Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 21st June 2007

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Our Changing World

Chemistry Quiz Night
How to get students excited about chemistry? Offer prizes, lots of sugar, dress them up and make them solve tough problems. [more]

Endocrine Disruptors
Endocrinologist and frog specialist Tyrone Hayes discusses the effects of pesticides on amphibians and human health. [more]

Methane Megaburp
More than 50 million years ago, several thousand gigatons of methane escaped from the sea floor. The release had an immediate and violent impact upon the temperature of both the sea and on land and the biology of the planet. Palaeontologists Chris Hollis and James Crampton talk about the methane megaburp and its relevance to modern climate change. [more]

Laughter Yoga
Louise Wallace attends a laughter yoga class and learns about the importance of having a good laugh. [more]

News stories:

Australia and US welcome Fiji's early election decision in principle
Australia and the United States have welcomed the Fiji interim administrations' decision in principle to hold general elections by March 2009. Fiji TV reports that both countries say they would... [more]

Hunger at closed Vatukoula gold mine in Fiji
Families of the former employees of the closed down Vatukoula gold mine in Fiji are reported to be missing meals and going hungry. The Fiji Times reports that children are... [more]

American Samoa's chief justice denies motion to amend charges against students
American Samoa's chief justice Michael Kruse has denied a government motion to amend charges against three of the four Samoan High Schools graduates accused of savagely beating Nicholas Afa last... [more]

Managing Director of Samoana Broadcasting Ltd faces court charges
The Managing Director of Samoana Broadcasting Ltd, which owns LAUTV, is facing ten charges for non payment of National Provident Fund or NPF contributions. Tuiasau Leota Uelese Petaia, who has... [more]

French Polynesian opposition lodges no-confidence motion
The French Polynesian opposition has lodged a motion of no confidence in the government led by President Gaston Tong Sang. 14 assembly members of the Union For Democracy signed the... [more]

Samoa govt begins thousands of interviews for seasonal working scheme
Samoa's government has started the second round of selecting seasonal workers for horticulture and viticulture farms in New Zealand. The chief executive officer of the Ministry of the Prime Minister... [more]

Former ANZ employees in American Samoa plead not guilty to stealing thousands
Three former employees of ANZ Amerika Samoa Bank have pleaded not guilty in the High Court to charges of stealing, embezzlement, and forgery. Their pre-trial conferences have been set for... [more]

Solomon Islands government small finance scheme welcomed
The Solomon Islands rural development volunteers association welcomes that government's plan to offer a small business finance scheme. The country's government will launch a small business finance scheme on Friday... [more]

Calls for Niue government to recover longstanding debts
There is a call for the Niue Government to try harder to recover longstanding debts before writing them off. The Government intends writing off one point seven million US dollars,... [more]

Fiji Media Council launches Awards for Media Excellence
The Fiji Media Council has recognised the efforts of local journalists with the launch of the Awards for Media Excellence. The Fiji Times quotes council chairman Daryl Tarte as saying... [more]

Fiji's ICAC confirms stopping deputy police commissioner
The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption has confirmed that it stopped the deputy police commissioner, Sada Nand, from leaving the country. Mr Nand arrived at Nadi Airport on Monday on... [more]

Samoa has a new head of state
A former prime minister of Samoa, Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi, was sworn in yesterday as the country's new head of state. Tuiatua was selected by the nation's parliament to take... [more]

PNG's Gobe gas landowners owe lenders millions of dollars
Pressure is mounting for landowners of the Gobe gas project in Papua New Guinea's Southern Highlands province to pay back more than 5.5 million US dollars owing to 30,000 creditors. [more]

Two overseas companies seek business opportunies in American Samoa
Two overseas manufacturing companies have shown an interest in setting up business in American Samoa. A mattress company in Fiji and a New Zealand company that makes airport handling equipment... [more]

Choiseul Oil Palm begins ground work in Solomon Islands
The development of the Choiseul Province Palm oil project in Solomon Islands has moved forward, with the appointment a project manager. Eric Djokovic has signed a contract with the government... [more]

Workshop taking place in Solomon Island to address needs of women, youth and children
A workshop is taking place in Solomon Islands to address the needs of women, youth and children. The newly formed Ministry of Women, Youth and Children is hoping to draw... [more]

Australia and NZ accused of trying to destroy Fiji economy
Fiji's interim finance minister has accused Australia and New Zealand of collaborating to destroy the country's economy. Mahendra Chaudhry has told Radio Legend the two countries are trying to block... [more]

American Samoan nursing leader wants to see more Pacific Islanders take up nursing
The president of the American Samoa nursing leaders council says attracting Pacific islanders into nursing is one of their major challenges. Toaga Seumalo, who is also the director of nursing... [more]

RAMSI official says capacity development is the Solomons' mission's main aim
The outgoing development co-ordinator for the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, Blair Exell, says that capacity development is now RAMSI's top priority. Mr Exell says since the rule of... [more]

In first speech Samoa's new Head of State apologises to former political foes
In his first public address Samoa's new Head of State, former prime minister, Tuiatua Tupua Tamasese Efi, has apologised to his former parliamentary colleagues if he ever said anything that... [more]

New Fiji mine owner says Vatukoula should be re-opened within months
A director of the company that has taken over the closed down Vatukoula gold mine in Fiji says he is confident it will re-open shortly with the company having secured... [more]

Claims of millions of dollars of fraud in the PNG Health Department
There are claims that millions of kina are being wasted and stolen through corruption and incompetence in the Papua New Guinea health department. The outgoing Minister of Health, Sir Peter... [more]

In PNG Seventh Day Adventists assured they will have opportunity to vote despite Saturday clash
The Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission says special arrangements have been made for thousands of Seventh Day Adventists who will not be able to vote on the scheduled day for... [more]

PNG volcanic activity in East New Britain continues
A leading vulcanologist in Papua New Guinea says there are no signs of another big eruption of Mount Tavurvur despite continued high level of activity. The East New Britain volcano... [more]

World Bank approves more funding for Samoa transport and coastal infrastructure
The World Bank has approved an additional 8.27 million US dollars to fund ongoing transport and coastal infrastructure in Samoa. Transport and coastal infrastructure development is being approached within a... [more]

Solomons Development Trust calls for small business training for villagers
The Solomon Islands Development Trust says the new government small business finance scheme should offer business training for villagers. The government will on Friday launch a small business finance scheme... [more]