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.

Coming Up on Insight

8:12 am Sunday 6 September: Insight: Fossil Fuels - Necessity or Lethal Indulgence ?

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Photo: 123rf

Fossil fuels still fire many aspects of our economy.

That's despite the fact  their role in adding to the CO2 levels in the atmosphere is well known.

And the search for new supplies continues, even though environmentalists warn of the climate change consequences of burning even the  known resources still underground.
Radio New Zealand's Energy Reporter, Eric Frykberg, explores what future lies ahead for fossil fuels.


8:12 am Sunday 13 September: Insight: Relationship Turmoil

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Relationships Aotearoa packs up. ( RNZ / Alexander Robertson )

In June the country's oldest and largest counselling service closed its doors.

For six decades Relationships Aotearoa provided counselling services to individuals, couples and families.  

But chronic underfunding, relationship breakdowns, contractual difficulties, an absence of effective governance and changing government priorities overwhelmed Relationships Aotearoa.

What the implications of the closure for those who used the services and the wider sector.