Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 5th January 2010

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This page features: Midday Report, News Stories, Nights, Summer Noelle, Summer Report

Midday Report

Midday News for 5 January 2010
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 5 January 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]


X marks the spot
Tonights clues. [more]

Collector Series
Telephones. [more]

Treasure Island - Chapter 6
Chapter 6 of 19. [more]

Summer Noelle

Al Fastier from Antarctic
The restoration and conservation work of several key historic sites in Antartica continues. [more]

Kiwis Who Should Be Famous - Dr Brian Mason
Simon Nathan told us about his unsung hero, the late Dr Brian Mason - an expert on meteorites who was involved in the study of moon rocks in the 1970s. [more]

Media Correspondent: Simon Pound
Simon Pound talks us through the highs and lows of TV news during the silly season, as well as the infatuation with the 'live cross' during the flagship television news bulletins. Is it really necessary? [more]

Teen Fiction - is a Vampire story ever just a vampire story?
The Twilight Saga has stolen the hearts of many young girls as well as more mature women who should know better. Or so says Gina Barreca a professor of feminist theory in the US. She joins Noelle to deconstruct the literary phenomenon that is The Twilight Saga. [more]

Unusual sports: Ultimate Frisbee
When we think of social sports we think about netball or touch rugby or tennis ... but have you ever heard of Ultimate? [more]

Feature Interview: CK Stead
C.K. Stead, the novelist, literary critic, poet and essayist, joins Noelle for a wide ranging discussion about literature, the process of writing, New Zealand and the Seresin Landfall Residency. [more]

Summer Report

Top stories for Tuesday 5 January 2009
A new Antarctic research expedition sets out to prove you don't have to kill whales to study them. The holiday road toll closes at 12 and is the price of a new home set to rise? [more]

New Zealand whale scientists to confront Japan
New Zealand scientists are about to embark on politically-charged research into whales that confronts Japan and its claims the creatures have to be killed. [more]

Police claim success over low holiday road toll
The holiday road toll has this morning closed at twelve - the lowest in several decades. [more]

Relief workers assess Solomon Islands quake damage
Disaster relief officials in the Solomon Islands expect to know later this morning the extent of damage to isolated villages from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck yesterday. [more]

Timber price rises hit house construction costs
The building industry says the cost of building a house is set to rise in the face of higher prices for timber. [more]

Sports news for 5 January 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Unveiling of Jack Lovelock Memorial
World record breaking runner Jack Lovelock winning gold in the 1500 metres at the 1936 Berlin olympics. [more]

Tekapo lobbies for night sky reserve
There is a whole collection of"starmen"high on a hill above Tekapo in the McKenzie country. [more]

Cross Country skier, Ben Koons
While we are basking in warm summer temperatures, spare a thought for those New Zealanders training for the Winter Olympics which will be held in Vancouver next month. [more]

Vegetable processing factories work overtime after bumper crop
Canterbury growers have a"feeling"that this winter will produce a bumper crop of peas that will rival last season's haul. [more]

New Zealand setting precedent for non-lethal whale research
The New Zealand and Australian governments are joining forces to try to undermine Japan's whaling programme around Antarctica. [more]

Government Minister on whaling research
The Government's Duty Minister Judith Collins is with us. [more]

UK Prime Minister condemns march plans
To Britain where the Prime Minister has condemned an Islamic group's plans to march through a town renowned for honouring British soldiers killed in Afghanistan. [more]

Crimestoppers tip-off line spotlights Auckland's P problem
Community leaders say strong support for Crimestoppers, the anonymous crime tip-off phone line, shows the service is badly needed. [more]

US-bound airline restrictions to remain on Qantas, Air NZ
Passengers travelling to the United States will continue to face additional security controls after New Zealand decided not to risk upsetting US authorities. [more]

Ocean drilling ship prepares for Antarctic voyage
A state of the art ocean drilling ship is in Wellington this week before heading for the Antarctica to further investigate links between climate and ice sheet dynamics. [more]

Sports news for 5 January 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

IPL announces selected players tonight
Nine New Zealand cricketers will learn tonight whether they've made next month's auction for the lucrative Indian Premier League. [more]

Fishing report
Time for a look at what happening in the world of Mike Rendle from Fishing Coast to Coast magazine. [more]

Ruakaka races today near Whangarei
Racegoers are as ever being spoilt for choice these holidays. [more]

Is it an Albatross or a petrel?
Continuing our look at New Zealand birdlife, today we look at a species of bird often confused with albatross. [more]

Totaranui Campground Managers
One place of pilgrimage with expansiv beaches is the Department of Conservation's Totaranui Camping ground in Abel Tasman National Park - both a popular spot for campers, trampers finishing the Abel Tasman Track and kayakers making their way along the coast. [more]

Upgrades to Heaphy Track underway
A major upgrade to South Island's 78 kilometre long Heaphy Track begins today. [more]

Teens' late bed times contributes to depression
Over these long summer days it can be harder than usual to get teenagers into bed at a reasonable hour. [more]

Beach Volleyball Tour kicks off at Sumner Beach
The McEntee Hire NZ Beach Volleyball Tour kicks off today in Christchurch at Sumner Beach. [more]

Bug of the day: Mosquito
We talk with Entomologist, Allen Heath. [more]

Simon climbs Mt Aspiring: Episode 7
Grab an ice axe we are off to scale a mountain with Simon. He's on the snow halfway up Mt Aspiring near Wanaka. Will he make it to the top? [more]

Place names: Auckland
Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland, Mount Eden, Manukau, Waitemata, One Tree Hill, Ponsonby, Mission Bay, Okahu Bay: with Peter Dowling, revising editor of AW Reed's 'Place Names of New Zealand'. [more]

Mountain climber Lydia Bradey
Mountain climber Lydia Bradey was the first woman to climb Mount Everest without oxygen way back in 1988. [more]

New Zealander in Tanzania
Continuing our look at New Zealanders living in exotic locales, today we visit the African continent. [more]

News stories:

Contracts of three recently appointed Magistrates terminated in Fiji
The interim Fiji government has terminated the contracts of three recently-appointed magistrates. The Attorney-General's Office has confirmed that the contracts of Mary Muir, Elsie Hudson and Eparama Rokoika have been... [more]

US GAO to study American Samoa immigration system
A four member team from the US General Accountability Office is due in American Samoa next week to study the territory's customs and immigration systems. The team is to identify... [more]

Anonymous anti-crime phone line proving popular
The Crimestoppers phone line, which people can call anonymously to report crime, has received more than 1000 calls in its first two months of operation in New Zealand. [more]

Pakistan forge 200 run lead at SCG
The Pakistan cricket side is 331 for nine, a lead of 204 runs, heading into the third day of the second test against Australia in Sydney. Despite a seven-wicket comeback in ... [more]

England 50 runs from eclipsing South Africa
The England cricketers are 241 for 7, 50 runs behind South Africa's first innings total, after two days of the third test in Cape Town. Seven wickets fell during a dramatic ... [more]

Ivory Coast striker to join the Wellington Phoenix
Ivory Coast international striker Eugene Dadi will join the Wellington Phoenix football side for the remainder of the A-League season. Dadi was released by the Perth Glory and immediately picked up ... [more]

Melbourne allowed 10 foreigners for Super 15 start
Melbourne will be allowed to recruit up to 10 foreign players for their entry to the expanded Super 15 rugby competition in 2011. The Australian Rugby Union has announced significant foreign-player ... [more]

Super Bowl champion eliminated
The Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets have secured playoff berths on the final day of the regular NFL season but the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers have been eliminated. The ... [more]

Fours take centre stage at national bowls champs
The national bowls championships continues on Tuesday with the start of the men's and women's fours in Wellington. [more]

Rail commuters urged to check timetables
Rail commuters in Auckland and Wellington are being urged to check timetables before heading back to work on Tuesday. [more]

12 die on roads during holiday period
Twelve people have died on the roads during the official holiday period, which began on Christmas Eve and ended at 6am on Tuesday. [more]

Homes tipped to be more expensive to build
The building industry is forecasting higher costs for new homes in New Zealand because the price of timber is going up. [more]

Murray in good shape in Perth
The world number four tennis player Andy Murray has opened his 2010 season in impressive style, inspiring Britain to a 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan in their opening round-robin Hopman Cup match ... [more]

Kubica to stay with Renault
The Polish motor racing driver Robert Kubica is set to remain with the Renault Formula One team. Kubica only joined the team in October but Renault's decision to sell a significant ... [more]

Brett Lee aims for return at World Twenty/20
Recuperating paceman Brett Lee is hoping to return to the Australian cricket team for the world Twenty20 championship in West Indies in May. The 33-year-old former test spearhead says last month's ... [more]

Call for more to be spent on aged residential care
The Aged Care Association says no government is or has been prepared for the impending rise in older people needing residential care. [more]

Wellington Phoenix's new recruit leaves Perth on"amicable" terms
The Wellington Phoenix football side wasted little time in snapping up dumped striker Eugene Dadi but Perth coach Dave Mitchell insists the 36-year-old has left the Glory on amicable terms. The ... [more]

Stirling Mortlock back to full training next week
Former Australia rugby captain Stirling Mortlock is set to return to training with the Brumbies next week after missing most of the Tri Nations and the Wallabies' spring tour through injury. ... [more]

About 500 homes damaged or destroyed by earthquake in Solomons
Officials in Solomon Islands say there were no casualties but a lot of damage from the 7-point-2 magnitude earthquake that rocked the western part of the island group yesterday. The... [more]

Villagers run to higher ground as Solomon Islands hit by another earthquake last night
Emergency and aid teams in Solomon Islands have now reached isolated village areas near Gizo after a third quake hit the area last night. Thousands of villagers in the Western... [more]

Birth rate soars in Vanuatu's capital
Vila Central Hospital in Vanuatu says between 200 to 300 babies were born there every month from January to November 2009. This figure could be higher with the final end... [more]

Cruise liner visits to Suva to drop
There will be a reduction in the number of major cruise liners to visit Suva this year compared to last year. A member of the Cruise Committee, Pacific Agency's Bradley... [more]

Bond suprised by Cairns' self-nomination for IPL auction
The Black Caps fast bowler Shane Bond says former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns hasn't played enough cricket to be selected for the Indian Premier League's latest auction. Cairns and Bond ... [more]

Erakovic out of the doubles
New Zealand tennis number two Marina Erakovic and her Slovenian partner Polona Hercog are out of the doubles at the ASB classic in Auckland, going down in straight sets to the ... [more]

Redskins fire coach
The Washington Redskins American football side have fired head coach Jim Zorn after just four wins this season. Zorn, who had one year left on his contract, was 12-20 in two ... [more]

Australia's Berrick Barnes recovering well from injury
Australian rugby player Berrick Barnes is likely to play in the final Waratahs Super 14 trial after a positive medical report about his ankle injury. Barnes was named the Wallabies vice-captain ... [more]

Justine Henin makes victorious return
Belgium's Justine Henin made a triumphant return to professional tennis with a 7-5 7-5 win over Russia's Nadia Petrova in the first round of the Brisbane International. The 27-year-old played her ... [more]

Fours take centre stage at national bowls champs
After a flurry of finals action, the national bowls championships continue with the start of the men's and women's fours in Wellington. The powerful combination of Cabramatta's Ryan Bester, Gary Lawson, ... [more]

Erakovic to focus on singles at ASB Classic
The New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic will focus on her singles campaign at the ASB Classic on day two in Auckland. On Monday Erakovic and her Slovakian partner lost their ... [more]

Quatar Open underway with shock
Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky sprang a first round surprise at the Quatar Tennis Open by knocking out fourth seed Mikhail Youzhny 7-6 6-2. Stakhovsky, ranked 60th in the world, smashed nine aces ... [more]

Lakers go big on Dallas
Seven Lakers scored in double figures as the Los Angeles NBA champions routed Western Conference rivals Dallas 131-96. Jordan Farmer led LA with 24 points, while Andrew Bynum added 19 on ... [more]

Pacquiao and Mayweather to try mediation
Boxers Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Junior are set to go into mediation to save their highly-anticipated March 13 fight. Representatives of the two boxers will meet with a mediator tomorrow ... [more]

NFL playoffs create three repeats
The first round of the NFL playoffs sets up like an instant replay as three of next weekend's four wildcard games reprise showdowns that closed the regular season. The Philadelphia Eagles, ... [more]

Northland teen in court on murder charge
A Northland teenager charged with murdering her sister has reappeared in the Youth Court in Whangarei. [more]

Solomons police join relief effort after spate of earthquakes
Solomon Islands police are helping to distribute emergency aid after a series of five earthquakes hit the Western Province within a day. The biggest earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter... [more]

Vanuatu school holiday extended by two weeks
Vanuatu's education minister, Charlot Salwai, has decided to extend the current school holidays for another two weeks until mid-February. Mr Salwai says the change follows the delay in appointing teachers... [more]

French official says demonstration against nuclear law noted
The French high commissioner in French Polynesia, Adolphe Colrat, says he has taken note of last month's demonstration against the new law offering compensation to some of the victims of... [more]

American Samoa hospital seeks to revive off-island referrals
The hospital board in American Samoa has submitted several proposals to the governor in a bid to revive its off-island referral programme. The programme was stopped last year after funds... [more]

CNMI immigration division closes as federal system takes over
The Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas' Division of Immigration under the Office of the Attorney General has officially ceased operations. The attorney general has thanked all immigration employees for their... [more]

Santo unhappy with Air Vanuatu plan to drop service
Reports from Vanuatu say there is a ground swell of discontent in Santo with Air Vanuatu's decision to stop international flights to the island. The Daily Post says this could... [more]

Emergency aid distributed among Solomons quake victims
Emergency aid relief is reaching people in Solomon Islands Western Province affected by five major earthquakes within a day. The biggest earthquake measured 7.2, causing a small tsunami and landslides. [more]

Suppression, bail continues for comedian on sex charge
A well-known New Zealand comedian accused of a child-sex charge has made another court appearance and has been remanded on bail without plea until February. [more]

Blogger charged with breaching suppression orders
An internet blogger has appeared in court charged with breaching name suppression orders in the first prosecution of its kind in New Zealand. [more]

German tourist killed in road collision
A German tourist has been killed in New Zealand after a collision between her bicycle and a truck. [more]

Unexplained Fiji magistrate sackings underline vulnerability, says former Law Society head
A former Fiji Law Society president says magistrates who accept appointments under the current regime are very vulnerable. Isireli Fa made the comments after three recently appointed magistrates, Mary Muir,... [more]

ACC to tackle work vehicle crashes
The Accident Compensation Corporation is to launch a programme to cut the high number of accidents involving occupational vehicles. [more]

Fiji capital faces drop in cruise ship visits
A Fiji company representing major cruise liners says there'll be a drop in the number of ships visiting Suva this year because of the effects of the global financial crisis. [more]

Lack of education linked to Vanuatu teenage birth rate hike
An obstestrician in Vanuatu says a lack of schooling may be a factor behind the high rate of young women giving birth in the capital Port Vila last year. Vila... [more]

Sacking boosts Maoate standing, says Cooks MP
A former independent MP in the Cook Islands says Sir Terepai Maoate holds the majority support of his party after his sacking as deputy prime minister. Vai Peua, who has... [more]

American Samoa legislators query hospital's referral plans
Some legislators in American Samoa say proposals submitted by the hospital to revive the territory's off-island referral programme are inadequate. The programme was stopped last year after funds had run... [more]

Ficac mum about Jalal case
Fiji's Independent Commission Against Corruption has declined to confirm or deny reports that it laid charges against a prominent human rights lawyer. Imrana Jalal has reportedly been charged on seven... [more]

Heat snap skid to beat Hawks
The Miami Heat snapped a three-game NBA losing streak by beating the slumping Atlanta Hawks 92-75. Dwyane Wade registered a team-high 28 points for Miami and Michael Beasley contributed 22 points ... [more]

South Africa bowl their way back into third test against England
The South African fast bowlers Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn took three wickets each to ensure the third cricket test against England remains evenly balanced after the second day's play at ... [more]

tennis update
The ASB tennis classic's second seed Li Na is out of the tournament, losing to unseeded Estonian Kaia Kanepi 6-1, 6-3 in Auckland. Meanwhile New Zealand's only hope Marina Erakovic was ... [more]

Only local hope knocked out of ASB Tennis Classic
Marina Erakovic, New Zealand's only hope at the ASB Tennis Classic, has been knocked out in the first round losing 6-4 6-3 to Frenchwoman Alize Cornet. Erakovic, playing in her first ... [more]

Sydney FC extend coach's contract for another year
A-League football leaders Sydney FC will retain Czech coach Vitezslav Lavicka for another season after the club extended his contract for another year. Lavicka has successfully guided Sydney to top of ... [more]

ASB Tennis Classic day 2 first games wrap-up
Tournament fourth seed Italian Francesca Schiavone has cruised into the second round of the ASB Tennis Classic in Auckland beating France's Stephanie Cohen-Aloro 6-2 6-3. Israel's Shahar Peer easily beat Slovenia's ... [more]

Vowing peace for 2010, Fiji land force commander warns regime opponents
Fiji's land force commander, Brigadier Pita Driti, has warned the interim regime's opponents to keep a low profile this year, advising them to remember who is in control. Brigadier Driti... [more]

Vanuatu school start delayed by two weeks
The Ministry of Education in Vanuatu says it's extending the current school holidays by two weeks because of administrative problems. The Minister Charlot Salwai has announced the new school year... [more]

Australian opener falls in nineties again
The Australian all-rounder Shane Watson's troubles in the nineties continued when the opener made 97 in the second cricket Test against Pakistan at the SCG. Australia were fighting hard at 199 ... [more]

New Phoenix striker concerned about form
The Wellington Phoenix's new recruit Eugene Dadi has some concerns about his form, having only played six A-League football games this season. The 36-year-old striker was contracted to Perth Glory for ... [more]

"Bad day at the office" "sucks"
New Zealand's last remaining hope at Auckland's ASB tennis Classic has exited in the first round of the singles. For the first time Marina Erakovic has failed to progress past her ... [more]

NZ, Australia join forces for Antarctic whale study
Scientists from New Zealand and Australia are seeking to reveal the secret lives of whales in Antarctica and disprove Japan's claims the mammals have to be killed to be studied. [more]

Jack, Sophie top name charts again
For the second year in a row, Jack and Sophie are the most popular baby names. [more]

Changes at Fiji's DPP Office see five prosecutors go
There have been changes at the Fiji Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. The new Acting Director is Aca Rayawa who was appointed by the President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau,... [more]

Markets buoyed as trading year begins
Share and commodity prices throughout the world have risen at the start of the new trading year following news of improved manufacturing output in the United States and China. [more]

American Samoa post-tsunami rebuilding programme starts next week
Construction of permanent homes in American Samoa for those affected by the last September's earthquake and tsunami is scheduled to begin next week. The Governor, Togiola Tulafono, says the construction... [more]

French high commissioner says electoral system no guarantee for stability in Tahiti
The French high commissioner in French Polynesia, Adolphe Colrat, says the electoral system alone cannot guarantee political stability. Speaking as a guest of RFO television in Tahiti, Mr Colrat noted... [more]

Sacked Fiji magistrates have little recourse, says former Law Society president
A former Fiji Law Society president says magistrates appointed under the current regime can do little to protest against their terminations. Isireli Fa made the comments after three recently appointed... [more]

Vanuatu department alarmed at teenage birth rate hike
The Director of the Women's Affairs Department in Vanuatu says she's alarmed and shocked that the highest percentage of women who gave birth in Port Vila last year were aged... [more]

Unpaid fines 'make mockery of justice system'
A lobby group for victims of crime says the amount owed in unpaid fines and reparation makes a mockery of the justice system. [more]

Warning to get in quick for Rugby World Cup tickets
New Zealanders could miss out on tickets to the 2011 Rugby World Cup to overseas fans. [more]

Post-mortem carried out
A post-mortem was carried out on Tuesday on a 45-year-old Orewa man who died suddenly at the weekend. [more]