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New gay rights support in South Auckland may help Pacific nations

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Rainbow Youth general manager Duncan Matthews … hoping efforts will boost message of acceptance to other Pacific nations. Image: Rainbow Youth

Homosexuality is still illegal in many countries across the Pacific. But gay rights advocates hope a new initiative in New Zealand to support Māori and Pacific youth will set an example to other Pacific nations, as Asia-Pacific Journalism reports.

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Craig Hoyle

Gay rights advocates are hoping a new initiative to support Māori and Pacific youth in South Auckland who are gender or sexuality diverse will set an example to other Pacific nations.

Homosexuality is still a crime in many places across the Pacific and in some countries sex between two men carries the risk of flogging or a lengthy prison sentence.

Rainbow Youth general manager Duncan Matthews says social stigma and isolation can make it difficult for young people to come out as gay in the Pacific Islands. Read more »

Teenage wing bolts into Kiwis squad

Press Release – New Zealand Rugby League

Rookie Penrith wing Dallin Watene-Zelezniak is among the latest additions to the NZ Kiwis train-on squad for the upcoming Four Nations tournament, Read more »

‘Work with me’ plea from Bainimarama at United Nations

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Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama speaking at the United Nations. Image: UN/FT

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Nasik Swami

Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has extended a hand of friendship to all his political opponents, calling on them to put aside their differences and work constructively to improve the lives of every Fijian when the new Parliament convenes next Monday.

This was his message while addressing world leaders at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Bainimarama said Fiji was enjoying the most sustained period of economic growth in its history. Read more »

Kiwi Demand for Hawaii Travel Soars

Press Release – House of Travel

New Zealanders are travelling to Hawaii in greater numbers according to the latest travel industry figures. Read more »

NZ Kiwis launch #18 supporters campaign

Press Release – New Zealand Rugby League

It means, most likely, you won’t get to dress for the game. You’ll be watching powerless from the stands, as your brothers bleed for the cause. Read more »

Speech to United Nations General Assembly

Speech – New Zealand Government

It is an honour to address you today on behalf of the Prime Minister and Government of New Zealand. Read more »

Samoa takes steps to boost its capacity to meet Rio objectives

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Anne Rasmussen (right), Assistant Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and Lizbeth Cullity, the UNDP Resident Representative in Samoa, agree to work together on strengthening Samoa’s capacity to achieve the Rio goals. Image: Alamgir Mohammad/UNDP

The government of Samoa is trying to tidy up its fragmented environment strategies, plans and policies. With UNDP help it is strengthening its technical and institutional capacities, reports an Asia-Pacific Journalism reporter.

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Sonja Schalin

Samoa has embarked on a new project to boost implementation of the Rio Conventions just two weeks after the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) conference in Apia had strongly shown the importance of effective climate change policies.

The US$1 million project involves cooperation between the Samoan government and UNDP and is funded by Global Environment Facility, the largest environmental fund.

The aim of the project is to strengthen technical and institutional capacities for better implementation of the three Rio Conventions. Read more »

Celebrities stand up for cancer rehab in 4th Paddle for Hope

Press Release – Paddle for Hope

Well-known Kiwi faces and personalities are getting behind this years Starboard Paddle for Hope festival in an effort to raise funds for Pinc and Steel Cancer Rehabilitation Trust. Read more »

Small Island Nations Sound Climate Alarm at UN

Press Release – UN News

King Tupou VI of the Kingdom of Tonga addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak Read more »

Volcanic eruption in Japan – experts respond

Press Release – Science Media Centre

Japanese volcano Mount Ontake erupted suddenly over the weekend, when the popular recreational site was crowded with hikers, resulting in significant casualties. Read more »

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