Professor David Robie

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Director, Pacific Media Centre

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 x7834


Physical Address:

Level 10, WG Precinct,
Gate 4, Governor Fitzroy Place,
Auckland University of Technology

School of Communication Studies
12th Floor

Postal Address:

Pacific Media Centre
D-87 School of Communication Studies
AUT University
Private Bag 92006
Wellesley St
Aotearoa/New Zealand

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Address for blogs:
Cafe Pacific

Links to relevant web pages:

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David Robie's YouTube channel
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Pacific Media Centre profile video
Pacific Media Centre YouTube channel
Pacific research page at AUT


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of the South Pacific (History/Politics, 2004)
  • Master of Arts in Journalism, University of Technology, Sydney (1997)
  • Certificate in Adult Tertiary Education, Auckland Institute of Technology (1993)
  • Certificate in Transitional Teaching (cross-cultural), Auckland Institute of Technology (1992)

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • New Zealand Journalists' Union - (EPMU)
  • Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA)
  • Journalism Education Association of NZ (JEANZ)
  • Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) - New Zealand Representative


Championing media scrutiny in the Pacific

Political crises and indigenous issues throw a spotlight on a region’s news media and its role in democracy. AUT professor in communication studies, journalist and author David Robie believes greater scrutiny of Pacific media and more research will contribute much to the communications industry.

As a journalist covering the Asia-Pacific region for more than two decades, he reported on post-colonial coups, indigenous struggles for independence and environmental and development issues.

Now he has established the Pacific Media Centre (2007) with a commitment  to boosting Māori, Pasifika, ethnic and other New Zealand media research and publication. In 2002, he re-established the Pacific Journalism Review academic research journal at AUT’s School of Communication Studies after it was founded at the University of Papua New Guinea in 1994. The journal celebrated 20 years of publishing with a conference on "Political journalism in the Asia-Pacific" in November 2014.

In 2010, the  journal won the Creative Stimulus Award for "innovation and contribution in reporting hot topics" at the inaugural Academy Awards of the Global Creative Industries in Beijing, China. 

“Understanding our neighbours is vitally important and researching and publishing on the media is an important goal for good governance for the region,” Professor Robie says.

Professor Robie has written eight books on the region’s politics and media, including Mekim Nius: South Pacific politics, media and education

In 2005, he was awarded the PIMA Pacific Media Freedom award for his contribution to Pasifika journalism education and media freedom in both New Zealand and the region.

He has been an Australian Press Council fellow and as well as editing PJR he is on the editorial boards of Asia Pacific Media Educator, Australian Journalism Review, Fijian Studies, Journalism Research and Pacific Ecologist. He is also currently New Zealand representative of the Asian Media, Information and Communication Centre (AMIC).

“AUT is well placed to contribute to wider media research and critically examining media policies and development issues,” he says.

In 2011, he was awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in recognition of his innovative and strong contribution to Pasifika media education and he was awarded the Dean's Prize for Research Excellence in 2012. In 2014, David and the Pacific Media Watch project were awarded the Dean's Prize for Critic and Conscience of Society.

In 2015, Dr Robie was awarded the AMIC Asian Communication Award, presented in Dubai (UAE), and also AUT's Dean's Prize for Contribution to Research Infrastructure in the Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies. Cafe Pacific media transparency blog

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2017 - World Class Professor (WCP) - Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education
2015 - Dean's Prize for Contribution to Research Infrastructure
in the faculty of Design and Creative Techologies
2015 - Asia Communication Award-
Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (Singapore, awarded in Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
2014 - Dean's Prize for Critic and Conscience of Society (jointly awarded with the Pacific Media Watch project)
2013 - Sabbatical and research grant
for development communication programmes in France, Scandinavia and Timor-Leste.
2012 - Dean's Award for Research Excellence
in the faculty of Design and Creative Technologies.
2011 - Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Award
for innovative media education at AUT University.
- Creative Stimulus Award for academic journals as editor of Pacific Journalism Review for "innovation and contribution in reporting hot topics" at the inaugural Academy Awards of the Global Creative Industries in Beijing, China. 
2010 - UNESCO University of Queensland Press Freedom Lectures Fellow.
2009 - Nominated by two organisations for the global Communication and Social Change Award.
2005 - Pacific Islands Media Association Pacific Media Freedom Award for "outstanding contribution to the development of journalists in the Pacific and New Zealand".
1999 - Australian Press Council Fellowship for touring Australia to present papers, talks and publish a media freedom report.