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Designation of First Pacific Particularly Sensitive Sea Area

Press Release – Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment

Pacific island representatives gathered in Nadi, Fiji this week to discuss the protection of important marine areas from the impacts of international shipping. The sub-regional workshop on ‘The Identification and Designation of Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas … Read more »

2015 Smokefreerockquest Finalists Announced

Press Release – Smokefreerockquest

The top nine Smokefreerockquest national finalists were announced today, the crme of the 700 bands and solo/duos who entered the nationwide youth music contest this year. Read more »

A Free Trade Deal must include Free Trade

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers says the Government must hold firm on a deal for agriculture at the Trans Pacific Partnership talks in Hawaii. Read more »

NZ statement to SIDS Open Debate

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Open Debate: Peace and security challenges facing Small Island Developing States, delivered by Murray McCully, Minister of Foreign Affairs, July 30, 2015 (New York time). Read more »

Questions and Answers – July 30

Press Release – Office of the Clerk

1. Hon ANNETTE KING (Deputy LeaderLabour) to the Minister of Health: In light of his admission yesterday that health funding has not kept up with all inflationary pressures under this Government, how will the health budget absorb the increased … Read more »

Behind the ‘kia ora’ headlines – the positives of te reo language

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Te reo student Te Aorangi Harré… inspired by her own Māori heritage. Image: TJ Aumua/PMC

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By TJ Aumua   

Kia ora. This simple greeting in te reo Māori is a frequent news topic that makes media headlines.

The most publicised incident happened in 1984, when respected Māori rights activist, and then telephone operator Naida Glavish was told by her bosses not to use the expression when greeting customers on the phone.

In August 2014, the greeting stirred controversy after a KiwiYo employer resigned from her job after allegedly being told not to welcome customers with “kia ora”. Read more »

Australia Welcomes World’s Best for the Netball World Cup

Press Release – Australian Government

Australia will welcome the Silver Ferns to Sydney next week, as they join 15 other teams from around the world Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania to compete at the pinnacle event for international netball, the Netball World Cup. Read more »

From the Peninsula to the Islands

Press Release – Depot Artspace

Join us on Saturday the 8th of August 2015 for the opening of From the Peninsula to the Islands, a charitable exhibition by Takapuna Grammar School in support of Project Samoa . Read more »

The Māori Party stands firmly opposed to the TPPA

Press Release – The Maori Party

The Mori Party stands firmly opposed to the TPPA Mounting concerns about the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on tangata whenua are shared by the Mori Party Co-leaders Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell, as final negotiations continue … Read more »

Centenary commemoration honours Niue’s 150 soldiers

Press Release – Wright Communications

One hundred years ago this October, fires were lit along Niues coast to farewell 150 brave Niuean men who were sailing away in support of New Zealand to fight in World War I. Following a church service, they left on the troopship Te Anau with … Read more »

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