Pacific Scoop

Archive for May, 2014

Building feminist movements to stimulate change

Article – Citizen News Service

Grassroots women of the Asia Pacific region have borne the brunt of the unrelenting global desire for increased consumption and accumulation of wealth by a tiny minority. Their aspirations and livelihoods are regularly trampled upon in this new Asian century, … Read more »

2nd APFF 2014: Creating Waves, Fostering Movements

Article – Citizen News

Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service (CNS) Photograph is online at: The 2nd Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (2nd APFF 2014), organized by the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) kick started in Chiang Mai, Thailand. … Read more »

Holding fast to our cultural treasures: Samoan Language Week

Press Release – Human Rights Commission

A photograph unearthed ahead of this years Samoan Language Week launch event at St Patricks College Silverstream in Wellington is itself a measina or treasure says Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy. The 1955 photograph of boarders … Read more »

Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 31st May & Sunday 1st June

Press Release – Radio Waatea 603 AM

The World Indigenous People’s Conference on Education has become an important forum for the exchange of ideas and inspiration as people try to hang on to the gifts of their ancestors and prepare their children for the world of today. Te reo Maori champion … Read more »

La’o Hamutuk appeals to president to veto harsh new media law in Timor-Leste

Tempo Semanal's José Belo ... a key player in opposition to the new law. Photo: David Robie/PMC

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

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Anna Majavu

La’o Hamutuk, an independent development watchdog, has called on Timor-Leste President Taur Matan Ruak to veto a controversial new media law that has just been passed by Parliament.

The draconian law has faced widespread criticism by Timorese journalists, media freedom groups, opposition MPs and civil society advocates.

La’o Hamutuk (Timor-Leste Institute for Development Monitoring and Analysis) says the law “is reminiscent of policies implemented by dictatorships everywhere to hide the reality in their countries from the world, strangling people’s freedom of expression to preserve their power”. Read more »

Latest Round of Grants Announced

Press Release – Dunedin City Council

More than $200,000 has been allocated to a wide range of groups and organisations following the Dunedin City Councils latest funding round Read more »

Minister to attend global forums on Disability, Women

Press Release – New Zealand Government

The Hon.Tariana Turia will represent New Zealand at the 2014 Global Summit of Women in Paris and at the United Nations on Disability Issues. Minister Turia has left for London this week for a series of meetings and site visits with representatives … Read more »

Nurses and communities work to improve Pacific health

Press Release – Waitemata District Health Board

Three full time nurses will soon be working with west Auckland and North Shore churches and community trusts to improve the health and wellbeing of our Pacific communities. Read more »

Aorere Resources Limited Board Changes

Press Release – Aorere Resources

The Board of Aorere Resources is pleased to advise that it has appointed Simon Henderson as a director. Simon is an exploration geologist with more than 35 years experience in the gold mining and exploration industry in New Zealand, Australia, Africa, Chile, … Read more »

Unitec Pacific Song Writing Competition

Press Release – UNITEC

Unitec Institute of Technology is launching the first Unitec Pacific Song Writing Competition. The nationwide contest is aimed at inspiring Pacific people young and old to show their pride for their Pacific heritage and language through music and … Read more »

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