Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 12th June 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


Jim's Essay
Words that should be given time out. Or retired. [more]

Best Song Ever Written
Sorrow in the Wind, from Emmylou Harris's 1979 album Blue Kentucky Girl. [more]

Your Place
National Park Village [more]

Gray Nicol
New Zealand video art pioneer performs at the film archive tonight, 'Duck Calling'. [more]

Crossways Community Centre
Residents of Mt Victoria in Wellington are refusing to concede defeat in their fight to save the Crossways Community Centre. [more]

Killer Jandals
American medical researchers have put the toe into wearing jandals, claiming the rubber footwear is bad for the health. [more]

He Rourou
Over the past 20 years, the number of students participating in Massey University's Maori graduation has increased eight fold. [more]

Feature Album
South Pacific Soundtrack - 1959 - 115 weeks at number one on the album charts. [more]

Arts Report
Lynn Freeman gets to the bottom of Downstage theatre's future. [more]

Christchurch Story
Maria Dorothea has the unlikely title of Clutter Coach and her services are called upon more often than you might think. [more]

Science Report
In our science story today - rat bones pinpoint the arrival of people in New Zealand. [more]

The Panel (part1)
The Panel (part1) [more]

The Panel (part 2)
The Panel (part 2) [more]

Business News

Morning Business 12 June 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Morning Markets Update 12 June 2008
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 12 June 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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


American Researcher Says Vaccination Ground Breaking
Paul Offit has been brought to NZ by the Auckland University-based Immunisation Advisory Centre to discuss vaccines. [more]

Caltex, BP Raise Fuel by 6c Again
Caltex and BP have raised the price of fuel by another 6 cents - the second increase in two days. [more]

Three Men Appear in Court Over Liquor Store Murder
Three young men have appeared in court charged with the murder of liquor storeowner Navtej Singh. [more]

Thousands Attend Funeral For Shot Store Owner
At the service he was described as a hard working young man whose life was shattered by criminals. [more]

Bodies of Men Found on Freight Wagon Identified
Two men found dead on top of a railway freight wagon in Christchurch have been identified. [more]

Four killed as Tornado Rips Through US Scout Camp
Four people have been killed and at least 20 injured after a tornado tore through a Boy Scout camp. [more]

Cost of Vegetables Pushes Food Prices Up
The price of vegetables caused the overall price of food to rise by 1% in May. Vegetables cost 11% more in May than in April. [more]

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

Police Investigate Why File Was Accessed 72 Times
The police investigating why a woman's file was accessed 72 times say a significant number were for the right reasons. [more]

Law Commission Wants Inquiry Into Conduction of Rape Trials
The Law Commission wants an urgent inquiry into the way rape trials are conducted in this country. [more]

Australia PM Losses Patience With Ill-Temper MP
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has lost patience with an MP notorious for her ill temper. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Whakatane Man Doesn't Recall Provoking Pepper Spraying
A Whakatane man's told a court he doesn't recall saying anything to provoke being pepper sprayed. [more]

Pakistani Army Not Happy With US Strike
The Pakistani army has made its anger clear after the deaths of eleven of its soldiers in a US air and artillery strike. [more]

Caltex And BP Rise Petrol Prices Again This Week
Caltex and BP have put up petrol prices by a further 6 cents - the second time this week. [more]

British Prime Minister Boosts Flagging Leadership
British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has boosted his flagging leadership after winning a critical vote on anti terrorism laws. [more]

21 Babies Infected in Auckland Hospital's Since January
A potentially fatal bacteria immune to a common antibiotic has infected 21 babies at Auckland City Hospital's. [more]

Heavy Rain Forecast For Hydro Lakes
Heavy rain is expected in the southern hydro lakes region over the next two days. [more]

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

Tourism Operators Say New Bill Could Pose Safety Risks
Bus and coach drivers, and tourism operators have told MPs that a new bill enforcing rest breaks is unworkable. [more]

Liquor Ban Looks Set For Central Wellington
Drinking on the streets of central Wellington looks certain to become part of history following a City Council meeting today. [more]

John McCain Criticised For Remarks About Troop Withdrawals
The Iraq war has surged back into the centre of the US presidential campaign. [more]

King of Nepal Moves to Home in The Forest
The deposed King of Nepal left the Royal palace in the centre of the capital Kathmandu and moved to a home in the forest. [more]

Saudi Arabia is Earning One Billion a Day in Oil Revenues
The price of oil is continuing to rise - some analysts now predict it will reach US$200 per barrel by the end of the year. [more]

Farm Worker Died Pruning Grape Vines in 37 Degree Weather
California has laws in place which require farm bosses to give workers water and breaks as well as to provide shade. [more]

China's Pollution Problems Paint Alarming Picture
Thousands of people from one area of southern China alone die every year from air pollution. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 12 June 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 12 June 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories 12 June 2008
Three men arrested after liquor store shooting, hand-held cell phone ban being questioned and the latest RNZ Sport. [more]

California Quail
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Petrol Prices Go Up Another Six Cents a Litre
The increase seemed to be a reaction to a big jump in the price of crude. [more]

Pacific News 12 June 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Moves in US to Block Child Porn on the Net
That won't stop die-hard porn rings operating on-line according to Internet New Zealand. [more]

Waatea News 12 June 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

'Ban Hands Free Phone To' Australian Road Safety Expert
The Government here says it will ban hand held phone use by drivers within 12 months. [more]

Two Young Men Found Dead On Top Of a Train
Police say the incident isn't being treated as suspicious. [more]

National Party Accused Of Wheelling and Dealing
The Associate Justice Minister isn't happy the National Party did a deal with the Real Estate Institute. [more]

Hand-Held Cellphone Ban Being Questioned
The president of the Institute of Driving Educators Sarah McFee supports the ban. [more]

Millions Of Dollars Worth Of Kiwifruit Up in Smoke
A massive blaze at a cool store in Katikati, forty kilometres northwest of Tauranga is to blame. [more]

Pakistan Military Questions US's 'War on Terror'
11 of Pakistan's soldiers were killed by a US air strike on the disputed border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. [more]

Three Men Have Been Arrested - Liquor Store Shooting
There have been overnight arrests by police hunting the killer of South Auckland liquor store owner, Navtej Singh. [more]

National Party Not Happy with Labour's Fold-Out Pamphlet
The Labour Party is refusing to say how much tax-payers money was spent on a post-budget advertisement campaign. [more]

Fixed Term Interest Rates Are on the way Down
Homeowners could see a 1500 dollar annual benefit by the end of the year. [more]

'Stay Away From Abortion Issue' Marian Hobbs
Kiwi Party's Larry Baldock has done the opposite by challenging the lawfulness of many abortions. [more]

Kiwi Wrestlers Get Their Chance To Make It Big
Six young New Zealanders are making a bid to join the toughest guys in leotards on the World Wrestling Entertainment circuit. [more]

More On the Three Men Arrested in South Auckland
The three will appear in court later this morning on a range of charges including murder. [more]

More On the Two Men Found Dead on Top of a Train
The bodies were discovered at the Middleton railway yards and had what police say were severe injuries. [more]

Top Secret Files Left On a London Commuter Train
The two files - one about Iraq and one on al Qaeda - were discovered by another passenger and handed to the BBC. [more]

As Petrol Prices Climb People Look to Public Transport
But the nationwide trend is far from clear as fare increases may dampen enthusiasm for traveling by bus or train. [more]

The Hunt is on for Missing Korean Backpacker
Forensic and specialist search teams have been scouring dense bush land near Westport for the past two days. [more]

How Do Miss Place a Boeing 727?
A mysterious plane has been sitting at Hanoi's airport since late 2007. [more]

Morning Sports News 12 June 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Tensions Between Pakistan and the US
11 Pakistani soldiers were accidentaly killed in a US air strike. [more]

Tourists Accused of Stealing Regions History
The town of Adaminaby was flooded in 1957 for the Snowy Mountains hydro scheme, it's now re-emerging due to drought. [more]

Waatea News 12 June 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Car-Pool Lane Antics
The local council is becoming increasingly frustrated and is warning motorists they will be fined one hundred and fifty dollars if they're found flouting the rules. [more]

Speed Renting
Non-smoker, good sense of humor, must love dogs, no longer just the wish list for a new partner, but also for new flatmates. [more]


Refugee Radio Project
Isse Mohamud is a 24 year old VUW student and Somali refugee who is about to make a programme for Wellington Access Radio. [more]

World Weather
With Erick Brenstrem, a severe weather forecaster from the Met Service. [more]

Clue number seven. [more]

Clue number eight. [more]

Nine To Noon

Police Access Womens Police Record 72 Times
Donna Johnson complained she was sexually violated by former policeman and convicted rapist Brad Shipton. [more]

Kissing Cousins
Professor Alan Bittles has spent 30 years researching the effect of same blood marriages. [more]

Montana Book Awards
Questions as to why only 4 fiction books are in the awards. [more]

UK Correspondent
Jon Dennis gives you the latest from the UK. [more]

Book Review- Justinian's Flea
By William Rosen, published by Pimlico and reviewed by Phil Offit. [more]

Maori Issues
Haami Piripi, Chairperson of Te Runanga o te Rarawa. [more]

Health Issues
David Galler, principal medical adviser to the Ministry of Health and intensive care specialist. [more]

New Technology with Colin Jackson
Today: Computer Hacking, the good and the bad. Make sure you click on Colins technology links. [more]

Robotic Pop - The Trons
Greg Locke, creater of The Trons - a robotic pop band. [more]

Our Changing World

Astronomer Richard Hall talks about the dawn rising of the Pleiades star cluster. [more]

Settlement Of New Zealand
New evidence from kiore bones suggests that New Zealand was first settled around 1280AD. [more]

A month of sustainability events kicks off in Greytown. [more]

Wave Power
A prototype wave energy generator is making electricity from waves in a bay in Wellington Harbour. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 12 June 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 12 June 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Donald Nicholson
Newly appointed organist at Wellington's St Mary's Cathedral will debut this Sunday, with Messiaen's Le Banquet Celeste. [more]

Nikolai Znaider
Danish virtuoso violinist and conductor Nikolai Znaider visits New Zealand to conduct the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. [more]

Gray Nicol
Eva talks with the New Zealand video art pioneer who performs at the film archive tonight, 'Duck Calling'. [more]

News stories:

American Samoa inter-island vessel still being repaired
Continuing repair work on the American Samoa government vessel MV Sili, means there has been no ocean transportation service to the Manu'a islands for nearly three weeks Some residents on... [more]

American Samoa bus and taxi fares go up
Bus and taxi fares in American Samoa will be going up next month. The Commerce Commission, which regulates commercial transporation in the territory has filed notice that effective July 1st,... [more]

Australia considering guest worker programme
Australia is considering introducing a an unskilled guest worker migration programme similar to New Zealand's scheme for Pacific Island workers. The Australian federal government has flagged a possible trial of... [more]

Inflation hits Marshall Islands families
Middle class urban islanders in Majuro, capital of the Marshall Islands, are increasingly hard-pressed to put food on the table, let alone use air conditioners or refrigerators as double-digit inflation... [more]

Local vendors awarded lion's share of American Samoa's School Lunch Programme
American Samoa's Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the awarding of the School Lunch Programme supply contracts to a majority of local vendors. The chamber had raised concerns about the School... [more]

Saipan CUC needs nearly 20 million dollars to ensure power supply
The Commonwealth Utilities Corporation now needs US$19-point-7 million until 2010 for the operation and completion of projects to repair and upgrade its power engines. The CUC's executive director Antonio Muna... [more]

Cooks to allow Sunday flights to tourist island
The Cook Islands government has adopted a plan to allow Sunday flights from Rarotonga to Aitutaki. Religious groups had circulated a petition opposing the move, which they say received around... [more]

France appoints new High Commissioner in French Polynesia
France has appointed Adolphe Colrat to replace Anne Boquet as High Commissioner in French Polynesia. Mrs Boquet has been High Commissioner for the past three years during a spate of... [more]

Taxi and bus driver in American Samoa disappointed at low increase in fares
Some drivers in American Samoa say the rise allowed in their bus and taxi fares isn't as much as they'd hoped for. The Commerce Commission that regulates commercial transport in... [more]

Call for Australian PM to raise Papua question with Jakarta
The Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, has been asked to raise the issue of West Papua with the Indonesian Government, just as he brought up concerns about Tibet with the... [more]

First female judge appointed in Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands National Council of Women welcomes the appointment of the country's first female judge. Nkemdilim Izuako of Nigeria has been appointed a High Court judge. The council's general secretary,... [more]

Honiara more peaceful than many cities, despite arrests for anti social behaviour - police chief
The Solomon Islands interim Police Commissioner claims Honiara is a safer place to dwell in than cities and towns of similar size in Australia and New Zealand. Peter Marshall denies... [more]

American Samoa Congressman pushing legislative crackdown on shark finning
American Samoa Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin says a bill to crack down on shark-finning has been approved by the US House Natural Resources Committee. The bill would strengthen enforcement of... [more]

Washington promoting green energy in Pacific territories
The director of the United States Office of Insular Affairs, Nikolao Pula, says the Department of the Interior is to assess the energy situation in the US Pacific territories and... [more]

Legislation to crack down on shark finning progressing through US Congress
A bill intended to crack down on the harvest of sharks for their fins has been approved by the House Natural Resources Committee in the United States. The bill would... [more]

Amendments made to Samoa's controversial land registration bill
Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has made it clear that under the Government's land registration bill customary lands cannot be sold or owned as freehold property. The final reading... [more]

Solomon acting police chief says no concerns Honiara becoming more dangerous, despite arrests
The Solomon Islands interim Police Commissioner denies claims that Honiara is becoming a dangerous city again. Peter Marshall's comments follow local media reports of police concern after a weekend when... [more]

Fiji High Court continues to hear argument over freeze on Evan Hannah deportation case
The Fiji Court of Appeal has been told that an application by lawyers for Fiji's interim Attorney-General, which got them an order to freeze the case of deported Fiji Times... [more]

A plea for Australia to include Fiji workers in any seasonal labour scheme
A Fiji academic says unskilled workers from Fiji must be allowed to join a proposed guest workers scheme in Australia because they are among the poorest in the Pacific. The... [more]

Pacific countries warned of potential environmental devastation from seabed mining
An Australia-based NGO is encouraging Pacific governments to take a closer look at the potential devastation of sea-bed mining. The Mineral Policy Institute is one of a number of groups... [more]

Hearing possible next month in the Cook Islands over Manihiki land dispute
A land court hearing in the Cook Islands may go ahead next month, despite some opposition from people on the Island of Manihiki. The Government wants to lease land on... [more]

Fiji interim government raising concerns about control Qantas has over Air Pacific
Fiji's military government is reviewing the operation of Air Pacific, amid suggestions the national carrier is unfairly dominated by minority shareholder Qantas. Fiji's interim Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum last night said... [more]