Tuesday, 30 September 2008

pima executive committee members 2007 2008

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The PIMA committee at the 2007 PIMA conference with outgoing chair John Utanga (right) and outgoing secretary Sandra Kailahi (third from right).

Aaron Taouma- Chairman
Talofa lava to you all and warm Pacific greetings. In taking up this role in the committee team I believe PIMA can be a force in bringing our media together and influencing the positive development of the media in general.

My interests extend into the arts (with a background in film and theatre), education (I taught for a number of years before becoming a reporter on Tagata Pasifika, TVOne) and I guess, anything to do with our communities. I am afakasi Samoan and Scottish New Zealander from the deep south. This has made me New Zealand grown and Pacific conscious.

So, here's looking forward to a great 2008. Soifua...

Chris Lakatani - Vice Chairman
Fakaalofa lahi atu, my name's Chris Lakatani and I'm blessed to be Niuean as my mother is from the village of Avatele and my father is from Tuapa.

I'm also co-owner and director of my own corporate development company in Auckland. Being experienced with the professional development of staff is one of the key benefits I can bring to the mix as Vice-Chairman of PIMA. We're all a great bunch, so if you really care about a fair perspective on PI's being voiced, then come unite and join us.

And yeah, sometimes we actually all get together for drinks, food, music, films... It's all good.


Eleanor Ikinofo - Print Rep
Fakaalofa lahi atu, I’m glad to be part of the PIMA network. I’m a proud descendant of the beautiful rock, known as Niue Island but I’ve lived in Auckland for ever!

Being in the PIMA network means joining a dedicated team of media professionals who work hard to represent the PI voice in the media. It’s not an easy job, any day, but absolutely needed. I work as the Communications officer for the Pacific Islands Trade and Investment Commission (PITIC NZ), a non-profit organisation committed to improving the livelihoods of Pacific Island people in the Pacific through business development.

If you’re juggling the pro’s and cons of joining PIMA – take the step, join! It’s not always about the money guys! (we accept cheques tho’!) See you soon.

Angelina Weir (Uea)- Treasurer
Ni sa bula vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Kia Orana, It’s all about communication and that’s PIMA.

For me it’s radio, a talk-back show, a Fiji programme and a business programme. It's great medium to work in. I also write “business bits” for a newsletter and newspaper. Communication is a key part of my business advisor role including network events, public relations, and in my events business.

I enjoy communicating, making communications happen, sharing, and critiquing what’s happening out there and where better to do that for PI’s than - with PIMA.

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about PIMA

Tonga publisher Kalafi Moala speaks at PIMA 06

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The Pacific Island Media Association NZ (PIMA) was formed in 2001 by Pacific Island television and radio broadcasters, newspaper publishers and journalists, film makers and media students based in Aotearoa.

The aim was to support and develop Pacific Islands people working in the media industry through training and advocacy and by building partnerships with organisations which share our vision.

In this regard we are grateful for the assistance of the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), The Ministry of Pacific Islands Affairs and the Pacific Cooperation Foundation. A debt of gratitude also goes out to all the Pacific Media organisations who have thrown their support behind PIMA these last few years.

But in 2007 PIMA began a process of change, which began with reviewing its constitution, strategic plan, goals and objectives.

In late 2007 the constitution was changed and PIMA’s new motto and mission statement evolved to:

“Network, communicate, educate”

This is our new motto and mission statement whereby we seek to network, educate and communicate amongst Pacific Islands media and those interested in Pacific media.

The catch-phrase:

"Stay in touch, keep informed and build positive and affirming networks."

…was also coined and this along with our motto exemplifies PIMA’s new direction towards being a base from which Pacific Islands media can do just that - stay in touch, keep informed and build positive networks.

This also includes working on partnerships with other like minded organisations and to this end we welcome any partnerships where a common goal and objective may be reached.

Another catch-phrase:

“Incorporate, Integrate, Communicate”

…may encapsulate the approach to media in the 21st Century, which PIMA is trying to keep up with.

It’s a new era with new media, multiple technologies and multiple sources of information paving the way to another tomorrow.

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