Thursday, April 29, 2010

[pima.nius] Get together this Sat to remember Elma Maua

7:32 PM |

Hi everyone,

Please pass msg below on to other Pacific media or anyone who worked with/knew Elma personally  and may be interested in getting together to remember a staunch Pacific broadcaster.

Marama.

 

From: Iulia Leilua [mailto:Iulia.Leilua@maoritelevision.com]
Sent: Friday, 30 April 2010 1:53 p.m.
To: Sandra Kailahi; Marama Papau; Chris Lakatani; Angelina Weir; Eleanor Ikinofo
Subject:

 

In remembrance of our dear departed friend, Elma Maua, members of the Pacific Island Media Association will be meeting tomorrow night at the Thirsty Whale in Onehunga to raise a few glasses to her.

 

Elma Maua was a pioneer Cook Islands radio journalist who passed away earlier this week.  Her funeral will be held in Wellington tomorrow, Saturday 1 May 2010. 

 

If you would like to join us, we will be at the Thirsty Whale in Royal Oak between 7 pm and 9 pm.  Your first drink is on us.

 

For more info contact......

 

 

 

Iulia Leilua
Kaikawe Kōrero Take Ōkawa
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Māori Television
 
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[pima.nius] Pacific Dance New Zealand inaugural Manukau Pacific Dance Residence 2010

6:44 PM |

Warm Pacific Greetings

Pacific Dance New Zealand is inviting submissions for the inaugural Manukau
Pacific Dance Artist in Residence for 2010. The Auckland-based residency is
presented by Pacific Dance New Zealand in partnership with Manukau City
Council and DANZ (Dance Aotearoa New Zealand).

This exciting new dance residency is offered to an established New Zealand based
dancer, dance choreographer or a director of Pacific Island descent with a proven track
record of working in a community and or professional theatre context.

The residency will be carried out in Manukau for 8 weeks starting 31st July 2010.

The successful applicant will be given the opportunity to create a dance work with
participants from the community culminating in a public showing during the opening
month of the new Mangere Arts Centre.

The overall arc of the residency is to work with community participants to journey from
'grass roots to a professional theatre setting.' The successful applicant will be expected to
create an original work as well as to deliver a small series of public workshops.

The applicant will present a one page proposal of how they intend to use the residency
and supply a full CV outlining essential experience.

This proposal must clearly outline what the artist intends to achieve at the completion of
the residency and clearly state the targeted community i.e. youth, local dance groups,
traditional troupes, hip hop etc.
The successful applicant will receive:
 a stipend of NZ $4000.00
 a dedicated studio located in Mangere, Manukau.
 a professional mentor provided by DANZ
 a fully equipped theatre space to present their final public showing

For application forms, please email auckland@pacificdance.co.nz or call 09 3700487.
Applications are due by Friday 18th June, 5pm, 2010. No late applications will be
accepted.

For more information, please contact Filoi Vaila'au at 09 3700487 or
auckland@pacificdance.co.nz or visit the following sites: www.pacificdance.co.nz ,

Please find attached the residency details and application form.
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[pima.nius] Nauru's parliament in deadlock

1:14 PM |

Nauru's parliament in deadlock

Updated April 29, 2010 07:32:51

Nauru's parliament remains in a deadlock with neither side looking like conceding ground after the weekend's snap election.

If the government or opposition nominates a Speaker it will automatically lose the majority in the 18 member house.

Parliament will sit each Tuesday and Thursday until a Speaker and President are elected.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts
Speaker: Marcus Stephen, Nauru's Caretaker President

STEPHEN: Well I guess there are many scenarios if one side nominated Speaker obviously there'll be some conditions attached to it in terms of participation in executive is one proposal that's a possibility. Probably the worst scenario is that we all agree and go back to the people, but again that may turn out to be a fruitless exercise that I want to avoid.

COUTTS: Well even if you do go back, you face the possibility of another election anyway if the opposition chooses to block supply, which is probably on the cards?

STEPHEN: Yes we are limited in terms of what the constitution will allow us. We need to maybe put in a supplementary bill or the budget in June, again that's the constitution allows us that we need parliament to be in place and to be able to move and pass supply and budget bills. But that is something that we will have to deal with when the time comes, we've still got a few months to sort out the impasse in parliament and hopefully that we will be responsible and come up with something in terms of a solution.

COUTTS: What is behind this President Stephen, is it just simply a grab for power or is there more to it, for instance it's been said that some members of the opposition are aggrieved that you have turned down the Getax phosphate contract and that has prompted this current spate of dissension in the parliamentary ranks?

STEPHEN: I'm sure it's more than just a loan document that we turned down in Cabinet. That document really is not in favour of Nauru, it's a document that would be another mini-GE loan, where it will tie down the country and it will put the country into a debt situation where we cannot afford to pay and we simply cannot allow that. At the same time we're looking at other options of funding from donor countries to fix the problems that we're facing in terms of our mooring system and other infrastructure programs.

COUTTS: President Stephen you just said that you're sure it's not just the Get-axe contract or document that has caused this, so what is it then?

STEPHEN: Well I think like in any politics and in any elections it's really like you said it's a power play and at the same time that both sides wants to govern. But unfortunately the people did not return each party with a majority.

COUTTS: Would it take you to stand down to break this deadlock?

STEPHEN: I don't think that comes into the equation. Really I'm just a caretaker president, so really with the new parliament in place now it has nothing to do with the caretaker president. I'm just caretaker president until the deadlock is broken and parliament has decided to elect a new Speaker and a new president. So the discussion about myself resigning or standing down has really no bearing at all with the outcome of the new parliament.
You have to understand that it is a new parliament and it has its own procedures, and that procedure is to elect a Speaker and to elect a new President. This discussion about myself resigning or standing down has really no bearing at all.

COUTTS: Well we've talked about blocking supply, so this situation just can't go on, so is it going to take one side or the other to be more gracious and take a statesman like attitude to this now and break the deadlock?

STEPHEN: Yes that's what I'm looking at, I'm speaking with the Opposition Leader, Former President Scotty, spoke with him, that really the loser in this scenario is really the country, so we must be responsible and start putting proposals on the table and see what is the best outcome for both sides. At the same time we are all aware that we are limited in how far we can continue the deadlock and the stalemate. So again we have to be really responsible and seriously start discussing options.

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[pima.nius] No need for democratic change in Tonga – Manukau-based Pacific advisor

12:55 PM |

No need for democratic change in Tonga – Manukau-based Pacific advisor


Members of Manukau's Tongan community are joined by Labour MP Carmel Sepuloni (pictured centre/rear) and Manukau's Pacific Islands Advisory Board member, Salote Lilo (pictured far right).

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Gladys Hartson in Auckland.

A prominent member of the Tongan community in Auckland says she wants Tonga's political system to stay the same, as the country plans for the first ever democratic elections set to take place in November.

Tonga has had a constitutional monarchy since 1875. But there has been a strong pro democracy movement building in Tonga over recent decades.

The riots of 2006 in Nuku'alofa highlighted the call for change, and in 2008 King George Tupou V agreed to cede executive monarchical powers to a more democratic government.

Parliament has since passed a key constitutional amendment that will increase the number of publicly elected seats from nine to 17. Nobles' seats remain at nine.

However, deputy chair of the Pacific Island Advisory Board in Manukau, Salote Lilo, said: "I do not believe Tonga needs to change."

"I don't see myself going back to Tonga for the election," Ms Lilo added. "I am a New Zealander. I live here and benefit from this land of milk and honey. Why would I go vote there?"

Lack of resources

Still, Tongan New Zealanders who wish to vote will have to travel to their homeland to do so.

Their remittances, along with those from other overseas countries, make up over half of Tonga's national income.

Solicitor-General of Tonga Aminiasi Kefu said Tonga does not have the resources to cope with postal voting.

Labour MP Carmel Sepuloni said that while she cannot comment on another country's political stance, she understands the rationale behind asking Tongans who live overseas to come home for the vote.

"Tonga has few resources to pull from, and it's a huge task organising this election."

More women

Sepuloni, who is of Tongan descent, would also like to see more Pacific women in government.

Currently only one member of the Tongan Parliament – Minister of Information and Communication 'Eseta Fusitu'a – is female. There are currently no elected women in Parliament, after Niua's Lepolo Mahe Taunisila was beaten in the 2008 elections.

However, Lilo is concerned these elections will take the "uniqueness" out of Tonga. She added: "Once you lose that, the language and culture starts to disappear".

Lilo said Tonga people living in New Zealand will decide whether to go home and vote.

Her advice is: "Leave Tonga alone!"

Gladys Hartson is a Graduate Diploma in Journalism student at AUT University and is working with Pacific Media Watch.

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[pima.nius] Elma Maua

12:52 PM |




Cook Islands born broadcaster Elma Maua has died in Wellington at the
age of 61.

She died after a long illness, which earlier this year forced her to
retire as sports editor of Radio New Zealand International.

Elma Maua was among the pioneer Pacific Islands journalists in New
Zealand, also working for Radio New Zealand and Niu FM.

In 1999, she briefly returned to her native island of Rarotonga to
work in the Prime Minister's Office.

She is survived by five children.

News Content © Radio New Zealand International

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

[pima.nius] Coming up on Pacific Pulse this weekend

5:38 PM |

For immediate release
Pacific Pulse
one ocean – many stories
Pacific Pulse ventures beyond the headlines with feature stories from Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia that reflect contemporary life across the Pacific and recognise the strengths, hopes, achievements and aspirations of the region.
 
Episode 13
 
In this episode of Pacific Pulse, Tania Nugent is on Papua New Guinea's Indonesian border, in the village of Wutung in Sandaun Province, where she looks at the challenges and opportunities for the people whose customary land was split when the Dutch colonised the west of the island in 1881, leaving them living on the edge of two countries. Clement Paligaru is amid the bustle of Honiara's market in the Solomon Islands capital where he talks to women who make the elaborate strands used as shell money - a traditional currency that continues to be used today for trade, compensation and bride price.
 
Pacific Pulse will be broadcast across the Pacific in the following time zones:
 
Sat 1st May             22:20   American Samoa
                                Samoa  
                                Niue
                        23:20   Cook Islands
                                French Polynesia
 
Sun 2nd May              18:20 Palau
                        19:20   Guam
                                Northern Marianas
                                 Papua New Guinea
                        20:20    Federated States of Micronesia         
                                New Caledonia  
                                Solomon Islands
                                Vanuatu
                        21:20    Fiji
                                Kiribati
                                Marshall Islands        
                                Nauru  
                                Tokelau
                                Tuvalu
                                Wallis and Futuna
                        22:20   Tonga          
 
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[pima.nius] The 2010 Manukau Pacific Arts Summit (1-29 May)

5:13 PM |

Manukau Arts, Manukau City Council is so PROUD to present the inaugural...
 
CREATIVE CAREERS!
  • CREATIVE CAREERS YOUTH EXPO // Turn creativity into a career! Find a path to success doing what you love! Featuring inspiring presentations by young Pacific creative professionals: Joe Taele (TV producer), Monty Collins (visual artist), Opeloge Ah Sam (musician and composer), Leilani Kake (visual artist) and Stacey Leilua (actor) and HEAPS of information on courses, degrees and qualifications, support services and scholarships all available in Auckland! // 10am - 4pm, Saturday 1 May at Otara Music Arts Centre
VISUAL ARTS!
POETRY!
  • Writer, producer, DJ and poet Charlie Dark is coming to Otara! As a visiting artist with the British Council's People in Your Neighbourhood project, Dark will perform live on the Otara Centre Stage for the LUNCHTIME POETRY SLAM from 12.30 - 1.30pm, Tuesday 4 May // Complimented by local poets including Drew Harding (South Auckland Poets Collective) and Luisa Tora (Niu Waves Writer's Collective, Fiji)
HERITAGE ARTS!
  • CREATIVE NEW ZEALAND HERITAGE ARTS FONO // CNZ is highlighting the importance of Pacific heritage arts with a series of fono throughout New Zealand, Otara hosts the Manukau fono - hear about CNZ's recent research into the health of our heritage arts, projects that have been funded and how YOU can access CNZ funding for heritage arts projects // 10am - 3pm on Friday 7 May at Otara Music Arts Centre // Registration required // Contact Brett Stirling, Brett.Stirling@manukau.govt.nz or call Nicole Lim, 09 271 6019
  • TONGAN STYLE ARTIST TALK // Hear curators Manuesina Mahina and Kolokesa Mahina-Tuai in discussion with artists currently featured in TONGAN STYLE, a beautiful exhibition honouring the arts of embroidery and crochet, and Tongan material cultural values // 12noon, Saturday 8 May
MUSIC!
  • PACIFIC SOUND STAGE // Celebrating NZ Music Month, Pacific Sound Stage is an awesome free concert at Otara Music Arts Centre featuring smooth Pacific sounds from Adeaze, King Kapisi, Cydel, Kila Kokonut Krew artists and much more! // 6 - 10pm, Saturday 22 May
 
Find out more...
** The 2010 Manukau Pacific Arts Summit is brought to you by Manukau Arts, Manukau City Council **
 
 
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[pima.nius] FIJI: Regime not backing down on draft media law

1:05 PM |



Title – 6833 FIJI: Regime not backing down on draft media law
Date – 28 April 2010
Byline – Shailendra Singh
Origin – Pacific Media Watch
Source – Inter Press Service, 28/4/10
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GOV'T NOT BACKING DOWN ON CONTROVERSIAL DRAFT LAW
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By Shailendra Singh

SUVA (Inter Press Service/Pacific Media Watch): Fiji's draft media decree continues to be criticised from within and outside this Pacific nation, but the government is showing no signs of backing down or softening any of its provisions.

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has described international coverage of the draft decree as unbalanced and bordering on the hysterical. He told Radio Fiji recently: "(Again), I would suggest very strongly that most of these sorts of comments are not objective but actually political in nature."

"I would also attribute some of this hysteria to some local media organisations that are probably whipping up this frenzy and trying to portray an image of Fiji that is far from the truth," he added.

Breach of content regulation or disclosure provisions of the proposed law could lead to a maximum fine of 500,000 Fijian dollars (about 258,347 US dollars) for the media company concerned, and a maximum fine of 100,000 Fijian dollars (about 51,669 dollars) or a maximum jail term of five years, or both, for publishers, editors and reporters.

Critics of the government say that it has no one to blame but itself for any negative perceptions about Fiji or the draft decree.

After all, it was only last year that President Ratu Josefa Iloilo abrogated the country's charter, formed an interim government that is to remain in power until 2014, and then reappointed as premier Commodore Frank Bainimarama, who has ruled Fiji since staging a coup in 2006.

Freedom of expression and of the press have also been under heavy strain under the Public Emergency Regulations (PER) that, said the Suva-based Citizens' Constitutional Forum, would only be replaced in name by the proposed Media Industry Development Decree 2010.

According to the forum's executive director, Rev Akuila Yabaki, the draft decree only "allows strict media censorship to continue in Fiji".

"PER and censorship must be lifted so that citizens of Fiji can enjoy the right to receive and impart information and diverse opinions," Yabaki said.

The Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), for its part, said that the draft decree invests all power of interpretation over the meaning of fair, balanced and quality journalism to officers and authorities appointed by the Bainimarama regime.

"This decree is clearly focused on the regime retaining control and entrenching its highly oppressive restrictions, not only on the media but (also) on members of the public who might wish to express dissenting views," the IFJ said in a statement.

At the same time, IFJ general secretary Aidan White said it "strictly limits the ability of Fiji's media to regain its role as a critical watchdog on the accountability of power-holders, and must be substantially rewritten or withdrawn".

Among other things, the draft decree calls for the formation of a Media Development Authority whose powers would include compelling media outfits to disclose the documentation they performed for their stories. The body would also be exempt from legal proceedings unless it can be shown that it acted in bad faith or without care.

Offences outlined in the decree meanwhile include publishing or broadcasting material that is against public interest or order, offends good taste or decency, or creates communal discord.

The draft decree's miscellaneous provisions also hand the minister concerned wide-ranging powers to stop broadcast or publication in an emergency. Precisely what constitutes an "emergency," however, is not defined.

The same minister gets to appoint, as well as dismiss, the director of the Media Development Authority.

According to Prime Minister Bainimarama, the proposed decree will set a better relationship with the media.

But the draft law was already clouded in controversy even before it was tabled on April 7, with media organisations and interested parties complaining that they were not given enough time to scrutinise the 49-page document.

Those who registered for the consultations were asked to collect copies of the draft at 8 a.m. or 90 minutes before the consultations began at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Suva.

They were also not allowed to make copies of the document, which they all had to return afterward.

The international media monitor Reporters Without Borders, however, apparently read enough to issue a statement on April 8 that said the draft decree is an "authoritarian imposition by a regime with no democratic legitimacy".

"Nowhere is press freedom mentioned in this proposed decree, which appears to be designed to enable the military government to tighten its grip on the media – control of media ownership, control of content, and control of the dissemination of news within the country," the organisation said.

The draft decree is reportedly modeled after Singapore's media laws – which has not exactly provided any comfort to the local and international media.

In the 2009 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Singapore was ranked 133rd out of 175 countries.

Then again, it still bested Fiji, which fell 73 places from its position the previous year and landed on the 152nd spot in the index.

It remains to be seen whether the draft decree would improve or worsen that ranking.

What looks certain, however, is the draft becoming law. Although Attorney-General Khaiyum has not given any timeframe or date for its promulgation, he has said that it would be implemented in due course.

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[pima.nius] PR: Information and Communications Assistant - SPC Vacancy: Closes 08 May, 2010

1:02 PM |



COMMUNITY EDUCATION TRAINING CENTRE (CETC)

    Information and Communications Assistant

Duties and Responsibilities:

The appointee will manage and develop approved CETC information services and efficiently route relevant information to key stakeholders; be the focal point for CETC information and provide and support appropriate information services in a timely and cost effective member to CETC, SPC member Countries and Territories and other relevant stakeholders; coordinate all publications including training materials, and develop pamphlets, brochures, posters and newsletters on CETC as part of its information, advocacy and marketing strategy.  This includes researching, writing, editing materials for print, broadcast and online presentations as well as events update for the CETC website; manage CETC graduate networks and CETC databases.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

Tertiary qualifications in communications, public relations with specialised skills in publications from a recognized institution; good knowledge of information and communications processes; good knowledge of technical publication, editing, copyright processes; knowledge of information and communications environment and  applications including  electronic publication/distribution lists, website information maintenance, and database management; proven management, coordination and organisation skills; proven communication skills both in speaking, listening, writing, presentation and visuals; must demonstrate synthesis skills; concise, analytical and factual writing in English; demonstrable computer literacy with skills in a variety of software packages including spreadsheets and database management; demonstrable ability to master and adapt to new technologies and new approaches; demonstrable technical skills in publications and their technologies; demonstrable experience in writing, editing and publishing a range of materials (information/advocacy and marketing) in multimedia forms for a variety of target audience; demonstrable experience in technical publications; be experiences in coordination of publications; demonstrable setting priorities and meeting deadlines as well as working with minimal supervision.

Must have a minimum of 5 years relevant experience in a press office in the private, public or voluntary sector, proven maturity and discretion in dealing with government protocol, CETC/SPC clients and staff.

Salary: F$2,682 per month               Duration:  One year (renewable)

Ruci Mafi (Ms),

Communications & Training Assistant,

Regional Media Centre,

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[pima.nius] PR: WAVE media network release: Pacific women in media hold Media Freedom meet in Brisbane.

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 Wednesday 28th April, 2010—Pacific women in news journalism, advocacy and media studies are making history in Brisbane, Australia this week. In the first ever meeting of its kind, more than 20 women from 12 Pacific nations are meeting in a 'Media Freedom@Work' event aimed at building safety, excellence and leadership networks for Pacific women in media.

The two day meet which begins this morning at the School for Communications and Social Change at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, will round off with a mini-workshop on ICTs and online advocacy this Friday 30th April. The Pacific women will then join more than 300 delegates from around the world attending the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day events being hosted in 2010 in Australia.

"World Press Freedom Day every May 3 is a key date for all journalists, everywhere, and it's an important chance for regional delegates to introduce the world to the media freedom issues in our own backyard," says WAVE Coordinator Ulamila Wragg.

WAVE, an online network of women in Pacific media, is partnering with the WPFD 2010 organisers at the University of Queensland to lead the Media Freedom@Work activity.

The key objective of the WAVE pre-WPFD activity is to support awareness, understanding, ownership and debate by Pacific women in media of the global and regional commitments to gender and journalism ethics.  The meeting will discuss the Brussels Declaration on Ethics, Gender and Equality in the newsroom, along with other global and regional commitments relevant to that outcome, including the SPC/UNESCO and PINA Pacific Women in the Media Action Plan, 2006.

Leading Pacific women in media including Sharon Baghwan Rolls of FemLINKpacific, Sophie Foster of Fiji Times, Nanette Woonton of SPREP and Tione Chinula of SPC will be discussing their experiences in news and media advocacy and rubbing shoulders with journalism students and trainers from PNG, Samoa and Fiji.

 "As an inaugural meeting for the Pacific WAVE network, we are keen to benefit from fresh thinking, real experience, and ideas for developing the media industry and its place in the kind of Pacific future which we are seeking," says Wragg.

"We're really pleased with the support from AusAID, UQ, and other partners willing to help Pacific women media practitioners develop their awareness of the links between news production, information, choices, human rights and governance," she says.-- ENDS  



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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

[pima.nius] Think tank wants Australia to take more Pacific migrants

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Think tank wants Australia to take more Pacific migrants

Updated April 27, 2010 16:58:13

A Pacific regional think tank wants Australia to look at allowing a freer flow of migrants into Australia from the neighbouring Melanesian countries.
The Pacific Institute of Public Policy has just published a briefing paper advocating greater opportunities for people from the Pacific to migrate to the developed nations of the Pacific rim. The Institute's Executive Director, Derek Brien, says such migration would need to be carefully managed, to make sure Aabcwire.send-mungmung.rapbustralia won't just end up taking Pacific people with skills and an education who are needed at home.

Presenter: Bruce Hill
Speaker: Pacific Institute of Public Policy's Executive Director, Derek Brienabcwire.send-mungmung.rapb

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[pima.nius] PNG: Media Council receives petition opposing Ombudsman fund-cutting bill

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PNG: Media Council receives petition opposing Ombudsman fund-cutting bill


Pacific Scoop editor's note: The Papua New Guinea Government's draft Ombudsman Commission Amendment Bill appears to be designed by politicians to allow the Ombudsman Commission funds to be cut. Some in PNG fear the move will prevent the Ombudsman's Office from investigating senior politicians. The following report is courtesy of The National in PNG.

PORT MORESBY (The National) – Papua New Guinea's Media Council president Joe Kanekane says he had been given a petition by the Highlands communities opposing the Ombudsman Commission Amendment Bill in Parliament next month.

"The communities also want a stronger focus on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)," Kanekane, who is also co-chair of the Community Coalition Against Corruption said.

He said the petition was signed by more than 500 people in Aiyura Valley, including representatives from Southern Highlands, Hela, Western Highlands, Jiwaka, Chimbu and Eastern Highlands.

The petition was an unexpected outcome of a three-day media literacy workshop conducted by the Media Council from April 14-16 for the Highlands region which was attended by 40 participants.

On the third day, the workshop extended onto a forum on the awareness of the MDGs and PNG's performance which attracted more than 500 people.

Council executive director Nimo Walter Kama, who spearheaded the workshop, said: "None of the forum participants had any idea of what the MDGs were.

"They did not even know the targets that were supposed to be achieved and were concerned that 10 years had already gone without any real achievements.

"But most forum respondents recognised that the MDG targets of ending hunger and poverty, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality and empowering women, reducing child deaths, improving maternal health, curbing HIV/AIDS, malaria and other preventable diseases, and ensuring environmental sustainability would transform rural communities," Kama said.

Kanekane said it was during the question and answer session that the forum, while expressing dissatisfaction, proposed to petition Parliament to focus on key developmental issues instead of self-preserving amendments to the OC.

"There was a lot of enthusiasm to sign the petition which was blessed in prayer by pastors before it was handed over to Kanekane," Kama said.

The petition captured the forum's concerns that PNG, as a signatory to the MDGs, had downgraded their efforts initially through the medium-term development strategy.

The petition urges MPs to:

    * Cease from making amendments to the OC laws which protect the mandated powers given to them by the people;

    * Focus on implementing the MDGs beginning with incorporating it as it is into the Government's medium-term development strategy;

    * Follow this up with sectoral approaches in agriculture, fishery, eco-tourism, forestry, inspiring rural people to income earning opportunities in an environmentally sustainable way;

    * Ensure funding at adequate levels in key sector areas like education and health, including churches, as significant partners; and

    * Supporting this with adequately maintained and new strategic infrastructure as well as utilities like water and electricity.

Kanekane will deliver the petition to the appropriate authorities.

This item is reproduced on Pacific Scoop, courtesy of The National, Papua New Guinea.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

[pima.nius] PR: CEDAW Reporting Critical to Advancing the Status of Women

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Press Release

For Immediate Release

CEDAW Reporting Critical to Advancing the Status of Women

Tarawa, Kiribati - "The Government of Kiribati has taken important steps towards reporting under CEDAW," said Mr Tom Murdoch, Deputy Secretary Ministry of Internal and Social Affairs (MISA) during the opening of the CEDAW Report Writing Workshop.

CEDAW is the UN Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the international bill of rights for women. Kiribati ratified the Convention in 2004 and has prepared a draft state report. The workshop held from 14-19 April, 2010 aimed at examining the state report and providing feedback and comment on the draft. A total of 15 participants attended the workshop including representatives from government departments and non government organizations (NGO). The NGO members are committed to drafting a Shadow Report.

Key outcomes from the workshop included increased discussion and awareness of the obstacles towards addressing gender inequality in formal reporting instruments.  A recurring theme was the issue of culture and tradition but participants also reflected on the emerging social problems facing I'Kiribati women and girls including access to tertiary education and health services.  Specific gender issues such as girls not attending school while menstruating due to inadequate toilet facilities was one of many critical issues identified during the training.

The next critical stage is for the Ministry for Internal and Social Affairs to edit and revise the draft and submit it to the next meeting of Permanent Secretaries preparatory to consideration by Cabinet.

The workshop was coordinated by Anne Kautu, Women's Officer, Ministry of Internal and Social Affairs with support from Ross Craven Country Projects Coordinator, UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), and facilitated by Gina Houng Lee, Senior Trainer, Pacific Regional Rights Resource Team of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (RRRT/SPC)  with support from Teretia Mantaia, Country Focal Officer.

For more information, please contact Ann Kautu, Senior Women's Development Officer, MISA annemarie.kautu@gmail.com on phone number (686) 29228 or Ross Craven, UNIFEM ross.craven@unifem.org or phone (686) 22905.

(Caption: CEDAW Report Writing Training participants (14 April 2010), Tarawa, Kiribati).


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[pima.nius] FIJI: Dominion Post condemns media decree

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Title – 6826 FIJI: Dominion Post condemns media decree
Date – 26 April 2010
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Origin – Pacific Media Watch
Source – The Dominion Post (NZ), 23/4/10
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Dominion Post Editorial:
MEDIA RESTRICTIONS WILL HIT FIJI'S PEOPLE
www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/opinion/editorials/3621179/Editorial-Media-restrictions-will-hit-Fijis-people

WELLINGTON (The Dominion Post/Pacific Media Watch): OPINION: The primary function of Fiji's proposed new media regulator is "to encourage, promote and facilitate the development of media organisations and services". It sounds reasonable.

There is just one problem. In order to perform its duties the Media Industry Development Authority is being given the power to fine and lock up journalists, editors and publishers, censor news reports, search premises, seize documents, and shut down news organisations.

Coating a dictator's iron fist with a veneer of legality does not soften the blow.

If the New Zealand government was minded to relax the restrictions it has put on Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama's regime, the new media restrictions unveiled earlier this month are reason not to.

Every attempt at encouraging Fiji to return to the democratic fold has been met with truculence and obstruction.

New Zealand's high commissioner to Fiji has been expelled, its deputy high commissioner has been expelled, its head of mission has been expelled.

When the government tried to promote dialogue by proposing the reappointment of deputy heads of missions in Wellington and Suva, the commodore killed the idea stone dead by nominating military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni for the position of counsellor at its high commission.

A central figure in the coup that installed the commodore in power, the lieutenant colonel is banned from New Zealand because he is a member of the Fijian military.

The commodore is labouring under a misapprehension. The misapprehension is that he is the big man in the Pacific.

He is not. He is a tinpot dictator who has gained power at the point of a gun and is destroying his country's economy and prospects and the institutions, already weakened by three previous coups, that underpin good government.

The news media is one of them. Journalists, editors and publishers will bear the immediate brunt of the latest restrictions, but the real losers are the Fijian people, who have already lost the right to learn what is happening because of "emergency" regulations put in place last year.

Now the restrictions are being made permanent and the penalties for breaching them more severe. Individuals face prison terms of up to five years and fines of up to NZ$73,000; news organisations fines of up to NZ$364,000.

Journalists, unable to protect their sources and liable to detention for publishing anything an authority appointed by the regime considers to be against the public or national interest, to breach the bounds of good taste or to be likely to create communal discord, cannot do their jobs.

Free speech is a fundamental pillar of democracy. "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter," said Thomas Jefferson, the author of the American Declaration of Independence.

Fijians, regrettably, have been denied the choice by their self-appointed president.

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

[pima.nius] Taiwan sends soccer balls to Solomons to help prevent crime

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TAIWAN SENDS SOCCER BALLS TO SOLOMONS
Gift of 200 balls aims at crime prevention

http://pidp.eastwestcenter.org/pireport/2010/April/04-23-17.htm


HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, April 22, 2010) -

The Government of Taiwan has handed over 200 soccer balls to Solomon Islands.

Donation of the 200 soccer balls was announced by Taiwan's president Ma Ying Jeou during his recent visit to Honiara.

Taiwan's Ambassador to Solomon Islands George Chan says, depending on the financial situation and the Embassy's financial capacity and capability, his country's sporting assistance can also extend to other sports.

The Ambassador appeals to Solomon Islanders to engage in sporting activities rather than getting involved in illegal activities.

He assures the country that Taiwan will continue to assist in the development of the Solomon Islands.

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp.: 

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