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The Southern Cross

Southern Cross: bFM's weekly look at Pacific news with AUT Pacific Media Centre's Jean Bell and David Robie.

You can check out the Pacific Media Centre at www.pmc.aut.ac.nz

Southern Cross: Alleged Chinese military base in Vanuatu, Nauru abolishes the right to appeal & the burden of diabetes in Fiji

Southern Cross: Alleged Chinese military base in Vanuatu, Nauru abolishes th Southern Cross: Alleged Chinese military base in Vanuatu, Nauru abolishes th, 28.45 MB
Mon 16 Apr 2018

We had Professor David Robie, director of the Pacific Media Centre at Auckland University of Technology on the show today.

David speaks about various upheavals around the Pacific in the past week including the alleged Chinese military base plans for Vanuatu, Nauru abolishing its Appeal Court in Australia, and a huge diabetes health bill blowout in Fiji.

Southern Cross: Bearing Witness, indigenous education & customary land rights

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Mon 9 Apr 2018

Pacific Media Centre's Jean Bell stops by the studio to discuss a group of customary land owners in Papua New Guinea regaining access to their land, the struggles of delivering education to indigenous peoples in the Philippines and a special new girl band in Papua New Guinea.

AUT students Hele Ikimotu and Blessen Tom also talk about their upcoming trip to Fiji as part of the Bearing Witness programme.

Southern Cross: President Joko Widodo, Indonesian protests & girls banned from rugby in Tonga

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Mon 26 Mar 2018

AUT Pacific Media Centre director Professor David Robie and Pacific Media Watch editor Jean Bell joins us in studio to discuss West Papua and the failure of visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo to front up to the media while in New Zealand.

We also chat about the wave of protests sweeping Indonesia due to a new law that criminalises criticism of lawmakers and the Tonga Minister of Education, Penisimani Fifita moving to ban girls from rugby or boxing.

Southern Cross: COP23, Tonga & Solomon Islands election results

Southern Cross: COP23, Tonga & Solomon Islands election results Southern Cross: COP23, Tonga & Solomon Islands election results, 21.41 MB
Mon 18 Dec 2017

AUT Pacific Media Centres Kendall Hutt stopped by the studio to discuss COP23 negiations and what impact they have in the Pacific, Tongas political Monarchy vs Parliment situation and also the outcome of elections which took place in the Solomon Islands.  

Southern Cross: The Solomon Islands situation

Southern Cross: The Solomon Islands situation Southern Cross: The Solomon Islands situation, 12.72 MB
Mon 13 Nov 2017

The Solomon Islands have been through a political whirlwind as of late, with Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare vacating his role following a non confidence vote. Producer Leonard Powell spoke to AUT Media Centres Kendall Hutt to learn more about the situation, and to discuss what the future of politics will look like in the Solomons. 

Southern Cross: A Manus Island update

Southern Cross: A Manus Island update Southern Cross: A Manus Island update, 11.03 MB
Mon 6 Nov 2017

Manus Island is home to 600 refugees, who are now without food, water, and medical attention, as their detention centre closes down, there's uncertainty about where they'll go. Joel talked to AUT Pacific media centre's Kendall Hutt about this.

Southern Cross: Violence against women in Papua New Guinea

Southern Cross: Violence against women in Papua New Guinea Southern Cross: Violence against women in Papua New Guinea, 15.12 MB
Mon 30 Oct 2017

Rosalyn Albaniel Evara was a Journalist in Papua New Guinea who passed away recently. There were allegations that her death was the result of domestic abuse, and a court order has been released halting her burial until a full post-mortem report is available. This case is bringing to light issues surrounding violence against women in the country. Joel spoke with AUT Pacific Media centre’s Kendall Hutt and PhD Student Stephanie Tapungu about this.

Southern Cross: Kendall talks to Seinafolava Sanele Chadwick

Southern Cross: Kendall talks to Seinafolava Sanele Chadwick Southern Cross: Kendall talks to Seinafolava Sanele Chadwick, 19.59 MB
Mon 16 Oct 2017


AUT Pacific Media Centre's Kendall Hutt speaks to Seinafolava Sanele Chadwick, Tagata Pasifika's political reporter in Wellington. They had a chat about I'm having what the next coalition government could bring for Pasifika communities as well as his thoughts on the issues Pasifika communities wanted to be addressed during the general election. 

Southern Cross: Kendall speaks Dr Budi Irawanto about media freedom in Indonesia

Southern Cross: Kendall speaks Dr Budi Irawanto about media freedom in Indonesia Southern Cross: Kendall speaks Dr Budi Irawanto about media freedom in Indonesia, 18.02 MB
Mon 2 Oct 2017

Aut Pacific Media Centre's Kendall Hutt had a chat with Dr Budi Irawanto, the associate professor in the Department of Communication Science, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. They had a discussion about collaborative research with New Zealand universities, and about the state of media, and media freedom, in Indonesia.

Southern Cross: The election and Pasifika communities

Southern Cross: The election and Pasifika communities Southern Cross: The election and Pasifika communities, 12.31 MB
Mon 25 Sep 2017

AUT Pacific Media Centre's Kendall Hut talks to Joel about the 2017 election in New Zealand, and the issues that affect Pasifika communities, and the ideal outcome.