Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 10th August 2006

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Our Changing World

Nobel Laureat Sir Paul Nurse (Science)
Veronika Meduna talks to Nobel laureate Sir Paul Nurse about cancer research and stem cells. [more]

Auckland Zoo on Conservation Week (Environment)
Dean Williams visits Auckland Zoo to highlight Conservation Week. [more]

The Subantarctic Auckland Islands Part 1 (Science)
Veronika Meduna talks to marine biologist Martin Cawthorn about the European discovery of the subantarctic Auckland Islands. [more]

Health Status of the Asian Community in NZ (Health)
Louise Wallace looks at a new report analysing the current health status of Asian people in New Zealand. [more]

News stories:

Australian police investigate head of Solomons inquiry into Honiara riots
The head of the commission of inquiry into the riots in in the Solomons capital, Honiara, is the subject of a police inquiry in Australia. Marcus Einfeld QC a former... [more]

Australia to join IRB five nations tournament next year
The Australian Rugby Union has confirmed that an Australian A side will take part in the Pacific Five Nations tournament next year taking the number of teams to six. This... [more]

Solomons Prime Minister says country must develop the national economy
Solomon Islands prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, says the country has failed to develop a national economy since becoming independent from British rule 28 years ago. Speaking at the launch of... [more]

Fiji Labour cabinet minister says party must remain in multi-party cabinet
The Fiji Labour Party cabinet minister, Krishna Datt, says the tabling of the Qoliqoli and Land Claims Tribunal Bills should not be the reason for the party to withdraw from... [more]

Record number of Pacific players recruited by French clubs
The French Rugby Union has recruited 112 Pacific players for their season which begins this month. Forty two players from Fiji, Tonga and Samoa are set to play in the... [more]

Fiji Methodist Church demands ban on former Speaker's book
Fiji's powerful Methodist Church has demanded that a complete ban be placed on a book by a former cabinet minister and Speaker of parliament, Sir Vijay R Singh. Fiji TV... [more]

Fiji PM says no more "talanoa" talks with Labour leader
Fiji's prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, says he will hold no more "talanoa" talks with the Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry. Mr Qarase has told Fiji TV the "talanoa" talks were... [more]

US Army soldier to be court martialed over refusal to serve in Iraq
The US Army has rejected a resignation offer by a soldier who refused to serve in Iraq. First Lt. Ehren Watada offered to resign to avoid a possible court-martial for... [more]

Solomon Islands Prime Minister says another ethnic crisis a possibility
Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, says there could be another ethnic crisis in the country if the underlying causes of ethnic tension are not addressed. Mr Sogavare says the... [more]

Papua New Guinea opposition want government action on border shooting
Papua New Guinea's opposition is calling for the government to investigate reports of a border incident in which a police and defence force patrol apparently shot dead an Indonesian fisherman... [more]

Fiji Labour Party caucus holds emergency session over tabling of two government bills
The Fiji Labour Party caucus will meet today in an emergency session in which withdrawal from the multi-party cabinet will be an option. Fiji TV reports that this follows the... [more]

Palau to introduce mandatory drugs tests for elected officials and police
Palau's Senate has passed a bill that requires all elected and appointed officials as well as law enforcement officers to undergo drug tests. The legislation was passed unanimously.. According to... [more]

Solomons receives aid for rural road reconstruction
Solomon Islands has received a 16.2 million US dollar grant package to help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the national network of rural roads. The package comprises 350-thousand US... [more]

French Polynesian opposition hits back at government in fund misuse spat
The French Polynesian opposition Tahoeraa Huiraatira has hit back at the government over its call for appeals to be rejected in a financial misuse case. The Tahoeraa has issued a... [more]

Samoa Supreme Court reserves decision in last election petition case
Samoa's Supreme Court has reserved its decision over the last election petition by the Samoa Party leader, Su'a Rimoni Ah Chong, against Minister of Broadcasting and Telecommunications, Mulitalo Siafausa Vui. [more]

Japanese company plans eco-village in CNMI
A Japanese company plans to develop an eco-village on the small CNMI island of Rota, showcasing a community that depends on renewable energy sources and makes use of Kinshizen principles... [more]

Solomons top secretaries called to use new technologies
The secretary to the Solomon Islands' Prime Minister says communication between the political arm of the government and the public service needs to improve. Speaking at the launch of the... [more]

Kiribati opposition says media ignores scholarship bungle
Kiribati's Former Secretary to Cabinet and opposition MP Dr Tetaua Taitai says local media are shying away from reporting on the government's controversial allocation of university scholarships. 18 students were... [more]

Fiji's Methodists urge boycott of book by former speaker of parliament
Fiji's Methodist church is calling on church members to boycott a book written by the former cabinet minister and Speaker of Parliament, Sir Vijay R Singh. The book, called Speaking... [more]

New Caledonian Human Rights League critical of RFO strike
The Human Rights League in New Caledonia has criticised the silence of the politicians and the French state in the face of a prolonged strike at the public broadcaster, RFO. [more]

American Samoa wants automated system for Pago Pago airport
American Samoa's Governor, Togiola Tulafono, has asked the Federal Aviation Administration to extend the current air traffic advisory service contract for Pago Pago International Airport while an automated system is... [more]

PNG police probes killing of Indonesian fisherman
Police in Papua New Guinea are investigating the shooting incident at the border with Indonesia which left one fisherman dead. Two others were injured when they were confronted by PNG... [more]

Fiji and Israel investigate Nadi treatment of Israeli tourists
The foreign ministries of Fiji and Israel are investigating the deportation of three Israeli tourists from Fiji last month. According ot the news agency AAP, the three wrote to the... [more]

Apollo Group of India interested in setting up private hospital in Fiji
The Apollo Group of India, which is one of the country's largest hospital chains, has signed an agreement to look at setting up a private hospital in Fiji. Apollo's president... [more]

Marshalls drugs case fails after witness recants testimony
A Marshall Islands man wrongly accused of being a cocaine dealer has been acquitted after spending three months in jail. Lonnie Howard lost his job at the US Army base... [more]

Fiji Labour Party wants advice on two key bills
The Fiji Labour Party will now seek expert advice on the controversial Qoliqoli and Indigenous Land Claims Tribunal Bills before deciding on its next course of action. Radio Legend says... [more]

Solomon Islands group demands progress on Malaitan development projects
A political grassroots group is petitioning the Solomon Islands prime minister to make progress on two development projects in Malaita. The Ma'asina Forum has given Manasseh Sogavare notice that the... [more]

PNG police probe killing of Indonesian fisherman
Police in Papua New Guinea are investigating the shooting incident at the border with Indonesia which left one fisherman dead. Two others were injured when they were confronted by PNG... [more]

Police in French Polynesia seize drugs
French police in Tahiti have revealed that last month they seized almost 400,000 US dollars worth of illegal drugs in a single haul at French Polynesia's international airport. Customs officials... [more]

FLP wants Fiji minister to withdraw remarks
The Fiji Labour Party has called on the lands minister, Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu, to withdraw his remarks in parliament describing hoteliers opposed to the Qoliqoli Bill as extremists. The lands... [more]

Pacific Aviation Office about to expand oversight services
The Pacific Aviation Safety Office, or PASO, in Port Vila, is set to expand its operations over the next few months with the first instalment of funds from the Asian... [more]

Former opposition MP claims to have the numbers to form the new Tuvalu government
A former opposition member of parliament, Kausea Natano, looks likely to be elected as Tuvalu new prime minister following last week's election. Mr Natano said his group has the majority... [more]

Concerns that mining could go ahead on the historic Kokoda Track in PNG
Australia may ask Papua New Guinea to intervene in exploratory mining which some fear could threaten the heritage value of the iconic Kokoda Track. The 96 kilometre trail in the... [more]

Australian mining company called on to honour commitments on Guadalcanal
The Guadalcanal provincial premier is calling on the Australian Solomon Gold company to keep its promise and start the construction of alternative water sources for people living in Suva Village. [more]

Chickens culled after bird flu found in Indonesia's Papua
The bird flu virus has now reached Papua, the easternmost part of Indonesia. About 174 chickens are believed to have died of the H5N1 virus while 414 others have been... [more]

Fiji chamber of commerce backs medical tourism plan
There is support from the Fiji Chamber of Commerce for a proposal to develop medical tourism in the country. The chamber's president, Taito Waradi, says discussions are under way with... [more]

Nauru about to resume exporting large quantities of phosphate
Nauru is about to send 30 thousand tonnes of phosphate to India - its first major shipments of the fertilizer in nearly ten years. It comes after a multi million... [more]

Guadalcanal Premier gives ultimatum to gold miner - start operating or leave
The Guadalcanal provincial premier has given the Australian Solomon Gold company an ultimatum over its activities in the area. The company has been mining and prospecting for gold for over... [more]

Fiji Chamber of Commerce supports proposal to develop medical tourism
The Fiji Chamber of Commerce is fully behind a proposal for a large Indian company to set up a private hospital in Fiji. The chamber's president, Taito Waradi, says the... [more]

Nauru to rehire some of the hundreds of workers repatriated to Kiribati and Tuvalu
Nauru is to rehire some of the several hundred i-Kiribati and Tuvaluan workers who have been repatriated in recent weeks. The workers and their families have been taken to their... [more]