Radio New Zealand - Saturday, 7th March 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

New Orleans swamp rock n rollers Quintron and Miss Pussycat deliver a dash of the Mardi Gras ahead of their NZ tour. Quintron talks with Emma Smith about the continuing cost of the hurrican Katrina, and his light-sensitive music-maker, the drum-buddy. [more]

Saturday Morning

Matt Frei: Washington D.C.
The BBC's Washington correspondent on his book, Only in America, about"the Rome of the 21st century". [more]

David Park: earth and space
CEO of the Geospatial Research Centre, within the NZ ICT Innovation Institute at the University of Canterbury. [more]

Jasvinder Sanghera: forced marriages and honour crimes
Co-founder of UK community project combating domestic violence, and author of the memoir, Shame, and sequel Daughters of Shame. [more]

Kim reads emails 1
Kim Hill reads and comments on emails from listeners about Patrick Holford and nutrition. [more]

Isaac Julien: moving pictures
British installation artist and maker of feature films and documentaries, visiting New Zealand for Auckland Festival 2009. [more]

Vikas Swarup: from Q and A to slumdog millionaire
Member of the Indian Foreign Service, whose debut novel, Q and A, was adapted for the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. [more]

Roberto Fonseca: Cuban jazz
Pianist for the Buena Vista Social Club, and world-jazz star, visiting New Zealand for the Wellington Jazz Festival. [more]

Kim reads emails 2
Kim Hill reads and comments on emails from listeners about male urination, and monarch butterflies. [more]

Dave Brown: children's theatre
Artistic director of Adelaide's Patch Theatre Company, which has produced over 100 children's theatre works. [more]

Children's Books with Kate De Goldi: Paul Fleischman
Kate discusses the novels, poetry and picture books of the prolific American children's writer. [more]

Sunday Morning

Insight Sunday 8 March: Dirty Dairying
Craig Ashworth looks at the progress that's being made to clean up New Zealand's waterways. [more]

This Way Up

Shift valley
Xan Rice on attempts to get the first black cyclist into the Tour de France. [more]

Free photos
The Commons on Flickr's opening up some of the world's best photo archives, copyright free and for nothing. [more]

Peter Griffin on reports that TVNZ's buying a stake in TiVo, the pioneers of the hard drive TV recorder. [more]

Gearing up
Ian Austen's looked at how a new automatic gearshift for bicycles is performing at the Tour of California. [more]

Velib vandals
Problems in Paris with its cheap bicycle rental scheme and Charles Bremner on Citroen's plans to relaunch its legendary DS. [more]

We're talking to crossword setter, historian, and teacher Michelle Arnot on the world's most popular word game. [more]

Mike Morley-Bunker's back with sweetcorn history and buying tips. [more]

News stories:

New Wellington hospital opens
Wellington's new $285 million regional hospital was formally opened on Friday. [more]

Flood-prone Kaeo escapes serious damage
The Northland town of Kaeo appeared to escape any serious damage when river levels peaked early on Friday morning, following rain and gale force winds. [more]

More kakapo chicks hatch
The arrival of five new kakapo chicks in the past week has nudged the total population of the endangered bird close to 100. [more]

Nelson police investigate bouncer assault claims
Police are investigating claims of a series of assaults by a bouncer at a Nelson city bar. [more]

Man jailed for selling child pornography on internet
A Hamilton man has been jailed for two years for selling child pornography on the internet. [more]

Jones rules himself out of first NRL match
The veteran rugby league star Stacey Jones has all but ruled himself out of the Warriors' opening NRL clash of the season against Parramatta in Auckland. A niggling calf injury ... [more]

Kuwait beat Socceroos
Kuwait have beaten Australia 1-0 in an Asian Cup football qualifier at Canberra Stadium to move to second place in the group standings and relegate the Socceroos to the bottom. The ... [more]

Minor changes only to next month's Indian Twenty20 league
There'll be minor changes only to Indian's popular Twenty20 cricket league next month. Indian authorities wanted the Indian Cricket Board to reschedule the league as security forces would be focusing ... [more]

Patel joins squad on standby for Vettori
The Wellington spinner Jetan Patel has been called into the New Zealand cricket squad as possible cover for Daniel Vettori. The captain's wife Mary anticipates minor complications associated with the ... [more]

Women's team pursuit debuts at track nationals
The women's team pursuit has debuted at the New Zealand Track Championships in Invercargill with Waikato-Bay of Plenty qualifying fastest for Friday night's final, more than six seconds faster than ... [more]

Former Honda FI team saved
The former Honda team has been saved and chief executive Nick Fry says it will race in Formula One this year. Honda pulled out in December as a result of ... [more]

Blatter fears global influence of Premier League
FIFA President Sepp Blatter says the increasing worldwide appeal of the Premier League is having a detrimental effect on other countries' domestic competitions. World football's boss says he has concerns ... [more]

Dravid scores century in practice match
The Indian batsman Rahul Dravid has made the most of a chance to get in some batting practice before the Test cricket series against New Zealand, scoring 102 for Canterbury ... [more]

Tigers bite back in Melbourne
The Melbourne Tigers have levelled the Australian National Basketball League Grand Final series at 1-1 after beating South Dragons 88-83. Leading by 14 points midway through the final quarter, the ... [more]

ATP gives tournaments $6 million fee reduction
The governing body of men's tennis is returning around $6 million in fees to tournaments to help ease the effects of the global economic crisis. The ATP says it's decided ... [more]

Give Islanders a Super go, says Boe
Well-respected former Samoa and Pacific Islands rugby coach John Boe wants the winner of the annual Pacific Tri-Nations series between Samoa, Tonga and Fiji to become the new team in ... [more]

Japan has the dollars as well as the love for rugby
Australia's players union has urged rugby chiefs not to dismiss Japan as a serious candidate for inclusion in a 2011 Super 15. While Melbourne are undeniable front-runners and Gold Coast ... [more]

Paddison equal top, Geary best score, Lee 12th
The Wellington golfer Gareth Paddison shares the lead with two others at the halfway point of the New Zealand PGA Championship at Clearwater in Christchurch. Paddison's on nine under par ... [more]

Weather saves Black Caps but Indian batsmen a cut above
The Black Caps skipper Dan Vettori says his bowlers are struggling against the Indian opener Virender Sehwag. Rain quite likely saved the New Zealand cricketers from going two nil down ... [more]

Chiefs chalk up first win of Super 14 season
The Chiefs have scored their first win of the Super 14 rugby season beating the Perth based Western Force 31-13 in Hamilton. The Chiefs, winless in the opening three rounds, ... [more]

One in five small businesses expect redundancies
The number of small businesses expecting to lay off staff is on the rise, a survey suggests. [more]

Attempted robbery at Christchurch currency exchange
A man held up a Christchurch currency exchange at gunpoint on Friday but failed to escape with any cash. Police have not yet established whether the firearm was real. [more]

Pacific leaders wary of Pacific division closure
Some Pacific community leaders say if the Immigration Service's Pacific divison is abolished following a highly critical report their needs will not be met. [more]

US House backs mortgage bankruptcy law change
The US House of Representatives has approved a bill to let bankruptcy court judges reduce the primary residence mortgage debt of bankrupt homeowners as a last resort to avoid foreclosure. [more]

General Motors auditors raise doubt on viability
Auditors for General Motors have raised "substantial doubt" about the US vehicle manufacturer's ability to survive outside bankruptcy if it fails to stem its losses and stop burning cash, the company says. [more]

Rotorua TAB robbed at gunpoint
Patrons at a Rotorua TAB which was held up at gunpoint on Thursday night chased the person who threatened staff and made off with cash. [more]

Motorists would refuse high registration costs, says AA
The Automobile Association thinks motorists will stop registering their cars if the cost jumps too much. [more]

Iwi charges Lake Ellesmere commercial fishers
Ngai Tahu is charging a levy on commercial fishers working at Lake Ellesmere in Canterbury. [more]

Beckham set to stay at Milan til June now
David Beckham appears to have won his battle to stay at the Italian football club AC Milan. A deal to keep the veteran England midfielder at Milan until the end of ... [more]

Brawn says his F1 team are over the biggest hurdle
The former Honda Formula One motor racing team have become Brawn GP after being bought by new owner Ross Brawn. Brawn says they've already overcome their biggest challenge in securing ... [more]

Highest quality wools fetch improved prices
Prices for better quality wools lifted again at the combined North and South Island wool sale on Thursday, though demand was limited for poorer types. [more]

More Maori needed in farming careers, says iwi head
The chair of Ngati Kahungunu, Ngahiwi Tomoana, wants to see more Maori back on the land. [more]

Dollar below 50 US cents
The New Zealand dollar again slipped below 50 US cents on Friday as sharp falls in US stock markets triggered further selling of risky assets. [more]

Europe interest rates cut to record low
The European Central Bank cut interest rates to an all-time low on Thursday and signalled further easing was possible as its staff forecast the euro zone economy could shrink by more than 3% this year. [more]

Motorbike enthusiasts rally in Levin
More than 200 motorbike enthusiasts were descending on Levin, north of Wellington, for the 21st National Vintage Motorcycle Rally. [more]

Litter clean-up at Manukau Harbour beaches
A clean-up of litter from Auckland's beaches was taking place on Saturday to educate people about the harm litter causes to marine life. [more]

Dairy farms issued facial eczema alert
A facial eczema alert has been issued to dairy farms as warm and humid conditions send the disease danger soaring through much of the North Island. [more]

French man dies in New Caledonia after shark attack
A young French man has died after he was attacked by sharks while out surfing in New Caledonia. Police say the 19-year-old student's was apparently attacked by several sharks while... [more]

Inter Island Airways in American Samoa plans to expand routes
Pago Pago based Inter Island Airways plans to expand within the next six months with international flights to Tonga and Niue. Inter Island currently serves American Samoa's domestic routes as... [more]

Pacific Mini Games will go ahead says Cook Islands Minister
The Cook Islands minister in charge of the Pacific Mini Games says they'll definitely go ahead, despite allegations of financial mismanagement by the company organising them. The games organiser's been... [more]

United States EPA keen to sort out landfill on Guam
The United States Environment Protection Agency, the EPA, says it is working closely with the Department of Defense to ensure key infrastructure, like the landfill on Guam, is sorted. The... [more]

Taro security bill passes House committee hearing in Hawaii
A bill that seeks to retain the cultural integrity of taro by protecting it from genetic modification unanimously passed it's House Agriculture Committee hearing in Hawaii this week. During the... [more]

Schumacher banned two years for doping
German Stefan Schumacher has been suspended for two years from all cycling by the International Cycling Union after failing a dope test during the 2008 Tour de France. Schumacher, who ... [more]

Pierce leads Celtics to win over Cavaliers
The Boston Celtics have pulled into a tie for first place in the National Basketball Association's Eastern Conference with a 105-94 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Paul Pierce scored 29 ... [more]