World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Pacific Island Law Campaign Launched

USP Journalism online (new UTS host): http://www.journalism.uts.edu.au/ USP Journalism ("mirror" of gagged site): http://www.sidsnet.org/pacific/usp/journ/ Wansolwara Online: http://www.lookinglassdesign.com/wansolwara/wansol.html Have your say: http://www.TheGuestBook.com/vgbook/109497.gbook

SUVA: Pacific Island people are in dire need of information about the legal system and how to access it. That's the view of New Zealand's Grey Lynn Neighbourhood Law Office which has launched a Pacific Island Law Campaign in Auckland called PL2K (Pacific Law 2000).

The nine-month campaign is the first comprehensive project in New Zealand aimed at raising Pacific Island peoples' awareness of legal issues.

PL2K will be a community driven initiative. The services of nearly 80 people including Pacific Island lawyers, translators, community and church people, broadcasters and artists have been enlisted to get the message out. Funding has been obtained from the Legal Services Board for this project.

Head solicitor of the Grey Lynn Neighbourhood Law Office, Karen Ferris, says nine topics have been identified as being of critical importance to Pacific Island people. These range from immigration, family law and domestic violence, to debt, tenancy and criminal law.

"The object of the project is to be as wide reaching as possible, to show the law is common to everyone, and that everyone is entitled to know the law and be protected by it," says Karen. "Our project focus is to meet the needs that have been identified within the Pacific Island community and to produce educational resources in a useful format for ongoing use. At this stage the project will focus on reaching Pacific Island people in the Auckland Region where sixty five percent of all Pacific Island people in New Zealand live."

The media campaign will include talkback sessions on Radio 531 PI in English and Pacific Island languages as well as monthly segments on TV ONE's Tagata Pasifika and articles in various Pacific Island newspapers.

The PL2K campaign will also work in with other community law centers in Auckland so a higher number of the Pacific Island population can be reached.

For more information contact media team:

Iulia Leilua Mob: 021 217 2457 Email: ileilua@ihug.co.nz

Sandra Kailahi 021 441 443 Email: glnlo@xtra.co.nz

+++niuswire

This document is for educational and research use only. Recipients should seek permission from the copyright source before reprinting. PASIFIK NIUS service is provided by the niusedita via the Journalism Program, University of the South Pacific. Please acknowledge Pasifik Nius: niusedita@pactok.net.au http://www.usp.ac.fj/journ/nius/index.html

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news