Niue for one laptop per child
ALOFI (RNZI) - The regional director of One Laptop Per Child, or OLPC, says he believes a change in personnel in the Education Ministry in Niue is behind the island re-embracing the scheme.
Four years ago, Niue was the first country to receive enough of the laptops for every child of school age to have one.
But late last year the Education Ministry announced the island was pulling out of the scheme because the ongoing costs of the scheme were too great a burden.
SUVA (RNZI) - A United Nations representative says there is still pressure restricting the freedom of the press in the Pacific region. May 3 marks World Press Freedom Day.
The regional representative for the Pacific for the United Nations office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Matilda Bogner, said overall, the press was able to express itself relatively freely within the Pacific.
Bogner said it depended on the country, the time and the circumstances.
People trafficking fight
WELLINGTON (RNZI) - New Zealand and the US have signed an agreement to work together to combat people trafficking in the Pacific.
The US Secretary of State of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, says the agreement will enhance co-operation between the two countries.
She said trafficking in persons was not just a problem in the Pacific, but throughout the world, and there was a common commitment to end what she called modern-day slavery.