Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 19th September 2013

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

Afternoons

The Best Song Ever Written - Sioux City Sue
John Brown from Oamaru chooses Sioux City Sue by Willie Nelson. [more]

Your Place - Makuri
North-east of Eketahuna and 20 minutes east of Pahaiatua. It's a friendly place as we'll find out with our three Makuri tour guides today: sole-charge Principal of Makuri School Keryl Lee, fly fisherman Steve La Grow, and a man whose family have farmed there for over 100 years, Andrew Polton. [more]

The Cronut Craze - Dominique Ansel
New York chef Dominique Ansel has produced a cross between a croissant and a doughnut in his SoHo bakery. They go for $5 each and are something of a sensation. [more]

It's In The Bag - Jimmy Hayes
A couple of young Kiwi entrepreneurs may well have it in the bag. Thanks to an amazing on-line fundraising effort they're over US$70,000 better off, in just 24 hours. In a scenario not unlike The Dragon's Den they're getting money from 100s of backers around the world. [more]

Southern Story for 19 September 2013 - The Big Bonfire
There's a blaze brewing in Christchurch. Katy Gosset takes a last look at the wooden temple covered in messages that will be set alight this weekend. [more]

The Panel Pre-Show for 19 September 2013
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Finlay MacDonald and Rosemary McLeod (Part 1)
Team New Zealand will have to wait at least one more day to claim ownership of the America's Cup. The Motor Trade Association is welcoming ACC's proposal to base levies for private vehicles on their safety ratings. [more]

The Panel with Finlay MacDonald and Rosemary McLeod (Part 2)
Snoop Lion will be joining Pearl Jam and Blur at the Big Day Out in Auckland. A High Court judge believes a man was acquitted of indecently assaulting two German tourists because jurors felt the young women were foolish for going out at night in Auckland "dressed as they were". Foul language and spitting could be banned from central Hastings in an effort to discourage anti-social behavior. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 19 September 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 19 September 2013
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 19 September 2013
The economy expanded slightly in the June quarter. [more]

Evening Business for 19 September 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 19 September 2013
New Zealand is just one win away from bringing back the America's Cup and by conservative estimates the regattas of 2000 and 2003 were together worth 1.2-billion dollars. [more]

CEISMIC

Lianne Dalziel wouldn't be leaving if not for quakes
In her valedictory speech to Parliament, the Christchurch East MP Lianne Dalziel said she would not be leaving Parliament if not for the Canterbury earthquakes. [more]

Christchurch councillors want CERA to talk about power handover
Christchurch city councillors wants to know what the Earthquake Recovery Authority's plan is to hand back power to the council. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 19 September 2013
The Green party calls the Conservation Minister to be sacked. The Conservation Department responds. Team NZ one win away from America's Cup glory. Policeman escapes conviction for assault. A growing economy has prompted a sharp rise in the dollar. [more]

The Green party calls the Conservation Minister to be sacked
The Green Party is calling for the Conservation Minister to be sacked, saying Nick Smith has misled Parliament with his answers about a big dam planned for Hawke's Bay. [more]

The Conservation Department responds
Doris Johnston is DOC's deputy director general of policy and regulatory services. [more]

Team NZ one win away from America's Cup glory
It's matchpoint for Team New Zealand in the race for the America's Cup. [more]

Policeman escapes conviction for assault
A top police officer who's admitted assaulting two teenage boys he caught drinking with his 14-year-old daughter has escaped a conviction. [more]

A growing economy has prompted a sharp rise in the dollar
Official figures show gross domestic product rose a modest nought point 2 percent in the three months to June, with a pick up in construction activity and consumer spending offseting the effects of the drought on farm production. [more]

Sports News for 19 September 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

claims of death threats in Hamilton fluoridation debate
Fear of threats and personal abuse has led the Waikato District Health Board to refuse to let any of its staff attend a public meeting in Hamilton next week on the pros and cons of putting fluoride back in the city's water supply. [more]

Creationism to be taught in two charter schools
The Education Minister has conceded there's nothing to prevent two of the country's first charter schools from teaching creationism alongside the national curriculum. [more]

Woman accused of murder walks free
A woman who fatally stabbed her partner at their Lower Hutt home has walked from Court a free woman. [more]

No sign of life in search for missing Canadians near Haast
Police searching for the two Canadians missing near Haast have found more of their personal belongings, but no sign of life. [more]

America's Cup fans waiting with high winds postponing races
Another day and another postponement in the race for the America's Cup. [more]

Australian netballers try to end record losing streak
A greater physical encounter is expected between New Zealand and Australia in tonight's netball test in Auckland as the Diamonds try and break a record losing streak. [more]

Opposition parties blame Govt for slow growth
Opposition parties say slow growth in the first half of the year is proof the country is too dependent on farming and that the Government has failed to diversify the economy. [more]

Cambodian police crackdown on protestors
Cambodia has stepped back from the brink of more violence for now after a police crackdown on protesters which left one person dead. [more]

Sports News for 19 September 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Climate change can't be used to deny mining consents
The Supreme Court has ruled that climate change can't be used as a reason to argue against granting resource consents for coal mining. [more]

Little yacht club takes a beating in America's Cup
New Zealanders, who love an underdog, should spare a thought for the little yacht club that's taking a beating in the America's Cup. [more]

Teenage boys who sleep more, weigh less
An Otago University study has found that for teenage boys - the more you sleep, the less you weigh. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 19 September 2013
Concerns over PNG govt move for Ok Tedi and SDP; New measure designed to deter pokie machine users in PNG; PNG's Polye selected as chairman of World Bank and IMF; Tonga group aiming to export ngatu for high school fees; Niue preparing for elephant quarantine; Sport: Beach Soccer World Cup to kick off in Tahiti. [more]

Concerns over PNG government move for Ok Tedi and SDP
Concerns around moves by Papua New Guinea's government to over ownership of the Ok Tedi mine and the PNG Sustainable Development Programme. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 19 September 2013
Concerns over PNG govt move for Ok Tedi and SDP; New measure designed to deter pokie machine users in PNG; PNG's Polye selected as chairman of World Bank and IMF; Tonga group aiming to export ngatu for high school fees; Niue preparing for elephant quarantine; Sport: Beach Soccer World Cup to kick off in Tahiti. [more]

New measure designed to deter pokie machine users in PNG
It's hoped the increase in the minimum bet fee for pokie machines in Papua New Guinea, will discourage low income earners from blowing their money on the gambling machines. [more]

PNG's Polye selected as chairman of World Bank and IMF
Papua New Guinea's Treasurer Don Polye has been selected to be the next chairman of the board of governors of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 19 September 2013
PNG govt move to take over Ok Tedi Mine; Police worried about retribution following PNG trekking attacks; Pacific Tuna Forum focuses on broadening investment in fisheries; Cook Islands water project faces unforeseen problems; Tonga group aiming to export ngatu for high school fees; Sport: Beach Soccer World Cup to kick off in Tahiti. [more]

PNG government move to take over Ok Tedi Mine
Papua New Guinea's government makes its move to take over full ownership of the Ok Tedi copper and gold mine. [more]

Police worried about retribution over PNG trekking attacks
The Police Commander of Morobe province in Papua New Guinea is concerned boiling anger over the attacks on trekkers along the Black Cat Track last week could lead to more violence. [more]

Pacific Tuna Forum broadens investment in fisheries
The 4th Pacific Tuna Forum in Honiara has met to discuss the big issues faced by the industry. [more]

Sport: Beach Soccer World Cup to kick off in Tahiti
The Beach Soccer World Cup kicks off in Papeete with high hopes that the two Oceania representatives will rise to the occasion in their own backyard. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 19 September
A parting of minds prior to a meeting about fluoride and a photo album of the great train robbery. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 19 September 2013
Team New Zealand's just one win away from reclaiming the America's Cup. Nick Smith and DoC appear to be at odds about the science behind a proposed Dam. [more]

Midday Sports News for 19 September 2013
The Silver Ferns plan to be ruthless against Australia in tonight's netball Test. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 19 September 2013
A leaked email raises questions about the Conservation Minister's advice to Parliament about the controversial Ruataniwha Dam. The winds in San Francisco are expected to allow racing in the Americas Cup today and police will continue the search today for the Canadian couple missing near Haast. [more]

Pacific News for 19 September 2013
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

San Francisco weather looks much better after yesterday's winds
Emirates Team New Zealand is once again preparing for the two crucial races which could see it propelled to America's Cup glory. [more]

Possible ban of party rosettes on election day
Political party volunteers say wearing rosettes on election day isn't a last minute grab for votes and it's a nonsense they may be forced to stop wearing them. [more]

Nick Smith wanted to see dam proposal before it was lodged
An email circulated to senior Department of Conservation staff says the Minister Nick Smith wanted to see the submission DoC proposed to make on the Ruataniwha dam before it was lodged. [more]

Could America's Cup become Aotearoa's Cup today?
The America's Cup could be Aotearoa's Cup if Team New Zealand manages two wins this morning. [more]

Search dogs and heat seeking equipment to help find couple
Search dogs and a helicopter with specialist heat seeking equipment will today be called in to help with the search for two Canadians missing on the West Coast. [more]

Study shows Maori Health Providers under the microscope
New research shows Maori health providers are given shorter contracts, less access to funding and are audited more than any other health provider. [more]

Lawyer for sacked Whangarei council worker discusses case
The barrister representing a sacked Whangarei District Council employee says there is no evidence she abused her position. [more]

John Key in London, begins visit to UK, France and USA
The Prime Minister John Key is in London, at the start of a 12 day official visit to the UK, France and New York. [more]

US Federal Reserve to begin QE tapering
In an unexpected move, the U.S. Federal Reserve says it will maintain its current bond purchases, a decision which has surprised financial markets. [more]

West Coast missing out on medical specialists
The West Coast could be missing out on top medical talent but the District Health Board is downplaying new figures that show only two new specialists are working in the area. [more]

Aucklanders gather to watch races
Racing was cancelled yesterday due to high winds, but it's all systems go this morning, and once again sailing fans are gathered at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland. Our Auckland reporter Lauren Baker is there. [more]

Green Party rejects Nick Smith's statement on Ruataniwha
The Green Party says an email circulated to senior Department of Conservation staff which says its minister wanted to see DoC 's proposed submission on the Ruataniwha dam raises serious questions about whether Nick Smith misled the House. [more]

Racing expected to get underway shortly in America's Cup
The 11th race of the America's Cup is underway. High winds forced the postponement yesterday but today the weather in San Francisco is perfect for racing. [more]

Aucklanders gather to watch races
Our reporter Murielle Baker is at Shed 10 on the Auckland waterfront where the race will be shown on large television screens. [more]

Shell NZ responds cautiously about new oil exploration zones
Consultation on new oil exploration zones starts today with local government and iwi, after the Government announced yesterday that it will offer twice what it offered this year. [more]

Parliament moves on continued detention of high risk offenders
Parliament's taken the first step to allow the most serious sexual and violent offenders to be detained after they've completed their prison sentences. [more]

Employer seeks leave to challenge Employment Court test-case
A careworker is frustrated her employer is preparing to challenge a court ruling that could lead to higher wages in industries dominated by low-paid women. [more]

Sports News for 19 September 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Race 11 is all over in Am Cup
Team New Zealand is a step closer to claiming the America's Cup after winning the first race of the day. [more]

Team New Zealand's business manager
Joining us is Team New Zealand's business manager, Ross Blackman. [more]

Sports News for 19 September 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Aucklanders gather to watch races
Team New Zealand is a step closer to claiming the America's Cup after winning the first race of the day. [more]

Aucklanders gather to watch races
Our reporter Murielle Baker is at Shed 10 . [more]

Brother reaches out to searchers looking for Canadian couple
As search dogs and a helicopter with specialist equipment are called in to help with the search for two Canadians missing on the West Coast, their families are speaking out in support of the effort. [more]

Rare photos from the Great Train Robbery
A collection of rare photographs from Britan's Great Train Robbery is to go under the hammer. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 19 September 2013
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 19 September 2013
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 19 September 2013
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Unfrozen moss
University of Alberta Cryptogamic Herbarium Curator Catherine La Farge has revived a moss from the toe of the Teardrop Glacier on Ellesmere Island in Canada's north, which had been buried since the Little Ice Age (1550-1850). [more]

Science: Biophysics
Molecular biophysicist Professor David Parry from Massey University and his long-held fascination with fibrous proteins - muscle contraction and how it gets turned on and off. [more]

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

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

Nine To Noon

ACC proposes cheaper levies for safer cars
Clive Matthew Wilson, motoring commentator; and John Beaglehole, ACC's General Manager of Insurance and Prevention Services. [more]

America's Cup
Todd Niall, Radio NZ correspondent in San Francisco. [more]

Touch screen technology and blind people
Assistive Technology consultant Jonathan Mosen - who has been blind since birth - has written a book for the visually impaired on how to use iPhones. His book is called 'iOS7 Without the Eye'. [more]

UK correspondent Matthew Parris
A woman wants to wear a full face vail while giving evidence at a court case; the Liberal Democrat conference; the Scottish referendum. [more]

Norah Barlow - outgoing Summerset CEO
Norah Barlow is stepping down after 12 years at the helm of Wellington-based Summerset. During that time, the company has gone from being a small family business to New Zealand's third-largest retirement village operator and second largest developer. She is also the immediate past president of the Retirement Villages Association of NZ. [more]

Book Review - One Night in Winter
Elisabeth Easther reviews 'One Night in Winter' by Simon Sebag Montefiore, published by Random House NZ. [more]

New Technology with Sarah Putt
The Americas Cup tech success; five telco issues that need sorting; and do we need a national Chief Technology officer? [more]

Parenting - risk taking
Chief executive of youth organisation Zeal, Brook Turner, talks about encouraging kids and teenagers to take risks in pursuing their dreams. [more]

TV review with Nick Grant
How free to air TV channels are adapting to the internet age. [more]

Our Changing World

Our Changing World - Cuckoos
What do cuckoos have in common with daffodils, lambs, albatrosses and godwits? They're all harbingers of spring, of course - and this year a Massey University biologist is keen to hear from people when they hear their first cuckoos of the year. [more]

Protein Replacement Therapy for Single-Gene Diseases
An inaugural Health Research Council Explorer grant will help cystic fibrosis sufferers [more]

Cuckoos and the Endemic Mohouidae Bird Family
Three small forest birds, which are host to shining cuckoo chicks, have been placed in a new endemic bird family [more]

Bacteriophages
Peter Fineran and his colleagues are testing bacteriophages as possible biocontrol agents against kiwifruit Psa [more]

Air and Noise Pollution Study in Central Auckland
A collaborative study has been measuring the soundscape and air pollution levels in Queen Street [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 19 September 2013
Questions to Ministers MAGGIE BARRY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the economy? Hon RUTH DYSON to the Minister of Conservation: Has he ever seen or received a submission or draft submission from the Department of Conservation regarding the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Plan Change 6, which paves the way for the Ruataniwha Dam proposal, which is critical of it? Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Conservation: Does he stand by his statement “No, I did not” when asked in this House whether he gave any indication to the Department of Conservation on the direction or content of its submission on the Tukituki Catchment Proposal? CLAUDETTE HAUITI to the Minister of Energy and Resources: What reports has he received on competition in the electricity market in New Zealand? DARIEN FENTON to the Minister of Labour: Does he believe women should have equal pay to men for work of equal value? CATHERINE DELAHUNTY to the Minister of Education: Will she allow creationism to be taught in charter schools; if so, why? ANDREW LITTLE to the Minister of Justice: What factors were taken into account in setting the interest rate on legal aid debt under regulation 14 of the Legal Services Regulations 2011 at 8 percent? KATRINA SHANKS to the Minister of Commerce: How will the Financial Markets Conduct Act 2013, which will be phased in from 1 April 2014, strengthen our financial markets? DENIS O'ROURKE to the Minister of Housing: Does he agree with all of the views expressed by Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga about housing on TV3's The Vote on 11 September 2013? CAROL BEAUMONT to the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment: Is he concerned about the underrepresentation of women in industry training particularly in light of labour shortages in many trades and technical areas? LOUISE UPSTON to the Minister of Health: What progress is the Government making with its funded family care policy? SUE MORONEY to the Minister of Women’s Affairs: Does her Ministry provide gender implications statements on proposed legislative or policy measures being considered by Cabinet? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 19 September 2013
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 19 September 2013
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Manu Korihi News for 19 September 2013
The general manager of the Maraeroa Marae Health Clinic in Porirua says a new study proves there's a culture of keeping Maori Health Providers under the microscope; A group of Maori seeking rights to the radio spectrum say it won't be knocked back by the Waitangi Tribunal's decision not to grant an urgent hearing into its claim; The Recreational Fishing Council says about 90 per cent of Maori will be affected by the new snapper rules; Members of Ngati Kapo o Aotearoa - the Maori blind society of New Zealand - are celebrating the organisation's 30th anniversary this week - with a focus on the next 20 years. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 19 September 2013
A director of the Whakauae Research Centre for Maori Development says the current Crown contracting system for health providers doesn't suit Maori Providers; A group of Maori seeking rights to the radio spectrum say it won't be knocked back by the Waitangi Tribunal's decision not to grant an urgent hearing into its claim; The Recreational Fishing Council says about 90 per cent of Maori will be affected by the new snapper rules; Members of Ngati Kapo o Aotearoa - the Maori blind society of New Zealand - are celebrating the organisation's 30th anniversary this week - with a focus on the next 20 years. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 19 September 2013
The South Island iwi, Ngai Tahu, is putting its hand up as one of two potential investors in the Hawke's Bay Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme; One of the new charter schools targeting Maori says it will reach the Government's goal of getting a high number of students to graduate; The national Kapa Haka body, Te Matatini, will tonight discuss whether it will change the venue for its 2015 event, which is double-booked with the Cricket World Cup; The Public Health Association conference in New Plymouth has heard health research involving Maori organisations reduces inequalities. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 19 September 2013
The South Island iwi, Ngai Tahu, is putting its hand up as one of two potential investors in the Hawke's Bay Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme; One of the new charter schools targeting Maori says it will reach the Government's goal of getting a high number of students to graduate; The national Kapa Haka body, Te Matatini, will tonight discuss whether it will change the venue for its 2015 event, which is double-booked with the Cricket World Cup; The Public Health Association conference in New Plymouth has heard health research involving Maori organisations reduces inequalities. [more]

The Reading

Civilisation by Steve Braunias - Part 10
Winton - The 'strangest' man in Winton tells his story. [more]

Upbeat

Sara Brodie - Faultlines
Sara Brodie is the director and choreographer of new dance work 'Faultlines' which begins today at the Christchurch Arts Festival. [more]

Naomi Ferguson and Delaney Davidson
Totally Weill Singers and organisers of 'Totally Weill' which they are staging at the Christchurch Arts Festival. [more]

Amy Dickson - Australian Saxophonist
Australian classical saxophonist performing Dubois's Saxophone Concerto with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra tonight. [more]

World & Pacific News

5am Pacific Regional News for 19 September 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 19 September 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 19 September 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 19 September 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 19 September 2013
the latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 19 September 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

1:29pm Pacific Regional News for 19 September 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 19 September 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 19 September 2013
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 19 September 2013
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

PNG police appeal for trekking attack suspects to surrender
The Police Commander of Morobe province in Papua New Guinea has appealed to the two remaining suspects in the attack on trekkers along the Black Cat Track last week to... [more]

Samoa Govt to toughen up on seasonal worker selection
The Samoa government is considering tough measures for the recruitment of workers into the seasonal work schemes with New Zealand and Australia. It comes after reports some workers have broken... [more]

Solomons leadership commission due to impose fines on politicians
The Solomon Islands Leadership Code Commission says a decision will be made by next week on the politicians who have failed to submit their financial accounts. In June, the LCC... [more]

Fiji churches to reiterate messages on democracy in election run-up
Churches in Fiji plan to send out regular messages in the coming months to inspire people to participate in politics and help move Fiji towards democracy. The Fiji Council of... [more]

Parliament passes bill giving PNG Govt 100 percent in Ok Tedi mine
The Papua New Guinea National Parliament has passed amendments to the OK Tedi Mining Agreement which will see the State own 100 percent of OK Tedi mine. The bill introduced... [more]

ICC gives teams extra decision reviews
Test cricket teams will be given two extra decision reviews after 80 overs of an innings in a trial period starting on Octover the 1st. The decision was made by... [more]

Legislation targetting high-risk offenders passes first hurdle
The Justice Minister is standing by legislation that would allow very high-risk offenders to be detained pre-emptively after they have served their prison sentence. [more]

Group to continue radio spectrum fight
A Maori group seeking rights to the radio spectrum says it will not be knocked back by the Waitangi Tribunal's decision not to grant an urgent hearing into its claim. [more]

Blind society notches up 30 years
Members of Ngati Kapo o Aotearoa - the Maori blind society of New Zealand - are celebrating the organisation's 30th anniversary this week. [more]

Most Maori hurt by new snapper rules, says council
About 90% of Maori will be affected by the new snapper rules, the Recreational Fishing Council says. [more]

Farm accident drop behind ACC levy fall
A drop in the number of farm accidents is believed to be behind a possible reduction in ACC levies for farmers. [more]

Stock feed mills change hands
Rural retailer Farmland's has bought one of the country's oldest stock-feed companies, NRM. [more]

Candy Crush to effluent at the touch of a button
Move over Candy Crush - there's another new use for your smartphone. Dairy NZ has launched its first smartphone app to help farmers make effluent decisions. [more]

Westpac expects deficit to widen again
The annual national current account deficit unexpectedly narrowed in June, and Westpac Bank says data improvements painted a more flattering picture of the deficit but it does expect it to widen. [more]

RBA briefed on NZ lending restrictions
The Reserve Bank of Australia has been briefed about New Zealand's new lending restrictions amid growing warnings that record low interest rates have the potential to fuel a property-price bubble across the Tasman. [more]

Milk prices expected to stagnate
The Bank of New Zealand is picking international milk prices to be stagnant in upcoming global auctions. [more]

Oil companies consider whole package
Shell Oil is warning that simply offering more blocks of land and seas for oil exploration does not necessarily mean it will happen. [more]

Team NZ one win away from America's Cup
Team New Zealand has won race 11 of the America's Cup by 15 seconds taking it to within one victory of bringing the Auld Mug back to Auckland. Ahead by... [more]

Advantage Vettel in Singapore
Sebastian Vettel will be confident of extending his healthy lead at the top of the Formula One drivers' standings in Singapore this week on a circuit that kick-started his march... [more]

Worker frustrated by test case challenge
A rest home worker is frustrated her employer is preparing to challenge a court ruling that could lead to higher wages in industries dominated by low-paid women. [more]

Serious teen crashes drop to new low
New figures show the number of young drivers dying behind the wheel is at a record low, while more new drivers are passing the learner's licence test. [more]

Cook Islands Govt official says mistake made on water mains project
A Cook Islands Government official says mistakes were made on the feasibility on a water mains project on Rarotonga. Last week the contractor of the project to lay new mains... [more]

American Samoa Senate approves anti-child abuse act
The American Samoa Senate has today approved in a third and final reading for an administration bill which further criminalizes the act of child abuse. The Senate bill now goes... [more]

Sport: Big guns in action on day one of Beach Soccer World Cup
The Beach Soccer World Cup kicks off in Papeete on Wednesday local time with high hopes that the two Oceania representatives can make it past the first round. Defending champions... [more]

Renewed calls for Solomons Parliament to be more accountable
There are calls for a Solomon Islands parliamentary committee to put in place tough regulations on development funds, after an officer was accused of corruption. Last week, the Constituency Development... [more]

Sport: ABs coach to take on Flying Fijians
The All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will take charge of the Barbarians for their end-of-year clash with Fiji at Twickenham. The match will be played on November the 30th and... [more]

Sport: Students injured watching volleyball game in American Samoa
Two young spectators at a volleyball game at Leone High school in American Samoa were injured by a rock which was thrown into the gym during the game. Both of... [more]

Sport: Tahiti's Bourez makes semis at Hurley Pro
Tahitian surfer Michel Bourez has been knocked out of the Hurley Pro event in California in the semi finals. The 27 year-old had a comfortable win over South Africa's Travis... [more]

Sport: Fiji World Cup spots up for grabs in Battle of Bati clash
Fiji rugby league assistant coach Joe Rabele says World Cup spots are up for grabs in tonights Battle of the Bati clash in Suva. The Fiji Residents team are taking... [more]

Key begins Europe trip at Downing St
John Key has held meetings in London with his British counterpart David Cameron at the start of a 12-day visit to Britain, France and New York. [more]

Teachers' body deregisters Parker
The Teachers Council has censured and deregistered convicted sex offender James Parker after his conviction for sexually abusing young boys. [more]

Close watch on Maori health providers
A new study proves there's a culture of keeping Maori health providers under the microscope, the general manager of the Maraeroa Marae Health Clinic in Porirua says. [more]

SkyCity costs greater than benefits, MPs told
The Law Society says it appears the costs of the SkyCity convention centre deal outweigh the benefits to the public. [more]

Pyne Gould site bought by Government
The Government has bought the Pyne Gould Corporation site in central Christchurch where 18 people were killed during the February 2011 earthquake. [more]

Sacked council worker fights for compensation
The lawyer representing a sacked Whangarei District Council employee says his client is seeking compensation. [more]

Report details importance of aquaculture to central Pacific
Officials meeting in Vanuatu have been told increases in aquaculture investment and the creation of marine protected areas could help Pacific countries in the Coral Triangle adapt to climate change. [more]

Samoan Mormons in Australia battle for Samoan language services
Samoa's prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has agreed to help a group of Samoan Mormons from Brisbane upset at a ban prohibiting Samoan language worship services. The ban, which also... [more]

New information systems to track fishing vessels in the Pacific
The Forum Fisheries Agency is developing a new information system so Pacific nations can work together to track fishing vessels in their waters. The deputy director general, Wez Norris, has... [more]

CNMI budget passes with a week and a half to spare
The governor of the Northern Marianas, Eloy Inos, has signed into law the budget for the new fiscal year beginning at the end of this month. Our correspondent reports it... [more]

Cook Islands Minister denies mistakes with water mains project
The Cook Islands Minister of Infrastructure has denied there were mistakes in the planning of a water mains project. Last week the contractor of a project to lay new mains... [more]

PNG PM tables reports into controversial land lease system
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister has tabled in parliament two reports from a Commission of Inquiry into Special Agricultural Business Leases. The government ordered the inquiry in 2011 to investigate... [more]

Tonga gets loan repayment extension from China
The prime minister of Tonga, Lord Tu'ivakano, has told parliament China has deferred repayments on a huge loan for the rebuilding of the central business district in the capital, Nuku'alofa. [more]

Wins for United, City, Real and Bayern
No big upsets on day one of the opening round proper of European football's elite Champions League, with wins to the two Manchester giants United and City, Real Madrid, and... [more]

World snooker champ called on to explain match fixing comments
The world snooker boss Barry Hearn has asked Ronnie O'Sullivan to explain his comments after the world champion said Stephen Lee is not the only player guilty of match-fixing. Lee,... [more]

Law to limit sports bosses' time in charge in Brazil
Leaders of Brazil's sporting confederations, many of whom have been in power for decades, will have their time in office restricted under new laws. Brazil's Senate voted to ratify a... [more]

Two semi-finalists found at Euro Champs
Holders Spain and 2011 runners-up France have set up a European basketball championship semi-final clash after enjoying contrasting wins in Slovenia. France, led by San Antonio Spurs playmaker Tony Parker,... [more]

Scotland eyes Olympic independence
Scotland sports minister Shona Robison says her country will send a separate Olympic team to Rio de Janeiro in 2016 if its people vote for independence next year. Scotland will... [more]

IRB opposes Anglo-French breakaway
The International Rugby Board chief executive Brett Gosper says he wants the European Cup to remain a tournament for the continent's leading clubs amid fears of an Anglo-French breakaway. The... [more]

Liverpool's Coutinho to go under knife
Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho has been ruled out until late October after injuring his shoulder in their 2-2 Premier League draw at Swansea City. Liverpool says the 21-year-old will... [more]

Cavendish wins latest stage of Tour of Britain
The British cyclist Mark Cavendish has won his first stage of the Tour of Britain after a sprint finish to stage four in Wales. The majority of the riders were... [more]

Clarke hopeful of making India tour
Australian captain Michael Clarke hopes his troublesome back will allow him to play in the one day series in India, but has offered few clues about how his team will... [more]

Otago qualifies for Champions League main draw
The Otago cricketers have qualified for the group stage of the Champions League Twenty20 tournament in India after beating the Sri Lankan side the Kandurata Maroons by six wickets. Otago... [more]

Ford to leave Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan cricket coach Graham Ford has confirmed he will leave his post when his contract expires in January. South African Ford, who was appointed when Australian coach Geoff... [more]

Arrests in Singapore in match-fixing probe
Fourteen people believed to be members of an organised crime ring involved in football match-fixing activities have been arrested in police raids across Singapore. Authorities say the 12 men and... [more]

Southland beats BOP
Southland has jumped from last to third in provincial rugby's Championship following its 33-25 win over Bay of Plenty in Tauranga on Wednesday. The Stags came from behind in the... [more]

Ferns not thinking about Diamonds losing streak
Silver Ferns coach Waimarama Taumaunu isn't reading too much into Australia's losing streak ahead of tonight's second Constellation Cup netball test in Auckland. Australia's loss in the series opener in... [more]

Steve Hansen to coach Baabaas
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will take charge of the Barbarians for their end-of-year clash with Fiji at Twickenham. The match will be played the week after the All Blacks... [more]

Man United forecast revenues up
New sponsorship and broadcast deals are expected to drive record revenues for English football champions Manchester United in 2013-14 and enable them to keep pace with European rivals including Real... [more]

Chelsea beaten in opening Champions League match
Chelsea has been beaten 2-1 by Swiss football club Basel in their opening group match of the European Champions League at Stamford Bridge. It is Chelsea's first home loss in... [more]

Fed holds off on reducing stimulus
Wall Street rose to record highs and the New Zealand dollar jumped sharply against the US currency after the Federal Reserve surprised markets by saying it would keep pumping cheap money into the American economy. [more]

Cup boost prospects downplayed
A finance strategist is predicting only a modest economic boost for New Zealand if Team New Zealand wins the America's Cup. [more]

Starbucks takes anti-gun stance
Coffee chain Starbucks is asking its customers in the United States to leave their guns at home. [more]

Farmer claims flood in after storm
Rural insurer FMG has received 1700 claims relating to last week's violent storm, making it the costliest weather event for the company since the 2004 Manawatu floods. [more]

Formula firm probes bribery claims
A subsidiary of French company Danone, Dumex Baby Food, is investigating claims its staff paid bribes to Chinese hospital workers to drive up sales of its baby formula. [more]

Latest figures show net deforestation
The Green Party says the deliberate weakening of the Emissions Trading Scheme by the Government is dooming future generations of New Zealanders to a nightmarish existence. [more]

PGG looks to make irrigation gains
PGG Wrightson is moving to grab a bigger slice of the action as the country moves towards more irrigation in agriculture. [more]

Fulbright scholar to study energy efficiency
A Waikato University chemical engineer awarded a Fulbright scholarship to the United States says his research on energy efficiency at dairy factories in California will have benefits for dairy plants in this country. [more]

Akauola appointed head of Fiji's media authority
A veteran Fiji journalist and media figure, Matai Akauola has been appointed director of the country's Media Industry Development Authority. Mr Akauola is leaving his role as manager of the... [more]

Indonesian police officer found to have bribed Papua Police Chief
An investigation by the internal supervision agency within Indonesia's police force has found that a Papua police officer had paid bribes to 33 police officials, including the Papua provincial chief. [more]

Todd's absence means McCaw's on the plane
Matt Todd's been released from the All Blacks camp and named to start on the openside for Canterbury in Saturday's top of the table provincial clash in Wellington. Todd will... [more]

New board elected for NZ Cricket
New Zealand Cricket has a new board of directors. The eight recommended directors were voted in by delegates from the major associations and districts at a Special General Meeting in... [more]

Former heavyweight boxing champ dies
The former heavyweight boxing champion Ken Norton, who famously broke Muhammad Ali's jaw in a 1973 bout, has died in a hospital in Arizona. Norton, who was 70, had been... [more]

Greenpeace says Pacific should cut back foreign fishing fleets
Greenpeace says the only way that Pacific Island countries can achieve higher returns from the tuna sector is if distant water fishing fleets are pushed out. During the 4th Pacific... [more]

Family Protection bill passed in PNG
Parliamentarians in Papua New Guinea have passed legislation making any form of domestic violence an offence The Family Protection Bill 2013 was passed by a vote of 65 for and... [more]

Eight sacked over government fraud in Solomon Islands
Eight Solomon Islands public servants are reported to have been fired over a one point four million US dollar government fraud. The Solomon Star newspaper reports the discovery of financial... [more]

Court action possible after PNG government takes all of Ok Tedi
The Papua New Guinea Sustainable Development Programme has indicated it is considering taking the government to court over its move to take over full ownership of the Ok Tedi mine. [more]

Cook Islands water project faces unforeseen problems
A project to lay 25 kilometres of new water mains in villages on Rarotonga has stalled, due to almost half the serviced homes not having modern plumbing to cope with... [more]

Sport: Beach Soccer World Cup to kick off in Tahiti
The Beach Soccer World Cup kicks off in Papeete today with high hopes that the two Oceania representatives will rise to the occasion in their own backyard. Defending champions Russia... [more]

PNG govt move to take over Ok Tedi Mine
Papua New Guinea's Parliament has passed legislation that enables the state to take over 100% of the Ok Tedi copper and gold mine. The legislation means the cancellation of the... [more]

Concerns over PNG govt move for Ok Tedi and SDP
Papua New Guinea's Parliament has been debating legislation to transfer ownership of the Ok Tedi mine and the PNG Sustainable Development Programme to government. This comes after the chairman of... [more]

Pacific Tuna Forum focuses on broadening investment in fisheries
Pacific fisheries representatives have met in Honiara for the 4th Pacific Tuna Forum to discuss how to broaden the investment base of tuna fisheries in the region. But Greenpeace has... [more]

Police worried about retribution over PNG trekking attacks
The Police Commander of Morobe province in Papua New Guinea is concerned boiling anger over the attacks on trekkers along the Black Cat Track last week could lead to more... [more]

Team New Zealand have to wait another day
Team New Zealand will have to wait until Friday at the earliest to win the America's Cup. The New Zealanders won Thursday's first race, but the second was postponed because... [more]

Charlotte Harrison misses out on Black Sticks
Striker Charlotte Harrison's been dumped from the national women's hockey squad. The 183-test 24-year-old's only made the development squad and Harrison's demotion comes after her younger sister Samantha was left... [more]

O'Connor removed from airport
James O'Connor's future in Australian rugby could be in doubt after the Australian winger was reportedly removed from Perth Airport and barred from taking an international flight because he was... [more]

Study shows arthritis sufferers need to get help early
Arthritis New Zealand says people showing signs of rheumatoid arthritis need to get help earlier so it can be better managed through life. [more]

NZ one win away from America's Cup victory
Emirates Team New Zealand says nothing will stop them from winning the America's Cup now. [more]

Minister appears at odds with officials over dam
Conservation Minister Nick Smith appears to be at odds with his departmental experts about the science behind the Ruataniwha Dam. [more]

American Samoa students hurt in attack by rival school
Three high school students were treated at the LBJ hospital in American Samoa last night after they were attacked on a school bus following an inter-school volleyball game. A department... [more]

Fiji Airways boss defends financing arrangement for purchase of planes
The chief executve of Fiji Airways has responded to questions by some of Fiji's political parties about the purchasing of planes from Airbus. Stefan Pichler was responding to accusations that... [more]

NZ draw China in Davis Cup
The New Zealand Davis Cup tennis team has been drawn to play China in round one of the Asia/Oceania Group One competition at the end of January next year. That... [more]

More money for community rugby
New Zealand Rugby's announced increased annual funding of $3.3 million a year for two years for provincial unions to grow community rugby in New Zealand. The national union's CEO Steve... [more]

Vanuatu govt eyes re-opening old mental health hospital
Vanuatu's health minister, Serge Vohor, has told donor partners he wants to rebuild a former French colonial facility that had been used to house mental health patients. Mr Vohor, who... [more]

Weather problems for Guam
Guam is under a flash flood warning as motorists have been advised to exercise extreme caution. The Pacific Daily News reports that heavy rain has submerged many roads and a... [more]

Solomon provincial leader replaces executive after resignations
The premier of Solomon Islands' Guadalcanal province says he has already replaced five of the eight members of his executive who resigned earlier this week. Stephen Panga says the group... [more]

Papuans apologise for attack on Red Crescent ambulance
A newspaper in Papua has published a letter from the Papuan Freedom Movement apologising to the Indonesian Red Crescent for shooting 3 of the organisation's volunteers in July this year. [more]

Two PNG police charged over slashing attack
Two Papua New Guinea police officers have been charged with armed robbery and unlawful wounding after they allegedly set upon dozens in the National Capital District in late May. The... [more]

Former PNG leader wanted more dialogue before Ok Tedi vote
Papua New Guinea's former prime minister Sir Michael Somare has sounded a note of caution about the government's takeover of the Ok Tedi copper and gold mine in Western Province. [more]

Re-integration of AusAID takes spotlight off poverty - AidWatch
The aid monitoring group AidWatch says the new Australian government's decision to re-integrate AusAID into the Department of Foreign Affairs shows alleviating global poverty is not a priority. Prime minister... [more]

No conviction for assault by top cop
A top police officer who assaulted two teenage boys while he was off-duty has been discharged without conviction. [more]

Fluoride debate heats up in Hamilton
The Waikato District Health Board says fear of threats and abuse means it won't let any of its staff attend a public meeting in Hamilton next week on the fluoridation issue. [more]

Too little sleep puts extra kilos on teenage boys - study
Teenage boys who sleep less than their bodies require have more body fat compared to sleep-deprived girls, an Otago University study has found. [more]

Drought slowing economic activity
The pace of economic growth has eased, with the effects of the drought on farming production partly offsetting strong construction and consumer spending. [more]

Whangaruru charter school aiming for 85% pass rate
One of the new charter schools targeting Maori says it will reach the Government's goal of getting a high number of students to graduate. [more]

Te Matatini board to discuss double-booking
National kapa haka body, Te Matatini, will on Thursday discuss whether it will change the venue for its 2015 event, which is double-booked with the Cricket World Cup. [more]

Sharing health research reduces inequalities for Maori - speaker
The Public Health Association conference in New Plymouth has heard health research involving Maori organisations reduces inequalities. [more]

America's Cup benefits may be 'more muted' than expected
New Zealand is just one win away from bringing back the America's Cup. [more]

Slow work to restore power cut by storm
Lines company Orion says the number of properties in Canterbury without power will be down to 350 by Thursday night. [more]

Animal carcasses dumped in Tauranga river
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council is on the look out for people illegally and repeatedly dumping animal carcasses into a Tauranga river. [more]

Dog, helicopter fail to find couple missing in river
Searchers on the West Coast have found some of the belongings of a missing Canadian couple but no signs of life. [more]

NZ dollar surges against US
The New Zealand dollar jumped 1.5 US cents on Thursday, propelled by both offshore events and local news. [more]

Court rejects latest appeal against Denniston mine
An appeal that argued that climate change be considered as part of a decision on whether to allow mining on the Denniston Plateau has been thrown out by the Supreme Court. [more]

Opposition blames Govt for slow growth
Opposition parties say slow growth in the first half of the year is proof that New Zealand is too dependent on farming and the Government has failed to diversify the economy. [more]

Dozens of same sex couples say 'I do' in first month
More than 80 same sex couples married in the first month of such marriages being legal in New Zealand. [more]

Family court legislation passes final reading
Legislation that will revamp the Family Court system has passed its third and final reading in Parliament. [more]

Creationism will be taught in two charter schools
The Education Minister has conceded there's nothing to prevent two of New Zealand's first charter schools teaching creationism alongside the national curriculum. [more]

CERA has left council a 'toothless tiger' - councillor
An outgoing Christchurch city councillor has labelled the council a "toothless tiger" and has questioned its future role. [more]

DoC defends minister over dam answers
The Department of Conservation says its minister, Nick Smith, never saw its full draft submission on the proposed Ruataniwha Dam in Hawke's Bay. [more]

Woman who killed partner not guilty
A woman who fatally stabbed her partner at their Lower Hutt home has walked from court a free woman. [more]

Ninth armed robbery in 3 weeks in Northland
Whangarei police have issued a photograph of a man caught on camera in the city's latest armed robbery. [more]

Australia beat Silver Ferns to level series
Australia have fought back to level the Constellation Cup netball series, beating the Silver Ferns 47-45 at Auckland's Vector Arena. After winning the opening test in Invercargill, New Zealand were... [more]

Australia beat Silver Ferns to level series
Australia have fought back to level the Constellation Cup netball series, beating the Silver Ferns 47-45 at Auckland's Vector Arena. [more]