Tag: Pacific Island Affairs

The Nation: Simon Shepherd interviews Simon Winchester

Press Release – The Nation In a run of remarkable journalistic good fortune, hes covered Irelands troubles, Watergate, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and was even captured by the Argentine army at the start of the Falklands War.On The Nation: Simon Shepherd interviews Simon Winchester Youtube clips from the show are available here. In a run of remarkable journalistic good fortune, he’s covered Ireland’s troubles, Watergate, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and was even captured by the Argentine army at the start of the Falklands War. He’s gone on to author books such as ‘The Surgeon of Crowthorne’, ‘Krakatoa’ and now this book ‘Pacific’. It covers the dangerous madness of North Korea, the rise of China, and much more. So when he was in New Zealand recently Simon Shepherd spoke to him and asked if the Pacific is a single entity of just a jumble of cultures and countries. Simon Winchester: It’s much more than that. I mean it’s where, if you like, the world comes full circle, where literally East meets West. And so in a very different sense from the great seas of the world, the Mediterranean, which used to be the inland sea of the classical world; and the Atlantic, which is the inland sea of today’s world, this is where the world finally closes the gap between East and West. And that gives it, I...

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Government working for Pacific people

Press Release – New Zealand Government Government working for Pacific people The number of Pacific people not in employment, education or training decreased last year, Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says. Latest labour market figures show that for the year to December 2015, the rate …Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga Minister for Pacific Peoples 24 February 2016 Government working for Pacific people The number of Pacific people not in employment, education or training decreased last year, Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says. Latest labour market figures show that for the year to December 2015, the rate of Pacific people not in employment, education or training decreased from 17.9 per cent to 16.2 per cent. “This signals that government initiatives such as Pasifika Trades Training and Count Me In are working well,” Mr Lotu-Iiga says. The figures add to recent employment figures which showed the number of Pacific people in employment reached an all-time high in December 2015 to 130,700. “The future for Pacific people in education, training and business is bright and our government is proud to be helping people aim high.” More Pacific children are achieving better results in education from early childhood to NCEA. Some 91.2 per cent of Pacific children are in early childhood education (ECE), up from 84 per cent in 2008. Between 2008 and 2014 the number of Pacific 18-year-olds with NCEA Level...

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Peters: Circus or Soap Opera and Foreseen Circumstances

Speech – New Zealand First Party The performance of the National led government resembles a unique blend of circus and soap opera. When there are major social and economic issues to be resolved our future as a trading nation is at stake the leadership is obsessed with pandas …Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 3 OCTOBER 2015 EMBARGOED TILL DELIVERED Speech to Public Meeting, Tauranga Greerton Community Hall 1263 Cameron Rd Tauranga 1pm, Saturday, October 3, 2015 Circus or Soap Opera and Foreseen Circumstances The performance of the National led government resembles a unique blend of circus and soap opera. When there are major social and economic issues to be resolved – our future as a trading nation is at stake – the leadership is obsessed with pandas or red peaks. New Zealanders are being treated as gullible and naïve. The government’s army of media consultants and spin doctors have dragged numerous red herrings across the path of serious issues that might be questioned and scrutinised. The frivolous idea to change our flag floundered from the beginning so the Prime Minister reverted to a deal with the Greens to change the law upon which the ink had barely dried to put yet another flag design up for public diversion. When the fifth flag option, with barely one per cent support, showed all...

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New Forum Group Harnesses Diversity

Press Release – Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Suva, FIJI,10 April 2015 — Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, is looking forward to hosting the seven distinguished individuals making up an important new sub-committee on the new Framework for Pacific …New Forum Group Harnesses Diversity Suva, FIJI, 10 April 2015 — Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, is looking forward to hosting the seven distinguished individuals making up an important new sub-committee on the new Framework for Pacific Regionalism. Secretary General Taylor said “The sub committee members bring a wide range of skills and experience to our work and will make it easier for Pacific Leaders to make informed decisions on the most pressing priorities for developing the region.” Ms Teresa Manarangi-Trott of the Cook Islands, she pointed out, was a founding member of the Pacific Islands Private SectorOrganisation: “She has experience in strategic priority setting and high-level advisory work, and knowledge of economic management, public policy and sustainable development.” Ms Manarangi-Trott said she was keen to encourage the subcommittee to maintain a balance between the bigger and the smaller island states: “Small Island States have many challenges and needs and the sub-Committee will ensure equal treatment with larger island priorities”. Another sub committee member, Mr William Kostka of the Federated States of Micronesia, she recalled, “is Co-Founder of the Conservation Society of Pohnpei and the Micronesia Conservation Trust. He...

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Tokelau pays a courtesy visit to the PM of Samoa

Press Release – Government of Tokelau Ulu o Tokelau Aliki Faipule, Siopili Perez meets the Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi during his courtesy visit to the PMs Office today.Tokelau pays a courtesy visit to the PM of Samoa Ulu o Tokelau Aliki Faipule, Siopili Perez meets the Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi during his courtesy visit to the PM’s Office today. The Ulu o Tokelau during his visit, thanked the Prime Minister for the opportunity to meet with him, and conveys his elder’s gratitude with the support that his offered to his country. The Prime Minister shared the common interests of the two nations and extends his appreciation to Tokelau for its support. The Prime Minister was presented with traditional Tokelauan gifts by the Ulu o Tokelau. The Ulu o Tokelau was accompanied by the first lady, Tase Perez and General Manager, Jovilisi Suveinakama with support from Miti Ngau-Chun and Mika Maiava. Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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