Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 12th November 2008

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Upbeat


Jim's Essay
War poetry. [more]

Best Song Ever Written - 1952 Vincent Black Lightning
Chris Mannion from the Waikato chooses Richard Thompson's '1952 Vincent Black Lightning'. [more]

Link 3
Link 3 the music game where we ask you to identify the link between the songs. [more]

Internet addict
China has become the first country to classify internet addiction as a clinical disorder. [more]

Performing piggies
Twenty Captain Cook pigs are headed for Hollywood to appear in a big budget movie about the life of Jesus Christ. [more]

He Rourou for 12 November 2008
Ana Tapiata talks to Whirimako Black one of the artists at recent Maori music concert Paopaopao. [more]

Feature Album - Lady Sings the Blues
Soundtrack by Diana Ross - Her only #1 Top 40 Billboard album. [more]

Virtual World with the Baxters [more]

David Steemson Story
At least 17,000 people are expected at this year's 'Sculpture Onshore' overlooking the sea on Auckland's Northshore. [more]

Science Story with Veronika Meduna
Biophysicist David Parry has been awarded the Rutherford Medal. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
With Julia Hartley-Moore and Peter Elliot. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
With Julia Hartley-Moore and Peter Elliot. [more]

Business News

Midday Business News for 12 November 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Business Update
The latest from the business sector. [more]


National and Maori Party make deal
The Maori party has struck a draft deal with National, but first has to have it rubber stamped by their supporters. [more]

National won't change tax plans
The Treasury has confirmed the public finances have got worse but National's tax cut plans are to remain in place for next year. [more]

Fiji clears NZ businessman
Ballu Khan, the New Zealand businessman accused of conspiring to kill Fiji's Prime Minister last year is now free to come home. [more]

Potential parole 3 years away for murderer
The convicted mass murderer, Raymond Ratima, will not be eligible for release from jail for 3 years following a parole hearing. [more]

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

NZ fairing well through crisis
The Reserve Bank says the local banking system is so far withstanding the world financial crisis. [more]

GM fears lead to share plummet
Fears of a company collapse have seen shares in US car manufacturer General Motors slump dramatically. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

CYF denies duty of care breach
Child Youth and Family has given its version of events in a court hearing following the death of a baby in its care. [more]

Music makes the heart grow stronger
Researchers in the US says they've found that when people listen to their favorite music, their blood vessels dilate. [more]

Gun owners nervous of restrictions
Some believe Barack Obama and the Democrat controlled Congress will restrict certain firearms. [more]

NZ's top sausage
A cheese kransky made by Hellers has taken out the supreme award in the Great New Zealand Sausage Competition. [more]

City council gives action to promise
The Auckland City Council's about to take the knife to several major projects after a year of promising cuts to spending. [more]

Police hunt girl's attacker
The police in the West Auckland are appealing to the public for sightings of a man who they say attacked two girls on Sunday. [more]

Smell persists a decade on
Wellington's Moa Point residents say they are still living with the nasty stench that escapes from the local wastewater plant. [more]

Courage of woman honoured with award
A 10 year old Yemeni girl who divorced her husband has been named a Woman of the Year by Glamour magazine. [more]

Palin fends off accusations
Former Republican candidate Sarah Palin is defends accusations she was a liability to John McCain's presidential bid. [more]

Burmese activists sentenced
14 activists in Burma have been given jail sentences of up to 65 years over their role in anti-government rallies last year. [more]

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

Cell-phone ban moves closer
Moves to ban the use of hand-held cellphones while driving are a step closer with public submissions under consideration. [more]

Bobbies on bikes
The first police bike unit of its type in New Zealand is rolling out this week, ready to enforce and educate in Nelson. [more]

Beach drivers targeted in Far North
Beaches in Whangarei and Kaipara will be safer places this summer, with police and councils cracking down on reckless drivers. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Teen wins right to die
A terminally ill teenager has won the right to die after being taken to court by a hospital forcing her to have surgery. [more]

Ancient pyramid discovered
Egyptian archaeologists say they have found what's believed to be a 4000 year old pyramid. [more]

QEII's last hurrah
The cruise ship Queen Elizabeth the Second has left British waters for the last time before being turned into a floating hotel. [more]

Christchurch's Cup and Show Week in full swing
It's the middle of Cup and Show week in Christchurch, which is renowned for it's emphasis on fashion. [more]

Midday Report

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

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

Morning Report

Top Stories for 12 November 2008
John key to be briefed by Treasury, Maori party negotiate with National, new Labour leader, tourism falls. [more]

Tara Punga - Red Billed Gull
Listen to todays birdcall. [more]

John Key to be briefed by Treasury today
Incoming Prime Minister John Key will today be briefed on the state of the economy by the Treasury. [more]

New Labour leader Phil Goff
Phil Goff was yesterday elected unopposed to replace Helen Clark as Labour leader. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Maori Party chase a Ministerial portfolio
At just 2 percent of the party vote, and 5 seats, the party hasn't got enough leverage to make demands. [more]

New Government set to be in place next week - report
Deals to form the next government have been all but finalised, with just a few policy details to be ironed out, reports Chris Bramwell. [more]

The Maori Party decides whether do a deal with National - comment
Communications consultant and Maori political analyst Chris Wikaira discusses the party's options. [more]

Key to meet with Treasury today (part2)
Economists are predicting an marked increase in government deficits, compared with figures prepared before the election. [more]

Phil Goff chosen as the Labour party's new leader
He's brushed off suggestions he'll be an interim leader only, saying the new-look party can win the next election. [more]

NZ tourism Industry hit by global economic turmoil
The past three weeks have seen a drop in tourists numbers of between 6 and 8 percent on last year. [more]

Low voter turnout for 2008 election - report
Opinion polls and voter apathy are being suggested as some of the reasons for fewer people voting, reports Naomi Mitchell. [more]

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

Terminally ill British teenager has won the right to die
after fighting a hospital hell-bent on forcing her to have a heart transplant. [more]

Harness racing record set at Addington
Pacer Changeover clocked 3 minutes 56 point 4 seconds for the 32 hundred metres. [more]

AJ Hackett celebrate 20 years of bungy jumping
Bungy has helped inject more than a billion dollars into the NZ economy and is now a slick sophisticated global operation. [more]

Three search and rescue operations in the South Island
An experienced diver, a teenage swimmer and a kayaker are the three missing people. [more]

NZ First's Peter Brown on the party's future
New Zealand First deputy leader Peter Brown says he was surprised at the number of people contacting the party to say they want it to continue. [more]

South Auckland Asian and Indian voters want change fast
Asian and Indian small business community leaders expect the National led Government to deliver on street clean up promise.. [more]

Some businesses are doing well out of the economic downturn
The kinds of business that let shoppers exercise a bit of virtuous frugality are making a killing. [more]

Murder trial of Jhia Te Tua
Six men are before the High Court charged with murdering 2 year old Jhia Te Tua in May last year. [more]

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

Conflicting reports of Kim Jong Il second stroke
South Korean intelligence officials are rejecting the claim. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Campaign to rid Marlborough Sounds of wilding pines
The trees, many of which grow from wind-blown seeds, are seen as a blot on the landscape. [more]

Ladies Day in Christchurch today
Women get to don their most fashionable attire and spoil themselves at the Riccarton races. [more]

Maldives President wants to buy a new homeland
Flooding from climate change threatens the island nation. [more]


Art of Change
Author and art teacher talks about his new book Go, the art of change. [more]

DVD Review
This week Miles Buckingham looks at a couple of political movies, Bob Roberts and Rats in the Ranks. [more]

Clue number 5. [more]

Clue number 6. [more]

Nine To Noon

School bullying inquiry
Human Rights Commissioner and David Rutherford spokesman for parents of bullying victims at Hutt Valley High School. [more]

Douglas Sipp, manager of scientific communications at the RIKEN Center, Japan discusses cloning mice. [more]

Homeless soccer world cup
Norm Hewitt former All Black, and supporter and mentor to the homeless soccer team. [more]

Australian correspondent - Ray Moynihan
The latest news from across the Tasman. [more]

Feature Guest - Father Eugene O'Hagan
Father Eugene is part of a trio of singing priests which has just signed a huge recording deal with Sony. [more]

Book Review - 'On Top of Everything'
Graham Beattie reviews 'On Top of Everything' by Sarah-Kate Lynch. Published by Black Swan. [more]

Music - Marty Duda
Artist Of The Week is Grace Jones. [more]

Legal Commentator
Lawyer Catriona McLennan is our commentator today. [more]

Film reviewer - Dan Slevin
Dan Slevin takes a look at new films including Children of the Silk Road and Show of Hands. [more]

Rural News

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

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


Murray Shaw
Christchurch Symphony Orchestra Chief Executive Officer talks about 2009 season that was launched this week. [more]

Lyne Pringle and Claire Lissaman
Choreographers and Dancers in 'Here, Now' - a three work dance performance about identity, migration and arrival. [more]

Ewa Kupiec
Acclaimed Polish concert pianist in the country to perform with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. [more]

News stories:

Henry picks top side to take on Ireland
The All Black coach Graham Henry has selected his top side to take on Ireland at Croke Park on Sunday morning. Keven Mealamu and Ali Williams will play their third ... [more]

O'Leary to get first start for Ireland against All Blacks
The Munster halfback Tomas O'Leary is a surprise selection for Ireland's clash with the All Blacks at Croke Park on Sunday morning. O'Leary, who will be making his first start, ... [more]

14% interest charged on Working for Families repayments
More than 48,000 people receiving the tax credit from Labour's Working For Families programme have been overpaid. The IRD is charging 14% interest on their repayments. [more]

Six rescued off Bluff
Six people were rescued by a passing ferry in Foveaux Strait on Tuesday morning after their fishing boat sank 50 nautical miles off the coast from Bluff. [more]

Maori Party to consult about role after meeting Key
Incoming Prime Minister John Key has indicated that one option he discussed with the Maori Party on Tuesday is the possibility of a ministerial role outside Cabinet. [more]

Government likely to be in place next week
The new Government looks set to be in place by next week, with the new Cabinet announced by Sunday. [more]

Massey professor named top NZ scientist
A Massey University professor has been named New Zealand's top scientist at a ceremony to mark 100 years since Ernest Rutherford's Nobel prize achievement. [more]

Bungy celebrates 20-year thrilling milestone
It is 20 years since commercial bungy jumping began in New Zealand. [more]

Low voter turnout for 2008 election
Voter turnout in the 2008 general election appears to have been one of the lowest in a century. [more]

Labour leaders warn Nats to expect tough time
The Labour Party's new leader and deputy leader are warning that the incoming National-led Government will face a tough time. [more]

Tetchy exchange between Dunne and Hide
United Future Peter Dunne is dismissing comments made by ACT leader Rodney Hide that question Mr Dunne's reasons for seeking a ministerial post. [more]

Goff supports review of Electoral Finance Act
Labour Party leader Phil Goff has admitted the detail of the Electoral Finance Act, and the way it was passed, could have been better. [more]

NZ First uncertain over future make-up
New Zealand First deputy leader Peter Brown says it is uncertain who will be leading the party or standing for Parliament at the next election. [more]

Body found in West Coast river
A body believed to be that of a missing canoeist has been found on the West Coast. [more]

River search continues for missing boy
A second search of the Clutha River is under way for a missing Dunedin teenager. [more]

All Blacks selectors name top line up for Ireland
The All Black coach Graham Henry has selected his top side to take on Ireland at Croke Park on Sunday morning. Keven Mealamu and Ali Williams will play their third... [more]

Fiji's interim Government assists villages to develop self sustaining tourism
The Fiji interim Government is assisting villages to develop self sustaining tourism projects that not only preserve culture but help them financially. Under its Human Resources Development Program it has... [more]

PNG company InterOil announces a modest profit
The Papua New Guinea company, InterOil, has announced what it calls a modest but highly encouraging financial outcome for the third quarter of 2008. The company recorded a pre-tax profit... [more]

Mining enterprise confident project off PNG will have little impact on environment
The international mining enterprise Nautilus Minerals is confident it will be able to develop the Solwara-One deepsea mining project off Papua New Guinea with little impact to the environment and... [more]

General Manager of Digicel launches a huge marketing campaign
The newly appointed General Manager of Digicel, Tonga Crystal Middleton-Lunn, has launched a huge marketing campaign. The phone company is giving away large cash prizes and this month offering a... [more]

Hearing for pair accused of murdering policeman
A pre-trial hearing has been scheduled for two men charged with murdering undercover police officer Don Wilkinson. [more]

American Samoa's Senate President files a petition over Election vote
American Samoa's Senate President, Lolo Letalu Moliga, has filed a petition in the high court to invalidate the Election Office results of the November 4th voting on the veto override... [more]

Lobby group in Samoa pleased with turnont for march
The lobby group, People Against Switching Sides, or PASS, says it is pleased people took time out of work yesterday to support a march to present a petition to the... [more]

Fiji court grants leave to interim Attorney-General to apply for Contempt of Court order
Fiji's High Court has granted leave to the interim Attorney-General to apply for an order of committal for Contempt of Court against the Fiji Daily Post, its Publisher Alan Hickling,... [more]

Fiji hospital says children and young people need to know help is available
Fiji's St Giles Psychiatric Hospital says children and young people need to understand that there is help for them if they face difficulties. This comes after the suicide of an... [more]

Ni-Vanuatu RSE worker dies in NZ
Vanuatu's Labour Commissioner has confirmed that a ni-Vanuatu seasonal employee has died in New Zealand at the weekend. Radio Vanuatu reports that the Commissioner, Lionel Kaluat, says preparations are underway... [more]

Tongan man facing drug charges in American Samoa
A Tongan man facing drug charges is being held in American Samoa's Tafuna Correctional Facility. Kaili Fualau was arrested on Saturday after a police raid on his apartment found 12... [more]

Ousted Fiji Prime Minister files an appeal against High Court ruling
The ousted Fiji Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, has filed an appeal against the High Court ruling that validated the overthrow of his multi-party Government in December 2006. Fiji Live online... [more]

College of GPs elects new president
A Rotorua family doctor will take over the reins of one of the most influential groups representing doctors. [more]

Government likely to be in place next week
The new Government looks set to be in place by next week, with the new Cabinet announced by Sunday. [more]

Labour leaders warn Nats to expect tough time
The Labour Party's new leader and deputy leader are warning that the incoming National-led Government will face a tough time. [more]

NZ First uncertain over future make-up
New Zealand First deputy leader Peter Brown says it is uncertain who will be leading the party or standing for Parliament at the next election. [more]

Auckland mayors keen to talk to incoming Government
Several Auckland mayors are lining up to talk with the incoming National government, to push the region's interests. [more]

American Samoan governor explains language decision
The American Samoan Governor says teaching in the Samoan language would be more of a hurdle than an educational tool in schools. Governor Togiola Tulafono has vetoed a bill which... [more]

Pacific kava exports to Europe expected to resume
The International Kava Executive Council expects the kava trade to return to normal within two years after an agreement reached in Brussels. The Council, the European Commission and the German... [more]

Turia to go just before next election
Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia plans to retire from politics just before the next election in 2011. [more]

Former Samoan minister in court for carrying weapon
Samoa's former Minister of Health, Mulitalo Siafausa Vui, has appeared in the district court on a charge of carrying a dangerous weapon. The charge follows a land dispute involving the... [more]

Maori Party in second round of Government talks
The Maori Party leadership is in further post-election negotiations with National Party leaders as incoming Prime Minister John Key continues work to form a new Government. [more]

Economic turmoil takes toll on tourism
The global economic turmoil is starting to affect the New Zealand tourism industry. [more]

Call for Super Fund to buy timber holding
A forestry lobby group says the Superannuation Fund should take advantage of the financial crisis to buy another timber holding. [more]

Search for diver in South Canterbury called off
A search for a diver missing off the South Canterbury coast has been called off. [more]

Auckland council ready to axe big projects
Auckland City Council is about to take the knife to several big projects after a year of promising cuts to spending. [more]

Public sector unions in French Polynesia set to strike
Public sector unions in French Polynesia are to go on an open-ended general strike tomorrow in protest at French pension reform plans. The strike is expected to cripple services and... [more]

New Caledonia's Noumea Accord review in Paris next month
The junior French minister in charge of overseas territories, Yves Jego, says the signatories of the 1998 Noumea Accord on New Caledonia's autonomy will meet for follow-up talks in Paris... [more]

Solomons schools get extra grants
The Solomon Islands government has given additional grants to schools nationwide to top up their incomes as it begins trying to meet its commitment to make basic education free. It... [more]

Air New Zealand to test biofuel on flight
Air New Zealand will test what it says is the world's first second generation biofuel-powered commercial flight in December. [more]

World Bank team visits Solomon Islands
A team from the World Bank and its commercial arm, the International Finance Corporation, is visiting Solomon Islands after a request from the Government that it help identify new sources... [more]

Fiji court drops charges against NZ man Khan
The Fiji high court has struck out all charges against New Zealand buinessman Ballu Khan who had been accused of plotting to kill the interim prime minister. Mr Khan and... [more]

American Samoan doctors to reply to exam demands
Some doctors in American Samoa are preparing to respond to the vetoing of a bill that would have waived the requirement for doctors practicing medicine in the territory to be... [more]

Unicef says Pacific lagging in child mortality figures
A new Unicef reports says the Pacific is falling behind its goal of reducing child mortality rates by two-thirds by 2015. The report, launched in Solomon Islands this week, says... [more]

Two thousand attend helicopter pilot's funeral
Nearly 2,000 people have gathered in Wanaka on Wednesday afternoon to farewell local pilot Morgan Saxton, who died when his helicopter plunged into Lake Wanaka almost two weeks ago. [more]

'Lion Man' loses licence to operate park
Television celebrity Craig Busch, who is known as the Lion Man, is now unemployed and without a licence to operate a wildlife park. [more]

England worry about referee and Vautvei
England are pushing for a northern hemisphere referee to control their Rugby League World Cup semi-final against New Zealand on Saturday night. Fed up with playing under Australian referees in their ... [more]

Sir Bob Charles inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame
New Zealand's former British Open champion Sir Bob Charles has been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in Florida. Sir Bob, who's now 72, was the first left-hander ... [more]

Embarrassing loss for England cricketers
The England cricketers have suffered an embarrasssing loss in a warm-up game ahead of their one day series in India starting later this week. A second-string Mumbai side made a ... [more]

Granollers comes into Spanish Davis Cup team
Marcel Granollers, ranked 56th in the world, will replace injured number one Rafael Nadal in Spain's team for this month's Davis Cup tennis final against Argentina. Captain Emilio Sanchez-Vicario handed ... [more]

Hellers takes out best banger title
A cheese kransky sausage from manufacturer Hellers has beaten more than 400 other sausages to be named best in New Zealand. [more]

Man arrested over shooting threat
A man has been arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot two staff members at a Christchurch primary school. [more]

Douglas warns he won't be silent
Sir Roger Douglas, who will be one of ACT's five MPs in the new Parliament, is warning the incoming National Government not to expect him to be silent. [more]

Chinese oil company in Iraqi deal
China National Petroleum Corp, the country's largest oil producer, has signed a $US3 billion deal to develop an oil field in Iraq. [more]

American Samoa Health Dept links LBJ medical exam move to planned job cuts
The department of Health in American Samoa says it thinks LBJ hospital is trying to cut local doctors from its staff by advising them to sit a United States medical... [more]