Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 14th November 2012

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

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Gorecki
Wendy Russell from the Kapiti Coast has chosen 'Gorecki' by Lamb. [more]

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

Jean Batten - Airscapade
In 1936, New Zealand aviation legend Jean Batten set a world record flying her Percival Gull monoplane from England to New Zealand, more than 14 thousand miles. Six thousand people were there to greet her when she arrived at Mangere Aerodrome 10 and a half hours after leaving Sydney on the final leg. There won't be the same crowds this week when a group of intrepid flyers land in Auckland after re-tracing Jean Batten's flight in a DC3. Mechanical problems have delayed the last part of the journey, so the crew is in Hervey Bay on Australia's East Coast. French-based Kiwi Mark Oremland is the organiser of the "airscapade". [more]

Virtual World with Hamish MacEwan
Topics - The use of dropboxes when you're secretly emailing someone; App Sees Over 20 Million Photos Shared Per Day; Free ride: students crack ticket algorithm; and a million robots over the next five years at Foxconn. [more]

Auckland Story for 14 November 2012 - Monte Cecilia Trust
For the past three decades the Monte Cecilia Trust in Auckland has been providing emergency housing to families in need. To mark this anniversary, the Trust returns to where it all began - the Pah Homestead, which was home to the Trust for its first twenty years. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 14 November 2012
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Rosemary McLeod and Chris Trotter (Part 1)
Topic - The Labour party's David Shearer hopes he'll be able to shore up his leadership with a major announcement on housing at the party's annual conference this weekend. [more]

The Panel with Rosemary McLeod and Chris Trotter (Part 2)
Topics - A publicity stunt by Hallenstein Brothers menswear that has offended some people for being sexist will work in the company's favour, according to a marketing expert. The New South Wales Premier, Barry O'Farrell, has questioned the Catholic Church's rules exempting priests from having to report admissions of sexual abuse made in Confession. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 14 November 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 14 November 2012
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 14 November 2012
Weak retail sales surprise the market. Bernie Madoff investors receive a 210 million dollar payout and the sharemarket falls. [more]

CEISMIC

Councils told to focus on quake prone buildings
The Insurance Council is mounting a legal challenge against the Christchurch City Council over its rules regarding earthquake-prone buildings. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Wednesday 14 November 2012
The man who killed two year old JJ is found guilty of murder. The Catholic Church can't find any record of warnings about an Australian paedophile priest and complainant about Parker astonished police didn't investigate. [more]

JJ's killer is found guilty of murder
There were gasps and tears in the High Court in Auckland this afternoon when the man accused of killing two year old JJ Lawrence was found guilty of murder. [more]

Child Youth and Family responds
Child Youth and Family has refused to come on the programme, but did make this statement. [more]

Guilty verdict in JJ trial
Loffley's lawyer, Roger Chambers, was listening to that report and joins us. [more]

No record of Australian Bishops warning on paedophile priest
The Catholic Church here says it can't find any record of Australian Bishops warning about a paedophile priest they sent here in 1984 and who abused at least one girl. [more]

NZ Police assisting Australian police with investigation
The Australian police officer at the head of an investigation into whether the Catholic church there covered up for McAlinden, says it will be up to New Zealand police if they investigate or prosecute here. [more]

Evening Business for 14 November 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Complainant about Parker astonished police didn't investigate
A school principal who complained 14 years ago about the Far North paedophile teacher James Parker is astonished the police failed to investigate. [more]

Sports News for 14 November 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Judith Collins settles defamation claim with Labour Party Mps
Judith Collins and the Labour Party MPs Trevor Mallard and Andrew Little have settled a defamation dispute over comments made on who leaked details of the ACC claimant, Bronwyn Pullar, to the media. [more]

Peters accuses Minister of compromising NZ's visa system
The New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters is accusing the Immigration Minister of compromising the integrity of New Zealand's visa system. [more]

Thousands stop for partial eclipse
Thousands of New Zealanders took a break this morning to watch as the moon made its way across the sun. [more]

The Royal Couple on tour in Wellington
Hundreds of people lined Wellington's waterfront this afternoon to catch a glimpse of Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. [more]

Dunedin gang planned to expand Whanau ora fraud
A judge says a Dunedin gang leader got help from national gang leaders to use government funding to buy drugs, and was trying to teach others to do the same. [more]

School payroll problems continue
School principals say they are still finding the same errors in the payroll, despite official assurances problems with the new payroll system, Novopay, are being fixed. [more]

Red Devils lawyer warns of perils of gangs bill
The lawyer for the Red Devils gang has told MPs that a Bill cracking down on gang intimidation could ensnare ordinary people for wearing the wrong t-shirt. [more]

Chch residential unit director discusses offenders escape
One of the high risk offenders who escaped from a Christchurch residential unit last week has appeared briefly in court today. [more]

UN chief alarmed about Nauru protests
As some asylum seekers continue their hunger strike on Nauru, the United Nations chief human rights official has expressed alarm at the protests. [more]

Evening Business for 14 November 2012
The listed steel maker, Steel and Tube, says its new business model is providing better margins and profitability. [more]

Sports News for 14 November 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Quiet three months for retailers
People spent less in the shops in the three months to September with the fall led by a drop in supermarket, accommodation, car and fuel sales. [more]

Former MP offends with gay marriage comments
A former MP has offended members of a parliamentary select committee by making an analogy between apartheid in South Africa and gay marriage. [more]

Deerstalker pleads guilty of killing his hunting companion
A 36 year old deerstalker has pleaded guilty of causing the death of his hunting companion south of Rotorua in September. [more]

Chch mayor defends extra leave and rejects call for inquiry
The Christchurch mayor, Bob Parker, is defending the extra leave being offered to council staff and is rejecting a call from the employers for an inquiry into how the decision was made. [more]

Union members at the Stockton Mine reject Solid Energy proposal
Stockton mine workers are in a stand-off with their employer Solid energy over the future of the mine and whether hours need to be cut. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 14 November 2012
Schools confirm the new education payroll system has made errors again and the Finance Minister defends banks against criticism they charge too much interest on overdrafts. [more]

Midday Sports News for 14 November 2012
The Maori All Blacks have been beaten 32-24 by English club Leicester in their British tour opener. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Wednesday 14 November 2012
Principals dreading results of latest school pay day; Associate Education Minister on payroll woes; NZ Catholic Church supports Australian sex abuse inquiry; Villaggio mall fire hearing delayed again; Another general caught up in Petraeus scandal; Jury to consider charge in JJ Lawrence murder trial; Clampdown underway on inmates' gear; Best solar eclipse in decades. [more]

Pacific News for 14 November 2012
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Principals dreading results of latest school pay day
Schools are preparing for more problems today when teachers check if they've been paid correctly. [more]

Clark optimistic about Doha climate talks
Helen Clark is optimistic an international meeting on climate change in Doha later this month could reach an agreement. [more]

Principals dreading results of latest school pay day
Schools are bracing themselves for more problems today when teachers and staff check if they've been paid correctly. [more]

Associate Education Minister on payroll woes
Craig Foss on Novopay. [more]

NZ Catholic Church supports Australian sex abuse inquiry
The Archbishop of Sydney, George Pell, has accused the media of a "persistent campaign" against the Catholic Church in the wake of the Australian government's decision to hold a royal commission into institutionalised child abuse. Meanwhile the Archbishop of Wellington, John Dew, says any allegations regarding the Catholic Church in New Zealand would be investigated thoroughly and properly. [more]

Villaggio mall fire hearing delayed again
A hearing into the fire at a Doha mall that killed nineteen people - including New Zealand triplets - has been posponed for a fourth time. [more]

Another general caught up in Petraeus scandal
Another top commander in the United States military has been caught up in the scandal that has already led to the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus. [more]

Jury to consider charge in JJ Lawrence murder trial
The jury in the James Lawrence murder trial will return to the High Court today to consider whether the man accused of killing the toddler is guilty of his murder. [more]

Clampdown underway on inmates' gear
A clampdown on prisoners' property means inmates can now have only a standard plastic container of personal belongings in their cells. [more]

Best solar eclipse in decades
The sun will be reduced to a thin crescent in parts of the country this morning by the most dramatic eclipse in decades. [more]

Sports News for 14 November 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Big-budget Jesus film being revived
A big-budget film about the last days of the life of Christ that foundered four years ago under the weight of its debts appears headed for resurrection. [more]

Canterbury A&P show opens gates today
More than 100-thousand people are expected to go to the country's largest A&P show which starts today. [more]

Teachers 'pessimistic' payroll system will run smoothly
The company behind the problem prone schools payroll system, Talent 2, is being asked to 'please explain'. [more]

Australia's Catholic Church to cooperate with abuse inquiry
Australia's most senior Catholic, Cardinal George Pell, is being branded 'out of touch' and 'in denial' after giving a news conference confirming he will cooperate with a federal royal commission, likely to be the biggest ever seen in Australia. [more]

British companies not paying enough tax
British MPs have been quizzing multinational companies in a bid to find out why they seem to make a lot of money but pay so little tax. [more]

Nurses upset over second pilot with new workforce group
A second trial is about to get under way of a hotly debated new kind of health worker known as a physician assistant. [more]

Sports News for 14 November 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

60 thousand watchers gather in Cairns to see solar eclipse
The sun will be reduced to a thin crescent this morning by the most dramatic eclipse in decades. [more]

New Zealanders achieve "Holy Grail" of rocket science
The Auckland-based Rocket Lab launched a three-metre-long rocket from Great Mercury Island in the Hauraki Gulf using a new type of fuel which blends the benefits of liquid and solid rocket fuel. [more]

New Zealanders celebrate birthday with Prince Charles
Prince Charles is celebrating his 64th birthday today, with a party at Government House in the capital. 64 New Zealanders who share a birthday with the heir to the throne have been selected to join the celebration. [more]

Utah man builds Hobbit home out of balloons
Balloon artist Jeremy Telford from Utah turned his lounge into something that looked like an inflatable movie set. [more]

Nights

More Than Tone Deaf
How tone-deaf folk finding it hard to distinguish vocal emotions may actually be showing an evolutionary link that both music and language share the same brain 'circuitry,' with Professor Bill Thompson from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders at Macquarie University. [more]

Arts: Poetry
Poet and educator at NMIT, Cliff Fell recites the influence of the "classic" poems and poets... rounding off our excursion through classical poetry with the nine muses. [more]

Conundrum
Conundrum number five. [more]

Conundrum
Conundrum clue number six [more]

Nine To Noon

The Novopay debacle
Some school staff are still not being paid after the latest pay round overnight. Jacque Ruston, school secretary at Purakaunui school in Dunedin, hasn't been paid in three months and is having to take loans from friends to make ends meet. [more]

Proposal to unlock family trusts when couples separate
There is a proposal by the Law Commission to give courts the power to remove assets from family trusts in the event of a relationship dispute. Nicola Peart is a Otago University law professor who was a member of the Law Commission's Trusts Review Reference Group, and Deborah Hollings QC is a lawyer and relationship property expert. [more]

New Zealand's high workplace accident rate
NZ's workplace accident rate is six times worse than the UK. Rob Jager is the chair of the Independent Taskforce for Workplace Health and Safety, which is reviewing our health and safety regulations. [more]

Australia correspondent - Ray Moynihan
Ray Moynihan on current affairs in Australia. [more]

Geoffrey Rice: Scandal and Skulduggery
Geoffrey Rice is the Adjunct Professor of History at Canterbury University. He's just written a book which sheds light on Christchurch's history from a not-so-rosy perspective: its crimes. It focuses on the fascinating period when Christchurch was being colonised, drawing on court reports and police records. The book is being launched on Thursday 15 November. Christchurch Crimes Vol 1: Scandal and Skulduggery on port and town. ISBN: 9781927145395 [more]

Book review - The Island House
Emma Hart reviews The Island House by Posie Graeme-Evans. Published by Simon & Schuster, $37.00. [more]

Music with Marty Duda
Marty Duda's Artist of the Week is Dionne Warwick, whose first single, Don't Make Me Over, was released 50 years ago this month. She has a new album just out called Now, featuring new recordings of her old hits. Due to copyright restrictions, all music has been removed. [more]

Law with Ryan Malone
Ryan Malone reflects on the career of the late Greg King. [more]

The Arts with Courtney Johnston
Graduate art and design exhibitions around the country, the clean-up for dealer galleries after Hurricane Sandy, and "art genes". [more]

Parenting with Celia Lashlie: boys and screens
Former prison manager, researcher and author discusses boys and screens. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 14 November 2012
Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that the Household Labour Force Survey is "the most rigorous form of measuring employment in the economy"; if so, what were the Survey's results for unemployment for the last four quarters? DAVID SHEARER to the Prime Minister: Does he still think his Government is "on the right track"? MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What progress is the Government making in getting back to surplus and reducing future borrowing? JACINDA ARDERN to the Minister for Social Development: Does she stand by all her answers to Oral Question No 9 yesterday? Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Immigration: Is he satisfied that Immigration New Zealand's visitor visa processing system is robust and effective; if so, why? MIKE SABIN to the Minister for Social Development: What further announcements has she made on the Children's Teams, part of the Government's White Paper for Vulnerable Children? Hon DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Economic Development: Is he satisfied that the policy initiatives undertaken by his Ministry are adequately tackling the problem of unemployment; if not, why not? DENISE ROCHE to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Was he referring to the SkyCity Convention Centre, which is the subject of an inquiry by the Auditor-General, when he told the House, "in relation to the International Convention Centre, they have sought to stop, which is the reason right now for 1,000 less jobs in this country"? CHRIS HIPKINS to the Associate Minister of Education: Does he stand by his statement "Yes I do have confidence in Novopay"? JACQUI DEAN to the Minister of Corrections: What steps has the Government taken to protect communities from high-risk offenders? DARIEN FENTON to the Acting Minister of Labour: When will he begin the process of consulting on the minimum wage for 2013? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Internal Affairs: How many New Zealanders have applied for a passport online since the launch of the Online Passport Renewal Service? Questions to Members DENISE ROCHE to the member in charge of the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009 (Application to Casinos) Amendment Bill: What is the purpose of her Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009 (Application to Casinos) Amendment Bill? DENISE ROCHE to the member in charge of the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009 (Application to Casinos) Amendment Bill: How will her Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009 (Application to Casinos) Amendment Bill benefit the victims of crime?   [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 14 November 2012
The latest from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 14 November 2012
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Spectrum

Spectrum for Wednesday 14 November
'Innocents Abroad'. Between 1962 and 1974 Volunteer Service Abroad ran a school-leaver programme sending seventeen to eighteen year-olds fresh out of school off into remote corners of South East Asia and the Pacific. Deborah Nation attended a reunion of these VSA workers in 2004. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi for 14 November 2012
The Far North iwi, Te Rarawa, is considering whether or not to take shares in hydro power generators; Descendants of a Palmerston North tribe say they had to hassle the Government for a meeting to press their case for the Crown not to settle a Treaty claim with an urban authority; A tourism operator specialising in providing a cultural experience for overseas visitors says Aotearoa-New Zealand is only just scratching the surface of the industry's potential; Western Australia Museum says the local indigenous community fully supports repatriating ancestral remains to their tribal homelands - including to Aotearoa. [more]

Te Manu Korihi for 14 November 2012
Descendants of a Palmerston North tribe say they had to hassle the Government for a meeting to press their case for the Crown not to settle a Treaty claim with an urban authority; The Far North iwi, Te Rarawa, is considering whether or not to take shares in hydro power generators; A tourism operator specialising in providing a cultural experience for overseas visitors says Aotearoa-New Zealand is only just scratching the surface of the industry's potential; Western Australia Museum says the local indigenous community fully supports repatriating ancestral remains to their tribal homelands - including to Aotearoa. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 14 November 2012
The man who killed Maori leader, Hawea Vercoe has been challenged by a member of the Vercoe family to change his life and recognise his background; Two Bay of Plenty Maori leaders were laid to rest today following three days of mourning; Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori, the Maori Language Commission, has allocated grants totalling just over one-point-three million dollars to support the promotion of te reo; A fishing summit's heard Polynesian fishing firms should work in packs to hunt down new markets. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 14 November 2012
The man who killed Maori leader, Hawea Vercoe has been challenged by a member of the Vercoe family to change his life and recognise his background; Two Bay of Plenty Maori leaders were laid to rest today following three days of mourning; Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori, the Maori Language Commission, has allocated grants totalling just over one-point-three million dollars to support the promotion of te reo; A fishing summit's heard Polynesian fishing firms should work in packs to hunt down new markets; A Ruapehu iwi is a step closer to resolving its Treaty of Waitangi grievances and is seeking a mandate from the people to represent them in negotiations with the Crown. [more]

The Reading

Wulf (Part 8)
Briggs, captain of another ship moored off Kopitee, has turned down the Wolf's offer, but Stewart strikes a deal. In return for 50 tons of flax, he'll take 120 armed warriors hidden inside the Elizabeth, to capture an enemy chief in the south. [more]

Wulfsyarn: a mosaic by Phillip Mann - Part 1
Wulf, the ancient robotic autoscribe, begins his account of events taking us back to the moment when Jon Wilberfoss is invited to captain the huge interstellar mercy ship, The Nightingale. [more]

Upbeat

Gemma Rosefield and Benjamin Nabarro
Leonore Trio violinist and cellist in New Zealand to judge the Royal Overseas League Pettman Arts Scholarship. [more]

Alex Mac Donald
Auckland Youth Orchestra violist talks about their new approach. [more]

Eckehard Stier
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra music director previews their 'Settling the Score' concert. [more]

News stories:

Tahiti worried about possible loss of Air France service
There are fears in French Polynesia that Air France could end its Paris to Tahiti service because of continued losses on the route. The French carrier has told its 116... [more]

Six Iranian asylum seekers remain on hunger strike on Nauru
A refugee campaigner says six Iranian asylum seekers remain on hunger strike on Nauru. An asylum seeker in Australia's detention centre on Nauru says most of the 270 hunger strikers... [more]

PNG's PM holds talks with Indonesia's President
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has held talks with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, agreeing to strengthen the bilateral trade and investment relationship. The newspaper, The National, reports... [more]

NZX 50 down 24 points on Tuesday
The NZX 50 index fell 13 points on Tuesday to 3970 on turnover of $71 million. [more]

Back-tax bill for Amazon from France
Amazon is facing a tax bill of $US252 million from France covering the period 2006 - 2010. [more]

Youth award given to cellphone site programmer
A computer programme that makes it easier to set up mobile phone networks in mountainous or difficult terrain has won a Prime Minister's Pacific Youth Award for its designer. [more]

Te Rarawa eyes stake in power companies
Te Rarawa is considering whether or not to take shares in hydro power generators. [more]

Rangitane dissidents wait on minister's response
Descendants of a Manawatu tribe say they had to hassle the Government for a meeting to press their case for the Crown to not prematurely settle a Waitangi Treaty claim with an urban authority. [more]

Damaged vehicle sought after death of pedestrian
Police in Auckland are looking for a silver coloured Subaru stationwagon with front panel damage in connection with the death of a pedestrian in Waterview at about 1.20am on Wednesday. [more]

Nyoongar support return of remains
Western Australia Museum says the indigenous community there fully supports repatriating ancestral remains to their tribal homelands - including to Aotearoa. [more]

Banksia branches to close
All 10 branches of Banksia Securities in Australia are to close after the group went into receivership on 25 October owing $A660 million. [more]

Growers told: assume canker has spread
Kiwifruit Vine Health says it will carry out further tests on kiwifruit vines near Whangarei, before declaring it a new PSA V infected region. [more]

Silver Fern Farms stoic over loss
Silver Fern Farms is putting a positive face on after-tax operating loss of more than $31 million for the past year. [more]

Buffalo meat exports by India tipped to rise
Rabobank forecasts that India will become the world's biggest beef exporter next year, with buffalo meat. [more]

New kind of health worker in rural trial
Five rural hospital and community health organisations are about to begin using a new kind of health worker in a two-year project. [more]

Voluntary liquidation urged for Genesis Research
The board of Genesis Research & Development says the biotechnology company has effectively been scuppered by one of its major shareholders and needs to be placed into voluntary liquidation. [more]

Investor confidence high - ASB
ASB Bank's latest survey shows investor confidence is at its highest level in two years, buoyed by the ongoing Christchurch rebuild. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Wednesday's headlines: $90 'ash cash' certificate revenue used to fund parties for hospital doctors; fashion designer Ashley Fogel folds after more than four decades; Christchurch City Council staff granted 11 days extra paid leave by chief executive. [more]

Default settings for KiwiSaver probed
Government officials are reviewing KiwiSaver's default provider arrangements because the terms for those providers are set to expire in 2014, five years after the scheme was introduced. [more]

Infratil says it's still interested in airports
Despite putting its stakes in two British airports up for sale, Infratil says it is still actively looking to acquire new assets. [more]

Challenge to Christchurch quake rules
The Insurance Council is mounting a legal challenge against Christchurch City Council over its rules regarding earthquake-prone buildings. [more]

Offshore markets rebound
Stocks in the United States made a sharp turnaround from earlier losses on Tuesday, after strong results from Home Depot. European shares also rebounded. [more]

Voting for American Samoa's gubernatorial race will begin tomorrow
American Samoa's chief election officer says local absentee voting in the run off election for the gubernatorial race will begin tomorrow, once the results of the November 6 general election... [more]

24 year-old inmate remains in a Fiji hospital following attack in prison
A 24-year-old prison inmate who was allegedly sexually assaulted by three other inmates at a Fiji prison earlier this month is still in hospital. Fiji Corrections Services spokesperson, Ana Tamani... [more]

'Live' broadcasts for all Maori All Blacks games
The Maori All Blacks Test match against Canada being played on their short tour of England on 24 November will now be televised live in this country. [more]

100,000+ expected at 150th Show
More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the Canterbury A P show, which opens in Christchurch on Wednesday and celebrates its 150th anniversary. [more]

Changes to Argentina for France clash
Argentina have made three changes to face France in Lille this weekend, two enforced by injuries to Felipe Contepomi and Juan Martin Hernandez in last weekend's win over Wales. [more]

Djokovic increases world rankings lead
Novak Djokovic has increased his lead in the men's tennis rankings after beating Roger Federer in the deciding m,atch of the ATP tour finals in London. The Serb finishes as... [more]

Frankie Dettori produces positive drug test
French Racing authorities have revealed that the great Italian jockey Frankie Dettori returned a 'positive drug test' at Longchamp in Paris in September. Dettori, who rode in the Melbourne Cup... [more]

Proteas skipper demands more from pacemen
South Africa's cricket captain Graeme Smith has demanded much better from his highly-acclaimed pace attack which was made to look second-rate in their series-opening draw against Australia at the Gabba... [more]

Gayle makes history with 6 off first ball of test
The flamboyant West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle has made test cricket history by smashing the first ball of a test match for six. Gayle launched into the first delivery... [more]

RFU suffers financial loss
England's Rugby Football Union has reported a loss of 12 million dollars in the last financial year as a result of fewer games being played at Twickenham. The RFU expects... [more]

Pocock to miss England match
The Wallabies flanker David Pocock has been ruled out of this weekend's test against England at Twickenham due to a calf strain. Pocock's continued absence is a big setback... [more]

Big-budget film being revived in Waitaki Valley
big-budget film about the last days of Jesus is being revived in the Waitaki Valley, in south Canterbury, where a Middle Eastern village set was built. [more]

Case against Tonga's deputy speaker of Legislative Assembly adjourned
The case against Tonga's deputy speaker of the Legislative Assembly Lord Tu'iha'ateiho has been adjourned to next February. Lord Tu'iha'ateiho is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm without a... [more]

Fiji church leader sentenced to two years jail for sex offence
The founder of an evangelist church in Fiji has been sentenced to two years imprisonment for sexual assault. Fiji media reports All Nation Church leader Reverend Epeli Ratabacaca was sentenced... [more]

Bus dispute over
Bus drivers in Auckland have settled an industrial dispute with NZ Bus and ratified a new collective agreement. [more]

Home Depot quarterly profit
Home Depot reported made a small rise in quarterly profits on Tuesday, which it attributed to signs of recovery in the US housing market. Revenues were up 4%. [more]

Killer out of prison two years early
The killer of a Maori community figure has been released from prison two years early, despite concerns by the victim's family. [more]

Faoa calls for closer inter-Samoan co-operation
A candidate for governor in American Samoa's special election says there needs to be continued closer cooperation between American Samoa and neighbouring Samoa. The candidate and current lieutenant governor, Faoa... [more]

Pacific ACP Leaders will meet in PNG next week to discuss Fiji
Pacific ACP Leaders will meet in Papua New Guinea's Port Moresby next week, to discuss Fiji's participation at future PACP related meetings. The Pacific ACP countries have trade and development... [more]

Sport: Narrow losses for Fiji and Tonga in midweek
Tonga and Fiji are still searching for the first win of their Northern Hemipshere rugby tours after coming up short on Wednesday morning. The Flying Fijians were pipped 31-29 by... [more]

Man wounded in shooting
A man has serious leg wounds after a shooting in the suburb of Three Kings, Auckland, at about 10pm on Tuesday. [more]

Escapers in court
One of the two offenders who absconded from a residential facility last week appeared briefly in Christchurch District Court on Wednesday morning. [more]

Sport: So'oialo out of Manu Samoa tour with ban
Manu Samoa fullback James So'oialo has been ruled out of the remainder of the country's Northern Hemisphere tour after being found guilty of a shoulder charge in the weekend victory... [more]

Careful driving on oil slick advised
Motorists travelling past Victoria University in Wellington on Wednesday are advised to drive with particular care as attempts are made to soak up oil that was spilled onto the road. [more]

School fire now under control
A fire which broke out at Whangamata Area School in Coromandel is now under control. All the children were evacuated safely. [more]

Division acquired by consortium
A consortium has bought the agricultural division of Biodiesel New Zealand from Solid Energy. Pure Oil has taken over all existing contracts with growers. [more]

Landlord's profit improves
Profit at Kiwi Income Property Trust has risen sharply after it received an insurance payment and proceeds from a sale. [more]

Fairfax sells US assets
Fairfax Media has sold its rural press businesses in the United States for $US79.9 million. [more]

Wine awards
Ninety seven gold medals were handed out at this year's Air New Zealand Wine Awards. [more]

NZ discussing milk powder test methods with China
The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries is talking to quarantine agencies in China about testing methods used to check milk powder and baby formula products from New Zealand. [more]

Smaller loss reported by boat maker
Sealegs Corporation has reported a half year loss of $134,000, an improvement of 90% on the previous year. It is now earning license revenues from its technology. [more]

Online job adverts up
Jobs advertised online increased by 4.7% in October after falling in September. [more]

New coastal container service
Pacifica Shipping will launch a new coastal container service next month. The Spirit Of Independence will carry almost 300 containers more than the ship it replaces. [more]

Four in court accused of invoice scam
Four people accused of an advertising invoice scam amounting to $1.6 million have appeared in Wellington District Court. [more]

Payment made by pro-Madoff fund
An investment fund in New York has agreed to pay $US210 million to settle claims by investors to whom it recommended the fraudster Bernie Madoff. [more]

Only subsidies will stop haemorrhage of Fiji sugar farmers: economist
A Fiji economics professor says the only way to stop more farmers leaving the sugar industry is for the interim government to increase subsidies. The comment follows a prediction from... [more]

Taiwan gives solar lamps to Solomon Islands
Taiwan has given Solomon Islands 10,000 solar lamps. The Solomon Islands government says each of the country's 50 constituencies will receive 200 of the lamps which are to be distributed... [more]

New Caledonia removes Kanak structures from Noumea square
The authorities of New Caledonia's capital have used bulldozers to remove traditional Kanak houses from a Noumea parking lot after they had not been dismantled as agreed. Security forces were... [more]

Vanuatu's Shefa province to set aside quarter of seats for women
Shefa Province will become the first council in Vanuatu to reserve seats for women in the January elections. The council has tried twice before to reserve seats for women and... [more]

American Samoa church offers job to jailed rapist
American Samoa's largest church has offered a job to a man jailed for 28 months for rape. Tone Pulou pleaded guilty this year to raping and impregnating a 13 year-old... [more]

Study suggests zoning effective in controlling over-fishing of Pacific bigeye tuna
A study suggests that marine zoning in the Pacific could be more effective at improving the dwindling numbers of bigeye tuna than simply closing areas off to fishing. Mike Batty... [more]

Togiola suggests American Samoa primary elections
The American Samoa governor Togiola Tulafono says there should be draft legislation for a primary gubernatorial election so the territory doesn't have to hold a run-off election. The governor says... [more]

Saipan Air opposes bid to dismiss case vs Swift Air
Saipan Air Incorporated is strongly opposing a bid to have its case against Swift Air dismissed, saying the court has jurisdiction over the non-resident defendants of the case. Saipan Air... [more]

Corrections getting out of 'storage business'
The Corrections Department says it no longer has the space to keep storing large items on behalf of inmates. [more]

'Ash Cash' payments to doctors under review
Doctors and district health boards are reviewing so-called "Ash Cash" payments, where the fees that families pay for cremation certificates are used for perks. [more]

Changes to raw milk regulations
The Government has confirmed changes to the Raw Milk Regulations, which allow independent milk processors to buy milk from Fonterra. They will take effect on 1 June next year. [more]

Dunedin Council property purchase to be investigated
The Audit Office is to investigate a $14 million decision by Dunedin City Council to invest in a residential development near Queenstown. The value of the investment has fallen by more than $6 million. [more]

Cultural tourism has big potential
A tourism operator specialising in providing a cultural experience for overseas visitors says New Zealand is only just scratching the surface of the industry's potential. [more]

English defends banks over rates for farmers
Finance Minister Bill English has defended banks in the face of criticism from a National backbench MP, saying that countries in Europe have learned the hard way what happens when banks fall over. [more]

Road rage murder trial aborted
The murder trial of a man accused of fatally stabbing another man in a road rage incident in Wellington has been aborted. [more]

Collins and Labour MPs settle defamation case
ACC Minister Judith Collins and Labour Party MPs Trevor Mallard and Andrew Little have settled a dispute over defamation claims. [more]

Tahiti devaluation idea gets no traction
There has been an overwhelmingly negative reaction in French Polynesia to a suggestion that the Pacific franc be devalued. The idea was mooted by the government in preparing budget documents... [more]

Call to clarify link between NZ aid and business
An aid watchdog group says the New Zealand government needs to give the public a guarantee that its foreign aid is not being used to help New Zealand businesses. Aid... [more]

Govt expects to decide on Afghan interpreters soon
Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman expects a decision to be made by Christmas on what help will be given to interpreters working for New Zealand troops in Afghanistan, who fear for their safety when the troops leave next year. [more]

Herbert to experiment with All Whites
The All Whites will experiment with a new formation for their international football match against China in Shanghai tonight. Coach Ricki Herbert is trialling a youthful looking 4-1-4-1 formation with... [more]

NZ squash team to play Canada in round of 16
New Zealand will take on Canada in the round of 16 following the completition of pool play at the World Women's Squash Championships in France. The 5th seeded New Zealanders... [more]

More than 1000 workers to be laid off at Fiji Roads Authority
The Fiji Roads Authority is laying off almost all its staff, with more than a thousand being made redundant. The Authority employs 1152 staff and 1035 are to lose their... [more]

Hunter admits killing companion
A man charged with causing the death of his hunting companion south of Rotorua has pleaded guilty. [more]

One Billion Rising campaign wins Pacific support
Fiji and several other Pacific countries are joining the One Billion Rising campaign against violence against women. The campaign will see people around the world demonstrate in various ways in... [more]

Hospices get funding increase
The Government will continue to boost funding for hospices, with an extra $30 million over the next two financial years. [more]

Doping hotline setup for cyclists
A doping hotline is to be set up for cyclists who have information on fellow riders using performance enhancing drugs. The president of cycling's international governing body Pat McQuaid says... [more]

Former Warriors coach says he'll be under greater scrutiny in new role
The former Warriors rugby league coach Daniel Anderson says he expects to be under greater scrutiny in his new role as NRL referees' manager than when he was a first-grade... [more]

Nauru leader concerned at asylum seekers' hunger strike
The President of Nauru Sprent Dabwido says his government has been concerned about the welfare of the asylum seekers on hunger strike in the Australia-run detention centre. While a mass... [more]

Fallen lines trap people in Te Puke
Four people were trapped on Wednesday afternoon when power lines fell on their cars in Te Puke. [more]

Thousands view partial eclipse
Thousands of New Zealanders took a break on Wednesday morning to watch from observatories as the moon made its way across the sun. [more]

Tahiti's Legayic/Ravel probe prompts Noumea arrests
A major corruption probe involving a top businessman and a leading unionist in French Polynesia has led to the arrest of two people in New Caledonia. The case centres on... [more]

Copeland a 'nutter' for comments: Dunne
A former MP has offended some members of a Parliamentary select committee by making an analogy between apartheid in South Africa and gay marriage. United Future's Peter Dunne reacted by calling his former colleague a "nutter". [more]

Retail spending down
Retail spending was down in the three months to September, with supermarket, car and fuel sales all falling. [more]

NZ market down
The NZX 50 was down 15 points at 3955 on turnover of $92 million on Wednesday. [more]

Xero posts $7m half-year loss
Xero's shares have fallen 12 cents to $6.24 each on news that the company posted a $7 million loss for the half-year. [more]

Conference told Pacific fisheries lose out to outsiders
The Pacific fisheries sector is said to lose out to vessels which process their catch outside the region. This has been highlighted as one of the biggest challenges facing the... [more]

'JJ' jury brings in guilty verdict
A High Court jury has found the man accused of killing a two-year-old Auckland boy guilty of murder. [more]

Maori leader urges fish firms to seek new markets together
A fishing summit's heard Polynesian fishing firms should work in packs to hunt down new markets. [more]

Ngati Rangi descendants urged to give mandate feedback
A Ruapehu iwi is a step closer to resolving its Treaty of Waitangi grievances and is seeking a mandate from the people to represent them in negotiations with the Crown. [more]

Maori Language Commission allocates $1.34m in grants
Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori, the Maori Language Commission, has allocated grants totalling $1.34 million to support the promotion of te reo. [more]

Police accused of failing over concerns about teacher
The principal of a Far North school says police never formally investigated her concerns about the disgraced teacher James Parker. [more]

Chinese flight deal questioned
Immigration Minister Nathan Guy says a new deal with a Chinese airline will make it easier for high-value Chinese tourists to visit New Zealand. [more]

Crashes follow Cup Day in Christchurch
Two drink driving crashes in Christchurch following the annual Cup Day at Addington Raceway on Tuesday have left several people in hospital. [more]

Thailand to join Pacific Rim trade talks
Thailand is set to become the 12th country to join Pacific Rim trade talks. A formal announcement will be made next week. [more]

Schools report errors in latest Novopay round
School principals say they are still finding errors in the school payroll, despite official assurances problems with the new payroll system, Novopay, are being fixed. [more]

NZ Bishop can't find any warnings about priest
The Bishop of Hamilton says he can't find any records warning about a paedophile priest who was sent to the city from Australia in 1984. [more]

Prince Charles celebrates his birthday in the capital
Prince Charles sang along with about 200 people who helped celebrate his 64th birthday at Government House in Wellington on Wednesday. [more]

Vanuatu's stand on West Papuan issue at the crossroads
Vanuatu's long-running support for West Papuan independence is at stake as the country's newly-elected MPs attempt to form a government. Ahead of next week's first sitting of the new parliament,... [more]

Police warn of high risk sex offender
Police are appealing for sightings of a high-risk sex offender believed to be on the run in the North Island. [more]

Gang bill seen as infringing others' rights
A lawyer for the Red Devils gang has told MPs that a bill cracking down on gang intimidation will infringe the rights of those who are not in gangs. [more]

Police investigating Featherston body
Wairarapa police are investigating after the body of an elderly woman was found at her house in Featherston. [more]

Six jobs go in water testing changes
Canterbury Regional Council is axing six jobs following changes to the way it undertakes water quality testing. [more]

Charges laid after Clinton fatal
A Singaporean national has appeared in the Dunedin District Court, charged with dangerous driving causing death, following a fatal crash in South Otago on Tuesday. [more]

Ponifasio takes top honour at Arts Pasifika awards
A pioneer of modern Pacific dance and theatre has won the supreme accolade at the Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards. [more]

Whanau Ora gang fraudster jailed
A Dunedin gang member who led an operation to use government funds to buy drug supplies has been sentenced to four years in prison. [more]

Killer of Maori leader challenged to change life
The man who killed Maori leader Hawea Vercoe has been challenged by a member of the Vercoe family to change his life and recognise his background. [more]

Two Bay of Plenty Maori leaders farewelled
Two Bay of Plenty Maori leaders were laid to rest on Wednesday following three days of mourning. [more]

One Company provides better margins - Steel and Tube
The listed steel maker, Steel & Tube, says its new business model is providing better margins and profitability. [more]