Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 15th May 2008

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


Jim's Essay
How happy are you? [more]

The Best Song Ever Written
Sigur Ros' Hoppipolla [more]

Your Place
Into South Waikato we good, to Tirau. [more]

Auckland Museum
The Auckland Museum Board is seeking structural change within the senior management staff. [more]

Travel Industry
Major changes to the face of long haul travel. [more]

He Rourou for 15 May 2008
In He Rourou today, Ana Tapiata talks to Ope Maxwell, the researcher from Nga Taonga Korero, the Maori section of Radio NZ Archives. [more]

Feature Album for 15 May 2008
Squire for Hire by Nathan Haines. [more]

Arts Report with Lynn Freeman
Young theatre director Lara Macgregor and Lucy Orbell goes on a tour of the new Auckland Art Gallery. [more]

Christchurch Story with Katie Gossett
Penny Lane is a second hand music shop where international DJ's rub shoulders with the locals; it's where we begin our story. [more]

Science Story for 15 May 2008
In our science story Veronika Meduna discusses the future of the Antarctic ice sheet. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
With Don Donovan and Rosemary McLeod [more]

The Panel (part 2)
With Don Donovan and Rosemary McLeod. [more]

Business News

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

Markets Update
A quick market update. [more]

Midday Business News for 15 May 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business For 15 May 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


Dollar Continues to Fall
Supermarket and grocery sales fell for the month of March and sales for Cars are down by 7 percent. [more]

Who's Creaming It?
The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research looks at the returns to farmers. [more]

Desperation is Growing in Central China
Chinese authorities have ordered more helicopters, troops and supplies into Sichuan province where the 7.9 tremor centralized. [more]

Don't Get your Hopes Up
The finance minister emphasized that tax cuts will not deliver the sort of money some people might be hoping for. [more]

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

Myanmar Opens its Borders
The development follows an emergency meeting organized by the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon. [more]

Trade Bill Passes First Hurdle
The first reading gave the Bill's opponents the chance to put their concerns on the record. [more]

Three Out of Four Discriminated
The discrimination has been uncovered in a study of international student experiences commissioned by the Ministry of Education. [more]

Medical Witness Questions Crown
Forensic Pathologist Dr James Ferris has been giving evidence at the HIgh Court trial in Auckland of Chris Kahui. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Antibiotics Left to Expire
About a million dollars worth of antibiotics stockpiled to deal with a bird-flu pandemic have been thrown away. [more]

A New Scientific Report Into H5N1 Bird Flu Virus
New Zealand has stockpiles of Tamiflu, as does Australia. [more]

Democrats Put Pressure On Republicans
The Democrats have won one the safest Republican Congressional seats in the country in a special by election. [more]

Retail Sales Slump
Statistics New Zealand figures show March recorded the largest quarterly drop in eleven years. [more]

Death Toll in China Nearly 15 Thousand
The cost of the earthquake is being put at 26 billion dollars by international risk assessor, Air Estimates. [more]

Napier Murder Trial
In August 2004 71 year old Jack Nicholas was found shot dead only metres from his home. [more]

All State Houses to be Insulated
The Green Party's secured 53 million dollars from the budget and will see work completed on 21 thousand homes. [more]

Fatty Food Adverts
Television networks are volunteering to remove ads for fatty, sugary foods targeting children from our screens. [more]

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

Edgeware Road hit and Run Case Opens
23 year old Lipine Sila is on trial for the deaths of teenagers Jane Young and Hannah Rossiter. [more]

UN's Head of Humanitarian Affairs Off to Myanmar
Nearly two weeks after the cyclone struck Myanmar, the military government has invited five neighboring countries. [more]

Auckland War Memorial Museum Re-Structuring
More than half of the war memorial museums staff will be made redundant. [more]

Israel Celebrates 60 Years
Hopes of a reaching a peace deal, which would allow for a functioning Palestinian state, are dwindling. [more]

New Conflict in South Africa
This time it's about how black South Africans treat migrant workers from neighboring countries. [more]

Latino Community - Largest in US
It's made up of 43 million people at last count, mostly from Mexico but with millions more from all over Latin America. [more]

Hezbollah Send Violent Onslaught
Some people fear Lebanon would sink into civil war once again. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 15 May 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 15 May 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 15 May 2008
Top Stories for 15 May 2008. [more]

Bird Call
Dawn Chours. [more]

National Committed to Trains and Ferrys
National says it is committed to investing in the country's train and ferry service, now the government's bought it back. [more]

Baby Blip
63 thousand babies were born in New Zealand in the year to March - the highest number in nearly 40 years. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Rates Set to Tumble
Fixed rate mortgage rates look set to tumble further with major banks dropping their key two-year lending rates. [more]

Chinese Aftermath
Whole villages decimated, orphaned children huddling under make-shift shelters and thousands of people buried. [more]

Red Cross Relief
Francis Marcus is spokesperson for the Red Cross in Beijing - he told us last night about relief efforts. [more]

Former Head Under Question
Former head of the immigration service, Mary Anne Thompson, does not have a doctorate from the London School of Economics. [more]

Mary Anne Thompson PHD Under Question
Immigration minister Clayton Cosgrove Talks to Sean Plunket. [more]

Mortgage Interest Rates Fall
Mortgage interest rates fell yesterday and look set to tumble further. [more]

Military Rulers Tightened Access
Aid workers now say the government has ereceted new checkpoints, preventing foreigns from entering the Irrawaddy delta region. [more]

Residents Concerned Over Trees
Residents in Rotorua are seeking legal advice on whether they can get a court injunction to stop the selective felling of trees. [more]

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

Final Submission on Emissions Trading Heard
Some aspects of the bill have already been changed and it remains to be seen how watered down the final version will be. [more]

Papers go Head to Head in Otago
Just when you thought the internet had dealt a savage blow to the newspaper industry - a new war is brewing in Otago. [more]

Wind Machines Giving Neighbours Sleepless Nights
The machines are used to ward off frost, but some people say there are no effective controls on their use. [more]

Calls to Overhaul Meat Industry
The Government is renewing calls for an overhaul of the meat industry. [more]

Japan Trade Agreement
The Government is claiming a breakthrough in negotiations for a trade agreement with Japan. [more]

Electoral Finance Confusion
New confusion has emerged about exactly what is covered by the Electoral Finance Act. [more]

Military Intervention May Be Possibility
Military intervention is being suggested as a way of helping the thousands of people left homeless in Myanmar. [more]

Candlelight Vigil Held in Auckland
A candlelight vigil was held in Auckland last night for the victims of Myanmar. [more]

US President in Israel
President Bush is in Israel to commemorate sixty years since the founding of the Jewish state. [more]

Warnings to Newspaper Editors Extraordinary
A decision to issue formal police warnings to six newspaper editors and a journalist over coverage of last years police raids. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

No Doubts About Man Made Global Warming
Glacier melting, earlier spring-time, coastal erosion and animal migrations can all be blamed on man-made global warming. [more]

NZers Don't Sneeze Safely
Many New Zealanders don't know how to sneeze safely according to a survey out today. [more]


Lindon Puffin
We talk to Kiwi musician Lindon Puffin currently in New York, on his long awaited O.E. [more]

World Weather
Sever weather forecaster Erick Brenstrem joins Bryan to discuss all things weather related. [more]

Conundrum Clue 7
Listen to clue number 7. [more]

Conundrum Clues
Get all 8 Conundrum clues. [more]

Nine To Noon

Myanmar Crisis
Myanmar crisis continues with aid still struggling to get through. [more]

Pesticide Endosulfan
Push to ban the pesticide endosulfan. [more]

News from the UK. [more]

The Nuclear Jihadist
Authors of The Nuclear Jihadist: The true story of the man who sold the world's most dangerous . [more]

Book Review
Raising the Dead: A True Story of Death and Survival by Phillip Finch. Published by HarperCollins UK. [more]

Maori Affairs
Maori Issues. [more]

Australian Novelist - Luke Davies
Australian novelist, poet and a former junkie, here for Auckland Writers and Readers Festival. [more]

New Technology
New Technology [more]

Our Changing World

We check out a Battery Electric Vehicle at the University of Waikato. [more]

Antarctic Ice Sheets
Richard Alley, a geologist at Pennsylvania State University, discusses the future of the Antarctic ice sheets and how they may respond to climate change. [more]

Clean Tech
Doug Cameron, Chief Scientific Officer of Khosla Ventures talks about future fuel generation. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 15 May 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 15 May 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Heather O'Neill
Canadian novelist, poet, short story writer, broadcaster and journalist in NZ for Auckland Writers and Readers Festival. [more]

Margo Knightbridge
One part of Auckland Trio 'The Three Mezzos' performing their 10th Anniversary concert this weekend. [more]

Rinus Koole and Mark Whitfield
Dutch Flentrop Organ specialist with Pastor of St Paul's Lutheran Church Wellington where new organ has been installed. [more]

Sarah Lineham and Nigel Edgecombe
Performers from two-person musical 'The Last Five Years' ; Bats Theatre Wellington; 15-24 May. [more]

News stories:

Senior American Samoan doctor still unable to prescribe medication
The Medical Director of American Samoa's Health Department, Dr. Ivan Tuliau cannot prescribe medication from the LBJ pharmacy. His pharmacy privileges were terminated by the LBJ Hospital Board because of... [more]

Solomons government to meet compensation claims from gun owners
The Solomon Islands government says it will decide on compensation claims by legal firearms owners who surrendered weapons during the disarmament campaign in 2003. When the Regional Assistance Mission to... [more]

PNG Speaker defends stoppage of questions on disappearance of aid money
The Speaker of Papua New Guinea's parliament has defended his decision to stop the Opposition asking questions of the Prime Minister on the Taiwan dollar diplomacy scandal in the house. [more]

New threat to Australia's Fiji mission
Australia is reviewing security at its high commission in Fiji after receiving another death threat through the mail. Access to Australia's mission in Suva is being restricted following today's threat,... [more]

French Polynesia gets new agriculture minister in latest reshuffle
There has been a small cabinet reshuffle in French Polynesia - the second since President Gaston Tong Sang came to power last month. He appointed Fernand Roomataaroa as the new... [more]

Moves afoot to increase the number of Pacific women in key decision roles
The lack of women in parliaments of the Pacific region is one of the key issues to be addressed by New Zealand and Pacific parliamentarians. A partnership has been forged... [more]

US visa processing to be done in Nuku'alofa
The United States has agreed to a request from Tonga for applications by Tongan citizens for Non-Immigrant Visas to the US to be lodged and processed in the capital, Nuku'alofa. [more]

Samoa's Malietoa title case adjourned
The Lands and Titles Court in Samoa has adjourned the case relating to the Malietoa paramount matai title until later this week. This will allow the acting president and judges... [more]

Cultism spreading to kids, says PNG Minister
Papua New Guinea's acting Education Minister Tony Aimo says cult activities are now being practised by students in primary and elementary schools. The Post Courier newspaper reports that cultism has... [more]

Fiji hopes Rotuma opening will boost island
The Fiji Chamber of Commerce says the interim government's announcement that Rotuma is earmarked as a port of entry will open up business investment, employment and trade opportunities. The interim... [more]

PNG Chief Ombudsman accused of possible misconduct over Somare probe
Papua New Guinea's chief ombudsman has been accused of possible misconduct in his pursuit of an investigation into Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare's financial affairs. In a March 2008 letter,... [more]

Solomons Labour and Immigration decisions on RIPEL GM quashed
Solomon Islands High Court has quashed proceedings regarding Russell Islands Plantation Estates Limited General Manager, John Whiteside's work and residence permit. The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reports that the Court... [more]

Papua signs carbon project agreement to generate income from rainforest conservation
A financial firm which has just entered a forestry carbon finance project agreement with Papua province in Indonesia says the local government is committed to deforestation. Australia-based New Forests has... [more]

Samoa land reform bill not in best interests of Samoan people, says academic
A senior New Zealand university lecturer in Samoan studies says the government's land reform bill is not in the best interests of Samoan people. The government proposes to introduce an... [more]

Fiji regime to report back on Friday in Hannah deportation court challenge
The Fiji high court has given the interim attorney general another 24 hours to prepare a reply in the case brought over the deportation of the Fiji Times publisher, Evan... [more]

Solomons Womens NGO welcomes Australian aid budget allocation
The Solomon Islands NGO, Women in Leadership, has welcomed Australia's commitment to address climate change adaption needs in the region in its aid budget. Australia's Annual Aid budget was released... [more]

Australia asks Fiji to allow its police add security to Suva mission
Australia has asked permission from Fiji for Australian police to join the Australian High Commission in Suva to boost security after a second death threat. The mission had already received... [more]