Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 2nd January 2014

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This page features: Late Edition, Matinee Idle, Midday Report, News Stories, Our Changing World, Outspoken, Summer Nights, Summer Noelle, Summer Report, The Wireless

Late Edition

Late Edition for 2 January 2014
Support is growing for a special commission to investigate allegations of miscarriages of justice; global temperatures could rise by up to five degrees by the end of the century; and Noelle McCarthy talks to the author of a book about American television showrunners. [more]

Matinee Idle

Graham Gouldman - founder member of the group 10cc
Graham Gouldman was a founder member of the group 10cc, about to perform in New Zealand along with Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd. But before that Graham was one of the most successful songwriters of the British Beat Boom of the Sixties. He wrote the Yardbirds' For Your Love, the Hollies' Look Through Any Window, Herman's Hermits' No Milk Today and many others. 10cc and Gouldman fan Simon Morris caught up with the man on holiday in Arizona, of all places. He talks about The Beatles, the art of songwriting, 10cc - and how he wrote The Greatest Song Ever Written. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 2 January 2014
The evacuation of 52 passengers on ship trapped in pack ice off Antarctica will get underway soon. [more]

Midday Sports News for 2 January 2014
Play is just getting underway as the Auckland Classic enters the quarter-final stage. [more]

Our Changing World

Great White Butterflies
The Department of Conservation has declared the great white butterfly as a major biosecurity threat in Nelson. [more]

Wild Birds in the Dunedin Botanic Gardens
Wild birds such as kaka, shags and ducks bring their own challenges for the managers of the Dunedin Botanic Gardens. [more]

Rock Art in Canterbury
South Canterbury and North Otago are home to limestone outcrops covered in Maori rock art. [more]

Science Magic Show
University of Otago's Dave Warren and his team perform a chemistry show at Dunedin North Intermediate School [more]


Outspoken for 2 January 2014: Justice
Does New Zealand need a special legal commission to help guard against miscarriages of justice? Philippa Tolley speaks to Chris Gallavin from the Canterbury University Law School; a senior forensic science consultant, Anna Sandiford; and a professor emeritus at the London School of Economics; Michael Zander, who 20 years ago was on a Royal Commission that recommended the setting up of The Criminal Cases Review Commission in England and Wales, set up after high profile miscarriages of justice in Britain such as the Guildford Four and the Birmingham Six convictions in relation to IRA bombings. [more]

Summer Nights

Comedian and writer Sandi Toksvig
After more than three decades in comedy, Sandi Toksvig is considered a British national treasure. She is the long-serving host of the BBC Radio 4 political comedy panel show, The News Quiz; author of numerous books - including, most recently, 'Peas & Queues: The Minefield of Modern Manners'; has written for television and theatre, and has just been recognised with an OBE in the British New Year's Honours. Born in Denmark, Sandi performed with the Cambridge Footlights while at university, started her career in children's television, and also played on improvisational comedy show, Whose Line is it Anyway. [more]

Musical mystery tour - Stigma
Journalist Christopher Gilbert makes links between songs spanning decades, genres and ideas, in a journey of music appreciation. This time, Chris tackles the topic of stigma: the way in which what we may think about some bands may be misleading. He also takes a look at a different side of some popular groups. [more]

Comfort food
Laura Vincent is a Wellington cookbook author, food blogger and restaurant reviewer. She blogs at Hungry & Frozen, and her book of the same name was published by Penguin in 2013. Laura's just been on a camping trip and Charlotte Graham asked about her camping culinary expertise. [more]

Soundtracks to sunsets - Eyelid Sky
We want to hear your favourite sunset stories, and the music that accompanies them. Where were you when the sun went down? Craig Forbes chooses 'Eyelid Sky' by Jesse Aycock. [more]

Music journalist Andrew Mueller
Andrew Mueller talks about what happened to rock after the last hurrah of the British music press. His new book, 'It's Too Late to Die Young Now', documents his own journey from writing for the Sydney music street press in his teens, to working among his heroes for the legendary UK music weekly Melody Maker by his early twenties. Along with meeting some of those who had made his favourite records, Andrew was also witnessing the end of the British music press' heyday - before the decline of live pub venues and record stores, when music writers' critique still held sway. [more]

Summer Noelle

Feature Interview - Brett Martin
Brett Martin is the author of "Difficult Men" a book about the anti-heroes of television and the 'difficult men' who created shows like 'The Sopranos', 'Deadwood', and the show he says started it all, 'Hill Street Blues'. [more]

Okains Bay Museum
Murray Sacker is the curator of the Okains Bay Maori and Colonial Museum. [more]

Australia correspondent - Donna Field
Tony Abbott used his new years message, to among other things, signal he'd be "starting a the conversation" about constitutional recognition for indigenous peoples. [more]

Homefront - Ward 8 in wartime
Joan Lober's reminiscences of nursing during World War Two. [more]

Book review with Simon Smiths
Simon Smiths reviews Alex Garland's 'The Beach'. [more]

Psychology with Associate Professor Nathan Consedine
On narcissism. [more]

Fishing with Mike Rendell
His book is called 'How to catch a fish - a beginners guide'. [more]

Creativity with Kate Newby
Kate Newby, a Walter's Prize winning artist talks about the creative process. [more]

Song I never want to hear again
With Mark Perry. [more]

Summer Report

Top Stories for Thursday 2 January 2014
Corey Anderson hits the cricket record books for six with the fastest century ever. The wait continues for the passengers stranded on a ship in Antarctic and farmers promise to clean up the country's waterways. [more]

Anderson breaks world record with fastest century
The 23 year old reached the fastest ever international century off just 36 balls with 14 sixes and six fours - and finished on 131 not out after just 51 minutes batting. [more]

Stranded Antarctic ship faces another night in the ice
There is still no word on when people will be evacuated from a Russian ship stranded in Antarctic sea ice. [more]

Cleaning up the country's waterways
The farming community is promising New Zealanders they are committed to cleaning up the country's waterways. [more]

Scientist says world temperature could rise by five degrees
An Australian study suggests global temperatures could rise by up to five degrees by the end of the century. [more]

Sports News for 2 January 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Weather update
With Dan Corbett from the Met Service. [more]

DoC considering using dog DNA to identify kiwi-killers.
The Department of Conservation says it's looking at using DNA technology to track down dogs that kill kiwi so the owners can be prosecuted. [more]

New WOF laws come into effect January 1
The Motor Trade Association is warning that changes to Warrant of Fitness rules will eventually lead to about two-thousand job losses. [more]

Adult learners' access to student allowance slashed
And another change taking effect this week - adult learners have had their access to student allowances slashed. [more]

Social problems in Featherston
The Wairarapa may be one of the country's key wine regions, but it also has some of the country's poorest communities. [more]

Support grows for commission
Support is building for a special commission to review cases where there is an alleged miscarriage of justice. [more]

10 people being kept in isolation after contracting measles
At least 10 people have contracted measles following a hip-hop event in Sydney. [more]

Trapped Antarctic scientists wait for weather clear for rescue
Conditions in Antarctica are improving and a planned rescue of passengers stranded on a research ship may go ahead today. [more]

NZ road toll still lags behind UK, Sweeden, Norway
Despite the lowest annual road toll in 60 years, road safety advocates say the number of deaths is still too high compared to countries like the United Kingdom, Sweden and Norway. [more]

Serious crash on the Napier -Taupo Road
Emergency Services are currently dealing with a serious crash on the Napier -Taupo Road (SH5) near Te Haroto. [more]

Sports News for 2 January 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Debbie Hockley to be inducted into cricket hall of fame
The former White Fern, Debbie Hockley, will be inducted into international cricket's hall of fame today. [more]

North Korean leader promises to eliminate factionalist filth
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has spoken of the "elimination of factionalist filth" in a new year message broadcast on state TV which is his first public reference to the execution of his once-powerful uncle. [more]

Plan to create Geopark on Banks Peninsula
New Zealand's first geopark could be created in Canterbury's Banks Peninsula. [more]

Updated view of the life of the moa
One of the oldest displays at Auckland museum is having a makeover so bring it in line with current scientific thinking. [more]

Featuire Interview - Brett Martin
Brett Martin is the author of "Difficult Men" a book about the anti-heroes of television and the 'difficult men' who created shows like 'The Sopranos', 'Deadwood', and the show he says started it all, 'Hill Street Blues'. [more]

An inside look into life as a hut warden
Trampers visiting the Abel Tasman national park this summer will be greeted by a warden each night as they make themselves at home in one of the many Department of Conservation-operated huts within the park. [more]

Rakiura Stewart Island: the tourist levy
Lynn Freeman finds out how the money will be used and what the tourists think about it. [more]

Researchers uncover the secret life of cats
Cats have been getting some bad press after being slated by entrepreneur and conservationist Gareth Morgan, who really made the fur fly with his assertion that cats are 'natural born killers' causing carnage in the bush. [more]

The Wireless

Resolutions: Jami-Lee Ross
The National party's Jami-Lee Ross on the economy, housing, Avatar, and being a dad. [more]

Fast times
Elle Hunt tries going on a two-week detox, and finds out healthy eating’s not as easy as it looks on Instagram. [more]

Resolutions: Janine & The Mixtape
Videos, new music and festivals for Janine & the Mixtape in 2014 [more]

News stories:

Pakistan on top after Younus, Misbah score tons
The experienced Pakistan batsmen, Younus Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq, both scored centuries to put their team firmly in control of the opening test against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi. The pair... [more]

Murray falls early in Qatar
The Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray, started the new year with an immediate setback when he was beaten 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 by Florian Mayer in the second round of the Qatar... [more]

Phoenix upset Wanderers for third straight win
The Wellington Phoenix have won their third straight A-League football game with a come-from-behind 3-1 upset victory at last season's minor premiers Western Sydney. The Phoenix ended the Wanderers' unbeaten... [more]

Arsenal leave it late against Cardiff
Late goals from Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott spared Arsenal's blushes and kept them top of the Premier League in a 2-0 win over Cardiff City as Manchester City and... [more]

Van Gerwen wins first World Championship
The Dutchman, Michael van Gerwen, has held his nerve to win the World Darts Championship for the first time, beating the Scotsman, Peter Wright, 7-4 in the final at the... [more]

Big battle looming for NBL finals spots
It's going to be a close-fought battle for finals spots during the coming weeks as Australia's National Basketball League competition reaches the halfway stage. Perth remain the clear leaders with... [more]

Lampard, Ivanovic out for Chelsea
The Chelsea midfielder, Frank Lampard, and defender, Branislav Ivanovic, will be out of action for the football club until the end of January, after sustaining injuries in last weekend's... [more]

Experts say 5°C rise disastrous for NZ
A climate scientist says an Australian study predicting global temperatures to rise by up to 5 degrees Celsius over the next hundred years, is a wake up call for New Zealand. [more]

Anderson sets new cricket record
The record for the fastest-ever century in international cricket was broken in Queenstown on Tuesday. [more]

DNA to track kiwi killing dogs
The Department of Conservation says it is looking at using DNA technology to track down dogs that kill kiwi so the owners can be prosecuted. [more]

Michael Clarke hasn't ruled out changes for final Ashes Test
Australia's cricket squad has held its final training session at the Sydney Cricket Ground, with the fifth and final Ashes test against England starting tomorrow. Shane Watson and Ryan Harris... [more]

Man shot in face with air pistol
A man standing on the side of the road has been shot in the face with an air pistol. [more]

Police need help to ID body
Police are examining a man's fingerprints to try to identify him after his body was found on a bush walk in the Coromandel. [more]

Adult learners' access to allowance cut
Adult learners are having their access to student allowances slashed, as a series of law changes come into effect. [more]

Centre to house new Len Lye sculptures
Work has begun on several Len Lye sculptures that will feature in a new centre dedicated to the New Zealander's work and the final step in a 30-year project. [more]

Geopark plan for Banks Peninsula
Plans are under way to create New Zealand's first Unesco-recognised geopark on Banks Peninsula in Canterbury. [more]

Police hunt for man after girl attacked
Police say a man who assaulted a girl in West Auckland must be found before he targets another child. [more]

Helpine calls double after sex ring case
Calls to a national rape helpline have doubled since revelations were made about a teenage sex ring in Auckland. [more]

More measles cases possible - ministry
The Ministry of Health says it has 10 confirmed cases of measles affecting people who attended a hip-hop competition in Sydney and it is possible that figure could rise. [more]

Decision on America's Cup location expected before March
A decision on the location of the next America's Cup match is expected before the first of March. No official announcement has yet been made on the date of the... [more]

Car blown off road in Central Otago
Police are warning motorists of strong winds in Central Otago and say they are already dealing with one accident in which high winds blew a car off State Highway 6 between Cromwell and Luggate. [more]

Man goes missing while fishing
A search of Tauranga harbour has begun after a man vanished off Kauri Point wharf. [more]

MTA says warrant changes mean job losses
The Motor Trade Association warns changes to warrant of fitness rules will lead to about 2000 job losses. [more]

Call to use hi-tech locks on drink-drivers
A road safety lobbyist is calling for the wider use of alcohol interlock devices to reduce repeat offending by drink-drivers. [more]

Karekare scrub fire contained
Fire-fighters tackling a scrub fire at Karekare on the coast west of Auckland have left for the night and will return to finish putting it out on Friday morning. [more]

Call for case review body
Campaigners are trying to get a citizen's initiated referendum under way to persuade the Government to set up a Criminal Cases Review Commission in New Zealand. [more]

Holiday road toll climbs to 7
The Christmas-New Year road toll has risen to seven, with the death of a motorcyclist. [more]

Gully crash driver may have been asleep
Rescue crews believe the driver of a van that plunged down a gully had been driving through the night and probably fell asleep at the wheel. All eight in the vehicle have been injured. [more]

Ivanovic to meet Flipkens in Auckland semi-final
The Auckland tennis Classic second seed, Ana Ivanovic, will meet her doubles partner, Kirsten Flipkens, in the tournament's semi-finals, after a 6-2 6-3 win over Japan's Kurumi Nara. The Serbian... [more]

Andy Murray offered wildcard for New Zeland Open
The Auckland men's Tennis Open, which begins next week, has offered a wildcard spot to the world number four Andy Murray, after his early exit at the Qatar Open. Murray... [more]

Hampton through to semi-finals after hard-fought match
The fifth seed, Jamie Hampton, is through to the Auckland tennis Classic semi-finals, after beating her American compatriot Lauren Davis in a hard-fought 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win. While Hampton eased... [more]

Whistleblowing line averages two calls a month
A whistleblowers' hotline set up to root out unscrupulous police officers is averaging about two calls a month. [more]

Severe weather warning
A severe weather warning is in place for the South Island and the lower North Island, ahead of forecast heavy rain and gales on Thursday and Friday. [more]