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NZ: Aid workers’ open letter condemns broadcaster for Pacific ‘leeches’ attack


A group working on foreign aid strategy in Solomon Islands. Image: RNZ Pacific

Friday, September 21, 2018

Item: 10237

OPINION: An open letter to broadcaster Heather du Plessis-Allan on behalf of New Zealanders who have worked, and those are who are still working, in development in Solomon Islands:

HONIARA (RNZ Pacific/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Heather du Plessis-Allan’s recent comments on [Newstalk ZB] that the Pacific are leeches on New Zealand is dangerously ignorant, insulting to Pacific Islanders working hard for their countries, and undermines New Zealand itself.

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PMC chair Camille Nakhid talks to TTT Live about 'decolonising' research


TTT's Now presenter Lisa Wickham (right) talks to PMC chair Associate Professor Camille Nakhid (left) and doctoral candidate Kara Beckford of the University of Auckland. Video: TTT

Camille Nakhid, Pacific Media Centre

15 September, 2018

An international conference in the Caribbean this week focusing on critical thinking, interrogative discourse and rigorous research has featured the Pacific Media Centre chair.

Associate Professor Camille Nakhid, of AUT's School of Social Sciences, who is also chair of the PMC advisory board, and doctoral candidate Kara Beckford (Māori-Jamaican heritage), University of Auckland, also appeared on the TTT Live (Trinidad and Tobago Television) programme Now.

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Camille Nakhid

PMC Advisory Board chair

Associate professor in the School of Social Sciences, AUT University.

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The Pacific Media Centre - TE AMOKURA - at AUT University has a strategic focus on Māori, Pasifika and ethnic diversity media and community development.


NZ: Kupu: New app translates objects into te reo Māori


Te Rina Kowhai reports for Te Karere. Video: TVNZ

Friday, September 14, 2018

Item: 10234

Te Rina Kowhai reports for Te Karere. Video: TVNZ

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A new app developed by Spark and Google in conjunction with the Research Team of the Te Aka Māori – English, English – Māori Dictionary in Te Ipukarea ~The National Māori Language Institute, has taken New Zealand by storm this Māori Language Week, reports AUT News.

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NZ: Whitireia scraps journalism diploma months after moving into new base


Whitireia journalism students Nico Hendricks and Nikita Rawnsley-Wratt will be some of the last to graduate from the closing course. Image: Rosa Woods/Stuff

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Item: 10233

By Jessica Long
WELLINGTON (Stuff/Pacific Media Watch): Students hungry to become journalists in New Zealand will no longer be able to study at Wellington's Whitireia after the polytechnic cut the course.

Nine months after Wellington's Te Auaha NZ Institute of Creativity opened and students moved in, the journalism programme's three tutors and students were told it would all be over by November's graduation.

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NAURU: Stick to our Forum visa rules, government warns media via Twitter


Detained, released and now reinstated TVNZ Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver ... Nauru government "displeased" with NZ reporting on the refugee issue. Image: Barbara Dreaver/Twitter

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Item: 10229

NAURU (RNZ Pacific/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The Nauru government has taken to Twitter to warn journalists they are not above the law as they cover the Pacific Islands Forum.

Journalists covering the Forum are operating on visas with restrictions on reporting – in particular about the Australian-run detention camps.

New Zealand Television Pacific affairs journalist Barbara Dreaver lost her accreditation yesterday after Nauru said she had violated visa regulations.

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NAURU: Media freedom commentators condemn ‘gag’ actions


Television New Zealand Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver in Nauru yesterday following her release after being detained by police for almost four hours. Image: RNZ Pacific

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Item: 10228

WELLINGTON (RNZ Morning Report/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Centre): New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrived today for the leader’s retreat at the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru where she is expected to ask for details about the detention of TVNZ journalist Barbara Dreaver yesterday.

Dreaver, who is there to cover the Forum, was interviewing a refugee outside a restaurant when she was picked up by police.

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NAURU: TVNZ Pacific reporter released after being detained at Forum


Television New Zealand Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver tells media of her three-hour detention by Nauru police after interviewing a refugee today. Her was stripped of her Forum accreditation. Video: RNZ Pacific Pool

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Item: 10227

NAURU (RNZ Pacific/Pacific Media Watch/Pacific Media Watch): New Zealand journalist Barbara Dreaver has been released after being detained in Nauru today while covering the Pacific Islands Forum summit, reports TVNZ.

RNZ’s reporter on Nauru said it was understood Dreaver was taken to the police station on the island after trying to interview a refugee outside of the camp.

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NAURU: Authorities detain TVNZ Pacific reporter for interviewing refugee


TVNZ's Barbara Dreaver ... a respected Pacific correspondent who has reported the region for many years. Image: TVNZ screenshot

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Item: 10226

YAREN, Nauru (RNZ Pacific/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): New Zealand journalist Barbara Dreaver has been detained by authorities in Nauru while covering the Pacific Islands Forum summit, reports Television New Zealand.

TVNZ said Dreaver was conducting an interview with a refugee when detained by police early this afternoon.

READ MORE: TVNZ reporter released after being held 4 hours

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REGION: Peters announces NZ$10m boost to fund Pacific TV channel


Foreign Minister Winston Peters speaks to media in Nauru. Image: Jason Oxenham/NZH/RNZ

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Item: 10225

WELLINGTON (Asia Pacific Report/RNZ Pacific/Pacific Media Watch): New Zealand will spend $NZ10 million in the next three years on a Pasifika television channel for the region.

The Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting service would be expanded to include a dedicated channel with New Zealand content.

New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced this at the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru today, saying the plan would improve both the production of more Pacific content, including news and current affairs.

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NZ: Offer still open for taking 150 refugees, says PM Ardern


Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern talking to the media at Auckland University of Technology yesterday. Image: Rahul Bhattarai/PMC

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Item: 10224

By Rahul Bhattarai
AUCKLAND (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has reaffirmed her country’s offer to take 150 refugees from Nauru and Manus Island shortly before she attends the Pacific Islands Forum leaders’ summit next week.

New Zealand’s offer to take in “150 refugees from across Nauru and Manus still stands”, she said at the official opening of a new science and technology building Ngā Wai Hono at Auckland University of Technology yesterday.

About the authors

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Rahul Bhattarai

Asia Pacific Journalism student journalist 2018

Rahul Bhattarai is a student at Auckland University of Technology and a reporter at a Pacific Media Centre.