Pacific Scoop

Archive for February, 2012

The countdown begins

Press Release – Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development

The countdown begins Kia ora, the countdown has begun. In 10 days time, Western Springs College kapa haka group will open the biggest celebration of Pacific culture in Auckland on 9 March at Western Springs Park. Read more »

Papua: Reign of Terror | Bima Incident

Press Release – West Papua Media Alerts

The Jakarta Globe February 21, 2012 Papuan Politicians Named Suspects for Reign of Terror by Supporters by Banjir Ambarita Read more »

Thousands of Papuans Demand Referendum

Press Release – West Papua Media Alerts

Thousands of Papuans who are members of the National Committee occupied the building of West Papua People’s Assembly in Kotaraja Papua, Jayapura, Monday, February 20, 2012. Protesters demanding a referendum and ask for the revocation Unit to Accelerate … Read more »

Race Unity Day Sunday 11 March 2012

Press Release – Nelson Multicultural Council

This year Race Unity Day will be the biggest celebration ever of our multicultural community, according to Evey McAuliffe from the Nelson Multicultural Council. Read more »

Tiny Apiti goes global as shears fever grows

Press Release – Shearing Sports New Zealand

February 26, 2012 Tiny Apiti goes global as shears fever grows More than 200 shearers and woolhandlers from around the World hit the remote Northern Manawatu farming locality of Apiti for an annual sports which diouble as a major prelude of the Golden Shears … Read more »

Smith ready to roll the big guns at Golden Shears

Press Release – Shearing Sports New Zealand

New Zealand open shearing champion Rowland Smith hammered another batten to a picket-fence form-line as he won another important Golden Shears prelude at remote Apiti in northern Manawatu today(feb 25). Read more »

Ultra Light Plane in New Zealand

Press Release – Greenlight

Press release, 24 February 2012 GreenLight WorldFlight January – March 2012 Slovenian Pilot Matevz Lenarcic Planning to Land His Ultra Light Plane in New Zealand Slovenian pilot Matevz Lenarcic has been flying his Virus SW, an ultra light plane made by … Read more »

Firebomb attacks hit East Timor election offices

Timor vote counting

Vote counting at the last East Timorese elections in 2007. Photo: PMC archive

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Karlis Salna

Police in East Timor are on high alert after two offices connected to the administration of upcoming elections were hit with firebombs.

The attack in the capital Dili this week comes just weeks out from presidential elections which will be held on March 17.

A number of bombs were thrown at the National Commission for Elections building and office of the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration. A United Nations vehicle was also damaged in the attack. Read more »

Bainimarama blames Rudd’s ‘Pacific neglect’ for regional power vacuum

Voreqe Bainimarama

Fiji regime prime minister Voreqe Bainimarama ... believes Australian policy - especially shunning Fiji - has weakened Canberra's influence in the Pacific region. Photo: Graham Davis / Grubsheet

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Graham Davis in Suva

Frank Bainimarama – Fiji’s prime minister and the current chair of the four-nation Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) – has joined the chorus of criticism of Kevin Rudd in advance of Monday’s leadership vote in Australia, accusing him of having neglected the Pacific as foreign minister.

He said Canberra’s lack of attention to the region – and especially its policy of shunning Fiji – had weakened Australian influence in the Pacific and had created a vacuum that bigger powers were moving to fill.

Countries such as China and Russia were building relations with the smaller island states and strengthening their presence in Australia’s backyard. Read more »

Paul Buchanan: Chinese expansion and a new containment policy in South Pacific

Chinese dragon

Diplomatic issue for Australia, NZ and the US ... "how to contain China" in the Pacific. Photo: Global Times

Pacific Scoop:
Column – A Word From Afar – By Paul G. Buchanan

One of the interesting aspects of the leaked emails between Foreign Minister Murray McCully and MP John Hayes, a former diplomat, is the latter’s mention of the need to “resist” China’s growing presence in the South Pacific.

With that simple advice Hayes has revealed a much larger issue, one that undoubtedly has been discussed at length with New Zealand’s major allies, Australia and the US. The issue is how to contain China.

Along with nuclear deterrence, “containment” was at the heart of Western approaches to the Cold War. Read more »

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