Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 5th September 2013

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This page features: Afternoons, At The Movies, Business News, Checkpoint, Dateline Pacific, Late Edition, Midday Report, Morning Report, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Pacific Correspondent, Parliament - Question Time, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, Upbeat, World & Pacific News

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - These Are Days
Kirsty Rueppell from Sumner in ChristChurch has chosen 'These Are Days' by 10 000 Maniacs. [more]

Your Place - Kohukohu
We're heading up to Kohukohu on the spectacular Hokianga Harbour. Known to locals as 'Koke', this historic village is on the north side of the harbour. According to Te Tai Tokerau legend, Kupe visited Kohukohu in 925 AD and named it then. It was also one of our first European settlements. These days it has a steady population of about 150, with a further 350 living in the surrounding area. It's a town with a strong community, a school, caf├ęs, a library, a volunteer fire service, a historic bridge, and two churches and three Marae locally. [more]

Florida treasure hunters
For 300 years, millions of dollars in gold coins and other treasure lay in shallow water, just off the coast of Florida. But a treasure-hunting family who've spent years following the legend of the sunken treasure finally struck gold. The Schmidtts discovered about half a million dollars worth of gold coins and jewellery from a fleet of Spanish ships that sunk in a massive hurricane in 1715. [more]

Ziggy Stardust
On 3 July 1973 on stage at the Hammersmith Oden theatre in London, David Bowie killed Ziggy Stardust. Stardust was a glam rock superstar from Mars created by David Bowie. Otago University comtemporary music lecturer, Dr Ian Chapman says Bowie is as important to the world of popular music as Beethoven is to classical music. So this week, to honour the 40th anniversary of the death of Bowie's most famous invention, a lunchtime Ziggy Stardust concert was held in Marama Hall. [more]

Composer - Stephen Schwartz
Oscar and Grammy award-winning American broadway composer Stephen Schwartz' massive hit musical 'Wicked' is about to cast its spell on us. He's currently working on a new musical about the great escapologist Henry Houdini. Houdini will be played by Hugh Jackman. [more]

Southern Story for 5 September 2013 - Cardboard Cathedral
Katy Gosset takes a closer look at the city's controversial Cardboard Cathedral. Cantabrians have closely watched the growth of this building, funded by the Anglican church but designed pro bono by the renowned architect Shigeru Ban. [more]

Our Changing World - stopping food fraud
Human fingerprints can be used to identify someone and prove whether or not they were at a crime scene. 'Food fingerprints' do much the same, confirming whether products like milk and apples really come from the place they claim to be from. A Dunedin company is using food fingerprints to help New Zealand producers fight back against counterfeit goods in overseas markets - products which falsely claim to be from New Zealand. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 5 September 2013
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Gordon McLauchlan and Josie Pagani (Part 1)
Topics - Hundreds of students are being excluded from school because of a range of issues including drugs, violence and repeated disobediance. The strategy regarding the US intervention on Syria is now emerging with strong conditions in place. The conditions the Senate agreed to, included no troops on the ground and, and limiting the intervention to only 90 days. [more]

The Panel with Gordon McLauchlan and Josie Pagani (Part 2)
Topics - Have you heard of the "hygiene hypothesis"? - It looks at clean environments and its connection to illnesses and allergies. And it's just been suggested there is a link between hygiene and Alzheimer's. There are many different ways to keep warm in the winter, but in Christchurch it seems all the fuss is around wood burners. [more]

At The Movies

At the Movies for 5 September 2013
Simon Morris reviews the sequel to Red, starring Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren. Ashton Kutcher's take on computer billionaire Steve Jobs has strangely clashing tones and French film In The House sees a literature teacher becoming part of his star pupil's story. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 5 September 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 5 September 2013
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 5 September 2013
The New Zealand dollar was the world's strongest performing currency overnight. Briscoes posts another healthy profit and the sharemarket is down. [more]

Evening Business for 5 September 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Business News Update
Comvita plans to buy more bee farms using a 9 million dollar war chest newly topped up by Derma Sciences buying a 7 percent stake in the Bay of Plenty company. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 5 September 2013
Questions about the safety of small planes. Police investigate the killing of another homeless man in Auckland and Unpaid broadband sub-contractors laying off staff. [more]

Air crash investigators want more action on airplane safety
Air crash investigators are at a stand off with Civil Aviation over what should be done to ensure small planes are safe to fly. [more]

CAA rejects air crash investigators recommendations
CAA director Graeme Harris says double checks on landing gear maintenance won't be done because it would be out of step with what's done overseas and is not necessary. [more]

Police say no link between two homeless deaths
The police are investigating the killing of another homeless man in Auckland. [more]

Unpaid broadband sub-contractors laying off staff
Some sub-contractors working on the Government's ultra-fast broadband rollout say work has dried up and they're waiting on hundreds of thousands of dollars in overdue payments. [more]

Sports News for 5 September 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Judge reserves decision on McGrath extradition appeal
The lawyer for a former Catholic brother, facing multiple charges of sexual abuse, has argued he should not be extradited to Australia, because of his health and age. [more]

Sky deal morally bankrupt MPs told
MPs have been told the Sky City deal is fiscally good but morally bankrupt and that 128 thousand people will be harmed by the extra gaming machines. [more]

Evidence from accused's friend in security guard case
A friend of the man accused of beating a security guard to death with a piece of wood says he heard the guard make a croaking noise shortly before the fatal blow. [more]

Second fatal attack on a homeless person in the last month
Auckland police investigating the second fatal attack on a homeless person in a month are combing through security camera footage for clues. [more]

Coalition has just released costings
The Coalition in Australia has just released the costings of its election campaign promises but the Labor Party is accusing it of having delayed the release to avoid scrutiny of its numbers. [more]

Invasive black grass seeds spill from truck
Canterbury farmers are being told to look out for any signs of black grass sprouting up after 2000 seeds of the invasive pest were spilled from the back of a truck. [more]

Seddon hit by another big quake
Another big earthquake shook the small Marlborough town of Seddon last night, just as the region is getting back on its feet. [more]

Pacific Island leaders have pledged to take action
Pacific Island leaders have pledged to take individual action on climate change, after a day long retreat in the Marshall Islands. [more]

Finance Minister asked to justify copper tax
The Finance Minister has been asked to justify giving telecommunications firm Chorus money at the same time as some sub-contractors on the ultra-fast broadband rollout have stopped work. [more]

Daniel Johnston from Earth Tech Contractors
Daniel Johnston from Earth Tech Contractors is about to lay off workers and is owed more than $600,000. [more]

Questions raised about the credibility of US intel
A U.S journalist is questioning the credibility of the intelligence being used to make the case that the Syrian regime killed hundreds of people with chemical weapons [more]

Sports News for 5 September 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Fears over a new plan for a Ross Sea marine sanctury
The Prime Minister says New Zealand and the United States are working on a new plan for a proposed marine sanctuary in Antarctica's Ross Sea. [more]

Cook Islands counts on new superannuation deal
The Cook Islands hope to attract people back to the country after changes to the superannuation portability for New Zealanders retiring to the Pacific. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 5 September 2013
Fiji political group says New Zealand capitulated to Bainimarama; a Fiji human rights activist urges critical analysis of the constitution; small Pacific states at the Pacific Islands Forum hope for real action on climate change; EU climate commissioner says island states impatience understandable; and calls for recognition of disability as a Pacific development issue. [more]

Fiji political group says NZ capitulated to Bainimarama
Fiji political group accuses the New Zealand government of giving into the Commodore Bainimarama regime. [more]

Human rights activist urges critical analysis of constitution
A human rights activist in Fiji, Tura Lewai, says people should critically analyse the constitution and not just celebrate having one. [more]

Small Pacific states hope for real action on climate change
Pacific Island leaders summit underway in Majuro with climate change at the top of the agenda. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 5 September 2013
Fiji political group says New Zealand capitulated to Bainimarama; PNG's Mining Minister fronts up about controversial mining projects and their marine impact; New Zealand's realm countries tentatively celebrate new pension rules; Growing migration in Solomons capital causing unemployment and crime; New turn in allegations of corruption at Samoa's Tafaigata prison; EU climate commissioner says island states' impatience understandable. [more]

Fiji group says New Zealand capitulated to Bainimarama
Fiji political group accuses the New Zealand government of giving into the Commodore Bainimarama regime. [more]

PNG Mining Minister defends marine impact of mining projects
PNG Mining Minister says Solwara seabed mining project is going ahead despite the fact that approval for it was bulldozed through. Byron Chan believes the environmental impact of the project will be relatively little. [more]

NZ's realm countries tentatively celebrate new pension rules
There are mixed reactions to New Zealand's proposed law change to superannuation portability for the Pacific realm countries. [more]

Growing migration in Solomons capital causing unemployment and criminality
Growing migration into the Solomon Islands capital is leading to more unemployment and criminality. [more]

New allegations of corruption at Samoa's Tafaigata prison
A Commission of Inquiry into allegations of corruption at Tafaigata prison in Samoa, has taken a new turn. [more]

EU Climate Commissioner says island states' impatience understandable
At the Pacific Island Leaders Summit the European Union outlines its commitment to extending cuts to greenhouse gases. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 5 September 2013
Air crash investigators in a stand off with Civil Aviation Authority, Contractors building the country's new broadband service stop work, tech savvy pre-schoolers and in Dateline Pacific, Amnesty International's assessment of Fiji's new constitution. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 5 September 2013
Sub-contractors seek hundreds of thousands of dollars owed for work on the ultra-fast broadband rollout and an academic says how Fonterra's botulism scare unfolded is still not clear. [more]

Midday Sports News for 5 September 2013
Picking Francis Saili to fill in against Argentina for Ma'a Nonu is a matter of managing the risk versus reaping the rewards for the All Blacks selectors. Nonu's being given time to rest an ankle injury, so Saili gets the nod to debut at second five eighths at Waikato Stadium on Saturday. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 5 September 2013
Fonterra bosses leave for China, having conceded that human error led to the contamination scare. Sir Russell Coutts describes the penalties handed down to his Oracle America's Cup team as astonishing and outrageous and a man is killed in a central city park in Auckland. [more]

John Kerry speaks in senate on Syria after Putin softens stance
The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, is not ruling out backing military action against Syria. [more]

Lawyer says people have right to feel safe in court
A long-time criminal defence lawyer says full-time security checks should be in place in all courts. [more]

Pacific News for 5 September 2013
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Skeptical response to Fonterra's food scare findings
The Trade Minister, Tim Groser, says the first of four investigations into Fonterra's infant formula food safety scare is a good start, but many questions remain unanswered. [more]

Gambling bill pays lip-service to problem gambling - Greens
Opposition parties say legislation that aims to reduce harm from gambling has been hijacked by the Government, and will do nothing to reduce problem gambling. [more]

Fonterra admits CEO was told too late during scare
Fonterra has admitted that a series of communciation botches contributed to the international furore over its botulism contamination scare. [more]

Myers Park in central Auckland is cordoned off
Myers Park in central Auckland is cordoned off this morning while police investigate a homicide late last night. [more]

Team NZ has advantage heading into Americas Cup finals
Sir Russell Coutts says the penalties given to his America's Cup Oracle team for cheating are astonishing and outrageous. [more]

Putin won't rule out backing action against Syria
Russia's president says he cannot absolutely rule out supporting a military strike against Syria. [more]

Unpaid sub-contractors down tools on ultra-fast broadband
Dozens of sub-contractors working on the Government's ultra-fast broadband roll-out have downed tools because they haven't been paid since July. [more]

Future of NZ's School Journal up in air as company to close
The future of this New Zealand institution is in the air as the state-owned enterprise that publishes the journal, Learning Media, is to close, with the loss of more than 100 jobs. [more]

Sports News for 5 September 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

More work being done to check if Peter Dunne's email viewed
The United Future leader Peter Dunne wants to know if anyone read his emails which were mistakenly sent to the GCSB leak inquiry. [more]

Abbott promises to release costings
With only two days to go until Australians head to the polls, the opposition leader Tony Abbott has again promised the costings for his policies will be released soon. [more]

High cost of Avon River upgrade questioned by locals
A 90-million-dollar cleanup of the Avon River is underway but some residents are questioning whether this is the best use of money when so much work is still needed in the city. [more]

Union claims govt could have done more to save publisher
New Zealand's public sector union says the Government could have saved its educational publisher, Learning Media. [more]

Minister says Learning Media was struggling
Listening to that was the Minister of Finance, Bill English. [more]

Labour leadership contenders campaign in Tauranga
A meeting in Tauranga last night marked the halfway point for a whirlwind tour of the country for the Labour MPs contesting the Labour leadership. [more]

Akl Transport told to come up with solution
Auckland Transport has been put on notice over its bus-ticket fare hikes for North Shore commuters. [more]

Sports News for 5 September 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Polite encounter in first big Auckland mayoralty debate
Auckland's waterfront has been branded elitist and exclusive as the city's four leading mayoral candidates faced each other in their first major encounter. [more]

Police deal as Labor tries to hold Sydney seats.
The Australian Labor Government has agreed to a deal to boost the retirement savings of police officers in New South Wales as it desperately tries to hold on to marginal seats in Sydney. [more]

North Taranaki residents worried composting polluting river
Rural residents in North Taranaki are worried a composting operation, which receives truckloads of oil and gas drilling waste, is being allowed to pollute a nearby river. [more]

Preschoolers use smart phones to develop literacy skills
How young is too young to start mastering the art of the smartphone, or Skype or Facebook? [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 5 September 2013
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 5 September 2013
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 5 September 2013
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Science - Physics
Professor Shaun Hendy from the MacDiarmid Institute at Victoria University of Wellington explores how physics affects our everyday life. What is entropy - why does nature tend from order to disorder in isolated systems? [more]

Amazing Brains - Disexecutive Syndrome
Neuropsychologist Pascal Saker describes how neurological disorders help us understand the workings of the brain. Dysexecutive syndrome affects some of our most important cognitive abilities, like attention, problem-solving, critical analysis and and self-monitoring. [more]

Conundrum - clue number 7
Conundrum clue number 7. [more]

Conundrum - clue number 8
Conundrum clue number 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Fonterra's operational report into the botulism scare
Jacqueline Rowarth, professor of agribusiness at Waikato University; James Stewart, Federated Farmers Manawatu dairy chairman; and Fonterra's director of strategy, Maury Leyland. [more]

Encrypted email service
Ladar Levison - owner of the encrypted email service Lavabit, reportedly used by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden - on his decision to shut down the service to prevent US government spying. [more]

UK Correspondent - Jon Dennis
The political debate over the Syria crisis, and two Coronation Street stars face sex charges. [more]

Glen Singleman and Heather Swan - base jumping
Dr Glenn Singleman and Heather Swan are husband-and-wife adventurers. The Sydney couple have several world records under their belts, including the world's highest base jump in a wingsuit - 6,604 metres on Mt Meru in the Indian Himalayas. Glenn is also a doctor in emergency and intensive care with a special interest in the physiology and psychology of fear. [more]

Book Review - Passchendaele: The Anatomy of a Tragedy
Don Rood reviews 'Passchendaele: The Anatomy of a Tragedy' by Andrew MacDonald, published by HarperCollins NZ. [more]

New Technology with Sarah Putt
Microsoft buys Nokia, Apple to launch its new iPhone next week, Samsung unveils a smartwatch and NZ to trial online voting in 2016. [more]

Parenting commentator - Pepper Schwartz
Pepper Schwartz is professor of sociology at the University of Washington and the author or co-author of 17 books. She discusses helping children understand and deal with the highly sexualised images in society - particularly those associated with pop music. [more]

TV reviewer - Lara Strongman
Lara Strongman reviews The Dome, Vicious and the frustrations of watching characters on Coronation Street who were written out months ago in the UK. [more]

Our Changing World

Iodine Status of New Zealanders
University of Otago nutrition scientist Sheila Skeaff discusses MPI's latest report on our iodine status [more]

Climate and Ozone
NIWA scientist Olaf Morgenstern is building a next-generation climate model which incorporates ozone depletion [more]

Post-harvest Kiwifruit Science
A Plant and Food Research team explains how kiwifruit are stored to keep them in best condition and taste [more]

Order Structure Pattern
Gabby O'Connor's latest installation is inspired by Shaun Hendy's research on innovation [more]

Food Provenance
Dunedin-based company Oritain uses chemical fingerprinting of produce to verify the origin of foods [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 5 September 2013
In this edition of Pacific Correspondent, Moera Tuilaepa-Taylor speaks to Monica Miller about issues in American Samoa. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 5 September 2013
JOHN HAYES to the Minister of Finance: What steps is the Government taking to build a productive and competitive economy in view of the contraction in the tradable sector and negative growth in manufacturing seen in the mid-2000s? Le'aufa'amulia ASENATI LOLE-TAYLOR to the Minister of Police: What reports, if any, has she received from the Police concerning public harassment and intimidation from street prostitutes and their clients in South Auckland? Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree that the Government's review of telecommunications law which may benefit Chorus by up to $160 million and the $30 million taxpayer funded subsidy to the Rio Tinto-owned Tiwai Smelter are examples of corporate welfare; if not, why not? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What reports has he received on the petroleum and minerals sector in New Zealand? JAN LOGIE to the Minister for Social Development: Does she have any concerns that the changes to welfare implemented by her this year are causing some beneficiaries trauma; if not, why not? Dr JIAN YANG to the Minister of Health: What progress is the Government making in improving waiting times for elective services? Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all his statements? KANWALJIT SINGH BAKSHI to the Minister of Revenue: What recent initiative has the Government put in place to improve compliance with child support and student loan repayment obligations? Hon DAMIEN O'CONNOR to the Minister for Primary Industries: Does he stand by all his statements? CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister of Local Government: What is the Government doing to make it easier to vote in local body elections? KEVIN HAGUE to the Minister of Health: Does he stand by his statement that "the Government is committed to improving health services for diabetes and heart disease, with a strong focus on prevention"? PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Finance: Has he been advised which banks have put up their interest rates or bank charges since Loan to Value lending limits were announced? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 5 September 2013
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 5 September 2013
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 5 September 2013
Hapu in Rotorua are preparing for possible court action over a proposed major road; The Far North iwi, Te Rarawa, is supporting a thorough review of the Maori Community Development Act, saying it's archaic and that it no longer serves its intended purpose; The Government has outlined how and when a portion of the radio spectrum will be auctioned off; Sixth formers are being targeted by an organisation aiming to put more Maori into business. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 5 September 2013
The Far North iwi, Te Rarawa, is supporting a thorough review of the Maori Community Development Act, saying it's archaic and that it no longer serves its intended purpose; Hapu in Rotorua are preparing for possible court action over a proposed major road; The Government has outlined how and when a portion of the radio spectrum will be auctioned off; Sixth formers are being targeted by an organisation aiming to put more Maori into business. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 5 September 2013
The Maori King, Tuheitia, has undergone surgery today for a condition related to his diabietes; The body of the prominent West Auckland kaumatua, Denis Hansen, has been carried this evening onto the marae he helped to build; The veteran broadcaster Willie Jackson says he's surprised the board of Maori Television has not sought advice on a new CEO from those best qualified to give it;A Maori business advisor, Poutama Trust, is calling on iwi incorporations to invest in Maori entrepreneurs and microbusinesses, which struggle to get capital. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 5 September 2013
The body of the prominent West Auckland kaumatua, Denis Hansen has been carried this evening onto the marae he helped to build; The Maori King, Tuheitia, has undergone surgery today for a condition related to his diabietes; The veteran broadcaster Willie Jackson says he's surprised Maori Television has not sought advice on a new CEO, from those best qualified to give it; A Maori business advisor, Poutama Trust, is calling on iwi incorporations to invest in Maori entrepreneurs and microbusinesses, which struggle to get capital. [more]

Upbeat

Composer Juliet Palmer and soprano Madeleine Pierard
Orchestra Wellington composer-in-residence and soprano soloist preview Sunday's concert: 'La Donna Ideale'. [more]

Guitarist Mike Stern
American guitarist touring with Rodger Fox's Wellington Jazz Orchestra this week. [more]

Composer Rosie Langabeer and choreographer Matthew Neenan
Ex-pat New Zealand composer and Ballet-X choreographer discuss their upcoming collaboration. [more]

World & Pacific News

5am Pacific Regional News for 5 September 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

6am World, Pacific and sports News for 5 September 2013
The latest world and Pacific regional news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 5 September 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 5 September 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 5 September 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and sports News for 5 september 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

1:29pm Pacific Regional News for 5 September 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 5 September 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 5 September 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

News stories:

Fiji calls for overseas citizens to sign up to vote
Fiji's Elections Office is calling on overseas citizens to register their interest in voting. The government says they can register their interest online. It says it is the first step... [more]

Sport: PNG extends medals lead at Mini Games
A golden day in Kafika has extended Papua New Guinea's lead atop the medals table after two days of the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna. PNG won eight... [more]

Call for transparency around Solomons Government trips
A Solomon Islands academic says the government must give the reasons and benefits relating to all overseas trips. The comment follows the prime minister Gordon Darcy Lilo's justification of his... [more]

Bale must earn his stripes in Madrid
Gareth Bale won't be guaranteed to start every game at Real Madrid despite his enormous price tag. That's the word from the Spanish club's assistant coach Paul Clement following Bale's... [more]

Usain Bolt may retire after Rio
Jamaican track superstar Usain Bolt says he's considering retiring after the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, at the age of 30. Any retirement for Bolt would likely come after... [more]

Djokovic: give Federer a break
World tennis number one Novak Djokovic has leapt to the defence of Roger Federer, telling critics of the slumping Swiss to give the 17-time major winner a break. Federer suffered... [more]

Saili to make test debut, Carter returns
Daniel Carter makes his return to the All Blacks team this weekend against Argentina and centre Francis Saili will make his test debut at Waikato Stadium. Carter had been expected... [more]

Cooper back in Wallabies starting lineup
Quade Cooper will get his first start for the Wallabies under Ewen McKenzie on Saturday after being named at first five for the Rugby Championship match against South Africa in... [more]

Erakovic out of doubles at US Open
The New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic and her Zimbabwean doubles partner Cara Black have lost their third round match at the U.S.Open. The 13th seeds lost to the second... [more]

Willis runs personal best over 3000m
The New Zealand middle distance runner Nick Willis has run a personal best for 3000 metres, at the Zagreb World Challenge meet in Croatia. Willis' time of seven minutes 40.62... [more]

More seats on sale for Cup qualifier
A further 1600 pitchside seats are to be added to Wellington's Westpac stadium for the All White world cup qualifier in November. It will take the number of seats in... [more]

Cricket Australia allow Muslim leg spinner not to wear VB logo
Cricket Australia have agreed to let Muslim leg spinner Fawad Ahmed compete without the logo of a sponsor's beer brand on his shirt out of respect for his personal beliefs. [more]

South Africa to have a sixth team
South Africa will have a sixth team in Super Rugby from 2016. The SANZAR parties are meeting in Sydney and even though the format for the competition is yet to... [more]

Federer has not thoughts of quitting despite latest loss
Roger Federer says he has no thought about quitting despite a tennis year in which he failed to reach any of the grand slam finals for the first time insce... [more]

England cricketers beat Ireland
The England cricketers have beaten Ireland by six wickets in their 50 overs one-day international in Dublin. Ireland made 269 for seven off their 50 overs with captain William Porterfield... [more]

Australian cricketers thump Scotland
The Australian cricketers have thrashed Scotland by 200 runs in a one day international in Edinburgh. The tourists scored 362 for three with Aaron Finch and Stuart Marsh putting on... [more]

NRl to play nines tournament in Auckland
Auckland will host the inaugural National Rugby League Nines tournament for five years starting in February. The two-day event at Eden Park will involve all 16 NRL clubs, who will... [more]

Villumsen leads Bike NZ team to Road World Champs
Bike NZ has named a 14-strong team, led by four-time medallist Linda Villumsen, for this month's World Road Cycling Championships in Italy. Villumsen has won three bronze medals and a... [more]

Hewitt out of US Open
The Australian tennis veteran Lleyton Hewitt is out of the US Open after a five-set fourth-round loss to Russian 21st seed Mikhail Youzhny. The 32-year-old, the 2001 champion, was twice... [more]

Swede continues climb up world rankings
The Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson continued his dramatic rise up the world rankings with victory at the PGA tour's Deutsche Bank championship in Boston. The 37-year-old is the hottest player... [more]

Messi backs Madrid for 2020 Games
Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi has thrown his support behind Madrid's bid for the right to host the 2020 Olympic Games. This weekend International Olympic Committee members will meet in... [more]

Tactix sign Malawi shooter and Magic lose defender
The Canterbury Tactix have signed the Malawi shooter Mwai Kumwenda for next year's trans-Tasman netball competition. She will be the first player from the African nation to play in the... [more]

Stranded skiers able to leave Mt Hutt
The wind at Mount Hutt ski field died down overnight and 300 stranded skiers were able to be driven off the mountain. The field is closed on Thursday while staff recover. [more]

Queensland rules out another royalty rise
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says there will be no repeat of a rise in coal mining royalties by the state government. [more]

Police officer had to drive while paramedics worked on baby
A baby injured at her Invercargill home was so badly hurt that a police officer had to drive the ambulance to hospital to free up ambulance staff. [more]

Quake at midnight near Seddon
Central New Zealand was shaken by a magnitude 5.1 earthquake just after midnight. It was 16km deep, 35km northeast of Seddon. [more]

Infant formula exporters firm up plans for delegation to China
New Zealand infant formula exporters are firming up plans to send a delegation to China to in an attempt repair the damage to their businesses arising from Fonterra's botulism alert. [more]

Research to look at pasture production and profitability
New research by AgResearch will get down to the grass roots, or more accurately, clover roots of New Zealand farming. [more]

Iwi supports Maori Community Development Act review
The Far North iwi, Te Rarawa, is supporting a thorough review of the Maori Community Development Act, saying it's archaic and that it no longer serves its intended purpose. [more]

Scheme aims to put more Maori students into business
Year 12 students are being targeted by an organisation aiming to put more Maori into business. [more]

Govt outlines 4G spectrum auction plan
The Government has outlined how and when a portion of the radio spectrum will be auctioned. The reserve price for each of the nine lots has been set at $22 million. [more]

Rotorua hapu prepares for possible court action over road
Hapu in Rotorua are preparing for possible court action over a proposed major road. [more]

American Samoa community group says talks on violence a good step
A community advocate in American Samoa has welcomed the Department of Homeland Security introducting a law on making human trafficking a crime. But Fa'aalu Faletoese Iuli, the Executive Director of... [more]

Sport: Fiji Olympic Committee seeks help from Pacific Islands Forum
The President of the Fiji Olympic Committee Reg Sanday says it's time for Fiji to be readmitted into the Commonwealth Games. Fiji has been suspended from the Commonwealth since 2009,... [more]

Couple found dead in a hotel in Apia, Samoa
In Samoa, a man and a woman were found dead yesterday morning in a hotel in the capital, Apia. Talamua online reports the pair had worked at the hotel. The... [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Thursday's headlines: Pukeuri export certification to China suspended for a second time; 100 jobs lost with the closure of Learning Media; family say disappearance of Hamilton man out of character. [more]

Fonterra bosses head to China to bolster reputation
Fonterra bosses will spend next week in China trying to convince customers they have stronger systems in place to avoid another contamination scandal. [more]

Auckland real estate firm welcomes bank loan changes
The head of the largest real estate firm in Auckland says restricting bank lending to people with less than a 20% deposit is a welcome development. [more]

Telecom plans bidding for 700 MHz radio spectrum
Telecom says it welcomes the auction of New Zealand's 700 megahertz digital dividend spectrum and that it intends to be a bidder. [more]

Institute calls for NZ to close GM experiments
The McGuinness Institute, a think tank in Wellington, says New Zealand should close the only two outdoor experiments in genetic modification currently underway and the nation should remain GM free while a systemic review is conducted. [more]

Draw looms for NZ 'A' in India
The New Zealand 'A' cricketers are likely to draw their four-day tour match against India 'A' after a strong showing by the hosts on day three in Visakhapatnam. The Indians... [more]

Nicholson's main opposition at Burghley a fellow Kiwi
New Zealand horseman are leading contenders for the prestigous Burghley Horse Trial in England, with world number one Andrew Nicholson the defending champion, while Jock Paget and Sir Mark Todd... [more]

Repeat of contamination scare extremely unlikely - Fonterra
Fonterra says events like the recent botulism contamination scare are extremely unlikely to occur again. [more]

Problem gambling bill seen as hijacked
Opposition parties say legislation that aims to reduce gambling harm has been hijacked by the Government and will do nothing to help problem gambling. [more]

Sport: Pacific sprint stars deliver at Mini Games
The favourites have delivered the goods in the final of the men's and women's 100m at the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna. Papua New Guinea's Oceania and Pacific... [more]

Labour leader hopefuls talk in Tauranga
MPs competing for the Labour leadership addressed a meeting in Tauranga on Wednesday night. The leadership contest is at the halfway mark. [more]

Leaders at Pacific Islands Forum support 2014 elections in Fiji
An increasing number of leaders meeting in the Marshall Islands this week at the Pacific Islands Forum are showing their support for Fiji's announced plan to hold national elections next... [more]

Rural residents worried river being polluted by composting
Rural residents in North Taranaki are worried a composting operation, which receives truckloads of oil and gas drilling waste, is being allowed to pollute a nearby river. [more]

Wellington swimmer fails to break Channel record
The Wellington long distance swimmer Casey Glover has recorded the fastest time this year in completing the English Channel swim, but failed to break the record for crossing the strait. [more]

NZ boats 1-2 in Youth America's Cup
A one-two finish for New Zealand sailors at yachting's Youth America's Cup regatta in San Francisco. Peter Burling's New Zealand Sailing Team recovered from a poor start to edge fierce... [more]

Nibali regains lead
Italian cyclist Vincenzo Nibali has regained the overall lead on the Tour of Spain following the individual time trial. Astana's Nibali completed the 38.8-kilometre rolling course in fourth place, one... [more]

Rotating cast of first five-eighths making it tough for All Blacks halfback
The All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith admits the rotating cast of first five-eighths is making his job tougher. Smith's set to start inside the third different playmaker in as many... [more]

Auckland see off Counties - just
The Auckland rugby team needed a late try to edge lower-division neighbours Counties Manukau 22-20 on Wednesday night at Eden Park. Counties led 20-15 nearing full-time, before Auckland hooker Tom... [more]

EPL leads spending bonanza again
The English Premier League's standing as the world's richest sporting competition remains intact. After the closing of the transfer window, the 20 EPL football clubs had shelled out a total... [more]

Future of 'School Journal' unknown
The closure of the company behind the School Journal has raised fears about the future of the publication. [more]

Sell assets to help poor says mayoral candidate
A candidate for the Auckland mayoralty says asset sales may be needed to help fund investment in the city's most deprived communities. [more]

US trade deficit wider
The US trade deficit widened in July as exports fell and imports of cars, trucks and motoring parts grew. [more]

Umaga angry over Jackson calls
Counties Manukau rugby coach and former All Blacks captain Tana Umaga is fuming over several tough calls from referee Glen Jackson, as Auckland scraped past his Steelers 22-20 at Eden... [more]

Future of council chief executive to be discussed
A private meeting of Christchurch City Council members will be held on Friday to discuss the future of chief executive Tony Marryatt. [more]

Mayor taken aback by airline decision to end Masterton flights
Masterton mayor Garry Daniell says the district is reeling from a decision by Air New Zealand to end flights to and from the town. [more]

American Samoa Govt faces 10 million US dollar deficit
Independent auditors say the American Samoa Government's deficit in the last fiscal year increased to 10 million US dollars due to a bail-out for the government owned LBJ Medical Centre,... [more]

SPC commends US for fining US vessels over breaches
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community has commended the United States for fining its own fishing vessels. Six tuna fishing operators were fined a total of over 1.5 million US... [more]

Call for march on Solomon Islands parliament
A Solomon Islands academic is calling on the people of his country to march on parliament. The call accompanies growing pressure on the prime minister Gordon Darcy Lilo to resign... [more]

Sport: PNG 2015 organisers taking notes at Mini Games
The organisers of the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, have entertained Pacific sporting officials and local dignitaries at a function in Wallis and Futuna. The Games... [more]

Samoa Labour Dept says human trafficking law shouldn't confuse issues
The Samoan Department of Labour says the approach to human trafficking in American Samoa should separate the issues of foreign labour and criminal activities. The Attorney-General's department of American Samoa... [more]

EPL must change or England will suffer: FA boss
The new head of English football has painted a potentially bleak future for the country's national team, unless the spiralling influence of foreign players in the Premier League can be... [more]

Oracle skipper says they're still up to the challenge
James Sptilhill, the Australian skipper of the America's Cup defender Oracle says Team New Zealand are now the favourites for the finals on San Francsico Bay. The Cup defenders' programme... [more]

Death of science fiction author
US science fiction author Frederik Pohl died in hospital in Chicago on Monday. He was best known for Gateway, a novel which told the story of a space station hidden in an asteroid. [more]

Work on possible Dunne email breach continues
More work is being done to check if United Future leader Peter Dunne's email file was accessed while it was stored for several hours on the parliamentary server. [more]

Navy joins search for missing man in Marlborough Sounds
The New Zealand Navy has joined the search for a man who went overboard from his boat in the Marlborough Sounds earlier this week. [more]

Wellington to Hutt transport corridor investigated
The Transport Agency says it will look at the infrastructure of the entire transport corridor from Ngauranga to the Hutt Valley, extending a investigation which has already begun. [more]

CERA announces buildings to be acquired
A unit of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority has released final details of properties it will have to acquire to complete the north and east frames for the new central city. [more]

Briscoe first-half net profit up
First-half net profit for Briscoe Group rose 12.4% to $14.9 million. However, margins slipped due to the very late start of winter. [more]

Metlifecare to build next village in Glenfield
Metlifecare says it has gained resource consent to build its 24th village at Stanley Road in Glenfield, Auckland, which it will name The Orchards. [more]

Smartwatch displayed by Samsung
Samsung has unveiled a smartwatch at a consumer electronics fair in Berlin. It will go on sale later this month at a price of $US300. [more]

Fonterra auction prices suggest no effect from botulism scare
The results of Fonterra's latest auction suggest there was no detectable impact on the premium its products command as a result of the botulism scare. [more]

Horwill gone for Boks game
Wallabies skipper James Horwill has been ruled out of Saturday's Rugby Championship test against South Africa in Brisbane due to a hamstring injury. Horwill suffered a slight strain during training... [more]

IOC considers action over world champ's gay comments
The International Olympic Committee will consider taking action against pole vault world champion Yelena Isinbayeva, a Youth Olympics ambassador, after her comments in support of Russia's new homosexual laws. Isinbayeva,... [more]

Opus' Canada purchase will boost international revenues
The purchase of a Canadian engineering company by Opus International Consultants will significantly boost its international revenues and give it a stake in the gas and oil market. [more]

New debt deal signed by Tenon
Tenon says it has signed a new $US70 million syndicated debt facility to replace its existing $US54 million facility. [more]

Fonterra explains what went wrong in botulism scare
A series of unrelated incidents, which started with a small piece of plastic getting into whey powder at Fonterra's Hautapu milk plant, became the catalyst for Fonterra's botulism false alarm trade debacle. [more]

New pie shop opens and says more to come
Pie Face, an Australian bakery chain, opened its first store in Auckland on Thursday morning and plans to open 10 more in the next 18 months. [more]

Dotcom resigns from Mega
Kim Dotcom has resigned as a director of the Mega file-sharing company to focus on fighting extradition charges and building a political party. [more]

Bolt says Johnson couldn't have beaten him
Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt has laughed off suggestions by disgraced Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson that he could have beaten him. Johnson was stripped of his 100 metres title from... [more]

Southern motorway partly blocked
A crash between a car and a truck is blocking at least one lane on the southern motorway in Auckland. [more]

Farmers waiting for Fonterra board report
The Fonterra Shareholders Council says while the company's operational review is a start, farmers are waiting for the board level report into the false-alarm botulism incident. [more]

Witness to killing also facing charges
A man who says he saw his friend hit a security guard over the head with a piece of wood is himself facing charges for an attack on another guard. [more]

Cooks policeman suspended after fatal chase
A Cook Islands police officer has been suspended from duty after a youth died during a police pursuit at the weekend. Police say the officer driving the police vehicle has... [more]

Boycott threat over UN role in French Polynesia decolonisation
The French Polynesian president, Gaston Flosse, has warned that his party will call for a boycott should a self-determination referendum be organised under the auspices of the United Nations. Speaking... [more]

PNG rolls out aid packages to Pacific Island countries
Papua New Guinea has committed a raft of new aid packages to Pacific island countries. PNG's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill announced the development assistance packages in Majuro at the Pacific... [more]

Fiji military denies working with New Zealand SIS
The Fiji military denies having worked with a New Zealand-based spy agency to raid the New Zealand home of a former Fiji government minister. A New Zealand opposition MP, Winston... [more]

HRW calls for Fiji constitution to be amended
The organisation Human Rights Watch has called on the Fiji regime to amend its draft constitution, which is due to come into force tomorrow. It says the draft constitution, which... [more]

Fiji unions label regime top pay hikes shameful
Fiji's Trades Union Congress says permanent secretaries of government departments and the heads of the military, prisons and police have been given pay increases of up to 192 percent. This... [more]

French dairy industry looks to capitalise on NZ's woes
Chair of the Infant Formula Exporter Council Michael Barnett says foreign dairy companies are taking advantage of the botulism scare and are looking to snap up business that was once New Zealand's. [more]

New RayStation for Auckland
A new RayStation IT system to treat cancer patients in Auckland is expected to reduce the waiting time for treatment by several days. [more]

PNG denies it's looking to become a major regional donor
After announcing a series of aid packages to Pacific island countries, Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister has denied that PNG is aspiring to be a major donor in the region. [more]

American Samoa senator says trafficking law should go further
A senator in American Samoa says the proposed law against human trafficking should have harsher penalties for those who don't report crimes. Senator Galeai Tu'ufuli says the proponents of the... [more]

Research says Cooks could better air link deal
An economic research firm says the Cook Islands government could work out a better deal to ensure long-haul air links. The Ministry of Finance and Economic Management has released a... [more]

Australia sends more asylum seeker families to Nauru
Australia has sent more families to Nauru under its new policy dealing with would be refugees. There are nearly 600 people in the camps on Nauru, including about 50 children. [more]

Research suggests public servants think poorly of their bosses
A new survey has found that public servants are committed to their jobs, but think poorly of the organisations and the managers they work for. [more]

New Zealand's realm countries tentatively celebrate new pension rules
The Cook Islands has welcomed changes to the superannuation portability for New Zealanders retiring to the realm countries. After many years of campaigning by the Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau,... [more]

Growing migration in Solomons capital causing unemployment and criminality
Growing migration into the Solomon Islands capital is leading to more unemployment and crime. More and more people, in particular young adults, are leaving their subsistence lifestyles in the outer... [more]

Growing migration in Solomons capital causing unemployment and criminality
Growing migration into the Solomon Islands capital is leading to more unemployment and crime. More and more people, in particular young adults, are leaving their subsistence lifestyles in the outer... [more]

PNG Mining Minister defends marine impact of mining projects
Papua New Guinea's Mining Minister Byron Chan says damage from a controversial seabed mining project is expected to be contained naturally. Public opposition to the Nautilus Minerals-led Slower One project... [more]

NZ swimmers need to be able to reach finals at Glagow Games
New Zealand swimmers will need to prove they are capable of making finals if they are to secure a place in the team for next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. [more]

New allegations of corruption at Samoa's Tafaigata prison
A Commission of Inquiry into allegations of corruption at Tafaigata prison in Samoa has taken a new turn, with the attorney general's office now stepping into assist with the inquiry. [more]

Fiji political group says NZ capitulated to Bainimarama
The United Front for a Democratic Fiji says New Zealand has capitulated to Fiji's military regime over its constitution and that sends out dangerous signals to Pacific Island countries. The... [more]

EU Climate Commissioner says island states' impatience understandable
The European Union's Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard say the Pacific Islands states recognise that the EU is making substantial progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Speaking in Majuro... [more]

Decision reserved on McGrath's extradition appeal
A High Court judge in Christchurch has reserved his decision on the extradition appeal of a former Catholic brother. [more]

A2B ocean race postponed.
A yacht race from Auckland to Bluff, dubbed as New Zealand's version of the Sydney to Hobart event, has been postponed. [more]

NZ dollar retains most of strength gained overnight
The New Zealand dollar retained most of the strength it gained overnight when it was dragged higher on the coattails of the stronger Australian dollar. [more]

Derma buys into Comvita
Derma Sciences, a specialist wound care company, has bought a 7% stake in manuka honey products manufacturer Comvita. Derma Sciences is now Comvita's third largest shareholder. [more]

Maori King recuperating after surgery
The Maori King, Tuheitia, has undergone surgery on Thursday for a condition related to his diabetes. [more]

Prominent post-war Maori leader dies in crash
The body of prominent West Auckland kaumatua, Denis Hansen, has been carried on Thursday evening onto the marae he helped to build. [more]

Broadcaster questions Maori TV CEO appointment process
Veteran broadcaster Willie Jackson says he's surprised Maori Television has not sought advice on a new CEO, from those best qualified to give it. [more]

Iwi incorporations called on to help Maori entrepreneurs
A Maori business advisor, Poutama Trust, is calling on iwi incorporations to invest in Maori entrepreneurs and microbusinesses, which struggle to get capital. [more]

CAA refuses to increase inspections of small aircraft
The Civil Aviation Authority will not double the inspections of small aircraft to improve maintenance standards as recommended by accident investigators. [more]

Vanuatu government tries to remove WHO official
Vanuatu's deputy prime minister, Edward Natapei, is asking the World Health Organisation's director general, Margaret Chan, to replace the current WHO liaison officer in Vanuatu, Dr Jacob Cool. He is... [more]

Cook Islands looks to renew long haul airlines underwrite contract
New Zealand research firm, Covec, says the Cook Islands could broker a better deal to guarantee long haul flights to Rarotonga. The Cook Islands government underwrites Air New Zealand flights... [more]

NZ aid program suffers for lack of civil society input
An academic says New Zealand's aid programme is poorer for lacking support for civil society's advocacy roles in the Pacific region. Professor Regina Scheyvens of the School of People, Environment... [more]

EU gives US$26m climate aid to Pacific
The European Union says it will provide 26 million US dollars to support the Pacific states in addressing the impacts of climate change and the urgent need to improve resilience... [more]

Kiribati floating island still an option for climate refugees
The president of Kiribati, Anote Tong, says his country is still considering a scheme to house refugees from sea level rise on a floating island. Speaking during the Pacific Islands... [more]

Vanuatu opposition judicial review on airport to court tomorrow
A judicial review sought by the Vanuatu opposition on the international airport development project is set to be heard tomorrow morning. The proposed development involves upgrading airports around the country... [more]

Calls for more pay for all civil servants after bosses get huge rises
Fiji's unionists are calling for wage increases for all civil servants after revelations permanent secretaries of government departments and the heads of the military, prisons and police have been given... [more]

Calls for more pay for all Fiji public servants after bosses get huge rises
Fiji's unionists are calling for wage increases for all public servants after revelations permanent secretaries of government departments and the heads of the military, prisons and police have been given... [more]

Showers turning to snow on the Rimutakas
MetService says showers appear to have turned to snow on the Rimutaka hills north of Wellington and may do so in other places. [more]

Pacific leaders put out climate change declaration as summit ends
Fourteen Pacific leaders have agreed in Majuro to demonstrate climate leadership through action that contributes to the urgent reduction and phase down of greenhouse gas pollution. The Majuro Declaration is... [more]

New funding for bio-pest research
Scientists from AgResearch, Plant and Food Research and Lincoln University are on the hunt for new bio-pesticides to target pests and diseases damaging farming and horticulture. [more]

Homeless man fatally stabbed - police
Police say a homeless man who died after being attacked in a central Auckland park was stabbed. [more]

New plan for Ross Sea sanctuary
Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand and the United States are working on a new plan for a proposed marine sanctuary in the Ross Sea in Antarctica. [more]

Pacific leaders release communique after island retreat
Pacific Islands Forum leaders have concluded their retreat in the Marshall Islands with statements on climate change, Fiji and Syria. [more]

Passports sent to another address
Immigration New Zealand is investigating how a privacy breach, in which a couple's passports were sent to the wrong person, could have happened. [more]

Security guard killing trial continues
The man accused of bashing a security guard to death was running from bouncers at a club on the night of the murder. [more]

Labour leaders woo Hamilton party members
The Labour Party Leadership roadshow reached its half-way point on Thursday night with about 250 party members attending a meeting in Hamilton. [more]

Man charged over court stabbing
A Napier man has been charged with wounding with intent to injure and possession of methamphetamine following a stabbing at the Napier Court on Wednesday. [more]

Auckland Transport told to look again at fares
Auckland Transport has been told it needs to find a solution for North Shore bus commuters facing price increases of up to $10 per week. [more]

Shellfish warning for north Taranaki
A public health warning is advising people not to collect or eat shellfish in North Taranaki. [more]

Auckland Transport manager sacked as inquiry continues
A senior manager at Auckland Transport has been fired as part of an investigation into the possible misuse of public money. [more]