Radio New Zealand - Saturday, 12th September 2009

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

Saturday Morning

Jenny Weston: the Mongol Derby
Four-star endurance veterinarian, who took a support role on the 2009 Mongol Derby, the longest horse race in the world. [more]

Michael Cathcart: Australia and water
Writer, broadcaster and historian whose latest book is The Water Dreamers: The Remarkable History of Our Dry Continent [more]

Sir Martin Evans: stem cells and gene therapy
British scientist credited with discovering how to culture embryonic stem cells, and for his work in the related technology of gene targeting. [more]

Jen Hay: changing vowels
Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Canterbury, who will discuss changing and merging vowels in New Zealand English. [more]

Playing Favourites with Richard Chen See
Dancer for the Paul Taylor Dance Company in New York, professional wilderness guide and kayak instructor, staging a work for the New Zealand School of Dance. [more]

Chris Rojek: celebrity culture
Specialist in celebrity, culture, tourism, popular music and leisure, who is the visiting Hood Fellow at The University of Auckland. [more]

Gardening with Sally Cameron
Cook and gardener, and author of Grow It, Cook It, and the Tui Vegetable Garden. [more]

Listener feedback
Kim Hill reads a selection of emails and texts from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme. [more]

Sunday Morning

Insight for 13 September 2009: Pay Equity
Penny MacKay asks why, 37 years after the Equal Pay Act women are still paid, on average, less than men. [more]

This Way Up

History of Food
How did humans progress from being hunter-gatherers to farming and beyond? Tom Standage is the author of 'An Edible History of Humanity'. [more]

Norfolk Island
Tourism numbers are down on tiny Norfolk Island, located halfway between New Zealand and New Caledonia. Independent producer Jake Warga explores what's happening. [more]

Coconuts, jeans and supermarkets
Tinku Ray, our correspondent in Dehli on the lack of coconut harvesters in India, hire-purchase Levi's and how Indians are embracing the recent phenomenon of supermarkets. [more]

Foraging: brassicaceae
Johanna Knox takes us out searching for brassicaceae, a relative of the radish and mustard plant. [more]

In the UK, bees are being promoted as pets for city dwellers. Johannes Paul on the 'Beehaus', specially designed for urban beekeeping. [more]

Miners wore them and the US Navy too. Hugo Lindgren of New York magazine on how the t-shirt moved from being an undergarment to becoming a fashion accessory. [more]

News stories:

Convicted police officer expects to lose job
A police officer convicted of drink driving expects to lose his job. He had a blood alcohol reading 2.5 times the legal limit. [more]

New chief judge of Maori Land Court sworn in
Wilson Isaac, the new chief judge of the Maori Land Court has been sworn in at his home marae in Tokomaru Bay north of Gisborne. He is the 16th chief judge of the court. [more]

No support from district mayors if ARC goes to court against Govt
Neither the Franklin nor Rodney district mayors will support the Auckland Regional Council if it takes legal action against the Government over the size of the super-city. Franklin says the ARC is too litigious. [more]

Te reo interpreters on hand for Treaty hui
Organisers of a hui in Auckland on Saturday to prepare Nga Puhi Treaty claims are providing interpreters for claimants who can't speak te reo. [more]

Southland lignite project to be explored
Solid Energy and GTL Energy of Colorado are to investigate development of lignite in Southland. Reserves are estimated at more than 12 billion tonnes there. [more]

FIA offers Piquet Jnr immunity
Brazilian racing driver Nelson Piquet junior has been offered immunity from prosecution in exchange for telling the truth about Renault's part in the Formula One scandal surrounding last year's Singapore Grand ... [more]

Rain delays US Open final rounds
Steady rain has delayed the start of the U.S. Open semi-final between champion Serena Williams and Kim Clijsters. After 10 days of dry weather, rain forced the suspension of Rafael Nadal's ... [more]

Harlequins escapes further action over fake blood scandal
The Rugby Football Union is to take no further action against Harlequins or any of the club's staff or members in the wake of the fake blood scandal. The RFU's disciplinary ... [more]

Former All Black detained by French Police
Former All Black halfback Byron Kelleher has been detained by French police after being involved in a fight in southwestern Toulouse. The car he was driving collided into an other vehicle ... [more]

Wallaby winger says Boks are still stinging from loss
The Wallabies winger Peter Hynes says South Africa are still stinging from their loss to Australia and will be tough for the All Blacks to beat in their Tri Nations clash ... [more]

Southland win top of the table clash
Southland's beaten Bay of Plenty 19-12 in a top of the table provincial championship rugby clash in in Invercargill. The home side lead 16-6 at half-time after scoring the game's only ... [more]

Regaining Maori vote essential for Labour - party president
Labour president Andrew Little says the party must claw back the Maori vote if it's to get back into Government. [more]

Rule changes expected to speed civil dispute process
The Law Society says changes aimed at speeding the settlement of civil disputes should stop people intentionally trying to delay the process. [more]

Australian department store Myer to re-list
The department store Myer is set to re-list on the Australian Securities Exchange later this year. The company says a prospectus is likely to be lodged on or around 28 September. [more]

VW to boost production in China
Volkswagen is increasing its presence in China. It is to invest €4 billion ($US5.84 billion) to develop new products and expand production by an extra 100,000 units there. [more]

Pioneer Highway closed in Palmerston North
Traffic is being diverted in Palmerston North after a car hit a bridge on Pioneer Highway. [more]

PNG beat USA in Under 19 cricket World cup qualifier
Papua New Guinea has beaten the USA at the Under 19 World cup cricket qualifying tournament. In the match of the Day, between two of the top sides that have... [more]

Commonwealth envoy says Fiji values relationship with Commonwealth
The Commonwealth's special envoy to Fiji says the country's military led government still values its relationship with the Commonwealth despite its refusal to bring forward a date for elections. Fiji... [more]

American Samoa's budget sees a drop
The American Samoa Government has produced a budget for the coming year of 335 point 8 million US dollars. This is two percent or about six million dollars less than... [more]

Mauri stone to be buried on site of new youth justice facility
The landlords of a new youth justice residential facility near Rotorua on Saturday will bury a mauri stone on the site. [more]

$1.6 million profit reported by Speirs Group
Speirs Group made a profit of $1.6 million for the 15 months to the end of June after selling its finance arm. The result follows a loss of $3.2 million the previous year by the food manufacturing and distribution company. [more]

Record sales reported by UK pub chain
British pub operator JD Wetherspoon reports record sales levels, saying it has weathered the recession. All its 731 pubs offer breakfast and other meals as well as coffee and drinks. [more]

Grant Samuel appointed as independent valuer for Fonterra
The Fonterra Shareholders' Council has appointed the Australasian-based investment advisory group Grant Samuel and Associates as Fonterra's independent valuer for this season. [more]

Electronic waste collection expected to top last year
The organiser of an electronic waste day expects the amount collected in 40 centres this year to pass 1000 tonnes. The volume last year was 950 tonnes. [more]

Labour considering changes to Reserve Bank role
The Labour Party is considering changing the Reserve Bank's role by moving it away from a narrow focus on controlling inflation. [more]

Springbok captain says he's motivated by results, not criticism
The Springbok captain John Smit says he's motivated by results and not by silencing his critics in tonight's tri-nations match against the All Blacks in Hamilton. A relatively inexperienced Wallaby front ... [more]

Rain halts play at US open
Rafael Nadal and Fernando Gonzalez have waited through a steady rain in hopes of finishing their suspended US Open quarter-final match while the women's semi-finals were postponed. After waiting through nearly ... [more]

Paralympic cyclist wins bronze in Italy
Paralympic cyclist Paula Tesoriero has won a bronze medal in the road time trial at the Para-cycling Road World Championships in Bogogno, Italy. Tesoriero maintained her number three world ranking in ... [more]

Bobcats co-owner killed in small plane crash
William "Skipper" Beck, a co-owner of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats, has died in a single-engine plane crash. The York County coroner and the Federal Aviation Administration said Beck was the only ... [more]

Lack of safe places for child sex offenders lamented
The head of the Parole Board says a growing number of inmates on preventive detention are having their release dates pushed back because of a lack of safe places for them to go. A lot of them are child sex offenders. [more]

Slain women being buried today
Funerals will be held on Saturday afternoon for two women whose bodies were found buried beneath a house in Christchurch. [more]

Rain forces rescheduling of final matches at U.S. Open
Steady rain has forced the cancellation of play at the U.S. tennis Open in New York. Yesterday's rain-suspended quarter-final between Rafael Nadal and Chile's Fernando Gonzalez will begin tomorrow's programme. When ... [more]

Springboks say they're only going to get better year on year
World rugby champions South Africa say they are still improving and can only get better. The Springboks hope tonight's match against the All Blacks at Waikato Stadium will see them add ... [more]

CYF defends placement of abused child
Child, Youth and Family is defending its role in placing a young child, who had been abused, with a caregiver who is now also charged with assault. [more]

Farmers tell Labour to change monetary policy
Federated Farmers has told the Labour Party conference in Rotorua that changing monetary policy is one of the key issues that needs to be addressed. [more]

Inu fighting to be fit for tomorrow night's Eels vs Dragons match
The Parramatta league centre Krisnan Inu will be given until the last possible moment to prove his fitness ahead of Sunday's NRL finals clash with St George Illawarra. The New Zealand ... [more]

Australia's Viduka giving up European football
Australia's national soccer captain, Mark Viduka, is to end his European football career. The striker's English Premier league side, Newcastle, were relegated at the end of last season. The 33 year ... [more]

Tiger moves up to share the lead after two rounds at Cog Hill
Tiger Woods has carded a four-under-par 67 to share the lead with Mark Wilson after two rounds of golf's BMW Championship at Cog Hill. The American pair are one stroke ahead ... [more]

Rain forces re-jig of US Tennis Open final days
Unrelenting rain washed out play at the U.S. Open, ending the ten day run of near-perfect weather and playing havoc with the schedule. The rain-suspended quarter-final between world number three Rafael ... [more]

Michale Jordan inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame
Michael Jordan, considered by many to be basketball's greatest player, has been enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Jordan thanked those who who fuelled his competitive fire, including the coach who ... [more]

State of NZ wool industry seen as national tragedy
Teresa Gattung, the head of Wool Partners International, says the state of the wool industry in New Zealand is a national tragedy. [more]

I'm still the right leader: Goff
Labour Party leader Phil Goff says he believes he's the right person to lead the party into the 2011 election and he will be judged on his performance. [more]

Supermarket workers protest over pay
About 60 workers employed by supermarket chain Foodstuffs protested outside Northlands Pak n Save in Christchurch on Saturday afternoon over a wage dispute. [more]

New ABs backline combination to be tested tonight in Hamilton
It's mild and dry in Hamilton for tonights' sold-out Tri-nations rugby test between the All Blacks and Springboks. All Blacks loose forward Jerome Kaino says they've studied how South Africa have ... [more]

Canterbury beat Otago in first defence of new Ranfurly Shield run
Casey Laulala scored Canterbury's bonus point try to celebrate his return to rugby after a long injury lay-off, and clinch the failure of Otago's second Ranfurly Shield challenge of the season, ... [more]

Man shoots arrow at police officers
Police in Christchurch had to fire gas cannisters into a house on Saturday to flush out a man who had shot an arrow at an officer. [more]