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Ban Deplores Detention of UN Peacekeepers in Golan

Press Release – UN News

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council today strongly condemned the detention of United Nations peacekeepers serving in the Golan amid increased fighting in the area between Syrian Government forces and armed elements, and demanded … Read more »

Airways provides Pacific aviation solutions

Press Release – Airways New Zealand

At the upcoming International Conference on Small Island Developing States, Airways New Zealand will present to delegates about the safe, successful and sustainable aviation model it has in the Pacific. Pauline Lamb, Chief Operating Officer, will … Read more »

Auckland Demand for Cruises on the Rise

Press Release – Impact PR

The popularity of international cruise holidays is soaring for Aucklanders, with a 20 per cent increase in forward bookings for House of Travel. Read more »

Anniversary of the NZ Occupation of German Samoa

Press Release – Pacific Collective

Today, 29th August 2014, marks the 100 years centenary of the occupation of Samoa by New Zealand forces at the request of the British empire, ending the German rule of Samoa. It is also the starting point for the special relationship between Samoa … Read more »

Clinic making a difference in the Solomons

Press Release – Peak Appearance

Hawkes Bays leading appearance and cosmetic medicine practice, Peak Appearance has partnered with Interplast Australia and New Zealand to sponsor a nurse educator training programme in the Solomon Islands. Read more »

Ban, Security Council deplore detention of UN peacekeepers

Press Release – UN News

28 August 2014 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council today strongly condemned the detention of United Nations peacekeepers serving in the Golan amid increased fighting in the area between Syrian Government forces and armed elements, … Read more »

Voters face many obstacles in post-coup Fiji election, say campaigners

Speakers Shamima Ali (left) and Asenaca Uluiviti at the "Fiji: Return to democracy" seminar. Image: Del Abcede / PMC

Speakers Shamima Ali (left) and Asenaca Uluiviti at “Fiji’s return to democracy” seminar held at AUT University last night. Image: Del Abcede / PMC

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Anna Majavu

A baffling ballot paper with 249 numbers and no names or party logos, the government using public funds to campaign for the Fiji First party, and a seven-day ban on media – these are just some of the obstacles to a “free and fair” election in Fiji next month.

Asenaca Uluiviti of the Coalition for Democracy in Fiji (CDF), Shamima Ali, chairperson of the Fiji NGO Coalition for Human Rights, and Nik Naidu, spokesperson for the CDF, spoke of these issues at a seminar held at the Auckland University of Technology last night.

Titled “Fiji’s return to democracy”, the seminar was hosted by the Pacific Media Centre, Asia-Pacific Human Rights Coalition (APHRC) and CDF. Read more »

East Timor court media ruling sparks confusion, triggers global petition

East Timor's José Belo

East Timor’s José Belo … fighting against the controversial media law with a symbolic gag. Image: © Ted McDonnell

Parts of a controversial media law in East Timor have been ruled unconstitutional by the country’s Court of Appeal. Now uncertainty is rising, and activists and journalists are preparing themselves for another attack on freedom of the press, reports Asia-Pacific Journalism.

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Lasse Underbjerg

Media freedom campaigners, civil rights activists and journalists in Timor-Leste are gearing up for a renewed struggle to try to block a controversial law that has been branded by opponents as draconian.

The campaign is being mounted in spite of a Court of Appeal ruling that found several articles of the media law to be violating country’s constitution.

The ruling was initially welcomed by local journalists, foreign correspondents, civil society advocates and democrats. Read more »

NZ aviation experts improving airfield safety in Vanuatu

Press Release – GroupEAD

Just a stones throw from Vanuatus tiny Lonorore Airport, on Pentecost Island, an ancient land diving tradition is attracting worldwide interest in this remote corner of the Pacific. Accessing this remote spot, however, is notoriously … Read more »

Fiji: ‘One of those elections with a shotgun at your head’

Fiji elections 2014

Next month’s election is the first in Fiji since the 2006 coup … voters in Fiji are keen to have their voice heard, but not many outside the country have registered. Image: Fiji Elections Office

Anticipation is building in Fiji ahead of next month’s general election but the country’s expatriate community living abroad is showing little interest. Despite many registration drives, reports Asia-Pacific Journalism, only a fraction of Fijians living overseas have registered to vote.

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Struan Purdie

As the final countdown to Fiji’s first post-coup election gets underway, voters in the country are set to make their voice heard with more than 90 percent registering to vote.

Almost 576,000 people in the Pacific nation have enrolled ahead of the country’s first elections since former Rear Admiral Voreqe Bainimarama’s 2006 coup.

However, for Fijian expats living abroad it’s a different story. Read more »

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