Radio New Zealand - Friday, 13th February 2009

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Best Song Ever Written - Alabama
Rob Tuwhare chooses Neil Young's 'Alabama'. [more]

Honk 'n' Plonk
Christchurch jazzers Roger Whyte and Tom Donaldson are Honk 'n' Plonk. [more]

Shell in New Zealand
After 98 years in New Zealand, the Shell Oil Company is reviewing its entire operation here. [more]

Virtual monarchy
The Queen has relaunched her website at a Buckingham Palace reception. [more]

He Rourou for 13 February 2009
Ana Tapiata talks to Wi Keelan about the late Dr. John McLeod. [more]

Wots On
Things to do for you. [more]

Fresh Fast Food - Alison Holst
Go to the Afternoons recipe page for details. [more]

Weekend Weather
Summer's been out the window for many parts of the country, while Aucklanders sweltered yesterday in the heat and humidity. [more]

Sports Story
Summer means Sport is everywhere so Murray Williams has a lot to talk about. [more]

NZ Society -Duder regional farm Park
Thousands of Aucklanders use Parks every year but very few people visit some of them. [more]

The Panel (part one)
With Liz Bowen-Clewley and John Bishop. [more]

The Panel (part two)
With Liz Bowen-Clewley and John Bishop. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 13 February 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Midday Business News for 13 February 2009
Midday Business News [more]

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

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


Power line snap
Power authorities are investigating after a 220,000 volt line power snapped and fell across a row of homes in South Auckland. [more]

Tagger killer sentenced
The killer of a South Auckland tagger has been sent to jail for four years. [more]

Possible arsonist questioned
Police investigating the Victorian bushfires say they're questioning someone over the Churchill fire. [more]

Prison dealer
A man who admitted importing methamphetamine from Thailand while in Rimutaka prison is tonight beginning a lengthy jail term. [more]

Australian shark attack
In the second shark attack in two days in waters around Sydney a surfer's had his hand virtually ripped off. [more]

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

Nia Glassie case
The father of the brothers who murdered Rotorua toddler Nia Glassie in 2007 has been jailed for four years. [more]

Telecom wage freeze
The country's largest listed company Telecom has put a freeze on pay rises for its top executives to try to cut costs. [more]

Pakistan arrest
A filmmaker is warning not to jump to conclusions about New Zealander Mark Taylor who's been arrested by Pakistani officials. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Violent women
The Principal Youth Court Judge says there's been a noticeable increase in violence committed by young women. [more]

Shell New Zealand
The oil giant Shell is deciding whether to get rid of some of its New Zealand assets. [more]

New Zealand firefighters go to Australia
More than 50 New Zealand firefighters flew out of Auckland this afternoon to help with the Victorian bush fires. [more]

Community impact
The sentence for the killer of a teenage tagger has stirred strong emotions in the community where Pihema Cameron died. [more]

Power line snap 2
There's anger from the residents of a South Auckland street after a 220,000 volt power line snapped. [more]

Victoria bushfires
In Victoria bushfires flared up again overnight near the town of Healesville. [more]

House sales low
The number of houses sold last month has fallen to a 17 year low according to figures released by the Real Estate Institute. [more]

Super 14
The first game sees the Highlanders host the Brumbies. [more]

Australian stimulus package
The Parliament in Canberra today passed the Government's 42 billion Australian dollar stimulus package. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Mumbai attacks
Pakistan has admitted that some of its nationals and its territory were involved. [more]

SS Penguin disaster
New Zealand's worst peacetime maritime disaster of the 20th century has been commemorated in Wellington. [more]

Country Life

Intro and guest
Intro and guest. [more]

Regional wrap
Parts of the North Island received good rain. In the South Island farms have been busy soaking up the rain. [more]

Watermelon growing
Geoff McKeown is a watermelon grower in the Bay of Plenty and has to protect his crop from night time thieves. [more]

My yurt is my castle
Peter Laszlo and his artist wife Rosie arrived in New Zealand a couple of years ago after selling their small farm in France. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus on Politics Friday 13 Feb ( FIRST WEEK)
Parliamentary chief reporter Jane Patterson takes a look back at a busy week as Parliament resumes for 2009. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 13 February 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 13 February 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for Friday 13 February 2009
Report shows lack of Respiratory care, kiwi detained in Pakistan and fire conditions ease in Victoria. [more]

The Kakapo
Listen to todays bird call. [more]

World Class Eco School Furniture from Hastings
Pupils returning to school this year are for the first time using some of the most eco-friendly desks and chairs in the world. [more]

Pacific News for Friday 13 February 2009
The latest news from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Airline to remove fuel levy
JetStar is the first New Zealand-based airline to remove a fuel levy on international flights. [more]

Many kiwi's lack access to a respiratory physician
Research shows that more than half of the country's District Health Boards are failing to properly treat respiratory disease. [more]

Respiratory treatment
Chief Clinical Advisor at the Ministry of Health, Dr Sandy Dawson comments. [more]

New Zealander still detained in Pakistan
Mark Taylor remains in the custody of Pakistani intelligence services, in an investigation cloaked in secrecy. [more]

Victoria, fire conditions ease
Victoria's firefighters get a break in the weather. [more]

Two satellites collide in space
NASA is tracking the debris cloud and believe the risk to the three astronauts aboard the space station is low. [more]

Govt repeal of EFA hits a stumbling block
It foundered in parliament last night, after a procedural error by the Leader of the House. [more]

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

Kaikohe claims victory for people power after council stoush
Kaikohe people are claiming a victory for people power after a council backdown over moving staff to Kerikeri. [more]

Homeless figures may top 20 000
The number of homeless in New Zealand may be three times the level recorded in the Census, according to a researcher. [more]

Louis Vuitton regatta final in Auckland
The Swiss crew Alinghi has won through to take on Team New Zealand in the Louis Vuitton Pacific Cup final. [more]

Labtests contracts
The legal battle of over who should run laboratory services in Auckland has been decided - but doctors remain unhappy. [more]

Report into New Zealand's Respiratory Services
A study found less than half of DHB's comply with minimum standards of repiratory care. [more]

Victoria will be introducing an early warning fire system
Inter-state bureacracy and bickering is being blamed for delaying an automated text message warning system. [more]

US stimulus package
The US Congress is poised to pass President Obama's seven hundred and eight nine billion dollar stimulus package. [more]

Australian economic stimulus package
The Australian Senate yesterday rejected a massive economic stimulus package. [more]

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

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

NZ First's fresh stratedy
Peter Brown says the party should have fessed up to its mistakes around political donations, and shown more humility. [more]

Auckland CC pay freeze
The country's largest city council has a new plan for keeping rates down - a freeze on the pay packets of council staff. [more]

Telecom's latest financial results
Telecom New Zealand has just announced its latest financial results. [more]

Super 14 rugby season kicks off
The Super 14 rugby season kicks off tonight with the Highlanders and Blues both in action. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Australian correspondent
Kerry-Anne Walsh reports on fires and floods that are effecting Australia. [more]


Everest Test
Plans are underway for the highest Cricket game on record... at the Gorak Shep plateau in Nepal. [more]

And the answer is... [more]

Nine To Noon

Asthma Foundation - Jane Patterson
Jane Patterson comments on the impact of the low level of access to respiratory physicians. [more]

Cheap Airfares
Airlines are removing fuel levies thus lowering air ticket prices, Sue Chetwin of Consumer New Zealand comments. [more]

Pacific Correspondent
Mike Field of Fairfax reports. [more]

Feature guest - James Boyle
James Boyle has been described as the Godfather of the Free Culture movement. [more]

Children's Book Review
John McIntyre reviews the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. [more]

Music Review - Manu Taylor
Manu reviews Antony and the Johnsons, Loop Record's 'Surfaid' and The Darcy Perry Band. [more]

Richard Becht reports on the latest in kiwi sports. [more]

Week That Was
With Radar and Petra Bagust. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 13 February 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 13 February 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Simon O'Neill
Top New Zealand tenor performing summer matinee concert with the Auckland Philharmonia this weekend. [more]

Alexandra Hay
New Zealand composer recently returned from 'The Song Company's' MODART programme in Sydney. [more]

News stories:

Council delays decision over recycling bags
A decision on the future of Wellington's recycling system has been delayed. [more]

Man charged over lifting child by the head
A 20-year-old man has appeared in the Christchurch District Court accused of willful ill-treatment by lifting a child by the head, though police say it may have been a playful gesture. [more]

German wasps invade Canterbury town
A Canterbury town has been hit by what is thought to be the worst German wasp invasion in 15 years. [more]

Auckland laboratory service dispute ends
The long-running legal dispute over who provides $500 million worth of community laboratory services in Auckland appears to be over. [more]

Giggs signs on for another year with United
Ryan Giggs has signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at English football champions Manchester United until 2010. The 35-year-old winger, whose previous deal was set to end in ... [more]

Retirement village company announces $61m loss
The country's second biggest retirement village operator Metlifecare has sliced $55 million off the value of its properties in a move it says reflects the market's meltdown. As a result of the write-down the company made a $61.9 half year loss. [more]

Tenon profit down, predicts difficult months ahead
Building products firm Tenon's profit has halved, and it expects the next six months to be the most difficult for the sector. [more]

Qarase will not be given a pension says Fiji's interim PM
Fiji's ousted Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, will not be given the Prime Minister's pension because he had appealed the High Court decision on his case against the interim Government. Mr... [more]

Fiji's interim govt orders schools to raise flag and sing anthem
Fiji's interim government has ordered schools to raise the flag and sing the anthem regularly to instil more national pride in children. The country's interim Education Minister, Filipe Bole, has... [more]

Solomon Islands signs an MOU with IOM
The Solomon Islands Government has signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Organisation for Migration, or IOM, to enhance cooperation between the two parties on migration issues. The arrangement... [more]

Tonga's PSA unhappy some MPs have taken money out of fund
Tonga's Public Service Association says it's come to their attention that members of the government have prematurely withdrawn their pensions from the retirement fund. The PSA Secretary-General, Mele Amanaki, says... [more]

Farmers offer help to Victoria bushfire victims
Federated Farmers will offer the use of holiday accommodation for Victorian farming families needing respite after the trauma of the bushfires. [more]

Agriculture research fund formally dismantled
The Government has carried out its plan to ditch the $700 million Fast Forward Fund for research into pastoral agriculture and food industries set up by the previous Government. [more]

Protectionist moves 'must be resisted'
The APEC business advisory council ABAC, which met in Wellington on Thursday, has called on governments to resist putting up trade barriers in response to the deepening economic gloom. [more]

Friday's newspaper headlines
New Zealand passport-holder being interrogated in Pakistan; e-mail accounts of Wellington city councillors being searched; Auckland swelters as much of the rest of the country is drenched. [more]

Offender levy bill passes first reading
Legislation imposing a $50 fine on all offenders to go towards compensation for victims has passed its first hurdle in Parliament. [more]

Heavy rain clearing
Heavy rain warnings lapsed as the worst of the rain affected large areas of New Zealand was over by Friday morning. [more]

Jetstar dropping most fuel surcharges
Australian company Jetstar is removing most international fuel surcharges on its airfares in response to lower oil and jet fuel prices. [more]

More than 20,000 may be homeless - researcher
The number of homeless people may be three times the amount recorded in official statistics, says a public health researcher. [more]

Electoral legislation has faltering start in Parliament
A series of procedural errors has meant legislation repealing the controversial Electoral Finance Act, introduced to Parliament on Thursday, will not be debated until next week. [more]

Hawaii's merchants upset about plastic bag plans
Hawaii's merchants are voicing their opposition to lawmakers over several proposals that would significantly increase operating costs as it won't resolve environmental concerns over plastic bags. Three bills before the... [more]

Guam's port is getting three new cranes
Guam's port is getting three new cranes to help manage the influx of activity that will accompany the United States' military build-up. The three gantry cranes, purchased by Horizon Lines... [more]

Bluesky Comms in American Samoa has new officer
BlueSky Communications in American Samoa has announced the appointment of Puleleiite Liamatua Tufele as Chief Technology Officer. Tufele has been with BlueSky since it opened in July 1999, but at... [more]

Census in Solomon Islands will create jobs
More than 1,600 jobs will be created in Solomon Islands over the next nine months for the national population census. The Prime Minister announced the national population census day will... [more]

American Samoa Visitors Association keen for Bureau to join SPTO
The President of the Pago Pago Visitors Association has recommended that American Samoa's Visitors Bureau makes it a priority to join the South Pacific Travel Organisation for better representation in... [more]

Tonga's PSA calls on Fund Board to rescind decision
Tonga's Public Service Association has called for the Retirement Fund board to rescind the decision to grant premature pensions to members of the government before they've reached retirement age. The... [more]

Retail sales fall
Official figures show consumer spending has now been slowing for a full year, as car sales dwindle. [more]

China's stake in Rio Tinto'excellent value, says CEO
Mining company Rio Tinto says the price Chinalco is paying to increase its stake in the company is at a significant premium to market value. [more]

New police launch for Wellington
Wellington police are looking forward to being able to respond more quickly to emergencies at sea with a new launch being built to replace the ageing Lady Elizabeth III. [more]

A Papua New Guinea women removed from flight for carrying a gun
A Papua New Guinean woman has been removed from a flight to Brisbane from Port Moresby after a gun wass found in her make up bag. It has been revealed... [more]

Auckland raid fails to find Waikato prison escaper
Armed offenders squad officers have carried out a raid in East Auckland but failed to find the escaped prisoner they were after. [more]

Mortgage plan news spurs late US market rally
US stocks staged a late rally to close mostly higher on Thursday after a report that the Obama administration was working on a programme to subsidize mortgage payments for troubled homeowners. [more]

Population increases, median age rises
New Zealand's population nudged up to 4,291,900 last year. [more]

Rain gives boost to pastoral farmers
Pastoral farmers have welcomed the widespread rain this week, the largest amount of rainfall most have had this summer. [more]

Pilots injured in mid-air drama to receive commendations
Two pilots injured when a woman allegedly hijacked their domestic Air New Zealand flight are to receive bravery awards. [more]

Hopes more Pacific Islanders will take part in Coast to Coast multi sport event
The director of the New Zealand Speight's Coast to Coast multi-sport event says he wants to see more competitors from Pacific Island countries enter. The annual event involves swimming, kayaking... [more]

Obama stimulis package to put constraints on minimum wage hikes in US Pacific territories
The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas is welcoming news the United States federal General Accounting Office will have to report on the impact of past and future minimum wage increases... [more]

Freeze on residential rents in Fiji extended
Fiji's Prices and Incomes Board has extended a freeze on residential rents through to the end of this year. Landlords cannot lift rents about the rates that applied as at... [more]

Central Bank of Samoa urges Samoans to find sources of income other than remittances
The Central Bank of Samoa is urging Samoans to seek additional sources of income to make up for a projected downturn in remittances. Last year remittances accounted for 24 per... [more]

Fritch becomes Speaker in French Polynesia
French Polynesia's politicians have chosen Edouard Fritch as the new Speaker of the House, following the election of pro-independence leader Oscar Temaru as President. Oceania Flash reports that Mr Fritch,... [more]

Auckland Council praised for ensuring huge Pacific festival continues
New Zealand's opposition Labour Party spokesperson on Pacific Island Affairs, Luamanavao Winnie Laban, is pleased that the annual Pasifika Festival in Auckland will go ahead next month. The Auckland City... [more]

William Curtis jailed for Nia Glassie assault
The father of the two men who murdered Rotorua toddler Nia Glassie has been jailed for four years for assaulting her in the months before her killing. [more]

Housing sales in January fall to 17-year low
The number of houses sold in January fell to the lowest monthly level since 1992. [more]

Tongan women to present traditional cultural works in Auckland gallery
More than 60 Tongan women from an Auckland club will debut cultural works at an Auckland gallery next week. The exhibition Koloa et al or Your art is my Tresure... [more]

Bougainville leaders call for an end to political bickering
The President of the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville, James Tanis, says political instability is the region's biggest threat. Speaking during a joint supervisory body meeting with the... [more]

100 years since shipwrecking of Penguin
One of New Zealand's worst maritime tragedies, the shipwrecking of the SS Penguin in which 72 people died, has been commemorated. [more]

PNG medical fraternity calls for more betelnut regulation
The medical fraternity in Papua New Guinea is calling for new laws to control the sale and use of betelnut, as deaths from mouth cancer continue to climb. More than... [more]

Fiji police place security cordon around rugby union offices after threats
Fiji police have confirmed that they are providing protection for Fiji Rugby Union officials after threatening telephone calls and text messages had been sent to staff at the Union's offices. [more]

Man who set up drug trade from prison jailed
A man who admitted organising methamphetamine importation from Thailand while in Rimutaka prison has been jailed for 12 years with a minimum non-parole period of seven years. [more]

Escaped Paremoremo inmate caught
A dangerous inmate on the run from Auckland Prison at Paremoremo has been caught in the main street of Hamilton early on Friday. [more]

Respiratory disease claims startling, says minister
Health Minister Tony Ryall says a study showing more than half of district health boards are unable to proved adequate respiratory disease treatment is startling and concerning. [more]

Rain delays start and threatens decider
The deciding game in the Chappell-Hadlee one day cricket series is in doubt after heavy overnight rain in Brisbane with rain still falling at the time of the scheduled toss ... [more]

Early end to racing on first day of Louis Vuitton final
High winds have brought an early end the first day of finals in the Louis Vuitton regatta in Auckland after the Swiss Alinghi crew won the opening encounter against Team ... [more]

Roulston set for first outing with new professional team
The double Olympic medallist Hayden Roulston makes his return to the professional road cycling circuit this weekend in the Tour of California. Roulston, who won a silver medal in the ... [more]

More girls committing violent crime, says judge
Principal Youth Court Judge Andrew Becroft says more needs to be done to address a noticeable increase in violence committed by young women. [more]

NZ man arrested in Pakistan 'safe and well'
A New Zealand man arrested by Pakistani security forces near the Afghan border is safe and well, says New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. [more]

A lucky escape for tourist and stingray
A South African tourist has survived being spiked by a stringray caught off the Coromandel Peninsular. [more]

Minister calls Pacific economic summit
Business leaders from the Pacific community have been called to an economic summit next week by the Minister of Pacific Island Affairs. [more]

NZ First to discuss 'awful' election campaign
New Zealand First party members and former MPs meet in Auckland on Saturday to discuss the future of the party. Deputy leader Peter Brown says Winston Peters should stay on as leader. [more]

NZ firefighters join bushfire effort
A group of New Zealand firefighters flew to Victoria on Friday to help control raging bushfires and provide relief their their Australian counterparts. [more]

Sewage spill in Lake Wairarapa
Sewage has been discovered spilling into Lake Wairarapa after a valve used to drain the Featherston oxidation ponds was tampered with. [more]

Asia markets up slightly, NZ flat
Markets in Asia were slightly higher at the end of the trading week, but the New Zealand index remained flat. [more]

No pay rises for Auckland city council staff
Auckland City Council says there will be no provisions in its budget for staff salary increases, effectively putting a freeze on the pay packets of workers. [more]

No payrise for Telecom bosses as profit tumbles
Top Telecom employees will not be getting a pay rise this year as the company tries to cut costs. [more]

Inquiry after power line falls on Sth Auckland homes
National grid operator Transpower is investigating how a high voltage line snapped in South Auckland, falling on a row of houses. [more]

Catholic brother loses appeal over prison term
A Catholic brother jailed for abusing boys in his care has had an appeal against his prison sentence dismissed. [more]