Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 10th July 2008

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

Afternoons

Noelle's Essay
Is Google making us Stupid? [more]

The Best Song Ever Written
"Werewolves of London"by Warren Zevon. Chosen by Ken Smith from Invercargill. [more]

Your Place - Murapara
Once a booming town in the 1970's. Murapara is slowly getting back on it's feet again. [more]

Upper Residents Angry at Safari Park Proposal
Upper Hutt residents fear they could be in the firing line if a safari park catering for novice hunters gets the go ahead. [more]

Smoke Free Paradise
The South Pacific island of Niue believes it can set an example by becoming the first country in the world to go smoke-free. [more]

He Rourou 10 July 2008
Ana Tapiata talks to Tuhoe elder Ani Hare, who has supported her iwi involvement in the Treelord negotiations. [more]

Feature Album
Fables of Reconstruction by REM. [more]

The Arts Report
Simon Morris meets a man with an eye for incredibly strange films. [more]

Christchurch Story
Katy Gosset attended the latest round of the National Cup Series which drew up and coming climbers from around the country. [more]

Environment Story
The Department of Conservation gears up its stoat trapping operation in Fiordland to protect the last surviving takahe. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
With Dick Griffin and Gordon McLaughlin. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
With Dick Griffin and Gordon McLaughlin. [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 10 July 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business 10 July 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Checkpoint

Auckland Rest Home Closes
The Belhaven Rest Home, under investigation for taping shut an elderly woman's mouth, has been ordered closed. [more]

Tony Veitch Suspended from Breakfast Show
Mr Veitch yesterday confessed to lashing out at Kristin Dunne-Powell in a moment of anger in 2006. [more]

Prisoners Help Refurbish State Houses
Phil Goff says Housing New Zealand will work with the Department of Corrections to refurbish rundown houses. [more]

Maori Party Stands by Their Man
Derek Fox is contesting the Ikaroa-Rawhiti seat which is currently held by the Minister for Maori Affairs, Parekura Horomia. [more]

"We're Different"- Waiheke Islanders
Waiheke Islanders say their coffee-swilling cousins on the mainland need to step aside and let them run their own affairs. [more]

Sports News 10 July 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Washington Condemns Iran's Missile Test Firing
US officials are deeply concerned Tehran is planning to develop nuclear weapons. [more]

Five Mile Township Development in Receivership
Queenstown was to house as many as 10 thousand people and was billed as a new way of living. [more]

Government Slams ANZ Economist Report
The report says government spending on departmental expenses has exceeded growth by forty percent. [more]

Manufacturers Grapple with Soaring Costs
Business New Zealand Performance of Manufacturing Index fell 2.2 points to stand at 45.7. [more]

Waatea News 10 July 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Nelson's Natureland Zoo Guaranteed a Future
Natureland supporters are calling the council turn-around a victory for people power. [more]

Every Second Counts in an Earthquake
Scientists in California may have found a way to predict an earthquake up to 10 hours before the event. [more]

Tensions Rise as US Elections Draw Near
After a live television interview, the Reverend Jackson was heard saying he would like to cut off Barack Obama's nuts. [more]

Age Concern Questions Moving Elderly
10 residents are being moved tomorrow from the rest home, which is under investigation. [more]

Alcohol Ignition Locks - Drunk Driver Defence
People who repeatedly drink drive could be breath tested everytime they try to start their car. [more]

Ramsey Family Cleared over the murder of JonBenet
The district attorney in Boulder County, Colorado, Mary Lacy, said the results pointed to an"unexplained third party". [more]

Drought Worsens in Australias Murray-Darling Basin
June's inflows as the lowest on record and forcecasters say rainfall is expected to be in short supply. [more]

Corrections Department Reveals More Prison Assults
One of the unions representing prison officers has called for guards to be armed with tasers or pepper spray. [more]

Dunedin City Council Deals to Parking Fines
The council says it receives around 120 excuses a week. [more]

Witness Protection Programme
The Criminal Bar Association says an independent authority is needed to monitor the police-run Witness Protection Programme. [more]

British Prime Minister - Having Problems
Mr Brown has been struggling in the opinion polls. [more]

1500 Aid Workers Allowed in Myanmar
They say it might have made a difference to the death toll. [more]

Singing is Good For You
1100 singers from around the world have taken part in a study and 98% rated their quality of life as good or excellent. [more]

New York Icon Sold
Investors from Abu Dhabi have bought a 75 percent stake in the Chrysler building. [more]

US Govt Backs Away From Contract with EADS
US plane maker Boeing had protested against the decision. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 10 July 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 10 July 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Veitch - Womens Refuge
Catherine Delore from Womens Refuge said Veitch's apology only goes part of the way to making up for what he has done. [more]

Oil Prices
The price of oil is on its way down - but not at New Zealand's petrol stations. [more]

Police Psychiatric Nurses
The use of psychiatric nurses in police cell blocks is being extended to Manukau. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

DoC and Police Mishandling
There are calls for accountability at all levels of Government over the mishandling of a man who killed a young Nelson woman. [more]

Turkish U.S. Consulate Attack
Three Turkish police officers and three gunmen were killed in the attack at the compound. [more]

Health Strike Risks
The Health and Disabillity Commissioner says patients are facing the risk of death when health professionals strike. [more]

Veitch Inquiry
Sports broadcaster Tony Veitch has admitted lashing out at his former partner, but for some his apology hasn't gone far enough. [more]

Iran Missile Tests
The missiles include one that has a range of 2 thousand kilometres, far enough to reach Israel. [more]

West Coast Meteor
There was a stellar display last night with many people reporting a bright light in the skies off the west coast. [more]

Internet Design Fault
A fault in the internet may have allowed criminals to redirect to fake sites when users typed in the right address. [more]

Bureaucracy Spending Report
A new report shows government spending on its bureaucracy has far exceeded growth in spending on front-line services. [more]

Witness Protection Programme
The government is in favour of a broad review of the witness protection programme. [more]

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

Marlborough Drought
There are moves to declare the Awatere Valley of southern Marlborough a drought-affected area. [more]

Health Strikes
The head of the Otago District Health Board says the government should limit the ability of hospital staff to strike. [more]

Auckland Health Staff Shortages
The Resident Doctors Association says acute staff shortages across Auckland are leaving hospitals dysfunctional. [more]

Calls for Release Law Change
A High Court decision upholding the Parole Board's decision to release a convicted pack rapist has sparked calls for law change. [more]

Argentina, Britain and Antarctica.
Oil rich Antarctica is being looked upon with covetous eyes by Argentina according to the Daily Telegraph. [more]

Whangarei Museum
There's a question mark over the future of the Whangarei heritage museum. [more]

Springbok Swipe
The injured captain of the Springbok rugby team, John Smit, heads back to South Africa today. [more]

Theatre Royal
A five million dollar rebuild of Nelson's Theatre Royal, the oldest wooden theatre in New Zealand, is under way. [more]

Rangitikei Library Fines
In Rangitikei, the local council is ditching over-due fines for library books, to make the libraries less"formidable". [more]

Wine Screwtops
The familiar sound of corks popping out of wine bottles may soon be consigned to history. [more]

Nights

Ey! Iran
Mandana Mapar, curator of the Ey! Iran contemporary photography exhibition talks about the imagery of modern Persian life. [more]

Erick Brenstrem, Severe Weather Forecaster
We take a look at the extremes in last month's weather and what to look at in the month ahead. [more]

Conundrum Clue 7
Conundrum clue 7. [more]

Nine To Noon

Veitch Abuse
Questions remain about whether Tony Veitch will be able to return to the airwaves, on tv or radio. [more]

Dereck Daschke: Religion and the Bush presidency
Dereck Daschke believes George Bush's 'war on terror' reveal his true self, modelled on lines of Old Testament prophets. [more]

UK Correspondent
Our UK correspondent with a round up of news and background information. [more]

Feature Interview: David Everett
A former Australian SAS soldier who ended up on a wide ranging crime spree, on the run from authorities. [more]

Book Review - Rita Angus: Life and Vision
Rita Angus: Life and Vision by Jill Trevelyan and William McAloon. Published by Te Papa Press, $75.00. [more]

Maori issues
Maori issues with Haami Piripi. [more]

The Billionaires Vinegar
A 1787 Chateau Lafite Bordeaux sold at auction in 1985 for $156,000 US dollars. [more]

New Technology
Colin talks about a 'secret treaty' on intellectual property rights. [more]

Our Changing World

Seamounts
Veronika Meduna explores the underwater world of seamounts with fisheries biologist Malcolm Clark and benthic ecologist Ashley Rowden. [more]

Carbon Offsetting
Amelia Nurse considers the complexities of carbon offsetting with James Tansey, founder of Offsetters Climate Friendly Society . [more]

Stoats
Lynn Freeman talks to DOC's Phil Tisch about stoat trapping aimed at protecting the last wild population of takahe. [more]

The MONIAC
Dacia Herbulock checks out the MONIAC, or Monetary National Income Analogue Computer with Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 10 July 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 10 July 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Upbeat

New Zealand Trio
Sarah Watkins, Justine Cormack and Ashley Brown talk about their upcoming performance of Gareth Farr's 'Triple Concerto.' [more]

Jennifer Banks
New Zealand violinist Jennifer Banks is back in the country for performances with Nelson and Christchurch Symphony Orchestras. [more]

Deirdre Lusby
Nelson Winter Festival Director gives us a rundown of what's in store over the next week and a half. [more]

News stories:

Italian solo rower trying to cross Pacific contacts French Polynesian authorities
An Italian solo rower trying to cross the Pacific has been in touch with French Polynesian authorities. The Tahitipresse news agency says Alex Bellini left Peru 136 days ago and... [more]

Three dead turtles found in American Samoa
The American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources says it has collected 3 dead turtles in the Territory in the space of a week. Samoa News reports the latest... [more]

Development Bank of American Samoa searches for a new CEO
The government owned Development Bank of American Samoa is searching for a new chief executive officer. Utu Abe Malae stepped down as DBAS president on July 3 because he is... [more]

PNG worried about inflation as economy keeps booming
Papua New Guinea's treasurer, Patrick Pruaitch, has warned that the country's booming economy is under threat from very worrying inflation rates. Mr Pruaitch has told parliament that external factors like... [more]

Wellington midwife review begins next week
An independent review of Wellington's midwifery service will begin next week. The review was commissioned following the deaths of babies delivered by midwives in the region. [more]

Another Wall Street index plunges into a bear market
US stocks have tumbled, dragging the S&P 500 into a bear market, as worries about more credit losses hurt financial companies. [more]

Carbon charges likely to raise air fares
Travellers can expect to pay more for flights to Europe when airlines start paying new carbon charges for flying in the continent's skies. [more]

Patients need protection during health strikes, says Commissioner
The Health and Disability Commissioner says patients face the risk of death when there are strikes in the health sector, and he is urging the Government to provide better protection for the public. [more]

No jail for man convicted over mother's death
A Taumaranui man convicted of attempting to kill his terminally ill mother will serve his sentence in the community. [more]

Tasers would not have stopped attack, says Corrections
Giving prison guards weapons such as tasers would not have stopped an attack on a Rimutaka Prison guard on Friday, the Department of Corrections says. [more]

Victim critical of Parole Board processes
The victim of a pack rape in Mt Maunganui believes a court ruling turning down her challenge over the release of one of her attackers, means it will be a waste of time going to the future parole hearings. [more]

New Zealand market follows Wall Street down
The NZX 50 index fell down 49 points, or 1.5% to 3128 on Thursday morning on turnover of $34 million. Earlier, US stocks tumbled, dragging the S&P 500 into a bear market. [more]

Manufacturing sector contracted in June
The manufacturing sector showed further contraction in June, according to the latest survey. [more]

Authorities close down rat infested restaurants in American Samoa
The Department of Health in American Samoa says it closed down three restaurants in Fagaalu and Fagatogo because they were filthy and unsanitary. The acting Chief of Environmental Services, Sigafili... [more]

Survey shows little awareness of child sexual abuse in American Samoa
A survey that looked at community perceptions regarding child sexual abuse in American Samoa shows that there is only a vague awareness of the issue and there's no immediate motivation... [more]

Auckland pubs, bars would close earlier under police plan
Auckland police want clubs, pubs and bars to shut down earlier to try to reduce levels of violence in the central business district. [more]

Government apologises to Ashton family over death
The Government has offered an unreserved apology to the family of a Nelson woman killed by a man in the police witness protection programme. [more]

Police investigate broadcaster's domestic violence incident
Police have launched a formal investigation into sports broadcaster Tony Veitch's public admission that he lashed out at his former partner. [more]

Patients at risk during health strikes, says Commissioner
The Health and Disability Commissioner says patients face the risk of death when there are strikes in the health sector, and he is urging the Government to provide better protection for the public. [more]

Airline warns of pay rise curb
Air New Zealand has warned that pay rises for its workers could be curbed if tough times in the industry persist, and that it will be looking to trim staff numbers by attrition. [more]

Wesport patients to be diagnosed via video
Diagnosing patients via video could be used throughout New Zealand if a pilot scheme is successful, the Ministry of Health says. [more]

American Samoa Congressman aims to restrict for more fishing acess in US Pacific
The US Western Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Council has welcomed a move by the American Samoan member of the US Congress to help change fishing legislation. Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin has... [more]

Northern Marianas lawmakers have mixed positions on federalization lawsuit
In the CNMI, lawmakers are split on the governor's plan to sue the U.S. government over the immigration federalisation law. Members of the House of Representatives failed to reach an... [more]

Samoa Government makes long term commitment to keep Radio 2AP in public hands
The government of Samoa has decided to keep the publicly-owned radio station 2AP out of any future privatisation plans. Radio 2AP has been re-launched with the Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele... [more]

Vanuatu Finance DG reluctant to be transferred to PM's office
The Director-General of Vanuatu's Finance Ministry says he's uncomfortable about the Public Service Commission's plans to transfer him to the Prime Mininster's Office. Simeon Athy has written to the Commission... [more]

Vanuatu police capture three more prison escapees
Vanuatu Police have confirmed that three more Port Vila prison escapees have been recaptured. The three include Jacky Saul who is the main suspect in the murder of Australian woman... [more]

Police investigate broadcaster's assault on woman
Police have launched a formal investigation into sports broadcaster Tony Veitch's public admission that he lashed out at his former partner. [more]

Prisoners to refurbish state houses
Prisoners are to refurbish state houses under a new Government programme. [more]

Rotorua man pleads guilty to arms charges
A Rotorua man who shot at police during a car chase across the Bay of Plenty has pleaded guilty to a raft of charges in Tauranga District Court. [more]

Doctor shortage in Auckland hospitals, says union
The union representing junior doctors says the Auckland region is experiencing its worst vacancy crisis on record, leading to a dysfunctional hospital system. [more]

Car finance company ordered to refund customers
The Commerce Commission has ordered Auckland-based motor vehicle finance company Equality Finance to refund approximately $720,000 to around 1,400 customers. [more]

Auckland pubs, bars to close earlier under police plan
Auckland police want clubs, pubs and bars to shut down earlier to try to reduce levels of violence in the central business district. [more]

Patients at risk during health strikes - Commissioner
The Health and Disability Commissioner says patients face the risk of death when there are strikes in the health sector, and he is urging the Government to provide better protection for the public. [more]

Air NZ warns of pay rise curb
Air New Zealand has warned that pay rises for its workers could be curbed if tough times in the industry persist, and that it will be looking to trim staff numbers by attrition. [more]

Goro Nickel says New Caledonia's Unesco label compatible with industry
The Goro Nickel mining company in New Caledonia says Unesco made the reef a world heritage site with the full knowledge of there being an industry in the area. The... [more]

Typhoid kills PNG inmate
Medical authorities in Morobe Province in Papua New Guinea have confirmed that a prisoner at Buimo Jail was killed by typhoid fever allegedly carried by the prison kitchen's cooks. 13... [more]

Commonwealth says dialogue needed to solve Fiji impasse
The Commonwealth Secretary General, Kamalesh Sharma, says a broad based political dialogue is a necessity for Fiji, if the interim government wants to move the country towards democratic processes. The... [more]

Veitch suspended from radio sports show
Radio Sport has suspended broadcaster Tony Veitch following a domestic violence incident involving his former partner. [more]

Authorities close down rat-infested restaurants in American Samoa
The Department of Health in American Samoa says it closed down three restaurants in Fagaalu and Fagatogo because they were filthy and unsanitary. The acting Chief of Environmental Services, Sigafili... [more]

Samoa Hotel Association worried about size of Savaii project
The Samoa Hotel Association says it is concerned by the size of a proposed new resort on Savaii island. Developers of the Savaii Village Resort propose to build timeshare condominiums,... [more]

NZ-born soldier killed in Afghanistan
A New Zealand-born soldier serving with the Australian defence force has been killed in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan. [more]

Maori Party stands behind Fox despite allegations
The Maori Party is standing behind its candidate, Derek Fox, despite serious allegations being made about his past. [more]

Rest home to close following alleged abuse
Auckland District Health Board is moving to immediately close down Belhaven rest home in Epsom, after an elderly resident's mouth was taped shut. [more]

Economists wade into debate on Government spending
ANZ bank economists have waded into the debate over Government spending, saying more attention needs to be paid to where money is ending up. [more]

Meteor seen over New Zealand's west coast
A bright meteor was spotted over the west coast of New Zealand on Wednesday night, causing a flurry of calls to police. [more]

Southern Marlborough may be declared drought area
Plans are underway to have southern Marlborough declared a drought affected area, with farmers in the Awatere Valley having suffered multi-million dollar losses. [more]

Hundertwasser proposal fails to win funding
The government has turned down an application for funding for a centre in Whangarei devoted to the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. [more]

Future of Nelson zoo secured
A Christchurch trust is set to take over the operation of Nelson's Natureland zoo, guaranteeing its future. [more]

Psychiatric nurses placed in police stations
Psychiatric nurses have been placed at police stations as part of a new mental health initiative in Christchurch and Counties-Manukau. [more]

Auckland DHB terminates contract with rest home
Auckland District Health Board has terminated its contract with Belhaven Rest Home in Epsom, following allegations that a former staff member taped a resident's mouth shut. [more]

Carbon charges likely to raise airfares
Travellers can expect to pay more for flights to Europe when airlines start paying new carbon charges for flying in the continent's skies. [more]

Gull still cheaper despite increasing oil prices
Gull Petroleum raised its petrol and diesel prices on Thursday but prices still remain slightly cheaper than competitors. [more]

Illegal logging practically non-existent in PNG, says Forestry Ministry
Papua New Guinea's Ministry of Forestry says illegal logging is largely non-existent in the country. The Ministry is under mounting pressure to reduce the rate of deforestation which many environmental... [more]

NZ foreign minister confirms Fiji trip for Forum talks
The New Zealand Foreign Minister, Winston Peters, has confirmed he will attend a meeting of Pacific foreign ministers next week in Fiji. The Ministerial Contact Group, set up by the... [more]

Queenstown's Five Mile development in receivership
The $2 billion commercial development Five Mile Township in Queenstown has been placed in receivership. [more]

Govt considers ignition locks for drink-drivers
People who repeatedly drink and drive could be breath tested every time they try to start their car, if a Government investigation into alcohol ignition locks shows they are effective. [more]

Waiheke Islanders want more autonomy
Waiheke Islanders have asked a Royal Commission for more autonomy - but most have stopped short of demanding complete separation from Auckland City. [more]

The Cook Islands Government says it will welcome extended term New Zealand retirees
The Cook Islands Government has distanced itself from statements by the leader of the House, John Tangi, that it wants to limit the numbers of New Zealanders seeking to retire... [more]

Environmentalists worry about impact of planned huge tourism project in Savaii in Samoa
A 500-million US dollar tourist development proposed for the Samoan island of Savaii is concerning local environmentalists. The Hawaii-based South Pacific Development group proposes to build timeshare condominiums, a world-class... [more]

Farmers will still have control, says meat company
Meat co-operative Silver Fern Farms says farmers would still keep control of the business if its partnership with PGG Wrightson goes ahead. [more]

Growers look for alternatives to expensive fertilisers
Soaring commercial fertiliser prices have prompted an increase in the number of enquiries to the organics industry body from people interested in making the switch to organic production. [more]

Clothing retailer signals sales downturn
Another major retailer has signalled a downturn in sales as customers hit by rising living costs keep their wallets closed. [more]

Australian shareholder admits part in oil spill
The major shareholder in New Zealand's biggest oilfield has pleaded guilty to spilling 23,000 litres of oil off the Taranaki coast. [more]

Prisoner recaptured, one still at large
Police have arrested one of two prisoners who escaped following an appearance at Lower Hutt District Court. [more]

Iroquois on last mission to East Timor
New Zealand Defence Force Iroquois helicopters will be pulled from service in East Timor in October, and will not be replaced. [more]

Heavy rain expected to boost hydro lakes in south
Hydrologists are watching a cold front approaching the country, which is set to bring significant rain to the southern hydro catchments. [more]

Inmates to refurbish state houses
Prisoners are to refurbish state houses under a new Government programme. [more]

Mixed day for Asia-Pacific markets
Shares in the Asia-Pacific region were mixed at the close of trade on Thursday. The NZX 50 slid 64 points. [more]