Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 10th April 2008

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Noelle's Essay
A question of comedy. A recent article in Vanity Fair posed the question; why aren't women as funny as men? [more]

Best Song Ever Written
Anne Barrett from the Marlborough Sounds has selected 'And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda' by The Pogues. [more]

Your Place - Glenorchy
As the gateway to many of NZ's renowned tracks, Glenorchy is known for its splendid scenery and plethora of outdoor pursuits. [more]

Michael Campbell
As golf fans put their lives on hold for the Masters tomorrow, they're asking the question, what's happened to Cambo? [more]

Stewart Island
Residents of Stewart Island are about to get a rare injection of high culture in the form of The Royal New Zealand Ballet. [more]

He Rourou for 10 April 2008
In He Rourou today, Ana Tapiata talks to Maraea Riddell, at the recent Catholic festival, the Hui Aranga. [more]

Feature Album - Strange Days by The Doors
Strange Days, released in 1967, was the second album by the classic American rock band, The Doors. [more]

Arts Report - NZ Theatre Scene
Lynn Freeman takes the pulse of the country's theatre scene following a two day forum held in Wellington last week. [more]

Christchurch Story with Katy Gosset
Katy meets Sue Dwan who runs 'DIY Devotees' - a local business aimed at giving practical skills to women. [more]

Environment Story - Butterflies
Amelia Nurse talks to butterfly expert George Gibbs about which came first - the caterpillar of the butterfly. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With Stephen Franks and Ali Akram [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With Stephen Franks and Ali Akram. [more]

Business News

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

Markets Update
A quick market update. [more]

Midday Business News for 10 April 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 10 April 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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


Fears for Safety of Missing Christchurch Girl
Twenty officers are now searching for 15 year old Marie Davis who was last seen on five days ago on Saturday evening. [more]

Foreign Minister Faces the Fire
Questions over the ability of Winston Peters to continue in his role as foreign minister have been raised in Parliament. [more]

Capital Marks 40th Anniversary of Wahine Disaster
The 40th anniversary of the sinking of the Wahine off the Wellington coast has been commemorated throughout the day. [more]

Confusion Mars US Leg of Olympic Torch Relay
The Olympic torch relay descended into farce today with authorities in San Francisco abruptly changing the route. [more]

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

Govt Agencies to Address Emergancy Housing Agencies
The housing minister has announced a 90-day action plan to address the demand for emergency housing in Manukau City. [more]

Fears for Safety of Missing Christchurch Girl (Part 2)
The Christchurch police say someone must know of the wherabouts of 15 year-old Marie Davis, missing now for five days. [more]

Capital Marks 40th Anniversary of Wahine Disaster (Part 2)
Tony Coard was 14 at the time of the Wahine sinkin. Amazingly he went out in a tiny boat to help rescue survivors. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Myanmar Migrants Suffocate in Thai Truck
More than 50 illegal immigrants from Myanmar have suffocated to death while being smuggled into Thailand in a freezer truck. [more]

ACC Amendment Submissions
MPs have heard an emotional plea to change ACC laws, to cover injuries and illness from mental trauma. [more]

Olympic Torch Relay (Part 1)
The head of the International Olympic Committee says the Beijing games will rebound from the chaos of this week's torch relays. [more]

Olympic Torch Relay (Part 2)
Dr David Romano is an expert on the ancient Olympics and explains the torch relay is only a recent part of Olympic history. [more]

Emergency Housing Issues
The Housing Minister's plan to address the demand for emergency housing has been criticised as little more than electioneering. [more]

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

Unrest in Haiti
President Rene Preval has appealed for calm after violent demonstrations have left at least five people have been killed. [more]

Rising Global Food Prices
British PM Gordon Brown has called to initiate an international strategy to deal with the impact of rising food prices. [more]

Zimbabwe's Post Election Impasse.
Southern African countries are due to gather on Saturday to discuss Zimbabwe's post election impasse. [more]

South Pacific Earthquakes
Geologists are watching part of the South Pacific after a series of strong earthquakes struck in quick succession overnight. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Schools Stamp Out Fight Footage
Principals say students who post video clips of organised fights on the internet will not be tolerated. [more]

Airborne Text Messaging
The players involved in bringing in-flight text messaging to New Zealanders say there are hurdles in the way. [more]

Iraq - Five Years On
For Iraqis, the five years since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein have been a period of turmoil and bloodletting. [more]

Stem Cell Research to Help Stroke Victims
Scientists say they've come up with a possible new way of treating stroke victims by re-growing damaged parts of the brain. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 10 April 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 10 April 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Apirl 10 2008
Top Stories for Apirl 10 2008. [more]

Bird call. [more]

Apprentice Plumbers Taken to Task
Apprentice plumbers and drainlayers have been taken to task for having appalling maths and literacy skills. [more]

Political Support For Breastfeeding
A bill to give working mothers a place to breastfeed has been introduced to Parliament with almost unanimous political support. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Police Pleased With Two Mens Guilty Pleas
The police are pleased two men have pleaded guilty to murdering toddler Jhia Te Tua in Wanganui last year. [more]

National Party Questions Breach of Electoral Finance Act
The National Party is questioning whether New Zealand First breached the Electoral Finance Act by publishing advertisements. [more]

Tears in Court Over Guilty Pleas
There were tears in the Wellington District Court yesterday when two men pleaded guilty. [more]

Family Hope Guilty Pleas Can Bring Closure
The family of the murdered toddler Jhia say they hope the guilty pleas can bring closure so the family can move on. [more]

40th Anniversary of Wahine disaster
It is 40 years ago today that the inter island ferry Wahine capsized and sank. [more]

Rescuers Talks About The Day the Wahine Went Down
We're joined in our Wellington studio by one of the rescuers the day the Wahine went down, Bruce Mitchell. [more]

Businesses Cut Back Spending
Businesses say they're cutting back on spending, as they contemplate a hard year. [more]

Olympic torch to Light up San Francisco Today
In less than thirty minutes the Olympic torch will be on the move again, this time in San Francisco. [more]

Swimming Legend Dawn Fraser to Boycott Games
The Australian Olympic swimming legend Dawn Fraser has backed a pro-Tibet boycott of the Olympic Games in Beijing. [more]

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

The Dominion Post to be Prosecuted
The Dominion Post is to be prosecuted over its coverage of the terrorism raids in the Ureweras last year. [more]

"Drought Shout"For Embattled Farmers
Yesterday almost 2-thousand farmers wet their whistles on another fine, sunny day in Mangatainoka, at the"drought shout". [more]

Northland Maori tribe Want Tribunal to order Return of Land
A Northland Maori tribe is taking the rare step of asking the Waitangi Tribunal to order the government to return crown land. [more]

Closure For Family After Guilty Pleas
The family of toddler Jhia Te Tua say they hope the guilty pleas of two men to murdering her last year will bring some closure. [more]

The Reserve Bank Governor's Warning Against 'Overreacting'
And some economists say Alan Bollard's warning yesterday against"shutting up shop"is just an overdue concession. [more]

Forty Years ago Today the Wahine Capsized and Sank
Captain John Brown was the commander of the Wellington Pilot's launch that day and he joins Morning report in the studio. [more]

Wahine Emails
Emails from people that recall that fateful day 40 years ago. [more]

Hundred Job Vacancies Identified
Almost a hundred job vacancies have already been identified by a team trying to help workers at a Thames sawmill. [more]

Desperate Shortage of Emergency Housing
The Housing Minister meets today with a range of government agencies to tackle a desperate shortage of emergency housing. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Auckland City Council Criticised For Over Spending
The Auckland City Council is being criticised for spending more than 5 million dollars on public relations. [more]

Max Mosley Future Undetermined
International motorsports ruling body has called an meeting in June to determine the future of its president, Max Mosley. [more]


Transition Culture
Environmentalist Rob Hopkins discusses the concept of transition towns [more]

Body Parts
Professor Jean Fleming explains our lungs [more]

Body Parts (Part 1)
Professor Jean Fleming from Otago University discusses the art of breathing (Part 1 of 2 -first broadcast last month). [more]

Clue 7 [more]

Clue 8 [more]

Nine To Noon

China Free Trade Deal
Discussion about the free trade agreement with China. [more]

Young Drunks
Young drunks presenting at hospital emergency depts. [more]

Possible Repeal of the Act of Settlement 1701
Professor of early modern history from the University of Manchester. [more]

News from the UK with Matthew Parris. [more]

Pseudocide - How to Fake Your Own Disappearance
Expert at helping people disappear. [more]

Book Review
People of the book by Geraldine Brooks. Published by HarperCollins Australia. [more]

Maori issues
Potaua Biasniny Tule is the managing Director of the Rotorua based Maori internet news service [more]

David Galler is the principal medical adviser to the Ministry of Health/intensive care specialist. [more]

New Technology
New Technology. [more]

Our Changing World

Maud Island Froglets
Dacia Herbulock goes on a nocturnal visit to Karori Wildlife Sanctuary to see a new brood of froglets. [more]

Bioplastics and Eco-smart Technologies
New technologies and products that are both environmentally sustainable and economically valuable. [more]

Exercise Ruaumoko
Dacia talks to scientists involved in a simulated eruption of Auckland about natural disaster planning. [more]

Amelia Nurse meets entomologist George Gibbs at Otari Wilton Bush to talk about butterflies. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 10 April 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 10 April 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Margaret Medlyn
Top NZ Soprano singing the lead role in Struass's 'Salome' for Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra's 'Opera in Concert'. [more]

News stories:

7.5 earthquake near Vanuatu
The US Geological Survey says a 7.5 magnitude earthquake rocked Vanuatu and New Caledonia. It says the quake, which struck early this morning, was centered 85 kilometres southwest of Vanuatu... [more]

PNG's Telikom company angry over World Bank decision to support Digicel
Papua New Guinea's Telikom company is angry that the World Bank has agreed to support the multi national company, Digicel. A branch of the World Bank has teamed up with... [more]

Group of villagers in Fiji rebuild their ancient village discovered in 2006
A group of villagers in Fiji are rebuilding their ancient village discovered in 2006 in the hope of attracting tourists. About 80 people in the village of Kuku in Bau... [more]

Australia's Solomons Gold Limited secures financing with local banks
Australia's Solomons Gold Limited has secured financing with local banks to develop the Gold Ridge Project. The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reports the company proposes to develop the project with... [more]

Resources boom in PNG could become a curse: AusAID warns
The new chief economist of the Australian government's overseas aid programme or AUSAID has offered a positive assessment of Papua New Guinea's economy but warns its resources boom could become... [more]

Problem of young girls visiting foreign fishing boats in Solomon Islands being tackled
In Solomon Islands, women leaders and representatives from Ports Authority and Police are finding ways to tackle the issue of young girls visiting foreign fishing boats in Honiara. Representatives from... [more]

New Zealand travel and vaccination centre welcomes new dengue vaccine research
The New Zealand Worldwise Travellers Health and Vaccination Centre says the development of a new dengue vaccine by a Hawaiian company is exciting news. Hawaii Biotech has won a grant... [more]

Fiji's PSC yet to reveal name of New Zealander taking up Supervisor of Elections post
The Fiji Public Service Commission says it is still a week away from revealing the name of the New Zealander who will be Fiji's new Supervisor of Elections. The Commission... [more]

Marshall Islands soldier recovers in US following an attack on his Army unit in Iraq
A Marshall Islands soldier is recovering in the United States after sustaining serious injury in an attack on his Army unit in Iraq. Army private Carl Superman Reiher has lost... [more]

Finnish tourist fined thousands of dollars for chipping off moai on Easter Island
A Finnish tourist who chipped an ear off one of Easter Island's world-famous statues has been fined nearly 17,000 US dollars and told to stay away for three years . [more]

Solomons police minister rejects opposition's police assessment
The Solomon Islands Police Minister says the local police force was already in a downward spiral before Australia decided to intervene in the country with support from Forum member countries. [more]

Probe underway in PNG at Jackson's International Airport in Port Moresby
The director-general of Papua New Guinea's Civil Aviation Authority says he plans to verify reports that the VIP lounge at Jackson's International Airport in Port Moresby is being misused. Joseph... [more]

New Zealand Cabinet Minister says restrictions on journalists in Tonga are unfortunate
New Zealand Cabinet Minister Peter Dunne, who headed a parliamentary select committee looking at this country's relationship with Tonga, says new restrictions on journalists at the state broadcaster are unfortunate. [more]

PINA calls for end to Tonga media clampdown
The Pacific Islands News Association, PINA, has called for restrictions imposed on journalists at the Tonga state broadcaster to be lifted. Two weeks out from the elections the Tonga Broadcasting... [more]

New Caledonia action day planned against Goro Nickel
Kanak chiefs and environmental organisations in New Caledonia have called for a day of action this Saturday in a bid to stop the construction of a waste pipe from the... [more]

Tsunami Centre says Vanuatu quake caused only small tsunami
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre says the large earthquake recorded 70 kilometres southwest of Vanuatu late last night caused only a small tsunami. The US Geological Survey says the 7.3... [more]

No conviction a year on from Fiji killing
The mother of a Fiji teenager killed after being allegedly assaulted by security forces last year says she is frustrated that the case is progressing slowly. Eight men, seven of... [more]

Legal action off in Samoa dam dispute
A matai of Ta'elefaga village in Samoa has dismissed reports of possible village legal action against the Electric Power Corporation or EPC. It related to claims of alleged environmental damage... [more]

Tongan budget outlines tax initiaitves to cut cost of living
The Tonga government says its budget for the coming year includes a number of tax initiatives aimed at reducing the cost of living for the general public. The removal of... [more]

US adoptions of Samoan orphans spiked in 2003, says report
A new U.S State Department report shows a drop in the number of immigration visas issued to orphans from Samoa. The report, which covers fiscal years 1998 to 2007 for... [more]

French Polynesian opposition eyes Flosse ouster
The head of French Polynesia'a new outer island assembly group says if the opposition grows to 29 members it will try to oust the government of Gaston Flosse formed in... [more]

USTKE strike shuts down New Caledonia businesses
New Caledonia's USTKE union has blocked about 30 businesses in the Noumea area as part of what it calls a general strike. The action has been taken in response to... [more]

Fiji police arrest women protesting over Tibet outside Chinese embassy
Police in Fiji have arrested 17 people protesting in support of Tibet outside the Chinese embassy in Suva. Those arrested are mainly women who had gathered peacefully. Our correspondent says... [more]

Forum/Fiji group discussions raise regime's People's Charter
The Pacific Islands Forum Working Group, appointed to assist Fiji's return to democracy, has raised concerns about public statements which appear to link the timing of the elections to the... [more]

Visiting Samoa Parliamentarians not impressed by unruly New Zealand Questiontime
Samoa Parliamentarians say a New Zealand style question time is unlikely in Samoa. The Samoa standing orders committee has been in Wellington this week to observe the process in the... [more]

Warning anger over New Caledonia nickel smelter waste pipe could turn violent
There is a warning in New Caledonia that demonstrators could turn violent if the mining company, Goro Nickel, restarts work on its waste pipe. A day of action is planned... [more]

Fiji NGO says interim government likely to ignore ruling if it loses court battle
Fiji's Centre for Public Integrity says it can't see the interim regime being willing to recall parliament, even if a court ruling finds it is illegal. A case was brought... [more]

Tonga MP says continuing state of emergency to intimidate government's political opponents
A Tongan MP says the Government is trying to intimidate candidates in the upcoming election by refusing to lift the state of emergency regulations. The regulations have been in force... [more]

Britain dismisses rumours of army recruitment office opening in PNG
Britain has dismissed reports of a new army recruitment deal with Papua New Guinea which sparked huge interest in PNG because of the high wages soldiers would earn. The British... [more]