Radio New Zealand - Friday, 4th April 2008

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Country Life, Focus on Politics, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Upbeat


Noelle's Essay
36th international exhibition of inventions. [more]

The Best Song Ever Written
The Swingin' Shepherd Blues by The Moe Koffman Quartette. [more]

NZ Live
Fiddle player extraordinaire Marian Burns and from Christchurch, tinkling the ivories, Ben Mcdonald. [more]

Twizel and Maadi Cup
Maadi Cup, the bi-annual event sees Twizel and nearby Ruataniwha overrun by around 6,000 competitors. [more]

He Rourou 1867 for 4 Apr 2008
Whilst Maori catholics accepted the Christian faith, they weren't so quick to accept the French idea of God. [more]

Weekend Weather
Bob McDavitt talks about the weather for your weekend. [more]

Fresh Fast Food
Our special guest today on Fresh Fast Food is Masterchef Peter Thornley. [more]

Sports Story
Murray Williams join Noelle to talk sports. [more]

From Age to Age
Barry Brickell is a celebrated potter, and sculptor of wonderfully eccentric pieces of art. [more]

The Panel (Part1)
Chris Trotter and Jon Bridges join Noelle McCarthy on the panel. [more]

The Panel (Part2)
Chris Trotter and John Bridges join Noelle McCarthy on the panel. [more]

Business News

Morning Business
News from the business sector including a market report. - Lombard share price tumbles. [more]

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


House Sales Slump
Auckland's biggest real estate agency Barfoot and Thompson says sales volumes last month were the lowest in a decade. [more]

Iwi Present Settlement Proposal to Crown
Little change out of half a billion dollars Minister Michael Cullen says. [more]

Zimbabwe's Zanu PF Party to Hold Crisis Meeting
The leadership of Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu PF party is due to hold a crisis meeting later today. [more]

Six St Pauls College Students Suspended
Six students at an Auckland high school have been suspended for fighting, after a video was posted on the YouTube. [more]

Equine Influenza Scare
Clive Gower-Collins from MAF Biosecurity talks with Julian Robins. [more]

NZ Super Fund to Divest From Cluster Bomb Firms
The Government's working on an internationally binding treaty on the weapons. [more]

Sir Geoffrey Cox Dies
A NZer who was praised for bringing about a revolution in British television journalism has died. [more]

Vladimir Putin to Attend Nato Summit
The outgoing leader is attending his first meeting of the NATO-Russia council. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Birthday Cake Ban
Oteha Valley School is introducing the ban under the National Administration Guidelines, which will take effect in June. [more]

Medsafe Warn Clinics About Lipodissolve
Medsafe is warning cosmetic surgery clinics to stop advertising a fat-busting injection . [more]

Tense Wait for Zimbabwe
The tense wait continues for Zimbabwe, where leaders of the ruling Zanu PF party are due to hold a crisis meeting later today. [more]

Estate Agency's Slowest March in a Decade
Barfoot and Thompson says house sales last month fell by more than half compared with the same month last year. [more]

Biodiesel Producers to Build up Local Production
A select committee is considering a law that would see all fuels required to contain some biofuel from July. [more]

Wind Farm May be Built at Scott Base
A wind farm to help power Scott Base in Antarctica is closer to becoming a reality. [more]

Serious Challenge for Mayor of London
For the first time in 8 years there's a serious challenge to the rule of the mayor of London Ken Livingstone. [more]

Land Central to Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Most are on settlements, regarded as illegal under international law. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

More Centres to Cope With Baby Boom
Urgent need for more centres to cope with children from the baby boom in Manukau City. [more]

Country Life

Gidday and Guests
Hume Turnball on the beaut summer for farmers in Queensland. [more]

Regional Conditions
Despite widespread rain only South Taranaki has broken the back of the northern drought. [more]

Nashi Growers in Waikato
The state of Nashi industry with Waikato growers Warren Sexton and Ian Wallace. [more]

Limehills Primary School Farm
A group of students aged between 5 and 11 run the farm school as part of their education. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus on Politics for 4 April 2008
This week, Danya Levy, looks at the personal toll politics takes on MPs and their families. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 4 April 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 4 April 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Midday Rural News for 4 April 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 04 April 2008
House Prices, NATO, Zimbabwe elections, Prisoner Restraints, 127 Million dollars Owed. [more]

Mohua - Yellowhead
Listen to todays bird call. [more]

House Prices Over Valued
Property investor website editor Philip Macalister says the doom merchants are over-emphasing an already well known fact. [more]

Pacific News
The latest from the Pacific region including unrest in PNG. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team including big turn out in taupo to settle land and forestry claims. [more]

Greens say Biofuel Should go Ahead
The Parliamentary Commissioner says the biofuel bill is flawed, Greens want to make it work, Jeanette Fitzsimons explains. [more]

Early Childhood Educators Falling Short
The City of Manukau Education Trust says a recent survey reveals a chronic shortage of services. [more]

Welcome News For Home Buyers
The BNZ says houses are up to 30 percent overvalued, and expects prices to fall by at least 10 percent this year alone. [more]

Biofuel Bill Collapsing
A Select Committee is considering the bill, Dr Jan Wright says some biofuels are as polluting as diesel and wants a rethink. [more]

NZ Troops off to Afghanistan
The additional deployment was announced by the Prime Minister at the NATO summit on Afghanistan currently being held in Romania. [more]

Zimbabwe Election Results Delayed Further
Zimbabwe's deputy information minister Bright Matonga says Mr Mugabe has not lost the election and will fight to the end. [more]

Prisoner Restraints Fixed, Says Corrections
The use of the restraints in prison vans was recommended after the death of Liam Ashley. [more]

Investors owed 127 million dollars
A financial advisor says the problems at the Lombard Group are not purely down to the downturn in the property market. [more]

Sports News
An update from the RNZ sports team. - NZ Olympic Teram taking shape. [more]

Alcohol Associated with"Date Rape"
In 500 drug-related sexual assaults found, the victims were drunk. [more]

Government to Improve Country Mines
The ten options for improving hazard management were released by the government at Rununga yesterday. [more]

Parliamentary Police Surround Hotel
A man answering the phone at the hotel is reported to have said police are taking away some reporters. [more]

Homes Over Valued, says BNZ
Property market analysts say a prediction of a sharp slump in house prices is overly pessismistic. [more]

Biofuel Bill Collapsing (part 2)
Dr Jan Wright says it would be premature to enforce biofuel in all fuels at this time. [more]

Feilding Factory to Close
More than 80 factory workers in Feilding face an uncertain future with the closure of the town's carpet factory today. [more]

Pharmac to Fully Fund Herceptin
At least one lawyer is warning supporters of the drug for women with early breast cancer, not to get their hopes up. [more]

Surrounded Hotel Update
Colombus Mavhunga updates you on the happenings in Harare, MDC offices have been raided. [more]

Markets Update
A quick market update. [more]

Netball's New Competition
Sports reporter Stephen Hewson looks at what the ANZ Championship will mean for the sport. [more]

Free Trade with China to go Ahead
On Monday the Government will sign a free trade agreement with China despite the ongoing unrest in Tibet. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. - National promises Maori TV safe. [more]

Taranaki Kiwi on the Move
There's a tug of war to keep kiwi in the Taranaki region. [more]

Australian Correspondent - Donna Demaio
Donna talks with Geoff about Storms in Victoria, the Olympic swimmer assult and the"Toad Day Out." [more]


Lindon Puffin,s Travel Diary part 1 of 4
Lindon Puffin gives us an account of his first world trip so far [more]

Night,s Conundrum
And the answer is [more]

Nine To Noon

Africa Correspondent - Peter Greste
The Latest on the Zimbabwe Elections, including breaking news on the Harare Hotel raids. [more]

CSI Canine Style
Top US forensic vet Melinda Merck visiting NZ, Discusses CSI animal cruelty cases. [more]

Birthday Cake Ban
Parents have been banned from sending their children to school with birthday cakes. [more]

Pacific Correspondent Mike Field
Latest from the Pacfic region - NZ Foreign Minister threatens to move regional institutions out of Fiji. [more]

Feature Guest - Keith Turner
Keith Turner recently stepped down as CEO of Merdian Energy. Kathryn discusses with him NZ energy issues. [more]

Book Review - The Outcast
by Sadie Jones. Published by Chatto and Windus and reviewed by Louise O'Brien. [more]

Music with Manu Taylor
Manu profiles new music from Sarah Brightman, Bon Iver and Matt Costa. [more]

Sports Talk with Richard Becht
Richard gives a round-up of all things sport including trans tasman netball, NRL coaching and a Young up and coming NZ golfer. [more]

The Week that Was
with Gemma Gracewood and Radar. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 4 April 2008
News from the rural and farming sector including new MAF health standards. [more]


Ivan Meyleman
Flemmish conductor and trombonist in NZ for Manukau Symphony Orchestra's 'Abundant Air' concerts 5-6 April. [more]

Sarah Watkins
New Zealand Trio pianist talks about upcoming tour and new cd release. [more]

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Review
Peter Hoar reviews last night's Auckland Phil concert featuring NZ pianist John Chen. [more]

News stories:

French Polynesian opposition welcomes Vernaudon's release
French Polynesia's opposition To Tatou Aia coalition has welcomed the release of the mayor of Mahina, Emile Vernaudon, who had been jailed for four months. Mr Vernaudon had been in... [more]

Oceania Pacific heading to Oman for Davis Cup tie
The three Oceania region teams begin their second round of Davis Cup 2008 next week. The Pacific Oceania team who are looking for their first away win will play Oman... [more]

ANZ Amerika Samoa Bank has launched reusable shopping bags
ANZ Amerika Samoa Bank has launched reusable shopping bags to mark its seven-year anniversary in American Samoa. This comes at a time when a bill is pending in the Fono... [more]

American Samoa House of Representatives approves funding for undersea fiber optic cable
The House of Representatives in American Samoa has approved funding for the undersea fiber optic cable project. The House had stalled a vote since January while it tried to get... [more]

Solomons tsunami victims still await help a year after disaster
The Western Province in Solomon Islands is still awaiting the delivery of critically needed funds from the central government for post-tsunami rehabilitation. The province has just marked the first anniversary... [more]

Fiji's interim govt ministers were not subjected to pay cut last year - says official
Fiji's interim Government Ministers were not subjected to the 5 per cent pay cut last year like other civil servants because of their relatively higher workload. That's according to the... [more]

Trial against eight policemen charged with murder in Fiji gets underway
The High Court in Fiji has heard from a doctor at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital that a Tevita Malasebe's death was due to internal injuries. Eight Fiji policemen charged... [more]

Tonga to hire New Zealander as police commander
The Tongan government is to appoint a New Zealander to head the police force. Tonga has been without a permanent police commander since December 2006 when Sinilau Kolokihakaufisi resigned a... [more]

Solomons GG intends holding ministers responsible over tsunami help
The Solomon Islands Governor General says he intends to hold government ministers responsible for providing assistance to tsunami victims. Sir Nathaniel Waena this week attended a ceremony to mark the... [more]

Fiji eyes Cuba over medical needs
One of Fiji's prominent diplomats says the country must look to Cuba to source pharmaceutical products and medical training for doctors. Berenado Vunibobo is the military-appointed Permanent Representative to the... [more]

US tests ballistic missile over Marshall Islands
An unarmed United States ballistic missile launched from an Air Force Base in California as part of an operational test has had a successful re-entry in the Marshall Islands. The... [more]

Australian official impressed with Vanuatu moves to connect with global economy
Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs has praised Vanuatu's government for taking bold decisions to improve the economic well-being of its people. Duncan Kerr has just returned from Vanuatu... [more]

US report on Palau lists concerns
A US State Department report on Palau has highlighted people trafficking, corruption by government officials and domestic violence. The report says that in 2007, charges were brought by Palau's Attorney... [more]

Cook Islands accepts 200 new permanent residents
The Cook Islands will this week welcome 213 new permanent residents at a formal ceremony in Rarotonga. The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Wilkie Rasmussen, says the selection process for PR... [more]

New report says poor in US Pacific suffer in cancer care
A new report by a health advocacy group in the United States, shows a widening gap in cancer care among people living in Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa and other Pacific... [more]

Opponents of driving on the left in Samoa confident strike motion will fail
The leaders for the group of people in Samoa who are against the government proposal to drive on the left hand side of the road, are calling for a strong... [more]

Fiji says Cuban help sought as neighbours turn away
One of Fiji's prominent diplomats says the country must look elsewhere for help to ease its medical shortages because its traditional neighbours won't help. Berenado Vunibobo is the military-appointed Permanent... [more]

French Polynesian opposition politician Taupau gets jail sentence
The vice-president of French Polynesia's opposition Aia Api Party Christian Taupau has been sentenced to four months in jail for abuse of trust. He was sentenced by the appeal court... [more]