Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

NPRT Takes Over Operation Of Pacific Radio Network

NPRT Takes Over Operation Of Pacific Radio Network Niu Fm

The National Pacific Radio Trust (NPRT), which is responsible for the radio network Niu FM, has today cancelled its contract with Pasefika Communications Network Limited’s (PCNL), the provider running the Niu FM network. This has become necessary as the Trust has serious concerns about the provider’s performance regarding the contract, which have not been resolved despite significant attempts on the part of the Trust to do so.

Niu FM, the new nationwide Pacific radio network, funded by Government through NPRT, began broadcasting August 2002.

The contract, known as, the Network Provider Agreement (NPA) was signed on 25 July 2002 between NPRT, the provider PCNL and the Auckland Pacific Island Community Radio Trust (APICRT) as guarantor of PCNL.

”We have become so concerned about PCNL’s recent admissions about how they are operating Niu FM, and their apparent unwillingness to resolve all the performance issues, that we have been forced to take the drastic step of cancelling the contract, thereby terminating PCNL’s involvement in the Niu FM network project”.

“The Trustees want to assure the Pacific Community that the Niu FM Network will continue to broadcast.

“The Trustees also note the Government’s support for the Trust and the continuation of the Niu FM Network for at least the balance of the pilot phase of three years,” says Simativa Perese, Chair of the Trust.

“Meetings have been held with PCNL and APICRT to try and find a resolution, however, we have not been satisfied with the response of PCNL or APICRT and have therefore decided to cancel the contract.”

“Our decision follows PCNL’s repudiation of an agreement to refer the dispute to arbitration to be presided over by a retired High Court judge,” says Mr Perese.

NPRT has instructed its lawyers to prepare High Court proceedings against PCNL and APICRT to recover part of the funding which NPRT wants refunded. These funds include money used to purchase motor vehicles, and a building owned by APICRT.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Media: NZME 'In Discussions' To Buy Stuff

NZME confirms that it is in discussions with Stuff’s owners Nine and has put a proposal to the Government regarding a possible transaction. However, NZME notes that these discussions are preliminary... More>>

Consultation: Plan Of Action To Protect Seabirds

The draft National Plan of Action plan outlines the Government’s commitment to reducing fishing-related captures of seabirds, with clear goals and objectives, supported by an implementation plan. More>>

ALSO:

Housing Issues: Fairer Rules For Tenants And Landlords

The key changes include: - Limit rent increases to once every 12 months and banning the solicitation of rental bids by landlords. - Improve tenant’s security by removing a landlord’s right to use no cause terminations to end a periodic tenancy agreement... More>>

ALSO:

Reserve Bank: Official Cash Rate Unchanged At 1 Percent

The Monetary Policy Committee has decided to keep the Official Cash Rate (OCR) at 1.0 percent. Employment remains around its maximum sustainable level while inflation remains below the 2 percent target mid-point but within our target range... More>>

ALSO:

Food Prices: Avocados At Lowest Price In Almost Three Years

Avocados are at their cheapest average price since February 2017, with tomato, lettuce, and cucumber prices also falling, Stats NZ said today. More>>