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We mourn, reflect and face up to NZ’s fragment of darkness

We mourn, reflect and face up to NZ’s fragment of darkness

March 21, 2019

In the 20 years I’ve lived in New Zealand since I was little, I’ve never felt unsafe or been discriminated against for being an immigrant or for my beliefs as a Muslim. I’ve always felt grateful for being able to live in a country where people are generally kind, warm and understanding.

Online hate speech ‘gives green light’ to religion, race attacks

Online hate speech ‘gives green light’ to religion, race attacks

March 20, 2019

Religion and race-based attacks will continue as a result of the rise of online hate speech, says a leading New Zealand academic.

Reviving the ‘lost skills’ of traditional waka Pacific voyaging

February 24, 2019

The president of the Samoa Voyaging Society, Schannel van Dijken, says humans cannot thrive without looking after their landscapes and seascapes.

ID, please

ID, please

February 5, 2019

The reporting of any war naturally focuses on the human casualties but there are always hidden consequences...

Life on Fiji’s Rabi Island – simple, peaceful and full of smiles

January 24, 2019

Our trip to Rabi Island in Fiji was a long journey, first starting with a bus ride from Suva, driving...

PNG’s post-APEC dream leaves rural sector behind

PNG’s post-APEC dream leaves rural sector behind

December 11, 2018

Papua New Guinea’s trajectory to the monumental event of APEC 2018 has been one involving great strides from the moment it secured the bid to host the leaders summit in 2013. But there has been dismay since last month's event.

2018 Fiji elections – ‘fake news’ fills media vacuum

2018 Fiji elections – ‘fake news’ fills media vacuum

November 24, 2018

“Fake News” was the catch phrase of the 2018 Fiji Elections – the second democratic elections since Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama carried out Fiji’s fourth coup in 2006.

‘I was coerced into the 1987 coup,’ admits Sitiveni Rabuka

‘I was coerced into the 1987 coup,’ admits Sitiveni Rabuka

November 16, 2018

A repentant Sitiveni Rabuka, the Fiji military strongman who sparked off the country’s “coup culture” in 1987, admits he was “coerced” by the defeated Alliance party into carrying out the nation's first coup.

Fiji’s poll: fake news and social media trolls

Fiji’s poll: fake news and social media trolls

November 15, 2018

Fake news has been the bane of Fiji's elections, and the authorities had not anticipated the ferocity of it, writes Sri Krishnamurthi

Living in limbo – Jordan’s forgotten refugees

Living in limbo – Jordan’s forgotten refugees

October 23, 2018

The Syrian Civil War has seen more than 600-thousand refugees officially crossing the border into Jordan although authorities estimate the number is double that figure.

The Last Straw: calls to phase out drinking straws

The Last Straw: calls to phase out drinking straws

September 9, 2018

The plastic straw is the latest product to be in contention for a national ban, with McDonald's vowing to phase out the straws in its 970 restaurants in Australia by 2020. Reporters Mitch Clarke and Shailin Brown investigate the future of plastic straws in Australia. 

Taking heart to beat the stigma

Taking heart to beat the stigma

September 7, 2018

"Some people think it’s a sign of defeat. I find my scar a sense of victory." Young people with heart disease speak up on the hurt of misconceptions. Abbey Thorpe reports.

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