Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 14th May 2008

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Jim's Essay
Is this the end of the world as we know it? The English-speaking world at least. [more]

The Best Song Ever Written
Tower Of Power - Only So Much Oil In The Ground. [more]

Link 3
The Link3 music game, where we ask you to ascertain the connection between three songs we play. [more]

Second Hand Wedding
Second Hand Wedding, is the directorial debut of Wellington filmaker Paul Murphy. [more]

He Rourou
In He Rourou today, Ana Tapiata talks to spokesperson Ope Maxwell about the requests that she receives from around the country. [more]

Feature Album
Our Feature Album today was the second LP from Wellington band, the Avengers - called Medallion. [more]

Virtual World
Mr IT, Hamish MacEwan joins us for his highly informed chronicling of the rapidly accelerating culture of digital doings. [more]

Auckland Story
The Auckland Writers And Readers Festival is back. [more]

Enironment Report
More efficient engines. Clean coal technology. Thermal solar turbines. [more]

The Panel (part1)
The Panel Part 1. [more]

The Panel ( Part 2)
The Panel part 2. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 14 May 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Midday Business News for 14 May 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


Patient Safety at Risk in GreyMouth
An inquiry is underway into Greymouth's public hospital after claims from a senior doctor there that patient safety is at risk. [more]

Patient Safety in Question
Our Health Correspondent, Karen Brown, has the details behind the allegation that Dr Forbes has made about safety. [more]

Race Against Time in China
The 7.9 magnitude quake in China's south-west province of Sichuan is the country's worst for three decades. [more]

Good News For Home Owners
Good news for many home owners today, with the remaining major banks dropping their key two-year lending rates. [more]

Crushing Victory For Clinton
In the United States, Hillary Clinton has scored a crushing victory in the West Virginia primary. [more]

Advertisers Makes Light of Escape
Advertising agencies are making light of an inmate's escape from Auckland's Mt Eden prison. [more]

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

Minister Knew Concerns With Former Head
Clayton Cosgrove has revealed he was told of concerns about the actions of the former head of the Immigration Service last year. [more]

South Island Communities Fearing for Futures
PPCS meatworks company conceded more of its plants are almost certain to close. [more]

Judge Reserves Decision Over Electoral Finance Act
A judge has reserved his decision after a day of legal argument over the Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union's status. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Police Giving Evidence Against Their Own
The police in Auckland have been giving evidence against one of their own. [more]

Sex Victims Disadvantaged
Women's organisations are backing calls for changes to the way sexual abuse complainants are treated in court. [more]

Rescuers Desperately Searching For The Survivors
The quake, which struck on Monday, has devastated cities across the huge province of Sichuan. [more]

Fishermen Becoming Endangered
Fishermen claim it's they who are becoming endangered not the fish and they're blaming the government's drive on sustainability. [more]

Bomb Blast Responsibility Unknown
The devices were detonated close to historic monuments during one of the busiest times of the day. [more]

Concern Over Selective Logging
Forestry management company Timberlands has resource consent to take the treess and locals fear the work will start soon. [more]

Cyclone Victims Need Supplies Urgently
Myanmar still needs to get urgently needed supplies to more than a million cyclone victims. [more]

Chemical Residues Over Legal Limit
The Food Safety Authority has found chemical residues on some fruit and vegetables are three times over their legal limit. [more]

Red Light Cameras For Auckland
Running red lights in Auckland causes hundreds of accidents a year - and the city's council say its clamping down on it. [more]

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

Australia Labour Party's First Budget
Australia's new Labour government has delivered its first budget, now the assessments are flooding in. [more]

USPresident in Israel For 60th Anniversary
He wants to bring about a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians before his term in office expires. [more]

Water Shortage in Spain
A severe water shortage has seen Barcelona has become the first major European city to have to import water supplies. [more]

Istanbul May Become Heritage Site
Istanbul should know later this week whether it'll be labelled a heritage site 'in danger', by UNESCO. [more]

UFOs in The Skies Over Britain
Now after a Freedom of Information request the Ministry of Defence is opening up its files on the subject. [more]

Lucian Freud Portrait Has Sold For 44 Million
The price is a world record for a work by a living artist. [more]

Why do People Really Visit Paris?
A book called The Guide to the Pretty Women of Paris provides tourists with tips about where to best to ogle beautiful females. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 14 May 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 14 May 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories For 14 May 2008
Death toll to rise in china, former immigration head under investigation, Oringi meat plant closes and sport. [more]

Little Spotted Kiwi
Listen to this mornings bird call. [more]

GP Computer Glitch (part 1)
The company which produces prescription software for GPs is refusing to take the blame for a computer error. [more]

Pacific News for 14 May 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 14 May 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Electoral Finance Act in the High Court
Opponents of the controversial Electoral Finance Act head to court today to challenge the new rules. [more]

Death Toll After Earthquake Set to Rise
Rescue efforts are being hampered by heavy rain and badly damaged roads. [more]

Predictions of Further Meat Plant Shut Downs
The meat company PPCS plans to close its Oringi plant near Dannevirke, with the loss of 450 jobs. [more]

Former Head of Immigration Being Investigated
The National Party leader John Key says something murky is going on. [more]

Government Digs Deep to Upgrade Railways
The Govt has been waiting to settle the deal with Toll Holdings before committing itself to further investment in the track. [more]

Morning Sports News for 14 May 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Waitangi Elder Rethinking Waitangi Day Visitors
Gang members from the Tribesmen gangsters and the Killer Beez, were among those welcomed at Waitangi this year. [more]

Child Traffickers Prey on Myanmar's Young
Already there have been reports of the Myanmar military confiscating foreign aid and selling it on the black market. [more]

Act Party Up in Arms Over Tax Thresholds
New Zealanders on the average wage need a weekly tax cut of 35 dollars just to break even, according to the Act Party. [more]

Will Food Prices Ever Come Down?
According to Statistics New Zealand the cost of food increased by 0.3 percent in April. [more]

Rescuers in China Racing Against Time
Chinese people living in New Zealand are raising money to send home some kind of relief to the victims of the earthquake. [more]

Lack of Grazing Caused Meat Plant Closure
PPCS's plant near Dannevirke will shut its doors. [more]

New Price Deal Won't Help Electricity Consumers
The Commerce Commission accepted Transpower's offer in return for a greater say over future investments in the national grid. [more]

Australia's First Budget Under Kevin Rudd
The budget forecasts a 22 billion dollar surplus and tax cuts of 47 billion dollars. [more]

Clinton Set to Win West Viginia
Obama is focusing on the bigger picture and November's election against Republican Senator John McCain. [more]

Morning Market Update
A quick market update. [more]

GP Computer Glitch (part 2)
An external review by the Ministry of Health is being launched to investigate the claims. [more]

Tonga's Coronation Week - 4 Million Dollars
The celebration includes sports and culture, a traditional coronation over kava then a western styled crowning ceremony. [more]

Waatea News for 14 May 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Royalty Scheme for Resold Artwork
The Bill introduced to Parliament yesterday has been criticized as lazy, incompetent and an unnecessary tax on art. [more]

Israel Turns 60
It has been mired in controversy ever since, and has fought four major and several lesser wars in that time. [more]


Made In Australia Films
Mick Adams endeavours to explain why Australians aren't going to see their own movies. [more]

Nine To Noon

What's Next For Kiwi Farming?
A dismal verdict for the sheep industry doesn't help. [more]

George McGovern
US democrat primaries. [more]

Baroness Vivien Stern
British campaigner for prison reform. [more]

Australia Correspondent - Ray Moynihan
Australia's new budget [more]

Feature Guest - John Pontin
Author of The Converging World. [more]

Book Review - Rogue Economics
By Loretta Napoleoni, published by Allen and Unwin. Reviewed by Anne Buchanan. [more]

Music Review - Elton John
With Marty Duda [more]

Legal Commentator - Richard Raymond
The right to have access into criminal history of potential jurors and sharing it with defense and crown prosecutors. [more]

TV Review with Simon Wilson
with Metro's senior writer gives reviews the new show 'Make your Child Brilliant' and other shows gracing your box. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 14 May 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 14 May 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Gareth Farr
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra composer in residence premiering new work with the ensemble tomorrow night. [more]

Seamus Casey Remembered
Wade Kernot speaks about his friend and singing colleague who died in Sydney yesterday after being hit by a car last week. [more]

Ryan Knighton
Canadian author in the country for Auckland Readers and Writers Festival. [more]

News stories:

Seven Pacific countries race to make sovereignty claims
Seven Pacific countries are racing to make sovereignty claims over their extended continental shelves before a deadline expires next year. The group all want to secure rights to resources on... [more]

Australia and PNG look at alternatives to mining for Kokoda Track area
The Australian and Papua New Guinea governments want to build dams and hydroelectricity plants to protect the Kokoda Track and satisfy landowners who wanted a controversial mining project. The Australian... [more]

Fiji's interim PM cautions provincial councils
The interim Prime Minister, Frank Baimimarama, has admonished the provincial councils as the seventh province fails to back changes to the Great Council of Chiefs. The chiefs of Cakaudrove said... [more]

NGOs in PNG concern over comments by Governor
Overseas NGOs working in the Papua New Guinea province of Eastern Highlands say they are very concerned about statements from the Governor that their work is ineffective. The provincial Governor,... [more]

Niue opposition wants asbestos dumped at sea
A Niue opposition MP, Terry Coe, says he wants to see the sheets of asbestos lying around on the island, damaged during the 2004 cyclone Heta, dumped at sea. Sheets... [more]

PNG's Prime Minister admits meeting Taiwanese officials involved in cash scandal
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, has admitted meeting with Taiwanese officials who have since resigned over the $US30 million 'diplomatic cash' scandal The disappearance of the money,... [more]

PNG's Prime Minister says he mistakenly signed document to terminate inquiry
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister says he "erroneously signed" documents terminating a finance inquiry into nearly 400 thousand US dollars missing from the public purse. Sir Michael Somare told parliament... [more]

Koniambo Nickel in New Caledonia is surprised by blockade
Koniambo Nickel says it's surprised by a blockade on its mine site. The Koniambo nickel site in the north of New Caledonia has again been blocked by local truck drivers... [more]

CNMI's governor places Port Authority under direct control
The Governor of the Northern Marianas Benigno Fitial has placed the Commonwealth Ports Authority under his direct control amid a possible bank takeover for violation of bond terms. The move... [more]

American Samoa accepted into Federal 'low-income housing tax credit'
American Samoa has been accepted into the federal 'low-income housing tax credit' programme, which provides a tax credit to companies to build rental homes for low income families. Govenor Togiola... [more]

EU pleased MSG counties to sign interim EPA
The head of the European Commission Office in Solomon Islands has expressed optimism that Melanesian Spearhead Group countries would sign an interim agreement on the Economic Partnership Agreement, E-P-A before... [more]

Qarase pleads not guilty to misusing funds while he was Minister for Fijian Affairs
The ousted Fiji Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, has pleaded not guilty to misusing funds set aside for extinct tribes while Minister for Fijian Affairs. Fiji Live online says Mr Qarase... [more]

Former Fiji VP doubts election will go ahead in March
Fiji's former vice-president, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, says he doubts that elections will be held in March as desired by the international community. Ratu Joni, who was removed from office in... [more]

Samoa's Slade again candidate for Forum top job
The Samoan government is nominating a judge of the International Criminal Court, Tuiloma Neroni Slade, for the position of Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum. The Apia-based on line... [more]

Samoa government says land resgistration system needs improvement
Samoa's Minister for Natural Resource and Environment Faumuina Tiatia Liuga says Samoa needs to improve its land registration system. Faumuina says converting a deed system into a Torrens system will... [more]

CNMI records strong tourism growth
The Marianas Visitors Authority says April arrivals soared more than 20 percent to 31,800 tourists, compared to 26,286 for the same period last year. For the first time this fiscal... [more]

French Polynesian assembly meets a week late
The French Polynesian government assembly members have begun a sitting amid pressure to pass a development proposal ahead of President Gaston Tong Sang's planned visit to France next week. The... [more]

Samoa government says land registration system needs improvement
Samoa's Minister for Natural Resource and Environment Faumuina Tiatia Liuga says Samoa needs to improve its land registration system. Faumuina says converting a deed system into a Torrens system will... [more]

French Polynesia urged to join French teacher strike this week
Teachers in French Polynesia have been urged to join a French national one-day strike against possible job cuts outlined in the budget. The FSU union has called on Tahiti's teachers... [more]

French Polynesia assembly opens amid continued opposition boycott
The French Polynesian government assembly members have begun a sitting amid pressure to pass a development proposal ahead of President Gaston Tong Sang's planned visit to France next week. The... [more]

Samoa Malietoa title challenge in court
The court battle for the Malietoa paramount matai title in Samoa has begun with 51 confirmed petitions to be considered over the next two to three weeks. This includes 27... [more]

PNG parliament speaker gags opposition leader's questions to PM
Papua New Guinea's Parliament Speaker Jeffery Nape has stopped Opposition Leader from asking questions of the Prime Minster on the Taiwan dollar diplomacy scandal in the house. The Post Courier... [more]

Solomons Central Bank predicts positive growth for 2008
The Central Bank of Solomon Islands is predicting more positive growth for the national economy this year. Launching the Bank's 2007 annual report in Honiara, Central Bank Governor Rick Hou... [more]

Two Tonga People's Reps election results in Vava'u confirmed by recount
The recount of last month's election results for the two People's Representatives in Tonga's Vava'u constituency has confirmed the original results. The Supervisor of Elections, Pita Vuki, says that after... [more]

Tonga expected to make millions from coronation ceremony
The Tongan Tourism Ministry in New Zealand says it expects the kingdom will make millions from the coronation ceremony of the new king. The crowning ceremony in August will be... [more]