Radio New Zealand - Monday, 26th January 2009

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Jim's Intro
What of 2009? What does it hold? [more]

Eight Months to Mars - Michael Woolf
He's back to tell us more of his interesting life as a broadcaster, actor, puppeteer and magician. [more]

Ancient Hangi Pit
A hangi pit, used to cook moa more than 700 years ago is making headlines. [more]

Frog Feasts
New reasearch shows humans are eating the world's frog population into extinction! [more]

Featured Authors - Julie Mulcahy and Debbie Knowles
Their book is"What You Need to Know Before Your Child Starts Secondary School". [more]

This Way Up Feature - Curry
Fancy a curry? You're not alone - the curry, or Kari as it was known has been a popular dish for centuries. [more]

Environment Report - Kakapo
Kakapo, the night parrot, is one of New Zealand's most wonderful, yet most threatened birds. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With today's guests Richard Griffin and Matt Nippert. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With today's guests Richard Griffin and Matt Nippert. [more]

Business News

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

Economic announcements
Two announcements will influence how we will weather the economic storms in 2009. Finance Minister Bill English comments. [more]

Markets Update
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 26 January 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 26 January 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


Police Shooting
The man accused of sparking a police pursuit which ending in the fatal shooting has appeared in the Auckland District Court. [more]

Alleged Baby Assault
A ten week old baby is being treated in Wellington Hospital's intensive care unit. [more]

Traffic Jam
The Prime Minister, John Key, says the traffic congestion on the country's newest road is predictable. [more]

Fiji and the Pacific Islands Forum
Forum leaders are meeting in Papua New Guinea tomorrow to consider whether or not to suspend Fiji. [more]

Tuatara Breeding Success
Henry, the famous centogenarian tuatara from Invercargill, has finally become a father. [more]

Auckland Yacht Regatta
Hundreds of boats raced at Auckland's viaduct harbour this morning, in the annual regatta. [more]

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

Immunisation Rates.
A Unicef report into the health of the world's children shows New Zealand is lagging behind in its infant immunisation rates. [more]

Taxi Driver Attacked
Taranaki taxi driver Tony Brosnan remains in a critical but stable condition in intensive care tonight. [more]

Sri Lanka Tamil Situation
The Sri Lankan government says it's taken the Tigers' last remaining stronghold in the north of the country. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Middle East Peace
Hamas is considering its reaction to what it says is an Israeli proposal for an 18 month ceasefire in Gaza. [more]

Australian Tennis Open
The latest from the tennis with our correspondent Dave Luddy. [more]

Police Shooting (Part 2)
The Tongan Advisory Council says the shooting of Halatau Naitoko has set a"nasty precedent". [more]

World Food Prices
The United Nations has convened a meeting aiming to tackle the worst effects of high food prices. [more]

Immunisation Rates (Part 2)
A new UNICEF report has highlighted New Zealand's infant immunisation rates as lagging behind. [more]

Evening Business News for 26 January 2009
News from the business sector. [more]

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

Voting in Bolivia
Voters in Bolivia have backed a new constitution, allowing leftist President Evo Morales to run for re-election,. [more]

Sri Lanka Tamil Situation (Part 2)
The Sri Lankan government says it's taken the Tigers' last remaining stronghold in the north of the country. [more]

India On Alert
India's on high alert as the country begins celebrating its national day today. [more]

Computer Virus Attack
The Ministry of Health was warned about a virus which infected its computer systems but did nothing to prevent it. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Nepal Politics
The Maoist prime minister of Nepal has admitted his five month old government has not met all the expectations of the people. [more]

Congo Military Operation
The Congolese army says nine rebels have been killed so far in the offensive. [more]

Chinese New Year
In China tens of millions of people have been returning home to celebrate the New Year. [more]

Robert Burns
It's the 250th anniversary of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns. [more]

The Oscar Nominations
The movie Slumdog Millionaire is emerging as a favourite to win the best picture Oscar. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 26 January 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 26 January 2009
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 26 January 2009
Morning Report's Top Stories for 26 January 2009. [more]

Morning chorus
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Green challenges
The Green Party has come up with five challenges it would like to see the government address. [more]

Pacific News for 26 January 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Armed offenders squad death
The mother of the teenager killed in the pursuit by the Armed Offenders Squad would like to meet the person who shot him. [more]

Fiji forum
The Prime Minister leaves for Papua New Guinea today for the Pacific Islands Forum, to discuss Fiji's route back to democracy. [more]

A grieving family
The man who allegedly sparked the police pursuit that resulted in the fatal shooting of a bystander will be in court today. [more]

Fiji forum (part two)
Fiji's future within the Pacific Islands Forum will be decided at a special meeting of Pacific leaders in Papua New Guinea. [more]

Auckland anniversary
Auckland Anniversary Day and sailing history are both being celebrated today with the Oceanbridge 2009 regatta. [more]

Israeli war crimes
Israel is vowing to protect its soldiers from prosecution overseas for alleged war crimes during its military campaign in Gaza. [more]

Medical peer review
The Medical Council wants all doctors in New Zealand to be subject to a system of peer review. [more]

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

Australian open
Dave Worsley is in Melbourne. [more]

Northen Gateway toll road
Yesterday was opening day for the 365 million dollar Northern Gateway, the country's newest toll road. [more]

Chinese New Year
People throughout the world have already started celebrating the Chinese New Year which officially falls today [more]

Judith Collins
The Minister of Police says the shooting of Halatau Naitoko is an"absolute tragedy". [more]

Cash rate
The Reserve Bank governor will review the official cash rate with a hefty cut in the rate looking increasingly likely. [more]

Cultural meeting at Pakirikiri marae
The population of Tokomaru Bay doubled for celebrations marking 75 years of contact between Ngati Porou and the Cook Islands. [more]

Auckland Anniversary day
Leilani Momoisea is at the Viaduct Basin. [more]

Robbie Burns
Scotland's national poet Robert Burns was born 250 years ago. [more]

Ratana meeting
Three thousand Ratana members gathered over the weekend to mark the birth of the church's founder. [more]

Parachute Music Festival
More than 25 thousand people have braved the heat at the biggest annual Christian music festival in the Southern Hemisphere. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Sunbed voluntary standards
New rules come into force from today which should see people under 18 or people with fair skin barred from using sunbeds. [more]

Australia Correspondent - Phil Kafcaloudes
Australian news with Phil Kafcaloudes. [more]


Lightbox Art
An art exhibition based in Dublin of the Antarctic environmental conditions through light and visual imagery. [more]

Dusty Way
Tourism Tamworth discuss naming a highway after the legendary country singer. [more]

Sports - Penny Miles
The latest sports talk from Penny. [more]

Conundrum Clue 1
Clue one. [more]

Mexico Report
Tara Fitzgerald shares news and cultural insights from the United Mexican States. [more]

Conundrum Clue 2
Clue two for you. [more]

Nine To Noon

Shamima Ali
Fiji faces suspension from the Pacific Islands Forum this week. Shamima Ali is the Fiji Human Rights Commissioner. [more]

Jenny Curry
Jenny Curry is a problem gambling counsellor. She is on Nine to Noon as part of the Making a Difference series. [more]

Allyson Gofton
Allyson Gofton has wrapped up her Food in a Minute televison series. [more]

Europe Correspondent - Seamus Kearney
News from around Europe including the bankrupt Iceland. [more]

Feature Guest - Adrian Flanagan
Adrian Flanagan is the first lone sailor to go around the world vertically. [more]

Book Review - Louise O'Brien's picks from 2008
Best Books of 2008 as selected by Louise O'Brien. [more]

Matthew Hooton and Laila Harre on politics. [more]

Chef Paul Jobin and wine with Tyson Stelzer
Guest Chef Paul Jobin, Kerikeri based chef and author and Tyson Stelzer, wine author and publisher. [more]

Sophist and provocateur Tommy Honey
Tommy Honey on shopping. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 26 January 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 26 January 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Helene Pohl
Co-director of the Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson runs us through the current event's programme. [more]

News stories:

Federer just survives week one in Melbourne
Week one at the Australian Tennis Open ended in the early hours of this morning in Melbourne after a big scare for the world number two Roger Federer and an ... [more]

Arsmtrong happy with first up race
The American legend Lance Armstrong believes he can again compete with the best cyclists in the world after completing his comeback race at the Tour Down Under in South Australia. ... [more]

Cardiff hold Arsenal in FA Cup
Last season's runners-up Cardiff City enjoyed another satisfying and lucrative FA Cup outing when they held Premier League Arsenal to a goalless draw in their fourth-round tie at Ninian Park. ... [more]

Beckham scores first goal for Milan
Football star David Beckham scored his first goal for Italian club AC Milan and the unflappable Kaka netted twice in a 4-1 win at 10-man Bologna. The on-loan England midfielder ... [more]

Hawke's Bay doing well in NZFC
Hawke's Bay United have climbed to second in the New Zealand Football Championship with a 5-2 win over Wellington yesterday. A 4-2 win over Auckland on Saturday took unbeaten Waitakere ... [more]

Nicholson looking forward to playing at home
The New Zealand golfer Sarah Nicholson, buoyed by her best showing of the summer, is excited about competing on home turf for this week's New Zealand Women's Open in Christchurch. ... [more]

Semi-finalists confirmed in State Shield cricket
The Canterbury cricketers beat Northern Districts by 5 wickets to finish second in the State Shield one day standings and will host Otago in one of the semi-finals on Wednesday. ... [more]

Ben Campbell best placed NZ golfer in Australia
Masterton's Ben Campbell is the best of the New Zealanders, seven shots off the lead going in to the final round of the high profile Lake Macquarie Amateur golf tournament ... [more]

Call for Solomons teachers to have pay docked if they fail to turn up for work on time
The Education Authority in Solomon Islands Central Province has been urged to discipline teachers who fail to turn up on time in their respective schools. The call has come from... [more]

FSM gets funds from Turkey for solar powered groundwater system
The Government of Turkey has approved a grant of US$200,000 for the Federated States of Micronesia. The money will be used on a solar powered groundwater supply system for the... [more]

Samoa's Parliamentary speaker orders new political party to declare caucus members
Members of a newly launched political party in Samoa have been told by the Speaker they have 21 days to notify him of their membership. The Tautua Samoa party was... [more]

French Polynesia talks point to planned Tong Sang ouster
Talks have been held in French Polynesia to form a unity government in an apparent move to topple President Gaston Tong Sang who has been in power since April. His... [more]

Forum leaders begin to gather in PNG for special meeting on Fiji
The New Zealand Prime Minister John Key leaves for Papua New Guinea today, where the future of Fiji within the Pacific Islands Forum will be decided. The meeting in Port... [more]

US Congress to consider legislation to help protect Pacific seabirds
The U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Commerce have passed onto Congress draft legislation to protect certain ocean birds. The Deputy Secretary of Interior, Lynn Scarlett,... [more]

Woman arrested over Wairoa fires
Police have charged a 17-year-old woman over suspected arson attacks that destroyed three homes in the Hawke's Bay town of Wairoa. [more]

Symonds apologises for McCullum comments
The Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds has delivered a public statement of apology for his alcohol-fuelled "lump of shit' jibe at New Zealander Brendon McCullum. But 33-year-old Symonds must wait until ... [more]

Melbourne A-league minor premiers
Melbourne Victory clinched the A-League football minor premiership title yesterday and booked a place in next year's Asian Champions League after Adelaide United only managed to beat Central Coast Mariners ... [more]

Bracken's absence adds to Australian pressure
Nathan Bracken's absence has put more pressure on the Australian cricketers going into game four of their 5-match one day series against South Africa. Australia's key pace bowler has ... [more]

Giggs to be offered new contract
The Manchester United football manager Sir Alex Ferguson has promised to offer veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs a new contract. The 35-year-old Giggs, British football's most decorated player, hinted earlier in ... [more]

Ellis honoured on Australia Day
Former Australian netball captain Liz Ellis is among a host of sport stars recognised in this year's Australia Day honours list. Ellis, who represented Australia in a record 122 Test matches ... [more]

Signs that grain prices have stabilised - Federated Farmers
There are signs that grain prices may have stabilised, and a crop farming leader is optimistic that prices will improve over the next few months as feed supplies tighten. [more]

Fonterra again defends itself over tainted milk scandal
Fonterra has reiterated that it had no knowledge of the criminal actions of four managers of its Chinese joint venture, Sanlu, who have been jailed for selling melamine-contaminated milk. [more]

Hawkeye questioned at Australian Open
The Hawk-Eye line-call system has been called into question at the Australian Open tennis championship after it failed to register a shot on centre court. The ball tracking system was ... [more]

Mark Boucher suffers broken toe
The South African wicket keeper Mark Boucher has a broken toe and is out of the rest of the one day international series against Australia. Boucher suffered the injury after ... [more]

FA Cup matches end in draws
Both this morning's English FA Cup 4th round matches ended in draws and will go to replays. Steven Gerrard was again Liverpool's hero, scoring the equaliser after Everton had gone ... [more]

Australia score first series win over Dutch
The Australian men's hockey team gave their new coach Ric Charlesworth the best possible start to his reign with their first series win over the Netherlands. A 1-all draw ... [more]

Wool prices improve slightly
The financially-fragile wool industry has received some measure of relief from improved prices and demand at the latest wool sales. [more]

Monday's newspaper headlines
Fatal Auckland motorway shooting; Christchurch police will tell mother of victim where released rapist is living; huge traffic jams on new motorway. [more]

American Samoa's Chief Justice wants action on those selling alcohol to minors
American Samoa's Chief Justice has instructed the Government to bring people selling alcohol to minors to justice. Officials are worried about the the growing number of cases where minors have... [more]

Stronger links between the people of Tokomaru Bay and the Cook Islands
The former Cook Islands High Commissioner to New Zealand Iaveta Short says there's no doubting the links with the Ngati Porou tribe on the East Coast of New Zealand's North... [more]

Marshall Island community to sue over installaton of solar units
A remote community in the Marshall Islands is preparing to sue the national government in a dispute over installation of household solar units. Ebon Atoll Senator, John Silk, says Ebon... [more]

Row in CNMI over removal of funds to fix primay school
The Northern Marianas' Governor has rescinded the decision of the CNMI's Housing Corporation to approve funding for the renovation of a dilapidated school building. The housing corporation had approved more... [more]

Nadal back in action at Australian Open
The men's tennis world number one Rafael Nadal is in action today taking on Chilean Fernando Gonzalez in the fourth round of the Australian Open. While Nadal dusted off German Tommy ... [more]

Must win cricket match for Australia on Australia Day
The Australian cricket team take on South Africa in the fourth one dayer at Adelaide on Monday, desperate for a win to keep the series alive. The tourists currently lead the ... [more]

Pietersen hits century in first game without captaincy
Kevin Pietersen has smacked a century in his first appearance for England since resigning as captain in the opening match of the West Indies tour. Pietersen, who quit as captain ... [more]

Big Four football clubs avoid each other in FA Cup
The English football clubs Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have been kept apart for the fifth round of the FA Cup. Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton face a potential ... [more]

Heineken Cup rugby wrap-up
The 2007 Heineken Cup Rugby champions Wasps have been knocked out at the pool stage for the second successive season after going down to Castres 21-15. The London side finished ... [more]

Real Madrid football club seek to close gap on Barcelona
Real Madrid have showed they haven't given up hope of catching runaway Primera Liga leaders Barcelona by ekeing out a 1-0 home win over Deportivo Coruna. Raul's glancing header just before ... [more]

Bucks star out for the season
The Milwaukee Bucks basketballer Michael Redd will miss the the remainder of the NBA season after suffering a serious knee injury. The 29-year-old tore anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in ... [more]

Canterbury, Hawke's Bay remain dry
Farmers in Waikato are breathing a sigh of relief that there has been rain in the region over the last month, however rainfall has been patchy in Hawke's Bay and the threat of drought remains in Canterbury. [more]

Jason Richards moves to new V8 Supercar team
Brad Jones Racing has announced the New Zealand driver Jason Richards will join its Team BOC Racing outfit for this year's V8 Supercar series. Richard's has been a regular runner in ... [more]

Beckham nets first goal for AC Milan
The English footballer David Beckham has scored his first goal for AC Milan in the Italian side's 4-1 win at 10-man Bologna. The midfielder, who is on loan from the LA ... [more]

Onus on Forum to show leadership on Fiji, says New Zealand PM
New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key says there is an onus on the Pacific Islands Forum to show leadership at the special meeting in Papua New Guinea tomorrow to discuss... [more]

Half of all PNG murders sorcery-related, say police
The police in Papua New Guinea estimate that half of all murder cases in the past year were sorcery related. The PNG Constitutional Review and Law Reform Commission is now... [more]

US Pacific territories push for inclusion in economic stimulus package
The US Pacific territories are urging the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to include them in the economic stimulus package which will soon be introduced in Congress. Congressman Faleomavaega Eni... [more]

Family of missing Tahiti journalist responds to Flosse comments over case
The family of the French Polynesian journalist who disappeared in 1997 has responded to comments made by the veteran politician Gaston Flosse. Mr Flosse accused the journalist's brother of orchestrating... [more]

Brother charged after man dies in fight
A 31-year-old Nelson man, injured in a fight with his brother, has died in Wellington hospital. The man's brother, whose name is suppressed, has been charged with wounding with intent to injure. [more]

Driver in fatal bridge crash travelling in wrong lane
A woman driver killed in a crash on the Auckland Harbour Bridge on Monday morning was travelling in the wrong direction in the city-bound lanes, police say. [more]

No law change needed for salary freeze, says PM
The Prime Minister says his calls for the Remuneration Authority to freeze the salaries of Members of Parliament will not require a law change. [more]

Mandatory smart electricity meters unnecessary - Govt
A Green Party call for electricity retailers to be required to provide off-peak rates is unnecessary, says Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee. [more]

New guidelines for sunbed operators
Solarium operators will be expected to ban people under 18 and those with very fair skin from using their sunbeds, under new voluntary standards. [more]

Doctors to assess each other under proposed system
The Medical Council wants doctors to adopt a system of peer review of their colleagues to help lift doctors' competence and boost patient safety. [more]

American Samoa Committee to consider effect of minimum wage hike on territory
American Samoa's House Commerce Committee has scheduled a hearing for next Friday to discuss how the territory has been affected by the first two increases in the local minimum wage... [more]

French magistates union speaks of possible contempt of court
The French magistates union has expressed its indignation at the comments of a French Polynesian assembly member, Hiro Tefaarere. Last week, he strongly criticised the judiciary in public after he... [more]

Australian govt to bolster commercial developments
The Treasury has been offered a briefing on new plans by the Australian government to spend $4 billion to finance commercial property developments. [more]

Market for beef more stable
Meat processor and exporter Silver Fern Farms has been able to confirm beef contracts with farmer suppliers for December and January, now the market has become more stable. [more]

Free trade group upbeat about Korea deal prospects
A free trade lobby group does not expect the global downturn to hinder New Zealand's chances of securing a trade agreement with Korea. [more]

UK house prices continue to fall
House prices in Britain fell by 1% in January and are 9.4% lower than a year earlier, according to a monthly survey of estate agents. [more]

IMF to cut global growth forecast further - official
The International Monetary Fund will cut its 2009 global growth forecast again, this time to between 1% and 1.5%, as economic conditions deteriorate further, an IMF official says. [more]

Service industry still suffering downturn
A measure of activity in the services sector recorded a mild improvement in December compared to November, but is still significantly down on the same month the previous year. [more]

Four children found home alone
Hawke's Bay police say they were appalled to find four children left at home alone in Flaxmere at the weekend while their parents worked an overnight shift. [more]

Fairytale continues for Spainish tennis player at Australian Open
The diminutive Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro has continued her giant-killing run at the Australian Tennis Open with a 6-3 6-2 fourth-round victory over compatriot Anabel Medina Garrigues. Suarez Navarro, who ... [more]

Ponting disappointed at Symonds' behaviour
The Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting has spoken out about the alcohol fuelled behaviour of star allrounder Andrew Symonds. Symonds' career is in jeopardy after he made disparaging comments about the ... [more]

American golfer Pat Perez wins Bob Hope Classic
The American golfer Pat Perez has taken advantage of a final-round collapse by overnight leader Steve Stricker to win his maiden PGA Tour title by three shots at the Bob Hope ... [more]

Celtics and Lakers post big wins
The Boston Celtics basketball team has posted its eighth straight victory in the NBA, beating the Dallas Mavericks 124-100 in Boston. Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Eddie House scored 23-points a ... [more]

Banned American cyclist to return to the sport
With his two-year doping ban having almost run its course, cyclist Floyd Landis is excited and nervous as he contemplates his return to the sport at next month's Tour of ... [more]

500 days to go to 2010 Football World Cup
Another milestone enroute to the 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa has been reached today, with just five hundred days to go to the event. A number of activities are ... [more]

Olympic pole vault gold medalist to face biggest rival
The Olympic pole vault gold medallist Steve Hooker will get an early chance to put one over the man who pipped him for the world No.1 ranking in 2008. Beijing ... [more]

Reed maintains supercross lead
The Australian motocross rider Chad Reed has retained first place in the AMA world championship supercross series despite finishing second in the fourth round in Texas. Defending champion Reed was back ... [more]

Australian aerial skiier on top of the world
The Australian Lydia Lassila has reinforced her position as the world's No.1 aerial skier, winning her second event of the season in Mont Gabriel, Canada. Competing in minus 18 degree ... [more]

Pair escape before crashed glider burns
Two people managed to escape before their glider crashed and was gutted by fire in Hawke's Bay. [more]

World's oldest yacht in Anniversary Day regatta
One of the biggest one-day regattas in the world has taken place on Auckland Harbour. Among the 500 boats was the world's oldest racing yacht. [more]

Congestion on toll road unsatisfactory - PM
Prime Minister John Key says the traffic congestion on the opening day of the country's newest road is unsatisfactory. [more]

Williams into quarters after hollow win
The second seed Serena Williams has had a hollow win at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, to advance to the quarterfinals. Williams was trailing by a set when Victoria ... [more]

Appeal for sightings of hitchhiker after taxi attack
Police investigating the kidnapping of Taranaki taxi driver Tony Brosnan are appealing for information about a hitchhiker seen in the area. [more]

Ministry denies it didn't take virus warning seriously
The Ministry of Health is denying it did not take warnings about a damaging computer virus seriously enough. [more]

Parties consulted over electoral finance regime
The Government has begun consulting political parties on an interim electoral finance regime. [more]

Canterbury artists concerned at water scheme
A group of Canterbury artists plan to camp by the Waimakariri River to highlight concerns over a controversial water project. [more]

Asian slowdown larger than expected - Treasury
Asian economies are slowing more abruptly than expected, says a Treasury adviser, which will increasingly affect New Zealand's economy over the course of the year. [more]

Trading thin as markets closed for holidays
Japanese stocks lost ground in extremely thin trading on Monday as investors awaited earnings results this week from Sony, Honda and other major companies. [more]

NZ immunisation rates lower than world average
A Unicef report into the health of the world's children shows New Zealand is lagging behind in infant immunisation rates. [more]