Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 27th May 2008

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Asian Report
Suzanne Schokman joins the children and mothers at 'Hiyoko-dunburi', a Japanese playgroup in Christchurch. [more]

Best Song Ever Written - 'Halo Fading'
Cameron Greig in Auckland has chosen 'Halo Fading' by the Chills. [more]

Reeling In The Years: 1975
Broadcasters Murray Inglis introduces the hits and shares his memories of 1975. [more]

On-Line Lotto
Dr Peter Adams, Associate professor of Addiction at Auckland University discusses the issue. [more]

'Time Capsule' of Maori Life 200 Years Ago Found
The remains have lain hidden on the Poor Knights' northern island, Tawhiti Rahi, since 1823. [more]

He Rourou for 27 May 2008
Tama Coker grew up in Porirua city on the marae of Takapuwahia and in He Rourou today, he talks about those younger times. [more]

Tune Your Engine - Eating at Work with Carolyn Gibson
How healthy are you eating at work? Some workplaces make it easier to eat during the day than others. [more]

Science Story
Veronika Meduna discusses the brain's reward system with neuro-psychologist Jan Lauwereyns. [more]

The Panel - Part 1
Chris Trotter joins Jim on the panel. [more]

The Panel - Part 2
Chris Trotter is todays panelist. [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 27 May 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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

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


National Spokesperson Does U-turn on KiwiSaver
A political botch-up over Kiwisaver has forced National to state its position on the scheme's compulsory employer contributions. [more]

Drought in Northern Buller District
Water supplies are running out for two townships on the West Coast, as the area tackles its worst drought in years. [more]

Temperatures to be 2C Higher by Century's End
There will be fewer frosts and snowfalls, stronger winds and more erratic patterns of rainfall. [more]

Southern Lakes Too Low to Generate Power
The Southern Lakes levels are lower than they have been since 1992, when lack of water to produce electricity caused blackouts. [more]

Paua Poaching Ring Bust
Ministry of Fisheries National Investigations manager, Shaun Driscoll comments on the arrests. [more]

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

Murder Trial of Clayton Weatherston
Mr Weatherston is accused of murdering his ex- girlfriend and former student Sophie Elliott. [more]

Police Shut Down Cannabis Operation
Senior Sergeant Richard Wilkie from the Mobile Policing Unit in Counties Manukau comments. [more]

Film Director Sydney Pollack Dies of Cancer
The Academy Award winning director died at his home in Los Angeles following a battle with cancer at the age of 73. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

TVNZ Charter
The Broadcasting Minister has hit out at TVNZ, saying its using its charter money to fund prime time television. [more]

Two Greymouth Vicars Promise to Forsake All Others
Arch Deacon Robin Kingston, got down on one knee and proposed to the woman he loved - the current vicar, Reverend Marge Tefft. [more]

NASA Mars Probe
NASA, are studying the first images they have received from their latest mission to Mars. [more]

National Botch-Up Over Kiwisaver (Part2)
Business New Zealand chief executive, Phil O'Reilly has his say. [more]

Greens Fear ETS Could Fail
The Greens are warning the emissions trading legislation is in danger of failing if the government doesn't make changes. [more]

Closure of the Burnside PPCS
Meat processing company PPCS has confirmed the closure of two plants at Oringi and Burnside with the loss of 604 jobs. [more]

Algie Clothing Purchases Tamahine Knitwear
Jobs put at risk by the closure of a Dunedin knitwear factory have been saved after another company decided to buy it. [more]

Divers Rescued From Shark Infested Queensland Waters
The 'Divers' are blaming their dive company for not rescuing them sooner. [more]

Canterbury Butcher Takes Home Award
A Canterbury butcher has taken out an inagural award for bacon-making, beating 232 other little piggies to market. [more]

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

Nuclear Weapons in Israel
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has said Israel holds at least 150 nuclear weapons. [more]

UN Child Abuse Claims
A UK charity says children as young as six are being sexually abused by UN peace-keepers and aid workers. [more]

Tourism Industry Annuaul Expo
At the annual expo, environmental sustainability has been promoted as this country's main message to overseas markets. [more]

Waatea News
More News from the Waatea team. [more]

Ethiopia Sentence Colonel Mengistu to Death
But the sentence is unlikely to be carried out as Colonel Mengistu now lives comfortably in Zimbabwe. [more]

Violence in South African Against Foreigners
More than fifty people have been killed over the last two weeks - most from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. [more]

Swelling Chinese Rivers and Lakes Add to Woes
Chinese soldiers and engineers are working round the clock to ease pressure on a swelling lake in Tangjiashan. [more]

Archbishop of York Jumps for Soldiers
John Sentamu is making the parachute jump to highlight the need for a warmer public welcome for injured soldiers. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 27 May 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 27 May 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 27 May 2008
Top Stories for 27 May 2008. [more]

Toutouwai - The Robin
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Review into Beehive Generator
Prime Minister Helen Clark has ordered an official review into why the Beehive's back up generator did not work. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Coroner Considering Inquest into Deaths
The chief coroner has revealed he is considering an inquest into the deaths of the Kahui twins. [more]

"Poor Batting to Blame for Black Caps Loss"
Black Caps captain, Daniel Vettori has blamed poor batting for their loss against England. [more]

Chief Coroner Considers Probe into Death of Charlene Makaza
The chief coroner has added the death of Christchurch girl Charlene Makaza to a list of deaths which may require an inquest. [more]

Police Will Only Reinvestigate if New Info Comes to Light
The police say they'll only reinvestigate the Kahui case if new information comes to light. [more]

Questions Asked About Failed Generator
The Prime Minister says she's asking"a lot of questions"after Parliament's stand-by generator failed to kick in. [more]

Scott Dixon Motorsports New Superstar
The NZer's perfomance has prompted rave reviews, with commentators saying he showed his"iceman"nickname is well deserved. [more]

School IT Qualifications not Relevant - Computer Society
The IT sector says failures in the way computer technology is taught at secondary schools is shutting the best . [more]

NASA Analysing Information From Probe
After successfully landing a probe on Mars, NASA is now analysing the streams of pictures it's sending back to earth. [more]

Outdoor Pursuits Centre Workers Still Struggling
Workers at the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre are still struggling with the aftermath of the canyoning tragedy. [more]

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

Jury in Jack Nicholas Trial Should Retire Today
The jury in the trial of the man charged with shooting dead Hawke's Bay farmer Jack Nicholas, should retire today . [more]

Race Against Time to Unblock Quake Lakes
Soldiers in China are racing against time to unblock so called 'quake lakes' caused by the deadly earthquake two weeks ago. [more]

Jerry Collins Quits New Zealand Rugby
All Black and Hurricanes blindside flanker, Jerry Collins has become the latest player to call it quits in New Zealand. [more]

Macsyna King Lawyer Is Questioning PM's Comments
The lawyer for the mother of the Kahui twins is questioning comments by the Prime Minister about the case. [more]

Gloomy Economic Forecast
More gloomy forecasts of an economic slowdown have been released today. [more]

World Airlines Under Pressure Over Fuel Prices
Rapidly rising fuel prices are causing headaches for world airlines. [more]

Body Still Unidentified
Police are still trying to identify a body three months after it was discovered in the Waitakere Ranges. [more]

Fly Fishing Community up in Arms
The fly fishing community is up in arms at the Wellington Regional Council's plan to take more water from the Hutt River. [more]

Quad-Bikes Not Tailored For Farm Work
New research shows quad-bikes are not tailored for farm work and their misuse is causing accidents worth millions of dollars. [more]

DVD Hightlights the Darker Side of the Sunshine City
Young people in Nelson have told of racist taunts, drive-by abuse and other verbal attacks. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Scott Dixon's Indianapolis 500 Win
Dixon made it to the top after being hailed as a prodigy when he began racing in New Zealand as teenager. [more]


Scottish Mince
Nigel Miller, the Vice-President of the Scottish National Farmers Union talks about new carcass hanging laws. [more]

Bangladesh Report
Our Asia correspondent, Matab Haider, joins us from Bangladesh. [more]

Clue number three. [more]

Clue number four. [more]

Nine To Noon

Emission Trading Scheme
The Greens deliver their bottom line on the government's cornerstone carbon trading emissions scheme. [more]

Shortcomings in Palliative Care at Rest Homes
Ian Crutchley was last week convicted of the manslaugher of their mother by giving her an extra dose of morphine. [more]

News and current affairs from the US. [more]

The Story of Forgetting
Steffan Merril Block's novel The Story of Forgetting deals with the real life reality of living with alzheimers. [more]

Book Review - Cold Steel: The Multi-Billion Dollar Battle for a Global Industry
The Multi-Billion Dollar Battle for a Global Industry by Tim Bouquet and Byron Ousey.Published by Little, Brown. [more]

News From The Business Sector. [more]

The Holocaust - a Survivor's Story
Sabina Wolanski survived the Nazi invasion of Poland as a twelve-year old, while the rest of her family were murdered. [more]

News from the media. [more]

Tribute 08 - Vietnam Vets Apology
Helen Clark's apology for the ill treatment Vietnam veterans received after the war. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 27 May 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 27 May 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Danny Mulherron
Writer, director and film maker who recently completed a film about his Grandfather, Richard Fuchs. [more]

NZSQ Review
Janina Nicoll review's last Sunday's New Zealand String Quartet concert featuring clarinet soloist Philip Green. [more]

News stories:

CNMI's CPA employees face pay cut
Employees at the Commonwealth Ports Authority are facing a 10-percent salary cut next month as the agency strives to reduce costs to meet its debt requirements. The acting director said... [more]

Paris signing of French Polynesian contract deferred again
The signing in Paris of a new development contract for French Polynesia has been deferred for a second time in a week. It was to be signed by the French... [more]

Melanesian Spearhead Group Foreign Ministers meet in Vanuatu today
Melanesian Spearhead Group Foreign Ministers are meeting in Port Vila today. They are scheduled to discuss reports of various sub-committee meetings held since last week in Vanuatu's capital. There's expected... [more]

Fiji's ousted PM says it's unfortunate Bainimarama is setting preconditions
Fiji's ousted Prime Minister says it is unfortunate that the interim Prime Minister is setting preconditions like "No Charter, No Elections" ahead of their talks on moving Fiji forward. Laisenia... [more]

US officials search for remains of American pilots in PNG
Pentagon researchers are searching for the remains of more than 2,000 American pilots and crewmembers lost over Papua New Guinea during World War II. The Boston Globe reports says recovery... [more]

Increase in number of people wanting to take superannuation overseas says Fiji's NPF
The Fiji National Provident Fund or FNPF has recorded an increase in the number of members wanting to take their superannuation abroad. The FNPF received 2,581 applications from January to... [more]

Future looks bleak for adult education programme in Marshall Islands
Fifty one Marshall Islanders have just graduated from an adult education programme that has another 200 enrolled and about 350 on a waiting list. But the future of these secondary... [more]

Cigarettes and Korean alcohol confiscated in Solomon Islands
Over 280 cartons of cigarettes and ten cartons of Korean alcohol have been confiscated from a foreign fishing vessel in Solomon Islands as part of Operation Clean Harbour. Operation Clean... [more]

Airfares in Papua New Guinea likely to increase
Airfares in Papua New Guinea are likely to increase soon due to a hefty increase in aeronautical charges which took effect last month. The Post Courier reports that according to... [more]

Samoa's Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries steady supply of coconuts
Samoa's Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries told coconut farmers a constant and steady supply of coconuts to make products is needed. Emele Ainu'u, principal crops advisory officer, says coconut farming... [more]

School bus strike on French Polyensia's Moorea island
A strike has hit the school bus system on the French Polynesian island of Moorea. The local company, Moorea Nui, has decided to withdraw its service because it says it... [more]

Cooks hosts Polynesian MDG workshop
The Cook Islands is hosting a four-day sub-regional workshop on the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals for five Polynesian countries. The workshop is being run by the United Nations Development... [more]

Concern in Niue about lack of contest in June polls
While Niue goes to the polls the weekend after next there are concerns that the results in nine of the 20 seats are already known. These candidates, who include the... [more]

China and Tonga to strengthen defence ties
China's Defence Minister, Liang Guanglie, and the visiting Tonga's Foreign and Defence Minister, Sonatane Tupou, have expressed hopes that co-operation between their military forces can be enhanced. The Xinhua News... [more]

Diarrhoea kills 17 in remote Papua region
A diarrhoea outbreak in the Indonesian region of Papua has killed 17 people and affected hundreds of others in the past two months. The Jakarta Post newspaper reports that authorities... [more]

MSG ministers to finalise trade deal
Melanesian Spearhead Group Foreign Ministers are looking to finalise the revised MSG trade agreement at a meeting in Port Vila today. The Ministers meeting follows two weeks of discussions by... [more]

Fiji's SDL gears up for 2009 polls despite regime threats
Despite recent statements by Fiji's Interim Prime Minister, the country's ousted leader remains confident elections will be held next year. Commodore Frank Bainimarama has said he will ensure that the... [more]

Vanuatu takes over from PNG as MSG chair
Vanuatu is the new chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, taking over from Papua New Guinea. The change over was approved as MSG Foreign Ministers meet ahead of Thursday's MSG... [more]

Call on Tonga's PM to resign
The Langafonua Tu'uloa Party in Tonga is calling on the Prime Minister and three other cabinet ministers to step down. The party says the four have breached a public proclamation... [more]

French Polynesian deputy urges continued French military presence
A French Polynesian member of the French assembly says Paris has heard his message that cutting French troops in Tahiti would have a terrible impact on the territory's economy. Bruno... [more]

Fiji launches campaign against typhoid
A campaign is under way in Fiji's northern division to fight typhoid infections in rural areas. Typhoid is caused by bacteria and is picked up through contaminated food or water,... [more]

Pacific Island students falling further behind in computer technology
Pacific Island students are falling behind in the computer age because they're lacking access and resources. An adviser to the Pacific Islands Forum, John Budden says most schools in the... [more]

USP academic queries timing of investment certificate hikes
An academic at the University of South Pacific in Fiji says it's not the right time to increase the cost of a foreign investment certificate. Last week, Fiji's interim Industry,... [more]

Fiji's Qarase banks on MSG backing for 2009 polls
Fiji's interim Prime Minister has arrived in Vanuatu where it's hoped fellow Melanesian leaders will persuade him to hold elections, as promised, by March next year. In recent statements, Commodore... [more]

PNG opposition threatens with walk-out amid gagging claims
Papua New Guinea's Opposition says it will walk out of Parliament at the beginning of the next session in July if the Speaker prevents it from questioning of the government. [more]

Tongan rejection of resignation calls by new party
Tonga's minister of information says ministers are appointed by the King, and it is up to him to dismiss them. The Langafonua Tu'uloa Party in Tonga is calling on the... [more]

Man shot in robbery outside Tongan bank
A man has been shot in the thigh during an armed robbery outside a sub-branch of the Westpac Bank in Tonga. The police have been unavailable for comment, but a... [more]

Greenpeace confronts Spanish vessel in Kiribati waters
Environmental activists with the organisation Greenpeace have confronted the Spanish owned Albatun Tres - a tuna fishing vessel dubbed a super super seiner because of its size and the efficient... [more]

Polynesian countries on track to meet MDG targets
Most of the Pacific's Polynesian nations have been told they are close to achieving most of the Millennium Development Goals. Speaking at a workshop in the Cook Islands, the UNDP's... [more]

MSG officials end talks ahead of leaders' summit
Melanesian Spearhead Group Senior Officials Meetings have concluded in Vanuatu's capital Port Vila. The meetings have taken place over the past week in Port Vila, ahead of the MSG Foreign... [more]

NZ lawyer Heffernan chosen as Fiji election supervisor
A New Zealand lawyer Felicity Heffernan has been chosen as Fiji's Supervisor of Elections. This has been confirmed by the chairman of the Constitutional Offices Commission, Rishi Ram. She is... [more]