Pacific Scoop

Archive for April, 2014

Cook Islands Performing Artist in Residence

Press Release – Whitireia

Whitireia performing arts programme leader, Tuaine Robati, has been selected as the Pacific Dance Artist in Residence for 2014. This artist in residence is offered to established dance practitioners of Pacific Island heritage and is the only one of … Read more »

Beware of Dangerous Articles by Rob Kall of OpEdNews

Article – John Spritzler

“Oligarchs, Billionaires, Uber Wealthy are Killing Capitalism–They Are Dangerous,” by Rob Kall, is a wrongheaded and dangerous article. It is typical of others like it that are starting to appear more frequently (by authors such as Robert Reich and … Read more »

Poor Water Supply & Sanitation Cause High Costs On Kiribati

Press Release – ADB

Poor Water Supply And Sanitation Impose High Costs On Kiribati Inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene in South Tarawa, Kiribatis main urban center, have been estimated to impose economic costs of between A$3.7- $7.3 million per year, … Read more »

New envoys to present their credentials

Press Release – Government House

New envoys to present their credentials Envoys for Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tanzania, Portugal and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea will present their credentials to the Governor-General, Lt Gen Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, at Government … Read more »

The ITM Fishing Show is coming home!

Press Release – National Boat and Fishing Show

Over the past few years Matt Watson, has been pulled from pillar to post by international media and broadcasters alike, all vying for more of his brand of high-energy fishing and outrageous stunts. But Watson backed away from the helicopter leaping antics, … Read more »

Two Pacific information ‘heroes’ named in global RSF media list

Tempo Semanal's José Belo ... exposing corruption. Photo: David Robie/PMC

Tempo Semanal’s José Belo … fighting a media law. Image: David Robie/PMC

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Pacific Media Watch in Paris

Two journalists and publishers from small states in the Asia-Pacific region have been included in an inaugural list of “100 information heroes” by the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders organisation for World Press Freedom Day.

They are José Belo, investigative journalist and publisher of the “uncompromising” independent weekly Tempo Semanal in Timor-Leste, and Taimi ‘o Tonga publisher and broadcaster Kalafi Moala from Tonga.

For the first time ever, Reporters Without Borders is publishing a list of profiles of “100 information heroes” for World Press Freedom Day (May 3). Read more »

Pacific Dance Artist in Residence Launched

Press Release – Pacific Dance

Pacific Dance NZ was very proud to have launched the 2014 Pacific Dance Artist in Residence, Tuaine-Nurse Tamarua Robati, in his two-month journey on Saturday 26th April at Pataka Museum in Porirua. Read more »

Accor Announces New Novotel Hotel in New Plymouth

Press Release – Accor Hotels and Resorts

New Zealands leading hotel operator, Accor, is pleased to announce that a new-build Novotel hotel in New Plymouth will join its network in 2015. Currently under construction, the new 100-room Novotel New Plymouth is scheduled to open early next year. Read more »

Budget 2014: Investing $100.9m in defence

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government is committed to strengthening the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), and will be investing $100.9 million of operating funding in 2014/2015. Read more »

Women campaigners tackle Pacific deforestation, militarised disasters

Mere Ratuva and Celine Kearney

Fiji’s Mere Ratuva (left) and WILPF Aotearoa president Celine Kearney at the weekend conference against militarisation of the Pacific. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Paul Kendon

Tales of deforestation, militarised disaster and recovery aid, human rights abuses, infanticide, discrimination and indigenous marginalisation were the focus for an international women’s campaigners conference at the weekend.

A highlight was the screening of the documentary Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai’i by independent film maker Anne Keala Kelly which struck a chord with participants from several Asia-Pacific countries.

While the place names change, the stories remain the same, says president Celine Kearney of the Aotearoa section of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Read more »

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