Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 13th November 2014

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Best song ever written - Step Right Up
Jonathan Shaw from Athol near Queenstown has chosen 'Step Right Up' by Tom Waits. [more]

The Philae probe touchdown - Professor Sergei Gulyaev
After a 64 billion kilometer journey a robotic space probe has landed on a comet for the first time in history. The Philae probe touched down on comet 67P last night to the jubilation of mission controllers at the European Space Agency, who launched the probe on board the Rosetta spacecraft more than ten years ago. But the excitement has been tempered by the news harpoons meant to secure Philae to the comet have failed to fire. There have been fears the Philae may have bounced off the surface. [more]

Entangled whales - Mike Morrissey
Every year thousands of whales have to be rescued after getting tangled in nets and ropes. Just last week a young humpback had to be cut free near Kaikoura by a specially trained team of volunteers. The Department of Conservation says members of the public often try to free entangled whales themselves. But a DoC ranger and a member of the International Whaling Commission advisory group on whale entanglements, Mike Morrissey, says they often do more harm than good. [more]

Feature Album - There's a Riot Goin' On
There's a Riot Goin' On is the fifth studio album by American funk and soul band Sly and the Family Stone, released November 20, 1971 on Epic Records. Recording sessions for the album took place primarily throughout 1970 to 1971 at Record Plant Studios in Sausalito, California. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 14 November 2014
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 14 November. This week..... a conversation that 'wound up' climate change campaigners and skeptics, one of the world's bestselling crime authors, promoting Maori culture in an authentic and down to earth way by a Whakatane based tourism venture, the first ever attempt to probe the inner workings of a major faultline before it ruptures, a pioneering Maori novelist and short story writer who has written about his early life for the first time, a poet and biographer who tells the story of living with chronic pain, common household poisons, website design that caters to the needs of consumers with low vision, the man politicians, sports stars and pop icons call when they get into trouble, Jak the rodent dog who has given up the hunt after losing a leg at the age of 90 (in his years) and the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra as they record and produce their first full-length album. [more]

Business News

Today's market update
The New Zealand dollar has had a bumpy day, and is now little changed from its open. [more]

Orion Health poised to take advantage of opportunities
Orion Health says it's well-placed to take advantage of big opportunities ahead for explosive growth in health-data management and genomics. [more]

Rakon riding high in space and confident of delivering profit
Rakon is literally riding high into the future, as it looks forward to producing a net profit for the first time in over two years. [more]

New record house prices in Auckland
Auckland's housing market is continuing to break records with the latest median sale price now at 640-thousand dollars. [more]

NZ software firm to help fight crime in Thailand
A New Zealand software firm is set to join the fight against drug trafficking in Thailand after it won a contract with a Thai government agency. [more]

Consumer confidence dips but still strong
A regular measure of how consumers are feeling about the economy shows confidence is waning a little but people are generally optimistic. [more]

Morning markets
The Dow Jones Index is up [more]

Markets Update for 14 November 2014
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Fonterra says it isn't manipulating dairy auction volumes
Fonterra's chief executive, Theo Spierings, says the company isn't manipulating dairy volumes in its twice monthly global auctions. [more]

Transpower says ComCom ruling means lower revenue and profits
Transpower says it won't meet the revenue and profit targets for the year ending June 2015 implied in its statement of corporate intent. [more]

MTF's annual profit fell 25% as sales rose 30 percent
Motor Trade Finance says its annual net profit fell nearly 25 percent, even though revenue jumped 30 percent. [more]

Midday Markets for 14 November 2014
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Andrew Cathie at Craigs Investment Partners. [more]


Checkpoint Top Stories for Thursday 13 November 2014
Phillip Smith sits in a Rio jail waiting to be deported. An ambulance officer who stupefied a teenager and sexually abused patients is found guilty and a warning that kiwi could be lost from mainland New Zealand. [more]

Phillip Smith awaits return to New Zealand
Police expect to know very soon how long it's going to take to get fugitive killer and paedophile Phillip Smith back from Brazil and into a New Zealand prison. [more]

Police unclear on how Smith will be sent back
Police here still say it's unclear whether Smith could be brought back under a much more complex extradition process. [more]

Ambulance officer guilty of sex abuse
A Hawke's Bay ambulance officer who stupefied a teenager with laughing gas and sexually assaulted patients while out on calls has been found guilty. [more]

IS threat worries regional summit
The threat from the insurgent group Islamic State has been foremost in the minds of regional leaders including John Key, meeting in Myanmar. [more]

Huge embarassment if NZ allowed kiwi to become extinct
Conservationists say it would be a huge international embarrassment for New Zealand if it allowed our national bird to become all but extinct. [more]

Women who never enrolled at WITT gets e-mail about certificate
The embarrassing blunders at a Taranaki polytechnic have continued with a 78 year old woman being enrolled in a Maori performing arts course despite her never taking a single class. [more]

NY window cleaners rescued after scaffold breaks at 69th floor
Two window cleaners in New York have been rescued after spending nearly two hours dangling from their broken scaffolding at a perilous 75-degree angle, 69-floors above the city streets of Manhattan. [more]

Unlicensed immigration adviser given heaviest sentence
A judge today handed down the heaviest penalty to an unlicensed immigration adviser since the government tightened up the industry. [more]

10 year old boy makes Hollywood film by accident
A 10 year old Pukekohe boy is set to star in a major Hollywood film, and his casting almost happened by accident. [more]

NZ ranks badly for red tape around environmental laws
A new OECD report ranks New Zealand among the worst for red tape around environmental laws. [more]

Sports News for 13 November 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Police could know fugitive's fate in 24 hours
Police say they may know tomorrow how long it's going to take to get fugitive killer and paedophile Phillip Smith back from Brazil and into a New Zealand jail [more]

Ambulance abuser maintains his innocence
The 48 year old Waipukurau man, who has quit St John, will be sentenced on December the 18th. [more]

Scandal known as Gamergate keeps on sprouting legs,
The scandal known as Gamergate keeps on sprouting legs, ever since American Zoe Quinn was falsely accused of giving sexual favours in return for getting positive reviews of games she'd made. [more]

G20 summit in Brisbane to look at global corruption
Tough new rules cracking down on corruption, and tax avoidance are to be looked at by the G20 summit in Brisbane. [more]

Greens accuse PM of using spy agency improperly
The Green Party is accusing the Prime Minister of using the GCSB spy agency for political ends prior to 2014 election. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 13 November 2014
Australia defends its treatment of asylum seekers; Fiji stands to receive 50 million US dollars in aid from the World Bank; Papua New Guinea MPs face corruption charges; Arsenic levels are still high at Solomon mine. [more]

$50m for Fiji infrastructure: World Bank
World Bank and ADB re-engage Fiji with $50 million US dollar infrastructure grant. [more]

Australia justifies border controls to UN
Australian officials have defended their record on the treatment of asylum seekers at a meeting of the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 14 November 2014
The first refugees from the Australian run camp on Manus Island are declared; Australia defends its treatment of asylum seekers; Support is sought from New Zealanders for Samoa victims group; Call for Pacific Islanders to debate free trade plans; Fiji stands to receive 50 million US dollars from the World Bank; [more]

Call for Pacific Islanders to debate free trade plans
Pacific Islanders are being urged to engage in debate over what Pacific nations may be giving up by agreeing to free trade deals. [more]

Aucklanders back Samoa victim group
An Auckland chapter of the Samoa Victim Support Group has officially launched, with hopes of raising more awareness and support for vulnerable children in Samoa. [more]

Australia's PNG camp releases first asylum seekers
Australia's PNG refugees declared but concerns about their future in Papua New Guinea. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

New Zealand's A to Z - fishing
Fishing and collecting seafood are among New Zealand's most popular recreational activities and important parts of our way of life. A quarter of adult New Zealanders go fishing, whether they're angling for trout, surfcasting at the beach, netting whitebait or fishing from a boat. On today's programme we have roughly divided the subject up into three broad categories of recreational fishing: for trout, inshore saltwater species and offshore big game fish. Featuring: Trout fishing guide, Lindsay Lyons. Rotorua. Fishing tackle developer, Paul Barnes. Auckland. Gamefishing skipper, Bruce Smith. Bay of Islands. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 13 November 2014
Philip John Smith - a fugitive no more, a space probe lands on a comet and Pacific rugby players preach non-violence in Vanuatu. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 14 November 2014
The Waitangi Tribunal upholds Ngapuhi sovereignty claims and the legality of Phillip John Smith's detention in Brazil is questioned. [more]

Midday Sports News for 14 November 2014
The Swiss tennis great Roger Federer has beaten Andy Murray 6-love, 6-1 to seal top spot in his group at the ATP World Tour Finals in London and send the shell-shocked home favourite crashing out of the tournament. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 14 November 2014
Deportation is looking like more of a reality now for Phillip Smith; Million dollar house sales in Auckland quadruple; Union fights to scrap zero hour contracts; After a bumpy landing, the space probe Philae is finally safely on comet P67; Tiger supposedly on loose in a French village just outside Paris; Big jump in milk price hits supermarket shelves; Auckland has highest number of people on waiting list for state houses. [more]

Sports News for 14 November 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Smith lawyer hasn't been able to speak to client since arrest
The New Zealand lawyer for captured fugitive Phillip John Smith hasn't been able to speak to his client since his arrest in Brazil and says he can't even be sure of his current whereabouts in prison. [more]

Pacific News for 14 November 2014
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Defence Force handling of job cuts "absolute shambles"
The Defence Force has delayed a planned staff restructuring, leaving a union to describe the process as 'shambolic'. [more]

Former detective says deportation of Smith should be quick
A former police detective turned private investigator says deporting Phillip Smith back to New Zealand could be "done by lunchtime." [more]

Sports News for 14 November 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Deportation looking more likely now for Phillip Smith
A swift deportation from Brazil looks increasingly likely for the recaptured fugitive Phillip John Smith. [more]

Million dollar house sales in Auckland quadruple
Sales of million dollar plus homes in Auckland have nearly quadrupled over the past decade. [more]

Union fights to scrap zero hour contracts
A union that covers fast food workers is fighting to scrap employment contracts where the employer is under no obligation to provide work. [more]

Space probe Philae is finally safely on comet P67
After a historic but awkward comet landing, the robot probe Philae is now sending pictures back to the European Space Agency. [more]

Tiger supposedly on loose in French village just outside Paris
Resident's of Montevrain are locking their doors tight tonight as a tiger's on the loose in the French village, just outside of Paris. [more]

Big jump in milk price hits supermarket shelves
Dairy farms are springing up across the country, and plans are afoot in many places to dam or divert rivers for more irrigation, meaning more cows, more milk and more money for those in the dairy industry. [more]

Ak has highest number on waiting list for state houses
As Auckland property owners revel in the increasing value of their houses more than three-thousand of the less fortunate are on the waiting list for a state house in the city. [more]

G20 summit to start amid fears police have too much power
World leaders are flying into Brisbane for the G20 summit over the weekend amid fears the Queensland police have too much power to deal with protests. [more]

India-US trade deal worth a trillion $ and millions of jobs
The US and India say a new global trade deal will create an extra 21 million jobs. [more]

Integrated schools hoping for big funding boost
Integrated schools are hoping for a multi-million-dollar funding boost to help them lower their fees and repay some of their 200-million-dollar debt for property upgrades. [more]

Sports News for 14 November 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Smith's victim's family may have case against Corrections
A prominent barrister says the family of Phillip John Smith's victims should consider suing Corrections for what they believe is the Department's mishandling of his management while in prison. [more]

Auckland house prices continue to rise
15 percent of houses sold in Auckland in the first half of this year have gone for more than a million dollars. [more]

NZ trade with China booms while FTA languish
Selling more and more to China appears to be New Zealand's sole trade option, as efforts to broker other deals come to nothing. [more]

NZ company helped probe land on comet
An Auckland-based tech company which supplied parts to the first man-made probe to land on a speeding comet is relieved the mission has been a success. [more]

NZ tackles Australia in rugby league final this weekend
The New Zealand rugby league team play Australia in tomorrow night's Four Nations final in Wellington. [more]

Questions over FIFA report into corruption over World Cup bids
Fifa's report into World Cup corruption has been labelled pointless and a joke by the English Football Association. [more]

Customs warns it may need more money
The Customs Department has warned the government it may need more money to meet the increasing growth in trade and travel. [more]

Tiger update
An update on the tiger on the loose just outside Paris. [more]

Tertiary groups joining forces to fill empty IT jobs
Three of Wellington's biggest tertiary providers want to start a joint information technology course to train hundreds of people vacancies. [more]

Town and country rub shoulders at Canterbury A & P Show
Spectators are already flooding through the gates of the Canterbury A&P showgrounds as Christchurch delivers a fine, clear day for the 152nd show. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
A chat with Canberra correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh. [more]

News Extras

Police Phillip Smith news conference Part 1* (+8 dB)
The police are holding a news conference where Assistant Commissioner Malcolm Burgess spells out the options for getting fugitive Phillip Smith back to New Zealand. [more]

St John Ambulance interview
An ambulance officer who stupefied and sexually abused a teenage patient, as well as abusing others, is found guilty. Stephen Smith of St John Ambulance in Hawke's Bay tells of how Christopher King's crimes came to light. [more]

Erima Henare speaks at Waitangi November 2014
Erima Henare speaking in Te Tii Marae at Waitangi, November 2014, when the Waitangi Tribunal delivered its historic report, upholding the Ngapuhi sovereignty claim. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 14 November 2014
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 14 November 2014
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 14 November 2014
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]


A Superdiverse New Zealand
Pro vice-chancellor of Massey University, Prof. Paul Spoonley is part of the team undertaking a large-scale six-year project to see how New Zealand can best plan for, and benefit from, an increasingly diverse population (the 2013 census showed we had 230 ethnic communities). [more]

Science - Toxicology
What's your poison? Dr Leo Schep from the NZ National Poisons Centre about substances taken internally or applied externally that are injurious to health or dangerous to life - insect repellents, notable DEET (N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide) and its toxicity. [more]

Conundrum Clue 7
Listen in on Friday night for the answer. [more]

Conundrum Clue 8
Listen in on Friday night for the answer. [more]

Nine To Noon

Wellington mayor denies deal with bar owners
Wellington's mayor is denying a deal was hammered out on the city's draft alcohol plan with Hospitality New Zealand, before it went to public submissions. [more]

Police Association concerns over extended bar hours
The Police Association expresses its concerns over the prospect of longer bar opening hours in Wellington. Greg O'Connor is the Association President. [more]

NZ Poetry journal still going strong after 50 years
Poetry New Zealand originated in 1951 and has continued under a range of editors. From this year it is now edited and published by Massey's College of Humanities and Social Science - under creative writing lecturer, Jack Ross. [more]

Pacific correspondent Mike Field
The G20 countries marshalling support from Pacific nations, Fiji to host Russian and German diplomats. [more]

Alastair Bonnett on the world's strangest places
At a time when Google Maps Street View can take you on a virtual tour of Yosemite's remotest trails and cell phones double as navigational systems, it's hard to imagine there's any uncharted ground left on the planet. In his book Off the Map, social geographer Professor Alastair Bonnett goes to some of the most unexpected, offbeat places in the world to reinspire our geographical imagination. His book, Off the Map, is also published under the title Unruly Places. [more]

John McIntyre reviews new Children's Books
One Girl, One Dream by Laura Dekker published by Harper Collins; Hope in Ballet Shoe by Michaela and Elaine DePrince published by Faber & Faber; Every Day is Malala Day by Rosemary McCarney published by Allen and Unwin; I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Patricia McCormick published by Orion. Reviewed by John McIntyre. [more]

Grant Smithies reviews new music
Grant Smithies rides side-saddle from Te Aro to Thorndon with Wellington grunge revivalists Bunnies On Ponies, then fires up the hookah pipe for a listen to A Day In My Mind's Mind - a double vinyl compilation of deeply trippy NZ music from the late 60s/early 70s. It's been released to celebrate pioneering Auckland record store Real Groovy's 33 and 1/3rd birthday. [more]

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer
Fiji Invitation Sevens tournament; All Blacks vs Scotland team has been named; Richie McCaw post All Blacks, Dan Carter's injury; Rugby League match in Wellington. [more]

The week that was
Comedians Te Radar and Irene Pink [more]

Our Changing World

Drilling into the Heart of the Alpine Fault
An international team of geologists, led by New Zealand, is drilling deep into the Alpine Fault to study the inner workings of a plate boundary fault. [more]

Drilling into the heart of the Alpine Fault
An international team of geologists, led by New Zealand, is drilling into the Alpine Fault to study the inner workings of a plate boundary fault. [more]

Dunedin Garden Study
A botanist, planner, zoologist and entomologist collaborated in a survey of Dunedin gardens to find out how well native biodiversity fares in cities [more]

3D Molecular Sponges
Using metal ions and organic ligands, Shane Telfer is creating porous materials called metal-organic frameworks which can store or separate gases [more]

Treating ADHD With Games
An early intervention called ENGAGE is using games to teach self regulation skills to preschoolers at risk of developing ADHD [more]

Pacific Correspondent

Pacific Correspondent for 13 November 2014
Today we hear from our correspondent in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 14 November 2014
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 14 November 2014
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Collaborative shaping future of sustainable rivers
A leader of an environmental group, the Health Rivers Wai Ora comittee, says its ambition is to clean up the Waikato River, and is collaborating with iwi, the community, and local government to make it happen. From Te Manu Korihi, Christopher Gilbert reports. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 13 November 2014
The Tertiary Education Commission says students at a Taranaki institute who had their qualifications withdrawn may now - not have to redo the whole course; A environmental group wants to clean up the Waikato River, and is collaborative with iwi, the community and local government to make it happen; Massey University's Nga Kupu Ora Aotearoa Maori Book Awards has been rescheduled so all the finalists not just the winners can attend the function; A Hutt Valley Marae has vowed to continue helping provide information to University of Otago medical students - and will formalise the relationship in writing, next week. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 14 November 2014
More education organisations are to have their courses scrutinised by the Tertiary Education Commission, which identified a failure of the Maori performing arts course at the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki; Taranaki Whanui whanau in Wellington are reviewing how they deliver mana whenua cultural services to overseas visitors, other tribes, councils, government agencies, and the rest of the community; An award winning Maori playwright says his next project will explore the push from Catholic tangata whenua for a Maori bishop; A north Waikato Marae is using kapa haka as a way for its members to keep fit and to prevent them from getting diabetes. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 14 November 2014
More education organisations are to have their courses scrutinised by the Tertiary Education Commission, which identified the failure of a Maori performing arts course at the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki; Taranaki Whanui whanau in Wellington are reviewing how they deliver mana whenua cultural services to overseas visitors, other tribes, councils, government agencies and the rest of the community; An award winning Maori playwright says his next project will explore the push from Catholic tangata whenua for a Maori bishop; A north Waikato Marae is using kapa haka as a way for its members to keep fit and to prevent them from getting diabetes. [more]

The Panel

The Panel pre-show for 13 November 2014
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Lindsey Dawson and Nevil Gibson (Part 1)
Topics - Phillip John Smith found in a hostel in Brazil with $400, two credit cards, makeup and wigs. He wasn't as smart, thank goodness, as we were being led to believe he was? He could be on a plane back here as early as tomorrow, and what happens then is what we want to discuss with Professor Bill Hodge. As we know the new Cold War is becoming chillier. We mentioned earlier with Zara that A convoy of Russian war ships, including their latest high powered missile cruiser, are cruising international waters to Australia's north, in the Coral Sea, south of Papua New Guinea. Aussie ships have been ordered to crash sail, and we asked why. Law firm Buddle Findlay has been barred by the High Court from acting for two clients within the space of a month. It's because of the firm trying to represent different sides using - we assume - Chinese walls. [more]

The Panel with Lindsey Dawson and Nevil Gibson (Part 2)
Topics - Although the breakfast news this morning had scientists celebrating landing probe Philae on comet 67P, on this epic Rosetta mission 500 million kilometres away in space, the lander may not be securely attached. We've had a regular procession of people through on The Panel telling us about how iniquitous decile ratings are for schools, and yet they were of course instituted for a reason, and a good one - to target need. So what will we do when they're thrown out, as seems increasingly likely? Schools are looking into new technology that stops teenagers deleting sexual images from their phones. The move comes as schools are increasingly concerned about students' ability to remotely delete explicit images that could be used as evidence in cases of sexual misconduct. Just to return quickly to the vexed topic of bar closing hours. It's a hot topic periodically now in various cities, Dunedin particularly at the moment. There's a proposed 1am one-way door policy, a 3am closing and banning shots after midnight in on-licence premises. [more]

The Wireless

Bulletin: What we know and don't know about the TPPA
Opponents say the TPPA is shrouded in secrecy. Negotiators say that's how trade deals are done. [more]

Minuit comes to an end
After filling dancefloors around NZ for the past 15 years, Minuit are calling it quits. [more]


Sheryl Mai - Mayor of Whangarei
Sheryl Mai, Mayor of Whangarei answers questions over the Council's decision to turn down a new Arts centre on the city waterfront designed by the late Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Eva Radich speaks to Sheryl Mai about the decision. [more]

Peter Gibson-Smith: NZ Artist
Artist talks about his retrospective at the Pah Homestead in Auckland. [more]

Darren Watson: Jimmy Rogers
Upbeat blues contributor looks at the work of Jimmy Rogers. [more]


Sattriya Dance - The international language of gesture
Indian music, food and dance lit up Wellington recently when a renowned dance troupe from northeast India helped celebrate the annual Diwali Festival of Lights. Lynda meets award winning international Sattriya performer Dr Menaka Bora to learn more about one of India's eight classical dance forms. [more]

William Shakespeare 450

Sonnet No 107: Not mine own fears, nor the prophetic soul
Read by Hewitt Humphrey Music details: J WilsonL: Prelude in F (Harmonia Mundi HMU 907257) Topics] music, arts [Tags] Shakespeare, poetry [more]

World & Pacific News

2:29pm Pacific Regional News for 13 November 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

4pm Pacific Regional News for 13 November 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

8pm Pacific Regional News for 13 November 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

6am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 14 November 2014
The latest Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 14 November 2014
The latest wolrd, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 14 November 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 14 November 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 14 November 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

11am World, Pacific and Sports News for 14 November 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

Retallick and Savea up for IRB award
Two of the All Blacks standout players of 2014, the lock Brodie Retallick and winger Julian Savea have been named as finalists for the IRB rugby player of the year award. [more]

Kaino in $100,000 promotion deal
Auckland ratepayers have paid All Black Jerome Kaino $100,000 to promote the city's public transport in a two-year campaign with a strong focus on western and southern suburbs. [more]

Manus MP rules out refugee settling in PNG
The Member of Parliament for Manus province in Papua New Guinea says there is no way asylum seekers will be settled in his province. [more]

Move to save endangered Samoan bird
The Samoa Conservation Society says a pigeon with a unique hooked beak, the Manumea, is considered critically endangered with only a few hundred of them left. [more]

Migrant exploitation 'must be avoided'
Legal professionals say the case of two men who worked for almost no pay for five years shows measures need to be taken to ensure cases of migrant exploitation are avoided. [more]

PM arrives at East Asia Summit
Prime Minister John Key has arrived in Myanmar for the East Asia Summit where he would discuss trade, as-well-as security matters. [more]

DHB fronts up over Qtown Hospital
The Southern District Health Board is likely to pull out of the day to day running of Queenstown Hospital - in favour of a local trust to run the facility. [more]

Kuia wants Te Reo department
A kuia recognised as a leader in language revitalisation hopes the responsibility of Te Reo will break away from the Ministry of Education and come under its own department. [more]

Inmates can challenge taonga ban
Prisoners who must remove bone or greenstone necklaces in a new ban enforced from next week can complain to the Human Rights Commission. [more]

Association believes other courses will suffer
The National Maori Tertiary Students Association, Te Mana Akonga, says other Maori courses at the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki will be under scrutiny. [more]

Wgtn Airport makes half-yearly loss
Wellington International Airport has made a first half loss of $7.2 million. But the bottomline for the six months to September, included a $38 million payment to its two shareholders. [more]

Bank wants house prices linked to wage growth
The Reserve Bank says it would like to see the rate of house price increases to be more closely linked to wage growth. [more]

Pinot noir top drop in awards
A record number of gold medals have been handed out at this year's Air New Zealand Wine Awards. Pinot noir was the strongest performer, winning 27. [more]

Parker warns against ignoring RB
The Reserve Bank's warning that falling dairy prices and rising farmer debt levels are posing a risk to the NZ economy must not be ignored, Labour's David Parker says. [more]

World events hampering milk forecast
World events including conflict in the Middle East and the spread of Ebola in Africa are making it extremely difficult to forecast dairy prices, Fonterra's Theo Spierings says. [more]

First home buyers not shut out - Key
Prime Minister John Key insists first-home buyers will not be shut out of the property market as the Reserve Bank keeps its restrictions on low-deposit home lending. [more]

PNG's Hela province moves to stop tribal fight
The provincial assembly in Papua New Guinea's Hela province has allocated 750,000 US dollars for a joint police-military operation to control a tribal conflict in Tari. [more]

Boks make five changes
The Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has made five changes from the side that lost to Ireland fo this weekend's clash with England at Twickenham. [more]

Pike families still pushing for re-entry
Some Pike River family members say they plan to keep campaigning for re-entry into the mine and for charges to be laid over the disaster which killed 29 men in 2010. [more]

Taranaki DHB on measles alert
The Taranaki District Health Board is on high alert after confirmation a 15-month-old boy contracted measles overseas and brought it home this month. [more]

Samoan man gets 11 years for domestic violence
A Samoan man has been sentenced to 11 years in jail for causing actual bodily harm, and attempting to kill his Tongan partner. [more]

CCC confident over consent process
The Christchurch City Council has been told if it can demonstrate it's building consents department is up to scratch over the next month, its consents accreditation will be returned. [more]

50 million for Fiji Infrastructure: World Bank
Fiji stands to receive 50 million US dollars to improve infrastructure in the country as part of the reengagement of International Donor Partners. [more]

Election petitions filed in American Samoa
Two complaints relating to last week's general election in American Samoa have been filed with the High Court. [more]

Work to start on Waitomo intersection
Work to change a dangerous intersection, where State Highway 3 and State Highway 37 meet, that is the gateway to the world-famous Waitomo Caves is to start next year. [more]

PNG fraud squad probes MPs
The head of the Papua New Guinea police National Fraud and Anti-corruption Directorate says the spate of recent corruption charges against MPs shows corruption is a problem across all levels of society. [more]

Worry over arsenic at Solomons mine tailings dam
Arsenic levels in the tailings dam of the Gold Ridge gold mine in Solomon Islands have authorities concerned as the country enters the monsoon season. [more]

Sport: Manu Samoa strike averted
The International Rugby Board says it fully expects Samoa to meet its obligations and play next month's test against England. [more]

Sport: Netball Fiji welcomes news of Oceania Series
Netball Fiji says to have teams like the Silver Ferns and Samoa coming to play in their country is an honour and they will make sure the Oceania Series is a memorable event for everyone. [more]

Sport: Heartland XV thump the Cook Islands
The New Zealand Heartland XV has thrashed a Cook Islands Residents rugby team by 64-6. [more]

Sport: Flying Fijians make 5 changes for Wales
The Flying Fijians have made five changes to the starting line-up from their loss to France for the rugby test against Wales at the Millennium Stadium this weekend. [more]

Fiji Chief Justice told to end extravagance
The Auditor General in Fiji has advised that the Chief Justice should stop using a government limousine for private matters while at the same time receiving a motor vehicle allowance. [more]

Referendum on Hundertwasser centre
The Whangarei District Council will hold a referendum on proposed Hundertwasser Art Centre. A local trust says it will build the $13m centre at no cost to ratepayers. [more]

Maori, Pasifika achievement key
Maori and Pasifika underachievement is a major challenge to lifting New Zealand's economic performance, according to a Treasury briefing to ministers released yesterday. [more]

Cooks by-election result on hold
The Cook Islands electoral office says the counting of votes in a by-election on the outer island of Mitiaro has been put on hold pending court action. [more]

Officer's use of dog justified - IPCA
An Upper Hutt police officer was justified in using his police dog against a man believed to be involved in a burglary, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has ruled. [more]

NZ Herald package not Ebola - police
The contents of a suspicious package sent to the New Zealand Herald were not Ebola, tests show. The small plastic bottle of liquid was delivered to the newspaper's mail room. [more]

Rakon makes first half year loss
Rakon has made another first half year loss, with a near $3.4 million loss in the six months ended in September, though its significantly better than last year's result. [more]

Manufacturing confidence growing
Manufacturing activity is at its highest since July last year according to a leading measure of confidence in the sector with an 0.8 increase on the September figure. [more]

Business Briefs
A round-up from Radio New Zealand's business reporters - Fletcher director to retire, [more]

Staffing fears at Mt Eden Prison
The Public Service Association is worried staff numbers at Mt Eden Prison could be cut as the multinational company running it, Serco, admits it is in financial strife. [more]

Team unearthing Alpine Fault's secrets
Geologists drilling deep into the heart of the Alpine Fault are hoping to unearth important information about what goes on before a major earthquake. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Former St John medic found guilty of sexually abusing patients in ambulance
BREAKING NEWS - Former St John medic found guilty of sexually abusing patients in ambulance [more]

Qatar World Cup bid cleared of corruption
Qatar will be cleared of corruption during the 2022 World Cup bidding process when a Fifa report is published tomorrow according to the BBC. [more]

Govt cutbacks blamed
The Government's cutbacks to New Zealand Defence Force budgets are to blame for the terrible state of defence facilities, Labour Party MP Phil Goff says. [more]

Feleti Teo after Tuna Commission director's post
The director of the Suva-based Pacific Islands Development Forum is the only Pacific Islander shortlisted for the job as head of the Tuna Commission. [more]

SMITH LATEST - No timeframe on when Phillip Smith will be returned to New Zealand
SMITH LATEST - No timeframe on when Phillip Smith will be returned to New Zealand [more]

Pele in hospital
The football legend Pele has been taken to hospital in Brazil with a stomach ailment days out from his scheduled trip to Australia. [more]

Farmer complaints 'not aimed at NZ'
Beef + Lamb New Zealand's chairman doesn't think British farmers' gripes about competing with New Zealand lamb will disappear, but says their complaints are aimed at UK retailers. [more]

Air NZ pullout big blow - rural GP
The national advocate for rural general practice says Air NZ's decision to pull out of three provincial centres will make it even harder to encourage doctors to live and work in rural areas. [more]

Troubled Fiji resort development relaunched
The partially built Momi Bay Resort in Fiji, whose construction was stalled seven years ago when the New Zealand company behind it collapsed, has been relaunched. [more]

Discrimination feared in CNMI murder probe
Relatives of two Chinese farmers murdered in the Northern Marianas have accused police of not giving priority to the case. [more]

NZ marine biotoxins in demand
Unique marine biotoxins developed by scientists at the Cawthron Institute to help keep seafood free from harmful toxins are being supplied to laboratories worldwide. [more]

Dotcom's lawyers look to leave case
Kim Dotcom's New Zealand lawyers are seeking to step down from the internet mogul's case. Paul Davison, QC, is seeking leave from the courts to withdraw from the case. [more]

Charge laid over WINZ threat
A Gisborne man has been charged with threatening to kill over a phone call made to a Work and Income office. The 52-year-old has been released on bail until Monday. [more]

Urgent efforts underway to stop Pacific beach erosion
Pacific Island nations are turning to low-cost and common-sense measures as part of increasing efforts to stop or even reverse the erosion of local beaches. [more]

Australia challenges UN torture enquiry
Australia has challenged the United Nations over the issue of jurisdiction of its asylum seekers, saying Nauru and PNG are responsible for their care. [more]

Australia tells UN detention deters boat people
Australia has told the United Nations that mandatory detention of asylum seekers is an effective deterent, preventing deaths at sea and people smuggling. [more]

Attempted kidnap of overseas student
Police in Waikato are investigating an attempted kidnapping of a student at a religious studies college near Hamilton. The woman managed to flee her attacker and raise the alarm. [more]

Brazilian woman scared Smith will seek revenge
The woman who spotted fugitive murderer Phillip Smith at a backpackers' hostel in Rio de Janiero is too scared to be identified because she fears he may one day seek revenge. Watch a video of his arrest here. [more]

All Blacks clean out
The return of first five Dan Carter to the starting lineup and a debut for Blues hooker James Parsons are among several notable changes to the All Blacks side for this weekend's Test against Scotland in Edinburgh. [more]

Authorities working on Smith's return
The police are confident escaped murderer Phillip Smith will be sent back to New Zealand - but are not sure how long the process will take. Smith was caught in Brazil this morning. [more]

Turbulent day for dollar, market down
The New Zealand dollar had a bumpy day, while the local sharemarket bucked its recent record-breaking trend, ending 25 points lower at the close of trade. [more]

Mainland kiwi heading the way of moa
The Department of Conservation is warning the kiwi could be lost from mainland New Zealand within 50 years - something it says will be a huge, international embarrassment. [more]

RMA regulation too complicated: OECD
A report criticising New Zealand's environmental rules proves proposed Resource Management Act changes are needed, Environment Minister Nick Smith says. [more]

Man jailed for immigration charges
A district court judge has given the heaviest penalty to an unlicensed immigration adviser since the Government tightened up the industry. The man was jailed for nearly four years. [more]

Use of zero hour contracts growing
Increasing numbers of workers are now tied to jobs in which their employer is under no obligation to provide work, and unions warn this is creating an impossible situation. [more]

University signs agreement with marae
A Hutt Valley marae says it will continue helping provide information to medical students at the University of Otago and will formalise the relationship. [more]

Book awards to now include finalists
Massey University's Maori Book Awards event has been shifted to next month to allow all of the finalists as well as the winners to attend the function at Te Papa in Wellington. [more]

Cook Islands by-election results on hold after court challenge
The results of a Cook Islands by-election on the outer island of Mitiaro are up in the air due to a court appeal. [more]

On arrival from Liberia, Fiji peacekeepers to be quarantined
Fiji police say they are preparing for the return of their UN peacekeepers from Ebola-hit Liberia later this month. [more]

Solomons gold miner says arsenic levels safe
The owner of a shut down gold mine in Solomon Islands says arsenic levels in its tailings dam at Gold Ridge are well below relevant standards in Australia and New Zealand. [more]

Slip stops traffic on PNG's Highlands Highhway
Traffic into parts of Southern Highlands Province and all of Hela Province in Papua New Guinea has been disrupted by a major landslide. [more]

VDS the focus at PNA meeting in Tuvalu
Issues surrounding a fishing conservation plan that has also become a big earner is the key topic at a meeting this week of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement in Tuvalu. [more]

Ousted CNMI mayor sues
The former mayor of Tinian in the Northern Marianas, Ramon Dela Cruz, has filed a lawsuit to force a recount of votes or a re-election after last week's poll. [more]

GCSB papers declassified pre-election
New documents reveal the government spy agency had begun declassifying papers to counter Kim Dotcom's so-called Moment of Truth, months before the event had even occured. [more]

Praise for victims of ambulance officer
The police have paid tribute to the courage of four women sexually violated by Hawke's Bay ambulance officer Christopher King while he was taking them to hospital. [more]