Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 3rd July 2008

This page lists items from RNZ that are available online. RNZ didn't start regularly putting both its audio and news content online until 2008. From 2002-2007 written news items (particularly from RNZ International) were placed online. You can access items prior to 2002 on the historic page.

This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Our Changing World, Parliament - Question Time, Rural News, Upbeat


Jim's Essay
Names. [more]

Beat Song Ever Written
Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins [more]

Your Place
Rakaia, Mid Canterbury. [more]

Miracle Diet
The Mediterranean diet. [more]

He Rourou 3 July
Language improving. [more]

Feature Album
Reputation - Dusty Springfield. [more]

Arts Report
Arts Report. [more]

Christchurch Story
Christchurch Story. [more]

Science Story
Science story. [more]

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

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

Business News

Morning Business News for 3 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 3 July 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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


Checkpoint Choice for 3 June 2008
Checkpoint Choice for 3 June 2008. [more]

Drug Charges Droped
Drugs charges against six junior NZ Defence Force personnel serving in Afghanistan have been dismissed for technical reasons. [more]

Authorities Bracing for Truckies Protest
Emergency services and councils are bracing themselves for a mass protest by truck drivers. [more]

Academic Believes Hostage Rescue Will Hurt FARC
An academic specialising in South American politics says the rescue of 15 hostages is a major blow to the FARC rebel movement [more]

The Government to Boost Financial Assistance for Food
Low income people struggling to buy food will be able to get twice as much money from emergency food grants. [more]

Nats Under Pressure to Adopt Another Labour Policy
National said it would scrap the fast forward fund when it was announced earlier in the year. [more]

Hostages Freed After Years in Captivity
Former Colombian presidential candidate, Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other hostages have been freed by Colombian troops. [more]

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

Government Conflict of Interest - Says National
The National Party has accused the Government of a conflict of interest after it raised road user charges. [more]

National to Investigate Secret Campaign
Several National MPs have received postcards, which urge politicians and parties not to privatise public NZ assets. [more]

Court Appearance for Man After Boy Dies
A 37 year-old man has appeared in the Nelson District Court in relation to the death of a seven year old boy. [more]

Tornado Hits Two Farms in Taranaki
The Metservice were today predicting severe weather conditions for the region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

University Campus to Open in South Auckland
South Auckland is to receive its first university campus thanks to a Government grant of 25-million dollars. [more]

Surf Lifesaving Taranaki Tax Fraud Investigation
An investigation into the actions of the organisation's district manager Alison Douglas is currently underway. [more]

Governments Plan to Help Families Meet With Lukewarm Reponse
Child Poverty Action Group says for children in many households of beneficiaries, things are getting worse. [more]

Commission to Look at Wages and Training For Jr Doctors
As a bitter stand-off continues between junior hospital doctors and district health boards over pay. [more]

Life On Earth may Had Started 400 Million Year Earlier
There's evidence that life may have emerged on the Earth, 400 million years earlier than had previously been thought. [more]

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

Ban on Blue Cod Fishing in Marlborough Sounds
The move stops short, though, of an outright ban on all fishing in the area. [more]

Marineland to Close When Last Dolphin Dies
Napier City Council has voted, 10 votes to 2, to close Marineland when the last dolphin dies. [more]

Strike on Iran Would be"Extremely Stressful"for US forces
Tensions have risen amid reports Israel could be planning a possible strike against Iran's nuclear facilities. [more]

Largest Protests in Kashmir in Nearly Two Decades
Over the last two weeks Indian-administered Kashmir has seen some of its largest popular protests in nearly two decades. [more]

G8 Leaders Summit in Hokaido
The Japanese government is finalising security arrangements ahead of next week's G8 leaders summit in Hokaido. [more]

Police Warn Homeowners and Real Estate Agents
Hamilton police are warning homeowners and real estate agents to think about security when advertising properties for sale. [more]

Gas in Flat Screen TV's Could be Driver of Global Warming
The gas, nitorgen tri flouride, has a global warming effect 17 thousand times greater than carbon dioxide. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 3 July 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 3 July 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 3 July 2008
Truckies to protest, Labour attack Key, Nelson child death and Govt to help tackle bullying. [more]

Listen to todays bird call. [more]

Maternity Services Review
National's health spokesperson Tony Ryall comments on the review. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Truckies Plan Protest
Truckies are planning a mass protest at rush-hour in the main centres tomorrow against an increase in road user charges. [more]

National Calls Labour Attacks on Key Unfair
The Govt attacked National on two fronts, over its attitude towards the buy back of the rail network and on its position on ACC. [more]

Truckies to Protest Over Increased Road-user Charges
Hundreds of angry truckies are expected to be involved in a mass protest in six centres. [more]

Labour Attacks Key Over ACC and Railways
Key was challenged over National's plans for the ACC, and his role in the sell-off of the railways in 1993. [more]

Arrest After Nelson Child's Death
Nelson police have arrested a man in relation to the suspected homicide of a 7-year-old boy. [more]

Tackling School Bullies
A new plan to tackle school bullying is to be released today. [more]

Minister Call For Maternity Services Review
Health minister David Cunliffe has ordered a review into maternity services in the Wellington region. [more]

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

Man Kills 3 in Jerusalem Bulldozer Attack
Israeli police have shot dead a Palestinian man who ramed a bulldozer into buses, cars, and pedestrians in west Jerusalem. [more]

Tsvangirai Rejects Unity Government Idea
Zimbabwe's opposition leader has spurned a call from African leaders for talks with Robert Mugabe to form a unity govt. [more]

Nelson Skinhead Radio Threat
Nelson police say a phone call to a radio station from a surposed skinhead threatening immigrants was likely a hoax. [more]

Algae Threatens Olympic Sailing Venue
Now a spectacular algal bloom is the latest threat to hit the Beijing Olympics. [more]

School Bullying Investigation
The Children's Commissioner has launched an independent investigation into violence in schools. [more]

Truckies Protest
Minister of Transport Annette King comments. [more]

ACC Lawyer Comments on National's Policy
John Miller is a lawyer specialising in ACC claims. [more]

DHB Restructure Plan
Chair of the Hutt Valley DHB disputes reports a plan to restructure six lower North Is DHB's will lead to reduced services. [more]

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

Teacher Shortages
Secondary school principals are increasingly at odds with the government over the extent of teacher shortages. [more]

Protestor Wins Case Against Police Pepper Spray Attack
Simon Oosterman gained small compensation for being pepper sprayed by the police at an anti-GM march in Rotorua. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Dunedin 'Stop the Stadium Group'
A newly formed group fighting a 188 million stadium proposal for Dunedin is optimistic it can succeed. [more]

The Beatles Earliest Surviving Studio Interview
Film librarian Richard Jeffs came across it in his work, and was about to throw it out before he realised what it was. [more]


Biosolid Boost
Dr Georgina Kelly from the NSW Dept of Primary Industries talks to Bryan about the use of human waste. [more]

Jean Fleming - Body Parts
Tonight Jean talks to Bryan about Blood. [more]

Conundrum Clue 7
Conundrum Clue 7. [more]

Conundrum Clue 8
Conundrum Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Bullying in Schools
A new plan to tackle school bullying will include information cards for students and more advice for schools and parents. [more]

Obama Campaign - Celebrity Endorsements
Mitchell Schwartz is Obama's California campaign manager and comments from the US. [more]

UK Correspondent
Matthew Parris reports from London on current events. [more]

Feature Guest - Tim Butcher
Tim Butcher is a UK journalist and the author of 'Blood River', a book telling the story of his journey on the Congo River. [more]

Book Review - 'A Perfectly Good Family'
Louise O'Brien reviews 'A Perfectly Good Family' by Lionel Shriver. Published by Harper Collins Australia. [more]

Maori Issues Commentator
Haami Piripi talks Maori issues. [more]

Hollow Men
Alister Barry documentary film maker. [more]

New Technology
With Colin Jackson. [more]

Our Changing World

Ocean Creatures
The World Register of Marine Species aims to compile an inventory of all creatures that live in the ocean. [more]

Plastic Bottles
Plastic bottles contain chemicals that mimic estrogen in the body and exposure to minute traces may have long-term effects. [more]

Carbon-neutral Air Travel
A Canadian airline aims to set the environmental aviation standard by going carbon neutral. [more]

Natural History Of Canterbury
An interview about changes in Canterbury's vegetation and the region's weather patterns. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time For 3 June 2008
QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER Thursday, 3 July 2008 Questions to Ministers 1. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: What is the Government's best estimate of its ongoing financial return from the purchase of rail and ferry assets? 2. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence that her ministers of Health, Environment, Agriculture, and Local Government are protecting New Zealanders from any major threats to the safety and security of our drinking water supply? 3. Hon MAURICE WILLIAMSON to the Minister of Transport: Did she, following last year's increases in road user charges, give Road Transport Forum NZ an assurance that operators would be given a month's notice of any such increases in the future? 4. Dr ASHRAF CHOUDHARY to the Minister of Agriculture: What further steps are being taken to implement the New Zealand Fast Forward initiative? 5. Hon TONY RYALL to the Minister of Health: What matters contributed to the decision to undertake an independent review of maternity services in Wellington? 6. Hon MARK GOSCHE to the Minister for ACC: What reports has she received on possible changes to the ACC scheme? 7. SIMON POWER to the Minister of Justice: Does she stand by her statement that "I think family violence is being reported more often because people feel more confident to come forward and report it."? 8. Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS to the Minister of Transport: Does she stand by her statement that "In terms of relative transport priorities, 'switching on' safety around schools must be right up there at the top of any list."; if so, is she prepared to promote or support legislation to make it easier for local authorities to implement speed zones around schools in the interests of child and general pedestrian safety? 9. JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Revenue: Is he satisfied with the enforcement of child support in New Zealand given that total child support debt has increased from $380 million in 2000 to over $1.27 billion; if so, why? 10. H V ROSS ROBERTSON to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received regarding the Government's action to reduce poverty in New Zealand? 11. ANNE TOLLEY to the Minister of Education: Is he satisfied that the Ministry of Education is managing school properties well; if so, why? 12. Dr the Hon LOCKWOOD SMITH to the Minister of Immigration: When was a Minister of Immigration first made aware that Mary Anne Thompson was the staff member at the centre of an investigation into unlawful decision making in the Immigration Service? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 3 July 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 3 July 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Katherine Austin
Pianist and member of the New Zealand Chamber Soloists currently touring the North Island. [more]

Michael Joel
Violinist and conductor of the Wellington Chamber Orchestra performing this Sunday at St Paul's Cathedral Wellington. [more]

Oleg Marshev Review
Sarah Watkins reviews Tuesday nights National Tour opening Auckland performance by Russian pianist. [more]

News stories:

Fiji's interim Attorney General says meeting with Commonwealth representative good
Fiji's interim Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, has described his meeting with the Commonwealth Secretary General's Representative to Fiji, Sir Paul Reeves as a "very useful" one. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum and Sir... [more]

PNG's opposition leader and Greenpeace call for investigation into logging deal
Papua New Guinea's opposition and Greenpeace are both demanding a full investigation into allegations that a government minister skimmed 40 million US dollars from logging deals. Opposition Leader Sir Mekere... [more]

Samoa politician gets wish to have legal cases presided over by an overseas judge
The Supreme Court in Samoa has granted the application from a lawyer representing the Samoa Democratic United party leader, Asiata Saleimoa Vaai, for an overseas judge to preside over a... [more]

Niue's Director of Health calls on locals to eat free range chickens
Niue's Director of Health Dr Sitaleki Finau is encouraging Niueans to begin eating free range chickens. Unlike in most countries the move would actually save locals money. Thousands of chickens... [more]

Fiji's interim Government says it will meet EU requirement
Fiji's interim Government says there's no doubt it will meet its sugar requirement to the European Union. The Fiji Times reported this weak that the FSC might not be able... [more]

PNG's population expected to be 8-point-1 million in 2028
Papua New Guinea's Planning Minister, Paul Tiensten, says PNG's population is expected to grow from six million to 8.1 million by 2028. PNG's National newspaper says Mr Tiensten said the... [more]

Workshop in Honiara says Governments should be proactive in releasing information
Public sector officials from around the Pacific attending a freedom of information workshop in Honiara, have agreed Governments should be proactive in disseminating information. The workshop participants, in a formal... [more]

CUC Saipan records drinking water violations in 7 months
The Commonwealth Utilities Corporation in Saipan has incurred several drinking water violations for coliform bacteria. According to CUC's latest water quality report, the utility agency had violations in the drinking... [more]

Hawaii bankruptcy filings were up 46 percent in June
Hawaii bankruptcy filings were up 46 percent in June compared to the same month a year earlier. The Honolulu Advertiser reports Figures compiled by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court show that... [more]

Businesses in CNMI eye wind energy
Scores of small businesses in the Commonwealth are eyeing wind energy as a potential solution to cut rising electricity costs. Zoning officials are poised to present a series of new... [more]

Significant growth in CNMI's Public Land Trust's financial standing
An independent audit has shown a significant growth in the Marianas Public Land Trust's financial standing during the 2007 fiscal year. The audit, done by the Deloitte accounting firm, revealed... [more]

RAMSI kills crocodile after villagers' complaint
RAMSI Participating Police Force in Solomon Islands have shot dead a crocodile after responding to a request for help from a community in West Guadalcanal. The 4.2 metre crocodile had... [more]

Visiting Guam governor to consolidate links to NZ
Outlining business opportunities on Guam will be a key aim of the US territory's Governor, Felix Camacho, who begins a six-day visit to New Zealand today. The New Zealand Foreign... [more]

Greenpeace calls on PNG to probe alleged logging scam
Greenpeace says the Papua New Guinea government must launch an immediate investigation over allegations a government minister has taken 40 million US dollars from logging deals. The paper, The Post... [more]

American Samoa alarmed at turtle poisoning
A young hawkbills turtle found dead near the village of Aua in American Samoa appears to have been poisoned by garbage. An autopsy has shown the animal's stomach contained plastics,... [more]

Cook Islands parliamentary delegation pays brief visit to New Zealand
A delegation from the Cook Islands Parliament has completed a brief visit to New Zealand after having spent two days in parliament in Wellington. The aim of the visit was... [more]

France to cut overseas pension top-up
The French government has confirmed that it will reform the pension scheme which allowed some retirees to get additions if they lived in French overseas territories. The junior minister in... [more]

French Polynesian radio faces partial cut over unpaid debts
French Polynesia's Radio Maohi has been shut down in the west of Tahiti because of debts to the TDF company which provides radio and television transmission services. The radio has... [more]

PNG to revise colonoial-style publis sector pay system
The Papua New Guinea government is to review the dual salary policy after more than 30 years of expatriates receiving better wages than locals for the same public sector jobs. [more]

Commonwealth envoy meets Fiji's ousted SDL
One on one talks are taking place this week between Fiji's political parties and the Commonwealth Secretary General's Representative, Sir Paul Reeves. Sir Paul is using the talks to establish... [more]

Recently passed lands registration law in Samoa to be challenged in court
An opposition MP and leader of the Samoa Democratic United party Asiata Sale'imoa Va'ai, has vowed to challenge the Lands and Titles registration law recently passed in parliament. Asiata says... [more]

UNDP and Tonga explore new five-year training deal
The United Nations Development Programme and the Tongan government have agreed to explore the possibilities of civics education in their new five-year country programme. Through to 2012, the UNDP says... [more]

Fiji's NFP says regime's planned forum might clear air
Fiji's National Federation Party or NFP says it will be a major achievement to bring together the country's political parties if next month's forum goes ahead. The Commonwealth Secretary General's... [more]

Pressure grows on PNG government to probe logging deals
Pressure is growing on the Papua New Guinea government to investigate allegations that a government minister has taken 40 million US dollars from logging deals. The paper, The Post Courier,... [more]

French Polynesian veterans remember 1st French atomic weapons test
The French Polynesian nuclear test veterans association, Moruroa o Tatou, has commemorated the 42nd anniversary of the first French nuclear weapons test. The event was marked in Tahiti amid continued... [more]

New Zealand publicises Pacific immigration ballot outcome
The New Zealand government has announced that the draw has been made for Pacific Islanders wanting to enter the country under the Pacific Access Category. The names of those who... [more]

Cook Islands parliamentarians visit Manukau
The Cook Islands parliamentary delegation has visited Manukau in South Auckland on its way back to Rarotonga. The four members of the delegation are the Deputy Speaker of the House,... [more]