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A weekly Pacific magazine programme features New Zealand and regional Pacific news, issues, information and music.

A weekly Pacific magazine programme features New Zealand and regional Pacific news, issues, information and music.
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A weekly Pacific magazine programme features New Zealand and regional Pacific news, issues, information and music.




Pacific news, features, interviews and music.

Tagata o te Moana for 26 May 2018

The High Court in Fiji has ruled that the Fiji Times newspaper, its publisher, two editors and a letter writer are not guilty of sedition; the Solomon Islands government says its official position on West Papua won't be made until after provincial consultations; it's less that 13 months from a referendum in Bougainville that could see the region voting to leave Papua New Guinea; Vanuatu's National Disaster office says only about ten per cent of the population are expected to take up the...


Tagata o te Moana for 19 May 2018

New Zealand's associate finance minister, Shane Jones, says closely failed states in the Pacific have become gateways for shipping methamphetamine and other drugs into this country, but his comments have not gone down universally well in Tonga, a country he singled out for the problem; An academic who was part of a Nobel Prize-winning campaign for a treaty against nuclear weapons says more needs to be done to help those dealing with the lingering effects of nuclear weapons testing; Questions...


Tagata o te Moana for 12 May 2018

NZ aid boost welcomed in Pacific; At the same time as an academic outlines fears of aid "securitisation" in the region; The Tapura Huiraatira party wins a resounding victory in French Polynesia; Macron wants to balance China's influence in the Pacific; Moves are afoot to refocus maritime aid spend in the Pacific; We hear more about how violence is hampering aid delivery to quake affected communities in PNG; And Rotuman makes its official debut on the Pacific language week calendar.


Tagata o te Moana for 5 May 2018

French president tours New Caledonia on three-day visit; Media in crisis - Pacific press freedom under the spotlight; Veterans still push for recognition, 60 years after British nuclear tests; PNG govt defends LNG project following damning report; Spotlight on workplace harrassment after UN agency suspends Fiji senior staff; Parents of six year old murder victim call for death penalty; NZ military man's body repatriated from American Samoa; Sport: Delays dent Manu Samoa World Cup hopes;...


Tagata o te Moana for 28 April 2018

An Australian priest has used Anzac Day to highlight the plight of refugees and asylum seekers held in detention centres in Nauru and Manus Island;The Vanuatu Government says it has received a number of offers of land to accommodate Ambae Islanders forced to move by the latest volcanic eruption; Pacific leaders have joined an ambitious commitment to eliminate malaria from the Asia-Pacific by 2030; A film documenting the journey of Micronesian soldiers in the US military raises awareness...


Tagata o te Moana for 21 April 2018

The evacuation of residents on the ash-covered Vanuatu island of Ambae is finally getting underway, as food supplies dwindle and disease starts to spread; new developments announced at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting underline a move by the British government to re-engage with the Pacific; voters in French Polynesia will go to the polls on 22nd April to elect a new 57-member territorial assembly; A family in Fiji's cyclone hit west has next to nothing left after a small creek...


Tagata o te Moana for 14 April 2018

A woman and her son survived Fiji's treacherous floods this week floating on a bed as it rose to within inches of the ceiling in their home; The death toll from Fiji's two weeks of nightmare weather rose to ten this week after the body of a missing man was found in a river near the town of Tavua in northern Viti Levu; There is a furore in Australia over concerns China is aiming to make a huge wharf it has built at Luganville in Vanuatu a naval base; No help from authorities in Tahiti for a...


Tagata o te Moana for 7 April 2018

Fiji is hit by severe flooding and more could be on the way; World Vision focuses on water sanitation in the aftermath of February's massive earthquake in PNG; Nauru is accused of using the judiciary to persecute opponents; The fight to ban child brides continues in American Samoa; NZ abuse inquiry seeking Pacific community input; Developed nation status beckons for the Cooks; PNG's Morea Baru disappointed by Games silver; A young Tongan playwright debuts powerful theatre piece.


Tagata o te Moana for 31 March 2018

People in PNG's East New Britain are shaken awake by a big quake; Residents of Ambae in Vanuatu fearful as Volcano continues to belch fire and ash; PNG's Foreign minister underlines regional leadership ahead of APEC summit; UN children's agency spreads hygiene message in Fiji after meningitis outbreak; And veteran French Polynesian leader Gaston Flosse is again left out of Tahiti election lists; Cook Islands tourism reviews its policies on sexual harassment after damning report; Tonga's...


Tagata o te Moana for 24 March 2018

Almost four weeks since a magnitude 7.5 earthquake in Papua New Guinea's Highlands, the response effort is picking up pace; Vanuatu's disaster authorities are in emergency mode again amid intensified rumblings from the Ambae volcano; Indonesia's place in the Melanesian Spearhead Group has come under scrutiny from regional leaders; an expedition off the Solomon Islands coast has found the wreck of American World War 2 ship, the USS Juneau; Samoa's coconut oil farmers celebrate US soap...


Tagata o te Moana for 17 March 2018

PNG shifts into full relief mode after as Police confirm 125 deaths and 35,000 displaced by Highlands quake nearly three weeks ago; Vanuatu's deputy prime minister avoids jail time; Pacific artists call on New Zealand funding agency to address needs of community; New Zealand's Foreign Minister says, the new government is going to put its money where its mouth is in terms of aid to the Pacific and the climate change minister says Pacific leaders have made clear New Zealand needs to step up...


Tagata o te Moana for 10 March 2018

PNG's quake affected communities still in urgent need of aid and assistance; Vanuatu struggles to review cyclone hola damage; Fiji's Citizens' Constitutional Forum says Fiji's history means it's important to clarify whether the country has new statistics on its ethnic make-up; A human rights activist has expressed frustration at redactions inreports by New Zealand dipomats about their visits to Indonesia's Papua region; The Nauru government is delighted with its plans for a Court of Appeal...


Tagata o te Moana for 3 March 2018

Destructive potential in mass landslides from PNG quake; More revealed about causes of Kiribati ferry disaster; Tongan publisher and commentator, Kalafi Moala, says a cabinet minister's resignation this week was a ploy; The Parties to the Nauru Agreement holds just its second leaders' summit since inception in 1982.


Tagata o te Moana for 24 February 2018

We go to the Tongan island of Eua in the aftermath of Cyclone Gita, and hear how people are getting on after the category four storm; The Tongan prime minister speaks to RBNZ Pacific about disaster response; Two Samoa's reflect on emergency communication post Cyclone Gita; The Cook Islands government won't raise its quest for a seat at the UN when New Zealand's PM visits next month, but many say a wider debate on the relationship is inevitable; Locals oppose Tahiti floating island project;...


Tagata o te Moana for 17 February 2018

It's now four days since cyclone Gita whipped across Tonga's Tongatapu causing widespread damage; following his visits to Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has highlighted a range of deep concerns in these countries; the University of Auckland launches a three part Pacific conference series with part one exploring Samoan traditional leadership, customary land tenure and religious rights; in 1968 twelve Pacific countries founded the...


Tagata o te Moana for 10 February 2018

NZ looks to beef up marine safety in Kiribati; Call for Nauru to retain access to Australia's High Court; Reaching out to disaster hit Pacific communities via radio; Cooks tourism body mindful of community needs; Samoa continues to find ways to manage plastic litter; NZ govt looks to protect RSE workers rights;Life-time ban sought for convicted Tahiti politicians; Sport: Fiji Bati players still waiting for World Cup payments.


Tagata o te Moana for 3 February 2018

Renewed calls for independent inquiry into Kiribati ferry disaster; Death of girl in Tonga highlights need for more awareness of dengue throughout region; Fears deadly measles outbreak in Papua could flare further; Academic warns Australia's approach could foster Pacific instability; Fiji govt concerned about uptick in "racial vilification"; Marshall Islands move against adoption loopholes, and; Samoan floating classrom sails around New Zealand.


Tagata o te Moana for 27 January 2018

Social media is being blamed for fanning the flames of sorcery-related attacks in Papua New Guinea; Recent high-profile attacks have highlighted how PNG's problem with belief in sorcery is spiralling out of control; Ongoing concerns about dengue in Samoa and the region; Vanuatu prepares to ban single-use non-biodegradable plastic bags and polystyrene takeaway boxes by the end of Jan; Some Australia detained refugees on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island flew out of Port Moresby bound for...


Tagata o te Moana for 23 December 2017

Incoming Tongan govt expects challenges from across the floor; Vanuatu minister says cabinet reshuffle creates more 'solid' government; Pacific to benefit from global climate finance summit; Huge Solomons airport development set for completion; Media freedom at risk in Samoa; Historical Pacific films part of a US project; Pacific sporting highlight all about the Tongans.


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