Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 13th October 2005

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This page features: News Stories, Our Changing World

Our Changing World

Black Holes (Science)
Malcolm Longair talks about black holes, the origins of the universe and attempts to define dark matter and dark energy. [more]

Evolution Research (Science)
Mike Hendy, a mathematician at Massey University, talks about the New Zealand connection with evolution research. [more]

Land Vertebrates Part 1 (Environment)
Dean Williams begins a two-part series based on a visit of the Auckland MuseumÂ’'s collection of land vertebrates. [more]

Weight Loss (Health)
Louise Wallace talks to two medical researchers who are studying why it is so hard to lose weight once you've put it on. [more]

News stories:

Indonesian aircraft missing in Papua
An Indonesian Air Force Twin Pac helicopter is reported to have gone missing while on a routine training flight in Papua yesterday. The Antara News agency reports that the helicopter... [more]

Fiji transport operators seek 25 per cent increase in charges
Transport operators in Fiji want higher freight charges and fares to compensate for increases in fuel prices this year. The Fiji Times reports that the Fiji Shipowners Association plans to... [more]

Fiji cabinet endorses PICTA
Fiji says it is ready to trade under the new Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement or PICTA. This follows cabinet endorsement of PICTA after its ratification in May this year. [more]

South African jurist offers Fiji advice on reconciliation and unity
South Africa's chief justice, Pius Langa, says Fiji can learn some of its lessons in uniting different ethnic groups from his country. Justice Langa was the Commonwealth's special peace envoy... [more]

Salary of jailed Fiji senator stopped
A Fiji government senator jailed for life last year has finally had his senate salary stopped - more than 10 months after he was sent to Suva Prison. Ratu Inoke... [more]

French Polynesia strike ends, another planned action called off
A strike in French Polynesia which left part of the main port's industrial zone blockaded has been lifted. The action affected gas supplies in Tahiti but has now been settled. [more]

Samoa circus group asked to pay $5,000 per person for Kiribati work permit
The Magic Circus of Samoa has cancelled a planned series of performances in Kiribati after local immigration authorities told circus performers that they had to pay $5,000 each for work... [more]

Samoa flags to fly at half mast to mark MP's funeral
All flags in Samoa will be flown at half mast on Friday in honour of slain Opposition MP Su'a Atonio Lemi. The Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, will deliver a... [more]

Opposition expected to planned increases in hospital fees in American Samoa
There's expected to be widespread opposition in American Samoa to steep increases in fees at the LBJ medical centre, the territory's public hospital. The chairman of the hospital board, Charles... [more]

Name of alleged killer of Samoan MP released
Name suppression has been lifted on the man charged with murdering a Samoan MP in New Zealand last week. Vase Iosefa Falaniko is accused of killing the former opposition MP,... [more]

PNG woman accused of selling her child - newspaper
A Papua New Guinea woman has been accused of selling her month-old baby girl for 100 US dollars and a small pig - and police say they are at a... [more]

Kiribati immigration authorities say circus troupe hadn't applied for permits properly
Immigration authorities in Kiribati say a circus troupe which cancelled its performances in the country failed to properly apply for a work permit. The Magic Circus of Samoa has skipped... [more]

Plan agreed for ongoing public protest for greater democracy in Tonga
People's Representative MPs in Tonga have agreed with the interim civil servants' committee and business leaders to carry out an ongoing series of public protests until political reform is reached. [more]

New Caledonia unrest becoming more serious, says French mine firm
The French metals firm Eramet says the blockades of its operations in New Caledonia shows that the level of labour unrest in the territory is becoming more serious. The company's... [more]

American Samoa to receive funding boost for airport improvements
American Samoa is to receive 7.4 million US dollars for airport improvements from the US Federal Aviation Administration. 6.4 million dollars of the funding is for improvements at Pago Pago... [more]

Former French Polynesian president fears plot, writes to Chirac
French Polynesia's ruling Union For Democracy Party says the former president, Gaston Flosse, has written a letter of complaint to Jacques Chirac, claiming to be at the centre of a... [more]

PNG foreign minister stern on diplomats' behaviour
Papua New Guinea's Foreign Minister, Sir Rabbie Namaliu, says the National Government will not tolerate public misbehaviour by diplomats representing the country overseas. Sir Rabbie was reacting to a report... [more]

PNG bureaucrat accuses political leadership of corruption
The Papua New Guinea political leadership is facing accusations of corruption from within the ranks of government. A source in the bureaucracy says there's a lot of corruption when it... [more]

Solomons defendant in Saki murder trial turns crown witness
One of nine defendants charged in a Solomon Islands murder trial has decided to become a crown witness and the charges against him have been dropped. The Solomon Islands Broadcasting... [more]

American Samoan reward offered in sanctuary probe
A reward is being offered in American Samoa for finding those behind the illegal use of explosive devices in a marine sanctuary. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is... [more]

FBI probes of American Samoans continue
More American Samoans are being questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigations as part of the continuing investigations into public corruption in the territory. Last week, a government employee and... [more]

Cooks PM's chief of staff suspended pending probe
The chief of staff for the Cook Islands prime minister has been suspended pending an investigation into the way she managed a hospital project. The Cook Islands News reports that... [more]

UN seeks recognition for 'environmental refugees'
The United Nations argues the people displaced by gradual negative changes in the environment should be given a special classification as "environmental refugees". The UN's Institute for Environment and Human... [more]

PNG Government commits to greater spending on rural development
The Papua New Guinea Government has announced it will spend 16-million US dollars on rural development next year. The Post Courier reports that Treasurer Bart Philemon has pre-committed the money... [more]

Fiji Government rejects latest scam claim
Fiji's agriculture ministry has denied allegations of another vote buying scam in its farming assistance scheme. The opposition leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, made the allegation this week saying timber and corrugated... [more]

The Fiji Government rejects latest scam claim
Fiji's agriculture ministry has denied allegations of another vote buying scam in its farming assistance scheme. The opposition leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, made the allegation this week saying timber and corrugated... [more]

Fiji man who attacked Australian High Commissioner jailed for four years
A Fiji man has been jailed for four years for assaulting the Australian High Commissioner in Suva. Panapasa Sulua, who's 20 years old and from a squatter settlement, attacked High... [more]

Circus owner says Kiribati official misled troupe
The owner of a circus troupe which has cancelled its shows in Kiribati says local Immigration authorities there misled them over requirements for obtaining work permits there. The Magic Circus... [more]

Goro Nickel says New Caledonia's northern project will go ahead
New Caledonia's Goro Nickel company says the territory's northern project will go ahead should Inco and Falconbridge merge. This comes after the world's second largest nickel producer, Inco of Canada,... [more]