Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 3rd January 2013

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This page features: Midday Report, News Stories, Nights, Our Changing World, Outspoken, Summer Nights, Summer Noelle, Summer Report

Midday Report

Midday News for 3 January 2013
The bad weather in the South Island is forcing some farmers to dump excess milk. [more]

Midday Sports News for 3 January 2013
The New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum's defending his decision to bat first after winning the toss, only for his side to capitulate for 45 - New Zealand's third worst test score and the eighth lowest in test history. [more]

Nights

Home Maintenance - External
How to keep one's home in good order with Trades tutor Brian Thompson from Wintec. [more]

Our Changing World

Exercise Snacking
University of Otago science communication student Monique Francois explains why taking a number of short intense exercise sessions may be better than one long moderate one [more]

Resolution Island Stoat Eradication
Getting rid of stoats on a 21,000 hectare island involves 2315 traps, 230 kilometres of tracks and a lot of effort [more]

Exercise Snacking
Monique Francois explains why taking a number of short intense exercise sessions may be better than one long moderate one [more]

Tagging Great White Sharks
A 6-year satellite and acoustic tagging programme is revealing where great white sharks go each year [more]

Outspoken

Outspoken for 3 January 2012
Mary Wilson looks at why the American state of Colorado has legalised cannabis. [more]

Summer Nights

Ancient Civilisations: Ancient Egypt
Exploring human culture and society of the past with Prof. Matthew Trundle from Department of Classics and Ancient History of the University of Auckland. [more]

Home Maintenance - External
How to keep one's home in good order with Trades tutor Brian Thompson from Wintec. [more]

Home Maintenance - External
How to keep one's home in good order with Trades tutor Brian Thompson from Wintec. [more]

Summer Noelle

History Teacher Colm McNulty
A senior history teacher at Wellington College is taking history from the books and presenting it in a new way for both the boys he teaches and for the wider population. [more]

Place In The Sun - Pitt Island
With Bernie Mallinson. [more]

UK Correspondent - Andrew Potter
It's the wettest year on record for UK. [more]

Poet Darren Kamali
Fiji-raised, South Auckland poet Darren Kamali is looking forward to a busy new year. Last year he was awarded a Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer's Residency to spend three months in Hawaii and write his second book of poetry. [more]

Feature guest - Poet Darren Kamali
Fiji-raised, South Auckland poet Darren Kamali is looking forward to a busy new year. Last year he was awarded a Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer's Residency to spend three months in Hawaii and write his second book of poetry. [more]

On Song with Simon Sweetman - Slice of Heaven
Simon Sweetman tells the story behind 'Slice of Heaven' by Dave Dobbyn. [more]

Hidden Passions
Beekeeper Kevin Wallace. [more]

True Stories Told Live - David Veart
Real New Zealanders telling real stories. [more]

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

Stephen King Bookclub - Carrie
'Carrie' reviewed by Lily Richards. [more]

The Christchurch gap filler project
With Barnaby Bennett and Ryan Reynolds. [more]

Watching Television
With Irene Gardiner. [more]

Summer Report

Top Stories for Thursday 3 January 2013
Bad weather hits the West Coast, washing out a bridge and leaving people isolated. Share markets around the world rally as US politicians make a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff and the New Zealand cricketers are humiliated in the first test at Cape Town. [more]

Floods close West Coast roads, strand holidaygoers
Flooding leaves parts of the west Coast isolated, Jacob McSweeny reports. [more]

Wild weather whips West Coast
The Westland District Civil Defence manager Richard Simpson updates us on the floods.. [more]

Markets surge as US lawmakers make a deal
Wall Street welcomes the deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, Nathan King reports from New York. [more]

Black Caps out for just 45
New Zealand cricketers collapse at Cape Town, commentator Neil Manthorp reports. [more]

Child injuries investigated by police and CYF
A nine-month-old boy in Rotorua is seriously injured. [more]

Sports News for 3 January 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Update on Waihi stabbing
Police Inspector Dana McDonald joins us with the latest on the investigation into the stabbing of a 64 year old man. [more]

Savings industry touts Kiwisaver plan as sharemarket winner
Kiwisaver is bossting the share market, economics correspondent Nigel Stirling reports. [more]

Fire rips through Invercargill school
A large blaze has ripped through at least two classroom at an Invercargill school. [more]

Summer food with Paul Hoather
Caitlin joins chef Paul Hoather as he cooks a summer dish. [more]

Place names: marae
Peter Dowling looks at the names of marae: Taputapuatea, Tūrangawaewae. [more]

Torrential rain, thunderstorms and gale winds wreak havoc
Mark Pinner from the Transport Agnecy updates us on the West Coast roads. [more]

Bad weather moving north
Weather forecaster Andy Downs tells us where the weather is heading . [more]

Record low road toll as holiday period closes
The road toll was high over the whole year, but low over the Christmas period, Police Superintendent Carey Griffiths talks to us about why. [more]

Fijian Constitution Commission distribute draft
Fiji's progress towards a new constition may be stalling, we talk to the Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully. [more]

Neighbourhood turned into a "ghetto" by Housing New Zealand
Home owners in Lower Hutt are concerned about the vacated state houses, William Ray reports. [more]

Sports News for 3 January 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

St John needs to cut number of people it takes to ED
St John ambulance says it's unnecessarily taking up to 80,000 people to hospital each year. [more]

Surf Update
Let's check out the surf conditions for today with surfer Doug Young. [more]

Kapiti coast highway site holds secrets of early Maori
A long stretch of grassy dunes on the Kapiti Coast that may be the path for a highway linking Manawatu and central Wellington is to be studied by archaeologists. [more]

News stories:

Ghai says makes no sense to say Fiji's draft constitution can't be released
The chair of the Fiji Constitution Commission says the regime's decrees make it clear that the Constituent Assembly is to consider no other draft than the one produced by his... [more]

Freda weakens as it crosses north of New Caledonia
The remnants of Cyclone Freda have been crossing the north of New Caledonia. The system has weakened sharply but is still expected to bring heavy rain as it passes along... [more]

Samoa's National Disaster Council to close shelters following Evan
Samoa's National Disaster Council says it will close all temporary shelters this week and start moving people displaced by tropical cyclone Evan back to their homes. The Council says the... [more]

Preparations to mark MSG's 25th anniversary underway in Vanuatu
Preparations for celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the Melanesian Spearhead Group are underway in Port Vila in Vanuatu, though there is still no official date in place for... [more]

PNG police minister considers forcing mobile owners to register devices
The Papua New Guinea police minister, Nixon Duban, is considering forcing mobile phone owners to register their devices by the end of this year. The Post Courier newspaper reports his... [more]

Police say holiday photos could help identify attacker
Police are hoping holiday pictures taken by visitors to Waihi for New Year celebrations could help identify an attacker who stabbed a man. [more]

Injured woman rescued by chopper
A rescue helicopter from Taupo plucked an injured woman to safety off the top of Mount Tauhara just as it got dark on Wednesday. [more]

Slain man named
Police have named the man killed during a fatal assault in South Auckland. [more]

Woman in hospital after sexual assault
A significant police presence is in place in the Victory area of Nelson where a woman was beaten and raped on Tuesday afternoon. [more]

Farmers may have to dump milk
The closure of State Highway Six means about 50 dairy farmers won't be able to get their milk to the Westland Milk Products factory in Hokitika. [more]

Record gambling revenues in Macau
Gambling revenue in Macau was up 13.5% in 2012 to a record $US38 billion. Macau is the world's largest gaming hub. [more]

Russian oil output hits post-Soviet high
Oil output by Russia in 2012 hit a post-Soviet record high. However, natural gas production declined amid stalling European sales. [more]

Eurozone manufacturing shrinking
Eurozone manufacturing activity contracted for a 17th consecutive month in December. [more]

Record number of Germans in jobs
The number of people in Germany who have a job rose by 416,000 to a record high last year, even though growth is slowing as the eurozone debt crisis hits the German labour market. [more]

New Zealand cricketers overwhelmed on first day at Cape Town
The South African cricketers are 252 for three in reply to New Zealand's first innings of 45 at stumps on the first day of the first test at Newlands. After... [more]

Top contenders remain in women's pairs quarterfinals
World champion of champion singles winner Sandra Keith from Dunsandel and partner former New Zealand representative Serena Matthews will face Northern's Ra Walker in today's women's pairs quarterfinals at the... [more]

Higher KiwiSaver contributions urged
The Financial Services Council says new research shows a boost in KiwiSaver contributions to 10% of income, would be a winner for the domestic sharemarket. [more]

Head injuries to child being investigated
Child Youth & Family and police are investigating the case of a Rotorua boy who was found with serious head injuries last Friday. [more]

Child killed in Samoa after being hit by a bus
A 6 year-old boy from Australia who was visiting family in Samoa for Christmas and New Years in Samoa is dead after being hit by bus at Faga in Savai'i. [more]

Recession averted in Singapore
Singapore avoided a technical recession in the fourth quarter. [more]

Vanuatu expects 133 cruise ships to visit in 2013
Vanuatu is expecting 133 cruise ship visits this year beginning with a vessel arriving in Port Vila every day this week. The director of Tourism, George Borugu, says it is... [more]

Customers owe CNMI utility 19.4 million US dollars
The Commonwealth Utilities Corporation says the cash-strapped utilities firm has about 19.4 million US dollars in outstanding receivables from its active customers. It says the amount will negatively impact the... [more]

Tonga signs MOU to increase fishing vessels operating in Tonga waters
An additional 12 tuna fishing vessels will operate in Tonga waters in 2013. Tonga's Minister of Fishery, Sangster Saulala, has just signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the operation of... [more]

Samoan sailor faces rape charges in American Samoa
A sailor on the Samoa Government vessel, Lady Naomi, has been charged with rape, deviate sexual assault, first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. Feagaiga Si'ilata, who... [more]

Sport: American Samoa beat Hawaii in football
In American football, Samoa Bowl 10 was a thriller this year though the game ended a few seconds before time was up because the players were getting physical. The score... [more]

Seventh Day Adventist Church to promote French in church
In Vanuatu a French speaking panel of the Seventh Day Adventist Church is pushing for a church to be built to cater for its increasing number of francophone members. The... [more]

American Samoa's governor signs papers for Credit Union in Territory
American Samoa's governor says he has signed the permit and necessary paperwork for the Community Investment Corporation or CIC to set up a Credit Union in the Territory. The new... [more]

Ambulance service trying to cut numbers taken to ED
St John Ambulance is working on ways to cut the number of people taken to the emergency department. The service is unnecessarily taking up to 80,000 people to hospital each year. [more]

Holiday road toll six
The official holiday period ended at 6am on Thursday, with six deaths on the roads. [more]

Benefits for NZ expected via Australian seat at UN
New Zealand is expected to gain enhanced influence from Australia's seat on the United Nations Security Council, which took effect on 1 January. [more]

Stock markets rally on cliff deal
Global stock markets rallied on Wednesday after a short-term deal was reached in the United States to stave off the fiscal cliff. [more]

Fiji to get new flag
The Fiji regime says the country will get a new flag. The interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, made the announcement in his New Year's Day message. The permanent secretary... [more]

Baby suffocated to death while alone in house
A baby boy, who suffocated in his cot on New Year's Day, was alone in the house in Manurewa, Auckland. He was five weeks old. [more]

Raped woman to be interviewed again
Police are re-interview a woman who was raped in Nelson. They hope to obtain more details about the identity of her attacker. [more]

Weather dominates morning papers
The weather dominates the front pages of the main morning papers on Thursday. [more]

'Big Wednesday' winner awaited
The Lotteries Commission is waiting to hear from the person who won more than $15 million in the latest Big Wednesday draw with tickets sold at a Caltex station in Hastings. [more]

NZ's McCully worried draft copies of Fiji's constitution and burned
New Zealand's foreign minister is concerned some draft copies of the constitution in Fiji have been banned and burned. In defiance of the ban, the Fiji Constitution Commission has begun... [more]

McCullum defends decision to bat first
The New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum's defending his decision to bat first after winning the toss, only for his side to capitulate for 45 - New Zealand's third worst... [more]

Australia cricket farewells former England captain
Australian cricket has bid a fond farewell to former England captain Tony Greig on the first morning of the final Test against Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The... [more]

San Francisco 49ers keep players busy despite bye
The American National Football League side the San Francisco 49ers have given their players a break thanks to their first-round bye in the NFL playoffs, but the team has kept... [more]

Defending champs beaten in first round
Defending champions Auckland have been beaten by Central Districts by seven wickets in the first round of the Provincial A one day competition at Lincoln. Other first day winners were... [more]

Djockovic suffers shock loss
World tennis number one Novak Djokovic has suffered a shock straight sets loss to Australian Bernard Tomic, 6-4 6-4 at the Hopman Cup team event in Perth. Tomic had a... [more]

Russia sets heavy fines for ticket touts
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new law imposing heavy fines for ticket touts at the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi. The Russian government says the... [more]

Lee invited to join Cricket NSW sub-committee
After being exonerated over controversial comments calling for the axing of Cricket New South Wales chief executive David Gilbert, former test paceman Brett Lee still believes the game is being... [more]

Chelsea in talks with Newcastle striker
English Premier League football club Newcastle United have given European champions Chelsea permission to hold transfer talks with Senegal striker Demba Ba. The club says it's given the player permission... [more]

Seeds continue to fall at the Brisbane International
The seeds continued to fall at the season-opening Brisbane International tennis event with German Florian Mayer toppled by former Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis. The 71-minute upset meant world No.28... [more]

Erakovic fails in doubles
The participation of New Zealand number one tennis player Marina Erakovic at the ASB Classic in Auckland is over. Following her second round singles defeat Erakovic and her British partner,... [more]

Fiji military says Ghai should be charged over constitution distribution
Fiji's military says the head of the Constitution Commission should face charges after he released copies of the draft constitution. Professor Yash Ghai released the draft to a number of... [more]

Vanuatu opposition contradicts PM over Phocea release plan
Vanuatu's opposition says the prime minister Sato Kilman has no authority under Vanuatu laws to order the release of the controversial mega yacht Phocea which was seized last year. Mr... [more]

Man charged with assault after fatal stabbing
A man has appeared in court charged charged with assault a fatal stabbing in the East Auckland suburb of Panmure on New Year's Day. He was remanded in custody for three weeks. [more]

Nari appointed as new Vanuatu public utilities minister
Vanuatu's prime minister, Sato Kilman, has appointed an MP from Pentecost island, Tony Nari, as the new minister of public utilities. Mr Nari replaces Harry Iauko who suddenly died last... [more]

Man missing amid New Caledonia wild weather
A teenager is missing in New Caledonia in wild weather brought by a tropical depression that earlier had been Cyclone Freda. Local media reports say the 18-year-old from Houailou was... [more]

West Coast weather warnings lifted
MetService has lifted all weather warnings for the West Coast as heavy rain there has eased. [more]

Cliff deal not enough - IMF
The International Monetary Fund says the fiscal cliff deal in Washington does not go far enough. [more]

Seven charged over death amid Vanuatu inter-island clash
Seven people from Tanna are facing charges in Vanuatu over a raid in the capital, Port Vila, which led to the death of an elderly chief from Tongoa island. The... [more]

Seven-day extension to state of natural disaster in Fiji
The director of the National Disaster Management Office in Fiji says a state of natural disaster declared after Cyclone Evan has been extended for a week in the worst hit... [more]

Solomons disaster officials still assessing damage from Freda
A Solomon Islands disaster official says an assessment of the damage caused by Cyclone Freda in the provinces of Makira-Ulawa, Guadalcanal and Malaita will be completed today. Steve Nasiu of... [more]

Too many close-calls in water - official
Water Safety New Zealand says that despite a low drowning toll over the holiday period there were still far too many close-calls. [more]

Call for tougher law enforcement to protect underage girls from marriage in PNG
A Non-government organisation upholding women's rights in Papua New Guinea says tougher law enforcement is needed to stop underage girls from being forced to marry older men. There are fears... [more]

Trampers lifted out of national park
Two groups of trampers have been rescued by helicopter from the Kahurangi National Park at the top of the South Island, after their emergency locator beacons were set off on Wednesday afternoon. [more]

Fiji military insists on decree process to deal with constitution
Fiji's military says the leaking of the country's draft constitution should be seen as a breach of the law, not the promotion of transparency. The head of the Constitutional Commission,... [more]

Last Tahiti volunteer WWII veteran dies
The last French Polynesian to volunteer for the liberation of France during the Second World War has died. La Dépêche de Tahiti says John Martin died aged 91. Mr Martin... [more]

Focus on readying schools in Samoa and Fiji after Evan
The authorities in cyclone-hit Samoa and Fiji are focused now on getting schools ready for the start of the school year at the end of the month. Schools in both... [more]

Evan evacuees in Samoa to return home by Saturday
Samoa's Disaster Management Office says 700 people still in evacuation centres following Cyclone Evan will have to return home on Saturday when the centres close. The storm, responsible for the... [more]

Togiola bows out of office in American Samoa
Togiola Tulafono has farewelled American Samoa at the end of 16 years as the territory's Lieutenant Governor and then Governor. Togiola will hand the reins of government to Governor Lolo... [more]

CNMI AG backs Fitial in power company row
The Attorney General of the Northern Marianas says the Governor, Benigno Fitial, is not liable for any cause of action related to his signing of the controversial no-bid 190-million US... [more]

Police name man connected to car seen near shooting
Police have named a man connected to a vehicle seen at the time another young man was shot in south-east Auckland overnight. [more]

Alcohol boosts hospital load
Hawke's Bay Hospital is blaming alcohol for a record number of emergency department admissions during the New Year holidays. [more]

QPR win could attract new players says manager
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp says his club's shock 1-nil win over over Chelsea could attract new players to sign for the bottom side and help turn their English... [more]

Finalists found at national bowls champs
Onehunga's Danny Delany will play North East Valley's Shaun Scott in the final of the men's singles at the national bowls champs in Taranaki. Delany beat Rowan Brassey 21-13 in... [more]

Former Wallabies coach suffers heart attack
The former Wallabies coach Bob Dwyer is recovering in a Sydney hospital after suffering a heart attack. The 72 year-old reportedly complained of chest pains on Wednesday and was taken... [more]

Police link man to car seen near shooting
Police have named a man connected to a vehicle seen at the time another young man was shot in south-east Auckland overnight. [more]

Suspicious fire destroys four classrooms
Investigators say that they are now treating as "suspicious" a fire which ripped through an Invercargill school on Thursday morning. [more]

Freda destroys food gardens in Solomons capital
A resident of the Solomon Islands capital Honiara says vegetables are scarce and the cost of them high following flooding related to Cyclone Freda earlier this week. Damage from the... [more]

Tahiti party labels Temaru decolonisation moves illegal
A small French Polynesian political party has taken issue with President Oscar Temaru's trips to the United Nations in New York, describing them as illegal. The Porinetia Ora Party has... [more]

Replanting advice as Samoa recovers from Evan
A Samoan NGO, Women in Business, says there are concerns Samoa will face a food shortage after so many breadfruit, banana trees and taro plantations were damaged by Tropical Cyclone... [more]

New Year stabbing accused may face more charges
Police say it's too soon to say whether a man charged with assault after a man was fatally stabbed in south-east Auckland will face further charges. [more]

Fiji regime says more than 100 apply for Constituent Assembly role
The Fiji interim government says it has received more than 100 applications from people interested in becoming members of the Constituent Assembly. FBC News says according to the permanent secretary... [more]

One man dead and one missing in stormy New Caledonia weather
A man has drowned and a teenager is missing in New Caledonia in wild weather brought by a tropical depression that had earlier been Cyclone Freda. The French high commission... [more]

Alcohol a factor in child's quad bike crash
Police say alcohol is considered to be a key contributing factor in a quad bike accident in Hawke's Bay on Wednesday night. [more]

Fiji military says Ghai should be charged
Fiji's military says the head of the Constitution Commission should face charges after he released copies of the draft constitution. [more]

Trans-Tasman tourist's death now a homicide probe
The investigation into the stabbing of a Waihi holiday-maker was upgraded to a homicide inquiry after the victim died in hospital on Thursday. [more]

West Coast highway may be cut until next week
Transport Agency officials say that on Friday they will reassess whether State Highway 6 will continue to be blocked near Harihari on the West Coast until some time next week. [more]

Tree branches spiral into air as twister hits
A twister has torn up trees and made a mess of a golf course near Ashburton. [more]

Black Caps try a comeback
New Zealand has taken two wickets on the start of day two of their first Test against South Africa in Cape Town. [more]

Radwanska in ASB tennis semi-finals
Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland had to endure an hour and a half for a rain delay before reaching the semi-finals of the ASB women's tennis Classic in Auckland. [more]