Email Draft 8th December 2005

Kia ora, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Talofa lava, Ni sa bula, Ngaoi, Ia ora na, Halo olgeta, Kaselehlia, Wut-a-way you, Aloha mai, Yokwe, Kam na mauri, Greetings, Salut, Taloha Ni, Fakalofa lahi atu, Malo ni


My name is smush and i'm involved with the Aotearoa Indymedia Collective. I would like to introduce to you the idea of indymedia. The Independent Media Centre (IMC) is a network of collectively run media outlets for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate tellings of peoples' struggles. We work out of a love and inspiration for people who continue to work for a better world, despite corporate media's distortions and unwillingness to cover the efforts to free humanity.

It is our goal to further the self-determination of people under-represented in media production and content, and to illuminate and analyze local and global issues that impact ecosystems, communities and individuals. We seek to generate alternatives to the biases inherent in the corporate media controlled by profit, and to identify and create positive models for a sustainable and equitable society.

Each Indymedia Centre has their own webiste where everyone can post the stories of their struggles. Have a look at the homepage of the Aotearoa Indymedia Centre -

This year we have featured three stories about the strike in Tonga on Aotearoa Indymedia:
* Tonga: Biggest Protest Ever! (26th May 2005) -
* Tonga - schools smashed - 200 arrested! (18th August 2005) -
* A Revolution in the Pacific? (23rd August 2005) -

We also had a feature article critical of Neo-colonialism in the Pacific through trade liberalisation agreements (notably Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement (PICTA), the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) and the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER)) -

Indymedia activists from the Oceania Region (specifically, Aotearoa and Australia) are keen to work with you! We can talk you through the process of affiliating with Indymedia, share skills, collaborate on fundraising initiatives and maybe even source some computers for use in the Pasifik region. You do not need to know a lot about computers to get involved with Indymedia - what you do need is a passion for radical coverage of grassroots struggles.

Please join the Imc-pasifika-setup email list (you can subscribe here: and/or email Urs for more information:


Je m'appelle smush et je suis impliqu\xE9 dans le collectif indymedia d'Aotearoa. J'aimerais vous pr\xE9senter le concept d'indymedia. Le Centre de Media Ind\xE9pendants (IMC) est un r\xE9seau de publications men\xE9es collectivement pour la cr\xE9ation de r\xE9cits radicaux, pr\xE9cis, et passionn\xE9s des luttes populaires. Nous travaillons \xE0 partir de l'amour et de l'inspiration pour les gens qui continuent \xE0 agir pour un monde meilleur, malgr\xE9 les distorsions et la mauvaise volont\xE9 des m\xE9dia capitalistes pour couvrir les efforts de lib\xE9ration de l'humanit\xE9.

C'est notre but de poursuivre l'autod\xE9termination des gens sous-repr\xE9sent\xE9s dans les contenus et productions m\xE9diatiques, et de mettre en lumi\xE8re et d'analyser les sujets locaux et globaux qui ont des r\xE9percussions sur les \xE9cosyst\xE8mes, les communaut\xE9s, et les individus. Nous cherchons \xE0 g\xE9n\xE9rer des alternatives aux biais inh\xE9rents aux m\xE9dia capitalistes contr\xF4l\xE9s par le profit, et d'identifier et de cr\xE9er des mod\xE8les positifs pour une soci\xE9t\xE9 viable et \xE9quitable.

Chaque Centre Indymedia a son propre site Web o\xF9 n'importe qui peut poster les r\xE9cits de ses luttes. Regardez la page d'accueil du Centre Indymedia Aotearoa -

Cette ann\xE9e nous avons r\xE9alis\xE9 3 histoires \xE0 propos de la gr\xE8ve au Tonga sur l'Indymedia Aotearoa :
* Tonga: La plus grosse manifestation ! (26th May 2005) -
* Tonga - \xE9coliers battus - 200 arr\xEAt\xE9s! (18th August 2005) -
* Une r\xE9volution dans le Pacific ? (23rd August 2005) -

Nous avons aussi un article caract\xE9ristique du N\xE9o-colonialisme dans le Pacifique \xE0 travers les accords de libres \xE9changes (notamment le "Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement (PICTA)", le "Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA)" et le "Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER)") -

Les activistes indymedia de la r\xE9gion Oc\xE9anique (de Aotearoa et d'Australie) sont ravis de travailler avec vous! Nous pouvons vous aider dans le processus d'affiliation \xE0 Indymedia, partager des comp\xE9tences, vous aider \xE0 r\xE9colter des fonds et peut \xEAtre m\xEAme vous envoyer quelques ordinateurs. Il n'est pas n\xE9cessaire de s'y conna\xEEtre beaucoup en informatique pour s'investir dans Indymedia - ce qui est n\xE9cessaire c'est une passion pour la couverture radicale des luttes du peuple.
Topic revision: r1 - 20 Jun 2007, SmusH
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