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Jailed union leader calls for probe into ‘terrible’ prison conditions for Kanaks

Jodar ... whistleblowing on prison conditions. Photo:

Gérard Jodar ... whistleblowing on prison conditions. Photo: Links

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By Pacific Media Centre

Jailed for a year for his role in leading a strike against New Caledonia’s airline, union leader Gérard Jodar has condemned the “terrible” prison conditions in Noumea’s notorious Camp Est prison.

He says the prison is heavily overcrowded and is almost full of young indigenous Kanak prisoners living in squalid conditions.
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Pacific Scoop boosts global coverage, says Scoop founder

Scoop's Selwyn Manning talks about the new website at the launch. Photo: PMC/Abcede

Scoop's Selwyn Manning talks about the new website at the launch. Photo: PMC/Del Abcede

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By Steve Chae

Hopes are high that Pacific Scoop will open up a window on the region with its New Zealand and global audience, says the co-founder of Scoop.

Alastair Thompson said today the parent site had increased its international reporting in the decade since it was first launched.
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International Day of the Disappeared

Press Release – Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand

Amnesty International calls on the New Zealand Government to ratify the treaty and take a crucial step towards ending enforced disappearances worldwide Imagine waiting for your loved ones to come home one day, and imagine that day turning into the rest …
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Minister to visit troops in Solomon Is

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Associate Minister of Defence Heather Roy will visit New Zealand Defence Force personnel in theatre for the first time next week when she travels to visit Operation Rata II on deployment in the Solomon Islands. “Many of these personnel have participated …
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Pacific people among NZ achievement honours

Press Release – Government House

The achievements of New Zealanders across a wide spectrum of fields will be celebrated at Investiture Ceremonies at Premier House in Thorndon next week. Governor-General, Hon Sir Anand Satyanand, will host five ceremonies at Premier House at 10.30am on …
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Triangle shows support for families of Ashika tragedy

Pacific Press Release – Triangle/Stratos Television, 28 August 2009

Triangle shows support for families of Ashika tragedy

Triangle and Stratos television will screen a two hour telethon called “Tonga ‘Ofa Kihe Vahanoa” in a bid to raise funds for the families of the victims whose lives were lost on the Tongan ferry, Princess Ashika.
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Māori Expo vibrant experience, but pity about the military

AUT communication studies students at work at Maori Expo. Photo: PMC/Abcede

AUT communication studies students at work at Māori Expo. Photo: PMC/Del Abcede

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Opinion – By Violet Cho

A Burmese journalist’s reflections on the Māori Expo.

The Māori Expo was impressive for its colour and performances – a new experience for me. The Māori colours of red, black and white were particularly prominent.

Unique face paint and diverse moko, attractive costumes of Māori performers and vibrancy brought an exciting energy to the expo.
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Follow an astronaut and reach for the stars, Harawira tells Māori youth

Hone Harawira ... encouraging hope for the youth. Photo: PMC/Abcede

Hone Harawira ... encouraging hope for the youth. Photo: PMC/Del Abcede

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By Lucy Mullinger

Young Māori need to be encouraged and told to reach for the stars, says Māori Party MP Hone Harawira.

“If a Native American, born on a reservation, can become an astronaut, a kid from Kaikohe can be president of the United States,” he told a political issues seminar at the Māori Expo in Auckland today.
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Sparring MPs in lively debate at Māori Expo

June Jackson ... birthday greetings. Photo: PMC/Abcede

June Jackson ... birthday greetings. Photo: PMC/Del Abcede

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Opinion – By Thakur Ranjit Singh

The atmosphere was relaxed with the jokes flying at a forum for tangata whenua ministers and MPs at the AUT Māori Expo today.

A packed bistro at the Vector Arena listened attentively to the sparring politicians.

Despite differing political platforms, one thing was quite evident – the comradeship, friendship and goodwill shared and woven by the thread of Māoridom.
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NZ-based monk speaks out in support of renewed Burmese protest

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U Aww Ba Tha speaks on human rights abuses in Burma. Photo: PMC/Violet Cho

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By Violet Cho

A New Zealand-based Burmese monk has spoken out in support of a new call for Buddhist monks to boycott military officials and their families across Burma in a protest over human rights abuses.

The call two years after the Saffron Revolution is a condemnation of continued political repression and human rights violations by the ruling military dictatorship, says the All Burma Young Monks’ Union.
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