Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 7th October 2008

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Best Song Ever Written - 'The Teddy Bears Picnic'
Peter Lyford from Te Puke has chosen 'The Teddy Bears Picnic'. [more]

Reeling in the Years - 1965
Chas Drader helps to count down the hits of October 1965. [more]

PocketSmith - New Budgeting Software
PocketSmith - budgeting software from three young Dunedin entrepeneurs. [more]

Straightjacket Fits to be Honoured
The iconic kiwi band will be, tomorrow night, inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame. [more]

Tune Your Engine - Eating Disorders
Eating Difficulties Education Network (EDEN) coordinator Maree Burns. [more]

Asian Report for 7 October 2008
Jason Moon attends the New Zealand Sri Lanka society's 10th Anniversary celebrations. [more]

Science - Veronika Meduna
University of Otago's Mark Richards discusses hormones that protect the heart. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
Todays guests are Michelle A'Court and Emily Perkins. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
More from the guests Michelle A'Court and Emily Perkins. [more]

Business News

Midday Business News for 7 October 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business for 7 October 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business (Part 2)
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


National Party Tax Cuts Scaled Back
The National Party has announced it will scale back its tax cuts slightly. [more]

NZ Dollar Holds It's Own
The New Zealand dollar held its own today after its biggest fall overnight against the US dollar in 23 years. [more]

Recession Predicted to Last Till Years End
There are predictions now that the recession here will last until the end of the year. [more]

New Report on Heart Patient Treatment at Wellington DHB
The report says 8 people who died waiting for surgery in Wellington experienced delays in their care could have been avoided. [more]

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

Petrol Price Rise for Aucklanders
With the introduction of the government's regional levy scheme. [more]

Pharmac Focuses on Antipsychotic Medication
Pharmac puts the spotlight on antipsychotic medication for the elderly, in light of overseas alerts. [more]

Local Councils Also Facing Tough Financial Choices
Councils around the country are considering cutting services, in the wake of global financial troubles. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Extreme Winds Cause Havoc
Extreme winds whipped through the lower North Island today, causing havoc for emergency services. [more]

Quarter of Land Mammals Risk Extinction
An assessment of the Worlds wildlife has found that nearly a quarter of the planets land mammals are at risk of extinction. [more]

Gorilla Bosses
Researchers in Australia have been studying the behaviour of male bosses and shows a favourable comparison to monkey groups. [more]

Australian Markets React
Markets in New Zealand, Asia and Australia have taken a beating today after another rocky night on Wall Street. [more]

Heart Patient Report (Part 2)
Findings of an independent review into cardiac services at Wellington's embattled Capital and Coast DHB. [more]

Liam Reid Murder Trial
Mr. Reid is charged with murdering the 20 year old, Emma Agnew, on November 15th 2007. [more]

Asteroid Over Africa
Dr Robert Massey of the Royal Astronomical Society in London comments. [more]

Hall Battle at Anglican Cathedral in Napier
An Anglican Cathedral in Napier is defying the Historic Places Trust, with the demolition of its church hall. [more]

Nobel Prize for Medicine 2008
The Noble prize is awarded to AIDS and Cancer virus pioneers. [more]

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

World Markets
Financial markets in the United States and Europe have plunged again. [more]

Good News for Kiwi Wine Production and Kiwi Fruit
A new report suggests things are looking up for kiwifruit growers and that Marlborough wine production is booming. [more]

US Election Less Than a Month Away
With less than a month to go before Americans choose their next President, the stakes are rising. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Suicide Bomber in Sri Lanka
A suicide bomber has blown himself up in Northern Sri Lanka killing at least 27 people. [more]

Starbucks Criticised for Wasting Water
The American coffee chain Starbucks has been accused by environmental groups of wasting phenomenal quantities of water. [more]

Bill Gates on Financial Crisis
The founder of Microsoft Bill Gates argues the World's innovators are ready to kick start the stalled global economy. [more]

Beaconsfield Mine Disaster at Fringe Festival
The disaster has inspired a play as part of Melbourne's Fringe Festival. [more]

Election 2008 Audio

John Key announces National's tax plans scaled back
National leader tells reporters scaled-back tax plan in response to worsening Government accounts and further economic slowdown. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 7 October 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 7 October 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 7 October 2008
Falling Markets all around the world, consequences for NZ and a damming Report on Cardiac services in NZ. [more]

Titi - The Sooty Shearwater
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Pacific News for 7 October 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Forestry Sector Say Industry Struggling
The forestry spokespeople from six political parties fronted a meeting of about 40 people in Wellington last night. [more]

Financial Crisis Continues
In depth look at tumbling world markets. [more]

Tumbling Markets May Effect Tax Cuts
More debate over whether the Government can afford tax cuts when it is struggling to pay its own bills. [more]

Bill English and Michael Cullen on Government finances
National and Labour finance spokesmen discuss the global financial crisis, the state of the Government's books, tax cuts and spending. [more]

Report On Cardiac Services
The report to be released today says the level of coronary artery surgery is 85 percent higher across the Tasman. [more]

Agnew Murder Trial Update
The case against Liam Reid has opened in Chch, and the jury has been given the outline of a disturbing sequence of events. [more]

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

Christchurch Woman Still Missing
Detective Senior Sergeant Virginia Le Bas explains why police are now searching the Avon River for Tisha Lowry. [more]

Whanganui DHB To Move Mental Health Patients
Residents in a Whanganui rest home are fretting they may be moved and replaced by mental health patients. [more]

Assault Charges Laid Against Auckland Store Owner
Asian Anti-crime Group organiser Peter Low says Indian community leaders have been meeting to discuss the charges. [more]

More On Crashing Markets
Markets in Europe fell between seven and nine percent falls not seen since the 1987 stockmarket crash. [more]

Head of NZ Stock Exchange Critisises Two Main Parties
Labour and National are both dismissing criticisms they don't have a plan to deal with the global credit crunch. [more]

Economics Correspondent Nigel Stirling
The expected rise in Govt borrowing revealed by yesterday's opening of the books could put more pressure on interest rates. [more]

Cardiac Services Study Continued
Health Minister David Cunliffe discusses the findings of this report. [more]

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

Six People Detained In China Of Alleged Production of Melamine
This comes as the country struggles to restore consumer confidence in milk products. [more]

University of Waikato Thesis Removed From Website
A former secretary of the National Front says it's fraught with errors in its research and analysis. [more]

Winds Cause Havoc in Wellington
Up to 150km winds have been recorded at Wellington airport grounding all flights until further notice. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Market Fall Affects Tourism Industry
Crashing international markets have New Zealand's tourism industry bracing itself for the worst. [more]

New Research Shows Australian Accent Less Nasal
Linguist Elizabeth Gordon says its possible extreme accents could be dying out. [more]


Milking Buffalo
Geoff Arthur is a buffalo farmer from Humpty Doo in the Northern Territory of Australia. [more]

Mexico And Central America Report
Tara Fitzgerald is at a film festival in the city of Morelia, near Mexico. [more]

Clue 3. [more]

Clue 4. [more]

Nine To Noon

Labour Minister of Finance Michael Cullen
World Financial Markets plunge further, while New Zealand's books are much worse than expected. [more]

The Red List of Endangered Animals
The Red List shows a quarter of the world's mammals are at risk of extinction, Sue Lieberman explains what needs to be done. [more]

The Executive Director of WWF New Zealand
Chris Howe talks about New Zealand's marine mammals among those at risk according to the Red List. [more]

US Correspondent
Richard Adams is the Washington editor of The Guardian. [more]

Sevens Years in China
David Speary has just returned from seven years teaching at a provincial Chinese training college. [more]

Book Review - Diggers, Hatters and Whores
By Stevan Eldred-Grigg, published by Random House, reviewed by Harry Broad. [more]

Jerusalem Quartet
Kyril Zlotnikov the top cellist in the Jeruslam Quartet explains how he came to play Jacqueline du Pre's cello. [more]

World Financial Markets
With business and economic commentator Rod Oram. [more]

Media Commentator
Denis Welch looks at TV election programmes, a survey of the weekend newspaper supplements, and Breakfast television. [more]

Professor Stanton Glantz
Hollywood: Glamorizing cigarette smoking, big tobacco manipulation of media image is not a recent phenomenon. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 7 October 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 7 October 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Glenn Easley
Auckland-based, internationally renowned piano technician who has recently started global piano servicing business. [more]

Opera Otago Review
Elizabeth Bouman review's Opera Otago's English language version of Mozart's 'Cosi Fan Tutte'. [more]

Felicity Smith
Wellington-based singer and chorister talking about her recent experiences at Stuttgart's 'Festivalensemble'. [more]

News stories:

NZ market continues to slide
The New Zealand share market has continued to slide on Monday, following falls on Wall Street last week. [more]

Police seek car sightings in Wanganui killing
The police in Wanganui are calling for sightings of a Mitsubishi Galant as they investigate what they say was a random killing in the city 11 days ago. [more]

Missing woman had gang links, say police
Police have confimed that a missing Christchurch woman had gang connections in Wellington, but say the focus of their investigation remains in Christchurch. [more]

Armed robbery at service station
Police are investigating an armed robbery by five men carrying weapons, shortly before 9pm on Monday in Papatoetoe. [more]

Vettori says they'll have to be good to beat Bangladesh
The New Zealand cricket captain Daniel Vettori says they'll have to be on top of their game to avoid an upset in this month's series against Bangladesh. New Zealand open ... [more]

Wilkinson, Campbell finishing years strongly
Michael Campbell, having finished a lucrative latter part of the European golf season on a high note, is returning to his Sydney home for a break. Having started the year ... [more]

NZ A cricketers win second test
The New Zealand A cricketers ensured their tour of India ended on a positive note with a crushing 133-run win over India A in their unofficial second test in Chennai. A ... [more]

Taipans stand down wayward Olympian
The out-of-form Australian National Basketball league club the Cairns Taipans will be without one of their stars for Thursday night's game against the front-running New Zealand Breakers on the ... [more]

BMW sticks with same drivers for next year
The BMW Sauber Formula One motor racing team will stick with drivers Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld for 2009, ruling out the possibility of Fernando Alonso joining the team. BMW were ... [more]

3 new players in bangladesh squad
Bangladesh cricket, weakened by the loss of "rebel" players, have named three new players in a 14-man squad for the home One Day series against New Zealand. Rookies Imrul Kayes, Naeem ... [more]

Former ABs coach denies player unrest in Perth
The Western Force rugby coach John Mitchell insists it's business as usual despite continual speculation of a player-coach rift at the Super 14 franchise. Numerous reports over the past month ... [more]

Investigation into Broncos players continuing
Queensland Police say an investigation into an alleged sexual assault involving three Brisbane Broncos rugby league players is continuing and the case has not been referred to the Director of Public ... [more]

Wallaby great applauds Braid signing
The Wallabies' star flanker George Smith says Queensland's historic signing of the All Black loose forward Daniel Braid can only benefit Australian rugby. Smith has applauded Queensland's initiative in ... [more]

Fiji sends strong team to Adelaide Australia
New Zealand based Fijian golfer - Neelkash Ram will lead a strong Fiji side at the World Amateur Championships in Adelaide, Australia next week. Ram, Olaf Allen and Sam Lee... [more]

Thesis removed from website
The University of Waikato has temporarily removed a thesis from its website to investigate the contents. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Tuesday's papers: New Zealand faces a decade of deficits; accused killer charged with rape of another woman; death penalty debate; boy killed in farm bike collision. [more]

Beef exports still suspended
The Food Safety Authority says a suspension on beef exports to South Korea is still in place for a Waikato-based meat processor. [more]

CNMI drug agents body search Chinese tourists
Nearly 200 Chinese tourists arriving on Shanghai Airlines' recently launched charter service to Saipan were outraged after security staff subjected many of them to body searches as part of an... [more]

Concern for missing Vietnamese man
Police in Wellington are concerned about an elderly Vietnamese man who has been missing from his home since late August. [more]

Hangi maker looking to export
A maker of ready-to-go hangi meals in Matamata is looking to expand offshore. The company says the secret lies in the oven. [more]

Reserve Bank can maintain financial stability - English
The National Party's finance spokesperson says he is satisfied the Reserve Bank of New Zealand can maintain financial stability in the face of international financial turmoil. [more]

League World Cup squads named today
Players from the premiership winning Manly side are expected to dominate the Australian Rugby League side named today for the World Cup and the Warriors should dominate the New Zealand ... [more]

Two cyclists caught for new generation EPO
Reports in Europe say the German cyclist Stefan Schumacher, a double stage winner at this year's Tour de France, has tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO. Schumacher caused ... [more]

Spanish golf great taken to hospital
The Spanish golf great Severiano Ballesteros is in a Madrid hospital after fainting. 51 year old Ballesteros, the winner of five major championships, was reported to be in a stable ... [more]

Financial crisis continues
World stock markets have plunged and the Dow Jones went below 10,000 points for the first time since 2004. [more]

Tax cuts debate hardens
A disclosure that the Government faces 10 years of deficit has hardened debate about whether tax cuts are now affordable. [more]

Dunne calls for referendum on Maori seats
United Future leader Peter Dunne is calling for a public referendum on the Maori seats in Parliament. [more]

Samoa supreme court to preside over hearing for Samoa Football Soccer Federation
Samoa's senior Supreme Court judge, Lesatele Rapi Va'ai, will preside over a hearing of the country's first Sports Dispute Tribunal this week relating to the financial debts of more than... [more]

Five Australians facing prison in Papua
Five Torres Strait residents of Australia, detained in Papua are liable for jail sentences of between five and 12 years for illegally entering the Indonesia province in an aeroplane more... [more]

New Zealand born Samoan lawyer upset by treatment by Samoan police officers
A New Zealand born Samoan lawyer says the intimidating actions of police in Apia towards her and her mother has raised serious concerns. Annette Woodroffe says she feared for her... [more]

USP reconfirms intention to establish a campus in Solomon Islands
The University of the South Pacific has reaffirmed its commitment to establishing its fourth campus in the Solomon Islands despite facing financial problems. The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reports that... [more]

Fiji government records net surplus to June this year
The Reserve Bank of Fiji says the government recorded a net surplus of just under 46 million US dollars for the 12 months to June this year. However, Australia-based economist... [more]

CNMI Governor extends state of emergency for Commonwealth Utilities Corporation
CNMI Governor, Benigno Fitial has extended the state of disaster emergency for the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation for another 30 days, adding stipulations after members of the Legislature questioned some of... [more]

High winds hit Wellington and Wairarapa
High winds and rain are hitting Wellington: northwest gales of up to 150km/hr are predicted in parts of the city and the Rimutaka Hills. [more]

Mandatory water meters urged
The Institution of Professional Engineers wants water meters to be mandatory in New Zealand houses. It says those with meters use 40% less water than those who don't. [more]

Minimum family tax credit to increase
The minimum family tax credit is to increase from April next year to $20,540. About 3000 families received the tax credit last year. [more]

Fletcher Building to buy Australian company
Fletcher Building is to buy Australian company, Fielders. [more]

Rebound in business confidence
New Zealand business confidence rebounded strongly in the third quarter, buoyed by falling interest rates and a lower New Zealand dollar. [more]

No layoffs now - Transfield
Transfield says it has reached an agreement with Telecom that means it can sustain its business without laying-off 170 staff. [more]

Teachers' union calls for smaller classes
The secondary school teachers' union has launched its election campaign by calling for smaller class sizes. [more]

Union election policy calls for rise in minimum wage
The Council of Trade Unions is calling for the minimum wage to be lifted to two-thirds of the average, or $15 an hour, as part of its election policy released on Sunday. [more]

Maori Party would seek more influence after election
Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says the party would expect budget responsibilities if it was to enter a coalition agreement after the election. [more]

Actress launches Green Party campaign
Television actress Robyn Malcolm kicked off the Green Party election campaign in Wellington. Party co-leaders said the Greens would advocate for those who do not have a voice. [more]

New Zealand First targets National's record
New Zealand First has officially launched its election campaign, attacking the record of the National Party. [more]

Voters have high level of knowledge of MMP
New Zealanders have the highest level of understanding of MMP in a pre-election period since 1996, when the voting system was first used, says the Electoral Commission. [more]

Record submissions to recognise Milton church
A proposal to register a church in Milton as an historic place has prompted 450 submissions to the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. All but one request recognition of the church. [more]

Growers showing resilience and flexibility
The latest monitoring report from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry shows New Zealand growers are showing resilience and flexibility, despite challenging economic conditions. [more]

House sales up, prices down
Barfoot & Thompson says it sold more houses in Auckland in September but the average sale price fell again. [more]

Forestry clearance put on hold
Landcorp has put a hold on converting further forestry land to dairying between Lakes Taupo and Rotorua, because of penalties in the new Emissions Trading legislation. [more]

$250,000 grant for pine clearances
Efforts to halt the spread of wilding pines in northern Southland have received a boost, with a grant of $250,000 from the Lottery Board. [more]

Weepu says Wellington hasn't gone off the boil
The Wellington rugby captain Piri Weepu doesn't see any reason to panic after a couple of less than impressive performances in the Air New Zealand Cup. The Wellington side heads ... [more]

More All Blacks back this week?
The rest of the All Blacks still eligible are likely to return to provincial rugby this week for the quarter-finals of the Air New Zealand Cup. Tasman confirmed yesterday that ... [more]

Labour pledges $50 million for heart operations
The Labour-led Government says it will spend $50 million over the next four years to increase the number of heart operations being carried out, while National warns the money will be no quick fix. [more]

Greens call for country of origin labelling of wood
The Green Party is pushing for a ban on the import and sale of illegally logged timber products, and for country of origin labelling to include wood products. [more]

New Australia-Solomons air service due in December
December the 2nd has been set as the date for the launch of Pacific Blue's direct flights from Brisbane to the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara. The Australian-based carrier will fly... [more]

Kiribati company says a few ruin reputation of many
A Kiribati company recruiting for overseas shipping companies insists that just a few I-Kiribati seamen are ruining the reputation of others who are hardworking and reliable. This comes after the... [more]

New Zealand awaits Samoan police explanation over injuries of detainee
The New Zealand Foreign Affairs Ministry is questioning police in Samoa as to why they weren't immediately notified of a New Zealand man who received injuries while being detained. The... [more]

American Samoa Senate drops bill to compensate insurance
American Samoa's last Fono session for the year ended without the Senate taking any action on the 6.6 million US dollar appropriation to pay the court ruling in favour of... [more]

Fiji's Chaudhry launches fresh defamation action against Fiji Times
The head of the Fiji Labour Party, Mahendra Chaudhry, says he will file lawsuits against media organisations after filing one today against the National Federation Party and the Fiji Times. [more]

Samoan judge bans reporting of dispute tribunal case
Reporters in Samoa are allowed to listen to the proceedings of the first hearing of Samoa's Sports Dispute Tribunal but they are banned from reporting them. The ban relating to... [more]

Tourism industry expects slowdown
The New Zealand tourism industry expects a serious slowdown because of the financial turmoil. [more]

Greenpeace says political inertia has failed Pacific's fish
Greenpeace is predicting the collapse of commercial fishing in the Pacific within five years. The comment accompanies the close of the fourth meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries... [more]

Fiji consumer council expects fuel price drop
Fiji's consumer council says the high price of fuel is unjustified as world oil prices have dropped by about 40 percent since July. Fiji consumers still pay 1 US dollar... [more]

Fiji records STI increase among young people
Rates of sexually transmitted infections among young people in Fiji have been steadily increasing for the past eight years. The latest figures show that last year the health ministry recorded... [more]

Former Samoa TV boss accused of theft by Fiji TV
Fiji Television Limited is the complainant in the 68 charges of theft laid against owner and Chief Executive Officer of Samoa's defunct LAUTV, Tuiasau Leota Uelese Petaia. The Samoa Observer... [more]

Labour, National confident of NZ financial stability
Labour and National are confident New Zealand's financial system is sound despite global financial turmoil, but are ready to act if needed. [more]

Foreign affairs funding cut would be 'shortsighted' - Peters
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says any scale-back in funding to the foreign affairs portfolio will be a serious mistake. [more]

Rest home calms fears over mental health patients
The owner of a Wanganui rest home has guaranteed that no one will be forced to leave as mental health patients are transferred from the city's hospital. [more]

Fewer heart operations being performed, report reveals
Fewer heart operations are carried out in New Zealand than six years ago, according to a working group on national cardiac surgery services. [more]

Police continue search for Christchurch woman
Police say the disappearance of a Christchurch woman seems more sinister as time goes by. [more]

Fears mortgages will be worth more than homes
Auckland City Mayor John Banks predicts a quarter of homeowners in the city will have mortgages worth more than their properties by this time next year. [more]

Heritage row over Napier church hall
The Historic Places Trust is under fire from the Dean of St John's Anglican Cathedral in Napier over the church hall, which is to be demolished. [more]

Bus drivers vote to accept pay deal
Wellington bus drivers have voted in favour of a new pay deal. [more]

Guidelines issued over use of drugs for dementia
Growing overseas concern about the over-use of powerful anti-psychotic medicines for the elderly has prompted guidelines for their use in New Zealand. [more]

Poll shows National with substantial lead over Labour
A One News Colmar Brunton poll shows the National Party maintaining a substantial lead over the Labour Party. [more]

Weekend alcohol bans in Noumea deemed a success
Last weekend's second alcohol ban in New Caledonia's capital, Noumea, is deemed a success. The bans were brought in for the past two weekends as a trial to see if... [more]

Solomons PM denies claims of split in government coalition
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister Derek Sikua has denied claims from the opposition that there is a split in his government. The opposition leader Manasseh Sogavare claims that the move... [more]

French Polynesia minister looks at possible Forum link for Francophonie body
French Polynesia's education minister, Teraii Alpha, has met the head of the International Organisation of the Francophonie to explore the possibility of the organisation linking up with the Pacific Islands... [more]

Wild weather leaves 1700 without power
About 1700 electricity consumers in the lower and central North Island were without power on Tuesday night after strong winds battered the region. [more]