Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 6th November 2014

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This page features: News Stories, Nights, Our Changing World, The Wireless, Upbeat, William Shakespeare 450


Botany - don't mow the lawn, grow a meadow!
Plant ecologist Bec Stanley from Auckland Botanical Gardens on the chlorophyll-filled bio-mass that photosynthesises around us... don't mow the lawn, grow a meadow! [more]

Our Changing World

Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust
Over the last 25 years the yellow-eyed penguin population on mainland New Zealand has seen some dramatic declines [more]

Virtual Reality to Improve Memory of Stroke Survivors
A virtual reality environment is being trialled to help stroke survivors improve their prospective memory to do things in the future [more]

The Wireless

Data visualisation: An ageing, diverse society
Why tell when you can show? We break down past, present and future New Zealand by age and ethnicity, based on data from Statistics NZ. [more]

Stinky Jim gives up some records
One of NZ's best known DJs decided to ditch some of his collection at the Auckland Record Collectors' Fair. [more]

Adding to the melting pot
The New Zealand of the future will be a more ethnically diverse country than it is today, and that presents challenges and opportunities. [more]


Lisa Reihana: Arts Laureate
Artist Lisa Reihana was named as an Arts Laureate earlier this week. She tells Eva about what inspires her. [more]

William Shakespeare 450

Sonnet No 100: Where art thou, Muse, that thou forget'st so long…
Read by Stuart Devenie Music details: John Dowland: Galliard (P30) (Naxos 8.557862). [more]

News stories:

Pike families bracing for the worst
The families of miners killed in the 2010 Pike River disaster say they are bracing themselves to be told by owner Solid Energy that it would not be re-entering the mine's main tunnel. [more]

Rail plan on track, rates rise higher
Auckland Council's 10-year budget juggling act remains on track, but ratepayers are likely to stump up more than expected. Councillors have backed a proposed 3.5 percent rates rise [more]

Doubts milk price will meet target
An ANZ Bank rural economist does not believe whole milk powder prices will recover sufficiently to meet dairy cooperative Fonterra's current forecast payout to farmers. [more]

ASB mortgage lending up in quarter
ASB Bank's mortgage lending grew by nearly $300 million in the three months ended September, but its lending to those with less than a 20 percent deposit has shrunk dramatically. [more]

Guy Fawkes callouts 'minor'
Guy Fawkes night throughout the country was relatively quiet for fire crews who attended about 60 incidents - about half of those in the Auckland region. [more]

Crown rejects Rena allegations
The Crown is rejecting allegations that it withheld highly relevant and crucial reports about the stricken container ship Rena from the Waitangi Tribunal. [more]

Tribunal argues land case claim
Lawyers for the Waitangi Tribunal say it does not have to tell the Crown how much land to give back to claimants. [more]

Call for locals to spread Parihaka story
A kuia from Parihaka, which was invaded by colonial troops in 1881, wants more of its descendants to tell the story of the Taranaki settlement's past. [more]

Devastating storm for Motueka growers
Orchardists in the Motueka area hit by a severe hail storm earlier this week say it is the worst in the region in living memory. Crops were destroyed and already workers have lost jobs. [more]

Wellington convention centre approved
Wellington councillors have voted in favour of a $100 million convention centre as part of a five-star Hilton hotel, which would be built near the city's waterfront. [more]

Privy Council reserves Pora decision
The Privy Council in London has reserved its decision on the Teina Pora case after a two-day hearing and is expected that it will finally deliver its decision early next year. [more]

Support lacking for Iraq move
The Government is struggling to get political support for any kind of military presence in Iraq, following yesterday's announcement that NZ may take a training role. [more]

Sport: Samoan prop Anae suspended for three weeks
Manu Samoa have lost a frontrower for their northern tour over ill-discipline. [more]

NZ mum on Pacific Forum review plan
No response yet from New Zealand on whether it supports plans by Fiji and Australia for a review of Pacific regional agencies. [more]

More police expected for Solomons elections
RAMSI says it will fly in officers from participating countries to bolster security operations for the elections on November the 19th. [more]

Vanuatu 'much older' after recent discovery
The professor overseeing a recent groundbreaking discovery in Vanuatu says it could prove that the country is much older than current estimates show. [more]

CNMI governor in run-off, Guam win for Calvo
There will be a run off in the Northern Marianas governor's election, with none of the four candidates achieving the necessary 50 percent plus one vote. [more]

Samoa village turns down Chinese tourism venture
Leaders of a Samoa village have turned down a proposal by a Chinese company for a tourism project in fear of losing their land. [more]

Change to parental leave bill defeated
A last-minute change to Labour MP Sue Moroney's member's bill extending paid parental leave has been narrowly defeated in Parliament, 61 votes to 60 this morning. [more]

Tattoo artist takes Pasifika art award
A Samoan tattoo artist who has Sonny Bill Williams as his personal billboard won the supreme accolade at the annual Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards in Wellington last night. [more]

Kingston Flyer bid appears doomed
A second attempt by a steam enthusiast to garner public support to save the historic Kingston Flyer train appears to have failed because of lack of interest. [more]

American Samoa's Faleomavaega unseated
Republican Aumua Amata has unseated incumbent Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin in American Samoa. [more]

Call for more change on Pacific pension portability
A New Zealand opposition MP has welcomed planned changes to pension portability. [more]

Nauru sex abuse claims rejected
The Australian company which runs the government's Nauru detention centre for asylum seekers, says it hasn't found any evidence to back claims of abuse and sexual misconduct. [more]

Tokelauan resort planned
A men's group in Tokelau is planning to build a tourist resort on a small islet within the island group. [more]

Boy dies following chest injury
The police say a 12-year-old boy who suffered a critical chest injury at a property in at Pongakawa, near Te Puke, yesterday has died in Waikato Hospital overnight. [more]

Car was racing before going into river
The police say the occupants of a car that sank in the Waikato River had been racing just before they crashed, on State Highway One near Ngaruawahia early this morning. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Solid Energy will not re-enter Pike River mine drift
BREAKING NEWS - Solid Energy will not re-enter Pike River mine drift [more]

BREAKING NEWS - Risks to life remain too high to re-enter Pike River mine - Solid Energy
BREAKING NEWS - Risks to life remain too high to re-enter Pike River mine - Solid Energy [more]

Council says Rena should stay on reef
The Bay of Plenty Regional Council is recommending the Rena wreck be left on the Astrolabe reef following the ship running aground on the reef, off Tauranga, in 2011. [more]

Newly-stranded whales die
A group of pilot whales that stranded again near Opotiki in eastern Bay of Plenty this morning have died. They were among 60 that came ashore yesterday. [more]

Frustration grows over river pollution
A Northland freshwater campaigner says cattle are still fouling rivers throughout the region - despite the efforts of Fonterra and local councils to get them to clean up. [more]

Young people alerted woman to fire
Hamilton police say a group of young people, aged eight to 17, whose fireworks started a fire at an elderly woman's home did the right thing by alerting her to it last night. [more]

PNG's Oro governor reconfirmed by court
Papua New Guinea's National Court has restored the Oro provincial administration of Governor Gary Juffa. [more]

Fiji incurs US$36m in foreign exchange losses
Fiji's Finance Ministry incurred tens of millions of dollars in foreign exchanges losses last year. [more]

Caterham to start in Abu Dhabi
The cash-strapped Caterham Formula One motor racing team is expected to race in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after missing the rounds in Texas and Brazil. [more]

Black Caps draw warm-up match
The New Zealand bowlers struggled to pick up wickets on the final day of their three-day warm-up cricket match against Pakistan 'A' in Sharjah as the game petered out to end in a draw. [more]

Plenty on Twickenham Test
The All Blacks No.8 Kieran Read says victory over England in London this weekend will give New Zealand a psychological edge heading into next year's World Cup in England. [more]

New procedures for rest of Cup carnival
Victorian racing officials have introduced procedural changes for the remainder of this year's Melbourne Cup carnival in response to the incident that led to Araldo being euthanised. [more]

Robredo to play in Auckland
The strongest men's tennis field yet has been assembled for January's New Zealand Open in Auckland, with a sixth player inside the world's top 20 included. [more]

Two NZers up for cricket awards
Just two New Zealanders are up for honours after the shortlist was announced for the ICC 2014 cricket awards with Corey Anderson and Jimmy Neesham up for the Emerging Player award. [more]

No changes to Boks team
The Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has named an unchanged starting XV from the side that beat the All Blacks last month for this weekend's game against Ireland in Dublin. [more]

Phoenix beaten in Melbourne
The Wellington Phoenix have been beaten 2-0 by the Melbourne Victory in their A-League football match in Melbourne and are fifth on the A-League table. [more]

NZ bets $10 million on Melbourne Cup
The national sports betting agency the TAB recorded a record-breaking Melbourne Cup driven by strong interest in the Cup's New Zealand contenders. [more]

Draw made for ATP finals
Three-times champion and world tennis number one Novak Djokovic has been drawn in a group with US Open champ Marin Cilic in next week's season-ending ATP World Tour Finals. [more]

Two horses die after Melbourne Cup
The brilliant Melbourne Cup victory by the German-trained stayer Protectionist has been overshadowed by the post-race deaths of two horses, Admire Rakti and the seventh-placegetter Araldo. [more]

Peterson pleads no contest
The NFL American football running back Adrian Peterson has pleaded no contest to the misdemeanour charge of recklessly assaulting his four-year-old son. [more]

Spithill named sailor of the year
The Australian Jimmy Spithill has been named the male world sailor of the year ahead of New Zealand's world champion 49er crew of Blair Tuke and Peter Burling. [more]

Wanderers dismiss complaints
The Western Sydney Wanderers have dismissed Al-Hilal's call for an investigation into the Asian Champions League football final, saying it's of no interest to the champions. [more]

Pakistan thump Australia again
The Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke says his team's 2-0 Test series loss to Pakistan is inexcusable and much of the blame rests with him following another big loss in the UAE. [more]

Hamilton extends F1 lead
The British driver Lewis Hamilton has won the US Formula One Grand Prix in Austin, his fifth consecutive win of the season. [more]

NZ driver wins Porsche Super Cup
Earl Bamber has become the first driver from New Zealand to win the Porsche Super Cup Championship title at the American Grand Prix in Texas. [more]

All Blacks remember WW1 fallen
The All Blacks have remembered New Zealanders who lost their lives in the First World War as they attend a wreath laying ceremony at the New Zealand Memorial in London. [more]

Largest Sydney to Hobart fleet in a decade
The largest Sydney to Hobart fleet in a decade is set to contest this year's 70th edition of the classic offshore yacht race. The largest Sydney to Hobart fleet in... [more]

Sport: Manu Samoa lose prop to suspension
Manu Samoa have lost a front-rower for their northern tour over ill-discipline. [more]

Sport: Fiji readies for French test with eye on RWC 2015
The Fiji Rugby Union Chief Executive Radrodro Tabulevu says he believes the training his team has had against the Georgian national team will hold them in good stead for the weekend test against France. [more]

Sport: PNG cricket team named for historic internationals
Cricket PNG has announced the 14-man Papua New Guinea Barramundis Squad that will play their first ever One Day International matches against Hong Kong in Townsville this Saturday and Sunday. [more]

Man killed after lying on road named
The man who was killed after lying on a road south of Auckland has been identified as local resident, Myron Strang, and police are still asking for any witnesses to his death. [more]

Fears over IS law changes dismissed
Proposed law changes to respond to the threat of Islamic State supporters will not lead to inappropriate surveillance by the SIS, the Defence Minister says. [more]

Watchdog hopes for action after Fiji's 'rhetoric' at UN
A human rights watchdog says there is a big gap between the rhetoric Fiji presented in Geneva and the reality on the ground in Fiji. [more]

Teens plead not guilty to murder
Two teenagers charged with the murder of a Whangarei man Michael Griffin, who was killed earlier this month, have pleaded not guilty in the High Court this morning. [more]

Men's Health defends poster campaign
The Men's Health charity says a billboard campaign showing a close-up image of vocal chords that look like a vagina, aims to encourage men to talk about their health. [more]

Pilots want security stepped up
Airline pilots are calling for security measures to be implemented on regional flights in case of a terror threat, including vetting ground staff, baggage loaders and cleaners. [more]

Briscoe boss promises sensational result
Rod Duke isn't a man given to exaggeration, but is promising that Briscoe Group's annual result this year will be sensational and exceed the $33.6 million net profit in 2013. [more]

PNG tribal clash kills four
Tribal fighting in Hela Province in the Papua New Guinea Highlands has claimed at least four lives and police have called for reinforcements. [more]

Man charged with Auckland murder
The police have charged a man with the murder of 47-year-old Bimla Wati in her home in the Auckland suburb of Mount Wellington on Monday night. [more]

Trade delegation ends Sri Lanka tour
Milk and cricket have been on the agenda for the New Zealand trade delegation, including former captain Stephen Fleming, that has finished the Sri Lankan leg of its tour and is now off to India. [more]

Z Energy's first-half profit falls
Z Energy's first-half net profit fell 61 percent in what the chief executive describes as the most challenging six months in the company's history. [more]

Chatham Rock raises $900,000
Chatham Rock Phosphate says it has raised more than $900,000 from habitual investors contributing to its rights issue, but it still needs another $1 million. [more]

APN wipes off $54 million
The New Zealand arm of APN News and Media has wiped $54 million off the value of its newspapers as part of the company's plan to float the recently rebranded NZME. [more]

Call for hard line against GE
A petition has been presented at Parliament urging the Government to take a harder line against genetic engineering, especially around the labelling of food. [more]

Document implicates former Fiji minister in abuse of office
It appears from a leaked document that Fiji's former Minister for Health was found to have engaged in corrupt conduct by the country's Independent Commission Against Corruption's investigation [more]

LATEST NEWS - AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd charged in Tauranga with trying to procure two murders
LATEST NEWS - AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd charged in Tauranga with trying to procure two murders [more]

Guam marijuana law could be for nothing
The Guam public's resounding vote in favour of allowing the use of medical marijuana may be all for nothing according the Department of Public Health and Social Services. [more]

GE stance not up for debate - Groser
Trade Minister Tim Groser says New Zealand's position on genetic engineering is not up for negotiation at the Trans Pacific Patnership trade talks. [more]

Man City stunned by CSKA
Manchester City's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stage have been dealt a severe blow after the nine-man hosts were beaten 2-1 by CSKA Moscow. [more]

Gough wins third stage
The Hawkes Bay rider Fraser Gough has won the third stage of the Tour of Southland. [more]

Tong of Kiribati nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Fiji's nomination of Kiribati President, Anote Tong, as a candidate to receive the Nobel Peace Prize has been welcomed by the committee lobbying for Mr Tong. [more]

PNG to integrate West Papua refugees
Papua New Guinea has committed to integrating Papuans who fled across the border from Indonesia. [more]

Breakdown in talks on Solomons/Fiji air services
The impasse between Solomon Islands and Fiji over air service agreements continues after this week's breakdown of talks in Suva. [more]

Strong campaign helps American Samoa's Aumua win
In American Samoa, the unseating of congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin is being put down to his deteriorating health and a strong campaign by one of his opponents. [more]

Republicans gain in CNMI Senate
The Republicans in the Northern Marianas have had a near sweep of the Senate while independents now rule the territory's House of Representatives. [more]

Smaug takes up residence at airport
The Hobbit's Smaug the Magnificent, the last of the great dragons in Middle Earth, now has a permanent home at Wellington Airport's terminal. [more]

Van Dyk out of Fast5 tournament
The New Zealand Fast5 netball team has been dealt a blow ahead of the World Series in Auckland with star shooter Irene van Dyk ruled out of the tournament with a back injury. [more]

Teen charged over ambulance crash
Police in Christchurch have charged a 17-year-old after the car she was driving was involved in a crash with an ambulance near Oxford last month. [more]

Mighty River picking lower profit result
Electricity generator and retailer Mighty River Power expects a flat to lower annual operating profit for the year ending next June, but is forecasting a higher dividend. [more]

No Carter for Twickers
The All Blacks will tackle England at Twickenham on Sunday morning without veteran star Dan Carter, while Sonny Bill Williams has been named to start at second five. [more]

Ebola measures set up for Samoa's Africa peacekeepers
Samoa police officers returning from United Nations peacekeeping duty in Africa will be automatically quarantined as a safety precaution because of the Ebola threat. [more]

Former Fiji minister unaware of corruption probe
Fiji's former health minister, Dr Neil Sharma, says he's not aware of there being an investigation into his conduct by the country's Independent Commission Against Corruption. [more]

$2.5m to address Canterbury flooding
The Waimakariri District Council is to spend more than $2.5 million on an urgent flood prevention plan in Canterbury. Heavy rain in June resulted in widespread flooding in five areas. [more]

Dollar hits lowest level in two years
The New Zealand dollar fell more than one-and-a-half US cents today to its lowest level since June 2012. The market was little changed, up 1 point at the close to 5504. [more]

Videos taken, deleted, court told
A forensic examination of a former St John ambulance officer's mobile phone showed he took two videos at the time the police say he abused and filmed a teenage girl. [more]

CTV designer suspended and fined
The lead designer of Christchurch's CTV building, David Harding, has been suspended from the register of Chartered Professional Engineers and ordered to pay $10,000. [more]

$300,000 fine for Raetihi oil spill
Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Ltd has been fined $300,000 over an oil spillage which shut off water to the town of Raetihi for several weeks last year. The spill involved 19,000 litres of oil. [more]

Teen runs for help after boat flips
A 13-year-old girl swam to shore and ran for nearly 30 minutes to get help after a boat flipped, drowning one of her two companions, off the Mahia Peninsula in Hawke's Bay. [more]

Watercare cuts top salary for new CEO
Auckland's water company has cut hundreds of thousands of dollars from the salary of its chief executive Raveen Jaduram who will still be paid a basic salary of $510,000. [more]

Whale caught in rope off Otago coast
The Department of Conservation is appealing for sightings off the Otago coast of a whale entangled in rope. The 12m-long humpback has rope wrapped behind its blowhole. [more]

Labour wants Ghai draft brought back in Fiji
The Fiji Labour Party is calling for the reinstatement of the Ghai draft constitution, saying it addresses the concerns raised about the constitution at the United Nations Human Rights Council. [more]

Amnesty urges continued pressure on Fiji
Amnesty International says other countries must keep up the pressure on Fiji over human rights because the United Nations review process has shortcomings. [more]

PNG's Madang wants big slice of tuna co
The Madang Provincial Government in Papua New Guinea wants a 40 percent stake in a tuna processor when its 20 year old agreement is reviewed next year. [more]

Fiji says help coming from ADB and World Bank
Fiji says it is poised to receive substantial access to finance facilities and technical assistance from both the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. [more]

Dumped Tongan MP happy as independent
A former Tonga cabinet minister, Isileli Pulu, who is running as an independent in this month's election, says he is continuing to support the policies of the Democratic Party. [more]

Brownlee, Key at odds over SAS
Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee and Prime Minister John Key appear to be at odds over whether the Special Air Service could be sent to Iraq. [more]

Maori Tourism rethinks cultural images
New Zealand Maori Tourism is working to expand cultural images used overseas and its promotions are changing from what has historically been just images of Maori warriors. [more]

Early Maori-Pakeha history now online
Rare details marking the first interactions between Māori and Europeans in New Zealand have been released as part of a new archive of centuries-old journals, letters and documents online. [more]

Hundreds treated in joint dental venture
An oral heath campaign between the Northland DHB and the New Zealand Defence Force has seen a significant amount of low income communities including Maori being given dental treatment. [more]

Govt has returning jihadists in sights
The Government is looking at how to deal with jihadists who return from fighting in the Middle East, as part of its action plan against Islamic State. [more]

What price for freedom?
Power Play with Brent Edwards - After months of careful messaging, the Prime Minister has finally announced details of the Government's response to what it sees as the threat posed by Islamic State. [more]

Python fillets spark alarm at airport
A pack of python fillets crawling with insects has sparked a biosecurity alarm at Auckland airport, after a woman brought them into the country in what appeared to be a packet of tea. [more]

Threat to kill charge for AC/DC's Rudd
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has appeared in the Tauranga District Court charged with trying to procure the murder of two people and threatening to kill one of them. [more]

No word on whether Arahura will sail
KiwiRail does not yet know if Interislander ferry Arahura will be able to sail again tomorrow, after its crew had to shut down the ship's power as it berthed in Wellington today. [more]

Solomon Islanders consulted on police gun plan
People in Solomon Islands want assurances police who are to have access to guns are well trained and that there are secure armouries for the weapons. [more]

Women end police station protest
A group of women who chained themselves to Auckland's central police station over the handling of an investigation into an alleged teenage sex ring have ended their protest. [more]

PM raises possibility of Pike River civil case
The taxpayer will fund a civil case against parties involved in the Pike River mine disaster, if its advisors believe such a case could succeed, Prime Minister John Key says. [more]

Three foreign nationals killed in crash
Three people who died in a collision between a truck and a van just south of Wanaka were foreign nationals, police have confirmed. Another person has been taken to hospital. [more]