Radio New Zealand - Thursday, 13th December 2007

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This page features: News Stories, Our Changing World

Our Changing World

Dolphin Etiquette
We love dolphins. But do they love us? [more]

Seismic Survey
To see what's underground, geologists just need some microphones and a sledgehammer. [more]

Rare Moth
An encounter with a sun-loving, wind-hating insect. [more]

Mobile Phones Help Smokers Quit
Young people can sign up for motivational video messages on their mobiles. [more]

News stories:

Stricter tuna controls needed at national level says Marshalls fisheries boss
There are calls for Pacific countries to adopt stricter tuna fishing controls at the national level. The head of the Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority's call follows the failure last... [more]

Ballu Khan's Fiji lawyer leaves due to unpaid legal fees
The lawyer representing businessman, Ballu Khan, who is suspected of involvement in the alleged assassination plot against Commodore Frank Bainimarama has withdrawn his service because of unpaid legal fees. Tevita... [more]

Three All Blacks head to Papua New Guinea
Three All Blacks are heading to Papua New Guinea for five days to help build a clinic for some of the world's poorest children. Barry Guy Reports "Greg Somerville, Andy... [more]

The Solomon Islands Parliament is due to resume today
The Solomon Islands parliament is due to resume today, with MPs set to vote on a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. The long-awaited sitting has the... [more]

US Federal District Court waives personal appearances for American Samoan officials
The United States Federal District Court in Washington D.C. has granted motions by the Lieutenant Governor of American Samoa, Ipulasi Aitofele Sunia and a Senator from the territory, Tulifua Tini... [more]

Fiji military appoints two new spokesman
The Fiji Military Forces has appointed two new spokesmen to replace Lieutenant Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga. Fiji live one says they are Director Legal Col Aziz Mohammed and the Chief of... [more]

Pitcairn has a new Mayor
Mike Warren has been elected Mayor of Pitcairn - the British Territory's Chief Executive - in this week's election. He replaces Jay Warren, who was runner up in a three-way... [more]

PNG's Planning Minister says PNG aims to become an important liquefied exporter
Papua New Guinea's Planning Minister, Paul Tiensten, says PNG aims to become an important liquefied natural gas exporter by bringing its first project on stream by late 2013. The US$10... [more]

Visitor arrivals to CNMI inched up by 2.12 percent in November 2007
Visitor arrivals to the CNMI inched up by 2.12 percent to 31,618 in November 2007, compared to same period last year. The Saipan tribune reports there has been a 55-percent... [more]

Media reports in Fiji say talks are under way to try to resolve year-long Fiji crisis
Media reports in Fiji say talks are under way to try to resolve the year-long Fiji crisis, with former New Zealand governor-general Sir Paul Reeves meeting military ruler Commodore Frank... [more]

New Caledonian man jailed for killing Japanese tourist
A New Caledonian court has sentenced a man to a 15-year jail term for killing a Japanese tourist in 2002. Antoine Kohnu was found guilty while his brother Ambroise Kohnu... [more]

American Samoan immigration probe to be done by February
The Attorney General's Office in American Samoa says it expects to complete its investigation into the government's Immigration Office by February. The investigation, which started two months ago, resulted from... [more]

Second bestowal of Malietoa paramount title in Samoa planned for New Year
One of the claimants of the Malietoa paramount title in Samoa who lives in New Zealand claims he will be given the title next month. Ronald Pomare Papalii Lafo is... [more]

Papua human rights campaigner charged over SMS messages
A Papuan human rights campaigner has been formally charged with insulting Indonesia's president in a series of mobile phone SMS text messages. Sabar Iwanggin, who works for the human rights... [more]

Nauru rebel MP says speaker fails his duties
The leader of a group of rebel MPs in Nauru, Dr Kieren Keke, says the speaker has failed to meet his constitutional obligations by not calling Parliament. The legitimacy of... [more]

Reporters Without Borders calls for Couraud case to be probed
The French-based journalists organisation Reporters Without Borders has called on the French justice minister to try to get to the bottom of the case of Jean-Pascal Couraud, the Tahitian journalist... [more]

Increased police presence as Solomons parliament showdown looms
Dozens of extra police officers are patrolling the streets of Honiara today as part of security measures around the resumption of the Solomon Islands parliament. The long-awaited sitting got underway... [more]

Nauru opposition calls for Australian support as camps set to close
The Nauru opposition is calling on Australia to continue to support vital development projects on the island despite its decision to shut down the asylum seeker detention camps on the... [more]

Solomons parliament debates no confidence motion
The Solomon Islands parliament is debating a motion of no-confidence in the leadership of the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. The motion was moved by the former Education Minister Derek Sikua... [more]

Ousted Fiji PM says Reeves talks may continue
Fiji's ousted Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase, says a former New Zealand Governor General may make more trips to Fiji to help the country move forward. Sir Paul Reeves was in... [more]

Call for Tonga government to initate talanoa talks to ease tension
A Tonga academic is calling for informal discussions, or talanoa talks, between the government and the pro-democracy advocates to heal the tensions in the country. This week, the government extended... [more]

Samoa lowers entry permit fees for holiday season
The Samoa government has reduced the fee for entry permits for US nationals from American Samoa for the holiday season. Effective today the 14-day permit fee which normally costs 30... [more]

New Caledonia's Congress approves 2008 budget
New Caledonia's Congress has passed a record two-billion US dollar budget for 2008. The budget marks a nine-percent increase over 2007, taking advantage of the booming nickel industry. The tax... [more]

Military set to make up a quarter of Guam population
The Governor's office in Guam says the military will account for a quarter of Guam's population by 2010, but denies the huge military presence will intimidate other Pacific nations. 8,000... [more]

Solomons leader dumped in vote of no confidence
The Solomon Islands Government of Manasseh Sogavare has been toppled in a vote of no confidence. The vote came more than a month after eight Cabinet Ministers and four other... [more]