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Barbara Dreaver: What happens next in Samoa's election crisis

Politics Central

Samoa was plunged into a constitutional crisis when the woman who won an election last month was locked out of Parliament and the previous leader claimed he remained in charge.The fast-moving events marked the latest twist in a bitter power struggle that has been playing out in the small Pacific nation since it elected its first female leader. Not only is Samoa's peace and stability at stake, but also its relationship with China.On Monday morning, Prime Minister-elect Fiame Naomi Mata’afa and her supporters showed up at parliament to form a new government, but were not allowed inside.She and her FAST Party later took oaths and appointed ministers in a ceremony held under a tent in front of the locked Parliament, actions that opponents said were illegal.The nation’s Supreme Court had earlier ordered the Parliament to convene. And the constitution requires that lawmakers meet within 45 days of an election, with Monday marking the final day by that count.But Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, who was prime minister for 22 years before his unexpected election loss, doesn't appear ready to give up power. He was already one of the longest-serving leaders in the world.TVNZ Pacific Correspondent Barbara Dreaver told The Weekend Collective that it is tied up with the courts, with the Court of Appeal hearing a case tomorrow over whether a new seat should be added."The HRPP want to go back to the polls, but I don't believe that will do them any favours."There are also 14 legal cases going on around electoral seats, while the FAST Party's swearing-in ceremony has also prompted a legal challenge. LISTEN ABOVE

8mins

30 May 2021

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Barbara Dreaver: What happens next in Samoa's election crisis

The Weekend Collective

Samoa was plunged into a constitutional crisis when the woman who won an election last month was locked out of Parliament and the previous leader claimed he remained in charge.The fast-moving events marked the latest twist in a bitter power struggle that has been playing out in the small Pacific nation since it elected its first female leader. Not only is Samoa's peace and stability at stake, but also its relationship with China.On Monday morning, Prime Minister-elect Fiame Naomi Mata’afa and her supporters showed up at parliament to form a new government, but were not allowed inside.She and her FAST Party later took oaths and appointed ministers in a ceremony held under a tent in front of the locked Parliament, actions that opponents said were illegal.The nation’s Supreme Court had earlier ordered the Parliament to convene. And the constitution requires that lawmakers meet within 45 days of an election, with Monday marking the final day by that count.But Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, who was prime minister for 22 years before his unexpected election loss, doesn't appear ready to give up power. He was already one of the longest-serving leaders in the world.TVNZ Pacific Correspondent Barbara Dreaver told The Weekend Collective that it is tied up with the courts, with the Court of Appeal hearing a case tomorrow over whether a new seat should be added."The HRPP want to go back to the polls, but I don't believe that will do them any favours."There are also 14 legal cases going on around electoral seats, while the FAST Party's swearing-in ceremony has also prompted a legal challenge. LISTEN ABOVE

8mins

30 May 2021

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ep.110 BARBARA DREAVER

BACK OF THE 135

Barbara Dreaver is a New Zealand Journalist, Reporter, and Pacific Island Correspondent for TVNZ and ONE NEWS.  Barbara is of Kiribati descent and grew up in West Auckland.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/backofthe135/message

1hr 52mins

15 Apr 2021

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Barbara Dreaver: Solomon Islands to ban Facebook

Early Edition with Kate Hawkesby

The Cabinet of the Solomon Islands has agreed to ban Facebook, citing a need for stricter cybercrime legislation and regulation.The Communications Minister, Peter Shanel Agovaka, confirmed the decision to the Solomon Times newspaper, saying public misuse of the platform was the main concern."Abusive languages against ministers, Prime Minister, character assassination, defamation of character, all these are issues of concerns", Agovaka said.He said country was lacking legislation on internet usage and cybercrime which was particularly worrying when it came to what children were accessing and being exposed to."The use of the internet now in Solomon Islands needs to be properly regulated to safeguard our young people from harmful content," he said.The minister said this was not an attack on freedom of expression pointing out that freedom of the press was still protected.Agovaka also said the decision would not require Parliament's approval."The Government is still in discussion with the operators to work out how this can be done. The operators shall need to establish a firewall to block Facebook."However, Agovaka said the initial decision, made last week, did not take into consideration the economic impacts of the decision which would be investigated fully before the ban was imposed.There are only four countries in the world where Facebook is banned around the clock they are China, Iran, Syria and North Korea.By RNZ

2mins

17 Nov 2020

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2020-06-07 Interview: Barbara Dreaver

Real Life with John Cowan

John Cowan interviews TVNZ Pacific Correspondent, Barbara Dreaver.

25mins

3 Jun 2020

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Barbara Dreaver with the latest on Samoa's measles crisis

Simon Barnett & James Daniels Afternoons

More Kiwi specialists are joining Samoa's fight against measles, which has killed more than 70.Foreign Minister Winston Peters is visiting the Pacific Island nation and has announced help for long term needs.It includes Samoan-speaking medical personnel, trauma support and a biomedical engineer to help out with new medical equipment.Up to four anaesthetists will help local surgical teams tackle the backlog of postponed surgeries.And there's money for a new oxygen generation plant.One News Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver joined Si and Phil to report the latest on the Samoa measles outbreak.LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ABOVE

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13 Dec 2019

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Barbara Dreaver: Samoa continues to battle measles outbreak as death toll increases

The Weekend Collective

Health experts are predicting the death toll in Samoa's escalating measles epidemic will reach 70.As of Friday afternoon, more than 3,100 people in the island nation were infected with the disease, and 42 had died.The death toll figure was calculated by Auckland University scientists, based on the number of reported cases and percentage of population currently immunised.Immunologist Dr Helen Petousis-Harris says it's "absolutely devastating" and highlights how important it is for people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.She says a distrust in the Samoan health system is partly behind the country's low vaccination rate.LISTEN TO REPORTER BARBARA DREAVER TALK WITH THE WEEKEND COLLECTIVE ABOVE

7mins

1 Dec 2019

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Barbara Dreaver: Samoa continues to battle measles outbreak as death toll increases

Politics Central

Health experts are predicting the death toll in Samoa's escalating measles epidemic will reach 70.As of Friday afternoon, more than 3,100 people in the island nation were infected with the disease, and 42 had died.The death toll figure was calculated by Auckland University scientists, based on the number of reported cases and percentage of population currently immunised.Immunologist Dr Helen Petousis-Harris says it's "absolutely devastating" and highlights how important it is for people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.She says a distrust in the Samoan health system is partly behind the country's low vaccination rate.LISTEN TO REPORTER BARBARA DREAVER TALK WITH THE WEEKEND COLLECTIVE ABOVE

7mins

1 Dec 2019

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Barbara Dreaver: Samoa continues to battle measles outbreak as death toll increases

The Weekend Collective

Health experts are predicting the death toll in Samoa's escalating measles epidemic will reach 70.As of Friday afternoon, more than 3,100 people in the island nation were infected with the disease, and 42 had died.The death toll figure was calculated by Auckland University scientists, based on the number of reported cases and percentage of population currently immunised.Immunologist Dr Helen Petousis-Harris says it's "absolutely devastating" and highlights how important it is for people to get vaccinated as soon as possible.She says a distrust in the Samoan health system is partly behind the country's low vaccination rate.LISTEN TO REPORTER BARBARA DREAVER TALK WITH THE WEEKEND COLLECTIVE ABOVE

7mins

1 Dec 2019

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Barbara Dreaver: China's growing influence high on agenda at Pacific Islands Forum

Early Edition with Kate Hawkesby

Big delegations from the United States and China are attending the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu.New Zealand and Australia will also be there, with China's growing influence is expected to be high on the agenda.TVNZ Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver told Andrew Dickens there is going to be a lot of nudging and pushing between the US and China because of the strategic value of the Pacific.She says China wants in because of the access to fisheries and a shipping lane, and a possible military base.Dreaver says Australia has faced scorn for increasing the size of its coal mines, with Tuvalu refusing aid from Australia."They have come out and said we are suffering from climate change, we have more storms and have water bubbling out from the ground, which I have personally seen myself.”

4mins

14 Aug 2019