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Dan McGarry: Strings attached, please – but the choice isn’t so easy

Published By   /  June 26, 2018  /  Analysis, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Charlot Salwai, Communications, Development, fibre-optic, Fiji, Global, Innovation, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Press Release, Reports, Submarine cable, Telecommunications  /  Comments Off on Dan McGarry: Strings attached, please – but the choice isn’t so easy

ANALYSIS: By Dan McGarry in Port Vila It’s been widely reported that Prime Minister Charlot Salwai wants a new submarine cable for Vanuatu. It’s at the top of his wish list as he visits Canberra this week. And Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop stopped only a hair shy of agreeing to fund it before they’d […]

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Elisabeth Holland: Pacific climate change persistence – we’re all in the same canoe

Published By   /  June 25, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, C, Climate, Climate Action, Climate adaptation, Climate Change, Climate Change law, Climate Change Relocation, Development, Elisabeth Holland, Environment, Environmental destruction, Featured, Fiji, Human Rights, Indigenous, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Multimedia, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Opinion, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Reports  /  Comments Off on Elisabeth Holland: Pacific climate change persistence – we’re all in the same canoe

The University of the South Pacific’s environmental centre spearheading climate change research believes in working together for shared solutions, says Professor Elisabeth Holland.  Video: Pacific Media Centre’s Bearing Witness project INTERVIEW: Lars Ursin of 2°C talks to Elisabeth Holland The Pacific Islands are already struggling with the consequences of climate change. But they are not […]

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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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Uneasy calm in PNG’s Highlands as O’Neill sends in massive force

Published By   /  June 24, 2018  /  Analysis, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Development, Featured, Hela, Human Rights, Landowners, LNG, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Military, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, Papua New Guinea LNG, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Protest, Protests, Reports, Security, Southern Highlands  /  Comments Off on Uneasy calm in PNG’s Highlands as O’Neill sends in massive force

PNG soldiers in action in the Highlands … quelling the unrest. Image: PNG Mine Watch BRIEFING: By Keith Jackson This week turned out to be one of those only too frequent turbulent periods in Papua New Guinea when you never know what’s going to happen and, for long periods, who might be in charge. And […]

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China takes up Australia’s former radio frequencies in Pacific

Published By   /  June 23, 2018  /  ABC, APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Broadcasting, China, Frequencies, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific broadcasting, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific radio, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Radio, Reports, RNZ Pacific  /  Comments Off on China takes up Australia’s former radio frequencies in Pacific

A ni-Vanuatu family with their shortwave radio … vital for news and current affairs. Image: Vila Times By RNZ Pacific China has taken over many of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s former shortwave radio frequencies into the Pacific. In response to budget cuts, the ABC last year ceased shortwave broadcasting in the Asia-Pacific region ahead of […]

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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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Reviving the ‘lost skills’ of traditional waka Pacific voyaging

Published By   /  June 22, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Bearing Witness, Climate, Featured, Media, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Navigation, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Ocean, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Pacific Voices, PMC Reportage, Press Release, Reports, Sailing, Samoa, Va'a, Video, Voyaging, Waka  /  Comments Off on Reviving the ‘lost skills’ of traditional waka Pacific voyaging

Waka (or va’a) voyager and environmental advocate Schannel van Dijken talks about the Pacific and Samoan ocean sailing traditions and the challenges of climate change. Video: Pacific Media Centre By Hele Ikimotu The president of the Samoa Voyaging Society (SVS), Schannel van Dijken, says humans cannot thrive without looking after our landscapes and seascapes. As […]

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Angore landowners set LNG machinery on fire in more PNG unrest

Published By   /  June 20, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Civil Society, Development, Featured, Hela, Human Rights, Indigenous, Landowner protest, Media, Mendi, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Military, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Protest, Protests, Reports  /  Comments Off on Angore landowners set LNG machinery on fire in more PNG unrest

Charred machinery at the PD8 LPG development site in Hela province, PNG Highlands. Image: Michael Passingan/PNG News Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk In a show of frustration over the nonpayment of a business development grant, Angore landowners in Hela province have set fire to the massive Hides development LNG machinery on PDL 8 site as unrest […]

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Former military chief warns PNG soldiers could be ‘outgunned’

Published By   /  June 20, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Featured, Media, Mendi, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Military, Military munitions, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, PNG Defence Force, Politics, Press Release, Protest, Protests, Reports, riot, Rioting, Security, Southern Highlands  /  Comments Off on Former military chief warns PNG soldiers could be ‘outgunned’

A deadly MAG 58 Model 60-20 machine gun mounted on a pick-up truck in the Southern Highlands. Image: This Land, My Country blog Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk A former Papua New Guinea military commander has warned that he is “concerned, if not frightened” that the PNG Defence Force may be deploying police and soldiers in […]

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Mendi community leaders welcome emergency state in PNG ‘wake up call’

Published By   /  June 19, 2018  /  APR, Arts, Asia Pacific, Asia Pacific Report, Civil Society, Editor's Picks, Featured, Human Rights, Indigenous, Media, Mendi, MIL OSI, MIL OSI Arts, Military, Multimedia, New Releases, New Zealand, News, Pacific Media Centre, Pacific Region, Pacific Report, Papua New Guinea, PMC Reportage, Politics, Press Release, Protest, Protests, Reports, riot, Rioting, Southern Highlands  /  Comments Off on Mendi community leaders welcome emergency state in PNG ‘wake up call’

Southern Highlands community leaders talk about the post-election crisis in their province. Video: EMTV News Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Community leaders from the troubled Southern Highlands province have welcomed the Papua New government’s decision to declare a State of Emergency and plans to suspend the provincial government. Speaking in Port Moresby, they urged political leaders […]

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