Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 9th April 2009

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Jim's essay
Are we all hypocrites, in some shape or form? [more]

Best song ever written
For Patricia White of Kihikihi it is 'Roads To Moscow', by Al Stewart. [more]

Your place - Waikouaiti
Today's journey takes us to Otago, to a coastal settlement just 40 kilometres north east of Dunedin. [more]

Chef - Adam Newell
Michelin-star chef Adam Newell - lancashire hotpot and spiced whole pork belly with crispy courgette and orange salad. [more]

He Rourou for 9 April 2009
Ana Tapiata talks with Mahara Okeroa about the return of Shelley Bay airforce base to iwi. [more]

Feature album - 'Ocean Rain'
The fourth album by english post-punkers, Echo and The Bunnymen. [more]

The arts report
Simon Morris talks to actress Rebecca Hall; and Lucy Orbell looks into the labour of love that goes into patchwork quilting. [more]

Christchurch story - Harry Taylor
87 year old Harry Taylor is still playing table tennis at a national level, he shares his tips on the game. [more]

Environment story - Kakapo Recovery Programme
Bruce Robertson and Ian Jamieson talk with Alison Ballance about Kakapo genetics. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With John Bishop and Jon Bridges. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With John Bishop and Jon Bridges. [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 9 April 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]


Retirement village home invasion
An 85 year old man was assaulted during a home invasion at a retirement village in South Auckland today. [more]

Woman convicted over abandoning baby
Karolaine Maika gave birth on a flight to Auckland last month, leaving the infant in the aircraft's toilet cubicle. [more]

Southland man sentenced for rape
A 25 year old Southland man who admitted raping a European tourist has been sentenced to 10 years in jail. [more]

Easter weather and traffic update
The MetService says Easter weekend weather is looking up for most of the country. [more]

David Bain's retrial continues
The High Court has heard scientific opinion that supports the Crown theory that David Bain shot his father Robin. [more]

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

SOE chairs meet with Ministers
The chairs of State Owned Enterprises have just begun a meeting at the Beehive with the Finance and SOE Ministers. [more]

Minister defends WINZ handling of foreign workers
Green MP Sue Bradford has made a claim that a group of workers from Myanmar have been the victims of institutional racism. [more]

Political turmoil in Thailand
Our correspondent Norman Hermant joins us from Bangkok. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Italy quake victims mourned
The first funerals have taken place for the victims of Monday's earthquake which killed 272 people in central Italy. [more]

Danny Lee's Masters debut
In the US Masters, New Zealand hopes will be riding on golfing teenage sensation Danny Lee. [more]

Gloomy outlook for hotel sector
Guest nights for February were the lowest in ten years, according to figures just released by Statistics New Zealand. [more]

Family speak out over retirement village attack
The family of an 85 year old man who was assaulted at a retirement village has called his attacker a cowardly animal. [more]

Drug and alcohol use costing NZ dearly
New research has found harmful use of drugs and alcohol costs New Zealand a hefty 6.8 billion dollars a year. [more]

Elections begin in Indonesia
The BBC's Lucy Williamson joins us from Jakarta. [more]

Pirates hijack ship off coast of Somalia
A United States Navy warship has arrived at the scene of a ship hijacking off the coast of Somalia. [more]

Court rules Fiji's interim govt is unlawful
The ruling reverses an earlier decision by the High Court, but the interim government says it is planning to appeal. [more]

Easter Show returns to its roots
Auckland's annual Royal Easter Show opened its gates today, and after 166 years the 4-day festival is going back to its roots. [more]

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

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Tui flown to Banks Peninsula
Thirty tui have been flown by helicopter to Otanerito Bay on Banks Peninsula, in a bid to re-populate the area with the birds. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus On Politics for 9 April 2009
This week the former Prime Minister Helen Clark bowed out of New Zealand politics after 27 years in Parliament. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 9 April 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 9 April 2009
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for 9 April 2009
Road rage death, paedophile sentenced, councils to fight super city plan, government and greens to work together. [more]

Karoro - Black Backed Gull
The karoro's birdcall. [more]

Northern councils to prohibit local GE trials
Local bodies from Auckland to Cape Reinga are forging ahead with moves to keep their regions GE free. [more]

Pacific news for 9 April 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Prosecutor describes paedophile as 'confidence trickster'
Peter Robert Jordan was sentenced yesterday to preventive detention with a 12- year minimum non parole period. [more]

Government to decide on the future of West Coast forestry
The West Coast's pine plantations lose millions of dollars each year, the government has decided to step in. [more]

Man who died after road rage incident 'hard-working'
The family of a man who died have spoken of a hardworking man who was always prepared to help others. [more]

Community relief at sentencing of Waitara paedophile
There's shock and dismay but also relief at the sentencing of a man described by a Judge as a sexual predator. [more]

Councils to set up steering group to fight super-city plan
Auckland local government leaders claim there are hidden financial fishhooks in the government's plan for a supercity. [more]

Government and Greens agree to work together
An unlikely political pairing, The Green Party and National, have signed up to a new working relationship. [more]

Property values still falling despite lift in property market
Latest figures show property values have fallen 9 percent in the past year, driven by a slump in the Auckland market. [more]

Helen Clark bids Parliament farewell
After 27 years as an MP and nine years as prime minister, Helen Clark has bid Parliament farewell. [more]

Retailers warned against breaking Easter trading rules
The warning coincides with yet another proposal to change the controversial law. [more]

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

Mass state funeral for Italy quake dead
In Italy, preparations are being made for a mass state funeral for the people killed in Monday's earthquake. [more]

American crew takes back ship from Somali pirates
There are reports the American crew of a container ship hijacked by Somali pirates, have now regained control. [more]

Communist concerns over miners' strike memorial
The shrine to the 1908 Blackball miners' strike, is becoming the subject of a red hot debate on the West Coast. [more]

Mayors claim super city plan will cost ratepayers
Six of the councils have now formed a group to pressure the Cabinet and Local Government Minister to change the plan. [more]

Waitara safer following sentencing, says community group
Peter Robert Jordan will serve preventive detention for sexually abusing three boys in Waitara. [more]

Defence theories start to emerge in Bain retrial
The Crown is a third of the way through presenting its evidence against David Bain, the man it says killed his entire family. [more]

Concerns raised over mental health unit procedures
The mother of a man found dead on leave from a mental health unit, says a Coroner's report doesn't go far enough. [more]

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

Recession hitting Queenstown's building industry hard
The Queenstown Lakes District Mayor wants to bring forward civic projects, to try and save the industry. [more]

Auckland laboratory workforce said to have low morale
The message is part of the feedback to the DHBs from public and special interest groups. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Schindler's List turns up in Sydney library
The list was of Jewish workers a German industrialist employed during the Holocaust to save them from death. [more]

With correspondent, Kerry-Anne Walsh. [more]


Stain removal with Shannon Lush
The fine art of removing stains simply and in a environmentally friendly manner with Shannon Lush. [more]

Hot rocks (Geology)
Drilling a core into the geologic cycle, what came first, oceans or continents? [more]

Nine To Noon

The price tag caused by abuse of alcohol and drugs
With Ganesh Nana, Katie Sadlier, Gerard Vaughan and Barbara Phillips. [more]

Judge Carolyn Henwood
Chairs a Confidential Listening and Assistance Service looking into possible abuse in state care institutions. [more]

UK correspondent - Kate Adie
The metropolitan police are in trouble over a security breach. [more]

Feature guest - Lord Jeffrey Archer
Lord Archer has penned a fictional account of Mallory and Irvine's fatal Everest expedition on 1924. [more]

Childrens Book Review
John McIntyre gives a tribute to Douglas Keen, editorial director of Ladybird Books. [more]

New technology - Nat Torkington
Nat talks to Kathryn about the Internet meshing with the real world mapping, location based services, and more. [more]

Parenting - Diane Levy
Family Therapist, Parenting Coach and author on how and when to let your children take risks and do new things. [more]

Week That Was
With Radar and Gemma Gracewood. [more]

Our Changing World

Terry Chapin on Arctic Ecology
Ecologist Terry Chapin's research has led from plant nutrients to the impact of global warming on Alaskan ecosystems. [more]

The Impacts of Melting Sea Ice in the Arctic
Local Arctic communites are suffering as sea ice melts, but it could prove a boon for mineral and oil exploration. [more]

Wellington's Carbon Emission Inventory
Landcare Research has prepared a Carbon Emissions Inventory for the greater Wellington region. [more]

Molecular Genetics and Kakapo
Molecular genetics is revealing paternity and family relationships in the kakapo population. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 9 April 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 9 April 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Jodi Wright
Christchurch NZ International Jazz and Blues Festival Director. [more]

Tui Mamaki and Dave Guilleminot
Founding members of 'The Mamaku Project' talk about the band's upcoming NZ tour. [more]

News stories:

French Polynesia's Tahoeraa leaves Temaru government
The leader of French Polynesia's Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party, Gaston Flosse, has refused to give in to a reported demand by President Oscar Temaru to quit his assembly seat and decided... [more]

French Polynesia's Gaston Flosse leaves Temaru government
The leader of French Polynesia's Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party, Gaston Flosse, has refused to give in to a reported demand by President Oscar Temaru to quit his assembly seat and decided... [more]

Five Star directors given five-year ban
Three directors of the failed finance firm Five Star Finance have been banned from running companies in New Zealand for five years. The company went into receivership in August 2007 owing depositors more than $43 million. [more]

Martin O'Neill charged by FA
The Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after his side's 3-2 English Premiership defeat by Manchester United. The charge concerns his behaviour ... [more]

Victim says sex predator beat others who complained
A victim of a Taranaki man jailed indefinitely after 30 years of sex attacks on children and teenagers says other victims were beaten when they complained to authorities. [more]

Blue Chip faces further legal action
The liquidators of property investor Blue Chip, which collapsed last year owing investors $84 million, are taking legal action. [more]

Some Fiji political parties may be left out of today's meeting
Some of Fiji's political parties may not be allowed in to today's meeting of leaders. This morning sees the beginning of the third meeting of Fiji's Political Party leaders, aimed... [more]

Serena beaten in Marbella
An injury-hampered world women's tennis number one Serena Williams suffered a shock defeat to Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic in the first round of the Andalucia Tennis Championships in ... [more]

Czech football team in strife
The Czech Republic football team is in disarray after the sacking of the entire management staff following a string of poor results and the expulsions of six players for a ... [more]

Coach and captain may join selection panel
New Zealand Cricket says it will consider including captain Dan Vettori and coach Andy Moles on the national selection panel. Moles has expressed the desire to join former internationals Glenn ... [more]

Fonterra expands agreement with Middle East company
Fonterra has signed a new agreement with an dairy company in Egypt in a bid to increase its share of the Middle East's $350 million processed cheese market. [more]

Oil refinery production fell
The operator of the country's sole oil refinery says production fell for a time due to a planned shutdown in February. [more]

Third Political Dialogue Forum in Fiji is in limbo
The third Political Dialogue Forum in Fiji is in limbo after some parties were excluded from the meet after a directive from the interim Prime Minister. The former Prime Minister,... [more]

Greens-National deal a 'baby' step - Key
The Green Party and the National-led Government have formally agreed to work together on issues including home insulation, Prime Minister John Key says. [more]

Tonga's Supreme Court rules local newspaper is liable for damages worth thousands
Tonga's Supreme Court has ruled that the newspaper, Kele'a, is liable for damages worth 245-thousand US dollars for publishing a letter to the editor which defamed the Prime Minister and... [more]

Fighting intensifies in Indonesia's Papua region
Fighting has again intensified in Indonesia's Papua region, on the morning of legislative elections. More than 30 Indonesian soldiers have been killed in skirmishes with separatists in the Puncak Jaya... [more]

Government bases in Antarctica 'worse than tourism'
An operator running tourist cruises in the Antarctic region believes the environmental impact of tourism is miniscule when compared to that of national programmes. [more]

Wool prices continue to fluctuate
Prices for most types of wool eased at Wednesday's North Island wool sale under pressure from a stronger New Zealand dollar and low demand, after having risen last week. [more]

Farmers failing to comply with effluent rules
A considerable number of dairy farmers in the Wellington area are failing to comply with effluent discharge conditions, the regional council says. [more]

Marina redevelopment in American Samoa passes first hurdle
In American Samoa, the Malaloa Marina redevelopment in Pago Pago has passed the first of several hurdles to get the project moving. The project has been given the green light... [more]

Mobile phone company Digicel restarts bidding process in French Polynesia
The mobile phone company Digicel, which is headquartered in Jamaica, has been asked to revise its request to operate in French Polynesia. Digicel has been engaged in talks with the... [more]

US garment group keen to revive CNMI's garment industry
Neo Fashion Incorporated, a defunct garment factory in San Antonio, in the United States, is working on a plan to revive the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Island's once billion-dollar... [more]

Continental Airlines in CNMI joins Star Alliance
The United States Department of Transportation has granted a tentative approval for Continental Airlines in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to join Star Alliance. The Saipan Tribune reports... [more]

Fiji's interim govt says 2008 was a good year for agriculture sector
Fiji's interim government says 2008 proved to be a good and successful year for the agriculture sector with production in the food sector registering a 30 percent growth across the... [more]

Thursday's newspaper headlines
Chief executives racked up big pay increases last year; biggest NZ housing slump on record appears to be tailing off; stoush over authenticity of Colin McCahon painting. [more]

Wall St share prices lift
US stocks gained ground on Wednesday after a two-day slide, on news the government is shoring up life insurers and optimism about consumer spending. [more]

Cooks landowners oppose coral removal for Mini Games competition
Landowners near Muri lagoon off Rarotonga in the Cook Islands say they are strongly opposed to any removal of coral to smooth the way for canoe racing at this year's... [more]

Relief supplies to be distributed to flood stricken residents in PNG's Central Province
The Red Cross in Papua New Guinea is today due to begin distributing aid to flood stricken residents in the Central Province. A team from the aid organisation has been... [more]

Dissent within French Polyensia's ruling party over planned new power deal
Members of the French Polynesia's ruling Union For Democracy say they are opposed to scrapping the alliance with the Tahoeraa Huiraatira to enter a new powersharing deal with the opposition. [more]

Ruling expected in Fiji appeal case on coup legality
A ruling is expected this afternoon in the Appeal Court case brought by Fiji's ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase which challenges the legality of the interim government. Last October the... [more]

Fiji political forum under way despite exclusion of key parties
A political dialogue forum is continuing in Fiji today despite four major political parties being excluded. The four parties were asked to agree to certain terms, including the interim regime's... [more]

February accommodation occupancy at 10-year-low
The number of guests staying in short-term accommodation in February was was at its lowest for the month since 1999. [more]

Exports of live bees thriving
New Zealand live bee exporters are in the middle of one of their busiest ever seasons, as they work to meet the increased demand from their dominant market, Canada. [more]

Growers to dump surplus kiwifruit
Kiwifruit growers will be leaving up to a million trays of fruit unharvested this season as part of an agreement with marketer Zespri to manage the supply of export kiwifruit and protect prices. [more]

Restaurant Brands plans Pizza Hut store sales
Restaurant Brands says it will continue with planned closures of unprofitable Pizza Hut stores and is considering selling others to independent parties. [more]

Earthquake strikes near Gisborne
An earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter scale struck the Gisborne region on Wednesday night. [more]

Woman accused of assaulting baby
A South Auckland woman has been charged with assault after a five-month-old baby was allegedly punched in the head. [more]

Coroner criticises mental health unit day-leave system
The Auckland Coroner has criticised leave procedures at the Auckland District Health Board's acute inpatient mental health unit, Te Whetu Tawera, in his report on the death of a former patient. [more]

Review of loss-making West Coast forests under way
The Government has begun a review to decide the future of its West Coast forests which are losing between $4 million and $5 million a year. [more]

Northern councils take steps to prohibit GE trials
Local bodies from Auckland to Cape Reinga are pushing ahead with moves to keep their regions GE-free. [more]

Council group attempts to change super-city plan
Auckland local government leaders are banding together in a bid to change parts of the Government's super-city plan. [more]

New Zealanders spent more in shops in March
Electronic card transactions in core retailing sectors rose 0.7% in March, the largest rise since October. However once vehicle-related items are included, transactions fell 0.5%. [more]

Road attack accused reappears in court
A man accused of an assault on an elderly motorist in Auckland has appeared in court for the second time and been remanded in custody. [more]

Judge opposes appeal for on-the-spot protection orders
The Principal Family Court judge has told MPs on Parliament's Justice Committee that there should be no right of appeal over on-the-spot protection orders for domestic violence. [more]

Alcohol, drug abuse costs $6.8b annually - study
A study has put the cost of drug and alcohol abuse at $6.8 billion a year, equivalent to the entire output of New Zealand agriculture. [more]

Sky wins Rugby World Cup broadcasting rights
Sky Television has won the host broadcasting rights for the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2011. [more]

PNG executive jet purchase criticised
The Papua New Guinea Institute of National Affairs says the purchase of an executive jet to be used by Cabinet Ministers cannot be justified. State-owned Air Niugini has confirmed to... [more]

Cook Islands Deputy Prime Minister confirms airport dispute settled
The Cook Islands Deputy Prime Minister says he's reached agreement with landowners involved in a long-running dispute over Manihiki Island's airport. The Government had wanted to lease land on the... [more]

French Polynesia's ruling party uneasy about planned power deal
Members of the French Polynesia's ruling Union For Democracy say they are opposed to scrapping the alliance with the Tahoeraa Huiraatira to enter a new powersharing deal with the opposition. [more]

Pacific nations becoming more capable of monitoring fishing in region
The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, or FFA, says the capability to monitor fishing activity in the high seas is a great boost to the ability of Pacific island nations... [more]

New Zealand PM expects Fiji regime to ignore Forum election deadline
New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key has conceded that the interim government in Fiji has no intention of meeting a deadline set by the Pacific Islands Forum to set an... [more]

Police union concerned at changes to training
The union for frontline police officers says members are worried a proposal to change staff safety training could leave some officers without essential skills. [more]

Fiji court of appeal rules interim regime unlawfully appointed
The Fiji Court of Appeal has found in favour of ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, who challenged the High Court's decision in regards to the President's reserve powers. It ruled... [more]

Six die in Indonesian cargo plane crash in Papua
Six people are believed to have died when a cargo plane crashed in the mountain highlands of Indonesia's eastern Papua province. The Aviastar cargo plane was travelling from the provincial... [more]

Bad weather hampers search for US tramper
Bad weather is continuing to hamper the search for an American tramper missing in the Nelson Lakes national park for nearly six weeks. [more]

Property values fell further in March
The fall in house prices has gathered pace, with Auckland driving the decline. Property values fell 9.3% percent in the year to March, compared to an 8.9% fall in the year to February. [more]

Fiji interim regime, now declared unlawful, plans to appeal its demise
The Fiji interim government says it will appeal a court decision that ruled that its appointment was unlawful. It also says it is disappointed that the court did not grant... [more]

Conflicting opinions from pathologists at Bain trial
The second pathologist to give evidence at the retrial of David Bain has said the gunshot to Robin Bain's head was fired from up to 20 centimetres away, rather than being a close contact wound as another expert has testified. [more]

Ousted Fiji PM welcomes court of appeal ruling against coup regime
Fiji' ousted prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, has welcomed the appeal court ruling which invalidated the President's move in 2007 to appoint the interim regime after it had seized power in... [more]

Violence mars Indonesian elections in Papua
Violence has marred polling day for Indonesian parliamentary elections in the country's remote Papua region, with six people reported dead from police shootings. The Papua Police Chief, Bagus Ekodanto, says... [more]

Works by PNG artist Kauage goes on display in Britain
Artworks by the Papua New Guinean Mathias Kauage are being put on public display for the first time at a new exhibition in England. The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology... [more]

Ringleader of paua poaching operation jailed
The ringleader of a Wellington paua poaching operation has been jailed for three years. [more]

Alleged protestor says simple resolution to airport dispute on Manihiki in Cooks
The landowners involved in a long-running dispute over the airport on Manihiki in the Cook Islands' northern group have reached agreement with the Government. The Government had wanted to lease... [more]

Oamaru firm set to join 9-day fortnight scheme
A struggling North Otago company looks set to ask the Government for permission to take up the nine-day fortnight scheme. [more]

Military Commander confirms Fiji has no government
Fiji's military commander Commodore Frank Bainimarama has confirmed the country has no government following the court ruling that his interim regime was unlawfully installed in the 2006 coup. The Court... [more]

Firefighters injured in Auckland blaze
Two firefighters have been injured battling a blaze in the Auckland suburb of Newmarket. [more]

Massey lecturers' jobs under threat in review
A staffing review at Massey University's Institute of Natural Resources may result in fewer jobs, the university says. [more]

Queenstown may bring forward civic construction works
The Queenstown Lakes District Council is to consider bringing forward hundreds of millions of dollars worth of civic projects to save the area's construction industry. [more]

Holidaymakers warned of sewage spill in Waipu River
Holidaymakers heading for Waipu in Northland over Easter are being warned to steer clear of part of the beach after a sewage spill. [more]

Woman sentenced for finding work for illegal overstayers
A Hawke's Bay businesswoman, who has pleaded guilty to 12 charges under the Immigration Act, has been fined and sentenced to community work. [more]

Traffic delays mar start to Easter holidays
Easter holidaymakers ground to a standstill on Auckland's motorways on Thursday, as police urged motorists to drive safely throughout New Zealand. [more]

Problem school's board steps aside for commissioner
A Taranaki school board is to voluntarily stand down to allow a commissioner to take over and deal with behaviour problems. [more]

CEOs likely to get 'modest' pay rise this year
Trade unions are critical of a salary survey which says business chief executives in New Zealand are still likely to get modest pay rises this year, despite the country being in a recession. [more]

Attempt to change Easter trading law
The annual outcry over Easter trading regulations coincides with another proposal to change the law that requires most shops to close on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. [more]

Asia-Pacific markets higher
Markets in the Asia-Pacific region continued to climb on Thursday. [more]

Minister defends handling of Myanmar workers
The Minister in charge of Work and Income has denied accusations in Parliament that a group of workers from Myanmar has been the victim of institutional racism. [more]

No change to British interest rates
The Bank of England left interest rates unchanged at a record low of 0.5% on Thursday, as expected, and said it would continue with its Stg 75 billion asset purchase scheme to boost the economy. [more]