Radio New Zealand - Saturday, 15th August 2009

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

Saturday Morning

Andy Dennis: Iceland update
New Zealander who wrote his PHd on The Laws of Early Iceland, and has been guiding two-week hiking trips in north-east Iceland since 2001. [more]

Kate Hunter: hunting
Historian, former tramper, and author of Hunting: A New Zealand History. [more]

Charlotte Paul: unfortunate experiment revisited
Professor in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago, and medical advisor to the Cartwright Inquiry, discussing Linda Bryder's book, A History of the 'Unfortunate Experiment' at National Women's Hospital. [more]

Bob Harvey: mayors for peace
Mayor of Waitakere, recently appointed Vice President of the General Conference of Mayors for Peace, aiming to achieve a nuclear free world by 2020. [more]

Bill Culbert: walking in light
Artist best know for his light sculptures, back in New Zealand for three exhibitions, and the launch of a new book on him by Ian Wedde. [more]

A selection of Saturday Morning emails. [more]

Paul Mercurio: judging beer and dance
Dancer, actor and Dancing with the Stars judge who now hosts food and travel TV programmes, has his own beer brand in Victoria, and is visiting here as a judge for the BrewNZ Beer Awards and Beervana. [more]

Franny Amstrong: age of stupid
Independent British filmmaker of McLibel, Drowned Out, and new drama-documentary about climate change, The Age of Stupid. [more]

Sunday Morning

Insight, Sunday 16 August: Dairy Fortunes
Economics Correspondent Nigel Stirling explores the turn-around in the dairy industry which has seen boom turn in to gloom. [more]

This Way Up

Foraging: onion weed
We're foraging for more free food with Johanna Knox. This week, onion weed's a bit like a wild spring onion and good in dips, breads, marinades and Asian cooking. [more]

History of the zip
Zips are on everything nowadays. But the idea took about 40 years to get off the ground, two world wars got in the way, and tragedy struck one of its main inventors. Robert Friedel charts the history of the zipper. [more]

Non-melting chocolate
Gaby Tschofen of the Swiss chocolatier Barry Callebaut reckons they've cracked the secret of heat resistant, low calorie chocolate. [more]

Hi-tech chocolate
We're off to San Francisco where Cyrus Farivar's visited a new producer using all sorts of hi-tech wizardry in the chocolate manufacturing process. [more]

World's biggest gambling den
The southern Chinese city of Macau makes more money from gambling than Las Vegas and Atlantic City combined! Clifford Coonan's seen some changes in the 20 years he's bene visiting. [more]

Tech news: music downloading
Bill Thompson on a new UK study of music downloading and young people's listening habits. Plus the US employers facing lawsuits from"hyperconnected"workers. [more]

Tracking your rubbish
Trash Track's the name of a project in the US that's using location tags to track the journey your rubbish takes after you leave it on the kerbside. Assaf Biderman of MIT's leading the project. [more]

Crustacean colourings
Dr Nick Wade's one of the Australian scientists who reckons they've solved the mystery of what makes crabs, prawns and lobsters change colour when you cook them. [more]

News stories:

Kim Smith set for good run at world athletics champs
New Zealand's best medal prospects will open the World Athletics Championships in Berlin this weekend with Valerie Vili favourite to retain her shot put title, while Kimberley Smith has a ... [more]

Mundine could fight in Fiji
Australian boxer Anthony Mundine could be fighting in Suva, Fiji later this year. Mundine is in talks with a Fijian promotoer and is likely to defend his super Middleweight world ... [more]

New Zealand beat Scotland in third pool game
The New Zealand under-21 netabll team has continued their unbeaten run at the world championships in the Cook Islands, beating Scotland 78-24. New Zealand play their last round robin match against ... [more]

Safety concerns over women's boxing
Keith Walker, a member of both the New Zealand and international Boxing Associations, says he is not concerned about the safety of women boxers competing in the next Olympics. For ... [more]

Khan not happy with women boxing at Olympics
Not everyone is happy with the news that women boxers will get their chance to compete at the next Olympics. The idea had been rejected until now by the International ... [more]

Golf, rugby shortlisted for 2016
Golf and rugby sevens are set to return to the Olympics in 2016 after being shortlisted from seven candidate sports by the IOC's executive board. The two sports last featured ... [more]

Mulipola suspended from rugby
The Otago and Highlanders player Lucky Mulipola has been suspended from all rugby until early next month but it could be longer, after being involved in an alleged altercation in ... [more]

Abuse case backlog not affecting safety - commissioner
Children's Commissioner John Angus is confident the welfare of abused children is being looked after, despite a police backlog of uninvestigated cases, because Child Youth and Family have the power to act independently. [more]

Under-21 netballers chalk up second win at world champs
The New Zealand under-21 netball team has won their second World Cup game in the Cook Islands with a 89-31 win over Trinidad and Tobago. The win follows their convincing ... [more]

Wellington refuse to bow to pressure from rugby hierarchy
Wellington's refused to bow to pressure from rugby's hierarchy and steadfastly stuck their plan not to play their All Blacks in this weekend's Air New Zealand cup match against Bay ... [more]

Breakers have another pre-season win
The New Zealand Breakers have made it two from two in their pre-season basketball tour of the North Island with a 92-86 win over the touring Athletes in Action team ... [more]

Women's boxing to debut at 2012 Olympics
Women's boxing will make its first appearance on the Olympic programme at the London 2012 Games. The idea had been rejected until now by the International Olympic Committee because it ... [more]

Pakistan ends battle over World Cup hosting
Pakistan has given up on its legal battle with the International Cricket Council over hosting of the 2011 World Cup. Pakistan started legal proceedings against the ICC after being stripped ... [more]

Otago beat North Harbour
Otago have scored their first win of the Air New Zealand Cup rugby competition, kicking off round three with a 29-9 home victory over North Harbour. All Black loosie Adam Thomson ... [more]

Tempers fray at Wallabies training
Tensions almost boiled over in the Wallabies rugby camp when the teenage fullback James O'Connor and flanker Phil Waugh squared off during a rugged training session. There were no punches ... [more]

Batting practice as match ends in draw
The New Zealand cricketers had a useful but unspectacular batting workout ahead of the first Test, as the team's second warm-up game against a Sri Lanka Development XI ended in ... [more]

Black Sticks disappoint but still clinch home series
The New Zealand men's hockey team has clinched the series with Malaysia after a 2-2 draw in Napier. The Black Sticks scored through Andy Hayward and Phil Burrows and should ... [more]

Turbos surprise, red and blacks don't
Canterbury and Manawatu sit first and second on the provincial rugby championship table midway through the third round, after both posted their second wins on Friday night. Manawatu's surprise 25-23 win ... [more]

Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh
Zimbabwe have kept the one-day cricket series with Bangladesh alive with a 69-run victory in the third international at Bulawayo. After making 323 for seven at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, ... [more]

Community sentences for five in exorcism case
Community-based sentences have been imposed on five people found guilty of the manslaughter of Janet Moses, who died during an exorcism attempt in Wainuiomata. [more]

Police in Samoa call for calm after violent land dispute
Samoa's assistant police commissioner, Papalii Li'o, is calling for calm among members of two families involved in a land dispute. A village chief suffered serious injuries from a machete attack... [more]

Rafael Nadal proves fitness in straight-sets win
Tennis world number two Rafael Nadal has finally proven he is back to full fitness after a convincing 6-3 6-2 third round win over Germany's Philipp Petzschner at the Montreal ... [more]

Breakers sign former NBA player
The New Zealand Breakers have signed their second import and final player for the upcoming Australian National Basketball League season, bringing in former Washington Wizard and Milwaukee Buck forward Awvee ... [more]

Webster chases more medals in world junior cycling
New Zealand cyclist Sam Webster will chase his third medal on the final day of the UCI Junior World Track Championships in Moscow tomorrow. The big Aucklander, who won a ... [more]

Viduka quits English Premier League
The Australian football striker Mark Viduka has decided to quit the English Premier League to "start a new life". Viduka had held talks with Fulham boss Roy Hodgson this week ... [more]

South Africa's poor to get free 2010 World Cup tickets
Some 120,000 free tickets will be given away for next year's football World Cup to ensure that poor South Africans, the biggest local fans of the game, can attend. Officials ... [more]

Draw for Mariners and Jets
Central Coast and Newcastle have shared honours with a 1-1 draw in their A-League football derby at Bluetongue Stadium. After a scoreless first half in which both sides squandered plenty of ... [more]

Bite allegations as Titans ruin Souths' season
An alleged biting incident by Gold Coast fullback William Zillman has soured a 22-14 victory over South Sydney which guaranteed the Titans their first National Rugby League finals appearance and ... [more]

Forest and Bird urges rethink of high country ruling
Environmental advocacy group Forest and Bird is urging the Government to appeal against a decision that amenity values, such as views, shouldn't be included in setting rent for leases of high country land. [more]

Deadly Auckland beach toxin identified
The toxin linked to the death of dogs on Auckland's eastern beaches has been identified as tetrodotoxin, which can kill within an hour. Normally found in puffer fish, the deadly poison has been discovered in sea slugs. [more]

Maori land court chief judge appointed
After a long period of uncertainty, Wilson Isaac has been named Chief Judge of the Maori Land Court. He will also chair the Waitangi Tribunal. [more]

Longer races continue to suit NZ team at kayak worlds
The New Zealand kayak team continues to do well in the longer events at the World Championships in Canada. Erin Taylor and Steve Ferguson both made their respective K1 1000 ... [more]

Biologist wins US award for apple research
Molecular biologist Dr Sue Gardiner has been recognised internationally for her contribution to apple research. [more]

Niue's Tourism Association hopes NZ and Niue can work to build up tourist sector
The President of Niue's Tourism Association, Patricia Hunter, says she hopes the governments of New Zealand and Niue can work constructively to build up the island's fledgling tourism sector. Her... [more]

Cook Islands to host Maori King next month
New Zealand's Maori king, Tuheitia Paki, and his family are to be visit the Cook Islands next month for the Maeva Nui celebrations. The Cook Islands Government is to cover... [more]

NZ dive ship arrives in Tonga
The Navy dive ship, HMNZS Manawanui, has arrived in Tonga to support divers trying to confirm the discovery of the sunken ferry, the Princess Ashika. The dive team has been... [more]

Remains of six victims of PNG plane crash flown to Port Moresby
The remains of six victims of the Papua New Guinea plane crash have been flown to the capital Port Moresby, where the process of identification will formally begin. 13 people... [more]

Clijsters bows out
Kim Clijsters' dream return to tennis after two years out is over. The Belgium former world number one lost in straight sets to the number one seeded Russian Dinara Safina in ... [more]

Half of field in NZ squash semi-finals are local
Top local hope Shelley Kitchen takes on world number three Natalie Grinham of the Netherlands in the semi-finals of the New Zealand women's squash Open at Mt Maunganui today, after ... [more]

Smail makes cut at PGA, Woods racing away with it
Hamilton golfer David Smail's made the cut at the PGA Championship in Minnesota - but only just. He was right on the projected cut mark of four over par. The ... [more]

NZ yachtie wins Splash world champs
Picton sailor Declan Burn has won the Splash world title at the regatta in Pwllheli, Wales. There were 111 entries from eight nations. The combined results of the New Zealand sailors ... [more]

Fed Express out in Montreal
The world's number one tennis player Roger Federer has been knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Montreal Masters by France's Jo-Wilfred Tsonga. Tsonga now meets Britain's Andy Murray in ... [more]

Australia call up Hartley as back-up keeper
Australia have called up a third wicketkeeper to their Ashes squad in England to provide extra cover ahead of next week's fifth and deciding cricket Test. Queensland wicketkeeper Chris Hartley, ... [more]

Investor takes swipe at Kiwi Income Property Trust
Kiwi Income Property Trust is under scrutiny from one of its institutional investors, which describes the dividend of 7.5 cents per unit as disappointing. [more]

Fog at Christchurch Airport delays flights
Thick fog in Christchurch caused delays to some flights in and out of the city on Saturday morning. [more]

Qatar buys stake in Porsche
The Gulf state of Qatar has agreed to take stake in German carmaker Porsche, as part of a deal between Volkswagen and Porsche under which they will merge by 2011, the BBC reports. [more]

Woods in clear lead at US PGA
Tiger Woods answered every challenge with a brilliant display of power shot-making on a hot, windy day at Hazeltine to seize a commanding four-stroke lead after 36 holes of the ... [more]

Sir Alex says Manchester United are ready
Sir Alex Ferguson insists there will be no hangover from Manchester United's crushing Champions League final defeat as his side begin life without Cristiano Ronaldo in their Premier League opener against ... [more]

Roddick beats Djokovic but Federer and Nadal fall
Andy Roddick won a battle of former champions, taming fourth seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia 6-4 7-6 in a quarter-final slugfest at the Montreal Masters. Fifth seed Roddick, the 2003 winner, ... [more]

Whitebaiters told to stick to the rules
The Department of Conservation is warning whitebaiters to keep to the regulations and not take more than their fair share, amid evidence of a declining population of the fish. [more]

Justice system 'struggling with Maori culture'
A Maori educator says the non-custodial sentences imposed for a fatal exorcism attempt in Wainuiomata show the justice system is struggling to deal with traditional practice. [more]

Controllers suspended over crash involving NZ pilot
American authorities have begun disciplinary proceedings against two air traffic controllers in connection with a fatal mid-air collision involving a New Zealand helicopter pilot near New York. [more]

Man crushed to death at Fonterra factory named
The man crushed to death in a lift shaft at a Southland Fonterra factory has been named. He was David Shaw, 39, of Christchurch. [more]

Calls from public about boat mayday
Several members of the public have contacted search and rescue officials saying they possibly recognise the voice on a mayday call that sparked a huge rescue effort off the Northland coast. The call is being investigated as a possible hoax. [more]

Auckland beat Northland in Air New Zealand Cup game
Auckland have beaten Northland 32-13 in an Air New Zealand Cup rugby game in Kerikeri this afternoon before a crowd of about 6000 people. The game was played in small ... [more]

Tomato growers struggling despite higher prices
Tomato growers are struggling with some of the lowest prices in a decade, despite a 40% increase in prices for the product over the past year. [more]

Taranaki, Timaru ports lose out in Fonterra shake-up
Taranaki and Timaru ports will lose a big portion of their business because of a shake up by dairy giant Fonterra, which will use fewer ports to ship its products abroad. [more]

Drought cost NZ economy billions
The drought in 2007 and 2008 cost the New Zealand economy $2.8 billion, a Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry report shows. [more]

Better water storage urgently needed - Fed Farmers
Federated Farmers says improving water storage would boost productivity for the country as a whole. [more]

Mayor Island obsidian off-limits to visitors
A Bay of Plenty iwi wants visitors to leave its precious volcanic glass alone. [more]

Man's death in hospital referred to coroner
Hamilton police have referred the death of a teenager who died in Waikato Hospital to the coroner for further investigation. [more]

Charges for diesel vehicles likely to rise
The Transport Minister says people who drive diesel cars can expect their road user charges to increase. [more]

Govt happy with youth job scheme uptake
The Government says it is satisfied with the early progress of a new youth job scheme. More than 200 jobs have been offered to lowly-skilled young people so far. [more]

Maori flag consultation a farce - Labour MP
Labour MP Shane Jones has described the national Maori flag consultation process as a farce, and says the Maori Party is using the debate to ignore the real issues facing Maori. [more]

Report reveals uneconomic old power plants
Part of an electricity report presented to the Government on Wednesday shows many older power plants have never been economic. [more]

Labour disappointed at rejection of honours policy
The Labour Party says it regrets the overwelming rejection of its policy on national honours, shown by the numbers who have formally accepted traditional titles. [more]

New Zealanders reclaim titles of Knight and Dame
More than 60 people have been formally given traditional titles to replace their New Zealand honours at a ceremony in Wellington. [more]

Health board plans for elderly care at home
Canterbury District Health Board has set out plans to help older people stay in their own homes in order to make healthcare provision financially sustainable long term. [more]

Westpac gives local jobs guarantee
Westpac has guaranteed not to send any jobs overseas for at least one year. The bank has also promised to try to keep its local workforce of 5,500 at the current size for the year. [more]