Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 12th January 2010

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

Midday Report

Midday News for 12 January 2010
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 12 January 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Nights

X marks the spot
Clues 3 and 4. [more]

Cookbooks
The great and subtle differences of Australian recipes. [more]

Treasure Island - Chapter 11
Chapter 11 of 19. [more]

Summer Noelle

Sea Lions and Mohua
DOC Ranger Graeme Loh tells us about the work that's underway to the protect the Mohua in the Catlins as well as how cheeky Sea Lions are causing problems for boaties in the Otago Harbour. [more]

Kiwis who should be famous - Daniel Carlsson Solander and Herman Sporing
Delving into New Zealand's history with our nomination for a Kiwi Who Should be Famous. Margit Brew has nominated two gentlemen who accompanied Cook on his first voyage to New Zealand on board Endeavour. Daniel Carlsson Solander and Herman Sporing who were the botanists that inspired the naming of Botanist Bay. [more]

Media with Simon Pound
Simon looks into the world of social media and networking from Facebook to twitter and all the way back to MySpace. [more]

Natasha Conland: Curator of the 4th Auckland Triennial
Nastaha Conland is gearing up for 4th Auckland Triennial which starts on March 12. It's the cornerstone exhibition of international contemporary art in New Zealand. The theme for the exhibition is"Last Ride in a Hot Air Balloon" [more]

Summer Report

Top stories for Tuesday 12 January 2010
A high profile blogger defends breaching name supression orders once again. John Banks says the cost of Auckland's Queens Wharf development could now be cost more than a hundred million dollars. Northern Ireland's First Minister is standing down for six weeks, amid a storm surrounding his wife's affair with a teenager. [more]

Police confirm investigating blogger's latest revelation
The police in Nelson say they will investigate the latest deliberate breach of a court name suppression order by a high profile Internet blogger. [more]

Top lawyer says blogger at risk of being kept in custody
Prominent Auckland lawyer Chris Comesky has commented on the case and Mr Comesky joins us. [more]

Banks puts big price tag on latest Queens Wharf push
Auckland City's mayor John Banks is accusing the Government of moving to force the city into a more expensive redevelopment of Queens Wharf. [more]

Northern Ireland's leader steps down
Northern Ireland's First Minister is standing down for six weeks, amid a storm surrounding his wife's affair with a teenager. [more]

Sports news for 12 January 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Businessman defends role after arms trading revelations
A New Zealand businessman implicated in international illegal arms trading is defending his role in setting up the company apparently involved in facilitating the deal. [more]

Bowls team awaits penalty for throwing part of game
The New Zealand four men's bowls team has been found guilty of attempting to throw part of a game at last year's Asia-Pacific bowls tournament. [more]

Researcher calls on public transport users to be more sociable
You'd think deciding which seat to sit on when you get on the bus is one of the less taxing things you could do in your working day. [more]

Off the Beaten Track: Maud Island
The Department of Conservation calls them its treasure chests - those reserves that are sanctuaries to rare and endangered birds, animals and insects. [more]

Bug of the day: Stick Insect
We talk with Entomologist Allen Heath. [more]

Police say more serious charges against blogger possible
The police in Nelson are to investigate the deliberate breach of a court name suppression order by an Auckland Internet blogger. [more]

Dollar gains ground
The New Zealand dollar has been gaining ground alongside the Australian dollar's rally which yesterday hit a five week high against the greenback and a 26 month high versus the euro. [more]

Anti-whaling group files criminal case against Japanese
A Dutch lawyer acting for the anti-whaling protest group Sea Shepherd has filed a criminal case against Japanese whalers alleging they committed piracy. [more]

Airport deal aimed to lure more Asian tourists
Auckland Airport says its investment in two Queensland airports could mean an additional one hundred thousand passengers coming through its own gates. [more]

Sports news for 12 January 2010
An update from the RNZ sports team. [more]

Phil Skoglund comments on 4's Bowls team
A former world bowls champion is defending the New Zealand four men's bowls team after they were found guilty of attempting to throw part of a game. [more]

Group urgers Gov not to fight ruling to pay parent carers
An organisation of carers is urging the Government not to appeal against a decision in favour of parents being paid for the support they give to severely disabled adult children. [more]

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

Take the Weather with you
The summer holidays are a busy time for New Zealand's Met Service as an eager public await to hear the predicted fate of their vacations. [more]

Cherry season is here
The Cherry season is underway and while the Marlborough region was hit by poor weather conditions last year, Central Otago growers are hoping for a reasonable season. [more]

Whanganui cycleway work underway
Work on the government's National Cycleway has begun over the summer with some projects being given the green light. [more]

Kayakers contest rescue bill
Two kayakers, rescued from the flooded banks of the Shotover River are contesting a bill for the service, claiming they didn't need help. [more]

Federated Farmers lobbies for lift on trout sales
Federated Farmers is calling for a ban on trout farming to be lifted to allow participation in what it calls a lucrative export industry. [more]

Great Britain outclasses New Zealand at Rifle Championships.
The New Zealand Rifle Association's National Championships are underway in Upper Hutt and will culminate with the individual shooting challenge for the prestigious Ballinger Belt later this week. [more]

What's Going On: City Music Events
Well both Auckland and Wellington have an excellent array of summer music in parks - and the best thing its free. [more]

What's Going On: New Plymouth Festival of Lights
It's the longest running and most successful festival and arts event in Taranaki, attracting about 150,000 visitors each summer. [more]

Rowan Quinn on the Kauri Coast - Part 1
Rowan's taking a trip down the Ripiro – or Kauri – Coast on the west coast of Northland. [more]

Fish of the Day: Paua
We return to the surf now to take a look at the pearl producing paua. Paua diver Storm Stanley, the chair of the Paua Industry Council joins us. [more]

News stories:

Labour demands answers on Kabul embassy plans
The Labour Party is questioning the need for a New Zealand embassy in Afghanistan and says it wants more information about the Government's plans. [more]

Mali snatch unlikely draw with Angola
The Mali football team has made an unexpected comeback in the opening match of the Africa Cup of Nations to hold on for a 4-4 draw against tournament hosts Angola. Angola ... [more]

Silver Ferns head to Gold Coast for training camp
The New Zealand netball team is in the Gold Coast in Australia for the next 10 days for a training camp as it prepares for the defence of its Commonwealth Games ... [more]

Ogilvy wins US PGA year opener in Hawaii
The Australian golfer Geoff Ogilvy has overhauled a stumbling Lucas Glover to win US PGA's opening tournament of the year, the SBS Championship in Hawaii. A stroke behind Glover going into ... [more]

Classic runner-up wins opening match in Sydney
The runner-up at last week's ASB tennis classic in Auckland, Italy's Flavia Pennetta, has beaten the Australian number one Samantha Stosur in the first round of the Sydney International tournament. Pennetta, ... [more]

Statham felt comfortable off the baseline
The New Zealand tennis player Rubin Statham says he sensed early the other Kiwi wildcard Dan King-Turner might be off his game in their centre court clash on day one of ... [more]

Lawson four found guilty
The Gary Lawson-skipped New Zealand four is awaiting news of their punishment from Bowls New Zealand after being found guilty of attempting to throw part of a game at last year's ... [more]

Nalbandian's frustrating injury run continues
The Argentinian tennis star David Nalbandian has pulled out of Auckland's Heineken Open. The former world number three strained an abdominal muscle in practice, and his absence robs the tournament of ... [more]

Man accused of shooting air rifle at house
A man arrested following a domestic incident is accused of shooting an air rifle at a neighbours' house after his partner fled there for safety. [more]

September 29 quake was strongest in 2009 says USGS
The September 29th earthquake, that spawned a massive tsunami killing more than 100 people in American Samoa, Samoa and Tonga, was the strongest quake in 2009. According to statistics released... [more]

September 29 quake was strongest in 2009 says USGS
The September 29 earthquake, that spawned a massive tsunami killing more than 100 people in American Samoa, Samoa and Tonga, was the strongest quake in 2009. According to statistics released... [more]

Drug prices in Fiji double says new survey
The price of many drugs in Fiji has doubled or even tripled in the past two years according to a new survey. The Fiji Consumer Council has compared the price... [more]

McGwire admits steroid use, apologises
The record-breaking US baseball big hitter Mark McGwire has admitted he used steroids. The former St Louis Cardinals slugger says he used steroids during his Major League Baseball career, including 1998 ... [more]

Fiji luxury resort pay issue near resolution
Fiji's luxury Taunovo Bay Resort Management has agreed to pay all staff after the Labour Ministry intervened in a dispute. The Fijivillage website reports that the resort management has given... [more]

Fiji courts to sit six days a week to clear backlog of cases
Fiji's Magistrates Courts will soon hear cases six days a week to help clear a backlog of cases. The Acting Chief Registrar, Ana Rokomokoti, told Fijivillage that it will soon... [more]

New Zealand dollar gains ground
The New Zealand dollar has been rising against the US currency. On Tuesday morning the New Zealand dollar was buying just over 74 US cents, the highest level in several weeks. [more]

New Zealand and Fiji improve diplomatic relations
The Governments of New Zealand and Fiji have agreed to an additional Counsellor position being established for Fiji in Wellington, and for New Zealand in Suva. There is also approval... [more]

NZ Red Cross specialists to assist in Solomon Islands disaster
Two New Zealand Red Cross staff have left for Solomon Islands to help relief efforts following last week's earthquakes and tsunami. The country was hit by a series of quakes... [more]

Tevez treble vaults City into top four
A Carlos Tevez hat-trick has helped Manchester City to a 4-1 win over Blackburn Rovers and moved City into fourth place in the English football premier league. The win preserves manager ... [more]

Polwart still on the run from Auckland Prison
Police are still hunting for a prisoner who escaped from Auckland Prison almost a month ago. Kevin Polwart cut through two perimeter fences at the Paremoremo facility. [more]

China sells 13.6m vehicles in 2009
China says it has became the world's biggest market for cars and vans, overtaking the United States. [more]

New Caledonian inmate caught after 12 weeks on the run
Police in New Caledonia have caught an inmate who had been on the run since October. Noumea's daily newspaper says Kevin Namuli was arrested in Port-Ouenghi where police were alerted... [more]

Power restored to all areas in Fiji after Cyclone Mick
Fiji's Disaster Management Office says electricity has now been restored to all areas affected by December's cyclone. Cyclone Mick struck ten days before Christmas, displacing thousands of people, who have... [more]

Number of drowning deaths falls
Water Safety New Zealand says figures for the past three decades show the number of drownings in this country is falling. [more]

Tuesday's newspaper headlines
"Mr Bigs" of New Zealand's P drug rings are being traced to their homes; bigger and more expensive revamp urged for Queens Wharf; company laws may need to be tightened. [more]

New Zealand makes effort to improve Fiji ties
The New Zealand government is making efforts to improve its diplomatic relations with Fiji. Last week, the foreign minister Murray McCully held talks with this Fiji counterpart Ratu Inoke Kubuabola... [more]

PNG doctors continue work despite resignation threat
Doctors in Papua New Guinea are continuing to work despite an earlier threat to resign over an industrial dispute. The National Doctors Association has been in discussions with the Department... [more]

CNMI leaders sworn in
The newly sworn-in governor and Lieutenant Governor of the Northen Marianas say they will continue working to bring prosperity back to the CNMI and will not back down in the... [more]

American Samoa awards warning siren contract
American Samoa has awarded to an off-island firm the contract to install a warning siren system in the territory which was hit by a major tsunami last September. The Chief... [more]

American Samoa administration seeks revenue to cover deficit
American Samoa's governor Togiola Tulafono says this year his administration is focusing on generating more revenue to cover the 8.8 million US dollar deficit for the 2009 fiscal year. The... [more]

Fiji disaster teams to distribute seedlings to cyclone victims
Fiji's Disaster Management Office is planning to distribute seedlings and planting materials in the next few weeks to families affected by December's cyclone. Cyclone Mick struck ten days before Christmas,... [more]

Wanted: new slogan for Dunedin
Hundreds of people have been putting forward ideas for a replacement for the slogan "I am Dunedin". Among the tongue-in-cheek suggestions are "It's a Riot" and "Dunedin: It's Highly Rated." [more]

Commuters avoid talking to other passengers - study
Only a quarter of commuters talk to other passengers when they are using public transport, new research suggests. [more]

Armed gang member still on loose
A Mongrel Mob member considered likely to be armed and dangerous is continuing to evade police. The heavily tattooed Shannon Watene is accused of pointing a pistol at a woman in Napier. [more]

Minto pleads not guilty to disorder charges
Veteran activist John Minto has pleaded not guilty to charges laid as a result of a protest at the ASB women's tennis tournament in Auckland. [more]

Don't fight carer ruling, group urges Government
A carers' rights organisation is urging the Government not to appeal against a decision in favour of parents being paid for providing support to their severely disabled adult children. [more]

Company denies involvement in illegal arms trade
A New Zealand businessman is defending his role in setting up a company apparently involved in facilitating illegal arms trading. [more]

Man on parole recall finally arrested
A man was due to appear in court on Tuesday after the longest police hunt for someone on a parole recall warrant. Paul Croot had been on the run since April last year. [more]

Blogger could face contempt of court charge
A blogger who has deliberately breached name suppression orders could be charged with contempt of court, police say. Cameron Slater revealed the identity of a man charged with indecently assaulting a girl. [more]

Farmer fined after starving cattle found on property
A Rotorua farmer has been fined almost $10,000 after he was convicted on multiple charges relating to hundreds of starving and dead cattle found on his property. [more]

New Zealand says despite talks with Fiji no substantive change in ties
New Zealand says there is no substantive change to its policy towards Fiji as it moves to improve diplomatic relations. New Zealand's Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, has held talks with... [more]

Air Fiji staff suffer after its demise
A former Air Fiji supervisor says workers are struggling to survive with many still pleading for compensation from the now defunct airline. Floyd Williams says he hasn't found much work... [more]

Fiji workshop covers new crime decrees
Training is underway in Fiji for those responsible for enforcing new decrees that come into effect at the start of next month. The Public Prosecutors office is running the course... [more]

Bowls team found guilty of throwing part of game
The New Zealand four men's bowls team has been found guilty of throwing part of a game at last year's Asia-Pacific bowls tournament. [more]

Samoa considers five new hydro plants
Samoa's Cabinet has given approval for feasibility studies to be conducted on five potential hydro electricity schemes. Cabinet awarded the contract to Egis Bceom International to locate areas suitable for... [more]

Cooks finance secretary faces suspension over tank farm woes
The Cook Islands finance secretary is facing suspension by cabinet. The finance minister Wilkie Rasmussen says Sholan Ivaiti didn't give prudent advice to the former Minister of Finance on the... [more]

Worst of recession over, business survey shows
The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research believes the worst of the recession is over and the business outlook for 2010 is positive. [more]

Hutt River drowning victim named
Police have released the name of a woman who drowned in the Hutt River near Wellington this week. [more]

Fiji deports Fiji-born Australian environmental consultant Lal
Fiji has deported an Australian consultant of the Suva office of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Dr Padma Lal, who was born in Fiji, was forced to leave... [more]

'Beast of Blenheim' refused parole
The Parole Board has rejected a new bid for freedom by the man known as the Beast of Blenheim. [more]

Coyle leaves Burnley for Bolton
The Scot Owen Coyle has been named as the new manager of the English Premier League football strugglers Bolton Wanderers. Coyle replaces the sacked Gary Megson and joins Bolton from Burnley, ... [more]

Bowls NZ chair: ruling shows throwing a match won't be tolerated
The chairman of Bowls New Zealand says throwing a game goes to the very heart of sport and hopes the ruling against the Gary Lawson skipped four, makes it clear that ... [more]

FIA to appeal Briatore decision
Formula One's governing body, the FIA, has confirmed it will lodge an appeal against a French court's decision to overturn a life ban on former Renault team boss, Flavio Briatore. Briatore ... [more]

PNG doctors settle pay dispute
Doctors in Papua New Guinea have reached an agreement with the Department of Health over a new pay package. The National Doctors Association has been in discussions with the Department... [more]

LNG project expected to add to PNG capital's housing problems
A fund involved in housing construction in Papua New Guinea is warning that squatter settlements will increase, once construction of the liquefied gas project starts this year. The huge project... [more]

New Zealand opposition backs government's Fiji policy
The New Zealand opposition Labour Party says it supports the government's efforts to improve diplomatic relations with Fiji. Last week, the foreign minister Murray McCully held talks with his Fiji... [more]

P lab discovered in exclusive Auckland suburb
Police in Auckland have discovered a "P" lab operating in one of the city's more exclusive suburbs. [more]

Fiji withdraws old age pension for government critics
The Fiji interim government says as of this week government pensioners who have been speaking out against the current government have had their pension payments stopped. The interim prime minister,... [more]

Kayakers could end up in court over rescue bill
Two kayakers who are refusing to pay a bill for a search-and-rescue on Queenstown's Shotover River could end up in court. [more]

Fiji PM orders deportation of Fiji-born Australian environmental consultant Lal
Fiji has deported an Australian consultant of the Suva office of the International Union for Conservation of Nature on the instruction of the interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama. Dr... [more]

Auckland toll road decision 'bizarre'
The Automobile Association says the Transport Agency's decision not to install a back-up generator for Auckland's Northern Gateway toll road is bizarre. [more]

Paying informers, Fiji regime decides to ban Methodist conferences
The Fiji interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says Methodist church ministers are currently being paid by the Fiji Police Force Special Branch to act as informers for the police... [more]

Trout farming ban should be lifted, says Fed Farmers
Federated Farmers is calling for a ban on trout farming to be lifted to allow participation in what it calls a lucrative export industry. [more]

Fire at Northland resort town contained
The Fire Service says a large scrub fire in the Northland resort town of Taipa is under control. [more]

NZ market down at close
The New Zealand share market was down 13 points, or 0.4%, to 3290 at the close of trade on Tuesday. Turnover was $96 million. [more]

End of the line signalled for Ford Falcon
Ford has signalled an end to its Australian Falcon model, saying only one large car will be built for all world markets under the company's One Ford programme. [more]

NZ to boost diplomatic relations with Fiji
The New Zealand Government is making efforts to improve its diplomatic relations with Fiji, but says this does not signal a substantive change in policy towards the regime. [more]