New Zealand authors invited for 2021 payments

Registration closes on March 1, 2021 Venkat Raman Auckland, February 11, 2021 (Image from Internal Affairs Website) The National Libraries of New Zealand, which is a part of the Department of Internal Affairs has for called for applications under its ‘Public Lending Right Scheme’ for 2021. Registrations are now open but close on March 1, 2021. National Librarian Rachel Esson said…

Read More

White Ferns Squad awaits ODI clash with England Women

And a tribute to Great All-Rounder Bruce Taylor Sourced Content Wellington, February 10, 2021 Two potential debutantes headline the first While Ferns squad of the 2020-21 season. Auckland teenager Fran Jonas and Northern Districts’ Brooke Halliday are poised to make their international debuts after being named in a 13-strong White Ferns ODI squad for the upcoming three-match G.J. Gardner Homes ODI…

Read More

New Caledonia pilot tests positive for Covid-19

Sourced Content Wellington, February 10, 2021 A pilot of New Caledonia’s international airline has tested positive for Covid-19. The government says that his infection was detected as part of routine testing of airline personnel and that the individual, who is asymptomatic, has been transferred to the hospital’s designated quarantine ward. Seven other Aircalin crew members who were his close contacts…

Read More

Varsity Vice-Chancellor’s deportation ripples across Fiji

Staff Reporter (with other media) Auckland, February 10, 2021 The ouster and deportation of Pal Ahluwalia, Vice-Chancellor of the Suva-based University of South Pacific (USP) has caused ripples of anger and disappointment across Fiji. RNZ has quoted Mr Ahluwalia as saying that on February 4, 2021, USP Chancellor Taneti Maamau had alerted the University’s governing body, the USP Council, to…

Read More

Concerted action needed to tackle Human Rights crisis

New York City, February 10, 2021 Presidency of the Human Rights Council is the first for Fiji and the Pacific Island nations,  which is a great achievement for the Pacific region. While acknowledging the work of all members of the Human Rights Council, I reaffirm our commitment to further the existing work and inclusive representative nature of the Council through…

Read More

Mental Health Wellbeing Commission another milestone

Supplied Content February 10, 2021 The recently-constituted Mental Health Wellbeing Commission began its work with the first meeting of its Board in Wellington on February 9, 2021. Health Minister Andrew Little described the meeting as ‘a very significant day for the Commission as an independent Crown entity’ and congratulated its members. https://youtu.be/vBl6HroOdgs “Its members will be dedicated to contributing to…

Read More

Resource Management Act goes under the guillotine

Environment Minister David Parker (RNZ Photo by Dom Thomas) The government will scrap the Resource Management Act (RMA) and replace it with three new pieces of legislation. During the last term, Environment Minister David Parker ordered a review saying that the 30-year-old law was “too costly, takes too long, and has not adequately protected the environment.” The plan announced today…

Read More