Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 17th July 2008

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Jim's Essay
Can one's own mortality stimulate the appetite? [more]

Best Song Ever Written
And for Bill Frey-McLean of Otara, Southland, it's the live version of U2's 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For'. [more]

Your Place - Mangakino
Situated in the heart of the Waikato, Mangakino borders the western shores of Lake Maraetai on the Waikato River. [more]

Real Estate Guru
Stefan Swanepoel's described as one of the leading gurus of US real estate. [more]

Guitar Hero
Gilby Clarke was in Guns N' Roses. He also played guitar for the MC5 , Nancy Sinatra, Heart and Rockstar: Supernova. [more]

He Rourou for 17 July 2008
Ana Tapiata talks to Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit, who played for the Southern Steel netball team in the ANZ championship. [more]

Feature Album
9 to 5 and Odd Jobs was an album released by Dolly Parton in December 1980. [more]

The Arts Report
The stars of the Royal NZ Ballet's Romeo and Juliet; and some troubled time poetry from the Belfast Touring Poets Group. [more]

Christchurch Story with Katy Gosset
Our correspondent visits the Thar Show where local marksmen and women have been scoping out the latest trends in the sport. [more]

Science Story with Veronika Meduna
Joe Trodahl, a principal investigator at the MacDiarmid Institute talks Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. [more]

Tha Panel (Part 1)
Emily Perkins and Irene Gardiner join Jim with licence to opine and rant. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
Irene Gardiner and Emily Perkins join Jim and get their teeth into some pithy subjects. [more]

Business News

Morning Business 17 July 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Midday Business News for 17 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]


Tony Veitch Update
The sports broadcaster has resigned from his two high profile media roles. [more]

Hawkes Bay Blaze
Firefighters from Hastings, Havelock North, Napier and Bayview spent today fighting two fires in northern Hastings. [more]

Missing Indian Nationals
Three of the 39 who've disappeared in Auckland have told immigration officials of how they're victims caught in a Visa scam. [more]

The Pope in Sydney
His Holiness is about to arrive at Darling Harbour in Sydney to hold mass for World Youth Day. [more]

Cina Ma Abduction Update
Its now more than 72-hours since five year old Cina Ma was snatched from her street. [more]

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

Air Nelson Strike
About 10,000 people will have their school holiday travel disrupted as Air Nelson pilots begin a three day strike tomorrow. [more]

Trans-Tasman Emissions Trading Schemes
National says jobs and businesses will be put at risk if the Govt. doesn't align its emissions trading scheme with Australia's. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Pump Price Reprieve
There's some relief for motorists as at least three oil companies drop their prices. [more]

The Pope in Sydney (Part 2)
The Pontiff has just arrived in Darling Harbour to a rapturous greeting by thousands of pilgrims. [more]

US in Afghanistan
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates, says the Pentagon is looking to send more troops to Afghanistan. [more]

James Brown Auction
Hundreds of personal items belonging to the Godfather of Soul are due to be auctioned off at Christie's in New York tomorrow. [more]

Tony Veitch Update (Part 2)
Auckland police have just confirmed they have received a formal complaint from his former partner. [more]

Student Allowances
Tertiary Education Minister, Pete Hodgson, refuses to rule out election pledge of a universal student allowance. [more]

The Pope in Sydney (Part 3)
Pope Benedict's benediction draws masses of cheers from a fervent crowd of worshippers. [more]

Prisoner Employment Schemes
Two new schemes to enhance employment prospects for inmates have been unveiled at Auckland Women's Prison. [more]

US Iran Policy Shift
It's been described as a major policy shift and comes hard on the heals of the latest round of regional sabre rattling. [more]

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

Pushy Parents
The country's sports agency says pushy parents should stop putting pressure on young children when it comes to sport. [more]

Qantas Dismisses Speculation
Airline CEO, Geoff Dixon, told staff the continuing increase in oil prices has necessitated an in-depth review of services. [more]

Trafalgar Park Upgrade
Nelson City Council has backed a 7-million dollar upgrade to the city's outdated rugby headquarters, Trafalgar Park. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

US Inflation High
US economic policy makers have been dealt another blow with official figures showing inflation has hit a 17 year high. [more]

Hurunui Recycling
A Canterbury community is rallying to save its pioneering recycling depot from the axe. [more]

Sealegs Marine Safety Craft
An Auckland company, Sealegs, is already taking orders for a new amphibious boat targeted at rescue organisations. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 17 July 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 17 July 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 17 July 2008
Cina Ma still missing, Nationals ACC policy, markets update and Radio New Zealand Sport. [more]

Hihi - Stitchbird
Listen to this mornings bird call. [more]

Pacific News 17 July 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News 17 July 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Cina Ma Still Missing - Police Concerned
Its been nearly 72 hours and there still has been no sign of abducted five-year-old, Cina Ma. [more]

National Unveils ACC Policy
The party is promising to open up accident compensation to private competition if it wins this year's elections. [more]

Indians Trying to Sneak into NZ Stuck in Niue
They have been stranded there for nearly 2 years. [more]

13 Year Old Boy Mauled by Dogs
They're praising the actions of passing motorist, Jenny Robinson, who hauled the boy into her car. [more]

Sports News 17 July 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Two Israeli Solders Seized by Hezbollah
The raid served as the pretext for a 34-day war in which around 1,200 people were killed in Lebanon and 159 in Israel. [more]

North Taranaki Farmers Sick of Vandals
Farmers in north Taranaki are warning that someone risks getting shot as conflict with vandals heats up. [more]

'Take More Notice of Europe' - Climate Change Expert
A New Zealand Climate Change expert says New Zealand should take more notice of Europe's emmissions trading scheme. [more]

Reaction to Nationals ACC Policy
National is promising a more flexible ACC scheme with more to keep workers safe if it wins this year's elections. [more]

Police Hunt for Cina Ma Continues
Auckland's Chinese community are mounting their own campaign to find out any information on Cina Ma's whereabouts. [more]

Fiji's Interim Leader Criticised Pacific Foreign Ministers
Frank Bainimarama as unhappt that foreign leaders including Winston Peters met with opposition leaders. [more]

Queenstown Tourist Operator Footing the Bill
Otago Regional council has asked the operator to deal with 100-thousand cubic metre slip above the Shotover River. [more]

Markets Update 17 July 2008
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Pope Benedict XVI at World Youth Day
His appearance is being marred by the raising of the issue of sexual abuse by Catholic priests. [more]

Pest Control Authorities Worried in the West Coast
Opposition to a 1080 programme is getting out of hand after an official's pet dog was poisoned. [more]

Waatea News 17 July 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Top Tertiary Teachers Honoured
Julia Bruce from the Waikato Institute of Technology was in a field that included a professor and six PhDs. [more]


Free Settler Ancestry
Brad Argent is partnership development manger for Ancestry Australia - [more]

Alan Gilmore is superintendent at Mt John University Observatory. [more]

Clue 7. [more]

Clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Abuse of Elderly Residents in Rest Homes
Is the Ministry of Health doing enough to ensure residents are not being abused? [more]

World's Most Grueling Endurance Race
Lisa Tamati has just competedin the 31st Badwater Ultramarathon in Nevada, USA. [more]

UK Correspondent
Michael White brings you up to date with the UK's headlines. [more]

Feature Guest - Sandra Day O'Connor
Former US Supreme Court justice who in her 24 years on the bench sat on several landmark cases. [more]

Book Review - Hellraisers
By Robert Sellers, published by Preface and reviewed by Michelle A'Court. [more]

Maori Issues
With commentator Tahu Potiki. [more]

Travelling off the Beaten Track in Muslim Countries
Jill Worrall: Travel writer, Author of "A blond in the Bazaar" about her trip to Pakistan. Jill has also written another book (yet to be published) about her trip to Iran called "Two Wings of a Nightingale". [more]

New Technology
With Chris Keall from PC World. [more]

Our Changing World

Antarctic Nematodes
Melianie Raymond explains how nematode worms survive freezing and thawing in Antarctic soils. [more]

Off-shore Wind Power
Amelia Nurse visits the proposed site of North America's first off-shore wind farm. [more]

Gout Research
Malaghan Institute researchers are investigating why gout is more common in Maori and Pacific Islanders. [more]

New Materials
A new nano-material that combines ferro-magnetic and ferro-electric properties. [more]

Off-shore Wind Power - Long Version
A more indepth look at Naikun Wind Development and HaidaLink. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 17 July 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 17 July 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Grant Hutchinson
Music Director of Christchurch based 'Jubilate Singers' ensemble presenting French works for choir and organ this Sunday. [more]

David Long
NZ composer, producer and musician has just released his new CD 'Cross Creek'. [more]

News stories:

Molesworth Station now bigger
New Zealand's biggest farm, Molesworth Station, is now bigger, with the leasing of two neighbouring properties. The station already covers more than 180,000 hectares. [more]

Bridgecorp receiver doubts Petricevic broke
The receiver for failed property investment company Bridgecorp says founder Rod Petricevic should declare himself bankrupt if he is indeed broke. [more]

Sharp rise in firms defaulting on payments
A sharp rise in businesses defaulting on payments could result in more small firms folding, credit company Veda Advantage says. [more]

Detectives investigating Veitch assault
Three detectives from Auckland have been assigned to investigate an incident involving broadcaster Tony Veitch and his former partner. [more]

Farmers fear undercutting from Australian rivals
New Zealand farmers fear their rivals in Australia will undercut them in other markets because of different schemes to tackle climate change. [more]

Same agent may have scammed Indian pilgrims
Indian pilgrims who have run off in an attempt to make New Zealand their home illegally could all have been scammed by the same travel agent in New Delhi. [more]

Three in court following police pursuit
Three people are to appear in Oamaru District court following a police pursuit on Wednesday night. [more]

Beauty therapy tutor makes teacher top 10
A hairdressing and beauty therapy tutor has been named as one of New Zealand's top 10 tertiary teachers. [more]

Cannabis growers 'taking revenge' on farmers
Tension is rising between farmers and vandals in north Taranaki. [more]

Acquitted Tongan broadcaster praises Kingdom's judiciary
A Tongan broadcaster, who has been cleared of charges relating to the November 2006 riots, has praised the judiciary in the kingdom. Sangster Saulala has been been arrested twice and... [more]

Samoan moves towards new tobacco control legislation
The Samoan government is making progress in a new bill to control the sale and use of tobacco in public areas because of concerns over the rate of people developing... [more]

Fuel prices to increase in American Samoa
Gasoline prices in American Samoa will increase again later this week after the release of new data by the government's Office of Petroleum Management. The new increase of about seven... [more]

UN reports puts numbers infected by HIV/Aids in PNG lower than expected
A comprehensive United Nations report on HIV shows the prevalence of the virus in Papua New Guinea is at epidemic proportions. However, the report also shows it's not as high... [more]

Australia's PM Kevin Rudd holds talks with Tuvaluan PM
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has discussed climate change, whaling and the situation in Fiji with his counterpart from the Pacific nation of Tuvalu. A spokesperson for Mr Rudd said... [more]

Fiji water companies given more time to lodge documents
Fiji's bottled water companies have been given until Friday to provide additional information requested by the Fiji Islands Revenue and Customs Authority (FIRCA). Fijilive reports FIRCA chief executive officer Jitoko... [more]

Fitial asks federal officials for two things on draft immigration law
The government of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas has finished its series of meeting with United States officials on new immigration regulations. Officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland... [more]

Fiji's interim PM wants his Permanent Secretary back
Fiji's interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama says he wants his Permanent Secretary Parmesh Chand back in Government. Chand resigned yesterday over differences with Bainimarama on his role and position's... [more]

NZ govt stands firm on sanctions against Fiji
New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister has defended his country's decision to maintain sanctions against Fiji, as the Forum Ministerial Contact Group he is a part of rounded up talks in... [more]

Rocks over Shotover River no risk, says council
The Otago Regional Council says there is no risk to public safety from several large pieces of rock hanging over the Shotover River in Queenstown. [more]

Cullen in talks with Australian Treasurer
Finance Minister Michael Cullen will host Australian Treasurer Wayne Swan for bilateral meetings at Parliament on Thursday. [more]

Wall Street rallies on banks, lower oil price
Stocks in the United States jumped more than 2% on Wednesday after strong results at Wells Fargo fueled a powerful rally in the battered banking sector and an unexpected leap in US crude supplies led oil prices to fally sharply. [more]

Fire Service contains Hastings coolstore blaze
Fire officers battling a large coolstore fire in Hastings now have it under control. [more]

Man accused of Jamieson murder named
The man accused of the murder of Auckland woman Marie Jamieson in 2001 can now be named. [more]

Lobby groups want changes to rest home audits
The system used to audit rest homes has been criticised following a number of high-profile cases of elder abuse. [more]

Pair in hospital after crash knocks out power
Two people are in hospital after their vehicle hit a power pole in Paekakariki, north of Wellington, cutting power to the area on Thursday morning. [more]

NZ foreign minister restates Fiji election call
The New Zealand foreign minister, Winston Peters, has restated his call for Fiji to hold elections by March. Mr Peters was part of a Pacific Islands Forum delegation to meet... [more]

NZ market follows Wall St lead
The New Zealand sharemarket followed Wall Street's lead on Thursday, rising 43 points to 3101 on turnover of $53 million at midday. [more]

Govt asks for costs of universal student allowance
The Government has confirmed it has asked officials to work out the cost of a universal student allowance. [more]

American Samoa village gets funds to eradicate tamaligi tree
The village of Pago Pago in American Samoa has been awarded a grant of 15,000 US dollars by the environmental organisation Seaology to eradicate tamaligi trees. Because of its rapid... [more]

HIV/AIDS prevention project unveiled in US Pacific
The Honolulu-based Pacific Resources for Education and Learning has begun implementation of the Enhanced HIV/AIDS Prevention in the Pacific project. The project is supported by the National Library of Medicine... [more]

Inquiry into fatal Onehunga garage fire
The Fire Service and police are investigating a garage fire in which a person died early on Thursday. [more]

Tonga adopts resolution to help deportees
A two-day conference has ended in Tonga with a resolution to set up a taskforce to help deportees. 433 deportees have been sent back to Tonga over the past five... [more]

Indonesia apologises for violating PNG border
Indonesia has apologised for some of its troops crossing the Papua New Guinea border. Papua New Guinea's newspaper, the National, quotes an Indonesian embassy official as saying new soldiers had... [more]

Solomons says Japan offers help to RAMSI
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua has told the Forum's Foreign Ministers Standing Committee meeting to the Regional Assistance Mission on a Japanese offer to assist RAMSI. Addressing... [more]

Free condoms available at Pacific Arts Festival in American Samoa
Free condoms will be provided to the 2,000 delegates attending to 10th Festival of the Pacific Arts in American Samoa. With the assistance of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community,... [more]

PNG welcomes new HIV testing process
Papua New Guinea's National Aids Council Secretariat says new recommendations to improve HIV testing will greatly assist its work in hard to reach areas. The recommendations come from the Secretariat... [more]

Samoa bus crash injures 21
A bus crash in Samoa has left 21 people in need of hospital care. The accident happened at Aleipata road in the early hours of the morning. Careless driving is... [more]

Oil companies reduce price of fuel
There is some relief for motorists after at least three oil companies dropped the price of petrol and diesel. [more]

Fiji water bottlers hope tax plan will be dropped
Water bottling companies in Fiji hope the interim administration will drop its plan to introduce a tax of 20 cents for every litre of water they sell. The interim administration... [more]

Solomons seeks more RAMSI information
The Solomon Islands government has asked to be given access to RAMSI's financial and budget reports. The request was made by the prime minister Dr Derek Sikua at today's meeting... [more]

Christcurch man in hospital after stabbing
A 30-year-old man is being treated in Christchurch Hospital after being stabbed in the chest. [more]

Samoa adopts law to restrict smoking
The Samoan government has passed a new tobacco control law which is hoped to curb the country's high smoking rate. The new tobacco control bill went through its third reading... [more]

Tonga sets up taskforce to help deportees
A taskforce has been set up in Tonga to help the kingdom's more than 400 deportees. The Salvation Army says some of them express suicidal feelings because of the culture... [more]

General strike called in French Polynesia for next week
Unions in French Polynesia have decided to hold a one-day general strike at the beginning of next week to coincide with the first visit to Tahiti of the new junior... [more]

Australian Law Council fosters regional support network
The Law Council of Australia says lawyers can effectively help promote the rule of law in Fiji. The Council's president, Ross Gay, says it has been strengthening ties with South... [more]

PNG's infant mortality rate and HIV/AIDS worsen amid doctor shortage
The Health Minister for Papua New Guinea Sasa Zibe has warned that more doctors are needed to cover a shortage in the districts and rural areas where 87 percent of... [more]

Solomons/Forum talks hear Japanese bid to join RAMSI
A meeting of the Forum Ministerial Standing Committee in Honiara has considered a proposal from Japan to cooperate with the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands. The meeting was attended... [more]

Complaints laid over Christchurch rest home
The Canterbury District Health Board says it is investigating claims that a Christchurch rest home is not providing adequate care. [more]

Man admits torching sports clubrooms, church
A Christchurch man has admitted causing $400,000 worth of damage by setting fire to sports clubrooms and a church in April. [more]

Pilots criticised for staying on the ground
About 160 pilots flying for Air Nelson begin a three-day stoppage from midnight on Friday until Sunday night in a long-running dispute over pay and rosters. [more]

Police consider charges against owner after dog attack
The police in Morrinsville say a decision on whether any charges will be laid against the owner of four hunting dogs that attacked a 13-year-old boy will be made early next week. [more]

Tony Veitch quits his TV and radio jobs
The sports presenter Tony Veitch has resigned from his broadcasting jobs in the wake of domestic violence revelations. The police have received a formal assault complaint against him from his former partner. [more]

Hastings coolstore fires extinguished
Two large fires on the outskirts of Hastings are out after burning for several hours. [more]