Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 24th December 2008

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Best Song Ever Written - Gimme Some Lovin'
Simon Morris of Matinee Idle (starts Boxing Day) and At the Movies chooses 'Gimme Some Lovin'' by the Spencer Davis Group. [more]

The Best Song Ever Written Top 10 Countdown 2008
Our most requested songs of 2008 (music removed for copyright reasons). [more]

Link 3
A Christmas bumper edition of Link 3 our celebrated music game. [more]

He Rourou for 24 December 2008
Ana Tapiata talks Christmas with singer Whirimako Black. [more]

Virtual World - Helen and Chelfyn Baxter
Venture into the Virtual World with Helen and Chelfyn Baxter of Mohawk Media. [more]

David Steemson Story
Seventy members of the Methodist Church of Mangere in Auckland have been rehearsing for Christmas services. [more]

Environment Strory - Nocturnal Birds
Over the last few weeks at various times of the day Alison Ballance has been out and about on Tiritiri Matangi Island. [more]

The Panel (part one)
With Michelle A'Court, Brian Edwards and other regular panelists. The year in review. [more]

The Panel (part two)
With Michelle A'Court, Brian Edwards and other regular panelists. The year in review part two. [more]

Business News

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

Midday Business News for 24 December 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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

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


Infant death inquiry
Police investigating the violent death of a Kerikeri boy say they now have a much clearer picture of what happened. [more]

Weather affects traffic
An overview of how the weather is affecting travel in the Wellington and Auckland regions. [more]

Serious Fraud Office investigates
The Serious Fraud Office has announced it's investigating the failed finance company Nathans Finance. [more]

Shop until you stop
The predicted Christmas Eve shopping madness has come to pass with sales ahead of last year. [more]

Fiji's interim High Commissioner ordered to leave NZ
New Zealand has retaliated against the decision to expel New Zealand's acting High Commissioner Caroline McDonald. [more]

Shoppers in the States cut back
In the United States shoppers have been so spooked about a deepening recession that they're cutting back on their spending. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Man parking
In a little town in Germany there's a place you can park men while the Christmas shopping is being done. [more]

Child dies in suspicious condition
The small far North town of Kerikeri is in shock tonight following the death of a 16 month old baby. [more]

Fiji opinion
An academic specialising in the Pacific says New Zealand and Australia must not pressure Fiji to elections next March. [more]

Historical recession
Earlier this year American historian Scott Reynolds Nelson reminded us about the global crash of 1873. [more]

Recycling the mafia
With Christmas upon us there's still a lot of cooking and eating to be done. But how about fighting back against the mafia? [more]

Public appearance of the Emperor of Japan
Emperor Akihito of Japan has defied concerns about his health and appeared in public to greet well-wishers in Tokyo. [more]

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

Shoe thrower
The brother of the journalist who threw his shoes at US President Bush is raising fresh allegations about his treatment. [more]

Stolen breast pumps
Staff at Waikato Hospital's intensive care unit for premature and sick babies are furious at the theft of two breast pumps. [more]

Wahine disaster
Tony Coard was 14 at the time of the sinking and lived in Seatoun. He went out in a tiny boat to help rescue survivors. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Gas producing nations meet in Moscow.
Most of the world's natural gas is found in just five countries: Russia, Iran, Qatar, Venezuela and Algeria. [more]

Gas producing nations meet in Moscow.
Most of the world's natural gas is found in just five countries: Russia, Iran, Qatar, Venezuela and Algeria. [more]

Russian-Japanese dolls
They originated in Japan but the Matriashka dolls have become the symbol of Russian culture. [more]

Flight of the Conchords
Flight of the Conchords soared into the US charts at number three. We speak to Bret McKenzie's proud mother Deidre Tarrant. [more]

Focus on Politics

Politics in 2008
2008 has seen an election and a change of government but it wasn't always our election that captured people's attention. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 24 December 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 24 December 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Wednesday 24 December 2008
Fiji blame undiplomatic behaviour for expulsion, Drought precautions in Hawke's Bay, Camping hot spots this Christmas. [more]

The Turkey
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Fiji blame undiplomatic behaviour for expulsion
Fiji is blaming undiplomatic behaviour as the reason for its decision to expel NZ's acting high commissioner Caroline McDonald. [more]

Drought precautions in Hawke's Bay
Key rural stakeholders in Hawke's Bay have decided the feed situation on farms isn't bad enough yet to declare a drought. [more]

Morning report 2008 highlights - Murphy the garden gnome
Murphy vanished from a garden in Gloucester England to traveled the world for seven months. [more]

Business investment showing major drop off
Business investment is showing a major drop off as the recession deepens and spreads beyond hard hit consumers. [more]

Pacific News for Wednesday 24 December 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Eftpos Transactions down from last year
Figures for December show two point seven billion dollars has been spent in eftpos transactions. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Camping hot spots this Christmas
We sent three of our reporters out to check some of the camping hot spots around New Zealand this Christmas. [more]

Morning report 2008 highlights - New Yorker John Clifford
New Yorker John Clifford took his dislike of people talking on cellphones on the train to unusual lengths. [more]

Fiji orders out New Zealand's high commissioner
Fiji has ordered out NZ's acting high commissioner and the diplomatic row has widened to include Australia. [more]

Foreign Minister Murray McCully's reaction to expulsion
Does Minister Murray McCully accept the reasons being given for Ms McDonald's expulsion? [more]

Season's greetings - John Key
Season's greetings from some of those who have been regular voices on Morning Report this year. [more]

Morning report 2008 highlights - Louisiana Prison's pet bear
The warden at Louisiana Prison Burl Cain told us the story. [more]

AA and Police predicting traffic gridlock
The police and the Automobile Association believe traffic gridlock will set in from midday nationwide. [more]

Christ still plays big part in Christmas
For almost half of the country Christmas day still has religious significance. [more]

Season's greetings - Phil Goff
Labour Party leader Phil Goff. [more]

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

Christmas hampers
More than one organisation is saying people need to wake up to the fact that some hampers are a rip off. [more]

Words that obfuscate and confuse
Our education correspondent, Gael Woods, continues the jargon journey and attempts to deconstruct the year's discourse. [more]

Season's greetings - The Greens
Green Party co-leaders Jeanette Fitzsimmons and Russel Norman. [more]

Christmas carols
No matter the state of the economy - singing Christmas carols is a seasonal option that's free. [more]

Shrek the celebrity sheep
Shrek the celebrity sheep was discovered living wild in 2004, with a record-breaking fleece. [more]

More than one attacker may have killed prostitute
The police investigating the death of a Christchurch prostitute say they cannot rule out more than one person being involved. [more]

Ultra-fast broadband still a priority - Govt
The Govt says fast broadband is still a priority despite fewer people signing up for the service as the recession sets in. [more]

Season's greetings - Tariana Turia
Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia. [more]

Restrictions on horse imports eased
Biosecurity restrictions on horses being imported from Australia are set to be eased. [more]

2008 sporting highlights
If 2007 was a famine as far as New Zealand sporting success went then 2008 was a relative feast. [more]

Season's greetings - Rodney Hide
Act leader Rodney Hide. [more]

Morning report 2008 highlights - Man's miraculous survival
Rod McKenzie was driving to Nelson from Okiwi Bay when his car slid from the road and into the swollen Collins River. [more]

Market Update
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Sydney to Hobart race
Boxing Day's a day for most of us to recover from Christmas excess, but for some yachties it's when the effort goes in. [more]

Season's greetings - Peter Dunne
United Future leader Peter Dunne. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Season's greetings - Jim Anderton
Progressive Party leader Jim Anderton. [more]

Morning report 2008 highlights - Flying sofa
The three-seat sofa, as well as obligatory coffee table and coffee mug, was found on top of the Durie Hill Tower. [more]

Australia correspondent - Phil Kafcaloudes
Australia correspondent Phil Kafcaloudes joins the morning report team for some Christmas news from across the ditch. [more]

Season's greetings - The Morning Report team
Merry Christmas from all the team at Morning Report. [more]


Santa Update 1
Has Blitzen been shot? [more]

Dylan Winter Rural Reporter
Visiting BBC Journalist and author discusses his travels in rural New Zealand. [more]

Santa Update 2
Santa, a security risk? [more]

Santa Update 3
A diplomatic incident. [more]

Santa Update 4
Down and safe. [more]

Nine To Noon

The best of 2008 ( Part 1)
Kathryn is joined by Denis Welch, Richard Becht, Matthew Hooton and Laila Harre as they take a look back at the year that was. [more]

Catch-up interview with Elizabeth Goodyear
Kathryn catches up with 101-year-old New Yorker Elizabeth Goodyear. [more]

The best of 2008 ( Part 2 )
Kathryn is joined by Denis Welch, Richard Becht, Matthew Hooton and Laila Harre as they take a look back at the year that was. [more]

Catch-up interview with John Lowe
John Lowe took up ballet at 79, he is now 89 and plans to dance at Ely Cathedral on his 90th birthday. [more]

The best of 2008 ( Part 3 )
Kathryn is joined by Denis Welch, Richard Becht, Matthew Hooton and Laila Harre as they take a look back at the year that was. [more]

Catch-up interview with Wally Kupenga
When we last spoke to Wally he was 37, and he had been homeless for five years. [more]

The best of 2008 ( Part 4 )
Kathryn is joined by Denis Welch, Richard Becht, Matthew Hooton and Laila Harre as they take a look back at the year that was. [more]

Feature guest - Mike Loder
Auckland based comedian Mike Loder joins Kathryn for a look back at 2008. [more]

Best music of 2008 with Manu Taylor
Manu Taylor joins Kathryn and takes us through the best songs of 2008. [more]

The best of 2008 ( Part 1)
Tommy Honey, David Slack, Radar and Pinky Agnew join Kathryn for a look back at 2008. [more]

Catch-up interview with Trevor Barry
Backyard astronomer from Broken Hill who hit international headlines this year when he was first to observe storms on Saturn. [more]

The best of 2008 ( Part 2 )
Tommy Honey, David Slack, Radar and Pinky Agnew join Kathryn for a look back at 2008. [more]

Catch-up interview with Ian Bell
Ian Bell is the Defence Force medical officer in Afghanistan. [more]

The best of 2008 ( Part 3 )
Tommy Honey, David Slack, Radar and Pinky Agnew join Kathryn for a look back at 2008. [more]

Catch-up interview with Kate McLeay
In August we talked to Cam and Kate McCleay - the kiwi couple who with their three children have lived in Uganda for 7 years. [more]

The best of 2008 ( Part 4 )
Tommy Honey, David Slack, Radar and Pinky Agnew join Kathryn for a look back at 2008. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 24 December 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 24 December 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Baiba Skride
Top Latvian violinist who toured with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in May. [more]

Bryan Sayer
Adjudicator at the inaugural 'Auckland Secondary Schools Piano Competition'. [more]

Steven Berkoff
British theatrical legend who toured the country with his one man show. [more]

Kerry Martin and Shelly Soerensen
NZ violinist and UK trained violist from the Sydney based 'Enigma String Quartet'. [more]

Vincenzo Manno
American singing teacher based at La Scala's Academy for Young Singers in Milan. [more]

Alban Gerhardt
German cellist who toured as a soliost with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in July. [more]

John Psathas
NZ Composer whose commissioned work 'Olympic Music' was premiered by the NZSO at this year's Beijing Olympics. [more]

News stories:

Fonterra online auctions not to blame for price falls, say farmers
Fonterra's online global auction system is not to blame for contributing to falling international diary prices, says Federated Farmers. [more]

Cherry crops hit by rain
Rain has brought a premature halt to exports of cherries from Marlborough. It also caused some losses in the biggest cherry growing region, Central Otago. [more]

Drought precautions in Hawke's Bay
Federated Farmers says stock levels in Hawke's Bay have been kept low in anticipation of drought this year. This spring was the driest there in nearly 100 years. [more]

More testing of imported fruit and vegetables urged
Horticulture New Zealand has called for more testing of fruit and vegetable imports to ensure suppliers are complying with the conditions for sending produce here. [more]

Meat industry eyes RSE labour scheme
The meat industry is considering whether the seasonal employment arrangements for orchards and vineyards could help meat plants with perennial labour shortages. [more]

Opposing applications over Otago Harbour
The Ministry of Fisheries is considering two opposing applications relating to fishing in the Otago Harbour. [more]

$50 million in bonds raised by airport company
Wellington International Airport Ltd has raised $50 million in bonds and will accept subscriptions for another $50 million. [more]

Further sell-down of shares in Rakon
Technology entrepreneur Peter Maire is selling 1 million of the 12 million shares he holds in Rakon. He also sold 3 million shares in September. [more]

Toyota braced for first loss
Japan's biggest car maker, Toyota, has forecast a loss of 150 billion yen in yearly operating profits - its first annual loss in 71 years. [more]

China cuts rates for fifth time
China trimmed interest rates on Monday to fend off a deepening economic slowdown. The cut by the People's Bank of China is the fifth since mid-September. [more]

Consumer confidence falls
Consumer confidence has fallen in the December quarter as people worry about the effect of the global downturn. [more]

December shopping figures down
Pre-Christmas shoppers are spending less than last year. Latest electronic spending figures show consumers have spent $2.7 billion to date - 4.2% less than this time last year. [more]

Retirement village operator looking to reduce debt
Metlifecare intends to issue new shares to raise $30 - $40 million in the new year to reduce debt and strengthen its balance sheet. [more]

More Bridgecorp charges laid
The Securities Commission has laid further charges against the directors of two failed finance companies. Five men are now charged with making false statements. [more]

Law on cartels found wanting
The Commerce Commission says New Zealand's inability to jail cartel ring leaders may be making the country attractive to them. It found that an international price-fixing syndicate had targeted New Zealand. [more]

Breaches of shellfish limits
A number of people have been caught in the Bay of Plenty with undersized shellfish, or more than their legal limit. [more]

More seeking assistance at City Mission
More people are seeking food parcels from the Auckland City Mission this Christmas. [more]

Man stabbed in home
A man has undergone emergency surgery in Auckland Hospital after being stabbed in his home in the North Shore suburb of Northcote. [more]

Council considers changes to management methods
Auckland City Council is looking at changing the way some key facilities and services - such as the zoo, art gallery and libraries - are managed. [more]

Tagging still a problem
Tagging is still a problem in Manakau City: about one tagger is being caught each week and many are being put before the courts. [more]

Brief court appearance by rugby player
All Blacks forward Adam Thomson has made a brief appearance in the Hastings District Court. [more]

Toxicology report awaited on dead man in police cell
Police in Whakatane are waiting for the results of a toxicology report to determine the cause of death of a Spanish man in their cells on Friday. [more]

Popular lake declared unsafe
A lake near Christchurch commonly used for recreation has been declared unsafe because of toxic algal bloom. [more]

Minister considers changes to police conduct authority
Justice Minister Simon Power is looking at whether the Independent Police Conduct Authority should be elevated to the status of an office of Parliament. [more]

Commission to look into substandard timber issue
A truss and frame manufacturer will be referred to the Commerce Commission after an investigation into the use of non-load-bearing timber. [more]

$100,000 fine for sending spam
The High Court in Christchurch has fined a man $100,000 for his part in an international spamming operation. He was also ordered to pay costs of $7666. [more]

Name suppression issue raised by Law Commission
The Law Commission wants a robust debate on the issue of suppression: why some people are allowed to have their names suppressed if they appear in court, and others on similar charges are not. [more]

111 calls answered fast - police
Police communications centres say 96% of 111 calls are being answered within 10 seconds, despite an increase of almost 40% in calls between 2003 and 2008. [more]

Domestic air passenger numbers down
The number of domestic passengers passing through Auckland International Airport is down for the first time in more than a year and a half. [more]

No bail for accused killers of taxi driver
Two teenagers accused of murdering a taxi driver have been refused bail in court in Christchurch. [more]

Minister welcomes debate on school hours
Education Minister Anne Tolley says she welcomes a discussion on making school hours more flexible. The School Trustees Association has called for the subject to be debated. [more]

Court ruling may deter sterilisations
A court ruling that unwanted pregnancies do not qualify for ACC compensation may discourage gynaecologists from doing sterilisations. [more]

DB stands by low-carb beer
A major brewer insists that its low-carbohydrate beer is a healthier alternative to regular beers. [more]

Second Test peters out into draw
The second cricket Test between New Zealand and the West Indies, in Napier, has ended in a draw. [more]

Snub rugby, Tamihere tells Maori
All Maori should snub rugby and take up rugby league, says an angry John Tamihere. [more]

Managers cautioned about office parties
Managers have been advised not to make rash decisions to sack people who misbehave at office Christmas parties. It might backfire on them. [more]

Three missing in two cities
South Auckland police are looking for two missing men, and a Christchurch girl has not been seen since Saturday. [more]

Police reach out to families
Hundreds of Taranaki families have had Christmas letters from the police as part of a nationwide attempt to prevent domestic violence. [more]

Property scammers 'got off lightly'
One of the victims of a property scam believes the scammers' punishment is little more than a slap on the wrist with a wet bus ticket. [more]

GDP figures show deepening recession
The global downturn has tightened its grip on New Zealand. The latest statistics confirm that the recession is deepening as households and businesses reduce their spending. [more]

Energy firm to donate power to CNMI schools, hospital
A company who wants to invest in renewable energy in the Northern Marianas, Synergy Power Corporation, says it will donate power. Joe Salas, the firm's vice president for sales and... [more]

No drought in Hawkes Bay - yet
Farmers and key rural groups meeting in Hawkes Bay have decided there is no need to declare a drought in the region - yet. [more]

Fiji's interim attorney general gives reasons for expulsion of Caroline McDonald
Fiji's interim Interim Attorney General, says his government ordered the expulsion of New Zealand's acting High Commissioner because she had been acting inappropriately in Fiji. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum declared Caroline McDonald... [more]

Racing industry welcomes easing of import restrictions
The racing industry says big-name Australian horses could race here over the summer, now that import restrictions are being eased. [more]

PASS in Samoa reworking court action
The lobby group against switching to right-hand drive in Samoa says it will be filing a re-worked statement of claim and motion against the government's Transport Reform Act in the... [more]

Council of Women in Solomons says new commission needs to meet cultural customs
The National Council of Women in Solomon Islands says an independent anti corruption commission will need to meet the country's cultural customs. Corruption is a big problem in the Solomons... [more]

Niue MP says country will need to implement human rights standards
A Niue MP, Terry Coe, says the country will need to implement human rights standards for all immigrants planning to live on the island. A group of Indians taken to... [more]

New Zealand academic questions who is calling shots in Fiji
A New Zealand academic says tit-for-tat expulsions of New Zealand and Fiji's high commissioners in each other's country has made settlement of relations between the two considerably harder. New Zealand... [more]

Solomon Airlines announces an increase of 19-percent on its Domestic route
Solomon Airlines has announced an increase of 19-percent on its Domestic route as previously approved by the ATLA - but withheld until 2009. In its July release to announce its... [more]

American Samoa's governor supports ASPA becoming a petroleum supplier
American Samoa's governor Togiola Tulafono has publicly declared his support of the American Samoa Power Authority becoming a petroleum supplier. The move was approved last week by the government's Office... [more]

Both sides highlight flaws in appeal system
Both the West Indies and New Zealand cricketers have their concerns about the effectiveness of the new appeal system trialled during their drawn test series which ended yesterday in Napier. ... [more]

FIA president Mosley to decide his future in June
The International Automobile Federation president Max Mosley says he will decide in June whether to stand for re-election. After becoming embroiled in a sado-masochistic sex scandal that triggered calls for his ... [more]

Titians, Giants secure home ground advantage for playoffs
The Tennessee Titans and New York Giants have secured home field advantage for the playoffs with key victories on the penultimate weekend of the regular season. The Titans, who have ... [more]

Salvage of wrecked fishing boat completed
The wreck of a fishing boat has been successfully removed from the coast at Opotiki. [more]

No plans for review of prostitution law
The Government says it has no plans to review the Prostitution Reform Act, despite three Christchurch prostitutes being killed in as many years. [more]

Man arrested after body found in Gore
A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a 42-year-old man in Gore on Tuesday night. [more]

Drivers to be watched from on high
The police are launching a driver safety campaign that will use spotter planes over some North Island locations to identify bad drivers. [more]

A fine Christmas coming up
MetService is predicting a fine, calm Christmas day for most parts of New Zealand. [more]

Consumers warned over Christmas hampers
New Zealand's love affair with the Christmas hamper continued in 2008. [more]

Christ not part of Christmas for most
New Zealanders are being asked not to forget Christ this Christmas, with a new poll suggesting Christmas Day holds no religious significance for more than half the country. [more]

Shoppers spend up as Christmas looms
With only one Christmas shopping day left, retailers says sales are finally picking up after a notable slump. [more]

Solomon Airlines increasing fares by 20 percent
Solomon Airlines will raise domestic airfares by almost twenty percent from January the fifth. The increase was previously approved by the Air Transport Licensing Authority, but was withheld until 2009. [more]

Staff at the USP avoid pay cuts
Staff at the University of the South Pacific won't have their pay cut after all. The university announced a five percent pay cut in August, saying it was facing a... [more]

More support for clamp on pokies in the Northern Marianas
The Northern Marianas Senate President has expressed support to a resolution seeking to eliminate all pokie machines, except those at licensed casinos, in the CNMI by next June. Pete Reyes... [more]

Japan to aid energy services in Marshall Islands
Japan will next year provide its first-ever multi-million dollar cash grant to the Marshall Islands. It has approved a 2.2 million US dollar grant to support energy needs. The agreement... [more]

American Samoa Governor calls for immediate action on dengue
American Samoa's governor, Togiola Tulafono, has told a community meeting that dengue fever remains a serious threat in the Territory. The meeting was called by the Director of Health, the... [more]

PNG police move to crack down on unethical officers
The police in Papua New Guinea are trying to clamp down on unethical practices within the Constabulary. The Director of Internal Affairs Chief Superintendent, John Maru, says teams from the... [more]

Fiji academic slams quality of figures made public on approval of charter
A Fiji academic calls the approval process for the Peoples Charter for Change and Progress a big charade. The charter is interim Government's device to try and move the country... [more]

Fiji military regime widely criticised over expulsions
Fiji's former ruling SDL party says the expulsion of the New Zealand acting high commissioner is a disgrace. Caroline McDonald has been ordered to leave Fiji within a week. The... [more]

Rash of crashes holding up traffic
People in the Wellington region are being called on to delay all non-essential travel, because of a rash of crashes. [more]

Forum leaders to maintain push for early Fiji elections as relations hit a new low
The chair of the Pacific Islands Forum says the regional agency is still pushing for Fiji to hold elections in March next year. This comes as the rift between Fiji... [more]

Question mark over future of Mitchell at Western Force
The former All Blacks coach John Mitchell has had his powers as head coach of the Western Force Super 14 side curtailed, amid speculation about his future. A statement from ... [more]

Yankees spending spree continues
The New York Yankees Christmas spending spree has continued, with the club signing the Los Angeles Angels first baseman Mark Teixeira on an eight-year deal worth over $300 million. Following ... [more]

Theft of breast pumps could affect newborns
Thieves have stolen equipment needed by some of the most vulnerable patients at Waikato Hospital. [more]

We won't be diverted, says McCully
The Government says the expulsion from Fiji of New Zealand's acting High Commissioner will not distract it from trying to restore democracy to Fiji. [more]

Sex worker case: two drivers sought
Christchurch police want to speak to the drivers of two cars seen near where Mellory Manning was working last Thursday night. The sex worker was killed that night. [more]

Better weather for Christmas Day
Better weather is forecast for most of New Zealand on Christmas Day, with just a few showers expected in some areas. [more]

Police move fast on Kerikeri infant death
Police investigating the death of a Kerikeri infant say they now know exactly when the fatal injuries were inflicted - and who was there at the time. [more]