Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 15th December 2005

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Our Changing World

Climate Change Part 2 (Science)
The second episode in a series about climate change discusses the greenhouse gases methane and nitrous oxide. Researchers working on these gases explain how their emissions could be reduced. [more]

Oceans Policy (Environment)
Dean Williams looks at policy and legislation that aims to protect the marine environment. [more]

Psychology of Cancer and Medical Communication (Health)
How doctors cope with having to tell somebody that they can't do anything for them. [more]

News stories:

Sofitel Resort to open near Nadi in Fiji
The 296-room Sofitel Resort and Spa which will open on Denarau Island near Nadi this weekend is expected to boost Fiji's tourist numbers by 40,000 a year and ease the... [more]

Appeal to Fiji finance minister over control of Provident Fund
A former Fiji finance minister and multi-millionaire businessman, Jim Ah Koy, has called on the current holder of the office to be more vigilant in appointing members to the board... [more]

Questions over Indonesian response to famine in Papua province
Questions are being raised in Indonesia over the government's response to food shortages in the province of Papua. The Jakarta Post newspaper reports in addition to the 55 people known... [more]

Missile defence test successful in Marshall Islands
The United States has successfully tested a missile defense system aimed at thwarting a limited, long-range ballistic missile attack. A ground-based interceptor missile was launched from Kwajalein Atoll in the... [more]

Fiji police vow not to confront military in event of coup
Fiji's police commissioner says the police will not confront the military in the event of a coup. Andrew Hughes has told Australian TV that police do not have the capability... [more]

Falconbridge offers vigorous defence for nickel plan in northern New Caledonia
The president of the Canadian company Falconbridge says his firm will vigorously defend a plan to operate a nickel project in the north of New Caledonia. Aaron Regent was speaking... [more]

Samoa chief faces banishment if he stands in election
In Samoa, an election row is brewing in the constituency of Sagaga le Falefa, where a junior matai, Faumuina Laneselota Polu faces possible banishment if he contests the district's seat... [more]

Legal literacy focus of workshop in Tonga
A weeklong workshop is underway in the Tongan capital Nuku'alofa as part of a project by the Catholic Women's League for legal literacy. Participants have been selected from various departments,... [more]

French Polynesia MPs pass US$1.4bn budget
Lawmakers in French Polynesia have passed a budget of US$1.4 billion. The ruling coalition led by the Union for Democracy pushed through the measure yesterday after a series of amendments... [more]

American Samoa hotel gets new board
The government majority-owned Rainmaker Hotel in American Samoa has a new board following a shareholder's meeting yesterday. Tony Brown, who is a seasoned hotelier having managed the Rainmaker Hotel during... [more]

More details about Bougainville rebels' request to Fiji military
Further details have emerged in Fiji about a request by rebels in the Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville to the Fiji military to provide troops to guard their self-styled... [more]

Japanese and American tuna stocks the same, survey suggests
A study of migrating fish in the north Pacific suggests that Japanese and American tuna stocks are the same. Thousands of salmon, tuna and other fish were monitored with implanted... [more]

Funds allocated for displaced Ambae islanders, says Vanuatu PM
Vanuatu's Prime Minister Ham Lini says the government has allocated relief funds for Ambae islanders displaced by a volcanic eruption. Around 3,000 people are now being cared for in 15... [more]

Cooks deputy PM refuses to confirm talks on MPs' payrise
The Cook Islands deputy prime minister Dr Terepai Maoate and the remuneration tribunal chairman Richard Barton are refusing to confirm that they've been discussing a possible payrise for MPs. The... [more]

New arts training campus to be established in Fiji's Studio City
The developer of Studio City in Fiji says an arts school will be integral to the city and will facilitate the development of an audio-visual industry in the region. The... [more]

Tuvalu hopes to have restored international phone links by tomorrow
Tuvalu has been without international phone links for two weeks. Tuvalu's Deputy High Commissioner to Fiji, Kakee Kaitu, has told the Pacnews agency that an equipment malfunction at Telecom Tuvalu... [more]

Australia and PNG to sign deal on removing illegal immigrants
Australia will assist Papua New Guinea with funding to remove illegal immigrants under an agreement to be signed tomorrow. Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Sir Rabbie Namaliu has said in... [more]

Three Chinese fishing vessels intercepted for alleged poaching in Indonesia's Papua
Police in Papua have apprehended three Chinese-flagged vessels for illegally fishing in Papuan waters. Police chief Senior Commander Dwi Marsanto said they arrested 19 crew on board the vessels whose... [more]

Fiji human rights advisor says inaugural Digest will help activists and legal fraternity
The Pacific Regional Rights Resource Team in Fiji is to launch the first Pacific Human Rights Law Digest today. The book is edited by the vice president of Fiji, the... [more]

Alcohol, kava, tobacco and cannabis use high among Fiji youth
Alcohol, kava, tobacco and cannabis top a list of drugs consumed by young people in Fiji. The national council on substance abuse has come up with the list following a... [more]

Vanuatu PM concerned at wording of motion in support of Papuan self determination
Vanuatu's Prime Minister Ham Lini says he's unhappy with the wording of the country's first ever motion in support of Papuan self determination, to be debated in parliament today. The... [more]

Company at heart of New Caledonia nickel project says a court case could jeopardise deal
The company at the heart of a planned multi million dollar nickel mining project in New Caledonia says it's one step nearer to closing the deal. But a pending court... [more]

Unite to sort out tax rebate future, Congressman urges American Samoa
American Samoa's Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin is hopeful territorial leaders will help him sort out the best federal tax alternatives for the territory. The Congressman has been critical of the... [more]

Oil spill culprits pinpointed in American Samoa
The US Coast Guard has found evidence to identify the source of a mystery oil spill in American Samoa' Pago Pago harbour back in September. The spill was estimated at... [more]

Funds allocated for islanders displaced by volcanic eruption, says Vanuatu PM
Vanuatu's Prime Minister says the government doesn't regard the volcanic eruptions on Ambae Island as bad enough yet to request substantial overseas assistance. Ham Lini has confirmed the government has... [more]

Samoa opposition says it would reinstate doctors if it wins election
Samoa's Deputy Opposition leader is promising to reinstate former public service doctors if his party wins the March general election. The doctors are now out of work after resigning following... [more]

Government to vote against Papua motion, says Vanuatu PM
Vanuatu's Prime Minister Ham Lini says the government will vote against the West Papua motion to be debated in parliament later today. The motion, tabled by the leader of the... [more]

Niue looking at harnessing wind energy to replace reliance on imported diesel
The government of Niue is looking at harnessing wind to power the country after signing an agreement with the environmental group, Greenpeace. Niue's premier, Young Vivian, says the country is... [more]

Niue to work with Greenpeace on developing renewable energy
Niue intends to become one of the first countries in the world to use solely renewable energy sources. Totally reliant at present on imported diesel, Niue has signed an agreement... [more]

Oxfam says Tonga faces the worst ever terms as it joins WTO
The NGO, Oxfam, says Tonga is joining the World Trade Organisation on possibly the worst terms ever offered to any country. Tonga is completing its accession during the current WTO... [more]

Nauru now receiving commitments from donors as its prepares to rebuild its services
The Nauru Government says it has commitments from aid donors to help restore education and governance on the island. Nauru last month held a round table meeting with aid donors... [more]

Former Solomons Prime Minister plans legal action over his detention during the 2000 coup
Former Solomon Island Prime Minister, Bartholomew Ulufa'alu, has signaled his intent to launch legal action that could affect the current government. Mr Ulufa'alu was placed under house arrest during the... [more]

Oxfam says Tonga likely to lose a lot and gain little from joining WTO
The NGO, Oxfam, says the costs Tonga faces in joining the World Trade Organisation are huge with few apparent benefits. It says the terms under which it has acceded to... [more]

Warning in Fiji that the interests of mahogany landowners must be treated with urgency
A Fiji senator has warned of revolutionary repercussions if the rights and interests of indigenous mahogany landowners are not treated with urgency. Radio Fiji reports that the warning has come... [more]