Radio New Zealand - Friday, 21st March 2008

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This page features: Good Friday, Musical Chairs, News Stories

Good Friday

Chef Stephanie Alexander
Cook and grow your own food. [more]

Guides and Scouts
A discussion about the relevance of guiding and scouting to today's children. [more]

Outward Bound
It's not just for children. [more]

Tryathalon for Kids
An overview of the Tryathalon, what it does, how it helps Children. [more]

Kids and Exercise
A chat with the Push Play manager for SPARC. [more]

Group Exercise
Riley, Chelsea and Ashleigh share their thoughts. [more]

The Serious Side
Children's Commissioner Cindy Kiro and Hollis Knight from the Young Peoples Reference Group talk about children's concerns. [more]

Reading Bug
Paul Jennings talks about reading and writing and answers a question from Riley. [more]

Art for Youngsters
Gregory O'Brien chats about art for the younger eyes, hearts and minds. [more]

Harry Potter - the pre-teen series review
Riley, Chelsea and Ashleigh chat with Maggie about what they like to read. [more]

Raising Good Kids
Diane Levy, Chris Lomax, Dave Marshall, Jackie Samaratunga and Dr. Jean Annan give their thoughts on child-rearing. [more]

Musical Chairs

The Making of Tuwhare (Part 1) on Musical Chairs
In memory of poet Hone Tuwhare, who died in January 2008. In the first of a three part Musical Chairs special, Lynn Freeman follows the making of the Tuwhare CD with Charlotte Yates and some of the artists she chose for this very special project: Don McGlashan, Wai, Goldenhorse and Graham Brazier. [more]

News stories:

Yazaki Samoa reduces working hours for 2000 workers
Almost half of Yazaki EDS Samoa Ltd's workforce of 2000 will work four day work weeks for the next two weeks. The General Manager of research and development, Funefea'i Oliva... [more]

President of Fiji's ousted SDL Party resigns
The president of Fiji's ousted ruling SDL party has resigned. The website Fijilive reports that Ratu Kalokalo Loki, who was also the party's management board chairman, tendered his resignation nearly... [more]

Australia's overseas aid agency needs improvements in some areas - says report
A review of the effectiveness of the Australian Government's international aid agency, AUS/AID identifies several areas where the quality of service can be improved. This includes broadening the ways Australia... [more]

Auditor General's report in Tonga says Minister of Tourism broke the law
An Auditor General's investigation in Tonga into allegations of corruption against the Minister of Tourism has found he did break the law. The investigation related to the depositing of a... [more]

New campaign in PNG to tackle rise of HIV/AIDs
A new campaign to tackle the rise of hiv/aids as well as sexually transmitted diseases is to be launched by the National Aids Council in Papua New Guinea. The campaign,... [more]

PNG's National Aids Council says not enough people getting checked for HIV virus
The National Aids Council in Papua New Guinea says not enough people are getting themselves checked for the hiv virus and for sexually transmitted diseases. People with sexually transmitted diseases... [more]

Cook Islands Financial Secretary not saying if he will force down price of petrol
The Cook Islands Financial Secretary, Sholan Ivaiti, is refusing to say whether he will try again to force down the price of petrol after a High Court order revoking cuts... [more]

Fiji's ousted Qarase government High Court case against interim regime ends
In Fiji, the constitutional redress case brought by the ousted Laisenia Qarase government against the interim regime has ended with the three judges to deliver their ruling on notice. Fiji... [more]

French Polynesian assembly passes budget
The French Polynesian assembly has passed the budget after an attempt before Christmas had failed. The budget was passed with 29 votes to 27 just ten days before the expiry... [more]

French Polynesian appeal court ruling in Vernaudon case deferred
The appeal court in French Polynesia has deferred the release of its judgement in a corruption case involving the mayor of Mahina, Emile Vernaudon. The ruling was due this week... [more]

US Congress members challenge American Samoan wage issue
Two members of the US Congress have taken issue with the Department of Labor report on the impact of the minimum wage law on the economies of American Samoa and... [more]

Nauru talks ongoing to find political stability
While the Nauru Parliament is due to meet again tomorrow amid ongoing political uncertainty, Cabinet Minister, Dr Kieren Keke, says the Government is working to entice Opposition MPs to cross... [more]

Officials in American Samoan tax refund fraud to repay money
Two former employees of American Samoa's Treasury Department who collected more than 53,000 US dollars in bogus tax refund cheques have been ordered to pay full restitution. The Samoa News... [more]

French Polynesian politicians questioned in atoll sale probe
Investigative judges in French Polynesia are questioning President Gaston Flosse and three former top Tahoeraa Huiraatira politicians in a long-running probe into alleged fraud over the sale of Anuanuraro atoll. [more]

French Polynesian strike closes port, threatens power supply
A strike in French Polynesia has closed the port of Papeete and a dispute at fuel supply companies now threatens the power supply in Tahiti. Truck drivers have demanded that... [more]

Human Rights Watch calls for release of nine Papuans
A human rights group has called on the Indonesian government to free nine men facing charges of plotting against the state because of their involvement in a student protest. The... [more]

Solomons government hopes replanting may prolong survival of forests
The Solomon Islands Ministry of Forestry says a new replanting programme may prolong the survival of the country's forests. The recently commenced programme is an attempt by Forestry officials to... [more]

Tongan king appoints new finance minister
Tonga's King George Tupou V has appointed 'Otenifi Afu'alo Matoto as the Minister for Finance and National Planning. He is currently the Minister for Public Enterprises and Information and will... [more]

More Pacific lawmakers look at alternative energy sources
Soaring global fuel prices are prompting more Pacific islands lawmakers to look at alternative sources of energy. American Samoa's Senate President is sponsoring a measure that would establish the Alternate... [more]