Environment

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The volcanic islands of Hawaii have long conjured dreams of a Pacific paradise: sun-drenched living beneath the waving palms. And though on arrival the first palms you're likely to see are those of the outstretched, tourist-fleecing variety, move on a little and the scenery and sites are quite fantastic.

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RJB, Britain's biggest coal producer, yesterday slashed its dividend and outlined plans to expand into Asia-Pacific. Profits were down 70 per cent last year as coal sales to the electricity industry dropped sharply and prices fell.

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A TINY lizard less than two inches long may help to solve the mystery of how quickly early human explorers managed to colonise the remote islands of the Pacific Ocean.

Sports Letter: Black mark for myth peddling

Sir: Comments about Polynesians in All Black rugby made within the recent article by your correspondent Chris Hewett perpetuate the tiresome myth of a rapacious NZRFU roaming about the Pacific Islands, Samoa in particular looking to recruit strapping great specimens of humanity for the All Blacks, thereby depriving the Pacific Islands sides of their best talent. The only non-New Zealand-born recent All Black is Joeli Vidiri, the ex-Fijian international.
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