Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 23rd January 2014

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This page features: Morning Report, News Stories, Nights, Our Changing World, The Wireless

Morning Report

Song thrush
Listen to the song thrush. [more]


A New Dome
Vice-president of Horowhenua's Astronomical Society, Ian Cooper on how the long-awaited newly installed dome of Nelson Bartlett Observatory at Foxton Beach School will improve viewing of the night sky. [more]

Our Changing World

Whio and Predator Trapping in Arthur's Pass
The Arthur's Pass Wildlife Trust's predator trapping is really helping the local whio, or blue duck, population. [more]

From Africa to Aotearoa
University of Otago anthropologist Lisa Matisoo-Smith discusses the first-ever survey of New Zealand's genetic diversity. [more]

The Science of Predator-Free New Zealand
Experts in pest eradication talk about the science behind the idea of a predator-free New Zealand. [more]

Dark Matter of the Genome
Donated heart tissue is being used to delve into what used to be known as junk DNA to indicate genetic risk of cardiac disease. [more]

The Wireless

The tattoo lady: Adding to life's rich tapestry
Charlotte Hillerby has more tattoos than she can count, which some people might consider excessive. [more]

Adrenaline junkie: Riding for the buzz
Tim Bunckenberg has broken bones and “lost quite a bit of skin” as a result of his addiction to adrenaline. [more]

News stories:

Labour stance on deep sea drilling
Labour leader David Cunliffe has reiterated the party's stance on deep sea oil drilling and exploration, saying it is not opposed to it in principle. [more]

Rugby goggles now available
Rugby players who wear glasses will now be able to see clearly on the field of play thanks to a global trial of Rugby Goggles in all levels of the... [more]

Anelka wants racist charge dropped
The former French international Nicolas Anelka has used Facebook and Twitter to ask the English Football Association to drop charges against him for his quenelle salute and has again denied... [more]

Coetzee leading Qatar Masters
The English golfer Steve Webster shot an albatross on his first hole at the Qatar Masters on but despite his feat the opening round lead was held by South Africa's... [more]

Residents bid for transport hub re-think
A group of lifestyle block owners wants Tainui to redraw part of its plan for a major freight base in Hamilton. [more]

Schools line up to learn Maoritanga
Mainstream schools in Whanganui are lining up to have their students learn about iwi customs. [more]

Kapa haka body moves with the times
Te Matatini chairman Selwyn Parata says its new brand enforces the national Maori performing arts body as a home of kapa haka. [more]

Landcare team wins science medal
Agricultural scientists are among those who have been recognised at the annual New Zealand Association of Scientists awards. [more]

Energy Mad shares surge
Shares in Energy Mad doubled on Wednesday after it announced it has begun selling its energy-efficient light bulbs on the giant internet site, Amazon. [more]

Call to block Telecom spectrum purchase
The Telecommunications Users Association says the Commerce Commission should stop Telecom from acquiring the final block of the 700 megahertz radio spectrum. [more]

Airline to increase flights from Auckland to Guangzhou
Auckland International Airport says China Southern Airlines is increasing its number of flights between Auckland and Guangzhou between the end of February and the end of October. [more]

More than 1 million smart meters installed in NZ
Competition between the major energy retailers has driven the installation of more than 1 million smart meters in homes and businesses across the country. [more]

OceanaGold produces record amount of gold
OceanaGold says it produced a record amount of gold in the December quarter at a lower-than-forecast cash cost. [more]

Radwanska reaches 1st Aus.Open semi
Agnieszka Radwanska ensured this year's Australian Open will crown a first-time female winner by snapping a seven-match losing streak against Victoria Azarenka. Radwanska maintained her self-belief after gifting the second... [more]

Gatland and Warburton eye 3 straight 6 Nations titles
Warren Gatland is back in charge of Wales' Six Nations rugby team after missing last year's tournament because of his British and Irish Lions commitments, and he's aiming to lead... [more]

Samoa's head of state to meet Pope
Samoa's head of state, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, will meet the Pope in Rome next month. An audience with Pope Francis follows his state visit to Germany this week... [more]

Authorities 'slow' on dodgy advisers
An immigration lawyer says the authorities ignored warnings about an unlicensed adviser who preyed on Pacific people. [more]

Drilling stance no barrier for Greens
Green Party co-leader Russel Norman says Labour's stance on deep sea drilling is a mistake but it does not mean the parties cannot work together. [more]

NZ Cricket to stand firm on proposals
New Zealand Cricket says it will not be bullied into accepting any unreasonable inroads into its income and playing schedule by the sport's big three nations. [more]

Food poverty 'needs addressing'
Groups working to improve living standards for poorer New Zealanders say the Labour Party's scrapping of its policy of a GST exemption on fresh fruit and vegetables has not come as a surprise. [more]

Ice cream deal criticised
A small business group says Auckland Council's move to give a 10-year exclusive ice cream deal to Fonterra is anti-competitive. [more]

Container mall retailers want to stay
Retailers who have set up shop in Christchurch's container mall say because it is becoming a tourist attraction, it should remain in Cashel Street. [more]

Doubts over Commonwealth Games future
The Commonwealth Games Federation is concerned about a lack of interest from member countries in hosting future Games. So far, no member country has expressed serious interest in hosting the... [more]

Canadian teen gets shot at history at Australian Open
Teenage tennis sensation Eugenie Bouchard is seeking to become the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam final as her giant killing quest continues at the Australian Open. The 19-year-old... [more]

Joanne Hayes declared National MP
Joanne Hayes is officially a National list MP, replacing Katrina Shanks who resigned her seat at the end of last year. [more]

UAE assists Tuvalu towards energy target
Tuvalu is a step closer to achieving its 2020 Renewable Energy target, following the signing of an agreement with a United Arab Emirates government contracted company, MASDAR. The UAE Government... [more]

MSG gets in behind Tavola candidacy for Forum top job
There are moves within the Melanesian Spearhead Group to support the candidacy of the Fijian diplomat, Kaliopate Tavola, for the position of Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. [more]

Sport: PNG cricketers look to keep World Cup hopes alive
Papua New Guinea can confirm their place in the Super Six stage of the Cricket World Cup qualifying tournament, with a win over Namibia in Mount Maunganui on Thursday. The... [more]

Sunderland into League Cup final
Sunderland have beaten Manchester United 2-1 in a penalty shootout to book a place in the English League Cup final. United had won a dramatic semi-final second leg 2-1... [more]

American Samoa's longline fishers assured of government help
American Samoa's Governor Lolo Moliga has assured suffering longline fishers in the territory they will get all possible help from the government. About 20 longline fishing boats have been put... [more]

Human rights report slams treatment of West Papua
Human Rights Watch has slammed Indonesia's handling of its easternmost province Papua in its latest World Report. The watchdog says security forces in Indonesia continue to commit abuses with virtual... [more]

Transcript of John Key's speech
A transcript of Prime Minister John Key's address to the West Auckland Business Club, January 23, 2014. [more]

Missing Christchurch teen found
The police in Christchurch have found missing teenager Chinyanta Mfwembe. [more]

NZ government says rule of law must be preserved in Nauru
The New Zealand government says it would consider withholding funding in Nauru if it finds the government was acting outside the rule of law in deporting its only magistrate and... [more]

New Caledonia gun laws to be tightened by March
New restrictive laws around arms control in New Caledonia are due to be in place at the beginning of March. The new date has been given by the French interior... [more]

Clerk in Solomons capital says teachers union has grudge
The Honiara City Clerk says a threat by Solomon Islands teachers to boycott the start of the school year on Monday is based on a grudge against a former chief... [more]

Former Fiji police commissioner picked as top diplomat
Fiji's former Police Commissioner, Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua, has become a top diplomat and is now Ambassador at Large for Fiji. Fijivillage reports that the appointment has been confirmed by... [more]

PNG committed to Bougainville Peace Agreement
The Papua New Guinea prime minister, Peter O'Neill, says his government is committed to the implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement. The Prime Minister made the statement during the reconciliation... [more]

Stevedore injured in ship fall
An Auckland port worker is in intensive care after he fell from a container ship. [more]

Two seriously hurt in Hawke's Bay crash
Two people are in a serious condition in hospital after a truck and car collided on State Highway 2 at Whakaki in Hawke's Bay. [more]

Govt to review Nauru funding
The New Zealand Government is considering withdrawing funding to Nauru in the wake of the sacking and deportation of the country's only magistrate and the barring of its Chief Justice. [more]

PM won't be drawn on council elections
The Prime Minister says returning democracy to the Canterbury Regional Council is on the agenda, but won't say whether mid-term elections are likely. [more]

China's election aid to Fiji won't be dramatic - scholar
A foreign policy scholar says China's offer of assistance for Fiji's promised elections won't be as dramatic as implied by some media. China has confirmed that it will be offering... [more]

CNMI police chief declares war on hard drugs
The Northern Marianas police chief has declared war on traffickers of crystal methamphetamine or ice. The Department of Public Safety Commissioner, James Deleon Guerrero, has warned all law enforcers to... [more]

Vanuatu Teachers Union voices concerns over lack of consultation
The Vanuatu Teachers Union says it hopes to meet the education minister next week to voice concerns over a lack of consultation regarding a deal allowing retired teachers from Fiji... [more]

Unease about impending Niue public service cuts
An opposition MP in Niue says a four-day working week for the public service coming into force next week is not being welcomed by most public servants. Terry Coe says... [more]

Council looking for new chief executive
The search is on for one of Christchurch's top jobs, with the city council posting an online advertisement for a new chief executive. [more]

Agricultural scientists recognised in awards
Scientists who have played key roles in advancing New Zealand agriculture have been recognised at the annual Association of Scientists awards. [more]

Lake Rotoiti reaches water quality target
The Rotorua Lakes clean-up has made further progress with the announcement that the water quality of Lake Rotoiti is the best it's been in decades. [more]

String of suspicious fires investigated
Police patrols in Christchurch are being increased near abandoned properties and in the city's red zone following a series of suspicious fires. [more]

Solomons parliament benefits from international partnerships: speaker
The Solomon Islands parliament speaker says the legislature is steadily strengthening and becoming more participatory. The comment from Sir Alan Kemakeza comes as he attends the biennial Conference of Speakers... [more]

Fiji's Electoral Commission chairman names 'pressing' priorities
The chairman of Fiji's newly appointed Electoral Commission says one his most pressing priorities is to appoint an election supervisor. The last election supervisor, Felicity Heffernan, quit in 2008 shortly... [more]

Far North iwi to sign treaty settlement at Cape Reinga
The most northern iwi - Ngati Kuri - will be gathering at Te Rerenga Wairua or Cape Reinga early next month to finally sign a Deed of Settlement with the Crown. [more]

Maori health provider's high quality recognised
A Rotorua-based Maori health provider says it worked tirelessly to secure one of the country's top health quality accreditations, partly to prove it's as good as mainstream providers. [more]

NZ dollar slips after weak Chinese data
The New Zealand dollar came under pressure on Thursday after a disappointing report on China's manufacturing sector renewed worries about the health of the world's second-biggest economy. [more]

Dairy price rises led by cheese and butter
The price Fonterra pays dairy farmers for their products could rise if upward price pressure on cheese and butter continues. [more]

The Warehouse expects lower profit
The Warehouse Group is forecasting a lower profit in the first half of its current financial year despite strong Christmas trading. [more]

Job ads fall in December
Job advertisements fell 0.7 percent in December, the second monthly fall in a row, but the three months to December saw a 2.8 percent rise. [more]

Employers urge change to visa rules
Employers are complaining they are struggling to retain skilled staff hired from overseas. A survey revealed employers ranked immigration problems as the third biggest issue they face. [more]

Deer milk cheese trial under way
Whitestone cheese company in North Otago has produced trial batches of what it believes to be a world first - cheese made from deer's milk. [more]

Gelatine plant stench may linger
Residents disgusted by the smell from a Christchurch gelatine factory may face another three years of the stench while the company tries to remedy the problem. [more]

Basin Reserve flyover plan criticised
The New Zealand Transport Agency's rationale for opting for a flyover rather than a tunnel at Wellington's Basin Reserve has come under fire by independent transport experts. [more]

Pollution warning at Auckland beach
Dangerous levels of faecal contamination have been found at a popular Auckland beach. [more]

Maori research centre launched
A new centre dedicated to finding out how to protect te reo Maori - and direct resources where they're needed most - has been set up by the Maori Language Commission. [more]

GeoOp customer growth slower
Internet-based labour management company GeoOp says it added 800 new paying users in the December quarter, taking total users to 5300, but growth has slowed from the September quarter. [more]

Threat over 'jandal' trademark
An online retailer selling jandals has been surprised by a cease and desist letter from lawyers informing him the word 'jandal' was trademarked. [more]

PM unveils policy to boost school leadership
Prime Minister John Key says the Government will, if re-elected, create new positions for high-performing teachers and principals who will be paid more to raise student achievement. [more]

Queensland pest found in Whangarei
Taking fruit and some vegetables out of parts of Whangarei has been banned for at least two weeks following the discovery of a serious insect pest. [more]

Lower tolerance catches drivers
At least 58,000 extra drivers have been caught speeding since police introduced a lower tolerance limit for long weekends and public holidays. [more]

Horomia whanau welcomed at Ratana
The whanau of the late Maori Affairs Minister, Parekura Horomia, has been welcomed onto Ratana Pa for its annual celebrations. [more]

Woman critical after colliding with train
A woman whose car was struck by a train on the West Coast at a crossing with no barrier or stop sign is in a critical condition in Christchurch Hospital. [more]

NZ woman found guilty of importing drugs
A New Zealand woman has been found guilty in an Australian court of importing methamphetamine and heroin valued at $2 million. [more]