Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 15th November 2007

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This page features: News Stories, Our Changing World

Our Changing World

Sunspot observation
Taking a closer look at the Sun with members of the Royal Astronomical Society of NZ. [more]

Tree Rings and Archaeology
A visit to the Tree Ring Laboratory, followed by a trip to an urban archaeological dig. [more]

Public Health Research
A new research centre that will address inqualities in healthcare access, tobacco control and nutrition. [more]

News stories:

Fiji's President wants New Zealand and Australia to lift travel restrictions
Fiji's president, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, has written to the prime ministers of Australia and New Zealand asking them to lift their travel restrictions. Fiji TV reports that the president's request... [more]

Solomon Islands Prime Minister says current political upheaval is over
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, says the current political upheaval in the country is now over as his government took control of a clear majority once more. A... [more]

Solomon Islands Speaker of Parliament says no date has yet been set for budget sitting
The Solomon Islands Speaker of Parliament says no date has yet been set for the budget sitting of Parliament to end the year. Sir Peter Kenilorea says the Prime Minister... [more]

Fiji soldiers and police raid Khan home
Fiji police and armed soldiers have raided the holiday retreat of the New Zealand businessman who is a key suspect in the alleged conspiracy to assassinate key government figures, including... [more]

Domestic rates for mail to northern Pacfic restored
Mail to Micronesia and the Marshall Islands in the Pacific will be delivered at the domestic United States postage rates, starting from Monday. The Federated States of Micronesia and the... [more]

Fiji rugby league set to name new coach
The new Fiji rugby league coach should be known soon. Australia's Fiji rugby league team coach - Arthur Kitinas has been given the boot as Fiji prepares for the world... [more]

Samoa qualifies for Rugby League Cup
The Samoa rugby league side has qualified for next year's World Cup with a 38-16 win against Lebanon in England. The game was the final cup qualifier repechage with one... [more]

Solomon Islands PM terminates RAMSI special envoy appointment
The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has terminated the appointment of Michael Maina as the government's Special Envoy to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands. A government statement... [more]

Fiji NGO shocked at extent of Khan's injuries
Fiji NGO the Pacific Centre for Public Integrity says it is shocked by the extent of the injuries suffered by New Zealand businessman Ballu Khan, who has been released to... [more]

American Samoa high ranking officials are back in court next month
American Samoa's lieutenant governor Ipulasi Aitofele Sunia and Senator Tulifua Lam Yuen will next appear before the federal district court in Washington D.C. next month. The two both pleaded not... [more]

Super villa in Fiji wins awards at World Travel Awards
A super villa in Fiji at the five-star Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort has won awards at the 14th annual World Travel Awards in India. Voted on by 167,000 travel professionals worldwide,... [more]

First gold poured from Fiji's Vatukoula gold mine since closure
The first gold has been poured from Fiji's Vatukoula gold mine since it was shut down by its previous owners the day after last December's military takeover. The Fijilive news... [more]

OK Tedi landowners in PNG invest over a million US dollars in local company
OK Tedi landowners in Papua New Guinea have invested 1-point-17 million US dollars in the local company, Star Mountains Investment Holdings Ltd. The funds came from the dividend paid by... [more]

Sacked Solomon Airlines financial controller takes legal action in High Court
The sacked Solomon Airlines financial controller filed a case in the High Court yesterday challenging his purported dismissal by the Investment Corporation of Solomon Islands, or ICSI. In his dismissal... [more]

Eramet proposes more nickel plants in New Caledonia
New Caledonia's only nickel producer says it would like to build another one or two nickel plants in the territory. The head of the French company Eramet, whose subsidiary SLN... [more]

Spammers warned not to set up shop in Cook Islands
Spammers thinking about setting up in the Cook Islands are being warned they do so at their peril. New legislation clamping down on Cook Island spammers is to be tabled... [more]

Rebel MPs in Nauru confident of toppling Scotty Government
A breakaway group of Nauru MPs says they are confident of winning a no-confidence motion against the government of Ludwig Scotty. In a media statement, Dr Kieren Keke, who resigned... [more]

Police stop planned protest against PNG PM
A planned protest march in Port Moresby today has been stopped by police who say there are threats to the life of the Papua New Guinea prime minister Sir Michael... [more]

Forum observer arrive for Marshalls election
A six-member Pacific Islands Forum nominated observer team has arrived in the Marshall Islands ahead of Monday's general election. It's the first time a Forum election observer team has been... [more]

Fiji bishop may face NZ and Australia travel ban
There is uncertainty whether the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Fiji, Archbishop Petero Mataca, will be allowed to travel to Australia and New Zealand to attend church meetings. [more]

Solomons PM gets support from Kemakeza
A former Solomon Islands prime minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza, who was convicted earlier this month, has joined the government as Manasseh Sogavare tries to bolster his numbers amid calls for... [more]

Two Samoan companies left in bid to buy public broadcaster
Reports from Samoa say bids by two local companies are the only ones made to buy Samoa's public broadcaster. Radio Polynesia Limited and Samoa Quality Broadcasting have made bids to... [more]

Radio Fiji's gets new CEO six months after previous boss resigns
Fiji's public radio broadcaster has a new chief executive officer, Riyaz Saiyad-Khaiyum. He is a former Fiji Television and New Zealand-based journalist and the younger brother of interim attorney general... [more]

Strike closes French Polynesian hospitals
Hospitals in French Polynesia say they can only treat emergencies as a limited strike by doctors is being tightened. 140 physicians have joined the action that has virtually shut the... [more]

Pacific states make link between human rights and climate challenges
Some of the smallest island states in the Pacific are linking human rights with climate change in a bid to force the world's biggest polluters to curb their greenhouse gas... [more]

Concern in PNG over use of slush funds
The Institute of National Affairs in Papua New Guinea says an empowered community would ensure better monitoring of beefed up District Service Improvement Grants. In the budget due next week,... [more]

American Samoa considers banning four-wheel drives
American Samoa's governor has reiterated calls for a ban to import and use of four-wheel drive vehicles and pick-up trucks from 2008. The government aims to restrict imports to fuel-effcient... [more]