Radio New Zealand - Friday, 24th April 2009

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This page features: Afternoons, Anzac Day, Business News, Checkpoint, Country Life, Focus on Politics, Midday Report, Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Nine To Noon, Rural News, Saturday Morning, The Vault, Upbeat


Best song ever written - Hickory Wind
Colin Simpson chooses 'Hickory Wind' by Gram Parsons. [more]

Canada geese
The gloves have come off in a stoush between farmers and the Fish and Game Council over the management of Canada Geese. [more]

Comedy course
Topher Straus who originally hails from Colorado, has set up shop in Wanaka to teach locals comedy. [more]

He Rourou for 24 April 2009
Spokesperson and judge of the Pikihuia Maori writers biennial competition Brian Morris with last minute advice to writers. [more]

Wots on
Anzac related events and websites. [more]

Weekend weather
Bob McDavitt joins us with weekend weather expectations and especially for Anzac day tomorrow. [more]

Fresh fast food - Jacob Brown
Jacob Brown has started building a wood fired oven in the backyard so we're smoking bacon and duck. [more]

Sports story
Stephen Hewson on why so many rugby players are getting in trouble with the law, and an America's Cup update. [more]

NZ society - The vault - Tracing Katherine
'Tracing Katherine' looks at the journey of one of New Zealand's most celebrated writers as told by the people who knew her. [more]

The panel (part one)
With Brian Edwards and Simon Pound. [more]

The panel (part two)
With Brian Edwards and Simon Pound. [more]

Anzac Day

ANZAC Day Dawn Service 2009
The Wellington Dawn Service was conducted by the Reverend Robin Lane, Presbyterian Minister Emeritus, representing the Wellington Council of Churches. RNZ Presenter is Warwick Burke. [more]

Business News

Morning business for 24 April 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets update for 24 April 2009
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 24 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]


Coroner wants compulsory beacons on boats
A coroner is calling for all recreational boaties to have emergency locator beacons. [more]

Police response to coroner's report
Russell Gibson, Central District's police district commander, accepts some of the police decisions on the search were flawed. [more]

Stadium on track for Rugby World Cup
Dunedin's stadium is on track to be built in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, after a legal challenge was kicked into touch. [more]

Otago Rugby delighted with stadium decison
The chief executive of the Highlanders rugby team and Otago Rugby; Richard Reid on the stadium. [more]

Law Commission to propose raising drinking age
The Government is being urged to think carefully before making any sweeping changes to the Sale of Liquor Act. [more]

Strong public support for ANZAC Day expected
The Returned and Services' Association expects crowds turning out for ANZAC Day services will be as strong as ever tomorrow. [more]

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

Supercity referendum ruled out
Local Government Minister Rodney Hide is ruling out a referendum on the government's controversial supercity plan for Auckland. [more]

Teenager in critical condition after gliding crash
A 14 year old Christchurch boy remains in a critical condition in Waikato Hospital after the glider he was in crashed yesterday. [more]

Doctor who sexually abused girls is named
The police suspect there may be more victims of an Auckland doctor who sexually assaulted young girls. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Bainimarama honoured for services to Fiji
At a ceremony in Suva, Fiji's interim Prime Minister was honoured for his services to country and humanity. [more]

Judge sentenced for a driving offence
A District Court Judge from Palmerston North has this afternoon made an appearance on the other side of the bench. [more]

Aid agency fears for trapped Sri Lankan civilians
Aid agencies, are fearful for the safety of thousands of Sri Lankan civilians still trapped in rebel held territory. [more]

ANC supporters celebrate in South Africa
Thousands of ANC supporters have been celebrating in South Africa as the party takes the lead in the presidential election. [more]

Bangkok lifts state of emergency
Bangkok has been calm since two people were killed and at least 100 injured in street clashes nearly two weeks ago. [more]

Airline pilots support greater security measures
The Airline Pilots Association says the potential cost of increased security checks on smaller domestic flights is justified. [more]

Genome study paves way for 'supercow'
A major programme to map the entire sequence of the bovine genome is being touted as paving the way for a 'supercow'. [more]

Jim Salinger sacked from NIWA
Scientist Jim Salinger has been sacked from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research for helping media. [more]

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

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Whakatane loses bid for sunshine crown
Whakatane has lost its fight for the official title of sunshine capital of New Zealand. [more]

Hitler's paintings go up for auction
Paintings by Adolf Hitler have sold at auction in Britain for one hundred and forty thousand dollars. [more]

Country Life

Intro and guest
Dorothy Oakley talks about the Canterbury Rural Support Trust that she co-founded in 1984. [more]

Regional wrap
It's dry as a bone over most of the country and everyone's hoping the forecast rain arrives for a change. [more]

High country boys
A poem by Roger Cross. [more]

The good life
Home schooling, organic garlic growing and cows are all part of Neville and Sue Sinclair's world. [more]

The big cheese
Gisborne based, multi award winning Waimata Cheese has been making hand crafted wheels for 15 years. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus on Politics for 24 April 2009
The Government aims to resolve all Treaty of Waitangi claims by 2014. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 24 April 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 24 April 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories of the day for 24 April 2009
ANC well in front in South African elections; Nine day fortnight extension; New evidence in Bain trial. [more]

D-day for opponents' bid to stall Dunedin stadium contract
Opponents of the proposed Dunedin sports stadium will hear this morning whether their bid to delay it has been successful. [more]

Pacific news for 24 April 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news for 24 April 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Fiji censorship may last beyond 30 day restriction
Fiji's interim government says it hasn't ruled out further restrictions on the media. [more]

Deadly bombings raise Iraq stability fears
More than 70 people have been killed in suicide bomb attacks in Iraq. [more]

Arrest follows theft from Dame Kiri's retirement fund
A woman in the US has been charged with embezzling one point two million dollars. [more]

'Committee of five' to debate supercity action plan
The committee of five includes Mayor John Banks and his deputy David Hay. [more]

ANC has big lead in South Africa election
Jacob Zuma is poised to become the next President of South Africa. [more]

Rural stakeholders declare drought in Hawke's Bay
Hawkes Bay farmers suffering in the grip of drought say they're now being hit by a plague of crickets. [more]

Tinui ready for ANZAC hordes
The tiny Wairarapa village of Tinui is a hive of activity as locals prepare for a record ANZAC day. [more]

Japanese taking over Lion Nathan
Steinlager's owner, Lion Nathan, is set to become wholly foreign owned. [more]

Nine day fortnight extension may not be enough to save jobs
As Cherie McQuilkin reports, employers are still expressing reservations about the plan. [more]

Sports news for 24 April 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Fingerprint expert to be crossexamined at Bain trial
David Bain's defence team will today get the chance to cross-examine a fingerprint expert. [more]

Residents fight"wall of apartments"
A ratepayers group in Orewa is going to the environment court. [more]

Fiji's Attorney-General calls positive change
Fiji's Attorney General is defending the dismissal of his country's judiciary. [more]

Aivale Cole wins the Lexus song quest
Six finalists sang with pianist Terence Dennis and the full New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. [more]

Green party co-leader enters Mt Albert by-election race
The Greens have shown they're serious about contesting Helen Clark 's former parliamentary seat. [more]

Corruption trial lawyer outlines Field's defence
Lawyers for Taito Phillip Field have told a jury the former MP is innocent of all 35 charges. [more]

"UN must immediately intervene"says Sri Lanka nun
The UN has brokered a deal to get a humanitarian aid team into Sri Lanka. [more]

Study: Turmeric may aid in inflammatory bowel disease
Up to 10 thousand New Zealanders with gut diseases are beign urged to aid Turmeric to their diet. [more]

National standards debate continues
Rather than offer reassurances, comments from the Education Minister are likely to create more anxiety. [more]

Sports news for 24 April 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Coroner's report on drowning off Wanganui released
A coroner's report highlights the importants [more]

Rugby world cup adverts earn TV3 three convictions
The screenings were on Sunday mornings when advertising is banned. [more]

Waatea news for 24 April 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Parents question lack of G-rated movies
A lack of G-rated movies on show at the movies is leaving parents witho0ut much choice for the children. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh
Kerry-Anne Walsh with a weekly look at our cousins across the pond. [more]

Emergency room waiting times still too long
Patients are still having to wait long periods to be seen in hospital emergency departments. [more]


Deconstructed Drinks
Molecular Mixology [more]

This weeks answer [more]

Nine To Noon

Allan Hampton and Duncan Powell
Coroner's report into death of teenager Geoffrey Hampton has been released. [more]

Brendan O'Carroll
Lost in Libya - Documentary on kiwi soldiers who were part of covert missions in the Libyan desert. [more]

Phil O'Sullivan
Asia correspondent. [more]

Feature guest - Stephen Greenspan
Psychologist who was about to publish a book on human gullibility. [more]

Book Review - Walking in Light
By Kelvin Cruickshank, published by Penguin and reviewed by Sonja de Freiz. [more]

Music with Manu Taylor
This week Manu brings you music from Diana Krall, Alan Broadbent, Frank Gibson, Putter Smith and Lawrence Arabia. [more]

Joseph Romanos
Sports correspondent. [more]

Week that was
With Te Radar and Michele A'Court [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 24 April 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 24 April 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Saturday Morning

Scott Horton: torture and accountability
Law professor and writer, on the revelations of the approval of torture by the previous US administration. [more]

The Vault

The Vault -Tracing Katherine Mansfield
Writing wasn't always her forte, but her romantic ideals and vivid imagination inevitably make Katherine Mansfield one of our most celebrated writers. Sonia Yee looks at the journey of one of New Zealand's most celebrated writers as told by the people who knew her. [more]


Aivale Cole
Winner of the 2009 Lexus Song Quest. [more]

Siegfried Jerusalem
Adjudicator of the 2009 Lexus Song Quest talks about last night's final. [more]

Tony Mitchell
New Zealand musicologist co-editing a soon to be released book 'Situating Music in Aoteoroa New Zealand'. [more]

News stories:

Fiji newsrooms continue to operate with daily visits from censors
Fiji's newsrooms continue to operate with daily visits from the military-led government's censors. They are enforcing the emergency regulations currently in force since the abrogation of the constitution, and encouraging... [more]

NZRU announces lower than forecast surplus
The New Zealand rugby union has announced a lower than expected surplus of $366,000 for the year. The union's CEO Steve Tew says in December they anticipated a higher profit, ... [more]

Pelous to quit rugby
Fabien Pelous, France's most capped rugby player, has announced he is to retire at the end of the season. The former France captain earned a record 118 caps between 1995 ... [more]

F1 needs to know what teams think of salary cap
Formula One's governing body has agreed to exclude drivers' salaries and marketing costs from an optional budget cap to be introduced for teams next season. FIA president Max Mosley has ... [more]

Hobbs says provinces and NZRU not poles apart
The New Zealand rugby union chairman Jock Hobbs is dismissing claims by disgruntled provincial unions it's putting profit before players. A letter signed by nine provincial unions to the NZRU, ... [more]

Fiji's interim Attorney General says PDF may still go ahead
Fiji's interim Attorney General says the Presidential Dialogue Forum or PDF to discuss the way forward for Fiji may still go ahead. Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum says at the end of... [more]

Property Finance and trustee go to court
Property Finance Securities and its trustee are to square off in court, as the troubled lender fights to put its case for a revised moratorium to investors. [more]

New Zealand Refining Co margins under pressure
The country's only oil refinery may be at the end of its golden run due to waning global demand for fuels and a surplus of refined products. [more]

Pearce stands down as Auckland Tennis CEO
Graham Pearce will stand down as CEO of Auckland Tennis later this year after 21 years in the job. Pearce developed the ASB Classic and Heineken Open tournaments into world ... [more]

Expert says David Bain's prints on murder weapon
David Bain's fingerprints were found on the rifle used to kill five members of his family, a jury at the High Court in Christchurch has been told. [more]

Government to expand nine-day fortnight scheme
The Government has announced details of an expansion to its nine-day fortnight scheme to save jobs. [more]

Friday's newspaper headlines
TV3 faces fines of up to $300,000 after trying to sidestep laws on advertising; pregnant lawyer sentenced to prison for fraud; RSA trio poisoned. [more]

Bank manager arrested over Kiri Te Kanawa swindle
A bank manager in the United States has appeared in court charged with embezzling more than $US650,000 from Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. [more]

'Safety net' urged after end of deposit guarantee
New Zealand needs to move to a deposit insurance scheme when the Government deposit guarantee ends next year in order to avoid finance company failures, consultancy firm KPMG says. [more]

Apple results lift Wall Street share prices
US stocks rose in volatile trade on Thursday as better-than-expected results from several regional banks lifted financial shares. [more]

Fiji's interim Attorney General says people need to be positive about changes
Fiji's interim Attorney General has again defended the dismissal of his country's judiciary and is urging people to be more positive about changes that are taking place. Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum... [more]

Major police operation in American Samoa results in six arrests
In American Samoa, about 40 police officers, some of whom were armed, and 15 police cars descended on the village Petesa to execute a search warrant for two individuals believed... [more]

US Secretary of State signals support for greater autonomy for Papua
In a response to American Samoa's congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has signalled her support for greater autonomy for the Indonesian region of West... [more]

Commercial banks in Fiji agree to Reserve Bank of Fiji measures
Commercial banks in Fiji have agreed to a number of measures announced by the Reserve Bank of Fiji last week in a bid to stabilise the economy. Fiji Live reports... [more]

PNG Hides landowners expect benefits from PNG-LNG Project
Papua New Guinea's Hides landowners are expecting the Benefits Sharing Agreement, which was scheduled to start today in Kokopo, to be tough as they talk about their benefits from the... [more]

No word whether automated weather system in American Samoa will go out for rebid
The American Samoa Department of Port Administration or DPA is having to decide whether the Automated Weather Observing System project will go out for rebid again. The project was bid... [more]

President of Palau will not be raising taxes
The President of Palau Johnson Toribiong will not be raising taxes to increase local revenues. President Toribiong made the announcement in his State of the Republic Address yesterday. The Marianas... [more]

Oil rises as dollar falls, stock market gains
The price of oil rose on Thursday as a fall in the dollar and stock market gains outweighed rising US inventories. [more]

Bee parasite spreading rapidly in South Island
A beekeepers' representative predicts the varroa honey bee mite will spread to most of the South Island in the next year. [more]

South Canterbury merino farmers win award
South Canterbury merino farmers Barrie and Yvonne Payne have received an award recognising the quality of wool their farm produces. [more]

American Samoa makes exception to medical referral suspension
The LBJ Hospital in American Samoa has flown a patient to the United States, making an exception to its freeze on sending patients for medical referral off island at the... [more]

Plane birth highlights plight of abortion-seekers in Samoa says New Zealand doctor
A New Zealand pro-abortion group is calling for abortion to be legalised in Samoa before more women have to suffer through unwanted pregnancy. The president of the Abortion Law Reform... [more]

Further departures from French Polynesia's Tahoeraa
The defections from French Polynesia's opposition Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party have continued, with Teva Rohfritsch quitting the Gaston Flosse-led movement. Mr Rohfritsch, who continued as government minister despite the Tahoeraa going... [more]

Improved testing regime for manuka honey properties
Waikato University scientists have developed a new way of carrying out tests that measure the antibacterial activity in manuka honey, which they describe as being more accurate than the one used by some honey producers at present. [more]

PINA calls for strong stand against Fiji censorship
The Pacific Islands News Association, PINA, has called on Pacific Islands Forum countries to take a strong stand and demand that the Fiji military regime respect media freedom. It has... [more]

Vanuatu police receive training in proper use of force
Members of the Vanuatu Police Force are being trained in the proper 'use of force' with the assistance from expert French trainers from New Caledonia. The Daily Post newspaper reports... [more]

US signals Kwajalein's importance for continued support for Marshalls
The outgoing US ambassador to the Marshall Islands has highlighted the significance of the US base at Kwajalein for the relationship with the Marshall Islands. Clyde Bishop says the approval... [more]

PNG plans for international deployment of its troops
A draft law to allow the Papua New Guinea Defence Force join international missions is now ready for Parliament's approval. The PNGDF Commander, Commodore Peter Ilau, has told the newspaper,... [more]

Forum tells region to improve energy efficiency
The Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Tuiloma Neroni Slade, has told the region's Energy Ministers that the Pacific needs more co-ordination in its efforts to improve energy efficiency. [more]

Nuplex share trading temporarily halted
Trading in the shares of resins maker Nuplex Industries has been temporarily stopped at the company's own request. [more]

Contact loses more customers following price rises
Contact Energy is continuing to lose customers after pushing up power prices by as much as 12% last year. [more]

Imitation handgun sparks Kapiti Coast police chase
A man is in custody after a police chase north of Wellington sparked by a man with an imitation handgun. [more]

Positive TB test results from infected nurse's contacts
Wellington public health officials have confirmed 55 positive test results for tuberculosis, linked to an infected nurse who was working in the region. [more]

Hospital emergency waiting times too long - report
Hospitals are still failing to meet government targets for waiting times in emergency departments. [more]

Father of witness on first Bain jury
A witness who has given evidence against David Bain in his retrial told the High Court in Christchurch on Friday that her father was a juror in the first trial. [more]

Ads during Rugby World Cup earn TV3 convictions
TV3 has been found guilty of breaching broadcasting laws for playing advertising during some Rugby World Cup games. [more]

Doctor who sexually assaulted children named
Police believe there may be more victims of a doctor who sexaully assaulted young girls in the Coromandel and are urging them to come forward. [more]

Favourite starts well in club bowls fours
The hot favourite to take out the men's fours title at the National Club Bowls championships Gary Lawson of Eastbourne has started his five match, round-robin campaign in Rotorua with ... [more]

Pair in court over attack on taxi driver
One of two men who have appeared in the Auckland District Court charged with assaulting a taxi driver in Auckland has pleaded not guilty. [more]

Mayors discuss super-council concerns with Govt
North Shore mayor Andrew Williams says recent protests have been a wake-up call to the Government that Aucklanders are concerned about local democracy. [more]

PINA chief says it is important to stay in Fiji despite pressure from regime
The President of the Pacific Islands News Association, PINA, Joseph Ealedona, of Papua New Guinea's state broadcaster, the NBC, says it very important that the regional body stays in Fiji... [more]

Orewa residents fight 'wall of apartments'
A ratepayers' group in Orewa, north of Auckland, says it will go to the Environment Court to stop what it calls a concrete curtain being built on its local beach front. [more]

Five likely to be charged over paua haul
Five people have been caught with more than 100kg of paua following an operation at Makara, near Wellington, fishery officers say. [more]

'More study needed' on health effect of turmeric
Medical specialists say further trials are needed to fully assess a finding that the spice turmeric could help people with inflammatory bowel disease. [more]

Schools wary about use of test results
Principal and teacher groups say they are comfortable with newly-developed national standards which will measure primary school children's achievement, but are still worried results will be used to rank schools. [more]

Blood Service says donor rules ensure safety
The New Zealand Blood Service is defending donor rules after claims by a gay community that they are "unnecessary and unfair". [more]

Drought declared in Hawke's Bay
Hawke's Bay officials have declared the region is in drought, with the situation described as grim for many farmers. [more]

Aivale Cole wins Lexus Song Quest
The soprano, Aivale Cole, has won the Lexus Song Quest. Six finalists took part in the prestigious competition in Auckland on Thursday night. [more]

Pilots back call to boost airline security
The Airline Pilots' Association is backing calls to boost airline security in New Zealand, saying the costs are nothing compared with the risk of a tragedy. [more]

Trampers rescued from Northland track
Three trampers have been rescued from the Whangamumu Track in Northland. [more]

NZ sharemarket ends trading week lower
The New Zealand sharemarket was slighly lower on Friday, down 2 points to 2656 on turnover of $97 million. [more]

Group loses bid to stop Dunedin stadium
Dunedin's multimillion-dollar stadium has been given the go-ahead after a judge dismissed a last-minute challenge. But the group which sought the injunction is vowing to fight on. [more]

Greens co-leader to contest Mt Albert
Green Party co-leader Russel Norman has thrown his hat into the ring to contest the Auckland seat of Mt Albert. [more]