Radio New Zealand - Friday, 30th May 2008

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Vietnam War correspondent Chris Turver
Chris Turver was the first New Zealand war correspondent to be dispatched to Vietnam. [more]

The Best Song Ever Written
Paul Qualtrough From Auckland has chosen the uplifting anthem 'Heroes' by David Bowie. [more]

He Rourou for 30 May 2008
In He Rourou today, Ana Tapiata talks to Maori tourism operator Tama Coker. [more]

Wots On
Everything you need to know for your long weekend [more]

The Weekend Weather
With Bob McDavitt. [more]

Fresh Fast Food - Kate Fraser
Kate Fraser's book called 'Cooking Times', described as a"culinary journey through Kiwi kitchens from the 1930's to today". [more]

Super 14 Rugby Final Build Up
Scott Dixon's success at the Indianapolis 500, and the New Zealand Cricket team's demise at Old Trafford against England. [more]

New Zealand Society
"JB"and his wife Annie Barry became firefighters in the early 1980's and Anne's written a book about those experiences. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
With Jane Clifton and Mike Loder. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
With Jane Clifton and Mike Loder. [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 30 May 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 30 May 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


Bowel Cancer Screen Programme Over Due
The Govt has announced it will set up a taskforce to fast track plans for a population-screening programme for the disease. [more]

Dairy Farmers Getting Another Pay Rise
That boosts the average dairy farm's income by 60 thousand dollars to 800 thousand a year. [more]

Kiwi Man Found Dead in a Ditch
The government says it expects a thorough investigation in to the death of a New Zealander in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. [more]

Acquitted Man Will be Retried
George Gwaze was acquitted of the murder and sexual violation of his 10 year niece. [more]

Smoking Rates at the Lowest Levels in Three Years
Prime Minister Helen Clark says it's the perfect way to celebrate world smoke-free day tomorrow. [more]

Farmers Markets Booming
Producers have gathered in Blenheim to celebrate the mutli-billion dollar global fresh produce phenomenon. [more]

Evening Sports News for 30 May 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Boys Underachieving in Schools
Parents are being advised to throw out their sons' X-boxes, and take away their IPODs. [more]

Opponents of Otago Wind Farm Gather Support
The Save Central group hopes for enough backing to scuttle the Meridian Energy project. [more]

Christchurch Company's Plastic Bag Crusade
A Christchurch company has developed a world-first system to dispose of what it calls the scourge of the world. [more]

Evening Waatea News for 30 May 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Whitewear Prices to Soar
Consumers are already being hit by the rising costs of food and fuel. [more]

World Bank to Help the Worlds Poorest Nations
The OECD and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation published a report warning that food prices will remain high. [more]

Indonesia Moving to Protect it's Fuel Cost
Indonesia has oil but still needs to import it for domestic consumption. [more]

Former White House Press Secretary Publishes Book
US officials have been less charitable calling Scott McClellan a traitor for his scathing memoir. [more]

Indigenous Tribe Photographed in South America
Illegal Logging has affected their land and the brazilian government wants to put a stop to it. [more]

Shoddy Construction in Chinese Schools
One of the most tragic features of the 12 May earthquake in China is the number of schools destroyed. [more]

Man Found Quilty of Jury Intimidation
A Jury found Lloyd Bowling guilty of attempting to influence a juror with a threatening note. [more]

Iranian Computer Hackers Correcting the World
"The Mafia Hacking Team"has posted a map with the message"the correct name is Persian Gulf"written on on-line newspapers. [more]

British PM Promises Expansion in Nuclear
The global rise in oil prices has led world leaders to look for alternative fuels. [more]

Evening Sports News for 30 May 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Sharon Stone Speaks Out
French Fashion house Christian Dior has dropped actress Sharon Stone from its campaign in China. [more]

National Hoodie Day
People around the country wore hoodies today in a celebration of youth and to try to reverse negative stereotypes. [more]

Country Life

Intro and Guest
Michael Malmo runs the yards that overnight cows traveling between the North and South Island. [more]

Regional Conditions
There will be serious implications because of a winter drought from Waikato to Wellington and the South Island. [more]

News Across the Tasman. Sheep numbers decline to the lowest in 80 years, drought still affects many farmers. [more]

Meals on Wheels = Eels
Birdlings Flat character George Skipper reminices on his lifelong passion of eeling. [more]

The Heavy Smoker
After losing his farm in 1989 Henry Studholme went from shearing sheep to smoking salmon and business is booming. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus On Politics for 30 May 2008
Focus On Politics for 30 May 2008 [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 30 May 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 30 May 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 30 May 2008
Top Stories for 30 May 2008. [more]

Birds Hoiho - The Yellow Eyed Penguin
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Fisherman Worried at Tough New Measures
The Government's plans will heavily restrict both commercial and recreational fishing. [more]

Education Report Says Boys do Lag Behind Girls
The report represents more than 4 years work and in it schools are being told to look much more closely at how they teach boys. [more]

Coastal Park Urged for Ammunition Storage Site
Two National MPs want to turn New Zealand's largest military ammunition storage facility into a coastal park. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Photojournalist Found Dead in Kenya
An award-winning New Zealand photojournalist has been found dead with head injuries in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. [more]

Nothing to Fear at Patea - Regional Council
The Patea community's being told a slew of toxic substances at the towns former meat works poses no immediate threat. [more]

Photojournalist Complained About Kenyan Police
Jim Gallagher is calling for authorities in New Zealand to ensure a proper investigation is carried out by the Kenyan police. [more]

National Screening Programme Fast Tracked
Government moves to fast track the creation of a national screening programme for one of New Zealand's most lethal cancers. [more]

Schools Told to do More for Boys
Schools are to be told to look much more closely at how they teach boys in the wake of a new report being released today. [more]

Public Prosecution Office Could be the Answer
The Solicitor General is doubtful that a public prosecution office would be right for New Zealand. [more]

Christchurch Will be Seeing Red and Black
Christchurch will be decked out in red and black today in the build up to tomorrow night's Super 14 rugby final. [more]

Strike cost 3 Million Dollars
District health boards say the first two days of the recent junior doctors' strike cost up to 3 million dollars. [more]

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

Power Blackouts Predicted
News that the southern hydrolakes are unlikely to get the rain they need, this has a business group predicting power blackouts. [more]

Meal and Rest Breaks Logistical Nightmare
Employers say proposed new laws to enforce minimum meal and rest breaks for staff will be a logistical nightmare. [more]

Set Net Restrictions Q and A
Angry fishermen are branding as 'ludicrous' suggestions from environmentalists they turn to dolphin based tourism. [more]

Photo Journalist Had Been Harassed by Police
The award winning journalist was found with head injuries in a ditch in the Kenyan capital. [more]

Plans to Speed up Cancer Detection
Government plans to speed up the detection of one of NZ's most deadly killers are being welcomed by the Cancer Society. [more]

Current System Working Well
The Solicitor-General is sceptical that a public prosecutors office would be cost effective for New Zealand. [more]

'Maori Over-Represented in Parliament'
The report, commissioned by the Business Round Table, says the Maori seats should be abolished. [more]

Millions Facing Foodshortage
A new UN report has predicted millions more people are facing a dire foodshortage. [more]

Earthquake Hits Iceland
The 6 point 1 quake struck in the mid-afternoon with an epicentre near the town of Selfoss. [more]

Green Party Unhappy About Heavier Trucks
The Green Party is condemning moves allowing trucks to carry heavier loads on the nation's roads. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Contamination Sites Not Being Cleaned
Thousands of sites of historic contamination are not being cleaned up because of confusion over who should pay. [more]

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

Hoppy The Rainbow Lorikeet
It appears Hoppy didn't make it across Hamilton city under his own steam but actually hopped a ride in somebody's car. [more]


Without Anasthetic
Hypno-Therapist and Psychotherapist Alex Lenkei talks to Bryan about how he had surgery on his arm without anasthetic. [more]

Slices of Heaven Winner
The Sunday Boys, written by John Skudder. [more]

Nine To Noon

Zimbabwe - What next for a troubled country?
Frank Chicowore is a journalist working in one of the most politically charges countries in the world. [more]

Wine as an Investment
Luke Batchelar is the director of Batchelar Fine and Rare Wine. [more]

News and affairs from Asia. [more]

The Need for Politically Incorrect Parenting
psychologist and author of several parenting books including his latest"Before Your Teenagers Drive You Crazy, Read This!" [more]

Book Review
The Open Road by Pico Lyer. Published by Bloomsbury. [more]

James Taylor"One Man Band", Bannerman"EP" and Anna Coddington"The Lake". [more]

Sports round up with Richard Becht. [more]

The Week That Was
A round up of the weeks news and affairs. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 30 May 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 30 May 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Cath Anderson
Chief Executive of the NZ Music Commission reflects on this year's New Zealand music month. [more]

Hayko Seimens
German organist in the country for the 2008 NZ Association of Organists Congress in Auckland. [more]

James Instone
NZ composer currently living in Brunei sends us a postcard home. [more]

News stories:

New Caledonia police clash with union demonstrators in Noumea
There have been clashes in the centre of the New Caledonian capital, Noumea, between police and supporters of the mainly Kanak USTKE union who claim to be deprived of their... [more]

MSG leaders call for economic growth
Melanesian Spearhead Group leaders say economic development is essential for stability in their region. The Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, highlighted economic growth in his opening address... [more]

American Samoa hospital places controls on patient's visitors
Family members who take care of relatives hospitalized at American Samoa's LBJ hospital will need clearance from the admitting physician and be issued a badge in order to be allowed... [more]

Samoa Lands and Titles Court to announce on Malietoa title on 18th June
The Samoa Lands and Titles Court in Samoa has completed hearing evidence from the 51 parties involved in a dispute over the Malietoa paramount title and will deliver a decision... [more]

Polynesian Airlines in Samoa to welcome new aircraft
A new twin otter aircraft for Samoa's Polynesian Airline arrives today at Faleolo International Airport with the Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi scheduled to welcome the plane in a ceremony. [more]

Residents leaving Northern Marianas because of soaring cost of power
Consumers and businesses in the Northern Marianas are struggling to cope with the impact of power price rises and the hike in the minimum wage. In May the Commonwealth Utilities... [more]

Still no word on whether China loan has been approved for mini games in Rarotonga
The Cook Islands has still received no official word from the China EXIM Bank regarding their 10-million US dollar loan to build a sports stadium and upgrade venues on the... [more]

Family of Samoa man shot dead by police in Long Beach, sue police and city administration
The family of a Samoan man shot and killed by police officers in Long Beach California are suing the city and the police department, seeking damages for wrongful death and... [more]

Population growth seen as main threat to natural resources in American Samoa
An advisory group to the American Samoa governor has identified population pressure as the number one threat to natural resources in the territory. Based on growth patterns in the past... [more]

PNG's Mt Hagen city council shuts down operations after running out of money
In Papua New Guinea, the Mt Hagen City Authority is broke and its operation has grounded to a halt. The PNG national newspaper says as of Tuesday, it only had... [more]

Fiji human rights commission chair says calls for apology for human rights abuses a publicity stunt
The Fiji Human Rights Commission says apologising for human rights abuses would only be a publicity stunt. Fiji features in Amnesty International's annual human rights report, which highlights 150 of... [more]