Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 3rd April 2008

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Upbeat


Gluten Free Guesthouse
Visit an Italian guesthouse that caters for people with coeliac disease - an autoimmune condition that is triggered by Gluten. [more]

Jim's Essay
'Higher Thought', the 'Brotherhood of Man', the poetry of Yeats, the Kabala. Words of wisdom or pearls before swine? [more]

Best Song Ever Written
Roger Venz nominated The Swingin' Shepherd Blues by The Mo Koffman Quartet. [more]

Your Place - Ngaruawahia
Situated at the fertile confluence of the Waikato and Waipa rivers, the town's name literally means 'break open the food pits'. [more]

Noah's Ark
Two Auckland men have got themselves involved in a mission to track down Noah's Ark. [more]

He Rourou for 03 April 2008
Ana Tapiata talks to one of the organisers of the 63rd Hui Aranga, the annual Easter Festival of the Maori Catholic church. [more]

Feature Album
Horses by Patti Smith, the American rock and roll legend is our Feature Album. [more]

Arts Report - Jack Lovelock
In our arts segment this week - a new play about to open in Wellington about the man Jack Lovelock couldn't beat - Tommy Morehu. [more]

The Arts Report - Pietari Inkinen
In our arts segment this week - Lynn Freeman talks with the new music director of the NZSO, Pietari Inkinen. [more]

Christchurch Story with Katy Gosset
We meet the passionate and prolific letter to the editor writer Bruce Grimwood, [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With Richard Griffin and David Slack. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With Richard Griffin and David Slack. [more]

Science with Dacia Herbulock
Today we continue our look at the impact of tourism on endangered yellow-eyed penguins on the Otago Peninsula. [more]

Business News

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

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


Pharmac Think Again - Herceptin
High Court tells Pharmac it must review decision not to fund Herceptin. [more]

Emma Agnew Murder Trial
A depositions hearing has found that there is enough evidence to put Liam Reid on trial for the murder of Emma Agnew. [more]

Asian Immigration - NZ First
NZ First Deputy Leader defends remarks about Asian immigration, amid claims by opponents he's racist, and a white supremacist. [more]

Lombard Group Suspends Payments
The finance company is blaming the downturn in the property market for suspending payments to its investors. [more]

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

Houses Overvalued by 30 Percent - BNZ
BNZ economists predict a 10-percent decrease by the end of this year. [more]

Labour Gets Off Light - National
National says Labour's breach of the Electoral Finance Act should have been referred to the police. [more]

Waitakere Urbanisation Bill
A bill has been passed to protect the Waitakere Ranges and its foothills from creeping urbanisation and development. [more]

Tonga Plans Paramilitary
Plans afoot for a unit to protect the capital, Nuku'alofa, but from whom? [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Holcim Fined for Death of Worker
The cement company has been ordered to pay 55 thousand dollars for the death of a contract worker. [more]

Violence Free Grocery Shopping
PAK'nSAVE Masteron was becoming known as PAK'nPUNCH until recently. [more]

Herceptin (Part 2)
Drug-buying agency Pharmac is considering all options in wake of surprise High Court Herceptin ruling. [more]

Asian Immigration - NZ First (Part 2)
There's been widespread condemnation of New Zealand First's controversial comments about Asian immigration. [more]

Texting and Driving - Survey
A new survey revealing two thirds of young people text while driving has led to renewed calls to ban the practice. [more]

Can Mugabe Hold Power?
Suspicions are growing that Robert Mugabe is buying time before declaring the results of Zimbabwe's presidential election. [more]

Irish PM Steps Down
Tributes are already pouring in for Bertie Ahern who is stepping down after 11 years in office. [more]

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

NATO Plans Go Bush
President Bush has suffered a significant setback in his efforts to have NATO expand eastwards. [more]

Husband Foils Croc Attack
A 36-year-old woman has survived a crocodile attack in Darwin after her husband jumped on it's back while it was attacking her. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Frigates Floundering
The National Party says NZ frigates have been sitting idle as the navy fails to retain trained personnel to man them. [more]

Don't Smoke
New research suggests lung cancer susceptibility is genetic as well as lifestyle and environmental. [more]

Republican Party Presidential Nominee
John McCain is having trouble competing for attention against the massive tussle between the two Democrat contenders. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories of 3 April 2008
Edmund Hillary Commemoration, IRD Tax Miscalculation, Zimbabwe Elections, NZ First Criticised, Labour Breaches Act [more]

Kokako - The Blue Wattled Crow
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

NZ's Asian Population
Predictions the Asian population will double in the next 20 years are being welcomed by some academics. [more]

Falling House Prices
New survey results show that house prices are now falling, providing welcome relief for home buyers. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Sir Edmund Hillary Commemoration
The Queen and members of the royal family have paid their respects to Sir Edmund Hillary at a service at Windsor Castle. [more]

IRD Tax Miscalculation
An investigation into a 600-million-dollar tax miscalculation by the IRD has blamed the error on high staff turnover. [more]

Sir Edmund Hillary Commemoration (Part 2)
The Queen and members of the royal family have paid their respects to Sir Edmund Hillary at a service at Windsor Castle. [more]

Zimbabwe Election Results
Mugabe's Zanu-PF party has lost control of the Zimbawean parliament for the first time since the end of white minority rule. [more]

New Zealand First Criticised
New Zealand First is being accused of racial stereotyping of the worst kind for criticising the level of Asian immigration. [more]

IRD Commissioner Defends Department
The Inland Revenue Commissioner is defending his Department despite a report blaming deficiencies in its administration. [more]

Labour Breaches Electoral Finance Act
The Labour Party has breached its own Electoral Finance Act, in the first ruling on the new act by the Electoral Commission. [more]

Irish PM Resigns
Irish PM Bertie Ahern has announced he will resign next month amidst allegations of corruption. [more]

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

Rotorua Study
An international study is being launched in Rotorua to determine the effects of living amongst low levels of hydrogen sulphide. [more]

Hawke's Bay Drought Alert
Farmers in Central Hawke's Bay are heading for their second drought in two years. [more]

Sir Edmund Hillary Commemoration (part 3)
Around a thousand people gathered in in the grounds of Windsor Castle to mark the life of Sir Edmund Hillary. [more]

Zimbabwe Election results (part2)
Mr Mugabe has lost the presidential contest but believes a second round of voting may be necessary. [more]

Asian Immigration
Government statisticians says NZ's Asian population of 400,000 two years ago will rise to 790,000 by 2026. [more]

Labour Breaches Electoral Finance Act (part2)
National party's deputy leader Bill English is heading up moves to try to amend the Electoral Finance Act. [more]

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

Rates Inquiry
Councils say residential and rural ratepayers will lose out if the findings of last year's Govt rates inquiry are implemented. [more]

Govt programme to help at risk children.
Hundreds of families are now involved. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team [more]

ANZAC History up for Auction
A rare piece of Anzac history is being put up for auction in Auckland next week. [more]

Afganistan Idol
Not everyone would agree the staging of a pop idol show on television shows a society is making progress. [more]


Sea Monster
Dr Jorn Hurum talks about one of the biggest reptiles to ever swim the ocean [more]

Geology Rocks
Hamish Campbell brings us the latest on geological news [more]

Nights Connundrum
Clue 7 [more]

Conundrum Clue
Clue 8 [more]

Nine To Noon

Heat Pumps
New Zealands love affair with heap pumps is putting a strain on the national grid. [more]

Homeless World Cup
A Recruitment drive has started to find team members for the Homeless World Cup. [more]

Tourism and Crime in Thailand
Women travelers are being warned to be careful in the tourist meca. [more]

UK Correspondent - Kate Adie
The latest from UK [more]

Feature Guest - Fuchsia Dunlop
Chef and Author who set out to cook the"Chinese way"in China, learning how to eat anything and everything on the job. [more]

Book Review - Abstinence Teacher
By Tom Perrotta. Published by 4th Estate. Reviewed by Laura Fergusson. [more]

Maori Issues
With Commentor Malcolm Mulholland discussing the Auckland Billboard controversy. [more]

Veteran Broadcaster Retires
Whai Ngata Talks about the future of Maori Broadcasting and his own career. [more]

New Technology
Colin Jackson discusses legal terms and conditions on the internet and the change to Telecom's business structure. [more]

Our Changing World

Yellow-Eyed Penguins
Phil Seddon and Ursula Ellenberg discuss their research on the impact of human influence on the yellow-eyed penguins of Otago. [more]

Shark Conservation
Malcolm Francis on sharp fin soup and the draft National Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks. [more]

Shark Conservation - extended version
An extended interview with Malcolm Francis about shark management. [more]

Shark Tagging and Research
Amelia Nurse meets Malcolm Francis and Michael Manning at a NIWA laboratory and gets a lesson in shark anatomy. [more]


Antoinette Halloran
Australian soprano performing 'Sings Wellington' series at Ilott Theatre Monday night and Mimi in NZ Opera's La Boheme in May. [more]

Christchurch Jazz Fest Review
Susan de Jong reviews a number of acts from the NZ International Jazz Festival. [more]

Paul Smith
Dunedin Fringe Festival Director gives us a rundown of events. [more]

News stories:

The Cook Islands Under 20 rugby union side begin their journey to Chile
The Cook Islands Under 20 rugby union side begin their journey to Chile today. The side who will take part in the inaugural IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy are travelling... [more]

Samoan sailor may sue for wrongful dismissal after drug case dropped
A former sailor on Samoa's inter-island ferry serving the Apia/Pago Pago route is considering legal action against the police after charges of drug possession were thrown out. Sione Futi may... [more]

DNA samples sees convicted rapist in Samoa charged with rape again
A convicted rapist in Samoa, who was jailed for seven years but released on parole, has been found guilty for the second time on the charge. 32 year old Neli... [more]

New Zealand's Foreign Minister to meet Samoa's prime minister
The New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters is to meet with Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Lupesoliai Malielegaoi in Apia later this week for the latest round of annual Joint... [more]

Jailed mayor of Mahina in French Polynesia could be released today
There is an expectation in French Polynesia that the jailed mayor of Mahina, Emile Vernaudon, will today be released. Mr Vernaudon has been in prison since December as part of... [more]

Fiji Public Service Association seeks pay rise, backpay and bonus payments
The Fiji Public Service Association is calling for a ten percent pay rise, a backpay and a bonus payment for its members. The interim government had placed a five percent... [more]

Community leaders in Western Solomon Islands call for more tents
Community leaders in Gizo in Solomon Islands' Western Province, which was severely affected by last April's earthquake and tsunami, want relief agencies to provide more tents. They say the ones... [more]

Australian company bows to pressure and cuts back mining proposal for PNG's Kokoda
An Australian company has bowed to pressure and cut back a mining proposal in a bid to minimise damage to Papua New Guinea's historic Kokoda Track. Frontier Resources managing director,... [more]

Australia's foreign minister responds to Fiji's Human Rights Commssion
Australia's Foreign Minister, Stephen Smith, says fresh accusations from Fiji about Australia are another attempt to distract attention from its military government keeping democracy on hold. The Fiji Human Rights... [more]

Fiji's GCC taskforce calls on 14 provinces to support sitting of Chiefs to avoid crisis
Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs Taskforce team is urging the 14 provinces to support the sitting of the chiefs meeting to avoid a constitutional crisis in the country. Taskforce team... [more]

US Senate Committe pushes forward biil to provide loan guarantees to local airlines
The Senate Ways and Means Committee pushed forward a bill yesterday to provide loan guarantees to local airlines, including Hawaiian Airlines, Go! and Island Air. The Honolulu Star Bulletin reports... [more]

Whale and dolphin watching is one of fastest growing industries in the Pacific
A new report says whale and dolphin watching is one of the fastest growing industries in the Pacific, injecting millions of dollars into local economies. The International Fund for Animal... [more]

Air Chatham in Tonga will begin its service to Vava'u and Ha'apai on April 14
Air Chatham, Tonga's second domestic air operator will begin its service to Vava'u and Ha'apai on April 14. Russell Jenkins, the airline's Tonga General Manager, says that they will initially... [more]

Pacific Plan Action Committee meeting underway in Fiji
The Pacific Plan Action Committee, made up of officials from Pacific Governments and regional agencies, is meeting in Nadi to determine what progress has been made on the Plan. The... [more]

Vernaudon freed after four months in French Polynesian jail
A court in French Polynesia has ordered the immediate release of the mayor of Mahina, Emile Vernaudon, who had been jailed for four months. His release on bail comes after... [more]

Tongan force plan to learn from Fiji experience
More details are emerging of plans for a para-military unit dedicated to protecting the Tonga capital, Nuku'alofa, much of which was destroyed by a riot in late 2006. A discussion... [more]

Renewed call to appoint vice-president in Fiji
There is a renewed sense of urgency for Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs to elect a vice president to avoid a possible constitutional crisis. The GCC Taskforce team leader, Ratu... [more]

South Korea gets exclusive seabed mineral exploration rights from Tonga, says paper
South Korea has reportedly secured exclusive seabed mineral exploration rights in waters off Tonga. The Korea Times reports that South Korea has been granted an exploratory licence for 20,000 square... [more]

CNMI school system short of busses
The Public School System in the Northern Mariana islands is facing a critical shortage of buses for about a month now. This has forced existing buses to be used for... [more]

Palau president stuck in Philippines over airline security issue
The President of Palau has been left stranded in the Philippines on a state visit after he refused to be frisked before boarding a Continental Airlines flight. The airline had... [more]

Marshalls to pressure US for service access
The Marshall Islands is vowing to keep pressure on the United States government to ensure its citizens have access to federal services. A Hawaii state senator, Kalani English, says American... [more]

Sarkozy's April visit to Tahiti deferred until unspecified date
The French high commission in Tahiti says the French President Nicolas Sarkozy has deferred his visit to French Polynesia originally planned for later this month. This comes after public radio... [more]

Ousted Fiji PM calls for accountability of interim regime
The ousted prime minister of Fiji is calling on the interim government to reveal the budget and salary details of members of the National Council for Building a Better Fiji. [more]

American Samoa Government gets tough on underage drinking
The House of Representatives in American Samoa has passed a Senate bill which makes it a crime for anyone under 21 to possess or consume alcohol. The bill also expands... [more]

Samoa MPs to study standing orders in New Zealand Parliament
Samoa's Parliament standing orders committee will head to New Zealand this weekend to look at the standing orders of the New Zealand parliament. The speaker, Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Lei'ataua, who is... [more]

Solomon Islands Government called on to act over crocodile threat
People of Yandina in the Russell Islands of Solomon Islands are urging the government to deal with the threat posed by crocodiles. The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation quotes a spokesman... [more]

More frustration over ongoing delays in getting relief funds to Solomons tsunami victims
The Western Province government in Solomon Islands has expressed frustration at the continued delay in funds from central government for post-tsunami rehabilitation. The province has marked the first anniversary of... [more]

Reconciliation team now in Oria in south Bougainville after one killed in bus ambush
The Autonomous Bougainville Government in Papua New Guinea says a reconciliation team has now arrived in Oria village in the south of the main island, following killings by two warring... [more]