Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 17th February 2009

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Best Song Ever Written - You Don't Have To Cry
Neil Turner chooses 'You Don't Have To Cry' by Crosby, Stills, Nash but not Young. [more]

Reeling In The Years - Shade Smith
Shade Smith, the song writing talent from the Rumour is with us on Reeling In The Years for 1972. [more]

Lex Mellink
Lex Mellink is the former Head of Research and Development for Netherlands police. He travels lecturing on community policing. [more]

He Rourou for 17 February 2009
Ana Tapiata talks to Wi Keelan at the presentation of the John McLeod scholarships for Maori health professionals. [more]

Feature Album - The Band
The Feature Album was released in 1969 and is 'The Band' by The Band. [more]

Tune Your Engine - Call me Dad
Scott Lancaster got together with a couple of Wellington mates to launch a website on something they had in common: fatherhood. [more]

Asian Report for 17 February 2009
We met actor Gary Young from 'Asian Tales' a new set of short plays currently on in Auckland. [more]

Environment Story - frozen frogs
Phil Bishop discovered that a small species of introduced frog was capable of surviving after being completely frozen. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
With Richard Griffin and Joanne Black. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
With Richard Griffin and Joanne Black. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 17 February 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Morning markets update
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 17 February 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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


Torture is against the law
A three-year study by a panel of lawyers and judges has concluded that anti-terrorism measures have undermined human rights law. [more]

Parole report
Corrections Minister Judith Collins said the Auditor-General's report identifies failings in the management of parole. [more]

Chair of the Otago District Health Board fired
Tony Ryall says someone must be accountable for the massive fraud perpetrated. [more]

Unexpected letter
A solo mother seeking temporary support has received an unwelcome letter from Work and Income. [more]

Plane change
Qantas has dropped its New Zealand domestic service. Qantas' budget subsidiary Jetstar is picking up most of the routes. [more]

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

Judith Collins
The Corrections Minister on the report into the way the Corrections Department has been handling offenders on parole. [more]

Business assistance
ACT is opposing suggestions that strategic businesses struggling in the economic recession could get special treatment. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Japanese economics
Mark Willacy talks about Hillary Clinton and a possibly drunk Japanese minister. [more]

Domestic violence programmes
The Principal Family Court judge is questioning the value of programmes aimed at stopping domestic violence. [more]

Flu warning
A virologist is warning that a more deadly strain of flu which killed six children in Brisbane could be on the way here. [more]

Malcolm Macpherson
Malcolm Macpherson an Otago District Health Board member comments on firing of his Board's chairperson. [more]

Bail out businesses
John Key's suggestion that the Government could bail out troubled businesses has received mixed reviews from economists. [more]

Judge Peter Boshier
The Principal Family Court judge is questioning the value of programmes aimed at stopping domestic violence. [more]

Pleading guilty to murder
A man has admitted stabbing two people to death after his girlfriend kicked him out of their apartment in Auckland's CBD. [more]

Submarine collision
British and French nuclear submarines have collided in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. [more]

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

Auckland 2018
There's a question mark over whether Auckland will continue pursuing plans to bid for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. [more]

Cambodian justice
One of those deemed most responsible for atrocities committed during the Khmer Rouge rule is standing trial. [more]

Jamaica and the death penalty
Rising crime has led to calls for the death penalty to be used once again in Jamaica. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Scientists at Victoria University are developing ways of using nanotechnology to add value to New Zealand's paper exports. [more]

Australian climate change
Climate scientists are suggesting that next summer could see even more extreme fire conditions in South Eastern Australia. [more]

Pakistan ceasefire
Officials in northwest Pakistan have confirmed that they've struck a deal to allow the establishment of Sharia law. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 17 February 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 17 February 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for 17 February 2009
Possible private sector bailouts, Meridian hush money concerns, Zimbabwe cricket tour and potential private school integration. [more]

Kea - the Mountain Parrot
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Sports news
An update from the team at RNZ sports desk. [more]

Private school integration (Part 1)
In the face of tough economic times, an increasing number of private schools are opting into the state education system. [more]

Zimbabwe cricket-tour intervention (Part 1)
The NZ Government may intervene later this year to stop the Black Caps tour as a protest to the Mugabe leadership. [more]

Waitahora wind farm
Contact Energy says it's gone to extraordinary lengths to mitigate any adverse environmental effects from its new development. [more]

Pacific news for 17 February 2009
The latest from the Pacific region compiled and presented by Radio NZ International. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Tangata Whenua compiled by the Waatea team. [more]

Meridian hush money concerns (Part 1)
Opponents of electricity projects say would-be developers are paying out money to overcome objectors in many parts of NZ. [more]

Iranian overstayer wakes as refugee
Ali Panah starved himself for 53 days in a bid to be recognised as a legitimate refugee. [more]

Clash of the submarine titans
A British Royal Navy nuclear submarine collided with a French nuclear sub in the middle of the Atlantic. [more]

Possible private sector bailout (Part 1)
PM John Key says the Government will not rule out taking a stake in major NZ companies to save them from collapse. [more]

Possible private sector bailout (Part 2)
Our political editor Brent Edwards talks about the political ramifications of government intervention in the private sector. [more]

Meridian hush money concerns (Part 2)
Opponents of electricity projects say would-be developers are paying out money to overcome objectors in many parts of NZ. [more]

Meridian hush money concerns (Part 3)
DoC's Director General, Al Morrison fronts up to answer questions about his department allegedly being bought off. [more]

Zimbabwe cricket-tour intervention (Part 2)
The Government looks set to step in and prevent a planned cricket tour to Zimbabwe later this year. [more]

Private school integration (Part 2)
The recession is forcing some of the country's most exclusive and expensive private schools to look at state integration. [more]

Private school integration (Part 3)
Wanganui Collegiate's Principal, Tim Wilbur and PPTA President, Kate Gainsford join us. [more]

Sports news
An update from the team at RNZ sports desk. [more]

Social Development job losses
The Government will cut hundreds of jobs at the Ministry of Social Development, and says there may be more to come. [more]

Victorian arsonist outed on facebook
The courts released Brendan Sokaluk's name despite concerns for his safety - but facebook published his photo. [more]

Whakapapa arson
Police have confirmed an arsonist was to blame for the Whakapapa skifield fire that caused damage put at more than $5-million. [more]

Meridian hush money concerns (Part 4)
Graye Shattky, formerly of the Historic Places Trust, and Nicky Duncan, of the Rangitikei Guardians, voice their concerns. [more]

Meridian hush money concerns (Part 5)
Bruce Chapman, New Zealand Historic Places Trust chief executive responds to allegations of backroom deals. [more]

A bumper wine crop
Marlborough vintners are looking at ditching previous vintages in their tanks to make room for this year's exceptional crop. [more]

RMA reform being rushed
Cabinet papers leaked to Radio NZ suggest the Resource Management Act's parliamentary reforms are being rushed. [more]

US and UK undermine human rights
The two champions of democracy are being singled out for actively undermining human rights law in their so called war on terror. [more]

Sports news
An update from the RNZ sports desk. [more]

Victoria wild fires update (Part 1)
With 189 people confirmed dead, there are still more than twenty fires burning with several classified as out of control. [more]

Victoria wild fires update (Part 2)
Kevin Ihaka, team leader of the NZ firefighters in Victoria, joins us at the start of the 2nd day on the front line. [more]

NZ Rugby League in disarray
The New Zealand Rugby League says a review that finds the sport is in disarray will be the catalyst for big changes. [more]

Waatea news
Eru Rerekura presents news from the Tangata Whenua compiled by the Waatea team. [more]

Waiwhetu Stream cleanup
One of the country's most polluted waterways is about to receive a long overdue makeover. [more]

Teenage conman Sumo wrestler
Former teenage champion, Hisao Akimoto has been charged with conning a woman out of tens-of-thousands of dollars. There are also suggestions he may have broken a few hearts along the way as well as a few more wallets. [more]


Going out in style
Nat Verdon is from LifeArt - a company that has produced something more environmentally friendly than the traditional coffin. [more]

Energy expert Prof Ralph Sims from Massey University and the International Energy Agency talks about gas. [more]

Conundrum clue
Conundrum clue number 3. [more]

Conundrum clue
Conundrum clue number 4. [more]

Nine To Noon

Potential Fisher and Paykel rescue
PM signals Govt. could step in to prevent Fisher and Paykel from collapsing. Kathryn speaks to F and P's MD, John Bonggard. [more]

NZ Police help with Victoria fires
Kathryn speaks with Senior Sergeant Richard McPhail who's spent the past few days identify victims of the fires. [more]

Prophylactics against ageing
Are there any? Kathryn talks to Dr Bahman Guyuron about the environmental factors that exacerbate the ravages of time. Dr Guyuron's just completed a study on identical twins to get a comparative on nurture over nature, how environment versus genetics affect one's physical well being and longevity. [more]

US correspondent - Richard Adams
The Washington editor of The Guardian talks about the impact and effect of the Obama economic stimulus plan and more. [more]

Feature guest - Peter Ackroyd
The acclaimed writer of books about Dickens, Chaucer and Shakespeare talks about his new one on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. [more]

Book review - Journal for Jordan
Written by Dana Canedy. Published by Hachette. Reviewed by Harry Broad. [more]

Business commentary with Rod Oram
Rod talks about a number of topics including the fortunes of Fisher and Paykel with the possibility of a Govt. helping hand. [more]

Dr Nicholas Rowe
Professor of Dance Studies, Auckland University, dancer, writer, filmmaker and teacher who asks if dance is politically relevant. [more]

New Media with Russell Brown
Russell talks about the online protest against changes to the NZ copyright act [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 17 February 2009
Agrarian news from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 17 February 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Danielle Salamon
UK based piano teacher in the country on behalf of the Wellington branch of the Institute of Registered Music Teachers. [more]

Arne Herrmann
Tauranga Jazz Festival director talks about the jazz steam train that will travel from Paekakariki to this year's Easter event. [more]

Adam Page
Adelaide based multi-instrumentalist performing one man show at Downstage Theatre on behalf of the NZ Fringe Festival. [more]

News stories:

Appliance company shares plunge
Shares in Fisher & Paykel Appliances share price fell to less than 60 cents on Monday after the company announced its full-year profit could fall by 54%. However they later rose to 65c. [more]

Report says League needs to change to survive
A report into New Zealand Rugby League has found that things have to change if the sport is to survive. The independent review was ordered by Sport and Recreation New ... [more]

Hurricanes captain suspended for one week
The Wellington Hurricanes rugby captain Rodney So'oialo will miss only one Super 14 match for carelessly trampling on Phil Waugh during last Saturday's opening game against the New South ... [more]

O'Sullivan may take over USA rugby
The former Irish rugby coach Eddie O'Sullivan looks likely to be appointed as coach of the USA. O'Sullivan is reported to have agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract which would keep the ... [more]

Queensland sign Melbourne Storm centre
The Queensland Reds have pulled off a coup by signing the young Melbourne Storm centre Will Chambers on a two-year Super 14 deal. 20 year old Chambers, who's a strapping ... [more]

Abramovich loses some of his wealth
The Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich has seen his wealth reduced by about 17 billion dollars in the financial crisis, according to a business magazine. Finans magazine reports that Abramovich ... [more]

Rooney set to return for Man U
Wayne Rooney is set to make his Manchester United return this week after five weeks out of action with a hamstring injury. The England football striker's comeback could be as soon ... [more]

Dustin Johnson wins rain-shortened Pebble Beach tournament
The 24 year old American golfer Dustin Johnson has won the weather-hit Pebble Beach National Pro-Am without having to hit a shot on the final day. Johnson had led ... [more]

Roulston best placed NZ cyclist
Olympic medalist Hayden Roulston is the best placed New Zealander heading into today's second stage of the Cycle Tour of California, a 187km ride from Sausalito to Santa Cruz which ... [more]

Nadal's leg injury just needs rest
The World tennis number one Rafael Nadal says all he needs is some rest to recover from the leg problem which hampered him during yesterday's loss to the Scot ... [more]

England bat on in third test
A half-century from Paul Collingwood has helped the England cricketers build on their healthy overnight score to reach 391 for four at lunch on the second day of the third ... [more]

Coppins enjoys Italian motocross outing
The New Zealand motocross rider Josh Coppins has made a good start to his season with some success in the first round of the Italian Championship in Montevarchi. Using the ... [more]

IRB sevens series still close
While he has the option of bringing in a few Super 14 players, the New Zealand rugby sevens coach Gordon Tietjens may be tempted to primarily stick with the young ... [more]

Drysdale and Waddell set to square off for first time in 09
Olympic bronze medallist Mahe Drysdale and former Olympic champion Rob Waddell renew their rowing battle at the national championship on Lake Ruataniwha in Twizel this week. After last year's row ... [more]

Vidmar likely to get a fine or ban
The Adelaide United football coach Aurelio Vidmar looks set to be fined or suspended by A-League authorities after they asked him for a "please explain" over his astonishing public brain ... [more]

Wrestler loses CAS appeal
The Swedish wrestler Ara Abrahamian has lost his appeal to win back the Olympic bronze medal he discarded in protest at last year's Beijing Games. The Court of Arbitration for ... [more]

Briatore says Renault will survive
Renault team boss Flavio Briatore believes Formula One's cost-cutting measures should secure their future in the sport despite the departure of title sponsor ING. Dutch-based banking and insurance company ING, ... [more]

Bok lock out for three weeks
The Springboks lock Victor Matfield will miss the next three weeks of the Super 14 rugby season after suffering a shoulder injury during the Northern Bulls win over the ... [more]

Porter fored as Suns coach
Terry Porter has been fired as coach of the NBA basketball side, the Phoenix Suns despite the team's winning record. Assistant coach Alvin Gentry has been promoted into the top ... [more]

Blues players become fathers for first time
The Blues rugby squad in South Africa could be about to be bolstered after loosie Jerome Kaino and halfback Taniela Moa both become first time Dads. Kaino is father to a ... [more]

Troubling trend in Aussie sports sponsorship
Australian sport has taken a major hit from the global economic meltdown, with almost two-thirds of sponsors either scaling back funds or scrapping deals altogether. A survey undertaken by Australian ... [more]

Phelps won't be charged by Police
A South Carolina sheriff is not going to charge swimmer Michael Phelps after a photo of the 14-time Olympic gold medalist showed him smoking from a marijuana pipe. The photo ... [more]

Jaguars release Fred Taylor
The Jacksonville Jaguars NFL club has released veteran running back Fred Taylor, the team's all-time rushing leader. The 33-year-old ranks 16th in the NFL for most rushing yards, with totals ... [more]

Warriors sign another prop
The former Newcastle prop Jesse Royal has boosted the New Zealand Warriors' stocks of experienced front rowers by signing a two-year contract with the National Rugby League club. The 28-year-old ... [more]

Samoa's Minister of Tourism assures NZ it will promote flights
Samoa's Minister of Tourism, Misa Telefoni, has assured the New Zealand Government that Samoa will make every effort possible to promote Air New Zealand's Apia-Los Angeles flight. The idea is... [more]

ANZ Amerika Samoa bank says customers facing problems should make contact
ANZ Amerika Samoa Bank is advising bank customers who may have difficulty meeting loan payments to contact the bank for assistance before their payments are due. With some companies laying... [more]

American Samoa's Customs dept will no longer accept cheques
American Samoa's Treasurer, Magalei Logovii, says its only temporary that the customs office is not accepting personal or company cheques to settle excise taxes and other customs fees. The policy... [more]

Vanuatu weather office says tropical depression is weakening
The Vanuatu meteorological office says a tropical depression located near the island of Tanna is now moving away from the country. The system is moving west-southwest at about 7 knots... [more]

Solomon Islands to get a new National Art Gallery
The Solomon Islands Culture Division will soon build a new National Art Gallery funded by the Solomon Islands Government through its Tourism sector. The Director of Culture Division, Robert Au,... [more]

Education sector workers in Fiji to receive language training in Fijian and Hindi
All workers in the education sector in Fiji are to undergo the same language learning programme that have been implemented for children in schools. "Known as Conversational Fijian and/or Conversational... [more]

Samoa to help Air New Zealand take a bigger slice of the American Samoa travel market
Samoa's Minister of Tourism, Misa Telefoni says a full time representative will be appointed in American Samoa to promote the Air New Zealand weekly flight from Apia to Los Angeles. [more]

The successful contractor says new infrastructure in Micronesia is badly needed
A company that won the contract to build new roads and a sewer system in the Federated States of Micronesia, says the infrastructure is desperately needed. After a five year... [more]

A PNG researcher says police and villagers are afraid of those making sorcery accusations
A researcher in Papua New Guinea says police and villagers are too afraid to speak out against the killing of those accused of sorcery. Amnesty International has called on the... [more]

Tongan rioter jailed for 11 years for role in supermarket torching
A Tongan man described as the ringleader in the destruction of a supermarket during riots in the Tonga capital in November 2006, has been jailed for 11 years.. Matangi Tonga... [more]

Panguna landowners in Bougainville to form single body to seek compensation
Landowners around the Panguna mine in Papua New Guinea's autonomous province of Bougainville, are to unite and seek compensation for the impact of mining in the region. Panguna's huge copper... [more]

American Samoa's US Congressman says there are benefits in studying impact of wage rises
American Samoa's Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, believes there is benefit to be had from further study of the impact of the minimum wage increases. Last week, the US Senate passed... [more]

Hopes that Doctors Without Borders will return to PNG's Tari despite assaults on staff
A hospital chief in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea has called for a liquor ban after Doctors Without Borders staff were evacuated from the region following an attack... [more]

Solomons Women's Ministry seeks backing for its national policy
Solomon Islands Ministry of Women Youth and Children is urging everyone to support its vision for women's development this year. The Ministry is aiming to strengthen womens' networks and undertake... [more]

A thousand more succumb to dengue in New Caledonia
One thousand new cases of dengue fever have been reported in New Caledonia since the beginning of the year. Oceania Flash reports the outbreak's hotspot is the capital, Noumea, but... [more]

Amnesty International says police inaction over sorcery totally unacceptable
An Amnesty International researcher says supernatural belief is no excuse for people in Papua New Guinea to kill those they accuse of sorcery, or for the police to fail to... [more]

Things go from bad to worse for Armstrong on Tour of California
The seven time Tour de France cycle winner Lance Armstrong's return to the professional ranks has only gone from bad to worse on the tour of California...although he's still fourth ... [more]

Flutey joins French club Brive
The England midfield and former Hurricanes player Riki Flutey has signed a two year deal with French club Brive. Flutey, who's currently with English club Wasps, has played six tests ... [more]

Kuznetsova out, Ivanovic through in Dubai
Svetlana Kuznetsova has been dumped out of the Dubai Championships but Serbian Ana Ivanovic avenged her Australian Open defeat by beating Alisa Kleybanova 7-5 6-4. A year after reaching the ... [more]

All-star basketballer arrested for speeding 90 kph over the limit
The Phoenix Suns and All-Star basketballer Jason Richardson has been arrested by Arizona police on charges of reckless driving, extreme speeding and endangerment. The 27-year-old was taken into custody after ... [more]

John McEnroe turns 50
US tennis legend John McEnroe, often recalled as much for his scathing criticism of umpires as his skills on the tennis court, celebrated his 50th birthday yesterday. McEnroe's 77 career ... [more]

Arsenal move into FA Cup fifth round after thrashing Crdiff City
The Croatian international Eduardo da Silva has made a dynamic return to football after almost a year, scoring twice to help Arsenal demolish Cardiff City 4-nil in their English FA ... [more]

The West Indies cricket team batting to survive
The West Indies have reached 55 for 1at stumps on the second day of the third cricket test at the Antigua Recreation Ground in reply to England's first innings of ... [more]

Three Blues players become fathers, will rejoin squad this week
The baby-watch is over for Blues players Joe Rokococo, Jerome Kaino and Taniela Moa with their respective partners all giving birth this week. Kaino and Rokococo missed the Blues first ... [more]

Fiji looks at dissolving sugar industry stakeholders body
The Fiji interim government says it's looking at dissolving bodies like Fiji Sugar Marketing as a way to free up extra funds for the struggling sugar industry. In January the... [more]

US Secretary of State signs deal with Japan over marines relocating to Guam
The United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Japan's Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone have signed a deal to relocate US Marines from Okinawa to Guam. Eight-thousand US marines plus... [more]