There was a shooting in West Papua earlier this month which left one dead and 16 wounded. This was carried out by security forces. Human rights abuses like that have been ongoing and violence seems endemic to West Papua under Indonesian rule. The New Zealand Government is refusing to condemn these actions, despite calls to do so. Joel spoke to AUT Pacific Media Centre's Kendall Hutt about this.
Today in Southern Cross, AUT Pacific Media Centre's Kendall Hutt spoke to Stephanie and Kenneth Tapungu from Papua New Guinea. They talked about what transpired in the country's recent 2017 general election, and what developments there have been in the past week.
The Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty was adopted on July 7. It's the first legally binding international agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons, with a goal of leading towards their total elimination. Sixty-nine nations did not vote.
AUT Pacific Media Centre's Kendall Hutt had a chat with the International President of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Kozue Akibayashi, about this treaty, and the responsibility Governments have to take it seriously.
New Zealand's Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, released a report last week which revealed that with the way our emissions are going, the country may not be meeting its current obligations under the Paris Agreement. Joel talked to AUT Pacific Media Centre's Kendall Hutt about the effect this could have on the Pacifc. They also talked about the Papua New Guinea election saga, and how Indonesia's president Joko Widodo intends to implement a 'war on drugs' policy similar to Rodrigo Duterte's in the Philippines.
This week on the Monday show, Kendall comes up to the studio to tell Ximena about the case of a kiwi Catholic missionary, Douglas Tennent, who has recently been deported from Papua New Guinea. Authorities say Tennent "blatantly abused" his visa conditions, but Kendall says this doesn't quite add up.
AUT Pacific Media Centre is currently hosting the Pacific Cooperation Foundation's journalism interns from the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, Shivika and Linda. We spoke to them about the internship, and how journalism differs from New Zealand to Fiji.