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NEW COOK ISLANDS HIGH COMMISSIONER TO NEW ZEALAND

By Alex Sword

AVARUA, Cook Islands (April 19, 2000 – Cook Islands News)---Former Cabinet Secretary and Prime Minister's Office media spokesman, Wilkie Rasmussen, has been named as Cabinet's choice for the Cook Islands High Commission post in Wellington, New Zealand.

And Iaveta Arthur, an unsuccessful Democratic Alliance Party candidate for the Overseas seat in the last general election, has been chosen as the Consul General for the Cook Islands office in Auckland.

Arthur has worked at the office in the past and is also a former MP.

Prime Minister Dr. Terepai Maoate announced the cabinet decisions at the National Auditorium during the swearing ceremony of undersecretaries.

However he stressed that confirmation of the two appointments is subject to finalization by the New Zealand government.

Dr. Maoate described Rasmussen as the best man for the post, a very capable person with a lot of experience and background in legal matters.

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MPS USED MILLIONS FROM GAMING FUNDS

By JOE KANEKANE

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 20, 2000 - The Independent)---Members of Parliament have received a total of K7,765,627 (2.9 million US$) from the National Gaming Board. About K3,300,000 (1.2 million US$) was handed out in cash while K2,664,800 (1 million US$) was used to purchase ambulances. Another K2,211,827 (850,000 US$) was allocated for other related purposes.

According to documents made available to The Independent, most of the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) party members received assistance from the Gaming Board in 1999.

The party had about 42 members of parliament in their camp at the time of the disbursement.

Members formally write to the board requesting financial assistance. The board then deliberates at length before deciding on other requests for funding from the community.

The largest amount of K670,000 (268,000 US$) went to Alotau Open MP Iairo Lasaro. Records show he was allocated K600,000 in cash, K50,000...

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AIR PACIFIC AIRLINE BOOKINGS ON THE WEB

SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 21, 2000 – Fiji’s Daily Post)---Air Pacific customers can now book their tickets online through the company's Website.

The website - www.airpacific.com - has online bookings to its customers for travel on its southwest Pacific and Pacific Rim services as well as with partner airlines globally.

Customers can book Air Pacific flights to Fiji and other Pacific islands, Japan and the U.S. west coast through the "BookNow" button on the Website.

Queries about the airline's network - when and where they want to travel - can also be done through the website.

The "BookNow" facility allows customers to find the best fare and best schedule for their requirements. Air Pacific's general manager of sales and marketing, Max Kruse, said that once customers are satisfied with their inquiry they can book and make payment through the airlines booking facility with their credit card.

The customers will...

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PNG’S WOMEN LEADERS CALL FOR CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

PNG’S WOMEN LEADERS CALL FOR CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 20, 2000 - Post-Courier)---Women leaders want the capital punishment law imposed and are calling for an immediate review of the Censorship Board.

National Women's Council President Susan Setae made her comments during a Women Against Violence forum in Port Moresby.

"The Government must immediately review the membership of the Censorship Board and set up a strong committee, with half of the membership to be women, and impose the capital punishment law for brutal murders," she said.

She called on the community to stand together to fight against crime in PNG.

The women leaders called on the Government to:

The National Parliament Speaker Bernard Narokobi said PNG was basically a tribal society, which was not used to civil order.

He said the idea to hang and kill might not help.

For additional reports from The Post-Courier, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS...

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$25,000 Prize Winner Named for 2000 Kenneth F. Brown

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I

Honolulu, Hawai‘i

NEWS RELEASE

April 3, 2000

Asia-Pacific Culture And Architecture Design Award

A unique education center in Australia has been selected this year’s winner of the Kenneth F. Brown Asia-Pacific Culture and Architecture Design Award. The winner was announced by Dean Raymond Yeh of the University of Hawai‘i School of Architecture at a program Saturday night. The design award is the only one of its kind for culture and architecture in the Asia-Pacific region.

This year’s winner—selected by a distinguished international panel of jurors—is The Arthur and Yvonne Boyd Education Center in Australia. The center is located on the Shoalhaven River near the town of Nowra on the south coast of New South Wales.

Three Australian architects, Glenn Murcutt, Wendy Lewin and Reginald Lark designed the center. It provides living accommodations for student artists and a range of educational and creative facilities....

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GREENS SENATOR SAYS AUSTRALIA SHOULD ATTEND WEST PAPUA CONGRESS

MELBOURNE, Australia (April 20, 2000 - Radio Australia/Pasifik Niuswire)---An Australian Senator has called for Australia to attend the second National Congress of West Papua.

Greens Party Senator Bob Brown says West Papua, or Irian Jaya, has finalized details of the weeklong meeting in Jayapura, starting on May 29.

He says Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid will open the Congress.

Senator Brown says it's a critical meeting for human rights in West Papua. More than 5,000 people are expected to attend.

He said Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer should go to the Congress or send a nominee.

The Foreign Affairs Department in Canberra says the deputy head of Australia's embassy in Jakarta, Les Rowe, visited West Papua last week.

The Department says it's not planning another such visit in the near future.

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TAILEVU MAKES FIJI MAHOGANY CASE

By Margaret Wise

SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 20, 2000 - Fiji Times)---The Tailevu Provincial Council has given the Native Land Trust Board a mandate to negotiate the proposed sale of mahogany forests on its behalf.

But it has deferred a decision on the board's proposal for landowners to take over the harvest of the forests until further details are made available.

The NLTB proposal follows a government assurance when the project started in 1965 that landowners would be considered first for the right of sale.

The board wants the logs to be processed locally. It believes a substantial sum of money would be lost overseas if the forests were sold as standing trees.

Vugalei representative, Ratu Emori Latitoga, said individuals claiming to represent landowners should be avoided. The district of Vugalei is an area where mahogany plantations are located.

"Talks on mahogany dealing should be left to the NLTB. We do not want anyone else to negotiate...

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MAKING THE PAST PERMANENT

By Mailena Pitt-Woonton

Long suppressed by missionaries and the strict rules of Christianity, traditional tattooing is said to have arisen from a deep sleep. After all, it is only in recent years that the practice of this painful but culturally significant art has been truly awakened by new generations of Polynesians keen to explore their heritage.

During chiefly times, the master tattooist commanded the respect and status of a nobleman. It was through him that chiefs and warriors acquired Mana and prestige from the designs he engraved on their bodies.

Today, Boye Nicholas, is an unmistakable part of the ongoing revival that looks back on our traditional past so that more meaning can be brought to the tattooist in the present - a meaning that will also help define the future of our culture and traditions.

Developing a love for art from a young age, Auckland-born Boye carried out his primary and college years at St Joseph Primary School and Nukutere...

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$1 MILLION NEEDED TO OPEN BOUGAINVILLE COPPER MINE

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 20, 2000 – Post Courier)---Rio Tinto Ltd's Bougainville copper operations would require more than $1 billion to be reignited, says Managing Director Barry Cusack.

Mr. Cusack said Rio was still unable to gain access to the mine site, which is under the control of rebel forces.

"Representatives from the revolutionary army have stated they do not wish to see any resumption of mining,'' Mr. Cusack said.

He added aside from the political issues, the economics have shifted against the Bougainville operations since their heyday.

"It has about 500 million tons of ore of which about half is pre-stripped, but Bougainville was running at a time before a lot of Chilean copper came on the market and shifted the cost curve. To restart the Bougainville operations, you would have to put in well north of $1 billion and if you'd like to put a check with that sort of number into that part of the world, you'd be pretty brave," Mr....

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U.S. CARRIER PLANS STOPOVER AT SAIPAN AIRPORT

By Aldwin R. Fajardo

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (April 20, 2000 - Saipan Tribune)---The Commonwealth Ports Authority is anticipating to generate additional revenues from landing fees that will be collected from a Florida-based airline company interested in making stopovers at Saipan International Airport.

CPA Executive Director Carlos H. Salas said plans by the Interamerican Air Group and Baltia Air Lines to refuel and do the regular engine check at the Saipan airport would mean additional income for the ports authority.

CPA recently implemented the new rate for landing fee, which is $1.40 for every thousand pounds for signatory airlines. The new airport and seaport rates were raised to allow CPA to pay its $53 million bond by 2008.

At the same time, the joint venture company of Interamerican Air Group and Merpati Nusantara Airlines is also planning to launch regular stopovers on its regular flights from New York, Los Angeles, Honolulu and...

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