Radio New Zealand - Friday, 18th April 2008

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Best Song Ever Written - 'My Ever Changing Moods'
Stephanie Guigou from Karori has chosen 'My Ever Changing Moods' by the Style Council. [more]

V8 Supercar Racing in Hamilton
160,000 petrol heads hanging out for the grunt and growl of V8 Supercar racing this weekend. [more]

Funeral Directors Skill Shortage
Neil Little and other funeral directors are concerned that Baby Boomers may soon have to wait in the queue to be buried. [more]

He Rourou for 18 April 2008
An interview with the late Miria Simpson, a staunch Maori language advocate, historian, writer and editor. [more]

Weekend Weather
Met Service ambassador Bob McDavitt wth weekend weather. [more]

Wots On
A round up of coming events around the country this weekend. [more]

Fresh Fast Food
Lois Daish shares her recipes. Leg of lamb braised in a bag and passionfruit posset. [more]

Sports Story
Murray Williams gives us a review of sports stories including the V8 races in Hamilton this weekend. [more]

From Age to Age
The second part of David Steemson's story of born-again bikers John and Kath Carpenter. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With Simon Pound and Tony Doe. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With Simon Pound and Tony Doe. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 18 April 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update for 18 April 2008
A quick market update. [more]

Midday Business News for 18 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]


Police Investigate Death of Boy in Foster Care
Police in South Auckland are investigating the death of a three-year-old boy while in foster care. [more]

Body Expected to be Confirmed as Missing Teen
A body discovered in the Waimakiriri River near Christchurch is expected to be confirmed on Friday as that of Marie Davis. [more]

More Red Tape for Fishing Boats
Skippers in Nelson fear their struggling industry will be hit by red tape following the damning report into the Kotuku tragedy. [more]

Marine Surveyor
Bill Maddick comments on the state of checks to small commercial fishing vessels. [more]

Thousands of Anzac Day Poppies Stolen
The burglars took 6 thousand poppies, collectors buckets and badges at the weekend. [more]

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

Super V8 Series
The sound and smell of motor racing permeates the air in Hamilton after day one of the three day Hamilton 400 event. [more]

The Pope Meets With Abuse Victims in USA
Pope Benedict the 16th has held a private meeting with some of the US victims of sex abuse by priests. [more]

Funeral in Gaza for Palestinian Cameraman
Funerals in Gaza for a Palestinian cameraman and up to a dozen others, mainly civilians killed by Israeli forces. [more]

Spotless Services and District Health Boards Reach Agreement
Spotless Services and District Health Boards have reached an agreement today to share the cost of a funding shortfall. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Congestion Charges on Motorists
Wellington Regional Council has asked the govt for a law change, so councils have an option to put extra charges on motorists. [more]

Fires Spread Smoke Over Buenos Aires
In Argentina, farmers are being blamed for fires that have left a blanket of smoke across Buenos Aires. [more]

Cancer Treatment With Magnets
Researchers in Britain say they've developed a potential new way of treating cancer tumours using tiny magnets. [more]

Bluff Fishing Community
Bluff fishing community is finding a report into the Kotuku tragedy, which saw six people killed 2 years ago, hard to stomach. [more]

Medication Mistakes Study
Otago Uni research has just been published and was carried out in 2002 and looked at 500 children admitted to Dunedin Hospital. [more]

Depositions Hearing Over Wanganui Drive By Shooting Ends
When the hearing started three weeks ago thirteen men were before the Court - by today only four remained. [more]

Zimbabwe Election Result Still Pending
MDC party was approached by presidential envoys about possible unity government the day after the election. [more]

Kenya Correspondent
Karen Allen has been following the days events in Nairobi. [more]

France's Battle Against Extreme Thinness or Anorexia
France is attempting to introduce ground breaking legislation against the promotion of extreme thinness or anorexia. [more]

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

Focus on Politics for 18 April 2008
New Zealand is facing the introduction of a complex and ambitious emissions trading scheme by the end of the year. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

PNG's Many Indigenous Languages
Papua New Guinea has many more indigenous languages than any other country, 818 of them. [more]

Country Life

Intro and Guest
New chair of the Rural General Practice Network, Kirsty Murrell McMillan. [more]

Regional Conditions
Wonderful rain soaks into the ground in the North Island and in the South Island there are long queues to get lambs into works. [more]

City Dwelling Bee Woman
Carol Downer is passionate about bees and says even city people can happily have their own hives. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 18 April 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 18 April 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 18 April 2008
Todays headline stories. [more]

Pakaha - Fluttering Shearwater
Listen to todays bird. [more]

Pointless Review, Says Former Chef Executive
An independent review of the All Blacks failed world cup campaign found the controversial conditioning programme was a factor. [more]

Lord Mayor
A string of Auckland's local authorities have finalised submissions to the Royal Commission into the region's governance. [more]

Pacific News for 18 April 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 18 April 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Body Found in Waimakariri River
The identity of a body found in the Waimakariri River yesterday is expected to be confirmed later today. [more]

Laboratory Test Charges Not Harmful, Says DHB's
There are claims the report is misleading, and the additional costs are devastating for some people. [more]

Wahine Disaster Being Blamed
It's the major conclusion of a report published by the Transport Accident Investigation Commission. [more]

NZ Jobs Heading Overseas
430 lost their job at Fisher and Paykel's Mosgiel factory, 400 ANZ National Bank staff and 50 at a knitwear factory in Dunedin. [more]

Waimakariri River Body to be Confirmed
A post mortem is to be carried out later today on the body found in the Waimakariri River yesterday. [more]

All Blacks Review Too Soft
New Zealand was knocked out by France in the Quarter-finals in Cardiff, last October. [more]

Schollum's Lawyer Backs Him Up
The former police detective is serving an eight year sentence for pack rape and abduction in Mount Manganui in 1989. [more]

Taranaki - The Best Place to Fish
Warm currents have brought an abundance of marlin, and tropical game fish never before caught so far south. [more]

Kotuku Fishing Boating Tradedy - Update
Maritime NZ, the body responsible for marine safety, has received much of the blame. [more]

Fisher and Paykel Woe's
The economic impact of the major downsizing of Mosgiel's largest employer will be felt in the ten thousand strong community. [more]

Watch Out for Fake Poppies
The public is being asked to watch out for people posing as collectors for the RSA today. [more]

MDC Leader Calling on UN
Morgan Tsvangirai is also calling for South African president, Thabo Mbeki to step down as mediator of the election. [more]

Sports News for 18 April 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Doctor Shortages
It's often claimed that New Zealand has too many DHB's, 21, for a population of 4 million. [more]

15,000 Tibetan Protestors Held at Bay
200 were rounded up and arrested, as police stopped any spectators from coming close to the shortened Olympic Torch relay route. [more]

V8 Supercars All Set in Hamilton
The excitement's building for this weekend's V8 Supercar championship in Hamilton. [more]

Waatea News for 18 April 2008
An Update from the Waatea team. [more]

Australian Correspondent - Kerry-Anne Walsh
The latest from across the pond. [more]


Cosmic Communication
Yvan Dutil, an astrophysicist at the University of Quebec, says our messages to aliens are too boring to inspire reply. [more]

Nights Conundrum
The answer to this weeks Conundrum. [more]

Clue number 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Maritime NZ Blamed
2 Children died in the Kotuku fishing boat tradedy 2 years ago. [more]

Children of Tomorrow - The Mother Factor
US clinical psychologist and author of the book The Mother Factor: How Your Mother's Emotional Legacy Impacts Your Life. [more]

Arrest of Zimbabwe Journalist
Nine to Noon's Zimbabwe correspondent Frank Chikowore is under arrest in Harare. [more]

Pacific Correspondent - Mike Field
The Latest on the Pacific. [more]

Feature Guest - Nic Frances
Social entrepreneur and founder of Cool Nrg. Nic Frances's book"The End of Charity"will be released in NZ on 24th April. [more]

Book Review - Prisoners of the Japanese
By Gavan Daws. Published by Scribe, $34.99. [more]

Music Review with Manu Taylor
Wayne Mason and the Fallen Angels, Gnarls Barkley, Charles Lloyd Quartet. [more]

Sports Commentator Richard Becht
Rugby Review, US Masters, Hamilton 400, ANZ Champs. [more]

The Week That Was
With Radar and Elizabeth Easter. Neanderthals may have had simular vowel sounds to NZ'ers says a study. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 18 April 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


A Freezing Inspiration
Three composers discuss how a trip to Antarctica can influence their music. [more]

Nicholas Braithwaite
Conductor of Southern Sinfonia's upcoming concert of Tchaikovsky's 'Pathetique' Symphony and Blake's 'Angel at Ahipara'. [more]

Chuck Speicher
American music educator in New Zealand for presentations at high schools in Wellington and Auckland. [more]

David Bremner
NZSO trombonist about to hit the road for NZ tour with trombone quartet 'BonaNZa'. [more]

News stories:

Concerns about environmental issues over PNG nickel smelter
There have been calls from two quarters for the Papua New Guinea Government to ensure waste from the huge Chinese funded Ramu nickel smelter is not dumped in the environmentally... [more]

Samoa parliament passes second stage of controversial lands bill
The Samoa Parliament has passed the second reading of a lands amendment bill which will authorize the legal sale of state lands to several villages whose people are residing on... [more]

Call centre company considering operations in American Samoa
An international call centre company, Mindpearl , says it will decide within 30 days whether or not it will set up a call centre in America Samoa. Four officials of... [more]

New trades school to open in Northern Marianas
A group led by Northern Marianas businessman Anthony Pellegrino plans to establish a trades school that will train local residents to become carpenters, electricians, and plumbers, among other jobs. Called... [more]

American Samoa people mark Flag Day
The people and Government of American Samoa are gathering this morning at Veterans Memorial Stadium to kick off the two-day 2008 Flag Day celebration marking 108 years since American Samoa... [more]

American Samoa activist looks for progress on teacher pay
The President of Common Cause American Samoa Ben Te'o is welcoming the news that the teacher salary reclassification will be on the agenda of a special Fono session being called... [more]

Nauru's Government calls snap election to end parliamentary deadlock
The President of Nauru, Marcus Stephen has today invoked his executive powers and declared a state of emergency in order to dissolve parliament and call a general election, to be... [more]

Vernaudon loses French Polynesian appeal over corrupt land deal
The appeal court in French Polynesia has upheld the conviction of the mayor of Mahina, Emile Vernaudon, for his role in a corrupt land deal. He was given a suspended... [more]

Talks in French Polynesia to form grand coalition
French Polynesia's new president, Gaston Tong Sang, is in talks with politicians of the pro-independence Union For Democracy to form a new government. This comes after his re-election this week... [more]

Inquest in Britain into Fiji soldier's death in Iraq
A coroner's inquest is due to open in Britain into the death of a Fijian soldier killed in Iraq. The court in the English city of Oxford will determine the... [more]

Marshalls landowners in dispute with US over Kwajalein base
Landowners in the Marshall Islands say they will rather lose 20 million US dollars in lease money from the American military than sign up to an unfair deal for the... [more]

Nauru's government declares state of emergency and calls snap election
The President of Nauru, Marcus Stephen, has today invoked his executive powers and declared a state of emergency in order to dissolve parliament and call a general election to be... [more]

Vanuatu catches another prison escapee
Vanuatu police have recaptured another prison escapee in Port Vila although a rape suspect who escaped detention with him remains at large. The prisoner, Bill David, slipped out from under... [more]

Chamorro call on CNMI governor to resign
A Chamorro rights group is calling for the immediate resignation of the governor of the Northern Marianas, Benigno Fitial. Taotao Tana leader Greg Cruz has told the Marianas Variety that... [more]

The WTO tells Samoa restriction on left hand drive cars may break its rules
Samoa's plans to change to driving on the left hand side of the road and to ban on the importation of left-hand drive cars have led to an intervention by... [more]

Samoa government defeats challenge to road switch plan
Samoa's parliament has rejected challenges to the road transport legislation after four hours of heated debate. This means Samoa is set to switch to driving on the left once the... [more]