Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 28th June 2007

This page lists items from RNZ that are available online. RNZ didn't start regularly putting both its audio and news content online until 2008. From 2002-2007 written news items (particularly from RNZ International) were placed online. You can access items prior to 2002 on the historic page.

This page features: News Stories, Our Changing World

Our Changing World

Young Scientist of the Year
Jessie Jacobsen is the 2007 MacDiarmid Young Scientist of the Year for her innovative research on Huntington's disease. [more]

Possums
Janine Duckworth from Landcare Research want to put possums on the pill. [more]

KAREN - High speed network
KAREN - Kiwi Advanced Research and Educational Network - allows researchers to share genomic data with colleagues overseas. [more]

Wilding Conifers
Heather North and Nick Ledgard are working to contain wilding conifers in the South Island. [more]

News stories:

Fiji's interim attorney general questions purpose of sanctions
Fiji's interim attorney general has questioned the purpose of sanctions placed on the country by New Zealand and other countries. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum raised the issue on Fiji TV last night... [more]

Tonga joins World Trade Organisation
The World Trade Organisation says Tonga will become its 151st member on July 27 Tonga has a population of about 117,000 and its accession was cleared by the world trade... [more]

Fiji lawyer to ask DPP to throw out Takiveikata case
The lawyer for the Naitasiri provincial chief who was released by the Fiji Court of Appeal this week will ask the director of public prosecutions to drop the mutiny charges... [more]

Clampdown on foreigners working on business visas in Fiji
Fiji's Immigration Department is to clampdown on foreign nationals who come into the country for full fledged employment using 14-day business visas. The Fiji Times reports that the measure follows... [more]

Row develops over future of U.S. missile testing range at Marshall Islands Kwajalein Atoll
A row has developed over the future of the US missile testing range at Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands as landowners refuse to accept rental terms offered by Washington. [more]

NRL targets pacific youth
A host of Australian NRL stars with Samoan, Maori, Tongan and Fijian heritage will take on coaching roles at the first ever Pacific Rugby League Day in Sydney next month. [more]

All square in America's Cup
Swiss defender Alinghi has beaten challenger Team New Zealand in the fourth race of the America's Cup to level sailing's most prestigious race 2-2. Alinghi crossed the line 30 seconds... [more]

Mundine defends WBA title
Australian fighter,Anthony Mundine, has successfully defended his WBA super middleweight boxing title with a hard-fought unanimous points decision over Argentinean Pablo Zamora Nievas on the Gold Coast. The 32-year-old Mundine... [more]

Sole Fijian to compete at World Youth Athletics Championships
Fiji will be represented by a sole athlete at the World Youth Athletics Championships in the Czech Republic next month. Lautoka student - Isoa Me will compete in the 400-metres... [more]

Inspirational womens footballer heads to Fiji
Permi Jhooti, the FIFA Ambassador for Women's Football, will arrive in Fiji tomorrow. She will participate in a three day strategic planning workshop. Jhooti is Asia's first professional women's footballer... [more]

PNG's East New Britain Province tightens up quarantine procedures
Papua New Guinea's East New Britain Province is tightening up quarantine procedures on land and sea. The National Quarantine and Inspection is trying to control the cocoa pod borer epidemic... [more]

Aloha Airlines suffers a loss in American Samoa
Hawaii's Aloha Airlines has posted a US$24.3 million loss in the first quarter, up from a $20.3 million loss in the same period last year. The U.S. Department of Transportation... [more]

Fiji Telecom profits up 19% despite lower prices
Fiji's Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Limited has reported a group consolidated net profit after tax of 25-point-3 million US dollars for the financial year ending on March 31st. This is an... [more]

Solomon Islands Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources challenges conservationists
Solomon Islands Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources has rejected claims by marine mammal activists that exporting live dolphins and keeping them in captivity is an act of cruelty. Nollen... [more]

Internet company cuts call rates in Fiji
The company which introduced wireless internet services to Fiji in 2005 is promising to slash international telephone call rates by 80-percent to 90-percent with Voice over Internet Protocol services. Unwired... [more]

Marshall Islands president is in Taiwan
The Marshall islands president, Kessai Note, is in Taiwan on a private visit. Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs says this marks Dr Note's sixth visit to the country since his... [more]

Former head of Fiji Visitors bureau keen on political life
The former chief executive of the Fiji Visitors bureau, Bill Gavoka, who resigned this week citing personal reasons, has revealed that he wants to enter politics. Mr Gavoka has told... [more]

Niue encouraged to seek huge trust fund top-up from New Zealand
A Niue MP and former High Commissioner to New Zealand, Hima Douglas, has told the island's parliament, the Fono, that New Zealand should be asked to provide a one-off aid... [more]

Oxfam is scathing about the accession of Tonga to the WTO
The NGO Oxfam has been scathing about the process under which Tonga is joining the World Trade Organisation describing it as hypocritical and political. Tonga will become the WTO's 151st... [more]

Pacific makes presentation at World Heritage Conference
The Pacific delegation have put forward a proposal at the UNESCO World Heritage Conference in Christchurch for assistance to set up a Pasifika Heritage Fund. Economist and Cook Islander Adrian... [more]

Fiji interim government pleas with New Zealand to think again about sanctions
Fiji's interim attorney general Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the interim government is open for talks to clarify why New Zealand wants to impose further sanctions on Fiji. New Zealand's Prime Minister... [more]

Attorney General waiting police file over attempted rape allegations
Samoa's Attorney General, Ming Leung Wai, is still waiting for the completed file of police investigation into attempted rape allegations involving one of the three assistant police commissioners which were... [more]

Lawyers to petition Fiji President for Acting Chief Justice resignation
A group of lawyers in Fiji are preparing a petition for President Iloilo calling for the reinstatement of the suspended chief justice, Daniel Fatiaki. Radio Legend reports that the lawyers... [more]

Australia bans importation of kava
Australia has banned the importation of kava to reduce the spread of the intoxicating drink in Aboriginal communities. The Australian newspaper reports that the move, which took effect this week,... [more]

Guarded optimism as PNG heads into first national election under preference vote system
Observers say there is some optimism going into the first Papua New Guinea national election to be conducted under the limited preferential voting system, but there are concerns about how... [more]

American Samoa to connect up new fibre-optic link
American Samoa's Governor Togiola Tulafono is optimistic that by the end of the year, the territory will have a fiber optic cable connection. The governor says in a matter of... [more]