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Environment network elect officials, register office in Tonga

The PEJN Office bearers following their election on Tuesday afternoon in Nuku'alofa. Photo: PEJN

NUKU’ALOFA – May 9, 2018: 4.30pm (PEJN): The Pacific Environment Journalist Network (PEJN) has elected its new office bearers who will take the network forward in the next two years.

Former Fijian journalist and now Tongan media consultant Iliesa Tora was unanimously elected to the position of President by members of the network in their first general meeting in Nukualofa, Tonga on Tuesday.

Mr Tora worked in the Fijian media industry for almost 30 years before moving to Tonga. He has been in the Tonga media for 6 years now, working in different capacities as communications and media consultant for the Tongan government and other agencies.

Mr Tora is also a current Board Member of the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA).

Speaking after the election, an emotional Mr Tora said now that the PEJN is up and running, the main focus now will be to keep the ball rolling.

“I can’t do this by myself, I am not a team by myself. We are a team here and I hope we can work together.”

Solomon Island’s Island Sun’s Chief of Staff Georgina Kekea was elected Vice President.

Ms Kekea has been working in the Solomon Islands media industry for 18 years now and has worked in all media mediums over the past years.

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation’s North Bureau Editor Elenoa Turagaiviu was elected unopposed as Secretary.

Ms Turagaiviu has been in the Fijian media industry for 13 years now.

Solomon Star News Editor Ofani Eremai was elected Treasurer for the Network.

Mr Eremae has been a newspaper journalist for 20 years now and studied journalism in New Zealand. He is also a current Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Board Member.

The Executive Committee also has four members.

They are:
1. Lice Movono, a senior journalist with the Fiji Times newspaper. Movono has been in the media for about 20 years now and has worked in various communications posts in the UN and EU over the past years.

2. Anita Roberts, a journalist with the Vanuatu Daily Post and has been a journalist for four years now.

3. Florence Jonduo, a journalist with Papua New Guinea’s biggest Television network EMTV and has been a journalist since 2014. She currently produces a weekly local documentary called Tok Pisin that covers everyday issues PNG people are facing.

4. Mereoni Mili, a University of the South Pacific Journalism Student and is currently the national news editor of the University’s newspaper Wansolwara.

During the meeting, the members, with the guidance of Pacific veteran journalists and communications specialists drew up and adopted the PEJN Constitution, which will be the guiding document for the Network.

The Network office is being set up here in Nuku’alofa.


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