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Archive for January, 2018

South Auckland Man One of NZDF’s Ice-Road Truckers

Press Release – New Zealand Defence Force

Private Takurua Pou is one of 22 New Zealand Defence Force drivers sent to Antarctica in early January to help offload about 3000 tonnes of supplies for scientists working in the worlds most important natural laboratory. Read more »

Kiribati authorities confirm more than 80 on sunken ferry

Press Release – Maritime New Zealand

Kiribati authorities have confirmed that about 80 passengers plus crew of likely about five were on the ferry Butiraoi that sank on January 18. Read more »

Auckland gathering of Asia-Pacific business leaders

Press Release – BusinessNZ

The meeting of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) being held from 1-4 February in Auckland will seek to advance sustainable and inclusive growth. Read more »

New Zealand marks 50th anniversary of Nauru’s independence

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced that New Zealand will make a $2 million contribution to the Nauru Intergenerational Trust Fund to mark the 50th anniversary of Naurus independence. Read more »

‘Recolonising’ the Pacific would stir security backlash

Article – Pacific Media Watch

ANALYSIS: By Michael Powles with Anna Powles WELLINGTON ( Asia Pacific Report/Dominion Post/Pacific Media Watch ): Australias recent Foreign Policy White Paper says that Australias approach in the region will focus on helping to integrate Pacific … Read more »

Employment Minister launches USP Orientation Week

Press Release – University Of South Pacific

The University of the South Pacifics (USP) 2018 Orientation Week was officially launched by the Honourable Jone Usamate, Fijian Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, at the Laucala Campus on 29 January 2018. The Orientation … Read more »

Coups, globalisation and Fiji’s reset of ‘democracy’

Article – Pacific Media Watch

When Commodore (now rear admiral retired and an elected prime minister) Voreqe Bainimarama staged Fijis fourth coup to end all coups on 5 December 2006, it was widely misunderstood, misinterpreted and misrepresented by a legion of politicians, foreign … Read more »

Australian and US aircraft join search for Kiribati ferry

Press Release – Maritime New Zealand

Aircraft from Australia and the US Coast Guard will join the search for the missing Kiribati ferry MV Butiraoi that had an estimated 50 people on-board. Rescue Coordination Centre NZ and the Royal New Zealand Air Force continue to assist the Rescue Coordination … Read more »

NZDF Finds Survivors From Missing Kiribati Ferry

Press Release – New Zealand Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has found seven survivors from a ferry with 50 people on board that was reported missing in Kiribati a week ago. Read more »

Fishing vessel on way to dinghy

Press Release – Maritime New Zealand

28 January 2018 (1.45pm) The Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand says a fishing vessel has been diverted to pick up seven people found adrift in a dinghy this morning during the search for the missing Kiribati ferry. Read more »

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