Radio New Zealand - Saturday, 6th December 2008

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This page features: News Stories, Saturday Morning, Sunday Morning, This Way Up

Saturday Morning

Mark Thomas: Coca Cola world
Author of Belching out the Devil: Global Adventures with Coca Cola. [more]

Leonard Cohen: an announcement
Kim invites listeners to assist with securing an interview with Leonard Cohen. [more]

Lord Bingham: what is the law?
Recently retired as Senior Law Lord, a position he has held since 2000 in the House of Lords, the UK's highest court of appeal. [more]

Karl Maughan: painting gardens
Internationally recognised New Zealand artist who concentrates on painting gardens. [more]

Philip Norman: John Lennon
Music biographer of the Beatles (Shout!, from 1981) and new book John Lennon: The Life. [more]

A selection of Saturday Morning emails. [more]

Sophie Gray: giving frugally
The"destitute gourmet", with frugal ideas for the holiday season. [more]

Children's Books with Kate De Goldi: Russell Hoban
Ongoing discussion on the influence of editor Ursula Nordstrom on Russell Hoban, his children's novels and picture books. [more]

Sunday Morning

Insight Sunday 7 December: Pilot Training
Insight examines the dangers and risks of a boom in foreign students training for their pilot's licence in New Zealand. [more]

This Way Up

Bicycle business
The invention of the bicycle and we speak to bamboo bike designer Craig Calfee. [more]

Bits and bytes with Bill Thompson
We wish a Happy 40th Birthday to the computer mouse, a look at Google Streetview and bloggers in China. [more]

Extended warranties - are they worth it?
A panel chat on extended warranties and a new survey by an Australian consumer group. [more]

News stories:

Climbers failed to spot rescue pack
A rescuer who plucked a Japanese climber to safety on Friday says the man's climbing partner could still be alive if they had seen a supply pack dropped to them two days ago. [more]

Austria sells stake in airline to Lufthansa
Austria approved the sale of its stake in Austrian Airlines to Lufthansa on Friday, despite protests from unions, opposition parties and rival airlines. [more]

Wilkinson and Lee three shots off the pace at Coolum
The New Zealand golfers Tim Wilkinson and Richard Lee are three shots off the pace heading into the third round of the the Australian PGA Championship in Coolum. Wilkinson fired an ... [more]

Auckland cricket side dominant over West Indies
The Auckland cricket side is in a dominant postion at 359/2 heading into the second day of the three day match against the West Indies at Eden Park. Auckland captain Richard ... [more]

Wellington Phoenix dismantled 6-1 in Adelaide
The Wellington Phoenix football side has been beaten 6-1 by Adelaide United in a round 14 Australian A league game in Adealide. Adelaide, who now lead the competition, led two nil ... [more]

Mosley says F1 needs to cut costs
World motorsport chief Max Mosley says he will push on with planned cost-cutting measures in a bid to sustain Formula One in the wake of Honda's shock decision to quit the ... [more]

Boast that several parties are interested in Honda F1
The head of Formula One motor racing Bernie Ecclestone says several parties have shown interest in buying the Honda team which has confirmed it was pulling out of the sport. Ecclestone ... [more]

Black Caps set to end use of travelling psychologist
The battery of hangers on involved with the New Zealand cricket team under the reign of John Bracewell is to be reduced. New Black Caps coach Andy Moles says after ... [more]

Honda confirms it's pulling out of Formula One
Honda's confirmed it's pulling out of motoracing's Formula One competition. Honda Motor president Takeo Fukui says they won't be competing next year, with the decision being made in the light ... [more]

West Indies cricketers have a tough day in the field in tour opener
The West Indies cricketers have had a tough day in the field, in their tour opener against Auckland at Eden Park with the home side amassing 359 for two at ... [more]

Stuart to discover consequences of verbal lashing next week
The Australian rugby league coach Ricky Stuart will discover early next week the consequences of his verbal lashing of world cup referee Englishman Ashley Klein. The Rugby League ... [more]

Skaife set to bow out of V8 Supercars this weekend
After five V8 Supercar championships, five Bathurst 1000 triumphs, more round wins than anyone else Australian Mark Skaife will finish fulltime driving this weekend in the season finale at Oran ... [more]

Portsmouth bow out of UEFA cup campaign
Portsmouth's first UEFA Cup football campaign has ended in disappointment with a 3-2 defeat at German club Wolfsburg, featuring another embarrassing howler from England goalkeeper David James. Portsmouth surrendered a ... [more]

Taxi driver slain
The body of a taxi driver remains at the scene of an attack in central Christchurch. Witnesses have told police they saw two people running away. [more]

Price of oil approaches $US40/b
Oil has fallen to almost $US40 per barrel - its lowest since December 2004 - after extensive job losses in the United States. [more]

New Zealand avenge Cup semi final loss in Dubai
The New Zealand Sevens team has avenged last weekend's Cup semi final loss to England in Dubai with a 19-7 win in pool play on the first day of the second ... [more]

Abu Dhabi happy to host India-England Test series
The Gulf state of Abu Dhabi has offered to host the postponed India-England cricket test series. The England squad is in Abu Dhabi and is expected to make decision on whether ... [more]

Substation upgrade approval upheld
The Court of Appeal has upheld a decision by the Electricity Commission to approve an upgrade of Transpower's substation in Otahuhu, Auckland. It follows a blackout in Auckland in 2006. [more]

Maritime disaster site recognised by Historic Places Trust
The site of New Zealand's worst civilian maritime disaster has been registered by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. [more]

Loeb keeps Citroen on course for second title
World driver's champion Sebastien Loeb has kept Citroen on course for the manufacturers' title after a first leg of the season-ending Wales Rally GB marred by cancellations and crashes. Loeb is ... [more]

Whincup tops timesheets at Oran Park
The Ford motor racing driver Jamie Whincup could seal the V8 Supercar championship title with a sixth place finish in today's first of three races at the season ending round at ... [more]

New Zealand MP upset he can not be sworn into Parliament using his native Samoan
The MP for Mangere says it's ridiculous that he is not allowed to swear into Parliament in Samoan. Labour MP Su'a William Sio was sworn in as a list MP... [more]

Illegally distilled liquor remains a problem in Solomon Islands says acting police chief
Solomon Islands acting Police Commissioner, Peter Marshall, says illegally distilled liquor will remain a problem in communities in Solomon Islands, and the police need help to deal with it. An... [more]

British Petroleum Southwest Pacific files a protest against American Samoa's ASPA
British Petroleum Southwest Pacific has filed a protest regarding the American Samoa Power Authority's move to become a fuel importer and supplier. ASPA became an importer last week after it... [more]

New Zealand cricket selectors make changes for West Indies
The New Zealand cricket selectors have named new cap, Auckland batsman, Tim Mcintosh, and made three recalls ahead of the two test home series against the West Indies. Bowlers James Franklin, ... [more]

Shares in Europe slide on US job cuts
European stocks have fallen due to dire unemployment data in the United States. Wall Street indexes are also down. [more]

Shareholders approve Bank of America/Merrill Lynch merger
Shareholders have approved Bank of America Corp's takeover of Merrill Lynch & Co. The resulting company will be the largest bank in the United States, with $US2.7 trillion of assets. [more]

New Zealand cricket selectors wield axe after Australia series
The New Zealand cricket selectors have wielded the axe after the miserable two nil Test series loss to Australia. In naming a 12 man squad to face the West Indies in ... [more]

Mercedes wants F1 costs cut by 50 per cent
The German carmaker Mercedes says Formula One teams must cut costs by at least 50 percent over the next two years although its own financial position remains solid. Yesterday Japanese rival ... [more]

Wall Street up despite dismal jobs data
Stocks in the United States climbed on Friday despite news of the worst job cuts in 34 years last month. [more]

Woman in serious condition after high speed chase
A woman is in a serious condition in hospital following a police chase through central Christchurch on Friday evening. [more]

The New Zealand womens squash team lose semi final
The New Zealand womens squash team has been beaten three nil by top seed England in the semi finals of the World Championships in Cairo. Both Shelly Kitchen and Jaclyn Hawkes ... [more]

More job cuts by ANZ Bank
Another round of job cuts has been announced by the ANZ Bank group in Australia. [more]

No appeal against new controls on Taupo farmers
Federated Farmers says it will reluctantly not appeal an Environment Court ruling that requires farmers in the Lake Taupo catchment to seek a resource consent to farm. [more]

Growers want to triple length of water permits
Growers in Gisborne are applying to the regional council to triple the time for which water permits for irrigation are issued. [more]

River power scheme approval seen as pointer
Promoters of a South Canterbury irrigation project to take water from the Waitaki River are encouraged by preliminary approval for a power scheme on the lower Waikati River. [more]

New joint venture company to market deer velvet
PGG Wrightson is to form a joint venture with another company to market deer velvet to Korea and China. [more]

Federated Farmers wants cut in OCR passed on
Federated Farmers says banks must pass on the benefits of the latest cut in the Official Cash Rate to rural customers. [more]

Another fall in fertiliser prices
There has been a further reduction in fertiliser prices by the two big fertiliser co-operatives. [more]

Reunion at former Flock House training farm
Hundreds of ex-agricultural students were at Bulls on Friday for a reunion at the former Flock House training farm. The event coincides with centennial celebrations at the original McKelvie Homestead. [more]

Supreme Court ends dispute over saleyards
Elders has lost a long-running legal dispute with PGG Wrightson over stock saleyard ownership. The Supreme Court has upheld rulings by the High Court and the Court of Appeal. [more]

Wool prices continue to fall
Wool prices continued to fall at this week's North Island sale in Napier, with the biggest one-day fall in coarse carpet-type wools for some time. [more]

Need to remove horticulture export barriers - report
A new report issued by the horticulture industry says export trade barriers now cost the industry almost $NZ200 million per year and there needs to be a lot more progress in removing them. [more]

Grant for AgResearch
AgResearch says it will be able to minimise job losses following a $1.8 million grant from the Foundation for Research, Science & Technology. [more]

'Buy Kiwi Made' campaign suspended
The Government has suspended the "Buy Kiwi Made" advertising campaign. [more]

Health warnings for Waikato lakes
Health warnings are in place for six lakes near Hamilton due to an increase in cyanobacteria levels brought on by recent warm weather. [more]

Windies batting in warmup match
The West Indies cricketers are 82 without loss after 2 days of their tour match against Auckland at Eden Park. Xavier Marshall is on 45 and Sewnarine Chattergoon is on ... [more]

BoP takes another men's golf title
Bay of Plenty have successfuly defended their men's interprovincial golf title, beating Wellington 4-1 in the final in Nelson. It was a repeat of last year's final and gives Bay ... [more]

Only 9 teams in next year's NBL
The National Basketball League board has confirmed nine teams for the 2009 competition. Those teams are Auckland Stars, Canterbury Rams, Harbour Heat, Bay Hawks, Manawatu Jets, Nelson Giants, Taranaki Dynamos, Waikato ... [more]

Cheatley and Reid win cycle road races
Olympian Catherine Cheatley made it two from two in the BikeNZ National Points Series when she won the Harbour Classic in Christchurch. Cheatley, formerly from Wanganui but now based in ... [more]

Evra banned for fracas
The Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has been banned for four matches and fined 40 thousand dollars by the Football Association for his part in a fracas at Chelsea in ... [more]

Sir Alex not sure of Keane's future
The Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is uncertain whether Roy Keane will return to football management. Keane resigned as Sunderland manager yesterday after 27 months in charge of the Black ... [more]

Indian Masters golf tournament cancelled
The Indian Masters golf tournament has been cancelled on financial and security grounds. The European Tour event was due to be staged at the Delhi Golf Club in February but now ... [more]

Trade sales down - Statistics NZ
Retailers are buying fewer goods from wholesalers, confirming economists' expectations that the economy is still shrinking. [more]

House to vote on auto rescue - Speaker
House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi expects a vote on a bailout bill for the Big Three US car makers to take place next week. [more]

Government guarantee may cover $40bn
The Government may have to guarantee up to $40 billion of borrowing by New Zealand based banks in the next six months to ensure there is enough cash to keep the economy going. [more]

Cunliffe calls on Government to clarify economic strategy
Labour Party finance spokesperson David Cunliffe says the Government must make its economic strategy clear following its rejection of some of the Treasury's advice. [more]

Time constraints cited for denying MP Samoan language ceremony
The MP for Mangere says it is ridiculous that he will not allowed to be sworn into Parliament in Samoan. Instead, he has opted to be sworn-in in Maori. [more]

Man who fell from train discharged
A man who suffered moderate injuries when he fell from the Taieri train has left hospital. [more]