Scoop Pacific Islands Forum 2006 FULL COVERAGE
Scoop has been on location at the Pacific Islands Forum in Nadi, Fiji and reports that it has been one of the most
highly charged Pacific leaders meetings for years. The stoush between Australia and the Melanesian states had threatened
to derail items on the leaders' summit agenda, but diplomacy (as they say) won on the day! Here is FULL COVERAGE of the
Pacific Islands Forum 2006.
New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark provides a wrap-up of the most significant achievements at the Pacific Islands Forum in Nadi, Fiji. She says the Forum was successful
despite a tense beginning highlighted with the clash between Australia, Solomons, Papua New Guinea. To hear what was
achieved on a regionalised Pacific, NZ's labour scheme for Pacific peoples, and security moves, see…
Audio: Selwyn Manning On BBC
- The Australia/Melanesia Stoush.
Pacific: Clark Assures Sogavare He Will Not Be Arrested - Solomon Islands PM Manasseh Sogavare is fearful
he will be arrested over the Julian Moti affair when he returns to Honiara today (Thursday, October 26) but New Zealand
says his fears are unjustified. Julian Moti, an Australian lawyer, was able to flee Papua New Guinea for the Solomons
aboard a PNG military plane, despite Australia's efforts to extradite him on child sex charges. See... NZ Assures Sogavare He Will Not Be Arrested
Employment: NZ Govt Announces Plans For Pacific Seasonal Workers
- A new seasonal work scheme will let Pacific workers fill horticulture and viticulture jobs when no New Zealanders are
available, say Social Development and Employment Minister David Benson-Pope and Immigration Minister David Cunliffe.
"The new Recognised Seasonal Employer policy has been designed to ensure New Zealanders get first opportunities at jobs.
It contains strong incentives for employers to train and upskill the domestic workforce," Mr Benson-Pope said. See... Seasonal policy good news for NZ, Pacific states
Pacific: Diplomacy Produces A Win In Australia/Melanesia Stand-Off - Scoop Report - Pacific leaders have agreed
to set up a taskforce to "expeditiously" review RAMSI and report back to the foreign ministers of Pacific Islands
states. The move was one of the suggestions tabled in a five point plan put forward by Solomon Islands Prime Minister,
Manasseh Sogavare. See... Pacific Leaders Announce Review Of RAMSI
Pacific: Clark Moves To Sooth Australia/Melanesia Impasse - Scoop Report: Pacific Islands Forum, Nadi, Fiji
- Selwyn Manning writes that Helen Clark is brokering a solution to an impasse between Australia and Melanesian
leaders. On arriving in Nadi she sought counsel, then met with seven Pacific leaders in a bid to keep the Pacific Forum
on track. See... Australia's Dominance Drives Wedge Into Pacific
95bFM Audio: Scoop's Selwyn Manning talks to bFM's Noelle McCarthy from the Pacific Island Leaders Forum.
Helen Clark on the early session of the Pacific Islands Forum leaders' meeting, Tuesday.
Helen Clark Press Conference Q