Radio New Zealand - Friday, 16th May 2008

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The Best Song Ever Written
And for Neil Frances of Masterton, it's the rock flute sound of Jethro Tull's 'Reasons for Waiting'. [more]

Feature Guest - Derek Hansen
Born in England, raised in New Zealand, resident in Australia - Jim speaks to this best selling author. [more]

He Rourou for 16 May 2008
Ana Tapiata talks to Ope Maxwell, the researcher from Nga Taonga Korero, the Maori section of Radio NZ Archives. [more]

Weekend Weather
Bob McDavitt with weekend weather. [more]

Fresh Fast Food
Veteran Auckland restaurateur Judith Tabron shares some incites experiences and recipes. [more]

Sports Story - Murray Williams
A wrap up of the week in sport and what the weekend has instore. [more]

NZ Society for 16 May 2008
David Steemson talks with Betty Ransom about growing older. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
David McPhail and Barry Corbett join Jim. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
David McPhail and Barry Corbett join Jim. [more]

Business News

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

Markets Update
A quick market update. [more]


Shared Equity Pilot
Up to 700 households could be helped into their first home by the Government under a long-awaited shared equity pilot scheme. [more]

Blue Chip and Bridgecorp Investigation
The Serious Fraud Office has begun investigating the collapses of two failed finance companies. [more]

China Quake
Chinese authorities warn of the possibility of epidemics in wake of Sichuan earthquake, as dead remain unburied. [more]

Immigration Services Former Chief
State Services Commission has referred concerns about academic qualifications to the police. [more]

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

Body Found on Routeburn
Police have recovered a body, believed to be missing Israeli tourist Liat Okin. [more]

Airport Fog
Fog caused major disruption at airports around the country today. [more]

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

Herceptin Data
Unpublished data shows the breast cancer drug Herceptin may be a third less effective if it's given after chemotherapy. [more]

Myanmar Update
Aid agencies say most of the survivors of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar have yet to receive emergency food and supplies. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Otago Murder Trial
The two people accused of murdering South Otago 18 year old Michael Hutchings have been ordered to stand trial. [more]

Sweet Adelines
The focus is on harmony in Hamilton this weekend, a far cry from the screaming sound of the recent V8 car races. [more]

Wellington Slip
A landslide late last night has forced the evacuation of a large villa in central Wellington. [more]

Obama Sweetie
Senator Obama has managed to quash any calls of him being sexist with a sweet natured apology. [more]

China Quake (Part 2)
China's army personnel are said to have reached all of the worst affected areas of the Sichuan earthquake. [more]

Myanmar Update (Part 2)
Animal welfare groups are fighting to get help for the country's livestock. [more]

Tamahere Re-Build
The Waikato District Council says it's not a given that Icepak will be able to rebuild on the site of the Tamahere explosion. [more]

Immigration Service's Pacific Division
Some of Auckland's Pacific leaders are dismayed at the bad press being received by the Immigration Service's Pacific Division. [more]

Gay Marriage California Style
8 years after Governor Schwarzenegger terminated gay marriage plans, the state Supreme Court has ruled the ban unconsitutional. [more]

Great Barrier Marine Reserve
Fisheries Minister both criticised and lauded for rejecting 500 square km marine reserve off Great Barrier Island. [more]

Treason Immunity Fiji Style
Fiji debates whether the 2006 coup makers, figures such as the interim PM Frank Bainimarama, should be given immunity. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Fair Trade Fortnight
It's currently Fair Trade Fortnight and this year's theme is environmental justice. [more]

Country Life

Intro and Guest
John Scott talks about a Gumboots 'n Opera concert fundraising for Hospice Waikato. [more]

Regional Conditions
Grass growing in the north, cautious optimism for sheep and beef farmers and South Island dairy cows dry off.nil [more]

A new dairy co and wool venture, agricultural and horticultural statistics, Environment Court on vineyard windmills. [more]

Helping Hand by Kiwifruit Industry
Mental health patients are given work opportunities in Kiwifruit packhouses in Gisborne and Bay of Plenty. [more]

A Day in the Life of Semen
Cosmo Kentish-Barnes finds out about the art of Semen collecting and cryogenic storage. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus on Politics for 16 May 2008
Life's a blog. Kate Williamson looks at how the Internet is being used to campaign in election year. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 16 May 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Business News for 16 May 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Midday Sports News for 16 May 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 16 May 2008
Immigration staff accused of bribery and fraud, DHB faulted of delays to lung cancer treatment, China ramps up rescue efforts. [more]

Moonlit waters - NZ morepork, Kawau Island
Listen to todays bird call. [more]

Dr Cullen Pre Budget Announcement
The Finance Minister is playing down expectations there will be large tax cuts announced in next week's Budget. [more]

Auckland Council Money for Rugby World Cup 2011
If the city council gives the nod there could be one big party costing 25 million. [more]

Political Campaigning on the Internet
Politicians are looking to a different form of media as they start campaigning for this year's general election - the internet. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Immigration Service Under Fire
Allegations including theft, bribery and fraud are being leveled at staff from the Pacific Division of the Immigration Service. [more]

Free Trade Agreement Debated
Parliament yesterday had its first opportunity to debate the free trade agreement signed in Beijing last month. [more]

Immigration Staff Accused of Bribery and Fraud
Allegations of bribery in the processing of immigration applications by Department of Labour's Pacific Division are being investigated. [more]

Man's Lung Cancer Inoperable After Hospital Delay
Wellington's DHB is being faulted over its handling of an elderly patient four years ago, who now has inoperable cancer. [more]

China Ramps Up Efforts to Rescue Quake Survivors
China is mobilising 30,000 extra troops and 90 helicopters to help with the rescue operation. [more]

Cullen Downplays Tax Cut Prospects
In a speech to Manufacturers and Exporters Association in Christchurch, Dr Cullen has again downplayed expectations of large tax cuts. [more]

Supreme Court Orders New Trial Over Sex Case
A man who represented himself in court in a sex case has had his conviction set aside by the Supreme Court. [more]

Sports News
The latest from the RNZ team. [more]

Potential Meningitis Vaccine
Doctors are hailing a potential vaccine for meningitis as the medical breakthrough of our time. [more]

Foreign Aid Agencies to Monitor Aid to Myanmar
Human Rights Watch's David Mathieson is in Myanmar. [more]

Auckland Could Spend 25 Million on Rugby World Cup Party
Auckland Mayor, John Banks comments. [more]

Immigration Staff Accused of Fraud - Part 2
Comments from National's Immigration spokesperson is Lockwood Smith and Maleno Maka is the chair of the Tongan Advisory council. [more]

Man's Lung Cancer Inoperable After Hospital Delay - Part 2
The Health and Disability Commissioner, Ron Patterson comments on this case. [more]

Cordon Bleu School Hits Another Hurdle
A plan to set up a Cordon Bleu School of Cuisine in Wellington has hit another hurdle. [more]

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

Dams Weakened by Quake in China
Growing fears one of the many dams weakened by China's powerful earthquake on Monday could burst at any moment. [more]

Facebook - Friend or Foe
There's concern at how Facebook is using the information posted on it by its 70 million members. [more]

Waatea News
The latest from the Waatea team. [more]

Canterbury Farewells Robbie Deans
The province bid a public farewell to the legend that is Robbie Deans, before he heads across the Tasman. [more]

Australian Correspondent
Kerry-Anne Walsh reports from Canberra. [more]


Panic-Buy Carrots Day
Hear from the curator of the world carrot museum and a Ohakune carrot grower. [more]

Nights Conundrum
This weeks answer. [more]

Nine To Noon

Troubles Within Pacific Division of Immigration Service
Tino Pereira from the Wellington Samoan Advisory Council and Auckland Immigration Lawyer Olinda Woodroffe comment. [more]

Fair Trade Foundation's Harriet Lamb
Author of 'Fighting the Banana Wars and Other Fairtrade Battles'. [more]

Teen Singer Gets Chance of a Lifetime
Jeremy Walden is a young Tauranga singer who has caught the eye of the music movers and shakers in the US. [more]

Asian Correspondent - Phil O'Sullivan
Phil O'Sullivan reports on Myanmar and the after effects plus the eathquake in China. [more]

Feature Guest - Simon Singh
In conjunction with Edzard Ernst, Simon Singh has written 'Trick or Treatment' a scientific analysis of alternative medicine. [more]

Book Review - 'A Dangerous Liaison'
Mary Daysh reviews 'A Dangerous Liaison' by Carole Seymour Jones. Published by Century. [more]

Manu's Music
Manu Taylor reviews three very diverse albums from The Last Shadow Puppets, Katherine Jenkins and The New Zealand Trio. [more]

Sports Commentator
Joseph Romanos gives his views on the latest in sports. [more]

The Week That Was
Radar and Michelle A'Court share a humorous look at the week that was. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 16 May 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 16 May 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Saturday Morning

Peter Temple: top Australian crime writer
Former journalist and lecturer who has won five Ned Kelly Awards for crime fiction, most recently for The Broken Shore. [more]


Baiba Skride
Top Latvian violinist in the country to tour with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. [more]

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Review
John Elmsly reviews last night's Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra concert featuring the premiere of Gareth Farr's 'Ex Stasis'. [more]

Wulf Herzogenrath
German video art expert and curator in the country for exhibition currently touring New Zealand: [more]

News stories:

Approval given for PNG's biggest ever commercial property development
The Papua New Guinea arm of the Rimbunan Hijau Group has been given approval to start construction of a vast complex that the company says will represent a city within... [more]

Papua signs carbon deal to generate income from rainforest protection
The government of Papua province in Indonesia has entered into an agreement with an Australian financial firm to establish a forestry-based carbon finance project. The project - which could involve... [more]

US lawmakers support aid requests fron CNMI and American Samoa
Fourteen U.S. lawmakers have expressed their support for an aid request from the CNMI and American Samoa. The lawmakers have called on congressional leaders to approve an emergency supplemental appropriation... [more]

Review of New Zealand immigration service Pacific division underway
New Zealand's Department of Labour has announced a review of its Pacific immigration division, amid allegations of bribery and corruption. The claims involve 19 staff members and relate to a... [more]

Air New Zealand raises Pacific fares
Air New Zealand is increasing trans-Tasman and Pacific Island airfares because of rising fuel prices. The move follows the increase in the airline's domestic prices last month. The three-percent increase... [more]

Pacific MP's forge relationships with their New Zealand counterparts
The Coordinator of the Pacific Parliamentary Assembly on Population and Develpment or PPAPD Tangata Vainerere says the partnership with New Zealand Parliamentarians is important to tackle critical population and development... [more]

Fiji NGO saddened by no increase in Australian aid
Fiji's Citizens Constitutional Forum says it's saddened that Australia will maintain its aid to Fiji at the same level as last year. Australia's Annual Aid budget was released this week,... [more]

American Samoa cannery lays off 100 workers
The Star Kist Samoa cannery plans to lay off about 100 staff at its American Samoa plant this month. This was revealed by Star Kist Vice President Barry Mills at... [more]

American Samoa Treasury releases tax rebate cheques
The American Samoa Treasury Department has released close to $4 million in tax rebate cheques for tax filers who qualify under a program funded by the U.S. government. Late last... [more]

Papua in carbon credit deal with Australian company
The government of Papua province in Indonesia has entered into an agreement with an Australian financial firm New Forests to establish a forestry carbon finance project. The project - which... [more]

Police search home of New Caledonia southern province president
Police in New Caledonia have searched the home of the president of the southern province, Philippe Gomes, as part of an investigation into the affairs of a company he used... [more]

Goro Nickel opponents ready for deal over New Caledonia project
Opponents of the Goro Nickel project in New Caledonia's south now say they are prepared to negotiate an agreement with the company leaders by mid-July. The leader of the Kanak... [more]

French Polynesia assembly sees further debate delay
The French Polynesian assembly had its sitting adjourned this morning as the government struggles to pass a development project before President Gaston Tong Sang is to fly to Paris tonight. [more]

Fiji public service pay system to be revamped
Fiji's public servants will not receive Cost of Living Adjustment payments this year. The Public Service Commission wants to replace the COLA payment with a Performance based system to increase... [more]

Japan to set up embassy in Tonga
Japan is to set up an embassy in Tonga's capital, Nuku'alofa, next January. The Matangi Tonga website reports the Deputy Secretary for Tonga's Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Tevita Kolo, as... [more]

Niue fish processing plant remains closed this year
The mothballed Niue Fish Processing plant will stay closed into next year at least, with any re-opening dependent on additional funding provided by the Niue Government. The New Zealand based... [more]

Privatisation of Samoa public broadcaster almost complete
Reports from Samoa say the privatisation process for Samoa's public broadcaster is close to an end, with the cabinet due to decide on the redundancy packages for the nearly 20... [more]

French Polynesia assembly to resume for key vote next week
The French Polynesian assembly is now expected to meet next week to pass a development project while President Gaston Tong Sang is already in Paris. The opposition, which had been... [more]

Jury trial set for Tongan MP Pulu
A Tongan MP, Isileli Pulu, has elected trial by jury on charges of abetting murder and arson at the Shoreline Building during the riot of November 16th in 2006. The... [more]

PNG paper obtains 2006 draft deal with Taiwan
The Post Courier newspaper in Papua New Guinea says it has obtained a draft communique between Taiwan and the PNG government relating to the establishment of full diplomatic relations. The... [more]

Security to be beefed up on Manihiki in Cooks
The Cook Islands Police say they are concerned about law and order on the northern island of Manihiki and are sending additional officers there later today. The police patrol boat,... [more]

Manihiki mayor welcomes patrol boat and extra officers
The Cook Islands Police are sending a patrol boat and extra officers to Manihiki, amid concerns over law and order on the atoll. The police patrol boat, Te Kukupa, is... [more]

Fiji Government's Hannah appeal denied
Attempts by lawyers for the interim Fiji Government to have legal action over the deportation of the Australian newspaper publisher, Evan Hannah, dismissed, have failed. The Attorney General's office on... [more]

New bail conditions for Ballu Khan
The lawyer for Fiji businessman Ballu Khan says he is frustrated a judge refused to hear anything substantive on the case in a bail hearing today. Mr Khan is charged... [more]