Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 13th July 2006

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Our Changing World

Royal Society's Big Science Adventure Part 3 (Science)
Dean Williams talks to Auckland University's Scott Baker, a science leader for the Royal Society's Big Science Adventure. [more]

The Search for Extraterrestrial Life (Science)
Veronika Meduna talks to Jill Tarter, the director of the SETI Institute in California. [more]

New Zealand Green Building Council (Environment)
Dean Williams talks to Jane Henley from the newly formed New Zealand Green Building Council. [more]

Idamarie Laquatra - Nutrition (Health)
Louise Wallace talks to Idamarie Laquatra, Dietician and Nutritionalist and director of global nutrition for the Heinz Company. [more]

News stories:

Pacific island holidays blamed for increase in NZ syphilis cases
Pacific island holidays are being blamed for an increase in the number of cases of syphilis in New Zealand. Auckland sexual health clinic statistics show 47.5 per cent of people... [more]

Dissident senior Fiji Labour Party members demand justice
" Five senior members of the Fiji Labour Party who are questioning their leader Mahendra Chaudhry's autocratic decision making are demanding justice. It follows the refusal by Mr Chaudhry and... [more]

Solomon's Central Bank Governor warns of economic disaster
Solomon Islands Central Bank Governor, Rick Hou says the country's dependence on logging is leading to an economic disaster. Mr Hou has told a Pacific 2020 Seminar in Honiara that... [more]

Shell sells ventures in six Pacific countries
Royal Dutch Shell has signed a deal for the sale of its downstream and marketing businesses in selected Pacific nations. The deals relate to Shell's aviation, marine, lubricants, commercial fuels,... [more]

Five senior Fiji dissidents said to have support of majority of Labour MPs
The five senior Fiji Labour Party dissidents who have been challenging Mahendra Chaudhry's autocratic leadership style are reported to have the support of the majority of the party's members of... [more]

Senior Fiji Labour dissidents said to be supported by majority of Labour MPs
The five senior Fiji Labour Party dissidents who have been challenging Mahendra Chaudhry's autocratic leadership style are reported to have the support of the majority of the party's members of... [more]

Solomons top banker urges logging rethink
Solomon Islands Central Bank Governor, Rick Hou says better legislation is needed to regulate logging. He says resource owners aren't getting the maximum benefits from logging and the country's dependence... [more]

Pensioners asked to help CNMI power crisis
The Northern Marianas administration says retirees have to help the power company whose financial woes have reached crisis point. The government owned Commonwealth Utilities Corporation has no funds to pay... [more]

Samoan call against same sex couples
A church pastor in Samoa has called on the government to ban same sex couples. Pastor Viliamu Mafo'e of the Worship Center Church , one of the fastest growing churches... [more]

Da Vinci Code movie draws crowds in American Samoa
The general manager of American Samoa's cinema says the turnout of people coming to see the Da Vinci Code movie has been high during the film's run. Robert Vernon was... [more]

French Polynesia reports large fish numbers in Moruroa
The French armed forces in French Polynesia say the lagoon of Moruroa atoll has exceptionally large fish. The findings are contained in studies by two French institutes which looked at... [more]

Solomons report highlights school problems in provinces
A new report claims that Solomon Islands provincial governments are incapable of running their schools and says central government should intervene. This has been suggested in a discussion paper put... [more]

Cooks ponders combining traditional and conventional medicine
The hospital in Rarotonga in the Cook Islands has cautiously welcomed a partnership between traditional and conventional medicine. This comes as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health, Dr... [more]

New Caledonian USTKE union not taking action against Goro Nickel this week
The New Caledonian USTKE union says it will not take action against the Goro Nickel company this week. The company has hired some qualified Filipino workers who will help to... [more]

Overbooking plagues weighlifting competition in Samoa
A number of athletes competing in the Commonwealth, Oceania and Pacific Weightlifting Championships in Samoa are being put up at a church hall after a series of hotel overbookings. Our... [more]

Cooks health minister backs holistic approach
The Cook Islands Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health, Dr Terepai Maoate, says customary ways of treating patients should be integrated into the health system because they are part... [more]

Samoa church sees no government role for same sex ban
Church officials in Samoa say that they have no right to demand the Government ban homosexuality in the country. The National Council of Churches made the comment after Pastor Viliamu... [more]

Tonga public service redundancies cut into hospital midwifery services
The Tonga Government's plan to cut hundreds of public service jobs is now impacting on maternity services. Over the past two weeks nearly 1,000 government workers have taken redundancy as... [more]

Fiji attorney general defines FLP as government party
Fiji's attorney general, Qoriniasi Bale, says the Labour Party is part of the government and not part of the opposition. Radio Fiji quotes Mr Bale as telling the Senate that... [more]

French Polynesian opposition denounces hospital problems
The opposition in French Polynesia has denounced the partial closure of the hospital on the island of Raiatea. The Uturoa hospital has been faced with staff shortages which have affected... [more]

Five Fiji Labour Party members to be disciplined for questioning Mahendra Chaudhry's style
The Fiji Labour Party president, Jokapeci Koroi, has ordered disciplinary action against five senior party members who have questioned Mahendra Chaudhry's autocratic decision making style and senate nominations. The five... [more]

Tonga's teachers take the strain after 200 colleagues made redundant
More details are emerging of the impact on education services of around two hundred teachers taking redundancy in Tonga. The government over the past two weeks has paid redundancies to... [more]