Radio New Zealand - Friday, 26th December 2008

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This page features: Checkpoint, Jack Perkins Retrospective, Midday Report, News Stories, Nights, Our Changing World, Summer Noelle, Summer Report


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

World Watch
Global news and current affairs. [more]

Jack Perkins Retrospective

Capital Sound (1973)
Spectrum's microphones explored Wellington's streets for several weeks to capture this evocation in sound. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 26 December 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 26 December 2008
Midday Sports News. [more]


Talks with troops - Lance Corporal Aiga Mailata
Liam talks to Aiga on ice, well Antarctica that is. [more]

Talks with troops - Private Adam Friend
Liam chats with Adam who's part of the NZ Defence Force stationed in Solomon Islands. [more]

Talks with troops - Major Nigel Gattsche
Liam talks to Nigel who's stationed in South Korea near the DMZ in the north. [more]

Talks with troops - Bombardier Stephen Hoskins
Liam speaks with one of our people stationed in the world's newst county, Timor L'Este. [more]

Our Changing World

Geology in Action at Titahi Bay
Veronika Meduna visits the fossil forest and other geological sites at Titahi Bay, with Year 13 students from Tawa College. [more]

Centre for Conservation Medicine
Wildlife vet Richard Jakob-Hoff shows Alison Ballance around the New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine at Auckland Zoo. [more]

Surviving in Extreme Environments
Waikato University biologist Criag Cary phones in during an expedition to explore underwater geysers in the eastern Pacific. [more]

Night Walk on Tiritiri Matangi Island
Department of Conservation ranger James Lang takes Alison Ballance on a night walk on Tiritiri Matangi Island. [more]

Summer Noelle

Jessie Casson
And her book, Book of Champions: New Zealand winners. [more]

Jack Perkins
A man in love with cricket. [more]

Emily Miazaga
Coast to Coast champion with her coach John Newsom. [more]

Going to the Zoo
Hamlton Zoo director Stephen Standley. [more]

Jack Perkins' Cricket Musing
Jack thinks back to how the Basin Reserve used to be. [more]

Summer Report

Yachtsman Rewi Kemp returns home
Mr Kemp was found clinging to a rock near Norfolk Island, more than 12 hours after his boat was wrecked. [more]

Bay of Plenty diver survives 6 hours in choppy seas
59-year-old Ian Foden was out diving for mussels with his wife when his boat drifted from its anchor. [more]

Tough year for retailers
Most retailers resorted to pre-Christmas sales in an effort to get the tills ringing. [more]

Boxing Day Sport
With Richard Wain. [more]

Boxing Day Weather
What to expect this summer with Allister Gorman. [more]

Festive etiquette
With etiquette experts Christie Stephens and Ana Maria Moore. [more]

Central Otago Rail Trail - Part 1 of 9
It has caught on as a tourist attraction in a way that few people expected, Todd Niall went to check it out. [more]

Retailers the world over are feeling the pinch
In the United States, there have been calls for a national sales tax holiday, as makers of big ticket items like cars struggle. [more]

Police expect busy day on the roads
Police now have a new way to track bad drivers. [more]

57th annual Cemetery Circuit Motorcycle Race
Gears up in Wanganui this morning. Jim Tuckerman joins summer report. [more]

Millers Flat holds much awaited Rodeo today
Dianne Gillespie is the secretary and joins summer report from the showgrounds gate. [more]

Sports News for 26 December 2008
The latest from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Surf Report
With Doug Young. [more]

64th Sydney to Hobart yatch race
New Zealand sailor, Adam Minoprio is among those preparing for the event. [more]

Holiday Hotspot - Mangawhai
Mangawhai and Te Arai are right next to each other on Northland's east coast, about an hour south of Whangarei. [more]

Feature Documentary
Canterbury University Post Graduate Jounalism student Blair Ensor investigates just what happens to your recycling. [more]

Boxing Day signals the start of summer racing
All over the country today people are getting ready for race day, which is today. [more]

Caroline Bay Carnival kicks off today
It will be underway for the next three weeks. [more]

Music 101 this Summer
Kirsten Johnstone will be with you through the summer starting at 12pm tomorrow. [more]

While the economy is straining your veges still grow
One Wellington garden centre has even reported a boom in the sales of edible plants. [more]

Music Mix - Supergroove
It's been ten years since funk veterans Supergroove last took to the stage. [more]

News stories:

Cream production increases over Christmas
The cream production of New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra reached record levels for the Christmas period. [more]

Wall Street slumps on bad economic news
Stocks fell on Wall Street on Tuesday, following a sharp drop in house sales and confirmation the United States economy contracted in the third quarter. [more]

Markets close for Christmas
The New Zealand share market closed an hour early on Christmas Eve, with the NZX Top 50 up 6 points to 2668 on minuscule turnover of $21 million. [more]

Te Papa expecting 3000 Chistmas visitors
The national museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington said Christmas Day would be just as busy as any other and possibly busier. [more]

Police promote Palmerston North party register
The police in Palmerston North believe a new system that allows party hosts to register their events is deterring trouble makers. [more]

Missing fisherman's body found
The body of a fisherman who was missing for a week has been found. [more]

High health risk in shellfish
A public health warning not to eat shellfish from a stretch of Bay of Plenty coast has been extended. [more]

Anglican leader urges regular church attendance
A leader of the Anglican church in Wellington is appealing to those who go to church only at Christmas to continue through the year. [more]

Call for Maori minister to talk with Fiji
A call has been made for Maori Affairs Minister, Pita Sharples, to be included in talks with the interim government of Fiji. [more]

Unwell people avoiding treatment - survey
A survey suggests that people who are feeling unwell are putting off going to the doctor because they cannot afford it. [more]

Arrest after man's death in Gore
The death of a 42-year-old man in Gore on Tuesday night has led to an arrest. [more]

Job losses predicted to reach 75,000
Predictions of job losses are now running as high as 75,000 over the next year. [more]

SFO to probe Nathans Finance
The Serious Fraud Office is to investigate the failed finance company Nathans Finance, which owes creditors nearly $170 million. [more]

Fewer jobs for students this summer
There are 20% fewer jobs available to tertiary students this summer, compared with recent summers. Student Job Search is advising students to be flexible in what they're willing to do. [more]

Women's refuges busier than usual
Women's Refuge centres around New Zealand are being kept busy helping women fleeing from domestic abuse at Christmas. [more]

Salvation Army distributes nearly 30,000 gifts
Members of the public donated nearly 30,000 gifts to the Salvation Army's annual wishing tree appeal. [more]

Northland missing 9 year old found
The police have found a nine-year-old girl who went missing in Northland. She was cold, but safe and well. [more]

Pilot rescued south of Whangarei
A pilot who was forced to ditch his light plane into the sea south of Whangarei has been rescued. [more]

Dangerous road season begins
Figures from the Transport Agency show December 25 would be the first day of the most dangerous period of the year on the roads.Figures from the Transport Agency show December 25 would be the first day of the most dangerous period of the year on the roads [more]

TradeMe expects surge in Christmas 're-gifting'
The online auction site TradeMe is expecting a surge in listings from people trying to sell unwanted Christmas presents for cash. [more]

The 2008 Halberg Awards get 53 nominations
Outstanding performances by New Zealanders on the world and Olympic stage during the year have resulted in 53 nominations for the 2008 Halberg Awards. There are 19 for Sportsman of ... [more]

Former world number 4 gets wildcard to ASB Tennis Classic
The former world number four Kimiko Date Krumm of Japan has been given a main draw wildcard for the upcoming ASB Tennis Classic in Auckland. During the 1990's Date Krumm ... [more]

Four teenagers to make step up to full national side
Fifteen-year-old Rosie White, who scored a hatricks at the recent under 17 and under 20 women's football world cups is one of four teenagers to earn their first senior call-ups ... [more]

Chelsea miss the chance to go top of English premiership
Ten-man Chelsea have missed the chance go top of the English Premier League after being held to a nil-all draw at Everton in a match which saw Chelsea skipper John ... [more]

Cycling body to resume court action against Vinokourov
Cycling's international governing body the UCI has asked sport's highest court to prevent disgraced rider Alexandre Vinokourov from making a comeback before the next Tour de France. The Court of ... [more]

Paston re-signs with Phoenix
Goalkeeper Mark Paston has re-signed with the Wellington Phoenix for another season in the A- League football competition. The deal with the New Zealand international keeper comes after the side's ... [more]

New Zealand Cricket call in Greatbatch and Reeve
The former New Zealand international Mark Greatbatch has been appointed as an advisor to the New Zealand cricket selectors. The chairman of selectors Glenn Turner says Greatbatch will assist himself ... [more]

Willis to race in Christchurch in March
The Olympic Games bronze medallist Nick Willis will compete against the fastest miler of 2008 at track and field meet at QEII stadium in Christchurch in March. Shot putt gold ... [more]

Sailing now a sporting bet
It's now possible to bet on sailing after Yachting New Zealand reached an agreement with the New Zealand Racing Board. Most main New Zealand sports have allowed betting for some time, ... [more]

Coast to coast entries nearly full
Almost 800 people from 19 countries have entered next year's Coast to Coast although the director Robin Judkins says many of the elite athletes have yet to confirm their entries. ... [more]

Liverpool eye title as race reaches halfway point
The most open Premier League championship race for years reaches its halfway point on Boxing Day with five teams still battling for the title. Despite drawing three of their last four ... [more]

Pietersen hails England's grit despite India loss
England's cricket captain Kevin Pietersen has praised his team's grit and individual efforts despite their Test series defeat in India. The hosts clinched the two-Test series 1-0 after the second match ... [more]

Wilkinson has surgery again to cure knee injury
The England rugby star Jonny Wilkinson has had a second operation on his latest knee injury. The first-five's club Newcastle says the surgery was always scheduled. There were reports Wilkinson had ... [more]

Heartbreak for India's Gambhir as Test drawn
India's Gautam Gambhir missed his second century of the match by three runs as the second Test against England was drawn in Mohali giving the hosts a 1-0 series win. The ... [more]

IRB queries French over Tincu case
The International Rugby Board has asked the French Rugby Federation to explain why the suspended Perpignan hooker Marius Tincu was allowed to play against Castres in a league game last weekend. ... [more]

Rebuilding for South Africa, Australia a contrast
The Australian cricket coaching seat is Tim Nielsen's until after the 2011 World Cup, but it's likely his South African counterpart is sitting even more comfortably. Aside from entering the second ... [more]

Vettori defends decision to shut up shop
The New Zealand cricket captain Daniel Vettori has defended his decision to opt for a draw in the second Test at Napier after a controversial dismissal effectively ended the Black ... [more]

Toyota committed to another formula one season
Toyota will not be joining Honda in leaving Formula One. The giant Japanese company has declared itself resolutely committed to continuing in formula one despite what promises to be its ... [more]

Arsenal captain out for four months
Arsenal have confirmed that Ces Fabregas will be out of action for up to four months because of damaged knee ligaments. The Gunners young captain was injured in a clash ... [more]

Chinese Taipei golfer to line up at US Masters
Lin Wen-tang will become the first golfer from Chinese Taipei in years to compete at the US Masters in 20 years when he tees off at the season's opening major in ... [more]

Yellow Jersey sells for $35,000
The yellow jersey worn by Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre during the last stage of this year's race has been sold for $30,000. Sastre says some of the proceeds ... [more]

Swimming NZ pulls out of hosting FINA swimming world cup
Swimming New Zealand's been forced to withdraw from hosting a round of the FINA Marathon Swimming World Cup next year, after falling victim to the economic downturn. They've been unable ... [more]

Former All Blacks prop undergoes eye surgery
The former All Blacks prop Greg Somerville has played just two games for his new English club Gloucester but will spend at least the next two months on the sidelines ... [more]

Snicko okay by Windies coach
The West Indies cricket coach John Dyson doesn't mind if more technology is made available to umpires. Dyson and New Zealand's captain Dan Vettori have doubts about the effectiveness of the ... [more]

Cash-stripped Team Russia pulls out of Volvo race
A Russian team has pulled out of the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race as they do not have enough funds to continue. Team Russia, led by St Petersburg supermarket owner Oleg Zherebtsov, ... [more]

Ponting up against history as well as buoyant Proteas
Ricky Ponting says this is his toughest year as Australia's Test cricket captain. And with five wins from 13 matches and trailing 1-0 against South Africa, it's hard to argue ... [more]

Tottenham target Bellamy
Harry Redknapp, the coach of English Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur, has revealed he's interested in signing West Ham striker Craig Bellamy in the January transfer window. Negotiations between ... [more]

Redknapp needs a win, Scolari still fuming
There's no Christmas-New Year break for English Premier League footballers. Over the next two days the top flight in England face a full fixture list with possibly the best match taking ... [more]

Australia looks to an all pace bowling attack for Boxing Day
The Australian cricket coach Tim Nielsen says they could field an all pace bowling attack for the Test match against South Africa starting today in Melbourne. Spinner Jason Krejza was ... [more]

Hayden says he will review career position after South Africa series
The Australian opening cricket batsman Matthew Hayden believes he can still contribute to the national Test side but says he will reassess his future at the end of the South ... [more]

City Mission reports bigger struggle this year
The Auckland City Mission says it had to work much harder this year to support a growing number of people, as the recession slashed the donations it received. [more]

Pakistan risks becoming pariah of cricket world
Pakistan risks being the pariah of the cricket world unless it addresses security fears that have prompted foreign teams to cancel tours to the country, says the former chief of ... [more]

Only one NZ-owned and run boat in the Sydney to Hobart
Boxing Day's a day for most of us to recover from Christmas excess, but for some yachties it's the toughest day of the year. The annual yachting classic, the 628 ... [more]

Jayawardene tells team not to worry about Pakistan tour
Sri Lanka cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene has asked his players to concentrate on the Test series against Bangladesh beginning on Boxing Day - rather than worry about the uncertainty surrounding ... [more]

Cairns to coach junior cricket side
Lance Cairns has been appointed as coach of the Northern Districts under 19 cricket team for the national tournament at Lincoln University in January. Cairns replaces Grant Bradburn, who has taken ... [more]

Website targets 'free campers'
Authorities are cracking down on so-called freedom campers. [more]

Meat company argues for electronic tagging
A meat processing company says farmers could lose out to Australia if an electronic traceability system for livestock is not introduced. [more]

Holiday road toll rises to 3
The road toll for the Christmas holiday period stood at three on Boxing Day. [more]

Lakers beat Celtics in big NBA clash
Defending NBA basketball champions the Boston Celtics club record winning streak has come to an end after going down 92-83 to the Lakers in Los Angeles. In their first clash ... [more]

Man U don't want anyone in tranfer window
The Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says he won't be adding to his squad in the January English Football transfer window. Having just returned from winning the World Club Championship ... [more]

Phelps to resume training in a month
American swimmer Michael Phelps is ready to resume training in early February to get ready for the US national championships in July after taking several months off after the Olympics. The ... [more]

Tennis greats to celebrate Laver's Slam
Next month's Australian Open will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Rod Laver's Grand Slam achievement when the Australian tennis great will be reunited with the four players he beat in ... [more]

Good conditions for Sydney Hobart yacht race
Good conditions could see a new record in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race which starts at 3pm New Zealand time. This year's fleet of 100 yachts is the biggest since ... [more]

Shops busy in Boxing Day trading
Early figures suggest many shoppers held off their Christmas spending until the Boxing Day sales. [more]

Oil drops 9 percent
Oil dropped 9% on Wednesday as another round of gloomy economic data showed the United States has fallen deeper into recession. [more]

Airborne police to monitor Waikato traffic
The police in the Waikato hoped to start using aircraft on Boxing Day to catch badly behaving drivers. [more]

Shipwrecked boatie arrives home
A New Zealand boatie found clinging to a rock more than 12 hours after his yacht was wrecked near Norfolk Island arrived safely at Auckland airport on Christmas Day. [more]

Man dead after Wanaka jetboat accident
One person is dead following a jet boat accident near Lake Wanaka on Friday. [more]