Radio New Zealand - Friday, 13th March 2009

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This page features: Afternoons, Business News, Checkpoint, Country Life, Focus on Politics, Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Upbeat


Best Song Ever Written - 'Perfect Day'
Mark Nicholson nominates 'Perfect Day' by Lou Reed. [more]

Feature Story - Male Menopause
Jed Diamond on Male Menopause and The Irritable Male Syndrome. [more]

Wot's On
Events roundup. [more]

Auckland Arts Festival - Final festival review
As well as individual reviews the critics pronounce their verdict on the festival so far. [more]

Weekend Weather
With Bob McDavitt. [more]

Fresh Fast Food - Shaun Clouston
Baked Vanilla Custards, Cherry Compote and Sable Biscuits. [more]

Sports Story
Golf and cricket with Gary Ahern and Murray Williams. [more]

NZ Society - Indians in Nelson
The Nelson area has increasingly become a multicultural community welcoming new residents from all over the world. [more]

The Panel (part one)
With Michael Deaker and Simon Pound. [more]

The Panel (part two)
With Michael Deaker and Simon Pound. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 13 March 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 13 March 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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

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


State Owned Enterprises
The heads of the boards governing State Owned Enterprises have been put on notice and are being summoned to the Beehive. [more]

Prison report
The Minister of Corrections will meet with her Department next week to discuss a scathing report on Auckland's prisons. [more]

North Shore Mayor Andrew Williams
It's feared major Auckland public transport projects could be at risk. [more]

Fifty six employees of the Blue Mountain Lumber mill in Otago were this morning handed their redundancy notices. [more]

Oil slick
Parts of Australia's northeast coast have been declared disaster areas with tonnes of oil from a damaged cargo ship. [more]

Billboard considered inappropriate
'Family First' has called for advertising billboards to be vetted to stop what they see as offensive material. [more]

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

Tough terms
Reserve Bank governor Alan Bollard has called on banks to ease up on increasingly tough lending terms for business borrowers. [more]

Volcanic eruption
There's been a huge eruption from an underwater volcano 350 kilometres off the Bay of Plenty coast. [more]

Canadian search
The search for survivors continues after an oil rig helicopter crashed into icy waters off the coast of Newfoundland. [more]

Kidney failure
A renal physican at Wellington Hospital is warning that one in five New Zealanders suffer from significant kidney illness. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Niche market
Companies that know their niche in the market will do well according to Government agency TechNZ's Hawke's Bay workshop. [more]

Drugs in shops
The Ministry of Health has issued a warning over four illegal medicines made in Samoa and Tonga and being sold here. [more]

Oil slick 2
There is a disastrous oil slick on Queensland's coast. [more]

Auckland public transport
Transport Minister Stephen Joyce is worried about the impact of the combined cost of the national and regional fuel taxes. [more]

A new found that less than half of Maori children receive the jab for diseases which are potentially fatal. [more]

NRL controversy
The league's brand new one and a half million dollar marketing campaign is already in tatters. [more]

G20 meeting
Finance ministers from advanced and developing nations the G20 are meeting in Britain this weekend. [more]

Petrol sniffing
The Australian government is claiming success in its battle against the problem of petrol sniffing. [more]

Fashion Week
Paris Fashion Week is dominating the world's fashion press this week - locally, the focus is on Dunedin's tenth Fashion Week. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Recession security
In Australia, a former head of security at Qantas is warning that aviation security could be a victim of cost-cutting. [more]

Space debris
On the international space station the crew were forced to take cover in an escape capsule to avoid a piece of flying debris. [more]

Jailed for throwing a shoe
The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush last year has now been jailed for three years. [more]

Country Life

Intro and Guest
Canterbury A2 dairy farmer Chris Prattley. [more]

Regional Wrap
Facial eczema spore counts explode in the north and in the South Island its been a cooler week as farmers prepare for winter. [more]

Out of the ashes
Lyn Mullens prepares to rebuild her life and her farm in Dixon's Creek, Victoria. [more]

Sustainable living
West Coast bushman Mike Toseland is an anti-1080 campaigner who is also passionate about the sustainable lifestyle. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus On Politics for 13 March 2009
The ACT Party goes into its post election annual conference as part of a Government for the first time. [more]

Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm

Fur Patrol - NZ Live
Fur Patrol showcase tracks from their album 'Local Kid'. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 13 March 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 13 March 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 13 March 2009
Auckland's prisons, Official cash rate, Govt regional fuel tax, rugby world cup, Wall St. Madoff guilty. [more]

Birds Mohua - The Yellowhead
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

NZ Superannuation Fund
The retirement commissioner says people's pension payments must NOT be cut. [more]

Pacific News for 13 March 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Rugby World Cup 2011
The Rugby World Cup is still over two years away yet winners and losers have already emerged. [more]

The state of Auckland's Prisons
A report obtained by Radio New Zealand is highly critical of the state of Auckland's prisons. [more]

Official cash rate is cut to 3 percent
The Reserve Bank's Governor Alan Bollard yesterday cut the Official Cash Rate by half of a percent. [more]

Govt talks of dumping regional fuel tax
The Transport Minister Steven Joyce says he's not convinced the tax is the right way to go. [more]

Venues chosen for Rugby World Cup 2011
Martin Snedden, chief executive of Rugby New Zealand 2011, explains. [more]

Disgraced Wall Street financier pleads guilty
Bernard Madoff has pleaded guilty in New York to what's been called the biggest swindle in Wall Street history. [more]

Forbes richest people
Forbes magazine says Microsoft founder Bill Gates has regained his title of world's richest person. [more]

German teenage killer warned of killings on the internet
The teenager had warned on the Internet the night before he was going to carry out his killing spree. [more]

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

Nick Smith at ACC Select Committee
Labour MPs are describing Nick Smith's surprise appearance before a select committee yesterday as bizarre. [more]

David Bain retrial update
The first ambulance officer to enter the Bain family home in Dunedin in 1994 gave evidence. [more]

Tough times for broadcasters
Broadcasting company Mediaworks are being told not to expect a payrise this year. [more]

A study criticizes Auckland's prisons
In a study commissioned by the New Zealand prison officers union, Mt Eden was described as archaic. [more]

Economic crisis - print more money?
The Bank of England is doing just that - and some economists say that's an idea our Reserve Bank should follow. [more]

Graeme Hart, richest man in Australasia
NZer Graeme Hart, has become the richest man in Australasia despite being 600 million dollars poorer than he was a year ago. [more]

Pacific festivals need to remain relevant
Pacific educators say pupils taking part in festivals like Pasifika is a waste of time unless they gain NCEA credits for it. [more]

Auckland Arts festival review
The Auckland Arts festival has begun its second and final week. [more]

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

ACT Party Conference
For the first time the ACT Party goes into its annual conference this weekend as part of a Government. [more]

Meeting of G20 leaders this weekend
Cleaning up the banking system will be one of the top priorities at a meeting of G20 finance ministers in England. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Regional councils say 'dirty farmers' are being caught
Regional councils say 'dirty farmers' are being caught out by a more vigilant inspection regime. [more]

Taranaki boy finds whale vomit or Ambergris
Whale vomit is set to become the unlikely source of a young Taranaki boy's riches. [more]

Australian correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh
We cross to Canberra now to join our correspondent, Kerry-Anne Walsh. [more]


Venus and Adonis
Marion Potts is the director of a reworking of Shakespeare's classic, to have its premiere at the Auckland Festival. [more]

Nine To Noon

RBNZ on Official cash reserve announcement
Governor of Reserve Bank of New Zealand Alan Bollard. [more]

The property market
Mike Elford, President of Real Estate Institute of NZ, and Chief Executive, Harcourts NZ Brian Thompson. [more]

One Tree Hill College art collection
Comments from Principal, Iva Ropati and former art teacher Wallace Crossman. [more]

Pacific correspondent
Mike Field brings us News from the Pacific region. [more]

Keeping kids in education
Feature guest today is Stuart Middleton from Manukau Institute of Technology. [more]

Children's Book Review
John McIntyre reviews three new childrens books. [more]

Music with Manu Taylor
Three new album releases reviewed by Manu. [more]

Richard Becht with the low down on this weeks sport News. [more]

Week That Was
With Radar and Michele A'Court. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 13 March 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 13 March 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Paul Bushnell
Broadcaster and all round festival buff looks at some of the highlights of the Auckland Festival so far. [more]

Natasha Beckman
Auckland Arts Festival Visual Arts Manager and curator in her own right. [more]

David Donaldson
Bass player and composer talks about 'Zig Zag'- an audio visual tribute to Len Lye. [more]

John Psathas
NZ composer talks about his arrangement of American rocker Serj Tankian's music for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. [more]

Leon Radojkovic
Frontman pf 'Dr Colossus' - performing at the Auckland Festival. [more]

News stories:

Gains at wool sales
Prices for most types of wool gained at the North and South Island sales on Thursday despite the New Zealand dollar firming against the main wool trading currencies. More than 80% of the total offering was sold. [more]

Tighter surveillance for GM crop trials
Biosecurity New Zealand is to tighten surveillance of genetically modified crop trials. [more]

Minister sacks Otepopo school board
Continuing tension over the running of Otepopo School in North Otago has led to its board of trustees being dismissed. The school roll is down to 13 this year from 41 in 2004. [more]

Property portfolio down 10.6%
AMP NZ Office Trust has had more than $166 million - 10.6% - wiped off the value of its property portfolio. [more]

Mediaworks tightens up
Commercial radio and television company Mediaworks is tightening up in the economic downturn. Commercial broadcasters are grappling with a slump in advertising revenue. [more]

Man dead after power pole hit by car
A man is dead after a car collided with a power pole near Rotorua. Police say attempts to rescue the three occupants of the car were hampered by live wires. [more]

KFC sales drive profit at fast food chain
Restaurant Brands has seen stronger sales in the fourth quarter, again due to growth of more than 4% at its KFC stores. [more]

March funding not needed now by GM
General Motors says it will not now need $US2 billion in funding it previously requested for March from the US government. The company has already received $US13.4 billion in federal aid. [more]

Lobby group demands mandatory status for Clean Streams Accord
The Royal Forest & Bird Society wants the Clean Streams Accord for dairy farmers to be mandatory. It says the time has come to prod farmers their obligations. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Friday's papers: Regional fuel tax to be dumped; banks have been slow to respond to calls from Reserve Bank Governor to drop interest rates; 2011 Rugby World Cup jackpot. [more]

Trolley bus blocks tunnel
There is disruption to traffic in a Wellington suburb: a trolley-bus is broken down in the Karori Tunnel. [more]

European stocks gain ground
European stock exchanges closed higher on Thursday after retail sales in the US were better than expected in February. [more]

Reserve Bank to discuss business terms with banks
The Reserve Bank is talking with retail banks about the restrictions [more]

OCR cut not enough - business group
The latest cut in the Official Cash Rate has been criticised by the Manufacturers & Exporters Association which says it should have gone below 3%. [more]

End to regional fuel tax being considered
The Government is looking at ending the regional fuel tax because it adds too much to motoring costs. An announcement will be made next week. [more]

NCEA credits urged for taking part in Pacific festivals
Participation by school pupils in festivals such as Pasifika or Polyfest is seen by some educators as a waste of time, unless the pupils gain NCEA credits for them. [more]

Alonso says Renault and others off the pace
The Renault Formula One driver Fernando Alonso has delivered a somber assessment of his chances this season. He says the times being set by Ferrari, Brawn and BMW are for the ... [more]

Hungarian Grand Prix cancelled
Motorcycling's governing body has announced the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix has been cancelled and will not be replaced. The International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) says the September the 20th race would be ... [more]

Federer to become a father
The world number two tennis player Roger Federer has announced he is to become a father for the first time. The 27-year-old Swiss says his girlgfriend Mirka Vavrinec is pregnant and ... [more]

Venezuela upset US at WBC
The Venezuelan baseball team has avenged a crushing loss to the United States with a gritty 5-3 win in Toronto, to end the first round of the World Baseball Classic top ... [more]

Blow for golf's "super series"
The Asian Golf Tour chief Kyi Hla Han has severed ties with the "super series" of Asia-Pacific golf tournaments, accusing organisers, including the Australian PGA, of being "unprofessional and unethical". His ... [more]

Italy make two changes for Six Nations clash with Wales
Winger Giulio Rubini and front row forward Carlos Nieto are the only changes in Italy's team to face Wales in the Six Nations this weekend. Rubini, who came on as a ... [more]

Lewis predicts good things for Haumono
The top Australian boxing trainer Johnny Lewis predicts his emerging heavyweight, Solomon Haumono, will produce a better effort in his next fight. The former rugby league player barely preserved his unbeaten ... [more]

New cement plant not expected to affect rock art
The head of Te Runanga o Moeraki is confident a proposed cement plant in North Otago won't affect nearby Maori rock art. [more]

Less mail moved by NZ Post
Postal volumes are falling at New Zealand Post. Items were down by 6% in the six months to December and have been falling annually by between 3% - 5% per annum. [more]

Wall St rallies on spending data and GE rating
Stocks in the United States rose for a third day on Thursday. The Dow closed above 7,000 for the first time since 27 February. [more]

Tickets for enclosed Wimbledon sell out in five minutes
Tickets for the first match to be played under the roof at Wimbledon's centre court sold out five minutes after going on sale. Husband-and-wife team Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, both ... [more]

Pakistan's Davis Cup tie could be moved from Lahore
The Davis Cup tie between Pakistan and the Philippines scheduled for Lahore in July could be moved because of security concerns. A spokesperson for the International Tennis Federation says they're ... [more]

Solomons Finance Minister briefs donors on country's economic situation
The Solomon Islands Minister of Finance, Snyder Rini, and the Minister of Planning, Steve Abana, have briefed the diplomatic and donor community on the country's economic situation and fiscal outlook. [more]

Australian economist says PNG important market for local buisnesses
The Australian government's chief economist, Tim Harcourt, says Papua New Guinea is among Australia's most important countries in terms of exports. He says 3,800 of Australia's 42 thousand exporters are... [more]

Tonga to play All blacks in opening match of World Cup
Tonga will face the All Blacks in the opening match of the 2011 Rugby World cup in New Zealand. The schedule for the tournament has been announced, with Fiji to... [more]

American Samoa Power Authority criticises government
The American Samoa Power Authority has blamed both the Fono and the Executive Branch for failure to appropriate the necessary funds to pay the government's electric bill Testimonies in the... [more]

US Pacific territories included in federal stimulus recovery package
The U.S. Pacific territories will receive close to $59 million from the U.S. Energy Department as part of the department's share of the federal stimulus recovery package. Funding for the... [more]

American Samoa Fono rejects three nominees for cabinet directors
Lawmakers in American Samoa have rejected three of Governor Togiola Tulafono's nominations for cabinet directors. The rejected nominees are Manupo Turituri as director of the Agriculture Department, Dr. Salamo Laumoli... [more]

Australian archivist praises Pacific system
The director of Australia's National Achives says its Government could learn how to improve its archiving system by adopting a technique used by Pacific countries. Its National Achives director, Adrian... [more]

Fiji political parties meet today for Political Dialogue Forum
Fiji's major political parties have been told to come to today's leaders' meeting with an open mind. The Interim Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama had said he was excluding two parties... [more]

Changes in meat and wool levies
Meat & Wool New Zealand is proposing a rise in sheep and beef levies, but a reduction in the wool levy. Farmers will vote on the five-year programme in August. [more]

BMW profits down nearly 90%
Net profits at BMW fell by almost 90% to 330 million euros ($US423 million) last year, as the global economy weakened and reduced demand for cars. [more]

Two Samoan villages to join Pago Pago Flag Day celebrations
Two villages from Samoa will participate in American Samoa's flag raising ceremony on April 17th . The villages of Satitoa and Falevao will entertain in the traditional singing and dancing... [more]

Region confident storage volume enough for latest grape harvest
Wine Marlborough is confident there will be enough storage capacity for another big harvest. [more]

Vehicle sales down 11% in January
Car sales continue to slump. Vehicle sales in January were down $66 million, a drop of 11%. Fuel sales were also down by $14 million. [more]

Closing addresses in taxi driver rape trial
Closing addresses have begun at the retrial of a former Wellington taxi driver accused of raping a passenger. [more]

Fewer Maori children receive polio and tetanus vaccinations
A big disparity is reported between Maori and non-Maori children receiving free vaccinations for polio and tetanus. Fewer Maori children were vaccinated. [more]

Labour productivity up, but not long-term growth
Labour productivity has increased in the last year, but long-term growth remains subdued. [more]

Prospects of stability seen in rural real estate
The Real Estate Institute hopes that the latest farm sale figures are an indication that some stability is returning to the rural property market. [more]

Big turnout at Wanaka show
Sunny weather has ensured a big turnout for the Upper Clutha A & P Show at Wanaka. It's the second biggest A & P event in South Island, after the Canterbury Show. [more]

Fonterra not opposed to other companies joining accord
Fonterra is not opposed to other companies joining the Clean Streams Accord. The voluntary agreement between Fonterra, the Government and regional councils has been in place for six years. [more]

Possible return to wool marketing levy welcomed
Wool exporters have welcomed a call for farmers to consider contributing to wool marketing again. [more]

Swede strips down to underwear to play golf shot
Swede Henrik Stenson has done what few manage to do to Tiger Woods on a golf course by stealing the spotlight. Stenson stripped to his underwear to play a shot ... [more]

Death rate up for pregnant women and babies
A new report shows an increase in the death rate of both pregnant women and babies. The result is attributed to better reporting. [more]

Minister comments on prisons report
Corrections Minister Judith Collins says a scathing report commissioned by the union for prison guards into the state of Auckland's prisons has raised significant concerns. [more]

Call to keep up research and development
Companies must continue spending on research and development during the economic downturn, warns the Foundation for Food Science and Technology. [more]

Air NZ may use nine-day-fortnight subsidy
Air New Zealand says it will use the nine-day-fortnight government subsidy if the economic downturn causes the airline to further reduce capacity and consider redundancies. [more]

Marae opened at Unitec
A marae was opened in the grounds of Unitec in Auckland as dawn broke on Friday. Carving of the house Ngakau Mahaki has taken five years. [more]

Bain retrial breaks until Monday
David Bain's retrial is taking a break on Friday and the case will resume on Monday. [more]

Meeting underway in Fiji to discuss agenda and membership criteria for President's Dialogue
33 political party representatives in Fiji have been meeting with representatives of the interim regime to discuss ways forward for the nations. After confusion over who was going to be... [more]

Assessors in Fiji court find 8 soldiers and a former policemen guilty of manslaughter
Eight soldiers and a former policeman have been found guilty of manslaughter by the assessors in the Sakiusa Rabaka murder trial. The assessors had rejected a murder charge but were... [more]

PNG to get two new provinces by 2012
Papua New Guinea will have two new provinces - Hela and Jiwaka - by 2012 ." People from the two new provinces who packed the public galleries in Parliament for... [more]

Alarming figures for Maori and Pacific in NZ affected by HIV/AIDS
Figures for Maori and Pacific people, including children, with HIV/AIDS infections in New Zealand is a major concern The seriousness of the situation was highlighted by the Chief Executive of... [more]

Solomon's government denies rumours of no confidence motion
Solomon Island Coalition government has released a statement denying rumours that there is to be a motion of no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua. The Deputy Prime Minister,... [more]

American Samoan House of Representatives backs second reading to ban use plastic bags
The American Samoan House of Representatives, has unanimously, approved in second reading a bill to ban the use of plastic bags. The bill would ban stores in the territory from... [more]

Fairfax chief executive resigns
Fairfax Media New Zealand chief executive Joan Withers has resigned after barely four years in the job. [more]

Man dies after logging truck collision
One man is dead after a collision between a bike and logging truck near Te Puke. [more]

Rubbish collector shot
A rubbish collector in Dunedin was shot in the arm with either an air rifle or pistol while emptying bins at Bayfield Park on Thursday night. [more]

Smith denies gagging ACC at hearing
ACC Minister Nick Smith has rejected accusations he has gagged the corporation by attending a select committee hearing because the new board chairman was away cycling. [more]

Tighter security mooted at Waikato hospital
Security at Waikato hospital is being examined to combat an escalation of criminal activity. [more]

Twelve electorates to get extra administrative funding
Six Maori electorates and six big general electorates will get a funding increase of $40,000 each to help them service their constituents. [more]

Loss of network funding will hurt companies, say Greens
The withdrawal of government funding for the Sustainable Business Network will greatly disadvantage local companies in future, predicts the Green Party. [more]

Warnings issued over Samoan and Tongan medicine
The Ministry of Health has issued a warning over four unapproved medicines made in Samoa and Tonga and being sold in New Zealand. The director general of health, Stephen McKernan,... [more]

New Caledonia's census to go ahead this year
New Caledonia's first "ethnic" census will finally happen this year, in July, after years of controversy. The local government President, Harold Martin, says the counting exercise would mobilise some seven... [more]

"Merauke five" stuck at Papua airport
The editor of the Torres Strait News, Mark Bousen, says five Australians freed from jail but facing an uncertain future in Indonesia's Papua are afraid to leave Mopah airport in... [more]

New security directive could hit Marshall Island businesses
A Marshall Islands exporter says he's one of a number of local business people hoping Continental Micronesia Airlines can negotiate successfully with the US Transportation Safety Administration for exemptions to... [more]

Most of Fiji electricity to come from hydro when new scheme online
Fiji's interim minister for Public Utilities says when a new dam at Nadarivatu is online, hydro schemes will supply most of the country's electricity. The project is funded by a... [more]

American Samoa's Treasury steps up debt collection
The Credit and Collections staff at American Samoa's Treasury have been told to step up their collection of money owed to the government. Treasurer Magalei Logovii wants to see the... [more]

NGOs to be included in Fiji political forum
Non Governmental Organisations are to be included in Fiji' President's political dialogue forum, it was decided at today's meeting. Today's meeting of political party leaders was attended by 45 participants,... [more]

General Electric debt rating cut
Standard & Poor's has lowered its debt rating for General Electric from AAA to AA+. General Electric is viewed as a barometer of the health of the United States economy. [more]

Expert doubts banks will heed Bollard's call
Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard's call for banks to ease up on business lending terms may fall on deaf ears, warns a banking expert. [more]

Bail address finally found for rape accused
Police have finally decided on a suitable bail address for an Upper Hutt man charged with rape, after he was initially bailed to a location just 13 houses from his alleged victim's home. [more]

Taxi rape jury hear Crown, defence's final arguments
Lawyers for the Crown and defence have completed their closing addresses at the retrial of a former Wellington taxi driver accused of raping a passenger. [more]

New Zealand market finishes day higher
The New Zealand share market closed up on Friday, with the NZX 50 index 31 points higher to 2523, a rise of 1.3%. [more]

Voluntary administrators for Babcock and Brown
Voluntary administrators have been appointed to Australian investment firm Babcock & Brown after investors voted against a restructure. [more]

Doctor issues warning on renal problems
A renal physician at Wellington Hospital has warned that one in five New Zealanders suffers from significant kidney illness and is unaware of the problem until he or she ends up on dialysis treatment. [more]