Radio New Zealand - Monday, 3rd September 2007

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News stories:

Ousted Fiji PM forgives those who overthrew his government
Fiji's deposed Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, says he has forgiven all those who have acted against him. Mr Qarase made this statement after arriving in Suva over the weekend. It... [more]

Solomon Islander recognised for helping future US President during WW2
64 years after Eroni Kumana helped rescue young U.S. naval officer John F. Kennedy he has been officially recognised by the U.S. Navy. Mr Kumana and Biuku Gasa found the... [more]

Research on invasive tree in American Samoa
Researchers from the United States Department of Agriculture have started research in American Samoa on an invasive tree species. The tamaligi tree crowds out native trees and shrubs. Its rapid... [more]

Video on Papua to play at Venice Biennale Festival
A video looking at the plight of some people living in Indonesia's province of Papua will be screened at the Biennale in Venice. The German Free West Papua Campaign is... [more]

Huge infrastructure work nearing completion in two Solomon Island provinces
Engineers in the Solomon Islands provinces of Guadalcanal and Malaita are in their last stages of completing a huge infrastructure development project. The road project is a co-operation between the... [more]

New Caledonia passes 50 golds at SPG
New Caledonia has passed through the 50 barrier in the gold medal stakes at the South Pacific Games. The medal pace setter has 54 gold and 135 medals all up... [more]

Samoa's deputy PM admits nation in debt because of South Pacific Games
Samoa's deputy prime minister, Misa Telefoni, has admitted that the country is in debt because of the new infrastructures built for the South Pacific Games. The overall cost of the... [more]

Tokelau continue to punch above its weight at the South Pacific Games
The Tokelau team continues to impress at the 13th South Pacific Games in Samoa. After picking up its first ever gold medals, two at the Lawn bowls,Tokelau has won the... [more]

Fiji tames traditional rival Samoa to win sevens at South Pacific Games
The rugby sevens wrapped up at the weekend with Fiji taking gold at the South Pacific Games in Samoa. They beat hosts Samoa 27-19 after leading 19 - five at... [more]

Two former Silver Ferns guide their countries to gold and silver at South Pacific Games
Two former Silver Ferns have guided their respective teams to gold and silver winners at the 13th South Pacific Games in Samoa. Fiji ,who won the gold beating Samoa 52-41... [more]

Cook Islands surprised by body building win at South Pacific Games
The Cook Islands, Naki Rasmussen, was more surprised than anyone else at picking up a gold medal in the body building competition at the South Pacific Games. Host Samoa dominated... [more]

Agriculture Dept in Amercian Samoa says dogs not poisoned
A government official in American Samoa has dismissed claims that the Department of Agriculture is using poison to control the stray dog population. The Samoa News reports that dog lovers... [more]

9th Assembly of Pacific Conference of Churches starts in American Samoa tomorrow
The 9th general assembly of the Pacific Conference of churches or PCC, the main grouping of Christian churches in the region begins in American Samoa tomorrow. Up to 250 delegates... [more]

Samoa has injury concerns ahead of Rugby World Cup opener
Samoa has lost prop Donald Kerslake to injury and could also be without lock Filipo Levi after Rugby World Cup warm-up games against two English club sides. The IRB website... [more]

Foundation to be set up in American Samoa to help with travel costs for education
The American Samoa legislature leadership plans to establish a non-profit foundation to provide financial assistance to local students attending off-island summer programmes to further their education. Senate President Lolo M. [more]

NGOs in Solomons praise infrastructure development
Non-governmental organisations in Solomon Islands are praising an extensive infrastructure development that is currently being facilitated in that country. By November this year, most roads and bridges in Guadalcanal and... [more]

Fiji's ousted PM says corruption allegations an excuse to overthrow government
Fiji's deposed prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, says allegations of corruption were only an excuse used by the military to overthrow his government last year. He says there are other reasons... [more]

Solomons concerned over delay in getting regional trade deal with EU
The Solomon Islands foreign minister, Patteson Oti, has expressed concern over the delay to conclude the Economic Partnership Agreement, or EPA, between Pacific countries of the ACP and the European... [more]

Adoption of federal system could be detrimental to Solomon Islands says academic
A proposal to introduce a federal system in Solomon Islands is attracting some support but an academic is warning there could be detrimental consequences. The nine provinces have been pushing... [more]

Hospital food thief in American Samoa gets 28 months jail
The ringleader in the theft of food items from the LBJ Hospital cafeteria in American Samoa, Solomona Faamaoni, has been sentenced to 28 months in jail. For just over a... [more]

Police to protect PNG's Lihir mine amid industrial dispute
Armed police have been flown to Papua New Guinea's Lihir gold mine to protect mining company assets as workers continue a strike over terms and conditions. The strike by Lihir... [more]

Fiji interim regime shuns Qarase offer
Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says the ousted Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, has nothing to offer to the interim Government. Mr Qarase flew into Suva over the weekend... [more]

No surprise in Fiji move against Qarase says academic
One of the architects of Fiji's constitution says the country's interim attorney general's latest claim that the ousted prime minister breached the constitution comes as no surprise. The interim attorney... [more]

Eastern Solomons quake sees locals head for the hills
Frightened residents have fled to higher ground in parts of east Solomon Islands during aftershocks of an earthquake of 6.9 magnitude yesterday. The undersea quake struck just after midday local... [more]

Extension of search after French Polynesian plane crash
The service of a special vessel in French Polynesia has been extended by two days as the recovery of a crashed plane continues. The authorities say the special vessel equipped... [more]

Fiji military restates opposition to Qarase politics
Fiji's military commander and interim minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says the ousted prime minister, Laisenia Qarase should stop calling for elections as soon as possible because the military council believes... [more]

Irish diplomat queries PNG u-turn in phone market
An Irish diplomat has flown to Papua New Guinea to express his government's concern over moves to scuttle a five million US dollar Irish investment in a new mobile phone... [more]

Cost may scuttle federal system in Solomon Islands
The cost of adding another layer of government in Solomon Islands could spell the end to a proposal to introduce a federal system. A constitutional congress is currently considering a... [more]

French Polynesia's Temaru undecided over candidacy for president
French Polynesia's opposition is yet to decide who it will nominate as candidate for President for next week's election. This comes amid a French decision to hold general elections in... [more]

Little damage reported from 6.9 quake in Solomons' Temotu province
There's been little damage reported by disaster officials after an earthquake of 6.9 magnitude yesterday in Temotu province of Solomon Islands. The undersea quake struck just after midday local time... [more]

Human Rights Commissioner must have access to Nauru camp - Australian Senator
The Australian Democrats says the human rights commissioner must be allowed to inspect the Australian-run immigration detention centre on Nauru. This comes after the immigration minister, Kevin Andrews, reportedly refused... [more]

Vanuatu ombudsman's probe into Lands Minister's dealings near completion
Vanuatu's Ombudsman's office says its investigation into allegations of corrupt land dealings by the Lands Minister is nearing completion. The probe followed revelations by the Daily Post newspaper of documents... [more]

Vanuatu to appoint a ni-Vanuatu for Brussels post
Vanuatu is set to have an indigenous person representing it full-time at the European Union for the first time. Roy Mickey Joy has been named as Vanuatu's new ambassador in... [more]

Fiji's deposed prime minister says counter charges from interim government had been expected
Fiji's deposed prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, says the interim government's latest move to take him to court is a revenge act. The interim attorney general has filed papers to the... [more]

Federal system in Solomon Islands could benefit provinces but be too costly
A New Zealand academic says a move to a federal system in Solomon Islands could benefit provinces but may be too costly to implement. The nine provincial premiers are submitting... [more]

Levels of domestic abuse soaring in Solomon Islands capital
The Christian Care Centre on Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands says there has been an increase in the number of violent attacks on women in and around the capital Honiara. The... [more]

Me'ekamui rebels and Bougainville government sign an accord to work together
Rebels based around the derelict Panguna copper mine have agreed to work with the government in the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville to restore services, destroy illegal weapons... [more]

PNG Government sends in police and labour experts to try and end Lihir blockade
The Papua New Guinea Government says it sent police to Lihir in New Ireland to ensure that a blockade at the huge Australian-owned gold mine did not develop into a... [more]