Radio New Zealand - Friday, 15th January 2010

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

Country Life

Country Life for 15 January 2010
A selection of highlights from 2009 - The Chen family have spent 13 years nurturing tea bushes in Waikato. They're hoping to tap into the lucrative market for premium oolong tea - a product that sells for thousands of dollars a kilogram. Naseby is an isolated gold mining and farming town in the heart of the Maniatoto region of Central Otago. Cosmo Kentish-Barnes is there to meet local raconteurs Ross McMillian, Des Styles and Laurie Inder at the bar of the Ancient Briton Hotel, where a similar recording was done in 1947 by the peacetime mobile unit of the New Zealand Broadcasting Service. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 15 January 2010
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 15 January 2010
An update from the team at RNZ sport. [more]


X marks the spot
answer. [more]

Sport talk
Game gossip and analysis. [more]

Treasure Island - Chapter 14
Chapter 14 of 19. [more]

Summer Noelle

Haiti: Oxfam NZ Director Barry Coates
We hear what aid inroads are underway or planned to help the disaster struck Caribbean nation on the west side of the island of Hispaniola. [more]

Photographer Norrie Montgomery
The photography of the famous and the foibles of a paparazzo. [more]

Kiwis who should be famous - John Mawson
Dr Caroline Miller nominates John Mawson, a town planner who was instrumental in convincing local councils in New Zealand of the need to carefully plan towns and cities. [more]

Young New Zealanders of the Year - Divya Dhar
We hear about this Auckland based nominee who's a medical, social and climate change campaigner. [more]

Theatre director Amanda Rees talks about the Short+Sweet festival - all plays are 10 minutes long so if you can't stand one, don't worry there'll be another coming along in 9 minutes! [more]

Scot Milligan from the BDO 2010
Scot Milligan on the phone from the Big Day Out. [more]

Rattle ya dags - your daily kick in the pants
The creators of a website that gives you bitesized pieces of motivation everyday join Noelle to talk about filming their project and giving people a kick in the pants. [more]

Summer Report

Situation grim in Haiti
We get an overall assessment of the situation on the ground in Port-au-Prince, which it has to be said is dire. [more]

Oxfam in Haiti
Communications are extraordinarily difficult with the Caribbean's poorest nation but we have got through to Oxfam's Louis Ballinger on the border with the Dominican Republic. [more]

UN has no further word about NZ aid worker's family
We speak with the United Nation's office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs in New York to ask if they've heard about the plight of the New Zealand family who are in Port-au-Prince with the UN. [more]

Sport with Barry Guy
Highlights from the RNZ sports desk. [more]

Official criticism of intensive dairying
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment is urging the Government to intervene in consent hearings for intensive dairy farming in the Upper Waitaki. [more]

Red Checkers grounded as fatal crash investigated
The elite aerobatics team the Red Checkers remains grounded this morning, as the Air Force investigates yesterday's fatal crash. [more]

Fiji military regime to cut dissenters' pensions
Tough new measures are being introduced in Fiji which appear aimed at stifling dissent. [more]

Under-19 Cricket World Cup opens in Christchurch
Defending champions India say they're feeling confident ahead of their first game against Afghanistan at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval which opens the tournament today. [more]

Police Association calls for tougher punishments for chases
The New Zealand Police Association is echoing calls from its brethren across the Tasman for tougher penalties on drivers that cause Police chases and prolonged pursuits. [more]

Big Day Out expected sell-out
Organisers of this year's Big Day out are anticipating a sell-out. [more]

Avocado farmers suffer huge losses
Northland avocado farmers are suffering huge losses following winter storms, some as much as 70 percent of their crop. [more]

China warns internet firms to work within the law
China says foreign internet businesses are welcome to operate in the Communist state, but only if they follow the law. [more]

600 NZ-sponsored children still missing
Appeals have been launched by aid agencies in New Zealand amid the international efforts to get search teams, medical help and supplies into earthquake-hit Haiti while many New Zealand sponsor children are still unaccounted for. [more]

Expert predicts more quakes to hit Haiti fault
A seismological expert says the earthquake that struck Haiti this week could be the first of many. [more]

New Family Court programme to emphasise mediation
The Principal Family Court Judge says a new programme coming in later this year will help reduce bitter disputes over children and stop self-indulgent parents from deliberately delaying the court process. [more]

24-year-old in critical condition after wheel hits bus
The young man remains in"critical condition causing concern"in Auckland Hospital this morning after a truck lost its wheel which hit a bus on the motorway yesterday. [more]

Prince William on first official visit to New Zealand
Royal commentator and former editor of the International Who's Who, Richard Fitzwilliams, joins the show to discuss the visit. [more]

Sport with Barry Guy
The latest from the RNZ sports desk. [more]

Forty five thousand expected at concert day
Big Day Out organiser Campbell Smith tells us about the lineup and expectations for today's show. [more]

Teenager almost halfway round the world
Australian teenager Jessica Watson has successfully navigated around Cape Horn and is almost at the halfway mark of her solo round-the-world voyage, defying critics who pressured her parents not to let her go. [more]

Air New Zealand wins Airline of the Year award
Air Transport World magazine judged the national airline #1 in the world for the airline's record for safety, environmental concern and financial management in what has been one of the most turbulent periods in aviation history. Chief Executive Rob Fyfe joins the show to talk about the accolade and the team that earned it. [more]

NZ remittances to Pacific islands decline
The amount of money sent by New Zealand's Pacific Islander population to family back home is likely to be down ten per cent over the last year. [more]

One dead after Australia canyon trip goes wrong
The body of a canyoner who died in Australia's Blue Mountains is expected to be recovered today. [more]

Weather with Bob McDavitt
Let's have a look at the weekend's meteorological phenomenon and that for today's Big Day Out. [more]

Place names: Christchurch
The etymological and cultural origins of the garden city's names: Bryndwr, Glandovey Road, Taylors Mistake, Murrays Mistake, Hoon Hay, New Brighton, Shirley. [more]

Off the Beaten Track: Tuapeka Punt
Imagine having a job so rare, that you're the only person in the southern hemisphere doing it. [more]

Heineken Open update
New Zealand's premiere tennis tournament resumes today in Auckland. [more]

What's Going On: Petrolhead Heaven
Its petrolhead heaven this weekend with motor racing events all around the country. [more]

Bugs: Silverfish
We take a look at some of those critters we see each day and some we choose to ignore. [more]

Rowan Quinn on the Kauri Coast - Part 4
Rowan's back on her journey along the Ripiro – or Kauri – Coast on the western side of Northland. [more]

Showreel: 1968
Documentary maker, Trevor Reekie looks back on revolutionary '68. [more]

Haiti: NZ aid worker family update
The family has just issued a statement. [more]

Today's bird
The elvis of the bird world - the South Island Kokako. [more]

News stories:

Alker set to defend PGA Championship title
New Zealand golfer Steve Alker is hoping to put a disappointing end to his 2009 season behind him when he turns out to defend his New Zealand PGA Championship title in ... [more]

Police to investigate elderly woman's death
Police in Nelson will conduct an investigation into the death of a woman while she was being committed to a mental health unit. [more]

Lucas Neill off to Turkey
Socceroos captain Lucas Neill has signed an 18-month contract to join Australian teammate Harry Kewell at Turkish football club Galatasaray. Having only joined English Premier League club Everton in September ... [more]

Semenya not allowed to compete yet
The South African runner Caster Semenya will not be allowed to compete until a resolution has been reached in her gender case. Semenya underwent gender verification tests after she won ... [more]

Liverpool lose three players to injury
English Premiership football strugglers Liverpool will be without their Spanish striker Fernando Torres for six weeks. The Reds will also be without their other star player, Steven Gerrard for at ... [more]

Clinton trip to be rescheduled 'sooner rather than later'
US Ambassador David Huebner says discussions are already underway to try to re-schedule the visit of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, which was was postponed so she could coordinate Haiti relief efforts. [more]

Unexpected fall in US retail sales
Sales at US retailers fell unexpectedly in December, casting uncertainty over the recovery of the US economy. [more]

Repay billions, Obama tells banks
US President Barack Obama has said Wall Street must repay $US117 billion, to recoup money taxpayers are expected to lose from bailing out the banks during the financial crisis. [more]

Eurozone holds interest rates
The European Central Bank has kept eurozone interest rates on hold at a record low of 1% for the eighth month in a row. [more]

Air NZ wins aviation accolade
Air New Zealand has been named Airline of the Year for 2010 by leading aviation magazine Air Transport World. [more]

American Samoa announces changes to top investigative unit
American Samoa's police commissioner Tuaolo M. Fruean has announced personnel changes to the Department of Public Safety's top investigative unit. The Criminal Intelligence and Investigative Bureau (CIIB) has been headed... [more]

Weather causing damage, losses to avocado crop
Northland avocado farmers are suffering huge losses, in some cases up to 70% of the crop, as a result of drought and earlier winter storms. [more]

American Samoa to overhaul work permits for aliens
Sweeping changes to American Samoa's immigration system are being proposed in a bill introduced yesterday in the house. The bill would reduce the number of aliens granted approval to reside... [more]

Samoa businesses come to aid of children of the low-paid
Nineteen children from the age of 6 to sixteen in Samoa will go to school this year through an education programme by the Samoa Victim Support Group and paid for... [more]

Kwalik killers get Indonesian police commendation
A team of 50 Indonesian police officers has received special commendations from the National Police headquarters for shooting and killing the Papuan rebel leader, Kelly Kwalik, last month. Kelly Kwalik,... [more]

Cook Islands Party says parliamentary sitting needed
The Cook Islands Party says a parliamentary sitting must be held soon to sort out financial matters. The CIP vice president, Mark Brown, says the Prime Minister plans to delay... [more]

Marshall's police dispute latest crime figures
Criminal case filings by Marshall Islands prosecutors hit a two-decade low in 2009, according to High Court statistics, but National Police officials say crime - particularly robberies - is on... [more]

Clinton rules out PNG visit this year
The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has assured Papua New Guinea that she will visit the country, but not this year. Mrs Clinton was due to spend six hours... [more]

Flosse touted for French Polynesia's vice-presidency
French Polynesia's vice president, Edouard Fritch, has suggested that the Tahoeraa Huiraatira leader, Gaston Flosse, replace him in a government reshuffle if Mr Fritch wins the presidency of the assembly. [more]

Fiji police probe church link to government ousted in coup
The Fiji police commissioner, Commodore Esala Teleni, says more members of the National Intelligence Bureau may be sent home as the police investigate links between the Methodist Church and the... [more]

Tonga PSA says government fee hikes are unreasonable
The Public Service Association in Tonga says a government hike in fees for vehicle registration and licensing fees is unreasonably and ridiculously high. The Government introduced the increases last week... [more]

Solomons pupils in tent schools after last week's quake
Temporary school tents have been erected in Solomon Islands to replace classrooms damaged by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the region ten days ago. Save the Children's country director for... [more]

Bank card spending flat
Consumers are restraining their bank card spending, according to latest Statistics New Zealand data. [more]

More than 40 caught with P at work, says firm
A company that uses sniffer dogs to find drugs in workplaces, has seen an increase in the number of employees caught with "P". [more]

Delay in oil exploration off Southland
Plans for more than $1 billion of exploration drilling for gas and oil in the Great South Basin have been shelved for at least a year. [more]

Boat with four on board capsizes at Taieri Mouth
A boat carrying four people capsized at Taieri Mouth in South Otago on Friday. One person required treatment for hypothermia. [more]

Gang member back in custody
A member of the Mongrel Mob, who has the word "Notorious" tattooed across his face, has been recaptured by police after more than a week on the run. [more]

Arrests after 'binge-drinking' event
Police in Mt Maunganui say 19 people have been arrested after an event that encouraged binge-drinking. [more]

Jodar warns of New Caledonia jail revolt
New Caledonia's USTKE union leader, Gerard Jodar, has warned of a possible uprising at the territory's jail because of the poor conditions there Jodar made the comment after the court... [more]

Cook Islands Party dismissive of referendum call
The Cook Islands Party says the government's plan for a referendum on whether political reform is needed is too vague. The Prime Minister announced that work on the proposed referendum... [more]

PNG PM admits jail problems after Kapris escape
Papua New Guinea's prime minister, Sir Michael Somare, has admitted that the country's correctional service command has lost control. This follows last Tuesday's mass jail breakout of the country's 12... [more]

Tonga's PM summoned by Ashika ferry inquiry
Tonga's Prime Minister and other cabinet ministers have been summoned to give evidence next month at the Royal Commission of Inquiry into last August's sinking of the MV Princess Ashika... [more]

Keep cows cool in summer, dairy farmers urged
Dairy farmers are being advised to ensure their herds are cool in summer months to help keep up milk production. [more]

Ousted Fiji PM Qarase to stand trial
Fiji's ousted Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, has been ordered to stand trial in the Suva High Court next week on charges of abusing his office, with one charge dating back... [more]

Body found in burnt-out car
Invercargill police say no foul play was involved in the death of a person whose remains were discovered in a burnt-out car at Oreti Beach. [more]

Fire breaks out in chimpanzee cave
A group of chimpanzees had a lucky escape after a fire broke out in their heated cave at Wellington Zoo. [more]

PNG bus crash death toll rises to 43
The death toll from Papua New Guinea's head-on bus crash has risen to 43. The two 25-seater buses were reported to be overloaded when they crashed in the Markham Valley... [more]

Togiola off to Thailand in bid to revive American Samoa cannery
American Samoa's Governor Togiola Tulafono is bound for Thailand to meet the owners of Chicken of the Sea, Thai Union, which had a cannery in Pago Pago. The plant closed... [more]

Tonga PSA links fee hikes to Ashika losses
The Public Service Association in Tonga says it believes the government has drastically increased the fees for vehicle registration and licensing to make up for losses after the sinking of... [more]

Drowning at Ninety Mile Beach
A person has drowned at Ninety Mile Beach in Northland, according to the Fire Service. [more]

PNG media worried over threats after mass jail breakout
The Media Council of Papua New Guinea is worried about threats to the staff of broadcaster PNG FM for breaking a story about the escape of William Kapris from Bomana... [more]

T-shirt slogan inappropriate, says Maori commission
A T-shirt which uses sexual innuendo in a slogan around the word "Whakapapa" is inappropriate and immature, the Maori Language Commission says. [more]

Environment Commissioner steps into dairy debate
The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment is urging the Government to intervene in consent hearings for intensive dairy farming in the Upper Waitaki. [more]

Defamation suit against TVNZ, Herald settled
A long-running $30 million defamation suit taken by Simunovich Fisheries Ltd against Television New Zealand and the New Zealand Herald has been settled out of court. [more]

Auckland elderly woman found safe and well
Police in Auckland say an elderly woman missing since Friday morning has been found alive and well. [more]

NZ market ends trading week lower
The New Zealand share market was 20 points lower, or 0.6%, at 3258 at the close of trade on Friday. Turnover was $47 million. [more]