Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 5th June 2008

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


Jim's Essay
New research out of the Netherlands says a lack of power has a profound effect on our mental skills. [more]

The Best Song Ever Written
Kriz Van der Merwe from Horokiwi has chosen 'Dignity' by Bob Dylan. [more]

Your Place - Ross
20 minutes south of Hokitika. Set amid rain forest, rugged mountains, and wild beaches. [more]

Quake Advice
Vince Cholewa from the Ministry of Civil Defence. [more]

Fastest Indian
From the ironsands of Muriwai to the saltflats of Utah, motorcyclist Corey Bertlesen is hoping to roar into the record books. [more]

He Rourou for 5 June 2008
Ana Tapiata talks to Whatarangi Winiata about the tribe's decision to set up a permanent radio station, Reo FM. [more]

Feature Album - The Slider
By T-Rex, released in 1972, it became their most popular album in the US, even without a successful single. [more]

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

Christchurch Story with Katy Gosset
A Lyttelton local, Mike Dickison, is the force behind the port town's Ukulele Jam. [more]

Environment Story
'Moving Towards a Balanced Earth: Kick the Carbon Habit' opens today and will be showing at Te Papa for the rest of the year. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With Gordon McLaughlin and Tony Doe. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With Gordon McLaughlin and Tony Doe. [more]

Business News

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

Markets Update
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 5 June 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]


Reserve Bank Predictions
The Reserve Bank is predicting hard times ahead - with house prices falling, and unemployment rising. [more]

Real Estate Prices
The Real Estate Institute says there's no need for homebuyers to panic at the Reserve Bank's predictions. [more]

Otahuhu B Offline
The country's second biggest thermal power plant has been closed for repairs but the government says there's no cause for alarm. [more]

Police Launch Homicide
A young woman was killed when a vehicle collided head-on with the car she was driving in South Auckland. [more]

Child Pornography Arrests
One of the biggest cases in Australia's history has seen police arrest 70 people and remove 4 children from their homes. [more]

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

Clinton To Bow Out - But When?
Our correspondent in Washington Ollie Barratt has the latest on Hillary Clinton's next move. [more]

Otahuhu B Offline (Part 2)
Contact's chief executive David Baldwin explains what's gone wrong at the plant. [more]

Wave Power
Officials have been shown an energy device designed to generate electricity using the rise and fall of ocean waves. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Rudd Lobbies For Regional Alliance
Australia's Prime Minister hopes the body will help govern security and trade in the region. [more]

Humpback Whale Encounter
The whales annually migrate off the coast, but this is the first recorded humpback sighting so close to the Napier shoreline. [more]

US Ships Depart Myanmar
Myanmar's military regime has refused to allow the aid to be delivered for the past three weeks. [more]

Reserve Bank Predictions (Part 2)
With Council of Trade Unions economist, Peter Conway and the chief executive of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Charles Finny. [more]

Insulation For Northland
Celebration in Kaitaia this afternoon, with plans to insulate 4,000 homes - free of charge, for families in the region. [more]

Central Plains Water Scheme
The project's resource consent application is being heard in Christchurch, as Shanna Crispin reports. [more]

Prime TV Billboards Removed
Prime TV billboards in Wellington and Auckland have raised the ire of the Jewish community. [more]

Zimbabwe's Opposition Leader Questioned
The Mugabe regime has drawn the condemnation of the international community for its treatment of Morgan Tsvangirai. [more]

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

Court of Appeal
The Court of Appeal has taken four years jail time off the sentence for a Lower Hutt man who repeatedly stabbed his children. [more]

Government Needs Scientists Help
About 40 scientists gathered at Parliament this morning as part of World Environment Day. [more]

World Environment Day
Hundreds of people in Hamilton marked World Environment Day and Arbour Day together. [more]

World Food Summit
There are calls at the World Food Summit in Rome for a second Green Revolution. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Chinese Earthquake Investigation
Chinese officials seem to be dragging their heels over promised investigations into the why so many schools collapsed. [more]

Obama and McCain Campaigns Start Now
Now that the two main parties seem to have their candidates, what happens next and what issues will dominate? [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 5 June 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 5 June 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 05 June 2008
Barack and Hillary, World Environment Day, Interest Rates, Auckland Tunnel Transit, Operating Theatre Controversy. [more]

Korimako - the Bellbird
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

The Chosen One
Barack Obama has been chosen as the Democratic presidential candidate; he speaks from St Paul, Minnesota. [more]

UN World Food Summit - Rome
Aid groups warn the Summit that merely throwing money at the problem won't provide long-term solutions to global food shortages. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Heir Presumptive
Barack Obama becomes the presumptive Democratic candidate for President of the USA. [more]

World Environment Day (Part 1)
Eric Frykberg speaks with the head of the UN Environment Programme, Achim Steiner about NZ's role in combating climate change. [more]

Morgan Tsvangirai Detained
Zimbabwe's opposition leader taken into custody after police stopped his motorcade. [more]

Obama the Statesman
Senator Obama sets his sights on November's general election; our Washington correspondent Daniel Ryntjes joins us. [more]

Clinton Campaign Awry
The chairman of one of America's most highly regarded campaign consultancies explains what went wrong for the former first lady. [more]

World Environment Day (Part 2)
Today is World Environment Day, and New Zealand is at the heart of the campaign. [more]

World Environment Day (Part 3)
A leading figure on climate change, Dr Rajendra Pachauri is in NZ for World Environment Day and speaks with us. [more]

Interest Rate Review
Reserve Bank releases review of interest rates today, two weeks after the Finance Minister Michael Cullen's tax cutting Budget. [more]

Auckland Tunnel Transit
Transit board votes for $2-billion twin tunnels between the Western Ring Route and the current Auckland motorway system. [more]

Controversial Operating Theatre Proposal
Recommendation to rent Wellington operating theatres rather than build new ones in the Hutt Valley meets with disbelief by DHB. [more]

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

New Bacterium Discovered
Threatens $40-million a year tomato and capsicum export industry. [more]

Waikato Drought Fears
The region's drought committee reconvenes today as the impact of little rain and a growing feed deficit gets even worse. [more]

China Quake Aftershocks
Shock from quake still being felt as government appears to backtrack on promises to investigate collapse of school buildings. [more]

Change Democrats Believe In
Many Democrats believe Senator Obama could now be the first black man in the Whitehouse. [more]

World Environment Day (Part 4)
So does New Zealand deserve to host World Environment Day and its theme"Kick the Carbon Habit"? We speak with the PM. [more]

Decline in Health Grants
Leading NZ scientist concerned over decline in number of health research projects receiving grants. [more]

Morgan Tsvangirai Detained (Part 2)
Zimbabwe's opposition leader in police custody after being seized at roadblock; update from correspondent Columbus Mavhunga. [more]

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

Missing Polish Tramper
The hunt for missing Polish tramper 28-year-old Jacek Grzybowski, near Wellington, resumes this morning. [more]

Jockey Michael Walker Update
There are doubts about his future riding career; his agent, Aidan Rodley joins us. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Fatherhood and Fertility Fatal?
New data and research suggests that child mortality rates are higher for those whose fathers were older than 45 at conception. [more]

Democratic Campaign Trail
A look back at some of the highs and lows of a long, very close and at times very angry campaign. [more]


Nursing in the Sudan
Bryan talks with NZ Red Cross aid worker Wendy Hetrick. [more]

Conundrum Clue 5
Conundrum clue 5. [more]

Conundrum Clue 6
Conundrum clue 6. [more]

Nine To Noon

Obama Democratic Victory
Bob Weiner, National Democratic Strategist and former White House spokesman, on Senator Obama's presidential prospects and damage to the Democratic Party due to the cut-throat campaign for selection. [more]

U.S. Election
Brian Walton, Republican strategist commenting on Obama v. McCain contest. [more]

Global Green Motoring Campaign
The International Automobile Federation head is in NZ to launch environmental impact of driving campaign. [more]

UK Correspondent
Matthew Parris gives us the low-down and the latest news from the UK. [more]

To the Victor the Spoils
But will Barack Obama have spoilt his chances of a running mate with Hillary Clinton. A key Clinton supporter speaks. [more]

Feature Guest - Fiona Watson
The campaign co-ordinator for Survival International talks about the plight of the aboriginals of Amazonia. [more]

Book Review - The Face of War
Written by Sandy Callister. Published by Auckland University Press. Reviewed by Kate Blackhurst. [more]

TZ1 - Carbon Trading
The NZX's off-shoot, TZ1's CEO Mark Franklin talks to Kathryn about the new market. [more]

Oil Prices
Tyson Slocum, Director of Public Citizen's Energy Program, the largest consumer advocacy group in the U.S. [more]

New Technology - Colin Jackson
Colin Jackson of gives us the low-down on the latest in the tech stakes. [more]

Our Changing World

Mana Island
Veronika kayaks out to the island to meet volunteers restoring its native ecology. [more]

Rajendra Pachauri - IPCC
The chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shares his vision of a low-carbon world. [more]

Environmental Art at Te Papa
Global art on the theme of a balanced planet debuts for World Environment Day. [more]

Green Ribbon Award
Dean Schneider wins the lifetime acheivement award for environmental education. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 5 June 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 5 June 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Christiaan van der Zee
Tasman String Quartet violist back in the country for a short tour with the ensemble before returning to the US. [more]

Simon Philips
Director of musical theatre adaptation of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert' currently playing in Auckland. [more]

Iain Tetley
Conductor of massed choir for the Auckland premiere of Karl Jenkin's 'The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace'. [more]

News stories:

CNMI's hit by rolling blackouts
In the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas rolling blackouts are expected to hit Saipan until as late as August as maintenance dates on two power generators are put back. The... [more]

Paedophile suspect flown from Tahiti to Paris
It has been revealed in French Polynesia that two weeks ago French police detained an unnamed person for alleged paedophile activity in the 1980's. The news agency AFP says the... [more]

Samoa's Radio 2AP under control of Ministry of Communication and Technology
The Samoa government has put the public broadcaster, Radio 2AP under the control and management of the Ministry of Communication and Technology with a budget of more than 200 thousand... [more]

Canadian company says its exploration will bring many benefits to PNG
The Canadian company, Nautilus Minerals, says its exploration will bring many benefits to PNG, including new jobs, infrastructure and royalties. The company says it has extracted a marketable, high-grade copper... [more]

Villagers in PNG kill man following death of a teacher
Villagers in Papua New Guinea have hanged a man and left his body on display after he allegedly killed a school teacher. PNG's National newspaper said teacher Peter Itaki, 20,... [more]

Army reservists arrive in American Samoa
In American Samoa, twenty-two members of the local Army Reserve unit deployed last year to Iraq are scheduled to arrive in the territory today. Governor Togiola Tulafono led the local... [more]

U.S, State Department says Fiji and PNG could lose aid following human trafficking report
A U.S State Department report says Fiji and Papua New Guinea have failed to make significant efforts to eliminate human trafficking last year and risk losing some U.S. aid. The... [more]

Fiji farmers are lazy says Fiji's Rewa Rice chairman
Fiji's Rewa Rice chairman, Hari Pal Singh, says although Fiji has the potential to boost its rice production for local consumption in the face of high prices and low global... [more]

CUC convinces lawmakers increased power rates are legitimate
In the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation's top official says the agency has managed to convince lawmakers that the increased power rates have enough basis and... [more]

Multi million dollar industry introduced in Fiji
A business concept in the tourism industry that is proving to be a multi-million dollar industry in the United States has been introduced in Fiji. The plan is to test... [more]

Samoa Tel eyed up by Government and World Bank
Samoa's Minister of Finance, Niko Lee Hang says the government has plans to team up with the World Bank to privatize Samoa Tel. The government's plan has been revealed in... [more]

Westpac Bank of Tonga installs new computers
The Westpac Bank of Tonga says the installation of 686,000 US dollars worth of new computers for the bank will guarantee that there will be no more disruptions to its... [more]

CNMI's CUC fails to pay debts to company on Tinian
Saipan's primary electricity company, the Commonwealth Utilities Corp., has failed to pay its debts to a company on Tinian, causing some customers to lose service. The Saipan Tribune reports this... [more]

Fiji's ousted prime minister receives no support from NGOs on two bills
Two leading women's NGOs in Fiji do not support the latest statements by the ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase that the Qoliqoli and Indigenous Claims Tribunal bills are not racist... [more]

SPC says regional population will reach nine and a half million this year
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community estimates the region's population is growing by about the size of Samoa every year. It says the regional population will reach nine and a... [more]

Fiji police near end of death threats investigation against Australia's High Commissioner
The police in Fiji say they have almost completed an investigation into death threats made against the Australian High Commissioner, James Batley. The threats, received last month, were contained in... [more]

Samoa court drops case over 2006 road death of Kiribati man
A district court in Samoa has dismissed criminal charges relating to the death of a Kiribati man two years ago. Two defendants were facing charges of dangerous driving causing the... [more]

American Samoa Democrats again undecided over presidential bids
While Barack Obama has clinched the Democratic Party's nomination to run for the American Presidency this November, the American Samoa branch of the party says it's too early to tell... [more]

Kiribati president says climate change awareness is growing
The president of Kiribati, Anote Tong, says international awareness is slowly growing about the vulnerability of small island states to the effects of climate change. Mr Tong is on a... [more]

Search in PNG for eight missing at sea
A search is underway in Papua New Guinea's East New Britain province for eight people missing at sea. The eight were travelling from Namatanai in New Ireland province to Kokopo... [more]

Ramu Nickel project in PNG faced with environmental problems
The Governor of Papua New Guinea's Madang province expects environmental concerns to be addressed before any further progress in construction of the Ramu Nickel Mine. Work on the 955 million... [more]

France applies CITES to Pacific territories
The French government says the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species, or CITES, is now fully enforceable in the French Pacific territories of French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna. [more]

Kiribati president appreciates labour mobility benefits
The president of Kiribati, Anote Tong, says his people would rather have jobs than aid assistance from other countries. Mr Tong is on a state visit to New Zealand hosting... [more]

Fiji police say threats against Batley made by more than one person
Fiji police say they have managed to identify the suspects who allegedly made death threats against the Australian High Commissioner, James Batley. Police have given no further details but a... [more]

PNG governor talks underway over Ramu Nickel project
The Governor of Papua New Guinea's Madang province says a dialogue is underway to address landowner concerns regarding planned waste disposal by Ramu Nickel mine operators. Work on the 955... [more]

Fiji told by Forum that charter process mustn't delay 2009 election
The Fiji interim regime has been told that the People's Charter process must not delay an election in the first quarter of 2009. The deputy secretary general of the Pacific... [more]

Fiji constitution could go as last resort of regime push
The leader of a Catholic NGO in Fiji says he thinks the interim government would only abrogate the constitution as a measure of last resort. Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore... [more]

June 26th becomes New Caledonia public holiday
New Caledonia is to celebrate June 26th as a public holiday from this year to mark the political reconciliation achieved 20 years ago. This was announed by the territorial government... [more]

Solomons UN delegate gets top assembly role
The Solomon Islands Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Colin Beck, has been elected one of the Vice Presidents for the 63rd Session of the General Assembly. The Solomon Islands... [more]

New Caledonian mayors defend water supply deal
Mayors in New Caledonia have taken issue with a public report critical of the way the water supply has been contracted for the capital Noumea. The mayor of Noumea, Jean... [more]

Samoa education budget boost to help teacher retention
In Samoa, education and health have been given a windfall in next year's 300 million US dollar budget. The health ministry is to get a 17 percent boost totalling 35... [more]

Transnational crime continued threat in Pacific
The Pacific Islands Forum says transnational crime continues to be a human and economic threat in the Pacific and combating it remains a high priority for law enforcement agencies in... [more]

Bougainville police prevent public forum on controversial Invincible deal
Police stopped a public forum on the controversial agreement between the autonomous Bougainville Government and a Canadian company, Invincible Resources, from going ahead today. The Bougainville Inter Church Women's Forum... [more]

Australian state MP calls for help for Kiribati
A Greens MP in the New South Wales Parliament, Ian Cohen, says it's the state's ethical duty to relocate the entire 90,000 people on Kiribati. This follows the Kiribati President,... [more]

French Polynesia opposition queries cost of Tong Sang's Paris trip
French Polynesia's opposition Union For Democracy has asked the government to detail who made up the delegation it sent to Paris last month and how much the trip cost. The... [more]