Radio New Zealand - Monday, 19th May 2008

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Eight Months to Mars - Dame Susan Devoy
Taking the flight of fancy with us today is one of our best known, and most admired sporting celebrities. [more]

Hagley Park
Damage and debris, wrought by vandals and hoons are making Christchurch's iconic Hagley Park too dangerous to visit. [more]

Competition Winners
Auckland University's Business School can confidently stake a claim to being home to some of the world's top problem solvers. [more]

He Rourou for 19 May 2008
Maori film makers and artists were celebrated as part of a fundraiser for the Maori party recently. [more]

Author Slot - Joe Bennett
On his latest book"Where Underpants Come From". [more]

This Way Up Feature - 'Dogs'
We're down at the kennels with our resident pet expert Dr Natalie Lloyd to check out the most popular breeds of dogs. [more]

Science Report
Veronika Meduna finds out about a voyage to the deep ocean to explore Brittlestar City and the Macquarie Ridge. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With today's guests Brian Edwards and Ian Wishart. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With today's guests Brian Edwards and Ian Wishart. [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 19 May 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 19 May 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 19 May 2008
News from the business sector. [more]


Burnside Closure
Today, PPCS announced it's closing its Burnside venison plant in Dunedin. [more]

Tax Cuts
The National Party leader John Key is signalling his party will offer large tax cuts. [more]

Immigration Inquiry
The Auditor General has been called in to hold an inquiry into the Immigration Service. [more]

Folole Muliaga Inquest
Preschool teacher Folole Muliaga died last May after a power bill went unpaid. [more]

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

Ian Crutchley Trial
A man accused of ending the life of his terminally ill mother has gone on trial in the High Court in Hamilton. [more]

Finance Company Meeting
Angry investors in the failed finance company OPI Pacific have reluctantly agreed to give the firm three years more. [more]

Myanmar Update
An emergency meeting of Southeast Asian foreign ministers is underway to speed up the flow of aid. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Chris Kahui Trial
The defence's key medical witness has today disputed when the crown says the baby Kahui twins were fatally injured. [more]

Auckland Pizza Worker Abduction
The police investigating the abduction of an Auckland pizza delivery worker. [more]

Indianna Jones at Cannes
The actor Harrison Ford is taking up his hat after nearly twenty years. [more]

Burnside Closure (Part 2)
Dunedin meat workers are losing their jobs, after PPCS announced it proposes to close its Burnside processing plant. [more]

Soldiers Return
The 142 New Zealand troops returned home to Christchurch this morning. [more]

Avanti Finance Case
The finance company Avanti is in court today facing dozens of charges brought by the Commerce Commission. [more]

Lifestyle Survey
New Zealand's relaxed pace of life is the reason most people choose to move here, according to new survey out today. [more]

China Mourning
China has begun three days of mourning for victims of the devastating earthquake in Sichuan province. [more]

Immigration Inquiry (Part 2)
The Auditor General has been called in to hold an inquiry into the Immigration Service. [more]

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

Myanmar Update (Part 2)
An emergency meeting of South East Asian leaders is underway in Singapore. [more]

Bush Middle East Visit
The United States President George Bush has ended what's likely to be his last tour of the middle East. [more]

Sea Mountain
Scientists have discovered what they call an unexpected sea mountain, thriving with types of starfish in the Southern Ocean. [more]

ICE Contacts
The concept of people adding ICE or In Case of Emergency contact numbers into mobile phones has gathered momentum. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Sealord Job Losses
Sealord is proposing to slash the workforce at its Nelson-based Beatty Street Greenshell mussel factory . [more]

Cash Scandal
More details have surfaced this week of Papua New Guinea government links to a Taiwan diplomatic cash scandal. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 19 May 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 19 May 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Midday Rural News for 19 May 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 19 May 2008
Top Stories for 19 May 2008. [more]

Bird Call
Hihi - Stitchingbird [more]

35 Years Since Nuclear Testing Protest
In late June 1973 HMNZS Otago sailed from Auckland for Mururoa Atoll in French Polynesia. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

National Opposes Emissions Scheme
The party's leader, John Key, says the Government's doing a rush job and more time's needed to get it right. [more]

Government's Emissions Scheme in Doubt
National's leader John Key announced his party's stance yesterday, saying the proposed scheme has been rushed and requires more work. [more]

National Accuses Government of Stealing Initiatives
National is accusing the government of stealing one of its main health initiatives. [more]

Compromise For Foreign Aid
Signs are emerging in Myanmar of a compromise to allow more foreign aid in to survivors of Cyclone Nargis. [more]

Government Poised to Cut Personal Tax
Michael Cullen has already dampened expectations by warning he hasn't got a lot of money to give away in tax cuts. [more]

China Hit by Aftershocks
There has been a 5.7 magnitude aftershock in the earthquake hit Sichuan province of China. [more]

Super 14 Semi-finalists Decided
Semi-finalists in rugby's Super 14 competition were decided at the weekend after one of the closest round robin legs for years. [more]

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

Staff At PPCS Bracing Themselves
Today Dunedin is bracing itself for bad news from the bosses at meat processing company PPCS. [more]

Inquest Into Death Begins Today
Folole Muliaga died last year after the electricity was cut to her home because of an unpaid power bill. [more]

"MMP Would Survive Referendum"
Supporters of the MMP electoral system say they're confident it would survive a public referendum on its future. [more]

Birthing Pools For Olympic Athletes
New Plymouth company H2 Oh Baby has sold 35 birthing pools for our athletes to use as ice-cold plunge pools at the Olympics. [more]

Business Analyst Says National's Wrong
John Key announced his party's stance yesterday, saying the scheme has been rushed and requires more work. [more]

Elective Surgery Budget Boost
The Minister of Health, David Cunliffe, couldn't wait until Budget Day for his big announcement on elective surgery. [more]

Mounting Pressure on Myanmar's Leaders
Myanmar's leaders are coming under mounting pressure to open the doors to outside aid for victims of cyclone Nargis. [more]

The Family Party Conference
The Family Party, formed by the Destiny Church and other fundamentalist Christian Churches, says it will crack down on youth gangs. [more]

Vet Being "Blocked From Practising"
A vet says he's being blocked from practising after challenging a cosy relationship between vets and animal drug wholesalers. [more]

MMP Referendum under National
The National party is set to offer voters the chance to dump MMP. [more]

Police Criticise Diver
Police have criticised a diver who went missing off the Kapiti Coast near Wellington, prompting a major rescue mission. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Wild Cats Causing Headaches
60 wild cats have had to be put down in Invercargill. [more]

Australian News
News from across the Tasman with correspondent Donna Demaio. [more]


Jack Zipes - Translating Folklore
Professor of German at the University of Minnesota. He's specialised in translating fairy tales from German to English. [more]

Philosophy - Alain de Botton
Ann Kerwin from AUT Philosophy Dept. discusses the works of the young writer and philosopher De Botton. [more]

Conundrum - Clue 1
The first clue for this week. [more]

Sports - Penny Miles
Manawatu sports report Penny Miles talks Netball, Tennis and more. [more]

Conundrum - Clue 2
Take a listen to this second clue. [more]

Nine To Noon

Funding Boost for Elective Surgery
Funding boost. [more]

Cost of Iraq War
The House of Representatives considered the US $183.6 billion war supplemental bill on Thursday. [more]

Long-Winded MP Sets 8 Hour Record
Greens MP Mark Parnell sets a record with a speech lasting eight hours. [more]

News from Europe. [more]

LIfe on the US 2008 Presidential Campaign Trail
Samantha Power advised Barack Obama until a controversial parting of the ways when she called Hillary Clinton a monster. [more]

Book Review
A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam. Published by John Murray. [more]

The world of Politics. [more]

Guest Chef
World Food Summit, Singapore. [more]

The World Of Wine. [more]

Tommy Honey
Memory matters. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 19 May 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Tony Ryan
Christchurch based music reviewer reports on various performances he attended in the US earlier this month. [more]

NZSO Review
Janina Nicoll reviews Saturday night's New Zealand Symphony Orchestra concert featuring Latvian violinist Baiba Skride. [more]

Greg Clydesdale
Arranger and producer on new cd 'Legacy' featuring vocalist Kerry Glockling and English language text set to J.S Bach. [more]

News stories:

Fiji administration says it is responsible for security at foreign embassies
Australia's ambassador to Fiji says he is "deeply disappointed" that the interim government has rejected his request for Australian police protection in the wake of death threats. James Batley says... [more]

Commision of inquiry into Fiji magistracy releases report
The Commission of Inquiry report into Fiji's magistracy gathered by Justice John Connors has now been made public. The inquiry, which began in September last year, was commissioned by President... [more]

Northern Marianas finds money to attend Pacific Arts Festival
The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas has informed the organizing committee in American Samoa that CNMI will participate in the 10th Pacific Arts Festival set for July 20th to August... [more]

American Samoa cannery wins one year tax exemption
American Samoa Governor, Togiola Tulafono, has signed a one year tax exemption certificate for the Star Kist Samoa cannery. The cannery's exemption agreement expired on April 30th and the cannery... [more]

Samoa villagers impose ban on land
The village of Vailoa Palauli in Samoa has imposed a ban on the 1,150 acres of land they had lost in a claim during a court battle with O.F.Nelson Company. [more]

Samoa people and government donate aid to Myanmar and China
Thousands of dollars have been collected by the Red Cross society in Samoa to help relief work in China's earthquake in Sichuan province and the hurricane in Myanmar. A Red... [more]

American Samoa's LBJ Medical Centre gears up for Pacific Arts Festival
The LBJ Medical Centre in American Samoa is using data from Palau, the host country of the 2004 Pacific Arts Festival, to prepare for this year's festival in American Samoa. [more]

US postal authorities to release new American Samoa stamp
The flag of American Samoa will be featured in a new first class stamp which will be released next month. The commemorative stamp issue is part of the U.S. Postal... [more]

CNMI Governor criticised for taking control of Ports Authority
The Northern Marianas House of Representatives says Gov. Benigno Fitial was wrong to declare a state of emergency and assume control of the Commonwealth Ports Authority. The House has unanimously... [more]

American Samoa prosecutor welcomes conviction of local store owner
An American Samoa prosecutor hopes a guilty verdict returned against a Chinese business owner for receiving stolen property will deter what he believes is a widespread crime in the territory. [more]

Bougainville President seeks to broaden reconciliation talks
The President of the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville, Joseph Kabui, says he wants to hold reconciliations with all the parties to the civil war which tore the... [more]

French Polynesia President flies to Paris to sign development contract
The French Polynesian president, Gaston Tong Sang, has flown to Paris for this week's meetings with the French prime minister, Francois Fillon, and President Nicolas Sarkozy. Mr Tong Sang is... [more]

Forum Fisheries Agency ministers meet today
Some member countries of the Forum Fisheries Agency are expected to reveal new measures to ensure the sustainable management of ocean resources. It will be a key discussion at this... [more]

Vanuatu Investment Promotion head accepts key role in Justice Ministry
The Vanuatu Investment Promotion Authority Chief Executive Officer Joe Ligo has accepted the position of Director General of Justice in the Ministry of Justice and Social Welfare. Vanuatu's Daily Post... [more]

French Polynesia's Schyle gets French party role
The founding Congress of France's New Centre party has chosen a French Polynesian politician, Philip Schyle, as its national secretary for overseas affairs. Mr Schyle, who has been the assembly... [more]

Concern over cost of new Marshalls hospital
There is concern in the Marshall Islands that the new hospital planned for the capital, Majuro, is too expensive. The facility has gone from a 20 million US dollar proposal... [more]

Northern Marianas' Governor asked to probe fuel prices
The Governor of the Northern Marianas, Benigno Fitial, has been asked to investigate fuel prices set by oil suppliers on Saipan. Representative Stanley T. Torres says Mobil and Shell raised... [more]

Manihiki meeting to help restore order on Cooks atoll
A public meeting will be held on Manihiki in the Cook Islands tonight, aimed at assisting a return to law and order on the atoll. The police patrol boat, Te... [more]

Eighth anniversary of Speight's Fiji coup
Today marks the eighth anniversary of the 2000 Fiji coup which ousted the one-year old government of Mahendra Chaudhry. On May the 19th 2000, gunmen of a special military unit... [more]

Fiji military behind death threats against Australian diplomat, says paper
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Australian officials believe the Fiji military is responsible for the death threats against the Australian high commissioner. This comes as Australia's high commissioner in... [more]

New Caledonia appoints customary public officers to fill some police roles
New Caledonia has introduced so-called customary public officers whose task is to replace French police in a range of traditional affairs. Reports say this relates to them assuming roles akin... [more]

NGO supporting Papua wants the region to have observer status at MSG meeting
The Australia West Papua Association has called on the leaders of the Melanesian Spearhead Group to grant observer status to West Papuans at their upcoming meeting in Vanuatu. The Association's... [more]

Academic says forum on Fiji electoral system may be good way to move country forward
An academic says the creation of a forum to determine a new electoral system for Fiji might be a good way to move the country forward. The interim regime says... [more]

Concern in PNG at defence training links with China
There are concerns in Papua New Guinea at plans for China to train the PNG Defence Force's officers. Under a new agreement Papua New Guinea military officers will undertake military... [more]

CNMI prepares for surge in numbers seeking food aid
The Department of Community & Cultural Affairs in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas' is warning there'll be an influx of people needing basic assistance in the wake of the... [more]

Cook Islands politician says heavy police presence on Manihiki an overreaction
Politician and landowner on the Cook Islands atoll of Manihiki, Temu Okotai, says sending a boat and 14 policemen to quell a law and order problem is a massive overreaction. [more]

Call for clarification over Fiji interim government's planned forum
Fiji's former opposition leader, Mick Beddoes, says he welcomes dialogue, but he's seeking more clarification on a public forum proposed by the interim Government. The interim Government wants the forum... [more]

Fiji's leader and the man he deposed hold talks in Suva
The interim Fiji Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, and the man whose government he removed in December 2006, Laisenia Qarase, have met behind closed doors at the parliamentary complex in Suva. [more]