Radio New Zealand - Friday, 20th June 2008

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Country Life, Focus on Politics, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Upbeat


The Best Song Ever Written
"Soul Meets Body"by Death Cab for Cutie [more]

Plastic Soup
Discovered by Captain Charles Moore, an American oceanographer and founder of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation. [more]

He Rourou
Titoki Black tells Ana Tapiata that there was great unhappiness at the direction of the early childhood movement. [more]

Cold blast is set to hit New Zealand for the next week. [more]

Fresh Fast Food
Winter solstice. [more]

Sports Story
Sports news. [more]

New Zealand Society
Hunting and gathering. [more]

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

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

Business News

Morning Business for 20 June 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Morning Market Update for 20 June 2008
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 20 June 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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


Police and Corrections Grow Worried
The return of the document was promised last night but this did not eventuate. [more]

Three Men in Custody Over Car Park Hit and Run
Joanne Wang died from head injuries inflicted as she attempted to stop a man from escaping in a vehicle with her stolen handbag. [more]

Allegations 'Sexual'
Auckland police have revealed the allegations surrounding 4 members of the England rugby team are sexual. [more]

Pacific Academic Says Bioethics Report Opens Door
A Pacific academic says the Bioethics Council report on pre-birth testing opens the door for the elimination of genes. [more]

Boys Playing With Matches Believed to Have Sparked Fire
A fatal house fire in Northland appears to have started in a child's bedroom after two boys were playing with matches. [more]

Gang Tenions High in Invercargill
Tensions are high in Invercargill after a suspicious fire gutted the Road Knights gang headquarters. [more]

Foreign Minister Ruffles Feathers in the Pacific
Winston Peters has ruffled the feathers of leaders from around the Pacific, by comparing Pacific men to parading peacocks. [more]

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

Two People Dead After Boating Accident
Two people are dead and three others have been injured in a boating accident in Picton's Waikawa Bay. [more]

Violence Mounting in Zimbabwe
With just over a week to go until the run-off presidential election in Zimbabwe, the death toll is mounting. [more]

Police Mourning Loss of Senior Officer
The Police Force is mourning the loss of one of its most senior officers, Superintendent Steve Fitzgerald. [more]

Defence Has Closed its Case of Catholic Clergyman
73 year old St John of God Brother , Rodger Maloney, has been defending 23 charges of sexually abusing boys. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Financial Crisis For Tasman Rugby Union
The Marlborough District Council may intervene to avert a financial crisis threatening the future of the Tasman Rugby Union. [more]

Electricity Saving
There has been a two-point-five percent power saving in the past week, compared to the same week a year ago. [more]

Ratepayers Should Not Have to Pay For Scheme
Nick Leggett says the scheme which would see gang members clearing scrub is unnecessary. [more]

Criminal Justice System Changes Set in Motion
Far reaching changes to the criminal justice system have been set in motion with legislation. [more]

Chinese Authorities Still Trying to Cope
Nearly six million Chinese have been affected by the region's worst flooding in decades. [more]

Health Checks for Indigenous Australian Children Under Way
Those checks were due to be completed at the end of this month, but only around 64 per cent of those children have been seen. [more]

NZ Peace Activist Assaulted as he was Deported
The New Zealand peace activist Harmeet Sooden says he was assaulted as he was deported from Israel. [more]

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

Oil Producers and Consumers to Meet Over Climbing Oil Prices
Oil producers and consumers are going to meet in a few days time to talk about the ever climbing price of oil. [more]

Country Life

Country Life Intro and Guest
Architect John Coop on residential rural development of the future. [more]

Primary Industry interview
Chief excecutive of Landcorp, Chris Kelly sheds light on the Emmissions Trading Scheme. [more]

Cariboo - A Local Sucsess Story
A small North Canterbury business that makes baby products is taking on the world. [more]

Back to School
Putaruru is home to the NZ Cheese School. Would-be cheese-makers from Hong Kong to Gore took part in the inaugural course. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus On Politics for 20 June 2008
Focus On Politics for 20 June 2008. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 20 June 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 20 June 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

The Canada Goose
Listen to this mornings bird call. [more]

Community Reps in South Auckland Talk Violence
The Auckland youth support network, senior government and local officials were among those who attended. [more]

Pacific News for 20 June 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 20 June 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Confidentual Corrections File Left in an Auckland Street
A Department of Corrections file containing information about soon to be paroled high-risk prisoners has not been returned. [more]

Parliament Make Tagging a 'Special Offence'
The Bill, which will also ban the sale of spray cans to anyone under 18, passed its final vote last night by 107 to 10. [more]

Confidentual Corrections File On the Run
The file was due to be handed over to police last night but so far this hasn't happened. [more]

Elderly Womens Attacker Still at Large
Yin Ping Yang died in hospital as a result of the injuries sustained in last Wednesday's home invasion. [more]

Top Cop Killed in Cycling Accident
Superintendent Steve Fitzgerald died following an accident involving a truck at Petone near Wellington last night. [more]

"Bottomless Abysss"- Western Diplomat on Zimbabwe
The badly beaten bodies of four opposition activists have been discovered on the outskirts of the capital, Harare. [more]

Catholic Schools in Crisis
NZ's Catholic schools are appealing to the government for help as they face the greatest threat to their future in 20 years. [more]

Labour Accused of"Political Window Dressing."
The Organised Crime Bill has been introduced in Parliament. [more]

IVF Parents Still Not Clear On Choosing Babies Sex
Our reporter, Ian Telfer, has been asking recent parents what they think of the reports findings. [more]

Sports News For 20 June 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Englands Rugby Tour Management Questioned
Police are looking into an alleged incident involving up to four players at the Hilton Hotel in Auckland. [more]

Advocate for Poor Families Urges Commerce
Avanti is one of New Zealand's largest lenders to low-income borrowers. [more]

Kapa Haka Group Takes Top Honours
36 groups competed over 3 days in Wellington. [more]

Earliest Known Computer Generated Music Unveiled
The sixtieth anniversary of the forerunner of all modern computers -- known as Baby. [more]

The National Partys Reaction to Missing Corrections File
The National Party wants the public servant who lost a confidential file of high risk offenders to be sacked. [more]

New Research into Skin Cancer
United States scientists say they have sucessfully cured a skin cancer patient using cells cloned from his own immune system. [more]

Canadian Police Rapped with Tasers
Now police there are promising changes after a critical report by an official watchdog. [more]

Cyclist Deaths Prompts Questions into Road Safety
A call for urgent improvements in roading design and motorist behaviour is on the cards following two fatal cyclist crashes. [more]

Attacks on Grocery Chains and Petroleum Companies
The head of Australia's competition and consumer watchdog has accused them of peddling myths and misleading the public. [more]

Refrigeration Technicians Release Harmful Gases
It's the first prosecution of its kind in New Zealand under the Ozone Layer Protection Act . [more]

Father Crusades On Behalf of his Daughter
A 14 year-old-girl is going to court to fight for the right to play in the same AFL team as the boys. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Canadian Police"Stumped"
A severed foot in a running shoe has washed up on Canada's coast. [more]

Australia Correspondent
Kerry-Anne Walsh. [more]


Babbage Difference Engine
Doron Swade talks to Bryan about a project to realise a computer designed in 1822, but never built. [more]

Conundrum Answer
This weeks answer is... [more]

Nine To Noon

Bioethics Report Sparks Further Debate
Prof Donald Evans says allowing social grounds for the sex selection of embryos during fertility treatment would be "winding the social clock back in New Zealand by at least a generation and a half". [more]

Anti Tagging
Hone Harawira was one of only 10 MPs to vote against the new bill. [more]

Why We Should Not Wear Shoes
South African expert Berhnhard Zipfel says our ancestors were bare foot, and we're killing our feet by comparison. [more]

Pacific Correspondent - Mike Field
The Latest talked about issues from across the Pacific. [more]

Feature Guest - Roscoe Tait
Roscoe Tait has spent thousands of hours volunteering on New Zealand's toughest search and rescues. [more]

Childrens Book Review
John McIntyre reviews three books that will surely keep the kids happy. [more]

Music with Manu Taylor
Boa Fonte, Crooked Still and Scarlett Johansson. [more]

Sport Commentator - Richard Becht
Tiger Woods Wins US Open with the use of only one leg! [more]

The Week That Was
With Radar + Michele A'Court. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 20 June 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 20 June 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Paul Jenden
Writer and director of 'Rome: The Musical'. A collaboration with composer Gareth Farr. [more]

Naoko Yoshino
Japanese virtuoso harpist currently touring NZ on behalf of the Embassy of Japan. [more]

Auckland Philharmonia Review
Peter Hoar review's last night's APO concert featuring Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova and conductor Arvo Volmer. [more]

News stories:

Marketing Workshop in Niue
Tourism stakeholders in the region will meet in Niue next week in an effort to improve marketing strategies there. The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has joined forces with Niue Tourism,... [more]

PNG's Police Commissioner calls on locals to help capture prison escapee
Papua New Guinea Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, has appealed to the people of West New Britain Province to assist police in the capture of prison escapee William Kapris, who is... [more]

New Zealand foreign minister restates Pacific focus
The New Zealand foreign minister, Winston Peters, has told a select committee that his ministry's efforts will increasingly focus on the Pacific. Detailing plans to expand the number of missions... [more]

New Zealand company to build Samoa's first wasterwater treatment plant
A New Zealand company, Robt Stone, has been awarded the tender to design, build and operate Samoa's first Wastewater Treatment Plant or WWTP. The Wastewater Treatment Plant will be located... [more]

Farmers in PNG's Highlands region calls for urgent action to eradicate parasitic mite
Farmer groups in PNG's Highlands region have called on the Government for urgent action to eradicate the parasitic mite which poses a serious threat to the honey bee industry. The... [more]

New Zealand foreign minister restates commitment to Tokelau shipping link
The New Zealand foreign minister, Winston Peters, has restated his government's commitment to help secure a reliable shipping service to Tokelau. The atolls' only links with the outside world is... [more]

US department helps promotion of American Samoan business
American Samoan businesses now have an avenue to promote their products and services year round via the Island Business link. The new initiative by the US Department of Interior Office... [more]

American Samoan cannery shuts for a week
More than 2,000 employees of the Samoa Packing tuna cannery in American Samoa will lose more than a week's salary when the cannery shuts down for major maintenance work next... [more]

Australian co-funds Fiji election supervisor
The Australian government has agreed to pay part of the the salary of the new Fiji Supervisor of Election, Felicity Heffernan. The Constitutional Officers Commission chairman, Rishi Ram, has told... [more]

Fiji interim regime doubts merit of Forum group to restore democracy
Fiji's interim prime minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama has cast doubt on the merit of the Fiji/Forum Joint Working Group set up to help oversee a return to democracy. It has... [more]

PNG police chief says wanted criminal helped by rogue cops
Papua New Guinea's police chief has accused rogue officers and high profile figures of helping the country's most wanted criminal escape arrest. The Police Commissioner Gari Baki says police were... [more]

Fiji chairman Storck quits over New Zealand travel ban
The newly appointed chairman of Fijian Holdings Limited, Robin Storck, has resigned because of a New Zealand travel ban. Following the first meeting of the new FHL board, Mr Storck... [more]

Cooks chiefs to meet again amid dissent over proclamation
The House of Ariki in the Cook Islands will be meeting again to discuss the fallout from its proclamation purporting to be taking ownership of the country. Last week, a... [more]