Tuesday, 4 December 2001

PIMA update Nov 2001


[The following is an archive copy of the first ever pages published at www.pima.org.nz on 4 December 2001]


    The PIMA constitution and the establishment of the entry criteria for the two AUT scholarships are the first order of business for the newly elected PIMA Executive.
    The executive met on October 25th and November 22 to plan the next phase of the organisation’s development. Top priority was given to the draft of a constitution, which will enable PIMA to become incorporated as soon as practicably possible.
    Thanks to Vanessa Bidois from the Maori journalist organisation ‘Kawea Te Rongo’, who provided the executive with a copy of their constitution, a first draft was produced. A copy of that PIMA first draft is available here and will be updated at further meetings.

Issues to be particularly concerned about include:

  • What PIMA’s objectives should be
  • Who can become members
  • What members should expect from the organisation
Please send any suggestions or comments on the Constitution to Iulia Leilua before December 31, 2001.

Scholarships for Semester II 2002:

    An executive sub-committee made up of John Utanga, Lito Vilisoni and Tati Urale was formed to liase with Auckland University of Technology (AUT) over the selection criteria for the two scholarships offered to PIMA.
    You will re-call that AUT offered PIMA two, full-tuition scholarships – an undergraduate and postgraduate scholarship – to any Pacific islands students wanting to do its Communications Studies programme.
   Following a meeting with Alfred Schuster from AUT on November 12th it was agreed that the scholarships will not be offered in the first semester next year and that every effort would be made to make them available for second semester study.
    Various selection criteria was discussed including making the scholarships available to NZ-resident PIMA members only, requiring applicants to have strong community links and having preference for candidates who express a strong desire to pursue a career in the media industry. A draft document will be put together by Alfred and further input from PIMA and the Communications Studies Department will be sought, before a final draft is ratified by all concerned. It is expected the scholarship criteria will be ready for Semester II applicants in April/May of next year.

Future Activities:

    Following the PIMA executive's November meeting several ideas were put forward for serious consideration in the New Year. They include:

  • Running at least three one-day workshops focussed on delivering training opportunities in radio, print and television. Tentative dates were pencilled in: February 2001, Print Workshop; April 2001, Radio Workshop; June 2001, Television workshop. Once details and dates are are finalised, invitations will be sent out to members and intersted parties.
  • Organisation of the next PIMA conference, tentatively booked for October 2002.
  • Organisation of an awards programme to recognise excellence in Pacific Islands media in New Zealand, perhaps to be incorporated into the annual conference.
Website Upgrade & logo:

    The PIMA executive see great potential in the development of the Website as an information tool and a resource for members. Uses for the site include making available the PIMA contact database to members and providing a secure server service for the purchase of media resources. So watch out for the new-look site and new PIMA logo early in the New Year. Talented Tokelauan graphic artist Twayne Laumua has been given an incentive to come up with a logo design, the executive will have the final say on whether it is acceptable.


The PIMA executive has set the criteria and fees for membership of the organisation. The criteria below is taken from the Draft Constitution and, as such, can be subject to change. But the executive is confident that any changes will not impact too dramatically on what is already there and this includes the annual "fees" proposed. Therefore, membership will be extended to:


any Pacific Islands person working in the media.


any non-Pacific Island person working in the media and interested in Pacific Islands issues


application for membership shall be made in writing on the prescribed form and accompanied by the set membership fee.


the PIMA committee will have discretionary powers to accept/reject members.


membership fees shall be reviewed at the annual general meeting.


membership shall be on an annual basis and shall cease if her/his subscription remains unpaid after three (3) months of the annual general meeting.


any member may terminate her/his membership by notice in writing to the secretary.  The organisation shall retain the balance of such membership fees outstanding.


any member who fails to comply with rules/policy/code of ethics set by the executive may incur a period of suspension by majority vote of the executive; such suspension being subject to appeal to a general  meeting of the organisation.


Those who are deemed “ineligible” for membership may apply to be an associate member/student member of PIMA.  Associate and student members are entitled to attend organisation activities (unless the activity is restricted to members only) and may be present at annual general meetings, but not to vote.  Associate and Student members are also ineligible to be members of the executive but may be co-opted to the executive or to any committees the organisation may choose to set up.


Full membership
$50.00 pa

Associate membership
$30.00 pa

Student membership
$20.00 pa

An application can be made to the executive for a corporate rate however a guideline is Corporate/Group $500.00 pa

Full membership entitles applicant to:

i)       access to the “members-only” part of the PIMA website
ii)      regular updates
iii)     access to a database of Pacific Islands media networks
iv)     a 3-monthly newsletter
v)      resource material
vi)     priority access to PIMA scholarships
vii)    discounts on conference fees

All members will have access to:

i) one day workshops (voice training, camera work, radio writing, directing, internet)

To apply for membership please download or print out this form, fill it in and send it with your cheque payment to:

The Treasurer
P.O.Box 7221
Wellesley St

For alternative payment options contact John Utanga on Ph: (09) 916 7982


    The Pacific Islands Media Association (PIMA) is an advocacy, support group for Pacific Islands media professionals working in New Zealand. It was formed earlier this year as an informal network of journalists but has since grown into a formal organisation open to a wider membership. Following a successful inaugural conference in October, attended by media professionals and students from around the country, a steering executive committee was set-up to complete the establishement of PIMA. That committee is expected to report back to conference attendees in April 2002 (see below for conference information).

For information about the Inaugural PIMA Conference see PIMA Conference 2001 WRAP
For any information about the organisation of the Inaugural PIMA Conferece see Conference Archives

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