Radio New Zealand - Saturday, 11th October 2008

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This page features: Election 2008 Audio, News Stories, Saturday Morning, This Way Up

Election 2008 Audio

John Key still rules out Winston Peters despite SFO decision
National's leader John Key tells Jane Patterson he won't change his mind [more]

Saturday Morning

David Blume: running on ethanol
Ecologist, farmer and author of Alcohol can be a Gas! Fuelling an Ethanol Revolution for the 21st Century. [more]

Karl Maddaford: Afghanistan
Former New Zealand Army captain currently in charge of a project to build police check points on the Afghan/Pakistan border. [more]

Alan Lightman: physics, literature, humanity
Physicist, essayist, novelist, humanitarian and educator visiting NZ as the 2008 Hood Fellow at the University of Auckland. [more]

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach: digital learning
Education provider for over 20 years as a classroom teacher, technology coach and digital learning consultant. [more]

Jackson Browne: music and politics
Californian musician who mixes personal and poitical issues in his music; currently on a world tour. [more]

Pauline Grogan: 500 letters
Former nun and educationalist, now a motivational speaker and celebrant, who is touring her solo show around NZ. [more]

Food with Tony Astle of Antoines
Chef and owner of Auckland restaurant Antoine's, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary. [more]

Children's books with Kate De Goldi: Maurice Sendak
Discussing the collaborative and solo work of illustrator and author Maurice Sendak. [more]

This Way Up

Good Guide
The website rating more than 60,000 products on how safe, healthy and green they are. [more]

Bits and Bytes
The latest proposed European laws to make all electronics manufacturers put replaceable batteries in their products. [more]

Sporting Life
Why golf balls have dimples. Also do sex bans before competition help or hinder sporting performance? [more]

Loaded Lyrics
Product placement's been going on in films and TV shows for ages. Now people are paying to get brand names mentioned in songs. [more]

On Your Bike
In Oakland, customised, pimped-out bicycles called "scraper bikes" are the latest craze. [more]

Fishy Business
Catch numbers and trout sizes are down at Lake Taupo, an area which sells itself as the trout-fishing capital of the world. [more]

We meet a guy who grows basil in Fiji, flies it here, then grinds it up to make 4 tonnes of pesto every week. [more]

News stories:

Team Kiwi Racing battling to make Bathurst
The New Zealand motor racing team,Team Kiwi Racing, is working intensely to try and get on the start line for tomorrow's Bathurst 1000 at Mt Panorama. Their V8 Ford suffered major ... [more]

Second century helps Australia to commanding first innings
The Indian cricket side is 68 for one heading into the third day of the first test against Australia in Banagalore. Australia made 430 in its first innings with batsman Michael ... [more]

Loeb wins all stages on day one in Corsica
The Citroen motor rally driver Sebastien Loeb has won all six stages on the opening day of the Rally of Corsica to stay on course for a fifth consecutive world title. ... [more]

Toyota quickest in free practice for home Grand Prix
The Toyota motor racing driver Timo Glock has overshadowed Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton with the quickest time in free practice at the Japanese Grand Prix. Hamilton, who takes a ... [more]

Derailment closes part of main trunk line near Levin
A small section of the North Island's main trunk line was closed on Friday following a train derailment. The line is not due to open until Saturday. [more]

Red tape reform urged
The Property Council of New Zealand says the Government should move to cut red tape to limit damage from the world financial crisis. It cites the Overseas Investment Act, the Building Act and the Resource Management Act as overdue for reform. [more]

Register of contaminated sites wanted
The Green Party is renewing calls for a national register for sites contaminated by toxic chemicals. [more]

Dental subsidies urged by Progressive Party
The Progressive Party wants dental care to be subsidised by the Government along the lines of visits to general practitioners. [more]

ANC to consult before deciding on Springbok emblem
South African's ruling African National Congress says it will consult everyone involved in rugby before making any decision on dropping the Springbok emblem. South African Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins has ... [more]

Indian GP will be in 2011
The sport's commercial boss, Bernie Ecclestone, says India will host a Formula One motor race for the first time in 2011. The Indian Olympic Association president Suresh Kalmadi announced last year ... [more]

Tonga's Rugby League World Cup hit by ineligibility
Tonga's hopes have been dealt another major blow with Parramatta's Fuifui Moimoi and the Wests Tigers' Taniela Tuiaki both ruled ineligible for the Rugby League World Cup. The Rugby League International ... [more]

Gavin Henson suspended for two months
The Welsh rugby centre Gavin Henson has been suspended from Ospreys' two opening Heineken Cup matches for disciplinary reasons. This weekend Ospreys open their campaign against Leicester. Ospreys says Henson's suspension ... [more]

NBA scales back its European schedule
The American basketball competition, the NBA, will help weather the global financial crisis by cutting the number of pre-season games in Europe this year. This year the league is playing only ... [more]

Auckland airport ready for new jet
A new international terminal pier will open at Auckland International Airport later this month in time for the world's largest jet, the A380, to park there. [more]

No hotels for homeless during World Cup - mayor
A claim that Auckland City Council may consider putting the homeless up in hotels and motels during the 2011 Rugby World Cup is nonsense, mayor John Banks says. [more]

Properties taking longer to sell
Latest property market figures show that it is taking on average three weeks longer to sell a property in New Zealand than it was at this time last year. [more]

Historic pa site opens in Wellington
A pa site that local iwi say is the only historic site of its kind, was officially opened in central Wellington on Saturday morning. [more]

Sydney bidding to take Melbourne's Australian Open
Sydney is chasing the rights to host the Australian Open tennis tournament. Fairfax newspapers report Sydney has launched a bid to snatch the grand slam tournament from Melbourne with plans to ... [more]

Wilkinson out for five months
The England rugby first five Jonny Wilkinson is unlikely to play in next year's Six Nations Championship after being told he would not be fit for five months. The World Cup ... [more]

Markets continue to tumble
Markets in Asia and the Pacific tumbled again on Friday, as investor panic spread over fears of a global recession. [more]

Magic Johnson outraged by comments
Former American NBA basketball star Magic Johnson is outraged after two Minnesota radio talk show hosts accused him of faking that he had contracted HIV, which can lead to AIDS. Chris ... [more]

First cable-stayed bridge opens in Flat Bush
The country's first cable-stayed bridge opened on Saturday morning in the South Auckland suburb of Flat Bush. [more]

Two opinion polls suggest Labour narrowing the gap
Two opinion polls out on Friday suggest the gap between the National Party and the Labour Party is closing. [more]

Programmes hosted by Jones, Peters found in breach
Two programmes hosted by Labour and New Zealand First candidates will be reported to police for breaches of laws relating to the election and broadcasting. [more]

GM shares fall to lowest level since 1950
General Motors says it is not considering bankruptcy protection despite slow car sales and the credit crunch, which have sent its shares fall to near 60 year lows. [more]

Brothers killed in head-on collision near Greymouth
Two elderly men killed in a head-on collision near Greymouth on Friday night were brothers. [more]

Commission to look at NIWA salmon hatchery bid
The Commerce Commission is considering a bid to buy the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research's Silverstream Hatchery. [more]

Winston Peters says NZ First cleared
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is adamant that all matters regarding his party's electoral returns have been resolved. [more]

Australian schoolboys chalk up historic win in New Zealand
The Australian Schoolboys rugby side has beaten their New Zealand counterparts 15-11 in New Plymouth this afternoon. It's the first time the Australian side has won in New Zealand. ... [more]

Collingwood laughs off Warne prediction
England's Paul Collingwood has laughed off Australian spin legend Shane Warne's prediction of another Ashes whitewash when the two sides square off in England next year. Collingwood helped England win ... [more]

More experimentation likely for Silver Ferns against England
It looks as if the New Zealand netball coach coach Ruth Aitken may use the three test series against England to a little more experimenting with positional changes, The Silver Ferns ... [more]

V8 supercar series to use ethanol fuel from next year
V8 Supercars will switch from unleaded to CSR Ethanol fuel from next year in a bid to reduce the competition's carbon footprint. It is believed the ethanol fuel, which is ... [more]

Phillies beat Dodgers 8-5, take 2-0 NL Series lead
Philadelphia's beaten the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-5 to take a 2-0 lead in major league baseball's National League championship series. The best-of-seven series to determine the National League representative in the ... [more]

Rodney healthiest place to live
The Rodney District Mayor says she is not surprised a study shows her district is the healthiest place to live in New Zealand. [more]

Bomb squad involved in airbag disposal
The Army bomb squad is to help car wreckers dispose of airbags which contain a small explosive charge. [more]

Fairfax wins contempt case over police raids
Contempt charges have been dismissed against Fairfax Media and a Wellington newspaper editor over the publication of surveillance material following police raids in 2007. [more]

TV3 breached court order over Reid trial
The judge in the trial of Liam Reid has told the High Court in Christchurch it was fortunate he did not have to end the trial - after footage of the accused was screened on TV3 this week. [more]

Key says SFO decision on Peters changes nothing for National
The National Party says the fact that New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has been cleared of any fraudulent behaviour changes nothing with respect to the two parties' relationship. [more]

Aged Care providers question ministry oversight
Aged care employers are questioning some of the changes the Government is making to the way rest homes are audited. [more]