Radio New Zealand - Monday, 26th May 2008

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Noelle's Intro
The topic is favourite books. [more]

Eight Months to Mars - Peter Urlich
Today, a dude who once fronted one of our most enduring rock bands. [more]

Girl's Violence
Violent girls are increasingly making the headlines, with new ways of bullying, fighting and peer group pressure. [more]

He Rourou for 26 May 2008
Ana Tapiata talks to Tama Coker talks about his memories of the main marae of Ngati Toa Ranga Tera. [more]

This Way Up Feature
Simon Morton from This Way Up is back to give us another update on his Funky Chicken Farm. [more]

Science Report
Physicist Ben Ruck works with experimental materials that he grows in his laboratory. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With today's guests Rosemary McLeod and Jock Anderson. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With today's guests Rosemary McLeod and Jock Anderson. [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 26 May 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 26 May 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 26 May 2008
News from the business sector. [more]


Scott Dixon Win
Accolades are flowing for Scott Dixon who has made sporting history winning the prestigious Indy 500. [more]

Kahui Inquest
The Counties Manukau Police Commander, Steve Shortland says the case has not been shelved. [more]

Dunedin Hearing
The mother of a young Dunedin woman has told the HIgh Court today of seeing her daughter being stabbed multiple times. [more]

Mars Landing
Just before lunchtime NASA's Phoenix lander gently touched down on its three legs in the north pole region. [more]

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

Scott Dixon Wins (Part 2)
One of New Zealand's most successful racing drivers says Scott Dixon's Indianapolis 500 win will propel him to superstardom. [more]

Private Letter
A surgeon has accused the Health and Disability Commissioner of 'trial by media' . [more]

Kahui Inquest (Part 2)
An inquest into the death of the Kahui twins is being considered in a bid to find answers the criminal investigation could not. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Nicholas Murder Trial
The Crown has told a High Court jury the shooting dead of Hawkes Bay farmer Jack Nicholas was a reckless and stupid killing. [more]

Australian Petrol Tax Review
The Australian government is to review whether the GST charged on top of the petrol excise should be scrapped. [more]

Scott Dixon Win (Part 3)
Scott Dixon says his win in the Indianapolis 500 was even sweeter than winning the entire championship in 2003. [more]

Kahui Twins Enquiry
The Prime Minister says the police will take a fresh look at the case into the death of the Kahui twins. [more]

Folole Muliaga Inquest
Mrs Muliaga died last May after her power was disconnected, disabling her oxygen machine. [more]

Cannes Prize
The main prize at the Cannes Film festival the Palme d'Or has been won by the French schoolroom drama. [more]

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

FARC leader Dead
Colombia's feared rebel group FARC has confirmed that the man who founded the movement and lead it for 44 years is dead. [more]

Myanmar Report
France says it's shocked by Myanmar's refusal to let its warships deliver aid directly to the Irrawaddy Delta. [more]

China Quake Report
Soldiers in China are racing to unblock a river that was dammed by landslides in China's deadly earthquake two weeks ago. [more]

Bomb Disposal Building Opens
A multi-million dollar facility to help the country's top bomb disposal experts perfect their craft has opened. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Zimbabwe Election
President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has launched his campaign for the second round presidential election at the end of June. [more]

Clinton Gaff
In the United States the democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has created a firestorm. [more]

Lebanon Election
After months with no head of state Lebanon has voted to elect the Army chief Michel Suleiman as President. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 26 May 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 26 May 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for 26 May 2008
Top stories for 26 May 2008. [more]

Piwakawaka - Fantail
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Microlight Shouldn't have Been in Air
30 year old Antony Donald Bell and 39 year old Darren John McNay were found dead in the microlight. [more]

Eco-Friendly Image Put to The Test
The European Union has called for the rapid development of eco-labels to help consumers weigh up the carbon footprint. [more]

Microlight Crash
The RAA says the microlight aircraft which crashed killing two men in Wairoa shouldn't have been in the air. [more]

Victims Father Wants Changes to Jury System
The father of one of the victims of the Edgware Road killings is calling for a rethink of the jury system. [more]

Aftershocks Continue
A powerful aftershock has destroyed another seventy thousand homes in Sichuan province, China. [more]

Stadium Could Bankrupt City
An academic says Dunedin's proposed new stadium could bankrupt the city for generations. [more]

Unions Wants Parties to Come Clean
One of the country's largest unions has asked political parties to come clean about their plans for tax cuts. [more]

NZ Collapse in Second Test
A New Zealand collapse has let England back into the second cricket test at the Old Trafford in Manchester. [more]

Government Assistance Doesn't Seem Fair
Groups representing low-income households say new assistance being considered for beneficiaries does not seem to go far. [more]

NZers Consider Nuclear
A new opinion poll found one in three New Zealanders consider nuclear energy as an option. [more]

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

Government to Apologise to Veterans
The government will formally apologise to Viet Nam veterans and their families in Parliament this week. [more]

30 Year Anniversary of Bastion Point
It's been thirty years since 222 people were arrested and forcibly removed from Auckland's Bastion Point. [more]

Probe Due To Touch Down
An American space probe is due to touch down on the surface of Mars later today after a nine month journey. [more]

Top Lawyer Wants Inquiry into Kahui and Gwaze Cases
A high profile defence lawyer is calling for a commission of inquiry into the police handling of the Kahui and Gwaze cases. [more]

Controversial Report to be Investigated
The Race Relations Commissioner is to investigate a controversial report published last week. [more]

Super 14 Down to Two Teams
After a weekend of semi-finals which saw the Crusaders and Warratahs dominate their opponents. [more]

Australia's Love affair Over
Australia's love affair with chardonnay may be over. [more]

Bushmaster Training For Police
Activists fear a change in police arms training will mean an escalation in armed police on the streets. [more]

Scott Dixon Wins The Indy 500
First New Zealander to win the Indy 500. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Antique Tractors to be Auctioned
One of the largest privately owned collections of antique tractors will be auctioned in Canterbury later today. [more]

News From Australia
We cross to Melbourne to join Phil Kafcaloudes. [more]


Muslim Sentiment
John Esposito is the director of the Centre for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. [more]

Paul Morris from Victoria University talks about Muslims in the Asia Pacific region. [more]

Conundrum Clue One
Conundrum clue number one. [more]

Latest sports update with Joseph Romanos. [more]

Conundrum Clue Number Two
Conundrum Clue number two. [more]

Nine To Noon

Cost Overruns for New Carisbrook
Cost overruns for new Carisbrook. [more]

Savings Plan Squeeze
Retirement Commissioner Dianna Crosson talks about budget with Lynn Freeman. [more]

Middle East
Middle East issues. [more]

Life With a Hidden Illness - Hep C
Lead singer and founding member of The Chills, was accidentally infected with Hepatitis C ten years ago. [more]

Book Review - The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam
Laura Fergusson reviews 'The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam' by Lauren Liebenberg Published by Virago. [more]

Latest in Politics. [more]

Guest Chef
Scott Fraser is the executive chef Carrington Resort and Karikari Estate Winery. [more]

Wine with John Hawkesby. [more]

A Modest Proposal or Two
A Modest Proposal or Two with David Slack. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 26 May 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 26 May 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Elric Hooper and Martin Setchell
Director and Musical Director of two Menotti operas being staged as part of Canterbury University's Platform Arts Festival. [more]

Murray Hickman
Founding member of Wellington based 'Strike' ensemble. Recently premiered new concert 'Elemental' at Erupt Festival this month. [more]

Shimmy Jiyane
Founding member of South Africa's Soweto Gospel Choir, currently touring New Zealand. [more]

Author Slot - Paul Hersey
Where the Mountains Throw Their Dice - An insight into the kiwi climbing psyche. [more]

News stories:

Opposition to attempts to frisk Palau's President
The Palau House of Delegates has passed a resolution expressing its disapproval of the treatment of the President and First Lady by Continental Micronesia and the Transportation Security Administration The... [more]

Wage increases kick in CNMI
The latest round of wage rises to bring pay in American Pacific territories' in line with the mainland takes effect from today. In the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, the... [more]

French Polyneisa due to sign US$280 deal with Paris today
The French Polynesian president, Gaston Tong Sang, is today due to sign a development contract in France worth 280 million US dollars over five years. This comes after the assembly... [more]

Huge liquefied natural gas deal signed in PNG
The Papua New Guinea government has signed an agreement paving the way for the single biggest liquefied natural gas project in the world. The Post Courier reports the LNG project... [more]

Relations with Fiji under discussion by officials ahead of MSG summit
Meetings of Melanesian Spearhead Group Senior Officials continue today in Vanuatu's capital Port Vila. The meetings, which began last week, are a precursor to tomorrow's Foreign Ministers meeting and the... [more]

Fiji's ousted Prime Minister supporting political forum to deal with immunity
Fiji's ousted Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, says immunity for the military is one issue that needs to be resolved in a political forum before the next general elections. Mr Qarase... [more]

Samoa government gives green light for next Pacific Police Commissioner Conference
The Samoa government has agreed to host the next Pacific Police Commissioner's conference in September this year. The endorsement was confirmed in a cabinet meeting held over the week-end. Twenty... [more]

Former French soccer champions to play in French Polynesia and New Caledonia
The French Pacific is gearing up for two soccer matches with the 1998 French world champion team to celebrate its New Caledonian member, Christian Karembeu. The French stars, including Zinedine... [more]

Samoa win London Sevens
Samoa beat Fiji 19-14 to win the Emirates Airline London Sevens title, their third ever World Series Cup title. Lolo Lui scored a hat trick of tries to give Samoa... [more]

Women's organisation in Fiji says interim policies not to blame for poverty
The Fiji women's organisation, Soqosoqo Vakamarama, has criticised claims by the SDL party that the policies introduced by the interim administration have resulted in the steep increase in poverty. Speaking... [more]

Four schools in Vatukoula in Fiji getting help from Save the Children
Save the Children Fiji has confirmed that thirteen hundred students from four schools in Vatukoula are in need of assistance. The Chief Executive Officer, Chandra Shekhar, said students are not... [more]

Suspended assistant police commissioner in Samoa to stand trial
The District Court in Samoa has set a trial date to hear evidence on five charges of assault, including one of indecent assault, against the suspended assistant police commissioner, Moto'otua... [more]

.Opposition in Solomons want response from government over report into riots
The Parliamentary Opposition Group in Solomon Islands has called on the Government to respond to recommendations in the final report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Honiara riots of... [more]

Bill plans to restrict CNMI governor's powers to declare state of emergency
The CNMI House of Representatives has passed a bill restricting the governor from exercising his executive power to declare a government agency under a state of emergency unless the situation... [more]

Father jailed in Samoa over incest
A man in Samoa who was banished from his village on Savaii island two years ago for an alleged sexual offence has been jailed for four years. He was found... [more]

Fisheries officers prepare to safeguard resources during Pacific Arts Festival
Agents from the Department of Interior US Fish and Wildlife Service are helping fisheries officers in American Samoa prepare to enforce federal and local laws during the Pacific Arts Festival. [more]

Calls for Niue to be made tax free state
A Business Round table group on Niue says the answer to the island's fiscal cash problems and diminishing population could be resolved by forming a tax free state. According to... [more]

Opposition in Solomons wants response from government over report into riots
The Parliamentary Opposition Group in Solomon Islands has called on the Government to respond to recommendations in the final report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Honiara riots of... [more]

PNG police arrest four bank staff after heist
Papua New Guinea police have arrested four bank staff and a villager over a sophisticated 400,000 US dollar bank heist. The Bank South Pacific branch at Kerema in PNG's Gulf... [more]

Nauru government welcomes Forum election observers' report
Nauru's Acting President, Frederick Pitcher, has welcomed the Pacific Islands Forum Report into last month's general election which described the process as credible and reflecting the will of the people. [more]

Fiji presidency needs attention, says academic
A Fiji academic says the situation surrounding the country's presidency is critical and needs to be resolved. Fiji has been without a vice-president since the 2006 military coup, and the... [more]

Pacific children slipping in digital divide
Pacific island students are said to be falling behind in the computer age due to a lack of facilities and access to resources. A telecommunications adviser to the Pacific Forum,... [more]

Kiribati gets NZ help for Phoenix conservation project
Kiribati is being supported by New Zealand's Department of Conservation with the Phoenix Islands Restoration Project to establish the largest protected marine area in the world. Three islands in the... [more]

Fiji business body supports huge hike in registration charge for foreign investors
Fiji's Chamber of Commerce says it supports the interim government's changes to investment regulations. One change is that the cost of a new Foreign Investment Registration Certificate has soared from... [more]

113 foreign workers in Saipan left unemployed as yet another garment factory closes
Another garment manufacturer in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas has shut down operations. Kyungseung Saipan Incorporated closed its plant making its 113 foreign workers jobless. The work permits of... [more]

Niue business group calls for a major rethink on tax
Business people on Niue say the island needs a new approach to taxation if it wants to boost the flagging economy. The Niue Business Roundtable group says it is suggesting... [more]

Save the Children comes to the aid of poor school students in Fiji
The Toko Dhartiya school near Fiji's Vatukoula gold mine has welcomed a new project supporting poor school children. Many former Vatukuola gold mine workers are still without jobs and are... [more]

Forum Working Group still waiting for promised election timetable from Fiji regime
The Fiji/ Pacific Islands Forum Working Group has reiterated its call on the Fiji interim government to finalise the timetable for the election preparations at the earliest opportunity. The interim... [more]

Police in Fiji say a new campaign is reducing crime
Police in Fiji say there has been a 20 percent drop in violent crime in the past three weeks. The Fijivillage website reports police spokesperson, Atunaisa Sokomuri, saying this is... [more]

Save the Children helps families in Fiji Vatakoula area
Save the Children in Fiji says it will provide 1300 school children in Vatukoula with lunches and money for bus tickets. Many former Vatukoula gold mine workers are still without... [more]

Fiji leader to outline thoughts on parliamentary democracy at MSG summit
Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says he will brief his counterparts from the Melanesian Spearhead Group countries on the progress made towards parliamentary democracy at this week's summit... [more]

Veteran PNG politician says Parliament must have opportunities for votes of no confidence
A former Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Sir Julius Chan, says MPs have to re-consider the grace periods that protect governments from votes of no confidence. The grace periods of... [more]