Radio New Zealand - Saturday, 23rd May 2009

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

Saturday Morning

Richard Thaler: libertarian paternalism
Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics, and co-author of Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness. [more]

Fintan O'Toole: crash of the Celtic tiger
Columnist and assistant editor for The Irish Times, talking about the dramatic financial collapse of the Irish economy. [more]

Nikolien van Wijk and Dr Anne Meade: schemas
Parent-educator at Wilton Playcentre and educational consultant discuss learning and play in early childhood education. [more]

Kate's Klassics: Edgar Allen Poe
Kate Camp discusses three works by Edgar Allen Poe: The Raven, The Fall of the House of Usher, and The Purloined Letter. [more]

Bryn Terfel: valley high
Welsh opera singer, who visits New Zealand next month for a four-concert tour. [more]

A selection of Saturday Morning emails [more]

Juliette Veber: tough schooling
Short Film Manager at the NZ Film Commission, and director of the documentary Trouble Is My Business. [more]

Amy Dixon: saving the orangutan
Team leader of primates at Auckland Zoo, recently returned from assisting with the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Project. [more]

Sunday Morning

Insight for 24 May 2009 - Pre Budget Regional Snapshot
Insight investigates the financial health of the regions ahead of the Budget. [more]

This Way Up

Sex, Drugs and Chocolate: the science of pleasure
Paul Martin's been looking at humankind's hedonistic tendencies. So why does some people's fun come by the chunk? [more]

Old school advertising: Bill-sticking
We grab some glue and a brush and go bill-sticking with Jamie Holloway. [more]

Free food: foraging in Scotland
Dr Alison Dyke's working on a Scottish foraging code of practice, where found food is worth up to 55 million dollars a year. [more]

Nuts: The Walnut
Our nut lady Alison Sandle drops in with a bag of walnuts. Do they grow near walls or only on top of Afghan biscuits?! [more]

Tech time: Telecom's new XT mobile phone network
Peter Griffin on the new network launching this Friday. Flash handsets and new calling plans but will this mean cheaper calls and better service? [more]

The rebirth of Lego
5 years ago Lego was heading down the tubes. Jon Henley's been looking at how it turned the business around. [more]

News stories:

Chiefs reach first Super 14 final
The Chiefs reached their first Super 14 rugby final on Friday with a 14-10 victory over the Hurricanes. [more]

Loss posted by Kingfish Fund
Carmel Fisher's Kingfish Fund posted a loss of $30.8 million in the year to the end of March, an increase of 16% on the previous year. [more]

Loss expected by stamp dealer
Listed stamp collector and auctioneer Mowbray Collectors expects to make what it calls a modest annual loss. [more]

House on fire
There is a house fire in Waikupukurau in Hawke's Bay. No people are thought to be inside. [more]

Job cuts planned at Opel by Fiat
Fiat plans to cut almost 10,000 jobs if it succeeds in buying Opel and Vauxhall from General Motors. [more]

Europe shares dip
European shares ended lower for the second day on Friday. [more]

Child buys $20,000 digger online
A New Zealand couple nearly found themselves in a financial hole when their daughter, aged three, bought an earthdigger in an internet auction. [more]

First one dayer in Leeds washed out
The first one-day cricket international between England and the West Indies at Headingley in Leeds was abandoned without a ball being bowled because of heavy rain. The second game in ... [more]

Magic have no answer for LeBron despite beating him
Despite beating him, the Orlando Magic coach Stan van Gundy says he still has no idea how to overcome the Cleveland Cavaliers star player LeBron James. James scored a sensational ... [more]

Wallabies flanker wins fourth award
The Wallabies and Brumbies flanker George Smith has won Australia's Super 14 Player of the Year award for a record fourth consecutive year. Journalists decided weekly on the top three ... [more]

Alonso has concerns about F1 future
Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso believes Formula One will die out if the top teams go ahead with their threat to quit the sport because of the controversial budget cap. ... [more]

New injury concern for Campbell
There's a new injury concern for golfer Michael Campbell which might force him to withdraw from the rich PGA championship at Wentworth in Surrey. The nagging shoulder injury Campbell's been ... [more]

Corry to captain Barbarians
The former England rugby captain Martin Corry will skipper the Barbarians on their two-match tour which starts next weekend. The Leicester captain will lead the Barbarians against England at Twickenham ... [more]

NZ PGA loses title sponsor
There's been a blow for the New Zealand PGA championship with the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation deciding not to renew its contract as the title sponsor after three years. ... [more]

NZRU says progress on restructuring excellent
The New Zealand Rugby Union says there's been excellent progress towards what it's calling a new and sustainable structure for domestic competitions. The expanded Super 15 from 2011 is set ... [more]

Ivan Vicelich answers All Whites SOS
Auckland City's captain Ivan Vicelich has answered an SOS call from the All Whites coach Ricki Herbert and come out of retirement to replace Ryan Nelsen for the FIFA Confederations ... [more]

UEFA charge Drogba, Bosingwa and Chelsea
The Chelsea football players Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa have been charged with a breach of sportsmanship and insulting the referee following the club's Champions League defeat by Barcelona. European ... [more]

Gilchrist blasts Deccan to shock win
The former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist's quick-fire 85 has led the Deccan Chargers to the final of the Indian Premier League cricket competition in South Africa. The Chargers beat the ... [more]

Lockyer wins game, again
The Brisbane Broncos have beaten Wests Tigers 20-18 away in the National Rugby League. Brisbane skipper Darren Lockyer once again came up with the matchwinner. Down 18-14 with 17 minutes ... [more]

Muliaina try helps Chiefs into Super 14 final
The Chiefs have reached their first Super 14 rugby final with a 14-10 victory over the Hurricanes in Hamilton. The semi-final was decided by a sweeping 60-metre counter-attack ending in ... [more]

South Africa restore cricket relations with Zimbabwe
South Africa have restored cricket relations with Zimbabwe following a Cricket South Africa board meeting. The Zimbabwe Cricket Union president Peter Chingoka and chief executive officer Ozias Bvute attended the ... [more]

Pistons destroy Dynamos, Cougars also win on the road
Waikato have posted a huge road win in the National Basketball League, beating Taranaki 94-60 in New Plymouth. The Christchurch Cougars also won on the road, beating Hawkes Bay 83-74 ... [more]

On-screen role possible for Hirschfeld at Maori TV
The head of Maori Television says his new head of programming would be welcome to have an on-screen role as well. TV3 producer Carol Hirschfeld is to join the channel in August. [more]

Former rifle range site being returned to river iwi
A former rifle range beside the lower Whanganui river is to be given back to Te Poho a Matapihi Trust on Saturday. It is the first land in the area to be returned. [more]

Price of oil rises
Oil prices rose on Friday following a big increase in Chinese demand and a weak dollar. The United States is also marking the Memorial Day holiday weekend. [more]

Business as usual important during super-city transition
The Council for Infrastructure Development says the Auckland super-city transition agency should ensure it's business as usual for ratepayers and councils. [more]

Bluff oyster quality higher this season
An oysterman in Bluff say this season's quality is a vast improvement on previous years. [more]

Overnight power cut
Thirty Wanganui households are expected to have their electricity restored on Saturday morning after an overnight power outage in the Kai Iwi area. [more]

Few timber workers on chemical register
Designers of a health service for sawmill workers exposed to a toxic chemical, have found only a fraction of those believed to be affected. [more]

Wall St slips on deficit worries
Stocks in the United States fell for a fourth day on Friday amid persistent worries about the US budget deficit. Volume was light on the NYSE due to the Memorial Day holiday weekend. [more]

Cavendish wins 13th stage of Giro, then pulls out
Mark Cavendish's Giro d'Italia campaign has ended when the Briton was pulled out of this year's race after completing a hat-trick of individual victories on the 13th stage. With some ... [more]

Tesoriero wins third gold
The Wellington Paralympic cyclist Paula Tesoriero has won two more gold medals at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester. Tesoriero broke her own world record in the Flying 200 Start ... [more]

Northampton wins without scoring a try
The English Premiership rugby club Northampton has won the European Challenge Cup. In a tryless final Northampton's Stephen Myler kicked five penalties to beat French club Bourgoin 15-3 at Twickenham. ... [more]

Fiji's interim attorney general says higher courts to hear cases next week
The interim attorney general in Fiji says he expects the higher courts to resume hearing cases from next week following the reappointment of four high court judges. Justice Anthony Gates... [more]

Vanuatu Women's council fire linked to organisation's disarray
The president of the Vanuatu National Council of Women says police are investigating the cause of a fire which destroyed the VNCW guest house on Sunday evening. Manina Pakete says... [more]

Japan's Prime Minister reaffirms his country's ties with Pacific region
Japan's Prime Minister Taro Aso has reaffirmed his country's strong ties with the Pacific region and plans to continue being a major aid and trade partner. He made the comment... [more]

Pilot art and cooking classes for migrants to be doubled
A pilot programme to create bonds between new immigrants and Auckland people is being doubled in size to 25 people. It includes activities such as art and cooking classes. [more]

Release of Veitch files seen as making justice system irrelevant
The lawyer for former sports broadcaster Tony Veitch says the police have been totally irresponsible and have rendered the justice system irrelevant by releasing their investigation files. [more]

Single intervention agency seen as better for problem families
A new study has concluded that intervention in the homes of problem families could be more effective if it was carried out early by a single agency. [more]

Mini world championship should be considered - Henry
A mini world championship involving the game's leading countries with results determining rankings for the World Cup would be more meaningful than the June and November Tests, the All Blacks ... [more]

Man charged following assault on NRL referee
A man has been arrested and charged following an assault on a referee after an National Rugby League match in Sydney. The 25-year-old is alleged to have climbed a perimeter fence ... [more]

Cunningham wins IndyLights race at Indianapolis
New Zealand driver Wade Cunningham is back on top of the podium in the Indy Lights championship series after winning the support race at the Indianapolis 500 meeting. It's the ... [more]

The law's on our side - Laws
Wanganui mayor Michael Laws believes that a decision to ban gang insignia anywhere in the city will withstand any legal challenge. [more]

Bank seeking to seize Rotorua runaways' assets
Westpac is attempting to seize property owned by the Rotorua pair accused of unlawfully withdrawing millions of dollars from their bank account. [more]

Three seriously injured in Waipara crash
State Highway One at Waipara north of Christchurch has been partially reopened after a major car crash. Three people were seriously injured when three cars collided. [more]

Tasers urged for all frontline police officers
The Police Association says every frontline police officer should carry a taser stun gun. The Government has allocated $10 million over three years for a national roll-out of 720 tasers. [more]

Storm stops Cook Strait ferries, snow closes Desert Road
A storm moving up the country on Saturday has left a trail of slips, downed power poles and trees, and disrupted travel plans. The Desert Road has been closed by snow. [more]