Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 19th 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
Language that people around the world detest. [more]

The Best Song Ever Written
Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers. [more]

Your Place
Takaka, Golden Bay. [more]

Office Gossip
Whether you call it harmless chatter or a fact of daily life, office gossip could become a sacking offence. [more]

He Rourou
In He Rourou today, we hear Bishop Walters blessing of Te Ara Tuapae. [more]

Feature Album
Kick is an album by one of the Australia's best ever bands INXS, led by the late Michael Hutchence. [more]

Arts Story
Time now to join Lynn Freemen with our weekly look at the arts. [more]

Christchurch Story
A freshly-formed opera group says there's a growing market for the genre often seen as high art. [more]

Science Story
Planet hunting. [more]

The Panel ( Part 1)
The Panel ( Part1) [more]

The Panel ( Part2)
The Panel ( Part 2) [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 19 June 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Morning Market Update for 19 June 2008
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

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


Corrections Admits Sensitive File Found on Street
The Corrections Department has confirmed a missing file containing sensitive information was found in an Auckland street. [more]

Lost File Humiliating and Embarrassing
Barry Mathews is the Chief Executive of the Corrections Department. [more]

Grandchildren Speak Out Over Killing
The grandchildren of an 80-year-old woman who was violently attacked in her home have made an impassioned plea. [more]

Principals Object to Use of 'Gimmicks' by Ministry
Secondary principals are annoyed about a Ministry of Education information pack promoting the Maori Education strategy. [more]

Phar Lap Died From Arsenic Poisoning, Tests Show
Forensic analysis has confirmed the long-held suspicion that NZ's most famous racehorse Phar Lap died of arsenic poisoning. [more]

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

'Sex Selection of Babies, Gender Discrimination'
An Otago University academic says sex selection of babies for social reasons amounts to little more than gender discrimination. [more]

'Neighbours Should Have Put More Pressure on Mugabe'
Winston Peters says Zimbabwe's neighbours should have put more pressure on Robert Mugabe. [more]

Surprise Move in Trial of Catholic Brother
The 73 year old is defending 23 charges of sexually abusing boys at Christchurch Maryland's School in the 1970s. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Christchurch Parking Fines Refund
The Christchurch City Council has decided to refund almost 80 thousand dollars in illegally collected parking fines. [more]

Fiji Election Must Not be Delayed - Peters
Commodore Frank Bainimarama has told the representatives that the March poll may be delayed. [more]

National - 'Lost File Huge Embarassment for Government'
The National Party has seized upon the loss of a confidential Corrections file containing information about high-risk offenders. [more]

Parents 'Should be Allowed to Choose Child's Sex'
Bioethics Council has told the government that there's not enough reason to stop parents from choosing the sex of their babies. [more]

Immigrant Communities Blame Justice System Foe Crime Wave
Immigrant communities in South Auckand are blaming the latest crime wave on the justice system. [more]

Auckland Peace Activist Deported From Israel
Auckland peace activist Harmeet Sooden, who was kidnapped for four months in Iraq, has been deported from Israel. [more]

Truce Between Israel and Militant Palestinian Group
If it holds it has much to offer both sides: for Israelis, respite from the missile attacks launched by militants. [more]

Condaleeza Rice Heading to Asia
It wasn't long ago that the Bush administration considered parts of South East Asia, as dangerous havens for terrorists. [more]

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

National 'IRD Doesn't Trrust Government to Campaign Fairly'
It has released emails showing the IRD wanted to pull back on its advertising, cautious of the Electoral Finance Act. [more]

British government is to Send More Troops to Afghanistan
Nine British soliders have been killed in Afghanistan in the last ten days. [more]

Icing Suger May Help Bees Fight Varroa Mite
Icing sugar is being put to the test by beekeepers carrying out varroa mite checks on their hives throughout the country. [more]

Eco-Classroom Project
New Zealand's first eco-classroom project has been officially launched at Hamilton's Hukanui Primary School. [more]

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Can Tasers
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has announced it will curb the use of Taser stun guns. [more]

Production of Coca in Colombia Has Sky Rocketed
New figures from the United Nations, show that the cultivation of coca in Colombia has increased by more then a quarter. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 19 June 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Business News for 19 June 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Midday Sports News for 19 June 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 19 June 2008
Parents Choose their babies sex, NZ Economy down turn, English rugby players in trouble and the latest in RNZ sport. [more]

Pakaha - Fluttering Shearwater
Listen to today's bird call. [more]

Morning Pacific News for 19 June 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Morning Waatea News for 19 June 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Bioethics Report - Parents Can Choose Sex of their Baby
The Government's been told parents involved in IVF treatment should be able to choose the sex of their babies. [more]

NZ Economy Heading for Negative Growth
The Finance Minister Michael Cullen has indicated what most households already know, economic conditions are worsening. [more]

English Rugby Players Involved in Alleged Hotel Incident
There are few details about exactly what might have taken place, or who was involved. [more]

Police Investigation into Joanne Wangs Death
A white four-wheel drive was stolen a few days before Ms Wang's death, it was found burned out in a Manukau car park yesterday. [more]

Schools Angered by New Badge Campaign
This has come at the time when schools say they're struggling financially to stay afloat. [more]

Complaints into Police Actions Over Liquor Store Shooting
The Sikh Society, acting for the family of Navtej Singh, are seeking a legal opinion on the issue. [more]

Morning Sports News for 19 June 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Sealord Orders Staff Back to Work
Sealord has defended its decision to order staff back to work just 2 days after they were given termination notices. [more]

NATO Begins Offensive in Afighanistan
The forces are reacting to reports Taleban fighters have captured several villages surrounding the city of Kandahar. [more]

Government Stands by its New Motorway Plans
A new transport strategy out next month will look at how such trends will impact on future funding for road projects. [more]

Can Trades People Teach in Schools?
Are schools too full of"bone carvers"with not enough"robust men"to teach trades? [more]

Third Party Car Insurance Could Lift Premiums of all Drivers
A government discussion paper argues in favour of the idea, , with the public invited to have its say. [more]

National and Labour Join Forces to Fight Crime
The Government turned to National after failing to get the necessary backing from its usual allies in Parliament. [more]

Mild Weather Hurts Ski Industry
It could be another five days before the cold weather returns, and workers can earn any money. [more]

United Nations Getting Sued
A Dutch court has begun hearing the case today, and there are fears it could impact on future UN peacekeeping missions. [more]

Russian Authorities Close Investigation
The murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya will go unsolved without finding her killer. [more]

Violence in Zimbabwe Leading up to Presidential Run Off
The election is only 8 days away, and already opposition supporters are accusing the government of condoning several beatings. [more]

New South Wales State Premier Under Scrutiny
Education Minister husband John Della Bosca who it's alleged threatened and abused staff at a nightclub. [more]

Waatea News for 19 June 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

SPCA Puppies in Lower Hutt Help Break Family Violence
Every fortnight, they head off to the Epuni Care and Protection Unit, where they teach abused children about empathy. [more]

The Royal Ascot's 'Royal' Dress Code
Bare mid-riffs, fake sun-tans and mini-skirts have all been banned at that most regal of racing events, the Royal Ascot. [more]


Alan Gilmore from Mt John Observatory and Eru Rerekura discuss Matariki. [more]

Robert Louis Stevenson
Professor Robert Hoskins is author of 'Sophia Scarlet and Other Pacific Writings'. [more]

Clue 7. [more]

Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Who Gets Born?
A long awaited report from the Bioethics Council recommends a more liberal regime for pre-birth testing which some fear will lead to the creation of designer babies. [more]

Feature Guest - Maude Barlow
Water - the new oil. [more]

Book Review - Novel About My Wife
By Emily Perkins, published by Bloomsbury and reviewed by Sonja de Freiz. [more]

A Rising Trend in Anti-Americanism
'Made in America' backfireing on US advertisers. [more]

New Technology with Colin Jackson
Catching criminals on the internet. Make sure you click on Colins technology links. [more]

Our Changing World

Wellington Fault
Tracking earthquakes, past and future, under New Zealand's capital. [more]

Small Planet - Tiny Star
A new planet has been discovered outside our solar system, orbiting a brown dwarf star. [more]

Cancer-Targeting Nanoparticles
Physicists, chemists and medical researchers come together to improve cancer detection. [more]

Are men's and women's brains really so different from each other? Psychologist Cordelia Fine weighs in. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 19 June 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 19 June 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


John Rimmer
NZ composer being featured in a retrospective concert by the Auckland Chamber Orchestra this Sunday. [more]

Wolfram Christ
German composer and violist working with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra for their 'Splendour of Beethoven' series. [more]

Garth Wilshere
Reviews three shows in Auckland; Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Threepenny Opera and NZ Opera's Young Artists Concert. [more]

News stories:

New Zealand's Foreign Minister condemns Bainimarama's suggestion
New Zealand's Foreign Minister Winston Peters has condemned suggestions that Fiji's promised election next year might be postponed. Fiji's military leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama has told visiting European Union officials... [more]

Niue's MPs will today decide who will lead country
Niue's MPs will today decide who will lead the country for the next three years following the election 11 days ago. The 20 member Parliament meets this morning for the... [more]

Huahine resort reopens after 115-day strike
A long-running strike at a hotel in French Polynesia has been settled. The Relais Mehana hotel on Huahine was forced to close on March the 1st amid an employment dispute. [more]

CNMI's House of Representatives approves discounts on power bills
The House of Representatives in the Northern Marianas has passed a bill granting customer discounts on power billings. The bill would require the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation or CUC to waive... [more]

Fiji's CIDA urges copra producers to take advantage of high increase
Fiji's Coconut Industry Development Authority is urging copra producers to take advantage of the high increase which sits at 565 US dollars per tonne. CIDA regulatory manager, Saidi Archari, said... [more]

American Samoa may use Fotu o Samoa vessel again
American Samoa's Governor Toigola Tulafono has not ruled out the possibility of again chartering the Samoa government's Fotu o Samoa vessel to serve the Manu'a Island group. With the local... [more]

PNG's Wau Microbank looks to expand
Wau Microbank, commonly known as the grassroots bank, has embarked on a major expansion programme that will see it become a national bank within the next five years. Kick-starting the... [more]

Moli loses Samoa's Malietoa title
Samoa's Lands and Titles court has stripped the Malietoa paramount matai title from Papalii Faamausili Moli, the son of the late head of state. Our correspondent in Samoa, Autagavaia Tipi... [more]

Samoa signs up to American Samoa undersea fibre optic cable
The government of Samoa has signed on to lease capacity on the American Samoa undersea fibre optic cable. Samoa's s Minister of Communications recently signed an agreement with the American... [more]

Divers eye underwater historical trail in CNMI
In the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, scuba divers and historic preservation officials on Saipan are considering a plan to establish an underwater historical trail in the island's lagoon, which... [more]

Fiji Forum group to reconsider interim regime stance
The Pacific Forum Working Group on Fiji says the Interim Government's changing position on elections will require further consideration by Forum members at the political level. The Working Group held... [more]

Solomons first woman judge seen as role model
The Solomon Islands High Court Registrar says the first female judge appointed to the bench is a role model for aspiring female lawyers and women. Justice Nkemdilim Amelia Izuako, who... [more]

Solomons telecom strike with no end in sight
The strike by Solomon Telekom workers in Honiara looks set to continue indefinitely. Employees of Our Telekom took industrial action on Tuesday in response to lock-out measures by the employer,... [more]

UNHCR calls for openness on World Refugee Day
New United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees figures show the number of refugees has risen by 1.5 million in 2007 compared to the year before. The annual report was released... [more]

Niue parliament elects Toke Talagi as new premier
Niue has a new administration led by Toke Talagi after a vote this morning by the country's MPs. Mr Talagi had a clear victory of 14 votes to five beating... [more]

George quits New Caledonia's National Front
The veteran leader of the New Caledonian branch of the National Front, Guy George, has quit the French right-wing movement. In an open letter published by Noumea's daily newspaper, he... [more]

Solomons police hope RAMSI accident probe complete next week
The Solomon Islands acting police commissioner Peter Marshall says they hope to present a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions over the death of a nurse next week. Two... [more]

Washington bars Vanuatu programme director from Efate project
Vanuatu's Millennium Challenge Fund Programme Director, Lenox Vuti, has been barred by the US government from attending a road project ceremony on Efate. Mr Vuti was the key person behind... [more]

French Polynesia braces for French military cut
French Polynesia's President Gaston Tong Sang has indicated that he will seek compensation from France after this week's announcement of cuts in the military presence in the region. A French... [more]

Cooks deputy PM says chiefs were misled to make proclamation
The Cook Islands deputy prime minister says he told members of the House of Ariki that they were misled by Sydney-based businessman Bruce Mita, and their actions were unconstitutional. Last... [more]

Fiji interim regime says EU more flexible than NZ and Australia over poll plans
The Fiji interim Government has told the Pacific Forum working group and the EU people need to stop being obsessed with specific timelines to elections. The EU delegation met Fiji's... [more]