Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 16th November 2006

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Our Changing World

Rutherford Medal
Ted Baker, at the University of Auckland, recieves New Zealand's highest science honour, the Rutherford Medal. [more]

Forensic DNA technology
Dean Williams follows up on last weeks feature about the latest advances in forensic DNA technology. [more]

Extinct Bird Book
Dean Williams talks to Alan Tennyson, the author of a book about New Zealand's extinct birds. [more]

Louise Wallace discusses Never2old, a campaign to encourage older people to exercise. [more]

News stories:

Rabuka offered to be interim PM and army commander after 2000 coup - court told
The Suva High Court has been told the former Fiji prime minister, Sitiveni Rabuka, offered to become interim prime minister and army commander just hours after the May 2000 coup. [more]

Marshall Islands defaults on ADB loan payments
The Marshall Islands has defaulted on its Asian Development loan repayments to the tune of US$1 million, as of October 31 2006. The Marshall Islands joined the bank in 1992... [more]

Fiji's military commander puts fresh demands on PM
Fiji's military commander is reported to have demanded that the prime minister remove all those implicated in the 2000 coup from holding office in his government. Fiji TV reports that... [more]

Samoa Lands and Titles court ruling against family church to be challenged
A Lands and Titles court ruling in Samoa ordering the demolition of a new church belonging to the Voice of Christ church, will be challenged early next year. The court... [more]

Solomon's Prime Minister attacks Canberra for not being genuine
Solomon's Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has attacked Canberra for not being genuine in resolving the diplomatic impasse with Honiara. Mr Sogavare says for example Australia asked specifically for the removal... [more]

Fiji military demands removal of police commissioner Hughes - report
Fiji's military commander is reported to have demanded that the prime minister remove all those implicated in the 2000 coup from holding office in his government. Fiji TV reports that... [more]

Maintenance work starts on main ports in PNG
The PNG Ports Corporation Limited has spent US$16 million in the maintenance and capital works at the major ports in the country over the past six years. The PNG Ports... [more]

New Caledonia's SLN company threatens to sack violent strikers
The New Caledonian SLN nickel company says it will take disciplinary action against about 65 striking employees for sabotaging its sites and assaulting other staff. This comes as the strike... [more]

Polynesian Blue Airlines selected as "New Airline of the Year"
Polynesian Blue Airlines - the joint venture between Virgin Blue Airlines and the Government of Samoa - has been selected as the 'New Airline of the Year' at the 2006... [more]

New anti smoking law in Hawaii takes effects tomorrow
Tobacco companies selling products in Hawaii will start to feel the effects of a new anti smoking law that takes effect from tomorrow. Hawaii is the 14th state to enact... [more]

American Samoa's Chamber of Commerce has new strategy to improve 2007 operation
" American Samoa's Chamber of Commerce president David Robinson has come up with a strategy to improve the chamber's operation next year. His plan calls for more dialogue with the... [more]

Businesses in American Samoa told Nov 17 is deadline for wage survey
The U.S. Department of Labor is reminding businesses in American Samoa that November 17 is the final day to complete a wage survey. The survey, which is done every two... [more]

Interoil discovers large LNG gas reserves
The PNG government is excited at Interoil's discovery of commercial gas reserves in the Eastern Papuan basin. The newspaper, The National, reports it has the potential to boost the country's... [more]

PNG Chamber of Commerce reasonably happy with 2007 budget
The president of Papua New Guinea's Chamber of Commerce, Michael Mayberry, says he's glad to see the government has delivered the new budget within its means. The treasurer Sir Rabbie... [more]

Resolution on American Samoa's relationship with U.S.needed - says US congress rep
American Samoa's member of the US Congress, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, is urging for a resolution to outstanding issues regarding the territory's relationship with the United States. Faleomavaega says maybe a... [more]

Fiji's parliament worried about safe air traffic control
Concern has been raised in Fiji's parliament that international airlines may soon stop flying to the country because of problems with providing safe air traffic control. Radio Legend reports that... [more]

Police hunt youths who launch unprecendented attack on tourists in Solomon Islands
Police are hunting for two youths who attacked an Australian historian and guide as well as two American tourists on a visit to Bloody Ridge in Solomon Islands. John Innes... [more]

American Samoan piggeries defy local laws
A survey of piggeries in American Samoa has found that 97 percent fail to comply with local laws. The survey recorded 940 piggeries and 7,800 pigs in the territory. It... [more]

Fiji military opposes any foreign intervention
Fiji's military will strongly resist any foreign intervention by Australia and New Zealand under the Biketawa Declaration. The agreement was signed Pacific Forum leaders in 2000 enabling them to intervene... [more]

Hawaii authorities defend smoking ban
Hawaii's department of health says the new anti-smoking law is necessary to protect people's health. The law, which comes into effect tomorrow will prohibit smoking in public places, such as... [more]

PNG pulls out of RAMSI over Australian travel restrictions
Papua New Guinea is pulling its personnel out of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, or RAMSI Our correspondent in Port Moresby, Alex Rheeney, says a detachment of police,... [more]

Riots erupt in Tonga after government refused to enact democratic reforms
Riots have erupted in the Tongan capital, Nukualofa, after the government refused to approve democratic reforms immediately. The assembly repeatedly deferred its sitting today as thousands of pro-democracy supporters demanded... [more]

Fiji home affairs blames stand-off on bad advice
Fiji's minister for home affairs has blamed bad advice being provided to Commodore Frank Bainimarama for the continuing stand off between the government and the military. Josefa Vosanibola says the... [more]

New Caledonia's Frogier says Eramet should develp Koniambo
The leader of New Caledonia's anti-independence Rassemblement-UMP Party, Pierre Frogier, says the French government should give the planned nickel smelter in the territory's north to the French conglomerate Eramet and... [more]

Solomons PM says illegals linked to RAMSI
The Solomon Islands prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has made an official complaint to the Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, Timothy George, on a range of... [more]

Fiji's Chaudhry makes ministerial post conditional on policy
The leader of the Fiji Labour Party says he won't accept the job of Deputy Prime Minister unless major concessions are made by the government. Mahendra Chaudhry says he won't... [more]

Samoa citizens will soon be able to apply for US visas in Apia
The US Embassy in Apia says a new pilot program that will allow Samoa citizens to apply and be interviewed for visas to enter the United States will be launched... [more]

Fiji's Labour leader gives party's vice president ultimatum
The leader of the Fiji Labour Party says his vice president should resign if he wants to back the government's Budget. Mahendra Chaudhry made the comment after his most senior... [more]

Samoa considers laws to allow some police to carry guns
A proposed new Police Powers bill in Samoa will allow officers to carry guns in some cases, and use sniffer dogs and breathalyzers. The bill will also give police more... [more]

PNG police deny threats to strike over suspension
Papua New Guinea's police union is denying it threatened to hold a nationwide strike over the suspension of the acting police commissioner. The PNG Police Association was threatening industrial action... [more]

Solomon Islands court declines to hear challenge to Moti suspension
The Solomon Islands High Court has declined to hear a challenge to the suspension of Attorney General, Julian Moti. The application to overturn the Public Service Commission's decision to suspend... [more]

Rioting crowds rampage through Tongan capital over democratic reforms
A mob of drunken youths associated to pro-democracy groups have rampaged through the Tongan capital, Nuku'Alofa, today attacking the prime minister's office, the court house and torching other buildings. The... [more]

The centre of Tonga's capital destroyed by rioters
Rampaging drunken youths attached to the Tonga pro-democracy movement have destroyed the business district of the country's capital. Fire is now spreading to outlying parts of the town. The youths... [more]