Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 19th February 2008

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


Jim's Essay
Jim melifluously talks etymology and his favourite words. [more]

Best Song Ever Written
Robert Roach of Dunedin chooses"Low Sparks of High Heel Boys"from the album by Traffic. [more]

Reeling In The Years
Jim talks about this day in history, 19 February 1978. [more]

Peter Neilson
CEO New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development talks about being green in the workplace. [more]

Alex Dyer
The creator of"A Very Silent Night", a song which has high-frequency beeps and clicks only dogs can hear. [more]

Feature Album - Definitely Maybe
Oasis's 1994 album Definitely Maybe came number one according to a survey by Q magazine and retailer HMV. [more]

Tune Your Engine - Sally Squires
Nationally Syndicated Lean Plate Club Columnist, Nutrition and Health Writer from The Washington Post. [more]

Science Story
Exploring the balance between conservation and development in a marine biodiversity hotspot in the Philippines. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
Today with Irene Gardiner and Peter Elliot. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
Today with Peter Elliot and Irene Gardiner. [more]


Tuhoe elders work with Police
Three Tuhoe men appeared in court on firearms charges relating to last year's raids in the Ureweras. [more]

Pakistan Election
Opposition supporters are celebrating victory after an election intended to complete the transition to civilian rule. [more]

Investigation Into Death of Christchurch Boy
Police investigating the death of a 16 year old in Christchurch say he might have been sexually assaulted. [more]

Owen Glenn Controversy
National says the links between Labour and its biggest donor Owen Glenn look very murky. [more]

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

Tourists Apologise
Three tourists have apologised to New Zealand for falsely claiming they were robbed at gun point. [more]

Dodi And Diana Inquest
Mohamed al Fayed has told the London inquest that his son and Diana, were engaged and were going to have a baby. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Stepfather Of Dead Child On Trial
20-year-old Warick Ian Broadhurst denies he severely injured Arwen Fletcher in Waiuku in March 2006. [more]

Wellington Airport Expansion
An extension to Wellington Airport was announced this morning by the Wellington City Council. [more]

Low Cost Real Estate Agents
A Kapiti-based real estate agency is refuting claims discount agencies can't survive. [more]

US Primaries
Snow hasn't stopped United States presidential contenders from garnering support. [more]

Catamaran To Be Salvaged
A two day mission to salvage a capsized $16 racing yacht off the coast of Dunedin begins in the next hour or so. [more]

Politics And Hawkes Bay Hospital
The National Party is accusing the Health Minister of trying to create divisions at Hawkes Bay Hospital for political ends. [more]

Another Top Job For Bainimarama
He's appointed himself the new chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs and it hasn't impressed the Council members. [more]

Prominent Film Maker Dies
Barry Barclay passed away last night at the age of 63 after suffering a stroke. [more]

Pakistan Election (part 2)
Opposition supporters in Pakistan are confident of victory following an election aimed at moving from military to civilian rule. [more]

Low Cost Estate Agents (part 2)
A Kapiti-based real estate agency says discount agencies can survive. [more]

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

Kosovo Independence
The newly-formed state of Kosovo is causing some headaches with the international community. [more]

Aussie PM Popularity
Australian polls suggest Kevin Rudd is enjoying the best of political honeymoons, with an approval rating of 70 percent. [more]

Website To Curb Obesity
The latest weapon in the war on obesity was unveiled at a Wellington school this morning. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Olympic Agreement Changed
The Olympic Committee decided to amend a clause in athletes contracts forbidding political comment. [more]

Court Appearance Over East Timor Shooting
An Australian woman has appeared in an East Timor court - the first person to appear over last week's attempted assassination. [more]

Mafia Arrest
One of Italy's most wanted men has been arrested in Reggio Calabria, in the far south of the country. [more]

Meeting In Kenya
The US Secretary of State has been in Kenya, meeting both sides in the bitter dispute about the country's presidential election. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 19 February 2008
Fronterra Co-op Vote, Pakistan election, Joneses go bust, Govt cash deficit. [more]

Koekoea - The Long Tailed Cuckoo
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

The Joneses Puts Up Liquidation Sign
Real estate firm The Joneses has placed itself in voluntary liquidation. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Air Crash Investigators Speak to Witnesses
Investigators examining what led to a mid-air collision over Paraparaumu on Sunday are now having interviews with witnesses. [more]

International Rugby Officials Meet to Discuss World Cup
International rugby officials are in Wellington today to discuss the next Rugby World Cup with the Government. [more]

Dairy Farmers Support Fonterra Vote Delay
Dairy farmers consider Fonterra has made the right decision in delaying a vote on plan to list on the stock exchange. [more]

Counting Begins in Pakistan Election
11 people are killed and dozens injured on Pakistan's voting day. [more]

Real Estate Firm The Joneses Goes Bust
The collapse of"The Joneses"comes as no surprise to the Real Estate Institute. [more]

Govt Cash Deficit Worse Than Forecasted
The Greens calls for the government to drop its plans for tax cuts. [more]

Helicopters Pick Up Capsized French Sailors
Groupama 3 capsized in rough seas 150 kilometres from Dunedin while taking part in the Jules Verne Round the World Race. [more]

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

Paraparaumu Air crash
Paraparaumu is preparing to farewell the victims of the mid-air collison that killed three people on Sunday. [more]

Independence of Kosovo
The independence of Kosovo has revealed deep divisions in the international community. [more]

Conference on Seismology in Wellington
100 of the world's top earthquake experts are gathering in Wellington this week. [more]

Dairy Farmers Support Fonterra Vote Delay - Part 2
The door appears to have closed on private investors hoping to get a slice of the country's biggest exporter. [more]

Real Estate Firm The Joneses Goes Bust - Part 2
Professor Chris Eves, from Lincoln University's property studies department, has kept an interested eye on the Joneses. [more]

Cycling and Walking Lanes for Auckland Harbour Bridge
Transit will be discussing a proposal to narrow vehicle lanes on the Harbour Bridge to make room for cycling and walking lanes. [more]

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

National Council of Women Calls for Family-friendly Parliament
The NCW is calling for a more family-friendly Parliament, saying the current system may be a barrier to women entering politics. [more]

Ambulance Officer Shortage Otaki to Ohakune
Ambulance officers in the area are fed up with being sent out to emergencies on their own. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

DVD Formats
A multi-billion dollar battle over how we will watch DVDs in the future appears to be over. [more]

Are Goldfish Cleverer Than We Think
A 15 year old schoolboy from Adelaide has just debunked that theory that goldfish have short memories. [more]

Ex-Beatles Flat For Sale
A flat in London's upmarket Mayfair district has gone on the market for 1.7 million pounds. [more]

Nine To Noon

Real Estate - The Joneses
Graeme Crews comments on the liquidation of The Joneses real estate agency. [more]

Marjorie Cohn on 911 Suspects
US lawyer Marjorie Cohn comments on the 911 suspects held in Guantanamo Bay. [more]

US Correspondent - Jack Hitt
Jack Hitt reports on the latest News from Washington. [more]

NZ Research Vessel the Tangaroa
Science leader Stu Hanchett reports from the Ross Sea. [more]

Feature Guest - David Knight
Auckland neo natal specialist, David Knight, heads to Brisbane. [more]

Book Review - 'Burnt Out Town of Miracles'
Gail Pittaway reviews 'Burnt Out Town of Miracles' by Roy Jacobsen. Published by John Murray. [more]

With commentator Rod Oram. [more]

Elyn Saks, Professor of Law and Psychiatry at the University of Southern California who has schizophrenia. [more]

Phil Wallington is our media commentator. [more]


Karen Grylls
Director of Voices New Zealand gearing up for International Festival of the Arts production of 'The Poet'. [more]

Tecwyn Evans
NZ conductor back in the country for the Southern Sinfonia’'s Proms Series. [more]

News stories:

Fiji club Ba out to win two away games as O-League resumes
Fiji's champion football club - Ba will be out to score two crucial away victories as the O-League games resume for Group B teams. Coach Yogendra Dutt says it's simple... [more]

Key leader of French Polynesia's To Tatou Aia coalition upset over demands
A key leader of French Polynesia's To Tatou Aia coalition has expressed his displeasure over the demands by the Tahoeraa Huiraatira to form a majority for the new assembly's five-year... [more]

Samoan MP and his wife reject claims by occupiers of land in Siumu
The MP Siumu in Samoa, Tu'uu Anasi'i Leota, has denied claims the district will meet this month to discuss the current land dispute which is before the Supreme Court. His... [more]

Fiji's interim Prime Minister appoints himself chairman of Great Council of Chiefs
Fiji's interim Prime Minister has appointed himself chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs following a gazette issued under his name last week. The Fiji Times reports last weeks gazette... [more]

Senate hearing on establishment of American Samoa Visitor's Bureau postponed
A Senate hearing scheduled last week to review a measure to establish the American Samoa Visitor's Bureau has been postponed until after the Fono recess. Senator Alo Dr Paul Stevenson... [more]

Hawaiian Airlines adds a third weekly flight between Honolulu and Pago Pago
Hawaiian Airlines is adding a third weekly flight between Honolulu and Pago Pago for the summer to help accommodate increased traffic. The extra flight will be added May 27 through... [more]

California based company wins hundred million dollar contract to develop Guam's roads
A California based company has won a hundred million dollar contract to develop Guam's roads. Parsons Corporation beat four other bidders for the tendered contract, worth 150 million US dollars. [more]

Horticulture New Zealand says changes will not impact Seasonal Employers Scheme
Horticulture New Zealand says it's had positive feedback about the amendment to seasonal work policies including the transitional recognised Seasonal Employers Scheme. The government announced changes last year which will... [more]

Ni-Vanuatu workers employed under RSE scheme set to increase
The number of ni-Vanuatu workers employed in New Zealand under the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme is set to increase significantly. This was indicated by New Zealand's Prime Minister Helen Clark... [more]

New Zealand Prime Minister says development assistance to Vanuatu is set to increase
New Zealand Prime Minister says her country's development assistance to Vanuatu is set to increase with the increased stability in the Melanesian country. Helen Clark commended Vanuatu for its work... [more]

Australia's Returned Services League calls for compromise over PNG Kokoda Track mining
Australia's Returned and Services League is pushing for compromise over the sensitive issue of mining near Papua New Guinea's Kokoda Track. Some landowners have been blockading part of the historic... [more]

Fiji's interim Attorney General denies reports that IBA has been banned from visiting Fiji
Fiji's interim Attorney General has denied media reports that the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute has been banned from visiting Fiji. In a press release, the IBA says its... [more]

IRB confident three Pacific teams present at 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand
The IRB chief executive, Mike Miller is confident there will be a good Pacific representation at the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand. Fiji and Tonga are automatically through after... [more]

Sale of Samoa's public broadcaster faces problems
A bid by Samoa Quality Broadcasting to buy the Samoa Broadcasting Corporation or SBC has hit problems. The Samoa Observer reports that the snag is over who will pay for... [more]

Solomons to ban sea cucumber harvesting
The Solomon Islands Fisheries Ministry says it will ban the harvesting and selling of sea cucumbers from April this year. The selling of the sea animal had been banned earlier,... [more]

Oxfam says PNG sorcery a growing problem
Oxfam's representative in Papua New Guinea, Eileen Kolma, says violence associated with sorcery appears to be a growing problem Ms Kolma says a culture of silence means there is little... [more]

CNMI worries about proliferation of gambling
There are concerns about the proliferation of gambling establishments in the Northern Marianas. Dr Christian Wei, who is the Eucon College president, says is worried about the ill-effects of gambling... [more]

Coalition talks in French Polynesia break down
Talks in French Polynesia to form a majority for the next five years have collapsed. The leader of the To Tatou Aia coalition, Gaston Tong Sang, has rejected the demands... [more]

GCC taskforce surprised at Fiji interim PM's move
The taskforce that made recommendations over the future make-up of Fiji's Great Council of chiefs is surprised the interim Prime Minister is to be the new chairman. Commodore Frank Bainimarama... [more]

Samoa drive switch policy unsettles ruling party
A group of protesting MPs in Samoa's ruling Human Rights Protection party has reportedly voiced its opposition to the government's controversial Right Hand Drive policy. The policy, which states that... [more]

Cooks Mini Games boss unhappy with progress
The man in charge of the Pacific Mini Games in the Cook Islands says he is frustrated by the lack of consultation with him, and the sportspeople of the country. [more]