Radio New Zealand - Saturday, 14th February 2009

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This page features: News Stories, Radio NZ National Music, Saturday Morning, Sunday Morning, This Way Up

Radio NZ National Music

High Places
High Places talk with Emma Smith about their debut, High Places [more]

Saturday Morning

Seth Godin: dips and tribes
Marketing guru, blogger and author of business books The Dip (about quitting) and Tribes (about leadership). [more]

Mike Morwood: the hobbit
Archaeologist who discovered the remains of the hobbit-like human species Homo floresiensis on an Indonesian island. [more]

Alan Dixson: sexual attraction
Professor of Biological Sciences who studies reproductive biology and the evolution of sexuality in primates. [more]

Kate's Klassic: Rabbit, Run
Kate Camp will discuss the 1960 novel Rabbit, Run by recently deceased American author John Updike. [more]

Drumming Brazilian Batucada Favourites
Members of the Wellington Batucada drumming troupe and Carnival Queen Clo Mudrik, live in session. [more]

Malcolm Rogers: Monet, museums and money
Director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, touring the Monet and the Impressionists exhibition at Te Papa. [more]

Lama Ole Nydahl: Buddhist life and conscious death
Danish founder of Diamond Way Buddhism, a world-wide organisation of Karma Kagyu Buddhism. [more]

A selection of emails from Saturday morning. [more]

Sunday Morning

Insight, Sunday 15 February: Homelessness
Richard Pamatatau examines the extent of homelessness in New Zealand amid proposals to force them off Auckland streets [more]

This Way Up

The yoyo's been around for more than 2,000 years and is one of the world's most enduring and popular toys. [more]

Bill Thompson on Amazon's latest ebook reader, the Kindle 2, which gets released later this month. [more]

Tango tussle
For over a century Uruguay and Argentina have been quarreling over who invented tango. But now a truce is in sight. [more]

Bees 11: Colony Collapse Disorder
Rowan Jacobsen on colony collapse disorder. It's killing billions of the world's honeybees but nobody really knows why. [more]

Blooming business
Amy Stewart on the importance of Valentine's Day to the global flower industry. [more]

Furniture shopping
Retail writer Martin Craig on how stuff like stock levels and exchange rate fluctuations can translate into savings. [more]

News stories:

Shell considers selling NZ businesses
Shell is considering selling some of its businesses in New Zealand as it begins a strategic review of its assets in this country. [more]

Bravery award for pilots of hijacked plane
Two pilots of an Air New Zealand flight hijacked by a woman last year are to receive bravery awards. [more]

Families upset at jail term for tagger's killing
Families in the case of a man jailed for killing a teenage tagger in South Auckland are upset at the four-year sentence imposed. [more]

No prison for killer of tagger - Sensible Sentencing Trust
The Sensible Sentencing Trust says a man who killed a teenage tagger should have been sentenced to home detention and not prison. It says the dead boy's family has to take some responsibility for what happened. [more]

Escaper caught
An escaped prisoner who was at large for three days is back in custody. He will appear in the Manukau District Court on Saturday. [more]

Jobs go as car dealership put on market
Twenty employees at Williams & Adams have lost their jobs, after the business was put into liquidation. The long standing car dealership is to be put on the market. [more]

Wool prices fluctuate as dollar strengthens
Wool prices fluctuated at a combined North and South Island sale on Thursday amid a strengthening currency. A quarter of the offering failed to sell. [more]

2.5 million litres of sewage in Lake Wairarapa
About 2.5 million litres of sewage from Featherston has been deliberately released into Lake Wairarapa. [more]

Slips in Manawatu Gorge
Motorists are advised to take care on State Highhway Three through the Manawatu Gorge, following a number of slips on Friday night. [more]

American Samoa cannery needs 100 new workers
The American Samoa cannery, COS Samoa Packing, is endeavouring to recruit more than 100 new workers. The company says it needs to hire 150 employees right now to replace former... [more]

American Samoa treasury clamps down on ghost workers
The American Samoan treasurer, Magalei Logovii, says employees working on Monday, which is a public holiday, will have to personally sign for their pay cheques on the day. He says... [more]

Fiji sugar industry not given financial help - says NZAID
The New Zealand Aid Agency NZAID has rejected reports from Fiji that it has provided around a million US dollars in assistance for the country's sugar industry. Fijilive has reported... [more]

Europe stocks close up
European stocks closed higher on Friday, although British banks slid after Lloyds Banking Group posted a big loss at its HBOS unit. Lloyds was down by 32.4%. [more]

2011 comeback predicted for NZ First - party president
New Zealand First president George Groombridge believes the party will make a comeback at the 2011 election. [more]

Truck driver flown to hospital
A Blenheim truck driver is in Wellington hospital with serious injuries after hitting an embankment on State Highway One north of Kaikoura. [more]

Media numbers watched
The Government has a smaller number of media staff than the previous Labour Government. However, some of them are paid more. [more]

Suspicious fires at skifield
Police say fires at two buildings overnight at Whakapapa skifield on Mt Ruapheu are suspicious. [more]

Coast to coast event underway
The 26th annual Coast to Coast race across the South Island is underway from Kumara beach to Sumner - a distance of 243km. [more]

Skifield fires being dampened
The Department of Conservation says fire crews are still dampening an overnight blaze at Whakapapa skiifield on Mt Ruapehu. [more]

US oil jumps 10%
US oil has risen in price by nearly 10% to to $US37.28 per barrel on hopes a stimulus package could help pull the US economy out of a recession. [more]

South Korea rates hit record low
The Bank of Korea has cut interest rates to a record low of 2% and signalled further cuts could lie ahead. [more]

Blues off to good start in Super 14
The Blues have started the Super 14 season with an away bonus point win over the Western Force in Perth. Down 14-3 after 27 minutes, thhe Blues scored four tries ... [more]

Mills out of Twenty20 game
New Zealand paceman Kyle Mills will miss Sunday's Twenty20 clash with Australia at the SCG, while batting star Ross Taylor is in doubt. Mills injured his right Achilles tendon in ... [more]

Corry suspended for six weeks
Former England captain Martin Corry was banned for six weeks on Friday for making contact with the eye of Ospreys hooker Matthew Hibbard during a Heineken Cup match last month. A ... [more]

Germany drafts new banking powers
Germany is drafting a law to give the government new powers to nationalise banks. It would enable the government to take control of financial institutions whose failure would pose a systemic risk. [more]

Masonry purchase approved
The Commerce Commission has given Fletcher Building approval to purchase up to 100% of two masonry businesses owned by Stevenson Group. [more]

$100 million bond offer by Auckland City Council
Auckland City Council is looking to raise $100 million in bonds. The offer goes to the market on 23 February. [more]

Samoa donates 66,000 US dollars to victims of Aust bushfires
Samoa is to donate over 66 thousand US dollars for Bush Fire Victims in Australia. Cabinet approved the financial assistance to help the victims of the bushfires in the State... [more]

Peters arrives at NZ First meeting
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is at a meeting of his party in Auckland on Saturday that will determine its future. [more]

Chairlift threatened by fire
The chairlift is threatened by fire at the Whakapapa skiifield on Mt Ruapehu where a cafe and workshop were burned down overnight. Damage is estimated at $2 milllion. [more]

Rising numbers seek help from Salvation Army
There was a jump in the number of families seeking help from the Salvation Army in the last three months of last year and it's worried the situation will get worse. [more]

Worry over banks sees slide on Wall StreeT
Stocks in the United States fell on Friday as the government's latest bank rescue plan failed to allay investor worries. Volume was light on the New York Stock Exchange. [more]

Transport funding cut under draft plan
Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker is defending proposals for public transport that cut funding to some projects and delay others. [more]

Lines company to freeze its charges
An electricity lines companies in Nelson is to freeze its charges in 2009 from 1 April. [more]

Team New Zealand levels Louis Vuitton final
Team New Zealand has won the second race in the final of the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series being sailed on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour to level the best of five series at ... [more]

Big loss at HBOS unit of Lloyds
Lloyds Banking Group said its HBOS unit made a pretax loss of Stg 8.5 billion last year. [more]

Escaped prisoner in court
A prisoner recaptured after almost three days at large has appeared in the Manukau District Court. He was remanded in custody. [more]

Defence Force hands back base
The New Zealand Defence Force handed back the site of a former air force base at Shelly Bay in Wellington to iwi on Saturday. [more]

Hank Aaron could be reinstated as all-time home run king
Hank Aaron could be reinstated over Barry Bonds as the all-time home run king in Major League Baseball in the United States. League commissioner Bud Selig says he's considering returning ... [more]

Rain saves Australia against the Black Caps
Brisbane's rain has saved Australia from a likely series loss in the Chappell Hadlee one day cricket series. The final game of the five match series was abandoned after heavy ... [more]

Ski field fire flares again
Firefighters have been kept busy on Mount Ruapehu, after one of Saturday morning's suspicious fires on Whakapapa ski field flared up again. [more]