The Solomon Islands have been through a political whirlwind as of late, with Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare vacating his role following a non confidence vote. Producer Leonard Powell spoke to AUT Media Centres Kendall Hutt to learn more about the situation, and to discuss what the future of politics will look like in the Solomons.
Manus Island is home to 600 refugees, who are now without food, water, and medical attention, as their detention centre closes down, there's uncertainty about where they'll go. Joel talked to AUT Pacific media centre's Kendall Hutt about this.
Rosalyn Albaniel Evara was a Journalist in Papua New Guinea who passed away recently. There were allegations that her death was the result of domestic abuse, and a court order has been released halting her burial until a full post-mortem report is available. This case is bringing to light issues surrounding violence against women in the country. Joel spoke with AUT Pacific Media centre’s Kendall Hutt and PhD Student Stephanie Tapungu about this.
AUT Pacific Media Centre's Kendall Hutt speaks to Seinafolava Sanele Chadwick, Tagata Pasifika's political reporter in Wellington. They had a chat about I'm having what the next coalition government could bring for Pasifika communities as well as his thoughts on the issues Pasifika communities wanted to be addressed during the general election.
Aut Pacific Media Centre's Kendall Hutt had a chat with Dr Budi Irawanto, the associate professor in the Department of Communication Science, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. They had a discussion about collaborative research with New Zealand universities, and about the state of media, and media freedom, in Indonesia.
Tonga's King Tupo VI dismissed Prime minister Akilisi Pohiva parliament last month, raising questions surrounding the Monarch's role in Government and dividing the country politically. Joel spoke to AUT Pacific Media Centre's Kendall Hutt and Tangata Pacifica's John Pulu about this.
This week on Southern Cross, bFM producer Mack Smith spoke to AUT Pacific Media Centre's Kendall Hutt about the latest in Pacific news. They talk West Papua at the Pacific Islands and Kendall's research into financing the fight against climate change.
Tonga's King Tupou VI has dissolved Parliament based on consultation with advisors. This has left Tonga without an official Government until new elections in November. Joel talked to AUT Pacific Media Centre's Kendall Hutt about this, and about the recent victims of the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's War on drugs.