Radio New Zealand - Friday, 15th September 2006

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News stories:

Solomons' leader says Australia worried inquiry will find RAMSI negligent during riot
The prime minister of Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavare, says he is mystified at the concerns of Australia and New Zealand over his government's commission of inquiry into the April riots. [more]

New locally owned bank in Fiji likely
Fiji could soon have its second locally-owned commercial bank if the Reserve Bank gives its approval. The Home Finance Company has applied for a licence to operate a commercial bank. [more]

Malaysian firm to build mill for Ramu Sugar
Two subsidiaries of a Malaysian company that specialises in building oil palm mills, CB Industrial Product Holdings, has been awarded a contract in Papua New Guinea. Modipalm Engineering and CBIP... [more]

Manasseh Sogavare says his door is open for John Howard
The Solomon Islands prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, says his door is open for Australian prime minister John Howard to come and try and resolve a diplomatic row. Mr Sogavare says... [more]

Samoa PM sends condolences to Tonga
Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has conveyed to the Prime Minister of Tonga, Dr Feleti Vaka'uta Sevele, his great sorrow over the death of His Majesty King Taufa'ahau Tupou... [more]

Fiji police want harsher sentences for those who attack places of worship
Fiji's deputy police commissioner has called for harsher sentences for those who attack places of worship. Radio Legend reports that Moses Driver made the call when giving official statistics for... [more]

American Samoa Power Authority questions budget projections
American Samoa Representative Falema'o Pili has questioned the accuracy of projections in the fiscal year 2007 budget for the American Samoa Power Authority or ASPA. After reviewing the authority's projected... [more]

Fiji bond issue oversubscribed
Fiji's 150-million US dollar bond issue on the international market this month was oversubscribed seven times with orders totaling 1-billion US dollars. This was despite the international credit rating agency. [more]

West Indies company buys Telecom Samoa
The West Indies-based mobile phone operator, DIGICEL, has bought out Telecom Samoa from Telecom New Zealand. In a statement, DIGICEL says that Telecom Samoa with its local its local partner,... [more]

Remains of Fiji's greatest hero to be returned home
The remains of Fiji's greatest war hero, Corporal Sefanaia Sukanaivalu, are to be brought home and buried at a war memorial to be built in front of the parliament building... [more]

Fiji and American Samoa representatives to attend Tongan King's funeral
Fiji's vice president, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, will lead the country's official delegation to the funeral of the late King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV of Tonga next week. Other members of the... [more]

Renewed calls for Vanuatu government to close Commodities Marketing Board
There are renewed calls in Vanuatu for the government to close the Vanuatu Commodities Marketing Board. Stakeholders say it is a stumbling block to the quality control and export of... [more]

By-election underway in Kiribati
Over 8,000 eligible voters on the Kiribati island of Betio go to the polls today to elect a new MP. Former MP Tamwi Naotarai died shortly after the close of... [more]

Winner of Samoa Beauty Pageant contested
The result of last weekend's Samoa Beauty Pageant is being contested by the family of the young woman representing the Samoan community in New Zealand. The contestant's mother, Iuni Sapolu,... [more]

Fiji's Labour and Industrial relations minister confident all workers will get maternity leave
Fiji's Labour and Industrial minister, Krishna Datt says he is confident all workers, including garment workers, will get the full 84 days maternity leave under a new Employment Relations Bill. [more]

Call for New Caledonia Government to seek new partner for northern nickel project
A New Caledonian Kanak USTKE union representative, Pierre Chauvat, says New Caledonia should look for another partner for its northern nickel project. This comes as the main overseas project partner,... [more]

Telecom Vanuatu disappointed over introduction of new company
Telecom Vanuatu Limited has expressed disappointment over a supreme court decision to allow a new telecommunications company called Pacific Data Solutions to set up in the country. TVL, which controls... [more]

Niue's Development Bank surveys interest among expatriates in returning home
Officials from Niue's Development Bank have been speaking with Niuean expatriate groups in Auckland over the past week as the island steps up efforts to encourage people return home. It... [more]

Fiji government MP says state not employers should pay for maternity leave
A Fiji government MP and businesswoman has attacked the provision of the Employment Relations Bill granting women workers 84 days maternity leave on full pay. The Daily Post says Mere... [more]

New Pacific whale protection agreement borne from frustation with IWC
The International Fund for Animal Welfare says a new agreement in whale and dolphin protection being signed by Pacific countries today was borne out of frustration with the International Whaling... [more]

Fiji information minister rejects criticism of controversial broadcasting bill
Fiji's information minister has rejected criticism of the government's controversial Broadcasting Licensing Bill as baseless. Isireli Leweniqila has told Radio Legend that the Bill has followed normal parliamentary procedures and... [more]

Tonga's new King to get rid of his business interests
Tonga's Lord Chamberlain has announced that King Siaosi Tupou V is to dispose of all his commercial interests in Tonga. Honourable Fielakepa in a brief statement said this conforms with... [more]

New Zealand officials to assess Niue's long-term power needs next week
The New Zealand government aid agency, NZAID, is to make an assessment of the long term power needs of Niue next week. The island has been struggling with frequent power... [more]