Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 15th April 2009

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Jim's Essay
The meek shall not inherit the earth, or at least that part of the Earth that is corporatised. [more]

The best song ever written
Colin Hogg has chosen from The Bats"Mastery". [more]

Link 3 for 15 April 2009
Songs that people in the older age bracket will recognise to start off Link3 with today. [more]

False Bullying
As the job market grows ever tighter, workers take refuge in false bullying claims. [more]

Burial Fees
The cost of living may be on the rise, but there's no reason why the cost of dying should be going up as well. [more]

He Rourou for 15 April 2009
Maori language just became a whole lot more accessable to school students. [more]

Feature Album - Lost Souls by Doves
Our Feature album is from English indie rock band, Doves. Formerly named Sub Sub. [more]

Virtual World for 15 April 2009
With Helen and Chelfyn Baxter from Mohawk Media. [more]

David Steemson's Auckland story
Concern today about the future of creative economy education in the face of global recession. [more]

Science story for 15 April 2009
New research that hopes to resolve a debate about New Zealand's distant past. [more]

The Panel - part 1 for 15 April 2009
With Ali Ikram and Rosemary McLeod. [more]

The Panel - part 2 for 15 April 2009
With Ali Ikram and Rosemary McLeod. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 15 April 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Midday Business News for 15 April 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening business for 15 April 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening business for 15 April 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


Forum considers pre-emptive action over Fiji
The chairman of the Pacific Islands Forum says Fiji now poses a threat to the stability of the region. [more]

Hikoi to protest against super-city plans
More than 300 people have met at Orakei Marae in Auckland to discuss how to fight the plan. [more]

Hone Harawira supports hikoi
We hear from Maori Party MP, Hone Harawira. [more]

Rest home worker charged with assault
A former rest home worker accused of taping an elderly resident's mouth shut has told the Auckland District Court that the woman did it herself. [more]

Arson attack on oldest primary school in Hamilton
A fire at the oldest school in Hamilton has gutted a classroom and seriously damaged another. [more]

Sports news for 15 April 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Pathologist gives evidence at David Bain re-trial
A pathologist has told the High Court in Christchurch that the bullet wound in Robin Bain's head was not a close contact wound. [more]

Figures reveal Kyoto surplus
The country's main business lobby group is urging the Government to take its time over climate change policy. [more]

ABC's local transmitters forced to close in Fiji
Fiji's military lead government has forced the shutdown of ABC Radio Australia's local transmitters. [more]

Waatea news for 15 April 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

John Key is set to meet with the Chinese Premier
John Key is set to meet with the Chinese Premier Win Jiabao later this evening. [more]

Auckland's mayors meet on super-city proposal
Auckland's mayors have agreed on a number of points to put forward to the local government minister, Rodney Hide. [more]

Fiji tourism expected to suffer
Travel operators fear tourism in Fiji will be hit because of the tense political situation. [more]

Mokihinui river dam hearing
DOC has accused Meridian Energy of undermining a hearing into a controversial hydro dam project. [more]

Fiji's attorney general explains devalued dollar
The chairman of the Pacific Islands Forum says Fiji now poses a threat to the stability of the region. [more]

Journalism censorship in Fiji worsening
Internet cafes are under pressure to close and government workers have lost web access. [more]

Growing alarm over North Korea's nuclear plans
Regional Governments are sounding the alarm over the prospect of North Korea re-opening its nuclear facilities. [more]

Police hunt tenant who attacked his landlord
The North Shore Police are hunting for a man who is wanted for attacking his elderly landlord. [more]

High winds lash the state of Victoria
Winds of up to 183 kms an hour have lashed the Australian state of Victoria this morning. [more]

Sports news for 15 April 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Auckland Maori organise hikoi
More than 300 people have met at Orakei Marae in Auckland this morning discuss how to fight the plan. [more]

Castro says all US sanctions must go
President Barack Obama has been praised by some for starting to ease the 50 year old isolation of Cuba. [more]

Waatea news for 15 April 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Suspected war criminal stays in US
An appeals court in the US has halted the deportation of a suspected Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk. [more]

Romania questions human rights Moldova
The Romanian president Traian Basescu has called for a European inquiry into a human rights situaton. [more]

11 people held without charge in UK
Six days on Britain is still holding 11 people without charge after a series of high profile raids conducted last week. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 15 April 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 15 April 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Wednesday 15 April 2009
Fiji on the verge of being kicked out of the Pacific Islands Forum; Somali pirates continue and Thai protests ease. [more]

Hakoakoa - The Skua
Listen to todays bird call. [more]

Key says Fiji suspension from Pacific forum likely
The Prime Minister, John Key, says Fiji's suspension from the Pacific Islands Forum looks inevitable given recent events. [more]

Pacific news for 15 April 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Fiji's military-led government remains unapologetic
Comments from Fiji's Information Ministry spokesman Major Neumi Leweni. [more]

Fiji opposition politician speaks out against government
Fiji's National Federation party general secretary is Pramod Rae. [more]

Foreign minister warns Fiji to tread carefully
Comments from the Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully. [more]

Somali pirates seize more ships
A successful strike on Somali pirates by the United States Navy has failed to prevent more vessels being seized by the raiders. [more]

DVDs popular as recession makes people stay home
New Zealanders seem to have found a way to beat the recession blues - by staying home. [more]

Thai protestors agree to leave government house
Thai authorities are facing the task of preventing further large-scale protests. [more]

North Korea again taunts United Nations
Brett Cole is a correspondent based in the South Korean capital Seoul. [more]

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

More gloom for US economy but bank profits rise
President Obama and the US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke are both warning that the recession will get worse. [more]

Broadband use grows but question mark over future unbundling
Consumers appear to be reaping the benefits of heightened competition in the telecommunication sector. [more]

Pacific leaders call for Fiji talks without NZ, Australia
Report from Pacific issues correspondent Richard Pamatatau. [more]

Fiji PM defends moves
Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama. [more]

US-Iranian journalist charged with spying
An Iranian-American journalist arrested in Iran in January has gone on trial on charges of spying for the United States. [more]

70 million revamp of National Library criticised
The management of the National Library is being accused of attempting to turn the institution into a"digital Disneyland." [more]

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

Piece of famous flagpole back on the block
A remnant of the flagpole cut down by Maori activist Hone Heke one hundred and sixty-five years ago will be auctioned after all. [more]

Qantas job losses may indirectly impact New Zealand
Air New Zealand's major rival, Qantas Airways, has taken drastic action to cut costs with a plan to axe thousands of jobs. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Sharia law imposed in parts of Pakistan
Pakistan's president is imposing Islamic sharia law in the Swat valley in a deal with the Taliban. [more]

Bangkok tour company feeling impact of Thai unrest
A Bangkok-based tour company says it's already feeling the impact of political unrest in Thailand. [more]

Vatican vetoes Caroline Kennedy as ambassador
It's the most famous Catholic name in American political history but, it would seem, it's not good enough for the Vatican. [more]


An Australian's Paris
Author Marion Halligan explores french experiences in her latest book,Valley Of Grace. [more]

Poetry - A Leaf Of Words
Poet,Curator, and Artist Chris Price explains why a word here and there may imply more than what those words meant to mean. [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 3 [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 4 [more]

Nine To Noon

Comment on Fiji situation
Former Fijian Land Forces Commander Jone Baledrokadroka and Pacific Studies expert Jon Fraenkel from Australian National Uni. [more]

Shortage of Pathologists in the NZ
The effect that could have on patient care. Comments from Dr Debra Graves and Dr Paul Okleford. [more]

Australian correspondent
Paul Barclay reports on news across the Tasman. [more]

Feature Guest - Robert Costanza
Costanza shot to prominence in 1997 when he estimated the annual net worth of the biosphere - 33 trillion US dollars. [more]

Music review
Marty Duda's artist of the week is Depeche Mode. [more]

Book review - 'The Lost Life'
Anne Buchanan reviews 'The Lost Life' by Steven Carroll. Published by HarperCollins. [more]

Legal commentator
Family Law expert Catriona MacLennan discusses ongoing efforts to solve custody battles. [more]

Film review
Graeme Tuckett discusses the latest cinema offerings - Tony Manero, Trouble the Water and The Boat that Rocked. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 15 April 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 15 April 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


George Golla
Australian Jazz guitarist who performs at the Christchurch International Jazz and Blues Festival. [more]

Sebastian Hurtaud
French cellist who's won the Adam International Cello Competition and Festival. [more]

'The Great Tradition'
The APO's concert tomorrow night features guest conductor Oleg Caetani with Brahms, Haydn, and Webern. [more]

News stories:

Norovirus continues to affect Palmerston North hospital
Up to five people a day are still falling ill with norovirus at Palmerston North Hospital, Midcentral District Health Board says. [more]

Formula One decision delayed
Formula One's international court of appeal has reserved its decision on the legality of the Brawn GP car that took Jenson Button to victory in the first two races of ... [more]

Woods leads top players in support of 2016 Olympics bid
The world number one Tiger Woods is one of 18 of the world's leading golfers to back the International Golf Federation's bid to have the sport included in the 2016 ... [more]

IMurray through as Frenchmen pack at Monte Carlo
The British tennis star Andy Murray overcame a sluggish start to reach the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Romania's Victor Hanescu on ... [more]

Sivivatu on track but Kahui a concern
The Chiefs coach Ian Foster says the injured All Black wing Sitiveni Sivivatu is progessing well and is schedued to leave New Zealand on Friday to join the team in ... [more]

Ronaldo leads United dominance of PFA award nominations
Cristiano Ronaldo is on course for a hat-trick of PFA Player of the Year awards after being included in the nominations released overnight. The Portuguese, who was voted World Footballer ... [more]

Federer chooses clay court Masters over honeymoon
The world tennis number two Roger Federer has decided to spend his honeymoon in Monte Carlo which might not be surprising, but he's there for work on his least ... [more]

ELVs deal close, says Deans
The Wallabies coach Robbe Deans says agreement on the most contentious of rugby's experimental laws is close and will produce the "perfect game". Last month's International Rugby Board conference on ... [more]

Injued Byrne in deal to leave Hull
The injured Australian utility back Todd Byrne has reached an agreement with his Super League club Hull over ending his contract. The 30-year-old suffered a season-ending knee injury in the ... [more]

Botha reported for suspected illegal action
The International Cricket Council has confirmed that South Africa's off-spin bowler Johan Botha has been reported again for a suspected illegal bowling action. The two on-field umpires, Brian Jerling and ... [more]

New sponsor for Tri Nations in New Zealand
A specialist banking group is the new sponsor of the Tri Nations rugby competition in New Zealand. Investec Group .takes the place of former sponsor Philips which ended its 15-year ... [more]

Double blow for Saints
There's a been a double blow to Wellington's National Basketball league side with the news that Nick Horvath and Lindsay Tait will not be joining the Saints roster this year. ... [more]

Finch signs with Melbourne
Parramatta discard Brett Finch has signed with Melbourne for the remainder of the national rugby league season. Finch was granted an immediate release by the Eels last week ... [more]

Gerrard ruled out of Chelsea match
Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard has been left out of the team for tis morning's Euiropean football Champions League quarter-final second leg against Chelsea after failing to recover from a thigh ... [more]

'Goodbye Pork Pie' road trip raises $120,000
A road trip involving 37 Minis has raised more than $120,000 with a re-enactment of the Kaitaia to Invercargill trip made in the movie 'Goodbye Pork Pie'. [more]

Three die on South Island roads
Two teenagers and a 39-year-old pedestrian died in road crashes in the South Island on Tuesday evening. [more]

Farm sales slow, lifestyle property prices steady
Farm sales continue to slow, however lifestyle property values are holding up, according to latest figures from the Real Estate Institute. [more]

Wednesday's newspaper headlines
Parents throw children into the sea to save them from boat smash; Fiji's martial-law rulers launch fresh wave of arrests; Queenstown Lakes District Council to delay nine major projects in a bid to stem skyrocketing debt. [more]

National Library revamp criticised
Criticism is being levelled at the planned $69 million redevelopment of the National Library in Wellington. [more]

Chelsea reach semis after thrilling 4-4 draw
Chelsea drew a memorable Champions League quarter-final second leg 4-4 with Liverpool in London but reached the semi-finals with a 7-5 aggregate victory over their Premier League rivals. Liverpool, trailed ... [more]

Blues injury crisis deepens
The Blues two All Black props might both be missing from the side to be named later this morning by coach Pat Lam for their key match at home this ... [more]

De La Hoya announces his retirement
Oscar De La Hoya, who has held boxing world titles in six different weight classes, has announced his retirement. The 36-year-old Los Angeles native, arguably the biggest name in contemporary ... [more]

Safin brings Hewitt down to earth in Monte Carlo
Marat Safin brought Lleyton Hewitt down to earth when the Russian won the battle of the former world number ones by beating the Australian 6-4 7-5 in the first round ... [more]

Fiji's Bainimarama says court ruling was wrong
Fiji's military leader, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says a court ruling last week that his government was illegal was wrong and he is carrying out the will of the people. Last... [more]

Relic to be sold despite debate over provenance
The auction house Dunbar Sloane plans to go ahead with the sale of a what is said to be a remnant of the flagpole cut down by the Maori activist Hone Heke. [more]

Fiji's interim attorney general says Reserve Bank governor has not been sacked
Fiji's interim attorney general says the country's Reserve Bank governor has not been sacked, but his position no longer exists. Aiyaz Sayed-Khayum says police have been at the Reserve Bank... [more]

Australian found guilty of killing an elderly woman in New Caledonia
An Australian Navy seaman has been sentenced to more than a decade in jail for the bashing murder of an elderly woman on New Caldeonia. Navy Leading Seaman Matthew Doney,... [more]

NGO in Tonga says legislation is needed to protect women and children
An NGO group in Tonga says recent rulings in cases of violence are proof that legislation needs to be changed in order to better protect women and children. In a... [more]

Calls for NZ and Australia to make sure PACER is balanced
An umbrella group for Pacific trade unions is calling on the Australia and New Zealand Governments to ensure that any revamp of the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations promotes... [more]

Four police officers in American Samoa placed on administrative leave
Four police officers in American Samoa who had access to the police evidence room have been placed on administrative leave while an investigation continues into the disappearance of evidence. The... [more]

Samoa's Tautua Party calls on Salary Tribunal to focus low income earners
Samoa's Tautua Party has called on the Salary Tribunal, which is currently looking at the possibility of a pay rise in the next budget, to focus on those at the... [more]

Cook Islands Maoate says Bainimarama feels cornered and bullied
Some leaders in Pacific nations are calling for more dialogue with Fiji's military government. But they say input from New Zealand and Australia won't be helpful, and the failure of... [more]

Fiji suspension from Forum likely - says NZ's Key
The Prime Minister, John Key, says it looks inevitable that Fiji will be suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum next month. Fiji is in political turmoil, with the military regime... [more]

All constitutional offices in Fiji have been revoked
All constitutional offices in Fiji have been revoked following Ratu Josefa Iloilos declaration last week of the 1997 Constitutions abrogation. The vacant posts include the Supervisor of Elections, the Ombudsman,... [more]

National Federation party in Fiji says powers given to police extensive
The National Federation party in Fiji says powers given to the police by the military are so extensive that almost anyone could be arrested. Fiji's central bank has been occupied... [more]

Kiribati's President says new approach is needed on Fiji
The President of Kiribati says a new approach is needed to sort out Fiji's problems. He and some other leaders of Pacific nations say Fiji will languish for years unless... [more]

Samoa's Tuilaepa says strict measures are required on Fiji
Some leaders in Pacific nations are calling for more dialogue with Fiji's military government, but without input from New Zealand and Australia. The deputy prime minister of the Cook Islands,... [more]

US stocks slide on retail sector concerns
US stocks slipped on Tuesday after a surprise drop in retail sales and a cut in quarterly dividends by banking giant Goldman Sachs. [more]

Stakeholders in Fiji's troubled SPF told to save company
Stakeholders in Fiji's troubled South Pacific Fertilizers Limited are being warned that time is not a luxury if they are serious about saving the country's largest importer of fertilizer. Former... [more]

Dogs that attacked woman stolen from pound
Two bull mastiff dogs which had attacked an elderly Southland woman have been stolen from the Invercargill City Council dog pound. Bolt cutters were used to gain entry to the pound. [more]

Fiji devalues its dollar by 20 percent
The Fiji Reserve Bank has devalued the Fiji dollar by 20 percent. The move follows reports of declining foreign currency reserves and comes amid measures to tighten financial controls The... [more]

Arson at Hamilton primary school
A fire that damaged a classroom at Hamilton East School was deliberately lit, say police. [more]

Talks over Air New Zealand dispute fail to reach agreement
Efforts to resolve a dispute on pay parity between Air New Zealand and cabin crew have failed, despite late night talks. The union says it will now hold talks with its members before deciding what action to take. [more]

Te Urewera Mainland Island given international recognition
Part of Te Urewera National Park has been recognised as one of the top 25 ecological restoration sites in Australasia. [more]

Niueans from New Zealand celebrate their culture
Niueans from New Zealand have over the past week been demonstrating their versions of cultural dance and song to the island's residents. About 140 visitors are on the island for... [more]

Air Austral launches New Caledonia flights
Air Austral, which is based in the French Indian Ocean territory of La Reunion, has launched an service between France and New Caledonia. The first Air Austral Boeing 777 has... [more]

American Samoa dengue eases
The LBJ Medical Centre in American Samoa has reported a big drop in the number of confirmed dengue cases in March compared to February. LBJ's chief medical officer, Taulapapa Dr... [more]

French Polynesian vote prompts Hirshon clarification
A senior member of French Polynesia's ruling Union For Democracy has issued a statement to say she didn't defy the party's instruction to vote for Philip Schyle in last week's... [more]

Taranaki river water quality improving, but challenges remain
Taranaki's water is increasingly degraded as it crosses intensive dairying land, and waterways near the coast do not meet guidelines for nitrogen load, monitoring has found. [more]

Fiji Reserve Bank gets new governor
Fiji's interim attorney general says a new Reserve Bank governor has been appointed. But Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says some of the other positions which need to be re-established after the abrogation... [more]

Intel profits fall, results better than expectations
The world's largest computer chip maker Intel says profits fell 55% percent to $US647 million in the first three months of the year compared to the same period last year, while sales were valued at $US7.1 billion. [more]

Philips reports 57 million euro loss
Dutch electronics giant Philips has reported a 57 million euro net loss for the first quarter of 2009, and a 17% decline in sales to 5.1 billion euros. [more]

New Zealand sharemarket falls
The NZX 50 index fell 8 points to 2591 during Wednesday morning trading, on turnover of $34 million. [more]

Vodafone Fiji warns customers about rumours
Vodafone Fiji is warning its customers to be cautious of rumours that the company's internet and mobile services are being affected by the current clampdown. The interim regime has muzzled... [more]

New Zealanders stay home as recession bites
More people are choosing to entertain at home rather than eat out, data suggests. Restaurant sales have fallen while video hire has gone up. [more]

Reserve Bank devalues Fiji dollar by 20 percent
The Fiji Reserve Bank has devalued the Fiji dollar by 20 percent. The move follows reports of declining foreign currency reserves and comes amid measures to tighten financial controls. But... [more]

Woodcock bracketed at prop
The Blues All Black prop Tony Woodcock has been bracketed at loosehead for Friday night's Super 14 rugby clash with the Highlanders in Auckland. Woodcock's been out of action with ... [more]

Liverpool believe Champions League loss could boost Premiership chances
Liverpool believe their heroic but unsuccessful attempt to claim a Champions League football semi final spot could boost their bid to win the Premier League. Liverpool failed to advance to ... [more]

Country's top ranked alpine skier wins silver in France
The country's top ranked alpine ski racer, Ben Griffin's capped a remarkable comeback to win a silver medal in a FIS Super G race in France. Griffin fractured his neck ... [more]

Cycling officials told not to turn up to funeral of former world champion
Cycling Australia officials have been told they're not welcome at the funeral of former world champion Jobie Dajka. The 27-year-old's funeral will be held on Friday after his ... [more]

U.S President weighs in behind United States bid for Football world cup
The U.S. President Barack Obama has thrown his weight behind America's bid to host the football World Cup in 2018 or 2022, by writing a letter to FIFA ... [more]

Pitcairn ends 200 years of prohibition
Pitcairn Island has a new law allowing the sale of alcohol on the island after a 200-year ban. The new law was signed recently by the island's Wellington-based governor after... [more]

Solomons deports 10 Fiji men for breach of immigration laws
The Solomon Islands government says it has deported 10 Fiji nationals for breaching immigration and labour laws. The action was taken following government concerns over how the Gold Ridge Mining... [more]

Fiji interim regime cuts FM rebroadcasts of Radio Australia
Fiji's interim government has ordered the shutdown of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's radio transmitters in Fiji which are operated by the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation. Fiji technicians were ordered to close... [more]

Farmers may have to pay more for water
A Northland farmer representative says they'll be keeping a watching brief on plans by the regional council to increase water charges to help pay for a stocktake of water resources and allocation. [more]

Fire death no longer seen as suspicious
The police are no longer treating the death of a man in a fire in Auckland early on Wednesday morning as suspicious. The Fire Service found the body as it was extinguishing the fire in bush at the rear of a Mt Albert property. [more]

Market closes exactly where it started
When the market closed on Wednesday, the NZX 50 index was 2600 - exactly where it had been at the start of trading. Total turnover was down at $76 million. [more]

Robin Bain's wound 'not from close contact' - pathologist
A pathologist giving evidence in David Bain's retrial has told the High Court in Christchurch that the gunshot wound to the left temple of Bain's father Robin was not a close-contact wound. [more]

'Crime spree' couple face 60+ charges each
A couple who allegedly shot at police in the east Otago town of Palmerston in February, sparking an armed offenders' callout, have again appeared in court and now face more than 60 charges each. [more]

Rest-home resident 'regularly taped her own mouth shut'
A former rest-home worker accused of taping a resident's mouth shut told the police that the resident, who is deaf and mute, regularly taped her own mouth shut because she knew she was noisy and disturbed other residents. [more]

City-wide hikoi planned in protest over supercity seats
Auckland Maori are planning a hikoi in protest at the Government's decision not to have Maori seats on the proposed supercity council. [more]

Fiji military actions threaten regional stability, says Pacific Forum chair
The chairman of the Pacific Islands Forum, Toke Talagi has condemned the actions of the military regime in Fiji and says it poses a real threat to stability in the... [more]

Fiji Law Society Pres says he'll continue speaking the truth
After being released from custory in Fiji, the President of the Fiji Law Society, Dorsami Naidu, says he will continue to speak the truth as much as he can. Mr... [more]

NZ PM to raise Fiji with Chinese Premier if there's an opportunity
New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key, says he will raise the matter of the current crisis in Fiji with the Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao, during his current visit to Beijing... [more]

Fiji regime decrees retirement age is 55
Fiji's military government has decreed that the country's retirement age is 55. Island Business International reports that the regime has ordered any public servant who is over 55 and still... [more]

PNG PM visits China
Papua new Guinea's Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare has arrived in China on an official visit His government has given China aid of around half a million US dollars to... [more]