Radio New Zealand - Saturday, 13th June 2009

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This page features: News Stories, Radio NZ National Music, Saturday Morning, Sunday Morning, This Way Up

Radio NZ National Music

When Johnny Came to Town: NZ's First Rock Concert
In April 1959 a show headlined by Johnny Cash and Gene Vincent played at Auckland's Town Hall. Marty Duda looks back at New Zealand's first international rock 'n' roll show, including interviews with some of the people who where there. [more]

Saturday Morning

Edward Peck: Middle East dialogue
Retired career United States diplomat who served in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt. [more]

Julian Glover: pirates and parliaments
The chief leader writer for The Guardian, on the European Parliament, and the Swedish Pirate Party. [more]

Sherman Young: the future of books
Author of The Book is Dead, Long Live the Book, and guest speaker at the upcoming conference, The Future of the Book, in Auckland. [more]

Playing Favourites with Richard Adams
Violinist and frontman for the quartet Nairobi Trio, and collaborator with multi-string player Nigel Gavin (most recently on the album, Recent Works). He is also an established abstract artist who has been exhibiting internationally for over 25 years. [more]

A selection of Saturday Morning emails. [more]

Bruce Connew: images and censors
New Zealand photographer whose essay, Cutting off Dissent, appears in the Spring 2009 issue of Granta magazine, and has just self-published the photography book, I Must Behave. The exhibition of the same name is showing at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth. [more]

Children's Books with Kate De Goldi
Kate De Goldi discusses books by American novelist Richard Peck, who has had 35 books for young adults published since 1972. [more]

Sunday Morning

Insight, Sunday 14 June: Truancy
Andrew McRae explores what's being done to combat the problem of truancy. [more]

This Way Up

What credit card companies know
Charles Duhigg looks at the incredibly sophisticated techniques credit card providers use to find the best customers. [more]

Meccano collector
Charles Steadman's a Meccano collector who measures his collection in tons. [more]

Italy: fizzy tap water and troubled tailors
Venice is adding some fizz to its tap-water to encourage people to drink it. Sophie Iacopini reports from Italy. [more]

Expired medicines
Can you use old pills and potions once they've expired and how should you get rid of them safely? [more]

Tech news: the Pirate Party and Microsoft's Bing
Bill Thompson on the Swedish Pirate Party's success in the recent European elections. Plus Microsoft wants us to start binging and stop googling! [more]

News stories:

Warriors win in cold and wet
Warriors sensation Kevin Locke put the icing on a tough 13-0 victory over the Newcastle Knights in the round 14 NRL clash in Auckland on Friday night. With just 10 ... [more]

Bulldogs beat Broncos
The Bulldogs ended one of Brisbane's most emotional weeks Friday night, winning their Australian club league blockbuster 44-22 at Suncorp Stadium. The under-prepared Broncos, whose officials had threatened to forfeit the ... [more]

Sri Lanka beat Pakistan in Twenty20 World Cup game
Sri Lanka showed off the depth and versatility of their bowling on Friday when they beat Pakistan by 19 runs in their opening Twenty20 World Cup second round match at Lord's. ... [more]

Spain going for record against All Whites
Rampant Spain are gunning to boost their phenomenal 32-match unbeaten streak in their Confederations Cup opener against football minnows New Zealand on Sunday. The European champions are fired up to lift ... [more]

Jones out of Lions tour without playing a game
Wales captain Ryan Jones was ruled out of the remainder of the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa on Friday just a day after joining the team as an ... [more]

Maori Party celebrates fifth anniversary
The Maori Party is marking its fifth anniversary this weekend with celebrations in Otaki. [more]

Geneva Finance records loss
Geneva Finance recorded a $7 million loss in the year to March, a slight improvement on the $7.9 million it lost in the previous year. [more]

6.3 quake strikes off Vanuatu
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck off the Vanuatu islands yesterday but local police say there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake... [more]

Palau's President says Palau won't be paid to accept Chinese detainees
The President of Palau, says Palau won't be paid to accept Chinese Muslim Uighurs detainees now being held by the United States at its the Guantanamo Bay detention centre. President... [more]

American Samoa shipyard company lays off workers
Twenty employees of the MYD Inc. in American Samoa were laid off yesterday because there's no work at the shipyard. The shipyard was set to repair the government vessel MV... [more]

Palau offered US$200m to take Chinese detainees off US - report
Reports from Palau say the US is prepared to give Palau up to 200 million US dollars in assistance in return for accepting 17 Chinese Uighurs which the US has... [more]

PNG facing growing threat of child sex tourism, says former AFP
A former child exploitation investigator with the Australian Federal Police has warned that Papua New Guinea is facing a growing threat of child sex tourism. The newspaper, The National, reports... [more]

Fiji's Chief Registrar to get a new special unit to investigate cases against lawyers
A special unit within the office of Fiji's Chief Registrar will be set up to investigate 283 pending cases against lawyers. This follows the downgrading of the Fiji Law Society... [more]

Firms seek to collect rising number of debts
A survey carried out by credit reporting agency Dun and Bradstreet has found the number of firms wanting debts collected has more than doubled in the last year, and the value of debt being chased has also increased. [more]

Manufacturing sector continues to struggle
An index of manufacturing performance has shown the sector continuing to struggle during the recession. [more]

Plus SMS Holdings suspended from trading
Technology company Plus SMS Holdings has been suspended from trading after all its directors resigned. [more]

Pacific Brands raises another $92m
Retailer Pacific Brands says it has raised $92 million through a retail component of an entitlement offer. [more]

Delay in full Kupe gas production
New Zealand Oil and Gas has delayed producing the first natural gas from the Kupe field because equipment testing is taking longer than expected. [more]

Banks welcome suggested interest rate inquiry
At least two banks are welcoming the chance to put their side of the story on interest rates, following a suggestion that a parliamentary committee look at the level of interest rates banks' are charging. [more]

Food prices increase
Food prices increased 0.3% in May, driven largely by rises in grocery food, along with increases in the price of restaurant meals and ready-to-eat-food. [more]

Councillors plan to scrap Waiheke recycling company
The mainly Maori workforce at Waiheke's recycling plant will lose their jobs after an Auckland City Council committee voted to give the island's waste contract to an Australian company. [more]

Youth action team formed in Papakura
Manukau police and Papakura Maori wardens have joined forces to to form a new Youth Action Team in the area. [more]

Auckland rail commuters receive higher subsidy
Rail commuters in Auckland are receiving an average of three times the subsidy of their Wellington counterparts to keep the region's trains running. [more]

Reward offered for Tisha Lowry information
Police are offering a $20,000 reward for information that could help locate Christchurch woman Tisha Lowry, 29, who disappeared more than eight months ago. [more]

Armed man robs Blockhouse Bay bank
An armed man robbed an ASB bank in Auckland on Friday, stealing a large amount of cash. [more]

Police investigate suspected Palmerston North arsons
Palmerston North police say one of the eight recent fires in the city is not thought to be linked to the others. [more]

More norovirus cases at Waikato Hospital
More patients and staff at Waikato Hospital have developed symptoms of norovirus, taking to 20 the number of people affected. [more]

Shooting of Foxton gang member investigated
Police are attempting to work out the circumstances of a shooting in which an injured Nomad motorcycle gang member was found in a car in a Foxton driveway. [more]

Targa Rally underway in Rotorua region
More than $500,000 is expected to be pumped into Rotorua's economy this weekend as the Targa Rally is raced in the region. [more]

Ponsonby Road speed limit cut proposed
Auckland City Council is considering reducing the speed limit on Ponsonby Rd to 40 kilometres per hour in an attempt to reduce pedestrian injuries. [more]

Foundation for blind may cut 9 jobs
The Royal Foundation of the Blind could lose up to nine employees involved in marketing and fundraising because of the recession. [more]

ACC pays compensation in error
Weekly compensation payments to 170 people are being cut because the Accident Compensation Corporation failed to follow the law. ACC paid $12 million of injury compensation in error. [more]

Bravo performance stuns India
Dwayne Bravo produced a tremendous performance with bat and ball to help West Indies register an upset win over defending champions India in their Twenty20 World Cup second round match ... [more]

White Ferns beat Australia
Captain Aimee Watkins lashed 73 off 56 as the White Ferns hammered Australia by nine wickets in their opening match of the ICC World Twenty20 championship in England. Accurate bowling ... [more]

Sharapova into semis in Edgbaston
Twice former champion Maria Sharapova survived a second set blip to reach the semi-finals of the Edgbaston Classic with a 6-1 2-6 6-3 win over Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer. After splitting ... [more]

Mixed session on Wall Street
Wall Street stocks closed mixed on Friday as a decline in oil prices weighed on energy stocks and investors shrugged off disappointing consumer sentiment data. [more]

SH35 reopens after slip
State Highway 35 on the east coast of the North Island reopened to light traffic on Saturday morning after roading crews cleared a landslip. [more]

Wellington child cancer services cut back
After months of speculation, Wellington Hospital has confirmed cutbacks to its specialist child cancer services. Two oncologists are leaving and some patients will be treated in Auckland or Christchurch. [more]

PM's attackers get 100 hours community service
Two brothers have been sentenced to 100 hours community service for attacking Prime Minister John Key. [more]

Swine flu vaccine not available until after winter
The Ministry of Health says any vaccine for swine flu is not likely to be available until after winter, and will not be used to shield the population as a whole from the virus. [more]

Flutey gets start against Western Province
Rikki Flutey gets his first start for the British and Irish Lions against Western Province. Flutey, a former NZ Maori representative, will play at second five eighth. Hec ame off ... [more]

Bain's 111 recording released
The High Court in Christchurch has agreed to release a copy of a 111 call made by David Bain which was not played to the jury in his retrial. [more]

Waiheke waste company scrapped
Auckland City Council has ditched Waiheke's local waste service and awarded the contract to Australian-owned company Transpacific Industries Group. [more]

Stricken boat abandoned
A 16-metre launch, abandoned off the east coast of the North Island after the failure of a marathon attempt to save it, was expected to wash ashore on Saturday. [more]

Tasers safe despite death, says police association
The Police Association says opponents of tasers are wrongly using the death of an Australian man to lobby against the use of the stun guns. A 39-year-old Queensland man died on Friday after being repeatedly stunned with a taser. [more]

Team New Zealand stretch lead
Team New Zealand has extended its overall lead in the Audi MedCup yachting regatta being sailed off Marseille with a solid third placing in the coastal race. With 14.5 points, ... [more]

Penguins win Stanley Cup
The Pittsburgh Penguins beat Detroit 2-1 to win the Stanley Cup and deny the Red Wings' bid to repeat as NHL ice hockey champions. Max Talbot scored twice in the ... [more]

Ferrari included in next years F1 Championship list
Ferrari and other teams who have been at loggerheads with the International Automobile Federation have been included on the official entry list for the 2010 F1 world championship. The powerful Italian ... [more]

Jobs to go in fisheries ministry restructuring
About 18 front-line fisheries management roles are being cut in Dunedin, Nelson, Napier and Auckland under a Ministry of Fisheries restructuring, while the number of full-time-equivalent employees will increase by 16. [more]

We'll need skilled immigrants again, builders' group cautions
A leading builders' group says cuts to skilled immigration are understandable but could cause problems when the recession ends. [more]

Case for parallel Maori justice system highlighted - lawyer
A prominent Maori lawyer is calling for the establishment of a parallel Maori justice system to be considered. The call follows the conviction of five people for the manslaughter of a woman who died after an attempted exorcism. [more]

Tiananmen marchers disrupt Auckland traffic
Protesters who held up Queen St traffic on Saturday afternoon are blaming the incident on the Auckland City Council. [more]

New parole management system launched
Corrections Minister Judith Collins says a new management initiative will help to instil public confidence in the parole system. [more]