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NZ Business Mentors Start Work In The Pacific

Press Release – Business Mentors

The first New Zealand volunteers taking part in the new Pacific Islands Business Mentoring Programme have started work in the Cook Islands. Five mentors from Business Mentors New Zealand (BMNZ) arrived in Rarotonga this month. Read more »

Radio Adelaide: Meeting On Fiji In Auckland Today

Article – Scoop Audio

Audio: elwyn Manning and Radio Adelaide’s Kathryn Jensen discuss how Australia’s foreign minister Stephen Smith and his NZ counterpart Murray McCully will meet with other Pacific leaders in Auckland today to discuss Fiji’s roadmap to elections. Read more »

Talofa Lava Samoan Language Week!

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Labour’s spokesperson for Pacific Island Affairs, Luamanuvao Winnie Laban, today launched a programme at Statistics New Zealand celebrating Samoan Language Week. Read more »

Australian Samoan Language Week

Press Release – Samoa Language Week

Samoan Language Week will be celebrated in Australia for the first time this year, running from Sunday 30 May to Friday 4 June to coincide with Samoan Independence Day. Read more »

Russia Joins The APEC Business Travel Card Scheme

Press Release – APEC

The APEC Business Mobility Group announced today that the Russian Federation has been accepted into the APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) scheme as a transitional member. This means that all of APEC’s 21 members now participate in the scheme. Read more »

Fiji expert takes Fairfax and Radio NZ to task over inflated Fiji typhoid reports

Professor Crosbie Walsh has taken New Zealand media to task over inflating the facts while reporting a typhoid outbreak in Fiji.

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By PMC newsdesk.

Crosbie Walsh, a emeritus professor of the University of the South Pacific, and prominent commentator on Fiji affairs has again critiqued reports emerging from New Zealand media that, he says, inflate the seriousness of a typhoid outbreak in Fiji.

Professor Walsh argued that Fairfax media’s Stuff.co.nz news-site reported the the typhoid risk exists for tourists traveling to Fiji as a whole. This he said was an over-statement of the facts, that the outbreak was specific to “excursions (to villages) up the Sigatoka River. It was not a nation-wide warning”. Read more »

Pasifika Youth Event – Hon Tariana Turia

Speech – New Zealand Government

I want to firstly acknowledge, with great sadness, the loss of Reverend Seu Leleimalefaga who was such a great leader across your communities, and would have been in his element tonight, as the MC for such a wonderful event. Read more »

Harcourts New Zealand’s top auctioneers announced

Press Release – Harcourts

28 May 2010 – Harcourts New Zealand’s Auctioneer of the Year award has been won by North Shore-based branch manager and auctioneer Robert Tulp, while the title of Most Promising Auctioneer of the Year in New Zealand’s largest group has gone to … Read more »

NZ to host Forum meeting on Fiji

Press Release – New Zealand Government

New Zealand will host a Forum Ministerial Contact Group meeting on Fiji on Monday, Foreign Minister Murray McCully announced today. Read more »

Speech: 2010 NZ Playcentre Federation Conference

Speech – New Zealand Government

I want to firstly thank your president, Marion Pilkington, who invited me here today as the Minister of the Community and Voluntary Sector to share some thoughts about the volunteering ethos and the value of supporting communities. Read more »

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