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Del Abcede Pacific Media Centre

Del Abcede

Del Abcede, an AUT design graduate, does the layout/production of the PMC research journal Pacific Journalism Review and book publication designs and Pacific Journalism Monographs.

She also edits the newsletter Toktok and is the PMC photographer.

Del is a human rights activist in several organisations such as the Asia-Pacific Human Rights Coalition (APHRC) and in 2015 was part of the Aotearoa delegation to attend the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILP) conference marking the movement's centenary in The Hague.

Del Abcede items on PMC



Del Abcede pictures on Asia Pacific Report


David Robie Pacific Media Centre

David Robie

Professor David Robie is an author, journalist and media educator specialising in Asia-Pacific affairs.

He holds a PhD in history/politics from the University of the South Pacific and a masters degree in journalism from the University of Technology, Sydney.

David was head of journalism at both the University of Papua New Guinea and USP in Fiji for a decade and has been a resource person for media workshops in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.  He was the 1999 Australian Press Council Fellow, winner of the 2005 Pacific Islands Media Freedom Award (PIMA) and the 2015 AMIC Asia Communications Award.

He is the founding director of the Pacific Media Centre and editor of Asia Pacific Report and PMC Online. Among a range of research and publication activities, he was co-founder of Pacific Media Watch, New Zealand correspondent for Reporters sans frontières (Reporters Without Borders) and a Pacific researcher for other media freedom organisations.

Founding editor of Pacific Journalism Review, David is also the author of 10 books on Asia-Pacific media and politics, including Mekim Nius: South Pacific media, politics and education and Don't Spoil My Beautiful Face: Media, Mayhem and Human Rights in the Pacific. In May 2011, he was awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and in 2014 he was awarded the faculty "Critic and Conscience of Society" Award.

His blog is Cafe Pacific

His AUT staff academic profile

Promoting Asia-Pacific Journalism



David Robie appointed professor at AUT

David Robie on NZ Herald Online



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Sri Krishnamurthi Pacific Media Centre

Sri Krishnamurthi

Sri Krishnamurthi was the Pacific Media Centre's 2018 NZ Institute for Pacific Research journalist.



Originally from Fiji, Sri has worked in the media as a journalist and in communications in New Zealand for more than 20 years. Due to his Pasifika identity, Sri has always had a strong connection with, and a deep interest in, what is happening in the Pacific Region.

Sri is currently a student in the Postgraduate Diploma in Communications (Digital Media) course at AUT. He also has an MBA (Massey University).

Sri  has worked as a journalist (primarily at the now-defunct New Zealand Press Association) and in communications in a variety of fields. He has worked in both the private and public sectors, including: Northland Inc. (the Northland Economic Development Agency), with an Iwi (Ngatiwai) organisation, New Zealand District Health Boards, the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs and as press secretary for a Minister of the Crown.

Sri's articles on NZ Institute for Pacific Research's Lali blog



Sri's articles on PMC Online



Sri's articles on Asia Pacific Report


Blessen Tom Pacific Media Centre

Blessen Tom

Blessen Tom was on the Bearing Witness climate change International Journalism Project in 2018.

Blessen is a postgraduate student in the School of Communications at Auckland University of Technology. He completed his Bachelors and Masters in Literature and is pursuing his studies in digital media.

He is passionate about visual storytelling and documentaries. He directed two short films and a drama, and is currently working on a mini documentary series for YouTube.

Blessen Tom's stories on PMC Online

Blessen Tom's stories on Asia Pacific Report


Camille Nakhid Pacific Media Centre

Camille Nakhid

Associate Professor Camille Nakhid is from Trinidad and Tobago. She has a BSc in Chemistry from New York, and completed a Diploma in Secondary Teaching in Chemistry and Mathematics, a Masters in Education Administration (Hons), and a Doctor of Education (EdD) in New Zealand.

Camille's research interests include: the sociology of education; the social construction of identity; appropriate research methodologies for marginalised and minority groups; race and ethnicity; and Māori and Pasifika academic achievement.

She is in the School of Social Sciences, AUT University, and is also chair of the Pacific Media Centre Advisory Board.

In 2018, Camille was recognised for services to ethnic communities and education in the New Year’s Honours List, becoming a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Profile at AUT

Stories on Asia Pacific Report


Khairiah A. Rahman Pacific Media Centre

Khairiah A. Rahman

Khairiah A Rahman is a senior lecturer in the School of Communication Studies, AUT University, in Auckland, New Zealand where she lectures in intercultural communication and public relations. She is on the advisory board of the Pacific Media Centre.



She is national director (New Zealand) for Asian Congress for Media and Communication and has served as an educational ambassador for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs initiative in Singapore, training government officials of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. She has also served in the Singapore International Foundation as a volunteer tutor for third world countries.



Khairiah has worked in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors in finance, retail, media and education, with special interest in public relations and media communication. She has written articles and book chapters on transnational identities, cultural perceptions of visual representations, crisis miscommunication, intercultural trust relationships, curriculum development for industry, dialogue in public relations and the impact of media on culture.

Her research interests include organisational and intercultural communication, applied pedagogy, media studies and global sociological developments impacting societies, organisations and nations.

Khairiah A Rahman's staff research profile page