Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 17th April 2008

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Jim's Essay
In this attention-deficit age of option paralysis, edutainment and in-depth headlines rather than investigative journalism, Jim talks JOLT culture and digestible morsel sized snippets. [more]

The Best Song Ever Written
Bob Renshaw of the Kapiti coast nominated Lady Godiva by Peter and Gordon. [more]

Your Place - Pahiatua
Situated in the north Wairarapa, Pahiatua was home to Sir Keith Holyoake. Visitors will notice the WWII Harvard aeroplane converted to a children's slide. Also, from WWII, the town is home to many Polish refugees and their descendants. [more]

Feature Guest - Mike Chunn
Former Split Enz and Citizen Band member, Mike is the brains behind Play it Strange, the charitable trust intent on getting music (and ukulele) into schools. A protégée and songwriter, Anna McDonald joins him. [more]

He Rourou for 17 April 2008
Today there's an interview with the late Miria Simpson, a staunch Maori language advocate, historian, writer and editor. [more]

The Arts Report
Kiwi film producer Tim Sanders talks low-budget horror while Gareth Farr and Mike Newman extol Antarctic inspiration. [more]

Christchurch Story with Katy Gosset
Tony Greig's arrested Sid Vicious and pursued Rwandan war criminals. Now, as a Christchurch barrister, he talks to Katy Gosset. [more]

Environment Story - Karori Wetas
Amelia Nurse goes weta tracking at the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary with Raewyn Empson and Matu Booth. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
Rosemary McLeod and Richard Griffin talk with Jim about the week that is and the issues that were and are. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
Richard Griffin and Rosemary McLeod talk with Jim about our issues. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 17 April 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update
A quick market update. [more]

Midday Business News for 17 April 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [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]


Fisher and Paykel (Part 1)
Emma Lancaster talks to the shocked and distressed staff of F and P's Mosgiel plant. [more]

Fisher and Paykel (Part 2)
Mary talks to F and P Managing Director John Bonguard about his company's decision. [more]

Body Found - Waimakariri River
The identity has not been confirmed, but speculation is rife that it may be that of missing teenager Marie Davis. [more]

Tongariro Tragedy (Part 1)
Mary speaks with surviving student, Daniel Adolph about what happened that morning. [more]

All Blacks Review
An independent review of last year's Rugby World Cup says in future, preparations for the tournament should be more low key. [more]

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

ANZ National Bank Job Losses
Mary talks to Finsec, the banking union and the ANZ National's GM of HR. [more]

Junior Doctor's Strike (Part 1)
Health Minister, David Cunliffe blames Junior Doctors' Union General Secretary, Deborah Powell for the imminent strike action. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Kahui Trial
Joy Reid has been in court covering the Auckland double infanticde murder trial. [more]

Naval Equipment Failure - Inquiry Findings
22-year-old Byron Solomon drowned when an inflatable capsized while being lowered from the HMNZ Canterbury. [more]

An Arab View of the U.S.
A recent BBC poll suggests much of the Middle East has a very negative view on the U.S. and their foreign policy. [more]

Fisher and Paykel (Part 3)
Government rejects claims of China free trade agreement driving manufacturing businesses off shore. [more]

Jack Nicholas Murder Trial
The widow of the Hawkes Bay farmer has been called as a witness by the defence. [more]

Tongariro Tragedy (Part 2)
Elim Christian College has begun preparations to farewell those lost in the flash floods. [more]

Hamilton 400 Super V8 Opens
NZ's biggest sporting event kicked off today with a powhiri for the teams and drivers. [more]

Junior Doctors' Strike (Part 2)
We look at the potential impact and ramifications of the strike. [more]

Jose Ramos Horta
East Timorese welcomed home their leader 2 months after being seriously wounded in an assassination attempt. [more]

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

UN Looks at Zimbabwe
A special UN Security Council meeting has turned its agenda from peacekeeping operations in Africa to Zimbabwe. [more]

The Pope in the U.S.
Pope Benedict the XVI acknowledges that child abuse scandals have sometimes been 'very badly handled' by the church. [more]

US Democratic Race - Last Debate
In the last week before the big primary, Senators Clinton and Obama have had their last debate. [more]

Olympic Torch in India
Security is tight in the Indian capital, Delhi ahead of the latest stage of the Olympic torch relay. [more]

U.S. Markets Rally
As the U.S. economy lurches closer to recession, there are signs their share market is making a gradual recovery. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Climate Change - U.S.
President Bush has called for the U.S. to halt the growth in its greenhouse gas emissions - but not until 2025. [more]

Afghan Soap
The Afghan government has ordered private TV stations to stop broadcasting five programmes that were made in India. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 17 April 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 17 April 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Midday Rural News for 17 April 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Morning Report

Ruru - The Morepork
Listen to todays birdcall. [more]

O.P.C. Closes Doors
The Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre has closed its doors for the rest of the week. [more]

Nicholas Widow
The widow of 71 year old Hawke's Bay farmer Jack Nicholas has described hearing gunshots before finding her husbands body. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Canyoning Tragedy Investigations
Four investigations are underway as questions are asked whether Tuesday's tragedy could have been avoided. [more]

Wanganui Patch Ban
A bill to ban the wearing of gang patches in Wanganui has passed its first hurdle in Parliament. [more]

Canyoning Tragedy Aftermath - (Part 1)
Central to investigations is likely to be what weather warnings were received by Outdoor Pursuits Centre [more]

Canyoning Tragedy Aftermath - (Part 2)
Steve Mastrovich, the area commander of the Ruapehu police, is heading up the police inquiry into the accident. [more]

Canyoning Tragedy Aftermath - (Part 3)
Grant McKenzie is the chair of the Outdoor Pursuits Centre's trust board. [more]

Similar Tragedies Overseas
Overseas, similar tragedies involving school students on outdoor pursuit trips have led to significant law changes. [more]

Junior Doctor Strike
A nationwide strike by junior doctors looks increasingly likely next week following the breakdown of talks. [more]

Gaza Ambush
Palestinian militants have used ambush tactics for the first time against Israeli soliders in the Gaza Strip [more]

Workers Question Dow-Funded Dioxin Research
Former agrichemical workers are questioning research showing their health isn't endangered despite dioxin contamination. [more]

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

Kahui Twins Trial
The mother of the dead Kahui twins will face a further grilling in the witness stand today. [more]

Hutt Valley High School Cleared
Allegations of schoolyard sex, bullying and drug taking has cleared Wellingtons largest school of any wrongdoing. [more]

Youth Court Calls for Community Values
The Principal Youth Court judge is asking schools to start educating young people in community values. [more]

Moffert Calls for Rugby Tax Breaks
David Moffett, who wanted tax breaks for top rugby talent to stop them heading overseas. [more]

Canyoning Tragedy Aftermath - (Part 4)
Attention is turning to the weather information which was or wasn't available to staff at the Outdoor Pursuit Centre. [more]

Canyoning Tragedy Aftermath - (Part 5)
Paul De Jong is the father of one of the students who was not among the group that went canyoning. [more]

Vitamins Dangerous?
Danish scientists are warning vitamin supplements are not healthy and may even lead to premature death. [more]

Leaked National Party E-mails
It looks like it will remain the modern political mystery - who did leak Don Brash's e-mails? [more]

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

Missing Christchurch Girl
Items that may belong to missing teenager Marie Davis have been found in a riverbed north of Christchurch. [more]

All Blacks World Cup Post Mortem
Our rugby reporter Barry Guy will be covering the release of the report today. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

MFAT Funding
The National Party's warning it may not continue a massive funding injection to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. [more]

Hamilton V8 Disruption
Major roads in Hamilton are now closed to traffic in preparation for the first day of racing tomorrow. [more]

New Zealanders Sound Like Neanderthals - Study
Neanderthals have spoken out for the first time in 30,000 years, and - in a New Zealand accent. [more]


Chinese Spectacular
Vina Lee is the principal dancer in the Devine Performing Arts Chinese Spectacular on in Auckland tonight. [more]

World Weather
Erick Brenstrem from the metservice looks at world weather and the latest happenings in NZ. [more]

Clue number 7. [more]

Clue number 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Canyoning Tragedy
Mother of Survivor, Vasanti Proctor talks to Kathryn about the events and Peter Kreft from the met service. [more]

Buck Shelford on Prostate Cancer Screening
Former All Black who has battled lymphoma on his bid to get more men to get their prostates checked. [more]

UK Correspondent Jon Dennis
Jon Dennis brings us the latest news from the UK. [more]

Beautiful Boy
David Sheff is a US journalist and author of Beautiful Boy, a fathers journey through his sons methamphetamine addiction. [more]

Book Review - Miracles of Life
Miracles of Life by J G Ballard. Published by 4th Estate. [more]

Maori Issues
Malcolm Mulholland looks back at the career of Mahinarangi Tocker, who died this week following an asthma attack. [more]

Rugby World Cup Report
Barry Guy takes us through the report that explains why the All Blacks didn't win the world cup. [more]

Making a Living From Art
Sofia Minson is a young Auckland artist making a living from her art. [more]

Fisher and Paykel Closure
Fisher and Pykel are moving production offshore, resulting in significant job losses in Dunedin. [more]

New Technology
Colin Jackson talks computer monitors. [more]

Our Changing World

Butterflies (Part Two)
Entomologist George Gibbs on New Zealand butterflies. [more]

Antarctica Panel
Protecting Antarctica: a discussion on environmental issues facing the continent. [more]

Tracking Weta
Giant Cook Strait Weta with radio transmitters at the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary. [more]

Science Journals: One or Seven?
The pros and cons of combining NZ's science journals into a single online resource. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 17 April 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Amazon Sounds
With experimental sound designer Sam Hamilton. [more]

Fresh New Sounds From the Mainland
Christchurch musician Lauren Mitchell discusses her new CD Debut. [more]

News stories:

Samoa police probe into missing funds takes in Ministry of Finance and Audit
Investigations by Samoa police into alleged misappropriation of funds in the Ministry of Police accounts section has included the Ministry of Finance and the government's audit office. A police source... [more]

US ambassador urges Fiji to return to "rule of law' principles
The outgoing US ambassador to Fiji, Larry Dinger, has criticised the interim government's actions against prominent foreign investors, including Fiji Water, which he says have hightened concerns about a level... [more]

Fall off in visitors to Northern Marianas
Visitor arrivals to the Northern Marianas went down in March 2008 after four straight months of growth, according to the Marianas Visitors Authority. Arrival numbers slumped to 32,349 in March... [more]

More delays in transfer of prisoners to Saipan's new prison
The planned transfer of inmates and detainees to a new prison in Saipan in the Northern Marianas has been delayed by damage to the facility's air-conditioning units. The Saipan Tribune... [more]

PNG Disaster Management officers assess landslide damage
The National Disaster Management office in Papua New Guinea says it will today assess the damage a landslide has caused in the Highlands regions. Heavy rain caused a massive landslide... [more]

Auckland lawyer to supervise Fiji elections
An Auckland lawyer Dr Maurice Coughlan has been confirmed as Fiji's new Elections Supervisor. Dr Coughlan has reportedly no experience in electoral systems, but the Constitutional Office Commission chairman, Rishi... [more]

PCRC critial of Fiji regime's approach to changing electoral system
The Suva-based Pacific Concerns Resource Centre in Fiji says it's opposed to the interim Government's plans for a public forum to discuss possible constitutional amendments. The interim regime's National Council... [more]

Palau proposes tuna export ban by 2012
The President of Palau, Tommy Remengesau, has proposed a bill which prohibits the commercial export of highly migratory fish and bans foreign fishing vessels from Palau waters. The President says... [more]

French president welcomes French Polynesia's change of leadership
The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has congratulated Gaston Tong Sang on becoming the president of French Polynesia following a motion of no confidence that ousted the seven-week old government of... [more]

Niue hotel complex won't be ready for Pacific Islands Forum summit in August
The premier of Niue, Young Vivian, says a hotel and golf course development will probably not be finished in time for the Pacific Island Forum summit in August. Mr Vivian... [more]

New Fiji election supervisor focuses on communication needs
Fiji's newly appointed Elections Supervisor, Auckland lawyer, Dr Maurice Coughlan, says a key challenge will be bringing people together through improved communication. Dr Coughlan is due to take up his... [more]

New Caledonia dengue now affects 400 people
In less than three months, more than 400 people have been struck by dengue fever in New Caledonia. 15 to 20 people every day are contracting the disease since the... [more]

Broke CNMI government drops power subsidy
The Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Benigno Fitial, says the administration is broke and can no longer subsidise the fuel purchases of the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation. The... [more]

Temaru offers resignation as French Polynesia's assembly president
The president of the French Polynesian assembly, Oscar Temaru, has offered to resign following the opposition's success in ousting the government in a no-confidence vote this week. Mr Temaru says... [more]

Ousted Fiji opposition leader calls for boycott of forum on electoral change
Fiji's ousted opposition leader, Mick Beddoes, is calling for a boycott of a public forum which is being proposed to discuss electoral changes. This comes after the interim regime's National... [more]

Koniambo site in New Caledonia's north blocked by truckers' action
Disgruntled truck drivers have blocked the access to a construction site in New Caledonia's north where the Koniambo nickel plant is to be built. A regional employers' group says the... [more]

Iraq deployment fuels problems among American Samoan veterans
A team from the Veterans Administration in Honolulu is in American Samoa to assess the need for counseling services for veterans and their families. Team leader Filipe Salas says the... [more]

Little hope for broadening of French Polynesian government
A French Polynesian opposition assembly member, Sabrina Birk, says she doubts President Gaston Tong Sang will succeed in his bid to broaden his government. He called for members of other... [more]

New Caledonia visitors warned to take precautions against dengue
Holiday makers travelling to New Caledonia are being advised to take precautions against mosquitoes as the dengue fever epidemic continues. More than 400 people have been struck by dengue fever... [more]

Solomons police cleared over Aruligo incident
The Solomon Islands Police Force has cleared itself of any wrongdoing over reports that police officers mistreated members of the public in an incident last month in West Guadalcanal. Local... [more]

PNG leader assures that work on huge gas pipeline about to start
The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Sir Michael Somare, says his Government is committed to the huge project to pipe gas from the Southern Highlands to a terminal near... [more]

Diplomats in Fiji ask for explanation on call for forum on electoral changes
Diplomats in Fiji want a meeting with the country's interim foreign affairs ministry after a call for a public forum to discuss electoral changes. The interim regime's National Council of... [more]