Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 2nd February 2006

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Our Changing World

West Coast Black Petrels
How the children of Barry Town School discovered in the 1940s that they had a special species of bird. [more]

Discovery of a New Planet (Science)
The discovery of a small, Earth-like planet, circulating a star some 25,000 light years away from our solar system. [more]

Marion Dufresne Research Vessel I(Science)
Studying past climates and the traces of the world's largest underwater avalanches. [more]

Cervical Cancer Vaccine - Gardasil (Health)
A trial involving 12,000 women has shown that the vaccine Gardasil dramatically reduces the risk of developing cervical cancer. [more]

News stories:

Parties to New Caledonia autonomy treaty to meet in Paris
Members of New Caledonia's pro and anti-independence parties will meet French officials in Paris later today to take stock of the implementation of the Noumea Accord. However, Marie-Noelle Themereau, the... [more]

Prosecutors drop case against Fiji man over alleged threatening phone calls
The office of Fiji's director of public prosecutions says there is insufficient evidence to prosecute a man who allegedly made threatening telephone calls to the prime minister last year. Others... [more]

Fiji PM assures international observers will monitor general election
Fiji's prime minister has given an assurance that international observers will be brought in to monitor this year's general election. Laisenia Qarase has told Radio Legend that he has already... [more]

DNA breakthrough leads to an arrest Norfolk Island murder case
A breakthrough in DNA evidence has seen police arrest a New Zealand man in connection with the death of a woman on Norfolk Island. The body of 29-year-old Sydney woman... [more]

Call to review coastal developments to mitigate effects of disasters
A climate change expert says Pacific countries should look hard at coastal development as a key way of mitigating the impact of disasters. Professor John Hay, from the International Global... [more]

Solomons hospital shuts down in response to thefts targeting staff
The Temotu Provincial hospital in Solomon Islands has closed all services that are not urgent in protest at the criminal activity that staff have been exposed to. The Provincial Health... [more]

Marshall Islands-registered tanker sinks in Channel
A chemical tanker flying the Marshall Islands flag has sunk in the Channel between France and Britain after colliding with another vessel. The Ece was the only ship to suffer... [more]

Fiji president cancels Middle East trip
The Fiji president, Ratu Josefa Iloilo's last visit to the Middle East to visit Fijian troops on peacekeeping duties there has been cancelled. President Iloilo had been scheduled to leave... [more]

Rain forces cancellation of schools in American Samoa
All schools have been cancelled in American Samoa after two days of non-stop rain and strong winds The stormy weather is caused by a trough of low pressure that is... [more]

American Samoa senators suggest businesses committing customs fraud
Some senators in American Samoa say businesses who pay for customs duty in the territory with bad cheques are committing fraud and will be prosecuted. This follows a cheque of... [more]

Fiji government writes off over US$4 million in tax arrears
The Fiji government has written off over US$4 million in tax arrears. The finance minister, Ratu Jone Kubuabola, says the main reasons for the arrears ere migration, bankruptcy, liquidation, deaths... [more]

Job losses at American Samoa canneries may hit Samoa
Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin says American Samoa will not be the only country that will be affected if Star Kist Samoa and Samoa Packing were to close down. Faleomavaega told... [more]

Samoa police commissioner warns of increased drug surveillance
The Samoan Police Commissioner Papali'itele Lorenese Neru has issued a warning to those involved with drugs to stop. According to the Samoa Observer, Papali'i said surveillance had increased since police... [more]

Convicted French Polynesian minister Vernaudon to keep public office
The prosecution in French Polynesia has declined to seek an appeal in a top Paris court following last week's decision by a Tahiti court to allow a convicted government minister,... [more]

Police from three north Pacific nations to join Solomons assistance mission
Police from three north Pacific nations will join the Australian-led peacekeeping mission in Solomon Islands in the coming weeks. Two Marshall Islands police officers will join officers from Palau and... [more]

Rain forces cancellation of school day in American Samoa
All school sessions have been cancelled in American Samoa today after two days of non-stop rain and strong winds The stormy weather is caused by a trough of low pressure... [more]

Tonga to cut land allotments to meet population growth
The Tongan government plans to reduce the size of tax and town allotments to cope with a population increase. The acting lands minister, Tevita Malolo, says legal officers are working... [more]

East Timor group says Indonesia now committing atrocities in Papua
A Catholic group in East Timor says Indonesians accused of abusing human rights there are committing the same atrocities in the province of Papua. The Australian, Sister Susan Connelly, of... [more]

World Bank encourages Pacific nations to be prepared for when disasters strike
The World Bank wants Pacific nations would benefit hugely if they were better prepared for natural disasters. In a report called "Not If But When" the Bank says opting to... [more]

FLNKS wants France to detail New Caledonian voter eligibility
The signatories of the 1998 Noumea accord on New Caledonian autonomy will meet in Paris today to discuss the eligibility of voters in future elections. The news agency, AFP, reports... [more]

Bougainville police probe Fiji link to Solomons armed robbery
A report in Papua New Guinea says police in Bougainville are trying to find out if five former Fiji soldiers are linked to a recent armed robbery in Solomon Islands. [more]

American Samoan call for law against human trafficking
The Office of Territorial and International Criminal Intelligence and Drug Enforcement in American Samoa says the senate needs to make laws to fight human trafficking. The report by the Office... [more]

Palau contributes police to RAMSI in the name of regionalism
Palau's Director of Police says they are contributing two police officers to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands in the spirit of regional co-operation. Hacime Teli says preparation has... [more]

French Polynesia visitor numbers drop
The French Polynesian government says the number of tourists last year was down compared with the figures in 2004. Last year, 208,000 visitors arrived in Tahiti and its islands which... [more]

Francophone parliamentarians to meet in New Caledonia
Members from French-speaking parliaments are due to begin a three-day meeting in New Caledonia tomorrow as part of a campaign to support the use of the French language in the... [more]

French Polynesia visitor numbers drop in 2005
The French Polynesian government says the number of tourists last year was down compared with the figures in 2004. Last year, 208,000 visitors arrived in Tahiti and its islands which... [more]

New leader for American Samoa watchdog group
The American Samoa anti-corruption NGO, Common Cause, has a new leader. Dr Trudie Iuli-Sala replaces Taimane Johnson as president of the watchdog group. Dr Iuli-Sala says she is committed to... [more]

Chinese official unaware of moves to be ousted from Kiribati
A caretaker of the China office in Kiribati says he has no knowledge of the government's attempt to remove the delegation from the country. The caretaker, Mr Yang, says he... [more]

World Bank encourages Pacific nations to be prepared for disasters
The World Bank says Pacific nations would benefit hugely if they were better prepared for natural disasters. In a report called "Not If But When" the Bank says opting to... [more]

RAMSI will use visit of PNG Cabinet Minister to Honiara to thank PNG for its help
Papua New Guinea's Foreign Affairs Minister, Sir Rabbie Namaliu, is to visit Solomon Islands this weekend. After arriving in Honiara, Sir Rabbie will meet the Prime Minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza... [more]

Former Kiribati President, Teburoro Tito, says laws on foreign business operators must be enforced
A former president of Kiribati, Teburoro Tito, has called for tighter government controls on foreign investors. His concerns come after local shop owners complained that they are being undercut by... [more]

LPV means election related violence in PNG is a thing of the past - Transparency International
The anti corruption group, Transparency International, says a new preferential voting system in Papua New Guinea has dramatically reduced election related killings. The Limited Preferential Vote system was brought in... [more]

Fiji army officer appears before military inquiry into last month's standoff with his commander
The senior Fiji army officer sacked as Land Force Commander last month has appeared before a military board of inquiry after having earlier questioned its composition and terms of reference. [more]