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Archive for June, 2015

Dirty tricks and regime change in nuclear-free Palau

The documentary Strategic Trust – The Making of Nuclear-Free Palau.

Thirty years ago today, Haruo Remeliik, the president of the world’s first nuclear-free state Palau, was assassinated. Investigative journalist Ed Rampell asks serious questions about a mysterious reign of terror in the Micronesian nation.

Pacific Scoop:
Analysis – By Ed Rampell

Last December, as Jeb Bush prepared for his presidential bid, reports about his financial dealings revealed that, according to the Los Angeles Times: “Bush and his partners also set up two other funds. BH Logistics raised $26 million and invested it in Dorian LPG Ltd., a shipping company incorporated last year in the Marshall Islands to transport propane gas.”

While Politico noted that BH Logistics is involved in the shale oil industry, a more intriguing point is: Why has Jeb Bush been connected to the remote Republic of the Marshall Islands, site of numerous postwar US hydrogen and atomic bomb tests?

In fact, Bush dynasty involvement in Micronesia – those Western Pacific Islands roughly stretching between Hawai’i and the Philippines – dates back to World War II’s Pacific Theatre campaign. Read more »

UNFPA Pacific shares lessons with New Zealand

Press Release – UNFPA

UNFPA Pacific shares lessons with New Zealand Parliamentarians: Engaging boys and men in sexual and reproductive health and rights work Read more »

Detained Gaza mission NZ journalists ‘safe and well’, due back

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Native Affairs senior reporter Ruwani Perera and cameraman Jacob Bryant … Gaza aid observers. Image: Māori TV

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Pacific Media Watch

A Māori Television crew will be flown back from Israel after their Swedish-flagged aid ship, Marianne of Gothenburg, was detained by the Israeli Navy while attempting to break the Gaza blockade.

Native Affairs senior reporter Ruwani Perera and cameraman Jacob Bryant, were invited to join the Freedom Flotilla III as observers to document their mission by New Zealand organisation Kia Ora Gaza.

Head of news and current affairs Maramena Roderick said Perera and Bryant were both safe and well and were expected to arrive back in New Zealand tomorrow. Read more »

NZ announces Cyclone Pam tourism recovery package

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Murray has announced a $26 million package, aimed at helping the tourism sector in Vanuatu recover following Cyclone Pam. Tourism accounts for 20 per cent of the Vanuatu economy and employs 26 per cent of the labour force. Getting … Read more »

Pacific to Address the Future of Humanitarian Relief

Press Release – United Nations

(Auckland, 30 June 2015): More than 140 delegates from across the Pacific have gathered in Auckland to discuss the future of humanitarian action in the region. Read more »

Students’ couch burning leads to international showcase

Press Release – University of Canterbury

Couch burning by two University of Canterbury (UC) students has led to international recognition instead of trouble with the police, thanks to their academic focus and analysis. Read more »

Colder Weather Drives Cantabrians to Tropical Destinations

Press Release – House of Travel

A recent drop in the average temperature in Christchurch has seen a spike in bookings for tropical destinations according to local travel agents. Read more »

Acclaimed Pacific poet Dr Mila awarded writing residency

Press Release – Creative New Zealand

Award-winning poet Dr Karlo Mila will spend September to November in Hawaii developing two writing projects as the recipient of the 2015 Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writers Residency. Read more »

Richie McCaw to Feature on Ticket Design for Rugby World Cup

Press Release – Senate SHJ

With global excitement building ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015, Tournament Organisers, England Rugby 2015, today unveiled the official design that will feature on the tickets for the 48 matches. One of the five variations revealed features Rugby World Cup … Read more »

Bomb attack on Rainbow Warrior an embarrassment for French citizens

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Aucklanders at the “Je Suis Charlie” rally in January … improved relations between New Zealand and France. Image: David Robie/PMC


Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Amelie David in Auckland

Thirty years on, the Rainbow Warrior bombing in New Zealand is still a sensitive topic in France.

For some French people who know about it, it is a sad episode in history that they would rather like kept in the shadows.

In his book Rainbow Warrior, Mon Amour, French environmental photographer Pierre Gleizes, who has recorded Greenpeace campaigns for many years on board the Rainbow Warrior, describes his shame when he learnt about what happened to “his” boat. Read more »

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