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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.

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8:12 am Sunday 1 February: Insight: Queenstown's Alcohol Fuelled Tourism

police and dancersPolice survey a downtown bar as they clamp down on alcohol issues in the resort " Photo:  RNZ / Steve Wilde

Queenstown's reputation as a party town is pretty undisputed and with more licensed premises per capita than any other place in New Zealand, it's on the front line when it comes to selling alcohol.

Since changes to the Sale and Supply of Act in 2012, many local authorities are introducing Local Alcohol Polices, which aim to give each community a say in how alcohol is sold.

But while other local authorities are trying to tighten up the rules, Queenstown's council is shying away from stricter regulations.

Instead the Queenstown Lakes District Council is allowing the liquor and hospitality industry to take the lead.

Radio New Zealand's Tourism Reporter, Steve Wilde, takes a look at drinking in Queenstown and asks whether the bar industry has too much power.

 

8:12 am Sunday 8 February: Lessons from Japan About Earthquake Recovery

JAPAN KOBE ANNIVERSARYCommemoration of 20 years since Kobe was hit by a massive earthquake. Photo RNZ / Rachel Graham

 As the fourth anniversary of the earthquake which devastated Christchurch approaches, the slow pace of the rebuild has surprised many.

But how quickly have other earthquake hit cities returned to their former glory?

Radio New Zealand Christchurch reporter, Rachel Graham, has visited Japan to compare how much progress has been made in the Sendai area, almost four years after it was hit by a magnitude 9 earthquake and a mega tsunami with waves over 30 metres tall.

She also visits Kobe to look the impact on that city, and the lessons learned, in the 20 years since it hit by a major earthquake.