Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 23rd April 2008

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Jim's Essay
Life is unfortunately not always about loving and giving but also haggling and taking. [more]

Best Song Ever Written
Graphic Designer from Wanaka chooses Redemption Song by Bob Marley. This version by Jonny Cash and Joe Strummer from the Clash. [more]

Link 3 - The Music Quiz
Did you get the Link? [more]

Principal Family Court Judge Peter Boshier
Judge Peter Boshier wants to formalize court proceedings - and says he'll jail parents who don't respect the law. [more]

Lap Belts in Cars - A Disaster Waiting to Happen?
Doctors who deal with horrific car crash injuries inflicted by lap belts are calling for the restraints to be banned. [more]

He Rourou for 23 April 2008
Ana Tapiata talks to Tuhoe educationalist Haromi Williams about the new Maori education strategy. [more]

Feature Album - Wish You Were Here
By Pink Floyd. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 1975. [more]

Virtual World
With virtual guests Helen and Chelfyn Baxter. [more]

Auckland Story with David Steemson
Dr Susan Flint-Hartle, a Senior Lecturer in Property Studies at Massey University talks about our property market. [more]

Searching for Maui's Dolphins
A WWF Survey released showed that 83% of New Zealanders support the banning of set nets and trawl nets. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
With Graham Bell and Penny Ashton. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
With Graham Bell and Penny Ashton. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 23 April 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update
A quick market update. [more]

Midday Business News for 23 April 2008
News from the business sector including a market report for 23 April 2008. [more]

Evening Business for 23 April 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


Dysfunctional Whanganui District Health Board
Whanganui DHB has been reeling from a series of critical reports, including one by the Health and Disability Commissioner. [more]

Family Welcomes Women's Imprisonment
Karma McIvor was twice the legal limit and on a restricted license when she drove off a road into four schoolgirls. [more]

Clinton Gets Pennsylvania
With almost all votes counted, Senator Clinton led Senator Obama 55% to 45% - A strong showing that could boost her efforts. [more]

Olympic Flame Arrives in Canberra
Confusion surrounds what role Chinese officials will play in protecting the torch from protesters tomorrow. [more]

Sports News for 23 April 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

New Zealand's Credit Card Woe's
Credit card debt in New Zealand has topped 5.1 billion dollars. [more]

More Eyewitnesses into the Edgewear Road Case
Lipine Sila's charged with murdering 16 year olds Hannah Rossiter and Jane Young outside a party in Christchurch. [more]

Multi Billion Dollar Potential
Wuhan is the first region to be given a trial permit for gambling on horses, which is currently illegal in China. [more]

Waatea News for 23 April 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Evidence Given in Napier Murder Trial
A ballistics expert says none the 60 rifles he tested could have fired the bullet which killed 71 year old farmer Jack Nicholas. [more]

Redback Spiders Infest Queensland Hospital
It seems the warm and humid weather has provided perfect breeding conditions for the redback. [more]

Clinton Gets Pennsylvania (part 2)
Clintons win prolongs Obama's bitter struggle to become the Democratic candidate for President. [more]

Road User Groups Put Pressure on Government
Finance Minister Michael Cullen says consumers need to realize high petrol prices look set to stay. [more]

Tongan Nobility Choose Nine Members
The commoners vote tomorrow for a further 9 members in the country's two tier system. [more]

NZRU Announced a 1.7 Million Dollar Loss
The loss and performance scorecard were announced at the NZRU Annual General Meeting at Wellington headquarters today. [more]

Internet Activists Join Strike
An Egyptian campaign is striking on the fourth of May, to protest about low wages and food prices. [more]

Sports News for 23 April 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Police and Maori Warden Presence at Funeral
The last funeral for those killed in the Tongariro canyoning tragedt was held today. [more]

Police Officer Lost His Bid
Mark Creedy went to the Supreme Court in March seeking a grievance despite being well outside the time limits for doing so. [more]

Another Free Trade Deal On The Way
The talks are underway with the Association of South East Asian Nations or ASEAN. [more]

Religious Leaders in Zimbabwe Aren't Happy
The church leaders have called for the Electoral Commission to immediately release the results of the March presidential poll. [more]

Crude Oil Hits New High
The soaring price of oil has prompted countries attending the international energy forum in Rome to express concern. [more]

European Parliment Challenges China
They say its dealings with corrupt regimes in Africa encourage abuses of human rights. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 23 April 2008
Midday Report news bulletin for 23 April 2008 [more]

Midday Sports News for 23 April 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team for 23 April 2008. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories For 23 April 2008
Jnr Doctors Strike, US Presidential Race, Contaminated Drug, Immigration Investigation, Rat Trap,'Chamblee Six', Broadband plan [more]

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

Contaminated Medicine Reportedly in New Zealand
A contaminated blood thinner from China that has been linked to 81 deaths in the US is present in drug supplies in New Zealand. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Junior Doctors Strike Claims Criticised
Doctors at regional hospitals are rubbishing claims that they could close soon due to the lack of Junior Doctors. [more]

NZ Post Pricing Changes
Recent changes by New Zealand Post means the cost of posting parcels has gone up for some and down for others. [more]

Junior Doctors Strike - Day Two
DHBs around the country are reassuring the public they're managing to cope, whilst the Resident Doctors Assn. dispute the claim. [more]

Pennsylvanians Vote in Democratic Primary
Voters in Pennsylvania are casting their ballots in a critical primary in the Democrat presidential nomination race. [more]

Contaminated Medicine Reportedly in New Zealand (Part 2)
A contaminated blood thinner from China that has been linked to 81 deaths in the US is present in drug supplies in New Zealand. [more]

DOC Rat Trap
A race is underway to trap a rat on a Hauraki Gulf island which is meant to be predator free. [more]

Inquiry into Actions of Immigration Service Boss
A new investigation into the involvement of the head of the Immigration Service in residency applications by relatives is due. [more]

"Chamblee Six"Rewarded
The NZ Police have presented a $10000 reward to the Chinese immigrants who captured the fugitive Nai Yin Xue in the USA. [more]

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

Changes in Financial Advisors Bill Criticised
The government is fast-tracking plans to regulate financial advisors, but some in the industry have criticised the proposals. [more]

Zimbabwe's Church Leaders Speak Out
Zimbabwe's Church leaders are calling for international action by UN and African countries to reign in post-election violence. [more]

NZ Rugby Crisis?
The NZ Rugby Union holds it's AGM in Wellington today and is expected to report another multi-million dollar loss. [more]

Hotel Bedtime Stories
British writer Damian Barr is halfway through a two week stint offering what's thought to be a first ever hotel service. [more]

Contaminated Medicine Reportedly in New Zealand (Part 3)
The Agency responsible for the safety of medicines says there is no risk from a contaminated drug linked to 81 deaths in the US. [more]

Junior Doctors Prepare to Strike Again
The current crisis deepened yesterday with news the doctors would strike again for two days at the beginning of next month. [more]

US Democratic Presidential Race
The heat is being turned up on the US Democratic presidential race in Pennsylvania. [more]

Elections in Tonga
The two tier election process in Tonga begins today. The 33 noble families elect 9 people to represent them in parliament. [more]

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

Kiwifruit Seasonal Worker Changes
Kiwifruit growers in the Bay of Plenty say they're being saddled with huge over plans to house essential seasonal workers. [more]

Motorcycle Safety Campaign
A motorcycle safety package has been announced, as commuters and leisure riders flock to cheaper transport options. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Tango Treatment for Depression
An Australian psychology researcher is beginning a six-week trial aimed at testing the tango as a treatment for depression. [more]

Turn Off TV Week
It's Turn Off TV Week for locals in two communities near Dunedin. And the idea is catching on! [more]


Google Earth Meteor
Geologist Arthur Hickman talks about the crater he discovered using Google Earth [more]

DVD Review
Miles Buckingham reviews 2 films by Lindsay Anderson,If and Britannia Hospital [more]

Clue 5 [more]

Clue 6 [more]

Nine To Noon

Credit Card Crunch Hits Spenders
Reserve Bank data shows dramatic slow down in new spending on credit cards, whilst at the same time debt is increasing. [more]

Junior Doctors Strike - Day Two
As a second strike is threatened next month, the Health Minister says he will not bow to pressure from Junior Doctors. [more]

How the Pentagon Grooms Military Analysts
Retired US Colonel and Military Analyst Kenneth Allard discusses his disillusionment with the Pentagon and the news networks. [more]

Feature Guest - Cheryl Koenig
Author of Paper Cranes, tells of being a Mother refusing to believe her son wouldn't recover from severe brain injuries. [more]

Book Review - Nothing to be Frightened Of
'Nothing to be Frightened Of' by Julian Barnes. Published by Jonathan Cape. Reviewed by Anne Buchanan. [more]

Music with Marty Duda
Today Marty reviews music by James Taylor. [more]

Law with Ursula Cheer
Ursula runs down the details on 'contempt of court' and legal issues which affect the media. [more]

Film Review with Graeme Tuckett
Graeme reviews school holiday movies Nims Island, Horton Hears a Who and the documentary The Real Dirt on Farmer John. [more]

Australia Correspondent - Paul Barclay
Paul discuses the Olympic Torch Relay and Anzac Day controversy. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 23 April 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 23 April 2008
News from the rural and farming sector for 23 April 2008 [more]


Patrick Nolan
Director of New Zealand Opera's upcoming season of Puccini's 'La Boheme'. [more]

Laurice Gilbert
National Co-ordinator of New Zealand Poetry Society. [more]

Te Reo songwriter on the release of his latest album 12:24. [more]

News stories:

First stage of Tonga's election begins today
The first stage of the election in Tonga begins today, when 33 nobles cast their votes to elect nine representatives to the country's 30 seat parliament. The secretary of the... [more]

A Fiji Human Rights Commissioner welcomes guilty verdict
A Fiji Human Rights Commissioner says justice has been served after three police officers were convicted in relation to the murder of Tevita Malasebe. The police had taken the 30-year... [more]

Tongan official says nobles want to be more active in Parliament
The first stage of the election in Tonga begins today when 33 nobles cast their votes to elect nine representatives to the country's 30 seat parliament Most voters in Tonga... [more]

Students detained and demonstration in Jayapura
A peaceful demonstration involving about 500 West Papuan people is reported to have occurred in Abepura yesterday. However Indonesian Para-military police and Military reportedly stopped hundreds more people seeking to... [more]

Students detained over demonstration in Jayapura
A peaceful demonstration involving about 500 West Papuan people is reported to have occurred in Abepura yesterday. However Indonesian Para-military police and Military reportedly stopped hundreds more people seeking to... [more]

Chairman of lobby group in Samoa confident court may overturn law
The chairman of the Samoan lobby group People Against Switching Sides, PASS, remains confident the courts may overturn the law which determined a change to driving on the left side... [more]

French Polynesian Human Rights League tackles anti-Asian comments
The French Polynesian Human Rights League says it will lodge a formal complaint over allegedly anti-Asian remarks by two unionists to a local newspaper last week. Cyril Legayic and Mahinui... [more]

Taiwan releases money for Solomon Islands Rural Development Project
Taiwan's Ambassador in Honiara has urged Solomon Islands MPs and Constituency Committees to ensure development funds are used in a transparent and accountable manner. George Chan made the statement while... [more]

Vanuatu's Opposition leader says criticism is unfounded
Vanuatu's Opposition says a new change to the Government Act regarding the Development Committee of Officials, or DCO, goes against the principles of the Comprehensive Reform programme. The Act was... [more]

Lobby group in Samoa pins hopes on legal action
Legal action by the Samoan committee for the People Against Switching Sides or PASS could be the last opportunity to reverse the law to switch to driving on the left... [more]

Journalists can play a part in helping deal with climate change says correspondent
A climate change correspondent says journalists can play a big part in helping deal with climate change. The inter-governmental panel on climate change projects the sea level rise to be... [more]

Legislation in CNMI calls for banning cell phone use while driving
Using a hand held cell phone in the Northern Marianas while driving would be banned if a new bill is passed. The bill would allow only hands free cell phones... [more]

Water conservation will help Pacific nations says climate change correspondent
A climate change correspondent says practical measures, like water conservation, will help Pacific nations deal with the effects of climate change better. The inter-governmental panel on climate change projects the... [more]

Solomon Islands govt minister calls for airborne mineral survey on Malaita
The Solomon Islands Mines and Energy Minister says he wants to engage a foreign company to conduct an airborne geophysical survey on Malaita Island, using a fixed wing aircraft. Edward... [more]

Review of Fiji's National Council for Building a Better Fiji raises concerns
The independence of the National Council of Building a Better Fiji has been questioned by a three-member independent group appointed to review the Council's process so far. The Council is... [more]

PNG government relaunches finance department probe
The Papua New Guinea Government is relaunching a commission of inquiry into the Department of Finance that it had shut down last Friday. There was widespread concern that the inquiry... [more]

PNG ministers meet Australian counterparts in Madang
Papua New Guinean and Australian government ministers have begun a meeting in Madang aimed at mending ties between the two nations that became frayed under the previous Australian government. A... [more]

Nauru president hopes snap poll breaks parliamentary deadlock
The President of Nauru, Marcus Stephen, says he hopes the snap election he called for this Saturday will produce a clear mandate for the incoming government. He says he had... [more]

NZ seasonal worker scheme may be tweaked over abuse by Samoans
A Samoa seasonal worker in New Zealand has been charged with sexual harassment over an alleged offence in a bar involving a waitress. The CEO of the Ministry of the... [more]

French Polynesian politician becomes minister but stays with opposition party
French Polynesia's opposition Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party says Armelle Merceron will continue to be a party member despite her decision last week to join the new ruling coalition as a minister. [more]

Greenpeace takes action in campaign to fight overfishing
Greenpeace says its activists have targetted fishing boats from South Korea, Taiwan and the United States in high-seas protests against what is says was the plundering of tuna in the... [more]

New Zealand dealer says Russia is good market for Samoa's cars
A New Zealand second-hand car importer, Henry Schmidt, says there is a ready market for Samoa's left-hand drive cars in Russia. Mr Schmidt, of Autolink Cars, recently returned from Samoa... [more]

Seven students in Papua released following arrest over democracy protest
Seven students in the Indonesian region of Papua, who had been detained by police in Jayapura yesterday, have been released. They were arrested for unfurling banners about democracy and self-determination... [more]

Tonga woman activist says poll outcome uncertain
A women's activist in Tonga says tomorrow's election of nine People's Representatives appears wide open. Up to 67,000 people will tomorrow vote for the nine popularly elected MPs, while 29... [more]

Ousted Fiji PM open to change of constitution if approved by parliament
Fiji's deposed Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, says his SDL party is considering supporting changes to the Constitution wanted by the interim regime. The interim Government wants to change Fiji's voting... [more]

Fiji court gives life sentence to two policemen for Malasebe murder
The Fiji high court has given life sentences to two police officers for murdering Tevita Malasebe. The police had taken the 30-year old man from his home in June 2007... [more]

Fiji police murder victim's mother unhappy with ruling
The mother of a man who was murdered by Fiji police officers says a high court ruling giving only two out of eight officers a life sentence is unfair. Tevita... [more]

PNG opposition welcomes government turnaround on Finance inquiry
Papua New Guinea's Opposition has welcomed the Prime Minister's decision to restart the Commission of Inquiry into the Department of Finance. The government had stopped the inquiry into corruption within... [more]

Pacific Forum to send two observers to Nauru for election
The Pacific Islands Forum is sending two observers to monitor the general elections in Nauru on Saturday, after a request from the island's Government. Nauru's President, Marcus Stephen, declared a... [more]

Restrictions on state broadcasting likely to impact on Tonga election, says journalist
Restrictions on access to critical state broadcasting in Tonga are likely to have an impact on the results of this week's election. That is the view of veteran journalist, Pesi... [more]