Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 6th September 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, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, Upbeat

Afternoons

Working in Middle Earth
Jay Rei has just returned from two years working in another world, and he never had to leave New Zealand. He spent his days in Middle Earth, setting up the lights and the green screens for Peter Jackson on The Hobbit films. [more]

Best Song Ever Written - Madame Butterfly
Anna Kemble Welch from Wellington has chosen 'Madame Butterfly' from Puccini's opera. [more]

Your Place - Waipu
Waipu was the final destination of one of our great migrations of the 19th century, and although these weren't the first people to land on this sandy northern coastline, they were first to make a permanent home there. This was the arrival of the Nova Scotians in New Zealand. [more]

Highwic house fashion exhibition
In one of New Zealand's finest timber Gothic houses, there are fashion treasures from another era on display. Auckland's Highwic house is hosting a exhibition that pulls together pieces from historic homes all over the upper North Island. Each item, has a story to tell, from the gamourous gowns worn in the late 1800s by Eliza Buckland, who built Highwic house, to a humble shirt that may be the earliest surviving European style garment in New Zealand. [more]

The Arts Report
In some Pacific Island nations the old art of tattoo has long died out, but not Samoa where the tradition called "tatau" is very much alive. Contemporary tattoo artists from Tapou Tatau Studio have been invited along to Wellington's City Gallery for two weeks to showcase their unique tattooing style which blends urban hip hop culture with traditional Samoan patterns. [more]

Southern Story for 6 September 2012 - Schnapp Dragon Distillery
Sage Forest takes her taste for the single malt whisky to a boutique distillery in Takaka. [more]

Southern Story for 6 September 2012 - Schnapp Dragon Distillery
Sage Forest takes her taste for the single malt whisky to a boutique distillery in Takaka. [more]

Our Changing World - Sea Snakes
Poisonous front-fanged sea snakes have washed up, still alive, in Manukau Harbour a few times, but thankfully they landed straight in a preserving jar at the Auckland Museum. Brian Gill looks after the museum's collection of vertebrate animals, and, as he tells Veronika Meduna, the story of the sea snakes in just one of many tales collected in his latest book - 'The Owl that Fell from the Sky'. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 6 September 2012
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with David Slack and Liz Bowen-Clewley (Part 1)
Topics - the leader of the Mana Party, Hone Harawira has lashed out at Maori Party MPs who've suggested they won't attend a national water rights hui. A Facebook "confessions" page has upset civic leaders in Hawkes Bay, who are concerned about the image it projects of the region. The anonymous confessions include sexual exploits, robberies and misadventures - many of them recounted using very poor spelling and grammar. [more]

The Panel with David Slack and Liz Bowen-Clewley (Part 2)
Topics - Could bragging be the key to getting a promotion at work? A Young People's Survey by Sport NZ confirms that New Zealand really is a sports-mad country. Speaking of school sports, both the referee and assistant ref were attacked when a rugby match between two Auckland schools ended in a mass brawl. Witnesses say the brawl erupted when supporters of South Auckland school De La Salle invaded the field after the final whistle of a College 2B grade match, last month, against Auckland Grammar. [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 6 September 2012
Simon Morris reviews two films, both starring Bruce Willis, that couldn't be more different - Sylvester Stallone's Expendables 2, and the quirky comedy Moonrise Kingdom. And he talks to one of the top producers of American independent films, Ted Hope, about the future of movies - are we doomed to 3D blockbusters forever? [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 6 September 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 6 September 2012
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 6 September 2012
The slowing global economy curbs job growth expectations. Nokia's stock falls after it launches its rival in the smartphone market and the stockmarket rises. [more]

Evening Business for 6 September 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 6 September 2012
News from the business sector. [more]

CEISMIC

Lawyer argues design faults did not cause CTV to collapse
The lawyer for the man whose company designed the CTV building says it was the strength and number of Canterbury earthquakes that caused its collaspe, and not any design faults. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 6 September 2012
Urgent changes called for after biopsy mix-ups led to three women losing breasts unnecessarily. Problems paying thousands of teachers and support staff and Bill Clinton tells America they must re-elect President Obama. [more]

Medical labs told to lift their game
The country's medical laboratories are being called on to make urgent changes after mix-ups of biopsy samples led to three women having breasts removed when they didn't have cancer. [more]

Several errors to be addressed in new school pay system
Five-thousand school staff have been underpaid and 15 haven't been paid at all in the first run of the new school payroll system. [more]

Bill Clinton says Americans must re-elect Obama
The former US president Bill Clinton has told Americans they must re-elect Barack Obama. [more]

Government faces accusations it's not doing enough
The Government 's being accused of not doing enough to create jobs as a series of job losses builds up a perception that employment growth has stalled. [more]

RNZ reporter on bus crash in Christchurch
Three people are in hospital and five houses have lost power, after a bus crashed into a power pole in Christchurch this afternoon. [more]

Sports News for 6 September 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Lawyer hopes ripoff jeans case will deter counterfeiters
The lawyer for a designer jeans company says he hopes the first significant prosecution over fake clothing will deter others from ripping off high-fashion brands. [more]

Shipping owner could be charged with criminal negligence
The PNG government says shipping owner Peter Sharp could be charged with criminal negligence for the deaths of up to 161 people in a ferry sinking last February. [more]

Life sized figure of Christ returned
More than 100 people gathered at the Futuna Chapel in Wellington this afternoon to witness the return of a life-sized figure of Christ which was stolen more than a decade ago. [more]

Andy Roddick bows out of tennis
The American tennis veteran Andy Roddick has bid a tearful farewell to the game after losing to Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round of the U.S. Open. [more]

Medical laboritories are told to make urgent changes
The country's medical laboratories are being called on to make urgent changes after mix-ups of biopsy samples led to three women having breasts removed when they didn't have cancer. [more]

New teachers' pay system criticised
More now on the 5-thousand school staff who have been underpaid and 15 who haven't been paid at all in the first run of the new school payroll system. [more]

Former Aussie PM says NZ need Chinese investment
The former Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, says it's hypocritical for New Zealand to want to export to China but baulk at the Chinese investing here. [more]

Australian Christian Lobby compares smoking to homosexuality.
The head of the Australian Christian Lobby has compared the health effects of smoking to homosexuality. [more]

Sports News for 6 September 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Public told to swarm the Government on child poverty
A Dunedin forum on child poverty has been told the public must act like a swarm of mosquitos and sting the Government into action. [more]

Court knocks back Whanganui's bid to get rid of sex criminal
Just why Whanganui failed in its bid to reverse sex predator Stewart Murray Wilson's release to live just outside the city, has been made clearer. [more]

Investigation into paedophile teacher about to begin
A Far North School's investigation into how its deputy principal got away with sexually abusing at least a dozen boys for years is about to begin and should last a month. [more]

New survey shows boys are favouring football over rugby.
New research shows more boys are still opting to play football over Rugby. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 6 September 2012
Doubt cast on the possibility of the Tiwai Point smelter closing and teachers report major problems with the ministry of education's new payroll system. [more]

Midday Sports News for 6 September 2012
Andy Roddick bows out at the US Tennis Open. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 6 September 2012
Labour says Government's taken eye off the ball, 'Where's the jobs creation plan?' CTU asks govt, Organisers dismiss Govt decision to reject national hui, Costa Rica hit by 7.6 magnitude earthquake, Engineer feared job loss if he witheld CTV approval, Bill Clinton has hard act to follow at Democrat's convention, Council report finds community groups suffer under pokie deal. [more]

Australian government proposes storing internet data
An proposed law that would allow the Australian government to view the internet browsing habits of ALL Australians is being roundly criticised. [more]

Fractious debate at Auckland Council over pohutukawa logo
Rolling eyes, heavy sighs and a walkout -- all part of a heated hour and a half-long debate at the Auckland Council -- about logos and branding. [more]

Pacific News for 6 September 2012
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

PM says Tiwai job losses reflect international situation
Tiwai Point Aluminum smelter is to shed 100 jobs within weeks unless it can get a better electricity deal with Meridian energy. [more]

Labour says Government's taken eye off the ball
The Labour Party says the Government is so consumed by its plan to sell off state-owned assets that it's forgetting about the need to create jobs in the economy. [more]

'Where's the jobs creation plan?' CTU asks govt
The Council of Trade Unions President, Helen Kelly, is with us. [more]

Organisers dismiss Govt decision to reject national hui
The Government's decision not to back a national hui on water rights is being dismissed as irrelevant by its organisers. [more]

Organisers dismiss Govt decision to reject national hui
The Government's decision not to back a national hui on water rights is being dismissed as irrelevant by its organisers. [more]

Costa Rica hit by 7.6 magnitude earthquake
A powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake has rocked Costa Rica, killing at least two people, cutting power and temporarily triggering a tsunami warning. [more]

Engineer feared job loss if he witheld CTV approval
The Royal Commission investigating the fatal collapse of the CTV building has been told the man who approved its design was pressured to do so even though he had concerns about the structure. [more]

Bill Clinton has hard act to follow at Democrat's convention
Former president Bill Clinton has a hard act to follow at the U.S. Democratic Party Convention in North Carolina today, after a rapturous audience yesterday lapped up Michelle Obama's speech. [more]

Council report finds community groups suffer under pokie deal
Auckland communities will lose three and a half million dollars in funding grants a year if SkyCity gets more pokies. [more]

Sports News for 6 September 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Quebec reels from political shooting
The gunman who opened fired during the victory speech of Quebec's newly elected premier at a Montreal nightclub is currently under guard at a hospital in Montreal. [more]

Warren Gatland appointed as Lions coach
Hamilton born Warren Gatland is the newly-appointed head coach of the British and Irish Lions team which is set to tour Australia next year. [more]

Sound Archives splits from Radio New Zealand
The country's largest collection of sound recordings is moving from Radio New Zealand and will now be managed by the Film Archive. [more]

Commodity producers suffer as prices fall further
The possibility of more job losses is hanging over companies and workers in the commodity sector as prices and demand for their products tumbles. [more]

Smelter uncertainty threatens electricity industry
Listening to that, Craigs Investment Partners Head of Research, Grant Swanepoel. [more]

Rena crew members to be deported today
The captain and navigational officer of the cargo ship Rena, which ran aground off Bay of Plenty last year, will be deported to the Philippines today. [more]

Grassroots campaign against ironsand mining underway
An environmental group has started a grassroots campaign against the mining of ironsands off the west coast of the North Island. [more]

Huntly Bypass, Transmission Gully being considered for PPPs
Another major roading project may be partially privately funded. [more]

Sports News for 6 September 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Local government analyst talks to ratepayers
The veteran local government analyst Larry Mitchell has found a new audience for his reports on how councils are performing. [more]

Call for more effort to keep arthritis sufferers working
Arthritis New Zealand says musculoskeletal disorders are costing the country more than five billion dollars a year, and much more should be done to keep those affected working. [more]

Taranaki fisherman install alarms to ward off Maui dolphin
A New Plymouth fisherman has forked out thousands of dollars on Australian-made pingers to keep endangered Maui's Dolphin away from his nets. [more]

Sharapova takes big match at US Tennis Open
Turning now to the US Tennis Open, and it may have taken two and a half hours, in a rain plagued match played over two days, but Maria Sharapova is finally through to the semi finals of the womens draw. [more]

Nights

Amazing Brains
Neuropsychologist Pascal Saker, a boffin on how we best can use our brains. [more]

Science: Astronomy
Superintendent of Mt John University Observatory, astronomer Alan Gilmore raises our gaze to the planets and stars and beyond. Tonight, measuring the movement of galaxies. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 7. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

The axing of 100 jobs at Tiwai aluminium smelter
With Brian Gaynor - the Executive Director of fund manager, Milford Asset Management. [more]

UK Correspondent - Kate Adie
A parliament reshuffle and the Paralympics [more]

Feature Guest - Ken Budd
When his father died, Ken Budd was spurred to create a legacy beyond "being tall, and enjoying watching TV". His voluntourism stints began within the US, helping clean-up New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina. It's also taken him to Costa Rica, Ecuador, China, the West Bank, and Kenya. [more]

Book Review - NW
Written by Zadie Smith, reviewed by Jolisa Gracewood and published by Hamish Hamilton. [more]

New Technology With Donald Clark
Printable guns; focus on security - NZ security community wants to grow and grass roots CryptoParties. [more]

Archeology and Heritage with Brigid Gallagher
Bridgid talks about volcanism in light of the recent White Island and Tongariro eruptions - the implications for archaeology and heritage. Apps for virtual heritage tours, and the rise in the potential for arm chair archaeology with the advent of Google Earth, satellite technology etc. [more]

Media with Gavin Ellis
A new editor for The Press, plus Twitter, trolls and Charlotte Dawson's media management. [more]

Our Changing World

1912 in Antarctica
Chris Turney talks about his latest book, 1912 - The Year the World Discovered Antarctica [more]

Building Energy End-use Study
A BRANZ study is examining energy and water consumption in commercial buildings [more]

Sunshine Vitamin
Massey University's Vitamin D Research Centre investigates the role Vitamin D plays in health and disease [more]

OCW Mystery Sound 8
The eighth mystery sound from the Our Changing World opening theme [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 6 September 2012
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 6 September 2012
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 6 September 2012
The Maori Council's being told that it might be time to give over the lead role on the debate about water to the Iwi Chairs Forum; The Maori college, Hato Petera, has been told by the Education Review Office that it needs to make several improvements, but its hostel is in good shape; Te Papa Museum says its pounamu exhibition to China resonates with their culture because they can also relate to the mythological taniwha stories about greenstone; A Brisbane based rugby league coach is urging New Zealand Rugby League to put more resources into developing young Maori players in Australia so they don't play for Queensland or New South Wales. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 6 September 2012
The Education Review Office says the Maori college, Hato Petera, needs to make several improvements, but its hostel is in good shape; The Maori Council's being told that it might be time to give over the lead role on the water debate to the Iwi Chairs Forum; Te Papa Museum says its pounamu exhibition to China resonates with their culture because they can also relate to the mythological taniwha stories about greenstone; A Brisbane based rugby league coach is urging New Zealand Rugby League to put more resources into developing young Maori players in Australia - so they don't play for Queensland or New South Wales. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 6 September 2012
An arm of the Iwi Chairs Forum is planning to spell out its relationship with the Crown when it attends a water rights hui called by the Maori King; Meanwhile, the Maori Council is rejecting a suggesting that it should to step aside and let the Iwi Chairs Forum lead the debate on Maori water rights; Some members of Rangitane in the Lower North island want to put a stop to their tribe's Treaty settlement; A series of panels identifying significant Maori sites prior to European settlement have been put up near New Plymouth's popular coastal walkway. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 6 September 2012
The Maori Council is rejecting a suggesting that it should to step aside and let the Iwi Chairs Forum lead the debate on Maori water rights; An arm of the Iwi Chairs Forum is planning to spell out its relationship with the Crown when it attends a water rights hui called by the Maori King; Some members of Rangitane in the Lower North island want to put a stop to their tribe's Treaty settlement; A series of panels identifying significant Maori sites prior to European settlement have been put up near New Plymouth's popular coastal walkway. [more]

Upbeat

Oliver von Dohnany
NZ Opera Bartered Bride conductor. Czech conductor in the country for last week's Lexus Song Quest final and NZ Opera's upcoming production of Smetana's The Bartered Bride. [more]

Wyn Davies
Welsh conductor leading the NZSO National Youth Orchestra and National Youth Choir for a concert in Christchurch this week. [more]

News stories:

Samoa National Council Churches praises Rev Sun Myung Moon
Samoa's National Council of Churches general secretary, Reverend Ma'auga Motu, has praised the late founder of the Unification Church, the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, for his contribution to peace. The... [more]

Cyclists win silver in time trial event
Southland tandem cyclists Philippa Gray and Laura Thompson have claimed a silver medal at the London Paralympics. The win pushed the New Zealand team's medal tally above that in Beijing four years ago. [more]

Patent licence issued for new food bar
The One Square Meal food bar has been granted a New Zealand patent that puts it in a brand new class of food and beverage. Applications are pending in other countries. [more]

Benefits to be cut for those on arrest warrants
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has confirmed that the Government will cut any benefits being received by people who outstanding arrest warrants. [more]

Call to stop under-funding services for Maori children
A Canadian advocate for indigenous children says governments around the world need to stop under-funding services for indigenous children, including Maori. [more]

Dairy prices rise at Fonterra auction
An expectation that the supply of dairy products will slow has helped lift prices globally, with Fonterra's twice-monthly auction rising by 6% to an average winning price of $US3174 a tonne. [more]

Council wary of changes to Local Government Act
The Auckland Council is opposing proposed reforms to the Local Government Act, saying it is too soon to change the structure used to set it up two years ago. [more]

No evidence for Pistorius blade claims
The International Paralympic Committee says there is no substance to allegations from sprint star Oscar Pistorius about the length of his rivals' artificial running blades. South Africa had made a... [more]

NZ team top Beijing medal haul
The New Zealand team has won its 13th Paralympic medal at the London Games, topping their 12-medal haul from Beijing four years ago. The Southland tandem cyclists Philippa Gray and... [more]

Zanardi wins hand cycling gold
The former Formula One driver Alessandro Zanardi has claimed victory at the British track where first place always eluded him in motor sport, winning gold in the Paralympic hand-cycling race... [more]

Sydney FC sign Del Piero
Sydney FC have pulled off the highest-profile signing in the eight-year history of the A-League football competition with the signing of the Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero. Reports from Italian... [more]

Boks make five changes for Wallabies in Perth
South Africa has named its team to take on Australia in Perth on Saturday with Western Province No.8 Duane Vermeulen set to make his Springbok debut in their third Rugby... [more]

Qing Hua to make F1 first for China at Monza
Ma Qing Hua will become the first Chinese driver to take part in a Formula One grand prix when he replaces Indian Narain Karthikeyan at the wheel of an HRT... [more]

Turbos win in Taniwha country
Manawatu's won its first provincial rugby game in this season's ITM Cup with a 33-20 away win over Northland in Whangarei. After Northland's upset win over Waikato the Taniwha were... [more]

Commodity producers suffer as prices fall
Companies and workers in the raw commodity sector are pessimistic about the future as a cooling global economy forces job cuts and streamlines production. [more]

Fiji official says prevention is key to addressing disasters
Fiji's permanent secretary for Disaster Management, Colonel Inia Seruiratu, says a change in the culture of reaction to one of prevention is what is needed to effectively address disasters. His... [more]

Magiagi village in Samoa allow EPC workers to count used electricity units
The Magiagi village council in Samoa has allowed meter readers from the Electric Power Corporation to read the power units of each household in the village. The move will verify... [more]

PNG's O'Neill leaves country for APEC
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has left the country to join other Leaders from APEC, the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation, in Russia. Leaders of APEC's 21 member economies will... [more]

Michael Owen signs for Stoke
The former England football striker Michael Owen has been thrown a career lifeline by Stoke City, signing up on a free transfer. The Premier League board has approved the transfer... [more]

Silver Ferns to use lineout moves against Australia
The New Zealand netball coach Wai Taumaunu says the Silver Ferns will adopt the Northern Mystics' lineout lifting technique in the upcoming Constellation Cup series against Australia. The move was... [more]

Hamilton set to leave McLaren
The British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of leaving McLaren to drive for Mercedes next season. The BBC's F1 chief analyst Eddie Jordan says Hamilton will... [more]

Six OPM members remain in Indonesian police custody
Indonesian police say they have detained six separatist rebels over an attack which left four dead in the restive province of Papua. The rebel Free Papua Movement, OPM, which has... [more]

Engineer 'pressured' to approve CTV building
The inquiry into the fatal collapse of the CTV building has been told the man who approved its design was pressured to do so despite his concerns. [more]

Pounamu exhibition taken to China
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]

ERO finds high-profile Maori college lacking
The Education Review Office says the Maori college, Hato Petera, needs to make several improvements, but its hostel is in good shape. [more]

NZ Rugby League urged to invest in Maori players in Australia
A Brisbane-based rugby league coach is urging New Zealand Rugby League to put more resources into developing young Maori players in Australia - so they don't play for Queensland or New South Wales. [more]

Jailed Rena crew set to be deported
Two men jailed over the grounding of the Rena container ship have been released from prison and are set to be deported from New Zealand on Thursday. [more]

Communities will lose under SkyCity pokie expansion - report
Auckland communities will lose $3.5 million a year in funding if SkyCity gets more pokie machines, according to a council-commissioned report. [more]

Musculoskeletal disorders cost NZ $5.5b a year
Arthritis and other musculoskeletal disorders are reducing the productivity of thousands of New Zealanders, a report has concluded. [more]

All Whites set for tough World Cup qualifier in New Caledonia
The New Zealand men's footballers are expecting another tough game against New Caledonia as they begin the next stage of World Cup qualifying. The All Whites will compete with New... [more]

T20 series ideal World Cup warm-up
The fourth Twenty20 cricket World Cup starts later this month in Sri Lanka and the New Zealand men's team is looking at the upcoming two-match series in India as a... [more]

Amla leads South Africa to final ODI win
Hashim Amla piled on the runs once again as he led South Africa to a series-levelling seven-wicket win in the fifth and final one-day cricket international against England at Trent... [more]

Manchester United sign Chilean striker Henriquez
Chile under-23 striker Angelo Henriquez has completed his move to the Premier League football giants Manchester United. The 18-year-old has joined from Universidad de Chile for an undisclosed fee. United... [more]

Coppins makes Yamaha bow
The New Zealand motocross rider Josh Coppins will make his final appearances at the top level for his former team Monster Energy Yamaha in the upcoming FIM Motocross World Championship... [more]

Doctors rule out surgery for Nadal
Doctors have ruled out surgery to treat Rafael Nadal's knee injury and he could be back on the practice court in a month. The 26-year-old has been on the sidelines... [more]

Pomeroy pays the new price for a shoulder charge
Cronulla Sharks player Ben Pomeroy will miss Sunday's National Rugby League elimination final against Canberra after he was handed a two-game suspension for a shoulder charge on North Queensland star... [more]

Construction activity rises slightly
Building activity picked up marginally for the June quarter after a rise in residential construction work in Canterbury. [more]

Australia's GDP expands 6% in June quarter
Stronger domestic demand has helped boost economic activity in Australia, with gross domestic product expanding 0.6% in the three months to June. [more]

NZ economic competitiveness rises - report
New Zealand's economic competitiveness has reversed recent falls. [more]

Dairy prices not yet high enough for bigger payout - economist
An economist says global dairy prices will need to continue to increase before Fonterra raises its payout forecast for farmers. [more]

Fisherman installs 'pingers' to protect Maui's dolphins
A New Plymouth fisherman says he has spent thousands of dollars on alarms that ward off the critically endangered Maui's dolphin. [more]

Sound Archives to be handled by Film Archive
The management of the country's largest collection of sound recordings is moving from Radio New Zealand to the New Zealand Film Archive. [more]

Value of NZX trades rises in August
The value of trades in shares and other securities on the New Zealand stock exchange rose in August - though the total number fell. [more]

Southern Travel Holdings reports profit
Southern Travel Holdings has reported a profit, boosted by the Rugby World Cup. It follows three years of losses. [more]

Stone throwers in Samoa could face more serious charges
The police in Samoa say 25 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]

Blue Sky Communications pleased with expansion to Samoa
Blue Sky Communications says its expansion to Samoa has enabled it to maintain staff in American Samoa despite reduced economic conditions. BlueSky purchased Samoa's telecommunications company, Samoa Tel two years... [more]

American Samoan fisherman assured fishing at Sanctuary not banned
Fishermen in American Samoa have been assured that fishing at news sites of the National Marine Sanctuary in the territory will not be banned. The superintendent of the Fagatele Bay... [more]

PNG's Bank South Pacific posts solid profit
Papua New Guinea's Bank South Pacific has posted a consolidated operating profit of 128 million US dollars for the first half of the year - an increase of 22.7 percent... [more]

Roading projects considered for public-private partnerships
The Transport Agency is considering a public private partnership for the construction of Transmission Gully, north of Wellington, and the Huntly bypass section of the Waikato expressway. [more]

KVH meets Waikato kiwifruit growers about PSA
Representatives from Kiwifruit Vine Health will meet growers in Waikato on Thursdayto update them on initial results from its investigation into how PSA arrived in the region. [more]

Manawatu farmers say ruling will increase their costs
Farmers in the Manawatu-Whanganui region say an Environment Court ruling on a new regional plan is going to make farming more costly and challenging. [more]

Call for more roading money for Gisborne region
Federated Farmers is challenging the Government to increase road funding for the Gisborne region in light of the plan to keep the railway line closed. [more]

Whitelock dropped because of form
The All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says a dip in form is the reason lock Sam Whitelock has been dropped for Saturday's Rugby Championship match against Argentina in Wellington. In... [more]

Sport: Cricketing greats looking forward to PNG BigBash
The former England cricketer Graeme Hick is looking forward to donning the pads once again after arriving in Papua New Guinea for the annual BigBash tournament. It's the first visit... [more]

Del Potro ends A-Rod's run at Flushing Meadows
The American veteran Andy Roddick has bowed out of tennis at the US Open, the 30-year-old beaten in four sets by Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round... [more]

Sport: Solomons' Bonitos target home victories
Solomon Islands coach Jacob Moli says it's vital his team gets off to a winning start in the latest round of Oceania World Cup football qualifiers on Friday. Just four... [more]

Cowdrey becomes Australia's best Paralympian
Matthew Cowdrey has become Australia's greatest Paralympian after collecting his 11th gold medal at the London Games. The 23-year-old swimmer eclipsed sprinter Tim Sullivan's mark of 10 Paralympic titles by... [more]

Group objects to ironsand mining
An environmental group has started a grassroots campaign against the mining of ironsands off the west coast of the North Island. [more]

Maori King praised for calling national hui on water
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 the Government's ongoing mentality of trying to divide and conquer iwi and hapu. [more]

Report into man's death outlines failures
A report by the Health and Disability Commissioner has pointed to systematic failures in dealing with a 69-year old man who died at Whangarei Hospital. [more]

7-year-old attacked in home
Police are investigating the indecent assault of a seven-year-old girl at her Mt Maunganui home. [more]

Sharapova vs Azarenka: the battle of the scream queens
Maria Sharapova's set up an all-star semi-final at the US Open tennis tournament, after beating France's Marion Bartoli in three sets in their quarter-final. The Russian will face Belarussia's world... [more]

Djokovic tells US Open to cover up
Defending champion Novak Djokovic has told US Open tennis chiefs, who have consistently refused to build a roof over Flushing Meadows' stadiums, to cover the courts to reduce rain-induced scheduling... [more]

American Samoa elections office seeks more money
American Samoa's chief election officer says the upcoming elections will be the most costly in the territory's history because of the number of candidates running for office. Soliai Tuipine Fuimaono... [more]

Samoa Prime Minister takes on role of Minister of Legislative Assembly
Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi has taken over as the Minister of the Legislative Assembly. The portfolio had been held by Deputy Prime Minister, Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo since the... [more]

Significant interest among youth in Prince William's Solomons' visit
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine, face a busy programme when they arrive in Solomon Islands at the end of next week. The royal couple will spend... [more]

Niue leader has concerns about additional airlines operating on the island
The Premier of Niue says he has reservations about efforts by two Pacific airlines to introduce flights between Niue, the Cook Islands and Tonga. Niue is currently served by a... [more]

US words on Papua don't match its actions, says ETAN
The East Timor & Indonesia Action Network says that the US Secretary of State's latest comments on the Papua region do not match her administration's actions. Hillary Clinton has urged... [more]

Vanuatu Ministers who allegedly boarded Phocea illegally due in court tomorrow
Vanuatu police have confirmed that they have taken statements from two Cabinet Ministers alleged to have illegally boarded the super yacht Phocea. The vessel's owner and crew have been under... [more]

Government breaks jobs pledge, says CTU
The president of the Council of Trade Unions says the Government has broken a pledge to create more jobs. [more]

Water hui organisers untroubled at Crown's absence
The spokesperson for the Maori King says the Prime Minister was never going to be invited to a national hui on water rights. [more]

Chinese delegation signs economic deals
The biggest Chinese delegation ever to visit Wellington will sign a new economic partnership agreement with the region's mayors. [more]

Rinehart accused of insulting worforce
Australian billionaire Gina Rinehart has been accused of insulting her workforce and trying to incite moral panic in comments she made in a rare video appearance. [more]

Nokia unveils new smartphone
Nokia has taken the wraps off what could be its last chance product - the Lumia smartphones. [more]

Farm nutrient tracking programme upgrade
Farmers and growers have been handed a newly upgraded version of the main tool available for managing fertiliser and other nutrients on their properties. [more]

Regional plan ruling 'sets precedent'
Fish and Game says an Environment Court ruling on farming restrictions in the Manawatu-Whanganui regional plan will set a precedent for the rest of the country. [more]

Australasian doctors donate oxygen monitors to Papua New Guinea hospitals
Australasian anaesthetists have donated 93 simple oxygen monitors to hospitals throughout Papua New Guinea. The monitors, known as pulse oximeters, were donated by the Australian and New Zealand College of... [more]

China to assist Fiji's rice industry
The Ministry of Agriculture in Fiji says China has offered to provide machinery and technical advice to help Fiji boost its rice industry. A delegation from China recently visited Fiji... [more]

American Samoa elections will have highest ever number of women candidates
The 2012 elections in American Samoa will include the highest number of female candidates in the Territory's history. 60 candidates are vying for the 20 House of Representatives seats. And... [more]

US military support for Indonesia questioned after call for peaceful resolution in Papua
The East Timor & Indonesia Action Network has questioned the US Secretary of State's call for peaceful resolution to conflict in Papua when her government is providing more weapons to... [more]

Teenager missing from Manawatu town
Police hold fears for the safety of a 15-year-old girl missing from the Manawatu town of Feilding. [more]

Termite riddled stadium in the Marshall Islands in danger of collapse
A Japanese Government report says the roof of the main sports complex in Majuro in the Marshall Islands is in danger of collapse and needs to be demolished and removed. [more]

Taranaki council says health of waterways improving
The Taranaki Regional Council says the overall health of its rivers and streams is improving. [more]

NZ to submit own proposal for Ross Sea protection
The New Zealand Government will submit its own proposal for a Marine Protected Area in the Ross Sea, rather than a joint one with the United States. [more]

Meeting to discuss action to stop Cathedral demolition
A public meeting on Thursday night will discuss legal action being taken to save the ChristChurch Cathedral from demolition. [more]

Labour says Govt not doing enough to create jobs
The Government is facing accusations it is not doing enough to create jobs in the wake of a series of announcements of job cuts. [more]

Indonesian lawmakers set up working committees on Papua
Indonesia's House of Representatives has set up working committees to address the problematic security situation in Papua and West Papua provinces. The two committees have been formed as a follow-up... [more]

Property listings in August rise 10% on previous month
More people put their homes on the market last month in anticipation of the traditional spring sellers season. [more]

Rockfall closes part of SH6 near Hawea
State Highway 6 has been re-opened to a single lane on Thursday following work to clear a large slip. [more]

Maori Council rejects it should step down on water talks
The Maori Council is rejecting a suggestion that it should step aside and let the Iwi Chairs Forum lead the debate on Maori water rights. [more]

Iwi Chairs sub-group to tell of role with Crown
An arm of the Iwi Chairs Forum is planning to spell out its relationship with the Crown when it attends a water rights hui called by the Maori King. [more]

New Plymouth panels to promote Maori landmarks
A series of panels identifying significant Maori sites prior to European settlement have been put up near New Plymouth's popular coastal walkway. [more]

Sport: Cricketing greats arrive in PNG for Big Bash
A host of cricketing greats have arrived in Papua New Guinea for this weekend's annual Twenty20 Big Bash tournament. Among those taking part are the former Australian fast bowler Merv... [more]

Call to ban strong beer in American Samoa
American Samoa's Public Defender, Ruth Risch Fuatagai, has urged lawmakers to consider banning high alcohol beer imports. She says some beer brands being imported into the territory have a very... [more]

PNG businesses play a positive in fighting TB - World Vision
World Vision says the involvement of major businesses has helped contain the spread of tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea. World Vision's country director, Curt von Boguslawski, says PNG is beginning... [more]

PNG Opposition Leader says parliamentary adjournment a bad precedent
Papua New Guinea's opposition leader Belden Namah has criticised the government for adjourning the new parliamentary sitting until to next month just two days after it opened. The newspaper, The... [more]

American Samoa lawmakers approve measures to pay outstanding court judgements
The American Samoa Legislature has approved two measures totalling more 300 thousand US dollars to pay separate High Court judgements against the American Samoa Government. 32 thousand 500 dollars is... [more]

Solomons Government set to seek 33 million US dollar supplementary budget
The Solomon Islands Government is expected to seek an additional 33 million US dollars in a supplementary budget when Parliament meets next week. The Solomon Star says as part of... [more]

Poor political leadership partly at fault for Solomons' struggle to achieve MDGs
The Pacific Islands Forum says Solomon Islands appears unlikely to achieve the eight United Nations Millenium Development Goals by 2015. The human development goals aim to reduce or eliminate poverty,... [more]

Tougher rules will stop water pollution - scientist
Tougher regulations are the only way to stop water pollution, a scientist says. [more]

Crown urged to stop Rangitane settlement
Some members of Rangitane in the lower North Island want to put a stop to their tribe's Treaty settlement. [more]

Tuam St open for first time since quake
Tuam Street in Christchurch has reopened to traffic for the first time since the February earthquake in 2011 and is accessible as a west-to-east one-way system. [more]

Man sought after house fire-bombed
A man is being sought in Christchurch in relation to the fire-bombing of a house on Tuesday night. [more]

Stolen statue to be restored at Te Papa
A life-sized figure of Christ stolen more than a decade ago has been taken to the national museum, Te Papa, for restoration. [more]

Lawyer hopes jeans case will deter counterfeiters
A lawyer for a high-fashion jeans company hopes the first significant prosecution for counterfeit clothing will deter other retailers from ripping off designer brands. [more]

Man in hospital after bus hits power pole
An elderly man is in hospital in a stable condition after a bus crashed into a power pole in the Christchurch suburb of St Martins. [more]

$5m donated to Otago University for heart research
A Christchurch-based research programme, which is making breakthroughs in understanding and treating heart conditions, has received a $5 million anonymous donation. [more]

Driver crashes in Hamilton while being pursued by police
Police in Waikato say a driver fleeing from police officers has crashed into a car carrying a man and his daughter. [more]

Council debt 'hidden' by internal borrowing
Local government analyst Larry Mitchell says many councils are hiding the true extent of their debt by internal borrowing. [more]

Man seriously hurt in Hutt crash
A man has been seriously injured in a car crash in Stokes Valley. [more]

Howard warns not to dismiss foreign investment
Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard says New Zealand should not be hypocritical when it comes to foreign investment. [more]

Judge says council not a 'busy body' over Wilson
A High Court judge says the Wanganui District Council cannot be dismissed as a "busy body litigant" in its fight against Stewart Murray Wilson. [more]

Boys more keen on football than rugby - survey
Boys are favouring football over rugby, a new survey shows. [more]