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2018 Fiji elections – the ‘fake news’ catchphrase of this poll but beware

By   /  November 19, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Democracy, DJF, Editor's Picks, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Fiji elections, IntJourn Project, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on 2018 Fiji elections – the ‘fake news’ catchphrase of this poll but beware

By Sri Krishnamurthi “Fake News” was the catch phrase of the 2018 Fiji Elections – the second democratic elections since Commodore, now Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, carried out Fiji’s fourth coup in 2006. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama … reelected with easily the strongest personal vote in the Fiji general election but his FijiFirst party has […]

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Joint Statement by His Excellency Sebastián Piñera, President of the Republic of Chile, and the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern

By   /  November 19, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on Joint Statement by His Excellency Sebastián Piñera, President of the Republic of Chile, and the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Joint Statement by His Excellency Sebastián Piñera, President of the Republic of Chile, and the Right Honourable Jacinda ArdernAt the invitation of the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, undertook a State Visit to New Zealand […]

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Chile and NZ arrangement to protect seabirds

By   /  November 19, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on Chile and NZ arrangement to protect seabirds

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Chile and NZ arrangement to protect seabirdsNew Zealand and Chile will help protect vulnerable seabirds, including the critically endangered Antipodean albatross. A cooperative arrangement was signed today by Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters, on behalf of Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage and Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash, and the Chilean Minister of […]

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‘The people have spoken’ – Fiji Times comments on a split election

By   /  November 19, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Democracy, DJF, Editorials, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Fiji elections, KB, KB, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on ‘The people have spoken’ – Fiji Times comments on a split election

The Fiji Times editorial … “The challenge for individual voters is to cast aside differences, and unite for a common goal, to move our nation forward.” Image: PMC screenshot EDITORIAL COMMENT: By Fred Wesley, editor-in-chief of The Fiji Times Yesterday marked the end of the 2018 Fiji General Election. It marked the end of a […]

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111 response times lagging

By   /  November 19, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, KB, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on 111 response times lagging

Source: National Party Police are taking longer to answer 111 calls in what’s a worrying trend, National’s Police spokesperson Chris Bishop says.  “Police have a target to answer 90 per cent of 111 calls within 10 seconds. In its annual report, Police reported answering 79 per cent of calls within 10 seconds, down from 84 […]

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Questions remain over Government’s ECE plan

By   /  November 19, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, KB, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Questions remain over Government’s ECE plan

Source: National Party National welcomes the focus on lifting the quality of Early Learning in the Draft Strategic Plan released today, National’s Early Childhood Education Spokesperson Nicola Willis says. “National believes all children should have access to high-quality early childhood education. Parents need confidence that early learning services are doing a good job for their […]

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New plan for high quality early learning

By   /  November 19, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on New plan for high quality early learning

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: New plan for high quality early learningA bold ten year plan looks to restore the Government’s commitment to quality in early learning, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “Moving towards 100 percent qualified teachers in early childhood education centres and improving adult:child ratios are among some of the key proposals […]

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Government confirms $20m investment in new health centre for Westport

By   /  November 19, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on Government confirms $20m investment in new health centre for Westport

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: Government confirms $20m investment in new health centre for WestportHealth Minister Dr David Clark today confirmed $20m in Crown funding and the site for the new Buller Health Centre in Westport. During a visit to Westport today with West Coast Tasman MP Damien O’Connor, David Clark said the latest concept […]

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Rents on the rise as Govt hurts low-income families

By   /  November 19, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, KB, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Rents on the rise as Govt hurts low-income families

Source: National Party Rent increases are accelerating under this Government, making a mockery of its claim to be prioritising New Zealand’s lower-income households, National Party Leader Simon Bridges says. “Median rents have risen by $30 a week in the past 12 months, which is an increase of $1560 a year. “Rents have gone up 2.5 […]

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FijiFirst wins Fiji election after tightly contested race

By   /  November 18, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Democracy, DJF, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Fiji elections, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on FijiFirst wins Fiji election after tightly contested race

FijiFirst leader Voreqe Bainimarama with supporters during a FijiFirst family fun day in Savusavu before the 2018 general election. Image: FijiFirst FB page By Wansolwara Staff It’s official. FijiFirst has won the 2018 general election in Fiji, raking in 227,241 votes (50.02 percent) from 2173 stations counted and securing a second four-year term in office. […]

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FijiFirst wins second four-year term in office in Fiji general election

By   /  November 18, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Democracy, DJF, Election writs, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Fiji elections, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on FijiFirst wins second four-year term in office in Fiji general election

Diplomats, officials and party representatives today at the National Results Centre in Suva awaiting the final declaration of the Fiji general election. Image: Nanise Volau/ Wansolwara Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s FijiFirst party has triumphed in the general election and will govern for a second four-year term after winning most votes FFP […]

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New Zealand assists with Papua New Guinea vaccinations programme

By   /  November 18, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on New Zealand assists with Papua New Guinea vaccinations programme

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: New Zealand assists with Papua New Guinea vaccinations programmeForeign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced that New Zealand is committing up to NZ$10 million towards improving vaccination outcomes in Papua New Guinea. Mr Peters made the announcement during the official opening of the St John Ambulance Operations Centre in Boroko, which […]

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New Zealand announces further support to Pacific Horticultural and Market Access Plus programme

By   /  November 18, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on New Zealand announces further support to Pacific Horticultural and Market Access Plus programme

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: New Zealand announces further support to Pacific Horticultural and Market Access Plus programmeoreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced that New Zealand will contribute $13.5 million over four years to support the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access (PHAMA) Plus programme, a new joint New Zealand–Australian initiative. “Export opportunities make […]

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New Zealand joins partnership to expand access to electricity in Papua New Guinea

By   /  November 18, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on New Zealand joins partnership to expand access to electricity in Papua New Guinea

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: New Zealand joins partnership to expand access to electricity in Papua New GuineaNew Zealand will contribute towards Papua New Guinea’s ambitious National Electrification Roll-Out Plan to connect 70 percent of households to electricity by 2030, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced at APEC in Papua New Guinea. The funding will be […]

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Fiji’s elections chief Saneem slams 4 political parties – counting on hold

By   /  November 18, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Democracy, DJF, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Fiji elections, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on Fiji’s elections chief Saneem slams 4 political parties – counting on hold

The Supervisor of Elections tells four parties “not to play around with elections” and “be honest”. Image: Wansolwara By Wansolwara Staff Fiji’s Supervisor of Elections has hit out at four political parties for making claims that the tabulation process for the provisional results of the 2018 General Election was “not transparent”. Without mincing his words […]

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Crosbie Walsh: Fiji elections still a cliffhanger, FijiFirst hanging on

By   /  November 17, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Democracy, DJF, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Fiji elections, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on Crosbie Walsh: Fiji elections still a cliffhanger, FijiFirst hanging on

Fiji general election … a disappointing low voter turnout but the atrocious weather is an insufficient reason. Image: Wansolwara ANALYSIS: By Dr Crosbie Walsh With the final results from 1715 (79 percent) of the 2173 polling stations now counted, who will form the next Fiji government is still too close to call, although the trend […]

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Chinese officials kick out EMTV, foreign media from APEC events – allow Beijing state media

By   /  November 17, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APEC, APEC 2018, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, China, Development, DJF, Economics, EMTV, Evening Report, Featured, Geopolitics, Human Rights, KB, KB, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, scott waide, Trade, United States  /  Comments Off on Chinese officials kick out EMTV, foreign media from APEC events – allow Beijing state media

Some critics say that China’s latest behaviour toward foreign journalists casts doubt over its vow to treat neighbours with “respect”. Image: Natalie Whiting/ABC News/My Land, My Country By Scott Waide Papua New Guinea’s freedoms of speech, expression and access to information were challenged yesterday when Chinese officials barred both local and non-Chinese media from attending meetings at three Asia-Pacific […]

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FijiFirst leads election polls, 772 stations yet to be counted

By   /  November 17, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Democracy, DJF, Elections, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Fiji elections, KB, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on FijiFirst leads election polls, 772 stations yet to be counted

Fiji general election votes are still being counted and finalised at the National Results Centre in Suva. Image: Mereoni Mili/Wansolwara File By Wansolwara Staff The ruling FijiFirst party has taken a narrow lead in the Fiji general election final results today ahead of the opposition Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) after 1401 of 2173 stations […]

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Scott Waide: How China is several moves ahead in Port Moresby

By   /  November 17, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, Analysis-Reportage, APEC, APEC 2018, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, China, Development, DJF, Economics, EMTV, Evening Report, Featured, Geopolitics, KB, KB, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, scott waide, Trade, US  /  Comments Off on Scott Waide: How China is several moves ahead in Port Moresby

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) and Prime Minister of PNG Peter O’Neill shaking hands. Image: Solomon Kantha/My Land My Country COMMENTARY: By Scott Waide In November every year, the Papua New Guinean National budget usually takes centre stage. But not this year. This week, the 2019 budget came two days before the start of the biggest […]

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International Declaration on Biodiversity   

By   /  November 17, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, New Zealand Executive Government, New Zealand Government, Politics  /  Comments Off on International Declaration on Biodiversity   

Source: New Zealand Government Headline: International Declaration on Biodiversity    New Zealand is joining its voice and influence with others in the international community to better protect biodiversity by joining the Sharm El-Sheikh Declaration adopted in Egypt on 15 November. Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage joined other political leaders at the event to discuss global biodiversity at […]

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