Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 11th March 2008

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Jim Essay
Power of the brain. [more]

Best Song Ever Written
Fields of Gold - Sting. [more]

Reeling In The Years
This week in 1981. [more]

Stewart Island
Rats, wild cats and possums could be eradicated from Stewart Island. [more]

The show WILL go on at Womad this weekend, Neil Finn stepping into the breach. [more]

Tune Your Engine
Over 600-thousand Kiwis experience asthma symptoms (one in 6 adults-one in 4 children). [more]

Environment Report [Part 1]
The Hurunui River in North Canterbury is the region's sixth largest river by volume. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With Duncan Webb and Paul Casserly. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With Duncan Webb and Paul Casserly [more]


Government announces large science investment
The government is pouring 700 million dollars into farming and food research. [more]

460 Scientists Sign Open Letter To The Government
The letter asked the government to triple the Marsden Fund for scientific research. [more]

Home Detention For Drink Driving And Texting
Robert John Stonestreet pleaded guilty to two charges of drink driving causing death. [more]

Hitman internet scam in New Zealand
The e-mail threatens to kill the recipient unless they pay thousands of dollars to a cyber extortionist. [more]

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

Hostel May Face Legal Action From Aboriginal Guests
An Australia backpacker hostel in Alice Springs could face legal action. [more]

Assault Charge Over Body Dumped At Hospital
A man has been arrested and charged with the assault of a man whose body was dumped at Auckland Hospital. [more]

Hamilton Police Dumbfounded At Womens Actions
Police in Hamilton say they're dumbfounded at the actions of a woman. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Governor Of New York State Embroiled In Scandal
Elliot Spitzer hasn't confirmed or denied the allegations. [more]

MPs Defending Colleagues Over Tour
Parliament's Speaker, Margaret Wilson, organises the annual trip, but this year four of the five MPs going, are about to retire. [more]

Nat Party Accused Government Of Playing Politics
Nat Party has accused the Gov of playing politics with the proposed sale of AK International Airport because it's election year. [more]

Liberal Arab Women Launch Campaign
A group of liberal Arab women has launched a campaign on the Internet against wearing the veil. [more]

700 Million Dollars For Pastoral And Food Industries
The Government and industry members say a successful primary sector will lead to a prosperous New Zealand. [more]

City Council Votes Against Foreign Bid
The Manukau City Council has voted against a foreign bid for a large chunk of Auckland International Airport shares. [more]

Military Begins New Operations In East Timor
New Zealand and Australian troops are providing operational and technical support to the Timorese forces. [more]

defence lawyer Says Investigators Failed
A defence lawyer has told a High Court trial that even experienced investigators failed to spot a wrongly assembled component. [more]

Investors meet over Blue Chip collapse
The meeting in Remuera was one of the biggest so far of an estimated four thousand Blue Chip investors nationwide. [more]

Future Wars Over Energy
The European Union is being warned to prepare for future wars over energy. [more]

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

Carbon Doxide Emissions Can Be Dealt With
An energy conference in Auckland is being told carbon dioxide emissions from burning coal or gas CAN be dealt. [more]

Brand Of Toothpaste Could Be Banned
A brand of toothpaste that has been used in this country, could be banned under proposed new cosmetic standards. [more]

Hutt City Council Hike Recycling Fees
A hike in fees by the Hutt City Council's recycling contractor, could lead to kerbside recycling in the area being scrapped. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Committee Clears Fiji's Interim Finance Minister
A committee investigating the tax matters of Fiji's interim finance minister, Mahendra Chaudhry has cleared him. [more]

Fives Years In Iraq And The Cost Is Becoming Clear
With the fifth anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq just days away its cost is becoming clearer. [more]

Fear In Middle East Abot Whats Next
Some were predicting the Middle East was about to erupt once again and there was even talk of a third intafada. [more]

Police Ban Tibetan Exiles
Indian police have banned a group of around a hundred Tibetan exiles from marching back to their homeland [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 11 March 2008
Govt. Science Fund, Kurariki Release, Realty Investment, Obama No Deputy, New Deadly Sins, Grafton Bridge. [more]

Little Spotted Kiwi
Listen to this morning's birdcall. [more]

Nai Yin Xue - Legal Opinion
Auckland University Law Professor Scott Optican gives his opinion on the chances of a fair trial. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

New Government Science Fund
A three-quarter-billion-dollar funding programme for science, skills and innovation in the food and pastoral industries. [more]

New Government Science Fund (Part 2)
The government is today expected to announce a three-quarters of a billion dollar cash boost for research in the primary sector. [more]

Bailey Junior Kurariki Release (Part 1)
We speak with Rita Croskery, the mother of Kurariki's murder victim, Michael Choy. [more]

Real Estate Investment - Hanover, Blue Chip
Global credit crunch and associated slowdown in the housing market. [more]

Obama No Deputy
Barak Obama has rejected Hillary Clinton's suggestion he stands as her vice-president. [more]

Deadly Sins For Our Age
Recycle or go to hell the Vatican has warned, as it attempts to update the seven deadly sins for modern times. [more]

Grafton Bridge Plan
A plan to close Grafton Bridge to cars during the day could be scrapped, but motorists may still have to pay a toll to use it. [more]

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

China - Foiled Terror Plots
Authorities say they're investigating two thwarted terrorist plots, one of which targeted the Beijing Olympic games. [more]

Nai Yin Xue (Part 2)
Legal experts are confident that Nai Yin Xue will get a fair trial. [more]

Missing Climber on Mt Aspiring
Wanaka police hold grave fears for climber Alan Leslie Beck, missing on Mount Aspiring. [more]

Gordon Brown Waxes Bland
Madame Tussaud's in London feels the PM hasn't done enough to warrant a wax-work of him. [more]

Auckland Airport Canada Bid
The Canadian Pension Plan has volunteered to limit its own voting power in a bid to win approval for its offer. [more]

Gas Claims
A leading energy company claims there's enough natural gas in NZ for possibly another 20 years. [more]

Bailey John Kurariki Release (Part 2)
Prison Fellowship says it's working to put a mentor in place for Bailey Junior Kurariki. [more]

Body Snatcher Legislation
A proposed change to the Coroner's Act to prevent cases of so called 'body snatching'. [more]

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

Possible UK Visa Changes
British Labour MP Austin Mitchell is criticising his own government's moves to tighten visa access to the UK. [more]

Nauru Civil Unrest
An Australian federal police team will arrive in Nauru today to investigate the suspected arson of the main police station. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Silent Discos
Silent Disco where, instead of listening to DJ's play their music through speakers - you listen to the music through headsets. [more]

UK Oath of Allegiance to the Queen
Proposed citizenship rules could have children swearing allegiance to the Queen. [more]

Commonwealth Day
A round-up of the events of Commonwealth Day. [more]


John Payne is a conservator and author of 'Framing the Nineteenth Century: Picture Frames 1837-1935'. [more]

Daniel Kalinaki is our correspondent, this week he's in Zanzibar. [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 3. [more]

Night Conundrum
Clue 4. [more]

Nine To Noon

Drug Companies Concealing Negative Data
Medical professionals from NZ and the UK discuss the possibility and ramifications. [more]

Kath Nysson - Chef
A recent chef grad from North Tec, Kath talks about professional cooking at 59. [more]

US Correspondent - Richard Adams
Washington editor of The Guardian talks NY state Governor's sex scandal and other political issues. [more]

Feature Guest - Tony Bouchier
Former NZ Undercover agent now a successful lawyer. [more]

Book Review - Poe: A Life Cut Short
Written by Peter Ackroyd. Published by Chatto and Windus. Reviewed by Graham Beattie. [more]

Business correspondent Rod Oram talks about Canada Pension Plan's Auckland Airport bid and Toll's NZ rail holdings. [more]

The Potato in World History
2008, UN's year of the potato and John Reader, writer of 'Propitious Esculent: The Potato in World History' talks the humble spud. [more]

Phil Wallington is our media commentator and looks at new magazine Mind Food among other media. [more]

CIA's Abu Ghraib Torture Tactics
Sam Provance, former army sergeant at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq speaks about torture and abuse endorsed from the top. [more]


Jean-Yves Thibaudet
French concert pianist performing with the NZ Symphony Orchestra in 'French Finesse' as part of the NZ Internat Arts Fest. [more]

Book Of Longing Review
Peter Mechen reviews NZ International Arts Festival performance of Philip Glass and Leonard Cohen’s new collaboration. [more]

Mavis Staples Review
Colin Morris review’s last night’s NZ International Festival performance by US jazz legend. [more]

Sean Ruane
UK tenor performing in Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s concert 'When Irish Eyes Are Smiling'. [more]

News stories:

Unofficial results from municipal elections in French Polynesia are in
Unofficial results from the municipal elections in French Polynesia show that two former presidents, Oscar Temaru and Gaston Tong Sang, have been re-elected as mayors in the first round of... [more]

Inquiry into tax affairs of Fiji's interim Finance Minister completed
The inquiry into the tax affairs of Fiji's interim Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry is complete and a report has been given to the interim Prime Minister. Fiji Live online says... [more]

Japan's Fisheries Agency denies it paid for delegates to attend whaling negotiations
Japan is denying it paid for delegates of small states to attend international whaling negotiations after the prime minister of Solomon Islands said he received an offer from Tokyo. Japan... [more]

New Zealand to assist Solomon Islands
New Zealand Foreign Minister, Winston Peters, says New Zealand will help rebuild thousands of homes wrecked by an earthquake and tsunami in Solomon Islands last April. Mr Peters says funding... [more]

Political parties in Fiji call inquiry process into interim Finance Minister a sham
Political parties in Fiji have called the inquiry process into interim Finance Minister Mahendra Chaudhry's tax matters a sham and a farce. The paper, Fiji Times, says the political parties... [more]

No arrest yet in Nauru Police station suspected arson
The Police in Nauru says no arrest has been made yet over the suspected arson attack on the main Police station. It was badly damaged following a violent protest by... [more]

Inflation in Fiji up last month
Figures from the Fiji Islands Bureau of Statistics show that inflation last month rose to 7.6 per cent, up from 7.4 per cent in January. Higher prices were recorded in... [more]

Solomon Islands Prime Minister secures fisheries deal with Taiwan
Solomon Islands and Taiwan will soon engage in a fisheries trade deal secured during Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua's recent visit to Taiwan. The Prime Minister said Solomon Islands will... [more]

Papua New Guinean landowners lift block at Kokoda Track
Papua New Guinean landowners have lifted a blockade of the historic Kokoda Track and are seeking compensation amid signs a controversial mining project will be canned. Koiari landowners say they'd... [more]

Visiting American nun drowns off Saipan beach
An American nun has drowned while swimming at a beach in Saipan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas. The body of 62-year-old Sister Myriam Phan was found after hours... [more]

French overseas territories minister to resign if elected mayor of Nice
The French minister in charge of overseas territories, Christian Estrosi, says he will resign if he becomes the mayor of Nice in this weekend's second round of the municipal elections. [more]

Samoa government restates road switch decision
The Samoan government says it's committed to see through the change to driving on the left hand side of the road. This is despite a lobby group opposed to the... [more]

Cooks cabinet approves stadium for 2009 mini games
The Cook Islands government has now approved the construction of a multi-million US dollars sports stadium to host the Pacific Mini Games. The administration has earlier signed an application for... [more]

PNG health secretary deplores Moresby hospital situation
The head of Papua New Guinea's health system says he is saddened by the state of the Port Moresby General Hospital. The Health Secretary, Dr Clement Malau, said the sorry... [more]

Fiji probe clears Chaudhry in tax case
A committee investigating the tax matters of Fiji's interim finance minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, has cleared him of any wrong-doing. The committee's report says it found that Mr Chaudhry did not... [more]

Solomons PM committed to state government
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister Derek Sikua says his government is committed to the introduction of state government. The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reports that he was responding to comments... [more]

American Samoa legislature in row with budget office
The American Samoa Legislature has been told it will have to handle its own financial operations after a disagreement with the Office of Budget and Planning. The Director of the... [more]

Samoa parliamentary committee rejects petition opposed to drive switch
A special parliamentary committee in Samoa has rejected two petitions opposing the government's proposal to have vehicles drive on the left hand side of the road. The committee has presented... [more]

Stadium for Mini Games in Cooks gets go-ahead
The man in charge of the Pacific Mini Games in the Cook Islands has welcomed the government's approval to build a multi-million US dollar stadium. The administration has earlier signed... [more]

Fiji tax probe described as whitewash
Fiji's former opposition leader has described the findings of an inquiry into the interim minister of finance's tax matters as a whitewash. A committee found that Mr Chaudhry did not... [more]

Disagreement in Fiji over UN report on human rights body
Fiji's Human Rights Commissioner, Shamima Ali, is backing concerns from a United Nations committee questioning the independence of the local Human Rights Commission. The Committee on the Elimination of Racial... [more]

CNMI college downgrade no surprise
A former president of the Northern Marianas College and a newly appointed member of the Board of Regents, Agnes McPhetres, said she is not surprised with the college's downgraded status. [more]

Samoa government to help out those hit financially by drive switch
Samoa's deputy prime minister says the government may look at setting up its own insurance agency to make sure insurance premiums don't rise when the switch is made to right... [more]

Fiji campaigner honoured by US Secretary of State
The United States Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has delivered a rebuke to Fiji's military rulers by giving a courage medal to one of Fiji's human rights campaigners. A former... [more]