News and Events

Read about news and events from the Pacific community at AUT University.


Conference to put lens on political journalism in Asia-Pacific
Renowned investigative journalists, film makers, academics and media freedom campaigners from across the Asia-Pacific region will come together at AUT University on 27-29 November for a thought-provoking conference on political journalism.

Journalism students create first ever university news bureau for Fiji elections
Three AUT University journalism students have recently returned from Fiji having covered the recent elections for AUT’s Pacific Media Centre (PMC). The student journalists were given the unique experience of setting up their own news bureau to cover the first elections in the country in eight years.

New book on South Pacific journalism looks at region’s history and challenges

A new book which examines contemporary media concepts such as critical development journalism, conflict-sensitive journalism and deliberative journalism in the context of the South Pacific region is being launched at AUT University.

A cultural agenda for the best of both worlds - Vanuatu Minister provides food for thought at AUT’s South Campus
The Honourable Ralph Regenvanu, Vanuatu Minister for Lands and Natural Resources, provided some strong food for thought at a free AUT Pacific public lecture held at AUT’s South Campus in Manukau recently.

Vanuatu Minister for Lands and Natural Resources to speak at AUT’s South Campus
AUT is proud to be hosting the Honourable Ralph Regenvanu at a free public lecture at its South Campus in Manukau on Thursday 23 October.

AUT University Pacific researchers shine at third annual Samoa Conference
A group of five AUT University PhD candidates based at AUT’s South Campus recently attended the third annual Samoa Conference (SCIII), where they received some strong recognition for their forward-thinking approach to research on issues affecting Samoan communities in Samoa and abroad.

AUT University lines up activities for Pacific Language Weeks

A series of Pacific language weeks will be celebrated at AUT University (AUT)over the coming months to promote and maintain Pacific language and culture through song, dance, cultural displays, language debates, speech competitions, constitution celebrations, to name but a few.



Pacific focus for new gambling research
The most detailed study to date of Pacific people’s gambling and the impacts of problem gambling in New Zealand has been carried out by AUT University researchers.

Growth rates of Pasifika children faster than expected
The growth rate of Pasifika children under 10 years of age is faster than expected says the lead researcher of a major AUT longitudinal study.

New Pacific Journalism Review challenges Pacific censorship, political 'shackles'
Fiji’s brand of post-coup media censorship and other Pacific political curbs have been challenged in the latest Pacific Journalism Review.



Journalism prof warns on media ‘blind spots’
Restoring public trust, engaging in critical journalism, and opening the media’s eyes to common “blind spots” were all on the agenda for the inaugural professorial address of Dr David Robie at AUT University this month.

Lecturer selected for Ministry Advisory Group
AUT lecturer Mele Ileini Tautakitaki was recently named as a member of the Ministry of Education’s Early Childhood Taskforce Advisory Group for children under the age of two.



NZ unis must make room for Pasifika models
Universities have been challenged to “change their ways” if Pasifika and other minority cultures are going to achieve their potential, says New Zealand’s first professor of Pacific studies.



Pacific Media Centre wins grant for PMW freedom of expression project
The Pacific Media Watch freedom of expression monitoring project at AUT University has been awarded a $15,000 development grant to expand its regional database and journalism resource.

PMC director calls for greater global outreach by NZ j-schools

New Zealand journalism schools need to be far more internationally minded and think outside the parochial square, says Pacific Media Centre director David Robie.

Stories of outstanding Solomon Islands women
A book launched in the Solomon Islands this week marks International Women’s Day by celebrating leadership and achievement amongst Solomon Islands women.

Last updated: 19-Dec-2014 10.33am

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