Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 26th June 2008

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Country Life, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Rural News, Upbeat


The Best Song Ever Written
Delerious Love: Neil Diamond as chosen by Dale Wright. [more]

Your Place
Toady we visit Inglewood in the Taranaki. [more]

Flying Solo Round the World
Jim's trying to complete a lifelong dream of flying around the world in a light aircraft. [more]

Orang-Utan Study
A Taupo Honours Student is about get close up and personal with Borneo's Orang-utans. [more]

He Rourou for 26 June 2008
In He Rourou today Iritana tells Ana Tapiata that kohanga is not just an early childhood movement. [more]

Feature Album
Today's feature album is by the kings of 80s Mancunian misery, the Smiths 'Hatful of Hollow' . [more]

Arts Report
Lynn talks with visiting dialect specialist David Nevell, but we begin with a fairytale. [more]

Christchurch Story with Katy Gosset
To Christchurch and though Volunteers Week is over - it seems rising fuel costs may be making it harder for some to contribute. [more]

Environment Report
In our environment story today, Amelia Nurse's takes a look at Canada's environmental track record. [more]

The Panel ( Part 1 )
The Panel with todays guests Garry Moore and Galumalemaha Hunkin. [more]

The Panel ( Part 2 )
The Panel with todays guests Garry Moore and Galumalemaha Hunkin. [more]

Business News

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

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


Sila Sentence
The father of one of two girls murdered outside a Christchurch party says the 17 year sentence for their killer is inadequate. [more]

Defence Cost Blowouts
The defence force has been told to do a better job of explaining big cost blowouts and time delays. [more]

Hawkes Bay DHB Papers
David Cunliffe replaced the board with a commissioner in February after giving it a week to reply to his concerns. [more]

NZ Current Account Defecit
The country has posted a larger than expected current account deficit. [more]

North Korea Nuclear Programme
North Korea will shortly hand over a document detailing information about its secretive nuclear programme. [more]

Obesity Powers
Parliament's health select committee is urging the Government to adopt wide powers to fight obesity. [more]

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

Hamilton Driving Rampage
A man is facing a number of charges after an early morning rampage through the streets of Hamilton. [more]

Parole Failures
The High Court has been told some people are in jail for longer because rehabilitation systems are inadequate. [more]

John Key's History Comments
John Key has come under attack for what his political opponents say is his lack of understanding of New Zealand's history. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Youth Gangs
A top youth court judge says technology is dramatically changing the face of youth gangs in South Auckland. [more]

Whakatane Police Assault Case
Police Union say assault case should never have been brought against four officers from Whakatane. [more]

Wgtn Prison Temp Closure
The Corrections Department has announced Wellington Prison will be closed temporarily and inmates moved to other jails. [more]

The crisis in Zimbabwe is provoking ever growing international condemnation. [more]

Countrywide Lawsuits
America's biggest lender, Countrywide, stands accused of deceiving thousands of borrowers. [more]

Treaty Milestone
A further milestone has been reached in the Treaty of Waitangi settlement. [more]

Rugby Reduction
Air New Zealand cup competition could be reduced from 14 teams to either 11 or 12. [more]

Australia has officially asked Japan to suspend its scientific whaling programme. [more]

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

ChCh Safety
The Chch City Council is investing more than 1.4-million-dollars in a trial scheme which will triple security cameras numbers. [more]

Tekapo Army Stabbing
A 17 year old soldier has been arrested after another soldier was stabbed at multiple times at the Tekapo Army base. [more]

Aboriginal Town Camps
The much condemned Aboriginal town camps outside of Alice Springs are about to experience a massive change. [more]

GlaxoSmithkline Drug Side Effects
Medsafe says its keeping an eye on the situation but is still endorsing the medicine. [more]

Russia Corruption
Russia has long had a problem with corruption. [more]

Country Life

Intro and Guest
The South Island Dairy Event, employing staff and Robin Greer. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 26 June 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 26 June 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 26 June 2008
Top Stories for 26 June 2008. [more]

Birds Kawau - Spotted Shag
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Consumer Confidence Falls to 17-Year Low
Major retailers say this month's consumer confidence nose dive was expected but the downturn is still alarming. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Forestry Industry Welcoming Treaty Settlement
The forestry industry is welcoming a Treaty settlement involving the country's largest forest. [more]

Police Consider Employment Status of Acquitted Officers
The Police say there will need to be a consideration of employment processes after the acquittal. [more]

New Zealand's Largest Treaty Deal
Legislation to enact NZ's largest ever treaty deal has unanimously passed through the first stages in Parliament. [more]

'Relief to See Treaty Deal Signed'
Tamati Kruger a key negotiator for the Central North Island Iwi collective - he says it's a relief to see the deal signed. [more]

Catholic Brother Guilty
Despite a jury finding a Catholic brother guilty of sexually abusing boys, the victims say they're not satisfied. [more]

Manager of Trust Reacts to Verdict
The Manager of the Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust, Ken Clearwater was at the High Court in Christchurch. [more]

President Stepping Down After a Three-Years
Charlie Pedersen is stepping down after a 3-year term as president of Federated Farmers but he's not leaving quietly. [more]

Police to Resolve Employment Status of Four Officers
A jury yesterday found Keith Parsons, Erle Busby, Bruce Laing and John Mills not guilty of attacking Rawiri Falwasser. [more]

36 Hours to Presidential Run Off in Zimbabwe
Its Electoral Commission announced overnight that Friday's poll will go ahead. [more]

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

Investigation Into Stony River Erosion
A special investigation into the state of the flood threatened Stony River near Okato, has been launched. [more]

Black Caps Pull Off Remarkable Victory
The win gives them a 2-1 lead in the five-match series with one game to play. [more]

Government Signs Largest Treaty Deal
Transferring nearly half a billion dollars worth of cash and forestry assets to a collective of seven central North Island iwi. [more]

Consumer Confidence at 17-Year Low
Fuel and food prices are being blamed for the slump. [more]

Decriminalisation of Prostitution Five Years On
Five years on from a major law change, sex workers say they can now work more freely. [more]

Politicians Already Squabbling Over Referendum Date
Parliament's Clerk is checking signatures before declaring whether people opposed to the legislation have got enough signatures. [more]

Probe Launched into Ferry Disaster
A probe has been launched into the 'Princess of the Stars' Philippine ferry disaster that may have claimed as many as 800 lives. [more]

Engineers Urging Drastic Action to Tackle Transport Woes
IPENZ outlined its transport policies at a special launch in Wellington last night. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Security Staff to be Licensed and Vetted by The Police
Private security staff, including bouncers and crowd controllers, will have to be licensed and vetted by the police. [more]

Car Technology That Slows Speeding drivers
If you tend to have a lead foot while driving - Australian officials could have the answer. [more]

Why is bird song an important part of our day
For many of us hearing the bird song each morning is an important part of our day. [more]


Deron Beal is the founder of, a website dedicated to recycling peoples unwanted stuff. [more]

Geology Rocks
Hamish Campbell from GNS science talks underwater volcanoes and titanic dinosaurs. [more]

Clue number seven. [more]

Clue number eight. [more]

Nine To Noon

Parole Board
The Parole Board is under constant scrutiny after a string of high profile cases involving parolees. [more]

Policemen Not Guilty
A mother reacts to the not guilty verdicts against 4 Whakatane policemen accused of attacking her son. [more]

News from the UK. [more]

Life Within a Sect
Ellissa Wall broke from Fundementalist Church of the Latter Day Saints. [more]

Book Review
Flat Earth, The History of an Infamous Idea by Christine Garwood. Published by Pan. [more]

Maori Issues
Tahu Potiki is the chairman of the Otakou runanga of Ngai Tahu. [more]

A food chemist from the University of California. Dr Mitchell is an international expert in the field of organics. [more]

New Technology
New Technology. [more]

Our Changing World

Places for Penguins
Dacia Herbulock joins the volunteers at a coastal revegetation project dedicated to the little blue penguin or kororaa. [more]

Canterbury's Invertebrates
Entomologist Stephen Pawson talks about some of the insects and other invertebrates found only in Canterbury. [more]

Limits to Ageing
Biochemist Jilly Evans discusses living past 90 and what we can do to grow old well. [more]

Canada's Environment
Amelia Nurse looks at Canada's environmental record with the founder of the Offsetters' Climate Friendly Society, James Tansey. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 26 June 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 26 June 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Julian Raphael
Choral Conductor working with Nota Bene choir for their upcoming 'Big Sky - A World of Music' concert. [more]

Joao Pedro Oliviera
Portuguese electro acoustic and orchestral composer working as artist in residence at Canterbury University. [more]

Dan Beban and Chris O'Connor
NZ musicians, composers and sound recordists talk about their 'Mobile Sound Museum.' [more]

News stories:

More than 17,000 Samoans seek permanent entry to New Zealand
The draw for Samoa's annual quota scheme for permanent residence in New Zealand for this year started yesterday after receiving 17,500 applications. The figure includes 8,381 people who lodged applications... [more]

Digicell launches in Vanuatu
The fastest-growing and largest mobile telecommunications operator in the Pacific, Digicel, has launched its fourth market in Vanuatu. The PacNews agency reports that Digicel has made an initial investment of... [more]

Fiji academic calls for consultation over voting proposals
A Fiji academic says the National Council for Building a Better Fiji is passing the buck over how to go about changing the electoral system. The council, which was established... [more]

New Zealand leads medals table at Oceania Championships
Samoa's Aunese Curreen picked up the first gold medal at the Oceania championships in Northern Marianas beating favourite Brendan Whelan of Australia in the six kilometre country race. The 27-year-old... [more]

Solomons High Court hearing issues raised by Telekom strike
In a hearing late yesterday, the High Court of Solomon Islands issued an order, that no-one should damage Telekom property or threaten Telekom staff. Chief Justice Edwin Goldsbourgh also ruled,... [more]

CNMI action against US planned over economic fears
Suing the U.S. government over the CNMI's new immigration law is one option being considered by the governor to avert an economic crisis. Governor Benigno Fitial has hired a team... [more]

PNG to be sued by Frontier Resources over Kokoda decision
An Australian mining company, Frontier Resources, says it will sue the Papua New Guinea Government for nearly three billion US dollars after it was denied an exploration licence for a... [more]

American Samoan push for better history teaching
A history teacher in American Samoa says he supports a resolution on the teaching of the subject that's now before the U.S. Senate, but says it needs to be fully... [more]

Solomons opposition leader to move no-confidence motion
The Solomon Islands opposition leader says a motion of no-confidence in Prime Minister Derek Sikua that he intends to move next month in parliament is not necessarily aimed at toppling... [more]

Uncertainty over Fiji/Forum meeting after Fiji boycott
A special Pacific Islands Forum meeting on Fiji has taken place despite no members of Fiji's interim administration being present. The Fiji Joint Working Group meeting went ahead in the... [more]

New Caledonia's politicians split over SLN
Politicians in New Caledonia's southern province are split over a suggestion to give the territory a controlling stake in the SLN nickel company, which is the largest private sector employer. [more]

Yasause to head new PNG climate change office
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare has appointed his chief-of-staff and economic adviser as head of the newly formed PNG climate change office. Theo Yasause will lead the... [more]

Cook Islands government gets part of 10 million US dollar loan from China
China has released five million US dollars to the Cook Islands government as part of a loan to build a new sports complex and the upgrade of venues around Rarotonga... [more]

Fiji suggests more journalists' ban over unspecified negative reporting
There are suggestions foreign journalists may have problems entering Fiji after the interim regime refused to allow a team of Australian Broadcasting Corporation staff visas. According to the ABC, the... [more]

Tongan call for continued Forum/ Fiji dialogue after Fiji walk-out
The chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, Tonga's Prime Minister, Dr. Feleti Sevele, says it is vital that dialogue is restored with Fiji's interim Government. This follows Commodore Frank Bainimarama's... [more]

Solmons Telekom strike ends after eight days
A strike by Solomon Islands Telekom workers has ended. A spokesperson for the employees has told the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation that they have made their point, and have now... [more]

Call for laws to protect the rights of Papuans over their forests
There is a call in the Indonesian region of Papua for a halt to all new forestry deals until laws have been passed to protect the rights of indigenous Papuans. [more]

Vanuatu's poor quality of governance exposed
The Vanuatu Association of Non-Government Organisations, or VANGO, says the country still has a long way to go to improve its governance record. VANGO spokesman Henry Vira says Vanuatu must... [more]

Solomons govt under pressure from former combatants, says opposition leader
The Solomon Islands opposition leader, Manasseh Sogavare, has warned that the government's handling of rehabilitation of former combatants could risk re-igniting tensions. Mr Sogavare intends to move a motion of... [more]

Chair of Pacific Forum says Fiji must be encouraged to return to dialogue
The chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, Tonga's Prime Minister, Dr. Feleti Sevele, says the Joint Working Group on Fiji must focus on bringing Fiji back into the fold. His... [more]