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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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Canberra’s new PM Morrison has little foreign policy, Pacific interest

Published By   /  August 29, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Australia, Climate, Diplomacy, Editor's Picks, Environment, Featured, Foreign Policy, Global, Human Rights, Indigenous, Indonesian diplomacy, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Nauru, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports  /  Comments Off on Canberra’s new PM Morrison has little foreign policy, Pacific interest

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will not be at the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru next week. He needs to rely heavily on the experience of his new Foreign Minister, Marise Payne, and deputy leader, Josh Frydenberg. Image: Andrew Taylor/The Conversation/AAP By Susan Harris Rimmer in Brisbane With all the focus this week on new Prime […]

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Ex-Bougainville VP blasts Canberra’s ‘top down’ interference in referendum

Published By   /  August 22, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bougainville, Bougainville Autonomous Region, Bougainville referendum, Bougainville war, Diplomacy, Featured, Human Rights, Indigenous, justice, Media, Melanesian, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Mining, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports  /  Comments Off on Ex-Bougainville VP blasts Canberra’s ‘top down’ interference in referendum

Bougainville MP Joseph Watawi … “Australians attempting to hijack our political system.” Image: Twitter Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk A former Bougainville regional vice-president has condemned Australia for political interference over the independence referendum process, saying Canberra would be better served dumping their diplomatic and aid corps in favour of “a drunk rugby team”. Bougainville is […]

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Ralph Regenvanu: Pacific regionalism, climate finance and women in politics

Published By   /  August 15, 2018  /  Analysis, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Development, Development policy, Diplomacy, Environment, Featured, Foreign Policy, Gender, Green Climate Fund, Human Rights, Media, Melanesian Spearhead Group, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Islands Forum, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Parliament, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports, United Liberation Movement for West Papua, Vanuatu, West Papua  /  Comments Off on Ralph Regenvanu: Pacific regionalism, climate finance and women in politics

Tess Newton Cain talks to Ralph Regenvanu During a recent trip to Port Vila, Tess Newton Cain caught up with Ralph Regenvanu, Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade in the Vanuatu government. Regenvanu describes himself as a Port Vila citizen. He has lived for most of his life in the capital of […]

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Indonesian influence in the Pacific grows, brushing aside West Papua

Published By   /  August 4, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Chinese influence, Diplomacy, Featured, Human Rights, Indigenous, Indonesia, Indonesian aid, Indonesian diplomacy, Johnny Blades, justice, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Press Release, Reports, RNZ Pacific, Self Determination, West Papua, West Papua human rights, West Papua self-determination, West Papuan independence  /  Comments Off on Indonesian influence in the Pacific grows, brushing aside West Papua

By Johnny Blades of RNZ Pacific in Wellington Indonesia’s influence in the Pacific Islands is growing, but is shadowed by disquiet over its region of Papua, known widely as West Papua. The West Papuan independence movement has significant traction in the region, where it continues to push for its self-determination aspirations to be addressed by […]

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Jokowi, Mahathir discuss migrant worker protection, border deal

Published By   /  July 2, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Asia Report, Diplomacy, Featured, Indonesia, Malaysia, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports, Security  /  Comments Off on Jokowi, Mahathir discuss migrant worker protection, border deal

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (right) shakes hands with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad after giving a joint statement at the Bogor Palace. Image: Puspa Perwitasari/Antara/Jakarta Post By Marguerite Afra Sapiie in Jakarta President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad have met for a bilateral talk, exploring issues ranging from education for Indonesian […]

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Timor-Leste president to make first official visit to Indonesia

Published By   /  June 25, 2018  /  Antara, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Borders, Development, Diplomacy, Economic growth, Economics, Francisco Guterres, Investment, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Press Release, Reports, Timor-Leste, Trade  /  Comments Off on Timor-Leste president to make first official visit to Indonesia

President Francisco “Lu Olo” Guterres …closer relations with Indonesia. Image: Presidential Power Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Timor-Leste President Francisco Guterres will make his first official overseas visit to Indonesia this week, reports Antara news agency. President Guterres will be welcomed by President Joko Widodo at Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, on Thursday, where the two […]

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Chinese president meets PNG’s O’Neill, pledging ‘deepening cooperation’

Published By   /  June 23, 2018  /  Aid, Aid policy, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Belt and road, Bilateral trade, China, Chinese aid, Development, Diplomacy, Economics, Featured, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Multimedia, New Releases, New Zealand, News, One China, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports  /  Comments Off on Chinese president meets PNG’s O’Neill, pledging ‘deepening cooperation’

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in Beijing. Image: CCTV+ Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Chinese President Xi Jinping has met Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in Beijing, pledging to work with the country to push the bilateral relations to a new level. Xi said Papua New Guinea is a […]

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Duterte holding bilateral talks with PNG prime minister O’Neill

Published By   /  May 16, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Diplomacy, Education, Featured, Filipino diaspora, Health care, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports  /  Comments Off on Duterte holding bilateral talks with PNG prime minister O’Neill

Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Peter O’Neill being welcomed on a state visit to the Philippines in Manila yesterday. Image: Loop PNG By Rosalie Coz in Manila President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines was due to hold bilateral talks later today with Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Peter O’Neill who arrived in Manila yesterday on […]

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