Radio New Zealand - Monday, 5th January 2009

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This page features: Country Life, Jack Perkins Retrospective, Midday Report, News Stories, Nights, Summer Noelle, Summer Report

Country Life

Intro and guest
A range of Keratin hair products has been developed by Christchurch hairdresser Mike Hamel. [more]

Regional wrap
North Is farmers would be very happy if the skies opened this weekend and in the South Is farmers have been busy making hay. [more]

Effluent to Energy
Canterbury based electrical power engineer, Ian Bywater has developed an effluent-to-energy system for dairy units. [more]

Farms for families
18 of Auckland Regional Council's 26 parks are working farms. The public is welcome to wander through the paddocks. [more]

Jack Perkins Retrospective

Tales From the Tip Face (1981)
His years as overseer of the Nelson tip have brought Jim Hargreaves into contact with all kinds of people and their rubbish. Jack Perkins joins Jim during a busy Saturday morning down at the dump. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 5 January 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]


Tim Shadbolt
The Mayor with the infectious smile talks summer times and tunes. [more]

Love School
Madam Suki Tong teaches 'Love relations for life - a journey of romance, love and sexuality at Singapore Polytechnic. [more]

Summer Noelle

Chief Censor Bill Hastings
New Zealand's Chief Censor Bill Hastings. [more]

Jonathan Coleman
Jonathan Coleman is the new Minister of Broadcasting. [more]

Maurice Smyth - Interviewing Eartha Kitt
Maurice Smyth interviewed Eartha Kitt for a fledgling NZBC. [more]

John Ryan
John Ryan is a poultry shower. [more]

Dominic Corry - Film Reviewer
Dominic Corry's movie picks for 2009. [more]

The Musings of a Cricketing Ne'er-Do-Well
Midland, Motueka and a bit of Mozart. [more]

Summer Report

Chaos in Gaza
Middle East Correspondent Tim Butcher is on the West Bank. [more]

Road toll
22 people died on New Zealand roads during the official christmas holiday period. [more]

Top territories for families
We've got the mayors for numbers 2, 8 and ninth. [more]

Sport Chat
Richard Wain with sports news and views. [more]

Weather Chat
Weather with the Metservice's Bob McDavitt. [more]

Central Otago Rail Trail - Part 7 of 9
Part seven of Todd Niall's cycling journey. [more]

Analysis of Gaza
Justin Alexander is a Middle East conflict analyst. [more]

Educational success
A new study suggests what may make for educational success. [more]

New speeding campaign
There is a new speeding campaign aimed at men. [more]

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

Holiday Hotspot - Hamilton Zoo
Andrew McRae visits Hamilton Zoo. [more]

Big wave
AUT student Claire Fitzjames' surfing documentary. [more]

Classic tennis open
The ASB classic tennis open starts today. [more]

Pencarrow lighthouse
Pencarrow lighthouse, New Zealand's first permanent lighthouse has turned 150. [more]

Neil Finn
Neil Finn is launching Seven Worlds Collide today. [more]

News stories:

Erakovic to face seasoned Spainish player first up
The New Zealand tennis number one Marina Erakovic will face Spain's Nuria Llagostera Vives in the first round of the ASB Classic which starts on Monday in Auckland. The 28-year-old Llagostera ... [more]

Spirit beat Breakers
The Sydney Spirit sunk a free throw in the dying seconds to score an 86-85 victory over the New Zealand Breakers in their Australian National Basketball League clash in Sydney. The ... [more]

City complete signing of Bridge
Manchester City have completed the signing of England left back Wayne Bridge from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee. The English Premiership football clubs agreed terms for the 28-year-old before Bridge ... [more]

Security expert for Chennai tennis tournament
Organisers of this week's ATP Chennai Open tennis tournament have hired a cricket security expert to look after the safety of players during the week-long event. Reg Dickason, who supervised ... [more]

Murray beats Nadal
The Scottish world number four Andy Murray has completed his preparation for the new tennis season with a hugely encouraging win over world number one Rafael Nadal at an exhibition event ... [more]

Adelaide beat Sydney in A-League
Adelaide United have returned to the summit of football's A-League while also consigning former boss John Kosmina's Sydney FC to another week of uncertainty with a 2-0 victory at Adelaide ... [more]

Eddie Jones unimpressed by ELVs
The former Wallabies rugby coach Eddie Jones has hit out at the new experimental law variations after his Saracens team lost to Gloucester 22-16 in the English Premiership. Jones is also ... [more]

Curtayne, Samuels win in Whangamata
William Curtayne of Auckland and Nicky Samuels of Wanaka have won their respective races in the second round of the New Zealand Triathlon series in Whangamata. Brent Foster led the ... [more]

Brett Lee out till June
The Australian cricketer Brett Lee is aiming to be ready to return for this year's Ashes series following surgery to his foot and ankle. The fast bowler was ruled out of ... [more]

Windies win second ODI
The West Indies won a rain-affected second one-day cricket international against New Zealand by five wickets in Christchurch. New Zealand made 152 for eight from 28 overs and the West ... [more]

Gerrard leads Liverpool to third round FA Cup win
The England footballer Steven Gerrard has put his testing week behind him by leading Liverpool to a 2-0 FA Cup third round victory away to fellow north-west side Preston North End. ... [more]

Giteau uncertain about Super 14 after ' 09
The Australian first five Matt Giteau has confirmed he will see out his contract with the Western Force but admits he has no idea what his Super 14 future holds thereafter. ... [more]

Safin arrives in Perth sporting bruises and cuts
The flamboyant Russian tennis player Marat Safin has arrived in Perth sporting bruises and cuts to his face. Safin, who will team up with his sister Dinara Safina at the Hopman ... [more]

Defoe reveals threats from angry Portsmouth fans
The Portsmouth football striker Jermain Defoe says he has received threats from Portsmouth fans furious about him seeking a return to Tottenham Hotspur one year after leaving the London club. The ... [more]

Bangladesh avoid follow on but Sri Lanka on top
A Mashrafe Mortaza half century helped Bangladesh avoid the follow on but Sri Lanka remained firmly on top in the second cricket Test in Chittagong after dismissing the hosts for ... [more]

Phoenix stay within touching distance of playoffs
Phoenix striker Shane Smeltz scored a double in Wellington's 3-0 home victory over the Newcastle Jets to keep the New Zealand A-League football side's finals hopes alive. Leo Bertos opened ... [more]

India in talks with Sri Lanka on possible one-day series
India are in talks with Sri Lanka about staging a one-day series to offset some of the losses from cancellation of matches following the attacks in Mumbai in November. A ... [more]

Boyd at the double as Rangers close on Celtic
Kris Boyd scored two goals inside the final 10 minutes as Rangers won 3-0 away to Inverness Caledonian Thistle to close to within five points of Scottish football's Premier League ... [more]

Motorists warned to take care as road toll hits 20
Police are urging motorists heading back from their holidays on Sunday to drive with care, as the holiday road toll reaches 20. [more]

Weather dominates search for tramper
The weather will again be a major factor in whether a search continues for a tramper in the Mount Aspiring National Park on Monday. [more]

At least four dead after earthquake in Indonesian province of Papua
A series of powerful earthquakes off the northern coast of West Papua in Indonesia early on Sunday has killed four people and injured several others. Officials and local television reports... [more]

Cook Islands faces further de-population of outer islands
The Cook Islands Foreign Affairs Minister, Wilkie Rasmussen, says keeping the population at home will be one of the big challenges for 2009. He says he knows of people getting... [more]

Fiji solider questioned about allegeding displaying a firearm at a nightclub
The Fiji military has taken in one of its own after he was spotted allegedly showing off a pistol in a Suva nightclub. Fiji Live says the man had reportedly... [more]

Concerns in American Samoa about increase in sex offences involving underage teenagers
The American Samoa Assistant Attorney General, Lisa Teesch McGuire, says she is concerned about an increasing number of sex offences against minors Ms Teesch McGuire, who handles most of the... [more]

Documents to be declassified connected to investigation into death of Tahiti journalist
The French defence minister, Herve Morin, has agreed to declassify 13 documents of the French secret service in line with a request of a judge in French Polynesia investigating the... [more]

Honolulu-based, Pacific Magazine, suspends all operations
The Honolulu-based Pacific Magazine has suspended all company operations as of the beginning of the year. The magazine's correspondents throughout the region were informed in early December about the company's... [more]

New Year's message to Fiji troops
Fiji's interim Prime Minister and Commodore Frank Bainimarama has sent a New Year's message to his nation's troops saying that Fiji remembers them in its prayers. The message was sent... [more]

Summer Report: local papers
Monday's papers: NZ will not choose sides in Gaza conflict; legal aid bill for David Bain is almost $1 million; opposition grows to neighbourhood liquor stores. [more]

United and Villa post FA Cup wins
The English Premier League football sides Manchester United and Aston Villa have progressed to the next round of the FA Cup. United easily won 3-0 at 10-man Southampton and will now ... [more]

NZ coach demands more from top batsmen
The New Zealand cricket coach is demanding his batsmen be more responsible in building a one day innings. After last Saturday's loss to the West indies in the rain reduced ... [more]

Independent attorney to prosecute 4 employees of Attorney General's office in American Samoa
The American Samoa High Court has granted the government's application to appoint an independent attorney to prosecute four employees of the Attorney General's office. This clears the way for the... [more]

Fiji's interim Prime Minister has taken over yet another portfolio
Fiji's interim Prime Minister has taken over yet another portfolio, adding the sugar industry to his list of responsibilities. Commodore Frank Bainimarama is not only the interim Prime Minister, head... [more]

Missing man had been drinking
Police say a man who fell from a boat in the Bottle Top Bay area near Papakura on Saturday, had been drinking heavily. [more]

Concern visa federalisation will see drop in tourists to CNMI
The government of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas says federalisation of its immigration system will deprive it of much needed revenue. Federalisation is expected to see the US government... [more]

Fuel prices drop in American Samoa
The New Year is starting off well in American Samoa with another drop in gasoline price and other petroleum products. As of January 1st the new price index for gasoline... [more]

Call for taxi fare increase in Fiji
Fiji's Taxi Union is calling on the interim Government to consider a taxi fare increase early in the new year. Fiji Live reports the FTU general secretary, Rishi Ram, as... [more]

New Caledonia's next general election on May the 10th
New Caledonia's next general election is to be held on May the 10th. Voters will be asked to choose three provincial assemblies for a five-year term which in turn will... [more]

6 year old hit in head by stray bullet in Guam
A 6-year-old girl who was struck in the head by a stray bullet while watching fireworks on New Year's Eve is in stable condition at Guam Memorial Hospital. Sergeant Richard... [more]

Seven villagers in Fiji charged with raping 12 year old
Seven villagers in Fiji have been charged with the rape of a 12-year-old girl last week. The men are expected to appear in the Labasa Magistrates Court tomorrow. Police spokesman,... [more]

Eyewitnesses in Papua speak of collapsed buildings in earthquake that killed four
Eyewitnesses in the Indonesia province of Papua have spoken of mass panic and collapsing buildings after a series of powerful earthquakes. At least four people have been killed and dozens... [more]

Togiola Faoa administration sworn in in American Samoa
American Samoa's Governor, Togiola Tulafono, and Lieutenant Governor, Faoa Ipulasi Sunia, yesterday placed their hands on the bible and swore to uphold the laws of American Samoa and the United... [more]

Fiji's interim PM speaks of elections this December
The interim Prime Minister has told chiefs who went to the Bose ni Turaga, a chiefly gathering at the army camp last month, that the next election will be held... [more]

1am shotgun incident
The Armed Offenders Squad was called out after the occupants of a house in Riverhead were threatened by three men with shotguns at 1am on Monday. [more]

French court dismisses French Polynesian electoral complaint
The French supreme court has dismissed an opposition complaint in French Polynesia over last April's defection of two politicians which brought down the one-month old government led by Gaston Flosse. [more]

Eight vehicles torched in New Caledonia
New Caledonia's daily newspaper says eight pick-up trucks were destroyed in an arson attack over the New Year's Day holiday in Noumea. The paper says the perpetrators entered the premises... [more]

American Samoa to get separate 25 cent coin
American Samoa Governor Togiola Tulafono has been told by the United States Mint that the American Samoa quarter is included in the six new designs. The 25 cent coins are... [more]

Rose Atoll in American Samoa becomes US national monument
The American president, George Bush, has designated Rose Atoll in American Samoa as a national monument following a request last year by Governor Togiola Tulafono. Speaking over the weekend, Togiola... [more]

Unusual fish discovered in waters between Samoa and NZ
Scientists have discovered a new fish in the deep waters between Samoa and New Zealand, which is the first vertebrate found with eyes that use mirrors, rather than a lens,... [more]

CNMI power emergency extended
For the sixth straight month, the Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Benigno Fitial, has placed the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation under a state of disaster emergency. He says... [more]

Electronic spending down in November
Falling fuel prices are blamed for a decrease in the value of electronic card spending in November 2008. [more]

Seven men in Fiji charged with raping 14-year-old girl
Seven men charged with raping a 14-year old girl in Fiji entered no plea when they appeared in the Labasa Magistrates court today. The victim, from Bua, had spent Christmas... [more]

Fiji appoints Bole to lead committee for dialogue with NZ and Australia
The Fiji interim regime has set up a three-member team to work on improving relations between Fiji and the governments of Australia and New Zealand. This follows last month's Fiji... [more]

Two non-PNG citizens on New Year's Honour List
Two non Papua New Guineans have been recognised in the 2009 PNG New Years Honours List. Australia's former prime minister, Bob Hawke, and Catholic Archbishop Karl Bernhard Hesse have been... [more]

Australian visitors help Fiji tourism to achieve record figures
Fiji's tourism agency says growth in arrivals from Australia has been a key factor in a record number of visitors in 2008. Tourism Fiji's chairman, Patrick Wong, says visitor arrivals... [more]

All Canterbury groundwater is linked - report
A report says all of Canterbury's groundwater is linked and irrigation demands have an effect on the region's entire supply. [more]

Government 'disappointed' at Gaza invasion
New Zealand's Government says it is "deeply disappointed and distressed" at Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip - but is refusing to take sides on the issue. [more]

Concern at UN failure to agree on Gaza statement
The Labour Party's spokesperson on foreign affairs has expressed concern about the United Nations' failure to agree on a fresh call for a ceasefire in Gaza. [more]

Advertising campaign targets speeding drivers
Speeding drivers are the target of a new advertising campaign by the police and the Transport Agency. [more]

Poll shows 44% favour February for summer holidays
44% of respondents to a poll would like New Zealand's official summer holiday to be moved to February. However, 51% say it should stay the same. [more]

Boaties relying too much on cellphones - Coastguard
The Coastguard Federation says boaties need to take better communication equipment with them on the water and stop relying on cellphones. [more]

Labour Dept issues workplace warning
Fatal accidents at work usually peak during January, according to the Department of Labour, and late morning or mid-afternoon are the worst times. [more]

Road toll climbs to 24
The amended holiday road toll is now 24 - six more than last year. [more]

Samoan girl missing at sea after alleged rape
Police in Samoa say they are searching for the body of a 10-year old girl believed to have been dumped at sea off Savaii. Reports say before she disappeared she... [more]

Papua quake damage assessment continues
An airport is damaged and a number of buildings have collapsed, following a strong earthquake in the Indonesia province of Papua. At least four people have been killed and dozens... [more]

Fiji interim PM confirms attendance of extraordinary Pacific Islands Forum meeting
Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has confirmed that he will attend this month's special Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Papua New Guinea after boycotting the last summit in... [more]

American Samoan senate seat in dispute
The Senate seat for an American Samoa district has been left vacant because two candidates were chosen to represent the Manu'a district number two. Lolo M. Moliga and Velega Savali... [more]

Avery rattles dags to win shearing title
New Zealand's top lamb shearer has won another title after taking out the national lamb shearing championships at the Western Shears in Raglan. [more]

No new bank bail-out on the cards - British PM
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says he has ruled out another bail-out of banks soon. [more]

Electronic spending down in November
A drop in fuel sales is being blamed for a decline in electronic card spending in November last year. [more]

Drought risk eased
The risk of drought in Hawke's Bay has lessened slightly after rain on Christmas Eve. [more]

Man in court after shotgun incident
A man was to appear in a Tokoroa court after a shotgun was fired twice in what the police are calling a failed extortion attempt. [more]

Wellington top spot for raising a family
Wellington has taken first place on a list of the best places in New Zealand to bring up a family. Queenstown came second. [more]

Hard times are here - City Missioner
The City Missioner in Palmerston North says the Christmas and New Year period has been one of the city's hardest yet. The next few months are expected to be even busier. [more]

Delay in issuing information on baby's death
Police are delaying issuing information on the death of an eight-month-old baby girl in Upper Hutt on Christmas Day. [more]

Teachers agree class size and homework not critical
Teachers have welcomed a study that suggests it is not class sizes nor homework that determines educational success. [more]

Too little care taken around water - safety group
Water Safety New Zealand says water users are too complacent around the water, leading to too many preventable deaths. [more]

Carlos Sainz takes overall lead in Dakar Rally
Spain's former world rally champion Carlos Sainz has taken the overall lead in the Dakar Rally after winning the second stage - a 237km special from Santa Rosa to Puerto ... [more]

Mission expects tough months ahead
The Auckland City Mission says the next few months will be hard for families who are coping with the cost of equipping children for school. [more]