Radio New Zealand - Saturday, 21st March 2015

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This page features: Access All Areas, CEISMIC, Composer of the Week, In Parliament, Insight, Mediawatch, Music 101, New Horizons, News Stories, Radio New Zealand YouTube, Radio NZ National Music, Spectrum, Standing Room Only, Sunday Morning, Tagata o te Moana, This Way Up

Access All Areas

Lead Belly
A definitive new retrospective collection covering the work of Huddie William Ledbetter aka Lead Belly – Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection – has just been released. Trevor Reekie talks to Jeff Place from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, who curated the collection. [more]


Elric Hooper
Elric Hooper is a recognisable face in Christchurch theatre both on and off stage. He spent his early years with Dame Ngaio Marsh, the influential woman for whom the theatre at The University of Canterbury was named after. The theatre was damaged during the Christchurch earthquakes and is now under threat. But is it worth keeping it? [more]

Composer of the Week

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
William Dart travels some by-roads in the landscape of Tchaikovsky's music. [more]

In Parliament

The Week in Parliament for 22 March 2015
Various members' bills debated. MPs debate their own pay. Debate and questions on IPCA report into "Roast Busters". MFAT officials front up in committee rooms. Sean & Cody Roberts make submission on their petition calling for driving tests for foreign drivers. Northland by-election sideshow continues. [more]


Insight for 22 March 2015 - Overseas Students - Boom or Bubble?
John Gerritsen investigates the rise in overseas student numbers and the opportunities and risks. [more]


Mediawatch for 22 March 2015
The coverage of Cyclone Pam; X Factor judges driven out of the show after a media bullying backlash; one reporter taking a stand against spin; politics by numbers in front of the TV cameras. [more]

Music 101

Music 101 Pocket Edition 32
Fela Kuti gets a Broadway makeover, Stephen Malkmus in conversation with Samuel Flynn Scott and Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz. [more]

New Horizons

New Horizons - 22 March 2015
William Dart looks at some recent New Zealand releases - Devilish Mary and the Holy Rollers and Will Wood have new recordings on Lyttleton Records, while Fire Records releases the 1980s John Peel Sessions featuring The Chills. [Topics] Music [Tags] Bonnie Prince Billy, Will Oldham, Marlon Williams, Aldous Harding, Devilish Mary and the Holy Rollers, Marilyn Monroe, Will Wood, Martin Phillipps, The Chills [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Martin Guptill hits it out of the stadium
Martin Guptill hits it out of the stadium [more]

Radio NZ National Music

Sam Scott vs Stephen Malkmus
We sent Samuel Scott to meet up with Stephen Malkmus when he was in Aotearoa for shows recently. Sam describes their conversation as "the most lucid chat between stalker and 90s indie rock hero you will ever hear". [more]

YoungLife Band
Having been touring New Zealand for the past two weeks Vanuatu reggae outfit YoungLife have collaborated with the Red Cross to fundraise for the Cyclone Pam relief effort. [more]

Jordan McLean on Fela Kuti
Jordan McLean of Antibalas talks with Emma Smith about Fela! The Musical, and the lasting influence of Fela Kuti.  [more]

Blink’s Camp A Movement
Best known for his Camp A Low Hum music festivals, Ian 'Blink' Jorgensen declared the 2014 to be the last. This year he is back at the same location under a slightly different name to celebrate A Movement, an impressive 10-volume photo archive. Yadana Saw finds out when Camp is not really camp. [more]

Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy's principle songwriter and band mouthpiece, Pete Wentz, talks to Sam Wicks about straddling the pop/punk divide. [more]

Introducing: The Admiral
Garage rock outfit The Admiral introduce their song, 'Hangin' Around'. [more]

The Secret Life of Music Teachers 2
Melody Thomas – herself a one-time ukulele teacher – speaks to music teachers, students and musicians about what it takes to be a good music teacher, and a good student. [more]

The Lonesome Pine Specials in Session
Named after a Carter Family song, The Lonesome Pine Specials dust off some old-timey US folk songs with authentic nasal three-part harmonies, courtesy of Ben Wooley (Unfaithful Ways), fiddler Flora Knight (The Eastern) and Hannah 'Aldous' Harding. [more]


Bikes, BEARS and the Britten Legacy
They call them the Bears: enthusiasts of British, European and American motorbikes. Recently riders from around the country gathered in Christchurch, both to race and to pay homage to one of the club's founding members, John Britten. [more]

Standing Room Only

Hank Marvin and Gypsy Jazz
Hank Marvin was arguably the first true British guitar hero. He was famous for his band The Shadows and his distinctive guitar playing. He's in New Zealand with his band Gypsy Jazz at the Christchurch Jazz Festival. [more]

Sunday Morning

Solomon Islands accuse NZ of passing spy info to China
Former officials in the Solomon Islands' Prime Minister's Office accuse New Zealand of passing on information about the Solomons to China, in the wake of spying revelations. [more]

Cricket World Cup heads into its final week
One week to go in the 2015 Cricket World Cup - next Sunday will see the final match played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. We speak to former Black Cap and cricket commentator Iain O'Brien, now based in Derbyshire, England. [more]

UK gears up for close result in May election
This week UK Chancellor George Osbourne released his pre-election Budget package - promising a sharper squeeze on public spending and cutting welfare benefits by 12-billion pounds. Tim Bale is professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London and the author of The Conservative Party from Thatcher to Cameron, and The Conservatives since 1945: the Drivers of Party Change. He is a former lecturer in politics at Victoria University. [more]

Unreleased Masterpiece - JV and the Rockers
Sunday Morning wants to showcase your musical talents, send your sound file to - include some background on the song and yourself or your band. We'll pass it by our panel of judges and we might even play it. This is JV and the Rockers with a song called Kiwi On the Washing Line. [more]

Melissa Williams - Migration Myths
Often the story of urban migration is told in a linear fashion - a slow ebb into the cities ending in dislocation. The reality is more complex. A new book dislodges these ideas and tells of Maori urban migration and return, as a cultural continuum. Panguru and the City: Kainga Tahi, Kainga Rua, tells the urban migration history of rural Panguru - a community in the Hokianga harbour, Northland. The author is Melissa Matutina Williams, a lecturer in Maori History at Auckland University. Melissa is the daughter of a Panguru family, who grew up in Auckland - and this gave her impetus to write this account of migration. [more]

Mihaela Noroc - The Atlas of Beauty
Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc quit her job and decided to photograph the women of the world. Over the course of a year Mihaela travelled to 37 countries, taking portraits of women, documenting her subjects in their natural cultural environment. The project is called The Atlas of Beauty, a compendium of beautiful images. [more]

The War on Drugs - Johann Hari
A hundred years after the war on drugs started - it's timely to ask just how did it start? Who started it? And why after all these years, does the war on drugs continue? And what would happen if you chose radically different drug policies. Journalist Johann Hari has travelled the world on a 3 year journey in search of these questions - from a transsexual crack dealer in Brooklyn, to a notoriously violent Mexican town, to a heroin clinic in Liverpool. [more]

The War on Drugs - Beau Kilmer
Professor Beau Kilmer is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and co directs the RAND Drug Policy research center. He co-authored a book out on Oxford University Press on marijuana legalization, a second edition to be released next year. Wallace asked him, of all the substances - what makes marijuana different to any other drug?   [more]

The creation of Captain Underpants
Writer and illustrator Dav Pilkey has scored a huge worldwide hit with the childrens series Captain Underpants - ratcheting up sales of more than 70 million. Dav Pilkey is coming to NZ as part of the Auckland Writers Festival. [more]

Ed Byrne - Nerdy Guy
Irish comedian Ed Byrne is back in the country as part of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival 2015 with his new show Roaring Forties. [more]

Tagata o te Moana

Tagata o te Moana for 21 March 2015
The shattering impact on Vanuatu from Cyclone Pam; the population of a Tuvalu atoll displaced by flooding; Kiribati struggles to deal with storm and tides; Concern at Fiji govt reservation on torture convention; Norfolk Islanders gutted by Australian curb; Cook Islands seeking new purse seine operators; PNG making efforts to curb maternal deaths; Elephant orphan quarantined on Niue till June [more]

This Way Up

Naked Science - Faster 3D printing
Naked Science with Dr Chris Smith and an amazing new technique for 3D printing that's 100 times quicker than today's technology. [more]

Quick charging batteries
A way to speed up the long and drawn out process of charging up a battery for your phone or digital device. Doron Myersdorf of StoreDot is developing an ultra-fast charging battery you can power up inside a minute. [more]

Tech: GST on digital products
Technology correspondent Peter Griffin on the government's plans to impose GST on digital goods and services, Also Facebook launches a new payment service, and the end is nigh for Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser. [more]

Amazon dam and Nicaragua canal
Jonathan Watts of The Guardian is covering the building of a massive dam in the Amazon. Also plans for a huge canal in Nicaragua that would be 3 times as long and twice and wide as the Panama Canal. [more]

News stories:

Australia win against Pakistan
Cricket World Cup quarter-final - Australia have completed a six-wicket victory over Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval to book a semi-final against holders India. [more]

Durant facing longer spell on sidelines
The NBA's most valuable player, Kevin Durant, has been shut down indefinitely by the Oklahoma City Thunder due to ongoing problems with his right foot. [more]

Yemen mosque bombings kill more than 100
Suicide bombers have attacked two mosques in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, killing at least 126 people and wounding many others, reports say. [more]

Millions observe spectacular solar eclipse
A solar eclipse has provided a spectacular sight for some across northern Europe and in remote Arctic islands, though cloudy skies blocked the view for many. [more]

Importance of PNG forests highlighted
A United Nations ecology expert says the world needs to realise the importance the forests of Papua New Guinea holds in the fight against climate change. [more]

Australian judge's colourful past
The senior retired Australian judge heading a fresh inquiry into David Bain's compensation claim has been a controversial figure across the Tasman. [more]

Samoan man jailed for sex offences
In Samoa, a former instructor at a special needs school has been sentenced to five-years-and-three-months in jail after he admitted to 10 counts of carnal knowledge, and four of indecently assaulting three female students. [more]

LIVE - Cyclone Pam's aftermath
Follow Koroi Hawkins as Vanuatu tackles the damage from Cyclone Pam. [more]

After the storm: Vanuatu's slow recovery begins
Radio New Zealand reporter Kim Baker Wilson reflects on a dramatic, and occasionally traumatic, time reporting from storm-ravaged Vanuatu. [more]

Catholic Church in Tonga opposes CEDAW
The Catholic church of the Diocese of Tonga and Niue says it does not support the Convention on the Elimination of any form of Discrimination Against Women, CEDAW. [more]

Windies coy over whether Gayle will play
The Black Caps are set to make one change to their lineup for today's Cricket World Cup quarter-final against the West Indies in Wellington. [more]

Australia take down Pakistan to advance
Australia have completed a six-wicket victory over Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval to book a blockbuster Cricket World Cup semi-final against reigning champions India. [more]

Man Utd prepare for massive Liverpool clash
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been refereeing training games to help his players keep their emotions in check before their massive clash with Liverpool. [more]

Champions League quarters set
Holders Real Madrid will face city rivals Atletico Madrid in the last eight of the Champions League after the draw set up a repeat of last year's final. [more]

Hurricanes edge Highlanders to stay unbeaten
Halfback TJ Perenara scored a late try to give the Hurricanes a 20-13 victory over the Highlanders in their Super Rugby clash in Dunedin on Friday. [more]

German Grand Prix axed
Germany will have no Formula One grand prix this year for the first time since 1960 after the sport's governing body issued a revised calendar without the July 19 round. [more]

Blues miss out on chance to overtake Phoenix
A late winner has handed Melbourne City a 1-0 victory over Sydney, denying the Sky Blues a chance to overtake the Wellington Phoenix atop the A-League ladder. [more]

Hurrell recommitts to Warriors
The Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell has recommitted to the National Rugby League club after signing a new contract to the end of the 2018 season. [more]

Arsenal out, Monaco into last 8
The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Monaco were fortunate to reach the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals. [more]

Sport: Pressure continued to build on Samoa 7s team
The Samoa Rugby Union says the national sevens coaches still has its full support, but admits the team needs to start showing improvement. [more]

Sport: Vanuatu volleyball pair affected by Pam
Vanuatu's preparations for the Beach Volleyball World Cup has been severely affected by the devastation from Cyclone Pam. [more]

Report reveals toxic culture in Nauru camp - Greens
The Australian Greens say the release of the Moss report has reaffirmed a series of shocking allegations of abuse directed at women and children on Nauru, and clears Save the Children staff of any wrongdoing. [more]

PNG allows lawyers into Manus camp
The Papua New Guinea government has agreed to provide access to lawyers to obtain statements from asylum seekers held by Australia on Manus Island. [more]

Dyslexia Foundation say low-decile schools missing out
Low-decile schools need more help in applying for exam assistance for students with disabilities, the Dyslexia Foundation says. [more]

American Samoa government faces cut in working hours
The American Samoa governor is considering a cut in the working hours of government employees because of a lack of money. [more]

Storm aftermath like 'napalm'
The tiny Vanuatu island of Mataso received its first shipment of aid today, and Radio New Zealand's reporter there says it looks like a napalm bomb has gone off. [more]

Call to reduce deforestation in NZ
The Forest Owners Association is calling on the Government to do more to discourage deforestation in New Zealand. [more]

New Caledonia pauses aid collection
The Red Cross in New Caledonia has requested a pause in clothing donations for victims of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu. [more]

French Polynesia annuls Pam relief flight
The French Polynesian government has called off tomorrow's planned aid flight for victims of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu. [more]

NZ poor on access to new medicine - report
An Australian pharmaceutical lobby group has released a report that shows New Zealand lags behind other OECD countries in giving patients access to new drugs. [more]

Boko Haram victims found
At least 70 bodies have been found dumped outside the town of Damasak in north-eastern Nigeria after it was recaptured from Boko Haram militants. [more]

First aid gets to Pam survivors on Vanuatu outer island
The first aid shipment has just arrived at a tiny Vanuatu island devastated by cyclone Pam but it was too late for one man who died from his injuries just a day earlier. [more]

Lawyer files action to choose time of death
There have been strong reactions to a High Court appeal by a 41-year-old Wellington lawyer dying of brain cancer to die when she wants to without prosecution. [more]

Vanuatu mobile network almost restored
80 per cent of Vanuatu's mobile network, Digicel, has been restored after the destruction caused by Cyclone Pam. [more]

Ebola case dashes Liberia hopes
Liberia has confirmed a new case of Ebola, undermining growing hopes in the country that it might soon be declared free of the disease. [more]

Far North voters reject Māori wards
With a voter turnout of just 35 percent, Far North residents have opposed establishing Māori wards for council elections. [more]

Bridge on the road to recovery
In a big step forward for the Christchurch rebuild, a new Ferrymead bridge will be opened to traffic today. [more]

FTUC urges Fiji government to be honest
Fiji unions say the United Nations Human Rights Council has been misled by the attorney-general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, who told it that the Fiji constitution was the expression of the will of the people. [more]

American Samoa incensed over fishery move
There is strong criticism in American Samoa of a decision by the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council to allow longliners to fish in waters now reserved for small boats or alia. [more]

Loss of Pike River file 'disgraceful'
The loss of an important court file related to the Pike River disaster is being treated as a matter of serious concern. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - NZ scores highest ever CWC total (393-6) in first innings against West Indies, with Guptill clearing 237.
BREAKING NEWS - NZ scores highest ever CWC total (393-6) in first innings against West Indies, with Guptill clearing 237. [more]

Takaka Hill road re-opens after cream spill
After a cream spill closed the Takaka Hill road after an accident this morning, the area has now re-opened. [more]

End of longest ever military deployment
Australia celebrated the end of its longest ever military deployment, in Afghanistan, with parades across the country. [more]

Crusaders demolish Cheetahs
The Crusaders have beaten the Cheetahs 57-14 in Christchurch. Catch up with the game here. [more]

Hyde Street party proves problematic
At Dunedin's annual Hyde Street party, three vehicles have been damaged and a dozen people arrested, despite the best efforts of organisers. [more]

Hit and run investigation continues
The police say no arrests have been made yet in the case of a fatal hit and run in West Auckland. [more]

NZ take on West Indies: LIVE
Cricket World Cup quarter final: New Zealand beat the West Indies by 143 runs in Wellington tonight. [more]

BREAKING NEWS - New Zealand beat West Indies by 143 runs
BREAKING NEWS - New Zealand beat West Indies by 143 runs [more]

NZ storm into Cup semi-finals
A record-breaking 237 not out for Martin Guptill has put the Black Caps in the Cricket World Cup last four, where they will meet South Africa. [more]

NZ storms into Cup semis
Martin Guptill's hit the highest individual score at a Cricket World Cup as the Black Caps clocked up their highest-ever Cup total, beating the West Indies by 143 runs in Wellington. [more]

Talks for China, South Korea and Japan
The foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea are meeting for their first talks in three years. [more]