Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 31st October 2012

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - I Who Have Nothing
Trish Downie from Auckland has chosen 'I Who Have Nothing' by Shirley Bassey. [more]

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

Hap Cameron's Kiwi OE
After finishing a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Otago, Hap Cameron decided to set himself a big goal: live and work on all seven continents of the world before the age of 30. It took eight years, but he did it. [more]

A spooky house for Halloween
Venessa Stables puts so much effort into Halloween it's scary. She's spent thousands of dollars on decorations and recruited volunteers to create a Circus of Misfortune and Tragedy in her front garden. [more]

Virtual World with Hamish MacEwan
Topics - analysts at the Macquarie Group say mobile devices could account for a third of all search traffic by year's end; the head of Apple's iPhone software development was asked to resign after he refused to sign a letter apologising for the flaws in Apple's mapping application, according to a published report; Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 8; and how smartphones and tablets are adding two hours to our working day. [more]

Auckland Story for 31 October 2012 - Botanical Jubilee 75
The Auckland Botanical Society is marking its 75th Jubilee, and to celebrate, a new book's been published called 'Auckland's Remarkable Urban Forest'. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 31 October 2012
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Ali Jones and Graham Bell (Part 1)
Topics - Storm-ravaged residents of New York and New Jersey have begun urgent recovery efforts after a pummeling from (the former Hurricane) Sandy. New York City Marathon officials insisted the annual race would be able to go on as planned on Sunday. The fake prosecution of an undercover police officer has led to charges against a senior Auckland Hells Angels member being thrown out. [more]

The Panel with Ali Jones and Graham Bell (Part 2)
Topics - The New Zealand Post-owned Kiwibank could face an increase in its wholesale funding costs after its credit rating was downgraded by the international rating agency Standard and Poor's. Three men are facing jail senteces for allegedly being part of a Tongan syndicate conspiring to import and sell methamphetamine - despite the meth never existing. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 31 October 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 31 October 2012
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 31 October 2012
The BNZ's full year profit rises by a fifth. Shares in UBS surge after announcing 10-thousand jobs cuts and the sharemarket rises. [more]

Evening Business for 31 October 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 31 October 2012
A drop in bad debts and higher income has boosted the BNZ's full year profit by a fifth. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Wednesday 31 October 2012
How did a large haul of drugs get inside a shipment of Fonterra milk powder? Cleaning up after one of the deadliest storms ever to hit the US and a hot dry summer is on the way for many parts of the country. [more]

A large haul of drugs in a shipment of Fonterra milk powder
Customs officials say there's no way a large haul of drugs Algerian police have found in shipment of Fonterra milk powder was put there in New Zealand. [more]

CTV rescue described as haphazard and lacking leadership
The rescue operation at the collapse of the CTV building has been described as haphazard, with nobody in charge overall as police and firefighters tried desperately to rescue those who were still alive inside. [more]

Town of Little Ferry swamped by storm
And one town in northern New Jersey thought it had escaped the worst of the storm, only to have a wall of water over a metre high sweep through, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people. [more]

Drug charge stayed by the courts
The former President of Hells Angels Auckland is considering seeking tens of thousands of dollars worth of court costs from the Crown. [more]

Warm summer on the way for New Zealand
Forecasters are predicting a hot, dry summer for parts of the country with above average temperatures expected in the north and east of the North Island. [more]

Sports News for 31 October 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Cost of a passport drops by up to $28
The cost of a passport is to drop by up to 28 dollars because millions of dollars in excess fees have built up. [more]

Special schools to close
Two of New Zealand's four residential special needs schools will close, despite warnings from educational experts. [more]

Special schools to close
The Education Minister, Hekia Parata, says the decision was made so that services and support can be provided to more children in their local community. [more]

Force which killed likened to hammer striking an anvil
The pathologist who did the post mortem on Auckland toddler JJ Lawrence has likened the force that split the boy's liver and pancreas to a hammer striking an anvil. [more]

Homeschoolers say reform towards compulsory early childhood ed
Homeschoolers say penalising parents on benefits who fail to send their young children to pre-school, kindergarten or playcentre is a step towards making early childhood education compulsory for all. [more]

Super-storm Sandy has killed more than 40 people
Our correspondent in New York is Sara Miller. [more]

Disturbingly poor diet by women undertaking IVF
A study by a dietitian has revealed a disturbingly poor diet by women undergoing IVF treatment for infertility in Auckland. [more]

Earthquake strengthening makes two buildings worthless
Two commercial buildings in Wellington are virtually worthless according to latest valuations because they need so much earthquake strengthening work. [more]

Sports News for 31 October 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Protests over Government's closure and merger plans
About two hundred protestors in Christchurch this afternoon chanting in protest at the pressure on local schools over the Government's closure and merger plans. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 31 October 2012
A police officer describes the desperate attempt to rescue a woman from the CTV building and the recovery work gets underway in the storm hit US. [more]

Midday Sports News for 31 October 2012
The former All Blacks flanker Daniel Braid is the surprise omission from the Blues Super Rugby squad for next year's competition. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Wednesday 31 October 2012
Sources say the SAS is back in Afghanistan on a revenge mission, The death toll rises as Hurricane Sandy hammers the eastern United States, More criticism has been levelled at rescue workers at the CTV Building inquest, Government accused of being stingy with employment proposal, Three Hamilton schoolgirls say they're very proud they saved a woman's life after she careened into the Waikato River on her mobility scooter. [more]

A date is set for the Afghan presidential election
The vote will be held in April 2014. [more]

Pacific News for 31 October 2012
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Labour says Government bowing down to industry demands
The Labour Party says the Government is bowing down to the demands of industry with its proposal to strip vulnerable workers of their employment rights. [more]

Reports that SAS have been sent to Afghanistan in secret
New Zealand and American military sources say an SAS team has been sent to Afghanistan to hunt down the killers of five New Zealand soldiers. [more]

Hurricane Sandy leaves New York in tatters
Eight million people are without electricity, many hospitals have been evacuated and transportation systems are crippled, the streets are littered with debris and flooding is only now subsiding. [more]

New Jersey hurricane damage 'unprecedented'
Christina Paciolla is a journalist in Cinnaminson, a town on the banks of New Jersey's Delaware River. [more]

Court hears phone calls from those trapped in CTV analysed
The final conversations between a man and his wife who was trapped in the collapsed CTV building have been analysed in the coroner's court in Christchurch. [more]

Government accused of being stingy with employment proposal
Stingy and mean-spirited. Is what the government's being called after proposing the removal of employment protections for thousands of low-paid cleaners and orderlies. [more]

Hamilton schoolgirls drag woman from water
Three Hamilton schoolgirls say they're very proud about how calm they were when they saved a woman's life after she careened into the Waikato River on her mobility scooter. [more]

Sports News for 31 October 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Impasse over divvying up Kaingaroa could head to court
A three-year impasse over how to divide up the country's biggest forest could be heading to court. [more]

Property Manager regulation welcomed by property owners
The body responsible for catching and punishing rogue real estate agents wants its powers extended to include property managers. [more]

Wellington region-wide council proposal not liked by some
A plan for a regionwide council in Wellington has failed to win strong support. [more]

Red Cross shelters thousands through US storm
The north-east coast of the United States is beginning a massive clean-up as the biggest storm for years heads towards Canada. [more]

The latest on Sandy from our Washington correspondent
A look at events across the north eastern states. Our correspondent in Washington DC is Simon Marks. [more]

Hurricane Sandy will have reshaped US coastline
Kevin Trenberth, originally from New Zealand, now leads the Climate Analysis Section at the USA National Center for Atmospheric Research. [more]

Changes to employment laws will hurt workers, union says
Unions say planned changes to employment laws will strip rights from New Zealand's most vulnerable workers. [more]

Facebook translations annoy Maori Language Commisison
The commission that promotes the use of the Maori language says the coining of new Maori words is getting out of hand after the creation of new terms for Facebook. [more]

Sports News for 31 October 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Miners say Royal Commission report won't end underground mining
West Coasters are confident the Royal Commission's report on the Pike River tragedy will not lead to an end of underground coal mining in their region. [more]

Wellington MPs mull over local government proposals
The idea of addressing anyone as the Lord Mayor of Wellington has upset two of the region's MPs. [more]

New figures show manufacturers struggling
New figures confirm manufacturers are struggling but they also show the decline of manufacturing goes back many years. [more]

Tauranga locals get chance to voice views on Rena future
Tauranga locals have had the chance to say what they think should happen to the wreck of the Rena. [more]

Nights

A Greater Bond
Best known for acting in one of the world's greatest franchises, Bond girl Rachel Grant on growing up with as an English Filipino, her passion for martial arts and the many causes she supports around the world. [more]

Arts - Comics
Shading in the heroes and villains of an animated realm is graphic novelist Dylan Horrocks... the world of New Zealand comics. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number 5. [more]

Conundrum
Clue number 6. [more]

Nine To Noon

Millions reel in the aftermath of US storm Sandy
Charlie Herman, Business editor for WNYC Radio in New York. Jeanne Baratta, Spokesperson for Bergen County Emergency Management. [more]

A plan for a regionwide council in Wellington
A new position of Lord Mayor is one of the suggestions for local government restructuring in Wellington, made by a review panel headed by the former Prime Minister, Sir Geoffrey Palmer. [more]

Will the country need major reforms to balance the books?
Will the country need major reforms to tax and social spending to balance the books in the future? Professor Bob Buckle, the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Victoria Business School, Victoria University of Wellington. [more]

Book Review - Grimm Tales: For Young and Old
By Philip Pullman, published by Penguin and reviewed by Elisabeth Easther. [more]

Feature guest - Dennis Lehane
Dennis Lehane is a crime writer from Boston, perhaps best known for his novels Mystic River, Shutter Island, and Gone Baby Gone, which were made into acclaimed films. He has also written for the television show The Wire. His latest book, Live By Night, came out this month. [more]

Music with Marty Duda
Although they only existed for approximately a year and a half, Toy Love were one of New Zealand's most important and influential bands. They are scheduled to be presented with a Legacy Award at this year's New Zealand Music Awards coming up on Thursday, 1 November. The band was formed from the remnants of The Enemy and featured Chis Knox as the front man and song writer. In conjunction with their awards, Toy Love will be releasing a career-spanning DVD full of rarities and a vinyl LP of their best-known tracks. [more]

Law with John Brown
Legal commentator John Brown is an Auckland barrister specialising in Trusts. He is the General Editor of the third edition of New Zealand Master Trusts Guide. [more]

Arts commentator Courtney Johnston
The new Ben Cauchi show at City Gallery, 'Angels & Aristocrats' at Te Papa, and the latest international attempt to sell high-price art online. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 31 October 2012
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 31 October 2012
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Manu Korihi News for 31 October 2012
A central North Island tribe intends to deliver an ultimatum of court action to neighbouring Iwi involved in a treaty settlement over the country's biggest forest; An IT developer is defending the creation of new terms for Facebook in te reo Maori without consulting the Maori Language Commission, Te Taura Whiri; A Palmerston North tribe is threatening to take court action if the Crown settles Treaty claims with a local urban authority; A company specialising in building homes on customary land says the Government needs to pour money into the Social Housing Fund. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 31 October 2012
A central North Island tribe intends to deliver an ultimatum of court action to neighbouring Iwi involved in a treaty settlement over the country's biggest forest; An IT developer is defending the creation of new terms for Facebook in te reo Maori without consulting the Maori Language Commission; A Palmerston North tribe is threatening to take court action if the Crown settles Treaty claims with a local urban authority; A company specialising in building homes on customary land says the Government needs to pour more money into the Social Housing Fund; A new centre focused on the development of Maori governance will officially open in Waikato next week. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 31 October 2012
Some members of Rangitane in Palmerston North say they will do everything they can to protect the rangatiratanga of their tribe; The Maori Land Court has issued an injunction against a man accused of trespassing on a Hawke's Bay marae; More than 600 kapa students are expected in Rotorua next week for the first national forum on Maori performing arts; A Queensland policeman says the way officers deal with different ethnic groups - including Maori - is a far cry from when he joined the force 30 years ago. [more]

Manu Korihi News for 31 October 2012
Some members of Rangitane in Palmerston North say they will do everything they can to protect the rangatiratanga of their tribe; The Maori Land Court has issued an injunction against a man accused of trespassing on a Hawke's Bay marae; A Queensland policeman says the way officers deal with different racial groups - including Maori - is a far cry from when he joined the force 30 years ago; More than 600 kapa students are expected in Rotorua next week for the first national forum on Maori performing arts. [more]

The Reading

Wulf & Eadwacer poem read by Paul Waggott
Wulf was inspired by an Anglo-Saxon poem Wulf and Eadwacer that was first written down in the 10th century but is probably much older. [more]

Upbeat

NZ Trio
Justine Cormack, Ashley Brown and Sarah Watkins talk about recent international tours and Wellington performance tonight. [more]

Edouard Fran├žois
Leading French Architect presenting seminars on sustainable architecture in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Palmerston North. [more]

News stories:

Murder-accused told officers boy fell off bed
A man accused of killing a toddler told police at the scene that the boy fell off the bed while he was making it, a court has been told. [more]

More manufacturers closing
More manufacturers are closing and fewer are starting up as they appear to be struggling to survive with the high value of the New Zealand dollar. [more]

Manufacturing not in crisis - Joyce
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says manufacturing has been struggling for a decade and he rejects opposition accusations that the sector is in crisis. [more]

Vodafone purchase of TelstraClear confirmed
Vodafone and TelstraClear will continue to operate as separate businesses over the next six months, after the Commerce Commission gave permission for the $840 million takeover. [more]

NZX 50 falls again, by 10 points
The NZX 50 index fell 10 points (0.3%) on Tuesday to close at 3941 on turnover of $85 million. [more]

Retailer posts third annual loss
High-end Wellington retailer Kirkcaldie & Stains has reported its third consecutive full year loss, which it blames on higher insurance and funding costs. [more]

Currency intervention not needed - RBA
The Reserve Bank of Australia says the conditions are not right for it to intervene in currency markets to reduce the value of the Australian dollar. [more]

Vote counting from Vanuatu's general election continues
Counting of votes from Vanuatu's general election yesterday has continued through the night. Official results are some days away but preliminary results are expected later today. Early reports indicate that... [more]

Malaria conference to focus on trying to control disease in Asia/Pacific
When regional political leaders, scientists and health experts meet in Sydney from today they will be focussing on how to curb a resurgence in the threat of malaria in the... [more]

O'Driscoll, Best out of November tests
Ireland's rugby captain Brian O'Driscoll and hooker Rory Best have been ruled out of the November internationals through injury. O'Driscoll suffered an ankle injury playng for Leinster last weekend... [more]

New Maori words 'getting out of hand'
The Maori Language Commission says the coining of new Maori words is getting out of hand with the creation of new terms for Facebook. [more]

Tour of Southland riders prep for double stage
The Tour of Southland continues today and the peloton faces it's first double-stage day. The Auckland rider Mike Northey - following a commanding climb up Bluff Hill yesterday - won... [more]

Donald labels Proteas pace attack best ever
South African cricket's bowling coach Allan Donald has labelled the current Proteas attack as the best the nation has produced - even better than the pace battery he... [more]

PN iwi threatens court action
A Palmerston North tribe is threatening to take court action if the Crown settles Treaty claims with a local urban authority. [more]

Governance studies launched
A new centre focused on the development of Maori governance will officially open in Waikato next week. [more]

Carter wants more funds for rural research
Primary Industries Minister David Carter says he will push for more funding for the Government's Primary Growth Partnership research programme if it reaches its limit. [more]

More taxpayer cash sought for Maori homes
A company specialising in building homes on customary land says the Government needs to pour more money into the Social Housing Fund. [more]

Hoki sent to China lift seafood exports
Hoki exports to China helped to give the seafood industry an edge in export earnings this year. [more]

Packhouses go 'green' on abels
Kiwifruit packhouses will next year be stick a fully compostable fruit label on more than a hundred million organic kiwifruit. [more]

NAIT chief named
Animal Health Board chief executive William McCook has been appointed to the top job of a hybrid organisation to be formed for overseeing the National Animal Identification and Tracing Scheme. [more]

Fletcher Building re-jigs divisional structure.
Fletcher Building has simplified its divisional structure by re-allocating its steel operations. [more]

No distraction vowed during takeover
Vodafone insists it won't be distracted by merging its business with TelstraClear after it received the green light for the $840 million takeover. [more]

Abano profit expected to double
Abano Healthcare is confident of raising its full year profit, but says it's concerned about the impact of the weakening Australian economy on the discretionary spending of its customers. [more]

Trade Me on track
Trade Me says it's on track to achieve its prospectus forecast, even though the economic upturn predicted at the time of the company's float has not yet arrived. [more]

Sonny Bill faces 2-3 months out
The drama surrounding Sonny Bill Williams' anticipated return to the National Rugby League took another twist yesterday with reports that a chest injury could keep the dual international out of... [more]

Referee Clattenburg facing police investigation
The English football referee, Mark Clattenburg is facing allegations he used racist language towards a Chelsea footballer, and the case will now be investigated by the Metropolitan Police. The issue... [more]

Woman saved from Waikato River by girls
Three Hamilton schoolgirls are surprised about how calm they were when they saved a woman who crashed her mobility scooter into the Waikato River on Tuesday. [more]

PNG police warn landowners about threats
The Assistant Police Commissioner of Papua New Guinea's National Capital District has appealed to landowners to apply commonsense and not issue threats over their demands. Francis Tokura says police will... [more]

Wall Street still shut
Wall Street is shut for a second day because of Sandy, but the New York Stock Exchange says it will open on Wednesday. It's the first such closure for two days since 1888. [more]

BP dividend up
BP is raising its quarterly dividend by 12.5% despite a fall in profits for the past three months. [more]

50% rise in coal capacity forecast by BHP
BHP Billiton believes it can lift coking coal production capacity in Queensland by 50% to 66 million tonnes per year by the end of 2014. [more]

Adelaide council vote to take key to city from Armstrong
The disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is losing his key to the City of Adelaide because of the doping scandal. The Adelaide City Council voted 6-1 to withdraw the city's highest... [more]

Ian Thorpe releases autobiography detailing depression issues
The former Australian swimming great, Ian Thorpe, has described himself as an introverted nerd who's enjoying getting in the pool even after missing the London Olympics. The five-time Olympic gold... [more]

ARU set for shakeup
The Australian Rugby Union is set for a shake-up to the way it's governed, with the traditional power base of the game to be dismantled as they look to keep... [more]

Harry Redknapp rules out taking over at Blackburn Rovers
The former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has ruled out any interest in taking over English second tier side Blackburn Rovers. The 65-year-old, sacked by Spurs in the off-season despite... [more]

Robshaw confirmed as England rugby captain
The Harlequins flanker Chris Robshaw has been retained as England rugby captain for their four November internationals at Twickenham, which wind up with a test against the All Blacks. Head... [more]

Lower Hutt mayor against proposed new council
Lower Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace is critical of a new governance structure proposed for the Wellington region, saying it poses a threat to local democracy. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Wednesday's headlines: Forsyth Barr stadium cost nearly $1 million more than expected in its first year; two-tiered council structure recommended for Wellington; $120 million to be spent on Christchurch Town Hall. [more]

Disney buys maker of 'Star Wars'
Disney is buying Lucasfilm, the company that made the Star Wars films for $US4.05 billion. [more]

Egyptian goldmine contract annulled
A court in Egypt has cancelled a goldmine concession held by a Canadian exploration company. [more]

PNG's PM says royal visit will not be disrupted by landowner disputes
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says his government will do all that's necessary to ensure a visit by Prince Charles isn't disrupted by landowner disputes. Some landowner groups... [more]

Columbia University study suggests Fiji manage coral reefs separately
A United States university study has found coral reefs in the east of Fiji should be managed separately from those in the west. The research looked at five species of... [more]

One unofficial result is out in Vanuatu's general elections
As vote counting continues from Vanuatu's general elections, the first unofficial result from the small island of Paama are out with candidate Jonas James of the Natatok Party the unofficial... [more]

More police criticism of USAR
There was more criticism on Tuesday of the first urban search and rescue workers to arrive at the scene of the collapsed CTV building in Christchurch. [more]

Ford in profit in US, not in Europe
Ford has reported a third quarter profit of $US2.3 billion in North America and losses of $USUS468 million in Europe. Net income fell 1% to $US1.63 billion. [more]

Wider powers wanted by real estate agency
The agency responsible for punishing rogue real estate agents wants its powers extended to include property managers. [more]

Air NZ Hallowe'en promotion off
Air New Zealand has pulled a Hallowe'en promotion that referred to Blenheim as Beastheim. [more]

Power plant confirmed as safety sensitive area
The Employment Relations Authority has ruled the Mighty River Power plant at Kawerau is a safety sensitive area, but it has not decided yet if personnel there can be forced to undergo random drug tests. [more]

State govt to help Banksia investors
The state government in Victoria is to work to support investors affected by the collapse of Banksia Securities. [more]

Delegates at American Samoa meeting draft declaration to empower women
Women attending the American Samoa Business and Professional Women conference last week are preparing a declaration on the actions they want to carry forward for the empowerment of women. The... [more]

PNG MPs have till Thursday to hand in election expenses or face fine
Dozens of Papua New Guinea's MPs are yet to submit their election expenses and have been warned if this is not done by Thursday they will be fined. The Registrar... [more]

US donates 150,000 US dollars to Samoa to fight climate change
The US Government has donated 150,000 US dollars to Samoa, to help tourist operators in their fight against climate change. The Samoa Observer reports that USAID is providing the money... [more]

American Samoa Farmers Association hope to export overseas
The American Samoa Farmers Association is hoping to export locally grown agricultural products to overseas markets. Local farmers are concerned about the fast pace in which agricultural commodities enter the... [more]

Plans in Solomons to develop Doma into a tourism hub
There are plans in Solomon Islands' to develop Doma in the west of Guadalcanal province into a tourism hub. The deputy premier of the province Roland Seleso made the announcement... [more]

Haier offer now unconditional
Haier has received consent of the Overseas Investment Office to proceed with its offer to acquire all shares in Fisher & Paykel Appliances Holdings. The offer is now unconditional. [more]

NZ Windfarms revenue down
New Zealand Windfarms says revenue from electricity sales fell by a third in the three months to September, compared with the same period last year. [more]

Gold earnings up
OceanaGold Corporation has reported earnings of $28.6 million in the September quarter, up 12% from the previous quarter, due to higher gold prices. [more]

First Vanuatu results show incumbents succeeding
In preliminary results from Vanuatu's general election, some veteran politicians have retained their seats while the new Ground and Justice Party seems set to win several seats. In the Port... [more]

Australia says processing refugee claims for asylum seekers some way off
The Australian Government says it is still gathering information so it will be some time before the processing of refugee claims for asylum seekers on Nauru can start. The asylum... [more]

Tahiti union leader Legayic detained for alleged corruption
A leading French Polynesian union leader, Cyril Legayic, has been detained for alleged corruption. Public radio in Tahiti reports that police have taken him into custody for allegedly accepting money... [more]

Former Fiji military commander suggests commission to tackle military mindset
A former land force commander in Fiji, Jone Baledrokadroka, says there needs to be serious reform of Fiji's military and a commission set up inquiring into its ethos and involvement... [more]

Eight new Hurricanes
Eight new Hurricanes have been announced in the squad for the 2013 Super Rugby competition including two players that will make the step up from the 2012 wider training group. [more]

Daniel Braid left out of Blues squad
The former All Blacks flanker Daniel Braid is the surprise omission from the Blues Super Rugby squad for next year's competition. Braid, who's 30 and appeared in six tests, played... [more]

More apples sent to Australia
Apple exporters managed to ship more fruit to Australia this year, but the market is still very small [more]

Senator against Graincorp takeover bid
NSW Senator John Williams fears a successful takeover of Graincorp by a US company could leave 95% bulk wheat exports from Australia under foreign control. [more]

Cooks nursing school to help outer island care
The Secretary of Health on the Cook Islands hopes the re-opening of a nursing school in Rarotonga will help solve a shortage of nurses on the outer islands. Elizabeth Iro... [more]

American Samoa candidate promises to pay utility bill
The American Samoa lieutenant governor, Faoa Aitofele Sunia, says if he is elected governor next week, he will clear a huge debt owed to the American Samoa Power Authority, or... [more]

NZ and Australian markets up
The New Zealand and Australian stock markets were up on Wednesday morning. [more]

Concern over compulsory pre-school education for children of beneficiaries
The early childhood sector is concerned about beneficiaries being forced to send their children to pre-school, kindergarten or playcentres. [more]

Theft alleged at Fiji's AG Office
Three former employees in Fiji's Attorney General's Office are expected to appear in court in January after being charged with offences relating to stealing from the office. According to the... [more]

Tahiti to get free newspaper from next week
A free newspaper is to be launched in French Polynesia next week. The 'Gratuit de Tahiti' will be published three days a week by Media Polynesie, which recently bought the... [more]

US$15m Solomons road and bridging project completed on Guadalcanal
The premier of Guadalcanal says the completion of a 15 million US dollar road and bridging project west of the Solomon Islands capital Honiara means people in outlying communities will... [more]

International NGO says Fiji coral reef research should be adopted by Government
The Coral Reef Alliance says a Columbia University study which suggests how Fiji's coral reefs should be managed shows a promising approach. The research, by Dr Joshua Drew, looked at... [more]

Sea cucumber diver third Tonga fisher's death in six days
An inquest is to be held in Tonga to confirm the cause of death of a man who suffered decompression sickness while diving for sea cucumbers yesterday in the outlying... [more]

Early unofficial Vanuatu election result point to fragmentation
Unofficial results from Vanuatu's general election are slowly being released. But vote counts from some remote polling stations are yet to be lodged at the Electoral Commission. Johnny Blades reports... [more]

Employment law changes hailed
Businesses say reforming the Employment Relations Act will clean up a silly situation where they cannot get rid of workers when a company is sold or restructured. [more]

Second man charged in SFO inquiry
The Serious Fraud Office has laid charges against a second man over an investigation into Derivatek, an options trading company. [more]

Town Hall to be completely restored
Christchurch Town Hall is likely to be completely restored at a cost of $127 million. [more]

Canterbury tertiary institutions secure more funding
Three Canterbury tertiary education institutions have secured another year of guaranteed funding from the Government. [more]

New citizen numbers well up
The number of people taking part in citizenship ceremonies in Christchurch is increasing after the earthquakes disrupted the number of people becoming new citizens in the city. [more]

Confusion cited by Cr over Hagley Oval plan
Christchurch City Council members say there is confusion over whether the council is legally bound to develop Hagley Oval into an international cricket venue. [more]

Ombudsman's Office accused of taking sides
The Ombudsman's Office has been accused by a ratepayer group in Northland of taking sides in a row over a payout to the former head of Kaipara District Council. [more]

Dunedin stadium loses $3.2m
The company running Dunedin's new stadium has reported a loss of $3.2 million in its first year of operation. [more]

Pedestrian dead
A pedestrian is dead after being hit by a truck on State Highway 1 in Waikato. [more]

Tokelau fuel savings to benefit social services in seven years
The head of Tokelau's public service, Joe Suveinakama, says health and education are eventually priorities from the savings made on fuel, now the territory has switched completely to solar power. [more]

Qarase lawyer to appeal, claiming Fiji miscarriage of justice
The lawyer representing Fiji's jailed and ousted Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, is claiming there was a miscarriage of justice and lawyers were confused throughout his trial. Fiji Village reports that... [more]

Tahiti phantom job appeal trial cleared to proceed
French Polynesia's court of appeal has rejected five constitutional challenges at the start of this week's case of more than 40 people convicted for being part of a network of... [more]

PM says SAS not involved in combat in Afghanistan
New Zealand's Prime Minister says there has been no request to change the SAS troops' mandate in Afghanistan to get involved in raids against insurgents. [more]

PNG and NZ sign tax agreement
Papua New Guinea and New Zealand have signed a tax agreement aimed at securing business investment flows without the threat of being exposed to tax evasion. The PNG foreign minister,... [more]

New Solomons tourism resort still at concept stage
The head of the provincial government on Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands says plans to develop a tourism resort west of the capital Honiara are still at the concept stage. A... [more]

Crown says sex predator case handled properly
The Crown has defended its handling of the trial of a repeat sexual predator jailed indefinitely after stalking a teenage girl. [more]

Life sentence for hitchhiker who killed driver
A hitchhiker who murdered a Tokaanu man has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 10 years. [more]

Adult passport fees reduced
The Government has reduced fees for passports and launched a website where people can apply for them online. [more]

Drug charge against gang member stayed
A drug charge against a former high-ranking gang member has been stopped by the courts because of breaches by police. [more]

Protest held over Govt plan to revamp schools
About 200 people gathered in Christchurch on Wednesday to protest about the lack of time schools have been given to consult on the Government's proposal to revamp education in the earthquake-hit city. [more]

Anti-smoking laws bring health benefits - report
A new international report on the benefits of smoke-free laws shows their introduction leads to a big drop in hospitalisation for heart attacks and respiratory illness. [more]

Nine new faces in Crusaders
The Crusaders squad for the 2013 Super Rugby Competition includes nine new faces and twenty three players returning from 2012. The new faces are - Dominic Bird, Johnny McNicholl, Joe... [more]

BNZ profit up
BNZ Bank has lifted its full year profit by 21%, due to higher income and fewer bad debts. Cash earnings were $741 million in the year to September. [more]

Tribal rangatiratanga paramount - Rangitane
Some members of Rangitane in Palmerston North say they will do everything they can to protect the rangatiratanga of their tribe. [more]

Marae trespass notice issued
The Maori Land Court has issued an injunction against a man accused of trespassing on a Hawke's Bay marae. [more]

Queensland Police make changes to reflect community
A Queensland policeman says the way officers deal with different racial groups - including Maori - is a far cry from when he joined the force 30 years ago. [more]

Kapa haka enthusiasts share expertise at national event
More than 600 kapa students are expected in Rotorua next week for the first national forum on Maori performing arts. [more]

Veteran Cook Islands politician renews suits over cartoons
A veteran Cook Islands politician Norman George is again taking the Cook Islands News to court over its cartoons. Mr George has accused the newspaper of criminal libel over two... [more]

New minimum wage rates announced in Fiji
The Fiji interim Government has announced an increase in minimum wage rates by between 7 point 9 and 10 point 4 percent, effective from today. The interim Minister for Labour,... [more]

NGO says Fiji police showing no accountability over prisoner injuries
The head of an NGO in Fiji says the police are showing a total lack of accountability over the injuries received by escaped prisoners when they were recaptured last month. [more]

Health product claims sought on labels
Parliament's health select committee says natural products should carry a label showing the basis of claims being made for the product. [more]

Australia rejects claims of internet restriction at Nauru camp
The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship is refuting reports of internet and phone restrictions in Australia's detention centre on Nauru. A spokeswoman for the Department of Immigration says the... [more]

Outspoken re-elected Vanuatu MP looking to form reformist coalition
The leader of Vanuatu's Ground and Justice Party, Ralph Regenvanu, says he is keen to form a coalition government that addresses corruption and prioritises political and land reform. With 2250... [more]

Delays expected in formation of new Vanuatu government
Final results from Vanuatu's general election may be days away as the Electoral Commission experiences delays in receiving vote counts from across the country. While unofficial results are known in... [more]

PNG compo claims reflect failings in government agencies - commentator
The Papua New Guinea Government is being called on to develop improved mechanisms to cope with demands from landowners for compensation. Such demands are frequent in PNG with the latest... [more]

Pathologist says toddler's injuries not from fall
A pathologist who performed a post-mortem on Auckland toddler says a fall from a bed does not explain the boy's severe injuries. [more]

Ruling on last eight residential properties
The last eight residential properties in Christchurch to be zoned have been deemed fit to live on. [more]

Port Hills residents seek zoning review
About 130 residents of Christchurch's Port Hills want their land zoning reviewed following earthquakes in the region. [more]

Drugs found in NZ milk shipment to Algeria
The Customs Service says a large drug haul found in Algeria in a container of New Zealand milk powder could have been placed there anywhere along its transit. [more]

Industry believes Pike report won't end underground mining
People on the West Coast and in the mining industry are confident the Royal Commission's report on the Pike River disaster will not bring an end to underground coal mining. [more]

Christchurch shaken by sharp, shallow quake
Christchurch was shaken by a small, shallow earthquake on Wednesday night. [more]

Big drop in value of quake risk buildings
The first revaluation of Wellington properties for three years shows a big drop in the value of commercial buildings that need earthquake strengthening work. [more]

Special needs schools in South Island to close
A girls-only special needs school set to close says vulnerable students could be at risk of abuse if they are forced to move to a co-ed school. [more]