Radio New Zealand - Monday, 21st January 2008

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Jim's Intro
The topic is new year emails. [more]

Eight Months to Mars - Tom Scott
A journalist, cartoonist, playwright, author and raconteur. [more]

Sir Edmund Hillary
Sir Edmund Hillary is now lying in state at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell. [more]

Young Bowlers
It's a precision art and a summer sport which has been traced back as far as the 13th century. [more]

The Vault
Deb Nation gets nostalgic with Jennie from Christchurch vintage clothing shop Gertie's about what she listened to on the radio, growing up in rural New Zealand in the 1960s and 70s. [more]

This Way Up Feature - Shop Lifting
More than $2,000,000 of product gets lifted a day from retailers around the country. [more]

Science Report
We present the first of a series about memory and learning in the brain. [more]

The Panel (Part 1 )
With today's guests Mike Williams and Graham Bell. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With today's guests Mike Williams and Graham Bell. [more]


Sir Edmund Hillary
Thousands of people have paid tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary as he lies in state at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland. [more]

Taupo Murder Inquiry
The mayor of Taupo says arrangements have been made for a funeral service for Karen Aim. [more]

South Auckland Homicide
A homicide inquiry has been launched by police, over the discovery of a woman's body found submerged in a lake. [more]

Westlake Boys High School
An education lobby group says Auckland's Westlake Boys High School is trying to rid itself of problem students. [more]

Sports News
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Sir Edmund Hillary (Part 2)
Wet weather appears to be keeping crowd numbers down at the cathedral. [more]

China Free Trade
New Zealand and China have concluded talks on a free trade pact. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Tea Ropati Trial
It's been revealed former rugby league star Tea Ropati is facing six charges of sexual violation including rape. [more]

Australian Tennis
Right now, the world number one Roger Federer is on court - he's up against 13th seed, Tomas Berdych. [more]

An international survey has described New Zealand housing as severely unaffordable. [more]

Police Chase
A man is in hospital in a serious condition after being shot by the police following a high-speed chase. [more]

Australian Floods
Four New Zealanders have come to the rescue of a small Australian town hit by extensive flooding. [more]

Sports News
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Cuba News
Cubans have voted in an election which were a foregone conclusion. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

South American News
Where little seems to have changed with a new year. [more]

Papamoa Suspicious Death
The police are investigating the suspicious death of a woman at her home in Papamoa in the Bay of Plenty. [more]

Sir Edmund Hillary (Part 4)
The cathedral where Sir Edmund Hillary's body is lying in state is expected to be open to the public all night. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 21 January 2008
NZX worries, Sir Edmund Hillary, quadbike accidents, summer weather and Black Beauty tops A1 Grand Prix. [more]

The Kea
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Transpower Supply In Doubt
Shutting down equipment operating the Cook Strait cables could lead to an electricity black out for parts of the North Island. [more]

Pacific News
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
The latest news from the Waatea team. [more]

Sir Edmund Hillary
Sir Edmund Hillary is to lie in state at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland later today. [more]

Rural Fire Service Warnings
The fire risk is currently high for the Bay of Plenty, and along the east coast of both islands. [more]

New Zealand Sharemarket
Since its all-time closing high in May last year, the NZX has fallen 15 percent. [more]

Sir Edmund Hillary - Part 2
Today marks the start of two days of mourning that's expected to see parts of Auckland brought to a standstill. [more]

Two Quadbike Accidents Over Weekend
The accidents have reignited the debate about whether they should be banned from the country's coastline. [more]

The End Of The Golden Weather?
Cyclone Funa has been downgraded to a deep depression and Bob McDavitt reports on our summer weather. [more]

Team New Zealand Tops A1 Grand Prix
Black Beauty driver Jonny Reid won yesterday's spring race before finishing fourth in the afternoon's main feature event. [more]

Transpower Supply In Doubt - Part 2
With the CEO of Transpower, Patrick Strange. [more]

Sports News
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Karen Aim
The life of backpacker Karen Aim has just been celebrated in her local church in Scotland's Orkney Islands. [more]

Benazir Bhutto Assassination Arrests
An 18-year-old and his handler were arrested in the northwest of Pakistan. [more]

Three Bodies Found
The police in Auckland are trying to identify three bodies found in separate locations during the past 24 hours. [more]

State of the Planet Speech
The Green Party has warned Labour and National that its cooperation after this year's election will come at a high price. [more]

France's Oldest Man Dies
He was the 2nd to last surviving veteran of WW1. Louis de Cazenave, died in France aged 110. [more]

New Zealand Sharemarket - Part 2
Investors eyes will be on the New Zealand Sharemarket today to see if the market recovers from 12 days of consecutive losses. [more]

Sir Edmund Hillary - Part 3
Live radio and tv coverage will stream via the intenet to New Zealanders around the world. [more]

Two Quadbike Accidents Over Weekend - Part 2
The deputy chair of the Auckland Regional Council is calling for a national rethink on the way our beaches are controlled. [more]

Australian Open
With Dave Worsley, our tennis correspondent in Melbourne. [more]

Sports News
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Sir Edmund Hillary - Part 4
Kiri Ennis reports live from Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral. [more]

NZ Free Trade Deal With China
New Zealand is on track to become the first western nation to sign a free trade deal with China. [more]

Waatea News
The latest news from the Waatea team. [more]

Karen Aim - Part 2
The police are continuing to appeal for help from the public to try and catch Ms Aim's killer. [more]

Phil Kafcaloudes
Live from Melbourne. [more]

Nine To Noon

Poverty Panel
Credit card debt is rising, espeacially just after Xmas, and so is the interest rates for credit cards. [more]

Career Change
Stefan Lewis is a Police constable embarking on a filmmaking career. Last year he directed 'The Waimate Conspiracy'. [more]

Sir Edmund Hillary
Kiri Ennis reports live from Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral. [more]

Peter Greste from Cape Town on the violence in Kenya following last months election. [more]

Feature Guest - Susan Bell
Author of 'A Touch of Sleeve - Hisashi's Story'. [more]

Best Books of 2007
Laura Kroetsch with her take on the best books of 2007. [more]

From the left - Laila Harre, and from the right - Matthew Hooton. [more]

Sir Edmund Hillary - Part 2
Kiri Ennis reports on the welcoming ceremony for Sir Edmund Hillary's casket. Live from Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral. [more]

Guest Chef - Peter Thornley
Picnic ideas for summer. [more]

With John Hawkesby. [more]

A Modest Proposal or Two
David Slack on a suitable tribute for Sir Edmund Hillary. [more]


Paul Farrington
British vocal expert and tutor at The New Zealand Opera School earlier this month in Wanganui. [more]

Helen Bowater
NZ composer and 2008 New Zealand School of Music Composer in Residence. [more]

The Two Sopranos
British Sopranos Felicity and Tiffany Redman performing in Christchurch as part of the World Buskers Festival. [more]

News stories:

Australia helps Samoa cope with climate change
Samoa is getting just over 350 thousand US dollars over the next two years from the government of Australia to support community environmental activities to address the impacts of climate... [more]

China to give Samoa more money for education
Samoa is expecting more than 2 million US dollars or 4.8 million Samoan Tala, from the Chinese government to help improve youth education in the country. The assistance will be... [more]

Fiji interim finance minister says public servants pay cuts will be restored this year
Fiji's interim Finance minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, says the four percent pay cut imposed on civil servants last year by the interim Government will be restored soon. The Fijilive website says... [more]

College of Marshall Islands receives positive report
The College of the Marshall Islands has received its most positive report ever from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in the lead up to last week¹s full... [more]

French Polynesia's first woman assembly president resigns from political party
The first woman to become the assembly president in French Polynesia has resigned from the opposition Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party just days before the first round of the territory's early general... [more]

French Polynesia's ruling party boycotts delayed autonomy anniversary celebration
French Polynesia's ruling Union For Democarcy has boycotted a ceremony to mark 50 years of autonomy in relationship with the colonial master France. The event was organised by the assembly... [more]

Hawaiian Airlines delays purchase of new aircraft
Hawaiian Airlines says its plan to buy 24 Airbus widebody jets for US $4.4 billion has been delayed and may not be completed. In its filings with the U.S. Securities... [more]

New Caledonia rioters to appear in court tomorrow
A court in New Caledonia is scheduled to sentence 13 men tomorrow for their role in last week's clashes with police. The 13 were among 45 people arrested in Noumea... [more]

American Samoa hospital needs more nurses
American Samoa's LBJ Medical Centre says, in a report to the governor, that there is a documented shortage of registered nurses at the hospital. It also says the shortage was... [more]

Bill to alter criteria for matai titles reintroduced in American Samoa Senate
A bill removing one of the existing criteria for determining successors to a matai title, has been reintroduced in the American Samoa Senate. Hereditary right is the main qualification for... [more]

WHO meeting to consider impact of climat change on human health
At a meeting in Geneva today, the executive of the World Health Organisation is to consider a report on the impact of climate change on human health. A WHO report... [more]

Major Tonga education expo held in Auckland
Around a thousand people were at the Tonga Education Expo in Mangere in Auckland on Saturday where there was an emphasis on targetting and interacting with parents. The Vahefonua Tonga... [more]

Fiji men's triples picks up silver at world bowls in New Zealand
The history making Fiji men's triples are enjoying their Silver medal performance against Scotland at the World Bowls championships in Christchurch at the weekend. Samuela Tui, Keshwa Gounder and Curtis... [more]

Calls mount in Tonga for the tourism minister to resign
Calls are mounting in Tonga for the tourism minister to resign, but the Prime Minister is standing by the minister. The Auditor General is investigating allegations, made by the director... [more]

New push to reduce obesity among American Samoans
A United States government official is asking American Samoan government and community leaders to implement a plan that would lead to healthier living in the territory. Dr. Saleia Afele-Faamuli, who... [more]

American Samoan bill calls for 10 percent import duty on appliance imports
A bill introduced in the American Samoa Senate would impose a 10 percent tax for all heavy equipment and home appliances imported into the territory for sale, personal or commercial... [more]

Marshalls college set to regain US accreditation
There are hopes in the Marshall Islands that its college might regain full US accreditation in the next few weeks. Accreditation gives the college access to federal funding and acceptance... [more]

Top US general on American Samoa visit
A top American military commander is on a visit to American Samoa. The Commanding General of the 9th Regional Readiness Command Brigadier General Alexander Kozlov is on an annual trip... [more]

Fiji Methodist charter stance to be released on Friday
The Methodist Church hierarchy in Fiji will meet on Friday to decide on the church's stand on the proposed People's Charter aimed at setting policy directions. The Fiji Times reports... [more]

New Zealand murder plot accused Khan back in Fiji hospital
A New Zealand man accused of plotting to kill Fiji's interim prime minister and two key cabinet ministers has been re-admitted to a private Suva hospital. Earlier this month, Ballu... [more]

Solomons PM admits to corruption problems
The ruling coalition in Solomon Islands has acknowledged that corruption exist within government systems, with the prime minister warning that increasing disparity is a risk to stability. The Prime Minister,... [more]

Tongan MP says tourism ministry abuse allegations seem irrefutable
A Tongan MP Clive Edwards is repeating calls for the minister of tourism to resign, and says the silence from the government speak volumes The Auditor General is investigating allegations,... [more]

Tokelau atoll of Fakaofo chooses new leader as Atafu and Nukunonu retain their faipule
Tokelau's election results for the faipule or village leaders of the three atolls have seen a new faipule elected in Fakaofo. Elections were held over the weekend to also elect... [more]

Fiji Water resumes exports after winning injunction against tax authority
The Lautoka High Court in Fiji has ruled in favour of Natural Waters of Viti Limited allowing it to resume the export of Fiji Water until the end of the... [more]

Tokelau's new ulu seeks fresh talks with New Zealand
Tokelau's incoming head of government for 2008 says the priority for this year is to meet New Zealand government officials. Elections were held over the weekend to choose the faipule... [more]

PNG call to rescind law allowing gambling
Papua New Guinea's Governor-General, Sir Paulias Matane, has urged the government to repeal a new law allowing casinos to operate in the country. Sir Paulias says poker machines and other... [more]

USTKE union hopes talks can settle New Caledonian Carsud conflict
The New Caledonian Union for Kanak and Exploited Workers, or USTKE, is hopeful to start talks with a Carsud bus company representative today to end a protracted industrial dispute. The... [more]

Italy proposes summit with Pacific, pledges more aid
The Italian Government has pledged to convene an Italy-Pacific Islands Forum towards the end of 2008. The Italian Ambassador to Solomon Islands, Stefano Starace Janfolla, says the initiative is part... [more]

Two candidates in French Polynesia change parties a week before election
A candidate of French Polynesia's To Tatou Aia Party has joined a rival opposition party a week before the territory's early general election to choose a 57-member assembly. Gina San... [more]

Australia eases visa restrictions on Solomons parliamentarians
The Australian department of foreign affairs is lifting visa restrictions for Solomon Islands members of parliament who seek to travel to or transit through Australia. In a statement, is says... [more]

New Tokelau ulu confident after Nukunonu re-election
Tokelau's incoming head of government or ulu for 2008 says he's well prepared for the role. Pio Tuia says he will be sworn in as ulu at the next General... [more]