Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 13th February 2008

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


Best Song Ever Written
Richard Wernham picks 'Gutter Black' by Hello Sailor. [more]

8 Months To Mars
Bill Frindall is a British cricket scorer and statistician who is familiar to cricket followers from his appearances on the BBC. [more]

Fair Trade Flowers
The new buzz word as shoppers seek ethically grown products that allow them to give with a clear conscience. [more]

Feature Album - 'Here You Come Again'
Dolly Parton's 1977 album earned her a Grammy. It also included her first big crossover hit on the US pop charts. [more]

Virtual World
Helen and Chelfyn Baxter talk about 'Safer Internet Day'. [more]

Auckland Story
Sapna Samant with a story about how the Vietnamese community celebrates its new year. [more]

Environment Story
Amelia Nurse gets up close and personal with some eels at Pukaha Mount Bruce. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With Garry Moore and Richard Griffin. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With Garry Moore and Richard Griffin. [more]


Australia's Prime Minister Has Apologised
Zita Wallace was part of a group who helped draft today's apology and was in parliament listening to the historic speech. [more]

Health And Disability Commissioner
The Health and Disability Commissioner says our hospitals are unacceptably unsafe and the health system lacks national leadership. [more]

Katherine Rich Resignation
Mrs Rich was elected in 1999, and until today was the party's education spokeswoman. [more]

Oldest Immigrant Arrives
102 year old Eric King-Turner, rates arriving in Wellington this morning as one of the most memorable occasions of his life. [more]

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

Health And Disability Commissioner (Part 2)
With Health Minister David Cunliffe. [more]

Three More Decisive Victories For Barack Obama
Success today for Barack Obama in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Unworkable Building Consent Laws
The mayor of the Far North District says councils are struggling with unworkable building consent laws. [more]

Blue Chip Franchise In Liquidation
19 companies associated with the New Zealand franchise of the Australian company, Blue Chip have gone into liquidation. [more]

Murder Trial In Gisborne
38 year old Paul Cameron from Gisborne is on trial for killing an Indian overstayer Balwinder Singh. [more]

Australia's Prime Minister Has Apologised (Part 2)
ABC's political correspondent Louise Yaxley is at Parliament house in Canberra for what has been an historic day. [more]

Australia's Prime Minister Has Apologised (Part 3)
Professor Ann McGrath is the Director of the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at the Australian National University. [more]

Correspondence School Restructuring Again
Gael Woods reports on why the Correspondence School is undergoing its fourth restructure in ten years. [more]

Katherine Rich Resignation (Part 2)
Mrs Rich told our parliamentary chief reporter Jane Patterson that the decision was not easy. [more]

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

Proposal To Process And Market NZ Red Meat
In a radical proposal a single body could be set up to handle the processing and marketing of eighty percent of NZ red meat. [more]

Obesity Epidemic Across The Pacific Region
In parts of the Pacific up to 60 percent of the adult population are said to be obese. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Kosovo Will Declare Independence From Serbia
However Serbia's government intends to annul the independence proclamation tomorrow before Kosovo's declaration. [more]

Cartoons Featuring The Prophet Mohammed
Police in Denmark have arrested three men on suspicion of plotting to murder one of the cartoonists. [more]

London Congestion Charge
Since 2003, London drivers have had to pay around 20 NZ dollars a day to drive through the city centre. [more]

The Mosquito That Stops Loitering
There's a new device on the market in Britain which its claimed stops young people from loitering near shops and pubs. [more]

UNICEF's Humanitarian Appeal For 2008
The BBC's Imogen Foulkes reports from Geneva.. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 13 February 2008
Housing affordability, drought committee, plot to kill cartoonist, power shortages, property market slump. [more]

North Island Kiwi
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Power Industry Leaders Meet
A group of top power industry leaders meet today to discuss a strategy to avert a winter power crisis. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Housing Affordability And Social Services
Housing affordability and more cash for social services was the focus of Prime Minister's opening statement to Parliament. [more]

Drought Committee
Farmers and rural support agencies say the setting up of a national drought committee is timely. [more]

Plot To Kill Cartoonist
Police in Denmark have arrested three people they say were plotting to kill a controversial cartoonist. [more]

Possible Power Shortages
A group of electricity industry leaders will meet today to discuss ways to cope with a possible peak power shortage this winter. [more]

Property Market Slump
A housing analyst is warning that property prices could plummet by a quarter. [more]

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

East Timorese Call For Investigation
There are calls for an international investigation into events around the attempted assassination of East Timor's President. [more]

Hutt Valley High To Be Reviewed
Despite a government report that appears to show the school took appropriate steps to deal with the incidents. [more]

Black Caps Win
The Black Caps have defied expectations once again, thumping England in the second one day cricket match at Hamilton last night. [more]

Housing Affordability
The Prime Minister has outlined Government priorities. But the National Party leader John Key is not impressed. [more]

High Commissioner Appointment
New Zealand First MP Brian Donnelly has resigned from Parliament and will be the High Commissioner to the Cook Islands. [more]

Australia Says Sorry
Prime minister, Kevin Rudd, prepares to issue an unprecedented formal apology to Aborigines in the House today. [more]

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

Drought Committee (part 2)
A national drought committee has been set up to help farmers struggling to feed their stock and maintain their incomes. [more]

Crisis In Kenya
Talks to avert Kenya's political crisis are being moved to a secret location with a deal expected within days. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Death Of Ron Chippindale
Mr Chippindale became a well-known figure in New Zealand after his controversial report on the Erebus Disaster. [more]

Tolkien's Estate Sue New Line
Heirs to Lord of the Rings author J R R Tolkien are suing New Line Cinema saying it failed to pay them 150 million US dollars. [more]

Nine To Noon

Australian Government Says Sorry
Mungo MacCallum and Brian Butler discuss what this will mean to Aboriginal Australians. [more]

Te Papa Turns Ten
On it's 10th anniversary, 3 museum specialists discuss, Does our national Arts gallery fulfill it's role? [more]

Australian Corresponent
Paul Barclay reports from across The Tasman. [more]

Feature Guest - Aindrias de Staic
An Irish storyteller and Fiddler - His show Around the World on 80 Quid is part of the Wellington Fringe Festival. [more]

Book Review - What Are You Optimistic About?
Edited by John Brockman. Published by Simon and Schuster. Reviewed by Emma Hart. [more]

Music With Marty Duda
This weeks artist is P.J. Harvey. [more]

National MP Resigns
An MP since 1999, Kathrine Rich will retire from politics for personal reasons. [more]

With Ursula Cheer. [more]

Film Review
Dan reviews the Coen brothers film, 'No Country For Old Men'. [more]


Gun Brit Barkmin
Young German soprano Gun Brit Barkmin has had outstanding success playing Anna I in Kurt Weil's The Seven Deadly Sins. [more]

Phil Dadson
NZ composer and experimental instrument builder - recently released new book and cd 'Slap Tubes and Other Plosive Aerophones'. [more]

Mina Ripia
Performing in the International Arts Festival production of 'Tama Tu Tama Ora'- celebrating Maori music 1970-2000. [more]

News stories:

Leader of French Polynesia's To Tatou Aia coalition yet to contact other party leaders
The leader of French Polynesia's To Tatou Aia coalition, Gaston Tong Sang, is yet to contact other party leaders in a bid to form a majority. He needs at least... [more]

Tae Kwon Do expert picks up first silver medal for Fiji
A Fijian athlete created history after winning her country's first ever silver medal at the United States TaeKwonDo Open championships at the weekend. 25 year old Elizabeth Bernard competing for... [more]

Fiji picks up medals in Australia
Fiji won 2 gold and 1 silver medal at the Queensland Athletics Championships in Brisbane over the weekend. Fiji's 2007 Sportswoman of the Year, Makelesi Batimala won gold in the... [more]

Samoa league secures sponsor
The Toa Samoa Rugby League team has given the green-light to the New Zealand based Samoa's Event Polynesia professional boxing promoter to promote the team's campaign ahead of the rugby... [more]

Japanese professional baseball player is suing a Saipan resort
A Japanese professional baseball player is suing a Saipan resort for injuries he received when the wooden deck he was standing on collapsed. Mr Taniguchi has played in Japan for... [more]

Cook Islands' Northern Group in trouble if shipping crisis not sorted - Manihiki MP
A Manihiki MP says the Northern Group in the Cook Islands will be in trouble if the country's shipping crisis is not resolved soon. The Cook Islands government is considering... [more]

New Zealand's next High Commissioner to Cook Islands not expecting a holiday
New Zealand's next High Commissioner to the Cook Islands says he isn't expecting the job to be too difficult, but he's not expecting a holiday, either. Brian Donnelly has just... [more]

Fiji Women's Rights Movement Executive Director summoned to Court of Appeal
The Fiji Women's Rights Movement Executive Director says she was summoned to the Court of Appeal for a "dressing down" over statements she made in a newspaper article. The article,... [more]

Fiji Women's Rights Movement Executive Director told statements were misleading
The Fiji Women's Rights Movement Executive Director has appeared in the Fiji Court of Appeal following a report on FWRM statements in the Fiji Sun newspaper. The article, which appeared... [more]

Bickering continues within Fiji netball
The Fiji Sports and National Olympic Committee has stepped in to try and sort out the internal bickering in the country's largest women sport netball. The bickering reached new heights... [more]

Two pilots seriously injured in helicopter crash in Papua New Guinea
Two pilots have been seriously injured when their helicopter crashed while trying to land at a remote mining site in Papua New Guinea. A Medevac rescue chopper has flown New... [more]

Pink eye outbreak easing in Majuro
An outbreak of pink eye, or conjunctivitis, in the Marshall Islands appears to be slowing after affecting more than a thousand people. The Ministry of Health reported that after issuing... [more]

Fiji leader makes quick official trip to India
Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama is making a brief visit to India this week. The primary purpose of his visit is to tour and inspect facilities at Batra... [more]

Cooks Ombudsman says she will be looking for good buy in over freedom of information bill
The Cook Islands Ombudsman says she hopes to get good buy-in from Government officials for the new freedom of information legislation. The Official Information Bill is designed to give the... [more]

Honolulu airport officials called callous following death of American Samoa child
An Hawaii lawyer representing the family of a American Samoan baby who died last week while being detained at Honolulu aiport has expressed disbelief that immigration authorities would lock a... [more]

Bougainville issues blunt warning after court decision acquitting so called Fijian mercenaries
The Police Minister in the Papua New Guinea autonomous province of Bougainville has issued a stark warning to people contemplating following in the footsteps of four former Fiji soldiers acquitted... [more]

Veteran politician in French Polynesia demands election frontrunner meets to try and form majority
The leader of French Polynesia's Tahoeraa Huiraatira party, Gaston Flosse, has issued an ultimatum to Gaston Tong Sang of the To Tatou Aia coalition to confirm a meeting by this... [more]

Deal on sale of Samoa's public broadcaster almost complete
Samoa Quality Broadcasting is set to purchase Samoa Broadcasting Corporation's television station and its two radio stations at a cost of more than 1 million US dollars. A source at... [more]

Saipan has worst water problems in US-EPA
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or EPA says the Northern Marianas capital, Saipan has among the worst water problems in the nation. The island's water system was cited four times... [more]

EPA says Saipan has worst water problems in US
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or EPA says the Northern Marianas capital, Saipan has among the worst water problems in the nation. The island's water system was cited four times... [more]

New Caledonian activists promising to stop Goro plan to lay underwater pipe
New Caledonian activists say they'll try to stop a Goro Nickel mining company plan to build an underwater waste disposal pipe. Goro plans to build a 21 kilometre long underwater... [more]

PNG's vital Highlands Highway closed for the second week in a row by bad weather
The key Highlands Highway in Papua New Guinea has been blocked by a landslide. The Post Courier newspaper reports that a massive landslip following continuous rain at Daulo Pass has... [more]

French Polynesian pro-autonomy groups may try to establish Assembly majority
The leader of French Polynesia's To Tatou Aia coalition, Gaston Tong Sang, has proposed a face to face meeting with the Tahoeraa Huiraatira leader, Gaston Flosse, to be held tomorrow. [more]

Papuan People's Assembly under fire ahead of Kulla trip
Hundreds of Papuans have been demonstrating for the dissolution of the Papuan People's Assembly or MRP. They say failed to protect the rights of the native people of the Indonesian... [more]

Marshalls Election to be focus of inquiry
The controversy-marred November national election in the Marshall Islands will be the focus of a five-member commission of inquiry appointed by President Litokwa Tomeing. The Minister in Assistance to the... [more]