Radio New Zealand - Friday, 7th December 2007

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Focus On Politics for 7 December 2007
The New Zealand First MP Ron Mark's attempt to lower the age of criminal responsibility has been knocked back. [more]

News stories:

IRB announces 2008 pacific cups
The International Rugby Board has confirmed that the 2008 Pacific Cup involving regional teams from Fiji, Samoa and Tonga will be played from April 18 to May 24. The tournament,... [more]

Graham Henry reappointed for another two years
Despite presiding over New Zeland's worst ever Rugby World Cup campaign Graham Henry has been reappointed All Blacks coach for a further two years. Henry has headed off challenges from... [more]

Fiji rests key players for first pool game in George South Africa
Fiji Rugby 7's coach Josateki Savou has opted to rest his top flight players for their first pool game against Canada at the South Africa 7's tournament starting in George... [more]

Cyclone Damon threatens Fiji Yasawa and Mamanuca groups
The Fiji met office is warning people living in low lying areas and next to river mouths to move to higher ground as tropical cyclone Damon heads towards the Yasawa... [more]

American Samoa Community College complains about funding
The outgoing president of the American Samoa Community College Dr. Adele Satele Galeai is urging government leaders to place priority on funding for the territory's only institution of higher learning. [more]

Three Samoan citizens deported from American Samoa
Three more Samoan citizens have been ordered to be deported from American Samoa instead of serving a jail term, for misdemeanor crimes committed in the territory. The three agreed to... [more]

French Constitutional Council approves constitutional changes in French Polynesia
The highest constitutional body in France has approved proposals designed to stabilise the territorial governance of French Polynesia. The Constitutional Council in Paris says elections can be brought forward to... [more]

Fourteen Pacific countries confirm particiption in next year's Arts Festival
Fourteen of the 27 member countries of the Pacific Community have confirmed their participation in the Pacific Arts Festival scheduled to begin in Pago Pago on July 20th, next year. [more]

Vanuatu tops global table on low taxation
A worldwide report on taxation of businesses has put Vanuatu at the top of a list of 178 countries. The study by the World Bank and the firm PricewaterhouseCoopers found... [more]

Cooks delegation in talks with French Polynesian government
Economic development has been the focus of discussions between French Polynesia's President Oscar Temaru and the Cook Islands deputy prime minister and Minister of Finance Sir Terepai Maoate in Tahiti... [more]

French Polynesia air crash blamed on ruptured cables
French air crash investigators say last August's fatal plane accident in French Polynesia was caused by ruptured cables. 20 people died when the Air Moorea Twin Otter plunged into the... [more]

NZ foreign minister backs PNG efforts to halt deforestation
The New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters says Pacific Islanders and other rainforest nation peoples should be compensated by the international community for not chopping down their trees. Speaking in... [more]

Public sentiment against PM, says Solomons opposition
The Solomon Islands opposition says it has considerable public support for its bid to remove the Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare. Despite losing two MPs to the government last week, the... [more]

Cyclone Daman poised to hit Fiji's Vanua Levu island
All emergency centres in Fiji have been activated as the tropical cyclone Daman continues to move closer to the island of Vanua Levu. Cyclone Daman is now about 210 kilometres... [more]

Guam meeting discusses tuna conservation
Steps on how best to protect Bigeye and Yellowfin tuna stocks in the Western and Central Pacific region have been a contentious issue at a key meeting in Guam this... [more]

Call for resolution to political confusion in Solomons
The Solomon Islands opposition continues to claim former Prime Minister Sir Allan Kemakeza remains firmly committed to its grouping. Despite being sentenced to a jail term this week for demanding... [more]

Samoa authorities not surprised at rise of HIV/Aids
An official at Samoa's Ministry of Health says he is not surprised by the 25 percent rise in the number of people with HIV/Aids. Two men and one woman have... [more]

Guam set for record infrastructure investment
The Guam Governor, Felix Camacho, says a new contract with a transportation engineering company Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc. marks the beginning of the largest public works project in the history of... [more]

Cyclone Daman strengthens as it is poised to hit Fiji's Vanua Levu island
All emergency centres in Fiji have been activated as the tropical cyclone Daman continues to move closer to the island of Vanua Levu. Cyclone Daman is now about 210 kilometres... [more]

More AIDS cases in Samoa
The number of HIV/aids cases in Samoa has jumped by 25 percent after three young people were diagnosed with the disease. Two men and a woman are the latest to... [more]

American Samoa judge wants answers on injuries sustained by prisoners in custody
" An American Samoa district court judge, Elvis Patea, has given the government three weeks to find out how a man arrested last weekend received a broken jaw while in... [more]

Cyclone Daman maintains its intensity as it heads towards Fiji's Vanua Levu
Tropical Cyclone Daman, which is now hitting northwestern Fiji, has intensified into a category four storm, with winds of up to 275 kilometres per hour. The cyclone is currently northwest... [more]