Radio New Zealand - Friday, 7th March 2008

This page lists items from RNZ that are available online. RNZ didn't start regularly putting both its audio and news content online until 2008. From 2002-2007 written news items (particularly from RNZ International) were placed online. You can access items prior to 2002 on the historic page.

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


Noelle's Essay
Would you work if you didn't have to? [more]

Best Song Ever Written
James Littlewood of Titirangi gives Ian Curtiss and Joy Division the nod with Transmission. [more]

Feature Story - Terrorism
Kelly R Damphousse has been researching these domestic extremists in the U.S. and what leads them to commit violence there. [more]

Afternoon Festival Review for 07 March 2008
Minimalism in the festival, Absolute Arabian Nights, The Dentist's Chair. [more]

Fresh Fast Food - Alison Holst
How home cooking can help you beat the rising prices of dairy foods on your supermarket bill. [more]

Sports Story - Steven Hewson
An update of the weeke and the weekend to come with Olympic Soccer and Rowing qualifying and Test Cricket. [more]

New Zealand Society - Growing Older
David Steemson speaks to some of our elder states folk. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With Matt Nippert and Richard Langston. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With Matt Nippert and Richard Langston. [more]


Body Snatch Case Resolved
The exhausted Hamilton family of 76 year old Ivy May Ngahoro are finally able to lay her top rest where she wanted. [more]

Identity Fraudster Jailed
A man has been jailed for 14 months after admitting using the identities of 10 dead babies to defraud the Ministry of Education. [more]

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

Two Tauranga Men Believed Murdered
Police believe the men, with ties to the drug trade and gang affiliations, have been murdered. [more]

Olympic Rowing Update
Rower Rob Waddell still has a chance at realising his dream of competing at the Beijing Olympics. [more]

Chipping Away at Fat
The Chip Group has teamed up with the MoH and Heart Foundation to come with guidelines for chip shop owners. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Shooting at a Jerusalem Jewish Religious School
A least eight students were killed, along with the gunman, who is thought to be a Palestinian from East Jerusalem. [more]

Agency Says Biofuels Don't Mean Higher Food Prices
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority says it will soon be possible to produce biofuels from other sources. [more]

Body Snatch Case - Part 2
The body of a woman siezed by her estranged daughter has been buried in accordance with her wishes. [more]

MP Jim Anderton on Body Snatching
The MP discusses a law change to prevent this incident happening again. [more]

Feltex Factory Closures - Updated
The loss of 160 jobs at the former Feltex plants in Fielding and Foxton. [more]

Iranian Refugee Fears of Deportation From NZ
Monday's injunction is Bahareh's Moradi's latest attempt to stay in New Zealand. [more]

NZ Soldiers New 7 Million Dollar Video Game
The computer generated weapons training system was unveiled at the Waiouru Army Base today. [more]

New Zealand Master Contractors Incorporated
Representing the kiwifruit and apple industries, has been launched in Hawke's Bay today. [more]

Robots as Social Companions
to care for the elderly and educate children with learning difficulties. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Colombian Relations With Latin America
The president of Nicaragua has broken diplomatic ties with Colombia. [more]

Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza
Gaza is experiencing its worst humanitarian crisis since the Israeli occupation began there in 1967. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 07 March 2008
Burial Injunction, Tax Cuts and Deficit, America's Cup Dispute, Oil tops Sheep Exports. [more]

Pipiwharauroa - The Shining Cuckoo
Listen to Today's birdcall. [more]

Reserve Bank Holds Interest Rates
The Reserve Bank will keep the cost of borrowing where it's been since last July, at among the highest in the OECD. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Injunction Issued Over Disputed Burial
A court has granted an injunction to stop the burial of a woman's body taken from a hearse in Hamilton on Wednesday. [more]

Injunction Issued Over Disputed Burial (Part Two)
A court has granted an injunction to stop the burial of a woman's body taken from a hearse in Hamilton on Wednesday. [more]

Tax Cuts And Government Deficit
Tax cuts remain on the Government's agenda despite its finances tumbling into the red for the first time in 15 years. [more]

Team NZ Sues Alinghi
Team New Zealand has filed lawsuits against the Swiss holders of the America's Cup over delays in the next America's Cup series. [more]

Oil Exports Tops Sheepmeat
As oil prices surge over 100 US dollars a barrel, NZ is earning more from oil exports than from sheepmeat for the first time. [more]

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

Maori Party Send Warning to National
The Maori Party says National could be in trouble if it doesn't reconsider its policy to abolish the Maori seats. [more]

New Zealand International Festival of the Arts
Lynn Freeman discusses events from the 2008 New Zealand International Festival of the Arts in Wellington. [more]

Injunction Issued Over Disputed Burial (Part Three)
Police to ensure an injunction stopping the burial of 76-year-old Ivy May Ngahooro will not be breached. [more]

Injunction Issued Over Disputed Burial (Part Four)
Progressive Party leader Jim Anderton calls for police to have greater authority in burial disputes. [more]

UN Trouble Shooter in Kenya
A Wellington academic has been appointed by the UN to help seal the peace after a bloody post election crisis. [more]

Community Newspaper Clarifies Key Story
A community newspaper in Northland has issued a clarification of a story about John Key it ran more than two months ago. [more]

New Gold Rush
A new gold rush is underway in New Zealand and overseas in response to large Global increases in gold prices. [more]

Injunction Issued Over Disputed Burial (Part Five)
Labour MP Dover Samuels comments on cultural aspects of burial disputes and the wishes of the deceased. [more]

UK Identification Cards
New Zealanders wanting to live and work in the UK will be among the first groups of people required to carry a controversial ID card. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Chickens Free On the Range
Auckland's North Shore City Council has ruled the birds who roam free in Albany should stay. [more]

Australian Correspondent - Kerry-Anne Walsh
Kerry-Anne Walsh discusses current affairs topics from Australia. [more]


Dealing With Dead Bodies
Andrew McKie from NZ Red Cross talks about dealing with death on a mass scale after a disaster. [more]

The answer to this weeks conundrum is... [more]

Nine To Noon

Bailey Junior Kurariki
The Deptartment of Corrections' GM of rehabilitation and reintegration discusses the options. [more]

Sale of Blue Chip Properties
The ill fated Blue Chip Investments [more]

Melbourne Refugee Camp Simulation
Oxfam has created an experience to give people in the affluent West a taste of what the less fortunate experience every day. [more]

Pacific Correspondent
Mike Field talks about the increasingly complex and volatile situation that is Fiji. [more]

Book Review - Schulz and Peanuts
Written by David Michaelis. Published by HarperCollins. Reviewed by Quentin Johnson. [more]

Music - Manu Taylor
Manu Taylor reviews a selection of new albums. [more]

Sports talk. [more]

Week That Was
Radar, Michelle A'Court and Kathryn Ryan Discuss the week that was. [more]


Absolute Arabian Nights Review
Norman Meehan reviews last night's NZ International Arts Festival performance by the Absolute Ensemble. [more]

Richard Harwood
British cellist in NZ for two concerts with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. [more]

News stories:

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation's editor says media freedom has been affected
The editor of the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation says media freedom has been affected by the coup. His comments come following a military summons of a journalist who had to explain... [more]

Buinesses in Tonga to receive assistance in rebuilding
In Tonga, a 7.5 million US dollar loan capital at 5-percent interest will be made available in May to businesses that were destroyed during the 2006 November riot. The Westpac... [more]

Police in Samoa step in fast to correct reports on misappropriation of public funds
Samoa's assistant police commissioner, Papalii Li'o, says further police investigations show that 150,000 US dollars is missing from the Ministry of Police and Prisons, not the 500,000 reported earlier. Taylor... [more]

Two election advisors will be in Fiji from next week
Two election advisors will be in Fiji from next week to help assess what Fiji needs to ensure it can hold elections in a year's time. It was announced at... [more]

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister says Kokoda Track will gain World Heritage listing
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, says the Kokoda Track will gain World Heritage listing, but the extent to which it can coexist with mining has yet to... [more]

US to cut back operations in Marshall Islands
The cost of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are forcing the US to cut back operations at its Pacific missile testing range in the Marshall Islands. Reagan Test Site... [more]

Fiji's interim Prime Minister takes over as sole spokesman for army
Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has taken over as the sole spokesman for the army. Fiji Live online says Commodore Bainimarama said all public relations work regarding the... [more]

New online handbook to boost Pacific Produce to New Zealand
A new online handbook has been launched by the Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa Misa Telefoni at the Pacific Trade Expo 2008 in Auckland. The online resource called the Pacific... [more]

PNG gambling watchdog cracks down on illegal machines
Papua New Guinea's National Gaming Control Board is cracking down on illegal gambling machines. The National Newspaper reports that the board is targetting so-called High-low games - which are similar... [more]

Rare Pacific seabird sighted for first time in 80 years off Papua New Guinea
A rare sea bird not sighted since the 1920s and feared extinct has been rediscovered by a British expedition in waters off Papua New Guinea. The critically endangered Beck's petrel... [more]

Funding puts marine areas in Samoa on sustainable footing
Conservation International's Pacific marine programmes manager, Sue Miller Taei, says a donation of just over 100 thousand US dollars from the Coral Reefs in the Pacific Program will help put... [more]

PNG and Australian leaders direct officials to reach resolution by next month on Kokoda Track
The Prime Ministers of Australia and Papua New Guinea hope that further negotiation with the stakeholders can resolve a clash over plans to mine near the famed Kokoda Track. The... [more]

Fiji interim government continues to claim executive privilege in legal challenge to coup
Arguments during the challenge to the legality of the military overthrow of the Fiji government of Laisenia Qarase have today focussed on whether minutes from a critical meeting should be... [more]

World's largest Pasifika festival kicks off tonight with musical extravaganza
The world's largest annual Pasifika festival gets underway in Auckland tonight with a muscial extravaganza which will feature three original members of the band Herbs. Herbs produced a stream of... [more]

Trail blazing yacht for single handed round the world race arrives in Wellington
A yacht testing the route for a single handed round the world race, arrived in Wellington today eighty days after leaving France. The boat is testing the course for the... [more]

Fiji bird placed on endangered species list
Fiji's long-legged warbler has been placed on the list of endangered birds facing extinction by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Birdlife International Fiji Programme senior conservation officer Vilikesa... [more]

Australia leader announces major support for fight against AIDS in Papua New Guinea
The Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced 12 million US dollars in funding to tackle Papua New Guinea's AIDS crisis. Mr Rudd, who is on his first visit to... [more]

Fiji court told to consider public interest as interim government claims executive privilege
Arguments during the challenge to the legality of the military overthrow of the Fiji government of Laisenia Qarase are focussing on whether an affidavit detailing critical meetings should be presented... [more]

Guam governor faces criticism for commuting sentence of official convicted on fraud charges
A former Guam attorney general says the Governor Felix Camacho's decision to commute the sentence of former official of the Mass Transit Authority, Antonio Diaz, is a set back in... [more]

A cruise liner on hand for Pacific Arts festival in American Samoa
The Organising Committee of the Pacific Arts festival has contacted a cruise liner in Honolulu about the possibility of having one of their ships anchored in Pago Pago for the... [more]

Solomon Islands approaching Taiwan to help ensure it can provide free education
The Solomon Islands Acting Prime Minister, says the Government is in continuing talks with Taiwan in order to ensure free education. Fred Fono says free education for Solomon Islands is... [more]