Radio New Zealand - Monday, 17th March 2008

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Noelle's Intro
The topic is Saint Patricks Day. [more]

Eight Months to Mars - Jon Trimmer
Travelling to Mars with New Zealand Ballet supremo Sir Jon Trimmer. [more]

Undersea Risk
Evidence of a massive undersea landslide, that has dislodged a billion cubic metres of rock has been found. [more]

Historic Cruiser Found
Almost 70 years after the sinking of the HMAS Sydney, searchers have discovered the wreck. [more]

Author Slot - Bee Dawson - author of"Hobsonville"
Portrait of a Seaplane Station. [more]

This Way Up Feature - Tea
Simon Morton gives us a potted history of Tea both here in NZ and overseas. [more]

Health Feature - Stopping Tumour Growth
Fundamental questions about how cancer emerges and grows in the body are still awaiting answers. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With today's guests Joanne Black and Ian Wishart. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With today's guests Joanne Black and Ian Wishart. [more]


Health Board Report
The embattled Hawke's Bay District Health Board and its members have been roundly criticised. [more]

Global Markets
In the United States the stricken Bear Stearns bank is to be sold to JP Morgan Chase and Co for a rock-bottom price. [more]

Tibet Protests
Tibet has experienced the worst rioting in nearly two decades, as Buddhist monks led protests against Chinese rule. [more]

Cricket Selection Update
Teenage pace bowler Tim Southee has been added to an otherwise unchanged New Zealand squad. [more]

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

Air Fares Up
Air New Zealand says rocketing fuel costs have forced it to increase fares for short haul flights today. [more]

Depositions Hearing
Nineteen year old Haiden Mark Davis faces a charge of murdering Augustine Borrell. [more]

Rororua High Court Judicial Review
A judicial review on a decision to relocate Environment Bay of Plenty's headquarters from Whakatane to Tauranga. [more]

Health Board Report (Part 2)
An independent review panel has criticised the way the former Hawke's Bay District Health Board handled conflicts of interest. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Disability Case
A wheelchair-bound multiple sclerosis sufferer is challenging the Health Ministry in the High Court. [more]

Polish Jews Remember
Hundreds of people have taken part in a march to mark the 65th anniversary of the liquidation of a Jewish ghetto. [more]

Health Board Report (Part 3)
An independent panel has found conflicts of interest were poorly handled. [more]

Tibet Protests (Part 2)
Tibetans in New Zealand are calling on this country's government to exercise its conscience. [more]

Easter Trading
The tide may be turning in the debate over Easter trading with many businesses choosing to remain closed this year. [more]

Albanian Depot Diseaster
At least nine people are known to have been killed and more than two hundred others have been injured. [more]

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

South American News
The fatal shooting of a soccer fan has sparked a weekend of violence in Argentina. [more]

Tibet Protests (Part 3)
International concern over Tibet is growing as protests spread around the World. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Climate Change
The United Nations says new data shows the World's glaciers are melting at a far faster rate than previously thought. [more]

US Property Sales
The number of properties in America being repossessed and sold at auction were well up in February. [more]

Wreck Discovered
One of Australia's longest running wartime mysteries has been solved with the discovery of the wreck of H.M.A.S. Sydney. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 17 March 2008
HB DHB, Worldwide Recession, Violence in Tibet, Sir Roger Douglas, Union oppose FTA, NCEA, Wales Six Nation Triumph. [more]

Hihi - The Stitchbird
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 DHB Report Due
Conflicts of interest are expected to be highlighted regarding members of the former HBDHB in a report due to be issued today. [more]

Worldwide Recession Fears
Economists fear a 1930s-like Great Depression for the world amid growing concern that a worldwide recession is looming. [more]

Violence in Tibet
The Tibetan government in exile says at least 80 people have been killed in unrest following protests against Chinese rule. [more]

Sir Roger Douglas
Sir Roger Douglas has announced he will run for Parliament as an Act candidate, in an electorate seat. [more]

Union Against FTA with China
The Maritime Union fears a free trade agreement with China could force lower wages on New Zealand based workforce. [more]

Qualification Authority Assess NCEA
The Qualifications Authority is comparing results for internal and external assessment data for the national qualification. [more]

Wales Six Nations Rugby Triumph
Former Waikato coach, Warren Gatland credited for turning Welsh Rugby team around after poor World Cup performance. [more]

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

Hunting Accident Raises Concerns
An 18-year-old from Napier died instantly in a hunting accident when he was shot in the chest by a fellow hunter on Saturday. [more]

Military Life for High School Students
High school students wanting a taste of military life are getting it under a new initiative at the Whangaparaoa Army Base. [more]

US Senator McCain Visits Iraq
US Senator John McCain, set to be the Republican's presidential candidate in November, has begun an unnanounced visit to Iraq. [more]

Worldwide Recession (Part Two)
A global credit crunch is now stoking fears that a worldwide recession is on its way. [more]

Sir Roger Douglas (Part Two)
Sir Roger Douglas has announced he will run for Parliament as an Act candidate, in an electorate seat. [more]

NZ England Cricket Test
Adam Mountford, producer of the BBC's famous Test Match Special programme discusses the Second Test in Wellington. [more]

Uncertainty for Everest Climbers
Climbers heading for Mt Everest fear months of preparation for their climbs could be wasted. [more]

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

D-Day for Proposed New Carisbrook Stadium
Dunedin city councillors meet this afternoon to make a final decision on the proposed new Carisbrook Stadium project. [more]

"26,000 Vodka"to Export
A small distillery in Nelson has landed a ten-million-dollar contract to supply vodka to the United States. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Womad 2008 Review
Thousands of party goers descended on New Plymouth over the weekend for the 6th annual WOMAD Festival. [more]

Australian Correspondent - Phil Kafcaloudes
News from Across the Tasman with correspondent Phil Kafcaloudes. [more]


Clues to our new word game. [more]

Ann Kerwin from AUT talks Kant and consciousness. [more]

Penny Miles on sport. [more]

Our new word game - answer. [more]

Nine To Noon

HBDHB Conflict of Interests
New complaints laid with regarding the significant conflicts of interest involving members of the former HBDHB. [more]

Trans-Tasman Trades People Drift
Discussion on the growing trend of Kiwi builders being lured across the Tasman. [more]

Middle East Correspondent - Irris Makler
Irris talks on the fallout from recent Palestinian Gunman killing spree, and an update on elections in Iran. [more]

Feature Guest - Tama Waipara
Talented young musician who's returned to NZ after eight years studying and recording in New York, and in Germany. [more]

Book Review - 'Wartime Notebooks'
'Wartime Notebooks' by Marguerite Duras. Published by Allen and Unwin. Reviewed by Hamish Keith. [more]

David Slack
A Modest Proposal of Two from David Slack discussing raising money at charity events and 'Floating Houses'. [more]

Political perspectives from the right to the left with Laila Harre and Matthew Hooten. [more]

Guest Chef - Domenica Houlihan
Domenica Houlihan shares a St Patrick's day recipe for Beef and Guinness Stew, and a Kiwi-Irish Truffle. [more]

Don Higgins suggests some delicious red wines to match our guest chef's Beef and Guinness Stew recipe. [more]


Michael Stewart
Director of Wellington's 'Tudor Consort' choir - gearing up for Easter weekend performances. [more]

John Ritchie and Frank Gurr
NZ Composer celebrating 50th Anniversary of his Concertino for Clarinter and String Orchestra - plus original soloist [more]

News stories:

American Samoa's Senate approves establishment of visitors bureau
American Samoa's Senate has unanimously approved, in the third reading, the Administration bill to establish a semi independent American Samoa Visitors Bureau. The Senate voted 13-0 to approve the bill... [more]

Publisher of Fiji Times suggests administration is trying to intimidate
The publisher of the Fiji Times says he has no knowledge of an alleged article which led to him being summoned by the interim attorney general Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiym. Evan Hannah... [more]

Australian government renews commitment to fight TB in Pacific
The Australian Government has reiterated its commitment to fighting tuberculosis in the region. Last year, it was estimated that tuberculosis had infected 50 percent of Papua New Guinea's population and... [more]

New calls to allow mining of Cook Islands seabed
The Cook Islands Opposition Leader, Tom Marsters, is calling for a non partisan approach to allow mining of the vast mineral wealth within the country's exclusive economic zone. The deposits,... [more]

Two MPs in Samoa quit ruling party
Samoa's ruling Human Rights Protection party has lost two MPs to the row over plans to change which side of the road vehicles drive on. They are the former Minister... [more]

Cultural ceremony to be included in Solomons Islands Parliament meetings
Parliament in Solomon Islands is to mark its first meeting of 2008 today with the introduction of a cultural ceremony as part of proceedings. A spokesman for parliament, Derick Manu'ari,... [more]

Mayor of New Caledonian capital, Noumea, re-elected for a fifth term
The mayor of the New Caledonian capital, Noumea, has been re-elected for a fifth term in the second round of the weekend municipal election. Jean Leques, who has been mayor... [more]

Fiji NGO writes to Legal Commissioner in Melbourne over legal professionals working in Suva
The Pacific Centre for Public Integrity in Fiji has written to the Office of the Legal Commissioner in Melbourne in Australia over the High Court judge Jocelyn Scutt. In the... [more]

Road upgrade in PNG to help refugees
Human rights activists in Papua New Guinea say a local government plan to upgrade a road in the country's west will help improve the lives of refugees there. The local... [more]

CNMI officials warned not to ask for additional funds if they overspend budgets
The administration in the Northern Marianas has ordered government agencies to keep careful tabs on their expenditures for the rest of the fiscal year. The governor, Benigno Fitial, sent a... [more]

Korean man to be buried in American Samoa a year after he died
A Korean man who died in May of last year in American Samoa will finally be given a burial. The man's body has been in the hospital morgue all this... [more]

Sheep distribution in Samoa
30 farmers in Samoa will soon be receiving sheep from the government. In 2004, sheep farming was introduced in Samoa with the importing of 40 ewes and four rams from... [more]

Samoa Democratic United party leader question speaker's suspension
The leader of Samoa's Democratic United party or SDUP, Asiata Sale'imoa Va'ai, has been suspended from parliament's proceedings. The move came after he questioned the credibility and fairness of decisions... [more]

Scientology faces opposition in American Samoa
Three Assembly of God ministers in American Samoa have staged a protest to discourage people from taking part in Scientology meetings. They displayed placards opposing the community meetings which began... [more]

Journalists reportedly threatened in Indonesia's Papua region
There are allegations that journalists in Manokwari in the Indonesian region of Papua are currently being threatened and intimidated by security forces. West Papuan activists say the journalists have been... [more]

Estrosi to quit as minister dealing with French Pacific territories
The junior French minister in charge of overseas territories, Christian Estrosi, has announced his resignation after becoming the mayor of Nice. Mr Estrosi said before the municipal elections that he... [more]

Martin and Leques retain New Caledonia mayoralties
New Caledonia's president, Harold Martin of the Future Together Party, is among the mayors to be re-elected in the second round of municipal elections. Also back is Jean Leques who... [more]

Recount ordered in PNG's Western Highlands election
A former Papua New Guinea prime minister, Sir Paias Wingti, has won a court battle to re-count votes from last year's election where rival Tom Olga ousted him as governor. [more]

President won't grant pardons on request of prisoners, says Vanuatu Corrections
Vanuatu's Correctional Services Department says the President will not grant pardons on the request of prisoners. Five prisoners from the country's main prison in Port Vila remain on the run... [more]

Group opposing huge nickel project wins key municipal election in New Caledonia
The group opposing the Goro Nickel Mining Project in New Caledonia, Rheebu Nuu, has won the local elections in the town of Yate. In the second round of the municipal... [more]

Niue asks expatriates to help with funding for Forum summit
The Niue Government is asking the 20,000 Niueans living in New Zealand to help support the island host the Pacific Islands Forum summit. Niue's Finance Minister, Fisa Pihigia, says this... [more]

ADB calls for more funding on climate change projects
The Asian Development Bank is calling for more emphasis on projects to reduce the adverse impact of climate change. Its Vice-President Ursula Schaefer-Preuss says there should be more partnerships to... [more]

CNMI marine national park proposal to be discussed by Tuna Commission
A proposal to establish a 'national park of the sea' in the Commowealth of the Northern Marianas' is up for discussion when the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council meets... [more]

Samoa police to use mountain bikes to chase down villains
Six Samoan police officers have been certified to use mountain bikes for law enforcement. The officers have recently completed a couse in Australia. The Samoa Observer newspaper says their mobility... [more]

Five prisoners remain on the run in Vanuatu capital
Vanuatu's Correctional Services Department says five prisoners from the main prison in Port Vila remain on the run. 22 prisoners escaped ten days ago when a Corrections Administrator mistakenly opened... [more]

Australia sets up fund to promote human rights in developing countries
Pacific countries will receive assistance from an Australian Government fund to help promote and protect human rights in developing countries. The Australian aid agency AUSaid says the around one million... [more]

Niue Government hoping New Zealand Government will provide millions for fishing operation
The Niue Government is hopeful New Zealand will help meet some of the costs of the capital investment made on the island by the New Zealand based company, Reef Group. [more]

Australian NGO raises concerns about Papuan protestors arrested in Indonesia
The Australia West Papua Association has voiced concern about the fallout from protests against the special autonomy law in Indonesia's Papua region in recent weeks. The organisation's spokesman Joe Collins... [more]

Fiji interim attorney general denies publisher of Fiji Times was summoned
Fiji's interim attorney general says he did not summon the Fiji Times to his office to discuss concerns over articles the paper was planning to print. The publisher of the... [more]

Catholic church says new road in remote Western Province will made big difference for refugees
The Catholic Church in Papua New Guinea has praised the Western Province Ggovernment for its plans to upgrade a jungle road. It is to improve a 110 kilometre long dirt... [more]

Opposition To Tatou Aia notches up wins in French Polynesia's municipal election
The newly formed territorial opposition To Tatou Aia coalition in French Polynesia has won several key townhalls in the second round of the municipal election. The jailed fraud suspect and... [more]