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New Asia Pacific Report website takes off

By   /  January 28, 2016  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs, Multimedia Investments Ltd  /  2 Comments

An enterprising new media collaboration between a journalism centre and an independent news organisation takes off tonight in a bid to bolster Asia Pacific news and analysis in New Zealand. – Item from Pacific Media Watch.

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Veteran Rainbow Warrior activist, global eco advocate to co-lead Greenpeace

By   /  January 17, 2016  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

New Zealand’s Bunny McDiarmid has been named as one of two women to head the global environmental group Greenpeace International as co-executive directors in an innovative agenda setting move. Report from Pacific Media Watch

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COP21: ‘1.5 to stay alive’ – historic climate deal slammed by Pacific critics

By   /  December 12, 2015  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

BREAKING NEWS: Historic climate deal at COP21 but already it is being criticised by Pacific commentators as not enough. Pacific Media Watch and Pacnews: Makereta Komai reports earlier from Paris on how the three major oil and gas economies – Russia, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela – had emerged as the main stumbling block to the push by Pacific and Small Island Developing States to limit global temperature to 1.5C degrees.

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Beirut and Paris: Two terror attacks with different tales

By   /  November 15, 2015  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  32 Comments

As for the clearly political repercussions of the Paris massacre, which French President François Hollande has blamed on the Islamic State group, persecuted refugees and minorities naturally stand to bear the brunt of the inevitable racist and xenophobic backlash — a godsend for right-wing European politicians and organisations. – Belen Fernandez (Green Left)

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The digital media revolution, a free press and Pacific student journalism

By   /  November 6, 2015  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Our communities deserve the best from their media in these deceitful times. University media are among the few that can still be trusted and they should do their best to contribute to democracy with integrity.

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From ‘reality’ TV to the reality of documentary making – the new civic impulse

By   /  October 19, 2015  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch  /  1 Comment

The rise of popular factual television has threatened the key claim on “reality” of documentary practice but there is hope on the horizon in the post-documentary era, says Pacific Journalism Review in the latest edition published this week.

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Marshall Islands nuclear lawsuit inspires support at NZ peace action conference

By   /  September 21, 2015  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

One of the most popular sessions at the conference was devoted to the refugee crisis with several speakers describing their experiences as refugees and overcoming the New Zealand bureaucracy barriers in becoming established citizens and residents in this country.

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‘World Without War’ – and a conference to help make it happen?

By   /  September 18, 2015  /  Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  4 Comments

Peace Foundation president Dr John Hinchcliff says the world is facing a grim future in many directions and his organisation has promoted an action conference this weekend.

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Rainbow Warrior bombing ‘should have led to French Watergate’

By   /  September 7, 2015  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

The claim that the secret sabotage operation never meant to kill anybody is unconvincing for anybody on board the Rainbow Warrior on that tragic night of 10 July 1985 when New Zealand lost its political innocence.

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‘TPPA – walk away’ rally welcomes West Papuan leader Octo Mote

By   /  August 17, 2015  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Octo Mote, a former journalist and now secretary-general of the United Liberation Front of West Papua, who was in Auckland over the weekend to spread the good news of West Papuan strategic self-determination developments to activists and supporters, joined the big TPPA rally.

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Documentary exposes litany of state injustices against the Tūhoe, but also offers hope

By   /  July 25, 2015  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch  /  2 Comments

Kim Webby’s incisive and compassionate new documentary, The Price of Peace, about Tūhoe campaigner and kaumatua Tame Iti and the so-called “Urewera Four” is arguably the most brilliant and compassionate film portrayal of race and cultural relations in New Zealand in contemporary times.

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Rainbow Warrior: My Eyes of Fire anniversary message

By   /  July 11, 2015  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Setting The Agenda  /  2 Comments

A Rainbow Warrior message: We have “relaxed” too much since the end of French nuclear tests at Moruroa Atoll in 1996. Just ending the tests isn’t enough, it’s also the unfinished business of the massive clean-up and health burden left by at least 269 nuclear tests in the region, many of them toxic atmospheric tests.

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Rainbow Warrior legacy 30 years on – Eyes of Fire book launch

By   /  July 10, 2015  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  Comments Off on Rainbow Warrior legacy 30 years on – Eyes of Fire book launch

Launching of David Robie’s book Eyes of Fire about the original Rainbow Warrior’s Pacific voyage – its last. David talks to Evening Report’s Selwyn Manning about the Rongelap evacuation, the legacy of nuclear testing by the three nuclear powers in the Pacific and the challenges of climate change.

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Fiji, PNG lead betrayal, but still West Papuans triumph

By   /  June 29, 2015  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on Fiji, PNG lead betrayal, but still West Papuans triumph

The Melanesian Spearhead Group leaders’ summit in Honiara last week had the opportunity to take a fully principled stand on behalf of the West Papuan people, brutally oppressed by Indonesia for more than a half century. In the end it was a compromise.

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Rainbow Warrior and NZ’s Pacific nuclear-free legacy

By   /  June 21, 2015  /  Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Outrageous as this attack by French secret service agents was, it pales by comparison alongside the atrocities inflicted on Kanak independence activists at the same time in New Caledonia, such as the Hienghène massacre, the assassination of Éloi Machoro and the bloody ending to the 1988 Ouvea cave siege as exposed in the 2011 docu-drama Rebellion.

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Innovative publisher teams up with student media to develop Rainbow Warrior resource

By   /  May 30, 2015  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  4 Comments

An innovative community publisher has teamed up with about 40 television and journalism students and the Pacific Media Centre at AUT University to launch a dynamic microsite to honour the courage and commitment of the Rainbow Warrior nuclear-free campaigners three decades ago.

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