Radio New Zealand - Friday, 22nd May 2009

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Best song ever written - Don't Mess Around with Jim
Tza Drake chose 'Don't Mess Around with Jim'. [more]

The Georgie Pie campaign
Reports the iconic New Zealand fast-food chain being ready to make a comeback are off the mark according to the brand's owner McDonald's [more]

He Rourou for 22 May 2009
Manahi Paewai represented the home people of Ngati Rangitane at the Maori graduation ceremony of Massey University in Palmerston North. [more]

Weekend weather
With Bob McDavitt. [more]

Fresh fast food
Allyson Gofton has today's recipes. [more]

Sports story
Stephen Hewson talks Indie 500 and Super 14 Rugby Semifinals. [more]

NZ society - Monumental New Zealand (episode 4)
Justin Gregory's final look at Monumental New Zealand has a thought or two for those who did not share the sentiments expressed rather permanently in stone or bronze. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With Kevin Milne and Richard Langston. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With Kevin Milne and Richard Langston. [more]

Business News

Morning business for 22 May 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets update for 22 May 2009
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 22 May 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

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


Auckland supercity transition agency named
Mark Ford is now one of the most important and powerful people in Auckland. [more]

Former Rodney mayor appointed to new agency
The Rodney District Council is fighting to be excluded from any future supercity but John Law says his appointment is not a sop to the district and he's not the Minister's mate. [more]

Melissa Lee now says she could come first, not second.
The National Party candidate in the Mount Albert by-election has committed the ultimate political sin by admitting she does not expect to win the Labour strong-hold. [more]

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

Natural disaster declared in NSW
The New South Wales Premier has declared a natural disaster in northern New South Wales as locals around Lismore brace themselves for 10-metre-plus flood. [more]

A record-breaking day on Everest
A Nepalese climber Apa Sherpa has climbed Everest for the 19th time, breaking his own world record for the maximum number of ascents. [more]

Gurkhas win right to live in UK
The British government has reversed a policy that limits the rights of Gurkha veterans to settle in Britain. [more]

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

Police pursue pair in Hong Kong over missing millions
The police hunt for the Rotorua couple who fled with millions of dollars from Westpac bank is now focusing on Hong Kong. [more]

Choice of Auckland Transition Agency members criticised
Pacific Island community leaders say the skills of the new Auckland Transition Agency members are more focused on business rather than community interests. [more]

Rugby team auction pulled but sponsors nibble
The TradeMe website has pulled an auction by the Counties Manukau Steelers who had put their rugby team up for sale but not before they got some nibbles. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team.. [more]

Aung San Suu Kyi's trial back behind closed doors
The Burmese military regime has put the trial of Aung San Suu Kyi back behind closed doors after opening it for a day to western diplomats and media. [more]

Analysts warn against clamp on power industry profits
Energy analysts are warning that any move by the Government to restrict profits in the electricity industry could put security of supply at risk. [more]

H wins three-quarters of Wanganui votes
Wanganui voters have again roundly rejected a change to the spelling of their city. [more]

World's oldest blogger dies
A Spanish grandmother who described herself as the"world's oldest Internet blogger"has died at the age of 97. [more]

Minister explains why Mark Ford appointed to Transition Agency
Mark Ford is now one of the most important and powerful people in Auckland. [more]

Political reaction to new Auckland Transition Agency
The Labour and Green Parties are describing the new Auckland Transition Agency as a steamroller and bulldozer. [more]

Budget will have money for taser roll out
The Government will provide 10 million dollars over three years in next week's Budget for the Police roll out of the taser stun guns. [more]

Cheney accuses Obama of compromising national security
The United States President Barack Obama is defending his plan to close the Guantanamo detention centre in the face of harsh criticism. [more]

Terror suspects arrested in New York
Religious leaders in New York have united to renounce violence after the FBI cracked an alleged plot to bomb New York Jewish centres. [more]

Fingerprints on rifle neither animal nor human blood
A defence witness has told the High Court in Christchurch that David Bain's fingerprints on the rifle used to kill his family were made with sweat, not blood as the Crown claims. [more]

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

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Venezuela's president seizes control of gas installations
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has seized control of gas installations in the east of the country including a compression plant belonging to an American energy company. [more]

Australian MP wants pot plant allowance
In Australia a Labour member of parliament is arguing that he should have been able to use his parliamentary expense allowance to pay for pot plants in his office. [more]

Country Life

Intro and guest
Lynn Fiebig celebrating 25 years of the IHC calf scheme. [more]

Regional wrap
Both Islands were battered by cold, wet, snowy miserable weather. [more]

Pig out not in
Spencer and Jacqui Johnstone have transformed their 40 acre lifestyle block in mid Canterbury into a successful free range pork producing business. [more]

How to sex a kumara and other stories
Theo and Joselyn Marama grow organic olives, lavender, kumara and other crops near Gisborne. With a ready laugh and a generous spirit, they live life to the full. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus on Politics for 22 May 2009
It's just three weeks to the Mt Albert by-election, an election the Labour Party must win to retain the seat it has held since its formation. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 22 May 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 22 May 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for 22 May 2009
Householders find themselves paying too much for power after all. [more]

Wanganui's referendum draws record vote
The count is under way in Wanganui's fifth annual referendum. [more]

Pacific news for 22 May 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news for 22 May 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Householders stunned they're paying too much
Householders say they're stunned to learn they've been paying excessive electricity bills. [more]

Cook Islands may be the place to ride out the recession
If you're suffering from recession stress, maybe a visit to the Cook Islands is in order. [more]

Minister promises changes to electricity industry
A major shake-up of the energy sector looks inevitable after the governement declared the current system to be a failure. [more]

Labour calls for electricity reform
Labour Party spokesperson on energy, Charles Chauvel. [more]

Hunt on for Westpac's misplaced millions
It's thought a couple who've fled the country may have left a paper trail. [more]

Men accused of plotting to bomb New York synagogues stand trial
The bombs were duds, supplied by an undercover FBI agent [more]

President Obama insists on the closing of Guantanamo Bay
Mr Obama has said Guantanamo Bay was a stain on America's international reputation. [more]

Hager says police review of Brash email case a waste of time
Author Nicky Hager says a police review of its investigation of the Don Brash email case is a waste of time and money. [more]

Lee cleared of using public funding for political ad
Melissa Lee has managed to clear her name on at least one of the scandals that's plagued her Mount Albert campaign. [more]

Sports news for 22 May 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

More detials of Napier siege released
More details have emerged about the death of Napier gunman Jan Molenaar. [more]

Severe disruption predicted during super city hikoi
Auckland commuters are being told to expect delays when they travel into the central city on Monday. [more]

Government dividends at risk in electricity sector shake-up
A shake-up of the electricity sector could put a billion dollars a year of payout to the Government at risk. [more]

Lawyer says more competition needed in electricity market
Brian Gunderson is a partner at law firm Kensington Swan specialising in energy and competition law. [more]

Rodney doesn't want to join super city
Rodney District Council's the first of the eight councils in the Auckland region to say so. [more]

Bloodstains evidence heard in Bain trial
Our reporter Monique Devereux listened to the evidence of Dr John Manlove at the High Court in Christchurch. [more]

DHBs seek cooperation over health contract change
The firm that provides community medical testing in Auckland is being urged to co-operate with its business rival. [more]

Sports news for 22 May 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Chiefs fans confident ahead of Super 14 semi-final
Super 14 playoffs, and this year New Zealand fans have three reasons to cheer. [more]

Science Tsar appointed amidst fears over funding
Auckland University professor Peter Gluckman has been appointed the first ever chief science advisor in the PM department. [more]

Waatea news for 22 May 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

New Zealander picks up a Bafta
Marie Jones won the bafta for her work on the popular TV series Doctor Who. [more]

With our correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh. [more]


Third World Coaching
Zoe Dryden from 'Second Base', a programme helping to develop leadership qualities through community based projects in Nepal. [more]

This weeks answer. [more]

Nine To Noon

Drug Education school programmes
Getting your children prepared for the real world. [more]

Is your home really your castle?
Residents are angry at a Wellington City Council proposal to turn suburb Thorndon into a Heritage area. [more]

With correspondent Phil O'Sullivan. [more]

Feature guest - Emmanual Jal
Emmanual Jal was a child soldier and is now a successful hip hop artist. [more]

John McIntyre
With the Children's Book Review. [more]

Music with Manu Taylor
This week; The Benka Boradovsky Bordello Band, Bob Dylan and Room Service Deluxe. [more]

With Joseph Romanos. [more]

The week that was
With Te Radar and Gemma Gracewood [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 22 May 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 22 May 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]


Boris van Beusekom
NZ human rights lawyer and Director of the '2009 Human Rights Film Festival' discusses this year's programme. [more]

Richard Marlow
Fellow in Music at Trinity College, Cambridge - In New Zealand for NZSM Haydn Conference and to direct the Wellington Cathedral Choir. [more]

News stories:

Woman hit by fire truck in south Auckland
Police are waiting to speak with a woman who was hit by a fire engine in South Auckland on Thursday morning. [more]

Fertiliser prices lowered again
Another round of fertiliser price reductions is underway. Ballance Agri-Nutrients has lowered its prices on a range of products for the third time this year. [more]

DoC switches to solar power on remote sites
DoC is spending $240,000 installing solar-powered hot water systems at some of its remote sites. It hopes the project will cut its costs by about 80%. [more]

Wool prices rise despite NZ dollar
Wool prices showed some positive trends and resisted a stronger New Zealand dollar at the North Island auction in Napier on Thursday. Nearly three-quarters of the offering were sold. [more]

European stocks retreat
European shares dropped on Thursday, dragged down by Wall Street. Few stocks were not trading in the red. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Friday's papers: runaway pair may have up to $6 million; electricity companies not to raise their prices; an opponent of new power scheme on the lower Waitaki River is withdrawing its opposition. [more]

North Harbour beat Auckland in NBL
The North Harbour basketball team made no race of their Battle of the Bridge in the National Basketball League beating Auckland 88-71 at the North Shore Events Centre. Corey Webster top ... [more]

Henderson finding it touch in Catalunya
The New Zealand cyclist Greg Henderson is struggling on the Tour of Catalunya. Henderson finished 25 minutes behind the winner of the 4th stage in Andorra and he's now in ... [more]

Irish Open winner turns pro
The winner of the Irish Golf Open, Shane Lowry has decided to turn professional, only days after becoming only the third amateur to win a title on the European Tour. ... [more]

Hull says Man U will still be tough
The Hull City football club say they're not expecting Manchester United to make things easy for them in their final match of the season this weekend. Hull will stay in ... [more]

Sharapova beaten in Warsaw
The Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova will play at the French Open after her return from a nine-and-a-half month injury absence ended with defeat by Alona Bondarenko at the Warsaw Open. ... [more]

Pacific players to be considered for expanded super 14 competition
The New Zealand Rugby Union Players Association Chief Executive Rob Nicol says allowing overseas players into the new expanded Super 14 competition to 15 teams will benefit pacific players and... [more]

Day of double significance for Taheke Marae
Taheke Marae near Rotoiti will hold its first poukai on Saturday, a gathering which is of double significance for Ngati Pikiao. It marks the coronation day of the late Maori Queen and will be the first visit of King Tuheitia to the marae. [more]

NZ economy continues to contract - survey
A National Bank survey indicates the contraction of the economy deepened in the first three months of the year. Only one of the 14 regions surveyed, Wellington, showed a rise in activity. [more]

Credit card billings creep up
Credit card billings rose 2.3% in April, pointing to a tentative improvement in consumer confidence. [more]

Tesoriero wins World Cup race in Manchester
Double Paralympian gold medalist Paula Tesoriero of Wellington has won a gold medal in the 500 metre time trial at the Paralympic Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester. Tesoriero recorded ... [more]

Pacific leaders to meet with Japan Prime Minister on aid
Japan's Prime Minister Taro Aso is expected to announce expansion of clean energy aid and projects to reduce vulnerability to climate change in the Pacific islands at today's opening of... [more]

Disruption predicted during super-city hikoi
Commuters in Auckland are being advised to expect delays or avoid travelling into the central business district altogether because of a hikoi on Monday against the super-city. Police expect up to 10,000 people. [more]

Lab operator won't work with new contractor
District health boards in Auckland are urging Diagnostic Medlab Limited to work with a new lab-testing operator in the region. [more]

Electricity system flawed - Govt
The Government says the structure of the electricity system is flawed and cannot continue in its present form. [more]

Wall St falls
Stocks in the United States slid in a broad sell-off on Thursday. [more]

Arts faculty offers scholarships
The University of Auckland arts faculty is offering four scholarships to tertiary students of Ngati Whatua o Orakei descent. [more]

Increase in number of infants with cow milk allergy
Auckland University says there's been an increase in the number of infants with "cow's milk protein allergy". [more]

TrustPower chief executive to step down
TrustPower chief executive Keith Tempest will step down later this year after eight years at the helm. [more]

Briscoe Group looks to buy in tough times
Briscoe Group is on the acquisition trail with money in the bank and no debt. While tough times are ahead, the company says it's well-positioned to chase acquisitions as suitable opportunities arise. [more]

Interim boss to leave AIG
Insurer AIG interim chief executive Edward Liddy is to step down after eight months in the job. He was paid an annual salary of $US1. [more]

Kiwifruit profits up
Zespri has seen its profits rise by 21% to $23.9 million due to stronger sales in Europe, Asia and North America. [more]

Rural internet access still slow for schools
Rural school principals in many areas are frustrated at a lack of progress in getting improved internet access. [more]

NZ dollar rises higher
The New Zealand dollar is at a seven-month high, as investors bail out of the US dollar due to fears about government debt levels. The kiwi topped 61.33 US cents on Friday morning. [more]

Regulations proposed for unpasteurised milk products
The Food Safety Authority has issued a discussion document on proposed new regulations on the importation, manufacture, sale and export of raw milk products. [more]

Storage component of irrigation scheme shelved
The company planning a big irrigation project in Canterbury says it may make a fresh attempt to include a water storage component at some point in future. In the meantime, Central Plains Water will focus on getting approval for a scaled-down scheme. [more]

Field day for lifestyle farmers still draws interest
An annual Lifestyle Farmers field day has found the recession has caused no depression when it comes to interest in the event. The field day on Saturday at Otaki, is in its 18th year. [more]

Samoa says no downturn in tourist numbers despite the global recession
Samoa's acting Prime Minister, Misa Telefoni, is backing the view of Samoa Hotel Association CEO, Nynette Sass, that the global recession has not had any impact on the number of... [more]

Harold Martin becomes Speaker for the third time in New Caledonia
New Caledonia's former President Harold Martin, has been elected as the new Speaker of the French territory's Congress, winning 31 of the 54 votes. The news service Oceania Flash reports... [more]

Cook Islands to hear proposal for new mobile phone service next week
A proposal to set up a new mobile phone service in the Cook Islands will be presented to the government next week. Currently Telecom Cook Islands, which is owned by... [more]

PNG provincial governor warns against looting, blames Government inaction
The Governor of Papua New Guinea's Enga Province, Peter Ipatas, has warned people against looting stores, after days of Asian businesses being targetted. Enga's Wabag town is on high alert,... [more]

Fiji media council cancels its annual awards
Fiji's media council has cancelled its annual FAME awards, citing the restrictions on the media under the current emergency regulations. The council runs the annual awards, which recognise excellence in... [more]

Funding for levy on offenders in Budget
A system for getting convicted offenders to pay money into a fund for victims will get $770,000 in the 2009 Budget. Other funding will come from the scrapping of the Sentencing Council and the Justice Advisory Board. [more]

Former consultant says emergency regulations may be needed to stop Fiji society collapsing
A former consultant to Fiji's interim government says the public emergency regulations may be needed to prevent a collapse of Fijian society. John Samy, who last year headed the support... [more]

Fiji regime appoints judges six weeks after former judiciary sacked
The first appointment of new judges has been made in Fiji following the sacking of the former judiciary six weeks ago. Justice Anthony Gates was reappointed as Fiji's Chief Justice... [more]

Samoa chiefly title remains with MP pending more court action
Samoan independent MP in Samoa, Tuia Paepae Letoa, remains holding one of the two parliamentary seats for Safata constituency while a dispute over the ownership of the chiefly title Tuia... [more]

Minimum wage in US territories to rise again next week
The next stage of the hikes in the minimum wage in American Samoa and the Northern Marianas comes into force on next week. Some local businesses have asked about the... [more]

Vanuatu province the first to adopt CEDAW
Shefa Province has become the first Provincial Council in Vanuatu to adopt the principles of the Convention on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, or CEDAW. The Daily... [more]

US sends replacement ship on Pacific medical aid mission
The U.S Navy is using the military sealift cargo ship, Richard Byrd, to replace the Dubuque on a humanitarian mission to the Pacific. Military and civilian medical, dental and engineering... [more]

Lotto sales booming ahead of jackpots
Lotto sales are booming this week, ahead of double jackpots for Powerball and Big Wednesday. [more]

Call for electricity report to be shelved
Energy expert Alex Sundakov says a Commerce Commission report on the electricity industry should be shelved. He says it fails to understand the industry. [more]

Hat-trick gives Penguins 2-0 lead over Hurricanes
Evgeni Malkin scored a hat-trick to help National Hockey League champions Pittsburgh to a 7-4 home win victory over the Carolina Hurricanes and a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference ... [more]

Ronaldinho left out of Brazil squad
Out-of-form Ronaldinho has been left out of Brazil's football squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers and the Confederations Cup. Striker Ronaldo, who has not played for his country since ... [more]

Interest in biofuel subsidy
Biofuel companies are keen to tap into a Government scheme to subsidise biodiesel production. A grant of up to 42.5 cents per litre of blended fuel will be available from July. [more]

Yarn company wins energy efficiency award
A felted yarn company in Christchurch has won the top prize in a nationwide energy efficiency competition. Radford Yarn Technologies has installed a specialised wood pellet boiler to process wool. [more]

Anthony shines as Nuggets dig deep to beat Lakers
Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 34 points and nine rebounds as the Denver Nuggets upset the top-seeded Lakers 106-103 in Los Angeles to level their National Basketball Association Western Conference ... [more]

Auction site pulls rugby team's search for sponsor
Online site TradeMe has pulled an auction set up by Counties-Manukau Steelers rugby team in a last-ditch effort to find a major sponsor. [more]

Port boss sacked after refusing to resign
The chairperson of New Zealand's largest port has been sacked after refusing a request to resign. [more]

Fiji regime says judges will not face significant backlogs despite appointment delays.
The interim attorney general in Fiji says some courts will now reopen following the first appointment of judges since the former judiciary was sacked six weeks ago. Justice Anthony Gates... [more]

Newcastle stare into abyss
Newcastle's hopes of avoiding becoming the biggest Premier League casualty since Leeds were relegated from English football's top flight in 2004 have been hit by an injury crisis. Alan Shearer's ... [more]

Car changes cost Dixon speed
New Zealand's Indianapolis champion Scott Dixon says changes to his car meant he wasn't able to dominate qualifying the way he did last year so he's had to settle for ... [more]

Majority of voters happy with spelling of Wanganui
The majority of people voting in a Wanganui referendum say they want their city's name spelled without an "h". [more]

Rodney district doesn't want to join super-city
Rodney District Council is the first of the eight councils in the Auckland region to say it does not want to join the proposed super-city. [more]

Brash email review waste of time, says Hager
Author Nicky Hager says a review by police of their investigation of the Don Brash email case is a waste of time and money. [more]

British Airways profits take huge dive
British Airways has announced the biggest loss since the company was privatised in 1987. The airline made an operating loss of Stg 220 million, compared with a record profit of Stg 875 million in 2007-08. [more]

Asia-Pacific markets down
Markets in Asia and the Pacific were lower at the end of the trading week. [more]

Efficacy of honey for burns studied
New medical research has found honey is an effective treatment for superficial and partial thickness burns. But it concludes that more research is required before honey can be a mainstream treatment for burns. [more]

Bain sister 'anxious' about staying with father
A doctor who examined Laniet Bain the year before she was killed has told a High Court jury the woman was anxious about going to spend four days with her father. [more]

Lee backtracks over by-election
National's Melissa Lee now says she wants to win the Mt Albert by-election, despite admitting earlier on Friday that she expects to come second. [more]

Top Auckland boss to lead Transition Agency
The Government has named top Auckland local government manager Mark Ford to preside over the merging of the region's eight local bodies into a single council. [more]