Radio New Zealand - Saturday, 13th February 2010

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

Saturday Morning

Sefton Darby - Extractive transparency
International development consultant whose work focuses on transparency and anti-corruption in the oil and mining sector. [more]

Peter Brook - Theatre and tolerance
Innovative director of stage and screen, his new production, '11 and 12', will play at the 2010 New Zealand International Arts Festival. [more]

Robert Connolly - Balibo
Filmmaker whose latest feature, Balibo, is set during the Indonesian invasion of East Timor in 1975. [more]

Amanda Wright - festival wrangling
Co-director of the biannual summer music festival Splore, in Auckland. [more]

Playing favourites with Nick Bollinger
Musician, producer, broadcaster and music writer discusses his latest book 100 Essential New Zealand Albums. [more]

Mark Pesce - future gaze
Inventor, writer, educator and futurist who is speaking at Webstock 2010. [more]

Maths with Gavin Martin - Fractals
Professor in Pure Mathematics at Massey University discussing fractals and the geometry of nature. [more]

Sunday Morning

Insight for 14 February 2010: Arson
Sue Ingram investigates research that suggests arson by young people can indicate a link to other more serious offences [more]

Ideas for 14 February 2010: Jeanette Fitzsimons
Jeanette Fitzsimons retired from Parliament in February 2012 after 13 years as an Alliance and then Green MP. Despite having never sat on the Government benches there would be few if any commentators who would question Jeanette Fitzsimons profound impact on New Zealand politics. As the co-leader of the Green Party from 1995 to 2005 she was instrumental in raising the environment towards the top of the political agenda. Here Jeanette Fitzsimons talks to Chris Laidlaw about the people, writers and thinkers who have influenced her. They include: economist Herman Daly, Ghandi, the founding editor of the ecologist magazine Teddy Goldsmith, charismatic German Green leader Petra Kelly, and her father. From the Ideas collection: Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences [more]

This Way Up

Future books
Clare Alexander's a literary agent and was editor-in-chief at the publisher Macmillan. We're talking about the future of book publishing and the industry's hopes of dodging the difficulties faced by the music industry in the digital age. [more]

Home-kill meat
Most of the meat we buy in the supermarket is neatly wrapped and sanitised, not a speck of blood in sight. Bruce Harkness has been home-killing and butchering sheep for years. [more]

Beijing bicycles
China's turning back to the bicycle. It's trying to avoid the traffic and pollution problems caused by the one million new cars hitting the roads there every month. Jonathan Watts reports. [more]

Coin toss
There's more evidence that calling head or tails is not as fair as we might think. Matthew Clark's been studying how humans can influence the outcome through skill and training. [more]

Mumbai tiffin-wallahs
Every day some 170,000 lunches are collected from homes in Mumbai, delivered to workplaces then everything gets taken back home. Meena Kadri's been looking at this daily miracle. [more]

Bedroom industry
Dvice's Wendy Lee examines how technology's changing what toys and devices people are playing with in the bedroom. [more]

News stories:

Hurricanes come from behind to beat Blues
The Hurricanes have spoiled the Blues Super 14 Rugby season opener with a 34-20 win at Albany after the home side led 20-12 at half-time. The Blues started well in front ... [more]

Tropical Rene expected to hit Samoa group today
The Fiji Met Office says it expects tropical Cyclone Rene to be upgraded to category 3 by midday today as it heads towards the Samoa group. A cyclone forecaster speaking... [more]

Brumbies too good for injury-ravaged Force
Stirling Mortlock became the first player to score 1,000 points in Super rugby as the ACT Brumbies began their 2010 campaign with a 24-15 victory over compatriots the Western Force. Captain ... [more]

Residents on American Samoa's Manu'a expect Rene to hit this morning
American Samoa's Governor Togiola Tulafono has closed all government offices today to allow employees to secure their homes and prepare for the approaching tropical cyclone Rene. All cabinet members have... [more]

Kauri national park proposed in Northland
The Conservation Authority has identified an area it thinks is suitable for a kauri national park: the Waipoua forest in Northland. Only 2% of New Zealand's kauri remain. [more]

Drugs review must include organised crime - police union
The Police Association says any discussion of New Zealand's drug law must consider the role of organised crime - which, it says, controls the drugs scene. [more]

SFO investigates financial services firm in liquidation
The Serious Fraud Office is looking into a financial services company that is in liquidation. Investors had put more than $10 million into the company. [more]

Principal auctions curriculum in standards protest
An Invercargill school principal has put the national curriculum up for online auction in protest at the introduction of National Standards. [more]

Lowland farmers jib at annual water limit
The Canterbury Regional Council is assuring farmers they will not have their water supply cut following a review of resource consents in the Rakaia-Selwyn groundwater zone. [more]

Commission to act against finance company
The Commerce Commission intends to proceed with action against finance company Budget Loans, a subsidiary of listed Cynotech Holdings. [more]

Ngapuhi prepares for hearing over Treaty and declaration
Northern iwi Ngapuhi is fine-tuning its case for a hearing next month on its claim over the meanings of the Treaty of Waitangi and the 1835 Declaration of Independence. [more]

Man in custody after armed callout in Opotiki
A man has been charged with assault with a weapon following an incident in the Bay of Plenty in which a police officer was threatened with a machete. [more]

Marae board investigates fraud allegations
A marae trust board in Auckland is investigating allegations of fraud and says it will take further action if warranted. [more]

Population grew by 55,100 last year
New Zealand's population grew by 55,100 last year to almost 4,347,000 - the biggest growth in five years. [more]

Resignations linked to uncertainty over company's future
The head of DNZ Property Fund says ongoing uncertainty about the future of the commercial property company has prompted two of its board members to quit. [more]

Slight expansion in manfacturing in January
Manufacturing activity narrowly expanded in January and an economist says the picture for employment may start to look up by the middle of the year. [more]

Burger Fuel opens offshore
Listed takeaway chain Burger Fuel has opened its first outlet in Saudi Arabia. Another is due to open in Dubai in April. [more]

EU deal on helping Greece
EU leaders have reached a deal on helping Greece tackle its debt crisis. [more]

Wool price recovery continues
Wool exporters are confident they are seeing a sustained recovery in wool prices, with this week's auctions consolidating the gains of recent weeks. [more]

Shearing Grand Slam begins
The first event in the Grand Slam of New Zealand shearing has started in Balclutha. The series will culminate in Masterton with the 50th anniversary of the Golden Shears competition. [more]

American Samoa's Manu'a island group being battered by cyclone Rene
Reports from American Samoa say tropical cyclone Rene is now battering the Manu'a island group. The cyclone reached the islands at 9 o'clock this morning. Our correspondent in American Samoa,... [more]

Big car recall by Volkwagen in Brazil
Volkswagen is recalling nearly 200,000 cars in Brazil because of a rear-wheel problem. [more]

$1.1 billion debt rollover required by SCF
South Canterbury Finance has to roll over more than $1.1 billion of debt this year, ahead of the expiry of the first version of the Government's retail deposit guarantee. [more]

January house sales hit 18-year low
The Real Estate Institute has confirmed house sales hit an 18-year low in January. Sales fell 26% during the month. [more]

Tramper''s foot crushed by boulder
A Wanaka woman was airlifted from Aoraki-Mt Cook National Park on Friday morning after her foot was crushed by a boulder. [more]

$11m party zone for Rugby World Cup in capital
Wellington is to build an $11m waterfront party zone in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Construction is expected to be completed in December. [more]

Union unhappy about merger of DHBs
The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says a merger plan for the Otago and Southland district health boards is being rushed. [more]

Man dies after being crushed by bulldozer
A man died after he was run over by a bulldozer in Waikato. [more]

Warning of tough cancer decisions ahead
A cancer issues watchdog believes New Zealand will have to start making tough choices about which cancers get treated. [more]

Government pushes for more trade training
The Government wants more options for secondary students to learn trades at school and for tertiary institutions to better equip them for jobs. [more]

Feasibility studies for 13 new cycle trails
Thirteen new cycling trails are to go through feasibility studies for inclusion in the next stage of the New Zealand Cycle Trail project. [more]

Return to work plans to be phased in - Bennett
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says plans to get sole parents on the Domestic Purposes Benefit back to work will have to be be phased in. [more]

Womens cricket team beaten again
The New Zealand women cricketers have suffered another heavy defeat at the hands of Australia, losing the second match of the Rosebowl series by four wickets in Adelaide. The White Ferns' ... [more]

Ryder to undergo surgery
Jesse Ryder's return to international cricket has suffered a setback and he'll undergo abdominal surgery next week. Ryder's been off the scene since late September, when he tore an abdominal muscle ... [more]

Fouhy returns to kayak competition after 18-month absence
The former world champion kayaker Ben Fouhy returns to competition this weekend in Australia after an 18-month break from the sport. Fouhy won a silver medal at the Athens Olympics and ... [more]

Coaches looking to slow down opposition ball in Super 14
Super 14 rugby coaches are already looking at new ways of slowing down their opposition's ball even though the referees plan to try and clean up the area. Referees' interpretation has ... [more]

Women's Black Sticks build depth for big year ahead
The New Zealand women's hockey team will look to develop new players during their three-match Test series against Australia starting in Perth on Sunday. With several senior players out injured and ... [more]

Cole out for rest of Premier League
Chelsea's England defender Ashley Cole is expected to be sidelined for about three months after fracturing his left ankle in their Premiership football match against Everton. The 29-year-old left back is ... [more]

Giggs sidelined for a month
Manchester United's veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs will be sidelined for up to a month after breaking his right arm in an English Preniership football match against Aston Villa. The 36-year-old who ... [more]

Dawkins smashes national track cycle record
The Southland cyclist Eddie Dawkins has smashed his New Zealand record in the kilo time trial on the opening night of the National Track Championships in Invercargil. In a world class ... [more]

Black Caps win third ODI
The New Zealand cricket captain Daniel Vettori says he was a little disappointed they put themselves under so much pressure in their run-chase in Thursday night's third one-day international against Bangladesh ... [more]

Breakers win again, but still not in play-offs
A fifth straight win for the New Zealand Breakers has kept their Australian National Basketball League play-off hopes alive, but their post season involvement won't be known until Saturday night. A ... [more]

Lauaki out of Chiefs match in Durban
Loose forward Liam Messam has been named to lead the Chiefs in their opening Super 14 rugby match against the Sharks in Durban on Sunday morning. Messam, no stranger to the ... [more]

Vettori wants more from his players
The New Zealand cricket captain Daniell Vettori says Thursday night's competitive third one day international in Christchurch shows Bangladesh will be no walkover in next week's one-off Test in Hamilton. The ... [more]

Multi eventers looking to cement Games status in Hamilton
A couple of New Zealand athletes will be looking to cement their Commonwealth Games status at the New Zealand Combined Events Championship in Hamilton this weekend. Heptathlete Rebecca Wardell is looking ... [more]

Atletico Madrid set up King's Cup final with Sevilla
Atletico Madrid set up a King's Cup football final against Sevilla after going through 6-3 on aggregate despite conceding two late goals to lose 3-2 at Racing Santander in their semi-final ... [more]

Football Ferns name squad for Australia, Cyprus Cup
Uncapped Northland teenager Hannah Wilkinson has been included in a 19-strong Football Ferns squad for next week's two-match series against Australia in Auckland and the Cyprus Cup a week later. The ... [more]

Spectator hit by McCullum six
A female spectator was struck by a ball off a Brendon McCullum six during Thursday's one day cricket International in Christchurch. The woman was immediately taken to Christchurch hospital for observation ... [more]

Eagles name two NFL converts for Las Vegas
The United States rugby sevens coach Al Caravelli has named two American footballers in his squad for the first time, ahead of the Las Vegas leg of the IRB series beginning ... [more]

Inventor of Frisbee dies aged 90
Walter Fredrick Morrison, the man credited with inventing the Frisbee, has died. He was 90 years old. Utah House Representative Kay McIff, an attorney who represented Morrison in a royalties case, ... [more]

Snow boarder Juliane Bray named Olympic flag bearer
The snowboarder Juliane Bray has been named flag bearer for the New Zealand team at tomorrow's opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. This is the second Olympic appearance for ... [more]

Shanks on track
Alison Shanks showed the defence of her world pursuit title is on target at the New Zealand track cycling championships in Invercargill after following her New Zealand record with another three ... [more]

Irish eye top three spot in rugby world
Ireland will not only take a step towards back-to-back Six Nations Grand Slams with victory over France at the Stade de France on Sunday, but would also break the southern hemisphere ... [more]

Top seed Zvonareva through to semi-finals at Pattaya
Top seed Vera Zvonareva withstood a strong second-set challenge from Austrian left-hander Sybille Bammer to advance to the semi-finals of the Pattaya tennis Open, winning 6-0, 7-6 (7-5). Kazakh Sesil Karatantcheva ... [more]

Soderling into semis at Rotterdam Open
Robin Soderling rushed through for a 64-minute victory into the semi-finals of the Rotterdam Open as the 2009 Roland Garros finalist began to re-discover his tennis game. The fourth-seeded Swede crushed ... [more]

Hawks edge past Tigers, leapfrog Gold Coast for play-off spot
Wollongong has secured their place in the Australian basketball league play-offs after beating defending champions Melbourne at home. The Hawks' 94-82 win over the Tigers secures them a place in the ... [more]

BMW Oracle draw first blood in 33rd America's Cup
The US challenger BMW Oracle won the opening race of the 33rd America's Cup, beating Swiss holders Alinghi by more than three kilometres in a stunning display of hi-tech sailing. Software ... [more]

Weather once again causing concern at Vancouver
Bad weather has once again played havoc with training plans for Winter Olympic's Alpine skiing events, with the men's downhill training cancelled due to fog. USteam spokesman Doug Haney says the ... [more]

Blues rue lack of control at breakdown
The Blues Super 14 rugby coach Pat Lam has been left to rue his side's lack of discipline after they surrendered a 20-12 halftime lead to lose to the Hurricanes 34-20 ... [more]

Semi-final time in domestic one day competition
The sharp end of the men's one day domestic cricket season is upon us, with the preliminary finals taking place in Auckland and Canterbury today. The table-topping Auckland Aces are taking ... [more]

Phoenix high in confidence for play-offs
The Wellington Phoenix will go into next weekend's A-League football fixture high in confidence after securing a home play-off with Friday night's 3-0 win over Central Coast. Despite it being the ... [more]

Hurricanes captain praises switch for convincing win over Blues
The Hurricanes rugby captain Andrew Hore says a change in defensive tactics helped his side to a come-from-behind 34-20 victory over the Blues in the opening game of the Super 14 ... [more]

Georgian luge competitior killed while training
The Georgian luge competitor Nodar Kumaritashvili has been killed in a horrific training crash ahead of Vancouver's Winter Olympics, according to the Georgian Olympic delegation. The Georgian delegation head Irakly Japaridze ... [more]

Bulls too strong for valiant Cheetahs
The defending Super 14 rugby champions the Bulls picked up where they left off with a crushing 51-34 win over the Cheetahs in an all-South African clash at Bloemfontein. The Bulls ... [more]

More penalties likely for a while yet
The Hurricanes' 34-20 win in the opening match of the Super 14 rugby season was notable for the way the Blues started the match with two good tries and finished it ... [more]

Fiji's interim regime says it remains committed to holding elections in 2014
The military-led regime in Fiji says it remains committed to holding elections in 2014 despite coming under pressure to hold earlier elections during a United Nations review of its human... [more]

Murder killer says he was scared of being shot
A gang prospect on trial in the High Court at Napier for murder says he was scared that the man he's accused of killing was going to shoot him. [more]

Initial $200,000 aid for cyclone-hit Cook Islands
New Zealand will give $200,000 in aid to the Cook Islands to help with the clean-up in the aftermath of Cyclone Pat. [more]

Fiji's interim govt says Bainimarama will stand down as PM in 2014
The interim government in Fiji says Commodore Frank Bainimarama will stand down as Prime Minister when elections are held in 2014, but will remain as commander of the military. The... [more]

Australia to provide a million US dollars to support Vanuatu's beef industry
Australia is providing more than a million US dollars to support the Vanuatu beef industry and increase the incomes of smallholder farmers in Vanuatu. The grant has been given to... [more]

Aid workers on stand-by as Cyclone Rene tracks through South Pacific
The Red Cross says it has aid workers on alert around the Pacific as Cyclone Rene gathers strength between Samoa and Tonga. The Fiji Meteorological Office is warning the tropical... [more]

American Samoa's Manu'a Islands feel the force of Cyclone Rene
The full force of Cyclone Rene is expected to hit the Manu'a Islands of American Samoa about now, though residents have been experiencing heavy rain and strong winds for several... [more]

More debt tipped for families and young people
A credit agency says families and young people are struggling with spending and are likely take on more debt in the coming months. [more]

1 in 5 children in benefit-dependent household - Salvation Army
A Salvation Army report says one in five New Zealand children was living in a benefit-dependent household at the end of last year. [more]

Licensing system aims to weed out 'cowboy' builders
The Government says a new licensing regime for builders will weed out cowboys, such as those responsible for leaky buildings. [more]

Police say taxi driver's killer may have left NZ
Police searching for the killer of an Auckland taxi driver say he may no longer be in New Zealand but will be found no matter where he is. [more]

Home detention for teenager who assisted suicide
A teenager has been sentenced to eight months' home detention on the rare charge of assisting suicide. [more]

Health quality commission details announced
The Government has revealed the details of the new Quality and Safety Improvement Commission to be set up to reduce errors and improve patient safety in the health sector. [more]

Employers urge reinstatement of youth pay rates
An employer organisation says the latest figure for youth unemployment is a good reason to bring back youth rates. [more]

Glass is good to go at wine festival
The Marlborough Wine Festival has won a police dispensation to use glass drinking containers for its 27th festival on Saturday. [more]

Earthquake shakes lower North Island
A magnitude-5 earthquake was felt widely across the lower North Island in the small hours of Saturday morning. [more]

Maori Party wants public consultation on constitutional review
Maori Party MP Hone Harawira wants a promised constitutional review this year to be taken to the nation so people can talk about it and understand it. [more]

Minor changes only for ACC reform bill
Government legislation that will cut back on a range of accident compensation entitlements has emerged largely unchanged following public submissions. [more]

14,000 cheer Phoenix to win
The Wellington Phoenix beat Central Coast 3-0 in Friday night's A-League football match, securing the club an historic home play-off next weekend. The Phoenix always looked in control of the match, ... [more]

McKay ruled out of Bangladesh Test
Fast bowler Andy McKay will have to wait for his Test cricket debut after a mild foot injury ruled him out of the one-off Test against Bangladesh, which starts in Hamilton ... [more]

Central knock out Canterbury in one day play-offs
The Central Districts cricketers have beaten Canterbury by six wickets in the second preliminary final of the men's one day domestic competition in Christchurch. Central now face Northern for a place ... [more]

Pitbull ban won't work, SPCA and Kennel Club
The SPCA and the New Zealand Kennel Club both say banning pitbull-type dogs in New Zealand to prevent further attacks is unlikely to work. The mayor of Hastings is calling for pitbulls to be eliminated. [more]

Wellington City Council to review governance
Wellington City Council has taken a step towards the formation of a super-city with a review to be held on how the region is governed. [more]

Visitor numbers up at Southern field days
The Southern Agricultural field days at Waimumu, near Gore, has seen a big lift in visitors this year. The event held its third and final day on Friday. [more]

Retail spending rises in December quarter
Retail spending in New Zealand rose modestly in the last three months of 2009, with people buying more appliances. [more]