Radio New Zealand - Monday, 23rd March 2009

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Eight Months to Mars - Gerry Marsden
He's enjoyed a long career that has seen him acting on the west end stage and continuing to write great songs. [more]

Medical Tourism
Medical tourism could be the new growth area for New Zealand hospitals. [more]

Monday to Friday Post
New Zealand Post becomes the latest institution to succumb to the global recession. [more]

He Rourou for 23 March 2009
Ana Tapiata talks with Terina Warren, one of the liaison officers for Massey University. [more]

Author Slot - Donn Anderson
His book is"Mini Down Under (50 years of the Mini in New Zealand)". [more]

This Way Up Feature - HDMI Cables
If you've bought a new High def. telly then you'll also need an HDMI cable to get that sharp crisp picture to the screen. [more]

Environmental Story - Bird Gardening
How to attract birds and other wildlife to your garden. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With today's guests Barry Corbett and John Bishop. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With today's guests Barry Corbett and John Bishop. [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 23 March 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 23 March 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 23 March 2009
News from the business sector. [more]


Report on school funding
A new report says schools aren't getting enough money from the Government. [more]

Bank rates rise
ANZ and National Banks have raised their rates on some fixed term loans today. [more]

Liquor store owner in court
A man who claims he was attacked by a hockey stick wielding liquor store owner has been giving evidence in court. [more]

Cashing in annual leave
Full-time employees will be able to cash up their fourth week of annual leave, by this time next year. [more]

Deadly brawl at Sydney Airport
The New South Wales Premier Nathan Rees is under pressure to get tough on biker gangs after yesterday's deadly brawl. [more]

Copyright Act changes put on hold
The Government has decided controversial changes to the Copyright Act will not come into force later this week. [more]

Murder accused weeps in court
A teenager died after being stabbed in the heart during a fight between party-goers and a group of people on the street. [more]

Sports news
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Susan Couch in court
The Supreme Court has reserved its decision over whether exemplary damages can be claimed by Susan Couch. [more]

Recession hits Aucklanders
The number of Aucklanders on unemployment benefits has doubled in the past year, as the recession starts to hit cities. [more]

ETS has its first trade
The first trade in New Zealand's emissions trading scheme has been made. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Former police sergeant denies dangerous driving
A motorcyclist has told a court in Nelson that he had no chance of avoiding a highway patrol car which was doing a U-turn. [more]

Protest at drilling rig
Talks are underway between an oil company and North Taranaki Maori who've blocked a drilling rig. [more]

US financial plans unveiled tomorrow
The Obama administration's latest attempt to tackle the United States' financial crisis will be unveiled tomorrow. [more]

Education Minister reacts to school funding reports
New reports on school funding back up what school boards have been saying for years - they need more money. [more]

Review launched after fatal attack at Sydney Airport
The numbers in the New South Wales Police Gang Squad have more than doubled and a review has been launched in response to yesterday's fatal attack at Sydney Airport. [more]

Mail box pick-ups cut
New Zealand Post has decided it will no longer collect mail from street boxes on the weekend. [more]

Christchurch a magnet for potato lovers
Scientists, growers and industry representatives are attending the seventh World Potato Congress. [more]

Japanese Prime Minister makes gaff
In remarks at odds with his own government's efforts to encourage stock market investment, Mr Aso has said many people think share traders are shady and untrustworthy. [more]

Pope in Africa
Pope Benedict's visit to Africa has been overshadowed by a furore over comments he made at the beginning of the trip. [more]

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

UK correspondent Barney Burnham
A quarter of all government databases are illegal and should be scrapped or redesigned, a report has claimed. [more]

Jury vetting in the spotlight
A Supreme Court decision has opened the door for defence lawyers and their clients to see a potential juror's criminal history. [more]

IPL cricket tournament
The NZ cricketers involved in the League are relieved the tournament will now be played outside India. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Cashing in annual leave
The government says it will change the law to allow employees to cash in their fourth week of annual leave. [more]

Falling Venezuelan oil revenues
The Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez has reduced the country's budget by 6.7% because of falling oil revenues. [more]

Waikato jobs summit
Business leaders in Waikato had the chance today to add their ten cents worth on how the country can get through the recession. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 23 March 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 23 March 2009
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories of the day for 23 March 2009
IPL to move elsewhere this year, Escapee still on the run, Susan Couch at Supreme Court, Education standards and more. [more]

Listen to the little spotted kiwi
The little spotted kiwi's birdcall. [more]

Tasers off the menu for prison guards
The Correction department's been assessing whether it should give prison guards more personal protective equipment. [more]

Trustees reject allegations
An industry body representing financial trustees is rejecting allegations of incompetence and inexperience. [more]

Pacific Islanders hope to save costs
A new website may help cut the cost of sending money home for Pacific Islanders living in NZ and Australia. [more]

Pacific News for 23 March 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Manhunt continues in Canterbury
A man on the run from police for over a month has eluded police in Canterbury yet again. [more]

White Ferns lose final
The White Ferns have lost the women's World Cup cricket final by four wickets to England in Sydney. [more]

India gives up 20 20 cricket tournament
The terrorist attack on test cricketers in Pakistan this month has forced neighbouring India to give up staging its IPL. [more]

Escapee still on the run in Canterbury
A man described as potentially dangerous continues to give police in Canterbury the slip despite a massive manhunt. [more]

Panmure RSA sole survivor returns to Supreme Court
Susan Couch is seeking half a million dollars for alleged negligence by the Probation Officer. [more]

Possible education standards testing
Education academics warn the govt to tread carefully over plans to test primary schoolchildren using new national standards. [more]

Body found on Rimutaka Hill by chopper pilot
The body, yet to be formally identified, is thought to be that of Lower Hutt businessman Stephen Adams. [more]

9 Day fortnight scheme starts soon
Only a handful of businesses appear to be interested in the 9 day fortnight plan. [more]

Taranaki hapu occupy historic pa site
An oil exploration company may begin drilling a new well through an historic pa site near Waitara this morning. [more]

Overture to Iran by US President
Iran's supreme ruler, says the overture doesn't represent a significant change in US attitude or policy. [more]

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

Deadly gang brawl at Sydney Airport yesterday
A man has been killed after a vicious gang brawl at Sydney airport in full view of hundreds of passengers. [more]

National cycleway may cost more
Cycleway may cost at least 6 times the govt's initial estimates. [more]

Lions go to the movies
Opunake's picture theatre has drawn hundreds for a glimpse of something exotic, a taste of fear and amazement. [more]

Indian Sport Minister on IPL
The IPL twenty20 cricket clashes with state elections in India and would have left security forces too stretched. [more]

Escapee successfully evading police
William Alexander Stewart has successfully evaded police for more than a month and was most recently seen in Horarata. [more]

Education standards (pt 2)
The government's been warned to tread carefully with its plans to introduce national standards in schools. [more]

Trustees (pt 2)
The role of trustees in the failure of finance companies has gone under the microscope and been found wanting. [more]

Auckland Transport being sold short
The Green Party says the govt is selling Ak short by deciding to fund the electrification of commuter rail services. [more]

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

TVNZ charter is to be axed
Television New Zealand's future as a public broadcaster is in question following confirmation its charter will be axed. [more]

Spelling Bee test of nerves
13 Year Nine students from around the country vied for the title of New Zealand's best at the weekend. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Tasers (pt 2)
The Corrections Association says an internal report has recommended against arming prison guards with tasers. [more]

Polyfest Pacific Arts and Cultural Competition
9,000 students from more than 60 schools have taken part in this year's Polyfest Pacific Arts and Cultural competition. [more]

Phil Kafcaloudes talks to us from Melbourne about their student loan scheme. [more]


Physio in Pakistan
A kiwi physiotherapist working in Pakistan for the New Zealand Red Cross. [more]

The Final Whistle
Penny Miles talks about new experimental netball rules. [more]

Clue number one. [more]

Mexico report
Tara Fitzgerald has insight from the United Mexican states and North America. [more]

Clue number two. [more]

Nine To Noon

9 Day Fortnight
The National Govt scheme begins this Friday. [more]

New York Free Store
An art exhibition with a difference. Everything in the shop was free. [more]

European Correspondent
Has Austria done enough soul searching? Plus, one Italian city takes on the Mafia. [more]

Feature Guest - Dr Eric Martinot
How much progress has been made on a shift to renewable resources especially in energy hungry countries? [more]

Book Review - The Kindly Ones
Written by Jonathan Littell. Published by Chatto and Windus. Reviewed by David Hill. [more]

With Matthew Hooton and Laila Harre. [more]

Food and wine
A versatile tart recipe with wine to match. [more]

David Slack
A Modest Proposal or Two. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 23 March 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 23 March 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Scott Hicks
Australian director of documentary 'Glass: A Portrait of Philip in 12 Parts' - screening as part of the World Cinema Showcase. [more]

NZSO Review
Peter Mechen reviews last Friday's tour opening concert with violinist Cho-liang Lin. [more]

News stories:

Councils in Kiribati considering cutting price of bus fares
Two local councils in Kiribati are considering cutting the price of bus fares following a drop in fuel prices. The Teinainano Urban Council and the Betio Town Council control regulations... [more]

Finance company inquiry urged
An ACT MP is calling for an official inquiry into the activities of finance companies. [more]

New website aims to reduce cost of sending remittances from NZ to Pacific countries
A new website aimed at reducing the cost of sending money from New Zealand to the Pacific was launched by the Pacific Island Affairs Minister over the weekend. The site... [more]

CNMI again appeals against exclusion of Russia and China from waiver programme
The Northern Marianas governor, Benigno Fitial, has once again asked the Department of Homeland Security to consider allowing China and Russian tourists to enter the CNMI without a visa. The... [more]

American Samoa to discuss tsunami preparedness
American Samoa's Governor will meet tomorrow with department leaders to discuss last week's tsunami warning as well as for an update on the local preparedness plan. The tsunami warning followed... [more]

Molotov cocktail attacks in Fiji on homes of high profile individuals
Police in Fiji say the kerosene bombs aimed at the homes of two high-profile men were designed to kill. The attacks were aimed at a former senior army officer Colonel... [more]

Secretary-General of Pacific Forum backs the behaviour of New Zealand and Australia
The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has rejected suggestions its work is unduly influenced by New Zealand and Australia. The former Director of Economic Governance, Roman Grynberg, criticised the two countries... [more]

Auckland to play Waitakere in final
T he only two teams to win the New Zealand Football Championship will square off for the trophy after Auckland City defeated Manawatu 3-0 at in Auckland to claim a 4-3 ... [more]

Jones says he was too tired to talk
The Warriors prodigal son Stacey Jones says he was so tired he couldn't talk as he turned back the clock and Manly's NRL title defence to engineer a thrilling 26-24 ... [more]

White Ferns skipper laments loss
The New Zealand women's cricket captain Haidee Tiffin doesn't regret the decision to beat first in in the World Cup final in Sydney but she says a lack of consistent ... [more]

Liverpool set to move within a point of Man U
Liverpool look almost certain to reduce Manchester United's lead in the English football premiership to just one point. Liverpool are 5-nil up on Aston Villa at halftime in their match ... [more]

IPL to be played abroad, possibly South Africa or England
The South African and England cricket boards have confirmed they've been approached about hosting the Indian Premier Twenty20 league which is due to start on the 10th of next month ... [more]

Bennett calls for independent body to overrule clubs
The master rugby league coach Wayne Bennett has called for an independent body to govern the punishment of NRL players for off-field indiscretions,. Bennett says the time has come for ... [more]

Proteas have last say in home test series
The South African cricketers might have lost their home test series to Australia, but they finished it with an emphatic win by an innings and 20 runs at Newlands ... [more]

Henson rues Wales' backward step after Irish defeat
The Wales centre Gavin Henson says their loss to Ireland in rugby's Six Nations Championships decider shows the side's taken a backward step. Henson was switched to full-back in the ... [more]

Hawks Soar as Jets Crash
Hawkes Bay wrapped up Round Two in the National Basketball League with a 106-75 win over Manawatu Jets in Napier to leave the Jets at the bottom of the ladder ... [more]

Whincup salutes Ambrose after record-breaking V8 Supercar wins
The V8 Supercar Champion Jamie Whincup has emulated one of his most admired drivers by becoming the most prolific winner of the prestigious Clipsal 500 in Adelaide. Whincup's back to ... [more]

Economy likely to have contracted sharply in last quarter of 2008
Economists are predicting figures out this week will confirm the economy experienced its sharpest contraction in 2008 in the last three months of the year. [more]

Liverpool one point behind Man U in premiership race
Liverpool have moved into second place, one point behind Manchester United in the English football premiership after a 5-nil win over Aston Villa. Steven Gerrard scored a hattrick with a ... [more]

Daryl Tuffey helps Auckland into State Championship final
The former New Zealand fast bowler Daryl Tuffey has helped Auckland into the State Championship final, taking six for 33 in an innings and 16 run home win over Northern ... [more]

Monday's newspaper headlines
Government's planned changes to the Holidays Act; John Key's national bike track could be 'paved with gold'; Rotorua grandmother becomes the oldest person to swim Cook Strait. [more]

Pilot who found crashed car was 'following hunch'
A helicopter pilot says he was following a hunch when he discovered a car crashed off the Rimutaka Hill Road between Wellington and Wairarapa in which a body was found. [more]

England beats NZ to win women's cricket World Cup
England have beaten New Zealand by four wickets to win the women's cricket World Cup in Sydney. [more]

Zvonareva blows past Ivanovic for Indian Wells WTA title
Vera Zvonareva has captured the biggest title of her tennis career, downing the former world number one Ana Ivanovic 7-6 6-2 to win the Indian Wells WTA title in California. ... [more]

Ecclestone says new FI scoring system confirmed for 2010
Formula One's boss Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed the new 'winner-takes-all' scoring system will come into force in 2010. The BBC says alhough plans for the driver with most race wins ... [more]

Sunglasses company plans NZ expansion
Luxottica Group, which manufactures sunglasses and spectacle frames, is shrugging off the recession to spend $30 million expanding its stores in New Zealand over the next five years. [more]

Vector considers $150m bond issue
Auckland-based energy network company Vector is considering raising up to $150 million from investors. [more]

Black Caps squad largely unchanged
Despite 10 wicket loss to Indian inside four days at Hamilton the New Zealand cricket team for the second test in Napier is largely unchanged with Jacob Oram judged not ... [more]

Nadal crushes Murray to triumph at Indian Wells
The top seed Rafael Nadal has overpowered the British world number four Andy Murray 6-1 6-2 to win the ATP title at Indian Wells on Sunday. The Spanish left-hander produced ... [more]

'Food miles' minor element of carbon footprint - scientist
A Welsh scientist who has studied the food miles debate says the distance that food has to travel to market is largely irrelevant in establishing the carbon footprint of food products. [more]

Conference hears prediction of increased potato demand
The chair of the World Potato Congress, being held in New Zealand, says producers will need to be ready to meet increased international demand and New Zealand in particular has room to do so. [more]

Call for Ngai Tahu voting system reform
A Ngai Tahu shareholder says instability in the South Island tribe will continue until it reforms its voting system to a one-person-one vote method. [more]

Corrections in denial over prison violence, says union
The Corrections Department is being accused of being in denial over the level of violence experienced by prison officers. Their union says an internal report has recommended against arming guards with tasers. [more]

Oil spilled on Wellington roads
Drivers in Wellington were on Monday being warned to take care after oil was spilled on several roads. [more]

'No blank cheques' for Auckland rail projects
Transport minister Steven Joyce says the Government is committed to funding Auckland's rail electrification but will not write blank cheques for related projects such as integrated ticketing and station upgrades. [more]

Former highway patrol officer on trial
A former highway patrol officer has gone on trial in the District Court in Nelson accused of causing an accident in which two motorcyclists were badly injured. [more]

Warning to Government over school standards
A group of New Zealand's top education academics says the Government should focus on minimising harm to children under its new national school standards policy, and warns against an overemphasis on tests. [more]

Burton documentary shelved while charges dealt with
Television New Zealand has decided against screening a documentary about convicted double murderer Graeme Burton, following concerns it may jeopardise his right to a fair trial. [more]

Auckland student's death accidental, says defence
The defence lawyer for a man charged with the murder of an Auckland Grammar student says the death was accidental. [more]

NZ Post to stop weekend mail box collections
Snail mail is set to become even slower with New Zealand Post deciding it will no longer collect mail from street boxes on a weekend. [more]

Mentally ill teenager moved to hospital
A mentally ill teenager who was detained in a police cell after assaulting her mother has been moved to a Christchurch hospital. [more]

Fugitive may have changed vehicles
Police hunting for a man in Canterbury believe he may have changed vehicles and is using a red flat-back truck. [more]

Tough times for car dealers
The car industry is being driven into a ditch as many New Zealand dealers stockpile vehicles rather than sell stock at a loss, and the collapse of more car dealerships is predicted. [more]

Sixth person admits part in boy's abduction
The final person charged over the disappearance of a six-year-old boy in Hamilton in 2006 has pleaded guilty to his abduction. [more]

Legislation to validate spending tabled
Legislation has been tabled in Parliament validating nearly $400 million of unauthorised spending during the year to June 2008. [more]

Nadal crushes Murray in Indian Wells
Top seed Rafael and world tennis number one Rafael Nadal has crushed British world number four Andy Murray in straight sets, in a ruthless display of hardcourt tennis to win ... [more]

Symonds in trouble again
The controversial all-rounder Andrew Symonds is once again in trouble after reportedly being kicked out of a Brisbane bar on Sunday night. It's understood Symonds was drinking on the ... [more]

Taranaki loose talisman for rest of NBL season
Taranaki have been dealt a major injury blow with the veteran forward Link Abrams ruled out for the remainder of the National Basketball league season. The 35 year old Abrams, ... [more]

Reports confirm schools underfunded, says association
New reports on school funding back up what school boards have been saying for years - they need more money. [more]

Dental records to identify body in Rimutaka Hill crash
Dental records will be used to identify a body found in a car that crashed off Rimutaka Hill Road between Wellington and Wairarapa. [more]

Decision reserved over RSA victim's compensation bid
The Supreme Court has reserved its decision on whether exemplary damages can be claimed by the sole survivor of an Auckland RSA robbery in 2001. [more]

Carbon trading begins
New Zealand's emissions trading scheme is reported to have made its first sale. [more]

Few businesses ready to sign up for 9-day fortnight - PM
Prime Minister John Key says he knows of only two businesses so far that may take part in the Government's nine-day fortnight scheme, being launched on Friday. [more]

Copyright clause to curb internet piracy scrapped
The Government is to scrap a controversial new copyright provision aimed at curbing internet piracy after industry representatives failed to agree on a code of practice. [more]

Man facing charges after Kapiti car-jacking
A man has been charged after a knife-point car-jacking on the Kapiti Coast near Wellington. [more]

PM confirms TVNZ charter to be axed
Prime Minister John Key has confirmed that the Television New Zealand charter is to be axed. [more]

Call for national guidelines on jury vetting
There are calls for the publishing of national guidelines on jury vetting, following a Supreme Court decision which allows the defence to see a potential jurors' list of criminal convictions. [more]

Tribal land dispute near PNG gold mine remains tense after deadly violence
The provincial administration and police in Papua new Guinea's Morobe province have been holding crisis meetings with local communities in Wau township after weekend violence left three dead. The newspaper,... [more]

Indonesian security forces step up hunt for OPM leader in Papua
Indonesian military troops have reportedly launched an operation in Papua's Puncak Jaya district to hunt down the leading West Papuan separatist leader. Puncak Jaya is the reported stronghold of the... [more]

Rewa Council in Fiji urges politically motivated vandals to consider consequences
Fiji's Rewa Provincial council is urging those involved in politically motivated vandalism to think about the consequences of their actions. Two more attacks at the weekend, involving bottles filled with... [more]

Tonga PM arrives in Noumea
Tonga's Prime minister Fred Sevele has arrived in New Caledonia, where he is planning to stay for the next two weeks. Oceania Flash reports that the visit has been described... [more]

Top UN official calls on New Zealand to increase development aid
A top United Nations official has called on New Zealand to increase its overseas aid to help lessen the impact of the global financial crisis on poorer nations, particularly in... [more]

Transparency International PNG questions increase in MP allowances
Transparency International in Papua New Guinea is questioning why members of Parliament are set to get sharp rises in their accommodation and vehicle allowances. The Salaries and Remuneration Commission has... [more]

Two Vanuatu MPs enter not guilty pleas in separate Supreme Court cases
In Vanuatu's Supreme Court, former Justice Minister Joshua Kalsakau has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual intercourse without consent, attempted incest, and act of indecent assault. The Efate MP... [more]

Solomons govt looks to Forestry Bill to cut logging by 25 percent
The Solomon Islands Government says it's working on a new Forestry Bill in efforts to reduce the level of logging in the country by 25 percent. The Minister of Forestry,... [more]

Fiji Times editor vows to continue his work
The editor of the Fiji Times says an attack on his house in the early hours of Sunday morning won't stop the newspaper speaking out against the interim goverrnment. The... [more]

Kiribati Bus Association says lower fuel prices don't justify drop in fares
The South Tarawa and Betio Bus Association in Kiribati says a recent drop in fuel prices does not justify reducing bus fares. The Teinainano Urban Council and the Betio Town... [more]

Indonesian police offer reward over OPM capture
Police in the Indonesian province of Papua have offered a reward of US$900 for the capture of any members of the Free Papua Movement or OPM, responsible for what they... [more]

UNDP places value on Fijians' unpaid work
A new publication just released by the UN Development Programme in Fiji looks to place a value on the time individuals spend on unpaid work such as caregiving. The sort... [more]

Asian markets surge as US unveils bank plan
Asian markets surged on Monday and high-yielding currencies advanced on the yen after details were issued on a United States plan to rid banks of up to $US1 trillion of toxic assets. [more]

Bain retrial adjourned due to juror illness
The retrial of David Bain was adjourned on Monday due to the illness of a juror. [more]

Cameron adds Australian retail chain to empire
New Zealand businesswoman Jan Cameron has extended her retail empire, plucking a 402-store chain from the hands of receivers in Australia. [more]