Radio New Zealand - Friday, 12th February 2010

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The best song ever written
Gary Craft chooses 'What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted' as performed by Ian Moss, Jimmy Barnes and Joan Osborne. [more]

Bad kaka
Don't feed the kaka! Thats the message from conservationists in Karori who want their neighbours to stop leaving out treats for the birds. [more]

First Lady of the Lake
The Lady of The Lake has a woman at the tiller! The latest skipper of Queenstown's TSS Earnslaw is the first female Captain the ship has had in its 98 year history. [more]

He Rourou for 12 February 2010
For nearly 20 years Te Atakohu O'Sullivan has been teaching Maori language to adults using the now internationally recognised programme,"Te Ataarangi". Te Atakohu tells Ana Tapiata that listening is as important as speaking when it comes to learning Maori. [more]

Feature album
'Copper Blue' by American alternative rock group Sugar. [more]

Fresh fast food
With Julie Biuso. [more]

With Yvonne Lorkin. [more]

Weekend weather
With MetService weather ambassador Bob McDavitt. [more]

With Noelle McCarthy. [more]

With Stephen Hewson. [more]

NZ Society - When The Green Flag Drops (part 1 of 2)
For the next two weeks, Justin Gregory goes high up onto the stands and behind the microphone with veteran race commentator Tony Lee. Straight from the horse's mouth, as it were, Tony will tell us all about the techniques and the tricks of race calling, and Justin will give us a few hot tips on how not to place a bet. [more]

The Panel (part 1)
With Richard Langston and Dita de Boni. [more]

The Panel (part 2)
With Richard Langston and Dita de Boni. [more]

Best Of The Week

Best of the Week - 12 February 2010
Highlights from Radio New Zealand National's programmes for the week ending Friday 12 February. This week....the government announces reforms of the tax systems, the singing chinese Mayor who speaks fluent te reo Maori, the new career for former All Black captain Anton Oliver and Mr Supertramp - the founding member and voice of the 70's supergroup. [more]

Business News

Morning business for Friday 12 February 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets update for Friday 12 February 2010
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 12 February 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening business for 12 February 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening business for 12 February 2010
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


Teenager gets home detention for assisting suicide
A teenager who helped another boy kill himself has escaped a jail sentence in what his lawyer has described as a tragic case that highlights the insidious sub-culture of youth suicide. [more]

Cyclone damage worse than first thought
The Cook Islands emergency relief team says the damage on the island of Aitutaki is much worse than first thought. [more]

Homicide investigation launched in South Auckland
The police have launched a homicide investigation following the discovery of a woman's body in a South Auckland park. [more]

Start of deal to give iwi eleven of Auckland's volcanic cones
A framework agreement between the Crown and Maori in Auckland has paved the way for the Government to achieve its goal of settling historic treaty claims by 2014. [more]

2Degrees gained 206,000 customers in past 6 months
In the David and Goliath battle of the mobile phone networks, newcomer 2Degrees is making headway against the big players. [more]

Bill Clinton, in hospital after developing heart problems
The former United States president, Bill Clinton, has undergone heart surgery after complaining of chest pains. [more]

Sports news for 12 February 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Economic crisis in Greece: EU pledges action
European leaders have agreed to take coordinated action to rescue the failing Greek economy and restore confidence in the tumbling euro. [more]

Retail spending rises in December quarter
Latest figures show people are still nervous about spending too much, with an unprecedented slump in supermarket, grocery and department store sales in December. [more]

New inquiry into sex scandal involving Australian sailors
The credibility of the Australian military justice system is in again in question after a finding that a defence investigation was biased. [more]

Waatea news for 12 February 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Cancer group urges overhaul of strategy
An independent cancer advisory group is warning New Zealand will have to start making tough choices about who qualifies for cancer treatment. [more]

Missing woman identified
The police have just formally identified the body of a woman found in the Port Hills east of Christchurch last night as Vanessa Pickering. [more]

Designer Alexander McQueen's fashion legacy
One of Britain's leading fashion designers, Alexander McQueen, has died at his home in London. [more]

Govt announces details of new health quality commission
The Health Minister has revealed the details of a new Commission he's setting up to reduce mistakes and improve safety for patients wherever they are being treated. [more]

New mill drying machine for Edendale Dairy Factory
Fonterra is describing its Edendale Dairy Factory in Southland as the biggest in the world after the Prime Minister opened a new milk drying machine there today. [more]

20th Fringe Festival opens in Wellington
Wellington's Fringe Festival kicks off today. Some of the country's top acts like Flight of the Conchords, Rhys Darby, Raybon Kan and Strike Percussion have had their initiation at the festival, which is celebrating its twentieth birthday this year. [more]

Hammer coming down on cowboy builders
Until now, anyone with a hammer has been allowed to call himself a builder but under a scheme launched by the Government today, every builder, brickie, roofer and plasterer now has two years to get licensed. [more]

Canada: The expense of hosting the Winter Olympics
There's less than a day to go before the world's sporting elite will be out on the snow and ice in Vancouver, Canada. [more]

Tongan ferry inquiry reveals rift in former cabinet
In Tonga, the former Attorney General and Minister for Justice has delivered stinging criticism of the Prime Minister and his government over the sinking of a ferry last year and the loss of 74 lives. [more]

Sports news for 12 February 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Waatea news for 12 February 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Fiji dismisses pressure for swift elections
The military-led regime in Fiji says it will stick to holding elections in 2014 despite pressue from a UN committee to hold a vote earlier. [more]

Country Life

Sheep Heaven - 1. Meat the Sheep
Buying sheep for a small block. How many do you need, where should the yards go, what breed is best and where do you buy them. [more]

Intro and Regional Wrap
The Gisborne region's been sweltering this week and in the South Island a bit of moisture would put a smile on the dial of most country folk. [more]

Half an acre of history
Cosmo Kentish-Barnes meets farmer and compulsive collector Richard Spark, who over 35 years has filled the Northbrook Museum near Rangiora with memorabilia, materials and technology from yesteryear. The museum started with a milk bottle collection housed in an old milking shed, but has since grown into half an acre of attached buildings that are overflowing with local history. [more]

Focus on Politics

Focus On Politics for 12 February 2010
In his statement to Parliament this week, the Prime Minister signalled the Government would raise the tax on goods and services but cut personal tax rates. The proposal has prompted strong political debate, with the Government's ally the Maori Party saying it has serious reservations about the intention to raise GST to 15 percent. [more]

Midday Report

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

Midday Sports News for 12 February 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Friday 12 February 2010
Police are trying to identify a body found at Godley Head - thought to be that of Vanessa Pickering, John Key wavers on plans to raise GST, A law commission report on drugs is panned by the government, And Cyclone Pat causes major damage to the Aitutaki region of the Cook Islands. [more]

Law Commission gives green light to medicinal marijuana
The law commission is recommending New Zealand give the green light to medicinal marajuana use. [more]

Banking CEOs still pocketing big bonuses in US
The big payers in the U.S. banking industry have changed since taxpayers bailed-out some of the industry's most powerful players just over a year ago. [more]

Pacific news for Friday 12 February 2010
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea news for Friday 12 February 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Police find body at Godley Head
A body was discovered last night near where the police have been searching for missing Christchurch woman Vanessa Pickering. [more]

Lebanon's Prime Minister warns of Israeli threat
The Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has ratcheted up tension in the Middle East, with comments to the BBC that he fears the prospect of another war with Israel. [more]

Inquiry head with latest on discovery of body
The search for missing Christchurch woman Vanessa Pickering took a grim turn last night with the discovery of a body on Banks Peninsula. [more]

Body discovered in remote part of Christchurch
Jessica Maddock is at the cordon on Godley Head [more]

PM will cancel GST rise if people will be worse off
The Prime Minister says he will cancel plans to raise the tax on goods and services if evidence shows people will be worse off. [more]

Fears second cyclone will hit Cook Islands
There are fears a second cyclone could strike the devastated Aitutaki region of the Cook Islands as early as next week, as the community picks up the pieces from yesterday's Cyclone Pat. [more]

Cook Islanders monitor next tropical cyclone
Rarotonga Police emergency centre say there had been no more bad weather overnight but they are continuing to monitor the progress of the next possible tropical cyclone. [more]

Minister of Justice rejects more liberal drug laws
The Minister of Justice has poured cold water on a Law Commission report seeking reform of the Drugs Act. [more]

Salvation Army report finds more poverty, housing shortage
Twenty thousand Aucklanders are homeless and across New Zealand 25-thousand more children than in 2008 live in families where no-one has a job. [more]

Sports news for Friday 12 February 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

New Zealand team ready for battle at Winter Olympics
The 2010 Winter Olympics will open tomorrow afternoon in Vancouver with New Zealand boasting it's largest team of individual athletes. [more]

Snow comes in nick of time for Winter Olympics
Good news for organisers overnight, snow is falling 24 hours out from the opening ceremony. [more]

Blizzards paralyse much of eastern USA
The hub of American political life is still at a standstill. [more]

Another cyclone could hit devastated Cook Islands
There are fears a second cyclone is heading towards the Cook Islands. [more]

Drug Foundation backs liberalisation of drug laws
The Government is ruling out any changes to drug laws despite the Law Commission urging a fresh approach. [more]

Doctors disappointed at Otago-Southland merger
The senior doctors' union says Southland District Health Board's decision to merge with Otago DHB is disappointing and shows the gap between managers and those at the coalface. [more]

Honda recalls another 368 vehicles in New Zealand
The woes of Japanese car makers are continuing with Honda forced to recall an additional quarter of a million vehicles worldwide. [more]

Auckland Blues want to be back at top of Super 14 table
The Super 14 rugby season gets under way tonight with the Blues playing the Hurricanes at North Harbour Stadium. [more]

Sports news for Friday 12 February 2010
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

E-Day threatened by e-waste fraud
The future of a popular collection scheme for computer waste is in question after fraud charges were laid against an Auckland recycler. [more]

Fire Service wants better collaboration to cut school fires
The Fire Service says better collaboration with the Ministry of Education could reduce the millions of dollars that school fires cost the community each year. [more]

Waatea news for Friday 12 February 2010
News from the Waatea team. [more]

New national park in Northland a step closer
A new national park in Northland is a step closer to creation. [more]

Kerry-Anne Walsh with news from Australia
Rocker turned pollie Peter Garratt could lose his job over the installation scandal. [more]

Recess before lunch
Katie Bark is involved with running a pilot programme in Montana, trialling recess before lunch. [more]


NZ Society - Sailing Part 1
Amelia Nurse hangs out in the start box for a day of sailing on Wellington Harbour. [more]

Yummy Brussel Sprouts
Deborah Kershaw and Rachel Peck are attempting to boost the popularity of brussel sprouts. [more]

Conundrum answer
The answer to this week's conundrum. [more]

Nine To Noon

Drug law review
With Deputy Law Commissioner, Warren Young. Co-chairmen of the National Committee for Addiction Treatment and chief executive of Odyssey House, Auckland, Chris Kalin. And Peter Dunne, Associate Minister of Health. [more]

Pacific issues
With Mike Field. [more]

Feature guest - Paul Morgan
Ngati Rarua, Te Mahurehure. Paul is former Chief Executive of Federation of Maori Authorities (a collection of Maori incorporations, trusts and boards). He also chairs Nelson's Wakatu Incorporation and Tohu Wines. [more]

Children's Book Review
With John McIntyre. [more]

New Music
With Sean McKenna. [more]

With Richard Boock. [more]

Week That Was
With Te Radar and Michele A'Court. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 12 February 2010
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 12 February 2010
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]

The Week In Review

The Week in Review - week ending 12 February 2010
A review of the week's news including the government's new economic plan to raise sales tax and open more mines, State housing investigates bribery in its ranks, Christchurch's efforts to stamp out boyracers, green light urged for medicinal dope use, Green Party MP bows out, students warned over Facebook hatemail, Eden Park name could be sold, Shackleton's whisky uncovered, King Kong boat to sink [more]


Mark Williams
New Zealand Film Archive Curator talks about his recent visit to London's LUX Arts Agency. [more]

Meet Your Orchestra
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Principal Cellist, David Chickering talks about his work. [more]

Janet Hunt
New Zealand author and academic who's in Taranaki over the next week with the New Zealand Book Council's Words on Wheels tour. [more]

News stories:

Pacific "hooked on" aid crisis conference told
A United Nations conference that's attracted more than 200 government ministers and high level delegates from across the Pacific to Vanuatu this week has been told that the region is... [more]

Retaining residents big challenge for Aitutaki after cyclone destruction
A resort operator on Aitutaki in the Cook Islands says the biggest challenge in the wake of yesterday's destructive cyclone is ensuring residents do not leave. Cyclone Pat, with winds... [more]

Few Maori working in science
A call has gone out for more Maori scientists. Maori comprise only 1.7% of the science workforce. [more]

Cruise ban seen as good for city's reputation
Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker says a ban on cruising will help remove the city's unwanted reputation as a hot spot for anti-social drivers. [more]

Oil auction result announced
Venezuela has announced the winners of an auction of oil drilling rights - the first since President Hugo Chavez came to power more than 10 years ago. [more]

Nominees announced for Laureus Awards
Usain Bolt, Roger Federer and Serena Williams are among those nominated for the 2010 Laureus World Sports Awards. The awards recognise sporting achievements for the calendar year 2009. The winners ... [more]

NZ Olympic team practice the haka
With limited practice time because of the lack of snow the New Zealand winter Olympics athletes have been spending their time practicing the haka in Vancouver. Trainings schedules, particularly for skiers, ... [more]

Former Portsmouth officials charged with tax evasion
The colourful English football manager Harry Redknapp and the former Portsmouth owner Milan Mandaric have appeared in a London court on charges of tax evasion related to their time ... [more]

England captain joins wife in Dubai
The troubled Chelsea football star John Terry has flown to Dubai where his wife has taken refuge from a media storm over the former England captain's reported affair with ... [more]

Kiwi pair well back in India
The two New Zealanders playing in the Avantha Masters golf tournament in New Delhi are well back after the opening round. Mark Brown is tied for 74th after ... [more]

Paddison shares lead at Victorian PGA
The Wellington golfer Gareth Paddison shares the lead with four Australians going into the second round of the Australian PGA championship at Sandhurst in Melbourne. Paddison's round yesterday was interrupted for ... [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Friday's headlines: 2011 Rugby World Cup party plans outlined; homicide investigation begins after body found at Godley Head; kaka under threat from people upset the birds have been eating their plums. [more]

Fiji met service issues another tropical cyclone warning for Northern Cook Islands
The Fiji met service has issued another tropical cyclone warning for the Northern Cook Islands. Tropical cyclone Rene, the fourth cyclone to form in the Northern Cook Islands, is about... [more]

Spanish economy still down
The Spanish economy shrank by 0.1% in the last three months of 2009, making it the last major economy still in recession. GDP also contracted by 3.1% compared with the same period a year before. [more]

US stocks rise on debt deal for Greece
US stocks advanced on Thursday after news of an agreement by the European Union to help Greece end its debt crisis, which is expected to foster stability in the region. [more]

Virgin F1 car loses front wing in testing
The new Virgin Formula One team have been forced to stop running their car following a front-wing failure at testing. The front wing fell off the car after driver Timo ... [more]

Forum secretariat head hits back at aid comments
The general secretary of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat says aid to the region cannot be seen as handouts, with most of it having to meet strict conditions. Tuiloma Neroni... [more]

Fiji's interim PM is sending mixed messages says academic
An academic says Fiji's interim prime minister Frank Bainimarama has been sending out mixed messages about his political future. There have been media reports that Commodore Bainimarama has announced he'll... [more]

Former governor of Solomon Islands Central bank says Pacific "hooked" on aid
A United Nations conference that's attracted more than 200 government ministers and high level delegates from across the Pacific to Vanuatu this week has been told that the region is... [more]

PNG Police bring violent incidents near LNG project under control
The police commander in Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands says violent incidents over recent days around the massive LNG project have been brought under control. The 16 billion US dollar... [more]

Fiji's military dismisses pressure for elections before 2014 at UN in Geneva
Fiji's military has dismissed pressure for elections before 2014 as futile as it faced a barrage of calls for a swift return to democracy during a United Nations human rights... [more]

Samoa Tourism Authority to announce a new Miss Samoa
The Samoa Tourism Authority or STA will soon announce a new Miss Samoa to continue the current reign after the first runner up of last year's beauty pageant winner resigned. [more]

Tribal fighting in PNG because of LNG project says Kidu
Papua New Guinea's Minister for Community Development says a multi-billion dollar liquified natural gas project is spurring inter-village war between traditionally non-violent tribal groups. Dame Carol Kidu's comment comes as... [more]

Australia is to build twenty new classrooms for schools in Vanuatu
Australia is to build twenty new classrooms this year for primary schools around Vanuatu. That follow the 12 classrooms it built last year. Australia is currently helping to fund the... [more]

Lower profit reported by Rio Tinto
Rio Tinto has reported a pre-tax profit of $US7.86 billion for 2009, down 14% on the $US9.18 billion made in 2008. [more]

Emergency Operations Centre in Cook Islands says no reports of damage from Rene
The Emergency Operations Centre in Cook Islands says there are no reports of damage so far from a new cyclone currently located near the island of Nassau in the northern... [more]

Clean-up operation resumes this morning on Aitutaki
The cyclone-devastated island of Aitutaki in the Cook Islands is still without power or full communications as a clean-up operation resumes this morning. A state of disaster is in place... [more]

Fiji met service says possibility Rene could become a hurricane
The Fiji Met service says there is a possibility that tropical cyclone Rene could become a hurricane in the next 24 hours. It says the cyclone, which is near the... [more]

New Zealand Olympians eyeing top 10
The New Zealand Winter Olympic team may be a long-shot for medals at the Vancouver Games, but many of the athletes have their sights set on top 10 finishes. The Games ... [more]

Cooks police say Aitutaki beginning to recover from cyclone shock
The emergency base operations centre in the Cook Islands says the spirits of the people on Aitutaki are starting to pick up following the shock of yesterdays devastating cyclone. Cyclone... [more]

Samoa Shipping Corporation accepts concerns, has hefty fine cut
A nine thousand US dollar fine by the US Coast Guard against the Fotu o Samoa vessel from Apia has been reduced to just 200 dollars. It follows a meeting... [more]

Dairy farm injuries skyrocket
ACC warns that the boom in dairying is being matched by a rising number of accidents and injury claims on dairy farms. [more]

Farmers prosecuted for stealing water
A dairy farm owner and sharemilker have been fined more than $20,000 in the Environment Court at Palmerston North for taking more water than allocated under their resource consent. [more]

Council admits lack of communication over scrub clearance
Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council admits that it has not done a good enough job of informing farmers about the rules governing scrub clearance on their properties. [more]

50,000 new jobs created in Australia
The Australian labour market created more new jobs for a third consecutive month in January - more than 50,000. [more]

Rain washes away much needed fresh snow in Vancouver
Heavy rain has washed away most of the fresh snow at Cypress Mountain, one of the main Winter Olympics venues and thick fog and snow forced the cancellation of the women's ... [more]

Calls for new framework to support security sector governance in the Pacific
There is a need for a new strategic framework in the Pacific, to complement reforms already underway in the police, military and other security agencies in the region. A new... [more]

Pacific called on to recognise growth and social development go together
Delegates at a high level United Nations conference that's drawing to a close in Vanuatu have been urged to shed a dichotomy around economic growth and social development. The Pacific... [more]

Destruction on Aitutaki from Cyclone Pat worse than first thought
The Cook Islands emergency relief team says the damage on the island of Aitutaki is much worse than first thought. Cyclone Pat, with winds of up to 200 kilometres an... [more]

Auckland airport to fight to keep land
Auckland International Airport Ltd says it will continue to fight to retain 36.4 hectares of land which the former owner is trying to get back. [more]

Samoa Shipping Corporation accepts Coast Guard concerns, has hefty fine cut
A nine thousand US dollar fine by the US Coast Guard against the Fotu o Samoa vessel from Apia has been reduced to just 200 dollars. It follows a meeting... [more]

Tonga's former Attorney General hits back after criticism by Prime Minister Sevele
Tonga's former Attorney General and Minister for Justice, 'Alisi Taumoepeau, has dismissed criticism from the Prime Minister over why she was sacked last year. Dr Feleti Sevele recently said that... [more]

United Nations increase pressure on Fiji over human rights
Fiji's military regime has faced renewed pressure to address human rights abuses and make faster progress towards democratic elections. Overnight in Geneva the United Nations Human Rights Council reviewed Fiji's... [more]

Guam tells Japan it cannot take more than 8000 marines from Okinawa
Guam's governor Felix Camacho has told a visiting Japanese delegation that the island can't accommodate thousands more US marines from an air base in Japan's Okinawa. However the Pacific Daily... [more]

Phoenix full of confidence ahead of last game of regular season
Confidence is high in the Wellington Phoenix camp as they look to secure a home semi-final by winning their last A-League football clash of the regular season against the Central Coast ... [more]

Blues skipper says defence had to improve
Last season the Blues would've finished much higher up rugby's Super 14 ladder if they'd defended as well as they attacked. Although they had the second best scoring record their defensive ... [more]

Proposed GST rise not a deal-breaker - Maori Party
Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples agrees with colleague Tariana Turia that a proposed rise in goods and services tax will not break the party's governing deal with the Government. [more]

200,000 customers switch to new mobile network
New Zealand's newest mobile phone network says it has gained 206,000 customers in the past six months. [more]

New milk dryer officially opened at Edendale
Fonterra is describing its Edendale Dairy Factory in Southland as the largest in the world. [more]

Pacific Islands Forum donates money for quake relief in Solomon Islands
The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has donated 10,000 US dollars to the victims of the earthquakes that struck the Western Province of Solomon Islands in early January. The money from... [more]

Leading Pacific churchman passes away
Archbishop Jabez Bryce, the Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Polynesia for the past 35 years, has died in Suva. Archbishop Bryce, who was 75, was the longest-serving bishop in... [more]

The Samoas brace for the arrival of Cyclone Rene
Disaster officials in Samoa say the country is well prepared for a cyclone that may hit in the weekend. According to the last cyclone bulletin Rene is roughly 480 kilometres... [more]

Fiji promises improvements to human rights
Fiji's spokesman at the United Nation Human Rights Council in Geneva promises this week's key meeting on Fiji will mark the start of an improved society for the people of... [more]

Government invests $4m in diabetes research
The Government is investing more than $4 million in researching the treatment of Type 1 diabetes. [more]

Framework agreement signed on volcanic cones
A framework agreement between the Crown and Maori in Auckland has paved the way for the Government to achieve its goal of settling historic Treaty of Waitangi claims by 2014. [more]

NZ market higher at close of trading week
The New Zealand share market rose 15 points, or 0.5%, at the close of trade on Friday to 3080. [more]

Telecom expects XT failure to affect earnings
Telecom is expecting its recent XT mobile network failure to affect earnings for 2010. [more]

Snowboarder to carry NZ flag at Winter Olympics
Snowboarder Juliane Bray has been named as the New Zealand Olympic team flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver on Friday. [more]