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Archive for April, 2015

Interesting Policies on Offer in Uk Elections

Press Release – NZCPR

By Dr Muriel Newman Good policies do not have international borders. What works in one country, can often be successfully adapted and used in another. For policy analysts, general elections provide a rich hunting ground for cutting edge policy … Read more »

Waitakere Home & Garden Show Complements Housing Boom

Press Release – Jade Promotions

Waitakere Home & Garden Show Complements Housing Boom The Auckland housing market is humming and it seems that if locals arent building, they are renovating. This years Waitakere Home & Garden Show has all that is needed for homeowners doing … Read more »

New Disability Inclusive toolkit on EVAW

Press Release – UN Women

A new toolkit being launched in Suva on Thursday will help organisations in Fiji work better with women with disabilities when it comes to ending violence against women and girls. Read more »

Citizens Miss Out But Full NZ Super an Easy Path

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First wants a law change so Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau residents are not required to live five years over the age of 50 in New Zealand to be eligible for NZ Super. The matter can be solved with a simple exemption from Section 8(c) … Read more »

West Papua open access now ‘vital’, say NZ journalists, rights activists

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Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Alistar Kata

The spokesperson for the main journalists union in New Zealand today criticised the Indonesian blocking of access for international journalists in the West Papua region but says he is even more concerned about the “intimidation”  of local Papuan journalists.

Brent Edwards, convenor of the EPMU’s Print and Media Industry Council, told Pacific Media Watch the lack of access for international journalists had been a “big concern”.

“But as important, if not more important, is the treatment of journalists in West Papua,” he said. Read more »

‘Open up’ West Papua global plea to Jokowi for journalists, rights groups


The banned Morning Star flag of an “independent” West Papua is unfurled at a recent solidarity concert in Port Moresby, PNG. Image: PMC

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Pacific Media Watch

The London-based Indonesian human rights organisation Tapol is today launching a global appeal to President Joko Widodo for “free and open access” for international journalists, humanitarian groups and human rights observers in the Melanesian Pacific provinces of Papua and West Papua.

More than 50 organisations are co-signatories to a letter being sent to the president, including Green MP Catherine Delahunty, Pacific Media Centre and West Papua Action Auckland and West Papua Action Canterbury from New Zealand.

Global signatories include the Asian Human Rights Commission, Article 19, Minority Rights Group International and Reporters Without Borders. Read more »

Council Joins Global Movement

Press Release – 350 Aotearoa

350 Aotearoa congratulates the Dunedin City Council for their vote to divest from fossil fuels yesterday. The divestment comes as part of the Councils ethical investment policy, that now excludes fossil fuel extraction, as well as tobacco, munitions, … Read more »

Financial Review Debate To Continue

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After Question Time and the General Debate today MPs are today set to return to the set piece debate on the annual financial reviews of Crown entities and departments. Read more »

Challenges in rush to help Nepal earthquake survivors

Press Release – World Vision New Zealand

World Vision is rushing supplies to those in need in Nepal, days after an earthquake hit the country, causing widespread death and damage. Approximately 5,000 lives have been lost and 8 million people have been affected by the quake. Many are in need … Read more »

Indonesia’s Bali Nine – 8 executions, young Filipina mother reprieved

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Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso of the Philippines … reprieved at the last moment. Image: The Guardian

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Agus Maryono in Cilacap, Indonesia

Defying intense pressure from the international community, the Indonesian government executed eight death row prisoners early today on Nusakambangan prison island near Cilacap in Central Java.

“We’ve carried out the executions,” said an Attorney-General’s Office (AGO) official, talking to the press on condition of anonymity.

The eight were Indonesian Zainal Abidin, Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte, Nigerians Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise, Raheem Agbaje Salami and Okwudili Oyatanze, Ghanaian Martin Anderson. Read more »

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