Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 20th September 2007

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Our Changing World

Mandatory Carbon Trading in New South Wales
Administrators of the world's first mandatory emissions trading scheme share lessons learned as pioneers in carbon trading. [more]

Sustainable Tourism and Eco Labels
What it means to make tourism sustainable and how eco labeling can measure our progress. [more]

NZ Students in Greenland
As winners of this yearÂ’s Freemasons Big Science Adventures competition, three Otago students won a trip to Greenland. [more]

X-ray Vision
Canterbury University is part of an international consortium developing new x-ray technology. [more]

News stories:

Guadalcanal/Malaita reconciliation talks deferred
The first consultative meeting between the Guadalcanal and Malaita leaders ahead of the major provincial reconciliation between the two provinces has been deferred to October. The consultative talks initially scheduled... [more]

Samoa government and church council to receive Scientology disaster course
Several volunteer ministers of the US-based Scientology religion are in Samoa to provide disaster response specialist courses for government representatives and local church councils. The Samoa government and the National... [more]

French Polynesia's Temaru presents new government
The new French Polynesian president, Oscar Temaru, has presented a 16-member government after he was re-elected last week. Mr Temaru made Antony Geros his deputy and finance minister while Jacqui... [more]

New Zealand opposition leader visits Samoa
The leader of New Zealand's opposition National Party, John Key is meeting the Samoan prime minister today, as part of a two-day visit to the Pacific nation. Mr Key, who... [more]

Ousted French Polynesia President to set up his own party
French Polynesia's ousted President, Gaston Tong Sang, who was deposed in a motion of no confidence last week, has announced he will form his own party. Mr Tong Sang told... [more]

Audit of Fiji National Provident Fund finds no evidence of fraud
An independent audit of investments made by the 2-billion US dollar Fiji National Provident Fund has found no evidence of fraud. The audit was carried out by Ernst and Young... [more]

Fiji police launch major operation against gangs
Fiji police have launched a major operation to hunt down criminal gangs who are believed to be responsible for the recent spate of violent home invasions and daylight robberies. The... [more]

Cabinet reshuffle expected soon in Fiji
A cabinet reshuffle in Fiji's interim government is expected in the next few months. The interim prime minister, Commodore Bainimarama, says the reshuffle will be based on the performance of... [more]

American Samoa Senate looks at new measures to combat underage drinking
Legislation aimed at strengthening laws against underage drinking will be reviewed at a hearing tomorrow in the American Samoa Senate. The measure was submitted by District Court Judge John Ward,... [more]

Fiji interim prime minster say he will not contest the next general election
Earlier Commodore Bainimarama said he will definitely not contest the next general elections. Commodore Bainimarama told local media he did not want the interim prime minister's job either but the... [more]

Concerns in Vanuatu about new fish processing plant
Vanuatu's Hotel and Resort Association says there are too many unanswered questions over a planned fish processing plant in Port Vila. The Association is one of a number of groups... [more]

Fiji is FIFA's top side in Oceania
Fiji is Oceania's top football side. In the wake of the recent South Pacific Games, where the football competition doubled as a preliminary FIFA World Cup qualifier, beaten finalist, Fiji... [more]

Wallabies limit changes for Rugby World Cup game against Fiji
Heavyweight Australia has shown respect for its next Pool B opponent, limiting the changes for its Rugby World Cup encounter with Fiji in Montpellier this weekend. Wallaby utility back, Adam... [more]

South Africa rings the changes for Rugby World Cup game against Tonga
Tonga will face a revamped South African side from the one which beat defending champion England, when the Sea Eagles and the Springboks clash this weekend. South African coach, Jake... [more]

Solomons government says sorry for pulling plug on meeting over RAMSI
The Solomon Islands Government has apologised for cancelling the latest round of talks aimed at determining the future role of the Regional Assistance Mission or RAMSI. The third Enhanced Consultation... [more]

Tonga reveals an improving level of foreign reserves
Tonga's official foreign reserves have for the first time exceeded 100 million pa'anga or 50 million US dollars. The National Reserve Bank of Tonga has informed the finance minister that... [more]

Pacific prepares to mark International Day of Peace
Women's groups across the Pacific are holding a series of events to mark tomorrow's International Day of Peace, and to highlight the critical role that women can play in bringing... [more]

Samoa's plans to drive on the other side of the road draw fire
The secretary of the Transport Control Board in Samoa, Tusa Misi Tupuola, is defending the proposal for the country to switch to right hand drive vehicles. The Rental Cars Association... [more]

ADB warns Vanuatu over big hike in public servants wages
The Asian Development Bank says Vanuatu's current economic growth may be undermined by a twenty-five percent pay increase for public servants. Vanuatu and other Melanesian countries Papua New Guinea and... [more]

Solomon Islands identifies need to build capacity in its export sector
The Solomon Islands foreign minister, Patteson Oti, says preferrential market treatment does not address the trade imbalance faced by his country. Speaking at a Asian Development Bank-sponsored conference, Mr Oti... [more]

Bank chief bashed in home invasion in Majuro in Marshall Islands
The president of the largest bank in the Marshall Islands has been assaulted in his home in the capital, Majuro. Two Marshall Islands men broke into Patrick Chen's residence and... [more]

PNG priest hopes new agency will prompt communities to better care for children
A 71-year old Catholic priest in Papua New Guinea has established a community-based group to look after some of the estimated five to ten thousand orphans in the capital's squatter... [more]

American Samoa governor prepares to travel to Samoa for talks tomorrow
American Samoa's Governor Togiola Tulafono will lead a delegation to Samoa tomorrow for talks in the capital. The annual inter-Samoa meeting is scheduled to run from Friday until Sunday and... [more]

Support in American Samoa for tighten limits on youth access to alcohol
American Samoa's Department of Youth and Women's affairs says it supports the protection of youth to tighten legislation on the minimum drinking age and make it 21. The bill makes... [more]

60,000 PNG public servants owe millions in high interest loans
More than 60,000 Papua New Guinea public servants are reportedly living on so called borrowed money. The Post Courier newspaper quotes government Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari as saying these public... [more]

Catholic Bishops praise scheme to help orphans in PNG's squatter settlements
The Catholic Bishops Conference in Papua New Guinea welcomes the establishment of a community based group that is to look after some of the estimated five to ten thousand orphans... [more]

Critical Fiji elections report lacks substance says former electoral official
Fiji's former supervisor of elections, Semesa Karavaki, says a report highly critical of last year's general election lacks substance. The report was commissioned by the Fiji Human Rights Commission and... [more]