Radio New Zealand - Friday, 13th June 2008

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The Best Song Ever Written
And for Doug Stevens of Nelson, it's Leonard Cohen's Bird On A Wire. [more]

Rainfall and the South Island Hydro Lakes
Further rain has helped replenish critical hydro catchments that have been standing at less than half average levels. [more]

Ecotours of Great White Variety
Two Dunedin men are confident tourists will bite at the chance to cage dive in Foveaux Strait with Great Whites. [more]

He Rourou for 13 June 2008
Ana Tapiata talks to Te Ahu Rei, the MC for Massey University's Maori graduation ceremony in Wellington. [more]

Wots On
Things you need to know for the weekend! [more]

Weekend Weather
Met Service weather ambassador Bob McDavitt gives us the weekend's meteorological rundown from Mystery Creek. [more]

Fresh Fast Food - Allyson Gofton
Things Your Grandma Did Not Tell You - today In Season, Baking and Roasting Tips. [more]

Sports Story - Murray Williams
The All Blacks England test and Wallabies new coach Robbie Deans are on the agenda. [more]

NZ Society - the Kawiti Glow-Worm Cave
Jenny Macintyre takes us underground into a cave world that's thriving on global warming and rain. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
Paul Smith and Simon Pound join Jim to dissect the week that was and the weekend that will be. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
More dissection of the week that was and the weekend that will be. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 13 June 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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

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


Panmure RSA Survivor
The sole survivor of the Panmure RSA robbery has won a Supreme Court appeal allowing her to sue the state for negligence. [more]

Whakatane Police Station Beating
The parents of a man beaten in a Whakatane police station have told the Tauranga District Court of their shock. [more]

Zimbabwe Crisis
The opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, has been arrested again and a third of the population are in need of humanitarian aid. [more]

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

Missing Korean Tourist
The Police are looking for the author of an anonymous letter, which gave information relating to the disappearance. [more]

Call to Scrap Decile System
A secondary principals group is backing a call from a leading education researcher to scrap the so-called decile system. [more]

Australia - New Zealand Leadership Forum
Both countries have been warned to prepare for a shift in global economic and strategic power towards the Asia Pacific. [more]

Gitmo Detainees Challenge
The Bush administration faces legal and political mess after Supreme Court rules over rights of Guantanamo detainees. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Meridian Carbon Neutral?
The status has been called into question by the National Party. [more]

Bluff's Paua House
A family rift surrounding the famous Bluff Paua House has resurfaced today. [more]

Retail Statistics
Consumers have loosened their purse strings ever so slightly, bucking the downward trend of retail spending. [more]

Pacific Prostates
The lack of a word for"prostate"in Pacific languages may be hampering awareness efforts targetting Pacific men. [more]

Australia-New Zealand Leadership Forum
Our political editor talks about PM Helen Clark's meeting with Australian Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard. [more]

New Zealand Oil
Positive news within NZ oil industry today following completion of Exxon Mobil's seismic testing in Great Southern Basin. [more]

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

Shark Diving in Foveaux
A shark scientist agrees a tourism venture could lead to a change in the behaviour of Great White Sharks. [more]

Navtej Singh Vigil
Over 500 people gathered in Manurewa to express their sympathy with the family of the liquor store owner Navtej Singh. [more]

Egyptian Nuptials Banned
Officials disallowed the wedding on the basis of age - the bride to be was 17, her fiance 92. [more]

Afghan Aid Part
The country's president has asked an international donors conference in Paris for around US$50-billion in aid. [more]

Country Life

Intro and Guest
Stephen Ruddell on promoting New Zealand investment in the Chilean farming industry. [more]

Regional Conditions
The north finally gets some rain and in the South Island the vineyards get pruned and the snow has arrived. [more]

Science Matters
The flame is flickering on the Bunsen burner of agricultural science [more]

Recipe - Cawl
This Welsh broth Cawl rhymes with foul and never at all should it rhyme with shawl. [more]

Queen of the Castle
Philanthropist and author Christine Fernyhough is learning how to be a successful farmer on her Castle Hill Station. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 13 June 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Business News for 13 June 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Midday Sports News for 13 June 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Midday Rural News for 13 June 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 13 June 2008
Rain for Hydro lakes, food and fuel increases, Zimbabwe arrest,four more shooting arrests, train deaths. [more]

Tieke - The Saddleback
Listen to todays bird call. [more]

School Decile Funding System
A funding system set up to help the most needy schools can now be used by private schools to generate more income. [more]

Otago Sheep Farmers Educational Tour
South Otago sheep farmers have taken a bus tour to learn about some of the more unusual strategies to boost profitability. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Funeral of Manurewa Proprietor Navtej Singh
Yesterday thousands of mourners attended the funeral of Navtej Singh, who was fatally shot last Saturday night. [more]

Rain Falls for Hydro Lakes
The southern hydro lakes are getting a much needed boost this morning with rain falling in the Southern Alps catchments. [more]

Food and Fuel Increases Negate Tax Cuts
Food and petrol prices wipe out any gain from tax cuts. [more]

Zimbabwe Opposition Leader Arrested
The second highest ranked member of Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change has been charged with treason. [more]

Four More Arrests Over Manurewa Shooting
The head of the investigation into his death, Detective Inspector Jim Gallagher comments. [more]

School Decile Ratings Funding Consequence
Why private schools have been included in the system that was introduced as a measure of student disadvantage. [more]

Death of Two Freight Train Riders
People riding on the top of frieght trains happens as often as every two months, according to the rail network operator. [more]

Court Treatment of Sex Crime Victims
Lawyers are questioning comments made by the Law Commission about the way victims of sex crimes are treated in court. [more]

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

NZ Australia Leadership Forum
The Australian Govt has sent one of its largest ever delegations of ministers to NZ for the annual leadership forum. [more]

All Blacks vs England Preview
The All Blacks take on World Cup finalists England tomorrow night in Auckland. [more]

National Agricultural Field Days
The very best on offer in agriculture goes on show at the National Agricultural Field Days at Mystery Creek. [more]

Manurewa's Sikh Community
Manurewa's Sikh community will hold a vigil at Randwick Park tonight as part of a call for a tougher stance on crime. [more]

Measles Outbreak in Christchurch
A measles outbreak in Christchurch is prompting local health bosses to issue warnings about the importance of up to date jabs. [more]

Adventure Shark Tourism
Adventure tourism is set to up the fear factor with a plan by two Dunedin men to take tourists diving with great white sharks. [more]

School Decile System
John Hattie is a Professor of Education at Auckland University and he discusses the issue. [more]

Diseases Caused by Dioxins
Experts say New Zealand needs to take another look at diseases caused by dioxins. [more]

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

AA on Petrol Price Increase
The AA says it's extremely disappointed with the most recent petrol price rise. [more]

Christian Missionary Ship, MV Doulos
The world's oldest oceangoing passenger ship is making its final voyage to New Zealand. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Ski Season Opening
The ski season is starting early this winter with selected slopes on Turoa and Whakapapa opening tomorrow. [more]

Australian Correspondent - Kerry-Anne Walsh
News from across the ditch. [more]


Scottish Boats and Superstitions
Roger Goodyear is chairman of The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, starting next week. [more]

This weeks answer... [more]

Nine To Noon

Auckland City Mission
The mission is seeing its highest number of homeless in 10 years. [more]

Rates of Campylobacter Are Falling
New figures show rates of campylobacter are falling - but concerns remain about the safety of eating fresh chicken. [more]

Asian Correspondent - Phil O'Sullivan
Phil O'Sullivan talks about events in Asia including problems over beef imports in Korea. [more]

Feature Guest - Brooks Jackson
He makes his career checking the facts of what the US Presidential candidates say and whether voters can believe them. [more]

Book Review - 'Beijing Coma'
Laura Kroetsch reviews 'Beijing Coma' by Ma Jian. Published by Chatto and Windus. [more]

Manu's Music
Manu shares the music of MGMT, Billy T Junior and Son of Dave. [more]

Sports - Richard Becht
Richard Becht talks US Open golf, All Blacks plus much more from the sports world. [more]

Week That Was
With Radar and Gemma Gracewood. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 13 June 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Jack Body
New Zealand composer Jack Body talks about recent projects that have seen him travel all over the world. [more]

Vox Novus
Ron Hanson introduces the New York based organisation 'Vox Novus' established to promote and disseminate contemporary music. [more]

NZSO Celebrity Series
Janina Nicoll reviews violinist Nikolai Znaider conducting and performing with the NZSO. [more]

Budamir Miljkovic
Director and conductor of Christchurch based musical society 'Musica Balkanica'. [more]

News stories:

High petrol prices said to be affecting schools in FSM
As petrol prices in American Samoa reach a high of $4.34 per gallon at some gas stations in the territory, one U.S. Pacific jurisdiction is facing much higher prices making... [more]

Vanuatu MP appointed chair of Independent Monitoring Group on Fiji charter
A veteran Vanuatu MP, Sela Molisa, has been appointed as the new chairperson of the independent monitoring group for the Fiji People's Charter for Change, Peace and Progress. The Fiji... [more]

American Samoa taxi and bus fares increased
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]

Fiji's Lautoka Mill shuts down
Fiji's largest sugar mill shut down operations this week barely 12 hours after reopening on Tuesday. Lautoka Mill was forced to halt operations at 6am when the water level in... [more]

American Samoa Governor says government departments must not waste fuel
American Samoa Governor, Togiola Tulafono, has told a cabinet meeting to tighten up on vehicle use as a way of coping with the skyrocketing cost of petrol. Unleaded petrol is... [more]

American Samoa charters boat to transport cargo and passengers to Manu'a Island
The American Samoa government is chartering the Samoa government boat, Fotu o Samoa to transport cargo and passengers to Manu'a. The Director of Port Administration, Matagi Ray McMoore, says the... [more]

Samoa politician wants inquiry into privatization of public broadcaster
The Samoa Democratic United party leader, Asiata Saleimoa Va'ai, has called for a commission of inquiry to investigate how the government handled the privatisation of public television and an FM... [more]

Marshall Islands Government looks at how it can ease the burden in its people
The Marshall Islands government is looking at what it can do to ease the financial burdens facing some people. Retail prices for rice, the main staple food in the country,... [more]

China denies that its Pacific aid has a destabilising effect
China has rejected claims that its aid program to Pacific nations was destabilising and aimed at stopping such countries from recognising its rival, Taiwan. A report earlier this week from... [more]

New Caledonia airline flying to South Korea twice a week
New Caledonia's international airline, AirCalin, has opened up a direct route to Seoul in South Korea, in a bid to tap into the expanding north Asian tourist market. AirCalin CEO... [more]

American Samoa education to get a temporary boost from Harvard volunteers
The American Samoa Department of Education will get a boost in the number of classroom teachers when the new school year begins with the help of volunteer teachers from WorldTeach,... [more]

Tonga's first anti corruption commissioner about to be announced
Tonga's first interim anti corruption commissioner is expected to be announced today following the opening this week of an office for the Anti Corruption Commission in Nuku'alofa. Matangi Tonga online... [more]

Tonga and Australia to hold National Whale Days
Tonga and Australia are to hold National Whale Days tomorrow as part of a series of celebrations acknowledging the importance of the mammals. National Whale Day in Tonga will also... [more]

RSE scheme shown to be having impact in poorer communities in Tonga
New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer, or RSE, scheme is making the right connections, but it is not yet clear if it is making the island economies richer. The RSE scheme,... [more]

Newly appointed Fiji People's Charter Monitoring Group chair prepared for difficult role
Veteran Vanuatu MP Sela Molisa says he was surprised to be headhunted for the chairmanship of the Independent Monitoring Group for the Fiji People's Charter for Change, Peace and Progress. [more]

Family banned from Samoa village after estranged husband allegedly kills wife's new partner
A mother and her five children have been banished from the Samoa village of Elise-fou after her estranged husband allegedly stabbed the woman's partner.. The Samoa Observer reports that the... [more]