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Smaller Pacific states’ Port Moresby Declaration calls for coal moratorium

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Pacific smaller island states representatives in Port Moresby. Image: PNG Loop

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By PNG Loop in Port Moresby

Leaders of the Pacific Smaller Island States have called on all nations  – especially  the advanced economies in the region – to rise to the challenge of climate change.

They want to steer the world on a path where climate change is no longer a threat to earth.

As a first step, they called for a global moratorium on all new coal mines. Read more »

Pacific broadcast media aim to get people ‘to care’ about key goals

Pacific Media Watch’s Alistar Kata reports on community news and the UN sustainable development goals. PMC video

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Alistar Kata

Beyond2015, a global campaign focused on working with civil society groups to develop their regions, is planned to end poverty, inequality and climate change in the Pacific.

But the challenge is how to engage Pacific communities with these messages in a way they can understand.

Last weekend Pacific media were invited to a workshop in Auckland to come up with ways to get the message through. Read more »

NZ needs to help Pacific ‘little brother’ on climate, says Tuvalu cleric

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Children sit with their feet paddling a Tuvalu king tide. Image: Gary Braasch/University of California

Tuvalu is in grave danger of completely disappearing in the next 30 years, but New Zealand is turning a blind eye, according to the country’s Reverend Tafue Lusama. Asia-Pacific Journalism reports.

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Chelsea Armitage

New Zealand has been told it’s not doing enough to help its “little brother” Tuvalu to fight climate change, in a desperate call to action.

Tuvalu’s Reverend Tafue Lusama is currently on a tour of New Zealand’s main centres in an effort to highlight the urgency of tackling climate change effects in the Pacific.

He is calling for New Zealand – which he refers to as “Tuvalu’s big brother” – to take the lead in climate change action and help to save the sinking country. Read more »

School students, youth ‘occupy’ Port Vila market in protest over coal mines

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Students take over in Port Vila’s central vegetable market today to protest over the impact new coal mines will have on the country’s future. Image:

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Fenton Lutunatabua in Port Vila

More than 200 people, including youth and secondary school students occupied the central vegetable market Vanuatu’s capital Port Vila today in protest against new coal mines and their climate impact on the country’s people.

The Port Vila vegetable market had been closed for months after Cyclone Pam devastated Vanuatu in March 2015.

Led by 350 Vanuatu, the youth activists made calls for a global moratorium on the development of new coal mining operations. Read more »

Vanuatu hopes for 1000 more workers in NZ as Pacific seeks expanded RSE scheme

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Seasonal workers with pastoral care managers at the Satara kiwifruit packhouse in Te Puke. Image: PMC archive

The recognised seasonal employer (RSE) scheme allows for workers from the Pacific Islands to work in New Zealand for harvesting seasons. Fruit industry leaders say the scheme has grown successfully since 2007, but now Pacific advocates want an expansion into other areas such as construction, reports Asia-Pacific Journalism.

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Matthew Hutching

Vanuatu is hoping to send a further 1000 workers to New Zealand next year under the recognised seasonal employer (RSE) scheme, says Vanuatu Labour Commissioner Lionel Kaluat.

The announcement comes after this month’s Pip Fruit Industry conference in Wellington, where Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi followed up on comments from Apia’s PACER Plus negotiations by calling for the RSE scheme to allow in more Pacific Island workers.

Tuilaepa said Samoa hopes to send 2000 workers in 2016, up from 1200 last season. Read more »

Kilman plans media law to curb ‘excessive liberty’ in Vanuatu

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Prime Minister Sato Kilman … critical of talk back radio “extreme statements” and online “social anarchy”. Image: PMC

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Glenda Shing in Port Vila

Vanuatu Prime Minister Sato Kilman is looking at introducing a law to regulate media.

The head of the government reportedly said people were taking “excessive liberty” and putting out what he characterised as “extreme statements” on talk back shows and the Yumi Toktok Stret Facebook group “are inciting social anarchy, instability and disorder in the community”.

During a meeting with Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation’s general manager Fred Vurobaravu, who is also the National Broadcast Regulator, PM Kilman stated that the new Media Regulation Bill, currently in draft form, must go before the next session of Parliament for approval. Read more »

Melanesia takes lead on brokering future peace for West Papua

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Disappointed … but a step forward. United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) leaders Octo Mote (left) and Benny Wenda with observer status at the Honiara meeting of the Melanesian Spearhead Group. Image: Stefan Armbruster/SBS

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Stefan Armbruster in Honiara

Melanesian nations have taken the lead in trying to broker a peaceful future for Indonesia’s contested West Papuan provinces.

Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and New Caledonia’s FLNKS took the step at the 20th Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) summit in Honiara.

Since Indonesia took over the former Dutch colony in the 1960s, there has been a brutal conflict in West Papua that is estimated to have cost hundreds-of-thousands of lives. Read more »

How a ni-Vanuatu activist on Rainbow Warrior escaped being bombed

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Front page of David Robie’s cover story in Islands Business news magazine in August 1985. Image: John Miller/Eyes of Fire

Pacific Scoop:
Backgrounder – By Len Garae
in Port Vila

On the night of 10 July 1985, three decades ago, the Vanuatu government representative on board the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior, Charles Rara, was on shore leave with Baldwin Lonsdale – current Head of State.

He was staying at his home at St John’s Theological College in Auckland, where President Lonsdale was then doing his studies.

Captain Pete Willcox and some of his crew were already asleep on board the campaign ship. Read more »

PMC’s David Robie and Alistar Kata talk Pacific media with 95bFM

Pacific Media Watch’s Alistar Kata, co-director Gary Farrow, The Wire host Nick Bond and producer Miriam Harris. Image: David Robie/PMC

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Pacific Media Watch

The Wire’s Southern Cross programme on the Pacific is now back on Radio 95bFM for 2015.

Pacific Media Centre’s director David Robie and Pacific Media Watch freedom project contributing editor Alistar Kata started this week’s show discussing the New Zealand media’s coverage of the Pacific region.

“Pretty abysmal,” was Professor Robie’s summing up. “It’s appallingly bad.” Read more »

Wanted – young media manager for one of the top Pacific papers in Vanuatu

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Vanuatu publisher Marc Neil-Jones … looking for a media manager. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Alistar Kata

Vanuatu Daily Post publisher Marc Neil-Jones is on the hunt for a “gung ho” young journalist to work as a media manager with his news group.

The candidate will be working for the country’s largest privately owned media company, including Vanuatu’s only daily newspaper, Vanuatu Daily Post, the website and popular radio station 96 Buzz FM.

Neil-Jones told Pacific Media Watch from Port Vila today he was looking for someone who was able to work among Pacific people and want to build a name for themselves in the journalism industry. Read more »

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