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Archive for October, 2014

Matagi to debut against Samoa

Press Release – New Zealand Rugby League

Vodafone Warriors prop Suaia Matagi is poised to play his first test for the NZ Kiwis against his old team-mates, Toa Samoa, at Whangarei’s Toll Stadium on Saturday. Read more »

Celebrating innovation and diversity

Press Release – Arts Pasifika Awards

From Sonny Bills tattoo artist, to an Afakasi storyteller, to the first Tongan woman to graduate from the Elam School of Fine Arts, the line up for this years Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards celebrates excellence and innovation … Read more »

Ocean rower to share epic tale of 60 days at sea

Press Release – University of Auckland

Ocean rower Tara Remington will share pictures and videos of her record-breaking row across the Pacific Ocean in a public talk at the University of Auckland. Read more »

Media freedom in West Papua: Protest at Indonesian embassy

Press Release – Peace Movement Aotearoa

Today, Wednesday 29 October, there will be a peaceful protest at the Indonesian Embassy in Wellington to call on new Indonesian President Joko Widodo to honour his election promise to ensure greater media freedom in West Papua. Read more »

The Wellington Chocolate Voyage is About to Set Sail

Press Release – Wellington Chocolate Factory

A tasty initiative launching November 6 aims to link New Zealand and the Pacific region of Bougainville through crowdfunded chocolate making. Read more »

SPECIAL REPORT: A Pacific milestone – the Fijiana 8s demonstrate women power

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Dr Jiko Luveni … Speaker of Parliament and Fiji First party president: Before she entered politics, Dr Luveni was a dentist. Image: Minfo

Last month’s Fiji general election was historic because it brought about the first Parliament that has gathered in Fiji in eight years. But also because it set a new record for women representation, reports Asia-Pacific Journalism.

Pacific Scoop:
Special Report – By Lucas Dahlström and Mads Anneberg

Some of Salote Radrodro’s friends didn’t think it was a good idea. Time wasn’t right, they said.

She felt the opposite. This was the time to stand, this was exactly the time to make it count.

So she ran for the Parliament of Fiji and got elected – one of the only 38 times a woman has succeeded in doing so since the country’s independence in 1970. Read more »

Solomon Islands’ Record on Women’s Rights to Face Scrutiny

Press Release – United Nations Human Rights Commissioner

GENEVA (27 October 2014) The record of the Solomon Islands on womens rights will be examined by the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) onFriday 31 October 2014 in meetings that will be webcast live. Read more »

Waikato tennis star empowers youth through education

Press Release – HMC Communications

When Hamilton-based Hannah Fick was just nine years old, she jumped on a plane to New Zealand with her family in a bid to escape unrest in her home country of Namibia. And having since experienced opportunities in this country that she may-never otherwise … Read more »

New Zealand Parliament hosts Fijian parliamentarians

Press Release – Office of the Clerk

The New Zealand Parliament this week plays host to a delegation from the Parliament of Fiji. The delegation is the first from the Fijian Parliament to travel outside of Fiji since their recent elections, and the visit marks a resumption of official … Read more »

New Ambassador to France appointed

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray McCully has appointed diplomat James Kember as New Zealands next Ambassador to France. Read more »

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