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Archive for June, 2012

Fairtrade Awareness Reaches Two Thirds in NZ

Press Release – Fairtrade ANZ

28/6/12 Fairtrade Awareness Reaches Two Thirds in NZ Recognition of the FAIRTRADE Label has reached 66% – an increase of 8% on 2011. The news comes from a survey carried out by Colmar Brunton in June following Fair Trade Fortnight (5-20 May 2012). … Read more »

BOP Polytechnic graduate awarded prestigious Fulbright grant

Press Release – Bay of Plenty Polytechnic

Bay of Plenty Polytechnic graduate Kelly Ratana joins an elite group of New Zealanders awarded Fulbright scholarships after it was announced last night that she was the recipient of one of the 26 highly coveted awards for 2012. Read more »

ACP, EU take joint stand on sustainable development

Press Release – ACP Media

Groupe des Etats d’Afrique des Caraïbes et du Pacifique Website: ACP, EU take joint stand on sustainable development at Rio+20 PRESS RELEASE Read more »

Brazilian leadership credited as Rio declaration endorsed

Iosefa Maiava, Head UN ESCAP Pacific Centre, says the Rio+20 side events are useful and welcomes the reaffirmation of Small Island Developing States in the declaration. Photo: SPREP/Pacific Climate Change

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Makereta Komai in Rio de Janeiro

More than 100 world leaders gathered in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro have put their stamp of approval on the new United Nations declaration on sustainable development, titled the “Future We Want”.

The approval came six hours after the plenary was convened to endorse the new global roadmap to eradicating poverty through sustainable means of development.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff attributed the success of the Rio+20 talks to the skillful art of negotiations by her team and through the collective compromises shown by parties to reach a consensus outcome. Read more »

Lions Clubs award our most precious asset

Press Release – Lions Clubs Of NZ

Lions Clubs New Zealand were so impressed by the nominations submitted for their youth campaign Heads Up for Kids they have decided to award all ten finalists, instead of the usual three. Read more »

Mayor leads trade mission to Pacific

Press Release – Auckland Council

News Release 27 June 2012 Mayor leads trade mission to Pacific A group of prominent Auckland business leaders head to Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands next week, led by Len Brown, Mayor of the city with the largest Pacific population in the world. … Read more »

West Papuan delegation tells its side of story in wake of recent violence

Mako Tabuni

Assassinated … West Papua National Committee (KNPB) secretary-general Mako Tabuni. Photo: West Papua Media

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Philip Jacobson in Jakarta

A group of Papuans was in Jakarta this week to give their own account of the recent escalation of violence in their home region of West Papua, which they say has been distorted by imbalanced media coverage and statements by authorities who claim that pro-independence militants are behind it.

Meanwhile, reports of arrests continue to flow out of Papua as a police crackdown there seemingly intensifies, with the Jayapura police chief announcing on Monday that his forces had detained three people responsible for “spreading fear and terror” in the province.

The three — Jefry Wandikwo, Zakius Saplay and Calvin Wenda — allegedly acted in conjunction with slain independence activist Mako Tabuni to perpetuate a series of shootings in Jayapura, including an attack on a German tourist who was wounded. Read more »

Thousands in PNG’s capital turn out to vote in polls

PNG elections 2012

Officials at Gaire village conducted peaceful polling where thousands of villagers braved the heat before going into the ballot booths to cast their votes. Picture: Tarami Legei/Post-Courier

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Melissa Martin and Konopa Kana in Port Moresby

Thousands of voters in Papua New Guinea’s National Capital District (NCD) went to the polls today in all three open electorates and the regional seat.

The city residents went to their respective polling booths to get their fingers painted to decide on who will be their representatives to Parliament for the next five years.

The 144 intending candidates in the nation’s capital had their names chosen in the ballot papers. Read more »

An Olympian Gathering Of Poets

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington

A selection of esteemed New Zealand poets will rub shoulders with some of the world’s biggest names in poetry, as part of a cultural festival surrounding the London Olympics. The Poetry Parnassus, due to kick off in London today, brings together one poet from … Read more »

World Leaders Endorse Rio Declaration on Sustainability

Article – SPREP

Pacific at Rio+20 This project providing you with coverage from the Rio+20 is supported by a partnership between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme SPREP ( ) and the Pacific Assistance Media Scheme PACMAS ( … Read more »

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