Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 23rd January 2008

This page lists items from RNZ that are available online. RNZ didn't start regularly putting both its audio and news content online until 2008. From 2002-2007 written news items (particularly from RNZ International) were placed online. You can access items prior to 2002 on the historic page.

This page features: Afternoons, Checkpoint, Morning Report, News Stories, Nine To Noon, Upbeat


Jim's Essay
Many of us are back at work this week, 2008 has begun in earnest...sigh...and what does it hold for us? [more]

The Best Song Ever Written
Susan Vuilleumier from Rotorua chooses 'Fat Cat Keeps Getting Fatter' by the Squirrel Nut Zippers. [more]

Link 3
Today, the link is in the song titles, which you will quickly discern, but for the correct answer what do all the titles do? [more]

'E' Cigarettes
Researchers trialling the world's first electronic cigarette have been inundated by Auckland smokers wanting to take part. [more]

Nudist Market
Marlborough naturist Kay Hannam is no shrinking violet, especially when extolling the naked delights on offer in her backyard. [more]

Feature Album
Today's album 'My Aim is True' by Elvis Costello. [more]

Hamish MacEwan
Hamish Macewan returns for another season - looking today at the 'big themes for 2008'. [more]

Mangrove Marjorie
Mangroves. For many years considered to be, well, basically rubbish and then recognised as important natives, to be preserved. [more]

Science Story
The third part of our science programme on the brain and memory. [more]

The Panel
With Rosemary Mcleod and Peter Elliot. [more]

The Panel Continues
With Rosemary Mcleod and Peter Elliot. [more]


New Zealand Sharemarkets
After a record 14-day losing streak, the sharemarket looks to have bounced back...for now. [more]

U.S. Sharemarkets
Joining us from New York for the latest is David Andelman, the executive editor at [more]

Gisborne Earthquake
The Insurance Council says the value of claims following the Gisborne earthquake has doubled from initial estimates. [more]

Sudden Death in Hollywood
The entertainment industry is in shock following the sudden death of one of the world's biggest young film stars, Heath Ledger. [more]

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

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

New Police Code of Conduct
The Police Association says a move away from military style disciplinary measures will mean a fairer system in the force. [more]

Actress in Wellington nominated for an Oscar
13 year-old Irish actress, Saoirse Ronan has just arrived in the capital to begin filming The Lovely Bones. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Stranded Whales in Golden Bay
More than a dozen Pilot Whales have died after strandings Golden Bay near Nelson. [more]

The Australian Open
Joining us now from Melbourne is our correspondent, Dave Luddy. [more]

Trees Cause Power Cuts
Powerco has blamed last night's power outages to thousands of homes on landowners failing to trim their trees. [more]

'Holiday from Hell'
Sam Farr was on board P and O's Pacific Star which returned to Ak a day late yesterday after being caught in Cyclone Funa. [more]

P and O Hits Rough Weather
P and O Cruises public affairs manager, Anthony Fisk. [more]

Country's Youngest Convicted Killer to be Moved
The decision to remove Bailey Junior Kurariki from a Maori tikanga-based rehabilitation process is being criticized. [more]

Unsolved Murder Case under Review
Police are re-investigating the murder of Auckland woman Marie Jamieson after 7 years. [more]

Heath Ledger
The 28 year old Australian actor Heath Ledger has been found dead in a New York apartment. [more]

World Stock Markets
A day after stock markets plunged the U.S. federal Reserve has delivered an emergency interest rate cut. [more]

Tuvalu is in huge danger of disappearing underwater within fifty years because of climate change. [more]

The light have started to come back on in Gaza City after Israel allowed fuel deliveries into the coastal strip. [more]

Turkey - Greece
The prime minister of Greece travels to Turkey later today, the first official visit by a Greek leader in almost 5 decades. [more]

Art Exhibition Requires Change of Laws
Some incredible works of art are now on display in London after arriving there from Russia. [more]

The Oscars
The Academy Award nominations have been announced in Los Angeles. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 23 January 2008
US stockmarkets, NZ stockmarkets, Overnight weather, Election year, Woman killed. [more]

Koekoea - The Long Tailed cuckoo
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

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

Morning Rural News for 23 January 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Hawke's Bay Woman Killed
The 44-year-old is one of three women whose deaths have sparked homicide inquiries in the past week. [more]

US Intrest Rates Cut
The U.S. Federal Reserve has slashed interest rates by three quarters of a percent to stop tumbling share markets. [more]

NZ Share Market Losses
In New Zealand the local sharemarket yesterday recorded its fourteenth consecutive days of losses. [more]

Weather Problems Overnight
Many lower North Island homes are still without power this morning, following severe winds. [more]

Election Year Issues
The economy and tax cuts are looming large on the political agenda for election year. [more]

The Funeral of Sir Edmund Hillary
Sir Edmund Hillary was sent off in style yesterday with a state funeral marked by pomp and ceremony. [more]

Hawke's Bay Woman Killed (part 2)
Police in Napier have stepped up their investigation into the death of a woman at her home in Onekawa South. [more]

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

Waihi Shooting Inquiry
An Independent Police Conduct Authority inquiry is under way into Monday's shooting of a man by police. [more]

Natural Hormone Therapy
Medsafe, is to look into over-blown claims about the benefits of a form of hormone replacement therapy. [more]

Oscar Nominations
The shadow of the ongoing writers strike hangs over the high point of the Hollywood year. [more]

World Stock Markets
The central bank is trying to stave off a predicted recession in the US, which has prompted turmoil on world markets. [more]

Power Outages
Around five hundred homes remain without power this morning after 130 kilometre an hour winds overnight. [more]

Police Code of Conduct
Police are defending their new code of conduct which does away with the current tribunal system. [more]

Waitomo Mayor Lays Assalt Charges
Waitomo mayor and a Maori elder have laid complaints against each other after a confrontation on a disputed beach. [more]

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

Politics At Ratana Commemorations
The Maori Party is warning politicians not to gatecrash Ratana Pa this week with election promises. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Silly Tourists
They come from all over the world for New Zealand's natural beauty but for some tourists, it's all about extreme adventure. [more]

Nine To Noon

Health experts talk about this food-borne disease. [more]

Hone Tuwhare Tribute
Cilla McQueen, Bluff poet and Jim Geddes, personal friend and curator at the Eastern Southland Art Gallery. [more]

With correspondent Ray Moynihan. [more]

Algae Bio fuels
Feature guest Vicki Buck, entrepreneur and former Mayor of Christchurch talks about bio fuels. [more]

Book Review
Graham Beattie's favourite books from 2007. [more]

Heath Ledger Found Dead
Actor Heath Ledger has been found dead in his New York apartment. [more]

Music - The Police
Marty Duda with today's feature artist: The Police. [more]

Legal Issues
With our legal editor Catriona MacLennan. [more]

TV Review
Simon Wilson previews the new television season. [more]


Laura Kroetsch
Manager of the 2008 NZ International Arts Festival 'Writers and Readers' week, previews the programme. [more]

Robert Wiremu
Music Director of the NZ Secondary Schools Choir performing benefit concert at Karori Wildlife Sanctuary Wgtn. Tonight 7pm. [more]

Lisa Densem
NZ contemporary dancer temporarily back from working in Berlin; presentation at the Goethe Institute, Wgtn. Tonight 7:30pm. [more]

News stories:

New Caledonia demonstration in support of jailed unionists
An estimated 500 people have held a demonstration outside New Caledonia's main court house in support of ten members of the USTKE union who were arrested during last week's violent... [more]

Solomon Islands government says new legislation will clamp down on compensation
The new Solomon Islands government says it will shape legislation to clamp down on compensation demands. The deputy prime Minister Fred Fono has defended the government's decision to pay out... [more]

Cook Islands prime minister says Ministry appointments are made by their Ministers
The Cook Islands Prime Minister, Jim Marurai, says he won't interfere with any appointments made by his Ministers to their respective ministries. Mr Marurai's comments come after media reports that... [more]

Solomon Islands prime minister to meet Australian prime minister
The new Solomons Islands Prime Minister Derek Sikua will meet Kevin Rudd today as the two nations begin repairing soured diplomatic ties. Dr Sikua touched down in Canberra yesterday and... [more]

American Samoa hosts talks for tuna businesses
American Samoa has hosted talks between Chicken of the Sea Samoa Packing and another leading U.S. tuna packer, Bumble Bee Seafood Incorporated on a possible co packing arrangement between the... [more]

Solomon Islands government defends its decision to pay compensation
The new Solomon Islands government has defended its decision to pay out 50-thousand Solomon Islands dollars or over 7 thousand US dollars to a group of Malaitans. The group demanded... [more]

Tonga's prime minister believes there is growth in the economy
Tonga's Prime Minister, Dr Feleti Sevele, says he's a positive thinker and believes there is growth in the Tongan economy and that it can bounce back from its poor state. [more]

Solomon Islands community leader says policy restricting Malaitans is only temporary
A community leader says the policy restricting Malaitans working for the Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil Limited in Solomon Islands is a temporary measure. A church and community leader in North... [more]

Fiji businessman meets with the interim prime minister
Fiji business tycoon, Hari Punja, has met with interim prime minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama following the spat with the interim Finance Minister in the media over changes in tariff rates. [more]

Papua New Guinea's Fisheries Ministry hopes to make PNG the world's tuna capital
Papua New Guinea's Fisheries Ministry is focused on making PNG the world's tuna capital, with the establishment of the Madang marine industrial park. The National newspaper reports the marine park... [more]

A community leader believes the actions of a few does not sit well with their colleagues
A former senior Solomon Islands police officer believes the compensation paid to a group of Malaitans will have an adverse affect within the Solomon Islands community. The 50-thousand Solomon Islands... [more]

Organisers of rally in CNMI says locals are against federalizing immigration system
A rally is being held on Saipan today to show opposition to legislation federalizing of the CNMI's immigration system. Gregorio Cruz, president of the Taotao Tano citizen group, one of... [more]

Pacific countries gear up for next week's World Wetland Day
A number of Pacific countries are stepping up their preparations for next week's World Wetland Day. February 2nd will be marked as World Wetlands Day when governments and organisations will... [more]

Community leader in Solomon Islands says compensation should never have been paid
A former Solomon Islands police officer now community leader Joseph Baetolingia believes the government should never have paid out 50,000 Solomon Islands dollars to a group of Malaitans. His comments... [more]

Papua New Guinea's Police Association unsure of new initiative to deal with complaints
The Papua New Guinea Police Association isn't sure that a new initiative to deal with police complaints will be popular amongst officers. A new oversight agency, which will be part... [more]

Court in Fiji asked to determine whether ousted GCC members were properly appointed
The High Court in Suva Fiji has been asked to determine whether the ousted members of Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs were properly appointed. And if the court declares that... [more]

Samoa league player extends contract with Eels
The young Parramatta star, Samoan Krisnan Inu has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at the National Rugby League club until the end of 2010 season. The... [more]

New Zealand's FIFA World cup qualifier against Fiji to be played in Samoa
The Oceania Football Confederation has announced that New Zealand's 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Fiji will be played in Apia, Samoa on the 23rd of June. The match was... [more]

French parliamentarian hits out at French Polyensia leaders
A French parliamentarian has strongly criticised the politics of French Polynesia just days before the territory is to hold the first round of an early general election. Jean-Christophe Lagarde of... [more]

Fiji woman in custody over drowning incident
A woman in Fiji is in custody amid claims she drowned her two young children after an argument with her husband. Corporal Suliano Tevita says the 22-year-old woman was expected... [more]

New Air Vanuatu airliner on nationwide tour
Air Vanuatu's new Boeing 737-800 plane has landed in Port Vila and Luganville in Santo and flown all over the country on a maiden flight for the people to see... [more]

Samoa court admits error in sending convict to youth rehab centre
The Supreme Court in Samoa has admitted of mistakenly sending a 25 year old sex offender to serve his two-year jail in the Olomanu rehabilitation center which was opened last... [more]

SPC new cultural adviser has firm ideas on how to approach new job
The newly appointed adviser for culture at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community Human Development Programme in Noumea admits she has her work cut out. Elise Huffer says culture is... [more]

Guam bids to attract Chinese tourists
The Guam Visitors Bureau and Continental Airlines are joining forces to send a tourism mission to China to prepare for the first charter flights from that country. The Pacific Daily... [more]

Samao fire service warns about prank calls
The Assistant Commissioner of the Samoa Fire Services Authority is appealing to the public to stop making prank fire calls. Fouina Mupo made the plea after firemen were called out... [more]

Hawaiian land revenue deal needs approval by state legislature
A landmark agreement, worth US$200-million has been signed in Hawaii over ceded land revenues that have been in dispute for more than a decade. The agreement is intended to end... [more]

Solomons tsunami victims get land on higher ground
Some tsunami victims in Solomon Islands will be given titles to land they have been using since their coastal villages were destroyed in April last year. The MP for Gizo,... [more]

Flosse summoned in French Polynesia probes
It has been revealed in French Polynesia that the opposition's leading politician, Gaston Flosse, has been summoned by investigative judges as part of probes into the alleged misuse of funds. [more]

Call for urgency on Pacific tuna stock protection
The environmentalist group Greenpeace says urgent action is needed to protect certain fish stocks which are facing crisis point. Fishing vessels from Europe are on the rise in the Pacific... [more]

Transparency Solomons welcomes PM's fence-mending efforts
Transparency Solomon Islands has welcomed the move of its new prime minister to seek an improvement in diplomatic relations with its neighbours. The new Solomons Islands prime minister, Derek Sikua,... [more]

Local lawyer appointed Acting Solomons AG
Local lawyer Gabriel Suri has been appointed as the Solomon islands acting Attorney General. The post has been left vacant since the end of last month following the deportation of... [more]