Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 13th December 2012

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This page features: Afternoons, At The Movies, Business News, CEISMIC, Checkpoint, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Reading, Upbeat, You Me... Now!

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - Nobody Knows What's Goin' On
Eli Orzessek from Auckland has chosen "Nobody Knows What's Goin' On (In My Mind But Me)" by The Chiffons [more]

Your Place - Leigh
A beach holiday destination 90 odd kilometres north of Auckland. The village dates back to 1858, but Maori settlement started centuries before that, and at the time of the first European arrival, Ngati Manuhiri chief Te Kiri ruled the district. Settlers from Nova Scotia arrived in the 1830s and cleared the forest for farmland. A saw mill was established at the head of the harbour and the area became associated with the boat building industry. The town took its name from an early 19th century missionary who had visited on a number of occasions but never settled there. He was the Reverend Samuel Leigh. [more]

Take me out to the ball game
Rugby and cricket coach Peter Grigg of Nelson set off on a 30,000 kilometre journey to visit all 30 major league baseball stadiums in the United States, and discover something about America too. The coach of the Nelson College First XV went to the hallowed grounds of Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, and talked to baseball aficionados about the subtles of a sport as American as apple pie. He's written written a book, 'Finding My Field of Dreams - A Kiwi in the Majors', about his epic pilgrimage. [more]

A movie star car in Wanaka
The recently restored 1934 motor car originally owned by movie star Carole Lombard and her husband Clark Gable is on display at Warbirds & Wheels in Wanaka. The Duesenberg Model J looks like something driven straight out of The Great Gadsby. [more]

Southern Story for 13 December 2012 - Rites-of-Passage
Sage Forest at a rites-of-passage event for girls on the journey to womanhood, in Golden Bay. [more]

Our Changing World - Saving old Maori cloaks
Te Papa holds the world's largest collection of Maori woven cloaks, dating back several hundred years. But age and a condition known as 'vinegar syndrome' are taking their toll, and many of the cloaks are becoming very fragile. Rangi Te Kanawa is Conservator of Textiles at Te Papa, and she's been collaborating with chemist Gerald Smith from Victoria University to find a way of preventing these valuable cloaks falling apart any further - using seaweed. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 13 December 2012
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Brian Edwards and Michelle Boag (Part 1)
Topics - The report by the Canadian Judge on the David Bain compensation claim recommends that Mr Bain be paid compensation. The Justice Minister Judith Collins has released the report, and a peer review report she ordered on it. The Chairwoman of Environment Southland, Ali Timms, has taken six weeks paid leave, effective immediately. The Southland Times reports Ms Timms applied for the leave after she was exposed as having made a hoax phone call to talkback television. [more]

The Panel with Brian Edwards and Michelle Boag (Part 2)
Topics - America's National Intelligence Council, made up of 17 U.S. government intelligence agencies, has released its predictive master-work, Global Trends 2030: Alternate Worlds. The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has effectively dumped three companies from its twenty billion dollar investment portfolio on responsible investment grounds. An Auckland Transport contractor has been dismissed over what the NBR is describing as "bullying tactics" to try to silence a member of the public who criticised it on Twitter. [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 13 December 2012
Simon Morris looks back at the New Zealand films of 2012. He also checks out a drama from France, Polisse, and a documentary from Scotland, You've Been Trumped, a sort of real-life Local Hero starring billionaire Donald Trump. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 13 December 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 13 December 2012
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 13 December 2012
Manufacturing activity and job ads decline. The US's top banker warns monetary policy won't be enough to offset damage from the so-called fiscal cliff and the sharemarket continues its recent declines. [more]

Evening Business for 13 December 2012
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 13 December 2012
The listed wood producer, Tenon, says its key market in America is finally showing signs of improvement after what it calls a perfect storm. [more]

CEISMIC

Earthquake Impacts on the Heathcote-Avon Estuary
The 2011 Christchurch earthquakes and the sewage outfall diversion have had profound impacts on the Heathcote-Avon Estuary [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 13 December 2012
The Justice Minister releases both reports on David Bain's bid for compensation, Bain's lawyer responds and Ports of Auckland fine uncommon - unions and lawyer. [more]

Judge Ian Binnie recommends that Bain be paid compensation
The just-released report by the former Canadian Supreme Court Judge Ian Binnie recommends that David Bain be paid compensation - but now the Government says it can't act on that. [more]

Bain's lawyer responds
We will speak to the Justice Minister shortly. But first, David Bain's lawyer Michael Reed QC joins us. [more]

Ports of Auckland fine uncommon - unions and lawyer
Ports of Auckland has been fined 40 thousand dollars for deliberately hiring contractors to do union members' work. [more]

More from the Justice Minister
Returning to our lead story now, with the just-released report by the former Canadian Supreme Court Judge Ian Binnie recommending that David Bain be paid compensation. [more]

Sports News for 13 December 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

New report on Auckland tunnel leaves Government unmoved
A major new reports back the Auckland mayor's plan for a multi-billion dollar rail tunnel but the Government is still refusing to come on board. [more]

Police looking for sharp object used in 23-year-olds death
The police are looking for a sharp weapon used to kill a young woman in a South Auckland sleepout. [more]

Top inspector's wife, neighbour drown on holiday
The wife of a top Auckland police inspector has drowned while in Rarotonga for their daughter's wedding, and her friend who went to save her has also drowned. [more]

Parents urged to vaccinate babies against whooping cough
The national whooping cough epidemic has taken the life of a six-week-old Christchurch baby. [more]

Psychiatrist paid patient to keep quiet about their affair
A psychiatrist who had a sexual relationship with his mentally ill patient paid her 42 thousand dollars to keep quiet about it and got her to lie to investigators. [more]

The great white butterfly is now on DOC's hit list
The great white butterfly is the latest pest threatening the country's vegetable crops and endangered native cresses. [more]

Binnie says pay Bain, Justice Minister says no
The former Canadian Supreme Court Judge Ian Binnie says David Bain probably did NOT kill his family and should get compensation. [more]

A law professor has more
The dean of law at Canterbury University Chris Gallavin is with us. [more]

Samoa has issued a disaster declaration
Samoa has issued a disaster declaration after an early assessment of the damage done by Tropical Cyclone Evan. [more]

Cottrell jury sees video evicence of an accused
The jury in the trial of two men accused of killing a Radio New Zealand journalist has seen footage of one of them telling police he saw his co accused hit the victim. [more]

Sports News for 13 December 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Ewan MacDonald found to display narcissistic traits
The Parole board has released the details of why it refused to grant parole to the man acquitted of murdering the Feilding farmer Scott Guy. [more]

Police aim to cut Maori prosecution rate by 25-per cent
The police are aiming to cut prosecutions of Maori people by 25-percent within six years, through a new strategy working with Iwi. [more]

Government says youth justice programme working
A report on the Government's military-style boot camps shows more than half of the young criminals who go through them go on to commit more crime, but fewer serious and violent offences. [more]

DOC wants to wipe out invading butterfly
A new pest eradication programme is underway, but instead of rats or possums, an invading species of butterfly is the target. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 13 December 2012
The Ports of Auckland is fined for hiring non-union labour and Justice Binnie's report on David Bain's claim for compensation is to be released today. [more]

Midday Sports News for 13 December 2012
Olympic rowing champion Nathan Cohen wants to change boats next year. Cohen combined with Joseph Sullivan to win the double sculls in London this year to add to the two world titles they won in 2011 and 2010. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 13 December 2012
Growing pressure on Justice Minister to release Bain report;Justice Ian Binnie;Afghan interpreter ignored by New Zealand, Afghan offcials;PM defends Justice and Education Ministers;Horan accuses Peters of leaking his phone records;Pike River families have tough questions for John Key;Halswell School concerned about delays following High Court decision. [more]

Councils toast new alcohol powers
Councils across the country are looking forward to new powers that allow their communities to decide on rules and regulations about opening hours and where liquor stores operate. [more]

Pacific News for 13 December 2012
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

House adjourns
The House has risen for its Christmas break but not before an adjournment debate which was both funny and at times pointed. [more]

Growing pressure on Justice Minister release Bain report
Pressure is growing on the Justice Minister to make public a retired Canadian judge's report into David Bain's compensation claim. [more]

Cristin Schmitz
So what do we know about Justice Ian Binnie? [more]

Afghan interpreter ignored by New Zealand, Afghan offcials
An Afghan interpreter who has worked with New Zealand soldiers for years, says he has been neglected since he was severely injured in an attack on a convoy which killed the New Zealand soldier, Tim O'Donnell in August 2010. [more]

PM defends Justice and Education Ministers
The Prime Minister is defending his Justice and Education Ministers against accusations they have mismanaged their responsibilities. [more]

Horan accuses Peters of leaking his phone records
The former New Zealand First MP Brendan Horan is continuing to defend his reputation repeating he wants his phone records back. [more]

Pike River families have tough questions for John Key
Neville Rockhouse says the Prime Minister will be walking into a hornets nest when he meets the Pike River families in Greymouth today. [more]

Halswell School concerned about delays following decision
A special-needs residential boys school at the centre of a row over a merger with a special needs school for girls is defending itself against what it says are 'the doubts and uncertainty that have been created in the minds of parents'. [more]

Sports News for 13 December 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Amnesty New Zealand protest torture in Fiji
Amnesty International is calling on the Fijian government to address allegations of torture inside its prisons. [more]

Increased risk of eruption at Ruapehu and White Island
There is an increased risk of eruption at both Ruapehu and White Island. [more]

Google's top search list for 2012
A Google search list released today shows New Zealanders couldn't get enough of the Olympics, the Volvo Ocean Race, and British boy band One Direction this year. [more]

Judge calls for Bain report to be released
The judge commissioned to weigh up David Bain's case for compensation says his report should be released to Mr Bain and his legal team. [more]

Afghan interpreter claims neglect by New Zealand Government
The Government is being accused of neglecting an Afghan interpreter seriously injured in a deadly 2010 Taliban attack. [more]

More details emerge about the death of Royal hoax nurse
More details are emerging about the death of a nurse who died following a hoax call to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge. [more]

Parliament adjourns for the year
Parliament has finished its business for the year. [more]

North Korea successfully launches rocket
There's been widespread condemnation of a long-range rocket launch by North Korea, which went ahead in defiance of international warnings. [more]

Sports News for 13 December 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Court hears about window of time
The High Court in Wellington has heard about the window of time two men accused of killing a Radio New Zealand journalist last year could have spent with the victim. [more]

Report says DoC losing the conservation battle
A report by the Auditor General says the Department of Conservation is losing the battle against the pests that threaten New Zealand's indigenous species. [more]

Car clamper still operating despite assault charge
A controversial New Plymouth car clamper is continuing to operate his business despite being found guilty of assault and being investigated for operating without a security license. [more]

Council launches funding drive for Hundertwasser
The Whangarei District Council's launched a public funding drive for its controversial Hundertwasser art museum. [more]

Nights

Spring and Fall
Arguably Australia's most celebrated singer-song writer, Paul Kelly, is preparing to go on tour with his old friend, Neil Finn. [more]

Science: Computer Science
Prof Mark Apperley from University of Waikato tweezers out the silicon chips to show us how computers compute... contributions of Computer Science to computing in general, to other disciplines, and also, the world. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 7. [more]

Conundrum
Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Strengthening Trans-Tasman Economic Relations
Murray Shewin is chair of the Productivity Commission, which along with its Australian counterpart, has delivered a final report to Ministers containing findings and recommendations for strengthening trans-Tasman economic relations. [more]

The Need to Understand Cities
Paul Cheshire is a Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics. He will be delivering an address tomorrow in Auckland at 12:30pm at the office of Motu Economic and Public Policy Research. [more]

UK Correspondent - Dame Ann Leslie
UK correspondent Dame Ann Leslie disscusses current politics and economics in the UK. [more]

Feature Guest - Lieutenant General Rhys Jones
Today's Big Year interviewee is the Chief of the NZ Defence Force, Lieutenant General Rhys Jones. [more]

Book Review - Country Girl
Country Girl - a memoir, written by Edna O'Brien, published by Faber and Faber, and reviewed by Siobhan Harvey. [more]

New Technology with Donald Clark
Don't go bush using Apple Maps, tech giants join forces on patent buyout, the battle for control of the internet last week, NikeFuel Missions, and a computer display -- on your contact lens. [more]

Archaeology and Heritage with Brigid Gallagher
Vice President of the NZ Conservators of Cultural Materials Association talks about Nerd Nite; the removal of science from conservation of cultural material education; and archaeology, heritage and conservation in the news in 2012. [more]

Media with Gavin Ellis
Gavin Ellis gives us his take on the hoax call and coverage of the aftermath, and discusses Paul Holmes and his contribution to TV journalism. [more]

Our Changing World

Sympathetic Nervous System
Simon Malpas is monitoring chronic cardiovascular disease remotely in animal models [more]

Genetic Map of First Settlers
University of Otago researchers decode the mitochondrial genome of the first people to arrive in New Zealand [more]

Breath Test for Infectious Diseases
Volatile compounds in breath may allow researchers - and bees - to make diagnoses of diseases such as TB [more]

Breath Test for Infectious Diseases
Volatile compounds in breath may allow researchers - and bees - to make diagonoses of diseases such as TB [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 13 December 2012
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 13 December 2012
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 13 December 2012
Tukoroirangi Morgan is back in a key role with Waikato-Tainui - nearly a year after he walked away; New Zealand's largest Maori owned fishing company says the high value of the New Zealand dollar, is a constant headache; Kaipara Maori leaders say the Government is stripping assets from the heartland with its cuts to rural court services; A Gisborne festival organiser is praising the Maori Wardens for their gentle but effective approach to security - and prefers to use them instead of regular security guards. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 13 December 2012
Tukoroirangi Morgan is back in a key role with Waikato-Tainui - nearly a year after he walked away; New Zealand's largest Maori owned fishing company says the high value of the New Zealand dollar, is a constant headache; Kaipara Maori leaders say the Government is stripping assets from the heartland with its cuts to rural court services; A Gisborne festival organiser is praising the Maori Wardens for their gentle but effective approach to security - and prefers to use them instead of regular security guards. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 13 December 2012
The police are to try to reduce the prosecution of Maori by 25 per cent - and stamp any perception that the officers are their enemy; Ngai Tuhoe is keen to take over the lease of the motor camp at Lake Waikaremoana; Tukoroirangi Morgan says Waikato-Tainui has lost its way - and the tribe must become united again under Kingitanga; Ngai Tahu is praising the Government for supporting the tribe's Maori trades training programme - He Toki ki te Rika. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 13 December 2012
Ngai Tuhoe is keen to take over the lease of the motor camp at Lake Waikaremoana; The police are aiming to reduce the prosecution rate of Maori by 25% - and stamp out any perception that the officers are their enemy; Tukoroirangi Morgan says Waikato-Tainui has lost its way - and the tribe must become united again under Kingitanga; Ngai Tahu is praising the Government for supporting the tribe's Maori trades training programme - He Toki ki te Rika. [more]

The Reading

Silks - Part 2
The narrator spends time exploring the Hanoi haunts of Marguerite Duras when not visiting her husband in hospital. She shares her vigil with two other wives and makes contact with the New Zealand Embassy. [more]

Upbeat

Rhonda Browne
NZ Mezzo-soprano who won the London Wagner Society's Bayreuth bursary competition last weekend. [more]

Raeywn Hill
NZ Dancer, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Dancenorth in Townville, North Queensland. [more]

Corrine Opie: Part 1
New Zealand Mezzo Soprano on her recently released book: 'I Heard You Singing' talks about the early days of NZ Opera. [more]

You Me... Now!

Episode 164: Everyone's a Winner
Poetry night. Celeste outshines Alice but is becoming seriously confused. Gavin sorts Chris out for good. [more]

News stories:

Solomons finance minister says budget will give more people jobs
The Solomon Islands finance minister says the budget he presented this week for its second reading in parliament will create jobs. Rick Hou says next year's 480 million US dollar... [more]

PNG's education curriculum needs changes - academic
An academic at Papua New Guinea's National Research Institute says there is a need for changes to the education curriculum particularly at the elementary level, where many children fail to... [more]

Samoa airline seeks US approval to operate flights in American Samoa
With no objections raised in American Samoa, a Samoa based airline is asking the U.S. Department of Transportation to grant it the right to operate domestic flights in the territory. [more]

Solomons teachers may have to pay for own sea fare allowances
Teachers in the Solomon Islands may be forced to reach into their own pockets to make up for the government and the Honiara City Council's failure to provide sea fare... [more]

Shipping to become unaffordable for Pacific countries says academic
A New Zealand shipping academic says within a few years the current form of shipping transport will be unaffordable for Pacific Island countries. Peter Nuttal, who is completing a doctorate... [more]

Tropical cyclone Evan named - nearing Samoa
A tropical cyclone nearing Samoa has been named Evan. Early yesterday afternoon, the cyclone was 300 kilometres westsouthwest of Apia, and is moving slowly east. The Fiji's metservice's director, Alipate... [more]

Cook Islands shipping operator blames Ports Authority for ship on reef
Cook Islands shipping operator, Tapi Taio, says the Ports Authority is to blame for his long-line fishing vessel, FV Ana, ending up on the reef at Avatiu earlier this week. [more]

Minister outlines Bain report criticisms in Parliament
Justice Minister Judith Collins has outlined to Parliament some of the issues she has with a retired Canadian judge's report on the David Bain compensation claim. [more]

Murder accused 'had just a few seconds' with victim
The High Court at Wellington has heard the longest time one of the men accused of killing a Radio New Zealand journalist spent with the victim would have been less than eight seconds. [more]

PM expresses confidence in ministers
Prime Minister John Key is defending his Justice and Education ministers from accusations they have mismanaged their responsibilities. [more]

Bradford reinstated into FA Cup after League Cup win
It's been a remarkable 24 hours for the fourth tier English football club Bradford City who have been reinstated into the FA Cup after successfully appealing against a decision to... [more]

Shaun Edwards misses out on a Lions job
The British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has sprung a surprise by omitting his Wales assistant Shaun Edwards for next year's rugby tour of Australia. England forwards coach... [more]

central back in match against Wellington
Central Districts have come back into their Plunket Shield cricket match against Wellington in the capital. After being outplayed in the first couple of days Central have the homeside 53... [more]

Kiwi swimmer into final in Turkey
The Waikato swimmer Matthew Stanley is the first New Zealander to qualify for a final at the World short Course Championships in Turkey. The 20 year old set a personal... [more]

Maori groups work on asset sale appeal
Maori trying to stop partial privatisation of state-owned assets until freshwater rights are settled say they are working on an appeal and will file it as soon as they can. [more]

Govt asked for $4m for Hundertwasser centre
The Government is being asked to come up with $4 million towards a HundertwasserArt Museum in Whangarei. [more]

Samoa's disaster advisory committee to meet as tropical cyclone nears
Samoa's disaster advisory committee are to meet this morning as a tropical cyclone nears the country. The New Zealand Metservice says tropical cyclone Evan as of midnight was over 100... [more]

NZ tip-off leads to US child porn arrest
A tip-off from New Zealand investigators has led to the arrest of a man in the United States on child pornography charges. [more]

Car clamper angers New Plymouth motorists
New Plymouth car clamper Daniel Clout is continuing to operate his business despite being found guilty of assault and being investigated for operating without a security licence. [more]

Port of Tauranga buys stevedoring firm
Port of Tauranga says its $34 million acquisition of Quality Marshalling will immediately boost profits and help the port expand. [more]

Port Otago given go ahead to deepen harbour
The Environment Court is allowing Dunedin's port company to deepen Otago Harbour in what the port says is a landmark decision. [more]

Smartpay to acquire Viaduct eftpos business
Payment terminal services company Smartpay is intending to buy a Wellington-based eftpos terminal business for $16.3 million. [more]

Restaurant Brands sales rise
Quarterly sales have risen at fast food operator Restaurant Brands due in part to a strong performance at its pizza unit, which offset further declines at its coffee chain. [more]

NZers more cautious about debt
More New Zealanders paid off their debts on time in the last year but debt levels remained persistently high. [more]

NZ Super Fund excludes three companies
The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has excluded three companies from its $20 billion investment portfolio on responsible investment grounds. [more]

Maori leaders unhappy about rural court service cuts
Kaipara Maori leaders say the Government is stripping assets from the heartland with its cuts to rural court services. [more]

Irrigation scheme would change farming practices
Farming practices in Wairarapa will change radically if a planned irrigation scheme gets the green light. [more]

Bleak outlook for gold and green kiwifruit
Government officials predict next season's gold kiwifruit harvest may be just half the size of this year's production. [more]

Dry conditions in Hawke's Bay put pressure on farmers
Dry conditions are starting to bite more deeply in central and southern Hawke's Bay and eastern Wairarapa forcing farmers to sell off stock early. [more]

Tuku Morgan takes key Waikato-Tainui role
Tukoroirangi Morgan is back in a key role with Waikato-Tainui nearly a year after he walked away. [more]

Maori wardens preferred for calm approach
A Gisborne festival organiser is praising Maori wardens for their gentle but effective approach to security and prefers to use them instead of regular security guards. [more]

Aotearoa Fisheries posts 25% drop in profit
New Zealand's largest Maori-owned fishing company has posted a 25% drop in profit for the 2011-2012 year. [more]

Sport: Fiji hockey teams on top in Suva
Hosts Fiji remain unbeaten in both the World League and Oceania Pacific Cup hockey tournaments in Suva, following contrasting victories on Wednesday. The Fiji men guaranted a top place finish... [more]

Afghan interpreter claims NZ neglect after injury
An Afghan interpreter who worked for New Zealand soldiers says he was given no assistance after he was injured in an attack on a convoy which killed Lieutenant Tim O'Donnell in August 2010. [more]

Brendan Horan wants phone records back
Former New Zealand First MP Brendan Horan is continuing to insist he has done nothing wrong and is asking for his phone records back. [more]

Samoa and American Samoa issue alerts for tropical cyclone Evan
Fiji's Meterological Service says cyclone Evan may well become more intense as it turns towards Tonga and Fiji over the weekend. The Director of the Met Service Alipate Waqaicelua says... [more]

Insurance firms set deadline for quake rebuild
Major insurance firms have set a three year deadline to repair and rebuild thousands of homes damaged by Christchurch's earthquakes, as they face growing criticism that the work could have been completed sooner. [more]

Sport: Fiji sevens coach to make chages
Fiji sevens coach Alifereti Dere says his team failed to maintain their standards over the past fortnight and there will be changes when the World Series resumes in February. Since... [more]

Sport: Tonga Rugby aiming for steady growth after big 2012
The head of the Tonga Rugby Union says, after an action packed 2012, the challenge ahead is to create stability and maintain high performance both and off the field. In... [more]

Australian scientists discover algae with high resistance to acidification
Scientists from Australia say the discovery of an algae that is less vulnerable to acidification can help coastal communities in the Pacific remain protected by coral reefs. The researchers from... [more]

Cheaper vegetables push food index down
Food prices have fallen in November as vegetables continue to get cheaper. [more]

Attorney-General appointed QC
The Government has appointed Attorney-General Chris Finlayson as a Queen's Counsel. [more]

Taranaki rescue helicopter service safe, says chairman
The new chairperson of Taranaki's rescue helicopter trust is vowing the region will not lose its vital service. [more]

Samoa declares disaster over cyclone damage
Samoa's National Disaster Management Office says the damage from Tropical Cyclone Evan has been officially declared a disaster. The Assistant CEO Filamena Nelson says the main problem is fallen trees,... [more]

Trade Me picks up holiday home website
Trade Me has bought the Holiday Homes website for an undisclosed amount. [more]

Kaipara commissioners seek to validate rates
The commissioners running the debt-stricken Kaipara District Council will ask Parliament to validate rates they now admit were unlawful. [more]

Employers reluctant to hire
Job advertisements fell last month as firms reacted to the slowdown in economic activity since the middle of the year. [more]

Amnesty urges Fiji to probe torture claims
Amnesty International is calling on the Fiji interim government to address allegations of torture inside Fiji prisons. This follows last September's escape and recapture of five inmates from Naboro Prison. [more]

Australia's Marles pushes gender equality message in Tonga
Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Islands Affairs, Richard Marles, has been in Tonga, speaking about Canberra's plan to try and cut gender inequality in the Pacific. During this year's Pacific... [more]

Academic says new law upholding Palauan language will preserve its sophistication
An academic on Pacific Islands development says a new law upholding the Palauan language will ensure people speak it not only informally but on formal and ceremonial occasions. The law,... [more]

Fonterra to provide free milk to all primary schools
Fonterra is expanding its free milk programme to all primary schools in New Zealand. [more]

Govt may allow increased farm gate sales of raw milk
The Government has decided that farm gate sales of raw milk can continue and it's likely to increase the amount of unpasteurised milk that can be bought directly from farmers. [more]

French judicial authorites block Tahiti jail mail
The French-based organisation Observatory of Prisons says French Polynesia's main prison has refused to deliver mail to some inmates in apparent defiance of the law. The organisation says it has... [more]

Viral infections rife in PNG's East New Britain
A medical research team in Papua New Guinea is investigating the cause of viral infections affecting hundreds of people in East New Britain. The Post Courier reports the East New... [more]

Police may appeal ruling in SFO lawyer case
Police are considering appealing against a judge's decision to discharge a former chief prosecutor of the Serious Fraud Office without conviction. [more]

Cyclone Evan causes disaster in Samoa
Samoa has issued a disaster declaration after assessing initial damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Evan. The storm with its sustained winds of 90 kilometres an hour, and gusts to 130... [more]

Pair rescued after boat capsizes near New Plymouth
Two people have been rescued from the sea in Taranaki after their small boat capsized. [more]

New Zealand dental therapist to study Vanuatu teeth
A New Zealand dental therapist set to begin doctoral study into dental health in Vanuatu says she expects to find many people with fluorosis. Liz Webb has just completed a... [more]

Government says youth justice programme working
A progress report on the Government's youth justice programme shows violent offending by some of the worst young offenders is down 50%. [more]

PM doubts mine re-entry possible
The Prime Minister has told the families of the Pike River victims he is prepared to organise a meeting between his experts and theirs on re-entering the West Coast mine, but doesn't see how re-entry could happen. [more]

Mother of bride, friend drown ahead of wedding
Two New Zealanders have drowned while swimming in a lagoon in Rarotonga. [more]

Signs of widespread destruction in Samoa from Cyclone Evan
Tropical Cyclone Evan, which is now moving past Samoa, has caused widespread destruction. The storm which has winds of up to 160 kilometres an hour at its centre, brought down... [more]

PNG Health Minister upset hospital managers not taking on nurse graduates despite staff shortages
Port Moresby General Hospital in Papua New Guinea is 300 nurses short of the numbers it needs to perform its work. The Minister for Health, Michael Malabag, says this is... [more]

New Zealand navy vessels could help with accommodation for Marshall Islands Forum summit
New Zealand Navy vessels could be made available for accommodation in the Marshall Islands when it stages the Pacific Islands Forum summit next year. The New Zealand foreign minister, Murray... [more]

Harbour officials defend decision to clear Cook Islands harbour despite grounding
The Cook Islands Ports Authority chairman, Mike Henry, is defending the decision by Rarotonga's harbourmaster, Saungaki Rasmussen, to clear Avatiu harbour of boats early on Monday morning due to adverse... [more]

Dismay at lack of compensation for French nuclear weapons tests
Nuclear test veterans organisations have expressed their dismay at failing to win compensation from France for their members suffering poor health. Moruroa e tatou and AVEN met the compensation committee... [more]

Tonga man charged with murdering his partner
Tonga police say they have charged a 52 year old man with the murder of his 25 year old female partner. Police say Kilifi Nau reported he found the body... [more]

American Samoa braces for Evan tomorrow
American Samoa is preparing for the worst as Tropical Cyclone Evan approaches. If it continues on its forecasted track, it will come within 16 kilometres of Tutuila by tomorrow morning. [more]

Tuhoe eye Waikaremoana campground
Ngai Tuhoe is keen to take over the lease of the motor camp at Lake Waikaremoana. [more]

Kingitanga is the path forward - Morgan
Tukoroirangi Morgan says Waikato-Tainui has lost its way - and the tribe must become united again under the Kingitanga. [more]

Taxpayers help fund Maori trades training
Ngai Tahu is praising the Government for supporting the tribe's Maori trades training programme - He Toki ki te Rika. [more]

Police aim to cut Maori prosecution rate
Police say they have set a target of slashing by 25% the rate at which Maori are prosecuted. [more]

NZX 50 index slips
The NZX50 index has fallen 20 points, to close at 3975. [more]

Dozens still need emergency housing after tornado
Civil Defence says nearly 80 people displaced by last week's tornado in west Auckland still need emergency accommodation. [more]

Govt and council divided on Auckland rail tunnel
The Government and the Auckland Council remain divided over the need for a $2.4 billion rail tunnel through the central city. [more]

Whanganui house fire victim named
A woman who died in a house fire in Whanganui has been named. [more]

Psychiatrist paid woman to keep quiet about affair
A psychiatrist is to be investigated further after a patient complained that he had an inappropriate relationship with her. [more]

Whooping cough warning after baby death
A six-week-old baby has died at Christchurch Hospital from whooping cough. [more]

DOC hunts down invading butterfly
The Department of Conservation has a new target in its sights, but rather than rats and possums, it is trying to eradicate an invading species of butterfly. [more]

Accused might have kicked journalist, court told
A jury has heard one of the two men on trial for the murder of a Radio New Zealand journalist say in a recorded interview that the other accused might have kicked the victim. [more]

Inmates off Manawatu Prison roof
The final prisoner on the roof of Manawatu Prison has come down. [more]

Board releases reasons for denying Macdonald parole
The Parole Board has released the details of why it refused to grant parole to the man acquitted of killing Feilding farmer Scott Guy. [more]

Minister not ruling out new report on Bain claim
The Cabinet will decide in the new year whether to order a fresh review of David Bain's compensation claim, after the Justice Minister rejected an independent report on the matter. [more]

Port fined for hiring contractors during strike
Ports of Auckland has been fined $40,000 for hiring contractors while union members were on strike. [more]

Sharp weapon involved in sleepout death, say police
A woman found dead in a South Auckland sleepout was probably killed by a sharp weapon, police say. [more]