Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 3rd August 2006

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This page features: Joni Mitchell, News Stories, Our Changing World

Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell - Part 6
"It's life's illusions I recall, I really don't know life at all" Rebecca Blundell looks at Joni Mitchell's recordings from the '90s up to the present day (circa 2006), a time where Mitchell was beginning to be formally acknowledged as one of the most important song-writers of the 20th Century. [more]

Our Changing World

Winner of the GenEthics Competition (Science)
Veronika Meduna catches up with the winner of the GenEthics competition, an annual essay competition for high schools. [more]

Advanced Composite Material (Science)
Dean Williams visits Auckland University's Centre for Advanced Composite Materials to speak to Debes Bhattacharyya. [more]

Stranded Green Turtle (Environment)
Dean Williams talks to Dan Godoy about a stranded Green Turtle, which is recuperating at Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World. [more]

Research into Multiple Sclerosis (Health)
Louise Wallace talks to Professor John Fraser, and Associate Professor Thomas, about a new research programme for MS. [more]

News stories:

American Samoa gets more federal funds for repair of cyclone damage
The United States Department of Transportation says American Samoa is expected to receive more than 1.8 million US dollars in federal funds to repair roads damaged by Cyclone Olaf in... [more]

Fiji cabinet endorses two controversial bills
Fiji's multi-party cabinet has endorsed two controversial legislative Bills which have previously met with strong opposition. Fiji TV reports that one is the Qoliqoli Bill which will hand over control... [more]

Samoan cabinet minister still faces election petition over treating allegations
Samoa's Minister of Broadcasting and Telecommunications has failed in his attempt to have an election petition against him dropped by resigning. The Minister, Mulitalo Siafausa Vui, wrote to the prime... [more]

Samoa election candidate charged with assault
One of Samoa's ruling party election candidates, who was unsuccessful in this year's election, has been charged with two counts of assault. Police laid charges against Selesele Tanielu, a matai... [more]

Fiji Consumer Council worried by rising complaints about real estate agents
The Consumer Council of Fiji is concerned about the increasing number of real estate-related complaints it has received. Its Chief executive, Premila Kumar told the Fiji Times that the council... [more]

Fiji vice-president concerned by country's poverty level
Fiji's vice president has expressed his serious concern about the country's poverty level, adding that the poor are prevented from fully enjoying their human rights. The Daily Post quotes Ratu... [more]

Fiji court orders parties to land dispute to settle their differences
The Lautoka High Court has told Fiji's customary landowners that they have no right to block a railway line because the land concerned is legally vested in the Native Lands... [more]

State of emergency declared in PNG Southern Highlands province
It's been confirmed that a state of emergency has been declared in Papua New Guinea's southern highland province. A police official says at least 800 police personnel and a platoon... [more]

Three new proposals for American Samoa's Rainmaker Hotel site
The Board of the American Samoa Development Corporation met yesterday to review three proposals for the 5 acres remaining on the Rainmaker Hotel site and hotel facilities. Acting board president,... [more]

Fiji businessman in Kuwait decides not to return home
A report from Fiji says the man who collected millions of dollars from 20,000 people in return for promises of jobs in Kuwait, Timoci Lolohea, will not be returning to... [more]

Cook Islands netball takes positive steps to ensure future of sport
The Cook Islands Netball Association has invited two New Zealand Silver Ferns to help run a junior development programme for seven to 12 year olds. Midcourter Temapara George and defender... [more]

Voters in Tuvalu choose new parliament today
Voters in Tuvalu will go to the polls today to elect a new parliament for a four-year term. 32 candidates, including two women, are contesting the 15 seats. One of... [more]

American Samoa cannery seeks more workers
One of American Samoa's two big canneries is looking at hiring 200 new workers. Chicken of the Sea Samoa Packing wants new workers to replace about 50 students heading back... [more]

Legal opinion on American Samoa's Hawaiian Air policy
The law firm of Hall and Associates has submitted a legal opinion on the American Samoan governor's executive order of last week for Hawaiian Air to pull out of the... [more]

Nine Vanuatu provincial councilors to lose seats
Nine provincial councilors in Vanuatu have been told to vacate their seats. The Daily Post reports the Sanma councilors they had the duty and obligation by law to attend council... [more]

China's Foreign Minister asks Niue to refrain from contact with Taiwan
The Chinese Foreign Minister, Li Zhaoxing, is reported to have asked the Niue government to refrain from having anything to do with Taiwan. The minister and his eight-member delegation briefly... [more]

Veterans group says French nuke test stance untenable
A French nuclear test veterans group says the government's refusal to compensate test victims for their poor health is no longer sustainable. The group, AVEN, made the statement after a... [more]

CNMI Retirement Fund sues governor
The Northern Marianas Retirement fund has sued Governor Benigno Fitial, the Secretary of Finance, Eloy Inos, and the central government for enacting a law to suspend the administration's contributions to... [more]

Confusion surrounds reports of future of Solomon Islands cabinet ministers
There is confusion surrounding the future of several Solomon Islands cabinet ministers after reports that the prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has told them to resign or face the sack. No... [more]

Fiji land lease woes labelled human tragedy
Fiji's vice president has described the expiry of land leases in the country and the displacement of thousands of people as a human tragedy. The Daily Post quotes Ratu Joni... [more]

Tokelau atoll row over church attendance
The governing body of Atafu atoll in Tokelau has forced out some of its elected members because they refuse to go to church. The New Zealand Herald reports that the... [more]

Australian opposition worried about planned floating jail
Australia's opposition Greens have spoken out against reported plans to hold asylum seekers and suspected illegal fishermen in privately owned floating prisons. Australia is reviewing asylum laws and wants to... [more]

Call for emergency rule in PNG's Porgera area
There are claims in Papua New Guinea that a state of emergency needs to be declared in the Porgera District in Enga Province. The Post Courier newspaper quotes the Porgera... [more]

Fiji opposition alleges locals abuse of fishing rights
Fiji's opposition leader says indigenous landowners have been abusing their fishing rites and the government will need to crack down on this. Mick Beddoes was responding to news that the... [more]

PNG Southern Highlands governor says emergency measures unjustified.
The governor of Southern Highlands in Papua New Guinea, Hami Yawari, says the state of emergency in his province is unnecessary and unjustified. The government announced earlier this week it... [more]

Fiji Labour Party president Koroi asked to resign
The deputy leader of the Fiji Labour Party, Poseci Bune, has called for the resignation of the party president, Jokapeci Koroi. The call comes as the infighting between five senior... [more]

Fiji tourism operators highlight qoliqoli law benefit
Tourism operators in Fiji say proposed new fishing rights legislation should see indigenous people getting a bigger slice of the tourism pie. The Hotel and Tourism Association was responding to... [more]

French Polynesian government defends extra expenditure
A government MP in French Polynesia has defended the extra expenditure in the territory's supplementary budget. It was approved by 29 of the assembly's 57 members in a session that... [more]

French Polynesia adopts budget
The French Polynesian assembly has passed the supplementary budget in a final session that lasted 20 hours. It approved the budget with 29 of the assembly's 57 members voting for... [more]

Solomons Cabinet Minister denies resignation moves, says Government stable
One of three Solomon Islands Cabinet Ministers reported to have been asked to resign says there is no truth to the claim and the government remains stable. On Wednesday, the... [more]

State of emergency in PNG's Southern Highlands requested by most of province's MPs
The Papua New Guinea Internal Security minister, Alphonse Willie, says most of the MPs in the Southern Highlands province asked for a state of emergency to be imposed. About 700... [more]

Crackdown on indigenous Fijians for abuse of fishing rights needed - Opposition Leader
Fiji's opposition leader says indigenous landowners have been abusing their fishing rights and the government will need to crack down on this. Mick Beddoes was responding to news that the... [more]