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SODELPA’s Rabuka confident of winning power in Fiji election

Published By   /  September 15, 2018  /  APJS newsfile, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Culture, Democracy, Elections, Featured, Fiji constitution, Fiji elections, FijiFirst, IntJourn Project, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, National Federation Party, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports, Sitiveni Rabuka, SODELPA  /  Comments Off on SODELPA’s Rabuka confident of winning power in Fiji election

By Sri Krishnamurthi of the Pacific Media Centre Fiji’s Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leader Sitiveni Rabuka is confident of winning government benches in the 2018 general election. SODELPA, the largest opposition party from the 2014 election in Fiji, currently has 15 seats while FijiFirst has 32 and the National Federation Party has three in […]

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Learning te reo Māori a pathway to Aotearoa’s culture and history

Published By   /  September 14, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Culture, Featured, Indigenous, Language, Maori culture, Maori education, Maori language, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Press Release, Reports, Te Reo, Te Reo Maori  /  Comments Off on Learning te reo Māori a pathway to Aotearoa’s culture and history

Eden created an online series for Te Karere voicing the political views of youth. Video: AUT By Michael Neilson, Māori affairs reporter of the New Zealand Herald Advocates for boosting te reo levels in Aotearoa say it provides a gateway to greater cultural, historical and racial understanding. Minister for Crown/Māori Relations Kelvin Davis says he […]

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Kupu: New app translates objects into te reo Māori

Published By   /  September 14, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Culture, Education, Featured, Indigenous education, Language, Maori culture, Maori language, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Press Release, Reports, Te Reo, Te Reo Maori  /  Comments Off on Kupu: New app translates objects into te reo Māori

Te Rina Kowhai reports for Te Karere. Video: TVNZ Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk A new app developed by Spark and Google in conjunction with the Research Team of the Te Aka Māori – English, English – Māori Dictionary in Te Ipukarea ~The National Māori Language Institute, has taken New Zealand by storm this Māori Language […]

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‘Flight of the myna’ – behind the smiles in post-coup Fiji 30 years on

Published By   /  September 12, 2018  /  Analysis, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Business, China, Culture, Development, Economics, Editor's Picks, Elections, Featured, Fiji, Fiji constitution, Fiji elections, Fiji politics, FijiFirst, IntJourn Project, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reflections, Reports  /  Comments Off on ‘Flight of the myna’ – behind the smiles in post-coup Fiji 30 years on

OPINION: By Sri Krishnamurthi in Suva When I left Fiji 30 years ago, a week after the first coup in 1987, I planned to write a book titled “The flight of the myna” – a pesky, noisy bird, which can talk if trained and was introduced to Fiji by our forefathers from India. The book […]

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Barbara Dreaver: Mana counts … NZ needs the Pacific as much as the Pacific needs NZ

Published By   /  September 12, 2018  /  Analysis, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, cultural diplomacy, Culture, Development, Diplomacy, Environment, Featured, Global, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Opinion, Pacific dialogue, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Pacific Voices, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports  /  Comments Off on Barbara Dreaver: Mana counts … NZ needs the Pacific as much as the Pacific needs NZ

A song called “Jacinda New Star in the Sky” clearly delighted NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru last week: “Underestimating personal relationships in the Pacific is sheer ignorance.” Image: Screen shot from TVNZ video OPINION: By Barbara Dreaver, 1 News Pacific Correspondent Now that the phosphate dust has settled […]

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Jokowi unmoved by growing support for ‘noise’ blasphemy case woman

Published By   /  August 26, 2018  /  Adzan, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Blasphemy, Call to prayer, Civil Society, Culture, Environment, Featured, Forests, Gender, Human Rights, Indonesia, Joko Widodo, justice, Media, Meiliana, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Religion, Religious freedom, Religious tolerance, Reports  /  Comments Off on Jokowi unmoved by growing support for ‘noise’ blasphemy case woman

Meiliana, a Chinese-Indonesian woman of the Buddhist faith, who has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for complaining about the volume of the adzan (Islamic call to prayer) from a speaker at a mosque near her house in Tanjungbalai, North Sumatra. Image: Jakarta Post By Christie Stefanie in Jakarta President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo says […]

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Students, migrants boost Nepalese community in NZ by 1000%

Published By   /  August 25, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Culture, Dashain, Featured, Global, Immigration, Media, Migration, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Nepal, Nepalese community, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Press Release, Reports  /  Comments Off on Students, migrants boost Nepalese community in NZ by 1000%

A Nepali family at a Nepalese New Year’s celebration: Sujata Nepal (from left), Nepal Adhikary, Aarna Adhikary and Ashish Adhikary. Image: Rahul Bhattarai/Te Waha Nui By Rahul Bhattarai in Auckland Almost 17,000 Nepalese people are now living in New Zealand following a sharp increase of migration from the Himalayas country, according to Statistics New Zealand’s […]

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Indonesian president’s belated call for tolerance leaves minorities at risk

Published By   /  August 18, 2018  /  Analysis, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Culture, Featured, Gender, Harassment, HIV, Human Rights, Indonesia, justice, LGBT, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Religion, Religious tolerance, Reports, Sexual harassment, Sexual Minorities, Tolerance  /  Comments Off on Indonesian president’s belated call for tolerance leaves minorities at risk

Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures during an interview at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia. Image: Human Rights Watch/R file By Phelim Kine Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo did something extraordinary in his annual State of the Nation address this week – he issued a plea for tolerance. “I am sure if the Indonesian people […]

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Films about 1965 anti-communist stigma dominate Indonesian festival

Published By   /  August 11, 2018  /  1965 Indonesian purge, Anti-communist purge, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Culture, Film, Film festival, Filmmaking, History, Human Rights, Indonesia, Land rights, Massacres, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Military, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports, Squatters  /  Comments Off on Films about 1965 anti-communist stigma dominate Indonesian festival

The trailer for Eka Saputri’s film Melawan Arus. Video: Komunitas Kedung By Joko Santoso in Purbalingga A short film by a student whose family were victims of the 1965 anti-communist purge in Indonesia has won best fictional film at the 2018 Purbalingga Film Festival. The film titled Against the Current (Melawan Arus) was directed by […]

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Controversial ‘Confucius’ doco gets mixed response at NZ universities

Published By   /  August 10, 2018  /  APJS newsfile, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia-Pacific Journalism, Censorship, China, Culture, Documentary, Falun Gong, Featured, Filmmaking, freedom of expression, Global, Human Rights, In The Name of Confucius, Media, Media Freedom, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Multimedia, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports  /  Comments Off on Controversial ‘Confucius’ doco gets mixed response at NZ universities

In The Name Of Confucius trailer for the 52-minute documentary. A Chinese government-sponsored cultural and education programme offers Mandarin lessons around the world. But a new film raises questions about a darker side of the Confucius Institutes, reports Rahul Bhattarai of Asia Pacific Journalism. Chinese-born Canadian film director Doris Liu has had her visa to […]

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