Radio New Zealand - Saturday, 19th September 2009

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

Saturday Morning

Suzanne Gordon: changing nursing
Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, and Assistant Professor at the San Francisco School of Nursing. [more]

Marko Cunningham: bodysnatching
New Zealand teacher who was in Thailand during the 2004 tsunami, and retrieved bodies of the dead. He tells his story in his book, Sleeping with the Dead. [more]

James Belich: settler revolution
Research Professor of History at the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies; his new book is Replenishing the Earth: The Settler Revolution and the Rise of the Angloworld, 1783-1939. [more]

Playing Favourites with Jonathan Owen
Welsh actor who co-produces and stars in the online episodic drama series Svengali, about the manager of a band trying to break into the big time. [more]

Listener Feedback
Kim Hill reads selected emails and texts from listeners to Saturday Morning. [more]

Peter Procter: cows, earth and cosmos
New Zealander who has led a biodynamic farming revolution in India; his story is told in the documentary film One Man, One Cow, One Planet. [more]

Children's Books with Kate De Goldi: new picture books
Kate De Goldi discusses three new picture books: Isabella's Garden, Stuck, and A Bit of Company. [more]

Sunday Morning

Insight for 20 September 2009: Cycleways
Monique Devereux visits some of the regions developing cycleways amid new funding from the national cycleway project. [more]

Ideas for 20 September 2009: Moana Jackson
Lawyer Moana Jackson is well known as an advocate of constitutional change and the rights of indigenous people both here and abroad. Chris Laidlaw talks to Moana about the people, writers and philosophies that have influenced him. From the Ideas collection: Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences [more]

This Way Up

Japan: hi tech toilets
David McNeill on the world's most hi tech lavatories and the agencies renting out actors to be the best man at your wedding. [more]

Nuts: The macadamia
Nut queen Alison Sandle on macadamias. The toughest nut of all to crack and named after a Scot who died on his way here from Australia. [more]

iPlot 1: A DIY Veggie Garden
We're transforming a grassy clay bank into the fertile crescent with Colin Walker's help...well that's the plan anyway! [more]

Swatting Flies
Michael Dickinson's an American scientist also known as the The Flyman who specialises in insect flight. [more]

Internet telephony
Our technology correspondent Peter Griffin has ditched his telephone landline and now relies on the internet to make most of his calls. So how easy is it to make the switch and will it save you money? [more]

Eco-friendly cavemen?
NPR's Christopher Joyce with new archaeological evidence that our ancient hunter-gatherer ancestors weren't quite as eco-friendly as we might like to believe. [more]

Drawing with your eyes
The Eyewriter's a new way for people with limited movement to write and draw. Zach Lieberman's involved in the project. [more]

News stories:

Wellington to become 'fair trade' city
Wellington City Council has unanimously voted to become a 'fair trade' city - the first in New Zealand. [more]

PGW Wrightson former head to retire
The former head of PGW Wrightson, Barry Brook, will retire at the end of October. [more]

Treaty claim lodged over Maori seats on council
An urban Maori authority in Hamilton has lodged a claim against Hamilton City Council with the Waitangi Tribunal which could pave the way for Maori representation on all councils. [more]

Kapa haka group reforms for 30th anniversary
An Otara kapa haka group is reforming this weekend to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Te Kupenga Maori club was started in 1979, but has not performed for 15 years. [more]

Games organisers promise to respond to criticism
New Delhi Commonwealth Games organisers are promising to respond to heavy criticism and deliver a world class event next year. The organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi has sought to allay ... [more]

Injury forces Tuitavake out of battle of the bridge
There's been an injury blow for North Harbour ahead of this afternoon's battle of the bridge provincial rugby championship match against Auckland with a recurring groin injury ruling out the ... [more]

All Blacks hooker not letting lineout woes worry him
The problem prone All Black lineout may be vexing rugby followers but hooker Andrew Hore is adamant he's not getting worried about it ahead of today's final Tri-Nations Test against ... [more]

All Blacks star Kelleher's mea culpa over road scuffle
The former All Blacks halfback Byron Kelleher has apologised for his involvement in a drink-fuelled scuffle following a road accident. Kelleher, who plays for French Top 14 side Toulouse, was ... [more]

Kiwis squad missing eight players
Although it's been confirmed the Kiwis will be missing some key players the coach Stephen Kearney says the rugby league world champions will still have a potent team at the ... [more]

Dumped Rabbitohs coach heads for court
The South Sydney league club and Jason Taylor are headed for a legal showdown after the coach was sacked because the NRL club could not afford a blot on its ... [more]

Disgraced Renault boss says he sacrificed himself
Renault's disgraced former team boss Flavio Briatore says he sacrificed himself to save the Formula One team, but leading figurers in the sport say it'll take more than the departure ... [more]

Sourhland and Bay of Plenty win
Southland posted a shaky 41-6 win over Counties- Manukau at Pukekohe while Bay of Plenty recovered from last week's loss in Invercargill with a 24-13 home win over Tasman. Southland ... [more]

Vaughan warns about ramifications of Flintoff decision
Andrew Flintoff's former England captain Michael Vaughan warns his decision to reject an England and Wales Cricket Board contract could have dangerous consequences for the side. Flintoff, who made an ... [more]

ABs captain pays tribute to coaching staff
The All Black captain Richie McCaw has paid tribute to the coaching staff during a high pressure build-up to the final Tri-Nations Test against the Wallabies tonight in Wellington. With ... [more]

Two more wins for Team NZ
Team New Zealand has all but won the MedCup after two wins at the final regatta in Spain. While other teams struggled in short, steep seas off Cartagena, Team New ... [more]

Bowls NZ taking match-fixing claim seriously
Bowls New Zealand chief executive Kerry Clark says they're treating an allegation of match-fixing very seriously. The New Zealand men's four of Gary Lawson, Shayn Sincock, Jamie Hill and Shannon ... [more]

Phoenix ponder how to keep Fowler quiet
The former Liverpool and England striker Robbie Fowler has been the centre of attention for the Wellington Phoenix in the lead-up to the A-League football match against North Queensland in ... [more]

Australia regain top one day cricket ranking
World champions Australia have regained the top one-day cricket ranking after their 111-run win over England in Nottingham. Ricky Ponting's side, who have a 6-0 lead in the seven-match series, ... [more]

New Zealand well off the pace in Seoul
The New Zealand golf team is a massive 58 shots off the lead heading into the final round in the Asia Pacific Teams event in Korea. The New Zealanders are ... [more]

Aitken backs out-of-sorts shooter ahead of must-win Test
Silver Ferns coach Ruth Aitken is backing her out-of-sorts shooter Irene van Dyk, confident she can turn things around against Australia in Invercargill on Sunday. Down 2-1 in the five-Test ... [more]

McCaw would like to win for the coaches
The All Blacks captain Richie McCaw says despite what has been said about them, they've had a very good week and feel good in themselves heading into tonight's final Tri-Nations ... [more]

Lawson denies national fours side threw match
Bowls double world champion Gary Lawson denies the national fours side threw a game at last month's Asia/Pacific champs in Malaysia. Bowls New Zealand have stood down Lawson and team-mates ... [more]

NZ in trouble in Davis Cup final
New Zealand have gone two-love down in their Davis Cup final against the Philippines, after Rubin Statham lost his match in straight sets against the hosts' number one Cecil Mamiit. ... [more]

Football Fern Erceg to Espanyol
Teenage defender Abby Erceg has fulfilled her dream of playing professional football in Europe by signing a one-season deal with Spanish giants Espanyol. Top of their group in the Spanish ... [more]

Piquet senior raised concerns last year - report
A British newspaper report claims Formula One's governing body was made aware last year of allegations that Renault had fixed the Singapore Grand Prix by ordering Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet ... [more]

Eels smash Titans to set up big clash with Dogs
The Eels have ended Gold Coast's season to set up the biggest preliminary final showdown in the history of the National Rugby League play-offs. The eighth-placed home side thrashed the ... [more]

Old log stays in Christchurch
Canterbury have repelled a strong challenge from Taranaki to retain the Ranfurly Shield. It was 14-all at half time in Christchurch but the holders pulled away in the second half ... [more]

Jillaroos end world champions' 10-year winning streak
The Australian women's rugby league team has ended New Zealand's 10-year winning streak, coming from behind to win 18-16 against the world champions in Auckland. The Jillaroos, with 10 debutants, trailed ... [more]

Swiss investigate UBS
The Swiss stock exchange is investigating UBS for possible breaches of public disclosure rules. In February, the bank admitted to tax fraud in the United States and agreed to pay $US780 million as part of a provisional deal. [more]

Bank of Japan now upbeat about economy
The Bank of Japan has issued an upbeat assessment of the Japanese economy and hinted it may soon withdraw some emergency support measures. Meanwhile, it is holding interest rates at 0.1%. [more]

Milk price details wanted from Fonterra
Federated Farmers wants details on how Fonterra plans to set its milk price. [more]

Giving to charity via payroll seen as step forward
The United Way charity says the biggest benefit to come out of a newly passed Taxation Bill is a change to rules on giving to charity via payroll. Instant tax refunds can be received this way. [more]

Residents fear radiation from new cyclotron
People living near Moa Point in Wellington are angry they were not consulted about a plan to install a cyclotron in their suburb. A cyclotron is a machine that creates a radioactive particle to detect cancer. [more]

Shipping protest in French Polynesia ends
Shipping across French Polynesia has resumed after shipowners said they would end their indefinite suspension of services after one day. Shipowners took the sudden action in protest at the government... [more]

Flosse interrogated by investigators in French Polynesia
Investigators in French Polynesia have detained the veteran politician Gaston Flosse as part of a corruption probe involving the affairs of the OPT telecommunications company. They summoned him only hours... [more]

Vanuatu teachers union says govt needs to rethink language policy
The Vanuatu Teachers Union says most of the reforms associated with an ongoing revision of the education curriculum are good but the government needs to re-think its policy on language. [more]

NZRU chairman has leukaemia
New Zealand Rugby Union chairman and former All Blacks captain Jock Hobbs has leukaemia. [more]

Virtual water emerging as vital debate - scientist
Scientist Brent Clothier from Plant & Food Research says the emerging debate of virtual water will soon become as important as the issue of greenhouse gas emissions. [more]

Building partnerships the answer says Vettori
New Zealand's captain Daniel Vettori says building partnerships will be the answer to New Zealand's recent batting woes as they enter the Champions Trophy tournament in South Africa. The Black ... [more]

NZRU chairman Hobbs battling cancer
The former All Blacks captain and current Rugby Union chairman Jock Hobbs has confirmed he's fighting against leukaemia. Hobbs told Wellington's The Dominion Post newspaper that he has been diagnosed ... [more]

Smith just focused on Wallabies, not All Blacks
The battle to stave off the Tri Nations wooden spoon has garnered an eery fascination for rugby fans. The Wallabies are coming off a win and the All Blacks are ... [more]

Broncos must buck losing record at home to Dragons
After Parramatta ended Gold Coast's season with a 27-2 thrashing of the Titans, Wayne Bennett returns to Brisbane with his St George Illawarra minor premiers tonight. And history's behind rugby ... [more]

Team NZ continues to dominate in Spain
Team New Zealand has posted a third, a second and a first place to ensure their MedCup series win as well as remain in pole position to win the last ... [more]

Olympic money for women's hockey team
Hockey New Zealand's received a grant of US$100,000 towards the Black Sticks women' s campaign to compete at the 2012 London Olympics. The New Zealand Olympic Committee has supplied the funds, ... [more]

Driver fails breath test after death of cyclist
A woman driver has failed a breath test and will face charges after a cyclist died on SH One in Horowhenua on Friday afternoon. [more]

Gold sale to be held by IMF
The International Monetary Fund has approved the sale of 400 metric tonnes of gold, mainly to boost its ability to lend to poor countries. [more]

Man crushed by granite slabs named
The worker who died after slabs of granite fell on him in Motueka has been named. He was Raymond Hibbs, 55, of Motueka. [more]

Prison blade from pencil sharpener - Corrections
The Corrections Department says that a blade used by convicted murderer George Baker during a hostage incident at Auckland Prison came from a pencil sharpener. [more]

Two car company bosses lose their jobs, a third retires
As the car industry continues to suffer, the heads of two of the biggest car distributors in New Zealand are out of a job. Vehicle sales are down by 31.3% from the same time last year. [more]

Depressed songwriter wins Silver Scroll
Singer-songwriter Lawrence Arabia has won the APRA Silver Scroll for a song written when he was feeling depressed and did not want to get out of bed. [more]

Call for research into flesh-eating epidemic
There's a call for urgent research into an epidemic of flesh-eating disease. [more]

Bowls NZ investigates match-fixing claims
Bowls New Zealand says it is dealing with complaints about alleged match fixing by the New Zealand team at last month's Asia/Pacific championships. [more]

Secondary school speech competitions held
Female students shone at this year's Manu Korero national secondary school speech competitions in Rotorua, winning [more]

Commercial fisherman loses boat for illegal catch
A commercial fisherman has lost his boat for fishing illegally in Whangarei Harbour. The catch and his boat are now forfeit to the Crown. [more]

Dixon takes over Indy Car championship lead
New Zealand's Scott Dixon has regained the lead in the United States Indy car championship after winning the Japan 300. The fifty points for the win means Dixon will go ... [more]

Cox out of 4th netball test
The Australian goal shoot Kathryn Cox has been ruled out of tomorrow's 4th trans-tasman netball test in Invercargil because of injury. Cox injured her ankle at training today and has ... [more]

School rugby brawl suspensions sharply reduced
An Auckland Rugby Union appeal panel has sharply reduced the penalties imposed on five Kelston Boys High School students after a brawl during a rugby game against Auckland Grammar. [more]

North Harbour win Battle of the Bridge, Hawkes Bay beat Otago
North Harbour have upset Auckland 16-14 to win the Battle of the Bridge at Eden Park. The win is North Harbour's first since their opening round win over Canterbury. It ... [more]

Transpower, opponents would do things differently in hindsight
Transpower and those opposed to a new electricity line from South Waikato to Auckland both say they would do things differently in hindsight. [more]

Petition seeks action on gender pay equity
A petition calling on the Government to close the country's 12% gender wage gap has been presented to Parliament. [more]

Lane Walker Rudkin receiver lays SFO complaint
Lane Walker Rudkin's receiver has laid a complaint with the Serious Fraud Office. [more]

Woman missing from rest home
The police in Auckland are looking for a 65-year-old woman with Alzheimer's who has been missing since Friday evening. [more]

More calls for repeal of provocation defence
The family of a man beaten to death with a banjo hopes the provocation defence used by his killer to escape a murder conviction will be repealed. [more]

Debate widens over whether UE is tough enough
The Secondary Principals Association says tertiary funding issues may be behind claims that the current University Entrance qualification is not hard enough. [more]

Only one-third of night classes seek to stay open
Funding cuts to adult education have left less than a third of schools with night classes trying to keep them going. [more]

Positive outlook seen for tourism, especially in 2011
The Ministry of Tourism says the long-term outlook for tourism is positive, with the amount spent annually by overseas tourists forecast to increase by nearly double the average in 2011. [more]

Woman found dead in Tuakau house
The police are investigating the death of a woman in her late 30s in Tuakau. [more]

Spot fines for campers seen as damaging to tourism
A law allowing free-campers in Coromandel to be fined on the spot has been called extremely short-sighted and detrimental to New Zealand's tourism. [more]

Hundreds of boy racers abuse police, pelt cars
Hundreds of boy racers have pelted police patrol cars with missiles in Rotorua, damaging two of the cars. Thirty-one arrests have been made. [more]

Spending by tourists forecast to increase
The Ministry of Tourism says spending by overseas tourists in New Zealand is forecast to reach $8.2 billion by 2015. Spending is down 2% this year, but is expected to increase next year. [more]

All Blacks beat Wallabies
Cory Jane scored his first test try as the All Blacks beat Australia 33-6 in their Tri-Nations rugby match in Wellington. Ma'a Nonu and Joe Rokocoko added late tries while ... [more]