Article by AsiaPacificReport.nz
Michael Timmins (left) and Dr David Robie on Fifth Estate tonight. Video: Slipstream Media
Radio Waatea and The Daily Blog featured the Pacific and climate change on their daily live Fifth Estate programme tonight.
Martyn “Bomber” Bradbury spoke to a panel, including Labour spokesman on Pacific affairs Sua William Sio who was stranded at Tarawa on a fact-finding mission to Kiribati.
Sua spoke about the “fighting spirit” of Pacific islanders trying to sustain life in the face of the reality of climate change and called for a better United Nations framework for Pacific people impacted on by the dramatic changes as a result of global warming.
“We have to recognise and have a serious discussion about people from the vulnerable climate change frontline states who are overstayers in New Zealand because I now recognise that some of them, depending on which islands they belong to, cannot go back to those islands,” said Sua.
In the studio for the programme were:
International refugee Michael Timmins, a lawyer who has worked internationally with NGOs and the UN refugee agency UNHCR
Professor David Robie, director of AUT University’s Pacific Media Centre
On the phone from Samoa: Ötara-Papatoetoe Local Board Councillor Efeso Collins
And on Skype live from Kiribati as part of his fact-finding mission in the Pacific: Labour Party Spokesperson on Pacific Affairs and Pacific Climate Change Sua William Sio