Pacific Scoop

Archive for December, 2009

NZ pockets help Samoans rebuild

Pacific Press Release – Rotary Club

Stuart Batty, director of Rotary’s international community development activity in New Zealand, says the cash given by New Zealanders to Rotary’s appeal through Westpac Bank after the tsunami in September is helping fund the rebuilding of people’s … Read more »

Pacific: Calls made for Human Rights Commission

Pacific Press Release – Secretariat of the Pacific Community

18 December 2009, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Suva – Regional parliamentarians meeting in Brisbane have called for a regional human rights mechanism to facilitate handling the increasing number of inter-jurisdictional human rights issues such as … Read more »

Lack of diversity in New Zealand newsrooms debated

Dominic Sheehan (pictured left ) and Clive Lind, say all journalists must understand and observe Broadcast Standards Authority guidelines.

Dominic Sheehan (left ) and Clive Lind say all journalists must understand and observe Broadcast Standards Authority guidelines.

Pacific Scoop
By Thakur Ranjit Singh

An interactive forum organised by the Office of Ethnic Affairs, among other things, discussed the lack of diversity in New Zealand newsrooms. The Ethnic Media Workshop held at Alexander Park in Greenlane last week heard some distinguished speakers.

Former New Zealand Herald editor-in-chief Gavin Ellis explained why it was important to separate news and views, and how to protect facts in a world increasingly driven by opinion.

Dominic Sheehan, chief executive of the Broadcasting Standards Authority and Clive Lind, a member of the NZ Press Council, explained why journalists needed to know about media and broadcasting standards in NZ. Read more »

Samoan hurricane essay winners are announced

Press Release – British High Commission

Two Samoan school children have won the British High Commission’s prize to come to New Zealand and follow the Super 14 semi finalists, the Hurricanes for a week. Read more »

Copenhagen: Historic failure will live in infamy

Article – Greenpeace

The most progressive US president in a generation comes to the most important international meeting since the Second World War and delivers a speech so devoid of substance that he might as well have made it on speaker-phone from a beach in Hawaii. His aides … Read more »

Pacific Island countries must address violence

Press Release – Secretariat of the Pacific Community

17 December 2009, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Suva – ‘There are international and regional discussions already underway on addressing violence against women; it is time Pacific Island leaders take up the issue nationally. Domestic Violence is … Read more »

Hollows NZ reassures NZ public

Press Release – Fred Hollows Foundation

Following recent reports of investment losses by The Fred Hollows Foundation Australia, The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ reassures the NZ public that their money is well-managed, and spent on the purpose for which it was given – restoring sight in the Pacific. Read more »

New Zealand’s net migrant inflow surges

Article – Businesswire

New Zealand’s net migrant inflow surges as more kiwis stay at home during recession Read more »

East Timor: Christmas Concert Tour For The Troops

Press Release – Australian Defence Force

Australian entertainers John Schumann and the Vagabond Crew, singer Chantelle Delaney and comedian Gary Bradbury have begun a series of concerts for Australian and New Zealand Defence Force personnel deployed with the International Stabilisation Force … Read more »

Open Letter From Australia West Papua Association

Press Release – Australia West Papua Association

The Australia West Papua Association has written to The Hon Stephen Smith MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs concerning the increasing tension in West Papua caused by the shooting of OPM leader Kelly Kwalik by Indonesian security forces. Read more »

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