Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 27th February 2008

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This page features: Afternoons, Checkpoint, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Upbeat


Jim Essay
The future is free. [more]

Best Song Ever Written - Girl with Far Away Eyes
Today Michael Easton has chosen Girl with Far Away Eyes by The Rolling Stones. [more]

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

MindFood - Smart Thinking
Michael McHugh publisher of a new magazine MindFood - smart thinking. [more]

Virtual World
Virtual World technology discussions with Helen and Chelfyn Baxter of Mohawk Media. [more]

Auckland Story
24 endangered native Pateke or Brown teal ducks have been released behind the predator fence at Tawharanui Regional Park. [more]

Science Story
In the series Balancing Nature the ABC Science Show's Lynne Malcolm has explored bio-diversity hotspots around the world. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With Jock Anderson and Sue Wells. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With Jock Anderson and Sue Wells. [more]


Health Minister Sacks Troubled Hawke's Bay DHB
The Health Minister has sacked Hawke's Bay District Health Board and appointed a Commissioner. [more]

Queensland Health Authorities Suspended Roman Hasil
Queensland health authorities have suspended the registration of the controversial doctor Roman Hasil. [more]

Victims of Rogue Surgeon Dr Jayant Patel
Beryl Crosby is patient advocate in Queensland who's been outspoken on behalf of the victims of rogue surgeon Dr Jayant Patel. [more]

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

Tony Stanlake Murder Trial
Daniel Moore, who is 23, is before the High Court in Wellington charged with murdering Mr Stanlake in July 2006. [more]

Spat at Energy Summit Conference
A row over the environmental effects of coal has broken out at an energy summit conference in Auckland. [more]

International Study Questions Benefits of Prosac
The study comes from the University of Hull in England. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Reaction to Hawke's Bay DHB Sacking
Comments from the Mayor of Napier, Barbara Arnott and Dr David Grayson, clinical director of surgery at Hawke's Bay hospital. [more]

Hawke's Bay DHB Sacking - Part 2
More comments from Health Minister David Cunliffe and former board chairman, Kevin Atkinson. [more]

Helen Clark and Kevin Rudd Hold Talks in Canberra
They emerged from the meeting heralding the bilateral relationship. [more]

Shortage of Capacity on Flights to NZ
The shortage is being blamed on serious delays in the production of new aircraft around the world. [more]

Warick Broadhurst in Court Over Childs Death
Warick Broadhurst is charged with murdering 2 year old Arwen Fletcher at their Waiuku home in March 2006. [more]

Mohammad Hamid's Terrorist Training Camp
A British court has declared Mohammad Hamid guilty of running a terrorist training camp and soliciting murder. [more]

Fiji Reaction to Newspaper Publishers Deportation
A publisher deported from Fiji says his newspaper will continue to run stories about the government in his absence. [more]

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

Study Shows Crime Has Fallen
A new wide ranging study has found that overall crime has fallen over the last decade. [more]

Obama and Clinton Go Head to Head in Debate
The debate was their final face to face encounter before next week's crucial primaries in Ohio and Texas. [more]

Terberculosis at Highest Level Around the World
The World Health Organisation has found drug resistant terberculosis in 45 countries. [more]

Kenyan Talks Stalled
Talks aimed at ending Kenya's post election political deadlock have stalled. [more]

Sudan Bans Danish Goods
The boycott follows the decision by major Danish newspapers to reprint a controversial cartoon. [more]

Iwi Discuss Future of Mt Maunganui
Iwi representatives are demanding changes to a discussion document on the future of Mount Maunganui in the Bay of Plenty. [more]

Anaesthetic to be Classified Restricted
An anaesthetic used in both human and veteranary surgery is to be be classified as a restricted Class C drug. [more]

Leonardo da Vinci Other Talent
Leonardo da Vinci is now thought to have also been one of the world's first illustrators of chess puzzles. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 27 February 2008
Sustainable Cities, Anti-Depressants, Police Call Centres, HBDHB, Water Standards, Trans-Tasman Talks, NY Philharmonic. [more]

Tara - White Fronted Tern
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Police Call Centre Under Fire
Renewed criticism of Police Call Centre's failure to react to emergency calls. [more]

The Centre for Sustainable Cities
New research institute launched in Wellington to confront energy shortages, transport and climate issues. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Anti-Depressant Medication Research
Researchers found that for cases of mild depression, taking anti-depressant medication works no better than taking a placebo. [more]

New York Philharmonic Orchestra
The New York Philharmonic orchestra has performed in a historic concert in front of North Korea's elite. [more]

Anti-Depressant Medication Research (Part Two)
Findings and reactions to a new study on Anti-Depressants says there is no evidence the drugs help people with mild depression. [more]

Police Call Centre Failures
Admissions from The Northern Communications Centre highlight inexperience was at fault in recent 111 call failure. [more]

Environmental Standards for Water
The Green Party has renewed its attack on the government's environmental policies, calling them too little too late. [more]

Hawkes Bay District Health Board
The Hawkes Bay District Health Board will learn on Wednesday whether it is to be sacked and replaced by a commissioner. [more]

Annual Trans-Tasman Leader Talks
Helen Clark and her new Australian counterpart, Kevin Rudd, will meet today for the annual trans-Tasman leaders' talks. [more]

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

The UN's World Food Programme
Aid groups say New Zealand should give some of its soaring dairy profits to the World Food Programme. [more]

Anti-Smoking Regulations
New regulations coming into force ensure cigarette packs will be covered in images depicting the graphic effects of tobacco. [more]

Film Subtitles Shocker
Film screening in a Sydney suburb became a comedy of errors thanks to a litany of mis-spelt subtitles. [more]

World Population
World Population estimated to increase to 9.2 Billion by 2050. [more]

Anti-Depressant Mediication Research (Part Three)
Reaction to recent study from the Chief Executive Officer of the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. [more]

Deported Fiji Newspaper Publisher Defiant
A publisher deported from Fiji says his newspaper will continue to run stories about the government in his absence [more]

NZ Dollar Record High
Yesterday, the dollar reached its highest point ever against the greenback since being floated in 1985. [more]

Illegal Drivers
Northland's Regional Council is about to embark on a lengthy consultation round on beach traffic bylaws. [more]

Ryder Apologises for Bad Behaviour
Beleaguered cricketer Jesse Ryder has promised to work hard to put his troubles behind him and get his career back on track. [more]

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

'Osama bin London' Guilty on Terror Charges
A man who boasted of being 'Osama bin London' has been convicted of training Muslims for a holy war in Britain. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

US Presidential Campaign Rhetoric
Mrs Clinton, as well as the Republican frontrunner John McCain have begun targeting Mr Obama for being 'all talk and no action'. [more]

Sprinkler Ban for Wellington Region
A residential sprinkler ban has been imposed in the Wellington region. [more]

Annual 'Go by Bikes Day"
Today is the annual 'Go by Bikes Day' - where workers are encouraged to ditch their vehicles and use pedal power. [more]


Morphed Entropy
Dr Tony Taylor, a membrane scientist has developed a new artisitc technique that assembles chaos into recognisable forms. [more]

Conundrum Clue
Conumdrum clue number 5. [more]

Conundrum Clue
Conundrum clue number 6. [more]

Nine To Noon

Anti-Depressant Study
Discussion on a study suggesting anti-depressants such as Prozac are largely ineffective. [more]

Science Debate in US Presidential Race
Influential American voices push for Presidential contenders to debate science and technology. [more]

Australia Correspondent - Paul Barclay
Trans-Tasman Leader talks, 20/20 Summit, Brisbane Security Checks, Family Studies research. [more]

Feature Guest - Dr Habiba Sarabi
Afghanistan's Former Minister of Women's Affairs, who has a special interest in empowering women's economic situations. [more]

Book Review - Flight
Written by Shaerman Alexie. Published by Harvill. Reviewed by Ralph McAllister. [more]

Music with Marty Duda
This week's feature artist is Cat Power. [more]

With Catriona McLennan [more]

Film Review
Post Academy Awards Review and discussion on the state of Hollywood with Dan Slevin. [more]

Our Changing World

The Research Vessel Tangaroa
The Tangaroa returns from a survey expedition in the Ross Sea, bringing with them some curious new species. [more]


Christopher Saines
Auckland Art Gallery Director discusses upcoming redevelopment works. [more]

Glenda Keam
Director of Contemporary Music programme at Unitec Waitakare campus in Auckland. [more]

Tony Ryan
Review's Christchurch Symphony's first concert for the year 'The Planets'. [more]

News stories:

New Zealand sevens squad prepares for Hong Kong
The New Zealand sevens rugby union squad of 15 will go into camp this week to prepare for the next two rounds of the International Rugby Board Sevens series. New... [more]

Fiji's interim government declares Fiji Sun publisher a 'prohibited immigrant'
Fiji's interim Government says it has declared Fiji Sun publisher Russell Hunter a 'prohibited immigrant'. Fiji Live online says a statement from the prime minister's media unit says the declaration... [more]

A ban on some American High Schools lifted
The American Samoa High School Athletic Association has lifted the ban on high school sports which was imposed February 6. But the suspension will continue on Tafuna and Samoana High... [more]

French Polynesia's Flosse faces expulsion from French UMP Party
Reports from France say the ruling UMP Party is to expel Gaston Flosse over the arrangements that led to him being elected the president of French Polynesia. The Paris newspaper... [more]

Fiji Sun publisher deported despite High Court order to stop his expulsion
The Fiji Sun publisher Russell Hunter was deported yesterday despite an order issued by the High Court to stop his expulsion. Mr Hunter, an Australian citizen, was taken from his... [more]

Reporters Without Borders condemns deportation of Fiji Sun publisher
The international journalists' organisation, Reporters Without Borders, has condemned the arrested and deportation of the publisher of the Fiji Sun, Russell Hunter. Mr Hunter, who is an Australian citizen, was... [more]

Cocoa pest disease re-emerges in East New Britain in PNG
There has been a resurgence of the cocoa pod borer disease in Papua New Guinea's East New Britain province which is threatening to wipe out the 100 million US dollar... [more]

Nauru's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Finance welcomes ADB report
Nauru's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Finance, Dr Kieren Keke, has welcomed a report by the Asia Development Bank or ADB, acknowledging his government's progress in achieving growth and good... [more]

American Samoa's cable television provider hires product manageer
The American Samoa cable television provider, Pacific Island Cable or PIC has hired Ethan Lake, product manager for Blue Sky Communications, as its new general manager. PIC's president, Sid Ludwall,... [more]

Tonga sends its largest ever Trade Mission to Pacific Trade Expo in NZ
Tonga is sending its largest ever Trade Mission to the 2008 Pacific Trade Expo in New Zealand next week. The Matangi Tonga Online reports there are 40 participants including private... [more]

Tourist arrivals from Russia increasing in CNMI
Tourist arrivals from Russia have grown in the CNMI seeing an 87-percent spike in the current financial year. The Marianas Visitors Authority says the market has grown from 964 tourists... [more]

French minister won't interfere in Tahiti election campaign
The French minister in charge of overseas territories, Christian Estrosi, says he will not express himself about French Polynesian politics until after the second round of the municipal elections on... [more]

Fiji regime revives security council and intelligence services
Fiji's interim cabinet has approved the revival of the National Security Council and the Fiji Intelligence Services. In a statement, it says this is to secure Fiji against increasing terrorism... [more]

Beddoes quits new Fiji council in protest at publisher's expulsion
Fiji's former opposition leader, Mick Beddoes, has pulled out of the National Council for Building a Better Fiji, citing a lack of transparency and poor governance by the interim Government. [more]

Fiji Media Council shocked at Hunter expulsion
The Fiji Media Council says it is shocked at the deportation of newspaper publisher Russell Hunter. Mr Hunter, the publisher of the Fiji Sun, was deported to Australia yesterday. Chairman,... [more]

Solomons sends 25 students to Cuba for medical training
The Solomon Islands Government is sending 25 students to Cuba for medical training. The chief government facilitator of the trip, Trevor Unusu, says the students will undertake studies in different... [more]

French Polynesia's new coalition divided over tax policy
French Polynesia's assembly has seen the new two coalition partners merge into a single group in the assembly in a bid to dominate its nine commissions. The Tahoeraa Huiraatira of... [more]

Cooks says China loan will aid savings
The Cook Islands Government has revealed figures showing that a soft loan from China for the building of a sport complex for next year's mini South Pacific Games, will save... [more]

Guam gets US$6m grant from US
The US Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne has allocated six million US dollars in federal grants for the government of Guam. According to Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo's Office, five million will go... [more]

Fiji regime declines detailing Hunter expulsion reasons
The interim Fiji Government has no intention of revealing the precise reasons for expelling Russell Hunter from the country. Yesterday, the interim Defence and Immigration Minister, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, issued... [more]

Further warning about impact of wage hikes on American Samoa
The former general manager of Samoa Packing in American Samoa Herman Gebauer warns further increases in the minimum wage will see the demise of the tuna canneries. Hearings are underway... [more]

Australia and NZ to enter new era of partnership in Pacific
The Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand say they want to enter a new era of co-operation in the Pacific. This comes as New Zealand's Helen Clark visited Canberra... [more]