Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 6th October 2005

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Our Changing World

Intelligent Design (Science)
Reaction from teachers and scientists to Intelligent Design textbooks being distributed in New Zealand schools. [more]

HIV Evolution (Science)
Evolutionary biologist, Allen Rodrigo, talks about his research on HIV. [more]

Asian Bird Flu (Health)
How an Asian bird flu pandemic would affect doctors and other front line health workers. [more]

Eco-minds Youth Forum (Environment)
Dean Williams talks three students who have been chosen to represent New Zealand at the Eco-minds Youth Forum [more]

News stories:

Nauru weightlifter on murder charge in Australian trial
A trial has opened in Australia of a former Nauruan Olympic weightlifter, Quincy Detenamo, who is accused of killing a Melbourne prostitute last year. Quincy Detenamo, who represented Nauru at... [more]

Australia to host APEC bird flu conference - Forum invited
Observers from the Pacific Island Forum have been invited to a summit on bird flu which Australia will host later this month. Disaster management coordinators from 21 countries will meet... [more]

Niue Premier in NZ to discuss airline problems
Unconfirmed reports that Niue could lose its only airline service by Christmas have prompted talks between the Premier of Niue Young Vivian and New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr... [more]

Fiji opposition threatens legal action over voter registration irregularities
The Fiji Labour Party has threatened to take legal action if irregularities and anomalies in voter registration for next year's general election are not corrected. The Labour leader, Mahendra Chaudhry,... [more]

Second court martial of Fiji coup soldiers to begin October 12
A group of 20 former Fiji soldiers whose first court martial conviction was overturned on appeal will be re-tried beginning next week. The soldiers were jailed after their first court... [more]

Fiji govt blames overseas shareholders for telecommunications companies reluctance to reduce rates
Fiji's prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, has blamed the overseas shareholders of two of the country's telecommunications companies for their reluctance to reduce charges as directed by the Commerce Commission. Laisenia... [more]

Fiji justice ministry asks military to provide proof of illegal immigrant allegations
Fiji's justice ministry has called on the military to provide proof that corrupt practices in the Registrar General's Office have allowed illegal Asian immigrants to obtain certificates identifying then as... [more]

Samoa government restates that NZ medical team due in Apia
The Samoan government has re-stated that a 25-strong medical team from New Zealand is to arrive later this year to conduct heart operations in Samoa. In a statement, the health... [more]

33 inmates escape from jail in PNG's Western Highlands
Papua New Guinea police have begun an inquiry into yesterday's mass jailbreak by high risk prisoners in Mt Hagen. The newspaper, The National, reports one prisoner was shot dead and... [more]

71-year-old Samoan woman in drugs bust
A man, who told American Samoa police that he purchased marijuana at the Ala Moana Shopping Center in Honolulu, has been charged with unlawful possession of an illegal substance. Alexander... [more]

Samoa journalists allege PM failed to follow due process
The President of the Journalists Association of Western Samoa says the Prime Minister has not followed Public Service Commission procedure in appointing staff. Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia says he has nothing... [more]

Deal reached in Fiji on sustainble regional forest management
Public officials from six Pacific countries have for the first time declared their shared goals of sustainable forest management. Agreement has been reached on the final form of the document... [more]

Rennell and Bellona people reportedly want to secede from Solomons
Reports from Solomon Islands say people of Rennell and Bellona province are determined to secede from the country following a lack of infrastructure investment. According to a report by the... [more]

Cooks cabinet approved unit title bill
The Cook Islands justice minister, Tangata Vavia, has confirmed that cabinet has approved the Unit Titles Bill for it to be tabled in parliament. The bill is to pave the... [more]

Fiji telecommunication rates drop by up to 70 percent
Telecommunication rates in Fiji have been lowered by up to 70 percent as of today. This comes a month after the Fiji's Commerce Commission directed that new reduced rates were... [more]

Vanuatu Workers Union asked by PM to delay strike decision
Vanuatu's National Workers Union says it's been asked by the Prime Minister Ham Lini and the Finance Minister Moana Carcasses to delay for a week its decision on whether Air... [more]

PNG diplomat sent home for allegedly bad behaviour
Papua New Guinea's deputy head of mission at the High Commission in Australia has been recalled. The newspaper, The National, reports that Jackson Yuasise was recalled from Canberra two weeks... [more]

New Samoa political party says prominence of women in their organisation to be expected
The newest political party in Samoa has appointed women in six of its top party positions in an unprecedented move in modern local politics. The Samoa Party positions include the... [more]

Niue hopes New Zealand officials will be able to confirm new permanent air service tomorrow
Niue's Premier Young Vivian says he has been assured that air services to the island will continue. Niue is currently served by Samoa's Polynesian Airlines, which each week for the... [more]

American Samoa wants expert help over wind power possibilities
The American Samoa Power Authority is requesting technical expertise to help develop wind energy as an alternative to fuel generated power. The Authority's chief operations officer, Fonoti Perelini, says they... [more]

Fiji electricity industry workers call off strike at last minute
A strike by workers of the Fiji Electricity Authority deferred for 24 hours from last night to midnight tonight has only just been averted. Radio Legend reports that this was... [more]

Samoa Prime Minister says he had the utmost respect for MP killed in Auckland
The Prime Minister of Samoa says he had the utmost respect for Su'a Atonio Su'a, the Opposition MP who was killed on Wednesday night in New Zealand. Su'a was at... [more]

Former French Polynesia leader refuses to be questioned over controversial atoll sale
Uncertainty surrounds the possible questioning of French Polynesia's former president, Gaston Flosse, in connection with a probe of a controversial land sale three years ago. A Tahiti radio station says... [more]

Samoa opposition leader says MP killed in Auckland will leave huge gap
The leader of the opposition in Samoa says the killing of Su'a Atonio Su'a marks a sad day for the country. MP Su'a died at a South Auckland house yesterday,... [more]