Radio New Zealand - Friday, 29th May 2009

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The best song ever written
Diane Strugnell from Pauatahanui, near Porirua, chooses The French Song by The Sandpipers. [more]

NZ live - The Crimson Club
Playing live today from Wellington a trio who describe their music as eclectic cabaret. [more]

Many cultures have superstitions regarding numbers. [more]

Horowhenua squatters
Police have stormed the Horowhenua Sailing Club to evict squatters who have been occupying the building since December. [more]

Poster poems
Poetry is set to plaster New Zealand, in the form of enormous prose-covered posters. [more]

He Rourou for 29 May 2009
In He Rourou today, Ana Tapiata talks to Tawaroa Kawana, one of the young entertainers at the Massey university Maori graduation ceremony in Palmerston North recently. [more]

Weekend Weather - Bob McDavitt
Get set for a rough ride this Queens Birthday weekend. [more]

Fresh Fast Food - Alison Holst
Alison's Good Old Meat Loaf [more]

Sport - Murray Williams
Talking rugby, Super 14 final and All Black squad named Sunday also Richie McCaw. [more]

The Vault
The Vault goes back to the simple life and starting from scratch- European settlement in rural New Zealand. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
With Graeme Thorne and Michelle Boag. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
With Graeme Thorne and Michelle Boag. [more]

Business News

Morning business for 29 May 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets update for 29 May 2009
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 29 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]


English warns future budgets could be even tighter
The Government's planned tax cuts are now history, with the Finance Minister warning that future budgets could be even tighter. [more]

Tourism industry's thoughts on Air NZ cuts
At least 80 jobs are on the line at Air New Zealand, with the company today announcing it's cutting services - a move it appears to be at least partly blaming on the government. [more]

Lionman says he's ready to help at troubled park
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has today officially closed Whangarei's Zion Wildlife Gardens after the death of a keeper, mauled by a tiger. [more]

South Korea buries former leader as tensions rise
Thousands of South Koreans have today farewelled their former president Roh Moo-hyun. [more]

Hawkes Bay fraudster jailed
One of the victims of a Hawkes Bay fraudster, jailed today for five years, says the sentence is not enough to deter other white collar criminals who present themselves as pillars of the community. [more]

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

Family says IPCA report found wanting
The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found an officer involved in a driving incident that left an Auckland teen seriously injured, broke the law. [more]

Government defends funding boost for private schools
The Education Minister, Anne Tolley, is defending a 35 million dollar funding boost for private schools at a time of government cuts. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Obama tries for elusive peace in the Middle East
Barack Obama has become the latest US president to try his hand at finding an elusive peace in the Middle East. [more]

Milk's carbon footprint studied - comparisons impossible
An 18-month study examining the carbon footprint of milk produced by the dairy giant Fonterra, has concluded that one litre of milk pumps almost one kilogram of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. [more]

New research aims at predicting earthquakes
A pioneering research project is under way off the coast of Japan which aims to bring the day when earthquakes become predictable, closer. [more]

Kea nips off with passport in Te Anau
The story of a Scottish tourist, his missing passport and a cheeky kea. [more]

Man accused of spreading HIV remanded in custody
The man dubbed a sexual predator, who is accused of spreading HIV is tonight behind bars, but his identity remains a secret. [more]

Conservation gets cold shoulder in Budget
Conservation was one of the big losers in the Budget. [more]

Building consents bounce back
House building consents are on the rise again, after continued falls for almost two years. [more]

Thousands protest in Germany over failing companies
Thousands of protestors have converged on the economics ministry in Germany to goad the government into action over large failing companies. [more]

Gun drama at Epsom Girls' Grammar
Details have emerged of a gun drama at another Auckland high school - this time in the upmarket suburb of Epsom. [more]

New film highlights role of Burmese undercover reporters
The trial of Burma's main opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on charges of breaching house arrest has been a frustrating experience for journalists trying to get word to the outside world. [more]

Cricket no go in Italy
There's a sort of culture war going on in Brescia Northern Italy, and it involves the latest growth sport there - cricket. [more]

Gym stoush brews in Queenstown
A battle is brewing in Queenstown over the local council's decision to open a gym, in competition with two privately owned facilities. [more]

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

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Indians in Australia too Indian?
An Australian police officer is about to visit India to explain to students how to stay safe on a trip to his country. [more]

Phil Spector about to be sentenced
Record producer Phil Spector is expected to be sentenced to prison in Los Angeles later today for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson six years ago. [more]

Country Life

Intro and Guest
Sandy Scarrow of Fruitian Horticulture updates the kiwifruit season. [more]

Regional wrap
Cows are moving home this weekend and in the south wither setlles in with chilly frosts around the Island. [more]

Poverty Bay forestry
Sheldon Drummond of Juken NZ says Poverty Bay's forestry industry is stable and has many career opportunities, and its mushroom growing venture's going well. [more]

Inspirational dryland farmer and mentor Doug Avery has changed the way he farms in order to combat the drought's that have plagued the East Coast of Marlborough for many years. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus on politics for 29 May 2009
This week the Finance Minister Bill English delivered the National led Government's first budget. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 29 May 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 29 May 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Midday Rural News for 29 May 2009
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories of the day for 29 May 2009
By this afternoon the tax cuts promised for the next two years will be history. Contributions to the Superannuation Fund will be suspended for a lot longer than that, likely up to a decade or more, as John Key's Government fights to pull the economy out of recession. Finance Minister Bill English has also taken the razor to any long term spending increases in the shadow of the worst global economic conditions in six decades. [more]

Promised Tax cuts go in the budget
Despite the cuts to some departments, Government spending will still increase by 3 billion dollars in the next year because of boosts for health, infrastructure, justice and schools. [more]

Shell accused of complicty in anti-oil executions
One of the world's biggest oil companies, Shell is in court accused of being complicit in the executions of anti-oil activists. [more]

Pacific news for 29 May 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news for 29 May 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

English's first budget wins approval from Standard and Poors
Payments to the so called Cullen Fund are being suspended until the books improve, and that's not forecast to happen until 2020. [more]

The Budget axe has fallen
Finance Minister says the government did best it could to stave off effects of a worldwide recession. [more]

National's tax cut plan will be history by the end of today
Mr English's first Budget is the death knell of the tax cuts next year and in 2011. [more]

Future of Superannuation Fund in question
The future of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund is now in question following Bill English suspending payments to it in his Budget. [more]

Unemployment set to increase by one hundred thousand
The Budget has failed to allay workers' and businesses' fears about unemployment with Treasury now predicting dole queues will more than double in the next two years. [more]

RNZ political editor comments on Budget
Political editor Brent Edwards. [more]

Phil Goff says Labour budget would've spent much more
The Labour Party leader Phil Goff has called the Budget a failure. [more]

Social development is a target of budget axe
The Government is claiming a Budget victory in freeing up two billion dollars over the next four years by stringent reviews of department spending. [more]

Sports news for 29 May 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Gun drama at Manurewa High School
Manurewa High School is taking stock following yesterday's gun drama when pupils were forced to huddle under their desks. [more]

Still noone to blame for the shooting of Halatau Naitoko
A former Armed Offenders officer and politician says police should not be the ones to decide no one will face criminal charges over the killing of Halatau Naitoko. [more]

Obama due to meet Palestinian President
US President Barack Obama is due to meet with his Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas amidst a swirling debate on Israeli settlements. [more]

Health Minister promises further"savings"to move to frontline
Two areas that have come out with more money from Bill English's first Budget are Health and Education. [more]

Universities and skill trainers slate Budget
Now to education where schools have received 523 million dollars to build new schools, and fix up at existing ones. [more]

Key receives warm response at budget breakfast
The Prime Minister John Key has been at the annual Tamaki electorate post-Budget breakfast this morning, trying to sell the Budget to business leaders. [more]

Social agencies say Budget doesn't address child poverty
The Auckland University function is hearing speakers on how the Budget will affect children and families. [more]

Green Party prepares to choose new female co-leader
The Green Party will tomorrow choose a new female co-leader to replace Jeanette Fitzsimons, who is stepping down after 14 years. [more]

Chiefs hoping to make rugby history in Super 14 final
It's finals time in the Super 14 rugby competition and the Chiefs, often tagged as the contests great underachievers, go in hoping to make their own piece of history. [more]

Sports news for 29 May 2009
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Sector reaction to Budget '09
Well Treasurys take on this Budget was that it would be the most important Budget in the last quarter century. [more]

China's slowdown affects New Zealand exporters
New Zealand exporters say the slowdown in economic growth in China is presenting opportunities for their businesses. [more]

Auckland Harbour Bridge turns 50
The Harbour Bridge officially opened on May the 30th 1959, and at half a century old the umbilical cord of the city is still holding strong. [more]

Waatea news for 29 May 2009
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh
Australia got over its Budget flurry a couple of weeks ago so at least there's relief from all this financial talk there. [more]


Rhett Dashwood
Topographic Typography [more]

This weeks answer. [more]

Nine To Noon

Post budget analysis
Shamubeel Eaqub, Peter Conway and Diana Crosson joined Kathryn Ryan. [more]

Private schools funding
Kate Gainsford and Dr Grant Gillon joined Kathryn Ryan. [more]

Pamper Days for preschoolers
Proprietor of Sally's Place, likes to think of her service as resort-style and she certainly follows that through by holding what she calls"Pamper Days"for her preschoolers. [more]

The Pacific
With correspondent Mike Field. [more]

Feature guest - Bill Hohepa
Bill Hohepa has been writing a weekly fishing column in the Truth newspaper for 40 years, written four books, made 37 fishing videos, given hundreds of seminars and made countless TV shows. [more]

Book Review - Pynter Bender
By Jacob Ross, published by Fourth Estate and reviewed by Kate Blackhurst. [more]

Music with Manu Taylor
Artists featured today are: Fat Freddys Drop with their new track from their new album"Dr Boondigga and the Big BW", Boh Runga with"Right Here"and Steve Earle with"Townes". [more]

Sport with Richard Boock
The big Super 14 rugby final this weekend, but is the Lion's tour of South Africa going to overshadow it? [more]

The week that was
With Jon Bridges and Michele A'Court. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 29 May 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Saturday Morning

Dorothy Butler: bookshops and readers
International authority on children's books and reading, innovative bookseller and author of two volumes of memoirs: There Was a Time, and All This and a Bookshop Too. [more]

The Vault

The Vault - When Time Stood Still
European settlement in rural New Zealand - the hardships and glory days from New Zealand's pioneering past. [more]


Lada Valesova
Czech pianist talks about her newly released album 'Intimate Studies' - next weeks competition disc. [more]

Angela Lindsay
A founding member of the New Zealand Youth Orchestra, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. [more]

Polly Sussex
Violia da gamba player who'll feature in the 'Age of Discovery' concert in Auckland this weekend - 'Journey to Versailles'. [more]

News stories:

Union sceptical of plan to replace sheep processors
The Meatworkers' Union will be seeking more information about an automation research project that will reduce the numbers employed on sheep processing chains. [more]

Standard and Poor's gives tick to Budget
Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's has revised its outlook on New Zealand from negative to stable, and affirmed its AA+ rating, after what it calls a sound Budget. [more]

Lower profit forecast by Telecom
Telecom is forecasting its profit could fall by up to 26% in the 12 months to June next year, as it comes up against increasing competition. [more]

Meat company announces pre-tax profit of $22m for half year
AFFCO has recorded a net profit before tax of almost $22 million for the six months to March this year - an improvement of nearly $12 million on the same time last year. [more]

Dead fish warning at Kapiti
People are being warned not to eat dead fish which have been washing up along the Kapiti coastline near Wellington since Wednesday. [more]

Another year of profit for TSB Bank
TSB Bank made a profit of $43 million for the year to the end of March - 9.2% more than last year. TSB says the profit represents its 22nd year of profit growth. [more]

FAO Schwarz bought by Toys R Us
The oldest toy retailer in the United States, FAO Schwarz, is now owned by Toys R Us. Schwarz filed for bankruptcy twice in 2003. [more]

Southampton staff not getting paid
The plight of former English FA Cup winners Southampton has worsened with staff at the south coast football club being told they will not be paid this month. Southampton were ... [more]

ICC boss wants limit on twenty20 matches
The International Cricket Council says it wants to keep a check on the number of international Twenty20 ties despite the game's increasing appeal. ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat says his ... [more]

Torres extends deal at Liverpool
Striker Fernando Torres has signed a contract extension to remain at the English football club Liverpool until at least 2013. The 25-year-old has been a huge success since joining from Atletico ... [more]

Gang threat calls move to Canterbury
Police say an extortionist threatening Chinese businesses in Auckland with gang violence is now targeting businesses in Canterbury. The calls apparently come from an overseas location. [more]

Armed Offenders Squad called out in Nelson
A man is to appear in the Nelson District Court after an Armed Offenders Squad callout on Thursday night. [more]

Budget dominates morning newspapers
The Budget dominates morning newspapers on Friday. [more]

European stocks fall
European shares fell on Thursday amid renewed jitters over the health of the financial sector. [more]

Shareholders approve partial takeover of Rubicon
A partial takeover offer for the investment company Rubicon is set to go ahead despite a warning to shareholders last month that independent advice indicated the offer was too low. [more]

End of pack attacks by boy racers foreseen by minister
Police Minister Judith Collins is confident that new legislation targetting boy racers will spell the end of pack attacks against authority. [more]

Larger role for iwi in management tipped at national park
Whanganui iwi are moving towards having a larger role in the management of the Whanganui National Park. [more]

Difficult conditions continue - Mainfreight
Mainfreight says difficult trading conditions it encountered at the end of the last financial year have continued into the current year and will affect its profitability. [more]

Special assembly follows school air gun incident
There will be a special assembly for students at Manurewa High School on Friday morning, after an air gun scare forced an emergency lockdown for 45 minutes on Thursday afternoon. [more]

Price of oil keeps rising
Oil surged past $US65 per barrel in price on Thursday to its highest closing price since 5 November. Crude stocks in the United States were also down in the week before the Memorial Day holiday. [more]

Auckland harbour bridge turns 50
The Auckland harbour bridge is turning 50. It officially opened on 30 May 1959 and has now carried more than a billion vehicles. [more]

Opportunities for NZ exporters seen in China's slowdown
New Zealand exporters say a slowdown in economic growth in China is presenting opportunities for their businesses. [more]

Dell profits down 63%
Latest quarterly profits at Dell declined by almost two-thirds as the worldwide recession continues to hit sales of computers. [more]

Time Warner and AOL to separate
Time Warner plans to spin off its AOL internet division as a separate company by the end of this year. [more]

French Unions say their New Caledonian colleagues face intimidation
The French union umbrella group, CGT, has called for the immediate release of 30 New Caledonian unionists who were arrested during yesterday's clashes at Noumea's domestic airport. The CGT has... [more]

CNMI's Governor says Legislature stymied his goal of economic recovery
The Northern Marianas Governor has partly blamed the Legislature for some of the challenges that he said had led to the "perfect financial storm" of the global economic downturn, a... [more]

Fiji netball pulls out of Pacific Cup in Samoa
Fiji has pulled out of the Pacific Cup Netball Series in Samoa next month. The decision comes as Fiji's coach, New Zealander Melissa Walker, will likely be dropped upon her... [more]

American Samoa looks for ways to develop its agriculture
American Samoa is looking for ways to best develop its agriculture in a bid to boost the economy. The Governor's Economic Advisory Council in American Samoa met recently with the... [more]

Energy stocks up on rise in oil
Stocks in the United States climbed on Thursday as US crude oil settled at $US65.08 per barrel - its highest close since November. [more]

American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency looks at energy saving measures
The American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency intends to retrofit its office in Utulei with energy saving features to reduce electricity costs by half. It's put in an application for 810... [more]

Woman sought for fraud
Police are seeking a woman from Wanganui accused of committing fraud around the North Island. [more]

Rise seen in eurozone confidence surveys
The eurozone economy is seeing a pick-up in business and consumer confidence. [more]

Sky adds $43 million to bond total
SkyCity Entertainment has raised $43 million from investors in a top-up offer to its recent capital raising. The total raised from institutions and retail investors was $228.3 million. [more]

Vodafone rollout extension completed
Vodafone has completed the extension of its 3G network to 97% of New Zealand. The company has invested nearly $3 billion in it. [more]

Life Pharmacy in profit
Life Pharmacy has turned the business to profit after making a loss for two consecutive years running. Earnings rose 151% to $1 million. [more]

Banking covenants re-negotiated by Tenon
Tenon has re-negotiated its banking covenants, which will improve the company's financial flexibility. [more]

Electricity consents granted for Rakaia River project
The Ashburton Community Water Trust has obtained consents to take water from the Rakaia River to generate electricity. [more]

Lucky escape for woman in burning house
The Fire Service says a woman had a lucky escape from a suspicious blaze which badly damaged a three-storey house in Nelson on Thursday night. [more]

New fins ordered on top dressers
The Civil Aviation Authority to order owners of Fletcher aircraft to fit new vertical fins after a double fatal crash in 2005. According to CAA records, there have been eight fin failures on the Fletcher FU 24 series aircraft since 1973. [more]

Police in Samoa bring criminal charges against another NZ female lawyer
The case of another New Zealand Samoan based lawyer, Leulua'ialii Olinda Woodroffe, is set for mention in the District Court in Samoa next month after the police prosecution this week... [more]

American Samoa struggles with cabotage restrictions
American Samoa's US Congressman, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, says it will be very difficult to get support in Congress for legislation to exempt American Samoa from cabotage rules which prohibit foreign... [more]

Cook Islands take first official step towards more women MPs
Participants in a workshop aimed at increasing the number of women in the Cook Islands parliament say it's an important first step towards gender balance in government. The two-day conference... [more]

Businesses push for new aid approach in PNG
Major business corporations are combining their talents in a new approach to aid. Businesses such as Nestle, Goodman Fielder, and others want to drive communities in countries such as Papua... [more]

Tailevu people concerned about Fiji mahogany harvesting
The people of Tailevu in Fiji will formally raise their concerns over the failure to re-plant mahogany at Nukurua. The Fiji Live website reports provincial council members are to draft... [more]

Vanuatu backs Fiji bid for EU support - report
Vanuatu's Foreign Minister Bakoa Kaltongga has voiced his support for Fiji and is asking for assistance from the African, Caribbean and Pacific, or ACP, group and European Union in bringing... [more]

Tonga PSA wants pay issues reconsidered
The Tonga Public Service Association wants the Prime Minister, Dr Feleti Sevele, to re-consider a planned ten-percent pay rise for public servants if that money is to come from ministerial... [more]

Union makes 'payout' to members at LWR
Union members at Lane Walker Rudkin who lost their jobs earlier this month will receive a "payout" on Friday from public donations and union trust funds. [more]

Housing consent numbers rise
The number of new housing consents jumped in April, as the residential construction sector showed tentative signs of recovery. [more]

Cold start to winter predicted
With winter due to officially begin on Monday, NIWA is forecasting a cold month ahead. Below average temperatures are likely in many regions. [more]

Cook Islands activists say affirmative parliamentary action for women wrong
A Cook Islands political group says using affirmative action to get more women into parliament is wrong. Participants say the aim of a two-day conference held this week is to... [more]

Cooks company lobbies government to end telecommunications monopoly
A Cook Islands telecommunications company, Kukicel, has presented its proposal to government to set up a rival mobile phone network. Kukicel is lobbying for a law change to end the... [more]

IBA criticises Fiji regime for raid on Law Society
The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute is raising concern at the Fiji military led regime's recent raid and removal of confidential files from the Fiji Law Society offices. The... [more]

TNI views Papua airport seizure as police matter
The National Chief of Indonesia's military, or TNI, says the military will not take short-shrift action against the gunmen from the separatist Free Papua Organisation, or OPM, who have been... [more]

Canberra doing all it can to free Merauke Five, says Rudd
Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says his country's officials are doing what they can to secure the release of five North Queenslanders held in Indonesia's Papua province since last September. [more]

Police track more potential HIV victims
Auckland District Court has been told there may be as many as 15 other potential victims of a man accused of spreading HIV. The man appeared in the court on Friday. [more]

Boy racer attack victim feared for life
The victim of a boy racer attack in Christchurch on Wednesday says she feared for her life as her car was blocked in and its windows were smashed. [more]

Guadalcanal opposition to cannery project
In Solomon Islands, land-owning groups in Doma, west Guadalcanal, say they do not want any fishing factory to be built in their area. This follows a proposal by Korean Enterprise... [more]

Funeral planned for Cooks leader Sir Tangaroa
A state funeral is to be held tomorrow on Rarotonga in the Cook Islands for Sir Tangaroa Tangaroa who passed away in New Zealand this week. He was a long... [more]

New Caledonia flights to resume after clashes at Magenta
Flights out of the New Caledonian capital are expected to gradually return to normal after violent clashes forced the closure on Noumea's Magenta airport on Thursday. The clashes stopped flights... [more]

Indonesia justifies process for holding five Australians in Papua
Indonesia denies it's pushing tough jail sentences for five Queenslanders held in Papua as revenge for Australia's treatment of Indonesian fishermen. A spokesman for Indonesia's attorney-general says there's no hidden... [more]

Fonterra will not release carbon footprint report
Fonterra has completed an 18-month project measuring the carbon footprint of its milk, but is not issuing the full results. [more]

Air NZ cuts flights - 80 jobs at risk
Air New Zealand is to cut services for the coming year in a move that could see up to 80 jobs go. The airline says it is disappointed the Government is not putting more money into tourism. [more]

Half year profit for Tower
Half year profit for Tower jumped by a third, due to a one-off accounting gain. [more]

Higher offer made to GM bondholders
General Motors and the US Treasury have improved their offer to GM's bondholders, as they prepare for the company's move into bankruptcy protection. [more]

Police officer broke the law - agency
The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found an officer involved in a driving incident in Auckland that left an teenager seriously injured, broke the law. [more]

MAF shuts wildlife park after zookeeper's death
The wildlife park where a zookeeper was killed by a tiger has been shut down by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry until it meets safety and animal welfare standards. [more]

Prison sentence for fraudster
A former accountant from Waipawa in central Hawke's Bay has been sentenced in the Napier District Court to five years in prison for fraud totalling $3.28 million dollars over a 20 year period. [more]

Change of plans for stabbed man's rugby jersey
Tongariro Sports Club rugby players have decided not to permanently retire the rugby jersey of a team mate who was stabbed to death last weekend. [more]

NZ and Australian markets up
The New Zealand and Australian stock markets closed higher on Friday. [more]

Police unlikely to catch thieving kea
Police say they have little hope of catching a passport thief who struck near Milford Sound. [more]

Fitzsimons steps aside as Greens co-leader
Jeanette Fitzsimons has given her final speech as Green Party co-leader, bringing down the curtain on 14 years in the role. [more]