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png election

Papua New Guinea’s just completed general election marks a major political juncture for the resource-rich, but impoverished Pacific nation.  

Coming after political conflict  which has dominated PNG's government for the past year, the country appears on the cusp of prosperity and mayhem alike.

Johnny Blades  looks at whether the nation’s political leadership can keep PNG from tipping into chaos.

Gallery: Photographs taken by Johnny Blades in Papua New Guinea

 

 

 

 

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8:12 am Sunday 5 October: Insight: Racing for Survival

jockey and horse pike racing stables cambridge mcrae          Pike Racing Stables, Cambridge    (RNZ / Andrew McRae)

The heady days when horse racing was king, are gone.

People are discovering new ways to spent their entertainment dollar and the thoroughbred industry is now having to share the gambling pie with others like lotto and the casinos.

Racing, along with greyhounds and trotting, still manages turnover nearing two billion dollars and contributes to about one percent of the country's gross domestic product, but many in the industry say it is getting harder to make a living.

Radio New Zealand's Waikato reporter, Andrew McRae talks to all parts of the thoroughbred racing industry from trainers and owners, through to the breeders and jockeys about how it can try to keep pace with its competitors.