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Archive for August, 2013

PNG PM wants apology from Seven Network after corruption claims

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Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Peter O’Neill is dissatisfied with how his country was portrayed in the Today Tonight programme. Image:

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Report – By Pacific Media Watch

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has called on the Seven Network to apologise following a two-part Today Tonight report on Monday and Tuesday alleging more than $1 billion was being stolen from the budget of Papua New Guinea and hidden in Australian banks and the Queensland property market.

But the Seven Network defended its investigation.

Sam Koim, head of Papua New Guinea’s anti-corruption task force, told reporter James Thomas dirty money was leaving the country to be laundered in Australia.

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Tongan Language Week to be celebrated across the country

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Pacific Island Affairs Minister Hekia Parata says Tongan Language Week is a great opportunity for the Tongan community to help ensure the preservation of their language and culture in New Zealand. Read more »

Turia: Pasefika Proud Campaign Launch

Speech – New Zealand Government

Fifty years ago this week, an African-American Baptist Minister, addressed a crowd of 250,000 people assembled in the March of Washington and spoke out about a nation that was failing to live up to its promise as a home for all Gods children. Read more »

NIWA Seasonal Climate Outlook: Sept, Oct, Nov 2013

Press Release – NIWA

The equatorial Pacific Ocean as a whole remains in a neutral state (neither El Nio nor La Nia), although colder than normal (La Nia-like) sea temperatures persist in a shallow surface layer in the eastern equatorial Pacific. International guidance … Read more »

SMC Heads-Up: Fonterra false positive, SMC new home, climate

Column – Science Media Centre

In This Issue Climate ‘hiatus’; Evaluating research; New from the SMC; Sciblogs highlights; Research highlights; Policy News; Sci-tech events Read more »

Pacific Homecare workforce training programme a winner

Press Release – Pacific Homecare

Successful Homecare provider Pacific Homecare won the Skills Highway Award at the 2013 Diversity Awards NZ, held at Aucklands Pullman Hotel last night. An initiative of the Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) Trust, the Diversity Awards NZ are influential … Read more »

GuocoLeisure profit falls 43% on smaller Bass Strait royalty

Article – BusinessDesk

Aug. 30 (BusinessDesk) – GuocoLeisure, the diversified investment company once known as Brierley Investments, reported a 43 percent decline in full-year profit after getting a reduced Bass Strait oil and gas royalty and paying more tax. Read more »

Thousands attend rallies in support of West Papua Freedom Flotilla

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2500 reportedly attended the rally in Manokwari in support of the West Papua Freedom Flotilla. Image:

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Report – By Pacific Media Watch

Thousands of people in West Papua have taken to the streets to show support for the boatload of Australian activists due to arrive there early next month.

A crowd of 2500 people gathered in the north-western town of Manokwari this week to raise the banned Morning Star flag and welcome the pro-independence campaigners, according to the West Papua Freedom Flotilla website.
An activist based in Manokwari, Yoab Syatfle, said a large crowd voiced its support and said the event was significant as it was the first sea convoy for peace and justice to travel to the Indonesian-ruled province.

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Hawke’s Bay’s Hospitality Team Hauls In the Medals

Press Release – Eastern Institute of Technology

EIT student Stacey McCann overcame jangly nerves to strike gold in Toque dOr, the countrys most prestigious student cookery and food service competition held recently in Auckland. Read more »

Much of Australia’s PNG aid ‘wasted’, says anti-corruption expert


Much of Australia’s aid money to Papua New Guinea is wasted, according to anti-corruption fighter Sam Koim. Image:

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Report – By Pacific Media Watch

Huge amounts of Australian taxpayers’ money, supposedly supplying aid to Papua New Guinea, are being lost to corruption.

An estimated A$1.7 billion of Australian aid has been “stolen” from Papua New Guinea’s budget annually, according to Channel 7’s Today Tonight programme.

The stolen money was then brought to Australia to be hidden in banks and the Queensland property market.

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