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Archive for April, 2013

Tirikatene saddened by Horomias’ passing

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Labour colleague and former Minister of Maori Affairs, Parekura Horomia, who passed away late Monday afternoon at his home in Mangatuna, East Coast, surrounded by family. Read more »

Air Tahiti Nui Hosts First Inflight Wedding

Press Release – Air Tahiti Nui

Air Tahiti Nui has held its first inflight wedding ceremony 10,000m in the air somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean between Paris and Los Angeles with a British couple celebrating their union on flight TN07 en route to Tahiti for their honeymoon. Read more »

KIRIBATI: ‘Bring back TV in Kiribati’ plea by journalists

Article – Pacific Media Watch

Journalists in Kiribati have called on the government to bring back Kiribati TV. Editors of Uekera and Newstar newspapers said government must do something about the only television for the country. Read more »

The ITM Fishing Show Kicks Off its Tenth Series on Saturday

Press Release – The Fishing Show

Its hard to believe that a show produced out of a Far North garage is going so well, and still coming up with a seemingly endless supply of fresh new content Read more »

Did Lange’s Personality Explain Why He Didn’t Confide?

Press Release – The Nation

Did David Lange avoid confrontation and does this explain why he didnt confide in his Cabinet over the nuclear ships row? The former Head of the PMs Department, Gerald Hensley, suggests this in his book, Friendly Fire. Read more »

NZ ‘racist’ but views divided over power of Kiwi gatekeepers

Cameras roll at the Ethnic People's Advisory Panel racism conference at AUT University today. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

Cameras roll at the Ethnic People’s Advisory Panel racism conference at AUT University today. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

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Report – By Anna Majavu

New Zealand is a racist place, say participants in an ethnicity forum – but views are divided on whether the problem is a lack of tolerance across the board or white institutional racism against people of colour.

Auckland mayor Len Brown told a conference on racism convened by Auckland Council’s Ethnic People’s Advisory Panel at AUT University today that racism existed in New Zealand and Auckland, and that it should be combated.

But he also claimed that New Zealanders had confronted racism “from the get go”. Read more »

Massive cash injections in West Papua, but healthcare remains dire

Jayapura overcrowding

Jayapura … healthcare, housing, sanitation and public infrustructure neglected as concerns grow over West Papua’s “missing millions”. Image: Pacific-Tier Communications

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Ryan Dagur

When Emanuel Esema’s 15-year-old brother developed swollen limbs recently he did not even think of taking him to receive medical attention. Their home in West Papua’s Yahukimo district is remote – 800 km from the provincial capital Jayapura and at least three days on foot to the nearest clinic.

“I decided to find medicines myself in the forest,” said Esema.

His younger brother never recovered. He is among a growing number of Papuans who have died due to lack of medical services in this remote corner of the country amid a growing scandal which has put both the central and regional authorities under severe scrutiny. Read more »

Profile of Timor-Leste raised through activities in the USA

Press Release – Government Of Timor-Leste

Meetings in Washington D.C. over the past week have raised the profile of Timor-Leste and established better partnerships for international support. The Minister of Finance, Her Excellency Emlia Pires and the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, … Read more »

Auckland’s WW100 Commemorations

Press Release – Auckland War Memorial Museum

Media release Anzac Day 25 April 2013 Aucklands WW100 Commemorations Aucklands First World War centenary commemorations will acknowledge, honour and remember the many faces of courage from those who served to those who stayed behind. Mayor … Read more »

New State-owned Enterprise Act for Kiribati

Press Release – Asian Development Bank

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) welcomes the passage yesterday of the State Owned Enterprises (SOE) Act. Read more »

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