Below is a public statement that has been put out by Efeso Collins – the 531 PI radio announcer who has been taken off the Saturday morning breakfast show for asking too many questions about the Pacific Economic Development Agency:
Talofa friends and family
I am emailing to advise that I have been ‘rested’ from presenting Talanoa Pacific this weekend.
This morning I received an email from Pere Maitai, Programming Director at Radio 531PI, informing me that ‘serious matters’ had arisen since I last spoke with him 2 weeks ago and that I would be rested as a result from presenting this weekend.
I want you to know that up until his email, I have had no official information from him outlining any of the ‘serious matters’ he was referring to. Further, I have asked him to supply me with information on these matters and await a response.
I am astounded at this decision has been made without my consultation.
I am committed to ensuring the Pasifika people have a forum for open, honest and frank discussion. This is what underpins Talanoa Pacific.
I look forward to this matter being sorted soon and am seeking legal advice.
Since my last broadcast I have received wonderful support from friends, family and listeners. Please know that I sincerely appreciate the love and support that people have and continue to offer.
Soifua, Efeso Collins