Radio New Zealand - Saturday, 14th August 2010

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


Insight for 15 August: Special Education
Penny Mackay looks at the future for children with special education needs. [more]

Insight for 15 August: Special Education
Penny Mackay looks at the future for children with special education needs. [more]

Saturday Morning

Fatima Bhutto: Pakistan
Journalist and commentator whose father was killed by the police in 1996 during the premiership of his sister, Benazir Bhutto. [more]

Rob McBrearty: sponges and cancer
Commercial Manager of Pacific Marine Bioactives, a company that is developing new microtubules to aid scientists in creating the building blocks for a cure for cancer. [more]

Art with Mary Kisler: local revolutionaries
Mackelvie Curator of International Art at the Auckland Art Gallery - Toi o Tamaki discussing selected works from the gallery's exhibition, Local Revolutionaries: Art and Change 1965-1986. [more]

Playing Favourites with Rowan Simpson
Software developer, business person and investor who sold his website for shares in TradeMe and became its third employee. He's now involved in a number of other technology start-ups including Xero, Fishpond, Sonar6 and Vend. [more]

Peter Whiteford: John Mulgan
Head of the School of English Film, Theatre and Media Studies at Victoria University of Wellington and editor of the republished edition of Report on Experience, the wartime memoir of John Mulgan. [more]

Children's Books with Kate De Goldi: Puffins
Kate discusses 70-years of Puffin books. [more]

Listener Feedback
Kim Hill reads emails and text messages from listeners to the Saturday Morning programme. [more]

This Way Up

The science of toast
The science of toast and why are some breads better for toasting than others? Allan Hardacre of Massey University's Institute of Food Nutrition and amp; Human Health explains. [more]

World's biggest wind turbine
Professor Feargal Brennan's the head of offshore engineering at Cranfield University and is part of a team that's trying to develop the biggest wind turbines on the planet. [more]

Food Additives: Emulsifiers
More food additives with Associate Professor Matt Golding of Massey University. This week, emulsifiers crop up in everything from chocolate and bread to mayonnaise and ice cream. So what are they there for? [more]

A.J. Liskiewicz is based in Buffalo and he's following the amazing growth of the game Farmville in Facebook. It's meant to be the world's most popular computer game. [more]

Google Maps
John Gravois is writing about some of the geo-political disputes Google's been getting dragged into with its free mapping software, Google Maps. [more]

Tech News: Net neutrality
Bill Thompson beams in with bits and bytes from the world of technology. This week, net neutrality: the concept that all traffic on the Internet should be treated equally. [more]

The Facebook Effect
Writer and technology journalist David Kirkpatrick got access to Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook staff to research his book 'The Facebook Effect'. So what did he find out? [more]

News stories:

Swedish families uneasy about parole for Tamihere
The families of two Swedish tourists murdered two decades ago, say they are not surprised that their killer could be freed from prison by November. [more]

More mortgage rate cuts by trading banks
ANZ, National and Westpac have cut their two year mortgage rates for the second time in a week. [more]

On-stage road safety advertisement commissioned
The New Zealand Transport Agency has commissioned an on-stage advertisement to discourage driving while tired. The three-minute ad will play every night at Downstage Theatre in Wellington from 14 August - 11 September. [more]

Frequent paracetamol usage linked to asthma
A new study of 300,000 youngsters in over 50 different countries, suggests that children who take paracetamol frequently are more than twice as likely to have asthma. [more]

Sharples supports ending of tobacco sales by 2020
Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples has put his weight behind a call from Otago University researchers for tobacco sales to be phased out by 2020. [more]

Items from Japan on show at Ngai Tahu display
Work by members of the indigenous Ainu community in northern Japan will be shown alongside work by Ngai Tahu artists and craftspeople on Saturday, to mark the 30th anniversary of Dunedin's sister city relationship with Otaru. [more]

Newman steps down as head of consumer group
Telecommunications Users Association chief executive Ernie Newman has resigned after 12 years in the position. [more]

Hospital Drs extend invitation to Ryall to visit
Resident doctors have extended an invitation to Health Minister Tony Ryall to visit them at work in hospitals. [more]

German economy bounds upwards
The German economy grew by 2.2% in the three months to the end of June - its fastest quarterly growth in more than 20 years. [more]

Hardship case assessor appointed for Aorangi investors
Cash-strapped investors who have struggled since Aorangi Securities was placed under statutory management, have been offered some hope of relief. An independent administrator has been appointed to assess cases of hardship. [more]

Postponement of future soggy matches urged by Herbert
Phoenix football coach Ricki Herbert is calling for officials to look at postponing A-League matches when there's too much rain, after a soggy 3-3 draw with Gold Coast United in Wellington on Friday night. [more]

Erakovic in first Commonwealth Games tennis team
Olympian Marina Erakovic have been selected as a member of the first team to represent New Zealand in tennis at the Commonwealth Games. Erakovic has been ranked as high as 49 ... [more]

Ryan Archibald to miss Commonwealth Games
The former captain Ryan Archibald is one of several veteran players missing from the New Zealand men's hockey team for the Commonwealth Games. Archibald's decided he needs to concentrate on his ... [more]

Big ask for Black Ferns
The New Zealand women's rugby team has won all three World Cup tournaments but the Black Ferns leave for this year's tournament still smarting from a loss to the hosts. Halfback ... [more]

Tana gets Counties focused for Shield challenge
The Counties-Manukau rugby side will need to continue its improved form this evening if it is to create some New Zealand rugby history. Two unbeaten sides feature in round three of ... [more]

Mets suspend star pitcher accused of assault
The New York Mets have suspended four-times All-Star reliever Francisco Rodriguez for two games after his arrest on suspicion of assaulting his 53-year-old father-in-law. He was due to be arraigned on ... [more]

Powell pulls out of London meeting
The former 100 metres world record holder Asafa Powell withdrew from this week's London Diamond League meeting with a back and hamstring strain. The Jamaican, whose 100 metres duel with Tyson ... [more]

Steyn ruled out of All Blacks clash with injured thigh
South Africa have ruled injured fullback Frans Steyn out of the Tri-Nations rugby clash with New Zealand on August the 21st. The Paris-based Steyn was among 29 Springboks called up to ... [more]

Tasman beat Hawke's Bay
Last year's semi-finalist Hawke's Bay have gone three matches without a win in the provincial rugby championship, as Tasman grabbed their first win of the season with a 21-7 victory in ... [more]

Top seed's making early exits at Cincinnati Open
Top-seed Jelena Jankovic and second seed Caroline Wozniacki have suffered surprise third-round exits in the Cincinnati Tennis Open. In fierce heat, the Serbian Jankovic lost to Akgul Amanmuradova 7-6 6-4, with ... [more]

Vickerman back for Wallabies and World Cup
The former Wallabies lock Dan Vickerman will be available for next year's World Cup, having signed a three-year deal with the Australian rugby union. The 31-year-old lock played 55 Tests for ... [more]

All Blacks halfback moves from Wellington to Auckland
The All Blacks halfback Alby Mathewson is leaving Wellington and will play for Auckland in next year's national provincial championship. Mathewson, who made his Test debut in the win over Australia ... [more]

Eels stay alive, Sharks upset Roosters
The Parramatta Eels have kept their National Rugby League season alive with an upset 30-14 victory over the Broncos in Brisbane. The lowly Cronulla Sharks also downed the high-flying Sydney Roosters ... [more]

Fruean hat-trick sparks Canterbury
The national provincial rugby champions Canterbury clicked into gear in Christchurch on Friday night, thrashing North Harbour 44-22. The hosts scored seven tries to three with centre Robbie Fruean nabbing a ... [more]

Black Caps can't back up big opening win
The Sri Lankan cricketers have started their tri-series campaign with a three-wicket win over New Zealand with 55 balls remaining at Dambulla. The second one day international of the tri-series didn't ... [more]

NZ health care company to sign deal with China
A national private heath care company is poised to sign a $100 million deal with a local authority in China to train professionals in post-operative care in the home. [more]

Vili short again, Gay wins with fastest time this season
New Zealand shot putter Valerie Vili has again thrown short of Belarussian rival Nadezhda Ostapchuk at the latest Diamond League meet in London. Vili threw 19.83 metres while Ostapchuk won it ... [more]

7.2 quake off Guam
A 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit 348 kilometres west southwest of the U.S. territory of Guam. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake occurred just after 7 in the morning local... [more]

Students in CNMI get new laptops
Public education officials in the Northern Marianas have this week been unpacking more than five thousand new laptops for secondary school students. The money for the computers is from the... [more]

Kiwifruit challenge struck out by High Court
The High Court at Auckland has struck out three claims brought by Turners & Growers seeking to overturn Zespri's monopoly of kiwifruit exports. [more]

Samoa's fire service lacks equipment to rescue from tall building - opposition MP
Concerns are being raised that the Samoa Fire and Emergency Services Authority lacks the necessary equipment to rescue people from multi-storey buildings in the event of a fire. The Opposition... [more]

Manu'a locals in American Samoa ask question about transport vessel
Manu'a residents in American Samoa are asked about the status of the vessel Foisia, which was purchased to ferry passengers between the islands of Ofu and Olosega and Tau in... [more]

Emergency services in American Samoa get two new ambulance
The Emergency Medical Services in American Samoa have taken delivery of two brand new ambulances purchased with funding from the US Department of Homeland Security. The units cost more than... [more]

Pacific countries ready for first Youth Olympic Games
The first ever Youth Olympics opens today with a number of Pacific countries making the journey to Singapore. Like the full Olympic Games 26 sports will be contested, from fencing... [more]

PNG PM and others urge Nine-Mile residents to help police catch grave-robbers
Residents of Port Moresby's Nine-Mile settlement have been urged to help Papua New Guinea police find those responsible for interfering with the late Sir Brian Bell's grave at the local... [more]

Missing woman found
Police in Auckland have found a woman who went missing from North Shore hospital on Friday afternoon. [more]

Shackleton's whisky finally opened
A crate of scotch whisky trapped in Antarctic ice more than a century has finally been opened. It was discovered at the hut of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton in 2006. [more]

Funds at students association being investigated
Police in Wellington confirm an investigation has begun into suspected misappropriation of funds at the Students Association at Whitireia Polytechnic at Porirua. [more]

Airline merger planned in Sth America
Two South American airlines are planning to merge and create the biggest carrier in the region. TAM Linhas Aereas of Brazil and LAN of Chile would fly to 115 destinations in 23 countries. [more]

TV3 political programme off air
A burst air conditioning pipe brought live broadcasts to a halt at TV3 on Saturday morning. [more]

Tall Blacks beat Slovenia
Kirk Penney's bagged 42 points as the New Zealand basketballers beat Slovenia 104-103 on their home court in double overtime at a World Cup warm-up tournament in Maribor. The Tall Blacks ... [more]

Phoenix can't close out a wet one
The Wellington Phoenix football coach Ricki Herbert wants officials to look at postponing matches when there's too much rain, after their soggy 3-3 draw with Gold Coast United at a rain-soaked ... [more]

More silverware for New Zealand junior cyclists
The New Zealand cyclists have won a second medal in the women's team pursuit at the UCI Junior World championships in Italy. They produced a superb effort to record the second ... [more]

GP admits $345,000 fraud claims
An Auckland GP has pleaded guilty in a case involving 38,000 instances of fraud amounting to $345,000. [more]

Father of Olivia Hope pleased police vindicated
The father of Olivia Hope, who went missing with Ben Smart in the Marlborough Sounds in 1998, says he is pleased the police who investigated their disappearance, have been vindicated. [more]

Rivers rising in Bay of Plenty
Bay of Plenty Regional Council is keeping a watch on river levels as heavy rain causes them to rise steadily. [more]

Lorenzo quickest in practice
Spain's MotoGP world championship leader Jorge Lorenzo has dominated practice for the Czech Grand Prix. He clocked a best time of 1 minute 57.215 seconds, 0.541 seconds faster than compatriot Dani ... [more]

Commercial trial of gingko nut in Bay of Plenty
Commercial production is being trialled in Bay of Plenty of gingko - an ancient type of nut, which is a food delicacy in Asia where they can fetch up to $100 per kg. [more]

Mt Hutt skifield open again
Mt Hutt skifield reopened on Saturday. Winds are now much lighter than those which closed the field on Thursday and Friday. [more]

Main contenders neck and neck in Auckland mayor race
An opinion poll for the preferred Mayor of the new Auckland super city shows Manukau Mayor Len Brown has a slight lead over Auckland City Mayor John Banks. [more]

More councils want to ban wearing of gang insignia
A number of councils are pushing the Government to let them follow Whanganui's lead and ban the wearing of gang insignia in their areas. [more]

Cracks on Navy patrol vessels being repaired
Four of the Royal New Zealand Navy's newest inshore patrol ships are undergoing repairs after cracks appeared in the bridge area. The costs are being met by the shipbuilders. [more]

BoP town virtually cut off due to flooding
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council says Opotiki is almost completely cut off following the closure of State Highway 2 due to flooding. [more]