Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 14th December 2006

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Our Changing World

Science
The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research launches a research voyage to find out how much the oceans around New Zealand are contributing to global warming. [more]

Enviroment
The Antartica Cruising Guide. [more]

Health
International men's health survey [more]

News stories:

Fiji police join search for persons who threatened to kill army commander
Fiji police have joined the military in investigating a plot to assassinate the army commander, Commodore Bainimarama. The Fiji Sun reports intelligence officers have fanned out across the country to... [more]

Samoa MP in court on assault charge
The police in Samoa have charged an independent MP, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, with the assault of a local United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP) woman employee. Police did not want to... [more]

Fiji coup causes oxygen shortage at Samoa hospital
Samoa's general manager for Health Services, Dr Stanley Dean, is blaming the military coup in Fiji for the shortage of oxygen at the main Tupua Tamasese Mea'ole hospital. The problem... [more]

Fiji military says protection in place for army commander
Fiji's military says it has intelligence officers across the country to keep a close watch on anyone planning action against Commodore Frank Bainimarama, who has set himself up as president. [more]

Hawaiian Airlines reshuffles holiday flights
Hawaiian Airlines has canceled one of the four additional flights that were set up to accommodate the busy holiday traffic between Honolulu and Pago Pago. The original schedule announced last... [more]

New Caledonia voting rights amended by French assembly
The French assembly has approved a constitutional amendment which restricts voting rights in New Caledonia to long-term residents. The ruling UMP Party was split on the proposal, but a majorty... [more]

French Polynesian government voted out
The French Polynesian territorial assembly has removed the government of Oscar Temaru set up in March last year. All 29 members of the opposition were present this morning while the... [more]

French Polynesian president toppled in assembly vote
The French Polynesian government of Oscar Temaru has been toppled in a vote of no confidence. 29 opposition members approved a motion tabled at the weekend to oust Mr Temaru's... [more]

Fiji coup causes 2,000 job losses
Nearly 2,000 workers in Fiji have either lost their jobs or are working reduced hours since last week's military coup. A survey by the Fiji Employers Federation shows 180 fulltime... [more]

Papua skull to be returned from Australia to Asmat people
Australia's Ministry of the Environment and Heritage says a culturally significant skull from Papua that was smuggled into Australia last year will be returned to Papua. Through its Quarantine service,... [more]

Kanaks welcome French vote on restricting voting rights in New Caledonia
The Kanak Development Agency in New Caledonia has welcomed a vote by the French assembly to approve a constitutional amendment which restricts voting rights to long-term residents. It means French... [more]

American Samoan power authority negotiating new deal with canneries
Negotiations are continuing between the American Samoa Power Authority and the territory's two canneries on power charges following the expiry of a ten year power purchase agreement between the two... [more]

Papuan refugees in Port Moresby to be evicted as their settlement siite to be developed
A group of Papuans living in a Port Moresby settlement for nearly 20 years after fleeing Indonesian Papua are facing eviction after the landowner decided to develop the site. The... [more]

Fundamentalist churches in Fiji see links between coup makers and witchcraft
A group of Fiji's fundamentalist Christian churches have issued a statement describing the coup as a physical demonstration and manifestation of an evil force which is biblically known as witchcraft. [more]

Pacific Islands Forum expected to shortly make clear its position on Fiji coup
The Pacific Islands Forum is expected to release an official statement on the coup in Fiji shortly. An official says the Forum is consulting with its 16 members before releasing... [more]

Californian youth to stand trial for car crash which killed two Tongan Royals
A California teenager accused of killing two members of the Tongan royal family in a car crash outside San Francisco in July will stand trial on February the 13th. Edith... [more]

Fiji military chief says his regime could rule for 50 years
Fiji's military commander, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says his transitional regime can rule for 50 years if the Great Council of Chiefs delays appointing a new president to swear in the... [more]

Nauru airline seeks regional joint ownership
The chief executive of Nauru's Our Airline says a proposal for a group of regional countries to jointly own the airline company is driven by the prospect of sharing costs... [more]

Moti's future in Solomons unclear
It's unclear whether the suspension of Julian Moti as the Solomon Islands Attorney General will remain following his dismissal on an immigration charge yesterday. The magistrate's court in Honiara dropped... [more]

ICJ calls on Fiji military to restore elected government
The International Commission of Jurists has called on the Fiji military to immediately restore power to the elected civilian government. The ICJ says the military must also abide by international... [more]

Uproar in New Caledonia over French voting decision
A vote in the French assembly over amending the French constitution has caused uproar among some of New Caledonia's MPs. France's lower House of Parliament has passed a bill to... [more]

Fiji military told it lacks power to detain dissidents
The Fiji military has been told it has no legal right to take people in for questioning as it has been doing for the last week. Suva lawyer, John Apted,... [more]

Ousted French Polynesian leader appeals for calm
The ousted French Polynesian president, Oscar Temaru, has appealed to the public to stay calm after his government was voted out of office by the assembly. After the defection of... [more]

American Samoan tackles child abuse
A private citizen in American Samoa is trying to raise awareness about the growing number of children who are sexually assaulted. Lui McGoon wants to mobilize community support for the... [more]

UN seeks verification of claims of abuse and torture of riot suspects in Tonga
The Government of Tonga has received a request from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights seeking verification of the allegations made in the Tonga National Centre... [more]

Government counselling to provide healthy marriages for American Samoa couples
Couples in American Samoa are to get greater access to marriage education services to help them form and sustain healthy marriages. The U.S. department of health and human services are... [more]

Nauru encourages other countries to become partners in Our Airline
The chief executive of Nauru's Our Airline, says a proposal for a group of regional countries to jointly own the airline company, is driven by the prospect of sharing costs... [more]

Suggestions regional bodies should not be headquartered in Fiji in wake of coup
A newspaper in the Cook Islands is questioning whether coup-hit and unstable Fiji should continue to host key regional organisations such as the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and University of... [more]

Solomons police to challenge court ruling in Moti case
The Solomon Islands police are challenging the validity of a permit that led to immigration charges being dropped against the suspended Attorney General, Julian Moti. The Australian lawyer was facing... [more]

Papers show Fiji's ousted government was preparing to encourage civil disobedience
The Fiji military says that the ousted government had plans to stage mass public sit-ins and to disrupt the government payroll system to prevent the military from assuming total control... [more]

Solomons police chief dismisses incompetency accusations after Moti charges dropped
The Solomon Islands police commissioner has strongly rejected claims by the suspended Attorney General and his co-accused that the police are incompetent. Shane Castles made the comment after Julian Moti,... [more]

Fiji coup makers revamp top administration
Fiji's military commander has announced sweeping changes to the boards of government statutory authorities and state-owned companies as part of its clean-up campaign to bring about efficiencies and save public... [more]