Insight for 12 August 2012 - PNG and Political Mayhem

Johnny Blades goes to PNG to explore whether the elections will help the nation recover from a year of poltical conflict.

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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 6 September: Insight: Fossil Fuels - Necessity or Lethal Indulgence ?

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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 )

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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.