Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 9th November 2006

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Our Changing World

Honey Bee Genome
Peter Dearden and Kyle Beggs, at the University of Otago, discuss the genome of the honey bee. [more]

Low Copy Number
ESR scientist John Buckleton explains the latest crime-solving tool, Low Copy Number. [more]

Silk in Cambodia
Dean Williams continues his feature on the revival of traditional silk manufacturing in Cambodia. [more]

Louise Wallace discusses treatments of schizophrenia with John Read, at the University of Auckland. [more]

News stories:

Fiji military chief urges PM to change direction
The leader of Fiji's military, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has called on the prime minister, Laisenia Qarase to change direction and get rid of those still in government who were involved... [more]

Fiji military chief accuses PM of lack of integrity
The leader of Fiji's military, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says the prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, lacks integrity and sound judgment and there needs to be a change in direction. He says... [more]

Solomons swears in new high commissioner to Australia
Solomon Islands new High Commissioner to Australia, Victor Ngele, was sworn in at Government House yesterday by Governor General Sir Nathaniel Waena. Foreign Affairs Secretary Jerry Manele says Mr Ngele... [more]

Fiji military chief won't attend GCC meeting
The Fiji military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, is not attending a special session of the Great Council of Chiefs, the GCC, called to deal with the impasse between the military... [more]

Fiji military chief won't attend GCC meeting
The Fiji military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama says he will not attend today's special session of the Great Council of Chiefs, called to discuss the standoff between the military and... [more]

Faleomavaega re-elected for 10th term as American Samoa's Congress delegate
Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin has been re-elected to a 10th term as American Samoa's non voting delegate in Congress. He polled 5,195 ballots according to provisional results. Aumau Amata Coleman... [more]

Record ATH profits in Fiji
The company which controls all telecommunications in Fiji, Amalgamated Telecom Holdings, has reported a record after tax profit of 12-point-6 million US dollars for the six months ending on September... [more]

KPMG reviews Fiji Public Trust files
The chartered accounting firm KPMG is reviewing 12,500 trust files of the former Office of Public Trustee, now the newly launched Fiji Public Trustee Corporation Ltd. The Fiji Sun paper... [more]

Tonga chamber of commerce says reforms under way
The President of Tonga's Chamber of Commerce says the government is already pushing through some of the reforms called for in a new report by an Australian think tank. In... [more]

Call for state of emergency at PNG's Porgera mine
Landowners are calling on the Papua New Guinea government to declare a state of emergency in the Enga Province to stop illegal mining at Porgera gold mine. The Chairman of... [more]

Solomons upholds ban on sea cucumber export
The Solomon Islands Fisheries Advisory Committee says the ban on the harvesting and export of sea cucumber will remain until a management plan is in place to protect the resource. [more]

Hawaiian adds extra Pago Pago flights for holiday season
Hawaiian Airlines says it will add four extra flights on the Honolulu-Pago Pago route for the holiday season. Airline spokesman Keoni Wagner says the extra flights will be offered on... [more]

Fiji PM sharply criticised by military chief
There's been stinging criticism of the Fiji prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, by the military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama. The commander says attempts to remove him from office show a lack... [more]

Marshalls to get US$5m for Taiwan summit centre
The Marshall Islands is to receive five million US dollars from the Taiwan government to build special facilities needed to host a Taiwan Pacific Allies Summit in Majuro next year. [more]

Former Fiji PM Rabuka committed to stand trial on mutiny charge
Fiji's former Prime Minister, Sitiveni Rabuka, will go to trial on charges of inciting a mutiny. Mr Rabuka is charged with inciting the mutiny in which eight soldiers died in... [more]

PNG parliament curbs Ombudsman Commission
The Papua New Guinea parliament has voted in an organic law to restrict the Ombudsman Commission to limit its investigative powers. The move means that in handing down rulings the... [more]

SLN nickel company in New Caledonia moves to lay off staff
The SLN nickel company in New Caledonia plans to partially lay off about 100 workers in response to the CSTNC union strike action. The union's strike is in its seventh... [more]

Faleomavaega vies to refocus policy on Pacific
American Samoa's Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, who has been re-elected to a 10th term as a non-voting delegate in the United States Congress, says he plans to shift the focus of... [more]

Tongan government positive about reform report
The Tongan government has told pro democracy activists that it has in principle accepted the report on political reform submitted last month. The activists have presented a petition to the... [more]

Former Fiji PM Rabuka to stand trial on mutiny charge
Fiji's former prime minister, Sitiveni Rabuka, is to face trial on charges of inciting mutiny. The mutiny at the army barracks in November 2000 was aimed at assassinating the military... [more]

Fiji PM tells chiefs he failed to heal rift with military
Fiji's Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase has told today's meeting of the Great Council of Chiefs that he fell short in efforts to improve relations between his government and the military. [more]

Concerns over secrecy of Australia's security treaty with Indonesia
The Australia West Papua Association is expressing concern at the new security treaty with Indonesia claiming it's been veiled in secrecy in order to push it through. The first security... [more]

Australian conman Foster reappears in court
Australian conman Peter Foster has returned to a Fiji court after spending his first night on bail at a Suva hotel. Foster appeared in the magistrates court in Suva this... [more]

Fiji chiefs call on army commander in latest attempt to resolve impasse
A delegation from Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs is at the army barracks to ask the army commander, Commander Frank Bainimarama, to address a meeting of the GCC tomorrow. The... [more]

Papua New Guinea not prepared for bird flu outbreak - health minister
The Papua New Guinea health minister says his country is not prepared for a bird flu outbreak. Sir Peter Barter says there is not enough public awareness, and response preparedness... [more]

Cook Islands Democratic Party retains Mauke seat
" The Cook Islands Democratic Party has retained the southern island seat of Mauke after the electoral petition filed by the Cook Islands Party was dismissed. The Democratic Party which... [more]

Australian Greens say human rights must be part of Indonesia security treaty.
Australia's Green Party says the new security treaty with Indonesia, which is due to be signed on Monday, will suppress people who want to work towards independence for West Papua. [more]

Lengthy New Caledonian strike set to carry on after attempts at talks fail
A lengthy strike in New Caledonian is set to continue after the CSTNC union's scheduled meeting with the Congress this afternoon was cancelled. Both parties refused to attend the meeting. [more]

Bougainville's Buka quieter after militant leader fined on gun charge and freed from custody
Tensions in Buka, the main town in the Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville, have dissipated with the release from jail of Chris Uma, the commander of the militant group,... [more]

Fiji military tells chiefs council it will not attend unless bills are dropped
Fiji's military says Commodore Bainimarama will only attend tomorrow's session of the Great Council of Chiefs if the government drops three controversial Bills it objects to. Radio Legend reports that... [more]

PNG politicians vote to retain governors' seats
The Papua New Guinea parliament has reversed constitutional changes that would have eliminated the provincial regional seats ahead of next June's national election. The winners of the regional seats become... [more]