PINA grew out of the first Pacific Islands editors' conference held in Suva, Fiji Islands, in 1972. It came into being as a network at a follow-up meeting in 1974.PINA met only occasionally, when funding permitted, until a meeting in Suva in 1985 resolved to begin annual conferences. An executive was elected with Fata Pita Fa'alogo (Editor, Samoa Times) as President and Tavake Fusimalohi (General Manager, Radio Tonga) as executive director. They were given the task of spearheading the development of PINA. A constitution was adopted the following year when PINA met in Apia, Samoa. The PINA convention is now the major annual meeting of the Pacific Islands news media and rotates amongst member countries.
Recommended CitationRatulele, N., Pacific Islands News Association: Working for the Pacific Islands, Asia Pacific Media Educator, 6, 1999, 121-126.