Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 9th July 2009

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Best song ever written
Keith Stuart from Taupo has chosen 'For Crying Out Loud', by Meat Loaf - from the Bat Out Of Hell album. [more]

Kingston Flyer
One of the best loved train rides in the country is in danger of going off the rails. [more]

Whale survey
A survey happening in the Cook Strait is focussed on the number of whales passing through New Zealand waters on their way to further afield. [more]

He rourou for 9 July 2009
Ana Tapiata talks to Te Urikore Waenga, part of a kaumatua group that has just a produced a multimedia resource on tackling diabetes and other heatlh concerns. [more]

Feature album - 'Hot Shots II'
'Hot Shots II' is The Beta Band's second studio album, released in July 2001. [more]

Arts Report
Simon Morris looks back on eight years of the Film Fund, and Lynn Freeman takes a look at the offerings of the Young and Hungry Festival. [more]

Christchurch Story
The National Brass Band's last big rehearsal, ahead of this weekend's World Champs. [more]

Science Story
The final episode in our series about living with Asperger syndrome. Silicon Valley attracts more than its fair share of people with Asperger syndrome. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
With Claudette Hauiti and Joanne Black. [more]

The Panel (Part 2)
With Claudette Hauiti and Joanne Black. [more]

Business News

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

Markets update
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 9 July 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]


Taito Philip Field begins giving evidence in his own defence
The Former Labour Minister Taito Philip Field, has this afternoon begun giving evidence in his own defence at the High Court in Auckland. [more]

Fatal Te Anau bus crash kills Korean tourist
A Korean tourist has died and four others are seriously injured after their tour bus rolled on the road between Milford Sound and Te Anau. [more]

Tourist town reels after after Korean bus death
Steven Pahl is the Chief Executive of Destination Queenstown. [more]

Sobering road stats - warning to families of boy racers
The Southern District road-policing manager is asking families and friends of young people to take more responsibility for young dangerous drivers. [more]

New Zealander killed in up-market Jamaican suburb
The family of a New Zealand man shot and killed in Jamaica are trying to get to the Caribbean nation to support his widow. [more]

Sports News
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Hamilton man vows to fight V8 viewing fine
A Hamilton man fined $1500 for letting his family and friends watch the V8 race from the rooftop of his house is vowing to fight back. [more]

Council say V8 fine justified for saftey reasons
Hamilton City Council says it will keep a hard line on the alleged infringements of the Building Act. [more]

Weatherston spends second day in witness box
The man charged with murdering his ex girlfriend and former student in Dunedin last year has spent a second day in the witness box describing his relationship with her. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Anti-social behaviour infuriates Hamilton retailers
Retailers are up in arms with the anti-social behaviour of an unruly element of young people who congregate at Garden Place in the centre of Hamilton. [more]

Starlight Symphony under threat
Auckland's annual Starlight Symphony has lost its major sponsor and now the concert is under threat. [more]

G8 leaders tackle global warming
Global warming and the economic downturn were the two big topics up for discussion at the G8 summit in the Italian town of L'Aquila. [more]

Bus crash - exceptional weather conditions major factor
A Korean tourist has been killed and four others seriously injured after their bus rolled on the Milford Highway near Te Anau in extreme icy conditions. [more]

Five new fault lines found in Taranaki
A new geological map of Taranaki has identified five new fault lines and scientists say there could still be more to find. [more]

150 per cent increase in volunteer numbers
Volunteer organisations say growing numbers of people are willing to provide their time and talent for free, with some reporting increases of up to 150 percent. [more]

Maori leader unhappy with holiday home ruling
A Far North Maori leader says he feels double crossed at a ruling blocking a big holiday homes project on a landmark Northland beach. [more]

Sports News
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Is the workforce heading for a crisis?
New evidence the country's aging workforce and gender imbalances could put some key professions under pressure. [more]

Australian Government rejects idea of 'Aussie Bank'
The Australian Government has rejected the notion of 'people's bank' that would be set up to provide competition for Australia's four big banks. [more]

Confirmed reports shots have been fired in Rotorua
Armed police are understood to be dealing with an unfolding situation after they were called just before 5pm. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Pacific Nations prepare for climate change
There's a call for countries like New Zealand to liberalise immigration policies to take in people displaced by climate change. [more]

Thousands claim compensation for bush fires
Thousands of Victorians who weren't physically injured and didn't suffer property loss in February's bush fires have received Centrelink disaster recovery payments. [more]

The Science Express
The Science Express train travels across Germany, stopping at towns and cities with the aim of getting the public excited about science. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 9 July 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 9 July 2009
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 9 July 2009
Julian Robins and Geoff Robinson hosted morning Report for 9 July 2009. The Top Stories are: Convicted murderer and family fight for October release, NCEA shake up to rein in re-sits, NCEA shake up to rein in re-sits, Chinese President leaves G8 to tackle Xinjiang violence, IHC says court ruling on pay rates will cost millions, Harbour groups: Bridge an extravagance while harbour polluted, Bundanoon bans bottled water. [more]

Call to abandon emissions cap-and-trading
As global leaders argue about the best way to cap carbon emissions, one group of academics has released a report saying it's all a waste of time. [more]

Pacific news for 9 July 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Privy Council rejects Barlow's final appeal
Convicted double murderer John Barlow's final attempt for freedom has been dismissed. [more]

NCEA shake up to rein in re-sits
The secondary schools' NCEA system is in for a major shake up that will mean students get only one chance to re-sit a standard if they fail it the first time. [more]

Convicted murderer with wife fights for October release
It is the end of the line for imprisoned double-murderer John Barlow in his bid to have his convictions overturned. [more]

NCEA changes mean students can't re-sit exams
A clamp-down on NCEA re-sits means students will no longer have multiple chances to improve their grades. [more]

Chinese President leaves G8 to tackle Xinjiang violence
Thousands of troops and police have now flooded into Xinjiang's provincial capital Urumqi where riots have left 156 people dead and more than a thousand injured. [more]

IHC says court ruling on pay rates will cost millions
The IHC says a ruling that staff should be paid the minimum wage for night shifts will cost it many millions of dollars and be devastating for care. [more]

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

Investigation under way into fatal house fire
Investigations into the deaths of a 38 year old woman and her 6 year old daughter in a house fire in Christchurch are continuing today. [more]

Invercargill reflects on fatal car crash
Invercargill locals hope the high speed crash that killed 3 young men will make others think twice about speeding, but they fear the lesson will be lost on some. [more]

Stewart Island shivers while Southland welcomes warmer homes
Southlanders are flocking to the Government's new home insulation scheme but some Stewart Islanders are feeling left out in the cold. [more]

Voeckler wins leg of Tour de France
Frenchman Thomas Voeckler has just won his first leg of the Tour de France. [more]

Family closer after failed Privy Council bid for freedom
The Privy Council in London says it's"sure"John Barlow IS guilty of the murders of Gene and Eugene Thomas in 1994. [more]

Students limited to one NCEA re-sit
The rules around the secondary schools' NCEA system are in for a major shake up that will mean students get only one chance to re-sit a standard if they fail it the first time. [more]

Samoa welcomes offer of help with swine flu
The Prime Minister of Samoa says an offer by the New Zealand government to help contain swine flu is greatly appreciated, and will be taken up by his country. [more]

Pacific leaders vent frustration at Immigration officials
There's a call for an independent Immigration Commissioner to be set up to review contentious decisions amid controversy about overstayers. [more]

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

Google presents a major challenge to Microsoft
Internet giant Google is planning a direct attack on Microsoft's core market by creating a competitor to operating system, Windows. [more]

Aussie economists call for state bank and inquiry
Six Australian economists are calling for an inquiry into how that country's four big banks are using their market power to keep interest rates high. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Regional concern at proposed MAF job cuts
Concern in the regions is mounting over moves to cut jobs in the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry's biosecurity division. [more]

Harbour groups: Bridge an extravagance while harbour polluted
The Whangarei District Council is thumbing its nose at recession and forging ahead with plans for a second bridge across the harbour. [more]

Bundanoon bans bottled water
Bundanoon in the New South Wales Southern Highlands has become the first town in the world to ban bottled water. [more]


Baroon dollar
Dr Kate Crawford, spokesperson, The Australian Institute for Community Currencies Inc. [more]

Primarily numbers - mathematics
Dr Dennis Mccaughan, mathematician, University of Otago talks about the golden ratio. [more]

Conundrum clue
Clue number seven. [more]

Conundrum clue
clue number eight. [more]

Conundrum clue
Clue number six. [more]

Nine To Noon

Treatment of skilled immigrants
Immigrants from the UK, Europe and South Africa who've been living and working in New Zealand say they are being booted out of the country because of the recession and changes to skill shortages. [more]

Bruce Buchanan
Bruce Buchanan is the Chief Executive of Jetstar. He speaks on its troubled recent history. [more]

Boy racer deaths
Inspector Andrew Burns, Southern District Road Policing Manager. [more]

UK correspondent - Jon Dennis
The Conservative party vows to reverse Labour reforms should they gain power. [more]

Feature guest - Tricia Irving-Hendry
Tricia Irving-Hendry's husband committed suicide, leaving her with three young children. She now works with Skylight Trust helping others who've suffered similar losses. [more]

Book review - My Little Red Book
Jane Westaway reviews 'My Little Red Book' by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff. Published by Grand Central Publishing. [more]

New Technology with Lance Wiggs
Worried you are in a meeting and wasting time? Now you can calculate how much money you are wasting. [more]

Special education
A discussion with Kevin Jephson, principal of Dalefield School in Carterton; Heather Roy, Associate Education Minister; and Trish Grant, IHC spokesperson for the Inclusive Education Action Group. [more]

Television with Simon Wilson
Rocked the Nation 2 and a 60 Minutes piece on food additives. [more]

Guerilla knitting and yarn bombing
Magda Sayeg, of Texas, is the founder of Knitta Please, a group which has been tagging buildings and monuments with knitting, in a bid to humanize public spaces. [more]

Our Changing World

Living with Asperger Syndrome
In his film 'Oops, Wrong Planet', Australian Stephen Ramsey is on a quest to find out about living with Asperger syndrome. [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Family Cactus - Coal Town (acoustic version)
Adam Ladley and Nina Siegler from Wellington band The Family Cactus play a song for Kirsten from Radio New Zealand's Music 101 at the Mighty Mighty. To hear other songs and an interview go to [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 9 July 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 9 July 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Laura Preston
Adam Art Gallery curator previews exhibition 'The Future is Unwritten' which opens tomorrow. [more]

Tama Ma Review
Rebecca Galloway reviews last Tuesday's Wellington performance by Okareka Dance Company. [more]

Guy Jansen and Diana Cable
National Youth Choir founder and founding member talk about the group's 30th Anniversary. [more]

Robert Costin
English organist back in New Zealand to launch a CD of Lizst and Reubke works and to give recital tour. [more]

News stories:

China beats Black Sticks
China beat the New Zealand women's hockey team in the second Test in Pukekohe on Wednesday night to win the series, 2-0. [more]

Europe shares fall for 5th day
European shares fell for a fifth consecutive session on Wednesday to their lowest closing level in 10 weeks. Volumes were about 80% of the daily average. [more]

FOTA teams walk out of meeting on 2010 F1 rules
The eight members of the Formula One Teams Association have walked out of a meeting with the sport's governing body at which they had been due to discuss next year's ... [more]

Roosters in crisis talks with sponsors
The Sydney Roosters are engaged in crisis talks with their major sponsor as a second NRL club faces the prospect of losing a substantial backer thanks to the off-field antics ... [more]

Big Easy not finding life so simple
The South African golfer Ernie Els says he must work on his anger management in order to rekindle the magic that earned three major championships. The smooth-swinging player known as ... [more]

New Zealand triathletes in world's biggest ironman
The world's largest iron distance triathlon with 4500 athletes will feature two of New Zealand's top names at Roth in Germany on Sunday . Gina Ferguson broke the New Zealand ... [more]

Immelman pulls out of British Open with wrist injury
The South African golfer Trevor Immelman will miss next week's British Open at Turnberry because of a persistent injury to his left wrist. The former U.S. Masters champion says the ... [more]

Final eight found at Under-19 basketball worlds
The quarter-final lineup's been completed at the Under-19 men's basketball World Championship in Auckland. Australia remains unbeaten, topping Group F after an exciting 79-74 win over Croatia in the game ... [more]

Black Sticks lose to China
The New Zealand women's hockey team has lost to China in in Pukekohe to finish its test series against Argentina and China without a win. China led 2-0 at half-time ... [more]

Big jump in consumer confidence in Australia
Consumer confidence in Australia is up by a record amount - 23.2%. The survey began in 1975. [more]

Agreement signed between NZ and UK food safety agencies
The New Zealand Food Safety Authority says an agreement with its counterpart in Britain will mean there's less chance of duplicating areas of science expertise. [more]

Oil drops in price again
Oil dropped in price by more than 3% to $US60.14 per barrel on Wednesday. It was the sixth consecutive daily fall. [more]

NZ ranked 11th in world trade survey
An international business report ranks New Zealand as one of the best places in the world to trade with. The World Economic Forum places New Zealand 11th out of 121 countries. [more]

More pay wanted for te reo Maori support staff
Maori teachers want more pay for their support staff, especially those who supply help with te reo Maori. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Thursday's papers: Printing company asks employees to take a 5% pay cut; Auckland Starlight Symphony loses major sponsor; Privy Council dismisses case brought by convicted double-killer John Barlow. [more]

Lessons of Invercargill tragedy feared lost on drivers
People in Invercargill believe a crash that killed three teenagers will make others think twice about speeding, but fear the lesson will still be lost on some. [more]

NCEA re-sits reduced to one
From next year, high school students will no longer be given multiple opportunities to re-sit NCEA standards. [more]

Wall St up after late buying spree
Stocks in the United States rebounded in late trade on Wednesday. [more]

Call for immigration commission for NZ Pacific community
There's a call for an Immigration Commission to be set up to review contentious decisions amid ongoing controversy about overstayers. The suggestion came at a meeting with senior Immigration officials... [more]

Samoa will accept NZ offer of help with swine flu
The Prime Minister of Samoa says his country will accept an offer of assistance, to help it manage swine flu. Samoa has three confirmed cases of the virus, which has... [more]

NZ offers financial assistance and Tamiflu to Pacific
The New Zealand Government is offering financial support and stocks of tamiflu to Pacific nations with cases of swine flu. The Prime Minister, John Key, is in Samoa and says... [more]

Education conference looks to address funding issues
A conference for Pasifika people in Tertiary Education in New Zealand is hoping to address funding restrictions to its sector. Up to 16 tertiary bodies, including Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of... [more]

Trust considers appeal against coastal ruling
The Te Arai Coastal Lands Trust is considering appealing a ruling by Rodney District Council that stops it from developing a coastal park and 180 holiday houses at Te Arai beach in Northland. [more]

Finals of young farmers contest begin
The National Young Farmer contest will begins on Thursday. Seven finalists face three days of intensive competition. As well as the title, they're competing for more than $168,000 in prizes. [more]

SANZAR asks around about 15th Super Rugby team
SANZAR has called for expressions of interest from applicants wishing to join Super Rugby from 2011. It's the first step in the process to determine the location of the 15th ... [more]

Group wants bridge funds to go to sewage scheme
A harbour protection group says Whangarei District Council should fix the city's sewage system, not build another harbour crossing. [more]

Buller river clean-up praised
Solid Energy has won praise from conservationists for moves to clean-up a Buller river polluted by the Stockton opencast coal mine. [more]

Social service agencies struggling
The Council of Christian Social Services says rising food and energy costs are causing major financial problems for families and community agencies are struggling to meet demand. [more]

More claims of collapse expected as basis for takeovers
The Commerce Commission says the recession will prompt more companies to argue they are at the brink of collapse as a way of gaining clearance for mergers and acquisitions. Draft guidelines have been issued to clarify its stance. [more]

Further reductions suggested in central plains water scheme
Commissioners considering a proposal to build a large irrigation scheme in Canterbury have indicated that its proponents may have to reduce their water use below what they currently suggest. [more]

$150 lamb campaign seen as still achievable
Federated Farmers thinks its campaign for $150 per lamb is still achievable. [more]

American Samoa cable TV company changes name
The only cable television service in American Samoa has changed its name. Pacific Island Cable television, which was bought by Blue Sky four months ago, is now called Blue Sky... [more]

CNMI Retirement Fund clarifies withdrawal policy
The CNMI Retirement Fund chairman says suspending refund payments is temporary until the government pays its lawful contribution to the Fund. The Board voted unanimously this week to suspend all... [more]

Australia signals need to reengage with Fiji despite little hope for democracy
Australia's foreign minister, Stephen Smith, says there is little confidence Fiji will return to democracy in the short term. Mr Smith says the recent abrogation of the constitution and Commodore... [more]

Health Insurance company threatens to cancel CNMI coverage over debts
Aetna Global Benefits, which administers the Northern Marianas government's health insurance programme, has threatened to cancel members' health insurance coverage if a two-year-old debt to the company is not paid... [more]

Retail sales down in June
Retail sales were down in June for the first time in four months. [more]

Fiji hopes for Forum invitation despite suspension
Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says he hopes Fiji will be allowed to sit in at next month's Pacific Islands Forum summit in Australia despite its suspension. Commodore... [more]

Call to rehabilitate French Polynesia's Pouvanaa a Oopa
The French Polynesian assembly has voted unanimously for a resolution asking France to rehabilitate the Tahitian independence campaigner, Pouvanaa a Oopa. France sent Pouvanaa into exile in 1958 after accusing... [more]

Marshalls planner notes growing hardship
The Marshall Islands chief planner Carl Hacker says there is increasing hardship in the country, particularly in urban communities. His office has been conducting a series of health, water and... [more]

Pacific leaders call for Immigration Commission
Pacific Island leaders want an Immigration Commission to be set up to review contentious decisions. [more]

Jones gives strong sign he will stand for National
Former All Black Michael Jones has all but confirmed he will enter politics in the future and stand for the National Party. [more]

IHC says it can't afford court ruling on pay rates
IHC says it cannot afford an Employment Court ruling that employees should be paid the mimimum wage for night shifts. [more]

Jetstar makes public apology over service
Budget airline Jetstar is publishing full-page newspaper advertisements, apologising for recent problems on its flights. [more]

Barlow ruling confirms strength of case, say police
Police say the Privy Council's decision to reject double murderer John Barlow's last legal bid confirms the overwhelming strength of the prosecution case. [more]

Tonga confirms Thaksin's Nuku'alofa visit
Tonga's Prime Minister's office has confirmed the ousted Thai prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, has been in the country this week. A government spokesman in Nuku'alofa says his visit was privately... [more]

Climate expert gives bleak forecast for Pacific
A New Zealand climate expert has issued a bleak forecast on the impact of climate change in the Pacific. The manager of Pacific Activities at the National Institute of Water... [more]

Forum chair expects Fiji leader to renege on road map undertaking
The chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, Toke Talagi of Niue, says he doubts Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, will keep to the road map providing for an... [more]

Tourist killed after bus rolls on Milford highway
A South Korean tourist is dead and four others seriously injured after their tour bus rolled on the Milford highway near Te Anau. [more]

Swine flu fears keep US Navy vessels off Guam
Swine flu fears have prompted three US war ships to stay offshore in Guam where they were due to be refuelled and restocked. This came after some sailors exhibited flu-like... [more]

Former Palau president charged with code of ethics violations
Palau's former President Tommy Remengesau Jr has been charged with violating the code of ethics for allegedly concealing property transactions. The Special Prosecutor, Michael Copeland, charged Mr Remengesau, who is... [more]

PNG call for new assessment of Watut river system pollution
An MP from Papua New Guinea's Morobe Province says he will push for an independent assessment of the damage from sedimentation caused by the Morobe Mining Joint Venture. Soil being... [more]

RSF fears French cover-up of Tahiti journalist murder
The journalists organisation, Reporters Without Borders, says it regrets that the French defence ministry refuses to release classified documents requested by judge in French Polynesia investigating the 1997 disappearance of... [more]

Convicted Samoan government accountant spared jail
A former principal accountant of the Customs division of Samoa's Ministry of Revenue in Samoa has been convicted on four counts of theft as a servant and ordered to pay... [more]

Cooks confirms two more H1N1 cases
The Cook Islands health ministry says there have been two more cases of H1N1 flu. The ministry says the two cases are residents of the Cooks Islands who have not... [more]

Hamilton V8 spectators fined for using roofs
Hamilton City Council says it has an obligation to enforce the Building Act after it fined people for using roofs and makeshift stands to watch V8 car races. [more]

Investigations continue into fatal house fire
Investigations are continuing into a suspicious fire in Christchurch that claimed the lives of a woman and her young daughter. [more]

Spat over Niue tourism funds overshadows PM's visit
A disagreement over the allocation of funds for tourism in Niue has overshadowed New Zealand Prime Minister John Key's visit to the Pacific nation. [more]

NZ rowing team finishes Indian Ocean race
A four-man team from New Zealand rowing across the Indian Ocean has crossed the finish line in Mauritus. [more]

Murder accused tells court of volatile relationship
A former university economics tutor accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend 216 times has given evidence about their tumultuous relationship. [more]

Pair dead after shooting in Rotorua
A man and woman are dead following a shooting in Rotorua on Thursday. [more]

NZ market lower at close
The New Zealand share market was down 8 points, or 0.3%, to 2741 at the close of trade on Thursday. [more]