Auckland University of Technology

AUT comms school denies sidelining Pacific Media Centre

The Centre's recently retired director David Robie has raised concern about the way AUT is handling the PM's leadership succession, as well as the removal of its physical office without a clear relocation.

Since its inception in 2007, the Pacific Media Centre has built an extensive body of work in regional journalism and media research.

But little over a month after David Robie retired as its director in December, he was sent photos of the PMC's office stripped of its theses, books, monographs, research journals, media outputs and other history.

Mobile app latest step in Cook Islands Māori resurgence

The Māori Dictionary app was launched last week by the Prime Minister, Henry Puna, who recalled a time when he would have been caned for speaking the native tongue at school.

But he says the language is now seeing a resurgence, with increased efforts to preserve Cook Islands Māori and get more people speaking the language.

The project was led by Anonga Tisam, which was awarded a grant to develop a database of Māori words two years ago.