Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 16th April 2009

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Jim's essay
How satisfied are you in your workplace? Fin out whose is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! [more]

The best song ever written
And for Julia Millen of Wellington, it's Linn Lorkin's At the Beach. [more]

Your place - Kihikihi
Maori for Cicada, Kihikihi is a small Waikato town famous for equestrian eventing. [more]

Cookie's hit the big time
Giant cookies are putting the bite back into a local Canterbury business via TradeMe. [more]

Dave Gallaher park
Former All Black captain Dave Gallaher will live on in the tiny Irish village of Ramelton. [more]

The Arts Report
The latest report into how New Zealanders feel about the arts and a tour of Te Papa's art collection. [more]

Christchurch story with Katy Gosset
Katy takes us round the Biennial Meccano Exhibition and all its metal marvels. [more]

Environment story - Sub-Antarctic New Zealand
Alison Ballance visits muddy DoC and Navy staff on Campbell Island. [more]

The panel (part 1)
John Bishop and Barry Corbett discuss Tony Veitch's liberty and the water banks creating cash and commotion in Hawkes Bay. [more]

The panel (part 2)
John talks Maori representation in Mega-City council and Barry introduces Susan Boyle; plus cars, jobs and parenting. [more]

Business News

Morning business for 16 April 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets update for 16 April 2009
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 16 April 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 16 April 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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


A guilty plea from Tony Veitch
The author of his own misfortune - that's how a judge described sports broadcaster Tony Veitch today during sentencing. [more]

Veitch's lawyer on guilty plea
Tony Veitch wouldn't speak with Checkpoint, however his lawyer, Stuart Grieve QC did. [more]

Asylum seekers killed in boat explosion
Three dead, two missing and dozens injured in explosion on boat carrying asylum seekers off Western Australia. [more]

Decree to re-instate Fijian judges
The military led regime is preparing a decree to re-instate the judges who were sacked last week. [more]

More crackdowns on journalists in Fiji
Fiji correspondent Matelita Ragogo speaks about regime's threat to extend Emergency Regulations for any negative reporting. [more]

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

Hobsonville housing development delayed
Government's putting the brakes on the planned development at the former Air Base as it's worried the houses won't sell. [more]

Pathologist rules out Robin Bain suicide
A Crown witness in David Bain's retrial told the jury that suicide could be reasonably excluded as the father's cause of death. [more]

Prison officers walk out of meetings
There were walkouts at two of the country's newest prisons at meetings with Corrections to discuss controversial double bunking. [more]

Leaders meet Minister over super-city plans
Meetings have brought about little progress but have been described as positive by all parties. [more]

20th Anniversary of Hillsborough tragedy
Britain has been remembering the 96 Liverpool football team supporters and the circumstances of their deaths. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

OECD issues debt warning to New Zealand
The Government's warned that it is nearing the limit of how much it can boost spending to fight the recession. [more]

Drugs victory
A major Colombian drug lord has been captured alive in the Andean republic. [more]

Veitch"the author of his own misfortune"
That's how a judge described the sports broadcaster today as she sentenced him for seriously injuring his former girlfriend. [more]

David Bain retrial hears from pathologist
A third pathologist giving evidence at the retrial has supported the Crown's assertion that his father's death was not suicide. [more]

Pies back on school tuck shop menus
Pies, hotdogs and sausage rolls are being sold in 84% of schools according to the Green's annual food in schools survey. [more]

EU offers conditional help to Fiji
Aid for Fiji's ailing sugar industry contingent on military led regime moving towards holding democratic elections. [more]

Maoist attacks mar Indian election
As millions of voters head to the polls in India, officials say at least 11 people have been killed in attacks by Maoist rebels. [more]

Plague of bed bugs hits the US
Experts in the United States are scratching their heads over how to deal with a plague of bed bugs. [more]

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

John Key meets with Chinese leaders
John Key meets with Chinese leaders [more]

The latest news from China
We're joined now by our China correspondent, Quentin Sommerville. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

New plans to tackle Somali pirates
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announces new measures to deal with pirates attacking ships off the Horn of Africa. [more]

Native birds still in danger of extinction
New Department of Conservation figures show little improvement in the status of New Zealand's most endangered birds. [more]

New stem cell breakthrough for diabetes
Research may show adult stem cells hold the key to getting juvenile (type one) diabetics off insulin and leading a normal life. [more]

London's public order policing reviewed
London's most senior bobby has announced a review of public order policing as the fallout from the G20 protests continues. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 16 April 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 16 April 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 16 April 2009
The Treasury has expressed serious concerns about capital spending by Housing New Zealand. [more]

The Tieke - The Saddelback
Listen again to this morning's bird. [more]

Environment Court fees to rise almost ten-fold
The cost of filing an appeal in the Environment Court will rise from fifty five dollars to five hundred dollars next month. [more]

Auckland raises cemetery fees by 25 percent
The Auckland City Council has decided to raise its cemetery fees by 25 percent. [more]

Pacific news for 16 April 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news for 16 April 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Family and students remember Mangatepopo gorge disaster
It was one year ago today that students and their teacher were swept to their deaths in the Mangatepopo Gorge. [more]

Government puts Housing NZ on a monthly report rotation
The Treasury has expressed serious concerns about capital spending by Housing New Zealand. [more]

Phil Heatley responds to Housing New Zealand criticism
The Government has ordered the Corporation to report every month on how it spends its money. [more]

Fiji faces expulsion from Pacific Islands Forum
Prime Minister John Key says New Zealand is supporting an early suspension of Fiji from the Pacific Islands Forum. [more]

Fiji democracy faces fresh assault
In Fiji the assault on the freedom of the press is continuing. [more]

Wen says NZ-China relationship the best it's ever been
The Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao, says the relationship between New Zealand and China is the best it's ever been. [more]

Iwi plan hikoi in support of supercity council seats
The Royal Commission looking into plans for a supercity recommended three seats be set aside, but Cabinet has refused. [more]

India's month-long election gets underway
The first stage of India's month-long election gets underway today. [more]

Sports news for 16 April 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

The government's warned not to relax following Kyoto figures.
I asked Environment Minister Nick Smith for his reaction to the new forecasts. [more]

Government may be leading country into Kyoto emissions crisis
The government's being warned its lack of a firm climate change policy could lead to disaster. [more]

New liquor bill to go before select committee
Labour MP Lianne Dalziel is frustrated at the lack of interest being shown in a bill governing how alcohol's sold. [more]

QC warns expatriate judges not to accept Fiji job offers
One of Fiji's sacked judges says his dismissal came as a surprise. [more]

Health managers lead by example on pay
Some senior managers in health are choosing not to seek a pay rise this year. [more]

Auckland supercity plans rejected at Orakei Marae
The hikoi will involved concerned citizens marching from the four corners of Auckland. [more]

Legal action may still stymie wellington sports stadium
An independent review has backed the Wellington City Council's choice of a site for a new, 12-court indoor sports centre. [more]

More new evidence in the case against David Bain
A third pathologist has given evidence in the case against David Bain as the trial enters its sixth week. [more]

Sports news for 16 April 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

F1 diffuser row settled in Brawn's favour
The topsy-turvy start to the Formula One season is likely to continue for a few more races. [more]

Authorities consider a scheme that could save councils millions
The Treasury and the Reserve Bank are considering a proposal that would give local governmemnt a new way of raising money. [more]

Waatea news for 16 April 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Waatea news for 16 April 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

West Coast hydro hearing nears end
A resource consent hearing wraps up in Westport today. [more]

A rare bird returns to the mainland after 100 years
A group of rare South Island birds are about to take up residence on the mainland for the first time in a hundred years. [more]


Hip Hop DJ
Brad Ellis is one half of a british hip hop duo called The Nextmen. Coming to NZ this week. [more]

Mathematician, Dr Dennis McCaughan from Otago University with a piece on Pi. [more]

Nights Conundrum
Clue 5 [more]

Nights Conundrum
All 6 clues for the week. [more]

Nine To Noon

The tourism industry in Fiji is under threat as the assault on the freedom of the press continues. [more]

David Strahan
Our reliance on oil and the beginning of a global response to replacing our addiction to fossil fuels with green energy. [more]

Dickson Despommier talks vertical farming
Dickson Despommier is an environmental health professor at Columbia University. [more]

Matthew Parris - UK correspondent
Matthew Parris - UK correspondent. [more]

Feature guests - Phil and Israel Cooper
Father and son who escaped from the Cooperites sect. [more]

Book Review - The Italian Wedding
By Nicky Pellegrino, published by Orion and reviewed by Graham Beattie. [more]

Tony Veitch trial
Reporter Laura Davis on the sentencing of Tony Veitch. [more]

New technology with Colin Jackson
Does technology change language? [more]

Script and Scribble
Kitty Burns Florey, author who laments the loss of handwriting skills. [more]

Television with Simon Wilson
TV art and books shows. [more]

Our Changing World

Voyage to Campbell Island
The Navy frigate Te Kaha heads south to the Furious Fifties to deliver timber for a new boardwalk on Campbell Island. [more]

When Biology Meets Geology
A biologist and geologist combine efforts to figure out how rivers changed course in the past. [more]

Oligocene Drowning Debate
Palaeontologist Dallas Mildenhall explains how plant DNA, fossils and pollen can trace New Zealand's geological history. [more]

Einstein's Universe
Oxford University physicist Brian Foster and violinist Jack Liebeck team up to explore Albert Einstein's life. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 16 April 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 16 April 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]


Michael Houstoun
Michael talks about his upcoming performance of Beethoven's 1st Piano Concerto with Wellington Vector Orchestra this Saturday. [more]

The Seven Last Words of Christ
Pianist Katherine Austin reviews the Chamber Music New Zealand production, which opened on Tuesday. [more]

The Year of the Rat
Lead actor, Jason Whyte with Director, Jane Waddell talk about their play - opening at Circa Theatre, April 18th. [more]

News stories:

Final submissions on West Coast dam project
Opponents of a hydro dam project which Meridian Energy is seeking consent to build on the West Coast say the company has failed to prove the scheme will not be environmentally damaging. [more]

Nadal, Federer advance to 3rd round in Monte Carlo
Rafael Nadal has stretched his winning streak at the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters to 23 matches by beating Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina 6-2 6-3 in the second round. Nadal ... [more]

Lee still not fit enough to resume
The Australian fast bowler Brett Lee has been declared unfit to take his place in the national one-day squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan in Dubai. Lee's fellow New ... [more]

Auckland rape accused denied bail; name still suppressed
The 34-year-old man accused of the rape of a 13-year-old girl in an Auckland reserve on Sunday 12 April has been denied bail. [more]

Canyoning tragedy victims remembered one year on
More than 1000 people gathered at Elim Christian College in Auckland on Wednesday evening to mark the first anniversary of the Mangatepopo canyoning tragedy in which six Elim students died, along with their teacher. [more]

Swiss bank UBS cuts jobs, posts loss
Switzerland's largest bank, UBS, will cut 8,700 more jobs as it moves to stem losses and client withdrawals. [more]

Car smashes into Ngaruawahia cafe
Police in Ngaruawahia are searching for the occupants of a car which crashed into a local cafe, then drove away. [more]

PNG Police Commissioner says PNG-Indonesia border tense
Papua New Guinea's Police Commissioner says the situation remains tense in an area on the common border of Indonesia and PNG where reports say eleven people have been killed in... [more]

Thursday's newspaper headlines
Top schools to take over the management of troubled ones; Kilbirnie confirmed as site for Wellington indoor sports centre; Dunedin International Airport will have no international flights for several months of the year. [more]

Bank for local authorities proposed
The backers of a proposed bank that would issue debt on behalf of local authorities say it could end up saving ratepayers millions of dollars a year. [more]

Santa Cruz injury blow for Blackburn
The Blackburn Rovers football club have suffered a dent to their Premier League survival hopes after Paraguayan striker Roque Santa Cruz underwent knee surgery. The 27-year-old has been out of action ... [more]

Wall St rises on hints recession easing
US stocks rose on Wednesday amid several signs the recession could be abating and data from American Express signalled the ability of some consumers to pay their bills is stabilising. [more]

NZ engineer has hurdles before war museum Vanuatu is set up
A New Zealand engineer who is planning to build a World War Two museum in Vanuatu may face some hurdles before it is established. The Vanuatu National Cultural Council has... [more]

Fiji-based regional organisation says people should press for democracy
The Fiji-based regional organisation, the Pacific Concerns Resource Centre, says people should continue to press for a return to democracy in the country. The constitution has been suspended, judges sacked... [more]

Vodafone Fiji quells false rumours of interuptions to services
Vodafone Fiji is reassuring customers it continues to provide all its mobile and internet services as normal, despite rumours of restrictions enforced by the interim government. The company says the... [more]

American Samoa's govt asks court to dismiss drug case
American Samoa's government has asked a court to dismiss a drug case because evidence that was to be used in the prosecution has disappeared. Punaloa David Atofau's home and vehicle... [more]

Beware of kennel cough, dog triallists warned
The Sheep Dog Trial Association is asking triallists to vaccinate their dogs before they gather for upcoming events. This follows an increase in the rate of infections of a highly contagious disease called kennel cough. [more]

Samoa newspaper group hires Australian journalist deported from Fiji
" Samoa's only daily newspaper has hired the former Publisher and CEO of the Fiji Sun newspaper, Russell Hunter, who was deported from Fiji last year by the illegal interim... [more]

Mortgage indicator rates fall
The rates that act as an indicator for mortgage levels are continuing to fall, as demand for long-term fixed home loans eases. [more]

P lab nine found liable for damage to state house
A court finding that nine members of a methamphetamine ring are liable for $185,000 worth of damage to a state house has opened the way for the Government to seek costs. [more]

Dogs at freezing works safer, says Association
The Sheep Dog Trial Association has raised concerns about phasing out the use of dogs to herd livestock at meat processing plants. [more]

PNG's Baki says no locals were hurt in Indonesia-PNG border fighting
Papua New Guinea's Police Commissioner says no local people have been harmed in recent fighting along the common border of Indonesia and PNG which reports say has left eleven people... [more]

Talagi condemns actions of Fiji's military
The chairman of the Pacific Islands Forum, Toke Talagi, has condemned the actions of the military government in Fiji and says it poses a real threat to stability in the... [more]

Shop manager in PNG shot dead
A shop manager in Popondetta in Papua New Guinea's Northern Province, was shot dead by an armed gang in front of a bank on Tuesday morning. The gang then drove... [more]

Fiji's credit rating lowered by international credit agency
The worsening political situation in Fiji has prompted a further lowering of the country's international credit rating. The military regime devalued the Fiji dollar by 20 percent yesterday, in an... [more]

Forum chair says any suspension of Fiji will be against interim regime
The chairman of the Pacific Islands Forum says any suspension of Fiji from the Forum will be a move against the interim regime and not against the country. Toke Talagi... [more]

Fiji businessman pleads for continued economic investment in Fiji
A Fiji businessman has made a plea for other countries not to penalise Fiji. The country's military government faces growing isolation as it entrenches its position, clamping down on critics... [more]

American Samoa Hawaii Cable company is on target
The American Samoa Hawaii Cable company, is on target to connect the phone companies American Samoa Telecommunication Authority, Blue Sky and Samoa Tel in Samoa to the undersea fiber optic... [more]

PNG's Gold says it will be shedding 200 workers
The Papua New Guinea company, Lihir Gold Ltd says it will be shedding 200 workers from its under-performing Australian mining operation in Ballarat. The Post Courier reports Lihir's managing director... [more]

Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau hopes tourists will go there instead of Fiji
The Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau says the current political situation in Fiji is having an impact on their tourism industry with more tourists going elsewhere. The Solomon Star reports the... [more]

Price of fuel in Solomon Islands expected to rise
The price of fuel is expected to rise in coming months in response to increases at the world market. Overseas reports say the price of oil has risen sharply after... [more]

Despite deal, French Polynesian president keeps To Tatou Aia waiting
The French Polynesian presidency says the formation of a new government won't happen today, quashing expectations that the To Tatou Aia coalition would be included in the ministerial line-up. Last... [more]

Four dead after shootout in PNG's Porgera valley
Four men are reported dead and two seriously injured after a shootout with police in the gold rich Porgera valley of Papua New Guinea's Enga Province. The Post Courier newspaper... [more]

Qarase to blame for Fiji's current situation, says Matanitu Vanua party
Fiji's Conservative Alliance Matanitu Vanua party says the uncertainty facing the country is largely a result of the mismanagement of the country by the ousted Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase. The... [more]

Fiji loosens foreign media ban
Fiji's Government says foreign media representatives are most welcome to visit Fiji under the current public emergency regulations. The government spokesman, Major Neumi Leweni, says the government has not stopped... [more]

EU urges Fiji to respect commitments
The European Union has called on Fiji to respect its commitments to restore political order and democracy in return for substantial financial support . This comes after the president abrogated... [more]

Report finds against central-city sports centre
An independent review has recommended against a central-city site for an indoor sports centre in Wellington. [more]

A Kyoto Protocol surplus?! Don't get carried away, warns minister
Climate Change Minister Nick Smith says not too much should be read into a new projection showing that New Zealand's liability under the Kyoto Protocol has turned into a surplus of 9.6 million tonnes, or $241 million. [more]

Hide opposes special Maori seats on super-city council
As Auckland Maori prepare to protest against plans for a super-city, Local Government Minister Rodney Hide says he is personally opposed to special Maori representation. [more]

Little progress made at super-city meeting
A meeting between Auckland leaders and Local Government Minister Rodney Hide on the super-city plan has brought about little progress. However, all parties say it has given them a way forward. [more]

Fiji regimes eases foreign media ban as domestic crackdown continues
Fiji's interim government says foreign media representatives are welcome to visit Fiji under the current public emergency regulations. The government spokesman, Major Neumi Leweni, says the government has not stopped... [more]

Protectionism blamed for cost of living in New Caledonia
A survey released in New Caledonia this week blames the territory's protectionist economy for its high cost of living. Our correspondent there says the survey, commissioned by the territory's largest... [more]

Marshalls nuclear test victims told to reapply for health care funding
The Marshall Islands has been told that if it wants U.S. Congressional funding for health care and other programmes for nuclear test victims, it needs to officially request it. U.S. [more]

Samoa sees Fiji's Forum suspension as inevitable
Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says there is no other option but to suspend Fiji from the Pacific Islands Forum as a result of the latest political developments. Tuila'epa... [more]

Fiji professor dismayed at repeated coup support in Fiji
A Fiji professor at the University of the South Pacific has spoken out about the support afforded to coup makers in Fiji. In a speech, Professor Wadan Narsey says some... [more]

UN human rights chief calls for reinstatement of Fiji judiciary
The United Nations human rights chief has called for the reinstatement of the judiciary and an end to media censorship in Fiji. Navi Pillay says the long term damage of... [more]

Fiji regime eases foreign media ban as domestic crackdown continues
Fiji's interim government says foreign media representatives are welcome to visit Fiji under the current public emergency regulations. The government spokesman, Major Neumi Leweni, says the government has not stopped... [more]

Man killed when container falls on him
A man has been killed in an accident at a construction site in South Auckland. [more]

Auckland cemetery fees increased
Auckland City Council has increased its cemetery fees by 25% to almost $2,000. The cost was last increased seven years ago. [more]

Rare birds moved to Dunedin sanctuary
Thirty-six South Island saddlebacks are spreading their wings in Dunedin after a century-long absence from the mainland. [more]

Man charged with murder at Glen Innes house
A man is facing a murder charge after an apparent axe attack in the Auckland suburb of Glen Innes. [more]

Unions warn against extending salary 'freeze' to low paid
Health sector unions say a move by some senior managers to forego a pay rise is symbolic only, and should not be extended to others in the sector. [more]

NZ asked to help with China food safety standards
China wants New Zealand's help in developing food safety standards, Premier Wen Jiabao has told Prime Minister John Key at a meeting in Beijing. [more]

Samoa seeks legal advice over controversial TVNZ report
Samoa's Attorney General office has hired the New Zealand law firm Chapman Tripp following an outcry in Samoa over a Television New Zealand news report about gangs and gun smuggling... [more]

US Marines move from Japan to Guam takes further step
The move of some 8,000 Marines and their families from Japan to Guam is a step closer, after Japan's House of Representatives approved a bilateral pact that obligates Japan to... [more]

Papua's OPM not blamed for latest killing in Indonesia violence
Indonesia's National Police Chief says a series of murders in the Papua town of Wamena is linked to a group of armed men waging planned attacks. This follows the fourth... [more]

Fearing difficulties, Fiji Times rejects RNZI ad
The Fiji Times newspaper has refused to accept an advertisement from Radio New Zealand International. RNZI sought to place the advertisement to inform Fiji about how to listen to its... [more]

Tonga's UN representative is new SPC deputy
Tonga's representative to the United Nations is the new Deputy Director General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, to be based in Suva, Fiji. Fekitamoeloa Katoa 'Utoikamanu is also... [more]

Prison officers walk out of meetings on double bunking
Prison officers at two of New Zealand's newest prisons have walked out of meetings to discuss double bunking for prisoners, the Corrections Association says. [more]

Former Liverpool goalie relives Hillsborough tragedy
Britain has marked the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy in which 96 soccer fans were crushed to death died with a memorial service at Liverpool's Anfield stadium. More than ... [more]

Government monitors Housing NZ spending
The Government is requiring Housing New Zealand to report monthly, so its spending on infrastructure can be monitored. Treasury has expressed serious concerns about the corporation's capital spending. [more]

Fears for Dunedin after trans-Tasman flights culled
Air New Zealand is to reduce its trans-Tasman flights to and from Dunedin by a third, prompting concerns for the tourism industry and businesses in one of the country's main centres. [more]

School food guidelines should be reinstated - Greens
The Green Party says official papers show the Government failed to consult schools or the Ministry of Health before scrapping school food guidelines in February. [more]

Environment Court fees to rise almost ten-fold
The cost of filing an appeal at the Environment Court is to rise from $55 to $500 from next month, to deter the bringing of minor cases which could waste the court's time. [more]

Many NZ birds still under threat
New figures from the Department of Conservation show little improvement in the status of New Zealand's most endangered birds. [more]

New Zealand sharemarket rises
The New Zealand share market surged 62 points, or 2.4%, to close at 2663 on Thursday. [more]

Manufacturing activity still shrinking
Manufacturing activity has contracted for the 11th consecutive month, the latest survey has revealed. [more]

Bain without his glasses on day of killings, trial told
Without his glasses, David Bain had limited sight and he did not have them on the day he is accused of killing his family, a High Court jury has been told. [more]

Tests required before Canterbury water consent application
Water users in Canterbury seeking consents to take ground water will have to sink a bore and carry out a pumping test to show their water use will not harm the aquifer or affect other users. [more]

Centre to assess carbon footprint on primary industries
Agriculture Minister David Carter has announced funding for a new centre to assess the carbon footprint and environmental impact of New Zealand's primary industries. [more]

Rural servicing company opens Matamata saleyard
Rural servicing company Elders has opened a saleyard at Matamata in an attempt to gain a share of the dairy and beef cattle trade in Waikato and Bay of Plenty. [more]