NUKU’ALOFA-May 14, 2018: 11.40am (Enviro News): Department of Environment staff and the former National Communication Officer for the Tonga Ridge to Reef Project , Iliesa Tora, has been elected as the first President of the Pacific Environment Journalists Network (PEJN).
Mr Tora was elected at the first general meeting of the new network here in Nuku’alofa on Tuesday, May 8, prior to the opening of the 5th Pacific Media Summit.
The network was also launched in Tonga on Monday, May 7.
The network was part of the resolutions of the COP23 in Bonn, Germany in November last year.
Funded by Internews and Earth Journalism Network, the new network is being registered here in Tonga and will have its office here.
Mr Tora worked in the Fijian media industry for almost 30 years before moving to Tonga. He has been in the Tonga media for 6 years now working in different capacities as communications and media consultant for the Tongan government and other agencies.
Speaking after the election, an emotional Mr Tora said now that the PEJN is up and running, the main focus now will be to keep the ball rolling.
“I can’t do this by myself, I am not a team by myself. We are a team here and I hope we can work together.”
Solomon Island’s Island Sun Chief of Staff Georgina Kekea has been elected to the Vice President Position. Kekea has been working in the Solomon Islands media industry for 18 years now and has worked in all media mediums over the past years.
Fiji Broadcasting Corporation’s North Bureau Editor Elenoa Turagaiviu was elected unopposed to the Secretary position. Turagaiviu has been in the Fijian media industry for 13 years now.
Solomon Star News Editor Ofani Eremai was elected Treasurer for the Network. Eremae has been a newspaper journalist for 20 years now and studied journalism in New Zealand. He is also a current Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Board Member.
The Executive Committee also has four members.
1. Lice Movono, a senior journalist with the Fiji Times newspaper. Movono has been in the media for about 20 years now and has worked in various communications posts in the UN and EU over the past years.
2. Anita Roberts, a journalist with the Vanuatu Daily Post and has been a journalist for four years now.
3. Florence Jonduo, a journalist with Papua New Guinea’s biggest Television network EMTV and has been a journalist since 2014. She currently produces a weekly local documentary called “Olsem Wanem” that covers everyday issues PNG people are facing.
4. Mereoni Mili, a University of the South Pacific Journalism Student and is currently the national news editor of the University’s newspaper Wansolwara.
During the meeting, the members, with the guidance of Pacific veteran journalists and communications specialists drew up and adopted the PEJN Constitution, which will be the guiding document for the Network.