Radio New Zealand - Monday, 17th November 2014

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This page features: Afternoons, Birds, Business News, Checkpoint, Dateline Pacific, Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, Late Edition, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Extras, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Panel, The Wireless, Upbeat, Voices, William Shakespeare 450, World & Pacific News

Afternoons

Best song ever written - Bread And Roses
Dr Hilary Stace at the Health Services Research Centre in Victoria University's School of Government has chosen 'Bread And Roses' performed by Bronwen Lewis. [more]

NZ retro - The year 1982
Today we are taking you back to the year 1982 to look at the events which made news and had us all talking back then. We were in the Football world cup for the first time, after a marathon 15 qualifing matches. [more]

Living aboard Paparahi - Luca Nazari
Living a life of self-sufficiency aboard a do-up yacht may not be everyone's cup of tea. But for Luca Nazari it's a dream come true, even if it means living with no refrigerator, television or toilet. Luca and his partner, Kiyoko Larsen, have been staying aboard their yacht at Tauranga Bridge Marina for more than two years. Paparahi is made of kauri and recycled timber and her restoration has inspired a lifestyle the couple weren't expecting. [more]

Feature album - Viva la Vida
Today's feature album is by Chris Martin's Coldplay - it's their very successful 2008 album 'Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends'. Often referred to simply as 'Viva la Vida', it is Coldplay's fourth studio album. The album was named after a Spanish phrase that translates in English as "Live the life", although it can also be taken as "Long live life". Lyrically, the album contains references to love, life, death, and war. [more]

Who's afraid of the big bad dragon?
Chinese students get stellar results on international exams in math, reading and science. But it comes at a cost according to an expert on China's education system, Yong Zhao. In his new book, 'Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon?: Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World', Zhao says cheating is rife and the pressure never stops on Chinese students, which is why parents long to send their children to schools in places like New Zealand. We'll also talk about what we might learn from the Chinese education system. [more]

Birds

Auckland Island Rail
Listen to the Auckland Island Rail [more]

Business News

Today's market update
Strong retail sales and profit taking in the sharemarket have helped drive the New Zealand dollar up half a cent from its open and over one US cent from its value in late local trading on Friday. [more]

Retail prices still under pressure despite strong sales volumes
A stronger-than-expected increase in the volume of retail sales probably hasn't driven up economic growth in the September quarter, as actual retail prices are still under pressure. [more]

Fewer disasters mean reinsurance costs are falling
A lack of disasters globally has led to a glut of capital in the international reinsurance market and that's meant local insurance companies don't have to pay so much to spread their risks. [more]

Milford: Evolve float is risky but could pay off
Milford Asset Management says the proposition behind the Evolve float is risky but believes it's a punt which has some chance of paying off. [more]

Jobs growth slows in services but is predicted to stay strong
The latest survey of activity in the services sector has revealed a slowdown in the pace of jobs' growth, but an economist is still predicting a spanking pace of overall employment expansion. [more]

New Zealand needs to commit to a continuous focus on R&D
An international accountancy firm is urging the government and businesses to give priority to continuous research and development, in order to ensure the ongoing success of New Zealand as an exporting nation. [more]

Morning Markets
An update on the markets this morning. [more]

Markets Update for 18 November 2014
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Arvida vendors plan to raise up to 80 million dollars
The vendors of the retirement village operator, Arvida, plan to raise up to 80 million dollars from its float, less than the 100 million dollars originally envisaged. [more]

Mitre 10's annual sales tops 1-billion dollars
Mitre 10's annual sales have topped 1-billion dollars for the first time. [more]

PledgeMe using crowdfunding to raise some equity of its own
The crowdfunding platform, PledgeMe, is going to raise some equity of its own. [more]

RBNZ grants the Bank of China a local licence
The Reserve Bank has granted the world's 7th largest bank, the Bank of China, a banking licence to operate in New Zealand. [more]

Midday Markets for 18 November 2014
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Angus Marks at First NZ Capital. [more]

Business briefs
Cooks Global Foods has opened its 20th Esquires Coffee outlet in China. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Monday 17 November 2014
Earthquake chief quits over his hugs and jokes. A ministerial inquiry is ordered into how Phillip Smith escaped and 200 take to higher ground after a big shake off the North Island's east coast. [more]

CERA's Roger Sutton: 'I am who I am and I am sorry'
Christchurch's earthquake recovery boss, Roger Sutton, says he never meant to hurt anyone, but admits he probably has, quitting his job after a sexual harassment investigation. [more]

Iain Rennie says most of the complaint was upheld
The State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie says the sexual harrassment inquiry started at the end of September shortly after the woman complained about Mr Sutton's behaviour which had gone on for a period of months. [more]

Ministerial inquiry to be held into Phillip Smith's escape
A ministerial inquiry is to be held into how convicted murderer and paedophile Phillip Smith was able to flee the country. [more]

Quake triggers evacuations of East Cape schools
Scores of children were evacuated from five East Cape schools after a large earthquake rocked the east coast of the North Island this morning. [more]

Students offered trauma counselling after 14 injured
Crash investigators are looking into how a bus slid into a ditch today injuring many of the teenagers on board. [more]

Kim Dotcom has to report to police daily
The internet businessman Kim Dotcom has been banned from using his helicopter ahead of a Crown application to revoke his bail and put him back in prison. [more]

Govt provides $2m to send Ebola volunteers to Sierra Leone
The Government's just announced it will send up to two dozen health workers to Sierra Leone as its major contribution to the international fight against ebola. [more]

Appeal against Maori King's son's discharge goes to High Court
The lawyer representing the son of the Maori king says his client could miss out on being considered for his father's throne if he is convicted. [more]

Head of immigration scam avoids jail
The head of an immigration scam who exploited six Chinese chefs has escaped a jail sentence. [more]

Ewen Macdonald denied parole for a third time
The convicted arsonist Ewen Macdonald has been denied parole for a third time. [more]

Dotcom searches for lawyers after NZ legal team quits
Kim Dotcom is scrambling to replace his New Zealand lawyers, who've quit the long-running case today. [more]

Sports News for 17 November 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Sutton's delayed resignation raises questions - union
The Public Service Association wants earthquake chief Roger Sutton to leave his job now. [more]

How a rescue helicopter dropped a drunken sailor
A coroner has recommended Westpac rescue helicopters carry crotch straps after a drunken sailor fell from a harness 3 to 5 metres back into the sea. [more]

Obama says beheading "act of pure evil"
President Obama has called the beheading of an American aid worker by Islamic State as an "act of pure evil." [more]

Glenn Inquiry finds distorted views of normal family life
The Glenn Inquiry says some people's distorted of view of what constitutes a normal family life is the biggest barrier to stopping family violence. [more]

SkyCity cleaners keep their jobs after ERA ruling
About 100 cleaners at SkyCity can keep their jobs after the casino operator's plans to go to contractors were thwarted by the Employment Relations Authority. [more]

Hunger strike over starving dogs
A Northland SPCA Inspector has begun a three-day hunger strike over a spate of dog starvings in Whangarei. [more]

Queenstown town centre hearings begin
The hearings into a plan change to rapidly expand downtown Queenstown with highrise buildings, and pave the way for a convention centre got underway today, with an opening shot from a resident who accused the Queenstown Council of malfeasance. [more]

Australia and China sign free trade deal worth $18 billion
Australia and China have signed a landmark free trade deal that's been more than a decade in the making. [more]

Historian refutes claims
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is claiming that Muslim sailors found the Americas more than three hundred years before Christopher Columbus. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Prematurity bulk of baby deaths in Samoa
A doctor at Samoa's baby unit says women need to seek medical care early in their pregnancies to avoid the risks of premature delivery. [more]

Election Observers deploy to the provinces
The Commonwealth Observers Group in Solomon Islands for elections deploy to seven of the country's nine provinces. [more]

Solomons court rules on party politics
Unregistered political parties in Solomon Islands remain locked out of next week's elections after a High Court ruling delivered on Friday in Honiara went against them. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 17 November 2014
Solomons court rules on party politics; Election Observers deploy to the provinces; Prematurity bulk of baby deaths in Samoa; Bougainville plans more bomb clearing work; Marshall Islands atoll benefits from solar and wind-powered plant; Tonga's Ha'apai power network being rebuilt. [more]

Tonga MPs urged to be business savvy
A Tonga business chief says it is vital that at least some of the incoming MPs are savvy business people. [more]

PNG police say leaders can stop tribal warfare
The police commander of Papua New Guinea's Hela province says a state of emergency won't stop tribal fighting in the area. [more]

Somare goes big on seeking damages over removal
Papua New Guinea's veteran leader Sir Michael Somare is seeking damages of 205 million kina over his removal as Prime Minister on August 2, 2011. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 18 November 2014
Somare goes big on seeking damages over removal; PNG police say leaders can stop tribal warfare; Solomons court rules on party politics; And election observers are deployed to the provinces; MPs in Tonga are urged to be more business savvy; Pregnant women in Samoa are urged to seek early medical care. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Isaac Theatre Royal - Vanessa Carswell
It's been a long road to restore Christchurch's Isaac Theatre Royal, but tonight, it will finally open its doors again. The theatre sustained considerable damage in the earthquakes of 22nd February and 13th June 2011 and continuing shakes have made the restoration particularly difficult for architects. The project architect from Warren and Mahoney, is Vanessa Carswell. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for 17 November 2014
Kim Dotcom looks for a new lawyer; what's right and wrong with China's education system; and in Dateline Pacific, getting ready for the election in the Solomon Islands. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 18 November 2014
Gerry Brownlee won't be resigining after an airport security breach and voting for the new Labour leader closes. [more]

Midday Sports News for 18 November 2014
The Black Caps opener Tom Latham has backed up his maiden test century in the first Test with his second century on the opening day of the second test against Pakistan in Dubai. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Tuesday 18 November 2014
Australia-China Free Trade Agreement, Slavery in NZ, End of early-bird parking in Auckland, Waikato fire deaths, CERA leader role up for grabs, Pasifka leaders oppose net fishing ban, Immunisation in NZ. [more]

Sports News for 18 November 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

PM launches ministerial inquiry into Philip John Smith's escape
The terms of reference for the ministerial inquiry into the escape of paedophile and murderer Phillip Smith will be determined by the Government early next week. [more]

Smith in three court appearances since his arrest.
Meanwhile, Smith's lawyer, Tony Ellis, says his client has had three court appearances since his arrest five days ago but is unlikely to appear again until he has legal representation. [more]

Pacific News for 18 November 2014
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Caveman diet company looks to raise capital to fund expansion
The creators of pricy, pre-packaged foods, fit for a caveman, are hoping to raise $4million to expand and build their product range. [more]

Sports News for 18 November 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Australian dairy sector celebrates china FTA
New Zealand may be going back to the negotiating table with China after the Australians signed a free trade deal with the Chinese that looks like its better than New Zealand's. [more]

Australian dairy farmers celebrate free trade deal
New Zealand's trade minister Tim Groser says he'll analyse the deal between China and Australia, and if the Australian deal IS better than New Zealand's, he'll take that up with the Chinese. [more]

Estimated 600 people enslaved in New Zealand
A global human rights organisation says an estimated 600 people are enslaved in New Zealand. [more]

Auckland Transport cans earlybird parking rates
Auckland council is getting rid of its discounted early bird parking. [more]

Government inaction blamed for fire deaths
A University of Otago Professor says government regulation of the rental market would save lives. [more]

A key leader role in Christchurch soon up for grabs
The position to lead the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority will soon be advertised, after its chief executive called it quits yesterday after sexual harassment allegations. [more]

Pasifika opposition to setnet ban in Auckland regional park
Pasifika leaders in Auckland say a proposal to ban set-net fishing at a popular holiday spot, is less about safety than the attitudes of more affluent local residents. [more]

More work ahead as NZ reaches child immunisation goals
An immunisation expert says vaccinating pregnant women and young girls needs to be a focus now childhood immunisation rates are on the rise. [more]

'Grand old lady' of Christchurch theatre reopens
Theatre lovers have rejoiced in Christchurch, with the long-awaited re-opening of the 'grand old lady', the Isaac Theatre Royal. [more]

Sports News for 18 November 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Agricultural expects say Australia won't overshadow NZ in China
The Trade Minister, Tim Groser, is promising fresh trade talks with the Chinese if Australia's new trade deal with China is better than New Zealand's. [more]

Bird flu is confirmed at a British duck breeding farm
A poultry farm in the Netherlands has been closed after an outbreak of Bird Flu and officials in Britain have also discovered a case of Bird Flu in an East Yorkshire duck breeding farm. [more]

Report says 600 people are inslaved in NZ.
A new report says New Zealand has an estimated 600 people living in some sort of slavery, often employment related. [more]

Workplace behavior under spotlight following Sutton resignation
The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority chief executive Roger Sutton has resigned following allegations of sexual harassment. [more]

Japan takes an unexpected dive into a technical recession
Japan is the world's third largest economy. But a second successive quarter of woeful GDP results has seen it spiral into a technical recession. [more]

Missouri on edge as it awaits a grand jury's decision
Residents living in Ferguson, Missouri are boarding up their windows and bracing for more racial protests as a grand jury decides the fate of police officer Darren Wilson. [more]

Westland Council consented 1,542 hectares native bush clearance
The Westland District Council has consented the clearance of more than fifteen hundred hectares of native bush for farming and mining in the past fifteen years. [more]

News Extras

CERA news conference
Roger Sutton is quitting as chief executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority following accusations of sexual harassment, although an inquiry did not recommend he step down. He says he never meant any harm to anybody. [more]

Exerpt from press conference with Roger Sutton
Roger Sutton has announced he will be resigning as chief executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority(CERA), following allegations he sexually harassed a staff member. [more]

Exerpt from press conference with Roger Sutton
Roger Sutton has announced he will be resigning as chief executive of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority(CERA), following allegations he sexually harassed a staff member. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 18 November 2014
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 18 November 2014
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

Nights

Sports Correspondent : USA
US sport with LA Times sports journalist Helene Elliott. [more]

Pundit : life and times of the Long White Cloud
Historian Jock Phillips discusses the history of alcohol in New Zealand [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 1 [more]

Extremism in the defence of liberty
History with Stephen Tuck, remembering when Malcolm X came to Oxford to take part in the Union Debate - 50 years ago. [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 2 [more]

Nine To Noon

Should smoke alarms be mandatory in rental properties?
Should smoke alarms be mandatory in rental properties? This follows three deaths in a Hamilton house fire where the Fire Service suspects there were no alarms. Andrew King is the Executive Officer of the NZ Property Investors Association. [more]

Farm cadet training under spotlight
Graduates of Primary ITO courses have been called drongos by some farmers as their abilities don't match their qualifications. The training for farm workers is now under scrutiny. Mark Jeffries is the Chief Executive of the Primary Industry Training Organisation and Rick Powdrell is with Federated Farmers. [more]

How to safely intervene to help stop sexual violence
Fiona McNamara is the coordinator for the Sexual Abuse Prevention Network. [more]

US correspondent Jack Hitt
Jack Hitt reports on the end of the US election season - which finishes with a runoff in New Orleans. And marijuana is emerging in the States from an illegal market to a legal one. [more]

Entrepreneur and founder of StageCoach, Sir Brian Souter
Sir Brian Souter is an award-winning global entrepreneur, and Chief Executive and co-founder of the internationally successful StageCoach company. Sir Brian has stakes in some of this country's coach and bus services, as well as Fullers ferries in Auckland, and he was recently in New Zealand to introduce international budget coach service megabus.com. [more]

Book Review: South of Darkness by John Marsden
Geoff Robinson reviews South of Darkness by John Marsden. [more]

Business commentator Rod Oram
Rod Oram reports in from the G20 meeting in Australia. [more]

Rachel Sussman - Photographer
Artist Rachel Sussman on her decade long quest to track down and photograph the worlds oldest living things. [more]

Media commentator Gavin Ellis
Media commentator Gavin Ellis with his take on the week's media stories including Philip John Smith, the role of journalists and more. [more]

Our Changing World

2014 Rutherford Medal Winner
The 2014 winner of New Zealand's top science honour, the Rutherford Medal, is theoretical chemist Peter Schwerdtfeger [more]

Rural News

Pacific News for 18 November 2014
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Midday Rural News for 18 November 2014
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

What is contemporary Maori Art?
What is contemporary Māori Art? That's been a question debated at the Toi Māori Art Market in Wellington. Te Manu Kōrihi reporter, Laura Bootham, sought the answer by talking to Maori curators and artists [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 17 November 2014
About 150 tamariki and kaiako from an East Coast kura fled for the hills today, when an earthquake triggered the school's tsunami evacuation plan; Almost all of the former domestic abuse perpetrators involved in an inquiry about family violence said hearing from people who did the same - edged them to find help to stop abusing their whanau; A Taranaki kaumauta worries that the Taranaki institute embroiled in a scandal over its Maori performing arts courses has been targeting Maori students to attract government cash; An art curator says Maori art aims to uphold aspirations and Tino Rangatiratanga or autonomy, which she says is often overlooked and doesn't always sit well with mainstream New Zealand. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 18 November 2014
A group of British businessmen, none of them Maori, have performed the well-known haka, Ka Mate, to kick start Britain's Global Entrepreneurship week in London; Meanwhile, a tribal guardian of the haka says it would have been nice to be told about the British group's plan; An anti-violence network says ending the cycle of domestic abuse in Maori can only be done by involving tangata whenua; A leading Maori dance choreographer, Tanemahuta Gray, wants to help refurbish a Christchurch theatre damaged by the Canterbury earthquakes by taking his stage show there. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 18 November 2014
An anti-violence network says ending the cycle of domestic abuse in Maori can only be done by involving tangata whenua; A group of British businessmen, none of them Maori, have performed the well-known haka, Ka Mate, to kick start Britain's Global Entrepreneurship week in London; Meanwhile, a tribal guardian of the haka says it would have been nice to be told about the British group's plan; A leading Maori dance choreographer, Tanemahuta Gray, wants to help refurbish a Christchurch theatre damaged by the Canterbury earthquakes by taking his stage show there. [more]

The Panel

The Panel pre-show for 17 November 2014
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Deborah Hill-Cone and Gary McCormick (Part 1)
Topics - the boss of the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Authority, Roger Suton has resigned. Because he hugs people, ostensibly. The State Services Commission investigated the CEO of CERA following a complaint from a staff member. Mr Sutton had been accused of harassing a senior female staffer, including making inappropriate jokes, comments and giving her an unwelcome hug. Only 18 percent of primary school teachers are men according to new Ministry of Education figures. The ratio is even more dramatic in early childhood education, data from the 2013 census shows just three percent of ECE teachers are male. [more]

The Panel with Deborah Hill-Cone and Gary McCormick (Part 2)
Topics - there's a fascinating GIF file you can look at in the Atlantic Monthly online showing the popularity of female baby names in America, and it's the American trends we follow now. This graphic looks at a map of the U.S., state by state, and it shows how names spread. Mary was hugely dominant in the early 1960s. Then Lisa took over, with Michelle also prominent. Jennifer had an enormous run of ascendancy till the late 1970s. Two installations have occasioned much comment online. The Tate Modern Gallery has spent £30,000 on a pyramid of 6,000 oranges which media have worked out cost £5 each. Visitors will be encouraged to eat them. Pyramid of Oranges by Roelof Louw". Designed to raise questions about the passage of time and decay. The plebs and cynics have costed an orange in London at 8p. The Christchurch City Council has refunded a student's parking fine. Nic Lawrence had parked his car the wrong way on a suburban street while moving house on a Sunday morning. A parking warden gave Nic a $40 ticket on Kirkwood Ave, in Ilam. [more]

The Wireless

Soane: Tribute to house music's big daddy
Greg Churchill pays tribute to the much loved DJ and producer Soane, who passed away last week. [more]

Movie review: Interstellar
"Show, don't tell" is the adage. Someone should pass that on to Christopher Nolan. Spoilers ahead. [more]

Live session: Brooke Fraser
Brooke Fraser plays Kings and Queens live at RNZ's Auckland studio. [more]

Upbeat

Marc Taddei & Claire Cowan: Orchestra Wellington 2015 Season
Orchestra Wellington Music Director and Resident Composer launch next year's season. [more]

Ragna Schirmer: German Pianist
German pianist performing with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra on Thursday. [more]

Vincent O'Donnell: Isaac Theatre Royal Opening
Upbeat Melbourne correspondent visits Christchurch for the reopening of the Isaac Theatre Royal and speaks to the major players and punters. [more]

Voices

KOTO - Know One, Teach One with Jimmy Pham
Award-winning social entrepreneur Jimmy Pham is Vietnamese Australian. He is also CEO International and founder of the KOTO Vocation Training Centre. (Know One, Teach One) teaches hospitality, English and life skills, to get impoverished youth off the streets of Vietnam. [more]

William Shakespeare 450

Sonnet No 111: O, for my sake do you with fortune chide
Read by George Henare. Music details: Dowland: Pavana Doulant (Naxos 8.570449) [more]

World & Pacific News

1:29pm World, Pacific and Sports News for 17 November 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

4pm World, Pacific and Sports News for 17 November 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8pm World, Pacific and Sports News for 17 November 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

6am Pacific and Sports News for 18 November 2014
The latest Pacific and Sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 18 November 2014
The latest World, Pacific and Sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 18 November 2014
The latest World, Pacific and Sports news. [more]

News in Tongan for 18 November 2014
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 18 November 2014
The latest World, Pacific and Sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 18 November 2014
The latest World, Pacific and Sports news. [more]

11am World, Pacific and Sports News for 18 November 2014
The latest World, Pacific and Sports news. [more]

News stories:

Exporters hail trade deal life-line
Exporters in the red meat, kiwi-fruit and wine industries are hailing the newly agreed free trade deal with South Korea but the deer velvet industry is upset to have missed out. [more]

Trade deal has primary sector approval
Primary sectors have been mostly positive about the mixed bag of benefits the new free trade agreement with South Korea will deliver to them, following five years of negotiations. [more]

PNG police say leaders can stop tribal warfare
Police in the Papua New Guinea province of Hela say local and national leaders must step in to put a stop to ongoing tribal warfare in the area. [more]

Fonterra waits for China dairy rebound
Fonterra is confident demand for dairy products in China will rebound sooner rather than later, as buyers there use up inventory stock-piled to very high levels. [more]

Ruling shows Crown 'can't bulldoze hapu'
A Waitangi Tribunal finding that Maori did not concede their sovereignty in the Treaty of Waitangi is validation the Crown cannot bulldoze over hapu, a Ngati Hine leader says. [more]

Steel manufacturer predicts profit lift
Steel & Tube Holdings is expecting a higher first-half result than last year, mainly because the fall in the New Zealand dollar offsetting subdued international steel prices. [more]

Another man leaves NZ breaching bail conditions
A man released from prison who was not supposed to travel overseas, managed to leave the country last month without alerting authorities - the second case to come to light in a week. [more]

Australia disputes NZ job fair pitch
A Western Australian business leader is questioning the figures used in a $700,000 NZ Government recruitment drive to attract workers to this country. [more]

Insecure workers forgoing benefits
Workers on low hour contracts are missing out on benefits they are entitled to because of the red tape they encounter if they earn extra money. [more]

Solomons election observers deployed
Commonwealth observers move into position today in seven of Solomon Islands nine provinces in preparation for Wednesday's elections. [more]

Police seek answers after deadly fire
Investigators working to determine the cause of a deadly house fire in Hamilton say it is difficult to say at this stage whether it was deliberately lit. [more]

Pacific leaders look to Hollande for climate action
Pacific Island leaders will look to the French President to take up their case for action on climate change when they meet him today in New Caledonia. [more]

Housing NZ readied for sale - Labour
Labour says the Government is running down Housing NZ to prepare it for sale. The agency will pay a $108 million dividend to the Crown in 2013/2014. [more]

Kidney disease economically draining for A. Samoa
The head of a clinic in American Samoa says treatment for kidney disease is becoming a huge economic drain on the territory. [more]

Fiji's DPP still considering assault cases
Fiji's Director of Public Prosecutions Office says it is still considering two cases of alleged brutality by security personnel. [more]

Tribe 'napping' over customary rights
The leader of a Ngai Tahu runaka - or runanga - says the South Island iwi has been "caught napping" over the law that replaced the Foreshore and Seabed Act. [more]

Contemporary Maori art movement honoured
The formation of a pivotal modern Maori visual arts group 25 years ago has been celebrated in a new book that chronicles its development and the artists it nurtured. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Crown says Kim Dotcom breached bail conditions after prison release in February 2012
BREAKING NEWS - Crown says Kim Dotcom breached bail conditions after prison release in February 2012 [more]

Hunger strike over animal abuse
A Northland SPCA inspector has begun a three-day hunger strike in protest against a spate of dog starvings in Whangarei. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Crown says Kim Dotcom breached bail conditions after 2012 prison release, now potential flight risk
BREAKING NEWS - Crown says Kim Dotcom breached bail conditions after 2012 prison release, now potential flight risk [more]

Drones trialled in TB fight in PNG
Medicins Sans Frontieres says the first trials of drone technology to tackle tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea by providing better treatment access have been successful. [more]

Vanuatu Govt seeks budget of more than US$166m
The Vanuatu government will seek approval this week to table a budget of more than 17 billion vatu, or 166 million US dollars. [more]

Greenpeace lobbies to protect Kiribati fish stocks
The environmental organisation Greenpeace has been lobbying the government of Kiribati not to renew the licences of two of the world's largest purse seine fishing vessels next year. [more]

3000 Fiji workers bound for NZ next year
Reports from Fiji say 3000 workers from Fiji will be offered job opportunities in New Zealand under the Seasonal Workers Scheme from next year. [more]

French President to inaugurate nickel plant
The French President, Francois Hollande, is due in New Caledonia's north on Monday to inaugurate a nickel plant before he returns to Noumea to meet political leaders. [more]

Move afoot to allow more US fishing in Pacific
The American Samoa Government and cannery officials are hoping to convince Pacific governments to allow locally-based US fishing boats to fish in their exclusive economic zones or EEZs. [more]

Allied Air Force chiefs gather in NZ
The chief of the New Zealand Air Force will be hosting a conference this week, which will include Air Force chiefs from Australia, Canada, Britain and the US. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Ewen Macdonald denied parole
BREAKING NEWS - Ewen Macdonald denied parole [more]

Solomons heritage site "critical"
The outlook for a natural world heritage area in Solomon Islands is critical according to a new report by a conservation agency. [more]

Solomons Commission says ruling supports democracy
The Solomon Islands Registrar of the Political Parties Commission, Calvin Ziru, says a court ruling that parties must register supports a democratic system. [more]

Minister wants rid of decile system
Education Minister Hekia Parata says she wants to start work next year on changing the school decile system. [more]

PNG hopeful more WWII weapons can be retrieved
Bougainville's administrator, Chris Siriosi, says the Papua New Guinea province is hopeful more Second World War weapons can be retrieved in about 12 months. [more]

Evolve planning childcare acquisitions
Evolve Education Group plans to use more than $132 million it is raising from a share market float to buy a number of businesses that will create the company. [more]

PNG PM welcomes leadership tribunal referral
PNG's Prime Minister has welcomed notification that he had been referred to a Leadership Tribunal to hear matters relating to controversial state loan. [more]

Tourist seriously hurt in Northland
A German tourist is in hospital with injuries from what is thought to be a violent attack near Whangarei. Police said the man was taken to the Waipu Medical Centre. [more]

Pregnant women in Samoa urged to seek care early
A doctor at Samoa's baby unit says women need to seek medical care early in their pregnancies to avoid the risks of premature delivery. [more]

Russia-CNMI charters next year
A Japanese tour agency will start charter flight operations from Russia to the Northern Marianas in February. [more]

Nauru reneges on secret lawsuit deal - report
An Australian newspaper reports Nauru has reneged on a deal to settle a 27-million US dollar lawsuit involving global fund manager Firebird. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Roger Sutton resigns as CERA chief executive after inappropriate conduct allegations
BREAKING NEWS - Roger Sutton resigns as CERA chief executive after inappropriate conduct allegations [more]

Primary sector not on track for targets
Export projections show the primary sector has some catching up to do if it is to reach the Government's target of doubling the value of primary exports by 2025. [more]

Former officer's drug amount reduced
The amount of methamphetamine a former West Auckland police officer manufactured and supplied has been significantly reduced, shortly before sentencing. [more]

Service sector growth eases in October
Growth in the services sector eased slightly in October but continues at a brisk pace. [more]

Food sales drive retail sales growth
Retail sales volumes rose more strongly than expected in the September quarter, with food-related sales leading the way and reflecting strength in the overall economy. [more]

Fertiliser prices to drop - Ravensdown
The fertiliser co-operative, Ravensdown, is reducing the prices farmers are paying for some key products, in response to changing conditions in the international fertiliser market. [more]

Hort industry says deal game-changer
The dairy and meat industries have welcomed New Zealand's new trade deal with South Korea while the horticulture industry is describing it as a game-changer. [more]

Sport: Vanuatu 2nd at Oceania Beach Volleyball Champs
Vanuatu duo Miller Elwin and Linline Mansale have been beaten in the final of the Oceania Beach Volleyball Championships in Manly. [more]

Sport: OFC President's Cup to kick-off
The OFC President's Cup gets underway on Monday with Oceania club football champions Auckland City taking on the Singapore U-23 team in Group A. [more]

Tight security for PNG Games
Papua New Guinea authorities are using more than 500 personnel to provide security for the PNG Games which start in Lae today. [more]

Fiji poised to host India and China leaders
The Fiji prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, says his government's ability to think outside the box has earned Fiji respect and will see it host two of the world's greatest leaders this week. [more]

Vanuatu parliament session delayed
Vanuatu's parliament is expected to start its final session for 2014 tomorrow. [more]

No downside to deal with Korea: Groser
Trade Minister Tim Groser says there is zero downside to the latest free trade deal with South Korea, which sees 92 percent of Korean imports instantly tariff-free. [more]

Vanuatu police to look into opposition bankrolling
Vanuatu's acting commissioner of the police, Aru Maralau has appointed a special team to investigate allegations relating to the bankrolling of opposition MPs by the opposition leader Moana Carcasses. [more]

Thunderstorms cut Northland power
Violent thunderstorms, torrential rain and lightning strikes have caused power cuts in parts of Northland this afternoon. High winds are predicte for later today. [more]

Guam government website hacked
A top government official website in Guam has been hacked by people claiming to be a part of the activist hacking group AnonGhost. [more]

Pro-French march in New Caledonia capital
Thousands of people in New Caledonia have staged a march in Noumea to show their wish to stay French. [more]

Xi to meet eight regional leaders in Fiji
Eight Pacific Island countries are to meet China's president Xi Jin Ping in Fiji at a summit in Fiji this week but those with Taiwan links are not attending. [more]

PNG police commander says state of emergency 'waste of money'
The police commander of Papua New Guinea's Hela province says a state of emergency won't stop ongoing tribal warfare in the area. [more]

PNG social media poster denies PM's leak claim
A Papua New Guinea man has denied claims from the Prime Minister's office that he illegally leaked notice about Peter O'Neill's referral to a leadership tribunal. [more]

Phillip Smith escape on Cabinet agenda
Cabinet will today consider a wide-ranging inquiry into how convicted murderer and paedophile Phillip John Smith was able to flee the country, according to the Prime Minister. [more]

Police apologise for search delay
Police have apologised to the family of a man, who drowned after last being seen alive on the Heaphy Track last year, for the delay in the time it took to start looking for him. [more]

Child discipline law 'difficult to apply'
Lobby group Family First says it has an independent legal analysis of the child discipline law, introduced in 2007, which shows it is complex and difficult to apply. [more]

NZ health workers to join Ebola fight
Twenty-four New Zealand health professionals will go to West Africa to join the fight against Ebola, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has announced. The deployment is voluntary. [more]

Call for crotch straps in helicopters
A coroner has recommended that rescue helicopters carry crotch straps after a man fell 3-5m while being rescued at sea. He died from intoxication and drowning. [more]

Market and dollar begin week higher
Strong retail sales and profit-taking in the sharemarket helped drive the New Zealand dollar up half a cent from its open today. The sharemarket closed 6 points higher at 5490. [more]

Ewen Macdonald again denied parole
Ewen Macdonald has been denied parole at his third hearing, more than three years into a five year jail sentence for arson, vandalism and killing calves. [more]

Petrol $2.08/litre; more cuts possible
Petrol prices continue to tumble, with oil giants BP, Z Energy and Caltex announcing new cuts today. Both have lowered the cost of petrol by two cents to $2.08. [more]

Students injured as school bus crashes
An East Auckland school community is in shock after a bus carrying nearly 50 students from Howick College crashed into a ditch near Thames today. No one was seriously hurt. [more]

Large quake shakes North Island
Civil Defence ordered people to evacuate as a precautionary measure following a magnitude 6.5 earthquake off the East Coast this morning, a Te Araroa resident says. [more]

Travel conditions imposed on Dotcom
Kim Dotcom has been banned from using helicopters as part of strict new conditions ahead of a Crown application to revoke bail. [more]

Decision reserved in Paki case
The lawyer representing the son of the Maori King has told a court a conviction against his client's name could end his chances of being the heir to his father's throne. [more]

Quake triggers kura tsunami plan
About 150 tamariki and kaiako from an East Coast kura fled for the hills today after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake triggered the school's tsunami evacuation plan. [more]

Home detention for immigration scam
A woman who headed an immigration scam which led to six Chinese chefs being brought to NZand exploited has avoided a jail sentence, instead being sentenced to home detention. [more]

Glenn Inquiry releases new report
An independent inquiry has found some people's distorted views on what constitutes normal family life is the biggest barrier to putting a stop to family violence. [more]

Kaumatua concerned students targeted
A kaumatua is worried a Taranaki institute embroiled in a scandal over its Maori performing arts courses has been targeting Maori students to attract government money. [more]

Concerns for man missing two months
The Auckland police have serious concerns for a man who has been missing since mid-September. Alfred Tuakana told a Salvation Army rehab centre he would not be back. [more]

Unicef alerts parents to pneumonia
Unicef says pneumonia is still one of the leading causes of death in babies and young children in the Pacific region. [more]

Tight security to keep PNG Games secure
Papua New Guinea is using more than 500 personnel to provide security for the PNG Games which started in Lae today. [more]

Somare bid for damages seen as excessive
A legal bid by a former PNG Prime Minister to seek damages for his removal has been described as excessive. [more]

Wife of CERA boss pleased he's quitting
The wife of outgoing Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority boss Roger Sutton says she is glad her husband is resigning. The move follows allegations he sexually harassed a staff member. [more]

Bennett to oversee Smith inquiry
A ministerial inquiry will be held into how convicted murderer and paedophile Phillip Smith was able to flee the country, Prime Minister John Key has announced. [more]