Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 1st May 2008

This page lists items from RNZ that are available online. RNZ didn't start regularly putting both its audio and news content online until 2008. From 2002-2007 written news items (particularly from RNZ International) were placed online. You can access items prior to 2002 on the historic page.

This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Radio New Zealand YouTube, Rural News, Upbeat


Jim's Essay
The wonderful world of your brain and how it works. [more]

Best Song Ever Written
For Derek Milne of Nelson it's 'Road to Peace' by Tom Waits. [more]

Your Place - Helensville
With Wynne Haysmith, Duncan McNab and Alan Pengelly. [more]

Feature Story - Methamphetamine
Mike Sabin is Director of the Methamphetamine education provider, Methcon Group. [more]

Opotiki - Mayor John Forbes
Various groups are working towards transforming 3,800 hectares of open sea into a viable business venture. [more]

He Rourou for 1 May 2008
Ana Tapiata continues her talk with Father Piripi Cody, about the Maori Catholic festival known as the Hui Aranga. [more]

Feature Album - Superfly
Curtis Mayfield's 1972 soundtrack album for the blaxploitation film of the same name. [more]

Arts Report
Featuring army artist Matt Gauldie and Wellington's Toi Poneke art centre. [more]

Christchurch Story with Katy Gosset
Katy Gosset pays a visit to the city's Jigsaw Puzzle Library. [more]

Science Story with Dacia Herbulock
Scientists have now finished their examination of the world's largest known colossal squid at Te Papa. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With Matt Lawrey and Michelle Boag. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With Matt Lawrey and Michelle Boag. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 1 May 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Morning Market Update for 1 May 2008
A quick market update. [more]

Midday Business News for 1 May 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]


Sydney Boating Collision
14 people were crammed on board a half-cabin runabout which collided with a lobster boat just before three o'clock this morning. [more]

Methamphetamine Ingredients
Justice Minister Annette King concedes current efforts to reduce the availability of P are not having an impact. [more]

Flight of the Conchords
The New Zealand folk-comedy duo has soared into the US pop charts at number three. [more]

150th Anniversary of Kingitanga
Hundreds of people have gathered to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Kingitanga, a movement formed to unify Maori. [more]

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

Party Murders Trial
A jury's heard how one of the teenagers hit by a car outside the party could see the driver's angry face before she was hit. [more]

Online Organ Donor Register
A new online organ donor register has been labelled unfair and unethical by Organ Donation New Zealand. [more]

Staged Death
An Auckland man who's wife received an insurance pay out after he faked his own death has pleaded guilty to fraud charges. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

First Time Sex Offenders
A psychologist who works with child sex offenders believes it's wrong to send them to jail for their first offence. [more]

Power Shortages Questioned
Transpower says emergency measures are being developed but hopes they will not be needed. [more]

Sydney Boating Collision (Part 2)
Four women and a man, all in their late teens or early 20s died, while nine others remain in a city hospital. [more]

Zimbabwe Presidential Election
Later tonight election officials in Zimbabwe are set to verify results from the March presidential election. [more]

Pixie Dust
The idea of a powder that can re-grow fingers would generally be met with distrust. Not for one man in the US. [more]

Young Boys Found Responsible For Fires
The fires ranged in size from scrub fires to an attack on Waitara High School which cost 20 thousand dollars. [more]

10-80 Poison Drop In Botanic Gardens
Police are investigating who was behind a stunt at Christchurch's main gardens which saw it shut for over two hours today. [more]

Employment Relations Authority Dispute
The University of Auckland has come out on top in its latest Employment Relations Authority dispute. [more]

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

Protecting Privacy
A warning comes from the Privacy Commissioner who says individuals and organisations need to be vigilant in protecting privacy. [more]

Londoners To Elect New Mayor
The race pits two colourful politicians against each other. [more]

Couple Cleared Of Blame
A couple who have been fighting for 14 years to be cleared of blame in a fatal bridge collapse have won a major legal battle. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

US Central Bank Rates Cut Ends
Inflation concerns continue to compete with the threat of a US recession. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 1 May 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 1 May 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 1 May 2008
Breakthrough treaty deal, Waihopai protesters, an Emotional Reunion and the latest in sport. [more]

Tara - White Fronted Tern
Listen to todays bird call. [more]

Building Consents Dropping
Last month, permits for new homes fell by 25 percent compared to the same period last year. [more]

Pacific News for 1 May 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 1 May 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Spy Base Protestors Driven By 'A Religious Need'
The three men are remanded in custody after deflating one of the domes covering a satellite dish at the Marlbourgh base. [more]

New Zealand's Prison Population Growing
The Minister of Corrections, Phil Goff, says that reflects a toughening in sentencing for serious crimes. [more]

Waihopai Spy Base Protesters
The three men damaged a dome covering a satellite dish at the base, and have been remanded in custody. [more]

Prison Population Doubled, Corrections Report
This comes as overall levels of crime drops, with the exception of violent offences. [more]

Breakthrough Treaty Settlement
The Crown will return one hundred and 76 thousand hectares of forestry land to a collective of seven iwi. [more]

PCP Causing Serious Health Issues for Sawmill Workers
Our forestry reporter, Ian Telfer has been looking into the study. [more]

Big Business Gets a Break
The Government is considering toning down part of its climate change policies. [more]

Sports News for 1 May 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Emotional Reunion
Six children of Austrian man Joseph Fritzl have had an emotional reunion in hospital. [more]

US Federal Reserve Cuts Interest Rates
It follows a series of cuts, which has seen interest rates in the US fall from 5 point two five percent to just 2 percent today. [more]

Animal Kingdom's Biggest Eye
The latest parts of the thawed 495kg Squid to come under the scientist's scalpel at Te Papa. [more]

Waihopai Protesters - ANZAC Ploughshares
So who is the group Anzac Ploughshares that has claimed responsibility for the attack on the spy base? [more]

New Zealand Jails Filling up Fast
In 1987 there were 91 inmates for every hundred thousand people, it's now double that. [more]

Historic Treaty Deal Likely
Former Treaty Negotiations Minister Sir Douglas Graham joins Morning Report. [more]

Humble Telephone in the Front Lines
Up to a quarter of Telecom's profits are from residential services, but it's taking a hit as its rivals turn up the heat. [more]

Boat Crash in Sydney Habour
The accident happened about 4:30am New Zealand time near Bradley's Head on Sydney's North Shore. [more]

Waatea News for 1 May 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

New Olympic Uniforms on Show
A leading designer says they're dull, boring garments, and an opportunity to showcase our athletes to the world has been missed. [more]

Full Steam Ahead for Miniature Railway
The Labour Department almost shut it down. [more]

Cervical Cancer Vaccination
The Government is to spend more than 150 million dollars over the next five years on vaccinating girls against cervical cancer. [more]


A Picture Of A Geisha
Ogino Naoyuki is a photographer who has captured the spirit of the geisha community in Kyoto with his pictures. [more]

Hamish Campbell from GNS Science talks about space rocks which are a bit closer to us than we'd like. [more]

Clue number seven. [more]

Clue number eight. [more]

Nine To Noon

Te Papa vs Otago Museum
Te Papa owe Otago Museum around $4,000. Shimrath Paul, Chef Executive of Otago Museum says they haven't received anything. [more]

Biofuel Debate Rages On
George Monbiot, best selling author, Guardian newspaper columnist and outspoken environmentalist. [more]

Ritalin - Dangerous?
Dr John Skinner, pediatric cardiologist and children's heart rhythm expert and Dr Tony Hanne Auckland GP specializing in ADHD. [more]

UK Correspondent - Matthew Parris
The heat is on in London as the race for mayor gets interesting. [more]

Feature Guest - Stan Brock
Founder of Remote Area Medical and former costar of the 1960's TV show Wild Kingdom. [more]

Book Review - The Crocus Hour
By Charlotte Randall. Reviewed by Laura Fergusson and published by Penguin Books. [more]

Maori Issues
Maori educationalist Hana O'Regan discusses the Maori language in our community. [more]

Health and Disability Commissioner Ron Patterson looks at quality of care. [more]

New Technology
Colin Jackson looks at smart phones. Check out Colin's technology links. [more]

Our Changing World

Colossal Squid
Dacia monitors the defrosting and examination of the world's largest squid. [more]

Crete, the Mustelid Dog
Sniffing out any rogue weasels at the Karori Sanctuary. [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Weasel Catching at Karori Wildlife Sanctuary
A weasel was sighted in the sanctuary in February, staff were prepared and a trapping plan swung into action. The weasel was caught but they had to be sure it was the only one and called in a bio-security team. This video is part of the Our Changing World Programme on 1 May 2008 [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 1 May 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 1 May 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Peter Walls
NZSO CEO speaks about the ensembles recently revealed Maori name and upcoming Made In NZ concert. [more]

Ken Joblin
Organist and former Seminarian of St Mary Immaculate, Tauranga - arranged for NZ's oldest Hobday organ to be bought by the church. [more]

Anthony Ritchie
NZ composer currently in Paris speaks about his 2nd Symphony being podcast on RNZ Concert this month. [more]

News stories:

American Samoa establishes Visitor's Bureau
American Samoa has now established its Visitor's Bureau to better promote tourism. Governor Togiola Tulafono signed into law the bill on April 25, to establish the semi-autonomous agency of the... [more]

CNMI's Department of Commerce not in a postition to dictate price controls on rice
The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Department of Commerce says it is taking a hands-off approach in the continued increase in the local price of rice. Rice is a staple... [more]

American Samoa's South Pacific Express Incorporated grounds flights
American Samoa's South Pacific Express Incorporated is grounding flights for the next two weeks while it obtains approval to operate under New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority regulations. SPEX operated its... [more]

Samoa govt offers to fund overseas treatments for seriously injured student
The Samoa government has offered to fund overseas treatments in New Zealand for a female student suffering severe burns from a petrol bomb attack in last week's schools violent brawl. [more]

PNG police launches new policies on gender equality and HIV/AIDS
Papua New Guinea's Royal Constabulary is launching two new policies to promote and advocate gender equality and HIV/AIDS awareness in the police force . Police Commissioner Gary Baki says the... [more]

High Court in American Samoa issues interim order on landowner
The High Court in American Samoa has issued an interim order stopping landowner, Avamua Dave Haleck, from clearing or developing the Tafuna rainforest. The order was in response to a... [more]

New Caledonian appeal against Vili acquittal
The public prosecutor in New Caledonia has lodged an appeal against last week's acquittal of a Wallisian man, Laurent Vili, who had been tried for the alleged murder of a... [more]

Calls for Fiji's interim government to help struggling businesses
The Fiji Islands Hotel and Tourism Association says the Interim Government can do more to help hotels and resorts cope with rising fuel, food and tax bills. About 50 construction... [more]

Fiji Teachers Union president criticises Trades Union Congress executives
The Fiji Teachers Union president is criticising Trades Union Congress executives for also holding board positions under the interim government. Some executives of the umbrella union, The Trades Union Congress,... [more]

Team of heart specialists from New Zealand will be in Samoa in July
Another team of heart specialists from New Zealand will be in Samoa in July to conduct open heart surgery for patients with heart conditions. At 15 pateints are set to... [more]

Cook Islands people being warned about manganese nodule scam
The Cook Islands government has warned the public about a campaigner promising people billions of dollars if the offshore manganese nodules are used as collateral on the futures market in... [more]

French CGT union denounces New Caledonian jail terms for 23 USTKE members
A leading French union, the CGT, has denounced last month's court decision in New Caledonia which gave 23 members of the mainly Kanak USTKE union jail terms of up to... [more]

CNMI immigration to be federalised
A bill federalising the immigration system in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas is now only one step away from being law. The U.S. House of Representatives has approved the... [more]

PNG police tries to get more women into force
Papua New Guinea's Police Commissioner Gary Baki says increased female police recruitment would benefit the Royal Constabulary. The Constabulary is launching two new policies, the Equal Employment Opportunity and HIV/AIDS... [more]

Australian kayaker off around PNG
An Australian teacher is today setting off on a 4,000 kilometre sea kayak expedition around Papua New Guinea to raise awareness about climate change. Andrew Hughes, who plans to paddle... [more]

Aloha Air shutdown hits Hawaii farmers
Farmers in Hawaii are among those who have been affected by the sudden closure of Aloha Air's cargo operation. Aloha closed its profitable air freight business this week, after its... [more]

Wife of RAMSI official fined for drugs possession in Solomons
An Australian woman, whose husband has a senior position within RAMSI in Solomon Islands, has been fined for drug possession. Louise Kelly was fined 40 US dollars by a Honiara... [more]

British PM to get petition on 45th anniversary of Papua occupation by Indonesia
The British-based Free West Papua Campaign plans to deliver a Petition to the Prime Minister Gordon Brown to mark May 1st, the 45th anniversary of Indonesia's occupation of West Papua. [more]

Cook Islands opposition party finds instant wealth proposal unrealistic
The Cook Islands Opposition Leader, Tom Marsters says the proposal by a Sydney based New Zealander promising instant wealth for the country is very questionable. Bruce Ruatapu Mita is promising... [more]

Hilary Clinton promises to make Guam a priority if she becomes US President
American Democratic presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton is promising she would appoint a special representative from Guam to the Defense Department, if elected. The Clinton campaign says in a statement this... [more]

Fiji interim leader attacks media on eve of World Media Freedom Day
Fiji's interim Prime Minister has warned the country's media that it is getting close to the point where the current system of self regulation needs to be seen as a... [more]

West Papuan activists mark 45 years of occupation by Jakarta
The West Papua National Coalition of Liberation says Indonesia can point to little in the way of progress in the Papua region since its occupation in 1963. West Papuan activists... [more]

French Polynesian government re-shuffled and expanded
The French Polynesian president, Gaston Tong Sang, has re-shuffled and expanded his government less than two weeks after it was formed. He has given the works ministry to a new... [more]

Nauru Government eyes constitutional changes to bring political stability
The Nauru government of Marcus Stephen, re-elected last weekend with an effective majority of five votes, wants to quickly institute changes to make political instability less likely. President Stephen called... [more]

Leading Pacific NGO slams Fiji interim regime's push for forum on electoral reform
The Pacific Concerns Resource Centre or PCRC has criticised a move to reform Fiji's electoral system. The interim government says Fiji's president has approved the call to set up a... [more]

Fiji interim leader in slanging match with SDL party official
Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has hit back at criticism by the general secretary of the ousted SDL Party, Peceli Kinivuwai. The SDL has been dismissive of the... [more]

Cook Islands Opposition finds nodule futures scheme incredible
The Cook Islands Opposition Leader, Tom Marsters, has joined the Government in dismissing a proposal promising instant wealth for the country. Sydney based New Zealander, Bruce Ruatapu Mita, is promising... [more]