Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 31st January 2008

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


Jim's Essay
We've talked many a time on Afternoons about the pace of modern life...the rapidly accelerating culture. [more]

The Best Song Ever Written
Robert Crawford in Auckland chooses 'What the World Needs Now' by Tom Clay. [more]

Your Place
Today we visit Marlborough's second largest centre, Picton. [more]

Arts College
Department heads are in shock at Canterbury University after learning major programmes and courses are to be axed. [more]

GeeCeeEsss Special
A piece of New Zealand motor racing history is marking a special milestone this year. [more]

Feature Album
The Electric Light Orchestra's 'A New World Record' recorded in 1976. [more]

The Arts Report
This week a rare interview with arts patron and collector James Wallace. [more]

Katy Gosset
To Christchurch and, as the city enjoys a long hot summer, the work continues for local lifeguards. [more]

Science Story
The final part in the series of"Beyond Human'. [more]

The Panel
With Garry McCormick and Michele A'Court. [more]

The Panel Continues
With Michele A'Court and Garry McCormick. [more]


Tea Ropati Trial
The former rugby league international Tea Ropati has been found not guilty of rape. [more]

Interest Free Loans for Students
It's called swallowing a dead rat - and that's what the National Party has done announcing support for interest-free loans. [more]

New Zealand Clean and Green
A report card on the state of the environment is warning that New Zealand's clean, green image is under threat. [more]

Environment Report
The Environment and Conservation Organisations says we need to take stronger action to protect the environment. [more]

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

U.S. Economy
There's been more dramatic action in the United States where the Central Bank has continued it's action to restore confidence. [more]

U.S. Elections
In the United States, the former Mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani has dropped his bid for the presidency. [more]

Canterbury College of the Arts
Staff at Canterbury University's College of Arts are horrified courses and staff are to be axed. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Court Report from Dunedin
More information has been released in the Dunedin District Court today about an attack on a young woman last year. [more]

Sevens Parade in Wellington
The Wellington leg of the International Rugby Board 7's tournament has been officially launched with a traditional street party. [more]

State of the Environment Report
Politicians are unanimous that all NZers have to lift their game, if this country is retain its 'clean and green' . [more]

Environment Report (Part 2)
With Barry Weeber, co-chair of the ECO, and Frank Brenmuhl, Dairy Chair of the Federated Farmers. [more]

Capital and Merchant Finance
Secured debenture holders wont be getting their money back after Capital and Merchant Finance went into receivership. [more]

Israel War Report
A"large and serious failure"-- that's the verdict of the official inquiry into the war waged by Israel against Hezbollah. [more]

Manukau District Court Report
The lawyer of a man accused of murdering a teenager says his client found himself in a situation that spiralled out of control. [more]

U.S. Elections (Part 2)
The race for the Whitehouse has abruptly narrowed with some of the big names in the U.S. Presidential battle dropping out today. [more]

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

Government buys up Central Otago Land
The government's purchased almost 8000 hectares of central Otago land - most of which will be used for conservation. [more]

School Leavers Age
Teachers and educational organisations are backing the PM's proposal to raise the school-leaving and training age to 18. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Cyclone in Fiji
Power has been restored to most parts of Fiji, but many people are still without water. [more]

Snow in China
China's continuing to experience its worst winter weather in 50 years [more]

The transitional government in Somalia has still failed to establish an effective administration. [more]

Politics - Italy
After four days of talks, the Italian President, Giorgio Napolitano, has begun to put in place his solution to political crisis. [more]

India on Foot
They say there's no such thing as a free lunch - is that really so? [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 31 January 2008
Pollution, Youth policies, HIV tourist, US primaries, Thai refugees, youth training. [more]

Kokako - Blue Wattled Crow
Listen to today's birdcall [more]

Youth Offending
Organisations working with youths are calling for an end to the 'blame game' when it comes to violence committed by youths. [more]

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

Morning Rural News for 31 January 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Youth Training
Education and youth justice are firmly on the election agenda with Labour's plan to raise the school leaving age to 18. [more]

Adventure Tourism Safety
The safety of adventure tourism has again come under scrutiny, after a climbing accident on Mt Cook. [more]

Morning Business News for 31 January 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Agricultural Pollution
The government has been accused of being 'hijacked' by Federated Farmers over a failure to tackle environmental issues. [more]

Youth Policies
Groups working with young people say there's too much detail missing in the youth policies proposed this week. [more]

HIV Tourist
New Zealand health officials have issued a warning to people who've had contact with an HIV infected Australian man. [more]

US Primaries
Democrat primaries in US are now a two horse race following the decision by John Edwards to pull out. [more]

Thailand Refugees
Authorities in Thailand are being accused of blocking a unique refugee group from migrating to New Zealand. [more]

Youth Policies (part 2)
Both major parties are touting youth justice and education as campaign platforms. [more]

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

Australian Government Will Say Sorry
The Australian Federal government has named the date it will make an unprecedented apology to Aboriginal people. [more]

Fiji Cyclone
Fiji's metereological service is dismissing criticism it gave insufficient warning of Cyclone Gene. [more]

Cricket Racism
The row continues in Australia over the racism charges laid, and now dropped, against the Indian test bowler Harbhajan Singh. [more]

Freestyle Skiing Medal
Young New Zealander Jossi Wells has just missed out on gold at the"Olympics"of freestyle skiing. [more]

Youth Training And Justice
Helen Clark yesterday announced 170-million dollars will be set aside to keep young people in education until the age of 18. [more]

State Of The Environment Report
The report is produced once every 10 years, with today's findings tipped to show a worsening in water quality standards. [more]

Australians To Say Sorry (part 2)
The Opposition in Australia is demanding the text of a forthcoming apology to Aborigines be made public. [more]

US Economy
The United States Federal Reserve has cut its official cash rate by half a percentage point. [more]

Possible Otago Tsunami
A major study has uncovered a new tsunami threat to Otago's coastline. [more]

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

Severe Weather In China
Severe snowfall has left millions of Chinese people stranded ahead of their biggest holiday of the year. [more]

Australian petrol Prices
The Australian consumer watchdog is railing against high petrol prices and says it's now courting a new independent player. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Unclaimed Money
It may be hard to believe but the Inland Revenue Department wants to give some of your money back. [more]

Fat Aussies
The image of the bronzed fit Australian is taking a battering with the release of a fat file exposing the fattest areas in NSW. [more]

Nine To Noon

Violence In Kenya
With Alastair Cook, an aid worker in Kenya and Peter Greste, our Africa correspondent. [more]

Advertising Standards
The Advertising Standards Authority has banned a Charlie's soda ad. [more]

Career Change
Ricky Heihei was a drainlayer and is now a qualified teacher. [more]

UK Correspondent - Michael White
The world's largest robbery and a plot to kill English soldier. [more]

Feature Guest - Dr Rosamunde Vallings
Howick GP and specialist in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome who received the NZ Order of Merit this Year. [more]

Book Review - Sacred Causes
Written by Michael Burleigh. Published by 4th Estate, reviewed by Harry Broad. [more]

Maori Issues
With our maori issues commentator, Derek Fox. [more]

With Ron Patterson, Health and Disability Commissioner. [more]

New technology with our commentator Colin Jackson. [more]


Adrian Burnett
New Zealand born choreographer of RNZ Ballet’s‘Abhisheka’; back from Australia to direct upcoming performance. [more]

Noel Sweetman
Producer Matthew Crawford interviews one of New Zealand’s leading Luthiers. [more]

Francois Girard
Acclaimed Canadian director coming to the International Arts Festival to direct 2 Kurt Veil Operas. [more]

Janina Nicoll
NZ singer/songwriter back from London and passionate about bringing classical music to a wider and younger audience. [more]

News stories:

Power has been restored in most parts of Fiji
The National Disaster Management office in Fiji says power has been restored to most parts of Fiji, but people are still without water after cyclone Gene struck the country. Seven... [more]

Hawaii and U.S. Department of Energy sign agreement
Hawaii and the U.S. Department of Energy signed an agreement this week that's designed to increase the state's energy independence. The Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative will provide technical assistance and... [more]

Acting director of PNG's National AIDS Council suspended
The acting director of Papua New Guinea's National AIDS Council or NAC has been suspended due to allegations of financial and administrative malpractice. Romanus Pakure and six senior management staff... [more]

Several schools in Samoa's capital affected by flooding
Several schools around the flood affected areas in Samoa's capital, Apia have delayed the start of the new school year because of the mud and debris left over from last... [more]

PNG police crack down on squatter settlements in Port Moresby
Papua New Guinea police are cracking down on squatter settlements springing up in wealthier parts of Port Moresby after a 66-year-old woman nearly died in a brutal stabbing. The growth... [more]

American Samoa's Congressman introduces bill to amend minimum wage act
American Samoa Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin has informed Governor Togiola that he has introduced a bill which would amend the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007. The federal minimum wage... [more]

Governor of PNG's Madang confirms Ramu agreement to be reviewed
The Governor of Papua New Guinea's Madang province says he's in dialogue with both sides of a growing dispute around the Ramu nickel project. Sir Arnold Amet says the upcoming... [more]

Australian church offer to help Samoa baby held up over request for scans
An Australian church offering to help a badly deformed Samoan baby get treatment says efforts have been frustrated by media seeking an exclusive story. South Pacific Islands Community Christian Church... [more]

Kiribati says Phoenix Islands to become world's largest protected area
Kiribati says it has officially declared the Phoenix Islands to become the world's largest protected area to ensure its biological diversity and sustainability. The protection zone, which is halfway between... [more]

Red Cross in Fiji says country still faces a flood threat
The Red Cross in Fiji says the country still faces a flood threat. The death toll from tropical cyclone Gene now stands at 7, with unconfirmed reports of more. Fiji... [more]

Bougainville sets aside money for disarmament and reconciliation
One million kina or more than 362 thousand US dollars has been set aside for disarmament and reconciliation this year by the autonomous government of the Papua New Guinea province... [more]

Levuka Town in Fiji selected to be nominated as Fiji's first World Heritage site
Levuka Town has been selected to be nominated as Fiji's first World Heritage site. The interim minister for culture and heritage, Filipe Bole, says the inscription of a site on... [more]

Samoa hoping to defend their title but will have to face hosts New Zealand first
The Wellington rugby sevens champions Samoa believe the home team will be the ones to beat in the New Zealand leg of the IRB world series starting tomorrow at Westpac... [more]

Former Tonga league player looks foward to playing in Six Nations rugby tournament
The former Kiwi league international Lesley Vainikolo is refusing to get carried away with his rapid rise through the rugby union ranks. The winger who also played for Bradford Bulls,... [more]

Tax refund cheques released in American Samoa
There's new money circulating in the American Samoa economy thanks to the release of the first batch of tax refund cheques. The check run issued by Treasury yesterday was worth... [more]

Academic labels Nauru beggar state
As Nauru celebrates national day today, an academic has called for Australia to seriously consider giving the Pacific island nation Association status. A Senior fellow at Australia's Center for Independent... [more]

Cooks finalises Mini Games deal with China
A delegation from China is in the Cook Islands, finalising details for a more than 7-million US dollar loan to cover the costs of the Pacific Mini Games. The Mini... [more]

Former BRA fighters assume police role in PNG town of Arawa
Ex-combatants of the Bougainvillean Revolutionary Army have been engaged by the local community to provide policing services in Arawa in the Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville. The town has... [more]

French Polynesian politician fined for corruption
A criminal court in French Polynesia has fined a government minister for corruption. Gilles Tefaatau was fined 6,200 US dollars for having hired his girlfriend within his ministry while she... [more]

Fiji cleans up after Cyclone Gene
Residents in Fiji's town, Nadi, have started to clean up the debris in shops and homes after flood waters receded following Cyclone Gene. Seven people have been killed and thousands... [more]

American Samoan leader's trial set for January 2009
The federal District Court in Washington D.C. has set the trial date for American Samoan Lt. Governor, Ipulasi Aitofele Sunia, and Senator Tulifua Lam Yuen for January the 13th next... [more]

Samos set to end more workers to NZ despite breaches
More seasonal workers are to sent from Samoa to New Zealand despite the recent return to three Samoans for breaching conditions of the scheme. 54 will be leaving on February... [more]

Lists finalised for 2nd round of French Polynesian election
Electoral lists have been finalised for the second round of French Polynesia's general election on February the 10th. Three parties are left to contest 54 seats after the first round... [more]

Call for change of Nauru's status
While Nauruans are marking their 40th anniversary of independence today, an academic has called for a change to Nauru's status. A senior fellow at Australia's Center for Independent Studies, Helen... [more]

Vanuatu prepares for Cyclone Gene
Vanuatu's disaster management office says people in the southern islands should take extra measures to prepare for cyclone Gene. It's a category 3 cyclone with winds of 120 kilometres per... [more]

French Polynesia's ministers resign over sentencing of Gilles Tefaatau
All of French Polynesia's government ministers have resigned a day after one of their colleagues, Gilles Tefaatau, was fined for corruption. The minister, who is appealing the court ruling, resigned,... [more]

Solomons govt calls on former ministers to surrender access to govt houses and cars
The Solomon Islands government says the failure of former ministers to vacate housing they are no longer entitled to means its forced to pay expensive hotel bills for ministers who... [more]

Samoa and NZ conclude bilateral negotiation for WTO accession
New Zealand and Samoa have successfully concluded negotiations on the major outstanding issues in Samoa's World Trade Organisation accession. New Zealand's Trade Minister Phil Goff made the announcement, confirming Samoa's... [more]