Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 13th April 2006

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Our Changing World

Elephant Pheremones and Olfactory System (Science)
Dean Williams joins Dave Greenwood at the Auckland Zoo, to collect elephant mucus, and learns more about the olfactory system. [more]

Developing Kina as an Export Product (Science)
A team of marine and food scientists at the University of Otago are exploring the export potential of the kina. [more]

Energy Efficiency Advisory Service Part 1 (Environment)
A new service, provided to residents in Auckland's Waitakere city, includes an audit of a home's energy consumption. [more]

Breast Reconstruction Surgery (Health)
Janek Januszkiewicz, who explains that the procedure was initially slow to gain acceptance among some medical professionals. [more]

News stories:

Tonga and Fiji remain unbeaten at the Under 19 Rugby Union World Rugby Cup in Dubai
Tonga and Fiji Under 19 sides have a good chance of promotion into Division A after coming through Division B pool play unbeaten at the Rugby World Cup in Dubai. [more]

IRB says tier three rugby countries in their future plans
The International Rugby Board says tier three countries, which include the Cook Islands and Niue, will receive the same programme as what's been given to tier two countries. The IRB's... [more]

Hurricanes prop confident of a good game against Highlanders in Sunday's Super 14 game
The Hurricanes prop, Neemia Tialata is confident his forward pack will match the Highlanders in their Super 14 rugby union match in Dunedin on Sunday. The Wellington franchise who are... [more]

The main opposition party in French Polynesia says it wants a majority in the assembly
The main opposition party in French Polynesia says it wants a majority in the assembly but not change the government. There is intense lobbying in Papeete ahead of tomorrow's election... [more]

The Fiji Elections Office has confirmed that a total of 346 candidates have filed their nominations
The Fiji Elections Office has confirmed that a total of 346 candidates have filed their nominations to contest next month's general elections. Radio Legend reports that this is 5 short... [more]

New Zealand's next High Commissioner to Solomon Islands named
New Zealand's next High Commissioner to Solomon Islands will be Deborah Panckhurst who will take up the position in August. The New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters made the announcement... [more]

Australian government to look at radical measures for Papuans seeking asylums
The Australian Federal government is looking at radical measures which may see Papuans seeking asylum in Australia sent to the detention centre on the Pacific island of Nauru. The Sydney... [more]

Intense lobbying in Solomon Islands for the Prime Minister's job
Intense lobbying among the newly elected 50 MPs for who should become the new Prime Minister and form the new Government is continuing in Solomon Islands. No names of any... [more]

Samoa PM says opposition to blame itself for poll loss
Samoa's Prime Minister says members of the main opposition party the Samoa Democratic United Party only have themselves to blame for losing the general election. Tuilaepa Sailele told the Samoa... [more]

The Fiji Elections Office is calling for tougher laws against politicians who try to bribe or coerce
The Fiji Elections Office is calling for tougher laws against politicians who try to bribe or coerce officials, to prevent them from standing for national elections. Radio Legend reports that... [more]

The Fiji Elections Office is calling for tougher laws against politicians who try to bribe or coerce
The Fiji Elections Office is calling for tougher laws against politicians who try to bribe or coerce officials, to prevent them from standing for national elections. Radio Legend reports that... [more]

France asked to intervene in New Caledonia nickel project crisis
Employees of New Caledonia's Goro Nickel company have called on the French state to intervene to protect their jobs. About 500 people marched on the high commission in Noumea after... [more]

Leptospirosis warning in American Samoa
An epidemiologist in American Samoa says community awareness about leptospirosis is important. The disease is regarded as a major health concern in the territory and has claimed at least four... [more]

Former PNG governor Father Lak dies
The former Governor of Western Highlands in Papua New Guinea, Father Robert Lak, has died, apparently of a massive heart attack. Father Lak was ordained a Diocesan priest for Mount... [more]

French Polynesian politician convicted for corruption vies for presidency
Reports from French Polynesia say the minister who was sentenced for corruption this year is seeking to replace Oscar Temaru as the territory's president. Emile Vernaudon resigned from the coalition... [more]

Minor change in Samoa's preliminary vote count
The official count of the 2006 general election in Samoa is still under way and won't be completed until early next week. But the final count in one territorial constituency... [more]

Nuclear-affected Marshall Islands community expect tough US fight over lawsuit
A community in the Marshall Islands expects its law suit against the US government to be vigorously fought on the grounds of the country's 1985 Compact of Free Association with... [more]

Vanuatu policeman suspended for assaulting publisher
Vanuatu's minister for internal affairs says he has disciplined the police officer who this year assaulted a media owner. The publisher of the Daily Post newspaper, Marc Neil Jones, was... [more]

Fiji military hints country heading Rwanda's way
Fiji's military has expressed concern that the country would be in danger of becoming like Rwanda and Solomon Islands if discriminatory policies which instill racial division are made into laws. [more]

Indonesia to ask PNG to help hunt rebels
Indonesia is to ask Papua New Guinea to help track down separatist rebels who attacked an army unit near the border with Indonesia's Papua province earlier this week. The military... [more]

Australian Greens chide government over new refugee policy
Australia's opposition Greens leader says the government's decision to adopt tough new measures over processing the claims of asylum seekers makes Australia a second-rate country. The new rules expand Australia's... [more]

Australia appeasing Jakarta with tough new asylum seekers measures, says Greens leader
Australia's Greens leader says the government's decision to adopt tough new measures over processing claims of asylum seekers is a direct move to exclude Papuans from entering from Indonesia. The... [more]

No nominations for Solomon top job hours before deadline
Nominations are about to close in Solomon Islands for candidates for the prime ministership. By midday, no name had been put forward for the top job which in the past... [more]

More PNG leaders accused of misconduct in office
The Public Prosecutor has found there is sufficient and credible evidence to prosecute Cabinet Minister Puka Temu and Deputy Opposition Leader Andrew Baing before a leadership tribunal. The National newspaper... [more]

Two centrist MPs in French Polynesia refuse to join opposition
Two minor centrist parties in French Polynesia have refused to join opposition moves to form an alliance aimed at ousting the government. Their two leaders, Nicole Bouteau and Philip Schyle,... [more]

New Zealand MP horrified by grim state of hospital in PNG
The leader of an Australasian parliamentary delegation to Papua New Guinea is appalled at the state of Angau hospital in Lae. New Zealand Labour MP, Steve Chadwick, has been heading... [more]

Greenpeace says new maps show PNG's forests under logging threat
The Environmental group Greenpeace says one of the world's most amazing places is under threat by rampant logging. This week Greenpeace and Forestwatch Indonesia released new maps of the forests... [more]

Fiji electoral objections dismissed
Fiji Electoral Commission has dismissed objections raised against two senior election candidates of Fiji's ruling SDL party. Objections against the SDL's campaign director, Jale Baba, were based on the grounds... [more]

Solomon Islands to get new PM - three candidates stand to replace Sir Allan
The 50 newly elected MPs in Solomon Islands meet next Tuesday to select the country's leader from three nominations. They include a former prime minister, Manessah Sogavare, who headed the... [more]