Insight

Sunday 28 September 2014, with Philippa Tolley

Fiji First Leader Frank Bainimarama addressing rallyPrime Minister and Fiji First Leader, Frank Bainimarama

The people of Fiji have elected Frank Bainimarama as their new Prime Minister, nearly eight years after he ousted the last democratic government in a military coup.

During that time, Fiji's economy slumped, it's human rights record was questioned and it was subject to sanctions from the international community.

Philippa Tolley was in Fiji to cover the elections and in this Insight asks how the country is faring and what the future might hold now that it has stepped over the democratic threshold and successfully held elections?

Gallery: Fiji's elections

Coming Up on Insight

8:12 am Sunday 5 October: Insight: Racing for Survival

jockey and horse pike racing stables cambridge mcrae          Pike Racing Stables, Cambridge    (RNZ / Andrew McRae)

The heady days when horse racing was king, are gone.

People are discovering new ways to spent their entertainment dollar and the thoroughbred industry is now having to share the gambling pie with others like lotto and the casinos.

Racing, along with greyhounds and trotting, still manages turnover nearing two billion dollars and contributes to about one percent of the country's gross domestic product, but many in the industry say it is getting harder to make a living.

Radio New Zealand's Waikato reporter, Andrew McRae talks to all parts of the thoroughbred racing industry from trainers and owners, through to the breeders and jockeys about how it can try to keep pace with its competitors.