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Pacific Media Centre (PMC)

Founded in 2007, the Pacific Media Centre (PMC) at New Zealand's Auckland University of Technology (AUT) University seeks to stimulate research into contemporary Maori, Pasifika, and ethnic diversity media and community development in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Communication Strategies: 

PMC's strategic focus stems from the belief that robust and informed journalism and media research contributes to economic, political, and social development in the region. Activities include:

  • undertaking and stimulating research into contemporary Maori, Pasifika, Asia-Pacific, and ethnic diversity media and culture production;
  • strengthening research capability in the area of media production;
  • presenting and publishing the findings of media research;
  • developing collaborations and relationships with other Asia-Pacific centres of research excellence in media and cultural production; and
  • developing editorial and publication capability, including Pacific Journalism Review, PMC Online, and Pacific Scoop (see below for more details on the latter).


Sample past and ongoing projects (additional details are available on the PMC website) include:

  • PMC awarded a "journalist-in-residence" research grant to independent filmmaker Jim Marbrook to help develop a documentary about indigenous Kanak political and industrial rights and nickel mining development in New Caledonia. Marbrook, who is also a television lecturer in AUT University's School of Communication Studies, produced an 8-minute pilot video, Towards Grand Terre, as a first step in the project and is working to a full documentary feature, Cap Bocage.
  • Through PMC, photojournalist John Miller (Ngapuhi) began embarking on a journalist-in-residence project in August 2007 researching the Ngatihine forestry block development in mid-Northland in the 1970s in the context of a confrontation about the use of Maori land. He has presented this research as a case study, with a focus on the way in which mainstream and alternative forms of media represented the issue.
  • Pacific Scoop is an independent regional "hub" partnership venture between AUT University's Pacific Media Centre and the independent news portal Scoop Media Ltd. The website is based in the School of Communication Studies, where postgraduate Pacific student journalists and other media students with an interest in Pasifika affairs - especially those on the Asia-Pacific Journalism and Graduate Diploma in Pacific Journalism courses - are filing regular stories.
  • Pacific Media Watch is an Asia-Pacific media monitoring digital repository collected and published by postgraduate students and staff at PMC and also by contributing journalists.


Click here to access PMC's media development and development communication publications. Click here to read about Asia-Pacific and Graduate Diploma in Pacific Journalism courses.

Development Issues: 

Media Development.

Contact Information: 
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Emails from David Robie to The Communication Initiative on January 20 2011 and February 1 2011; and PMC website, January 31 2011. Image credit: Marilyn Waring

Culture and Learning

Author: 
Liz Brooker
Martin Woodhead
September 1, 2010

This edition of Early Childhood in Focus (ECiF) addresses the major policy questions surrounding the place of culture in early childhood programmes and how to promote development and learning while respecting cultural diversities. ECiF is a series of publications produced by the Child and Youth Studies Group at The Open University, United Kingdom, with the support of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, intending to provide reviews of research on key policy and practice issues that are of value to policy makers and advocates for the rights of children.

Source: 
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Strengthening Community-Based Early Childhood Education in Aotorea New Zealand

Subtitle: 
Report of the Quality Public Early Childhood Education Project
Author: 
Helen May
Linda Mitchell
December 1, 2009

In 2008, the Quality Public Early Childhood Education (QPECE) project brought together a group of New Zealand national organisations with an interest in strengthening community-based early childhoo

ECE for All/ New Zealand

Caring and Learning Together: A Cross-National Study on the Integration of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) within Education

Author: 
Yoshie Kaga
John Bennett
Peter Moss
January 1, 2010
Affiliation: 

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

This United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) study offers an assessment of the policy of integrating the responsibility for early childhood care and education (ECC

Source: 

Zunia website, July 22 2010.

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Freedom of Information for Pacific Policy Makers

Subtitle: 
2008 Regional Workshop Report
November 1, 2008

This is a report of the workshop on Freedom of Information for Pacific Policy Makers held in Honiara, Solomon Islands, from June 30 to July 2 2008, at which representatives from ten Forum Island Countries (FICs) discussed freedom of information (FOI) legislation. The meeting was organised by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Centre.

Contact Information: 
Source: 

UNDP Pacific Centre website accessed on July 8 2009 and January 15 2014.

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