Radio New Zealand - Friday, 23rd May 2008

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Country Life, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Upbeat


Best Song Ever Written
Try a Little Tenderness - Otis Redding [more]

Tim Costley
The strutting, singing, air guitar playing star of Jet Pilot - the music video that became a You Tube sensation. [more]

A New Chapter in Mars Exploration
Next week [Monday NZ time] NASA will launch a mission to discover if Mars' arctic circle could ever support life. [more]

He Rourou
In He Rourou today, Ana Tapiata talks to Monte Ohia, Maori party candidate for the Southern Maori seat in the coming election. [more]

Whats On?
Everything to keep you entertained this weekend. [more]

Weekend Weather
With Bob McDavitt. [more]

Fresh Fast Food
With Julie Biuso. Click on the Recipe Link. [more]

Sports Story
With Stephen Hewson [more]

NZ Society
David Steemson talks to Anne Barry and her husband"JB"who have been together, at work and play since they were youngsters [more]

The Panel (part 1)
With Richard Griffin and Sukhi Turne. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
With Richard Griffin and Sukhi Turne. [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 23 May 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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


Tax Cuts Now a Reality
While National dismissed the tax cuts as 'pitiful' it supported the legislation debated under urgency in Parliament today. [more]

Jury Still Deliberating on the Edgeware Road Hit and Run
Mr Sila is accused of murdering two Christchurch girls by running them over outside a Christchurch party in May last year. [more]

Two Men Change Their Minds
The murder of Wanganui toddler Jhia Te Tua in a gang drive-by shooting shook the community. [more]

Top Level Meeting Underway in Myanmar
Ban Ki-Moon is expected to press the general to accept more aid for the 2.4 million people left destitute by Cyclone Nargis. [more]

Kahui Family Want Police to Keep investigating
3-month old infants Chris and Cru were violently assaulted and died of head injuries two years ago. [more]

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

30th Anniversary of the Protest at Bastion Point
It was one of the most important events in modern day Maori protest. [more]

Health and Disability Commissioner not Happy
The post operative care provided by two surgeons at Wellington's Wakefield Hospital is under review. [more]

Helicopter Pilots Furious
Mobil has decided to shut down the only aviation fuel stop in the remote area. [more]

British Labour Government Lose a By-Election
The Conservative Party easily took the previously safe Labour seat of Crewe and Nantwich, its first win in two decades. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Controversial Exhibition Shut Down
The images of naked 12 and 13-year-old boys have provoked a furious debate [more]

The Country's Biggest Book Sale Underway
The Regent 24 Hour Book Sale is held annually at the Regent Theatre in the Octagon, and is now in its 28th year. [more]

National Party Promises More in the Health Sector
The PM has accused Mr Key of trying to have it both ways, saying he cannot offer bigger tax cuts. [more]

Economists Share Their View on the Budget
The Govt has announced a three stage 10.6 billion dollar tax cut plan, workers will get12 to 28 dollars extra a week. [more]

Chris Kahui Still in Shock After Verdict
Pastor Tom Ngapera is a close family friend of the Kahui family and housed Chris Kahui for time while he was on bail. [more]

Chinas Top Entertainers Do Their Bit
Chinese government and aid agencies work to help the survivors of the country's recent earthquake. [more]

Children Of God
A Texas appeals court says the state overstepped its authority when it removed hundreds of children from a polygamist compound. [more]

Dalai Lama Visits England
Rival groups of protesters gathered outside one of London's famous concert venues the Royal Albert Hall. [more]

Focus on Politics
In his nineth Budget the Finance Minister Michael Cullen has finally delivered across-the-board personal tax cuts. [more]

Victoria University Plans to Cut Teacher Training
Submissions close today on the consultation document with staff and students who will fight to have some jobs retained. [more]

Country Life

Intro and Guest
Recovery from a serious farm related injury at the Burwood Spinal Unit is going well for Mike Brock. [more]

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

A Snap-Happy Farmer
Farmer and keen photographer Ruth Renner runs a picture filled website detailing her farming week. [more]

Kiwi Savers
Volunteers from Arthur's Pass are going out of their ways to save the remaining Spotted Kiwi's that live in the valley. [more]

Copy of KiwiSavers
Volunteers from Arthur's Pass are going out of their ways to save the remaining Spotted Kiwi's that live in the valley. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 23 May 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 23 May 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 23 May 2008
Top Stories for 23 May 2008. [more]

Bird Call
Ruru - Morepork [more]

Health Budget
In the health sector, district health boards are the big winner getting 750 million dollars extra a year. [more]

Education Budget
The Budget also pumps more money into education but many in the sector say they're disappointed. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Nine Year Wait For Cuts
After almost nine years in the making, Michael Cullen's personal tax cuts will be law by the end of the day. [more]

Nobody Will Answer For Deaths
It seems nobody will answer for the deaths of the Kahui twins, with the police now closing the case. [more]

Budget For Families
Dr Cullen says the changes are a dividend for the workers who have driven New Zealand's economy. [more]

Economy Budget Reaction
So what impact will 10 billion dollars worth of tax cuts over four years have on the economy? [more]

Budget Q and A
Q and A over 2008 budget with Brent Edwards and Patrick O'Meara. [more]

Kahui Case
It seems nobody will answer for the deaths of the Kahui twins, with the police now closing the case. [more]

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

Muliaga Inquest
The inquest into the death of Folole Muliaga has heard from the first time from the contractor who disconnected the power . [more]

Funding Review For Private Schools
The rules under which private schools operate and which ensure they get public money are being reviewed. [more]

Budget Effect For Average NZers
So what's in the budget for the average New Zealander and how is Dr Cullen's ninth budget being received by the people. [more]

National Snookered by Budget
I asked National Party leader John Key if he would change the Government's tax package. [more]

Will The Budget Win Election
So is this a budget which will win the election for Labour? [more]

Little Change Towards Child Deaths
They say the outcry that surrounded the Kahui case has led to minimal change. [more]

Generals Meet Over Aid
Nearly three weeks on from Cyclone Nargis the UN Secretary General is set to meet today with Myanmar's ruling general. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Youth May Become Scapegoats
Youth leaders fear young people may become scapegoats for politicians in the lead up to the election. [more]

Super 14 Semi final Run Down
Saturday night's game is a record fourth playoff match between the Hurricanes and Crusaders. [more]

News From Australia
We cross to Canberra now to join our correspondent, Kerry-Anne Walsh. [more]


Underwater Rugby
From Massachusetts, Joseph Gomes informs us about the sport. [more]

Nights Conundrum
This weeks answer is... [more]

Nine To Noon

Patient Safety in Private Hospitals
Danny Malone and Adrian Simcock, both lost their wives following operations at Wakefield private hospital in Wellington. [more]

The Budget and Beyond
The National party are on the attack after budget day yesterday. [more]

Pacific Correspondent - Mike Field
The Latest from the Pacific. [more]

Feature Guest - Catherine Sandersen
The Paris based English secretary who poured out her life in a blog. She began in 2004. [more]

Children's Book Review.
Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley and Which New Zealand Spider by Andrew Crowe. [more]

Music with Manu Taylor
Moana and The Tribe, Tami Neilson, Gabriella Cilmi. [more]

Sport Commentator - Joseph Romanos
New Zealand Test Eries with England. [more]

The Week That Was
With Radar and Pinky Agnew. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 23 May 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 23 May 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Douglas Mews and Roger Buckton
Period instrument specialists performing concert with recently built Fortepiano. Great Hall Chch Arts Centre Sunday 7:30pm. [more]

Bella Hristova
Bulgarian born winne of 2007 Michael Hill Violin Competition currently touring New Zealand. [more]

Holly Hoffman and Mike Wafford
US jazz flutist and pianist currently touring New Zealand. [more]

News stories:

New Caledonia and Vanuatu play in OFC World Cup qualifier next month
New Caledonia will start as favourites against Vanuatu as the Oceania Football Confederation Nations Cup which also doubles for the World Cup qualifier continues next month. New Caledonia sit second... [more]

Fiji Interim PM says next year's election dependent on passage of People's Charter
Fiji's interim prime minister says there will be no elections next year if politicians do not support the proposed People's Charter. The Fiji Times quotes Commodore Frank Bainmarama speaking after... [more]

Two more Fiji sugar mills delay season
Crushing at another two Fiji sugar mills could be deferred because of a delay in mill upgrading works and bad weather. A decision on the start date of the Rarawai... [more]

Solomons Telekom staff call for removal of chief executive
Telephone services in Solomon Islands, disrupted by a sit-in by Telekom workers yesterday are expected to be back to normal today. More than 3-hundred workers of Our Telekom mounted a... [more]

Samoan rugby union sevens side looking to improve on IRB ladder
The Samoan sevens rugby union side will be hoping to improve their standings on the IRB world series ladder as they head into the penultimate round at Twickenham in England... [more]

CNMI Mayor reduces staff working hours
The mayor of Tinian in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands has reduced the working hours of his employees to ensure that there's enough money to pay them until... [more]

Samoa to battle to reduce mynah bird numbers
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in Samoa and the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, or SPREP, are developing strategies to try and control the mynah bird population. The Ministry's... [more]

Work on key PNG Highlands road disrupted by demands from landowners
The Okuk Highway rehabilitation project in Papua New Guinea has been shelved following hefty compensation demands from landowners. The PNG Government is building a deviation after a landslide blocked the... [more]

Vanuatu businessman Agiu remains in prison, yet to lodge massive bail figure
A Vanuatu-based businessman who Australian Federal Police allege masterminded a 90 million US dollar offshore tax scheme remains in prison after failing to lodge bail. Robert Agius, who has entered... [more]

Samoa government to appoint liaison officer for New Zealand seasonal work scheme
The Samoa government will appoint a liaison officer to handle all matters for its people in New Zealand working under the recognised seasonal employment scheme The New Zealand government will... [more]

Pacific Forum to look into single market and economy in Pacific
The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat is to study the idea of a single market and economy in the Pacific. The acting secretary general of the Forum, Feleti Teo, says the... [more]

Four found guilty of destruction in latest trial of Tongan rioters
A jury in Tonga has found three men guilty on charges related to the riots of 2006, while four men were aquitted. The Matangi Tonga website reports the three men... [more]

Papuan reportedly forced to rape his partner by Indonesian military personnel
A report emerging from Indonesia's Papua region claims a Papuan man was forced to rape his fiancée by 8 Indonesian Navy marines in Jayapura. The Elsham Human Rights group in... [more]

Privately owned company in Samoa to run public television and FM radio
Samoa's public television and an FM radio station could be run by Samoa Quality Broadcasting company before the end of this month. It won the tender for privatising the public... [more]

Former Fiji Opposition leader not surprised by latest threat over elections from military leader
Fiji's ousted opposition leader, Mick Beddoes, says he has grown accustomed to the interim regime's shifting of positions in regards to the election. The interim prime minister said yesterday there... [more]

Anti corruption body in Fiji undeterred despite two being acquitted for obstructing its staff
Fiji's Independent Commission against Corruption has vowed to continue its investigations, despite a court ruling acquitting two people charged with obstructing a FICAC officer in the execution of her duty. [more]

New Zealand Pacific business agency disappointed at lack of bold moves in Budget
The New Zealand Pacific Islands Chamber of Commerce was hoping for money for developing skills of Pacific Islanders in this year's budget. In this week's budget, the New Zealand government... [more]