Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 18th June 2008

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Moriori Cultural Revival
The Government's injected $6 million into kick-starting a cultural revival of the Chatham Islands' Moriori. [more]

Jim's Essay
If time is money and you're rich, do you therefore have more time? [more]

The Best Song Ever Written
And for Yvonne-Marie Lorkin, it's This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) by The Talking Heads. [more]

Link 3
The game where you have to name the link between the three songs to win. And today's CD prize winner is Jane Quinn of Ngaio, Wellington. [more]

Honey Bees in Danger
British beekeepers call for urgent Government intervention to stop potential economic and ecological disaster. [more]

He Rourou for 18 June 2008
In He Rourou today, Ana Tapiata talks to Erima Henare, the chair of the Maori Language Comission [more]

Feature Album for 18 June 2008
Fulfillingness' First Finale - Stevie Wonder 1974. [more]

Virtual World - the Baxters
The death of email, the best online language tools for word nerds and saving relationships, virtually. [more]

Auckland Story with Sapna Samant
Explore tea culture - in this episode, Victorian High Tea at the Cornwall Park Restaurant. [more]

Health Story with Dacia Herbulock
A cross-disciplinary effort to improve cancer detection. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
Our first ever Panellists, Brian Edwards and Michelle Boag are back together with Jim. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
Michelle's lost confidence in the Police while Brian's a little agitated by prescription charges and Telecom's broadband. [more]

At The Movies

At the Movies for 18 June 2008
Simon reviews the Incredible Hulk, The Happening, and In The Valley of Elah. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 18 June 2008
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 18 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]


Senior Pentagon Torturers
Documents uncovered showing senior officials played a more active role than previously thought in developing torture methods. [more]

Hit and Run Lead
The police have made a major breakthrough in the investigation into the death of Joanne Wong who tried to stop bag snatcher. [more]

English Rugby Team Incident
The team is refusing to answer questions about allegations 4 players were involved in an incident in Auckland on Saturday night. [more]

Norovirus Outbreak
A New Plymouth rest home has been criticised for its response to a spate of norovirus infections that has left one person dead. [more]

Third Party Auto Insurance
A quarter of NZ's drivers are getting behind the wheel without insurance - at an estimated cost of up to $85 million annually. [more]

Iowa Floods
The surge down the Mississippi breaks flood banks, destroys vast croplands and drives up world corn and soy prices. [more]

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

Coronet Peak
The ski field has had to close, temporarily laying off hundreds off staff, as mild temperatures make snow making impossible. [more]

Dominion Finance Holdings
Yet another finance company looks to be creaking under the weight of the global credit crunch. [more]

Robust Men Needed
National party spokesperson for trades training, Colin King, says schools need more robust men teaching technology subjects. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Parliament on Gang Violence
The PM challenged National to support new legislation introducing tougher penalties for gang members. [more]

Abu Qatada Released from Prison
Abu Qatada was once described by a Spanish judge as al-Qaeda's spiritual leader in Europe. [more]

Ngunguru Sand Spit
An environmental group is warning the government to be wary of offering too much to developers, in exchange for the land. [more]

Government Action on Violence
Community groups are demanding less talk and more action, following a rash of violent crime in South Auckland. [more]

English Rugby Team Incident (Part 2)
It remains unclear whether the incident involves violence or dishonesty, or has a sexual element - in Britain also. [more]

NZ First Charity Donation
New Zealand First has once again been handed back thousands of dollars it had tried to donate to charity. [more]

Hawkes Bay Sport Park
Hastings District councillors are split over the merits of a proposed $57-million Regional Sports Park. [more]

Ngati Rangitihi Treelord Settlement
The central North Island runanga won't be intimidated into withdrawing its support from a $500-million forestry settlement. [more]

China Correspondent
Amanda Morgan gives us an update at the start of the wet season where 171 have already been killed. [more]

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

State Services Commission Questioned
The Minister and the Commissioner were today questioned about the employment of former Immigration head Mary Ann Thompson. [more]

Afghan Conflict
Fears are growing that the Taliban are preparing to attack the southern centre of Kandahar. [more]

Stolen Ambulance Equipment Returned
Lifesaving equipment stolen in Hastings yesterday has been returned, following a"no questions asked"plea from the St John's. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Hamas Ceasefire
Palestinian Hamas, which controls Gaza, says a ceasefire has been agreed with Israel and will begin tomorrow morning. [more]

Atlantic Inflation
Inflation in Europe and US driven by rising food and fuel prices. [more]

Northland Skull
A skull has been dated to pre-Pakeha Aotearoa and given to local Iwi for re-burial. [more]

Cyd Charisse Tribute
One of the greatest stars of Hollywood musicals, the actor and dancer Cyd Charisse has died. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 18 June 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 18 June 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Wednesday 18 June 2008
Today top stories. [more]

Tara punga - Red Billed Gull
Listen to todays birdcall. [more]

Moriori Gifted 6 Million
The Government has gifted 6 million dollars to a trust which will preserve the Moriori culture. [more]

Criminal Procedure Bill
The Criminal Procedure Bill passed through its committee stages last night. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Coroners Report on Kuchenbecker Killing By Burton
Burton was on parole when he shot and killed Karl Kuchenbecker on a track in the hills above Wainuiomata. [more]

Auckland Police on Bag Snatchers
Auckland police say they'll step up their focus on bag snatchers in the wake of the death of South Auckland woman. [more]

Slain Man's Family Fear Repeat of Tragedy
The family of a man who was murdered by a convicted killer while on parole, believes the tragedy will be repeated. [more]

Investigating the Death of Joanne Wang
Detective Inspector John Tims comments from South Auckland. [more]

Life in South Auckland
South Auckland's reputation for crime has been thrown into sharp focus with three homicides in just over a week. [more]

Israel and Hamas Cease Fire
Israel and the Palestian group, Hamas have agreed on a cease fire. [more]

Power Saving Campaign
Electricity use has dropped nearly two percent since consumers were asked to do their bit to head off a potential power crisis. [more]

Liquor Licensing Bill
Manurewa MP George Hawkins leads a law change that would make liquor licenses harder to get. [more]

School Funding
Education Minister Chris Carter comments on the latest row between PPTA and the Ministry. [more]

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

Al Gore Endorses Obama
Al Gore has endorsed Barak Obama's bid for the White House - reviving talk the two could be running mates. [more]

Light Bulb Savings
Its expected the banning of old style lightbulbs will save the country 500 million dollars worth of power by 2020. [more]

Cook Islands Power Bid
The Cook Islands Govt is moving to end the turmoil linked to a NZer who's encouraged a group of chiefs to make a bid for power. [more]

Paul Kuchenbecker
The family of a man killed by a prisoner on parole look at suing the Corrections Department. [more]

Asian Reaction to South Aucklands Crime
National MP Pansy Wong and Rosa Chow who founded the Asian Council on Reducing Crime. [more]

Police Comment on Kuchenbecker Coroner's Report.
Wellington Police District Commander Superintendent Pieri Munro comments. [more]

Greenhouse Emissions from Thermal Power
The power industry is being urged to reduce reliance on thermal generation. [more]

Car Bomb Kills 51 in Baghdad
A powerful car bomb has exploded in a crowded market area of Baghdad, killing 51 people and wounding 75. [more]

Wellington Infill Housing Plans
Opposition is growing to a plan by Wellington City council to create new infill housing zones in the city. [more]

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

Pacific Workers Question Violence Programmes
A founding member of the Polynesian Panthers wants a pan-Pacific approach to violence. [more]

Afghanistan Fear Taleban Attack in Kandahar
Afghanistan's government has flown hundreds of soldiers into the city of Kandahar. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Athletes Concern at Air Quality in Beijing
Kevin Ankrom is High Performance Director at Athletics NZ and he comments on the issue. [more]

Mark Todd's Sixth Olympics
It's back in the saddle for one of New Zealand's most successful Olympians. [more]


Smart Animals
With Professor Tad Kawecki from the Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne. [more]

DVD Review
Miles Buckingham reviews re-released 1950s war movies - 'The Burmese Harp', and 'Ballad of a Soldier'. [more]

Clue 5. [more]

Clue 6. [more]

Nine To Noon

New Generation Medicines
Is health care being priced out of the market? Why NZ's fallen behind other countries in providing access to new medicine. [more]

Paul Kuchenbecker
The coroner's report into the death of Karl Kuchenbecker is released. [more]

Australian Correspondent
Paul Barclay reports from across the Tasman on child drug education and Olympians avoiding Beijing's smog. [more]

Feature Guest - Paula Kamen
Chicago based author and writer who has suffered from a chronic headache for 17 years. [more]

Book Review - 'The Lakes of Mars'
Anne Buchanan reviews 'The Lakes of Mars' by Chris Orsman. Published by Auckland University Press. [more]

Music - Marty Duda
Marty takes a look at the music of British group Coldplay. [more]

Law - Dean Knight
Today's topics include a discussion on the recent High Court hearing into the lawfulness of many abortions. [more]

Film Review - Graeme Tuckett
Graeme Tuckett talks about Narnia: Prince Caspian, The Happening and Grow Your Own. [more]

Government recognition and "gift" to Moriori
For, Maui Solomon, the recognition crowns a 25 year renaissance for his people. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 18 June 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 18 June 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Amanda Skoog
Royal New Zealand Ballet General Manager speaks about their 'Great Costume Auction and Exibition' taking place next week. [more]

Naomi Ferguson
NZ singer and dramatic artist featuring in this year's Christchurch Cabaret Festival. [more]

Gary Daverne
Music Director and founder of Auckland Symphony Orchestra performing 'Last Night of the Proms' series this weekend. [more]

News stories:

Tongan People's Representative appears in court
The Tongatapu no. 2 People's Representative, 'Isileli Pulu, appeared in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court yesterday and pleaded not guilty to charges of abetment to murder and arson. Matangi Tonga online... [more]

Our Telekom staff in Solomon Islands go on strike
In Solomon Islands, staff at Our Telekom have decided to go on strike. The lawyer representing the staff union, Billy Titiulu, says the strike began at 7 o'clock last night... [more]

Samoa NGO says village judgement may hinder people needing help
The Samoa NGO Family Haven says village judgement may be hindering people from reaching out for help. This follows the wife of the man accused of brutally killing another man... [more]

Nauru Government praises Canberra
The Nauru Government is heaping praise on Canberra for the positive approach it has taken over aid to the struggling island. Nauru had been heavily reliant on the money and... [more]

Fiji's ministry of health believes diabetes cases are not rising
Fiji's ministry of health says while diabetes is a big problem in the country, it doesn't believe it's on the rise. This comes after the Fiji College of General Practitioners... [more]

New Zealand provides three million US dollars of aid to Vanuatu
New Zealand is providing three million US dollars of aid to help Vanuatu ensure all children receive quality basic education. The New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters says many children... [more]

Interisland ferry considered for Wallis and Futuna
Reports from Wallis and Futuna say plans are advancing to set up an inter-island ferry. France is considering the request made by Wallis and Futuna representatives last month which seeks... [more]

Talks continue over New Caledonia's Goro Nickel effluent pipeline
Environmentalists in New Caledonia say they are still in talks with Goro Nickel over a waste pipeline . They want to stop the multi-billion US dollar project for environmental reasons,... [more]

American Samoa Inter Island Airways to operate both passenger and charter flights in both Samoas
American Samoa based Inter Island Airways has requested the U.S. Department of Transportation or DOT grant South Pacific Express' application to operate both passenger and charter flights between the two... [more]

Inquiry over privatisation of Samoa's public broadcaster, a waste of public money says outgoing CEO
The outgoing CEO of Samoa's Broadcasting Corporation, Galumalemana Fai'esea Matafeo, has dismissed a call for a commission of inquiry into the privatisation of the public television and an FM radio... [more]

American Samoan task force to probe food price hikes
The American Samoa governor, Togiola Tulafono, has set up a task force to investigate what factors have contributed to the high cost of food in the territory. The task force... [more]

New Caledonia's FLNKS keen to attend NAM summit and UN General Assembly
New Caledonia's pro-independence FLNKS movement says it wants to deepen its international links and plans to send a delegation to the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement as well as the... [more]

Solomons telecom strike hits banks but phone service still intact
A strike by local telecommunication workers in Solomon Islands has affected banks and the country's airline but has had only a limited impact on the general telephone network. Employees of... [more]

Solomons police to question injured Samoan RAMSI cop in Australia
Several Solomon Islands police officers will travel to Australia to interview the injured Samoan RAMSI police officer who was involved in a car accident that caused the death of a... [more]

Ousted Fiji opposition leader welcomes Qarase/Bainimarama talks
Fiji's ousted opposition leader says he thinks talks between the former Prime Minister and Fiji's military leader are positive as long as they are being done in good faith. The... [more]

Fiji interim leader restates conditions for March poll to go ahead
Fiji's interim prime minister has told a European Union delegation that next year's election could be delayed by his plans to change his country's electoral system. Commodore Frank Bainimarama, who... [more]

TI in Solomons appoints Jean Tafoa as new executive officer
Transparency Solomon Islands or TSI has appointed Jean Tafoa as its new executive officer. Mrs Tafoa has held this position on temporary basis since April. Solomon Star newspaper says she... [more]

American Samoa investigates rice shortages
American Samoa has established a panel to investigate the cause of a shortage of rice. This comes as the global price of rice has risen to a 20-year high due... [more]

CNMI seeking alternatives after Continental pullout from Manila leg
Officials in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas are looking at what options are available to them now that Continental Airlines has decided to end its Saipan to Manila service. [more]

Solomons police confirm Samoan officers off-duty during fatal accident
The Solomon Islands acting police commissioner says the two Samoan police officers in a RAMSI vehicle that hit and killed a nurse over the weekend were off-duty. Peter Marshall says... [more]

New Fiji election supervisor on familiarisation visit
Fiji's newly appointed Supervisor of Elections, New Zealander Felicity Heffernan, has met the Interim Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum behind close doors. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum has told Radio Fiji the talks in... [more]

PNG, Solomons, Vanuatu on track to be malaria-free by 2015 - Australian aid commitment
Australia's aid agency says Pacific countries hit hardest by malaria will be disease-free by 2015 if aggressive action to combat the problem continues. Professor Sir Richard Feachem, the chair of... [more]

American Samoa rice importer going for potatoes as rice price soars
A company in American Samoa says it won't import any more rice until it becomes cheaper. American Samoa is experiencing a rice shortage and the governor has established a panel... [more]

Solomon Islands MPs continue to mis-use rural constituency funds - commentator
A former Solomon Islands government secretary and advisor to the Development Trust, Dr John Roughan, says the Rural Constituency Development Fund is being misused by politicians. The Fund was introduced... [more]

Samoa MP wants action over two police officers involved in fatal crash in Solomon Islands
A Samoan government MP, who is a former senior police officer, Patu Ativalu Togi II, has urged the police commissioner to act against the Samoan officers incolved in a fatal... [more]

New Zealand Foreign Minister says Fiji leader must honour commitment to elections in early 2009
The New Zealand Foreign Minister, Winston Peters, says the Fiji interim leader, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, must honour his promise to held elections in accordance with Fiji's current constitution and laws,... [more]