Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 26th July 2007

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Ma Tatou 4
Jim talks with TV presenter and educator Te Hamua Nikora on the renaissance of te reo with children. [more]

Our Changing World

Justin Gregory tours the Wellington city landfill to find out about the future of waste management [more]

Disposing of Unwanted Medicines Properly is a pilot project run by the University of Auckland School of Pharmacy [more]

Submarine Fibre Optics
Cables criss-crossing the globe along the seabed are vulnerable to underwater mudslides [more]

Interdisciplinary Energy Research
The Otago Energy Research Centre is drawing together academics from many diverse fields [more]

News stories:

PNG Simberi gold project on track
The Simberi gold project in Papua New Guinea's New Ireland Province is on track for its first gold production in October. Operator and 100 percent owner Allied Gold said in... [more]

Pay frozen for striking Fiji nurses
Fiji's public service commission has issued an order freezing the pay of striking nurses as their industrial action enters its second day. The commission's permanent secretary, Taina Tagicakibau, says freezing... [more]

Fiji's Health Ministry appeals for volunteers
Fiji's health ministry has appealed for outside assistance to help in hospitals and health centres during the current nurses strike. The ministry has called on NGOs, religious organisations, women's groups... [more]

Suva high court grants judicial review of prominent lawyer's travel ban
The Suva High Court has granted prominent lawyer Graham Leung leave to have a judicial review of the travel ban imposed on him earlier this month. Although the travel ban... [more]

PNG beer wins international gold medals
Papua New Guinea's only brewery, South Pacific Brewery has come out on top again with triple international gold medals for the country's beer. The brewing company had strengthened PNG's international... [more]

Samoa needs more than half a million coconuts a week for oil mill
Samoa's coconut society of farmers and producers are meeting this week to explain the need for share capital equity to fund its four coconut oil mills. The society has approved... [more]

Three companies pursuing business opportunities in American Samoa
Three companies will pursue joint venture opportunities with investors that are planning to set up in American Samoa. David Robinson, the President of American Samoa's Chamber of Commerce, says the... [more]

Fiji home loans in take a nose dive
A leading Fiji bank says the home loans market in the country has suffered a drop of between 20 and 30 per cent in the last six months. The Fiji... [more]

Talks on airline service between two Samoas raised
The airline service between the two Samoas has been discussed between Fono leaders from American Samoa and Samoa's Prime Minister. The Territory's House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale and Senate President... [more]

Air New Zealand wins major contract with Hawaiian Airlines
Air New Zealand's maintenance division has won a new five year contract worth around 36 million US, with Hawaiian Airlines. The airline says its technical operations division, will carry out... [more]

Digicel in PNG wins court injuction against PNG telecommunications authority
Digicel has won a court injunction to stop the Papua New Guinea telecommunications authority PANGTEL from shutting it down. PNG's Telikom has been the country's sole phone network provider and... [more]

Fiji law society attacks Solicitor General's appointment
The Fiji Law Society has criticised the appointment of New Zealander Christopher Pryde as the country's new solicitor general, describing it as another unconstitutional act. The Law Society president, Devanesh... [more]

Transparency international PNG calls for MPs to not succumb to inducements
The anti corruption agency Transparency International in Papua New Guinea is calling on MPs not to succumb to inducements as parties begin building potential governing coalitions. Most seats are expected... [more]

Parties in Fiji opt for arbitration in nurses strike
Fiji's public service commission and the Nurses Association have opted for arbitration as a way out of the nurses strike which has entered its second day. But the Fiji Times... [more]

Caritas Australia objects to Papua HIV/AIDS microchip proposal
Caritas Australia has criticised a proposal being considered by the Papuan Legislative Council to have microchips implanted in people living with HIV/AIDS. The Indonesian provincial parliament is deliberating a regulation... [more]

Fiji women's rights movement supports striking nurses
The Fiji Women's Rights Movement is asking the country to support its striking nurses. Close to a thousand nurses around the country walked off their jobs after unsuccessful talks on... [more]

Cook Islands govt says public servants may have to wait for COLA
The Cook Islands government says public servants may have to wait another two years to get their long-awaited cost of living adjustment. Only three out of more than 20 government... [more]

Solomon Islands provincial leaders says PM should take heed of public concern
A provincial leader in Solomon Islands says the Prime Minister should take heed of public concern about police re-armament and could expect MP defections if he doesn't. A paramount Guadalcanal... [more]

New Zealand govt initiative to support teaching Niuean language
Teachers involved in offering Niuean language in New Zealand schools are to be supported by a new government initiative. The Education Minister, Steve Maharey, is to launch Vagahau Niue at... [more]

Commonwealth to assist countries in application over continental shelves
The Commonwealth Secretariat is to provide legal advice and technical assistance to Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Tonga for submissions to the United Nations on their continental shelves. Under... [more]

Sir Tom Davis state funeral planned for this weekend in Rarotonga
The state funeral of Sir Tom Davis, who passed away earlier this week, will be held on the weekend on Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. Sir Tom, a former prime... [more]

2 arrested in Solomon Islands scam at Treasury department
Solomon Islands police have seized property and arrested two people in connection with a fraud case in the government's Treasury department. The thieves are alleged to have stolen a government... [more]

Fiji Trades Union Congress add their support to the nurses strike
As the nurses strike in Fiji enters its second day, there are reports of widespread disruption to health services including the shutting down of clinics, nurses stations, outpatient services and... [more]

Two rival groups in Papua New Guinea attempting to put together governing coalitions
Political camps have been established in Lae and in Wewak in Papua New Guinea as two rival groupings try to put together governing coalitions. 54 of the 109 seats in... [more]

Tonga government claims hate campaign being run by Kele'a newspaper
The Tonga Government claims the pro-democracy newspaper, Kele'a, is running a hate campaign against the Prime Minister, Dr Feleti Sevele. It is threatening legal action and is also asking the... [more]

American Samoan government found liable over shopping centre fire
American Samoa's High Court has ruled that the territory's government is liable for 6.6 million US dollars in damages caused by a fire which destroyed the Laufou shopping centre in... [more]

Samoa Health Ministry warns public over increase of mumps cases
Samoa's public health service within the Ministry of Health has stepped up preventative measures for protection from the viral disease mumps. This follows an increase in the number of mumps... [more]

CNMI to be given access to federal nutrition programme
Eligible mothers and young children in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands will soon be able to receive monthly federal assistance for specific nutritional needs. In early August, the... [more]

American Samoan Congressman calls for U.S. to right wrongs in Marshall Islands
American Samoa's Congressman has called for the United States to do everything possible to make things right for the people of the Marshall Islands. Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin was speaking at... [more]

Barriers to acceptance of HIV/AIDs will be broken by Bishops approach of compassion
The Samoa Aids Foundation is welcoming the stance being taken by Catholic bishops at their conference in Apia over the issue of HIV/Aids. The key message being discussed by the... [more]

Solomons auditor warns of continuing threat of the theft of public money
The Solomon Islands auditor general says it is possible there will be more cases of fraud following the theft of a government cheque which was cashed for half a million... [more]

Arbitration in Fiji nurses strike put on the backburner by Government
Fiji's interim-labour minister, Bernadette Rounds-Ganilau, will not decide on arbitration over the nurses strike until other avenues have been explored. She says she won't step in until both the nurses... [more]

National Alliance on target to win at least 20 seats in battle to govern PNG
Rival political camps have been established in Lae and in Wewak in Papua New Guinea as two groups vie to become the government. Half the 109 seats have now been... [more]

Fiji PM willing to meet Nurses Association
Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says he's willing to meet with the Fiji Nursing Association. Close to 1,000 nurses have walked off the job and there are reports... [more]

Tonga newspaper dismisses government criticism over
A newspaper in Tonga, run by the pro-democracy movement, has dismissed criticism from government that it is running a hate campaign against Prime Minister Doctor Feleti Sevele. The Government is... [more]

Solomons police hunt over government cheque scam
The Solomon Island police are hunting for two men caught on video cashing a government cheque for over half a million Solomon Island dollars. The Projects Coordinator at the National... [more]