Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 15th April 2008

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Jim's Essay
We are more productive alone or in an office? [more]

The Best Song Ever Written
Superman's Song - Crash Test Dummies. [more]

Reeling In The Years
The year we visit today is 1989. [more]

OZ Streets
The figures show 3.1million people, have endured alcohol-related violence or know a friend or relative who has. [more]

Tuatara Boom
The new arrivals mark the first time second-generation captive punctatus tuatara have been successfully bred. [more]

He Rourou for 15 April 2008
Ana Tapiata was in the archives of the iwi radio station in Wellington when she uncovered this interview from 1991. [more]

Feature Album
Madonna - Like a Virgin [more]

Supersize Me
It's a world of convenience - and according to some nutrinists - it's wreaking havoc on the health of our children. [more]

Asian Report for 15 April 2008
The"MEDANZ Fest"takes place next weekend (the 25th -27th of April) in Auckland. [more]

Environment Report
Our Changing World. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
The Panel with Peter Elliot and Joanne Black. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
The Panel with guests Peter Elliot and Joanne Black. [more]

Business News

Markets Update
A quick market update. [more]

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

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


Dargaville Lightning Strike
A man has been killed by a lightning strike near Dargaville and four of his companions are in Whangarei Hospital. [more]

Roaring inflation is dashing hopes of any early cut to interest rates. [more]

Kahui Twins Trial
Macsyna King was giving evidence at the trial of the babies father Chris Kahui who is charged with their murder. [more]

National Party Attacks
The National Party leader, John Key says Labour is so obsessed with attacking him, they are forgetting about the real issues. [more]

Mahinarangi Tocker Died Toady
The singer-songwriter MahiNArangi Tocker has died. [more]

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

Noel Ingram Inquiry
A Thai immigrant says Taito Phillip Field met with her and others to decide what to say to the Noel Ingram inquiry. [more]

MP Bullied Over Tibet Comments
A Green Party MP says he's been bullied by Chinese delegation at a meeting in S.A, over comments made about Tibet. [more]

China Worlds"Biggest Polluter"
China has already overtaken the US as the world's"biggest polluter", according to a report to be published next month. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Food Politics
The National Party has accused the Government of ignoring the economy as households struggle to cope with rising prices. [more]

Police Critical of Climber
Police highly critical of climber who used a Mp3 player as only source of direction while climbing on the Franz Josef Glacier. [more]

Violent Family Deaths Review
The Government has announced it is pledging over a million dollars to set up a committee to review violent family deaths. [more]

Lakes District Health Board Criticised
The Health and Disability Commissioner has heaped criticism on the Lakes District Health Board. [more]

Search and Rescue Operation
A search and rescue operation is underway in the central North Island for seven students from an outdoor pursuits centre. [more]

Pneumococcal Disease
As the government stops funding meningococcal B jabs for children, it'll roll out free vaccines against pneumococcal disease. [more]

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

Napier Murder trial
The jury in a murder trial in the High Court in Napier has today visited a remote farm near Puketitiri. [more]

New Zealand First Coalition
Winston Peters says it's only reasonable that each and every MP in that party should sign any post-election coalition deal. [more]

Government soldiers and police have fanned out across Zimbabwe ahead of a general strike. [more]

Italy Elections
Italians have put Silvio Berlusconi back on track to become Prime Minister for a third time. [more]

Jimmy Carter in Israel
The former United States President, who helped broker peace between Israel and Egypt, has arrived in Israel. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Japanese Whaling
Japan's confirmed environmental protests in the Southern Ocean this year have dramatically reduced the size of its whale catch. [more]

Samoan March
A second march in Samoa against plans to change which side of the road people drive on has attracted huge support. [more]

Internet Genetic Tests
The public's being warned to be extremely wary of firms offering genetic tests over the internet. [more]

China Executions
Amnesty International says China has been executing more people than any other country. [more]

U.S. Pope Visit
He'll meet President Bush, address the United Nations and pray at the site of the World Trade Centre. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 15 April 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Business News for 15 April 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Midday Sports News for 15 April 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 15 April 2008
Power Shortages, Drought Relief, Marie Davis Case, Italian PM, Immunisations cancelled, Kahui Trial, Zimbabwe Election Results [more]

Riroriro - The Grey Warbler
Listen to today's bird call. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Contingencies For Possible Winter Power Shortages
Hydro lake levels are so low that the electricity industry is making plans to stave off potential winter power shortages. [more]

PM Censures Labour Party President
The PM says Mike Williams"got it wrong"when he suggested distributing government leaflets as campaign material. [more]

Morning Business News for 15 April 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Energy Planners on High Alert
Hydro power lake levels are so low that large electricity users could soon be asked to start cutting back their power use. [more]

Waikato Welcome Break in Drought
As relief to drought stricken areas, 160 millimetres of rain is forecast in the ranges east of Whakatane and north of Ruatoria. [more]

Police Search Settlement for Missing Girl
Police say Kainga locals complained of hearing a loud disturbance in the river area, including a scream from a girl. [more]

Berlusconi Back as Italian PM
In the last hour, the billionaire media mogul Silvio Berlusconi has been confirmed as Italy's Prime Minister once again. [more]

Meningococcal B Campaign Cancelled
The Governments two hundred and twenty two million dollar Meningococcal B immunisation campaign has been cancelled. [more]

Chris Kahui Trial
The lawyer for the man accused of murdering his twin sons is blaming the fatal injuries on the babies' mother. [more]

Zimbabwe Election Results Remain Secret
Two weeks on from the election Zimbabwe's high court has ruled. [more]

Regional Council Wants One Auckland Authority
Auckland Regional Council has made a draft submission to the Royal Commission of Inquiry on Auckland Governance. [more]

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

Electoral Finance Act
Controversy over the government's new Electoral Finance Act is continuing to give Labour headaches. [more]

MP's Sing For Charity
MPs last night got the chance to strut their stuff on the stage - all for charity. [more]

Energy Planners on High Alert (Part 2)
Transpower says contingency planning is under way in case hydro lakes remain low following long spells of drought [more]

Farmers Welcome Break in Drought
The Waikato is getting its first significant rain in months, with heavy rain warning for the Bay of Plenty. [more]

Used Car Market Falls
Used car sales are suffering a battering with predictions that trend could continue for some time to come. [more]

Jury to Visit Scene of Nicholas Shooting
The jury in the trial of a man accused of killing a Hawkes Bay farmer will today travel to the scene of the crime. [more]

Gordon Brown Popularity Plummets
Polls show Mr Brown's personal popularity ratings have fallen further and faster than any other British PM since the 1930s. [more]

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

National Science Panel Manifesto
A panel of leading scientists is demanding a major restructuring of how science is run and promoted in this country. [more]

Protests Cut Short Japan's Whaling Hunt
Japan's whaling fleet is expected to return home today blaming 'sabotage' by activists for catching fewer whales than planned. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

New Canterbury Irrigation Scheme
Plans are under way for another big irrigation scheme on a Canterbury river in the Hurunui District. [more]

Dunedin Grandfather Fighting Fit
A Dunedin grandfather is getting noticed for his unusual, some might say excessive, exercise routine. [more]


The Henge
Ross Smith is building his own full scale Stonehenge in Western Australia, find out how and why. [more]

Mexico Correspondent
Tara Fitzgerald is our correspondent in Central America, she talks to us tonight from Mexico City. [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 3. [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 4. [more]

Nine To Noon

Increased Customs Seizures of P Ingredients
Customs officials have reported a massive increase in the importation of key ingredients in the manufacturing of P. [more]

Dr Anna Wilson discusses Dyscalculia: A learning disability making it hard to process and understand numbers and simple maths. [more]

Controversy Over 101 Year Old Marathon Runner
Buster Martin, a 101 year old who has just completed the London marathon, is the toast of London. But just how old is he? [more]

US correspondent - Jack Hitt
Obama vs Hillary, Small town American views, The Pope visits the USA. [more]

Feature Guest - Geoff Sewell
Music impresario Geoff Sewell has in recent times had to cope with first hand experiences of autism and epilepsy. [more]

Book Review - Landings
by Jenny Pattrick. Published by Random House NZ Black Swan, Reviewed by Graham Beattie. [more]

Business with Rod Oram
Rod Oram discusses changes in the Telecom Business Structure and the launch of Freeview TV. [more]

Kaz Cooke
Australian author Kaz Cooke discusses her book 'Girl Stuff' which deals with what teenage girls really want to know about. [more]

Media Issues
Phil Wallington discusses Freeview TV, Newspaper media and where journalists get there stories from. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 15 April 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 15 April 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Dave Smith
NZ satirist and playwright premiering new work 'See You Tomorrow' 24 April, Linden Social Centre Tawa. [more]

Chris Watson
New Zealand composer and Otago University 2008 Mozart Fellow. [more]

Brent Stewart
Hutt Valley Concert Orchestra Conductor gearing up for the ensemble's 50th Anniversary concert this weekend. [more]

News stories:

Solomon Islands Prime Minister sets up an Economic Advisory Council
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister is setting up an Economic Advisory Council to ensure the country's economic management is based on sound advice and not just on political expediency. Dr... [more]

Candidates short-listed for Director-General of new MSG Secretariat
Two Papua New Guineans are among a short-list of three candidates for selection as the founding Director-General of the new Melanesian Spearhead Group Secretariat. PNG's National Broadcasting Corporation reports that... [more]

British Army soldier faces a manslaughter charge for allegedly killing Fiji-born soldier
A British Army soldier faces a manslaughter charge for allegedly killing a Fiji-born comrade by blasting him in the head with a sniper rifle in Iraq. Fiji Live online says... [more]

Activists rounded up across Indonesia's Papua province over March demonstrations
An activist for the Free West Papua Movement says Indonesian police continue to round up Papuans linked to a series of demonstrations against Special Autonomy status last month. Nick Chesterfield... [more]

March against Samoa government traffic bill gets underway
The Samoa government launched a campaign on television last night protesting against those opposed to its controversial road transport bill. It comes as the second protest march in Samoa opposed... [more]

Power outage sees three public schools in CNMI close
In the CNMI, three public schools had to send their students home early after a power outage. Koblerville Elementary School, Hopwood Junior High School and Saipan Southern High School dismissed... [more]

Fiji interim administration's charter receives thumbs down in text poll
The Fiji interim administration's charter for the way forward, being developed, has been voted against by the majority people in a three-day 'text poll' conducted by the Fiji Times. Of... [more]

Saipan Chamber of Commerce hopes regulations will address local business concerns
The Saipan Chamber of Commerce is hopeful that regulations will address local business concerns about the federalization of immigration in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas. Chamber president Jim Arenovski,... [more]

Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council meets in Hawaii today
The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council is meeting in Hawaii today - just weeks after it held its last one. The council has had to redo their March meeting,... [more]

Rota has highest per capita income in CNMI
Rota residents have a higher average income than those who live on Saipan and Tinian, according to a recently released study. The 2005 Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Household, Income,... [more]

American Samoa DOC petitions High Court for an injunction preventing development
The American Samoa Department of Commerce has petitioned the High Court for an injunction preventing local businessman Avamua Dave Haleck clearing family land. The area in question is known as... [more]

Fiji DVD retailers suffer from piracy
A Fiji DVD retailer says unless the copyright law is amended, businesses will be forced to close. Uday Singh, who is the director of Fiji's Video Ezy franchise, says because... [more]

New Caledonia's FLNKS gears up for 2009 provincial elections
New Caledonia's pro-independence FLNKS movement may hold a Congress in August as it is still to choose a president to succeed Roch Wamytan who quit the post in 2001. The... [more]

FSM launches computerised border management system
The Australian Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia has launched a new computerised border management system for the FSM. A government press release says the new system networks the... [more]

Samoans hold another march against planned road switch
A second march in Samoa against plans to change which side of the road people drive on has attracted huge support. The protest, from the centre of Apia to outside... [more]

Tonga government says democracy advocates pose continued security risk
The Tongan Government says continued threats from some in the pro-democracy movement have prompted it to maintain a limited state of emergency in the capital for an 18th month. The... [more]

Samoa broadcaster sale yet to be finalised
The Samoa government says it will open the public broadcaster for fresh tenders if the company that won the initial bid, Samoa Quality Broadcasting, fails to pay the 1.5 million... [more]

Value of Fiji text poll on regime Charter questioned
A Fiji Human Rights Commissioner says a text poll, suggesting that a majority is against the interim regime's People's Charter, gives no reliable measure of the public's view. The Fiji... [more]

Fiji vigil group escapes formal charges
Police in Fiji says the case of the 17 activists arrested for last week's peaceful vigil outside the Chinese Embassy in Fiji will be treated like a traffic offence. A... [more]

PNG landslide chokes Highlands access
Hundreds of thousands of people in the Papua New Guinea Highlands have been left stranded without supplies after heavy rains caused a massive landslide on the weekend. The government has... [more]

Samoa road switch protestors urge MPs to drop plan
A group opposing the plan in Samoa to change from left to right-hand drive vehicles has presented all MPs with letters urging them to vote against the bill. A march... [more]

Vanuatu death blamed on ignoring cultural ban
A chief in Vanuatu says a man died because the organisers of the Nagol, or Pentecost Land dive, ignored a cultural ban not to stage the event during the first... [more]

Talks continue as French Polynesia no confidence vote looms
The French Polynesian government says it is talks with the three assembly members named as possible defectors to bring down the government in tomorrow's vote of no confidence. The government... [more]

Vanuatu government removes prisoner release provision
Vanuatu's prime minister says the government has removed a provision in the Correctional Services Act which allows temporary release for prison inmates. Ham Lini assured the public and business community... [more]