Radio New Zealand - Friday, 12th September 2008

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The Best Song Ever Written
Today's nominator of the"Best Song Ever Written"is Min Sarginson of Min Sarginson Real Estate on Banks Peninsula. [more]

NZ Live: Dave Dobbyn
Dave Dobbyn plays songs from his new album 'Anotherland'. [more]

Stabproof Fabric
Agresearch in Lincoln have come up with a new wool based fabric that is stab and fireproof. [more]

Napier Councillor Harry Lawson discusses Napiers Marineland and the death of Kelly the dolphin. [more]

He Rourou for 12 September
Kaaterina Daniels is one of the winners at the annual Waka Toi Maori Creative Arts awards night. [more]

Weekend Weather
A look at the weekends' weather prospects. [more]

Wot's On
A roundup of events over the coming weekend. [more]

Fresh Fast Food
Allyson Gofton with handy tips on how to make the most of leftovers. [more]

Sports Story
The All Blacks are playing the Wallabies in Brisbane in the tri nations decider. That and other stories with Stephen Hewson. [more]

NZ Society
Tim Graham's documentary on last years international tour of the Tower New Zealand Youth Choir. [more]

The Panel (Part One)
Todays guests on the panel are Kevin Milne and Simon Pound. [more]

The Panel (Part Two)
More from todays guests; Kevin Milne and Simon Pound. [more]

Business News

Midday Business
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 for 12 September 2008
News from the business sector. [more]


Interview with Prime Minister Helen Clark
Helen Clark talks on the upcoming election and Winston Peters . [more]

Political Editor Brent Edwards
Political Editor Brent Edwards on the upcoming election. [more]

South Auckland Police Killing
It's been almost two days since the killing of a police officer. [more]

Ron Mark on the Arms Amendment Act
A bill which would make it more difficult to buy high powered air guns has been languishing in Parliament for over three years. [more]

Sports News
An update from the team at RNZ Sport read by Murray Williams [more]

David Henson
A Zimbabwean farmer in NZ is skeptical that President Mugabe is ready to share power, despite the announcement of a deal. [more]

HMNZS Canterbury
A review has found the HMNZS Canterbury is not capable of serving its purpose and is in need of $20 million in repairs. [more]

Minor Parties on the election
Parliament's minor parties are chomping at the bit, with the announcement of a November 8th election. [more]

Drink Driving
A Christchurch man has avoided going to jail despite killing a man when he drove home from his mother's funeral drunk. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team read by Eru Rerekura [more]

Night-vision landing
The United States Antarctic programme has successfully completed the first night-vision landing at McMurdo Base. [more]

Sarah Palin
US Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin faced her first grilling in a media interview. [more]

John Key Interview
John Key welcomed the announcement, saying new Zealanders have the chance to rule a line under the past three years. [more]

Asian Anti-Crime Group - ACT Party relationship
One of the country's biggest unions says the Asian Anti-Crime Group must come clean about its relationship with the ACT Party. [more]

Matapouri Setback
There's been a set-back today for a Northland community group, trying to force the return of private beachfront land. [more]

Bolivia - U.S.
The US has ordered out Bolivia's ambassador in Washington, a day after Bolivia expelled the US ambassador. [more]

Privileges Committee
A group of lawyers say parliament's Privileges Committee runs the risk of being perceived as toothless. [more]

82 year old Secret Agent
Violet Elks is 82 but still clearly remembers the bizarre top secret work she did for the war effort in England. [more]

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

Waatea News 2
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Hawke's Bay Coastline
People in Hawke's Bay are divided over a Hastings Council proposal to more tightly control coastal rural subdivisons. [more]

Country Life

Intro, Guest and Feedback
Peter Schouten lost many cows to a flooded Eyre River several weeks ago. [more]

Primary Focus Soapbox
Lachie Grant and Sarah Dudin say soils are the powerhouse of a farm. Their mantra: match land use with land type [more]

The Butcher's Apprentice
Dayna Marshall is only 17 (and obviously female) and a butcher trainee in a busy outlet in a Hamilton city suburb. [more]

Penguin Hostel
Janice Jones set up the Kakanui Penguin colony. She's also written about her life with penguins... from a penguin's perspective. [more]

Zakar Beef
Martin Grant and Miranda Marsh run an organic beef farm in South Auckland with its own farm butchery. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus On Politics for 12 September
Announcing the election date as November the 8th at the end of a hectic week in Parliament. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 12 September 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 12 September 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Helen Clark Press Conference
Announcement of the 2008 General Election. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 12 September 2008
Police officer's death, Official Cash Rate cut, Paralympic Gold, Chunnel Fire, Hurricane Ike and Zimbabwe news. [more]

California Quail
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

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

New Thai Prime Minister
In a classic case of same same but different, the recently deposed PM, Samak Sundaravej has again been nominated to the role. [more]

Ozzie Undie Dance
NSW Police Minister Matt Brown resigns after lying about his late night parliamentary party dance on a couch in his Y-fronts. [more]

Maintaining Christchurch
Christchurch City's to renew its multi-million dollar maintenance contracts without putting the work up for public tender. [more]

Pacific News for 12 September 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Tangata Whenua presented by the Waatea team. [more]

Policeman's Firearm's Death (Part 1)
Attention is focussing on the accessibility of the weapon used to kill Sergeant Don Wilkinson in Mangere yesterday. [more]

Chunnel Fire (Part 1)
Over 30 people have fled the English Channel Tunnel after a fire broke out deep underground. [more]

Pre-Schooler Drownings
Safety experts are extremely concerned at the drowning this year of 5 pre-school age children. [more]

Newspaper Headlines
A look at the headline stories from the main metropolitan papers. [more]

Official Cash Rate Cut (Part 1)
Reserve Bank governor Alan Bollard surprises market with half a percent cut to the Official Cash Rate; consumer reaction. [more]

Official Cash Rate Cut (Part 2)
Reserve Bank governor Alan Bollard surprises market with half a percent cut to the Official Cash Rate; economist's reaction. [more]

Official Cash Rate Cut (Part 3)
Reserve Bank governor Alan Bollard surprises market with half a percent cut to the Official Cash Rate and explains his actions. [more]

Policeman's Firearm's Death (Part 2)
The officer shot dead in Mangere may have been killed by a powerful gun that any adult can buy over the counter. [more]

Policeman's Firearm's Death (Part 3)
Police Commissioner, Howard Broad to review Arms Act and availability of high-powered air rifles following yesterday's shooting. [more]

Double Gold for Pascoe
Paralympian swimmer, Sophie Pascoe makes it three medals in the pool so far with yet one event left to go. [more]

Breaking News - Zimbabwe
Mugabe and Tsvangirai in power sharing talks mediated by South Africa. [more]

Chunnel Fire (Part 2)
Live news of rescuers evacuating dozens of people from the Channel Tunnel after a fire on a freight shuttle. [more]

Ike and Texas
Ike may not be bigger than Texas but its presence is being felt as the Lone Star state prepares for landfall. [more]

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

Councils Vending Consent Information
Councils are defending their practice of supplying personal details to third parties, some for a price. [more]

Bamboozled by Gobbledygook?
Sociolinguistics or unnecessary, exclusive and pompous bureaucratic waffle designed to pander to insecure egos? [more]

Zimbabwe Power Share
A deal has been brokered between the ruling Zanu PF and opposition MDC parties for Mugabe and Tsvangirai to share power. [more]

Hospital Overcrowding
Patient and medical staff safety could be put at risk if overcrowding isn't urgently addressed. [more]

Labour Health Policy
Health Minister, David Cunliffe will this morning outline the next steps in Labour's ongoing major reform of primary healthcare. [more]

War Without End
On the 7th anniversary of September 11, General David Petraeus says he'll never declare victory in War on Terror. [more]

Tri-Nations Decider - Rugby Commentary
Former All Blacks' coach Laurie Mains and former Wallaby Peter Fitzsimons do some crystal ball gazing for this weekend's match. [more]

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

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

Taupo Anglers' Concerned
The size and poor condition of Rainbow Trout is cause for concern in what's often called the trout capital of the world. [more]

Auckland Public Transport Spat
Transport planners now have almost total control over how the region's privately-owned bus companies can operate. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Tangata Whenua presented by the Waatea team. [more]

King Country Thugby
Five members of Kio Kio rugby club are banned from rugby for life for attacks on two touch judges and a referee. [more]

Supermarine Spitfire for Sale
An historic 1944 Spitfire looks set to leave the hands of NZ aircraft enthusiasts when it's auctioned in Nelson on Sunday. [more]

Australian Correspondent - Kerry-Anne Walsh
News from over the ditch and it appears the lesson from NSW Politics is that if you break the rules, don't get caught. [more]


Continent On The Move
Editor,Dr Ian Graham,discusses a new book which explains how New Zealand ticks geologically [more]

And the winner is... [more]

Nine To Noon

Official Cash Rate Reduction
The Reserve Bank has reduced the OCR. What effect will this have on consumer confidence, inflation and the economy in general? [more]

Policing in South Auckland
The Police Commissioner talks to Kathryn after the death of one of his officers in South Auckland. [more]

Saving Species and Habitats - Dr Michael Tobias
Leading environmentalist, and environmental film maker, Michael Tobias has just completed a mammoth 20-year film project. [more]

Feature Guest - Peter Shaw
This British businessman was kidnapped in war-torn Georgia and held for months in a frozen underground prison. [more]

Book Review - Children's Books
John McIntyre from The Children's Bookshop reviews The Dudgeon, Superpotamus and Margaret Mahy's Bubble Trouble. [more]

Music with Manu Taylor
Manu reviews Brian Wilson's That Lucky Old Sun, Glen Campbell's Meet Glen Campbell and Dave Dobbyn's Anotherland. [more]

Sport with Richard Becht
A look at the week in sport and the weekend to come. [more]

The Week That Was
An irreverent look at the week that was and bits of it that weren't, but possibly should have been. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 12 September 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 12 September 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Virko Baley
American-Ukrainian composer Virko Baley talks about his life and contemporary music . [more]

Peter Walls
Peter Walls chief executive of The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra announces the orchestra's 2009 season. [more]

Peter Trevelyan
Artist Peter Trevelyan talks about his installation in Christchurch's Physics Room. [more]

News stories:

Murder charge after policeman killed in Sth Auckland
Police have charged a man with murder and another with assault after an officer was shot dead during a covert operation in Mangere, South Auckland. A second officer was injured. [more]

Earthquake in Fiordland region
A 4.3 magnitude earthquake has struck the Fiordland region. [more]

Council wins control over Auckland bus services
Auckland's public transport planners have won a political tussle for control of the region's bus services, hailing as a victory new legislation which has passed through Parliament. [more]

Self flagellation, mutilation and bladder constriction all part of Paralympics
Self-flagellation, mutilation, bladder constriction are all part of a Paralympic cheats effort to boost performance. A belt or a sharp object rather than a banned substance is used to gain ... [more]

New Zealand pick up a gold and bronze in Beijing
The New Zealand paralympics team has moved up to 19th on the medals table in Beijing after picking up 2 medals, a gold and bronze, on Day 5. Swimmer Sophie ... [more]

Taranaki beat Manawatu
Taranaki have beaten Manawatu 14-3 in their NPC rugby match in New Plymouth. The homeside scored two tries late in the first half and led 14-nil at the break. Meanwhile, ... [more]

Star Sports pays more
ESPN Star Sports will shell out nearly 1.5 billion dollars for the commercial and marketing rights for a new cricket league starting later this year in India. The inaugural ... [more]

Howlett says he may return
Munster's former All Black wing Doug Howlett has revealed that he hasn't ruled out the possibility of a return to the All Blacks before the 2011 World Cup. Howlett, who holds ... [more]

ICC defers Champions Trophy decision
The International Cricket Council will not be making a decision on the new dates for the postponed Champions Trophy tournament until October at the earliest. The ICC is struggling ... [more]

Landis looking to return next year
Disgraced American cyclist Floyd Landis is planning to make a return to the sport when his two-year doping ban ends at the start of next year. The 32-year-old was stripped of ... [more]

Campbell 12th equal after day one in Germany
Michael Campbell is tied for 12th place after an opening round of 71, one under par on the first day of the Mercedes Benz golf championship in Cologne, Germany. ... [more]

Ashley-Cooper expecting to be tested
The Wallabies full-back Adam Ashley-Cooper says he's expecting the All Blacks to target him in tomorrow night's Tri Nations decider in Brisbane. The 24-year-old admits he was disappointed with his ... [more]

Todd set to move back to England in bid for 2012 Olympics
The double Olympic equestrian gold medallist Mark Todd says his decision to return to the sport fulltime and compete at the London Olympics means he will have to move back ... [more]

6:30 sports heads
The New Zealand paralympics team has moved up to 19th on the medals table in Beijing after picking up 2 medals, a gold and bronze, on Day 5. Swimmer Sophie ... [more]

Currie Cup players to show their support against racism
South African rugby players in this weekend's Currie Cup matches will wear jerseys with the slogan 'No To Racism' on them, in response to a racist attack on a black ... [more]

Varroa bee mite infestation spreads further
Biosecurity New Zealand has confirmed that the varroa honey bee mite has been found in hives in North Canterbury, well outside the current South Island control area. [more]

Warriors not rated by Aussie bookmakers
Australian bookmakers don't rate the Warriors chances of upsetting the title favourites in this weekend's opening fround of the National Rugby League playoffs. They're giving the Warriors 16-and-a-half points ... [more]

Home loan rates fall after big interest rate cut
The Reserve Bank cut the Official Cash Rate on Thursday by a larger than expected half a percentage point to 7.5%. Home loan rates have begun to fall in response. [more]

Contractors seek review over tendering decision
The New Zealand Contractors' Federation will ask the Auditor General's office to review a Christchurch City Council decision that all-but prevents private businesses tendering for major council maintenance work. [more]

Wall Street lifts on Lehman buyout talk
US stocks rose on Thursday as a report that major US investment bank Lehman Brothers is shopping itself to possible suitors, including Bank of America, drove a last-minute rebound in financial shares. [more]

National may talk to Maori party over seats, says Key
National Party leader John Key is indicating he might be willing to discuss his party's plans to axe the Maori seats in return for Maori Party support after the election. [more]

Police pursue speeding car through Auckland
A high-speed police chase through west Auckland on Thursday night ended with the arrest of a man. [more]

Replacement generators ready to run in CNMI
The executive director of the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation, Antonio Muña, says the istallation of new generators to ease Saipan's power shortage, is on schedule Earlier in the week, Aggreko crew... [more]

PNG court voids election of Madang Governor
Papua New Guinea's Court of Disputed Returns in Madang has declared void the election of the province's Governor, Sir Arnold Amet . The Post Courier newspaper reports that the long... [more]

Solomons shopkeeper fined for selling fake cigarettes
A Solomon Islands court has fined a Chinese store owner more than 90 thousand US dollars for importing and selling fake Windfield brand cigarettes. Ocean Sky Shop owner Reginald Xie... [more]

Niue opposition MP supports PM's complaints about New Zealand officials
An Opposition MP in Niue says New Zealand and Niue have to try and sort out the fundamental problems affecting the island. During yesterday's Budget debate the Premier, Toke Talagi,... [more]

Kio Kio rugby club first to be found guilty of misconduct
A King Country rugby club has become the first in the country to be found guilty of misconduct. [more]

Solomons tsunami victims still not re-housed
Sixteen months after a deadly tsunami struck Solomon Islands' Western Province, its victims are still sleeping in tents, and some are living at the Gizo market because of lack of... [more]

Solomons police officer in court on charges relating to search for a fugitive
A long serving Solomon Islands police officer has appeared in court on charges related to the search for a fugitive involved in the attack on a RAMSI Police Officer last... [more]

Hawaii sugar plantation to close down
One of Hawaii's last remaining sugar plantations is ending production after 119 years in business. Gay & Robinson Incorporated said it has incurred significant losses due to the rising costs... [more]

New air accident investigation unit set up in PNG
An independent body has been set up in Papua New Guinea to probe aircraft accidents and crashes and recommend improvements on air safety. Transport Civil Aviation and Works Minister Don... [more]

Smaller trout in Lake Taupo 'caused by nature'
The declining size and quality of rainbow trout in Lake Taupo and its tributaries is a cyclical problem caused by nature, says the Department of Conservation. [more]

Man killed at concrete works
A man has been crushed to death under sand at a concrete works near Nelson. [more]

Wakatu plans $10m aquaculture site
Nelson-based Wakatu Incorporation is planning to take a leadership position in the aquaculture industry, with a proposed research and hatchery site near Nelson. [more]

NFL match delayed because of storm
The NFL has moved the Houston Texans' home game against the Baltimore Ravens from Sunday to Monday night due to the expected arrival of Hurricane Ike in the area in ... [more]

Zola to manage Hammers
Gianfranco Zola, one of the greatest overseas players to grace English football during his seven years at Chelsea, has been named as the new manager of their Premier League rivals ... [more]

American Samoa's first delegate to Washington passes away
American Samoa's paramount chief, A.U. Fuimaono, who was the territory's first elected Delegate-at-Large to the U.S., Congress, died earlier this week at the LBJ hospital. He was 85. The cause... [more]

American Samoa health officials warning to avoid food looted from fire site
The Department of Health in American Samoa has today issued a warning to people looting food items from a store destroyed by fire early this week. The DOH says it... [more]

Tonga NGOs welcome long term aid commitment by New Zealand
Tonga's civil society forum is welcoming New Zealand's new aid strategy in the country, saying it should help to develop sustainablity. New Zealand will give Tonga nearly 80 million US... [more]

Samoa NGO moves to stop children selling on the streets at night
The Samoa Victim Support Group has launched a programme to stop children selling flower leis in towns at night. At the same time it aims to provide financial assistance for... [more]

Chief supporting Fiji interim regime says other chiefs should stop being stubborn
The future of Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs is now in the hands of interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, after the disbanding of a team tasked to look into... [more]

NGO calls on New Zealand government agencies to follow Norway's lead over Rio Tinto
The New Zealand based Indonesia Human Rights Committee has called on New Zealand Government agencies to follow the example of the Norway Government Pension Fund and cut links to Freeport... [more]

Phosphate mining may resume at Otago site
Fertiliser company Ravensdown is investigating the possibility of mining highly valuable phosphate rock reserves at the only known New Zealand site, Clarendon Hill at Milton in South Otago. [more]

PNG Governor ousted through electoral petition consider court review of decision
The ousted Governor of Papua New Guinea's Madang province says he will consider applying for a review of the court decision to declare his election void once the full judgement... [more]

Lawyers critical of privileges committee
A group of lawyers says parliament's privileges committee is not seen as active enough in disciplining members of parliament. [more]

Public sector reform a key part of New Zealand's longterm aid package for Tonga
New Zealand's new aid strategy in Tonga will address governance and civil society, growth and sustainable livelihoods, and education. New Zealand will give Tonga nearly 80 million US dollars in... [more]

Northern Marianas politician calls for Washington's help to overcome power shortages
The Northern Marianas Resident Representative to Washington, Pete Tenorio, in what he calls an act of desperation, has written to President George Bush asking for federal intervention in the ongoing... [more]

Doctors increasingly concerned about dengue in Fiji
Fiji's Ministry of Health is being urged to take the dengue epidemic seriously, with more people in Suva becoming infected with the virus. Fiji Times Online quotes the President of... [more]

Ousted PNG provincial governor questions decision on electoral petition
The ousted Governor of Papua New Guinea's Madang province says the grounds for a court decision to declare his election last year void are questionable. The Court of Disputed Returns... [more]

Solomons' NGO says funds for disaster victims must be immediately released
The Solomon Islands National Council of Women says funds must be released immediately to the 3000 tsunami victims in Gizo who still haven't received help. About eighty percent of the... [more]

Navigation system manufacturer expects earnings rise
The maker of components for navigation systems, Rakon, says it expects its earnings to rise slightly this year, as the weakening New Zealand dollar offsets slowing sales. [more]

Ryder returns to Black Caps
The New Zealand cricket coach John Bracewell says he's satisfied that Jesse Ryder is back to full fitness and that his attitude off the field has improved as well. Ryder ... [more]

Symonds dropped for India tour
All-rounder Andrew Symonds has been dropped from Australia's cricket squad for their tour of India and replaced by Queensland team mate Shane Watson. Symonds was left out of the one-day side ... [more]

Queen mistakenly sent 2000 pints of beer
Two thousand pints of beer have been sent mistakenly to The Queen when one of her royal residences was confused with a nearby pub. Royal staff had no record of any ... [more]

Drink-driver avoids jail after killing man
A Christchurch man has avoided going to jail after killing another man when he drove drunk. [more]

NZ First to focus on social, economic policies
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says his party's election campaign will focus on the social and economic outcomes for the country. [more]

Call for anti-crime group to explain link with ACT
Minor political party ACT is at the centre of a controversy involving New Zealand's largest private sector union. [more]

Hospital overcrowding 'puts patients at risk'
Wellington Hospital is warning the safety of patients and medical staff will be put at risk unless hospital overcrowding is urgently addressed. [more]

'Brainstrain' awards given to airline and embassy
Pacific Blue and the US embassy in Wellington have won little-coveted prizes in this year's Plain English Awards. [more]

Housing sector will fall further, says Bollard
Reserve Bank Governor Allan Bollard believes the housing sector has some way to fall.Reserve Bank Governor Allan Bollard believes the housing sector has some way to fall. [more]

Large tumor found in Marineland dolphin
Marineland's last dolphin is likely to have died from a mandarin-sized tumor, a post-mortem has concluded. [more]

Oil price falls as US dollar strengthens
Oil prices fell toward $US100 on Thursday, pulled lower by strength in the US dollar, soft global energy demand, and a report that Saudi Arabia has no plans to cut output. [more]

NZ market finishes week higher
The New Zealand sharemarket was up 26 points to 3360 at the close of trade on Friday. [more]

Call to re-survey beachfront land rejected
A Northland community group trying to force the return of private beachfront land to the Crown has suffered a major setback. [more]

Carbon scheme expected to survive election
New Zealand's planned carbon trading scheme, the first cap-and-trade market outside Europe, is expected to survive even if Prime Minister Helen Clark loses a national election on 8 November. [more]

Wins for Auckland, Canterbury in Air NZ Cup
Auckland and Canterbury both posted wins on Friday in round seven of rugby's provincial championship. [more]