Radio New Zealand - Friday, 18th January 2013

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This page features: Checkpoint, Extreme Diving in New Zealand, Midday Report, News Stories, Summer Nights, Summer Noelle, Summer Report, The Week In Review

Checkpoint

Firth of Thames Rescue.
Rescuers have callled off the search for an 11 year-old boy missing after the boat he was on capsized in the Firth of Thames; no-one on the boat was wearing a life jacket, despite having them onboard. Four family members from Papakura left Kawakawa Bay at 11o'clock yesterday morning, but an hour later their 12-foot vessel capsized. Three of the group were rescued after spending more than 20 hours overnight in the water when a boatie found them, but the police say the 11-year old drifted away from his family in the early hours of this morning. He hasn't been seen since. The others are now in a stable condition in Hospital. Inspector Shawn Rutene co-ordinated the rescue. [more]

Firth of Thames Rescue.
Rescuers have called off the search for an 11 year-old boy missing after the boat he was on capsized in the Firth of Thames; no-one on the boat was wearing a life jacket, despite having them onboard. Inspector Shawn Rutene co-ordinated the rescue. [more]

Armstrong admits to being a drug cheat
Nina Maria Potts watched him being interviewed by Oprah and reports for Checkpoint. [more]

Evening Business for 18 January 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Annual Inflation is Low
The cost of living fell at the end of last year, driven by cheaper vegetables and retailers slashing prices to move stock. The Consumers Price Index fell point-2 per cent in the final three months of 2012, while annual inflation remains at a low ebb. Economics correspondent, Nigel Stirling, reports. [more]

Gippsland Fires
A 25-thousand hectare blaze is raging through Gippsland in Victoria, destroying houses and threatening towns. Soaring temperatures and gusty winds are pushing the bushfires across the country's east. In New South Wales today, the mercury hit 45 degrees - pushing fires there through containment lines. The ABC's Nonee Walsh reports. [more]

Sports News for 18 January 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Government Investment Funds
A Treasury report into the performance of government investment funds has warned that there is a limit to how much they can invest in the New Zealand stock market. [more]

Featherston Death - two granted bail
Two of the five people arrested following the death of a Featherston man have been granted bail. Glen Jones was found in his home with severe injuries just after midnight last Saturday, and died in Wellington Hospital a few hours later. Jessica Horne was at the court. [more]

Possible Funding cut for Auckland Rescue Helicopter
The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust is warning that lives could be at risk if a proposed cut to its funding goes ahead. Under the Auckland Regional Amentities Funding Board's draft plan, the trust would lose a quarter of its funding for 2013 and 2014. Mani Dunlop has the story. [more]

Asbestos Tests for Christchurch Homes
A Canterbury medical officer of health wants all of the region's quake-damaged homes that have been found to contain asbestos to be listed on a public register. [more]

More Seeking Benefits
The Council of Christian Social Services says its agencies are under increasing pressure forcing them to be selective about who they can help, and Executive Director of the council, Trevor McGlinchey, says in the last two and a half years the number of people seeking help has doubled. [more]

The latest from the Australian Open
The latest action from the Australian Open. Our tennis correspondent today is Dave Worsley. [more]

Extreme Diving in New Zealand

Extreme Freedivers
Lynda Chanwai-Earle chats to world champion freedivers about sambas, shallow water black-out and freediving in your sleep. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 18 January 2013
A search is underway for a person missing in the Hauraki Gulf. [more]

Midday Sports News for 18 January 2013
Lance Armstrong's confession won't be enough for many. [more]

Summer Nights

Out and About: Water Ballet
Pip Hall and Judy Dale are co-producers and creators of Wet Hot Beauties, an inclusive contemporary water ballet community, which has performances coming up as part of the Auckland Fringe Festival. [more]

Bug Fest 2013
Gordon Thompson aka Inspector Insector and Janine Thompson of Earthlore Insect Park present Bug Fest 2013 - a fun day of insect-themed activities. [more]

Summer Sport: Canoe Polo
Cameron Butler splashes his paddle on the odd combination of polo the game being played by people in canoes. [more]

Summer Noelle

Two Views - New Zealand's Place In The World
Peter Cozens is a former director of the Centre for Strategic Studies at Victoria University, now a senior fellow at the CSS. Robert Patman is a Professor of International Relations at the Department of Politics at the University of Otago. [more]

Middle East Correspondent - Alexi O'Brien
The latest on the situation in Syria where two explosions tore through one of Syria's biggest universities on the first day of student exams. [more]

Place In The Sun - Katikati
The best places to spend the summer in New Zealand. [more]

Sport with John McBeth
Sports commentator John McBeth with a wrap up of all things sport. [more]

True Stories Told Live - Michael Hurst
Real New Zealanders telling real stories. [more]

Summer food
With Jacob Brown from the Larder Restaurant in Wellington - Lemon and Caper Butter and Chocolate Mousse. [more]

Summer wine
With wine expert Jane Skilton. [more]

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

Stephen King Bookclub - Misery
'Misery' reviewed by Paul Cleave. [more]

Song I Could Listen to Again and Again - Nathan Haines
Jazz musician Nathan Haines has chosen one of his favourite songs. [more]

Summer Report

Top Stories for Friday 18 January 2013
Islamist terrorists seize hostages at a gas facility in Algeria. Workers at the Stockton Mine on the West Coast agree to cut their hours to save their jobs and are the poor being forced off benefits into poverty? [more]

A military operation is ongoing in Algeria overnight
Professor George Joffee is a lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Studies in the University of Cambridge. [more]

Welfare numbers may point to 'hidden' unemployed
Advocates for the unemployed say figures showing a fall in beneficiary numbers, show the Government is forcing people into poverty. [more]

CTU economist critical of drop in benefit figures
Listening to that was the Council of Trade Unions economist, Bill Rosenberg. [more]

Stockton mine workers take cuts to shifts, pay
Workers at the Stockton mine on the West Coast have agreed to a cut in their hours as the mine's owner, Solid Energy, pushes to save 32 million dollars. [more]

Sports News for 18 January 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Business for 18 January 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Kim Dotcom poised to launch MEGA one year on from raid
The internet tycoon Kim Dotcom has taken to the streets of Auckland to promote his new file-sharing site Mega, which he's promising will be like nothing else the internet has seen. [more]

New insurance policies criticised by CHCH residents
Short term insurance polices are being criticised as unaffordable and not comprehensive enough to protect Canterbury homeowners. [more]

World awaits Armstrong 'drug cheat' confession to Oprah
The world of cycling is holding its breath today as it awaits revelations about what exactly Lance Armstrong said to Oprah Winfrey in a tell all interview scheduled to air this afternoon. [more]

Govt won't force relocations to Canterbury - PM
The Prime Minister, John Key says making people on the unemployment benefit shift to Canterbury is always an option but not one that the Government is currently considering. [more]

Bringing the dawn chorus back to Picton
Caitlin talks to the team that wants to bring the dawn chorus back to Picton. [more]

Casualties confirmed in Algerian hostage crisis
Algerian forces have moved against Islamic militants holding hostages at a gas plant in eastern Algeria, but there's confusion over the outcome. [more]

John Key makes first trip to Antarctica
John Key is expected to leave for Antarctica later this morning for the start of a three-day visit, his first trip to the continent since becoming Prime Minister. [more]

Coca-Cola CEO says anti-corporate attitude damaging business
Comments from the outgoing chief executive of Coca-Cola Amatil in New Zealand have ignited debate about the so-called tall poppy syndrome. [more]

Long term solutions being sought for wastewater plant
Long-suffering Whanganui residents living with foul smells from the city's failing wastewater plant are being told it may be beyond repair. [more]

Construction begins on world's longest waterslide
A hill near Helensville, in Auckland, is soon to play host to a very slippery kind of fundraiser. [more]

Morning Business for 18 January 2013
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Sports News for 18 January 2013
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Behind the scenes at Te Papa
At the National Museum, Te Papa the vast display of Maori artifacts are chosen from a pool of thousands of pieces collected, donated, and repatriated from other corners of the world over the years. [more]

An inside look into a Taranaki natural gas production plant
The Pohokura gas field in Taranaki provides about 40 percent of the natural gas used to fuel homes and businesses throughout the country. [more]

The Week In Review

Week In Review for 18 January 2013
A review of the week's news, including... reaction to a fall in beneficiary numbers, three New Zealanders are dead after a minibus crash in Kenya, the Salvation Army says new Auckland house price figures are further evidence of a growing housing crisis in the city, disbelief at figures showing how many people worked on the Hobbit movies, internet tycoon Kim Dotcom promotes his new website, an outgoing chief executive's comments ignites debate about the so-called tall poppy syndrome, broadcaster Paul Holmes is officially knighted at his home in Hawke's Bay, the British Foreign Secretary William Hague visits New Zealand for the second time in two years and a hill near Helensville in Auckland is soon to play host to a very slippery kind of fundraiser. [more]

News stories:

Samoa police reduce death toll from Evan by one and call off search
The police in Samoa have reduced the death toll from cyclone Evan from five to four. The number of missing and feared dead is still 11, but the search has... [more]

PNG's first speaker dies in Brisbane
The first speaker of Papua New Guinea's parliament, Sir Barry Holloway, has died. 78-year old Sir Barry died in Brisbane's Mater Hospital on Wednesday with his family members and former... [more]

SH2 reopens
Part of State Highway Two in Wellington is now open after a crash involving a courier van at 4.45am on Friday. [more]

Fiji's UPP calls parties decree draconian and counter-productive
Fiji's United People's Party says the political parties decree is draconian and counter-productive to encouraging political activity. In a statement, the party's leader, Mick Beddoes, says the statement highlights the... [more]

Criticsm of new insurance policies
A home owner in Christchurch says new short-term insurance policies do not fully protect them or their assets. [more]

NZers have priority in change to work visa rules
Immigration New Zealand is changing work visa rules so that New Zealanders get the best possible chance of filling the jobs needed for the Christchurch rebuild. [more]

Summer Report: local papers
Friday's headlines: Fires are still being lit in Canterbury, despite fire bans there; almost $90 million in fines were remitted by the courts last year; mortgage approvals at highest levels in almost four years. [more]

Armstrong stripped of 2000 bronze
Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his 2000 Olympic bronze medal by the International Olympic Committee. The disgraced American cyclist has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles... [more]

Finch named Big Bash League's best player
The Auckland Aces' new recruit for today's crunch HRV Cup Twenty20 semi-final against the Wellington Firebirds has been named the Australian Big Bash League's Player of the Tournament. Aaron Finch... [more]

Breakers win again, this time at home
The New Zealand Breakers beat the Wollongong Hawks 72-71 in Auckland to extend their lead on top of the Australian basketball league. Coming off an impressive four from four on... [more]

The Giz confirms full SuperTourer season
Former V8 Supercar driver Shane van Gisbergen has confirmed he will race the full 2013 V8 SuperTourer season back here in New Zealand. Van Gisbergen quit the Supercars series last... [more]

Heaslip takes over Ireland captaincy from O'Driscoll
The end is nearing for rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll's long and illustrious career. The centre turns 34 next week and his 10-year reign as Ireland skipper has ended. Number 8... [more]

Silver medal for NZ sprinters at Youth Olympics
The New Zealand junior track cycling unit has made a solid start at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival with a silver medal in the Team Sprint. The under-18 men's... [more]

White Ferns vs Southern Stars in World Cup warmups
The New Zealand women's cricketers will face Australia in a series of three Twenty20 internationals before they depart for the ICC Women's World Cup India 2013 later this month. The... [more]

PM faints at restaurant
Prime Minister John Key fainted in Christchurch on Thursday night. He was at a restaurant in the suburb of Merivale at the time. [more]

Tahiti's Bouissou charged with passive corruption
The judicial authorities in French Polynesia have charged the Rautahi Party leader, Jean-Christophe Bouissou, with passive corruption. Mr Bouissou was detained for two days for questioning over his links to... [more]

Arctic Circle Air to launch CNMI passenger flights to Rota
Arctic Circle Air Services says it is about to launch a passenger services within the Northern Marianas. The company says regular flights between Saipan and Rota are imminent, possibly as... [more]

Vanuatu judge bailed after chainsaw incident
A Vanuatu magistrate has been released on bail after he was arrested for allegedly damaging a neighbour's house armed with a rifle and a chainsaw. The Daily Post newspaper says... [more]

Sport: Tonga Rugby Union appoints first female CEO
Tongan Rugby has selected its first ever female Chief Executive Officer, with 'Emeline Tuita appointed to a 12 month term. Tuita is the first woman to head Tongan Rugby, and... [more]

Sport: Cook Islands accept favourites tag for U17 prelims
Cook Islands coach Tuka Tisam says he's willing to take the favourites tag into next week's Oceania Under 17 Preliminary tournament in Apia. The winner of the four-team tournament, which... [more]

People changing banks to get better mortgage deal
Property investor Olly Newland says Reserve Bank figures showing mortgage approvals at a four year high should not be taken too seriously, as many people are changing banks to get a better deal. [more]

American Samoa cable car plans raised with Swiss diplomat
The Swiss Consul General to American Samoa says there could be co-operation between the territory and Switzerland in reviving the cable car on Tutuila. Marion Weichelt, who is also the... [more]

Rodgers slams Suarez over diving
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says his controversial striker Luis Suarez could face punishment from the club after admitting that he dived to try to win a penalty in a Premier... [more]

Sport: New Tongan Rugby boss keen to see growth in women's game
The Tonga Rugby Union's first female CEO says growing the women's game is high on her agenda. The former Tonga Ambassador to China, Emeline Tuita, who has been appointed for... [more]

New rules for dumping rubbish at sea
New rules are now in force to restrict the amount of rubbish which can be discharged at sea. [more]

Fiji women's group disheartened by Carr stance
The Fiji Women's Rights Movement says it is disappointed with the comments made by the Australian foreign minister about the rejection of Fiji's draft constitution. Last week, the regime in... [more]

Kenya crash bodies on way back to NZ
The bodies of three New Zealanders who died in a minivan accident in Kenya on Tuesday are on their way home. [more]

A month after Evan, Fiji takes on more teams to restore electricity
Fiji's National Disaster Management Office says more teams have been mobilised to the Western division to help restore power. It's been more than a month since tropical cyclone Evan hit... [more]

Parramatta's Jon Mannah dies at 23
The Parramatta Eels National Rugby League player Jon Mannah has died after a long battle with cancer. The 23-year-old younger brother of New South Wales State of Origin prop... [more]

Qarase case in Fiji Appeal Court next month
The Fiji Court of Appeal is to hear the case of the ousted prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, next month. Last August, Qarase was jailed for a year after being convicted... [more]

Solomon nurses in charge at doctorless hospital in Temotu
Health officials in Solomon Islands say nurses are attending to patients at the only hospital in Temotu Province after its sole doctor died. The Ministry of Health and Medical Services... [more]

Welfare net not stretching as far, says agency
The Council of Christian Social Services says the welfare net is not stretching as far as it once did and there is a growing gap between people out of work and those receiving benefits. [more]

Former prison officer jailed for smuggling
A former prison officer has been jailed for smuggling drugs and cigarettes to inmates at Spring Hill Prison in Waikato. [more]

Companies drop price of retail fuel
Four oil companies dropped the retail price of petrol and diesel on Friday. [more]

Phocea shift from Vila to PNG mooted
Reports from Vanuatu say the owner of the detained super yacht Phocea, Pascal Anh Saken, is believed to be in Papua New Guinea in a bid to get PNG authorities... [more]

New x-ray equipment languishes for lack of action in Marshall Islands
Some health officials in the Marshall Islands say the government has failed to sign an approval, made almost a year ago, of a bid for Majuro Hospital to buy digital... [more]

Solomon school holidays extended amid pay dispute
The Solomon Islands Ministry of Education has agreed to extend school holidays by a week, so it can form a budget to pay teachers their appropriate salaries. Last year, the... [more]

Parties demand accountability from Fiji regime leaders
Fiji's four main political parties and the Fiji Islands Council of Trade Unions have called on the Prime Minister and the Attorney General to disclose their incomes and assets to... [more]

Air NZ flight diverted
An Air New Zealand flight from Wellington to Sydney was diverted on Friday morning because of an engineering problem. [more]

Mayor assured derelict properties will be upgraded
Lower Hutt's mayor says he has been assured that Housing New Zealand will start upgrading abandoned properties in the city in a few months' time. [more]

Four in court after car deal goes wrong
Four men have appeared in the Gisborne District Court on Friday on kidnapping and aggravated robbery charges after a car deal went wrong. [more]

Pair granted bail in Featherston homicide case
Two women charged in relation to the death of a Featherston man have been granted bail. [more]

Rescue helicopter trust facing funding cuts
The Auckland Regional Amenities Funding Board says it has proposed a funding decrease for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust because the trust can obtain the funding elsewhere. [more]

Treasury warns about limits on investing in NZ
A report by the Treasury into the performance of government investment funds warns there is a limit to how much the funds can invest in the New Zealand stock market. [more]

Armstrong admits Tour de France wins fuelled by drugs
The disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has admitted to using blood-boosting EPO, blood transfusions, and testosterone in his much-anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey. Armstrong says his seven Tour de France titles... [more]

Woman critical after fall from building
A woman has undergone surgery and remains in a critical condition intensive care after falling two stories from a building in central Wellington. [more]

Fire restrictions issued in north
With dry weather predicted over the next few weeks, Whangarei District Council has issued strict fire restrictions. [more]

Man killed in crash near Kaiapoi
A man is dead and another injured after a crash on a motorway off-ramp near Kaiapoi in Christchurch. [more]

KiwiSaver enrolments down
Enrolments in KiwiSaver were down sharply in December, prompting speculation the numbers joining the voluntary savings scheme has peaked. [more]

Rain set to swell alpine lake levels
High alpine lake levels will be pushed close to flood levels again this weekend and the MetService has issued a severe weather watch. [more]

Boatie was near death, chances for boy 'slim'
Police say an officer put his life at risk to rescue a person near death who has spent about 20 hours in the sea with three relatives. An 11-year-old boy remains missing. [more]

Hundreds of quake-damaged homes have asbestos
Hundreds of earthquake-damaged Christchurch homes have tested positive for asbestos and more than 2000 are yet to be tested, new figures show. [more]

Working hours being cut at mine
Employees at Stockton coal mine on the West Coast are taking temporary cuts to their hours. But Solid Energy can't guarantee that they will go back to the original hours. [more]

Lower inflation prompts call to cut interest rates
Low inflation figures have prompted an employers group to call for the Reserve Bank to cut interest rates to stimulate exports. [more]