Radio New Zealand - Monday, 11th August 2008

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Eight Months to Mars - Suzie MonCrieff
She turned a simple promotion for a Nelson Art Gallery into one of our biggest cultural and fashion experiences. [more]

Peter Yealands
Local Marlborough legend Peter Yealands on his new 'green' vineyard. [more]

Olympic Update
A snapshot on Kiwis in action today at the Olympic Games today. [more]

He Rourou for 11 August 2008
Ana Tapiata talks with Tuhoe elder Pou Temara about being over the moon about a memorable event. [more]

Author Slot - Ted Simon
He penned the classic Jupiter's Travels, described as the best motorcycle travel book every written. [more]

This Way Up Feature - Funky Chicken Farm Finale
This Way Up's final episode of the Funky Chicken Farm. [more]

Science Story - ADHD
Dione Healey's research focuses on developing brain training exercises to help children with ADHD. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With today's guests David Farrar and Julia Hartley Moore. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With today's guests David Farrar and Julia Hartley Moore. [more]

Business News

Midday Business News for 11 August 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 11 August 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 11 August 2008
News from the business sector. [more]


Work on the DPB
Those assessed as ready for part-time work would have to spend at least 15 hours a week. [more]

Georgia Conflict
Russia has kept up its attacks on Georgia, brushing aside appeals for a ceasefire. [more]

NPC Rugby Changes
The worst fears of the Northland and Tasman rugby unions have been realised this afternoon. [more]

Olympic Report
It's day three at the Olympics and the Equestrian team has been competing in the cross country. [more]

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

Baby Death Report
The Health and Disability Commissioner has issued a report holding a former Southland obstetrician responsible. [more]

Manslaughter Trial
Nine people charged over the death of a Wainouiamata woman have been committed for trial in the High Court. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Rodney Rates
Claims of a 400% rates rise for some commercial land values in the Rodney District of Auckland. [more]

Air Pollution Study
A study from the University of Otago has found retreating indoors does not protect people from the effects of air pollution. [more]

World Oil Prices
World oil prices are on the rise again as a result of the Georgian conflict. [more]

Kangaroo Meat
Australians are being urged to switch from eating beef and lamb to kangaroo meat, to cut greenhouse gas emissions. [more]

Work on the DPB (Part 2)
National's leader John Key today outlined changes for beneficiaries if National is in power after this year's election. [more]

NPC Rugby Changes (Part 2)
Northland and Tasman have been confirmed as the two unions facing relegation from rugby's NPC. [more]

Gerogia Conflict (Part 2)
Georgian forces have shelled the South Ossetian Capital according to the latest reports. [more]

Iran Electricity Cuts
People are struggling with daily electricity cuts. [more]

UK News
Where the Tory opposition has outlined a plan to make it much more difficult for violent and repeat offenders to get bail. [more]

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

EPMU Union Meetings
The Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union has held the first of 16 North Island rallies. [more]

Zimbabwe Talks
Negotiations on a power-sharing deal in Zimbabwe have ended for the day without agreement. [more]

Georgia Concern
The U.N. refugee agency says it is gravely concerned about the plight of thousands of civilians. [more]

Ethiopia Food Emergency
Ethiopia is bracing itself for another big rise in the number of people needing emergency food aid this year. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Pakistan Politics
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf is facing the fight of his political life. [more]

Isaac Hayes Dies
The Oscar-winning American soul singer, Isaac Hayes, has died aged 65. [more]

Invisibility Cloak
Researchers at the University of California have developed a material that can bend light around objects. [more]

Torture or Thrill Ride
An artist in the US parodies Water Boarding. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 11 August 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 11 August 2008
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 11 August 2008
Georgia and Russia, Olympics, Part-time work obligations. [more]

The Cry of the Weka
Listen to todays birdcall. [more]

Aucklands Theatre Community Want Better Venues
Some of the biggest names in New Zealand film and theatre are behind the push. [more]

Pacific News 11 August 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News 11 August 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Georgia Calls for Cease Fire - Fighting Continues
The United States says Russia appears to want a"regime change"in Georgia. [more]

NZ Olympic Team Assured Safety
The father-in-law of New Zealander Hugh McCutcheon was killed in a random attack in Beijing. [more]

Stephen Hewson Explains the Mood in the NZ Camp
local officials are arguing that the city remains one of the safest in the world despite the killing. [more]

Political Talks in Zimbabwe
South African president Thabo Mbeki flew to Zimbabwe to mediate. [more]

National Party Introducing Part-Time Work Obligations
Our political reporter Julian Robins says National has ruled out a work for the dole scheme. [more]

Families Without Homes After Floods
It could be up to a year before families affectd by floods last year find out if they'll get help. [more]

Sports News 11 August 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Housing Market Slump may not be as Deep
Quotable Value says there is evidence the housing market slump won't be as deep as previously thought. [more]

Independent Petrol Stations Suffering
The MTA says that more than half of all independently owned petrol stations have closed in the last 12 years. [more]

Christchurch's Mayor Spends Large
seventeen million dollars of council money has been spent on five property sites. [more]

Russia Accused of Stealing Supply Routes
A US-backed oil pipeline runs through Georgia, and allows Europe to reduce its reliance on Middle Eastern oil. [more]

New Zealand Team Understandably Worried After Stabbing
President Bush is in Beijing - he has expressed his sympathies to the family. [more]

First Two Days at the Olympics
The focus has been on the swimming where US star Peter Phelps has already taken gold. [more]

'Citizens Assembly' - Mixed Reaction
The Green Party demanded the establishment of the assembly, to look into the wider issue of election funding. [more]

Sewage Discharge Warning in the Horowhenua
The Greens say the council has got its priorities all wrong. [more]

Rotorua Man Stepping up Campaign
The district council will begin calculating rates based on the capital value of properties, rather than land value. [more]

Waatea News 11 August 2008
News from the Waatea team. [more]

The Great White Fleet - 100 Years Ago, Today
An invasion of Auckland by the United States of America might be the stuff of fantasy. [more]

Australia Correspondent Phil Kafcaloudes
Australias Olympic hopes, meat producers introdcung chemical castration. [more]


Olympic Political Symbolism
Kingsley Edney discusses the Olympics as a symbol of political power. [more]

Political Systems In China
A discussion on the prospects for more freedom of expression in the people's republic of China. [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 1 [more]

Olympics Report
Sports Correspondents Joseph Romanos, in Beijing and Penny Miles on the homefront in Palmerston North. [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 2 [more]

Nine To Noon

Michael Baker
New study shows spread of TB in New Zealand due to overcrowding. [more]

Book Drive for School in Uganda
Kiwi couple Kate and Cam McLeay and their three children have made Uganda their home for the past 7 years. [more]

Martin Plowman - PhD in UFO-ology
Dr Plowman has spent seven years researching a thesis on whether of not UFOs exist. [more]

Europe Correspondent
Seamus Kearney. [more]

Feature Guest - Aaron Gilmore
Childhood sexual abuse survivor. [more]

Book Review - The Mitfords
Edited by Charlotte Mosley, published by 4th Estate and reviewed by Rae McGregor. [more]

From the Left and From the Right
With Matthew Hooton and Laila Harre. [more]

Food and Wine
With Al Brown from Wellington restaurant Logan Brown. John Hawkesby provides the wine. [more]

Sophist and Provocateur - Tommy Honey
Finding time to think. We usually forget that time out with reflection can make life a whole lot less stressful. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 11 August 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Spectrum for 10 August 2008
Paul Taylor is a book conservator - a rarity in New Zealand. [more]


Kenneth Young and Donald Maurice
Kenneth and Donald will conduct the NZSM Orchestra this Wednesday, performing works by Hindemith, Stravinsky and Bartok. [more]

Sarah Watkins
Sarah reviews The National Chamber Music Competition Finals that took place at the Auckland Town Hall on Saturday night. [more]

Salina Fisher
Young violinist from the Bedrich Quartet that won this years National Chamber Music Competition. [more]

News stories:

Samoa water to compete with Fiji product
A newly opened, multimillion dollar bottled water business in Samoa is aiming to compete with Fiji's world class product. The South Pacific Water company was launched on the week-end with... [more]

Police in Guam say use of methamphetamine driving crime
The police in Guam say the use of the drug methamphetamine, or ice, is on the rise, and it's fuelling crime. According to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, ice... [more]

French Polynesia's President Gaston Tong Sang questioned again about atoll sale
Reports from French Polynesia say the President Gaston Tong Sang has been court in again as part of a probe into the 2002 sale of Anuanuraro atoll which was bought... [more]

Detention of reporter in Fiji described as another blow to media freedom
Fiji's Media Council chairman, Daryle Tarte, has described the detainment of a local reporter as another blow to media freedom Fiji Times journalist, Serafina Silaitoga, was arrested by the Labasa... [more]

Solomons government denies defeated no confidence motion came from the people
The Solomons Islands government has denied claims by the parliamentary opposition that the motion of no confidence moved in parliament last week was from the majority of the people. The... [more]

WHO concerned about rise of dengue in Pacific
The World Health Organisation says it's seriously concerned about the increase in dengue cases in the region. The potentially deadly dengue virus is transmitted through day biting mosquitoes. A regional... [more]

Vanuatu to get six doctors from Cuba
The Vanuatu government is finalising an arrangement with Cuba which will see six Cuban doctors being employed on two-year contracts. The Director of Public Health, Len Tarivonda, says they are... [more]

Warriors up to ninth on NRL
The Warriors are now ninth on the NRL championship after their 16-12 win over the Broncos on Saturday night, but will be shunted down to tenth tonight after the Titans ... [more]

OlyWhites well beaten by Brazil at Olymics
The New Zealand men's football team has been beaten 5-nil by Brazil in their second group match at the Olympics. The Oly Whites were on the receiving end of some spectacular ... [more]

Wellington and BoP unbeaten in Air NZ Cup
Wellington and Bay of Plenty are the only two unbeaten sides in rugby's Air New Zealand Cup provincial competition after two rounds, with Wellington leading the championship with 10 points after ... [more]

England chase 197 to win fourth test
England need 197 with all second innings wickets in hand to win the fourth and final cricket test against South Africa after dismissing the visitors for 318 on the fourth day ... [more]

Curtis holds one shot lead in PGA
Ben Curtis shot a two-under-par 68 in the PGA Championship's storm-delayed third round to grab a one-shot lead heading into the last 18 holes at Oakland Hills, Michigan. Curtis is two-under-par ... [more]

Luckless outing for Josh Coppins in Czech Republic
The New Zealand motocross rider Josh Coppins, has had a luckless outing in the 12th round of the MX World championships at Loket in the Czech Republic. Coppins crashed there last ... [more]

Redeem Team overwhelms China
The United States basketball Redeem Team has beaten China-101-70 in one of the most eagerly awaited events at the Olympic Games in Beijing. With their host of NBA stars, the US ... [more]

Williams declares All Blacks World Cup plans
The runaway league star Sonny Bill Williams says he wants to play for the All Blacks at the 2011 World Cup and to become one of the best centres in international ... [more]

Rain and Ivanovic injury ruin first day
The opening day of the Olympic tennis has turned into a nightmare for the organisers with rain washing out most of the schedule and women's top seed Ana Ivanovic pulling out ... [more]

Sri Lanka poised for the kill in final India Test
Sri Lanka has tightened the screws on injury-hit India with a superb all-round performance on the third day of the crucial third and final Test in Colombo where India are 161 ... [more]

Ivanovic withdraws from Olympics
The op seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia withdrew from the Olympic tennis event with an injury to her right thumb. The 20-year-old Serb says it's one of the hardest moments of ... [more]

Keisanowski down the field in road race
The New Zealand cyclist Joanne Keisanowski has finished 28th in the women's Olympic road race in Beijing. The race was held in continual rain with a small group making a ... [more]

Manchester United win Community Shield
The Premier League champions Manchester United beat the FA Cup winners Portsmouth 3-1 on penalties after a goalless draw to win Eng.ish football's Community Shield at Wembley Stadium. United, who also ... [more]

Rimutaka Hill road reopens, treacherous conditions remain
The Rimutaka Hill Road north of Wellington reopened on Sunday afternoon, but police said difficult conditions remained. [more]

Police question medical staff, family over baby's death
Police have questioned medical staff over the death of a newborn baby at a property near Te Puke, as well as members of the baby's family, including the 17-year-old mother. [more]

Hide wants commission to investigate NZ First
ACT party leader Rodney Hide is calling for an independent anti-corruption commission to be established to investigate New Zealand First. [more]

Brash rejects talk of London job
Former National Party leader Don Brash is rejecting a newspaper report that he will be the next High Commissioner in London if the party wins the election. [more]

Rowers back in action today
The New Zealand rowers are back on the Shunyi lake today. The lightweight double scullers of Storm Uru and Peter Taylor won their heat yesterday. The singles scullers Mahe Drysdale ... [more]

Opposition to citizens' group on election funding
Plans for a citizens' assembly on the Electoral Finance Act appear in doubt with a number of political parties opposed to the idea. [more]

Samoa's government introduces more safety measures for public transport
Samoa will continue to use buses with wooden canopies, despite three recent public transport accidents, which have claimed seven lives in one month. The chairman of the transport control board... [more]

No success so far for Pacific athletes at Olympics
There's been no success so far Pacific athletes taking part in the Beijing Olympics. Over the weekend, there were high hopes of Papua New Guinea's Dika Toua finishing well in... [more]

The Commonwealth Secretary-General due in Papua New Guinea tomorrow
The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, is due in Papua New Guinea tomorrow at the start of a visit to the region. He will then go on to Australia and New... [more]

French Polynesian opposition assembly member takes case to French court
A French Polynesian opposition assembly member, Lana Tetuanui, has decided to take her appeal court conviction for corruption to the French court of last resort in Paris. This means she... [more]

Muslim group protests in Jakarta against US support for Papuan activists
A hardline Muslim group has staged a rally outside the US embassy in Jakarta to protest against a call by Washington for the release of two Papuan activists. Some 100... [more]

About 60 Fiji officers seconded to public service jobs
Fiji's acting military commander has confirmed that about 60 soldiers have been seconded or posted to the Civil Service to boost performance. These include the positions of Commissioner of Prisons,... [more]

Former rugby league star makes rugby union debut in France
The runaway league star ,Sonny Bill Williams, says he wants to play for the All Blacks at the 2011 World Cup and to become one of the best centres in... [more]

NZ Olympic eventers should cope with tough CC course
The New Zealand 3-day eventing manager Blyth Tait feels today's cross country course at the Hong Kong Olympic facility should suit the New Zealand team. The team is sixh overall with ... [more]

Harrington seals second successive major win
The Irish golfer Padraig Harrington has won his second consecutive major title with a two-shot victory in the U.S. PGA Championship at Oakland Hills Country Club in Michigan A month after ... [more]

After two days of competition, the hosts China take the early lead on the medals table with six gold. South Korea is second with three one ahead of the United ... [more]

Fitness a big test for Kendall
The 40 year old New Zealand sailor Barbara Kendall starts her fifth Olympics today as the boardsailing commences in Qingdao. Kendall has won a gold, silver and bronze medal in that ... [more]

American Samoa farmers justify price hikes
Farmers in American Samoa say the higher prices of agricultural produce sold at the marketplace in Pago Pago cannot be helped. They say that the cost of pesticides and fertilisers... [more]

Three New Caledonian politicians see campaign accounts rejected
The campaign accounts of three unsuccessful New Caledonian candidates in last year's election of a new French assembly have been faulted. The French accounts office found minor irregularities in the... [more]

Flosse testifies in 2004 French Polynesian burglary case
French Polynesia's former president Gaston Flosse has been in the Papeete court of appeal as a witness in an ongoing probe of what the prosecution has labelled a surreal case. [more]

Fiji Fish to meet interim administration over tax cut demand
An fish exporter in Fiji, alarmed by an industry crisis, says a tentative meeting has been set up with the interim administration for Friday next week. Fiji Fish managing director... [more]

Fiji businessman critical of police action against journalist
The subject of a Fiji Times story which resulted in a journalist being detained says the actions of the police were undesirable and unfair. Reporter Serafina Silaitoga wrote an article... [more]

Vanuatu Electoral office receives over 300 candidature applications
Vanuatu's Electoral Office has received more than 300 application forms from candidates vying to contest the general election on September the 2nd. The Daily Post newspaper quotes the Principal Electoral... [more]

Indonesia to reject US congressmen's demand for release of two Papuan prisoners
The Indonesian government is set to reject a demand by United States congressmen for the release of two Papuan prisoners. Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage were jailed for 15 years... [more]

Former Forum secretary-general Greg Urwin dies
The Australian diplomat who headed the Pacific Islands Forum secretariat until earlier this year, Greg Urwin, died in Apia at the weekend after months of illness. He was 62. Mr... [more]

Prisoner in hospital after assault at Ngawha jail
Northland police are investigating another assault at Ngawha Prison - the second such incident at the prison this year. [more]

Independent petrol station owners struggling
Independent petrol station owners in Auckland have been meeting to try to find a way to avoid going out of business, saying profit margins are being eroded by soaring costs. [more]

Nine candidates for CNMI's Washington
Nine candidates are vying in the first congressional election for the Northern Marianas. CNMI will elect its first non-voting delegate to Congress in the November the 4th general elections. At... [more]

Winter air pollution causes minor lung problems - study
A study into the health effects of winter air pollution has revealed that it does not cause serious problems for young people. [more]

Killer to finish sentence on bail
New Zealand's youngest convicted killer will continue to finish his sentence on bail. [more]

Stanton misses out on shoot-off
The New Zealand trap-shooter Nadine Stanton has missed out on the shoot-off for the medals at the Beijing Olympics. Stanton had a disappointing opening round with a 19 out of 25, ... [more]

Women's basketball team beaten by Spain
Defence let the New Zealand women's basketball team down as they were beaten 85-62 by Spain in their second pool match at the Beijing Olympics. The Spanish led through-out, up by ... [more]

Women's basketball team loses to Spain
The New Zealand women's basketball team has been well beaten by Spain in its second match at the Olympic Games in Beijing. New Zealand trailed throughout the entire match, eventually losing ... [more]

Liz Coster misses place in the final
The New Zealand swimmer Liz Coster has missed a place in the final of the 100 metres backstroke at the Olympic Games in Beijing. Coster's finished eighth in her semi final ... [more]

PIANGO confident it will be able to expand its work over next three years
The outgoing chair of PIANGO's board,Adi Maimalaga Tafuna'i, says she's confident it will grow bigger and stronger over the next 3 year term. The council for PIANGO, which is the... [more]

New Zealand Prime Minister pays tribute to Greg Urwin
The New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark, says the death of Greg Urwin, the former Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, will be greeted with great sadness across the... [more]

Anderton calls for $200 power rebate
Progressive leader Jim Anderton is proposing government-owned power companies give a $200 rebate to struggling households. [more]