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PNG government faces mounting pressure over Maseratis splurge

By   /  October 15, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APEC, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, Asia Pacific Report, Business, Development, DJF, Evening Report, Featured, Global, KB, KB, Maserati, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, RNZ Pacific, Sri Lanka, Transport  /  Comments Off on PNG government faces mounting pressure over Maseratis splurge

One of the 40 Maseratis imported by Papua New Guinea for APEC 2018 … threatened two-day strike looms. Image: EMTV News By Johnny Blades of RNZ Pacific Papua New Guinea’s government is under mounting pressure to account for a purchase of 40 luxury vehicles for next month’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the […]

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O’Neill replies on Maseratis, shuns ‘racist’ critic as opponents call strike

By   /  October 15, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APEC, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, Asia Pacific Report, Development, DJF, Evening Report, Featured, Global, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Public tender, racism, Reports, Socio-Economics, State vehicles, Strikes, Transport, vietnam  /  Comments Off on O’Neill replies on Maseratis, shuns ‘racist’ critic as opponents call strike

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says the Papua New Guinean government will not spend any money on the purchase of 40 Maserati luxury sedans to be used to ferry APEC world leaders next month. Video: EMTV News Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says all 40 Maserati executive vehicles being delivered to Papua New […]

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Scott Waide: Amid the PNG silence on military aid, calls go out for wide national consultation

By   /  September 23, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Australia, China, Chinese aid, Development, Evening Report, Featured, Global, History, Jerry Singirok, Lombrum naval base, Manus Island, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Pacific Voices, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, PNG Defence Force, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on Scott Waide: Amid the PNG silence on military aid, calls go out for wide national consultation

Lombrum naval base on Manus Island … a Google’s-eye view. COMMENT: By Scott Waide The global trade war between China and Western powers has reached new heights in the Pacific, and in particular in Papua New Guinea. As the government of Peter O’Neill courts China on the one side of the bargaining table, receiving, aid […]

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‘Flight of the myna’ – behind the smiles in post-coup Fiji 30 years on

By   /  September 12, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Business, China, Culture, Development, Economics, Editor's Picks, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Fiji constitution, Fiji elections, Fiji politics, FijiFirst, IntJourn Project, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reflections, Reports  /  Comments Off on ‘Flight of the myna’ – behind the smiles in post-coup Fiji 30 years on

OPINION: By Sri Krishnamurthi in Suva When I left Fiji 30 years ago, a week after the first coup in 1987, I planned to write a book titled “The flight of the myna” – a pesky, noisy bird, which can talk if trained and was introduced to Fiji by our forefathers from India. The book […]

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Barbara Dreaver: Mana counts … NZ needs the Pacific as much as the Pacific needs NZ

By   /  September 12, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, cultural diplomacy, Culture, Development, Diplomacy, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Global, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Opinion, Pacific dialogue, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Pacific Voices, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on Barbara Dreaver: Mana counts … NZ needs the Pacific as much as the Pacific needs NZ

A song called “Jacinda New Star in the Sky” clearly delighted NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru last week: “Underestimating personal relationships in the Pacific is sheer ignorance.” Image: Screen shot from TVNZ video OPINION: By Barbara Dreaver, 1 News Pacific Correspondent Now that the phosphate dust has settled […]

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Rainbow Warrior returns to NZ for ‘oil free’ future and activist doco

By   /  September 11, 2018  /  24/7 News, Activism, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Civil Society, Climate, Climate Action, Development, Documentaries, Environment, Environmental activism, Evening Report, Featured, French nuclear tests, History, Media, Media activism, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, New Zealand, nuclear free, Nuclear free Pacific, Oil industry, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Real climate action, Reports  /  Comments Off on Rainbow Warrior returns to NZ for ‘oil free’ future and activist doco

Greenpeace executive director Russel Norman and the Rainbow Warrior skipper toss a wreath in memory of Fernando Pereira into the sea at the spot where the original bombed RW was scuttled in 1986 to create a living reef. Video: David Robie/Cafe Pacific Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Greenpeace’s flagship Rainbow Warrior 3 was welcomed in Matauri […]

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Fiji stabilises, growth positive but still a big question over military role

By   /  September 6, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, capacity-building, Constitution, Democracy, Development, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Fiji constitution, Fiji coups, Human Rights, Innovation, Justice, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military coups, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reconstruction, Reports  /  Comments Off on Fiji stabilises, growth positive but still a big question over military role

The 4ha Carpenters Fiji waterfront development in downtown Suva … an example of urban renewal development. Image: Carpenters Fiji As Fiji lurches towards stability and democracy, the military’s overwhelming presence is a reminder of what once was, and could happen again, as the Pacific Media Centre’s Sri Krishnamurthi talks to an academic who does not […]

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Peters announces NZ$10m boost to fund dedicated Pacific TV channel

By   /  September 4, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Broadcasting, Development, Evening Report, Featured, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nauru, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, pasifika, Pasifika TV, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, RNZ Pacific, Television  /  Comments Off on Peters announces NZ$10m boost to fund dedicated Pacific TV channel

Foreign Minister Winston Peters speaks to media in Nauru Image: Jason Oxenham/NZH/RNZ By RNZ Pacific New Zealand will spend $NZ10 million in the next three years on a Pasifika television channel for the region. The Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting service would be expanded to include a dedicated channel with New Zealand content. New Zealand’s Deputy Prime […]

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From rags to riches to rags again – the Forum’s hidden cost for Nauru

By   /  September 3, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, British Phosphate Commission, children, Climate, Development, diabetes, Environment, Erosion, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Indigenous, Justice, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nauru, Nauru Agreement, Nauru detention centre, New Zealand, Obesity, Pacific Climate 2018, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Phosphate, Phosphate mining, PMC Reportage, Politics, Refugees, Reports  /  Comments Off on From rags to riches to rags again – the Forum’s hidden cost for Nauru

A child in Australia’s Nauru detention centre. Image: SBS/World Vision ANALYSIS: By Dr Crosbie Walsh Nauru hosts the Pacific Islands Forum — whose membership includes Australia, New Zealand and 16 Pacific Islands nations — from today until Wednesday when lofty ideas may help soften present realities. The island, 56km south of the Equator and thousands […]

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NZ must help Solomon Islands tackle unemployment ‘time bomb’, says Clark

By   /  September 2, 2018  /  24/7 News, Agriculture, Aid, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Development, Evening Report, Featured, Gender, Gender violence, Global, Health and Fitness, Human Rights, Indigenous, Jobless youth, Labour, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nauru, New Zealand, NZ aid, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Refugees, Reports, Solomon Islands, Thailand, UNDP, Unemployment, United Nations Development Programme, Youth  /  Comments Off on NZ must help Solomon Islands tackle unemployment ‘time bomb’, says Clark

Former PM Helen Clark at the National Council of Women conference yesterday … New Zealand should rethink its aid structure. Image: Del Abcede/PMC By Jessica Marshall in Auckland The Solomon Islands faces a “time bomb” with a youth unemployment rate of 82 percent and New Zealand needs to do more to help the Pacific country, […]

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Aid groups call on Pacific leaders to end Nauru refugee ‘stain in region’

By   /  September 1, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Censorship, Child refugees, children, Development, Evening Report, Featured, Health and Fitness, Human Rights, Justice, Manus Island, Media, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nauru, Nauru detention centre, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Media Watch, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Refugee Crisis, Refugees, Reports  /  Comments Off on Aid groups call on Pacific leaders to end Nauru refugee ‘stain in region’

Some of the children in the refugee camp on the island of Nauru. Image: SBS/Rural Australians for Fefugees/File Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Amnesty International has joined 80 other NGOs in urging Pacific leaders to demand the closure of the Australian-funded immigration detention camp on Nauru  when they meet in the Pacific nation next week, reports SBS […]

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New Caledonia: Does the French public actually want to ‘set it free’?

By   /  August 31, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Development, Editor's Picks, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Indigenous, Justice, Kanak independence, Kanaky, Language, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Caledonia, New Caledonia referendum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, referendum, Reports  /  Comments Off on New Caledonia: Does the French public actually want to ‘set it free’?

Things may be coming to a head over the coming New Caledonia referendum, the independence struggle in New Zealand’s own region, but there is only lukewarm interest in France itself, writes Lee Duffield. After reporting from Noumea last month for Asia Pacific Report, he has been walking the streets in France this week asking people […]

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Torokina – a cryptocurrency with a dream to ‘rescue’ Papua New Guinea

By   /  August 11, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Business, Cryptocurrencies, Development, Digital commerce, Evening Report, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Reports, Torokina  /  Comments Off on Torokina – a cryptocurrency with a dream to ‘rescue’ Papua New Guinea

Cryptocurrencies are a controversial phenomenon that have risen from a technical experiment, with zero monetary value, to an industry with a combined market capitalisation of US$225 billion – after shedding more than $30 billion this week. Their future is uncertain, with analysts ranging from enthusiasts to sceptics, but James Halpin of Asia Pacific Journalism profiles […]

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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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PNG court overturns loggers ban on custom landowners entering own land

By   /  April 4, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, CELCOR, Civil Society, Development, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Indigenous, Justice, Landowner protest, Landowners, Lawsuit, logging, Logging companies, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Political lawsuits, Politics, Pomio, Reports, SABL, Sustainability  /  Comments Off on PNG court overturns loggers ban on custom landowners entering own land

Landowners win six-year legal battle in Pomio District, site of a controversial Special Agriculture Business Lease (SABL) where large tracts of rainforest have been logged and replaced by oil palm plantations. Image: Scott Waide/EMTV By Scott Waide in LaeA group of customary landowners in Papua New Guinea has regained access to their land following a […]

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NZ to give $6 million boost for USPNet telecommunications upgrade

By   /  March 27, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Development, Education, Evening Report, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nauru, Niue, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, satellite, Solomon Islands, Technology, Telecommunications, Tertiary, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, USP, USPNet  /  Comments Off on NZ to give $6 million boost for USPNet telecommunications upgrade

USPNet … the regional University of the South Pacific’s satellite educational communications system. Image: USP By Salote Qalubau in Suva The New Zealand government has committed $NZ6 million ($F8.84 million) to improve the University of the South Pacific’s digital e-learning sector. The commitment was revealed by USP Vice-Chancellor Professor Rajesh Chandra during the unveiling of […]

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Governor Juffa, police crack down on PNG’s Collingwood Bay illegal logging

By   /  March 20, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APAC OSI, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Cartels, Crime, Development, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Forests, Gary Juffa, Human Rights, Illegal logging, Indigenous, Landowners, logging, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Oro, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, PNG Forests Authority, PNGFA, Politics, Reports, Transnationals  /  Comments Off on Governor Juffa, police crack down on PNG’s Collingwood Bay illegal logging

“When fully laden, a ship like this leaves Papua New Guinea shores every week with stolen forest resources. Shipped by transnational criminal cartels posing as developers. When filled, one of these shipments rakes in between K6 million and K7 million for the pirates … every week.,” writes Governor Juffa on Instagram. Image: Juffa/Instagram By Scott […]

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Gary Juffa: How we can stop criminal cartels stealing our PNG forests

By   /  March 17, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Army, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Cartels, Crime, Development, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Flora and fauna, Forests, Gary Juffa, Human Rights, Illegal logging, logging, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, PNG Forests Authority, Police, Politics, Reports, Sustainable Development  /  Comments Off on Gary Juffa: How we can stop criminal cartels stealing our PNG forests

Police action squad dealing to illegal loggers in Oro province of Papua New Guinea. Image: Gary Juffa/FB OPINION: By Gary Juffa In the ongoing saga of stopping illegal logging in Papua New Guinea’s Oro province, our facts reveal that the PNG Forest Authority is failing our people. A network exists whereby a few corrupt public […]

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Breaking the glass ceiling – two women top Vanuatu ministry

By   /  March 8, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Culture, Development, Evening Report, Featured, Gender, Indigenous, Innovation, International Women's Day, Jane Joshua, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Self Determination, Vanuatu, Vanuatu Daily Post, Vanuatu politics, Women in Politics  /  Comments Off on Breaking the glass ceiling – two women top Vanuatu ministry

By Jane Joshua in Port Vila Vanuatu’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade is proud to have two women appointed to the top positions of First Political Adviser and Second Political Adviser – Anthea Arukole and Jeanette Yiu-Hing Faerua respectively. These two are the only women to occupy these leading political adviser […]

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Op-Ed: To achieve gender equality, we need women entrepreneurs

By   /  March 8, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, Asia, Development, Editor's Picks, equity, Evening Report, Feminism, Human Rights, International Women's Day, Lead, MIL NZ OSI, Pacific Region, United Nations, Women's Health, Women's Rights  /  Comments Off on Op-Ed: To achieve gender equality, we need women entrepreneurs

To achieve gender equality, we need women entrepreneurs Op-Ed by Shamshad Akhtar,  Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. Dr. Shamshad Akhtar. In 2018, we have an opportunity to accelerate progress towards gender equality. Movements such as #MeToo have shone the spotlight on an unacceptable status quo and demonstrated how too many women the world over continue to […]

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