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Selwyn & Wallace: Fiji Meets Pacific Leaders

Article – Scoop Audio

KiwiFM: Selwyn Manning & Wallace Chapman discuss how Fiji’s foreign minister has appeared before the Pacific Islands Forum’s ministerial contact group in Auckland. What can me made of Fiji’s willingness to engage and what is the outcome of the meeting? Read more »

NZFC Acknowledges The Passing Of Merata Mita

Press Release – New Zealand Film Commission

It is with much sadness that the New Zealand Film Commission acknowledges the passing of respected Māori filmmaker Merata Mita. Read more »

Obama Administration’s National Security Strategy

Press Release – US State Department

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, thank you very much for giving us this opportunity to come here to Brookings to talk about the National Security Strategy. I appreciate Strobe’s very kind words about this strategy, because certainly, an enormous amount of attention … Read more »

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Re Papua

Press Release – Scoop Coverage of West Papua

I am writing to you concerning the deteriorating situation in the Puncak Jaya region of West Papua. Recently there have been a number of clashes between the Indonesian security forces and an unknown group of armed men in the region. Read more »

Forum MCG on Fiji concludes meeting in NZ

Press Release – Pacific Island Forum

The Pacific Islands Forum’s Ministerial Contact Group (MCG) on Fiji met in Auckland, New Zealand today, 31 May 2010, to continue Forum efforts to engage with Fiji authorities on addressing the situation in Fiji. Read more »

It has never been cheaper to stop smoking

Press Release – Otago and Southland DHBs

Today is World Smokefree Day and Otago and Southland Health Promotion Advisors are reminding smokers that it has never been cheaper to ditch the smokes! Read more »

NZers urged to embrace Samoan Language Week

Press Release – New Zealand National Party

New Zealanders are being encouraged to embrace Samoan Language Week (31st May to 5th June) and learn a few words and phrases as part of our country’s growing diversity, says Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Hon Georgina te Heuheu. Read more »

Challenge for new Philippines president to address poverty, military unrest, corruption, violent crimes

Poverty in the Philippines is one of the primary challenges Noynoy Aquino will face while president. (Photographs by Corazone Miller.)

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Corazon Miller.

President elect of the Philippines, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino has won the election battle, but the true fight is still to be fought as he takes his place as head of the country, say political commentators.

He is set to inherit a country rife with poverty, military unrest, corruption, violent crimes, Muslim insurgencies and political strife, say many of those who have been following the plight of the Filipino people. Read more »

NZers urged to embrace Samoan Language Week

Press Release – New Zealand Government

New Zealanders are being encouraged to embrace Samoan Language Week (31st May to 5th June) and learn a few words and phrases as part of our country’s growing diversity, says Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Hon Georgina te Heuheu. Read more »

High-powered Pacific Forum meeting held on Fiji in Auckland today

Australia's foreign minister Stephen Smith (pictured left) will meet with his NZ counterpart Murray McCully and Pacific leaders in Auckland over Fiji's progress toward holding elections in 2014. (Photo courtesy of Scoop Media.)

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By PMC newsdesk.

Australia’s foreign minister Stephen Smith and his New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully will meet with other Pacific leaders in Auckland today to discuss Fiji and its progress, or otherwise, on constitutional change and its roadmap to an election in 2014.

Fiji has also been invited to attend the meeting and is sending its foreign minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola. New Zealand has temporarily wavered its travel sanctions with respect to Kubuabola and his officials so Fiji can take part. Read more »

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