Radio New Zealand - Monday, 19th January 2009

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This page features: Checkpoint, Jack Perkins Retrospective, News Stories, Nights, Summer Noelle, Summer Report


Explosion at Fonterra
An explosion at the Fonterra Milk Plant in Southland this morning has sent a toxic cloud of chlorine gas through the factory. [more]

Ceasefire in Gaza
Palestinians have been venturing out of their homes to retrieve bodies as a fragile ceasefire takes hold in the Gaza Strip. [more]

Air New Zealand Airbus crash
French investigators are concerned about media speculation on the crash. [more]

Escaped prisoners
Police are searching for three remand prisoners who escaped from the back of a police escort van. [more]

Christchurch homicide
A Court has heard that a cat protection worker was probably killed in a homicidal attack. [more]

Pre-inauguration celebrations
The United States president-elect has tempered pre-inauguration celebrations in Washington with a stark warning. [more]

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

Home insulation
The Government says it's looking at increasing the 15 million fund for insulating state houses which it had previously cut back. [more]

Rain for farmers
But they still need more to get through the rest of the summer. [more]

NATO on Afghanistan
Instability in Afghanistan is due in part to a corrupt and inefficient government in Kabul according to Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. [more]

Surgery checklist
The use of checklists in hospital operations has been shown to reduce death rates as well as surgical complications. [more]

Shark attack
An Australian has spoken for the first time about his narrow escape from what was believed to be a great white shark. [more]

Australian open
The first round of the Australian Open got underway today. [more]

Jack Perkins Retrospective

Children of the Pass (1983)
Nancy Sutherland talks about the settlement of French Pass in the Marlborough Sounds where she lived as a child. In conversation with Jack Perkins, she recalls those colourful years in the 1900's with vigour and candour. [more]


Lindy Hop
Sally-Ann Mofatt is one of New Zealands finest exponents of the Lindy Hop. [more]

Summer Noelle

John Key
The prime minister talks about the economy, his broken arm and the the year ahead. [more]

Sam Hunt
Poet and performer speaks about his upcoming shows with legend Leonard Cohen. [more]

Nick Dwyer
A musical journey thoughout the world with Nick Dwyr, presenter of television show Making Tracks. [more]

With lofty subjects such as - Does Tom Cruise still matter? with Dominic Corry. [more]

Jack Perkins
Musings of a cricketing Ne'er Do Well. [more]

Summer Report

Gaza ceasefire
Israeli forces are reported to have begun withdrawing from Gaza after a twenty-two day war. [more]

Bar posts anti Israel sign
A sign in a Kaikoura bar, saying Israelis are not welcome, has angered the region's mayor and some residents. [more]

Review of foreshore and seabed act
The Recreational Fishing Council wants assurances an agreement with Ngati Porou won't shut off parts of the East Cape. [more]

Washington prepares for inauguration
More than a million people are expected to flood into the US capital on Wednesday, to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama. [more]

Hopes for better relations with Fiji
There are signs the floods in Fiji may change the political as well as the physical landscape. [more]

A sports update. [more]

MetService weather ambassador Bob McDavitt joins us for a look at the nation's meteorology. [more]

Town reaction to rape accusation
The incident happened at the Five Mountains Holiday Park in the western Southland town of Tuatapere on Thursday morning. [more]

Talks in Zimbabwe
Power-sharing talks between the Zimbabwean President and his opposition rival are facing their first obstacle. [more]

Justine Simei-Barton has been at the forefront of efforts in this country to tell the stories of Pacific Islanders on screen. [more]

Foreshore and Seabed Act review
The leader of the ACT Party says a review of the Foreshore and Seabed Act is a waste of time and instead should be scraped. [more]

Fijians begin return to homes
The National Disaster Management Office in Fiji says it expects all people to be back in their homes within a week. [more]

Markets report
A quick markets update. [more]

Surf report
Time now for a look at what the surf's doing around the country with surfer Doug Young. [more]

Jamestown and nearby Martins Bay are situated at the end of the Hollyford Track in Fiordland. [more]

Sea Careers
A look at the careers that lie ahead for young New Zealanders who study for a life at sea. [more]

It's day one of the Australian Open and favourite Rafael Nadal says he'll be keeping a wary eye on Andy Murray's progress. [more]

Fire Service try outs
Wannabe firefighters tried out for the Fire Service at the weekend at a series of open days around the country. [more]

Air show
This weekend there were unprecedented numbers at Masterton's Hood Aerodrome, for the Wings over Wairarapa airshow. [more]

A one-on-one Antarctic Field Training lesson on polar survival skills with mountaineer and Antarctica instructor Paul Rogers. [more]

Music Mix
An Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate award was one in a long line of successes for Moana Maniapoto. [more]

From Auckland's Classic Comedy and Bar for another of our Stand Up comedy sessions with Steve Wrigley. [more]

UFO sighting over Christchurch
The duration was far too long for a meteor and was most likely a sattelite re-entering the atmosphere. [more]

News stories:

Unknown body recovered from Te Mata Peak
Police recovered the body of a man from the side of Te Mata Peak near Hastings on Sunday. [more]

American Samoa lawmaker wants more checks on potential Cabinet appointees
An American Samoa lawmaker says Cabinet appointments that come before the House for confirmation should be required to undergo a thorough background check. Leapai Sipa Anoai believes the House should... [more]

New bribery charge against Lieutenant Governor in CNMI
The United States government has filed an additional bribery charge against Lieutenant Governor Timothy Villagomez and co-defendants James and Joaquina Santos The new charge alleges that Mr Villagomez accepted a... [more]

Samoans urged to return to origins of Fa'asamoa
A government initiative is underway in Samoa to encourage people to go back to the traditional origins of Fa'asamoa - the practice of Samoan culture. The government is concerned that... [more]

Curfews remain in Fiji's Western towns
Fiji's western towns of Sigatoka, Nadi and Ba remain under curfew as residents struggle to get back on their feet Fiji Live quotes a police spokesman for the Western division,... [more]

Fiji disaster management officials hope to have flooding victims back home within a week
Fiji's National Disaster Management Office says it aims to have all those displaced by the flooding back in their homes within a week. It says the number of people at... [more]

Hughes denies Kaka deal signed off
The world's richest football club Manchester City is denying reports a deal has been signed off to buy the AC Milan playmaker Kaka. City have reportedly offered $250 million for the ... [more]

Casey wins in Abu Dhabi
The English golfer Paul Casey has won the Abu Dhabi Championship with a record score. Casey led by six shots at one stage and parred the final hole to beat ... [more]

Australia sneak five-run victory over South Africa
Australia have claimed a dramatic five-run victory over South Africa in the second one-day cricket match in Hobart to level the series 1-1. Requiring 17 runs off the last over ... [more]

Armstrong back but not to winning ways
The Australian cyclist Robbie McEwan got off to a winning start despite the focus being on the return of seven times Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong. McEwan, a three-times ... [more]

City go top but United have games in hand
A goalless draw at home to Hawke's Bay United on Sunday wasn't enough for 10-man Waitakere United to climb back above Auckland City in the New Zealand Football Championship After ... [more]

Phoenix survive but now have to rely on other results
The Wellington Phoenix's hopes of reaching the top four in the Australian football A-League will go down to the final round of the season after a one-all home draw against Adelaide ... [more]

Venus hungry for first Australian Open
The American tennis player Venus Williams will be hoping 2009 is the year she will win her first Australian Open. The Wimbledon champion however likes her chances this year and ... [more]

Spurs and West Ham move up
Tottenham Hotspur are out of the relegation zone after a come from behind 1-1 draw with Portsmouth in London. Jermain Defoe rescued Spurs from a damaging defeat against his former club, ... [more]

Monday's newspaper headlines
Plan for $50 levy on people convicted in court to fund victim support; PM's broken arm; community support for mother of Tuatapere accused. [more]

Four NZ golds at world cycling event
In their first competitive event together, the rookie New Zealand women's cycling team has won the team pursuit at the UCI World Cup in Beijing, claiming the fourth New Zealand gold at the event. [more]

Junior baseballers beat Aussies at NSW champs
The New Zealand under-14 baseball squad has beaten six Australian all-star teams to take top honours in an Australian tournament. The New Zealanders won the 2009 Kempsey NSW Regional Championships, ... [more]

Dons beat Hoops to go third behind Old Firm
Sir Alex Ferguson's old football team Aberdeen has stunned the Scottish Premier League leaders and defending champions Celtic with a 4-2 win at Pittodrie. The Dons' defender Alexander Diamond scored ... [more]

Farm worker shortage to be raised at summit
Federated Farmers says a shortage in farm workers could provide a solution to the country's weakening employment market. It will raise the issue at the Government's employment summit. [more]

NZ Govt urges Israel, Hamas to stick to ceasefire
The New Zealand Government says both Israel and Hamas need to stick to their ceasefire commitments in order allow diplomatic negotiations to get underway. [more]

Israeli firm's stocks soar on huge gas find
An energy exploration venture has made the largest ever gas field discovery to have been found off Israel, local company Isramco said. Shares in two of the stakeholding companies have soared. [more]

Kanak woman to lead Rassemblement/UMP list in New Caledonia's north
New Caledonia's anti-independence Rassemblement/UMP party has chosen a Kanak woman to be its top candidate in the May provincial election in the northern province. The party leader, Pierre Frogier, has... [more]

Collision between car and horse float on SH2 at Mangatawhiri
State Highway Two at Mangatawhiri in the Franklin District was closed on Sunday evening following a collision between a car and a vehicle towing a horse float. [more]

Airbus bodies being returned to New Zealand
The bodies of four of the five New Zealanders who died in the Air New Zealand Airbus crash off the coast of France in November are being flown home, and are due to arrive on Tuesday. [more]

CNN provides free ads for Guam after "on air" mistake
The news network CNN has agreed to provide free air time for commercials touting Guam as a tourist destination to make up for the networks mistake in airing footage of... [more]

American Samoa's Inter Island Airways licence expires
American Samoa's Inter Island Airways' licence to fly to Samoa has expired and the airline has filed an application for an extension. However, the approval for an extension no longer... [more]

Tuvalu applies to join IMF
The International Monetary Fund says Tuvalu has applied for membership in the global financial institution and its request will be considered "in due course". The IMF says under its prescribed... [more]

Surgery not needed on PM's broken arm
Prime Minister John Key will not need to have surgery on his broken right arm, and says there will be no changes to his schedule following his injury. [more]

Call for House proceedings in American Samoa to be broadcast
American Samoa Tuala uta Representative, Larry Sanitoa, has called on House Speaker, Savali Talavou Ale, to consider broadcasting House proceedings on cable or television. Mr Sanitoa says having House sessions... [more]

Former American Samoa senator proposed as new Police Commissioner
American Samoa's governor, Togiola Tulafono, has appointed a former senator, Tuaolo Fruean, as the new Police Commissioner, a post subject to Fono confirmation. Mr Fruean served two, four-year terms in... [more]

Indonesian military behind tough sentences to five Australians in Papua, says academic
An Australian political scientist says the Indonesian military is likely to have been the driving force behind tough prison sentences for five Australians convicted of illegally entering Papua province. This... [more]

More criticism of reappointment of Fiji's navy commander
The ousted Fiji Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, has described Francis Kean's reappointment as Navy Commander as outrageous. Mr Kean was sentenced to 18 months in jail for the death of... [more]

Help planned for crime victims seeking compensation
Justice Minister Simon Power says the government will set up a service centre to help victims of crime access compensation. A victim compensation scheme partly paid for by a levy on offenders will be set up. [more]

Publisher of the Vanuatu's Daily Post physically attacked
The publisher of the Vanuatu's Daily Post Newspaper, Marc Neil-Jones, has been attacked in the capital Port Vila. Mr Neil Jones has sustained a broken nose and a black eye... [more]

Fiji to get relief funds from New Caledonia
Authorities in New Caledonia have approved an emergency financial package of US$115,000 to help Fiji's flood victims. Oceania Flash reports that the financial aid was approved unanimously in an emergency... [more]

Federer confident ahead of Australian Open
Roger Federer's talking up his chances of winning the Australian Open, the first grand slam tennis tournament of the year. He's the favourite with the TAB to equal Pete Sampras's record ... [more]

BikeNZ team gearing up for world championships
The New Zealand track cycling team are looking ahead to the UCI World Track Championships in Poland at the end of March, following their four gold medal successes at the ... [more]

South Africa ODI captain happy with batting but not fielding
The South African one day cricket captain Johan Botha says apart from the fielding he's happy with his team's performance in Sunday's five-run loss to Australia in Hobart. The five-match one ... [more]

Future of Sydney FC coach uncertain
Uncertainty surrounds the coach John Kosmina's future after Sydney FC missed out on the A-League football finals for the first time. The glamour club's top four hopes were officially killed off ... [more]

Suspect arrested in Middleby assault case
The A-League football franchise Sydney FC have confirmed a suspect has been charged by police in regards to the alleged assault against midfielder Robbie Middleby in Sydney. The 33-year-old, who is ... [more]

NZ government says no link between Fiji aid and diplomatic stoush
New Zealand's foreign minister, Murray McCully, says there is no link between New Zealand aid being given to Fiji's flood victims and the political stand-off between Wellington and Suva. Fiji... [more]

Minor Fiji political party launches scathing attack on Forum Chairman
A small Fiji party has launched a scathing attack on the chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, Toke Talagi, and called for the Forum to split. The Conservative Alliance Matanitu... [more]

PNG to give Fiji US$0.5 million in flood relief assistance
Papua New Guinea says it will give Fiji more than half a million US dollars in flood relief assistance. The prime minister, Sir Michael Somare, says as members of the... [more]

Fiji tourism seeks to revitalise industry after floods
Tourism Fiji has begun meeting with stakeholders to work out a strategy to revitalise tourism after massive flooding that devastated parts of Viti Levu. The clean-up is ongoing in the... [more]

Media freedom in Vanuatu compromised by assault on newspaper publisher
The publisher of Vanuatu's Daily Post newspaper says an assault on him at the weekend appears to have been retribution for the publication's coverage of ongoing problems at the country's... [more]

Forum chair Talagi criticised by Fiji regime over post-coup stance
The Chairman of the Pacific Islands Forum, Toke Talagi, is coming under strong criticism from Fiji for his comments over the political situation there. The attacks on Niue's Premier come... [more]

Tonga emergency rule extended
Tonga has extended the state of emergency powers for parts of the capital Nuku'alofa for another month. The regulations give the police wider powers within a designated zone in city,... [more]

Hydraulic press likely culprit in Fonterra factory death
Police say it appears that a man fatally injured at a South Taranaki milk powder factory on Saturday was crushed by a hydraulic press. [more]

Burst water main causes Penrose flooding
Engineers in Auckland have isolated a burst water main that caused flooding in an industrial area of the Auckland suburb of Penrose on Monday. [more]

Part of Queen Charlotte walking track closed
A small section of the Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds has been closed to walkers. [more]

Illness forces top businessman to step down
One of the country's leading business figures, Lloyd Morrison, has leukaemia and is stepping down as chief executive of Infratil while he is treated for the disease. [more]

Earthquake jolts remote Kermadec Islands
A big earthquake struck the remote Kermadec Islands north of New Zealand on Monday. [more]

Public to have say on beach deal
The Government is assuring the public it will have a say on a proposed government deal with Ngati Porou that would allow some parts of coastal areas north of Gisborne to be shut off. [more]

Hearing under way over Christchurch killing
A preliminary hearing for the man accused of the murder of a Christchurch cat rescue worker has heard from a neighbour who said he heard a woman scream at the accused's home. [more]

Another bolter expected at first tennis grand slam
As the first tennis grand slam of the year, the Australian Open, begins at Melbourne Park, many are already asking who will be the new men's star to emerge. Last ... [more]

Coast to Coast entries strong despite economic recession
The current recession appears to be having little effect on the Coast to Coast multisport event. Organisers say they have recieved 766 entries for next month's race, which is 3.7 percent ... [more]

Vancouver given greenlight to raise funs to complete Olympic village
The city of Vancouver has won approval to borrow more than NZ $450 million to complete the main athletes village for the 2010 Winter Olympics, after its private financing was cut ... [more]

Sloan to return for 22nd NBA season
The Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has agreed to return for a 22nd season. The 66-year-old Sloan has been Utah's head coach since assuming the reigns in 1988, making him the ... [more]

Yao breaks franchise record
The NBA superstar Yao Ming has set a franchise record by making all 12 of his shots en route to 26 points,as the Houston Rockets beat the Miami Heat 93-86. The ... [more]

Thunderstorms, hail in South Island
Bad weather struck eastern eastern parts of the South Island on Sunday evening, bringing thunderstorms, strong wind, heavy rain and hail. [more]

Johnson holds nerve to claim Sony Open
The American golfer Zach Johnson has held off late challenges by fellow countrymen David Toms and Charles Howell III to win the Sony Open in Hawaii by two shots. One ahead ... [more]

Steelers to meet Cardinals in NFL's Super Bowl
The Pittsburgh Steelers have beaten the Baltimore Ravens 23-14 to set up a Super Bowl clash against the darkhorse Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals booked their first trip to the season finale ... [more]

Carswell praising efforts of his gold medal winning track team
The New Zealand track cycling team coach Tim Carswell says he's more than pleased with where his squad's build up is at for March's World Track Championships in Poland. The team ... [more]

Jankovic and Roddick advance at Australian Open
The women's tennis world number one Jelena Jankovic has cruised into the second round of the Australian Open in Melbourne. The top seeded Serbian has beaten Austrian Yvonne Meusburger in straight ... [more]

Protests held at cafe refusing to serve Israelis
Protests were held on Friday outside an Invercargill cafe whose owner refused to serve two Israeli women. [more]

No problems as hydro lake water spilled
No problems have emerged yet as water from Meridian Energy's hydro lakes is spilled into the Waitaki River. [more]

Thousands of Hawaiians protest against Supreme Court appeal
Several-thousand native Hawaiians marked the 116th anniversary of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom with a march in Honolulu, protesting over what they see as a modern-day threat to sovereignty. [more]

Fiji suspension unlikely, says Samoan official
A Samoan official says Fiji is unlikely to be suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum. The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Auseugaefa Va'asatia Poloma... [more]

Fiji Disaster Office welcomes international aid; more needed
Fiji's Disaster Management office has welcomed international aid in the wake of last week's floods, but more assistance is needed to rebuild damaged infrastructure that's hampering relief efforts in some... [more]

Strong earthquake strikes near Loyalty Islands
A strong earthquake of 6.9 magnitude struck southeast of New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands on Monday according to the United States Geological Service. The quake hit about 334 kilometres from Tadine... [more]

No time frame yet on PNG entry to NRL
Australia's National Rugby League says it's difficult to put a time frame on when Papua New Guinea could enter the NRL competition. In its latest budgetary allocations, PNG's government provides... [more]

Australian girl suffers bad burns from thermal pool
An Australian girl is in hospital with bad burns after stepping into a thermal pool in the central North Island. [more]

Commission to probe bank fees for breaking fixed-rate loans
The Commerce Commission is investigating bank fees imposed on customers wanting to break their fixed-rate mortgage contracts. [more]

BNZ follows other banks with rate cut
BNZ has dropped its floating interest rate on home loans on Monday after three other banks lowered theirs last week. [more]

Friday funeral for Fox Glacier brothers
The funeral of two Australian brothers killed in an ice fall at Fox Glacier will be held in Melbourne on Friday. [more]

Key hails stimulus package
The Government's package to stimulate the New Zealand economy is one of the biggest in the OECD, says Prime Minister John Key. [more]

Scrapping criminal justice board spiteful - King
Former justice minister Annette King says it is pure political spite to scrap the Criminal Justice Advisory Board. [more]

EU subsidies may slow recovery - Fonterra
The European Union's decision to restore some subsidies to its dairy products could further depress prices and slow economic recovery, according to New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra. [more]

Mayor seeks legal advice over anti-Israeli sign
Kaikoura's mayor is seeking legal advice over whether an anti-Israeli sign in a local restaurant breaches bylaws. An Invercargill kebab seller refused to serve two Israeli women earlier this week. [more]

Inquiry into alleged mortgage fraud
The Serious Fraud Office has launched an investigation into an alleged mortgage fraud at two former branches of Wizard Home Loans. [more]

Own up over scrapping insulation scheme, says Labour
The Government needs to admit it was wrong to scrap a $1 billion fund to insulate private houses, says the Labour Party. [more]