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tonga sailorsKing Tupou VI was installed as Tonga’s new Monarch at the end of March,  but his powers are very different to those held by his Father.

The King's brother, George Tupou V relinquished many of his powers as Tonga moved toward greater democracy.

Radio New Zealand's Pacific Correspondent, Karen Mangnall, was in Nukualofa for the late King's funeral and reports on what challenges might lie ahead for the new King.

Coming Up on Insight

8:12 am Sunday 8 March: Blurred Frontlines - The Changing Nature of Journalism

Mariupol UklraineKim Vinnell reporting during a shoot out in Mairupol, Ukraine (Photo:Kim Vinnell)

The images of Western journalists clad in orange jumpsuits being murdered by fighters claiming a holy war are difficult for the public to ignore. But for journalists, and especially those working in the Middle East, it means much more.

Being a war correspondent used to involve watching the front lines, and making calculations on risk versus reward. Now, especially in the Middle East, conflicts involve armed groups who are much harder to predict than armies.

Having covered conflicts both up close and from afar, reporter Kim Vinnell takes a look at how groups like Islamic State are changing the game for journalists.

 

 

8:12 am Sunday 15 March: Insight: Moving More Government to Auckland

len brown and simon bridges bikes

 Auckland's Mayor Len Brown, and the Minister of Transport Simon Bridges joining forces on a cycleway, but does the Government have to find new ways or working in Auckland?"

Auckland, by world standards, is not only disproportionately large compared with the country it sit is in, but also vastly more diverse and growing faster than other parts.

Radio New Zealand's Auckland correspondent, Todd Niall, looks at whether the Government  needs to radically change the way it makes policy for, and operates in, the country's biggest city.

Commentators and analysts argue that increasingly, public service chiefs are out of touch with Auckland's challenges, and that the consequences of staying out of touch will be serious.