Radio New Zealand - Friday, 9th January 2009

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This page features: Adventures in Musicland, Checkpoint, Jack Perkins Retrospective, Midday Report, News Stories, Nights, Sounds Historical, Summer Noelle, Summer Report

Adventures in Musicland

Rock 'n' Roll Caravan
Armed with only his horn and a Radio New Zealand recorder, Supergroove's Nick Atkinson boards the Rock'n'Roll Caravan tour as Supergroove criss-cross the country with Elemeno P. How will the boys react to the untamed beauty of the West Coast of the South Island? Will Elemeno P drummer Scotty's caravan alterations stand up to the punishing schedule? Will Lake Hawea be able to cope when Shihad join the tour in Central Otago? What will Scorpio Girls sound like when performed with two guitarists, two bassists, three singers, a three piece horn section and Scotty on cow bell? In 'Rock'n'Roll Caravan', Nick Atkinson presents a tour diary charting the adventures of this musical behemoth and providing an insight into the hard-rockin' life of two of the countries hardest working bands. [more]

Checkpoint

World Watch
Global news and current affairs. [more]

Jack Perkins Retrospective

A Kind of Refuge (1975)
A look at the work of a wildlife team in Fiordland's Sinbad Valley. In spite of their efforts, it appears that one of the world's rarest birds, the flightless parrot Kakapo may soon become extinct. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 9 January 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Nights

Margaret Mahy
Liam Ryan interviews New Zealand poet and author Margaret Mahy, who reads a poem especially written for the interview. [more]

'Summer' by Margaret Mahy
An especially written poem by Margaret Mahy. [more]

Seckou Keita Interview
Liam Ryan interviews Seckou Keita, currently touring the world as a much sort after musician. [more]

Seckou Keita Interview
Liam Ryan interviews Seckou Keita, currently touring the world as a much sort after musician. [more]

Sounds Historical

Sounds Historical Hour 2 for 4 January 2009
9pm to 10 pm. Due to copyright restrictions, all music has been removed. [more]

Summer Noelle

A life lived in the Big Top
Americus and her mother Joanna are 6th and 7th generation circus performers currently in Christchurch. [more]

How to train in the circus arts
Christchurch Circo Arts Course Coordinator Chris Carrow. [more]

ImprovFM - The bathplug museum
Take a tour of the bathplug museum with the help of ImprovFM. [more]

Good morning from Antarctica
Craig Cary is a scientist in the middle of Antarctica's Dry Valleys studying the effects global warming is having on our planet. [more]

Robyn Malcolm
As cheryl West in Outrageous Fortune, Robyn malcolm does and wears the sorts of things most of us can only dream of. [more]

Joust a bit of good clean fun
Harcourt Park in Upper Hutt is playing host to a world class display of medieval jousting this weekend. [more]

The musings of a cricketing ne'er-do-well
Jack Perkins presents number 11 in our summer series; the trevails of travel. [more]

Summer Report

Fox Glacier ice collapse
One man is dead and another man is assumed dead after an ice collapse at Fox Glacier on the West Coast of the South Island. [more]

Power
Meridian Energy is resisting demands from consumer groups to cut power prices now that hydro lakes are overflowing with water [more]

Power
Meridian Energy is resisting demands from consumer groups to cut power prices now that hydro lakes are overflowing with water [more]

Niwa outlook
New Zealanders look set to enjoy a long, hot summer. [more]

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

Summer weather
With Met Service ambassador Bob McDavitt. [more]

Music for a Roadtrip
Music for a road trip [more]

Airbus A380
The world's biggest jet will start making passengers flights into Auckland from the first of February with Emirates Airlines [more]

Fox Glacier ice collapse DOC
DOC Area manager for Fox Glacier [more]

Gaza
The United Nations says it has suspended all aid deliveries in the Gaza Strip [more]

Shark autopsy
Crowds gather to watch shark autopsy [more]

First anniversary of the death of Sir Edmund Hillary
Sunday marks the first anniversary of the death of Sir Edmund Hillary. [more]

Sports news
An update from the summer team at RNZ Sport [more]

Emma Daken will become the youngest person to walk New Zealand
Emma Daken will become the youngest person to walk the length of New Zealand [more]

Surf Report
a look at what the surf's doing around the country with surfer Doug Young [more]

Holiday Hotspot - Orokonui
Dunedin reporter Emma Lancaster tagged along on a public tour of the ecosanctuary [more]

The Parihaka International Peace Festival
The fourth Parihaka International Peace Festival kicks off in Taranaki today. Craig Ashworth went to check it out. [more]

V8 Series - Supertrucks
Karen Paddon from the Timaru motor raceway joins us with the latest from Timaru. [more]

Tall Ships Regatta
The annual Tall Ships Regatta takes place in Russel in the Bay of Islands tomorrow. [more]

Airport Firefighters
There's more to the life of an airport firefighter than just spotting planes. [more]

Auckland's Stardome Observatory
Grant Christie showed Rowan Quinn through the planetarium and told me what's in our skies this summer. [more]

News stories:

Drought fears for parts of NZ
Parts of New Zealand may face drought conditions if current dry weather persists, according to the National Climate Centre. [more]

Oil prices drop nearly 9%
Despite the crisis in Gaza and a cut in supplies of gas from Russia to parts of Europe, oil prices are down by almost 9%. [more]

Two in-form men to meet in national bowls singles final
Hamilton's Chris Lourie will take on Papakura's Richard Collett in the men's singles final at the national open bowls championships in Auckland. On his way to the final Collett upset Eastbourne's ... [more]

Semi finals day at the ASB Classic
Top seed Elena Dementieva of Russia will face last year's runner up Aravane Rezai of France in today's ASB Classic semifinals in Auckland. In the other semifinal, Anne Keothavong of Great ... [more]

Daniel Bell wins gold in Guam
The West Auckland swimmer Daniel Bell has won the 100 metres backstroke gold on the opening night of finals at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Guam. Compatriot Gareth Kean ... [more]

Hydro lakes full - but no flow on to power prices
Meridian Energy says there are no plans to cut power prices, even though the Tekapo, Benmore and Pukaki hydro lakes are full. [more]

Clean-up of gutted Dargaville shops delayed
The demolition of a block of shops gutted by fire in Dargaville has been delayed. [more]

Holiday road rises to 25
The holiday road toll has risen again, following the death of a man from injuries suffered in a crash in Taupo two days after Christmas. [more]

$5000 for worker sacked via text message
A call centre operator has been award $5,000 after being sacked by text message. [more]

Cost cuts must be made for Formula One to survive
Formula One's governing body has urged teams to build on cost-cutting measures for this year and says big changes must come in 2010 for the sport to continue in the ... [more]

Large solar farm built in Hawaii
Developer Castle & Cooke Incorporated has completed building the largest single site solar farm in Hawaii. The solar farm currently produces up to 500 kilowatts of energy, which is expected... [more]

US protection plan will benefit American Samoa
The South Pacific Regional Environment Programme says a new US marine protection plan that encompasses American Samoa's, Rose Atoll section will prove to be beneficial for the area. President George... [more]

Fiji women hold peace vigil for middle East
The convenor of a women's vigil for peace in the Middle East held in Suva yesterday says it's also time Fiji found an end to its own political crisis. FemLink... [more]

Heavy rain in Fiji has causes flooding
Heavy rain in Fiji has caused floods in the west of the main island of Viti Levu. The downpour has disrupted some roads and closed bridges. There is flooding in... [more]

Cost of flour in Fiji drops
Fiji's prices of normal flour and sharp will decrease from today. The Prices and Incomes Board says the local price of normal flour decreases by 15 cents per kilogram, while... [more]

Logging firms in PNG feels economic pinch
Logging firms around Papua New Guinea are either scaling down or halting operations due to a downturn in log exports amid the world financial crisis. Recently, a logging firm in... [more]

Hawaii fails to purchase Turtle Bay Resort
The U.S. state of Hawaii has been unsuccessful in its attempts to purchase the Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's North Shore. Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle's office said in a statement... [more]

Former Solomon Islands prime minister loses his job as an MP
It's been confirmed in Solomon Islands that the former Solomon Islands prime minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza, is no longer a Member of Parliament. Kemakeza has just completed serving a six... [more]

Israeli tennis player loses in Auckland
The Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer ignored protests over her country's military action in the Gaza Strip but still went down in straight sets to top seed Elena Dementieva at the ... [more]

Hayden weighs up cricketing future
Matthew Hayden is weighing up his cricketing future following his omission from the Australian Twenty20 and one-day squads to play South Africa. The 37-year-old Queenslander has had a lean trot ... [more]

Honda has a dozen offers for its F1 team
The Racing chief executive of Honda says they are considering about 12 serious offers for their Formula One motor racing team. Nick Fry says it's looking very positive at the moment, ... [more]

Heavyweight Shane Cameron to face technical and physical test
The manager of New Zealand profesional heavyweight boxer Shane Cameron concedes his fighter will be tested technically and physically when he takes on a former prison inmate in his first ever ... [more]

Federer through to semi-finals of Qatar Open
The world number two tennis player Roger Federer has moved into the semi-finals of the Qatar Open with a 6-2 7-6 victory over eighth-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber. The Swiss second ... [more]

Defending NBA champs fall to third straight loss
The struggling NBA basketball champions the Boston Celtics have crashed to their third straight defeat, losing to the Houston Rockets 89-85. The Celtics entered the contest having lost five away ... [more]

Dean faces tough line-up at road cycling champs
Julian Dean may be chasing a hat-trick of titles at the National Road Cycling championships in Te Awamutu but he's facing stiff competition. Fellow Europe-based professionals Tim Gudsell and Greg ... [more]

Graeme Smith to hold off on surgery
The South African cricket captain Graeme Smith plans to hold off surgery for a chronic tennis elbow injury until after leading the Proteas in next month's home test series with Australia. ... [more]

Guptill straight in for How
There'll be no tinkering with the New Zealand batting order to accomodate newcomer Martin Guptill when the Black Caps face the West Indies in Saturday's fourth one day cricket international in ... [more]

US, European markets down
Stock markets and oil prices fell on Thursday after bleak economic data and a dim outlook from the world's largest retailer heightened fears of a prolonged global recession. [more]

New Bougainville president circumspect on renewed mining, says academic
An Australian academic says the new president of Papua New Guinea's autonomous Bougainville region, James Tanis, regards the future of mining as the most sensitive issue facing the island. Professor... [more]

Bobcats suprise NBA champion Celtics with overtime win
The Charlotte Bobcats basketball side has stunned the Boston Celtics with a 114-106 win in overtime to hand the NBA champions their fifth loss in seven games. Three players scored over ... [more]

Virus outbreak at retirement village 'over'
A Wellington retirement village says an outbreak of suspected norovirus is over. [more]

Sims and Campbell secure third title in four years
The New Zealand representatives Sharon Sims and Mary Campbell have won a third women's pairs title in four years at the national open bowls championships in Auckland. The duo beat Dale ... [more]

Djokovic offered lifeline before Australian Open
World number three tennis player Novak Djokovic has been thrown a lifeline to continue preparations for his Australian Open defence after he was knocked out of the Brisbane International. Djokovic ... [more]

Yankees continue to spend up large
The spending spree of the New York Yankees continues. The baseball side has announced it has signed powerful first baseman Mark Teixeira to an eight-year contract worth $300 million. The Yankees, ... [more]

Ballesteros plans his return
The nephew of Seve Ballesteros says the Spanish great is planning to return to golf next year as captain of Europe's Royal Trophy team. The five-times Major winner underwent several operations ... [more]

Vijay Singh to miss five weeks
Fiji's Vijay Singh, a three-time major golf champion, will have knee surgery after this week's season-opening event and miss five weeks. Singh, who led last year's US PGA Tour with just ... [more]

Reds and Brumbies receive good and bad news
Injured Wallaby inside back Berrick Barnes will be rushed back into action before the Super 14 rugby season kicks off, increasing his chances of being appointed Queensland skipper. Barnes is back ... [more]

Derby score shock win over Manchester United
English second division football club Derby have scored a shock 1-0 win over reigning Premier League champions Manchester United in their League Cup first leg semi-final. It was a humbling ... [more]

Hayden still 11th in world despite being dropped
Matthew Hayden may be unwanted by Australia's selectors, but the big opener officially remains among the world's best one-day batsman. Hayden has been ranked 11th on the International Cricket Council's ... [more]

Etherington moves to Stoke
The English football club Stoke City have signed winger Matthew Etherington from Premier League rivals West Ham United for an undisclosed fee. The club's says the 27-year-old Etherington has signed a ... [more]

Women's footballers have date with Chinese
The New Zealand Football Ferns begin a two-and-a-half year journey to the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup with their Four Nations opener against China in Guangzhou on Sunday. After confident ... [more]

Hodge says late pay was the reason he quit ANBL side
Adelaide 36ers import Julius Hodge says not being paid on time was the reason he quit the Australian NBL basketball club. Hodge was released from his contract with the team on ... [more]

Vettori regains number one ODI bowler status
The New Zealand cricket captain Daniel Vettori has regained his status as the ICC's number-one ranked one day international bowler. With an impressive average and economy rate in the first three ... [more]

New Zealand scientist sees cyclone risks shift to Coral Sea
New Zealand's National Climate Centre, NIWA, says weather patterns in the Pacific moved towards a La Nina state during December. NIWA principal scientist, Jim Salinger, says this means there may... [more]

Fiji party challenges chiefly privileges
A nationalist party born out of the 2000 coup in Fiji has challenged the political power of chiefs and their share from land rentals and royalties. The Conservative Alliance/Matanitu Vanua... [more]

CNMI to get council to administer new Trench monument
The Northern Marianas government is due to create an Advisory Council shortly for the newly designated Marianas Trench Marine National Monument. The five-man Council will consist of three officials from... [more]

Australian plaque in PNG stolen again
Thieves in Papua New Guinea have stolen an Australian War Memorial plaque for a second time, most likely to sell it to scrap metal dealers. The bronze plaque was taken... [more]

11 Papuans jailed in Indonesia for separatist activities
Reports from Indonesia say 11 Papuans have been found guilty of subversion and sentenced to terms of three and three-and-a-half years in prison by the district court in Manokwari. One... [more]

Fiji Metservice warns against venturing into flooded plains
The Metservice in Fiji is warning people that they are risking their lives by venturing into the flooded plains. Heavy rain in Fiji has caused floods in the west of... [more]

Attempt to steal ATM using car 'destined to fail'
Police say a Dunedin man's attempt to steal a cash machine using a 1991 Ford Falcon was destined to fail. [more]

Air Tahiti Nui drops direct Papeete-Sydney flights
Air Tahiti Nui has announced that in the face of the financial difficulties it will abandon its direct flights between French Polynesia and Sydney from March. The airline will maintain... [more]

Hundreds of Papuans in PNG gear up for repatriation to Indonesia
More than 700 West Papuans living in Papua New Guinea have put their names on a list at the Indonesian Embassy in Port Moresby ahead of their planned repatriation to... [more]

International mission due in Fiji in 10 days
A joint United Nations and Commonwealth mission will be in Fiji from January the 19th to the 23rd. The UN confirmed the dates in a brief statement in response to... [more]

Heavy rain floods towns in Fiji's west
The Fiji Police say the western towns of Viti Levu Island, Nadi, Rakiraki and Ba are under water as a result of heavy rain. They say evacuation areas have been... [more]

Cyclone risk slightly higher this year
La Nina conditions in the Pacific mean there is a greater than usual chance of a tropical cyclone closing in on New Zealand during the next few months. [more]

Fiji interim PM wants better public service delivery
Fiji's interim Prime Minister has called on the country's public service to improve its service delivery in 2009. Commodore Frank Bainimarama, who is also the public service minister, spoke at... [more]

France to spend US$80m to clean up Hao after end of nuclear weapons tests
A deal has been signed in French Polynesia for France to spend more than 80 million US dollars to rehabilitate the atoll of Hao which was a key military base... [more]

$1m damage to crops from hail
Damage to crops from a hail storm in Canterbury on Saturday afternoon is estimated to be worth more than $1 million. [more]

Increased fertiliser use predicted as price falls
Fertiliser use will increase in coming years because of falling prices on the international market, Federated Farmers predicts. [more]

Arrest following Levin stabbing
A 22-year-old Levin man has been charged after the stabbing of two teenaged boys in the town early on Friday. [more]

Dignitaries farewell community worker
More than 150 people, including MPs and other dignitaries, have attended the funeral of one of Christchurch's most influential community workers. [more]

Pollard reprimanded in Wellington
The West Indies cricketer Kieron Pollard was reprimanded after damaging a glass door following his dismissal in the one-day loss to New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Pollard pleaded ... [more]

How pays the price for poor form
Batsman Jamie How has paid the price for an extended run of poor form and been dropped from the New Zealand cricket squad for the last two one day internationals ... [more]

Ivanovic knocked out of the Brisbane Tennis International
Former tennis world number one Amelie Mauresmo has upset top seed Ana Ivanovic 6-3 6-2 to advance to the semi-finals of the Brisbane International. Ivanovic has struggled at the Brisbane ... [more]

Arsenal pair Gallas and Silvestre out for three weeks
The Arsenal football club's defenders William Gallas and Mikael Silvestre are likely to be out of action for three weeks because of injury. Former captain Gallas has a hamstring problem ... [more]

Nadal rocked, Federer to meet Murray in Qatar
The Australian Open preparations of world number one tennis player Rafael Nadal have hit a stumbling block after he was beaten 6-4 6-4 by Frenchman Gael Monfils in the quarter-finals ... [more]

Strauss confident Pietersen will come to the party
The new England cricket captain Andrew Strauss believes he has the full backing of Kevin Pietersen despite the circumstances in which he gave up the job. Pietersen quit the post ... [more]

Collett and Whightman win national singles bowls titles
Papakura's Richard Collett has beaten Hamilton's Colin Lourie 21-14 to claim the men's singles title at the national bowls tournament in Auckland. Collett impressed throughout the event beating double world ... [more]

Curfew imposed in Nadi as flooding worsens
A curfew is in place in Nadi town as flooding from torrential rains batters Fiji's west, and is expected to continue until Sunday. Several towns in Viti Levu including Nadi,... [more]

Bruton back as Breakers head to Melbourne
The New Zealand Breakers basketball team has left for Melbourne with a surprise passenger on the plane - point guard CJ Bruton. The Breakers take on the league-leading South Dragons ... [more]

McCullum confident of runs as coach says soothing words
The New Zealand cricketers face the West Indies on Saturday in Auckland with the one day series on the line at 1-1 with two matches left. The batting and in particular ... [more]

Power restored after tornado hits Central Otago town
Power has been restored to 450 homes and repairs are underway after a tornado tore through a Central Otago town. [more]