Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 28th February 2008

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


Thought For The Day
Questions you just can't answer. [more]

Best Song Ever Written"See You In My Drums"
Today John Cochrane has chosen"See you in my drums"-The Shadows [more]

Your Place Kaikoura
Today Your Place is a town on the east coast of the south island 2 1\2 hours north of Chch. [more]

Ukulele Orchestra
George Hinchcliffe, Hester Goodman and Jonte Banks from the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain. [more]

The Arts Report
In our Arts Feature today Lynn Freeman explores the world of Taiko drumming and meets three drummers. [more]

Compulsive Overeating.
A glimpse into the troubled world of compulsive overeating. [more]

Environment Report
Barrie Leay takes Amelia Nurse to the waste water ponds in Blenheim where he's harvesting algae to make biofuel. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With Graham Bell and Julia Hartley-Moore. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With Graham Bell and Julia Hartley-Moore. [more]


The Last Public Submissions On The Redevelopment
The last public submissions on the redevelopment of a Wellington waterfront landmark were heard in the capital today. [more]

South Auckland Man Guilty Of Manslaughter
Arwen Fletcher step father guilty of manslaughter. [more]

Government Orders Review Into Search And Rescue
The government has ordered an urgent review into a tragic weekend search and rescue mission, in which a person died. [more]

Winston Peters Denounced The Media Over Owen Glenn
Winston Peters has angrily denounced the media for questioning whether Owen Glenn has also given money to his party. [more]

Forestry Groups New Plan For Cutting Down Trees
A coalition of forestry and farming groups has come up with a new plan for cutting down trees. [more]

Jury Considers Verdict At The Trial Of Daniel Moore
The Jury is considering its verdict at the trial of Daniel Moore, in the High Court in Wellington. [more]

High Profile Waikato Sportswoman Upset By Medal Theft
Laura Langman is extremely upset by the theft of her gold and silver medals and she wants the stolen medals back. [more]

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

Australian Parent Company In A Financial Crisis
The Australian parent company of one of this country's largest childcare centre operators is in a financial crisis. [more]

Patea Meatworks Clean-Up
The clean-up of the asbestos-ridden Patea meatworks site began today. [more]

Four Hostages Held Captive For Six Years In Colombia
In Colombia, four hostages held captive for six years by left-wing Farc rebels have been released. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Milford Sound Prone To Severe Flooding
Milford Sound is one of New Zealand's favourite tourist attractions, but has for years been prone to severe flooding. [more]

Exxon Mobil In Supreme Court
The Supreme Court in the United States is hearing closing arguments on an appeal by the energy company Exxon Mobil. [more]

Federal Reserve Continue To Cut Interest Rates
In the United States economists are questioning whether the Federal Reserve should continue to cut interest rates. [more]

Where The Bloody Hell Are You?
That's what Australian businesses are wandering about their New Zealand counterparts. [more]

Business Update
An update from the Business team. [more]

Soldier Shot
A soldier who accidentally shot himself in the thigh while training is now awaiting surgery. [more]

A Police Team Has Broken Into The Bricked-Up Cellar
A police search team has broken into the bricked-up cellar of the former Jersey child care home. [more]

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

Hastings District And Napier City Councillors Hold Meeting
Hastings District and Napier City councillors have just finished holding separate extraordinary meetings. [more]

Premier of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra Back Home
The ousted premier of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra SHIN-uh wot flew home to an ecstatic welcome today. [more]

Australian Defence Force Says No To Compensation
An Australian Defence Force analyst says a compensation claim being made against the Aus military has no place in the courts. [more]

Deputy PM Of Vietnam Pushing For Greater Education
The Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam, Professor Nguyen (Nyin) is in NZ pushing for greater education co-operation. [more]

New Images For NZ Cigarettes Packs
Images of gangrenous toes, diseased lungs and rotting teeth and gums have to be displayed on packets of cigarettes in NZ. [more]

Sacking Of Low-Caste Woman
A row has broken out in India over the sacking of a low-caste woman who'd been hired to work as a cook in a government school. [more]

A Race Row Has Erupted In South Africa
A video has been released showing white students forcing black campus employees to eat food they allegedly urinated on. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 28 February 2008
HBCHB Sacked, Mortgage Rates Lifted, Stanlake Jury Retire, German Tax Scandal, Auckland Energy Conference Erupts. [more]

Toroa - Bullers Mollyhawk
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Hawkes Bay District Health Board Sacked
Health Minister David Cunliffe accused of trying to silence his critics, by sacking the Hawkes Bay District Health Board. [more]

NZ To Australia Migration
New Zealand is losing labour to Australia, but says the country is experiencing positive net migration. [more]

Criticism of Fishing Trip Rescue
More could have been done to rescue three men whose boat sank off the coast of Wanganui. [more]

Hawkes Bay District Health Board Sacked (Part Two)
Hawkes Bay DHB sacking prompts legal challenge against Minister, whilst new Commissioner of Hawke's Bay DHB named. [more]

Mortgage Rates Lifted by Two Banks
Home loan borrowers are now paying more because of an international credit crisis. [more]

Jury to Retire in Stanlake Drugs Case
Jury to retire for verdict at the trial of Daniel Moore, charged with murdering Wellington man, Tony Stanlake. [more]

German Tax Scandal Net Grows Wider
The biggest tax scandal in German history has widened into an international hunt including NZ and Australia. [more]

Auckland Energy Conference Erupts
Coal industry's criticised by the Minister of Energy, and the industry's responded in kind by questioning his sources. [more]

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

NZ Dollar Close to Record Highs
The New Zealand dollar is currently close to record highs against the US dollar. [more]

Drought-Stricken Waikato
The next three weeks will be crucial to drought-stricken Waikato farmers if they don't get significant rain. [more]

Accountablility for Rescue Tragedy
National MP and former detective Chester Borrows says there must be some accountability for fishing trip rescue failure. [more]

Channel Islands Child Abuse
Police searching a former children's home in Jersey in the Channel Islands say they may be about to unearth another body. [more]

Hawkes Bay District Health Board Sacked (Part Three)
David Cunliffe has appointed Commissioner Sir John Anderson to run the HBDHB affairs with immediate effect. [more]

NZ-Australia Political Ties
Kevin Rudd and Helen Clark pledge to work closely on climate change and problems in the South Pacific. [more]

Regional Transport Authority Propose New Fuel Tax
Call for a new fuel tax as high as 30 cents a litre to help speed the upgrade of Auckland's public transport network. [more]

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

Prominent Fijian Politician Resigns
Mick Beddoes resigns from the Fiji's nation-building council in protest after the explusion of an Australian publisher. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Manukau Misses Out on Flower Show
Manukau has been dealt another blow in its efforts to keep hosting a top flower show. [more]

US Democratic Party's Presidential Nomination Race
Hillary Clinton will soon find out if she still has a chance of winning the Democratic Party's Presidential Nomination. [more]


Borrowed Light
Tero Saarinen is a Finnish choreographer and he's bring his creation to the international arts festival in Wellington. [more]

Alan Gilmore joins us again from the Mount John observatory above lake Tekapo. [more]

Clue number seven. [more]

Clue number eight. [more]

Nine To Noon

Hawkes Bay DHB Sacking (Part One)
Health Minister David Cunliffe justifies the need for drastic change for the Hawkes Bay DHB. [more]

Hawkes Bay DHB Sacking (Part Two)
Ex-board member David Davidson comments on the position of the outgoing Hawkes Bay DHB. [more]

Hawkes Bay DHB Sacking (Part Three)
Clinical Director of surgery Dr David Grayson speaks out in favour of decision to sack HBDHB. [more]

Queensland Medical Board Questioned
Chair of Medical Board of Queensland speaks on suspending a Doctor with malpractice history in NZ and Australia. [more]

UK Correspondent - Michael White
Talking about UK issues this week. [more]

Feature Guest - Dame Fiona Kidman
Renowned New Zealand author Dame Fiona Kidman speaks on life and her written memoirs 'At the end of Darwin Road'. [more]

Book review - Hotel Juliet
By Belinda Seaward. Published by John Murray. Reviewed by Crystal Beavis. [more]

Maori Issues
Writer and commentator Derek Fox talks on deals made regarding Foreshore and Seabed issues. [more]

Trend Moving Away from Restaurant BYO
Discussion on the growing trend of restaurateurs moving from BYO to licensed alcohol consumption. [more]

New Technology Commentator - Colin Jackson
Colin Jackson reports from the International Standards Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland. [more]

Our Changing World

Biofuel from Algae
Aquaflow's Barrie Leay discusses the future of sustainable biofuel production sourced from algae. [more]

Balancing Nature
Can islands be used to preserve the precious biodiversity of New Zealand's ancient native ecosystems? [more]

Te Ahi Kaa

Te Wetewete Review
Te Maire Tau reviews This Horrid Practice: The Myth and Reality of Maori Cannibalism by Paul Moon [more]


The Bad Plus
US Jazz trio in NZ for the International Arts Festival. [more]

Richard Hand
UK Classical guitarist performing one-off concert at the New Zealand School of Music Mt Cook Campus; Fri 29, 1:10pm. [more]

Philip Brownlee
Reviews pianist Stephen de Pledge's Arts Festival performance of 'Landscapes'. [more]

News stories:

Fruit processing boosted in PNG
A new fruit drying plant has been set up in Goroka in Papua New Guinea's Eastern Highlands Province. The plant, the first of its kind in the country, was established... [more]

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

Te Papa Museum welcomes gifts from Royal New Zealand Air Force
The Te Papa Museum in Wellington says it's pleased to accept a tapa cloth and two fine mats that were used to protect the casket of King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV. [more]

Royal New Zealand Air Force donates gifts from late King of Tonga's family to Museum
The Royal New Zealand Air Force has donated a tapa cloth and two fine mats used to protect the casket of King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV to the Te Papa Museum. [more]

American Samoan politician decries federal wage law
An American Samoan candidate for the US House of Representatives, Aumua Amata Coleman, says the territory's inclusion under a federal wage law works against the principles of self-government. The minimum... [more]

Fiji's Chamber of Commerce welcomes arrival of a new mobile phone company
Fiji's Chamber of Commerce welcomes the arrival of a new mobile phone company into the country. The Jamaican company, Digicel, has won a mobile license for Fiji, breaking the monopoly... [more]

Two Tongans become first to reclaim Tonga citizenship
Sateki Finau and Temaleti Fulivai Faka'osi have become the first Tongans to reclaim their Tonga citizenship in a short ceremony earlier this week at the Prime Minister's Office in Nuku'Alofa. [more]

World Bank reveals a major expansion in services and loans for Pacific countries
The World Bank is planning a substantial expansion of the support it provides to Pacific countries. It will shortly open an office in Honiara, Solomon Islands and is planning others... [more]

Hospital Authority Board in American Samoa extends deadline for doctors
The Hospital Authority Board in American Samoa has decided to extend the deadline for doctors to sit and pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination. It has also decided to... [more]

Digicel promises to enhance mobile communications in Fiji
The newest operator in the mobile phone services market Digicel has promised to enhance mobile communications and spur competition in Fiji by investing over $80 million US to build a... [more]

Export of round logs from Papua New Guinea will be phased by 2010
The export of round logs from Papua New Guinea will be phased by 2010 and downstream processing phased in by logging companies. The Newspaper, the National, reports the move could... [more]

NASA to open satellite tracking station in French Polynesia
It has been revealed that the French Polynesian government has signed a one-year lease with the US space agency NASA for it to use a plot of land in the... [more]

Pacific media urged to play key role in climate change awareness
The regional media is being urged to ensure that South Pacific people are informed about climate change. The message is being reinforced at a regional workshop for journalists underway in... [more]

Continental Micronesia engine incident downplayed
The Guam-based airline, Continental Micronesia, has downplayed an incident on a Majuro/Honolulu flight this week in which observers reported explosions and flashes of flame from an engine. An airline official... [more]

Call to improve skills in American Samoa
The American Samoa Economic Advisory Council is calling for improvements in the standard of education and a greater emphasis on trades. Its chairman David Robinson says this is a common... [more]

French supreme court asked to annul Tahiti election of Gaston Flosse
The French Polynesian opposition has lodged an appeal with the French supreme court, asking it to annul last weekend's election of Gaston Flosse as the new president. The leader of... [more]

Britain launches website for Pacific children
Britain has launched a website in New Zealand aimed at children in the Pacific. The British High Commission in Wellington says the website British4Pacific Kids gives children in the region... [more]

100 Niue households face power disconnection
About 100 households in Niue will be without power from next week because people haven't paid their power bills. The General Manager of the Niue Power Corporation, Speedo Hetutu, says... [more]

CCF urges respect for Fiji injunction in Hunter deportation case
The Citizens Constitutional Forum in Fiji says it wants the interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, and the immigration minister, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, to comply with the injunction of Judge... [more]

CCF urges respect for Fiji injunction in Hunter deportation casee
The Citizens Constitutional Forum in Fiji says it wants the interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, and the immigration minister, Ratu Epeli Ganilau, to comply with the injunction of Judge... [more]

Futuna clans depose one of island's kings
One of the two kings on the French Pacific island of Futuna, the Tuigaifo, has been deposed after a unanimous decision taken by the four chiefly clans. Few details have... [more]

Niue TV transmitter needs replacing
After just two years, Niue's TV transmitting equipment is corroded and needs to be replaced urgently. Engineers from the New Zealand company Kordia have been out to assess the equipment... [more]

Niue leader tells China he is opposed to linking Beijing Olympics to political issues
Niue's Premier Young Vivian says that their athletes will not link political issues with the Beijing Olympic Games or threaten to boycott it. Niue is likely to send a small... [more]

Cuban-trained doctors sorely needed in Solomons
The 25 Solomon Islands students who are attending medical training in Cuba will help ease a doctors shortage. The trip is part of a bilateral arrangement with Cuba, which has... [more]

American Samoa business operators say quality of education must improve
The American Samoa Economic Advisory Council is calling for improvements in the standard of education and a greater emphasis on trades. Its chairman David Robinson says this is a common... [more]

Canberra talks focus on how to achieve sustainable economic development on Nauru
Nauru's Foreign Affairs and Finance Minister, Dr. Kieren Keke says he and his Australian counterpart, Stephen Smith, see eye to eye on how to overcome the impact of the closure... [more]