Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 7th February 2008

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This page features: Afternoons, Checkpoint, Morning Report, News Stories, Nine To Noon, Upbeat, Waitangi Rua Rautau Lectures


Noelle' s Introduction
What makes American's happy? [more]

Your Place - Opotiki
opotiki, 'Gateway to Eastland', with it's beaches in the sunny Bay of Plenty. [more]

Seismogenesis and Earthquake Symposium
The symposium's organiser and Victoria University Associate Professor Martha Savage comments. [more]

Queenstown Airport's New Safety Requirements
Queenstown Airport could lose international flights unless it complies with Civil Aviation rule changes. [more]

Feature Album - 'For Your Pleasure'
Roxy Music's second album from 1973. [more]

The Arts Report
Lucy Orbell and Melody Thomas find out what it's like to be an extra in a music video. [more]

Christchurch Story With Katy Gosset
Katy Gosset, is at the A-town gym to meet some of the country's rising boxing stars, based in Aranui, Christchurch. [more]

The Panel - Part 1
With Matt Nippert and Michael Deaker. [more]

The Panel - Part 2
With Matt Nippert and Michael Deaker. [more]


Patea Residents Warned to Wash Food and Close Windows
In the wake of a fire which may have spread asbestos fibres through the South Taranaki town. [more]

Aucklands Western Ring Route Given 2015 CompletionTarget
The Govt is to explore the feasibility of a public-private partnership to fund the largest roading project ever built in NZ. [more]

Dr Cullen on Personal Tax Cuts
Confirmation from the government that, if it's re-elected, it will roll out personal tax cuts over 3 years. [more]

Sports News
The latest from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Partial Solar Eclipse
The moon shadows just over half the sun with the biggest eclipse over the the Wairarapa and Christchurch. [more]

Unemployment Level at Record Low
The number of people out of work has fallen to its lowest level in more than 20 years, a report from Statistics NZ shows. [more]

New Chief Executive for Wellington DHB
Wellington's Capital and Coast District Health Board has just announced who will become its new chief executive. [more]

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

Hillary Clinton Digs Deep for US Campaign
Hillary Clinton has had to dip into her personal fortune for 5 million dollars to keep up a gruelling fight against Obama. [more]

Stanlake Murder Trail
23 year old Daniel Moore is before the Court charged with murdering Mr Stanlake in July 2006. [more]

US Military Video of Children at Al Queda Camps
American military has released a video it claims show Iraqi children undergoing Al Queda training turning them into gunmen. [more]

US Democratic Candidates Locked in a Duel
Comments from Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. [more]

Patea Fires - Update on Asbestos Warning
Patea residents are waiting to see if piles of dust accumulating in their town contains asbestos. [more]

Auckland's Waterview Connection Roading Project
Annette King and John Key comment on the Auckland roading project Waterview connection. [more]

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

Tornadoes Hit Southern US
The worst such outbreak in more than 20 years hammered communities in Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama. [more]

Australian Police Corruption Scandal
In Victorian a scathing report recommends criminal charges be laid against 3 men in the centre of police corruption scandal. [more]

Australian Defence Worries
An Australian military think tank is warning that Australia's northern air force bases have only limited protection. [more]

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

Hawkes Bay Dairy Farm Fined 20 000
The farm was found guilty of breaching its consent under the Resource Management Act. [more]

Wellington Landfill Captures Gas for Power Usage
An electricity generator capable of powering one thousand Wellington homes by converting methane gas. [more]

Judge Sends Strong Message to Dunedin Students
A Dunedin judge has delivered a strong message to university students about their behaviour. [more]

Waste Minimisation Bill
A parliamentary committee is hearing submissions on the Waste Minimisation Bill. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 7 February 2008
Maori and green party, Asbestos in Patea, Super Tuesday, Hypersonic plane. [more]

Titi - The Sooty Shearwater
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Asbestos In Building Fire
Authorities in Taranaki are down-playing the danger from asbestos following a fire in a derelict Patea meatworks. [more]

Tuhoe People At Waitangi
One of the highlights yesterday was the arrival of the hikoi of hundreds of Tuhoe people who were welcomed. [more]

Maori Seats In Parliament
The chairman of the Maori Council Sir Graham Latimer says he believes the Maori seats should be abolished. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Maori And Green Co-Operation
The Maori Party and the Green Party are considering a co-operation deal which could put them in a strong position. [more]

Visitors At Waitangi
For many people being here was culturally significant - for others it was just a good day out. [more]

Maori And Green Co-Operation (part 2)
The Maori Party and the Green Party are considering working more closely together. [more]

Asbestos In Building Fire (part 2)
Toxic smoke from a major fire in the Patea's former freezing works forced 300 people to abandon their houses yesterday. [more]

Super Tuesday
Super Tuesday has come and gone, but the fight for US presidential nominations is expected to continue for weeks to come. [more]

Labor Reception At Waitangi
The Labour Party leadership has received a mixed reception at Waitangi this year. [more]

New Hypersonic Aircraft
The dart-shaped plane will carry 300 passengers and cruise at nearly five thousand kilometers an hour. [more]

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

Tornadoes In The US
Now to America, where almost fifty people have died after a swarm of tornadoes hit southern states. [more]

Medical Care In Porirua
Communities have lost their after-hours medical care in Porirua and say the health system has forgotten them. [more]

Aerial Spraying In Great Barrier Island
Residents of Great Barrier Island are protesting at aerial spraying by police trying to kill cannabis plants. [more]

Super Tuesday (part 2)
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama shared the honours in the Democratic contests with an equal share of the vote. [more]

Asbestos In Building Fire (part 3)
People in the town of Patea returned to their homes last night after being evacuated after a fire at the disused freezing works. [more]

Dairy In Environment Court
A large Hawke's Bay dairy farming operation will be sentenced today in the Environment Court in Napier. [more]

Record Attendance At Waitangi
Attendance records at the official Waitangi day celebrations have been broken according to the Waitangi Day National Trust. [more]

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

Baby Brain
Researchers in Australia say they've confirmed for the first time that so called"baby brain"is a real condition. [more]

Fighting Invercargill Councillors
Councillors in Invercargill are fighting with the mayor Tim Shadbolt over his campaign to bring down the Government. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Surf Life Saving Science
A Lifeguard was dropped into dangerous currents for the sake of science. [more]

Cheese Rolling
Now in its third year, Southland's annual cheese rolling competition is the only event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. [more]

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

Nine To Noon

Fumigation In NZ Ports
Discussion on Genera'a use of Methyl Bromide on Wellington wharves to treat timber. [more]

Veronica McGregor
NASA has beamed the Beatles song 'across the universe' into deep space to mark 50th anniversary. [more]

Feature Guest - Wayne Mills
Winner Margaret Mahy medal, and creator of KidsLit quiz which is throughout NZ and in three overseas countries. [more]

Book Review - Diamonds, Gold and War
The Making of South Africa by Martin Meredith. Published by Simon and Schuster. Reviewed by Hamish Keith. [more]

Maori Issues
With commentator Paul Diamond. [more]

Warren Chin
Weta Researcher and invertebrate entomologist, Head of Department of Conservation's research team. [more]

New technolgy with our commentator Colin Jackson. [more]


Patricia Wright
NZ Soprano performing with Wellington Orchestra for‘An Afternoon in St Petersburg’. Sat 9 Feb; Government House Wgtn. [more]

Gillian Bibby
Editor of new book of piano music for young people by New Zealand composers 'Sunrise'. [more]

Andrew Collis
Australian bass sings the lead of role Captain James Cook in new opera by Matthew Suttor 'Trial of the Cannibal Dog'. [more]

Waitangi Rua Rautau Lectures

2008 - Prof. Dame Ann Salmond
Prof. Dame Ann Salmond traces over two hundred years of New Zealand history, including early contact between Maori and European, and the story of the Treaty of Waitangi. She goes on to survey the Land Wars, the collapse of the Maori population during the 1880s, and the resurgence of Maori culture during the twentieth century. [more]

News stories:

Damage reports from cyclone Gene in Vanuatu are in
The Disaster Management Office in Vanuatu says cyclone Gene caused damage to Futuna island in the country's south but spared other nearby islands. The cyclone hit Fiji first and seven... [more]

Two major hospitals in Fiji's Northern Division are without proper water and power
Two major hospitals in Fiji's Northern Division are without proper water and electricity supplies for more than a week. And doctors are worried about the plight of their patients. The... [more]

Hillary Clinton receives a narrow majority in American Samoa
Hillary Clinton got a narrow majority in American Samoa in the race for the Democratic nomination for the Presidency during Super Tuesday voting. The victory would give Mrs Clinton 3... [more]

American Samoa Governor has been released from hospital in Hawaii
The American Samoa Governor has been released from hospital in Hawaii and is reportedly doing well. Togiola Tulafono was transferred to Hawaii after he underwent two surgeries in American Samoa... [more]

Solomon Islands Police Commissioner told to resign by prime minister
The Solomon Islands Police Commissioner has reportedly been told to resign by the country's Prime Minister. In a letter to the Commissioner of Police Jahir Khan, Prime Minister, Dr Derek... [more]

Former chairman of Post Fiji Limited's board of directors faces charges in court
The businessman and former chairman of Post Fiji Limited's board of directors, Mahendra Patel has appeared in court yesterday facing two counts of abuse of office. He was charged by... [more]

Canadian mining company says its operations will benefit Tonga
The Canadian mining company, Nautilus Minerals, says its new mining operation in Tonga will bring many benefits to the Kingdom. Nautilus Minerals has won the right to search the deep... [more]

Solomon Islands union says it did not breach court orders
The General Secretary of the Solomon Islands National Union of Workers says the Union did not breach any court orders in the ongoing Russell Islands Plantations Estates Limited or RIPEL... [more]

Hotel renovation project in Hawaii critized by Office of Hawaiian Affairs
A hotel renovation project in Hawaii has been critized by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, because of its potential to develop over Native Hawaiian traditional culture sites. Kyo-ya Hotels &... [more]

Producing Mitsubishi wire harnesses in Samoa continues
None of the two thousand workers for the biggest employer of wire harnesses in Samoa, the Yasaki Company at Vaitele, will be laid off following news of the closure of... [more]

American Samoa's Chamber of Commerce calls on Fono to lower corporate taxes
American Samoa's Chamber of Commerce has called on the Fono to lower corporate taxes to attract foreign investment. Chamber president David Robinson has told lawmakers that non-U.S. companies doing business... [more]

State of Emergency extended in PNG's Oro province
Papua New Guinea authorities have this week extended a state of emergency in Oro province for a further two months. Oro suffered severe flooding during a cyclone in November last... [more]

Solomons Police Commissioner Khan resigns
The Solomon Islands Police Commissioner Jahir Khan has resigned amid mounting pressure from the government to remove him. Earlier this week Prime Minister Derek Sikua sent a letter to the... [more]

1,000 people in Vanuatu affected by Gene devastation
About a thousand people on Vanuatu's Futuna island are believed to be affected after cyclone Gene damaged crops and food gardens. Cyclone Gene earlier caused seven deaths in Fiji and... [more]

Dispute over cost of French Polynesian government
As the election campaign in French Polynesia is about the end, the economics minister has disputed figures about the cost of government given by the former president, Gaston Tong Sang,... [more]

American Samoan fono seeks override power
American Samoa's House of Representatives has unanimously approved a proposed constitutional amendment to give the Legislature ultimate authority for legislation vetoed by the governor. At present the override authority rests... [more]

CNMI students struggle with English tests
Up to 90 percent of graduating high school students have failed the Northern Marianas College's English placement test. This has been revealed by the College President Carmen Fernandez at a... [more]

PNG urges schools to be lenient over fees
The Secretary for Education in Papua New Guinea, Dr Joseph Pagelio, is urging school authorities not to turn students away for non-payment of school fees. He has issued an appeal... [more]

French minister in costly mission over New Caledonia reef bid
The French minister in charge of overseas territories, Christian Estrosi, has apologised for the huge bill incurred to fly to the US for him to submit a bid for New... [more]

CNMI chamber of commerce alarmed at economy
The economy of the Northern Marianas is spiralling out of control according to the director of the territory's chamber of commerce. CNMI was one of the rising stars of the... [more]

Solomons Police Commissioner to see out contract before leaving
The Solomon Islands Police Commissioner Jahir Khan has agreed to resign amid mounting pressure from the government to remove him. In the past few days, the Prime Minister Derek Sikua... [more]

Nauru in talks with Australia over camp closure
The government of Nauru has been meeting Australian government officials to determine what will happen to the detention centre's assets, following Australia's decision to close the facility. Nauru's Minister for... [more]

Papeete mayor Buillard quits French Polynesia's Tahoeraa
The mayor of the French Polynesian capital, Michel Buillard, has resigned from the Tahoeraa Huiraatira party after nearly a quarter of a century of membership. Mr Buillard's move comes just... [more]

Pressure from Government forces Solomon Islands police chief to quit
The Solomon Islands Police Commissioner Jahir Khan has agreed to resign following mounting pressure from the government to remove him. In the past few days Prime Minister Derek Sikua sent... [more]

New Zealand Government called on to block the sale of illegal rainforest timber
The New Zealand Greens say the New Zealand Government has to take action to block the import of outdoor furniture and lumber made from trees illegally harvested from the last... [more]

Tongans again able to hold dual citizenship
People of Tongan descent living outside their homeland will be able to regain their citizenship under new rules in the kingdom. A report on the Matangi Tonga website says although... [more]

Concerns at poor English test scores by Northern Marianas school studnets
Up to 90 percent of graduating high school students have failed the Northern Marianas College's English placement test. This has been revealed by the College President Carmen Fernandez at a... [more]

Disease fears in Fiji in wake of cyclone
Health officials in Fiji fear of an outbreak of illnesses after several people have been diagnosed with diarrhoea following the flooding by cyclone Gene. The cyclone killed seven people and... [more]

UNHCR welcomes end of Australia's off shore detention centres
The former Howard Government in Australia has been strongly criticised by a United Nations body for its operation of off shore detention camps for asylum seekers. The regional representative of... [more]