Bay of Plenty Times journalist Juliet Rowan is heading to India today to attend an international media conference in Delhi.

Juliet is one of four New Zealand journalists chosen to attend the four-day conference by the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

A news and feature writer for Bay of Plenty Times Weekend, Juliet was selected from a pool of applicants by an external media panel and is the only representative chosen from the New Zealand Media and Entertainment group (NZME).

Several hundred journalists from Asia-Pacific and the United States are attending The East-West Center International Media Conference, which will examine changing dynamics in the Asia-Pacific region, political and security relations between South and East Asia, the threat of terrorism to media reporting, and the latest trends in global news.


Juliet, who previously worked at The New Zealand Herald and The Daily Yomiuri in Japan, is moderating a panel on cross-border challenges in North-East Asia featuring journalists from South Korea, Taiwan, China and Japan.

She will also visit Mumbai with the Asia New Zealand Foundation for three days before the conference, meeting with New Zealand diplomats and trade representatives there and in Delhi.

The other three New Zealand journalists chosen by the foundation are ONE News reporter Christopher Chang, Tom McRae of Newshub / MediaWorks, and Jason Walls of The National Business Review.

The East-West Center is based in Hawaii and the conference is held biennially in locations across the Asia-Pacific region.

Juliet will file regular updates of her trip on The Bay of Plenty Times website,, throughout the week.