About Us

The Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) is the leading organisation representing media professionals in over 20 Pacific Island Countries and Territories, including U.S. and French Pacific Territories. Its diverse membership includes radio, television, newspapers, magazines, online services, associations, and journalism schools. PINA focuses on capacity building and fostering information exchange among members. It operates PACNEWS, the only daily regional news service, compiling news from member contributions, accessible through www.pina.com.fj. Overall, PINA plays a crucial role in supporting and enhancing the Pacific media landscape.

The regional media organisation was formally registered in Fiji as a Company Limited by Guarantee on 23 January 2014.

In November 2004, PINA officially merged with the Pacific Islands Broadcasting Association (PIBA) to become the only voice of the regional media in the Pacific. 

PINA’s main objectives are: 

1. Promote and defend freedom of expression and information 
2. Promote and develop professional standards through training and education 
3. Develop professional fellowship and cooperation.  

What does PINA do?  

  • develops training and resource materials, and encourage exchange of information and skills with industry members in the PICs.
  • operates a daily news service, PACNEWS, compiled from news articles contributed by members
  • Promotes good governance through dissemination of accurate information to Pacific Island Countries (PICs)
  • Relationship building with NGOs, donors, and regional organisation in strengthening coverage of their work programmes in the development of PICs.

  How is PINA governed  

PINA Board members with ABC Managing Director David Anderson

PINA Ltd is governed by an executive committee board elected by the members during the General Conference held every two years and five Fiji based directors.

PINA Executive Board 2022-2024   

President: Mr Kora Nou (Papua New Guinea)
Vice President: Mr Robert Iroga (Solomon Islands)

Industry Representatives  

Print Representative: Mr Fred Wesley (Fiji Times) 

Radio Representative: Ms Katalina Tohi (BroadCom Radio 89.5FM)

Television Representative: Mr Dominic Appi (Nauru Media Bureau)

National Association Representative: Ms Georgina Kekea (Media Association of Solomon Islands) 

Online Media Representative: Mr Iliesa Tora (Nuku’alofa Times)