Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 7th May 2009

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The setup of an Auckland party
The re-organisation of Auckland into a supercity has been the impetus for talk by disgruntled local body politicians. [more]

Jim's essay
Our thoughts go out to the police this afternoon in Napier, particularly the friends and family of the slain officer. [more]

Best song ever written - Freebird
Mike Rose from Auckland chooses this anthem from the southern U.S. band Lynyard Skynyrd. [more]

Your place - Pauatahanui
Welcome to Pauatahanui on the shores of the Paramata harbour. Today this pleasant little spot is an oasis of calm. [more]

A Otago farmer becomes goldminer
A farmer has joined forces with an earthmoving contractor to create a gold mine to see them through the recession. [more]

He rourou for 7 May 2009
Ana Tapiata talks with kuia about a programme which supports Hutt Valley locals into health professions. [more]

Arts report
We hear from Ant Timpson, the director of 48 hour film fest. Also epic TV series The Govenor making a comeback. [more]

Christchurch story with Katy Gosset
In Canterbury we look at the region's upcoming rugby talent through the eyes of one of sport's stalwarts. [more]

Science with Veronika Meduna
Over the last million years, our planet has experienced several major ice ages. [more]

The panel - (part 1)
With Jock Anderson and Alison Mau. [more]

The panel - (part 2)
With Jock Anderson and Alison Mau. [more]

Business News

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

Markets update
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

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

Evening Business News for 7 May 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


Armed standoff continues after officer shot dead
A police officer is dead, two others and a civilian are seriously injured as a gunman continues his armed standoff. [more]

Police Association on Napier shootings
The President of the Police Association Greg O'Connor spoke to us from Napier. [more]

Napier resident heard first shots at 9.30
Hundreds of people in the area have been in lockdown. [more]

Eric Frykberg in Napier
Our reporter Eric Frykberg is at the police cordon on Napier Hill. [more]

Neighbour says he knows man at centre of stand-off
A close neighbour told Joy Reid that he was nervous, despite knowing the man at the centre of the stand-off. [more]

Napier resident trapped in home
One of many people trapped in their homes during the armed stand off on Napier Hill. [more]

Police commander details Napier standoff
The Police Eastern District Commander Sam Hoyle joins us on the line now from Napier. [more]

Unemployment rate hits 5 per cent
The unemployment rate hits a six year high and government has predicted the number of people on the dole will double. [more]

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

Police media conference
The police Commissioner Howard Broad has just held a media conference in Christchurch. [more]

Napier principal says evacuation went smoothly
Napier Central School principal Ian Hall says the police phoned and told him to keep everyone inside. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Super doing well while Govt goes further into red
The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has reported today its investment returns are on the way up. [more]

Telecommunications companies settle out of court
Vodafone insists its relationship with Telecom is still sound, despite hauling it before the High Court. [more]

Sri Lanka asks UN chief to visit
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is considering whether to accept an invitation to visit the war torn country. [more]

Howard Broad speaks about Napier shootings
Police officers in Napier are still trying to recover the body of their fallen colleague. [more]

Emergency welfare centre set up in Napier
Reporter Joy Reid is at the emergency welfare centre that's been set up at Napier Intermediate School on Jull Street. [more]

More from our reporter in Napier
Back now to our reporter Eric Frykberg who is at the police cordon on Hospital Hill in Napier. [more]

Local resident updates Napier shooting situation
The owner of the Hinepare Accommodation Centre is just around the corner from where the shootings took place. [more]

MP Chris Tremain returned to Napier this afternoon
Chris Tremain flew back to Napier from Wellington earlier this afternoon and is at the police cordon. [more]

Napier's Mayor on community reaction to shooting
Napier's Mayor, Barbara Arnott, speaks to us from the town hall about the stand off. [more]

Economists say unemployment rate could be worse
The unemployment rate has hit a six-year high of 5 per cent but it's not as bad as had been feared. [more]

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

Government issues new health targets
The Government has issued revised health targets including reducing waiting times for cancer treatment. [more]

Waikato DHB does U-turn on viewing pre-abortion scans
The Health Board is revoking a decision not to offer women seeking an abortion the chance to view their scans. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Scientists confirm new species
Scientists have concluded that a short and tiny-brained species of human was a distinct species. [more]

Claims Chinese teenagers trafficked in UK
The British PM will investigate a report that Chinese teenagers arriving in Britain were trafficked into prostitution. [more]

Political leaders express their shock at Napier shooting
Leaders expressed their shock at the shootings today, and say their thoughts are with the officers and their families. [more]

More from the people of Napier on today's fatal shooting
For the people of Napier, the day has brought disbelief, shock and uncertainty. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 7 May 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Business News for 7 May 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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

Morning Report

Top Stories for Thursday 7 May 2009
Economists concerned about government debt, Surveillance efforts increase as swine flu future unclear. [more]

Economists concerned about government debt
The Government earlier this week announced it is to increase borrowing by a billion dollars. [more]

Reduction in Auckland citizens advice bureaux funding
A decision to cut citizen advice bureaux funding in Auckland city is being called a slap in the face for volunteers. [more]

Pacific news for Thursday May 7 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Bill to ban gang patches in Wanganui scrapes through
Wanganui District Council now has the power to outlaw gang patches from public places. [more]

Surveillance efforts increase as swine flu future unclear
Health officials are considering whether regular surveillance of seasonal flu should be stepped up. [more]

Gang patch law passed in Parliament
The bill that will outlaw the wearing of gang patches in public in Wanganui was passed by Parliament last night. [more]

Wanganui bill could make way for total ban on gang patches
The bill that will outlaw the wearing of gang patches in public in Wanganui was introduced by Whanganui MP Chester Borrows. [more]

Cabin crew strikes at Air New Zealand
240 cabin crew have just begun picketing outside Air New Zealand's head office in downtown Auckland. [more]

No"Black Budget"says Finance Minister Bill English
The Government's books are going deeper into the red but the PM has promised public spending will still rise in the Budget. [more]

Health officials warn of possible swine flu mutations
Health officials say a second more serious wave of swine flu is a real possibility. [more]

Fisheries deal a model for speedier Treaty settlements
The Prime Minister, John Key, has told Maori a new aquaculture agreement shows Treaty settlements can be sped up. [more]

New spectacle lens evidence in Bain trial
New evidence was introduced at David Bain's retrial in the last hours of the Crown case that may have vindicated a man. [more]

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

Clash over road charges report
An independent review recommends big changes including a new road access charge. [more]

Patch bill is 'no panacea' warns police union
Gang members in Wanganui who wear patches now face arrest or a two thousand dollar fine. [more]

SMEs claim lack of banking support
Small to medium businesses are the latest to criticise banks for high interest rates and lack of support. [more]

Court hears of injuries suffered during exorcism
Details of the injuries suffered by a teenager during an attempted exorcism in Lower Hutt have emerged in the High Court. [more]

Obama meets presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan
US President Barack Obama has just finished meeting with the presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan in Washington. [more]

New push to improve quality of New Zealand homes
A new push is underway to try to improve the poor quality of New Zealand homes. [more]

Train fire north of Hunterville
To reports now that the wagon of a freight train is on fire, just north of the Hunterville Railway Station [more]

Dumping of farm waste in Taranaki is 'getting worse'
A leading environmental scientist is rubbishing government claims less raw effluent is going into New Zealand's waterways. [more]

No fast track Pacific free trade agreement
NZ and Australia have been accused of seeking to heavy Pacific nations into fast-tracking a new Pacific free trade agreement. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Telephone companies reach agreement on new phone network
Vodafone and Telecom have reached an agreement resolving an ongoing dispute over Telecom's new mobile phone network. [more]

Camp grounds make comeback
The great kiwi pastime of camping is back in fashion. [more]


Acidic oceans
The fears for marine life as acidification continues to increase due to carbon dioxide emissions [more]

Starry Starry Night ( Astronomy )
The revolution of the earth about the sun [more]

Clue 7 [more]

Clue 8 [more]

Nine To Noon

Wanganui gang patch law
The bill that will outlaw the wearing of gang patches in public in Wanganui was passed by Parliament last night. [more]

Critical head injuries in schoolboy rugby
Mike Sabin was so scared his son would get critically injured playing rugby, he wanted the courts to legally stop him. [more]

UK correspondent
For the latest news and current affairs from the UK we are joined by Radio New Zealand's UK correspondent Kate Adie. [more]

Barney Hoskyns has written a biography of Tom Waits
Barney founded, which describes itself as the ultimate library of rock music writing and journalism. [more]

Book review - Nocturnes
Ralph McAllister reviews Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro, published by Faber and Faber. [more]

New Technology with Nat Torkington
For the latest in new technology we are joined by technology guru Nat Torkington. [more]

Parenting with Nigel Latta
Angry children - is anger normal? How much is too much? What should parents do about it? [more]

Television with Simon Wilson
Simon Wilson reviews the latest television shows. [more]

Our Changing World

New Zealand Sea Lions in Subantarctic
DOC's sea lion research leader Louise Chilvers talks about the decline in sea lion numbers in the Auckland islands. [more]

Nanotechnology - Copying Biology
In part 2 of the series, chemist Annie Powell explains how nanotechnology can mimic nature. [more]

New Zealand Ferns
Te Papa botanists Patrick Brownsey and Leon Perrie discuss the mystery surrounding New Zealand's hen and chicken fern. [more]

The History of Earth's Ice Ages
University of Maine earth scientist George Denton is in New Zealand next week for a lecture about the last ice age. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 7 May 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 7 May 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]


Richard Apperley
NZ organist and conductor directing Cantoris Chamber Choir's concert of Madrigals Saturday evening at St Peter's Church, Wgtn. [more]

Sammy J and Heath McIvor
OZ comedy duo performing their show 'Sammy J in the Forest of Dreams' at the NZ International Comedy Festival. [more]

News stories:

Sea lion causing disruption on Bluff's main street
A sea lion has made its home on Marine Parade at Bluff, but is causing disruption to motorists. It first showed up a month ago. [more]

Govt bank balance worsens
Just three weeks before the Government delivers its first Budget, its books have gone further into the red as the tax take tumbles. [more]

Gang patches banned from Wanganui's streets
A bill to outlaw the wearing of gang patches in public in Wanganui has been passed by Parliament. [more]

Munitions found in shipping container can't be made live
Customs says the munitions found in a shipping container in Dunedin can't be made live. [more]

More funding for treatment of eating disorders
The Government is increasing funding for residential treatment of eating disorders by more than 50% in this year's Budget. [more]

Marine farm deal shows Treaty process on track for 2014 deadline
Prime Minister John Key says a new marine farm deal with Maori shows all Treaty settlements can be completed by 2014. [more]

$20,000 penalty for deer farmer
A deer farmer in central Hawke's Bay has been ordered to pay more than $20,000 in fines and costs after being convicted of failing to maintain the welfare needs of his deer [more]

Bank responds to complaints about rates
Westpac has responded to complaints by Auckland businesses that interest rates are excessive, saying it's important the sector stays solid during the economic downturn. [more]

Chinese ping pong domination not good for the sport
China's deputy sports minister says their domination at the world table tennis championships was detrimental to the development of the sport and it must do more to help rivals become ... [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Thursday's papers: gang patches and other insignia will be banned in Wanganui; in a reflection of the worsening economy fewer police officers are leaving the job; 127 burglaries in student area of Christchurch. [more]

Aquaculture industry aiming to grow faster
Aquaculture New Zealand reckons the industry has the potential to reach its goal of becoming $1 billion industry well before the target date of 2025. Currently it's worth $360 million per year. [more]

Questions over access to health services
The Tairawhiti District Health Board is trying to work out why Maori in the Gisborne region die younger than Maori elsewhere. It wants to know what Maori think of health services and what puts them off seeking help. [more]

NZ market up slightly
The New Zealand stock market rose on Wednesday, up 12 points to 2831 on a turnover of $90 million. [more]

Stabbing in Gisborne
There was a stabbing in Gisborne shortly before 4.30am on Thursday. A man is being treated in hospital. [more]

European shares continue to rise
European shares rose to their highest close in nearly four months on Wednesday. The FTSEurofirst 300 index gained for the sixth consecutive day. [more]

Citizen Advice funding cut
Citizen Advice Bureaux funding in Auckland City is to be cut by 10% - $65,000 per year. [more]

Health precautions discussed
The hongi and the hand shake may need to be rethought if swine flu turns into a fully fledged pandemic. [more]

Porsche, Volkswagen to merge
Porsche is to merge with Volkswagen. The move would bring 10 brands under one roof. [more]

Father of dead Fiji teenager not surprised those responsible released early
The father of a teenager who was killed by eight soldiers and a police officer in Fiji two years ago says he is not surprised by their early release from... [more]

Chair of Forum says future of Secretariat in Fiji under review
The chair of the Pacific Islands Forum says it is evaluating whether its secretariat will remain in Fiji following that country's suspension from the Forum. Toke Talagi, who is also... [more]

Solomon Islands, PNG and FSM submit joint continental shelf claim to UN
Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and the Federated States of Micronesia have submitted a joint continental shelf claim on the Ontong Java plateau to the United Nations. The plateau is... [more]

NZ contributes to Fred Hollows Foundation
New Zealand is contributing 3 million US dollars to the Fred Hollows Foundation in a trans-Tasman effort to improve eye health, and treat blindness in the Pacific. The Foreign Minister,... [more]

Swine flu confirmed in Hawai'i
The American Samoa Unified Health Command, met yesterday for a special meeting after receiving word about the three confirmed cases of swine flu in Hawai'i. Activated over the weekend to... [more]

Change of ownership for Cooks Food assets
Wilson Foods now owns Cooks Food Group's assets. The deal involves Wilson completing a purchase of the DYC and Diamond brands from Goodman Fielder. [more]

Barcelona into Champions League final
Barcelona will meet Manchester United in the final of European football's Champions League. In this morning's second leg semi-final in London, Barcelona scored in extra time to draw 1-all with ... [more]

Movie results hurt Disney
Profits at Walt Disney have fallen 46%, due to low box office returns by some of its movies. [more]

Bank stocks rise on relief about stress test results
Stocks in the United States rose on Wednesday after a private sector reading on the labor market signaled unemployment may be receding. In addition, stress test results reportedly indicate most banks are healthier than thought. [more]

News Corp reports net profit for third quarter
News Corp has reported a third quarter net profit result in line with last year of $US2.7 billion after receiving a boost from the partial sale of its stake in NDS Group plc. [more]

Oil price reaches highest level since November
Oil prices rose to five month highs above $56 a barrel on Wednesday after a surprise drop in gasoline inventories in the United States. [more]

Gang patch ban will be enforced, says MP
Whanganui MP Chester Borrows says the police will enforce a new law banning gang patches in Wanganui. [more]

Diesel excise tax wanted instead of Road User Charges
The Automobile Association and the Road Transport Forum want a diesel excise tax introduced, to replace Road User Charges. [more]

Samoa Health Ministry clears first three suspects of swine flu
Samoa's Ministry of Health has cleared the first three locals suspected of being infected with the swine flu virus. The World Health Organization says 1,490 swine flu cases have been... [more]

Fiji Law Society says early release of men convicted of killing teenager unusual
The president of the Fiji Law Society, Dorsami Naidu, says it's highly unusual that the eight soldiers and a police officer convicted of killing a teenager have been released so... [more]

Cannery Samoa Packing in American Samoa announces plans for its plant
The Thai owner of San Diego-based Chicken of the Sea International and Samoa Packing in American Samoa has announced its investment plan for a U.S. plant. Thai Union Frozen, Thailand's... [more]

127 burglaries in student area
Police in Christchurch say there have been 127 burglaries in Riccarton, near the University of Canterbury in the past three months. Student flats have been targetted. [more]

Unemployment rate up
The unemployment rate is now 5% - the highest for six years. The latest Household Labour Force Survey shows 115,000 people were out of work at the end of March. [more]

Fiji Women's Rights Movement says it will be marginalised by new NZ aid direction.
The head of a leading NGO in Fiji says her organisation's work empowering women will be undermined by the change in direction taken by the New Zealand aid development agency,... [more]

Protest in Papua over police shooting
About 1,000 residents of a town near the main airport of Indonesia's remote Papua province took to the streets yesterday in protest over a man shot dead by police. Police... [more]

American Samoa Chamber calls for both public and private sector to work together
The American Samoa Chamber of Commerce is calling for both the public and private sector to work on an expedited economic development plan to cushion the drastic impact on American... [more]

American Samoa energy projects to be funded with stimulus money
American Samoa's "shovel ready" energy projects to be funded with stimulus money from the U.S. Department of Energy have been identified and will be submitted to the federal government by... [more]

Australia concerned about Fiji release of Rabaka assailants
The Australian foreign minister Stephen Smith says he is concerned about reports from Fiji that eight soldiers and a police officer recently jailed for manslaughter have been released from prison. [more]

Union watches parity principle in pay talks
The NZEI says kindergarten teacher pay talks will be watched closely by primary teachers - they are seen as a test of the Government's commitment to pay parity. [more]

Appliance company can't explain rise in share price
Fisher & Paykel Appliances says it knows of no reason for a sharp rise in the price of its shares over the past week: by 31% in three days and a further 5% on Thursday morning. [more]

Checking process for installation on water meters
Landowners in the Selwyn-Rakaia area approve of moves by the Canterbury Regional Council to ensure strict criteria for installing and running water meters have been met. [more]

Budget will not be a doomsday Budget: PM
Prime Minister John Key says this month's Budget will not be a doomsday Budget despite tough economic conditions. [more]

Railway line opened again after fire
The North Island main trunk railway line is open again after a blaze on a derailed goods train just north of the Hunterville railway station. [more]

American Samoa opens centre for military veterans
A centre to help military veterans has opened in American Samoa at the old Army Reserve Center in Tafuna village. The Governor Togiola Tulafono says the American Samoa Vet Center,... [more]

At whim of censors, Fiji Times strives to maintain journalism standards
The editor in chief of the Fiji Times, Netani Rika, has told a media workshop in Samoa that the greatest challenge the paper faces with censorship is inconsistency. Under the... [more]

Fiji interim regime hires British barrister
The Office of the Attorney-General in Fiji says it has appointed its first new legal professional since the new legal order was established. A British barrister, James Collins has begun... [more]

Fritch retracts and denies French Polynesian party leadership challenge
The assembly leader of French Polynesia's opposition Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party, Edouard Fritch, has retracted his call for the party founder and leader, Gaston Flosse, to relinquish the leadership. Mr Fritch... [more]

Fiji warned about chicken pox risks
Residents in Fiji are being warned to be vigilant as the prevalence of chicken pox tends to be highest in winter. The Ministry of Health says so far this year... [more]

Oxfam urges fairness in Pacific trade talks
The NGO Oxfam says the New Zealand Trade Minister, Tim Groser, must ensure any negotiations on trade at an informal meeting in Auckland this weekend, are fair to the island... [more]

Porgera mine area landowners need relocating, says PNG Enga Governor
The Governor of Papua New Guinea's Enga Province says the national government and operators of the Porgera gold mine need to look at relocating people who live within Porgera's Special... [more]

NZ foundation backs Fiji/Maori dialogue
The Pacific Cooperation Foundation in New Zealand is backing suggestions for a delegation from New Zealand's Maori Party to travel to Fiji to try and resolve the crisis. The Maori... [more]

Fiji principal sacked over call for democracy
A school principal in Fiji has been sacked for calling for a speedy return to democracy. Tevita Koroi, who is also the President of the Fijian Teachers Association, says he... [more]

Another Fiji officer convicted of manslaughter to be released
It's been confirmed that approval has been given for the early release of another army officer convicted of manslaughter in Fiji. Maika Vuniwawa was sentenced on April 7th this year... [more]

Tongan call to move PINA from Fiji
The Tongan newspaper publisher, Kalafi Moala, has called for the Pacific Islands News Association, or PINA, to be moved from Suva in protest at the clamps on media freedom imposed... [more]

Japan silent about Fiji attending Hokkaido summit with Pacific leaders
Japan is refusing to say whether it has invited Fiji for talks with other Pacific Island countries in Hokkaido in two weeks. The meeting, the Pacific Alliance Leaders' Meeting, is... [more]

15 arrests in drug seizure in French Polynesia
Police in French Polynesia have arrested 15 people allegedly involved in a drug smuggling operation. The police says the suspects were caught in possession of 340 grams of methamphetamine which... [more]

Tonga court acquits four men charged after 2006 Nuku'alofa riot
Four men charged with serious multiple offences relating to the riots in Tonga's capital, Nuku'alofa two and a half years ago have been found not guilty in the Supreme Court. [more]

Solomon Islands PM sues newspaper for defamation
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister Dr Derek Sikua is suing the Island Sun newspaper for allegedly defaming him. The Solomon Star newspaper reports Dr Sikua and the Secretary to Cabinet,... [more]

Housing insulation campaign launched
The Business Council for Sustainable Development has launched a campaign to improve homes. The aim is to insulate one million houses that are cold and damp. [more]

Dead woman's mother favors levy on offenders
The mother of a young woman killed by a repeat drunk driver in 2006 has told MPs she is in favour of a law change that would impose a $50 levy on offenders. [more]

Launch of new mobile phone network delayed
Telecom is to delay launching a new mobile phone network until the end of May, in a last-minute settlement to end a legal row over mobile services. [more]

Daughter's behaviour unusual, exorcism trial told
The mother of a woman who died during an exorcism attempt says her daughter was doing and saying a lot of unusual things in the days leading to her death. [more]

Hide stumbles on cost of Auckland super-city
Local Government Minister Rodney Hide has been forced to admit in Parliament that he does not know how much it will cost to implement the Auckland's super-city. [more]

NZ opposition leader fears deterioration in Fiji
Predictions of a deteriorating situation in Fiji have been made by New Zealand's opposition Labour leader, Phil Goff. Mr Goff is a former Foreign Minister who was in power when... [more]

CNMI is without general surgeon
Surgery at the Commonwealth Health Center in the Northern Marianas has come to a stand still because the general surgeon is on leave. All operations are being referred off-island. The... [more]

New Caledonia to face economic crisis late, says study
There is a warning in New Caledonia that the economic crisis may strike the territory with some delay and spill over into social unrest. A study by an economics professor,... [more]

Super Fund returns show 'vast' improvement
The New Zealand Superannuation Fund's investment returns are on the way up even as the Government's books are going deeper into the red. [more]

ANZ, National cut fixed mortgage rates
ANZ and the National Bank have made cuts to their fixed mortgage rates. [more]

Air NZ cabin crew begin four-day strike
A four-day strike by some Air New Zealand cabin crew shows no sign of being resolved early. [more]

Government prepares for 80,000 unemployed
The unemployment rate in New Zealand hit a six-year high on Thursday and the Government anticipates 80,000 people may be on the unemployment benefit by early next year. [more]

Camping grounds making a comeback
The great New Zealand pastime of camping appears to be making a comeback. [more]

Ruling on right to see scan before abortion
Health and Disability Commissioner Ron Paterson has ruled that women should be offered the opportunity to view a scan of their foetus before having an abortion. [more]

Wait times for cancer treatment to be reduced
The Government has issued revised health targets which include reducing waiting times for cancer treatment by up to four weeks. [more]

Asia-Pacific markets buoyed by Wall St
Japanese shares soared 4.55% on Thursday to hit a six-month high, tracking solid gains on Wall Street as investors returned from the Golden Week holiday. [more]

Council defends Lyttelton upgrade
Christchurch City Council is defending an upgrade of the township of Lyttelton after claims it will harm the port's character. [more]

Dunedin shipment of munitions discovered
Customs officials are carrying out a routine investigation into a Dunedin shipment that was found to contain a cache of munitions. [more]