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Archive for October, 2013

Bid for recognition of first official climate change refugee

Article – Fightback

Ioane Teitiota is currently appealing a High Court decision that refused him refugee status on the basis of climate change predictions. Teitiota came to New Zealand from the Pacific island of Kiribati in 2007 on a work visa that has recently expired. Read more »

New Writer at the International Institute of Modern Letters

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington

New Zealand poet, playwright and performer Hinemoana Baker has been appointed the Victoria University of Wellington/Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence for 2014. Read more »

Female candidate in Fiji harassed on social media over involvement in politics


Fiji female politician Roshika Deo has received negative comments about herself on social media. Image:

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Pacific Media Watch

A female Fijian candidate has been receiving threats, including threats of rape, on social media for standing in next year’s promised elections.

Roshika Deo, who had been using the internet as a campaigning tool, told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat programme she had been the subject of vicious personal attacks.

“I think it initially started when my intention to stand for election was declared in the local newspaper,” the independent candidate said.

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President Obama announces nominee for Ambassador to NZ

Press Release – The White House

Mark D. Gilbert is a Director at Barclays Wealth (formerly Lehman Brothers) in West Palm Beach, Florida. Mr. Gilbert was the Senior Vice President of Goldman Sachs in Miami from 1989 to 1996 and the Senior Vice President Sales Manager of Drexel Burnham … Read more »

International expert: risk to Pauanui and Tairua of tsunami

Press Release – Thames Coromandel District Council

An international expert who has spent 20 years studying tsunamis is among the team of professionals studying what Tairua and Pauanui can expect if a ‘2011 Japan-like’ tsunami was to hit the Coromandel. Read more »

Poet’s latest verses a journey of loss and triumph

Press Release – University of Auckland

Poet Dr Selina Tusitala Marshs second book of poetry Dark Sparring, complete with a CD of the verses put to music by Tim Page and recorded in the University of Aucklands Arts faculty studios, will be launched this Friday. Read more »

Hawaiian Airlines: New Extra Comfort Seating on NZ route

Press Release – Hawaiian Airlines

From June 2014, there will be a new way to experience Hawaiian Airlines industry-leading on-board hospitality this time with Extra Comfort. In the first comprehensive redesign of its long-haul seating configuration, Hawaiian Airlines will be offering … Read more »

Auckland celebrates $17.8 million success in Marsden Fund

Press Release – University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is celebrating the success of thirty five of its researchers and research groups, who have won $17.8 million in the prestigious Marsden Fund round, amounting to thirty per cent of the total awarded this year. Read more »

Nicky Samuels Wins World Championship

Press Release – Tri NZ

New Zealand triathlete Nicky Samuels has today won the XTERRA World Championship Off-Road Triathlon on Maui in Hawaii. After a busy triathlon campaign on the ITU circuit this season, the world number 14 ITU triathlete took out the title on the … Read more »

Kiwis Survive Late Samoa Comeback

Press Release – New Zealand Rugby League

The Kiwis survived a spirited second-half comeback by Samoa to win their opening Rugby League World Cup game 42-24 tonight in Warrington. Read more »

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