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Archive for January, 2016

Zika virus Outbreak – Expert reaction

Press Release – Science Media Centre

Concern over the current outbreak of the mosquito-spread Zika virus in the Americas is growing. Read more »

PM’s Press Conference 26/1/16: TPP, Waitangi, Sheep

Article – Lyndon Hood

Other commitments mean Prime Minister John Key’s first post-cabinet press conference for the year would be a short one. Before explaining this, Key showed willing by rattling through his summary of Cabinet discussions mostly a list of things the … Read more »

Gurney Finds a New Challenge in Ride Across the Alps

Press Release – The Pioneer

Steve Gurneys done it all well very nearly all. Hes been a professional multisport and triathlon athlete, competing in events all around the world. Hes been poisoned by bat dung while racing in Borneo jungles and nearly died, and of … Read more »

WOW Appoints New Chief Executive

Press Release – Wearable Arts

Gisella Carr has been appointed Chief Executive of World of WearableArt (WOW) and will be joining the company at the beginning of February. Read more »

Valentine’s Concert

Press Release – Bach Musica

Love songs and classical highlights by Mozart, Bizet, Puccini, Tchaikowsky, Lehar, Lloyd Webber and more Read more »

David Tong to Lead P3 Foundation

Press Release – P3 Foundation

P3 Foundation, New Zealands youth movement against extreme poverty, has this week hired lawyer and charity director David Tong as Chief Executive Officer. Read more »

Three Kalsakau brothers make Vanuatu political history – all elected


Pacific Scoop:
Report – By
Godwin Ligo in Port Vila

For the first time in Vanuatu’s political history since 1980, three Kalsakau brothers from the same parents hailing from Ifira, Efate, have been elected MPs, according to provisional results.

The unofficial results from Friday’s snap elections indicated the three brothers – Ephraim Kasakau, Ishmael Kalsakau and Joshua Kalasakau – have secured three seats in Parliament.

They showed Ishmael Kalsakau and Ephraim Kalsakau in the six top lists for the six parliamentary seats in the Port Vila constituency while the youngest brother Joshua Kalsakau edged through in one of the Efate rural constituency seats. Read more »

Trans-Pacific submarine cable phoney war

Article – Digitl

A new company plans to build a transpacific submarine cable. By now I have the hang of how this works: Read more »

Vanua’aku Pati political bloc confident of forming new Vanuatu government

Political supporters celebrate in Port Vila after the snap election in Vanuatu. Image: Hilaire Bule/ABC

Political supporters celebrate in Port Vila after the snap election in Vanuatu. Image: Hilaire Bule/ABC

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Pacific Media Watch

The party that led Vanuatu at independence more than three decades ago is confident that it will emerge as part of the new government after Friday’s snap election.

The Vanua’aku Pati has entered into a bloc with several other parties, including the Graon mo Jastis Pati and National United Party, to try to gain the majority needed to form a government and make constitutional changes hoped to end years of political instability.

A newly-elected MP for Vanuatu’s capital, Port Vila, says he is confident the multi-party bloc will succeed in gaining the parliamentary numbers needed, reports Radio NZ International. Read more »

Air New Zealand suspends Vanuatu flights over runway safety

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 22 (BusinessDesk) – Air New Zealand is suspending services between Auckland and Vanuatu due to concerns about the deteriorating condition of the runway at Port Vila International Airport. Read more »

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