Radio New Zealand - Saturday, 16th May 2009

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This page features: News Stories, Saturday Morning, Sunday Morning, This Way Up

Saturday Morning

Michael Carter: running water in Africa
Raglan farmer on his way to Ethiopia and Eritrea as field hydrologist for the Red Cross, after postings to Darfur and Liberia. [more]

Hendrik Hertzberg: political dispatches
Senior editor, staff writer and chief political commentator at The New Yorker, and author of Politics: Observations and Arguments. [more]

James Surowiecki: wise crowds
Staff writer on business and finance at The New Yorker, and author of The Wisdom of Crowds. [more]

M.T. Anderson: complex epics for kids
American author of picture books and novels for young adults, whose books include Thirsty, Burger Wuss, and Feed. [more]

Playing Favourites with Will Sheff
Leader of the band Okkervil River; singer/songwriter, guitarist, pianist, banjo and harmonica player, and film and music critic. [more]

A selection of Saturday Morning emails. [more]

Sonya Renee: slam performance
National and international Poetry Slam Champion, HBO Def Poet, and international touring artist championing social causes. [more]

Iggy McGovern: physics and poetry
Associate Professor of Physics at Trinity College, Dublin, whose poetry has been widely published in anthologies and journals. [more]

Sunday Morning

Insight Sunday 17 May - Fiji and NZ
Insight visits Fiji under emergency regulations and asks why NZ should continue to care. [more]

This Way Up

Tech time - Google's TV ads, browser wars and Windows 7
Google's first ever TV adverts. Why now? Plus Bill Thompson's had a play with Windows 7, Microsoft's latest operating system. [more]

A buyer's guide to heat pumps
Winter's here so we crank up the heat with Hamish Wilson of's buyers' guide to heat pumps. [more]

Rwanda's pro cycling team pedals for Olympic gold
Team Rwanda is pedalling for the podium at the 2012 London Olympics. The Observer's Steve Bloomfield reports. [more]

Why most pharmacies stay independently owned
We drop into a local pharmacy with retail analyst Martin Craig. About 75 percent of them remain independently owned. [more]

Bagels - boiled, baked and bendy
Foodie Maria Balinska's been researching the bagel's surprising history including the big question.... who put the hole in it? [more]

Industrial tourism, factory visit anyone?
Professor John Lennon says industrial tourism is big business. [more]

Inventions - cheque books, credit cards and cash registers
Inventions guru David Ellyard with some money and commerce-related inventions. [more]

News stories:

Labour calls for public consultation over super-city
Opposition parties are threatening to stall progress on Auckland super-city legislation into next week unless the Government sends it to a select committee. Debate on the legislation will resume at 9am on Saturday. [more]

Achievement 20% lower for Maori and Pacific students
Qualifications Authority statistics show the NCEA level one pass rate among Maori and Pacific Island students is about 20% below the national rate. Schools are working to close the achievement gap. [more]

Fairfax staff consider 9-day fortnight
A unit of Fairfax Media has given full time staff until next week to consider a nine day fortnight. More than 100 employees have been asked to consider the voluntary arrangement to save jobs. [more]

Mountain Safety Council says tighter gun laws unwarranted
The Mountain Safety Council has entered the debate about whether New Zealand gun laws need tightening. It says a stern response to the Napier shooting would be unwarranted. [more]

Chiefs clinch first home semi-final
The Chiefs have clinched their first-ever home Super 14 rugby semi-final. They beat the ACT Brumbies 10-7 in Hamilton on Friday. [more]

Fire guts Hawera house
An overnight fire has gutted a house in Hawera. No-one was hurt in the blaze early on Saturday morning. [more]

Manawatu beat Auckland in NBL
Manawatu have scored just their second win of the National Basketball League, beating Auckland 83-81 in Auckland. It is the Jets' first win over Auckland in five years. Marcel Jones ... [more]

Henderson staying with Warriors
Hooker Ian Henderson has signed a two-year extension to his rugby league contract with the New Zealand Warriors, keeping him in Auckland until the end of the 2011 season. The ... [more]

Gunners vow to crash United title party
Arsenal are intent on delaying Manchester United's English football premiership party tonight at Old Trafford and avenge in part their recent drubbing from United in the European Champions league. Arsenal's ... [more]

NZ Cricket not impressed with call to switch world cup
A suggestion from the former head of the International Cricket Council that the 2011 World Cup be moved to New Zealand and Australia hasn't been welcomed by offcialdom here. The ... [more]

Renault boss says top teams want to stay in F1
The head of the Renault formula one team Flavio Briatore says the top teams want to stay within the framework of the International Automobile Federation despite their threatened rebellion. Renault ... [more]

McGeechan steps down at Wasps
The British and Irish Lions coach Ian McGeechan has stepped down as director of rugby at English Premiership side Wasps. The 62-year-old Scot enjoyed four successful years with the London ... [more]

Kaplan, Lawrence and Dickinson to referee Super 14 play-off matches
A referee from each nation will control the Super 14 rugby play-off matches later this month. Jonathan Kaplan of South Africa, the most experienced Test referee in the world, will ... [more]

Hamilton not conceding title just yet
Formula One's reigning world champion Louis Hamilton has admitted that the Braun team and Jenson Button already have a lead in this year's title race that he and McLaren will struggle ... [more]

Lack of breeze sees no racing on day two of MedCup sailing regatta
The breeze, or lack of it, has forced the abandonment of the second day's racing in the MedCup sailing regatta in Spain. The fleet did come under starter's orders but ... [more]

Cronulla calls on shamed players to come forward
The Cronulla Sharks chairman Barry Pearce says other players who took part in the group sex scandal in Christchurch in 2002 should follow the lead of former player Matthew Johns ... [more]

Phoenix to play Melbourne in Queenstown next month
The Wellington Phoenix will play the Melbourne Victory in Queenstown next month as part of their build-up to this year's A-League football campaign. The match will be played on June ... [more]

Lewis Hamilton says he can retain F1 title
The world champion Lewis Hamilton is shrugging off being shunted into the Formula One shadows by Jenson Button, but insists his dreams of retaining his Formula One title aren't doomed. ... [more]

Moles not worried about lack of match play
The New Zealand cricket coach Andy Moles says he's unconcerned several leading players have had little match play in the IPL, ahead of the Twenty-20 world cup in England. A ... [more]

Castroneves takes Indy pole
The New Zealand motor racing driver Scott Dixon says he feels relaxed heading into the final weekend of practice for the Indianapolis 500. Dixon has qualified fifth on the grid ... [more]

SANZAR all sorted out, says NZ rugby boss
The New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew says they can now move on with their planning now that the SANZAR agreement remains intact. New Zealand, South Africa and ... [more]

Second day of second Test washed out by rain
The second day's play in the second cricket Test between England and the West Indies was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to torrential rain in Durham. England ended ... [more]

Ferrari apply for injunction against F1 changes
Ferrari have applied to a French court for an injunction against the proposed Formula One rule changes, according to the FIA president Max Mosley. Ferrari are one of four teams ... [more]

Phelps second in first swim since Beijing
The American swimming star Michael Phelps has finished second in his first race since capturing eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics. Competing in a 200-metre freestyle heat in Charlotte, ... [more]

Saints and Heat win
The Wellington Saints have beaten the Christchurch Cougars 77-68 in their National Basketball League clash in Christchurch, while in Auckland North Harbour thrashed Manawatu 122-71. While the Saints will be ... [more]

Boasson Hagen clinches wet Giro stage
The Norwegian rider Edvald Boasson Hagen powered away in the final straight to clinch an exciting seventh stage of the Giro d'Italia. The 21-year-old Team Columbia rider came in ahead ... [more]

Hanks takes over at Wasps, Gibbes to coach Waikato
The Waikato Rugby Union has released head coach Tony Hanks to take up a position as the director of rugby at the London Premiership side Wasps. The appointment comes a ... [more]

Expansion Super but fears for fifth Aussie team
The Queensland coach Phil Mooney has warned Australian rugby doesn't have the playing stocks to house a fifth franchise in a proposed expanded Super 15 from 2011. After many months ... [more]

Dogs denied match-winner in thriller
St George Illawarra have held on for a dramatic 20-18 National Rugby League derby win over the Bulldogs in Sydney. Bottles rained upon WIN Jubilee Oval after the video referee ... [more]

Woman dies in Invercargill crash
A woman has died in a two-car collision in Invercargill. Her car was on fire when emergency services arrived at the scene. [more]

Europe stocks up
European shares closed higher on Friday. Gains for most banks outweighed losses for defensives such as telecoms. [more]

Gloomy energy demand forecasts hit oil market
The price of oil has fallen nearly 4% because of an increasingly pessimistic outlook for global energy demand. World energy use has been shrinking due to the recession. [more]

Chiefs clinch home semi, Brumbies' season over
The Chiefs have clinched their first-ever home Super 14 rugby semi-final, beating the ACT Brumbies 10-7 in the rain in Hamilton. The scores were locked up at a converted try ... [more]

Drop on Wall Street
Wall Street closed lower on Friday, capping a week of consolidation. Investors were cautious amid lacklustre economic data. [more]

Fighting sparks AOS callout
Two people have been arrested following a fight and an Armed Offenders Squad callout in Balclutha in south Otago. A man had threatened to get a gun from his car. [more]

Commonwealth Press Union says resolution unlikely to move Fiji's interim govt
A committee representing major media organisations in New Zealand, has passed a resolution deploring the extension of media censorship in Fiji. The chairman of the Commonwealth Press Union's media freedom... [more]

France-Oceania summit set for July in New Caledonia
The third "France-Oceania" summit between France's President and the Pacific Islands Forum leaders has been scheduled to take place in Noumea in New Caledonia on July 31st. The news service,... [more]

Leeds fail in play-off bid
One of English football's fallen giants, Leeds United, have been condemned to another season in the third tier after losing 2-1 on aggregate to Millwall in the League One play-offs. ... [more]

Murray out, Nadal, Federer, Djokovic through in Madrid
Britain's top tennis player, Andy Murray, has been knocked out of the Madrid Open by the Heineken Open winner in Auckland in January, Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina. Del ... [more]

No joy in Texas for NZ golfers
The New Zealand golfers Grant Waite, Tim Wilkinson and Phil Tataurangi have missed the cut in the US PGA's Texas Open. Waite slipped out of contention after a four over ... [more]

Team NZ close to leaders at MedCup
Team New Zealand has finished the third day of the MedCup Alicante regatta equal second overall, only three points behind the leader. The breeze finally came up and the scheduled ... [more]

It's Scunthorpe versus Millwall for the Championship
Scunthorpe will meet Millwall in the play-off final at Wembley for promotion from English football's third tier, after beating Milton Keynes Dons on penalties to progress. It was scoreless after ... [more]

Napier siege victims improve
All three men wounded in last week's shooting in Napier are continuing to improve in hospital. [more]

3 teams yet to push for Super 14 semi-finals
There are now 3 teams yet to play that can secure their places in the semi-finals of the Super 14. Last night the Chiefs' win confirmed a home semi-final for ... [more]

Disallowed NRL try was wrong
National Rugby League referees boss Robert Finch says video referee Steve Clark was wrong to disallow a late Bulldogs try in last night's match against St George Illawarra. Bulldogs centre Jamal ... [more]

No pressure on London 2012 to reschedule athletics
Television rights holders will allow London 2012 Olympics organisers to set whatever athletics schedule they wish. Olympic organising committee chairman Sebastian Coe says there has been no pressure from US rights ... [more]

Quinlan to appeal ban
The Munster flanker Alan Quinlan is to appeal against his 12-week ban in a bid to make the British and Irish Lions tour. Quinlan was found guilty this week ... [more]

No solution after F1 teams and FIA meeting
Formula 1 teams and governing body the FIA have failed to emerge with a concrete solution to the ongoing budget cap row after a day of talks. The teams met FIA ... [more]

Ferguson wants league title tonight
The Manchester United football manager Sir Alex Ferguson wants his side to clinch the English Premier League title on home turf by taking at least a point from their match against ... [more]

Lee puts 'political setbacks' behind
The National Party candidate for the Mount Albert by-election says she is putting any political setbacks behind her, with the official start to her campaign. [more]

Injured scientist arrives at hospital
An injured scientist who was evacuated by helicopter from the remote Kermadec Islands, has arrived in Tauranga hospital. Andrew Cowie says he is being well looked after. [more]