Radio New Zealand - Saturday, 11th July 2009

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

Saturday Morning

Austin Mitchell: MPs and expenses
Labour MP for Grimsby in Britain since 1977. [more]

Chris Amon: Formula One
Former motor racing driver who was active in Formula One racing during the 1960s and 70s. [more]

David Engwicht: traffic calming
International leader of efforts to reduce the negative impacts of motor vehicle traffic in urban areas. [more]

Art with Mary Kisler: Salvador Dali
Discussing Liquid Desire, an exhibition of over 200 of Dali's works, at the National Gallery of Victoria. [more]

Colwyn Trevarthen: music and children
NZ psychologist and pioneer in the study of the musical nature of the relationships infants have with their parents. [more]

Gordon Harcourt reads a selection of emails and text messages from listeners. [more]

Graeme Tuckett: Barry Barclay
Writer and director of The Camera on the Shore, a documentary about the life of New Zealand director Barry Barclay. [more]

Emily Perkins: London and art
Auckland writer who is a Montana Book Awards fiction finalist for Novel About My Wife. [more]

Melinda Szymanik: choice were-nanas
Winner of the Children's Choice Award at the 2009 NZ Post Book Awards for her picture book The Were-nana (Not a Bedtime Story). [more]

Rod Gibson: fab pre-fabs
Web-only interview. Gordon Harcourt talks to designer Rod Gibson, the founder and director of Habode, a New Zealand company building pre-fabricated dwellings in China. ( [more]

Sunday Morning

Insight for Sunday 12 July 2009: Copyright
Kim Griggs explores the issue of copyright and the controversial attempt to stop illegal downloading from the internet [more]

This Way Up

Product lives
Hamish Wilson of's been researching how long stuff like TVs, washing machines and cell phones should last for. Plus Bill Bevan on the laws that protect you even after your warranty expires. [more]

Diamond city
Antwerp, in Belgium, is the world capital of the diamond trade, turning over US$42 billion a year. Ian Traynor on how tougher economic times are hitting diamond sales and the city. [more]

Tour de France 2009: route master
Ned Boulting joins us to explain how the Tour de France's route gets chosen. And money makes the Tour go round! [more]

Gadget teardowns
Would you fly half way round the world, queue up for 24 hours, pay full price for the latest gadget then unwrap it and smash it open while filming yourself? Luke Soules of iFixit does! [more]

Eco washing machine
Bill Westwater of Xeros is developing a prototype washing machine that only uses a tiny fraction of the water and power needed for a traditional model. [more]

Tech news: Google Chrome OS
Bill Thompson beams in and Google's launching its very own operating system at around the same time as Microsoft's Windows 7 and Apple's Snow Leopard come out later this year. [more]

News stories:

NZ Oil and Gas invests more in Taranaki Basin
New Zealand Oil & Gas has invested $10 million to be part of a new drilling project in the Hoki field. It is the company's fifth permit in the Taranaki Basin. [more]

International visitor numbers drop in Auckland
Swine flu and the global financial crisis have resulted in the number of international visitors staying in Auckland dropping significantly. [more]

National still tops 50% in opinion poll
The National Party continues to poll above 50% in the latest Roy Morgan political opinion poll. [more]

Lawyer sceptical that NZ will sign UN Declaration
A Maori rights lawyer is sceptical the New Zealand Government will sign a United Nations Declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples. [more]

Maori won't be second class citizens under super-city
Urban Maori authorities have told a Parliamentary committee they won't put up with being second class citizens when it comes to Auckland governance. [more]

Maori battalion veteran farewelled
Many of the survivors of the 28 Maori Battalion have been gathering at Te Tokanganui a Noho marae in Te Kuiti to bid farewell to their Second Lieutenant Kingi Hetet, who died this week at aged 87. His funeral is on Saturday morning. [more]

NZL still heading back to Port of Tauranga
NZL Group says it is a step closer to re-establishing a presence at the Port of Tauranga, despite strong opposition. The logistics company wants to operate a container terminal there by 2010. [more]

20% deposit still expected by ASB Bank
ASB Bank still expects customers to have a 20% deposit for a new home-loan. Westpac has starting to offer home loans to those with deposits less than 20%. [more]

Europe shares fall for 4th week
European shares closed lower on Friday, ending a fourth consecutive week of losses. [more]

Eight All Blacks to tuern out for their clubs
Eight All Blacks will be involved in club rugby for a second time this weekend, as players returning from injury try to build match fitness ahead of the Tri Nations ... [more]

NZ team races well in Lucerne heats
New Zealand's rowers have made another strong start to the third World Cup regatta at Lucerne in Switzerland with six heat wins, all but one crew qualifying directly for semi-finals ... [more]

Hamilton surprise fastest in Germany
The world champion Lewis Hamilton returned to the scene of his worst Formula One crash to set the fastest time in German Grand Prix free practice. The 24-year-old Briton, who ... [more]

No play for Lee while Cambo drops out
Rain's delayed play on the second day of the John Deere golf classic in Illinois. New Zealand's Danny Lee shot an opening round one under par 70 yesterday. Meanwhile Michael ... [more]

NZ looking good to make regional Davis Cup final
New Zealand can wrap up the Asia/Oceania Group II Davis Cup tennis clash with Indonesia in Hamilton with a win in today's doubles. The hosts went 2-0 up after wins ... [more]

Contador attacks yellow as Feillu wins in mountains
An Italian rider has surprisingly taken the yellow jersey on the Tour de France. Rinaldo Nocentini now leads the famous cycle race after finishing fourth on the first mountain stage, ... [more]

Ponting's 150 takes Australia into the lead
Australia has the advantage after the third day of the first Ashes cricket Test in Cardiff. The tourists lead England by 44 runs after reaching 479 for five. Australian captain ... [more]

Sutton leads Souths back into winner's circle
South Sydney have kept their National Rugby League finals campaign alive, thrashing Penrith 36-12 at home to move within three points of the eighth-placed Panthers. Five-eighth John Sutton starred in the ... [more]

Joint tourism drive by Waikato and Bay of Plenty
Waikato and the Bay of Plenty are to join forces in a tourism drive in Australia. Pacific Blue is to operate six flights a week from Hamilton, starting in September. [more]

General Motors out of bankruptcy
General Motors is out of bankruptcy protection after creating a "new" GM comprising the company's best assets. The 100 year old car company says it's the beginning of a new era. [more]

Fiji's interim regime wins support of MSG
Fiji's interim regime has won the support of the Melanesian Spearhead Group. After meeting Friday with the Prime Ministers of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, Commodore Frank Bainimarama... [more]

School closed in Samoa over swine flu fears
The Ministry of Health in Samoa has temporarily closed Vaipouli College on Savaii island after health staff identified thirty eight hostel students from the school presenting with symptoms of influenza. [more]

New Zealand PM pledges help for Rarotonga-LA route
The New Zealand Prime Minister has ended his goodwill tour of the Pacific by agreeing to financially back Air New Zealand flights to the Cook Islands, which are crucial to... [more]

China buys $A57 million stake in Australian mining company
The Australian Foreign Investment Review Board is allow a Chinese company to buy a stake in Kagara. Guangdon will buy 20% of the base metal miner for $A57 million. [more]

Drug company to delist in London
Irish drugmaker Elan Corp is to delist from the London Stock Exchange due to low volumes. However, it will retain its primary Dublin listing and a presence on the New York Stock Exchange. [more]

Oil prices down again
Oil prices fell again on Friday. Prices are down 10% this week. The International Energy Agency expects demand to shrink this year. [more]

Wall Street ends lower
Stocks in the United States finished mostly lower on Friday for the fourth consecutive week. [more]

Backing promised for Air NZ flights to Cook Islands
New Zealand is to financially back Air New Zealand flights to the Cook Islands, which are crucial to the tourism industry there. Contributions will be capped at $US600,000 ($NZ1 million) this financial year. [more]

Dilshan coming to play for ND
Sri Lanka's star batsman will be gracing New Zealand cricket grounds this summer after Northern Districts pulled off a big coup by signing Tillakaratne Dilshan for their domestic Twenty20 squad. ... [more]

Sacha Jones makes semi-final in Texas
In a good week for the Joneses, teenage Auckland tennis player Sacha Jones has made the singles semi-finals of a US $50,000 ITF Tournament in Texas - while her brother GD ... [more]

Slater fifth going into medal race
New Zealand sailor Dan Slater has improved one place to fifth at the Finn Gold Cup World Championship with only the medal race to be sailed in Denmark. High winds and ... [more]

Gay too quick for Jamaicans
The American Tyson Gay has won the 100 metres at the Golden League meeting in Rome. Gay beat the Jamaican Asafa Powell in a time of 9.77 seconds. Powell ran ... [more]

I'm fit and ready to play, says Lomu
The former All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu says he is fit to resume his playing career with French third division side Marseille Vitrolles. The 34-year-old says he feels fine and ... [more]

Rowers off to a good start at Lucerne
The New Zealand rowing team has continued its winning form in Europe, with wins in five heats at the Lucerne World Cup event. Mahe Drysdale in the single sculls was again ... [more]

Body in harbour identified as university student's
The 20-year-old man whose body was found in the Otago Harbour on Friday morning has been identified as Regan John McCormack, a student at the University of Otago. [more]

Report soon on country's 'most contaminated site'
A paper the government describes as a key report into New Zealand's most contaminated site will be made public at the end of July. [more]

SH2 closed by crash
State Highway 2 at Te Puna near Tauranga was temporarily closed on Saturday after a three-car crash. [more]

Two more tremors in Turangi area
A small earthquake was felt in the Taupo region at 6.30 on Saturday night. It's the latest in a swarm of quakes to hit the region in recent weeks. [more]

Maori futsal team trials
A Maori futsal team will be picked this weekend for the Pan Pacific championships in Christchurch next month. Futsal is a trimmed-down version of indoor football, with a heavier ball and teams of five players. [more]

Raucous Maori opinion TV show axed
A raucous slice of Maori opinion is no more. TVNZ has axed a current affairs talk show fronted by former Alliance MP Willie Jackson after six seasons. [more]

Flurry of whale-spotting activity in Cook Strait
A DoC programme to identify humpback whales migrating north through Cook Strait has ended with a flurry of activity. [more]

NZ Post wants to know about household spending
NZ Post is sending a six-page survey to 1.6 million households in an effort to counter falling postal volume. Domestic mail is down by 7% and nearly 500 jobs have been shed this year as a result. [more]

Fertility law change hailed
A law change this week allowing frozen eggs to be used in fertility treatment is seen by a fertility clinic as giving patients new hope. Fertility Associates says many other countries already use frozen human eggs. [more]

Warning against complacency as swine-flu deaths hit seven
The number of swine-flu-related deaths in New Zealand has risen to seven, with the death of a Taranaki man. People are being warned not to underestimate the seriousness of the disease. [more]