Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 26th March 2009

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Jim's essay
The Local Government Association in Britain has published a list of 200 jargon terms that councils should avoid. [more]

The best song ever written - 'By Thee With Bliss'
For Heather Rogers the best song ever written is 'By Thee With Bliss' the Adam and Eve Duet and Chorus. [more]

Your Place - Kerikeri
This afternoon we visit Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands, an hour north of our northern most city, Whangarei. [more]

Mum's Site
An ongoing battle with parental angst has lead to an Internet success story for one Brisbane mother. [more]

Asian Burials
Have you ever thought about New Zealand as a great place to be buried in? [more]

He Rourou
Respected elder Te Poroa Malcolm talks about the discovery of Lake Rotorua and the little lake it feeds into, Lake Rotoiti. [more]

Feature album - 'True'
'True' is the third studio album release by British band Spandau Ballet. [more]

Arts report with Lynn Freeman
Lynn talks with writer and art historian Patricia Wright who helped rebuild the city of London after the second world war. [more]

Christchurch story with Katy Gosset
Our Christchurch correspondent, Katy Gosset, has been visiting a true gentlemen's barbershop - one of the oldest in the city. [more]

Environment story with Alison Ballance
An updated threat classification ranks well over a third of our native species as threatened. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
Today's Guests are Nicky Pelligrino and Matt Nippert. [more]

The Panel ( Part 2)
Today's Guests are Nicky Pelligrino and Matt Nippert. [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 26 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]


Teen jailed for life for killing Scottish tourist
The teenager who killed Scottish tourist, Karen Aim in Taupo in January last year will spend 12-and-a-half years in jail. [more]

Karen Aim's killer jailed for at least 12 and half years
The father of the murdered Scottish tourist Karen Aim says he'd like to be able to ask his daughter's killer why he did it. [more]

Government sets cap on state sector at 39,000 jobs
A cap has been placed on the core public service at 38,859 jobs and that number will not rise over the next 3 years. [more]

Bain jury hears graphic details
The jury in the retrial of David Bain has been told graphic details about the youngest victim of the homicides, Stephen Bain. [more]

Self defence laws to be investigated
The Justice Minister, Simon Power, has asked officials to investigate the laws surrounding self defence after charges against a liquor store owner were tossed out. [more]

Labour launches attack on competence of ACC minister
The opposition has launched an attack on the ACC Minister in Parliament, questioning whether he's in control of the portfolio. [more]

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

Coroner's recommendations to the Army
The Palmerston North Coroner has recommended the Army teach their young soldiers how sleep deprivation and binge drinking can affect their driving even days later. [more]

Spend less and save more - Bill English
The Finance Minister Bill English says people need to spend less and save more to help restore the country's financial position. [more]

Sealord confirms 130 job losses
The fishing company Sealord has confirmed it's cutting about 130 jobs at its Nelson processing plant. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Police seeking man who abducted 16 year old girl
The Police are seeking the public's help to identify a man who abducted a sixteen year old girl in Nelson last night. [more]

High Court hears fish and game case
The High Court has been hearing arguments over whether the public should be allowed to roam freely on Crown land which is being leased to farmers. [more]

Gannets almost there on trans-Tasman journey
Two four month old gannet chicks fitted with satellite tags have almost made it to Australia after leaving Cape Kidnappers. [more]

PSA says Government is cutting not capping jobs
The Public Service Association says the Government has moved beyond its policy of capping the size of the public service and is now cutting jobs. [more]

More from David Bain's retrial
The High Court has heard that a violent struggle took place in Stephen Bain's bedroom before the 14 year old was killed in 1994. [more]

Waikato Hospital overstaffed
A manager at Waikato Hospital has told the DHB the hospital is overstaffed and has too many nurses. [more]

U.N. calls on industrialised countries to help poorer nations
Rich countries may be suffering from the economic downturn but it's nothing compared to the problems the poorest countries face. [more]

Israel accused of war crimes during Gaza conflict
Human Rights Watch is accusing Israel of unlawfully firing white phosphorus shells over populated areas of the Gaza Strip. [more]

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

Labour shortage in Hawke's Bay
WINZ in Napier has declared a seasonal labour shortage for the horticultural and viticultural industries in Hawke's Bay. [more]

Balance of payments deficit at 16 billion
A measure of the country's dealings with the rest of the world took a turn for the worse in the final three months of 2008. [more]

Report into the diet of Pacific Islanders
Mutton flaps should be banned as unfit for human consumption and GST taken off fresh fruit and vegetables. [more]

EU President calls Obama's recovery road to hell.
The Czech prime minister Mirek Topolanek has described Barack Obama's economic recovery plans as a road to hell. [more]

Scores of people on trial for treason in Turkey
In Turkey the number of people accused of trying to overthrow the government has just got a lot bigger. [more]

Asteroid headed for Earth tracked on journey
For the first time an asteroid hurtling towards Earth has been tracked by scientists and studied before and after its impact. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 26 March 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 26 March 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for 26 March 2009
Assault charges dropped, F and P take up 9 day fortnight, Bellingham report, Scottish tourist killer to be sentenced. [more]

Qantas lays off 90 senior managers
New Zealand operation not affected by Qantas laying off of 90 senior managers. [more]

Pacific news for 26 March 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

The family say their son was not a threat
The family of a Chch man who was shot dead by a police officer is adamant he was not a threat to the public. [more]

Govt plans to slash subsidies for coastal shipping criticised
Govt moves to slash subsidies for coastal shipping are being described as an environmental and economic catastrophe. [more]

Sth Ak retailers welcome dropping of assault charges
Sth Ak retailers are welcoming news that charges against a liquor store owner accused have been dropped. [more]

Virender Singh tells of his relief after case thrown out
Shopkeeper, Virender Singh is happy with the outcome in court and he'd had plenty of support along the way. [more]

Further redundancies not ruled out by Fisher and Paykel
Fisher and Paykel is the first company to take up the government's nine-day fortnight scheme. [more]

Family of man shot by police question report on his death
For Stephen Bellingham's mother, a police conduct authority report on his shooting hasn't answered questions about his death. [more]

Killer of Karen Aim is to be sentenced today
The teenager convicted of killing Scottish tourist, Karen Aim in Taupo in January last year, will be sentenced this morning. [more]

Three Australian sailors in court after drunken rampage
3 sailors from the Aus navy are due in court next week for causing $30,000 worth of damage in central New Plymouth. [more]

Japanese exports hit historic low
Japanese exports plunged 49.4 percent in Feb from a year earlier, surpassing Jan's slump of 45.7 percent. [more]

New Zealand current account deficit expected to get worse
The current account deficit is expected to have deteriorated when official figures are released this morning. [more]

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

Court hears about bloodied items in Bain laundry
A Dunedin detective has detailed the numerous bloodied items he found in the Bain family laundry. [more]

High Court set to rule on access to leased land
A court case over whether the public can walk freely on crown land leased to farmers begins in Wellington today. [more]

Changing land use threatens native plants
A new survey shows changing land use is having a major impact on native plant species. [more]

More gang tension in Australia
Australian authorities are downplaying the second gang death in a week. [more]

Law Society okay with decision to drop charges against Singh
The two charges of injuring with intent against Virender Singh were thrown out at a pre trial hearing. [more]

Asian community leaders strongly back cleared shopkeeper
Asian community leaders strongly backed Mr Singh in his legal fight. [more]

Clark tipped to take up third most senior position at the UN
There's still no word from the UN about the appointment of Helen Clark to the 3rd most senior position at the UN. [more]

Overseas workers have better rights than NZers says union
ANZCO foods limited has a contract for overseas workers which guarantees employment for 12 months. [more]

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

DN company wins contract to cover Formula One racing
Animation Research's 3D depiction of Melbourne's track will be used by the BBC for the season opening Grand Prix this Sunday. [more]

China suggests new global currency to replace the US dollar
China has suggested that the world move away from the US dollar as the main currency reserve. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Ministry of Health accused of whitewashing training session
The Ministry of Health is being criticised over a report into sexual assistance for disabled patients. [more]

Marlborough vineyard telescope peers into the distant past
The origins of the universe are being investigated from a vineyard in Marlborough. [more]

NZ intensive care specialists involved in new study
A new study proves a technique used world wide to lower high blood sugars actually increases the risk of death. [more]

UK Government to investigate recently released gitmo detainee
The former detainee, Binyam Mohamed, says the torture took place in Morocco and Afghanistan. [more]


New greenhouse gases
Understanding the composition and sources of our atmosphere is essential for informing policies. addressing climate change. [more]

Space is big. Really big. You won't believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big is is. [more]

Conundrum clue 7
Conundrum clue 7. [more]

Conundrum clue 8
Conundrum clue 8. [more]

Nine To Noon

Marley and Me
Author John Grogan talks about his new book. [more]

UK correspondent
Our correspondent Jon Dennis looks at whether the UK can trade its way out of the recession and the death of Jane Goody. [more]

Aging disgracefully - Irma Kurtz
Irma Kurtz, Cosmo magazine agony aunt and author of a book on 'getting old'. [more]

Book review - Sectioned
Sonja de Freiz reviews 'Sectioned' by John O'Donoghue. Published by John Murray. [more]

New technology
The invention of the 'Difference Engine'. Was it the precursor to the computer? [more]

Gaining our children's respect. [more]

Television review
Simon Wilson reviews True Blood. An American tv drama series created and produced by Alan Ball. [more]

Our Changing World

Science and Kakapo
Science plays an integral role in the Kakapo Recovery Programme, and evolutionary theory has proved a reality on the ground [more]

Threatened Plants List
The latest revision of the New Zealand Threatened Plant List shows more than a third of native plants are threatened [more]

Physics Fight
The New Zealand secondary school Physics Fights are part of the International Young Physicists Tournament [more]

Gordon Ell on Gardening for Wildlife
Gordon Ell is the author of Attracting Birds and other Wildlife to your Garden in New Zealand [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 26 March 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 26 March 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Sarah Watkins
NZ Trio pianist talks about the group's current projects and performances. [more]

Juliet Kac
UK based NZ artist giving lecture on the relationaship between music and portraiture at the NZ Portrait Gallery this weekend. [more]

News stories:

Webber to race F1 opener despite lingering injury
The Australia Formula One driver Mark Webber says he's still not fully recovered from a broken leg and shoulder suffered late last year, but he's not using that as an ... [more]

Black Caps need to bat time in second test
Batting time will be key to New Zealand levelling their test cricket series against India on a McLean Park pitch in Napier that is likely to produce plenty of runs ... [more]

IPL venue switch doesn't go down well in India
Yesterday's decision by the Indian Premier League to give South Africa the hosting rights for cricket's showpiece hasn't gone down at all well with the India media and the ... [more]

Shanks in pursuit final
The New Zealand cyclist Alsion Shanks will ride off for gold in the individual pursuit at the World Track Championships in Poland. Shanks was second fastest in qualifying more than ... [more]

Lions assistant stands down
The Lions assistant coach Leon Boshoff has quit despite being cleared of making racist remarks after a Super 14 drubbing from fellow South African side the Stormers. The coach in ... [more]

Wada responds to FIFA's decision on whereabouts rule
The world anti-doping chief John Fahey has accused FIFA and UEFA of ignoring reality, after they rejected rules that ease out-of-competition drugs testing of individual footballers. Fahey says one of ... [more]

Coulthard on standby for Red Bull
The retired British driver David Coulthard is on standby for a Formula One comeback if either of Red Bull's drivers are unable to race in the first two grands ... [more]

Webcke book goes on sale
The Brisbane Broncos assistant coach Shane Webcke has agreed to have his book `Hard Road: Tough thoughts on a tough game' published after the rugby league great had initially sort ... [more]

Just 2 makes it past day 1 in Wellington
Just 2 New Zealand players managed to move past the first round of the Futures tennis tournament in Wellington. Rubin Statham beat fellow New Zealander Adam Thompson and Dan King-Turner ... [more]

Sea Change in shipping policy as spending slashed
The Government is defending its decision to scrap funding for the coastal shipping policy, despite criticism from the sector. [more]

Campbell set to resume in Florida
Michael Campbell's name is in the draw for what is hopefully his return to competitive golf having been off the scene virtually since last October with a nagging shoulder injury. ... [more]

UEFA to lay match fixing charges against a football club
European football's governing body, UEFA says it is about to bring match fixing charges against a European club. UEFA general secretary David Taylor says there are a number of cases ... [more]

Liquor store owner wants apology from police
A liquor store owner wants an apology from the police after a court threw out charges laid against him after he took action against an attempted robbery. [more]

Dairy conversions partly to blame for impact on NZ plants
The number of native plants under threat is being partly blamed on farm conversions from sheep to dairy. [more]

Solomon Islands tennis player loses
Solomon Islands top tennis player Michael Leong has been beaten in the first round of the Futures tournament in Wellington New Zealand Leong whose also a member of the Pacific... [more]

Rokocoko says team must step up this week
The Blues winger, Joe Rococoko, has no doubts about what the side needs to do this week following their 63-34 thrashing at the hands of the Chiefs in their super... [more]

CNMI gets ready to host Oceania Basketball tournament
The Northern Marianas Amateur Athletics Association is getting ready to host their first ever Oceania Basketball tournament in June. The President, Michael White, says at the moment they're refurbishing the... [more]

Fiji sevens coach reverts to homegrown players
The Fiji rugby union sevens coach, Iliesa Tanivula, has put faith in the homegrown players for this weekend's Hong Kong sevens. Tanivula says their World Cup campaign was disappointing despite... [more]

Papua police release Dutch journalists
Police in the provincial capital of Indonesia's Papua have released four Dutch journalists who were held for questioning in Jayapura after they reported on a pro-independence rally. But according to... [more]

Fiji Media Council has concerns over Driti comments
The Fiji Media Council has expressed concern about Land Force Commander Colonel Pita Driti's comments made yesterday. Colonel Driti lashed out at the media, saying they are 'biased' against the... [more]

Fiji's land Force Commander lashes out at local media
Fiji's land Force Commander, Colonel Pita Driti, has lashed out at the media, saying they are 'biased' against the military in their reports. The paper, the Fiji Times, reports he... [more]

Samoan woman faces charges of abandoning and assaulting a newborn
A Samoan woman appeared in court yesterday charged with abandoning and assaulting a newborn after she secretly gave birth on a flight from Samoa to Auckland, New Zealand. Cleaners found... [more]

Fiji's interim Government plans to upgrade Taunovo Bay airstrip
Fiji's interim Government has plans to upgrade the Taunovo Bay airstrip near Deuba. Interim Minister for Transport Timoci Natuva said widening the area might be a possibility. Mr Natuva says... [more]

Pacific Auditor-Generals' meet in Wellington New Zealand
The Pacific Association of Supreme Audit Institutions' Transitional Working Group met in Wellington this week to review programme funding and staff resource arrangements. The group is made up of Auditor-Generals... [more]

Interoil appoints two international lending institutions to its PNG project
Interoil's appointment of two international banks as joint financial advisers to its project in PNG has been lauded by Petromin PNG Holdings Ltd. As partner in the project, Petromin was... [more]

PNG's Huon Gulf sets up a lending programme
Papua New Guinea's Huon Gulf in Morobe province has become the first district in the country to set up a commercial lending programme in partnership with the Nation Wide Micro... [more]

PNG's Morobe govt approves relief funding for Biangai tribe after deadly violence
The executive council of Papua new Guinea's Morobe province has approved nearly 150-thousand US dollars to assist homeless Biangai villagers to rebuild their community after it was devastated by deadly... [more]

Scientists discover 56 new species in PNG
Scientists say they have discovered 56 new species in Papua New Guinea forests, including jumping spiders and a tiny chirping frog. The discoveries were made during a two-month expedition by... [more]

The Head of the Catholic Church of Fiji and Rotuma resigns
The Head of the Catholic Church of Fiji and Rotuma Archbishop Petero Mataca has tendered his resignation letter to Pope Benedict XVI. "He told the Fiji Sun that the role... [more]

Senate recommendations in American Samoa to upgrade disaster warning system
The American Samoa Senate has responded to worries about the territory's disaster warning system with list of recommendations for the local Department of Homeland Security to implement. This followed last... [more]

Work underway in Solomon Islands following last months floods
Work is underway to reconnect East and West Guadalcanal, after severe flooding in Solomon Islands last month. In West Guadalcanal, 13 people were killed and an estimated 2000 people were... [more]

NZ report says many Pacific people can't afford good food
A new report from the Obesity Action Coalition says Pacific Islanders in New Zealand are two and a half times more likely to be obese than the general population. The... [more]

Shanks powers to world cycling gold
Alison Shanks rode a brilliant race to take the gold medal in the individual pursuit at the World Track Cycling Championships in Poland. [more]

Fiji's army says lack of damage rules out responsibility for attacks
Fiji's Land Force Commander says the types of weapons used in recent attacks on the homes and property of senior public figures show the military was not involved. Homemade bombs... [more]

Fiji's interim Prime Minister to make brief visit to India
Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama is in India for a seven day visit. It follows an earlier visit a year ago to inspect facilities at the Batra Hospital... [more]

ARU announce $9.19 million turnaround
The Australian Rugby Union has announced an extraordinary $9.19 million turnaround in its financial fortunes last year. The ARU says it has recorded a surplus of $712,000, wiping a deficit ... [more]

Taylor reaches his third test century
A Ross Taylor century has capped a superb middle session for the New Zealand cricketers, seeing them through to 233 for 3 at tea on day one of the second test ... [more]

King-Turner into quarter-finals
The New Zealand tennis number two Dan King-Turner is into the quarter-finals of ASB Pro Circuit Futures tournament in Wellington. King-Turner beat the eighth seed Rameez Junaid 2-6 7-6(2) 6-4 ... [more]

Woods defends fee to appear at "favourite place to play"
The world golf number one Tiger Woods has defended his $US3 million partly taxpayer-funded appearance fee to play in November's Australian Masters and says Melbourne's sandbelt is his favourite place ... [more]

Gillet denies preparing to sell sporting assets
The American businessman George Gillett has angrily denied reports he is considering selling his sporting assets including the Premier League football club Liverpool and the National Hockey League team the ... [more]

Near perfect ride for Shanks
The Dunedin cyclist Alison Shanks believes she rode close to the perfect race in winning the gold medal in the individual pursuit at the World Track Championships in Poland this ... [more]

Latu can play as a local in trans-Tasman netball league
The Trans-Tasman Netball League has approved the Northern Mystics application for a 'special dispensation' for Cathrine Latu to play as a local in this year's ANZ Championship. The dispensation was ... [more]

New Zealand wins toss and will bat in Napier
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has won the toss and elected to bat first in the second cricket test against India in Napier. India lead the series one-nil after beating the ... [more]

Armstrong has operation
Seven-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is recovering from surgery after having a stainless steel plate and 12 screws inserted to stabilise his fractured right collarbone. The 37-year-old American ... [more]

New football tournament for Celtic nations
A new international football tournament involving Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will start in 2011. The tournament, which has yet to be named but could be ... [more]

Gannet chicks can make flight to Australia
Gannet chicks have been tracked with satellite tags confirming they can fly to Australia from Cape Kidnappers in Hawke's Bay. [more]

NZ kiwifruit industry expects to employ fewer RSE workers
The kiwifruit industry in New Zealand could be relying less on the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme to provide imported labour for this year's harvest. The export season is off to... [more]

American Samoa's lawmakers surprised to learn of US$8m in offshore fund
Some lawmakers in American Samoa were surprised to learn that the territorial government has a surplus of 8 million US dollars sitting at an off-island account. The information only came... [more]

Calls in PNG to legalise prostitution
The Governor of Papua New Guinea's Morobe province, Luther Wenge, has called on the people to petition Parliament to legalise prostitution. The newspaper, The National, reports Mr Wenge as saying... [more]

Man in Samoa sent to jail for more than 11 years for raping 14 year old stepdaughter
A 57 year old man in Samoa has been sentenced to eleven and a half years in jail after being found guilty in the Supreme Court of raping his 14... [more]

Court deliberations in Fiji over possible immunity for solider charged with murder
Fiji's High Court Judge, Daniel Gounder, will deliver his ruling next Monday on whether a solider charged with murder is immune under a Presdential promulgation. Maika Vuniwawa's lawyer Haroon Ali... [more]

Fiji Land Force commander calls for more media balance
Fiji's Land Force Commander is calling for more balanced reportage from the country's media on military issues. The call follows a statement released by Colonel Pita Driti in which he... [more]

Double century partnership rescue Black Caps
Ross Taylor's third test century and Jesse Ryder's second in as many tests have helped the New Zealand cricketers recover to 351 for four at stumps on the first day ... [more]

Statham and King-Turner into quarter-finals
The New Zealand number one and two Rubin Statham and Dan King-Turner are through to the quarterfinals at the Tennis Futures tournament in Wellington. Both took three sets and will ... [more]

Parliament passes changes to business tax
Tax changes intended to help out small businesses in tough times have been passed by Parliament. [more]