Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 18th October 2007

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This page features: News Stories, Our Changing World

Our Changing World

Hector's Dolphins
Barbara Maas, CEO of Care for the Wild talks about what needs to be done to save these little endemic dolphins from extinction. [more]

Protein Crystallographers
The scientists who research the structure and function of human proteins. [more]

Slow Travel
Hop in the dinghy with Ed Gillespie and find out why you should travel slow. [more]

Domestic Violence
Jane Drumm talks about her visit to the UK and three pilot programmes there aimed at keeping homes safe. [more]

News stories:

Bainimarama says election date in 2009 is a workable goal
The interim prime minister of Fiji, Commodore Frank Bainimarama says an election date in the first quarter of 2009 is a workable goal for his country. The Commodore has promised... [more]

Fiji's deposed PM says human rights and freedom of speech will see successful election
Fiji's deposed Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, says if an election campaign is to be successful in Fiji, it's important progress is made with human rights and freedom of speech. Mr... [more]

Former commander of Fiji military's land force denies giving assault orders
A former commander of the Fiji military's Land Force, Lt Col Jone Baledrokadroka, has denied in the Suva High Court that he ordered the alleged beating of November 2000 mutineers... [more]

All Whites did enough under tough conditions to win Oceania World Cup qualifier
The New Zealand All Whites have beaten Fiji 2-nil in their Oceania World Cup qualifier in Lautoka last night. Ivan Vicelich and Shane Smeltz were the chief destroyers for New... [more]

Pacific leaders celebrate two victories at Forum in Tonga
Pacific Islands leaders are celebrating two victories - they believe they have resolved two major points of tension in the region during their annual summit in Tonga. They have reached... [more]

Fiji calls for New Zealand to immediately end sanctions
The interim prime minister of Fiji, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, is calling on New Zealand to immediately end sanctions against the country. The Commodore, who is attending the Pacific Island Forum... [more]

French PM to call Noumea Accord review meeting
The French prime minister, Francois Fillon, has announced that he will personally convene the follow-up committee overseeing New Caledonia's Noumea Accord on greater autonomy. Mr Fillon has told the French... [more]

Kiribati President Anote Tong wins election
The current president of Kiribati, Anote Tong, has been returned to power after yesterdays vote. President Tong was one of four candidates in the election. The full results of the... [more]

Swiss mining giant approves nickel project in New Caledonia
The swiss mining giant Xstrata has approved a nickel mining project in New Caledonia with a local partner worth 3.8 billion US dollars. Xstrata will fund around 80 percent of... [more]

Pacific Islands Forum leaders endorse work of RAMSI
Pacific Islands Forum leaders have endorsed the work of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands as an outstanding example of regionalism. This comes despite the Solomons Government boycotting this... [more]

New Zealand's PM says Pacific Forum leaders wanted Fiji elections
The New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark, says the commitment by Fiji's interim Prime Minister for a return to democracy by March 2009 may be a recognition he lacked support... [more]

French PM to call Noumea Accord review meeting
The French prime minister, Francois Fillon, has announced that he will personally convene the follow-up committee overseeing New Caledonia's Noumea Accord on greater autonomy. Mr Fillon has told the French... [more]

PNG Unitech students clash on campus
The situation at Papua new Guinea's University of Technology Lae campus has after violent clashes between students. The Post Courier newspaper reports that on Tuesday police moved on to the... [more]

New Zealand concerned over resumption of live dolphin exports from Solomon Islands
The New Zealand government says it's gravely concerned over the resumption of live dolphin exports from Solomon Islands. Around thirty live dolphins were flown from the Solomons to Dubai yesterday,... [more]

Papua New Guinea's Mineral Resources Authority to speed up release of licences
Papua New Guinea's Mineral Resources Authority says it will expedite the release of exploration licences, so as to increase spending on mineral searches in the country. The managing director Kepas... [more]

Solomons government caucus dismisses Forum as waste of time
The chairman of the Solomon Islands government caucus has described the Pacific Islands Forum leaders' meeting in Tonga as a waste of time. Nelson Ne'e has told the Solomon Star... [more]

Eight dead in tribal violence in Papua
Eight people have been killed and 19 others injured in ongoing tribal violence in Mimika in Indonesia's Papua region. The Jakarta Post reports that over 120 armed police officers have... [more]

Xstrata decision to launch Koniambo nickel plant welcomed in New Caledonia
There has been a positive response in New Caledonia to a decision by Swiss miner Xstrata to go ahead with the Koniambo nickel project which at nearly four billion US... [more]

Solomons company hopes for more live dolphin exports
The Solomon Islands Marine Mammal Education Centre and Exporters Limited says if its live dolphin export to Dubai is successful, it will pave the way for more such shipments. Two... [more]

Former Suva mayor escapes murder plot by estranged wife
Fiji police say a former Lord Mayor of Suva narrowly escaped death in September last year from a conspiracy to murder masterminded by his estranged wife. The Fiji Times reports... [more]

Third public servant in American Samoan court in immigration case
A third public servant is appearing in court in American Samoa today, linked to an alleged immigration scam tipped to turn into the territory's biggest ever case of white collar... [more]

Forum leaders say fisheries protection vital for economic development
Pacific leaders say that region's fisheries are a vital key to sustainable economic growth and they want urgent action to save the resource. At the annual Pacific Islands Forum summit... [more]

Fiji capital to get another private hospital
The Fiji capital Suva will have its second private hospital by early next year. The Fiji National Provident Fund is reported to have become a major investor in what's to... [more]

Former Fiji navy commander Kean pleads guilty to manslaughter
The former commander of the Fiji navy, Francis Kean, has pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter. Kean was originally charged with murder but when state prosecutors reduced the charge... [more]

US sanctions against Fiji will stay until election
The United States says the Fiji interim prime minister's pledge to hold elections by March 2009 made at the Tonga Forum is a step in the right direction. But in... [more]

Kiribati National Council of Women welcomes promise of Ministry for Women
The President of the National Council of Women in Kiribati, Meere T. Riwata, says she expects a new Ministry of Women, Youth and Social Affairs to be set up. This... [more]

Samoa Chief Justice calls on authorities to reconsider penalty for narcotics
Samoa's Chief Justice, Tiava'asu'e Falefatu Sapolu, has called for the country's authorities to reconsider the penalty for possession of narcotics. Tiava'asu'e sentenced Joe Lafaele Faulkner or Joe Palagi, to six... [more]

Fiji crime victims call for army role amid police shortcomings
Victims of violent home invasions in Fiji have expressed a lack of faith in the police and are calling for the return of armed soldiers to the streets. Fiji TV... [more]

Samoa expects NZ tourist numbers to soar
Samoa's Tourism Authority says visitor numbers from New Zealand are expected to rise dramatically this year. Its tourism marketing representative in New Zealand Fasitau Ula says last year's visitors numbered... [more]

Koniambo nickel plant welcomed in New Caledonia
The President of Koniambo Nickel says the decision by the mining giant Xstrata to go ahead with a four billion US dollar deal in New Caledonia is great news. The... [more]

New Zealand criticised over Tonga stance
New Zealand has been accused of indirectly supporting a dictatorship in Tonga . The pro democracy movement's leader, the MP Akilisi Pohiva, says he is disappointed leaders, including Helen Clark,... [more]

American Samoa group says corruption goes to top of administration
An anti-corruption watchdog and lobby group in American Samoa says criminality is rife in the public service and reaches as far up as the governor's office. A third state employee... [more]

Pacific Forum concludes first ever plenary Post-Forum dialogue session
Members of the Pacific Forum have concluded the first ever plenary session with their 14 Post Forum Dialogue, or PFD, partners after the Leaders Summit in Tonga. As agreed to... [more]