'The Age of Media Phobia'. Worldwide, 67 journalists have been killed, 155 imprisoned and 142 jailed so far this year. Read David Robie's address on Pacific journalism in the 'age of media phobia.' USP Journalism Awards. USP is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
A story on the N Z Stuff website claiming the Cook Islands “is said to be” on the brink of signing a deal allowing China to build a deep water port on Penryhn, has drawn a formal complaint from the Office of the Prime Minister to Fairfax Media in New Zealand. Presumably, the story is speculation.
NIUE. Signs up with Chinese.
PACER PLUS. Eleven Pacific countries, including Australia and NZ, have signed this regional trade deal. Fiji and PNG have not signed and the Cook Islands has put it on hold.
The signatories are Australia, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. In addition to signing PACER Plus, the countries also signed an accompanying Labour Mobility Arrangement.
Northern Marianas. Typhoon aftermath.
Samoa. A second shipment of green (cooking) bananas has left Apia for NZ. Fiji and Tonga were once also major exporters to NZ. In Tongatapu, most large trees were cut down to make into banana boxes. Samoa is using cardboard. NZ imports $160m worth a year, mainly from plantations in Ecuador and the Philippines.
PNG. Next month's APEC Summit meeting in PNG is already causing some ripples. There's concern about the purchase of luxury cars, how its government is looking after its own people, and how our financial support is being used.
First commercial growing of rice, thanks to the Philippines
NZ to use TV to promote its Pacific investments.
TONGA. A SAMPLE OF LETTERS TO MATANGITONGA