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.

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8:12 am Sunday 31 May: Insight: Auckland - Our Shining Star or Black Hole?


Auckland's Viaduct Harbour Photo: 123RF

The "super city" of Auckland is now home to a third of New Zealand's population and economy and it is growing quickly. Official estimates predict most of the country's population growth will happen there, putting the city on track to account for 40 percent within 20 years.

The Reserve Bank has announced measures to deal with the city's house price boom, which the bank says is skewing the national economy.

But the city's astronomical rise is alarming the provinces, who say their contribution to the national economy is being ignored.

In this Insight, Ian Telfer, digs deeper into Auckland's dominance, and investigates whether it is in the national interest for Auckland to be the focus for investment, jobs and immigrants.

Is Auckland a shining star leading New Zealand towards a better future or is it a black hole sucking in resources and limiting this country's attempts to keep up with the rest of the developed world?

8:12 am Sunday 7 June: Insight: The Superannuation Conundrum

Super friends clubBingo at the New Lynn Friendship Club. For most members NZ Super is their only source of income.                       ( RNZ/Anusha Bradley )

People are living longer and healthier lives, but New Zealand Superannuation is soon set to become the government's biggest single expense, with costs expected to triple to $30 billion by 2030.

The Prime Minister, John Key, has ruled out raising the age of eligibility or changing the way Super is handed out, while at the same time pledging to reduce, not increase, the government's debt.

Anusha Bradely explores how the costs of an aging population will be paid for and what the impact on future generations might be.