Chinese Space Station Tiangong-1 Lands in Pacific Ocean, Near Tahiti

It landed today back on Planet Earth in the Pacific Ocean, near Tahiti. That’s Easter Monday in the Pacific region. Tiangong-1 is no more. China’s prototype space station, whose name translates as “Heavenly Palace 1,” met a fiery end in Earth’s atmosphere today (April 1), breaking apart and burning up in the skies over the […]

Will Hawaii-Led Consortium be the Warriors New Owners?

New Zealand’s sports media headlines, most of them, are reporting that the Warriors will be sold to USA Hawaiian-led consortium fronted by Richard Fale.  That the ‘done deal’ is based on a verbal agreement. The New Zealand Rugby League Team is presently owned by Eric Watson through his private investment firm, Cullen Investments. Late last […]

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 […]

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 […]

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