Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 25th April 2013

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This page features: Afghanistan Stories, ANZAC Day, At The Movies, Morning Report, News Stories, Our Changing World

Afghanistan Stories

Return of the Silent Years
Marianne Elliot talks to Afghans who are concerned about the future for women there, who are desperate to keep the Taliban at bay and prevent a return of the Silent Years. [more]


ANZAC DAY test audio
Test audio trash after publishing [more]

John Dow and Aussie Rules for Anzac Day
The first-ever premiership game of Australian Rules football is being played in Wellington on Anzac Day - why? [more]

Lewis Scott's dilemma
Lewis Scott is an African-American who came to New Zealand in 1976 to escape his past. He talks about the choice he had to make as a 22-year-old: to fight in the Vietnam War or go to jail. [more]

Sir Max Hastings
Veteran journalist and war historian on the death of Margaret Thatcher, the Falklands War, and why he's so mad with another British Prime Minister, Tony Blair. [more]

Anne Applebaum
Pulitzer-prize winning author on life behind the Iron Curtain and New Zealand's emotional ties with Poland. [more]

Marcus Birdman - Laughing in the Face of Death
British comic on his brush with mortality when he had a stroke aged 40. [more]

At The Movies

At The Movies for 25 April 2013
Simon Morris looks at two American movies - Olympus Has Fallen sees terrorists take over the White House, while Warm Bodies offers a new twist on the old zombie movie. And German film Barbara is set, once again, in pre-reunion East Germany. [more]

Morning Report

Mehmets and Johnnies remember in Wellington on Anzac Day
The 98th anniversary of Gallipoli was commemorated around the country yesterday. [more]

Strong turnout at Anzac commemorations
The 98th anniversary of Gallipoli was commemorated at Anzac Day services around the country yesterday. [more]

Our Changing World

Heathcote River Recovery Post-Earthquake
Life in the Heathcote River recovered very quickly after millions of litres of raw sewage flowed in [more]

Coprolites and Extinct Moa
Fossil dung is offering surprising insights into the life, diet and parasites of the extinct flightless giant bird the moa [more]

Walking Exoskeleton
University of Canterbury mechanical engineers are working on a exoskeleton which uses biological signals to move the leg [more]

Mind-reading Machines
Neil Dodsgon is trying to create machines that use observed epxressions and gestures to work out what a person is thinking [more]

News stories:

Solomons Central Bank says March saw a decline in export income
The Solomon Islands Central Bank says falls in three key products saw a decline in export income last month. The Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation reports that log exports in the... [more]

SPREP launches scholarship in honour of Samoan conservationist
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme has launched a scholarship in honour of prominent Samoan conservationist, Lui Bell. The Lui Bell Post-Graduate Scholarship for Marine Species Conservation, which... [more]

Three unchanged lists line up for Tahiti's run-off poll
The three French Polynesian parties qualified for next month's run-off in the territorial election say they have retained the same candidates for the May the 5th vote. The Tahoeraa Huiraatira,... [more]

Lawyers for asylum seekers on Nauru camp challenge detention
The Australian-based lawyer acting for the 10 asylum seekers facing rioting and wilful damage charges on Nauru has lodged an application of habeas corpus - challenging their detention at the... [more]

Businessman in Samoa arrested for allege import of drugs
The police in Samoa have arrested a businessman for the importation of methamphetamine after the discovery of the drugs in a large container from the United States. Customs officers uncovered... [more]

Pacific soldiers honoured in ANZAC commemorations
In New Zealand, soldiers from the Pacific islands are being honoured in ANZAC commemorations at the Auckland War Memorial Museum today. More than 450 mostly Niueans and Cook Islanders served... [more]

Liverpool's Suarez gets 10-game ban for biting
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez's season is over after the Uruguayan international was handed a 10-match suspension for biting the Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. Suarez accepted a charge of violent conduct... [more]

England's Pietersen ruled out of ODIs vs NZ
The England cricketer Kevin Pietersen's injured knee means he won't be ready for the one-day series with New Zealand, and June's Champions Trophy - and the batsman could be in... [more]

AFL game in Wellington just the beginning
The AFL's first overseas Premiership season game is a stepping stone towards the competition eventually having a New Zealand-based Aussie Rules team, says AFL deputy chief executive Gillon McLachlan. McLachlan... [more]

Wallabies winger Mitchell joins France's Toulon
The Australia winger Drew Mitchell has signed a two-year deal with the French rugby club Toulon, starting next season. Mitchell has played 63 tests and scored 30 tries for the... [more]

Welshman Jenkins named on Lions' coaching staff
Former Wales first five eighths Neil Jenkins has been appointed assistant coach for the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia in June and July. Jenkins, part of the triumphant... [more]

Qualifier Tursunov stuns top seed Ferrer in Barcelona
Russian qualifier Dmitry Tursunov has stunned the top seed and world number four David Ferrer 7-5 3-6 6-1 in the second round of the Barcelona Open ATP clay court... [more]

Drought emergency declared for Marshalls northern islands
The Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak has approved a declaration of drought emergency for the northern islands following a recommendation by the government's disaster preparedness committee. The government's chief secretary... [more]

Springboks award contracts in bid to keep players home
South Africa have handed central contracts to 15 players they believe will be at the core of Springbok rugby this year and in the wake of a growing list of... [more]

Haddin brought back as vice captain for Ashes
Cricket Australia have named their Ashes squad with recalls for two 35-year-olds, the veteran wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, and one-test top-order batsman Chris Rogers. Haddin was dropped from the team last... [more]

Huge Wimbledon windfall for players, and a second roof
Wimbledon organisers have moved to justify a staggering 40 percent rise in total prize money to the annual grasscourt grand slam tennis championships, held from late June in south-west London. [more]

McIlroy may not have a choice over playing for UK or Ireland
The two-time major golf winner Rory McIlroy may not have to choose which team to represent at the 2016 Olympics with International Olympic Committee regulations possibly taking the decision out... [more]

NZRU posts first profit since 2008
The New Zealand Rugby Union has recorded its first profit since 2008, posting a $3.2 million surplus for the financial year. The profit is largely due to the signing of... [more]

Singapore Airlines lifts stake in Virgin
Singapore Airlines has increased its stake in Virgin Australia from 10% to 19.9%, paying $A123 million for 255.5 million additional shares. [more]

Real Madrid stunned as Dortmund put one foot in final
The elite Champions League football final looks set to be an all-German affair, following Borussia Dortmund's 4-1 rout of Real Madrid at home in Germany. Striker Robert Lewandowski scored all... [more]

New Caledonia bans fishing of sharks in EEZ
The New Caledonian government has decided to ban the fishing of sharks, which are being decimated to feed growing demand for luxury goods. Authorities say it has imposed a ban... [more]

Carmaker profits and sales falling
Daimler and Volkswagen have posted falls in their first-quarter profits due to a continuing slump European car sales. [more]

Trumpets stolen before dawn parade
A bag of New Zealand Army Band trumpets was stolen shortly before the ANZAC Day dawn service in Cranmer Square, Christchurch. However, they were returned in time for the parade. [more]

Spanish bank back in profit after bailout
Spanish lender Bankia has announced a return to profit after a disastrous 2012 that saw record losses and a bailout by the European Union. [more]

Sport: Vanuatu beach duo miss Fuzhou main draw
Vanuatu's Miller Elwin and Henriette Iatika have missed out on a place in the main draw of the Fuzhou Open beach volleyball tournament in China. The Oceania champions were ranked... [more]

Sport: Fiji to play Classic All Blacks
The Flying Fijians are to play a match against the Classic All Blacks in June as part of the Fiji Rugby Union's Centennial celebrations. The New Zealand side were formed... [more]

CNMI's administration revises proposed 2014 budget
The Northern Marianas Inos administration's proposed fiscal year 2014 budget has now been revised to 123 million US. Its original projection was 114 million, and later changed to 120 million... [more]

Bridge of Remembrance repairs to begin
Work to repair the Bridge of Remembrance in Christchurch will start next week and is is expected to take about 18 months to complete. [more]

White House notifies Congress of free-trade talks
The Obama administration on Wednesday notified Congress it will start free-trade talks with Japan, after more than a year of consultations with Tokyo over joining negotiations on a regional free-trade pact. [more]

No preference for Porinetia Ora in Tahiti run-off election
The leader of French Polynesia's Porinetia Ora party has advised his supporters they can choose whoever they want in next month's run-off election for a new territorial assembly after it... [more]

MV Lau remains in Fiji's capital while locals in Lau run out of supplies
In Fiji, the MV Lau Trader ship remains berthed at Suva port due to some navigational equipment worth over 45,000 US dollars being removed and not replaced. This is according... [more]

Hawaiian Airlines drops Honolulu to Manila service
Hawaiian Airlines is discontinuing what it calls an underperforming non-stop Honolulu to Manila service. Hawaiian Airlines last flight from Hawaii to the Philippines will be on the 31st of July,... [more]

Efforts to sell American Samoa govt plane continues
Efforts are forging ahead in American Samoa to lease or sell the government aircraft Segaula, and due to be completed by the end of this month. The government is negotiating... [more]

Sport: Pacific players close to AFL debut
The first AFL player from the South Pacific is not far away according to some of the sport's top officials. A South Pacific representative team, featuring players from six countries... [more]

Sport: Draw puts dent in Tahiti's Dragons O-League playoffs bid
Tahiti's Dragon have suffered a blow in their bid to qualify for the Oceania Champions League playoffs, after drawing 1-1 with Mont-Dore Wednesday night. A win over the New Caledonians... [more]

Fiji Attorney General denies party gagging claims
Fiji's Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum says political parties are not being gagged. There have been complaints from political groups and regime critics that the regime is making political party... [more]

RBA to invest in China bonds
The Reserve Bank of Australia is to invest about 5% of its foreign currency reserves in Chinese government bonds. [more]

Fiji youth petition opposes regime draft constitution
A petition has been launched on behalf of Fiji's young people, rejecting the regime's draft constitution. The group, Fiji Youth for Democracy, says the young people of Fiji want the... [more]

Pacific islanders' role marked at NZ Anzac Day event
Anzac Day Commemorations in New Zealand have remembered the contribution made by Pacific Islanders. Thousands of people turned out in the Auckland Domain to pay tribute to veterans and those... [more]

Tokelau joins NZ Pacific Policing Programme
Tokelau Police have joined New Zealand's Partnership for Pacific Policing Programme. The programme aims at building a safer and more secured Pacific Island Countries. Tokelau has sixteen officers across its... [more]

American Samoa group backs dog spaying drive
A not for profit organisation that helps care for dogs in American Samoa says it would be a huge help to the cause if a dog-control task-force was set up. [more]

Solomons gets foreign help to deal with dengue outbreak
Health teams from New Zealand and Australia are providing a much needed boost to help control a dengue outbreak in Solomon Islands. Last week, a report totalled the number of... [more]

Thoma elected speaker of Nauru parliament
A former Nauru cabinet minister, Godfrey Thoma, has been elected the new speaker of parliament. He replaces Ludwig Scotty who resigned last week. Mr Thoma, who is the second longest... [more]

Barrick Gold in PNG criticised for remediation programmes for rape victims
The co-founder of an NGO which monitors the activities of the Canadian mining giant Barrick Gold has blasted the company over its remediation programme for rape victims of security staff... [more]

Marshalls atoll seeks donor for water project
The local government advisor for the drought-stricken Marshall Islands atoll of Watje is calling for international donors to help fund a new water catchment for the atoll. The President, Christopher... [more]

Former CNMI attorney general Bucking faces new lawsuit
The former assistant attorney general in the Northern Marianas has filed a lawsuit against the former attorney general Edward Buckingham. James Taylor says he was fired after he advised against... [more]

NZ frigate to visit South Korea
The New Zealand Navy still plans to go ahead with a frigate visit to South Korea despite continuing tensions on the Korean peninsula. [more]

Sun sets in Antarctica for winter
Scott Base personnel in Antarctica marked the end of summer by watching the sunset on a prominent landmark on Wednesday. [more]

Planned coal-fired power plant worries New Caledonia leader
A senior New Caledonian politician has called on France not to grant any tax exemption for a coal-fired power plant to be built for the nickel smelter in Noumea. Sonia... [more]

New university planned in PNG Southern Highlands
A planned new university in Papua New Guinea is to be built in the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill's electorate of Ialibu in Southern Highlands. Mr O'Neill announced the Government would... [more]

Veterans mark 70th anniversary of war in Pacific
More than 80 veterans have come together again to mark the 70th anniversary of New Zealand's involvement in World War II in the Pacific. [more]

Exam results emailed to wrong recipients
Acting Education Secretary Peter Hughes says human error is to blame for the exam results of 38 students being emailed to the wrong recipients. [more]

Logic of DoC restructuring questioned
An environmental group says it would have made more sense for the new director-general to restructure the Department of Conservation, rather than outgoing boss Al Morrison. [more]

Auckland clean-up ahead of WWI anniversary
The Auckland Council is to embark on a clean-up of war graves and memorials around the city as it it prepares to mark a hundred years since the start of World War I. [more]

Defence says no further charges over 2010 crash
The Defence Force says there will be no more charges laid over the 2010 Anzac Day crash that killed three airmen. [more]

Vanuatu government promise over church tithe not correct
The vice chairman of Vanuatu's Christian Council, Bishop John Bosco, says it is not the case that the Government has agreed to pay it a 10 percent tithe from the... [more]

Yap investor investigated for corruption
The chairman of the Chengdu Exhibition and Travel Group, the organisation that wants to build a 4 thousand room casino and golf resort on Yap, in the Federated States of... [more]

Pacific island soldiers honoured
Soldiers from the Pacific islands were honoured in Anzac Day commemorations at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Thursday. [more]

CNMI Government budget grows as tourist numbers climb
The Northern Marianas Government is looking at a bigger budget than it initially planned. From the original projection of 114 million US dollars the Eloy Inos administration is now proposing... [more]

Driver charged after crashing into baby's bedroom
An international student has been charged after crashing his car into an Auckland bedroom where a six-week-old baby was sleeping. [more]

Union says procurement rules don't go far enough
The Engineering Printing and Manufacturing Union says changes to legislation that make it easier for New Zealand companies to win public sector contracts do not far enough. [more]

Cyber security worries growing, survey reveals
A survey shows a growing number of New Zealanders are afraid their privacy will be breached through new technology. [more]

Elderly former New Zealand soldiers come together for New Caledonia anniversary
In New Caledonia, 85 veterans have come together to mark the 70th anniversary of New Zealand's involvement in the Pacific theatre of the Second World War . The New Zealand... [more]

American Samoa Governor sets up office to prevent fraud
The American Samoa governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga, says the territory has long suffered the consequences of fraud so an office to prevent it is well justified. This week the Governor... [more]

CNMI Hospital CEO told to leave job by Monday
The Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation in the Northern Marianas, Juan Babauta, has been told to leave his job by Monday. The governor, Eloy Inos, has sent Mr... [more]

Call for tougher penalties to be imposed by PNG Leadership Code
A Papua New Guinea public prosecutor, Pondros Kaluwin, has called for tougher penalties for leaders who breach the Leadership Code. Mr Kaluwin made the call in his submission during a... [more]

PNG university unrest over lack of funding
Papua New Guinea's Office for Higher Education says there will be continuing unrest in the country's universities unless the government increases funding in real terms. The Office's director general, Professor... [more]

$1.7m for World War I centenary projects
Seventeen projects commemorating 100 years since the beginning of World War I have received $1.7 million in funding. [more]

Contact Energy drivers set to strike
A small division of Contact Energy will begin an indefinite strike on Friday. [more]

NZ pulls peacekeepers out of Syria
New Zealand has withdrawn its two peacekeeping personnel from Syria where one was shot at and the other briefly abducted. [more]

Redford says film industry deserves more credit
US actor and director Robert Redford says the film industry should get more credit for the contribution it makes to the wider economy. [more]

Soldiers past and present honoured on Anzac Day
Soldiers past and present, including 10 killed while serving in Afghanistan, have been remembered at Anzac Day services throughout the country. [more]

Minister proud to represent NZ at Gallipoli
The Defence Minister has told thousands of people gathered at Anzac Cove there is no more poignant place for a New Zealander to stand than at the dawn service at Gallipoli. [more]

Longley murder appeal dismissed
A British man found guilty of murdering his New Zealand girlfriend in May 2011 has lost an appeal against the conviction. [more]

Man drowns at popular waterfall
A man has died after drowning at a popular Auckland swimming spot. [more]