Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 18th February 2009

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Jim's essay
the Collins dictionary have decided that their volumes are too voluminous with obscure words. [more]

Best Song Ever Written - Unforgettable
Winston West chooses 'Unforgettable' by Nat King Cole. [more]

Link 3
The music quiz. [more]

E cigarettes
E cigarettes are proving popular among smokers wanting to quit the habit. [more]

Aussie wedding
The average cost of getting hitched in Australia has risen 25% in the past 3 years. [more]

The Virtual World with Helen and Chelfyn Baxter
New Zealand copyright law is due to change in a major way. [more]

Auckland Story with David Steemson - Supercity
Auckland's governance may change. Today, views from Manukau city. [more]

Environment Story - Bird nest
If you're the mum or dad of a brood and you've just arrived back with some food whom are you going to feed? [more]

The Panel (part one)
With Sapna Samant and Gordon McLaughlin. [more]

The Panel (part two)
With Sapna Samant and Gordon McLaughlin. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 18 February 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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

Midday Business News for 18 February 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Market Update for 18 February 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


Unemployment forecasts
The Government is being accused of hiding worsening forecasts for unemployment. Bill English is on the phone. [more]

Pressure in the house
The Finance Minister Bill English came under further pressure in Parliament, after his select committee appearance this morning. [more]

US stimulus package
US President Barack Obama has signed into law a 787 billion dollar economic stimulus package. [more]

Sex offender wants permanent name suppression
An Auckland doctor guilty of historical child sex charges is asking for permanent name suppression so he can work again as a GP. [more]

Corrections head future in doubt
Barry Matthews' future remains in doubt as an investigation gets underway into its handling of parole. [more]

Troops to Afghanistan
Barack Obama has announced he's sending 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan. [more]

Conflict in Ethiopia
In Ethiopia, there's been renewed fighting between pro-government militias and rebels from the Ogaden National Liberation Front. [more]

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

Khmer Rouge trial
The chief Khmer Rouge torturer is on trial for crimes against humanity in Cambodia. [more]

Global cannabis law
A visiting United Nations official has said that cannabis use is causing huge problems for international law makers. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Stuck in Antarctica
Efforts have been underway to free a cruise ship that's run aground in Antarctica with three New Zealanders on board. [more]

Wellington wind turbines
Commissioners called in to hear the debate surrounding proposed wind turbines have given the go ahead for construction. [more]

Edgeware non-pool
A Christchurch residents group is vowing to fight a council proposal to sell the former Edgeware pool site. [more]

East Timor journalism case
A journalist has been charged with criminal libel after he published corruption allegations of the East Timorese government. [more]

David Cunliffe
Labour is accusing the Government of hiding worsening forecasts for unemployment. [more]

Stimulus package comment
Investment consultant Jonathon Eriksen says the current slump is a worse case than the Great Depression. [more]

Afghanistan opium
The Director of the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime says there's a clear link between the insurgency in Afghanistan and drugs. [more]

China Correspondent - Quentin Sommerville
China is the largest importer of recyclables but companies are struggling as the price of all waste has dived. [more]

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

Health and money
The government's been warned that death rates could soar, if it doesn't consider health outcomes in its recession policies. [more]

Prime bribes
A British man has been found guilty of taking a bribe from the Italian Prime Minister. [more]

Clinton and Indonesia
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in Jakarta today, for the second stop on her tour of Asia. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

A church in Queensland could become the first in Australia to be excommunicated by the Catholic Church. [more]

Trouble in Afghanistan
Two new reports on Afghanistan have been released and they give little ground for optimism. [more]

Bangladesh students arrested
Police in Bangladesh say they have arrested 28 students following a gun battle at one of the country's leading universities. [more]

Lebanon demonstrations
Hezbollah has held a rally to commemorate the first anniversary of the assassination of its top military commander. [more]

Kosovo Anniversary
Tens of thousands of Kosovo Albanians have celebrated the first anniversary of their declaration of independence. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 18 February 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 18 February 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Midday Rural News for 18 February 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for 18 February 2009
Corrections department report, electoral finance act, Government bailout and more. [more]

Tahou - Waxeye
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Pacific News for 18 February
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Inquiry into parole management finds major faults
Talking to PSA National Secretary Richard Wagstaff. [more]

The Social Development Minister left scrambling in parliament
After revelations Work and Income had told a solo mother to pawn her cellphone and children's Play Station. [more]

Controversial Electoral Finance Act repealed
A bill putting in place an interim regime was passed last night in Parliament. [more]

Key's move to support Fisher and Paykel sparks debate
The Prime Minister has been warned to tread carefully when deciding who gets help and who doesn't. [more]

Man remanded in custody for last July's double murder
The family of a man stabbed to death in Auckland last year say they're still agonising over why the crime took place. [more]

Correction department report
Sean talks to Andrew McConnell from the Auditor-General's office. [more]

New chair appointed for Otago DHB
After Richard Thomson was sacked in the fallout from a massive fraud. [more]

More on the Otago District Health Board
Geoff speaks witht the new chairman, Errol Millar. [more]

First trial from Khmer Rouge ruling starts in Cambodia
The first trial of a senior Khmer Rouge leader has opened 30 years after the end of the brutal Communist regime. [more]

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

New Zealand's newest airline proves popular on first day
As a promotion the company announced it would sell 20 thousand fares for 1 dollar each, and all were snapped up in two hours. [more]

Victorian bushfires death toll over 200
Among that a firefighter, now the first professional victim of the blazes. [more]

Reporter Ian Telfer speaks live from Victoria
It's 10 days on from 'Black Saturday' and he says survivors are just wanting some normality back in their lives. [more]

Sir Allen Stanford charged over investment fraud
Texan billionaire and cricket promoter Sir Allen Stanford has been charged over a 10 billion dollar investment fraud. [more]

Department of Corrections say they need more money
There's pressure on the Government to give the Department more money so it can fix the problems highlighted in the report. [more]

More on the Keys plan to bail out iconic NZ companies
With the Act Leader Rodney Hide and Labour party's finance spokesperson David Cunliffe. [more]

Parliament repeals Electoral Finance Act
The Government is promising extensive public consultation before a new law on election campaign funding is prepared. [more]

More on arrest of Sir Allen Stanford
The chief executive of NZ Cricket, Justin Vaughan describes what this will mean for the Black Caps. [more]

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

Price of dairy products remains high despite worldwide falls
The dominant dairy cooperative Fonterra says it's not to blame with prices still high. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Pasifika Festival to be saved
The concert had been shortened and its line up pared down due to a budget shortfall of $355,000. [more]

Missing Queensland sausage
A southern Queensland butcher is offering a reward in the hunt for his giant sausage. [more]

Jeremy Sare is a Cannabis reform expert and former head of Drug Legislation and Classification at the Home Office in the UK. [more]


World March for Peace
Montserrat Prieto, coordinator, World March for Peace and Non-Violence, and Alyn Ware, director of the NZ Peace Foundation. [more]

Clue 5. [more]

Clue 6. [more]

Nine To Noon

The Health Commission Criticizes Head of Men's Clinics
Ron Paterson says a doctor at"The Men's Clinic"came close to exploiting his patients and should have his competency reviewed. [more]

Australia Correspondent - Paul Barclay
With news from across the ditch. [more]

Feature Guest - Jenny Morel
Jenny Morel is the Managing Partner and founder of No 8 Ventures, a project that in vests in under-funded technology companies. [more]

Book Review - Death on the Ice
By Robert Ryan, reviewed by Kate Blackhurst and published by Headline. [more]

Music with Marty Duda
Marty looks at the works of Roberta Flack. [more]

With legal commentator Ursula Cheer live from our Christchurch studio. [more]

Film Review
Graeme Tuckett looks at the very popular film Hunger. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question Time for 18 February 2009 (audio missing)
Please note that due to technical issues a 15 minute block of audio is missing. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 18 February 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Paul Rosoman
President of the Wellington Organists' Association who are celebrating their golden jubilee year this year. [more]

Peter Mooney
Napier Art Deco Weekend Event Manager previews this year's event. [more]

Jennifer Pike
Highly acclaimed young British violinist performing with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra tomorrow night. [more]

News stories:

Vili to square off against arch rival in Auckland
The World and Olympic shot put champion Valerie Vili will square off against arch rival Nadzeya Ostapchuk of Belarus at meet in Auckland on Friday night. Ostapchuk finished third at ... [more]

Wilson back to captain Southern Steel
The former Silver Ferns netball captain Adine Wilson continues her comeback to netball after being named captain for the Southern Steel. Wilson took a break from the game after the ... [more]

Mixed news on player front for Highlanders and Hurricanes
There is mixed news on the player front for the Hurricanes and Highlanders ahead of their Super 14 clash in Wellington on Friday night. The Highlanders are likely to be ... [more]

Former French captain retires
The former France rugby captain Raphael Ibanez has announced his retirement from all rugby after suffering a series of concussions while playing for the English Premiership side Wasps. Ibanez, who ... [more]

Stoner in doubt for MotoGP season
The Australian motorcyclist Casey Stoner admits his MotoGP season is in serious doubt due to continual pain in his wrist. The 2007 world champion says that unless the wrist improves over ... [more]

French Polynesia's newly-elected President finalises his Cabinet
French Polynesia's newly-elected President, Oscar Temaru, has finalised the line-up of his cabinet. The move follows intense and protracted negotiations between his party, the Union for democracy, and the two... [more]

Tropical cyclone Innis is moving away from New Caledonia
A tropical cyclone has developed off New Caledonia. New Zealand's Met Service says winds associated with Tropical Cyclone "Innis" are not too strong at this stage. The lead forecaster for... [more]

NZ Womens team's preparation for World Cup not easy
The New Zealand womens' sevens coach, Darryl Suasua, says selecting a team for the Rugby Sevens World Cup in Dubai next month hasn't been easy. For the first time in... [more]

New CEO for Samoan Football Federation has firm ideas
The new CEO of the Samoan Football Soccer Federation Normalisation Committee has firm ideas on the future. A former All Whites and experienced coach, Colin Tuaa, has left New Zealand... [more]

Cricket ends negotiations with Stanford
The England and Wales Cricket Board has suspended negotiations with Sir Allen Stanford over a new sponsorship deal after fraud charges were laid against the Texan billionaire. Stanford, who has ... [more]

ICC considering alternate venues for 2011 World Cup
The International Cricket Council has asked the organisers of the 2011 World Cup to think about alternative venues because of fears over security. It is scheduled to take place in India, ... [more]

Wenger says Man U look untouchable
The Arsenal football manager Arsene Wenger says the current Manchester United team "look untouchable". The reigning English, European and world club football champions are currently two points clear of Liverpool ... [more]

Russia plans to cut costs for Winter Olympics venue
Russia has cut its budget for building venues for the 2014 Winter Olympics by 15 percent, but the International Olympic Committee says the organisational budget for the 16-day event will ... [more]

Consumer body wants a drop in the price of cheese
Consumer New Zealand says the cost of cheese should reflect other price trends. [more]

Fiji High Court orders a mistrial into Rabaka case
In Fiji, a mistrial has been ordered in the court case involving eight soldiers and a policeman who allegedly killed Nadi youth Sakiusa Rabaka following the December 2006 coup. The... [more]

PNG to hand back power to Bougainville - says President
The President of the Autonomous Province of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, James Tanis, says negotiations for the handing down of all powers from Port Moresby to his Government are... [more]

Concern over US deal with Japan over marines relocation to Guam
Guam's deputy speaker says a deal relocating US troops from Japan's Okinawa to Guam is premature. US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has held talks with top leaders in Japan... [more]

Fiji's canegrowers association says sugar cane industry needs help
Fiji's canegrowers association says as long as there are land issues surrounding the farming of sugar, the sugar cane industry will continue to suffer. In January the Fiji Sugar Corporation... [more]

Two convicted former government ministers in Samoa not eligible for parole
In Samoa, the two former government ministers serving a life sentence for plotting to kill another government minister eight years ago are not eligible for parole. The CEO of the... [more]

Guam lawmakers look to survey population on planned US military buildup
Lawmakers in Guam have introduced legislation that would clear the way for a survey of the population on whether it supports the planned US military buildup. This comes as the... [more]

American Samoa's Congressman says further wage study is important
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]

Tongan man jailed for 11 years following 2006 riots
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]

Contractor says new infrastructure in FSM 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]

Fiji is still battling with aftermaths of last months floods
Fiji is still battling with the aftermath of last months floods that killed eleven people and left hundreds of others homeless. Many people are rebuilding their homes and food gardens,... [more]

PNG launches bid to have team in the NRL league competition
Papua New Guinea has kicked off its bid to enter a team into the Australian national rugby league competition, the NRL. Rugby league is officially PNG's national sport and entering... [more]

More major infrastructure projects likely to get the green light in FSM
The United States hopes the signing of a contract to build roads and a sewer system in the Federated States of Micronesia, signals that other desperately needed infrastructure projects will... [more]

Niuean calls for land laws overhaul to allow development
A landowner in Niue wants an overhaul of land laws to encourage development. Hiva Levy says the absence, off island, of many owners, is a major problem for those still... [more]

Fiji villagers warned by Government over alleged extortion for fishing access
The interim Fiji Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama says villagers extorting money for the use of some fishing grounds will face the full force of the law. The warning comes... [more]

Bougainvillean President to seek reconciliation with scam operator
The President of the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville is today planning to meet with pyramid scheme operator, Noah Musingku, in Tonu, in the south of Bougainville island. [more]

Nauru considers freedom of information rules
The President of Nauru says making information accessible to the public will ensure government is transparent and that the public is better able to hold government accountable. Marcus Stephen was... [more]

Guam Landowners oppose US troop build up
The Guam Landowners Association says it is opposed to United States plans for a military buildup in the territory. The U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Japan's Foreign Minister... [more]

Flooding in PNG Highlands leaves hundreds homeless
More than 700 people in the Dei area of Western Highlands province in Papua New Guinea are homeless after the Waghi River burst its banks earlier this week. The flooding... [more]

Flooding in PNG Highlands leaves hundred homeless
More than 700 people in the Dei area of Western Highlands province in Papua New Guinea are homeless after the Waghi River burst its banks earlier this week. The flooding... [more]

Guam businesses eyeing benefits from the US marines relocating
Guam's Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to what a planned military buildup will mean for the US territory's economy. "The United States and Japan signed a deal yesterday (tuesday... [more]

All Blacks ruled out of Highlanders clash with Hurricanes
The Highlanders have suffered a major setback ahead of their Super 14 encounter with the Hurricanes in Wellington on Friday night, with All Black duo Jimmy Cowan and Jamie Mackintosh ... [more]

Tall Ferns coach steps down
The coach of the New Zealand women's basketball team Mike McHugh is stepping down. McHugh's opted against seeking a reappointment to the role he inherited after the 2004 Olympics in ... [more]