Radio New Zealand - Friday, 14th March 2008

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Noelle Essay
Why is it first thing to fall by the wayside in the career path of most artists are the tunes. [more]

Best Song Ever Written
Rock Around The Clock, by Bill Haley and the Comets. [more]

NZ Live
Luke Thompson joins Noelle McCarthy for NZ live. [more]

Spider City
White tail spiders are on the rampage in south Canterbury. [more]

Flu Jab
Kiwis are being advised to 'Kung-Fu' the flu with a free flu jab. [more]

Festival Review
The final critical panel discussing the New Zealand International Arts Festival, with Paul Bushnell. [more]

Weekend Weather Report
Metservice weather ambassador, Bob McDavitt joins us with the weekend's weather, and hopefully a sneak peak at Easter Weekend. [more]

Fresh Fast Food
Fresh Fast Food today with Marlborough's Chris Fortune. [more]

Sports Story
Stephen Hewson brings us the lastest sports news. [more]

NZ Society
"From Age to Age"David Steemson talks to people about growing older. [more]

The Panel (Part One)
With Kevin Milne and Simon Pound. [more]

The Panel (Part Two)
With Kevin Milne and Simon Pound. [more]


Auckland Airport's Ownership in Government Hands
The future of Auckland airport's ownership is now in the hands of the government. [more]

Aboriginal Girls Involved in Child Prostitution
Outrage is growing after revelations about Aboriginal girls involved in child prostitution in northwestern NSW. [more]

Auckland Airport Debate
Baden Campbell talks with Mary Wilson about the future of Auckland airpot. [more]

Tibetan Protestors on Hunger Strike
In the north of India, more than one hundred detained Tibetan protestors have gone on hunger strike. [more]

Prisoner Escapes in Airport Bus
A prisoner is back in custody tonight after escaping from corrections officers and stealing an Airport Bus full of travellers. [more]

Engine Fault Fears Ground More Than 300 Aircraft
More than three hundred planes and helicopters have been grounded. [more]

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

Global Investors Switch From Dollars to Gold
With the US economy in or near recession, global investors are making a panicked switch from dollars to gold. [more]

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

Woman's Body Found on Banks Peninsula
The police in Christchurch want the public's help to identify a woman found dead on the side of a remote Banks Peninsula road. [more]

Drug Educator Applauds Government
Parliament last night passed legislation to outlaw BZP, the active ingredient in the pills. [more]

Womad in its Sixth Year
The World of Music Arts and Dance brings its smorgasbord of sounds to New Plymouth again this weekend. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

No Link Between Saddam Hussein September 11th
A Pentagon study of 600 thousand Iraqi documents has debunked one of President Bush's main reasons for the invasion. [more]

Blue Cod Ban too Late, Says Conservation Group
It's come five years too late for the Guardians of the Sounds conservation group. [more]

Major Civil Defence Exercise in Auckland
Imagine a volcanic eruption in the heart of the country's biggest city Auckland. [more]

Democratic Leaders Proposing Re-stage
Florida and Michigan were stripped of delegates to the party's national convention, after breaching the rules. [more]

Deadline for Management and Protection of Waikato River
A ten week deadline to come up with a plan for the management and protection of the Waikato River. [more]

Iran Heads into Parliamentary Elections
Parliamentary elections in Iran later today could well confirm what is known as the"silent coup". [more]

Security Breach at Heathrow Airport
Police say a man carrying a knapsack got onto a runway and ran towards a plane. [more]

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

ACT Party is Hoping For The Return of One of its Founders
ACT has struggled to top one-percent in the party vote and the onus is now on the leader, Rodney Hide, to retain Epsom. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Canada's Parliament Extends Armys Mission
Canada's parliament has voted to extend the army's mission in Afghanistan by two years to 2011. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 14 March 2008
US Recession Fears, Auckland Airport Bid, Hakes Bay DHB, Party Pill Ban, GE Equine Flu Vaccine, Real Estate Regulation. [more]

Hakoakoa - the Skua
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

US Recession Fears
The Greenback has plunged in value overnight against other trading currencies; global share indices are looking unstable. [more]

Israeli Missile Attack on Gaza
Israel has broken several days of relative calm in Gaza with renewed military offences. [more]

Free Tibet - Independence Protest
China denies significance; pro-independence activists claim as many as 500 monks involved in biggest protests in 20 years. [more]

Haneef Judicial Enquiry Dismissed
Australian Liberal party dismisses Govt. announcement on judicial inquiry into handling of Dr Mohamed Haneef case. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

GE Equine Flu Vaccine
A new equine influenza vaccine could become this country's first genetically modified organism. [more]

US Recession Fears (Part 2)
US$ 12 year low against Yen. Oil over US$110/barrel. Gold hits US$1,000/oz. [more]

ACT Party Annual Conference
With the general election looming, is hoping the return of Sir Roger Douglas will boost the party's fortunes. [more]

US Recession Fears (Part 3)
For the latest on the US$ dive and its impact on Wall Street, we are joined by our New York correspondent, Nathan King. [more]

Auckland Airport Bid Announcement
Canadian Pension Plan investment board's bid accepted by more than 62 percent of shareholders. [more]

Hawkes Bay DHB Report Prequel
Former Government appointee on Board, Peter Hausmann breaks silence on criticism. [more]

Party Pill Ban
Parliament passes legislation classifying BZP a class C drug, effectively outlawing party pills in their current state. [more]

GE Equine Flu Vaccine (Part 2)
Racing sector says the vaccine's necessary, but environmental groups are strongly opposed. [more]

Real Estate Industry Regulation
Real Estate Institute says associate justice minister makes it impossible to work with government; we speak to both parties. [more]

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

New Zealand International Festival of the Arts
Lynn Freeman looks at the post 911 world of art and works inspired by American imperialism in the last week of the festival. [more]

US Recession Fears (Part 4)
For an American perspective, David Andelman, the executive editor of financial news website, Forbes dot com. [more]

Fast Forward Fund
Jim Anderton and Bill English give their respective positions on the fund and its ramifications for the nation's future. [more]

Maori Party Support Surge and Survey
Predictions Maori Party to win more than current 4 seats; latest Marae digi-poll put them ahead in all 7 Maori seats. [more]

Biofuel Industry Urges Government Stand
NZ's biofuel industry says dodgy fuel at the pump could cripple the local manufacturing industry. [more]

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

Murchison Helicopter Pilot's Death
Commercial aviation industry questions investigation into death of Murchison helicopter pilot in 2005. [more]

Almost Half-a-Million on KiwiSaver
The finance minister says National Party will soon have to accept it. [more]

Free Tibet - Independence Protest (Part 2)
Even with Chinese enforced media ban in Tibet, reports are getting through to the world. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Rock to Wellington Ticketing
Some rock fans are accusing sponsors of unfair tactics over ticket prices. [more]

Australian Correspondent - Donna Demaio
Donna Demaio discusses the curly, curious and current affairs from across the Tasman. [more]


Ohakea Air Show
A preview of the up coming Ohakea air show. [more]

Nine To Noon

Infratil's Prestwick Airport Controversy
Amnesty International contends airport used for foreign military op's including prisoner and cluster bomb transits for US. [more]

'Bald Archy' Winner
James Brennan's portrait satire of the Danish Crown Prince and Princess (an Australian) won this year's esteemed Ocker prize. [more]

Asia Correspondent - Phil O'Sullivan
The latest concerns of the Orient including China's crackdown in Tibet and the latest flu outbreak in Hong Kong. [more]

Feature Guest - Joseph E Stiglitz
Columbia Professor, Nobel Prize-winning economist, former World Bank Chief Economist and author of Three Trillion Dollar War. [more]

Book Review - Various Children's
Elizabeth Knox's Dreamhunter and Dreamquake; from Fourth Estate. Stacy Gregg's Pony Club Secrets (series); from Harper Collins. [more]

Music with Manu Taylor
Manu profiles new music from Goldfrapp, The Dynamics and Gary Louris. [more]

Sport with Richard Becht
Richard gives a round-up of all things sport including test cricket and the road to Beijing. [more]

The Week That Was
Pinky Agnew, Radar and Kathryn discuss and dissect the last week in our lives. [more]


Gregory Harrington
New York based Irish classical violinist currently touring New Zealand. [more]

French Finesse Review
Richard Mapp reviews last night's NZSO concert featuring French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. [more]

Honour Bound Review
Jonathan Hendry reviews NZ International Arts Festival production of Honour Bound. [more]

News stories:

Round five of Super 14 rugby union competition gets underway tonight
With New Zealand's top 2 sides now home and more South African teams hitting the road, round 5 of the Super 14 could well shed some light on how the... [more]

Nauru Police maintain volunteer reserve called in after a violent protest a week ago
The Nauru Government says while it is safe and calm after a violent protest last Friday, a squad of 100 volunteers called in by police, remains on duty. The Foreign... [more]

Pacific Organic farmers are keen to produce and export more
Organic farmers in the Pacific are keen to produce and export more organic products to meet demand worldwide. The Regional Organic Task Force is is responsible for providing technical advice... [more]

Fiji's Resort awarded a 5-star rating
Fiji's Radisson Resort has been awarded a 5-star rating by AAA Tourism, the national tourism body of Australia's Auto clubs. Five is the highest ranking AAA Tourism can award. The... [more]

Hawaiian Airlines increases its round trip airfares
In order to offset rising fuel costs Hawaiian Airlines says it is increasing its round-trip airfares for flights between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland by 30 US dollars. This is... [more]

World Bank project to increase productivity in oil palm communities in PNG is launched
A World Bank project to increase productivity in oil palm communities in Papua New Guinea's Oro and West New Britain provinces will be launched today. The National newspaper reports the... [more]

PNG's Madang province faced with child prostitution
School children in Papua New Guinea's Madang Province are turning to prostitution and other illicit activities to raise funds for school fees. The newspaper, Post Courier, says this was revealed... [more]

US Congress extends food stamp programme in American Samoa
The United States Congress has approved a resolution which will continue the federally-funded food stamp programme for American Samoa for 30 days. The programme, which sees elderly citizens and the... [more]

Niue opposition MP against giving funds to Reef Fishing company
A Niue opposition MP, Terry Coe, says the New Zealand company Reef Group should not be asking the New Zealand government for a multi-million dollar assistance package for its operations... [more]

Fiji to relocate Navua hospital because of floods
The Fiji interim Government is to re-site the Navua hospital because it often gets flooded. The interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama says they are determined to end the suffering... [more]

Two more officials charged in Samoa ministry corruption case
The police investigation in Samoa into missing funds in the Ministry of Police and Prisons has now led to two accounts officers in the Ministry of Finance being charged with... [more]

Fiji's Chaudhry sues media for US$5b over tax stories
The Fiji Sun says the interim finance minister, Mahendra Chaudhry, has filed a multi-billion US dollar lawsuit for defamation. According to court papers, Mr Chaudhry wants 660 million US dollars... [more]

PNG troops seek joining UN forces
Papua New Guinean troops could be deployed as United Nations peacekeepers by early next year. The commander of the PNG Defence Forces, Commodore Peter Ilau, says they have been working... [more]

Australia to help with New Caledonia tick fever outbreak
A team of Australian experts is due to fly to New Caledonia this weekend to assist local authorities in containing a tick fever outbreak among its cattle. The tick fever... [more]

Fiji president accused of unconstitutional post-coup response
The lawyer for Fiji's deposed Prime Minister has told the Suva High Court that the President's actions after the 2006 coup were outside the provisions of the constitution. Laisenia Qarase's... [more]

More time given in historic Pacific child sex case
A prominent Pacific island legal identity has been given more time to prepare for a committal hearing in Brisbane on child sex charges. The man presently has name suppression. In... [more]