Radio New Zealand - Saturday, 13th December 2008

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

Saturday Morning

Malcolm Gladwell: outliers
New Yorker staff writer magazine whose new social science book is Outliers: The Story of Success. [more]

Hilary Pearse: Canada's constitutional crisis
Lecturer in Comparative Politics at Victoria University, who has spent the last five years in Canada. [more]

Susan Schenk: ecstasy and agony
Lecturer on neuropsychology at Victoria University who is studying the effects of ecstasy and other drugs on the brain. [more]

Kate's Klassic: Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales
Kate Camp discusses Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen. [more]

A selection of Saturday Morning emails. [more]

Carol Drinkwater: the history of olives
Actor from the TV series All Creatures Great and Small, and author of four memoirs based on olive harvesting. [more]

Gill Pittar: Milly and Molly
Gisborne grandmother who has written around 80 children's picture books, published around the world. [more]

Sunday Morning

Insight Sunday 14 December: Ports in Crisis
Eric Frykberg examines the new crisis that's enveloping this country's ports. [more]

This Way Up

Toilet history
We speak to author Rose George about her toilet themed book 'The Big Necessity'. [more]

Toilet shopping
Sit down and relax for the This Way Up guide to buying a toilet. [more]

Bits and bytes
Peter Griffin looks at the big technology hitters in 2008. [more]

Bees 7: Check-up
David Carleton and I are opening up the hive to check that our queen is alive and well and see how the bees are getting on with producing honey. [more]

Bumblebee vs. honey bee
Dr Nigel Raine speaks about the differences between honey bees and bumble bees and the navigational systems they use. [more]

Beirut calling
Anna Fifield on new software, scarves and giant potatoes in the Lebanon. [more]

Resident vegetable expert Mike Morley-Bunker profiles the purple legend. [more]

News stories:

Manslaughter verdict in tagger trial
The killer of a teenage tagger has been found guilty of manslaughter at the High Court in Auckland. [more]

Shares slide after bail-out fails
World stock markets have fallen following the rejection of a bail-out package for US carmakers by the Senate. [more]

Alitalia taken over by consortium
Alitalia, Italy's troubled national flag-carrier, has been taken over by a consortium of investors. The new owners may link up with Lufthansa or Air France-KLM. [more]

VW sales down by 16.5% in November
Volkswagen says its sales dropped by 16.5% in November from the same month last year. [more]

Charges against Samoan MP Hans Joachim Keil dropped by US government
A United States federal court judge has dismissed the criminal charges against Samoa Member of Parliament Hans Joachim Keil, based on a motion filed by the U.S attorney's office in... [more]

Port increases profit
The Port of Napier increased its profit from last year by almost 18%, to almost $10 million. [more]

Missing climber in fall on Mt Cook
A climber is safe on Aoraki Mount Cook but his brother has not been seen since falling from view on Thursday. [more]

Shareholders approve merger of HBOS and Lloyds
Shareholders in HBOS have approved a Stg 9.8 billion takeover by Lloyds TSB, clearing the way for a giant new bank. The British government will also have a key stake. [more]

World markets down again
European shares ended lower on Friday, as banking stocks slipped again and rescue talks for car companies in the United States, failed. [more]

Oil down in price again
Oil is down in price by nearly $US2 per barrel after the collapse of a $US14 billion rescue plan for US automakers. [more]

Tourist board looks toward social networking sites
Tourism New Zealand is looking to social networking sites as a way to advertise New Zealand. [more]

Tuna Commission agrees to preserve Bigeye and Yellowfin tuna stocks in Pacific
Members of the Tuna Commission for the Western and Central Pacific have agreed to a range of measures to preserve Bigeye and Yellowfin tuna stocks in the region. The Executive... [more]

Fiji's interim Prime Minister says interim government won't be deterred
Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama says the government won't be deterred, no matter how cruel travel sanctions might be to the country's poor, the young and the innocent. [more]

Wall Street picks up
Stocks in the United States recouped early losses and ended higher Friday after a pledge from the White House to stave off the collapse of Detroit carmakers. [more]

NZRU provides extra help to provinces
The New Zealand Rugby Union will provide immediate help to provincial unions in response to the worsening economic conditions, with each to get an additional quarterly grant. The 14 Air New ... [more]

Wednesday deadline for Tasman
The New Zealand Rugby Union has given Tasman a non-negotiable deadline of Wednesday to show it can raise about $250,000 to remain in the Air New Zealand Cup. NZRU chief executive ... [more]

F1 changes to save money
Formula One teams will cut their costs by almost a third next year under a package of measures to secure the sport's future in the face of the global credit ... [more]

Fonterra share value drops significantly
The value of shares in Fonterra held by 11,000 farmers fell by 20% to $4.47 because of the global financial crisis. [more]

Agency rules out appeal against ruling on grazing rights
A Government agency that administers Crown lands has confirmed it will not appeal a High Court ruling relating to grazing rights in Otago. [more]

White House considers auto rescue
The White House is considering using money earmarked to rescue the US banking industry to bail out automakers in the United States. [more]

ISPs rebuff net filter plan
Australian government plans to filter cyber use have been rebuffed by internet service providers. [more]

Billion dollar aid plan for Canada's car industry
The governments of Canada and province of Ontario agreed on Friday to provide aid worth $US2.8 billion aid to the auto sector, dependant on events south of the border. [more]

Waikato council dismisses concerns over poison drop
Waikato Regional Council has rejected concerns a planned drop of 1080 poison on the Whangape wetland in north Waikato to control possums, will contaminate water piped to Auckland. [more]

Tasman needs $250,000 urgently to stay in top flight
The Tasman Rugby Union says it will be forced to pull out of the top division unless it finds $250,000 by mid-week. Wednesday is the deadline set by the NZRU. [more]

Few teenage boys use sexual health clinics
Teenage boys reportedly under-use sexual health clinics while teenage girls make more use of them according to a nine-month study in Hamilton. [more]

Judge jails 'evil predator' for life
Convicted murderer and rapist Liam Reid has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 26 years for his attacks on two women. [more]

Rescued climber sheltered in ice cave
An Australian climber rescued on Saturday morning from Aoraki Mt Cook sheltered in an ice-cave for two nights after seeing his brother fall. [more]

Group says it will be harder to buy a house
More people are forecast to be unable to buy a house according to the Centre for Housing Research. [more]

Police ready for gang tension after Jhia verdict
Police in Wanganui are on alert for any flare-up in gang tension in the city after a high-profile court case. [more]

Union tries to stop employment bill
New Zealand's biggest private sector union has submitted a petition to Government House in a bid to stop National's 90-day employment bill. [more]

Sensible Sentencing Trust wanted killer of tagger set free
The Sensible Sentencing Trust says it wanted to see the killer of a teenage tagger set free, because he was forced to take the law into his own hands. [more]

Dalai Lama to return to New Zealand
The Dalai Lama has accepted an invitation to return to New Zealand. [more]

Champions league cancelled
The inaugural Champions League Twenty20cricket tournament has been cancelled over security concerns following last month's Mumbai attacks. The $6 million event, involving eight teams from five countries, will now be ... [more]

Primary school children to be regularly tested
Legislation giving the Government the power to set national literacy and numeracy standards has passed into law by 65 votes to 47. [more]

Man dies and another missing after wave sweeps over
One man is dead and another is missing after they were swept from rocks by a freak wave at Bethells Beach in Auckland. [more]

Warriors coach says less video ref usage is good
The Warriors coach Ivan Cleary says if having two referees on the field in next year's National Rugby League competition cuts down the use of the video ref, then he's all ... [more]

Big run tallies in domestic cricket
In domestic cricket, Canterbury are 62 for the loss of two wickets at stumps on the second day of their State Championship match in Hamillton. Northern Districts were all out ... [more]

Smail doing well at Australian Open
Hamilton golfer David Smail has dropped back to a share of second at the Australian Open. He led for several holes in his third round on Saturday but is now one ... [more]

Black Caps all out for 365
The West Indies did well with the new ball after the rain-affected first cricket Test finally got going on day three, knocking New Zealand over for 365 in Dunedin. The West ... [more]

Global financial crisis hitting NZ economy says report
A report by the New Zealand Institute suggests the global financial crisis is already having a major impact on the New Zealand economy. [more]

Many doctors don't know patient is gay
A new study has found that one third of gay men have not told their doctor about their sexuality and sexual behaviour. [more]

World Cup-winning All Black John Drake dies
The former All Black John Drake died on Saturday afternoon at the age of 49. [more]