This Obscure Plea Deal Offers Freedom to the Wrongfully Convicted at a Huge Cost

By Ranjani Chakraborty and Megan Rose, Propublica In 1987, police detectives — who’d later be made famous by David Simon, creator of “The Wire” — used flimsy evidence to pin a burglary, rape and murder case on James Thompson and James Owens. They were both sentenced to life in prison. Then, 20 years later, DNA evidence cleared them […]

NZ Prime Minister Facebooks from PM Pacific Youth Awards; Recognising Excellence

Wow. This is the Prime Minister’s own Facebook Live stream from her phone at tonight’s awards. How many Prime Ministers do you know can do Facebook Live ? Nine exceptional individuals, aged between 17 and 24 years old, will be presented an Award by the Prime Minister at a ceremony held at the Fale o […]

Intermediate School Defends Travel Spending

The New Zealand Herald has reported that 12 teachers from Blockhouse Bay Intermediate School spent two weeks in the Cook Islands and Aitutaki at a cost to the school of nearly $20,000. The trip took place last year during the July school holidays.  School principal Micheal Malins has reportedly defended the trip saying it was […]

Coral Reefs, including Pacific, Under Increasing Threat

Coral on an American Samoa reef. Photo credit: The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview Survey The Pacific Ocean is home to more than 75 percent of the world’s coral reefs. One of the main environmental functions of coral reefs around the world is protecting about 150,000 kilometres of shoreline in more than 100 nations., said a […]

NZ: Ngāti Whātua Host Pōwhiri for Obama

 Unique to Aotearoa New Zealand, the traditional pōwhiri  for the former US President took place this afternoon at Government House in Epsom, Auckland. Whenever a formal pōwhiri of this significance takes place in Auckland city, the host iwi (tribe) for Tamaki Makaurau is Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei.  Tamaki Makaurau Auckland is their rohe (tribal land/territory). They are […]

NZ: Experiences of Maori & Pacific Children in Schools

  Few things affect children’s lives more than their educational experiences. Attending school is the greatest commitment children make outside of their homes. Report: Education Matters to Me: Key Insights A great teacher, a supportive and involved family, and friends. Simple enough, right? These are the ingredients that children in Aotearoa New Zealand identified as key […]

Pacific Region: NZ and Australia’s Five Year Partnership to Support Education

Pacific Region – New Zealand  and Australian governments, together with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) have formalised a 5 year commitment totally more than $20 million with the regional agency, Pacific Community (formerly known as the Secretariat of the Pacific Community or SPC) to support quality education in the Pacific region. The five year […]

Samoa’s Waters Declared a Protected Shark Sanctuary

Samoa has announced a shark sanctuary within its 128,000 sq km Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), making it the eighth Pacific island country to designate its national waters as a protected sanctuary for all sharks and rays. The launch was commemorated with ministers and officials now in Samoa for the very first Pacific Shark Ministerial Symposium […]

Samoa Hosts First Pacific Ministerial Shark Symposium

Samoa made Pacific history today by holding the very first Pacific Ministerial Shark Symposium in the region, demonstrating global leadership from the island region in protecting and conserving Pacific sharks and rays. The world’s first regional shark sanctuary – the Micronesia Regional Shark Sanctuary between Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and the Republic of Marshall […]

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