Radio New Zealand - Friday, 15th February 2008

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


Noelle's Introduction
Travel Tips [more]

Best Song Ever Written - 'Trees'
Mildred Turley from Masterton has chosen 'Trees' by Paul Roberson as the best song ever written. [more]

NZ Live
Wellington duo, Pearl are back with an update of their exciting musical adventures over the past 2 years [more]

Clive Geddes
Mayor of the Queenstown talks about recent issues in property development. [more]

Mike Leach
Botony Downs School Principal Mike Leach talks about the shortage of classrooms and available space facing the school. [more]

Whats On
This weekend around New Zealand. [more]

Weekend Weather - Bob McDavitt
A forecast of what is ahead of us from Met Service's Bob McDavitt. [more]

Fresh Fast Food - Al Brown
Roasted Monkfish with Citrus Lentils and Mandarin Mayonnaise Oil - and Crispy Skate Wing with Ponzu Dipping Sauce. [more]

Sports Story
Talking with RNZ Sports reporter Murray Williams on Cricket and Rugby. [more]

The Wreck of the Penguin
New Zealand's worst shipwreck, was not the Wahine but something older and much less well remembered. [more]

The Panel - Part 1
With Michelle Boag and Paul Smith [more]

The Panel - Part 2
With Michelle Boag and Paul Smith. [more]


Crackdown On Graffiti
Getting caught doing graffiti or tagging could earn you a two thousand dollar fine and a court order to go and clean it up. [more]

US Shooting
In the United States, six people have died and at least 17 others have been injured in a shooting at a university. [more]

Greenstone Theft
The father and son found guilty of stealing greenstone from Ngai Tahu have both been sent to jail. [more]

New Party Challenged
David Farrar has lodged an objection to the Engineering, Printing, and Manufacturing union registering as a third party. [more]

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

Pharmac Review
The drug-buying agency has been completing it defence in a judicial review case brought by eight breast cancer patients. [more]

Kevin Rudd Visits East Timor
The Australian Prime Minister announced that Australian troops will remain in East Timor. [more]

Critical Report For Department Of Internal Affairs
The Department of Internal Affairs has been told to up its performance this financial year after a critical report. [more]

Auckland Woman Honoured
Auckland woman who's worked in some of the world's worst trouble spots received the Red Cross's highest nursing honour. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Romney Endorses John McCain
Two former foes in the United States race for the Whitehouse now appear very cosy. [more]

Movies And Tourism
NZ's tourism industry could be missing out when it comes to the release of the latest Hollywood Blockbuster. [more]

Satellite To Be Shot Down
The United States says it intends to shoot down a stricken spy satellite that had been expected to fall to Earth next month. [more]

Unhealthy Oceans
A new study shows the impact of humans on the seas of the world. [more]

US Economy Worsens
The chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Ben Bernanki is warning that the state of the world's largest economy has worsened. [more]

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

PNG Mining
Papua New Guinea landowners have extended their blockade of part of the historic Kokoda Track. [more]

Chad Refugees
The government of Chad is telling the tens of thousands of refugees who were displaced that it's safe to come home. [more]

Valentine's Day In Saudi Arabia
In Saudi Arabia the authorities banned the sale of red roses ahead of Valentine's Day. [more]

Focus On Politics for 15 Febuary 2008
This week the Prime Minister Helen Clark made her statement to Parliament about the Government's plans for the year ahead. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Solar System Discovered
A solar system has been discovered 5 thousand light years from Earth. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 15 February 2008
Men questioned over death of teen, Solar Hot water, Tagging to be crimminal offence. [more]

Pakaha - The Fluttering Shearwater
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

French Museum Opens Honouring NZ Soldiers
A museum will be opened in France commemorating the part played by NZ tunnellers in underground warfare on the western front. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

GP's Take a Swipe at DHB's
The organisation representing GPs has taken a swipe at DHB's for not responding to a request for greater dialogue. [more]

Men Interviewed Over Death of Teen
Police in Christchurch have been interviewing a group of men seen with a Dunedin teenager before his death. [more]

Solar Hot Water Grants Ignored
No-one took up any $500 Government grants for solar water heating last financial year. [more]

Tagging to be Specific Criminal Offence
Tagging is to be made a specific criminal offence and the sale of spray paint will be banned to people under 18 years of age. [more]

Fleming to Retire From Black Caps
Just four months after losing the role of test captain, Stephen Fleming is declaring his innings closed. [more]

Sentenced Rapist's Lawyer Questions Decision
Lawyer, Mark Callaghan, has questioned the decision stating that the victim had no memory of the night's events. [more]

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

Pharmac Defends its a Decision on Herceptin
Pharmac will today defend against claims that it was biased in the way it handled the decision how to fund Herceptin. [more]

Food Prices Continue to Rise
Alison Holst Comments on the issue. [more]

Rugby's Super 14 to Start This Weekend
Rugby reporter Barry Guy suggests it's also going to be a defining year for some players. [more]

War on Taggers
The Govt is poised to declare war on taggers, with the Prime Minister set to announce a sweeping crackdown on graffiti. [more]

Bay of Plenty Rugby Union Blue Chip Troubles
The Bay of Plenty Rugby Union has been caught up in the troubles faced by the property investment firm, Blue Chip. [more]

New Solar System Discovery
Astronomers are celebrating the discovery of a new solar system remarkably similar to our own. [more]

Tony Stanlake Murder Trial
There has been some dramatic testimony given this week at the High Court trial of the man accused of killing the Wellington man. [more]

Hizbollah Threatens Israel
Hizbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has threatened Israel with 'open war'. [more]

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

NZ WW I Tunnel Role to be Remembered in France
A role played by NZ tunnellers during WW I is to be recalled at the opening of a museum in the town of Arras in France. [more]

Remains of a Two New Types of Dinosaur Discovered
Scientists have pieced together the former lives of two new types of dinosaur. [more]

Waatea News
An update from the Waatea News team. [more]

Hollywood Sign Threatened by Developers
There's concern the view of the famed"Hollywood"sign in Los Angeles will be ruined by a housing development. [more]

Australian Correspondent - Kerry-Anne Walsh
News from Canberra. [more]

Nine To Noon

Rimutaka Prison Report
Findings from a report which looked into coruption at Wellington's Rimutaka Prison. [more]

NZ Property Prices
Commentators talk of predictions of a property slump. [more]

Asian Correspondent - Phil O'Sullivan
Reporting on Asian issues from Hong Kong. [more]

Feature Guest - Albert Belz
Maori writer and playwright. [more]

Children's Book Review
John McIntyre looks at 'Blood Red Snow White', 'Swallows and Amazons' and 'Anne Of Green Gables'. [more]

Music - Manu Taylor
Manu Taylor selects the music of three artists. [more]

Sport - Richard Becht
Sports commentator keeps us up to date with the latest sport happenings. [more]

Week That Was
With Te Radar and Elizabeth Ester. [more]


Jonathan Lemalu
NZ bass baritone back in the country for concerts in Nelson and Dunedin. [more]

Kate Mead
Review’s Wednesday night’s Auckland concert of legendary UK songstress PJ Harvey. [more]

Raewyn White
Review's opening night of RNZ Ballet's season of 'Red'. [more]

Aindrias de Staic
Irish fiddler touring the world and in town for Fringe Festival show 'Around the World on 80 Quid'. [more]

Alison Isadora
Netherlands based NZ composer sends us a 'Postcard Home'. [more]

News stories:

Economic indices in CNMI paint gloomy picture of 2007
In the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas the Department of Commerce's fourth quarter Economic Indicator report confirmed the island's economy is still in bad shape. The Saipan Tribune reports the... [more]

Concerns in Fiji over proposed de-reservation of native land
A Fiji high chief has warned that any move by the interim regime to de-reserve native land will be a 'catastrophic mistake' The proposed de-reservation of native land, which comprises... [more]

PNG landowners extend blockade of Kokoda Track
Papua New Guinea landowners have extended their blockade of the historic Kokoda Track and have threatened protests during Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's visit next month. Representatives of the Koiari... [more]

American Samoa congressman urges public to attend wages hearing
American Samoa Congressman Faleomavaega Eni is urging government leaders and the private sector to testify during next week's hearing on the minimum wage. The U.S. House subcommittee hearing will be... [more]

Former American Samoa congressional candidate to again seek place in Congress
A former congressional candidate plans to run again in this year's election for American Samoa's Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. Aumua Amata, the daughter of American Samoa's first... [more]

Fiji tax collection higher than expected
Fiji's tax department in January collected over 59 million US dollars in net tax revenue, surpassing the forecast by 1.8 million. Fiji Islands Revenue and Customs Authority's Jitoko Tikolevu told... [more]

Fiji Water looks for alternative export markets
Fiji Water says its confidently moving ahead with plans to expand its export markets despite being embroiled in court action with Fiji authorities. The American owned company exporting Fiji Water,... [more]

American Samoa Senators say the Secretary of Labour should decide on wage rises
The American Samoa Senate wants annual wage hikes removed and decisions left to the Secretary of Labour who would need to consider any adverse impacts on the territory's economy. A... [more]

Call for PNG students to be agents of change and combat corruption
Papua New Guinea's justice minister has accused politicians of living Hollywood star lifestyles and widespread corruption that is destroying the country. Dr Allan Marat this week told first year law... [more]

New Zealand and Cook Islands Ministries sign co-operation arrangement
Stronger links between New Zealand and the Cook Islands on social policy and services has been reached following the signing of a cooperation arrangement. The move will see New Zealand's... [more]

PNG Kokoda trail can be re-routed, says Track Authority
Papua New Guinea's Kokoda Track Authority says the historic trail could be re-routed slightly for trekking to co-exist with mining. Landowners have blocked part of the Track, protesting at the... [more]

Samoa accused of not doing enough to overcome serious level of typhoid infection
The World Health Organisation is accusing Samoa of ignoring the severity of typhoid infection in the country. Typhoid is caused by bacteria and is picked up through contaminated food or... [more]

Chinese business people to look at opportunities in Fiji next week
Fiji's Ambassador to China, Sir James Ah Koy, is to lead a group of Chinese business people on a 10-day visit to Fiji from next Wednesday. The interim Government says... [more]

Calls to cell phones through Samoa Finance Ministry phones banned to cut costs
Samoa's Ministry of Finance has banned cell phone calls from its landline system after a phone bill for the last two months of last year reached more than 25 thousand... [more]

Samoa Government won't say if controversial Road Bill contains legal protections for State
Samoa's Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Tuisugaletaua Sofara Aveau, has refused to respond to a claim the government would not be held responsible for any loss of life or damage... [more]

PNG Kokoda Landowners say trekking and small-scale mining can co-exist
Papua New Guinea's Kokoda Track Authority says most local landowners are keen for trekking activities on the historic trail to co-exist with mining. Landowners have blocked part of the Track,... [more]

Veteran Cook Islands MP says vote of no confidence reflects public's low opinion of Government
The Cook Islands MP who is moving a vote of no confidence in the Government, says he is doing it because ministers are more concerned about job security than running... [more]