Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 9th April 2008

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Jim's Essay
Another burst of"obfuspeak", the word coined on Afternoons to describe the contemporary mangling of the English language. [more]

Best Song Ever Written
David Woodcock of Masterton has selected "Like A Hurricane" by Neil Young as the Best Song Ever Written. [more]

Link 3
Our weekly musical quiz - did you guess the link? [more]

Anxious Times in the Vines
Marlborough winegrowers are working around the clock to harvest a bumper crop before the rot sets in. [more]

The Central Region's Drought Shout
Today, over 2000 farmers from parched areas of the North Island will gather in the Wairarapa for a"drought shout". [more]

He Rourou for 09 April 2008
In He Rourou today, Ana Tapiata talks to Maraea Riddell, at the recent Catholic festival, the Hui Aranga. [more]

He Rourou for 8 April 2008
Henare Ngaia says annual festivals like the Hui Aranga allow young people to watch and learn. [more]

Virtual World
Helen and Chelfyn Baxter, from Mohawk Media, redefine the word 'geek' and let us know that geeks run the world now. [more]

Auckland Story with David Steemson
Recently elected Mayor of Manukau City predicts a new south Auckland city will amalgamate Franklin, Papakura and Manukau. [more]

Environment Story with Dacia Herbulock
This week Dacia makes a nocturnal visit to Karori's Wildlife Sanctuary, where Maud Island frogs are breeding successfully. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With Michelle A'Court and Barry Corbett. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With Michelle A'Court and Barry Corbett. [more]

Business News

Morning Business
News from the business sector including a market report. - Latest survey: NZ choking on excesses. [more]

Markets Update
A quick market update. - Housing index has hit a record low. [more]


Reserve Bank Boss Warns Against Slowdown
New Zealand's Reserve Bank Governor has told banks and business not to slow down too much in the face of the economic downturn. [more]

NZ First Advert Criticised
Winston Peters has defended an ad in today's newspapers promoting the party's opposition to the free trade deal with China. [more]

Tibet Riots Aftermath
Almost one-thousand people suspected of involvement in last month's riots in Tibet have been detained by Chinese Police. [more]

Evening Business News for 9 April 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Queenstown Organised Crime Targeted
A covert gang intelligence unit has been set up by in Queenstown, following increased organised crime in the resort town. [more]

Tourism and Conservation in Gallipoli
An Australian historian is recommending tourist numbers to Gallipoli are capped, to stop further irreparable damage to the site. [more]

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

Guilty Plea in Jhia Te Tua Case
Two men have pleaded guilty to murdering Wanganui toddler Jhia Te Tua in May last year. [more]

Homeless Children Unsupported
National MP Anne Tolley is accusing the Government of doing nothing about 13 children living wild in her electorate. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Police Fear for Safety of Missing Christchurch Girl
The police in Christchurch are becoming increasingly worried about a 15 year old girl who's been missing for four days. [more]

US Troops in Iraq
US General David Petraeus is refusing to commit to anymore American troop withdrawals before President Bush leaves office. [more]

New Asthma Research
Researchers at the University of Auckland have found a possible link between the high fat Western diet and asthma. [more]

Winston Peters Comments Criticised
MP Peter Dunne says Winston Peters' criticism of the Free Trade Agreement with China puts him in an untenable position. [more]

Kevin Rudd Ruffles Chinese Feathers
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has arrived in China to a diplomatic row over his comments about Tibet. [more]

Reserve Bank Boss Warns Against Slowdown (Part 2)
Business Editor Patrick O'Meara discusses todays speech from the Reserve Bank Governor and it's implications. [more]

Health Select Committee Focus on Obesity
In a submission to Parliament, McDonald's says it's blamed for obesity but has led fast food outlets in offering healthier food. [more]

Flood Risk Report for Taupo
Taupo District Council estimates a total of 1500 properties over two parts of the district could be in potential flood danger. [more]

Elections in Nepal
Nepal will hold its first countrywide election for nearly a decade tomorrow. [more]

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

Pro-Tibet Protesters March in San Francisco
Hundreds of protesters have marched in San Francisco, as the Olympic torch arrived for the US leg of its international relay. [more]

New Transport 'Snapper Card' Launched
Trials will begin in Wellington next week for the 'Snapper Card', which promises to be much more than just a bus pass. [more]

First South Korean in Space
29 year old woman Yee So-Yon, a television contest winner, and two Russian colleagues were launched into orbit from Kazakhstan. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
In the United States, President George Bush has sent the Colombia free trade agreement to Congress for approval. [more]

Internet Copyright Laws
The Copyright New Technologies Amendment Act was passed yesterday and is designed to update and clarify Internet copyright law. [more]

Iran celebrate Nuclear Technology
Iran has been marking what it calls National Nuclear Technology day, despite calls by the UN Security Council pressures. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 9 April 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 9 April 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 9 April 2008
Sawmill Closing, PM relexed, Max Mosley, Tamahere Fire, Zimbabwe, Iraq, Sports news, Moa bone found, Concert piantist. [more]

Karoro - Black Beaked Gull
Listen to todays bird. [more]

Service Held in Tamahere
Firefighter David O'Donnell paid tribute to the community of Tamahere. [more]

Organs for Research
Parliament has passed legislation seeking to raise the rate of organ donations in New Zealand. [more]

Pacific News
The latest from the Pacific region. - Broadcasting restrictions in Tonga. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. - Iwi presented settlement proposal to Micheal Cullen. [more]

Up to 150 Locals Set to Lose Jobs
The Coromandel community of Thames is reeling from the news that a major employer in the town is set to close. [more]

Winston Peters Opposes China Deal
The Government has no problems with Foreign Minister Winston Peters opposing the Free Trade Agreement with China. [more]

Thames Sawmill Closing
The threat of the mill's closure brings back memories of Toyota moving out of the area in the 1990s. [more]

PM Relaxed with Peters
Trade Minister, Phil Goff says China has no problems with Mr Peters' opposition. [more]

Max Mosley No Longer Invited
Mr Moslet is emroiled in a sex scandal, which compromises his presidency of the International Motorsport Federation. [more]

Tragedy Brings Community Closer
Last night at a moving prayer service in Tamahere firefighters thanked the town for it's support. [more]

White Farmers Evicted
two of the evicted farmers were black and were singled out because they supported the opposition Movement for Democratic Change. [more]

Leave Troops in Iraq
The commander of US forces in Iraq says the withdrawal of troops from the country must stop or gains made there will be at risk. [more]

Sports News
An update from the RNZ sports team. - Liverpool and Arsenal do battle in second leg of the UEFA quarter final. [more]

Moa Bone Found
The pelvis of the Upland Moa is thought to be one of the first remnants of the iconic bird found in the Central Southern Alps. [more]

Concert Pianist Settles In
Kerikeri's Academy of Music has persuaded an Italian concert pianist to be it's musical director. [more]

Future of Sawmill Pending
Kopu sawmill closer is a symptom of a struggling sector. [more]

The Olympic Torch Continues
The strength of the pro-Tibet protests in London and Paris has forced the International Olympic Committee into a full review. [more]

NSW Expert to Help with Investigations
Tamahere Coolstore Fire is going to be looked into further by NSW Snr Investigator Bob Alxander. [more]

Generation Y - Debt Generation
There are concerns the credit habits of younger people will land them in hot water later in life. [more]

GP Shortage
Impending crisis looming as more and more close their books to new patients. [more]

Kicking the Habit
Millions of people still dying of smoking related disease every year, despite smoking rates falling. [more]

High Seas Washing Road Away.
The Waitaki District Council will have to tackle severe erosion on the coastal road linking Oamaru, Kakanui and Waianakarua. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. - Vetern Labour MP says China deal goes against Maori interests. [more]

Card Collecting Raising Concerns
A potato chip promotion has children collecting Super 14 cards, the craze has raised concern it's contributing to child obesity. [more]

Sobering News for Beer Drinkers
Climate change could push prices up and even force pubs to run dry within 25 years. [more]


Odd Jobs
Photographer Nancy Rica Schiff has put together a couple of picture books; Odd Jobs and Odder Jobs. [more]

Conundrum Clue
Conundrum clue number 5. [more]

Conundrum Clue
Conundrum clue number 6. [more]

Nine To Noon

Olympic Torch Relay Concerns
The Olympic relay has just reached the US under tight security. [more]

Wind Farming - Friend or Foe?
NZ's answer for sustainable energy is blowing in the wind says Maria McCaffey, todays guest from Britian. [more]

Learn to be Funny
Lynn talks to Logan Murray, a stand up comic from England who believes comedy can be taught. [more]

Australian Correspondent - Paul Barclay
Issues from across the pond. - homeless issues, torch relay in the capital, father and daughter incest. [more]

Feature Guest - Gertude Matshe
Zimbabwean woman living in Wellington. Her spiritual memoirs"Born on the Continent - Ubuntu". [more]

Book Review - Northline
By Willy Vlautin, published by faber. Reviewed by Gina FaaFoi [more]

Music Review - Ella Fitzgerald
Marty Duda Gives his views on Ella Fitzgerald, from humble beginnings to world stardome. [more]

Legal Expert - Robert Lithgow
Robert Brings to the table lawers and child sex abuse victims and all the other elements involved. [more]

Film Review - Lars and the Real Girl
Also, Graham discusses films"war on democracy"and the world cinema showcase. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 9 April 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. - Govt propose auction system for independent dairy companies. [more]


Helene Pohl
New Zealand String Quartet 1st violinist previews upcoming nationwide tour. [more]

Gary Harris
Royal New Zealand Ballet Company Director takes us through 'Manon'. [more]

NZSO Review
Tony Ryan reviews the premiere of Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara's 'A Tapestry of Life'. [more]

David Griffiths
NZ Composer, baritone, Senior Lecturer and head of music dept at Waikato University discusses their upcoming Aria competition. [more]

News stories:

Pacific representatives identify key issues to take to aid effectiveness talks in Ghana
Pacific representatives have identified a set of key issues that they would like reflected in the next round of global discussions on aid effectiveness to be held in Accra, Ghana... [more]

Palau signs agreement with US
Palau has become the first country in the Pacific to sign a permanent ship rider agreement with the United States. The bilateral agreement authorises Palau's law enforcement officers to board... [more]

Fiji's Finance Ministry is to take over management of lease deals
Fiji's Finance Ministry is to take over the management of lease deals after a decision by the interim Prime Minster to shift responsibility from the Public Service Commission. There have... [more]

Pacific Islands Geo-Science Commission says copra will help remote outer islands
The Pacific Islands Geo-Science Commission, or SOPAC, says copra will help remote outer islands in the Pacific be less dependent on fuel imports. Copra can be used to produce body... [more]

National Council for Building a Better Fiji says it may need more funding from donors
The National Council for Building a Better Fiji says it may have to get more funding from donors to complete its work. The Council wants to push ahead with fundamental... [more]

Combined military exercise takes place in New Caledonia
A combined military exercise has been taking place in New Caledonia. Troops from France, Australia, Vanuatu, Tonga, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand are in the territory to improve their... [more]

American Samoa police try to stop fighting between Chinese and Vietnamese fishermen
Police in American Samoa are taking measures to stop fighting between Chinese and Vietnamese fishermen. The fighting started Friday night and continued on Saturday, with six men taken to hospital... [more]

Fiji finance ministry takes rental issued from PSC
After several high profile negotiations, Fiji's Finance Ministry is taking over the management of rental agreements for government ministries. The agreements were previously overseen by the Public Service Commission and... [more]

Samoa village plans legal action over alleged environment damage from hydro-power plant
The village of Ta'elefaga in Samoa is planning to file a lawsuit against the Electric Power Corporation or EPC, over alleged environmental damage. The villagers claims waste is going to... [more]

Fiji's GCC files fresh court proceedings against Bainimarama
The sacked members of Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs have filed fresh court proceedings against the interim Prime Minister following his appointment as GCC chairman. The Fiji Times says Ratu... [more]

Summit of Papuan leaders in Vanuatu focusses on self-determination for Papua
A summit of Papuan leaders underway in Vanuatu is aiming to kickstart a fresh diplomatic drive in the struggle for self-determination by Indonesia's Papua region. Representatives from 28 different Papuan... [more]

Veteran Tonga politician says government's latest move is to stop criticism
A veteran Tonga politician says the latest restrictions on the media are an attempt by the Government to stop criticism. The Tonga Broadcasting Commission has sidelined staff and says political... [more]

Fiji sugar cane growers election put off
Fiji's Sugar Cane Growers Council election has been deferred to April 2010. The interim Government says the move is to cater for the completion of the industry reforms currently underway. [more]

UNDP says its resources in Pacific set to double within three years
The United Nations Development Programme, or UNDP, says it will have double the resources over the next three years to help Pacific countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals. The Pacific... [more]

French Polynesian veterans again seek compensation for French atomic weapons tests
The Nuclear Workers' Association in French Polynesia says its case to seek compensation for victims from the fallout of the French weapons tests has been deferred until June 2nd. The... [more]

New French Polynesian assembly group set to broaden opposition
A new group has been formed among French Polynesia's opposition assembly members amid suggestions it could be the precursor to a bid to oust the government put in place two... [more]

Turkey invites 11 Pacific Forum countries for summit
Turkey has invited the foreign ministers of 11 Pacific Island Forum countries, including Fiji, for talks in Istanbul. The Turkish foreign ministry says the issues to be raised include development... [more]

French Socialists critical of overseas pension funding cut
France's opposition Socialist Party says any savings from cutting pensions in overseas territories need to be reinvested there. The comment by the party's Victorin Lurel follows an announcement by President... [more]

Sogi village in Samoa unhappy with government relocation offer
The village of Sogi in Samoa has discussed possible legal action with their lawyer over the relocation decision by the government. The shift is being proposed as the area is... [more]

Tonga broadcast boss cites lack of training for sidelining political reporters
The general manager of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission, Elenoa Amanaki, says its journalists need more training before they can cover political stories objectively. This week, the TBC announced that staff... [more]

Hawaii company gets grant to develop dengue vaccine
A Hawaii-based company, Hawaii Biotech Inc., has won grant funding of nearly a million US dollars over the next year to move it closer to commercial production of the first... [more]