Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 16th April 2008

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Upbeat

Afternoons

Jim's Essay
Google Ganging. Your name and what it means to you. [more]

The Best Song Ever Written
Janice Greaterx from Palmerston North has Chosen 'Do the Alligator' by Bill Duren and the Builders. [more]

Link 3
Our weekly music quiz. Did you guess the link? [more]

Colossal Musuem Opened in the US
Just a stones throw from the white house, the towering doors first opened last weekend. [more]

He Rourou for 16 April 2008
1991 interview where Miriama Simpson sings the praises of good teachers to Iwi radio interviewer Pitipi Walker. [more]

Feature Album for 16 April 2008
Fifth Dimension by The Byrds, releaseed in the summer of 1966 it was the american band's 3rd album. [more]

The Digital World with Mr. I T
Can the Cellphone end global poverty? [more]

Auckland Story with David Steemson
The Methodist Church has been looking after Auckland's homeless for more than 150 years; Life Wires is what its now known as. [more]

Science with Jeremy Rose
The Royal Society of NZ advised the countries scientists that it's considering merging seven leading NZ scientific journals. [more]

The Panel (part1)
With John Bishop and Duncan Webb [more]

The Panel (part2)
With John Bishop and Duncan Webb [more]

Business News

Markets Update
A quick market update. [more]

Midday Business News for 16 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]

Checkpoint

Tradedy Hits Home
The six students and a teacher were swept away by a flash flood in a gorge near the Tongariro National Park yesterday. [more]

MetService Issued Warning
Questions raised today over the pursuit centre's response to the severe weather warning the MetService issued yesterday morning. [more]

Miss King Denies Accusations
The defense has tried to paint Miss King as a careless mother, she used drugs only days before the twins were fatally injured. [more]

John Key Not Impressed
Police have ended their 18 month investigation into the theft of hundreds of emails from former National party leader Don Brash. [more]

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

Principal Pays Tribute
The Principal of Elim Christian College Murray Burton is paying tribute to those killed in the flash flood. [more]

New study into Dioxons
A new study has found workers who helped make 2,4,5-T in New Plymouth have elevated levels of dioxin in their blood. [more]

Discovery of Missing Girls Items
The area has now been cordoned off and will remain so until the police have examined the items in question. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Overseas Support Staff Set to Soar
The Foreign Affairs Minister, Winston Peters is calling it a"seismic change"for our international representation. [more]

Construction Worker Charged with Murder
Murray Foreman is charged with murdering 71-year-old Jack Nicholas in August 2004 with a high-powered rifle. [more]

Parliament Conveys Sorrow
Six students and a teacher from Elim Christian College died when a flash flood swept them down a Central North Island Stream. [more]

Man Accused of Gas Explosion
A High Court jury in Blenheim has acquitted a man accused of causing a gas explosion which killed his friend in a car. [more]

Chistchurch's Violent Streak
MP Gerry Brownlee and list MP Nicky Wagner painted a grim picture of life in the South Island's largest city. [more]

28 Days in Prison for Tagging
18 year old Ford Randell was sentenced at the Hastings District Court yesterday on four counts of intentional damage. [more]

Dolphins Are Still Getting Caught
The WWF commissioned a survey of five hundred people and found 83 percent support a ban on set and trawl nets. [more]

Taiwan Relations Thawing
Activists are calling for a boycott of a major French retail chain in retaliation for the Olympic torch protests in Paris. [more]

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

Major Changes in Farming
An international report calls for major changes to farming practices to stave off a major food crisis. [more]

Pope's First trip to the US
The Pope will be welcomed tomorrow on his eighty-first birthday at a ceremony on the lawns of the Whitehouse. [more]

Doubts on Lowering Petrol Prices
Australian PM Kevin Rudd has promised that by mid-December service stations will be forced to name the next day's price. [more]

USA Remembers First Campus Shooting
Most American universities ban but students insist they have a right to self-defense by arming themselves. [more]

Fiji Public Against Peoples Charter
A poll in Fiji has found that the majority of people are against the Peoples' Charter for Change and Progress. [more]

Medical Guinea Pigs
Questions are being raised about new claims that members of Australia's stolen generations were used as medical guinea pigs. [more]

Our Galactic Junkyard
The space around our planet is surrounded by orbiting space junk. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 16 April 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 16 April 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 16 April 2008
7 Dead in Canyoning Tragedy, Flood Watch in Bay of Plenty, Inflation Rate and Rising Prices, Household Stresses in Election Year [more]

The North Island Kiwi
Listen to today's bird call. [more]

Students and Teacher Die in Canyoning Tragedy
Six students and a teacher are dead after they were swept away by a flash flood in a stream near the Tongariro National Park. [more]

Inflation and Interest Rates Prospects
Economists say there are no early signs of interest rates cuts, after news that inflation reached 3.4% in the year to March. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Students and Teacher Die in Canyoning Tragedy (Part 2)
A tragedy has claimed the lives of six Auckland secondary school students and a teacher near the Tongariro National Park. [more]

Electoral Finance Act Confusion
MPs say they're becoming increasingly confused and frustrated with the new Electoral Finance Act. [more]

Students and Teacher Die in Canyoning Tragedy (Part 3)
Police and Search and Rescue from across the Central North Island searched throughout the night for the bodies of the students. [more]

Students and Teacher Die in Canyoning Tragedy (Part 4)
Keith McKenzie is the helicopter pilot who made aerial searches over the Mangetepopo Gorge yesterday after police were alerted. [more]

Students and Teacher Die in Canyoning Tragedy (Part 5)
Grant Davidson is the Chief Executive of the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre. [more]

Students and Teacher Die in Canyoning Tragedy (Part 6)
Danie Vermeulen is the chair of the board of trustees of Elim Christian College in Howick. [more]

Canyoning and Outdoor Pursuits Centres
The New Zealand Outdoors Instructors Association's chief executive Matthew Cant discusses what the sport canyoning involves. [more]

Flood Watch in Bay of Plenty
The Kaituna River has been watched closely overnight because of fears heavy rain would see the river overflow. [more]

Inflation Rates and Rising Prices
Inflation has 3.4% for the year to March, and there's evidence to show those on middle incomes are now feeling the pinch. [more]

Household Stresses in Election Year
Higher prices and the financial pressure on households seem set to dominate politics this election year. [more]

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

Students and Teacher Die in Canyoning Tragedy (Part 7)
Murray Burton, principal of Elim Christian College in Auckland, speaks of the effect this incident will have on the school. [more]

MP Taito Phillip Field Deposition Hearing
Labour MP facing forty charges, fifteen of bribery and corruption and twenty-five of perverting the course of justice. [more]

Junior Doctors Avoid Strike Action
Resident doctors at Wairau Hospital, who've decided not to take part in nationwide strikes, as patient safety remains a concern. [more]

Tax Breaks Call for All Blacks
A former chief executive of the Rugby Union is calling for the government to provide tax breaks for top rugby players. [more]

Students and Teacher Die in Canyoning Tragedy (Part 8)
Bryan Gibson reports on the Search and Rescue teams media conference. [more]

Students and Teacher Die in Canyoning Tragedy (Part 9)
A short time ago the school held a news conference where the principal, Murray Burton revealed further details of the incident. [more]

Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuit Centre
Adventurer Graeme Dingle set up the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuit Centre in 1973. [more]

Swiss Canyoning Tragedy in 1999
21 people, including one New Zealander, died when a flash flood hit their canyoning expedition in Switzerland in 1999. [more]

Kahui Twins' Mother to be Cross-Examined
The mother of the fatally injured Kahui twins is expected to face tough questioning from Chris Kahui's legal team today. [more]

Reward Offered for War Medal Conviction
The stolen Waiouru medals have been returned but a British peer is offering more money to catch the thief that took them. [more]

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

Zimbabwe Election Run-off
Zimbabwe's opposition leader says he will take part in a presidential run-off election, but only if certain conditions are met. [more]

Summer Drought Drinking Water Issues
In Whakatane, people are having to drink sea water, because of the effects of the summer drought. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Food Scare for Australia's Olympic team
An investigation is underway after paperclips were found in chocolate muffins served to some of Australia's Olympic team. [more]

Two in Court Over Royal Gay Blackmail Plot
Two men attempted to blackmail the Queen's nephew, Viscount Linley over allegations he had performed a gay sex act. [more]

Nights

East Berlin Tunnel
Professor Bernd Stoever, from the University of Potsdam, reveals a story from the Cold War. [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 5. [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 6. [more]

Nine To Noon

Canyoning Tragedy
Murray Burton, Principal of Elim Christian College, discusses the impact of the tragedy on the school. [more]

Health Economics
Prof. Peter Gluckman and Alan Pullar discuss relationships between 'a poor start to life' and the long term economic effects. [more]

Canyoning Tragedy (Part 2)
Grant Davidson, Chief executive of the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre discusses the impact of the tragedy. [more]

Tetraplegic Air Travel
Tetraplegic Allan Pullar discusses Air New Zealand's reluctance to allow him to travel without a support person. [more]

Australian Correspondent - Ray Moynihan
The Age newspapers changing editorial content. Email spy scandal. Opposition Leader on last legs. [more]

Out-sourcing the Iraq War
Author Jeremy Scahill discusses Blackwater Security operations and the US Governments involvement in out-sourcing the Iraq war. [more]

Book Review - Speaking for Themselves
by Jan Morgan. Published by Cape Catley Ltd. Reviewed by Crystal Beavis [more]

TV Review - Simon Wilson
Simon discusses the popularity of TV crime shows, the 'Seven ages of rock' documentary and the 'Dancing with the Stars' final. [more]

Music Review - Shelby Lynn
Marty Duda reviews new and old music by Shelby Lynn. [more]

Law with Andrew Scott-Howman
Andrew discusses the legal and moral aspects of pornography in the workplace. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 16 April 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 16 April 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

Busy Kiwi off Overseas
Richard Nunns on his forthcoming trip tp Gallipoli and living with Parkinson's disease. [more]

Mahinarangi Tocker's Legacy
Robbie Duncan recorded Mahinarangi Tocker 's last album The Mongrel In Me. He talks about her legacy after her sudden death. [more]

Last Concert for Veteran
Peter Watts on his last concert as Music Director of Auckland Choral after 20 years in the role. [more]

News stories:

Government in French Polynesia set to fall
The French Polynesian assembly is set to approve a motion of no confidence which will oust the seven-week old government of Gaston Flosse. The session opened a short time ago... [more]

Tong Sang regains presidency in French Polynesia
The French Polynesian assembly has removed the seven-week old government of Gaston Flosse to install Gaston Tong Sang as the new president. 29 of the assembly's 57 members approved the... [more]

Fiji Reserve Bank reports thirteen million dollar profit
The Reserve Bank of Fiji has made a profit of over thirteen million US dollars from its operations in 2007. The profit for 2006 was $7 point 2 million US... [more]

First steps on American Samoa's first call centre
By the first quarter of 2009 Information Technologies American Samoa hopes to begin testing for its first call centre in the territory by the first quarter of 2009. The company... [more]

American Samoa to install fibre optic cable to Hawaii
American Samoa should have an undersea fibre optic connection before the end of the year. Governor Togiola Tulafono says a down payment has been made to a shipping company that... [more]

American Samoa offered cruise ship to accomodate Festival visitors
American Samoa's Arts Festival Board has received a formal proposal from a Hawaii based cruise ship company to help accommodate visitors who'll be coming to watch the display of Pacific... [more]

American Samoa Governor calls special Fono session
American Samoa's Governor, Togiola Tulafono, has informed Fono leaders that he will be calling a special session of the Fono later this month. The Governor says the session will be... [more]

Fiji police investigate death of New Zealand visitor
A tourist found dead in a Suva apartment last night has been identified as a 46-year-old man from Rotorua, in New Zealand. Fijilive quotes police as saying he entered Fiji... [more]

Tong Sang regains presidency in French Polynesia
The French Polynesian assembly has removed the seven-week old government of Gaston Flosse to install Gaston Tong Sang as the new president. 29 of the assembly's 57 members approved the... [more]

Government in French Polynesia set to fall
The French Polynesian assembly is set to approve a motion of no confidence which will oust the seven-week old government of Gaston Flosse. The session opened a short time ago... [more]

Government in French Polynesia set to fall
The French Polynesian assembly is set to approve a motion of no confidence which will oust the seven-week old government of Gaston Flosse. The session opened a short time ago... [more]

Fiji Reserve Bank reports US$m13 profit
The Reserve Bank of Fiji has made a profit of over 13 million US dollars from its operations in 2007. The profit for 2006 was 7.2 million US dollars. In... [more]

PNG hospitals alarmed over road blockade
There are fears that hospitals in the Papua New Guinea Highlands will run out of key supplies within days after a massive slip blocked the vital Highlands Highway at the... [more]

Solomons identifies site for national stadium
The Solomon Islands National Sports Council's Lands Task Force has indentified two sites for a National Stadium. The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reports the possibilities are a 20 hectare golf... [more]

PNG MP claims Chinese company uses illegal migrants in nickel project
A Papua New Guinea MP claims that illegal Chinese immigrants are entering the country in large numbers in shipping containers bound for the huge Ramu nickel mine. Ramu is run... [more]

New Zealand aims to raise international profile through more backing for Foreign Ministry
New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to increase its profile in the Pacific as part of a Government commitment to an expansion of services and facilities around the world. [more]

Summit in Samoa to consider how to advance public broadcasting
A Pacific media and human rights summit getting underway in Samoa tomorrow will consider ways to further public broadcasting. The two day meeting will also look at coverage of children's... [more]

New Cooks tourism boss aims at 40 percent growth
The new head of tourism in the Cook Islands is targetting 40 percent growth in the industry. John Dean, who is the new Australian chief executive of the Cook Islands... [more]

American Samoa to rule on rainforest use in development plan
The High Court in American Samoa is to decide how privately owned land that includes one of the last remaining stands of rainforest on Tutuila can be used. The government... [more]

Fiji Methodists at odds with interim regime over pay for foreign consultants
Fiji's Methodist Church says it is insensitive for the interim government to pay huge salaries to foreign consultants when people in the country are suffering. It is questioning why some... [more]

Fiji Methodists at odds with interim regime over pay for foreign consultants
Fiji's Methodist Church says it is insensitive for the interim government to pay huge salaries to foreign consultants when people in the country are suffering. It is questioning why some... [more]

PNG minister seeks new Highlands road access after Simbu landslide
Papua New Guinea's Transport Minister says he will re-open an alternative road to the Highland areas that have been cut off by a landslide. Heavy rain caused a massive landslide... [more]

Purse seine fishing restricted off Guam and CNMI
The advisory body responsible for managing fishing in U.S. waters in the Western Pacific has voted to prohibit purse seine fishing in federal waters off Guam and the Northern Mariana... [more]

French government hails Flosse ouster in French Polynesia
The French government has congratulated Gaston Tong Sang on being chosen as the new president of French Polynesia. The junior minister in charge of overseas territories, Yves Jego, has issued... [more]

NGO defends Council for Building a Better Fiji consultant payments
The Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy in Fiji says it's disturbed by all the criticism over the National Council for Building a Better Fiji wage issue. The interim... [more]

PNG Highlands hospitals face possible supplies shortages after landslide
Hospitals in Papua New Guinea's Highlands region says they will run out of oxygen and fuel within days if government doesn't re-open a vital road. Heavy rain caused a massive... [more]

American Samoa plans Marine Science Centre
The American Samoa Governor, Togiola Tulafono, has announced plans for the construction of a Territorial Marine Science Centre. He says the centre would have multiple purposes, including promoting marine research,... [more]