Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 15th February 2007

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Our Changing World

Antarctica's historic huts
Veronika Meduna joins conservators from the Antarctic Heritage Trust to visit Scott's and Shackleton's huts. [more]

Whale research
Dean Williams continues his series about non-lethal methods of studying whale population dynamics. [more]

Mark Vickers
The recipient of the 2006 Hamilton Memorial Prize and talks about his research into the foetal origins of adult disease. [more]

News stories:

Former Qarase government files High Court challenge to its overthrow
Fiji's former ruling SDL party will file papers today to begin a High Court challenge of the overthrow of its government by the military last December. Suva lawyer Tevita Fa... [more]

Papua policeman dies in exchange of fire with soldiers
A policeman has been shot dead in an exchange of gunfire between police and soldiers in Mulia, the capital of Puncak Jaya, Papua. The Jakarta Post newspaper says the shooting... [more]

Samoa government considering changes to customary land laws
Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says families who own many hectares of customary land would benefit financially if their lands could be leased to the business sector. More than... [more]

Bill to increase salary of American Samoa's Governor returned to Senate committee
.The second reading of a bill to increase the salaries of American Samoa's Governor and Lt. Governor has been halted after Senator Tuaolo Fruean questioned the revenue source for the... [more]

Fiji villages affected by floods running out of food
Villagers hit by flooding in Fiji's northern division on the island of Vanua Levu nearly two weeks ago are reported to be on the verge of starvation. The Fiji Times... [more]

Fiji High Court judge warns military not to interfere with courts
A Fiji High Court judge has told the military that it must not interfere with the courts. The Fiji Times reports that Justice Filimoni Jitoko issued the warning after a... [more]

Fiji military sets up complaints office
Fiji's military has set up an office at the main Government Buildings in Suva where members of the public can lodge their complaints. The action comes after hundreds of people... [more]

Australian scrap dealer bailed on charges of illegal possession of gold
An Australian scrap metal dealer who required medical treatment after spending a night in Honiara's central police station cells has been granted bail after being charged with illegally possessing gold. [more]

Niue businesses seek talks to avert public sector cuts
Private business operators in Niue are calling on the government to meet with them to discuss alternatives to cutting the incomes of public servants as it strives to reduce its... [more]

Air Pacific announces code share deal with Canadian airline
Fiji's international airline, Air Pacific, has entered into a code share arrangement with Canada's Harmony Airways for joint flights between Nadi and Vancouver. Under the code share, passengers from Vancouver... [more]

PNG finance company enters Fiji market
A private finance company from Papua New Guinea has entered the Fiji market in competition with commercial banks and other lending institutions. The managing director of WESRAM FINANCE, Wesley Raminai,... [more]

PNG mining company wins approval for waste storage project
The Papua New Guinea Government has approved OK Tedi Mining Limited's 150 milllion US dollars waste storage project. The Post Courier newspaper reports that the project, set to be commissioned... [more]

PINA says it not involved in debate over conference funding
The President of the Pacific Islands News Association says he's been assured there will be no strings attached to Taiwanese funding to help Solomon Islands' host this year's PINA conference. [more]

Tonga pro-democracy movement poised to defy emergency provisions
Tonga's pro-democracy movement says it plans to hold its first meeting since the state of emergency was declared in November follwoing the riots in Nuku'alofa. This comes as another extension... [more]

Small French Polynesian party disbands to merge with main opposition force
A small French Polynesian pro-independence party, Te Hono, has been dissolved with its members joining the opposition Tavini Huiraatira Party led by Oscar Temaru. The Te Hono leader, Stanley Cross,... [more]

Fiji NLTB urged to use own money to pay debts
Fiji's indigenous landowners are demanding that the Native Lands Trust Board should use its own money to pay debts incurred from business dealings by its former business partner, Pacific Connex. [more]

New Zealand warns Vanuatu about labour scam
The New Zealand High Commission in Vanuatu has issued a warning to the public about a bogus scheme claiming to provide short-term employment opportunities in New Zealand.. It comes as... [more]

Solomon Islands Western Province threatens secession if police re-arm
The provincial premier of Solomon Islands Western Province says his province will secede if the national government follows through on its plans to re-arm the police. Alex Lokopio says the... [more]

Fiji police call on former top cop Hughes to stop making false statements
Fiji police and the military have called on the former police commissioner, Andrew Hughes, to stop misleading people overseas. The call comes after Mr Hughes, who fled Fiji a few... [more]

PNG's former security chief accuses PM of giving orders to remove fugitive Moti
The former chief of Papua New Guinea's National Security Advisory Council has filed papers in court stating that he was ordered by the Prime Minister to get the fugitive Julian... [more]

New Zealand gives Fiji Red Cross aid after floods
New Zealand will give Fiji Red Cross 25,000 US dollars to assist relief efforts following major flooding in Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. The foreign minister Winston Peters says the... [more]

Niue PSA urges caution as spending cuts planned
Niue's Public Service Association says the government should reconsider community development projects before cutting the hours of public servants in its effort to contain a budget blowout. The PSA is... [more]

Fiji barrister files papers for constitutional High Court challenge of military regime
A barrister representing Fiji's deposed prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, says they are hoping the High Court will declare the military regime illegal. Suva barrister Tevita Fa has filed papers today... [more]

Fiji peace keepers academy put on hold
The Fiji military's plans to establish an academy for peacekeepers under the global peace initiative has been put on hold. The project had been due to begin this year in... [more]

Police chiefs from the two Samoas to discuss tighter drug controls
The importation of drugs into American Samoa from Samoa will be discussed in talks in Apia this week between the territory's top security officer, the commissioner of public safety, Sotoa... [more]

Australian businessman runs more TV adverts highlighting human rights abuses in Papua
An Australian businessman has funnelled thousands of dollars into a TV advertising campaign attacking Australian prime minister, John Howard, accusing him of ignoring human rights abuses in Indonesia Papua region. [more]

PNG prime minister rejects claim he ordered Moti flight
The Papua New Guinea prime minister, Sir Michael Somare, is rejecting claims from the former chief of the national security advisory council, Joseph Assaigo, that he ordered him to get... [more]