10 Jun 2017

Tagata o te Moana for 10 June 2017

From Tagata o te Moana, 7:10 am on 10 June 2017

The Vanuatu Government has announced it will not sign the PACER Plus trade and development agreement next week in Tonga; Media freedom has come under the spotlight in Tonga ever since the prime minister threatened the public broadcaster over his dissatisfaction of their reporting; A Fiji opposition party says banning whole villages from seasonal employment schemes is ruthless and unfair; Pacific island leaders have called for more help to fight illegal fishing and a worldwide network of marine sanctuaries at a major gathering on the world's oceans; The Pacific Games Council is threatening legal action in reponse to the Tonga government unilaterally withdrawing from hosting the 2019 Games; An economist who has assessed the PNG economy says the average Papua New Guinean is much more worse off now compared with 1980 and he is blaming the focuss of successive governments on resource developments; In a world of shrinking aid budgets and closing borders New Zealand is well poised to show global leadership according to this country's umbrella body for non-government organisations; Embracing cultural diversity has been key in lifting achievement rates for Maori and Pasifika students at one of New Zealand's most ethnically diverse schools.