Radio New Zealand - Tuesday, 28th January 2014

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This page features: News Stories, Rural News, Spectrum, The Wireless

Rural News

Midday Rural News for 29 January 2014
News from the rural and farming sectors. [more]


The Sampler for 28 January 2014
Nick Bollinger reviews new albums by British Sea Power, Bruce Springsteen, and the Mark Lanegan anthology 'Has God Seen My Shadow?'. [more]

The Wireless

St Jerome's Laneway Festival 2014 review
Joe Nunweek runs the ruler over the fifth instalment of St Jerome's Laneway Festival in Auckland. [more]

Making sense of our legal high law
The Psychoactive Substances Bill has been in force for six months. What effect has it had? [more]

No business like the music business
Business commentators on the music industry, and my predictions for 2014... [more]

News stories:

Man hurt after gas canister explodes
A man is in hospital with serious injuries incurred when a gas canister exploded in an industrial area of Invercargill. [more]

Black Caps not looking to change a lot
The Black Caps wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi says New Zealand are taking an 'if it aint broke don't fix it' mentality into tonight's fourth one-dayer against India in Hamilton, the hosts... [more]

Murray and Federer slip in world tennis rankings
Andy Murray and Roger Federer have both slipped in the latest world men's tennis rankings. Murray, who has just returned from back surgery and was beaten in the quarter-finals... [more]

Switzerland hails its new tennis champion
Stanislas Wawrinka's Australian Open tennis win is being hailed by his country's media as a triumph of world, courage and humility. The Swiss press hailed the "impossible exploit"... [more]

Sri Lanka on top in first Test against Bangladesh
Seamers Shaminda Eranga and Suranga Lakmal shared seven Bangladesh wickets as Sri Lanka dominated the opening day of the first cricket Test in Dhaka. Eranga finished with 4 for... [more]

International Wire Story.
League star Willie Mason's involvement in next month's NRL Nines tournament at Eden Park is under a cloud after he failed a random breath test on his way... [more]

Mata can't wait to play alongside Rooney
Manchester United's record signing Juan Mata says he can't wait to link up with new team-mate Wayne Rooney. It had been suggested in the British media that Mata's move to... [more]

Wales captain abused for staying at home
The agent representing Wales' rugby captain Sam Warburton claims his client has been abused for signing a central contract with his national union, even though he could have been... [more]

Mercedes to show support for Schumacher
Mercedes' new look car for the 2014 Formula One season will display a message of support for seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher, who remains in a coma following a... [more]

Wenger set to further extend Arsenal contract
Arsene Wenger is set to sign a new contract to extend his 18-year stay with the English Premier Football League leaders Arsenal. The club's chief executive has indicated that... [more]

Golfers can bid to play alonside Lydia Ko
A golf fan can bid to play alongside young New Zealand star Lydia Ko. New Zealand Golf is putting up a round of golf with the 16-year-old at Thursday's pro-am... [more]

Dr fought off shark & stitched himself
A doctor fought off a shark, stitched his own leg and then found time for a beer at the pub before going to Invercargill hospital on Saturday, where he was back at work on Monday. [more]

Log exports continue to boom
The boom in log exports is continuing, with the price for some logs setting new records. [more]

Little risk in biocontrol insects
An international study by Plant & Food Research into the use of introduced insects to control weeds has found little evidence of them going wrong. [more]

Ratana celebrations wrap up
Thousands of people are making their way home from Ratana pa, near Whanganui, as the annual celebrations wrap up. The church is emphasizing the importance of keeping young people involved in the celebrations. [more]

Baby policy to pay off in adulthood - Labour
Labour MP Nanaia Mahuta says the party's proposed welfare payment for newborns will pay off later in life. [more]

Push to raise Tino Rangatiratanga flag
A Maori sovereignty group is keeping up the pressure for the Tino Rangatiratanga flag to be flown from Crown buildings on Waitangi Day [more]

Te Reo contribution to be measured
The Maori Language Commission - Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Maori - says its new research centre will quantify exactly how much Te Reo Rangatira contributes to the economy. [more]

Programme for Maori doctors
A Rotorua Whanau Ora Maori health provider aims to establish a training programme for tangata whenua GPs before the end of the year. [more]

Consumers optimistic on job outlook
A new survey of consumer confidence suggests the jobs market may at long last be about to join the more general economy recovery. [more]

Staff shortage looming for employers
The New Zealand economy has soaked up any spare capacity and will be moving into a period of excess demand this year, meaning it could get tougher for employers to get workers, an economist says. [more]

Analyst backs Contact Energy shares
Even though the electricity sector as a whole is distinctly out of favour, one analyst is recommending investors buy Contact Energy shares. [more]

Yellow Brick Road leads home
Exporting is a major step after cracking the domestic market for most companies but it was the other way around for the founder of Yellow Brick Road, a fish supplier. [more]

Aorere Resources taking stake in London company
Aorere Resources says it could potentially hold a stake of more than 11 percent in Mosman Oil & Gas, a resources company which is expected to list on the alternative stock market in London next month. [more]

Double Grammy win by Lorde leads the papers
Lorde leads most of the morning newspapers on Tuesday after her double Grammy wins in Los Angeles. [more]

Tongan government to formalise Cyclone Ian response plan
Non-government organisations working with the Tongan government have formulated a Cyclone Ian response plan, which is expected to be made official today. Greg Grimsich of the United Nations Office for... [more]

Motorbike rider dies at farm
A Christchurch man has died after the motorcycle he was riding collided with irrigation equipment. [more]

New year begins for merged schools
Some school students in Christchurch are preparing to face the new year in a merged school, as post-quake education reforms begin to take effect. [more]

Drop in suicides praised but more action needed
Mental health specialists are praising a drop in suicide numbers but say continuing high rates for youth and Maori are alarming. [more]

High risks for transgender students
New research by the University of Auckland shows transgender high-school students are at high risk of suicide and depression. [more]

Samoa rugby legend denies seven charges
Samoan rugby legend, Muliagatele Brian Lima, has denied seven charges against him at his second appearance on Monday in the Supreme Court at Mulinuu. The former Manu Samoa International is... [more]

Indonesia disputes West Papuan claims at EU hearing
The Indonesian government has denied that Papuans haven not enjoyed greater autonomy. West Papua was described as a place marked by fear, violence, and isolation, during a hearing with a... [more]

EU committee asked to press Jakarta over Papua
A European Union committee has been asked to press the Indonesian government for greater media freedom and an open dialogue with Papua. West Papuan campaigners gave testimony at the Human... [more]

Govt accuses Labour of starting election lolly scramble
The Government says the year has barely started, and the Labour and Green parties have already announced nearly three quarters of a billion dollars a year worth of policies. [more]

Samoa gets UN police to provide security for global conference
Samoa's Ministry of Police and Prisons will be getting assistance from United Nations forces at the Small Islands Developing States Conference in September. UN police will be responsible for security... [more]

American Samoa hospital's off-island care under Governor's scrutiny
The Governor of American Samoa, Lolo Matalasi Moliga, has ordered the LBJ Medical Center board of directors to find money to restart the off- island medical referral program, which has... [more]

MSG secretariat briefed on Indonesia trip
Fiji 's Foreign Minister, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, has been in Vanuatu briefing the secretariat of the Melanesian Spearhead Group on this month's controversial trip by MSG foreign ministers to Indonesia. [more]

Floating health care service to travel to Ha'apai's outer islands
A floating health care service set up by American philanthropists will travel to the remote islands of Tonga's Ha'apai group to deliver medical supplies following Tropical Cyclone Ian. A founder... [more]

Gas cylinder man in induced coma
A man who was seriously injured when a gas cylinder exploded in Invercargill on Monday is in an induced coma. [more]

Benji Marshall to debut for the Blues this weekend
League convert Benji Marshall will make his debut for the Blues in their Super Rugby pre-season game against the Hurricanes in Masterton on Saturday. Blues coach Sir John Kirwan has... [more]

4 new players in NZ women's cricket squad
4 new players have been named in the New Zealand women's cricket squad for next month's tour by the West Indies. Holly Huddleston and Samantha Curtis of Auckland, Hayley Jensen... [more]

US to send 230 athletes to Sochi
The United States will send 230 athletes to next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi. It is the the all-time largest athlete delegation of any nation in Winter Games history. [more]

NZ down after first day of Davis Cup tie in China
The New Zealand Davis Cup tennis team trails China 2-nil after the first day singles in their Asia-Oceania group one first round tie in Tianjin. Michael Venus was beaten in... [more]

Faulkner out of tour of South Africa
The Australian allrounder James Faulkner has been ruled out of the Test tour of South Africa with a knee injury. Cricket Australia says Faulkner requires surgery on his right knee... [more]

Li na most influential says Chris Evert
Tennis great Chris Evert believes Li Na is destined for more grand slams and a place in the Hall of Fame after her Australian Open win cemented her position as... [more]

Rafa Nadal should be okay in a few days
Rafa Nadal's uncle and coach Toni, says the Spanish tennis star should recover from the back problem that wrecked his Australian Open final after a few days rest. The... [more]

Sport: Fiji rugby coach loses job amidst funding crisis
The Fiji Rugby Union has terminated the contracts of five employees, including fifteens head coach Inoke Male, with immediate effect, in an attempt to address the financial crisis engulfing the... [more]

Puma takes over as kit suppliers to Arsenal
The German sportswear company Puma has taken over from Nike as the kit supplier to English Premier League football club Arsenal from next season. Nike has provided Arsenal's gear... [more]

Honey prices tipped to rise
Beekeepers are struggling through one of their most challenging seasons, with cool temperatures and wind significantly slowing honey production. A rise in the domestic price of honey is tipped. [more]

Guilty plea in drug mule case
A man who claimed he was involved with a drug mule because of threats against his family, pleaded guilty on Monday to a charge of conspiracy to supply methamphetamine, a class A drug, in February 2011. [more]

Sport: Do or die territory for PNG cricketers
Papua New Guinea say every match is now a must win at the Cricket World Cup qualifying tournament in New Zealand. The Barramundi's were thrashed by 150 runs in their... [more]

Sport: Fiji rugby coach loses job amidst funding crisis
The Fiji Rugby Union has terminated the contracts of five employees, including fifteens head coach, Inoke Male, with immediate effect, in an attempt to address the financial crisis engulfing the... [more]

Sport: Flying Fijians coach didn't see sacking coming
The sacked Fiji rugby coach, Inoke Male, says he was given no warning his contract was about to be terminated. Male and four other employees had their contracts cut short... [more]

Bitcoin exchange operators arrested
The operators of two exchanges for the virtual currency, Bitcoin, are under arrest in the United States, charged with money laundering. [more]

Synlait raises forecasts
Synlait Milk has raised both its payout to suppliers and its expected annual profit. [more]

Apple shares down
Shares in Apple slumped more than seven percent in after-hours trading on Monday after it missed analysts' targets for iPhone sales in its latest quarterly results and gave a weaker-than-expected outlook. [more]

Comeback kid ready to set NZ Cycle Classic alight
A year ago New Zealand cyclist Tom Scully could barely ride a bike and was in the midst of a more than year long recovery after a horrendous crash in... [more]

PNG's Ok Tedi mine still operating as court papers yet to be served
The giant Ok Tedi mine in Papua New Guinea is still operating as normal because it is yet to be served formal court orders that were made by the National... [more]

Farmers cautious about higher take from Waikato River
Federated Farmers says a move by Watercare Services in Auckland to take more water from the Waikato River to cope with big population growth could put too much pressure on the river. [more]

Man surrenders in indecency case
A man has handed himself in to police investigating the indecent assault of a teenage girl. [more]

French Polynesia atoll embezzlement trial deferred
The trial of French Polynesia's two top politicians and four others in a historic corruption case has been deferred until June the 2nd because one of the lawyers' father has... [more]

Land soon to be cleared in Tonga's Ha'apai to regrow crops
The Ministry of Agriculture in Tonga says next week it will start clearing the land to re-grow cyclone damaged crops in Ha'apai before the dry season begins in April. Its... [more]

Dunne, Lotu-liga sworn in
Two new ministers have been sworn in at Parliament on Tuesday. [more]

Talauega Eleasalo Ale confirmed as American Samoa AG
American Samoa has a new attorney general after the legislature gave its endorsement for Talauega Eleasalo Ale. Talauega was unanimously confirmed by the House of Representatives on Friday and today,... [more]

Canterbury storm extremely expensive
A storm in Canterbury last September made 2013 the second most expensive year on record for weather-related damage in New Zealand. [more]

'Spectator from hell' may be banned
A police officer in Christchurch taken to court for assaulting a football referee may be banned from attending matches in the city for two years. The judge described him as the 'spectator from hell'. [more]

PNG's O'Neill apologises for horrors of Bougainville conflict
Reports from Papua New Guinea say the Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, has apologised to the people of Bougainville on behalf of the PNG government for the horrors of the Bougainville... [more]

Niue government not worried about no confidence motion
The Acting Premier of Niue says he's not worried about a motion of no confidence and says it's simply a case of the opposition wanting to smear the government. Opposition... [more]

Pocock to play against Highlanders
The Wallaby flanker David Pocock will play his first game in ten months, when he captains the ACT Brumbies in their first pre-season Super rugby match, against the Highlanders on... [more]

India win toss and opt to bat in fourth one dayer
India have won the toss and decided to bat first in the fourth one day cricket international against New Zealand in Hamilton. The allrounder Corey Anderson and pace bowler Mitchell... [more]

Superbowl coach urges NFL to explore marijuana
The coach of Superbowl contenders Seattle Pete Carroll has urged the NFL to explore how marijuana could medically help players cope with pain from injuries. Carroll will guide the... [more]

Sampras doubts Federer will ever beat Nadal again
The former world tennis number one Pete Sampras believes current world number one Rafa Nadal is in his prime and believes its inevitable that Nadal will match... [more]

Big three backing down on controversial cricket demands?
Cricket's self pronounced big three - India, England and Australia- are set to present a re-drafted verision of their controversial position paper to the International Cricket Council in Dubai tonight. [more]

Pirlo named Serie A footballer of the season
The veteran Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo has been named Italy's Serie A footballer of the season by his fellow players. The 34-year-old Italy international, who was a pivotal player in... [more]

Driver hurt after crash with mini-van
A person has been taken to hospital after a mini-van van carrying six tourists and a car collided on Dunedin's northern motorway. [more]

CTU may take action against Whittall
The Council of Trade Unions is investigating further legal action against former Pike River mine manager Peter Whittall. [more]

24 cases of measles reported
Twenty-four confirmed cases of measles have been confirmed nationwide in the last month: 13 are in Turangi and Taupo after a hip-hop dance competition in Sydney. [more]

Kindergarten teachers endorse deal
Kindergarten teachers have overwhelmingly endorsed a settlement that contains a $2000 leadership allowance for head teachers. [more]

Collins says UN human rights panel congratulated NZ
Justice Minister Judith Collins says a United Nations review panel has congratulated New Zealand, saying it is a world leader in most areas of human rights. [more]

Drunk boy court case adjourned
An appearance in court of three Hamilton people charged with giving alcohol to a nine-year-old boy three weeks ago has been delayed. [more]

Three injured in head-on crash
Two people have been flown to Christchurch Hospital with serious injuries after an accident that has shut State Highway 1 just south of the city on Tuesday. [more]

No confidence motion in Nauru fails
A motion of no confidence tabled in the Nauru parliament has failed today, with eleven members voting for the government and seven against. The President, Baron Waqa, had come under... [more]

Sport: Sacked rugby coach still wants Fiji job
The sacked Fiji rugby coach, Inoke Male, still wants to coach the team and says the reasons for his dismissal do not stack up. Inoke Male and four other employees... [more]

Government bidding process faces revamp in Marshall Islands
A revamp is underway in the Marshall Islands to improve accountability at the Ministry of Finance's Procurement and Supply Office. A new acting chief has been appointed after the office... [more]

Eels' Liam Foran faces assault charge
The Parramatta Eels recruit New Zealander Liam Foran has fronted court after the National Rugby League player was charged with common assault. The 25-year-old appeared at Gosford Local Court over... [more]

Air Force updates training planes
The Air Force has signed a $154 million contract to buy 11 single-engined planes for pilot training. [more]

NZ sanctions remain despite top Fiji general's visit
The New Zealand foreign minister, Murray McCully, says travel sanctions on Fiji military personnel remain in place, although there is discretion to provide temporary exemptions for individuals. Mr McCully's comment... [more]

Power prices 'not high enough' in past
The Electricity Authority says historically since the 1970s, consumers did not pay enough for their electricity. [more]

Recycling subsidy attracts 37,000 TVs
Since October, 37,864 televisions have been recycled under a $5 subsidy in the upper North Island. [more]

Marshall concedes he underestimated adjustment to rugby union
The rugby league convert Benji Marshall concedes he may have underestimated just how much of an adjustment there'd be in switching to rugby union. The former Kiwis captain will make... [more]

NZ dollar mixed, but broadly little changed
The New Zealand dollar was mixed but broadly little changed, slightly firmer against the US dollar, the euro and the yen but marginally weaker against the Australian dollar and the British pound. [more]

Council and iwi enter talks over Ruataniwha Dam
Local government and iwi in Hawke's Bay have made an agreement to make changes to the Ruataniwha Dam proposal - in order to improve the river health and quality. [more]

Kura urged to carry out checks on new staff
The national association of kura kaupapa Maori is urging kura Maori to carry out background checks on new staff despite whanau connections or assurances. [more]

Lucky escape after tumble down cliff
A Queenstown man has described escaping major injury after his vehicle tumbled 40 metres off a cliff and into the Kawarau River. [more]

Nurse exploited vulnerable patient
The public's health watchdog says an unnamed male nurse sexually exploited an acutely unwell, young mental health patient. [more]

Catton to receive honorary doctorate
The 2013 Man Booker prize author, Eleanor Catton, is to receive an honorary doctorate in literature from Victoria University. [more]

50,000 Christchurch homes repaired
The Earthquake Commission says it has repaired more than 50,000 quake-damaged homes in Christchurch. [more]

Harawira upset at PM's 'petty' remarks
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira says the Prime Minister has been petty and nasty for suggesting that he is an often absent MP. [more]

Call for safer fences at bike tracks
A coroner says inflatable air fences should be provided for motorbike race tracks, but Motorcycling New Zealand says the barriers are too expensive. [more]

Survivor says not enough lifejackets
The only person who survived the sinking of the Easy Rider in Foveaux Strait has told a court the boat was loaded with equipment, but didn't have enough lifejackets. [more]

Labour's baby policy applies to wealthy
The Labour Party's $60 a week baby bonus policy would apply to families earning much more than $150,000 a year. [more]

National would back Clark for top job
Prime Minister John Key says a National government would back his predecessor, Helen Clark, if she wishes to contest the position of the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. [more]

Tourist's murderer still 'troubled'
The man who murdered a British tourist more than 20 years ago remains troubled by his obsessive compulsive disorder, the Parole Board has been told. [more]

Insurer says disputed claims don't exist
Insurer Southern Response says a protest group is complaining about earthquake claims that don't exist. [more]

Folk singer Pete Seeger dies
American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger has died in a New York hospital. He was 94. [more]

Samoan Language Commission to be created in Samoa
A Samoan Language Commission is to be created in Samoa, with the purpose of protecting and preserving the language for future generations. Our correspondent in Samoa, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says... [more]

PNG takeover of SDP to proceed in international arbitration
The Papua New Guinea government's move to take over control of PNG Sustainable Development Program Ltd's majority share in the Ok Tedi mine has gone to international arbitration. The International... [more]

Metservice concerned about lack of rain in cyclone-hit Ha'apai
The Tongan Metservice has warned the National Emergency Office that if Ha'apai does not get more rain before the dry season begins in April, it could experience a severe water... [more]

Executions will happen this year: PNG Justice Minister
Papua New Guinea's Justice Minister says the execution of 13 people currently on death row will happen this year, despite strong opposition from human rights groups. Kerenga Kua says the... [more]

Cooks Speaker urges homegrown solutions in island democracies
The Speaker of the Cook Islands parliament says it's important to forge homegrown solutions for problems in Pacific democracies. Niki Rattle was a keynote speaker at thebiennial Conference of Speakers... [more]

Recruitment policies put children at risk - ERO
One-third of schools have inadequate staff appointment policies and would be unlikely to recognise those people who could pose a risk to children, the Education Review Office says. [more]

Govt may extend paid parental leave
The Government says it may extend paid parental leave, but could still veto a Labour Party MP's bill to extend the entitlement from 14 to 26 weeks. Labour says the Government is playing politics with parents. [more]

Cyber attack shuts Whale Oil blog
Controversial right-wing blog Whale Oil claims it has been shut down by a cyber attack and editor Cameron Slater says he has received death threats. [more]

She's still our Lorde, say friends
Friends of internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Lorde say fame hasn't changed the 17-year-old as they celebrate her double Grammy success for the worldwide hit Royals. [more]

GP faulted over migraine diagnosis
A woman died from a large bleed in her brain the day after she was misdiagnosed with a migraine at an after-hours medical clinic. [more]