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Filipino shootout at PNG supermarket sparks demand for firearms ban

By   /  February 20, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Boroko, Crime, Evening Report, Featured, Firearms, Firearms ban, Gun control, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Reports, Shootings, Shootout  /  Comments Off on Filipino shootout at PNG supermarket sparks demand for firearms ban

Police have charged a man with murder after the death of his security officer colleague in a shootout. Both men were Filipinos and investigators are working closely with the Philippines Embassy in Port Moresby. Video: EMTV News By Michael Arnold in Port Moresby A shootout in a supermarket in the Papua New Guinean capital of […]

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Ardern mission for post-Gita visit to Tonga, Samoa, Niue and Cook Islands

By   /  February 19, 2018  /  24/7 News, Aid, Aid policy, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Cook Islands, Cyclone Gita, Cyclones, Disasters, Evening Report, Jacinda Ardern, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Niue, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Samoa, Tonga, Weather, Winston Peters  /  Comments Off on Ardern mission for post-Gita visit to Tonga, Samoa, Niue and Cook Islands

Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says the New Zealand government’s Pacific Mission will take place early next month and travel to Tonga, Samoa, Niue, and the Cook Islands. “It will be an honour to have the Pacific Mission led by the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and is a further sign of […]

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Tuila’epa to open high-powered Pacific climate conference

By   /  February 19, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Climate Action, Climate Change, Climate Journalism, COP23, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Kiribati, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Climate 2018, Pacific Climate Change Conference 2018, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Samoa  /  Comments Off on Tuila’epa to open high-powered Pacific climate conference

Trailer for the controversial climate change documentary Anote’s Ark – former Kiribati President Anote Tong opened the previous Pacific Climate Change Conference in Wellington in 2016. Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Samoan Prime Minister and climate change action advocate Tuila’epa Dr Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is among the high-profile experts presenting at the Pacific Climate Change Conference this […]

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KontraS demands Indonesian police investigate death of terror suspect

By   /  February 18, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, Anti-terror laws, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Death, Densus88, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Indonesia, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Security, Special forces, Terrorism  /  Comments Off on KontraS demands Indonesian police investigate death of terror suspect

By Riani Sanusi Putri in Jakarta Indonesia’s Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) has demanded police investigate the cause of death of terrorist suspect Muhammad Jefri in Indramayu. This is deemed important since the information about his death is unclear and appears to involve a violation of law. “The case of Muhamad […]

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West Papua one step closer to MSG membership, says Wenda

By   /  February 17, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Benny Wenda, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Indigenous, Indonesia, Media, Melanesian, Melanesian Spearhead Group, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MSG, Multimedia, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, Peter O'Neill, PMC Reportage, Reports, West Papua, West Papua human rights, West Papua self-determination, West Papuan independence  /  Comments Off on West Papua one step closer to MSG membership, says Wenda

Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says the Melanesian Spearhead Group has made solid progress under the chairmanship of Solomon Islands. Video: EMTV News By Meriba Tulo in Port Moresby West Papua’s application to become a full member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group has gained traction, with MSG leaders referring the United Liberation Movement […]

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Vanuatu Daily Post: A call to action for endangered Pacific media freedom

By   /  February 16, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Dan McGarry, Evening Report, Featured, freedom of expression, Justice, Marc Neil-Jones, Media, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Truth, Vanuatu, Vanuatu Daily Post  /  Comments Off on Vanuatu Daily Post: A call to action for endangered Pacific media freedom

EDITORIAL OPINION: Dan McGarry and Marc Neil-Jones of the Vanuatu Daily Post call for media associations and professionals throughout the Pacific to act to protect their freedom. It’s becoming far too common: Journalists and whistle blowers are being singled out and silenced as governments throughout the region allow the Pacific to slide down the slippery […]

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One dead, two wounded after PNG gunfire exchange in supermarket

By   /  February 16, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Crime, Evening Report, Featured, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Reports  /  Comments Off on One dead, two wounded after PNG gunfire exchange in supermarket

Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk An expatriate man is dead and two local Papua New Guineans are badly wounded – including a child – after two ex-Filpino military servicemen employed as security supervisors shot at each other at a city shop in the capital of Port Moresby, reports the PNG Post-Courier. The two men argued inside […]

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Sounds of Caribbean planned for Auckland’s first steelband festival

By   /  February 16, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Arts & Sports, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Calypso, CaribbeaNZ Southern Stars, Culture, Evening Report, Featured, festivals, Global, Indigenous, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Music, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Steelband festival, Youth  /  Comments Off on Sounds of Caribbean planned for Auckland’s first steelband festival

Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Auckland’s popular Silo Park will come alive to the sounds of the Caribbean next week. Part of the Summer at Silo Park events, the Aotearoa-New Zealand Steelband Festival on Saturday, February 24, will bring together seven local steelbands and feature two special guest steelbands from Australia. It is the first event […]

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Police again question Islands Business chief editor, ex-publisher in probe

By   /  February 15, 2018  /  24/7 News, Air Terminal Services, Analysis-Reportage, APAC OSI, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Aviation, Censorship, Civil aviation, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Islands Business, Media, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Security  /  Comments Off on Police again question Islands Business chief editor, ex-publisher in probe

Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Islands Business managing director and editor Samisoni Pareti has again been questioned by Fiji police over an online article involving a local magistrate, the news magazine reports. Pareti was today called to Criminal Investigation Department headquarters for the second time this week to answer allegations on an alleged breach of the […]

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Tonga’s Parliament seeks temporary home after Gita smashed old House

By   /  February 15, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Cyclone Gita, Cyclones, Disasters, Evening Report, Featured, History, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Parliament, PMC Reportage, Reports, Tonga, Weather  /  Comments Off on Tonga’s Parliament seeks temporary home after Gita smashed old House

By Kalino Latu, editor of Kaniva News As Tonga struggles to recover from Cyclone Gita, authorities are looking for somewhere to host the next Parliamentary sessions next month. Parliament needs a place to meet between March 1-15 so MPs can process bills and laws that are required for the government’s 2018-2019 budget. A Parliamentary spokesperson […]

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Accidents expose lax safety hitting Indonesia’s infrastructure projects

By   /  February 15, 2018  /  24/7 News, Accidents, Airport train, Airports, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Development, Economics, Evening Report, Featured, Indonesia, Infrastructure, Joko Widodo, Labour, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Reports, Socio-Economics, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Technology, Waskita Karya  /  Comments Off on Accidents expose lax safety hitting Indonesia’s infrastructure projects

By Sarah Yuniarni in Jakarta A recent string of accidents in major construction projects in Indonesia has raised concerns of lax safety standards as President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo pushes on with his ambitious infrastructure drive. Last week, a retaining wall at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport near Jakarta collapsed and crushed a passing car, killing one man […]

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Waste colonialism and plastic pollution targeted in NZ ‘pure’ campaign

By   /  February 14, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Environment, Evening Report, Health and Fitness, Human Rights, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Oceans, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Plastic waste, PMC Reportage, Politics, pollution, public health, Reports, Research, Sustainability  /  Comments Off on Waste colonialism and plastic pollution targeted in NZ ‘pure’ campaign

By Sylvia C. Frain in Auckland Aotearoa/New Zealand’s status as a “wasteful country” is one of the targets of the PURE 2018 tour launched in Auckland earlier this month. More than 12 million metric tons of plastics enter oceans and waterways globally each year, directly impacting on New Zealand’s coastal communities, food sources, and sea […]

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Falling trees and downed power poles hinder Tonga’s Gita relief effort

By   /  February 14, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Cyclone Gita, Cyclones, Disaster management, Disasters, Evening Report, Featured, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Tonga, Weather  /  Comments Off on Falling trees and downed power poles hinder Tonga’s Gita relief effort

By Kalino Latu. editor of Kaniva News The Tongan government’s efforts to assess the extent of destruction by Tropical Cyclone Gita have been hindered by falling trees and downed power poles. The Minister of Disaster Management, Poasi Tei, said teams of government assessors had been dispatched to villages and towns to report on damage caused […]

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Tonga welcomes NZ $750,000 aid offer in wake of Gita’s destruction

By   /  February 13, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Cyclone Gita, Cyclones, Disasters, Evening Report, Featured, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Tonga, Weather  /  Comments Off on Tonga welcomes NZ $750,000 aid offer in wake of Gita’s destruction

By Kalino Latu, editor of Kaniva News The Tongan government has welcomed New Zealand’s offer to donate $750,000 and personnel assistance in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Gita’s destruction. The NZ government has a military plane with assistance ready to go once it is safe to land in Tonga. Tonga’s Minister of Police Māteni Tapueluelu […]

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Tropical Cyclone Gita leaves trail of destruction in Tonga

By   /  February 13, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Cyclone Gita, Cyclones, Disasters, Evening Report, Featured, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Tonga, Weather  /  Comments Off on Tropical Cyclone Gita leaves trail of destruction in Tonga

Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Severe Tropical Cyclone Gita has left a trail of destruction after hitting Tonga with 200 kph plus winds during the night. RNZ reports that on the main island of Tongatapu in the kingdom, the category four cyclone had ripped roofs off houses, brought down trees, destroyed a Catholic church, and took […]

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Tonga under curfew as kingdom braces for fury of Cyclone Gita

By   /  February 13, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Curfew, Cyclone Gita, Cyclones, Disasters, Evening Report, Featured, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, State of energency, Tonga, Weather  /  Comments Off on Tonga under curfew as kingdom braces for fury of Cyclone Gita

By Kalino Latu, editor of Kaniva News An overnight curfew was in place in Tonga tonight as the kingdom awaited the full force of Cyclone Gita, which was threatening to become a devastating category five storm. Tropical Cyclone Gita bearing down on Tonga. Image: earth.nullschool.net Tonga Police Commissioner Stephen Caldwell ordered a curfew in the […]

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PNG Mine Watch: Bougainville’s new ‘infamous’ Filipino mining company

By   /  February 12, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bougainville, Bougainville Autonomous Region, Bougainville mining, copper mining, Eric Gutierrez, Evening Report, John Momis, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, mining, Multimedia, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, PMC Reportage, PNG Post-Courier, Reports  /  Comments Off on PNG Mine Watch: Bougainville’s new ‘infamous’ Filipino mining company

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte exposes “illegal favours” to mining tycoon Eric Gutierrez, whose company SR Metals Inc has now won an exploration contract on Bougainville. Archlight Productions video shot during 2016 presidential election campaign. BACKGROUNDER: PNG Mine Watch Mine Watch recently predicted that Bougainville President John Momis’ appetite for crooked foreign miners was very much […]

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Tonga declares state of emergency to face looming wrath of Cyclone Gita

By   /  February 12, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Breaking News, Cyclone Gita, Cyclones, Disasters, Evening Report, Featured, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Tonga, Weather  /  Comments Off on Tonga declares state of emergency to face looming wrath of Cyclone Gita

Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Tonga has declared a state of emergency today in preparation for severe Tropical Cyclone Gita as it threatens to hit the southern part of the kingdom with a potential category 5 force tonight, reports Matangi Tonga. Acting Prime Minister Semisi Sika announced the state of emergency at 10am, saying this was […]

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FIJI: Islands Business ex-publisher, director, journalist grilled over story

By   /  February 11, 2018  /  24/7 News, Airports, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Courts, Evening Report, Fiji, industrial relations, Islands Business, Justice, Labour, Media, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports  /  Comments Off on FIJI: Islands Business ex-publisher, director, journalist grilled over story

Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Islands Business managing director Samisoni Pareti and journalist Nanise Volau have been questioned by Fiji police over a story published online by the Suva-based regional news magazine, IB reports. This follows the article published by Islands Business about Magistrate Andrew See who ruled in favour of Air Terminal Services (ATS) workers […]

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Mata’afa Keni Lesa: Cyclone Gita’s over but remember Ofa’s vengeance

By   /  February 11, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Cyclone Evan, Cyclone Gita, Cyclone Ofa, Cyclones, Disasters, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Samoa, Samoa Observer, Weather  /  Comments Off on Mata’afa Keni Lesa: Cyclone Gita’s over but remember Ofa’s vengeance

OPINION: By Mata’afa Keni Lesa, editor of the Samoa Observer Tropical Cyclone Gita has left just as quickly as it arrived on Friday night and yesterday morning. Within six hours, it left hundreds of people devastated as a result of strong winds and flooding. Folks, it sends shivers down the spine to think what more […]

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