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Archive for August, 2010

Pacific Women Call To Accelerate Equality

Press Release – Secretariat of the Pacific Community

The 11th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women held at SPC headquarters in Noumea in August 2010 called for stronger regional multi-sectoral processes and mechanisms to accelerate the achievement of equality between women and men in the region. Read more »

Feast of football at North Harbour Stadium

Press Release – North Harbour Stadium

Football (soccer) fans can look forward to a month-long feast of “the beautiful game” at North Harbour Stadium, leading up to the big one – the All Whites’ game against Honduras on [Saturday] October 9.   With football riding on a wave … Read more »

PM Philip Fills Up 23 Ministries

Press Release – Solomon Islands Government

Prime Minister Danny Philip has filled-up a total of 23 Ministries since forming Government Wednesday last week. 21 Ministers were sworn-in on Friday while 2 others were sworn in at Government House Monday afternoon. Read more »

Fiji Times Denied Extension To Find Local Buyer

Press Release – Pacific Media Watch

SUVA (Radio Australia/Pacific Media Watch): Fiji’s interim government has refused a request by the country’s oldest daily newspaper, the Fiji Times, for a deadline to sell the paper to be extended. Read more »

Command Change For Solomon Islands Contingent

Press Release – Australian Defence Force

After a successful 13 month rotation, Lieutenant Colonel David Thompson has handed over Command of the 240-strong military security contingent in support of the Regional Assistance Mission in the Solomon Islands – known as Operation ANODE. Read more »

Time Magazine’s report on West Papua refuted

The Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Media release:

“As the US Congress debates a human-rights crisis in West Papua, the Australia West Papua Associations (AWPA) refute TIME Magazine and NGO reports purporting human-rights concerns have been driven by impoverishment in the territory.

In a statement issued today AWPA asserts Papuan protests have been driven by Indonesian administration and denial of self-determination since a US drafted contract in 1962. The association refutes Indonesian assertions that West Papua is a domestic matter.”


– AWPA statement on the international context of West Papua

– US Congress resolution, the next Congressional hearing is purported to be scheduled for 22 September 2010.

Time Magazine purporting that it is impoverishment which is leading human-rights campaigners to speak out. Also Indonesian Foreign Ministry’s repetition that West Papua “is not a foreign policy issue”.

Speech: Media Ethics and Media Freedom issues in Fiji

Stanley Simpson is news editor of Fiji Broadcasting Corporation.

This keynote speech by Stanley Simpson (news editor of the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation) was presented to the 1st Pacific Media Partnership Committee meeting, August 25-27 at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre, Nuku’alofa, Tonga. Those attending explored how to sustain a vibrant Pacific media.

Pacific Scoop:
Speech – By Stanley Simpson.

The Fiji media landscape (as many of you know) has changed dramatically over the last three to four years, and especially over the last year with the enactment of the Media Decree 2010 outlining new and stronger guidelines for the media to abide by.

We are all operating now under this media decree, while the censorship still remains for now. One of the major ethical issues that has confronted our journalists over the last year or so is how do we report and practice the principles of journalism under a censored environment? Read more »

Voting News: AZ, FL, TN vote probs

Column – Daily Voting News

“With less than seven weeks before early voting starts for the general election, the clock is ticking for Tennessee’s election officials’ efforts to get it right.” ~’s Disappearing Ink Before Election Day & Early Voting…MORE … Read more »

New Director, Te Reo ōna Tikanga me te Mātauranga

Press Release – Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc

Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeremy Tātere MacLeod to the position of Director – Pouarataki o Te Reo ōna Tikanga me te Mātauranga. Read more »

An Esteemed Award for an Esteemed Lady

Press Release – Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Inc

Tata Wairukuruku Maere was one of five esteemed kaumātua awarded the Ngā Tohu a Tā Kingi Ihaka Award at the Te Waka Toi Awards held over the weekend in recognition of her lifetime contribution to the maintenance and continuity of Toi Māori. Read more »

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