May, 2009
ISSN 1178-0932
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Samoan Language Week chance to focus on New Zealand’s fourth largest ethnic group

Samoan language and culture will be celebrated during Samoan Language Week from Sunday 24 May to Sunday 31 May, immediately before Samoa Independence Day on 1 June.

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Māori worldviews and broadcasting standards: What should be the relationship?

The BSA has released a new paper entitled Māori Worldviews and Broadcasting Standards: What Should be the Relationship? to provide a platform for discussion of the relationship between broadcasting standards and Māori worldviews and interests.

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The little station that could

Canterbury’s little community access station Plains FM 96.9 scooped a NZ Radio Award for the fourth year running at this year’s New Zealand Radio Awards. Naoko Kudo won the award for Best Spoken/Informational Programme in Any Language for Japanese Downunder which she has produced and presented since 2002.

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Māori Television Service Act reviewed

The Māori Television Service Act has been reviewed and the broadcaster says it is welcoming the results of a review into its legislation. The review by independent panel, Te Kāhui o Māhutonga, covered the operation and effectiveness of the Māori Television Service (Te Aratuku Whakaata Irirangi Māori) Act 2003.

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Ethnic radio station makes history

In one of the more dramatic results in New Zealand’s radio history independent Radio Tarana, aimed at the Auckland Indian community, was among the top 10 radio stations in the greater Auckland region.

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Local Japanese magazine goes multi-lingual

With increasing Chinese and Korean student numbers, Japanese monthly E-Cube – a glossy magazine targetting international students – has gone multilingual.

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Old news hands behind new Indian weekly

Experienced newsmen helm New Zealand’s new national Indian weekly – the Indian Weekender. The weekly, published by Kiwi Media Group, aimed at an increasingly competitive market of about 120,000 Indians in New Zealand, will be challenging the long-established Indian Newslink.

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Hope to attract more mainstream viewers

Asia Downunder staff are delighted with their new timeslot on Saturday mornings on TV One. Bharat Jamnadas, who has been with the company since it started says he is hopeful that the programme will attract more mainstream viewers after being moved from its usual Sunday morning 8.30am slot to 10.30am on TV One last month.

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PIMA seeks new chief after resignation

The Pacific Island Media Association of New Zealand (PIMA) is left without a chief after its chairman Aaron Taouma announced his resignation last week. PIMA was formed in 2001 by Pacific Island television and radio broadcasters, newspaper publishers and journalists, film makers and media students based here.

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Polyfest 09 set to rock screens again on TV2

The brand new Polyfest 2009 series is about to hit the screens of the nation on Saturdays at 9.30am on TV2 for five weeks. Here’s the run down of the hosts and the Pasifika cultures featured in the series.

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For more information about the 'Nga Reo Tangata Media and Diversity Network', please contact Gilbert Wong at gilbertw@hrc.co.nz, or 09 306 2660.

Information about the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme is available at www.hrc.co.nz/diversity.

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