Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 28th August 2014

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This page features: Afternoons, Birds, 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, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Panel, The Wireless, Upbeat, William Shakespeare 450, World & Pacific News

Afternoons

Best Song Ever Written - A Banda
Rui Mendel of Rotorua has chosen 'A Banda' by Chico Buarque. [more]

Simon's A-Z
Between the last two census, the permanent population here grew by 14.6 percent. Mind you the total figure is still comparatively small at 8,250 making this territorial authority one least populous in the country, only 3 are smaller. Sixty percent of those residents live in the service town of Carterton and that's where we're headed this afternoon. [more]

Cold case - Scott Bainbridge
Tomorrow in Hamilton a coronial inquest will be held into one of this country's oldest cold cases. Forty-nine years ago, a young baker called Graeme Timlin disappeared from work in Hamilton. He was 19 years old at the time. Five days later, his van was found at Mount Maunganui. No trace of him was found. That was May of 1965. There was a coronial inquest in 1977, which ruled he was presumed dead, but no death certificate was issued. Author Scott Bainbridge investigated Graeme's disappearance for his 2008 book, 'Still Missing'. He said it was the most mysterious case he'd looked into. [more]

Emily's Story - Emily Short
In June, we spoke with a young woman who survived a head-on crash with a drunk driver at Lewis Pass. Her name was Emily Short. She was 11-weeks pregnant at the time, and said her unborn baby was desperately lucky to survive the crash. [more]

Feature Album - Never Too Much
Todays feature album is the 1981 solo album from Luther Vandross. [more]

Birds

Pāngurunguru
Listen to the northern giant petrel. [more]

Business News

Qantas' $A2.8 billion annual loss
Australia's national carrier has produced a horror 2.8-billion-dollar annual loss, nearly three times the red ink the market had expected. [more]

Airwork turns in profit of almost $10 million
Airwork has reported an annual net profit of 9.8 million dollars, 17 per cent ahead of its prospectus forecast. [more]

A2 Milk reports $10,000 profit against $110 mln in revenue
Specialty milk producer, A2 Milk, has reported an annual net profit of just 10-thousand dollars, despite revenue earnings of 111-million dollars. [more]

Air New Zealand's cargo operations a weak spot
One of the weak spots in Air New Zealand's otherwise very strong profit performance, was its cargo results. [more]

Midday Markets for 28 August 2014
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Angus Marks at First NZ Capital. [more]

Today's market update
The New Zealand dollar bounced around today, rising to a high of 84 US cents on the back of some strong economic data out of Australia. [more]

Today's market update
The New Zealand dollar bounced around today, rising to a high of 84 US cents on the back of some strong economic data out of Australia. [more]

Morning markets for 29 August 2014
Wall Street is down after Ukraine said Russia moved more troops into the country. [more]

Qantas promises a return to profit but hedges its bets
Qantas is promising a return to underlying profit in the current six months, but even it says this is subject to factors beyond its control. [more]

Aviation engineer Airwork branches out to US and Africa
The aviation servicing firm, Airwork, is expanding into the United States and African markets. [more]

Hellaby posts a $1.1m annual loss after footwear write-downs
Hellaby Holdings has posted a 1.1 million dollar annual net loss, reflecting the previously flagged decision to write off all the 27 million dollars of goodwill in its shoe retailers. [more]

A2 Milk's strategic direction satisfies market
A2 Milk's annual financial result was less than the market was hoping for, but its share price was steady after the company briefed analysts on its strategic direction. [more]

Markets Update for 29 August 2014
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 28 August 2014
Police using unjustified and excessive force to illegally close down parties. For the first time in NZ, two men are charged with people trafficking and higher rates and new charges in Auckland ten year budget. [more]

Police run foul of law closing down parties
Police have been illegally closing down parties because they didn't know the law - and the force used was unjustified and excessive. [more]

First-ever people trafficking charges laid
Two men are facing the first-ever people trafficking charges laid in this country. [more]

Woman's killer spits as he leaves dock
The man who raped and murdered a Christchurch woman and attacked two tourists while high on P, spat as he left the dock after his sentencing today. [more]

NSA documents show GCSB agreed to share metadata
Newly released documents attributed to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden suggest New Zealand's spy agency is sharing metadata with the United States. [more]

Police criticised for illegally shutting down parties
The police have been criticised for using unjustified and excessive force when they deal with 'out of control' parties. [more]

Higher rates and new charges in Auckland ten year budget
Higher rates, new charges for drivers and a squeeze on Auckland Council's own running costs are on the cards, as part of the city's proposed ten-year budget. [more]

David Cunliffe heads into first TV debate under pressure
The latest Herald-Digi poll just out shows support for National rising, and support for Labour and the Greens falling, despite the Dirty Politics saga. [more]

Scissor lift topples killing worker at port
A worker has died at Lyttelton Port after a scissor lift toppled over this afternoon. [more]

Dunedin council manager quits over fleet fraud case
A senior manager at Dunedin City Council has quit over the Citifleet fraud investigation. [more]

Will Qantas regain altitude after record loss?
Qantas may have announced a two point eight billion dollar loss today, the worst result in Australian aviation history, but that's not stopping its Chief Executive from forcasting a dramatic return to profit. [more]

Anti-cyber bullies group questions Collins' conduct
A cyberbullying victim says the minister in-charge of anti-online bullying laws Judith Collins, needs to stand down from the cause if she continues her friendship with the Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater. [more]

Sports News for 28 August 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Police activity at 5/8 parties is out of control
The police have been criticised for using unjustified and excessive force when they deal with 'out of control' parties. [more]

Director of a failed finance company back in court
A director of a failed finance company has been charged with breaching his home detention sentence. [more]

U.S. rules out working with Syrian president
The U.S President Barack Obama has ruled out working with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to root out Islamic State forces that now control large parts of Syria's north. [more]

Flaw in Rotorua luge's reaction to bad crash
The company that runs the Rotorua luge has admitted its emergency plan wasn't up to scratch but blames a nasty crash on the rider going too fast. [more]

Marching increases feelings of power says new study
New research about the feelings of unity you get from synchronized work-outs, like marching, could shine a light on the dangers of the militarisation of the police. [more]

Update on Lyttelton Port death
A 40-year-old man has died at Lyttelton Port this afternoon after falling out of a scissor lift. [more]

Home owner questions engineer's sign off
A hearing's been told an Earthquake Commission engineer signed off a home as safe when questions remain whether it is or not. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Heart surgery for critically ill young children in Fiji
A team from New Zealand is to travel to Fiji to perform heart surgery on a number of critically ill young children. [more]

Cross-border trade could spark prosperity for PNG province
The Acting Governor of Papua New Guinea's West Sepik says projects underway to develop cross-border trade and services with neighbouring Indonesia should provide a springboard to prosperity. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 28 August 2014
Cross-border trade with Indonesia should provide a springboard to prosperity for PNG's West Sepik province; A NZ academic urges Small Island Developing States to address 'blatant inequalities'; Troubled American Samoa hospital resumes off island referrals; and heart surgery for critically ill young children in Fiji. [more]

New partnership to promote ocean conservation
A United States conservation group is partnering with a New Zealand university to boost research into marine conservation in the Pacific. [more]

Lowy Institute says PNG women face 'extreme challenges'
An Australian think tank says women in the Pacific, particularly in Papua New Guinea, continue to face extreme challenges. [more]

100 years since New Zealand's invasion of Samoa
New Zealand and Samoa are marking the centenary of New Zealand's invasion of Samoa with commemorations in Auckland and Apia. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 29 August 2014
Today marks the centenary of New Zealand's invasion of Samoa; An Australian think tank says PNG women face 'extreme challenges'; New partnership to promote ocean conservation; Cross-border trade with Indonesia could spark prosperity for remote PNG province; and heart surgery for critically ill young children in Fiji. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for Thurs 28 August
A review of the leading news from Morning Report, Nine to Noon, Afternoons and Checkpoint. Also hear the latest news from around the Pacific on Radio New Zealand International's Dateline Pacific. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 28 August 20141200
A man who raped and murdered a Christchurch woman is sentencd to 21 years in prison and Aucklanders face big rates rises in the next decade. [more]

Midday Sports News for 28 August 2014
New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic steals another win at the U-S Open. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 29 August 2014
No holds barred as John Key and David Cunliffe face off in their first televised debate. Winston Peters reveals internal National Party plotting and safety systems not under control in Lyttleton. [more]

Sports News for 29 August 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Senior ministers meet in Canberra to discuss MH370 updates
Senior Ministers from Australia, Malaysia and the People's Republic of China met yesterday to discuss progress in the search for MH370. [more]

Pacific News for 29 August 2014
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Key and Cunliffe say its up to voters to decide
Both John Key and David Cunliffe say its up to voters to decide who won last night's hour-long television debate. [more]

Suppression orders questioned in Christchurch murder case
The Sensible Sentencing Trust is criticising a decision by a High Court judge to supress details of a brutal murder. [more]

Carter admits there are times he wishes he’d never won Olympic gold
Proving they're better than their Commonwealth Games results suggest is a motivating factor for the New Zealand squad ahead of the world championships in Edmonton in Canada this weekend. [more]

Sports News for 29 August 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Leaders have had their first ever one-on-one televised debate
The gloves came off as David Cunliffe squared up to John Key in their first televised leaders debate last night on TVNZ [more]

Suppression orders questioned in Christchurch murder case
A High Court judge's decision to supress details of a brutal murder is being questioned. [more]

Peters accuses Collins of treachery to her leader
The New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, says someone representing the National Party minister, Judith Collins, approached him to ask if he could work with her after the election, if he couldn't cut a deal with the party leader, John Key. [more]

Safety systems not under control in Lyttleton
An industrial specialist says yesterday's fatality at the Port of Lyttleton is yet another severe indictment on the owners, directors and management. [more]

NATO pictures show escalation of Moscow's military involvement
Ukraine's President says Russian forces have invaded the war-torn east of the country and the United Nations' Security Council has called an emergency session in New York, as the crisis intensifies. [more]

Racing officials say jockey faces serious charges
The country's racing watchdog says allegations a New Zealand jockey deliberately rode his horse to lose, so that his bets on a rival horse were successful, threaten the very fabric of thoroughbred racing. [more]

First people trafficking charges laid in New Zealand
A human rights organisation is welcoming charges being laid in a landmark people trafficking case. [more]

Whale Oil blogger lays police complaint
The Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater has laid a complaint with police, following the publication of Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics, which was based on emails and Facebook posts hacked from his computer. [more]

Sports News for 29 August 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Judith Collins responds to Winston Peters allegation
The New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is continuing to insist someone representing the National Party minister, Judith Collins, approached him to ask if he could work with her after the election, if he couldn't cut a deal with the party leader, John Key. [more]

Who won the debate?
The two men who would be Prime Minister went head-to-head for the first time on live television last night. [more]

Auckland Council's draft ten-year budget
Auckland Council's draft ten-year budget has renewed calls for the Government to come to the party and help out with infrastructure funding. [more]

Media freedom vs. victims' privacy after unusual supression
Returning now to our earlier story about the unusual step taken by a Christchurch judge to supressing details of a brutal rape and murder case at sentencing, despite those details having already been published by the media. [more]

New research says hip and knee replacements will skyrocket
New research predicts the number of hip and knee replacements in New Zealand will skyrocket over the next decade. [more]

Centenary of New Zealand's invasion of Samoa
Today New Zealand and Samoa are marking the centenary of New Zealand's invasion of Samoa with commemorations in Auckland and Apia. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
Let's have a chat to our Canberra correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 29 August 2014
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 29 August 2014
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 29 August 2014
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

Nights

Done For Dinosaurs
A fresh and updated approach with the paleontological record to prove dinosaurs had little chance in surviving the environmental repercussions that resulted from a massive asteroid impact - with Dr Stephen Brusatte from the School of GeoSciences at University of Edinburgh. [more]

Night Science Biophysics
Molecular biophysicist at Massey University Prof. David Parry and a long-held fascination with fibrous proteins. Why some animals have their skeleton on the inside and some have them on the outside. [more]

Connundrum Clue 7 for Thurs 28 August
Connundrum Clue 7 for Thurs 28 August [more]

Connundrum Clue 8 for Thurs 28 August
Connundrum Clue 8 for Thurs 28 August [more]

Nine To Noon

How big a problem is human trafficking in New Zealand?
The first ever people trafficking charges have been laid against two men, charged with arranging by deception the entry of 18 Indian nationals into the country. How many cases are going unreported? Craig Tuck is a lawyer and spokesperson for the organisation Slave Free Seas. [more]

Efforts to fast-track Wellington transport projects
A Wellington transport governance group has been set up to try and find a way to fast-track planned transport, roading and public transport projects that have been delayed following the rejection of the Basin Reserve Flyover. It is made up of representatives of the Wellington Regional Council, the Wellington City Council and The New Zealand Transport Agency. The 90 million dollar basin reserve flyover project involved building a 265 metre elevated highway 20 metres north of the Basin Reserve cricket ground. A board of inquiry voted 3-1 to provisionally decline resource consent for project, which has put other linked projects in doubt, including a $375m second tunnel through Mt Victoria and a $268m bus rapid transit network between the Central city and southern suburbs. Fran Wilde is the Chair of the Wellington Regional Council. [more]

Government Science Advisors meet in Auckland
Science advisors to governments around the world are meeting in Auckland this week to discuss how they might strengthen science advice to decision makers grappling with major global challenges. In particular the impact of climate change, food security, global pandemics and antibiotic resistance. Britain's chief science advisor is Sir Mark Walport, the former head of Medicine at London's Imperial College where he lead research on the immunology and genetics of rheumatic diseases. [more]

Pacific correspondent Mike Field
People trafficking. Elections in Fiji. [more]

Extreme filmmaker Bryan Smith
National Geographic filmmaker Bryan Smith on documenting extreme athletes in some of the world's most challenging environments. Bryan Smith appears in Extreme Adventure on the Edge: Vertical Feats and the Man Who Can Fly on October 1st at Auckland's Aotea Centre, at 7:30 pm. [more]

Book review - Ten Cities That Made an Empire
'Ten Cities That Made an Empire' by Tristram Hunt, reviewed by Tilly Lloyd, published by Allen Lane hardback. [more]

Jeremy Taylor with new music
Jeremy Taylor with new releases from David Kilgour, Dave Dobbyn and Broods. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
NZ racing jockey scandal. World rowing champs. US open tennis champs. Sonny Bill William generates controversy again. [more]

The week that was
Comedians Radar and Michele A'Court look back at the funny and interesting stories of the week. [more]

Our Changing World

Climate Lessons From Antarctica
Rob DeConto is an ice-sheet and climate modeller, and he warns that if polar ice sheets melt global sea level could rise by 60 metres [more]

Ultrasound Device to Help Visually-Impaired Navigate
An electronic device has been developed which uses echolocation to alert blind people to obstacles in the environment [more]

Melting Ice, Rising Sea
A discussion about the role of Antarctica's ice sheets in future sea-level rise, recorded during World Science Week New Zealand [more]

Sea Lions As Food Web Ambassadors
Stable isotope analysis of sea lion and fur seal hair and bones is showing how marine food webs have changed over time [more]

From Party Drug to Anti-Addiction Treatment
Compounds made from a hallucinogenic party drug called Salvia divinorum could be the basis of new anti-addiction treatments [more]

OCW Mystery Sound 9
The ninth mystery sound in the 2014-15 Our Changing World opening theme [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 28 August 2014
We hear from our correspondent in the Marshall Islands, Giff Johnson. [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 28 August 2014
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Rural News for 29 August 2014
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Leaked documents show depth of cuts to Te Puni Kokiri
The Public Service Association says 66 jobs will be lost at Te Puni Korkiri, cutting the workforce down to just under 300. Leadership at the Ministry for Maori Development describes the restructure as a 'recruitment and reassignment process' and say who will stay and who'll go won't be known for up to two months. A 'Decision Document' leaked to Radio New Zealand shows the depth of the changes. From Te Manu Korihi, Laura Bootham has the details. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 28 August 2014
The Iwi Leaders Group is backing the Labour Party's policy to lower power prices if it wins the election; A Maori anti-smoking advocate would like to encourage an Australian Aboriginal health leader to look within his own communities to find solutions to get tangata whenua to quit smoking. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 29 August 2014
A case in which a South Island man applying for customary marine title over two of the Titi islands, will be the first of its kind to be tested in a High Court. A professor in business management says Maori can be disadvantaged when applying for jobs due to cultural differences. An Australian Aboriginal leader says the federal government needs to canvas more indigenous communities before developing policies for tangata whenua, rather than from just a couple of visits to aboriginal settlements. Waikato Hospital has a new Maori Chaplain, Pastor Sonny Poutapu. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 29 August 2014
A case in which a South Island man applying for customary marine title over two of the Titi islands, will be the first of its kind to be tested in a High Court. A professor in business management says Maori can be disadvantaged when applying for jobs due to cultural differences. An Australian Aboriginal leader says the federal government needs to canvass more indigenous communities before developing policies for tangata whenua, rather than from just a couple of visits to aboriginal settlements. Waikato Hospital has a new Maori Chaplain, Pastor Sonny Poutapu. [more]

The Panel

The Panel pre-show for 28 August 2014
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Susan Hornsby-Geluk and Tony Doe (Part 1)
Topics - The first televised leaders debate is on tonigh. tA couple earning $75,000 a year would be $200 a week better off buying a two bedroom terraced Labour KiwiBuild home instead of an equivalent new build under National's housing policy, reckons David Cunliffe. Auckland Central Labour candidate Jacinda Ardern's admitted to graffiti-ing her own billboard. [more]

The Panel with Susan Hornsby-Geluk and Tony Doe (Part 2)
Topics - junk food may kill your appetite for anything healthy; this claim from the University of New South Wales. Len Brown wants total Council operating spending to drop by three billion dollars. Fuel taxes or road tolls will be needed to keep some of the wheels turning. Len says without extra revenue sources, projects such as the North-western busway, new Park and Ride facilities and new roads won't get built. The Waikouaiti School board of trustees has thrown out one of its longstanding school rules after two of its pupils presented a convincing case to the board. Riversdale school is striking opposition from parents because it wants to introduce mindfulness to calm its students down in the wake of bullying. It's understood some Christian parents at Riversdale consider "mindfulness" Buddhist. [more]

The Wireless

Sex cells
There are more women than men studying science at an undergraduate level – so why are they so poorly represented in academia? [more]

Spectacle over creativity
The Emmys have always been about PR, not celebrating achievement, but did they really have to make it so obvious this year? [more]

The Pencilsword: Preaching to the converted
Social media is a black mirror that reflects our own views back at us. [more]

Little Bark - Unique Sonic Broadcast
Sophie Burberry talks about her latest album USB and says it is more honest than the last one, and written from the heart. [more]

Upbeat

Nicholas McGegan: Haydn's 'Creation'
Conductor Nicholas McGegan joins the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for Haydn's The Creation over the next week. He tells Eva about his plan of attack. [more]

Simon Romanos on Viktoria Mullova
Simon looks at the recordings of violinist Viktoria Mullova with Julian Joseph and the Matthew Barley Ensemble. [more]

Simone Roggen & Ada Meinich: Faust Quartet
New Zealand violinist Simone Roggen joined the up-and-coming Faust Quartet two years ago. Now she's brought them to New Zealand for eight-centre tour. Eva catches up with Simone and violist Ada Meinich. [more]

William Shakespeare 450

Sonnet No 30: When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
Read by Noelle McCarthy.Music details - Dowland: Untitled (Glossa GCD 920 109) [more]

World & Pacific News

1:29pm Pacific Regional News for 28 August 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

3pm Pacific Regional News for 28 August 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

7pm Pacific Regional News for 28 August 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 28 August 2014
The latest Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 29 August 2014
The latest Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

5am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 29 August 2014
The latest Pacific regional and sports news [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 29 August 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 29 August 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 29 August 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 29 August 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and sports News for 29 August 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports News. [more]

News stories:

Solomons Police investigate dispute
In Solomon Islands, an investigation is now underway into a mass fight in West Honiara in which houses were torched and a number of people wounded. [more]

Biography edges out Luminaries
The top prizewinner at this year's New Zealand Post Book Awards says she is overwhelmed and completely surprised. Jill Trevelyan's biography edged out The Luminaries. [more]

Drysdale made to work for win
The Olympic single sculls champion Mahe Drysdale survived an early scare before storming into the semi-finals at the Rowing World Championships with a come from behind win. [more]

Cooks PM confident ahead of hearings
The prime minister of the Cook Islands remains confident ahead of next week's High Court hearings of petitions from last month's election. [more]

Hager book hurts major parties - poll
Support for National and Labour have fallen in the latest major poll, while smaller parties appear to have benefited from disclosures in the book, Dirty Politics. [more]

Conservatives, NZ First up in poll
Conservative Party leader Colin Craig is delighted with the latest 3News-Reid Research poll which has his party's support at 4.6 percent. New Zealand First's support is also up. [more]

Parents welcome draft kura report
Parents who withdrew their tamariki from a Northland school at the beginning of the year are praising a report into issues surrounding the school's board of trustees election process. [more]

Pharma company hunts acquisitions
Pharmaceutical and medical supplies company Ebos plans to continue to grow by buying other businesses and may look to expand into Asia. [more]

Genesis says it will focus on innovation
The country's biggest energy retailer, Genesis Energy, says it will be focusing on innovation to grow its customer base in the face of strong competition. [more]

Marine partnership launched in NZ
A new partnership based in New Zealand will offer incentives for research into marine conservation in the Pacific. [more]

Early rail link role possible
The Government may play a role in Auckland's downtown rail tunnel as early as next year, despite its stance of not helping to fund the project before 2020. [more]

Air NZ expects second profit lift
Air New Zealand expects to lift profit again this year after establishing what its chief executive calls a "virtuous circle" of growing passenger numbers and good cost control. [more]

Closed Solomons mine hurting businesses
A Solomon Islands business group says the closure of the Gold Ridge mine has had a negative impact on not only its members but the nation as a whole. [more]

Consumers in cold despite $50m profit
A consumer advocate says power prices should be slashed, after one of New Zealand's largest power companies posted an annual profit of almost $50 million. [more]

Dollar likely to fall further
The New Zealand dollar is expected to drop further from recent highs, bringing relief to hard-hit exporters. The currency has dropped about 5.5 percent in the last month. [more]

PNG locals look to Indonesia for trade
In Papua New Guinea's West Sepik, the acting Governor, Paul Nengai, says many people in his province are turning to Indonesia for goods and services. [more]

Make Te Reo available - Maori Party
The Maori Party says it wants to make Te Reo compulsorily available in all schools and increase funding for Maori language teacher trainees. [more]

Dudley family considering options
The family of an Auckland teenager who died after being punched last year are considering their options after their shot at appealing the sentence for one of his attackers failed. [more]

Samoa Govt airlines files for exemption from US
Polynesian Airlines has filed for a temporary exemption with the U.S. Department of Transportation to operate commercial flights for American Samoa's domestic service. [more]

Sport: Fuimaono back as 7's coach
Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua admits there is a lot of work to do after being appointed Samoa Sevens coach until the 2016 Rio Olympics. [more]

Cooks PM says fisheries needs right balance
Pacific countries face a major challenge to get the sensitive balance right between financial incentives and preserving fish stocks according to the Cook Islands prime minister. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Aaron McDonald to serve at least 21 years jail for rape, murder and assault
BREAKING NEWS - Aaron McDonald to serve at least 21 years jail for rape, murder and assault [more]

Legal action over Mangawhai scheme
Kaipara District Council is taking legal action against Audit New Zealand and the council's former chief executive over a botched sewerage development. [more]

NZ fishing boat crewman dies
A Nelson man has died while working on a Talleys fishing boat in the Kiribati Islands region. New Zealand investigators have been sent to the ship, now docked in Samoa. [more]

Skeleton found at Gulf Harbour site
In brief: Remains thought to be more than a century old have been uncovered at a building development north of Auckland. Local iwi were informed after archaeologists found a skeleton at The Anchorage at Gulf Harbour. [more]

Qantas declares $2.8 billion loss
Qantas has suffered a massive $A2.8 billion loss - the biggest in the airline's history - following another poor performance from its international division and its battle with rival Virgin. [more]

Fiji military says it will accept election outcome
The commander of the Fiji military says it will accept the outcome of next month's election. [more]

PNG's West Sepik wants larger logging share
The Acting Governor of Papua New Guinea's West Sepik has called for the National Forest Act to be reviewed to ensure better returns for local people from the operations of foreign loggers. [more]

Academic urges Pacific leaders to address 'blatant inequalities'
A New Zealand academic is urging Pacific leaders to use the upcoming Small Island Developing States Conference in Samoa as an opportunity to address blatant inequalities in the region. [more]

Air NZ not only one flying to regions
A group representing the country's airlines is defending the cost of regional air travel, saying Air New Zealand is not the only one flying the routes. [more]

China deal to boost Fonterra exports
Fonterra will be able to increase exports of its own branded infant formula into China as the result of a new partnership it is forming with an infant food manufacturer there, it says. [more]

CNMI opposes militarisation of Pagan
Parliamentarians in the Northern Marianas are opposed to US plans to expand military activities on Pagan. [more]

Waikato measles outbreak slows
The Waikato has been free of new cases of measles for a fortnight, marking a pause in the outbreak that began in the region in May. Since then 126 confirmed cases have been notified. [more]

Auckland water quality costly problem
Half of Auckland's fresh waterways are too polluted to use and future generations will face a multi-billion dollar bill to clean up, according to environmental managers. [more]

Cluster of quakes near White Island
A series of earthquakes have been detected near White Island in the Bay of Plenty this morning. The largest had a magnitude of 3.3 and all were at a depth of less than 10 kilometres. [more]

Job losses confirmed at Infracon
Nearly 100 people are to lose their jobs in Hawke's Bay and Tararua following the liquidation of roading contractor Infracon, jointly owned by two councils in the region. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Police to investigate blogger Cameron Slater's complaint
BREAKING NEWS - Police to investigate blogger Cameron Slater's complaint [more]

Boat protester loses appeal over arrest
A man who took to a boat to protest against deep-sea oil exploration off the Gisborne coast has failed to convince a court that police had no right to arrest him. [more]

Missing West Papua leader Yohame found dead
Reports from West Papua say the body of a senior separatist leader, Martinus Yohame, has been found - six days after he was allegedly abducted. [more]

American Samoa's LBJ resumes off island referrals
American Samoa's LBJ hospital is to resume sending people off island for medical care after a six gap because of a lack of money. [more]

Lowy Institute says PNG women still face 'extreme challenges'
The Australian think tank, the Lowy Institute, says women in Papua New Guinea continue to face extreme challenges, including gaining access to the justice system. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Pair facing first people-trafficking charges to be laid in NZ
BREAKING NEWS - Pair facing first people-trafficking charges to be laid in NZ [more]

Solomons about to swear in new Police Commissioner
The Solomon Islands government is preparing to swear in the newly appointed Police Commissioner Frank Prendergast who has arrived in Honiara from Australia. [more]

PNG police mum over Berati probe
Papua New Guinea police say they won't be commenting on suspects in relation to the death of an Iranian asylum seeker on Manus Island. [more]

Solomons to re-open Geneva mission
Solomon Islands government has decided to re-open its Geneva Mission in Switzerland after it closed it down earlier this year. [more]

New deal not like Sanlu - Fonterra
Fonterra is assuring its dairy farmers that there is a world of difference between its new Chinese partnership and its first disastrous joint venture foray into China. [more]

Fiji military warns about campaigning
The commander of the Fiji military has told political parties campaigning for next month's election to refrain from promoting discriminatory policies. [more]

Call for PM to explain latest spy claims
The Prime Minister says the GCSB operates within the law, following new revelations by Edward Snowden indicating NZ spies are sharing metadata with the US. [more]

Risks to water quality limits - report
Modelling for the Environment Ministry shows some major water catchments will fail new water quality standards if planned dairy conversions go ahead. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Senior manager at the Dunedin City Council resigns over Citifleet fraud inquiry
BREAKING NEWS - Senior manager at the Dunedin City Council resigns over Citifleet fraud inquiry [more]

Westland Milk reduces forecast payout
The country's second largest dairy co-operative, Westland Milk, has revised its forecast payout for the 2014 to 2015 season due to falling prices and volatility. [more]

National gains, NZ First at 5% - poll
The latest Herald-Digi poll shows support for National rising, support for Labour and the Greens down and puts NZ First at 5 percent - enough to get list MPs elected to Parliament. [more]

Council to help save Victoria Mansions
The Christchurch City Council has agreed to contribute $900,000 to the repair and upgrade of a severely damaged historic 1930s apartment block. [more]

Ancient adze found in Lake Onoke
An ancient argillite adze has been found by a member of the public in Wairarapa. It is considered to be a taonga tūturu, a genuine artefact. [more]

Hawke's Bay Council to defend appeals
Hawke's Bay Regional Council has decided to defend appeals by environmental groups against the granting of resource consents for the Ruataniwha dam. [more]

New Zealand dollar hits 84 cents
The New Zealand dollar bounced around today, rising to a high of 84 US cents on the back of some strong economic data out of Australia. [more]

Call for action after third port death
The CTU is calling on regulator Worksafe New Zealand to take safety at the Port of Lyttelton more seriously, following the death of a third worker in the past year. [more]

Blogger lays complaint with police
Police have confirmed they are investigating a complaint laid by the Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater following the publication of the book Dirty Politics. [more]

Murderer had 68 previous convictions
The judge sentencing a man for the rape and murder of a woman says his actions were barbaric. Aaron McDonald spat as he left the dock and must serve at least 21 years. [more]

Council manager resigns over fleet
One of the Dunedin City Council's senior managers has resigned over the Citifleet fraud inquiry. More than 150 vehicles were sold over a decade and the proceeds pocketed. [more]

Changes to luge emergency plan
The company that runs the Rotorua luge is updating its emergency procedures and possibly re-aligning the track after an accident that broke a man's leg. [more]

Iwi leaders back Labour's power policy
The Iwi Leaders Group, made up of more than 50 iwi chairs from across Aotearoa, is backing the Labour Party's policy to lower power prices if it wins the election. [more]

NZ officials in Samoa to investigate fisherman's death
New Zealand investigators have arrived in Samoa to look into the death of a New Zealand fisherman on a purse seiner at the weekend. [more]

Solomons passes domestic violence bill
The Solomon Islands Parliament has unanimously passed a bill aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence. [more]

Water supply problems for Tonga's Niuatoputapu
Problems with the water supply to new houses on Tonga's Niuatoputapu means residents are collecting rain water to meet their daily needs. [more]

Quitline CEO shares lessons learned
A non-smoking advocate is encouraging an Australian Aboriginal health leader to look within his own communities to find solutions to help tangata whenua to quit smoking. [more]

EQC engineer at odds with 41 reports
A homeowner giving evidence against an Earthquake Commission engineer says her house in Lyttelton was deemed to be safe when it was not. [more]

PSA says 66 jobs lost at Te Puni Kokiri
The Public Service Association says 66 jobs will be lost at the Ministry for Maori Development, Te Puni Kokiri, cutting the workforce to just under 300. [more]

Auckland rates to rise in 10-year plan
Aucklanders face higher rates rises over the next decade, and a stark choice about having to pay extra if they want all of the city's major transport projects delivered. [more]

Bright lights dazzle skywatchers
Bright lights seen in the sky over parts of the South Island and Wellington tonight are believed to have been a meteor. People described it as a shooting star with a spark. [more]

Human-trafficking charges laid in NZ
Two men are facing the the first people-trafficking charges to be laid in New Zealand. If convicted, they face up to 20 years' jail or a fine of $500,000 - or both. [more]

Lawyer accused of home detention breach
A director of a failed finance company has been back in court charged with breaching his home detention conditions. Anthony Banbrook has described the prosecution as spiteful. [more]

Police illegally shut down parties
Police will face at least one big claim for compensation after their watchdog found officers have been illegally shutting down parties, including two where people were seriously hurt. [more]

Leaders debate Dirty Politics, tax cuts
The leaders of National and Labour have kicked off their first televised campaign debate talking about the Dirty Politics book, and whether or not John Key's party is going to offer tax cuts. [more]