Radio New Zealand - Friday, 3rd April 2009

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The best song ever written - Imagine by Eva Cassidy
For Catherine O'Sullivan the best song ever written is Imagine by Eva Cassidy. [more]

New Zealand live - Rosy Tin Teacaddy
Making a return visit to the New Zealand Live studio is a Wellington-based, art-folk ensemble - Rosy Tin Teacaddy. [more]

Simmonds Brothers
Wayne Mowat went to The Kapiti Coast to see what the locals call "the centre of the Universe". [more]

He Rourou
In He Rourou today, Ana Tapiata talks with Sam Jackson about some of the issues Maori leaders of today have to consider. [more]

Weekend weather
Weekend Weather with Met Service weather ambassador, Bob McDavitt. [more]

Fresh Fast Food
Joining Afternoons on Fresh Fast Food is food writer and TV cooking personality, Allyson Gofton. [more]

Sports story
Stephen Hewson is at the Basin Reserve in Wellington for the third and final cricket test between New Zealand and India. [more]

New Zealand society
Jason Moon continues his visit to the Indian community at the top of the South Island. [more]

The panel ( part 1 )
Today's guests are John Bishop and Gordon Mc Laughlan. [more]

The panel ( Part 2 )
Today's guests are John Bishop and Gordon Mc Laughlan. [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 3 April 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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


The cost of car insurance jumps
One of the country's biggest insurers is lifting car premiums with 184 thousand customers being hit with increases. [more]

The Insurance Council on rising car premiums
So what are other companies doing, Insurance Council Chief Executive Chris Ryan explains. [more]

Wellington child cancer service threatened with closure
The parent of a child with cancer says heads should roll at Capital and Coast District Health Board. [more]

Government books in the red
The Government has announced a 6-point-6 billion-dollar blowout in its cash deficit for the first eight months of the financial year. [more]

G20 summit turning point on road to economic recovery
World leaders are calling the G20 agreement, historic and a turning point on the road to economic recovery. [more]

Should taxpayers foot the bill for a super-city?
The bulk of Auckland's local bodies have told the Government that taxpayers around the country should pay. [more]

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

Advertisement angers Health and Disability Commissioner
GlaxoSmithKline stated that you have the right to insist on a particular medication. [more]

Central Plains Water Scheme unlikely to go ahead
The commissioners considering the proposal have announced they are unlikely to grant consent. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

School zoning hereditary rights
The Minister of Education says there are no immediate plans to make changes to school zoning. [more]

Wind energy faces setback
The push to spread wind energy throughout New Zealand has received a double setback. [more]

Government shuts down idea of separate Maori justice system
The Government has shut down any prospect of a separate justice system for Maori. [more]

Porirua's first Pasifika general practice opens
A former lawn-mower business in Porirua's Cannons Creek has been transformed into the city's first Pasifika general practice. [more]

Questions about increases to car premiums
Some of the insurer's customers have seen their premiums jump by over 30 percent. [more]

Another month and another billion dollars in the red
The Government has announced a 6-point-6 billion-dollar blowout in its cash deficit for the first eight months of the financial year. [more]

NATO marks its 60th anniversary
Several G-20 leaders are making their way to France, to mark the 60th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. [more]

Tension ahead of North Korea rocket launch
North Korea says it will attack the Japanese military, if Japan shoots down a rocket it intends to launch in the coming days. [more]

The latest from David Bain's re-trial
The jury in the retrial of David Bain has heard further details about forensic tests on bloodstains. [more]

Greens want nutritional guidelines reinstated
The Green Party is appealing to the Government to reinstate the nutritional guidelines in schools. [more]

Holden to halve output
The Australian car maker Holden has announced that it will cut production because of plummeting sales. [more]

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

Hui called on settling treaty claims
The Government has called a national hui on historical Treaty claims to look at its goal of settling all claims by 2014. [more]

Housing loans for the poor
The UN's housing and urban development agency - has signed an agreement that will provide small housing loans. [more]

Country Life

Spotlight on Spuds
Robin Oakley started growing potatoes at the age of five...he's still growing them and now employs 35 staff in Canterbury. [more]

Intro and Guest
Tony and Jenny Cornelius talk about a Citrus Symposium held in China late last year, and the NZ crop. [more]

Regional Wrap
Light frosts are starting to tickle a few areas in the North Island and the top of the South is having the best autumn in years [more]

The Old Stone Kitchen
In 1880 a stone kitchen was built as farm on a South Waikato farm, it's now one, if not the, oldest building in the region. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus on Politics
If people thought the Prime Minister John Key was just a nice guy their opinion might now be changing. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 3 April 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 3 April 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Kawau - Spotted Shag
Listen to today's birdcall. [more]

Deputy Commissioner's Conflict of Interest Examined
The cost of IT contracts mishandled by the State Services Commission could be as high as 40 million dollars. [more]

Pacific news for 3 April 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Parallel Maori justice system on conference agenda
A conference on crime will question whether Maori should be dealt with under a separate justice system. [more]

G20 pledges cheap overdraft to help boost global economy
Leaders at the G20 Summit in London pledged a trillion dollars to help pull the global economy from the abyss. [more]

Double murderer's parole application turned down
The Parole Board has turned down convicted double murderer John Barlow's bid to be released from prison. [more]

John Key criticised over MPs business trip
The Prime Minister is facing his first political botch up as questions continue to swirl around the Internal Affairs Minister. [more]

America's Cup legal battle comes to an end
The New York Court of Appeals ruling in favour of Oracle over Alinghi. [more]

Amendments to child sex offender parole laws
Parliament has pushed through a Bill closing up two loopholes around the supervision of child sex offenders. [more]

Nervousness as major switch of lab tests provider nears
Doctors are demanding authorities lift the lid on confidential information about Auckland's massive medical testing swap. [more]

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

Fears of a gang war in Nelson
The police are warning against gang expansion in the South Island, with the Red Devils moving into Nelson. [more]

Botched IT project set to cost 40 million dollars
The deputy State Services Commissioner, Laurence Millar, resigned yesterday after a report found numerous irregularities. [more]

Early Rugby Season Causing Frustration
Wellington's junior rugby season kicks off tomorrow three weeks earlier than usual. [more]

British Prime Minister announces G20 success
World markets have surged following the announcement of a massive stimulus package for the world economy. [more]

Australia PM lauds G20's crackdown on the cowboys
Mr Rudd sees the tougher regulation of financial markets as the most important part of the package. [more]

Work halted on Wellington War Memorial Park
The building of a new park beside the National War Memorial in Wellington has been put on hold. [more]

former dhb chief executive opposes lab monopoly
doctors and nurses are demanding health authorities lift the lid on information about Auckland's medical testing swap. [more]

Supermarket says it doesn't force staff to only speak English
Foodstuffs says an instruction at one of its stores for staff to only talk in English is not company policy. [more]

New epidemic of whooping cough on its way
There's been a rise in the number of people getting whooping cough and officials fear another epidemic. [more]

Crime summit gets under way
The Government is hosting a Crime Summit at Parliament today, to discuss the so called drivers of crime. [more]

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

bloodstains evidence at Bain trial
Further details about bloodstains which the Crown says connects David Bain to the killing of five members of his family. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

NZ'ers aren't religious
A new survey suggests a growing number of New Zealanders don't identify with organised religion. [more]

Australian correspondent
For our Friday update on things Australian we cross to Melbourne now to join our correspondent, Donna Demaio. [more]


Edible Gardening
Get Growing - tips for those getting back into growing their own veggies. [more]

This weeks conundrum answer [more]

Nine To Noon

Rob Hamill
Rowing great Rob Hamill's brother was captured and killed by The Khmer Rouge in 1978. [more]

Asia correspondent - Phil O'Sullivan
Khmer Rouge trials begin in Cambodia 30 years after the horrors of year zero. [more]

Feature guest - Steve Coogan
British comedian has built an acting career playing losers and misfits he's also taking the film industry by storm. [more]

Book Review - The Winter Vault
Written by Anne Michaels, reviewed by Louise O'Brien and published by Bloomsbury. [more]

Music - Manu Taylor
Madeleine Peyroux, Tama Waipara, Sacred Shakers [more]

With Joseph Romanos. [more]

Week That Was
With Radar and Irene Pink. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 3 April 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 3 April 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Emma Sayers
Wellington based pianist teaming up with Nota Bene choir for 'French Impressions' concert at Te Papa Museum tomorrow. [more]

Antun Poljanich
Auckland Youth Symphony Orchestra director presenting first concert of the year this Sunday at the Auckland Town Hall. [more]

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra Review
Peter Hoar reviews last night's APO concert featuring French pianist Cedrin Tiberghian. [more]

News stories:

Otago groups against re-zoning harbourside
The Otago Chamber of Commerce is one of seven entities to launch an appeal against Dunedin City Council's re-zoning of part of the city's harbourside area. [more]

Six in court over killing of Auckland inmate
Tight security was in place at North Shore District Court for the appearance of six prisoners charged in relation to the killing of a fellow inmate at Auckland Prison at Parememoremo. [more]

ACC boss says liabilities will rise
New ACC chairman John Judge says the corporation's liabilities have been underestimated and will increase significantly. [more]

Up to 100 mail centre jobs to be shed
New Zealand Post has begun consulting staff over plans to shed up to 100 positions from its mail centres to match the drop in letter volume. The centres currently employ 1,800 people. [more]

TEC to axe 70 staff, close regional offices
The Tertiary Education Commission confirmed on Thursday that 70 positions will be axed and its regional offices outside Wellington and Auckland are to close. [more]

Banks warned to trim expectations of high profits
The Government is warning banks they should trim their expectations of making high profits during the recession. [more]

69 cricket team reunited
Forty years after producing some of New Zealand cricket's most outstanding results on the sub-continent, the 1969 national team is to reunite in Wellington this weekend. Members of the team, ... [more]

Nelson beat Waikato in NBL
Waikato have lost their unbeaten start to the new National Basketball League season, going down 80-73 to Nelson in Hamilton. The match was close throughout the first half with Nelson ... [more]

Star lovers look to the heavens
The "world's biggest star party" started on Thursday - and New Zealanders were invited. The event coincides with the 400th anniversary of Galileo first using the telescope. [more]

Parole law could punish offenders twice - Greens
A law rushed through Parliament on Thursday night has the potential to punish child-sex offenders twice, says the Green Party. [more]

Barlow's wife shocked by parole decision
The wife of convicted double murderer John Barlow says she is shocked and devastated by the Parole Board's latest report on her husband. [more]

Sick-at-work staff cost business $2bn a year
People who ignore illness and come to work sick are costing employers $2 billion a year, a study has found. [more]

Rowing officials visit Lake Karapiro ahead of world champs
Delegates from the International Rowing Federation, FISA, have visited the site of next year's World Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro. Visiting from Switzerland was FISA Executive Director Matt Smith, Events Coordinator ... [more]

Hadden stands down as Scotland rugby coach
Frank Hadden has stepped down as head coach of the Scotland rugby side with immediate effect. Hadden was given the Scotland job in September 2005 and enjoyed success in his first ... [more]

Deputy State Services Commissioner resigns
A deputy State Services Commissioner has resigned following the release of a review into the handling of a multimillion-dollar contract with an IT company. [more]

Police warn of turf war among motorbike gangs
Police are warning of a possible turf war as the Hells Angels motorcycle gang attempts to gain a foothold in the South Island. [more]

Telecom weighs response to broadband plan
Telecom may need to separate its network division Chorus from the rest of the company to become a key player in the Government's broadband fund. [more]

Rebstock to stay on to help commission head
The Commerce Commission will not lose its former chairwoman Paula Rebstock, who will stay to help get through the workload the regulator faces in the telecommunications sector. [more]

More bosses to lay off staff - survey
The number of employers who expect to lay off staff in the next three months has risen sharply. [more]

Epidemic fears over whooping cough rise
The number of people getting whooping cough is on the rise and health officials fear another epidemic is on the way. [more]

Commodity prices up after eight months
International commodity prices rose for the first time in eight months, helped by better demand for meat and dairy products, a survey shows. [more]

Legal aid system to get review
The legal aid system is set for a big overhaul amid concerns of rising costs and criminals' use of the system to fund drawn-out court cases and appeals. [more]

No Chinese pressure to stop Dalai Lama visit - Key
Prime Minister John Key says there has been no pressure from the Chinese government to halt the Dalai Lama's trip to New Zealand, but he is sure it will register its concerns. [more]

Food company confident of weathering storm
The head of Russian food company Nutritek believes the company and its New Zealand dairy operation will be protected from the worst effects of the global recession. [more]

Wool prices rebound
Wool prices have picked up again this week, recovering some of the ground lost at last week's sales, under pressure from the exchange rate. [more]

Worth's business interests still murky - Labour
Murkiness still surrounds the business interests of Internal Affairs Minister Richard Worth, says the Labour Party. [more]

Fewer church-going believers - survey
A survey by Massey University suggests a growing number of New Zealanders do not identify with organised religion. [more]

Dollar at 11-week high on global recovery hopes
The New Zealand dollar has surged to an 11-week high against the greenback on hopes that the global economy is on the road to recovery. [more]

India to bat first in third test
The New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has won the toss and decided to bowl first in the third and final cricket test against India at the Basin Reserve. Batsman Daniel ... [more]

Wind suspends play at Houston Open
Play has been suspended midway through the opening round at the Houston Golf Open because of high winds. New Zealand's Tim Wilkinson is still waiting to tee off in the ... [more]

Doctors paid $50 to get people off ACC, say Greens
ACC Minister Nick Smith says he is confident a payment being offered to doctors to get people back to work is not a bribe as claimed by the Green Party. [more]

Murder conviction appeal rejected
A man who killed two people when he drove his car into a crowd in east Auckland has had an appeal against his murder conviction and sentence rejected. [more]

American Samoa hopes for US$67 in education stimulus money
American Samoa is hoping to receive an estimated US$67 million under provisions of the U.S. Department of Education's stimulus money, which would make it the largest single allocation for the... [more]

Vanuatu indicates support for PACER Plus during Crean visit
Vanuatu's government has indicated its support for a proposed regional free trade deal between Australia, New Zealand and the wider Pacific region. The indication came during a visit to Port... [more]

Give PACER a chance, says Tonga Trade Minister
Tonga's Trade Minister says it's unfair for people to criticise the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations or PACER PLUS until it is properly implemented. Lisete Akuola is due to... [more]

RAMSI police say problems during time of riots now solved
A spokesperson for the RAMSI police force in Solomon Islands says policing problems highlighted in a Commission of Inquiry Report on the riots in Honiara in 2006 have been rectified. [more]

Tropical cyclone alert issued for Wallis and Futuna
A tropical cyclone alert has been issued for Wallis and Futuna by the Fiji Met Service. It says the tropical depression is likely to develop into a tropical cyclone within... [more]

100 people could have died in malaria outbreak in PNG's Southern Highlands
More than 100 people are believed to have died from a malaria outbreak in the Poroma area of the Southern Highlands in Papua New Guinea. The Post Courier says people... [more]

Escaped prisoner in Vanuatu dies after being recaptured
A 21-year-old male escaped inmate from Vanuatu's jail has died at the Vila Central Hospital shortly after being captured at his home by law enforcement officers. John Bule was serving... [more]

Land swap proposed for hydro scheme
Forest and Bird says a land swap proposed by Meridian Energy is a desperate effort to push through its controversial hydro electric power scheme in Buller, while the company says it makes good sense. [more]

Auckland business leaders applaud tunnel plan
A plan for a tunnel to help ease congestion around Auckland's so-called spaghetti junction will be a big boost to industry, say the city's business leaders. [more]

House sales jump in Auckland
Auckland's biggest real estate company, Barfoot and Thompson, says house sales in March were the highest in nearly two years. [more]

Concern at lending terms of Australian-owned banks
A parliamentary committee has joined a chorus of concern about lending terms being offered by the country's main Australian-owned banks. [more]

Drug company ad raises ire of Health Commissioner
An advertisement for one of the world's biggest pharmaceutical companies has raised the ire of the Health and Disability Commissioner. [more]

Martin snares Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar has just been dismissed to give the New Zealand cricketers a crucial breakthrough on day one of the third and deciding cricket test against India. Tendulkar was caught behind ... [more]

French to limit foreign invasion
French rugby clubs will place limits on the number of overseas players making a lucrative living in their national championships. The national league wants to ensure that at least 50 ... [more]

Serena defeats Venus to reach Miami final
The world number one Serena Williams has defeated her sister Venus 6-4 3-6 6-3 to reach the final of the Miami Masters tennis tournament. Serena will play Victoria Azarenka of ... [more]

Dravid dismissed in Wellington
India are 242 for 6 on day one of the third cricket test against New Zealand in Wellington, with Rahul Dravid the most recent wicket to fall for 35. Chris Martin ... [more]

Wellington DHB loses child cancer specialists
Parents of children receiving intensive cancer care at Wellington Hospital are concerned over uncertainty surrounding the on-again, off-again service. [more]

Association fears another round of job losses
The Manufacturers and Exporters Association believes the sector may be looking at another round of job losses if sales do not recover soon. [more]

Nth Otago workers opt for voluntary redundancy
North Otago's second largest employer says the number of its staff willing to take voluntary redundancy could prevent further job losses. [more]

French rugby to limit overseas players
French rugby is to limit the number of overseas players plying their trade domestically in their top-flight clubs. Clubs will be set a minimum number of home-grown players and will ... [more]

2 more National records at Swim Champs
Two New Zealand records and a World Championship qualifying time have been achieved on the third morning of heats at the New Zealand Open Swim Championships in Christchurch. Glenn Snyders ... [more]

Bain blood test samples lost in lab
Blood test samples from the Bain house were lost in a laboratory several years after the killings of five family members, the High Court in Christchurch has been told. [more]

Deadline to settle Treaty claims madness, say Greens
The Green Party says it is "madness" for the Government to pursue 2014 as the cut-off date for having Treaty of Waitangi claims settled. [more]

NZ to benefit from G20 agreement, says English
New Zealand will benefit from the economic stimulus package agreed at the G20 summit, Finance Minister Bill English says. [more]

Government's cash deficit hits $6.6 billion
The New Zealand Government's cash deficit for the first eight months of the financial year has blown out to $6.6 billion. [more]

Greens want food guidelines reintroduced in schools
The Green Party has launched a nationwide petition calling on the Government to reinstate nutritional guidelines that require schools to sell healthy food. [more]