NEW ZEALAND: EPTV takes the Pacific to viewers around the world
Event Polynesia this week launched its new service, EPTV with three designated online channels, three YouTube Community channels and another three to be fully operational in the next few months.

According to Mr. Edwin Puni, Managing Director of Event Polynesia, "Online utilities such as YouTube plus ongoing growth in internet connection access have opened up the Pacific to a whole new audience. EPTV offers a good selection of online footage that promotes and celebrate the successes of Pacific people all over the world."

"Tagata Pasefika channel and TV Samoa channel are definitely a popular choice, bringing the sounds and a glimpse of 'home' to the many Pacific people now residing in countries like New Zealand, Australia, USA and Europe," Puni added.

EPTV Boxing channel is destined to build a huge international following with free viewing of Event Polynesia Boxing fight nights covering its grassroots all guts and flair boxing, entertaining fa'afafine boxing, and international title fights. Event Polynesia Boxing is leading the resurgence of Pacific professional boxing in New Zealand by providing the much needed tournaments.

Travel and a Business designated channel are the next two to go live on EPTV to promote Pacific destinations and trade. The new channels will offer Tourist operations and Pacific businesses the opportunity to advertise on EPTV with an average traffic of 1.2 million a month. For more information about EPTV service, contact

"Media evolution with online publication and streaming has established the Internet as today's media choice and Event Polynesia as the most popular Pacific online portal," said Mr. Puni.

Photo Captions: Managing Director of Event Polynesia: Telei'ai Su'a Edwin Puni.

(Photos: Huw Evans Agency)


SAMOA: U20 Managers Report: Samoa v USA
Source: Namulaulu Samia Leota
Today we completed our second game of the Junior World Championship defeating USA 20 to 6.

Samoa attacked and camped in the USA territory in the first 10 minutes and had a few opportunities to cross the line but the Americans were defending well, denying the boys in blue from putting points on the board.

USA registered the first 6 points of the match when two penalties were converted by their half back on the 14th and the 18th minute mark from our mistakes. They were leading 6 on the 30th minute mark.

Towards the end of the first half, another series of attacks by the Samoa forward saw the Americans struggling in defence and opened up a space in the defence that saw our lock Levi Asifaamatala crossing the line for our first point of the match, and this was converted by Ioane Sefo, our first five. At half time the score was 7-6 to Samoa.

Samoa increased its lead at the beginning of the second half from a penalty conversion by Ioane Sefo on the 2nd minute. Samoa playing style was opened up at this stage of the game using its speed outside the backline and this resulted in a try by fullback Alatasi Tupou on the 13th
minute. This was followed by another try by Vavae Tuilagi half way through the second half after relentless attack by our forwards which gave quick and clear balls to the backline.

There were two occasions in the second half where we crossed the line twice, but unfortunately these tries were ruled out by the touch judge as we touched the line before placing the ball down.

We camped in the Americans territory in the majority of the second half but they put up an intense defence, denying us from scoring a bonus point.

Nevertherless , a win is a win and the boys must be congratulated for the big effort today. The Americans again are much bigger in size, and they were out there to beat us, but the boys did not give up. They played with passion and pride for our country. Samoa should be proud of their
achievements so far in this World Championship.

Back at the hotel at our evening prayer after the game, no one player was seemed to be satisfied with what had been done so far, and there was a complete absence of any spirit of celebration, like after the Scotland game. It is obvious that the boys know that we have a tougher opponent to contend with in the next few days and that is when we meet South Africa in
our last pool game.

I thank our Head of State and Samoa for your support through faxes and prayers. We send our best regards and alofaaga to all the people of Samoa, the SRU and its family of sponsors as well as all our families.

Good night from Wales.

Photo Caption:
Lee Jones is wrapped up by Misioka Timoteo (Number 8); Steven Burton tries to
escape the diving tackle of Levi Asifa'amatala. Wrexham.....Misioka Timoteo charges into winger Lee Jones


(Photos: ABC)


AUSTRALIA: Australia to work with Pacific on land policy reform
Source: Australian High Commission
The Australian Government is to provide A$54 million over four years for a Pacific Land Program to support governments in the region that wish to strengthen or improve their land systems.

“This funding, which was announced in the recent Australian budget, will provide practical assistance to governments dealing with complex issues relating to land policy reform,” said Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, Bob McMullan.

Mr McMullan said Australian assistance will be guided by two fundamental principles: first, Australia will only support reforms that recognise the continuing importance of customary tenure; and, second, land policy reform must be driven by Pacific island governments and communities, not by donors.

Mr McMullan is in Vanuatu for a two-day Pacific land policy conference. The Making Land Work conference will be attended by government ministers, officials, landowners and other groups from around the Pacific region with a stake or interest in land issues.

“Pacific governments are under pressure to reconcile new and competing interests relating to land ownership and land use with the customary systems that have served their people for countless generations,” he said. “These pressures include new technologies, rapid population growth and social change. Our program is designed to provide support to governments
undertaking reforms to strengthen and improve their land systems and deal with these pressures.”

The Pacific Land Program will increase the skills and knowledge of people working in land departments and non-government organisations. It will include assistance for dispute resolution and helping customary owners negotiate on a more even basis with investors and developers. The program will initially provide support to Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. Assistance will also be provided on a regional level for education and training and to help countries respond to problems associated with growing urbanisation such as squatter settlements.

“Uncertainty over land ownership and land use constrains social and economic development and reduces the prospects of greater investment and higher living standards,” said Mr McMullan. “It can be a trigger for wider conflict, and conflict tends to exacerbate poverty.”

Mr McMullan will launch a two-volume publication Making Land Work prepared by the Australian Agency for International Development, AusAID, based on consultations with more than 80 specialists and practitioners in land and development from the region, including Australia and New Zealand.

The publication provides an overview of matters that countries are likely to face if they choose to reform their land policies and institutions. It includes case studies that look at problems and innovative practices in land tenure and administration across the Pacific.

‘This is an excellent resource for policy-makers,’ says Mr McMullan. ‘It draws lessons from international experience around the Pacific and will stimulate ideas on policy options.’

Photo Caption: Bob McMullan MP: Parliamentary Secretary for International Development
Assistance Federal Member for Fraser


(Photos: Nigel Phair)

  AROUND THE WORLD: 2008 Pacific Islands Computer Crime and Security Survey
Source: Nigel Phair's Press Release
I am pleased to announce the release of the 2008 Pacific Islands Computer Crime and Security Survey. This survey was conducted in early 2008.

The survey aims to be an authoritative and independent source of data on computer crime trends in the Pacific Islands. The survey will assist to gain a better understanding of the extent, nature and impact of computer crime in the Pacific Islands; identify the most common computer network threats; assess how well organisations are protecting themselves from computer network attack; and raise awareness of the challenges associated with computer security.

All responses were anonymous and there was representation from across all Islands and industry sectors. Since no other information has been gathered on this crime type previously with the Pacific Islands, the results from this survey will serve to direct the thinking of personal
computer users; organizations of all types and sizes; and governments with regard to information security and operating within the online environment.

Information technology is improving the way organisations within the Pacific Islands are conducting business and interacting with stakeholders and clients. But these opportunities regularly come attached with threats, many of which may cause damage to the economy
where these organisations operate.

Key findings for this survey include:

Almost one third of organisations experienced an electronic attack in the last year;
Nearly two thirds of respondents thought their organisation needed to do more to with regard to IT security;
One third of organisations thought their current level of IT security funding was adequate; and
Over half of respondents were victim to Nigerian-style scams.

This survey is available as a PDF at:

About the Author

Nigel Phair is the Principal of eSecurity Consulting which specialises in providing information security advice, intelligence and training. He has extensive experience working with a variety of industry groups, including banking & finance and the telecommunications sector.

He is also a Senior Fellow within the Centre for Transnational Crime Prevention, University of Wollongong and a Lecturer at Charles Sturt University. As well as an undergraduate degree, he holds a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Laws. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has published an acclaimed book on the international impact of cyber crime.

Photo Captions: Nigel Phair; Principal of eSecurity Consulting
  PNG: New Guinea Gold Boosting Production Targets
Source: Pacific Magazine
A Canadian mining company in Papua New Guinea (PNG), New Guinea Gold Corporation (NGG), reports that 302 ounces of gold were produced and sold at the beginning of this year from its Sinivit mine in PNG’s East New Britain province. Commercial gold production commenced in October 2007.

According to NGG, the mine is on track to substantially increase production with a target of 3,000 ounces per month. Vat 1, which contained 6000 tonnes of ore was in production. Vats 2 and 3 with a total capacity of over 40,000 tonnes of ore soon followed production towards the end of March quarter. Approximately 20,000 tonnes of crushed ore has been stockpiled.

The company says it has sufficient experience to estimate that the mine cash costs will increase to an average of US$500,000 per month, due to additional reagent usage, as gold production increases.

Site cost experience now indicates that the estimated mine operating cash cost of US$120 per ounce of gold at the projected production rate of 3000 ounces per month will increase to US$170 per ounce.

Future costs will increase above this figure if the production rate is not achieved. However, mine cash costs are expected to remain constant at US$500,000 regardless of gold production.

More good news for the Sinivit operation and its surrounds was received in late February when NGG announced the raising of CA$11.7 million (US$11.43 million). The funds plus increasing gold production from the Sinivit mine place the company in a strong financial position.

According to NGG, the funds will be used in part to increase drilling rates at both project sites, the Sinivit and Imwauna in PNG’s Milne Bay province (Normanby Island) by adding a further drill to each property.

In parallel, NGG invested CA$2 million (US$1.95 million) of the CA$11.7 million (US$11.43 million) raised in Coppermoly Ltd’s initial public offering, which was completed in Australia in January 2008.

Coppermoly (in which NGG now holds a 50 percent interest) has cash resources of approximately CA$7 (US$6.84 million). The company is exploring the Simuku and Mt. Nakru projects in New Britain and anticipates having three drill rigs working on these tenements.

(Photos: Marc Peretic Wilson)

  SOLOMON ISLANDS: Solomons, Tahiti and Vanuatu score impressive wins on day three
Source: Oceania Football Federation Press Release

The Solomon Islands, Tahiti and Vanuatu all scored impressive wins on Match Day Three of the OFC Futsal Championships at the Vodafone Arena in Suva, Fiji yesterday.

Vanuatu responded to their heartbreaking last minute loss to New Zealand last night with a comprehensive 11-1 victory over New Caledonia, Tahiti scored an improbable come-from-behind 3-2 victory over New Zealand and the Solomon Islands beat out Fiji in an exciting 11-6 goal fest.

The Solomon Islands lead the table on 9 points while Vanuatu and Tahiti are both just three points behind.

There were 34 goals scored on Match Day Three of the tournament and the boisterous crowd of over 1500 helped make the day the most exciting so far.

Derek Malas opened the days scoring with his first goal of the day coming just one minute into the opening game against New Caledonia and the scoring didn’t stop until the 37th minute when Jack Vira Ala converted his fourth and Vanuatu’s eleventh.

Goals in between fell to Siardon Mera Talkanamal (2), Jack Vira Ala (4), Louis Dominique (2), Malas, and Sean Wowut Fanai. New Caledonia scored a consolation goal through Yvon Pourouoro.

In game two Tahiti produced the most memorable finish to a game so far when Michel Maihuri scored his second goal of the night with just nine seconds remaining on the clock to propel Tahiti to a 3-2 win over New Zealand.

New Zealand were leading 2-1 with one minute and forty seconds to play after Joshua Martin and Marvin Eakin cancelled out Romeo Patira’s early equalizer. But it was Tahiti who were celebrating after two goals in the space of 90 seconds earned Tahiti their second successive win of the championship to earn them a spot in second place.

In the days final game the Solomon Islands scored a comprehensive victory over Fiji after the two sides were locked at 4-4 after an exhilarating first half.

The Solomons were able to turn it up a gear in the second half and their eleven goals cemented their place at the top of the table. Goals for Solomon were scored by Micah Lea’alafa (4), James Egata (2), Francis Lafai, Elliot Ragomo (2); Jack Wetney and Jenan Kapu. Kamal Hassan scored a hatrick for Fiji alongside two goals from Mira Sahib and one from Alvin Avinesh.

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Photo Captions: Day Three of the OFC Futsal Championships at the Vodafone Arena in Suva,
Fiji. Solomons, Tahiti and Vanuatu all scored impressive wins

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