Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 29th April 2008

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Asian Report for 29 April 2008
Auckland poet Renee Liang shares how influences from her Chinese heritage have influenced her poetry. [more]

Jim's Essay
Astrology - your stars for 2008. [more]

Best Song Ever Written
Nick Cave's"The Ship Song", nominated by Annie McGrath. [more]

Reeling In The Years
Revisiting songs from 1972 with Stewart McPherson. [more]

Dealer Auction - Christopher McKearney
Christopher McKearney is auctioning more than 800 antiques from his father's estate. [more]

Un-Seasonal Workers
A large influx of winter labour has descended on Queenstown and Wanaka but job agencies say the arrivals are a month too early. [more]

He Rourou for 29 April 2008
Robin Hapi of the Maori fishing companies Sealord and Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd, talks about the NZ - China trade agreement. [more]

Feature Album
Prince's "Sign O' The Times". [more]

Tune Your Engine
The Pros and Cons of Caffeine with Terry Graham from The University of Guelph, Canada. [more]

Environment Report
Part 2 of our tracking trip to Karori Sanctuary with a DOC ranger and his mustelid detecting dog. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With Kevin List and Neil Millar. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With Kevin List and Neil Millar. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 29 April 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Morning Market Update for 29 April 2008
A quick market update. [more]

Midday Business News for 29 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]


Marie Davis Case Arrest
There were angry scenes outside the Christchurch District Court as the man accused of murdering Marie Davis made his first appearance. [more]

Food Safety Authority Report
The way the FSA handled a report on the possible health risks of drinking A1 milk led to damaging and unneccesary speculation. [more]

Tamahere Plant Fire
The use of a propane gas as a refrigerant in the coolstore destroyed in an explosion and fire has stunned the former owner of the plant. [more]

US Tax Rebates
The US the government has begun handing out a hundred billion dollars in tax rebates to people across the country. [more]

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

Party Murders Trial
Lipine Sila's charged with murdering two people outside a party and causing grievous bodily harm to eight other people. [more]

Explosives Stores Problems
A new report is highlighting a string of problems with the way the military is storing its ammunition and explosives. [more]

Reverend Jeremiah Wright
Barack Obama's former pastor has reiterated controversial statements that could further damage the Senator's campaign. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Kahui Trial
The jury in the trial of double murder accused Chris Kahui has today been watching police videos. [more]

Auckland University To Re-Instate Lecturer
An Employment Relations Authority report has ordered Auckland University to re-instate a lecturer it made redundant. [more]

Cancer Mortality Rates
Biological differences could be a reason for Maori experiencing almost double the mortality rate from cancer of Europeans. [more]

Pitcairn Island Rape Trials Compensation
The New Zealand lawyer representing 9 women involved in the Pitcairn Island rape trials wants to sue the British government. [more]

Child Discipline Bill Petition
A petition to trigger a referendum on the Child Discipline bill has failed to get enough signatures. [more]

The Fastest Broadband For Whangarei
TelstraClear and Northpower are joining forces to provide high-speed internet and other services. [more]

495 Kilogram Squid
Scientists from Sweden have arrived today to examine the 10-metre specimen, at Te Papa museum. [more]

Red Light Runners
A campaign urging people to dob in drivers who run red lights is underway in Dunedin. [more]

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

Austrian Man Imprisons Daughter
Joseph Fritzl is accused of imprisoning his daughter for 24 years and continually raping her. [more]

Eye Experts Reverse Declining Vision
Scientists say they have made a breakthrough in gene therapy which could be used to treat a wide range of sight disorders. [more]

Reverend Jeremiah Wright (Part 2)
From Washington the ABC's Michael Rowland reports. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Cawthron Research Institute On Greenhouse Emissions
Institute spokesperson Jim Sinner says farmers aren't thinking enough now about how to reduce emissions. [more]

BBC Investigates United Nations
There's evidence the UN has ignored allegations UN peacekeepers in Congo traded in gold and provided weapons to rebel militia. [more]

Bleak Outlook For Gordon Brown
He's polling the lowest of any British Prime Minister in the last 18 years. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 29 April 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 29 April 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 29 April 2008
Top Stories for 29 April 2008. [more]

New Zealand Evening Chorus in Wattle Grove
Listen to todays bird. [more]

Unpaid Carers Finally Recognised
Carers hope it will improve their incomes and protect their health and well being. [more]

Pacific News for 29 April 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 29 April 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

38 Year Old Man Charged
The Accused will appear in the Christchurch District Court today charged with the murder of 15 year old Marie Davis. [more]

Governments Power Management Under Debate
Central Otago Environmental Society says New Zealand has enough electricity - it's just not being managed the right way. [more]

Tamahere Explosion Under Investigation
The tragedy might be due to the coolstore using flammable gas than it was not permitted to use. [more]

Child Poverty in New Zealand
A major report has found close to two hundred thousand children in New Zealand are living in poverty. [more]

38 Year Old Man Charged (part 2)
The Accused will appear in the Christchurch District Court today charged with the murder of 15 year old Marie Davis. [more]

Outdoor Pursuits Centre Had No Permission From DOC
The centre has been operating on its Tongariro site, owned by DOC, since 1973. [more]

Rain, Rain and Some Galeforce Winds
Heavy rain and galeforce winds are set to hit much of the country over the next 24 hours. [more]

Vector Falling into Foreign Hands
Calls for the government to reject the sale of the Wellington electricity network to prevent it falling into foreign hands. [more]

Women Held Capive for 24 Years
The 73-year-old, known as Josef F, has now confessed to having seven children by the daughter. [more]

Sports News for 29 April 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Winters Power Worries
Transpower is due to release latest details this week on just serious the winter power situation might be. [more]

Fake New Zealand Passports
Fake New Zealand passports made in Thailand have been used to try and enter the country. [more]

Squid Defrosting Continues
The 495 kilogram squid, the first ever intact adult colossal squid to be landed, was caught in February last year in Antarctica [more]

Child Poverty in New Zealand (part 2)
A major report has found close to two hundred thousand children in New Zealand are living in poverty. [more]

Summer Drought Not Over - Farmers
Waikato has been one of the worst affected areas, where the first decent rain in months only fell about two weeks ago. [more]

New Zealand Dollar Falling
The kiwi hit a four-week high of 80.4 US cents in the middle of last week but by Friday had slipped to 77.8 cents. [more]

Public Service Hottest Seat
Iain Rennie, the deputy State Services Commissioner, has been named as the replacement for commissioner Mark Prebble. [more]

National Party Blows Whistle on Immigration
The National Party is calling for a wider inquiry into how the Immigration Service is run. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Controversial Video Game Released
Grand Theft Auto 4 is released today; the game carries a restricted 18 plus rating. [more]

"Stop Talking So Loud"
One New York man is on a crusade against bad behavior in public, including inconsiderate use of cell phones. [more]

Munster 12 All Blacks 0
The All Blacks will wind up their European tour with a mid week match against the only Irish team to ever beat them. [more]


Email Australia
We hear from the curator of an Australian museum who wants to preserve private emails. [more]

Asia Correspondent: Mahtab Haider
Mathab Haider gives us the latest Asian news speaking from Bangladesh. [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 3 [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 4: A sonic clue [more]

Nine To Noon

Insuring Unborn Children
Insurance company ING is aiming to give young parents more options. [more]

US Correspondent - Jack Hitt
Jack brings us up to date with the US elections and American entertainments baby fever. [more]

Feature Guest - Detective Inspector Steve Rutherford
Retiring after 36 years in the police, Steve Rutherford has been involved in some of Auckland's biggest cases. [more]

Book Review - Something to Tell You
By Hanif Kureishi and published by Faber. [more]

Business Commentator - Rod Oram
GST on food and fuel taxes, what can we expect? [more]

Lisa Appignanesi - Author of Mad Bad Sad
Treatment of mentally ill women from 1800 - present. [more]

Media Commentator - Phil Wallington
Media's doom and gloom fascination and 20/20 cricket "It's just not cricket." [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 29 April 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 29 April 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Tom Woods
Christchurch Symphony Orchestra Principal Conductor previews his inaugural performance with the group in the role. [more]

Julian Raphael
Organiser of Wellington Community Choir's 'Men's Singing Day' Sun 4 May [more]

Christoph Muecher
Goethe Institut director previews Human Rights Film Festival presentation of 'All Human Beings Are Born Equal'. [more]

News stories:

Value for export round logs in Solomon Islands to rise in May
The determined value for export round logs in Solomon Islands will rise on May 1st. The determined value is used to calculate the government's duty revenue from the export of... [more]

CNMI govt must pay millions of dollars into retirement fund says consultant
" An actuarial consultant says the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas government must pay nearly 52 million US dollars a year to the Retirement Fund to ensure the defined benefit... [more]

Australian organisation says RAMSI is causing resentment in Solomon Islands
An Australian organisation, AidWatch, says the regional assistance mission to the Solomon Islands focuses too much on state building, and is causing resentment. The finding comes in a report by... [more]

Fiji Labour Party president says flaws in electoral system must be fixed
The Fiji Labour Party president, Jokapeci Koroi, says flaws in the electoral system must be fixed even if it costs the party the 2009 election. The FLP says it supports... [more]

Tonga Post Office to be corporatised
The Tongan Post Office is on track to be corporatised by July and five government-owned businesses are expected to be privatised before the end of the year. Finance Minister Minister... [more]

Fiji's interim administration fails to convene a political forum
Fiji's interim administration has failed in its attempt to convene a political forum by the end of this month, through the Office of the President. The fact that a major... [more]

Solomon Islands Police Minister is in Australia for talks
The Solomon Islands Police Minister Samuel Manetoali is in Australia to meet various senior officials involved with the deployment of personnel to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, RAMSI. [more]

Papua New Guinea's Chief Secretary has been sacked again
Papua New Guinea's Chief Secretary, Isaac Lupari, has been sacked by the Somare government. This is the fifth time Mr Lupari has been given his marching orders by a PNG... [more]

Australian man from Vanuatu arrested over a 93 million US dollar scheme
An Australian citizen from Vanuatu has been arrested over a more than 93 million US dollar offshore money laundering scheme, and police also expect to arrest many of his customers. [more]

American Samoa's Congressman criticises canneries
The American Samoa Congressman, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, has criticised the canneries for failing to provide necessary data about their profitability. The information was needed to determine if further increases in... [more]

Questions over benefits to locals from PNG-Australia Forest carbon partnership
Papua New Guinea's Eco-Forestry Forum has questioned how the new PNG-Australia Forest Carbon partnership will benefit local people. The partnership was cemented last week during the PNG-Australia Ministerial Forum in... [more]

RAMSI denies inflation claim
The regional assistance mission to the Solomon Islands says its exit strategy has to be based on when it has completed its tasks, not on an arbitrary deadline. The report,... [more]

6.4-magnitude earthquake near Vanuatu
The US Geological Survey says a 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked near Vanuatu. It said the quake, centred 86 kilometres southwest of Vanuatu and 177 kilometres northeast of the Loyalty Islands in... [more]

Head of Catholic Church in Samoa calls for peace
The leader of the Catholic Church in Samoa is calling for peace following last Friday's violent brawl involving students, leaving several people injured including a police officer. One of those... [more]

Concerns in Fiji for health of its President
Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs taskforce wants the new-look institution to reconvene as early as possible because of President Ratu Josefa Iloilo's ailing health. Under the Constitution, the GCC is... [more]

Newly formed political party in Samoa not recognised
The newly formed political party in Samoa made up of twelve independent MPs cannot be recognised in Parliament despite having the required numbers under the standing orders to form a... [more]

Nauru president broadens support following snap election
Reports from Nauru say the new government of Marcus Stephen has the support of 12 of the new parliament's 18 members. This comes after a weekend snap election which was... [more]

French Polynesian strike threat over politicians' deals
French Polynesia's A Tia i Mua union has threatened to launch a general strike and block the assembly over what it calls the immorality of the political class. This comes... [more]

Bird expert spots mistake on new PNG stamp
A bird expert says Papua New Guinea's post office placed the wrong endangered bird on a new stamp. PNG field biologist, Leo Legra, says Post PNG is using a South... [more]

Pacific Arts festival to go ahead unchanged despite budget woes
None of the activities already planned for the 10th Pacific Arts Festival in American Samoa will be scaled back despite a one million US dollar shortfall in the budget. A... [more]

Fiji top chief warns against rushed decisions as VP vacancy continues
The Paramount chief of Rewa province in Fiji has said concerns about the health of the president should not push provincial councils into making quick decisions. The taskforce explaining a... [more]

Forecast upbeat about Guam economy, CNMI set to suffer
A new forecast predicts steady economic growth for Guam and tough times ahead for the Northern Marianas. The forecast was made by the First Hawaiian Bank, one of the biggest... [more]

Regional customs officials meet in Marshalls
Regional Customs and law enforcement officials are in the Marshall Islands attending the 10th annual conference of the Oceania Customs Organisation focusing on cross-agency cooperation. The week-long discussions in Majuro... [more]

Lupari dismissed amid claims of interference in PNG finance department probe
Papua New Guinea's Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari has been terminated, amid reports he interfered with an inquiry into missing Finance department money. It is the fifth time the senior politician... [more]

Samoa cabinet to discuss ways to stop school violence
The Samona cabinet will discuss ways to stop further school violence following last week's brawl in Apia. This was the concluded at a meeting between the Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele... [more]

Solomons government encourages farmers to grow rice
Solomon Islands Government is encouraging farmers to grow more rice amid soaring world food prices. The Minister of Environment made the call as the country faces a sharp increase in... [more]

Fiji interim PM appeals to critics for co-operation
Fiji's interim Prime Minister has appealed to critics of his administration for cooperation with what he says is a renewed sense of urgency. In a statement released from Singapore, where... [more]