Insight for 24 June 2012 - Fiji's Path to Elections

Sally Round goes to Fiji to check progress towards a new constitution and elections in 2014

Fiji Government HouseThe process of writing a new constitution is underway in Fiji. It will be the country's fourth since independence in 1970.

The regime of Commodore Frank Bainimarama abolished the 1997 constitution three years ago.

While some have decried the process as a sham and illegal, others hope that what's underway now will mean a return to democracy in elections which the interim government has promised for 2014.

Sally Round has travelled to Fiji and spoken to those spearheading the plans for a new constitution as well as regime critics, politicians and ordinary citizens.

Photo: Government Buildings in Suva.

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.