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REGION: Want to lead in the Pacific? Try listening first


Cathy Wilcox’s Sydney Morning Herald cartoon is a showcase for everything that’s wrong with Australian foreign policy. Cartoon: Cathy Wilcox/SMH/VDP

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Item: 10133

Opinion by Dan McGarry
PORT VILA (Asia Pacific Report/Vanuatu Daily Post/Pacific Media Watch): The average Australian’s conception of Pacific island nations is so limited it makes some of us wonder if they even want to understand. Our voices—and our reality—have been pointedly and repeatedly ignored in the media, and in the corridors of power.

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REGION: Vanuatu Daily Post plea for action over Pacific media freedom


Celebration in Port Vila in January last year ... the Vanuatu Daily Post's 5000th edition since it was launched in 1993.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Item: 10085

EDITORIAL OPINION: Dan McGarry and Marc Neil-Jones of the Vanuatu Daily Post call for media associations and professionals throughout the Pacific to act to protect their freedom.

PORT VILA (Vanuatu Daily Post/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): It’s becoming far too common: Journalists and whistle blowers are being singled out and silenced as governments throughout the region allow the Pacific to slide down the slippery slope of repression.

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KIRIBATI: International journalists banned from reporting ferry sinking


Michael Morrah interviews survivors Temake Ioane (left) and Ketura Matai. Their only children Remas, 8, and Tautii, 3, died while waiting to be rescued. Image: Newshub

Friday, February 9, 2018

Item: 10078

AUCKLAND (Newshub/Pacific Media Watch): Authorities in Kiribati are blocking international journalists from entering the country to report on the sinking of the passenger ferry, the MV Butiraoi, report news services.

However, Newshubs's Pacific correspondent Michael Morrah reached Kiribati and filed this personal account from Tarawa:

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REGION: ‘Recolonising’ the Pacific would stir security backlash


Australian Foreign Policy White Paper ... "Opportunity, Security, Strength" but a step too far for New Zealand. Image: Aust govt

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Item: 10071

ANALYSIS: By Michael Powles with Anna Powles
WELLINGTON (Asia Pacific Report/Dominion Post/Pacific Media Watch): Australia’s recent Foreign Policy White Paper says that Australia’s approach in the region will focus on “helping to integrate Pacific countries in the Australian and New Zealand economies and our security institutions”. Does this mean effectively a recolonisation of parts of the Pacific?

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REGION: Asia Pacific Report tribute to Teresia Teaiwa – thanks to Tagata Pasifika


Dr Teresia Teaiwa featured in a Tagata Pasifika video when winning the Manukau Institute of Technology Pacific Education Award prize at the SunPix Pacific Peoples Awards in 2015.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Item: 9840

WELLINGTON (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The director of Va’aomanū Pasifika at Victoria University in Wellington, Dr Teresia Teaiwa, has died following a short illness.

She was described in a statement by Victoria University today as a friend, colleague, renowned scholar and poet, and a generous and warm personality of the academic community.

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REGION: New human rights report gives analysis on PIF states


The research is a follow-up from the: 2012 Human rights in the Pacific: country outlines report.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Item: 9748

SUVA (SPC/Pacific Media Watch):A new research report assess the political profile and the human rights developments in each of the 16-member countries of the Pacific Islands Forum.

Published by the Pacific Community (SPC) the Human Rights in the Pacific: A situational analysis has collated data from 2012 to May 2016 and gives an overview of each country’s: 

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AUDIO: TVNZ's Barbara Dreaver fires back at Fiji PM's 'ridiculous claims'


TVNZ's Barbara Dreaver ... "You would think that Bainimarama is the only leader who has come under the spotlight – that is simply not true." Image: TVNZ

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Item: 9696

AUCKLAND (TVNZ/ RNZ Mediawatch/ Pacifiic Media Watch): As TVNZ's news boss calls for the ban on Barbara Dreaver entering Fiji to be lifted, the Pacific correspondent has responded to claims from the Fiji prime minister on both her channel's website and on Radio New Zealand's Mediawatch programme today.

Dreaver says:

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GLOBAL: Pacific 'climate migration' and 'adaptation' plea at world summit


Climate migration was discussed earlier this year by Auckland-based international refugee lawyer Michael Timmins who said "we need to be engaging and listening to people in the Pacific". Video: Radio Waatea/ TDB/ PMC

Friday, May 27, 2016

Item: 9676

ISTANBUL (Reuters/PACNEWS/Pacific Media Watch): Tuvalu's Prime Minister has called for a United Nations resolution to create a legal and international framework to protect people who are displaced from impacts of climate change.

This was a theme of his address at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul this week.

Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga said 62,000 people everyday are displaced by the impacts of climate change, as reported by Reuters.

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REGION: Pacific Island states take lead on landmark UN climate deal


Cyclone Winston ravaging the Savusavu area in March. Image: Fiji Television

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Item: 9635

Carole Landry
NEW YORK (France 24/AFP/ PACNEWS/ Pacific Media Watch): With their very existence under threat from climate change, the world’s island states came to the United Nations this week not only to sign the Paris climate deal but to be first in line to make sure it goes into force.
 
Led by Fiji, at least nine island states are formally presenting their ratification of the agreement to the UN, moving quickly to the next stage in a bid to bind countries to their commitments to tackle global warming.

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REGION: NZ needs to lead action on Pacific climate 'migration with dignity'


Michael Timmins (left) and Dr David Robie on the Fifth Estate Pacific climate change discussion. Video: Slipstream Media/ Youtube

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Item: 9608

AUCKLAND (The Daily Blog/Asia Pacific Report/ Pacific Media Watch): Radio Waatea and The Daily Blog featured climate change in the Pacific on their daily live Fifth Estate programme.

Martyn “Bomber” Bradbury spoke to a panel, including Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board Councillor Efeso Collins, who spoke from Samoa and joined the conversation by phone.

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