Misclassification of the Asia-Pacific region as the 'Indo-Pacific'

Ali Anwar made this Official Information request to NZ On Air

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From: Ali Anwar

Dear NZ On Air,

In recent years I have noticed media funded from your organization has tended to use the American propaganda term, 'Indo-Pacific', in place of the proper term for the Asia-Pacific region, 'Asia-Pacific', in an attempt to deny the rights of the highly populous Asian nations in the Asia-Pacific to assert their sovereignty against the dictates of a few hundred million American useless eaters.

I am requesting all NZ On Air documents and communications that mention the propaganda term 'Indo-Pacific' or 'Indo Pacific'.

Regards,
Ali

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Thank you for your email. Your OIA request has been noted and will be responded to within the statutory timeframe.

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"Indo-Pacific" and "Asia-Pacific" are different terms that have different meanings. They are distinct from each other.

"Indo-Pacific" refers to the landmasses surrounding the Indian Ocean, Indonesia and the Pacific Ocean. Indo-Pacific has existed as a term in English usage since the mid-1930s and was German in origin, not American.

"Asia-Pacific" refers to the part of Asia which lies in the Pacific Ocean. This term is broader, less specific, and encompasses a larger amount of geographic locations than "Indo-Pacific". Asia-Pacific has existed as a term in English usage since the late-1980s.

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Attachment 2022 06 20 OIA Clarification Terms Indo Pacific.pdf
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Please see attached for correspondence from NZ On Air seeking clarification on your request below.

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From: Ali Anwar

Dear NZOA Info,

I have primarily noticed the misuse of the term 'Indo-Pacific' in place of 'Asia-Pacific' in media you fund in the last five years, so consider the appropriate time period to be 2015-now.

I am aware that NZ On Air officially disavows involvement in the editorial content of media it chooses to fund. I am also aware that NZ On Air does require those receiving funding to agree to various terms, and that NZ On Air engages in decision-making about what media it chooses to fund.

As such, documents and communications that mention the term 'Indo-Pacific' or 'Indo Pacific' should be returned.

Yours sincerely,
Ali Anwar

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Attachment 2022 06 28 OIA Response Misclassification of the Asia Pacific region as the Indo Pacific.pdf
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Tēnā koe Ali,

Please see attached for correspondence from NZ On Air providing you with the requested clarification.

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Admin at NZ On air

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From: Ali Anwar

Dear NZOA Info,

Your pernicious influence over funding recipients is obviously not primarily conducted though publicly accessible documents, which I am quite capable of searching myself.

This request should explicitly include "emails and documents" exchanged between NZ On Air and "third parties."

Yours sincerely,
Ali Anwar

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