Monday, August 31, 2009

[pima.nius] Fwd: [pacific-journos] Emilia Pires | timor

2:49 AM |


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http://timorlorosaenacaonewsinenglihs.blogspot.com/2009/08/feature-new-political-generation-rises.html

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

Ramos-Horta, who survived an assassination attempt in February 2008,
said he sees Fernando Lasama de Araujo, the 46-year-old speaker of
parliament, as a future leader.

Araujo, who got almost 20 percent of the vote in the 2007 presidential
elections, was acting president for several months after Ramos-Horta
was shot by disgruntled former soldiers. He was also involved in
negotiations with the militants, who eventually laid down their arms.

Araujo, from the Democratic Party, says the government cannot just
rely on its $5.1 billion Petroleum Fund, where money from oil and gas
deals is collected, to fund development.

"We need to get the money from somewhere to accelerate development. I
support foreign loans to achieve this," he said.

"After 10 years of independence, we should have achieved more than we
have. Water is a very important one and roads, and schools. Until we
build a port we cannot attract investors and tourism."

Finance Minister Emilia Pires, 48, is another leader carving out a
name for herself, as she tries to increase spending on education,
health and infrastructure.

She grew up and studied law in Australia, and is now a member of
Gusmao's CNRT party, which rules in coalition with several minor
parties. The economy grew 12.8 percent last year and she expects it to
expand 8 percent both this year and next.

Her predecessor, Fernanda Borges, an Australian-educated former credit
risk analyst who helped set up the Central Payments Office, the
forerunner of the Banking and Payments Authority, or central bank, is
also considered a future leader.

Borges, 40, quit as finance minister in 2002 after accusing the
government of corruption, and formed her own party, the National Unity
Party.

East Timor ranked 145th out of 180 countries in Transparency
International's 2008 Corruption Perceptions Index -- on a par with
Kazakhstan and below Indonesia.

"I understand my limitations as a member of a small party. I know I
don't have the resistance hero image behind me. But with three seats
in parliament we can be a voice to say this is wrong and when the
government is doing the right thing, we can say this is the right
thing too," she told Reuters in an interview.

"We are the new kids on the block but people trust us.
.
(Reporting by Sunanda Creagh in Dili; Editing by Sara Webb and Sanjeev Miglani)

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

[pima.nius] Samoa to Change the Side of Road it Drives on

11:48 PM |

Samoa will be changing the side of road people drive on that's from the right hand side of the road to the left. From the 7th of September people will drive right hand drive cars, a switch from left hand drive cars.
The proposal for change was the brainchild of Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi and is meant to be a cost saving exercise over the long term (access to right hand drive cars being easier than left hand drives). The move will also align Samoa with its other South Pacific neighbours, which are all right hand drive (excepting American and French territories). 
The change though has caused some controversy and seen protests in the year lead up to the change. These protests have been propelled mostly by business interests in Samoa who have said they will lose money on the change over (with the expense of changing rental cars and buses).
But, another controversy has emerged in the rumour that controversial Pacific reporter Barbara Dreaver is traveling to Samoa to cover the change.
Dreaver made headlines in Samoa and throughout Pacific media when she controversially staged elements in a story made for New Zealand's One News.
Certain members of the Pacific media community have questioned Dreaver's approach to Pacific issues and if she is to make another story in Samoa JAWS (Samoan Journalist Association) may well ask; "What will this be and how will it be presented?"
The change over time in Samoa will be 0600, on the 7th September 2009.
Samoa will have a holiday on the 7th and 8th of September to get use to the change, a change many in Samoa have been concerned will cause accidents and god forbid death.
Malielegaoi though is confident the move will be made smoothly and has said in years to come people will see the sense of it all and will be congratulating him.
This marks a significant change in an Island nation of some near two hundred thousand people.
But 2009 also marks another significant change for Samoa, the change in the land tenure system. This change may in the end be much more significant than the change of the side of the road people drive on. A change which Samoans will be grappling with over years to come.
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Saturday, August 29, 2009

[pima.nius] Re: [Freedom-Forum] Samoan PM invites Bainimarama for Apia dialogue..

6:25 PM |

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What a joke for the Samoan PM to refer to the matai system after he's ripped the guts out of it with the Land Registration Titles Act 2008.

See this PDF for an academic review:


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2009/8/29 PIMA NIUS ROUTER <pimaniusrouter@gmail.com>

PM Tuilaepa 'invites' Bainimarama over for dialogue

     By Tupuola Terry Tavita

 

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, in an interview this week, expressed possible ways in which to re-engage with the Fiji interim government following the Forum's reaffirmation of its membership suspension in Cairns earlier this month.

The Prime Minister believes that it would be useful for the interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama to come to Apia for a talanoa (talk) session with him.

 "There are plenty of direct flights between Fiji and Samoa and I would personally invite him over for a chat if he would come," the Prime Minister said.

"I guarantee his safety and diplomatic immunity," said Prime Minister Tuilaepa, "in fact, he'll be treated in chiefly fashion."

During such a visit, the Prime Minister said, he will take Bainimarama around the country, giving him an insight of how things are done in Samoa.

"The Samoan traditional systems of government are along similar lines as in Fiji," said Tuilaepa.      

"Fiji's Ratu system and Samoa's matai system have similar foundations and social underpinnings. The Samoan matai system dates back to over 3000 years and is still vibrant and relevant to this day.

"I want Bainimarama to see for himself whether there are ways that we do things in Samoa that could help resolve the current situation in Fiji."

He added,

"Bainimarama may be disenchanted with Fiji's traditional chiefs, but the matai like the ratu of Fiji are by culture and by virtue the decision-makers of the people. It's a system you have to work with and improve, not work against."

"I've also been told that Bainimarama has some Samoan connection…so this is perhaps an ideal opportunity for him to get in touch with his roots here. Who knows, he may want to be bestowed a Samoan chiefly title."

For instance, there is the Tuilaepa title in Samoa, the Prime Minister said, which compares to the Tuilakepa title of Tonga and the Tui of the Lakemba Islands in Fiji. This is one possibility, the Prime Minister said.

Such a visit, he added, will also allow the Commodore to observe Samoa's modern government, and governance practices.

"We have a lot of opposition here. A lot of newspapers who often publish nonsense about government and government policy. Our media also think that I say similar things about them. But we get along fine. We talk, we smile at each other and we pray together. No hard feelings."

A visit to Samoa by the Fiji interim Prime Minister, Tuilaepa said, would also be an indication that dialogue and lines of communication between the region and the global community with the Fiji interim government are still open.

"Fiji is not being abandoned nor cast adrift. It's up to the Commodore if he wants to engage in dialogue."

The Prime Minister said that he has some understanding of the motives behind the 2006 coup, but the fact is, no democratic system of government in any country is perfect. It is why, he said, all democratically-elected governments have proactive systems of controls, checks and balances.

Tuilaepa concedes that democracy has its faults, However, he said, "until a better system is developed, democracy is still the most representative, most transparent system of government available."

"If Bainimarama is sincere in his good intentions and hope for his people, then he should swiftly return Fiji to democracy. He should immediately stop suppressing the media, immediately cease suppressing people's right to free speech and freedom of opinion and stop interfering with the church and people's rights to religion and worship. He should also immediately refrain from interfering with the judiciary and justice system. These are the very pillars of democracy."

The longer Bainimarama forcefully stays in office, Tuilaepa said, the deeper the economic, social and governance problems will be for Fiji.

"He may have wrested power from the former government to clean up corruption, but governments are human institutions where corruption is inherent in all its forms and manifestations. We are already seeing signs of corruption in his own interim government. The only way to combat corruption is to have in place the appropriate systems of controls, checks and balances that can only be established through acts of Parliament under a democratic government."

"No aid donor or funding agency in their right minds will throw money at countries ruled by military regimes brought to power via a military coup."

Prime Minister Tuilaepa admits that he has a "soft spot" for Fiji as he has had many Fijian friends and colleagues throughout his long political and diplomatic career.

"They are our neighbours and we share a common history, ancestry and culture. If all else fails and Bainimarama refuses to budge, then it might come down to a development none of us in the Pacific would want to see."

 






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[pima.nius] [Freedom-Forum] Samoan PM invites Bainimarama for Apia dialogue..

1:26 AM |

PM Tuilaepa 'invites' Bainimarama over for dialogue

     By Tupuola Terry Tavita

 

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, in an interview this week, expressed possible ways in which to re-engage with the Fiji interim government following the Forum's reaffirmation of its membership suspension in Cairns earlier this month.

The Prime Minister believes that it would be useful for the interim Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama to come to Apia for a talanoa (talk) session with him.

 "There are plenty of direct flights between Fiji and Samoa and I would personally invite him over for a chat if he would come," the Prime Minister said.

"I guarantee his safety and diplomatic immunity," said Prime Minister Tuilaepa, "in fact, he'll be treated in chiefly fashion."

During such a visit, the Prime Minister said, he will take Bainimarama around the country, giving him an insight of how things are done in Samoa.

"The Samoan traditional systems of government are along similar lines as in Fiji," said Tuilaepa.      

"Fiji's Ratu system and Samoa's matai system have similar foundations and social underpinnings. The Samoan matai system dates back to over 3000 years and is still vibrant and relevant to this day.

"I want Bainimarama to see for himself whether there are ways that we do things in Samoa that could help resolve the current situation in Fiji."

He added,

"Bainimarama may be disenchanted with Fiji's traditional chiefs, but the matai like the ratu of Fiji are by culture and by virtue the decision-makers of the people. It's a system you have to work with and improve, not work against."

"I've also been told that Bainimarama has some Samoan connection…so this is perhaps an ideal opportunity for him to get in touch with his roots here. Who knows, he may want to be bestowed a Samoan chiefly title."

For instance, there is the Tuilaepa title in Samoa, the Prime Minister said, which compares to the Tuilakepa title of Tonga and the Tui of the Lakemba Islands in Fiji. This is one possibility, the Prime Minister said.

Such a visit, he added, will also allow the Commodore to observe Samoa's modern government, and governance practices.

"We have a lot of opposition here. A lot of newspapers who often publish nonsense about government and government policy. Our media also think that I say similar things about them. But we get along fine. We talk, we smile at each other and we pray together. No hard feelings."

A visit to Samoa by the Fiji interim Prime Minister, Tuilaepa said, would also be an indication that dialogue and lines of communication between the region and the global community with the Fiji interim government are still open.

"Fiji is not being abandoned nor cast adrift. It's up to the Commodore if he wants to engage in dialogue."

The Prime Minister said that he has some understanding of the motives behind the 2006 coup, but the fact is, no democratic system of government in any country is perfect. It is why, he said, all democratically-elected governments have proactive systems of controls, checks and balances.

Tuilaepa concedes that democracy has its faults, However, he said, "until a better system is developed, democracy is still the most representative, most transparent system of government available."

"If Bainimarama is sincere in his good intentions and hope for his people, then he should swiftly return Fiji to democracy. He should immediately stop suppressing the media, immediately cease suppressing people's right to free speech and freedom of opinion and stop interfering with the church and people's rights to religion and worship. He should also immediately refrain from interfering with the judiciary and justice system. These are the very pillars of democracy."

The longer Bainimarama forcefully stays in office, Tuilaepa said, the deeper the economic, social and governance problems will be for Fiji.

"He may have wrested power from the former government to clean up corruption, but governments are human institutions where corruption is inherent in all its forms and manifestations. We are already seeing signs of corruption in his own interim government. The only way to combat corruption is to have in place the appropriate systems of controls, checks and balances that can only be established through acts of Parliament under a democratic government."

"No aid donor or funding agency in their right minds will throw money at countries ruled by military regimes brought to power via a military coup."

Prime Minister Tuilaepa admits that he has a "soft spot" for Fiji as he has had many Fijian friends and colleagues throughout his long political and diplomatic career.

"They are our neighbours and we share a common history, ancestry and culture. If all else fails and Bainimarama refuses to budge, then it might come down to a development none of us in the Pacific would want to see."

 



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[pima.nius] Fwd: Key Notes No.56

1:25 AM |

28 August 2009

Click here to watch my latest video diary on YouTube

BOOSTING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN

Speech - Screencap from videoMany parents get their children involved in school holiday activities. Things like sports training, lifesaving courses, kapa haka programmes, or karate workshops.

Mums and Dads like these programmes. They give kids something to do and they get a new range of experiences.

Sadly, the young people most likely to miss out on these kinds of opportunities are the ones who might gain the most from them - young people in some of our most deprived communities, where Mum and Dad might not be able to afford the programme fees, or the programmes might not exist.

Instead of going on an activity programme, kids from some of our poorest families can find themselves with very little to do in the school holidays. I want to make sure that more families like these have the chance to get their children involved in meaningful school holiday activities.

That's why, in a speech on Wednesday, I announced our Break-Away Package to boost school holiday opportunities . It includes funding for what will grow to be 30,000 places a year for young people aged 11-17 in holiday programmes. These will be targeted at deprived communities and families under stress.

I also announced more details of our Fresh Start Package for young offenders which sets aside funding for military-style activity camps, and expands Fresh Start to include a range of other initiatives aimed at tackling youth crime.

These announcements build on the Youth Opportunities Package and Kiwisport initiatives announced earlier this month.

Click here to read and comment on my speech.

GIVING PARENTS COMFORT ON CHILD DISCIPLINE

I know many of you are concerned about the Government's response to the smacking referendum, and I'd like to thank those of you who have commented and posted your thoughts on it.

It's clear from the referendum that New Zealanders don't want to see good parents criminalised for a light smack. As such, on Monday, I announced that the Government is taking steps to give parents comfort that this will not happen. These include:

1. Requesting that Police and Ministry of Social Development review Child, Youth & Family and Police policies and procedures to identify any changes that are needed to ensure good parents are treated as Parliament intended.
 
2. Bringing forward the delivery of the report from the Ministry of Social Development on data and trends and the effect of the law change from the end of the year to late September/early October.

3. Inviting Police to continue to report on the operation of the law for the next three years. 

As I've said before, I think the law is working as intended. But I want to assure parents that the National-led Government will continue to monitor the way it is being implemented. If future Police data shows a worrying trend, we will change the law to ensure good New Zealand parents are not criminalised for lightly smacking.

WORKING WITH AUSTRALIA

I had a really successful trip to Australia last week to meet with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and attend the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum.

We took some important steps towards the Single Economic Market,  held our first joint Australia-New Zealand Cabinet meeting, and announced changes to border processes for passengers so that travel between New Zealand and Australia will become faster and easier.

Better links across the Tasman can lead to big gains for our exporters and key industries like tourism. I'm looking forward to making further announcements about our relationship with Australia in the future.

FROM THE DIARY

On Monday, I announced that the National-led Government will not support reserved Maori seats on the new Auckland Council. As a result of this decision, Local Government Minister Rodney Hide and Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples will work together to recommend to Cabinet the most effective mechanism to enable Maori participation on the new Auckland Council.

I had fun in Mangere yesterday meeting the kids at Kiwicare's new Tennessee Pre-school, before opening a new building at Takapuna Grammar on the North Shore.

I also visited the new NZI Centre, one of New Zealand's greenest buildings, and went on board the Spirit of New Zealand to announce guaranteed funding of the trust of $250,000 a year over the next three years.

I'm in Rotorua today to formally apologise to affiliate Te Arawa Iwi and Hapu for Crown breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi. This is the latest step towards our target of resolving all Treaty of Waitangi claims by 2014.

Next week the house is in recess. I'll be spending time meeting the locals in Wellington, Auckland, Dunedin, and the Bay of Islands.

Best wishes


John Key
Prime Minister

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

[pima.nius] SOUTH / CENTRAL at Fresh Gallery Otara / SMALL AXE09 at Artspace

11:51 PM |

Fresh Gallery Otara is proud to present...
SOUTH / CENTRAL
A group exhibition about cultural struggle, power and pride
Featuring: Bobby Macdonald, Samiu Napa'a, Dean Purcell, Sean Purcell and Siliga David Setoga

Vivid Hikoi (2009) by Bobby Macdonald
 
OPENING: 6-8pm, Thursday 3 September
EXHIBITION DATES: 4 -26 September
Fresh Gallery Otara was invited to participate in the annual 'New Artists Show' at Auckland's Artspace alongside two other galleries that promote new art and artists. The opportunity prompted a simultaneously running exhibition at Fresh Gallery Otara that explores ideas surrounding the transplanting of new art being made in south Auckland into a central Auckland gallery environment. The resulting exhibition brings together five practitioners with a connection to south Auckland; their works range from documentation of protest and cultural interface to tributes of political change-makers, cultural spaces and symbolism.
 
The Artspace project entitled small axe09 is a video work that combines submissions and participation of a collective of artists from the Fresh Gallery Otara community exploring the theme of hair straightening as an enquiry into cultural transformation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NEW ARTISTS SHOW

small axe09 video project featuring Tanu Gago, Leilani Kake, Visesio Siasau + Serene Tay and Angela Tiatia. Produced by Janet Lilo. 
Self portrait (2009) by Ema Tavola


ARTSPACE, Level 1, 300 Karangahape Road, Auckland
OPENING: 5 - 7pm, Friday 4 September
EXHIBITION DATES:
5 September  - 10 October

 

Vinaka vakalevu | Naku noa na | Regards

Ema Tavola

Pacific Arts Co-ordinator | Manukau Arts | Community Directorate

T 09 271 6019 | M 0274 650493 | F 09 274 1454 | Ema.Tavola@manukau.govt.nz
Fresh Gallery Otara | 5/46 Fairmall | Otara Town Centre | Manukau City | www.manukau.govt.nz

 

Manukau City Council | Te Kaunihera o Manukau
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Tell us what you think is important for Manukau –  visit www.tellusyourmanukau.govt.nz and let us know what you think our priorities should be for the next 10 years and beyond.

 

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

[pima.nius] Re: Samoa Media Alert: Samoan Overstayers removed from NZ illegally.

10:27 PM |

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Ha ha! Finally the chickens of post-colonialism are coming home, clucking loudly, scratching around in the manicured gardens of Pax Zealandia, and, now, at last, crowing loudly!

. . .

jason brown
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2009/8/26 PIMA NIUS ROUTER <pimaniusrouter@gmail.com>

Talofa Media,

New Zealand's former Immigration and Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, the
Honourable Tuariki Delamere will arrive in Apia on Thursday 27 August to
speak to a public forum about the New Zealand Supreme Court decision last
month which confirmed many Samoan overstayers were illegally removed from
New Zealand.

Tuariki Delamere says the Supreme Court's ruling appears to provide a
pathway for those overstayers to return to New Zealand; and for the New
Zealand citizen's who were affected by the removal of their parents or
spouse to sue for compensation.

While in Samoa Tuariki Delamere also hopes to meet with Samoa Government
Ministers to brief them on the New Zealand Supreme Court decision as it
appears to affect many hundred of Samoan citizens.

Local media are invited to a press conference at Aggies Hotel in Apia on
Friday 28th August at 10 am to meet and interview the Hon. Tuariki Delamere
before his scheduled meetings.

For local radio and TV media requesting studio interviews, please contact
Mr. Savea Leuluaialii Al Harrington Lavea by email: lesera@xtra.co.nz before
Thursday to confirm availability slot.

Please find attached Press Release for your appropriate actions and contact
details.





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[pima.nius] PR: Call for Nominations for the 2010 Leadership NZ Programme / Information Session

10:21 PM |

 You or your nominee are invited to attend the Information sessions for the 2010 Leadership NZ Programme.

 

I have attached for your information the Call for Nominations, and the new Testimonial document – nominations close at the end of September.

 

We are holding two information sessions, in Auckland and Wellington, where Alumni and current participants on the programme will talk about their experiences.

 

The first Information Session will be at:

The NZ Post Media Centre, 2-16 Watt Street, Parnell Auckland on Thursday 3 September 2009, from 12.30 - 1.30pm

(A light lunch will be provided)

 

The second Information Session will be at:

KPMG, Level 19, 10 Customhouse Quay, Wellington on Monday 14 September 2009, from 12.30 - 1.30pm

(A light lunch will be provided)

 

Potential participants and their employers are invited to these events, and are asked to RSVP to Vijaya Nory on (09) 309 3749, or vijaya.nory@leadershipnz.co.nz

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to have magazines or Yearbooks forwarded – or if you would like any further information.

 

Kind wishes

Jo Brosnahan

 

 

Jo Brosnahan I   Executive Chair I Leadership New Zealand

M: 021576595 I B: 09 309 3749 I H: 09 4788363

PO Box 5061  Wellesley St  AUCKLAND 0753

jo.brosnahan@leadershipnz.co.nz I www.leadershipnz.co.nz

 


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[pima.nius] Samoa Media Alert: Samoan Overstayers removed from NZ illegally.

10:21 PM |

Talofa Media,

New Zealand's former Immigration and Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, the
Honourable Tuariki Delamere will arrive in Apia on Thursday 27 August to
speak to a public forum about the New Zealand Supreme Court decision last
month which confirmed many Samoan overstayers were illegally removed from
New Zealand.

Tuariki Delamere says the Supreme Court's ruling appears to provide a
pathway for those overstayers to return to New Zealand; and for the New
Zealand citizen's who were affected by the removal of their parents or
spouse to sue for compensation.

While in Samoa Tuariki Delamere also hopes to meet with Samoa Government
Ministers to brief them on the New Zealand Supreme Court decision as it
appears to affect many hundred of Samoan citizens.

Local media are invited to a press conference at Aggies Hotel in Apia on
Friday 28th August at 10 am to meet and interview the Hon. Tuariki Delamere
before his scheduled meetings.

For local radio and TV media requesting studio interviews, please contact
Mr. Savea Leuluaialii Al Harrington Lavea by email: lesera@xtra.co.nz before
Thursday to confirm availability slot.

Please find attached Press Release for your appropriate actions and contact
details.


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Monday, August 24, 2009

[pima.nius] Advance Notice: PIMA Media Summit and AGM

12:41 AM |

Kia Ora, Malo e Lelei, Fakalofa Lahi Atu, Kiaorana, Talofa
 
This is advance notice of the upcoming PIMA Media summit and AGM planned for October 23rd at a venue TBC.
 
This is an opportunity for Pacific Islands Media stalwarts and others to participate in discussions about the present state of Pasifika media here in Aotearoa and the Pacific.
 
It is also an opportunity for Pacific media to participate in the organisation of PIMA.
 
Niu Voices and opinions sought and welcomed.
 
Further information will be forthcoming over the coming weeks.
 
Endz.
 
 
 
 
 

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[pima.nius] MEDIA RELEASE - 'USE IT OR LOSE IT' WARNING ON PACIFIC LANGUAGES

12:01 AM |

Victoria University senior lecturer Galumalemana Alfred Hunkin told a 2009 Diversity Forum discussion that the future for Pacific languages rested in a simple approach: 'use it or lose it'.

 

 'If we don't work on preserving our languages now, they will be lost forever', said Mr Hunkin, the chair of the forum hosted by the Ministry for Pacific Island Affairs and the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO in Wellington today.

 

The forum featured presentations by the Ministry's Liz Tanielu, Waikato University Professor Stephen May, UNESCO's Susan Isaac and Turama Academy's George Upu.

 

 Ms Tanielu outlined the Ministry's overall position on preserving, maintaining and promoting Pacific languages in New Zealand.

 

Dr May told the forum that Pacific languages were generally in decline in New Zealand, and this was particularly evident among Cook Island, Niue and Tokelau people who had greater populations living in New Zealand than in the islands.

 

He pointed out that a bilingual approach to teaching can provide a strong educational platform for Pacific children.

 

Mrs Isaac said although none of the Pacific languages featured on its 'atlas of world languages in danger' there was work being done on revitalising and preserving indigenous Melanesian languages in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

 

Turama Academy's Mr Upu, of Cook Islands origin, demonstrated his community approach to teaching children through the use of drum beats, song and dance.

 

The forum agreed that it was important to proactively drive a Pacific Languages Strategy which the Ministry is actively developing.

ENDS

 

 

 

Sri Krishnamurthi (MBA) | Senior Advisor, Communications
Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs
ASB Building, Level 2, 101 - 103 The Terrace
P O Box 833, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
Ph +64 4 4950025     Mob 021 2423419

Sri.Krishnamurthi@mpia.govt.nz
www.mpia.govt.nz

 


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[pima.nius] Press Release: Samoa Government Donates $5,000 To Professional Boxing

12:00 AM |

SAMOA GOVERNMENT DONATES $5,000 TO PROFESSIONAL BOXING

Source: eventpolynesia.com

 

Approval of $5,000 assistance by Cabinet last week towards the upcoming Samoa Pro-Am Fights (SPAF) in Apia on Tuesday 8th September has the professional boxing fraternity and boxing fans excited.

 

The grant has been given in support of Samoa local Pro-Boxers and upcoming sensation Vaitele Soi as the main event of the night against former PABA and IPF Pan Pacific champion Mohammed Azzaoui of New Zealand ……… (See attachment)

 


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Thursday, August 20, 2009

[pima.nius] PR: latest PI group rapping for cancer

3:15 PM |

New Zealand's latest HIP HOP GROUP

 

New Zealand's newest Hip Hop group, FTP (For the people) are releasing their first single "Let You Go" on Daffodil Day - August 28th.

 

 

Dedicated to all the beautiful women in our lives.

 

"We recently lost our Aunty to Breast Cancer and our mum praise God is in remission."

 

 

 

FTP is a group of young Pacific Island men in their early 20's who started rapping and writing to express their feelings on the loss of their Aunty and their Mum who is in remission, and another Aunty who is under going treatment for Breast cancer.

 

All profits will go to Breast Cancer

 

A copy of their single will be available on Mon 24th August

 

 For further enquires contact Justine Simei-Barton 0275-708276

simei-barton@xtra.co.nz

 

 


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[pima.nius] FW: [Pacific_media_watch] 6378 REGION: Three new Asia-Pacificjournalism internships on offer

3:15 PM |

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Pacific_media_watch mailing list
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Title – 6378 REGION: Three new Asia-Pacific journalism internships
Date – 18 August 2009
Byline – Media release
Origin – Pacific Media Watch
Source – Asia New Zealand Foundation, 18/08/09
Copyright – ANZF
Status – Unabridged

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* Pacific Media Watch Online - check the website for archive and links:
www.pacmediawatch.aut.ac.nz

* Post a comment on this story at PMW Right of Reply:
www.pacificmediacentre.blogspot.com
pmc@aut.ac.nz


ASIA INTERNSHIPS FOR YOUNG JOURNALISTS
www.asianz.org.nz

WELLINGTON (ANZF Online/Pacific Media Watch): The Asia New Zealand Foundation is offering three journalism internships at Asia-based news media organisations. Applications are now open for the two or three month long internships which are to be undertaken in 2010.

The three host media organisations are the Philippine Star in Manila, CNBC Asia in Singapore and the International Herald Tribune in Hong Kong.

The Philippine Star (www.philstar.com) is an influential daily English language broadsheet that is circulated nationally. It was founded in 1986 and owned by PhilSTAR Daily Inc. An intern would be required to carry out news writing and sub-editing.

CNBC Asia (http://asia.cnbc.com) is an Asian business news network based in Singapore and Sydney with bureaus in Hong Kong and Tokyo. It is a subsidiary of NBC Universal. An intern would be expected to edit video content, research stories and assist in the live broadcast of programmes. The successful candidate would be expected to have an interest in finance and business issues.

The International Herald Tribune (www.iht.com) is an international English language newspaper owned by the New York Times Company. Its Hong Kong bureau operates as an editorial and production office for its network of Asia correspondents. An intern would be required to undertake the roles of photo researcher and sub-editor.

Note that the internships are unpaid. The Asia New Zealand Foundation will provide $NZ5000 to cover return flights with the balance to go to accommodation and other expenses. Participants will be generally responsible for their own travel, insurance, accommodation and living expenses during the internships.

Candidates must be enrolled in a current journalism course or be graduate journalists who have undertaken and passed a journalism course of study in the past three years. They must also be under 28 years of age and New Zealand passport holders. They must be currently based in New Zealand.

Applicants will need to provide the following:

•          A covering letter
•          Curriculum vitae
•          Copies of work
•          Supporting letter from editor or journalism tutor

The deadline for applications is October 30.


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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

[pima.nius] Re: Fwd: [Freedom-Forum] Pacific Mini Games Media Invitation

4:07 PM |

wow who's going? damit

On Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 7:31 AM, Aaron Taouma <aaron.taouma1@gmail.com> wrote:

PACIFIC MINI GAMES 2009 MEDIA INVITATION

Kia orana

This is a first call for expressions of interest from media wanting to attend and cover the Pacific Mini Games in Rarotonga (September 21 to October 2). Please make sure you reply directly to my email address above, as we'll build a contacts list from EOIs received.

Local media are helping the PMG organisation with media hosting, and we have contracted to oversee set up and running of the proposed Media Centre.

Our intention is to set up the Media Centre in central Avarua (the main town of Rarotonga) which will serve as a base for visiting reporters, photographers and attached production people.  This will include work space and furniture, wi-fi internet access, some complete work stations, meals (using a general Media Pass at a variety of dining venues), transportation (van with driver, or access to buses) and event information.

There will also be media rooms at several of the event venues, where wi-fi is promised, but we are not taking responsibility for these areas.

At this stage we are not able to provide accommodation, but we ask you to advise type of accommodation preferred, as Cook Islands Tourism is helping with media hosting and can assist with bookings, etc. Depending on interest, we may organise marae-type accommodation for those who prefer it (to keep costs minimal).

Note that in the 11 days from September 10 to the start of PMG on Saturday 21st, the annual Te Maeva Nui Cultural Festival will be held in Rarotonga. This is the very best showcase of Cook Islands cultural competition, involving all of our outer islands, and is a great spectacle of colour, dance, music and language. Media are welcome to attend all or part of the festival.

In your reply, please also indicate if you want us to arrange rental vehicles for you, and if you have any special equipment or facility needs.

Proper PMG 2009 Media Accreditation forms will be available on line by the end of this week, on the PMG website. http://www.sportingpulse.com/

For your reply, we need to know:

NAME(s) OF PERSONNEL ATTENDING:

ORGANISATION NAME:

POSTAL ADDRESS:

PHONE NUMBERS:

DATES ATTENDING:

ACCOMMODATION PREFERENCE:

SPECIAL REQUESTS:

Meitaki maata and kia manuia

John Woods

PMG Media Hosting Team

------------------------------------------------

JOHN WOODS

Managing Editor

Cook Islands News

Tel +682 22999

email: john@cookislandsne3ws.com

www.cookislandsnews.com




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[pima.nius] Fwd: [Freedom-Forum] Pacific Mini Games Media Invitation

12:31 PM |

PACIFIC MINI GAMES 2009 MEDIA INVITATION

Kia orana

This is a first call for expressions of interest from media wanting to attend and cover the Pacific Mini Games in Rarotonga (September 21 to October 2). Please make sure you reply directly to my email address above, as we'll build a contacts list from EOIs received.

Local media are helping the PMG organisation with media hosting, and we have contracted to oversee set up and running of the proposed Media Centre.

Our intention is to set up the Media Centre in central Avarua (the main town of Rarotonga) which will serve as a base for visiting reporters, photographers and attached production people.  This will include work space and furniture, wi-fi internet access, some complete work stations, meals (using a general Media Pass at a variety of dining venues), transportation (van with driver, or access to buses) and event information.

There will also be media rooms at several of the event venues, where wi-fi is promised, but we are not taking responsibility for these areas.

At this stage we are not able to provide accommodation, but we ask you to advise type of accommodation preferred, as Cook Islands Tourism is helping with media hosting and can assist with bookings, etc. Depending on interest, we may organise marae-type accommodation for those who prefer it (to keep costs minimal).

Note that in the 11 days from September 10 to the start of PMG on Saturday 21st, the annual Te Maeva Nui Cultural Festival will be held in Rarotonga. This is the very best showcase of Cook Islands cultural competition, involving all of our outer islands, and is a great spectacle of colour, dance, music and language. Media are welcome to attend all or part of the festival.

In your reply, please also indicate if you want us to arrange rental vehicles for you, and if you have any special equipment or facility needs.

Proper PMG 2009 Media Accreditation forms will be available on line by the end of this week, on the PMG website. http://www.sportingpulse.com/

For your reply, we need to know:

NAME(s) OF PERSONNEL ATTENDING:

ORGANISATION NAME:

POSTAL ADDRESS:

PHONE NUMBERS:

DATES ATTENDING:

ACCOMMODATION PREFERENCE:

SPECIAL REQUESTS:

Meitaki maata and kia manuia

John Woods

PMG Media Hosting Team

------------------------------------------------

JOHN WOODS

Managing Editor

Cook Islands News

Tel +682 22999

email: john@cookislandsne3ws.com

www.cookislandsnews.com


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Monday, August 17, 2009

[pima.nius] Re: PR: SPCA: Eating pets more common than thought

1:14 AM |

"Eating Dog Meat Is a Sign of Advanced Culture"
By Song Hong Kun,
Chugan Tonga
June 6, 2002, p. 97
Source: http://www.tomcoyner.com/eating_dog_meat_is_a_sign.htm

Professor An Yong Kun (Ann Yong Geun), a nutritionist, is known as
"Dr. Dog Meat" (Kaegogi Paksa). He has studied dog meat's nutritional
aspects and is its greatest booster. He has developed processed dog
meat products and even dog meat oil-based cosmetics. He says he
regrets that dog meat is so expensive he can't eat it everyday. Dr.
Dog Meat is furious at foreigners who complain about eating dogs in
Korea, where dogs are livestock, not pets. He says the French ate dog
through the 1800s, and the U.S. even today kills up to 3,000 dogs a
year to use in puppy food.

An has developed dog-based kimchi, soy sauce, koch'ujang (red pepper
paste), and other common food items. His Emulsion cosmetic line
contains 15% dog oil. He says dog oil is the best thing in the world
for healthy skin. An is finishing development of dog-based mayonnaise,
ketchup, hamburgers and meatballs. He says tests of dog burger reveal
it to be the tastiest burger yet. An's goal is to teach the world that
eating dog meat is a sign of an advanced culture. To that end, he is
developing a Website "Globalization of Dog Meat," in four languages.
An met foreign reporters in Seoul on May 25 to announce his new dog
meat products. He called on Koreans not to be embarrassed over eating
dog meat, and said he will lobby for formal legalization of dog meat.

[For more on Fido food, you might check out http://slate.msn.com/?id=2060840.]

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[pima.nius] PR: SPCA: Eating pets more common than thought

1:13 AM |

The SPCA is calling for a law change following its investigation into the killing and cooking of a pet dog by a Tongan family in Auckland.
 
The SPCA is frustrated the practice is not illegal in New Zealand, and adds that people eating their pets happens more often than society realises.
 
Paea Taufa was found roasting his pitbull terrier-cross in an umu pit at his home in Mangere on Saturday. The dog had been skinned and gutted and was partially charred when SPCA inspectors arrived.

Under the Animal Welfare Act it is legal to kill a dog in New Zealand if the animal is slaughtered swiftly and painlessly.

The Taufa family say back home in Tonga it is normal, and they did not realise they were doing anything morally wrong.

Dr Malakai Koloamatangi, a Tongan cultural expert from the University of Canterbury, says in his homeland dog is a delicacy enjoyed mostly by young men.

He says he would be comfortable with it being on dinner plates in New Zealand.

"It is meat, so if the law was changed to allow Tongans and other Pacific Islanders to eat dog meat then so be it," says Koloamatangi.

However, the SPCA wants the Animal Welfare Act updated to ban the practice and will be talking to Tongan community leaders about preventing such killings.
 
"Over the next few days, we hope to talk to Tongan community leaders and enlist their involvement in making the community more aware that slaughtering and eating pets is unacceptable," says SPCA national Chief Executive, Robyn Kippenberger.

"We understand that the issue might be viewed differently from the standpoint of some other cultures. But we believe that the overwhelming majority of New Zealanders of all ethnicities will share our shock and concern over this incident," says Kippenberger.

The SPCA says it will also lobby the government on the issue.

"We don't believe the present law covers this area and we would like to see it discussed openly," says Garth Halliday, Auckland SPCA's Chief Executive.

The Minister of Agriculture, David Carter, says he is unsure whether a law change is needed but he is morally clear on the issue.

"I think when people come to live in New Zealand they need to be aware of our cultural values and in this case (the) eating of dogs is something that most New Zealanders find totally unacceptable."

The SPCA will also discuss more robust standards over what can be eaten with the New Zealand Food Safety Authority.

"The fact is that animals such as this domestic dog, slaughtered in backyards, may be disease-ridden and unsuitable for human consumption," says Kippenberger. 

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[pima.nius] PFF Media Release: PFF position on inaugural Pacific Media Summit/PINA 2009: New leadership must step up and restore credibility

1:04 AM |

Monitoring and advocacy for freedom of expression and information in the Pacific

Visit us online at http://pacificfreedomforum.blogspot.com/ 1 Media Freedom. Your right, your freedom. Media Release PFF position on inaugural Pacific Media Summit/PINA 2009: New leadership must step up and restore credibility For immediate release: Friday 14th August 2009 -- Questions over the future and credibility of the Pacific Islands News Association must be urgently addressed by the newly elected leadership says regional media watchdog the Pacific Freedom Forum. These include immediate expulsion of the Fiji Ministry of Information if it is found to be a PINA member, seeking help to address grievances which split Vanuatu's media and cast a cloud over the 09 inaugural media summit, and putting in writing what PINA means when it talks about 'engaging' with Fiji's military leadership. Other urgent matters include basic, written guidelines covering PINA's rules of procedure in a handbook for all members and intending members. This will help future PINA conferences and AGMs to run more smoothly, says PFF Chair Susuve Laumaea of Papua New Guinea. "Apart from Fiji newsrooms directly affected by the PER and military censors, other Pacific journalists and national media organizations who are PINA members cannot report with authority against the military regime in Fiji and its suppression of media freedom if the PINA leadership is perceived to be entertaining military censors. It's un-nerving at least and hypocritical at worst." "While we congratulate the new PINA executive and thank the outgoing office-bearers for their leadership since PINA 2007, it was obvious to our members at the Port Vila convention that better organisation of the conference program and AGM was needed. This could have helped avoid the resulting criticism and friction over issues of membership and voting rights. As well, we had present military censors who were clearly uncomfortable and defensive over being in the midst of a media freedom summit," he says.

"Engaging is the Pacific Way. It should always be the preferred option. But it needs commitment from both sides to work. One has to engage within boundaries that do not compromise your founding creed or your credibility in the eyes of those you represent. Putting it in writing will help PINA's leadership explain why it has failed to do the most basic of actions -- expel a member who was in fact attacking the human rights of other members. I applaud Netani Rika for his walkout on his own session, but also wonder why other PINA members did not do the same in disappointment. Session and workshop resolutions were loosely or not minuted, speakers were pulled at the last minute to Monitoring and advocacy for freedom of expression and information in the Pacific

Visit us online at http://pacificfreedomforum.blogspot.com/ 2 Media Freedom. Your right, your freedom.

include those perpetrating threats on a panel of media freedom heroes, and we have yet to see a PINA communiqué which provides the true justification to funders and those of us who were not there, for the event even taking place." "The PFF formalised its request for partnership and placed it before the AGM of the outgoing and incoming leadership. We accept that in the rush of the AGM, this and other important matters were relegated until the next meeting of the new executive later this year. It is our intention to continue our work in parallel with a strong and transparent PINA, in ways that support the founding credo behind both PINA and PFF: media freedom for a better Pacific." PFF will be submitting a draft MOU for consideration by the new PINA executive. "We acknowledge that the new leadership is already mindful of the task ahead, and stand by prepared to assist in any way possible," says co-chair Monica Miller," but we feel the promise of a renewed and fresh new PINA has yet to be met, particularly in the wake of the 2009 Pacific Media Summit. " "A regional organisation which touts media freedom as its basis for existence cannot afford to have its premiere biennial event close under a cloud; and we fully support the will of PINA's President Moses Stevens and his Vice-President John Woods in acting quickly and effectively with the PINA Coordinator Matai Akauola, to address the issues surrounding such a loss of faith." "PFF and other organizations engaged with, or wanting to engage with PINA, will be watching carefully for Mr Stevens to prove himself and his leadership credentials. Given what happened amongst journalists in Vanuatu in the lead up to and during PINA 09, it's clear he has to begin to hone and prove all these skills in his own backyard," she says.--

ENDS. CONTACT: PFF interim Chair Susuve Laumaea | Sunday Chronicle Newspaper | Papua New Guinea

Mobile: 675-684 5168 | Office: 675-321-7040 | Email: susuve.laumaea@interoil.com PFF interim co-Chair Monica Miller | KHJ Radio | American Samoa

Mob 684 258-4197 | Office 684 633-7793 | Email: monica@khjradio.com

The Pacific Freedom Forum are a regional and global online network of Pacific media colleagues, with the specific intent of raising awareness and advocacy of the right of Pacific people to enjoy freedom of expression and be served by a free and independent media. We believe in the critical and basic link between these freedoms, and the vision of democratic and participatory governance pledged by our leaders in their endorsement of the Pacific Plan and other commitments to good governance. In support of the above, our key focus is monitoring threats to media freedom and bringing issues of concern to the attention of the

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[pima.nius] Fwd: Key Notes No.55

1:03 AM |


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14 August 2009

Click here to watch my latest video blog 

ENCOURAGING SPORT IN SCHOOLS

Sport in schools - tug of warOften, politics can seem like a tug-of-war. And once in a while it actually is.

I had fun out on the sportsfield with the children from Bairds Mainfreight Primary School in Otara on Tuesday.

I was at the school to launch the Government's Kiwisport initiative, with the help of some well-known sportspeople - such as Sir John Walker, Sir Peter Snell, and Conrad Smith (pictured behind me on the rope).

Kiwisport will invest $82 million in school sport and Regional Sports Trusts over the next four years to encourage more children to take part in sport at school, after school, and during the holidays.

Sport is hugely important. It teaches children about teamwork, leadership, fair play, and success and failure. And it encourages fitness and a love of outdoor activity. Find out more about Kiwisport here

PLAYING OUR PART IN AFGHANISTAN

On Monday, after a review of New Zealand's commitment to maintaining security and stability in Afghanistan, I announced three important decisions.

The Government will:
- Draw down the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Bamyan province over the next 3-to-5 years, and increase the civilian effort in agriculture, health, and education.
- Redeploy the SAS to Afghanistan for up to 18 months, and
- Appoint a senior diplomatic representative to the country.

The recent bombing in Jakarta shows that New Zealanders are not immune to terrorism. By making these decisions about our Afghanistan commitment, New Zealand is playing its part in international efforts to get rid of terrorism, promote peace, and encourage stability. Learn more here

TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE

On Monday, I also announced that New Zealand's 2020 emissions reduction target range will be 10% to 20% below 1990 levels.

This target is internationally credible, and seeks to balance our economic opportunities with our environmental responsibilities. It's going to be a big ask for New Zealand to achieve these reductions, because our gross emissions are already 24 percent above our 1990 levels. But I think the target range carefully balances our environmental responsibilities with a realistic assessment of the economic costs.

Find out more about our emissions reduction target

WORKING WITH THE PACIFIC

Last week I was in Cairns for the Pacific Islands Forum. Building a close relationship with my fellow South Pacific leaders is critical if we are to tackle together some of the challenges we face in our region.

We discussed climate change, how we can do a better job of co-ordinating aid, tackling the economic recession, encouraging regional trade, and Fiji. I also announced further improvements to New Zealand's Recognised Seasonal Employment Scheme, and support for business mentoring in the Pacific.

While we were in Cairns, we learnt about the Tongan ferry disaster. I'm glad New Zealand has been able to lend a hand searching for the ferry and helping survivors. I sent commiserations via Prime Minister Sevele and my heart goes out to friends and family who lost loved ones.

I'm heading back to Australia next week for an official visit. Our Governments are working towards a single economic market. Prime Minister Rudd and I will be announcing measures for streamlining trans-Tasman travel. And several Ministers will join me in Sydney for the Australian-New Zealand Leadership Forum.

FROM THE DIARY

On Tuesday at Parliament, I met children from St Anne's School and Harold the Giraffe from the Life Education Trust. Harold is going into space on a NASA space shuttle, and is encouraging children to join the Trust's Wish-Upon-A-Star competition.

I had a cracker day in Gisborne on Wednesday. I met children at Awapuni School who are learning to read and write in an innovative literacy programme, where they report their own progress to their parents. I checked out Gisborne's Vintage Railway. And I chatted to at-risk youth at the Te Ora Hou skate park classrooms about how every single one of us can achieve if we choose to. I also announced GST changes for tour operators at the Inbound Tour Operators Conference.

I was in the Manawatu yesterday to launch Food Innovation New Zealand - a collaborative venture between Massey University, Fonterra, and several food research organisations. Today I'm back in Wellington to attend the investiture of 72 honoured New Zealanders as knights and dames.

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John Key
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