Radio New Zealand - Friday, 27th February 2009

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NZ's oldest bookstore to close
Budden's Book Shop in Motueka will ring up its final sales at the end of March. [more]

The Lonely Dog Legends
A new canine hero, hailing from the foothills of Coronet Peak is set to make his mark on Hollywood. [more]

He Rourou for 27 Febuary 2009
Tamati Kaiwai talks about the Upper Hutt marae working hard to foster understanding and goodwill amongst its community. [more]

Wots On?
We cast our eye over the nation's coming events for this weekend. [more]

Weekend weather
With Metservice ambassador Bob McDavitt. [more]

Fresh Fast Food
Leading food writer, Julie Biuso joins us. Today she is taking advantage of the summer garden. [more]

Sport with Murray Williams
The calendar's crammed with no shortage of matches to listen to while the rain rules out beaching, barbecuing or gardening. [more]

NZ Society for 27 Febuary 2009
There are over twenty regional parks in the Auckland Region, and hundreds of thousands of Aucklanders use them every year. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With today's guests Jane Clifton and Brian Edwards. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With today's guests Brian Edwards and Jane Clifton. [more]

Business News

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

Business Update
The latest from the financial sector. [more]

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


The latest from the national Job Summit
The Job Summit in Manukau City is recommending some workplaces switch to 9 day fortnights for their workers to help save jobs. [more]

Job Summit live
Political editor Brent Edwards has spent the day at the Job Summit and joins us with the latest. [more]

Warehouse fined over misleading customers
The Warehouse pleaded guilty to multiple breaches of the Act and fined 209,600 dollars in the Auckland District Court today. [more]

Job Summit live (Part 2)
Brent Edwards is live from the Job Summit in Manukau. [more]

Job Summit reaction
The national secretary of the engineering printing and manufacturers union Andrew Little. [more]

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

Govenor keen to see banks share pain
The Reserve Bank Governor has said today's summit is an opportunity for banks to hear from frustrated businesses. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Job Summit post-analysis
Primie Minister John Key gives his take on today's Job Summit. [more]

Diet and excercise key to avoiding cancer
It may be common sense but a good diet and regular excercise will reduce the risk of getting many cancers by up to a third. [more]

Checkpoint Choice for 27 Febuary 2009
Jobs Summit; The Warehouse fined; banks to feel pain. [more]

Job Summit post-analysis - Andrew Cassidy
Twenty recommendations have come out of the Prime Minister's job summit in Auckland. [more]

Adoption racketeers charged
Between 2002 and 2005 a US adoption agency tricked parents in Samoa into handing over more than 60 children. [more]

Judge wants video conferencing
A top judge is suggesting that prisoners make court appearances via video conferencing - rather than in person. [more]

Finger pointing over sewage spills
Whangarei's Save Our Harbour alliance is accusing the council of misleading the public over the frequency of sewage spills. [more]

Prisoner allegedly runs drug ring from cell
The Department of Corrections says its mobile phone jamming programme in prisons is working. [more]

Bank announces record loss
Royal Bank of Scotland has announced the largest annual loss in UK corporate history. [more]

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

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Actress Wendy Richard dies
If the name"Miss Brahms"brings a smile to your face then you'll be a fan of the British TV comedy Are You Being Served. [more]

Country Life

Intro and Feature Trailer
Looking at one man's property north east of Melbourne after the bush fires swept through. [more]

Regional Wrap
Nearly every region of the country's had significant rainfall and pastures are green, however Poverty Bay's still parched. [more]

Hoofball - Soccer for Horses
Two Waikato women are promoting hoofball as an ideal way to exercise horses for those too chicken for polocrosse. [more]

The Rampage of the Australian Bushfires
Chum Creek's a community to the north east of Melbourne. It lost more than 10% of its homes in the February 7 fires. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus on politics for 27 Febuary 2009
Julian Robins looks at some of the challenges facing the Government, now that it has completed its first hundred days in office. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 27 February 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 27 February 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 27 February 2009
Includes highlights from the Job Summit. [more]

Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Job funding
There is disagreement over what can be done to ease the credit crunch for business and whether the government should intervene. [more]

Port merger a no-go
The Port of Tauranga has rejected a proposal from Ports of Auckland to merge their container shipping businesses. [more]

Pacific News for 27 February 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Mark Weldon
Mark Weldon the chief executive of the Stock Exchange is chairing the summit. [more]

90 day trial law
The Government's 90-day job trial period comes into effect this weekend. [more]

John Key
John Key on the Job Summit. [more]

Alan Bollard and John Whitehead
Secretary of the Treasury, John Whitehead and the Governor of the Reserve Bank, Alan Bollard. [more]

Political Editor Brent Edwards
Brent Edwards on the Job Summit. [more]

Helen Kelly and Phil O'Reilly
Helen Kelly from the Council of Trade Unions and Phil O'Reilly from Business New Zealand. [more]

Phil Goff
Phil Goff is not attending today's Job Summit. [more]

John Bongard, Jonathan Ling and Henry van der Heyden
John Bongard of Fisher and Paykel, Jonathan Ling of Fletcher Building and Henry van der Heyden of Fonterra. [more]

US budget
United States President Barack Obama has unveiled a US$3.6 trillion budget for next year. [more]

John Barlow case
The Privy Council in London has heard a second day of submissions in the case of convicted double-murderer John Barlow. [more]

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

Baby missing
A baby has gone missing from hospital. [more]

Rural Vehicle Testing Stations closure
Farmers say closures of rural vehicle testing stations will clog up roads and reduce productivity. [more]

The Dramfest
Hundreds of people are heading for Christchurch this weekend to share their love of a wee dram. [more]

Williams apology
Bishop Richard Williams has apologised for his past comments on the Holocaust. [more]

Kerry Prendergast, Michael Jones and Don Nicholson
Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast, former rugby player Michael Jones and Don Nicholson of Federated Farmers at the Job Summit. [more]

Bill English
Finance Minister Bill English at the Job Summit. [more]

Summit speech
John Key's opening remarks and commentary from Brent Edwards. [more]

Penny Mackay has been speaking to some of those who have recently lost their jobs. [more]

Baby missing 2
Police are looking for a baby girl reported missing from the emergency department of Whangarei Hospital shortly after midnight. [more]

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

Gareth Morgan
Gareth Morgan thinks the Government shouldn't go ahead with the next two rounds of tax cuts. [more]

Tax cuts in question
Calls are mounting on the Government to rethink its tax cut programme as the country heads deeper into recession. [more]

Milan Milutinovic not guilty
Former Serbian president Milan Milutinovic has been found not guilty of war crimes in Kosovo. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Beards in the movies
Men were asked to grow a beard for roles as extras in a new film about the life of Christ. Now they do not seem to be needed. [more]

Australian correspondent - Kerry-Anne Walsh
Latest Australian news. [more]


Music of resistance
Jason Breckenridge talks about his music series featuring people for whom music is a force for radical political change [more]

Conundrum answer
And the winner is...... [more]

Nine To Noon

Job Summit
Laila Harre, Michael Barnett and Rod Carr are attending the Job Summit in Manukau. [more]

With Ewen Mackintosh, Peter Maich and Carol Ann Richards. [more]

Book Review - John McIntyre
John McIntyre reviews 'The Art of Graeme Base' by Julie Watts. Published by Penguin. Graeme Base books are published by Penguin. [more]

Pacific Correspondent - Mike Field
Mike Field, like much of the country's media, is at the Job Summit. He discusses how this relates to Pacific Islanders. [more]

Feature Guest - Martin Clunes
British actor, star of Doc Martin, has written a book 'A Dogs Life' based on Mary, his cocker spaniel. [more]

Music with Manu Taylor
Manu Taylor reviews Seasick Steve, Beirut and all of indiedom on 'Dark Was The Night - A Red Hot Compilation'. [more]

Sport - Joseph Romanos
It's a busy weekend for sport. [more]

The Week That Was
Te Radar and Pinky Agnew disect the week's news. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 27 February 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 27 February 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Don McGlashan
NZ Songwriter and Composer talks about his soundtrack to the film 'Dean Spanley'. [more]

Christopher Hainsworth
France-based NZ Organist beginning country-wide 'Last Night of the Poms' tour in Warkworth on March 1. [more]

News stories:

Mobile barbecue used in anti-violence campaign
Hawkes Bay Maori are using steaks and sausages to promote an anti-violence message. [more]

Air New Zealand profit takes a dive
Air New Zealand's half-year profit has plunged 79% due to higher costs and fewer passengers. The airline made $24 million in the six months to December. [more]

PM refuses to give assurance on future tax cuts
Prime Minister John Key says he expects the Government's tax cut package will roll out as planned, but is refusing to give firm assurances. [more]

No pager system system faults in Northland, says Telecom
Telecom has found no transmitter problems that would cause the pager failure reported by Northland firefighters, who had said the system had become erratic. [more]

Aussie veteran shares leads at Moonah
The veteran New South Wales golfer Peter O'Malley is a surprise co-leader going into the second round of the Moonah Links Classic in Melbourne. 43 year old O'Malley, who had ... [more]

Murray out of Dubai Championship
The British tennis player Andy Murray has been forced out of the Dubai Championships with a virus. The second seed, who has been feeling unwell since the Australian Open, withdrew ... [more]

Honda plans an F1 test
The former Honda Formula One team is planning to attend a pre-season test in a clear sign that they will be saved from the scrapheap. An informed source, who did ... [more]

Elderly motorist dies after collision with train
An elderly man has died after his car collided with a train at a level crossing in Blenheim. [more]

Lyttelton Port half-year profit rises
The Christchurch port of Lyttelton has announced an increase in net profit of 16.2% to $5.66 million for the six months to December. [more]

Port merger proposal not going ahead
A renewed merger proposal involving Ports of Auckland and Port of Tauranga has come to nothing. [more]

Legal experts criticise 'boot camps' bill
A bill that would see some of the worst young offenders sentenced to military style 'boot camps' has been criticised at a legal forum. [more]

Government to focus on causes of crime
Justice Minister Simon Power is pledging to focus more on the causes of crime. [more]

Wool prices mixed, lower demand
Prices for better-styled wools strengthened at Thursday's North Island and South Island sales while poorer quality types slipped back. [more]

US Supreme Court to rule later this year on Hawaii land issue
The U.S. Supreme Court will rule later this year on the Hawaii Governor's appeal to it over the state's ability to sell any of its 1.2 million acres of ceded... [more]

Group involved in adoption scam in Samoa sentenced in US court
The adoption agency, Focus on the Children corporation, and four former employees have been sentenced in a US federal court for their role in facilitating the fraudulent adoption of children... [more]

PNG's Somare says children next year will get free schooling
Papua New Guinea's prime minister, Sir Michael Somare, says children will get free schooling next year once policy is put in place. Sir Michael told AAP that Cabinet had decided... [more]

Aggressive marketing campaign underway to attract tourists back to Fiji
Fiji's tourism leaders have combined to offer all-inclusive holiday packages to tempt visitors back to the islands. The packages offer savings of at least 50 percent and include all meals. [more]

Farmers object to testing station closure plans
Federated Farmers is challenging a proposal to close 54 of the 127 of the vehicle testing sites in rural areas, saying it will clog up roads, reduce productivity and hit the pockets of businesses. [more]

Privy Council decision on Barlow case awaited
The Privy Council in London has finished hearing an appeal by convicted double murderer John Barlow and is expected to make a ruling in the next few weeks. [more]

Kawasaki to race one bike in MotoGP this year
Kawasaki, who last month said they were withdrawing from the world motorcycling championship as a consequence of the global economic crisis, have announced that they will run one machine in ... [more]

PGG Wrightson posts $32m loss
The country's biggest rural servicing company reported a rise in operating income for the six months to December but was left with an accounting loss of $32.8 million due to a range of non-trading factors. [more]

High rates of giardia, cryptosporidium in NZ
New figures show New Zealand has some of the highest rates in the developed world for two common stomach infections, cryptosporidium and giardia. [more]

Kiwibank shows strong first-half growth
Kiwibank says its growth in the second half of the financial year depends largely on how competitive its rivals decide to be. Its half-year profit rose 14% to $25.8 million. [more]

Hellaby profit falls, downgrades full-year forecast
Hellaby Holdings has seen a substantial fall in profit, as the economic downturn affected all its divisions. [more]

McAlister returning to New Zealand Rugby
The former All Black back Luke McAlister will return to New Zealand rugby this year and has re-signed with the NZRU through until 2012. McAlister, who left New Zealand rugby ... [more]

US Supreme Court to later this year on Hawaii land issue
The U.S. Supreme Court will rule later this year on the Hawaii Governor's appeal to it over the state's ability to sell any of its 1.2 million acres of ceded... [more]

Politicians from France's overseas territories meet amid unrest
Politicians from France's overseas territories have begun meeting Paris to discuss a new law aimed at their economic development amid unrest in the Antilles. 31 elected members, including leaders from... [more]

American Samoa needs visitors from NZ and Australia says businesswoman
A businesswoman in American Samoa says the Territory needs to entice more visitors from New Zealand and Australia. The owner of Tradewind Tours, Betty Cavanaugh, says her experience with the... [more]

BP's sale in Indonesia's West Java will not affect Papua's Tangguh
The multinational oil company, BP, has put up for sale a 46 percent stake in an offshore oil and gas field in Indonesia's West Java. But it says the sale... [more]

South Pacific Islands Network's fibre optic cable will be ready in 2010
The planned South Pacific Islands Network or SPIN undersea fibre optic cable is expected to be in service in 2010 opening up competition between American Samoa and Hawaii. The Pacific... [more]

American Samoa taxpayers qualify for new federal stimulus law
American Samoa taxpayers qualify under a provision of the new federal stimulus law but instead of a rebate like the last time, this time around it's a tax credit which... [more]

Cruise ship Star Flyer will stop sailing out of Tahiti next year
Press reports from French Polynesia say the cruise ship Star Flyer will stop its sailings out of Tahiti next year. Les Nouvelles de Tahiti says the ship's departure next February... [more]

Woods beaten at World Matchplay Championship
Tiger Woods's first PGA golf tour appearance in eight months has come to a shuddering halt, upset by South African Tim Clark at the WGC-Match Play Championship in Arizona. The ... [more]

US sharemarket falls as health sector slumps
US stocks fell in volatile trading on Thursday as investors sold off shares of healthcare companies such as Merck & Co on worries that US President Barack Obama's budget proposal will strangle profits. [more]

Catholic church in American Samoa urges Faleomavaega to oppose abortion law
The leader of the Catholic Church in American Samoa has written to the territory's Congressman urging him to make it clear that local residents oppose the Freedom of Choice Act. [more]

Samoa's first Consul General in Auckland dies
Samoa's first appointed Consul General in Auckland in New Zealand has died at the age of 80. Asi Falana'ipupu Vaimasenu'u Niko Apa had been appointed consul in 1976 after many... [more]

CNMI cops back on bikes to save fuel
The Department of Public Safety in the Northern Marianas is bringing back bicycle patrols in Garapan to cut the Government's fuel bill. Nine police officers and four Commonwealth Ports Authority... [more]

PNG free education plans queried
Questions are being raised over plans by the Papua New Guinea government to provide free schooling for children from grade one to grade eight. The Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare... [more]

Commonwealth to examine Fiji status
Ministers from nine Commonwealth countries are expected next week in London for talks on Fiji's continuing suspension from councils of the organisation. A statement from the Commonwealth said the Ministerial... [more]

Fonterra share rule change disturbs dairy farmers
Changes to the rules on Fonterra's unshared supply threshold have created some tension between the co-operative and dairy farmers. [more]

Retrain jobless for agricultural work, says Fed Farmers
Federated Farmers would like to see workers who are made redundant retrained for a career in the agricultural sector. [more]

Second Blenheim rail death in 24 hours
A man has died after being struck by a train just south of the Blenheim Railway Station, in the second rail fatality in the region within 24 hours. [more]

Murder charge follows Manurewa attack
A man has been charged with murder following an attack in Manurewa. [more]

Sick baby returned to Whangarei Hospital
A baby taken from the emergency department of Whangarei Hospital by her mother has been returned to hospital returned by her whanau. Police say say the four-month-old needed medical treatment. [more]

90-day employment law a boost, says minister
Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson says the 90-day trial period for new staff will be a boost for people who simply need an employer to give them a chance in a new job. [more]

Hamilton boys, woman found safe and well
Two boys and a woman who went missing in separate incidents in Hamilton have been found safe and well. [more]

Tourist in coma after attack in Napier
An English tourist has been critically injured and is in a coma following an attack in Napier. Three teenagers are in custody charged with assault. [more]

MP's prosecutor gets home detention for tax fraud
An accountant who brought a private prosecution against Labour MP Trevor Mallard in 2007 has himself been sentenced to six months home detention for tax fraud. [more]

Warehouse fined $200,000 for misleading customers
Retail chain The Warehouse has been fined almost $210,000 after pleading guilty to multiple breaches of the Fair Trading Act. [more]

Fatal crash at Waipu bypass
Police and emergency services are at the scene of a fatal crash near Waipu in Northland. [more]

Mild autumn weather expected
Most of New Zealand can expect average rainfall and temperature over the next few months, say climate scientists. [more]

Gain in long term migrants to NZ
There has been a gain in the number of people returning to New Zealand or arriving to live in the country permanently. [more]

Samoan musician avoids jail to help fight drug abuse
A prominent musician in Samoa has avoided a jail term on drugs charges with the judge calling on him to help the fight against drug use. Mailo Ben Vai has... [more]

US critical of Samoa prison conditions
The United States has criticised prison conditions in Samoa. In the State Department's 2008 report on human rights, it says prison conditions are poor, especially for male inmates. It says... [more]

Kiribati fishermen survive drfiting for weeks to PNG
Three Kiribati men have been rescued off reefs in Papua New Guinea after drifting for about five weeks. The newspaper, The National, reports they were found near Malie Island in... [more]

Solomons' union demands independent check for cyanide leaks at mine
The National Union of Workers in Solomon Islands is calling for an immediate independent assessment as to whether cyanide is leaking from the Gold Ridge mine. Former workers who are... [more]

Political fate of sacked Marshalls foreign minister unclear
The political future of the sacked Marshall Islands Foreign Minister, Tony deBrum, seems to be unresolved. Mr deBrum was removed from his post after he criticised the administration of President... [more]

Man running from bees survives cliff fall
A man has survived falling 35 metres down a cliff near Tauranga after losing his footing while running away from a swarm of bees. [more]

Inquiry into number of withdrawn court cases
An inquiry is under way into the number of cases district courts deal with that do not go to a jury trial. [more]

Govt again defends allowing unhealthy food in schools
The Government is again defending its decision to allow unhealthy food to be sold in schools in the wake of an international report advocating that schools provide healthy options for children. [more]

Prison cellphone jamming system defended
The Department of Corrections says its cellphone jamming programme is working - in spite of a loophole that allowed an alleged drug ring to be run from a Christchurch prison. [more]

Banks' profit margins increasing
New figures show banks' profit margins are on the increase again while the amount lent to businesses continues to drop. [more]

Mixed end to week for Asia-Pacific markets
Shares in Asia and the Pacific were mixed on Friday, ending a tough month marked by nagging fears about the world economy and the financial system. [more]

One third of companies expect to cut jobs - survey
Business confidence has continued in the doldrums at the start of 2009 with one in three firms now expecting to shed staff. [more]

NZ managers to buy remaining stake ABN AMRO Craigs
Stockbroking firm ABN AMRO Craigs will soon be fully New Zealand owned, after a decision by the Royal Bank of Scotland to exit its 50% stake in the business. [more]

Engineering company's orders increase
Listed global engineering and design company Cavotech says it is attracting a record number of orders despite the financial crisis. [more]

Pyne Gould posts $17 million loss
An increase in bad debts at its finance arm has seen Pyne Gould Corporation post a half-year loss. [more]

Building consents plummet
The number of building consents issued has fallen by more than half in January, its lowest level since records began 17 years ago. [more]