Wednesday, September 30, 2009

[pima.nius] ANZ donates A$50,000 to kickstart appeal to assist with disaster relief in Samoa

11:33 AM |

ANZ MEDIA RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday 30 September 2009

ANZ donates A$50,000 to kickstart appeal to assist with disaster relief in Samoa
ANZ Banking Group, based in Australia, has today donated A$50,000 to kickstart a Bank-wide appeal set up to assist the families impacted by today's earthquake and tsunami tragedy in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga.

The bank-wide Appeal is being coordinated across the wider ANZ Pacific region, incorporating its divisions in New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific Islands.

Working with Red Cross, all proceeds will go directly to Samoa Red Cross to assist with the disaster response in the affected areas.

Proceeds from the New Zealand Appeal will go to New Zealand Red Cross.
Says ANZ Retail Managing Director Wayne Besant: "With such a large number of Samoan people living in New Zealand, and in particular Auckland, we know that many families will be concerned about their loved ones in Tonga, Samoa and Western Samoa.

"By setting up this Appeal, we encourage other New Zealanders to show their support by making a donation at any ANZ branch.

"Our thoughts and sympathies go to those people both here in New Zealand and in the Islands who have lost loved ones or have been made homeless as a result of this tragedy.

"Our people working in the affected areas will work alongside the affected communities and offer whatever support we possibly can in the coming days and weeks," says Mr Besant.

HOW TO DONATE
1. Donations from New Zealand can be made at any ANZ Branch throughout New Zealand:
ANZ (NZ) Samoa Appeal Fund
2. Donations can be made directly to the Appeal Account:
Account number 01 1839 0143546 00
All donations of NZ$5 or more are tax deductible and will require a tax receipt issued by Red Cross New Zealand. Contact your local branch for more details.

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Phone 09 252 3244 or 0275 618 995

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[pima.nius] Opeloge Ah Sam Show Proceeds - Samoa

11:32 AM |


Talofa your highness Tupua Tamasese & the honourable Misa Telefoni.
 
I hope this finds you well and safe amongst the Earthquake & Tsunami that we hear has hit our beloved Samoa.
 
I was suppose to be there right now with my wife on our honeymoon sitting in one of those beach fales in Siumu but we were held back when my father was hospitalised with heart issues. As they say, everything happens for a reason and I believe the Lord has kept us safe through my fathers illness.
 
As some of you know, I am putting on a stage musical here in Auckland in November. I am declaring that a majority of the proceeds from my show STATE OF MIND will be donated to the people of Samoa to help with whatever needs doing.
 
The show happens November 30th but I am hoping that if ticket sales go well we can send money earlier to Samoa to help with food, rebuilding etc.
 
Our hearts go out to the families of those who have died and prayers are with our families who are in Samoa and American Samoa. I also have students I teach here in Auckland who are on a malaga in Samoa right now who I am praying for their safe return.
 
Please let me know if there is anything else I can do....clothes etc etc.
 
Alofa tele atu
 
Opeloge Ah Sam
www.opelogeahsam.com
 
 
 


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[pima.nius] Samoa’s Tsunami Tragedy Binds The Hearts of Samoans & NZ

11:32 AM |

30 September 2009       Media Statement        

Samoa's Tsunami Tragedy Binds The Hearts of Samoans & NZ       
       

Today many Samoans in New Zealand, and around the world, have kept their ear close to the ground trying to reach family in Samoa and listening to any news reports for answers related to missing family and friends, says Labour MP for Mangere Su'a William Sio.

"Many Samoans, and people of other nationalities who have strong bonds to the people and the islands of Samoa, will be affected by this tragedy.

 

"The final death toll is yet to come in so I say to the Samoan community living in New Zealand: be strong in your hearts, be courageous, be of good cheer, and keep the faith in the difficult days that lie ahead.

 "To those who already know they have lost a loved one, or have suffered injury, or loss of home, or livelihood, I extend my families' love and our prayers to you.

I extend my heartfelt sympathies to His Highness the Head of State of Samoa, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi and to the Rt Hon. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa for the tragic circumstances they and the people of Samoa find themselves in.

"Our thoughts are with all those suffering in the aftermath of the tsunami and earthquake on all the islands affected," says Su'a William Sio.

"I also reflect to New Zealand the deepest appreciation of Samoan communities feel towards the country, knowing that the Government and New Zealanders, as individuals, local councils and many community organisations, are prepared and willing to step forward and help out.

"To New Zealanders, your unselfish actions lighten the burdens on the minds of Samoans and provide much comfort to the Samoan community both in New Zealand and Samoa."

"Words can't fully express what many of us are feeling at this time.  

Ends.

 

Contact: Su'a William Sio, 0212430464

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Chris McAvoy
Executive Assistant
Office of Su'a William Sio
Member of Parliament for Mangere

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[pima.nius] Georgina te Heuheu - Minister expresses heartfelt sympathy

11:31 AM |

 

Hon Georgina

te Heuheu

Minister of Pacific Island Affairs

30 September 2009

      Media Statement       

Minister expresses heartfelt sympathy

Pacific Island Affairs Minister Georgina te Heuheu tonight expressed her deep sadness at the unfolding tragedy in the Pacific, particularly in Samoa.

The Minister said her thoughts were with those who know they have lost loved ones in the tsunami and those who were worried about family members or friends still unaccounted for.

"Pacific people are known for their resilience but that will be sorely tested in the next few days.

"As Minister of Pacific Island Affairs and a fellow New Zealander, my sincere heartfelt sympathy goes out to the families caught up in this tragedy here in New Zealand and in the Pacific," she said

The full extent of the disaster is not yet clear but reports suggest there has been significant damage and many people have been injured or killed.

 

"New Zealand's diplomatic missions around the Pacific are in contact with local governments over what damage has been suffered, and how we might be able to assist.

 

"The Government is doing all it can to assist,' Mrs te Heuheu said.

"Earlier today, an Air Force Orion was despatched to Samoa and will join the search along the coast of Upolu, Savaii and other islands and help assess damage to villages, roads and infrastructure. A C130 Hercules is on standby.

"We are liaising closely with Samoan officials to determine their needs," Mrs te Heuheu said.

New Zealanders concerned about family members in Samoa should try to make contact with them in the first instance.  Those with ongoing concerns can call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 04 439 8000. Anyone worried about the safety of non-New Zealand relatives in Samoa should contact the Samoan High Commission on 04 472 0953.

 

Media contact:       Rose  Hart      04 817 9878    021 279 9878

 

 

 

 


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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

[pima.nius] Over 100 dead in Samoa - health workers

9:27 PM |

Over 100 dead in Samoa - health workers Photos

Updated 4:28PM Wednesday Sep 30, 2009 - NZHerald

Health workers in Samoa report over 100 dead with many more missing or unaccounted for, following this morning's 8.3 magnitude earthquake and powerful tsunami.

American Samoa Governor Togiola Tulafono said at least 50 were injured, in addition to the deaths.

Hampered by power and communications outages, officials struggled to assess the casualties and damage. The official death toll remains at 39 but looks set to soar, with dead bodies already piling up at a hospital in Samoa.

New Zealander Scott Mulholland, a telecommunications worker in the Samoan capital of Apia, says the death toll is rising by the hour.

"The big thing is now more bodies are washing up," he told Newstalk ZB. "The last count that I heard - there's been over 100 found on the southern coast. And they are expecting more."

Samoan journalist Cherelle Jackson reported a scene of devastation as she drove around the worst affected parts of the island.

Ms Jackson drove from Apia to Poutasi - one of the villages said to be among the worst affected by the tsunami.

She said the peninsula village had been "totally flattened" and the road destroyed, so people were accessing it by walking through a small stream.

She said health workers had reported over 100 deaths.

"People are trying to gather their belongings. There are only a few villagers and construction workers who brought bulldozers to clear the debris," Ms Jackson said.

"It's just devastated, not even a cyclone has done this to us."
The village school had been totally destroyed as well as all the houses, barring the church minister's house, she said.
She said tourist resorts along the coast of Upolu, Samoa's main island, had been wiped out.

"Cars have been thrown into the ocean and there are fish on the ground. I've never seen anything like this before in my life. It's sad."

Towering tsunami waves spawned by the powerful earthquake swept ashore on Samoa and American Samoa early today, flattening villages.

Cars and people were swept out to sea by the fast-churning waters as survivors fled to high ground, where they remained huddled hours later.

The quake, with a magnitude between 8.0 and 8.3, struck around dawn about 32 kilometres below the ocean floor, 190 kilometres from American Samoa, a US territory that is home to 65,000 people, and 200 kilometres from Samoa.

Interactive map of the affected area


View Samoa earthquake in a larger map

* MFAT says New Zealanders concerned about family members in Samoa should try to make contact with them in the first instance. Those with ongoing concerns could call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 04 439 8000, with as many contact details as possible.

Click here to donate to the Red Cross' Samoa earthquake/tsunami appeal.


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[pima.nius] Tua, Fatialofa lose family in Samoa tsunami

9:25 PM |

Tua, Fatialofa lose family in Samoa tsunami

Updated 4:43PM Wednesday Sep 30, 2009 - NZHerald

Heavyweight boxer David Tua says life has to go on after revealing that an aunt died in the tsunami that hit Samoa today.

Former Manu Samoa rugby captain Peter Fatialofa has also lost family, it was reported this afternoon.

Tua, who was born in Apia, is preparing to fight Shane Cameron in a heavyweight bout in Hamilton on Saturday night.

He said he did not know the exact circumstances around the death of his aunt, whom he referred to as Mrs Carr and who had hotel-style accommodation in Samoa.

"It's a sad thing that can happen to anyone," he said.

"For me, I think it will make me stronger. The reality is that these things happen, but I think we need to be strong for the living."

Tua said he would dedicate the fight against Cameron to his aunt and to others who had died in the tsunami, which followed an earthquake that measured 8.3 on the Richter scale.

Cameron, who attended a pre-bout media conference in Auckland with Tua this afternoon, passed on his condolences.

"I'm sorry to hear about your family," he said.

"It's not a nice thing to happen to anyone's family."

The bout has also been affected by the death of entertainer Sir Howard Morrison, who was to have sung the national anthem on fight night.

Sir Howard's son, Howard Morrison Jnr, will now do the honours.

Both Tua and Cameron offered their condolences over Sir Howard's death last Thursday.

Fatialofa, who lives in Auckland, has also lost family in the devastation of the tsunami, the stuff website reported this afternoon. It is understood the family member is from wife Anne's side of the family.

He and Anne were aboard an Air New Zealand plane that flew out from Auckland this afternoon bound for Apia.

Fatialofa was captain of the Manu Samoa team that played its first rugby international against the All Blacks in 1993 and has had an involvement with the team as a coach for many years, before being bypassed for the head coach job late last year.

Air New Zealand replaced its normal 152 seat A320 with a larger 304 seat Boeing 777 specifically to accommodate family wanting to fly back to join family. There are 85,000 Samoans in Auckland.

- NZPA


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[pima.nius] [Pacific_media_watch] 6462 REGION: Huge tsunami sweeps many todeath in American Samoa, Samoa

9:18 PM |

HUGE TSUNAMI SWEEPS MANY TO DEATH IN AMERICAN SAMOA, SAMOA
http://pacific.scoop.co.nz/2009/09/huge-tsunami-sweeps-many-to-their-death-in-american-samoa-and-samoa/

By Josephine Latu, of Pacific Media Watch

AUCKLAND (Pacific Scoop/Pacific Media Watch): A huge tsunami struck American Samoa and Samoa early day, causing many deaths in both Pacific island groups.

Reports from Sky News put the death toll in American Samoa at 14, while Radio New Zealand reports at least five confirmed deaths in Samoa so far.

The tsunami was generated by a powerful subsea quake measuring 8.3 in magnitude which struck at 6.48am about 190km southwest of American Samoa and 200km from Samoa, according to the US Geological Service.

An aftershock quake measuring 5.6-magnitude happened 20 minutes later.

Entire coastal villages have reportedly been "wiped out", including the village of Manono in Samoa, a local journalist told Radio New Zealand.

Samoa resident Theresa Falele Dussey said houses and cars were swept away by the huge waves, measuring 0.7m to 1.57m above sea level, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre.

Residents have fled inland amid power outages and jammed phone lines, while students reportedly ransacked a petrol station and convenience store in Pago Pago.

Samoa Observer editorial executive Russell Hunter said law enforcement officers had visited bus stops, urging people not to board buses but to get to higher ground.

"As I was driving to work about an hour and a half ago the roads were full of people both on foot or whatever transport they could get making their way to open, higher ground where they would be safer and have less chance of being hit by falling debris," he told ABC radio.

 

A superintendent of the National Park of American Samoa, Mike Reynolds, told a Yellowstone dispatch operator in the US that four tsunami waves, each up to 5m high, reached 0.8 km to 2.5km inland on island of Tutuila, where Pago Pago is situated.

The National Park of American Samoa's visitor centres have been completely destroyed.

Tsunami warnings have been issued by the West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center to surrounding South Pacific nations, including a red alert for Tahiti, which is also expected to be hit with a tsunami.

New Zealand's tsunami warning has been downgraded to an alert.

More links, images and video at Pacific Scoop.

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[pima.nius] Attention turns to aid for Samoa

7:14 PM |

Source: TVNZ
 
New Zealand stands ready to assist Samoa and the wider Pacific region following the earthquake on Wednesday morning and reports of a tsunami, Foreign Minister Murray McCully says.

The Air Force has confirmed it is sending a P-3 Orion to the areas affected by the quake and tsunami.

A spokesman says the Orion is to conduct a reconnaissance mission surveying Samoa as well as the northern area of the Tongan island group.

"New Zealand's diplomatic missions throughout the Pacific are in contact with local authorities to gather as much information as possible on the situation and how New Zealand may be able to assist," McCully says.

"Information is still coming to hand, but there are early reports of casualties in Samoa, as well as significant damage to many villages.

"New Zealanders in Samoa are advised to follow any advice or instructions issued by the local authorities. People should stay tuned to local radio for advice; stay away from the sea, and move to higher ground.

"The New Zealand High Commission in Apia is working to contact New Zealanders in Samoa to check on their well-being. We are also encouraging New Zealanders in Samoa to contact friends and family at home to allay any concerns."

People concerned about family members in Samoa should try to make contact with them in the first instance. Those with ongoing concerns can call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 04 439 8000, and provide as many contact details as possible.

Anyone worried about the safety of non-New Zealand relatives in Samoa should contact the Samoan High Commission on 04 472 0953.

Meanwhile, Air New Zealand is adding an additional 150 seats and extra cargo capacity to its scheduled service from Auckland to Samoa on Wednesday afternoon in the event aid support is required for tsunami struck communities.

General Manager Airline Operations David Morgan says the service has been up-gauged from a 152 seat A320 to a 304 seat Boeing 777-200ER.

"We are acutely aware that this is an evolving situation and government and aid agencies may require the ability to move people or supplies at short notice," Morgan says.

"We have been in touch with the New Zealand government and offered whatever support we can to emergency relief efforts and to repatriate any Kiwis who want to leave Samoa and get home."

The New Zealand Red Cross has also launched a Samoa Tsunami Relief project at givealittle.co.nz


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[pima.nius] Universal Periodic Review on New Zealand

5:19 AM |


Dear colleagues

 

I am writing to invite you to a meeting to discuss the outcomes of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on New Zealand, which were adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on 24 September 2009. 

 

New Zealand has strongly supported the introduction of the UPR, as it has the potential to be a positive and useful component of the Council's work. New Zealand's national report was the product of an open and consultative process, involving many groups inside and outside the Government. The Government accepted unreservedly 33 of the 64 recommendations of the UNHRC Working Group, and an additional 12 were agreed to with further discussion.  A qualified response was given to 11, and only eight were rejected.  A copy of New Zealand's response can be found at: http://lib.ohchr.org/HRBodies/UPR/Documents/Session5/NZ/A_HRC_12_8_NZL_Add1_E.pdf. Many of the recommendations focussed on challenging areas which the Government had already recognised as requiring further attention, including the social disparities between Maori and non-Maori, the status of the Treaty of Waitangi in domestic legislation, family violence, over-representation of certain ethnic groups in the criminal justice system, and ratification of human rights treaties to which New Zealand was not party.

 

The Universal Periodic Review has given New Zealand the opportunity to subject its human rights record to scrutiny.  The Government has greatly appreciated the efforts of all those who have contributed so positively to New Zealand's review.  To build on what we have learnt from the process, the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights Commission would like to invite representatives from interested non-government organisations to a meeting at the Wellington offices of the Human Rights Commission on Wednesday, 7 October 2009 (from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon).  Further meetings will be held in Auckland and Christchurch at dates to be confirmed.

The purpose of these meetings is to discuss the responses to the UPR recommendations and, in particular, to discuss how to better involve civil society in the international human rights treaty reporting process. 

 

Could you please let me know if you are able to attend the meeting in Wellington. Please note that the Human Rights Commission has recently shifted offices and are now located at Level 1, The Vector Building, 44 The Terrace

 

Please advise, if you would prefer to attend the meetings in either Auckland or Christchurch and I will forward the details of the relevant meetings once they have been confirmed.

 

Kind regards

 

Stuart Beresford

Policy Manager

Human Rights team

Ddi: 04 494 9777


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[pima.nius] [Pacific_media_watch] 6460 PNG: Obama witchdoctor image sparksoutrage

5:18 AM |

OBAMA WITCHDOCTOR PICTURE SPARKS OUTRAGE

Story and pictures on Pacific Scoop:

 

By PNG correspondent Liam Fox

 

PORT MORESBY (Radio Australia/Pacific Media Watch): Papua New Guineans have reacted angrily to an image depicting US President Barack Obama as a witchdoctor.

 

In the United States, opponents of Obama's health care reforms created the picture showing his face with a pig tusk through his nose superimposed on an image of a man wearing a loin cloth and an elaborate feather wig.

 

It is meant to portray the President as an African witchdoctor, but the original image is actually that of a Huli wigman in PNG's Southern Highlands.

 

The National newspaper reports expatriate Papua New Guineans have been voicing their disgust in emails to friends back home.

 

One blogger called for those responsible to apologise for insulting PNG culture.

 

Another said: "Keep my country out of your foolishness".

 

 


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Thursday, September 24, 2009

[pima.nius] MS: Georgina te Heuheu - Sir Howard - a true son of New Zealand

4:43 PM |

 

Hon Georgina

Te Heuheu

Associate Minister of Māori Affairs

24 September 2009

      Media Statement       

Sir Howard - a true son of New Zealand

With the passing of Sir Howard Morrison, New Zealand has lost one of its most ardent and true sons and one of its most influential leaders, Associate Minister of Māori Affairs Georgina te Heuheu said today.

"Sir Howard will be universally remembered as one of our entertainment greats, a path-finder and icon in the industry, a man of great wit and a keen sense of humour, someone who could make us laugh easily, laugh often and laugh at ourselves," she said.

"Sir Howard could have built himself a glittering entertainment career on the international stage but instead he chose to focus his extraordinary talents right here in New Zealand, because this is where he could make his greatest contribution.

"Sir Howard's contribution went beyond his capacity to entertain.  He was perhaps our greatest cultural ambassador, choosing to stay in New Zealand to help build our nation. 

"In his often direct but charming way, Sir Howard broke down barriers and helped Pakeha and Māori New Zealanders see each other more clearly, understand each other better and enjoy each other.

 "He was much loved and admired and was therefore able to make us feel comfortable about ourselves.  The significance of his contribution during a 50-year career can not be over-estimated.  He was able to cross divides and bring people together at a critical time in our history.

"He was also a leader for young Māori in particular.  He used his creative talents to help improve the lives of young people, encouraging them to lift their sights, seek excellence and achieve."

Working for the Department of Māori Affairs in the 1970s, Sir Howard took on an extensive programme of school visits aimed at improving pupils' sense of self esteem and pride in their culture. 

His 1979 Tu Tangata : Stand Tall nation-wide tour saw him touch the lives of many thousands of young Māori, many of whom today say they owe their success to him.

Sir Howard treasured his early upbringing in Ruatahuna and although he frequently travelled overseas he never forgot his beginnings, nor where his home was – Ohinemutu, Lake Rotorua, firmly ensconced in the bosom of his tribe, Ngati Whakaue of Te Arawa.

"He can rest in peace knowing he has made a difference for his people and his country," Mrs te Heuheu said.

"His contribution to New Zealand is significant and enduring.  He was a man who walked easily in both worlds, admired in both, a rangatira of great mana, a gentleman and true knight of the realm.

"I will miss him as a brother."

 

"No reira e te rangatira, moe mai i tou moenga roa"

 

 

 

Media contact:       Rose  Hart      04 817 9878    021 279 9878

 

 

 

 


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[pima.nius] PR: Auckland City Council media release: New Zealand film industry in international spotlight

4:43 PM |

Auckland City Council
Media release

24 September 2009

New Zealand film industry in international spotlight

 

A selection of the best of New Zealand cinema will be shown at an international film festival in Germany from tomorrow.

New Zealand is to be featured as the 'Deluxe' country at Filmfest Hamburg this year, which runs from 24 September to 1 October.  Being selected as the feature country is a coup for New Zealand's film industry. Auckland City Council, Film Auckland, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise  and the New Zealand embassy in Germany, the New Zealand Film Archive and the New Zealand Film Commission worked together to put New Zealand in the leading role.

Six New Zealand cinema classics dating from 1964 to 1987 will have their German premiere at the festival, showcasing our film potential and locations to an international audience of approximately 35,000.

Filmfest Hamburg Deluxe will showcase lesser-known films to demonstrate the breadth of New Zealand's film industry that goes beyond the internationally famous works of the likes of Jane Campion (The Piano) and Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings 1-3). The films on show include Ngati, Angel Mine, Off The Edge and Runaway.

Auckland and Hamburg signed a strategic alliance in 2007 to support opportunities for growth in key sectors and to encourage best practice learning.

A special focus has always been placed on creative industries, including annual involvement in the Hamburg Animation Award, a guest speaker from Hamburg at the DOCNZ Summit 2009 and a best practice videoconference on creative industries between industry experts from both cities.

Auckland City Council City Development Chairperson Aaron Bhatnagar said that New Zealand and Germany signed a film co-production agreement in 2005, making New Zealand a popular destination for German production companies.

"Aside from the internationally renowned Whale Rider, three other New Zealand feature films - Flight of the Albatross, Among The Cinders, and Te Rua - have had investment from or have been co-productions with Germany. In addition, some recent German TV productions have been joint projects with New Zealand and this has provided a welcome boost to the local industry," says Councillor Bhatnagar.

The Auckland region is a key global film destination and the city plays a pivotal role in the nation's film industry. In 2007, the screen production industry in Auckland city generated GDP of $377 million and the film sector continues to grow.

Hamburg is a major European media centre and hub of film and television production with more than 1,140 companies working in the film industry. New Zealand is a popular destination for German production companies, especially those producing television commercials.

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Notes to editor:

Films and screening times:

Runaway / 26.09.2009 / 20:30 Zeise 1 / 102 Min.  [NZ 27.09.2009 7:30am]  
Off the Edge / 27.09.2009 / 18:00 Zeise 1 / 77 Min.  [28.09.2009 5am] 
Runaway / 28.09.2009 / 17:00 / Kino 3001 / 102 Min. (WDH) [29.09.2009 4am] 
The Experimental Archive / 28.09.2009 / 19:15 Zeise 2 / 80 Min.  [29.09.2009 6:15am] 
Angel Mine / 29.09.2009 / 21:45 Zeise 2 / 79 Min.  [30.09.2009 8:45am] 
Off the Edge / 29.09.2009 / 17:00 Kino 3001 / 77 Min. (WDH)  [30.09.2009 4am] 
Angel Mine / 30.09.2009 / 17:00 Kino 3001 / 79 Min. (WDH) [1.10.2009 4am] 
Carry Me Back / 30.09.2009 / 19:45 Zeise 2 / 84 Min.  [01.10.2009 6:45am] 
Ngati / 01.10.2009 / 21:45 Zeise 2 / 93 Min.  [2.10.2009 8:45am] 
Ngati / 02.10.2009 / 17:00 Kino 3001 / 93 Min. (WDH)  [3.10.2009 4am] 
Patu! / 03.10.2009 / 17:30 Zeise 1 / 113 Min. [4.10.2009 4:30am] 

Additional background:

  • Auckland City Council facilitates an additional $55 million of GDP to the Auckland city economy each year through its international relations programmes.
  • Auckland City Council is committed to a sustainable screen production industry through sponsorship of Film Auckland.
  • Auckland's film industry is growing and the region is a key global film destination
  • Auckland plays a pivotal role in the nation's film industry. Auckland is home to over half of the country's screen production employment, and three quarters of national television employment. In 2007, the screen production industry in Auckland city generated GDP of $377 million.

 

·       There is a link between Among The Cinders and Te Rua and the films screening in Hamburg. Both were produced by Pacific Films, which also produced Runaway and Ngati. John O'Shea, the producer and director of Runaway was a writer on Among The Cinders and a producer on Te Rua. Barry Barclay, the director of Ngati, also directed Te Rua.

1       There have also been some recent German TV productions (screening on ZDF) that have been joint projects with NZ. These have included: 

·       Kreuzfahrt ins Gluck – Hochzeitsreise nach Neuseeland
1       Sehnsucht nach Neuseeland
2       Das Paradies am Ende der Welt

  • New Zealand and Germany signed a film co-production agreement in 2005. In addition, some German-New Zealand co-productions are eligible for the New Zealand Screen Production Incentive Fund (SPIFF), created in July 2008 by the New Zealand Government.

 

  • Hamburg is one of Germany's major film and television production locations (together with Berlin, Munich, and Cologne). Hamburg has more than 1,140 companies in the film industry, most of them producing cinema and television films but companies producing talk shows, series, innovative/creative film making and cartoon/animation are also widely present. Every year around 150 feature films and TV series are shot here.

Hamburg offers good post-production services, including established post-production companies, numerous production companies, sound studios, dubbing studios, film printing works, movie distributors and a number of acting and media agencies. A number of institutions offer training in TV and film work, including the cinematic faculty at Hamburg University, the Academy of Fine Arts (HfbK, Hochschule für bildende Künste), the new Hamburg Media School, and societies such as the Foundation for Vocational Training and the Association for M

 

Charlotte Haycock
Media Communications
Auckland City Council

Ph: (09) 307 7452
Mobile: 027 297 4966
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[pima.nius] [Pacific_media_watch] 6451 REGION: AUT brings more Pacific news toScoop

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AUT BRINGS MORE PACIFIC NEWS TO SCOOP

 

AUCKLAND (Voxy News/Pacific Media Watch): A new online Pacific media service, Pacific Scoop (www.pacific.scoop.co.nz) has been launched by Scoop co-editor Selwyn Manning. A partnership between Scoop Media and AUT's Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Scoop is hosted on the existing Scoop website (www.scoop.co.nz).

 

The new site provides up-to-date news stories about Maori and Pasifika issues written by student journalists with support from experienced reporters and commentators.

 

Contributors include students from AUT's School of Communication Studies, the Divine Word University (Papua New Guinea), the National University of Samoa and the University of the South Pacific in Fiji.

 

Manning says: "The Pacific Scoop hub provides AUT's journalism students and staff a place to foot it with other practising journalists and respected commentators around the region. I'm looking forward to seeing this project grow in popularity and focus on major Pacific issues."

 

Dr David Robie, director of AUT University's Pacific Media Centre, is the editor of Pacific Scoop. Dr Robie says the service introduces a fresh and independent voice of the greater Pacific.

 

"We are keen to tell the hidden stories and address important Pacific issues like climate change and resource development," says Dr Robie. "Pacific Scoop allows us to highlight important Pacific issues, while also showcasing student journalism."

 

"The site will provide a great resource for journalists and members of the public who are interested in detailed and up-to-date information about what is happening in the Pacific."

 

Pacific issues have had prominence on the Scoop website since it was launched in 1999. But Alastair Thompson, Scoop's co-editor and co-founder, says the launch of Pacific Scoop will enhance the website's Pacific coverage: "This partnership will greatly increase our capacity to deliver news and commentary from the Pacific at a time when reporting resources in the Pacific are under great strain," says Thompson.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

[pima.nius] HONEST?!? opening at Fresh Gallery Otara

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Fresh Gallery Otara is proud to present…

HONEST?!?
A solo exhibition by Raymond Sagapolutele

  The lights are on but no-ones home (2009) by Raymond Sagapolutele

OPENING: 6-8pm, Thursday 1 October
ARTIST TALK: 12pm, Saturday 17 October

EXHIBITION DATES: 2 - 24 October

 

New Zealand-born south Auckland-raised Samoan brotographer with a flair for the dramatic and a keen eye on the prize.
  
FRESH GALLERY OTARA
A community gallery profiling new Pacific art from Manukau City

5/46 Fairmall, Otara Town Centre | Tues – Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 8am – 2pm
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Nicole.Lim@manukau.govt.nz | www.manukau.govt.nz/arts

 

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Bigger, better: Manukau Festival of Arts is back from 16 October to 15 November -  www.mfa.org.nz

 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

[pima.nius] Spasifik Mag loses Editor

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Last week Spasifik Mag's editor, Peter Rees, was made redundant due to downsizing. The redundancy was immediate and Rees is now looking for new opportunities in the job market. Spasifik Magazine founder Innes Logan will now take over the editor role, which he filled for a number of years before Rees' appointment to the role. It is speculated that Spasifik's restructuring comes after business failings by Oceania Media's associated businesses (Oceania is the mother company of Spasifik Magazine) and loss of advertising revenue due to reaction by corporates and government agencies to the recession.

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