Radio New Zealand - Monday, 30th June 2008

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Eight Months to Mars - Helen Moulder
With us today, a person for whom flights of fancy are a regular occurrence. [more]

Is the weight of education turning our young people into a generation of hunchbacks? [more]

Do it Yourself Power
Imagine life without a power bill. [more]

He Rourou for 30 June 2008
Ana Tapiata talks to Te Ataakura Pewhairangi from a winning kapa haka team, Palmerston North's Te Piringa. [more]

Author Slot - Nick Turzynski
His Book title is"How To Eat A Huhu Grub". [more]

This Way Up Feature - The Pub Round
Simon Morton from This Way Up and the origin of that social contract the pub round. [more]

Science Report - A Register of all Marine Species
An international team aims to complete the World Register of Marine Species. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With today's guests Joanne Black and Tony Doe. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With today's guests Joanne Black and Tony Doe. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 30 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 30 June 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 30 June 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 30 June 2008
News from the business sector. [more]


Meat Industry Plan
There's a new $220,000,000 plan out today to revitalise the struggling meat industry and make it as lucrative as dairying. [more]

Meat Industry Comment on New Plan
Comments from Federated Farmers new Meat and Fibre Council chairman Bruce Wills. [more]

Belhaven Rest Home Abuse Scandal
Three investigations are underway, after a worker who has since been dismissed taped an elderly woman's mouth shut. [more]

Rating Rest Home Health Care
The Health and Disability Commissioner is going ahead with a hotly debated plan to name facilities that are not up to standard. [more]

Wanganui Shooting Case
Police in Wanganui say they're hunting for a man in connection with the fatal shooting of a 24 year old woman. [more]

Undie 500 Pub Crawl Canned
The student's association that runs the annual Undie 500 pub crawl from Christchurch to Dunedin has cancelled this year's event. [more]

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

Jimmy Cowan Charges
The All Black rugby player Jimmy Cowan is to face a misconduct hearing after being arrested on charges of disorderly behaviour. [more]

Malaysian Politics
Malaysia's main opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim remains holed up in the Turkish embassy in Kuala Lumpur. [more]

Anti-Abortion Police Complaint
A campaigner has laid a complaint with the police after a video showing a gun pointed at his head was posted on You Tube. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Zimbabwe's President Re-Elected
After being sworn-in for a sixth term as President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe is expected to face down his critics. [more]

Spanish Win
Spanish football fans in New Zealand are celebrating following their team's Euro 2008 win against Germany this morning. [more]

Tamahere Coolstore Report
A new report has confirmed the refrigerant gas used in the Tamahere coolstore was highly flammable propane gas. [more]

Khmer Rouge Tribunal
In a few hours time, the former foreign minister of Cambodia is due to make his first public appearance at the tribunal. [more]

Meat Industry Plan (Part 2)
The country's biggest meat and rural servicing companies have announced a $220,000,000 proposal. [more]

Leaky Homes Debate
The Prime Minister is denying crown liability for so-called leaky homes, despite a group of mayors asking the government help. [more]

Belhaven Rest Home Abuse Scandal (Part 2)
A specialist in geriatric care is being sent by the Auckland District Health board to review Belhaven rest Home. [more]

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

UK News
For the latest news from the United Kingdom we are joined now by our correspondent in London, Barney Burnham. [more]

Comet Tunguska
Exactly one hundred years ago today, the earth was shaken by the most violent impact in recent history. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Israeli Prisoner Swap
The Israeli cabinet has backed a prisoner swap with the Lebanese Hezbollah movement. [more]

Iraq Oil
The world's biggest oil companies are set to return to Iraq more than 35 years after Saddam Hussein nationalised the industry. [more]

Gates Leaves Mircosoft
Bill Gates resigned at the weekend. [more]

Chagos Islanders
The people of the Chagos islands in the Indian Ocean were forced from their homes by the British 40 years ago. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 30 June 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 30 June 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

The Call of the Tui
Listen to this mornings bird call. [more]

Pacific News for 30 June 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News for 30 June 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Elderly Women Gets Mouth Taped Shut
Police were notified of the incident at a Rest Home in Epsom, after a tradesman saw the woman at the property on Friday. [more]

Robert Mugabe Sworn in as President
One of the few groups allowed to observe Zimbabwe's election has described it as neither free nor fair. [more]

NZ First Could Face Massive Fine
The Electoral Commission reported the party to police yesterday after determining the party may have breached the act. [more]

A Second All Black in Trouble Within a Week
This follows the arrest of Jerome Kaino on drink-driving charges last week. [more]

Euro 2008 Final
Raquel is Spanish and Stefan is German, and both have been following their respective sides closely throughout the competition. [more]

Banks Accused of Over Charging on Credit Cards
The allegations centre on credit card debt which is secured against a person's house as part of an all-obligation mortgage. [more]

Sports News for 30 June 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Financial Crisis Has Hit the Arts
The New Zealand Youth Choir and its counterpart Voices New Zealand are desperate to solve a severe financial crisis. [more]

New Research into Climate Change
Climate change is not happening simultaneously around the world as previously thought. [more]

Queenstowns Annual Winter Festival
It marks the traditional start of the snow season in the town and provides a substantial cash injection into the local economy. [more]

Taping Of an Elderly Womans Mouth Starts Investigation
Martin Taylor, the chief executive of Healthcare Providers NZ says there are important details that are still to come to light. [more]

Overseas Teachers Making a Move into NZ Schools
43% of schools have hired at least one teacher from overseas for a permanent full-time position. [more]

Mount Maunganui Transferred to Tauranga Moana iwi
Feelings about the deal are mixed among tangata whenua. [more]

NZ Police Help in Indonesia
The training took place in two regions which have been the scene of ethnic violence over the past several years. [more]

Big Upsets at Wimbledon Tennis Champs
New Zealander Marina Erakovic is also no longer in the competition, but did get to the third round. [more]

A Victory for SUV Drivers
The hybrid Toyota Prius motor car has been exposed as being less economical than a diesel SUV. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Malaysian Opposition Leader Accused of Sodomy
Mr Anwar's wife, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, says the allegations are political assassination. [more]

Royal New Zealand Ballet Selling off Costumes
With many garments having been made in triplicate, the ballet company thought it was time to trim down on storage costs. [more]

Australia Correspondent
Phil Kafcaloudes brings you the latest from across the pond. [more]


Vatican Observatory
Brother Guy Consolmagno is a member of the Vatican Astronomy team. [more]

With Professor Paul Morris from Victoria University of Wellington. [more]

Clue 1. [more]

Sport - European Cup 2008
With Wynton Rufer. [more]

Clue 2. [more]

Nine To Noon

Australian Backyard Astronomer
Former mine worker in Broken Hill, now watches the rings around Saturn and his images have been drawn to NASA's attention. [more]

Europe Correspondent - Seamus Kearney
EU Summit in Russia. [more]

Feature Guest - John Walker
New challenges for John Walker. [more]

Book Review with John King
Reappraisals - Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century by Tony Judt, published by Heinemann. [more]

Guest Chef - Anne Thorpe and Wine with John Hawkesby
Whole baked snapper and potatoes. [more]

Tommy Honey
Sophist and Provocateur. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 30 June 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 30 June 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Oleg Marshev
Azerbajian-born pianist currently conducting an extensive recital tour of the North Island. [more]

Natasha Conland
Auckland Art Gallery Modern Art Curator freshly back from her role as a 'Curatorial Comrade' at the 2008 Sydney Biennale. [more]

David Hamilton
NZ composer conducting his own works for Auckland Choral's 'Hamilton Conducts Hamilton' concert this weekend. [more]

News stories:

All 27 members of SPC to attend arts festival
All 27 country members of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community or SPC will attend next month's 10th Festival of the Pacific Arts Festival. This is the first time in... [more]

Church assembly set for American Samoa next month
The first biannual Congregational Christian Church in American Samoa or CCCAS General Assembly is set for early next month. The gathering is expected to attract more than 300 delegates from... [more]

Wallis and Futuna could be admitted as Forum observers
The Pacific Islands Forum may admit Wallis and Futuna as an associate member at its summit in Niue in August - two years after the French territory became a Forum... [more]

High ranking American Samoan soldier dies in Iraq
A solider from American Samoa was one of the three U.S. marines killed last week in Iraq. The Defence Department said 42 year old Lieutenant Colonel Max Galeai and two... [more]

Pacific countries urged to make internet safe from cyber attack
Pacific countries are being encouraged to make sure their internet safety measures are robust following a cyber attack in the Marshall Islands. The National Telecommunications Authority was hit with a... [more]

Talks to begin in New Caledonia with mining group, Eramet
Provincial authorities in New Caledonia have agreed to begin talks with the French metals mining group, Eramet, on taking over its local unit. The decision was taken at the AGM... [more]

Fiji rejection of Australian journalists described as unacceptable
The chair of Fiji's media council says it is unacceptable that a delegation from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation was refused visas for the country. According to the ABC, the team... [more]

Fiji accuses Australia and NZ of being dogmatic
Fiji's interim Attorney-General has accused Australia and New Zealand of being dogmatic in their responses to the interim regime. Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum says both countries should be more appreciative of... [more]

Australian bomber found in PNG
An Australian bomber shot down by the Japanese in a remote region of Papua New Guinea during the Second World War has been found 66 years later. A missionary found... [more]

Leader's gather in Faa'a to mark French Polynesia's autonomy day
French Polynesia's former president, Gaston Flosse, who created the territory's autonomy day, has accepted an invitation by the pro-independence leader, Oscar Temaru, to mark the today in Mr Temaru's home... [more]

American Samoan firefighters to join efforts in US
The United States Forest Service is again calling up fire fighters in American Samoa to help put out raging forest fires on the US west coast. They will join fire... [more]

Solomons economy expected to preform well this year
The Central Bank says the Solomon Islands economy will perform strongly this year. The bank's deputy governor, Denton Rarawa ,says based on results from the first half of the year... [more]

CEO of Solomon Telekom steps down
The Chief Executive Officer of Solomon Telekom, Martyn Robinson, has resigned after 17 years on the job. The Telekom Board has accepted the resignation of Mr Robinson with three months... [more]

Fiji court confirms powers of Commission against Corruption
A Fiji High Court ruling has confirmed the powers of the Independent Commission Against Corruption to conduct investigations and initiate prosecutions. A former civil servant, Inoke Devo, had challenged the... [more]

Samoa rejects government control of its water source
The village of Sili in Samoa has rejected a bill which would have resulted in the government taking over the local management of water. The village met to discuss the... [more]

Solomons' leader wants to develop freedom of information laws
The Solomon Islands Government is keen to work with regional partners to develop national legislation on freedom of information. Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua Sikua has told a Freedom of... [more]

Fiji told its conservation sector is in crisis
A report by the Austral Foundation says Fiji's conservation sector is in crisis. This, the report says, is despite millions of dollars being provided annually to protect Fiji's biodiversity. The... [more]

Solomon Islands says it needs millions more to implement development policies
The Solomon Islands Government says it needs 241 million US dollars from donor partners in order carry out its development policies. The Government has carried out a high level consultative... [more]

New Caledonia reveals cases of dengue still being reported
The outbreak of mosquito-transmitted dengue fever in New Caledonia has so far affected over 900 people since the beginning of this year. Latest statistics from the health and social affairs... [more]

Samoan officer involved in fatal Honiara crash refuses to talk to police
The investigation into a fatal accident in the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara, involving off-duty Regional Assistance Mission officers from Samoa is expected to be completed this week. The Solomon Islands... [more]

Starkist sale formalised
San Francisco-based Del Monte Foods has formally announced the sale of its Starkist Seafoods to South Korea's Dongwon Group for 363 million US dollars. Starkist operations include a major cannery... [more]

Media tycoon's vessel saves American family on stricken yacht in Marshall Islands
The crew of the yacht Blue Star, which is owned by Russian-Israeli media tycoon, Vladimir Gusinksy, rescued an American family from a stricken yacht on Saturday morning in the Marshall... [more]

Guest workers in Northern Marianas fearful over impact of new immigration laws
A lobby group for guest workers in the Northern Marianas says they are nervous about their future work status under the new immigration law. The Federal Government is expected to... [more]

Pacific churches told they can play key role in nature conservation
The role of the church in preserving the region's environment has been emphasised at a nature conservation conference that ended in Suva in the weekend. Pacific states have been urged... [more]

ADB official calls on development agencies to focus on participation
An Asian Development Bank study says there needs to be more focus on participation for development to be successful. The study "Capacity development - Pacific Choice" was the subject of... [more]

PNG Government agency short of engineers - infrastructure development could be stalled
Infrastructure projects in Papua New Guinea, under the Government's Medium Term Development Strategy could be hampered by a shortage of engineers at the Department of Works. The Post Courier reports... [more]

French Government nuclear safety expert meets test veterans group in French Polynesia
The French government's nuclear safety expert, Marcel Jurien de la Graviere, has met members of the French Polynesian veteran organisation, Mororua o Tatou, during his latest visit to the territory. [more]

Australia's Fiji High Commissioner receives third death threat
Fiji Police are investigating a third death threat made against the Australian High Commissioner James Batley. Fiji Times online reports that police have confirmed that the threat was received in... [more]

Resignation of unpopular Solomon Telekom CEO keeps workers happy
Solomon Islands Telekom workers are reportedly satisfied with the resignation of the company's chief executive officer, Martyn Robinson. After 17 years in the job, Mr Robinson handed his resignation to... [more]

Solomons' National Provident Fund pays 18 percent dividend
Solomon Islands only social security service provider, the National Provident Fund , has announced it will pay a dividend of 18 percent to its 130 thousand members. The payout is... [more]

Samoa University shuts off the power one day a week to cut costs
The National University of Samoa began an experiment in saving power and cutting the university's power bill last Friday by switching off all air conditions and lights at the Institute... [more]

Candidate for Governor in American Samoa says many residents live in squalor
A candidate for governor in American Samoa says the territory is more like a third world country, than part of the richest and most powerful nation on earth. Utu Abe... [more]

Northern Marianas Government says new Federal law will decimate economy
The Governor of the Northern Marianas is considering a number of options to avoid having to implement the labour provisions of the new Federal immigration law. Spokesperson Charles Reyes says... [more]

Solomon Telekom workers told no repercussions from eight day strike
Solomon Islands Telekom workers have been assured they won't be held accountable for the company's losses incurred during their recent strike. The Telekom board has accepted the resignation of Chief... [more]

Australian Foreign Minister says third threat against Fiji High Commissioner is disturbing
The Australian Government has confirmed that a third death threat this year has been made to it High Commissioner in Fiji, James Batley. The Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith says... [more]