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the team

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Alistar Kata is of Cook Island, Māori (Ngapuhi) descent and is a Communication Studies Honours student at AUT and Pacific Media Watch contributing editor. 

Having completed a Bachelor of Communication Studies in 2013, she became particularly interested in broadcast journalism and won the John Foy memorial award for excellence.  

Her main areas of interest are writing, producing and presenting for television or radio and she hopes to be an international reporter after graduating.  

Alistar has recently returned to New Zealand after a six-month exchange programme at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus studying television journalism.

She wants to use her knowledge and experience in international reporting to strengthen foreign reporting within New Zealand and the Pacific region.  

Alistar's PMC Online stories

Alistar's Pacific Scoop stories

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Del Abcede, an AUT design graduate, does the layout/production of the PMC research journal Pacific Journalism Review and book publication designs, including Being the First and Pacific Journalism Monographs.

She also edits the newsletter Toktok and is the PMC photographer.

Del Abcede is a human rights activist in several organisations such as the Asia-Pacific Human Rights Coalition (APHRC) and in 2015 was part of the Aotearoa delegation to attend the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILP) conference marking the movement's centenary in The Hague.

Del Abcede items on PMC

Del Abcede pictures on Pacific Scoop

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Professor David Robie is an author, journalist and media educator specialising in Asia-Pacific affairs.

He holds a PhD in history/politics from the University of the South Pacific and a masters degree in journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Dr Robie was head of journalism at both the University of Papua New Guinea and USP in Fiji for a decade and has been a resource person for media workshops in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.  He was the 1999 Australian Press Council Fellow, winner of the 2005 Pacific Islands Media Freedom Award (PIMA) and a 2009 'Atenisi University Fellow, Tonga.

He is the founding director of the Pacific Media Centre and editor of Pacific Scoop and PMC Online. Among a range of research and publication activities, he was co-founder of Pacific Media Watch, New Zealand correspondent for Reporters sans frontières (Reporters Without Borders) and a Pacific researcher for Freedom House.

Founding editor of Pacific Journalism Review, David is also the author of 10 books on Asia-Pacific media and politics, including Mekim Nius: South Pacific media, politics and education and Don't Spoil My Beautiful Face: Media, Mayhem and Human Rights in the Pacific. In May 2011, he was awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and in 2014 he was awarded the faculty "Critic and Conscience of Society" Award.

His blog is Cafe Pacific

His AUT staff academic profile

Promoting Asia-Pacific Journalism

David Robie appointed professor at AUT

David Robie on NZ Herald Online

Order David Robie titles at Wheelers Books

David Robie books on

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TJ Aumua is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Communication Studies with a major in journalism and a minor in screen writing. She also gained an Honours degree in Communication Studies in 2015.

She has been a contributor for the Pacific Media Centre and Pacific Scoop and was a summer research intern with Pacific Journalism Review. She is now Pacific Media Watch contributing editor for 2016. TJ writes:

"I’m currently furthering my studies with a BCS (Honours) year at AUT University. I have a passion for people and humanitarian work. I am of mixed descent (Samoan, Fijian and English) and I have been brought up surrounded by the values of the Baha’i faith and the Presbyterian religion.

"Having intertwining cultures and religions has always made me interested and eager to learn about other people’s cultures, ethnicities and the differences this brings to the world.

"It is also what fuels my passion for writing stories, which help voice minority concerns, promotes human welfare and Pacific success.

"I also enjoy photography, animation and anything outdoors."

TJ Aumua's articles on PMC Online

TJ Aumua's articles on Pacific Scoop

Video profile on TJ

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Jean Bell is Pacific Media Watch contributing editor in 2018. 

Jean is a current student at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), studying towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies majoring in journalism. She also graduated from the University of Auckland in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts double majoring in politics and international relations.

In 2017, Jean worked as a legal secretary in a commercial law firm and spent her free time working on freelance journalism projects and writing news for Auckland radio station 95bFM and will be hosting the Pacific Media Centre's weekly radio programme Southern Cross.

Jean is interested in how the media functions within different governmental structures and the impact that this can have on citizens’ lives. She bears a strong commitment to the Pacific and helping people through her work, and she strives to have her work act as a mouthpiece for under-represented stories in the media.

Jean Bell's stories on PMC Online

Jean Bell's stories on Asia Pacific Report

Jean Bell's stories on PMC's Soundcloud

Jean Bell's stories on Te Waha Nui

Jean Bell at Elephant Publicity

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Kendall Hutt graduated at AUT with a Bachelor of Communication Studies in 2016, and with an Honours degree the following year. She was contributing editor of the Pacific Media Watch freedom project in 2017. She says:

"My interest in the Asia-Pacific region was first sparked working on a story exploring the issue of media freedom in the Pacific in the final year of my journalism major.

"I have been captivated by the Asia-Pacific region and its diverse stories ever since, in which my interest has steadily become a passion, both for the region and the work the Pacific Media Centre does."

Kendall was a key member of a team that won an award with the annual Ossies for the best in student journalism in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific in 2015. The prize was for the best innovative use of journalism for their reporting of the Rainbow Warrior bombing by French secret agents 30 years on. In 2016, she was on a four-month exchange with the Swedish School of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland.

In December 2017, Kendall took up a job with the North Shore Times.

Kendall Hutt stories on Pacific Media Centre Online

Kendall Hutt stories on Asia Pacific Report