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Archive for February, 2015

Spike in volleyball pair’s success

Press Release – Bayleys

The road to the 2016 Rio Olympics looks as smooth as ever for Taurangas beach volleyball golden boys Sam ODea, 23, and Mike Watson, 25, who remain unbeaten on home soil. Read more »

Kiwi Corporate’s Love of Petanque Rolls Open Opportunities

Press Release – French NZ Chamber of Commerce and Industry

A fruit fly outbreak in the neighbourhood hasnt deterred corporate ptanque lovers from snapping up tickets to the French New Zealand Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNZCCI) annual summer event to be held at the Herne Bay Ptanque Club tomorrow … Read more »

Pasifika Festival on the move

Press Release – Pasifika Festival

Pasifika Festival will have a new temporary home for 2015, with Hayman Park in Manukau set to be transformed into an enchanting array of Pacific Island villages on 14 15 March. Read more »

Thought for the Day: Addressing the Islamic State

Column – Keith Rankin

The brutal and publicity-seeking behaviour of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS or ISIL) in the places we westerners call ‘Middle-East’ and ‘Iraq’ and ‘Syria’ is certainly a challenge to western liberal democracies. Read more »

MIDA ruling furore may lead to changes in Fiji media law, says Morris

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FMA’s Ricardo Morris … media controversy a catalyst for change? Image: PMC

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Pacific Media Watch

The furore over a contested Media Industry Development Authority “ruling” against the Fiji Sun over two newspaper articles may lead to changes, according to the national journalists’ advocacy body.

Ricardo Morris, chair of the Fiji Media Association (FMA), has told Radio New Zealand International that the controversy highlighted several issues with Fiji media regulation and the 2010 Media Decree, suggesting this could be a “catalyst for change”.

Speaking on Dateline Pacific, he said: “In this case the Fiji Sun does have a point in that decisions being made by one person limits free speech on the basis of what one person rules.” Read more »

World Bank Regional Vice President Meets with Prime Minister

Press Release – World Bank

Apia, Samoa, February 21, 2015 Prime Minister Hon. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi will meet Saturday with Axel van Trotsenburg, the World Bank Vice President for East Asia and Pacific, to discuss opportunities to deepen the important working relationship … Read more »

Funding Vital to Building Capacity of the Disabled

Press Release – Pacific Disability Forum

Sustainable funding from donors is essential in building the capacity of persons with disabilities around the Pacific. A good example is the formation of the Rainbow Disability Theatre Group which through external funding was able to establish them … Read more »

Sailor convicted after biosecurity ramp-up in Northland

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

A sailor who appeared in the Kaikohe District Court last week (17 February) has become the first person convicted for deliberately concealing biosecurity goods on a visiting yacht. Read more »

Kiwis in the Pacific Missing Out on Super

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

Some Pacific New Zealanders are missing out on NZ Super while over 70,000 immigrants receive NZ Super after only 10 years, says New Zealand First. Read more »

Sailor convicted after biosecurity ramp-up in Northland

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

Sailor convicted after biosecurity ramp-up in Northland A sailor who appeared in the Kaikohe District Court last week (17 February) has become the first person convicted for deliberately concealing biosecurity goods on a visiting yacht. The conviction … Read more »

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