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Life on Fiji’s Rabi Island – simple, peaceful and full of smiles

By   /  April 25, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Banaba, Banabans, Bearing Witness, Climate, Environment, Evening Report, Fiji, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Rabi Island, Reports  /  Comments Off on Life on Fiji’s Rabi Island – simple, peaceful and full of smiles

Hele Ikimotu’s “peace in Rabi” video reflections. Video: Pacific Media Centre By Hele Ikimotu on Rabi Island, Fiji Our trip to Rabi was a long journey, first starting with a bus ride from Suva, driving straight onto a ferry in Natovi and arriving in Nabouwalu. That trip alone was about seven to eight hours. From […]

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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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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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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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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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France committed to backing ePOP Pacific climate storytelling

By   /  April 6, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, AUT, Bearing Witness, Climate, Climate Action, Climate Change, Environment, Environmental Journalism, ePOP, Evening Report, Fiji, Global, Innovation, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Science-Technology, Sustainability, USP  /  Comments Off on France committed to backing ePOP Pacific climate storytelling

French Ambassador to Fiji Sujiro Seam takes a selfie with ePOP participants at the University of the South Pacific last week. Image: Wansolwara News By Elizabeth Osifelo in Suva The French government is committed to the fight against climate change in the Pacific and hopes programmes such as the eParticipatory Observers Project (ePOP) will shed […]

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Tide of Change – documentary by USP students explores climate action

By   /  March 26, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Climate Action, Climate Change, Culture, Documentaries, Documentary, Evening Report, Fiji, Human Rights, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, Pacific Climate 2018, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Pacific Voices, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Rising sea level, Self Determination, Squatters, Student journalists, University of the South Pacific, USP  /  Comments Off on Tide of Change – documentary by USP students explores climate action

The Tide of Change climate adaptation documentary by university of the South Pacific student journalists. Video: Wansolwara Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk The people of Natawaru Settlement in Fiji have seen their humble livelihoods grow more precarious as the effects of climate change take their toll. From rising seas, depleted fish stocks and rising temperatures, the […]

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Asia-Pacific media must ‘empower people’ on climate action, says PMC

By   /  March 26, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bearing Witness, Center for Southeast Asian Social Sciences, CESASS, Climate, Climate Action, Climate Change, COP23, David Robie, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Global, Indonesia, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Television, UGM, Universitas Gadjah Mada  /  Comments Off on Asia-Pacific media must ‘empower people’ on climate action, says PMC

Apriline Widani of the Centre for Southeast Asia Social Studies (CESASS) at the Universitas Gadjah Mada talks to the Pacific Media Centre director Professor David Robie about climate change, the media and the Bearing Witness project in Fiji. Video: CESASS Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk News media need to empower people over climate change and to […]

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Fiji climate lead challenged Western consultants’ influence before losing job

By   /  March 10, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Climate Action, Climate communication, Climate Finance, Climate Journalism, COP23, COP24, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, Nazhat Shameem Khan, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Qorvis, Reports, Security, Talanoa, Voreqe Bainimarama  /  Comments Off on Fiji climate lead challenged Western consultants’ influence before losing job

ANALYSIS: By Megan Darby, deputy editor of Climate Change News Fiji’s presidency of the United Nations climate talks was an unprecedented opportunity for the Pacific island state to make its mark internationally. But the sudden removal of chief climate negotiator Nazhat Shameem Khan last month, despite praise for her leadership, revealed a rift between the […]

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Driving the future – AUT launches NZ’s first electric bus

By   /  March 7, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Economics, Electric buses, Engineering, Environment, Evening Report, Green energy, Green policies, Innovation, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Reports, Science-Technology, Transport  /  Comments Off on Driving the future – AUT launches NZ’s first electric bus

AUT News video By Lucy Handford New Zealand’s first fully battery powered electric bus hit the road today, thanks to a joint initiative by Tranzit Group, EECA (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority) and Auckland University of Technology. The 35-seater bus became part of AUT’s fleet, servicing the university’s North-City Campus and South-City Campus bus routes. […]

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NZ Foreign Minister questions China’s influence in the Pacific

By   /  March 4, 2018  /  24/7 News, Aid policy, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Australia, China, Climate, Development, Diplomacy, Disasters, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Fisheries, Forests, Global, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, New Zealand, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports  /  Comments Off on NZ Foreign Minister questions China’s influence in the Pacific

Foreign Minister Winston Peters flags a stronger NZ Pacific aid policy and prime ministers Jacinda Ardern and Malcolm Turnbull discuss New Zealand and Australia friendship and differences in policies. Video: Qldaah/ABC New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Winston Peters has again hinted the Ardern government may exit China’s One Belt One Road initiative as Wellington “resets” its […]

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Tuila’epa calls for urgent action over climate change for Pacific survival

By   /  February 26, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Climate Action, Climate Change, COP23, Evening Report, Human Rights, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Climate 2018, Pacific Climate Change Conference 2018, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Research, Samoa, Science-Technology, Security, Self Determination, SPREP, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, Victoria University  /  Comments Off on Tuila’epa calls for urgent action over climate change for Pacific survival

By Nanette Woonton at Te Papa The stark realities of climate change were laid bare at the opening of the Pacific Ocean, Pacific Climate Conference in Wellington last week. Calls from the Prime Minister of Samoa for urgent action were made as climate change is put under the microscope during the conference. Coordinated by the […]

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Tongan churches failing to provide climate leadership, says researcher

By   /  February 26, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Climate Action, Climate communication, Climate community, Disasters, Environment, Evening Report, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Climate 2018, Pacific Climate Change Conference 2018, Pacific Conference of Churches, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Religion, Reports, Research, Tonga  /  Comments Off on Tongan churches failing to provide climate leadership, says researcher

By Philip Cass of Kaniva News Tonga’s churches are failing to provide leadership over climate change and it is up to young people to join with church goers to take action, according to research by an Anglican priest. Speaking at last week’s Pacific Ocean Climate Change conference in Wellington, Fr Laiseni Fanon Charisma Liava‘a said […]

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More frontline research ‘by Pacific for Pacific’ plea at climate summit

By   /  February 25, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Climate Action, Climate adaptation, Climate research, Culture, Editor's Picks, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Fiji, Gender, Guam, Hawai'i, Indigenous, Justice, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Multimedia, New Zealand, Pacific climate, Pacific Climate 2018, Pacific Climate Change Conference 2018, Pacific Climate Warriors, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Refugees, Religion, Reports, Research, Self Determination, Tonga, Tuvalu  /  Comments Off on More frontline research ‘by Pacific for Pacific’ plea at climate summit

Trailer for the controversial climate change documentary Anote’s Ark – former Kiribati President Anote Tong opened the first Pacific Climate Change Conference in Wellington in 2016. By David Robie at Te Papa A recent Andy Marlette cartoon published by the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon, depicted a bathtub-looking Noah’s Ark with a couple of stony-faced […]

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Underestimate climate change legal upheaval ‘at peril’, warns former PM

By   /  February 24, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Climate Change, Climate Change law, Culture, Deep-sea mining, Editor's Picks, Environment, Environmental law, Evening Report, Featured, Guam, Hawai'i, Legal issues, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, New Zealand, Pacific Climate 2018, Pacific Climate Change Conference 2018, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Refugees, Reports  /  Comments Off on Underestimate climate change legal upheaval ‘at peril’, warns former PM

By David Robie at Te Papa A former New Zealand prime minister has warned that climate change has the potential to force a legal and political upheaval that the world would underestimate “at its peril”. Speaking at the Pacific Ocean Climate Conference at Te Papa Museum in Wellington yesterday, Sir Geoffrey Palmer said a largely […]

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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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Foreign journalists ban over ferry disaster blamed on climate doco

By   /  February 10, 2018  /  24/7 News, Analysis-Reportage, APR, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Climate, Climate Change, Culture, Disasters, Documentaries, Environment, Evening Report, Featured, Ferry disasters, Global Warming, Human Rights, Kiribati, Media, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Reports, Security, Shipping, Television  /  Comments Off on Foreign journalists ban over ferry disaster blamed on climate doco

What if your country was swallowed by the sea? Kiribati (pop. 100,000) is one of the first countries that must confront the main existential dilemma of our time – imminent annihilation from sea-level rise. This documentary, Anote’s Ark, has been blamed by Kiribati immigration officials for their block on foreign journalists. Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk A […]

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Fixing health AND the climate

By   /  February 9, 2018  /  24/7, 24/7 News, benefits, Climate, Climate Change, Green Party, Health, Health & Wellbeing, Middlemore, New Zealand, New Zealand Government, New Zealand Legislature, New Zealand Political Party, Opposition Parties, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Fixing health AND the climate

Source: Green Party Headline: Fixing health AND the climate I had the absolute delight of visiting Middlemore Hospital this week to celebrate their success in tackling climate change. Counties-Manukau DHB have managed to lower their carbon emissions by 20 per cent over five years. Not only is this great for the planet, but it has […]

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