Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 14th March 2007

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News stories:

Four Fijian rugby referees to officiate in the upcoming IRB Pacific Rugby Cup
Four Fiji Rugby Union referees have been selected to officiate in the upcoming IRB Pacific Rugby Cup that features two teams from each of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. They are... [more]

Britiain and France align themseves with the EU's view of events in Fiji
British and French diplomats in Fiji say their countries do not have to take individual stands on the current situation in Fiji. This comes at a time when Australia. New... [more]

Commonwealth Broadcasting Association dismayed by Fiji military's treatment of journalists
The Commonwealth Broadcasting Association says it is watching the media situation in Fiji with increasing anxiety and dismay. In a statement released in London, the CBA says it notes particularly... [more]

American Samoan official faces 70 charges including embezzlement and forging documents
The suspended Director of American Samoa's Territorial Emergency Management Coordination Office, Faamausili Pola was arrested early last evening at his home in Tafuna. He faces 70 charges, including embezzlement, stealing,... [more]

Fiji interim administration pushes for salary cuts by statutory bodies
Fiji's interim administration wants all state-owned commercial companies and statutory bodies to consider giving their staff a 5% pay cut in line with the civil service. This has been confirmed... [more]

Fiji President announces extension of emergency regulations
Fiji's president has extended the Public Emergency Regulations for another 30 days until early next month. Ratu Josefa Iloilo's decision has been announced in a special edition of the Official... [more]

Fiji interim cabinet endoses sale of Vatukoula goldmine
Fiji's interim cabinet has endorsed the sale of the closed down Vatukoula gold mine by the Emperor Gold Mining Company Limited to an Australian company. A statement from the interim... [more]

All Black fullback has appointment with surgeon
The All Black fullback Mils Muliaina has an appointment with a specialist today to see if he needs surgery on the broken bone in his foot suffered during yesterday's game... [more]

The Samoan Rugby Union has full control of national rugby side Manu Samoa
New Zealand businessman Sir Michael Fay has handed back the management of Manu Samoa to the Samoa Rugby Union, but will still have some involvement. The move follows an agreement... [more]

Tokelau government rejects criticism of push for self-government
Tokelau's ongoing government has dismissed criticism that the atolls are too small and isolated to become self governing. The second vote on self determination in free association with New Zealand... [more]

Cook Islands government might house five agencies in new police H/Q to save money
A Cook Islands government official says it will be two weeks before a decision is likely on whether five government agencies will join police in their newly built headquarters in... [more]

Planned rebuild of Tonga's capital may include wharf for cruise ships
Plans for the rebuilding of Tonga's capital include opening it up to the water's edge to create what has been called a doorway to the city. The stakeholders have until... [more]

Clashing Papua clans asked to make peace
Police in Indonesia's Papua region are working to persuade two quarrelling tribes in a remote part of Paniai to end their bloody clash, in which nine people have been killed... [more]

Fiji's deposed prime minister expecting treason charges following police questioning
Fiji's ousted Prime Minister believes he's likely to be charged with treason once the police complete their investigations into him. Two senior police officers from Suva questioned Laisenia Qarase at... [more]

Fiji likely to be stopped from signing MSG agreement in Vanuatu
The Melanesian Spearhead Group has confirmed that Fiji's interim government has been told it won't be allowed to sign the MSG agreement in Vanuatu next week. The signing of the... [more]

NZ foreign minister says human rights booklet infers support for Fiji military regime
The New Zealand foreign minister, Winston Peters, says a Fiji human rights booklet appears to have been perverted by a change in its language. The New Zealand government aid agency,... [more]

Security concerns behind move to extend state of emergency, says Fiji military
Fiji's military says security concerns are behind moves to extend the state of emergency in the country until early next month. The president, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, extended the public emergency... [more]

Niue leader says the island is getting on top of its financial woes
Despite money worries on Niue, the island's premier, Young Vivian, says he is not in New Zealand to grovel for more money. New Zealand is Niue's main aid donor and... [more]

Fiji Human Rights Commission receives response from military
The Fiji Human Rights Commission says it has now received a response from the military over its inquiry into human rights violations since the December coup. The commission was seeking... [more]

Australian travel warning over Solomons outrageous, says Sogavare
The Solomon Islands government says Australia's travel warning against visiting Solomon Islands is outrageous. Australia is advising its residents to reconsider any travel to the Solomon Islands because of an... [more]

PNG probe into police corruption starts at the top
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare has endorsed an immediate police operation to investigate corruption in the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, The Post Courier reports that the... [more]

American Samoa to host Olympic assembly
American Samoa is hosting the General Assembly of the Oceania National Olympic Committee next week. 17 countries will be represented and more than 100 delegates, observers and media are expected... [more]

American Samoa govt officials under the spotlight
Government officials in American Samoa are under the spotlight for allegedly overspending Homeland Security grants worth 1.7 million US dollars. The officials have received subpoenas and must produce documents before... [more]

Resentment against military growing, says deposed Fiji PM
Fiji's deposed Prime Minister claims resentment is growing amongst Fijians who realise that December's military coup was politically-driven. Laisenia Qarase says the military-backed government's clean-up campaign was designed to discredit... [more]