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Public broadcasting and an advocate’s ‘disaster readiness’ revival mission

By   /  April 22, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Better Public Media Trust, David Beatson, Democracy, Digital Media, Evening Report, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, NZ Listener, Online media, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Public broadcasting, Public Trust, Radio, Radio New Zealand, Reports, RNZ, Television  /  Comments Off on Public broadcasting and an advocate’s ‘disaster readiness’ revival mission

TRIBUTE: By Geoff Lealand in Auckland David Beatson, broadcaster, editor, journalist, public intellectual and media visionary, proposed a new, or renewed, role for New Zealand public broadcasting in anticipating and managing risk – such as natural disasters and technological crises, says an academic in his public tribute. Speaking at an inaugural memorial lecture in Ponsonby […]

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Fiji’s provident fund frees up $5.3m for natural disaster assistance

By   /  April 22, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Cyclone Josie, cyclone keni, Cyclones, Development, Disasters, Environment, Evening Report, Fiji, Fiji National Provident Fund, FNPF, Kadavu, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, savings, Self Determination, Weather  /  Comments Off on Fiji’s provident fund frees up $5.3m for natural disaster assistance

A spate of tropical cyclones has hit Fiji and other Pacific Islands in the past few months, causing widespread damage and flooding in low-lying areas. Image: Dept of Information/Wansolwara By Wansolwara News staff The Fiji National Provident Fund has released $5.33 million in flood assistance funds to 6351 members in the aftermath of two recently […]

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Vanuatu pressing ahead with Ambae volcano island evacuation plan

By   /  April 20, 2018  /  24/7 News, Ambae, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Disasters, Environment, Eruption, Evacuation, Evening Report, Human Rights, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Relocation, Reports, Vanuatu, Volcano, Volcanoes  /  Comments Off on Vanuatu pressing ahead with Ambae volcano island evacuation plan

A file photo of the last Ambae evacuation in September 2017. Image: Vanuatu Daily Post By Len Garae in Port Vila Vanuatu is still pressing ahead with its plan to evacuate Ambae island for the second time in six months in the face of rumbling and ash-spewing from Mt Lombenden volcano. A government delegation comprising […]

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‘Great relief’ for rights advocates after Philippines ‘releases’ Australian nun

By   /  April 19, 2018  /  24/7 News, Activism, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines, Justice, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Rodrigo Duterte  /  Comments Off on ‘Great relief’ for rights advocates after Philippines ‘releases’ Australian nun

Sister “Pat” Fox … “her duty to protect anyone who was oppressed or poor.” Image: Rappler By Jean Bell in Auckland Detained Australian missionary Sister Patricia “Pat” Fox’s “release” by the Philippines Bureau of Immigration has been greeted with relief by human rights advocates Peter Murphy, chair of the International Coalition for Human Rights in […]

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USP students raise Pacific climate change awareness using cellphones

By   /  April 19, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bearing Witness, Climate, Education, Environment, ePOP, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Human Rights, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Pacific youth, PMC Reportage, Reports, Smartphones, Youth, Youth storytelling  /  Comments Off on USP students raise Pacific climate change awareness using cellphones

Bearing Witness talks to ePOP climate change video makers. Video: Pacific Media Centre By Hele Ikimotu with visuals by Blessen Tom in Suva Ten students from the University of the South Pacific have captured the effects of climate change on their smartphone devices. The task was organised through an eParticipatory Observers Project (ePOP) workshop last […]

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USP celebrates 50 years and leads research action on climate change

By   /  April 18, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bearing Witness, Climate, Climate Action, Climate Change, Education, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, media education, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, PACE-SD, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Real climate action, Reports, Research, University media, University of the South Pacific, USP, Video  /  Comments Off on USP celebrates 50 years and leads research action on climate change

Bearing Witness crew Blessen Tom and Hele Ikimotu’s video story of USP’s ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations and climate change. Video: AUT Pacific Media Centre By Hele Ikimotu with visuals by Blessen Tom in Suva This year, the University of the South Pacific is celebrating 50 years since its opening in Fiji in  1968. The university’s […]

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Solar panels the way to go for Pacific, says USP physics academic

By   /  April 18, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bearing Witness, Climate, Environment, Evening Report, Fiji, Human Rights, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, renewable energy, Reports, solar energy, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Development Goals, Technology, University of the South Pacific, USP  /  Comments Off on Solar panels the way to go for Pacific, says USP physics academic

The University of the South Pacific’s lower campus 45kw solar pv power system. Image: Hele Ikimotu/Bearing Witness By Hele Ikimotu in Suva Affordable energy enhances the livelihood of Pacific communities, says an associate professor in physics at the Fiji-based University of the South Pacific. Dr Atul Raturi presented a seminar as part of the Pacific […]

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Dan McGarry: Want to lead in the Pacific? Try listening first

By   /  April 17, 2018  /  24/7 News, Aid, Aid policy, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Australia, Australian aid, Balance, Cartoons, China, Culture, Evening Report, fairness, Featured, Foreign Policy, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Military bases, News Media, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Vanuatu, Vanuatu Daily Post  /  Comments Off on Dan McGarry: Want to lead in the Pacific? Try listening first

Cathy Wilcox’s Sydney Morning Herald cartoon is a showcase for everything that’s wrong with Australian foreign policy. Cartoon: Cathy Wilcox/SMH/VDP By Dan McGarry in Port Vila The average Australian’s conception of Pacific island nations is so limited it makes some of us wonder if they even want to understand. Our voices—and our reality—have been pointedly […]

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PMC’s radio show features Chinese ‘base’ claim, justice and diabetes

By   /  April 17, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, diabetes, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military bases, Multimedia, Nauru, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Radio, Radio 95bFM, Refugees, Reports, Southern Cross, Vanuatu, Wansolwara  /  Comments Off on PMC’s radio show features Chinese ‘base’ claim, justice and diabetes

Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Pacific Media Centre director Professor David Robie blasted some of the global coverage of the alleged Chinese military base plans for Vanuatu, describing it as speculative and “scaremongering”. He praised the Vanuatu Daily Post for giving the other side of the story and media director Dan McGarry for his in-depth “baseless […]

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Diabetes ‘ongoing disaster’ tops Fiji health bill at $124 million

By   /  April 16, 2018  /  24/7 News, advocacy, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, diabetes, disability, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Health and Fitness, Health media, Health Policy, Health services, Human Rights, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, NCDs, Non-communicable diseases, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Premature death, Reports, Socio-Economics, Sustainability  /  Comments Off on Diabetes ‘ongoing disaster’ tops Fiji health bill at $124 million

The increasing number of diabetes cases has raised red flags in the health sector, a burden Fiji health authorities hope to tackle through the media. Image: Creative Commons/Wansolwara By Adi Ana Civavonovono in Suva The estimated financial cost and economic burden of diabetes in Fiji reached a staggering $124 million (NZ$84 million) in 2014 with […]

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O’Neill government suffers first election court rebuff in Bougainville

By   /  April 14, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bougainville, Bougainville autonomy, Bougainville Copper Limited, Bougainville mining, Bougainville war, Elections, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, mining, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, PNG elections, Reports, Rio Tinto, Sam Akoitai  /  Comments Off on O’Neill government suffers first election court rebuff in Bougainville

A delighted Sam Akoitai (in red tie) outside the National Court yesterday after winning back his Central Bougainville seat in the National Parliament. Photo: Sally Pokiton/Loop PNG Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Bougainville Affairs Minister Fr Simon Dumarinu has been ousted by four votes as the first casualty of the Peter O’Neill government in Papua New […]

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Baseless rumours: why talk of Chinese military base in Vanuatu misses point

By   /  April 13, 2018  /  24/7 News, ABC Pacific Beat, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Australia, China, Espiritu Santo, Evening Report, Featured, Global, Luganville, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Military bases, Opinion, Pacific Beat, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Pacific War, PMC Reportage, Politics, Port Vila, Reports, Vanuatu, World War II  /  Comments Off on Baseless rumours: why talk of Chinese military base in Vanuatu misses point

How the Vanuatu Daily Post reacted to the Australian “news” of a possible Chinese military base plan. Image: VDP BRIEFING: By Dan McGarry in Port Vila The “news” this week that Vanuatu was to be the site of a Chinese military base caught most people by surprise. Government officials with detailed knowledge of relevant matters […]

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Bearing Witness students win big at AUT communications studies awards

By   /  April 13, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Auckland University of Technology, AUT, Awards, Bearing Witness, Climate, Climate Action, Climate Change, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Media Watch, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Reports, School of Communication Studies, USP  /  Comments Off on Bearing Witness students win big at AUT communications studies awards

Spasifik Magazine’s Laumata Lauano (from left) with winners Julie Cleaver, Kendall Hutt, and Pacific Media Centre’s chair Associate Professor Camille Nakhid and Storyboard donor Professor David Robie (rear) at last night’s AUT communication studies awards. Image: Del Abcede/PMC By Jean Bell in Auckland Bearing Witness climate change project students won big last night at the […]

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Erin Harris: Nauru appeal court move denies justice for refugees

By   /  April 12, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asylum Seekers, Australia, Detainees, Detention Centres, Evening Report, Featured, Health services, Jacinda Ardern, Justice, Legal aid, Migrants, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nauru, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Political asylum, Political lawsuits, Politics, Refugees, Reports, Research, Security  /  Comments Off on Erin Harris: Nauru appeal court move denies justice for refugees

The Australian High Court building in Canberra. Image: Bentley Smith/Flickr/The Interpreter BRIEFING: By Erin Harris The decision to terminate a long-standing arrangement that saw the Australian High Court act as a partial appellate court for Nauru, as reported last week, has heightened concerns about Nauru’s appropriateness as a venue for an Australian immigration detention centre. […]

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Urgent call for help on Kadavu island after Keni’s Fiji devastation

By   /  April 12, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, cyclone keni, Cyclones, Disasters, Editorials, Evening Report, farming, Featured, Fiji, Fred Wesley, Kadavu, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Superstorms, The Fiji Times, Weather  /  Comments Off on Urgent call for help on Kadavu island after Keni’s Fiji devastation

This house at Namara Village in Sanima on Kadavu had its roof blown off. Image: The Fiji Times By Vilimaina Naqelevuki in Suva A resort owner on Kadavu has called on Fijians to urgently assist those on the island after the devastation caused by Severe Tropical Cyclone Keni this week. Matava Eco Resort director Mark […]

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Cook Islands, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu win medals at Games

By   /  April 11, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Australia, Commonwealth Games, Cook Islands, Evening Report, Featured, Indigenous, Javelin, Lawn bowls, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Olympics, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Solomon Islands, Sports, Vanuatu, Weightlifting, Women's sport  /  Comments Off on Cook Islands, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu win medals at Games

Celebrating Pacific successes at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Image: SBS By Stefan Armbruster of SBS News Three countries that have never won a medal in Commonwealth Games history are celebrating after bagging bronze in weightlifting, javelin and lawn bowls competitions on the Gold Coast. A quarter of the 71 teams entered the […]

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Devastating Cyclone Keni moves out of Fijian waters, clean up begins

By   /  April 11, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Cyclone, Disasters, Evening Report, Fiji, Kadavu, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Weather  /  Comments Off on Devastating Cyclone Keni moves out of Fijian waters, clean up begins

Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Cyclone Keni has moved out of Fijian waters and lies about 275km south-southwest of the Tongan capital of Nuku’alofa, reports Pacnews. The Fiji Met Service said the cyclone still remains a category three storm, with winds between 130 and 185km/h still blowing. At its peak, average wind gusts were up to […]

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Bearing Witness climate storytellers gear up for fresh Fiji challenge

By   /  April 10, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bearing Witness, Climate, Climate Change, Environment, Environmental Journalism, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Media Watch, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports  /  Comments Off on Bearing Witness climate storytellers gear up for fresh Fiji challenge

Postgraduate students Blessen Tom (left) and Hele Ikimotu talking about the Bearing Witness climate project on the Pacific Media Watch programme Southern Cross on Radio 95bFM yesterday. Image: David Robie/PMC By Jean Bell in Auckland Two postgraduate students on the Pacific Media Centre’s Bearing Witness climate change project are due to jet to Fiji this […]

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Prince of Wales meets kastom – a royal Vanuatu day to remember

By   /  April 9, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Chief Viraleo, Culture, Evening Report, Indigenous, kastom, Malvatumaturi, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nakamal, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Prince Charles, Reports, Royalties, Vanuatu  /  Comments Off on Prince of Wales meets kastom – a royal Vanuatu day to remember

By Dan McGarry in Port Vila Meet Mal Menaringmanu, known to many as HRH Charles, Prince of Wales. During his brief visit to Vanuatu on Saturday, Prince Charles was greeted by one of the most lavish displays of kastom seen on these shores, arguably since his mother Queen Elizabeth visited on the royal yacht in […]

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Two people die, PNG police officer wounded in Madang clashes

By   /  April 8, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Beheading, Crime, Evening Report, Featured, Madang, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Police, Reports, scott waide, Security, violence  /  Comments Off on Two people die, PNG police officer wounded in Madang clashes

Papua New Guinean police at the scene of the violence near Madang yesterday. Image: Scott Waide/EMTV By Scott Waide in Madang Two people are dead and a Papua New Guinean policeman is in critical condition in hospital after being wounded in clashes yesterday near Madang town. The policeman, a senior constable, was trying to negotiate […]

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