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Archive for August, 2012

O’Neill Distances Himself From Foreign Minister ‘Media Ban’

Article – Pacific Media Watch

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Gillard leaves Pacific Forum over news of five soldier deaths in Afghanistan

Puna and Gillard

Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna greets Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard at the Forum opening ceremony – but she flew home tonight. Image: Cook Islands News

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Rachel Reeves on Rarotonga and the Pacific Media Centre news desk

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard made an emergency exit from Rarotonga tonight, amid news that five Australian soldiers had been killed in Afghanistan.

Gillard gave a speech in the afternoon at the National Auditorium, announcing her government’s commitment to provide $320 million over the next decade to Pacific women, aimed at achieving gender equality in the region.

Shortly thereafter, she was on board her RAAF Boeing 737 returning to Canberra, describing the deaths of the three soldiers as “the most awful news”. Read more »

Seven small Pacific states sign off on ‘historic’ maritime boundary pacts

SIS treaty signing

Kiribati President Anote Tong (from left), Nauru President Sprent Dabwido and President Christopher Loeak of the Marshall Islands sign the trilateral boundary treaty today. Image: Henry Yamo/PMC

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Henry Yamo on Rarotonga

In what is described as a historical moment, seven small island states sharing maritime boundaries signed bilateral treaty agreements at the Pacific Islands Leaders Forum in the Cook Islands today.

“The maritime boundaries treaties formalised today signify tremendous steps in our regional corporative efforts and further strengthens our ocean management frameworks,” said Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna.

The signing included seven bilateral and one trilateral agreement between the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru and Kiribati. Read more »

PNG, Australia and NZ prime ministers talk up stronger bilateral relations

PMs John Key - Peter O'Neill

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key (left) with Papua New Guinea’s Peter O’Neill at the Pacific Islands Forum today. Image: Henry Yamo/PMC

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Henry Yamo on Rarotonga

Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Peter O’Neill met his Australian and New Zealand counterparts today in a move to strengthen bilateral relations between all three countries.

O’Neill met NZ Prime Minister John Key this morning for discussions which included progress on the LNG project in the Southern Highlands, the Sovereign Wealth Fund and the government’s five-year development priorities – health, education, law and order and infrastructure development.

O’Neill later met with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to discuss Forum perspectives, bilateral relations and asylum seekers. Read more »

Shameful Kiwi connection to Aussie-bound deathship

Press Release – Greenpeace New Zealand

Greenpeace activists blocking the world’s second largest factory fishing trawler, the FV Margiris, from arriving in Australia this morning have revealed that two New Zealanders have a controlling interest in the ship. Read more »

Gender-equality talks as violence statistics put to Pacific leaders

Former President of Chile and current head of UN Women Michelle Bachelet. Image: Cook Islands News

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Calida Smylie on Rarotonga

Gender equality in the Pacific will be discussed as a Forum side event today, with a number of high-profile female United Nations members attending.

Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Michele Bachelet, will take part in the panel discussions on gender equality.

The head of the UN Delegation to the Pacific Island Forum was also the first female president of Chile, serving 2006 to 2010. Read more »

Kwajalein MP backs shark sanctuary proposal for Cook Islands

Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna speaks at the Pacific Islands Forum. Image: Cook Islands News

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Rachel Reeves on Rarotonga

Confident that the Cook Islands “will do the right thing”, Marshall Islands politician Tony deBrum is congratulating government “in advance” for legislating a shark sanctuary.

The member of Parliament for Kwajalein has been vocal about shark protection in his country, which banned shark finning in October last year.

DeBrum, who is in Rarotonga for the Pacific Islands Leaders Forum, applauds the local movement to protect te mango. Read more »

Winner of Inaugural Whakatane Youth Community Spirit Award

Press Release – TrustPower

Oliver Missen from Whakatane High School has been named as the winner of the inaugural TrustPower Whakatane District Youth Community Spirit Award. Read more »

New policy gives kiwis better global access

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Cabinet has confirmed a new International Air Transport Policy Statement, Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced. Read more »

Kiwi UN Military Observers Valued

Press Release – New Zealand Defence Force

The returning New Zealand Defence Force personnel who deployed to the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) say New Zealand’s contribution to United Nations missions is valued. Read more »

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