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Monday, May 1st, 2017


Māori and Pacific mental health research on offer

Photo: RNZ

AUCKLAND, New Zealand-May 1: 1:23pm(RNZI): A $NZ2 million mental health research fund for Māori and Pacific youth in New Zealand is being supported by the world’s biggest public research funding agency. New Zealand has joined Global Alliance to provide a grant to find better strategies to support Maori and Pacific youth with mental health problems. The Health Research Council’s Kath McPherson said mental health outcomes continued to be inequitable in New Zealand.

Fiji talks to Qatar about being safe haven for soldiers

Ratu Inoke says the safety of troops is paramount Photo: supp

SUVA, Fiji-May 1: 9:09am(RNZI): Fiji is holding talks with the Qatari Government to include the Middle East country as a safe haven for Fijian soldiers on peacekeeping missions if tension in the region escalates. This was confirmed to Parliament by Defence Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola after a question from SODELPA MP Viliame Gavoka on the exit strategies in place for Fijian peacekeepers. Ratu Inoke said Fiji was working with Qatar.

PIMA wants to discuss media freedom with Tongan PM


NUKU’ALOFA-May 1: 8:53am(RNZI):The Pacific Islands Media Association has offered to initiate mediation discussions with Tonga’s Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva, who recently threatened the state owned broadcaster with closure. Last month Mr Pohiva said he was not happy with how the Tonga Broadcasting Commission operated and the services may be better carried out by a different provider. The New Zealand based PIMA said the government needed to step back and take a hands-off approach to news media. PIMA secretary Jason Brown said it is undemocratic to make vague claims of biasRead More