Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 2nd July 2008

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Jim's Essay
Why life speeds up as you get older. [more]

Best Song Ever Written
For Richard Smith of Wellington it is Tom Waits, "Road to Peace". [more]

Link 3
Our musical quiz where the songs or artists you hear will have something important in common. [more]

Mt Everest Clean Up
A huge task for environmental teams charged by China with cleaning up what's become the world's highest rubbish dump. [more]

Monday Morning Blues
Monday morning blues are a figment of the imagination, according to new research. [more]

He Rourou for 2 July 2008
Ana Tapiata talks to Puti Mackey, one of the organisers of last months national secondary school Kapa Haka competitions. [more]

Feature Album - American Fool
By John Mellencamp, who plays in Auckland in December. [more]

Virtual World
Today, backing up your mind online .. Snail mail, brought to you by real snails .. and DIY TV. [more]

Auckland Story - Tea Culture
Sapna Samant explores the tea culture of Auckland. Today she sits in at a Korean tea ceremony. [more]

Health Story - Health Hazards of Plastics
Dacia Herbulock speaks with toxicologist Ian Shaw about the potential health hazards of plastics used in food packaging. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With Sue Wells and Martin 'Bomber' Bradbury. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With Sue Wells and Martin 'Bomber' Bradbury. [more]

Business News

Morning Business for 2 July 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 2 July 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]


Maternity Services Review
The Government has announced a review of maternity services in the Wellington area. [more]

Rail System Buy Back
The Government attacked National over its attitude to the buy back of the rail system. [more]

ACC Squabble
A report suggests there is a strong chance National would privatise ACC. [more]

Asbestos Warning
Building products such as roofing from South East Asia have come under the spotlight. [more]

Homicide Inquiry in Nelson
The police in Nelson have launched an investigation after the suspected homicide of a seven year old boy. [more]

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

District Health Boards Draft Proposals
The proposals say there's a need for hospitals to be designated either as hubs for acute care or local facilities doing emergency, non-urgent and non-complex services. [more]

Defence Force Controversy
The controversy follows claims that personnel seconded to the UN have been double dipping on their accommodation allowance. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

The Prison Fellowship
A prisoner rehabilitation group may have to cancel its most successful programmes if it can't find funding in the next 2 months. [more]

Temporary Manager Appointed
The Ministry of Health has taken a rare move and appointed a temporary manager to Auckland's Belhaven rest home. [more]

Recreational Fishermen
Police in charge of Search and Rescue efforts in the Hawkes Bay say fishermen are putting themselves in harm's way too often. [more]

World Trade Center Rebuild
New dates for the completion of a memorial, skyscrapers and a transit hub are now expected to be set in September. [more]

Maternity Services Review (Part 2)
A doctor is claiming the death of a baby boy could have been avoided if it wasn't for incompetence by an independent midwife. [more]

Road Transport Forum
Trucking companies will protest in major centres to express their anger at the government's increase in road user charges. [more]

Zimbabwe Defiant
The BBC's Ian Panell reports. [more]

US Job Losses
It's been announced today that thousands of jobs are to go at Starbucks in the US as the chain closes hundreds of coffee shops. [more]

China Correspondent
More than 10-thousand people have been mobilised to clean up green algae that has invaded the Olympic sailing venue. [more]

Drugs Survey
An international survey has found NZers have the second highest level of cocaine and cannabis use among countries surveyed. [more]

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

Whangamata Protest
A protest by about 20 people has reignited the debate over a proposed marina in the Coromandel town of Whangamata. [more]

National Drinking Water Standards
The Mayor of Marlborough has criticised the Government's national drinking water standards. [more]

State of Emergency in Mongolia
5 people are reported to have been killed and 300 injured in violent protests that erupted after last weekend's election. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

The Islamic leaning AK party, has been taken to court and charged with trying to establish an Islamic state. [more]

Nelson Mandela Free
Nelson Mandela was only last night officially removed from the United States government terrorism watchlist. [more]

Kiwi Musicians Honoured in Oz
Max Merrit and Dragon's Marc Hunter were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame last night. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 2 July 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 2 July 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 2 July 2008
National wants another email investigation, Kiwirail, Maternity Services review and Radio New Zealand Sport. [more]

Toroa - Bullers Mollyhawk
Listen to this mornings bird call. [more]

Pacific News for 2 July 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Morning Waatea News for 2 July 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

National Asks For Another Email Investigation
This follows the revelation that the Party is employing Australian based political strategists, Crosby Textor. [more]

New KiwiRail Chairman Cops Criticism
New KiwiRail Chairman Jim Bolger presided over the privatisation of the railways in 1993. [more]

Review of Maternity Services in Wellington Underway
The review's been ordered by the Minister of Health, David Cunliffe after the deaths of two newborn babies. [more]

Disbelief as to How Two Men Survived 24 Hours at Sea
The men were plucked from a tiny dinghy with no engine, 26 kilometres out at sea. [more]

Wellington Traffic Drops by 20 Percent
The cost of fuel has risen on average by over a third in the last year. [more]

Chief of Defence Force Orders Inquiry
Yesterday a court martial found Colonel Selwyn Heaton guilty of exceeding his duty free allowance. [more]

Sports News for 2 July 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

All Black Half-Back Jimmy Cowan Stays in the Squad
After a third incident coming to light involving drunk and disorderly behavior Cowan is grateful for this chance. [more]

Wellington City Council Knee Deep
18-thousand tons of human waste produced each year by its citizens. [more]

12 Dollars Has Been Added to Speeding Fines
The American town of Holly Springs now have to pay for the ticket issuer's petrol too. [more]

Auditor General Highlights Failings in OnTrack
The report was released on the same day as the government took back ownership of rail and ferry operations. [more]

The Threat of Blockades Doesn't Faze Truckies
Price hikes were announced on Monday night, coming into immediate effect yesterday. [more]

Thirty Maori Protesters Occupying Proposed Marina
The controversial 205-berth marina was given the go-ahead in 2006. [more]

Russel Norman Rasies Child Poverty Issue
Russel Norman was sworn in as an MP yesterday, ending two years as a co-leader outside of parliament. [more]

Australian Wheat Board Target of 10 Billion Dollar Law Suit
The Board and a long list of foreign companies are accused of receiving billions of dollars from Saddam Hussein's regime as part of oil for food programme. [more]

African Union Calls for a National Unity Government
Robert Mugabe told his neighbours that political issues would be dealt with in the"Zimbabwean way". [more]

Lamp Posts on the Kapiti Coast in 'Shocking' State
Dozens of roads in the region of have been blacked out while checks are being made. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Wimbledon Update
The four top seeded women have been knocked out before the quarter finals. [more]

100th Anniversary of Unexplained Mystery
Hundreds of square kilometers of Siberian forest was destroyed in July 1908 by a massive explosion. [more]


Free Spirit Spheres
Tom Chudleigh, creator and builder, is the man behind spherical homes suspended in the forests of Canada. [more]

Conundrum Clue
Clue number 5 [more]

Conundrum Clue
Clue number 6 [more]

Nine To Noon

Nutrition and Family Report
1 in every 5 adults and 1 in every 10 children are obese. [more]

Atlas of Socio-Economic Deprivation
Peter Crampton, Dean Otago University Wellington campus. [more]

Australia Correspondent - Ray Moynihan
By election rocks Rudd Government. [more]

Feature Guest - Rex Haig
He spent 11 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of murder. [more]

Book Review - Bright Shiny Morning
By James Frey, published by John Murray and reviewed by Graham Beattie. [more]

Artist of the Week with Marty Duda
This week: Blondie. [more]

With Ursula Cheer. [more]

Film Review with Graeme Tuckett
School Holiday Movies. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 2 July 2008 Questions 1-6
QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER Wednesday, 2 July 2008 Questions to Ministers 1. JOHN KEY to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement, in relation to the Government's purchase of rail and ferry assets, that "we are not going into this to make money"? 2. Hon PAUL SWAIN to the Minister of Finance: Has he received any reports on privatisation of the ACC scheme? 3. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: What were the findings of the Auditor-General's performance audit of ONTRACK? 4. DARIEN FENTON to the Minister for ACC: What reports has she received comparing the ACC scheme with Australian alternatives? 5. Dr WAYNE MAPP to the Minister of Defence: Why did he say on Sunday that he didn't know anything about the practice of Defence Force personnel seconded to the United Nations double-dipping on housing allowances, given that he approved answers to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee that stated "it has become apparent that there have been inconsistencies…relating to housing assistance provided by the NZDF to personnel seconded to the UN.", and that "The NZDF has suspended the provision of housing allowances to UN-seconded personnel."? 6. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Finance: Will the results of the Reserve Bank initiative to pursue "options for alternative instruments" for monetary policy be made publicly available; and at whose behest was the addition of this initiative in the Reserve Bank's latest Statement of Intent? [more]

Question Time for 2 July 2008 Questions 7-12
QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER Wednesday, 2 July 2008 Questions to Ministers 7. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: Why are lower North Island district health boards planning a drastic proposal to downgrade regional hospitals in the lower North Island and to "cluster" acute services in Wellington and one other site? 8. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister of Agriculture: Why did the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry make a submission to Horizons Regional Council opposing a draft standard requiring all rivers and streams in the Manawatu-Wanganui region to be safe for swimming? 9. ANNE TOLLEY to the Minister of Education: Does he have confidence in the Ministry of Education; if so, why? 10. Hon TARIANA TURIA to the Minister of Conservation: What assurances can she give that relocation of the moko skinks from Whangamata Marina site will not affect a species categorised as "sparse" in the North Island Skink Recovery Plan 2002-2012? 11. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Minister responsible for Climate Change Issues: Does he agree that the statement by Australian Climate Change Minister Penny Wong "The introduction of emissions trading will constitute the most significant economic and structural reform undertaken in Australia since the trade liberalisation of the 1980s" also applies to the New Zealand economy? 12. LESLEY SOPER to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on the success of Primary Health Organisations? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 2 July 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 2 July 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Bellatrix Recorder Quartet
Sydney Conservatorium based ensemble touring the country on behalf of Caprice Arts. [more]

Michael Leighton-Jones
Music director of Melbourne University's Trinity College Choir, currently touring New Zealand. [more]

Baldur Bronnimann
Swiss conductor in the country for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra's 'Splendour of Beethoven' series. [more]

News stories:

South Pacific Mini games committee welcomes start to multisports complex
The Chief Executive of the Cook Islands South Pacific mini games committee, David Lobb, has welcomed news that work on the multi sports complex can go ahead. This follows the... [more]

Leaders in CNMI's Rota consider nine-turbine wind farm
Leaders of Rota, in the Northern Mariana islands are considering a Guam firm's proposal to build a nine-turbine wind farm. The Marianas Variety newspaper reports that GCE Corporation has proposed... [more]

New MP in Niue turns down new job offer
One of Niue's new members of Parliament, Ester Pavihi, has turned down the position of associate minister for the environment. Ms Pavihi, who won one of the six common role... [more]

Solomons Telekom boss in line for big compo after strike settlement
Reports from Solomon Islands say the outgoing Chief Executive Officer of Solomon Telekom, Martyn Robinson, will be receiving 1.1 million US dollars in compensation. He quit his job two years... [more]

Prison wardens bound for Vanuatu as part of NZ aid programme
Two New Zealand prison wardens arrive in Vanuatu later this month as part of an ongoing programme to develop skills among jailers there. The security of Vanuatu's prisons and the... [more]

Fiji complains over European Union mission on rule of law meetings
Fiji's interim Attorney-General says he wants the list of people meeting a European Union mission on the rule of law in Fiji to be expanded. The mission is in Fiji... [more]

GAO report has no recommendations on federal court be in American Samoa
The General Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress does not make any recommendations on whether or not to establish a federal court in American Samoa. But a 117 page... [more]

Sale of StarKist in American Samoa to be completed in 2009
Del Monte Foods Company expects the sale of StarKist and its subsidiary StarKist Samoa to be completed by September 2009. The San Francisco based Del Monte announced over the weekend... [more]

National Agriculture, Trade and Cultural show in Solomon Islands opens
The National Agriculture, Trade and Cultural show in Solomon Islands opened yesterday in Honiara, and is believed to be one of the biggest the country has hosted. The Acting Governor... [more]

Tonga's Parliament approves money for Shoreline power company
Tonga's parliament has approved over 12 million US dollars for the buying of the power company Shoreline. But the Matangi Tonga online reports the money will not be spent until... [more]

Fiji's interim regime will subsidise landowners with 5.3 million US dollars
Fiji's interim regime will subsidise landowners with 5.3 million US dollars for the use of their land for agricultural farming purposes under the Committee for Better Utilisation of Land. The... [more]

First Narita flight lands on CNMI's Saipan
The inaugural Northwest Airlines flight from Tokyo's Narita Airport to Saipan is expected to boost tourist numbers to the Northern Marianas by thousands. The landmark event is the start of... [more]

PNG government says it is likely to subsidise cost of fuel to help consumers
The Papua New Guinea government says it is likely to subsidise the cost of fuel to help consumers. The Post Courier reports the Prime Minister saying it was one of... [more]

American Samoa's Commerce says its not responsible for collecting information
American Samoa's Department of Commerce says the Government is responsible for collecting information on non-employer establishments or businesses that don't have paid employees to be included in the 2007 Economic... [more]

American Samoa urged to grow more food
American Samoa's Chamber of Commerce is pushing for the territory to become more self sufficient in food production. The Chamber's President, David Robinson, says American Samoa needs to import about... [more]

Eight French Polynesian assembly members replaced
Eight members of the French Polynesian assembly have vacated their positions which they filled for eight members who had briefly become government members. The change follows a three-month stand-down period... [more]

PNG minister kickback account in Singapore, claims paper
Media in Papua New Guinea claim a government minister has a Singapore bank account containing about 40 million US dollars skimmed off the country's log exports. The Post Courier newspaper... [more]

Fiji interim regime critical of EU law and order consultation line-up
Fiji's interim Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, is today scheduled to meet the three-member European Union expert mission as part of its visit to study the rule of law in... [more]

Solomons to celebrate independence without fireworks
There will be no fireworks when Solomon Islands celebrates its 30th anniversary of independence because they won't arrive in time. Shipping delays will prevent fireworks ordered from Australia making it... [more]

PNG to vet Bougainville deal with Invincible of Canada
The Papua New Guinea Parliamentary Referral Committee on Minerals and Energy is considering whether to let a controversial deal made by the autonomous Bougainville Government with the Canadian company, Invincible... [more]

American Samoan bid to throw out bribery charges
Lawyers for American Samoa's Lieutenant Governor, Ipulasi Sunia, and Senator Tulifua Tini lam Yuen, have filed a joint motion to dismiss a number of the federal indictments against them. They... [more]

Samoa eyes large Auckland site for consulate
The Samoan government has revealed in parliament long-term plans to acquire 10 acres of land in Auckland New Zealand to build a consulate, commercial centre and a traditional meeting house. [more]

Tonga chooses New Zealander as police commissioner
A fourth Pacific country is to have a New Zealander heading its police services. Radio Tonga reports Chris Kelly has been named as the new commissioner in Tonga. He joins... [more]

Indonesian House of Reps to pass West Papua autonomy bill
All factions in Indonesia's House of Representatives have agreed to pass legislation giving a legal basis for the implementation of special autonomy in the new province of West Papua. West... [more]

French Polynesian veterans angered by French denial of nuclear fall-out
French Polynesia's Nuclear Workers' Association says it will no longer deal with the French nuclear safety official after he said that the fallout from the nuclear weapons tests was not... [more]

Cook Islands MPs visit to NZ reflects "special relationship"
New Zealand's Minister of Pacific Islands Affairs says a visit by four Cook Islands MPs is an opportunity to acknowledge the special relationship that New Zealand has with the Cook... [more]

Niue could become world's first smoke-free nation
Niue could become the world's first smoke free nation. The Director of Niue's Deparment of Health Dr Sitaleki Finau says the department has been working through the practicalities of becoming... [more]

Fiji Sugar Corporation dismisses concerns it won't meet EU deal quota
The Fiji Sugar Corporation says there is no threat to its supply that might make it unable to meet its arrangement with the European Union. The Fiji Times reported this... [more]

Immunity may not apply to Samoa RAMSI officer over fatal Solomons car accident
There are suggestions in Solomon Islands that immunity from prosecution may not apply in a case involving a Samoan policeman who had driven a car which allegedly caused the death... [more]