A blog maintained by Tevita Kete, PGR Officer
Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
This weblog documents the activities of Pacific Agricultural Genetic Resources Network (PAPGREN), along with other information on plant genetic resources (PGR) in the Pacific.
The myriad varieties found within cultivated plants are fundamental to the present and future productivity of agriculture. PAPGREN, which is coordinated by the Land Resources Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), helps Pacific countries and territories to conserve their crop genetic diversity sustainably, with technical assistance from the Bioversity International (BI) and support from NZAID and ACIAR.
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Sunday, July 01, 2007
Posted 9:52 PM by Tevita
First NZ conviction for driving under influence of kava
A Palmerston North man has become the first motorist in New Zealand to be convicted of driving under the influence of kava. At Palmerston North District Court yesterday Aho Ioane, 53, a forklift operator, pleaded guilty to one count of driving under the influence of a drug.
The court was told Ioane produced a negative breathalyser result when police tested him for alcohol after he was seen weaving across the road in his car on the way home from church. His speech was slurred, he had bloodshot eyes and he was unsteady on his feet.
He told police he had been drinking "Tongan kava" before church.
The drink is made from the root of the kava plant and is used in ceremonies across the Pacific. It is favoured for its ability to induce dreams or visions and causes a feeling of tranquility.
When taken to the police station, Ioane was diagnosed by a doctor as being under the influence of a drug to the point where he was incapable of driving.
He was sentenced to 50 hours of community work and had his licence suspending for six months.
(Courtesy : Christina Tuitubou)
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