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 3 August: Future Food Security - Feast or Famine?

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Buffalo ploughs a rice paddy in Vietnam (RNZ/Benedict Collins)

All over the world efforts are underway to try to breed new, stronger and more nutritious varieties of grains, fruits and vegetables for the rising global population.

Work is being carried to try to help farmers keep on producing enough food, as concern about how crops might cope with climate change intensifies.

Radio New Zealand's Rural reporter, Benedict Collins speaks to experts across Asia and New Zealand about the big issues facing food now and what their predictions are for the future.   


8:12 am Sunday 10 August: Insight: Degrees of Performance

Uni this stopIn recent years the government has tightened the funding reins on tertiary education institutions.

It sets targets for course completions and enrolments, and claws back millions of dollars every year from those that fall short.

Insight investigates the impact of those rules.

 Have they made the tertiary education system more efficient? Or are institutions sacrificing quality in a scramble to meet the government's targets?