tennis Open but the New York skies parted long enough for world number one Victoria Azarenka to eliminate the defending champion Samantha Stosur of Australia in a third-set tiebreak. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Wednesday 5 September 2012
Immigration powers to detain a 'recipe for disaster', Immigration NZ respond to criticism of law changes, First national hui announced by Maori King in almost 30 years over water rights, Democratic National Convention gears up, Spring Creek workers begin looking for jobs in Australia, Biggest ever hospital building project 'can't come soon enough', City council committee calls for immediate halt to Christchurch heritage demolitions. [more]

Maori King calls national hui to discuss water rights
The first national hui of Maori in almost 30 years will be held at Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia next Thursday. [more]

Pacific News for 5 September 2012
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Warnings made as immigration officers are given more power
The Law Society says new powers for immigration officers dealing with overstayers are a recipe for disaster. [more]

Kiwifuit growers worry PSA disease may spread further
Kiwifruit growers in regions that are still free of the virulent form of the vine disease PSA are bracing for what they say is an inevitable incursion. [more]

Immigration powers to detain a 'recipe for disaster'
New powers for Immigration officers to arrest and detain overstayers are being labelled a return to the era of dawn raids by a Tongan community leader and a recipe for disaster by the Law Society. [more]

Immigration NZ respond to criticism of law changes
Listening to that is Immigration New Zealand's general manager for intelligence, risk and integrity, Peter Elms. [more]

First national hui announced by Maori King in almost 30 years
The Maori King has called for a national hui over water rights, the first such meeting of iwi since the Maori fishing rights hui almost 30 years ago. [more]

Democratic National Convention gears up
Democrats are assembling in Charlotte, North Carolina, to re-nominate Barack Obama for the presidency. [more]

Spring Creek workers begin looking for jobs in Australia
Spring Creek workers are already starting to look for work across the Tasman despite rowdy support from a community trying to save the hundreds of jobs under threat by the mine's possible closure. [more]

Biggest ever hospital building project 'can't come soon enough'
The Canterbury Health System's Clinical Board says the rebuilding of Christchurch and Burwood hospitals can't start soon enough. [more]

Council calls for halt to Christchurch heritage demolitions
A Christchurch City Council committee is calling for an immediate halt to the demolition of the city's heritage buildings because it believes many are coming down too quickly, and without enough consultation. [more]

Sports News for 5 September 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

PSA-free kiwifruit growers brace for incursion
Kiwifruit growers in regions that are still free of the virulent form of the vine disease PSA are bracing, for what they say is, the inevitable arrival of the disease. [more]

Crown opens case opposing Ngati Kahu orders
The Crown has opened its case in the Waitangi Tribunal against a Northland iwi demanding that the government return its land and property. [more]

Police attacked in northern Belfast
Police have been under attack in northern Belfast in the past two nights while trying to quell clashes between Protestant loyalists and Catholic republicans. [more]

New immigration rules resemble dawn raid era, say critics
Critics of new powers granted to immigration officers say it will lead to unfair treatment of some overstayers and alienate migrant communities. [more]

Heartfelt message expected from Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama is set to shoot from the heart not the hip as the U.S. Democratic National Convention gets underway in Charlotte, North Carolina. [more]

PPTA proposes new decile system
The Post Primary Teachers Association wants a new school decile rating system that reflects the socio-economic backgrounds of all students. [more]

World coal prices could stay low for years
Spring Creek miners, worried about the fate of their jobs, are being warned that falling coal prices may not recover for several years - at least. [more]

Mine suspension linked to share float says Labour MP
West Coast-Tasman MP, Damien O'Connor, says he 'smells a rat' with the decision to suspend operations at Spring Creek, and is blaming the National Party's asset sales programme - not the price of coal. [more]

Sports News for 5 September 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

First music piracy cases to head to the Copyright Tribunal
The first cases of people exceeding their 'three strikes' under new anti-piracy laws are about to head to the Copyright Tribunal. [more]

DHBs take varying stances on feeding bottlefeeding mothers
A child advocacy group says mothers who have sick babies in hospital should be given meals, regardless of whether they breastfeed or bottlefeed. [more]

Possible legal action to stop Lammermoor plantations
Conservationists in Central Otago are considering legal action to try to stop two fir tree plantations on the Lammermoor Range. [more]

Play under way after rain at U.S. Tennis Open
Rain that had stopped play at the United States Open tennis championships has lifted and play is now under way in the quarter-finals, with the 11th seeded Marion Bartoli of France looking to upset the third seed, the Russian Maria Sharapova. [more]

Nights

Waiata in Shanghai
Are arts lovers in mainland China interested in attending a festival featuring Kiwi culture? Kirsten Mason, New Zealand born, now Shanghai based director of this inaugural New Zealand Music Festival, thinks so. [more]

Arts: Comics
Shading in the heroes and villains of an animated realm is graphic novelist Dylan Horrocks. [more]

Conundrum Clue 5
Conundrum Clue 5. [more]

Conundrum Clue 6
Conundrum Clue 6. [more]

Nine To Noon

Wellington girl dies of suspected meningococcal disease
With Dr Annette Nesdale - the Medical Officer of Health for the Greater Wellington and Dr Adrian Gilliland - Wellington GP, and the GP liaison for Capital and Coast DHB. [more]

Farming succession planning
With Bruce Wills - The Federated Farmers National President and a former banker. Ian Blackman - a rural lawyer based in Rotorua. [more]

Australia Correspondent - Ray Moynihan
The Gillard government releases a new education policy. [more]

Feature Guest - Mark Tedeschi QC
Australian QC and renowned photographer Mark Tedeschi on the intriguing story of Eugenia Falleni - who grew up in New Zealand as a girl but who lived in as a man (Harry Crawford) in Australia Harry / Eugenia was arrested in 1920 for killing his wife, Annie Birkett. [more]

Book Review - Liar & Spy
Written by Rebecca Stead, reviewed by David Hill and published by Text. [more]

Music With Marty Duda
Artist of the Week - Antony & The Johnsons Antony & The Johnsons have a new album out called 'Cut The World', plus Antony appears on a new tribute album to Fleetwood Mac. [more]

Law With Catriona MacLennan
The sentencing of Guy Hallwright and remarks by judge Raoul Neave. [more]

Arts With Courtney Johnston
A magical visit to Te Papa and a respected American art gallery draws 10,000 visitors by showing cat videos. [more]

The Mighty River Power sale delay and the national hui on water rights.
Nick Davidson, a retired commercial lawyer who has been involved in fisheries, forestry and Ngai Tahu settlements, discusses the delay in the sale of Mighty River Power and the upcoming national hui on water rights. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 5 September 2012
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 5 September 2012
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 5 September 2012
The Maori King's call for a national water rights hui is being commended by the Moari Council - which says the meeting will help stop government's ongoing mentality of trying to divide and conquer iwi and hapu; A Canadian advocate for indigenous children says governments around the world need to stop under-funding services for indigenous children - including Maori; Te Papa Tongarewa and the National Museum of China are working together to put on a show to celebrate four decades of Sino-Aotearoa political relations; The pros and cons of establishing a Maori bank will be discussed at a conference this week. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 5 September 2012
The Maori King's call for a national water rights hui is being commended by the Maori Council - which says the meeting will help stop government's ongoing mentality of trying to divide and conquer iwi and hapu; A Canadian advocate for indigenous children says governments around the world need to stop under-funding services for indigenous children - including Maori; The need for a Maori bank will be discussed at a conference this week; Te Papa Tongarewa and the National Museum of China are working together to put on a show to celebrate four decades of Sino-Aotearoa political relations. [more]

Upbeat

Simon Over and John Drummond
British conductor and NZ composer on the premiere of Drummond's The Journey Home by the Southern Sinfonia this week. [more]

Christchurch Symphony Orchestra Review
David Sell reviews last weekend's CSO concert featuring the Silver Garburg piano duo from Israel. [more]

Jun & Yuuki Bouterey-Ishido
2008 Kerikeri International Piano Competition winner and his cellist brother giving recital tour of NZ. [more]

News stories:

O'Neill promises to rebuild PNG's public institutions and infrastructure
In his State of the Nation address in parliament, Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister has promised to rebuild the country's public institutions and infrastructure. Recommitting his government to free education... [more]

Kopassus officer plays down reports of growing violence in Papua
An officer with the Indonesian special forces unit, Kopassus, in Papua has played down reports of growing violence in the eastern region. In recent months, there's been a series of... [more]

Tonga report claims loan for riot rebuild was illegal
A parliamentary select committee report into the rebuilding of the Nuku'alofa CBD has found a loan given to Tonga by a Chinese bank was illegal and it says somebody should... [more]

American Samoa signs with Cook Islands on fisheries collaboration
American Samoa's Governor has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of the Cook Islands pledging mutual cooperation in the development, management and conservation of fisheries. Togiola Tulafono signed... [more]

King calls national hui over water rights
The Maori King has called a national hui for iwi and hapu to discuss water rights after the Government refused to call one. [more]

Daughter's disappearance mum's 'worst nightmare'
The mother of a missing Hamilton woman says her disappearance is every mother's worst nightmare. [more]

Kiwifruit vine disease found in Coromandel
The kiwifruit vine disease PSA has provisionally been confirmed for the first time in a Coromandel orchard and a 10km control zone is in place. [more]

Police in Samoa arrest and charge 24 people after village brawl
At least 24 people of Vaiusu village in Samoa have been arrested and charged with throwing stones after a brawl involving several young people of Vaigaga and Vaiusu villages in... [more]

Warren Gatland to coach Lions in Australia
Warren Gatland says he's ready for a "hell of a challenge" after being appointed head coach of the British and Irish Lions for next year's rugby tour of Australia. The... [more]

Bangladesh spinner banned for spot-fixing
The former Bangladesh cricket international Shariful Haque has been indefinitely banned for spot-fixing. The Bangladesh Cricket Board banned Haque after an inquiry found the 36-year-old approached national player Mashrafe Mortaza... [more]

Barba sweeps Dally M awards night
Ben Barba's untouchable form this National Rugby League season was capped off with an incredible five awards at Tuesday night's Dally M awards, including the top gong. The South Sydney... [more]

Johnson, Furyk, Snedeker and Stricker in Ryder Cup
Dustin Johnson, Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedeker and Steve Stricker have been announced as the wildcard picks for the United States golf team for this month's Ryder Cup against Europe. The... [more]

Deans backs misfiring Beale for Springboks test
The Australia coach Robbie Deans has recalled out-of-form utility back Kurtley Beale to the Wallabies starting side for their Rugby Championship match against South Africa in Perth on Saturday. [more]

New Zealand triathletes in top ten in United States
Athens Olympic silver medallist Bevan Docherty and Clark Ellice were the best of the New Zealanders at the Hy-Vee Triathlon 5150 Elite Cup in the United States, finishing fourth and... [more]

Former All Blacks join Highlanders coaching team
Three former All Blacks have joined the Highlanders coaching staff for the next Super Rugby season. Former All Blacks Scott McLeod, Jon Preston and Graham Purvis will join head coach... [more]

Discus thrower stripped of gold medal after points mistake
A Ukrainian discus thrower was stripped of her Paralympic title for a second time after being told a day earlier she could keep the medal. Mariia Pomazan claimed gold in... [more]

Sven Goran Eriksson takes over Thai club
Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson was unveiled as technical director of Thai club BEC Tero Sasana, the first venture by the Swede into Asian football in his colourful 35-year coaching... [more]

Ashley Cole set to miss opening World Cup qualifier
English footballer Ashley Cole will miss the chance of winning his 99th cap for England after pulling out of the opening World Cup qualifier against Moldova on Friday with a... [more]

Liverpool owner calls for patience from fans
Liverpool owner John W Henry has written an open letter to fans asking for their patience after their 2-0 home defeat by Arsenal condemned the Anfield club to its worst... [more]

Nadal out for another two months
The Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal will be out of action for at least another two months. Nadal, who hasn't played since his second round defeat at Wimbledon in June,... [more]

Federer into US Open quarter-finals after walkover
The world men's tennis number one Roger Federer has made the US Open quarter-finals without hitting a ball after his American opponent Mardy Fish withdrew due to health reasons. Five-time... [more]

Pistorius regrets timing of his outburst
South Africa's 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius has expressed regret over the timing of his outburst following his shock loss to Brazil's Alan Oliveira in the 200 metres final at the... [more]

Pardew given 2 match touchline ban
The Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been given a two-match touchline ban and fined $40,000 for pushing an assistant refereee during an English Premier League football match last month. [more]

Australia claim ODI series win over Pakistan
Australia took out the third and deciding one day international against Pakistan in Sharjah after chasing down 244 with three wickets to spare. Pakistan made 244 for seven in the... [more]

Chris Martin still has a part to play with NZ Cricket
The New Zealand cricket captain Ross Taylor is excited about the future of his pace bowling stocks, and isn't giving up on Chris Martin just yet. Taylor was happy with... [more]

Hulk joins Zenit St Petersburg
Brazilian footballer Hulk has joined Zenit St Petersburg from Portuguese club Porto on a five-year deal worth $80 million. Hulk helped Porto to win three Portuguese league titles and the... [more]

Another series loss for Black Caps
The New Zealand cricketers have suffered their second straight Test series sweep after losing to India by five wickets in the second and final test in Bangalore. The Black Caps... [more]

Weepu not afraid of former coach's influence
The All Black halfback Piri Weepu says he's not expecting Sir Graham Henry to work miracles with Argentina when the two teams meet on Saturday. The former All Black coach... [more]

McIlroy wins but Tiger makes history
World number one Rory McIlroy came from three shots behind to win the second US PGA Tour playoffs event in Boston, holding off fellow major champions Louis Oosthuizen and Tiger... [more]

Pair return for Argentina's clash with the All Blacks
The return of first five eighth Juan Martin Hernandez and openside Juan Manuel Leguizamon are the major talking points of the Argentina team named for Saturday's match against the All... [more]

Catalans Dragons sign Webb
The French rugby league side Catalans Dragons have announced the signing of Leeds Rhinos fullback and ex-Warriors star Brent Webb on a two-year deal. The 31-year-old former New Zealand international... [more]

D'Ambrosio replaces suspended Grosjean
Belgian driver Jerome d'Ambrosio has been called up for the Lotus team in place of the suspended Romain Grosjean for this weekend's Italian Grand Prix. D'Ambrosio is Lotus's reserve driver... [more]

Evans out of world championships
The Australian former Tour de France champion Cadel Evans will miss the cycling world championships this month after he ended his season because of a painful knee. The 2009... [more]

Choy killer out of prison on parole
The first of Michael Choy's murderers is now out of prison on parole, almost 10 years since he was sentenced for killing the Auckland pizza delivery man in September 2001. [more]

Meat inspection now in-house at Imlay
AFFCO's Imlay plant at Whanganui, the first meat plant to take over some meat inspection roles, started doing so on Tuesday. [more]

Whanganui iwi say Treaty talks on right path
Whanganui River Maori Trust Board is satisfied with how its Treaty of Waitangi negotiations with the Crown are progressing, saying the Government is taking into account the iwi's unique circumstances. [more]

Quake broadcaster says it was a struggle to remain calm
A Maori broadcaster living in Christchurch during many of the earthquakes says she tried hard to put whanau at ease while on-air, but admits it was tough remaining calm during the many aftershocks. [more]

Interest rates held by RBA
The Reserve Bank of Australia on Tuesday left interest rates on hold at 3.5% for the third consecutive month. [more]

Destiny interested in charter schools
A range of organisations and religious schools, including one affiliated to the Destiny Church, want to be involved in the Government's charter schools programme. Others include Victoria University and St Stephens School. [more]

Commodity prices rising
Commodity prices have risen due to higher dairy prices, reversing seven successive months of decline. But the ANZ Bank's commodity price index is still 15% weaker than the same period a year ago. [more]

Steelers win at Harbour
Counties Manukau have continued their strong start to the provincial ITM Cup rugby competition with a 27-15 bonus point win at North Harbour. Counties led 19-8 at half-time in Albany... [more]

Henry will be invited into Pumas media box
The Argentina rugby coach Santiago Phelan says Sir Graham Henry is more than welcome to join him in the coaches' box during Saturday night's Rugby Championship match against the All... [more]

Martin sixth in javelin event
Peter Martin of Waikato finished sixth in the javelin at the Paralympics in London on Tuesday. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Wednesday's headlines: Schoolgirl who had a rash at 3pm, was dead by 5pm; severe hailstorm in Christchurch; Govt accused of having ''covert agenda'' to impose user-pays education. [more]

IRG selling advisory company to stock broker
Investment Research Group has sold most of its investment advisory company to Forsyth Barr. [more]

Tongan community in NZ fears new Immigration arrest powers
A Tongan community leader in New Zealand says giving immigration officers the power to arrest and detain overstayers is a return to the era of dawn raids. Three people have... [more]

Vanuatu magistrate says no more adjournments on citizenship trial
A Vanuatu magistrate, Rita Naiviti, has warned state prosecutors she will not allow any more adjournments in a hearing over the allegations that citizenship was unlawfully granted to two men... [more]

Roulston now aiming for the World Championships
The New Zealand cyclist Hayden Roulston remains confident of competing in the road World Championships in the Netherlands later this month. Roulston withdrew from the Tour of Spain over the... [more]

Halt to demolition of heritage buildings wanted
A Christchurch City Council committee wants an immediate halt to the demolition of heritage buildings because it believes many are coming down too quickly and without enough consultation. [more]

Offshore markets down
Wall Street was down on Tuesday after new figures showed that manufacturing shrank again last month. European markets were also down. [more]

Confirmation PSA now in Coromandel awaited
Kiwifruit Vine Health expects to have final confirmation on Wednesday that the PSA vine disease has been found in Coromandel. The agency says it's likely vines in other orchards will become infected. [more]

New Tonga police appointments critical to force's successful reform
Tonga's new Police Commissioner says the appointment of two deputies will make it possible to change the way officers conduct themselves. Grant O'Fee's comment follows the death of a New... [more]

Fiji's new constitution to be regarded as sacred document - CC member
A member of the Fiji Constitution Commission, Professor Satendra Nandan, says the country's new constitution will need to be regarded as a sacred document - created for the people by... [more]

Sport: Fiji's Delana says athletes need heart to succeed
Fiji's Iliesa Delana is hopeful his victory can inspire the next wave of Paralympic champions in his homeland but says the path to gold is not an easy one. The... [more]

Sport: International names set to arrive for PNG Twenty20 Big Bash
A host of international cricket greats will touch down in Papua New Guinea on Wednesday ahead of the annual Twenty20 Big Bash tournament in Port Moresby. Among those taking part... [more]

Douglas fir plantations not wanted
Conservationists in Central Otago are considering legal action to try to stop two douglas fir plantations on the Lammermoor Range. [more]

Fall in coal prices blamed on drop in China
Energy consultant Murray Ellis says a sudden fall in China's building boom is behind falling coal prices and prices may take longer than the usual 10 year cycle to recover. [more]

Meals for all mothers advocated
A child advocacy group says women who have sick babies in hospital should all get meals, regardless of whether they breastfeed or bottlefeed. [more]

Riders look to compete again in 2016
Equestrians Rachel Stock and Anthea Gunner have given themselves a pass mark in their debut appearance at the Paralympic Games in London and indicated their intentions to compete in Brazil in 2016. [more]

Solomons govt hand over registered land titles to ten tribes
The Solomon Islands government is expected to hand over registered land titles to ten tribes within the Auluta basin, in east Malaita province on Friday. According to the Solomon Star... [more]

CNMI eyed as regional airline hub
The Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands says he wants the CNMI to become a regional airline hub to revive the local economy. Benigno Fitial shared his plan during a... [more]

Pascoe wins silver in the backstroke
The Canterbury swimmer Sophie Pascoe has won her fourth medal at the London Paralympic Games, with a silver in the 100 metres S10 backstroke. Canada's Summer Ashley Mortimer won the... [more]

Pacific conference says consistent state of environment reporting essential
The Pacific Environment Forum says consistent state of environment reporting is essential in guiding policy and decision-making. 80 delegates met earlier this week in Noumea with the focus on the... [more]

Landing gear light failure sparks alert
A pilot of a Boeing 767 approaching Auckland international airport raised the alarm on Wednesday morning after a cockpit light failed to come on when the landing gear should have been in place. [more]

Child suspected of copyright breach
Internet New Zealand chief executive Vikram Kumar believes a child is one of those served with a copyright infringement notice under the three strikes rule in anti-piracy legislation. [more]

Tyre shop back in business soon
A tyre business in Hamilton is expected to open again later on Wednesday after a fire destroyed part of its buildlng. [more]

Winter had two halves
Winter was a season of two halves. NIWA says that while the first half was colder than usual, the second was unusually mild. [more]

Appeal dropped by hunter against sentence
A man sentenced to prison for nine months after he shot and killed another hunter in April has abandoned his appeal. [more]

Court ruling in favour of One Plan
The Environment Court has ruled in favour of a plan by Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council to combat increasing pressure on the area's resources. [more]

More help needed on homicide case
Police investigating the suspicious death of a woman in Upper Hutt last week are seeking more help from the public. [more]

Auction dairy prices up again
International dairy prices rose for the third consecutive auction on Wednesday. [more]

ACP magazines being sold to Bauer
Nine Entertainment in Australia has announced the sale of ACP Magazines to the Bauer media group in Germany. [more]

4th medal for Pascoe
Swimmer Sophie Pascoe of Canterbury has won her fourth medal at the London Paralympic Games, with a silver in the 100 metres S10 backstroke. [more]

Delana's gold medal seen as breakthrough for Fiji's disabled
The President of the Fiji Disabled People's Federation, Sam Vilsoni, says Fiji's gold medal win at the Paralympics is a breakthrough for the whole disabled community in Fiji. Mr Vilsoni... [more]

Housing company consulting police over rebuild village
A company aiming to build more than 1000 temporary housing units for workers helping with the rebuild of Christchurch, is working with police on how the villages should be run. [more]

Man hit by train
A man is dead after being struck by a passenger train near Masterton. [more]

Man charged over sexual assault
A Taupo man has been charged over a sexual assault in the town last Thursday night after valuable information was provided by members of the public to police. [more]

Profit down at wool exporter
Wool Services International has reported a fall in annual profit, which is blames on a fall in wool prices and the high New Zealand dollar. [more]

Solomon Islands looks to Fiji example to improve consumer protection laws
A delegation from the Solomon Islands Government's Price Control Division has been in Fiji for discussions on consumer protection with Fiji's Ministry of Industry and Trade. It spent two days... [more]

American Samoa pet shop owner steps in after only vet clinic closes
An American Samoa veterinary technician says she has been overwhelmed by local demand since the Department of Agriculture shut down the territory's only veterinary clinic. The owner of AT Pet... [more]

CNMI Governor says he'll respond to allegations behind impeachment push
The Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Benigno Fitial, says he will soon address allegations against him that have sparked a push by the opposition to have him... [more]

Sound Archive to be amalgamated with NZ Film Archive
The National Sound Archive is to be split from Radio New Zealand and amalgamated with the New Zealand Film Archive from 1 October. [more]

Mining company delays expansion plans
Citing a recent slump in iron ore prices, Fortescue Metals in Australia is delaying $US1.6 billion expansion plans and is cutting several hundred jobs in the process. Fortescue is the third biggest iron ore producer in Australia. [more]

PNG police officer charged over alleged assault on son's headmaster
A Papua New Guinea police officer, who allegedly assaulted a school headmaster for sending his son home because the boy was not wearing the school uniform, has been charged and... [more]

Stone throwers in Samoa could face serious charges when they appear in court next week
The police in Samoa say 24 people charged with throwing stones could face more serious charges once they appear in court next week. The group from the village of Vaiusu... [more]

Vanuatu citizenship case against Samoan and Tongan dropped
Charges against a Samoan man and a Tongan man that they obtained Vanuatu certificates of citizenship through false and misleading documents has been dropped. The prosecutor, Tristan Karae, abandoned the... [more]

Kiwis train on squad announced
Twelve players have been named in the first Kiwis train-on squad to prepare for next month's rugby league Test match against Australia in Townsville. The players come from the eight... [more]

Tonga seeks more help from New Zealand for solar power development
The Tonga Government has asked New Zealand for further assistance to extend the just commissioned solar electricity plant, the Ma'ama Mai Solar Farm at Popua. Radio Tonga reports the Prime... [more]

Big lift in numbers at Marshall Islands College but many doing developmental courses
More Marshall Islanders are seeking to further their education with a rise in enrolments at the College of the Marshall Islands for the fall semester. Enrolment data shows a record... [more]

Historian says Solomon Islanders killed by old explosives from WW II
A Solomon Islands-based historian says explosives left behind after the Second World War have led to several deaths in recent years. The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced... [more]

Research finds climate change money not filtering down
New research shows much of the climate change aid money pledged by developed countries three years ago is not reaching Pacific communities. The OECD nations pledged 30 billion US dollars... [more]

Trusts seek Supreme Court ruling over Crafar farms
Two Maori trusts have applied to the Supreme Court for leave to challenge the sale of 16 North Island farms formerly owned by the Crafar family which are in receivership. [more]

Fiji regime says journalists should stop self censoring
Fiji's interim government has told journalists in Fiji to stop self-censoring and start reporting the facts. The Permanent Secretary of Information Sharon Smith Johns has urged journalists not to use... [more]

Auckland property market keeps moving
The property market in Auckland continues to bubble along. Barfoot & Thompson sold 1016 houses there in August. [more]

NZ market down
The NZX50 index fell 6 points, or 0.2%, to close at 3670 on turnover of $74 million on Wednesday. [more]

Mussel Processors in receivership
The Tauranga-based North Island Mussel Processors has been placed in receivership, affecting up to 220 jobs. [more]

Immigration powers opposed by Law Society
The New Zealand Law Society says new powers for immigration officers to arrest and detain overstayers for deportation are a recipe for disaster and should be put on hold. [more]

Romanian group kept out of NZ
A group of Romanians suspected of being a criminal gang has been prevented from entering New Zealand. [more]

Need for a Maori bank to be discussed this week
The pros and cons of establishing a Maori bank will be discussed at a conference this week. [more]

Paralympians say TV coverage worst ever
New Zealand Paralympians say the coverage being given to the London Games is the worst it has ever been. [more]

Mussel processing factory in receivership
New Zealand's largest mussel processing factory has been placed into receivership, threatening 20 permanent and 200 seasonal jobs. [more]

Union welcomes provision for sleepover wages
The Cabinet has signed off on the Order in Council allowing health funding to go towards the settlement of wages for people providing care on overnight shifts. [more]

Vanuatu reporters trained how to withstand manipulation by politicians
Vanuatu's Media Association says it's training reporters on how to withstand intimidation by politicians as the general election approaches. The Association's president Evelyn Toa says news media in Vanuatu can... [more]

Equality for women slowly gaining momentum in Pacific
The head of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, says equality for women in the Pacific is slowly gaining movement. Gender equality was a key topic at last week's Pacific Islands Forum... [more]

PM says Govt free to ignore advice on charter schools
Prime Minister John Key says the Government is free to ignore advice from officials after the Ministry of Education warned against unregistered teachers in charter schools. [more]

MP ban on attending water hui 'another blunder'
The Prime Minister's refusal to allow any of his MPs to attend a national hui on water is another blunder, the Green Party says. [more]

David Smoll to head 'super ministry'
The Government's new 'super ministry' has appointed its first chief executive. [more]

Girl dies of suspected meningococcal disease
About six children are on antibiotics following the death of a Wellington schoolgirl from suspected meningococcal disease. [more]

Otago University to take more international students
The University of Otago is set to lift its cap on international students after pressure from the Tertiary Education Minister. [more]

Complaints about judges soar
Complaints about judges rose by 81% in the past year. High Court judges were complained about most often. [more]

Coromandel orchard has kiwifruit vine disease
The kiwifruit vine disease PSA has been confirmed at an orchard in Coromandel following further tests. [more]

Board wants to see more Maori owning homes
The Independent Maori Statutory Board wants to see more Maori owning their own homes. [more]

Meeting space planned for international students
A meeting space is being created for international students in central Christchurch as the city tries to regrow its education market. [more]

Govt urged to step in to ensure smelter's future
The Government is being urged to step in to ensure the future of the Tiwai Point smelter following an announcement that jobs are to be axed. [more]

CTV collapse blamed on designer's 'incompetence'
The man who designed the CTV building took the job despite a lack of experience because he thought it would help him get a promotion, the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission has been told. [more]

PPTA proposes new decile system
The Post Primary Teachers' Association wants a new school decile rating system that reflects the socio-economic backgrounds of all students. [more]

Coroner urges parents to secure heavy items
A Coroner has urged parents to make sure heavy furniture and appliances are made secure after a chest of drawers and TV set fell on a boy and killed him. [more]

Crown opens land case
The Crown has opened its case in the Waitangi Tribunal against a Northland iwi which is demanding that the Government return its land and property. [more]

Crown says trio tried to burn down police station
Three men charged over a crime spree in Wellington stole cars which they used in ram raids and also tried to burn down a police station, a court has been told. [more]