Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 15th September 2009

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Reeling in the years - 1987
The year of the Rainbow Warrior sinking, the Stock Market crash and the inaugural Rugby World Cup - the one we won. [more]

Patrick Swayze
Patrick Swayze, the hunky actor who danced his way into the public's hearts in"Dirty Dancing"and then broke them with"Ghost,"has died in Los Angeles. [more]

He Rourou for 15 September 2009
In He Rourou today, Ana Tapiata talks to Dr Milroy who pays tribute to the namesake of his award. [more]

Tune your engine - Jost Sauer
He is an author and columnist with a focus on getting the most out of life. [more]

Asian Report for 15 September 2009
Jason Moon gives us an introduction to sake culture in New Zealand. [more]

Science story - sleep research
What do long-haul airline pilots and pregnant women have in common? They both need sleep. [more]

The panel (part 1)
With today's guests Brian Edwards and Richard Griffin. [more]

The panel (part 2)
With today's guests Brian Edwards and Richard Griffin. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 15 September 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Midday Business News for 15 September 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 15 September 2009
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business News for 15 September 2009
News from the business sector. [more]


Weatherston sentenced to minimum of 18 years
Sophie Elliot's killer bowed his head and wiped away tears when his father Roger Weatherston told the High Court in Christchurch that he never thought his son capable of such a crime. [more]

Police seek murder suspect who's fled to Kenya
Police in Christchurch say they'll need Government help to detain and question a man who's fled to Kenya and who is a key suspect in a violent attack which has left his ex-wife in hospital with serious head injuries and another man dead. [more]

Live report from Ilam murder scene
Our reporter Monique Devereux is following the story - she joins us now. [more]

Worker dies in Hamilton after fuel tank explosion
Officers attempted to perform CPR on the worker but he died at the scene. [more]

del Potro ends Federer's run
In a stunning upset at the US Tennis Open, five times champion Roger Federer has been beaten by the 20 year old Argentine Juan Martin del Potro. [more]

Evening sports news
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Parliament debates super city bill under urgency
Labour and the Maori Party are making a last ditch attempt to have Maori seats on the new Auckland Council as Parliament debates the super city legislation under urgency. [more]

Maori Party wants benefits raised in response to ETS
The Maori Party is pushing the Government to give extra assistance to beneficiaries facing increased costs from the proposed Emissions Trading Scheme. [more]

Dirty Dancing star Patrick Swayze dies
The American actor Patrick Swayze, whose turn as a smoldering dance instructor made him one of the best known movie stars of the 1980s has died after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Obama warns congress not to block financial reforms
The US President Barack Obama has warned Wall Street not to block his reforms of the country's financial system. [more]

Pressure on West Coast hydro objector to give in
A West Coast mayor is calling for a lone objector to a long-awaited hydro-electricity scheme to give in, and stop holding back progress in the region. [more]

Govt urged to reinstate food guidelines for schools
An Olympic rower, a public health doctor and students are urging the government to reinstate healthy eating in schools. [more]

Environmentalists spit tacks over revised ETS
Environmental activists and some economists are spitting tacks at the Government's revised Emissions Trading Scheme. [more]

DHB's have key role in Lab Tests
Auckland district health boards say they played a major role in the change of leadership at the embattled community lab testing firm Lab Tests. [more]

Government defends home insulation scheme
Local government bodies are being asked to help middle income earners warm up their homes. [more]

Union rejects claims over bus driver pay demands
Bus driver unions in Auckland are furious with their employer NZ Bus for claiming workers have increased their pay demands by 30 cents an hour. [more]

Serious charges likely over fatal crash
Serious charges are likely after a cat and mouse game between two teenage drivers north of Auckland ended with the death of a motorcyclist. [more]

Wife of Japan's new prime minister 'visits Venus'
Yukio Hatoyama will be sworn in tomorrow as Japan's 60th Prime Minister. But since winning office a lot of attention's been paid to his wife Miyuki and her eccentric views. She claims she's visited Venus and knew a famous American actor in a previous life. [more]

Evening sports news
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Belgians decode Hitler DNA and find 36 more living relatives
A Belgian customs official and a journalist claim to have discovered 36 more living relative of Adolf Hitler after decoding the Nazi dictator's DNA. [more]

Barack Obama extends US embargo on Cuba
President Barack Obama has extended the American trade embargo on Cuba for another year. [more]

Unions question baby boomer survey
A survey of baby boomers which found the majority want to continue working after retirement age, has been criticised by unions as skewed and unrealistic. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Study shows shower heads can make you sick
Need something else to worry about - how about the bacteria that come spraying out of your shower? [more]

A national day of mourning in Israel for fighter pilot
The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared a national day of mourning for a young fighter pilot who's jet crashed during a training exercise on Sunday. [more]

Mary Queen of Scots' last letter goes on display
The last letter written by Mary Queen of Scots just hours before she lost her head on the executioner's block goes on public display in Edinburgh tomorrow. [more]

A year on from the collapse of Lehman brothers
It's a year today since the Wall Street investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed precipitating the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 15 September 2009
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 15 September 2009
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Morning Report

Top stories for 15 September 2009
National abandons consensus with surprise ETS deal, Obama tells bankers their days of excess are over, Medical Association calls Labtests intervention a"band aid", and Clayton Weatherston to be sentenced today. [more]

Labtests parent company admits mistakes
Labtest's Australian parent company has admitted they did not consult with Auckland's clinicians enough before rolling out its community medical testing. [more]

Pacific news for 15 September 2009
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Attempt to get broad political support for ETS collapses
Work to get broad political consensus over changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme has collapsed, with National instead doing a deal with the Maori Party. [more]

Disappointment over southern super boundary
Parliament will debate the final stages of the supercity legislation later today after a Government u-turn over slicing up Rodney District. [more]

National abandons consensus with surprise ETS deal
The Maori Party is being accused of selling out over its deal with National to bring in a new emissions trading scheme. [more]

Obama tells bankers days of excess are over
President Obama is warning bankers against ignoring the lessons of last year's financial crisis. [more]

Labtests intervention"band-aid"- Medical Association
The Medical Association is criticising Auckland District Health boards' intervention into Labtests as a"band aid"solution. [more]

Weatherston to be sentenced for Elliot's murder today
Clayton Weatherston, the man found guilty of murdering former girlfriend Sophie Elliot, will be sentenced later this morning at the High Court in Christchurch. [more]

Minister of Finance acknowledges strain of high dollar
Exporters are expressing alarm at the high Kiwi dollar, with pipfruit growers saying they stand to lose $140 million. [more]

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

Tokoroa blames out-of-towners for crime
Community leaders in Tokoroa are blaming offenders from out of town for smearing its reputation. [more]

Supercity lawmaker admits splitting Rodney a mistake
The chairman of the Auckland Super City select committee says they got it wrong pushing to split the Rodney district in two. [more]

95 grade petrol sneaks up in price
The oil companies are being accused of widening the price gap between standard 91 octane and premium 95 octane petrol by stealth. [more]

Argentina to join rugby's Trinations competition
The Tri-Nations is about to become the Four-Nations, with Argentina being invited to join the rugby competition from 2012. [more]

Labtests underestimated GPs relationships with Labs
Labtest's parent company has admitted they did not talk to medical practitioners enough before taking over providing community medical testing. [more]

Federer fronts up in US Tennis Open Final
Our correspondent Judy Lessing updates us from Flushing Meadows. [more]

Commonwealth to continue exploring aid to Fiji
The Commonwealth's special envoy Sir Paul Reeves has returned from meeting Fiji's interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama. [more]

Fiji police investigating drug racket
Fijian police are investigating a drug racket they say used bags of powdered kava to smuggle methamphetamine into New Zealand. [more]

Waatea news
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Blenheim considers getting traffic lights
Blenheim is being asked if it wants traffic lights to help relieve traffic jams. [more]

Roofliss the amphibious van sells on TradeMe
"Roofliss", the amphibious van that crossed the Cook Strait earlier this month, has been sold on Trade Me for $9100. [more]


Chin Woo
Peter Yu is the chairman of Chin Woo NZ, and discusses the Chinese martial art of Chin Woo and how the New Zealand team is preparing for the 100th Chin Woo Anniversary World Tournament in Shanghai next year. [more]

The Administration (Political Systems)
Brian Roper, Political Historian at the University of Otag discusses how and why the world's diverse political institutions came to be. [more]

Conundrum Clue 3
Conundrum clue 3. [more]

Nine To Noon

Babyboomers' retirement expectations
Sharon Buckland conducted research called 'The New Zealand Babyboomer Dreams Study'. It looks at the intentions and aspirations of NZ babyboomers. We are also joined by Ian Pool, Professor of Demography at University of Waikato. [more]

Rich keenest on home insulation subsidy
Could the scheme run out of money to the detriment of lower-income families? [more]

US correspondent - Jack Hitt
Jack Hitt reports back to us with the latest news from the United States. [more]

Feature guest - Jason Barrell
A former rugby player and policeman who's survived a broken neck and a brain tumour, Jason Barrell is now a successful motivational speaker. He's just released his first book 'Try, Try Again'. [more]

Book review - The Lieutenant
By Kate Grenville, reviewed by Emma Hart. Published by Text Publishing. [more]

Business and economics commentator Rod Oram discusses the financial services firm Lehman Brothers one year on from it's bankruptcy, and the impact it had on our country. [more]

Should there be a NZ Film Month?
Ant Timpson is a film industry cheerleader who runs events like the 48 Hour Filmmaking competition and The Incredibly Strange Film Fest. His company Headstrong provides support for new filmmakers. We also hear from Steve Newall of the NZ Music Industry Commission. [more]

Media commentator Denis Welch is here to discuss the latest media issues with us. [more]

Parliament - Question Time

Question time for 15 September 2009
Questions to Ministers 1. AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he received on the economy? 2. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: When are New Zealand's gross domestic emissions forecast to peak and permanently decline under the Government's proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme? 3. Hon PHIL GOFF to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement "if you can get to the point where it's settled between the two major parties, then that can give a sense of security and predictability for the business community and consumers"? 4. CRAIG FOSS to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: What are the major changes the Government is making to the Emissions Trading Scheme? 5. Hon ANNETTE KING to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received on the latest increase in benefit numbers? 6. HONE HARAWIRA to the Minister of Local Government: What precedent does the Prime Minister's decision to listen to the people in respect of the Rodney boundary, set for other decisions on the Auckland Super City? 7. Hon MARYAN STREET to the Minister for Tertiary Education: What events, if any, did she attend to celebrate Adult Learners' Week last week? 8. HEKIA PARATA to the Minister for Social Development and Employment: What reports has she received about the Government's Job Ops scheme? 9. SUE KEDGLEY to the Minister of Health: Does New Zealand have any targets for how much it aims to reduce obesity rates in the next five to ten years? 10. CHARLES CHAUVEL to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Is there detailed Treasury and Ministry for the Environment analysis, of the effects on the New Zealand economy and the environment, of the changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme? 11. NICKY WAGNER to the Minister for the Environment: How will the Government's changes to the Resource Management Act address the problem of drawn out consent processes for major infrastructure projects where they commonly have local Commissioner hearings and then a de novo Environment Court appeal? 12. Hon PETE HODGSON to the Minister responsible for Ministerial Services: What conditions must be met before it is permissible to lease a home from a family trust for use as a ministerial residence? [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 15 September 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 15 September 2009
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Pietari Inkinen
NZSO Music Director talk about the ensembles upcoming Sibelius Festival. [more]

Wade Kernot and Emma Pearson
NZ Bass and Australian Soprano talk about the roles in Southern Opera's upcoming production of Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'. [more]

News stories:

Palm kernel sustainably produced, insists Fonterra
Fonterra dairy co-operative is holding to its view that most of the palm kernel imported by its subsidiary RD1 as a supplementary feed for dairy cows is sustainably produced. [more]

Super-city backdown 'victory for common sense'
The Auckland Regional Council chair says the Government's decision to leave the entire Rodney district in the super-city is a victory for common sense and for Auckland. [more]

Pro-democracy MPs in Tonga blame Sevele govt for 2006 riots
Five pro-democracy MPs in Tonga claim the Government of Dr Feleti Sevele was responsible for the destructive riots in Nuku'alofa nearly three years ago. The five, 'Akilisi Pohiva, Isileli Pulu,... [more]

French Senate considers whether to lift immunity of Gaston Flosse
The French Senate will today consider a new request by Tahiti judges to lift the Parliamentary immunity of the French Polynesian veteran politician, Gaston Flosse. This is the second request... [more]

Marlborough Lines bids for majority stake in Horizon
Marlborough Lines has offered $50 million for a majority stake in fellow energy lines company Horizon Energy Distribution. [more]

Motor manufacturer seeks $8.5m
Wellington Drive Technologies, which makes energy efficient motors, plans to raise $8.5 million from its main shareholder. [more]

All Black flops to escape Tri-Nations axe
New Zealand's under-performing All Blacks are likely to be spared the axe in this weekend's final Tri-Nations match against Australia. They've been heavily criticised after the 32-29 loss to South ... [more]

Bayonne pull out of Tuqiri talks
French first division rugby union club Bayonne says it has pulled out of talks with the dumped Wallabies winger Lote Tuqiri because of his "latest financial demands". The Australian Rugby ... [more]

Tendulkar carries India to tri-series victory
Sachin Tendulkar played the starring role with a superb 138 as India overpowered Sri Lanka in the Tri Series one day cricket final in Colombo. Tendulkar opened the batting and ... [more]

Wallabies keen to end Tri-Nations on a high note
Australia is determined to prove the Tri-Nations win over South Africa was no fluke in this weekend's final match against New Zealand in Wellington. Both sides are out of contention ... [more]

Zac Guildford mioving to Crusaders
The Hawke's Bay wing Zac Guildford will be available to play for the Crusaders innext season's Super 14. The Crusaders chief executive Hamish Riach has confirmed Guildford will transfer to ... [more]

Solomon Islands PM unveils plans to improve tertiary education
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Dr Derek Sikua, has unveiled plans to improve the provision of tertiary education in the country. Dr Sikua made the announcement during the celebrations of... [more]

Little to be done about high dollar - English
There is little to be done about New Zealand's strong exchange rate in the short term, Finance Minister Bill English says, but there are other ways to help exporters. [more]

Taxpayers foot pollution bill, say environmentalists
Environmentalists have attacked the $400 million taxpayer help to businesses under the revised Emissions Trading Scheme as giving money to big polluters. Businesses defend the gains as necessary to ensure they remain competitive. [more]

Scientist measures 'virtual water' used in food crops
A senior scientist with Plant and Food Research says the emerging debate about "virtual water" will become as significant an issue as greenhouse gas emissions. [more]

Agriculture's entry into ETS put back two years
The Government plans to delay the entry of agriculture into the Emissions Trading Scheme by two years, until 2015. A deal with the Maori Party has given it the numbers to amend the scheme. [more]

CNMI Federlisation law may help doctor shortage says Health Secretary
While many leaders in the Northern Marianas are concerned at the impact of the planned federalisation of immigration, the acting Public Health Secretary Pete Untalan says it may help resolve... [more]

Vanuatu influenza case samples are not to Australia any more
A World Heath Organisation spokesperson is warning the H1N1 virus is still unpredictable in Vanuatu, even though no influenza samples have been sent to Australia for testing in five months. [more]

American Samoa eyes stimulis money to overcome economic turmoil
The American Samoa Governor, Togiola Tulafono, is banking that the estimated more than 130 million US dollars in federal stimulus money will spark the local economy because the territory is... [more]

Fiji telecommunications giant keen to expand into region
Fiji telecommunications giant, Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Ltd has bought out 51 percent of a Suva-based technology company for 894 thousand US dollars in a bid to expand into the region. [more]

Bus shortage in Samoa affects worker attendance at Yazaki Samoa
The shortage of buses in Samoa due to the road switch is affecting worker attendance at Yazaki Eds Samoa. The company's management has told the Samoa Observer that since the... [more]

Outbreaks of cholera, influenza and diarrhoea in PNG leaves 100 dead
More than 100 people have died and over 5,000 have been infected in outbreaks of cholera, influenza and diarrhoea in remote parts of Papua New Guinea since last month. A... [more]

Fiji police details drug smuggling ring out of Nadi
The police in Fiji have released details of a methamphetamine smuggling ring, using kava to bring the drug also known as P from Nadi to New Zealand. A police spokesperson,... [more]

Low-priority response didn't cause deaths - St John
St John says nine cases where ambulance response was incorrectly given a low priority did not cause the deaths of people in four of them. [more]

Wall St gains as merger activity lifts mood
US stocks rose on Monday as optimism over reports of more merger activity outweighed concerns about trade friction between the United States and China over tyre import duties imposed by Washington. [more]

Catholic church to aid rape victims
The Catholic church in Samoa is making available a place for the use of victims of rape and incest. Father Spatz Silva says Samoa's Catholic Archbishop wanted the facility near... [more]

Coin planned to mark American Samoa park
The National Park of American Samoa will be honoured by the United States Mint through its new quarter-dollar coin programme. The National Park of American Samoa design will be the... [more]

PNG/Australia military exercise to be wrapped up
The Papua New Guinea Defence Force says an exercise over the past week with Australian soldiers was designed to test skills in various emergency situations. 200 PNG and 600 Australian... [more]

Independent milk processors to pay more
Dairy processors who buy milk from Fonterra will have to pay more from next season. The formula for setting the price that independent processors pay has been changed. [more]

Landowners in Bougainville say scrap metal is being stolen from BCL
There are reports from Papua New Guinea's autonomous region of Bougainville that landowners in the Central district are stealing scrap metal owned by the Bougainville Copper mine. A Post Courier... [more]

Tokelau ulu keen to restore wide consultation
Tokelau's leader or Ulu, Foua Toloa, wants to go back to a system where communities living off-island can contribute to future decision-making. The Ulu has been holding discussions with Tokolauan... [more]

Call for large Tongan assembly to match cabinet weight
A New Zealand political scientist, Dr Malakai Koloamatangi, says the size of the Tongan parliament planned under democratic reforms must be big enough to ensure it's not overwhelmed by the... [more]

Released from detention, Tong Sang clarifies French Polynesia property deals
A former French Polynesian president, Gaston Tong Sang, says a French advertising executive jailed in Tahiti as part of a fraud probe had no links to the property dealings of... [more]

Crane topples, trapping man
A man had to be freed by fellow workers when a crane he was operating toppled in Auckland. [more]

Van used to cross Cook Strait sells at auction
An amphibious van which two men drove across Cook Strait has been sold for $9100 in an internet auction. The 1990 four wheel drive, called Roofliss, was converted for the crossing earlier this month. [more]

Oil companies deny 'stealthy' 95 octane price rise
The Automobile Association is accusing oil companies of widening the price gap between their 91 and 95 octane fuels by stealth. The companies say the premium grade fuel has become more expensive for them to buy. [more]

Vanuatu gets third newspaper
A Vanuatu businessman has launched the country's third newspaper, the Vanuatu Times. Sabi Natonga launched the weekly paper after starting a commercial radio station, FM 107, last year. Mr Natonga... [more]

Tokelau still waiting for New Zealand to decide if it will provide a dedicated ship
There is still no timetable for Tokelau to get the new shipping service it has been requesting for years. The Ulu, or leader of Tokelau, Foua Toloa, says the New... [more]

New Solomons land commissioner appalled at corruption
The Solomon Islands new Lands Commissioner says the widespread nature of the corruption within the ministry responsible for administering crown land is shocking. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of... [more]

Teens 'likely' to face charges after fatal collision
Two teenagers are likely to face charges after one of their cars struck and killed a motorcyclist, police say. [more]

Health crisis eases in PNG's Morobe province
There are signs the disease outbreaks in Papua New Guinea's Morobe Province are stablising with the local health administrator reporting no deaths from cholera for the past week. The known... [more]

Warm winds fuel South Island fires
Fire crews have been battling more than 10 fires in South Canterbury and several more in Otago as unseasonably warm winds fanned flames. [more]

Pacific dignitaries explore setting up indigenous governing body
A spokesperson for a meeting of Pacific dignitaries says costly mistakes have been avoided in the set up of its indigenous governing body thanks to help from an expert on... [more]

Solomons lands commissioner says corruption hurts economy
Solomon Islands new Lands Commissioner says corruption in the Lands Ministry has hurt the country's economy. Ruth Liloqula recently became the country's first female Lands Commissioner in addition to her... [more]

New Caledonian appeal court upholds Jodar's jailing
New Caledonia's Court of Appeal has upheld last June's jailing of the leader of the USTKE union, Gerard Jodar. The court, however, shortened his sentence from 12 months to nine... [more]

Two workers injured in Papua bus shooting
Police in Indonesia's Papua say at least two people were injured when a bus carrying staff from the Freeport mine was attacked on Saturday. There have been several recent attacks... [more]

PNG's TB crisis worsens
A doctor specialising in tuberculosis says the increase in drug resistant TB cases in Papua New Guinea is a wake up call to the government to do more to contain... [more]

Wait for new Tokelau ship continues
There is still no timetable for Tokelau to get the new shipping service it has been requesting for years. The Ulu, or leader of Tokelau, Foua Toloa, says the New... [more]

Son had tyre marks on his back - victim's mother
The mother of a Tokoroa teenager seriously injured in what the police say was a deliberate hit-and-run says her son had tyre marks on his back. [more]

Insulation scheme benefits lower paid - Brownlee
More than half the houses which have had insulation installed under the new government subsidy belong to lower income households, the Government says. [more]

No plans to retire at 65, many baby boomers say
An online survey of baby boomers has revealed that more than three quarters of those who responded have no plans to retire at 65. [more]

Top golfers to play Kiwi Challenge tournament
Top golfers are set to play the Kiwi Golf Challenge at the Cape Kidnappers course in Hawke's Bay in November. [more]

Police investigate Flaxmere death
A 60-year-old man has been found dead at a house in the Hastings suburb of Flaxmere. Police are treating the death as suspicious. [more]

Lone hydro objector 'holding region to ransom'
Energy company Trustpower says the last objector to a hydro-electricity scheme on the West Coast is holding the region to ransom. [more]

NZ market down at close
The New Zealand share market has fallen 29 points, or 0.9%, to close at 3100 on turnover of $71 million on Tuesday. [more]

Weatherston jailed 18 years for Elliott murder
Clayton Weatherston has been sentenced to a minimum 18 years in prison for the vicious murder of former girlfriend Sophie Elliott. [more]

French Senate upholds Flosse's immunity in Tahiti corruption probe
The French Senate has refused to act on a request by the judiciary to lift the parliamentary immunity of French Polynesia's Gaston Flosse who is suspected to have played a... [more]