Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 20th February 2008

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


Jim's Essay
The benefits of eating cheese before you go to sleep. [more]

Best Song Ever Written
For Robert Petry it's 'Young Folks' by Peter, Bjorn and John. [more]

Link 3
Our quiz where 3 or more famous songs have something in common. [more]

Larry Killip
The Lynfield musician, who has just recorded his third album, has scored a number one hit on an American internet music chart. [more]

How do rental van Operators feel about a sticker system indicating a certificate of fitness requirement for campervans? [more]

Feature Album - 'Revolver'
By The Beatles, a classic often rated above Abbey Road or Sgt. Pepper's. [more]

Virtual World
With Hamish MacEwan on navigation systems and HDTV, amongst other things. [more]

Auckland Story
The first in the series of talks with new mayors in the region - first up Northshore City's Andrew Williams. [more]

Environment Report
Amelia Nurse talks to physicist Roger Reeves about how something as simple as a new type of semiconductor can have huge effects. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With Barry Corbett and David Slack. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With Barry Corbett and David Slack. [more]


Hawke's Bay District Board
The Hawke's Bay District Board has been given a week to improve its performance, or face being sacked. [more]

Health Chiefs Reveal Patient Deaths
Health chiefs have revealed that 40 patients died last year as a result of mistakes at hospitals. [more]

Questions Asked Over Stolen War Medals
Was a man on drug charges released on bail after helping negotiate the return of stolen war medals? [more]

Cuba's New President
Cubans will have to wait until Sunday to see whether Fidel Castro's brother Raul will succeed him as President. [more]

Wellington Airport Extension Design
There is mounting public criticism of the design. Ian Telfer hit the streets to find out what the public thinks. [more]

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

Health Chiefs Reveal Patient Deaths (Part 2)
David Galler is an intensive care specialist at Counties Manukau and an advisor to the Director General of Health. [more]

Hawke's Bay District Board (Part 2)
The mayor of Napier, Barbara Arnott, has joined other mayors in sending an open letter to the Health Minister. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

British Aviator Owes His Life To Kiwi
Maurice Kirk, 62, was trying to circle the globe in his J3 Piper Cub aircraft from the second world war. [more]

Environment Ministry Interference
The Minister for the Environment says it was unacceptable for a Ministry official to threaten a submitter at a Select Committee. [more]

Cuba's New President (Part 2)
South America Correspondent Daniel Schweimler reports on how Cubans are feeling about the announcement Fidel Castro will resign. [more]

Fidel's Cafe
Local reaction to Castro's decision from Fidel's Cafe in Wellington. [more]

Review Of NZ's Drug Laws
An eighteen month review of New Zealand's drug laws took a step forward today. [more]

Transit Rejects Claims
Transit is rejecting claims by the trucking industry that the release of its 10 year plan shows a $650 million cut in spending. [more]

Charities Act
The National Party says the Charities Act is going to limit freedom of speech. [more]

Women With HIV
Women with HIV are becoming the faces of a poster campaign to fight stigma and discrimination surrounding the illness. [more]

Famous Paintings Found
Stolen works by artists Monet and van Gogh were found in an abandoned car outside a psychiatric hospital in Zurich. [more]

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

Pakistan Elections
The party of assassinated politician Benazir Bhutto is in talks to form a coalition goverment. [more]

Kosovo Violence
Tensions have been raised another notch in Kosovo with an angry mob destroying two border crossings with Serbia. [more]

Bird Flu Conspiracy
A book by the Indonesian Health Minister claims that the WHO is involved in a global conspiracy to profit from the virus. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

A1 Versus A2 Milk
Those at the centre of the argument are welcoming a review of the two types, by the European Food Safety Authority. [more]

US Military Curfew In Okinawa
The US action is in response to rising outrage in the country over the conduct of US troops based there. [more]

Cuba's Past
The BBC's Havana correspondent Stephen Gibbs reports. [more]

Cyclists Injured Prompts Campaign
As more people bike to work, the number of cyclists being injured by cars is also increasing. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 20 February 2008
Health report, Castro steps down, Musharraf defeated, New political party, Olympic contract changed, Smacking Bill. [more]

Riroriro - Grey Warbler
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Diabetes And Cardio Care
The Ministry is promising a quality improvement plan to lead to better health outcomes for sufferers of both illnesses. [more]

Launch Of Science New Zealand
The country's nine Crown Research Institutes are joining forces to sell the sciences to the public and businesses. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Taito Philip Field
The independent Mangere MP applies to register his new Pacific Party. [more]

Health Report Today
The Government, today released what's known as a"sentinel events"tally for each DHB. [more]

Fidel Castro Retires
After almost fifty years in power, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro has announced his resignation. [more]

Pakistan Election Result
The head of President Musharraf's party, the Pakistan Muslim League, says they have accepted defeat. [more]

Taito Philip Field (Part 2)
The Independent MP has applied to register a new political party. [more]

Olympic Athletes Gags Amended
A gagging clause in contracts for our Olympic athletes heading to the Beijing Games is to be amended. [more]

Possible Smacking Bill Amendment
Lobby group Family First which opposes The Child Discipline Act says it has almost enough signatures to force a referendum. [more]

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

Labour Party's Donor Controversy
Discussion about the influence and involvement of Owen Glenn, Labour's biggest benefactor. [more]

DHB Sentinel Events Tally
The first ever national tally of hospital mishaps reveals more than 180 preventable deaths or injuries. [more]

The Blue Chip Saga
The Commerce Commission will investigate claims the company induced investors based on false or misleading representations. [more]

Parliamentary Education Enquiry
Why do some children fail at school? [more]

Bainimarama Appoints Himself Head
New Zealand's Fijian community fear bloodshed following Bainimarama appointing himself head of the great council of chiefs. [more]

Markets Update
A quick market update. [more]

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

French Yacht Salvage
The French sailing crew whose racing yacht capsized will attempt a salvage operation today. [more]

Marlborough Ambulance Shortage
Marlborough residents have been receiving fire engines when amulances are requested. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

39 Million Dollar Airport Extension
Wellington City Council and airport partner Infratil unveil ambitious plans. [more]

Nine To Noon

DHB's Sentenel Events
Quality Improvement Committee heads at Counties Manukau DHB talk about a report released today. [more]

NZ Drug Policy Roundtable
Professor David Nutt and Ross Bell talk about the Parliamentary committee on review of Drug laws starting today. [more]

Australia Correspondent - Ray Moynihan
Police commissioner asked to explain, Brian Burke still wields power, Kevin Rudd's honeymoon. [more]

Feature Guest - Jacob Rajan
A Writer and performer, he Co-wrote Krishnan's Dairy, The Candlestickmaker, The Pickle King and The Dentist's Chair. [more]

Book Review - Not Quite What I Was Planning
Written by Larry Smith. Published by Harper Collins. Reviewed by Laura Kroetsch. [more]

Music With Marty Duda
This week's artist is Loudon Wainwright III. [more]

With Dean Knight. [more]

Television Review
Metro magazine senior writer reviews Pushing Daisies. [more]


Paul Doornbusch
Australian algorithmic composer and New Zealand School of Music Sonic Arts lecturer. [more]

Liesbeth Kok
NZ based violist soon to return to the Netherlands to take up appointment as general manager of the Amsterdam Cello Biennale. [more]

News stories:

Fiji's GCC review team wants Bainimarama to explain why is chairman of GCC
The chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs review team wants interim the Prime Minister to explain why he appointed himself chairman of the GCC. Ratu Tu'uakitau Cokanauto told Fiji... [more]

Samoa ruling HRPP party caucus remains loyal to leader
The leader of Samoa's ruling Human Rights Protection party or HRPP, prime minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, is still the preferred leader with most party MPs. An HRPP supporter says a... [more]

Supreme Court in Samoa grants suspended police facing attempted rape to leave country
The Supreme Court in Samoa has granted permission to a suspended police officer facing charges of attempted to rape to leave the country. Corporal Fa'apa'ia Agafili goes to trial in... [more]

Fiji's interim attorney general believes there's no problem with Bainimarama appointment
The Fiji interim government says making the Minister of Indigenous Affairs the chair of the GCC is just returning to practices of 20 years ago. This comes after interim prime... [more]

Solomon Islands chamber of commerce says ban will not harm businesses
The Solomon Islands chamber of commerce says the government's plan to ban the selling of sea cucumbers won't harm too many businesses. The Fisheries Ministry plans to ban the harvesting... [more]

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology worried proposed tsunami warning buoys will be stolen
Australia's Bureau of Meteorology says its worried that proposed tsunami warning buoys to be located between Australia and Indonesia will be stolen by pirates. It plans to position two buoys... [more]

Calls in Samoa for land dispute to be clarified before situation gets out of hand
The lawyer representing land owners who've been blocked out of their own property in the Siumu district in Samoa, says their claims need to be clarified before the situation gets... [more]

House of Representatives in American Samoa stalls funding for undersea fiber optic cable
The House of Representatives in American Samoa has stalled the funding for the undersea fiber optic cable. The Togiola-Ipulasi administration submitted a bill to the Fono in January to appropriate... [more]

Lawyer representing village land claimants in Samoa says police intervention
The lawyer representing the Siumu village land claimants in Samoa who are blocking access to some land owners says police intervention could inflame the situation and lead to violence. The... [more]

Three U.S. Senators favour deferring another 50 cent increase in American Samoa
At least three U.S. Senators are in favour of deferring another 50-cent increase in American Samoa's minimum wage, to avoid what they have describe as economic disaster. The U.S. Senate... [more]

Landowners along PNG's Kokoda Track threaten to open up more of track to mining
Landowners along Papua New Guinea's Kokoda Track are threatening to open up more of the track to mining. The threats came as PNG police launched an investigation into alleged corruption... [more]

Part Tongan athlete takes out New Zealand's Supreme Award
The New Zealand born part Tongan athlete, Valerie Vili who picked up New Zealand's supreme sports Award last night says she can't dwell too long on her victory because she... [more]

IRB confident issues between New Zealand and Fiji will be resolved
The International Rugby Board's chief executive, Mike Miller is confident that New Zealand's ruling against some Fiji players taking part in sports in this country won't be an issue for... [more]

Australian mining company says Australia's PM could end up with egg on his face
Australian mining company Frontier Resources says Prime Minister Kevin Rudd could end up with egg on his face if his government backs the "weak" case for the Kokoda Track to... [more]

CNMI Hotel occupancy up 5-percent last month
Hotel occupancy in the 14-member Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands saw a 5-percent increase last month to 77.31 percent compared to the 72.4 percent recorded in January 2007. [more]

Supermarket in Samoa stops making loaves of bread due to expense
A supermarket in Samoa has stopped making loaves of bread until the government approves a price increase. Siaosi's store in Lotopa says higher costs of ingredients has made bread baking... [more]

President of Fiji Rugby Union resigns
The Fiji Rugby Union has regretfully accepted the resignation of Ratu Sakiusa Tuisolia, as the President of the organisation. Tuisolia was FRU president for nearly two years. He says his... [more]

IBA may visit Fiji if ban lifted
The International Bar Association says it doesn't rule out a future visit to Fiji after being barred from entering the country this week. The Association's Chief Executive Mark Ellis says... [more]

US plans to shoot down satellite west of Hawaii
The US Navy may make its first attempt to shoot down an errant spy satellite loaded with toxic fuel in an area of the Pacific Ocean west of Hawaii. A... [more]

TV banned from covering Wallis school dispute
Villagers on the French Pacific island of Wallis have prevented a television team from covering a dispute at a local school over the appointment of an advisor. The Lavegahau high... [more]

PNG orders corruption probe in finance and treasury departments
Papua New Guinea's planning, finance and treasury departments are facing allegations a syndicate of officers has been demanding 10 per cent commission before processing cheques and payments. The National Planning... [more]

France comments on Tahiti impasse, presidential elections in four days
The French minister in charge of overseas territories, Christian Estrosi, has commented on the collapse of talks among French Polynesia's pro-autonomy politicians who failed to agree on a power sharing... [more]

Solomons opposition against visit of former police boss
The Solomon Islands opposition leader, Manasseh Sogavare, says the former police commissioner Shane Castles should not be allowed to return. Mr Sogavare declared Mr Castles a prohibited immigrant in 2006... [more]

New Caledonia's Koniambo project gets US$ 230m tax exemption
The French government says it will grant a key nickel project in New Caledonia's north tax exemptions worth 230 million US dollars. The concession has been made to Xstrata of... [more]

US Pacific territories seek funds to pay rebates under Bush plan
American Congressional delegates from the U.S. Pacific territories have asked the US Government to advance funds to local treasuries to enable the island governments to issue rebates due to taxpayers... [more]

Former PNG defence force boss comments on security problems
Papua New Guinea's former Defence Force commander, Jerry Singirok, says police and military commanders appear not to have control over their forces. Major General Singirok, who is the chair of... [more]

Fiji Women's Council against Bainimarama in GCC top role
The National Council of Women in Fiji has added its name to the list of organisations opposed to Commodore Frank Bainimarama's decision to assume the role of chairman of the... [more]

Warning about impact of Tongan power price hike
The Tongan Women's Action Group for Change says a more than 20 percent power price increase will be too much for most families. This comes after the power company, Shoreline,... [more]

Tonga to release funds for new initiatives
The Tongan Government plans to provide eight million US dollars for new business initiatives by the end of the financial year in June. So far Tonga's National Economic Development Council... [more]

French Polynesian presidential election brought forward to this weekend
French Polynesia's assembly is now expected to elect a new president in three days after it was earlier planned to hold that election next week or early March. The change... [more]