Radio New Zealand - Friday, 1st May 2009

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The best song ever written - Nice Work if You Can Get It
Raymond Huber chose 'Nice Work if You Can Get It' by George and Ira Gerswhin. [more]

Great walks
The 'Great Walks' of New Zealand. Does that name create a false impression of the level of danger involved in tramping them? [more]

Fire bans
Frosty winter nights spent in front of a crackling open fire are a thing of the past for people in Christchurch. [more]

He Rourou for 1 May 2009
Ana Tapiata talked to Brian Morris about the favourite and the not so favourite types of Maori authors. [more]

Weekend weather
With Bob McDavitt. [more]

Fresh fast food
Tamara Jane with cupcake recipes. [more]

Sports story
Murray Williams covers the current issues in the New Zealand sport scene. [more]

NZ society - Monumental New Zealand (episode 1)
Why is New Zealand seemingly so obsessed with monuments, memorials, plaques and statues? [more]

The panel (part 1)
With David Slack and Joanne Black. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With David Slack and Joanne Black. [more]

Business News

Morning business for 1 May 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets update for 1 May 2009
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 1 May 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]


Number of people being treated for swine flu rising fast
Thirty students and teachers from a boarding school in Hastings are the latest group to go into isolation. [more]

The Health Minister on flu season
Minister of Health Tony Ryall on reaction to the health crisis. [more]

Hospital described as worse than an SPCA dog kennel
The partner of an elderly woman who died at North Shore Hospital says the SPCA's dog kennels are cleaner and better run. [more]

Stephen Bain's blood on David's clothing
The evidence came as the trial's second month draws to a close. [more]

Transpower to reinforce Auckland's power supply
The $473 million project will create a second supply route through a series of tunnels. [more]

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

Internet predator jailed
A sex offender has been jailed for two and a half years after a worried mother pretended to be her eleven year old daughter. [more]

Violent offender living in Porirua
Police are reassuring the public that there are plans in place to deal with a violent offender who is living in Porirua. [more]

Radical change to foreign aid distribution
Radical changes to the way New Zealand aid is allocated are being described as the worst possible scenario. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

A swine flu helpline is running hot
Hundreds of calls have been made to a special hotline set up to deal with swine flu queries. [more]

Swine flu stabilising in Mexico
The Mexican government has ordered a shutdown of parts of the economy starting today and lasting until next Tuesday. [more]

Takeaway owner won't face charges over shooting
Police have decided not to charge a Tokoroa shop owner who wrestled a gun from an armed robber, who was then shot in the leg. [more]

Labour: changes to aid are"worst possible scenario"
The Government has confirmed a radical change to the way foreign aid is distributed. [more]

DHBs criticised for not looking after GPs
The New Zealand Medical Association says GPs throughout the country feel the DHBs are not looking after them. [more]

Australia recommends stocking up on food
The idea is that by having supplies at home they can avoid leaving their houses too much. [more]

Mothers missing out on childbirth education
More than half of women beginning motherhood do so without any formal support or education on childbirth. [more]

Al Qaeda suspect pleads guilty
An Al Qaeda suspect who's been held in the US for the past six years has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Protests mark Labour Day in France
It's Labour Day in France and once again the streets are expected to be full of angry protestors [more]

Country Life

Intro and regional wrap
Wet on the North Island but dry on the East Coast. South Island grape harvesting came to an end just as the rain starts to fall. [more]

Setting up for duck shooting
Just how much can you spend on the correct gear? Dave Shaw sells the gear from his Hamilton based shop. [more]

Wright's wines
Geoff and Nicola Wright laboured away, hand cutting terraces into their steep hillsides for a grape vineyard. [more]

Falcons for Grapes
A project called Falcons for Grapes is slowly building up the New Zealand Falcon population. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus on Politics for 1 May 2009
Former Finance Minister Michael Cullen bowed out of politics this week after serving nearly 28 years as an MP. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 1 May 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday sport
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Wine exports fastest growing industry
The fastest growing industry in the country is wine - according to a report commissioned by New Zealand Winegrowers. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories of the day for 1 May 2009
Fiji looks likely to be asked to leave the Pacific Islands Forum. [more]

Fiji set to be suspended from Pacific Forum
The Fiji Government is reported saying it doesn't think it will be suspended. [more]

Ceremony held to mark end of British troops in Iraq
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has heralded a new chapter in relations between the UK and Iraq. [more]

Pacific news for 1 May 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news for 1 May 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Waitemata DHB criticised for overcrowding
Overcrowding at Auckland's North Shore Hospital has been harshly criticised. [more]

Former CEO of Waitemata Health defends hospital
Dr Dwayne Crombie was chief executive of the Waitemata DHB for many of the years the report covers. [more]

Health professionals concerned about misuse of Tamiflu
Pharmacists are bracing themselves today for a rush of people wanting to get hold of Tamiflu. [more]

206 flu cases now confirmed in Mexico
The World Health Organization has no immediate plans to further increase its pandemic alert. [more]

Pacific Forum deadline for Fiji suspension nears
It's almost certain that Fiji will be suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum at midnight tonight. [more]

Banks reluctant to pass on OCR cut
So far the only bank to move has been Westpac, and it's cut only one of its many fixed term rates. [more]

Five die but Dutch queen survives assassination attempt
A man drove his car into a crowd that had gathered to watch the annual Queen's Day royal procession. [more]

Bill English accused of hiring"spies"for jobs cull
The part-time advisers are paid for by the departments but answer to ministers. [more]

Sports news for 1 May 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Wellington airport releases expansion plans
A sprawling new terminal, thousands of fresh jobs and 10 million passengers a year. [more]

Chrysler car company files for bankruptcy
Chrysler, the third-largest American car company, seeking bankruptcy protection. [more]

Super-city neighbours ponder their futures
The prospect of a single council to govern Auckland is causing tremors further north. [more]

Minister blames hospital overcrowding on poor leadership
Hospital managers are being blamed for overcrowding at North Shore Hospital. [more]

DHB CEO defends hospital
The current chief executive of the Waitemata DHB is Dave Davies. [more]

Mexico Embassy says homeland poorly treated over flu
The Mexican Embassy in Wellington says its homeland is being unfairly targeted over the swine flu outbreak. [more]

Fumigant use sparks concern in Picton
Picton environmental groups are furious that the toxic gas methyl bromide is being used at their port. [more]

Extended Bain family members give evidence
The evidence from two uncles and an aunt of Mr Bain's has been heard. [more]

Sports news for 1 May 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Bee keepers are desperate for varroa research funding
The bee industry says it's being starved of research funding even as it's fighting for survival. [more]

Waatea news for 1 May 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Wanaka Arts Festival kicks off the weekend
Arts on Sunday Presenter Lynn Freeman says the festival is more ambitious than most regional events, Lynn joined Morning Report. [more]

Calendar girls - take two
It's been a decade since a group of English ladies decided to fundraise for charity with a nude calendar. [more]

With correspondent, Kerry-Anne Walsh. [more]


Numismatics Society of Auckland
Jim Duncan is the President of the society, a club for coin, token, medal and banknote collectors. [more]

Conundrum Answer
The answer to this weeks clues. [more]

Nine To Noon

Arie Grootegoed and Geoff Annals
North Shore Hospital - Critical report released by Health and Disability Commissioner [more]

Pacific report - Fiji
Radio New Zealand journalist, Phillipa Tolley, has just returned from Fiji. [more]

Feature guest - Peter Canellos
Editor of Last Lion - The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy. [more]

The great New Zealand songbook
Music Entrepreneur, Murray Thom, has produced The Great New Zealand Song Book a 100-page hardback journal in a red box. [more]

Book Review - Always Looking Up
By Michael J Fox, published by Ebury Press and revewied by Penny Ashton. [more]

Music with Manu Taylor
New Zealand music month gets underway with Manu Taylor. [more]

Joseph Romanos
With his finger on the pulse. Sport that is. [more]

The week that was
Te Radar and Irene Pink with their take on the week that was. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 1 May 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 1 May 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]


Scott Blanks
Auckland's Classic Comedy venue boss looks at the line up for this year's NZ International Comedy Festival. [more]

Justine Cormack
NZ Trio violinist checked in from her hotel room in Shanghai yesterday afternoon ahead of the ensemble's performance last night. [more]

Barbara Paterson
Wellington based soprano performing at this weekend's Old St Paul's Festival of Flowers and Music. [more]

News stories:

Swine flu assessment centres planned
The Government is setting up regional assessment centres to move passengers who may be infected with swine flu out of airports. The number of confirmed cases in New Zealand stands at 16. [more]

Woods clear leader in North Carolina
Tiger Woods has made a fast start on his return to the PGA tour with an opening round of 67 at the Quail Hollow Championship in North Carolina, iving him ... [more]

Alinghi launch two cats
America's Cup holders Alinghi have launched two catamarans which they plan to use to train for the 33rd edition of the competition next year. Alinghi, backed by biotechnology billionaire Ernesto ... [more]

NZ doubles team continue success overseas
Top seeds Daniel King-Turner and GD Jones of New Zealand have won their doubles quarter-final at a Futures tennis tournament in Korea , beating a Chinese-Japanese combination. They face another ... [more]

Fiji's National Swine Flu Taskforce reveal two suspected cases of swine flu
" Fiji's National Swine Flu Taskforce has just revealed that they have been informed by their New Zealand counterparts that they have two suspected cases of Swine Flu that travelled... [more]

Three incoming passengers to Samoa tested for swine flu
The Ministry of Health in Samoa is monitoring the condition of three people who arrived in the country yesterday from the United States with flu like symptoms. All incoming passengers... [more]

Four banks cleared in fees investigation
The Commerce Commission has cleared ASB, SBS Bank, BNZ and the National Bank in an investigation into mortgage break fees. [more]

Campervan maker offloads most of its staff
A drop in tourist numbers is a major factor in the decision of campervan builder C.I. Munro to make 67 of its 90-strong workforce redundant. [more]

'Spies' appointed to Govt departments says Labour
The Labour Party has accused the Government of appointing spies in Government departments. [more]

We're doing okay, says Freightways
Freightways says it's holding up well despite fluctuating volumes in its core business, as some of its customers struggle through the economic downturn. [more]

Oil company looks to Romania
New Zealand Oil and Gas is looking to expand into Eastern Europe, investing 44,000 euros in a joint venture researching the potential of a site in Romania. [more]

Midnight tonight marks Pacific Forum deadline for Fiji suspension
New Zealand's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Murray McCully, says it now seems inevitable that Fiji will be suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum at midnight tonight. The regional grouping set... [more]

NZAID will be used as a slush fund - says opposition Labour MP
The Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully, will today outline changes to the way New Zealand's foreign aid is delivered. It's understood they will include bringing the functions of the semi-autonomous... [more]

PNG denies paper report about Porgera fires
Papua New Guinea's acting Deputy Commissioner and Chief of Police Operations, Raphael Huafolo, has strongly refuted local newspaper reports that police destroyed more than 300 houses belonging to landowners near... [more]

CNMI health dept takes proactive steps over type A flu
The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas' Department of Public Health has indicated it will send off-island test results of anyone found with Type A flu for further evaluation. A public... [more]

Chair of Solomon Islands Commission says it must operate within terms of Act
The chairperson of the Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission says it must work under the legislation it was created under, even though that means its findings cannot be used... [more]

Chair of Solomon Islands Commission says must operate within terms of Act
The chairperson of the Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission says it must work under the legislation it was created under, even though that means its findings cannot be used... [more]

$450 million Wellington Airport expansion planned
A $450 million revamp of Wellington Airport is being proposed that would increase the size of the terminal by 70% and provide 14 more aircraft gates. [more]

No charges against shop owner over gunshots
Tokoroa police will be taking no action against a shop owner who wrestled with an armed robber in a struggle that ended with shots being fired. [more]

Indonesian military sacks commander in Papua
The Indonesian military has sacked the commander in Papua whose soldiers staged a mutiny. The army says battalion commander, Lieutenant Colonel Lambok Sihotang, was dismissed following rioting by hundreds of... [more]

Friday's newspaper headlines
Auditor-General asked to investigate possible overpayment of Auckland City contracts; Wellington Airport unveils plans for a $450 million makeover; Minister of Internal Affairs has indicated he may scratch charitable gaming trust grants to the racing sect [more]

New Zealand's Labour Party says Forum has no choice but to suspend Fiji
The leader of New Zealand's opposition Labour Party, Phil Goff, says the Pacific Islands Forum has no choice but to suspend Fiji. It now appears certain that will happen automatically... [more]

Architect of Fiji's constitution says sad day if Fiji suspended from Forum
A historian and architect of Fiji's abrogated constitution says it will be a sad day for Fiji if it is suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum. An ultimatum for the... [more]

Resort manager in Fiji says 2009 is a difficult year
A resort manager in Fiji says 2009 is looking like being the worst year in the last ten. The Sales and Market manager of "The Pearl" resort Raumati Wikaire says... [more]

Resort operators in Fiji say guests are well aware of situation
Resort operators in Fiji say guests are well aware of the situation in the country before they arrive. The General Manager of Uprising, outside Suva, Alfie Christoffersen, says his business... [more]

New Caledonia marks 20th anniversary of death of pro-independence leader
Four days of commemoration begin in New Caledonia today to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of the pro-independence leader, Jean-Marie Tjibaou. He was killed in Ouvea by a... [more]

First-time mothers missing out on childbirth education
Many first-time mothers are not being formally educated on childbirth, according to a report released on Friday. [more]

Fiji leader alleges Australian phone tapping, now urges summit after boycotts
Fiji's interim prime minister, Frank Bainamarama, has told the newspaper The Australian that he has confronted Australia's foreign minister with evidence that his phone has been tapped. Commodore Bainimarama says... [more]

New Zealand rearranges aid delivery in policy shift
The New Zealand Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, has announced that the semi autonomous aid agency NZAid is being re-absorbed into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr McCully says the change... [more]

French Polynesia tourism continues decline
Tourism figures in French Polynesia have continued their decline, with a 25 percent drop in visitor arrivals in the first quarter of this year over 2008. The decrease hit all... [more]

Pacific border closure possible says SPC
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community says border closure may be the best way of dealing with the global outbreak of swine flu. The World Health Organisation says more than... [more]

Two Samoas settle Fiji spat
American Samoa's US Congressman and the Prime Minister of Samoa have moved to end their spat over Fiji. Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin says he does not want to argue with Prime... [more]

Six appear in court after man's throat slashed
Six people have appeared at the Papakura District Court following an incident in which a man's throat was slashed with what is thought to have been a broken bottle. [more]

North Shore hospital overcrowding criticised
Waitemata District Health Board has been told it did not do enough to prevent overcrowding at North Shore Hospital in 2007. The partner of one patient says the SPCA's kennels were cleaner and better run. [more]

Compulsory security cameras for taxis ruled out
The Government has decided not to make security cameras in taxis compulsory, saying the cost would be prohibitive in the current economic climate. [more]

Explosion at Petone battery recycling plant
An explosion has shaken the Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Petone, near Wellington. [more]

Lawyer found guilty in Samoa for obstructing police
A New Zealand-based Samoan lawyer, Iuni Sapolu, has been found guilty in the District Court in Samoa of one count of willfully obstructing a police sergeant who led a police... [more]

Drop in online listings says real estate company
An online real estate company reports the number of new listings on its site dropped by more than 20% last month compared with March. [more]

Fiji interim regime writes to Forum on eve of expected suspension
Fiji's interim government says it has written to the chair of the Pacific Islands Forum on the eve of the expiry of a deadline which will see Fiji suspended from... [more]

American Samoan Congressman says Fiji suspension is no solution
American Samoa's member of the United States Congress, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, says suspending Fiji from the Pacific Islands Forum will not solve anything. Faleomavaega says it will simply add to... [more]

French Polynesian opposition calls for probe of Air Tahiti Nui
French Polynesia's opposition leader, Gaston Flosse, has called for an investigation into the territory's international carrier, Air Tahiti Nui. Speaking in the assembly, he says a commission should be set... [more]

NZ foreign minister says aid reform to improve delivery
The New Zealand Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, says changes to the New Zealand aid and development agency, NZAID, are aimed at ensuring that its service delivery is enhanced. Mr McCully... [more]

Marshall survey shows widespread illegal tobacco sales
A survey in the Marshall Islands has found that a majority of small shops still sell tobacco illegally. A Majuro-based non-profit organisation, Marshalls Prevention Group, used teenagers in its annual... [more]

Champion mare Sunline put down
Champion New Zealand mare Sunline has been put down because of severe laminitis, a disease affecting the hooves. [more]

Brother's blood found on Bain's clothing, court told
A jury has heard that blood belonging to Stephen Bain was found on David Bain's shirt, shorts and socks in tests carried out two years after Mr Bain's first trial on murder charges. [more]

Quake jolts capital
An earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale shook the Wellington region on Friday evening. [more]

Swine flu fears spread to second Hastings school
Students from a second Hastings secondary school have been caught up in the swine flu outbreak. [more]

US stocks pull back after Chrysler bankruptcy
The Dow and S&P 500 fell on Thursday after Chrysler's bankruptcy filing undercut optimism about corporate profits and job market data. [more]

Futures exchange operating by end of year - NZX
Sharemaket operator NZX is hoping to have the first products trading on a futures and commodities exchange before the end of the year. [more]

Mother helps catch internet offender
A sex offender has been jailed for two and a half years after a mother posed as her daughter on an internet chat site to catch him. [more]

Rise in number on jobless benefit
The number of people receiving unemployment benefit climbed by about 6,500 in the three months to March compared with the previous quarter. [more]

Govt's Super Fund contributions could be suspended: English
Finance Minister Bill English says suspending the Government's contribution to the Superannuation Fund could help bring debt under control. The measure is being considered for next month's Budget. [more]

Labour admits mistake in donations declaration
The Labour Party says it has made an error in its declaration of donations. [more]

Public servants seek probe of ministerial advisers
The Public Service Association has asked the Office of the Auditor-General to investigate the Government's use of ministerial advisers in government departments. [more]

Man behind massive fraud seeks appeal
The man who orchestrated the country's largest employee fraud, has lodged an appeal against the length of his non-parole period. [more]

Anger at renewed use of methyl bromide in Picton
An environmental group in Marlborough is angry that authorities have allowed an exporter to resume using a toxic chemical to fumigate a shipment of logs at Shakespeare Bay in Picton. [more]

Child protection cases fall
Cases relating to the care and protection of children rose in 2006, but fell in 2007, Family Court figures show. [more]

Westpac only bank to cut home loan rate
Westpac has lowered its interest rates - but other banks have not passed on the 0.5% cut in the Offical Cash Rate. [more]

Drought may be declared in Wairarapa
A drought declaration may not be far off for the Wairarapa region if recommendations by its drought committee are followed through. It would become the fourth region where drought has been declared this year [more]

Briscoe expects increased half-year profit
Listed retailer Briscoe Group says its profit in the first half of this year is likely to top what it made in the same period last year. [more]

Manufacturing sales down 40% for March
A survey of manufacturing shows sales in the sector were down 40% in March compared with March last year. [more]

Ex-security employee jailed for burglary
A former Armourguard Security employee has been jailed for three and a half years for stealing $170,000 from the Blenheim depot he formerly managed. [more]

Two dead after Northland crashes
Two people are dead after separate crashes in Northland. [more]