Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 29th May 2008

This page lists items from RNZ that are available online. RNZ didn't start regularly putting both its audio and news content online until 2008. From 2002-2007 written news items (particularly from RNZ International) were placed online. You can access items prior to 2002 on the historic page.

This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Rural News, Upbeat


The Best Song Ever Written
Martin Goldfinch of Auckland chooses todays song, Sweet Surrender by Tim Buckley. [more]

Your Place: Sanson
Noelle talks to Dave Pickles. [more]

Your Place: Sanson
Noelle talks to Del Parker. [more]

Your Place: Sanson
Noelle talks to Richard McAlister. [more]

Best Beers
Head judge Geoff Griggs was faced with the challenge of sampling over 130 beers! [more]

Flyers Museum
What started as an empty hanger, and a handful of ancient aircraft, in just 3 years taken off. [more]

He Rourou for 29 May 2008
In He Rourou today, Ana Tapiata talks with Tama about his ideas around handing down of traditional Maori knowledge. [more]

Feature Album
Luxury Length - Blam Blam Blam (1982). [more]

Arts Report
Time now to join Lynn Freeman for our weekly look at what's happening in the arts. [more]

Christchurch Story with Katy Gosset
This week we're out for dinner at what might just be the country's most short-lived restaurant. [more]

Environment story with Dacia Herbulock
What makes an invasive species successful? Why do some introduced plants die away, while others spread rapidly and take over? [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
Part 1 of todays panel with Bomber Bradbury and Julia Hartley Moore. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
Part 2 of todays panel with Bomber Bradbury and Julia Hartley Moore. [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 29 May 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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


Colorectal Screening
The Government has just announced its to fast track the creation of a national bowel cancer screening programme. [more]

Fishing Restrictions to Protect Dolphins mean Job Cuts
Almost three hundred jobs and up to 80 million dollars worth of income will be lost from the fishing industry. [more]

Muliaga Counsel Argument
The one year anniversary of the death of Folole Muliaga have been marred by an argument between counsel. [more]

Police Reject Investigation Criticism
The police in Hawke's Bay are rejecting criticism of their investigation into the murder of Hawke's Bay farmer Jack Nicholas. [more]

Trucks to Carry Heavier Loads
The M.o.T is allowing trucks to carry heavier loads, but admits it doesn't know how it'll pay for exta wear and tear on roads. [more]

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

Housing Conference
Housing New Zealand has released a list of the venues it's used since 2002. [more]

Bush Book
A new book by former White House press secretary is accusing Preident Bush of using propoganda to sell Iraq War. [more]

Benson-Pope to run as Independent?
Could the former cabinet minister, David Benson-Pope be gearing up to run against Labour at the next election? [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Dunedin Murder Trial
Former economics tutor Clayton Weatherston committed to stand trial for the murder of Dunedin 22 year old, Sophie Elliott. [more]

Dolphin Protection Fishing Restrictions Dispute
Otago University associate professor and marine scientist Steve Dawson. [more]

Calls for Justice System Overhaul
The rising number of failed high profile police prosecutions is prompting claims the justice system needs an overhaul . [more]

Cluster Bombs
They are some of the most destructive weapons of war but now a growing chorus of nations is calling for a ban on cluster bombs [more]

India Oil
India is booming...its expanding economy is both a reason for rising oil prices and a victim of them. [more]

China Free Trade Deal
Tempers became frayed as Parliament's foreign affairs, defence and trade committee heard submissions on the FTD with China. [more]

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

Everest Anniversary
To mark the anniversary, Lady June Hillary officially opened the new Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre at Aoraki Mount Cook. [more]

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

Peter Marshall Jailed
The disgraced former head of Access Brokerage, Peter Marshall has been jailed for three years. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

FARC Leader Death
Colombia is asking if the death of the rebel FARC leader is the beginning of the end for the left-wing movement. [more]

Australian Dollar
The Australian dollar is expected to blast past parity with the US dollar before the end of the year. [more]

Olmert Investigation
The Israeli prime minister, Ehud Olmert is currently under investigation over allegations of corruption. [more]

NIWA Project Little Rain
Dr Murray Poulter is NIWA's General Manager of Energy and joins us now [more]

Republic of Nepal
Celebrations in the streets - as people in Nepal mark the birth of a new republic. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 29 May 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 29 May 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 19 May 2008
Murray Forman acquitted, Apology to Vietnam Vet's, Electricity Spot Prices, Prevenar Vaccine, Nepal a Republic. [more]

Taranui - the Caspian Tern
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Drug Testing in Schools
Politicians to consider bold proposal for random drug testing in schools to tackle methamphetamine use. [more]

Islamic School in Sydney
Application for school turned down following months of heated debate between supporters and opponents. [more]

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

Morning Rural News for 29 May 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Electricity Spot Prices
There's doubt Contact Energy's decision to re-commission its New Plymouth power station will see spot power prices come down. [more]

Housing NZ Chief Apologises
CEO does about face and apologises for approving venue of staff conference held at luxury Tongariro lodge. [more]

DoC Job Losses
Forty Department of Conservation staff are to lose their jobs despite a boost in funding announced in last week's budget. [more]

Murray Foreman Not Guilty (Part 1)
Murray Foreman is a free man this morning. Our reporter Heugh Chappell has been following the case in Napier. [more]

Murray Foreman Not Guilty (Part 2)
Bruce Squire QC was the lawyer for Murray Foreman and describes the police work as shoddy and selective. [more]

Vietnam Vet's Apology (Part 2)
The Prime Minister speaks about the apology and what it means to the country, to the men and women involved and to her. [more]

Electricity Spot Prices (Part 2)
High spot prices mean Contact Energy could make significant money from decision to partly reopen New Plymouth power station. [more]

Nepal - World's Newest Republic
Scenes of jubilation in Nepal as the country's brand-new special assembly overwhelmingly votes to end Nepal's monarchy. [more]

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

Undie 500 Debate
The debate over the Undie 500 - the annual Canterbury University student pub-crawl to Dunedin - is taking a new turn. [more]

Israeli PM Corruption Allegations
Fresh demands for Ehud Olmert's resignation following new evidence into corruption allegations. [more]

Brain Boosting Drugs
A British Government advisory group warns they could become for education what doping is for sport. [more]

High Profile Acquittals
Man accused of murdering Hawke's Bay farmer Jack Nicholas acquitted - third high profile not guilty verdict in a week. [more]

Vietnam Vet's Apology (Part 3)
Vietnam War protestors call on government to apologise to the Vietnamese people. [more]

Muliaga Inquest
The inquest into events surrounding the death of Folole Muliaga due to finish today, a year to the day of her death. [more]

Prevenar Vaccine (Part 2)
Dr Cameron Grant, a Paediatrician and Associate Professor at Auckland University talks about the new vaccine. [more]

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

University Subjects in Jeopardy
Declining enrolments in courses such as Women's Studies and European Languages is jeopardising the future of some subjects. [more]

Kumfs Job Losses
Further bad news for local footwear manufacturing with loss of another twenty-three jobs at Kumfs shoes factory. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

McKenzie Country By-Laws
The local council is doing some housekeeping with a clearout of old, obsolete or just plain daft bylaws dating back to 1933. [more]

Space Loo
When nature calls, you have to answer, even if you're 350 km's above earth. But what if your loo is broken? [more]

Hoppy the Lorikeet
Fay Reilly of Whatawhata had recently given her pet lorikeet up for dead after it escaped while she was letting out the dog. [more]


Pagan In The City
Cassandra Eason is the author of 'Pagan in the city - How to live and work by natural cycles in the everyday world'. [more]

Geology Rocks
With Hamish Campbell, Geologist. [more]

Clue 7. [more]

Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Is Drug Policy Working?
Former detective now drug educator, Mike Sabin and NZ Drug Foundation Executive Director Ross Bell talk to Kathryn. [more]

Downstage in Trouble?
Auckland Theatre (and former Downstage) Artistic Director Colin McColl and Wellington actor/director Miranda Harcourt join us. [more]

UK Correspondent
Kate Adie reports on the latest news from the UK. [more]

Feature Guest - Richard McCann
As son of the Yorkshire Ripper's first victim, how did Richard overcome his demons to become a successful motivational speaker? [more]

Book Review - Is She Still Alive?
Written by Tessa Duder. Reviewed by Michele A'Court. Published by HarperCollins NZ. [more]

Maori Issues
With Tahu Potiki, head of Ngai Tahu's Otago Runanga and Maori Television board member. [more]

New Technology - Colin Jackson
How big is the Internet? Can we fill it up? Is it in danger of exploding? [more]

Bowel Cancer Screening
Cancer expert Dr Peter Dady talks with Kathyrn Ryan about bowel cancer screening. [more]

Our Changing World

New Materials
Physicist Ben Ruck explains a range of new nano-scale materials based on rare earth metals. [more]

Plant Invaders
Plant researcher Philip Hulme talks about the factors that make some weeds succeed and others fail. [more]

Brain Rewards
An exploration of the role of neuro-transmitters in the brain's reward system and decision-making processes. [more]

Zonta Awards
This year's winners of the Zonta awards in science and building research talk about their work. [more]

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 29 May 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Simon O'Neill and Angela Brown
NZ tenor and US Soprano appearing in two Auckland concerts at St Patrick's Cathedral in June. [more]

Tamas Vesmas
Romanian born pianist launching the 2008 Auckland International Piano Festival this weekend. [more]

Dan Caddy
New Zealand School of Dance student taking part in the school's mid year choreographic season 'Steel Skeletons'. [more]

News stories:

Niue caretaker Premier not comfortable with NZ - style democracy
The caretaker Premier of Niue, Young Vivian, says the country needs to reconsider the version of democracy imposed on it by New Zealand. He was responding to criticism from fellow... [more]

Three Pacific nations do well in World Bank survey
Three Pacific states have done well in surveys conducted by the World Bank measuring the ease of doing business. Among small island developing states Fiji was rated 4th, Tonga 6th... [more]

Cook Islands government to reform laws to eliminate discrimination against women
The Cook Islands government says it is ready to undertake reform of their domestic laws to make them more compliant with Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination... [more]

CNMI welcomes more studies into effect of minimum wage rise
The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas welcomes an indepth study into the effect of the minimum wage rise on its economy. On Monday the minimum wage in the CNMI and... [more]

Melanesian Spearhead Group to help Fiji hold elections next year
The Melanesian Spearhead Group is to support Fiji efforts to honour its commitment to hold free and fair elections by March next year. Fiji's interim Foreign Minister Ratu Epeli Nailatikau... [more]

Solomon logging companies criticise government for not leading reforestation efforts
In Solomon Islands, some logging companies say the Government has failed to take the lead in reforestation in logged out areas. The SIFA Secretary told the Solomon Times that the... [more]

PNG opposition politician questions LNG project
Papua New Guinea's massive liquefied natural gas project has been called "a dangerous bulldozer deal that has not properly consulted key stakeholders." That is the view of Opposition MP and... [more]

New owners of Samoa Broadcasting Corp promise more independent news
The Chief Executive Office of Samoa Quality Broadcasting - the private company poised to take over government owned Samoa Broadcasting Corporation - says the new company will provide more independent... [more]

Hawaiian Airlines urged to provide more Festival flights
The 10th Pacific Arts Festival organizing committee in American Samoa is still hopeful that Hawaiian Airlines will add an extra flight to Pago Pago in July to accommodate what the... [more]

Fiji and PNG criticised in Amnesty report
Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Australia have made it onto Amnesty International's Annual human rights report with Fiji attracting the most criticism. 150 countries are featured in the report which... [more]

France's Jego arrives in New Caledonia
The junior French minister in charge of overseas territories, Yves Jego, has arrived in Noumea on his first official visit to New Caledonia since succeeding Christian Estrosi in the position. [more]

Marshalls seek Japanese funds for infrastructure plans
The Marshall Islands is seeking Japanese funding for two multi-million dollar infrastructure projects. The two projects are for a seven-million US dollar plan to improve water supplies on Ebeye, Wotje... [more]

CNMI policeman caught up in insurance scam
A Northern Marianas police officer has confessed to being involved with a group of persons involved in a car insurance scam. The Saipan Tribune newspaper quotes what it calls reliable... [more]

Kiribati conservation plan gets NZ backing
An international conservation group says New Zealand's help to protect the world's largest pristine marine wilderness area in Kiribati will ensure the project's success. Conservation International has teamed up with... [more]

American Samoa gears up to welcome Rarotongan canoe
The American Samoa voyaging society, Aiga Tautai, is planning a traditional welcome in Manu'a for the Rarotongan voyagers who will be sailing there in a double hulled canoe for the... [more]

American Samoan villages get new powers to control fishing
American Samoa villages taking part in the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources fisheries management programme will be given the authority to enforce fisheries regulations. Village officials will be deputised... [more]

Japan funds USP communications centre
Japan is to fund the construction of an information and communication centre for the University of the South Pacific in Suva. The USP, the Fiji interim Government and Japan signed... [more]

Fiji sets up taksforce to look at price iincrease
Fiji's interim minister of finance has launched a taskforce to look at the impact of increases in the prices of fuel and food. This comes after earlier measures to cushion... [more]

Outcry in Solomons capital over 150 percent bus fare hike
There is an outcry in Solomon Islands at a 150 percent increase in public transport charges. The Solomons, like every country in the region, has been struggling in recent months... [more]

French Polynesian majority at risk over eligibility challenges
The French Polynesian government's majority is at risk as the opposition has challenged the eligibility of the two assembly members who defected last month to give the To Tatou Aia... [more]

French Polynesian majority at risk over eligibility challenges
The French Polynesian government's majority is at risk as the opposition has challenged the eligibility of the two assembly members who defected last month to give the To Tatou Aia... [more]

Tonga political reform to begin next month
The Tongan government is to begin the process for implementing political reform as soon as next month. In the speech from the throne at the opening of the first session... [more]

American Samoa customs haul in hundreds of carton of contraband cigarettes
Nearly 400 cartons of cigarettes have been confiscated by American Samoan customs agents during searches of fishing vessels within the last several weeks. It's suspected that the cigarettes were being... [more]

Pacific Islands statisticians share information at New Zealand workshops
New Zealand's Pacific Island Affairs Minister and the Statistics Minister have welcomed visiting statisticians from the Pacific. The visit is part of Statistics New Zealand's Strategy for Building Statistical Capability... [more]

MP in Papua New Guinea says landowners must be quickly informed about LNG deal
An MP in Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands Province says communication has to be improved to ensure that the eleven billion US dollar liquefied natural gas project is not held... [more]

Cook Islands praised for full commitment to CEDAW
The Cook Islands government has set up a working group to consider what needs to be done so the country complies with the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms... [more]

Embracing tradition key for Melanesia in meeting big challenges ahead
The importance of enhancing customary tradition in Melanesia has been hailed at the MSG Leaders Summit underway in Port Vila, Vanuatu. In their opening addresses, both PNG and Vanuatu's Prime... [more]

Fiji business operators call for promotion of agriculture to help with soaring food costs
Fiji's chamber of commerce says the government needs to encourage agriculture to alleviate the pressure of rising food and fuel prices. The interim Minister of Finance, Mahendra Chaudhry, has launched... [more]

Young Pacific population benefits all New Zealanders - Minister
New Zealand's Pacific Island Affairs Minister, Luamanuvao Winnie Laban, says the latest census information from Statistics New Zealand shows a young and growing Pacific population offers significant future benefits for... [more]