Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 26th December 2012

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This page features: Evolution: The Real Genesis, Midday Report, News Stories, Outspoken, Summer Nights, Summer Noelle, Summer Report, The Reading

Evolution: The Real Genesis

Evolution: The Real Genesis - Part 1
'Cosmogenesis - The Emergence of the Universe' by Sir Lloyd Geering, Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Victoria University. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 26 December 2012
Two police officers are assaulted by party-goers in Dargaville. [more]

Midday Sports News for 26 December 2012
The Olympic silver medallist Blair Tuke sets sail for more yachting honours in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. [more]


Outspoken for 26 December 2012
Simon Mercep looks at whether a second language for primary schoolchildren should be mandatory. [more]

Summer Nights

Ian Schraa - Pets with Vets
Taking the lead on paws and claws with veterinarian Ian Schraa... caring for cats and dogs during a hot summer. [more]

Peter Carter - Camping with DoC
Overseeing all the DOC campgrounds in the Coromandel, Peter Carter hopes to coax the uninitiated to experience some of their summer holidays under a piece of canvas in the great outdoors. [more]

Summer Noelle

Alan Bean - Fourth Man on the Moon
Alan Bean is a former NASA astronaut and currently a painter. [more]

Place In The Sun - Maketu
We visit Maketu in the Bay of Plenty. It's a small town of around thirteen hundred people, with a river, wetlands, a few historic buildings and some walking tracks. [more]

The song I could listen to again and again
Phil Gifford talks about one of his favourite songs. [more]

Stories behind NZ classic popular songs
Simon Sweetman is a well known music journalist. Simon's new book 'On Song' has collected together some of the stories behind many great nz songs, everything from 'Drive' - Bic Runga, to 'She Speeds' - Straitjacket Fits, Pink Frost by the Chills and many more. [more]

True Stories - Simon Wilson
A few years back, the NZ Book Council started running a new kind of event. It began in Auckland, and it was called 'True Stories told Live'. This is a very simple idea, all sorts of people standing up in front of an audience and telling stories. This year, with the very kind co-operation of the NZ Book Council, we have recorded some of these stories especially for Summer Noelle. [more]

Jack Perkins introduces 'Tales from the Back Country'
We are revisiting 'Tales from the Back Country', a series of historic programs that ran on the Radio New Zealand network for over 12 years. [more]

Tales from the Back Country (Part 1)
Featuring dairy farmer Norm Bryan from the far north. [more]

Stephen King - Book Club
David Farrier reviews the 'The Stand'. [more]

Australia Correspondent - Charlotte Glennie
Charlotte Glennie has been looking back at the year that was. She joins us from Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. [more]

On Song with Simon Sweetman - Gutter Black
Simon tells the stories behind the song 'Gutter Black' by Hello Sailor. [more]

Tales From The Back Country - Fighting Father Christmas
A daily serial featuring colourful characters from our rural past. [more]

Duncan Grieve's pick of the Rolling Stones collection
The Rolling Stones is 50 years old this year. We have asked four friends of this show to pick their favourite tracks. Music journalist Duncan Grieve gives us his choice. [more]

Summer Report

Top Stories for Wednesday 26 December 2012
Drunken youths attack police officers in Dargaville. Social services agencies say they're under more stress than ever and in the US, gun rights advocates call for Talk show host Piers Morgan to be deported. [more]

Police officers attacked by drunk partygoers
Two police officers have been injured in an attack by a group of drunk party-goers in Dargaville overnight. [more]

Social service demand at saturation point in 2012
Key social support services say demand for help from vulnerable people this year reached a saturation point that they can barely keep up with. [more]

Retailers hoping tills keep ringing
It's been a strong month for retailers with spending on Christmas shopping up three percent on last year. [more]

Momentum behind petition to deport Piers Morgan grows
The gun lobby in the United States is calling for talk show host and former British tabloid editor Piers Morgan to be deported from the US. [more]

Sports News for 26 December 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Napier acting now to make sure Art Deco buildings survive
The city of Napier is famous for its art deco buildings built following the 1931 earthquake that devestated the area. [more]

Summer food
Caitlin talks to Wellington chef Martin Bosley as he cooks his favourite summer dinner. [more]

Science and IT
Peter Griffin tells us why the search engine giant Google wants to get into the smart phones market - and how Facebook may charge you to send messages. [more]

Police officers attacked by drunk partygoers
Two police officers have been attacked by a group of drunk party-goers in Dargaville overnight. [more]

Interpreter for NZ troops says he's desperate
The interpreter for New Zealand's reconstruction team in Afghanistan says he's desperate. [more]

The latest on the Christmas weather
What a scorcher! But the hot Christmas Day weather won't last for long. [more]

Big malls prepare for Boxing Day sales
Deb McGhie from Westfield's malls talks to us about the Boxing Day sales. [more]

Learning a second language
Is it time to make learning a second language compulsory? We preview tonight's Outspoken programme on this subject. [more]

Sydney to Hobart yacht race gets under way
The Sydney to Hobart yacht race gets under way today - we talk to the Commodore of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Howard Piggott. [more]

Sports News for 26 December 2012
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Fishing report
Grant Dixon tells us where the fish are biting. [more]

Summer movies
Sarah Watt previews the best of the summer season movies. [more]

Boom boxes to lure rare seabirds
Ian Telfer is at St Clair Heights as conservationists try to attract rare seabirds to a new sanctuary. [more]

The Reading

Wulfsyarn: a mosaic by Phillip Mann - Part 7
The Nightingale makes a fatal mistake as it tries to cope with a huge storm that sweeps across the surface of the planet where it has crash landed. [more]

News stories:

Sunday Times sues Armstrong for $2 million
The Sunday Times is suing disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong for around $2 million over his libel action against the British newspaper in 2004. Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven... [more]

Black Caps win second T20
Martin Guptill has become just the second New Zealand batsman to score a century in a Twenty20 international, in leading the Black Caps to an eight-wicket win over South Africa. [more]

Nicholson ends year as top-ranked equestrian
The veteran New Zealand equestrian Andrew Nicholson has finished the 2012 eventing season ranked No.1 in the world and netting a $60,000 bonus. Nicholson, who's 51, held onto the top... [more]

Solo swimmer drowned
A man drowned while swimming alone at Whiritoa Beach in Coromandel in rough conditions on Monday as life guards were on their way to warn him of the danger. [more]

Paramedic winched down to burned pair
A paramedic had to be winched down to a camp site in the Abel Tasman National Park on Tuesday night after two people were burned by boiling water when a camp stove was knocked over. [more]

Search for tramper to resume
A search for a missing tramper in the Mt Owen area of Kahurangi National Park will resume on Wednesday. [more]

McClenaghan to play the test series
The New Zealand fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan will remain in South Africa for the upcoming test cricket series. The left-arm quick McClenaghan replaces Tim Southee, who was ruled out last... [more]

Pakistan edges series opener in India
The Pakistan cricket team has beaten India by five wickets in the opening Twenty20 match of the two countries' first series in five years. Amid tight security in the southern... [more]

Stomach virus rules Nadal out of Abu Dhabi
The former men's tennis world number one Rafael Nadal's long-awaited return after an agonising six-month knee injury battle has been put off because of a stomach infection. The 26-year-old Spaniard... [more]

Chelsea knock eight past Villa
Chelsea has regained third place in English football's Premier League with an impressive 8-0 thrashing of struggling visitors Aston Villa. Seven different players scored for Chelsea, which is a new... [more]

Soak hole collapse inside dairy
Two people have minor injuries after they were trapped in a soak hole when a floor collapsed inside a dairy in Mt Roskill. [more]

Big Boxing Day spending wanted
Christmas spending is up 3% on last year and retailers hope Boxing Day sales will continue the trend. [more]

New oil pipeline from Siberia to Pacific
Russia has launched a new pipeline linking oilfields in Siberia with Kozmino, a port on the Pacific Ocean. It took six years to build. [more]

Three fires in Canterbury
The Fire Service in Canterbury was kept busy on Tuesday night by blazes at three houses. [more]

What will be fate of Napier art deco buildings?
Napier is famous for its art deco buildings built following the 1931 earthquake. But since the Canterbury earthquakes, there is concern for the future of these buildings. [more]

Summer Report: local papers
Wednesday's headlines: 33 degrees in Alexandra; driver fled the scene of fatal crash; Trans-Tasman exodus has slowed. [more]

Qantas, Emirates still keen on alliance
Qantas and Emirates have again applied to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for interim authorisation of a proposed alliance. [more]

Dead toddler named
Police have named a toddler killed on Christmas Eve in a driveway in Hatepe village. [more]

Really hot day in capital
Wellington had its hottest Christmas Day since 1934 - 28.6 degrees. [more]

Highway closed after fatal crash
Police in Invercargill say a man is dead and a rural highway is closed after a fatal car crash. [more]

Elderly couple found at home
An elderly couple who disappeared in Auckland on Tuesday have been found at their home in Greenlane. [more]

Memorial Park work to close central Wellington street
The Transport Agency is alerting motorists to road closures which mark the first stage of building a new Memorial Park in Wellington. [more]

SH3 open again after tanker crash
Traffic is flowing freely on State Highway Three after heavy lift cranes lifted a crashed milk tanker from the road near Marton. [more]

Girl in hospital after a crash on SH35
An East Cape girl is in the intensive care unit at Gisborne hospital after a crash on State Highway 35 near Te Kaha. [more]

Brisk trading in Christmas presents on Trade Me
Trade Me is doing a brisk trade in Christmas presents with more than 20,000 listed on the site since midday on Tuesday. [more]

House fire seen as suspicious
The Fire Service is investigating a fire at a house in Tokoroa that it believes was deliberately lit. No one was home as the occupants were away on holiday. [more]

Refuge overloads a worry for volunteers' health
The head of Women's Refuge says she is increasingly worried about the workload placed on refuge volunteers. [more]

Boxing Day road toll a let-down on last year
Police say that it was on Boxing Day last year that motorists finally got the message about holiday road deaths, but that hasn't been the case this year. [more]

Thunderstorms gather over central regions
The MetService is warning of likely thunderstorms and heavy rain over central New Zealand, which could cause flash flooding and slips. [more]

Dargaville police officers bashed
Two police officers needed hospital treatment after being attacked by a group of young drunks, in Dargaville. One of the assailants used a brick. [more]

Compulsory second language eyed for local pupils
Language teaching groups are hoping New Zealand will follow the lead of Australia and Britain and make learning a second language compulsory for school-age children. [more]

Hawke's Bay couple burn on Christmas Day
The police have seized items from a house in Hawke's Bay, where a woman was found on fire on Christmas Day. [more]

Bike find casts new light on missing tramper
Searchers have found the bicycle belonging to a Palmerston North man missing in the Kahurangi National Park. [more]

Inbound tourism boosts Christchurch
Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism says local operators are seeing a solid lift in tourist numbers from key overseas markets. [more]

Police say sexual predator was a local
Police are investigating what they say is a sexual assault on a young woman at her home in the Hutt Valley suburb of Wainuiomata in the early hours of Boxing Day. [more]

V8 SuperTourers rescheduled
The New Zealand V8 SuperTourers motor racing series has been forced to reschedule it's 2013 season to avoid clashing with the Australasian V8 Supercar series. [more]

Hauraki council probes mystery subsidence
The Newmont Gold Company says the Hauraki district council will take the lead in determining the cause of subsidence beneath houses in Waihi, at the foot of the Coromandel ranges. [more]

Man arrested over Blenheim shooting
Blenheim police have arrested a man following an incident where another man was shot in the leg. [more]

Alcohol-fuelled attacks by 'idiot fringe' a worry
Police are warning people who assault officers they will face the full brunt of the law, as law enforcement staff around the country cope with a spate of holiday-season attacks. [more]