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At any given time, the AUT Pacific community is involved in a number of events. Here you will find a space to celebrate their achievements and milestones.

2017


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Tongan Language Week 2017

06 Sep, 2017

Malo e lelei – (hello). Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga (Tongan Language Week), from 3-9 September, provides an opportunity to celebrate Tongan culture here in New Zealand.

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Māori and Pacific Early Career Academic Programme

30 Aug, 2017

A new generation of Māori and Pacific lecturers is taking up residence at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

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Brothers graduate to achieve dream of higher education

14 Aug, 2017

Usually students graduating are lucky enough to witness performances from The Oceanian Voices choir during their graduation ceremonies, but at the most recent Business School graduation, two brothers got to pick up their degrees and entertain their fellow graduates

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Pacific mental health expert scoops national leadership award

14 Aug, 2017

Dr Monique Faleafa was last week named winner of the 2017 eHealth Innovation Leadership Award by AUT’s Centre for eHealth.

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AUT alumna bound for The Happiest Place on Earth

03 Aug, 2017

AUT communications graduate, Molly Dagger, is heading to the U.S to take part in the annual Disney World Cultural Exchange Programme.

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Cook Islands language week 2017

02 Aug, 2017

This year’s theme is Ei rāvenga nāku i te tuatua i tōku reo Māori Kūki 'Āirani ka anoano au i te turuturu ā tōku ngutu`are tangata `ē te matakeinanga – an encouraging home and community environment is what I need to build my love and my confidence to speak my reo Māori Kūki ’Āirani.

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Pacific youth leader in ocean conservation

7 July, 2017

AUT Marine Biology student, Antony Vavia, was selected by the Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute to attend the first United Nations Ocean Conference in New York in June 2017.

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Big result for Pacific health research at AUT

20 June, 2017

AUT’s Pacific Islands Families (PIF) Study has been awarded three research grants, each worth $1.2 million over three years, by the Health Research Council of New Zealand.

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Happy Samoan Language Week 2017!

30 May, 2017

Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa (Samoan Language Week) – 28 May to 3 June – is time to celebrate and reflect on the rich culture here in New Zealand.

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Preventing Tongan youth suicide

23 May, 2017

AUT research students launch New Zealand’s first evidence-based resource for Pacific suicide prevention.

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2017 Woolf Fisher First-in-Family AUT Scholarship recipients announced

04 Apr, 2017

The names of thirteen new Woolf Fisher First-in-Family AUT Scholarship recipients were announced at a celebration event at AUT’s City Campus last week.

2016

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Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards recognise AUT business graduate

07 Dec, 2016

AUT business graduate, Manako Nemaia, was named the winner of the BNZ Commercial Corporate Category at the Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards, held at Parliament in Wellington this week.

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AUT receives funding for Pacific health study on ageing

05 Dec, 2016

The Pacific Islands Families (PIF) Study at AUT South Campus has been awarded almost $1 million for innovative research as part of the ‘Ageing Well’ National Science Challenge.

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An education in diversity

03 Aug, 2016

Sini Tagiloa was toiling on the factory floor, working hard and wondering why he was going nowhere. He wished he knew what his manager was looking for and contemplated what he might do differently if their roles were reversed. He decided to study HR - read his story.

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AUT students explore Life Below Water for Cook Islands Language Week

02 Aug, 2016

This year, AUT is honouring our Pacific Language Weeks through a series of short videos which provides a platform for Pacific students to share their thoughts on one of the United Nations' sustainable development goals.

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Southern Voices provide the soundtrack for AUT graduation

28 Jul, 2016

More than 100 students from AUT South Campus will perform as Southern Voices at the university’s winter graduation ceremonies at Aotea Centre on July 28-29.

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Budding rugby star receives 2016 AUT-Ponsonby Rugby Club scholarship

02 Jun, 2016

Auckland University of Technology has partnered with Ponsonby Rugby Club through a new annual fee-paying scholarship to support the educational development of some of New Zealand’s talented young rugby players.

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AUT Samoan Language Debate 2016: Will technology be the death of Samoan language?

07 Jun, 2016

AUT's Annual Samoan Language debate - that ‘technology will be the death of Samoan language’ (o le a liu efuefu le ala le gagana ona o le faatekonolosi) was enjoyed by a large and vocal group at the South Campus this week.

 
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AUT supports Pacific Language Weeks

31 May, 2016

The Ministry for Pacific People’s Pacific Language Weeks are celebrated at AUT each year as an opportunity to acknowledge the diverse Pacific cultures at the University.

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Mentor initiative drive Pacific midwives numbers up

17 May 2016

Pacific midwife numbers are on the rise in South Auckland, thanks to a mentoring initiative led by Pasifika Midwives Aotearoa, supported by the AUT midwifery school.

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Pacific highschoolers encouraged to be tomorrow’s leaders

28 April 2016

More than a hundred Pacific Year 13 high school students from 30 high schools across Auckland recently attended a special programme with a vision to inspire them to achieve their very best, and assist them to explore and make informative decisions for their educational and career pathways.

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PMC director calls for ‘voice for the voiceless’ at Pacific human rights forum

26 April 2016

Giving voice to the voiceless and championing the rights of all people by telling the truth was the message given to the Human Rights and the Media forum in Fiji organised by the region’s Pacific community.

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AUT Pacific Islands Families study: Findings to be translated into international context

18 April 2016

Researchers at Auckland University of Technology’s South Campus in Manukau will join forces with four other leading research groups in the field of child development studies, thanks to Government funding of $429,017 from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Catalyst Fund.

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Eye on health and well-being of Pacific youth: research symposium at AUT South Campus

11 April 2016

The latest round of findings from the 14 year measurement wave of the Pacific Islands Families (PIF) Study will be examined at a research symposium being held at the AUT South Campus in Manukau this week.

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Three universities unite to advance Pacific research

22 March 2016

Research into the challenges and opportunities facing the Pacific Islands and their communities will flourish thanks to the uniting of the resources and expertise of three New Zealand universities.

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Veiqia Project at AUT reawakens women’s role in Fijian society

22 March 2016

The Veiqia Project Exhibition is now open at AUT’s St Paul St Gallery Three as a result of the journey of seven women reconnecting with a ‘sleeping’ practice.

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AUT makes waves at PolyFest 2016

21 March 2016

AUT joined in the celebrations of Auckland’s diverse island cultures at ASB PolyFest 2016.

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AUT culinary team lending skills to Fiji fundraiser

17 March 2016

AUT culinary graduates will be working side-by-side with some of New Zealand’s top chefs this weekend to help raise money for Fiji in the wake of Cyclone Winston.

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MBA a momentous first qualification, after leaving school at 16

12 January 2016

A childhood bout of rheumatic fever changed the course of Andrew Fiu’s life in almost every way.

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Budding “hero marine biologist” takes home top science prize

11 January 2016

Antony Vavia has taken home the science prize at the prestigious 2015 Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards.

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Congratulations to our 2015 summer graduates

6 January 2016

One of the 53 doctoral students graduating is Jonah Tisam – the first Papua New Guinean to graduate from AUT with a PhD.

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PMC director gives media awards keynote, research seminar at Pacific university

5 January 2016

Professor David Robie has visited Fiji as the guest of the University of the South Pacific to present a keynote address at the annual journalism awards night.

2015

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Matangi Tonga condemns state for ‘annihilating’ public broadcasting
Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Matangi Tonga has hit-out at what it says are attempts by the government to take over and “muzzle” the Tonga Broadcasting Commission. In an editorial, Matangi Tonga said t...


John Minto: Urewera 10 years on – recounting the lessons of the NZ surveillance state
Mon, 16 Oct 2017
On the 10th anniversary of the Urewera raids, we should recount the lessons – and we should remember. Breathless police and media commentary about a cocktail of napalm bombs, terrorist cells, guns, am...


Indigenous advocacy group calls on Jokowi to revoke forests decree
Sun, 15 Oct 2017
By Dames Alexander Sinaga in Jakarta A civil society group has urged the Indonesian government to revoke a presidential decree on the indigenous resettlement schemes in forest areas, which was issued ...


Call for Pacific writers – the 2017 Samoa Observer Tusitala prizes
Sun, 15 Oct 2017
Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Prestige, financial prizes and the chance for your story to be read worldwide. This is what lies ahead for authors of successful entries in the 2017 Samoa Observer Tusital...


David Hall: Emissions, not migration, the real climate change issue in NZ
Fri, 13 Oct 2017
ANALYSIS: By David Hall of AUT’s The Policy Observatory The problem with climate change – like any wicked problem – is that its story can be told in many different ways. The same goes for migrat...


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TONGA: Matangi Tonga condemns state for ‘annihilating’ public broadcasting
Mon, 16 Oct 2017

NUKU'ALOFA (Matangi Tonga/Pacific Media Watch): Matangi Tonga has hit-out at what it says are attempts by the government to take over and “muzzle” the Tonga Broadcasting Commission.

In an editorial, Matangi Tonga states recent restructuring led by TBC’s new board chairman, Dr Tu’i Uata, has “annihilated” the public broadcaster and turned the government watchdog into a “lapdog”.

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TONGA: Broadcasting chief blames TBC shake-up on news failure
Mon, 16 Oct 2017

By Kalino Latu
AUCKLAND (Kaniva Tonga/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The Tonga Broadcasting Commission was restructured to save it from being closed down, says the commission’s chair, Dr Tu’i Uata.

Dr Uata told Kaniva News the TBC faced being shut down in two months because it was running at a loss despite having a strong “technical” management to make sure it functioned financially.

Dr Uata blamed the situation on the way the TBC news was being created and broadcast.

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NZ: Māori filmmaker bound for Canada to screen Te Reo films at international festival
Thu, 12 Oct 2017

AUCKLAND (Pacific Media Watch): In a first for a New Zealand filmmaker, Māori filmmaker Renae Maihi has three films circulating the global international film festival circuit.

Maihi’s films Ka Puta, Ko Au and Ranui – part of the Waru anthology of eight short films – will have their international debuts this month.

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TONGA: Journalists who had run-ins with PM out of newsroom in TBC restructure
Wed, 11 Oct 2017

By Kalino Latu
AUCKLAND (Kaniva Tonga/Pacific Media Watch): The restructure of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission (TBC) has seen two top senior journalists leave the newsroom for new roles at the state broadcaster.

Laumanu Petelō, the editor of TBC’s television and radio, and Viola Ulakai, the news manager, have moved into a new department under the Commission’s marketing and sales management.

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Pacific Journalism Monographs go live on Tuwhera digital platform
Tue, 03 Oct 2017

Pacific Journalism Monographs, a research companion to Pacific Journalism Review, has been launched on AUT's Tuwhera digital open access journals platform.

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Last updated: 22-Sep-2017 1.17pm

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