Radio New Zealand - Monday, 24th November 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, Rural News, Te Manu Korihi, The Critic's Chair, The Panel, The Wireless, Upbeat, Voices, William Shakespeare 450, World & Pacific News

Afternoons

NZ Retro - The Year 1993
There were three and a half million of us then, about one million fewer than today. The 43rd New Zealand Parliament was coming to an end with National holding almost 70 percent of the seats in the house, but a big change was on the way. [more]

Best song ever written - Mozart's Clarinet Concerto
Diane Holmes from Pauanui has chosen Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, the first movement. [Topics] music [more]

The Rolling Stones - Kate Burness
You'd be in plenty of company if you said you were a Rolling Stones fan, after tens of thousands saw the band perform in Auckland on Saturday night. But you'd be in a smaller group if you've been commissioned to produce an official Rolling Stones concert poster. In 1973 freelance artist Kate Burness did just that. Her poster was to promote a Stones concert to be held in a Welsh castle. But the show was cancelled and most of the posters were destroyed. Kate still has an original poster and wants to reproduce it. [more]

The New Zealand Big Way Record - Sam Clark
The New Zealand Big Way Record might sound like a compilation of the biggest pop hits of our time. But it's actually all about skydiving. A group of 35 divers have set a new record by creating a snowflake formation in the air. In so doing, they broke a record that's stood for 22 years. Sam Clark organised the record-breaking event. [more]

Feature album - Storytone
Our feature album today is the latest from Neil Young, Storytone. It's been a busy year for the Canadian musician, who turned 69 earlier this month. In April he released an album of folk song covers, recorded in a refurbished 1947 Voice-o-Graph vinyl recording booth. Young's 35th studio album has a very different feel. [more]

Feature author - Gerald Russell
A former British and UN diplomat, who spent more than a decade in the Middle East living among minority religious groups, whose traditions date back to ancient Babylon and Egypt. Many of these are still practiced in secret and in fear. The book, 'Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East.' [more]

The Panel pre-show for 24 November 2014
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

Birds

Tarāpuka
Listen to the black-billed gull. [more]

Business News

Today's market update
The New Zealand dollar rose against the currencies of all the country's major trading partners today. [more]

Record migration likely to worry the Reserve Bank
Last month's record net migration gains are likely to raise the Reserve Bank's concerns that the housing market is set to take off again. [more]

Precinct sells Queen Street tower for more than book value
Precinct Properties has sold a building in Auckland's Queen Street to Robert Jones Holdings for 97 million dollars, nearly one-and-a-half million more than its June book value. [more]

Constructions skills and resource shortages dampen expectations
The outlook for the infrastructure and building industry points to an easing of investor confidence as the challenges posed by skills and material shortages moderates enthusiasm. [more]

Xero's chairman Chris Liddell buys 10,000 shares
Xero's chairman, Chris Liddell, has bought 10-thousand shares in the accounting software company, paying an average of a little above 17 dollars per share on Friday. [more]

New credit card technology generates back-end revenue streams
Visa says merchants and consumers can expect a high level of protection against fraud as card payment transactions become increasingly faster to process at the point of sale, but there is a cost. [more]

SmartPay launches taxi booking app
SmartPay has launched a mobile taxi booking app, which has been adopted by Taxi Charge, New Zealand's largest taxi partnership, representing the majority of taxis. [more]

Morning Markets for 25 November 2014
The broader measure of the US market, the S&P 500 Index, is up 4 points to 20 67 [more]

Markets Update for 25 November 2014
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Eroad posts a $1.9m first-half loss
has posted a 1.9-million-dollar first-half loss and says it's on track to meet its prospectus forecast for an annual loss of 1 million. [more]

Veritas considers capital raising following Better Bar purchase
Veritas Investments has sealed the deal on its fourth major purchase in 18 months and is now considering raising capital to ease its debt burden. [more]

Abano expects a more than 40% rise in first-half net profit
Abano Healthcare says it expects first-half net profit will be more than 40 percent ahead of the same six months last year. [more]

Tait Communications wins US deal
Tait Communications has won a contract to supply services to a utility in California. [more]

Midday Markets for 25 November 2014
For the latest from the markets we're joined by Campbell Johnstone at Macquarie Private Wealth. [more]

Checkpoint

Checkpoint Top Stories for Monday 24 November 2014
A new attack on the Prime Minister and SIS for what they told Cameron Slater. Andrew Little names his team and Lydia Ko's record breaking payday. [more]

SIS report criticises spy agency and PM's office.
A report on the Security Intelligence Service due out tomorrow is expected to heavily criticise both the spy agency and the Prime Minister's office. [more]

Labour's new front benchers have a year to show credentials
The Labour Party's new leader has given the new intake on his front bench a year to prove whether any of them is good enough to become his deputy. [more]

Key on Labour: "Seething backbench of misery"
Prime Minister John Key hasn't hesitated to put in the boot to Labour's new line-up. [more]

Lydia's Ko's record breaking payday
Lydia Ko, has astounded the golfing world again with a record-breaking win on the LPGA Tour just a little over a year after turning professional. [more]

Prison, police under pressure at Jai Davis inquest
Otago prison and police intelligence officers have been under pressure at the inquest into a prisoner to explain who knew of a plan to smuggle in concealed drugs. [more]

Consent crucial issue in ex-students' sexual violation trial
Lawyers for both sides in the trial of two young men accused of sexual violation while they were at New Plymouth Boys' High say the key argument is about consent. [more]

South Taranaki District Council fined for rotting milk stench
Rushed decision making, limited advice, poor investigation, no contingency plan. [more]

12 year old boy with fake gun dies after police shooting
12 year old Tamir Rice was shot in the abdomen on Saturday. He died later from his wounds. [more]

Indian students push immigration to all-time high
A new wave of students from India choosing to study in New Zealand has pushed annual immigration to an all-time high. [more]

Elderly man with dementia wanders streets in DHB failure
Inadequate hospital checks are being blamed for an elderly man with dementia walking out of hospital and wandering west Auckland streets for hours. [more]

Sports News for 24 November 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Labour leader unveils his new line up
The Labour Party's new leader has given the new intake on his front bench a year to prove whether any of them is good enough to become his deputy. [more]

Ferguson braces for Grand Jury decision
All eyes in the United States are on the St Louis suburb of Ferguson, where a Grand Jury is poised to decide whether a police officer who shot unarmed black teenager, Micheal Brown, should face trial in connection with the killing. [more]

Pharmac to broaden factors in its drug-funding decisions
The drug-buying agency Pharmac is making what it calls significant changes to the way it makes its often hotly-debated funding decisions. [more]

Abandoned baby mother charged with attempted murder
Australian police have charged a 31 year old woman with attempted murder after a new born baby was found dumped in a drain in Sydney's Western suburbs. [more]

Whole Sutton resignation badly handled - Minister
The State Services Minister says the whole news conference about Roger Sutton's resignation was badly handled and she can't defend any of it. [more]

Devoy backs local Chinese over shipwreck fears
The Race Relations Commissioner is backing Chinese New Zealanders worried a shipwreck will be turned into a tourism venture. [more]

New conspiracy revelation on 50th anniversary of JFK report
The anniversary of John F Kennedy's death in Dallas has just passed, November the 22nd, and 50 years after an official report said Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assasination a key investigator claims the findings were wrong. [more]

Around 400 NZers die from flu each year
A new study shows around four-hundred people die from influenza in New Zealand each year. [more]

Dateline Pacific

NZ govt to reach Pacific and Maori youth through rugby league.
NZ government looks to reach Pacific and Maori youth through rugby league. [more]

All of Samoa now affected by chikungunya
Samoa's Ministry of Health says the whole of Samoa is now affected by chikungunya. [more]

Fragmentation a feature of Solomon Islands parliament
Freda Tuki Soria Comua has won a seat in the Solomon Islands parliament, just the third woman ever to have been elected to the country's legislature. [more]

Dateline Pacific evening edition for 24 November 2014
The Solomon Islands election returns a fragmented parliament; the chikungunyah virus now affects the whole of Samoa; an opposition MP in Vanuatu warns moves by the government could be unconstitutional; a youth advocate says young people in Tonga lack political knowledge; Fiji gets a mobile eye clinic, a first for the region; the New Zealand government looks to reach Pacific and Maori youth through rugby league. [more]

Guam's Speaker leads move against school fights
Guam's legislature acts to quell fights in high schools. [more]

Tonga Power staff call off strike
Planned strike at Tonga power company called off at least under the election on Thursday. [more]

PNG and Fiji not at loggerheads says Minister
The PNG foreign minister dismisses reports of tension between his government and Fiji. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 25 November 2014
PNG and Fiji not at loggerheads - Minister; The Solomon Islands election returns a fragmented parliament; Tonga Power staff call off strike; Guam's Speaker leads move against school fights;the chikungunyah virus now affects the whole of Samoa; the New Zealand government looks to reach Pacific and Maori youth through rugby league. [more]

Late Edition

Late Edition for Monday 24 November 2014
The price of pain, the government releases the final draft on it's latest anti-terrorist legislation and in Dateline Pacific, chewing over the results of the Solomon Islands election. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 25 November 2014
An inquiry says the SIS gave misleading information about Phil Goff to a blogger and Corrections finds Phillip John Smith should never have been given temporary release. [more]

Midday Sports News for 25 November 2014
There is a chance that the New Zealand cricketers will go into the third test against Pakistan with 3 spin bowlers. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Tuesday 25 November 2014
SIS report likely to show Dirty Politics book right, Radio New Zealand's political editor on SIS report, Obama pays tribute to departing Defence Secretary Hagel, Andrew Little says SIS apology wouldn't go far enough, Greens say pay packet going toward power more than ever, Energy Minister responds to power price claims. [more]

Sports News for 25 November 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Sports News for 25 November 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Smith inquiry to take six months
The Government's inquiry into the escape of the murderer and child molester, Phillip John Smith, won't report back until at least June next year. [more]

Pacific News for 25 November 2014
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Greens call for Royal Commission into SIS report
The Security Intelligence Service and the Prime Minister's office are expected to come under fire in an independent report to be released today. [more]

Green Party takes aim at National's energy market
The Green Party says people are spending more and more of their pay packet on power and have produced figures backing up their claims. [more]

SIS report likely to show Dirty Politics book right
The Security Intelligence Service and the Prime Minister's office are expected to come in for heavy criticism when an independent report is released today. [more]

Radio New Zealand's political editor on SIS report
Joining us now is our political editor, Brent Edwards. [more]

Obama pays tribute to departing Defence Secretary Hagel
In Washington, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has resigned after less than two years in the job. [more]

Andrew Little says SIS apology wouldn't go far enough
The new Labour leader Andrew Little says any apology made today on behalf of the SIS, won't go far enough. [more]

Greens say pay packet going toward power more than ever
The Green Party says people are increasingly spending more of their pay packet on power. [more]

Energy Minister responds to power price claims
Listening to that was the Energy Minister, Simon Bridges... [more]

Five people hospitalised following Christchurch Police chase
A driver is in custody and two others are under police guard in hospital, after a dramatic police chase in Christchurch late yesterday afternoon. [more]

Former partner describes drug plan to prison inquest
A former partner of a prisoner who died from a suspected drug overdose has given evidence he was trying to smuggle in a bottle of pills for gang associates. [more]

Lydia Ko may be NZ's highest paid sportswoman
Lydia Ko may be New Zealand's highest paid sportswoman, after winning almost four million dollars on the LPGA tour this season. [more]

Expert warns current flow of migrants not here to stay
The number of people moving here or staying long-term hit 47-thousand-700 people in the year to October, an all time high. [more]

Sports News for 25 November 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Security analyst says SIS and PMs office unprofessional
The Security Intelligence Service and the Prime Minister's office are both expected to come in for heavy criticism when an independent report is released later today. [more]

Grant Robertson: Labour Party's new Finance Spokesman
To the Labour Party rebuild now, with incoming leader Andrew Little naming Grant Robertson as his new Finance spokesperson. [more]

Chance to reopen Napier to Gisborne rail line
A mothballed rail link between Napier and Gisborne has been thrown a lifeline, with Kiwirail agreeing to lease the line to the Hawke's Bay Regional Council. [more]

Re-selection ordered by judge for Maori Statutory Board
Broadcaster Willie Jackson has won his high court case and can stand again for a non iwi seat on Auckland's Maori Statutory Board. [more]

Historians say PM is incorrect to say NZ settled peacefully
Historians say the Prime Minister is mis-representing New Zealand's past by saying it was settled peacefully. [more]

Principals angry at School Trustees Association
Principals groups say an attempt by the School Trustees Association to improve the way school boards appraise and hire principals is clandestine and ill-considered. [more]

93 year old woman to be honoured for spy work during WW2
It has been revealed that a 93-year-old Auckland rest home resident operated as a French spy during World War Two. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 25 November 2014
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Niuean for 25 November 2014
The latest news in Niuean language. [more]

News in Tongan for 25 November 2014
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

News in Solomon Island Pidgin for 25 November 2014
The latest news in Solomon Island Pidgin language. [more]

Nights

Sports Correspondent - Australia
Point-scoring across the ditch with ABC sports presenter Paul Kennedy. How did two horses die after competing in this year's Melbourne Cup? [more]

Pundit - Philosophy
Philosopher-at-large, Ann Kerwin, muses often on why we think what we do... Boethius and the Consolation of Philosophy. [more]

Conundrum Clue 1
Listen in on Friday night for the answer [more]

Deep at the Reef
Brand new manned submersibles are enabling explorations of the Queensland reef systems to previously impossible depths (of 300 metres), but how this is contributing to the study of sensory neurobiology. With ARC Laureate Fellow Prof. Justin Marshall of the Queensland Brain Institute. [more]

Conundrum Clue 2
Listen in on Friday night for the answer. [more]

Nine To Noon

Political commentators on the Gwyn Inquiry
Mike Williams and Matthew Hooton on the findings of the inquiry into how deeply the Prime Minister's office and the Security Intelligence Service were involved in efforts to undermine the former Labour Party leader, Phil Goff, in 2011. [more]

Is temporary leave the best way to help prisoners reintegrate into society?
The department of Corrections is being urged to end its ban on temporary leave, after suspending it two weeks ago when convicted murderer and child abuser Philip John Smith managed to leave the country. Paul Senior is an expert on prisoner reintegration, he's a Professor of Probation Studies and director of the Hallam Centre for Community Justice, Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. He says in almost all cases temporary releases are successful, and are an important way of getting prisoners used to the outside world before they are released at the end of their sentences. [more]

US correspondent - Luiza Savage
Obama under fire from republicans for sparing millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. [more]

Phil Goff receives apology from SIS over release of information to Whaleoil
Release of findings of the inquiry into how deeply the Prime Minister's office and the Security Intelligence Service were involved in efforts to undermine the former Labour Party leader, Phil Goff, in 2011. [more]

Shami Chakrabarti - Civil Liberties and human rights campaigner
Shami Chakrabarti is the Director of the UK campaign group Liberty (The National Council for Civil Liberties). She first joined Liberty as In-House Counsel on 10 September 2001 and quickly became heavily involved in its engagement with the 'War on Terror' and with the defence and promotion of human rights values in Parliament, the Courts and wider society. Since becoming Liberty's Director she has written, spoken and broadcast widely on the importance of the post-WW2 human rights framework as an essential component of democratic society. She was chosen as one of eight Olympic Flag carriers at the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony. Her first book, On Liberty, is published in New Zealand this month. [more]

Radio New Zealand political editor on gwyn enquiry
Brent Edwards live from parliament. [more]

Business with Rod Oram
The business side of the visit last week by President Xi of China. [more]

New Zealand kitchen design
Helen Leach is an Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Otago. Her research interests include the evolution of human diet and prehistoric horticulture. The Pavlova Story was shortlisted in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2009. Rapid social change in the 20th century impacted on domestic life, not least in the domain of the kitchen. In her new book, Kitchens: the New Zealand kitchen in the 20th century, Helen Leach charts the kitchen revolution decade by decade. This is the first detailed exploration of the kitchen as a functioning hub within the New Zealand home. [more]

Media with Gavin Ellis
Reading a newspaper vs on-line coverage, the media's handling of the revelations that Raurimu killer Stephen Anderson is teaching at a Wellington art school. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 25 November 2014
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Midday Rural News for 25 November 2014
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Landmark book on Maori history launched
A new book, 'Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History', has been described by historians, Maori and authors as a landmark publication about Maori history. It covers the early origins of Maori through to the present day. Te Manu Kōrihi reporter, Laura Bootham, was at the book launch. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 24 November 2014
A former Maori immersion school principal has been censured and struck off by the Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal for serious misconduct, which included allowing students in their teens to stay overnight at her home; The Prime Minister is standing by his comments that New Zealand was settled peacefully; Labour's Nanaia Mahuta and Kelvin Davis have been ranked in the party's top 17; What's being described as a landmark book about tangata whenua has been launched, with high profile Maōri such as Pita Sharples and Patricia Grace praising it for its comprehensive coverage of Maori history. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 25 November 2014
A judge has ordered the Independent Maori Statutory Board to set aside one of its representative roles and undergo a reselection process; The country's largest forensic mental health unit has been given the go ahead to build a new kaupapa Maori driven unit; The Tainui tribe's top investment manager says its 1 billion dollar asset base needs to be ten times larger to make a meaingful difference to its people; A man whose children had attended a Far North kura kaupapa is disappointed a tribunal's cancelled its former principal teacher's registration citing serious misconduct. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 25 November 2014
The country's largest forensic mental health unit has been given the go ahead to build a new kaupapa Maori driven unit; A judge has ordered the Independent Maori Statutory Board to set aside one of its representative roles and undergo a reselection process; A man whose children had attended a Far North kura kaupapa is disappointed a tribunal's cancelled its former principal teacher's registration citing serious misconduct; Tanui's top investment manager says its 1 billion dollar asset base needs to be ten times larger to make a meaingful difference to its people. [more]

The Critic's Chair

Critic's Chair: Mozart's Instrumental Oratorium
This recording features Mozart's final three symphonies, performed by the Concentus Musicus Wien. Conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt has chosen to interpret the three symphonies as a single work in three sections. Our reviewer Peter Mechen explains to Hannah Sassman why he would rather hear each work as a separate entity, and tells us what he thinks of the historic performance practice on this recording. [more]

The Panel

The Panel pre-show for 24 November 2014
Your feedback, and a preview of the guests and topics on The Panel. [more]

The Panel with Matt Nippert and Scott Yorke (Part 1)
Topics - the new Labour leader Andrew Little has been quick to ask for Iain Rennie's head. Quote - "The idea that you arrange a press conference for a senior public servant, about whom a finding of serious misconduct has been made, it is such a lack of judgment that I think it goes to his fitness to do the job. He should be stood down and an investigation conducted into how he came to make that decision." Treasury has advised against more taxpayer money for Team New Zealand in the next America's Cup - "poor value for money". New look Labour - Annette King back as deputy, Grant Robertson Finance spokesperson and number three in the rankings. Nanaia Mahuta Maori Development spokeswoman. Kelvin Davis and Carmel Sepuloni on the front bench. Jacinda Ardern justice. [more]

The Panel with Matt Nippert and Scott Yorke (Part 2)
Topics - research out of Michigan State University sugests that rather than being silent and smouldering, or pretending you get on with the boss, you should have it out with them, whatever "it" is, and air your grievances. This advice is in the Academy of Management Journal. There have been calls for teachers to be checked for criminal convictions after revelations a Wellington art school boss didn't know one of his tutors is a mass killer. Stephen Anderson was found not guilty by reason of insanity of killing six people in Raurimu in 1997. He was released in 2009, recalled from freedom in 2011 to the consternation of relatives of those killed, because he was thought to have been taking synthetic cannabinoids. At the time the son of one of the deceased said "We don't know when he goes in, we don't know when he comes out." Toy World has withdrawn adult party accessory play bunny costume kits from its shelves after a complaint from a parent. [more]

The Wireless

Introducing: Barnaby Greebles
Barnaby Greebles' song 'A Death' tells the story of an old lady having to let go of a car she's had for years - with a supernatural twist. [more]

Upbeat

Marie Brown: Voix de Femmes
Director of the Alliance Française Voix de Femmes choir which focuses on French and New Zealand compositions and composers. [more]

Simon O'Neill: NZ Tenor
Top NZ opera singer talks about upcoming performances including a fundraiser at Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch tonight. [more]

Norman Meehan: Michael Garrick
Upbeat Jazz contributor looks at the work of British jazz pianist, organist, bandleader and composer Michael Garrick. [more]

Voices

Staunch and stroppy - The NZ Sikh Women's Association
Founded in 2002 by migrant women, the NZ Sikh Women's Association provides support for ethnic minority community families experiencing domestic violence in Auckland South and Manukau Counties. Sergeant Gurpreet Arora introduces Lynda to founder Jit Kaur and other social workers at the centre in Otahuhu - dedicated to helping everyone including their men. [more]

William Shakespeare 450

Sonnet No 118: Like as, to make our appetites more keen
Read by Frank Whitten. Music details: Dowland: Mrs Vaux's Galliard (Naxos 8.557586) [more]

World & Pacific News

2:29pm Pacific Regional News for 24 November 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

4pm Pacific Regional News for 24 November 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

8pm Pacific Regional News for 24 November 2014
The latest Pacific regional news. [more]

6am Pacific and Sports news for 25 November 2014
The latest Pacific and Sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports news for 25 November 2014
The latest World, Pacific and Sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports news for 25 November 2014
The latest World, Pacific and Sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports news for 25 November 2014
The latest World, Pacific and Sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports news for 25 November 2014
The latest World, Pacific and Sports news. [more]

11am World, Pacific and Sports news for 25 November 2014
Nicola Wright, Leilani Momoisea, Vinnie Wylie. [more]

News stories:

Body found on Mt Maunganui
The body of a man has been found in thick bush on Mount Maunganui in Tauranga. Police were called by a member of the public. [more]

Davis Cup final all tied up
The Davis Cup tennis final between France and Switzerland is level at 1-all after the opening singles in Lille. [more]

Retallick named player of the year
The All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick has been named the World Rugby Player of the Year by an independent panel, the fourth player from New Zealand to win the prestigious award. [more]

Mt Eden assaults top prison table
The country's only privately-run prison has had more prisoner assaults than any other jail for the last three years and unions say the figures show it is simply not safe. [more]

Chikungunya outbreak spreads in French Polynesia
The head of surveillance at French Polynesia's Ministry of Health says chikungunya is now spreading throughout the territory. [more]

Solomons voters shun political parties
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister has lost his seat in the country's general election, with most of the 33 returning MP's running as independents. [more]

Sweden Stenson defends Dubai title
Sweden's top golfer Henrik Stenson is celebrating a big payday after the final event of the European season. [more]

Conservationists buoyed by Antarctic deal
Environmentalists are hoping an Antarctic agreement between New Zealand and China is actually an attempt to secure the world's largest marine reserve. [more]

Newbies can still make All Blacks World Cup team
The All Blacks wrapped up another successful season with yesterday's win over Wales in Cardiff though coach Steve Hansen says the team for next year's World Cup is far from set in stone. [more]

US faces lawsuit over 'violating' tuna quota
Environmental groups are suing the US fisheries service over a new rule that they argue doubles the fishing quota for the already overfished bigeye tuna. [more]

Cooks business programme dropped
The Cook Islands Chamber of Commerce says the end of the New Zealand-funded Pacific Business Mentoring programme is a big blow to the local community. [more]

Guam high school fights a concern
The Speaker of the House in Guam has called an urgent round-table meeting to discuss the growing problem of fights in high schools on island. [more]

NZA wins first match in UAE
The New Zealand A cricketers have beaten the United Arab Emirates by a comprehensive 78 runs in the opening match of their tour to the UAE in Dubai. [more]

Spurs win as Liverpool's woes roll on
Liverpool blew an early lead while Tottenham came from behind to win as two of Premier League football's big boys experienced contrasting fortunes against the lesser lights. [more]

Dairy deal latest in Chinese investment
Chinese dairy giant Yili's plan to spend a further $400 million on developments at its South Canterbury processing site has capped a flurry of investment announcements. [more]

Cattle disease confirmed in south
The dairy industry organisation is warning South Island farmers to be on the lookout for the cattle disease Theileria Ikeda because it has now become established there. [more]

Netflix facing crowded market
Even though it is a global leader, Netflix will be very much a Johnny-come-lately when it launches its internet based movie and television subscription service here in March. [more]

Warehouse strives for digital dominance
The Warehouse Group is aiming to become the number one multichannel and digital retailer in New Zealand, as fast moving technology changes the face of retailing. [more]

Australia regain top one-day ranking
Australia scrambled over the line for a two-wicket victory in the fifth one-day cricket international against South Africa yesterday to regain the top world ranking less than three months before the World Cup. [more]

Ngata's grandson praises new notes
The grandson of a Maori politician featured on the $50 note says the Reserve Bank is really making an effort to reflect New Zealand's bicultural heritage. [more]

Maori not grabbing opportunities: Sanford
A fishing firm says its Maori partners have failed to grasp opportunities to break into the sector. Sanford's Volker Kuntzsch says tribes need to move into management development. [more]

Little will reveal new caucus line-up
New Labour Party leader Andrew Little will announce his caucus line-up this morning and says there may be some surprises. He will also indicate to caucus who he would like as deputy. [more]

Delegates 'not told to vote for Little'
The head of the largest union affiliated to the Labour Party says delegats were not instructed to support Andrew Little in his successful bid for the party's leadership. [more]

Labour to give IS bill initial support
The Labour Party will give initial support for new anti-terror legislation, even though it considers it rushed and has reservations about some of the specifics. [more]

Switzerland first-time Davis Cup champions
Roger Federer produced a vintage performance to crush Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-2 6-2 and seal Switzerland's maiden Davis Cup title with a 3-1 win over the hosts France in Lille. [more]

Three Fiji executives to be sentenced today
Three former executives at Post Fiji will be sentenced today in the Suva High Court, following their convictions last week. [more]

Third PNG MP referred to prosecutors
Another Member of Parliament in Papua New Guinea has been referred by the Ombudsman Commission to the Public Prosecutor for alleged misconduct in office. [more]

85% turnout for Solomons elections
The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission says preliminary estimates indicate a average voter turn out of 80 to 85 percent across the country. [more]

Vanuatu PM in court bid to stop no confidence motions
An opposition MP in Vanuatu says if the government's move to get the opposition leader and 15 of his MPs suspended from Parliament is successful, then it will be unconstitutional and likely be challenged in court. [more]

Kim Dotcom bail hearing adjourned
Kim Dotcom has avoided being sent back to jail for the time being after a hearing to revoke his bail this morning was adjourned, but will still have to obey travel restrictions. [more]

French Polynesia to seek huge compensation from France
The French Polynesia assembly is poised to ask France for 930 million US dollars in compensation for environmental damage caused by its nuclear weapons tests. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Lydia Ko wins season-ending LPGA Tour championship and biggest payday in women's golf history
BREAKING NEWS - Lydia Ko wins season-ending LPGA Tour championship and biggest payday in women's golf history [more]

Toy shop sorry over adult costume
A toy shop whose adult play bunny costumes sparked a complaint from a Wellington father has blamed the mix up on its supplier delivering the wrong item. [more]

Ko wins biggest payday in womens' golf history
Lydia Ko has claimed the biggest payday in womens' golf history after winning the LPGA's season ending Tour Championship in Florida and picking up nearly $1.9 million. [more]

PM backs Rennie despite mistake
Prime Minister John Key has rejected calls for the State Services Commissioner to step down over his handling of the resignation of Roger Sutton, despite a "significant miscalculation." [more]

Motorway toll protest case thrown out
The High Court has thrown out a man's legal fight over his refusal to pay tolls on Auckland's Northern Gateway motorway. [more]

Economy lures work-seekers to NZ
The number of people moving to New Zealand or staying long-term has hit an all time high for the third month in a row, as a fast-growing economy attracts people looking for work. [more]

Harcourts building to be restored
Property developer Mark Dunajtschik has abandoned his bid to demolish the historic Harcourts building in Wellington, he says, and has budgeted $10 million for restoration. [more]

Nauru camps irk hundreds of locals
A Nauruan photojournalist, Clint Deidenang, says there is a significant minority opposed to the presence of Australia's asylum seekers on the island. [more]

Sport: Auckland City claim inaugural OFC President's Cup title
Auckland City have won the inaugural OFC President's Cup football tournament, coming from behind to beat Vanuatu's Amicale FC 2-1 in Sunday's final. [more]

Popular Akl railway will not reopen
A popular bush railway in west Auckland will be permanently closed to the public on safety grounds after it was closed 18 months ago after a landslide. [more]

Clash in West Papua leads to shooting; arrests
Security forces in Indonesia's Papua province have shot a separatist and arrested 11 other members of the West Papua National Committee, or KNPB. [more]

More forces sent to PNG's Hela province over tribal fighting
More than 100 security personnel in Papua New Guinea have been deployed to Hela Province in an effort to stop tribal fighting that has plagued the area. [more]

Woman jailed for part in drug ring
A 24-year-old woman who helped run a drug-dealing ring in Wellington has been jailed for nearly three years, in the Wellington District Court today. [more]

Kathmandu 'best-placed for online'
Forsyth Barr analyst Chelsea Leadbetter believes Kathmandu is the best-placed of the listed retailers to benefit from the shift in retail sales online. [more]

Business briefs
A round-up from Radio New Zealand's business reporters featuring Precinct Properties selling SAP Tower, Acurity Health lists profit and Ligno using distillers grains as feedstock. [more]

Sport: Manu Samoa management proud of effort despite off-field dramas
The Manu Samoa team has disbanded at the end of their Northern tour with issues between the playing group and rugby union still unresolved. [more]

Sport: PNG cricketers qualify for World T20 Qualifier
Papua New Guinea have qualified for next year's ICC World Twenty20 Cricket Qualifier after defending their East Asia Pacific title in Lismore, New South Wales at the weekend. [more]

Sport: Rugby Players' Association says action required on Samoa
The International Rugby Players' Association hopes to begin formal dialogue with the Samoa Rugby Union in the coming days, in an attempt to resolve the ongoing issues between the Union and Manu Samoa players. [more]

Road closed after fatal crash
State highway one at Templeton south of Christchurch is expected to be closed for several hours after a car and a truck collided, killing the driver of the car. [more]

Vanuatu opposition lodges counter-motion against government
Vanuatu's Opposition Leader, Moana Carcasses, has lodged a counter-motion against the Prime Minister's motion to suspend 16 opposition MPs. [more]

Fiji executives jailed after guilty verdicts
Three former executives of Fiji's post service have been jailed by the High Court in Suva, following their guilty convictions last week. [more]

Accused intended to kill, says Crown
The Crown says a man accused of killing a homeless man in a central Auckland park could not have done so much damage to his victim without knowing death could be a result. [more]

Influenza big contributor to deaths
Influenza contributes to the death of 400 New Zealanders each year, according to researchers at the University of Otago, with elderly people the most vulnerable. [more]

PNG backs NZ and Australia role in Forum
Papua New Guinea's Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato has indicated his country is not keen to exclude Australia and New Zealand from a revised Pacific Islands Forum. [more]

China investment to create 50 new jobs
Fifty new jobs for Southland and a guaranteed supply chain into China for sheep and beef farmers have been secured in the latest in a series of Chinese investments in the NZ primary sector. [more]

Chikungunya in all of Samoa
Samoa's Ministry of Health says the whole of Samoa is now affected by chikungunya. [more]

Fiji and NZ to ink new agreement on RSE workers
Following a meeting in Auckland, Fiji says an agreement will be signed with New Zealand in December on the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme. [more]

Body of missing diver recovered
Searchers have recovered the body of a 56-year-old man who went missing yesterday while snorkelling at Pourerere Beach in Central Hawke's Bay yesterday [more]

American Samoa governor bemoans low productivity
American Samoa's governor, Lolo Matalasi Moliga, says the territory's government workforce is becoming less productive, despite more money being paid out in wages. [more]

Customers flocking back to firm
A Christchurch carpet yarn factory is out of receivership and winning back business under new owners. The processing plant went into receivership in April with the loss of 55 jobs. [more]

More Chinese aid to Fiji 'people-focused'
Fiji is to receive another 11.4 million US dollars in Chinese aid money. [more]

Whangarei murder suppression lifts
Name suppression has ended for a second teenager who is charged with the killing of Whangarei man Michael Griffin at his home in early October. [more]

One woman elected in Solomons
The third woman ever to be elected to Parliament in Solomon Islands has won a seat in Temotu province, holding out the country's Foreign Minister, Clay Forau, by 22 votes. [more]

Tonga Power strike called off
Staff at Tonga Power Limited have called off a planned strike, following cabinet's decision to suspend an investigation into the company. [more]

DHB, nurse faulted over man's care
The Waitemata District Health Board and a nurse failed to provide adequate care for a dementia patient who later died, Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Theo Baker says. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - SIS report expected to heavily criticise spy agency and PM's office
BREAKING NEWS - SIS report expected to heavily criticise spy agency and PM's office [more]

Major changes to how drugs funded
Government drug-buying agency Pharmac is to make major changes to the way it arrives at often hotly-debated funding decisions, after extensive consultation with the public since 2013. [more]

Mayor wants half council to be Māori
New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd is calling on the Government to change the law so that half of all councillors are Māori, saying the Treaty of Waitangi should be reflected. [more]

Builder fined for endangering workers
A Christchurch builder has been fined $18,000 for placing his workers at risk of serious injury after it was discovered there was no fall protection in place for people working on a roof. [more]

Police confirm body is missing man
Police have confirmed the identity of a body of a man found in thick bush on Mount Maunganui in Tauranga as Stephen Tracey, who went missing in September. [more]

Teen charged over framing dead friend
The grandfather of 16-year-old Cheyenne Ihaka who was killed in a car crash in July says the arrest of another teenager for framing his grandson comes as little surprise. [more]

Chardonnay making a comeback
After a Hawke's Bay chardonnay took the top prize at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, it seems the grape variety is making a comeback. [more]

SIS report set to criticise agency
A report on the SIS is expected to heavily criticise both the spy agency and the Prime Minister's office over the release of information to right-wing blogger Cameron Slater. [more]

Annette King new Labour deputy
Long-serving Labour MP Annette King is the new Labour Party deputy leader, but only for the coming year. The announcement this morning was delayed by a fire alarm. [more]

Crews battle blaze at Rabbit Island
Two helicopters using monsoon buckets have joined crews from the Rural Fire Network from Nelson and Tasman battling a large fire on Rabbit Island. [more]

Dollar up but market starts week lower
The New Zealand dollar rose against the currencies of all its major trading partners today, but the local sharemarket shed 24 points to finish the day at 5472. [more]

Guard suspected concealed drugs
A Corrections officer has told an inquest he suspected remand prisoner Jai Davis, who died in 2011, was bringing concealed drugs into prison from phone calls intercepted. [more]

Students push immigration up
More people from India studying in New Zealand have pushed annual immigration to an all-time high - the highest ever net gain of 47,700 people in the year to October. [more]

Bennett says Rennie has been held to account
State Services minister Paula Bennett insists the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie has been held to account over his handling of the Roger Sutton case. [more]

'Landmark' work charts Māori history
A "landmark" book on Māori has been launched, with high-profile Māori such as Pita Sharples and Sir Tipene O'Regan praising it for its comprehensive coverage of the history of tangata whenua. [more]

Glencore Grains fined for foul odours
Glencore Grains has been fined $67,500 for the discharge of foul and objectionable odours at Port Taranaki, which affected residents of nearby Moturoa. [more]

Maori former principal struck off
A former Maori immersion school principal has been censured and struck off by a disciplinary tribunal for serious misconduct which included allowing students in their teens to stay overnight at her home. [more]

Smith inquiry 'must find answers'
The Government has announced the terms of reference for its inquiry into the escape of the paedophile and murderer Phillip Smith, who absconded overseas. [more]

Kiwifruit growers 'sick of positive talk'
A kiwifruit grower who has just discovered Psa on his vines says industry leaders are glossing over how bad the situation is for producers and some growers are sick of the positive talk. [more]

PNG mobile police act over tribal fighting
21 people have been arrested on the first day of an operation in Papua New Guinea's Hela Province to try and stop tribal fighting that has plagued the area. [more]

Solomons MPs to begin coalition formation
The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission has declared the election period in Solomon Islands is officially over. [more]

Vanuatu Govt has numbers for motions
It appears the Vanuatu Prime Minister has the numbers to move a motion to suspend the leader of the opposition, Moana Carcasses and 15 supporting MPs. [more]

PNG keen to keep regional links with Australia and NZ
Papua New Guinea's Foreign Minister says while his country is keen to forge new global partnerships, existing partnerships like those with Australia and New Zealand must remain. [more]

Former Tonga minister says too soon for more reform
A former Justice Minister and Attorney General in Tonga, Alisi Taumoepeau, says it is premature to call for more constitutional change. [more]

Xi's talks with Pacific leaders focus on climate and infrastructure
Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, says climate change formed a major part of talks with the Chinese President Xi Jin Ping at the weekend. [more]

Murdered CNMI farmers cremated in Guam
The bodies of two Chinese farmers murdered in the Northern Marianas earlier this month have been sent to Guam for cremation. [more]

Tonga candidate disqualified
A Tongan election candidate has been disqualified because he did not live in the constituency in which he is standing. [more]

Hefty Pay rises for Guam's political chiefs
Lawmakers on Guam have approved a bill that will increase their salaries as well as the pay for governor and lieutenant governor by up to 40,000 US dollars. [more]

Council fined $115k over Eltham stink
The South Taranaki District Council has been fined $115,000 for its part in the rotting buttermilk odour that has plagued the township of Eltham, in New Plymouth District Court. [more]

PM's knowledge of history questioned
A Tauranga Maori historian has questioned the Prime Minister's knowledge about New Zealand's history. John Key is standing by comments that the country was settled peacefully. [more]

Pair under police guard after crash
One person is in police custody and another two are under police guard in Christchurch Hospital following a car chase. Three others have also been injured. [more]