Radio New Zealand - Sunday, 24th August 2014

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This page features: Birds, Business News, Dateline Pacific, Morning Report, News in Pacific Languages, News Stories, Nine To Noon, One In Five, Rural News, Sounds Historical, Spectrum, Spiritual Outlook, Standing Room Only, Te Ahi Kaa, Te Kupu o te Wiki, Te Manu Korihi, War Reports, William Shakespeare 450, World & Pacific News


Fulmar prion
Listen to the fulmar prion. [more]

Business News

Investor questions Spark's return to profit growth this year
Despite Spark managing director Simon Moutter's relentlessly upbeat presentation and his promise the company's operating profit could grow this year after many years of declines, the market was underwhelmed by the annual result. [more]

Westpac's June quarter net profit jumped more than 45 percent
Westpac New Zealand's June quarter profit jumped more than 45 percent, partly reflecting a big drop in charges for bad debts. [more]

SKY TV to offer new video-on-demand services over the next year
Sky Network Television is going to roll-out new video-on-demand services over the next year, as part of its goal to substainally increase its customer-base. [more]

Refining New Zealand cutting costs to deliver dividends
Refining New Zealand says it's cuttings costs at its Marsden Point facility, as the company works towards delivering dividends to shareholders. [more]

Another sign the Australian mining investment boom is over
Across the Tasman; news of the biggest corporate spin-off in mining history has disappointed investors. [more]

Investors eye company results, the falling New Zealand dollar
After a whole swag results so far, local investors will again be focused on the last big week of the company results reporting season. [more]

Markets Update for 25 August 2014
A brief update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Dateline Pacific

Chinese medical ship treats 4,000 Tongans
A hospital ship from China has spent a week in Tonga providing free medical services to more than 4,000 patients and performing 39 surgeries. [more]

ADB says resilience key to Solomons rebuild
The Asian Development Bank has approved a US$15 million project to help Solomon Islands rebuild infrastructure damaged by the flash flooding disaster in April which killed 23 people and left thousands homeless. [more]

New waste to energy technology could come to Pacific
A New Zealand energy consultant says a technology which converts any kind of waste to renewable energy could be the way forward in making the Pacific region sustainable. [more]

Samoa steps up chikungunya prevention
Students and police in Samoa are banding together for a mass clean up to stop the spread of chikungunya. [more]

NZ survey finds political leaders agree on aid boost
A survey of New Zealand's political parties has found the vast majority of parties agree the country's aid budget is too low should be increased. [more]

Dateline Pacific morning edition for 25 August 2014
A NZ survey finds political leaders agree on boosting aid; Samoa steps up its chikungunya prevention; Technology that converts waste to energy could be on its way to the Pacific; A new project is approved to help Solomon Islands rebuild following flooding; The Peace Ark Naval Hospital Ship from China visits Tonga. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for Monday 25 August 2014
National announce housing package to benefit first home buyers, Hacking claims overshadow Internet Party's campaign launch, Kim Dotcom Live, Brent Edwards Live and Earthquake damages northern california. [more]

Sports News for 25 August 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Pacific News for 25 August 2014
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Housing policy centrepiece of National's campaign launch
The National Party launched they're election campaign in South Auckland yesterday to 2500 party supporters. [more]

Sports News for 25 August 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

National announce housing package to benefit first home buyers
National released its new home loan policy at its campaign launch yesterday. [more]

Hacking claims overshadow Internet Party's campaign launch
The Internet Party also launched its campaign yesterday. [more]

Kim Dotcom denies any involvement in hacking of blogger's website
Joining us is Kim Dotcom. [more]

Brent Edwards Live
Joining us is our political editor Brent Edwards. [more]

Earthquake damages northern california
Authorities have declared a state of emergency after Northern California was struck by a 6.0-magnitude earthquake overnight. [more]

Concern Lochinver Station could pollute Mohaka River
There are new concerns about the controversial sale of Lochinver Station. [more]

Iti to stand for Maori Party
The veteran Tuhoe activist Tame Iti has been announced as a list candidate for the Maori Party. [more]

Investigation underway into botched fireworks display
An investigation is underway into what went wrong during a botched fireworks display at Eden Park at the start of the Bledisloe Cup test. [more]

New season of Doctor Who premieres with "darker, older" Doctor
A new - and much older - Doctor debuted on screens around the world yesterday as Dr Who opened its new season . [more]

Sports News for 25 August 2014
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Harawira criticises police action over car crash
The Mana Party leader, Hone Harawira, says he's disappointed the police may charge him over a car accident, but are yet to properly investigate a shooting at his Kaitaia office. [more]

Political reaction to National's new housing policy
Opposition parties have been quick to dismiss National's centre piece housing policy. [more]

Power customers losing out from dumb smart meters
A major electricity retailer is denying accusations power companies have dragged their feet on the introduction of smart technology that would cut power bills. [more]

Firms upbeat, but workers cautious on economy as election looms
A month out from the election, companies are much more upbeat, saying the economy is on the right track. [more]

Kim Dotcom takes fight over police raid to Supreme Court today
Kim Dotcom will head to the country's highest court today in a final bid to have the police raid on his Auckland mansion declared illegal. [more]

Two thousand top international scientists in NZ for World Science Week
More than two-thousand of the world's top scientists are in New Zealand to tackle some of the sector's biggest issues, as part of World Science Week. [more]

ISIS pose nuclear threat
Republicans in the United States want President Barack Obama's government to take more aggressive action to defeat Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. [more]

Hamilton launches it 150th birthday celebrations
A teenager about to enter into adutlhood, is how the Mayor of Hamilton has described her city as it celebrates its 150th anniversary. [more]

Phil Kafcaloudes with news from Australia
Time to chat to our Melbourne correspondent Phil Kafcaloudes. [more]

News in Pacific Languages

News in Samoan for 25 August 2014
The latest news in Samoan language. [more]

News in Tongan for 25 August 2014
The latest news in Tongan language. [more]

News in French for 25 August 2014
The latest news in French language. [more]

Nine To Noon

Election Issues debate: Economy
The Labour Party finance spokesman David Parker and the National Party's finance spokesman Bill English join Kathryn Ryan to discuss the economy, and their party's plans and policies for it. [more]

Ocean acidification in Antarctic "canary in the coalmine" for NZ
Dr. Mary Sewell is presenting information at a major international conference on Antarctica about how climate change is affecting the Antarctic ocean ecosystem. She says the results there are a "canary in the coalmine" for what will happen in New Zealand's waters. One third of the planet's emissions of carbon dioxide are absorbed by the world's oceans, and ocean acidification is considered by scientists to be one of the most important stressors facing marine ecosystems of the future. Mary Sewell is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland. Her latest research has some surprising results - including that the effects of ocean acidification will be seen in Antarctic waters earlier than previously thought. [more]

South America correspondent, Joel Richards
On the current situation leading up to the Brazilian Elections. [more]

Sami Shah, Pakistani comedian, improv actor and writer
Sami Shah is a Pakistani Western Australian based comedian, improv actor and writer.comedian, improv actor and writer. He was a member of Pakistan's first improvisational comedy troupe and also had his own satirical television show in Karachi, and a newspaper column. A little dicey against Pakistan's political backdrop, and after witnessing bomb attacks at close range and being the target of death threats, Sami decided on a new life, across a couple of continents, to settle in Western Australia. He has spent time working as a news producer which he says helped to sharpen some of his comedy skills and black humour, but his comedic routines also contain deeper more serious messages. [more]

Book Review: Working Lives c. 1900 a photographic essay by Erik Olssensay
Published by Otago University Press. Reviewed by Gyles Beckford. [more]

Political commentators Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams
Mike Williams and Matthew Hooton discuss the National Party's campaign launch and housing policy, the Internet Mana launch, and is John Key managing to rise above the ongoing fallout from Dirty Politics? [more]

Food with Jeremy Schmid
Auckland chef Jeremy Schmid says many foods lend themselves to smoking. He'll run through recipes for Smoked Pork Ribs with Barbecue Sauce, Smoked Tomato and Basil Bruschetta and for dessert, Smoked Pear with Cinnamon Cream. The recipes are from Jeremy's latest book, Smoked, which contains many recipes for meat, seafood, vegetable and fruit. The focus is very much on how to add flavour, cure and prepare dishes. Jeremy Schmid has worked as a chef here and in Europe and he's also done some post graduate study at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley, California. He is currently a chef at the Officers Mess in Takapuna. [more]

Urbanist Tommy Honey
Transportation projects don't need to take as long as they do. [more]

One In Five

One In Five for 24 August 2014 - Taranaki Hospital's New Wing
Taranaki Base Hospital has recently officially opened a smart new wing. It cost $80 million dollars to build and includes six new wards, six operating theatres and day stay services. It has also been built with people of all abilities in mind thanks to the input of the hospital's Disability Action Group. One in Five takes tour of the new building. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 25 August 2014
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Sounds Historical

Sounds Historical for 24 August 2014 ( Part 1 )
Stories of yesteryear from around New Zealand. [more]

Sounds Historical for 24 August 2014 ( Part 2 )
Stories of yesteryear from around New Zealand [more]


Spectrum for 24 August 2014 - Unsung Heroes
For Spectrum, Justin Gregory joins Robert Johnson and Lisa Chung, music librarians for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, whose job it is, to find that obscure piece of music or to hand-write notations into dozens of scores. [more]

Spiritual Outlook

Spiritual Outlook for 24 August 2014 - Memories of Water
This week, Sonia Sly speaks to Auckland-based sculptor and artist Caroline Robinson, she may have started her career in the World of Wearable arts, but for the past 16 years her focus has been on sustainable practice in the built environment including collaborating on civic projects, public art, urban design, master planning and infrastructure. She has a holistic and spiritual approach to her work and she's currently taking a side-step from the built environment to investigate the importance of one of life's most precious resources -water. [more]

Standing Room Only

Television's Platinum Fund for high-end, one-off TV dramas may have been an expensive gamble, but it seems to have paid off. [more]

The Wellington TEDX Conference
The Wellington TEDX Conference is on this weekend, and Lynn Freeman spoke to its organiser DK, and 2 of the speakers he selected, artist and designer Adam Ben-Dror and animator and comic book retailer Dylan Coburn. [more]

Broadway Baby
Broadway Baby, the largest review-website for the Edinburgh Festivals, has been good to several New Zealand shows there. Charlotte Graham spoke to Frankie Goodway, the Fringe Editor for Broadway Baby. [more]

Survey Hamilton Exhibition
A survey asking Hamiltonians how they define themselves has led to a multimedia exhibition at Waikato Museum. [more]

Peter Peryer
Peter Peryer has just opened a retrospective exhibition at the Dowse Art Gallery entitled 'Peter Peryer: A careful Eye'. [more]

Rhythm and Resonance: Music for two pianos and percussion
In an upcoming concert tour, star New Zealand percussionists Thomas Guldborg and Lenny Sakofsky get to take centre stage. [more]

Te Ahi Kaa

Leonie Matoe - Toi Tangata
Toi Tangata is an Auckland-based organisation that specialises in health and wellbeing for Māori and non-Māori. Their work incorporates core Māori values with modern day living, with an overall goal of creating healthy lifestyle choices. Justine Murray talks with managing director Leonie Matoe. [more]

Whakatāuki mo 24 o Hereturikōka (August) 2014
Ko te toi o nga ora, Ko te whanau ora. The Pinnacle of health and wellbeing is whole whanau health and wellbeing. This week's whakatāuki is explained by Leonie Matoe nō Ngā Rauru, Ngā Ruahine. [more]

Sir Tamati Muturangi Reedy
This year marks the 31st anniversary of the Ngata Memorial Lectures. The annual Ngāti Pōrou gathering acknowledges the legacy of leader and politician Ta Apirana Ngata, and provides a forum to discuss issues affecting Ngāti Pōrou today including politics and te reo māori. The idea to host a lecture series came to Sir Tamati Reedy in 1982 while he was studying in Alabama as he recalls with Justine Murray. [more]

Digital artist - Johnson Witehira
A few public spaces in Wellington now display Johnson Witehira's digital artwork. His portfolio ranges from creating fonts and typography, tee-shirts, street art to Māori designed wallpaper. Justine Murray talks with Johnson about the range of projects he has on the go. [more]

Te Kupu o te Wiki

Te Kupu o te Wiki: waea - phone
The Māori word of the week is: waea. Kei hea taku waea? Where's my phone? [more]

Te Manu Korihi

Te Waonui programme for Sun 24 Aug 14
On the programme this week, King Tūheitia gets personel at koroneihana commemorations; There's endorsment for a Maori curriculum; and a subtribe flexes its muscles in a big bay clean-up. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 25 August 2014
King Tuheitia has opened up about his health and one of his sons getting into trouble with the law - calling the media coverage of the case a 'circus'. Thousands of Ngai Tuhoe members are making their way to Taneatua for its Settlement day and hear the formal apology from the Crown. New research suggests Maori diagnosed with stomach cancer are 27% less likely to survive than non-Maori. Labour's candidate for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says he can't afford to soft-pedal in his campaign for the northern Maori seat. [more]

Te Manu Korihi News for 25 August 2014
Thousands of Ngai Tuhoe members are making their way to Taneatua for its Settlement day and hear the formal apology from the Crown. King Tuheitia has opened up about his health and one of his sons getting into trouble with the law - calling the media coverage of the case a 'circus'. The Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira has declared his support for Ngati Hine in its stand for a separate Treaty settlement. New research suggests Maori diagnosed with stomach cancer are 27% less likely to survive than non-Maori. [more]

War Reports

War Report - August 24
Ena Ryan, recalls the rush to join up in time. Sidney Jones on embarking for Samoa and calling at Noumea. Leonard Leary describes going to Samoa and fraternizing with the locals. Tom Seddon recalls secrecy of the mission. The story of New Zealand's first war casualty. Extracts from contemporary newspapers. [more]

William Shakespeare 450

Sonnet No 26: Lord of my love, to whom in vassalage
Read by Eva Radich (RNZ) Music details-J Johnson: Goodnight (Naxos 8.550776) [more]

World & Pacific News

5am Pacific Regional and Sports News for 25 August 2014
The latest Pacific regional and sports news. [more]

6am World, Pacific and Sports News for 25 August 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

7am World, Pacific and Sports News for 25 August 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

8am World, Pacific and Sports News for 25 August 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

9am World, Pacific and Sports News for 25 August 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

10am World, Pacific and Sports News for 25 August 2014
The latest world, Pacific and sports news. [more]

News stories:

Bronze medal for Boyle
The Auckland swimmer Lauren Boyle has won her second medal at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships on the Gold Coast, taking bronze in the 400 metres freestyle. [more]

Rosberg takes pole at Spa
Formula One leader Nico Rosberg has grabbed pole position at the Belgian Grand Prix with Mercedes team mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton alongside on the front row. [more]

Counties hold onto Shield
Counties Manukau have beaten Otago 29-25 at Pukekohe to defend the Ranfurly Shield from their first top-flight challengers of the year. [more]

Call for volunteers to mind seal pups
The Department of Conservation is calling for volunteers to help mind seal pups who each year turn a freshwater pool near Kaikoura into their home. [more]

Bledisloe Cup locked away again
It was another nightmare visit to Eden Park for the Wallabies, sinking to a 12th straight Bledisloe Cup series defeat on Saturday night as the All Blacks dished out a 51-20 hammering. [more]

Labour will build Auckland rail link now
The Labour Party will build Auckland's $2.4 billion City Rail Link immediately rather than waiting until 2020 if elected to govern its transport spokesperson, Phil Twyford says. [more]

Conservatives trailer set on fire
A Conservative Party candidate says an arson attack on his campaign trailer represents a frightening new level of election vandalism. [more]

Dirty Politics will endure - professor
A public law professor says the fallout from Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics will go on long after the General Election is decided next month. [more]

Make youth, family courts public - ACT
The ACT Party says youth and family court proceedings should be opened up to the public. It says the media should be able to publish all court judgements. [more]

Prisoners protest voting ban
The serial offender Arthur Taylor and other inmates have filed papers with the High Court calling for the election to be stopped, because prisoners are blocked from voting. [more]

Team NZ crash in Cardiff
A collision brought Team New Zealand's to an abrupt halt on the second day of the Extreme Sailing Series regatta at Cardiff. [more]

Dementia affects most NZers - study
New dementia research shows two-thirds of New Zealanders are close to someone suffering from the condition. Alzheimers NZ says half of them directly care for dementia sufferers. [more]

Call for rebroadcast of political party addresses
New Zealand Independent Coalition leader, Brendan Horan, is calling for the Electoral Commission to replay the opening political party addresses, which ran on television at the same time as an All Blacks' game last night. [more]

Peters makes another attack on foreign buyers
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has made another stinging attack on foreign buyers that he says are land-banking in the Auckland housing market. [more]

Armed man bursts into Kihikihi home
Police in Waikato say six people had a horrifying start to the day, when an armed man burst into their home in Kihikihi which is near Te Awamutu, threatened them and took off with their car. [more]

Adams aims for 55 in a row
Valerie Adams goes for her 55th consecutive win when she lines up at the Diamond League athletics meeting in Birmingham ton Monday morning. [more]

National unveils new housing policy
The National Party has unveiled a housing package it says would help about 90,000 lower and middle-income first home buyers, at its election campaign launch in South Auckland this afternoon. [more]

Internet-Mana pledges to create jobs
The Internet-Mana alliance has launched its election campaign in Auckland this afternoon, promising to create 100,000 jobs annually and develop a digital workforce. [more]

Man dies in Titahi Bay house fire
Shouts and explosions alerted neighbours to a house fire in the Porirua suburb of Titahi Bay early this morning, but they were unable to save the sole occupant. [more]

Man charged after blood spilled in fight
A 17-year-old man has been charged with assault after a fight in Auckland's North Shore which left large amounts of blood spilled on and near a wharf early this morning. [more]

Man dies after fall from Hokitika hotel
A man is dead after falling from a hotel balcony in Hokitika. Police say the man was holidaying with his wife and friends when he fell 16 metres from the third floor balcony. [more]

Report sees housing shortage for NZ
A new report by an economic think tank says that at current construction rates, New Zealand will have a shortage of more than 100,000 houses by 2031. [more]

Capaldi debuts as the new Dr Who
Some Doctor Who fans in New Zealand have been getting a sneek peek today in cinemas of the first episode featuring Peter Capaldi as the twelfth actor to play the Doctor. [more]