Pacific Scoop

Archive for April, 2011

Chartfest returns to Christchurch this May

Press Release – IMNZ

We are careering headfirst into New Zealand Music Month – today’s newsletter will point you toward some of the excellent shows and releases we’re celebrating in May; and there is plenty yet to come! Watch this space. Ladi6’s The Liberation Of… has … Read more »

Tonga welcomes record-breaking solar ship

Press Release – Government of Tonga

The world’s largest solar-powered ship will arrive in Tonga today, en route a pioneering expedition around the globe. Read more »

Te Ururoa Flavell Speech: Hopuhopu Chambers, Ngaruawahia

Speech – The Maori Party

It is an honour to be with you at this Raukura Hauora o Tainui Annual Hui. Thank you for the invitation. I was, kind of, wondering why the invite came to me instead of Whaea Tariana. Read more »

Pressure mounts on Barrick Gold’s ‘destructive’ mining in PNG

Porgera mine

Villagers panning for gold amid the devastation around the Barrick Gold mine at Porgera in Papua New Guinea. Photo: Tubuans & Dukduks

Pacific Scoop:
Report – Special correspondent in Toronto

Friends of the Earth International has backed calls from communities around the world for a halt to the Canadian mining company Barrick Gold’s “destructive practices” in Papua New Guinea and other countries.

Campaigners were present at the company’s annual general meeting and joined a protest rally outside the meeting venue in Toronto.

Barrick Gold, the largest gold miner in the world, has been the subject of many documented studies of human rights abuses and environmental devastation globally, including in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines and Tanzania. Read more »

Tuvalu government welcomes peer review

Press Release – Tuvalu Government

The Government of Tuvalu welcomes the peer review of development coordination under the Cairns Compact on Strengthening Development Coordination in the Pacific underway in the capital Funafuti this week. Read more »

Company refuses to pay compensation for Papuan land use

Press Release – West Papua Media Alerts

The inhabitants of Sanggase kampung, district of Okaba, district of Merauke, have submitted a demand for compensation of sixty-five billion rupiahs from PT Medco for their operations in the kampung for the past three years, but they have had no response … Read more »

Pacific tackles cybercrime laws and protection in workshops

Press Release – Government of Tonga

Delegates from around the region will gather in Tonga this week to address cybercrime legislation and look at ways to protect Pacific Island citizens against computer-based offenses. Read more »

Talks on Pope John Paul II, Conversion and Faith

Press Release – Bill Moore

Incredible conversion stories by an American junkie-turned priest, talks by the Papal Nuncio, and a special focus on Pope John Paul II are planned for the Eucharistic Convention (29 April-1 May). Read more »

Online responsible drinking campaign offers dream holiday

Press Release – DB Breweries Limited

Two lucky Kiwis could be sunning themselves in the Maldives if they play their cards right – online. Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd (APB), parent company of DB Breweries, is in the final stages of a three-month-long online responsible drinking campaign … Read more »

Captain Christopher Rynd Announced as Cunard Commodore

Press Release – Cunard Line

New Zealand-born Captain Christopher Rynd has been appointed Commodore of the Cunard Line fleet, comprising Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. Well known to New Zealand and Australian cruise passengers, Captain Rynd now shares his land … Read more »

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