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VIDEO: Operation Wansolwara – a student journo’s diary of Fiji election

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Pacific Scoop’s Alistar Kata reflects on last week’s Fiji general election.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

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Alistar Kata
AUCKLAND (Pacific Scoop / Pacific Media Watch): Kia ora, kia orana … My name is Alistar Kata, a student journalist from New Zealand’s Auckland University of Technology.

With the support and on behalf of the Pacific Media Centre and AUT I had the opportunity to cover the 2014 Fijian General Election.

I worked on an internship with the University of the South Pacific’s journalism newspaper Wansolwara for two weeks.

Right from the time we touched down in Fiji, there was this atmosphere of excitement mixed with the feeling that something big and fate-changing was going to happen.

On the way from Nausori Airport to our lodge, where we were staying, I saw at least 10 Fiji First advertisements and so as student journalists we were being thrown into this whole climate that had been built up leading up to the elections – the first democratic elections in 8 years since the 2006 military coup.

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Alistar Kata is studying towards her honours years of the Communication Studies programme at AUT University. She has just returned from an internship with Wansolwara and is a multimedia reporter for the Pacific Media Centre’s Pacific Scoop.

Pacific Scoop’s archive of stories by our student team covering the Fiji 2014 elections.

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Alistar Kata

Pacific Media Watch project contributing editor 2015

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

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Filed by an AUT University postgraduate student journalist.

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Published as a partnership between the AUT Pacific Media Centre and Scoop Media Ltd. Contributions include items from student journalists at AUT University, DWU University and the University of the South Pacific.
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