Radio New Zealand - Saturday, 9th August 2008

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This page features: News Stories, Saturday Morning, Sunday Morning, This Way Up

Saturday Morning

James Flynn: IQ
Emeritus Professor of Political Studies at the University of Otago, who discovered the continued rise of IQ scores. [more]

Dr Phil Bishop: why care about frogs?
Senior lecturer in Zoology at the university of Otago and co-leader of the New Zealand Native Frog Recovery Group. [more]

Playing Favourites with Dave Murphy
New Zealand blues musician who just released his first album (with accompanying DVD) after 35 years. [more]

Gerald Melling: houses and homes
Winner, with Allan Morse of Wellington's Melling Morse Architecture, of the Home New Zealand Home of the Year 2008 award. [more]

Kim Reads Emails
Kim Hill reads feedback from the listeners. [more]

Roi Colbert: sport and other stuff
Dunedin writer about sport and music, talking about the Olympics. [more]

Sunday Morning

Insight: Sunday 10 August: Guts
Insight looks at the rising incidence of bowel disease, especially among teenagers [more]

This Way Up

The H-End
What should you do when your hens stop laying? How to phase out"non-productive units". [more]

Juicy Fruits
Fruit hunter Adam Gollner's spent 10 years tracking down and tasting the world's most exotic fruits. [more]

Well-Dying
50,000 people have paid to go to their own funerals in Korea. It's meant to make you value your life more. [more]

Bits and Bytes
Our technology correspondent Peter Griffin's in to chat about Google Street View. [more]

Offbeat Olympics
Nicholas Hobbes answers some Olympics-related sporting conundrums. Like can one swimming pool really be quicker than any other? [more]

News stories:

Skin cancer brochures don't work - researchers
Pamphlets and brochures warning about skin cancer do not work, researchers at the University of Otago have found. [more]

Oil price falls again
Oil has fallen in price to a three-month low of $US116.18 a barrel. [more]

Dean relaxed about road race
The New Zealand road cyclist Julian Dean admits to being somewhat relaxed about his event at the Olympics, which he hopes will benefit him in Beijing today. The four-time Tour de ... [more]

New Zealand begins Olympics with traditional strong codes
New Zealand's Beijing Olympic campaign will begin with its traditional strong codes to the fore on the first full day of competition. The equestrian team, spearheaded by veterans Mark Todd and ... [more]

Davenport pulls out of singles at Beijing
Former Olympic tennis champion Lindsay Davenport has withdrawn from the singles tournament in Beijing Davenport, who has been struggling with a right knee injury, is still hoping to play doubles with ... [more]

Waikato stunned again in national provincial rugby
The Waikato rugby side has been upset again. After being stunned by Northland first up, Waikato lost its second round national provincial game,16-14, to Tasman last night in Hamilton. Meanwhile Southland ... [more]

Sonny Bill makes rugby union debut
The NRL rugby league star Sonny Bill Williams has defied a court order and made his rugby union debut in the south of France. The Kiwi international was part of Toulon's ... [more]

Storm knock over Manly at Brookvale
The Melbourne Storm rugby league side has breathed new life into its bid for a third straight minor premiership with a 16-10, round 22, NRL win against leader Manly. The Storm ... [more]

Pietersen hits century on debut as captain
Kevin Pietersen has celebrated his first innings as England cricket captain with a century, leading the hosts to a 122-run first-innings lead over South Africa after the second day of the ... [more]

India's top order fails in Colombo
Spinner Ajantha Mendis has claimed 5-56 to help the Sri Lanka cricket side bowl India out for 249 on the first day of the third test in Colombo. At stumps Sri ... [more]

WADA confident of catching drug cheats
The World Anti-Doping Authority says any athletes planning to cheat in Beijing are more likely to get caught than ever before. WADA president John Faye says they're smarter than they used ... [more]

European shares close higher
Europe's main stock markets closed higher on Friday. US stock markets rebounded strongly, despite a loss of $US2.3 billion by Fannie Mae. [more]

Snow on Rimutaka Hill Road
Motorists are advised to take care on State Highway Two, the Rimutaka Hill Road between Wellington and Wairarapa due to heavy falls of snow. [more]

Thai economic dispute escalates
A dispute between the Thai government and the country's central bank about economic policy has escalated. [more]

Fiji charter too descripitive, says academic
One of the architects of the Fiji constitution, Brij Lal, says the interim regime's People's Charter is too prescriptive and appears to aim at creating an ideal world or utopia. [more]

Solomons government defeats no-confidence motion
The Solomon Islands parliament has rejected a no confidence motion against the government of Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua. The 50 member house defeated the motion by 39 votes to... [more]

State Highway closures
State Highway Two, the Rimutaka Hill Road between Wellington and Wairarapa, is closed on Saturday because of heavy snow. So is SH87 in Central Otago. [more]

Oil falls to $US115/b
Oil dropped in price by $US5 to a three-month low on Friday. [more]

Snow in Christchurch
There is snow in Christchurch. SH 87 in Central Otago is closed and so is SH2 over the Rimutaka Ranges between Wellington and Wairarapa. [more]

Rally on Wall Street as oil slides
Stocks in the United States soared on Friday as oil plunged below $US115 a barrel to its lowest level in three months. [more]

Greek sprinter tests positive
Greek sprinter Tassos Gousis has failed a doping test days before he was due to compete at the Beijing Olympics. State television says the 29-year-old, who was due to compete in ... [more]

Adebayor sparks Arsenal comeback
The Arsenal football side has rallied from 2-0 down to defeat hosts Ajax 3-2 on the opening day of the Amsterdam four-team tournament. Inter Milan, under new coach Jose Mourinho, drew ... [more]

Germany keeper quits international stage
The Germany football goal keeper, Jens Lehmann, has brought the curtain down on his international career. The 38-year-old keeper, who won 61 caps, says he could no longer give a guarantee ... [more]

Ferguson sees long term future for Ronaldo at United
The Manchester United football manager, Sir Alex Ferguson believes Cristiano Ronaldo has a long-term future at Old Trafford. After a summer of speculation concerning a possible move to Real Madrid, the ... [more]

Supreme Court approves mining projects in India
India's Supreme Court has said two huge and controversial mining projects can proceed in the eastern state of Orissa. [more]

Sonny Bill's new boss refuses to acknowledge court order
The boss of Sonny Bill Williams' new French rugby union club has refused to acknowledge an Australian court order banning his star recruit from playing. The New Zealand international and Canterbury ... [more]

No action by ACC over claim
ACC says it does not need to take action over a claim received from the woman who has laid an assault complaint against broadcaster Tony Veitch. [more]

SH2 re-opens
State Highway Two, the Rimutuka Hill road, north of Wellington is open again. [more]

Complaint to be lodged over care of dying woman
A Taumarunui man convicted of attempting to murder his terminally ill mother is to complain to the Health & Disability Commissioner about the care she received. [more]

NZ 111 call answered in Manila
A 111 call made by a Southland man early on Thursday morning was apparently answered by a woman in the Philippines. Telecom denies this could have happened. [more]

Promise on anti-smacking law
The Kiwi Party says the anti-smacking law will be "gone by lunchtime" if it gets enough support on election day. [more]

Wine grapes biggest horticultural crop
The rapid increase in land being used for vineyards is set to continue, with wine grapes now New Zealand's largest horticultural crop. [more]

Drop in sheep numbers forecast
An 11% drop in sheep numbers is forecast this year because of drought and dairy expansion. The biggest decline will be in the South Island. [more]

Food authority may allow raw milk in cheese
The Food Safety Authority is looking at changing its regulations to allow cheese from raw milk products to be made and sold in New Zealand. Pasteurised milk must be used at present. [more]

Credit rating agency withdraws its services
The fallout from the troubled finance company sector has claimed another victim - this time a firm that rates creditworthiness. Axis Ratings will withdraw its credit rating services. [more]

$US2.3b loss at Fannie Mae
Problems in the US housing market have pushed mortgage finance company Fannie Mae deeper into the red: it made a net loss of $US2.3 billion in the three months to 30 June. [more]

Loss for RBS in first half year
Royal Bank of Scotland has posted a pre-tax loss of £691 million during the first six months of 2008 - the second biggest loss in UK banking history. [more]

Trustees ordered to work together
The Auditor-General has ordered trustees at a development trust on the West Coast to work together or step down. The trust was set up by the Government in 2001 with $92 million. [more]

Former All Black Ken Going dies
Former All Blacks fullback Ken Going has died. He played for the All Blacks in 1974, after 24 games for the Maori All Blacks. [more]

Tauranga council backs $20m waterfront plan
Tauranga City Council has approved a $20 million design that it hopes will encourage more people to the waterfront. [more]

Packaging recall for National Foods products
National Foods says it has started recalling all Yoplait tube products which have been deemed as having a packaging defect. [more]

Privileges Committee meets over donation complaint
Parliament's Privileges Committee has met to discuss how it will proceed with an examination of a complaint about a donation to the legal fund of the New Zealand First Party leader Winston Peters. [more]

Break-in reported at office of Labour MP
Police are investigating a break-in at the Auckland electorate office of Health Minister David Cunliffe. [more]

National Party reviews security camera footage
The National Party is reviewing security camera footage obtained from Wellington City Council to identify who might have secretly taped conversations with senior politicians. [more]

Identification expected to be difficult
Wellington City Council believes the National Party will find it difficult to identify many faces on security camera footage of a National Party conference last weekend. [more]

Emma Twigg wins her single sculls rowing heat
The New Zealand single sculls rower Emma Twigg has won her heat at the Beijing Olympic Games. Twigg finished in a time of 7 minutes 45.18 seconds and will progress to ... [more]

Wang finishes down the field in pistol
The Auckland shooter Yang Wang has finished 39th in the men's 10m air pistol at the Beijing Olympics. Wang is a former Chinese national, and had been training with the Chinese ... [more]

NZ women's basketballers have tough win over Mali
The New Zealand centre Jessica McCormack admits they're relieved to have come away with a win in their opening match of the Olympic women's basketball competition. The Tall Ferns beat Mali ... [more]

Greek sprinter first official positive drug test
Greek sprinter Tassos Gousis is the first athlete to be officially sent home from the Olympic Games in Beijing after a positive drugs test. Gousis failed a Greek doping agency test ... [more]

Ede down the trap
The New Zealand trap-shooter Graeme Ede is in 32nd place after the first day of his event at the Beijing Olympic Games. Ede had a disappointing day with rounds of 21, ... [more]

Mark Todd is seventh after dressage
The New Zealand equestrian Mark Todd is in ninth place after the opening session of the Three day event's dressage competition in Hong Kong. Battling oppressive humidity, Todd on Gandalf, picked ... [more]

Women's basketball team wins first game against Mali
The New Zealand women's basketball team has beaten Mali 76-72 in their opening match at the Olympic Games in Beijing. New Zealand struggled to shrug off the African challenge after opening ... [more]

Big names withdraw from Olympic tennis tournament
A couple of big names have withdrawn from the tennis tournament at the Beijing Olympics. Men's 14th seed Ivo Karlovic of Croatia has withdrawn because of injury and has been replaced ... [more]

Ede down the trap
The New Zealand trap-shooter Graeme Ede is in 24th place after 2 rounds of his event at the Beijing Olympics. Ede has a score of 45, 5 points behind the leader ... [more]

Canterbury beat Otago in NPC rugby
Canterbury has beaten Otago 20-13 in this afternoon's opening national provincial rugby championship match at Carisbrook. Canterbury led 13-3 at halftime. ... [more]

First gold medal won at Olympic Games
The Czech Republic have won the first gold medal on offer at the Olympic Games in Beijing. Katerina Emmons opened the medal tally with a gold medal in the women's 10m ... [more]

Paua poachers caught at Kaikoura
Ministry of Fisheries officers have broken up a family paua poaching network operating along the Kaikoura coast. They estimate half a tonne of paua has been taken. [more]

Police investigate "callous" attack in Palmerston North
The police in Palmerston North are investigating what they describe as a callous attack on a man in his own home. [more]

Mahe Drysdale qualifies easily for quarter finals
World champion single sculls rower Mahe Drysdale has easily qualified for the quarter finals of his event at the Beijing Olympic Games. Drysdale, who carried the New Zealand flag at last ... [more]

Emma Twigg into quarter final
CCN to second par should read quarter finals The New Zealand single sculls rower Emma Twigg has won her heat at the Beijing Olympic Games. Twigg finished in a time of ... [more]

Chinese fired rain dispersal rockets into coulds over Opening Ceremony
Meteorologists fired 1104 rain dispersal rockets into clouds over Beijing last night in China's biggest operation of its kind to help prevent showers ruining the Olympic Games opening ceremony. The rockets ... [more]

Petone kidnapper turns himself in
A man has appeared in the Lower Hutt District Court, after what the police describe as the assault and kidnapping of a 15-year-old girl in Petone. [more]

Dairy owners say they may carry arms
There are warnings more dairy owners are preparing to arm themselves. It follows a police decision not to charge a dairy owner who fired an air pistol at robbers. [more]

Hanover victims may sue
A group set up to assist victims of financial company collapses, says it is considering taking legal action against Hanover Finance. [more]

Ferry strike postponed
Strike action by Interislander ferry officers, has been postponed while negotiations continue. The strike had been scheduled for Saturday evening [more]