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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.


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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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



PNG Ombudsman wins court order to extend electoral writs deadline
Fri, 28 Jul 2017
EMTV News reports on the election writs court order. Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk The Ombudsman Commission has obtained an interim court order to extend the return of the general election writs until...

Climate change in Asia-Pacific, advocacy journalism in PJR
Fri, 28 Jul 2017
Pacific Media Watch Newsdesk Climate change research ranging from Australia and Indonesia to Fiji and Vietnam feature in the latest Pacific Journalism Review in the first publication to focus on media...

Rights, cultural activists among winners of Asia’s Nobel Prize
Thu, 27 Jul 2017
By Joe Torres in Manila An Indonesian tribal rights activist, a Sri Lankan woman who has helped civil war victims, and a Japanese man working for the preservation of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat are am...

Only 10% NZ school leavers ‘Asia-ready’ and just one-third ‘in zone’
Thu, 27 Jul 2017
Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk Less than 10 percent of school leavers are “Asia-ready” and only 36 percent are “in the zone” when it comes to Asia readiness, shows new research ...

Constable Jimmy dies in PNG elections ambush –‘being a cop’s no mistake’
Thu, 27 Jul 2017
By Elizah Palme in Wabag, Papua New Guinea Duty called for two police officers and other members of Papua New Guinea’s Mt Hagen Mobile Squad 6 (MS 6) last weekend. It took them out of the Tambul...

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AUSTRALIA: RSF condemns 'alarming bid' to crack message encryption
Fri, 28 Jul 2017

AUCKLAND (Reporters Without Borders/Pacific Media Watch): Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has echoed concerns by the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance over a push by Australia's government to force tech companies to break encrypted communications.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed last week that his government intends to make it possible for authorities to read encrypted messages sent between users of apps such as WhatsApp and iMessage by introducing new legislation.

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WEST PAPUA: Lack of media interest 'puzzling' says veteran journalist
Fri, 28 Jul 2017

AUCKLAND (Asia Pacific Report/VICE NZ/Pacific Media Watch): A New Zealand media educator has criticised the lack of New Zealand mainstream media coverage on a crucial Pacific issue in a new VICE report on the rise of Maori and Pacific solidarity for West Papuan independence.

In an interview with a VICE Auckland correspondent, James Borrowdale, the Pacific Media Centre director Professor David Robie said the lack of New Zealand media interest was “puzzling” given it was one of the major security and human rights issues facing the region.

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GLOBAL: Pacific Journalism Review publishes special 'Asia-Pacific' climate change edition
Wed, 26 Jul 2017

AUCKLAND (Pacific Journalism Review/Pacific Media Watch): With Fiji President Voreqe Bainimarama as president of the COP23 global climate change summit in Bonn in  November, it is timely for Pacific Journalism Review to publish the first collection of regional peer-reviewed research papers on Asia-Pacific climate and the media in the latest edition.

Thirteen climate change research articles have been included in this issue, along with three unthemed articles on topics ranging from defamation law in Australia to citizen journalism in South Korea.

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REGION: No mercy for Indonesian drug dealers in Widodo's ‘just shoot’ policy
Wed, 26 Jul 2017

By Dames Alexander Sinaga
JAKARTA (Jakarta Globe/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has ordered law enforcers to shoot drug traffickers to deal with what he called a narcotics emergency facing the country.

“No mercy for foreign drug traffickers. We are currently in an emergency in terms of drug abuse,” Widodo said.

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GLOBAL: Media freedom summit slams Gulf states, supports Al Jazeera
Wed, 26 Jul 2017

By Dr Joseph M Fernandez
DOHA, Qatar (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): The international freedom of expression conference in Doha has ended with a strong condemnation of the threats by a group of Gulf states against Qatar and an expression of “total solidarity” with journalists and workers at Al Jazeera and other media targeted by the group.

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Last updated: 10-Jul-2017 2.30pm

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