Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 12th February 2008

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


Asian Report
On a busy Auckland afternoon, Suzanne Schokman finds respite in the Chinese tea ceremony. [more]

Jim's Essay
Super foods [more]

Best Song Ever Written
Allison Beaumont from Lumsden in the south island chooses Classical Gas by Mason Williams. [more]

Reeling In The Years
the Top 10 Countdown from 1951 [more]

Replica Weapons
Tony O'Neill from southland police explains the dangers of inexpensive but convincing replicas. [more]

Daredevil Supergran
Wilma Wilson celebrated her 80th birthday this month with a 192-metre bungy jump from Auckland's Sky Tower. [more]

Feature Album - Between the Lines
is the seventh album from New York City based singer-songwriter Janis Ian, released in 1975. [more]

Tune Your Engine - Steve Miller
is the author of"Get Off Your Arse and Lose Weight."his no-nonsense, brutally direct new book. [more]

Environment Story
Exploring the balance between conservation and development in the biodiversity hotspots of Vietnam. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
Today with Joanne Black and Fiona Rae. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
Today with Joanne Black and Fiona Rae. [more]


Help For New Home Buyers
Families struggling to buy a new house in an expensive suburb will be able to get help from the government. [more]

Unrest In East Timor
Extra Australian troops have landed on the ground in East Timor to help maintain calm in the capital Dili. [more]

Canterbury Man Sentenced For Rape
A member of one of Canterbury's most prominent families is tonight in jail for the rape and sodomy of a teenage girl. [more]

Evening Business
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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

9-11 Trial Starts Today
Charges for murder and conspiracy have been brought against the alleged planners of the September the 11th attacks. [more]

Hutt Valley High Report
A report on claims of bullying and assaults at Hutt Valley High School does not say if the school did anything wrong. [more]

Help For New Home Buyers (part 2)
A range of measures outlined by the Prime Minister today are aimed at making houses more affordable. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Pharmac In Court
Cancer patients in court today have portrayed the consultation by Pharmac over Herceptin as a sham. [more]

US Spys
Four people have made court appearances after being charged with selling classified information to China. [more]

Air Crash Investigator Killed
One of New Zealand's foremost air crash investigators has died in a road accident north of Wellington. [more]

PM's Opening Statement To Parliament
Making housing more affordable for the average Kiwi family was the centrepiece of the Statement. [more]

National Drought Committee
A meeting is underway at parliament to setup a National Drought Committee to help with prolonged dry conditions. [more]

Unrest In East Timor (part 2)
President Jose Ramos Horta remains critically ill in an Australian hospital with three gun shot wounds. [more]

Contamination In Patea
An iwi leader in south Taranaki says Patea's residents are still afraid of contamination from last weeks a blaze. [more]

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

Australia's 42nd Parliament
Aboriginal dancers performed and an indigenous elder welcomed MP's and senators to her traditional land. [more]

A National Drought Committee (part 2)
A meeting to address the drought crisis has just broken up at Parliament. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Couple Receive Bravery Awards
A New Zealand couple who went to the rescue of two Irish climbers on Mt Aspiring have received bravery awards today. [more]

US Primaries
In the United States democratic senator Barak Obama is hoping to build on his string of victories over the weekend. [more]

Secretary Of Defence Visits Iraq
The United States Secretary of Defence Robert Gates has paid a brief visit to Iraq. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories For 12 February 2008
East Timor Assasination atempt; possible death penalty for six Guantanamo Bay prisoners; Flight of the Conchords win Grammy. [more]

Pipipi - The Brown Creeper
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Gas Turbine Issue to Go to Supreme Court
Genesis Energy and an environmental group are to take a legal fight over greenhouse gas emissions. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Parliament Resumes This Week
Helen Clark will this afternoon deliver her statement to the House setting out the Government's programme for the year ahead. [more]

UN Condemns Shooting of East Timor President
Jose Ramos Horta is in a serious but stable condition after an assassination attempt in East Timor. [more]

Winston Peters on East Timor Assasination Attempt
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters comments on the situation. [more]

Flight of the Conchords Win Grammy
The New Zealand duo Flight of the Conchords, have picked up the award for best comedy album. [more]

Drought Meeting Being Held at Parliament
Taking a look at the drought conditions which have been affecting many farming regions. [more]

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

Cancer Society May Be in Breach of Fair Trading Act
The Commerce Commission has stepped into the controversy over sunscreens put out by the Cancer Society. [more]

Apology to Australia's Aborigines by the Federal Government
Comments from Australian National MP Bruce Scott. [more]

Wellington Taggers
Pictures of graffiti are being printed in Wellington newspapers as authorities offer a 100 dollar reward to find the taggers. [more]

Assasination Atempts on East Timor's Leaders
Doctor Damien Kingsbury from Deakin University comments. [more]

East Timor's Rebel leader Alfredo Reinado
Rebel leader Alfredo Reinado died in yesterdays attack on Jose Ramos-Horta. [more]

Early Education Facilities Study Worrying
Early childhood education facilities in poor urban suburbs stands at around half the national average. [more]

Birthing Unit at Dargaville Hospital
The outcome of an inquiry into a stillbirth could determine whether the birthing unit at the Hospital will be forced to close. [more]

Paul McCartney and Heather Mills Divorce Battle
At stake is a slice of his Beatles fortune. [more]

Sports News
The latest from RNZ sports. [more]

Flight of the Conchords Interview
Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement comment on their Grammy Award success. [more]

Groups Affected by the Droughts
Federated Farmers president Charlie Pedersen and the head of ANZ National's rural banking section, Charlie Graham. [more]

French Polynesia's Early Election
Tatou Aia Party has emerged as the biggest party in the second round of French Polynesia's early election. [more]

Spying Charges Over Aerospace Secrets
A former Boeing engineer has been arrested on charges of stealing trade secrets for China related to several aerospace programs. [more]

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

Thef of Impressionist Paintings
Robbery of paintings worth 200 million New Zealand dollars from a museum in Zurich. [more]

Nine To Noon

Defence Minister, Phil Goff, comments on the latest from East Timor. [more]

Fran Mold comments on the situation in Timor. [more]

9-11 Charges
Barry Zelman and Father Stephen Petrovich comment on the possible death penalty for 9/11 suspects. [more]

US Correspondent
Richard Adams reports from Washington. [more]

Book Review - Memory: An Anthology
Mary McCallum reviews 'Memory: An Anthology, Edited by Harriet Harveywood and A.S. Byatt'. Published by Chatto and Windus. [more]

With commentator Rod Oram. [more]

Frozen Funds Charitable Trust
Comments from Anne Helm and John Sutherland. [more]

Media Commentator
Phil Wallington. [more]


Paul Brewer
Te Papa Director of Marketing and Communications talks about the museum’s 10th anniversary celebrations. [more]

Ben Hoadley
NZ bassoonist and dulcian player performing at St Andrews on the Terrace Wgtn. Weds 13 Feb, 12:15pm. [more]

Hans Theessink
Dutch blues singer and guitarist currently touring NZ. [more]

News stories:

Tatou Aia coalition in French Polynesia emerges as leading party
The Tatou Aia coalition has established itself as French Polynesia's dominant political force following the second round of the early general election. Unofficial results show it has won 27 of... [more]

Leader of French Polynesia's To Tatou Aia coalition calls for support by members
The leader of French Polynesia's To Tatou Aia coalition, Gaston Tong Sang, has called on other assembly members to support his bid to form a majority. Unofficial results show it... [more]

Former CEO of Airports Fiji Limited faces court
The former chief executive officer of Airports Fiji Limited has been charged with 22 counts of abuse of office and 22 counts of false pretense by the Fiji Independent Commission... [more]

Vanuatu prime minister to visit New Zealand
The prime minister of Vanuatu is to make an official visit to New Zealand for the first time. Ham Lini will begin a three-day visit on Sunday. New Zealand's Prime... [more]

New Zealand to help with two schools in FSM
New Zealand's engineering and project management consultancy, Beca, has signed a contract to design and manage the construction of two schools on Yap island in the Federated States of Micronesia. [more]

Philippine's discount airline reportedly considering service to Palau
The Philippine's discount airline, Cebu Pacific Airlines, is reportedly considering offering service between that country and Palau. However this is contingent on Palau being offered landing fee concessions. Palau's Minister... [more]

Tourist arrival numbers to CNMI grow
Tourist arrival numbers to the CNMI continued to go up for the third consecutive month. Just over 38 thousand tourists visited the islands last month compared to just over 38... [more]

Senior PNG official arrested and charged with fraud
A senior Papua New Guinea Department of Finance officer has been arrested and charged with fraud after allegedly receiving 50,000 US dollars for a Port Moresby dam deal. The Sirinumu... [more]

Asian Development Bank to assist Samoa with macroeconomic work
The Asian Development Bank is to will help Samoa improve its capacity in development planning and macroeconomics and policy analysis. The help will be provided by a technical assistance grant... [more]

New Zealand seven's coach quietly confident
The New Zealand seven's coach, Gordon Tiejtens, says he was quietly confident his side would break the record for the most consecutive wins in the IRB rugby sevens world series. [more]

Fiji's Interim Ministry of Education calls for better hygiene measures in schools
Fiji's Interim Ministry of Education is calling on schools to take better hygiene measures in the wake of typhoid and diarrhoea outbreaks. The Fiji Times reports education officials have advised... [more]

Anger in American Samoa at cancellation of sports at all schools following violence
A decision by the American Samoa High School Athletic Association to cancel high school sports activities has been criticised. Fights broke out among spectators at a game between Tafuna and... [more]

New Zealand MP with strong links to the Cook Islands confirmed as new High Commissioner
New Zealand's Foreign Minister has officially confirmed the next High Commissioner to the Cook Islands will be Brian Donnelly. Mr Donnelly, who has just resigned as a Member of Parliament... [more]

Land dispute in Samoa leads to road block
A main road leading to resorts in Siumu village in Samoa has been blocked off by some locals. The land is the subject of a pending court case between the... [more]

Bougainville on verge of a gold mining deal with a Korean company - Post Courier
Papua New Guinea's autonomous Bougainville region will decide tomorrow whether to go ahead with a multi-million dollar phone for gold deal with a South Korean telecommunications company. The Autonomous Bougainville... [more]

Solomons Government unveils new version of Bottom Up plans
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Dr Derek Sikua, has today launched a new policy and translation framework in Honiara. The Coalition for National Unity and Rural Advancement policy and framework... [more]

Row over medical licensing likely to create more staff shortages at American Samoa hospital
American Samoa's hospital may now be facing further staff shortages caused by the row over medical exams. The LBJ Hospital Authority Board is insisting that all doctors who have not... [more]

Rural ni-Vanuatu to get access to banking services through EFTPOS
Eftpos terminals are set to join motorcycle couriers in providing an Asian Development Bank micro-finance scheme to rural Vanuatu. An ADB Project Team Leader, Milovan Lucich, says the introduction of... [more]

American Samoa cannery head spells out impact of higher minimum wages
The general manager of Star Kist Samoa, one of the two canneries in American Samoa, Brett Butler, says low labour cost countries such as Thailand, the Philippines and Fiji will... [more]

Cooks look at more possible solutions to outer islands shipping woes
The Cook Islands government is considering allowing another private shipping operator to service the outer islands. This comes after one of the two ships that serviced the islands became stranded. [more]

Cook Islands Government introduces freedom of information legislation
The Cook Islands Government has introduced freedom of information legislation into Parliament. The Official Information Bill,tabled in Parliament today by the Deputy Prime Minister Sir Terepai Maoate, is is designed... [more]

New Caledonia union to lay charges against Government after violence towards strikers
The New Caledonian Union for Exploited and Kanak Workers says it'll lodge a complaint against the French Government for using force against strikers. Several unionists were arrested and many more... [more]

Varying rates charged for access to Fiji's inshore fisheries angers a leading NGO
The management of customary fishing grounds in Fiji is again under scrutiny. The Chief Executive of the Citizens Constitutional Forum , the Reverend Akuila Yabaki, has said it is racist... [more]

The impact of obesity being felt more widely in the Pacific
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community says obesity in the region is become a more serious health issue. Obesity is often the root cause for Type II Diabetes, Hypertension, and... [more]

Australia and PNG agree on extension of Torres moratorium
Australia and Papua new Guinea have agreed to extend the moratorium on mining and drilling in the Torres Strait for an indefinite period. Established in 1985 by the Torres Strait... [more]

French Polynesia starts Dengue awareness campaign amid epidemic
French Polynesia has this week started an awareness campaign about dengue fever after thirteen people were diagnosed with the illness this year. The potentially fatal dengue virus is transmitted through... [more]

Sarkozy calls for French Polynesian pro-autonomy leaders to reconcile following vote
The French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, has called on the two main pro-autonomy leaders in French Polynesia to reconcile in a bid to move the territory forward. This comes after the... [more]

Tahoeraa Huiraatira says it can help form French Polynesia government
French Polynesia's Tahoeraa Huiraatira party says it can play a decisive role in forming a stable majority following the second round of voting for the territorial assembly. Its leaders have... [more]