Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 5th April 2007

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This page features: News Stories, Our Changing World

Our Changing World

Veronika Meduna joins a group of scientists as they catalogue species at Wellington's Otari Wilton's Bush. [more]

Tree rings
Anthony Fowler, at the University of Auckland, talks about deciphering climate information from tree rings in timber. [more]

Vanuatu's forests
Victoria University lecturer Sean Weaver explains an initiative to protect Vanuatu's forests and to reduce its carbon emissions. [more]

Pain relief
Louise Wallace talks to Sue Young, a nurse at Auckland Hospital, who's studying methods of pain relief. [more]

News stories:

One person dead following tropical cyclone Cliff in Fiji
One person is reported dead and 30 students escaped death when a landslide crashed into the walls of their hostel as Tropical Cyclone Cliff lashed eastern Fiji. The Fiji Times... [more]

US Department of Transportation rules against American Samoa's governor
The United States Department of Transportation or DOT has ruled that American Samoa can not regulate airline services between there and any other US state or territory because of the... [more]

Aid workers in Solomon Islands say disease outbreak a major threat
Aid workers on the ground in Solomon Islands say the biggest fear at the moment is the outbreak of disease in the tropical heat among the victims of the disaster. [more]

Tourism figures on the rise in PNG
Papua New Guinea is seeing an increase in the number of overseas visitors entering the country. The Tourism Promotion Authority reported that more positive growth had been reported for the... [more]

Call for laws in Fiji to fight cyber crime
There's been a call in Fiji for stringent laws and especially trained investigators to effectively fight cyber crime. An academic at the University of the South Pacific, Dr Ravi Prasad,... [more]

Tropical Cyclone Cliff batters Lau group of islands in Fiji's east
Tropical Cyclone Cliff has been moving through the Lau group of islands in Fiji's east after hitting the main northern islands of Vanua Levu and Taveuni. A gale warning is... [more]

Koreans remain the top foreign investors in the Northern Marianas
Koreans remain the top foreign investors in the Northern Marianas over the past three years, now making up nearly 50 percent of all foreign investors in the Commonwealth. The Department... [more]

American Samoa sees inflation rise in first quarter of 2007
Inflation in American Samoa for the first quarter of 2007 was 1.8% higher, compared to the fourth quarter of 2006. The January to March consumer price index just released by... [more]

Highlands Pacific share fall hurts thousands in PNG
Thousands of shareholders in Papua New Guinea have been adversely affected by Highland Pacific's plunging share prices, which yesterday hit their lowest level since July 2003, amidst growing concern about... [more]

Mixed results for two Pacific rugby teams at IRB's under 19 championship
The Cook Islands fought bravely on their IRB under-19 rugby world championship debut in Northern Ireland, but couldn't hold off Chile's powerful pack losing 29-14. The Cook Islands spent much... [more]

US stops Fiji moving forward - says Bainimarama
Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Bainimarama, says the decision by the United States embassy to revoke his visitor's visa and those of others in the interim administration stops Fiji from... [more]

Aid workers in Solomon Islands say disease outbreak a major issue
Aid workers in Solomon Islands say the outbreak of disease in the tropical heat among the victims of Monday's devastating tsunami and earthquake is a major threat. Officials say at... [more]

Tonga's People's Representatives facing charges frustrated over delays
The Tonga's People's Representatives facing sedition charges in connection to last November's riot in Nukualofa have expressed frustration at their cases being deferred yet again. The five representatives, including leading... [more]

American Samoa's govt files new case against suspended director
American Samoa's government has filed a new case against the suspended Director of the Territorial Emergency Management and Coordination Office, or TEMCO. Last Friday the government moved to dismiss 70... [more]

All Black winger to start at fullback
All Black winger Sitiveni Sivivatu will start at fullback when the Chiefs take on the Highlanders in their Super 14 clash in Queenstown on Saturday. Chiefs coach Ian Foster says... [more]

Samoa gets further funding in millions from the Chinese government
The Samoa government has received more aid assistance from China. The announcement was made during yesterday's talks between prime minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, and Changchun Li, one of the nine... [more]

Fiji interim PM thanks UN for rebuffing Commonwealth on peacekeeping missions
Fiji's interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, has thanked the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, for having the wisdom to look at the greater needs of the UN community... [more]

Fiji military criticises US over visa cancellation procedure
Fiji's military says it's inappropriate to ask the interim prime minister to hand his passport in to the United States embassy a so it can revoke his visitor's visa. The... [more]

Son of Tongan politician in court on Nuku'alofa riot charge
The son of a Tongan politician is to appear in the Supreme Court on charges of damaging property during the November riots in Nuku'alofa. Three witnesses who were at the... [more]

PNG's suspended Petroleum Minister found guilty of misconduct in office
Papua New Guinea's suspended Petroleum and Energy Minister, Sir Moi Avei, has been found guilty of misconduct in office by the Leadership Tribunal. The tribunal's decision was unanimous and referred... [more]

Cyclone Cliff headed for Tonga
The Fiji Met Service says the risks to Fiji from Cyclone Cliff have subsided as the cyclone is now heading towards Tonga. The winds at its centre are about 85... [more]

Premier in Solomons disaster zone says need for additional toilets increasingly urgent
The premier of Western Province in Solomon Islands, Alex Lokopio, says there is an increasingly urgent need for sanitation facilities for the people displaced by Monday's earthquake and tsunami. On... [more]

France's Eramet eyeing stake in New Caledonia's Koniambo project
The French mining company Eramet says technological improvements it has developped in France are suited in the exploitation of the nickel resources in New Caledonia's north. The head of Eramet,... [more]

Guam senator pushes for consolidation of agencies
A Republican senator in Guam says his two bills aimed at reorganising public agencies will go to committee hearings next week. Senator Frank Ishizaki says the two bills seek to... [more]

Fiji president assumes role as Fiji university chancellor
Fiji's president, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, has agreed to become the first Chancellor of the newly-established University of Fiji. The Lautoka-based University of Fiji was started by the Hindu religious organisation,... [more]

Forum delegates discuss Fiji crisis
Pacific Islands Forum delegates have met in Suva to discuss the situation in Fiji. Officials from nine member countries have agreed on terms of reference for the new group to... [more]

PNG's former deputy prime minister faces penalties over misconduct in office
The former deputy prime minister of Papua New Guinea, Sir Moi Avei, will find out later this month what penalties he will face after being found guilty of misconduct in... [more]

Quake-hit Solomons province in need of hospital care
The provincial government in Solomon Islands Western Province says the need for hospital facilities is becoming increasingly important as the aid effort picks up speed. The premier says the injured... [more]

France's UMP backs French Polynesia's Sandras in June election
France's ruling UMP Party has nominated a politician of French Polynesia's Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party as its official candidate in the territory for the French national assembly election in June. Bruno... [more]

Fiji teachers still pondering strike action over pay cuts
The Fijian Teachers Association says the question of whether teachers are providing essential services which dictates whether they need to give 28 days strike notice will be referred to the... [more]

Joint Forum/Fiji body meets in effort to resolve political crisis
Officials from Fiji and nine other Pacific Islands Forum countries met today to discuss a way out of the Fiji political crisis. The Pacific Islands Forum-Fiji Joint Working Group on... [more]

Cyclone Cliff posing major threat to Tonga overnight
Cyclone Cliff, which has been battering Fiji for the past two days, is intensifying and is expected to bring flooding and gale winds to parts of Tonga overnight. At 7... [more]

Agencies in Solomons work to improve delivery of services to disaster zone
Relief agencies in Solomon Islands are trying to be more efficient in their efforts to provide assistance for the thousands of people affected by Monday's earthquake and tsunami. Government authorities... [more]