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Archive for October, 2009

Samoan tsunami relief chief rejects NZ politician’s ‘truckloads’ aid sale claim

Taulealeausumai explains tsunami relief delivery procedures at DMO headquarters Tuanaimato. Photo: Savali

Taulealeausumai explains tsunami relief delivery procedures at DMO headquarters at Tuanaimato. Photo: Savali

By Tupuola Terry Tavita in Apia

Samoa’s disaster management chief has defended the tsunami relief operation and rejected claims by a New Zealand local politician.
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‘Think outside box’ to cover real stories about social change, says Sayed-Khaiyum

Sayed-Khaiyum ... lessons for Fiji journalists. Photo: Radio Fiji

Sayed-Khaiyum's message for Fiji journalists ... "analyse and question more". Photo: Radio Fiji

By Nanise Nawalowao in Suva

Fiji’s Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has called on journalists to think outside the box and cover vital stories facing a nation.
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Goff off to Samoa and Tonga

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Labour Leader Phil Goff leaves Monday for a four-day visit to Samoa and Tonga. The visit will focus on recovery and rehabilitation needs in both countries following the tragic loss of life and major damage caused by the recent tsunami. “New Zealanders …
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Tua vows to win world title in 2010

Press Release – TUANZ

Heavyweight powerhouse David Tua, coming off his sensational 2nd round destruction of Shane Cameron, vows to win the heavyweight title in 2010. Unfortunately, David had no time to celebrate his great victory, as he spent the days immediately following …
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Ashika witnesses tell disaster inquiry of corrosion, holes, late-night welding

Princess Ashika disaster's death toll of 74 passengers and crew made it the nation's worst shipping tragedy to date. Photo: TNews.

The Princess Ashika death toll of 74 passengers and crew made it Tonga's worst shipping tragedy. Photo: TNews.

By Josephine Latu

Potentially damning testimonies from a welder and an engineer were presented this week to Tonga’s Royal Commission of Inquiry charged with investigating sinking of the Princess Ashika interisland ferry.
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Maori ‘parliament’ convenes to hear iwi issues

Press Release – Anglican Church in Aotearoa

Te Runanganui, the biggest regular event in the life of Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa, the Maori Anglican Church, kicks off in Auckland this afternoon. Te Runanganui, which is held every two years, is, in effect, the parliament of Te Pihopatanga. It’s …
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Palau votes against UN call for US embargo on Cuba to end

Press Release – United Nations

The General Assembly has voted for the 18th consecutive year to condemn the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba for the past half century and called for it to be lifted.
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Small acts of kindness big impact for tsunami kids

Press Release – Event Polynesia

While we were getting ready to drive to the most affected locations by the tsunami, on the south eastern side of Upolu, a gentleman by the name of Steve Davies approached us and asked if we could please take a bag of donated bed sheets, toddlers shoes, …
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Reviews of Civil Defence tsunami response released

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Civil Defence Minister John Carter has released the reports of the internal and external reviews into the Ministry of Civil Defence’s response to the 30 September 2009 tsunami alert. “Overall, the reviews show the response to the tsunami threat was …
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Rallying for West Papua in Melbourne

Pacific Press Release – West Papua

1 West Papua’s best democratic thinkers are POLITICAL PRISONERS (including Victor Yeimo, Boktar Tabuni, Saby Sablom, Philips Karma, Yusak Pakage, Jack Wainggai) 2 West Papua’s best social activists get DEATH THREATS (Yoab Syatfle, Secretary of …
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