Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 4th March 2008

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Jim Essay
Can words change the world? [more]

Best Song Ever Written
'Fools In Love' by Joe Jackson. [more]

Reeling in the Years
This week in 1967 [more]

Native falcons
Hit squads of native falcons are set to be unleashed on a multi-millon dollar pest problem in Canterbury. [more]

Tipping Rules
Why New Zealanders don't tip. [more]

Tune Your Engine - Living With Bipolar
Living with Bipolar - A guide to understanding and managing the disorder. [more]

Science Story
Jeremy Rose talks to microbiologist Matthew Stott about gathering micro-organisms. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With Ruth Harley and Michael Deaker [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With Ruth Harly and Michael Decker. [more]


National Party Reveals E-mails In Parliament
Nat's health spokesman Tony Ryall questioned whether the behaviour of the Hawes Bay DHB members was ethical. [more]

Airport Move Reflects Public Concern Too, Says Clark
The National Party leader, John Key, struggled today to say whether or not he supported the government's move. [more]

Canadians Not Put Off By Government
The new regulation under the Overseas Investment Act covers all strategically important infrastructure on sensitive land. [more]

Diesel Leaks From Fishing Boat Stuck On Rocks
The twenty-metre steel-hulled vessel Seawyf struck the rocks of the Fairway Reef last night, tearing a hole in its hull. [more]

Venezuela Expels Colombian Diplomats
A diplomatic crisis is escalating in South America, where Venezuela and Ecuador have cut ties with their neighbour, Colombia. [more]

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

Man Charged With Murder Of Nicholas Pike In 2002
Police have announced they've charged someone with the murder of 22-year old Nicholas Pike. [more]

Government Closes Oil Company Tax Loophole
The Government stands to gain billions of dollars in tax over the next 10 years once it closes a loophole. [more]

Waihi Public Fears Town Could Be Moved
Newmont Waihi Gold is planning to seek resource consent to expand an open cast mine near the edge of the township. [more]

Diabetes Risk For 60% In Counties Manukau - Survey
Over half the population of Counties Manukau is at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Counselling Helpline Fails To Answer 75 Percent Of Calls
A free counselling helpline for children says it can't answer 75 percent of the calls it receives. [more]

US Crucial Primaries Held Tomorrow
In the US crucial primaries will be held tomorrow that could determine who becomes the Democratic Party's candidate. [more]

Emissions Trading Scheme Fatally Flawed, Says Greenpeace
Dairy farmers believe they should join the Emissions Training Scheme despite Federated Farmers reluctance. [more]

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

Wollongong's Mayor And Councillors To Be Sacked
Wollongong's Mayor and councillors are expected to be formally sacked by the New South Wales Government this evening. [more]

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

Reinvigorated Tourism In Fiji
Various strategies have been used, including discounted accommodation and increased promotional activities. [more]

Israel Halts Ground Operation In Gaza
Israel has brought its ground operation in Gaza to a halt, but it's unclear how long it intends to hold its fire. [more]

billionaire Claims The US Economy Is Already In Recession
The billionaire investor, Warren Buffet is claiming the US economy is already in recession and says he fears it will get worse. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Severe Shortage Of Affordable Housing In Australia
A severe shortage of affordable housing in Australia and a lack of skilled construction workers. [more]

The United Nations Security Council Impose Sanctions
The UN Security Council has voted to impose a third set of sanctions on Iran because of its refusal to stop enriching uranium. [more]

Reaction To BBC Documentary
Reaction to the BBC doc which has revealed that Mick Jagger survived a murder attempt by Hells Angels members 40 years ago. [more]

New state of the art booze buses
New state of the art booze buses are being used in the battle against drink drivers. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 04 March 2008
AKL Airport Ownership, Waihi Mining Compo, Rowing's Single Sculler, Medvedev, 1951 Waterfront documents, Bledisloe Hong Kong. [more]

Toroa - The Royal Albatross
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

International Whaling Commission
A special meeting of the IWC is being convened to resolve conflict between its pro and anti wahaling members. [more]

Holcim's Proposed Oamaru Cement Plant
The cement maker wants restrictions on its proposed plant lifted and is taking its case to the environment court. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Waihi Gold Compensation Package
The Green Party is welcoming a compensation package for Waihi residents affected by opencast mining adjacent to their town. [more]

Auckland Airport Ownership
The Government is tightening ownership control over major strategic assets, possibly keeping Auckland's airport in NZ's hands. [more]

Waihi Gold Mining Compensation (Part 2)
The mining company is offering affected residents financial compensation after deciding not to close the mine. [more]

Waddell Drysdale One All
The world champ and former Olumpic gold medallist go into their final race today for the best of three Olympic qualifying round. [more]

Medvedev - Putin's Annointed President
Vladimir Putin's chosen successor has achieved a landslide election victory. [more]

1951 Waterfront Lock-Out Documents
Previously classified papers cataloguing NZ's most bitter industrial dispute are to be released to the public. [more]

Bledisloe Cup Hong Kong
The trans Tasman rivals this year are to play a 4 game series with the final in Hong Kong. [more]

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

Gathering Evidence in the Xue Case
Two New Zealand detectives arrive in Atlanta today to gather evidence against Nai Yin Xue. [more]

Clinton's Presidential Nomination Race
The BBC's North America Editor gives his assessment of the Clinton campaign. [more]

War Veterans Nuclear Test Exposure
Today's the last day for NZ Vet's to join a legal bid for compensation from the UK Govt. over exposure during Pacific tests. [more]

Auckland Airport Ownership (Part 2)
The Auckland mayor says government policy is"tantamount to nationalisation". [more]

Waihi Gold Mining Compensation (Part 3)
We talk with the residents group and the mining company, Newmont Waihi Gold. [more]

Waddell Drysdale (Part 2)
Matt Smith of the International Rowing Federation in Lausanne, Switzerland talks about the one team per event Olympic policy. [more]

The Proposed Emissions Trading Scheme
A new report labels the scheme fatally flawed. [more]

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

UN Security Council's Iran Sanctions
The UNSC has voted to impose a third round of sanctions on Iran for refusing to suspend nuclear activities. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

India Australia Cricket One Dayer
Further fireworks are predicted despite the ICC clearing an Indian bowler of spitting and making monkey gestures. [more]

Bird Crop Deterrent
Famers focus on falcons to fight further feathered feasting. [more]

Trabant Fundraiser
From Germany to Cambodia aboard one of the Soviet era's most uncomfortable cars to raise funds for Cambodian street children. [more]


Absolute Arabian Nights
Kristjan Jarvi is the conductor of the Absolute Ensemble and is bringing his sound to the NZ International Arts Festival. [more]

Asia Correspondent
Mahtab Haider joins us from Bangladesh. [more]

Clue number four. [more]

Clue number five. [more]

Nine To Noon

Science Funding
460 scientists have written an open letter to the government decrying the current funding policy. [more]

Fuel Saving Flight Trials
Airways NZ and airlines are working on ways to mitigate fuel consumption and CO2 emissions during descent into our airports. [more]

Eligible Book Omitted from Awards
Knox's book Dreamquake was not submitted for premiere book awards after publisher accidentally left it out. [more]

US Correspondent - Richard Adams
Washington editor of The Guardian talks about the apparent last legs of the Clinton campaign for presidential nomination. [more]

Feature Guest - Dr Hugh Montgomery
UK intensive care specialist on why some people die and others don't. [more]

Book Review - The Clothes On Their Backs
Written by Linda Grant. Published by Little, Brown Book Group. Reviewed by Laura Ferguson. [more]

A discussion of current climate change policy and a bill that would introduce New Zealand's emissions trading scheme. [more]

Husband and Wife Live Liver Transplant
Kiwi husband receives part of his Scottish wife's liver in Scotland's first live liver donor transplant surgery. [more]

Phil Wallington is our media commentator. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 4 March 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Mat Fieldes
NZ bassist from New York based 'Absolute Ensemble' in Wellington for the NZ International Arts Festival. [more]

Gregory Pikler
Adjudicator of National Concerto Competition final to be held in Christchurch this weekend. [more]

Diedre Irons
Performing piano duets with Michael Houstoun for the launch of Invercargill's Civic Steinway on Monday 10 March. [more]

News stories:

Fiji's interim Finance Minister to sue Fiji Times newspaper for millions of dollars
Fiji's interim Finance Minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, says he will sue the Fiji Times newspaper for over 600 million US dollars. Fiji Live quotes Mr Chaudhry's lawyer Gyaneshwar Lala saying Mr... [more]

Australian academic says there's a major shift in Indonesia's Papua
" An Australian academic says the call by the Papua People's Assembly, or MRP, for Jakarta to hold a referendum on Special Autonomy is a major shift in momentum on... [more]

American Samoa asks for exemption on airline cabotage rule to encourage tourism
The American Samoa Governor, Togiola Tulafono, has asked the federal government to exempt American Samoa from the cabotage rule which prohibits a foreign airline from flying between two US ports. [more]

Vanuatu's Prime Minister has been asked to discipline his Lands Minister
Vanuatu's Prime Minister, Ham Lini, has been requested by the second largest party in his coalition government to discipline the Lands Minister, Maxime Carlot Korman. The Daily Post reports that... [more]

Vanuatu's National Council of Women has elected a new president
Vanuatu's National Council of Women has elected a new president who for the first time is not from the capital, Port Vila. Manina Pakete of Luganville has taken over from... [more]

Solomon Islands government Minister assures Malaitans that sea port will be built
Solomon Islands Minister of Commerce, Industries and Employment has assured people in Malaita of the government's determination to build an international sea port at Bina Harbour in the province. The... [more]

PNG government Minister says on shore tuna processing has many benefits
Papua New Guinea's Commerce and Industry Minister says the country will gain more jobs and increased revenue from on shore tuna processing when the proposed Pacific Marine Industrial Zone Park... [more]

High scores in latest round of soccer olympic qualifying games in Fiji
Day two of the Men's Olympic Football Tournament in Fiji saw plenty of goals with Solomon Islands, Fiji and New Zealand all recording good wins. Solomon Islands demolished the Cook... [more]

French Polynesian leaders plan Paris trip
The newly elected president of the French Polynesian assembly, Oscar Temaru, says he plans to travel to Paris with the new President, Gaston Flosse. Mr Temaru told RFO television that... [more]

The EU promises Wallis and Futuna 25 million US dollars in aid over the next five years
The European Union has earmarked 25 million US dollars for development funding in the French Pacific territory of Wallis and Futuna, over the next five years. The money is under... [more]

CNMI government set to leave half of unfilled jobs vacant
The budget bill now under House consideration in the Northern Marianas is calling for a 50-percent reduction of vacant full-time positions in government. The bill requires that currently vacant full-time... [more]

Fiji small business operators struggle with a trade downturn and inflation
Small businesses in Fiji are being hit hard by a down turn in trade. In its regular survey of business, the Fiji Retailers Association has found that some owners have... [more]

American Samoa Governor asks Washington to allow US territories to join Pacific Forum
American Samoa has renewed its call for the territory to be allowed to become an associate member of the Pacific Islands Forum. Governor Togiola Tulafono told a meeting of federal... [more]

Tornado destroys two homes on Rarotonga
Two houses were wrecked when a tornado ripped through part of the Cook Islands main island of Rarotonga at the weekend. The tornado, in the Nikao area, swept across the... [more]

New Caledonian academic loses his job over pornographic pictures
A history professor in New Caledonia has been dismissed and barred from teaching across the French education system for taking pornographic pictures, including of himself, on the university premises. A... [more]

Indigenous Fijians plan rally this weekend to discuss the impact of the 2006 coup on youth
Young indigenous Fijians are planning a rally on Saturday to call on the interim Government to allow greater political participation. The rally, which is being organised by the Young People's... [more]

Tonga Community Law Centre under resourced, needs funds urgently
A lawyer at Tonga's Community Law Centre is appealing to the government or aid donors for more financial support so it can continue to operate. Ofa Pouono says 75-percent of... [more]

Better monitoring of diabetes needed in Samoa says Kidney Foundation head
The nephrologist in charge of the Samoa National Kidney Foundation is calling for better monitoring for early signs of diabetes. Dr Kushma Nand says the health system's failure to do... [more]

Activities of former senior Cabinet Minister in Nauru under police scrutiny
The Nauru Government has confirmed that police are investigating some of the activities of the former Finance and Foreign Minister, David Adeang. Claims by a rebel faction in the Nauru... [more]

Accountant for Samoa's Police Ministry charged with misappropriation
An accountant for the Ministry of Police and Prisons in Samoa has been charged with allegedly misappropriating public funds. The assistant police commissioner, Papalii Li'o, has confirmed police are investigating. [more]