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40 luxury Maseratis for PNG, but little effort put into climate change

By   /  October 17, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APEC, APEC 2018, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Climate, Climate Action, Climate change resilience, Coal-fired plants, Development, DJF, Evening Report, Featured, KB, KB, Maserati, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Climate 2018, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Reports  /  Comments Off on 40 luxury Maseratis for PNG, but little effort put into climate change

Papua New Guinea has shown unwavering commitment to next month’s Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit with its controversial purchase of 40 Maserati luxury sedans. While preparations for APEC take priority, climate change plans are in crisis, reports Pauline Mago-King of Asia-Pacific Journalism. Early in March, Papua New Guinea began its chairmanship of next month’s Asia Pacific […]

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Tukuitonga goes into battle on behalf of Pacific for WHO position

By   /  October 8, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Evening Report, Featured, Global, Health and Fitness, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Niue, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports  /  Comments Off on Tukuitonga goes into battle on behalf of Pacific for WHO position

Dr Colin Tukuitonga, a New Zealander of Niuean descent and proposed by New Zealand, was given resounding support for his nomination from Pacific countries. Image: AUT By Sri Krishnamurthi Health challenges in the Pacific Islands require acute and immediate attention from the World Health Organisation, says Dr Colin Tukuitonga, a New Zealander of Niuean descent […]

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Memo NZ: ‘Get on the right side of history’ over West Papua

By   /  October 7, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Melanesian Spearhead Group, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PIF, PMC Reportage, Reports, West Papua, West Papua human rights, West Papua self-determination, West Papuan independence  /  Comments Off on Memo NZ: ‘Get on the right side of history’ over West Papua

Vanuatu says New Zealand should get on the right side of history and support West Papuan self-determination. However, reports James Halpin of Asia Pacific Journalism, Indonesian diplomacy with its Pacific allies Australia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea are defiantly undermining Pacific “solidarity” on the issue. Vanuatu’s Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu has called on New Zealand […]

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Climate change advocacy calls for more ‘action’ response to Ardern’s UN plea

By   /  October 7, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Climate, Climate Action, Climate adaptation, Evening Report, Featured, Global, Global Warming, Green Fund, Human Rights, Jacinda Ardern, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Pacific climate, Pacific Climate 2018, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Sustainability, United Nations  /  Comments Off on Climate change advocacy calls for more ‘action’ response to Ardern’s UN plea

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern recently addressed the UN General Assembly about the reality of climate change in the Pacific, and the threat inaction holds for the island nations. Maxine Jacobs reports for Asia Pacific Journalism that while climate and energy commentators welcome her leadership, they call for an even stronger “action” approach. New Zealand Prime […]

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Listen to Pacific ‘voices’ or climate will spark conflict, say advocates

By   /  October 5, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Human Rights, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Climate, Climate Action, Climate adaptation, Climate policy, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Human Rights, Identity, Indigenous, Marshall Islands, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, NCPACS, New Zealand, Pacific Climate 2018, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Pacific Voices, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Toda Peace Institute, Tuvalu, Vanua  /  Comments Off on Listen to Pacific ‘voices’ or climate will spark conflict, say advocates

Policy makers, academics and NGO representatives discussed the urgent issue of climate change in the Pacific, where many communities have been forced to relocate. However, Michael Andrew of Asia Pacific Report, found that participants in last weekend’s workshop believe the Pacific voices of those most affected must be heard if conflict is to be avoided. […]

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Rights violations, censorship threatens EU-Vietnam deal, says watchdog

By   /  October 4, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Censorship, Cyber-censorship, Dissent, Evening Report, Free trade, Free Trade Agreement, Gender, Human Rights, Human rights defenders, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, peaceful protest, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, vietnam  /  Comments Off on Rights violations, censorship threatens EU-Vietnam deal, says watchdog

Vietnam’s human rights record could jeopardise an upcoming free trade deal with the European Union, according to Human Rights Watch. Asia-Pacific Journalism’s Jessica Marshall reports. A global human rights watchdog claims that Vietnam’s human rights record could jeopardise a free trade deal with the European Union. A warning letter by Human Rights Watch, dated September […]

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China isn’t the real threat to liberal democracy – ‘we are’, say academics

By   /  October 4, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, China, Chinese Communist Party, Chinese influence, Evening Report, Falun Gong, freedom of expression, Human Rights, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Organ transplants, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports  /  Comments Off on China isn’t the real threat to liberal democracy – ‘we are’, say academics

Analysing China … Dr Stephen Noakes (from left), Dr David Williams (host), Professor David Matas and Barry Wilson talking to the audience at the University of Auckland last week. Image: Rahul Bhattarai/PMC The Chinese government is accused of illegally harvesting the organs of Falun Gong members. However, a leading academic says that China isn’t the […]

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Climate change and security big focus for Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru

By   /  September 24, 2018  /  24/7 News, accreditation, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Barbara Dreaver, Climate, Donald Trump, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Global, Global Warming, Human Rights, Indigenous, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nauru, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Paris Agreement, PMC Reportage, Press Freedom, Reports, Text  /  Comments Off on Climate change and security big focus for Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru

Climate change is a major worry to the Pacific Islands and it was the major talking point at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) earlier this month. Barbara Dreaver of Television New Zealand, who was detained and questioned in Nauru, talks to Sri Krishnamurthi of Asia-Pacific Report. Two significant events happened at the 49th Pacific Islands […]

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USTKE fights for Kanak rights in defiance of ‘dishonest’ referendum

By   /  September 23, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, History, Human Rights, Matignon Accord, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Caledonia, New Caledonia referendum, Noumea Accord, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, referendum, Reports  /  Comments Off on USTKE fights for Kanak rights in defiance of ‘dishonest’ referendum

As New Caledonia’s November 4 referendum on independence approaches, both pro and anti-independence groups are ramping up their campaigns. But, as Michael Andrew reports, some groups are choosing not to participate, arguing that the referendum is “unfair and dishonest”. For many Kanaks, the upcoming independence referendum is a chance to reclaim control of New Caledonia, […]

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Refugees, journalist detention in Nauru ‘overshadow Pacific issues’

By   /  September 22, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Asylum Seekers, Barbara Dreaver, Climate, Climate Change, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nauru, Nauru detention centre, Nauru human rights, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific issues, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Refugees, Reports, Text  /  Comments Off on Refugees, journalist detention in Nauru ‘overshadow Pacific issues’

Support was widespread for journalist Barbara Dreaver’s detention at the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru earlier this month. But, reports Maxine Jacobs for Asia Pacific Journalism, some commentators argue journalists should abide by their host nation’s reporting regulations and the Nauru refugee crisis is not as important to Pacific nations as it is to New […]

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Boe climate and security pact big step forward, but lacks a gender drive

By   /  September 21, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Boe Declaration, Climate, Climate gender, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Gender, Global Warming, History, Human Rights, Images, Indigenous, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, natural disaster, natural disasters, New Zealand, Oxfam, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Science-Technology, Security, Text, Tsunami  /  Comments Off on Boe climate and security pact big step forward, but lacks a gender drive

The major item on the agenda at last week’s Pacific Islands Forum was climate change. However, a gender gap appears to be at play within climate change itself. Jessica Marshall reports for Asia Pacific Journalism. The content of the Boe Declaration, signed at the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru earlier this month, is not widely […]

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Japanese development aid funding splits Pacific unity on key WHO post

By   /  September 21, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Evening Report, Health and Fitness, Health Policy, Japan, Malaysia, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nauru, New Zealand, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Islands health, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Reports, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, WHO, World Health Organisation  /  Comments Off on Japanese development aid funding splits Pacific unity on key WHO post

Dr Colin Tukuitonga, a New Zealander of Niuean descent and proposed by New Zealand, was given resounding support for his nomination from Pacific countries. Image: AUT The Western Pacific post for the World Health Organisation is a vitally important role for the region. However, reports Sri Krishnamurthi for Asia Pacific Journalism, the earlier unity over […]

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Vanuatu steps up UN bid for West Papua rights, new referendum

By   /  September 20, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Indigenous, Indonesia, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Vanuatu, West Papua, West Papua human rights, West Papuan independence, West Papuan self-determination  /  Comments Off on Vanuatu steps up UN bid for West Papua rights, new referendum

West Papua has been sidestepped by both the the Melanesian Spearhead Group and the Pacific Islands Forum. But, reports James Halpin of Asia Pacific Journalism, Vanuatu is undeterred as leading champion for the West Papuan cause and is pressing for United Nations support. After the failure of the Pacific Islands Forum to move on the […]

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Compulsory Te Reo Māori debate fails to address key problems, say critics

By   /  September 20, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Culture, Education policy, Evening Report, Featured, Language, Maori culture, Maori education, Maori language, Maori Language Week, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Te Reo, te reo maori  /  Comments Off on Compulsory Te Reo Māori debate fails to address key problems, say critics

Māori language week was celebrated last week and the key issue in the media was a debate on whether Te Reo Māori should be made compulsory in New Zealand schools. Mike Mohr of Asia Pacific Journalism reports. Amid the debate over the issue of compulsory Te Reo Māori lessons in New Zealand schools that intensified […]

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SODELPA’s Rabuka confident of winning power in Fiji election

By   /  September 15, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Culture, Democracy, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji constitution, Fiji elections, FijiFirst, IntJourn Project, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, National Federation Party, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Sitiveni Rabuka, SODELPA  /  Comments Off on SODELPA’s Rabuka confident of winning power in Fiji election

By Sri Krishnamurthi of the Pacific Media Centre Fiji’s Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leader Sitiveni Rabuka is confident of winning government benches in the 2018 general election. SODELPA, the largest opposition party from the 2014 election in Fiji, currently has 15 seats while FijiFirst has 32 and the National Federation Party has three in […]

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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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Pacific Island leaders tightening the screws on press freedom, dissent

By   /  September 5, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Human Rights, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Balance, China, Civil Society, Evening Report, fairness, Featured, Fiji, Free speech, Indonesia, Media Freedom, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nauru, Nauru detention centre, Nauru human rights, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Freedom, Refugees, Reports, Samoa, sexual abuse  /  Comments Off on Pacific Island leaders tightening the screws on press freedom, dissent

ANALYSIS: The three-hour “detention” of television New Zealand Pacific affairs reporter Barbara Dreaver for “breaking protocols” over interviewing refugees on Nauru. But Josef Benedict reports this is just part of the dismal media freedom scene in the Pacific. At this week’s gathering of key Pacific Island leaders on the Micronesian island of Nauru, conspicuously missing […]

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Pacific student uncertainties over climate impact outweighs Fiji poll

By   /  September 5, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Climate, Climate Action, Climate community, Climate Journalism, Climate policy, COP23, Elections, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Global, Human Rights, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Reports, Youth, Youth ambassador  /  Comments Off on Pacific student uncertainties over climate impact outweighs Fiji poll

Final year University of the South Pacific student journalist Elizabeth Osifelo, from the Solomon Islands, has witnessed the rise in sea level each time she travels home from Suva. Image: PIFS/Wansolwara Climate change issues seem to loom larger than the impending Fiji general election in the minds of University of the South Pacific students. Pacific […]

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Sedition, coup-era media law and nerves keep lid on Fiji press

By   /  September 3, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Democracy, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Fiji coups, Fiji elections, Human Rights, Images, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Military, Military coups, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Text, Video  /  Comments Off on Sedition, coup-era media law and nerves keep lid on Fiji press

With the date for this year’s second Fiji general election since the 2006 coup yet to be announced, one of the questions is will there be a free media for the campaign? Sri Krishnamurthi in Suva talks to some media commentators who are not optimistic. The frenzy of the forthcoming elections is just starting to […]

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Nauru media ban on ABC targets Australian detention centre gag

By   /  August 12, 2018  /  24/7 News, ABC, Analysis-Reportage, APJS newsfile, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Corruption, Detention Centres, Editor's Picks, Evening Report, Featured, Human Rights, Media, Media ban, Media Freedom, Media gag, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Nauru, Nauru detention centre, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Refugees, Reports, Security  /  Comments Off on Nauru media ban on ABC targets Australian detention centre gag

There has been much wringing of hands over Nauru’s ban on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for next month’s Pacific Islands Forum leaders’ summit. But, reports Sri Krishnamurthi of Asia Pacific Journalism, even more perplexing is Canberra’s relative silence. MIL Analysis+Reportage – EveningReport.NZ

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