Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 10th October 2012

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

Afternoons

Rocky the turtle returns
Rocky is the much-loved pet at the Tainui Village Rest Home in New Plymouth. That is until about seven months ago. Then Rocky just disappeared. For seven months the residents would ask, "Where's Rocky?" They put signs up asking if anyone had seen her. They never gave up hope. Then this weekend, out of the blue, a staff member heard something knocking on the back door. It was Rocky. She had come home. [more]

Best Song Ever Written - Little Boy Lost
Ross MacDonald from Waipukurau has chosen 'Little Boy Lost' by Johnny Ashcroft. [more]

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

Bookseller Bill Noble retires
After 34 years as manager of the University Book shop in Dunedin, Bill Noble is starting a new chapter in his life. He's retiring. [more]

Virtual World with Jules Older
Topics - should you insure your cellphone?, driverless cars now legal in California (as well as Nevada and Florida), Caine's Arcade in East Los Angeles and Pandora. [more]

Auckland Story for 10 October 2012 - Dutch Elm Disease
Auckland's elm population is under threat once more, after 50 trees succumbed to the fast-spreading Dutch elm disease in the suburb of Whitford. While the disease faded from the headlines since its initial discovery in a central Auckland park in 1989, arborists say it remains a risk to all estimated 17,000 elm trees in Auckland and those throughout New Zealand. Lisa Thompson met up with two men who are helping to try and stop the disease spreading south of the Bombays. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 10 October 2012
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Michael Deaker and Gordon Brown (Part 1)
Should we increase the age of eligibility for National Superannuation and use the saved money to fund more services to stop child abuse? The President of the Paediatric Society Dr Rosemary Marks and Starship hospital's Dr Patrick Kelly have both proposed raising the pension age. [more]

The Panel with Michael Deaker and Gordon Brown (Part 2)
Topics - The World Wildlife Fund is accusing the government of ignoring the signatures of 30 thousand people in a global email petition urging Prime Minister John Key to save the endangered Maui's dolphin. Foreign TV shows will be gently steered away from filming sheep and Maori culture, after tourism executives complained they portray New Zealand in a "disappointing and inappropriate manner". [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 10 October 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 10 October 2012
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 10 October 2012
Steel and Tube's shares tumble after its major investor sell its stake. The miner Rio Tinto is cautious about its future prospects amid slowing growth and the share market falls half a percent. [more]

Evening Business for 10 October 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 10 October 2012
Shares in Steel and Tube have fallen 8% to $2.22 each after its Australian majority owner sold its stake. [more]

CEISMIC

Christchurch rentals market remains tough
More than 18 months since the Canterbury earthquakes the rental property shortage continues to worsen, and there are predictions it won't be easing anytime soon. [more]

Police in Canterbury are honoured
Police officers and staff in Christchurch, who have been called the heroes of the February 2011 earthquake, have been honored today for their actions including a daring crane rescue. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Wednesday 10 October 2012
New higher costs for legal highs. The government's books take a turn for the better and Christchurch heroes are honoured. [more]

Fines and hefty fees on legal highs to come in
People caught with banned party pills or synthetic cannabis will be fined up to 300-dollars from next August and the manufacturers of so-called legal highs will also have to pay hefty fees to have them approved. [more]

Government halves operating deficit
The Government has halved its operating deficit, excluding gains and losses, to nine-point-two billion dollars in the year to the end of June. [more]

Guilty verdicts entered at Silverstream home invasion trial
A jury has returned guilty verdicts against two men accused of confronting a couple in their Silverstream home and making off with jewellery and between 50 and 80 thousand dollars cash. [more]

Sports News for 10 October 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

More on legal high manufacturers being targeted
People caught with banned party pills or synthetic cannabis will be fined up to 300-dollars from next August and the manufacturers of so-called legal highs will also have to pay hefty fees to have them approved. [more]

Canada has reservations about Huawei
Canada has become the latest country to hint it will exclude the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei from helping to build a secure government communications network. [more]

Sensible Sentencing Trust says Crown Law costs are appalling
Supporters of victims of crime are horrified Crown Law has almost spent more defending a claim for compensation than the amount of money being sought by the victim. [more]

Principal investigated for not stopping abusive sleepovers
The Teachers Council is investigating the principal of a Far North school for not stopping his deputy principal from having sleepovers, during which he sexually abused boys. [more]

Flood prone ares of Christchurch are reassessed
New houses going up on Christchurch's low lying flood plains may have to be built on higher foundations. [more]

Police cutting more backroom jobs
The police are poised to cut up to 45 more backroom jobs on top of the 125 non-sworn positions that have already gone. [more]

Blows traded over Australian Speaker's exit
To Australia now, where politicians are trading blows over the extraordinary departue of the Speaker Peter Slipper. [more]

Sports News for 10 October 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Labour welcomes halving of benefit.
The Labour Party has welcomed the halving of the deficit to nine-point-two billion dollars in the year to the end of June. [more]

Google has not destroyed all information
It has been revealed today that Google has not destroyed all information collected from unsecured Wi-Fi networks during its street view filming in New Zealand. [more]

WINZ's appeal against beneficiary raises ire
A Dunedin beneficiary group is calling on Work and Income to drop its appeal against an unemployed man who won a big payout. [more]

Three major rugby trophies on display
Rugby fans in Wellington have been up close and personal today with all three major championship cups won by the world champion All Blacks. [more]

Who pays to secure the power supply
A new plan has been unveiled spelling out who should pay to deliver electricity around the country and how much. [more]

Jerry Sandusky sentenced to at least 30 years in prison
To the US now, where the former Pennsylvania State University football coach, Jerry Sandusky, will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars for sexually abusing at-risk boys. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 10 October 2012
The Government halves its operating deficit and a US judge rules the Megaupload case can proceed. [more]

Midday Sports News for 10 October 2012
It's looking increasingly likely that All Whites stars Ryan Nelsen and Winston Reid will both miss New Zealand's world cup qualifier this Saturday against Tahiti in Papeete. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Wednesday 10 October 2012
World economic outlook darkens but not for New Zealand; Greeks protest Merkel's visit; Use of benefit sanctions more than doubles over five years; Widow charged over Easy Rider sinking; Youth wage option touted as good foot-in-the-door; Pacific Fibre says no hope for NZ connections; NATO draws up plans to protect Turkey from Syria. [more]

Salvation Army says beneficiary sactions being applied swiftly
The Salvation Army says sanctions are being applied quickly against beneficiaries who fail to meet work test obligations. [more]

Assange seeking to sue Gillard for defamation
The pop star Lady Gaga has spent five hours visiting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuador embassy in London. [more]

Pacific News for 10 October 2012
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

IMF says New Zealand the one to buck global economic trend
New Zealand's economy is set to grow more than three percent next year - unlike most other developed economies, which are at risk of recession. [more]

World economic outlook darkens but not for New Zealand
The International Monetary Fund has cut its global growth forecast to the weakest level since the peak of the 2009 financial crisis, but it predicts New Zealand's economy will grow 3.1 percent, boosted by rebuilding plans in Christchurch. [more]

Greeks protest Merkel's visit
Police have fired tear gas and stun grenades on thousands of protesters in Greece, as the German chancellor Angela Merkel arrived for an official visit. [more]

Use of benefit sanctions more than doubles over five years
The use of sanctions against beneficiaries failing to meet work test obligations, has more than doubled in the past five years. [more]

Widow charged over Easy Rider sinking
The father of one of eight people killed when the fishing ship Easy Rider capsized says he doesn't want the widow of the boat's skipper used as a scapegoat for the tragedy. [more]

Youth wage option touted as good foot-in-the-door
Employers and industry representatives are welcoming a move back to youth wages, which they say will benefit young job seekers. [more]

Pacific Fibre says no hope for NZ connections
The company that failed to set up a 400 million dollar undersea cable between New Zealand and the United States says this country's broadband infrastructure will go nowhere without China's help. [more]

NATO draws up plans to protect Turkey from Syria
Nato has drawn up plans to defend Turkey if necessary, as the violence in Syria continues to spill over the border. [more]

Sports News for 10 October 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Housing crisis in Napier reflects national picture
A Napier councillor is accusing the government of emptying out state houses so they can sell them off to the highest bidder, sparking a housing crisis for low-income families. [more]

Frankfurt Book Fair kicks off in Germany
New Zealand authors are set to gain unprecedented exposure at the Frankfurt Book Fair which opened in Germany a few hours ago. [more]

How does New Zealand avoid the fiscal cliff?
The Prime Minister John Key and the Finance Minister Bill English were unavailable for comment. The Labour Party's finance spokesperson David Parker and the Green Party co-leader Russel Norman state their policies. [more]

Complex benefits system must change says welfare advocate
A long-time welfare advocate says the increasing use of sanctions against beneficiaries shows just how odious and onerous the system is. [more]

Easy Rider action 'wake-up call' says professional skipper
A mariner and industry advocate says the decision to charge the widow of a skipper over their boat's sinking is the right one, and also sends a clear message to the muttonbirding industry as a whole. [more]

Australia's speaker resigns
The Australian Speaker of the House, Peter Slipper, resigned last night, just hours after he survived a motion to dump him. [more]

Sports News for 10 October 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Gisborne Rail Action Group review to start on Thursday
Organisers of a public appeal to raise funds to review KiwiRail's decision to shut the Gisborne to Napier railway line say they've surpassed the minimum target they need to get proceedings underway. [more]

Opposition parties welcome watering down of legal aid proposals
The Justice Minister, Judith Collins, has admitted the Government's plans to clamp down on legal aid bills went too far. [more]

Young entrepreneurs' innovative ideas richly rewarded
What if you could book a doctor's appointment at the click of a button, or keep your children entertained with software that turns long car journeys into a treasure hunt? [more]

Albert Einstein "God letter" up for sale on eBay
Albert Einstein's famous "God letter" is up for sale on the US auction site eBay. In the letter, written just a year before his death in 1955, Einstein says religion is an expression of human weakness. [more]

Three rugby cups on display in Wellington
Three rugby trophies that have never before been in the same country at the same time will be on show in Wellington today, in all their glittering glory. [more]

Nights

Music Evolution
Dr Bob MacCallum is a bioinformaticist in the Laboratory of Immunogenics at Imperial College London. By day he creates genomic research tools for the insect disease vector community,(e.g malaria, dengue), but his scientific curiosity has extended to developing 'Darwin Tunes', a unique experiment to observe if music evolves in a Darwinian fashion. [more]

Arts: Hip Hop
Ethnomusicologist Dr Kirsten Zemke from the University of Auckland on the musical genre that developed as part of hip hop culture, and is defined by four key stylistic elements: rapping, DJing/scratching, sampling, and beatboxing... more on Marshall Bruce Mathers III aka Eminem aka Slim Shady. [more]

Conundrum Clue 5
Conundrum Clue 5. [more]

Conundrum Clue 6
Conundrum Clue 6. [more]

Nine To Noon

Housing NZ tenants in Napier being evicted
A group of concerned Maraenui residents, calling themselves Tu Tangata Maraenui, organised a community meeting last night over the demolition of state houses in Napier. [more]

Is science good for the economy?
Julia is speaking at the inaugural NZ Ice Fest in Christchurch where she will be a panellist on the "Is science good for the economy" discussion. [more]

Australia Correspondent - Ray Moynihan
The latest on the furore over Peter Slipper's sexist and racist text messages and his resignation overnight. [more]

Feature Guest - Daniel Simpson
Former New York Times Balkans correspondent Daniel Simpson on why he quit his prestigious job to set up a music festival, and got caught up with a bad crowd. [more]

Book Review - A Colony and Its Metropolis
New Zealand's London: A Colony and Its Metropolis by Felicity Barnes. Published by Auckland University Press, $49.99 [more]

Music with Marty Duda
Artist of the week - Beth Orton [more]

Law with Mai Chen
Mai Chen and Kathryn discuss the lobbying disclosure Bill. [more]

Science with Siouxsie Wiles
Daisy the Cow, Vitamin supplements. [more]

Our Changing World

Polar Psychology
Gary Steel from Gateway Antarctica and Lincoln University talks about his research into polar psychology [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 10 October 2012
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 10 October 2012
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 10 October 2012
The Mana Party is comparing a lower wage for some 16 to 19 year olds with slave labour; Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi in Whakatane supports the of setting up a new tertiary campus in Tauranga, which will contribute to the needs of Maori students; A Maori education expert says Te Kohanga Reo National Trust is right to say pre- school children should not be dividing their time between its kura, and early childhood centres where English is spoken; The Ngapuhi runanga in Northland is going back to its old people for advice on how to end a stalemate over settling treaty claims. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 10 October 2012
The Mana Party is comparing a plan to lower wages for some 16 to 19 year olds, with slave labour; Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi in Whakatane says it supports the idea of setting up a new tertiary campus in Tauranga, which will contribute to the needs of Maori students; A Maori education expert says Te Kohanga Reo National Trust is right to say pre- school children shouldn't divide their time between kura and early childhood centres where English is spoken; Ngapuhi Runanga in Northland is holding a hui in Kaikohe on Friday for kuia and kaumatua, so they can provide advice on how the iwi can end a stalemate over settling treaty claims. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 10 October 2012
An Eastern Bay of Plenty iwi collective which relates back to the Mataatua canoe, plan to tell the Prime Minister, John Key, about their rights to water, when he visits Whakatane tomorrow; A meeting was held in Wellington today to discuss closing the Association of the Maori Battalion; The Department of Conservation in Northland has committed itself to working alongside tangata whenua, to ensure the future of the historic Ruapekapeka Reserve and Pa. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 10 October 2012
An Eastern Bay of Plenty iwi collective which relates back to the Mataatua canoe, plan to tell the Prime Minister about their rights to water, when he visits Whakatane tomorrow; Te Ruapekapeka Trust in Northland has welcomed a decision by the Department of Conservation, to commit itself to working alongside tangata whenua, to ensure the future of the historic Ruapekapeka Reserve and Pa; A meeting has been held in Wellington today, to discuss closing the Association of the Maori Battalion. [more]

Upbeat

Roberto Fabbriciani
World-leading Italian flute player performing with Stroma new music ensemble tomorrow night. Interview translated by Barbara Pezzotti. [more]

Amadeus Leopold
New York-based violinist and performing at the Otago and Nelson Arts festivals. [more]

Kirsten Mason
Organiser of the inaugural New Zealand Music Festival Shanghai that runs until October 13. [more]

News stories:

PNG police going through Rabaul inquiry recommendations
The Papua New Guinea police force says the Crimes Directorate is now going through recommendations reached by the Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the MV Rabaul Queen. The... [more]

Samoa opposition calls for government transparency on PFL purchase
Samoa's opposition party leader, Palusalue Faapo II, is calling on the government to follow the principles of good governance in its decision to purchase the Pacific Forum Line shipping company. [more]

Tonga's Justice Minister to ask Pohiva for proof of corruption claims
Tonga's Justice Minister Clive Edwards says he will today ask the opposition for proof of alleged misuse of public funds. This comes after Parliament defeated on Monday a motion of... [more]

Changing laws to stop PNG officials investing overseas needed - TI
Transparency International Papua New Guinea has called for a number of Pacific countries to look at changing laws which allow officials from PNG to invest the proceeds of corruption abroad. [more]

Australia moves another 30 asylum seekers to Nauru
Australia's transfer of asylum seekers abroad has continued, with Canberra flying a seventh group to Nauru on Tuesday. Using a chartered plane of Nauru's national carrier, Australia sent 17 Afghans... [more]

US President congratulates Fiji on 42nd anniversary of independence
The US President, Barack Obama, says the American people continue to support Fijians in their quest to draft a new constitution and return to democracy. In his National Day message,... [more]

Nothing gained by charging skipper's widow, says father
The father of one of the victims of the Easy Rider sinking says he's worried the skipper's widow is being used as a scapegoat for the tragedy. [more]

Samoa and American Samoa agree to land swap for consular offices
Samoa and American Samoa have agreed to a land swap. Samoa will allocate a one acre property near the capital Apia for American Samoa to set up an office and... [more]

Card spending subdued - economist
An economist is picking more subdued household spending for the second half of the year as people continue to pay for past excesses. [more]

Dollar strength curbs tourist spending
The high New Zealand dollar is curbing tourist spending. [more]

Property value rise slows
Property valuer Quotable Value says property values are increasing nationwide but at a much lower rate than that experienced before the global economic meltdown. [more]

Time for companies to list - fund manager
Fund manager Brian Gaynor says the time is ripe for companies to start listing if they want to take advantage of the buoyant stock market as people look for higher-yielding investments. [more]

Auckland bucks house affordability trend
A study by Massey University's Real Estate Analysis Unit shows that home affordability has improved nationally by 4.9% in the last 12 months, compared with 2.9% last year. [more]

More firms expect worsening economic conditions
Business confidence has declined amid weaker trading activity, indicating that the pace of economic activity has slowed. [more]

Christchurch rents soar amid property shortage
A shortage of houses to rent is adding to the woes of people in Christchurch. [more]

Starting-out wage welcomed by employers
Employers and industry representatives are welcoming a move back to youth wages, which they say will benefit young job seekers. [more]

World's top two beaten first up at World Golf Final
The top two players in golf's world rankings, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods were both beaten on the opening day of the inaugural World Golf Final in Turkey. McIlroy... [more]

Auckland win first up at T20 Champions league
The Auckland Aces have made a successful start at the Twenty20 Champions league in South Africa, chalking up the first win by a NZ team in the event. On the... [more]

Reporter wants more punishment for Bulldogs players
The reporter at the centre of the Canterbury Bulldog's 'mad monday' saga doesn't accept the punishment handed to the National Rugby League club and she rejects any suggestion that the... [more]

US Open victory changes Murray's mindset
The world tennis number three Andy Murray says now that he's broken his Grand Slam duck, he expects his preparation for more routine tournaments to prosper. Seeded through to the... [more]

Asian Cup wants A-League break in 2015
The organisers of the 2015 Asian Cup want the A-League to take a break for the three weeks of what they say will be the biggest football event ever held... [more]

Cole free for England after apology to FA
The Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has apologised to the English Football Association chairman David Bernstein for a Twitter insult he aimed at the FA last week, and he's free... [more]

John Terry's England place up for grabs
The England football team begins life without stalwart John Terry this weekend, but San Marino are the perfect opponents for the former captain's yet unknown replacement to ease his way... [more]

Britain rules out mens football team at Rio 2016
Britain won't be entering a mens football team for the Rio Olympics in 2016. Britain took part in this year's Olympic tournament for the first time since the Rome Games... [more]

Tasman Makos book semi finals place
Tasman has booked its place in the semi-finals of the provincial rugby Championship, with a 28-19 away win over Counties Manukau. The Makos scored 3 tries to the Steelers' one... [more]

ICC appoint new Vice-President
The International Cricket Council has accepted the nomination of Mustafa Kamal to the role of ICC Vice-President for 2012-14. Kamal was jointly nominated by the Pakistan and the Bangladesh... [more]

Eric Abidal in training following liver transplant
The Barcelona defender Eric Abidal is training in the Pyrenees mountains following a liver transplant in April. The 33-year-old France international is working with club physio Emili Ricart on a... [more]

England FA open National Football Centre
English soccer's 105 million-pound plan to win the World Cup was granted royal approval as the Football Association's St George's Park National Football Centre was officially opened by the Duke... [more]

Former legal aid proposals too harsh, says minister
Justice Minister Judith Collins says proposed changes to the legal aid system which she has decided to roll back were too harsh. [more]

Kiwifruit vine disease control zone widens at Franklin
Kiwifruit Vine Health has had to extend the PSA control zone in the Franklin district after finding the vine-killing disease on another orchard. [more]

Guava moth threatens fruit
Home gardeners and commercial growers in the North Island are being reminded of the need to protect fruit crops from the guava moth pest. [more]

Lower wage will hurt young Maori - unionist
A senior Maori unionist says the introduction of a lower wage for some young people will hit Maori hardest. [more]

Tauranga campus seen as opportunity
Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi in Whakatane says setting up a new tertiary campus in Tauranga will help meet the needs of Maori students. [more]

Education expert backs kohanga policy
A Maori education expert says Te Kohanga Reo National Trust is right to say pre- school children should not be dividing their time between its kura, and early childhood centres where English is spoken. [more]

Youth wage like slave labour - Mana Party
The Mana Party is comparing a lower wage for some 16 to 19 year olds with slave labour. [more]

Elders to speak out on northern impasse
The Ngapuhi runanga is going back to its old people for advice on how to end a stalemate over settling treaty claims. [more]

Tatua focuses on adding value
The country's smallest dairy co-operative, Tatua, has confirmed a payout for the past season well above that of dairy giant Fonterra, and says it is focussing on adding value. [more]

New endophyte deters insect pests from plant root
A pasture plant breeding company says it has developed what it understands to be the first endophyte that deters insects from eating the plant root. [more]

Napier councillor warns of housing crisis
A Napier city councillor is warning of a housing crisis in the city, with families living in overcrowded conditions while dozens of state houses are vacated. [more]

Review cost surprises Community Law Centres head
The national body representing the country's Community Law Centres says it is surprised to hear how much a Justice Ministry review of its centres is costing. [more]

KiwiSaver disclosure proposals out for consultation
Proposed rules on the reporting of KiwiSaver funds have gone out for public consultation. [more]

Man admits stabbing 95-year-old war veteran
A man has admitted stabbing his elderly neighbour in the head during a home invasion in Auckland. [more]

Franz Josef locals call on PM's help
A community group in the South Island town of Franz Josef is hoping the Prime Minister will order a full earthquake hazard assessment of the popular tourist destination. [more]

NZ growth to outstrip other advanced economies
New Zealand's economy is expected to grow more than 3% next year, unlike most other developed economies, which are at risk of recession. [more]

Calls for greater economic integration between two Samoas
Samoa and American Samoa have agreed to establish an economic integration initiative which would include members from the two governments and private sectors from both countries. The plan which was... [more]

Oil Search shares up 3 per cent on PNG Total deal
Shares in oil and gas producer Oil Search rose over three per cent, after it signed five licensing agreements with gas giant Total Exploration and Production to operate in Papua... [more]

Sport: Solomons Kurukuru kick off World cup build-up
The Solomon Islands futsal team will find out just where their world cup preparations are on Wednesday when they meet Australia in a one-off international in Brisbane. It will be... [more]

Man pleads guilty to shooting at policeman
A man who shot at a police officer in central Auckland before going on the run for a week has pleaded guilty. [more]

Sport: Dere backs Waqa to succeed
Fiji sevens coach Alifereti Dere says his former assistant will make Tonga an even tougher opponent in this year's IRB World Series. Etuate Waqa assisted Dere last season and led... [more]

Price Reduction of Steel and LPG to boost Fiji economy
Reductions in the price of steel and Liquid Petroleum Gas are expected to significantly benefit the Fiji economy through lower construction costs for housing and development projects. In a statement,... [more]

Australia poised to move asylum seekers to PNG camp
The Australian government has moved a step closer to re-opening its asylum seeker processing centre in Papua New Guinea. The Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has introduced documents into parliament to... [more]

Younger Savea signs on for Super Rugby
The 18-year-old loose forward Ardie Savea will join older brother Julian in the Hurricanes next season, after signing with the Super Rugby franchise for two years. The former Rongotai College... [more]

Junior Kiwis name side for Townsville clash
The Junior Kiwis rugby league team to play the Junior Kangaroos in Townsville this Saturday has been named. Five members of the team that beat the Junior Kangaroos 28-16 in... [more]

Tauranga port worker injured
A Port of Tauranga worker has been injured in a workplace accident, and is understood to have lost either his foot or lower leg. [more]

Vanuatu has biggest increase in New Zealand visitors in South Pacific
Vanuatu had the highest percentage increase in New Zealand visitors in the South Pacific region in August. Statistics show Vanuatu had 15 percent more New Zealand visitor numbers than in... [more]

German homeschooling family fail in asylum bid
A German family who came to New Zealand to avoid prosecution for homeschooling their children have failed in their bid for refugee status. [more]

Boy dies in quad bike accident
A 10-year-old boy has died in a quad bike accident on a rural Wairarapa property. [more]

Quake rattles Christchurch
A 4.2-magnitude earthquake has been felt in Christchurch. [more]

State scientists surpass profit targets
Two Crown Research institues are reporting succcessful years financially and scientifically, as they emerges from the first full year of reforms directed by a government taskforce. [more]

Rio Tinto cautious over future prospects
Global mining company Rio Tinto is more cautious about its future prospects over the coming months, prompting it to cut costs further and put new projects under even greater scrutiny. [more]

Budding cocoa industry in American Samoa gets US support
Plans to develop a cocoa industry in American Samoa are well under way after a grant was given last week to the Department of Agriculture by its US counterpart. The... [more]

New Caledonia wholesaler fined
The New Caledonian government has decided to fine a wholesaler for violating rules about billing and refunding suppliers. The administration has now ordered the company SCIE to pay 750,000 US... [more]

Martin tells UN balance in New Caledonia still key issue
New Caledonia's president, Harold Martin, has told the UN Decolonisation Committtee in New York that his government's priority is to create greater balance in the territory, both economically and socially. [more]

Hospital crisis results in release of pregnant inmates
Two pregnant prisoners have been released in the Northern Marianas because of the closure of Commonwealth Health Centre clinics that provide non-emergency prenatal care. A Superior Court Associate Judge, David... [more]

Hopes for continued NZ visitor number increase to Vanuatu
The Vanuatu Tourism Office expects to get continued funding to attract more New Zealand visitors, despite a possible change in government. An extra 240 New Zealanders visited the country in... [more]

PM brushes off Dotcom claim
The Prime Minister is brushing off claims by New Zealand First that he must have known of internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom before January this year. [more]

US judge allows Megaupload case to go ahead
The lawyer for file-sharing website Megaupload says he will seek a new hearing after losing an attempt to block an internet piracy case in the US against his client. [more]

EEOC still confident in age-discrimination case against American Samoa government
The lead counsel in the age-discrimination lawsuit against the American Samoa government says there is still a strong case for a government-wide class action, despite a judgment limiting the scope... [more]

Body found in burnt-out car identified
Police have named the person found in a burnt-out car near Kaikoura. [more]

ANZ to release Vanuatu account information to Australian tax authorities
ANZ Bank has accepted an Australian Federal Court ruling that it should surrender more than 1,300 Vanuatu customer accounts to the Australian Taxation Office. The newspaper, The Australian, reports that... [more]

PNG tourism minister queries Nautilus seabed mining project
Papua New Guinea's Tourism Minister says he does not agree with seabed mining in the Bismarck Sea in the absence of an independent environment impact assessment. The Canadian firm, Nautilus... [more]

Pacific women's voice promoted to global civil society
A Fiji women's activist says it is important for Pacific women's voices to be heard as the world discusses important global development issues. The Executive Director of FemLINKPacific, Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls,... [more]

Vessels involved in 11 near-misses since Rena grounding
In the year since Rena was grounded, 11 near-misses involving shipping have occurred around the New Zealand coast. [more]

Google failed to destroy all private information
The Privacy Commissioner has again told Google to destroy information, which may include passwords and emails, collected from unsecured Wi-Fi networks during its street view filming in New Zealand. [more]

Solomons police extend search for two escaped prisoners
The police in Solomon Islands have extended their search for two convicted murderers who escaped from Rove prison to the outskirts of Honiara. The police are asking the public for... [more]

Pharmac monitoring use of anti-depressants
The Government's drug-buying agency, Pharmac, says it is monitoring the growing use of anti-depressants in New Zealand. [more]

Steel and Tube major investor to sell up
The Australian majority owner of Steel & Tube will sell its stake in the struggling steel distributor. [more]

New Zealand sharemarket down
The benchmark NZX50 index fell 20 points, or 0.5%, to close at 3888 on turnover of $93 million on Wednesday. [more]

Government halves operating deficit
The Government has halved its operating deficit, excluding gains and losses, to $9.2 billion in the year to the end of June. [more]

Pair found guilty in home invasion trial
Two men accused of being involved in a home invasion in Upper Hutt have been found guilty of aggravated robbery. [more]

PM to be reminded about Maori water rights debate
An Eastern Bay of Plenty iwi collective which relates back to the Mataatua canoe, plans to tell the Prime Minister about their rights to water, when he visits Whakatane on Thursday. [more]

DoC and Northland trust sign agreement over historic site
Te Ruapekapeka Trust in Northland has welcomed a decision by the Department of Conservation, to commit itself to working alongside tangata whenua, to ensure the future of the historic Ruapekapeka Reserve and Pa. [more]

Lawyer says RSA victim deserves more resources
A lawyer who represented the family of a man killed by a paroled murderer says Susan Couch should be given more resources to fight her damages claim against the Department of Corrections. [more]

Work and Income appeals beneficiary tribunal win
Work and Income has begun an appeal against an unemployed beneficiary who won a $17,000 payout and a major review of the agency's systems. [more]

Manufacturers targeted in legal high crackdown
People caught with banned party pills or synthetic cannabis will be fined up to $300 from next year and manufacturers of 'legal highs' must pay hefty fees to have them approved. [more]

NZ Bus says it won't make another offer
The company that employs the majority of Auckland bus drivers says it will not make another pay offer to its staff. [more]

Commission hands over first of quake building findings
The Government has been handed a report on buildings that partially collapsed causing 42 of the 185 deaths in the February 2011 earthquake. [more]

All Blacks trophies on display in Wellington
Three major trophies won by the All Blacks over the past year are on display in Wellington. [more]

Police honoured for work in February quake
About 120 police staff in Canterbury have been recognised for their services in the response to the February earthquake at a ceremony in Christchurch. [more]

Huawei may face exclusion from Canada network
The Canadian government has hinted it will exclude Chinese telecom firm Huawei from helping build a secure government communications network and New Zealand is again being told to take notice. [more]

Use of benefit sanctions rises
The use of sanctions against beneficiaries failing to meet work test obligations has more than doubled in the past five years. [more]

Awards recognise business ideas
Canterbury University entrepreneurs have been rewarded with thousands of dollars in funding for their innovative business ideas. [more]

Teen in custody after high-speed pursuit
A pursuit involving 10 police cars at various times reached speeds of more than 100km/h in the northern suburbs of Christchurch on Wednesday. [more]

Man charged with abducting and violating girl
Police have charged a man with abducting and sexually violating a 14-year-old girl in Masterton in September. [more]

Person killed in house fire
A person has died in a house fire in the small town of Tikitiki in the Gisborne region. [more]