Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 25th March 2008

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Jim's Essay
Onomastics and the chance of winning the presidential race through the power and rhythm of a candidate's name. [more]

The Best Song Ever Written
Greg Thorne of Dunedin has chosen 'Gino' by Dexy's Midnight Runners. [more]

Reeling In The Years
Counting down the biggest hits for this period in 1985 - a time of a riot in Queen St and a rebel All Blacks' tour of South Africa. [more]

The Peaceful Warrior Experience
Dan Millman - former world champion gymnast, university coach, martial arts sensei and college professor turned self-help guru. [more]

He Rourou for 25 March 2008
Ana Tapiata talks to Wharehoka Wano, the organiser of Maori activities of the New Zealand Arts festival. [more]

Feature Album - Split Enz - Mental Notes
This 1975 album achieved moderate commercial success but strong critical acclaim with its Mervyn Peake derived inspiration. [more]

Tune Your Engine - Red Puppy Appeal
Massey University Statistics lecturer, Jonathan Godfrey talks about being blind and the importance of Seeing Eye Dogs. [more]

Health Report - Fainting
Why do we faint? Are some episodes of fainting being misdiagnosed as epilepsy - and what to do if you feel faint after exercise? [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
Michelle A'Court and Fiona Rae give their perspective on today's issues. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
Michelle and Fiona bring their pet gripes to The Panel and media commentator Nigel Keats joins us. [more]


Toxic Coromandel Honey
The Food Safety Authority says several new cases of possible toxic honey poisoning are under investigation. [more]

Sprinklers for School Fires
Schools say they can't afford sprinklers systems with their existing operating budgets. [more]

Doctors' Strike Averted
A proposed deal today between senior doctors and their employers appears to have averted bitter strike action. [more]

St John's Youth Leaders Crash
Two men involved in a high-speed crash in Chch were St John's Youth Leaders and face uncertain futures. [more]

Spelling Bee
A 12-year-old former Afghan refugee has won the title of New Zealand's third best speller. [more]

New Pakistani Prime Minister
Pakistan's new Prime Minister, Yusuf Raza, has ordered the release of the nation's top judges. [more]

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

Transpower Pylon Saga
Transpower wants to build a new high voltage power line from South Waikato to Auckland. [more]

Exide Again Breaches Slag Standards
A Wellington battery-recycling firm is again in the Environment Court for breaching the minimum standards for lead emissions. [more]

National's Key on Kyoto Protocol Status
National is suggesting it would push for changes to New Zealand's status under the Kyoto Protocol, if it were to gain power. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Another US Political Sex Scandal
This time it's the mayor of Detroit - perjury, obstruction of justice and misconduct - relating to alleged sexual misconduct. [more]

Arapawa Goat Cull Reprieve
A cull of wild goats on Arapawa Island in the Marlborough Sounds has been postponed. [more]

Cricket - England Test
The Black Caps have finished the final test against England in Napier well short of the 553 they needed to win. [more]

Rainbow Warrior Blocks Coal Shipment
The Greenpeace ship has blocked a coal shipment from leaving Lyttleton's port in a protest about climate change. [more]

New Pakistan PM Challenges President
Prime Minister - Yusuf Raza Gillani has already challenged President Pervez Musharaff on two controversial issues. [more]

Foreign Affairs Ministers Meet - Peters
Among the topics discussed has been the possibility of Fiji returning to a constitutional government. [more]

Bhutan Election
The country has held its first free election to choose a lower house of parliament. [more]

UK News
A man who's been described as the 5th Beatle has died, and cricket fans are celebrating their team's revival down under. [more]

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

China-Tibet Update
Joining us from Beijing for the latest developments is our correspondent, Jaime Florcruz. [more]

Timor Meeting - Goff
Defence Minister Phil Goff is meeting leaders in East Timor today including the Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao. [more]

An alcohol awareness group says the emergence of what's being dubbed 'drunkorexia' among New Zealand women is alarming. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Rainbow Warrior (Part 2)
Greenpeace protesters who boarded a coal ship in a protest about climate change have been winched back onto the Rainbow Warrior. [more]

Performance Swimwear and the Kiwi Team
Coach Jan Cameron says it's up to swimmers whether they go for the latest in swimwear technology, the Speedo LZR Racer suits. [more]

Dead or Alive
Pronounced dead after a terrible accident, Zac Dunlap was about to have his organs removed when family spotted slight movement. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 25 March 2008
Honey poisonings, building red tape, Olympic flame lit, new olympic swimsuits. [more]

Piwakawaka - The Fantail
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Broadcast Media Review
A review to examine if a single regulator is needed for all broadcast media, including the internet is under way. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Honey Tutin Contamination
Tutin contamination of Coromandel honey comb is suspected to be behind the poisoning of nine people. [more]

Nine Cases of Honey Poisoning
Health officials treating the nine cases of suspected honey poisoning are expecting more people to seek medical treatment. [more]

Red Tape Cuts in Building Industry
The Government's efforts to reduce red tape in the building industry comes under fire. [more]

Olympic Flame Lit Amid Protests
Pro-Tibet demonstrators have disrupted the ceremonial lighting of the Olympic torch in Greece. [more]

New Olympic Swim Suit Design
Concerns a new swim suit is giving some swimmers an unfair advantage. [more]

Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow
100 thousand enthusiasts from all over the world enjoyed both classic and modern military aircraft in the skies over Wanaka. [more]

Cricket - English Test Series
Cricket writer Richard Boock gives his views on the Black Caps performance thus far. [more]

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

Northland School Fire Prompts Sprinkler Debate
The burning to the ground of a small Northland school has prompted calls for sprinklers to be made compulsory in schools. [more]

Rock to Wellington Music Festival
Thousands of fans with mullets and wearing glamrock face paint made their way to the Cake Tin for some hardcore head-banging. [more]

Less Red Tape Not Expected to Lower Housing Costs - Builder
The certified builders association's chief executive, Derek Baxter and Construction Minister, Shane Jones comment. [more]

Bee Keepers Comment on Poisoned Honey
Jim Edwards is Chief Executive Officer of the National Beekeepers' Association. [more]

National Grid Transpower
At issue are proposed new transmission wires to get power from South Waikato into Auckland. [more]

Historical Labour Strong Hold - Blackball
It's rich in political history and is nestled in one of the most beautiful, untamed parts of the country. [more]

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

New Olympic Swim Suit Design - Part 2
Sports writer Joseph Romanos comments on the new development. [more]

28th Maori Battalion Reunion
The 28th Maori Battalion were reunited in Gisborne at the weekend. [more]

Waatea News
The latest from the Waatea team. [more]

Elections in Bhutan
People of Bhutan have gone to the polls for the first time - ending over a century of royal rule. [more]

Australian Correspondent
Phil Kafcaloudes reports from Melbourne. [more]


Ice Shelf Collapse
Neil Glasser is a glaciologist talking about the future of Antarctica's ice sheet. [more]

China And Tibet
Our Beijing correspondent sheds a light on the situation in China and Tibet. [more]

Clue number three. [more]

Clue number four. [more]

Nine To Noon

Complaint Against Police Inspector Rob Pope
Scott Watson's father, Chris Watson speaks out. [more]

Police Investigation into Rob Pope
Head of Law society Criminal Law Committee, Jonathan Krebs comments on the issue. [more]

Hectors Dolphins - NZ ranking
Chief Executive of Care for the Wild, Dr Barbara Maas talks of NZ's endangered species. [more]

Bees - Sniffing out good wine from bad
The Queensland Brain Institute are looking at bees sense of smell to create an electronic nose. [more]

US Correspondent
Richard Adams reports from State side. [more]

Feature Guest - Virisila Buadromo
Executive Director of the Fiji Womens Rights Movement. [more]

Book Review - Small Wars Permitting
Anne Buchanan reviews 'Small Wars Permitting' by Christina Lamb. Published by 4th Estate. [more]

Weekly business update with Rod Oram. [more]

NZ Rivers and Waterways Under Increasing Pressure
Dr Mike Joy, leading Environmental Scientist at Massey University, talks about rivers and waterways. [more]

With Media commentator Phil Wallington [more]


Jodi Wright
Director of New Zealand Jazz Festival in Christchurch takes us through the line-up. [more]

Jenny Wollerman
Wellington based Soprano recently completed research project 'NZ Singers Taking Flight' for singers wanting to study in the UK. [more]

Eggner Trio
Austrian chamber music group made up of three brothers, touring the country on behalf of Chamber Music NZ. [more]

News stories:

Fiji could see constitution dumped, says expert
One of the co-authors of the Fiji constitution, Brij Lal, says the military could try to abolish the constitution should the Suva High Court rule that the 2006 coup was... [more]

Solomon Islands Minister for Mines and Energy backs his wife in election campaigns
The Solomon Islands Minister for Mines and Energy, Edward Hunuehu has taken the front seat in the election campaigns for his wife, Helen. Helen Hunuehu is contesting the constituency seat... [more]

Hawaii asked to review land settlement proposal
The Hawaii Senate is being asked to reconsider its decision to reject a proposed 200 million US dollar state settlement offer for use of ceded lands. Trustees of the Office... [more]

Fiji government auditors turned away from interim prime minister's office
A group of Fiji government auditors were turned away from the interim prime minister's office, it has been revealed. Fiji Live online says the auditors are understood to have been... [more]

Fiji indicates support for Chinese government's action in addressing deadly riot in Tibet
Fiji has indicated its support for the Chinese government's action in addressing the deadly riot in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, China. The Permanent secretary in the interim Prime Minister's... [more]

Concerns in CNMI over homeowners defaulting on loans
Reports from the Northern Marianas say a majority of homeowners under a 10-year-old government-backed loan programme are in default on their loans. The Marianas Variety newspaper quotes the Marianas Public... [more]

French Polynesian Olympic Committee elects sports minister
The French Polynesian Olympic Committee has elected the sports minister, Tauhiti Nena, as its new president seven years after he lost the post. Mr Nena has told a local newspaper... [more]

Negotiations to resume in French Polynesia tomorrow to end industrial dispute
Negotiations are expected to resume in French Polynesia tomorrow to end an industrial dispute at two of the territory's fuel suppliers. The strike is in its second week and has... [more]

Fiji Taekwondo champion takes gold in Singapore
Fiji's Elizabeth Bernard has snatched a gold medal at the 9th International Taekwondo Championships in Singapore. Bernard claimed the Senior Women's Heavyweight division title, by knocking out the Singapore opposition. [more]

CNMI to host Oceania Athletics Association Congress in June
The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands will host the Oceania Athletics Association Coaches Association Congress in June. The assembly will be held during CNMI's hosting of the 2008 Oceania... [more]

Westech eyes gold in Fiji, as prices soar
The new owner of Fiji's Vatukoula gold mine Westech International, is exploring new mines in Vatukoula with the global price of gold at an all time high. Westech acquired the... [more]

Palau president against change in way of electing president
The president of Palau, Tommy Remengesau Jr., has asked voters to reject a proposed constitutional amendment that calls for the president and vice president to be elected separately. He has... [more]

Rice price hike adds to Fiji poverty
The Fiji Consumer Council says an expected increase in the price of rice will push more people below the poverty line. The price of rice is expected to go up... [more]

New bid to end French Polynesia fuel crisis
Reports from French Polynesia say a proposal may be worked out today to end the industrial dispute which has crippled fuel supplies. A tanker has been unable to offload its... [more]

Fishery email problem cancels Hawaii meeting outcome
The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council says it's miffed that an email oversight has made its latest vote to prohibit purse seine fishing in the Commonwealth of the Northern... [more]

Dissent among Samoan government MPs over road use switch
The two MPs of Samoa's ruling HRPP party who recently resigned from the government have reportedly met other government MPs opposed to the proposed road use switch. The government wants... [more]

Samoa Head of State accepts university chancellor position
Samoa's Head of State, Tui-Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, has finally assumed the role as Chancellor for the National University of Samoa, after Cabinet approval last year. Speaking during an official... [more]

Solomons people urged to opt for food gardens as rice price goes up
A Solomon Islands development organisation says people should go back to their traditional gardening methods to offset an expected increase in the price of rice. The UN Food and Agriculture... [more]

New Caledonia Socialist Party secretary dies in accident
The secretary of the Socialist Party in New Caledonia has died in a diving accident. The party says Atelemo Moleana, who was 59, died when he was out with a... [more]

Lack of experience causes Tongan minister to break law, says government
The Tongan Minister for Information says it's a lack of experience that caused the Tourism Minister to break the law. In a report into allegations of corruption against the Tourism... [more]

Fiji Human Rights Commission rejects NZ foreign minister criticism
Fiji's Human Rights Commission has rejected comments by the New Zealand foreign minister, Winston Peters, who criticised a recent report the group commissioned on media freedom. The commission's chair, Dr... [more]

Former PNG military boss sees no UN role for PNG troops
Papua New Guinea's former Defence Force commander, Jerry Singirok, says the the nation's armed forces are too run down to supply troops for United Nations peacekeeping assignments. The PNG parliament... [more]

Tonga Finance Ministry to review accounts procedures
Tonga's finance ministry is to review it's current centralised accounting procedures following a report that says the Tourism Minister broke the law to avoid the long process of obtaining treasury... [more]

Nauru President frustrated over parliament developments
The President of Nauru, Marcus Stephen, claims that Opposition MPs and shady foreign businesspeople are trying to subvert parliamentary process and undermine the country. He says this was shown by... [more]

Cook Islands teacher petitions against compulsory motorcyclist helmets
A Cook Islands school teacher is starting a petition to stop the wearing of helmets by motorcyclists being made compulsory. The Government announced a raft of moves earlier this year... [more]