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Pacific journalism gets funding boost to expand news coverage

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New Zealand’s government is to spend $10 million over the next three years to expand news and current affairs broadcasting across the Pacific region.

The move follows cuts by the Australian government to its broadcasting services in the Pacific region, with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation scaling back funds for its overseas service Radio Australia.

Winston Peters, NZ’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister, announced the initiative on 4 September at the annual Pacific Islands Forum, which is being held in Nauru this year.

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