Dr David Robie is professor of communication studies and director of the Pacific Media Centre at Auckland University of Technology, and a journalist of more than 40 years. For more than two decades he focused on covering the Asia-Pacific region. He has reported on and written about post-colonial coups, indigenous struggles for independence and environmental and developmental issues. David is editor of Pacific Journalism Review: Te Koakoa (PJR), a research journal investigating media issues in the South Pacific, Asia-Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. Through his role at the PMC, he manages Pacific Media Watch, a digital research of daily dispatches about Pacific journalism and media, ethics and professionalism, and jointly publishes the high profile independent Asia Pacific Report with industry partner ForeignPolicy.nz. He has written ten books on the region’s politics and media, including Mekim Nius: South Pacific politics, media and education, and a book about the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior, and Don’t Spoil My Beautiful Face: Media, Mayhem and Human Rights in the Pacific (Little Island Press, 2014). Marking the 30th anniversary of the Rainbow Warrior bombing in July 2015, his book Eyes of Fire was published with extensive new sections and images and a special multimedia website Eyes of Fire: Thirty Years On. He was awarded the 2015 AMIC Asia Communication Award in Dubai, the first person in Australasiae to receive this honour.
- Academic Writing
- Freelance Writing
- Print Media Writing (magazines/newspapers)
- Public Speaking
Don't Spoil My Beautiful Face: Media , mayhem and human rights in the Pacific, 2014
A comprehensive "hidden stories of the Pacific" media and communication book about many of the region’s major issues of the past two decades such as the Fiji coups, Papua New Guinea’s Bougainville war and resource development crises, nuclear testing and health challenges, environmental degradation and climate change. "This is an extraordinary 'secret history' of a vast region of the world of which David Robie has been a rare expert witness. What makes this epic work so timely is that it allows us to understand the Asia-Pacific at a time of renewed Cold War ambitions and dangers." - Investigative journalist John Pilger. ISBN 978-1877484-25-4
Don't Spoil My Beautiful Face
Eyes of Fire: The last voyage of the Rainbow Warrior [30th anniversary memorial edition], 2015
On 10 July 1985, French secret agents bombed the Greenpeace campaign flagship Rainbow Warrior in Auckland Harbour, New Zealand. Portuguese-born Dutch photographer Fernando Pereira died in the sabotage outrage that shook the world. The bombed ship was scuttled off a New Zealand bay in 1987 to form a living reef and Rainbow Warrior II was commissioned. Eyes Of Fire tells this story, but it also tells the story of nuclear testing in the Pacific. In 1954 the United States government tested a nuclear weapon in the Marshall Islands that posioned Rongelap Atoll. Thirty years later the people of Rongelap, who were still suffering from radiation poisoning, asked the crew of the Rainbow Warrior to move them to Mejato, 180 kilometres away. This was the Warrior's last and most dramatic mission, before it sailed to Auckland to meet its fate. "Eyes of Fire is a beautiful book and an anger-making book, a testament to the finest activism and the need always to 'bear witness' and stand up to criminal state power, as you did. I was reminded how pleased I was to use the rescue of the people of Rongelap in The Coming War on China. Reading your account moved me all over again." - Investigative journalist John Pilger The 30th anniversary edition has a Little Island microsite with plenty of Rainbow Warrior resources. ISBN 978-1877484-28-5
Eyes of Fire
Mekim Nius: South Pacific media, politics and education (2004)
The news media is the watchdog of democracy. But in the South Pacific today the Fourth Estate role is under threat from governments seeking statutory regulation, diminished media credibility, dilemmas over ethics and uncertainty over professionalism and training. From the establishment of the region's first journalism school at the University of Papua New Guinea in 1975 with New Zealand aid, Mekim Nius traces three decades of South Pacific media education history. ISBN 1-877314-30-7
Mekim Nius [Download free online copy at AUT]
Eyes of Fire - Thirty years On, 2015
This is a microsite published by Little Island Press as a companion to the 30th anniversary edition of Eyes of Fire. It includes articles, images and a video by the author, plus oral histories of many of the protagonists conducted through many interviews by student journalists and screen producers in AUT University's School of Communication Studies. Eyes of Fire - Thirty Years On
Political journalism in the Asia-Pacific, 2015
David Robie, Barry King, Philip Cass and Wendy Bacon (editors): Political journalism is a fitting theme for this special twentieth anniversary celebration book edition of Pacific Journalism Review with asylum seeker Pacific 'anti-solutions' and Australian secrecy, climate change, military coups, martial law in the Philippines, political ecology in New Caledonia, gender politics and human rights violations in Pakistan and West Papua all part of the mix. ISBN 978-1-927184-29-5
The Pacific Journalist: A practical guide, 2001
David Robie (editor). University of the South Pacific Book Centre
Nius Bilong Pasifik: Mass Media in the Pacific, 1995
David Robie (editor): University of Papua New Guinea Press
Blood on their Banner: Nationalist Struggles in the South Pacific, 1989
Pluto Press, London; Bridget Williams Books, NZ: "The South Pacific is no longer pacific. Nationalist struggles against colonialism, indigenous claims for sovereignty, and a superpower rivalry have turned it into a zone of growing tension. David Robie, a New Zealand journalist covering the region for the past decade, provides a devastating exposé of the the political forces which have shaken the South Pacific over the past few years. He also argues that the policies of France, Indonesia and the United States pose the gravest threat to the stability of the region."
Eyes of Fire: the last voyage of the Rainbow Warrior, 1987
US Edition. New Society Publishers
Eyes of Fire: The last voyage of the Rainbow Warrior, 1986
UK edition: Ravette.
Eyes of Fire: The last voyage of the Rainbow Warrior [Memorial Edition], 2005
Published on the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior. Asia Pacific Network.
Och Världen Blundar ... And the World closed its Eyes ... [In Swedish], 1989
The Swedish-language edition of Blood on their Banner, translated by Margaret Eklöf (Wiken Books): "The South Pacific is no longer pacific. Nationalist struggles against colonialism, indigenous claims for sovereignty, and a superpower rivalry have turned it into a zone of growing tension. David Robie, a New Zealand journalist covering the region for the past decade, provides a devastating exposé of the the political forces which have shaken the South Pacific over the past few years. He also argues that the policies of France, Indonesia and the United States pose the gravest threat to the stability of the region."
Tu Galala: Social Change in the Pacific, 1992
David Robie (editor). "The Pacific is in upheaval -- growing poverty, nuclear testing, indepemdence struggles, militarisation and massive socila dislocation are pressing, often intractable issues. In Tu Galala (meaning 'freedom'), indigenous and palagi writers describe the impact of these influences on their people. Topics covered include the Bougainville crisis and the environmental impact of mining on indigenous communities in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea; hazardous waste dumping and the Johnston Atoll chemical weapons burn-off controversy; human rights violations in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and East Timor; 'development' in Kanaky/New Caledonia, and tino rangatiratanga in Aotearoa/New Zealand." -- Preparation for Tu Galala was assisted by the Pacific Development and Conservation Trust, a fund set up in New Zealand with compensation money from the French government for the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior in Auckland Harbour on 10 July 1985. Bridget Williams Books/Pluto Press, Australia. ISBN 0908912 14 5
Conflict, Custom & Conscience: Photojournalism and the Pacific Media Centre 2007-2017, 2017
Co-editors: Jim Marbrook, Del Abcede, Natalie Robertson and David Robie: "Many staff, students and volunteers affiliated with the Pacific Media Centre have achieved outstanding results in investigative photojournalism and documentary work ... News media ought to be vigilant in countering elected despots who use their mandate to destroy the very institutions that allowed them to be voted into power in the first place." Excerpt from author and co-editor David Robie 's Chapter "Voice of the voiceless".