Tuesday, June 30, 2009

[pima.nius] Vacancy: Communications Officer, Fiji

12:16 PM |




 

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Tara Chetty

Communications Officer

Fiji Women's Rights Movement

www.fwrm.org.fj

 

G.P.O.Box 14194

Suva

Fiji Islands

 

Tel:(679) 3313156

Fax:(679) 3313466

Mobile: (679) 9268342

 

The Fiji Women's Rights Movement is a multiethnic and multicultural non-governmental organisation committed to removing discrimination against women through institutional reform and attitudinal change. Our vision is for the women of Fiji to be free from all forms of discrimination, have equal access to opportunities and to live in a healthy environment where the principles of feminism, democracy, good governance, multiculturalism and human rights prevail.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

[pima.nius] MAORI TELEVISION HIGHLIGHTS Sunday July 12 – Saturday July 18 2009

4:26 AM |



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Date: 2009/6/29
Subject: MAORI TELEVISION HIGHLIGHTS Sunday July 12 – Saturday July 18 2009
To: Merilee Andrews <Merilee.Andrews@maoritelevision.com>


 

MAORI TELEVISION HIGHLIGHTS

 Week 29: Sunday July 12 – Saturday July 18 2009

 

FOX MEMORIAL SHIELD – Sunday July 12 at 2.00 PM and Saturday July 18 at 2.00 PM

Auckland's premier rugby league club teams have been competing for the Fox Memorial Shield since 1910.  Tune in for delayed coverage each week as the battle for the title continues. Sunday: Marist v Papakura, Saturday: East Coast Bays v Mt Albert.

 

TE HAUKAINGA – Sunday July 12 at 5.00 PM

Season premiere! A look at the daily lives of rural Maori, Part One of a two-part story. Today: Playing a game of golf in te reo does not come naturally to many, but is par for the course for close friends Tautohe Kupenga, Reverend Nehe Dewes, Mopey and Jimmy Devery.

 

THE NEW MIGRATION – Sunday July 12 at 8.00 PM

Season premiere! Young Maori are redefining their idea of success, as they leave full and busy lives in the city, and move to their iwi and hapu roots. These are not people with no experience of te ao Maori, but the risk is still high.  Will the change be everything they hoped? Tonight: From Ranana to Rotorua. Shane Heremaia is back home in Rotorua as General Manager for Te Kotahitanga o Te Arawa Trust.

 

INDIGENOUS INSIGHT – Sunday July 12 at 8.30 PM

Studio-based weekly news programme that introduces the week's best indigenous news and current affairs stories from around the indigenous world. Tonight: How issues like global pandemic are affecting indigenous communities. Also the story of a reindeer herder in Norway; a profile on Dawu, a fishing port in Eastern Taiwan; and the battle of Tuvalu against a rising tide.

 

LOOK AT ME (SUNDAY FEATURE) – Sunday July 12 at 9.00 PM

Jean-Pierre Bacri plays Etienne, a famous novelist who is monstrously self-centred and indifferent to the unhappiness of his daughter, Lolita. A reflection on the corrupting power of fame.

 

DANCES OF LIFE (INTERNATIONAL DOCO) – Tuesday July 14 at 8.30 PM

For nearly 50,000 years, dance and song have been an expression of Pacific Islanders' origins, journeys and struggles. This documentary explores the dance stories of New Zealand, American Samoa, Guam, New Caledonia and Palau.

 

SIR GRAHAM LATIMER: NATION MAKER (NZ DOCO) – Wednesday July 15 at 8.30 PM

Sir Graham Latimer was a farm boy from the North who went on to spearhead landmark court battles with the Crown. His work changed forever the treatment of Maori under the Treaty of Waitangi.

 

E TU KAHIKATEA – Wednesday July 15 at 9.30 PM

Season premiere! A series on Maori leaders who have challenged, outraged and inspired their people, and the nation. Tonight: The first Maori graduate from Elam School of Fine Arts, Arnold Wilson, admits being thrown in the river by an aunty offended by his work.

 

 

End

 

Merilee Andrews
Publicist
Māori Television
 
Phone     +64 9 539 7000
 
PO Box 113-017, Newmarket, Auckland 1149, New Zealand
9-15 Davis Crescent, Newmarket, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
http://www.maoritelevision.com/

 

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

[pima.nius] What's next for PIMA?

7:03 PM |

Firstly, this forum needs to move on from gripes - pointed discussions serving particular agendas.
Here is an extract from a paper.
From the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.
This and other papers are essential reading to see what has gone on.

"Yet any collective endeavor or club must satisfy two basic conditions:
• A club must be self-sustaining.
• A club must provide a large enough pool of net benefits for each of its members.
The success or failure of a club depends on its benefits exceeding its costs."

- PIFS Background Paper 5 - Exec Summary, Towards a New Pacific Regionalism (September 2005)

The recent rounds of talks.
What was the result?
The continuance of more talks?
Yet apparently the Small Island State nations made some gains.
But I go back to the four pillars.
The four keys.
The stress on economic endeavour and incorporation.
Development?
Who's?
Yours or mine?
The world's?

Economic tyranny
Fatalistic imagery
The word spread faster
Everything's a disaster
Everybody's talking
Round and round
The table rocks
Shifted
And...mifted.

But back to the question at hand. As the quote above eludes to, for PIMA to be a successful organisation, it must be self sustaining and provide net benefits for its members.
I hope the committee will once again find its feet and I wish them all the best of luck.
I am proud of the talented individuals in the committee and hope they will endeavour to reconstitute this organisation.
I support the nomination of the committee members
And, hope they will continue on.

Condolences at this time to Taualeo'o Stephen Stehlin and family, as they mourn the passing of his father.

Soifua
 



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Friday, June 26, 2009

[pima.nius] Re: Crunch Time for Pacific Media Network

2:21 PM |

Thank you Savili of Samoa. I note Ono has switched her attacking of
(PiTV) Tongan producers & reporters,Maori directors and cook island
researchers to now Kiribati/Cook Islander TV reporter.

19 days after we have asked her to front up re this secret email...
where is IT !!!!
What a stirrer...

Come on Ono ivi FRONT UP !!!

PiTV

On Jun 15, 1:02 pm, Savili <wellth4l...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Yes Ono Ivi,
>
> As a community person that aired some grievances regarding
> inappropriate
> programming by Niufm for our youth at their so call community AGM,
> what does that secret email say?
>
> I'm glad to hear Will is assisting niufm get back on track. He
> deserves our support for all the back stabbing
> he got and false support many of the gutless staff whom he
> represented. Considering when he was at Niufm as producer, his Tongan
> programme was the highest listened to show right across all their
> shows per head of capita.
>
> Are you just upset PiTV and others have been successful in getting rid
> of
> a management group that was ripping off out tax payers monies plus
> perpetuating problems amongst our youth?
>
> Where's that email you sighted or are you just trying to stir shit for
> the sake of stirring????
>
> Savili of Samoa
>
> On Jun 2, 6:43 pm, Ono Ivi <ono...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Okay, you are probably wondering what this is about, after all the kerfuffle
> > last year, but yes, there has been a secret email from a secret unnamed
> > source circulating amongst Pacific media of late.
>
> > It outlines the concerns of a (assumed) group, calling themselves "Time for
> > a Change." It says - it Will - be asking the government and the Minister of
> > Broadcasting to review the current arrangements for PMN and for others to
> > respond directly to the Minister of Broadcasting or the Minister of Pacific
> > Islands Affairs.
>
> > I had heard through this PIMA network that PIMA had given PMN time until its
> > new budget to settle and sort out its operations after the major upheavals
> > (restructuring) of last year.
>
> > Is there any news on the PMN budget and arrangements for the new year?
>
> > What do people make of this secret email?
>
> > Who could possibly be behind it?
>
> > Is our Pacific Radio Network (PMN) holding up?
>
> > Is there a story here or is it just the old gang of disgruntled ex-employees
> > once again trying to get there's?
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Thursday, June 25, 2009

[pima.nius] Re: TVNZ faces legal action from Samoa govt

1:33 PM |

Ono,
And what about your alleged email re NPRT? where is it ??????

Will
PiTV

Quoting "Ono Ivi" <onoivi@gmail.com>:

> TVNZ faces legal action from Samoa govt By CLIO FRANCIS - Stuff.co.nz Last
> updated 07:41 24/04/2009
> <http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/south-pacific/2527901/Some-Gitmo-detainees-reject-Palau-move>
>
> A TVNZ story about gun-running and gangs in Samoa has so enraged the Apia
> government that its cabinet is consulting high-profile lawyers with the idea
> of suing the broadcaster.
>
> The One News item Gangs and Drugs in Samoa has provoked fierce debate in
> Pacific journalism circles, with suggestions from Samoan media that parts of
> the item were staged.
>
> TVNZ has strongly defended its Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver, and
> took the rare step of releasing a signed affidavit from Dreaver, saying it
> would be "completely unconscionable and unethical to stage manage material
> for a story, and I would never do such a thing".
>
> Dreaver said in her affidavit she had reported Pacific issues for 19 years.
> "I understand that Samoan police have alleged that some of the people who
> appeared in my story were 'actors' who were asked by TVNZ to act like
> gangsters and drug dealers.
>
> "It has also been alleged that TVNZ supplied alcohol to them, and asked them
> to smoke a cigarette on camera as if it was marijuana. I categorically deny
> these allegations."
>
> TVNZ news editor Paul Patrick stood by the story and said the allegations
> hit directly at TVNZ and Dreaver's reputation.
>
> Screened on April 5, the story showed young men brandishing machetes,
> smoking cannabis and discussing what TVNZ said was a growing gun and drug
> trade.
>
> The item also screened on Samoan television. The Samoan Government
> responded, in a statement released by Auckland law firm Chapman Tripp, to
> say it was concerned by the "inaccurate report and seeming lack of
> professionalism".
>
> The Samoan Attorney- General, Ming Leung Wai, said a cabinet meeting was
> held yesterday to discuss legal options.
>
> The government said police had statements from individuals who appeared in
> the story, and they were not real gang members and had been asked by TVNZ to
> act as though they were gangsters and drug dealers for the purposes of a
> documentary. The government also complained that the item damaged the
> reputation of Samoa as a safe place for tourists.
>
> Hugh Rennie, a Queen's Counsel and former head of the Broadcasting
> Corporation of New Zealand, said the case seemed entirely novel. "Under New
> Zealand law I am not aware of any examples where it has been claimed that a
> whole nation has been defamed and is entitled to legal action."
>
> >
>


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[pima.nius] Re: Tributes farewell the 'father' of Pacific studies

5:24 AM |

To add to these words,

Condolences to Ron's family. I shared an interest in Asia Pacific relations, politics and economics (as well as Pacific navigation and migration) with Papa Ron and found him buoyant in discussion and always having something to say.
Soifua Ron
All the best.

On Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 5:15 PM, mama koringo <mamakoringo@hotmail.com> wrote:

Kia orana, thanking you for letting me know about our Tupuna Papa Ron,
'Kua inga te tumu toa' Aue te tangi aere e tera ra metua meitaki na te
Atua koe e manakitia mai ( a warrior have fallen we will miss you,may
our loving father embrace you back home till we meet again..Farewell.
One of the Cook Islands who have benefited from your wisdom and
knowledge..

On Jun 23, 11:46 am, Rua <dro...@aut.ac.nz> wrote:
> Kia orana,
>
> 'Papa Ron' was farewelled from Auckland at the Pacific Islands
> Christian Church yesterday. Here is a report from the Pacific Media
> Centre on the tributes:http://pacificmediacentre.blogspot.com/2009/06/tributes-farewell-fath...
>
> David



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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

[pima.nius] Re: TVNZ faces legal action from Samoa govt

12:00 AM |

It is interesting in this article that Mz Dreaver refers to TVNZ
instead of taking the blame herself.
She is correct. It is not TVNz that is alleged to have supplied
alcohol to youths. It was her.
But does TVNz staff support her for the mere fact that she is an
employee there? If there needs to be a new Pacific Correspondent who
could it be? What about that guy Adrian Stavanon? He seemed to balance
out her attempt to dramatize the jail break story. Is he good
replacement?

On Jun 24, 1:09 pm, Ono Ivi <ono...@gmail.com> wrote:
> TVNZ faces legal action from Samoa govt  By CLIO FRANCIS - Stuff.co.nz  Last
> updated 07:41 24/04/2009
> <http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/south-pacific/2527901/Some-Gitmo-detaine...>
>
> A TVNZ story about gun-running and gangs in Samoa has so enraged the Apia
> government that its cabinet is consulting high-profile lawyers with the idea
> of suing the broadcaster.
>
> The One News item Gangs and Drugs in Samoa has provoked fierce debate in
> Pacific journalism circles, with suggestions from Samoan media that parts of
> the item were staged.
>
> TVNZ has strongly defended its Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver, and
> took the rare step of releasing a signed affidavit from Dreaver, saying it
> would be "completely unconscionable and unethical to stage manage material
> for a story, and I would never do such a thing".
>
> Dreaver said in her affidavit she had reported Pacific issues for 19 years.
> "I understand that Samoan police have alleged that some of the people who
> appeared in my story were 'actors' who were asked by TVNZ to act like
> gangsters and drug dealers.
>
> "It has also been alleged that TVNZ supplied alcohol to them, and asked them
> to smoke a cigarette on camera as if it was marijuana. I categorically deny
> these allegations."
>
> TVNZ news editor Paul Patrick stood by the story and said the allegations
> hit directly at TVNZ and Dreaver's reputation.
>
> Screened on April 5, the story showed young men brandishing machetes,
> smoking cannabis and discussing what TVNZ said was a growing gun and drug
> trade.
>
> The item also screened on Samoan television. The Samoan Government
> responded, in a statement released by Auckland law firm Chapman Tripp, to
> say it was concerned by the "inaccurate report and seeming lack of
> professionalism".
>
> The Samoan Attorney- General, Ming Leung Wai, said a cabinet meeting was
> held yesterday to discuss legal options.
>
> The government said police had statements from individuals who appeared in
> the story, and they were not real gang members and had been asked by TVNZ to
> act as though they were gangsters and drug dealers for the purposes of a
> documentary. The government also complained that the item damaged the
> reputation of Samoa as a safe place for tourists.
>
> Hugh Rennie, a Queen's Counsel and former head of the Broadcasting
> Corporation of New Zealand, said the case seemed entirely novel. "Under New
> Zealand law I am not aware of any examples where it has been claimed that a
> whole nation has been defamed and is entitled to legal action."
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

[pima.nius] Kiribati in Danger of Becoming Pacific's Trafficking Capital

6:23 PM |

"Kiribati is believed to be a transit country for trafficking in persons from China en route to the Marshall Islands, Australia, Canada, and the United States."


A quote from a Human Rights Report indicates.


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[pima.nius] TVNZ faces legal action from Samoa govt

6:09 PM |

TVNZ faces legal action from Samoa govt

By CLIO FRANCIS - Stuff.co.nz
Last updated 07:41 24/04/2009

A TVNZ story about gun-running and gangs in Samoa has so enraged the Apia government that its cabinet is consulting high-profile lawyers with the idea of suing the broadcaster.

The One News item Gangs and Drugs in Samoa has provoked fierce debate in Pacific journalism circles, with suggestions from Samoan media that parts of the item were staged.

TVNZ has strongly defended its Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver, and took the rare step of releasing a signed affidavit from Dreaver, saying it would be "completely unconscionable and unethical to stage manage material for a story, and I would never do such a thing".

Dreaver said in her affidavit she had reported Pacific issues for 19 years. "I understand that Samoan police have alleged that some of the people who appeared in my story were 'actors' who were asked by TVNZ to act like gangsters and drug dealers.

"It has also been alleged that TVNZ supplied alcohol to them, and asked them to smoke a cigarette on camera as if it was marijuana. I categorically deny these allegations."

TVNZ news editor Paul Patrick stood by the story and said the allegations hit directly at TVNZ and Dreaver's reputation.

Screened on April 5, the story showed young men brandishing machetes, smoking cannabis and discussing what TVNZ said was a growing gun and drug trade.

The item also screened on Samoan television. The Samoan Government responded, in a statement released by Auckland law firm Chapman Tripp, to say it was concerned by the "inaccurate report and seeming lack of professionalism".

The Samoan Attorney- General, Ming Leung Wai, said a cabinet meeting was held yesterday to discuss legal options.

The government said police had statements from individuals who appeared in the story, and they were not real gang members and had been asked by TVNZ to act as though they were gangsters and drug dealers for the purposes of a documentary. The government also complained that the item damaged the reputation of Samoa as a safe place for tourists.

Hugh Rennie, a Queen's Counsel and former head of the Broadcasting Corporation of New Zealand, said the case seemed entirely novel. "Under New Zealand law I am not aware of any examples where it has been claimed that a whole nation has been defamed and is entitled to legal action."


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Monday, June 22, 2009

[pima.nius] Re: Tributes farewell the 'father' of Pacific studies

10:15 PM |

Kia orana, thanking you for letting me know about our Tupuna Papa Ron,
'Kua inga te tumu toa' Aue te tangi aere e tera ra metua meitaki na te
Atua koe e manakitia mai ( a warrior have fallen we will miss you,may
our loving father embrace you back home till we meet again..Farewell.
One of the Cook Islands who have benefited from your wisdom and
knowledge..

On Jun 23, 11:46 am, Rua <dro...@aut.ac.nz> wrote:
> Kia orana,
>
> 'Papa Ron' was farewelled from Auckland at the Pacific Islands
> Christian Church yesterday. Here is a report from the Pacific Media
> Centre on the tributes:http://pacificmediacentre.blogspot.com/2009/06/tributes-farewell-fath...
>
> David
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[pima.nius] Tributes farewell the 'father' of Pacific studies

4:46 PM |

Kia orana,

'Papa Ron' was farewelled from Auckland at the Pacific Islands
Christian Church yesterday. Here is a report from the Pacific Media
Centre on the tributes:
http://pacificmediacentre.blogspot.com/2009/06/tributes-farewell-father-of-pacific.html

David


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[pima.nius] Tributes farewell the 'father' of Pacific studies

4:43 PM |

Kia orana,

'Papa Ron' was farewelled from Auckland at the Pacific Islands
Christian Church yesterday. Here is a report from the Pacific Media
Centre on the tributes:
http://pacificmediacentre.blogspot.com/2009/06/tributes-farewell-father-of-pacific.html

David


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[pima.nius] Tributes farewell the 'father' of Pacific studies

4:43 PM |

Kia orana,

'Papa Ron' was farewelled from Auckland at the Pacific Islands
Christian Church yesterday. Here is a report from the Pacific Media
Centre on the tributes:
http://pacificmediacentre.blogspot.com/2009/06/tributes-farewell-father-of-pacific.html

David


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[pima.nius] KALAFI MOALA TALKS MEDIA, CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM AND HIS NEW BOOK ON TONGA

2:43 PM |

Former PIMA chair Kalafi Moala is speaking tonight at AUT University
on the media, the constitutional reform process in Tonga and his
latest book, In Search of the Friendly Islands. Come along and support
him. Copies of his book will be available at the talk at a special
price - $20 (way below the normal bookshop/online prices). Pacific
Media Centre: Where: WE230 (Arts and Design Building), 5-6.30pm,
Tuesday, June 23.

More details and flyer:
http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/events.shtml

Pacific Media Centre:
http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz

Pacific Media Centre nius blog:
http://pacificmediacentre.blogspot.com/


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Saturday, June 20, 2009

[pima.nius] Re: Fwd: Papa Ron Crocombe passes

10:35 PM |

David Robie's eulogy on Ron at Cafe Pacific:
http://cafepacific.blogspot.com/2009/06/papa-ron-dies-after-lifetime.html

Another eulogy from Croz Walsh on his Fiji blog:
http://crosbiew.blogspot.com/2009/06/obituary-ron-crocombe-ma-victoria-phd.html


On Jun 20, 2:18 pm, Aaron Taouma <aaron.taou...@gmail.com> wrote:
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Nanette Woonton
>
> Malo all,
>
> Sad news for the Cook Islands and the Pacific, Papa Ron Crocombe has
> passed away.
>
> He will be missed by many.
>
> Nan
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Friday, June 19, 2009

[pima.nius] Fwd: Papa Ron Crocombe passes

7:18 PM |

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Nanette Woonton

Malo all,

Sad news for the Cook Islands and the Pacific, Papa Ron Crocombe has
passed away.

He will be missed by many.

Nan


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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

[pima.nius] Fwd: [pacific-journos] Sustainable land use is crucial to the Pacific

3:15 AM |

Press Release

 

Sustainable land use is crucial to the Pacific

Tuesday,16 June 2009, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands Pacific Island countries and territories must sustainably use and manage their scarce natural resources as environmental threats like land degradation grow in the region.

 

'The Pacific needs to embrace sustainable development through a holistic approach such as ecosystem-based management. This approach would address interactions among land resources, water, air, biota and human activities, in order to meet the priority challenges of desertification and drought, sustainable mountain development, prevention and mitigation of land degradation, sustainable development of coastal zones, deforestation, climate change, rural and urban land use, urban growth and conservation of biological diversity,' said SPC Land Use Policy Advisor Inoke Ratukalou.

 

Ratukalou made the comments as the Pacific joins the rest of the world in marking World Desertification Day on 17 June.

 

In line with the theme of the day — 'Conserving land and water; Securing our common future', Ratukalou says desertification in the Pacific occurs in the context of land degradation.

 

Traditional land use in the Pacific is undergoing rapid changes.

 

'This transformation is mainly due to new "opportunities" for land use afforded by an expansion of the market economy such as hotel developments, mining, and urban housing coupled with and related to a slow breakdown of the traditional agriculture-based land use system due to population pressures, urbanisation and social and economic changes,' Ratukalou said.

 

The expansion of commercial cropping into marginal lands, cropping on fragile soils without conservation measures in place, deforestation and burning of grassland are also causing land degradation, lower crop and pasture yields and growing food insecurity and rural poverty.

 

These trends will continue into the future unless there is systematic and long-term planning and policy development.

 

Sustainable land management has been proposed in the Pacific; this will involve balancing of land development and conservation, which over the long term can maintain or enhance environmental quality, provide adequate economic and social rewards, and provide sufficient sustenance to everyone.

 

Sustainable land management, or integrated land resources management, considers technical, physical, sociological, economic, and political issues in making land use decisions to achieve the most efficient and non-destructive long-term use of resources.

 

In other words, it is a package of technologies that, individually or in aggregate, contribute to sustainable land management.

 

'This system can only be sustainable if we empower communities to make good, informed decisions to sustainably develop and manage their resources,' Ratukalou said.

 

For more information please contact inoker@spc.int.

 

Background:

SPC's 26 member countries and territories include: American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji Islands, France, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, United States of America, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna.

 


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Monday, June 15, 2009

[pima.nius] Re: media inquiry | journalism review

10:25 PM |

. . .
 
kia orana all,
 
I sent some questions in nearly 12 months ago to EPMU but have yet to get a response.
 
See following. Coming up on a year later, and things have worsened considerably for journalists in New Zealand - and around the world - since then.
 
As well as the outstanding questions below, can EPMU also explain what is behind the delays to the report? Is this an example of the impact a lack of resources has for media? Does EPMU recognise journalism as central to democracy or is it unconcerned at the effects continued mass layoffs will have on the effective and efficient function of democracy?
 
thanks,
 
jason

. . .

jason brown
+64 21 024 84 560

www.pacificfreedomforum.blogspot.com
http://avaiki.nius.googlepages.com
www.jpkupdate.blogspot.com

. . .

ORIGINAL QUESTIONS, EMAILS BELOW

2008/6/27 avaiki - jason brown
 
sweet,

thanks for the update

jas

2008/6/27 EPMU Communications

Thank you for your enquiry. Your email has been passed on to Paul Tolich, who is heading the review process.
 
If you have any other enquiries you can contact Paul directly. Paul is currently in Geneva but should be back in the next week or two.


From: avaiki - jason brown
Sent: Thursday, 26 June 2008 11:39 a.m.
To: EPMU Communications
Subject: media inquiry | journalism review


kia orana all, greetings

Could we get an update on the journalism review, as per the following questions?

I'll be doing a story for my site and the Pacific Media Review, as well as Scoop, so coverage should be fairly wide.

Questions as follows:

1. How many submissions were received?
2. Can you supply a list of who made submissions?
3. What stage is the review at now?
4. When will it be released?
5. Will it take the form of a discussion or draft paper to seek further comment or will it be a final review report?
6. Are there any themes emerging from the review submissions?
7. It is nearly a year since the parliamentary meeting - are there plans for another?
8. Is there still a feeling that journalism is in crisis or has there been an improvement in the last 12 months?

Meitaki maata, many thanks

jason
 
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Sunday, June 14, 2009

[pima.nius] Re: Crunch Time for Pacific Media Network

6:02 PM |

Yes Ono Ivi,

As a community person that aired some grievances regarding
inappropriate
programming by Niufm for our youth at their so call community AGM,
what does that secret email say?

I'm glad to hear Will is assisting niufm get back on track. He
deserves our support for all the back stabbing
he got and false support many of the gutless staff whom he
represented. Considering when he was at Niufm as producer, his Tongan
programme was the highest listened to show right across all their
shows per head of capita.

Are you just upset PiTV and others have been successful in getting rid
of
a management group that was ripping off out tax payers monies plus
perpetuating problems amongst our youth?

Where's that email you sighted or are you just trying to stir shit for
the sake of stirring????

Savili of Samoa

On Jun 2, 6:43 pm, Ono Ivi <ono...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Okay, you are probably wondering what this is about, after all the kerfuffle
> last year, but yes, there has been a secret email from a secret unnamed
> source circulating amongst Pacific media of late.
>
> It outlines the concerns of a (assumed) group, calling themselves "Time for
> a Change." It says - it Will - be asking the government and the Minister of
> Broadcasting to review the current arrangements for PMN and for others to
> respond directly to the Minister of Broadcasting or the Minister of Pacific
> Islands Affairs.
>
> I had heard through this PIMA network that PIMA had given PMN time until its
> new budget to settle and sort out its operations after the major upheavals
> (restructuring) of last year.
>
> Is there any news on the PMN budget and arrangements for the new year?
>
> What do people make of this secret email?
>
> Who could possibly be behind it?
>
> Is our Pacific Radio Network (PMN) holding up?
>
> Is there a story here or is it just the old gang of disgruntled ex-employees
> once again trying to get there's?
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Thursday, June 11, 2009

[pima.nius] PMC seminar - Kalafi Moala talks media, constitutional reform and his new book on Tonga

12:33 AM |

Pacific Media Centre
www.pmc.aut.ac.nz

Kalafi Moala talks media, constitutional reform and his new book on
Tonga
Tongan publisher, broadcaster and author Kalafi Moala will give a
public seminar at AUT University on Tuesday, June 23, 5-6.30pm, WE230
(Lecture Theatre in the Art and Design Building, AUT University).
Don't miss this opportunity to hear one of the most engaging South
Pacific media personalities, thinkers and challengers - the only
editor/publisher in this region to be jailed for contempt of
Parliament in the cause of freedom of speech - and to get a signed
copy of his most recent book, In Search of the Friendly Islands.

Organised by the AUT Pacific Media Centre in association with the
Pasifika Foundation, Hawai'i, and South Pacific Books Ltd.

More information: http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/events.shtml

Stories and pictures by the PMC team at the recent NZ On Air Ethnic
Diversity Broadcasting Forum:
Broadcasters, writers face up to NZ demographic media challenges
http://pacificmediacentre.blogspot.com/2009/06/broadcasters-writers-face-up-to-nz.html
Planet FM - from minority broadcasting to mainstream
http://pacificmediacentre.blogspot.com/2009/06/planet-fm-from-broadcasting-minority-to.html
Pacific Beat producer calls on ethnic groups to 'break into'
mainstream
http://pacificmediacentre.blogspot.com/2009/06/pacific-beat-producer-calls-on-ethnic.html
NZ media faces growing challenge over 'ageing, more ethnic' population
http://pacificmediacentre.blogspot.com/2009/06/nz-media-faces-new-challenge-over-aging.html

Orders for In Search of the Friendly Islands:
Mary Hooker
South Pacific Books Ltd
SHOP:
142 Williamson Ave
GREY LYNN
AUCKLAND CITY
Skype:southpacificbookshop
sales@southpacificbooks.co.nz

Or order through any good bookshop.
(NZ copublisher - Pacific Media Centre, AUT)

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

[pima.nius] Re: Fakalofa lahi atu

5:22 AM |

. . .
 
yep, could be right, generally speaking. Taken on its own, the email does seem a rather bald attempt at disregarding anything but what the reporter thinks. However, in this case, I doubt it. When you're in frontline journalism for a decade or two, as opposed to the more cultural varity, you work your way through any "confirmation bias" waaaay before it gets to the stage of arranging interviews.
 
Taken in context, against communications over days, weeks, months or even years, that kind of email is an inevitable part of the process, especially for TV news. You've got 1.30 minutes max to tell the story, and it's no use as well as unethical to let interview subjects think otherwise. For example, most people will take a minute or two to warm up to their subject, whereas TV needs a soundbite. So, shock horror, it is common practice the world over in television for a reporter to ask an interviewee to repeat what they have said, but shorter. And shorter. It may seem unnatural, but that's the reality. Why?
 
Fact is, most people tune out after more than a few seconds, so long rambling pieces (like this one) only get read / viewed by people passionately debating the difference. I would be interested in people's views on whether they think Maori / Pasifika media is fundamentally different in its approach, or similar, just better , )
 
jas

2009/6/10 Ono Ivi <onoivi@gmail.com>
Savea Sano Malifa has got it right on the dot. Her line of questioning is called "confirmation bias." This is when you make up your mind about something and only look for things which confirm what you think while disregarding evidence to the contrary. That's another 101 this time in journalism.


On Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 11:24 AM, avaiki - jason brown <avaiki.nius@gmail.com> wrote:
. . .
 
talo fa charlina,
Actually the boys alleged more than that in their "affidavits" - they allegedly said that TVNZ made statements about a "Hollywood" movie and gave the boys "booze."
 
Funnily enough, both those allegations no longer feature in claims being made against TVNZ and the column you quote from is from a newspaper that has suddenly gone quiet on this subject. That's probably because BOTH cameras, and the microphone being held by the TVNZ reporter had ONE News plastered all over them.
 
Ono Ivi, you'll have to do better than answer a list of questions with another list of questions - although it does make for an interesting example of 101 in diversionary tactics.
 
jason

. . .



2009/6/9 Charlina Tone <charlinatone@gmail.com>

talofa,
With all due respect the Makoi boys were not assulted, well not my knowledge anyway. If the boys were going to charge anyone it would be the reporter.
In interviews with the local media, they stated that they were "bribed" into doing it and had no idea that they would be on the news.
Anyway heres an editorial written by Sano Malifa , Editor of Samoa Observer,
has some interesting points.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009 at 3:48:45 p.m., over there in New Zealand.
That is when Barbara Dreaver sends an email to her "mate" Ermehn Loto Sakaria of Pride Security. Dreaver's email says:  

"Hi mate
The agent is booking us to go this coming Monday morning (30th march) which gets us to Samoa on Sunday morning.
We are coming back Wednesday morning (Samoa time) arriving back in Auckland on Thursday around midday.
So we can either do the interview on Monday or Tuesday Samoan time. I need to know which as I will be setting something else up for the other free day so could you let me know ASAP. 
I have asked travel agent to make sure we can get our rental cars on Sunday so you can set things up on the Sunday afternoon if you like.  If we do iv and filming with the guys on Monday, that leaves you Tuesday free for example."


And so it emerges that there indeed was a plan. It also appears that Dreaver's "mate" is the organiser for the "guys" to get hooded up, have those machine guns oiled up, machetes sharpened, and be prepared to become famous.

He was to tell them they were going to be acting in a movie so they should give their best performance ever; which includes making the machetes look most deadly. Who knows? They may end up going all the way to Hollywood.
As for the script, that's Dreaver's job. She's good at it too. She writes:

"Below are the sorts of questions I want to ask.  There may be some they can't/don't want to answer.  That's sweet.  I would rather they just don't answer something than lie about.  We want to accurately represent them.  Also answers must not be memorized or written down otherwise it will come across as rehearsed and a bit odd. The questions are just to give an idea of what I want to ask – its all I can think of at this stage there may be more or less."

So there you are. Wonderfully methodical. This kid deserves a medal. Don't you think her use of the words "That's sweet" is fantastic?
Now put everything down and read Dreaver's questions:
 
- Tell me about the gang culture in Samoa – eg: how many, traditional, gang colours etc or more casual
- Is there any conflict/problems between Samoan gangs, or do they leave each other alone?
- Background of the guys in this gang – where from? Involved with gangs overseas? why in Samoa?
- NZ connections?
- Why have you guys got together in Samoa?
- Types of activities you guys deal with? Legit and otherwise
- Why do you bring in weapons?
- Is this a fairly new trend or have weapons been smuggled in for years?
- Where do they come from eg: gang connections in the US? (the answers does not have to be detailed if its going to compromise their position)
- How hard is it to bring weapons in?
- How many would you bring in every month?
- Types of weapons – demonstrate – how much are they sold for?
- Types of people who buy these guns and why?
- How many approx have you sold?  Since when?  Are sales increasing?
- Is there a market for smuggled guns in NZ?  Are any of your guns finding their way to NZ?
- Have the Samoan police put any pressure on you guys?  How corrupt is the police?
Cheer Barb.


But remember "guys"! Don't memorise those answers. They don't come through well if they were. Just answer the questions point black and brisk. Good teacher Barb. She sure knows a bit about trigger-jabbing questions.
But what are these "gang cultures" she's talking about. What if we tell her there is no such thing as a "gang culture" in Samoa. Who told her about these things anyway? Her "mate" Ermehn Loto Sakaria perhaps?

We admit there are drugs-and-guns-related problems here but then every country has them. Since Samoa is not isolated from the rest of the world, it is not quarantined from the ills caused by drugs and guns.
As for machetes, they are very useful, everyday tools. Every family has a number of them. They are used to fell trees, clear the bush for plantations, cut copra, gather firewood, build houses, prepare food.
Indeed the Samoan home is handicapped without machetes. They are everyone's best helper which is why you see them everywhere.  Sharpened to make them most effective, they are never intended to be used as weapons.

The idea then – as Dreaver's documentary seems to be trying to convey – that machetes are being used by Samoan gang members as weapons is preposterous. Nothing is furthest from the truth.
What her correspondence did not disclose is that she and her crew had come to Samoa with the explicit intention of shooting a video they would later sell. They did that around town.

Later when they wanted images of men brandishing machetes, they were taken to a home where young men were building a house. Asked to pose for the camera, the men obliged. Later when those images appeared on TV, the men were horrified. They later apologised publicly saying they had been tricked.
When you invent the uninventable then try and make it real you end up making a fool of yourself. Doesn't this say journalistic ethics and professionalism are lacking? And yet NZ TV ONE has retaliated saying they were sticking to their story?

On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 1:33 PM, avaiki - jason brown <avaiki.nius@gmail.com> wrote:
. . .
 
talofa charlina,
 
ha ha! - you're quite right, we are setting a poor example, the debate is going around in circles, and has become overly heated and personal.
 
Thank you for taking the time to follow our comments, and, for contributing and telling us to pull our heads out of our behinds , )
 
I would encourage other reporters to join in the debate, you don't need an invitation to your own country. Char, interesting to note that everyone you've spoken to agrees it was staged. If that is the case being made, then what is being done to test it? Anything?
 
Charlina, I note you are careful to avoid personalising the story by referring to the reporter and also I applaud your professionalism and bravery coming on here to express an opinion. I take what you have to say seriously. Which is why I must ask these questions, questions that any reporter in Samoa should be asking.
 
Why were the 'Makoi boys' assaulted during their detention by police?
Was anyone arrested for their assault?
Were the boys arrested for anything?
Have they been charged with anything?
If not, were they illegally detained according to law?
What are the rights of detainees?
Were the Makoi boys assaulted after being released from detention?
Was there anyone arrested for their assault?
Did police make any investigation into their assault, either in detention or afterwards?
If not, why not?
What inconsistencies are there in the affidavits that came from there possibly illegal detention?
What attempts have been made to follow up with the Makoi Boys and ask them their version of events following the screening of the TVNZ story?
If they're not talking, what about neighbours, police and village sources?
Have Samoa media been fair and balanced in coverage of this issue?
Have Samoa media contacted the reporter?
Have Samoa media examined the substance of the story as well as its alleged flaws?
Why did JAWS say it would release a statement on this issue, but has not done so?
Why did the Pacific Freedom Forum say they would issue a statement on this issues, but has not done so?
If none of these questions have been raised, why not?
 
News media in Samoa have a well deserved reputation for fierce and sometimes ferocious coverage of the issues. Yet on this one, they seem to have been swept along with a well orchestrated spin campaign by the government of Samoa. What does this say about the ethical maturity of the industry?
 
This is a great, big, fat juicy story that reporters in Apia should be falling over themselves to get their teeth into. It's not happening - and why is it not happening? There are enough holes in official responses to this TVNZ for prisoners to drive a hijacked bus through, but those gaps are not being reported on, I fear.
 
Hell, just copy the questions and email them into the commissioner and others, see what they say. If you don't I will , )
 
kia toa,
 
jason
2009/6/6 Charlina Tone <charlinatone@gmail.com>
Talofa everyone,
I am Charlina a young  reporter with Newsline Newspaper in Samoa. Quite an example you are all setting here for us younger ones to follow as role models for young PI journos I must say you are not doing a very good job.
This has turned from a debate to a heated argument, that gets personal at times.
I have been following closely with interest and it is  just going around in circles.
I have seen the item and I agree that it should not be shown as a TVNZ promo (as its still with BSA). Every Samoan that I have spoken to that has seen it, agrees that it is staged.
Where in Samoa would you find people that walk around with machetes and tie their faces?
If you have lived in Samoa long enough you'd realize that the whole thing was staged and sensationalized.

Ma lou faaaloalo lava,
Charlina


On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 11:05 AM, avaiki - jason brown <avaiki.nius@gmail.com> wrote:
. . .
 
There IS an echo in here!
 
When I say sophist, the echo says sophist. When I say bullshit, the echo says bullshit. When I say spinning, the echo says spinning.
 
The echo effect is another good old public relations tactic to confuse people. Another way is to accuse people of what you yourself are doing. Oh, and when you run out of things to say, or the other person stops responding, you can confuse people more by going all the way back to the beginning and starting again.
 
See? Easy! Now you too can bullshit your way to the top, just like the government of Samoa and their ethically easy supporters who would rather die than admit they're wrong.
 
All sorts of fun. If I say "Peni has obviously run out of things to say and is making another clumsy attempt at confusing people by simply repeating what I write, and should probably shut up now" I wonder what the echo will say?
 
Is that your real name Peni? Peni? Peni?
 
. . .

2009/6/6 Peni <peniamina89@gmail.com>


I think you try to bllsht us again. You the sophist here. You pick the
one who makes up stories and tries to tell everyone it is the truth.
Like Ono said the commissioner was judged by Samoans, he apologized
and was forgiven. But, there was no apology from that lady about what
she done. No apology from TVNZ. Now you defame the commissioner by
calling him "corrupt." How do you get away with such make-ups? You
should know that there were no death threats against that woman. She
made that one up to. to make the drama. Now you blame the govenment to
say they spin it but it was her that made the story in the first place
and you are the one spinning.

On Jun 4, 7:54 pm, avaiki - jason brown <avaiki.n...@gmail.com> wrote:
> . . .
>
> *interesting points olly, ono ivi and peni,*
> **
> I back what Olly has to say about TVNZ's Pacific correspondent. Between a
> reporter and a police commissioner, I'd pick the one who wasn't caught
> smuggling guns.
>
> Attempts by Peni and Ono Ivi to explain this away that it was only one or
> two guns, or that everyone has a gun for shooting pigs or bats, or that
> there are some cultural sensitivities involved are forgetting one simple
> fact: the police commissioner is sworn to uphold the law of the land and *he
> broke those laws*.
>
> Not *palagi *laws. Not *Western *laws. Laws of *Samoa*, agreed to by
> democratically elected representatives, all from Samoa? Or is Samoa like the
> US, where the law seems to be an optional extra? Or New Zealand for that
> matter?
>
> I agree that mainstream media treatment of island neighbours should be
> monitored, debated and, when appropriate, complained about. Ono Ivi says
> that "may" be the case but I'd like to go further and say that "will" always
> be the case.
>
> The price of freedom is eternal vigilence.
>
> But where will Peni and Ono Ivi draw the line? Obviously a corrupt
> commissioner, drugs, smuggled guns, death threats and "evil" headlines are
> not enough for them. What is? Will it take the death of a colleague to cause
> alarm?
>
> The funny thing is that previously the Samoa media and TVNZ have been close
> allies on wide ranging issues and all of a sudden this relationship has
> soured, in fact been conquered and divided for reasons unknown ... *umm* ...
>
> *oh, hang on ... i get it now! ... create an artificial controversy and
> watch the media fall apart under intense manipulation of ethical and
> cultural considerations ... very clever guys! wheels within wheels , )*
> **
> *manuia,*
> **
> *jas*
>
> . . .
>
> jason brown
> +64 21 024 84 560
>
> www.pacificfreedomforum.blogspot.comhttp://avaiki.nius.googlepages.comwww.jpkupdate.blogspot.com
>
> "According to Forrester Research, Enterprise 2.0, the corporate version of
> Web 2.0 will become a $4.6 billion industry by 2013."
>
> http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=8555
>
> . . .
>
> 2009/6/3 Aaron Taouma <aaron.taou...@gmail.com>
>
>
>
> > Olly, Peni and others,
>
> > Yes, it is a continuing debate - how far does one take things when
> > exploring "the issues."
>
> > With ehtics there are other issues,
>
> > Are Pacific Islands ethics different to Palagi or Western ethics?
>
> > And, in presenting stories to a Western audience, how much gets lost in
> > translation or is transmuted into something else for the sake of
> > presentation?
>
> > Are journalists following the correct line of ethics when approaching
> > stories - especially stories dealing with Pacific issues?
>
> > Just think of so many of the presentations on Pacific issues in the past -
> > negative, assumptive, generalised, sensationalised, judgmental, or just
> > plain wrong.
>
> > There are many issues around this story and others.
>
> > It is something we may need to continually keep an eye on.
>
> > Don't forget other stories are being produced all the time and need to have
> > just as much scrutiny and debate as this one has generated.
>
> > A new website being launched by the Human Rights Commission and the Pacific
> > Cooperation Foundation may add to the debate.
>
> > The website link is:http://www.pacificmediaandhumanrights.com/
>
> > (though it is currently not online until July - but keep it in mind)
>
> > To this, I hope everyone on this forum and others continue to discuss
> > Pacific issues as they pertain to the media.- Hide quoted text -
>
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Charlina Tone
Reporter
Newsline Newspaper,
Lalovaea, Apia
Samoa
P.O Box 2441
Mob:7251876
Ph: 24216/23623







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Charlina Tone
Reporter
Newsline Newspaper,
Lalovaea, Apia
Samoa
P.O Box 2441
Mob:7251876
Ph: 24216/23623








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