Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 6th April 2006

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This page features: News Stories, Our Changing World

Our Changing World

New Zealand's Climate Change Policy (Science)
Sean Weaver, a lecturer in environmental studies at Victoria University, discusses NZ's climate change policy. [more]

Antarctica Climate Change (Science)
David Vaughan, a researcher with the British Antarctic Survey, discusses evidence of climate change impacts across Antarctica. [more]

Marvin, the Robot Security Guard (Science)
Dale Carnegie, at Victoria University, introduces Marvin, the not-so paranoid robot working as a security guard. [more]

Research into Premature Births (Health)
Jeff Keelan, at the Liggins Institute in Auckland, talks about the rise in premature births and neo-natal problems. [more]

News stories:

Fiji Labour Party may take more legal action over May poll
The Fiji Labour Party is threatening to mount another legal challenge against the Elections Office and the Electoral Commission after the polls next month. Radio Legend reports that the Labour... [more]

Australian customs calls off search for Papuans
The Australian Customs Service has called off the search for a boatload of Papuans thought to be on an island in the Torres Strait, saying the group is not in... [more]

The French overseas territories minister dismisses independence calls
The French overseas territories minister, Francois Baroin, has again dismissed calls for a process leading to a possible vote on French Polynesia's independence. This comes after Mr Baroin was given... [more]

Indigenous Fiji landowners group calls for land to be returned
An indigenous Fiji landowners group says all state land should be returned to its rightful original owners. The group are threatening to shut down the mineral water company, Fiji Water,... [more]

Vote counting begins today Solomon Islands
Counting of votes from the Solomon Islands general election gets under way in most centres this morning. There are reports that some people who turned up to vote found that... [more]

Papua New Guinea's multi-million dollar cocoa industry under threat
Papua New Guinea's multi-million dollar cocoa industry is under threat following the discovery of the cocoa pod borer moth in East New Britain Province. The moth is a pest that... [more]

Talks in Fiji for a second mobile phone company
Talks have taken place in Fiji for a second mobile phone company to enter the market. Fiji TV reports that Digitel from Jamaica wants to set up a mobile telephone... [more]

PNG opposition says government re-shuffle has no purpose
Papua New Guinea's opposition has criticised this week cabinet reshuffle, saying it serves no purpose. The opposition leader, Peter O'Neill, says the move by the prime minister, Sir Michael Somare,... [more]

Vanuatu chiefs urge dialogue to solve Papua crisis
Vanuatu's National Council of Chiefs has called on the government to ask Indonesia to start dialogue with Papuans on the issue of Papuan independence. The Daily Post reports that more... [more]

Cooks property deal to in New Zealand falls over
The deputy prime minister of Cook Islands says a deal with Tepaki Group Limited over the development of the country's high commission property in New Zealand has fallen through due... [more]

Fiji court awards maximum compensation over soldier's killing
The Suva magistrate's court has awarded the widow of a Counter Revolutionary Warfare Unit soldier killed during the November 2000 mutiny compensation of 14,000 US dollars. The Fiji Times quotes... [more]

Inter-China bidding for regional suppport a possible Forum issue - NZ minister
A New Zealand government minister, Luamanuvao Winnie Laban, says rivalry between China and Taiwan may be discussed at the next meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum in Tonga. Luamanuvao, who... [more]

New Caledonian clashes near Noumea close main road for hours
There have been fresh clashes in New Caledonia between French riot police and activists of the Kanak Rheebu Nuu committee after two group members were convicted for last weekend's massive... [more]

Fiji's military commander spots evil in Methodist Church
Fiji's military commander says the country has become a deceitful and corrupt society and evil has found its way into the country's biggest religious body - the Methodist Church. The... [more]

French police sorry for teargassing women and children in New Caledonian clash
A Kanak activist, Jacques Boengkih, says the French riot police have apologised to women and children in New Caledonia who were assaulted by tear gas during Wednesday's clashes between activists... [more]

Papuan family missing in Australian waters reportedly sheltering in PNG
A Papuan family who reportedly made it to Australian waters by boat this week is said to be in hiding in Papua New Guinea. Australia's Customs Service has called off... [more]

Job Duddley Tausinga first Solomons MP in new parliament
A candidate who was unopposed has become the first MP to be chosen for the new Solomon Islands parliament. Job Duddley Tausinga was confirmed as the MP for North New... [more]

Observer says to ensure aid money is well spent Vanuatu politicians need a national vision
The Vanuatu chapter of Transparency International says there is a need for politicians with a national vision to ensure the country's economy develops. An Australian think tank, the Centre for... [more]

Fiji Labour Party to decide on legal chalenge over errors in Electoral Roll, says lawyer
A lawyer with the Fiji Labour Party says they expect to decide by early next week whether to mount another legal challenge against the Elections Office and the Electoral Commission. [more]

New Caledonia police apologize for assaults during clashes - Kanak activist
A Kanak activist says the police have apologised to women and children in New Caledonia who were assaulted by tear gas during clashes between activists and French riot police yesterday. [more]

More anger from Indonesia over Australia's granting of protection visas to Papuans
Indonesian importers have called for a boycott of Australian goods as anger grows over Canberra's decision to grant temporary visas to 42 Papuan asylum seekers. The Indonesian Association of National... [more]

PNG province battles to contain destructive cocoa beetle
East New Britain Province has been placed under an "agricultural quarantine" as the Papua New Guinea government attempts to contain the spread of the destructive cocoa pod borer. The Post... [more]

Northern Marianas seeking legal view on contact with Taiwan
The Northern Marianas government is seeking a legal opinion on whether it is contravening any agreement with the US over a planned trip to Taiwan. After endorsing Taiwan's bid to... [more]

Tonga Government seeks private partner for Shoreline electiicity assets
The Tongan government says it is considering partnering with private sector investors in the ownership of electricity generation and distribution assets currently owned by Shoreline. The government says it's pleased... [more]

Monitors say Solomons' elections appear to have been open and transparent
The Commonwealth Observer Group in Solomon Islands says the general elections were conducted in an open and transparent manner. Its chairperson, Sir Arnold Amet, says this is an interim statement... [more]

Critic of Taiwan loses seat in Solomons' election
A staunch critic of the involvement of Taiwan in Solomon Islands has lost his parliamentary seat in one of the first results announced after Wednesday's national election. The Labour Party... [more]