Insight for 6 May 2012 - Tonga: The Future

Karen Mangnall reports from Nuku'alofa onthe challenges facing Tonga and the new King.


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.

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8:12 am Sunday 11 October: Spain’s Battle for the Bull

Alberto Simon  / AFP

Two sides are sharpening their swords in Spain. Between them, half-tonne bulls.

One side wants to kill them in the name of culture, the other to save them in the name of animal rights.

Spain’s economic crisis has hit bullfighting hard and municipal elections in May brought to power a number of left-wing parties bent on stopping funding for bullfights or even banning them altogether.

 This BBC goes to the rings and ranches where livelihoods are under threat, and asks what the battle for the bull says about contemporary Spain.