Radio New Zealand - Saturday, 21st March 2009

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This page features: News Stories, Saturday Morning, Sunday Morning, This Way Up

Saturday Morning

Ann Wright: voice of dissent
Former US Army colonel, who resigned from the US State Department in March 2003 in opposition to the war in Iraq. [more]

Gareth Edwards-Jones: food miles
Principal investigator on a study of the comparative merits of consuming vegetables produced locally and overseas. [more]

Philip Temple: mountains and chance
Dunedin-based mountaineer and author of 31 books, whose memoir, Chance is a Fine Thing, has just been published. [more]

Art with Mary Kisler: Yinka Shonibare
Discussing the exhibition by Yinka Shonibare, MBE, and the historical precedents of Henry Raeburn and Francisco Goya. [more]

Terence Davies: Liverpool
British film director, whose most recent film, Of Time and the City, is a paean to his hometown of Liverpool. [more]

Lisa Matisoo-Smith: DNA and Pacific settlement
Biological anthropologist, and Principal Investigator at the Allan Wilson Centre of Molecular Ecology and Evolution. [more]

Geoff Waterhouse: vehicles and waste oil
Operator of a taxi/tour company which runs vehicles on waste vegetable oil, and is committed to sustainable tourism. [more]

Stuart Devenie: rendering penguins
Acclaimed New Zealand actor, who is touring the one-man show, Hatch, or The Plight of the Penguins. [more]

Sunday Morning

Insight, Sunday 22 March: Prostitution Law Reform
Shanna Crispin looks at whether the decriminalisation of prostitution has made life safer for sex workers [more]

This Way Up

HDMI cables
Peter Griffin on the cables needed to get a sharp picture onto hi-def TVs. But does it make any difference if you choose gold-plated or super-cheap? [more]

Service Stations
We hit the forecourt with retail analyst Martin Craig. Three-quarters of service stations' profits have nothing to do with petrol sales! [more]

Electric cars
The big auto-makers are trying to find a workable battery to power the electric car. NPR's Frank Langfitt investigates. [more]

Instant recharge
Dr Gerbrand Ceder of MIT's developed a battery that can recharge in a few seconds. [more]

Foie gras
Our US correspondent Sarah di Gregorio's just visited the largest foie gras farm in the US. Plus selling New York tap water to New Yorkers. [more]

Puzzle pundit Matt Gaffney on KenKen, the latest number puzzle trying to rival Sudoku. [more]

Stephen Baker's book"The Numerati"is about the maths and marketing wizards dissecting our digital data trails. [more]

Noisy Toys
The toys that could be doing permanent damage to little ears. [more]

News stories:

Tribute to late racing commentator
The racing industry will pay tribute on Saturday to a colleague who died in a car crash on Thursday. commentator Darren Tyquin was known as a passionate and dedicated caller. [more]

Larger tourist operators suffering
Larger tourism businesses are struggling much more than smaller ones in the economic downturn. Meanwhile, demand is expected to fall even further. [more]

Kiwis being moved to island sanctuary
Ten little spotted kiwis are being moved from Kapiti Island to a sanctuary in the Hauraki Gulf on Saturday. The birds will be released on Motuihe Island. Eventually 40 will be freed there. [more]

UK car output down record 59% in February
Car production in Britain fell by a record 59% for the 12 months to February, due to lower demand for vehicles. [more]

India remain on top in first test
The New Zealand cricketers have a big couple of sessions ahead of them if they're to take the first test against India into a 5th day. New Zealand will resume ... [more]

Waikato 2 and 0 in NBL
Defending National Basketball League champions Waikato have picked up their second straight win of the new season, beating Taranaki 84-74 in Hamilton. Adam Ballinger and Justin Bailey both scored 22 points ... [more]

Assualt charge dropped against Gerrard
Prosecutors have dropped accusations of assault against England and Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard but the footballer will still face a charge of affray over a bar brawl. The Liverpool captain ... [more]

Boost for aged care funding already promised - Ryall
Health Minister Tony Ryall says a promised funding boost for the aged care sector should allay concerns raised by a coroner in Wellington. [more]

European shares up
European shares closed higher after a choppy session on Friday. [more]

Scrub fire took six hours to quell
Firefighters in Wairarapa took six hours on Friday night to extinguish a farm burn-off between Martinborough and Lake Ferry that got out of control. It was finally extinguished at midnight. [more]

Oil slips in price
Oil fell in price on Friday, due to economic concerns, the US dollar and a dip in the stock market. US crude for April settled at $US51.06 per barrel. [more]

Renault row rocks EU summit
A new row over French protectionism has broken out, as EU leaders hold a summit in Brussels on the economic crisis. Renault is to move some vehicle production from Slovenia to create 400 jobs in France. [more]

Wall St hurt as Fed plan falls short
Stocks in the United States slid on Friday as a plan by the Federal Reserve to rekindle consumer and small business lending fell short of expectations. [more]

Banking industry quarterly loss revised upward
Revised statistics issued by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp show the US bank industry posted a net loss of $US32.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2008. [more]

$US117m raised in US carbon auction
Ten states in the eastern United States have raised more than $US117 million in a third auction of permits for power plants to emit carbon dioxide. [more]

Union critical of Nelson Pine over redundancy process
The National Distribution Union is critical of Nelson Pine Industries over its handling of redundancies at the plant. The company is to lay off about 60 personnel. [more]

Man escapes from Manukau District Court
Police have appealed for sightings of a man who escaped from the Manukau District Court late on Friday afternoon. He is described as is dangerous. [more]

Electricity upgrades proposed
The Electricity Commission is expected to approve two proposals by Transpower to improve electricity reliability in Wellington and Wairarapa. Work would be completed by 2011. [more]

Domestic passenger numbers down at Wellington airport
Domestic passenger numbers at Wellington airport fell 12.6% in February, compared with the same month last year. [more]

Airline customers down
The number of people flying with Air New Zealand fell 9.5% in February, compared with the same month last year. [more]

State-owed telecommunications company to shed staff
Up to 20 engineers at Kordia are to be laid off. The State-owned company manages an extensive telecommunications network. [more]

"White pride" march held in Christchurch
About 30 people held a silent march in Christchurch on Saturday in a demonstration of "white pride". [more]

Patel picks up five wickets for Wellington
A five-wicket bag for the unwanted Black Caps off spinner Jeetan Patel and a century to the young North Districts batsman Kane Williamson have been the highlights at the start ... [more]

Kitchen into another final
The New Zealand squash number one Shelley Kitchen has won through to the final of the latest world event in Kuala Lumpur. Kitchen, the second seed, has beaten Domin Llyod-Walter ... [more]

IPL looking for bullet-proof cars and buses
India's Twenty20 cricket league organisers are looking for 80 bullet-proof cars and buses to transport players as they bid to secure government clearance for their tournament. The Indian Premier League, ... [more]

Winterbottom taken off front row in Adelaide grid
Ford's Mark Winterbottom has been booted off the front row of the Clipsal 500 grid in a controversial start to the new Australian V8 Supercar season. After qualifying second fastest ... [more]

Drysdale a part of an eight on the Thames tonight
New Zealand's Olympic bronze medal rower Mahe Drysdale will row in an eight at the annual Head of the River Race on the Thames in London on Saturday night. The ... [more]

Good Champions League draw for Manchester United
Holders Manchester United will face 2004 winners Porto in the European Champions League quarter-finals after the draw at UEFA headquarters. Liverpool and Chelsea will meet for the fifth successive season ... [more]

Wins for Broncos and Eels
Brisbane and Parramatta scored wins in Friday night's action in the National Rugby League. Karmichael Hunt put a week of controversy behind him with a brilliant all-round game as Brisbane ... [more]

Brent Newdick wins decathlon at Australian Champs
The New Zealand athlete Brent Newdick has won the decathlon while Sarah Cowley was second in the heptathlon at the Australian National Track and Field Championships in Brisbane. The young ... [more]

Two players cited from Super 14 match
The Bulls flanker Deon Stegmann and Hurricanes lock Jason Eaton will appear before a SANZAR Judicial Officer after being cited for separate incidents in last night's Super 14 match between ... [more]

Bulls beat Hurricanes
South Africa's Bulls remain unbeaten in the Super 14 rugby competition after beating the Hurricanes 19-14 in Wellington with referee Matt Goddard playing the leading role. Bulls first five Morne ... [more]

New F1 winners system likely to be deferred
Formula One's governing body says it's prepared to defer to 2010 a controversial new system awarding the drivers' championship to whoever wins most races. The FIA says if, for any ... [more]

Proteas on top in Cape Town
The South African cricketers are 404 for three, a lead of 195 over Australia after two days of the third Test in Cape Town. Ashwell Prince scored 150, while captain ... [more]

England win opening ODI
The England cricketers claimed their first international win since August in farcical circumstances when the West Indies miscalculated the Duckworth-Lewis target at the end of the opening one-dayer in Guyana. ... [more]

Zvonareva into Indian Wells final
Russian fourth seed Vera Zvonareva has booked her place in the Indian Wells tennis final in California with a straight sets victory over Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. Zvonareva, who had ... [more]

More charges tipped after fatal crash in stolen car
Police may lay further charges against a teenager accused of crashing a stolen car during a police chase in west Auckland early on Friday morning. A passenger died at the scene. [more]

Roddick knocks out defending champ Djokovic
Andy Roddick has booked a semi-final date with Rafael Nadal at the Indian Wells hardcourt tennis tournament after the American knocked out the defending champion Novak Djokovic in straight sets. ... [more]

Rest home funding review urged
A coroner is calling for an urgent review of rest home funding levels following an inquiry into the death of an elderly man. Coroner Garry Evans found the man did not receive the level of care he should have after being injured in a fall. [more]

Outdoor pursuit operators urged to tighten safety after canyon deaths
Adventure tourism operators are being urged to take a critical look at their health and safety systems following the Mangatepopo canyon tragedy. [more]

NZ defends title at World Blind Sailing Champs
New Zealand has successfully defended its team title at the World Blind Sailing Championships at Rotorua. New Zealand won the 2009 title after securing a gold in the B2 fleet ... [more]

Sealord workers will struggle to get new jobs - MP
Labour list MP Maryan Street says the 180 people facing redundancy at the Sealord processing plant in Nelson will struggle to find other jobs. [more]

Website to cut cost of Pacific remittances
A new website may help cut the cost of sending money home for Pacific Islanders living in New Zealand and Australia. [more]

Big crowd for final day of Polyfest school competition
The final day of the Polyfest Pacific Arts and Cultural competition for secondary school students at the Manukau City Sportsbowl on Saturday drew a crowd of 90,000. [more]

One-off final, winner takes all says Bates
The White Ferns have had what coach Gary Stead calls an intense training session at the SCG ahead of the women's one day cricket world cup final in Sydney on Sunday. ... [more]

Wellington closing in on Otago
The Wellington cricketers trail by 24 runs with four wickets in hand at the end of the second day of their State Championship four-day match against Otago at the Basin ... [more]

Vito joins NZ sevens squad for Hong Kong and Adelaide
The Hurricanes' Victor Vito is the surprise inclusion in the New Zealand rugby sevens squad for the Hong Kong and Adelaide legs of the IRB rugby sevens world series. Coach ... [more]

Bulls flanker suspended for spear tackle on Smith
The Bulls flanker Deon Stegmann's been suspended for three Super 14 rugby matches after a judicial hearing in Wellington. Stegmann accepted he was guilty of a dangerous tackle on Hurricanes midfielder ... [more]

Waitakere too good at home
Waitakere United have thrashed Wellington 5-0 in the New Zealand Football Championship semi final second leg in Auckland, for a 6-0 aggregate win. Waitakere, the defending NZFC champions, will now play ... [more]

SOE to lay off engineers
Up to 20 engineers at the state-owned telecommunications company, Kordia, will be laid off in the coming weeks as the business struggles with a lack of demand. [more]

Air NZ pilots awarded for bravery in attempted hijack
Two Air New Zealand pilots have been given international bravery awards for safely landing a plane in an attempted hijack last year. [more]

India win first Test in 33 years in New Zealand
The Indian cricketers have easily wrapped up the first Test in Hamilton to record their first Test victory in New Zealand since 1976. [more]

Christchurch Airport to increase fees
Passengers flying into Christchurch's International Airport are facing higher fares because of an increase in runway fees of up to $1500 dollars per landing. [more]

Man drowns in Horowhenua, another seriously injured at Titahi Bay
A 51-year-old man has drowned at Foxton Beach in Horowhenua. [more]

Major tax giveaways off agenda, says Dunne
Revenue Minister Peter Dunne says major tax giveaways are not an option in the current environment of falling tax revenue. [more]

Court caseloads rising
Court caseloads are increasing. A Parliamentary report says some of the largest courts list up to 150 cases per day. Normally only 60 cases would be expected this time of year. [more]

Cheese school expands range of courses
A specialty cheese school in South Waikato has expanded its range of courses to cope with demand from commercial cheese-makers and hobbyists. [more]

Expat GPs looking to come home
The Rural General Practice Network says a skills shortage is starting to ease as the global recession propels expatriates home again. It says there has been a marked increase in enquiries over the last quarter. [more]

Police sergeant struck by rock
A police sergeant in Whangarei needed hospital treatment after being struck by a rock while trying to arrest two men outside a suburban party. [more]