Solomon Islands students impressive at 18th USP journalism awards

Fiji Sun managing editor business Maraia Vula (middle) flanked by USP Journalism coordinator Dr Shailendra Singh (left), joint winners Koroi Tadulala and Elizabeth Osifelo and Professor David Robie (right). Image: Harrisson Selmen/Wansolwara

By Wansolwara Staff

Solomon Islands student journalists impressed at the annual University of the South Pacific media awards marking the 50th year of the Fiji-based regional institution.

The 18th USP student journalist awards on Friday night featured 14 prizes and more than $6000 in cash awards for excellence in journalism.

Solomon Islands students collected seven awards.

USP’s 50 YEARS

Final-year journalism students Elizabeth Osifelo from the Solomon Islands, who is also president of the Journalism Students Association, and Koroi Tadulala from Fiji scooped the premier award, Tanoa Award for the Most Outstanding Journalism Students, sponsored by Fiji Sun.

“The most important thing for us is being a responsible journalist – journalism has taught us not be passive but active – to pay attention to detail, to always be on your feet and to ask questions,” said Osifelo, who was in New Zealand earlier this year and visited AUT’s Pacific Media Centre and other news sites on a Pacific Cooperation Foundation scholarship.

“We learnt that we must read to develop our thinking.

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“At USP, we learnt that as journalists, we have a very important role to play in society. We got first-hand experience by reporting for our Wansolwara newspaper and website.

More confident
“Some of us came to USP fresh out of school with no skills or experience. After three years, we are much more experienced, far more confident and more ready than ever before to take on the world.

“We are sad to be leaving but we will remain family, no matter where in the world we end up.”

The Pacific Media Centre’s Professor David Robie speaking on the contemporary dangers of journalism. Image: Harrisson Selmen/Wansolwara

Keynote speaker Professor David Robie, director of AUT’s Pacific Media Centre, spoke about the global dangers for journalists and reflected on his time at the university when he set up the USP Journalism Students Awards.

“It is with pride that I can look back at my five years with USP bridging the start of the millennium. Among high points were gaining my doctorate in history/politics at USP – the first journalism educator to do so in the Pacific – and launching these very annual journalism awards, initially with the Storyboard and Tanoa awards and a host of sponsors,” he said.

“When I look at the outstanding achievements in the years since then with current journalism coordinator Dr Shailendra Singh and his colleagues Eliki Drugunalevu and Geraldine Panapasa, it is with some pleasure.

“And USP should be rightly delighted with one of the major success journalism programmes of the Asia-Pacific region.

Filipino students protest over the killings in the presidential “war on drugs”. Image: From Dr Robie’s “future of journalism” awards talk

Wansolwara newspaper, which celebrated two decades of publishing in 2016, has been a tremendous success. Not many journalism school publications have such sustained longevity and have won so many international awards.”

MASI president
USP journalism alumni and president of the Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI), Charles Kadamana, was also a guest speaker at the event.

MASI president Charles Kadamana (right) on the USP journalism awards night. Image: Harrisson Selmen/Wansolwara

He said the awards event was a fitting occasion for USP’s 50th anniversary.

“To those who received awards, I congratulate you. You deserve it. For others, do not be discouraged, rather you should be motivated to do better next time,” he said at the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies pavilion where the event was held.

“USP, over the past 50 years, has been the breeding ground for nurturing future journalists to meet the needs of the region. Many graduates have taken up leadership role within the government, private sectors, institutions and in the media industry.

“My message to students is that you carry a big responsibility. My advice is to make good use of your time while studying at USP. Every year thousands of students across the region struggle to secure scholarships to pursue journalism as a career so you should regard yourselves as the luckiest ones.”

Part of the crowd at the USP journalism awards. Image: Harrisson Selmen/Wansolwara

Organised by the University of the South Pacific Journalism Programme, the event is the longest running journalism awards in the region. It is the only awards for journalism in Fiji at the moment.

Dr Singh said the event recognises and rewards students who excel in their coursework, which includes producing news for print, online and broadcast media.

Other sponsors of the awards include Fiji Times Limited, Fiji Television Limited, Mai TV, FijiLive, Communications Fiji Limited, Islands Business, Pacific Islands News Association as well as international non-profit organisation Internews and Earth Journalism Network.

Pacific Media Centre’s professor David Robie, Fiji Times editor-in-chief Fred Wesley and USP journalism coordinator Dr Shailendra Singh on the USP awards night. Image: Wansolwara

Recipients of the 14 awards were:

FijiLive Most Promising First Year Student Award – Fredrick Kusu (Solomon Islands)
FijiLive
Best Online Reporting Award – Chris Ha’arabe (Solomon Islands)
Communications Fiji Limited Best Radio Student Award – Rosalie Nongebatu (Solomon Islands)
Fiji Television Limited Best Television Student Award – Sharon Nanau (Solomon Islands)
The Fiji Times Best News Reporting Award – Mereoni Mili and Anaseini Civavonovono
The Fiji Times Best Sports Reporting Award – Mitieli Baleiwai and Venina Tinaivugona
Islands Business Award for Best Feature Reporting – Laiseana Nasiga
Mai TV Award for Best Editor – Drue Slatter
Internews/Earth Journalism Network Awards for Best Mojo Documentary (Individual and Group) – Jared Koli (Solomon Islands for the Individual award) and Group 4 winners Kaelyn Dekarube (Nauru), Sharon Nanau, Eliza Kukutu (Solomon Islands), Harrison Selmen (Vanuatu) and Kirisitiana Uluwai
Pacific Islands News Association Encouragement Award – Dhruvkaran Nand
Wansolwara Award for Most Improved Student – Virashna Singh
The Fiji Times Storyboard Award for Best Regional Reporting – Rosalie Nongebatu and Semi Malaki (Tuvalu)
Fiji Sun Tanoa Award for the Most Outstanding Journalism Students – Koroi Tadulala and Elizabeth Osifelo

University of the South Pacific journalism graduating class of 2018. Image: Harrisson Selmen/Wansolwara

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Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 19 2018 – Today’s content

MIL OSI – Source: Evening Report Arts and Media

Headline: Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 19 2018 – Today’s content

Politics Newsletter: New Zealand Politics Daily – March 19 2018 – Today’s content

Editor’s Note: Here below is a list of the main issues currently under discussion in New Zealand and links to media coverage.

The Beehive and Parliament Buildings.

Below are the links to the items online. The full text of these items are contained in the PDF file (click to download).
Government agency spying
Nick Truebridge (Stuff): Southern Response approached disgruntled claimant Cam Preston’s employer with unproven allegations
Stuff: Doug Martin to lead investigation into Southern Response’s use of private investigator
RNZ: SSC appoints senior public servant to investigate spying allegations
Anna Bracewell-Worrall and Ben Irwin (Newshub): Government to look into use of spies by State agencies
Leith Huffadine and Megan Gattey (Stuff): Greenpeace calls for Govt inquiry into spy agency to include MBIE
Anna Bracewell-Worrall (Newshub): Greenpeace calls for Govt inquiry into Christchurch spying to include MBIE
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): So the NZ State hired dirty corporate spies for big oil???
No Right Turn: MBIE conspires with spies

Greens give Question Time allowance to National
Keith Locke (Daily Blog): Why Green MPs shouldn’t give their parliamentary questions to National
Jo Moir (Stuff): There’s nothing charitable about the Green Party’s deal with National
Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The Greens have managed to self sabotage themselves with the glee of a depressed goth Kamikaze pilot
Whaleoil: The Green party hand National a magazine full of extra rounds
Edward Willis (Great Government): To be a credible Opposition
Derek Cheng (Herald): Bridges pours cold water on National-Green coalition
Herald: National Party accepts Green Party offer of questions, but says it’s not a sign of a new partnership
1News: ‘It’s a waste of time’ – Green Party hands over primary questions in Parliament to National
1News: Jacinda Ardern’s horror week gets worse with Green Party’s shock announcement
RNZ: Question time deal sets govt up for rough ride
Jo Moir (Stuff): Green Party co-leader James Shaw has done a deal with National
Derek Cheng (Herald): Greens and National do deal over Parliament’s Question Time
Amanda Jane Robinson (Newshub): Greens give their Question Time quota to National
Newshub: ‘We’ll hold the Govt to account’: Simon Bridges reacts to question time increase
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Smart move from the Greens

Labour summer camp allegations
Colin Peacock (RNZ): Summer camp scandal sparks flood of opinion
Audrey Young (Herald): A week Jacinda Ardern will want to forget
Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern has political capital to burn but Labour shouldn’t squander it
Derek Cheng (Herald): General secretary Andrew Kirton’s political ambitions have taken a knock this week
Duncan Garner (Herald): Labour president should walk the plank over ‘gobsmackingly incompetent’ handling of camp saga
Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Jacinda Ardern fails big test after Labour camp scandal
1News: ‘It’s a moot point’ – PM defends Labour Party general secretary keeping sexual assault allegations from her
1News: Full interview: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern sits down with Corin Dann after a challenging week for her leadership
Herald: Prime Minister Jacinda Arden continues to back Labour Party general secretary Andrew Kirton over summer camp scandal
Herald: ‘Sacking isn’t the only way’: Jacinda Ardern on sexual assault allegations
Jo Moir (Stuff): Young Nats not immune to ‘boozy over-indulgence’, says long-time party member
1News: Jacinda Ardern says Labour lawyer available to all sex assault complainants as she acknowledges third alleged incident involving her party
Lizzie Marvelly (Herald):Labour camp scandal bigger than politics

Legal profession sexual misconduct allegations and MeToo
Spinoff: ‘Open secrets run rife’: what’s forgotten in the rush to judge Russell McVeagh
Tim Murphy (Newsroom): Russell McVeagh off $16m Auckland roster
RNZ: Chapman Tripp investigates sex allegation
Susan Strongman (The Wireless): Law firms ‘blacklist’ #MeToo blog
Press Editorial: The law benefits from female perspectives
Tess Nichol (Herald): If you think #MeToo’s gone too far, you’re still not listening
Pani Farvid (Herald): Sick of not having a voice and not being heard? #MeToo
Lee Umbers (Herald): #MeToo sees surge in Kiwi women seeking help

International relations and trade
Derek Cheng (Herald): PM Jacinda Ardern to talk trade with Indonesian President Joko Widodo
Stuff: Indonesian president’s visit marks 60 years of relations with NZ
RNZ: NZ govt considers further measures against Russia
BBC/RNZ: Russian response to nerve attack ‘cynical, sarcastic’ – Ardern
Derek Cheng (Herald): Govt steps back from Russia free trade deal following chemical attack
Tracy Watkins and Jo Moir (Stuff): Trade talks with Russia put on ice after spy’s poisoning in UK
Jane Clifton (Listener): What’s with Winston’s crush on Russia?
Stacey Kirk (Stuff): No room for diplomatic shades of grey on Russia – NZ’s choice is black and white
Malcolm McKinnon (Stuff): This is not a new Cold War – or is it?
Gwynn Compton (Libertas Digital): Ardern stumbles badly on Putin-Peters axis
Mike Smith (Standard): Russian to Judgment
Jo Moir (Stuff): ‘Poisoned’ ex-KGB agent seeking help of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Fran O’Sullivan (Herald): Turnbull shows limits of Anzac slogans
Michael Reddell (Croaking Cassandra): What do we want with the Belt and Road?
Simon Draper (Stuff): NZ has big role in shaping Asia
RNZ: $3m of aid for quake-struck PNG
Sam Hurley (Herald): Brazilian consulate tells nationals caught importing drugs they’ll be out in 2 years
Edward Gay (RNZ): Brazilian drug mule to NZ: ‘He’s made a terrible mistake’
Steven Cowan (Against the current): Bashing Bernie

Parliament and integrity issues
RNZ: National apologises for mass database sign-up
Andrew Geddis (Pundit): A submission on the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Act
Gwynn Compton (Libertas Digital): In opposition to the Electoral Integrity Amendment Bill
Hai Xin (Constitution Aotearoa): A lower voting age would be fairer and more consistent
Dileepa Fonseka (Stuff): Political rifts in the Chinese community as politicians battle over defamation
Stuff: Below the Beltway: A week in politics
Talisa Kupenga (Māori TV): A week of political highs and lows
Don Rowe (Spinoff): Let’s do this? A horror week for the Labour government

Public Service
Richard Harman (Politik): Rules for public servants
Hamish Rutherford (Stuff): ACC chairwoman Dame Paula Rebstock quiet on CEO pay row

Crown-Māori relationship and Māori seats
Graham Cameron (Spinoff): Labour to Iwi Chairs Forum: ‘Iwi leaders need to catch up with the new world’
Leah Te Whata (Māori TV): National to consider running candidates in Māori seats

Health and disability
Michelle Duff (Stuff): Is New Zealand’s maternity care system at breaking point?
Cecile Meier and Michelle Duff (Stuff): Hospital overcrowding puts most vulnerable babies at risk
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Kiwi nurses and midwives ready to reject pay deal
Alexa Cook (RNZ): Rural midwife crisis ‘unfair’ for pregnant women
Sarah Harris (Herald): Aged-care providers battle loneliness as New Zealand population ages
Sarah Harris (Herald): 87-year-old marathon runner Jim Douglas combats loneliness with exercise
Adam Jacobson (Stuff): Absence of mental health related questions in census a ‘missed opportunity’
Teuila Fuatai (Newsroom): Why we need more Māori and Pacific doctors
RNZ: Govt launches dengue fever awareness campaign
Aaron Leaman (Stuff): Raising awareness in hospitals lifts New Zealand’s organ donation rates
Alison Mau (Stuff): Wheelchairs with flat tyres, cups up high, pedal bins in disabled loos
1News: Government measures restricting use of surgical mesh a ‘smokescreen’ – campaigners
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Surgical mesh group asks Jacinda Ardern to intervene in ‘medical disaster’
Damien Grant (Stuff): Make helmet arguments about freedom, not safety
Tom Hunt (Dominion Post): Meagre turnout for helmet ‘ride for choice’ protest

Justice
John Campbell and Michelle Cooke (RNZ): Justice Minister seeks to repeal ‘one year and a day’ law
Cate Broughton (Stuff): Government acts to change ‘one year, one day’ law that stopped CTV building engineers being charged
RNZ: Widower welcomes plans to repeal ‘one year and a day’ law
Ella Prendergast (Newshub): Government faces dilemma over run-down Waikeria Prison
1News: ‘There should be no right to silence’ – Call for caregivers to be charged when family stays silent over child abuse
Michelle Duff (Stuff): On her deathbed, domestic violence victim challenges Family Court failings
Michelle Duff (Stuff): She thought the court would protect her. She was wrong
RNZ: No compo for men convicted of homosexuality
Marty Sharpe (Stuff): Prison accused of ignoring judge’s orders to produce prisoner in court

Education
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Early childhood teacher shortages ‘reaching crisis point’
John Gerritsen (RNZ):Insight: Dangerous Daycares
John Gerritsen (RNZ): Low early childhood staffing could be ‘toxic’ – advocates
Harrison Christian, Hamish McNeilly and Katy Jones (Stuff): Crowded schools ordered to enforce zones to make space for local kids
RNZ: Govt touts stronger Singapore education links
Simon Collins (Herald): School reports make way for online ‘real-time’ technology
Natalie Akoorie (Herald): School principal and board chair accused of bullying
Lynda Chanwai-Earle (RNZ): Slavery through education
Lincoln Tan (Herald): School launch $200-an-hour English course – taught by Chinese teachers

Inequality and poverty
Nicola Russell (Newshub): No more money available for child poverty reduction – Prime Minister
Steven Cowan (Against the current): Jacinda Ardern pleads poverty in the fight against poverty

Defence
Matt Nippert (Herald): Ombudsman forces release of defence spending on spy software
Sam Warburton (Pundit): How we found the NZDF was wrong on Hit & Run
1News: ‘Were they work related? They were’ – PM backs Ron Mark’s ‘transparent’ NZDF travel
Lloyd Burr (Newshub): Jacinda Ardern defends Ron Mark’s use of Defence craft
Newshub: Defence aircraft ‘not an Uber service’ – former Defence Minister Mark Mitchell

Employment
Madison Reidy (Stuff): Illegal migrant prostitutes too ‘terrified’ to report exploitation
RNZ: Restaurant chain exploited, underpaid workers for years
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): Low-waged jobs are demanding, require skill: Wonder why they’re hard to fill?
Andrew Ashton (Hawke’s Bay Today): Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway in Hawke’s Bay to discuss labour shortage
Gavin Scott (Overland): The radical potential of a universal basic income: a reply to Ben Kunkler
Tamsyn Parker (Herald): Tool to help employers track staff sleep and exercise

Superannuation
Laura Tupou (RNZ): Easier NZ super access to ease pressure – Cook Islanders
Laura Tupou (RNZ): Law change to grant 170 Pacific Islanders NZ super
Susan Edmunds (Stuff): The pension debate: Is the Super Fund reducing the burden or ripping us off?
Dan Satherley (Newshub): Why Gareth Morgan wants you to give him your super payments

Tax
Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): Tax choice comes down to type of political battle Labour wants to fight
ODT Editorial: New taxes on the way?
No Right Turn: The flip side of new taxes
David Farrar (Kiwiblog): A value capture tax has merit

Regional development
Peter de Graaf (Northern Advocate): Shane Jones commits $6.7m to Bay of Islands airport, wharves
RNZ: $7m infrastructure upgrade for Bay of Islands
Newshub: Why Shane Jones is spending $6m on a nursery

Police
Dominion Post Editorial: Police cannot justify road blocks with claims of good intent
Gareth Vaughan (Interest): Shell companies, the role of company and trust service providers, and alternative banking platforms highlighted in NZ Police money laundering report

Housing
Liam Dann (Herald): House price lull doesn’t fix problem for first home buyers
Dan Satherley (Newshub):‘No one cares’ about National’s housing record – Judith Collins
Chris Hutching (Stuff): Prefabrication doesn’t solve all building problems
Interest: Housing Minister anticipating significant chuck of the Government’s KiwiBuild homes will be prefabricated and bringing overseas companies to NZ to get the work done
John Roil (Hawke’s Bay Today): Are we facing housing Armageddon?
RNZ: Dunedin is latest council to target short term room lets
Liz Wylie (Wanganui Chronicle): Whanganui mum of six just wants a healthy home for her family

Primary industries
Ged Cann (Stuff): Greater observations and cameras on fishing vessels is needed, report finds
Christine Rose (Daily Blog):What price is dolphin protection? Election donations? Conflicts of Interest?
David Williams (Newsroom): Tough Mackenzie farm rules start to bite

Auckland
Todd Niall (RNZ): Questions over tardy release of Auckland Council report
Alexia Russell (Newsroom): Phil Goff’s legacy plan – 1000 clean beaches
Bernard Orsman (Herald): Big plan for 23,300 new homes in Auckland making slow progress
Bernard Orsman (Herald): America’s Cup poll: Aucklanders don’t want rugby-field size extension into Waitemata Harbour
Simon Wilson (Herald): What’s the real reason Mt Eden retailers are opposed to bigger bus stops?
Duncan Greive (Spinoff): Memo, Mike Hosking – no one’s forcing you to live in an apartment

Transport
Shane Cowlishaw (Newsroom): Air NZ charging Aussies half the price
RNZ: NZTA decides on Manawatū Gorge route option
Dominion Post Editorial: Switching on the power of preparation

Obama visit
Jack Fletcher (Stuff): Barack Obama set to meet Jacinda Ardern and John Key during his first visit to NZ
Danielle McLaughlin (Stuff): President Obama will bring a welcome reminder of US grace to NZ
Simon Maude (Stuff): Ex-president Barack Obama to stay at rich-lister’s Northland getaway
Audrey Young (Herald): Obama to join John and Max Key for a round of golf on NZ trip

Environment
Tim Brown (RNZ): Lake Hāwea residents barricade freedom campers
Andrew McRae (RNZ): Debate over mangroves in Coromandel goes to Parliament
1News: Canterbury water stoush: Should foreign company be allowed to extract 24 million litres a day from Christchurch to sell overseas?

Other
NZ Herald editorial: Economy slowing on political uncertainty
Martyn van Beynen (Stuff): Who are the better human beings – left or right?
RNZ: Te Papa’s Toi Art ‘a huge milestone’
RNZ: Liquor licensing decision undermines local councils – mayor
Stuff: Hamilton City Council looking at how best to manage alcohol sales
David Cohen (RNZ): Changing sexual politics: the 1954 Mazengarb Report
Craig Hoyle (Stuff): Māori Women’s Welfare League faces six-figure legal bill as members seek to oust president
Rukuwai Tipene-Allen (Māori TV): Calls for MWWL president to stand down
RNZ: Female role models in sport need to be celebrated – Minister
Edward Gay (RNZ): NZ firm that breached UN sanctions waits for fine

Vanuatu Daily Post marks 5000 issues – celebrating a pioneer of Pacific media freedom

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Headline: Vanuatu Daily Post marks 5000 issues – celebrating a pioneer of Pacific media freedom

Article by AsiaPacificReport.nz

Celebration in Port Vila … the Vanuatu Daily Post’s 5000th edition since it was launched 26 years ago.

From the Vanuatu Daily Post’s celebration special edition today.

Marc Neil-Jones’ newspaper Vanuatu Daily Post celebrates an historic milestone today. We need to remember how it came about.

Marc Neil-Jones … fearless dedication to truth. Image: Vanuatu Daily Post

“I have been lucky,” said Marc Neil-Jones in his valedictory speech when he retired at the end of 2015. “I came to Vanuatu only four years after cyclone Uma had destroyed the place. I came here in 1989 with $8000 and one of those small early Macintosh computers and the first Apple laser printer.”

Out of that Mac came an institution that has effectively defined Vanuatu’s region-leading reputation for media freedom.

Since he arrived in Vanuatu from Papua New Guinea 26 years ago, Marc’s swashbuckling approach to life and his fearless dedication to the truth—to say nothing of his apparently immortal mullet—have created a legend almost bigger than a man can be.

We celebrate his life and his achievements today.

If you run a Google search for “Marc Neil-Jones” the very first image to appear is of a rather punch-drunk man with a bloody nose and a split lip. Marc has gone—literally and metaphorically—toe-to-toe with countless powerful figures in his time. And although his health has suffered of late, he has emerged the victor in every confrontation.

He has been deported, imprisoned, beaten… and threatened with lawsuits so often that he reacts to each new lawyer’s letter with nothing more than a quiet smile, like someone hearing news of an old friend.

Some claim that he has drunk kava with more prime ministers than any other man. In his time away from the office his raillery and joie-de-vivre left many young women breathless and, often enough, scandalised.

Passion and intensity
But he brought that same passion and intensity to his work. Without his unique mix of affability and panache, it’s doubtful that the media in Vanuatu would have evolved as it has.

Marc’s legacy runs deeper than many people appreciate.

Back in 1993, Marc Neil-Jones persuaded then-Prime Minister Maxime Carlot Korman to allow him to open a proper newspaper, the first of its kind in Vanuatu. Until then, only a government rag existed, and its coverage of politics and current events was… staid, to say the least.

It was Marc’s taste for scandal and imbroglio that led him into the newspaper business, but it was his deeply-held sense of decency and desire for fairness that created the newspaper you’re reading today.

In over two decades of partnership with local businessman Gene Wong, Marc’s brainchild has moved from strength to strength. Even in the wake of cyclone Pam’s devastation and the subsequent economic downturn, the Daily Post and Buzz FM remain profitable.

The 5000th edition of the Vanuatu Daily Post.

It is impossible to measure the social wealth that this man has helped create. Without a newspaper of record, one could argue that Vanuatu’s path over the years would have been a different one.

At the height of tension during the 2015 criminal bribery trials, a Solomon Islands policeman turned to a ni-Vanuatu colleague and said: “Mate, if this were Honiara, half the town would be on fire by now.”

But this is Port Vila, not Honiara; and not to put too fine a point on it, if people here have learned to love ethics, fairness and the rule of law, they learned most of it in the pages of the Daily Post.

Marc Neil-Jones has faced increasing health challenges in recent years, and at the end of 2015, he formally announced his retirement. He is a pioneer, a champion of media freedom and a member of a truly elite—and far too small—club of fearless defenders of the truth in the Pacific islands.

This article was first published in the Vanuatu Daily Post and has been republished by Asia Pacific Report with permission.

Congratulatory message from the Pacific Media Centre’s Professor David Robie broadcast on 96BuzzFM today.